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Annapurna Region TreksNepal

Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek -20 Days


20 days

Activity level

Grade: Easy - Moderate


Accommodation, transportation and food

Group Size

2-10 People

Max Altitude

5,416 m/17,769 ft


kathmandu, Nepal


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


Important Note:

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 to Day Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300 m/4,264 ft), transfer to hotel.
  • 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 and trek prepartion
  • 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 from Kathmandu to Chyamche (1,300 m/4,265 ft), estimated drive 8 - 10 hours.
  • Time: 8-10 hours
    Altitude: 1,300 m/4,265 ft

    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 from Chyamche to Dharapani (1,960 m/6,430 ft), estimated walk 6 - 7 hours.
  • Time: 6-7 hours
    Altitude: 1,960 m/6,430 ft

    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: Dharapani to Chame (2,710 m/8,891 ft), estimated walk 5 - 6 hours.
  • Time: 5-6 hours
    Altitude: 2,710 m/8,891 ft

    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:: Chame to Pisang (3,300 m/10,824 ft), estimated walk 4 - 5 hours.
  • Time: 4-5 hours
    Altitude: 3,300 m/10,824 ft

    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:: Pisang to Manang (3,500 m/11,482 ft), estimated walk 4 - 5 hours.
  • Time: 4-5 hours
    Altitude: 3,500 m/11,482 ft

    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. visit Mountain view point
  • 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:: Manang to Siri Kharka (4,060 m/13,320 ft), estimated walk 4 - 5 hours.
  • Time: 4-5 hours
    Altitude: 4,060 m/ 13,320 ft

    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: : Siri Kharka to Tilicho Base Camp (4,140 m/13,583 ft), estimated walk 5 - 6 hours.
  • Time: 5-6 hours
    Altitude: 4,140 m/ 13,583 ft

    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 (4,949 m/16,138 ft) then back to Siri Kharka, estimated walk 7 - 8 hours.
  • Time: 7-8 hours
    Altitude: 4,949 m/ 16,138 ft

    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:: 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.



By Bus /Jeeb


Hotel in city and Lodge in trek


Breakfast in city &, All Meal in trek

Read in details what’s included and what’s not included.

What’s Included
  • Airport pickup and drop in private vehicle.
  • Kathmandu sightseeing with Tourist guide
  • 3 star hotel with Breakfast in Kathmandu.
  • Kathmandu to Chyamje travel by bus ( you can take private jeep for comfortable. With extra cost)
  • Marpha village to tatopani by bus
  • Pokhara-Kathmandu on tourist bus.
  • Accommodation-Breakfast in Pokhara.
  • Nayapul to Pokhara drive by taxi
  • 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 lodge during trek.
  • Well trained English speaking guides (including their salary, accommodation, meal, transportation and insurance).
  • Porter 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 with guide
  • 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).
What's Exclude
  • Overseas airfare and visa fees ($30 for 15 days, $50 for 30 days and $ 125 for 90 days ).
  • Kathmandu Sightseeing entrance fees
  • Travel, emergency rescue charge and insurance.
  • Food other than mentioned above, telephone bills, tea coffee, hot drinks, laundry charges and shower fees.
  • Wi-Fi 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.


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