Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake

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Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake
At a Glance
  • Duration18 Days
  • Difficulty Level Challenging
  • Places to Visit Thorang La Pass / Tilicho Lake
  • Max Altitude 5,416m/17,764ft.
  • Group Size 2-15
  • Starts Jagat
  • Ends Jomsom
  • Activity Teahouse Lodge Trekking
  • Best Season Spring/Autumn

Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake Highlights

The Annapurna Circuit with a side trip to Tilicho Lake is a popular trek in the Annapurna region of Nepal, known for its stunning landscapes and diverse experiences.

  • Offers a breathtaking variety of landscapes, from lush subtropical forests and terraced fields to alpine meadows and high mountain desert.
  • Opportunity to witness the majestic Annapurna Range, including Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Gangapurna, Tilicho Peak, Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri and many other peaks.
  • Crossing Thorang La 5,416 meters (17,769 feet) is one of the highest trekking passes in the world and it is a challenging experience.
  • Hike to Tilicho Lake, the highest lake in the world at an altitude of 4,919 meters (16,138 feet). The turquoise Lake surrounded by snow-capped peaks is a stunning sight.
  • Visit monasteries, and temples, and interact with the locals.
  • Visit Muktinath Temple, a sacred pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists, the temple is known for its eternal flame and 108 water spouts. It's a significant cultural stop on the trek.
  • The trek provides a combination of adventure and physical challenge, especially walking to Tilicho, crossing high passes, and dealing with varying weather conditions.
  • Offer some of the most spectacular sunrise and sunset views you'll ever witness.

Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake Overview

Maurice Herzog, a French mountaineer was certainly the first human being to summit the 8000 m peak. He summited Mt. Annapurna I (one), the 10th highest mountain in the world on 3rd June 1950. Legend has it that Herzog camped in Tilicho Lake on his quest to the Annapurna Expedition.

Conversely, in their quest to climb the 10th highest peak in the world, Maurice came down to Manang in a futile search for food. It is however believed that he had to return nearly starving back to Tilicho camp.

Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake is undeniably an epic trek. It provides anyone with a genuine celestial experience that words can’t express.

Annapurna Circuit trek with Tilicho Lake takes us to the most stunning topographic setting of Annapurna. Once the Number 1 trekking destination in the world, the Annapurna circuit served as the ancient salt trading route between Tibet and Nepal. This enchanting trail of the Annapurna circuit gradually cruises into the different valleys of Tilicho away from the main trail.

It eventually takes you into the very untouched terrain which is absolutely out of the world. Soon the valley lands us to the point where it exhibits before us the world’s highest lake, Tilicho nestled at the base of the majestic Tilicho peak.

Tilicho Lake (4,919 m/16,138 feet)

Tilicho Lake is a high-altitude lake located in the Annapurna mountain range of Nepal. It is at an elevation of 4,919 meters (16,138 feet) above sea level, making it one of the highest lakes in the world.

The lake is fed by the glacial melt from the surrounding mountains. The majestic snow-capped peaks, including Tilicho Peak, surround its turquoise-blue waters. Tilicho Peak rises to a height of 7,134 meters (23,406 feet).

Tilicho Lake is considered a sacred site by both Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims. Many travelers visit the lake as part of a trekking or mountaineering expedition in the region. The lake can be reached by a 3-4 day trek from the town of Besishahar in the Annapurna region, and the trek provides stunning views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks.

Due to its remote location and high altitude, trekking to Tilicho Lake can be physically demanding and requires careful preparation and acclimatization. However, the breathtaking scenery and spiritual significance of the lake make it a popular destination for adventurous travelers.

Going over the Legendary Thorang La Pass (5,416 m/17,769 feet):

As we walk from Tilicho Valley we retrace our trail and connect with the main Annapurna circuit trail. It ultimately leads us to the most daring Thorang La Pass (5,416 m/17,769 ft). More significantly it is the highest navigable pass in the world and served as the main route of salt trading.

From the summit, we descend down to the other side of the pass which lands us at Muktinath. Eventually, we are in a different district of Mustang which is remarkable. The splendor and views are simply out of this world.

Muktinath Temple (3,800 m/12,467 feet)

Mukti Nath Temple is a sacred site located in Mustang district in the northern part of Nepal, near the border with Tibet. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, one of the major deities in the Hindu religion, and is considered to be one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Nepal.

The significance of Mukti Nath Temple lies in its spiritual and religious importance. There is a belief that a visit to the temple and a dip in the nearby holy pond can bring salvation and liberation from the cycle of rebirth and death. Many Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims visit the temple to offer prayers and perform rituals. These pilgrims hope to attain spiritual enlightenment and release from the cycle of life and death.

