Tilicho Lake with Annapurna Circuit Trek

Tilicho Lake With Annapurna Circuit 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
  • Start Point:Kathmandu
  • End Point:Kathmandu
  • Accommodation:Hotels and teahouses
  • Transportation:Private Transportation

About Tilicho Lake with Annapurna Circuit Trek

Tilicho Lake with Annapurna Circuit 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 to Tilicho Base Camp (4140m/13,583ft): 6-7 Hrs
  • Day 10: Visit Tilicho Lake (4,919m/16,138 ft) then back to Sirikharka (4,060M/13,320Ft): 6-7 hours.Overnight at Teahouse on Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
  • Day 11: Siri kharka – Yak kharka [4,040m/13,020 ft]:4-5 hours
  • Day 12: Yak kharka – Thorang Phedi [4,420m/14,501 ft]: 3-4 hours
  • Day 13: Thorong Phedi – Thorong La Pass [5,416m/17,764 ft] – Muktinath [3,800/12,467 ft]: 7 – 8 hours
  • Day 14: Muktinath – Tatopani [1,200m/3,937 ft]: 6 – 8 hours
  • Day 15: Tatopani – Ghorepani [2,850m/9,350 ft]: 7 – 8 hours
  • Day 16: Ghorepani – Poon Hill [3,210m/10,529 ft] – Tadapani [2,700m/8,860 ft]: 6 – 7 hours
  • Day 17: Tadapani – Ghandruk – Nayapul – Pokhara: 5 – 6 hours trek and 1 hour drive
  • Day 18: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu: 5-6 hours
  • Day 19: 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 to Tilicho Base Camp (4140m/13,583ft): 6-7 Hrs

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 where we will enjoy our lunch and after resting for while we will make our journey towards Tilicho Base Camp which takes further 2 to 2 and half hours from Sirikharka .We have to be careful after walking like a hour from Sirikharka as we will be crossing the Landslide part.

Day 10: Visit Tilicho Lake (4,919m/16,138 ft) then back to Sirikharka (4,060M/13,320Ft): 6-7 hours.Overnight at Teahouse on Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

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 11: 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 12: 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 13: 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 14: 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 15: 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 16: 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 17: 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 18: 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 19: 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:


  • 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)


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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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)


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

Personal hygiene

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


  • 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)

The Annapurna Circuit with the best!

I first used Bharal Adventures three years ago when Arjun was my guide for my Everest Base camp trek. Arjun was very genuine, friendly and knowledgeable about the area and I felt very relaxed and in good hands. I adored the holiday and the beauty of the Himalayas so decided to return to Nepal again. This time to trek in the Annapurna region. I of course chose Bharal Adventures to be our tour guide company again. This again has been a fantastic experience.

The weather was unusually heavily snowy at times and meant that we had to turn around and change our plans slightly, which Arjun coped with very well. He was very flexible and accommodating and always tried his best to make us feel comfortable and enjoy our
trip to the fullest. I would recommend this company and this guide to anyone. He loves his country, its mountains and his job and it shows. A thoroughly great holiday, thank you Arjun and Bharal Adventures!

Jill Stenburge,

Amazing Annapurna – Incredible Nepal

Nothing prepares you for the Himalayas. Waking up every day to 5-mile high mountains is one of the most humbling and incredible experiences of my life. As a frequent traveller, this was my first time to Nepal, so I wanted to be sure my experience was going to match my expectations. On arrival, Arjun from Bharal was there to greet my partner and I with a smile - which he kept all week. Even when we were snowed in along the pass; walking slowly up the mountains and laying in a little too long - Arjun always made sure our needs were prioritized.

If you want a tour which is:

- Personal - Informative

- At your own pace

- Going to *the best places in Nepal

- One you will remember forever

I thoroughly recommend Arjun and Bharal. I came to Nepal as a tourist, to meet a guide and a porter. I left with 2 friends, incredible photos, lifelong memories and a promise we will return one day, with my daughter to tackle the incredible Manasalu!

Thank you Arjun! :)

Annapurna Circuit Trek
Luke James,

Amazing trek in Kanchenjunga region!

