Annapurna Circuit trek with Tilicho Lake and Poon Hill takes us to the worlds highest lake in the Manang District of Nepal.This trek starts right from Besisahar, and follows the Marsyangdi River with great views of Manaslu and Him Chuli to the east. This magnificent route leads you through traditional Manangi villages inhabited by friendly, habitual people who always offer a warm welcome amidst the magical, snow capped Himalayas The first part of the trail is that of the Annapurna circuit. However, from Manang we go to the mail valley to the west and trek up to the Tilicho Lake.Tilicho Lake collects the ice melt of the surrounding mountains and glaciers including Tilichio peak and Tilichio Glacier. It is one of the highest lakes in the world with its surface being at 4990m. In 2001, Hindu pilgrims from around the world flocked to the lake convinced it was a holy spot mentioned in the Ramayan - a holy book of the Hindus.
Our trail again joins the Annapurna circuit route and crosses the Thorong La pass, one of the highest passes in the world. We also climb up to Poon Hill famous for its spectacular views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. On our 20-day journey we pass through forests, cross pristine meadows, experience the change in vegetation, all the while being in the company of the glorious Himalayas.
Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) are the best months for this trip. Although this trip can be taken during winter, the cold temperature might not be suitable for everyone.
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The Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Poon Hill Trek passes through lowland Brahmin and Chhetri villages to the remote village of Manang and descends the Kali Gandaki Gorge (officially the deepest gorge in the world).
Tilicho Lake is highest lake in the world which is main attraction of this trek.
Thorung La Pass (5416m) in the trek is one of the highest passes in the world which trekkers can summit without climbing a mountain.
Sunrise view from Poon Hill is another main attraction of this trek
With a wide range of culturally rich ethnic groups, diverse terrain that ranges from subtropical jungle to high and dry landscape, the trek also includes spiritual hub Muktinath and Poon Hill, a famous viewpoint for panoramic mountain views.
Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)
Day 02:Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
Day 03:Drive from Kathmandu to Syange (1100m/3608 ft): 8 - 9 hours
Day 04:Trek from Syange to Dharapani (1,960m/6,430ft): 7 - 8 hours
Day 05:Dharapani to Chame (2,710m/8,891ft): 5 - 6 hours
Day 06:Chame to Pisang (3,300m/10824ft): 5 - 6 hours
Day 07:Pisang to Manang (3,500m/11,482ft): 6 - 7 hours
Day 08:Manang: Acclimatization day
Day 09:Manang to Siri Kharka (4060m/13,320ft): 4-5 hours
Day 10:Siri Kharka to Tilicho Base Camp (4140m/13,583ft): 5-6 hours
Day 11:Visit Tilicho Lake (4,949m/16,138 ft) then back to Siri Kharka: 5-6 hours
Day 12:Siri kharka to Yak kharka (4040m/13,020ft):4-5 hours
Day 13:Yak kharka to Thorang Phedi: (4420m/14501ft): 3-4 hours
Day 14:Thorong Phedi to Thorong La pass (5416m/17764ft) to Muktinath (3,800/12,467ft): 7 - 8 hours
Day 15:Drive from Muktinath to Tatopani (1,200m/3937ft): 6 - 8 hours
Day 16:Tatopani to Ghorepani (2,850m/9,350ft): 7 - 8 hours
Day 17:Ghorepani to Poon Hill to Tadapani (2,700m/8,860ft): 6 - 7 hours
Day 18:Trek to Nayapul then drive to Pokhara: 5-6 hours trek and 1 hour drive
Day 19:Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu: 5-6 hours
Day 20:Final departure
Airport Pick up and drop off service by Private Coach.
2 night's accommodation with breakfast at standard Hotel in Kathmandu.
1 night accommodation with breakfast at standard Hotel in Pokhara.
Three time food in a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) while you are on trekking.
Tea House accommodation during the trek.
Professional English speaking trekking guide (trained by Ministry of tourism) his food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipments etc.
Local bus to go besishar and Tourist Bus Ticket to Kathmandu.
Annapurna conservation permits & TIMS Permits.
Tourist service charge, Vat.
One map Annapurna Trekking for the group .
International airfare and Nepal Visa Fees.
Nepal Travel insurance.