The temple is also known for its unique architecture, which combines Hindu and Buddhist elements. It also reflects the syncretic nature of religion in the region. The temple complex includes a pagoda-style temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu, as well as a Buddhist monastery and other shrines. The presence of both Hindu and Buddhist elements reflects the harmony and coexistence of different religions and cultures in Nepal.

In addition to its spiritual significance, Mukti Nath Temple is also a popular tourist destination due to its remote and picturesque location in the Himalayas. Trekking to the temple can be challenging, but the stunning mountain scenery and cultural richness of the region make it a rewarding experience for adventurous travelers.

Kagbeni and Jomsom:

After Muktinath, we walk the established Mustang trail towards Kagbeni. Being at Kagbeni the gateway to the forbidden kingdom of Mustang is another attraction. After exploring Kagbeni, after lunch, we will drive to Jomsom

Experience the change in vegetation, enjoy the serenity, and all the while being in the company of the glorious Himalayas.

This evening at JOMSOM holds a special place in our hearts, not only because it marks the conclusion of our remarkable journey but also because it's an opportunity to express our heartfelt appreciation. Over a shared dinner table, we enjoy our dinner together.

It's a time for gratitude, as we present well-deserved tips to our guides and porters who have been our pillars of support throughout this adventure. Laughter and music fill the air. 

Finally flying over through the world's deepest gorge with the view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range is simply sensational. All these delightful adventures through the eternal valleys make the Annapurna circuit trek with Tilicho Lake the most exquisite one.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400 m/4,593 feet)
  • Day 02:Half day city tour / afternoon trek briefing and preparation / welcome dinner
  • Day 03:Drive to Jagat (1,300 m/4,265 feet)
  • Day 04:Trek to Dharapani (1,960m/6,430 feet)
  • Day 05:Trek to Chame (2,710 m/8,891 feet)
  • Day 06:Trek to Upper Pisang (3,200 m/10,498 feet)
  • Day 07:Trek to Ngawal (3,660 m/12,007 feet)
  • Day 08:Trek to Manang (3,540 m/11,614 feet)
  • Day 09:Manang to Siri Kharka (4,060 m/13,320 feet)
  • Day 10:Siri Kharka to Tilicho Base Camp (4,140 m/13,583 feet)
  • Day 11:Visit Tilicho Lake (4,919 m/16,138 feet) then back to Siri Kharka
  • Day 12:Siri kharka to Yak kharka (4040 m/13,020 feet)
  • Day 13:Yak kharka to Thorang Phedi (4,420 m/14,501 feet) or furthre walk to High Camp
  • Day 14:CROSS THORANG LA PASS (5,416 m/17,764 feet) and trek to Muktinath (3,800 m/12,467 feet)
  • Day 15:Trek to Kagbeni (2,800 m/9,186 feet) and Drive to Jomsom (2,720 m/8,923 feet)
  • Day 16:Fly to Pokhara (820 m/2,690 feet)
  • Day 17:Fly to Kathmandu
  • Day 18:Departure Day.

Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake Detailed Itinerary

Arriving at Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport is the first step in embarking on a journey through the heart of Nepal. The moment you step off the plane, you're greeted by the unmistakable scent of incense and a sense of excitement in the air. 

The airport itself is a bustling gateway to the city, with travelers from around the world coming to create new adventure stories. 

As you collect your luggage and clear customs, you'll be received by the warm welcome of your Trekking Group Leader or Our Office Representative and transfer you to the hotel. 

The drive from the airport to your hotel takes you through the vibrant streets of Kathmandu, where ancient temples and bustling markets coexist with the modern world. 

The journey is a sensory overload, with the honking of vehicles, the aroma of street food, and the vibrant colors of Nepal's vibrant culture. 


  • Pick up from the international airport.
  • Transfer to the hotel by your Group Leader.
  • Short preliminary briefing.
  • Arriving early gives you an opportunity to explore Kathmandu.
  • Altitude: 1,400 m/4,593 feet
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
  • Distance: 6 km
  • Transport: Airport Pickup
  • TOUR: Your Trek leader will introduce you to our Professional City Tour Guide. A half-day city tour to Pashupatinath and Boudhanath is a splendid introduction to the cultural and spiritual aspects of Nepal. Pashupatinath, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the most sacred Hindu temples in the world, situated on the banks of the Bagmati River.

This serene complex is a hub of spiritual activity, where pilgrims perform rituals and ceremonies.  The stunning pagoda-style architecture and intricate woodcarvings add to the temple's attraction.

