FULL AROUND ANNAPURNA VIA TILICHO LAKE & THORONG LA PASS

Easily one of the best treks in Nepal, the Annapurna Circuit Trek takes you through some of the most beautiful landscapes in the country. The circuit offers an exceptional 360° view of the Annapurna range and more. This trek is a must for any die-hard trekker!

TREK ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT 

We will be hiking through changing the topography of tropical vegetation, varied crops, and forests to the bare pastures of the high valleys. There are traditional villages along the way and one can hear distant gongs emanating from the Buddhist temples. The trek goes through regions where life is dominated by ancestral customs and rituals.

Gradually, as we gain altitude, we enter the arena of high mountains, in the shade of glaciers, under the gaze of the Annapurna, and cross the Thorong La Pass at 5,400 m. Throughout the trek, a series of mythical peaks come into view. What awaits you is an awe-inspiring sight of Manaslu, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and more!
HIGHLIGHTS
- Crossing the Thorong La Pass
- The diversity of landscapes and ethnic groups
- The Tilicho Lake, the highest glacial lake, at over 4,900 m.
- Rhododendron forests and the view of many mountain ranges from Poon Hill
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Itinerary

  • Level of Trek: Difficult
  • Best Period: March - May & September - November
  • Duration: 17 Days
  • Number of walking days: 14
  • Highest Altitude: 5416 Meters
  • Accomodation: Hotel in Kathmandu & Lodge during trek

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Day
Pick-up at the airport, transfer to the hotel and check-in.
- Accommodation: Holy Himalaya Hotel or similar on the BB Plan
- Meals on your  own
Early morning, transfer by minibus to the village of Besisahar (950 m.) where porters await our arrival.
Then, transfer to Tal (1700 m.) by local jeep with the team.
- 5 to 6 hr by minibus + 2 h 30 min by jeep
We climb up and hike along the Marsyangdi River to reach the confluence at Dharapani. The afternoon hike is through a lovely Himalayan pine forest. At the end of the day, we encounter a relatively steeper climb. The trail has been cut into a cliff face between Danaque and Timang. Located quite high, the trail makes for a pleasant afternoon hike.
- Ascent: + 1150 m.
- Descent: - 100 m.
- Duration of hike: 6 to 7 hr
- Accommodation: Lodge
From Upper Timang the path descends to Thanchok and then we move on to Chame where we stop for lunch by the Marsyangdi River. We cross the river via a suspension bridge and continue the hike on the other side. The Lamjung Himal Range, the foothills of Annapurna II and the Tilje Peak comes into view. When we reach Bratang, the climb gets steeper on the way to Dhukur Pokhari (‘turtledove pond’ in Nepali).
- Ascent: + 750 m.
- Descent: - 400 m.
- Duration of hike: 6 to 7 hr
- Accommodation: Lodge
We now find ourselves in the high altitude of the Upper Marsyangdi Valley, North of Annapurna. Today we reach Ngawal, an old Tibetan village with a monastery, numerous chortens, but above all, we enjoy a fabulous view of the Annapurnas II, III, IV, Gangapurna and Mount Tilicho. If weather permits, we will visit the Pisang Monastery. Ngawal is a typical village of this region where Tibetan culture thrives.
- Ascent: + 600 m.
- Descent: - 100 m
- Duration of hike: 5 hr
- Accommodation: Lodge
Leaving the Tibetan village of Ngawal behind, we walk along a trail overlooking the Manang Valley and reach the bottom of the valley where we come across two beautiful villages: Mungji and Braga. We visit the 500-year-old monastery, then continue the hike to Manang.
- Ascent: + 150 m.
- Descent: - 250 m
- Duration of hike: 4 to 5hr
- Accommodation: Lodge
From Manang, we walk along the Marsyangdi River and climb up to Khangsar, the last village in the region. We then continue hiking along the mountainside to reach the Tilicho Base Camp. Overnight at the lodge and rest for acclimatization.
- Ascent: + 750 m.
- Descent: - 100 m.
- Duration of hike: 7 hr
- Accommodation: Lodge
Today’s hike is a pleasant climb up to the lake by the moraines. At about 5000 m in altitude, the Tilicho Lake is an accumulation of glacial meltwater from the entire northern Annapurna. The lake is a Hindu pilgrimage site linked to the Ramayana. There are spectacular views of the Annapurna ice walls and Tilicho Peak (7,134 m). In spring and summer, the edge of the lake is adorned with a smattering of wildflowers. We then head back to Tilicho Base Camp or Shree Kharkha for the night.
- Ascent: + 700 m.
- Descent: - 700 m.
- Duration of hike: 5 to 6 hr
- Accommodation: Lodge
After leaving Tilicho Base Camp we head back to Manang. After Manang, we climb out of the Marshyangdi valley and reach a region rich with juniper and alpine grasses. After walking through a small juniper forest and pastures we reach Yak Kharka. We then descend before climbing up again to reach Letdar.
- Ascent: + 500 m.
- Descent: - 500 m.
- Duration of hike: 5 hr
- Accommodation: Lodge
A gradual climb, but from Phedi it becomes steep sometimes, to reach High Camp. Free afternoon or engage in an acclimatization trip.
- Ascent: + 600 m.
- Duration of hike: 4 hr
- Accommodation: Lodge
We depart early in the morning, walking for 3 ½ hr to reach the Thorong La Pass with great views of the Annapurnas and Gangapurna. Then there’s a steep descent through a ravine to reach Muktinath, a religious sanctuary for both Buddhists and Hindus. We visit the small temple of Muktinath. Overnight in Jharkot, which is a splendid traditional village perched on a bluff.
- Ascent: + 600 m.
- Descent: - 1800 m.
- Duration of hike: 8 hr
- Accommodation: Lodge
From Jharkot we make an easy descent through a valley with villages and irrigated farmland. We visit monasteries along the way and walk on to Kagbeni which looks like a medieval village at the gates of Mustang. We continue hiking in the Kali Gandaki valley to reach Marpha considered one of the most beautiful Thakali villages, famous for its apple trees.
- Descent: - 950 m.
- Duration of hike: 6 hr
- Accommodation: Lodge

