Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake

Trip Overview
  • Duration 20 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate or Grade B (**)
  • DestinationNepal
  • Meals & AccommodationBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Trip Start & EndKathmandu-Kathmandu
  • Trip TypeTrek
  • Major AttractionTilicho lake, Tilicho glaciers
  • Maximum Altitude4990m
  • Best TimeApril-May-June, September-October-November

Highlights

  • The Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Poon Hill Trek passes through lowland Brahmin and Chhetri villages to the remote village of Manang. Then, it descends the Kali Gandaki Gorge (officially the deepest gorge in the world).
  •  Tilicho Lake is the highest lake globally, which is the main attraction of this trek.
  •  Thorung La Pass (5416m) in the trek is one of the highest passes in the world, which trekkers can summit without climbing a mountain.
  •  The Sunrise view from Poon Hill is another main attraction of this trek
  • With a wide range of culturally rich ethnic groups and diverse terrain that ranges from subtropical jungle to high and dry landscape, the trek also includes spiritual hub Muktinath and Poon Hill, a famous viewpoint for panoramic mountain views.

Annapurna circuit trek, including Tilicho lake, is one of the best experiences trekking in Nepal. The highest lake in the world is Tilicho lake which is 5200 meters high from sea level. This Trek around Annapurna brings a unique experience of Hindu cultures, Buddhist cultures, the highest lake treks in Nepal, the widest pass trek in Nepal, the deepest gorge, delightful farming from low elevation to the high peak, the most expansive valley in Nepal and Annapurna views from the different angles. Annapurna circuit is a world popular and best trekking route. Mountain rock treks organizing this trekking for a long time. While trekking, you gain a different diversity of scenery, geography, people's living standard, climate, and trekking trail.
 

Annapurna Circuit trek with Tilicho Lake and Poon Hill Trek takes us to the world's highest lake in the Manang District of Nepal. This trek starts right from Besisahar and follows the Marsyangdi River with great views of Manaslu and Him Chuli to the east. This magnificent route leads you through traditional Manangi villages inhabited by friendly, habitual people who always offer a warm welcome amidst the magical, snow-capped Himalayas. The first part of the trail is that of the Annapurna Circuit Trekking. However, from Manang, we go to the central valley to the west and trek up to Tilicho Lake. Tilicho Lake collects the ice melt of the surrounding mountains and glaciers, including Tilichio peak and Tilichio glaciers. It is one of the highest lakes in the world, with its surface being 4990m. In 2001, Hindu pilgrims worldwide flocked to the lake, convinced it was a holy spot mentioned in the Ramayan - a holy book of the Hindus.

Our trail again joins the Annapurna circuit route and crosses the Thorong La pass, one of the highest passes in the world. We also climb up to Poon Hill, famous for its spectacular views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. On our 20-day journey, we pass through forests, cross pristine meadows, and experience the change in vegetation while being in the company of the glorious Himalayas. 

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Itinerary

You will be greeted by a Mountain Rock Treks representative on the first day following your arrival. We will explore Kathmandu, one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the following day. Next, we'll start our lengthy, 8–9-hour drive to Syange early the following morning. The following day, we will set out on our 7-8 hour hike to Dharapani. Kodo Village is another stop on the way to Dharapani. The following day, we will make a 5- to 6-hour walk to Chame. To get our first glimpse of the Paungda Danda rock face, we have to traverse a steep, narrow valley. Then, after a 5–6 hour trek, we will turn toward Pisang. From Pisang, it will take us 6-7 hours to walk to Manang. The next day will be our acclimatization day. To keep fit on the trails that follow, we keep ourselves busy with short hike to either Bhojo Gumba or Gangapurna Lake. Then next day we will hike to Siri Kharka for 4-5 hours. The following day we will head to Tilicho Base camp.

Then the next day we will visit Tilicho lake and back to Siri Kharka. We will walk for 5-6 hours. As we depart Siri Kharka, we descend into the town of Khangsar. We're going to Yak Kharka. The following day, a 3- to 4-hour climb will take us to Thorang Phedi. The following day, we must hike for 7-8 hours to cross one of the highest passes in the world, Thorong La. The following morning, we will go to Tatopani after visiting the Muktinath temple. We will hike to Ghorepani the following day for about 7-8 hours. The following morning, we'll hike to Poonhill early to catch the mesmerizing sunrise. After having a great day at Poonhill, we returned to Ghorepani for breakfast before going on to Tadapani. After eating breakfast in Tadapani, we gradually make our way down to the Gurung village of Ghandruk before continuing on to Nayapul. Then, we'll take a car to Pokhara. We'll make the lengthy drive to Kathmandu the next day (6-7 hrs by tourist bus). In Kathmandu, we'll have a farewell meal. A Mountain Rock Treks & Expeditions representative will drop you off at the airport.

