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Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake and Poon Hill

Duration 19 days
Max-Altitude 5,416m/17,764ft
Transportation Jeep
Grade Challenging
Accommodation Teahouse/Lodge/Hotel
Meals Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Best Season March to May & Sept - Nov
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Tilicho Lake is the highest located lake on Earth at an altitude of 4970m. Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake and Poon Hill takes you to the beautiful trail to the Thorong La Pass; one of the highest passes in the mountain. When you walk on the trails through the heart of the Annapurna Region, you will encounter a wide range of culturally rich and ethnically diverse villages and settlements. Experience the differences in the landscape that ranges from subtropical woodlands to dry arid landscapes when you move higher. The Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake also allows you to visit the spiritual hub of this region, Muktinath. And also look at sights of amazing mountain peaks of Annapurna from one of the most famous vantage points in the country- Poon Hill.

Tilicho Lake is one of the most winsome destinations for trekking in the country. This lake has a distinct emerald glow in its waters. After the construction of a road up to Manang, the Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake presents one of the most fascinating trekking journeys in the region. Drive to the village of Chame from Kathmandu and the trek proceeds to the Thorong La pass via Manang. Hike up to the cerulean waters of the Tilicho Lake is sure to forever be engraved into your minds. The Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek is sure to leave you with beguiling natural presentations of this region’s wonders.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Syange (1100m/3608 ft): 7 – 9 hours

Day 04: Trek from Syange to Dharapani (1,860m/6,430ft): 6 – 8 hours

Day 05: Dharapani to Chame (2,610m/8,891ft): 4 – 6 hours

Day 06: Chame to Pisang (3,200m/10824ft): 4 – 6 hours

Day 07: Pisang to Manang (3,540m/11,482ft): 5 – 7 hours

Day 08: Acclimatization Day

Day 09: Manang to Siri Kharka (4060m/13,320ft): 4- 5 hours

Day 10: Siri Kharka to Tilicho Base Camp (4150m/13,583ft): 5-6 hours

Day 11: Visit Tilicho Lake (4,920m/16,138 ft) then back to Siri Kharka: 5-6 hours

Day 12: Siri kharka to Yak kharka (4060m/13,020ft):4-5 hours

Day 13: Yak kharka to Thorang Phedi: (4525m/14501 ft): 3-4 hours

Day 14: Thorong Phedi to Thorong La pass (5416 m/17764 ft) to Muktinath (3,800/12,467ft): 5 – 7 hours

Day 15: Drive from Muktinath to Tatopani (1,200m/3937 ft): 6 – 8 hours

Day 16: Tatopani to Ghorepani (2,850m/9,350ft): 7 – 9 hours

Day 17: Hike to Poon Hill and Trek to Nayapul then drive to Pokhara: 5- 6 hours trek and 1 hour drive

Day 18: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu: 5-7 hours

Day 19: Departure Day

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m/4264ft)
Our representative from Himalaya Sanctuary will meet you after landing and custom clearance in the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) than transfer you to the hotel for overnight in Thamel, Kathmandu.

Day 02 : Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing ( 4 – 6hr)
Day tour of  Kathmandu city , after breakfast you will be Proceed on to Boudhanath Stupa , Pasupatinath Temple , Patan Darbar square and Swayambhunath Stupa. Swayambhunath is a Buddhist Stupa said to be more than 2000 years old, is perched on a hillock 77 meters above the valley floor and offering a bird’s eye view of the Kathmandu City. Afternoon, tour of Patan, also known as Lalitpur or the “city of beauty” is the oldest city in the valley. A great center both of the Newari Buddhist religion and of traditional arts & crafts with 136 bahals or courtyards and 55 major temples. Overnight at your hotel in Kathmandu
Included meals: Breakfast

