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Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek – 20 days

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Trip Duration Trip Duration
20 Days
Group Size Group Size
Min 1 - 20 People
Maximum Altitude Max. Altitude
5,416m/ 17,769.03 ft
Trip Difficulty Difficulty
Activities Activities
  • Trekking
  • Hiking
  • Walking
Best Season Best Season
  • Sep – Nov
  • Mar – May
Calendar Accommodation
  • 4 Nights Hotel
  • 15 Nights Lodge
Calendar Meals
  • 19 Breakfast
  • 16 Lunch
  • 16 Dinner
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Highlights of Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek – 20 days

  • Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek offers the  wolrd highest lake
  • Trek to the beautiful Tilicho and Gangapurna lakes.
  • Stunning view of mountains like Mt. Manaslu (8,187 m), Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Himchuli, Mt. Gangapurna, Mt. Nilgiri, Mt. Dhaulagiri and others.
  • Trekking through beautiful rhododendron, pine and oak forests.
  • Beautiful sight of yaks grazing on the fields of Yak Kharka.
  • Conquering Thorong La Pass.

Overview of Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek – 20 days

Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek is the standout trek of the Annapurna region. Many trekkers miss Tilicho Lake while taking the Annapurna circuit. Some make it to Tilicho Lake in a few days of trek but return back from there without going towards Thorong La Pass. The complete circuit trek with the Tilicho experience combines the best of both worlds.


This trek is very difficult and requires ample prior experience of trekking in the mountains. The trek is long and acclimatization is an issue in the thin air of the high Himalayas. What makes this trek arduous is the fact that we will first go to the altitude of 4,949 m (Tilicho lake) and then descend down to 4,040 m (Yak Kharka) and again move up to the altitude of 5,416 m (Thorong La Pass) in a matter of few days.


This rapid ascent and descent will drain your energy. Hence you should be much prepared before starting the trek. The beauty of the Annapurna region will however make you forget all the pain and trouble of the trek.


Tilicho lake is the highlight of our trek. It is a lake formed from glacial melts on the southern slope of Annapurna. Lake Tilicho is the highest altitude lake in the world for its size.


The lake has a great religious significance for the Hindus as it is believed to be the Kak Bhusundi lake mentioned in the ancient epic of Ramayana. It is said that this lake was the place where sage Kak Bhusundi first told the happenings of Ramayana to the king of birds – Garuda.


Kak translates to crow and it is said that the sage narrated the story of Ramayana to Garuda in the form of a crow. The texts of Ramayana mention that lake Kak Bhusundi was South of Annapurna and north of Nilgiri. The location, therefore, narrows down to Tilicho lake.


Lake Gangapurna is another highlight of our trek. It is also a glacial lake like Tilicho. In the Annapurna region, you also have an option for short Annapurna base camp trek and Annapurna base camp trek.


Mountain lakes, deep gorges, sky-high mountains, Marpha village – an apple production center, hot water springs of Tatopani, Kaligandaki valley, Muktinath Temple, and Thorong La Pass makes this trek a memorable affair.

Short/Detail Itinerary of Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek – 20 days

