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Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trekking
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Overview

The Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake trek is a true classic! Trekkers from near and far have hailed it as one of the best itineraries in the world with its visit to Thorong La Pass, Tilicho Lake, amazing mountain vistas and pristine areas of natural beauty.

There are certainly challenges along the way to reach our maximum elevation of 5416 meters; the Thorong La Pass is a tough feat but believe us when we say, it is worth the effort! When you witness the panoramic views of the mighty Himalayas and experience the warm welcome from the local people, you will surely agree with us that this trek is not to be missed.

The route takes us to the districts of Manang and Mustang, the only Nepali districts “across” the mountains and completely surrounded by the Annurpurna Range. We follow the River Marsyangdi from the beginning, all the way to Thorong La Phedi, crossing its crystal, icy waters many times on impressive suspension bridges.

Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trekking starts right after your jeep drive to Dharapani, and follows the Marsyangdi River with great views of Manaslu and Him Chuli to the east. This magnificent route leads you through traditional Manangi villages inhabited by friendly, habitual people who always offer a warm welcome amidst the magical, snow capped Himalayas. This route is customized from the Annapurna Circuit Route, instead of going north to Tanki Manang and Yak Kharka, we head east, following the Marsyangdi River to the village of Khangshar (Known as The Last Village of Nepal) and trek up to Tilicho lake. The route then joins the Annapurna Circuit trek once more to Thorong La Pass.

You will not be disappointed on this Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek , the spectacular views of the majestic Himalayas and the glistening waters of a high altitude lake will keep you regaling your experiences for years to come.

Brief Itinerary of 18-day Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek

Day 1: Welcome to Kathmandu (1345 meter/ 4412 feet), Nepal! Transfer to hotel.
Day 2: Pre-trek meeting and guided Kathmandu sightseeing.
Day 3: Ride private jeep to Dharapani (1910 meter / 6266 feet).
Day 4: Trek to Chame (2670 meter / 8760 feet).
Day 5: Trek to Pisang (3200 meter / 10498 feet).
Day 6: Trek to Manang (3540 meter / 11614 feet). (2 available routes today, your guide will give you the choice.)
Day 7: Day hike to Gangapurna Lake (4000 meter / 13123 feet) and back to Manang. (Acclimatization day.)
Day 8: Trek to Khangsar Village (3735 meter / 12254 feet)
Day 9: Trek to Tilicho Base Camp (4150 meter / 13615 feet)
Day 10: Trek to Tilicho Lake (5180 meter / 16995 feet) and further to Shree Kharka (4080 meter / 13385 feet)
Day 11: Trek to Yak Kharka (4020 meter / 13189 feet)
Day 12: Trek to High camp (4860 meter / 15945 feet).
Day 13: Trek to Muktinath (3800 meter / 12467 feet ) crossing the highest Thorong La Pass (5416 meter / 17769 feet).
Day 14: Trek to Jomsom (2720 meter / 8924 feet) via Kagbeni.
Day 15: Fly to Pokhara (850 meter / 2788 feet) in the morning, afternoon on your own.
Day 16: Pokhara free day on your own / explore the "Lake town".
Day 17: Morning flight back to Kathmandu, transfer to hotel; free day on your own.
Day 18: Departure, transfer to airport as per your flight time.

Itinerary

Day 1
Day 1: Welcome to Nepal!

Activities: We will meet you at the airport and drive you to your hotel, just relax for
the rest of the day to recover from your long journey.

Highlights: Bustling Thamel, an array of restaurants, bars and shops.

Accommodation: Kathmandu 3 star hotel.

Day 2
Day 2: Pre-trek meeting and Kathmandu sightseeing.

Highlights: Pashupatinath, Boudhanath Stupa, Swaymbhunath and Patan Durbar Square, cultural and historical sights of the Kathmandu Valley.

Accommodation: Kathmandu 3 star hotel.

Day 3
Day 3: Ride private jeep to Dharapani.

Hours driving: 8.

Elevation reached: 1910m.

Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

Day 4
Day 4: Chame.

Hours of walking: 5

Difficulty: Moderate to difficult.

Elevation reached: 2670m.

Terrain: Steep inclines, rocky trails.

Views on offer: Manaslu, Himal Chuli, Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal.

Highlights: The pretty spectacular views, the sweet smelling apple orchards and getting to taste the apples!

What’s to see?: Pine forests and apple orchards.

Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

Day 5
Day 5: Pisang.

Hours of walking: 5.

Difficulty: Moderate.

Elevation reached: 3200m.

Terrain: Forest paths, gentle inclines, riverbank trails.

Views on offer: Pisang Peak, Lamjung Himal and Annapurna II.

