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Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake - 10 Days

  • Annapurna Region , Nepal
  • 10 Days
  • Trekking in Nepal
  • 4525m
Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake

Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake

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Trip At Glance

Duration

10

Max Altitude

5416

Best Season

Autumn, Spring

Trip Type

Tea House

Transportation

Private jeeps, Flight

Accomodation

Hotel Lodge

Overview And Highlights

Known for two prominent ultimate adventurous places, Tilicho Lake and Thorung La Pass, alongside countless inspiring landscapes, scenic mountains, and deepest gorges in the Annapurna region, Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake is the ultimate Annapurna region trekking you can get.

Trekkers either hike to Tilicho Lake, excluding Thorung La Pass. Also, some trekkers don't walk to Tilicho Lake; instead, they hike to Thorung La Pass 5416 meters.

Moreover, unlike regular guided trekking on Annapurna Circuit, Annapurna Circuit Trek via Tilicho Lake itinerary takes you to Tilicho Lake via Tilicho Base Camp. Also, you'll hike to Thorung La Pass and Kagbeni, Jomsom, and Muktinath on a single trek.

Known for two prominent ultimate adventurous places, Tilicho Lake highet lake in the world 4919meters from sea level and Thorung La Pass, alongside countless inspiring landscapes, scenic mountains, and deepest gorges in the Annapurna region, Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake is the ultimate Annapurna region trekking you can get.

Trekkers either hike to highest Tilicho Lake in the world 4919 meters from sea level, excluding world highest Thorung La Pass 5416 meters. Also, some trekkers don't walk to Tilicho Lake; instead, they hike to Thorung La Pass.

Moreover, unlike regular guided trekking on Annapurna Circuit, Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake Trek takes you to Tilicho Lake via Tilicho Base Camp. Also, you'll hike to Thorung La Pass and Kagbeni, Jomsom, and Muktinath on a single trek.

Panoramic Annapurna Sierra

Whether it's a scenic landscape or the surreal close prospects of elegant Annapurna Sierra, Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake offers the close vista of almost every mountain of the Annapurna region alongside the eighth highest, Manaslu.

The two fantastic vantage points in this trek, Tilicho Lake and Thorung La Pass, offer the splendid panorama of Annapurna I, II, III, IV, and South. Other adjoining mountains like Nilgiri at 7,061 meters, Tilicho Peak at 7,134 meters, Himlung Himal at 7,126 meters, Khangsar Peak, and Muktinath Peak remain utterly visible from these two places.

The other two elegant mountains seen from these places are Dhaulggiri, the 7th highest and Manaslu, the sixth highest mountain.

Hence, joining Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake in 2023 can be best for you if you are fascinated by how awesome the 7,000 meters and a few 8,000 meters peaks look from a close distance.

Crossing Thorung La Pass

Thorung La Pass is one of the highest Himalayan Pass at 5416 meters, north of the Annapurna range in Damodar Himal. This pass sits on a trail that bridges Mustang, Muktinath, with Manang.

While on Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake, we'll hike this pass from east to west, from Manang to Mustang. Also, we can't cross this pass in a single go. Hence, we'll stop at Yak Kharka and Thorung Phedi before hiking Thorung La Pass and descending to Muktinath.

The most exciting thing about Thorung La Pass is that you'll even notice local traders from Manang or Mustang visiting either district for trade while crossing this pass.

Ultimate Annapurna Experience

The Annapurna Circuit Trek route is almost 300 km long, although we will only hike it some. But this route takes you to nearly every wonder in the Annapurna region, from the highest freshwater lake to the world's deepest gorge. Moreover, you'll hike through the most inspiring Himalayan Pass with surreal mountain glimpses.

A few moments, this trek can be tiring, especially while crossing Thorung La Pass. But, the triumph from the top surely will be rewarding. Moreover, you'll experience the enriched culture, biodiversity, and lifestyle of the Gurung and Thakali people.

Trek like Annapurna Circuit Trek combined with Tilicho Lake is a once-in-a-lifetime. Moreover, completing this trek quickly at the most affordable rate also makes it a rewarding and the best-value hike.

Short Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake Highlights

 

  • Shortest Annapurna Circuit Trek that includes Tilicho Lake Trek within ten days of the itinerary.

  • Magnificent Annapurna, Gangapurna, Tilicho Peak, Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, and Manaslu.

