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Annapurna Tilicho Lake Trekking - 19 Days

Highlights
  • Adventure around scenic Annapurna Himalaya with picturesque Tilicho Lake unto high Thorang-la
  • Daily views of Annapurna - Manaslu with Dhaulagiri Himalaya all three worlds highest peaks
  • Exploring traditional villages of native Manang -Thakali - Magar and Gurung tribes of great interest
  • From moderate to adventurous e walks within high and scenic Manang valley with amazing views
  • Following raging Marysangdi River right up to its glacial source at near Manang village and beyond
  • Flying high from Jomsom above world deepest gorge of Kaligandaki River to beautiful Pokhara

Adventure around scenic Annapurna Himalayan with high Thorang-La pass and beautiful lake of Tilicho

Annapurna Tilicho Lake Trekking is an exclusive adventure with Explorer Adventurer, which take you to the hidden country beyond Manang Valley.

Tilicho Lake although situated in remote corners of the Manang district, the walk follows the main popular trail of Annapurna Circuit. Then heading beyond the Manang Valley and villages towards sheer mountain wilderness to Tilicho Lake.

Listed as the world’s highest glacial Lake at a height of above 4,919 m or 16, 139 feet high. The lake stretches to 4 km / 2.5 miles and 1.2 km wide, about 200 m / 656 feet deep. A beautiful and scenic wild country within windswept terrains close to giant Gangapurna Himal and Tilicho Peak.

An exciting and picturesque highland, located south of Manang main valley en route to Jomsom town. Where trekkers have to cross a high pass of Mesokanto-La Pass towards the southwest of Tilicho Lake. Few groups of adventurers and trekkers seldom venture around this wild country bounded by towering snow-capped mountains.

Enjoy the thrill of venturing around the highest lake on the planet amidst amazing scenery of dramatic windswept landscapes and terrains.

A unique contrast with white snow-dusted peaks makes this adventure more special than other normal popular treks.

After exploring the hidden treasures of Manang village and the scenic valley enriched with amazing cultures of age-old heritage.

The adventure continues heading back on the main trails of Annapurna Circuit reaching the end of Manang Valley rim. A big climb on a steep winding path takes you to the top of Thorang-La Pass, the highest point of the journey. Rewards with a breathtaking panorama of giant peaks that encircles the Thorang-La Pass, facing views of the Annapurna Himalaya range.

Includes grand vista of Dhaulagiri and Damodar Himal with a group of Chulu peaks and as far as Manaslu Himal.

From the highest spot of the adventure, a long descent reaches you at beautiful areas of Mustang district at Muktinath. The holiest of all holy sites around the Himalayas range, one can observe the Hindu pilgrims in worship. As well as religious activities, a great place to visit the temples and monasteries in a serene environment. On completing the major highlights of the adventure then walk downhill to the wide Kaligandaki River to Jomsom.

The main town and headquarters of Mustang district, where the old Trans Himalaya Salt Trade Route passed through Jomsom. A lovely town and the hub of native Thakali the main tribe of Kaligandaki River Valley.

The next morning a short and scenic flight brings you to the beautiful city of Pokhara by its serene Phewa Lakeside.

At Pokhara, our ever-exciting Annapurna Tilicho Lake Trekking concludes before heading back to Kathmandu. After a wonderful experience and great adventure around the Manang and Mustang areas.

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Itinerary

On reaching Kathmandu Tribhuwan International Airport where you will be warmly received by our guide and staff and then transfer you to your respective hotels in the hub of Kathmandu city.

First check into your hotel rooms on getting refreshed from the flight and with Jet-Lag, then join with other members of Annapurna Tilicho Lake trekking for group briefing, where our expert guides will inform regarding your stay in Nepal, hotels, trekking, local lodge and overland drives with do’s and don’ts information, evening welcome group dinner in authentic Nepalese restaurants with Folk cultural programs to entertain you during your meals.

    Morning after breakfast leave the hotel for exciting guided sightseeing around Kathmandu where our city guide will lead you to places of interest, Kathmandu a metropolitan city still retains its ancient heritage and varied ancient culture where you will visit world heritage sites around Kathmandu for half day or full day.

    After an interesting and wonderful tour of ancient historical and religious sites around Kathmandu, with afternoon free preparation for next day journey to Nepal Mid West on Annapurna Tilicho Lake Trekking.

      Morning taking an exciting drive with scenic views of Himalayan peaks, as ride leads on Nepal’s busy highway past many towns and farm villages then reaching at Nepal Mid West warmer areas at Lamjung district, and the continue drive past Besisar (headquarter town of Lamjung district) following Marysangdi River to reach at Syange village for overnight stop with views of wonderful waterfalls nearby.

