Tilicho Lake Annapurna Circuit Poon Hill Trek

Tilicho Lake Annapurna Circuit Poon Hill Trek
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Trip Facts

  • Destination:Annapurna Region, Nepal
  • Trip Grade:Moderate
  • Max Elevation:5416M
  • Total Duration:20 days
  • Best Time:March to May and Sep to Dec
  • Group Size:Minimum 2 pax

About Tilicho Lake Annapurna Circuit Poon Hill Trek

Tilicho Lake Annapurna Circuit Poon Hill Trek is one of the fantastic treks in Nepal. Bharal Adventure endows you with an opportunity to explore and traverse between two of the world’s highest mountains. It embrace the serenity of highest lake in the world – Tilicho Lake. In addition witness the most amazing sunrise enriched by glistening of the two of the world’s highest mountain ranges in its glow, all in a single journey.

The first part of the Tilicho Lake Annapurna Circuit Poon Hill Trek traverses through the Annapurna circuit gradually moving towards Manang from where we trek up to the highest lake in the world – Tilicho Lake. From here, the trail again joins the Annapurna circuit route. By crossing through Thorong-La Pass, one of the highest passes in the world. Climbing to one of the most popular viewpoints in Annapurna circuit, Poon Hill, we witness what is one of the most awe-inspiring sunrises where we admire the mystic of the Himalayas glistening in the golden rays of the sun. The trail is very lengthy but the attractions are abundant.

When you finish the trekking and rest in your arm chair in Sunday afternoon in your home the slight smile on your face memorizing the trip is guaranteed. We always strive to give the moment of magic to our customers while trekking in Nepal with us. Tilicho Lake Annapurna Circuit Poon Hill Trek is an incredible opportunity for people with sufficient time. You can experience the thrill of embracing and traversing through some of the highest points of the world. Hence, Bharal Adventure Pvt. Ltd. offers the enigmatic beauty of Annapurna region including the mystical Manang village. The journey offers the best moment to understand the culture, traditions and geographical setting of this diversified Nepal trekking region. Therefore, We assure you best hospitality.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu [1,300m/4,264 ft]
  • Day 02: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation in Kathmandu
  • Day 03: Kathmandu – Syange [1,100m/3,608 ft]: 8 – 10 hours
  • Day 04: Syange – Dharapani [1,960m/6,430 ft]: 7 – 8 hours
  • Day 05: Dharapani – Chame [2,710m/8,891 ft]: 5 – 6 hours
  • Day 06: Chame – Pisang [3,300m/10,824 ft]: 5 – 6 hours
  • Day 07: Pisang – Manang [3,500m/11,482 ft]: 6 – 7 hours
  • Day 08: Acclimatization day in Manang
  • Day 09: Manang – Siri Kharka [4,060m/13,320 ft]: 4-5 hours
  • Day 10: Siri Kharka to Tilicho Base Camp (4140m/13,583ft): 5-6 hours
  • Day 11: Tilicho Base Camp – Tilicho Lake [4,949m/16,138 ft] – Siri Kharka: 5-6 hours
  • Day 12: Siri kharka – Yak kharka [4,040m/13,020 ft]:4-5 hours
  • Day 13: Yak kharka – Thorang Phedi [4,420m/14,501 ft]: 3-4 hours
  • Day 14: Thorong Phedi – Thorong La Pass [5,416m/17,764 ft] – Muktinath [3,800/12,467 ft]: 7 – 8 hours
  • Day 15: Muktinath – Tatopani [1,200m/3,937 ft]: 6 – 8 hours
  • Day 16: Tatopani – Ghorepani [2,850m/9,350 ft]: 7 – 8 hours
  • Day 17: Ghorepani – Poon Hill [3,210m/10,529 ft] – Tadapani [2,700m/8,860 ft]: 6 – 7 hours
  • Day 18: Tadapani – Ghandruk – Nayapul – Pokhara: 5 – 6 hours trek and 1 hour drive
  • Day 19: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu: 5-6 hours
  • Day 20: Final departure

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu [1,300m/4,264 ft]

The guests will be greeted by a representative of Bharal Adventure who is responsible for taking them to their hotel upon their arrival. The dinner comprising of authentic Nepali food is the preliminary firsthand experience of the Nepali culture that the company offers you.