Day Mode Route Itinerary Elev.(m) Duration Overnight Included
01 Flight Arrival in Kathmandu - Hotel 1,300 ---- Hotel D
02 free day Free for you to rest and prepare 1,300 ---- Hotel B
03 Drive Kathmandu - Chyamje 1,300 8-9 hrs Guesthouse B L D
04 Trek Chyamje - Dharapani 1,960 6-7 hrs Guesthouse B L D
05 Trek Dharapni - Chame 2,710 5-6 hrs Gueshouse B L D
06 Trek Chame - Pisang 3,250 5-6 hrs Guesthouse B L D
07 Trek Pisang - Manang 3,519 4-5 hrs Guesthouse B L D
08 Hike/rest Acclimatization day in Manag 3,519 ----- Guesthouse B L D
09 Trek Manag - Shree kharka 4,060 4-5 hrs Guesthouse B L D
10 Trek Shree Kharka - Tilicho base camp 4,140 5-6 hrs Guesthouse B L D
11 Trek Visit Tilicho Lake and back 4,949 7-8 hrs Guesthouse B L D
12 Trek Shree Kharka - Yak kharka 4,040 5-6 hrs Guesthouse B L D
13 Trek Trek - Thorang Phedi or Hight camp 4,600/ 4,800 4-5 hrs Guesthouse B L D
14 Trek Trek - Thorang pass- Muktinath 5,416/3,710 7-8 hrs Guesthouse B L D
15 Trek Muktinath - Marpha 2,650 6-7 hrs Guesthouse B L D
16 Drive Marpha - Tatopani 1,190 4-5 hrs Guesthouse B L D
17 Trek Tatopani - Ghorepani 2,850 6-7 hrs Guesthouse B L D
18 Trek/drive Poonhill- Nayapul ,drive Pokhara 3,210/822 7-8 hrs Hotel B L
19 Drive Pokhara - Kathmandu 1,300 6-7 hrs Hotel B
20 Flight Departure - Airport ----- ----- ----- B
Note: B- Breakfast, L- Lunch, D- Dinner,

Detail Itinerary


What's included
  • Airport pickup and drop in private vehicle.
  • Free or rest day and Trek Preparation
  • Accommodation in hotel with Breakfast in Kathmandu.
  • Kathmandu to Chyamje by Local bus drive
  • Pokhara-Kathmandu on tourist bus drive
  • Accommodation in hotel with Breakfast in Pokhara.
  • Nayapul to Pokhara drive by private car
  • Necessary papers and trekking permits ( ACAP permit and TIMS permit )
  • 3 meals ( Breakfast, Lunch and dinner ) during trekking
  • Seasonal fruits after night meal.
  • Accommodations in Guesthouse (Lodge) during trek.
  • Well trained English speaking guides (including their salary, accommodation, meal, transportation and insurance).
  • For groups over 6 people – assistant guide (including their salary, accommodation, meal, transportation and insurance).
  • Porters throughout the trek – 1 porter will carry 2 trekker’s baggage. (Including salary, food, accommodation, and transportation).
  • Basic equipment for trekking such as down jacket, sleeping bag, duffel bag to use in trek if necessary
  • Ambition Himalaya T-Shirt
  • First aid kit.
  • Expedition taxes, paper works, and company service charges for the trek.
  • A complimentary traditional Nepali dinner on arrival..
  • Certificate of achievement can be prepared with the signature of company director and your local guide (only if requested).
Optional Addons

(Available addons on extra cost)

  • Day Sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • private jeep drive from Kathmandu to Chyamje
  • Pokhara to Kathmandu Flight
What is excluded
  • Overseas airfare
  • visa fees ($30 for 15 days, $50 for 30 days and $ 125 for 90 days ).
  • Travel, emergency rescue charge and insurance.
  • Food other than mentioned above, telephone bills, laundry charges and shower fees.
  • Wifi charger and battery charging bill during the trek.
  • Lunch & dinner costs during Kathmandu stay.
  • Extra costs caused by natural disaster, flight delay, early arrival etc.
  • Extra incentives such as tips and gifts for the guides and porters.
  • Any benefits not mentioned in ‘cost includes’ section unless indicated on booking.
  • Lunch in Pokhara and Kathmandu.

Important Note:
We prioritize your safety all the time while traveling with Ambition Himalaya Treks & Expeditions. We want our valuable guests and staff to be safe thus we have given full authority to your tour leaders to modify, cancel or update any part of the itinerary if it is considered necessary due to safety concerns.

Ambition Himalaya promises that we will do our best to stick with the planned itinerary. However, natural disasters, weather disturbances, health conditions, or any other mishap may force us to change the planned itinerary and we hope you understand these concerns. Our leaders will give you the necessary information and discuss it with you before changing the itinerary.

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