Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake

Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake

Nepal 15 Days


145 KM

MAX 15


5418 mts.

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Brief Description

The Annapurna Circuit is a classic trail that goes around the massive Annapurna group through subtropical forest, vast meadows, high alpine territory and glacial lakes. Our variation of the standard AC trail avoids the crowds of the lower trail, and adds a visit to the gigantic Tilicho Lake which is considered as the world's highest alpine lake at an altitude of 4920 M. The trek deviates from the standard and more crowded Annapurna Base Camp trek and gives you a variety of scenery while crossing mighty passes and glacial lakes. Due to the trek's maximum altitude of 5420 M and a longer duration of walk through rough terrain, it demands good physical fitness. This circuit trek can be done throughout the year except for the monsoon months when Nepal receives high amount of rainfall and in the winter months of December and January when Thorung La pass will be shut due to heavy snowfall. Spring and Autumn seasons are usually the best time to undertake the Annapurna Circuit Trek. Stay on this page for more information on the Annapurna Circuit Trek.


Day 1

Arrival in Kathmandu

Arrive in Kathmandu. Check in to your hostel. Spend the day exploring the city. Overnight in guesthouse.

Day 2

Kathmandu to Chyamje (1400 M) - 9 hours Drive

Today we will drive to Chyamje from Kathmandu via Marsyandadi river valley and Besisahar which will take about 9 hours. Overnight in guesthouse/lodge.

Day 3

Chyamje (1400 M) to Dharapani (1943 M) - 5 hr

In today's trek we will cross the eastern bank of the Marsyangdi river and enter the Manang district's Tal with changes in landscape and culture to proceed towards Dharapani. Overnight in teahouse/lodge.

Day 4

Dharapani (1943 M) to Chame (2713 M) - 6 hrs

Moving on from Dharapani we reach Bagarchhap via Gurung Village and Thonje. As we ascend towards Manang valley over Larkya La pass we get excellent views of Mt. Manaslu (8163 M), the eighth highest peak in the world. Reach Chame and overnight in teahouse/lodge.

Day 5

Chame (2713 M) to Pisang (3185 M) - 6 hrs

Today we trek through Juniper and Pine forest all the from Chame to Pisang through Bhratang Village. We get lovely views of Annapurna II peak.

Day 6

Pisang (3185 M) to Manang (3540 M) - 5 hrs

Continuing our trek to the Manang valley, the trail is a gradual ascend with fantastic views of Gangapurna, Annapurna II and III, Chulu east and Pisang peak. We reach Manang via Humde and Braga Village. Overnight in lodge/teahouse.

Day 7

Acclimatization at Manang and visit Chonkor View Point (3800 M) - 3 hrs

The day will be spent exploring Manang and acclimatizing properly. We will then go to Chonkor View Point (3800 M) where you get epic views of Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Gangapurna, Tilicho, Chulu West and Chulu East.

Day 8

Manang (3540 M) to Khangsar (3760 M) - 5 hrs

Today we start our trek to the traditional Tibetan village of Khangsar across Khangsar Khola. Overnight in teahouse.

Day 9

Khangsar (3760 M) to TIlicho Base Camp (4200 M) - 5 hrs

Leaving behind Khangsar we trek towards a high ridge and take a trail which moves down to a gorge of the valley on the other side of which is the Tilicho Base Camp.

Day 10

Tilicho Base Camp (4200 M) to TIlicho Lake (4920 M) and back to Tilicho Base Camp - 6 hrs

We start our trek towards the Tilicho Lake early in the morning which will take about 3 or 4 hours one way. Tilicho Lake is the highest lake in the world. We apend time near the lake and then make our way back to the TIlicho Base Camp.

Day 11

TIlicho Base Camp (4200 M) to Yak Kharka (4000 M) - 5 hrs

We move back to the standard Annapurna Circuit Trail and move through juniper bushes to reach Yak Kharka while enjoying uninterrupted views of Annapurna, Tilicho peak, Gangapurna and more during the trek.

