Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake - 18 Days


Trip Facts

  • $1130
  • Medium
  • Private vehicle/Jeep
  • Lodge/Hotels/Tea House
  • Breakfast/lunch/Dinner
  • 2+

Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake Highlights:

  • Hike to the world’s highest Lake, Tilicho Lake.
  • Cross the highest Thorong La pass at an altitude of 5,416m
  • Wander around the picturesque valleys like Manang, Muktinath, Jomsom, etc.
  • Visit the world’s deepest Kali Gandaki gorge.
  • Explore the unique culture and traditions of Hindus and Buddhists.


“Book the Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Trek”

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Max ElevationThorong La Pass-5,416 m
Best TimeAutumn (Sep-Dec) and Spring (March-June)
Trekking PermitsACAP Permit & TIMS Card
Trek Starts/EndsKathmandu
Includes Experienced Guide & Porter
Solo Supplement Charge$225 for solo traveler only.

How far is Tilicho Lake from Manang?

The total distance to Tilicho Lake from Manang is 12.2miles / 19.7 km.  Normally, it takes three days to reach to Tilicho Lake from Manang. But you can reach Tilicho Lake in two days as well.

After the rest day in Manang, you should hike to Khangsar or Shree Kharka. The next day you will trek to Tilicho Base Camp. And finally, on your third day, you will hike to Tilicho Lake.

As for other options, you can also directly reach to Tilicho Base Camp from Manang within a day. However, you have to walk a minimum of 8 hours which will be very tiring for both newbie and professional trekkers.

Here is the outline itinerary for Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Trek:

  • Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
  • Day 2: Sight Seeing in Kathmandu
  • Day 3: Drive to Besisahar 760m 6-7 hrs
  • Day 4: Drive to Dharpani 1,900m -4 hrs
  • Day 5: Trek to Chame 2,713m 5-6 hrs
  • Day 6: Trek to Pisang 3,100m 5-6 hrs
  • Day 7: Trek to Manang 3,500m 5-6 hrs
  • Day 8: Rest day at Manang
  • Day 9: Trek to Shree Kharka 4,100m 4-5 hrs
  • Day 10: Trek to Tilicho Base Camp 4,140m 3-4 hrs
  • Day 11: Hike to Tilicho Lake 4,949m and trek back to Shree Kharka 7-8 hrs
  • Day 12: Trek to Yak Kharka 4,100m 5-6 hrs
  • Day 13: Trek to Thorong Phedi 4,500m / Thorong High Camp 4,925m 3-4 hrs
  • Day 14: Trek to Muktinath 3,700m crossing Thorong La Pass 5,416m 7-8 hrs
  • Day 15: Trek to Jomsom  2,600m 4-5 hrs
  • Day 16: Drive to Pokhara or (Fly to Pokhara)
  • Day 17: Drive to Kathamndu
  • Day 18: Departure


Best time for Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake:

Trekking in Annapurna Circuit Trek including Tilicho Trek is possible at every season of the year. However, the Autumn season and Spring season is considered as the best season for trekking all over Nepal including Annapurna Circuit. The weather in this season gets very favorable for trekkers and that is why the Autumn & Spring season is often called peak/hiking season.

Anyway, rather than those Autumn & Spring season, you can have the best time in the Summer and Winter season too. You only have to do is choose the right month in Summer & Winter.

Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake in Summer season:

The month of June to August falls under the summer season which is also the monsoon season in Nepal. If you want to trek to Annapurna Circuit in the summer season then we recommend you to trek in early June and late August.

Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake in Winter season:

The month of December to February falls under the winter season. At the time of the winter season, it will be very difficult to trek here. However, trekking in Annapurna Circuit & Tilicho lake in winter can be possible too. We recommend you to trek in early December or late February if you want to trek in the winter season so that you won’t be stuck in bad weather.

