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Tilicho Lake Annapurna Circuit Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Tilicho Lake Annapurna Circuit Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Overview And Highlights

A combo trek of three major destinations of the Annapurna region, we have designed this Tilicho Lake – Annapurna Circuit – Annapurna Base Camp Trek as a single trekking package. This trekking is comparatively adventurous and demands the experience of long days of walking.

The trek takes you to Tilicho Lake (4,920m), Crosses the Thorang La Pass (5,416m), and Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m) which are the three major designations of the Annapurna area.

One of the most iconic treks in the world, the Annapurna Circuit with Base Camp Trek is sure to give you an unforgettable experience and lifelong memories.

You will be surrounded by some of the most spectacular mountains anywhere on earth, including three of the world’s highest; Annapurna 8,091mManaslu 8,163mDhauligiri 8,167m, and the “Matterhorn of the Himalayas” – Machhapuchhre.

Our trek is designed to last 18 days and includes a visit to Tilicho Lake, which at 4,920 meters above sea level is also one of the highest on earth. Starting from Kathmandu we will take either local or private transport towards Besisahar which is the gateway for the Annapurna Circuit.

Continuing the journey, we will spend our first night at Jagat before finishing the drive the following day at Chame, where the trek begins. Throughout you will stay in a wide range of villages – both Nepali and Tibetan – and you will notice the shift in cultures from place to place.

Likewise, the landscapes will start with paddy fields, farmland, and forests before getting into the more rugged beauty of the Himalayas.

Annapurna when literally translated means “Full of Food ” and the Goddess of Harvests features prominently in many of the homes. A 160km round trek, or 230km at its longest route, is suitable for first-timers and experienced trekkers alike.

This trek is one of the most popular in the region, but can also be split into sections for those with tighter time limits. Days 1-12 can easily be broken off while a 5-day trek around the Annapurna Ghorepani Poonhill trek area makes for an excellent taster for those unable to do the whole thing.

Annapurna Trekking Routes

After a daylong jeep ride from Kathmandu to Jagat via Beshishar; the trekking follows the Annapurna Circuit trekking route. But from Manang, a few days to Tilicho Lake visit and return to Shri Kharka to catch the classic Annapurna Circuit trail is an additional plan.

In the end, the trek catches the classic Annapurna Base Camp trekking route from Tatopani and is completed at Pokhara.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek is one of the famous trekking routes of Nepal as every year hundreds of trekkers visit the base camp both from inside and outside the country.

Normally, the Annapurna Base Camp trek starts from Pokhara but on this trekking package trekking circles the Annapurna range.

So, definitely, according to the altitude gain, this trekking route is quite a tough route. Also, for beginners who rarely go trekking and cannot adapt to the high altitude, this route might be risky.

However, apart from that, as a popular trekking route in Nepal, locals as well as the government has given concerned regarding its importance and have eased up the route by managing tea houses, hotels, and lodges throughout the route so that the trekkers can have enough rest and adapt the excessive change in the altitude.

As you need to reach a height of 4,130 meters, the Annapurna Base Camp trek is mostly climbing and gaining altitude. Also throughout the route, you will experience unique natural scenarios and views of majestic mountains.

Throughout the Annapurna Base Camp Trek, you will be walking along the forest road surrounded by tall trees with thick bark called Daphne. Similarly, you will experience different landscapes as you get closer to the Base Camp.

To make your trek easier you can carry a walking pole along with you to take the weight off your knees. Lastly, the places that you will cover during this trek are, Nayapul (2,080m), Ghorepani (2,750m), Tadapani (2700m), Kimrung Khola (2,177m), Doban (2,670m), and Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m).

Foods and Accommodation during the Trek

You do not have to worry about the place to stay and spend the night during the trek. Throughout the trek, you will find several tea houses and lodges where you can spend a night and become safe from the cold nights.