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Syange (1100m/3608 ft): 7 – 9 hours
Early morning we drive from Kathmandu for about 8 hours to the village of Syange. En route we can see many beautiful villages, farms, flowing rivers and glimpse of beautiful mountain ranges.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 04: Trek from Syange to Dharapani (1,860m/6,430ft): 5 – 7 hours
After breakfast we begin our trek , we cross a suspension bridge and after a steep climb we enter the vicinity of Manang region at the village named tal .here we see several waterfalls forming a river by the sandy beaches. We follow trail through barley, rice and potato fields. and pass through the village of Kodo which is one of the biggest villages in the Manang valley.We cross a suspension bridge, and after a short climb of the the stone Kani we reach Dharapani.
Included Meals: Breakfast , Lunch and Dinner

Day 05: Dharapani to Chame (2,610m/8,891ft): 4 – 6 hours
Today we follow the trail through forest with pine , fir, oak and maple trees by a river to reach Chame, district headquarter of Manang district. Well be surrounded by the green forest around us and over us we’ll see remarkable views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV (7,525m). We’ll also stop by a small hot springs where we can relax for a while.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 06: Chame to Pisang (3,200m/10824ft): 4 – 6 hours
We walk through a steep and narrow valley to have our first view of Paungda Danda rock face, a curved rock face rising 1500m from the river. From here, we also see clear views of Annapurna 2 at the south and Pisang Peak at the north east. Next, we descend to the Manang Valley floor
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 07: Pisang to Manang (3,540m/11,482ft): 5 – 7 hours
We trek on the upper trail through upper pisang via Geru, we choose this trail as it offers outstanding views of north face Annapurna II, III, IV, Gangapurna, Tilicho and Pisang Peak .as we ascend well feel the air turn cold, dry and harsher.The trail goes through Tibetan settlement and and we get a chance to explore Buddhist culture in a short visit to Barge Monastery, largest in Manang
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 08: Manang Acclimatization day
For our body to acclimatize we spend this day exploring Manang , early morning we hike up to Gangapurna Lake and Base Camp spend the day admiring Annapurna III, Tilicho, Pisang and Chulu Peaks ,roam around Manang Village and Monasteries.during the afternoon we may visit the Himalayan Rescue Association in Vraga village where we will be briefed about acute Mountain Sickness., its symptoms and preventions.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 09: Manang to Siri Kharka (4060m/13,320ft): 4-5 hours Today’s trek will be a little easier. we take the upper route which follows a path down down to a river. We cross the river walk through coniferous forests , after -3 hours walking we arrive the Tibetan settlement Khangsar.After an hour more of walking we reach Shiri Kharka. Throughout the trek we will have a clear view of Gungang Himal and Mt. Chulu.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 10 : Siri Kharka to Tilicho Base Camp (4150m/13,583ft): 5-6 hours
Today we walk an easy path that leads through the middle of the landslides area where we can view impressive rock formations we trek up till Tilicho base camp where we can get a good view of Tilicho Peak and other snow Cover Mountains.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 11: Visit Tilicho Lake (4,920m/16,138 ft) then back to Siri Kharka: 5-6 hours
We start the day early to avoid afternoon wind. After a steeps consistent climb of 2-3 hours we reach Tilicho lake, The highest lake in the world also referred as the “the great ice lake” by the leader of the French expedition team .this is a large sparkling lake that lies at the foot of the north face of tilicho peak, after spending some time here we take the same route back to siri kharka.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 12: Siri kharka to Yak kharka (4060m/13,020ft):4-5 hours
We descend to the uninhabited Khangsar village ,pass Tare gumba,a thousand year old monastery then follow a rock wall out of Khangsar to descend a bridge in the Thorong Khola valley.We go across a river ,hike up to a plateau to reach yak kharka . from her you can see Annapurna mountains range, other peaks, blue sheep (bharal) and if you are lucky you might spot a snow leopard.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 13: Yak kharka to Thorang Phedi: (4525m/14501 ft): 3-4 hours
We walk uphill to Thorong Phedi.a small busy settlement with an amazing view of mountains and landscapes. On our way we get the best views of Mt. Gundang, Mt. Syagang, Thorung Peak and Mt. Khatungkan.
Included Meals: Breakfast , Lunch and Dinner