  • Adventurous crossing of Thorung La Pass at 5,416 meters.

  • Hike to the world's highest freshwater lake Tilicho Lake with turquoise water.

  • A wholesome Annapurna experience with a hike to beautiful villages like Muktinath, Jomsom, Pisang, and Manang.

  • Fully guided trek with handpicked itinerary, expert-designed logistics, and the most affordable trek.

Day to Day Itinerary

Drive from Kathmandu to Manang 3520m (270 km, 11 hours)

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3520

With the road construction to Manang, you can now take a direct bus from Kathmandu to Manang. However, you must take a jeep from Besisahar, which your trek guide will arrange on time. It's a long drive, nearly 11-12 hours on a 270 km distance.

After breakfast at the hotel in Kathmandu, you'll leave for the Short Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake in the early morning. You'll first reach Besisahar via Prithvi Highway for five to six hours. After lunch at Besisahar, you'll change the bus and take a jeep that goes to Manang.

As you drive past Chame and Pisang, the mountain scenery becomes more and more visible. You'll have an acclimatization and sightseeing day tomorrow at Manang for the best view of the surrounding panorama.

You'll stop at a tea house in Manang for overnight meals and accommodation.

Acclimatization at Manang 3520m

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3520

Manang is a beautiful village and a popular acclimatization stop in Annapurna Circuit Trek. Also, those who plan to hike Tilicho Lake stop here for a day.

After breakfast, you'll hike to Gangapurna Lake with your trek guide. This lake sits at 3,540 meters and is surrounded by magnificent mountains.

Elegant mountains and peaks like Annapurna III, Gangapurna, Tilicho Peak, Pisang Peak, and Chulu (East, West, and Central) are utterly visible from Manang village and also from Gangapurna Lake.

You can either rest for the remaining day after lunch at the tea house. Otherwise, you can also visit the Himalayan Rescue Association to learn about acute mountain sickness and its prevention.

Overnight in Manang.

Trek from Manang to Khangsar (3,700 meters, 5 hours)

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3700

After breakfast at a tea house in Manang, you'll start the hike to Khangsar. The 6.2 miles distance between Manang and Khangsar takes roughly five hours at a medium pace hike.

First, you'll descend an hour to Khangsar Khola and then make the gradual ascend. The trekking trail to Khangsar is acceptable, safe, and well-maintained for a comfortable hike.

Moreover, you'll have a clear view of Khangsar and Tilicho Peak all day. And even from the tea house window, the mountains continue picking glimpses. Overnight at Khangsar.

Trek from Khangsar to Tilicho Base Camp (4,150 meters, 5 hours)

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
4150

Tilicho Base Camp trail from Siri Kharka progresses through landslide-prone areas. But, with our highly experienced trek guides, you'll get excellent navigation.

After breakfast at a tea house in Siri Kharka, you'll start the five-hour-long hike to Tilicho Base Camp. There's been the construction of a new trekking trail on which you'll hike instead of hiking on an old track with added difficulty.

Magnificent rock formations and alluring Tilicho Peak keeps the hike entertaining all day.

Overnight at the tea house in Tilicho Base Camp.

Trek from Tilicho Base Camp to Tilicho Lake (4,920 meters, 4 hours). Trek to Siri Kharka (4,060 meters, 3 hours)

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
4060

You'll start the hike early, around 5 am, to avoid possible day wind at Tilicho Lake. The Tilicho Lake Trek from Tilicho Base Camp can be tiring as you'll hike on strenuous trails and cross a landslide-prone area.

If you hike here in early Spring, you'll get the taste of hiking on snow-occupied trails and landscapes.

After a three hour's hike, you'll reach the magnificent Tilicho Lake. This lake sits beautifully and is embraced by the elegant Annapurna Sierra, Tilicho Peak, and Nilgiri Himal. You'll spend one or more hours here taking photographs and enjoying the surreal panorama.

From Tilicho Lake, you'll descend to Siri Kharka for three more hours. Siri Kharka is a small but beautiful settlement where you'll spend the night.

Trek from Siri Kharka to Yak Kharka (4,060 meters, 8.4 km, 5 hours)

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
4060

After breakfast, we'll descend to Khangsar Village from Siri Kharka. En route, you'll also witness a thousand years old Buddhist Monastery, Tare Gumba.

