Annapurna Circuit With Tilicho Lake & Poonhill Trek 16-Days

Annapurna Circuit Trek ( Tilicho Lake )

Trip Highlights

Walk on the beautiful trail that leads to the Thorong La Pass, one of the highest passes present in the mountain. Encounter a wide range of culturally rich and ethnically diverse villages and settlements as you walk on beautiful trekking trails through the very heart of the Annapurna region.

It is one of the most popular treks in Nepal, circuit trek around the Annapurna with Tilicho Lake & Poonhill Trek. A diverse trek and an exciting journey, dramatic deep gorges, desolate high mountain passes, relaxing hot spring, Buddhist and Hindu temples, delightful farming villages and at every turn a different view of the Annapurna summits.

This is a rewarding trek where you will be able to view  panoramic sceneries of Himalayas, including of the Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m) Mt. Manaslu (8163 m), Mt. Annapurna II (7937 m.) , Mt. Annapurna III (7555m), Mt. Annapurna IV (7525m), Mt. Annapurna south (7219m), Mt. Nilgiri (7041m), Mt. Fishtail also called Mt. Machhapuchhare (6998m), Mt. Hiunchuli (6441m), Mt. Lamjung Himal (6986m),Tukuche peak (6920m), Tilicho peak (7134m).

We get an opportunity to learn about the Tibetan way of life that strongly runs in Mustang valleys. The circuit takes you through a number of climatic zones you will pass rice paddy fields, sub-tropical forests, rural farmland, and glacial zones. There is a small chance of seeing a snow leopard in Yak Kharka along with blue sheep We witness the beauty of the blue icy lake of Tilicho. Formed by the glacier melting from Annapurna the lake Tilicho reflects the surrounding mountains which are a truly unique and beautiful sight to see. We will also make a stop at Tatopani where, after days of trekking we can relax in their famous hot springs.

The day is taken here to prepare for crossing the Thorung La pass, we continue  on 3 days hiking to Tilicho lake.,We stay overnight at Siri Kharka a town near  Manang, we continue the trail and head to  Yak Kharka. The next day we hike up to Thorong Phedi. And from  Thorong Phedi to  Thorong La Pass 5416 m. After passing the Thorong La pass we head down to Muktinath, which is the sacred pilgrimage site for Hindus and Buddhists From Muktinath we drive to Tatopani and spend the night. Next day we head up to Ghorepani, Poon Hill to Tadapani, Nayapul then we drive to Pokhara and drive back to Kathmandu.

Join North Nepal for an amazing journey where you would be presented with the most beautiful aspects, sights, and Himalayan sceneries. Accompanied by professionals, you would be subjected to hiking to the cyan Tilicho Lake and look at the mesmerizing wonder of nature in all its glory. There simply isn’t anything like it anywhere else on the planet. So come join us in this wonderful adventure of celestial mountain lakes, ivory peaks and isolated villages in the crevasses of the Annapurna massif!

Days 16

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TOUR DETAILS
  • Duration 16 Days
  • Activities Trekking
  • Trekking starting from Besisahar
  • Max-Altitude 5,416m
  • Activity Level Moderate
  • Group Size Min. 1Pax
  • Tour Type Private tour
ACCOMODATION

Hotels, Tea Houses and Lodges

Early morning we drive from Kathmandu for about 9 hours to the village of Syange via Besisahar. The road up to Besisahar is good, but from there to Syange is rough and bumpy. En route, we can see many beautiful villages, farms, flowing rivers and a glimpse of beautiful mountain ranges. Overnight at guesthouse.

After breakfast we begin our trek, we cross a suspension bridge and after a steep climb, we enter the vicinity of Manang region at the village named tal. Here we see several waterfalls forming a river by the sandy beaches. We follow the trail through barley, rice and potato fields. and pass through the village of Kodo which is one of the biggest villages in the Manang valley. We cross a suspension bridge, and after a short climb of the stone Kani, we reach Dharapani. Overnight at Lodge.

