Altitude: 5416m|17767ft Country: Nepal Season: Spring & Autumn - the best;
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The Annapurna Circuit trek with Tilicho Lake is a popular and adventurous trek in the Annapurna region of Nepal. It combines the classic Annapurna Circuit trek with a side trip to Tilicho Lake, which is one of the highest lakes in the world.

The Annapurna Circuit trek is a well-established route that typically starts in Besisahar and follows the Marsyangdi River valley, passing through various landscapes and diverse ethnic communities. After reaching Manang, trekkers branch off towards Tilicho Lake, which lies at an elevation of about 4,919 meters (16,138 feet).

Tilicho Lake is a stunning glacial lake located in the Annapurna region. It offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains, including Annapurna II, Gangapurna, and Tilicho Peak. The lake is considered sacred by the local people, and it adds an extra element of beauty and adventure to the Annapurna Circuit trek.

The Tilicho Lake section of the Annapurna Circuit is a bit challenging part that requires a good level of physical fitness and it would be best if you have previous hiking experience. The trail at times involves steep ascents and descents, high altitude walks. Proper acclimatization is crucial to avoid altitude sickness - for that Alpine Exodus prepares excellent itinerary. Yet, it's recommended to be well-prepared at your level best. 

The duration of the Annapurna Circuit trek with Tilicho Lake can vary depending on the itinerary and your pace. On average, it takes around 18-21 days to complete the journey. This one presented here (for 19 days) includes acclimatization days, side trips, and rest days along the route.

The best time to undertake the Annapurna Circuit trek with Tilicho Lake is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November). During these seasons, the weather is generally clear, and the views are spectacular. However, it's important to be prepared for potential weather changes and always check the local conditions before starting the trek.

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Day 01

Arrival in the Kathmandu|Hotel

Arrival in the Kathmandu/Hotel in Thamel.
International airport. Reception and transfer to Hotel. Your Hotel will be located in the centre of Thamel at peaceful location. Upon arrival at Hotel, room check- in is done with welcome drinks. Then a short trip briefing is followed by signing on the trek permit application forms, acknowledge all the driving and other tickets/vouchers – most of which handled by guide, so it is not a big deal but good to note down the time table etc. Also please pass us your travel insurance information incse of emergency for the back support. Then there will be a free time for rest or visit around on your own.

Day 02

Kathmandu – Ngadi (930m)|Lodge.

Morning breakfast around 7am at the Hotel, then board on the privately reserved 4WD jeep to drive to Ngadi (930m). Ngadi is a small town located on the bank of Marshyangdi River (about 220km). The road upto Besisahar is finely built all-season road; after Besishar it’s a seasonal. During the rainy season, the drive only upto Ngadi will be possible without too much dirt and muddy crossing. This is under-construction site.

Overnight at the lodges – to which we have termed as the “Lodge”. All your accommodations during trek will be on the similar ones. The comfort and facilities may be vary from lodge to lodge but every lodge will have one restaurant for the in-house guests' dining, therefore each one is more than sufficiently able to provide hot meals and drinks, offer good accommodations and friendly environment with cleanliness.

During your journey, your breakfast is provided everyday in the same lodge where the night is spent (time around 7 to 8). Lunch around in 11 to 12 almost everyday and dinner in the same lodge where the night is spent. This will be continued on the days to come while you will be in the mountain.

Day 03

Ngadi to Jagat (1300m/6hrs trek)|Lodge

There is a road connection between Ngadi to Jagat – but as said above it is only the seasonal road. So the drive may be not possible. We believe that the trek should be more than pleasant! So no use in case any jeep available to drive to.

The jeep available here are public jeeps used for the local passengers in any case your want to use. As long as the road condition is OK such jeeps are available. So you may choice whether take the jeep or do trek.

If taken jeep, trek will be quicker. You may decide stay at Jagat or go further is totally upto you; just talk with your guide and let you decision to know the porters.

Day 04

Jagat to Dharapani|Lodge

Trek to Dharapani (1860m/6hrs). Overnight & meals similar.

Day 05

Dharapani to Chame|Lodge

Dharapani to Chame (2670m/5 hrs trek). O/N & meals similar.

Day 06

Chame to Upper Pisang|Lodge

Chame to Upper Pisang (3300m/5hrs). O/N & meals similar.

Day 07

Upper Pisang to Manang|Lodge

Upper Pisang to Manang (3540m/3hrs). O/N & meals similar.

Day 08

Day in Manang|Lodge

Manang rest day. O/N & meals similar.
This is majorly for the acclimatization. But at the same time you may be able to explore some of the best sites of your entire trip such as the interesting monastery (the cave monastery), the glacier lake of Gangapurna etc. If you would like to take a little longer hike, also available.

Day 09

Manang to Ghunsang|Lodge

Manang to Ghunsang (3950m/2hrs) & on to Letdar (4200m/3hrs). O/N similar.

Day 10

Ledar to Thorung High Camp|Lodge

Ledar to Thorung High Camp (4833m/5hrs). O/N similar.

Day 11

Thorng High Camp to Thorong La

Thorng High Camp to Thorong La (5416m/4hrs) and down to Muktinath (3810m/3hrs). O/N similar.

Day 12

Muktinath to Jomsom|Hotel

Muktinath to Jomsom (2800m/5hrs trek). O/N similar.

Day 13

Jomsome to Tukuche|Lodge

Jomsome to Tukuche (2590m/5hrs trek). O/N similar.

Day 14

Tukuche to Tatopani|Lodge

Tukuche to Tatopani (1190m/drive & trek). O/N similar.

Day 15

Tatopani to Ghorepani|Lodge

Tatopani to Ghorepani (2860m/8hrs trek). O/N similar.

Day 16

Morning to Poon Hill & to Pokhara|Hotel

Ghorepani to Poon Hill (3210m) in the morning and in the day trek to Ulleri and drive to Pokhara by jeep is possible if you would like.

Day 17

An extra day

This day can be used on trek or even in Pokhara. If on trek, then you would be doing the thing you want to or if shortage somewhere, you may use this day. And incase its in Pokhara, do nothing but full day rest or go for city tours. On tours in the city, you may visit some of the incredible places such as Davis Fall, Gupteshwor cave in quite convenient distance from the big city.

Day 18

Way to Kathmandu|Hotel

Drive to Kathmandu on the car. Services over. Good bye to the guide.

Day 19

Transfer to Airport

Transfer to airport and Happy See Off!

  • Arrival/departure pick up/transfers in Kathmandu, Pokhara etc.
  • Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara on BB plan,
  • All trek/National park entry permit, TIMS,
  • Guide and a complete team of supporting staffs/crews,
  • Privately reserved drive to Besisahar from Kathmandu. Similarly, from Besisahar to Chame– the jeep as available locally,
  • Daily meals (lunch, breakfast, dinner) with hot drinks during trekking,
  • Extra services such as washing water in the higher elevations, daily services of fresh fruits, trekking map for the group etc. Note: the standard, quantity, nature of services can be varied as per your need, request or the budget structure. We can make a trip from the possible most economy to highly luxurious. Do not hesitate to let us know your ideas, we execute them highly professional way.
  • Meals (other than breakfast) while staying in Kathmandu and Pokhara,
  • Airfare from Jomsom to Pokhara (also from Pokhara to Kathmandu) if chosen travel by flight,
  • Personal expenses, personal wear, warm clothes, rain wear,
  • Cold drinks, drinking water, bar bills, luxurious make of coffee etc.
  • Travel insurance, medical expenses, helicopter rescue if any,
  • International flight ticket, Nepal visa etc.
  • Anything extra or more or repeated than above mentioned etc.
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