Annapurna & Tilicho Lake

on world top 10th destination trekking around north of Annapurna, picturesque Tilicho Lake in the midst of high Tilicho / Gangapurna peaks, scenic walk through interesting rural farm villages, dramatic changes from climate, vegetations to fascinating culture beautiful rhododendron, pines forest with views of snowcapped peaks, around scenic Manang valley with impressive Buddhist culture. crossing of high Thorang-la and towards world deepest Kaligandaki gorge.

  • Trek Fact -
  • Trip Mode: On Teahouse / Lodge basis.
  • Trekking grade: Moderate to Adventurous
  • Trekking duration: 13 / 14 days.
  • Highest altitude gain: 5, 416 m / 17,700 ft on top of Thorang-la.
  • Total Trip: 17 / 18 days (Kathmandu-Kathmandu).
  • Seasons: Mid March to June and September to November

Annapurna & Tilicho Lake

A unique adventure around Annapurna & Tilicho Lake Trekking listed as world top ten destinations, leading you to amazing scenery within high snowcapped peaks and impressive Buddhist culture of Manang and Kaligandaki valley areas.

This trip begins with an interesting drive from Kathmandu to Lamjung area at Beshishar and Jagat village, and then heading higher towards alpine climate country with beautiful forest of rhododendron, pines and fir trees in the back drop of stunning mountain views.

Walk passes through charming villages of Dharapani-Chame and Pisang to reach at Manang village an impressive place with arid dry climate surrounded by mountains.

Manang villagers with strong Tibetan Buddhist culture and its way of life, here explore the villages and monasteries, then heading towards the highest point of this adventure over Thorang-la pass at 5,416 m / 17,700 ft with mind blowing views of mountains.

After Manang leading to picturesque Tilicho Lake regarded as holy lake by both Hindu and Buddhist, the lake fed from the glacier of Gangapurna and Tilcho peaks forming one of the highest Lake in Nepal at an altitude of 4,430 meters high.

After a grand time at Tilicho with stunning views, return journey leading past holy Muktinath at Mustang area and then concluding the great walk and trek at Jomsom a major town of Mustang district famous for delicious apples and the products, from here taking a short scenic flight to picturesque Pokhara and transfer to hotel by the pristine Phewa Lake, where the Annapurna Himalaya reflects on its water.


On arrival in Kathmandu received by our staff and representative for a short drive to respective hotels in Kathmandu city, after refreshment our guide will brief regarding Annapurna & Tilicho Lake trekking, hotels, lodge and necessary information required while you are with us in Nepal with welcome dinner.

Morning depart for interesting guided tour of Kathmandu city with world heritage sites. Kathmandu city and the valley steeped in history and culture, after an impressive time with lunch around restaurant in the city area, back to hotel with afternoon free preparation for Annapurna & Tilicho Lake la Trekking.

Starting this wonderful Annapurna & Tilicho Lake trekking with an interesting long drive towards north mid west from Kathmandu, leading past Beshishar town (headquarter of Lamjung district).

From here transfer to another vehicle for the rough and exciting drive on dirt trail passing Khudi, Bhulbhule and Ngadi following Marsyangdi River upstream, and then leaving the river with a climb to reach at Jagat village for overnight stop in a nice lodge, Jagat a small farm village with few good lodges for trekkers.

From Jagat where our trek begins, starting on winding path to Chamje, and to raging Marsyangdi River, and into forested area with super views of Annapurna and Manaslu range, walk continues reaching at Tal village located on a nice valley, after Tal another 2 hours walk to Dharapani village for overnight stop. Dharapani a nice village with Buddhist culture, situated on the junction of Annapurna circuit and Manaslu trekking trail.

Start the morning walk a into cool rhododendron and pine forest passing villages of Bagachap and Danque, then to Timang village from here onwards into more Buddhist area, with super view of Mt. Manaslu 8,163m / 26,781ft, from this village few hours trek leads to a large town at Chame for overnight stop, a major town and headquarter of Manang district.

From here air gets cooler as the walk leads closer into mountains through beautiful forest of rhododendron and pine trees, following Marshyangdi River upstream to Bhratang village.

From this village an uphill into pine trees to Dhukure Pokhari a small place with few lodge and views of Chulu and Pisang peak, after a lunch stop walk downhill to Pisang village for overnight stop.

