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Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trekking

Trip code
Package name Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trekking
Duration 19 Days
Max. elevation 5416M m
Transportation All ground transportation as per itinerary
Accomodation 3*** Hotel in Kathmandu & Pokhara and Lodge/Tea house during the trek
Starts at Kathmandu
Ends at Kathmandu
Trip route
Cost USD 2,050 per person


Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the major trekking routes in Nepal. However , this trek including Tilicho lake is one mesmerizing experience as Tilicho lake is a glacial lake seeping from the Annapurna and Tilicho peaks. This lake is elevated at the height of 4919 m which was considered to be world’s highest freshwater lake. But in 2019 another lake named Kajin Sara  has been found and is considered to be at the height of 5020m.


The trek starts from Chamje of Manang similar to the Annapurna Circuit Trekking and moves forward through the bank of the Marshyangdi River. During the trek, you can view the majestic Manaslu and Himal Chuli peaks. The Tilicho Lake trekking trail leads you through the Gurung and Tibetan Buddhist villages, which offer the unique experience to discover their cultural values.  Manang village is renowned for preserving ancient cultural heritages of the Himalayan Tibetan Buddhism. The Khanshar village is located in the isolated region of the Annapurna Conservation Area, so it is regarded as the last settlement of Nepal. Continually, the trek leads to the Tilicho Base Camp and Tilicho Lake then retrace to the Yak Kharka and cross the Thorong La Pass (5416m). The view of Annapurna, Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, Tilicho Peak, and glacial regions are seen from the pass. It is steep ascending to Thorong La and still challenging to descend to Muktinath. The trek offers the adventurous experiences of trekking in Annapurna Himalayas. It leads up to Jomsom and flies to Pokhara.


Tilicho Lake Trek is an exciting trip for it’s pristine landscape.  Vertex Holiday is always dedicated to offering excellent services during the trekking packages to Tilicho Lake and Thorong La Pass in Nepal Trekking. 


Trip Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrive in Kathmandu (1300m), transfer to hotel.

Namaste and welcome to Nepal. After your arrival, Kathmandu, Vertex Holiday’s airport representative receives you at the airport and transfer to the hotel. After getting refreshed,  a short briefing and orientation by our trekking leaders. The evening is for a wonderful dinner at a Nepalese restaurant with the Nepali cultural program. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2 : Full day Cultural Tours in Kathmandu valley/ Trip Preparation and briefing.

After breakfast , set out for the sightseeing tour in Kathmandu, which includes UNESCO listed world heritage sites. Kathmandu is a city of temples and medieval arts and architecture.  Pashupatinath temple, Boudhanath, Swayambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar Square in Kathmandu are among major destination. However, there are in total of seven world heritage sites in the Kathmandu valley.  Overnight at the hotel.

Day 3 : Drive to Besisahar (790m).

From Kathmandu, drive to Besisahar in the morning. It takes about 6-7 hrs in total. The views of Lamjung Himal and Himalchuli can be seen from the way. Overnight at lodge.

Day 4 : Drive to Chame (2714m).

Our driving journey starts in the morning as we drive on the dusty offroad all the way. We pass the checkpoint and Drive to the Chame village. It is a district center of the Manang district. Overnight at lodge.

Day 5 : Trek to Pisang (3171m)

After breakfast, we walk through the  apple farm at Brathang.  It is the place where Tibetan Khampas who came to Nepal as a refugee settled down at this place. Pisang village is another wonderful village, which is located just below the Pisang peak. The Pisang peak climbers split from Pisang. Walking through the woods, we reach our destination. Overnight at lodge.

Day 6 : Trek to Manang (3537m)

Walking through the arid part, we reach to the Manang valley. It is  located below the Annapurna peak. The view of Annapurna II (7937m). IV (7525m), Annapurna III (7555m), Gangapurna (7455m) and Tarke Kang (Glacier Dome) (7193m) can be seen during the excursion. Manang is a perfect village to research about Tibetan Buddhism and its cultural values. Overnight at lodge.

Day 7 : Acclimatization day at Manang.

As the altitude is getting higher we need to acclimatize so that we can have a pleasant journey in the coming days. You should know that the huge day is coming soon. During this acclimatization day, we can hike to the Gangapurna Lake or take a side trip to Bhraka Manang and explore the Manang Gomba. Back to Manang and rest. Overnight at lodge.