Day 02: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation in Kathmandu

A guided tour around the historically and spiritually significant landmarks in Kathmandu will be scheduled after breakfast. These landmarks constitutes of Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath – the Monkey Temple, Boudhanath and Kathmandu Durbar Square. In the afternoon, pre-trip discussion session will be arranged enabling the interaction between trek leader, crew and the guests.

Day 03: Kathmandu – Syange [1,100m/3,608 ft]: 8 – 10 hours

On this day, we begin a long early morning drive to Syange enjoying on the way the beautiful landscape along the countryside of Nepal filled with lush green hills, terraced farms and winding rivers with mighty Himalayas as the backdrop.

Day 04: Syange – Dharapani [1,960m/6,430 ft]: 7 – 8 hours

The first day of the trek, we take the trail entering into Manang district crossing over a large bridge near Tal. Passing through barley, rice and potato fields and waterfalls, the trail enters into the village of Kodo before reaching Dharapani, one of the biggest villages in Manang Valley.

Day 05: Dharapani – Chame [2,710m/8,891 ft]: 5 – 6 hours

Traversing through a few steep forested ridges along the several landslides en route to Chame, we will be greeted by the incredible views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II and Annapurna IV. The hot springs along the way help in relaxing and fighting the anxiety of the trek.

Day 06: Chame – Pisang [3,300m/10,824 ft]: 5 – 6 hours

Walking through a steep narrow valley offers the first glace of Paungda Danda rock face, a dramatic curved rock face rising 1,500m above the river. This place also offers tremendous views of Annapurna II to the south and Pisang Peak to the north east. Descending down to the Manang Valley floor takes us to Pisang.

Day 07: Pisang – Manang [3,500m/11,482 ft]: 6 – 7 hours

Two routes go to Manang from Pisang of which we follow the one passing through Upper Pisang via Geru as it guarantees the outstanding views of Mt. Annapurna, Pisang Peak and others. Walking near Manang makes us feel the cold and dry climate. A short visit to Barge Monastery, the biggest monastery in the district is organized so as to help the travelers forget the climatic condition in the serene environment of the monastery.

Day 08: Acclimatization day in Manang

This is an acclimatization day which will be spent on short hike either to Bhojo Gumba or Gangapurna Lake. If desired and the energy and stamina supports, hike to Vraga village for a visit to the Himalayan Rescue Association for gaining ideas about Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) could be taken.

Day 09: Manang – Siri Kharka [4,060m/13,320 ft]: 4-5 hours

Through the western gates of Manang following the path down to the river, the walk continues on the southern side through coniferous forest. After reaching Kangsar village, further climbing takes us towards Siri Kharka passing a monastery. The tiring uphill climb is made easier by the company of Gungang Himal and Mt. Chulu in the background.

Day 10: Siri Kharka to Tilicho Base Camp (4140m/13,583ft): 5-6 hours

Although the trail from Siri Kharka to Tilicho Base Camp is neither very steep nor physically strenuous, it nevertheless, is exhausting as the travelers have to walk on the narrow paths with areas prone to landslides. The trail goes through the middle of the landslide area whereby a impressive rock formation greets the travelers along the trail.

Day 11: Tilicho Base Camp – Tilicho Lake [4,949m/16,138 ft] – Siri Kharka: 5-6 hours

The initial tough, steep and switch backed ascend gradually turns into steep incline before reaching the watershed. The trail is accompanied by yaks and deer grazing around the field by the side of the trail. A spectacularly large lake, Tilicho is nestled at the foot of the north face of the Tilicho Peak. Referred to as ‘The Great Ice Lake’ by the leader of French expedition, Tilicho holds an important place for Hindus because of its mention in one of their holiest texts – The Ramayana. After enjoying the tranquil lake and capturing its image into our memories and camera, we retrace our steps as we return to Siri Kharka.

Day 12: Siri kharka – Yak kharka [4,040m/13,020 ft]:4-5 hours

Descending towards Khangsar village passing the Tare Gumba, a thousand year old monastery with high significance among the locals, we learn that the village is not usually inhabited except for the occasional herders coming during festivals. A walk along the rock wall out of Khangsar towards a season bridge in the Thorang Khola valley goes further ascending to a plateau from where few hours walk further brings us to Yak Kharka.

Day 13: Yak kharka – Thorang Phedi [4,420m/14,501 ft]: 3-4 hours

An uphill walk through a suspension bridge brings us to Ledar village from where we ascend further passing the towering cliffs before reaching Thorang Phedi, the last village before Thorong-La.