After passing the Khangsar wall, you'll descend to a beautiful Thorung Khola Valley. And after an hour's hike from Thorung Khola Valley, you'll reach Yak Kharka.

Upon reaching Yak Kharka, you'll see the splendid views of mountains in the Annapurna range. And that lucky trekker even witnesses Blue Sheep. And on the rarest occasion, you may spot the paw marks of snow leopards.

Overnight at the best available tea house in Yak Kharka.

Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorung Phedi (4,525 meters, 8.5 km, 5 hours)

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
4525

You'll gain more than 500 meters in altitude on this day as you begin the hike from Yak Kharka to Thorung Phedi. For any trekker, this 8.5 km long trail to Thorung Phedi takes almost five hours.

After early breakfast, you'll hike on a relatively moderate trail. The scenic route offers a mesmerizing glimpse of Thorung Peak, Gudang, Syagang, Khatungkan, etc.

As Yak Kharka is the only last settlement before Mustang, you'll stop at the tea house in Yak Kharka for overnight accommodations.

Day 8: Trek from Thorung Phedi to Thorong La Pass (5,416 meters), and trek to Muktinath (3,760 meters) 15.6 km for 9 hours

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3760

It is the longest hiking day in the Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake. You'll start the trek early to complete the 15.6 km long trail during the daylight hour, almost 10 hours.

You'll start the hike as early as 4 am to avoid the icy air and strong day wind at the Thorung La Pass. This is the highest point you'll reach in Annapurna Circuit.

From here, you'll get clear glimpses of mountains ascending towards Tibet in the north. Also, you'll see the towering Annapurna and adjoining peaks.

From Thorung La Pass, you'll hike for a few more hours down to Muktinath. And from the route, you'll see the spanning Kali Gandaki River, and it's deep gorges.

Overnight at the tea house in Muktinath.

Morning hike to Muktinath Temple. Trek to Jomsom (2,720 meters, 4 hours)

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2720

Muktinath Temple is a sacred Hindu and Buddhist temple with more than 10 thousand pilgrimage visits yearly. This temple's 108-water sprout cold water bath is among the most popular activities besides worshiping the deities here.

You'll return to the tea house for breakfast and prepare for the hike to Jomsom. You'll descend to Kali Gandaki Gorge from Muktinath. You'll hike past Tibetan-influenced villages like Jharkot and Khingar.

While trekking to Jomsom, you'll see a wonderful glimpse of Nilgiri mountain.

In Jomsom, you can visit the apple orchards and Marpha farms and try some local brewed apple brandy. Overnight at the tea house in Jomsom.

Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara and take connecting flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

After breakfast at Jomsom, you'll take a flight to Pokhara airport. The flight time from Jomsom to Pokahra is 20 minutes. And from Pokhara, you'll take a connecting flight to Kathmandu for 25 minutes.

After you land in Kathmandu, our representative will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to the hotel.

This marks the end of your ten days short Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake Trek.

What Is Included ?

  • Airport pickup and drop by private car 
  • Three  meals a (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek.
  • All accommodations during the trek.(Toilet will be outside from your room)
  • Office paper works Annapurna National park entry permit
  • Trekking information management system (Tims) permit.
  • Jeeps from Kathmandu to Manang and  Jomsom- pokhara- Kathmandu by flight.
  • A helpful, knowledgeable, friendly,well English speaking  trained, government license holder guide With all his salary, food, drinks,accommodation and insurance.
  • A Strong, helpful porter with proper equipment (one porter for two people).
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • All government taxes and office expenses.
  • Trekking route Map
  • Domestic Airport tax
  • Souviner  Nepal  made Organice Tea
  • Company certificate after the successful trek
  • Seasonal fresh fruit juice during the trek

What Is Excluded?

  • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Kathmandu Airport You need 2 passport size photos and $40 dollar
  • International airfare/Your Travel insurance
  • Lunch/Dinner in Kathmandu/pokhara/
  • Tea/Coffee/bottles drinks/ Sweet things
  • Hot shower/Camera’s  battery charge during the trek

Altitude Graph

Route Map

Route Map

FAQs

The Annapurna Tilicho Lake Trek is a trekking route in the Annapurna region of Nepal that combines the classic Annapurna Circuit Trek with a side trip to Tilicho Lake, one of the highest lakes in the world. This trek offers trekkers an opportunity to experience diverse landscapes, cultures, and natural attractions while visiting the iconic Annapurna massif and the stunning Tilicho Lake.