We start from Dharapani, we keep on ascending the river valley passing the beautiful Gurung Village, Thonje and then reach Bagarchhap. Walking further, along with the left shore, we ascend up to Manang valley passing through small settlements with terrific views of Mt. Manaslu (8,164 m) and the mountains over Larkya La pass. As we trek through a Tibetan village that acts as a transition between the lowlands and high hills, we follow a gradual flat path to Thanchowk, Koto and finally to Chame.

We walk through the older part of Chame, climb up to Telekhu and continue on a long, levelled path through the forest to Bhrathang. The trails around a bend and once we continue ahead we need to cross back to the south bank of Marshyangdi River on a suspension bridge. We also see clear views of Annapurna 2 at the south and Pisang Peak at the northeast. Then the trail forms a gentle climb over a pine forested ridge and then levels again as we move from the upper part of Manang valley to Pisang.

We trek on the upper trail through upper Pisang via Geru, we choose this trail as it offers outstanding views of north face Annapurna II, III, IV, Gangapurna, Tilicho and Pisang Peak .as we ascend well feel the air turn cold, dry and harsher. The trail goes through Tibetan settlement and we get a chance to explore Buddhist culture in a short visit to Barge Monastery, largest in Manang. Overnight at guesthouse or tea house in Manang.

As we are moving from lower to higher elevations, we need to acclimatize to avoid the risk of altitude sickness.For our body to acclimatize we spend this day exploring Manang , early morning we hike up to Gangapurna Lake and Base Camp spend the day admiring Annapurna III, Tilicho, Pisang and Chulu Peaks, roam around Manang Village and Monasteries.during the afternoon we may visit the Himalayan Rescue Association in Vraga village where we will be briefed about acute Mountain Sickness., its symptoms, and prevention. Overnight at Manang.

Today’s trek will be a little easier. we take the upper route which follows a path down to a river. We cross the river walk through coniferous forests, after -3 hours walking we arrive the Tibetan settlement Khangsar. After an hour more of walking, we reach Shiri Kharka. Throughout the trek, we will have a clear view of Gungang Himal and Mt. Chulu. Overnight in Siri Kharka.

Today we walk an easy path that leads through the middle of the landslides area where we can view impressive rock formations we trek up till Tilicho base camp where we can get a good view of Tilicho Peak and other snow Cover Mountains. Overnight at Tilicho Base Camp.

We start the day early to avoid afternoon wind. After a steeps consistent climb of 2-3 hours we reach Tilicho lake, The highest lake in the world also referred to as the “the great ice lake” by the leader of the French expedition team .this is a large sparkling lake that lies at the foot of the north face of Tilicho peak, after spending some time here we take the same route back to Siri kharka. Overnight in Siri Kharka.

We descend to the uninhabited Khangsar village, pass Tare gumba, a thousand-year-old monastery then follow a rock wall out of Khangsar to descend a bridge in the Thorong Khola valley. We go across a river, hike up to a plateau to reach Yak Kharka . from here you can see Annapurna mountains range, other peaks, blue sheep (Bhoral) and if you are lucky you might spot a snow leopard. Overnight at guesthouse or tea house. Included Meals. Overnight at Yak kharka.

Trekking to Letdar helps in getting acclimatize to the increasing heights as we climb along the east bank of Jarang Khola. In some time we reach a meadow surrounded by vertical cliffs, the Thorung Phedi. Sighting of blue sheep and snow leopards have been reported a few times in the area, whereas Lammergeyers and griffons are quite common. On our way, we get the best views of Mt. Gundang, Mt. Syagang, Thorung Peak and Mt. Khatungkan. Overnight at Thorang Phedi.

This is the most challenging part of the trip, we cross Thorong La pass, one of the highest passes in the world, and the highest point of the trek. we have to wake up early morning at 3 to complete this challenge. we have to push ourselves through the icy air, and high altitude but the view from the pass will make it totally worth it. We will see a panorama of majestic Himalayan peaks extending northwards into Tibet, at the back we can see several of the main peaks of Annapurna. We then descend all the way to Muktinath a sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists. The Buddhists call it Chumig Gyatsa, which in Tibetan means “Hundred Waters”.We stay overnight at Muktinath.

