Tilicho Lake – Annapurna Circuit Trek - 19 Days

Tilicho Lake - Annapurna Circuit Trek Heaven Nepal Adventure

‘Tilicho Lake – Annapurna Circuit Trek is an adventure towards hidden corners of high Manang valley and scenic Tilicho Lake’

Tilicho Lake Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna Region is a wonderland with mountains, scenic valleys, monasteries and its ancient culture. The trek leads beyond Manang valley to enter into picturesque areas towards the Tilicho Lake within the tranquil environment of mountains and glaciers. The trek’s highest spot is at Thorang-la pass and it is well famous for the dramatic views of unique landscapes and mountains.

The trek also leads you through the holy Muktinath temple and Jomsom town. Jomsom is an interesting town and the headquarters of the Mustang area. It is mainly habited by Thakali people who have been on trade with Tibet on this old Trans Himalaya Salt and Caravan Trail of Nepal Tibet. Manang is completely enclosed by surrounding giant peaks, its glaciers feed beautiful and scenic Tilicho Lake. Tilicho Lake Annapurna Circuit Trek is truly a journey that delights you with enjoyable and scenic walks facing mountain views all along the walks from the start to an end.

Tilicho Lake Annapurna Circuit Trek Highlights

  • An adventure that leads you to the both sides Annapurna Himalayas.
  • Tilicho lake – the highest altitude lake in the world.
  • Thorong la pass – the highest point on Annapurna Circuit
  • A journey into scenic Manang valley and beautiful areas of Kaligandaki valley.
  • Enjoyable daily walks with stunning views of Annapurna, Manaslu and Dhaulagiri range of peaks.

Tilicho Lake Annapurna Circuit Trek Itinerary

Day 01: On arrival at Kathmandu airport (1,340m) and transfer to the hotel.
Day 02: At Kathmandu with option for sightseeing tour and time for trek preparations.
Day 03: Drive to Jagat (1,440m) via Syange (980m) and Besishar (860m) – 7/8 hrs.
Day 04: Trek to Dharapani (1,920m) via Tal Besi (1,745m) and Chamje – 6/7 hrs.
Day 05: Trek to Chame (2,670m) – 5/6 hours.
Day 06: Trek to Pisang (3,230m) – 5/6 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Manang Village (3,450m) – 5/6 hrs.
Day 08: Rest day at Manang and short hike to support acclimatization.
Day 09: Trek to Khangsar (3,734m) – 5/6 hrs.
Day 10: Trek to Tilicho Lake Base Camp (4,140m) – 5/6 hrs.
Day 11: Hike to Tilicho and back to Tilicho lake base camp.
Day 12: Trek to Shri Kharka – 5/6 hrs.
Day 13: Trek to Yak Kharka (4,110m) – 4/5 hours.
Day 14: Trek to Thorang High Camp (4,600m) – 4/5 hrs.
Day 15: Cross over Thorang-La (5,416m) and descend to Muktinath (3,800m) – 6/7 hrs.
Day 16: Drive to Jomsom (2, 715m) – 2/3 hrs.
Day 17: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara (860m) – 20 mins flight and transfer to hotel.
Day 18: Fly or drive back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 19: International departure for homeward bound.

Tilicho Lake – Annapurna Circuit Trek is an adventure that takes you to hidden pockets of Annapurna Himalayas and beyond Manang valley. Completely enclosed by surrounding giant peaks, its glaciers feed beautiful and scenic Tilicho Lake.

Tilicho Lake and Semi Annapurna Circuit Trek is a wonderful combination of trekking destinations. We have planned this beautiful adventure with the inclusion of the emerald coloured lake of Tilicho. It is one of the least visited trekking destinations located beyond the main Annapurna circuit trail. This makes the walk even more interesting on losing the mass flow of trekkers on the peaceful walk to Tilicho lake.

