- Duration 20 days
- Max Altitude 5416 m / 17769ft.
- Group Size 2-10
- Best Season March-May, September-November
- Per Day Walk 06-07 hours
- Accomodation Hotel / Teahouse
- Start/End KTM / KTM
- Difficulty Challenging
- Trip Type Solo / Group / Custom /
- Location Annapurna Region
Annapurna circuit trek with Tilicho lake, is one of the most amazing and beautiful, journey you can embark upon. Taking you 20 days to complete, this trek will take you through many ups and downs, through many scenic landscapes and in the end, leave you with beautiful memories and an amazing story to tell.
The trek starts from Chyamje and to Dharapani. From Dharapani, we will pass through Chame, to Pisang and to Manang. From the dry valley of Manang, we will head out to Siri Kharka, and to Tilicho Base camp. Finally, reaching the Tilicho lake, we will have an astounding view of the “Great Ice Lake”. We will then, trek back to Siri Kharka, and to Yak Kharka. Passing through Thorang Phedi, we will reach the highest pass in the world -Thorang La pass. From there, trekking to Muktinath and to Tatopani, our hiking ends at Kalopani. We will then take a bus to Beni, finally reaching Pokhara. We will then spend an excursion day at Pokhara.
With this amazing journey, taking us through the varies landscapes and terrains, we will get to see the nature in its, raw form. Amazing view of the mountains Annapurna and Dhaulagiri will accompany us through out, in this trekking in Annapurna region Nepal. In the end, we will be left with nothing, but beautiful memories, excellent experience and an amazing story to pass down through generations.
Best time to Trek
The best time to go on the Annapurna circuit trek with Tilicho lake, is during the months of March to May and September to November. It is not advised to trek during the monsoon season (July to August).
Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake Trek
- Day 1 :
Arriving at Kathmandu
- Day 2 :
Kathmandu to Chaymje (1410m/ 4626ft.)
Distance: 209 km / 7.45 miles.
Time: 06-07 Hrs
- Day 3 :
Chamje (1410m/4,626ft.) to Dharapani (1,860m/6,200ft.)
Distance: 12 km / 7.45 miles.
Time: 05-06 Hrs
- Day 4 :
Dharapani to Chame (2710 m / 8,891)
Distance: 15.5 km / 9.6 miles.
Time: 05-06 Hrs.
- Day 5 :
Chame to Pisang (3300 m)
Distance: 13.2 km / 8.2 miles.
Time: 05-06 Hrs
- Day 6 :
Pisang to Manang (3500 m)
Distance: 17 km / 10.6 miles.
Time: 06-07 Hrs
- Day 7 :
Acclimatization at Manang
- Day 8 :
Manang to Siri Kharka (4060 m)
Distance: 12 km / 7.4 miles.
Time: 04-05 Hrs
- Day 9 :
Siri Kharka to Tilicho Base Camp (4140 m)
Distance: 08 km / 4.9 miles.
Time: 05-06 Hrs
- Day 10 :
TBC to Tilicho Lake (4949 m) and Back to Siri Kharka
Distance: 11 km / 6.8 miles.
Time: 05-06 Hrs
- Day 11 :
Siri Kharka to Yak Kharka (4040 m)
Distance: 11 km / 6.8 miles.
Time: 04-05 Hrs
- Day 12 :
Yak Kharka to Thorang Phedi (4450 m)
Distance: 8.5 km / 5.2 miles.
Time: 03-04 Hrs
- Day 13 :
Thorang Phedi to Thorang La pass (5416 m) to Muktinath (3710 m)
Distance: 15.6 km / 9.6 miles.
Time: 07-08 Hrs
- Day 14 :
Muktinath to Marpha (2720 m)
Distance: 28.7 km / 17.84 miles.
Time: 06-07 Hrs
- Day 15 :
Marpha to Kalopani (2530 m)
Distance: 21.2 km / 13.18 miles.
Time: 06 Hrs
- Day 16 :
Kalapani to Tatopani (1190 m)
Distance: 21.8 km / 13.55 miles.