Last November I traveled to Nepal to visit the remote area of Kanchenjunga. I'm from Spain and did the Kanchenjunga circuit (North and South base camps) with my Indian friend. After many mails sent to several trekking companies based in Kathmandu we only received overpriced offers, until we finally met Arjun, the manager of Bharal Adventures, and our expectations changed immediately. He provided us with reliable information, answered all our mails quickly and carefully and made an itinerary to suit us at a very reasonable cost, exactly what we were looking for since a long time. Once in Kathmandu, his partner Bijay came to the hotel to introduce himself and give me some instructions before the trek and all the assistance I needed. The day before the departure, Arjun and Bijay invited us to have dinner at their home to offer us a warm welcome, they were really friendly. As per the trek itself, our guide had good experience in the Kanchenjunga region and managed all the situations in a solvent way. Besides, we were very lucky with the weather and could enjoy the trek with its stunning views. It was really a fantastic experience. Once the trek finished, Bijay and Arjun came to my hotel to be sure we received a good service during the trek and say goodbye. I can only recommend this trekking company to all the people traveling to Nepal. You will not be disappointed.

Hector Fernandez,
Barcelona, Spain

Unforgettable once in a lifetime experience To EBC led by Arjun & 3 amazing porters

Our journey started in 3 different cities in Malaysia, 6 travellers in all - Myself and my good friend Ray started out from Johor Bahru, Suk(the only female in our group) & Ricgen's journey started from Mallaca, the 4 of us met with See and Su in their home town of Kuala Lumpur, (KL) Malaysia. 

6 of us met in KL and departed from KL international airport for Kathmandu Nepal. where Arjun Dhakal met us at the airport and we transferred to our hotel and finalised all details for the EBC trek.
The next day we flew out to Lukla and this is where the real adventure began.
The actual trip is a story for another time all I will say is that this adventure was absolutely amazing in fact so amazing that I'm contemplating doing ABC with Arjun next year sometime.
Arjun and his team were very professional, his personable character allows for a very relaxed but very organised approach to everything during our trip.
The EBC adventure was one of the most amazing adventures I have ever experienced I would add that this trip rates equal to The Kokoda trek I completed in Papua Nuigini.
I want to express my gratitude to Arjun Dhakal and his team at Bharal adventures you were amazing and I would recommend this team to anyone interested in doing EBC

Kind Regards
& friends for life
Gavin Page

Gavin Page
Gavin Page,
South Africa

The incredible Kanchenjunga circuit with Bharal Adventure !

We were two persons intending to trek in the remote and restricted Kanchenjunga region. I am an Indian and was with a Spanish friend. After not getting positive responses from various organizations or getting quoted very high prices, we landed on Bharal Adventure. And it was a great experience right from the beginning. The extremely polite Arjun answered all of our queries patiently, tailored the itinerary according to our requirements and finally helped us with a knowledgeable guide for this 22 day trek. And when everything was done at a reasonable cost, we couldn't ask for more. The superb weather and views during the trek added to everything and the overall experience was fantastic. Highly recommended for all your adventures in Nepal !
Sandeep Bhat,

Everest Base Camp Hike 26/11 – 6/12

Going to the Everest Base Camp was once an impossible dream to achieve. 
With Bharal Edventure, the impossible dream comes to a reality. Mr Suraj, our guides, Ganesh and friends who made it possible for me to reach the EBC. I would not be able to go through the tough journey with extreme environments without their help and encouragement. 

Thank you very much for the hospitality given by Bharal Adventure especially Mr Suraj and Mr Arjun. Thank you so much for making this once impossible dream become possible. This is truly the most valuable experience I ever have.

Zaiton A,

Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Lead by arjun and 7 porters to bring 14 of us to amazing journey to annapurna base camp. Very friendly and helpful. Received first class services from them and the porters also friendly and hardworking.Sure to look back for them for the next trip to nepal.
Fadhly Suhaimi
Fadhly Suhaimi,

Everest Base Camp Trek Dec- 24 – Jan 05 2019

Da jeg rejste alene, var det vigtigt for mig, at få afklaret alle spørgsmål. Arjun var meget behlælpelig og tålmodig med at besvare alle mine spørgsmål inden trekket. Selve turen var en super oplevelse. Deepak var vores guide. Han er en meget sympatisk, sjov og hjælpsom ung mand, der hele turen havde god føling med, hvordan det gik undervejs. Vi havde mange gode snakke om hvordan livet er i Nepal, for tidligere generationer op til i dag.
Det var en fantastisk oplevelse.
Tak for det :-)

Brigitte Utzon
Brigitte Utzon,

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.


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!


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