Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek In Nepal

Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek In Nepal

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Overview for Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek In Nepal

  • Trip Code: CT-10036
  • Package: Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek In Nepal
  • Duration: 17 Day(s)
  • Max Alt.: 5,416m/ 17,764ft
  • Trip Level:
    Requires some level of experience in trekking with basic physical ability.
  • Group Size: Min. 2- Max. 12
  • Start At: Kathmandu
  • Ends At: Kathmandu
  • Transportation: Tourist Bus | Domestic Flight | Private Vehicle
  • Accommodation: Hotel | Guest House
  • Best Season: March- April- May- Aug- Sep- Oct- Nov
  • Trip Route: Besi Shahar-Chyamje -Dharapani- Chame- Pisang- Manang- Tilicho Lake- Thorung Phedi- Thorung La – Muktinath-Pokhara

Trip Highlights

  • Exploring the beautiful Manang valley
  • Crossing the Thorang La Pass, the highest mountain pass in the world
  • The highest Lake in the world, Tilicho Lake
  • Kagbeni village
  • Desert albeit landscapes of the valley within Tibetan Plateau
  • Himalayan Ranges of the Annapurna Region

The Annapurna Circuit trek with Tilicho Lake in Nepal is one of the best treks in the world and quite the quintessential Himalayan adventure in Nepal. This seventeen day long trek takes travelers through the formidable and beautiful trails of the Annapurna region which has consistently been regarded as one of the best treks in the world. The Tilicho Lake trek which also involves Annapurna Circuit exploration brings you through the variation of lush green valley to desert albeit mountainous valley along with charming villages and glorious views of the snow-capped Himalayan ranges as a backdrop.

The Tilicho trek with Annapurna Circuit expedition takes travelers through the lowland hilly villages occupied mostly by Brahmin, Chhetri, Gurung, and Magar ethnic community to the far-off Tamang and Sherpa settlements of Manang which closely resembles with the Tibetan culture. The trail takes us through the Thorong-La pass which is also the highest point of this trek in Annapurna region, the Kali Gandaki gorge which is the deepest gorge in the world, and the Tilicho lake which is also the lake situated at highest altitude in the world for its size. Travelers can also enjoy the stunning views of the Annapurna Himalayan ranges of Nepal such as Mt. Dhulagiri (8,167m), Nilgiri (7,061m), Annapurna I (8,091m), Annapurna II (7,937m), Tilicho Peak (7,135m), Annapurna III (7,555m), Ganggapurna (7,454m), Chulu (6,584m), Fishtail (6,997m), Mardi Himal (5,553m) and Manaslu ( 8,156m). Three of the Mountain ranges in Annapurna region are among the top 10 highest peaks in the world.

The Annapurna Circuit trek with Tilicho lake expedition is somewhat between the categories of mid to long treks in Nepal but it is definitely worth it if you have time for it. There are limited but plenty enough of food and accommodation facilities at Annapurna Circuit trek. The cost of Tilicho Lake trek with Annapurna Circuit is also considered as one of the best value-for-money treks in the world. The trekking experience of the Tilicho Lake trek with Annapurna circuit is set to embark beautiful memories as it offers the natural, cultural, and Himalayan elegance of one of the most beautiful places in Nepal to travel.

Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek In Nepal Itinerary

Day 01
Arrival in Kathmandu


A company representative from Core Treks will come to pick you up at the airport. After that we'll be taking you to your hotel. After taking some rest we'll meet you at our office or at your hotel and have a short briefing session regarding our travel. Feel free to ask any question you might have regarding the trek. If you want to explore the city we might as well walk around the street of Thamel and it's even possible to do some last minute shopping. There're no further activities for the day so you might as well check into the hotel.


Maximum Altitude: 1,350m/ 4,428 ft. (Kathmandu)
Day 02
Kathmandu to Besi Shahar


We start the day early with a long drive to the town of Besi-Shahar. The drive goes through the beautiful hilly highway which will take about 7 hours. The highway passes through several small towns and market areas as we drive along. Upon arriving Besi Shahar we rest as the next day our trip to the Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake trek begins.


Maximum Altitude: 830m/ 2,723 ft (Besi Shahar)
Drive Approx.: 6 hours (175 Km)
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 03
Besi Shahar to Chyamje to Dharapani


 After having our breakfast, we start our travels with a drive for about 2 to 3 hours furthermore towards the village of Chyamje from where we begin our trekking. We make our way to the Dharapani village and the walk will take us 5-6 hours. We walk through the forests and terraced fields before reaching to the village of Dharapani.


