Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake - 15 Days

Trip Facts
  • Duration:15 Days
  • Difficulty Level: Strenuous
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Max. Altitude: 5416 Meters
  • Start at: Kathmandu
  • End at: Kathmandu
  • Group Size: 1 - 16
  • Best Season: Spring - Autumn


  • Join one of Nepal's most scenic and lengthy treks, the Annapurna Circuit.
  • You'll also see the Annapurna massif, Dhaulagiri, Macchapuchhre, Lamjung, Pisang, and Chuli.
  • The opportunity to hike via two river systems, the Marsyangdi and Kali Gandaki Rivers, which are joined by the Thorong La Mountain Pass, one of the highest mountain passes
  • Visit Muktinath Temple, the world's most revered Hindu and Buddhist temple.

Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake Overview 

Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake takes you around not only the 10th highest mountain in the world (8th in Nepal) but also one of the highest lakes in the world – Tilicho. This trek beautifully matches the rugged with the raw beauty of the landscape.

The trek will take you through two mighty rivers - Marsyangdi and Kali Gandaki. You will also cross one of the highest mountain crossings in the world, the Thorong La Pass (5,416 m). The pass is a mountain between Khatung Kang (6484 m) and Yakawa Kang Himal (6482 m).

To top it all up is passing by the Kali Gandaki gorge, said to be the deepest in the world. The voyage follows an ancient trade route, offering opportunities to learn about the historical classical way and information related to it.

In addition, this voyage will expose you to a wide range of cultures. You get to experience Gurung, Magar, Lobas, and other ethnic groups' way of life while on the walk. Gumba and Chorten border the trails, creating a serene and highly spiritual hiking experience. Also included in your itinerary is a trip to Muktinath, a Buddhist and Hindu shrine.

Route to Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek

Annapurna circuit with Tilicho Lake trek itinerary comprises a 15-day plan. Given this long time frame, the Annapurna circuit group trek is mostly preferred.

It starts with a drive to Dharapani. You will then trek to Chame, Pisang, and Manang. This culminates in a rest day where you visit nearby places such as Gangapurna Lake and Lama Monastery. You will then trek to Siri Kharka the next day, then trek to Tilicho Base Camp.

On the 9th day, you visit the magnificent Lake Tilicho and paint the experience; we are relatively short of words. The next day will trek back to Siri Kharka and journey through Yak's Abode, Thorang La Phedi, Muktinath crossing Thorang La Pass, and Jomsom the next few days.

On the 14th day, you will fly to Pokhara and spend the day enjoying the amenities Lake City has to offer. Then you either drive or fly back to Kathmandu the very next day.

Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek is a truly spectacular experience and requires you to be prepared. You will need to be in good physical condition to make the long hike, which has a severe gradient. Before beginning this trek, check the trekking equipment list and pick up all the essential needs for yourself, Previous hiking experience is highly advised. 

Who Can Do This Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek?

A good portion of the trek lies above 3500 m, with the highest elevation at Thorong La Pass (5,416 m). The trek at high altitude increases the chance of altitude sickness. Every day you will have to hike for around 6 hours, and the mountainous terrain takes through quite a lot of steep ascent and descent.

Hence, the trek is challenging, An individual who is physically fit, free from any serious illnesses, and possesses prior hiking experience can begin planning for this Himalayan adventure in the Annapurna region. To ensure thorough preparation, it is essential to commit to a rigorous month-long training program, which includes maintaining a consistent exercise regimen and engaging in daily hour-long hikes with additional weight.

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We can Customize the trip to suit your interest and help you make it fit your budget. 

Today you arrive in Kathmandu, Nepal's capital. Take lots of relaxation today because there are no planned activities. However, you may visit some sites, such as Kathmandu Durbar Square, or do some last-minute shopping.

  • Max. Altitude:1320m/4329ft
  • Accommodation:Deluxe Hotel
  • Meals:Welcome Dinner

The trip has finally begun today with a drive to Besisahar and then to Dharapani. Alongside the Trishuli River, you will witness lovely terraced farmland and quaint towns with the snow-capped peaks of Ganesh Himal (7422 m) and Manaslu (8163 m) appearing occasionally.

The journey takes us along the windy Trishuli river. At Dharapani, there is a checkpoint where your permit is checked. Overnight stay will be at Dharapani.

  • Max. Altitude:1950m/6338ft
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today, we hike to Chame through Timang and Koto. Timang is a beautiful settlement where you will take a break to soak in the beauty. Along the trek, you will get the opportunity to view Manaslu's south face.

