Annapurna circuit trek with Tilicho lake

Annapurna circuit trek with Tilicho lake

Overview

A trek inside famous Annapurna zone in Nepal.
Cross over high mountain passes.
Experience the warmth of the local Buddhist culture.
Visit some scenic Monasteries.
Visit high altitude fresh water lake.
Get a spectacular panoramic view of the Annapurna Ranges.
See many high peaks with height of 8000 meters or more.

Region: Himalayan Ranges in Nepal
Trek Type: Group Adventures
Group Size: 1 to 16 People per Group.
When is the best time to trek: Mid March to mid June and mid September to mid December.
Not a good time to trek: Jan to Mar.
Expedition Begins and Ends at: Kathmandu.
Trekking Expedition Duration: 17 nights / 18 days.
Difficulty level of the Trek: Medium to High.
Maximum Altitude Gain: 5,416 meters. 17,769 feet.
Daily Altitude Gain: 200 to 400 meters.
Type of Accommodation: Hotel or tea houses on a twin sharing basis.

What to expect: An adventure filled fun time with moderate to difficult trekking on mountain terrain. A lifetime adventure activity filled with fun and moderate to difficult level trekking on high altitude mountain terrains with some splendid views of the nature.

Fitness Needed: Any individual between 12 to 80 years old, who are enthusiastic adventure lover and loves trekking with some or average fitness level.
Weather: In summer the night time temperature on upper Altitudes regions will range between -2 to -15 and in winter it will range between -10 to -25. The lower altitude ranges will report between 20 to 0 in summer and 5 to -10 in winter. (Temperature in degree Celsius).

Welcome to the world’s most beautiful trek! Annapurna circuit is considered as the world’s beautiful trekking destination. Our 18 days Annapurna circuit takes to you a different world where 100s of waterfalls flow endless water (nowhere in the world you will find so many waterfalls), where mighty snow peak mountains mesmerize you and the local people’s hospitality makes you feel like home.

The beginning of our trek goes through lower elevation Himalayan zone, where you are confronted with many waterfalls. This zone is full of lush green forests and you can see many table top mountain villages with their beautiful terraced farming. Once elevation goes high you will find beautiful alpine forest with mesmerizing views then you will enter to a treeless old desert which is exceptionally beautiful and every place in this area is like a finest painting.

Our trek starts from Bhulbhule village which is at an elevation of 840 meters(2,760 feet). It is a small and beautiful village on the bank of Marshyangdi River(we will follow this river for most of the part in our trek). Then we will proceed to high elevation day by day. We will stay and visit many places like Jagat, Dharapani, Chame, Pisang, Manang, Khangsar, Tilicho Base Camp, Tilicho Lake, Yak Kharka, Throng Phedi, Thorng La Pass, Muktinath, Kagbeni and Jomsom during our 18 days Annapurna circuit trekking. The highest and toughest elevation we will cross (summit) during the trek is Throng La Pass (5,416 meters. 17,769 feet). The route goes past the following mountains, Manaslu (8,163 meters, eighth highest mountain), Langtang Himal, Annapurna II and IV, Annapurna III, Gangapurna, Annapurna I(8,091 meters, is the tenth highest mountain) and Dhaulagiri.

We will see a unique Buddhist culture once we reach Chame, from here till the end of our trek, we will see different type of cultures. In Chame, Pisang and Manag are Gurung people with their unique cultural heritage but in Mustang(Muktinath, Kagbeni, Jomsom) these people are truly Tibetan Buddhist(in-fact once upon a time Mustang was part of Tibetan History), here you can see true Tibetan Buddhist culture. Braga, one of the oldest monasteries is situated in this region.

Once you get down from Throng La Pass you will reach Muktinath, which is a holy place for Hindus and Buddhists. Muktinath is a small pagoda style wooden temple in an elevation of 3,800 meters(12,467 feet) the best part of is, this place is very picturesque. Muktinath is a prominent temple in Nepal, lots of people visit this temple from India and Nepal. Once you trek down from Muktinath through the mighty Kali Gandaki River you will find a complete different zone. The views of treeless grey mountains and sky burials on the cliffs of mountains are really unique experience.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive at Kathmandu

Upon arrival we will meet pick you from airport and take you to the hotel and issue your first permit. In the evening you can visit the Thamel Street, it is a very popular place. It has lot of restaurants, casinos and plenty of shops to buy trekking gears and accessories.

Day 2: Kathmandu to Besisahar (760 meters, 2,490 ft) then Bhulbhule (840 meters, 2,760 ft).

Starts with a nice road trip to Besisahar and one more ride to Bhulbhule along side of Marshyangdi River. It offers some excellent views of snow-capped mountains and so many beautiful mountain villages. Besisahar is the major town in this area, up to Besisahar the road is nice and post that will be a mountain road up to Bhulbhule. Bhulbhule is a small and beautiful village on the bank of Marshyangdi River.

