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Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek -20 Days


20 days

Group Size

2-10 People days

Max Altitude

5,416 m/17,769 ft

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 to Day 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
  • 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 to Dharapani
  • 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: Trek to Chame
  • 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: Trek to Pisang
  • 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: Trek to Manang
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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: Trek to Tilicho Base Camp
  • 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 and back to Siri Kharka
  • 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.



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