Much of the trekking days are almost the same on main Annapurna circuit trails. To make a little different trekking experience to normal ones, where we have included beautiful Tilicho Lake and short and scenic flight to Pokhara city and its green valley. Pokhara is situated in the shade of high Annapurna Mountains with calm lakes of Phewa and Begnas.

This Tilicho Lake Annapurna Circuit Trek is truly a journey that delights you with enjoyable and scenic walks facing mountain views all along the walks from the start to an end. Tilicho Lake and Annapurna Circuit Trekking is undoubtedly an adventure that leads you to experience wonderful moments.

Tilicho Lake Annapurna Circuit trek begins with the exciting drive to Nepal Mid West within lower areas of Lamjung district. The walk leads from paddy fields to cooler alpine hills and into lovely woodland within Buddhist country at Manang valley on the northern side of Mt Annapurna facing Damodar and Chulus peaks.

Annapurna Region is a wonderland of mountains, scenic valley and its nice villages and monastery treasured with ancient traditions and colourful culture. Our walk leads beyond Manang valley to enter into picturesque areas at Tilicho Lake within the tranquil environment of mountains and glaciers.

After an enjoyable time and feeling out of this world, we then heading back on the main route of Annapurna Circuit Trek to reach on the top highest spot at Thorang-la with dramatic views of unique landscapes and mountains. We head our way down to Mustang region at holy Muktinath temple and Jomsom town. Jomsom is an interesting town and the headquarters of Mustang area. It is mainly habited by Thakali people who have been on trade with Tibet on this old Trans Himalaya Salt and Caravan Trail of Nepal Tibet.

From Jomsom, our walk completes taking a swift short and scenic flight in a small aircraft to land at beautiful Pokhara city with serene Phewa Lake to conclude our overwhelming adventure with fantastic time on Tilicho Lake and Annapurna Circuit Trekking.

Day 1
On arrival at Kathmandu airport 1,340 m meet our staff and transfer to hotel.

Landing at Kathmandu and Nepal international airport, where your guide or staff receives you for short drive to your respective hotels in the hub of Kathmandu.

After checking into your nice rooms with rest after a jet-lag, and then rendezvous with other group member of Tilicho Lake and Semi Annapurna Circuit Trekking, where your tour operator will brief you with useful information regarding the treks, about hotels and lodge with Nepalese culture, do’s and don’ts.

Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 2
At Kathmandu with options for tour with time for trek preparations.

At Kathmandu as free day where one can join in our interesting sightseeing tour as options, as the capital Kathmandu of Nepal steeped with historical and religious monuments of world heritage sites.

Afternoon at leisure and preparation for Tilicho Lake and Semi Annapurna Circuit trekking, starting next early morning with to Nepal Mid-West.

Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu. Include: Welcome dinner.

Day 3
Drive to Jagat 1,440 m via Syange 980 m and Besisar town 860 m - 07 hrs.

Morning an early morning start after a hearty breakfast in the hotel, then getting ready for long and interesting overland journey on Nepal’s main highway to reach at warmer country around Mid-West at Lamjung district, and then continue drive from Besisar headquarter town of Lamjung, located in a warm sub-tropical temperature valley.

Drive continue following farm village and Marysangdi River upstream till Syange village and then on winding uphill to reach a nice place at Jagat farm village for first.

overnight at hotel Lodge/guest house. Include: B, L, D.

Day 4
Trek to Dharapani 1,920 m via Tal-Besi 1,745 m and Chamje - 06 hrs.

From Jagat our treks begins heading through farm areas above the river to reach at Chamje where you can notice change of village people, vegetation and culture entering into more Buddhism country.

After Chamje crossing over Marysangdi river to reach in the cool shade of nice lovely woodland of pines and rhododendron tree lines heading above the river to reach a nice valley at Tal -Besi, where temperatures gets much cooler from here onward.

With refreshing stop heading towards the end of the valley and crossing over bridges with ups and downhill to reach at nice Dharapani village, located above the river in route to Manang and Manaslu area.

Overnight at guest house/Lodges. Include: B, L, D.

Day 5
Trek to Chame 2,670 m - 05 hours.

