Overview

Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake and Poon Hill takes us to the world’s highest lake located in the Manang district of Nepal. The first part of the trek is the same as that of the Annapurna Circuit trek. But, from Manang, we move through the mali valley to the west and trek up to the Tilicho lake. Our trail again meets with the Annapurna circuit route and passes the Thorong La pass, one of the highest passes of the world. Likewise, we will ascend to Poon Hill, which is quite famous for its astonishing views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. On this 20 days’ trip, we move through forests, cross pristine meadows, see the alternation in vegetation while accompanied by the grandeur Himalayas.

Trip highlights

What's included?

  • Airport pick up and drop off by private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • A night’s accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star hotel in Pokhara
  • Three daily meals
  • Finest twin sharing room for accommodation during the trek
  • Surface transfer to and from Pokhara on a tourist bus
  • Surface transfer to and from Nayapul
  • Snacks of seasonal fruits during the trek
  • A highly experienced, supportive, well-informed, pleasant, well-trained Government License holder guide who speaks English fluently with all his salary, food and drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance paid
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag
  • Duffle bag for trekking
  • T-shirt, Trekking map, and trip achievement certificate
  • First aid medicine kit
  • ACAP and TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System (Please bring 2 passport size photos for permit)
  • Government taxes & office service charge

What's excluded?

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa
  • Beverages including water
  • Snacks and other personal expenses
  • Hot showers during the trek
  • Personal trekking equipment

Itinerary Show all

Day One:

Arrive Kathmandu

After you arrive at the Tribhuwan international airport at any time. Upon your arrival, our airport representative will welcome you and transfer you to the respective hotel. Our airport representative will also give you a brief explanation of your following tour. Since there are no activities planned for today, you can simply relax at your hotel after checking in. Or, you can roam around the streets of Thamel and enjoy shopping and the unique vibe of the road.

Day Two:

Kathmandu Sightseeing and trekking preparation

Today, you will go for sightseeing around the Kathmandu Valley. We will provide you with an experienced guide and a private vehicle to travel around. The city is full of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We will be visiting Boudhanath Stupa – one of the largest stupas in the world, Swoyambhunath – the oldest stupa of Nepal, which is also known as Monkey Temple. Also, we will pay a visit to the largest Hindu temple of Nepal- Pashupatinath, which sits along the sacred Bagmati river. Here, we will see Hindu holy men meditating, pilgrims bathing, and occasionally funeral fires burning on the ghats. Then, we will visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, located at Basantapur. Kathmandu Durbar square is a two-millennium old plaza. It houses the medieval royal palace, temples in the signature pagoda styles, and many more beautiful traditional architectures. Walking around the area feels like you are on the trip to ancient Nepal with its age-old structures all around. Although most of these structures got destroyed by the earthquake of 2015, there are still beautiful monuments left. After we finish the sightseeing tour of Kathmandu, we will move towards Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Bhaktapur Durbar Square is the place where royals used to live and ruled the Kathmandu Valley. This whole place is such a beauty that UNESCO has selected the entire city as a World Heritage Site. Here, we will see lots of palaces and temples built in the pagoda and shikhara style. The chief attraction of this place is the fifty-five window palace. Other attraction includes the Lion Gate, the Golden gate, art galleries and the statue of King Bhupatindra Malla. Our last stop will be at Lalitpur, where we will learn about Nepalese history. The evening is planning for a further trip. Today, we will provide a detail explanation of our journey onwards.

Day Three:

Drive from Kathmandu to Syange (110m)

We go for a long drive to Syange, early in the morning. We will enjoy the countryside of Nepal with a lush green hill, soaring rivers, terraced farms, and the mighty Himalayas all along the way.

Day Four:

Trek from Syange to Dharapani (1960m)

Today, we will begin our trekking trip. We enter the Manang district after passing through a massive bridge near a lake. The trail then passes through barley, rice, and potato fields, accompanied by waterfalls. Also, we pass through the village of Kodo before reaching Dharapani. Dharapani is one of the largest communities in the Manang valley.

Day Five:

Dharapani to Chame (2710m)

On our route to Chame, we move through a few steep ridges with forest along with several landslides. We will also be on a company of snowcapped mountain peaks like Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV. We will notice a few hot springs on the way where we can take a good hot bath and relieve the body of stress and aches.

Day Six:

Chame to Pisang (3300m)

We pass through a steep valley to get a view of Paungda Danda rock face, a beautiful curved rock face rising 1500m from the river. From here, we can get beautiful sights of Annapurna II to the south and Pisang Peak to the northeast. Then, we move down to the Manang Valley floor, relishing the charming landscape.

Day Seven:

Pisang to Manang (3500m)

From Pisang, we will see a couple of routes to Manang. We will be taking a course through Upper Pisang via Geru as it guarantees incredible views of Mt. Annapurna, Pisang Peak, and many more. As we get close to Manang, the climates become more cold and dry.

Day Eight :

Acclimatization day at Manang

Today, we will rest at Manang to get acclimatized. We can go to the Barge Monastery, the largest monastery in the Manang District. Or, we might go to Bhojo Gumba, Gangapurna Lake. Interested people can hike even to the Vraga Village, where we can visit the Himalayan Rescue Association to learn about the Acute Mountain Sickness.

