ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT VIA TILICHO LAKE AND THORONG LA

It is considered by many hikers the most beautiful trek in Nepal. The great Annapurna circuit offers an exceptional 360° on the Annapurna range.
Our itinerary strolls through layers of tropical vegetation, crops and forests to the bare pastures of the high valleys. Traditional villages are scattered on our way and, in the distance, gongs echoes from the Buddhist temple. During our trek, we discover the life of people with ancestral customs.
Gradually, as we gain altitude, we enter the high mountains universe, in the shade of glaciers, under the gaze of the Annapurna goddess, and cross the Thorong La Pass perched at 5400 m. Throughout our hike, a series of mythical peaks will unfold. An immutable setting: Manaslu, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri ... Everything here is awesome!
HIGHLIGHTS
- Crossing the Thorong La Pass
- The variety of landscapes and ethnic groups
- The Tilicho Lake, the highest glacial lake, at over 4900 m.
- The rhododendron forests and the view of 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 BB
- Meals on own
Early in the morning, transfer by minibus to the village of Besi Sahar (950 m.) where we find our porters.
Then, transfer to Tal (1700 m.) by local jeep with the team.
- 5 to 6 h by minibus + 2 h 30 min by jeep
We go up along the Marsyangdi River to its confluence in Dharapani. In the afternoon, we walk through a splendid Himalayan pine forest. The last climb of the day is a bit steep. The path has been cut in a cliff between Danaque and Timang. It is located on a height that offers our eyes a pleasant late afternoon.
- Ascent: + 1150 m.
- Descent: - 100 m.
- Hours of walking: 6 to 7
- Accommodation: Lodge
The path descends to Thanchok and then progresses gradually to Chame where we have lunch along the Marsyangdi River. We cross the river on a suspension bridge and continue on the other side. View of the Lamjung Himal Range and the foothills of Annapurna II and the Tilje Peak. From Bratang, we climb steeper undergrowth to reach Dhukur Pokhari (which means the Turtledove pond in Nepali language).
- Ascent: + 750 m.
- Descent: - 400 m.
- Hour of walking: 6 to 7
- Accommodation: Lodge
We arrive at high altitude in the upper Marsyangdi Valley, North of Annapurna. Ngawal is an old Tibetan village with its monastery, its Chortens and, above all, a fantastic view of the Annapurnas II, III, IV, Gangapurna and Mount Tilicho. If the weather allows it, we visit to the Pisang Monastery, a typical village of Tibetan culture.
- Ascent: + 600 m.
- Descent: - 100 m
- Hours of walking: 5
- Accommodation: Lodge
We leave the Tibetan village of Ngawal. Along the way, we overlook the Manang Valley and then reach the bottom of the valley in Mungji and Braga, two beautiful Tibetan villages. We visit to the 500-year-old monastery. Then, we continue and reach Manang.
- Ascent: + 150 m.
- Descent: - 250 m
- Hours of walking: 4 to 5
- Accommodation: Lodge
Walking along the Marsyangdi River, we climb to Khangsar, the last village in the region. We continue along the mountainside to the Tilicho Base Camp. Night in lodge and rest for acclimatization.
- Ascent: + 750 m.
- Descent: - 100 m.
- Hours of walking: 7
- Accommodation: Lodge
Pleasant climb to the lake by the moraines. At about 5000 m altitude, the Tilicho Lake is a glacial accumulation of the entire northern Annapurna. The lake is a Hindu pilgrimage site linked to the Ramayana. Spectacular views of the Annapurna Ice Walls and Tilicho Peak (7134 m.). The edge of the lake is scattered with wild flowers in spring and summer. Back to Tilicho Base Camp or Shree Kharkha for the night.
- Ascent: + 700 m.
- Descent: - 700 m.
- Hours of walking: 5 to 6
- Accommodation: Lodge
After Yak Kharka, descent and ascent to Letdar.
- Ascent: + 500 m.
- Descent: - 500 m.
- Hours of walking: 5
- Accommodation: Lodge
Gradual climb, from Phedi it becomes steep sometimes. Free afternoon or acclimatization trip.
- Ascent: + 600 m.
- Hours of walking: 4
- Accommodation: Lodge
Very early departure in the morning. 3 h 30 min. to reach the Thorong La Pass. Then steep descent to Muktinath. The first Mustang village we meet and a religious sanctuary for both Buddhists and Hindus. Visit to the small temple of Muktinath. Overnight in Jarkhot, a splendid traditional village nearby.
- Ascent: + 600 m.
- Descent: - 1800 m.
- Hours of walking: 8
- Accommodation: Lodge
Easy descent in the valley with a landscape of villages and irrigated crops. We visit monasteries along the way and walk across Kagbeni, at the gates of Mustang. We continue in the Kali Gandaki Valley to reach Marpha considered as one of the most beautiful Thakali villages, famous for its apple trees.
- Descent: - 950 m.
- Hours of walking: 6
- Accommodation: Lodge

Note : Alternative: depending on the level of the group, crossing a small pass (3900 m.) and descent to Lupra. Night in Jomsom or Marpha.
Transportation by private jeep to Tatopani hot springs.
** Possibility of taking a bath in the hot springs in the late afternoon
- Accommodation: Lodge
We go up to Ghorepani via Sikha village after that we cross a rhododendron forest.
- Ascent: + 1600 m.
- Hours of walking: 6
- Accommodation: Lodge
Early morning, optional climb through the rhododendron forest to Poon Hill (3100 m.). Very nice view of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. After breakfast in Ghorepani, quite easy walk in a beautiful forest of rhododendrons to Tadapani where we have lunch. In the afternoon, descent through a tropical forest occupied by langur or entelle monkeys, to Ghandruk, a beautiful Gurung village with dry stone houses. Last night with the Nepalese team.
- Ascent: + 750 m., if climb to Poon Hill
- Descent: - 1600 m., if climb to Poon Hill
- Hours of walking: 6
- Accommodation: Lodge
Nice descent into the rice fields to Birethanti where we have lunch. Then we take our vehicle to reach Pokhara. Free time and night in Pokhara.
- Descent: - 1000 m.
- Hours of walking: 3
- Accommodation: Lake Side Retreat Hotel on a B&B basis
- Dinner on own
- Hours of driving: 6 to 7
- Accommodation: Holy Himalaya Hotel or similar on a B&B basis
- Meals on own
Transfer to the airport. 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 done in BB to give you the choice of restaurants offering traditional and continental cuisine
- During the trek you will be staying 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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