Day 12

Yak Kharka (4000 M) to Thorong Phedi (4534 M) - 5 hrs

We start trekking from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi. Phedi means "foot of the hill" which will be the base camp of the mighty Thorong La pass. We pass Ledar and trek along the east of Jorsang Khola and then on a steep incline to Thorong Phedi. If the weather permits then you can move further from Thorong Phedi and stop at high camp at 4700 M).

Day 13

Thorong Phedi (4534 M) to Muktinath (3800 M) via Thorong La (5416 M) - 8 hrs

Today's trek will be the longest, most challenging and definitely the best part of the entire trek. Starting early in the morning from Thorong Phedi we will trek on a steep incline and witness the mesmerizing sunrise on the mountains. Once we reach the stunning Thorong La pass we get to see a panoramic view of some of the best peaks of nepal and then descend to Mustang and Kaligandaki Valley eventually arriving at Muktinath.

Day 14

Muktinath (3800 M) to Jomsom (2720 M) - 5 hrs

After visiting the famed Muktinath temple in the morning we will trek towards the Kaligandaki Valley and finally reach the large city of Jomsom.

Day 15

Jomsom (2720 M) to Pokhara (720 M) - 9 hrs Drive

Today we will drive to Pokhara through what is considered to be the deepest canyon in the world lying between the mountain ranges of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. It will take about 9 hrs to reach Pokhara. We bit you goodbye at your hotel in Pokhara.

Frequently Asked Questions

Pick your question

Mandatory documents: What are the mandatory documents required for the expedition?

Please do carry either your passport or Voter ID card, along with a few passport size photographs.

Transport: In case we opt for the transport with you, where will you pick us from and where will you drop?

You will be picked up at Kathmandu and dropped at Pokhara.

Transport: What time will we reach the end point on last day of the trek?

Expect to reach Pokhara by late afternoon.

Miscellaneous : Is there an option to offload my backpack?

You can offload your backpack (up to 10 kgs) on this trek. The portage fee is included in the trek cost.

Miscellaneous : Who will lead us on the trek?

A team of participant will be led by a course certified trek leader and a local guide. All participants are requested to abide by the directions of the leader. There will also be a team of kitchen staff and porters on the trek. We maintain 1:8 ratio of trek leader and participants. All our trek leaders and staff have a certified training in first-aid and rescue operation.

Miscellaneous : Is the trekking pole necessary?

It is not mandatory but it is more convenient with the pole. If you don’t want to buy one, you can rent it from us on minimal daily basis charges. You can request the renting link from us.

Miscellaneous : Are there any local stores/shops from where I can shop trekking necessities?

You can buy your trekking necessities from Kathmandu.

Miscellaneous : Is it safe for solo woman traveller to trek in Fixed departures?

Yes, it is absolutely safe for solo woman to travel in fix departures. Women on the trek will be sharing tent/room with each other. In case you are the only woman on the trek, you will be given a separate tent.

Miscellaneous : Will you give certificates on completion of trek?

Yes, e-certificates will be given at the end of each trek provided that you completed it. It will bear your name, the trek, and the maximum altitude you achieved on the trek.

Weather conditions: What will the temperatures be like during this trek?

Depending on the season, the Annapurna Base Camp temperature can drop to -10°C at night and be as high as 30°C during the day time.

Weather conditions: When will there be snow on this trek?

There may be fresh snowfall in the region depending on the weather. There will be permanent snow accumulation at higher altitudes, though not necessarily on the trail itself.

Equipment and facilities: What kind of tents and sleeping bags will be provided to us?

Since this is not a camping trek, tents and sleeping bags are not required. However, if it is too cold then, sleeping bags do come in handy. Rental options available in Kathmandu.

Equipment and facilities: Are there any washroom/toilet facilities on the trek?

There are adequate, hygienic facilities throughout the trail and at all accommodations.

Equipment and facilities: If we trek in snow, what equipment will you provide?

Gaiters and microspikes will not be provided by us for trekking in snow. If required you can rent these items in Kathmandu. Not Applicable for treks in Nepal.

Equipment and facilities: What kind of food will be provided for the trek?

Meals are not included on this trek. The lodges / guest houses on this trek have ample eating options.

Equipment and facilities: What equipment can I rent from you?

