Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek

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Trip Fact:
  • Difficulty Level Strenuous
  • DestinationNepal
  • Max Altitude5416m (Thorong La Pass)
  • AccommodationHotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara, Guest houses during trekking
  • MealsBreakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara, All meals during trekking
  • Trip Start/EndKathmandu/Pokhara
  • Group Size2-30 pax
  • Best SeasonFebruary, March, April, May, June, September, October,and November are the best months.

Are you ready to embark on a journey of discovery? The Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek awaits!

The mighty Himalayas, with their soaring peaks and whispering valleys, have always been a magnet for adventurers. Among the numerous trails that crisscross these mountains, the Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek stands out as a harmonious blend of nature's beauty and cultural richness.

Nestled within the heart of the Nepal Himalayas, the Annapurna Circuit stands as one of the most iconic trekking routes in the world. When you add the sublime Tilicho Lake to this circuit, you’re signing up for an experience that transcends mere adventure.

The Annapurna region was a secluded Shangri-La until 1977. Since opening its doors to international travelers, the circuit has witnessed a steady influx of those in pursuit of nature's grandeur and cultural enlightenment.

Spanning roughly 160-230 km (depending on the chosen route), the journey takes trekkers through a diverse range of altitudes, from 800 meters to a staggering 5,416 meters at the Thorong La Pass. Each twist and turn of the trail offers panoramic views, diverse terrains, and glimpses of Himalayan life.

The Geographical and Cultural Mosaic

The beauty of the Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek lies not just in the landscapes but also in the rich tapestry of cultures that have thrived here for centuries.

Majestic Peaks: Beyond Annapurna, trekkers are greeted by a panorama of giants: Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, and Machapuchare, to name a few. These mountains are not just geographical landmarks but also hold deep spiritual significance for locals.

Sacred Traditions: The region is dotted with ancient monasteries, chortens, and prayer wheels. One can hear the distant chants and the reverberations of prayer bells, especially in villages like Braga and Pisang.

Local Lore: Stories of the Yeti, the revered Gurkha warriors, and tales from ancient scriptures come alive through conversations with the locals. Participating in or witnessing local rituals, dances, and festivals can offer trekkers profound insights into the region's cultural ethos.

A Biodiversity Hotspot

The trail's elevation gradient, spanning subtropical to alpine zones, ensures that the Annapurna Circuit is a hotbed of biodiversity.

Forests Galore: In the lower altitudes, trekkers will find themselves amidst dense forests of rhododendron, bamboo, and oak. As one ascends, the vegetation transforms, giving way to juniper, pines, and eventually alpine meadows.

Faunal Encounters: The Annapurna Conservation Area, which the trek partially traverses, shelters over 100 mammalian species. Sightings of Himalayan tahr, langurs, and pika are common. For the keen-eyed trekker, glimpses of the elusive snow leopard or red panda can be the highlight of the journey.

Avian Delights: The region's rich avifauna ensures that the trail is often filled with birdsong. From eagles soaring in the high skies to the vibrant Danphe (the national bird of Nepal) flitting amidst the undergrowth, birdwatchers are in for a treat.

Preparing for the Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek

A successful trek hinges on meticulous preparation. When taking on the majestic Annapurna Circuit complemented by the serene Tilicho Lake, readiness becomes paramount.

Physical Conditioning: A structured fitness regimen, initiated at least 4-5 months prior to the trek, can be game-changing. Incorporate high-altitude simulation walks, cardio exercises, and strength training to build endurance and acclimate your body.

Acclimatization: Understanding the symptoms of altitude sickness and integrating rest days into your itinerary can reduce risks. For instance, a rest day in Manang can aid in acclimatizing before ascending to higher altitudes.

Gear Selection: Invest in quality, lightweight gear. Prioritize essentials like UV-protection sunglasses, crampons for icy trails, and down jackets for the chilly high-altitude nights.

Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek Highlights

  • Tilicho Lake is one of the highest lakes in the world, situated at an altitude of 4,919 meters (16,138 feet) above sea level.
  • The lake is surrounded by majestic snow-capped peaks, including Annapurna II, Gangapurna, and Khangsar Kang, which make for a breathtaking view.
  • The lake is considered a sacred site by both Hindus and Buddhists, and many pilgrims visit it during the full moon of August to take a holy dip in its waters.
  • The surrounding area is rich in flora and fauna, with rare species such as the snow leopard, musk deer, and blue sheep found in the region.
  • The area surrounding Tilicho Lake offers ample opportunities for adventure sports such as trekking, mountaineering, and rock climbing.

As the age-old Nepali saying goes, "Better to see something once than to hear about it a thousand times." The Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake beckons - will you answer its call?


Start early morning drive to Bhulbhule, the starting point of your Tilicho lake trek. Our drive goes through the bank of Trishuli aand Marsyangdi River. Enjoy with beautiful hill side drives, arrives Bhulbhule via Besisahar and stay overnight here.

  • Hotel/Guest House
  • Lunch/Dinner
  • 1430 m / 4692 ft

Take a morning breakfast and take a public jeep until Chamje, almost one hour drive. Then our walk goes through rocky trail by crossing many suspension bridges to reach Dharapani. Spend overnight in Dharapani.

