Annapurna Circuit trek with Tilicho Lake and Poon Hill takes us to the world’s highest lake in the Manang District of Nepal. The first part of the trail is that of the Annapurna circuit. However, from Manang, we go to the main valley to the west and trek up to Tilicho Lake. Our trail 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 famous for its spectacular views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. On our 20-day journey, we pass through forests, cross pristine meadows, and experience the change in vegetation, all the while being in the company of the glorious Himalayas.
Duration – 20 Days in Nepal
Activity – Trekking
Country – Nepal
Group Size – 2 to 12 people
Arrive On – Kathmandu, Nepal
Departure from – Kathmandu, Nepal
Max-Altitude – (5416m)
Transportation – Private vehicles
Trip grade – Strenuous
Area – Annapurna Region
Best season – Spring(March-May) and Autumn(Sept – November)
Meals – All the meals are included according to Itinerary
Accommodation – 3-star hotels in Kathmandu and in Pokhara and Lodges during the trek.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1380mtrs)
Upon your arrival in Kathmandu (TIA), our representative from Adventure Team will be there to pick you up. You will be transferred to the hotel in half an hour’s drive by private vehicle. We discuss our trip and you have time for refreshment. In the evening we are together again for a welcome dinner in a typical Nepalese restaurant with a cultural program.
Day 02: Half-day sightseeing in Kathmandu (1380mtrs)
After breakfast, your tour guide will pick you up for half-day sightseeing in Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, and Bouddhanath Stupa. You will have your lunch in the restaurant with a view of Stupa then you back to the hotel. You will meet your trek leader and discuss the trek and do last minutes arrangements.
Day 03: Drive to Syange via Besisahar (1100m): 8 – 10 hours
We begin our long drive to Syange early in the morning. En route we get to enjoy the countryside of Nepal with its green hills, winding rivers, terraced farms and of course the mighty Himalayas. Overnight in Syange.
Day 04: Trek to Dharapani (1,960m): 7 – 8 hours
We enter Manang district after crossing a large bridge near Tal. The trail passes through barley, rice, and potato fields; and the waterfalls continue to accompany us even today. We also pass through the village of Kodo before reaching Dharapani which is one of the biggest villages in the Manang valley. Overnight in Dharapani.
Day 05: Trek to Chame (2,710m): 5 – 6 hours
Today we negotiate a few steep forested ridges along with several landslides en route to Chame. We should not forget to look up though, as we will be greeted with remarkable views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV. We also come across small hot springs which should help us relax for a while. Overnight in Chame.
Day 06: Trek to Pisang (3,300m): 5 – 6 hours
We walk through a steep and narrow valley to have our first view of the Paungda Danda’s rock face, a dramatic curved rock face rising 1500m from the river. From here, we also gain excellent views of Annapurna II to the south and Pisang Peak to the northeast. Next, we descend to the Manang Valley floor enjoying the captivating landscape. Overnight in Pisang.
Day 07: Trek to Manang (3,500m): 6 – 7 hours
From Pisang, there are two routes to Manang. We choose the one which passes through Upper Pisang via Ghyaru as it guarantees outstanding views of Mt. Annapurna, Pisang Peak, and others. As we walk near Manang the climate becomes more cold and dry. However, a short visit to Barge Monastery, the biggest monastery in the Manang District should cheer us up. Overnight in Manang.
Day 08: Manang: Acclimatization day
In order to keep fit on the trails that follow, we keep ourselves busy today with a short hike to either Bhojo Gumba or Gangapurna Lake. We can even visit the Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA) which will give us some idea about Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Overnight in Manang.
Day 09: Trek to Siri Kharka (4060m): 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 Khangsar Village we walk further up towards Siri Kharka and pass a monastery on the way. The uphill walk could be tiring but we will have Gungang Himal and Mt. Chulu in the backdrop to keep us company. Overnight in Siri Kharka.
Day 10: Trek to Tilicho Base Camp (4140m): 5-6 hours
While the path from Siri Kharka to Tilicho Base Camp isn’t very steep or physically strenuous, it could be exhausting as we have to walk on narrow paths in loose scree and landslide area. 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.
