15 Day Annapurna Circuit Trek With Tilicho Lake | Discover world trekking encompasses all the famous trekking destinations like Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake. Scenic view of Mount Annapurna and Tilicho Lake are the major attraction for this trekking package. A detailed view is presented below about these two famous destinations.
The Annapurna Circuit is a trek within the Annapurna mountain range of central Nepal. The total length of the route varies between 160–230 km (100-145 mi), depending on where motor transportation is used and where the trek is ended. This trek crosses two different river valleys and encircles the Annapurna Massif. The path reaches its highest point at Thorung La pass (5416m/17769 ft), touching the edge of the Tibetan plateau. Practically all trekkers hike the route anticlockwise, as this way the daily altitude gain is slower, and crossing the high Thorong La pass is easier and safer. The mountain scenery, seen at close quarters includes the Annapurna Massif (Annapurna I-IV), Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Manaslu, Gangapurna, Tilicho Peak, Pisang Peak, and Paungda Danda.
Also, the Annapurna Circuit trek offers an extraordinary panorama of Annapurna (8,097 m), Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), Manaslu, Machhapuchhre and Tukuche together with many other stunning peaks in the background. The trek is extremely beautiful, with numerous orchid forests surrounding the trail, and rhododendrons covering entire hills in their typical red hue in the spring.
Likewise, the Tilicho Lake, recognized as the highest lakes in the world, is located at an eye-catching spot in the Annapurna region at an elevation of 4919 m. While trekking to the scenic Manang valley, the Thorung Peak and Annapurna can also be witnessed.
Tilicho Lake is a lake located in the Manang district of Nepal, 55 kilometers (34 mi) as the crow flies from the city of Pokhara. Trekkers attempting the Annapurna Circuit route usually cross the watershed between Manang and Kali Gandaki valleys over the 5416 meters high Thorong La pass. The alternate route, skirting Tilicho Lake from the north, has been gaining popularity. This route is more demanding and requires at least one night of camping. There are no tea houses or lodges past the Tilicho Base Camp lodge some kilometers east of the lake and the next village of Thini Gaon in the Kali Gandaki Valley.
Besides all of the en route the trek, we will see a variety of sceneries and zones that range from subtropical to alpine terrains. We will also encounter diverse ecosystems, different cultures and varying landscapes ranging from lush paddy fields and oak forests to rough mountain terrain. And finally, we get to trek the Kaligandaki gorge, the deepest gorge in the world!
Moreover, you get to observe a variety of wildlife including snow leopards, mountain that, jackal, blue sheep, different species of birds including colored Impeyan, Kokla, blood pheasant, and several species of butterflies and insects. In total, 100 mammals, more than 60 reptiles and amphibians, 450 species of birds, and 9 types of rhododendrons are indigenous to this region.
The beautiful trail will let you observe the crystal-clear Tilicho Lake, a lush spread of wildflowers, and stunning views of great Himalayan peaks. The unique combination of nature and culture is what makes the Annapurna Circuit with the side trip of Tilicho Lake trek one of the most famous trekking routes in the world.
Further, Nepal Lion Tours & Treks has been performing successful trekking in these areas and other destination of Nepal as well so, just have a trip set with us.
We will drive to Chyamje taking 8.30 to 9 hours. On your arrival at Dumre, you will feel the beginning of your trek. You will be driving to the Marsyangdi river valley then move to Besisahar and ultimately proceed to Chyamje via Syange and Shree Chaur.
To begin today’s trek, you will cross the eastern bank of the river to enter the Manang District at the settlement of Tal. You will keep on noticing changes in the landscapes, people, culture and architecture as we move ahead from Chyamje.
Here, we will see people of Tibetan origin their culture; houses made of rock, less tropical plants and more. The trail from Tal comes across the Marsyangdi River after Karte settlement and proceeds towards the Dharapani village.
We depart from Dharapani, you keep on ascending the river valley passing the Gurung Village, Thonje and then reach Bagarchhap.
Walking further, along the left shore, we ascend up to Manang valley passing through small settlements with terrific views of Mt. Manaslu (8163 m) and the mountains over Larkya La pass.
We will be walking along the trail which takes us up to Chame. We will come across the forests of Juniper, Pine, above fairly plane ground all the way through Bhratang village.
We will witness a superb view of Annapurna II to south.
Today, we continue our trek to Manang valley. We take a stable way up to reach to the top and witness the view of the Manang valley. This exciting spot offers superb views of the valleys, the great peaks of Gangapurna, Tilicho Annapurna II, III, Chulu east and Pisang peak.
The walk takes us further to Humde and then we have a pleasant walk up to the village of Braga and walking further we reach Manang.
Today we have an acclimatization day and to explore Manang. We might go to Chonkor View point (3800m.) and explore the village of about flat-roofed houses which are surrounded by magnificent scenery -Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Gangapurna to the South, Tilicho to the West – Chulu West and Chulu East to the North.
After having a rest for a day in Manang, today we make our way to the Tilicho Lake, located on the west of Manang all the way down to the river.
After coming across the Khangsar Khola, we arrive at Khangsar and move to a traditional Tibetan village.
We depart from Khangsar passing a Gompa and our path moves ahead towards a high ridge. One trail maintains the elevation, crossing the inclines to the narrow valley; the next one ascends towards the ridge.
The first one is the older path, and is more challenging; the later is a new trail that offers a comparatively easy trek. Following the new path, we reach a high ridge, and move down to a side gorge of the major valley.
On the other side, is the Tilicho Base Camp (4,200 m)
Today in order to avoid the wind, we start early in the morning.
From Tilicho Base camp to the Tilicho Lake, it takes around 3-4 hours. Tilicho Lake is a freezing desolate place in the afternoon and recognized as highest lake of the earth. Then, we will go back to Tilicho Base Camp.
On this day, we move back to standard Annapurna Circuit trail again. We can spot the view of the Annapurna, Tilicho peak, Gangapurna and more during the trek.
The track relaxingly winds up presenting views and passing through lands filled with juniper bushes, the only existing vegetation around this area, and then you will reach Yak-Kharka.
From Yak Kharka, we start our trek with slow pace to reach Phedi which means ‘foot of the hill’. We still have same splendid view of peaks and landscapes.
After an hour’s trek, we arrive at Ledar and go on to mount along the east shore of the Jorsang Khola, then descend and cross the river on a bridge. We stop for superb view and tea; we go across a narrow path, uneven incline before reaching to Thorung Phedi.
You can decide to either continue to High Camp or stay in Phedi depending on the conditions.
This is the best and most challenging day of the entire trip. We start our walk early in the morning. Today, our track turns out to be the steepest reach at high camp. We will be viewing sunrise and scenes of the mountains.
We keep on walking towards the top taking 3 to 4 hrs to reach the peak of the Throng La (5416 meter). Here, we can see fascinating scenery and then move downwards to Mustang and then to the Kaligandaki valley. Finally, we arrive at Muktinath after a 7 to 8 hrs long walk.
We visit Muktinath temple in the morning and move down to the Kaligandaki river valley.
We follow a calm trail for two hours till we reach the large city of Jomsom and headquarter of the Mustang region with a small runway just over the Kaligandaki River.
We take a drive to Pokhara through deepest canyon of the world lying between two gigantic mountain range of Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Dhaulagiri with many snow-topped peaks.
Passing all the way through the striking countryside early in the morning and travelling for 7 hours we return back to Kathmandu.
On arrival at Kathmandu, you will be transferred to the hotel.