Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake

Annapurna circuit with Tilicho lake

Trip Highlights

  • Trip Code:NHA116
  • Total Duration:15 Days
  • Best Time:Sep to Dec And Jan To May
  • Max Elevation:5416 M
  • Start Point:Kathmandu
  • End Point:Kathmandu
  • Max Group Size:20
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Transportation:by bus

Trip Highlights

  • Experience the stunning beauty of Tilicho Lake, one of the highest lakes globally, with its mesmerizing blue waters surrounded by snow-capped peaks.
  • Enjoy breathtaking views of the majestic Annapurna mountain range, including peaks like Annapurna II, III, and Gangapurna, throughout your trek.
  • Challenge yourself by crossing Thorong La Pass, one of the world's highest trekking passes, offering awe-inspiring panoramic vistas of the surrounding mountains.
  • Trek through a variety of landscapes, from lush forests to arid valleys and high-altitude deserts, each offering its own unique beauty.
  • Encounter the warmth and hospitality of local communities like the Gurung, Thakali, and Manangi, and gain insights into their traditional way of life.
  • Explore the charming village of Manang, nestled at 3,540 meters, and immerse yourself in its traditional Tibetan culture and architecture.
  • Visit the sacred pilgrimage site of Muktinath, renowned for its temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu, attracting pilgrims from around the world.
  • Discover the rich biodiversity of the Himalayas, encountering rare wildlife like snow leopards, blue sheep, and a variety of bird species.
  • Embark on an exhilarating adventure with challenging terrain, including steep ascents and descents, perfect for thrill-seekers.
  • Immerse yourself in the local culture by visiting monasteries, prayer wheels, and traditional villages, gaining a deeper understanding of the region's spiritual and cultural heritage.

Tour Overview

Imagine embarking on a journey through the breathtaking landscapes of Nepal’s Annapurna region. As you traverse this stunning terrain, every step leads to new adventures and awe-inspiring sights. This is the essence of the Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake. Throughout this magical experience, you’ll encounter nature’s wonders and bask in the warmth of Nepalese hospitality.

The adventure begins in Kathmandu, where the bustling streets and vibrant markets set the stage for an unforgettable expedition. From there, a scenic drive takes you to Besisahar, a charming town nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas, marking the start of your trekking adventure.

As you set out on the trail, you’ll journey through a variety of landscapes. From lush forests and sparkling waterfalls to rugged mountain passes, each scene unfolds before you. Along the way, you’ll encounter remote villages where friendly locals welcome you with open arms. They offer a glimpse into their traditional way of life, enriching your experience with their hospitality.


the real highlight of the trek is Tilicho Lake, and Thorangla Pass, a shimmering jewel nestled high in the mountains at an altitude of over 16,000 feet. Despite its challenges, the trek to Tilicho Lake is both rewarding and exhilarating. As you navigate steep trails and rocky terrain, the anticipation builds with each step. However, the effort is worth it when you’re finally greeted by the breathtaking beauty of the Tilicho lake. Surrounded by towering peaks and endless blue skies, the serenity of Tilicho Lake captivates every traveler’s heart.

After soaking in the beauty of Tilicho Lake, the journey continues to Thorong La Pass (Annapurna Circuit Trek), a legendary mountain pass that stands at over 17,000 feet. Crossing the pass is a test of your strength and determination. However, the sense of achievement when you reach the summit is unmatched. From the top of Thorong La Pass, you’ll be treated to panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. This breathtaking sight will stay with you long after the trek is over, a memory to cherish for a lifetime.

In essence, the Annapurna circuit trek with Tilicho Lake Trek is more than just a trekking adventure. It’s a journey of discovery, where every step brings you closer to the heart of the Himalayas and the soul of Nepal. It’s an experience that will leave you inspired, rejuvenated, and forever changed.

Detail Itinerary

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you'll be greeted by the vibrant atmosphere of Nepal's capital city. Check into your hotel and take some time to explore the bustling streets, ancient temples, and colorful markets of Thamel.

The Annapurna circuit trek with Tilicho lake trek for 15 Days starts with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Dharapani. It is a charming village in the Manang district. Along the way, you'll pass through picturesque landscapes, terraced fields, and traditional Nepalese villages nestled against the backdrop of the Himalayas.

Today, begin your trek towards Chame, the headquarters of the Manang district. Traverse through lush forests, cross suspension bridges over roaring rivers, and marvel at the stunning views of snow-capped peaks as you ascend gradually toward Chame.

Leaving Chame behind, continue your journey towards Pisang. The trail offers breathtaking vistas of the Annapurna range, with its towering peaks and dramatic landscapes. Pass through quaint villages and terraced fields adorned with prayer flags as you make your way to Pisang.

Today's trek takes you to the enchanting village of Manang, nestled in the heart of the Annapurna region. Traverse through alpine forests, cross meandering streams, and soak in the serene beauty of the Himalayan landscape. Arrive in Manang, where you'll be greeted by stunning views of Gangapurna and Annapurna III towering above the village.

Today, your focus is on adjusting to the altitude and immersing yourself in the tranquil atmosphere of Manang. Wander through the village streets adorned with vibrant prayer flags, feeling the gentle Himalayan breeze caress your skin. Explore the ancient Braga Monastery, where the essence of Tibetan Buddhist culture echoes through its walls. A leisurely hike to nearby viewpoints treats you to expansive panoramas of snow-capped peaks, inviting moments of awe and reflection. This rest day offers your body the opportunity to adapt to the altitude, ensuring a safer and more enjoyable trek in the days ahead.