Day 14: Thorong Phedi to Thorong La pass (5416 m/17764 ft) to Muktinath (3,800/12,467ft): 7 – 8 hours
Today’s the most challenging part of the trip, we cross Thorong La pass, one of the highest passes in the world, and the highest point of the trek.we have to wake up early morning at 3 to complete this challenge . we have to push ourselves through the icy air , and high altitude but the view from the pass will make it totally worth it. We will see a panorama of majestic Himalayan peaks extending northwards into Tibet,at the back we can see several of the main peaks of Annapurna. We then descend all the way to Muktinath a sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists.The Buddhists call it Chumig Gyatsa, which in Tibetan means “Hundred Waters”.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 15 : Drive from Muktinath to Tatopani (1,200m/3937 ft): 6 – 8 hours
We visit Muktinath temple before continuing our journey in a car ride to Tatopani. Tatopani is famous for natural hot spring; it is place where we can soak in the hot springs.
Included Meal : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 16: Tatopani to Ghorepani (2,850m/9,350ft): 7 – 9 hours
We ascend to Ghorepani through villages of Sikha and Chitre, the villages of ethnic thakali people.we go through a terraced farmland with mountains all around.then pass lush forests filled with rhododendron, birch, magnolia we stop at Ghorepani, a beautiful village located at a ridge top.
Included Meal : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 17: Ghorepani to Poon Hill to Trek to Nayapul then drive to Pokhara: 5-6 hours trek and 1 hour drive
We ascend to poon Hill (3,210m) early morning to view sunrise over the whole Annapurna , Dhaulagiri massif including Mt Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) , Mt Manaslu and surrounding rice terrace A favourite spot among photographers After visiting Poonhill, we will trek back to nayapul then drive to pokhara.
Included Meal : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner  

Day 18: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu: 5-6 hours
After breakfast we drive back to Kathmandu in a tourist bus . You may also choose to return by a 25 minute flight (not included in package).
Included Meal: Breakfast

Day 19: Departure Day
Our driver will drop at Tribhuvan International Airport to Catch the Flight for onward Destination.
Included Meal : Breakfast

What Is Included

  • Airport Pick up and Drop
  • Accommodations in 3 star Category hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara including Breakfast.
  • Teahouses/Lodge Accommodation   including Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during trek.
  • Local Transportation to Trekking Starting Point and Tourist bus from Pokhara.
  • Farewell dinner at the  end
  • Himalayan Sanctuary Adventure Duffel Bag
  • An experienced English-speaking trekking guide , and porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
  • All necessary paper work and permits (ACAP, TIMS )
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes

 What is Excluded

  • Nepalese visa fee.
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
  • Entrance Fess and Tour Guide for Sightseeing.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and/or Pokhara
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from Trekking(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, Tea, Coffee, battery recharge, WiFi, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, hot shower etc)
  • Tips for guides and porters

Our main paramount is to offer safe and enjoyable trek for your clients. Experienced trekkers will often take only a selection of these items based on what has worked in the past. The following gives you a general idea of the personal items that you need to  bring for the trek. The personal items are of individual interest, and choice. The most important fact that one should keep on mind is that one should have enough clothes to tackle the cold weather in the Himalayas.