Maximum Altitude: 1,810m/ 5,936 ft (Dharapani)
Walk Approx.: 4 hours
Drive Approx.: 2 ½ hrs
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 04
Dharapani to Chame


The walk today might be a bit challenging but the mesmerizing views of the mountain ranges like Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II and IV will make up for it. The trail involves some steep ridge walking and landslide crossing. After about 7 hours of trek we reach the village of Chame where we'll be resting for the night.


Maximum Altitude: 2,725m/ 8,938ft (Chame)
Walk Approx.: 5 hours
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 05
Chame to Pisang


Upon having breakfast, on this day we make our way towards the village of Pisang. We'll be walking through the trails of dense forested area and reach towards the front of a rock face which rises above the river and we then enter into a beautiful valley from where amazing views of the mountain ranges can be savored. We'll call it a day upon reaching Pisang.


Maximum Altitude: 3,190m/ 10,463ft (Pisang)
Walk Approx.: 5 hours
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 06
Pisang to Manang


This day should be a lot of fun to walk. There are two different routes we can take which are via the Upper Pisang or via Geru. Beautiful views of the mountains follow us throughout the trek. Later we encounter a famous monastery called Barge monastery which is a unique experience in itself. Finally we reach Manang and our journey comes to an end for the day.

Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Maximum Altitude: 3,500m/ 11,480ft (Manang)
Walk Approx.: 5 hours
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 07
Acclimatization at Manang

This day is set part for acclimatization as it is necessary to get our bodies adjust with the high altitude of the Himalayas. We can do some hiking trip to Bhojo Gompa or to Gangapurna Lake which will help us to adjust with the high altitude even more.


Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 08
Manang to Khangsar village


We head down to the path of the river as we head out from Manang towards the west. We continue our walk through the coniferous forests crossing the river as we head towards the Khangsar Village. Following these trails we reach to Khangsar village and that will be the end of the trek upon reaching there.


Maximum Altitude: 3,734m/ 12,247ft (Khangsar Village)
Walk Approx.: 5 hours
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 09
Khangsar village to Tilicho Lake Base Camp


On this day we'll be passing through the village of Siri Kharka and then towards the Tilicho Base Camp. The path is fairly easy but it can be technical sometimes as we have to walk on narrow paths in loose scree. Our path goes on through the middle of a landslide zone so following the guide's instruction is always a good idea while walking through here as they know it the best.


Maximum Altitude: 4,150m/ 13,612ft (Tilicho Lake Base Camp)
Walk Approx.: 3 hours
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 10
Tilicho Base Camp - Tilicho Lake - Tilicho Base Camp


This day is going to be visit Tilicho Lake. The lake is also known to be the lake at highest altitude on earth based on its size. We'll be walking alongside mountainous terrain in a gradual steep incline before reaching the lake. The Tilicho lake is beautiful place to be as travelers can see the Tilicho Peak at the north face. After spending some time at the lake we head back to Tilicho Base Camp.


Maximum Altitude: 4,920m/ 16,138ft ( Tilicho Lake)
Walk Approx.: 5 hours
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 11
Tilicho Base Camp to Yak Kharka


We descend towards the Khangsar village after having breakfast. We'll also be passing a thousand year old monastery called Tare Gumba which is a unique experience in itself. From Khangsar we walk further towards the Thorong River valley. Upon crossing the Thorong river we ascend for some time through the plateau and finally reach to Yak Kharka where we'll spend overnight.


Maximum Altitude: 4,090m/ 13,415ft (Yak Kharkha)
Walk Approx.: 4 hours
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 12
Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi


We further descend as we cross the river and then ascend towards Thorong Phedi which lies at an altitude of 4,420m. We'll rest after reaching Thorong Phedi as we have a strenuous walk ahead of us the next day.


Maximum Altitude: 4,441m/ 14,566ft ( Thorong Phedi)
Walk Approx.: 3 hours
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 13
Thorong Phedi to Muktinath via Thorong-La pass


The trail leads us through the Thorong-La pass today as we make a steep climb along the trail. The high altitude might take a toll on our body and sometime it is even more time consuming if the pass is covered with snow. The view however is amazing from the top of the pass which will make us forget the difficult walk we had to make even if its only for some instance. We descend down towards Muktinath. This is also a place that holds sacred importance for Hindu and Buddhist people as it is also one of the prime pilgrimage destination. There is a temple called "Muktinath" and hence is the name of this place.


