1. Trek to the beautiful Tilicho and Gangapurna lakes.
2. Stunning view of mountains like Mt. Manaslu (8,187 m), Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Himchuli, Mt. Gangapurna, Mt. Nilgiri, Mt. Dhaulagiri and others.
3. Trekking through beautiful rhododendron, pine and oak forests.
4. Beautiful sight of yaks grazing on the fields of Yak Kharka.
5. Conquering Thorong La Pass.
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 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 in 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 mentions 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.
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.
Trip Route : Kathmandu - Besishahar- Chame - Manang - Tilicho Lake - Thorong-La - Muktinath - Jomsom - Tatopani - Ghorepani - Pokhara - Kathmandu.
Best Month: September to December and March to May
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300 m/4,264 ft), transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Free day and trek preparation.
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Chyamche (1,300 m/4,265 ft), estimated drive 8 - 10 hours.
Day 04: Trek from Chyamche to Dharapani (1,960 m/6,430 ft), estimated walk 6 - 7 hours.
Day 05: Dharapani to Chame (2,710 m/8,891 ft), estimated walk 5 - 6 hours.
Day 06: Chame to Pisang (3,300 m/10,824 ft), estimated walk 4 - 5 hours.
Day 07: Pisang to Manang (3,500 m/11,482 ft), estimated walk 4 - 5 hours.
Day 08: Acclimatization in Manang.
Day 09: Manang to Siri Kharka (4,060 m/13,320 ft), estimated walk 4 - 5 hours.
Day 10: Siri Kharka to Tilicho Base Camp (4,140 m/13,583 ft), estimated walk 5 - 6 hours.
Day 11: Visit Tilicho Lake (4,949 m/16,138 ft) then back to Siri Kharka, estimated walk 7 - 8 hours.
Day 12: Siri Kharka to Yak Kharka (4,040 m/13,020 ft), estimated walk 4 - 5 hours.
Day 13: Yak kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,420 m/14,501 ft), estimated walk 3 - 4 hours.
Day 14: Thorong Phedi to Thorong La Pass (5,416 m/17,764 ft) and trek to Muktinath (3,800 m/12,467 ft), estimated walk 7 - 8 hours.
Day 15: Trek to Marpha ( 2,700 m), estimated walk 6 - 7 hours.
Day 16: Drive from Marpha to Tatopani (1,200 m/3,937 ft), estimated walk 4-5 hours.
Day 17: Tatopani to Ghorepani (2,850 m/9,350 ft), estimated walk 7 - 8 hours.
Day 18: Trek to Nayapul and then drive to Pokhara, estimated walk 7 - 8 hours and estimated drive of one hour.
Day 19: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu, estimated drive 6-7 hours.
Day 20: Departure or extend your trip.
Important Notes and Safety Concerns
We prioritize your safety all the time while traveling with Ambition Himalaya Treks & Expeditions. We want our valuable guests and staffs 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 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 necessary information and discuss with you before changing the itinerary.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Altitude: 1,300 m
You will arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Ambition Himalaya staffs will pick you up from the airport and take you to your hotel. You will enjoy a traditional Nepali dinner with our team in the evening. It will be followed by cultural dance program.
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
We will go sightseeing in Kathmandu today. Kathmandu has many places to visit. We will visit the Pashupatinath Temple, Swyambhunath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa and the Durbar Square of Kathmandu. These places are UNESCO heritage sites. You will shop for trek supplies following the day tour. We will spend the night with musical and cultural shows.
Day 03: Drive to Chyamje
Altitude: 1,300 m/4,265 ft
Time: 8-10 hours
We will have an early breakfast and start a long drive to Chyamje. The drive takes us through beautiful hillsides of Nepal. We will need to drive through off-road countryside tracks for some part. The drive up to Besisahar - the district headquarter of Lamjung - is on a black topped road. The section from Besisahr to Chyamje, which takes about three hours, is off-road for most part. We will arrive in Chyamje after a drive of 8-10 hours.
Day 04: Trek to Dharapani
Altitude: 1,960 m/6,430 ft
Time: 6-7 hours
We head for Dharapani today. Dharapani translates to tap water in Nepali. The Marsyangdi river is our companion for the early part of our trek. We will cross it via a suspension bridge and begin a tough uphill walk.
We will come to a place called Tal where we will rest for a while. We will reach Dharapani after a hard trek of 7-8 hours.
Day 05: Trek to Chame
Altitude: 2,710 m/8,891 ft
Time: 5-6 hours
Our destination today is the beautiful Chame village. Chame is the district headquarter of Manang. We reach Bagarchap after an hour of walk from Dharapani. Danakyu is the next stop ahead of Bagarchap.
We have two route options for Chame from Danakyu - northern side and the southern side. The northern road has landslide risks so we will take the southern road. We will reach Timang and have our lunch. Timang provides a wonderful view of the mountains in the Manaslu range. We will reach Chame after a trek of 5-6 hours from Dharapani.