Upper Body – Head / Ears / Eyes

  • Sun hat (We provide you a complimentary sunhat)
  • Wool or synthetic hat that cover the ears
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Headlamp
  • Neck warmer

Hand

  • Liner gloves
  • Heavier shell gloves

Core Body

  • T-shirts (2)
  • Lightweight expedition thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Water/windproof shell jacket (Preferably breathable fabric)
  • Synthetic sports bras (for women)

Lower Body – Legs

  • Lightweight expedition thermal bottoms
  • Nylon hiking shorts
  • Soft shell and hard shell trekking pants
  • Water/windproof trousers
  • Casual pants

Feet

  • Liner socks
  • Heavyweight socks
  • Waterproof hiking/trekking boots
  • Light shoes/sneakers
  • Gaiters (For monsoon and winter)

Other essential important items

  • Passport and extra passport photos (2 copies)
  • Airline tickets (Please make a copy and leave one at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of yours)
  • Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & passport
  • Water bottle/bladder
  • Water purification Iodine tablets
  • Toiletries (Include toilet paper, wet wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap)

Medicines and First Aid Kit

  • Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches
  • Ibuprofen for general aches and pains
  • Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea
  • Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness
  • Anti-infection ointments
  • Band-aids
  • Lip balm (At least SPF 20)
  • Sunscreen (SPF 40)

Optional

  • Adjustable trekking poles
  • Favorite snacks (No more than 2 pounds)
  • Paperback books, cards, mp3 player.
  • Binoculars
  • Cameras (Memory cards, chargers and batteries)
  • Pee bottle for man and pee funnel for woman

Note :  This equipment list is only a guide. You need to bring the listed items, however, you can choose from your preferred brands using your expertise which you can shop or hire at a reasonable price at stores in Thamel, Kathmandu.

Will somebody come to pick me up at the airport upon my arrival ?
Yes, Our representative from Himalayan Sanctuary Adventure will be waiting you  outside the airport terminal. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel for overnight in Kathamndu.

Can I obtain the visa for Nepal on arrival at the airport ?
Yes, you can obtain the visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying USD 30 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days can be obtained by paying USD 50 and 125 respectively. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos.)

Can I use credit cards in the places I visit in trekking ?
Once you are out of the cities, all you need is cash. Please change the currency in local Nepali Rupees before you go to the mountains.

I am a Vegetarian, is that a Problem ?
No problem at all because mostly, the lodges serve the vegetarian meals. We always recommend our clients to eat vegetarian meals to avoid the food poisoning, eating heavy meals and non- vegetarian meals at the high altitude is not really safe for the stomach.

Do I need to bring toilet paper for the trek ?
Almost all the guest houses sell the toilet paper so you can buy it there itself. Hand sanitizer and a towel you must bring your own.

Where do we go to toilet along the trail ?
At most cases, you can use the toilet provided by the tea houses/lodges on the trail but normally in case of emergency, you just do toilet along the trail wherever you find privacy.

What sort of accommodation can I expect in Kathmandu, Pokhara and in trekking ?
We use standard rooms at 2 -star category hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast. Along the trekking routes, Teahouses/lodges generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. The lodges in trekking routes usually provide single and double rooms, or occasionally a dormitory style. At times when possible, dining will be around a bon fire. In teahouses, food will be prepared in the kitchen, which you should not enter without permission. The toilet in teahouses provides essential and basic facilities and is always outside the room.

What is the drinking water facility in the mountain ?
Bottled water is easily available at the lodges and teahouses, which you can buy at the cost of USD 1 at lower elevations upto USD 4 to higher elevation per liter.

If you are planning to drink normal water all the way during trek, purifying water with any sort of purification tablets or drop is must. You can bring your own purifier or can purchase it in Kathmandu.

How much additional money do I need per day ?
It depends on your spending habits. Generally, in Kathmandu and Pokhara you can allocate USD 10 to USD 15 for a lunch and a dinner. USD 10 to USD 15 per person a day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, pay for the hot shower and a few drinks during the trekking.

What is the weather & temperature like in trekking ?
One of the most unpredictable elements of the mountain is the weather. If you’re not properly prepared for the twists, turns and volatility of the conditions that can occur in this breathtaking region, you might find yourself in an uncomfortable and unpleasant situation.