Here's an overview of the Annapurna Tilicho Lake Trek:

Annapurna Circuit Route: The trek typically starts in Besisahar and follows the traditional Annapurna Circuit route, passing through diverse landscapes such as subtropical forests, terraced fields, and alpine meadows. Trekkers encounter traditional villages inhabited by ethnic communities like the Gurung, Magar, and Thakali people.

Tilicho Lake Side Trip: After reaching Manang, trekkers take a detour to visit Tilicho Lake, which is situated at an altitude of approximately 4,919 meters (16,138 feet). The trail to Tilicho Lake involves ascending steep terrain and crossing rugged landscapes, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks.

Natural Landscapes: Throughout the trek, trekkers are treated to stunning views of snow-capped peaks such as Annapurna II, III, and IV, Gangapurna, and Tilicho Peak. The diverse landscapes include lush forests, high mountain passes, and glacial valleys, providing a rich and varied trekking experience.

Cultural Encounters: Along the trail, trekkers have opportunities to interact with local communities, visit ancient monasteries and religious sites, and experience the unique culture and traditions of the people living in the region.

Challenging Terrain: The Annapurna Tilicho Lake Trek includes challenging sections such as crossing the Thorong La Pass (5,416 meters or 17,769 feet) and ascending steep trails to Tilicho Lake. Trekkers should be prepared for the physical demands of the trek, including high altitude and rugged terrain.

Remote Wilderness: The trek takes trekkers through remote and relatively untouched wilderness areas, providing a sense of adventure and solitude amidst the pristine natural surroundings. Away from the hustle and bustle of civilization, trekkers can immerse themselves in the tranquility and beauty of the Himalayan landscape.

Overall, the Annapurna Tilicho Lake Trek offers a unique and unforgettable adventure for those seeking to explore the natural and cultural treasures of the Annapurna region while visiting the mesmerizing Tilicho Lake.
 

The duration of the Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek can vary depending on several factors, including the specific itinerary chosen, trekking pace, acclimatization needs, and any side trips taken along the way. However, a typical itinerary for the Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek ranges from 10 to 15 days.

This itinerary provides a comprehensive trekking experience, including the highlights of both the Annapurna Circuit and the Tilicho Lake side trip. However, some trekkers may choose to shorten or extend the itinerary based on their preferences and time constraints.

Overall, completing the Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek usually takes around 10 to 15 days, depending on the pace and itinerary chosen.

While the Annapurna Circuit Trek is considered one of the more accessible and beginner-friendly treks in Nepal, it still presents challenges that may be demanding for those new to trekking. Here are some considerations for beginners considering the Annapurna Circuit Trek:

Physical Fitness: The trek involves walking long distances each day, often on uneven terrain and steep ascents and descents. While prior trekking experience is not necessarily required, beginners should be in good physical condition and prepared for the physical demands of the trek. Regular cardiovascular exercise and strength training can help prepare for the trek.

Altitude Considerations: The Annapurna Circuit Trek reaches high altitudes, with the highest point being the Thorong La Pass at 5,416 meters (17,769 feet). Altitude sickness is a potential risk, particularly for those who ascend too quickly without proper acclimatization. Beginners should take the time to acclimatize properly by ascending gradually and allowing for rest days as needed.

Trekking Experience: While beginners can certainly complete the Annapurna Circuit Trek, some prior trekking experience can be beneficial. Familiarity with hiking on uneven terrain and spending multiple days in a remote mountain environment can help beginners feel more comfortable and confident on the trek.

Guided vs. Independent Trekking: Beginners may feel more comfortable trekking with a knowledgeable guide who can provide support, navigation assistance, and guidance throughout the trek. Guided treks also typically include porters to carry heavy gear, which can make the trek more manageable for beginners. However, some experienced and adventurous beginners may choose to trek independently with a well-planned itinerary and proper preparation.

Preparation and Planning: Regardless of experience level, proper preparation and planning are essential for a successful trek. This includes researching the route, packing appropriate gear, obtaining necessary permits, and understanding potential risks and safety precautions.

In summary, while the Annapurna Circuit Trek is achievable for beginners with proper preparation and precautions, it's essential to assess one's fitness level, altitude tolerance, and comfort with outdoor adventure before embarking on the trek. Beginners should also consider trekking with a guide or joining a guided group for added support and safety.
 

