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

With its Tilicho Lake Annapurna Circuit Poon Hill Trek, Bharal Adventure endows you with an opportunity to explore and traverse between two of the world’s highest mountains, embrace the serenity of highest lake in the world – Tilicho Lake and 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 pristine atmosphere and the adventurous walking on the trail offer the best wilderness adventure vacation of your life while trekking in this trail.

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 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 to experience the thrill of embracing and traversing through some of the highest points of the world. 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.

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)

Recommend Bharal Adventure to everyone

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Switzerland

Great Trekking Company

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Paris, France

An Amazing Trekking Company

I came to know Bharal Adventure (BA) by chance with my previous trekking to Everest Base Camp Short Trek at the end of last year and This was my second time with Sujan (Founder of BA) for organising such a wonderful trip to Everest base camp short with my friends and it was truly amazing, enjoyable trip, it leaves us a profound experience with spectacular view of some highest peak in the Himalayan range and beauty of vast wildness.

Trekking in Himalayan range can be strenuous, but with our guide, Nirajan help us every step of the way in which make the trip a complete hassle free, we are very thankful for his service and would recommend to anyone coming to Nepal for Trekking.

Once again, thank you for all to make our trekking trip an unforgettable event to us And we are definitely coming back to Nepal again.

Pierre Vidaillac,
Cahors, France