Polar Trek

Annapurna Circuit Trek Including Tilicho Lake



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Duration14 days


Max Altitude5,416 m

Group Size1 +

Trip StartsKathmandu/Pokhara

Trip EndsKathmandu / Pokhara

Group StyleGroup and Private


Best SeasonMar-Jun & Sept- Jan


  • Witness the surreal beauty of Tilicho Lake, the highest lake in the world, set against the backdrop of towering peaks.
  • Conquer the Thorong La Pass, offering unparalleled panoramic views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges.
  • Visit the sacred Muktinath Temple, a place of pilgrimage for both Hindus and Buddhists, nestled amid the mountains.
  • Trek through the Kali Gandaki Gorge, the deepest gorge in the world, flanked by Annapurna and Dhaulagiri peaks.
  • Lake at highest altitude in the planet.

Overview about Annapurna Circuit Trek Including Tilicho Lake

Spanning 14 days, the Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake is a mesmerizing odyssey that begins from Besisahar and winds through lush valleys, terraced fields, and quaint villages. Trek through the Marshyangdi River gorge to Manang, acclimatizing and embracing the lake at highest altitude and unique culture of the region. A detour leads you to the Tilicho Lake, one of the world’s highest lakes, surrounded by rugged mountains. Continue through the Thorong La Pass, an exhilarating feat at 5,416 meters, and descend to the sacred Muktinath Temple. Traverse through diverse landscapes, including the Kali Gandaki Gorge, before reaching Jomsom, where you conclude this unforgettable journey.


Day 0: Airport/Tourist bus park

Airport/Tourist bus park picks up on arrival and transfers to the hotel, short arrival info and trip plan at the office.

Day 1: Pokhar to Besisahar (760m) to Jagat (1,300m) 6 hours

Early morning by 6 am we drive from Pokhara by Bus for about 4 hours (125 km) to the Besishar. On the way, you can see beautiful villages, farms, fast-flowing rivers, and glimpses of mountain ranges. After lunch we take sharing Jeep or reserved Jeep to reach Jagat on time. 

Day 2: Jagat (1,300 m) to Dharapani (1,860m) 5 hours

After breakfast, we begin our trip to Dharapani. First, we leave Jagat, cross a suspension bridge, and reach Tal Village. At Tal, you can witness several waterfalls forming a river by the sandy beaches. However, we will continue the journey that takes us through barley, rice, and potato fields leading us to Dharapani. Lunch on the way.

Day 3: Trek from Dharapani (1,860m) to Chame (2,610m) 6 hours

After breakfast, we start our trek going through a forest with pine, fir, oak, and maple trees, eventually taking us to Chame, the district headquarter of Manang district. You will see yourself surrounded by the green forests, and over you. Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV (7,525m) can be seen from there. Lunch on the way.

Day 4: Chame (2,610m) to Upper Pisang (3,300m) 5-6 hours

After breakfast, we walk through a steep and narrow valley to catch the views of Sworgadwar Rock Face – a curved rock face rising 1500m from the Marshyangdi River after crossing the bridge. From here, you will also see clear views of Annapurna II in the south and Pisang Peak in the northeast. Lunch on the way.

Day 5: Upper Pisang (3,115m) to Manang (3,540m) 8 hours

After breakfast, we leave Pisang behind and trek on the upper trails of  Pisang via Ghyaru and Nawal village. This path offers outstanding north face views of Annapurna II, III, IV, Gangapurna, Tilicho, and Pisang Peak. Since we are ascending, you will feel the air turn cold, dry, and harsh. Even in this harsh environment, you will find Tibetan-style settlements. Lunch on the way

Day 6: Rest and Acclimatization day at Manang

As we have gained a lot of elevation, and our body needs to acclimatize, so we will stop at Manang for a day. We will use this day to explore Manang.  In the early morning, we hike up to Gangapurna Lake. During the day after lunch, we can also explore Manang village. Most trekkers visit the Himalayan Rescue Association in Vraga village to learn about Acute Mountain Sickness, its symptoms, and ways to prevent it. 