The total distance of the Annapurna Circuit Trek route can vary slightly depending on the specific itinerary chosen and any side trips taken along the way. However, a typical Annapurna Circuit Trek covers a distance of approximately 160 to 230 kilometers (100 to 145 miles).

The trek usually starts in Besisahar and follows a clockwise or counterclockwise route around the Annapurna massif, passing through diverse landscapes, traditional villages, and high mountain passes. It typically takes around 12 to 21 days to complete the entire circuit, depending on factors such as trekking pace, acclimatization stops, and side trips.

Trekkers typically cover an average distance of 10 to 20 kilometers (6 to 12 miles) per day, with longer days on flat terrain and shorter days on steep ascents or descents. The trek culminates in Jomsom or Nayapul, where trekkers can either continue on to Ghorepani and Poon Hill or catch transportation back to Pokhara.


 

Yes. You'll get safe drinking water throughout your short Annapurna Circuit Tilicho Lake Trek. The water here comes directly from the mountains and is one of the safest to drink.

On the shorter Annapurna Circuit Trek, particularly the segment from Besisahar to Manang, it's generally safe to drink water from natural sources such as streams and springs. However, it's essential to take precautions to ensure the water is safe for consumption:

Purification: Even though the water may appear clean, it's advisable to treat it before drinking to remove any potential contaminants, including bacteria and protozoa. Boiling, using water purification tablets or drops, or using a portable water filter are common methods for water purification.

Local Advice: Local teahouses and lodges along the trekking route can provide information about the safety of drinking water from specific sources. They may also offer boiled or filtered water for purchase.

Avoid Contaminated Sources: Be cautious about drinking water from sources near human settlements, agricultural areas, or livestock grazing areas, as these sources may be contaminated. Whenever possible, collect water from fast-flowing streams or sources higher up in the mountains.

Bring Sufficient Water: While natural water sources are available along the trekking route, it's essential to carry an adequate supply of water between stops, especially during long stretches between villages or high-altitude sections where water sources may be scarce.

Hydration Bladders or Water Bottles: Use a hydration bladder or water bottles to store and carry treated water during the trek. Make sure the containers are clean and properly sealed to prevent contamination.

By taking these precautions, trekkers can minimize the risk of waterborne illnesses and stay hydrated during the Annapurna Circuit Trek. Additionally, it's a good idea to consult with experienced trekkers, guides, or local authorities for up-to-date information on water safety along the trekking route.
 

The cost of Annapurna Circuit Trek along Tilicho Lake Trek can vary based on your preference and itinerary. The price increases if you choose a jeep ride and flights from Jomsom and Pokhara.

However, the cost of this trek can be around USD 1150 per person. But the price is lowered if you purchase this trip in groups with Adventure Nepal Eco Treks.

For further information, please get in touch with our tour manager Mr Devi Pd. Baral, at +977-9851082358 (WhatsApp, 24/4 Support). You can also email info@nepalecotrekking.com for details regarding the price and availability.

The Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek is an extended trekking route in the Annapurna region of Nepal that combines the classic Annapurna Circuit trek with a side trip to Tilicho Lake, one of the highest lakes in the world. This trek offers trekkers an opportunity to experience a diverse range of landscapes, cultures, and natural attractions.

Here's an overview of the trek:

Annapurna Circuit: The trek typically starts in the town of Besisahar and follows the Marsyangdi River valley through lush subtropical forests, terraced fields, and traditional villages inhabited by diverse ethnic groups such as Gurung, Magar, and Tamang. As the trail ascends, it passes through alpine meadows, rhododendron forests, and high mountain passes, including the challenging Thorong La Pass (5,416 meters or 17,769 feet).

Tilicho Lake Side Trip: After reaching Manang, trekkers take a detour to visit Tilicho Lake, situated at an altitude of approximately 4,919 meters (16,138 feet). The trek to Tilicho Lake involves ascending steep trails and crossing rugged terrain, but the stunning turquoise lake surrounded by towering peaks makes it a rewarding destination.

Natural Landscapes: Throughout the trek, trekkers are treated to breathtaking views of Himalayan peaks such as Annapurna II, III, and IV, Gangapurna, Tilicho Peak, and others. The diverse landscapes include lush forests, barren valleys, rocky cliffs, and high mountain passes, offering a rich and varied trekking experience.

