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Annapurna Round with Tilicho Lake and Poon Hill

  • Annapurna Round with Tilicho Lake and Poon Hill

Overview

In our 20-days journey we pass through forests, cross the perfect grazing land, experience the change in plants and enjoy the wonderful view of Himalayas. Annapurna round with Tilicho Lake and Poon Hill trail takes us to the world’s highest Lake Tilicho. The first part of the trail is that of the Annapurna Circuit Trek. However, from Manang we go to the mail valley to the west and trek up to the Tilicho Lake.

Our track again joins the Annapurna circuit route and crosses the Thorong La pass, one of the highest passes in the world. We also climb up to Poon Hill which is famous for the amazing views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. Please, contact us to have the marvelous view of Himalayas from Poon Hill and natural beauty of Annapurna region.

 

Greatest period

Mid Sept to mid Dec and March to May is the best period for Annapurna Round with Tilicho Lake and Poon Hill trekking. The climate is fine and lukewarm with terrific views. But the nights are cold and can fall to icy level in higher altitude. Winter (Dec, Jan, Feb) is also good, only the problem is cold temperature. Trekking in monsoon (June, July) will be affected by rain. The hike paths are busy for the period of mid Sept to mid Dec. If you want to keep yourself away from crowd and enjoy some alone time with nature, then taking this trip during winter (Dec., Jan., Feb.) could also be an option. However, the temperature during winter could be rude for most guests. Trekking in the summer or monsoon season (June to Aug.) will be affected by rain but the summer trek could be an advantage.

Summarize circuit

1st Day: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)

The representative of Two Brothers Trek and Expeditions will heartily welcome you at Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer to hotel.You take rest and enjoy your meal in the evening. Overnight stay at hotel in Kathmandu

 

2nd Day: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

After breakfast, we set out for the city sightseeing to the historical monuments. You will visit UNESCO world heritage sites, which include Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Darbar Squar, Bhaktapur Darbar Square, Swayambhunath, Bouddhanath and Pashupatinath. We will give you briefing about the trekking you begin from tomorrow at hotel. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu

 

3rd Day: Drive from Kathmandu to Syange (1100m/3608 ft): 8 - 10 hours

We begin our long drive to Syange early in the morning. On the way we get to enjoy the countryside of Nepal with its green hills, winding rivers, terraced farms and ofcourse the beautiful Himalayas.Overnight in Syange

 

4th Day: Trek from Syange to Dharapani (1,960m/6,430ft): 7 - 8 hours

The trail passes through barley, rice and potato fields and the waterfalls continue to accompany us during the trek. After crossing the village of Kodo, one of the biggest village in the Manang valley we reach Dharapani. Overnight in Dharapani

 

5th Day: Dharapani to Chame (2,710m/8,891ft): 5 - 6 hours

The trail climbs to Tyanja at 2360 meters, then continuing through forest, but near the river, to Kopar at 2590meters. As we reach the Chame, the headquarters of the Manang district, we are rewarded by the fine views of Annapurna II as you approach Chame & two small hot springs by the town. Along this route we are introduced to a local community said to have migrated from Tibet a long time past, noticeable by their different features. With them, they have bought local Tibetan house designs and maintained their ways. Overnight in Chame

 

6th Day: Chame to Pisang (3,300m/10824ft): 5 - 6 hours

The day starts through deep forest in a steep and narrow valley then crosses a river on a long bridge at 2910meters. We then cross another bridge at 3040meters, from there the view of the soaring Paungda Danda rock face really begins to appear. From there the trail joins to climb to Pisang, which sprawls between 3200m & 3300meters. Overnight in Pisang

 

7th Day: Pisang to Manang (3,500m/11,482ft): 6 - 7 hours

Today we continue through the drier upper part of the Manang district, cut off from the full effect of the monsoon by the Annapurna Range. People of this region herd the yaks & raise crops for part of the year. They also continue to enjoy special trading rights gained way back in 1784. Leaving Pisang, we have alternate trails north and south of the Marsyangdi River which meets up again at Mungji. The southern route by Hongde, with its airstrip, at 3325meters which involves less climbing than the northern route via Ghyaru, though there are better views on the trail that follows the northern bank of the river. From Mungji, the trail continues past the picturesque but partially hidden village of Bryanga to nearby Manang. Overnight in Manang

 

8th Day: Manang: Acclimatization day

This day is set aside for acclimatization to the higher altitude. We’ll spend our time visiting the monastery with a side trip to Gangapurna Lake. We can also walk around the local villages and visit the Himalayan Rescue Association Clinic.

If you wish to make day hiking trip such as visiting Milarepa cave, Ice Lake you need to extend your rest day in Manang because hike to Ice Lake is hard full day trip from Manang and also Milarepa cave not suggest in one day.

 

9th Day: Manang to Siri Kharka (4060m/13,320ft): 4-5 hours

From Manang we head out through the western gates and follow the path down to the river. We cross the river and continue walking on its southern side through coniferous forest.  After reaching Kangsar Village we walk further up towards Siri Kharka and pass a monastery on the way.  Overnight in Siri Kharka.