Day 7: Manang (3,540m) to Siri Kharka (4,060m) 4-5 hours

After breakfast we start our trek to Siri Kharka is an easier way. We take the upper route that leads down to a river, which we will cross, and then continue on a path that takes us through the coniferous forests. After walking for about three hours, we reach Tibetan settlement Khangsar, but we will continue our journey forward to reach Shiri Kharka. On the trails, we will get to see gorgeous views of Gungang Himal and Mt.Chulu. Lunch at camp.

Day 8: Trek from Siri Kharka (4,060m) to Tilicho Base Camp (4,150m) 5 hours

After breakfast, we will leave Siri Kharka in the morning and trek towards Tilicho Base Camp. The path should be easy, but it passes through landslide-prone areas. From the trails, we get to enjoy the impressive rock formations along with magnificent snow peaks – including Tilicho Peak. Now there’s a built of a fence on a tricky part. Lunch camp.

Day 9: Visit Tilicho Lake (4,920m) then back to Siri Kharka (4,060m) 7 hours

This is one of the special days of the trek as we will be viewing Tilicho Lake itself. But we start our day early in the morning at Tilicho Base Camp to avoid afternoon wind. The path is quite steep, and after laboring for two to three hours, we will reach Tilicho Lake – one of the highest lakes in the world. If possible we will have breakfast there. A well-known French expedition team referred to Tilicho Lake as The Great Ice Lake. Tilicho lake sits surrounded by the majestic peaks – Tilicho Himal, Annapurna Range, and Nilgiri Himal. After enjoying the views of Tilicho Lake, we retrace our path back to Siri Kharka, where we will be spending our night. Lunch on the way.

Day 10: Siri Kharka (4,060m) to Yak Kharka (4,060m) 6 hours

After breakfast, we descend to the uninhabited Khangsar Village. Our journey continues following out of Khangsar and leads us to Thorong Khola Valley and finally to Yak Kharka. From Yak Kharka, you can get glorious views of the Annapurna mountain ranges. If you are lucky, you may also get sight of blue sheep or even a snow leopard. 

Day 11: Yak Kharka (4,060m) to Thorong Phedi (4,525m) 4-5 hours

You need to walk up a hill from Yak Kharka to reach Thorong Phedi. Thorong Phedi is the last village that comes before the Thorong La Pass. While walking uphill, you will get to see mesmerizing views of several mountains – including Gudang, Syagang, Khatungkan, and Throrong Peak. Lunch at camp.

Day 12: Trek from Thorong Phedi (4,525m) to Muktinath Temple (3,760m) via Thorong La High Pass (5,416m) 9 hours

Today’s trek will be the most challenging part of this trip, as we will be crossing Thorong La Pass – one of the highest passes in the world. It is also the highest point of the trek. To avoid the afternoon wind, we wake up at Thorong Phedi at 3 am and push ourselves against high altitude and icy air.

When you reach the Thorong La Pass, just by seeing the incredible scenery, you will feel that nature has paid back your efforts handsomely. From here, you can see the Himalayan peaks extending to Tibet in the north, and if you look back, you will see Annapurna standing proud and tall. 

We descend from Thorong La Pass to reach Muktinath – a sacred site for Hindus and Buddhists. 

Lunch at camp.

Day 13: Muktinath (3,760m) via Jomsom to Marfa (2,670m) 3-4 hours

After a holy visit to Muktinath Temple, come back to the lodge. We take a local bus that takes us to Jomsom. And then walk toward to Marfa village. Explore and enjoy the village

Day 14: Marfa to Pokhara (860m) 8 hours

Today is our last day of the trek, after breakfast we catch the Jeep/Bus and drive towards Pokhara, which is pretty rough, full of twists and turns. We can see the world’s deepest gorges and the falls called Rupse Chahara, in NepaliOur path will take us through the bustling Beni Bazaar and finally to Pokhara. Our guide will transfer you to the hotel and say goodbye until next time.