Time: 06 Hrs
- Day 17 :
Tatopani to Beni (899m) to Pokhara (1400 m)
Distance: 99.7 km / 62 miles.
Time: 07-08 Hrs Drive
- Day 18 :
Excursion at Pokhara
Visit: Fewa Lake, Davis Fall, Bat Cave
- Day 19 :
Pokhara to Kathmandu (827m / 2713ft)
Distance: 210 km / 130 miles
Time: 06-07 Hrs Drive
- Day 20 :
Annapurna Base Camp with Tilicho Lake detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Arriving at Kathmandu
On the very first day of our Annapurna region trekking, you will be arriving at the capital of Nepal – Kathmandu. Our representatives from Mountain Routes will pick you up at the airport and take you to your hotel. They will also be explaining the trekking route and schedules. You can ask them anything related to the trek and they will satisfy your query. After reaching the hotel, you can freshen up and then go out to explore the beautiful city of temples. You can also enjoy the night life of Thamel, during the night.
Day 2 : Kathmandu to Chyamje (1410 m) Trip Duration: 6-7 hours
On the 2nd day of our Annapurna region trek, we will be heading to Chyamje, which is going to take us about 6-7 hours of time. Chaymje village is the starting point of the trek, which is located in the Annapurna region, at an altitude of 1410 m. The village hosts a beautiful waterfall, and the all-around greenery is sure to make you find it amazing. Overnight at Chyamje.
Day 3 : Chaymje to Dharapani (1960 m) Trip Duration: 5-6 hours
Starting with an early morning breakfast, we will head out early towards Dharapani. The trail will take us through various waterfalls, plantations. We will encounter many communities in the way, which are believed to have migrated from the Tibet. After following the trail further, we will come across a suspension bridge and reach Tal village. From there, the road ahead lies in the Manang district. Crossing Kodo village, we will follow the trail, which rises and falls across a mountain side to Dharapani. Overnight at Dharapani.
Day 4 : Dharapani to Chame (2710 m) Trip Duration: 5-6 hours
Following the trail today, we will cross various forest ridges along with several landslides area. Along the way, we will be accompanied by the remarkable views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV (7,525m). Walking further ahead, we will also come across small hot springs, and finally reach Chame. We will stay the night in Chame.
Day 5 : Chame to Pisang (3300 m) Trip Duration: 5-6 hours
On day 5 of our Annapurna region trek with Tilicho lake, we will be heading towards Pisang. We will pass through a steep and narrow valley, occupied by trees. Following the trail further, we will cross a long bridge over a river at 2910 m. We will then see the Paungda Danda rock, rising 1500 m from the river. From there, on walking further for some time, we will reach Pisang. Overnight at Pisang.
Day 6 : Pisang to Manang (3500 m) Trip Duration: 6-7 hours
There are 2 trails leading from Pisang to Manang. We will choose the one that passes through upper Pisang via Geru. This will allow us to see the astounding view of Mt. Annapurna, Pisang Peak, and others. Following the trail, we will reach Manang, and take a visit to Barge Monastery. The climate of Manang is colder and drier, than the climate until now. We will stay the night in Manang.
Day 7 : Acclimatization at Manang
Today, on day 7 of the trek, we will be acclimatizing at Manang, to better adapt and adjust to the climate. To utilize this day, we will visit either Bhojo Gumba or Gangapurna lake. We will then spend the rest of the day sightseeing, the wonderful sights around the village. Upon finishing the sightseeing, we will return to the village and have a good night’s rest.
Day 8 : Manang to Siri Kharka (4060 m) Trip Duration: 4-5 hours
Day 8 of our Annapurna circuit trek with Tilicho lake, consists of trekking to Siri Kharka from Manang, which will take us about 4-5 hours. Heading out through the western gate, we will follow the path down to the river. We will then follow the trail, that takes us through the coniferous forest, on its southern side. We will then reach Kangsar village, and upo walking further, we will reach Siri Kharka. On the way from Kangsar to Siri Kharka, we will pass a monastery on the way, and also the amazing view of Gungang Himal and Mt. Chulu, will keep us motivated. Overnight at Siri Kharka.