        From Syange walk begins with climb on leaving Marysangdi River behind reaching at Jagat village, a farm village with many lodges for trekkers, after Jagat walk leads on winding path to Chamje, and back at Marysangdi River crossing to east side into forested area, with super views of Annapurna and Manaslu mountain ranges.

        As walk continues reaching a nice village at Tal Besi, from here few hours walk leads to our overnight stop at Dharapani village, located on the midway of Annapurna circuit and Manaslu trekking trail.

          After Dharapani walk leads into rhododendron and pine forest passing villages of Bagachap and Danque, then at Timang village with more Buddhist cultured village including views of Mt. Manaslu 8,163m / 26,781ft. From Timang village few hours trek leads to Koto and then to Chame town for overnight stop, Chame a large major town of Manang area and a head quarter town of the district.

            From Pisang onwards walk leads close to mountains through alpine forests of rhododendron and pine trees, following Marshyangdi River upstream with short ups and down hills to Bhratang village. From Bhratang village walk follows uphill through alpine woodland to Dhukure Pokhari a small place with few teahouses and lodge overlooking Chulu’s and Pisang peak, with possible lunch stop, and then descends to lower Pisang village for overnight stop.

              Morning views of mountains, from here onward altitude gains as the walk leads through forest with short uphill and views of Annapurna II and III, Gangapurna Chulu’s and Pisang peak.

              Walk downhill to reach flat valley at Hongde village, from here onward tree lines fades for barren, arid landscapes with cold, dry arctic climate. Before Manang, visit old Braga monastery with old Buddhist relics, ancient wall painting and frescos and stunning views of Annapurna Himalaya, from here an hour walk reaches at Manang village.

                A necessary rest day at Manang for acclimatization before reaching higher areas to Thorang-la pass, in Manang short hike around Manang village, this is a large village situated on windswept valley by the bank of Marysangdi River below Annapurna and Gangapurna mountain range, a nice walk uphill for views of Gangapurna Glacier and Manang glacial Lake.

                  After Manang village morning walk leads to another highlight of this trip, as our route diverts from main Annapurna circuit trail reaching one of the last village of Manang at Khangsar for overnight stop which lies on route to Tiliocho Lake.

                    From here onwards around dry and arid country, morning walk on downhill for some time, then uphill to reach Tilicho Lake for overnight stop. Tilicho Lake a holy spot for both Hindu's and Buddhist religions, offering wonderful views of snowcapped peaks in the comfort of nice lodge by the bank of beautiful Tilicho Lake.

                      Free day to enjoy the beautiful setting at Tilicho Lake its emerald colored looking lake considered as one of the highest and holy lake around Himalaya, and probably in the world fed from the massive glaciers of Gangapurna and Tilicho peaks.

                      An amazing place to be on rest day where one can explore around the areas on the least frequented trails with glorious views of high peaks that encircles Tilicho Lake, after a pleasant time head back to Tilicho Base Camp for overnight and then back towards Thorang-La pass.

                        After a wonderful and pleasant stop at Tilicho with stunning views our return trek leads back towards the main Annapurna Circuit Trekking trail with overnight stop at Khangsar.

                          After a good rest and overnight at Khangsar walk towards Ghunsang village with short uphill to reach at Yak Kharka, an interesting walk with views of snowcapped mountains, on crossing a small stream reaching Yak Kharka for overnight stop, a small settlement with views of Gangapurna, Annapurna III and Chulu Peaks.

                            Morning walk lead to more high elevation getting closer at the base of Thorang-la after crossing a bridge with a climb along the river bank of Jarjung, finally walk leads at Thorang Phedi, here depending upon the physical conditions of the clients, if all goes well an hour steep climb to Thorang High Camp for overnight stop.

                              One of the highlight and Big Day of this adventure! After early breakfast walk leads to a long climb to Thorang-la on steep winding path to reach Thorang La Pass at 5,416 m / 17,700 ft. The highest point of the adventure with views of snowcapped peaks, and then with long descends to reach at holy Muktinath around Lower Mustang area.

                              On reaching Muktinath for overnight stop, this is a holy spot for both Hindus and Buddhists the word Muktinath literally means ‘the place for Nirvana or Liberation’.

                                From this peaceful religious and holy site of Muktinath with views of Dhaulagiri range, at Muktinath our trekking completes taking a ride to reach lower areas of Mustang, since the motor-able came walking is disturbed by movement of vehicles, so taking a drive instead of walking.

                                Drive leads towards wide Kaligandaki River within its windswept landscapes to reach at Jomsom the headquarter town of Mustang area, an interesting town inhabited by Thakali people of Buddhism religion, as these tribe on long history of trade with Tibet as this town situated on main old Trans Himalayan salt and caravan trade of Nepal and Tibet. With time here to enjoy walks around and observe the local people fascinating culture and traditions.

                                  Our last day of the adventure early morning walk to Jomsom small airport for super scenic short flight to land at picturesque Pokhara and then transfer to respective hotels by the Phewa lake side.

