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Annapurna Tilicho Lake Trekking leads you to the marvelous combination of short circuit of Annapurna with a visit of beautiful Tilicho Lake located beyond Manang valley and off the main Annapurna circuit trail . Annapurna Tilicho Lake Trekking offers you with fascinating moments within a colorful culture of high Manang villages interwoven with strong Buddhism where you will soak into beautiful scenery of grand mountain views and a panorama of dramatic landscapes.

Annapurna Tilicho Lake Trekking located on hidden areas of Manang within high Gangapurna Himal and Tilicho Peaks within serene and isolated corners close to high pass of Mesokanto-la pass. Tilicho Lake considered as one of the holiest spots for Hindu as well for Buddhist followers also regarded as the country highest lake at the height of 4,140 m enclosed by series of giant peaks that makes picturesque scenery of whole surrounding landscapes.

Annapurna Tilicho Lake Trekking begins with an interesting drive from Kathmandu to reach Nepal Mid-West region around Lamjung Himal district and its large Besisar town, where walk follows from further west to reach at high hills covered with beautiful forest and views of high mountains.

Journey leads past nice villages of Jagat-Dharapani and Chame town and towards the windswept scenic valley of Manang hidden behind towering peaks of Chulus and Annapurna, at Manang with pleasant rest days for acclimatization and then heading towards our destination at Tilicho Lake.

Tilicho Lake walk leads away from main Annapurna trails towards remote areas of Manang where you will enjoy amazing views and times then back on the main trail of Annapurna circuit to reach high Thorang-la pass that separates Manang and Mustang district.

Crossing scenic Thorang-la pass with a long downhill to Mustang areas at a holy spot of Muktinath temple a famous pilgrimage place where our walk ends heading to Jomsom town for a scenic / short flight to beautiful touristic Pokhara blessed with natural beauty with lakes and high peaks Annapurna.

At Pokhara a great perfect place to end our marvelous high altitude treks at a scenic spot, and then heading back at Kathmandu, after a glorious time and experience on Annapurna Tilicho Lake trekking.

Outline Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu via various airlines and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: In Kathmandu options for a sightseeing tour and trek preparation.
Day 03: Drive to Syange 1,240 m via Besisar 800 m - 08 hrs
Day 04: Trek to Dharapani 1,920 m - 06 hrs.
Day 05: Trek to Chame 2,670 m - 05 hrs.
Day 06: Trek to Pisang 3, 230 m - 05 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Manang Village 3,450 m - 05 hrs.
Day 08: Rest day at Manang for local hikes and acclimatization.
Day 09: Trek to Khangsar 3,734 - 05 hrs.
Day 10: Trek to Tilicho Base Camp 4, 800 m - 05 hrs.
Day 11: Hike to Tilicho Lake 4,140 m and return to base camp - 06 hrs.
Day 12: Trek to Sri-Kharka 4,140 - 05 hrs.
Day 13: Trek to Yak Kharka 4,110 m - 06 hrs.
Day 14: Trek to Thorang High Camp 4,600 m - 04 hrs.
Day 15: Cross Thorang-La 5,416 m and to Muktinath 3,800 m - 07 hrs.
Day 16: Drive to Jomsom 2, 715 m - 02 hrs.
Day 17: Fly / drive to Pokhara 860 m from Jomsom with free afternoon.
Day 18: Drive / Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 19: International Departure homeward bound or respective countries.
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Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu via various airlines and transfer to hotel.

On reaching at Kathmandu international airport received by White Lotus staff / guide for short transfer in the heart of Kathmandu at Thamel area an interesting place after checking into your hotel room, meet at hotel lobby for group briefing regarding Annapurna Tilicho Lake Trekking with other information to make your stay in Nepal enjoyable.

Evening includes welcome dinner in authentic Nepalese restaurants with culture programs of the country.

Day 02: In Kathmandu options for sightseeing tour and trek preparation.

Free day in Kathmandu for leisure activities where you can join in our sightseeing tour around the city places of Interest as Kathmandu valley steeped with world heritage sites, rest of the day preparation for Annapurna Tilicho Lake trekking.