Day 14: Thorong Phedi – Thorong La Pass [5,416m/17,764 ft] – Muktinath [3,800/12,467 ft]: 7 – 8 hours

The ultimate objective of the day is to cross Thorong-La Pass, one of the highest passes in the world. It will be crossed from east to west, i.e., from Manang to Muktinath which is the easiest and safest direction. The walk up the mountain starts at around three o’clock in the morning. From the pass, descend towards Muktinath Valley nestled at the foot of the Thorong-La Pass is made.

Day 15: Muktinath – Tatopani [1,200m/3,937 ft]: 6 – 8 hours

A visit to the sacred Muktinath Temple is scheduled for the morning. This temple is believed to be “the place of liberation or moksha” which is also called by the term Mukti Kshetra. After the temple visit, drive to Tatopani is made to explore this Nepal-China border trading hub.

Day 16: Tatopani – Ghorepani [2,850m/9,350 ft]: 7 – 8 hours

Leaving the Kali Gandaki, the trail to Ghar Khola Valley is followed which leads through a terraced farmland surrounded by mountains on all sides. Passing through the villages of Shikha and Chitre the lush red and green rhododendron forest appears ahead. Further walk takes us to Ghorepani, a beautiful village located at the top of a ridge.

Day 17: Ghorepani – Poon Hill [3,210m/10,529 ft] – Tadapani [2,700m/8,860 ft]: 6 – 7 hours

Early morning hike to Poon Hill will be arranged to witness one of the most beautiful sunrises in the world. One of the most beautiful trekking destinations in the world, Poon Hill is an ideal site to enjoy the views of Mustang, Pokhara and more than twenty of the highest mountains in the world. From here as we descend to Ghorepani, breakfast will be served at our arrival. Then we head east climbing a nearby ridge gradually descending through the rhododendron forest, impressive refreshing waterfalls until we get to Tadapani.

Day 18: Tadapani – Ghandruk – Nayapul – Pokhara: 5 – 6 hours trek and 1 hour drive

The trek through the dense rhododendron forests takes us to the village of Ghandruk, a slope settlement with stone houses inhabited in majority by the Gurung people. Further trek down in the company of the Fishtail Mountain, Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli mountains takes us to Naya Pul from where a hour long drive takes the travelers to Pokhara.

Day 19: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu: 5-6 hours

A scenic drive from Pokhara will bring the team back to Kathmandu where the evening is spend either relaxing or shopping for souvenirs. A farewell dinner will be organized to commemorate the closer of the exciting journey.

Day 20: Final departure

On this day, the Bharal Adventure team bids farewell to the guests and one of the representatives will escort the guests to the airport approximately three hours before their scheduled flight.

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Please use this checklist as a guideline for getting information on the required equipment to carry on a trekking. Adjustments could be made to the list according to your needs, interest and duration and season of the trip among other factors. Variety of these gears could be hired or bought in Kathmandu. Since the majority of these gears found in sale in Kathmandu are locally manufactured, they are a lot cheaper. Also some gears are imported from China which are of better quality.

If you have enough money, you can buy very high quality branded gears too, in some of the famous stores in Nepal. It is advised that you keep your luggage as light as possible. You extra luggage could be left back in your hotel in Kathmandu which you can claim back at your return. We normally provide one porter for two trekkers to carry the luggage and the limitation of the weight is approximately 25 kg from two people.

Please go through the checklist below to learn what equipments you require during the trek:

General

  • Duffel or rucksack bag: Although Bharal Adventure will supply complimentary water and wind proof duffle/kit bag, one extra big duffel bag/suitcase is necessary for non-trek items that will be left at the hotel
  • Daypack of approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches
  • Down jacket (in case you don’t bring one, you can borrow one from Bharal Adventure which you have to return at completion of the trek)
  • 4 seasons’ sleeping bag (you can borrow one from Bharal Adventure if you forget to bring one, although it is strongly recommended for you to bring one)

Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
  • Sunglasses with UV protection

Feet

  • Thin, lightweight inner socks
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks
  • Hiking boots with spare laces
  • Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
  • Gaiters for hiking in winter

Hands

  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens
  • With a waterproof shell outer

Lower body

  • Under Garments
  • Hiking shorts
  • Lightweight cotton long pants
  • Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
  • Fleece or wool pants (seasonal)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants

Upper body

  • T-shirts
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (Optional)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket

