Annapurna Circuit trek with Tilicho Lake and Poon Hill takes us to the world’s highest lake in the Manang District of Nepal. It is considered as one of the busiest trek routes and starts with a “crowded” road extending up to the valley of Besisahar. The trail is meander but easy, to begin with, then the path connects the valley of the Marsyangdi River to the Kaligandaki. Diverse ecosystems, cultures and beautiful landscapes of lush paddy fields and oak forests are all over the way in the Kaligandaki-the world’s deepest gorge, which is where this walk won its fame.
Thorung La (5416m): is the highlight of the trek and it is where you can see a beautiful landscape of the gigantic Himalayas.
Tilicho Lake 4,919m. in the Annapurna range of the Himalayas and is known as the highest lake in the world. This is the destination of one of the most popular side hikes of the Annapurna Circuit trek.
Ghorepani Poonhill provides a wonderful panorama view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayan’s range. The viewpoint of Poon Hill (3210 meters) is probably one of the most spectacular viewpoints in the country. Watching the first rays of sun in the morning while touching the snow-capped mountains from Poon Hill, is the highlight of the trek.
A representative of the company’s display board will greet you outside the arrival terminal and transfer you to your Hotel. The trek leader will meet the group for a meeting and provide a detailed briefing of the trek. All the required information regarding the trek will be provided.
After breakfast, a private vehicle (car/bus) will pick you at your hotel. We will drive to Besisahar via the Prithvi Highway, following Trishuli River for most of the driving time. It takes around 6 hours to reach Besisahar.
We will take a local Jeep and drive to Dharapani on a secondary road. Parts of the road passes through the settlements of the old Annapurna Circuit Trail. It keeps following the Marshyangdi River for the whole day. This bumpy and exciting ride will take around 7 hours.
The trek continues on the road by the Marshyangdi River and goes through small ancient looking houses at Bhratang. The road passes under an interesting huge rock face and continues to move into the valley following the river. After crossing the river, a brief climb leads to Dhikur Pokhari and offers an amazing view of the rock face of the Paungda Danda, standing more than 1000 meters from the river. An easy walk with the picturesque views of the valley ends at Pisang.
The trail leaves the road, crosses the river, and moves on the alternative route. This less travelled route undulates through a thin forest, a small pond with the reflection of Annapurna II (7937 meters) and Annapurna IV (7525 meters), some mane walls and crosses a suspension bridge in the morning. A good steep climb leads to the Gyaru Village, one of the two medieval villages on the day’s route. The views of the valleys and Annapurna II (7937 meters), Annapurna IV (7525 meters) can be thoroughly enjoyed during the whole day. More undulating trail follows as the way also crosses through some ruins of forts and reaches the second medieval village of Ngawal.
We will start by descending down to the valley and an easy terrain joins the trail back with the road near Mugje. After passing through Mugje, the road leads to the village of Braga. Braga has two contrasting parts, an ancient looking village with a monastery just a few minutes away from the road and new modern facilitated teahouses on the other side of the road. An easy walk on the road and a final brief climb ends the day at Manang. The road also ends at Manang and the trek will only get back on road after the Thorang La.
There are few options for the acclimatization day at Manang. If one wishes to have a full day of good trekking, Ice Lake and Milarepa Cave are the best options. If one wishes to do both in a day, it will feel like a very long and busy day. A short hike near towards Gangapurna Glacier is another easier option.
The trail now separates from the regular Annapurna Circuit and heads into a different valley. A descent leads to the river and turns into an ascent for the next few hours until Khangsar. In the latter part of the day after the Khangsar, the trail gets narrower and goes through a scree. A flat grassy area with a small stream finally leads to the Tilicho Base Camp.
The day starts with a steep climb and then turns into an easier ascent. More majestic views of mountains start to appear in every direction as the trek slowly and continuously keep on climbing. Gangapurna (7455 meters), Annapurna III (7555 meters) and several unnamed peaks start to show themselves as the climbing keeps on going. The huge lake finally starts to appear as the terrain slowly starts to turn easier. Tilicho Lake is the highest lake in the world and is located at an altitude of 4949 meters. We will start coming back to Tilicho Base Camp.
The route changes again as the trail now heads towards the Thorung La. A steep climb crosses a ridge and the trek now starts to descend down to a small stream at the bottom of the valley. Another climb follows at the other side of the river leading to the Yak pasturelands of Yak Kharka.
The day begins with a gradual uphill as the valley starts to get more and more narrowed hour after hour. The trail passes through some teahouses at Ledar and drops into the river only to climb again on the other side of the river. The trek continues to undulate and enters into a rocky moraine. The valley keeps getting more narrowed and finally ends at Thorung Phedi. Thorung Phedi is enclosed by huge rock faces and is located on a sloped rocky moraine.
An early start of the day will lead us to a steep climb that continues to the top of the pass. The top offers magnificent and panoramic views of Annapurna IV (7525 meters), Annapurna III (7555 meters), Chulu West (6419 meters), Chulu East (6584 meters), Tilicho (7134 meters) and many more. A steep descent starts from the top and continues to the very bottom of the pass. Couple of teashops at the bottom finally marks the end of the steep drop. The terrain is now easier but still continues to go steadily downhill. The day finally ends at Muktinath, one of the most sacred pilgrimage sites of Hindus. This is also one of the longest day of the trek.