Food in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
Travel/Medical insurance and Emergency evacuation cost if needed.
Personal expenses such as phone call, drinks, donation, souvenirs etc.
Expenses occurred due to unavoidable Events i.e. road wrecks, flight delays etc.
Tips for guide, porter (it is expected).
Day 01Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)Upon our arrival in the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, we will be greeted by a representative from Mountain Rock Treks & Expedition who will drop you at our hotel. After checking in, we take a rest or visit Mountain rock’s office. We may also stroll in the streets of Thamel, a tourist hub in Kathmandu for some souvenir shopping. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner hosted by Mountain Rock.
Day 02Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation Today after breakfast we start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites including the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambhunath) and Buddhist shrine (Bouddhanath) which is one of the largest stupas in the world. At noon, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we can meet our trek leader and other team members.
Day 03Drive from Kathmandu to Syange (1100m/3608 ft): 8 - 9 hours We begin our long drive to Syange early in the morning. Route we get to enjoy the countryside of Nepal with its green hills, winding rivers, terraced farms and of course the mighty Himalayas. Overnight in Syange.
Day 04Trek from Syange to Dharapani (1,960m/6,430ft): 7 - 8 hours We enter Manang district after crossing a large bridge near Tal. The trail passes through barley, rice and potato fields; and the waterfalls continue to accompany us even today. We also pass through the village of Kodo before reaching Dharapani which is one of the biggest villages in the Manang valley. Overnight in Dharapani.
Day 05Dharapani to Chame (2,710m/8,891ft): 5 - 6 hoursToday we negotiate a few steep forested ridges along with several landslides on route to Chame. We should not forget to look up though, as we will be greeted with remarkable views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV (7,525m). We also come across small hot springs which should help us relax for a while. Overnight in Chame.
Day 06Chame to Pisang (3,300m/10824ft): 5 - 6 hoursWe walk through a steep and narrow valley to have our first view of Paungda Danda rock face, a dramatic curved rock face rising 1500m from the river. From here, we also gain excellent views of Annapurna 2 to the south and Pisang Peak to the north east. Next, we descend to the Manang Valley floor enjoying the captivating landscape. Overnight in Pisang.
Day 07Pisang to Manang (3,500m/11,482ft): 6 - 7 hours From Pisang there are two routes to Manang. We choose the one which passes through Upper Pisang via Geru as it guarantees outstanding views of Mt. Annapurna, Pisang Peak, and others. As we walk near Manang the climate becomes more cold and dry. However, a short visit to Barge Monastery, the biggest monastery in the Manang District should cheer us up. Overnight in Manang.
Day 08Manang: Acclimatization day In order to keep fit on the trails that follow, we keep ourselves busy today with a short hike to either Bhojo Gumba or Gangapurna Lake. If we have the energy, we can even hike to Vraga Village where we can visit the Himalayan Rescue Association which will give us some idea about Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Overnight in Manang.
Day 09Manang to Siri Kharka (4060m/13,320ft): 4-5 hoursFrom Manang we head out through the western gates and follow the path down to the river. We cross the river and continue walking on its southern side through coniferous forest. After reaching Kangsar Village we walk further up towards Siri Kharka and pass a monastery on the way. The uphill walk could be tiring but we will have Gungang Himal and Mt. Chulu in the backdrop to keep us company. Overnight in Siri Kharka.
Day 10Siri Kharka to Tilicho Base Camp (4140m/13,583ft): 5-6 hours While the path from Siri Kharka to Tilicho Base Camp isn’t very steep or physically strenuous, it could be exhausting as we have to walk on narrow paths in loose scree and landslide area. Our trail goes through the middle of the landslide area whereby we can see impressive rock formations along the trail. Overnight in Tilicho Base Camp.
Day 11Visit Tilicho Lake (4,949m/16,138 ft) then back to Siri Kharka: 5-6 hours After the initial tough, steep, switch backed ascent, our trail continues to hug the side of the mountain in a gradual to steep incline before reaching the watershed. On the way we enjoy yaks and deer grazing above and below our trail. On the other side is Tilicho Lake, a large spectacularly set lake nestled at the foot of the north face of Tilicho Peak. The lake was reffered to by the leader of the French expedition team as ‘The Great Ice Lake. The Lake also holds an important place for the Hindus as this sacred lake features in one of the holiest texts of the Hindus, The Ramayan. We retrace our step and return to Siri Kharka. Overnight in Siri Kharka.