Highlights: Looking back over the wide, river valley, an optional trek to Upper Pisang for some great views.

What’s to see?: A very unique and colorful monastery, traditional mountain houses.

Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

Day 6
Day 6 : Manang. (2 available routes today, your guide will give you the choice.)

Hours of walking: 7 hours for upper trail, 5 hours for lower trail.

Difficulty: Moderate (lower trail) difficult (upper trail)

Elevation reached: 3540m.

Terrain: Some steep inclines and rocky tracks on the upper trail, “Nepali flat” and gentle inclines on the lower trail.

Views on offer: The Annapurna range.

Highlights: The upper trail really does give you magnificent views of this beautiful mountain range.

What’s to see?: Traditional villages, the local Gurung people and the interesting village of Manang.

Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

Day 7
Day 7: Day hike to Gangapurna Lake and back to Manang. (Acclimatization day.)

Hours of walking: 3.

Difficulty: Moderate to difficult.

Elevation reached: 4000m

Terrain: Some steep inclines, hilly terrain and quick descents.

Views on offer: Many snow-capped peaks.

Highlights: The beautiful Lake, standing atop of a ridge at 4000m for stupendous views.

What’s to see?: The traditional houses in Manang, local Buddhist monastery.

Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

Day 8
Day 8: Trek to Khangsar Village (3735 mt)

Descending from old Manang and passing by Chorten, reaches a Marshyangdi river. Walking along the northern part of this river bank, the trail stays close to the river bed and soon we approach Khangsar, superb view of the Great Barrier open up. The village is surrounded by fields of wheat.

Day 9
Day 9: Trekking to Tilicho Base Camp (4150)

A difficult or adventurous hiking day of Tilich Lake Trekking, which takes around 6-7 hrs. The higher path, through broad, involves a tiring ascent of some 900 m and then a steep, treacherous 800 m descent. You reach a crest (4650 mt) with prayer flags after the wearying clim, then through a series of zigzags down a scree slope bring you to the Tilicho Base Camp Hotel.

Day 10
Day 10: Trek to Tilicho Lake (5180) and further to Shree Kharka

The trek start early in the morning to get good views of the Lake. The total trip could take 6-7 hours. After climbing out of the side-valley, the trail works its way up moraine ridges, ascending all the way. Overnight at teahouse.

Day 11
Day 11: Trek to Yak Kharka (4020 m)

Not a very hard day, the ascends being not very strenuous. Superb scenery all along. Hiking for around 5 hours. Overnight at teahouse.

Day 12
Day 12: High camp.

Hours of walking: 5.

Difficulty: Difficult/Strenuous.

Elevation reached: 4860m.

Terrain: Pebbled tracks, some steep inclines.

Views on offer: Some pretty spectacular Himalayan peaks.

Highlights: The views of course!

What’s to see?: The village of Thorong Phedi.

Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

* There is an option to stop at Thorung Phedi if group do not want to walk as far as high Camp.

Day 13
Day 13: Muktinath via the Thorong La Pass.

Hours of Walking: 7.5 hours.

Difficulty: Moderate.

Elevation reached: 3800m at Muktinath and 5416m on the Thorong La Pass.

Terrain: Up hill rocky paths, there maybe snow depending on the time of year and a steep descent to Muktinath.

Views on offer: The most alluring, magnificent views from the Pass.

Highlights: Standing in the icy wilderness of the Thorong La Pass. Congratulations on reaching this high alpine wonderland.

What’s to see?: Mountains, as far as the eye can see!

Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

Day 14
Day 14: Jomsom via Kagbeni.

Hours of walking: 7.

Difficulty : Moderate.

Elevation reached: 2720m.

Terrain: Steep descents, well defined trekking paths.

Views on offer: The arid, desert like environment of Kagbeni.

Highlights: The holy place of  Kagbeni and the pilgrims visiting the holy waters and temples.

What’s to see: The oldest monastery in Nepal in Kagbeni.

Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

Day 15
Day 15: Fly to Pokhara in the morning.

Early morning fly to Pokhara and leisure day at Pokhara. Overnight in Hotel.

 

Day 16
Day 16: Pokhara free day

Free day on your own to explore Pokhara city. It will also work as buffer day in case we have any delay/cancellation on Jomsom to Pokhara flight.

Day 17
Day 17: Morning flight back to Kathmandu.

Highlights: Exploring Pokhara, Himalayan flight to Kathmandu.

Accommodation: Hotel in Kathmandu.

 

Day 18
Day 18: Departure.

Goodbye and farewell from Nepal!