Day 03: Drive to Syange 1,240 m via Besisar 800 m - 08 hrs.

Morning a long exciting overland journey on Nepal main highway to reach at Nepal Mid West within low warm farm country at Lamjung district in Besisar town, where drive continues following Marysangdi River to reach at Syange for first overnight halt in a nice simple lodge, facing views of waterfalls.

Day 04: Trek to Dharapani 1,920 m - 06 hrs.

After a refreshing stop at Syange village starting with climb for few hours to reach at Jagat and then on gradual winding trail to Chamje, and back to Marysangdi River crossing towards eastern bank and into forested area, with views of Annapurna and Manaslu mountain ranges.

Walk continues to Tal Besi village, another few hours walk reaching at Dharapani village for overnight stop, a nice alpine large village with more Buddhism culture.

Day 05: Trek to Chame 2,670 m - 05 hrs.

Morning walk along winding trail within rhododendron, pine forest to Bagarchap and Danque villages, then climb to Timang village.

From here onwards into strong Buddhist area with view of Mt. Manaslu and Annapurna peaks, as walk leads beyond Timang village for few hours to Koto and then at Chame town for overnight stop, a large major town and headquarter of Manang area.

Day 06: Trek to Pisang 3, 230 m - 05 hrs.

Adventure continue heading much cooler area and getting closer to mountains region, trek through alpine forest following Masrsyangdi River upstream with short up for lunch break at Dukuri Pokhari, and then descends to lower Pisang village for overnight stop.

Day 07: Trek to Manang Village 3,450 m - 05 hrs.

Pisang village offers views of Chulus and Pisang peaks as walk leads through forest with short tough and perspectives on amazing Annapurna II and III, Gangapurna Chulus and Pisang peak.

Descend to Hongde village, from here tree lines drops for barren landscapes with cold, dry arctic climate. Before Manang, visit old Braga monastery with old Buddhist relics and afterward an hour walk brings at Manang village. The houses here are built up in traditional Tibetan style and Manang people are known for their rich cultural and traditions.

Day 08: Rest day at Manang for local hikes and acclimatization.

A fundamental rest day for acclimatization before heading higher rise, explore Manang village, located beneath Annapurna and Gangapurna mountain range and Manang glacial Lake.

Day 09: Trek to Khangsar 3,734 m - 05 hrs.

From Manang our course begins and away and past Manang Valley to reach Tilicho Lake, on leaving the primary Annapurna Circuit trail heading into complete wilderness and getting closer to high Himalayan peaks. Walk leads through Manang town where our way redirects heading due south to reach first at Khangsar village for overnight stop, a remote and last settlement of Manang on course to Tilicho Lake and towards Mesokanto-La pass.

Day 10: Trek to Tilicho Base Camp 4,150 m - 04 hrs.

After Khangsar, morning prompts a trip confronting enormous perspectives on Gangapurna and Tilicho Peaks, as walk leads into sheer wilderness of arid and barren landscapes, with few bushes of juniper and Burberry prickly plants. Walk leads into narrow trail with short climb and ups to reach at Tilicho Base Camp for overnight stop with views of snow clad peaks at close distance.

Day 11: Trek to Tilicho Lake 4,920 m and walk back at base camp.

Morning walk takes you to our primary feature of the experience heading steep move for brief time and after that dive to the shore of delightful turquoise shaded Tilicho Lake, a glorious spot encompassed by high pinnacles of Tilicho and Gangapurna Himal.

Appreciate climb around the lake, viewed as hallowed spot by the two religions Hindu and Buddhist, really a most stunning background to visit this exquisite emerald pool of Tilicho, with scenic moment at Tilicho Lake, afternoon heading back with climb back at base camp.

Day 12: Trek to Sri-Kharka 4,140 - 05 hrs.

After a wonderful walk to beautiful areas of Tilicho lake head north direction with steep climb and downhill to reach at overnight stop in a small area of Sri-Kharka with few good simple lodges to stay facing grand views of peaks.