Morning walk leads into nice alpine woodland within a river gorge to reach at a small villages Bagchap and Danaque encountering Buddhist religious monuments of prayer walls and spinning bells and then walking with views of Lamjung Himal and Annapurna IV and A II peaks, to reach higher side of the trail at Timang village.

This village of mixed hill tribes with Magar-Gurung and Manang people facing grand views of Manaslu and Annapurna mountain range, after Timang on downhill then walk by the river side to reach at large town in Chame.

Chame headquarter and administrative town of Manang district with many good lodges for overnight stop, with time to browse its streets filled with shops and stores.

Overnight at Guest house/Lodges. Include: B, L, D.

Day 6
Trek to Pisang 3, 230 m - 05 hrs.

Enjoying time in of the largest town of this trek in Chame walk leads to follow the river upstream within thick woodland of pines and rhododendron the reaching Bratang village, as walk continues crossing bridges then climb up into forested area on top a hill facing views of Pisang peaks and Chulus, and the descend towards a near flat terrain to Pisang village for overnight stop.

Overnight at Guest house/Lodges. Include: B, L, D.

Day 7
Trek to Manang Village 3,450 m - 05 hrs.

After this nice village of Pisang, morning walk leads to a climb for short-while into wooded area to reach at the top of a ridge facing wonderful views of Manang valley enclosed with Annapurna and Chulu peaks, as walk leads downhill to Hongde / Homre a village with a small airstrip.

From this village walking into tree lines with amazing views of peaks and then vegetation and tree lines fades as walk leads to nice village at Braga with an old monastery on top.

With time to explore its ancient monastery of great interest with fabulous views of Annapurna towards south and Chulus with Pisang in the north, from here an hour walk reaches to our destination at main Manang village for

overnight stop Lodge or guest house. Include: B, L, D.

Day 8
Rest day at Manang for local hikes and acclimatization.

At Manang necessary rest day to support with acclimatization before heading towards high Tilicho Lake and Thorang-la pass, at Manang for better acclimatization where one walk across Manang village down at Marysangdi River, then climb up to view point facing close to Ice-Falls and glaciers of Gangapurna and Annapurna II-III with small turquoise lake of Manang.

Rest of the afternoon relax and explore this interesting village adorned with age-old Buddhist religion and fascinating culture and custom.

Overnight at hotel/guest house. Include: B, L, D.

Day 9
Trek to Khangsar 3,734 - 05 hrs.

With enjoyable rest and pleasant time at main Manang village, morning walk leads past main trails of Annapurna circuit, to reach further hidden areas around Tilicho Lake as our route leads downs and up into barren, arid windswept country to reach at Kangsar village, which is the last main and permanent village of the area.

At Khangsar reaching for overnight stop with time to marvel its beautiful surrounding of unique and scenic landscapes with snow capped peaks.

Overnight at hotel/guest house. Include: B, L, D.

Day 10
Trek to Tilicho Lake Base 4,670 m - 05 hrs.

After Khangsar village walk leads to higher areas and arid terrain with few downs and gradual winding ups getting closer towards Gangapurna and Tilicho peaks, as our route leads to one of the most remote and isolated corners of Manang valley at Tilicho Lake base.

Overnight stay simple good lodge for. Include: B, L, D.

Day 11
Free for hike to Tilicho Lake 4,110 m and back at base camp.

Enjoy the day with walk to Tilicho Lake, considered as one of the highest lake around Nepal Himalaya, as our route leads down by the serene and pristine Tilicho Lake where you can enjoy the surrounding scenery of close views of Gangapurna and Tilicho peaks with other array of mountains.

After fascinating and most thrilling moment head up to Tilicho Lake.

Overnight stop at hotel. Include: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

Day 12
Trek to Siri kharka - 05 hrs.

As the trail on high altitude might be lead to tiring walks, to allow people with more time around this scenic wilderness where today route leads ups and down to reach a small settlement at Siri Kharka.