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The Cost Include(s)

  • International airport arrival/departure transfers.
  • All required transfer as per the itinerary
  • Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Guided Kathmandu heritages day tour.
  • Kathmandu to Dharapani Jeep drive.
  • All your standard Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek.
  • English speaking guide during the trek and required number of Porters (1 for 2 trekker basis) to carry your luggage during the trek; their food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipments, medicine.
  • Required trekking area entry permits.
  • Jomsom-Pokhara-Kathmandu flight ticket.
  • Jacket, sleeping bag and duffel bag to use during the trek (on request).
  • Government imposed taxes

The Cost Exclude(s)

  • Lunch and dinner during your stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks, etc.
  • All beverages and bar bills (tea, coffee, bottled/hot water, coke etc).
  • Travel Insurance (Essential).
  • Personal trekking equipment except stated above.
  • Tipping (expected by guides and porters but not mandatory)
  • Any loss arising due to unforeseen circumstances that is beyond Mosaic Adventure control
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  1. Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trekking
    I went on a 3-week solo trek around Annapurna Circuit summiting Thorong La Pass (5416 m) in April 2016. I had planned to do this journey for 25 years (sic!), as I viewed it as part of my spiritual pilgrimage. And it truly became the journey of my life with unforgettable memories imprinted in my soul: breath taking sceneries and wonder of nature with wordless beauty.My English speaking guide Bhabanath and smiling porter Ram always tried to adapt to my needs and wishes. Worth mentioning is the bus trip between Jomsom and Tatepani, which in my eyes turned into the scariest bus trip ever due to steep cliffs and big rocks (haha). So, without any hesitation or complaints, we jumped off the bus and walked the last mile (thank you). Among other memorable examples, I especially appreciated that my guide who knew the local people at the teahouses, invited me into their kitchens to enjoy "homemade" Dal Baht in front of open fires. Coming so close to the local people in the mountains, warmed my heart. I also seldom laughed so much when we killed time and coldness by playing cards up in High Camp. In Muktinath I was invited to join my guide and porter early in the morning to do a Hindu ceremony. So, apart from the trekking experience, I want to thank Bhaba and Ram for these unexpected cultural experiences. As the icing of the cake, I was treated every evening with hand peeled fruit, mostly pomegranates, which happened to be my favourite fruit. All in all, both my guide and my always smiling porter were exceptionally service minded all the way. The office manager Madhav was also very responsive in answering all my questions and helpful in customizing the trek according to my wishes. Therefore, I would not hesitate to use Mosaic again next time I go to Nepal. Thank you so much for helping me to realize the journey of my life.
  2. Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trekking
    It was an amazing experience. Everything was well organized by the agency: transportation, accommodation, permits, tims and guide. The guide did his job very well! He was concerned about us, had a good eye on us when we were walking and he also listened to our proposals and ideas. It was very nice to have a good guide like this. The Annapurna Circuit Trek is very beautiful! with a lot of wonderful views and panoramas. The Throong-la pass was amazing :)! It was a long day (start early in the morning), it was tiring to walk on that altitude but it was more than worth to do all this efforts!It will be an experience I will never forget! Thanks a lot Mosaic!!
  3. Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trekking
    I completed the Annapurna Circuit trek in October and had the time of my life. I have done guided trips throughout the U.S. and Africa but this trip in Nepal was unforgettable. Madhav responds to all emails very quickly and does a great job organizing all aspects of the trip. The trek was amazing; the views, people and food were truly spectacular. However, the greatest part of the trip was getting to know our guide and porter. Without question, we had the best guide and porter out of all other groups we came across during the trek. Krishna was incredibly knowledgeable, friendly and I felt that we were in good hands as soon as the trek started. One thing that they did that no other tour company/guide did along the trail was provide us with fresh fruit every night after dinner. The fresh apples and pomegranates were a great treat and improved moral on tougher days. The friendship we developed with Krishna and our porter Krishna was the highlight of our trip. I am looking forward to coming back to Nepal and would not consider any other company than Mosaic Adventures and Krishna Basnet as a guide.
  4. Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trekking
    I've just returned to Kathmandu completing the Annapurna circuit trek organized by Mosaic Adventure. They provide me with an excellent guide Pralhad and porter Hari. They took care of me for over 15 days. First going at the adjective pace and then selecting very good guest house all the way until Pokhara. Pralhad also answered all my too many questions about Nepal, its culture and its people. All the information given by Mosaic Adventures about the trek was very good and my dealings with them were always direct and honest. I also did a one day tour of 6 temples in Kathmandu and its valley and the guide and driver provided were friendly and knowledgeable. I plan to recommend Mosaic Adventure to any friends and family visiting Nepal in the future.
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