Day 3: Bhulbhule to Jagat (1,290 meters, 4,232 ft) (5-6 hours).

Today we will start our trek to Jagat; we will take a motor-able road along side of Marshyangdi River. Once we start our trek from Bhulbhule we will find many waterfalls on the way and the route is really beautiful. The trekking is moderate today. Jagat is a beautiful village with basic amenities.

Day 4: Jagat to Dharapani (1,920 meters, 6,299 ft) (6-7 hours).

Today we will trek few distance on a jeep track and some distance on trekking trail.  The view from the trekking trail is really awesome. There are many big waterfalls on the way which are very spectacular. Today we will cross a hanging bridge to cross Marshyangdi River and take the trekking trail to Taal. It is a spectacular village on the Marshyangdi River valley. After lunch at Taal we will start our trek to Dharapani. The trek between Taal and Dharapani is simply awesome with over 100s of waterfalls.

Day 5: Dharapani to Chame (2,630meters, 8,629 ft) (6-7 hours).

Again a beautiful day of trekking along side of Marshyangdi River. Today we will trek on the jeep track, although there is a trekking route available but the jeep route is very beautiful. If we take the trekking trail then we will miss one of the biggest waterfalls in this area. Also the trekking route is very strenuous. Chame is the district head quarter and a big place in this area.

Day 6: Chame to Pisang (3,190 meters, 10,466 ft) (5-6 hours).

Today we will pass the older part of Chame and hike to Telekhu at 2,840 meter and continue the trek through the forest to Brathang. After some distance we will see the first view of the Paungda Danda rock face, a strangely curved rock rising more than 1500 meter from the river. We will cross the Marshyangdi River on a suspension bridge and then make a gradual climb over a ridge through beautiful pine forests.

Day 7: Pisang to Manang (3,520 meters, 11,549 ft) (5-6 hours).

Today we will trek to a Tibetan style village called Bryaga. Which is on the valley and this is a spectacular Buddhist village with typical Tibetan style homes with a beautiful Monastery overlooking the village. Then we will continue our trek through a very arid countryside, full of spectacular cliffs of yellow stones that are abraded and transformed into pillars alongside the trail to reach our destination; the village of Manang. One of the spectacular villages in this area, almost everything is available in this small town.

Day 8: Rest day in Manag

Today is a rest day in Manang. The town is situated on the big valley of the Marshyangdi River to the north of the Annapurna mountain range and we will explore the spectacular surroundings. Also we can do a long hike to an icy lake above Braga.

Day 9: Manag to Khangsar (3,745 meters, 12,287 ft) (5-6 hours).

After our rest day at Manang, we continue our trek for Khangsar. From Manang we head out through the western gates and follow the path down to the river. We cross the river and continue walking on its southern side through beautiful pine forest. Khangsar is a beautiful old Tibetan style village.

Day 10: Khangsar to Tilicho Base Camp (4,150 meters, 13,615 ft) (5-6 hours).

Today we will be trekking for the Tilicho Base Camp. This is a relatively challenging day. The trail is broad enough for good trekking experience. On our way, we will get a monastery on our way. We will be having 2 trails, but we are taking the newly built trail as that is safer and much less strenuous. This trail will take us to the adjacent valley and stream flows below. We will then cross over for Tilicho Base camp which is at an altitude of 4,200 meters.

Day 11: Tilicho Base Camp to Tilicho Lake (4, 919 meters, 16,138 ft) and back to Tilicho base camp.

We will be starting early by 7 AM from for the Tilicho Lake. It is likely to take about 3 to 4 hours to reach Tilicho Lake. It is one of beautiful fresh water lake system in the highest peaks of Himalaya and one of the high altitude lakes in the world. We will spend about an hour and return to Tilicho Base Camp.

Day 12: Tilicho Base Camp to Yak Kharka (4,000 meters, 13,123 ft) (5-6 hours).

We will be trekking upwards from Khangsar and will cross the remains of the old khangsar settlement. We will be going on regular trekking trails and descend to and cross a river to reach Yak Kharka.

Day 13: Yak Kharka to Throng Phedi (4,450 meters, 14,600 ft) (5-6 hours).

Today will be a slow paced trek with amazing views to Thorong Phedi . Thorong Phedi is at the base of the highest pass in this region called Thorong la. The offers wonderful views of the landscapes and high peaks. This is a small settlement that serves as a gateway for many parts in the region.

Day 14: Throng Phedi to Muktinath (3,800 meters, 12,467 ft) (8-9 hours).