Overnight, after an enjoyable and exciting time at Tilicho Lake. Include: B, L, and D.

Day 13
Trek to Yak Kharka 4,110 m - 04 hours.

From this small and peaceful place where onward walk leads towards windswept high valley and barren hills and getting closer to snow capped peaks as walk leads past Khangsar village to reach our overnight stop at Yak Kharka, where walk leads within open wide country with views of Gangapurna-Tilicho peaks with Chulu West.

Walk finally ends on reaching a small Yak grazing pastureland known as Yak-Kharka.

Overnight stop at lodge/guest house. Include; B, L, and D.

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

After a pleasant stop and overnight, morning walk leads at the end of valley rim to reach bottom of Thorang-La Pass, where walk leads on gradual ups with few short descend to a river with brief steep climb and then on good trail to reach at Phedi with few good lodge.

A break here on this high altitude, then a short steep climb on stone scree path leads you on top of ridge where Thorang High Camp situated with about 2-3 lodge.

Overnight stop in this high country enclosed within giant peaks of Chulu and Damodar Himal. Include: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

Day 15
Cross over Thorang-La 5,416 m and descend to Muktinath 3,800 m - 06 hrs.

Our main tough and long walk of the adventure, starting early morning having breakfast then leading to a slow climb on winding steep uphill past few glacial ponds and then finally reaching on the top of high Thorang-La pass where you can notice a big board on top with name and height of the pass, festooned with thousands of Buddhist colorful prayer flags.

The top offers amazing scenery of Mustang region due west with Dhaulagiri-Annapurna and Chulu includes Damodar Himal range.

From the top a long downhill to reach at the bottom of the pass with few shades and tea-house, as walk continues on nice wide trail to reach at holy Muktinath Temple premises.

Overnight stop at Muktinath village, after a long tough walk of the day. Include: B, L, and D.

Day 16
Drive to Jomsom 2, 715 m with free afternoon- 02 hrs.

Due to the nature of road condition and tiring walks of previous day, today end of the walk for short period taking an opportunity of jeep drive on motorable road heading downhill towards Jomsom and Kaliagandaki River Valley.

Reaching at Jomsom for last overnight stop on high mountain areas, Jomsom headquarter town of Mustang area located on old Trans Himalaya Salt Trade and Caravan Trail of Nepal and Tibet, where trade still exists beyond Upper Mustang through Karo-la pass to the frontier of Tibet/ China.

Around this area home to Thakali people of Buddhism religion, been on this trade for hundreds of years, from here around Kaligandaki valley which includes Marpha-Tukuche and Kalapani / Lete famous for delicious apples and product.

Overnight stop at hotel/Lodges. Include; B, L, D.

Day 17
Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara 860 m - 20 mins via air and transfer to hotel.

Morning a short walk to Jomsom air-terminal where scenic and sweeping short flight reaches at Pokhara, during air-borne excellent views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna range on both side of the plane window.

On landing at Pokhara airport an interesting short drive takes you at scenic and beautiful lake side for overnight stops by its famous and serene Lake Phewa.

Overnight at Hotel in Pokhara. Include; Breakfast and Lunch.

Day 18
Drive or fly back to Kathmandu afternoon free at leisure.

Morning from Pokhara an exciting overland journey back to Kathmandu on route observe Nepalese country life as drive leads past farm villages and towns and to reach Kathmandu around afternoon time, rest of the day free for individual activities and shopping souvenirs.

Overnight stop at hotel in Kathmandu. Include: Farewell Dinner.

Day 19
International departure for home ward bound.

After a wonderful adventure holidays in Nepal with amazing time in high mountains enjoying walks on Tilicho Lake and Semi Annapurna Circuit Trek, with last day in Himalayan country enjoying adventure on high Himalaya, where our staff and guide transfers you to the airport for your flight back home or to next port of call.

Include: Drop on Our private vehicle to Airport.

