Round Annapurna with Tilicho

Annapurna Region

Trip Overview

Round Annapurna Circuit Trek is a blend of a challenging walk, natural beauty, cultural diversity, exceptional views of the Himalayan Ranges, waterfalls, glaciers, gorges, and the company of friendly and nice people. Thus, adding an excursion to Tilicho lake makes it more of a trek worth doing. It is going to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Well, Tilicho was designated as the highest lake in the world until Kajin Sara was discovered. Both of these lakes are situated in Manang, Nepal.

Tilichco lake trek is quite a challenging trek. There are no teahouses or lodges on the way to Tilicho, thus, trekkers must do camping to reach there. The trek requires more than your physical and mental fitness. It requires you to quit luxury or any service that you get during trekking.

The trek means leaving your comfort aside if you want to conquer Tilicho. And, whoever has reached there has never regretted their decision of going there.

Round Annapurna with Tilicho Highlights

  • Tilicho Lake Excursion
  • Explore the villages of Manang
  • Explore the lifestyle and culture of Manang
  • Enjoy the splendid landscapes of Manang and Mustang
  • Pass the challenging passes
  • Walking behind Annapurna Ranges
  • Glimpses of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Mt. Annapurna I (8,091m) Mt. Manaslu (8,163 m), Mt. Annapurna II (7,937 m), Mt. Annapurna III (7,555m), Mt. Annapurna IV (7,525m), Mt. Annapurna south (7,219m), Mt. Nilgiri (7,041m), Mt. Fishtail also called Mt. Machhapuchhare (6,998m), Mt. Hiunchuli (6,441m), Mt. Lamjung Himal (6,986m), Tukuche peak (6,920m), and Tilicho peak (7,134m).

Outlines of the trek

Day 1: Arrival at Kathmandu
Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek preparation
Day 3: Kathmandu to Jagat
Day 4: Jagat to Dharapani
Day 5: Dharapani to Chame
Day 6: Chame to Upper Pisang
Day 7: Upper Pisang to Manang
Day 8: Acclimatization at Manang
Day 9;: Manang to Siri Kharka
Day 10: Siri Kharka to TIlicho Base Camp
Day 11: Visit Tilicho Base Camp and back to Siri Kharka
Day 12: Siri Kharka to Yak Kharka
Day 13: Yak Kharka to Thorang Phedi
Day 14: Thorang Phedi to Muktinath via Thorang La Pass
Day 15: Muktinath to Tatopani
Day 16: Tatopani to Ghorepani
Day 17: Ghorepani to Pokhara
Day 18: Pokhara Exploration
Day 19: Pokhara to Kathmandu
Day 20: Free Day
Day 21: Departure

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Plan Your Trip

Detail Itinerary

Day 1Arrival at Kathmandu

Per your flight schedule, we will pick you up at the Tribhuvan International Airport. After that, we will drop you at the hotel and let you rest. Later, in the evening, we will meet briefly about the trek again while having a welcome dinner. Night stay at Kathmandu

Day 2Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek preparation

Today, you will go sightseeing in Kathmandu. This will help you understand the culture and religious aspects of Nepal. It will help you understand Nepalese history, culture, and lifestyle. After a half day of sightseeing, we will start preparing for the trek. Be it shopping or packing. Night stay at Kathmandu

Day 3Kathmandu to Jagat

Today, you will go to Pokhara. You can choose how you would like to travel to Pokhara. It might be via bus or flight. If you take a flight, you won’t have to rush to Jagat. Or else, you will have to ride a bus up to Besisahar and from there to Jagat. Jagat is the actual starting point of this trek.

Day 4Jagat to Dharapani

From today, your trek will start. Since you are not trekking at a high altitude, you won’t have any difficulty while walking. It will be around 5 hour walk, today, so you can take your time while walking. You would walk through fields, and small villages, and cross suspension bridges. Night stay at Dharapani

Day 5Dharapani to Chame

Today, after taking breakfast, you will start your trek up to Chame. You will be following the trails filled with oak and pine trees along with maple trees. It will be an around 6-hour long trek. You can also get remarkable views of Mount Lamjung and Annapurna. Night stay at Chame

Day 6Chame to Upper Pisang

Today, you will head towards upper Pisang of the Manang Valley. It will take around 5-6 hours to reach over there. The trail goes a little steep today. Night stay at Upper Pisang

Day 7Upper Pisang to Manang

Today you will go to Manang via Geru. On your way to Manag, you will get glimpses of Annapurna, Gangapurna, Pisang, and TIlicho. With that, you will find Tibetan-style settlements. Night stay at Manang

Day 8Acclimatization at Manang

Manang is a beautiful village located in the Manang district of Nepal, at an altitude of 3,540 meters above sea level. Towering snow-capped peaks surround the village. You can do several things while acclimatizing at Manang. You can do some short hikes, visit monasteries, taste local cuisines, visit villages, and so on. Night stay at Manang

Day 9Manang to Siri Kharka

Today, you will trek up to Siri Kharka from Manang. The trail is quite easy compared to other days, thus, you will reach within 4-5 hours. Night stay at Siri Kharka

Day 10Siri Kharka to TIlicho Base Camp

On this day, you will start to see the different formations of the Himalayan landscapes. With that, you will go to the Tilicho Base Camp. It will approximately take 5 hours to reach Tilicho Base Camp from Siri Kharka. On your way, you will also get a glimpse of Tilicho peak. You will be spending your night at Tilicho Base Camp.