You can rent following items from Kathmandu- Trekking Pole, Trekking Shoes, Fleece Jacket, Rucksack, gaiters, micro spikes, sleeping bags.

Accommodation type: What will be the accommodation type in this trek?

You will be provided shared accommodation in a hostel in Kathmandu and Pokhara. On the trail, you will be provided twin or triple sharing accommodation in lodges / tea houses / guest houses.

Age limit: What is the minimum & maximum age limit?

The minimum age limit is 13 years. However, minors aged between 13 to 17 should be accompanied with their parents or guardians. If you are above the age of 60, kindly carry a medical certificate from your doctor that deem you fit for adventure activities like trekking.

Nearby attraction: What are the nearby attractions that I can explore?

Kathmandu, Nepal's capital, is a vibrant, noisy city. Packed full of history, palaces and temples, it is also within touching distance of Nepal's premier attraction: the Himalaya. Kathmandu is home to places to visit like Durbar Square (with temples dating back to the 12th century), Boudhanath Stupa (a world heritage site), and Pashupatinath Temple (the country's most important Hindu temple, on the banks of the Bagmati river).
Another must-see attraction is the Royal Palace, the site of the infamous 2001 massacre of the Royal Family by the then Crown Prince, and now converted into the Narayanhiti Palace Museum.

Connectivity: How to Reach the base of the trek & how to go back from the end point?

The base for the trek is Kathmandu, which is well connected from Delhi by air and land.
By Air: There are multiple daily flights from Delhi to Kathmandu.
By Rail:You can take a train from Delhi to Raxaul Junction in Bihar on the Indo - Nepal border. From Raxaul, take a 5 km bus/taxi to the border, from where Kathmandu is a 10 hour road journey. Buses and taxis are easily available at the border.
By Road: The road distance from Delhi to Kathmandu is 1,145 km. There is a Delhi Government luxury bus service from Delhi Gate for Kathmandu that takes around 36 hours. This is the most time consuming but budget friendly option at INR 2300 for the bus journey.

Connectivity: What is the cellular network connectivity for this trek?

Over the last few years the mobile/ cell phone network has improved significantly in more remote areas of Nepal. The best network above Nayapul on Annapurna Base Camp Trek is Nepal Telecom (NTC) or NCell. It is easy to buy an NTC SIM card from Kathmandu or Pokhara. You will need to provide your passport, so don't forget to bring it along.

Packing List: What to pack

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Packing List: How should I pack my rucksack?

Packing List: How should I select my trekking shoe?

Best Season: What are the best months to visit this trek?

Annapurna Circuit Trek best time:
Pre-monsoon - March to June
Post monsoon - September to November

About the activity: Why should I go for this trek?

Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake

The Annapurna Circuit Trek goes along the Annapurna Conservation Area, passing through some of the best regions of Nepal and presenting panoramic views of Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South, Annapurna III, Annapurna I, Gangapurna and Hiunchuli. This is one of the best and least frequented tails allowing opportunities to trek to the magnificent Tilicho Lake, the highest lake in the world while giving you a traditional Nepalese cultural experience. One gets to cross the mighty Thorung La pass.

Eligibility: Is this trek good for me?

Annapurna Circuit Trek is a moderate plus trek i.e. it requires more strength and endurance than moderate level treks. It is a high altitude trek climbing to the height of 5420 meters. Therefore, it is recommended that you first gain experience of trekking to altitudes of 4500 meters and learn about campsite basics, ascending descending on mountain trails, basics of high altitude acclimatization process and then move up a notch with Annapurna Circuit trek. Annapurna difficulty level on Bikat's scale is 5. For details on trek difficulty level, please read on Bikat Rating Scale

Eligibility: Experience required

Should have at least 7-10 trek days in the Himalayas in their kitty. For the trek’s achieving more than 5000 meters, a person must have a prior experience of trekking at altitudes of or more than 3700 meters

Eligibility: Fitness benchmark

  1. Jog/Run for 5 Kms in 25-30 mins or Walk continuously for 10 kms (with 3-4 small breaks) on plain terrain (slight incline is better) - You would be required to produce a screenshot from a fitness app testifying the same
  2. Hold your breath for 30-35 seconds

If you are not meeting these benchmarks, please use the preparation schedule to improve your fitness till you achieve the above benchmarks.