Nearby, Boudhanath is a massive stupa and a center of Tibetan Buddhism, with its massive dome and the watchful eyes of the Buddha gazing out over the bustling streets. The stupa is surrounded by monasteries, prayer flags, and shops selling religious artifacts, creating a vibrant atmosphere.

  • BRIEFING: After the city tour, the afternoon is dedicated to trek briefing and preparation, ensuring that trekkers are well-informed and adequately equipped for the upcoming adventure. This briefing typically covers the trek itinerary, safety guidelines, and important details about the journey. It's also an opportunity to address any questions or concerns.
  • WELCOME DINNER: The day concludes with a warm and welcoming dinner, where you and your team come together to build camaraderie and share your excitement about the upcoming trek. The dinner is often a blend of traditional Nepali cuisine and international dishes. 
  • Altitude: 1,400 m/4,593 feet
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast/Welcome Dinner

Driving 173 km/107 miles to Besisahar, the prosperous town of the British Gurkhas is very entertaining giving you ample opportunity to know how locals live up to drive through these winding roads in local buses which are often enormously packed. We further Drive to Jagat and stay overnight in a local tea house.


  • 7/8 hours’ drive to Besisahar. Today we drive early to skip any uncertainty of traffic jams on our slender highway.
  • Fabulous scenery and mountain view at the backdrop as you navigate through these new roads.
  • From Besisahar few hours' drive to Jagat is another fascination with so much to witness.
  • The scenic beauty and deep gorges among soaring cliffs at the backdrop are phenomenal.
  • Being at Jagat, the stone village with a medieval atmosphere and few tea houses is remarkable and worth an effort.
  • Altitude: 1,300 m/4,265 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 8/9 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Leaving Jagat we walk an opening gradual trial and climb to the village of Chamche crossing the suspension bridge we ascend gradually to the village of Tal, the most beautifully positioned settlement at the banks of the Marshyangdi River for lunch. We now enter the district of Manang. After lunch, we will walk a gradual trail crossing multiple bridges and beautiful villages to Dharapani.


  • Fabulous walk along the valley of Marshyangdi with so much to see and learn.
  • Entering a different district and witnessing the Buddhist influence is another attraction.
  • Seeing all the entrance Chorten gates in each village gives you a sense of Tibetan Buddhism.
  • Altitude: 1,960m/6,430 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 6/7 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 10 km

From Dharapani we start off with a gradual trial to Bagarchap and eventually get to another settlement of Danagyu. Next, we climb through the amazing woodland trail to the village of Timang for lunch. After lunch once again we start off with a gradual trail and drop all the way to Thanchok and finally reach the pleasing settlement of Chame, the administrative headquarters for Manang district.


  • Delightful walk with stunning views and a series of cultural villages.
  • Lunch at the traditional settlement of Timang is another attraction.
  • Getting to Chame with most of the facility is exciting.
  • The view of Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal is unbelievable.
  • Altitude: 2,710 m/8,891 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 6/7 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 17 km

Leaving Chame we cross the suspension bridge and walk a gradual trial with apple and peach orchard everywhere that will take us to the village of Talekhu. Now the valley starts opening up and we walk the broader version of the trail to Brathang, legend says that it used to be the settlement for Khampas (the Tibetan warriors). Soon we will walk the forested trail of pine and fir to Dhukure Pokhari (holy pond) for lunch. The next hour and a half of beautiful trail lands us in Pisang.


  • A most enchanting walk through woodland and apple-peach orchard.
  • Despite the long hours walking break at Dhukure Pokhari for lunch is worth it.
  • Being at the basic settlement of Pisang, situated at the base of Pisang peak is sensational.
  • Grand view of Chulu far east and Pisang Peak.
  • Overnight at Upper Pisang to make it more convenient for the next day's trip to Ngawal.
  • Altitude: 3,200 m/10,498 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 6/7 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 15 km

Today is rather a very relaxing day. After breakfast, we walk the winding trail to the village of Ghyaru which delivers the most incredible view of the panoramic mountain. From Ghyaru we hike the high-elevated trekking trail that gives us the most graceful panoramic view of meadows and mountains. We will gradually walk to Ngawal for Lunch and after lunch, we set out for a short excursion.