Day 11: Visit Tilicho Lake (4,949m) then back to Siri Kharka: 5-6 hours
After the initial tough, steep, switch-backed ascent, our trail continues to hug the side of the mountain in a gradual to steep incline before reaching the watershed. On the way, we enjoy yaks and deer grazing above and below our trail. On the other side is Tilicho Lake, a large spectacularly set lake nestled at the foot of the north face of Tilicho Peak. The lake was referred to by the leader of the French expedition team as ‘The Great Ice Lake. The Lake also holds an important place for the Hindus as this sacred lake features in one of the holiest texts of the Hindus, The Ramayan. We retrace our steps and return to Siri Kharka. Overnight in Siri Kharka.
Day 12: Trek to Yak kharka (4040m):4-5 hours
We leave Siri Kharka and descend towards Khangsar Village. On the way, we pass Tare Gumba, a thousand-year-old monastery that is very important to the local people. Upon reaching Khangsar Village we realize that it is un-inhabited except for occasional herders during festival times. We follow a rock wall out of Khangsar. We walk further 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.
Day 13: Trek to Thorang Phedi: (4420m): 3-4 hours
It is an uphill walk to Thorang Phedi. After walking for some time we cross a suspension bridge and reach Ledar village. We ascend furthermore and pass through towering cliffs before reaching Thorang Phedi, the last village before Thorong La. On this trip, we are rewarded with one of the best views of Mt. Gudang, Mt. Syagang, Thorung Peak, and Mt. Khatungkan. Overnight in Thorang Phedi.
Day 14: Trek to Muktinath (3,800) via Thorong La pass (5416m): 7 – 8 hours
Crossing Thorong La pass, one of the highest passes in the world will be our ultimate objective today. We will be crossing the pass from east to west (Manang to Muktinath) which is the easiest and safest direction. We get up around three in the morning and walk up the mountain. When we finally make it to the top, we realize that our journey was worth it. We can take a few photos before heading to Muktinath Valley at the foot of the Thorong La pass. Overnight in Muktinath.
Day 15: Drive to Tatopani (1,200m) via Jomsom: 6 – 8 hours
In the morning we visit the Muktinath Temple which is a sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists. In Hinduism, the temple is believed to be a sacred place called Mukti Kshetra, which literally means the “place of liberation or moksha”. After a visit to the sacred place, we drive to Tatopani and spend the night.
Day 16: Trek to Ghorepani (2,850m): 7 – 8 hours
We leave the Kali Gandaki and headed 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. When in bloom the rhododendron trees with their average height of up to 100″ will be covered with pink or red flowers. Walking furthermore we reach Ghorepani, a beautiful village located at a ridge top. Overnight in Ghorepani.
Day 17: Trek to Poon Hill to Tadapani (2,680m): 6 – 7 hours
To catch the sunrise over the Himalayas, we make an early morning climb along the steep trail to the viewpoint of Poon Hill (3,210m), the most popular trekking destination in the Annapurna region. It is also a great viewpoint to enjoy the amazing views of Mustang, Pokhara, and more than 20 high mountains including the close-up views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. The snowy peaks of the high mountains loom above and around us glowing in the morning light. After taking photographs, we return back to Ghorepani. After breakfast, we head east and climb a nearby ridge. We descend through rhododendron forests, pass by spectacular waterfalls and reach Tadapani to spend the night.
Day 18: Trek to Nayapul then drive to Pokhara: 5-6 hours trek and a 1-hour drive
The trek from Tadapani until Ghandruk will be through a thick forest of rhododendron trees. After trekking for a while, we enter the village of Ghandruk, a slope settlement with stone houses mostly inhabited by the Gurung people. From here, we enjoy the towering views of the Fishtail, Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli mountains. We trek further to Naya Pul and then drive to Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.
Day 19: Drive to Kathmandu: 5-6 hours
After breakfast, we say goodbye to the beautiful lake city of Pokhara and drive towards Kathmandu. After reaching Kathmandu we have the rest of the day off to rest or do some souvenir shopping. To celebrate the successful completion of our journey, we will have a farewell dinner in the evening.
Day 20: Departure
We will transfer you to the International Airport for your departure flight to your onward destination. You must leave the hotel 3 hours earlier than your scheduled flight time.