One of the major attractions of the Annapurna trek is the Tilicho Lake which is the highest lake in the world. Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho lake is getting popular among trekkers with the increase in number of tourists in Nepal. The trek not only provides you with the scenic view of the beautiful mountains but also with a wide range of social, cultural and ethnic diversity of people, landscapes and subtropical jungles.
Annapurna Circuit via Tilicho Lake will take you to the Muktinath Temple, which is one of the most popular pilgrimage sites for Hindus and Buddhists. Tilicho lake trek starts from a village of Chame to Manang and then to the Tilicho Base Camp. You will also visit Tilicho lake. You can find plenty of teahouses and restaurants along the way to Tilicho for refreshments.
Annapurna Circuit trek with Tilicho Lake will give you a chance to explore the hills, snowy mountains and the local settlements of the people. The blue-green effect of the Tilicho lake will mesmerize you to the core of your heart. High Camp Adventures will make your trip to Annapurna Circuit Trek via Tilicho Lake unforgettable.
Trip Highlights of Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake
- Crossing the Thorong La Pass which is one of the longest passes in the world at an altitude of 5416 meters.
- Exploring the beautiful mountains such as Mount Annapurna, Mount Machhapuchhre, Mount Manaslu, Mount Dhaulagiri and many more.
- Visiting cultural heritage sites such as Muktinath Temple.
- Exploring the local villages such as Chame and interacting with the people of different ethnic groups.
- Visiting Barge Monastery, the largest monastery in Manang.
- Spectacular view of the Tilicho lake.
- Hot natural spring at Tatopani.
- Trekking along the trails rich in wild flora and fauna.
- Crossing the deepest Gorge, Kali Gandaki river Gorge.
Outline Itinerary of the Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake
Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival (1300m).
Day 02: Drive Kathmandu to Synge/ Jagat (1100 m) 8 hrs
Day 03: Trek to Dharapani (1960 m) 6 hrs.
Day 04: Trek to Chame (2630 m.) 5 hrs
Day 05: Trek to Pisang (3100m.) / 5 hours
Day 06: Trek from Pisang to Manang (3440m.) / 5 hours
Day 07: Trek to Khangsar Village (3700m/11203ft). Waking 5 hours
Day 08: Trek to Tilicho Lake base camp (4525m/13701ft). 4 hours
Day 09: Rest day but Hike to Tilicho lake( 4910m/14876ft) and back to Base camp. 6 hours.
Day 10: Trek to Yak Kharka (4350m.) / 7 hours
Day 11: Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4420m.) / 4 hours
Day 12: Trek from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3850m.) via Thorong La (5416m.) Pass / 8 hours
Day 13: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (2713m)/ 5:00 hours
Day 14: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara.
Day 15: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by a tourist bus – 6hours.
Day 16: Final departure.
Best Time to Trek the Annapurna Circuit via Tilicho Lake
Many trekkers around the world trek to the Annapurna Circuit all round the year. The trek is doable in all seasons. However, there are some peak seasons for Annapurna Circuit Trek which are Autumn and Spring. Autumn and Spring are almost perfect for trekking to the Annapurna Circuit. However, the weather and temperature of the Annapurna region may change even in the peak seasons as you ascend to a higher altitude.
Talking about winter and summer, these are the least preferred time for Annapurna Circuit trekking. You may not see many trekkers trekking to the Annapurna Circuit during winter and monsoon. So, the trails are usually less crowded than spring autumn. If you are someone who keen of solitude, trekking to the Annapurna Circuit during monsoon and winter definitely is convivial for you.
Trekking to the Annapurna Circuit via Tilicho Lake will be less challenging during autumn and spring. Autumn falls in the month of September, October, November and spring fall in the month of March, April, and May. During these months, the weather and temperature of the Annapurna region are between the range of 15-20 degrees during the day. Perfect temperature lessens your burden and adds up the zeal in your trekking. Nevertheless, you might expect some rainfall at the end of May; yet, it is still congenial.
Annapurna Circuit via Tilicho Lake Cost
The cost of Annapurna Circuit trek via Tilicho lake ranges from $900- $1090 per person. The trip cost depends upon many factors such as the travel packages you choose, the number of days you wish to spend, and the cost of permits and other miscellaneous activities you do.
You may have to pay for your trekking permits before you trek to the Annapurna Circuit. The cost of a TIMS card for SAARC countries is about $6 whereas for other countries is about 200 dollars. Similarly, the cost of the Annapurna Conservation Area is $2 for SAARC nations and $200 for other nations.
It is always better to come through a travel agency because they provide travel packages that are customized according to the trekkers wish. The travel agency also provides you with a proper facility for food and accommodation.
