Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake Itinerary - 21 Days

annapurna circuit with tilicho lake

Annapurna Region is quite famous for its world-class trekking routes. This region offers many exotic and unspoiled trekking trails. Among them, Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake are very popular among trekkers.

This is a combined package, in which you will be walking the remote routes of this region and visiting one of the famous Lake Tilicho situated at an altitude of 4919 m.

Annapurna region is situated in the north-central part of the Himalayas in Nepal. This Annapurna Circuit trek with Tilicho Lake lies inside the Annapurna Conservation Area which is one of the largest Conservation Areas in Nepal. Annapurna circuit trek has been often considered one of the best long-distance treks.

The trekking routes for this region were officially opened in the year 1980. Trekkers usually trek these routes anticlockwise to avoid altitude sickness as doing this you climb slowly in higher elevation.

Lake Tilicho is located in the Manang district that is about 220 km (road and trek route) away from Pokhara. This lake is considered to be one of the highest lakes in Nepal. It is a popular side hike destination while trekking in Annapurna Circuit.

On this trek, you will be walking through trails filled with colorful Rhododendron viewing many magnificent mountains such as Mount Tilicho, Mount Annapurna I, Manaslu, Machhapuchhre, Nilgiri, Khangsar, etc.

You also get to see many beautiful Buddhist villages influenced by Tibetan culture. The majority of people living in these areas are Gurung, Thakali and Magar. The warm welcome and hospitality provided by the local residents will be a great memory for you.

Your journey begins as you head out of the busy city of Kathmandu towards Khudi. From where you start your trek towards Sirung and stay there for the night. Then you head towards Tilicho Base Camp walking for many days and staying in lodges for the night.

Reaching the base camp you now head towards Muktinath to Thorong La pass (5416m) the highest point of this trek. You will be passing many small settlements and staying in a few of them.

Returning back to Pokhara you stay there for the night and head back to the capital taking back beautiful memories of this trip.

Radiant Trek brings you Annapurna Circuit trek with Tilicho Lake itinerary of 21 days. That takes you through beautiful valleys and landscapes viewing unique vegetation of flora and fauna.

Highlights of Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake

  • Visit the desert of Nepal i.e. Manang
  • Reach the highest point of this trek – Thorong La Pass
  • Visit the holy temple – Muktinath
  • Marpha village which is renowned for its apple brandy
  • Visit the Tilicho Lake
  • Learn more about the Tibet influenced culture and traditions
  • View many great mountains
  • Colorful forests filled with unique flora and fauna
  • See Blue sheep in Yak Kharka
  • Visit the natural hot spring

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Day 1
Day 01: Kathmandu to Khudi

Today you begin Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake trek by heading towards Khudi from Kathmandu. It is around 8 hours’ drive covering a distance of 185 km.

You start by leaving the busy capital behind and driving along the sides of the Trishuli river through Prithivi highway. Along the way, you see many scenic views and small settlements of people.

Viewing them you reach Pokhara and head towards Besishar via Baglung Highway. You get to see the mesmerizing view of Mount Annapurna from these roads.

Reaching Besisahar you drive through off-beaten roads and reach Khudi which is situated at an altitude of 800 m above the sea level.

Khudi is a beautiful village that is popular for bird watching. You can also visit the local monasteries and markets of this place.

You stay here for the night.

Day 2
Day 02: Khudi to Sirung

You begin your Annapuran circuit with Tilicho lake trek by heading towards Sirung which is about 6 to 7 hours walk from Khudi.

Today you will be crossing many suspension bridges viewing waterfalls along the paths. Then taking up and downhills paths you cross fields of rice, wheat, etc.

After that, you enter the lush green forest filled with rhododendron, pines, oaks, etc. From there, you take steep trails and pass a small settlement of Tamang Community. Gradually you will reach Sirung.

Sirung is situated at an altitude of 2220 m above sea level. You get the close-up view of Mount Manaslu and Ngadi Chuli from here.

You stay here for the night.

Day 3
Day 03: Sirung to Jagat

On this day, you will be heading towards Jagat which is about 6 to 7 hours walk from Sirung. The trails between Sirung and Jagat are quite easy.

You begin your walk by heading out of the beautiful village and entering a dense forest filled with different species of birds and vegetation.

Today you will be passing through many villages and monasteries in the way. Then crossing several suspension bridges over the Marshayngdi river you head towards Jagat.

Jagat is situated at an altitude of 1300 m above sea level. You will be staying in one of the lodges for the night.

Day 4
Day 04: Jagat to Dharapani

In the 4th day of your Ananpura Circuit with Tielicho lake trek, you will be heading towards Dharapani which is about 7 to 8 hours’ walk from Dharapani.

You begin by descending in the trails and crossing a small stream. From there, you enter a colorful forest and make an ascend towards a sharp cliff. You can see Chyamje and the magnificent mount Annapurna from here.

Looking at the views you cross a suspension bridge and take a steep climb till Sattale. Then you again take a short descent through river banks and reach Tal (1700m). From here the roads get rough and windy.

After a few hours walk, you again cross a suspension bridge and arrive at Dharapani. You get to view several waterfalls along the way.