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What‘s included

    ACAP entrance fee and Trekkers’ Information Management System( TIMS card).
    A highly experience, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, English speaking, well-trained, Government license holding guide.
    02 guest to 01 porter (Max weight limit for a porter- 20 kg (10 kg per trekker, weight limit).) with their insurance, salary, food, accommodation and equipment.
    We provide an assistant guide his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance walking with group to support where necessary as per the group size.
    Accommodation in the mountain during the trekking.
    Three meals a day; breakfast, lunch and dinner and tea/coffee during the trekking.
    Pokhara to Trek Start Point and from Trek Ending Point to Pokhara by Bus/Jeep.
    Snacks (cookies) and seasonal fresh fruits every day.
    First aid kit box.

What‘s excluded

    Your Nepal Visa fees.
    All the International air fare to and from Kathmandu.All the International air fare to and from Kathmandu.
    All meals and accommodation in Kathmandu and in Pokhara.
    Kathmandu to Pokhara to Kathmandu/Chitwan transportation (if you want we can organize for you with additional cost).
    Personal travel and health insurance as well as insurance for helicopter evacuation.
    In case of extra nights’ accommodation, lunch and dinner in city due to early arrival and late departure as well as early back/return from mountain/trekking (due to any reason) than the given time period of itinerary. We can help you arrange extra nights’ accommodation.
    Your personal expenses such as (laundry, baggage charge, phone calls, battery recharge, bar and beverage bill, boiled or bottle water, hot and cold shower, extra porter.. etc).
    The tips to the trekking crews and drive.
    Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather condition or any event out of our control.
    Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (should have insurance for emergency evacuation and will be paid by your travel insurance company).

Essential Info

Suggested Equipment List

Duffel/Rucksack bag

Walking Pole

Day pack.

Trekking shoes.

Sports shoes or sandals.

Sun Hat/cap

Warm woolen cap.

Warm fleece jacket or puffy jacket

Waterproof Gore-Tex layer

Pullover or warm sweeter


4/5 pairs of good quality socks

Hand gloves.

2/3 pairs of trekking trousers.

3/4 pairs of trekking shirts.

3/4 pairs of underwear (non cotton preferred).

Sun glasses

Water bottle

4 season sleeping bag

Flash or Torch light

Camera and batteries


Is the Annapurna Circuit Trek suitable for beginners?

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is considered challenging due to its length and altitude variations. It is recommended for experienced trekkers with good fitness levels.

What kind of accommodations are available during the trek?

Accommodations are provided in tea houses and lodges along the trail, ensuring a comfortable stay with basic amenities.

What should I pack for the trek?

Pack essential gear such as warm clothing, sturdy trekking shoes, a reliable backpack, trekking poles, waterproof gear, and more. A detailed packing list will be provided upon booking.

Is prior trekking experience necessary for this adventure?

Yes, prior high-altitude trekking experience is recommended due to the challenging nature of the trek.

Are permits required for the trek?

Yes, you’ll need an Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and a TIMS card. Our team will assist you in obtaining these permits.

How is safety ensured during the trek?

Our experienced guides are trained in first aid and altitude sickness management. Safety briefings are conducted, and communication devices are carried for emergencies.

Are vegetarian meal options available on the trail?

Absolutely, the teahouses offer a variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian meal choices. Please inform us of any dietary preferences in advance.

What do I do with my extra luggage while I am doing 14 days Annapurna Circuit Trek?

Extra baggage that is not necessary for Annapurna Circuit Trek can be stored in the hotel, as well as valuable documents in the hotel locker or with us.

Is there WiFi on the Annapurna Circuit Trek?

Yes, there is WiFi on the Annapurna Circuit Trek. Sometimes the network is slow, and disturbing in some areas due to weather and places that are located in deep valleys and gorges.

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