Service Included

  • Arrival airport picks up on our private vehicle.
  • Welcome dinner with live Nepali cultural program and Farewell dinner at one of the finest restaurants around in Thamel.
  • 3 Nights' accommodation at Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • Tour guided day tour of Kathmandu Valley.
  • 1 Night 3-star standard accommodation in Pokhara with breakfast.
  • Teahouse/lodges accommodations during the trek (Nate and clean).
  • Full board meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trekking period.
  • Purified drinking water while on a trek
  • One Trekking guide (Experienced, Fluent English Speaking, Gov. Licensed, first aid and eco trained)and their entire expenses, equipment and insurance
  • Entire coverage cost and all the trekking equipment for porters (one porter for every two members in a group)
  • ACAP Permit (Annapurna Conservation Area Project).
  • TIMS Card (Trekker's Information Management Systems).
  • Down Jacket and Sleeping Bags while on trekking (if require).
  • Heaven Nepal Adventure Duffle Bag and T-shirt/trekking Map and Adventure Certificate.
  • Medical Kit Box (Diamox & other first Aid Medicine).
  • All the Government, and Local taxes as per applicable.
  • Adventure certificate (after completion of the trek)
  • Final departure transfer to the airport.

Service Not Excluded

  • International Airfare/Nepal Visa.
  • Flight to Kathmandu and return ticket to your Home country.
  • Entrance and monument fees during sightseeing in Kathmandu city ($26 per person)
  • Your meals at Kathmandu, except welcome dinner/farewell dinner and breakfast.
  • The entire cost of beverages, mineral water/Coca-Cola/Fanta/sprite and beer etc. while on the trek.
  • Travel insurance (Must include Helicopter evacuation and Trip Cancellation charges.
  • Tipping to the guide and porter at the end of your trip.
  • Any other expenses not mentioned in the "Service Included" section.

Meals and Accommodations:

In major cities like Pokhara and Kathmandu, you will get multiple options to choose from, from cheap lodges to extravagant 5 stars hotels. Likewise, you will also get to choose from a wide range of cuisines while in the major cities. However, once you move away from the cities, the options for meals and accommodations in Nepal will become limited. During the treks, the best accommodations available are lodges and teahouses. They provide basic facilities for dining and lodging. These places mostly serve traditional Nepali food “Daal Bhat Tarkari” (rice, pulses, and vegetables). Similarly, there are several other food varieties like Momo, Thukpa, and Thakali food available across Nepal.

Banking, ATM’s, and Money in Nepal:

Nepalese Rupees is the official currency of Nepal. The banknotes of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500, and 1000 whereas coins of 1 and 2 are available in Nepal.
While travelling to Nepal, banking and money exchange are not a huge deal in big cities like Pokhara and Kathmandu. When you head to rural areas, the availability of banks, ATMs, and money exchange booths becomes fairly scarce. So, it best to withdraw enough cash and exchange the currency at major cities.

You can also exchange foreign currencies into Nepali Rupees at the Tribhuvan International Airport. You need to be updated about the exchange rates which are available at the official website of Neal Rastra Bank at https://www.nrb.org.np/fxmexchangerate.php.

Sightseeing Tour:

We will brief you about your sightseeing tour in Kathmandu and trekking and we will be giving you information file, and importantly introduced with your tour/trekking guide.

Trekking Crews:

You will provide government registered, well-trained English Speaking guide, who has to acknowledge about responsible tourism flew of areas and eco-friendly tourism
We also provide an assistant guide (call is Sherpa) if you’re on the group 4-5 people, who are ready to help you with every your situation. Also provide one porter is every two members of the group, and he will be carrying bag pack not more than 25kg. We get our crews’ life get insured.

Documentation:

After your trip is over, we will provide you (HNA) adventure certificate =region.

Size of Group:

Trekking Group Size of minimum 2-10 people. In case you want to travel alone, please do not hesitate to write back to us. We will plan consequently. In the case in your group more than ten people, please let us know so that we can make advance require and improvise plans and itinerary.