  • Walk to Ghyaru for the incredible view of snow-capped mountains.
  • Lunch at Ngawal, the settlement in the hidden valley is another attraction.
  • The upper trail simply offers anyone with a bird’s eye view of the deep gorges and landscape which is amazing.
  • View of Annapurna II, III, IV, Gangapurna, Tilicho, Tharke kang, Chulu and Pisang Peak.
  • Despite the beautiful walk getting to Ngawal, one of the enchanting places in the region located at the base of the high Himalayas is simply sensational.
  • Altitude: 3,660 m/12,007 fee
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 4/5 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 8.2

As you depart from Ngawal, you'll embark on a trail that weaves through alpine meadows and pristine landscapes, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding Annapurna mountain range.

The path gently descends from Ngawal, passing through quaint villages and terraced fields where locals cultivate barley, buckwheat, and potatoes. The Marsyangdi River accompanies you for much of the way, its melodious flow serving as a constant companion. As you walk the easy gradual trail you will pass the ancient settlements of Munchi and Braga - a short stop here is worth it.

This picturesque village is known for its most phenomenal panoramic views, and distinctive Tibetan-influenced architecture, with flat-roofed stone houses.

Manang - the heavenly town in the Annapurna Region.


  • Manang, the village where Maurice Herzog came in the 1950s in search of food.
  • 4 hours of amazing walk to Manang.
  • Short afternoon excursion to the other side hill of Manang for the view of Gangapurna glacier and the lake.
  • The close view of the magnificent mountain, extensive green hills, and the Tibetan Buddhist culture is charismatic
  • Free afternoon where you can enjoy cultural or mountain documentary movies in the movie hall, visit a museum, or explore Manang Village at a trivial cost.
  • Altitude: 3,540 m/11,614 fee
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 4/5 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 8 km

Today we skip the main Annapurna circuit trail and take a different valley of Tilicho towards the west of Manang and walk the trail down to the river. After crossing a bridge over Kangsar Khola we walk the trail that eventually leads us to the village of Kangsar. We gradually ascend a steep trail past the monastery and chortens that give you the Tibetan Buddhism influence to Siri Kharka with an awesome view of Chulu.


  • A walk into the very untouched and rarely taken trial is remarkable.
  • Chances to see the blue ship.
  • Being in the alpine with a dramatic landscape setting is astonishing
  • Walk in the pleasant Himalayan meadow with the View of Chulu range.
  • Now our quest for the highest lake in the world is near to come.
  • Altitude: 4,060 m/13,320 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 5/6 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Once again we walk the less-trodden trail through various glacial lakes towards Tilicho Base Camp. Despite today being more of an effortless walk it could be challenging rambling vigilantly on the landslide trail where there are many chances of rock fall. Your group leader will be giving you the necessary provision to walk on this technical landslide trail. Eventually, we get to the basic Tilicho base camp.


  • A walk into the less trodden narrow trial is adventurous.
  • Chances to see the blue ship.
  • Being in the alpine zone with vivid rock formation view is amazing
  • To find yourself in the isolated valley, that used to be Nepal’s last village is startling.
  • Prepare yourself for the next morning's adventure of walking to the highest lake in the world.
  • Altitude: 4,140 m/13,583 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 4/5 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We start early today to get to the world’s highest lake, Tilicho and we start off with the initial vertical steep switchback ascent until we get to the ridge. On our way, we would see the Himalayan meadow basically a summer camp for the Yaks as they would skip the scorching heat of low land and walk all the way here for grazing. We walk a gradual trail till we get to a picturesque large lake settled at the foot of Tilicho Peak. This sacred lake also known as the ‘The Great Ice Lake’ as it remains frozen during winter is indeed phenomenal.

After our adventurous excursion, we will retrace our trail back to Siri Kharka.


  • 4 hours walk to the highest lake in the world is terrific and peaceful.
  • Getting to sacred Tilicho Lake with the backdrop of the massive Tilicho Peak and other neighboring mountains is significant.
  • Feel the genuine wilderness and experience the beautiful Himalayan moments.
  • Walk in the pleasant Himalayan meadow with the View of Chulu range.
  • Rejoice in your accomplishment and have an unforgettable experience.
  • Altitude: 4,919 m/16,138 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 6/7 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Leaving Siri Kharka we descend to Khangsar Village past the ancient Buddhist monastery. Soon we leave the trail we took on our way up and take a different trial that would ultimately join the regular Annapurna circuit trial. After crossing the bridge we ascend to get to the mountain ridge and walk further to get to Yak Kharka (yak grazing pasture).