                                    Morning transfer either car-coach or tourist bus (as per the size of the group), for drive back to Kathmandu with scenic views of mountains, green scenery of hills and farm fields within nice villages and towns as drive brings you back at hustle and bustle city life of Kathmandu.

                                    On reaching Kathmandu transfer to your respective hotels with time for individual activities and shopping souvenirs.

                                      Your last memorable day in Nepal after a wonderful adventure and experience on Annapurna Tilicho Lake trekking with great service of Explorer Adventure, and as per your international flight then transfer to Kathmandu international airport for homeward bound or to your respective destinations.

                                        Route Map

                                        Annapurna Tilicho Lake Trekking - 19 Days map
                                        What's Included
                                        • Airport pick up and drop by private vehicle
                                        • Three night hotel in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis with B.B.
                                        • One night Hotel in Pokhara on twin sharing  Basis with B.B
                                        • TIMS (Trekking Information Management System
                                        • Tea house/lodge accommodation during the trek on twin sharing basis 
                                        • Half Day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu as per the itinerary.
                                        • Government license holder guide 
                                        • Salary, food, accommodation and insurance for guide and porters
                                        • Duffel bag for packing your things for the trek 
                                        • from Muktinath to Jomsom Local Bus or Local Jeep
                                        • flight from Jomsom to Pokhara 
                                        • from pokhara to Kathmandu tourist Bus 
                                        • Hire sleeping bag and down jacket for the trekking.,
                                        • Transportation from Kathmandu to Beshishar Tourist Bus and beshishar to syange Local jeep
                                        • Annapurna Conservation Area Project ( ACAP) Entry  Permit.
                                        • Government taxes and official expense
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                                        What's not Included
                                        • Domestic flight KTM  Pokhara KTM 
                                        • Domestic flight from  Pokhara Kathmandu 
                                        • All food pay your self  during the trek  
                                        • Flight to Kathmandu, Nepal
                                        • Tips for porters ($80-100) and guides ($100-120)
                                        • Nepal Visa ($50)
                                        • Insurance (must include emergency evacuation by helicopter, check worldnomads.com
                                        • Food and drinks ($20-30 per day)
                                        • In some places: hot water, wifi, battery charging - $2-5
                                        • Drinking water, price depends on altitude (linear regression)

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                                        Trip DateFeb 26, 2024 - Mar 15, 2024
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                                        Useful Information

                                        Insurance policy for Medical and Travel:

                                        Should cover medical insurance for illness and emergency evacuation by Helicopter or other means of transportations including other expenses on treatment at respective countries hospitals, as for travel insurance against bad unfavorable weather conditions, delay or cancellation of domestic flights on mountainous area where flight involves on the start of trek and at the end.

                                        Travel and Medical Insurance also needs to cover when clients break the journey in the middle of the trip, due to sickness-personal domestic problem etc………

                                        Guide and Porters for 19 Days Annapurna Tilicho Lake Trekking: 

                                        On treks or climb where you will be accompanied by our expert guide who knows the area on route of the trek chosen, we have professional and veteran guides to led the trek where you can feel comfortable, as our guide are knowledgeable offers you various information of the country from history-geography, culture to flora and fauna.

                                        All guides have gone through basic medical training that includes high altitude symptoms or AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) can help you with simple medical First Aid and for severe condition will support taking you to safe area or to nearest hospitals by any means of quick transportation.

                                        Our guides are well versed in Eco-Trekking and Responsible Tourism as well and are committed in keeping the environment on trekking route in pristine form as it was.

                                        Porters are picked can be regular porter of the company of hired in Kathmandu-Pokhara or in Lukla on start of the trekking, with always a strong and cheerful porters to carry your heavier luggage, baggage of 15 to 25 kg maximum weights to carry by each porters, we do not allow underage porters of below 16 years of age or above 50 years.

                                        Porters and guide are well looked after by the company with good wages, medical insurance, travel allowance including meals on treks and climb company also provides warm gear in winter as well for high and cold altitude trips.

                                        Information of AMS and Precaution Measures:

                                        High Altitude or Acute Mountain Sickness for short as AMS a symptom faced and can catch any people on high altitude adventure walks.

                                        Due to high pressure and low oxygen level as certain height where some people feel uneasiness with shortness of breathiness, light headache, nausea, dizziness, lack of good sleep and with less appetite.

                                        To avoid these whole symptoms where we always designed itinerary days accordingly with enough space, flexible days for acclimatization at high elevation, taking short walks up and sleeping and resting at low places.

                                        The other good way to avoid AMS taking slow and steady pace on walks, stopping frequently to catch your breath and adding lot of fluid or safe drinking water at least 2-3 liters a day to support against AMS.