Day 9 : Siri Kharka to Tilicho Base Camp (4140 m) Trip Duration: 5-6 hours
On day 9 of our Annapurna region trekking, we will be heading to the Tilicho base camp. The trek for today, is moderately strenuous, and that is due to the fact that, our trail consists of walking on a narrow path consisting of loose rocks. It is prone to landslide, so our steps must be carefully taken and thus our trek for today, becomes a little exhausting.
Day 10 : TBC to Tilicho Lake (4949 m) and Back to Siri Kharka Trip Duration: 5-6 hours
On day 10 of our Annapurna region trekking, we will finally be reaching the Tilicho lake. The initial trail is steep but after that, we will come across a water shed, and we can see deer and yaks grazing, along our trail. On the other side of the water shed, we can see the stunning Tilicho lake, welcoming us. The view of the lake is sure to leave many of us dumbfounded. It is a spectacular view of the lake, lying in the foot of the Tilicho peek. Tilicho lake, also holds an important value to the Hindus, as it is mentioned in one of the holy books. After enjoying the spectacular view for some time, we will return back to Siri Kharka, where we will be spending the second night.
Day 11 : Siri Kharka to Yak Kharka (4040 m) Trip Duration: 4-5 hours
Today, we will be travelling from Siri Kharka to Yak Kharka, which will take us about 4-5 hours of time. We will follow the same trail towards the Kangsar village and pass Tare Gumba along the way. Tare Gumba is a 1000 years old monastery and holds a very important value to the Buddhists. Kangsar village is un-inhabited, except for occasional herders. We will leave Kangsar village then come across a seasonal bridge in Thorang Khola valley, which will then lead us to a plateau. Upon walking further, we will reach Yak Kharka, where we will be spending the night.
Day 12 : Yak Kharka to Thorang Phedi (4450 m) Trip Duration: 3-4 hours
Today, on day 12 of our Annapurna region trek with Tilicho lake, we will reach Thorang phedi, which is a rest point for many climbers and trekkers. The walk to Thorang Phedi is an uphill one. Following the trail, we will cross a suspension bridge and reach Ledar village. Crossing many tall cliffs, we will reach Thorang Phedi, which is the last village before Thoran La pass. We will be accompanied by the amazing views of Mt. Gundang, Mt. Syagang, Thorung Peak and Mt. Khatungkan, along the way. It will be very much rewarding to see these tall mountains, and very inspiring too. Overnight at Thorang Phedi.
Day 13 : Thorang Phedi to Thorang La pass (5416 m) to Muktinath (3710 m) Trip Duration: 7-8 hours
On the 13th day of our trek, we will be trekking from Thorang Phedi to Thorang La pass and finally to Muktinath. This is going to be a long and stretchy trek, taking us 7-8 hours of time. Thorang La pass is one of the highest, pass in the world, and crossing it may come as a bit difficult. We will make a steep climb along the trail, slowly but the altitude and the snow on the ground may cause us problem, while crossing the pass. It will take us about 4 hours to climb to the top of the pass but the amazing view of the mountains, and the chortens and prayer flags will accompany us, through out. Upon reaching the top, we will be greatly rewarded, by the view of the entire terrain. Then, following the trail further, we will finally reach Muktinath. We will spend the night there.
Day 14 : Muktinath to Marpha (2720 m) Trip Duration: 6-7 hours
Today, we will be trekking from Muktinath to Marpha, with an elevation drop of about 1000 m. It will take us about 6-7 hours of time to complete, but the trail is mostly downhill, and on flat ground. The trail begins with descend through the Kali Gandaki gorge. After following the trail for about 2 and half hour, we will reach Ekle Bhatti (2740 m). From there, we can enjoy the amazing views of the Nilgiri Himal. We will then continue walking further and finally reach Marpha. Marpha is very famous for its apples, apple cider, and apple rakshi (alcohol). Overnight at Marpha.
