Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake and Poon Hill Trek-19 Days

Cost from : US$1190.00 2 Pax All meals during trek
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  • Destination: Nepal
  • Grade: Strenuous
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel + Lodge
  • Transportation: Private Vehicle / Aeroplane
  • Min Pax: 2 Pax
  • Trip Style:Trekking
  • Meals:ฺBreakfast + Lunch + Dinner During Trek
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Trip Introduction

Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the most popular classic treks in the world and Tilicho Lake is the world’s highest lake in the Manang District of Nepal. It walk follows the Marshyadi River to the north of the main Himalayan range and crosses a 5,416m Thorong La (pass). The walk passes picturesque villages home to gurungs, Manangis and Thakalis, offers spectacular mountain views of the numerous 7,000m-plus Annapurna peaks. And we also climb up to Poon Hill famous for its spectacular views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri The trek also goes through Buddhist villages and Hindu holy sites, most notably the village of Muktinath, a holy site for both Buddhists and Hindus, and Braga, one of the oldest monasteries in the region. 

Trip Highlights

  • Scenic Drive / Flight to Pokhara
  • Superb views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges
  • Highest Mountain More than 8000m out of 10
  • Cultural Sight seen of Manang and Pisang village
  • Tribal Groups of People, Culture and Life style
  • Panorama of Himalayas rang from Poon Hill
  • Deepest gorge in the world (Kali Gandaki) 
  • Marpha the beautiful village and the land of Apple
  • Hindu's /Buddhist pilgrims site Muktinath
  • The beautiful and highest of Tilicho Lake

Outline itinerary

Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m)

Day 02:Drive from Kathmandu to Syange (1,100m) 8 - 10 hours

Day 03:Trek from Syange to Dharapani (1,960m) 7 - 8 hrs.

Day 04:Dharapani to Chame (2,710m) 5 - 6 hrs.

Day 05:Chame to Pisang (3,300m) 5-6 hrs.

Day 06:Pisang to Manang (3,500m) 7-8 hrs. Via Upper Pisang

Day 07:Manang acclimatization day

Day 08:Manang to Tilicho Base Camp (4,140m/) 6-7 hours

Day 09:Visit Tilicho Lake (4,949m) then back to Siri Kharka (4,140m) 5-6 hours

Day 10:Siri Kharka to Yak kharka (4040m) 4-5 hours

Day 11:Yak kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,420m) 3-4 hours

Day 12:Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3,800) via Thorong La Pass (5416m) then drive to Jomsom: 7 - 8 hours trek, 1 hour drive

Day 13:Drive from Jomsom to Tatopani (1,200m) 6 - 8 hours

Day 14:Tatopani to Ghorepani (2,850m) 7 - 8 hours

Day 15:Ghorepani to Poon Hill to Tadapani (2,700m) 5 - 7 hours

Day 16:Tadapani to Ghandruk (1,940m) 3 - 4 hours

Day 17:Ghandruk to Nayapul then drive to Pokhara: 5-6 hours trek and 1 hour drive

Day 18:Drive to Kathmandu

Day 19:Final departure

Cost includes:

    • Two nights hotel in Kathmandu and one night hotel in Pokhara with breakfast
    • Welcome and farewell dinners
    • Transportation on a comfortable vehicle as per the itinerary
    • Airport pickups and drops in private vehicle
    • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
    • Teahouse/Lodge accommodation during trek
    • An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide) and porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and lodging
    • All necessary paper work and permits (ACAP permit, TIMS )
    • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
    • All government and local taxes

Cost Excludes:

    • Nepal Visa fee
    • Drinking water during trek and beverage such as tea, coffee, coke, Pepsi, liquor etc.
    • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
    • Expenses of charge batteries and hot water for shower on the mountain
    • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
    • Travel and rescue insurance
    • Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)
    • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc.)

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m)

    Upon your arrival at the Kathmandu airport, you will be greeted by a representative from Thai Nepal Travels. After picking up your luggage and look for our representative with a Thai Nepal Travels display board at the arrival gate. After that, you will be transferred to Hotel. After check-in, you can take a rest, hang around in the city - it all depends upon your interests and condition. In the evening we will organize a "Welcome Dinner" at an excellent traditional Nepalese Restaurant where you will enjoy Nepalese cultural programs as well as a fine meal.

    Including meal: Dinner

  • Day 2
    Drive from Kathmandu to Syange (1,100m) 8 - 10 hours

    Drive from Kathmandu to Syange (1,100m) 8 - 10 hours
    We begin our long drive to Syange early in the morning. Along the way, we will get fine views of Himalchuli and Manaslu II. En route we get to enjoy the countryside of Nepal with its green hills, winding rivers, terraced farms and of course the mighty Himalayas.

    Including meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 3
    Trek from Syange to Dharapani (1,960m) 7 - 8 hrs.