After a late breakfast, the trek keeps on going to Lubra village; is about three hours walk directly from Muktinath avoiding Kagbeni – Eklebhatti route. And about two hours walk to Jomsom through the Kaligandaki Valley.
The trek now returns back to the road and follows the river towards Jomsom. The trail closely follows the river for the whole day, staying on the road and passes through Ekle Bhatti. The day ends at Jomsom, the biggest town and also the administrative headquarter of Mustang. Jomsom is famous for its apples and also known as the apple capital of the country. The apple and apricot brandy from the region is also very popular. A visit to Marpha Village is also an interesting option for the afternoon.
We drive to Tatopani on a local bus passing through many settlements that used to be the part of old Annapurna Circuit. A long and bumpy drive of around 5 hours in the newly built secondary road finally ends at Tatopani. This afternoon can be enjoyably spent in the famous hot springs of Tatopani.
A long day’s ascent of nearly 2000 meters through the villages of Ghara, Shika, Chitre and rhododendron forests (towards the end of the day) keeps the adventure intact. The day begins with a steep climb and passes through terraced fields and villages throughout the morning. The terrain becomes easier to hike but still remains steep for the whole day until it finally ends at Ghorepani.
The day starts with an early morning uphill hike to Poon Hill (1 hour), one of the best viewpoint of the region to enjoy the sunrise above the spectacular mountain ranges of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. After that we return for breakfast at Ghorepani and then trek towards Tadapani, climbing a gentle ridge before heading to another Rhododendron forest with beautifful views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Ranges that keeps on delighting us. The trail leaves the ridge after Deurali and starts to descend down steeply to Nange Thati. A steady and easy walk is soon followed by another descent to a small stream with a final climb in the afternoon which marks the end of the day at Tadapani.
The day starts with a descent through the jungles passing through a couple of teashops at Bhaisi Kharka and continues to drop steeply to the famous Gurung village of Ghandruk finally ends the trek. A private vehicle awaits and a couple of hours separates you from the city and its luxuries.
A half day guided tour of the most popular and historical sites of Pokhara will be followed by a late afternoon flight back to Kathmandu.
A representative will check your flight tickets and transfer you to the airport two hours before your flight with the deep hope of seeing you very soon.
ALL ITINERARIES CAN BE CUSTOMIZED AT YOUR REQUEST. CHECK OUT “EXTENSION” FOR SOME SUGGESTIONS.
01: Arrivals and departure transport by car (We will collect you from the Kathmandu international airport) and transfer to Hotel.
02: Kathmandu and Pokhara accommodation (3 nights in star-level tourist standard hotel with twin sharing basis room)
03. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner in the Trek according to the given itinerary.
04: Kathmandu – Besisahar land transportation in a private car. Other sections will be on a local bus.
05: Pokhara – Kathmandu airfare including airport taxes.
06: Salary, insurance, food, accommodation for guides and porters.
07: A porter to carry your luggage on treks (Per person 15-kilogram luggage).
08: National Park entry fee and Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS)
01: Visa Fee.
02: Travel insurance / Medical evacuation in case of emergency (Compulsory)
03: Meal in Pokhara & Kathmandu
05: Entry fee at the sightseeing sites.
06. Personal trekEquipmentments.
08. Tips for trekking staff and driver.
09. Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.
10: Personal expenses like beverages (mineral water, alcohol, soft drinks), telephone bills, laundry, bar bills, personal tips etc.
You must bring the following items:
(2) Hiking boots
(3) Trekking trousers / pants
(4) Waterproof overtrousers / rainpants
(5) Baselayer shirts
(6) Casual shirt and/or T-shirts
(7) Fleece jacket or warm jumper/sweater
(8) Waterproof jacket
(10) Warm hat
(12) Thermal gloves
(13) Warm and waterproof over gloves or mittens
(14) Headtorch/Headlamp with spare bulb and batteries
(15) Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
(16) Water bottles 1 L.
(17) Antibacterial handwash
(18) Small towel
(19) Daypack, 25/30Litres
(20) Trekking poles
(21) Sleeping bag 4 or 5 season * (rated down to – 20ºC)
(22) Warm jacket (down)*
Basic First Aid Kit including: A broad spectrum antibiotic, antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhea treatment (Imodium), altitude (Diamox), painkillers, plasters (band-aids) and blister treatment, insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite). Glucose tablets
Note: Walking pole, down jacket, sleeping bag, etc available on hire in Kathmandu or request we will provide it.
…A representative with the company’s display board will greet you outside the arrival terminal and transfer you to your Hotel. The trek leader will meet the group for a meeting and provide a detailed briefing on the trek. All the required information regarding the trek would be provided. (Overnight at Hotel)
…..A representative with the company’s display board will greet you outside the arrival terminal and transfer you to your Hotel. The trek leader will meet the group for a meeting and provide a detailed briefing on the trek. All the required information regarding the trek would be provided. (Overnight at Hotel)
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