Maximum Altitude: 5,416m/ 17,764ft (Throung La pass) 3,500 m/11,480ft (Muktinath)
Walk Approx.: 8 hours
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 14
Muktinath to Jomsom via Kagbeni


After visiting the Muktinath temple and some other religious sites of Hindu and Buddhist community we start our trek towards Kagbeni. Kagbeni is a beautiful village of the Manang valley and travelers can really enjoy the serene beauty of this place. From there we head towards Jomsom which is also one of the windiest valleys in Nepal. Strong winds sweeping across the valley are sure to hit every traveler during the afternoon. We'll spend our night here at Jomsom as we've come to an end of our trekking journey.


Maximum Altitude: 2,743m/ 8,997 ft (Jomsom) 2,804 m/ 9,197ft (Kagbeni)
Walk Approx.: 6 hours
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 15
Jomsom to Pokhara


We take a flight from Jomsom to Pokhara and spend rest of the day in this beautiful lakeside city. There are tons of activities can be done in this city. If you're not feeling like getting physical then activities such as boating in the lake, food hunt, or experiencing the city's nightlife could be great options.


Maximum Altitude: 830 m/ 2,722ft (Pokhara)
Flight Time: 25 min
Meal Included: Breakfast & Lunch
Day 16
Pokhara to Kathmandu


We'll return back to Kathmandu via the mode of transportation of your choice (i.e. by air flight or by drive). We'll drive back to Kathmandu and back to your hotel. After resting for a bit, we'll be organizing a dinner party for our fellow guests where you'll be taken to a traditional Nepalese cuisine restaurant.


Maximum Altitude: 1,350m/ 4,428 ft. (Kathmandu)
Flight Time: 25 min
Drive Approx.: 7 hours (200 Km)
Meal Included: Breakfast & Farewell dinner
Day 17

Our travel journey has now come to an end as we say our goodbyes and take you to the Tribhuvan International Airport 2 hours prior to your flight time. We'll come to pick you at your hotel and a representative will drive alongside you up till the departure gate at the airport.


Meal Included: Breakfast

Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek In Nepal Cost Mentions

Trip Includes

  • Airport transfers by Private Vehicles.
  • Standard twin- sharing accommodation in a three starts hotel in Kathmandu & Pokhara, breakfast included. (3 Nights).
  • Twin sharing accommodation during trek. (13 Nights).
  •  Kathmandu – Besi Shahar & Pokhara – Kathmandu by Luxury tourist bus (If you want both ways private vehicle & flight also available on additional cost).
  • Besi Shahar to Chymje (Trekking start Point) by local transport.
  •  From Jomsom to Pokhara by flight. 
  • Three daily meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
  • TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System & Annapurna Conservation area permit (Please bring 2 passport size photos).
  • One highly experienced, helpful and friendly guide. Porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary and equipment. Accident insurance for all staff
  • Farewell dinner in a traditional Nepali restaurant with cultural performances.
  • Personal care & attention.
  • Local and government taxes.

Trip Excludes

  • All kind of beverage including mineral water, Phone calls, laundry, hot shower during Trek
  • Travel and Rescue Insurance
  • Tipping to crew.
  • Personal mountaineering gears
  • Optional trips and sightseeing if extended 
  • International airfare and airport departure tax
  • Visa fee, you obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu
  • Do not mention the services apart from the services mentioned in "Cost Included services"

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


The Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek in Nepal is considered as a moderate level trek. It requires some level of trekking and mountaineering experience but is not mandatory. For those with no experience of mountaineering at all, we hold a brief training session that will equip you with the necessary guidance for the hiking. 


Yes, it is completely safe to trek to Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake in Nepal. It is recommended to take a professional guide along with you in order to stay top on the location information and safety precautions. 


During the trip, expect to explore the beautiful Manang valley crossing the Thorang La Pass, the highest mountain pass in the world. You will travel along the highest lake in the world, Tilicho Lake, the Kagbeni village, Deseret albeit landscapes of the valley within Tibetan Plateau and Himalayan Ranges of the Annapurna region. 


The food is generally our traditional Nepali lunch which is Dal (Lentil Soup), Bhat (Boiled Rice), Tarkari (Veggies), and Achar (Pickle).

For the accommodation there are specially Hotels & Lodges, Tea houses, and Camping facilities. However due easy accessibility of hotels & lodges throughout the trial, camping is usually avoided during the Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Trek in Nepal. 


To book the Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek in Nepal, CoreTreks offers you a number of booking options including:

  • Online booking,
  • Wire transfer OR,
  • Cash on arrival

We recommend you to go through our booking policy before you head to the payment. In case of further inquiries please feel free to contact us.

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Additional Information

Useful Links: 

Here are some links to useful information to help you plan your trip better:

  1. Travel Insurance
  2. Trek Packing List 
  3. Responsible Tourism 
  4. Free Travel Guide (New)

CoreTreks is always striving for customer satisfaction and quality services. At the same time, we do not compromise on our responsibilities. We discourage any activities that harm the surroundings as well as the people. Nepal is a country of respect, hence we encourage travelers to greet people and show respect to the culture and traditions. 