Pisang village located within Manang valley with stunning mountains views as altitude gains for here onwards.

Walking into forest with short uphill with views of Annapurna II and III, Gangapurna Chulu and Pisang peak, then reaching Hongde village with a small air strip, from here tree lines fades to barren, arid landscapes.

On route Manang village visit old Braga monastery with Buddhist relics, ancient wall painting, frescos and super panorama of Annapurna Himalaya, from here an hour walk to Manang village.

The houses here are of traditional Tibetan style with culture and traditions.

An important rest day for acclimatization before reaching high altitude and up to Thorang –la, here with short hike exploring Manang village beneath towering Annapurna and Gangapurna peaks, a nice short hike up for views of Gangapurna Glacier and the Manang glacial Lake.

After Manang trek towards Tilicho Lake with overnight at Khangsar village, a short scenic walk to Khangsar, few hours of nice trek leaving the main Annapurna circuit trail behind, heading south in remote areas away from mainstream trekking route, overlooking fantastic views of mountains, walk finally reaches to Khangsar village for overnight stop.

A half day walk starting towards barren country, after a descend of few hours then our route heads uphill on the dry terrain, after a nice walk reaching at picturesque emerald Tilicho Lake, regarded as holy lake for Buddhist and Hindu’s, this wonderful place with few lodges by shore of Tilicho Lake, afternoon relax and enjoy the surrounding beautiful scenery of the Lake changing its colors with the sunlight.
This lovely place surrounded by staggering Tilicho Peak with views of Annapurna III and Gangapurna mountains.

After an amazing time around Tilicho Lake return journey to Jomsom as the morning walk leads towards a small settlement at Shir-Kharka for overnight stop before joining the main Annapurna circuit trail.

After an excellent time at Tilicho away from the mainstream trekking trail, head back on the famous and popular Annapurna circuit route at Yak Kharka, an interesting high altitude walk with views of mountains, crossing small streams to reach at Yak Kharka, a small settlement with incredible views of Gangapurna, Annapurna III and Chulu Peaks.

Morning walk leads closer to Thorang-la as the walk progress crossing a bridge and then a climb along the Jarjung river, then leading at Thorung Phedi for short rest and then climb the last hour uphill to Thorang High Camp for overnight stop.

Start the early morning walk on this Big Day! A thrill and highlight of this great adventure, after breakfast a long climb up to Thorang-la with steep haul to reach at 5,416 m / 17,700 ft on top of Thorang-la festooned with Buddhist prayer flags.

Highest point of the adventure certainly requires high spirit and strong mind to reach this high point.

The top offers superb vista landscapes and snowcapped peaks, from here a long descend to Muktinath at 3,800 m.

Muktinath a holy place for both Hindu and Buddhist the word Muktinath literally means ‘the place for Nirvana or Liberation’.

After Muktinath, rest of the journey is easier with moderate walks all the way with a big drop of 1,200m downhill to Kaligandaki river valley, this pleasant walk leads to Kaligandaki river valley, from here walk to Jomsom, headquarter town of Mustang area with a small airstrip above Kaligandaki River. Jomsom an interesting town famous for delicious apples and its products with paved streets and well kept lodges. At Jomsom celebrate last night dinner with fellow trekking crews and guide.

Early breakfast and transfer to Jomsom airport for short flight of 25 minutes to Pokhara, during airborne fantastic views of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiris and Annapurna range of mountains with rolling hills with farm villages.

On reaching Pokhara airport transfer to respective hotels by the serene lake Phewa, afternoon free for individual activities or just relax and enjoy the views of the Annapurna Himalaya.

Pokhara, a popular touristic city, where the peaks of Annapurna Mountain range reflects on its beautiful serene lakes of Phewa and Begnas.

Morning after breakfast drive back to Kathmandu on the interesting and exciting highway through many farms, villages and towns and then drive leads to uphill to reach Kathmandu valley.

On reaching hotel, afternoon free with farewell dinner in a typical Nepalese restaurant with culture / folk dance program to entertain with authentic Nepali meals.

After an enjoyable and great time in Nepal, as per your international flight time our staff transfer you to airport for your final departure homeward bound or to next port of call.

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