TILICHO LAKE ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT & GHOREPANI TREK

The Annapurna Circuit is a 160-230 km journey around the Annapurnas, a Nepalese segment of the mighty Himalayas. The circuit until now offers a world class trekking experience to hikers, despite being threatened by black topped roads that are quickly replacing the natural offbeat path surrounding it. The circuit is walked by almost 59% of trekkers visiting Nepal every year. The countryside this trek goes through is absolutely awesome and the variety of the terrain that you trek through is unsurpassed.

You start off by walking through paddy fields, then the grain-belt, pastureland, forests and finally come out above the tree line to cross Thorang La before trekking down to a completely different valley, the Kali Gandaki, the deepest valley in the world.The trek that circumnavigates the Annapurna massif, reaches up to the height of 5,416m in Thorang La Pass. You start walking from Besisahar as you make your way across Bahundanda, Bagarchap, Chame, Upper Pisang, Manang and Yak Kharka to cross the Thorang La Pass, before reaching Muktinath.

The villages that you pass through during this trek are diverse – from Nepali to Tibetan, you see cultures change as the trek progresses. After completing the circuit you’ll descend to Ghorepani. After a good night’s sleep in Ghorepani, a morning ascent will take you to Poon Hill, one of the most popular places in the entire Annapurna region. From Poon Hill you can see the sun come up over the remarkable mountains – which is breathtaking in every way!

The next day, you’ll walk along a forest trail, followed by patches of maize and potato fields to Ghandruk. Ghandruk is a popular Gurung settlement, whose many members have served or are now serving the British Army. After staying overnight in Ghandruk you’ll walk towards the village of Phedi and catch a bus to Pokhara.

  • Day 1
    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 checking in.

  • Day 2
    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

  • Day 3
    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, than we start walking towards Bhratang. The Himalayan views of Lamujng Himal, Annapurna will be impressive from the start.

  • Day 4
    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.

  • Day 5
    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.

  • Day 6
    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.

  • Day 7
    Khangsar village 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.

  • Day 8
    Tilicho base camp to Tilicho high camp for day walk and trek back to base camp for a night stay

    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. We back for a night stay in base camp.

  • Day 9
    Trek Tilicho base camp to Yak Kharka (4000 meters) 5 hours, O/N Yak Kharka

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

  • Day 10
    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.

  • Day 11
    Today we start early from Thorang Phedi and continue uphill before we reach the famous Thorang La Pass (5,416m). overnight stay inMuktinath (3,798m)

    Today we start early from Thorang Phedi and continue up hill 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.

  • Day 12
    Trek Muktinath to Jomsom or in Kalopani (2713m). O/N in Jomsom.

    From Muktinath it takes about five hours to reach Jomsom, the headquarters of the Mustang district. The town of Jomsom boasts of an airport, the ACAP(Annapurna Conservation Area Project) office and a museum worth visiting.

    Option: Muktinath to Tatopani has a big off road where the jeeps and buses are available where can arrive in one day Muktinath to Tatopani (hot spring) about 8 hours driving.

  • Day 13
    Trek Kalopani to Tatopani (hot spring - 1,189m), O/N in Tatopani

    Our trek becomes steeper today as we pass through the deepest gorges at Dana, stopping in between at Rupse Chhahra. Then we continue walking down hill before arriving in Tatopani.

  • Day 14
    Trek Tatopani to Ghorepani (2853m).,O/N in Ghorepani

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

  • Day 15
    Trek Ghorepani to Uller/Tikhedunga/Nayapul and drive to Pokhara

    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 Ulleri – Tikhedunga – Nayapul and drive to Pokhara overnight stay.

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

INCLUDES
  • ††Return transfers from International airport to your hotel.
  • one night stay at the Hotel in Kathmandu.
  • All government taxes and Annapurna conservation entry fees.
  • TIMS CARD (Trekking Management System).
  • Required number of experienced English speaking guides and support staff (we pay for their daily wages, insurances, trekking equipments, food and accommodation).
  • Lodge accommodation during the trek on tea house services.
  • necessary ground transportation depending upon your request (via tourist bus or private vehicle).
  • Trekking poles, sleeping bag (we provide these if necessary).
  • Trekking maps.
  • Rubbish disposal.
  • necessary transportation trek starting and end of the trek to Pokhara.
  • PNT service charge and government taxes.

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

Accommodation and meals: During tea house treks our guests pay for their food (breakfast/lunch/dinner) at the lodge while we provide guides/accommodation/necessary permit and transportation.

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

Excludes:

  • ††All meals in Kathmandu/Pokhara & on trek.
  • Tips to guides and support staff.
  • extra nights hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Additional costs in case of emergency (You must have adequate travel insurance to cover any kind of emergencies).
  • Additional medication for altitude sickness (Acetazolamide etc).
  • Personal expenses and any other unforeseen expenses.
  • 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
  • Socks-polypropylene
  • Down Jacket
  • Fleece
  • T-shirts
  • Trekking trousers
  • Shorts (both casual and for treks)
  • Swim wear
  • Sun Hat
  • Woollen Hat
  • Nylon Windbreaker
  • Gloves
  • Gaters
  • Strong Rucksack
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Water Bottle
  • Torch/headlamp (with spare batteries)
  • Toiletries/soap
  • Toilet paper
  • Sun block
  • 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

The following equipment are 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)

CHOOSE A PRIVATE DATE

If you’d prefer to share this Peace Nepal holiday trip with your own group of friends, we’ve got good news, it’s also available as a Private Adventure!, Our Private Adventure specialists are on hand to give you a quote or talk through some different options.

Feel free to give them a call on 977-1-4250540 or Email us at info@peacenepaltreks.com

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