Acclimatization:

Trekking on the Everest Region much difficult as it is even more technical. We give you special priority to its technical sides for as well. For this, we have planned an itinerary to allow you to get acclimatize naturally. We know a particular location where you need to stay for rest to acclimatize, and the particular distance you need to walk slowly pace study and so on. In case you get AMS, we have to crews who know how to deal with, it effectively and smartly.

Altitude Sickness:

While trekking in Nepal is extremely satisfying, altitude sickness might get a better hold of you at times. The air pressure and oxygen concentration decrease the higher you travel. As such, altitude sickness is an illness that a human body suffers from due to these reasons. The symptoms of the sickness include lack of appetite, nausea, weakness, lightheartedness, sleep disturbance, tiredness, and headache. These symptoms generally appear when moving upwards of the height 2,400 meters from the sea level.

You can adopt different measures to avoid altitude sickness like a walk with a slow and steady pace, avoid smoking, and stop at different stations to acclimatize. Before beginning your trek, make sure you have a first aid kit with ibuprofen or paracetamol and Diamox. If anyone falls victim to altitude sickness, it is necessary to inform the trip leader and descend to a lower altitude. In extreme cases, it might also be necessary to perform Heli rescue and emergency evacuations.

Travel Insurance:

Accidents can happen anywhere so, it is recommended for all the tourists to get travel insurance before visiting Nepal. Depending upon the insurance policy and the company, the insurance will look after tragic like theft, loss or accidental damage of gears and other belongings, baggage, and medical emergencies. Likewise, the insurance should also include helicopter evacuation and any kinds of mishaps that might occur during adventure sporting like bungee jumping, rafting, and zip-lining. No one is capable of foreseeing the accidents, but each individual can by themselves an insurance policy to lessen the effects of the accident.

Internet and Communication:

It is quite easy to access the Internet in Nepal. Using Wi-Fi is a widely used way to communicate and use the Internet. Wi-Fi is easily available in major cities and even in some remote destinations. When trekking to remote locations, Wi-Fi might not always be available; so, using cellular data is the best way to communicate over the Internet. You can buy a Sim-card in Nepal at a reasonable price which allows you to make an international call. Also, you can use mobile data while you are in the areas without Wi-Fi. Telephone, Fax, and newspapers are few other forms of communication in Nepal.

Pre-respond to Altitude Sickness?

Please consult your physician Please keep on informing our crews if you feel uneasy
• Please do walk in the group so that you can help each other
• Please do carry Diamox (Acetazolamide

Popular Destinations to Visit

There are numerous travel destinations in Nepal; each with a unique identity and story of its own. Kathmandu is one of such destinations, with dozens of sightseeing to do, eateries to try out, and handicrafts to shop. Next up is Pokhara which enchants its visitors with its serene lakes and the enthralling views of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, and Fishtail ranges. Similarly, Lumbini, Chitwan, Bandipur, and Palpa are few other destinations which are ripe for tours and leisurely vacations. Chitwan National Park and Bardia National Park are two of the most popular destinations for jungle safari and wildlife exploration.

As of adventure sports, Kathmandu and Pokhara offer plenty of choices including rafting, bungee jumping, zip-lining, and paragliding. Likewise, the Everest, Annapurna, and Langtang regions stand out as the prominent destinations for treks, peak climbing trips, and expeditions.

Things to do in Nepal

The nation is considered to be a paradise for trekkers and grants an exciting number of choices. On these treks, you will witness the grand views of the Himalayas and cultural prosperity of the ethnic communities along the trails. Everest Base Camp Trek and Annapurna Base Camp Trek are two of the most popular treks in Nepal.

For those who are not satisfied with just gazing up to the mountains, you can go for a mountaineering expedition and peak climbing. While expeditions take you to mountains above the height of 6,500 meters, the destinations of peak climbing trips are low-lying peaks which can be summited even by amateurs. Everest (8848m), Annapurna (8091m), and Ama Dablam (6856m) are popular expedition sites whereas Island Peak (6189m), Mera Peak (6476m), and Pisang Peak (6091m) are the notable peak climbing destinations.