We visit Muktinath temple before continuing our journey in a car ride to Tatopani. Tatopani is famous for natural hot spring; it is a place where we can soak in the hot springs. Overnight at guesthouse or tea house. Included Meals.

We ascend to Ghorepani through villages of Sikha and Chitre, the villages of ethnic thakali people. we go through terraced farmland with mountains all around. then pass lush forests filled with rhododendron, birch, magnolia. We finally reach Ghorepani as we witness the beautiful mountains in the evening sky. We rest in Ghorepani to make an early start to Poonhill in the next morning.

We ascend to poon Hill (3,210m) early morning to view sunrise over the whole Annapurna, Dhaulagiri massif including Mt Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), Mt Manaslu and surrounding rice terrace. A favourite spot among photographers After visiting Poonhill, The peaks in the scenery include the Annapurna range and Dhaulagiri. Also known as a photographer’s paradise, we can spend some time here taking breathtaking pictures of the spellbinding surrounding, capturing the spectacular moments in a frame. Then we go down to Ghorepani breakfast then 5-hour trek down to Nayapul first part of the trek down until Tikhedhunga is quite steep downhill with lots of steep. then we trek back to Nayapul then drive to Pokhara, overnight at Pokhara.

After breakfast, we drive back to Kathmandu on a tourist bus. You may also choose to return by a 25-minute flight (not included in the package). Our trek package completes at Kathmandu. We wish you have a memorable journey trekking Annapurna Circuit to Tilicho Lake.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • All airport and hotels transfer by private car/van (depends on group size).
  • Two nights hotel accommodation at 3-star category in the city of Kathmandu on the basis of bed and breakfast.
  • Professional English speaking, Eco Trained trekking guide his food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine, transportation etc.. (one porter for two people).
  • Kathmandu – Beshishar by private car/van (depends on group size) and Pokhara – Kathmandu drive by tourist bus.
  • The company guarantees the rescue services in case of emergency; please hand over your insurance policy copy to us.
  • Best available twin sharing Tea house/Lodge accommodation with full board meal during trek.
  • All the necessary paper works and conservation entry permit (Trekking permit / TIMS card etc).
  • Sleeping Bag and Trekking sticks (to be returned after trip completion).
  • One night hotel accommodation in Pokhara city on the basis of bed and breakfast.
  • First Aid Medical Kit Box.
  • All the government taxes, VAT and company service charge.
  • Nepali food farewell dinner party.
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • International airfare.
  • Extra night’s accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara hotel than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Nepal visa which obtained at the airport upon arrival (bring 4 copies passport size photo).
  • Alcoholic beverages, bottle mineral and hot/boiled water, soft drinks and snack foods.
  • Any personal medical or evacuation expenses incur and strongly recommend international Travel insurance which included rescue.
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara Hotel.
  • Additional costs or delays caused by management out of control like landscape, bad weather condition, in case of itinerary modification with a view to a safety concern, illness, change of government policy, political instability raises strike, moment etc.
  • Tips to the guide and porters.
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on including section.

FAQs

You will arrive in Nepal, Kathmandu at Tribhuvan International Airport as that is the only international airport. An overnight stay in a hotel in Kathmandu is required upon the arrival. Then the next day, at early morning we drive for approximately 8 hours to the village of Syange, the starting point of our trek.

The package includes accommodations throughout the trek, as well as one night in Pokhara Accommodation during the trek, there are teahouses which are essentially hotels but with a more homely feel. They are run by the locals and provide all the basic facilities including hot shower at a small extra charge. The rooms are simple but comfortable usually with two beds with mattress blanket and pillows. Some will have an en-suite bathroom but most have shared a bathroom with squat toilet .you will get a chance to experience the renowned Nepalese hospitality as well as interact with them Discovery World Trekking have good public relation with local service providers in Annapurna trek; the company makes sure prior arrangement of the accommodation. At Pokhara, the accommodation is more luxurious. we stay at hotels with a single room and attached bathrooms, TV, 24 hours hot water, power and laundry facility The accommodation for your stay in Kathmandu is not included in the package as there are plenty of hotels in Kathmandu that you can select according to your requirements.