Except for a brief high section where you hike upstairs, the terrain today is generally gentle up and down. As you get closer to Chame, you will be dwarfed by Annapurna II (7937 m). Overnight stay will be at Chame.

  • Max. Altitude:2630m/8626ft
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today's journey is partly uphill and travels through verdant woodlands. Before arriving in Pisang, the trail also passes through the towns of Bhratang and Dhukur Pokhari, which is particularly lovely. From today on, the views improve as you catch better vistas of snow-capped mountains, tiny glaciers, rivers, and forests, among other things.

Apple orchards are everywhere around the location. From Dhukur Pokhari, there is a split: one continues with the road and takes to Lowe Pisang, and the other, an uphill track, takes to Upper Pisang. You can take either of these roads. Overnight stay will be at Pisang.

  • Max. Altitude:3300m/10824ft
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, dinner

You could travel the road to Manang if at Lower Pisang. However, if you have taken the road to Upper Pisang, the trek will be lengthier and tougher but provides more rewarding views.

Both cultural and natural splendor can be seen along the walk. After passing past Narodhara, Mugje, and Bhraka and a final wooden bridge spanning Marsyangdi, you will eventually arrive at Manang.

The trail also has Chortens, stupas, Mani walls, and stone tablets with calming messages carved on them that can be found at various points. The communities encountered will enhance your local experience. Overnight stay will be at Manang.

  • Max. Altitude:3450m/11316ft
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

It is a good idea to allow acclimatization with a day of rest now that the altitude has risen above 3500 m. Attractions in Manang include the Gangapurna Lake and Lama Monastery, both of which offer breathtaking views of Annapurna III (7555m). Overnight stay will be at Manang.

  • Max. Altitude:3450m/11316ft
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We chose the upper route today and trekked to Siri Kharka. Traversing through coniferous forests, we reach Khangsar village, and an hour after, we reach Siri Kharka. The route provides good views of Chulu and Gungang Himal. Overnight stay will be at Siri Kharka.

  • Max. Altitude:4060/13320ft
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we take a short hike that passes through a region of landslides and provides a captivating view of Tilicho. The trails are narrow with loose rocks, so a long walk is done. We hike up to the base camp of Tilicho, where we can spend the night at a lodge.

  • Max. Altitude:4150m/13584ft
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today is the final day of the Tilicho lake hike. The lake's turquoise color and the surrounding mountains contribute to its splendor. Views of mountains such as Annapurna I (8091 m) and many seven thousand such as Khangsar Kang, Nilgiri, and Tilicho peak, will entice you today. The lake also has a religious significance.

The ancient Kak Bhusundi Lake, referenced in the Ramayana, is thought by Hindus to be this lake. We return to Siri Kharka via the same path after spending some time here. Overnight stay will be at Siri Kharka.

  • Max. Altitude:4920m/16138ft
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today, we will pass through the 1,000-year-old Tare Gumba monastery and finally leave Khangsar. Aside from sporadic herders, the Khangsar settlement is unpopulated. Following the seasonal bridge in the Thorang Khola valley, which we will encounter after leaving Khangsar hamlet, we will eventually reach a plateau. We cross a river and trek up to a plateau to get to Yak's Abode. Other peaks of the Annapurna Mountain range are seen. Overnight stay will be at Yak’s Abode.

  • Max. Altitude:4110m/13480ft)
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

You hike today to Thorong Phedi, the lower portion of Thorong La Pass. We will arrive at Ledar village by continuing the trail and crossing a suspension bridge. We will arrive at Thorang Phedi, the last town before Thorang La pass, after traversing numerous high rocks.

At Thorang Phedi, spend the night. The settlement is small and lovely, the trail is level, and the elevation is gradual. The mountains, snow-capped peaks, and river at the foot of the canyon are all present, much as they were yesterday.

We will be treated to breathtaking views of Gundang, Thorung Peak, Syagang, and Khatungkan.

  • Max. Altitude:4600m/15092ft
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

It is a challenging journey today because of the nearly 1,000m of elevation increase on the approach to Thorang La Pass. The stunning vistas of the high Himalayan peaks, particularly Annapurna III (7555 m) and Gangapurna (7454 m), will make up for this once you reach the summit.

After taking in the view, you descend to Muktinath, a temple dedicated to Lord Bishnu and an important Hindu and Buddhist worship site. One of the tallest temples on earth.

  • Max. Altitude:5416m/17764ft
  • Accommodation:Guesthouse
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today, we trek down to Jomsom, passing an ancient settlement of Kagbeni, sometimes referred to as the oldest Himalayan community. Beautiful mud houses line the streets.