Short tours and sightseeing in Nepal are also quite popular among travellers in Nepal. Likewise, adventure sports like rafting, bungee jumping, paragliding, canyoning, rock climbing, zip-lining, and mountain biking are also among the things that can be done in Nepal.

Trekking Seasons in Nepal

The country lies on the temperate zone and has four distinct climates: spring, summer (with monsoon), autumn, and winter. Normally, the best time to trek in Nepal is during March-May (spring) when the skies are clear, trails are filled blooming flora, and the temperature is just the right.

Another appropriate season is mid-September to November (autumn), during which the temperature is moderate, skies are clear, and mountain views are stunning. The summer season (June – August) is occupied by heavy rainfall increasing the chances of landslides in the hills, while the winter season brings in harsh weather conditions and extreme cold. However, there are treks which can be done during winter and monsoon as well.

Upper Dolpo and Upper Mustang regions lie in the rain-shadow area so, they are ideal trek destinations during monsoon. Likewise, easy and low-altitude treks like Ghorepani Poonhill and Tamang Heritage Trek are perfect during the winter season.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions or Queries):

On Tilicho Lake and Semi Annapurna Circuit treks can I bring family with children?

We suggest that young ones above 14 of age can join in it will be an exciting holidays as well for adults, where walk leads to ups and down with high country of Manang with highest point of the adventure crossing over Thorang-la.
Few days will be quite tough for young and elderly people, otherwise it’s a great interesting walks for all.

When do I book for Tilicho-Lake and Semi Annapurna Circuit Trekking?

Depending upon your time and duration for the trek you can book this trip at least 2-3 weeks ahead from our departure dates for the trek, with advance payment as per the norms and rules of the company.
Make sure that you have checked your medical and physical fitness before signing the trip and as well purchasing medical and travel insurance which is very important for this kind of adventurous treks in Nepal Himalaya.

How many people will be in the group?

From minimum 3-4 person in the group with maximum of 10-15 persons in the group, in some cases we do allow booking for single person as well, running independent at extra cost than in groups.

What will be weather like on the trek?

As per the season wise, where best time is from March to May, when most of the day is clear with minimum temperatures of 0° to 20° Celsius depending upon the altitude and areas.
Where most of the morning till mid days clears for views and walks, sometimes afternoon can get overcast with chances of light rains and snow. March to May will be lively with wild-flowers in full bloom especially various species of rhododendron (national flower of Nepal) from trees to short bushes.

How are the lodge and Tea-House on Treks?

Tea-House the word used in early days when there was smaller numbers of lodges on route trekking, at present each villages has more than 10 to 20 good lodges with pleasant rooms accommodations, serving excellent food menus as per the season wise.
Some village above 2,500 m and 3,000 m do have nice lodge, but due to freezing cold temperatures in night and morning time where they have toilets on the outside, with some inside as common bath rooms and rest rooms.
All rooms and dining with warm heating and cozy facilities to make your stay much pleasant and enjoyable.

Are there electricity and network for cell-phones?

Most of the places do have electricity on route trekking run by hydro-power after main villages, where much of electric supply are private and individual of the lodge owners with sun / solar power to activate electric just for the lodge and as well for customers to charge their computers and cell-phones.
Some places do have networks for cell phones and as well for internets like Wi-Fi above Manang valley some areas due to high peaks and hills, the networks are disturbed in deep areas like around river gorge areas.
At present nearly all people in Nepal including remote villages do have assist to cell-phones with fine network connection only in bad weather the line can be broken, otherwise it is fine in working order.

What happens if some is sick and have to break the trek?

In this situation where our guides are well equipped with knowledge for emergency and medical purpose, depending upon the seriousness of the victims if it is much critical where nearest medical attention needed, we call for immediate evacuation for Helicopter services to reach the victims to nearest medical station and hospital.

What to expect on this journey?