Day 15 : Marpha to Kalopani (2530 m) Trip Duration: 6 hours
On the 15th day of our Annapurna region trekking, we will be trekking from Marpha to Kalopani, which will take us about 6 hours of time. The trail consists of walking through the Kali Gandaki valley. Along the way, we will cross many Thakali houses, and upon reaching Kalopani, we will be greatly rewarded by the, astounding views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains. Overnight at Kalopani.
Day 16 : Kalapani to Tatopani (1190 m) Trip Duration: 6 hours
Following the trail from Kalapani, we will transition into sub-tropical vegetation. The trail follows the river through a narrow gorge, and then descends to cross a bridge. We will then come across an amazing waterfall – Rupse Chhahara. Also, the deepest gorge in the world, lies between the two mountains Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. Upon reaching Tatopani, we will enjoy the natural hot spring it has to offer, relaxing, and leaving all the tiredness and soreness behind. Overnight at Tatopani.
Day 17 : Tatopani to Beni (899 m) to Pokhara (1400 m) Trip Duration: 1.5 hours + 5-6 hours
Today, we will be taking a bus ride from Tatopani to Pokhara. We will take an early morning ride from Tatopani to Beni will take us about, 1 and a half hours of time to reach. From Beni, we can find hourly buses to Pokhara. We will board the bus, and reach Pokhara in about 5-6 hours of time. Upon reaching Pokhara, we will rest and explore the nearby places. We will stay the night at Pokhara.
Day 18 : Excursion at Pokhara
Pokhara, beautiful city of lake, has many things to offer to a traveler. And, we will be staying an extra day in Pokhara, to explore what it has to offer. We will be exploring the popular places like Fewa lake, Begnas Lake, Davis falls, Mahendra cave, Shanti stupa, and so on. A day’s time is still too short, to explore Pokhara and its tourist destinations. We will fully utilize to explore its amazing places during the day. And, at night, we will enjoy the amazing night life of Lakeside.
Day 19 : Pokhara to Kathmandu Trip Duration: 6-7 hours
Today, we will be travelling from Pokhara to Kathmandu, which will take us about 6-7 hours of time. With an early breakfast, we will catch a bus to Kathmandu. Upon reaching Kathmandu, we will freshen up at our hotels. And, then go out to explore the city of temples. We can also do some shopping during the day, and enjoy the night life of Thamel, during the night. A good night’s sleep is all that is left for the day.
Day 20 : Departure
Today, is the last day of our trekking in Annapurna region Nepal, and also your last day in Nepal. Our representatives will pick you up from your hotel and drop you at the airport. We will share good byes and bade each other farewell. You will be boarding the plane, with beautiful memories and an amazing experience, that is to inspire you for a very long time.
Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake: FAQ
I do not have any experience of high altitude trek, still can I do this trek?
Yes, you can do it even if you are a novice trekker. But definitely, you need to consider the altitude factor so need to take some stopover for acclimatization. Our experienced guide will be with you 24/7 so you can enjoy your trek to the fullest.
Is it possible to do just Tilicho Lake trek without Annapurna circuit ?
Yes, it is possible to do Tilicho Lake trek without Annapurna circuit which takes 6-10 days from Kathmandu to Kathmandu.
What type of accommodation is available during this trek?
Accommodation during your trekking is basic but clean with double occupancy. You can expect a wooden bed with thin mattress, pillow and blanket. We provide three-star accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara
What will be the food like?
Food during the Annapurna circuit is readily available. In every stopover, the place has shops to purchase snacks so do not need to carry much. You will get the menu which contains Nepalese food, Indian Food, Chinese Food and Western Food.
What is best way for the drinking water?
You will easily get the bottled water but we highly recommend you to have life straw filter bottle or the water purifier tablets so that you can refill your bottle.
Is there ATM machine during the Annapurna circuit trek?
Yes, there are ATM booth on the trail but to be safe we recommend you to change or withdraw money in Kathmandu. If you feel it will run out then you can also draw money at Chame and Jomsom.
Can I swim into the Tilicho Lake?
We do not recommend you to swim in the Lake in high altitude.