Dharapani is situated at an altitude of 1960 m above sea level. You stay here for tonight.

Day 5
Day 05: Dharapani to Chame

On your fifth day, you head towards Chame which is about 5 to 6 hours walk from Dharapani.

Walking through the trails you enter the forest filled with Oak, Pine, and Maple trees. Today you will be walking through many lush green forests.

While walking these trails, you get to see the astounding view of Mountains such as Lamjung Himal, Annapurna I, etc. There is also a small hot spring in these routes.

Chame is situated at an altitude of 2710 m above sea level. This is the headquarter of the Manang District. You will be staying the night here.

Day 6
Day 06: Chame to Pisang

On your Sixth day, you will be heading towards Pisang which is about 4 to 5 hours walk from Chame.

Heading out from Chame, you take a small steep path that leads through the lush green forest. Walking these forest trails you get to view the curved face rock.

From here onwards, the paths are very steep so you should walk carefully. These paths are the steepest part of Marshyangdi Valley.

After this, the valley starts widening up giving an awestruck view of Paungda Danda. Continue walking until you arrive at Pisang situated at an altitude of 3300 m above sea level.

You stay here for the night.

Day 7
Day 07: Pisang to Manang

This day, you head towards Manang which is about 6 to 7 hours walk from Pisang.

There are two ways to reach Manang and we will be taking the routes of Upper Pisang which leads through Ghyaru. These paths give out the awesome view of various mountains such as Pisang, Annapurna, etc.

You reach Manang viewing unique landscapes and vegetation. Manang is situated at an altitude of 3540 m above sea level. The climate is dry and cold here.

You stay here for the night.

Day 8
Day 08: Acclimatization Day at Manang

On your eighth day, you will be staying in Manang as today is your acclimatization day. You will be giving your body time to adjust to the climate higher up.

You can visit Barga Monastery which is one of the largest monasteries of this district. Or, you can hike up to Barga village where the Himalayan Rescue Association is situated. This place gives out information about Acute Mountain Sickness and other matters.

After a wonderful day, you stay here for the night.

Day 9
Day 09: Manang to Siri Kharka

On ninth day of you Annapurna Circuit trek with Tilicho lake, you will be heading towards Siri Kharka which is about 4 to 5 hours walk from Manang.

You head out through the western gates of Manang towards the beautiful Khangsar village. You will be walking through rugged roads today.

Siri Kharka is situated at an altitude of 4060 m above sea level. You will be staying here tonight.

Day 10
Day 10: Siri Kharka to Tilicho Base Camp

On the tenth day of your trip, you will be heading towards Tilicho base camp which is about 5 to 6 hours walk from Siri Kharka.

The routes between these areas are prone to a landslide but the walk is not that difficult. You will be walking in narrow paths throughout this day. You get to see many mesmerizing views as you head to the base camp.

Tilicho base camp is situated at an altitude of 4140 m above the sea level. You will be staying here for the day.

Day 11
Day 11: Day trip to Tilicho Lake and back to Base Camp

This is an important day of your trek as you will be heading towards Tilicho Lake which is situated at an altitude of 4919 m. This lake is considered one of the highest lakes in Nepal.

It is a turquoise color lake that shows the reflection of the hills surrounding it. This is a memorable sight that will amaze you.

After exploring the area you head back to Base camp and stay there for the night.

Day 12
Day 12: Tilicho Base Camp to Siri Kharka

On your twelfth day, you will again head back down to Siri Kharka which is 5 to 6 hours walk.

You will retrace your step viewing the mesmerizing scenes throughout the way. Reaching Siri Kharka at an elevation of 4060 m you will stay the night in one of the lodges.

Day 13
Day 13: Siri Kharka to Yak Kharka

On your thirteenth day, you will be heading towards Yak Kharka which is about a 4 to 5 hours walk from Siri Kharka.

You begin this trek by taking a downhill path that goes through a dense forest. If you are lucky you might also sight some wildlife along these trails. You also get to visit the ancient Monastery named Tare Gumba. It is a holy place for the locals living there.

Yak Kharka is situated at an altitude of 4040 m above the sea level. You will be staying here for the night.

Day 14
Day 14: Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi

On your fourteenth day of Annapurna Circuit trek with Tilicho lake, you will be heading towards Thorong Phedi which is about 3 to 4 hours walk from Yak Kharka.

You begin by climbing uphill trails and crossing a suspension bridge that leads toward a small village named Ledar. From there, you take a steep climb through towering cliffs and arrive at Thorong Phedi.

Thorong Phedi is the last village before you reach Thorong La Pass. It is situated at an altitude of 4600 m above sea level. You will be staying here for the night.

Day 15
Day 15: Thorong Phedi to Muktinath via Thorong La Pass

This day you will be heading towards Muktinath via Thorong La pass which is about 7 to 8 hours walk from Thorong Phedi.

You will be walking from east to west today. The trails are easy and safe so you don’t have to worry. You wake up early and make a steep climb towards Thorong La pass.

