Annapurna Circuit trek with Tilicho Lake (17 Days)


Perhaps the most popular trek in Nepal, the Annapurna Circuit entails a 100-mile plus circumnavigation of the Annapurna Himalayas. This Trek begin with the path connects through Marsyangdi Valley into the Kaligandaki Valley of Mustang region. Diverse cultures and beautiful landscapes of buckwheat fields and pine forests of these Valley make you fell in love.

Manang Village

Highlights of Annapurna Circuit Trek

1. Descend into one of the deepest gorge’s in the world – the Kali Gandhaki
2. Reach 5,400 m over Thorung La, the highest point of the trek
3. Take a side trip to Tilicho, a high-altitude lake at 4,919 m

Tilicho lake is in the highest altitude in the world. Its lies on the lap of the Annapurna Himalayas of Nepal.  To get Tilicho Lake is challenging even though it’s a highlighted attraction of the Annapurna Circuit Trek on 4,919 meters elevation from sea-level.

Braka Village Manang

This Trek has combined of two unique and different well-known Marsyangdi & Kaligandaki Valley which is separated by Thorung La Pass (5416m), the highest point of the trek where from you can see a beautiful landscape of the beautiful Annapurna Himalayas. Manang is one the most beautiful hidden valley and whereas Muktinath is a sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists people, located in Lower Mustang Valley at an altitude of 3,800m.

Jjarkot Muktinath Annapurna

Traditionally, Annapurna Circuit Trek starts in Besisahar and ends in Tatopani, but road construction has opened up a number of options at both the beginning and end of your trek. The roads are bumpy dirt tracks, at best, but many trekkers now opt for a shorter version of this trek by starting farther up the valley (3-4 days into the traditional route) and ending even as early as Jomsom then taking a bus to Beni or flying to Pokhara. So, you will have more options to customize this trek in a variety of ways to match your interests as well as your available date and time.

Itinerary Overview of Annapurna Circuit Trek

Day 1: Arrival day in Kathmandu (1335m)
Day 2: Drive to Besisahar (830 meters)
Day 3: Drive to Chame (2670m)
Day 4: Trek to Pisang (3200m)
Day 5: Trek to Ngawal (3660m) via Gyaru
Day 6: Trek to Manang (3540)
Day 7: Acclimatization day at Manang (3540m)
Day 8: Trek to Tilicho Base Camp (3734m)
Day 9: Trek to Tilicho Lake and trek back to Tilicho Base Camp (4990m)
Day 10: Trek to Yak Kharka (4018m)
Day 11: Trek to Thorung Phedi (4450m)
Day 12: Cross Thorung La (5416 meters) and trek to Muktinath (3800m)
Day 13: Trek to Jomsom via Lubra Village(2800m)
Day 14: Fly to Pokhara (827m)
Day 15: Drive to Kathmandu
Day 16: Final Departure from Kathmandu

Note: All itineraries can be customized at your request.


Trip Cost: 1400 US $ PP
Group Size: Min-2, Max-15, Ave 10


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Cost Inclusive of Annapurna Circuit Trek

1. 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast
2. Teahouse accommodation during the trek
3. All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
4. All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
5. Domestic flights (Jomsom-Pokhara)
6. Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
7. An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader
8. Porter service (1 for 2)
9. Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
10. Community Trek’s trekking bag/duffel bag
11. All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
12. All government and local taxes

Cost Exclusive

1. Nepalese visa fee
2. Excess baggage charge(s)
3. Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
4. Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
5. International flights
6. Travel and rescue insurance
7. Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottled or boiled water, shower, etc.)


Service Level: Basic
Simple and clean hotels and Tea House in Mountain during the Trek.

Physical Rating: 5 – Challenging
Serious high-altitude hikes, cycling, or other instances of heavy exercise. Come prepared to sweat a bit.

Age requirement: 12+
All travelers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult

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Full Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Arrival day in Kathmandu (1335 meters)

    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.


  • Day 2

    Drive to Besisahar

    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.


    (Jeep, Bus) (Lunch, Dinner) ( 830 meters) (Teahouse)
  • Day 3

    Drive to Chame

    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.


    (Jeep) (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner ) (2670 meters) (6-7 Hours) (Teahouse)
  • Day 4

    Trek to Pisang

    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.


    (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner ) (3200 meters) (6 hours) (Teahouse)
  • Day 5

    Trek to Ngawal via Gyaru

    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.


    (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner ) (3670 meters) (6 hours) (Teahouse)
  • Day 6

    Trek to Manang

    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.


    (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner ) (3540 meters) (4 hours) (Teahouse)
  • Day 7

    Acclimatization day at Manang

    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.


    (3540 meters) (Teahouse)
  • Day 8

    Trek to Tilicho Base Camp

    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.


    (Breakfast) (3734 meters) (6-7 hours) (Teahouse)
  • Day 9

    Trek to Tilicho Lake and trek back to 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.

    (4990 meters) (6-7 hours) (Teahouse)
  • Day 10

    Trek to Yak Kharka

    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.


    (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner ) (4018 meters) (6-7 hours) (Teahouse)
  • Day 11

    Trek to Thorung Phedi

    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.


    (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner ) (4450 meters) (4 hours) (Teahouse)
  • Day 12

    Cross Thorung La (5416 meters) and trek to Muktinath

    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.


    (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner ) (3800 meters) (7-8 hours) (Teahouse)
  • Day 13

    Trek to Jomsom via Lubra Village

    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.


    (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner ) (2800 meters) (6-7 hours) (Teahouse)
  • Day 14

    Fly to Pokhara

    We take an early morning flight to Pokhara. The airplane passes through a gorge between Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains making the flight itself an amazing experience. After arriving in Pokhara, we can spend the rest of the day in leisure. Overnight in Pokhara.


    (Breakfast ) (827 meters) (25 Min) (Hotel)
  • Day 15

    Drive to Kathmandu



    (Breakfast) (1300m.) (6-7 hours) (Hotel)
  • Day 16

    Final Departure

    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.


    (Breakfast) (900 meters) (6 hours) (Hotel)
  • Note

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Trip Facts

  •  Trip Duration:  16 Days
  •  Activities:  Trekking
  •  Country:  Nepal
  •  Group Size:  2-10 Pax
  •  Price:  From 1400 US $ PP.
  •  Trip Style:  Teahouse
  •  Diffculty:  Hard
  •  Best Season:  Mar - May & Sept - Nov
  •  Transport:  Car/Bus

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