Cultural Encounters: Along the trail, trekkers have opportunities to interact with local communities, visit ancient monasteries and religious sites, and experience the unique culture and traditions of the people living in the region.

Challenging Terrain: The Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek is considered a challenging trek due to its high altitude, long duration, and steep ascents and descents. Trekkers need to be well-prepared both physically and mentally to tackle the demanding terrain and altitude.

Remote and Wilderness Experience: The trek takes trekkers through remote and relatively untouched wilderness areas, providing a sense of adventure and exploration as they journey through the heart of the Annapurna region.

Overall, the Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek offers a unique and unforgettable adventure for those seeking to explore the natural and cultural treasures of the Himalayas.
 

The Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek is famous for several reasons:

Scenic Beauty: The trek offers stunning views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges, including towering peaks, deep valleys, and serene alpine lakes. Tilicho Lake, in particular, with its turquoise waters surrounded by snow-capped peaks, is a highlight of the trek and attracts photographers and nature enthusiasts.

Cultural Diversity: The trek passes through diverse ethnic villages inhabited by Gurung, Magar, Tamang, and Thakali communities, allowing trekkers to experience the rich cultural heritage of the region. Visitors have the opportunity to interact with locals, observe traditional customs, and visit ancient monasteries and religious sites along the trail.

Challenging Terrain: The trek includes challenging sections such as crossing the Thorong La Pass (5,416 meters or 17,769 feet) and ascending steep trails to Tilicho Lake. Trekkers are rewarded with a sense of accomplishment upon completing these challenging segments and overcoming the high altitude and rugged terrain.

Remote Wilderness: The Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek takes trekkers through remote and relatively untouched wilderness areas, providing a sense of adventure and solitude amidst the pristine natural surroundings. Away from the hustle and bustle of civilization, trekkers can immerse themselves in the tranquility and beauty of the Himalayan landscape.

Adventure and Exploration: Trekking in the Annapurna region offers a sense of adventure and exploration as trekkers journey through diverse landscapes, encounter unique flora and fauna, and experience the ever-changing terrain of the Himalayas. The combination of natural beauty, cultural richness, and physical challenge makes the trek a memorable and fulfilling adventure for many.

Overall, the Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek is famous for its breathtaking scenery, cultural diversity, challenging terrain, and sense of adventure, making it a popular choice for trekkers seeking an unforgettable Himalayan experience.

The Short Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake is considered to be moderately to strenuously difficult due to several factors, including high altitude, steep ascents and descents, and the overall duration of the trek. Here are some key factors contributing to the difficulty level of this trek:

High Altitude: The trek reaches high altitudes, with the highest point being the Thorong La Pass at 5,416 meters (17,769 feet) above sea level. Altitude sickness is a potential risk, particularly for those who ascend too quickly without proper acclimatization. Trekkers should be aware of the symptoms of altitude sickness and take appropriate precautions, such as ascending gradually and allowing for rest days.

Steep Terrain: The trek involves steep ascents and descents, especially when ascending to Tilicho Lake and crossing the Thorong La Pass. Trekking on rugged terrain with uneven trails can be physically demanding and requires a reasonable level of fitness and stamina.

Duration: Although it's called the "Short" Annapurna Circuit Trek, this route still typically takes around 10 to 15 days to complete. Trekking for an extended period can be mentally and physically challenging, especially when facing high altitudes and challenging terrain.

Tilicho Lake Side Trip: Adding the side trip to Tilicho Lake increases the overall difficulty of the trek. The ascent to Tilicho Lake involves steep and strenuous trails, and the high altitude adds an additional challenge. However, the stunning scenery and unique experience of visiting Tilicho Lake may make the effort worthwhile for many trekkers.

Weather Conditions: Weather conditions in the Himalayas can be unpredictable, with the possibility of rain, snow, and high winds at higher elevations. Trekkers should be prepared for a range of weather conditions and ensure they have appropriate clothing and gear to stay warm and dry.

Overall, while the Short Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake is achievable for trekkers with a moderate to high level of fitness and trekking experience, it's essential to be well-prepared physically and mentally for the challenges of high-altitude trekking in the Himalayas. Additionally, proper acclimatization, pacing, and adequate rest are crucial for a safe and enjoyable trekking experience.