Although trekking is possible throughout the year each season has different advantages and attractions and advantages offer for trekking in the Annapurna region. The temperature in the mountains also depends according to the altitude range – higher the altitude, lower the temperature. March-May Trekking season begins after March. Trekking in the spring between mid-March and mid-April means that you will get to see the incredible displays of Rhododendrons that flower in the forests around Ghorepani. Temperature starts rising from mid-March up to mid-May.  Weather is cool at this time. The sky is very clear and you can enjoy the clearest views of the mountains. June-August It usually rains during this season. Monsoon generally begins around the end June and continues up to the second week of August. The temperature during the days usually ranges from 10°C to 23?  and gets relatively colder at night ( 5°C to 10?) mornings are usually clear with clouds building up during the afternoon and disappearing again at night. Because of the rainfall  Rhododendron forests around Ghorepani will be rife with leeches .However, the northern sections around the Mustang Region doesn’t get as affected by the monsoon as it lies within a rainshadow area Though the rain may cause some problems .Various plants bloom during this season , the valleys will be green and totally different view than during other seasons.Please note that rain clouds may back views and mudslides are  common around the entire circuit. September-October This is a favourite among tourists with the most favorable weather and perfect climate condition. The sun shines bright the skies are clear you get a  superb view of mountains and the temperature is perfect for daytime trek. you can enjoy spectacular starry skies since the sky is clear at night. The monsoons will be over by early September and the weather ranges from mild to warm days. Daytime temperatures can reach up to 20c in high altitudes,the nights are cold,temperatures may go down around 5c.the greens that grew during monsoon fade to golden/amber proving a spectacular contrast against the crystal blue skies, grains are ripen in the enclave. The environment is clean and lowlands are lush. The biggest festivals of Nepal like Dashain, Tihar also fall during this season.this is the busiest period on the Annapurna Circuit and lodges  book up quickly, we recommend booking with Discovery world Trekking as soon as possible for this season. November November is a busy season, the clearest month, with a crisp and sparkling sky. The daytime temperatures at this month are usually the most stable, from mild to cool conditions, the humidity is also pretty dry with very cold nights. December-February The coldest time is from December  through early February, after  late February,climate gradually gets warmer Temperatures get extremely cold dropping to -5 degree C at high altitudes. daytime is pleasantly and relatively warm with sunshine. At over 5,000 metres, Thorung La Pass is often deluged with snow and will close for days on end when this happens. Despite being cold the skies are usually very clear, mountain views are at their best. With snowy caps the it might snow and the ground will be snow the trails are the least busy at this time.it may not be the best season  for beginners but experienced trekkers will have no problem.do keep in mine  that late February- early March  is also the period in the Annapurna Region when avalanches are most common. Please Note: Weather in the Himalaya can be unpredictable and change quickly; temperature can vary vastly from day to night.

Annapurna circuit trekking with Tilicho lake is a moderate grade trek in  Annapurna region. The hiking is generally 4 to 7 hrs a day, with regular breaks to take in the stunning mountain views.  Trek routes on Annapurna involve long climbs, steep descents and straightforward roads following a good trial.  To accomplish trek, past hiking experience would be an additional advantage although no technical experience and skills are necessary. Trekkers who are able to hike 5 to 6 hours a day at a reasonable pace with a light day pack can take part in our short Annapurna circuit with Tilicho lake trekking. Some days require longer waking hours  So you must be reasonably fit and prepared for long days. Trekking in higher altitude is physically demanding than trekking in the lower altitudes. Exercising and jogging regularly for a couple of weeks prior to the trip is a good idea to enhance our stamina. To join our Annapurna circuit trekking with Tilicho lake, all participants should be in good health condition with normal physical fitness and have a positive attitude, self-confidence, and strong determination. It is very important to make sure you are as healthy as possible before starting the trek. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung and blood disease should inform us before booking the trek.