Day Nine:

Manang to Siri Kharka (4060m)

From Manang, we walk through the western gates and follow the path down to the river. Crossing through the river, we walk on the southern side through a coniferous forest. After reaching Kangsar Village, we walk down to Siri Kharka and pass a monastery on the way. Also, we will get some spectacular views of Gungang Himal and Mt. Chulu in the background.

Day Ten:

Siri Kharka to Tilicho Base Camp (4140m)

Even though the path from Siri Kharka to Tilicho Base Camp isn’t very steep or strenuous, the narrow roads around landslide areas make the walk a bit exhausting. Our trail moves through the middle of a landslide area, and we can see many beautiful rock formations along the trail.

Day Eleven:

Visit Tilicho Lake (4949m), return to Siri Kharka

After the initial steep climb, our trail begins through the side of the mountain in a gradual steep slope before reaching the watershed. We might also encounter yaks and deer grazing around. On the other side, we will see a large lake nestled at the base of the north face of Tilicho Peak, Tilicho Lake. The lake is often known as ‘The Great Ice Lake.’ The lake is of considerable significance to Hindu people as this sacred lake features in one of the holy texts of Hindus, The Ramayan. Enjoying the view of this great lake, we will retrace our path back to Siri Kharka.

Day Twelve:

Siri Kharka to Yak Kharka (4040m)

Leaving from Siri Kharka, we descend towards Khangsar Village. On the way, we move past Tare Gumba, a thousand-year-old monastery with great significance to locals. Then, we will reach a temporary settlement of herders, Khangsar. Following a path out of Khangsar, we move further towards a seasonal bridge in the Thorang Khola valley. After crossing the river, we walk up towards a plateau. Walking further, we reach Yak Kharkak.

Day Thirteen:

Yak Kharka to Thorang Phedi (4420m)

From Yak Kharka, it is an uphill climb to Thorang Phedi. Walking for some time, we cross a bridge to reach the Ledar village. Then, we ascend and pass through massive cliffs before reaching Thorang Phedi, the last town before reaching Thorong La. This trip rewards us with some of the most beautiful views of Mt. Gundang, Syagang, Thorung Peak, and Mt Khatungkan.

Day Fourteen:

Thorong to Phedi to Thorong La pass (5416m) to Muktinath (3800m)

Crossing Thorong La pass is our ultimate objective today. We will be crossing past from Manang to Muktinath, which is the easiest and safest direction. Today, we will wake up early morning and go for a hike up the mountain. When we reach the top, you will thank your effort for waking up early and walking through the tough trail. We will spend some time enjoying the views and take some pictures then head to Muktinath Valley at the base of the Thorong La Pass.

Day Fifteen:

Drive from Muktinath to Tatopani (1200m)

In the morning, we pay a visit to the Muktinath Temple, a sacred spot for both Hindus and Buddhists. This temple is believed to be a holy place called Mukti Kshetra, which means “the place of liberation.” After a visit to this sacred temple, we drive to Tatopani, where we will be spending the night.

Day Sixteen:

Tatopani to Ghorepani (2850m)

We leave from Tatopani and head up the Ghar Khola valley. The trail takes us through a terraced field surrounded by mountains. Then, we pass through the villages of Shikha and Chitre before reaching a dense rhododendron forest. During spring, the rhododendron trees covered the trails and spread its sweet smell all around the tracks. Walking further, we reach Ghorepani.

Day Seventeen:

Ghorepani to Poon Hill to Tadapani (2700m)

To get a glimpse of sunrise over the Himalayas, we go for an early morning climb through the steep trail to the viewpoint of Poon Hill, the most sought out trekking destination of the Annapurna region. This viewpoint provides us the sight of Mustang, Pokhara, and more than twenty of the highest mountain in Nepal, including the close views of the Annapurna and the Dhaulagiri ranges. The white peaks of the giants look gorgeous in the glowing morning light. Relishing the view from Poon hill, we return to Ghorepani and have a delicious breakfast. After breakfast, we move towards Tadapani. We will descend through rhododendron forests, pass by beautiful waterfalls and reach Tadapani to spend the night.

Day Eighteen:

Trek to Nayapul, drive to Pokhara

We will be leaving from Ghorepani to reach Nayapul. The trek from Ghorepani moves through a dense rhododendron forest till we reach Ghandruk. Trekking for a while, we reach Gandruk, a hill settlement with small stone houses. From here, we can see the Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South, and Himchuli mountains. We trek further to Nayapul and then drive to Pokhara, where we will spend the night.

Day Nineteen:

Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu

After having breakfast at Pokhara, we drive towards Kathmandu. We will reach Kathmandu within approximately six hours. So, the rest of the day is free for you to relax or roam around the streets of Thamel. You can also go for shopping around Thamel. We will hold a farewell dinner for you to celebrate the success of the journey.

Day Twenty:

Trip Concludes

This is the day you will depart from Nepal. Our airport representative will transfer you to the Tribhuwan International Airport approximately three hours of your scheduled flight. 

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