  • Hotel/Guest House
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 1860m / 6102 ft

Early morning, start a trek from Dharapani by following the bridge and refugee village of Tibetan in Thoche. Take a Lunch in Timang and continue almost 3 hours walking to get Chame.

  • Hotel/Guest House
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 2650 m / 8695 ft

Explore around the very old monastery in Chame, the morning. And start walking to Pisang which takes almost 5 hours to reach Upper Pisang. Stay overnight in Pisang

  • Hotel/Guest House
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 3300m / 10827 ft

Morning breakfast in Pisang, start the trek through decorated natural and cultural sites. The trail goes all the way through Humde, Bharka and beautiful suspension bridge over the Marsyangdi River. We will reach the Manang in 5-6 hours continues walking. Overnight stay in Manang

  • Hotel/Guest House
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 3540m / 11614 ft

Today is our Acclimatization in Manang, this is most because you reach the elevation of 3500 meters above the sea level. Manang is most beautiful village located in Tilicho/Annapurna circuit trek trail, which offers most beautiful views of Mount Annapurna, Annapurna II, Annapurna III, and Gangapurna. Go for some hiking and back to Manang for your overnight stay.

  • Hotel/Guest House
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 3540m / 11614 ft

We descend down by passing Chorten and suspension bridge over the Jharsing River. Then we continue the trek until we arrive Khangsar. This is most beautiful place because of its uniqueness in culture and tradition. Stay overnight in Khangsar

  • Hotel/Guest House
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 3734m / 12251 ft

Take a breakfast, start walking. We climb steeply up for the first half, then the trail goes through the small Chorten, sea buckthorn and juniper bushes and streams. We continue walking until we arrives in Tilicho Base Camp, which takes around 5-6 hours in total. Stay overnight in Tilicho Base Camp

  • Hotel/Guest House
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 4140m / 13,583 ft

Today we climb all the way up to Tilicho Lake, almost 2 hours walking. This is the amazing day in entire trip, we will visit the fascinating Tilicho Lake located at 4920m above the sea level, the highest lake in the world. After spending some time in the lake, back to hotel take a breakfast and trek to Yak Kharka for almost 4 hours walking. Stay overnight in Yak Kharka

  • Hotel/Guest House
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 4040m / 13,020ft

Take a breakfast, ascending down to Ledar. Enjoy with magnificent views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks. Walk through touring cliffs to reach our today’s destination Thorong high camp. Revel in with close up view of Thorong Peak (6144m) and many other numerous peaks. Stay overnight in Thorong High Camp

  • Hotel/Guest House
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 4800m / 15748ft

This is tough day of our Tilicho lake trek itinerary, we begin our trek early in the morning. We will cross the highest pass (Thorong La Pass 5416m), which connect the two different district Manang and Mustang. The view from the pass is mesmerizing, majestic view of Annapurna Himalayan range. Then we descend down to Muktinath, striking sacred place for both Hindu and Buddhist. Stay overnight in Muktinath

  • Hotel/Guest House
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 5416m / 17764ft

Visit Muktinath Temple in the morning, most famous and greatest religious site of Hindu. Take a breakfast and start walking towards Jomsom. The trail goes through the bank of Kaligandaki River.

Alternatively, jeep drive option also available from Muktinath to Jomsom. Consult with your guide about driving option.

Arrives Windy town Jomsom, stay overnight here.

  • Hotel/Guest House
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 2,715m / 8,910ft

After breakfast, we take morning flight to Pokhara, check in to the hotel. Go for boat riding in Phewa lake in the evening, stay overnight in Pokhara

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast
  • 920m

Catch early morning tourist bus to Kathmandu. This is almost 6 hours drive to reach Kathmandu. Enjoy the farewell dinner with DHA Team.

    Cost Details


    • Airport pick up and drop by car/van/hiace
    • Accommodation in Kathmandu twin sharing on Bed and Breakfast ( as per itinerary)
    • Accommodation in Pokhara twin sharing on Bed and Breakfast ( as per itinerary)
    • All accommodation and meals during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).
    • An experienced English-speaking and Government license holder Trekking guide including salary, insurance, flight, food and lodging
    • Trekking porter including salary, insurance, flight, food and lodging ( 1 porter for 2 trekkers basis)
    • All necessary paper works, trekking permits and TIMS card.
    • A comprehensive medical kit
    • All trekking equipment for trekking staff
    • All government and local taxes
    • Transportation from Kathmandu to trekking starting point and trekking ending point to Pokhara
    • Transportation by Tourist Bus from Pokhara to Kathmandu


    • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
    • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara
    • Travel and rescue insurance
    • All Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, battery recharge, bottle, hot shower etc)
    • Tips for guides and porters
    • All kind of drinks, hot water, alcoholic and soft drinks.
    • Any others expenses which are not mentioned in cost include.