Altitude Sickness: 

Symptoms of Altitude Sickness may start once you reach 1500-2000 meters and upwards. If you gain altitude rapidly without letting your body adapt to the thin oxygen at higher altitudes, you are most likely to suffer from Altitude Sickness. But if you plan for acclimatization days to your itinerary, you are good to go. 

The itinerary includes acclimatization days to avoid Altitude Sickness. The sickness is common at high altitudes. Please note that sickness is a topic to be taken very seriously. Here are some few extra preventions: 

  • Avoid climbing rapidly, give your body some time to adjust 
  • Drink more water, not less than 5 liters a day 
  • Eat more, eat often, and eat healthily 
  • Listen to your body, do not ignore symptoms 
  • Do not skip acclimatization days 
  • Be prepared in case of an emergency 

Safety and Security 

A comprehensive Travel Insurance is mandatory while trekking with CoreTreks. However, there are a few measures that you can implement to ensure safety: 

  • Secure your belongings 
  • Do not flash cash or jewelry 
  • Have an emergency plan 
  • Do not trek alone 
  • Only choose authorized trekking agencies 

Trekking Equipment 

CoreTreks will provide you with the essentials such as a Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bags, a duffle bag, a t-shirt, a trekking map, a self-sufficient medical first aid kit, and more. These are to be returned after completion of the trek. 

Personal mountaineering gears are not included but we will provide you with a list of equipment necessary for your trek. 

Walking Hours 

On average, walking time per day is 5-6 hours below 3,000m. For altitudes higher than 3,000m the average walking time is 3-5 hours per day. The walking hours may vary according to conditions but do not exceeds 6 hours mark per day. 

Hiring a Porter/Guide 

An experienced guide will be provided for a group of 1-5. A group consisting of 6-12 individuals will be provided with 2 professional guides. The package also includes a porter for every 2 individuals. 

All our guides are licensed and well-experienced. They have been guiding with CoreTreks for almost a decade. Guides come in handy whenever you need some quick information, and to enhance overall trekking experience. 


We fell in love with Nepal

From: Australia | On: 12 May, 2019

As a newly married couple we were looking for a decent destination to travel. We both love trekking so decided why not go trekking, that’s how we decided to visit Nepal.


We are glad that we chose to trek to Tilicho Lake in Nepal. The water waves of the lake is really peaceful and soul touching. We enjoyed every moment in Nepal.

It was a really great way to kick off our marriage. Thanks to Nepal and special thanks to the team at CoreTreks for helping us through almost everything during our trek to Tilicho Lake.

We booked at the last minute but still they went an extra mile to make this trip happen. I definitely recommend CoreTreks if you plan on visiting Nepal.

Peaceful country Nepal

From: Germany | On: 22 Nov, 2018

I loved how peaceful the country was. The city is a bit busy I have to say but as soon as we got outside Kathmandu, it was quiet and peaceful.

I’m the type of person who does not like crowd and traffics. I’m glad I chose Nepal for my trekking trip to Tilicho Lake. I took some amazing pictures and mediated on the lap of the mountains.

Thanks from the bottom of my heart to CoreTreks and the professional team who guided me throughout the trek informing different things about the vegetation of Nepal. I really enjoyed the trip and will definitely come back for a visit.

Love the Nepali cuisine

From: United Kingdom | On: 18 Oct, 2018

Personally, I love food and there’s no question that Nepali cuisine is one of my favorite from now on. That was the best part of my whole trip.

The trekking to Tilicho Lake went well, thanks to the professional guiding team at CoreTreks. They were really helpful with everything and understood our needs. They did not hesitate to take an extra step in order to comfort us.

I highly recommend that you book your trip to Nepal via CoreTreks. They offer a range of adventure package as well. Until next time, see you Nepal.


Happy and satisfied with the trek

From: Korea, Democratic People | On: 26 Oct, 2016

I and my family are really satisfied with the trek. My children had been asking to visit Nepal for about a year. I’m glad they finally got the chance to explore and visit Nepal for our holiday.

They loved the Manang valley and of course the world’s highest lake, Tilicho lake. We are looking forward to visit again later this year. Let’s see if we can fit something into our schedule. However, a great trip and I’m fully satisfied.

We are happy with all the services provided by CoreTreks and the team. It is really difficult to handle everything when travelling as a family but the team at CoreTreks were kind enough to take care of most of the things. I recommend this particular company if you are looking to visit Nepal anytime soon.


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