Note : Alternative: depending on the fitness level of the group, cross a small pass (3,900 m.) and descend to Lupra. Overnight in Jomsom or Marpha.
Transportation by private jeep to Tatopani hot springs.
** You could take a bath in the hot springs in the late afternoon
- Accommodation: Lodge
Today we make a big ascent to reach Ghorepani. Walk through Sikha, a large Magar village after which we go through rhododendron and magnolia forests. After walking through green pastures, we arrive at Ghorepani on a slope below Poon Hill.
- Ascent: + 1600 m.
- Duration of hike: 6hr
- Accommodation: Lodge
Early morning, you have the option of climbing up to Poon Hill (3,100m.) for a great sunrise view of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna massifs. After breakfast in Ghorepani, a pleasant hike through the beautiful rhododendrons forest to Tadapani where we stop for lunch. Later in the afternoon, descend through a tropical forest where langur monkeys look down from trees, and head for Ghandruk, a delightful Gurung village with stone houses. Last night spent with the Nepalese team.
- Ascent: + 750 m., if you climb to Poon Hill
- Descent: - 1600 m., if you climb to Poon Hill
- Duration of hike: 6 hr
- Accommodation: Lodge
Another easy descent through rice fields to Birethanti arriving just in time for lunch. Then take a ride in our vehicle to reach Pokhara. Free time and overnight in Pokhara.
- Descent: - 1000 m.
- Duration of hike: 3 hr
- Accommodation: Lake Side Retreat Hotel on a BB Plan
- Dinner on your own
- Hours of driving: 6 to 7 hr
- Accommodation: Holy Himalaya Hotel or similar on a BB *Plan
- Meals on your own

Transfer to TIA (Kathmandu Airport) for your return flight.
End of our services.

NOTES

- In Kathmandu, we use good category hotels well located in the center of Kathmandu
- The stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara is always in BB in to make your choice of restaurants that offer you traditional and continental cuisine
- During the trek, you will be accommodated in a Lodge with full board.



What's included

- All transfers by private vehicle according to itinerary
- Transfer Besisahar - Tal by local jeep (s) privatized
- Transfer Marpha - Tatopani by local jeep (s) privatized
- 2 nights at the Holy Himalaya hotel or similar in Kathmandu in BB
- 1 night at the Lake Side Retreat hotel in BB
- Trek full board in Lodge
- English-speaking guide for trekking
- Trekking team: assistant from 4, porters according to group size for the whole trek.
- 1-day visit with vehicle and English-speaking cultural guide
- Carrying of luggage up to 13 kg/person during the trek
- ACAP & TIMS trek permit
- Staff insurance

What's not included

- Meal in Kathmandu & Pokhara excluding breakfast
- Nepal Visas to obtain at the airport (50$ + photos).
- International flight
- Compulsory repatriation insurance
- Tips, personal expenses and equipment, drinks, sleeping bag, hot shower during the trek…

Suppliments

>> Single room for 3 nights : 90$

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