Also, the price for the accommodations is very affordable as it costs only NRP 200 for a room. However, if you want extra service including Wi-Fi and a hot shower, you might have to pay more according to their charges.

Likewise, the price of flooding is comparatively higher in these Himalayan areas due to the difficulty in transportation. You might have to pay more than you have expected even for a glass of warm water.

The most commonly available food on the trek is dal bhat which includes steamed rice, lentils, and other vegetables. Besides a traditional dal bhat, you can also have Gurung bread and potato cake that will refill your energy.

Best Time for Trekking in Annapurna

Annapurna region is one of the most popular trekking destinations in Nepal. So, visiting Tilicho, Thorang La, and ABC at the right season makes your trek even more delightful and amazing.

If you plan to visit the Himalayan region like ABC, make sure that you will be able to experience the majestic view of the Himalayas as, during the off-season, you might not see a clear view of the mountains due to bad weather and foggy clouds.

Therefore, the best time to trek Annapurna Base Camp is during the months of April to May (spring) or October to November (autumn).

During these months, you get a clear sky and the best weather temperature to trek in the Himalayas. There is also less chance of bad weather and rainfall during this time making it the perfect time for trekking.

Major Highlights

  • Annapurna Base Camp at the height of 4130 meters
  • Gurung Village at Ghandruk and Chhomrong
  • Sunrise views of Annapurna Ranges from the Poon Hill
  • Enjoy the natural hot spring pool at Jhinu Danda during the ABC trek.
  • Majestic Mountain views of Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Gangapurna, Annapurna III, and Machhapuchhre
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP)

Things to Consider Before Starting the Trek

  • Have a look at the routes and map of the Annapurna Base Camp Trekking.
  • Gear Up with thick clothes as you will be facing an extremely cold environment in the base camp.
  • Always carry a water bottle and make sure that you refill it at every possible place.
  • If it is your first time then hire a guide and trekking porter for the trek.
  • Experience and have a taste of Nepalese and Tibetan Cuisines as you will be eating those foods throughout the trek.
  • Enjoy the natural hot spring pool at Jhinu Danda during the ABC trek.
  • Bring enough energy snacks to keep you going as you can rarely get to a shop or market on the trek.
  • Carry Nepalese rupees and know about the exchange.
  • Also, make sure to carry trekking permits for Annapurna Base Camp as it costs Rs 200 for SAARC nationals and Rs2000 for other foreigners.

Day to Day Itinerary Expand/Collapse All

Day 1 : Arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, transfer to Hotel a night stay in Kathmandu

After your arrival in Kathmandu, our representatives at the airport will transfer you to your hotel and help you in check-in.

Day 2 : Drive Kathmandu to Besisahar 750m, 5 hours via local bus and catch local jeep to Jagat 4 hours, overnight JAGAT
Elevation
1300

In the morning, our trekking crew will pick you up at the hotel and catch the transportation to Besisahar before transferring to a local jeep to Jagat where we stay overnight.

Day 3 : Drive Jagat to Chame about 3 hours and trek to Bhratang, Overnight BHRATANG
Elevation
2850

After breakfast, we drive about 3 hours to Chame which is the headquarters of Manang district, then we start walking towards Bhratang. The Himalayan views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna will be impressive from the start.

Day 4 : Trek Bhratang to Upper Pisang (3,300m), Overnight UPPER PISANG
Elevation
3300

The trail from Chame to Upper Pisang offers a panoramic view of the Lamjung, Annapurna, Tilicho, Chulu East and Pisang peaks.

Day 5 : Trek Pisang to Manang (3,540m), Overnight MANANG
Elevation
3540

Today we leave the Sherpa village of Pisang, passing through forests of pine until we reach the village of Humde. From Humde we continue on to Manang.

Day 6 : Acclimatization day in Manang,

Manang is our first acclimatization stop as we prepare for the next high altitude section of the trek. We do full day rest and walk around the Manang village or can visit the Ganggapurna Tal.