Day 06: Trek to Pisang
Altitude: 3,300 m/10,824 ft
Time: 4-5 hours
You will enjoy the beautiful view of Lamjung mountain from your hotel. We will begin our trek to Pisang after breakfast. We will keep following the river trail. Teleku is the first major settlement we encounter on our way. We reach Brantang after Teleku. Brantang is famous for its apple orchards.
We will keep trekking until we reach Dhikur Pokhari, where we will have lunch. We will resume our trek to Pisang after lunch. Pisang has two segments - lower Pisang and upper Pisang. We will visit upper Pisang if we have enough time. Upper Pisang has an ancient Buddhist monastery. We will return back to lower Pisang for overnight stay.
Day 07: Trek to Manang
Altitude: 3,500 m/11,482 ft
Time: 4-5 hours
Manang is our destination today. We will walk through beautiful pine forests for a few hours and reach a place called Humde. Humde offers you breathtaking sights of Annapurnas, Tilicho Peak, Gangapurna, Pisang Peak and Chulu East.
Mugje village lies ahead of Humde. We will keep trekking until we reach Bhraga, where we will stop for lunch. One and half hours of trek from Bhraga takes us to Manang, where we will spend our night.
Day 08: Acclimatization in Manang
Manang is a beautiful place with stunning landscapes, lakes and mountains. You can spend your time by enjoying the natural beauty of Manang and exploring its culture. You can also visit the Himalayan Rescue Association where volunteers will provide you information related to mountain preparedness.
Day 09: Trek to Siri Kharka
Altitude: 4,060 m/ 13,320 ft
Time: 4-5 hours
After a full day and a peaceful night in Manang, we will walk towards Siri Kharka today. We will leave Manang through its Western gate and follow the river trail. You will get a sight of Tilicho peak on the way to Siri Kharka. We stop at a place called Khangsar for rest. There is a beautiful monastery named tare Gumba between Khangsar and Siri Kharka. Beautiful snow capped mountains, typical mountain villages and rivers lead us to Siri Kharka, where we will spend our night.
Day 10: Trek to Tilicho Base Camp
Altitude: 4,140 m/ 13,583 ft
Time: 5-6 hours
We will leave Siri Kharka and make our way towards Tilicho Lake Base Camp. You will walk past verdant mountain fields and also enjoy the breathtaking view of the valley beneath. The trek today is easy as it there is not much gain in overall altitude. The first part of the trek goes gently uphill. We will reach the base camp following a short downhill walk on the last part. There are only a few lodges around so camping is the best option.
Day 11: Visit Tilicho Lake and back to Siri Kharka
Altitude: 4,949 m/ 16,138 ft
Time: 7-8 hours
We will visit Tilicho Lake following an early breakfast. It takes around 5-6 hours of trek to reach Tilicho. You will enjoy beautiful view of Tilicho, Nilgiri, Khangsar and Muktinath peaks on your way. Being on the shores of Tilicho lake is heavenly. The blue waters of Tilicho reflect the nearby mountain peaks to stunning effect. We will spend a few hours in Tilicho and return back to Siri Kharka for overnight stay.
Day 12: Trek to Yak Kharka
Altitude: 4,040 m/ 13,020 ft
Time: 4-5 hours
Yak Kharka is our next destination. The trek from Siri Kharka to Yak Kharka takes about 4-5 hours. Yak Kharka means grazing pasture of the Yaks in Nepali. You will see many Yaks grazing in Yak Kharka. Before reaching Yak Kharka we will cross Khangsar and Thorong river. We will rest for a while at the Tare Gumba - a thousand year old monastery sacred to the Buddhists. We will spend our night at Yak Kharka.
Day 13: Trek to Thorong Phedi
Altitude: 4,420 m/ 14,501 ft
Time: 3-4 hours
We will start our trek towards Thorong Phedi after breakfast. The path to Thorong Phedi offers great view of the silver white mountains. We will stop at a village called Ledar for tea. The path is flat for a while from Ledar. We will reach Thorong Phedi after a steep climb in last part. Thorong Phedi means the base of Thorong Mountain. It is the last village before Thorong La Pass.
Day 14: Trek to Muktinath via Thorong La Pass
Altitude: Thorong La Pass (5,416 m/ 17,764 ft), Muktinath (3,800 m/12,467 ft)
Time: 7-8 Hours
We will start our trek in the first hour of morning. Today will be the hardest and longest part of our whole trek. We will trek uphill for 4-5 hours and reach Thorong La Pass. We will spend sometimes at the Thorong La Pass and begin a downhill trek to Muktinath Temple. Muktinath is the god of salvation and the temple is a major pilgrimage sight of the Hindus. You will get stunning view of the Kaligandaki River Valley and Upper Mustang on your way down to Muktinath.
Day 15: Trek to Marpha
Altitude: 2,700 m/8,858 ft
Time: 6-7 hours
We will pay visit to the Muktinath Temple in the morning and move down towards Jomsom, following the trails of Kaligandaki River. You will get wonderful view of the Annapurna and Tukuche peaks on your way. We will rest in the beautiful mountain town of Jomsom for a while and keep walking downhill for another two hours until we reach Marpha, the apple capital of Nepal.