Spring – March / April / May / June
During springtime, the average temperature is 20 degrees C (68 Degrees F), with a maximum of 25 degrees C (77 Degrees F), during sunny days and a minimum of 0 degrees C (32 Degrees F), in the morning and at night for areas above 2500 meters.

July / August Through Mid- September is Monsoon Season

This season is not really recommended to travel as it rains in the lower altitudes. There are positive sides of trekking during the monsoon months as the excess rainfall can provide ample chance to see spectacular views of the waterfall and it’s also the best season to avoid the crowds.

During this time, the average temperature is 25degrees C (77 Degrees F), with a maximum of 30 degrees C (86 Degrees F), during sunny days and a minimum of 5 degrees C (41 Degrees F), in the morning and at night for areas above 2500 meters.

Autumn – End of September / October / November
The average temperature during the fall is 20 degrees C (68 Degrees F), with a maximum temp of 25 degrees C (77 Degrees F), during sunny days and a minimum of -5 degrees C (23 Degrees F), in the morning and at night, for areas above 2500 meters altitude.

Winter- December/ January/ February
Winter start from mid December till mid February in this region. The average temperature during the winter is 10 degrees C (50 Degrees F), with a maximum temp of 17 degrees C (62.6 Degrees F), during sunny days and a minimum of -10 degrees C (14 Degrees F), in the morning and at night, for areas above 2500 meters altitude.

The above temperature is based on outside of the guesthouse temperature. No need worry about the cold temperature as we provide the sleeping bag plus the extra blanket to make sure our clients are warm enough during the time of need.

What is the temperature rating of the sleeping bag that you lend to trekkers ?
The temperature rating of the sleeping bags we provide are about -10 deg C (14 Deg Fahrenheit), our guide can provide liner or extra blanket from the lodge in the mountain if the sleeping bag is not warm enough for you

Do your guides have trekking guide certificates from the Hotel Management and Tourism Center ? Have they received first aid training for high altitude ?
Yes, they have all received a 45-day training from the Hotel Management and Tourism Center in Nepal. The guides have also received high altitude first aid training from KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Education Project)

What immunizations will I need ?
You don’t need to submit any immunization documents to enter Nepal however if you have been immunized with diphtheria TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus then that is a plus point but it’s not mandatory.We also recommend:A dental check-up prior to travelling. That you know your blood group in case of emergency

If I am sick can I continue the trek next day after a day rest ?
It totally depends on level of your sickness. Once you are sick in higher altitude you need to rest at lower altitude and it at least need 3 days to a week for the recovery.
If you are in private or solo trip you can discuss and decide with guide depending on your health status.
If you were in-group then this option would be limited so please make sure you discuss with guide and catch up the group later on.

Is there any communication while we are on trekking ?
There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes. Our guides are equipped with the local mobile phone. They carry the Nepal Telecom and Ncell Sim that has good network coverage.

Can I charge my digital camera or other equipment’s on my trip ?
These facilities will be available in most of the places in your hotel reception by paying some service charges. Remember to bring TWO and THREE pin travel adapters! You can also buy the adapters in the super markets or electronic shops in the Kathmandu. Our guide can help you with it.

Do you use yaks/porters on the trek or do we carry all of our own gear ?
While on the trek, our porter will take care of your luggage. All you need to carry is your small day bag for your personal belongings like camera, water bottle, sun cream etc.

Will there be a place to store items/clothing not required for the trek ?
The hotel in Kathmandu does provide the free storage services. So you can leave all your items that are not required for the trekking at your hotel.

Do I need to tip my guide and porters? How much would that be ?
This is a difficult thing to gauge. We have seen everything from USD 50 to USD 100 per person for guides and porters. Tipping is not required, but a small gesture of thanks to your guides and local porters. The level of the tip should reflect the level of satisfaction from and personal involvement with your guide. However, we recommend you to spend minimum 10% of your total trip cost for tipping entire local staffs, 

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