Day 7 : Trek Manang to Tilicho base camp (4,150m), Overnight TILICHO BASE CAMP
Elevation
4150

The trail towards Tilicho base camp can be a bit tricky so we will need to walk along a small path to reach in base camp. The downward slope towards Base Camp is much easier.

Day 8 : Early morning, we walk towards the TILICHO LAKE VISIT and back to Base camp then trek towards Shri KHARKA,

Early morning, we start to go to TILICHO LAKE visit to see the lake and the beautiful mountain ranges of Annapurna and the Ganggapurna Himal. There is nowhere to stay here, so it will be a round trek and we will need to carry all our provisions for the day.

Day 9 : Trek Shri Kharka to Yak Kharka (4,050 m) Overnight YAK KHARKA
Elevation
4050

We walk to Shri Kharka to Yak Kharka above the Khangsar village along an unmarked trail.

Day 10 : Trek Yak Kharka to Thorung High camp (4,925 m), Overnight THORUNG HIGH CAMP
Elevation
4925

An hour walk from Yak Kharka the trail passes through Ledar before climbing along the east bank of Jasang Khola and descending to Thorang Phedi.

Day 11 : Today, we pass THORUNG LA 5,416m, Overnight MUKTINATH
Elevation
3760

Today we start early morning about (3 to 4 AM) from Thorung High Camp and continue uphill before we reach the famous Thorang La Pass. The trail then drops down the hill until we reach Muktinath. Muktinath is considered to be sacred by the followers of both Hinduism and Buddhism…

Day 12 : Rest day in Muktinath, overnight stay MUKTINATH, LODGE STAY ACCOMMODATION

Rest day in Muktinath, overnight stay MUKTINATH, LODGE STAY ACCOMMODATION

Day 13 : Drive via local bus or local Jeep sharing Muktinath to Tatopani, Overnight TATOPANI
Elevation
1190

There is off-road drive between Muktinath and Tatopani which is often busy and dusty. All part of the adventure!

Day 14 : Trek Tatopani to Ghorepani (2,860m), Overnight GHOREPANI
Elevation
2860

Crossing the hanging bridge over the Kali Gandaki river, we reach the village of Shikha. From Shikha, we walk for three more hours before we arrive in Ghorepani

Day 15 : Trek Ghorepani to Tadapni (2,630m). Overnight TADAPANI
Elevation
2630

In Ghorepani, just after an hour’s walk, we reach the famous Poon Hill. The view from the top of this beautiful place is superb. The mountains that can be observed from the hill are the Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Tukuche, Nilgiri, Hiunchuli and Dhaulagiri. After taking in the beauty of Ghorepani we continue walking to Tadapani.

Day 16 : Trek Tadapani to Sinuwa (2,360m). Overnight SINUWA
Elevation
2360

From Tadapani the trail is a downhill walk through rhododendron and oak forests before we reach Chhomrung for lunch. After an hour in Chhomrong village. we trek to Sinuwa where we will camp overnight.

Day 17 : Trek Sinuwa to Himalaya 2,920m, Overnight HIMALAYA
Elevation
2920

The trail now drops as we descend down a stone staircase and then cross the Chhomrung Khola. After climbing high above the Modi Khola the trail continues uphill to Kuldi before descending again to Himalaya.

Day 18 : Trek Himalaya to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m). Overnight ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP
Elevation
4130

From Himalaya, we follow the trail high above the river and walk until we reach the Machapuchare Base Camp which is at a lower altitude and a slightly shorter distance than the Annapurna Base Camp. We can choose where to stay.

Day 19 : Trek Annapurna Base camp to Sinuwa 2,360m, Overnight SINUWA
Elevation
2360

If we stayed at Machapuchare Base Camp last night then we can visit Annapurna Base Camp this morning. After some exploring in the area, we will descend to Sinuwa.