 

10th Day: Siri Kharka to Tilicho Base Camp (4140m/13,583ft): 5-6 hours

Today we trek from Siri Kharka to Tilicho Base Camp. Our trail goes through the middle of the landslide area whereby we can see impressive rock formations along the trail. Overnight in Tilicho Base Camp.

 

11th Day: Visit Tilicho Lake (4,949m/16,138 ft) then back to Siri Kharka: 5-6 hours

Today our journey start early in the morning around 6 AM as we are trying to avoid the wind. From Siri Kharka to the Tilicho lake, it takes 5-6 hours. Tilicho Lake is a cold barren place in the afternoon and claimed as highest lake of the world. After we spend some time around Tilicho Lake we will return same way back to Siri Kharka as there are no any accommodation facilities at Tilicho Lake area. Overnight in Siri Kharka

 

12thDay: Siri kharka to Yak kharka (4040m/13,020ft):4-5 hours

Today, we leave Siri Kharka and descend towards Khangsar Village. On the way, we pass Tare Gumba, a thousand year old monastery which is very important to the local people. We walk further more until we reach a seasonal bridge in the Thorang Khola valley. After crossing the river, we ascend for a while to a plateau. Next, walk furthermore until reaching Yak Kharka. Overnight in Yak Kharka.

 

13th Day: Yak kharka to Thorang Phedi: (4420m/14501ft): 3-4 hours

Today we will make our way to the foot of the pass to Throng Phedi. This is a small yet busy settlement catering to the needs of tired trekkers and climbers. Groups such as ours use this point as a base camp. Some members of the group might want to hike to the High Camp today to make next day easier for them –although the Nepal Hiking Team have reservations about this. There is a tough day planned for tomorrow and we stop at Thorong Phedi in order to sleep soundly (rather than risk a less peaceful night in the higher altitude at High Camp). Overnight at Thorong Phedi local Guesthouse.

 

14th Day: Thorong Phedi to Thorong La pass (5416m/17764ft) to Muktinath (3,800/12,467ft): 7 - 8 hours

We will make an early start on our climb to the pass. As we approach the peak, the trail becomes slushy from melting snow. After making our way through rocky ridges, we arrive at the top of the pass. The top offers an indescribably magnificent 360 degree panorama of snowcapped peaks extending northwards into Tibet. Looking back, we can see several peaks of Annapurna and in front of us is the beautiful gorge of Kali Gandaki.  Our trail then descends steeply down to Muktinath. Overnight in Muktinath

 

15th Day: Drive from Muktinath to Tatopani (1,200m/3937ft): 6 - 8 hours

In the morning we visit Muktinath Temple. It is an important pilgrimage sight for both Buddhist and Hindus. After a visit to the sacred place, we drive to Tatopani and spend the night.

 

16th Day: Tatopani to Ghorepani (2,850m/9,350ft): 7 - 8 hours

Today we leave the Kali Gandaki and head up the Ghar Khola valley. The trail leads us through a terraced farmland with mountains all around. We pass through the villages of Shikha and Chitre before reaching a beautiful rhododendron forest. Walking further we reach Ghorepani, a beautiful village located at a ridge top. Overnight in Ghorepani.

 

17th Day: Ghorepani to Poon Hill to Tadapani (2,700m/8,860ft): 6 - 7 hours

We make an early morning climb along the steep trail to the viewpoint of Poon Hill to catch the sunrise over the Himalayas. We return back to Ghorepani from Poon Hill. We descend through rhododendron forests and reach Tadapani. Overnight at Tadapani

 

18th Day: Trek to Nayapul then drive to Pokhara: 5-6 hours trek and 1 hour drive

From Tadapani, we make a steep descent through the dense and dark forest to reach Ghandruk. After trekking for a while, we enter the Ghandruk village, a slope settlement with stone houses mostly inhabited by the Gurung people. Then we trek from Ghandruk to Naya Pul via Birethanti then drive back to Pokhara. The staircase is beautifully paved with stone slabs so it’s easy to trek. Overnight in Pokhara

 

19th Day: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu: 5-6 hours

Today we drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu. The drive is unforgettable through the villages, terraced fields and the forested hills above the road. More than that, on the way back to Kathmandu, we follow the river and streams, cross many bridges and junctions. After arrival, we go to hotel to check in and in the evening, we will have dinner together with typical Nepalese Cultural Show. Overnight at Kathmandu

 

20th Day: Final departure

Your beautiful journey to the country of Himalayas ends today. The representative of Two Brothers Trek and Expedition will drop you to the Tribhuvan International Airport before 3 hours of your scheduled flight and wishes to have a safe journey.

Trip Inclusion

What is included?

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
  • 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Domestic flights (Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu and Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu)
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
  • Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag  (to be returned after trip completion)
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (ACAP, TIMS)
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • All government and local taxes

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