Thorong La Pass is one of the highest passes in the world situated at an altitude of 5416 m. You can take snaps and explore the area before heading towards Muktinath.

Muktinath is located at the foot of this pass which is at an elevation of 3800 m above sea level. Muktinath is a holy temple for Hindu and Buddhist people, every year many people travel to visit this temple.

You will be staying in one of the lodges for the night.

Day 16
Day 16: Muktinath to Marpha

Today you wake up early and visit the Holy Temple i.e. Muktinath. Lord Vishnu resides in this temple. You can also visit the ancient Gompa that resides near the temple.

This day you will be heading towards Marpha which is about a 4 to 5 hours walk from Muktinath. You begin by descending in the trails from Ranipauwa village towards Kagbeni.

After reaching Kagbeni, you will walk towards Jomsom and reach Marpha. The routes today are windy and dusty so you should cover your eyes and mouth.

Marpha is situated at an altitude of 2670 m above sea level. Marpha is a beautiful village that is famous for its Apple Brandy.

You will stay the night in one of the lodges.

Day 17
Day 17: Marpha to Kalopani

On your seventeenth day of Annapurna circuit Trek with Tilicho lake, you will be heading towards Kalopani which is about 5 to 6 hours walk from Marpha.

You will be taking a new route that leads through the Chokhopani village. While walking this trail, you will walk past the traditional village which is home for Thakali Community.

From here, you will be crossing a small river through the wooden bridge and walk through the new road that has been recently constructed.

Kalopani is situated at an altitude of 2530 m above sea level. You will be staying here for the night.

Today you get to see the amazing view of Mount Annapurna. Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, etc.

Day 18
Day 18: Kalopani to Tatopani

Today you will be heading towards Tatopani which is about 5 to 6 hours walk from Kalopani.

You walk up early today and cross a bridge from Ghasa and make a downhill walk. Then you enter a beautiful forest of different species of vegetation. From there you continue your trails and head down through the river banks.

After that, you cross a bridge from Dana and walk these trails until you reach Tatopani. It is situated at an altitude of 1200 m above sea level. This place is famous for its natural hot spring.

You can take a bath and relax here. You stay the night in one of the lodges.

Day 19
Day 19: Tatopani to Beni

This day of Annapurna circuit with Tilicho lake trek, you will be heading towards Beni which is about 4 to 5 hours’ walk from Tatopani.

Today you will be making many up and downhill walks till you reach Beni. Along these routes, you will also see the mesmerizing view of various mountains such as Ganesh Himal, Annapurna, Manaslu, etc.

Beni is situated at an altitude of 830 m above sea level. It is the headquarter of Myagdi district. You will stay the night in one of the lodges.

Day 20
Day 20: Beni to Pokhara

Today you will be driving back to Pokhara which is about 4 hours drive. Along these routes, you get to see green hills and various settlements. Viewing them you arrive Pokhara.

Pokhara is a beautiful city known as the city of lakes. This city offers many activities you can do such as boating in Phewa Tal, Cycling through the city, etc. You can fresh up and roam the city.

You will stay here for the night.

Day 21
Day 21: Pokhara to Kathmandu

This is the last day of your Annapurna circuit with Tilicho lake trek, today you head back to Kathmandu retracing the same routes. You return back with great memories of this trek.

Radiant trek hopes the information was helpful and you had a great vacation in these exotic trekking routes.

Best Time to Visit Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek

You must be wondering about the best time to visit Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake. Any time you visit will give you new experiences and memories. These routes are challenging so it depends on which season you would like to do the trek.

Nepal has four seasons i.e. Spring, Monsoon, Autumn, and Winter. Below we have provided you some information about these seasons:

Spring (March to May)

This is the season for a new beginning when you get to witness the valley slowly getting its greenery back. During these months the routes are crowded with trekkers.

The weather and temperature are just favorable with clear blue skies. You get to see flowers blooming throughout the forest trails. And also hear the sounds of birds chirping. If you are a nature lover this time of the year is just perfect.

Autumn (September to November)

This is the peak season of the year when nature gets enhanced beautifully. Along with it, the crowd reaches its maximum limit. During these months the beauty of nature that you witness will be astounding.

Already bloomed flora and fauna and the clear view of snowy peaks you get to see in these trails are just mesmerizing. But the crowded routes can be a disadvantage for this season. Finding proper rooms can be a bit difficult.

Winter (December to February)

These months are the coldest month of the year. The routes are filled with snow and the lakes are frozen during this time of the year.

The weather is warm during the day but as the sun sets it tends to get chilly by the moment. You should carry warm clothes for this season.

If you can handle cold this season is perfect for you. The mountain peaks covered with snow look quite remarkable.

Monsoon (June to August)

This season is when heavy downpours make the routes challenging in the lower region. During these months, the paths are slippery and muddy, also you will see leeches along the way.

There are high chances of landslides and flood during this time. Also, the raincloud blurs out the vision of Mountain peaks. But you get to see new species of Flora and Fauna due to continuous rainfall. These routes are filled with the researcher during the Monsoon season.

If you are thinking of trekking during these months then you should carry raincoat and boots along with you.

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Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake Itinerary