  • Beautiful walk to Yak Kharka with a free afternoon.
  • After Tilicho Lake dropping a few hundred meters of elevation gives you more time for acclimatization.
  • Once again the View of Chulu range and the rest of the peak is sensational.
  • Scenic walk with an undulating trail through Himalayan meadow towards Yak Kharka
  • Free afternoon to relax and prepare for our next mission of high pass.
  • Altitude: 4040 m/13,020 feet)
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 4/5 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today’s short walk starts with a gradual trail to the village of Letder. We continue with the gradual trail and cross a footbridge, a short steep climb to the ridge for a short break at the tea shop. Another 45-minute walk through the technical landslides trail takes us to the Thorong Phedi (base camp). Precaution is to be taken at landslide trial.


  • A short walk into the rugged trail is worth walking.
  • A very rewarding moment being at Phedi with an exceptional view.
  • Slow walking is recommended for health safety; listen to your leader for guidance over walking the technical landslide area.
  • Depending on your health and safety concerns your leader will decide on base camp or high camp.
  • Despite being very basic, being at Thorong Phedi with only a limited lodge is charming.
  • Another 45 min steep climb if you fancy staying overnight at the HIGH CAMP - take necessary advice from your Trek Leader
  • Altitude: 4,420 m/14,501 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 3/4 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 7 km

We start very early today to get over quickly and to skip the wind chill factor at the summit of the pass. The trail starts with a steep ascend to high camp and then gets gradual up till we get to the solitary isolated tea shop for a short break. We further climb to the pass, our ultimate goal and great achievement, and descend all the way down to Muktinath entering into a different district of Mustang. Muktinath is a highly venerated sacred place of pilgrimage for both Hindus and Buddhists.


  • Starting early with so many other trekkers on our head torches is fascinating.
  • Visit to the monastery and lighting the butter lamp is an incredible experience
  • Going over the daring Thorang La (5416 m/17,769 ft), the highest point in the Annapurna circuit trek is a great accomplishment of a lifetime.
  • Descending 1700 m to Muktinath, being in a different valley and district with grand views of Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, Muktinath Peak and Mustang Peak is breathtaking.
  • Explore Muktinath, a place of nirvana for both Hindus and Buddhists.
  • Altitude: 5,416 m/17,764 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 8/9 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 14.5 km

Today walking to Kagbeni you would see an utterly different landscape background as Mustang happens to be a desert of Nepal with arid and dry terrestrial. We wake up leisurely and after breakfast we descend down to the very ancient village of Jharkot. We further descend down to the Khingar and walk further in a painless wide roadway trail to Kagbeni, the gateway of Mustang with a very cultured Tibetan-style community. We will have lunch at Kagbeni and Drive through the valley of Kali Gandaki towards JOMSOM, the administrative headquarters of Mustang and the WINDY VALLEY of Nepal.


  • Visit to the ancient village of Jharkot is remarkable.
  • Great views with dozens of Himalayan giants poking into the sky including Dhaulagiri, Mustang Peak, Nilgiri etc.
  • Witness the Kali Gandaki River which dates back to 80 million old flowing from the Tibetan Plateau.
  • Today’s walk is very relaxing through ancient Tibetan settlements where the Nilgiri range dominates the horizon.
  • Getting to Kagbeni, the gateway of Upper Mustang through the ancient salt trade trail is unique.
  • Lunch in the ancient city of Kagbeni and Explore Kagbeni after lunch which is not to be missed.
  • Scenic Drive to Jomsom
  • Being it a last night fun activities follow with dancing, eating, drinking, and tipping.



  • Altitude: 2,720 m/8,923 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 4 hrs Walk 1 Hours DRIVE
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today we will wake up early for the flight to Pokhara. Flights from Jomsom take off early to skip any uncertainty of wind and weather. Pokhara (820 m), the second biggest city, also very popularly known as the second home of the tourists is the land of extravagant beauty that would undoubtedly trigger excitement.


  • End of your trekking days.
  • We bid goodbye to our local staff.
  • 20-minute flight to stunning Pokhara, and in Pokhara the beautiful Phewa Lake and the magnificence of the Himalayas mounting at the backdrop create an atmosphere of peace and delight.
  • As per preference, your leader will assist you in your Pokhara activities which may include: lake exploration and hike to Peace Pagoda, paragliding, zip lining, etc. or it’s entirely up to your choice if you want to stay back and explore Pokhara for shopping.
  • Altitude: 820 m/2,690 feet
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
  • Walking Hour: 20 min FLIGHT
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Transport: MOUNTAIN FLIGHT

Sensational flight back to the capital city of Kathmandu with an outstanding panoramic view.


  • Sensational flight to Kathmandu
  • Explore the Capital City of Kathmandu as per your requirements.
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
  • Walking Hour: 25 min FLIGHT
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Transport: MOUNTAIN FLIGHT

Depending on your flight schedule airport transportation will be provided. 