Day 20 : Trek Sinuwa to Kimche and catch local bus or sharing Jeep to Pokhara, WALKING TIME: 5 to 6 hours,

Today, we walk towards Kimche via the hot spring in Jinu. At Kimche our trek ends and we will take a local bus or local sharing Jeep to Pokhara hotel stay which is arranging your own best hotel.

Note: We can book any kind of a night hotel stay in Pokhara upon your request as per your budget. You can have a good relax after long walking on trekking. So for it, you have your own choice hotel stay in Pokhara.

Day 21 : Drive Pokhara to Kathmandu via tourist bus about 6 hours,

Today, As our packages included, we have a tourist bus driving Pokhara to Kathmandu for 6 hours and stay a night in Kathmandu or Catch a direct International flight in the late evening if you have limited time for travel. The bus leaves at about 7:30 AM from Pokhara and arrives at about 3 PM in Kathmandu.

Note: There is an option transportation from Pokhara by private car/Jeep or Hiace up on your services requested. It means that you can leave any time from Pokhara and can stop as you want and arrive in Kathmandu earlier than the tourist bus about 4 to 5 hours driving. and also flight option available Pokhara to Kathmandu in additional cost. 

Note: The above holiday itinerary can be customized as our guest specific requirements and can make shorter and longer. We design your holidays accordingly.

What Is Included ?

  • Transportation: return transfers from the International airport to your hotel
  • Hotel stay: one-night hotel accommodation stay in Kathmandu
  • Entry fees: all government taxes and Annapurna conservation entry fees
  • TIMS CARD: (Trekking Information Management System)
  • Guide & porter: One experienced English speaking guide & necessary supporter to carry your luggage (two guests = 1 porter (we pay their daily wages, insurances, trekking equipment, food, and accommodation)
  • Wages: 19 days guide wages including his insurances/meals/accommodation/insurances/equipments
  • Wages: 19 days porter (to carry your luggage) wages including his insurances/meals/accommodation/equipment
  • 18 nights mountain lodge accommodation (best available) with twin sharing basis on tea house services trek
  • Transportation: Kathmandu to Besisahar via local bus 
  • Transportation: Besisahar to trek starting place via local jeep
  • Transportation: trek ending place to Pokhara via local jeep or bus
  • Transportation: Pokhara to Kathmandu via tourist bus
  • Trekking equipment: trekking poles, sleeping bag/duffle bag/down jacket (we provide these if necessary), to be returned after the trek completed
  • Water purification tablets: unlimited Chlorine treated Safe Drinking water
  • Supplementary snacks: energy bars and cookies at base camp
  • Fruits: Seasonal fresh fruits where is possible
  • Local SIM CARD (NCELL), to be returned after the trek completed
  • Rescue arrangements: in emergency situation & worst weather condition
  • Diamox: Additional medication for altitude sickness (Acetazolamide etc)
  • Crampons: Snow walking crampons in mountains if necessary
  • Digital pulse: Oximeters for high altitude check
  • Map: Annapurna Himal trekking map
  • Rubbish disposal
  • government taxes & PNT official service charge

Water: Mineral waters are available at all stops during tea house treks (paying your own). You can also use tap water if you choose to use water purification tablets.

Medical support: An emergency first aid kit is carried by the support staff at all times.

What Is Excluded?

  • Meals: All meals (lunch/dinner/breakfast) in Kathmandu & on the trek
  • Snacks: chocolate/aerated drinks/mineral water/alcoholic drinks/nutria bars
  • Hotel stays: extra night hotel stay in Kathmandu
  • Tipping: end of the trek tips to guides and support staff
  • Rescue services: additional costs in case of emergency (You must have adequate medical & travel insurance to cover any kind of emergencies), including helicopter evacuation & hospitalization (medical test, medicine) if required
  • extra expenses: personal expenses and any other unforeseen expenses, such as bottle water/coca-cola/WIFI on trek/hot shower/electric device recharge
  • city visit: sightseeing in Pokhara and Kathmandu entrance fees/transportation/hire guide
  • Flight ticket: Your International flight ticket airfare & Nepal entry visa fees which travel visa can get up on your arrival in Kathmandu airport, On Arrival Visa Fee 15 Days – 30 USD, 30 Days – 50 USD, 90 Days – 125 USD
  • Services not mentioned herein
  • Personal trekking equipment