Day 16: Trek to Tatopani
Altitude: 1,200 m/3,937 ft
Time: 4-5 hours
We will have our breakfast and move towards Tatopani ( meaning hot water). We will have our trekking licenses and papers checked after a short walk from Marpha. We will trek for another two hours until we reach a place called Rukse Chhahara (waterfall). The waterfall is gorgeous and we will spend a little time here, drenching ourselves in the thundering mountain fall. We will walk past Dana Gorge - the deepest gorge in the world - and reach Tatopani. Tatopani is famous for its natural hot water springs and we will release our fatigue by soaking ourselves in the springs.
Day 17: Trek to Ghorepani
Altitude: Ghorepani (2,850 m/ 9,350 ft)
Time: 7-8 hours
The path to Ghorepani from Tatopani is steep and difficult. We have to walk for around 7-8 hours until we reach Ghorepani. The entire path is covered by dense rhododendron forests. Rhododendron is the national flower of Nepal. Ghorepani is a beautiful village of the Gurung people and offers wonderful view of the mountains. We will enjoy the hospitality of the Gurung people tonight.
Day 18: Trek to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara
We will hike to Poon Hill (3,210 m) before sunrise. It is at a short hike from Ghorepani and offers splendid view of the sun rising over the mountains. We will return to our homestay and start a trek to Nayapul after breakfast. The trek is downhill but long. We will reach Nayapul after 7-8 hours of walk from Ghorepani. We will jump into a vehicle waiting for us and head back to Pokhara. The drive takes about one and half hours.
Day 19: Drive to Kathmandu
Time: 6-7 hours
We will say goodbye to our guides and porters and head back to Kathmandu. We will travel on a tourist bus and the journey takes about 6-7 hours. You have the option to travel by air but it comes at extra cost. Air travel takes about 30 minutes. We will enjoy wonderful traditional musical and cultural show in Kathmandu in the evening.
Day 20: Departure
We will drop you at the airport after a small traditional farewell ceremony. You will head back to your destination from here. You also have the option to extend your trip.
US$ 1199/ per person (price valid for minimum 2 person)
- Airport pickup and drop in private vehicle.
- Sightseeing in Kathmandu accompanied by our private guide and vehicle.
- Accommodation-Breakfast in Kathmandu.
- Kathmandu to Chyamje travel.
- Pokhara-Kathmandu on tourist bus.
- Accommodation-Breakfast in Pokhara.
- Nayapul to Pokhara drive
- Necessary papers and trekking permits ( ACAP permit and TIMS permit )
- 3 meals and 3 drinks per day during trekking.
- Seasonal fruits after night meal.
- Accommodations 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, tramsportation 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 and Ambition Himalaya t-shirt ( Duffel Bag, down jacket and sleeping bag must be returned after trek).
- 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).
- Overseas airfare and visa fees ($25 for 15 days, $40 for 30 days and $ 100 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.
- Extra porter and activities outside itinerary.
- 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.
Equipment you need to bring
- Pair of trek boot, sleeping bag, down jacket, pullovers, neck scarf for evening/night/morning.
- Sun hat and casual warm clothes for day.
- Some pairs of good quality socks, slippers, suntan lotions, personal medications etc.
List of recommended gears for trekking in Nepal. These gear list can be different depending on route, season etc. Some items are only recommended for high altitude treks.
Sun hat, scarf, light balaclava or warm fleece hat. Sunglasses (real ones, with true UV protection).
Undergarments, comfortable hiking shorts, lightweight cotton long pants, light and expedition weight thermal bottoms, fleece or wool pants (seasonal), Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants.
Thin and lightweight inner socks, thick and warm wool hiking socks, hiking boots with spare laces, sandals (flip-flops for use after trekking and to go to the bathroom & washroom), gaiters (For high altitude trekking and crossing passes).
T-shirts, light and expedition weight thermal tops, fleece jacket or pullover, gloves, fleece wind-stopper jacket (optional), waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket, down vest and/or jacket.
One microfiber towel (most guesthouses on the trek do not give towels; quick-dry), sleeping bag rated to zero degree centigrade, DSLR / digital camera with spare batteries, Headlamp [e.g. Petzl Zoom] with spare bulbs and batteries, trekking bag with rain cover / duffel bag, comfortable day pack, trekking poles, water bottle, ear plug (rooms are divided by thin woods so better to avoid noise from other rooms).
Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable), deodorants, nail clippers, sun block / face and body moisturizer, Tooth brush / toothpaste (preferably biodegradable), feminine hygiene products, small mirror.
Wet wipes (baby wipes), tissue / toilet rolls, anti-bacterial hands wash, water purifier (Better than using mineral water to keep the mountains clean).
Extras / Luxuries:
Adapters (Nepal - two prong, 220 volt plug; or an international, universal adapter), multi tool (Swiss Army Knife, Leatherman tool), personal snacks (candy bars & cookies can also be bought in Kathmandu, Pokhara or at every guesthouse), sewing kit (sometime it’s very useful), superglue, books for reading on free time, cell / mobile phone, trail map / guide book, Ipod / walkman / Mp3 player / Mp4 player, pens / pencils and small notebooks, games i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards etc.