Accessories

  • Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees F *
  • Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
  • Small pad or combination lock-to-lock
  • Trekking Bags/Duffel bag
  • Basic First Aid Kit
  • Large plastic bags – for keeping Items dry insidetrekbag
  • Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
  • Trekking Poles
  • Water bottles
  • Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc)
  • Ear Plug (who know some people on group are snoring)

Toiletries

  • Tooth brush/paste
  • Multipurpose soap
  • Nail cutter
  • Small mirror

Personal hygiene

  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti bacterial hands wash

Extras/luxuries

  • Binoculars
  • Reading book
  • Trail Map/Guide book
  • Journal & Pen
  • Pencils and small notebooks
  • Travel game i.e., cards

Cost Includes

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
  • 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
  • Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
  • An experienced, English/French/Chinese, German-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader (5 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion)
  • Bharal Adventure’s trekking bag/duffel bag, t-shirt, Cap and trekking map are yours to take
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (ACAP, TIMS)
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • All government and local taxes

Cost Excludes

  • Nepalese visa fee
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • 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
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)

Atemberaubend und immer wieder schn

Everest view Trek mit schnen Aussichten und einem Guide, der auf alles achtet. Ich crate immer wieder in Nepal , nur habe ich mich in solche Hhen noch nie getraut. Es braucht schon etwas Vorbereitung , denn man muss fit sein fr thus ein Vorhaben. Schon allein der Flug nach Lukla ist ein Abenteuer fr sich . Man sieht Berge und Menschen , die mit wenigen Worten nicht zu beschreiben sind . Mit Suman act ich auf einen wunderschnen Weg unterwegs .Jedes mal, wenn er merkte, dass ich an meine Grenzen gekommen box, wurde erst mal eine kleine Rast eingelegt, in view of that dass ich mich immer wohl und gut aufgehoben gefhlt habe. So konnte ich den ganzen Weg geniessen. Vor allem suit ich sehr fasziniert, wie die Menschen da oben leben und wie herzlich sie doch sind. Der Weg alleine, ist mit all seinen Aussichten und seiner Geschichte , diese Reise wert. Noch einmal vielen Dank fr die liebe Beratung und einen Freund, der mir immer zur Seite gestanden hat.

Jonbon,
Germany

Solo travelers welcome!

I went to Nepal on a 9-day trek in the Langtang region a couple years ago. I was traveling on my own so I really appreciated to be with a trustworthy and friendly guide Sujan. I would definitely recommend his agency and would like to go back myself!

Maellelh,
France

Annapurna base camp

We did our trekking to Annapurna base camp & Muktinath with Arjun from Bharal Adventures. Quite a well-organized trip and both Arjun and porter Hari presented themselves with professionalism and we enjoyed the trip. It was awesome to watch Annapurna and Machhapuchare

Jaishree,
India

Recommander l’Agence Bharal Adventure

Je tiens à recommander l'Agence Bharal Adventure que nous avons eu l'occasion d'utiliser dans le cadre de notre Trek au Népal.

En effet, nous n'avons eu qu'à louer le professionnalisme, l'accueil, le sérieux et la capacité d'écoute des différents interlocuteurs rencontrés au sein de l'Agence. Notre binôme Guide Sujan e a été omniprésent et rigoureux pour nous permettre d'atteindre nos objectifs personnels et de découvrir les charmes et secrets du Népal. La capacité d'adaptation, l'écoute, la sécurité, la gentillesse et la connaissance de leur métier sont les principales caractéristiques de ceux-ci. Notre satisfaction n'en ai que plus grande.

Au de-là d'un rêve qui a pu devenir réalité, ce trek qui partait de Shivalaya après Jiri jusqu' au Kala Patthar en passant par GokyoRi et le col du Cho La, est finalement une des meilleures approches de la découverte de ce pays et des paysages de haute montagne. 
C'est sur la recommandation de Base Camp que nous avons pu l'aborder, l'envisager et finalement le reussir. De fait, je retiens que si je devais avoir de nouveaux objectifs montagneux dans l'avenir au Népal, je n'aurai aucune hésitation à les contacter pour envisager avec eux ce projet

Pascal,
France

Everest Base Camp – Wonderful Trekking Experience 26 Nov – 7 Dec 2017

Me and my friends did EBC trekking from 26 Nov to 7 Dec and we had the best experience with Arjun from Bharal Adventure. I am The Snail Queen and I am not a strong climber and hiker but Arjun and the porters Robin and Sham helped me a lot so I can fulfill my dreams to reach Everest Base Camp. Thanks A lot for making this a memorable journey, thank you for sharing your knowledge on all the mountains and thank you for really showing me Nepal and its people and wonderful nature and of cos the magnificent and majestic mountains . I definitely recommend the services from Bharal Adventure if you are looking for more than just a hiking trip but a memory that lasts a life time