Today is the longest and toughest trek of the entire trip. We leave Throng Phedi early in the morning by 5 am for a climb to the pass called Thorng La (5,416 meters,  17,769 ft), with packed lunch. It is a different experience to cross Throng La. We will start early morning because the wind speed is very heavy after 10am over here. The first part of the trail becomes steepest initially and reaches at the high camp. Once we reach, the very pass itself is at 5416 meters.  We will get a jaw dropping panoramic view of the majestic Himalayan peaks extending northwards into Tibet and looking back we can see several of the main peaks of Annapurna. We will reach Muktinath by late afternoon. Muktinath is a scared place for both Hindus and Buddhist.

Day 15: Muktinath to Jomsom (2,800 meters, 8,999 ft) (5-6 hours).

Today we will visit the holy Muktinath temple and get down to Kagbeni village. The view in this zone is simply out of the world. Over here you can see lot of sky burial caves on the cliff walls on the bank of Kali Gandaki River. After Kagbeni village we will trek down to Jomsom on the bed of Kali Gandaki River.  Jomsom is small hilly town with almost every facility.

Day 16: Jomsom to Pokhara (30 min Flight).

Today we will fly down to the Lake Town called Pokhara. It will be 30 minutes life time flying experience with some of the stunning views of Annapurna region. Once arrived at Pokhara you can spend the day with a lot of activities like kayaking in Phewa Lake or Paragliding.

Day 17: Pokhara to Kathmandu.

Ride back to Kathmandu with stunning Mountain View.

Day 18: Departure

Checkout the hotel by 12 PM and we will drop you at Kathmandu International Airport.

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What does it include?

2 nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis.
1 night accommodation in Pokhara on twin sharing basis.
14 nights’ accommodation in the trekking route on twin sharing basis.
International airport pick up and drop.
Local transports.
Kathmandu to Besisahar and Pokhara to Kathmandu Bus Ticket.
Jomsom to Pokhara Flight Ticket (1 way).
Certified guide.
Jomsom Pokhara flight ticket for Guide.
Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter).
The porter will carry only one luggage per person.
All necessary permits.
Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation.
Medical kit (carried by your trek leader).
Please Note: For single trekker we provide porter cum guide.

What it does not include?

Travel expenses to reach and return from Kathmandu.
Food and drinking water throughout the trip.
Soft-drinks / Beverages / Alcohols / Snacks / Chocolates Etc.
Additional accommodation and food expenses if trek gets delayed due to weather, flight cancellation, health or any other reason.
Health Insurance, Personal Insurance and other travel insurance.
Expenses for evacuation and rescue operations due to natural calamity, mishaps, injury or any health problem.

FAQs

What is the cost for Annapurna Circuit Trek ?

The cost of our trip starting from INR. 43, 500/- for Indian Nationals and USD 820 for foreign nationals and or Non Residential Indians. This price does not include your arrival to Kathmandu as well as food. The price includes basic accommodation, one way flight ticket between Jomsom and Pokhara, Porter and Guide.

Why is it so expensive for Foreign Nationals?

The difference of price is due to permit fees and Jomsom – Pokhara flight charge.

Can the number of days be reduced from the itinerary?

It is not possible to reduce the itinerary or modify in any way as majority of our travelers prefer the existing itinerary. However, if you want you can customize the itinerary as per your choice. Write a mail to: trip@weramblers.com to customize the trek.

What is the fitness level required for this trek?

This is a trekking expedition In Annapurna Circuit and the maximum altitude gain is . One should walk / trek as per the speed they are comfortable with. The trekking route is indeed challenging and one should be convinced that he/she is going to take this challenge and complete the trek. More often than not, it will be our mental ability than the physical fitness level which will stop us. We have trekkers who are overweight by 15 -20 Kgs and in their 60s completing the trek.

How to prepare for this trekking expedition?

We advise you start walking regularly for as long as possible. This will help you a lot. If possible go for small treks in your vicinity. Try to go for longer morning walks at least 30 days before the trekking date. If you are gym goers then we advise you to not do weight lifting activities at least 10 days before the trek and do only cardio and stretching exercises. Try to walk for long on a treadmill in incline mode. The reason we advise you to stop weightlifting as that has chances of muscle stiffing or muscle injuries and generally it takes a week or 10 days to get back to normal.

I do not need the service of a porter, can you remove it?

Our prices are inclusive of porters and not possible to remove it. The porters not only help carry your luggage but they are our most trusted friends when it comes to our safety in this region. Safety as in knowing the weather and route conditions as well as knowing whom to approach where for medical help if any. If we are confronted with any emergency then the porters are our biggest asset for help. Throughout the trek, the porters walk all along with us and ensuring we do not go to edges and all the time ensure our safety. Moreover, the porters are the locals of this region and they have no other source of income than this and their livelihood is dependent on this. At the end of the trekking expedition you will be happier about having a porter.

Is there any age limit as I plan to bring my kid?