                                        On high altitude take enough rest and with short slow hike above high hills to catch views as well to support acclimatization and sleeping and resting at low altitude will certainly helps you in avoiding AMS.

                                        Useful in situations when you cannot make high ascent, the best ways to prevent altitude sickness doing it slowly, stopping for overnights at certain altitude to adjust to the new height, and taking it easy for first one or two 2 days.

                                        In our list we always mention general medication to bring from home as well from your doctor advice also, your doctor might recommend you some basic medication list like medicine against diarrhea, headache, fever, cold-flu as well constipation including first aid for cuts-wounds and burns as well.

                                        What to Bring During 19 Days Annapurna Tilicho Lake Trekking?

                                        **- can be bought in Kathmandu

                                        Clothing and footwear

                                        • trekking boots (should be warm, waterproof, breathable, cover and fix the ankle)
                                        •  sports sandals with a closed toe or sneakers.
                                        •  flip flops , Sun cap , Wool or fleece hat , 2 pairs of gloves/mittens (1 thin, 1 thick,}
                                        • Bandana or neckerchief ,  Fleece jackets (1 thin, 1 thick) .
                                        • Thermal underwear (merino wool!), preferably 2 sets (one for walking, the other for sleeping), buy at home.
                                        • Trekking socks - several pairs (there is a limited possibility of washing)
                                        •  Quick-drying sports T-shirts (e.g. Polartec PowerDry) - 2 pcs. or more.
                                        •  Down jacket , Windstopper , Windproof warm jacket with hood.
                                        • Trekking trousers ,  Warm synthetic pants like ski pants , Rain poncho.
                                        • Sun Screen Cream , Sunglasses ,  Trekking pole , Water bottle.

                                        Equipment for Annapurna Tilicho Lake Trekking 19 Days

                                         *Duffel bags for trek will be perovided on Day 2 should be returned after the trek is over.

                                         *Backpack 20-30 liters with rain cover (optionally with drinking system)

                                        *Sleeping bag (comfort temperature around -5 C). On the upper lodges they usually provide woolen blankets. You can rent a sleeping bag in       Kathmandu, $1-2 per day.

                                        *A good quality headlight with new batteries and a spare set of batteries.

                                         *Sunglasses (category 3-4) + hard case , Trekking poles , Thermos 0.5-1 liter.

                                        *Sealed packaging for documents and money , Sitting mat (optionally), Power bank.

                                        * A roll of dense garbage bags 50 liters. You will pack your items in it when you put them in a duffel bag to protect them from moisture and dust.

                                         Personal usage

                                        > Towel (light and quick-drying)  - Washing accessories - Disinfection wipes

                                        > Antibacterial gel - Moisturizing hand cream - Sun cream with a high factor

                                        > Lip balm with sun protection - Reusable water bottle - Snacks, nuts, chocolate

                                        Annapurna Tilicho Lake Trekking - 19 Days FAQs

                                        • Due to the rough road and mountainous terrains using a four-wheel drives like jeep. As well a land cruiser or similar types of vehicle for the drive to the starting point of trekking. At the end of trekking at Jomsom taking a short flight to Pokhara and taking a tourist bus or private vehicles to reach Kathmandu,

                                          Interested people have the options of flying to Kathmandu from Pokhara as per the trip, at extra expenses, if it is not included on the trip cost.

                                        • On the average about 5-6 hours, sometimes even less of 3-4 hours from Pisang to Manang, and to Khangsar. As well from Tilicho Base Camp to Tilicho Lake of few hours, but on the way back takes more than 4-5 hours. The longest hours of walking distance is trekking uphill to Thorang-La Pass and then downhill to Muktinath. Taking more than 6 to 7 hours with climb and long descent.

                                        • Acclimatization procedure happens staying overnights at certain heights like Chame, Pisang and at Manang main village. At Manang having fee day for acclimatization before heading toward higher elevation to Tilicho Lake and Thorang-La Pass. As well the daily walks will support acclimatization and having enough rest avoiding short breathing. Including drinking enough fluid and water, eating and sleeping well are the precaution against High altitude Sickness.

                                        • The temperatures varies from one place to another as per climate and weather conditions. However, above 2,000 m and 3,000 m the temperatures might reach minimum of below 0 degrees Celsius.

                                          As well in shades away from sunlight and in the night time also, day time temperatures according to season wise. But on average in all seasons of time except summer / monsoon, the day time temperatures may reach from 15 to 20 degrees Celsius. The wind chill factor adds extra cold temperatures, in the morning or during afternoon time.

                                        • All guides of Explorer Adventurer are professional and expert guides who knows well all the areas of Himalayan destinations. Some are veteran guides been with the company for more than 2-3 decades, all guides are well versed in basic Medical and First Aid. Including knowledge of Eco-Trekking and Responsible Tourism and much more to make the trip enjoyable with huge success.

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