Annapurna circuit with Tilicho Lake trek takes around the blissful Annapurna Massif as we journey to the highest lake in the world – Tilicho Lake (4,949m). The picturesque landscape of the Annapurna region summed up with the transcendent beauty of this serine lakes makes this trek a journey of a lifetime. In this long trek, we will walk through the diverse landscape that ranges from rocky trails to the thick forests to open grassland whilst enjoying the elegance of the natures and the artistry of the mystic peaks of the western Himalayas. On the trail, we will also visit the Holy land of Muktinath which is famous among the Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims.

As we walk across the narrow canyons, in and out of the valley, along with the great Marsyangdi river, the ecstasy with nature becomes imminent. The mountains like Mt. Macchapuchhre (6,993m), Mt. Manaslu (8,163m), Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Lamjung Himal (6,983m) can be seen at their full might peaking at us as we traverse through the scenic routes.

Annapurna circuit with Tilicho Lake is a challenging trek. Rated as moderately difficult, this houses some of the most arduous walks in the Annapurna region. Although there are instances when we can have a pleasant walk through the plain grassy lands, there are such times when nature pushes us to the limit. As such, we suggest that you have prior experience of trekking beforehand. Similarly, the highest point of this trek is the pass called Thorang La which is at the height of 5,416m. Trekking at such great height requires stamina and endurance. Acclimatization is a major weapon for successful completion and we take our time walking through such high altitude with thin air. With all these challenges, conquering the Annapurna circuit and Tilicho lake becomes, even more, a prestige. 

Trip Highlights

  • Annapurna circuit with Tilicho Lake takes us around the great Annapurna range and to the turquoise colored Tilicho Lake
  • Traverse across the lush green forests, oak and alpine shrubs, wide meadows and rocky landscape while enjoying the scenic beauty of the herculean mountains
  • Interact and acquaint with the local villagers as you learn their culture and lifestyle
  • Enjoy the panoramic view of the surrounding mountains on the backdrop of the still and clear Tilicho Lake
  • Thorang La (5,416m) is the highest point in the trek that connects Manang and Muktinath region

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
  • Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing
  • Day 03: Kathmandu – Chamje (1,410m)
  • Day 04: Chamje – Dharapani (1,960m)
  • Day 05: Dharapani – Chame (2,710m)
  • Day 06: Chame – Pisang (3,300m)
  • Day 07: Pisang – Manang (3,500m)
  • Day 08: Manang – Khangsar (3,745m)
  • Day 09: Khangsar – Tilicho Basecamp (4,140m)
  • Day 10: Excursion to Tilicho Lake (4,919m)
  • Day 11: Tilicho Base camp – Yak Kharka (4,040m)
  • Day 12: Yak Kharka – Thorong Phedi (4,420m)
  • Day 13: Thorang Phedi – Muktinath
  • Day 14: Muktinath – Jomsom
  • Day 15: Jomson – Pokhara
  • Day 16: Pokhara – Kathmandu
  • Day 17: Departure

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

    The journey to the Annapurna circuit starts from your arrival in Kathmandu. After the flight arrives at Tribhuvan International Airport you will be transferred to the hotel. There, you can relax and take a nice shower. The rest of the day can be used to enjoy the city. Thamel is a tourist place in Kathmandu known for the availability of restaurants, pubs and its nightlife.

  • Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing

    Before embarking on our quest to Annapurna circuit, we take this day to visit various historical and religious sites in the Kathmandu valley. These include the holy temple of Pashupatinath, the largest stupa in the world- Bouddhanath and the Monkey temple of Swoyambhunath. We will also visit the Kathmandu Durbar Square. All of these are enlisted in UNESCO world heritage sites. In the evening, briefing about the trek will be done and we get packing for the next day.

  • Day 03: Kathmandu – Chamje (1,410m)

    After early morning breakfast at our hotel, we drive to the Chamje village. Located west of the valley, we take Prithvi Highway to get there. Along the way, we can enjoy the view of the hills, Trishuli river, and the green grasslands. Reaching Chamje we can stroll around the village and interact with people. There is also a waterfall in the area where we can go for an excursion. 7 hours of drive. BLD included.

  • Day 04: Chamje – Dharapani (1,960m)

    We trek through the plain grassland. Then we will come across Rhododendron and Bamboo forests. After crossing a long suspension bridge, we reach Bagarchap with the view of the beautiful Mt. Annapurna II. Walking uphill we cross Tal village and reach Dharapani. 6 hours of walk. BLD Included.