Liza,
Malaysia

EBC trekking with Bharal Adventure

We team of 6 from Malaysia undergoing our trekking journey guided by our professional tour guide, Arjun Dhakal & 3 good porters. We managed to make it to EBC on 19 May 2018. Arjun he is well in arranging our itinerary included route, accommodation, meal and even care about our safety. I was having bad cough and walking very slow far behind my teammate on my last day of trekking down to Lukla. And he was walking next to me, never left me alone. Together we finally reached Lukla within estimated time. Due to bad weather, we were stuck at Lukla for 1 day, as our flight is on the day after. Arjun had been trying his best to get us helicopter ticket on the next day. Once ticket confirmed, we went down hill to Sukey to catch our helicopter. From there I saw some others feeling upset as they waited for 6 hours but couldn’t get their helicopter ticket back to Kathmandu. We are blessed that Arjun never dissappointed us. He had make us a wonderful and unforgettable trip. Thanks to Arjun! Highly recommended tour with Bharal Adventure

Suk wang,
Malaysia

Excellent people!

After many searches on the internet, fate took me to contact Arjun, one of the founder of Bharal Adventure. After emailing for 2 months, I eventually took the trip to EBC. 

Arjun, despite being on the road or enroute to EBC always did his best to reply to my email or whatsapp and patiently responded to my question. He did that in between is trekking whenever he got internet access. This includes giving me a very good price for the trip.

So, I took the trip in Apri to May 2018. I was met by Bharal Team at the Airport and took my hotel. The first impression was really good as the Team really looked after me well. They ensure everything was ok and constantly checking with me if everything was ok. They also ensure that I contact them if I needed assistance.

I met Arjun the night before the trip. He is a very nice, pleasant and polite young man. He is very open to all the situations that I might face including the additional costs that might be incurred such as personal shopping, extra meals and coffees, tipping, etc.

There were 5 of us in a group that trekked to EBC. We met at the airport in Kathmandu heading for Lukla. In Lukla, we were accompanied by 2 porters and 1 Sherpa and a group leader. So, there were 9 of us together as a team.

The trip went very well despite we had to medivac 2 of our team members at Gorekshep. The Team organized the helicopter the night before and constantly in contact with their team member in Kathmandu to ensure our team members are looked after when they reached Kathmandu by helicopter. The rest of us, continued our trip to Cho La Pass and Gokyo Ri Lake.

The view was fantastic. I promise myself, circumstances forbid, that I will be coming back and heading for higher altitudes.

We completed the trip and along the way we built not only friendship with the entire team (including the sherpa and porters) but also a small family that travel and solve the issues together.

When we arrived back at Lukla, we were stranded for 1 day due to bad weather. Our team leader ensured that we eat and sleep well and did his best through his connections to get us on the first flight the following day, despite we missed our original flight and there were many other passengers.

In summary, the trip went very well and we were looked after extremely well by professional team of Bharal Adventure.

My recommendation to potential clients of Bharal Adventure, if you have needs or concerns (including cost) please just be open to them. They are open, respected and young people who place trust and honesty very high in their business dealings.

Mahamod,
Indonesia

Perfect Everest Base Camp Trek

Really beautiful vacation - I intensely suggest this! You meander through this long beautiful river valley in the environment of steep slopes that begin out at 15-22,000 feet.Yet, soon enough you can see your destination off far afield away - the every highest mountains in the world. Its as a result marvelous to both be where you are but to as well as see where your journey is to comply to you. Also unbelievable are the 500 year pass sweet, easy, astonishing Buddhist Sherpa villages. And don't forget to fade away into the Tengboche Monastery - what a treat. I'm going protection!

Bernard,
France

Recommend Bharal Adventure to everyone

I travelled with my family in a Swiss Group to Nepal. We went on the Dhaulagiri Trekking Tour organized by Bharal Adventures. It was an amazing ...

Katharina Zurschmiede,
Switzerland

Great Trekking Company

Bharal Adventure does an amazing job facilitating and organizing trips of all kinds. They're a very personal tour company and from the moment yo...

Coralie,
Paris, France

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