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Cost Inclusion

  • Private vehicle for airport arrival and departure
  • All ground transportation (Public bus ticket from Kathmandu to Besisahar, a public jeep from Besisahar to Dharapani, public bus ticket from Jomsom to Pokhara and tourist bus ticket from Pokhara to Kathmandu)
  • Tour guide for Kathmandu sightseeing
  • Private vehicle for Kathmandu sightseeing
  • Trekking Permit-Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS card)
  • ACAP Permit (Annapurna Conservation Area Project)
  • Three nights hotel in Kathmandu on the basis of twin sharing with breakfast
  • One night hotel in Pokhara
  • Lodge accommodation (tea houses) during the trekking
  • Meals- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner tea/coffee in a cup only in trekking
  • Experienced trekking guide (Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment)
  • Porter (Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment)
  • One porter is provided for two people
  • 4-season sleeping bag, feather-down jacket only for trekking
  • Fresh fruits
  • Taxi services to/from the bus park
  • Water purification
  • Medical kit
  • Coordination services for emergency and rescue operations
  • Government and related local taxes
  • Welcome and Farewell dinner at reputable restaurants

Cost Exclusions

  • Nepalese visa fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, bar bills, battery charges, extra porters, bottled or boiled water, hot showers, heater, phone calls, etc
  • All soft and hard drinks
  • Meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara except for the breakfast
  • Monument entrance fee in Kathmandu heritage sightseeing
  • Tips to guide and porter
  • Any additional overnights in Kathmandu and Pokhara hotels in early return from the trek
  • All your personal things and necessaries which are not mentioned in cost included
Day 01 :
Arrival in Kathmandu

Namaste and Welcome. Today one of our representative will receive you at the airport upon your

arrival. You will then transfer to the hotel in Thamel.

In the evening you will meet with your guide & will be briefly described the trekking. Afterward, you are

free to explore the Thamel.

Day 02 :
Sight Seeing in Kahtmandu

This day is the most important day because we have to make trekking permit for Annapurna Circuit trek.

In the meantime, you will have a pleasant day in Kathmandu which is also the capital city of Nepal. You will explore the world heritage sites located in Kathmandu- the holy Pashupatinath temple, Bouddhanath (Little Tibet), Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple) & monasteries, old Royal Palaces, and courtyard.

Day 03 :
Drive to Besisahar 760m 6-7 hrs

Today you will drive to Besisahar. You will pass through beautiful mountain areas, drive mostly alongside the river and will take around 6-7 hours to reach Besisahar. There is Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) office in Besisahar. You will check in here. Overnight stay in Besisahar.

Day 04 :
Drive to Dharapani 1,900m -4 hrs

Early morning after breakfast you will drive to Dharapani by local jeep via Chamje village. The trail passes through barley, rice and potato fields; and waterfalls. Overnight stay in Daharapani.

Day 05 :
Trek to Chame 2,713m 5-6 hrs

This is the first day of your trekking. After breakfast, your morning walk leads on winding a path through bush and pine forest and past Bagarchhap and Danaque village, followed by a steep climb of few hours to Timang village that offers very good views of Manaslu-Lamjung and Annapurna II.

From Timang village we walk a short downhill and bit up, eventually reaching the Chame for an overnight stop. Chame is a major city of the Manang district.

Day 06 :
Trek to Pisang 3,100m 5-6 hrs

The adventure continues from Chame heading into the cooler zones and nearer to mountainous regions, because the morning walk leads into the lush alpine forest of bush and pine trees, following the Marshyangdi River. Short up- and down-hill strips bring you to Bhartang village.

After Bhartang village, we cross a bridge over the torrential Marysangdi River and head uphill through alpine woodlands with views of Chulu’s and Pisang peaks. We reach a little settlement around Dukuripokhari around lunch time. Within the afternoon we walk on flat land to the lower Pisang village for an overnight stop after passing rows of prayer wheels with nearest views of Pisang and Annapurna II peaks.

Day 07 :
Trek to Manang 3,500m 5-6 hrs

The day starts with a short walk leading us to a gradual climb into lovely forests jam-packed with pine trees and bush. We walk downhill to Hongde, a village with a small airport when that the tree lines begin to fade coming into barren and dry land.

(You might trek to the higher path via Ghyaru & Ngawal village that offers nice mountain views of Mt. Manaslu, Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Lamjumg Himal, Tilicho Himal, Gangapurna, Pisang peak, Chulu peak)

The walk continues to Manang village, giving very good mountain views. On the way, we stop for a visit to previous Braga that contains previous Buddhist relics. From there, we trek for another hour and make in Manang village wherever we will stop for the night.

Day 08 :
Rest day at Manang

After many days of continuous trekking, today you stay at Manang for acclimatization. It is important for you to acclimatize this day because the altitude is going to rise up to 4700m in coming days.