Day 13:   Trek to Yak Kharka 4,110 m - 05 hrs.

On completing our visit other side of Manang valley around Tilicho Lake, morning walk leads to Khangsar village on uphill path then on level ground to reach at a nice place in Yak Kharka for overnight stop.

Day 14: Trek to Thorang High Camp 4,600 m - 04 hrs.

Morning walk leads closer to Thorang-la as the walk progress crossing a bridge and then a climb along the Jarjung River, then leading at Thorung Phedi for short rest and after that climb the most recent hour tough to Thorang High Camp for medium-term stop.

Day 15: Cross Thorang-La 5,416 m and to Muktinath 3,800 m - 07 hrs.

Starting early morning to reach highest point of the great adventure, after breakfast scale to Thorang-la at over 5,416 m set apart with Buddhist petition flags, offers superb vista landscapes and snowcapped peaks, from here a long descend to Muktinath at 3,800 m.

Muktinath a blessed spot for both Hindu and Buddhist the word Muktinath truly means ‘the place for Nirvana or Liberation.

Day 16: Drive to Jomsom 2,715 m - 02 hrs.

From Muktinath village, after ending our walks drive towards Kaligandaki river valley to reach at Jomsom, headquarter town of Mustang region with small airstrip, at Jomsom for overnight stop.

Day 17: Fly or drive to Pokhara and transfer to hotel.

Morning from Jomsom inn exchange to its little airplane terminal where wonderful trip with energizing perspectives on Annapurna and Dhaulagiri extend contact you at Pokhara by its serene Phewa Lake for overnight stop. (Option for overland drive to Pokhara from Jomsom takes more than 6 hours past Tatopani village and Beni town)

Day 18: Drive / Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

Morning after breakfast drive back to Kathmandu on the same interesting highway past farm villages and town with last few hour climb to reach the valley rim that takes you into the city of Kathmandu and transfer to your hotel. (Flight options 30 minutes to reach Kathmandu from Pokhara by air)

Day 19: International Departure homeward bound or respective countries.

As per your international flight time for homeward bound or to next respective destinations, depart from the hotel where White Lotus staff transfer you to Kathmandu International airport with final farewell after a great adventure and experience on Annapurna Tilicho Lake Trekking.

19 days

Trip Highlights

  • A great adventure a combination best of Manang valley with scenic Tilicho Lake
  • Enjoy beautiful experience with daily views of high Annapurna and Chulu peaks
  • Explore nice lovely hill villages of great interesting culture of Buddhism religion
  • From green forest to barren and arid landscapes within high Manang valley
  • Walk on popular and famous Annapurna circuit trail and beyond to Tilicho Lake
  • Cross high Thorang-la pass facing breathtaking panorama of mountain views

Cost Includes:

  • All airport/hotel/land transfers via private or public vehicle unless otherwise requested
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • Welcome and farewell dinner.
  • Teahouse/Lodge accommodation during the trek with all meals included.
  • Sightseeing tours in Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur which includes a tour guide and entrance fees.
  • Experienced trek leader, assistant guide and Sherpa porters including their salaries, insurance, equipment, flight, food and accommodation.
  • All necessary permits required for visit (national park entrance fee, TIMS).
  • A comprehensive medical kit for general and emergency purpose.
  • All government and local taxes wherever applicable.

Cost Excludes:

  • Nepal visa fee ($30 and two passport photographs are required).
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Lunch in Kathmandu, unless requested for
  • Extra accommodation nights other than stated in the itinerary.
  • Travel and rescue insurance.

Trip Profile:

  • Accommodation: Hotels and lodge on treks
  • Trekking Grade: Moderate to Adventurous walks.
  • Activities: Sightseeing tour, exciting drive and scenic treks.
  • Highest altitude: At Thorang-la Pass 5,416 m high.
  • Trekking duration: 14 Nights and 15 Days (with drive both ways)
  • Total Trip: 18 Nights and 19 Days (arrival to final departure)
  • Seasons: March to May best time when wild-flower are in season October to mid December another best months for clear mountain views but cold in the morning and night time and chance of snow.