Travel Insurance: –

Travel Insurance is mandatory for all clients who choose to trek or climb with us. The insurance should cover you in case of emergencies like accidents, altitude sickness and ambulance and helicopter rescue charges if required. Please carry a copy of your insurance papers while travelling in Nepal and do send us a copy as well. This will help us in making all the necessary arrangements in case of any sort of emergencies.

Altitude Graph

Additional Information

Spring: March-May

The spring season of March/April/May is the best for holidays in the Nepalese Himalayas. The sky and the weather are very clear and sunny in these months and the temperature is warmer. At heights below 3,500 meters, you can expect temperatures of 20 to 25 degrees during the daytime, although these will drop at night. Once above 3,500m, you should expect significant temperature drops at night and early morning, often as low as -15 degrees.

There is some rain in these months, but nothing severe and this really helps to bring out the natural colors in the varied flora and fauna, especially in the national flower of Nepal, the rhododendron.

This is the primary time for tourism in Nepal with trekkers and mountain climbers seen all across the country.

Summer: June – August

Nepal experiences its monsoon season during June, July, and August, and it can sometimes last until mid-September. Some treks are possible in mid-June before the rains really get heavy, however, visibility can be limited.

The rains bring other challenges and obstacles. Mountain flights are not so frequent, while landslides can block the roads. Trekking in mid-June is still possible but we advise against the classic treks such as Everest due to the risk of long delays at Lukla which could potentially lead to missing international flights. If this is the only season possible for you, then we recommend treks in drier parts of the country such as Upper Mustang or Upper Dolpo. We can also suggest other activities such as white water rafting or visiting the National Parks at Chitwan or Bardia.

Autumn: September – November

With very similar conditions to spring, the autumn season begins in mid-September and runs to mid-December, and is also ideal for trekking. This is a long window of good visibility and so there are a wide variety of trekking options available.
This time of year is also known for its festivals, especially the Dashain festival/Tihar festival and Chhad festival. There are also long national holidays so many people return to their villages to see family, making rural Nepal even more vibrant than normal. There is little rain and the skies are mostly clear with warm weather. This does mean that the trekking routes can be quite crowded in the most popular areas so we advise booking early to avoid the disappointment of full tea houses.

The less popular trekking regions such as Manaslu, Tsum Valley, Upper Dolpo, Mustang, and Naar Phu are great alternatives for those who want to avoid the crowds at this busy time.

Winter: December – February

December to February is the winter season in Nepal. Trekking at this time is not ideal and we advise against anything that goes into thin air as snowfall is common and temperatures can be extremely low.

Trips that can be done in winter include trekking in the hills around Kathmandu, Ghorepani, Poon HillNagarkot, Chitwan National ParkBardia National Park, or experiencing a homestay in one of the local villages. The biggest positive of this time of year is the excellent sunsets and sunrises which can often be enjoyed in rural areas.

There is something for everyone at any time of year in Nepal and the team at Peace Nepal Treks is happy to advise the most suitable for your needs.

Below is a checklist of equipment that we advise people have with them when visiting Nepal. This is a guideline only and will depend on the type of trip you are undertaking.

While we always suggest bringing your most important equipment from home, it is possible to buy or rent equipment in Kathmandu where almost all products and major brands are available, often at cheaper rates than you might find at home.

This equipment listed is prepared by our long experiences in trekking. During the treks, our porters can carry approximately 20kg in total while we recommend that any trekker carries their own day-pack that weighs between 8-12kgs which would include a camera, snacks, and drinking water for easy access.