Day 12Siri kharka to Yak kharka (4040m/13,020ft):4-5 hours We leave Siri Kharka and descend towards Khangsar Village. On the way, we pass Tare Gumba, a thousand year old monastery which is very important to the local people. Upon reaching Khangsar Village we realize that it is un-inhabitated except for occasional herders during festival times. We follow a rock wall out of Khangsar. We walk further more until we reach a seasonal bridge in the Thorang Khola valley. After crossing the river, we ascend for a while to a plateau. Next, walk furthermore until reaching Yak Kharka. Overnight in Yak Kharka.
Day 13Yak kharka to Thorang Phedi: (4420m/14501ft): 3-4 hours It is an uphill walk to Thorang Phedi. After walking for some time we cross a suspension bridge and reach Ledar village. We ascend furthermore and pass through towering cliffs before reaching Thorang Phedi, the last village before Thorong La. On this trip we are rewarded with one of the best views of Mt. Gundang, Mt. Syagang, Thorung Peak and Mt. Khatungkan. Overnight in Thorang Phedi.
Day 14Thorong Phedi to Thorong La pass (5416m/17764ft) to Muktinath (3,800/12,467ft): 7 - 8 hours Crossing Thorong La pass, one of the highest passes in the world will be our ultimate objective today. We will be crossing the pass from east to west (Manang to Muktinath) which is the easiest and safest direction. We get up around three in the morning and walk up the mountain. When we finally make it to the top, we realize that our journey was worth it. We can take a few photos before heading to Muktinath Valley at the foot of the Thorong La pass. Overnight in Muktinath.
Day 15Drive from Muktinath to Tatopani (1,200m/3937ft): 6 - 8 hours In the morning we visit the Muktinath Temple which a sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists. In Hinduism, the temple is believed to be a sacred place called Mukti Kshetra, which literally means the "place of liberation or moksha". After a visit to the sacred place, we drive to Tatopani and spend the night.
Day 16Tatopani to Ghorepani (2,850m/9,350ft): 7 - 8 hoursWe leave the Kali Gandaki and headed up the Ghar Khola valley. The trail leads us through a terraced farmland with mountains all around. We pass through the villages of Shikha and Chitre before reaching a beautiful rhododendron forest. When in bloom the rhododendron trees with its average height of up to 100" will be covered with pink or red flowers. Walking furthermore we reach Ghorepani, a beautiful village located at a ridge top. Overnight in Ghorepani.
Day 17Ghorepani to Poon Hill to Tadapani (2,700m/8,860ft): 6 - 7 hours To catch the sunrise over the Himalayas, we make an early morning climb along the steep trail to the view point of Poon Hill (3,210m/10,529ft), the most popular trekking destination of the Annapurna region. It is also a great viewpoint to enjoy the amazing views of Mustang, Pokhara and more than 20 of the highest mountains including the close-up views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. The snowy peaks of the high mountains loom above and around us glowing in the morning light. After taking photographs, we return back to Gorepani. After breakfast, we head east and climb a nearby ridge. We descend through rhododendron forests, pass by spectacular waterfalls and reach Tadapani to spend the night.
Day 18Trek to Nayapul then drive to Pokhara: 5-6 hours trek and 1 hour driveThe trek from Tadapani until Ghandruk will be through a thick forest of rhododendron trees. After trekking for a while, we enter the village of Ghandruk, a slope settlement with stone houses mostly inhabited by the Gurung people. From here, we enjoy the towering views of the Fishtail, Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli mountains. We trek further to Naya Pul then drive to Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.
Day 19Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu: 5-6 hours After breakfast, we say goodbye to the beautiful lake city of Pokhara and drive towards Kathmandu. After reaching Kathmandu we have the rest of the day off to rest or do some souvenir shopping. To celebrate the successful completion of our journey, we will have a farewell dinner.
Day 20Final departure Our adventure in Nepal comes to an end today! Mountain Rock representative will escort us to the airport approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight. On our way home, we have plenty of time to plan our next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.