If the kids are coming with their parents then we have an age limit of 8 year and above. However, it will be the decision of the parents as we have seen even 6 year old in this region. However, if the kid is sent alone then our age limit is 12 and more. We also do not have any upper age limit; we have had 70 year old people coming with us in this trek and complete this comfortably.

What about trekking gears, shoes etc?

Visit “Items to bring with you” section in this page.

How good are the accommodations?

The accommodations are basic comfortable and provide well maintained beds and bathrooms. All our accommodations are on twin sharing and in some places might be triple sharing. The same place also serves food at extra cost and in this region the understanding is where we stay is where we will eat as well.

What other expenses I need to plan for?

Your travel arrangements to Kathmandu and return. Expenses for food and water and additional expenses if any for extended stay due to bad weather. We have seen around Indian Rs.18, 000/- to Rs.22, 000/- or (USD 300 to 450) generally being sufficient for food expenses.

What about medical facilities?

The route has basic medical centers which can handle minor heath problems and relatively major treatment can be managed at locally. If needs state of the art facility then we will have to come to Kathmandu or Pokhara. Our trip does not provide cost of rescue and it has to be paid as additional and we can arrange for all rescue operations including helicopter rescue.

What about travel/adventure insurance?

We do not provide any insurance and you must check with your insurance provider where and how they are applicable in Nepal and if they cover helicopter rescue and cashless facility etc.

Is there any health conditions or age limit?

We do not have health guidelines and you must check with your doctor if you have any medical conditions. There is no age limit but you must be more than 12 year old if you are coming alone.

Which month should I go?

Mid March to first week of June is the best time to visit Annapurna Circuit, in between this period you can see lot of flower on the way and the best view is Nepal’s national flowers. This time weather also very good so all the top mountains in this zone are clearly visible. Mid September to mid December also best time to visit the Annapurna Circuit, this time weather is very clear and pleasant so you can enjoy your trek.

Can we charge our mobiles, iPads and cameras?

Yes you can charge your electronic devices in trekking zone. We advise you to have an external power-bank and bring it fully charged.

Is there internet and mobile connectivity?

Yes most of the parts have mobile connectivity but not all. The hotels do provide access to WI-FI internet with additional charges in higher areas but many parts its free.

Why are you advising us to use water purifier for drinking water?

We are fully aware that you can buy bottled waters in this region. The bottled waters are expensive and more over this region is the remotest part of the world and does not have great civic services. Trekkers will consume bottled waters and dump plastics which in-turn will harm this wonderful Annapurna region and we are a bit sensitive to it so we have been requesting our trekkers to use running stream water and purify them. We think it is a very small way we can help the nature and all most all of our trekkers agree to it happily. However, we leave it to your choice and if you like to have bottled waters then you can buy them and have.

How safe is this route?

The route is very safe and our porter and guides have huge experience and will do their best to ensure your safety. You are requested follow the advice of our trekking lead / guide.

Are these dates guaranteed departures?

Yes all our dates are guaranteed departures. If any delay due to weather we will stay put and trek further once weather clears. We will complete the entire trekking expedition as planned however there may be extensions on no of days if we face any bad weather. So far we have not faced any great bad weathers and mostly our dates are planned in season that are best suitable for trekking and offers favorable weather.

I am overweight can I do the trek?

If you think you can walk for longer then you should come for this. Also as explained earlier it is challenging but you are free to walk as slow as you can and our porter will be there with you throughout even if all other trekkers are reached destination. Throughout even if all other trekkers have reached the destination, you may take time but if you have the motivation, then you can complete this trek. Moreover, you will surely lose weight.

Items to bring with you

Trekking Bag.
UV Protected Sun Glasses.
Best Quality Hiking Shoes (Preferably Water Proof).
Trekking Poles.
Crocs Shoes/sandal.
Water disinfection Drops / Tablets.
Knapsack / Backpack / Rucksack.
Good jacket to protect from cold.
Sleeping Bag.
Windcheater.
Thermals – Top and Bottom.
Poncho (for rain).
Knee Cap 1 Pair.
Moisturizer.
1 quick drying towel.
Sun blocks (SPF 50 and above) and Lip Salve with Sun blocks.
Toilet Paper.
Wet-Tissue Papers/ Baby wipes.
Headlamp, Torch with spare batteries.
Gloves.
Trekking Socks.
Gaiters for hiking in winter.
Basic First Aid Kit.
2-3 light weight trekking pants.
4-5 light weight trekking T-Shirt.
5-6 pairs trekking socks.
Dry Fruits and Chocolates.

INR. 43, 500*

(For Indian National Only)

USD. 820#

(# for Non Indian and Non Nepali Citizens)
* Service Tax will be applicable

For Discount or Customize the trek send a mail to: trip@weramblers.com

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