  • Enjoy your farewell Breakfast in the Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Transport: Airport Transfer
What's Included
  • PERMITS: All Essential permits required to legally trek in the region are procured before arrival.
  • PICKUP AND DROPS: Roundtrip airport pickup and drop-off facilities for both domestic and international flights are included.
  • ACCOMMODATION: Twin-sharing hotel accommodation in both KATHMANDU and POKHARA at three-star hotels on a bed-and-breakfast basis.
  • WELCOME DINNER: A traditional Nepali-style welcome dinner at a local restaurant in Kathmandu.
  • SIGHTSEEING: A half-day guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu’s two most sacred UNESCO World Heritage sites with entrance fees included.
  • TAXES: All applicable local and national government taxes are covered.
  • GROUND TRANSPORTATION: Roundtrip PRIVATE VEHICLE ground transportation between destinations as per the itinerary.
  • STAFF TRANSPORTATION: All ground transportation for assistant guide, porter, and other trek staff as required.
  • DOMESTIC FLIGHTS: Domestic flight from JOMSOM to POKHARA and from POKHARA to KATHMANDU at the end of the trek.
  • EQUIPMENT: Fundamental trekking gear like a sleeping bag with fleece liners, Primaloft jacket, Rain Poncho, Yak-Track, Trekking Poles, etc. are provided.
  • LODGING: Local Tea-house accommodation on a twin-sharing basis – A single supplement is provided on request OVER MINIMAL COST, however, depends solely on the availability.
  • DRINKING WATER: Properly filtered and boiled water for drinking is provided each morning and evening. Trekkers are advised to carry reusable water bottles/bladder bags that can hold at least 3 liters.
  • GLORIOUS FOOD: All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) with hot beverages are provided throughout the trek duration.
  • TREK LEADER AND ASSISTANT GUIDE: An experienced trek leader holding legitimate licensing leads the group, along with assistant guides based on group size. Groups of 3 or more are typically assigned at least 1 assistant guide.
  • PORTERS: The porter to trekker ratio is 1:2 - meaning 1 porter for every 2 trekkers. However, for groups larger than 4 trekkers, an additional porter is provided specifically to assist with hot water supply during the trek.
  • STAFF INSURANCE & ALLOWANCES: Insurance coverage, wages, and allowances for all trek staff are included.
  • SAFETY CONCERNS: Emergency equipment including oxygen cylinders and a comprehensive medical kit is available at all times during the trek.
  • COMPLIMENTARY TAKE AWAY: Trekkers receive a duffel bag, t-shirt, multi-functional headwear, baseball hat, trekking map, and completion certificate to take home.
What's Excluded
  • NEPAL VISA: A fee of $50 that is levied on a 30-day Nepali visa.
  • INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE: The cost of all international flights.
  • PERSONAL EXPENSES: All personal expenses that may include Nepalese SIM card, internet, battery charging, hot shower, laundry, fizzy drinks, Alcohol, etc.
  • EMERGENCY: A medical examination of any kind, High Altitude Evacuation over any circumstances, Air Evacuation and Rescues.
  • DONATIONS: Donations of any kind.
  • STAFF TIPPING: Tipping is entirely a personal matter, however, it’s a trekking culture.
  • EXTRA NIGHTS: Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu on early arrival or Late departure.
  • SANCTIONS: Permits or the letter of Authorization that is required for special Filming, big Drones, and Filming Cameras.
  • INSURANCE: All-inclusive Travel or medical insurance is a must.
  • EXTRA PORTER: Over request Extra Porter or Assistant is provided that may include the cost of $25 per day.
  • OPTIONAL TOURS: Optional tours and sightseeing or any activities during free time.
Essential Trip Information

Itinerary and Route:

The Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake typically takes around 15-20 days to complete, depending on your pace and side trips. The typical route passes through through five different districts of Nepal. These districts are Lamjung, Manang, Mustang, Myagdi, and Kaski. Each district offers its own unique landscapes, cultural experiences, and natural beauty, making the trek a diverse and enriching journey through the heart of the Annapurna region.

Altitude and Acclimatization:

The highest point of the trek is Thorong La Pass at an elevation of 5,416 meters (17,769 feet). Appropriate acclimatization is essential for preventing altitude sickness. It is important to take rest days, ascend gradually, and pay attention to your body's signals. If you encounter severe symptoms of altitude sickness, it is crucial to descend to a lower altitude immediately.

Physical Challenges:

The Annapurna Circuit Trek involves long hours of walking, steep ascents and descents, and challenging terrain. Be prepared for physically demanding sections, including the ascent to Thorong La Pass. Regular exercise and training beforehand will help build your stamina and endurance.