Day 11Visit Tilicho Base Camp and back to Siri Kharka

This will be a long day for you because you will have to reach Tilicho Lake and get back to Siri Kharka as well. You will start your trek early in the morning. It will take approximately 2-3 hours to reach Tilicho lake. Tilicho lake was considered the lake at the highest altitude in the world until Kajin Sara lake was founded. However, both of these lakes are situated in Annapurna Region. After spending some time at Tilicho lake, you will return to Siri Kharka. You will be spending your night at Siri Kharka.

Day 12Siri Kharka to Yak Kharka

Today you will pass several villages of the Annapurna region. First, you will pass through Khangsar village, an uninhabited village. Then, you will pass Tare Gumba. Tare Gumba is supposed to be a thousand-year-old Gumba. Thus, if you are into archaeology and culture, this place might greatly interest you. After that, you will pass Thorang Khola valley before reaching Yak Kharka. You will be spending your night at Yak Kharka. You can get some of the spectacular views of the Annapurna range from here. Moreover, you might encounter blue sheep or snow leopards during today’s trek.

Day 13Yak Kharka to Thorang Phedi

Today, you will walk for approximately 4-5 hours to reach Thorang Phedi from Yak Kharka. It will be an uphill trek. But, don’t worry, with the uphill trek, you will able to get glimpses of more mountains. You might not even remember the names of those mountains yet, but you will get a closer view of Gudang, Syagang, Khatungkan, and Thorang Peak. You will be spending your night at Thorang Phedi.

Day 14Thorang Phedi to Muktinath via Thorang La Pass

Today is going to be a long day since you will be walking for around 9 hours. Should we call it a long morning since you will have to wake up early in the morning to reach Thorang La Pass? Because Thorang La Pass is one of the high passes in the world, it has pretty critical weather. It starts to get windy at the noon. Thus, you will have to reach there before that and trek down to Muktinath. Thus, if you wake up at 3 am, then you might be able to spend some more time at Thorang La Pass. Thorang La Pass, being the highest point of the trek offers you the most spectacular views of both the Annapurna ranges and other Himalayan peaks extending up to Tibet. Besides Thoran La Pass, you will be visiting Muktinath temple too. Muktinath is one of the most sacred temples in Nepal, significant for both Buddhists and Hindus. You will be spending your night at Muktinath.

Day 15Muktinath to Tatopani

Today you will be spending most of your time on the bus. You will go on an excursion to Muktinath temple, early in the morning. After that, you will start your journey toward Tatopani. Tatopani is best known for its natural hot spring. You can relax and take bath in the hot spring after reaching there. You will be spending your night at Tatopani.

Day 16Tatopani to Ghorepani

You can skip going to Ghorepani if you are short on your vacation. You can choose to go to Pokhara directly from here. But, if you want to explore more of the Annapurna Region, then Ghorepani, would also be a great experience for you. It will take approximately 6-7 hours to reach Ghorepani from Tatopani. You will be spending your night at Ghorepani.

Day 17Ghorepani to Pokhara

Today, you will go for an excursion at Poonhill, early in the morning. Poonhill is known for its spectacular panoramic views of the Himalayas and the valleys. You can see both Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges from there including other 20 peaks on a clear day. After that, you will trek to Birethanti and from there you will drive to Pokhara. You will be spending your night at Pokhara.

Day 18Pokhara Exploration

There are a lot of destinations in Pokhara. If you want to do some sightseeing then you can go to Phewa lake for boating, World Peace Pagoda, Bat cave, Mahendra cave, Devi’s fall, and so on. You can also extend your day at Pokhara if you want to visit all the popular spots of Pokhara. Because one day won’t be enough to explore all those destinations. You will be spending another night at Pokhara.

Day 19Pokhara to Kathmandu

Today you will return to Kathmandu from Pokhara. You can take a flight if you don’t want to spend most of your time on the bus. Or else, you can take a bus ride, getting an opportunity to visit Bandipur too. You will be spending your night in Kathmandu.

Day 20Free Day

This is a free day. You can do whatever you want to do. You can roam by yourself in Kathmandu, do some shopping or take a good rest. You will be spending this night also in Kathmandu.

Day 21Departure

As per your flight schedule, we will drop you at Tribhuvan International Airport. Depending on your flight, we will have a farewell breakfast or lunch together.