Annapurna and Tilicho Lake Trek – itinerary
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu (1350m).
Upon your arrival in the Kathmandu International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by our airport representative who will drop you off at our hotel. After checking in, take a rest and relax or you may also stroll in the streets of Thamel, a tourist hub in Kathmandu for some souvenir shopping. Overnight at hotel with breakfast.
Day 02: Drive to Chamje (1,410m): 8-9 hours.
Starting the day early for the trek would be a good idea; we will travel by road from Kathmandu to Chamje village which will be the starting point of the trek. Chamje is a small village in the Annapurna Region at an elevation of 1430 m. There is a waterfall which is an attraction for both locals and tourists alike. The beautiful greenery all around will fuel us for the trek ahead. Overnight at guest house with breakfast, lunch, dinner and tea/coffee.
Day 03: Trek from Chamje to Dharapani (1,960m): 5 - 6 hours.
We begin the trek early in the morning. The trail takes us through various vegetable plantations, waterfalls and mixed communities that are believed to have migrated from Tibet. After crossing the suspension bridge below Chamje and climbing two steep sections, we reach the village of Tal. From Tal, we enter the Manang district. On the way we also pass through Kodo village and walk on the trail that rises and falls and cuts across a mountain side to one of the biggest villages in the Manang district, Dharapani. Overnight at guest house with breakfast, lunch, dinner and tea/coffee.
Day 04: Dharapani to Chame (2,710m): 5 - 6 hours .
Today we negotiate a few steep, forested ridges along with several landslides on route to Chame. We should not forget to look up though, as we will be greeted with remarkable views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV (7,525m). We also come across small hot springs which will be a sweet respite from the tiring trek and help us relax for a while. Chame is the headquarters of Manang District in the Gandaki Zone of northern Nepal Overnight in Chame. Overnight at guest house with breakfast, lunch, dinner and tea/coffee.
Day 05: Chame to Pisang (3,300m): 5 - 6 hours.
Today the trail continues up and down, passing several rivers and sparsely populated settlements. We walk through a steep and narrow valley to have our first view of Paungda Danda rock face, a dramatic curved rock face rising 1500 m from the river. From here, we also gain excellent views of Annapurna 2 to the south and Pisang Peak to the north east. We descend to the Manang Valley floor enjoying the captivating landscape. Overnight at guest house with breakfast, lunch, dinner and tea/coffee.
Day 06: Pisang to Manang (3,500m): 6 - 7 hours.
From Pisang there are two routes to Manang. We choose the one which passes through Upper Pisang via Geru as it guarantees outstanding views of Mt. Annapurna, Pisang Peak, and others. As we near Manang, the climate becomes colder and drier. However, a short visit to Barge Monastery, the biggest monastery in the Manang District, should cheer us up. Overnight at guest house with breakfast, lunch, dinner and tea/coffee.
Day 07: Manang to Khangsar (3745m): 2-3 hours.
After breakfast our trek continues up to the village of Khangsar. As we walk ahead, the trail cuts down through a gorge and the Tilicho Peak can be spotted shrouded in clouds far above. We get to appreciate the natural beauty of the Annapurna range all along the way. We also pass through small scenic settlements and the Tore monastery and get to enjoy the breathtaking Khangsar River and the grand barrier before reaching Khangsar. Overnight at guest house with breakfast, lunch, dinner and tea/coffee.
Day 08: Khangsar to Tilicho Base Camp (4140m): 5-6 hours.
As we begin the trek from Kangsar to Tilicho Lake Base Camp, we come across wide grassy fields and, after making a slight climb up a small hill, witness the glorious views of the entire valley. After trudging down a steep inclination, you now enter the Tilicho Base Camp. Camping is the only option as there are not many lodges out here. Overnight at guest house with breakfast, lunch, dinner and tea/coffee.
Day 09: Visit Tilicho Lake (4,949m) then trek back to base camp: 5-6 hours.
After the initial tough ascent, our trail traverses onto a moraine and then cuts along the side of the mountain. However, the spectacular views of Tilicho, Nilgiri, Khangsar and Muktinath peaks are always close by to cheer us up. Upon reaching Tilicho Lake, one of the highest lakes in the world, we get to admire its tranquil beauty. Sometimes reflections of the surrounding peaks are seen on its turquoise waters, at other times the lake remains frozen. We take a break beside the calm waters and soak-in the astounding views before heading back to the base camp. Overnight at guest house with breakfast, lunch, dinner and tea/coffee.
Day 10: Tilicho Base Camp to Yak Kharka (4040m): 4-5 hours.
When returning from the Tilicho Base Camp, the trail leads out of the Marsyangdi valley and the abrupt change in surroundings can be noticed as the trees are left behind and replaced with more alpine vegetation. Our trail continues through the ruins of the old Khangsar village, until we cross a log bridge over the river between Gumsang and Yak Kharka. The typical Himalayan village of Yak Kharka is an accolade to its name, as lots of yaks can be seen grazing and standing around. From here we also get breathtaking views of Annapurna III. Overnight at guest house with breakfast, lunch, dinner and tea/coffee.
Day 11: Yak kharka to Thorang Phedi: (4420m): 3-4 hours.
It is an uphill walk to Thorang Phedi. After walking for some time, we cross a suspension bridge and reach Ledar village. We ascend further and pass through towering cliffs before reaching Thorang Phedi, the last village before Thorong La pass. On this trip we are rewarded with one of the best views of Mt. Gundang, Mt. Syagang, Thorung Peak and Mt. Khatungkan. The word Phedi in Nepalese is referred to as the foot of a mountain. Overnight at guest house with breakfast, lunch, dinner and tea/coffee.
Day 12: Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3,800m) via Thorong La pass (5416m): 7 - 8 hours.
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. When we finally make it to the top, we realize that our journey was worth it. We can take a few photos before heading to Muktinath Valley at the foot of the Thorong La pass. Overnight at guest house with breakfast, lunch, dinner and tea/coffee.
Day 13: Muktinath to Jomsom (2,715m): 5-6 hours.
Muktinath, an ultimate destination for Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims, is a beautiful place. We visit the Muktinath Temple before embarking on the trek ahead. There are water spouts where fresh water 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. We move ahead among meadows, cross streams and hills over to Kagbeni, a village laden with chortens (memorial stupas) and a small monastery. Continue the trek after a lunch break at Kagbeni and over to Jomsom on the Kali Gandaki Valley as the trail cuts through windy areas. Overnight at guest house with breakfast, lunch, dinner and tea/coffee.
Day 14: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara (823m): 30mins.
We fly to Pokhara after breakfast. The flight itself is spectacular; we fly while looking at views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges and over the deepest gorge in the world. The warmer climate in Pokhara will definitely make us feel better. You can take a boat ride in the serene waters of the lake with the reflection of the Fishtail Mountain on its waters. We could also visit the Davis falls. In the evening, we can stroll around the lakeside area and buy souvenirs for loved ones. Overnight at hotel with breakfast.
Day 15: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu, 6 hours drive .
After an early breakfast, take a scenic drive to Kathmandu by a tourist bus enjoying the views of countryside. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
Day 16: Final departure.
After breakfast, we transfer you to international airport for your flight back to home. Wish you have a safe and sound flight. See you again in the future.
Note: The above information is just a guide and standard pattern of what we provide. The trip can be tailored at your request to accommodate your specific requirements. On adventure trips of this type, weather, transport or a multitude of other factors beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are needed the person in charge will make a decision what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does arise, we do everything we can to reduce its effect, but we cannot be liable for the results of changes or delays.