All foreigners except Indian nationals must have a valid visa to enter into Nepal. Visa is available on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport upon entry in Kathmandu, Nepal and at Nepal borders of India and Tibet. Visa can be easily extended at the central immigration office. www.immigration.gov.np; Visa application requires a passport with at least 6 months until expiration and one passport -size photo. The current cost of the visa for 30 days is US$40(to be paid in cash) for 30 days that is required to make in cash. Other currencies are also accepted although rates may differ.  Other nationalities should check entry requirements. visitors are requested to specify return flight tickets, time intended stay in Nepal. We recommended you schedule at least 1-2 day extra at the end of the trip just in case there is a delay. If no delay occurs we can arrange an additional activity for your time in Nepal. To help calculate the exact dates of these crossings we have found the website www.timeanddate.com to be very useful. The children under the age of 10 will get the free visa. Please be advised to check the current regulation. Visa regulation can change without prior notice. Citizens of China, as well as citizens of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka), get the free visa. countries not entitled to get a visa upon arrival are Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, and Afghanistan. If you are a citizen of one of these countries, please contact your local Nepalese embassy.

Nepali Rupees (NPR/Rs) is the local currency. (1 USD = ~ Rs.100 NPR). We can exchange most of the foreign currencies through local banks and legitimate money exchanges in Kathmandu and all over Thamel. Small amounts of cash can also be exchanged at the hotel. The ongoing rate of exchange is visibly displayed. The government of Nepal has banned the import, export and use of 500 and 1000 Indian Rupee note in Nepal. You should ensure that you are not carrying these notes on arrival in Nepal as they will be confiscated and you may also be fined. Despite having security advantage of traveller’s cheque, we prefer cash exchange to avoid hassles like a lengthy process and high rate of commission at the banks. You can withdraw cash (in Rupees only) from one of the many ATMs in Kathmandu and Thamel itself. There are quite several ATMs that are open around the clock. The maximum withdrawal amount is 35,000 Rupees for a 500 Rupees processing fee if you are using your foreign card. If you use the money exchange facility at banks and financial institutions the service fee charge imposed is about four per cent or more depending upon the bank.  Please note that most of the established banks in Asia will not accept foreign currency notes that are old, torn or faded. Please ensure that you have new, clean notes

Depending on the season you wish to go trekking you may have to make adjustments to clothing and equipment however these are the necessities list we prepared to keep your comfort and utility in mind. We never recommend our clients to bring over equipment which is not necessary for the trek. Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Winter hat or insulating hat or Wide-brimmed hat
  • Headlight with extra batteries

Face

  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglass with UV protection
  • Face/body wipes

Hands

  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight winter gloves

Body

  • Hiking shirts
  • Long sleeved shirt made of synthetic fibre
  • Hooded rain jacket
  • Fleece jacket
  • Lightweight cotton pants
  • T-shirts ( bring Lightweight wool)
  • Polypropylene underwear
  • down jacket ( available in rent in Kathmandu)
  • Sweater
  • Waterproof jacket and pants

Footwear

  • Hiking Boots that been worn in
  • Thick wool socks (Take an extra pair of thick light socks)

Essential gear

  • Backpack or daypack (Size depends on whether you take porter or not).
  • Thermal bottle
  • Water purification
  • Trekking pole
  • Sleeping bag (-15 bag is best in the high altitude trek)
  • Toiletries (toilet papers,  toothpaste, toothbrush, )

Toiletries

  • Medium size drying towel
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant/ floss
  • Biodegradable bar soap
  • Nail clippers
  • Small mirror

Personal accessories

  • Money
  • Watch
  • Cell phone
  • Camera
  • Extra items
  • First aid kit
  • Extra passport photos and photocopies of passport
  • Notebook and pen
  • Binocular

The most importantly, tipping is at traveller’s discretion and should be relied on good service that does not form the part of wages for your Guides, porters and crew although they are very much appreciated. In Nepalese culture, a tip is the accepted and honoured way of say thank you (Dhanyabada) for good service. Normally the tips are offered at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group. Most groups will give the trips in farewell dinner on the last evening or last day of the trek, to mark the end of the trip. The amount of the trip is entirely a personal preference that may be more or less depending upon your perception of service quality, length of trip, budget and appreciation of their work. It is important to Discovery World Trekking crews who professionally take care of you all the time during the trekking, inspire excellent service and offer enriching journey- the trip of once in a lifetime experience. We ensure that all of our crews including guides and porters are paid well and treated fairly with respect.

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