18 days Tilicho lake Annapurna Circuit & base Camp Trek
One of the most iconic treks in the world, the Annapurna Circuit Base Camp Trek is sure to give you an unforgettable experience and lifelong memories. You will be surrounded by some the most spectacular mountains anywhere on earth, including three of the world’s highest; Annapurna 8,091m, Manaslu 8,163m, Dhauligiri 8,167m and the “Matterhorn of the Himalayas” – Machhapuchare.
Our trek is designed to last 19 days and includes a visit to Tilicho Lake, which at 4,919 meters above sea level is also one of the highest on earth. Starting from Kathmandu we will take either local or private transport across 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, this 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-days trek around the Annapurna Ghorepani poonhill trek area makes for an excellent taster for those unable to do the whole thing.
Arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, transfer to Hotel
After your arrival in Kathmandu, our representatives at the airport will transfer you to your hotel and help you in check in.
Drive Kathmandu to Besisahar 830m 5 hours via local bus or private and catch local jeep to Jagat 3 hours, overnight stay in Jagat.
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.
Drive Jagat to Chame about 3 hours and trek to Bhratang
After breakfast, we drive about 3 hours to Chame which is headquarters of Manang district, then we start walking towards Bhratang. The Himalayan views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna will be impressive from the start.
Trek Bhratang to Pisang (3300m), O/N in Pisang (2160m).
The trail from Chame to Upper Pisang offers a panoramic view of the Lamjung, Annapurna, Tilicho, Chulu East and Pisang peaks.
Trek Pisang to Manang (3351m), O/N in Manang O/N in Chame.
Today we leave the Sherpa village of Pisang, passing through forests of pine until we reach the village of Humre. From Humre we continue on to Manang.
half day rest and walk about 1:30 hours to Khangsar village, O/N Khangsar
Manang is our first acclimatization stop as we prepare for the next high altitude section of the trek. We do half day rest and walk in the afternoon in Khangsar village for overnight stay.
Trek Manang to Tilicho base camp (4,200m), O/N Tilicho Base Camp.
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.
Early morning, we walk towards the Tilicho lake to see the lake and the beautiful mountain ranges of Annapurna and the Gangapurna 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.
Trek Tilicho Lake to Yak Kharka (4000 meters) 5 hours. O/N Yak Kharka
We walk to base camp to Yak Kharka above the Khangsar village along an unmarked trail.
Trek Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi or High camp (4450 meters), O/N Thorong Phedi
An hours walk from Yak Kharka the trail passes through Ledar before climbing along the east bank of Jasang Khola and descending to Thorang Phedi.
Today we start early from Thorang Phedi and continue uphill before we reach the famous Thorang La Pass. The trail then drops down hill until we reach Muktinath. Muktinath is considered to be sacred by the followers of both Hinduism and Buddhism..
Drive via local jeep Muktinath to Tatopani, O/N Tatopani
There is off road drive between Muktinath and Tatopani which is often busy and dusty. All part of the adventure!
Tatopani to Ghorepani (2853m), O/N in Ghorepani
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.
Ghorepani to Chuile (2630m). O/N in Tadapani.
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.
Trek Tadapani to Sinuwa (2360m). O/N in Sinuwa.
From Tadapani the trail is a downhill walk through rhododendron and oak forests before we reach Chhomrung for lunch. After an hour in Chhomrung we trek to Sinuwa where we will camp overnight.
Trek Sinuwa to Himalaya. O/N in Himalaya (2920m).
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.
Trek to Machapuchare Base Camp (3700m) or Annapurna Base Camp (4130m). O/N at either Base Camp
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.
Trek Annapurna Base camp to Sinuwa, O/N in Sinuwa
If we stayed in 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.
Trek Sinuwa to Kimche and drive to Pokhara, O/N Pokhara
Today, we walk towards Kimche via the hot spring in Jinu. At Kimche our trek ends and we will take road bound for Pokhara.
Note: Above holiday itinerary can be customized as our guest specific requirements and can make shorter and longer. We design your holidays accordingly.
- Transportation: return transfers from 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 guides & necessary supporter to carry your luggage (two guest = 1 porter (we pay their daily wages, insurances, trekking equipment, food, and accommodation)
- Wages: 18 days guide wages including his insurances/meals/accommodation/insurances/equipments
- Wages: 18 days porter (to carry your luggage) wages including his insurances/meals/accommodation/equipment
- 17 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)
- Map: Mardi 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.
- 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 – 25 USD, 30 Days – 40 USD, 90 Days – 100 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.
Nepal has four climatic seasons
- Spring: March-May
- Summer: June – August
- Autumn: September – November
- Winter: December – February
While there are no seasonal constraints on traveling to Nepal, different regions are best visited in different seasons. Once you inquire about any trekking itinerary we’ll email you regarding the best season for that particular trek.
Check-list of personal equipment:
- Good standard trekking boots
- Camping shoes/thongs
- Down Jacket
- Trekking trousers
- Shorts (both casual and for treks)
- Sun Hat
- Woolen Hat
- Nylon Windbreaker
- Strong Rucksack
- Sleeping Bag
- Water Bottle
- Torch/headlamp (with spare batteries)
- Toilet paper
- Travel Towel
- Medication (cough medicine, throat soothers, water purification tablets)
- Camera & lenses
- Memory cards
- GPS Tracking Units may be helpful
- Book/music player/pack of cards
- A plastic bag for waste
- Energy/snack bars
The following equipment is needed during the Climbing period: –
(Warm Down Jackets, Sleeping Bags, Warm Trousers, Koflach Shoes, Trekking Shoes and Sandals, Perfectly fitting Crampons, Gaiters, Ice Axe, Jumar, Ice Screw, Rock, Picton, Snow Bar, 2 locking Carabiners, Gloves, Sun Glasses, Head Light, Helmet, Rope, Stove, Harness, Figure -8, Gore-Tex Jackets).