    Today we walk to cross to the west bank of Marshyangdi River on a suspension bridge. The trail then climbs steeply and crosses a cliff face to the stone village of Jagat. The rocky trail crosses the Marshyangdi River again then follows the valley steadily uphill to Tal (1,700m), a former lakebed. Tal is the first village in the Manang district. We walk crosses the valley floor then climbs a stone stairway continues to pass Khotro and Karte to Dharapani, which is marked by a stone entrance chorten typical of the Tibetan influenced villages from here northward. We are overnight at Dharapani.

    Including meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 4
    Dharapani to Chame (2,710m) 5 - 6 hrs.

    Today the trail climbs steeply from Danaque then continues through a forest of pine and fir, past the traditional village of Thanchowk to Koto, at the junction of the Nar-Phu Valley. You will get the fine views of Annapurna II (7,937m) as you approach Chame. The route crosses the Marshyangdi River again. We are overnight at Chame.

    Including meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 5
    Chame to Pisang (3,300m) 5-6 hrs.

    Today the trail is through a steep and narrow valley. We have our first sight of the soaring of Paungda Danda rock face, a dramatic curved rock face rising 1500m from the river. From here, we also gain excellent views of Annapurna II at the south and Pisang Peak to the north east. We are staying in Pisang.

    Including meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 6
    Pisang to Manang (3,500m) 7-8 hrs. Via Upper Pisang

    Today is our long day, from Pisang there are two trails, north, and south of Marshyangdi River. We follow the north route via upper Pisang. We walk through Ghyaru is a steep continuous climb of 420m and Ngawal (3,660m) it guarantees outstanding views of Mt. Annapurna, Pisang Peak. The tail continues to Mungji past the extraordinarily picturesque village and gompa of Bragha to nearby Manang. We are staying at Manang.

    Including meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 7
    Manang acclimatization day

    In order to keep fit on the trails that follow, we keep ourselves busy today with a short hike to either Bhojo Gumba or Gangapurna Lake. Or more strenuous day hikes to Milarepa’s cave and the ice Lake, high above the valley floor at 4,600m. We are overnight at Manang.

    Including meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 8
    Manang to Tilicho Base Camp (4,140m/) 6-7 hours

    From Manang, we cross the river and continue walking on its southern side through coniferous forest. After reaching Kangsar Village we walk further up towards Siri Kharka and pass a monastery on the way. The uphill walk could be tiring but we will have Gungang Himal and Mt. Chulu in the backdrop to keep us company. While the path from Siri Kharka to Tilicho Base Camp isn’t very steep or physically strenuous, it could be exhausting as we have to walk on narrow paths in loose scree and landslide area. Our trail goes through the middle of the landslide area whereby we can see impressive rock formations along the trail. We are overnight at Tilicho Base Camp.

    Including meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 9
    Visit Tilicho Lake (4,949m) then back to Siri Kharka (4,140m) 5-6 hours

    Tilicho Lake is a large spectacularly set lake nestled at the foot of the north face of Tilicho Peak. The Lake also holds an important place for the Hindus as this sacred lake features in one of the holiest texts of the Hindus, The Ramayana. After the initial tough, steep, switch backed ascent, our trail continues to hug the side of the mountain in a gradual to steep incline before reaching the watershed. We retrace our step and return to Tilicho Base Camp. After breakfast, we leave Tilicho Base Camp and descend towards to Siri Kharka and overnight here.

    Including meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 10
    Siri Kharka to Yak kharka (4040m) 4-5 hours

    We leave Siri Kharka and descend towards Yak Kharka. On the way, we pass Tare Gumba, a thousand-year-old monastery which is very important to the local people. We follow a rock wall out of Khangsar. After crossing the river, we ascend for a while to a plateau. Next, walk until reaching Yak Kharka. We are overnight at Yak Kharka.

    Including meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 11
    Yak kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,420m) 3-4 hours

    It is an uphill walk to Thorong Phedi. After walking for some time we cross a suspension bridge and reach Ledar village. We ascend and pass through towering cliffs before reaching Thorong Phedi, the last village before Thorong La. On this trip we are rewarded with one of the best views of Mt. Gundang, Mt. Syagang, Thorong Peak and Mt. Khatungkan. We are overnight at Thorang Phedi

    Including meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 12
    Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3,800) via Thorong La Pass (5416m) then drive to Jomsom: 7 - 8 hours trek, 1 hour drive

    Crossing Thorong La pass, one of the highest passes in the world will be our ultimate objective today. We will be crossing the pass from east to west (Manang to Muktinath) which is the easiest and safest direction. We get up around three in the morning and walk up the mountain. It takes about four to six hours to reach the pass, marked by chortens (Tibetan Buddhist stupas) and prayer flags, and en route. After reach Muktinath we have lunch and visit the Muktinath Temple. Muktinath, an ultimate destination for Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims, is a beautiful place. There are water spouts where freshwater pours out channeled from the streams above the temple. As the trail extends we can enjoy the magnificent views of Mt. Dhaulagiri. You can even buy a fossilized mollusk, called ‘Shaligram’ as a memento. Next, drive to Jomsom a Himalayan village famous for its delicious apples. We are overnight at Jomsom

    Including meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 13
    Drive from Jomsom to Tatopani (1,200m) 6 - 8 hours

    After breakfast we drive to Tatopani we will pass good views of Dhaulagiri (8,167m) and Nilgiri North (7,061m). The road continues south to Ghasa the last Thakali village in the valley and down to Dana and we are an approach to Tatopani the village with hot spring we are staying overnight here.