Tea Houses and Accommodation:

A diverse range of cozy teahouses and lodges await you on your trekking adventure, catering to both basic and luxurious preferences. In addition to comfortable beds and tasty hot meals, Teahouse-Lodges occasionally offers Wi-Fi access. However, it is crucial to keep in mind that the facilities available may differ from place to place. Since ATMs might not be easily accessible in remote areas, it is recommended to carry cash with you.

Food and Water:

Most teahouses offer a variety of meals, including local Nepali dishes and international cuisine. Dal Bhat (rice with lentil soup) is a popular and nutritious choice. It's important to maintain a balanced diet and stay hydrated. Avoid consuming untreated water and opt for filtered water from Safe Drinking Stations or use water purification methods.

However, our dedicated staff ensures that you receive safe drinking water every morning and evening. They take the necessary steps to boil and cool the water, guaranteeing its cleanliness and safety. You can have peace of mind knowing that the provided water is 100% safe for consumption.

Weather and Seasons:

The weather in the Annapurna region can be unpredictable, even during the peak trekking seasons. Be prepared for changing weather conditions, including rain, snow, and strong winds. Carry appropriate clothing layers to adapt to varying temperatures.

Trekking Permits:

As mentioned earlier, you'll need the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card. All these permits will be prearranged by Nepal Pyramids Trekking and Climbing prior to your arrival in Kathmandu City. It’s crucial to carry them at all times during the trek, as they may be checked at various checkpoints.

Communication and Connectivity:

While trekking, don't expect consistent mobile network coverage. However, some teahouses may offer Wi-Fi for a fee, allowing you to stay connected with loved ones. It's advisable to inform your family and friends about the limited communication options during the trek.

Emergency Services:

In case of emergencies, there are basic medical facilities available in some villages along the trail. However, it's recommended to carry a well-stocked first aid kit and any necessary personal medications. Rest assured our Trek Leaders are equipped with a comprehensive medical kit containing a wide range of medications to address any mountain-related ailments.

They are highly trained professionals experienced in handling various health issues that may arise during the trek. Your safety and well-being are our top priorities, and our Trek Leaders are well-prepared to provide the necessary medical assistance when needed. Helicopter rescue services are also available in case of severe emergencies, but they can be expensive.

Environmental Considerations:

Trekking is an exhilarating activity that allows people to be themselves in the beauty of nature. However, following the principles of LEAVE NO TRACE, trekkers can minimize their impact on the delicate ecosystem and respect the efforts of local communities in preserving the region's beauty.

One of the fundamental principles of Leave No Trace is to respect the natural environment. This involves refraining from causing any harm to plants, wildlife, or natural features during your trek. Stay on marked trails to avoid trampling sensitive vegetation, and refrain from picking flowers, disturbing wildlife, or damaging natural formations. By treading lightly, you help to maintain the integrity of the ecosystem.

Proper waste disposal is another crucial aspect of responsible trekking. Carry a small, lightweight trash bag with you to collect any litter generated along the way. Dispose of all waste in designated bins or carry it out with you until you reach a suitable disposal location.

Littering is a practice that should be strictly avoided. Always be mindful of the impact your actions can have on the environment and the local communities who depend on it. By leaving no trace of your presence, you contribute to the preservation of the region's natural beauty.

Additionally, it is important to be mindful of the fragile ecosystem and the efforts made by local communities to protect and preserve it. Many trekking destinations are home to indigenous communities who have lived sustainably in harmony with nature for generations. Respect their traditions, customs, and land.

Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake FAQs

  • Choosing Nepal Pyramids Trekking Company for your trekking and adventure needs in Nepal can be a great decision for several reasons. We are a locally owned and operated company with deep knowledge of the region. We have a team of experienced guides and staff who are well-versed in the culture, terrain, and trekking routes of Nepal.

    Safety is our top priority and we are known for our commitment to safety standards. We provide well-maintained equipment and have experienced guides who are trained in first aid and emergency procedures.

    Nepal Pyramids offer a range of trekking packages and we can tailor them to suit your preferences and fitness level. Whether you're a seasoned trekker or a beginner, we can create an itinerary that suits your needs.

    Nepal Pyramids is committed to sustainable and responsible tourism. We strongly focus on minimizing the environmental impact of all our treks and supporting local communities.

    While providing quality services, we also offer competitive pricing, making trekking in Nepal more accessible to a wide range of travelers.

    Our reviews and testimonials from previous clients can give you insights into our reputation and the experiences of those who have trekked with them.

