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Annapurna with Tilicho Lake Trek

  • Annapurna with Tilicho Lake Trek

Overview

This 17-days Tilicho Lake Trekking is suitable for those trekkers who are prepared not to just walk on the Annapurna circle track but also reach the peaceful Tilicho Lake. Annapurna with Tilicho Lake Trek is an extraordinary expedition along the well-known Annapurna region and to Tilicho Lake (4949m), one of the highest lakes in the world. The trail passes through varied elevations, and has climate ranging from semi-tropical to desert, and with the landscapes varying from sub-tropical to alpine forests to snowy barren, and the stunning rocky Thorongla mountain pass with an altitude of 5416 meters. The trip begins from Kathmandu with visit to several cultural heritage sites. Next, we drive to Chamje and begin the trek from Dharapani. The 17-days Annapurna with Tilicho Lake Trek concludes in Jomson after which you will fly to Pokhara, followed by another flight to Kathmandu. Please, contact Two Brothers Treks and Expeditions for amazing Tilicho Lake trekking experience.

Greatest period

Mid Sept to mid Dec and March to May is the best period for the Annapurna with Tilicho Lake 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 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 be 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/4,264 ft)

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 to Chamje (1,410m/4,626ft): 6-7 hours

Today we drive from Kathmandu to Chamje. It is a long drive of 6-7 hours. Chamje is a small village in the Annapurna Region at an elevation of 1430 m. Chamje is the beauiful village with waterfall and greenery everywhere. Overnight in Chamje

 

4th Day: Trek from Chamje to Dharapani (1,960m/6,430ft): 5 - 6 hours

Today our trek begins with the rocky trail following the Marsyandi Rivers steadily uphill to Tal at 1675 m, the first village in the Manang district. We make a trail verse crossing a wide, flat valley. The journey continues up and down to Dharapani at 1960 meters. 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 to Khangsar (3745m/12286ft): 2-3 hours

After breakfast, we continue our adventure for Tilicho Lake. From Manang one heads out through the western gates and then one follows the path down to the river. After crossing the the Khangsar Khola on the bridge below Khangsar the trail ascend the slope to the village, a village still in the old Tibetan style and which is also known as last village of Nepal. Overnight in Khangsar

 

9th Day: Khangsar to Tilicho Base Camp (4140m/13,583ft): 5-6 hours

We continue our journey from Khangsar on a large path and pass a Gompa (monastery). The route ahead goes on a recently constructed path up towards a high ridge. At one point is an intersection. One path maintains the altitude, traversing the slopes towards a place where the valley is narrow; the other continues to ascend towards the line of the ridge. The former is the old path, and is much more difficult as it goes on really steep screed; the latter is the new path that goes a completely different way. Continue along the new path, reach a high crest, and descend on switch backs carved out through the screed slopes to a side valley of the main valley. At its bottom is a brook. On the other side of it is a building known as Tilicho Base Camp at elevation of 4140 meters. Overnight at Tilicho Base Camp

 

10th Day: Visit Tilicho Lake (4,949m/16,138 ft) then trek back to base camp: 5-6 hours

Today our journey start early in the morning around 6 AM as we are trying to avoid the wind. From Base camp to the Tilicho lake, it takes another 3-4 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 Base Camp as there are no any accommodation facilities at Tilicho Lake area. Overnight at Tilicho Base Camp

 

11th Day:  Tilicho Base Camp to Yak Kharka (4040m/13,020ft): 4-5 hours

Returning from Base camp you can keep high and follow a track 400meters or so above Khangsar village passing through the ruins of old Khangsar and follow an unmarked trail which will lead you around and down to cross the river on an old log bridge between Gumsang and Yak Kharka. Overnight in Yak Kharka

 

12th Day: Yak kharka to Thorang Phedi: (4420m/14501ft): 3-4 hours

Today, after ascending for two and half hour the trail descends to cross the river at 4310meters we then climb up to Thorong Phedi at 4420meters where we have recently found some good Guesthouses built. Overnight in Thorang Phedi

 

13th Day: Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3,800m/12,467ft) via Thorong La pass (5416m/17764ft): 7 - 8 hours

Today we hike to final highest trekking point Thorang La pass. From here, we hike straight down ward to Muktinath which is an important pilgrimage for both Hindu and Buddhist. Overnight in Muktinath

 

14th Day: Muktinath to Jomsom (2,715m/8,910ft): 5-6 hours

Today we follow the trail down to the Eklebhatti, and then follow the Kaligandaki River to Jomsom. Jomsom is large town with many facilities, it is also headquarter and official town for whole Mustang district where all the government office are available for local people in Mustang. Overnight in Jomsom

 

15th Day: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara (823m/2,700ft): 30mins

After breakfast, we fly to Pokhara from Jomsom. It is 30 minutes mountain flight. On arrival at Pokhara airport, we will be transferred to hotel. We get some rest and explore the beauty of Pokhara valley. Overnight in Pokhara

 

16th Day: Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu: 30mins

Today we fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu. It is 30  minutes flight. You can do shopping in Thamel or we will arrange city tour in your request. Overnight in Kathmandu

 

17th 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
  • 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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