  • Day 05: Dharapani – Chame (2,710m)

    It’s a gradual ascent through the rocky landscape. Then we enter oak and pine forest to reach Danaque (2,201m). Throughout the way, we can enjoy the view of the Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II and IV in the distance. Crossing the Timang village, we trek some more and reach Chame. 7 hours of walk. BLD included.

  • Day 06: Chame – Pisang (3,300m)

    Trekking alongside the Marsyangi river we walk up to the narrow valley and enter the Manang region. The view of the Annapurna ranges will keep us company as we trek through the dense forest and open lands. After a gradual uphill trek, we reach Pisang and rest for the night. 7 hours of walk. BLD included.

  • Day 07: Pisang – Manang (3,500m)

    Initially, its an uphill trek to Upper Pisang. Then, the trail opens up with the view of Annapurna III and IV. From there, the trail becomes rocky. Through the uneven lands and cold windy weather, we reach Manang where we stay overnight at a lodge. 6 hours of walk. BLD included.

  • Day 08: Manang – Khangsar (3,745m)

    Leaving Manang, we head up the hill through the gorge. The view of the Tilicho peak can be seen up on the horizon. We pass through the Gurung settlements with the view of the Annapurna range along the way and walking alongside the Khangsar river we reach Khangsar village. 4 hours of walk. BLD included.

  • Day 09: Khangsar – Tilicho Basecamp (4,140m)

    Today we trek uphill through the thin air so we have to proceed carefully and slowly. After an open grassland at the beginning of the day, we ascend up the hill through the rocky lands. Then again we drop down to Tilicho Basecamp. Along the way, we can enjoy the chortens and Gompas. 6 hours of walk. BLD included.

  • Day 10: Excursion to Tilicho Lake (4,919m)

    We start our trek early in order to avoid strong winds. The lands are rocky and uneven. After a steep climb through the moraine, we reach our next destination – The Tilicho Lake. The view of the surrounding mountains from the area is mesmerizing. The water is clear and still and the lake is worth some great pictures. After spending some time, we climb down to the Basecamp. 6 hours of walk. BLD included.

  • Day 11: Tilicho Base camp – Yak Kharka (4,040m)

    As we move out of the Marsyangdi Valley, the rocky landscape is substituted by shrubs and greenery. Through the juniper and alpine shrubs, we descend down to Yak Kharka. Yak Kharka is an open land with the animals like yaks and sheeps grazing. Furthermore, the Annapurna range can be seen acting as a backdrop to the green landscape. 6 hours of walk. BLD included.

  • Day 12: Yak Kharka – Thorong Phedi (4,420m)

    This is an uphill walk through the hillside. We also have to cross a long suspension bridge above the Jharsang river. Trekking slowly, we have to be careful of the high altitude. Occasionally, we will be blessed with the wild creatures like the Himalayan Griffth or the blue sheeps in the area. Climbing up hills we reach Thorang Phedi. 6 hours of walk. BLD included.

  • Day 13: Thorang Phedi – Muktinath

    This is the toughest day as we have to cross the Thorang La (5,416) – the pass that connects Manang to the holy land of Muktinath. The air is thin and we walk slowly through the uneven landscape. The panoramic view from the Thorang pass is majestic with the snow clad mountains reflecting the sunrays. Reaching Muktinath we pay our blessing to the holy temple. 8 hours of trek.

  • Day 14: Muktinath – Jomsom

    After enjoying the beautiful sun rise along with the view of Dhaulagiri we descend down through the rocky trails and grassy lands. Moving alongside the Kali Gandaki river we reach Kagbeni. Then, through the terraced farmland and wide meadows, we reach Jomsom. 7 hours of walk. BLD included.

  • Day 15: Jomson – Pokhara

    We take an early morning flight to Pokhara. Through the window of the plane, we can see the view of the majestic western Himalayas. Flying between the great Annapurna range and the Dhaulagiri range is a grandeur on its own. We will have an entire day in the Lake city for boating, cycling and strolling around the town. At night, we can enjoy the live music in the bars and restaurant around town. 30 minutes of flight. Breakfast included.

  • Day 16: Pokhara – Kathmandu

    After the breakfast at the hotel, we board the flight back to Kathmandu. The rest of the day you have to yourself. It’s either roam around the city, souvenir shopping or takes a well-deserved sleep back at the hotel. Treat yourself with the delicacies of Nepal. 30 minutes of flight.

  • Day 17: Departure

    Its the end of the journey. Now you have conquered the Annapurna circuit and visited the grand Tilicho lake as well as the holy temple of Muktinath. Depending on the time of your flight’s arrival you will be dropped at the Tribhuvan International Airport.