You can minimize the cost of Annapurna Circuit trek through your own expenses as well. Minimum consumption of alcoholic beverages will help to minimize your trek cost. Along with this, if you wish to stay at a luxury hotel, the trek cost will increase accordingly.
The difficulty level of the Annapurna Circuit Via Tilicho Lake
It is a moderate to difficult level trek in the Annapurna region of Nepal. The difficulty level of the trek depends upon factors such as walking duration, distance, weather and temperature of the Annapurna region and also the altitude of the trek. But well-planned trek will always overcome petty hurdles.
Altitude of the Trek
The highest point of this trek is the Thorong La pass which is at the altitude of 5416 meters. If you least aspire in crossing the pass, we have another option for you. You can trek to the Annapurna Circuit through Mesokanto La pass too. This pass will take you through the Tilicho Lake.
You may also face the problem of altitude sickness when you trek to a higher altitude since the amount of oxygen becomes thinner. Therefore, it is better to carry some Diamox tablets with you.
Walking duration of the Trek
The Annapurna Circuit trek is 160- 230 kilometers long. You will have to cover a distance of 8-15 kilometers a day which also depends upon your itinerary. You may have to walk for about 6-7 hours a day or even more. So, this trek might ask for a bit of physical fitness for beginners.
Weather and Temperature of the Annapurna Region
The weather and temperature play an important role in determining the difficulty level of the trek. Himalayan region is comparatively frigid than hilly and Terai. The weather and temperature of the Annapurna during autumn and spring ranges about 13-20 degrees. But, during the winter, the temperature of the Annapurna region may fall below the freezing point. Due to this, you may face some difficulties along the trails. Because of the snow, some of the trails may also be covered with snow. You have to bring proper trekking gears with you.
Likewise, during monsoon, the weather of the Annapurna region is usually cloudy and gloomy. This may not be a perfect time for trekking to the Annapurna Circuit. You do not want to ruin your lovely trek because of the rain. There is also some chance for you to fall down along the trail as the paths are usually muddy and slippery during the monsoon. To some extent,this will make your trekking quite challenging.
Equipment List for Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake
Packing list of the Annapurna Circuit trek depends upon the season you will be trekking. As you are trekking to a rural area you may not be provided with all the proper facilities in the teahouses and lodges. So, it will be best to carry all of your necessary items. Here are some of the most important trekking items.
- cap/ hats
- Waterproof jackets
- Down jackets
- Cotton t-shirts
- Trekking trousers
- Sports bra
- Woolen gloves
- Waterproof hiking boots
- Hiking socks
First aid kit
- Diamox tablets
- Antiseptic creams
- Mosquito repellent creams
- Antibiotic gel
- tampons/ sanitary pads
- Toilet papers
- Cotton towels
- Water bottles
- Sleeping bags
- Nepali currency
Trekking Tips for Annapurna Circuit Trek via Tilicho Lake
Staying hydrated is very important when trekking to a higher altitude. Your body will dehydrate if you do not drink water. Therefore, sip water frequently during your trek.
Take some physical training
It is always a good idea to take some physical training before you trek to the Annapurna Circuit. Physical exercises like walking, swimming and cycling will help you a lot if you are someone who is not used to high altitude trekking like Annapurna Circuit trek.
Carry Nepali currency
You may not find any ATM machines along the way to the Annapurna circuit. So, to avoid the problem of shortage of money, it is best to carry some Nepali currency when coming for trekking to the Annapurna Circuit.
Hire a Guide and a Porter
For an easy and comfortable trek, always hire a guide and a porter. Trekking independently may be difficult, especially if you are a beginner. Guides will assist you to your ways and help to interact with the villagers too. Likewise, porters will help you to carry your bags. The cost of guide and porter for a day may range from 25$ - 30$.
Check the Weather Forecast
Before you start your trek to the Annapurna Circuit, make sure you check the weather forecast. The weather and temperature of the Annapurna region can be unpredictable. Checking the weather forecast will also help you to prepare for the occasional rainfall.
Annapurna Circuit via Tilicho Lake is an opportunity to view the beautiful mountains of the Annapurna region which are above 8000 meters. Visiting the Tilicho Lake you will have one of the most incredible moments of your life to cherish forever. If you are someone who is seeking for an adventurous journey and a thrilling trekking experience, Annapurna Circuit Trek via Tilicho will fulfill your dream.
If you have any problem regarding this trip or any further queries, High Camp Adventures will provide you with all the detailed information. We have a good trekking management team who will help you throughout your journey. Do not hesitate to contact us.