Day 8 : Manang to Khangsar Village (3700 m).

After  acclimatizing  at Manang, we walk towards the Tilicho Lake trail, separate from the core trail that escorts us to the Thorang La. Through the western gateway, we move down to the stream and reach to Khangsar after crossing the bridge. It is an antique village of Tibetan Buddhists and well-known as the last Tibetan village of this region. Overnight at lodge.

Day 9 : Khangsar to Tilicho Base Camp (4200m).

Moving further through the recently built trail, we pass a colorful monastery. Among two different trails, we take the downward one. The upward trail is more rough and rugged. The lower one is comparatively fine. Gradually, we reach to the Tilicho base camp and rest. Overnight at lodge.

Day 10 : Tilicho Base Camp to Tilicho Lake (4919m) and retrace to Tilicho Base Camp (4200m).

Getting up early in the morning, we climb up to Tilicho Lake. It is one of the highest located freshwater Lakes in the world. It is surrounded by the airborne white peaks. The glacial blue Lake and its surroundings are astounding. Spending some spectacular moments around the Tilicho Lake, we walk back to the Tilicho base camp. overnight at lodge.

Day 11 : Tilicho Base Camp to Yak Kharka (4000m).

There is one option of heading forward rather than retracing. Crossing the Mesokanto La, you can descend to the Jomsom valley. However, according to our itinerary. We trek down to the River and from the next bank, we climb up to the Yak Kharka steadily and rest. Overnight at lodge.

Day 12 : Trek to Thorang Phedi.

A day before crossing the huge pass of Thorong La. With the pleasing sound of Jargeng Khola, we head uphill. Mountain blue sheep can be seen grazing on the meadows. Crossing a bridge, we walk towards the Thorong Phedi, wishing the perfect weather tomorrow. Overnight at lodge.

Day 13 : Cross Thorang pass (5416m) and trek to Muktinath (3760m).

It is the most important day of the Annapurna circuit trekking. From Thorong Phedi, we climb up through the steep trail for a couple of hours. This undulating trail leads us to the top of the Thorong pass (5416m). Reaching to the top of Thorong La, we can witness the scenic views of the Annapurna , Dhaulagiri, Manaslu and Lamjung mountain range. Then we descend down to the famous pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists- Muktinath temple . This site is believed to help people get liberated from the cycles of life and death. Overnight at lodge.

Day 14 : Trek to Jomsom (2713m).

We visit the temple and begin to descend after breakfast. If you prefer, we can also take a drive passing Kagbeni and the windy Jomsom valley, to Jomsom. It is the district center of the Mustang region. Then we celebrate the succession of the trek. We stop there waiting for the next day’s flight. Overnight at lodge.

Day 15 : Jomsom to Pokhara by flight.

This morning, we take a half an hour flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. Then we drive to the hotel. Then we prepare for the city tour around Pokhara: Davis falls, Mahendra cave, World peace stupa, International mountaineering museum, and others. Later on, we can also enjoy the boat ride. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 16 : Leisure day and sightseeing tour.

Early in the morning, we drive to Sarangkot for the sunrise view over the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Fishtail, Himchuli and other peaks. Sarangkot is also one of the best paragliding sites in the world. You can go down to Pokhara by paragliding, which lands near the Phewa Lake. Then we drive to the hotel, have breakfast and set out for the Pokhara city sightseeing. Davis falls, Mahendra cave, world peace stupa and mountaineering museum are some of the popular sites for the sightseeing. We take a boat ride at the end and return to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 17 : Drive/fly back to Kathmandu.

Today, we drive back to Kathmandu. It’s a scenic drive through the Prithvi Highway. Or if you take a flight, it's half an hour flight. After your arrival at Kathmandu, transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Note: If you are going for the jungle safari tour in Chitwan, you drive to Chitwan and enjoy the safari trip. We offer 2 Nights/3 Days package for your wonderful holidays in Nepal.

Day 18 : Rest day.

This is a great day to explore the ancient town of Bhaktapur. It is a half-day trip. Bhaktapur Durbar Square is an old Newari town, where medieval architectures, pagoda style temples, pottery square, and various other attractions lie there. After the tour, drive back to Kathmandu and join the dinner in the evening at a typical Nepali restaurant.  Overnight at the hotel.

Day 19 : Final departure.

After the mesmerizing trip experience  with Vertex Holiday, our representative will drop you at the airport for your  departure.


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