People choose to do the Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek for several reasons:

Scenic Beauty: The trek offers stunning views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges, including towering peaks, deep valleys, and serene alpine lakes. Tilicho Lake, in particular, with its turquoise waters surrounded by snow-capped peaks, is a highlight of the trek and attracts photographers and nature enthusiasts.

Adventure and Challenge: The trek involves traversing diverse landscapes, including lush forests, high mountain passes, and rocky terrain. Crossing the Thorong La Pass (5,416 meters or 17,769 feet) is a challenging but rewarding experience, offering panoramic views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks.

Cultural Immersion: Along the trekking route, trekkers have the opportunity to interact with local communities, experience traditional Nepali and Tibetan culture, and visit ancient monasteries and religious sites. The villages along the Annapurna Circuit are inhabited by diverse ethnic groups such as the Gurung, Magar, and Thakali people, each with their own unique traditions and customs.

Tilicho Lake Side Trip: The side trip to Tilicho Lake adds an extra dimension to the trek, allowing trekkers to explore one of the highest lakes in the world. The journey to Tilicho Lake involves ascending steep trails and crossing rugged terrain, but the stunning scenery and sense of accomplishment make it a worthwhile detour.

Accessibility: The Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek is relatively accessible compared to some other treks in Nepal, making it suitable for trekkers of various fitness levels and experience. The trail is well-established, with teahouses and lodges providing accommodation and meals along the route.

Overall, the Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek offers a unique and unforgettable adventure for those seeking to explore the natural beauty, cultural richness, and adventure of the Annapurna region while visiting the mesmerizing Tilicho Lake.

The Tilicho Base Camp is located at an altitude of approximately 4,150 meters (13,615 feet) above sea level. It serves as a starting point for trekkers and mountaineers heading towards Tilicho Lake and the surrounding peaks in the Annapurna region of Nepal.

 

 

 

 

 

The Thorong La Pass, located in the Annapurna region of Nepal, is one of the highest mountain passes in the world. It sits at an altitude of approximately 5,416 meters (17,769 feet) above sea level. This pass is a crucial point along the popular Annapurna Circuit trek, offering stunning panoramic views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks.

Additional Information

Trek Benefits

Trekkers on Annapurna Circuit Trek only hike to Tilicho Lake if they purchase Annapurna Circuit Tilicho Lake Trek. And there's one limitation on this purchase; it's more than a 16-day long trek. Hence, only a few trekkers can afford the time and money for the 16-day walk.

 

Therefore, to make the Tilicho Lake Trek along with Annapurna Circuit, Adventure Nepal Eco Treks offers a ten days short Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake in 2023. This short trek takes you to almost every place on Annapurna Circuit, where trekkers hike for 16 long days.

 

This trek's itinerary shows you driving from Kathmandu to Manang, which is more than 270 km long. Taking a bus can be tiring as you must change buses from Besisahar. Hence, we offer you a jeep ride from Kathmandu to Manang to make your travel comfortable.

 

Throughout your Annapurna Circuit Tilicho Lake Trek, you'll get nine nights of accommodation, including one during your arrival in Kathmandu.

 

On trekking, you'll get the best available tea house at every place. The rooms will be twin-sharing but may only have an attached bathroom at some locations. You'll get twin-sharing rooms with attached bathrooms in places like Manang (2N) and Muktinath. And if you're looking for individual trekking with a guide, you'll also have the option of a private room.

In other places, you'll get standard twin-sharing rooms.

 

All-inclusive short Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake Trek offers three meals daily for trekkers. This trek gives you ten breakfasts, ten lunches, and nine dinners.

 

Breakfast meals include Tibetan Breads, Porridge, Oatmeals, Muesli, Toast, Butter & Honey, Hashed Brown Eggs, Mashed Potatoes, Noodle Soups etc. The breakfast menu includes hot drinks like tea, coffee, ginger lemon, and milk.

 

Lunch and dinner are similar, but you can try different daily meals. Nepali Dal Bhat, Pizza, Burgers, Spaghetti with Tuna, Tenduk, Thukpa, Sherpa Stew, Burger and fries, Rice puddings, Noodles, Steaks, etc., are popular meals for lunch and dinner.

 

Note: At higher altitudes, you may not get wider meal choices. But, still, you'll have a handful of healthy meals to choose from.

 

Electricity in Annapurna Circuit Tilicho Lake Trek is available almost everywhere, sufficient to recharge your mobile devices and camera batteries.