    Dates & Price

    Trip DatePriceAvailability 
    Start DateThursdayMay 30, 2024End DateWednesdayMay 29, 2024StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $0

    Good to Know

    Essential Trek Tips

    Every trekker's experience is unique, but certain universally applicable tips can enhance the journey:

    Nutrition & Hydration: Altitudes can suppress appetite, but maintaining a balanced nutrient intake is crucial. Embrace a diet rich in carbohydrates and stay hydrated. Local drinks like ‘Sherpa tea’ can be both warming and hydrating.

    Cultural Sensitivity: The Himalayas are not just about landscapes; they're home to a diverse cultural tapestry. Respecting local customs, dressing modestly, and seeking permission before photographing people can ensure a harmonious interaction.

    Health Precautions: While the region is relatively safe, carrying a basic first-aid kit equipped with medicines for common ailments and personal medication is advisable.

    Accommodations and Modern Amenities

    The Annapurna Circuit has evolved over the decades to cater to the varied needs of trekkers:

    Teahouse Charm: A predominant feature of the trek, these traditional inns offer warmth, local meals, and a peek into Nepali hospitality. While basic in remote stretches, some in lower regions have started offering luxuries like heated blankets and international cuisines.

    Digital Connectivity: While it's an opportunity to disconnect, many teahouses in popular stops like Chame, Manang, and Jomsom offer Wi-Fi facilities, usually for an added charge.

    Charging Facilities: Given the remoteness, charging electronic devices might come at an additional cost. Carrying a portable solar charger can be a wise decision.

    Sustainable Trekking

    With the growing influx of trekkers, the ethos of 'mountains for tomorrow' is more relevant than ever:

    Minimize Plastic Usage: Refillable water bottles, combined with water purification methods, can substantially reduce plastic waste. Opt for locally-sourced, organic meals to reduce the carbon footprint of transported goods.

    Respect Wildlife: Maintaining a safe distance and refraining from feeding or disturbing the fauna ensures their natural behavior remains uninterrupted.

    Support Local Economies: Whether it's hiring local guides, buying handmade souvenirs, or staying in local lodges, every decision can be an avenue to uplift the local community.


    • Q1. What is the Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake?

      The Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake is a popular trekking trail in Nepal. It combines the classic Annapurna Circuit Trek and the visit to Tilicho Lake, recognized as one of the highest lakes globally.

    • Typically, the Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake takes between 14 to 20 days. The duration depends on the trekker's pace, acclimatization process, and the chosen route.

    • While the mountain streams' water may appear clean, it's not advisable to drink it directly due to potential contamination. Trekkers are advised to use water purification tablets or carry filtered water.

    • Besides the majestic Himalayan panorama, crossing Thorong La Pass, and experiencing diverse Nepalese cultures, the main highlight of this trek is visiting Tilicho Lake, situated at a high altitude amidst spectacular landscapes.

    • Yes, hiring a guide or porter is common and mandatory now (as per policy of NTB), especially for first-time trekkers. They can help navigate the route, carry heavy bags, and provide information about local culture and environment.

    • Essential items include sturdy trekking boots, layers of clothing for varying weather, a water purifier, sun protection, first aid kit, and high-calorie snacks. A detailed packing list should be prepared in advance based on the season of your trek.

    • The Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake is considered a moderate to challenging trek. It demands physical fitness and acclimatization to high altitude. Previous trekking experience, while not necessary, can be beneficial.

    • The highest altitude on the Tilicho Lake trek is 5,416 meters (17,769 feet), which is the altitude of Tilicho Lake itself.

    • The ideal time for the Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake is during the post-monsoon period (September to November) and the pre-monsoon period (March to May). These months offer clearer skies, safer trekking conditions, and better views.

    • Yes, you need two permits for this trek: the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Trekkers' Information Management System card (TIMS). You can obtain these in Kathmandu or Pokhara before starting the trek.

    • The Annapurna Circuit offers teahouses for accommodation, providing basic amenities such as beds, meals, and bathrooms. However, services might be limited as you get higher in altitude and closer to Tilicho Lake.

    Client Reviews

    • Kili Novice
      Kili NoviceUnited Kingdom |October 29, 2022

      An awesome Annapurna Trek with Lake Tilicho hike

      I had a wonderful trip to nepal, doing Annapurna circuit, Lake Tilcho trek and Gorepani-Poonhill trek in Late October 2022. The weather was perfect for hiking with clear blue skies. All the itinerary was perfectly executed by Dream Heaven Adventure. The views were amazing throughout the trek and reached Highest point Thorrong-La Pass at 5416m, Lake Tilicho nearly 5000m and Poonhill at 3210m.
      Suman organised the entire itinerary and provided all the logistics, eg booking hotels, hiring og private taxi and private Jeep, booking internal fligjhts, and booking private pokhara city sightseeing tour, with paragliding experience.
      Suman is proffessional in his work, replied my messages promptly and and very helpful in sorting out issues.This made my entire Trekking experince a success. He also provided best trekking guide Mr Huparaj, who was very experienced and knowledgeable and i had a good time trekking with him, making sure all my requirements were met.
      Dream Heaven Adventure can offer variety of trekking options, they have knowledge, contacts and logistics in place to make sure a trip to Nepal will be a wonderful one. I would highly recommend this company to anyone who wants to do trekking or holidaying in Nepa. Go for it. !!!

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