Tilicho Lake & Annapurna Massif

Tilicho Lake & Annapurna Massif


Since its opening in 1977, the Annapurna Circuit has been renowned as one of the world’s greatest trekking destinations for both cultural diversity and scenic grandeur. Despite being fragmented by roads, this trek still lives up to its reputation with many side trips and alternate routes available, and can be tailored to fit your personal needs! The traditional route circumnavigates the Annapurna massif, home of the world’s 10th tallest peak, and traces two great Nepali river valleys, the Marsyangdi and the Kali Gandaki. The environmental variation along the trek is unrivalled as you ascend from merely 800m in the jungles and Rhododendron forests of the lower Marsyangdi valley to over 5,400m at the snow-covered Throng La pass, then down into the arid Mustang Region in the rain-shadow of the Himalayas. Abundant wildlife, along with many religious and cultural sites and hot springs are other highlights of this classic trek!

Lake Tilicho is the World's highest lake situated at an altitude of 4,949m from sea level. It is one of the most beautiful and exciting treks. It lies in Manang (Annapurna Circuit Region). This trek is one of the most popular trekking routes in the Annapurna region.

Tour Package Overview

Ascent/Descent : 310m descent Kms : 135kms/83mls drive Duration : 7hrs drive

A 5- hour bus ride takes us to the starting point of the trek: Besisahar (900 m), the capital of Lamjung District. After lunch drive 2hrs to Syange, to avoid the crowded town of Besisahar. Also, it is a nice walk and a better way to experience village life in Syange (1130m) from the first day. Great mountain views!

Ascent/Descent : 570m ascent Kms : 15.4kms/9.6mls Duration : 6hrs

Also at the beginning, we will be walking on the road till about 3 hours after that we will be walking on trail all the way up to Tal. On the way to Tak, we can see beautiful waterfalls, Beehives. Tal is the first village of Manang district. A paradise along the Marsyandi River. We can see beautiful waterfalls from the hotel. A Buddhist shrine called chorten is located in front of the waterfall and according to the villagers the shrine protects the villages from natural disasters. Tal means lake in Nepali. The village was once a lake, and therefore it is called Tal (1700 m). Hiking hours: 5

Ascent/Descent : 600m ascent Kms : 12kms/7.5mls Duration : 4.5hrs

Tal is the first village of Manang district. A paradise along the Marsyandi River. We can see beautiful waterfalls from the hotel. A Buddhist shrine called chorten is located in front of the waterfall and according to the villagers the shrine protects the villages from natural disasters. Today's destination is Danagyu (2300 m). Hiking hours: 5

Ascent/Descent : 300m ascent Kms : Duration : 4.5hrs

We continue to follow the river and reach Chame (2670 m). This village is famous for its hot springs – perfect for soothing our aching limbs! The village of Chame is the districts headquarter of Manang district. Many administrative offices are located in Chame. The trail continues thru pine and rhododendron forests with spectacular view of Manaslu. The lower route is faster, but is not as scenic as the higher route. Hiking hours: 5.

Ascent/Descent : 600m ascent Kms : 16kms/10mls Duration : 5hrs

We walk through Juniper and pine forests and reach Pisang (3200 m). We can visit the Tibetan monastery from where we have a beautiful view of Annapurna II, III and IV, Pisang and Tilichu. Hiking hours: 5

Ascent/Descent : 270m ascent Kms : 15kms/9.4mls Higher Route Duration : 6hrs

A steep climb up through a desert-like landscape takes us to Ghyaru (3673 m). Following along the ridge we have a magnificent view of Pisang, Annapurna and Chulu and avalanches can be seen. After Gyaru we reach Ngwal from where the trail drops down to the river. The trail now continues to Braga, a very old and traditional village with a historical monastery. Hiking hours: 6

Ascent/Descent : 66m ascent Kms : 5km Duration : 3hrs

We continue the trail through the desert-like landscape to reach Manang (3536 m), the district’s capital. At 03.00pm we visit the HRA (Himalayan Rescue Association) for a lecture on how to recognize the symptoms of altitude sickness and to take appropriate action. We take a side trip to Gangapurna Glacier and hike around the crystal clear lake. We can then visit Bhraka Gompa; here the lama sometimes conducts puja for trekkers for a safe crossing of the Thorung La pass. Hiking hours: 4