The region has a heavy Tibetan influence, and the language and the way of life will feel comparable to Tibet. You will also reach Marpha, famous for apple-related products – juice, brandy, wine, cider, etc.

  • Max. Altitude:2720m/8921ft
  • Accommodation:Gueathouse
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today, we take a bus drive to Pokhara, a city of lakes. It is understandable the tiredness you feel but not exploring this city is a chance we cannot take. The city combines natural splendor with lakes listed on the Ramsar site and modern amenities, making it fun for any person.

A much-needed spa, massage, or another personal pampering can be done. You can also visit clubs or just stroll through the beautiful Phewa lake. An evening puja by this lake provides religious calm and peace.

  • Max. Altitude:820m/2690ft
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Meals:Breakfast

The journey ends with a drive back to Kathmandu through some of the most beautiful landscapes, terraced rice fields, Trishuli and Marsyangdi Rivers, and breathtaking views of other mountain ranges. You can take it easy or finish seeing any attractions you might have missed on our first day in Kathmandu.

Annapurna circuit trek with Tilicho lake is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that offers breathtaking vistas of the natural world's splendor and panoramic views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Mountain ranges and other natural wonders. An authentic wilderness experience is provided by the trail's protection from large-scale vegetation as it winds through the Annapurna Conservation Area.

  • Max. Altitude:1320m/4329ft
  • Accommodation:Deluxe Hotel
  • Meals:Breakfast and Farewell Dinner
Route Map
Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake - 15 Days map
Cost Details
  • Free Airport and hotel transfers as per itinerary in private vehicle
  • Two nights 3-star deluxe hotel in Kathmandu on twin-sharing basic with breakfast.
  • One-night hotel in Pokhara on twin-sharing basic with breakfast.
  • Kathmandu to Bensisahar - Dharpani and Jomsom to Pokhara transportation by Local vehicle.
  • Pokhara to Kathmandu transportation by Delux tourist bus. 
  • Full board meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trek in the mountains.
  • Lodges and teahouse accommodation in the mountains. 
  • An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide).
  • Assistant guide for a group of 5 or more pax. 
  • All accommodation, food, drinks, equipment, salary, and insurance for the guide and porter.  
  • Green Society Adventure's complimentary free T-shirt, route map, and duffel bag (if Needed). 
  • Farewell dinner in a typical Nepalese restaurant with a traditional performance. 
  • All necessary paperwork and ACAP permits
  • TIMS card fee. 
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes

Note: Private transportation by Jeep ($310) and Jomsom to Pokhara Flight can be arranged upon request at an extra cost. 

  • Sherpa Porter $230 (one porter can carry a backpack for two trekkers). 
  • Nepalese visa fee
  • International airfare
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • All bar bills along the trek.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.
  • Tips for guides and porters.
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Useful Information

Best Time for Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek

The best time for the Annapurna circuit trek with Tilicho Lake is thought to be spring and fall. These times of year offer a comfortable trekking track and excellent viewing opportunities. The season also significantly influences delivering the best experience and breathtaking sights.

Trip Distance and Permit Cost

Annapurna circuit trek with Tilicho lake distance is around 160 km (100 mi). A Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS) card and an Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) permit are necessary for this journey. ACAP is USD 30 per person, TIMS is USD 20 per person for single tourists and USD 10 per person for group hikers.

  • we highly recommended having early experience as well as a strong circulatory system and enough physical strength to do the Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake safely and enjoyably.

  • The highest point of this trek that you can make is 5416 meters (THRONG_LA) above sea level

  • Normally, we walk for 5 hours a day. But in higher elevations (over 4000m/13120ft) we walk 3 - 4 hours a day.

  • Yes, upon your arrival at Tribhuban International airport, you will be greeted by Green Society Adventure airport representatives who will assist you in getting to your Hotel.

  • A clean and comfortable teahouse and lodges are provided. In some places such as Chame, Manang, and Muktinath rooms with attached bathrooms can be available.

  • Continentals’ menus are generally available on this trek. As well you can get traditional Nepali Dal-Bhat and some Sherpa dishes (Sherpa Stew, Tsampa porridge, and Tibetan bread).

  • You can place it at our office or store it at your hotel (generally the hotels in Kathmandu have storage services).

  • To confirm a booking, you need to pay 20% of the total trip cost in advance. The remaining balance can be paid upon arrival in Kathmandu. To book the trip, please use the "CHECK AVAILABILITY" tab to make an instant confirmation booking.

  • Yes, we can help you to exchange your currency. It’s very easy.

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