  • Good standard trekking boots
  • Camping shoes/thongs
  • Socks-polypropylene
  • Down Jacket
  • Fleece
  • T-shirts
  • Trekking trousers
  • Shorts (both casual and for treks)
  • Swimwear
  • Sun Hat
  • Woolen Hat
  • Nylon Windbreaker
  • Gloves
  • Gaters
  • Strong Rucksack
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Water Bottle
  • Torch/headlamp (with spare batteries)
  • Toiletries/soap
  • Toilet paper
  • Sunblock
  • Travel Towel
  • Wet-wipes
  • Medication (cough medicine, throat soothers, water purification tablets)
  • Sunglasses
  • Binoculars
  • Camera & lenses
  • Memory cards
  • GPS Tracking Units may be helpful
  • Altimeter
  • Compass
  • Book/music player/pack of cards
  • Padlock
  • A plastic bag for waste
  • Energy/snack bars

what is the joining group in 19 days Tilicho lake Annapurna Circuit & base Camp Trek?

Joining group departures are fixed dates and guaranteed to depart the trek with a minimum of two people to a maximum of 10 people in the group. The benefit of joining the group is sharing the cost at a lower price & sharing different experiences with other travelers during your holidays.

Are you planning for 19 days Tilicho lake Annapurna Circuit & base Camp Trek with joining the group?

Yes, we have set planned joining group upcoming months and fixed dates. If you are alone or have more people & still want to join the group, you can ask our expert once. He will write a quick response as possible if the dates are available as your timing frame and suggest the best as your wish and as a budget. To make sure that to issue the permit fees, you should arrive in Kathmandu one day before starting the trek. we need two different kinds of permission from the Nepal government to travel 19 days Tilicho lake Annapurna Circuit & base Camp TrekFirst: Annapurna conservation entry fees & Second: we need TIMS CARD (Trekking Information Management System)

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9 May, 2022 Available $885.00

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Client Reviews

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AndrLnrd

Kathmandu, Nepal

Jan 28, 2023

Very good & nice team. Flexible with the itinerary. Fast response. Very Recommended!! I'll be back for sure! Thanks, Peace Nepal Trek!... See moreSee less...


Henry Weston

Kathmandu, Nepal

Jan 28, 2023

Excellent Annapurna Circuit Trek Peace Nepal organized an incredible trek which included the Annapurna Circuit and a visit to Annapurna Base Camp. Our guide Prem was great company and made the experience as good as it could have possibly been. Nir was extremely welcoming when we arrived in Kathmandu and lent us several items (sleeping bag, jacket, poles) for the trek which we didn’t have, which was very kind. A very memorable trip!... See moreSee less...


Dan Collins

New Zealand

Jan 28, 2023

NEPAL IS AN AMAZING COUNTRY TO VISIT My name is Dan Collins, and I am from New Zealand. I visited Nepal in early 2008, during which time I trekked the Annapurna Circuit, organized through Peace Nepal Treks. Nepal is an amazing country to visit, the culture & scenery are superb, and this is all made even better when you don’t have to worry about anything because you have made arrangements with Peace Nepal Treks. Peace Nepal Treks look after you well, from picking you up from the airp... See moreort, arranging accommodation, and their trekking guides are excellent and a lot of fun to travel with. I found the best part of their service was that even after the trek is finished, they will still look after you, show you the great sights in Nepal, and will help you or advise you with anything you may need. With Peace Nepal Treks you will gain a first hand and very personal experience of Nepali culture, which will stay with you for the rest of your life. To summaries: You can’t go wrong with Peace Nepal Treks. They are friendly, fun and intelligent people who will really enhance your experience in Nepal, and I regularly keep in contact with Nir & Bil, who I regard as my Nepali brothers. I’m happy to be contacted for more info if need be, feel free to Mail me.See less...


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