Ascent/Descent : 530 ascent Kms : 8kms/5mls Duration : 5hrs

We now leave the Marsyangdi River and follow an easy trail to Khansarkar village (3734 m). After this village, trail is steep up hill to Shree khadka (4100m). We can see three hotel in Shree khadka. Here is no village only hotel for business. From here we can see very nice mountain view. Hiking hours: 5

Ascent/Descent : 80m ascent Kms : 6kms/3.7mls Duration : 5hrs

This unreliable section with a steep slope. Leaving Shree Kharka, we climb gently a new lodge. A path descends down from here making ups and downs continuing and reach the landslide area. The section more scary, the bare precipitous scree slope through rock falling Zone, still we have the stunning mountain scenery of Gangapurna and Kangsarkang. Hiking hours: 5

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Side trip to Tilicho Lake

Ascent/Descent : 132 descent Kms : 16kms/10mls Duration : 7hrs

Same way back until Khangsar village.It is a pleasant walk through the woods and the path is mostly level from Khangsar. We pass the Annapurna and Gangapurna range on our right. We will see the Himalayan Griffon gliding over the pastures and after dive down in search of food. The trail drop rapidly down to a log bridge over the Jhrsang Khola. Crossing the bridge we climb a rocky path that leads us to the main trail to Yak Kharka. Hiking hours: 7

Ascent/Descent : 434m ascent Kms : 8kms/5mls Duration : 4hrs

Today we climb up to Phedi (4400 m) at the foot of the Thorung La pass. We might be lucky to spot a herd of blue sheep. Afternoon stroll to a higher altitude and return to stay in Phedi for well acclimatization. After an early supper we retire to our sleeping bags – full of anticipation for the next day. Hiking hours:4

Ascent/Descent : 970m ascent 1660m descent Kms : 14.5kms/9mls Duration : 8.5hrs

An early rise at 04.30am. After 4 breathtaking hours we reach the Thorung La pass (5416 m), one of the worlds highest passes. An exhilarating moment! We then start our steep-down descent to Muktinath (3800 m), a pilgrimage centre for Buddhists as well as Hindus. Hiking hours: 8

Ascent/Descent : 960m decent Kms : 9.5kms/6mls Duration : 4hrs

Muktinath is one of the pilgrimage sites for Hindus & Buddhist – we can visit the Buddhist gompa and the Vishnu temple of Jwala Mayi. Every year many pilgrims make a visit to Muktinath especially in spring season. Mountain on the other side such as Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, Tukuche peak, etc can be seen. The trail to Kagbeni (2800 m) is all the way downhill, crossing the authentic village Jharkot. Kagbeni (2895 m), a Tibetan-influenced settlement surrounded by a patchwork of fields and fruit trees. Hiking hours : 4

Ascent/Descent : 100m descent Kms : 10.5kms/6.4mls Duration : 3hrs

The trail follows the Kali Gandaki river bed. It is a relatively easy walk. However, after 10:00am serious winds blow from the north making the hike difficult at times. Hiking hours : 5

Ascent/Descent : 1880m descent Kms : 50kms/30.1mls flight Duration : ½hrs flight

Half an hour flight from Jomsom through the gorge and splendid view of two mountain ranges brings us to the relaxing Lakeside in Pokhara.

We provide bagpacks, crampons, and maps. Price Includes: Guide, assistants, 3 meals per day, afternoon tea & snacks, accommodation for the duration of the trek(2 persons per room).

However, during high season one room per two clients may not be always available. If this should happen we request our clients to be flexible and share a triple or room with four beds. Annapurna Park entry and TIMS fees, staff insurance, transport to and from the trailhead, two nights' accommodation pre and post the trek in Pokhara and can supply 75 liters backpack for the main trekking stuff, light crampons, gaiters and trekking map.

Assistant - (maximum weight to carry is 10 kg for female assistant guide and 13 kg for male assistant guide).

Doesn't include: Soft beverages, air tickets & client insurance.


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