Leaving behind the cozy charm of Manang, you embark on a trek towards Khangsar. Traverse landscapes dotted with grazing yaks and traditional stone houses adorned with intricate woodwork. As you ascend, witness the transformation of scenery from lush valleys to rugged terrain, creating a picturesque contrast against the clear blue sky. Encounter friendly locals tending to their fields and livestock, their warm smiles reflecting the ingrained hospitality of Himalayan communities.

Embark on an exhilarating adventure as you journey towards Tilicho Base Camp, navigating rocky trails and steep ascents. Enjoy the unfolding vistas of majestic peaks like Tilicho Peak and Nilgiri Himal, while pristine streams and high mountain passes add to the allure. Inhale the crisp mountain air, infused with the fragrance of juniper and alpine flora. Anticipation mounts as you approach Tilicho Base Camp, igniting your sense of exploration and wonder.

Today's trek marks the pinnacle of your journey as you ascend to Tilicho Lake, nestled among the world's highest lakes. Traverse rugged terrain to behold panoramic views of glaciated peaks and verdant valleys below. As you approach Tilicho Lake's shimmering turquoise waters, enclosed by towering cliffs and snow-capped peaks, a sense of tranquility washes over you. Take a moment to absorb the serenity of this sacred site before retracing your steps to Tilicho Base Camp, cherishing the memories of this unforgettable adventure.

Descend from Tilicho Base Camp through alpine meadows and rocky terrain toward Yak Kharka. Marvel at the rugged beauty of the landscape, with jagged peaks piercing the sky above and herds of yaks grazing peacefully in the meadows. Despite the thinning air, the sense of accomplishment from reaching Tilicho Lake propels you onward. Arrive in Yak Kharka and bask in the warm hospitality of local teahouses, where you can rest and rejuvenate for the journey ahead.

Ascend toward Thorong High Camp through rocky terrain and high mountain passes. Spectacular vistas unfold at every turn, offering panoramic views of Chulu West and Chulu East peaks. Invigorated by the crisp mountain air, arrive at Thorong High Camp nestled beneath towering cliffs. As the sun sets, casting a golden glow over the landscape, prepare for the challenge of crossing Thorong La Pass tomorrow.

Today marks the pinnacle of your Tilicho Lake Trek with Thorong La Pass Trek as you conquer Thorong La Pass. It is the highest point on the Annapurna Circuit. The ascent tests your physical endurance and mental resilience, rewarding you with breathtaking vistas of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri peaks. Descend into the valley below, making your way to Muktinath, a sacred pilgrimage site revered by Hindus and Buddhists alike. This challenging yet rewarding journey leaves you with a profound sense of accomplishment and a deep appreciation for the beauty of the Himalayas.

Get ready for a scenic road trip! Leaving Muktinath, we'll drive through the cozy town of Jomsom on our way to Pokhara. As we descend from the high mountains, be prepared for jaw-dropping views of rugged landscapes, deep valleys, and winding rivers. Along the journey, catch glimpses of traditional Tibetan culture and the unique mountain communities. Arriving in Pokhara, you'll find yourself in a peaceful lakeside city nestled under the towering peaks of the Annapurna range. It's the perfect place to relax and reminisce about the adventures of our trek.

On a comfy tourist bus for a picturesque ride back to Kathmandu from Pokhara. As we travel, enjoy the picturesque countryside, terraced fields, and charming Nepalese villages. Take in the breathtaking views of green hills and distant mountains along the Prithvi Highway. Along the way, we'll have chances to stop at viewpoints and roadside eateries to enjoy local food and capture precious memories of our journey.

It's time to say goodbye to Nepal and conclude your 15 Days Tilicho Lake Trek with Thorong La Pass Trek. On your last day, bid farewell to the enchanting landscapes and warm hospitality of Kathmandu. Take a moment to reflect on the incredible experiences and friendships you've made in the Himalayas. Whether you're continuing your adventures elsewhere or heading back home, carry the memories of Nepal's majestic mountains, vibrant culture, and enduring spirit.

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Most Common FAQs

The Tilicho Lake Trek or Tilicho Base Camp Trek can be quite challenging but doable with preparation. You'll encounter steep paths and high altitudes, especially when crossing Thorong La Pass at 5,416 meters. Altitude sickness is a concern, so take your time to adjust and stay hydrated. Weather can be unpredictable, especially in winter, so be ready for anything. Facilities along the way might be basic, so pack wisely. With the right physical fitness and gradual acclimatization, you'll enjoy the stunning views and the adventure of trekking through the Himalayas. Just take it one step at a time and embrace the journey.

The cost of the Tilicho Lake Trek with Thorong La Pass Trek can change based on different things. It depends on how long you'll trek, what services are part of the package, when you plan to trek, who you go with, and what kind of accommodation and food you prefer. Usually, you pay for permits, guides, transportation, places to stay, meals, and other small expenses. It's smart to check prices from different trekking groups and ask what's included in their package. Prices may go up or down, so it's best to talk directly to trekking groups for the most current prices.