Eligibility: Requisite skills

One should be familiar with the following:

  • Know campsite basics like how to use a sleeping bag, sleeping tent, toilet tent
  • Ascending & Descending technique for mountain trails
  • Basic mountain mannerisms
  • Ascending & Descending on snow
  • Basics of Mountain Sickness
  • Basics of Mountain Hazards
  • How to cross small water streams

Miscellaneous : Will there be water source on the trail?

Water bottles are available for purchase on the trail. However, if you plan to get water from the local water sources then please carry chlorine tablets/ water purification tablets.

Miscellaneous : Is there an option for currency exchange?

Indian Currency of INR 100 and below work in Nepal. However, the new INR 2000 and INR 500 notes are not accepted at all. The new notes work in the cities, but people at other places might not accept the new notes. Get your currency exchanged to Nepalese currency from Kathmandu or Pokhara.

Why Bikat

Learning Experience
  • We are an Adventure Learning Organisation first.
  • We want you to not just complete a trek safely but also pick up some basic trekking knowledge and skills along the way.
  • To achieve this we have integrated learning modules into our itineraries.
  • These modules will help you build the necessary skills to progress from trekking to mountaineering over time.
Loyality Programs

Our community is an integral part of us and we take pride in our trekkers and climbers. When you complete at least three days on any trek or expedition with us, you become eligible for our membership and referral programs.

  • Currently we have three levels:
  • Basic Membership
  • Summiteer Membership
  • Leader Membership
Personalized Attention
  • Our group sizes on treks don’t exceed 15 members in order to maintain a healthy Participants : Leader Ratio of 8:1.
  • Over time we have found this number to be optimum when it comes to ensuring personalised attention to every member of our group.
  • On mountaineering expeditions this number is even smaller. Our group sizes are capped at 12 members ensuring a Participants : HAP Ratio of 2:1.
Best Expedition Leaders
  • Our Expedition leaders are advanced mountaineering course qualified, specially trained in rescue procedures from NIM and certified first-aid responders.
  • Even our local guides are certified first-aid responders.
Eco-friendly Practices
  • Group sizes are capped at 15 people.
  • Batch sizes are capped at 250 people per trail per season.
  • We follow a rolling campsite model.
  • We are constantly exploring and introducing new trails to reduce the burden on existing ones.

For us, a successful summit is not about reaching the highest point of a mountain but about making it safely back to base.

  • To ensure this:
  • Every region of ours is mapped with an emergency evacuation plan.
  • The equipment we use is UIAA certified.
  • Our trek leaders are AMC certified with specialisation in rescue procedures.
  • Our support staffs are trained in first aid as well.


What's Included

Whats Included

  • Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Accommodation in guesthouse/lodge on all trek days
  • Permits (Upto the amount charged for Indian nationals)
  • Safety Equipment includes static rescue rope, seat harness, carabiners, pulleys
  • Experienced guide
  • Portage of 10kg personal luggage

Whats Not Included?

  • Any Expense of personal nature.
  • Any Expense not specified in the inclusions list.
  • Any meals during the trek/road journey/hotel accomodation
  • Any tip to porters or guides which is a customary thing in Nepal
  • Backpack Offloading of more than 10 kg
  • Travel Insurance and Rescue Evacuation in case of emergency
  • Gaiters, microspikes and sleeping bags (wherever necessary) are not included and thus have to rented from Kathmandu by you.

Cancellation Policy

Cash Refund

Cancellations up to 30 days prior to departure date
5% Deduction

Between 30 days to 15 days prior to departure
50% deduction

Less than 15 days of departure
No Cash Refund

Voucher Refund

Cancellations up to 5 days prior to departure date
No Deduction

Cancellations less than 5 days prior to departure
No Refund

Please note
  • Cash refund is applicable only in case of bookings made without using any promotional offer code or vouchers.
  • This is only a brief of cancellation terms. For finer details please refer Detailed Cancellation Policy.

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