We will go for side hike to Gangapurna Lake and doing some excursions with the wonderful views around the villages. We can also visit the Himalayan Rescue Association Clinic. Overnight stay in hotel.

Day 09 :
Trek to Shree Kharka 4,100m 4-5 hrs

After a pleasant and exciting day at Manang village our trek continuous to our highlight of this trip at Tilicho Lake. From Manang Village, our route diverts from main Annapurna circuit trail to reach the last village of Manang at Khangsar located on route Tilicho Lake. From here walk uphill to reach Shree Kharka for overnight stay.

Day 10 :
Trek to Tilicho Base Camp 4,140m 3-4 hrs

Another short day walks this morning entering into the more barren and windswept area, after a short downhill for few hours with uphill climb gaining altitude to our destination at Tilicho base camp for an overnight before the highest lake.

Day 11 :
Hike to Tilicho Lake 4,949m and trek back to Shree Kharka 7-8 hrs

Early morning you will hike to Tilicho Lake. The Tilicho Lake is one of the highest lakes in the world as sometimes the reflection of the surrounding peaks are seen on the turquoise waters, at other times the lake is literally frozen. Take a break and enjoy the moment.

After a wonderful time in Tilicho Lake, you will head back to base camp. After having launch at base camp, you will then follow back the same trail to Shree Kharka for an overnight saty.

Day 12 :
12: Trek to Yak Kharka 4,100m 5-6 hrs

From here, now you will return back to main trail of Annapurna circuit at Yak kharka. On the way you can see a lot of yaks grazing and standing around. Walk until you cross the bridge over the river between Gumsang and Yak Kharka. Overnight stay.

Day 13 :
Trek to Thorong Phedi 4,500m / Thorong High Camp 4,925m 3-4 hrs

Early morning after breakfast we head towards Thorang Phedi for a shortstop to catch our breath on this high altitude. We then ascend steeply on a zig-zag-shaped path for regarding one hour to reach in our highest overnight stop of the journey at Thorang High Camp at 4,925 m altitude. To sleep at the High Camp provides an excellent advantage for the crossing of the high Thorang-la pass next morning as we are able to save energy and time.

Day 14 :
Trek to Muktinath 3,700m crossing Thorong La Pass 5,416m 7-8 hrs

A Big Day! And also the main highlight of this overwhelming adventure! after early morning breakfast we begin our slow and long ascent to Thorang-La pass on a winding path, reaching the highest at 5,416 m Thorang-la pass. This is the highest spot of the journey which provides the wonderful views of Dhaulagiri and Thorang peak, and many more Chulus and Damodar Himal within the Mustang.

After this exciting experience, we start our long descent to a small settlement known as Phedi. From here, we continue on a pleasing path for an hour to reach Muktinath for our overnight stop.

Muktinath is a sacred place for Hindus and Buddhists. The word “Muktinath” virtually means that ‘the place for Nirvana or Liberation’. Visit the temple premises with 108 holy waterspouts whereas enjoying grand views of the North Face of Dhaulagiri.

Day 15 :
Trek to Jomsom 2,600m 4-5 hrs

Today our trek first go down to Kagbeni, which is a 990 meter descend through meadows, streams and fruit trees like peach orchards. Then we continue going down to Jomson (more correctly Dzongsam, or “new fort”). Overnight at Jomsom.

Day 16 :
Drive to Pokhara or (Fly to Pokhara) 6-7 hrs

After the adventurous journey you will finally drive back to the beautiful city Pokhara for overnight stay. You will have a pleasure time in Pokhara.

(You can also directly go by plane to Pokhara which is just takes 20 mins.)

Day 17 :
Drive to Kathamndu

Early morning you will drive back to Kathmandu. Soon you reach Kathmandu you will be transfer back to your hotel and also the afternoon is free for your individual activities as you’ll wish to travel buying souvenirs or fancy the urban environment of Kathmandu after two weeks within the calm and remote mountains.

Day 18 :
Departure back to home

If it’s departure day for you then we will drop you to the airport as per your flight time by one of our representative.

With a sweet memories together but not as the last time, we will bid farewell hoping to see you again in future.

If it’s not a departure day then we can have a discussion about your future trip or anything else.

You can send your enquiry via the form below.

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Trip Facts

  • $1130
  • Medium
  • Private vehicle/Jeep
  • Lodge/Hotels/Tea House
  • Breakfast/lunch/Dinner
  • 2+