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Annapurna Tilicho Lake Trek

 Annapurna Tilicho Lake Trek is a trek that takes to the world’s highest Lake Tilicho (4,949m.). Relatively less visited trekking trail of Nepal lies in the famous Annapurna trekking region. The route is same as Annapurna Circuit Trekking till Manang and after Yak Kharka.  Visiting the spectacular lake and crossing the breathtaking Himalayan pass of Thorang-La (5,416m.) absolutely stunning. 

Those planning a trekking that includes some camping days and rest accommodation is teahouses, the best find for them is Annapurna Tilicho Lake Trek. Not many teahouses in Tilicho Base means trekkers need to camp for one day. Rest days teahouses are found. Another pick for the trek is visiting the Muktinath- one of the pilgrim sights and Poon hill-stunning view point in Annapurna. 

 

Day to Day Itinerary of Annapurna Tilicho Lake Trek 

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel: Upon your arrival in Tribhuvan International Airport Kathmandu, you will be welcomed by our representative then transfer to the hotel. Take a good rest and get refreshed from the jetlag. Overnight at hotel.

Day 2: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing and preparation day:  Kathmandu Valley is well known as the “City of Temples” and Kathmandu valley tour is dedicated to introducing some of the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Sites in Kathmandu. The day tour includes visiting of Soyambhunath-The Monkey Temple where a handful of monkeys plays around, Pashupatinath- the crematory place, Boudhanath- the largest stupa in South Asia and the Kathmandu Durbar Square an ancient historical site where the living goddess “KUMARI” is.  And at the same time one of our representative will be preparing the required documents for the trekking. After the sightseeing, in evening Visit Heaven Treks will arrange a welcome dinner where you will be tasting Nepal traditional dish. Overnight at hotel. 

Breakfast Included

Day 3: Drive to Bhulbhule (8-9 hours): Here begins the journey. Early morning after breakfast, you will start your journey to Bhulbhule. The road first follows the Trishuli River through the green hills and passes several small villages and to Bhulbule. Overnight at hotel. 

Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 4: Bhulbule to Bahundanda (1300 meters/4 hrs trek)
The trail continues with Marshyangdi River via suspension bridge where you leave Bhulbule behind. After crossing the Nadi River, the trail gently leads upwards through scrub forests and across landslides and crosses a few teashops and cold-drink stalls located opposite the rice paddies of Lampata. After cooling off, finish the day with the short trek to Bahundanda (“Hill of the Brahmans”), an attractive village on the saddle of a long ridge.

Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 5: Bahundanda to Chyamje (1410 meters/7 hrs trek)
The route runs high above the river on an exposed trail while crossing through Lili Bhir. It passes several small streams and climbs over a ridge. As we step forward to the destination, we come across some pleasant villages of Kanigaon and Ghermu Phant. On the way, we will be offered by a nice stone village called Jagat, a long waterfall just opposite. 

Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 6: Chyamje to Bagarchhap (2160 meters/7 hrs trek)
As our trekking goes ahead, the trail crosses to the east bank of the Marshyangdi River and follows the river bank on rocks and exposed wire cases filled with rocks, known as gabion. These gabion are used extensively throughout Nepal to stabilise riverbanks and road cuttings. The trail ascends through with local teahouses, lodges, and waterfalls along the way and finally leads us to Bagarchhap. 

Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 7: Bagarchhap to Chame (2710 meters/6 hrs trek)
You have entered a valley made up of the virgin forest of fir and pine. Today peaks of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Manaslu Himal can be sighted en route above the tree line. We walk through the tiny settlement of Timang Besi and soon start climbing up at Lattemarang, Gradually the trail takes us to our night's stop at Chame, the administrative headquarters of the Manang District. 

Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 8: Chame to Lower Pisang (3240 meters/5 hrs trek)
From Chame, the trail crosses a side stream, then later the Marsyangdi river itself on a large suspension bridge. Then we walk through fields of barley and descends to a bridge to arrive at Bhratang, a Khampa settlement. From Bhartang, we pass deep forests. The trail continues on a steep ascent while climbing a ridge towards the upper Marsyangdi valley. On the other side of the ridge lies the lower portion of Pisang. 

Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 9: Lower Pisang to Manang (3540 meters/6 hrs trek)
On the way to Lower Pisang to Manag, the route traverses through different villages, including Bryaga, where the stone houses are piled on top of each other, each with an open balcony created by a neighbor’s rooftop. Here lies the largest Gompa, or Buddhist Monastery, in Manang, which has an outstanding display of statues, Thankas, and manuscripts estimated to be 400-500 years old. A short walk past chortens and mani walls and across a stream gets you to the flat, arid terrain of Manang. 

Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 10: In Manang (3540 meters)
A acclimatize day in Manang. Hotels and restaurants have figured out what trekkers are looking for and hotel menus, to your utter surprise, consist of hamburgers and steaks. Spend the day in Manang acclimatizing and rambling around the old part of the village, a compact settlement of 500 flat-roofed houses separated by narrow alleyways, set against the remarkable backdrop of Annapurna and Gangapurna less than 8 kilometers away. 

Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 11: Manang to Tilicho Base Camp via Khangsar( 4,140m.5-6 hours trek): The trail from Manang is mostly flat and easy walking trail till Khangsar. From Khangsar we ascend little to get to Tilicho Base Camp. Base Camp has not many teahouses and camping is always the better option. Overnight at tented camp.

Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 12: Tilicho Base Camp to Tilicho Lake (4,949m. /3-4 hours trek) and trek back to Tilicho Base Camp (3-4 hours):  We start our trekking after breakfast, then gently trek up to the Tilicho Lake. The lake is supposed to the world’s highest lake situated at the elevation of 4,949m. Lake itself is amazing and we can also collect views of snowcapped mountains including Tilicho peak.  After exploring the wonderful lake we trek back to Tilicho Base Camp for overnight again. Overnight at tented camp.

Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 13: Trek to Yak Kharka (4,018m./4-5 hours trek): From Tilicho Base Camp the trail is comparatively easy and flat to Yak Kharka. Yak Kharka welcome us with the glimpses of Chulu West Peak. Overnight at the teahouse.

Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 14: Yak Kharka to Phedi (4450 meters/4 hrs trek)
From Yak Kharka with taking our time will gently ascent up to Phedi. At Phedi,we will have time to rest and acclimatize to the higher elevation we will encounter while going through the Thorung La Pass, the point of highest altitude on the Annapurna Circuit.  
 

Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 15: Phedi to the Thorung-La Pass and to Muktinath (Up to 5416 meters/8½ hrs trek)
We will have to set off early in the morning to reach the Pass around mid-day. The trail becomes instantly steep after leaving Phedi but not hard to follow. 4-6 hours of ascending up lead to the apex of the Pass, which is decorated with prayer flags, a chorten, and stone cairns built by travelers. The views of the Annapurna Himal from the pass are well worth the climb. Further, the trail descends steeply before reaching Chabarbu. From there we cross meadows, drops into a deep gorge, climbs out again and follows a wide trail to Muktinath, a pilgrimage site held in great respect by both Hindus and Buddhists. 

Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 16: Muktinath to Kagbeni (Up to 3550 meters/3½ hrs trek)
After a hard previous day, a late morning start is in order for tired trekkers. For the religiously and culturally inclined, a visit to the highly revered and venerated Muktinath temple complex is rewarding. Refreshed, purified, and blessed, you descend out of Ranipauwa to Jharkot through farmlands and clusters of poplar trees. Beyond Jharkot, the trail descends gradually to Khingar.  Further, we get your first glimpse of the Kali Gandaki river as it is met by the Jhong Khola. As we continue the left-hand trail leads to Eklaibhatti and one on the right leads to your destination of Kagbeni.

Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 17: Kagbeni to Marpha (2670 meters/5 hrs trek)
The trail follows the left bank of the broadening river bed upon leaving Kagbeni. After a suspension bridge and a couple of up-and-downs, the trail drops to the riverbed and stays there until you get close to Jomsom, the administrative headquarters of Mustang. It is better to pass the riverbed an hour or so before noon to avoid the daily winds that pick up the dust. Following the course of the Kali Gandaki River, pass by the deepest gorge in the world (6500 meters deep), and arrive in the village of Marpha, a Tibetan refugee resettlement center that has organized flagstone streets which are renowned for its apple brandy, pie, and momo!

Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 18: Marpha to Kalopani (Up to 2590 meters/6 hrs trek)
Today we leave Marpha from its southern gateway with following Kali Gandaki to reach Tukuche. From there we walk along the west bank of the river and cross it via suspension before the trail leads us to Kobang.A paved path places us another bridge before arriving at Larjung. Traversing the riverbed, the trail gradually climbs to the meeting point of the Boxi Khola and Kali Gandaki. Further ahead, crossing the suspension bridge across the Kali Gandaki, the trail climbs sharply through forests of pine, cypress, and juniper to reach destination Kalopani. 

Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 19: Kalopani to Tatopani (1160 meters/6 hrs trek)
Say bye to Kalopani and descend to a bridge at Lete. Then we hike through the sub-tropical forest to Ghasa. The trail passes all the way through Pairo Thapla, Kopchepani, Rupse Chhahara (where a beautiful waterfall is seen), Dana, and a few teashops in Guithe, eventually entering into a lively settlement with several hotels and restaurants at Tatopani. Tatopani literally means ‘hot water’ in Nepali; the village derives its name from the hot springs near the river below the village. Wash your tired limbs with a dip in the hot springs in the afternoon at Tatopani. 

Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 20: Tatopani to Ghorepani (2785 meters/8 hrs trek)
Ghorepani, ‘horse water’ in Nepali, is a traditional stopping place for horses, mules, and ponies that carry loads between Pokhara and Jomsom to quench their thirst. And no wonder, being at the crossroads of many trekking routes in the region, a lot of travelers stop here to rehydrate themselves at one of the many inns the village. 

Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 21: Ghorepani-Poon Hill- Ghandruk(1,940m.): Before breakfast, head towards  to Poon Hill- the sunrise viewpoint which offers a panoramic view of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Tukuche Peak, Nilgiri, Bahara Sikhar, Annapurna South and entire Annapurna Range. After then we take breakfast we will begin our walk to Ghandruk. 7 ½ hours approx. the trek will take us to a beautiful ethnic Gurung village Ghandruk with passing through the jungle.(O/N).

Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 22: Ghandruk to Pokhara(820m.): Final day of our trekking. After breakfast, we start our walk to Nayapul through Modi Khola valley. 4 hours walk will take us to Nayapul; from there we take our bus and will drive to Pokhara.  O/N.

Breakfast,Lunch Included  

Day 23: Pokhara to Kathmandu (1335 meters/6 hrs car ride or 45-minute air flight)    
Travel back to Kathmandu overland to the see the green and fertile landscape of Gorkha and Dhading districts or enjoy spectacular mountain views by plane. In evening you will join the group dinner and drinks to celebrate your trekking success with Visit Heaven Trek.

Breakfast and Dinner Included

Day 24: Fly Back Home    
A Visit Heaven Trek representative will accompany you to the airport to catch your returning flight. We hope to see you again soon!  Namaste!!

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