    Including meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 14
    Tatopani to Ghorepani (2,850m) 7 - 8 hours

    Today is our one of the hardest days on the circuit. We continue our walk up to the steep side valley from Ghar River, gaining an epic 1,600m past Sikha and Chitre to Ghorepani in the Annapurna foothills. We are over night at Ghorepani.

    Including meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 15
    Ghorepani to Poon Hill to Tadapani (2,700m) 5 - 7 hours

    We make an early morning climb along the steep trail to the viewpoint of Poon Hill (3,210m/10,529ft). The Poon hill will reward you with spectacular sunrise views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. Take time here to soak up the tranquil atmosphere. We return back to Ghorepani. Upon breakfast, we head east to Tadapani through pine and rhododendron forests to reach Tadapani for overnight in teahouse here.

    Including meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 16
    Tadapani to Ghandruk (1,940m) 3 - 4 hours

    We start the day on flat ground to Bhaisi Kharka before a steep descent to Ghandruk. This part of the trek will be through a thick forest of old rhododendron trees. When the rhododendron trees are in bloom, these forests actually turn into gardens of dazzlingly beautiful flowers, mostly red, when seen from the air or from far. Ghandruk offers sensational views of Fishtail Mountain, Annapurna III, Gangapurna, Annapurna South and Himchuli. While you are staying in Ghundruk please take a trip to the local monastery and Gurung museum are well worth a visit. We are overnight in Ghandruk.

    Including meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 17
    Ghandruk to Nayapul then drive to Pokhara: 5-6 hours trek and 1 hour drive

    Today, we trek from Ghandruk to Nayapul then drive back to Pokhara. The trek will be downhill all the way to Birethanti. A gentle descent back to Nayapul following the Modi River by the time, we arrive at Birethanti from here, a half-an-hour's walk takes us into Nayapul and a short drive to Pokhara and overnight at Pokhara.

    Including meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 18
    Drive to Kathmandu

    After breakfast we are driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, you head up to Damauli, Dumre, Muglin, and Kurintar where the Nepal's first Cable car is operated to reach to Manakamana Temple. Upon our arrival in Kathmandu, we will be escorted into our hotel. You can do some shopping or walk around in the streets of Thamel, or take a rest, hang around in the city - it all depends upon your interests and condition. In the evening, there will be a farewell dinner hosted by Thai Nepal Travels to celebrate the successful completion of our trip. Overnight in Kathmandu. And overnight at Kathmandu.

    Including meal: Breakfast and Dinner

  • Day 19
    Final departure

    Our 19 Days Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake and Poon Hill Trek come to an end today. A representative from Nepal Travels will take you to the airport approximately 2 hours before the scheduled flight. A representative from Thai Nepal Travels will take you to the airport approximately 2 hours before the scheduled flight. We hope you have enjoyed the tour with us, and we are sure you will be back making another trip somewhere with Thai Nepal Travels again.

    Including meal: Breakfast

Trip Map

Trip Note

Important Note:

Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with THAI NEPAL TRAVELS. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails traveling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, the health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

For the person who cannot continue trek until the end of trekking in case of any reason, he/she please notes that there will be no refund. In case of the flight delay/cancellation after finishing of the trek, you will be responsible for all your expenses. Please also note that you will not be entitled to any refund for the services (such as hotel, transport, flight, etc.) included in the package that you would not use later.

For all accommodations at Annapurna base camp trek are in local lodges on a twin, triple or four-bed sharing basis. If we prefer a single room, we may indicate our preference and get single rooms on request by paying a single supplement. However, there are several places that do not allow single accommodations in the Annapurna base camp.

 

Accommodations

We will be providing you at Hotel Marshyangdi or equivalent in Kathmandu, Hotel Crystal Palace or equivalent in Pokhara and teahouses during the trek. All accommodations are on twin-shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional.

Meals

During the trek, you can enjoy authentic Nepalese food as well the more common international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.). Breakfast and dinner will be served from the tea-houses or from a lodge menu where we spend the night whereas lunch will be served on the way to the next destination. All meals will be provided during trekking while only breakfast will be available while in Kathmandu and Pokhara. There will also be welcome and farewell dinners for guests.

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