Scenic views of world’s highest mountains with Dhaulagiri-Annapurna and Manaslu range include magnificent Machhapuchare Himal ‘Fish Tail’ peaks, where walk leads you around Buddhist country interwoven with old traditional life and custom similar to Tibetans.
Walk leads to visit Manang-Thakali-Magar / Poon and Gurung villages encountering many farm fields and terraces of interesting traditional life of the local villagers.

Who are Manang, Thakali, Magar and Gurung people?

The above group of tribes are high hills people of Nepal Far Mid-West Himalaya spread out throughout Nepal, where most concentrated within Annapurna and Dhaulagiri area of both Hindu and Buddhist religion and origin, these hill tribes are famous as legendry Gurkha soldiers in foreign legion and army like British, India as well some as police force in Singapore and security guards in many parts of the world overseas.
Besides men-folk as famous Gurkha soldiers the hill people are mostly farmers and cattle herders as traditional profession.

Is it really spectacular in flowering times of March to May?

Absolutely the best months of the year and seasons for botany students, flower and nature lovers, where hills and valley alive with wild flowers in full bloom with riots of different colors, rhododendron from tall trees to short bushes will be in flowering times, rhododendron national flower of Nepal also.

Checklist for all season:

  • Travel document: passport, visa, travel insurance, air tickets, voucher, and a passport-sized photo.
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Reading/Writing materials
    Binoculars
  • Travel games, like chess, backgammon, scrabble
  • First-aid kit (containing lip balm, aspirin/ paracetamol, Band-Aid, bandage for sprains, iodine or water purifier, Moleskin for blisters, antiseptic for cuts, anti-bacterial throat lozenge, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for diarrhoea, re-hydration powder, Norfloxacin or
  • Ciprofloxacin, antibiotic  for
  • Giardia, Diamox and any extra
  • prescription drugs you are currently taking)
  • Protein bars, chocolate, dried fruit, candies, and snack foods
    Money-Cash
  • Swiss Army Knife
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Lightweight towel
  • Swimsuit
  • Toiletries (quick-drying towel, toothbrush, toothpaste, multipurpose soap, deodorant, nail clipper, face, and body
  • moisturizer, feminine, hygiene
  • products, small mirror
  • Day pack (with waist straps)
  • Alarm clock and
  • torch/flashlight/headlamp
  • Lighter
  • Insect repellent
  • Earplugs and eye mask
  • Small padlock
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Sun hat Sunglasses, Scarf
  • Bag Liner
  • Sewing kit
  • Wind and waterproof shell jacket and trousers (preferably breathable fabric)
  • Running shoes or sandals
  • Comfortable walking shoes
    Socks: thick wool blend and thin cotton to be worn in combination
  • Lightweight thermal gloves
  • Underwear and shorts
  • T-Shirt 2 Or 3
  • Long sleep shirt
  • (Special Checklist for summer)
  • Trekking/Hiking boots with spare laces
  • Lightweight long trousers (no jeans)
  • Special Checklist for winter and High Altitude:
  •  34. Layered clothing /Thermals and extra warm clothing during winter (December-March)
  •  1 heavyweight or 2 lightweight wool jumper/sweater/fleece jacket
  • Fleece wind-stopper jacket (optional)
  • Down jacket or down vest
  • Fleece Or wool trousers/pants
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens
  • wool or fleece with a waterproof shell outer
  • A four-season sleeping bag/sleep
  • sheet Thick, warm wool hiking socks
  • Gaiter (optional)
  •  Special Checklist for summer
  •  Lightweight wool
  • jumper/sweater/fleece
  • Umbrella/waterproof jacket and
  • trousers (May—September)
  • Sunscreen lotion with maximum SPF
  • Water bottle

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Tilicho Lake – Annapurna Circuit Trek

Trip Facts

  • Private Vehicle/Tourist Bus
  • Moderate to Adventurous
  • 5416 m
  • 2+
  • March/May - September/December
  • 18 nights/19 Days
  • Tea House(On Hotel and lodges on walks)

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