 

Also, a hot water or bucket shower is available at every tea house in the region. Moreover, a trekker can benefit from lukewarm drinking water at every stop.

 

Finding a decent speed internet while trekking on Annapurna Circuit will be fine for trekkers. At every place, you can expect the internet. However, some days, the internet can get disrupted and may not work due to certain factors and poor weather.

 

All these services are available for a few dollars. Also, all these additional services are solely your expense, and the cost of the trip you paid for us won't cover these expenses.

 

Undoubtedly, Spring and Autumn months are the best time for both Annapurna Circuit Trek and Tilicho Lake Trek. The crystal clear viewing, deep blue sky, scintillating mountains, rain-free days, and warm temperature two times a year is best for trekking.

 

However, Adventure Nepal Eco Treks also arranges this trekking on demand throughout the year.

Spring in Annapurna Circuit Tilicho Lake sees thousands of trekkers on hikes from March to May. The snowfall of winter and early Spring makes the landscape even more alluring. Moreover, the rain-free days with the utmost visibility make the sightseeing experience unmatched.

 

The average daytime temperature at Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho lake in Spring is 4 degrees Celsius. Furthermore, the minimum temperature at these places in March can be between -18 to -20 degrees. But it becomes warmer in April and May. The wind speed in Annapurna Circuit averages five mph in Spring.

Autumn days in Annapurna Circuit Trek and at Tilicho Lake are warmer. And this lures thousands of trekkers from September to November.

 

The monsoon rain clears the outlook and washes all the dust and fog. Due to this, you'll get a fantastic sightseeing experience. Also, you may encounter some fresh snowfall during Autumn at Thorung La Pass or Tilicho Lake.

 

The warm daytime temperature of 15 degrees and minimum temperature around freezing makes the day hike and night sleep nice and friendly. Plus, the greenery of bushes and ripening of grains brings the landscape to life.

Summer months from June to August see frequent rainfall. Hence, the Summer months for this trek are not recommended.

 

Also, winter here becomes very cold, snowy, and freezing. Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake in winter is doable, but we don't recommend you do this trek in winter.

 

While trekking to Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake, you'll be in Annapurna Conservation Area. Thus, to access this conservation area, you must purchase an Annapurna Conservation Area Project permit (ACAP). Furthermore, you must buy a Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) Card while trekking.

 

These two permits cost USD 50 or NPR 5000 and remain valid throughout the year. While booking this trek with us, you must submit a copy of your passport and photo so we can arrange the permit for you on time.

Altitude sickness in Annapurna Circuit Trek and while trekking to Tilicho Lake is likely but manageable.

 

You may experience symptoms like headaches, nausea, vomiting, shortness of breath, extreme fatigue, and more. When you feel any of these, kindly report to your trek guide immediately. Your trek guide decides whether to take some rest and continue or descend to a lower altitude.

 

To cope with altitude sickness, we provide a day of acclimatization stop at Manang. Manang sits at 3,500 plus meters and is an ideal spot for acclimatization before hiking to Thorung La Pass and Tilicho Lake.

 

We recommend you rehydrate frequently, consume adequate meals, and avoid alcohol and smoking while trekking. You can also take altitude sickness prevention medicines like Diamox by consulting a physician.

If there's one thing you should be aware of bringing to this trek, it's your travel insurance policy. And if you fail to provide us with a valid insurance policy, we hold every right to exclude you from the departure trip.

 

A travel insurance policy can get you helicopter rescue if you get altitude sickness. Also, it covers the hospitalization and medication cost if required. It saves you from dying at high altitudes.

Note: We don't purchase insurance for trekkers joining our fixed departure trips. But, upon request, we recommend a few of the best insurance agencies in Nepal.

 

Also, after booking this trek with us, please provide us with a copy of your travel insurance policy.

 

Adventure Nepal Eco Treks commits to 100% safety and security for trekkers joining every trek. Our highly experienced trekking guide ensures everyone in the team is in the best shape and is fit enough to continue the hike.

 

Plus, we organize every trek with medium-sized fixed groups. Hence, we ensure that everyone gets equal attention during the tour.

 

Our trek guides are well-trained with first aid medications. Also, you'll get helicopter evacuation and horse riding if necessary.

 

At the end of the Short Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake, you must provide some amount as a tip to trek guides and porters. Every trekker tips their trekking guides and porters for nearly 10% of the trek cost.


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