Come join Responsible Adventures on one of the most scenic and diverse treks in the world. The complete circuit of Annapurna is an estimated 300km with different scenery daily.
Tilicho lake trek
Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek takes us to one Nepal’s highest lake in the Manang District. This “classic” journey of Annapurna Circuit combined with Tilicho Lake Trek starts with a drive to Besisahar in the paddy fields of the lowland, gaining altitude steadily along the Marshyangdi River. It passes through oak and pine forests and eventually emerging into high altitude desert country at Manang (3597 m.) and above. These days there is a fair-weather road from Besisahar all the way to Manang. However, we only drive to Chyamje to allow our bodies to adjust to the altitude slowly.
We stay an extra night at Manang to allow acclimatization by taking a hike to a higher elevation.
From Manang, we move away from the main trail towards Khangsar village and further on to Tilicho Base camp, where there are a few lodges. We hike up to Tilicho Lake, which takes about 3 hours and an altitude gain of some 750 meters. It is a fantastic environment by the lake with the Lake appearing a beautiful Turquoise on sunny days. It is a reasonably large Lake, which is 4 km in length, and the deepest part is 85 meters deep. We retrace our steps to Tilicho Base camp, upper Khangsar, cross the Marsyangdi River to join the main trail again the following day on to Thorung high camp.
The 1600 meters descent from Thorung La pass 5416 meters is equally amazing and varied. The trail from the pass takes Marsyangdi towards the Kali Gandaki valley and descends through the village of Muktinath. We trek to Jomsom the next day. It is a short day of hiking. The trek ends in Jomsom. Jomsom lies in the windy Kali Gandaki valley below the towering Mount Nilgiri 7061 meters. We fly out to Pokhara the next morning.
Day 01: Arrival and transfer to hotel in Kathmandu
Day 02: Kathmandu to Chyamche via Besisahar by private vehicle.
Day 03: Trek to Danakyu (2,300m). 6 to 7 hours.
Day 04: Trek to Chame (2,630m). 5 hours.
Day 05: Trek to Pisang (3,190m). 5 hours.
Day 06: Trek to Manang (3,500m), 5 hours (Lower Route), or 7 to 8 hours (Higher Route).
Day 07: Manang – Acclimatization day.
Day 08: Manang to Tilicho Base Camp 4,170 m.
Day 09: Explore Tilicho Lake & back to Shree Kharka (4,180m). 7-8 hours walk.
Day 10: Shree Kharka to Leddar. 4,200m. 5-6-hour walk.
Day 11: Yak Kharka to High Camp (4,800m). 5-6-hour walk.
Day 12: Thorung Phedi high camp to Muktinath (3,760m). 8-9-hour walk.
Day 13: Muktinath to Jomsom (2,700m). 6-7-hour walk.
Day 14: Jomsom to Pokhara by flight.
Day 15: Pokhara/Kathmandu flight.
Day 16: Departure transfer.
- Boutique hotel in Kathmandu on bed and breakfast basis
- Boutique hotel in Pokhara on bed and breakfast basis
- Hotel/lodges while trekking on twin sharing basis
- All transportation
- Responsible Adventures’ expert trek leader or Hire Raj
- Complimentary T-shirt
- Use of trekking kit bag during the trek
- One assistant guide between 4 trekkers
- One porter between two trekkers
- Proper clothing for porters and crew
- Food for porters & crew members (we are less than a handful of trekking companies that provide this facility)
- Insurance for crew and porters
- All permits
- Twin sharing room on the trek
- All meals on the trek (best trekking meals in the whole of the Himalaya)
- Domestic airfare
- All optional additional tours or activities during free time
- Transportation outside of the tour program
- Travel insurance (compulsory to have insurance that covers helicopter evacuation)
- Tips (suggested amount US$70 per week for staff only); Leader’s tip at your discretion
- Items of a personal nature, e.g., alcoholic drinks, bottled beverages, laundry, souvenirs, etc.
Am I too young or old?
Most of our clients, from 3 years old to some in their 70s, have done and completed their treks with almost no exercise or training.
Do you offer hotel/airport pick-up?
We offer hotel and airport pick-up. As you continue with your booking, there will be an option to input flight details or hotel names.
Do I need a Visa?
A visa for Nepal can be acquired on arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, and at border entry points in Kakadvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Gaddachowki on the Nepal-India border and Kerung on the Nepal-China border.
Outside of Nepal, A visa can also be obtained at the nearest Nepal Embassy or Diplomatic Mission.
For more information, go to the Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan, Kathmandu.
What should I bring on a Trek?
Being adequately equipped is one of the keys to a successful trek. For information to help you select the best type of clothing and equipment for your trip, please see our Clothing and Equipment Guide.
Also, see our Links page for details of specialist retailers who will be able to offer further advice and assistance with purchasing new clothing or equipment.