  • The trek can vary in length, but the standard route typically takes about 15 to 20 days to complete, covering around 160-230 kilometers (100-145 miles).

  • All foreign national requires two permits for this trip namely :

    • Annapurna  Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Permit – Cost – NPR 3000 / USD$25 Per Person – For SAARC nationals NPR 1000 Per Person – Locals are to pay NPR 100 Per Person.
    • TIMS Card (Trekking Information Management System) – Cost – NPR 2000 / USD$17 – The price for the SAARC nationals for TIMS card is NPR 300.

    However, children below 10 years old don’t require permits.

  • The trek is considered moderate to challenging due to the high altitudes and the Thorong La Pass crossing. Adequate physical preparation and acclimatization are essential.

    However, all our itineraries for Annapurna Circuit are designed so as to construct enough grounds for proper acclimatization making it more exhausting and achievable for anyone with sound fitness.

  • The best time to do the Annapurna Circuit Trek is: 

    • Pre-Monsoon Season i.e SPRING (March-May) and
    • Post-Monsoon Season i.e. AUTUMN (September-November) when the weather is generally clear, and the views are stunning.

    However, it can be done throughout the year with proper preparations.

  • Along the Annapurna Circuit Trek, you will find a variety of accommodation options ranging from basic lodges and teahouses to more comfortable guesthouses. Most places provide basic amenities such as beds, blankets, and shared bathrooms, especially at higher elevations.

    However, Nepal Pyramids uses family-oriented lodges which will finely accommodate the rest of our local crews and where hygiene is at its best than commercial lodges.

  • FOOD: There are numerous teahouses and lodges along the trail that offer a wide range of meals including local and international dishes. 

    DRINKING WATER: We strongly discourage the use of Plastic Mineral Water for environmental concerns and we are opposed to the use of disposable plastic bottles on any of our trips to Nepal Himalayas.

    With NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE, our staff will supply you with appropriately boiled water every morning and evening for which at least 2 metal or plastic Nalgene bottles are recommended. In case you run out of the water provided you can always buy boiled and filtered water from the tea houses along the way at minimal charges.

  • Yes, altitude sickness can be a concern on the Annapurna Circuit Trek as you will be trekking to higher altitudes. It is important to acclimatize properly, stay hydrated, and follow a gradual ascent to minimize the risk.

    Your Trek Leader is highly trained in terms of any altitude-related ailments and knows preventive measures - so please follow the guidelines of your Group Leader. Besides if the use of DIAMAX (ACETOZOLAMIDE) is highly recommended over 3000m elevation - 250mg per day. 

  • Yes, it is possible to do a shortened version of the Annapurna Circuit Trek by using transportation for some sections or taking alternative trails. This can be discussed and arranged with Nepal Pyramids - we are the masters in customizing Itineraries for convenience. 

  • There are no official age restrictions for the trek. However, individuals should have a good level of physical fitness and be able to handle moderate to strenuous hiking conditions. It is always advisable to consult a doctor before undertaking any strenuous physical activity, especially at higher altitudes.

  • The highest point on the standard circuit is the Thorong La Pass, which stands at an elevation of 5,416 meters (17,769 feet) above sea level.

  • The cost of the Annapurna Circuit Trek can vary significantly depending on various factors, including the duration of your trek, Permits required, your choice of accommodations and Food, whether you hire a guide and porter, your mode of transportation, and your personal spending habits. 

    However, it will roughly range from USD $ 1200 to $ 2000

  • Basic medical facilities are available in some villages along the route. It's essential to carry a first-aid kit and any personal medications you may need.

    Besides, your Trek Leader is highly trained in regard to any mountain ailments including Altitude Sickness. He will be carrying a comprehensive medical kit with extensive medication variety - since safety is our prior concern we also carry Oxygen just in case of any AMS symptoms. Still, we highly recommend you follow the guidelines of your Leader and if you are under any prescribed medication make sure to carry enough to last the duration of the trek. 

  • Yes, you can rent or purchase trekking gear in major cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara, but it's best to bring essential gear like trekking boots from home.


    • Nepal Pyramids provides you with a very warm sleeping bag with fleece liner and wind-stopper duvet jackets with attached hoods.
    • We also provide you with a Nepal Pyramids duffel bag to fit all your gear in, and a plastic bag to separate your clean clothes from the dirty ones.
    • Furthermore, we provide Trekking Poles, Yak-Track (mini crampons), and Rain Poncho where required without any additional cost
    • Complimentary Duffel bag, Baseball Cap, Buff (neck Gaiters), 2 Toilet Rolls, and Trekking Map


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