Day to Day Info

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Upon our arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, you will meet a Mountain Rock Treks & Expedition representative, who will drop us at our hotel. After checking in, we take a rest or visit Mountain rock’s office. We may also stroll in the streets of Thamel, a tourist hub in Kathmandu, for some souvenir shopping. Mountain Rock in the evening will host a welcome dinner.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast-Lunch and Dinner
  • 1320m

After breakfast, we start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites, including the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambhunath), and the Buddhist shrine (Bouddhanath), which is one of the largest stupas in the world. There will be a pre-trip discussion at noon where we can meet our trek leader and other team members.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 1320m

We begin our long drive to Syange early in the morning. On the route, we get to enjoy the countryside of Nepal with its green hills, winding rivers, terraced farms, and of course, the mighty Himalayas. Overnight stay in Syange.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 8-9 hrs
  • 1100m

We enter Manang district after crossing a large bridge near Tal. The trail passes through barley, rice, and potato fields, and the waterfalls continue to accompany us even today. We also pass through the village of Kodo before reaching Dharapani, which is one of the biggest villages in the Manang valley. Overnight stay in Dharapani.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 7-8 hrs
  • 1960m

Today we negotiate a few steep forested ridges and several landslides on the route to Chame. We should not forget to look up, though, as we will meet with remarkable views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV (7,525m). We also come across small hot springs, which should help us relax for a while. Overnight stay in Chame.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 5-6 hrs
  • 2670m

We walk through a steep and narrow valley to have our first view of the Paungda Danda's rock face, a dramatic curved rock face rising 1500m from the river. We also gain excellent views of Annapurna 2 to the south and Pisang Peak to the northeast. Next, we descend to the Manang Valley floor enjoying the captivating landscape. Overnight stay in Pisang.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 5-6 hrs
  • 3310m

From Pisang, there are two routes to Manang. We choose the one which passes through Upper Pisang via Geru as it guarantees outstanding views of Mt. Annapurna, Pisang Peak, and others. As we walk near Manang, the climate becomes more cold and dry. However, a short visit to Barge Monastery, the biggest monastery in the Manang District, should cheer us up. Overnight stay in Manang.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 6-7 hrs
  • 3540m

To keep fit on the trails that follow, we keep ourselves busy today with a short hike to either Bhojo Gumba or Gangapurna Lake. If we have the energy, we can even hike to Vraga Village, where we can visit the Himalayan Rescue Association, which will give us some idea about Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Overnight stay in Manang.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 3540m

From Manang, we head out through the western gates and follow the path down to the river. We cross the river and continue walking on its southern side through coniferous forest. After reaching Kangsar Village, we walk further up towards Siri Kharka and pass a monastery on the way. The uphill walk could be tiring, but we will have Gungang Himal and Mt. Chulu in the backdrop to keep us company. Overnight stay in Siri Kharka.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 4-5 hours
  • 4065m

While the path from Siri Kharka to Tilicho Base Camp isn’t very steep or physically strenuous, it could be exhausting as we have to walk on narrow paths in loose scree and landslide area. Our trail goes through the middle of the landslide area, whereby we can see impressive rock formations along the route—overnight stay in Tilicho Base Camp.

  • Lodge/Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 5-6 Hours
  • 4140m

After the initial challenging, steep, switchbacked ascent, our trail continues to hug the side of the mountain in a gradual to steep incline before reaching the watershed. On the way, we enjoy yaks and deer grazing above and below our trail. On the other side is Tilicho Lake, a large, spectacularly set lake nestled at the foot of the north face of Tilicho Peak. The lake was referred to by the leader of the French expedition team as ‘The Great Ice Lake'. The Lake also holds an important place for the Hindus as this sacred lake features in one of the holiest texts of the Hindus, The Ramayan. Finally, we retrace our steps and return to Siri Kharka. Overnight stay in Siri Kharka.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 5-6 hrs
  • 4920m

We leave Siri Kharka and descend towards Khangsar Village. We pass Tare Gumba, a thousand-year-old monastery that is very important to the local people. Upon reaching Khangsar Village, we realize that it is uninhabited except for occasional herders during festival times. We follow a rock wall out of Khangsar. We walk further until we reach a seasonal bridge in the Thorang Khola valley. After crossing the river, we ascend for a while to a plateau. Next, walk furthermore until reaching Yak Kharka. Overnight stay in Yak Kharka.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and dinner
  • 4-5 hrs
  • 4040m

It is an uphill walk to Thorang Phedi. After walking for some time, we cross a suspension bridge and reach Ledar village. Then, we ascend and pass through towering cliffs before reaching Thorang Phedi, the last town before Thorong La. On this trip, we meet with one of the best views of Mt. Gudang, Mt. Syagang, Thorung Peak, and Mt. Khatungkan. Overnight stay in Thorang Phedi.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 3-4 hrs
  • 4420m

Crossing Thorong La pass, one of the highest passes in the world, will be our ultimate objective today. We will be crossing the pass from east to west (Manang to Muktinath), the easiest and safest direction. We get up around three in the morning and walk up the mountain. When we finally make it to the top, we realize that our journey was worth it. We can take a few photos before heading to Muktinath Valley at the foot of the Thorong La pass. Overnight in Muktinath.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 7-8 hrs
  • 3800m

In the morning, we visit the Muktinath Temple, a sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists. In Hinduism, this temple is a holy place called Mukti Kshetra, which means the "place of liberation or moksha." After visiting the sacred site, we drive to Tatopani and spend the night.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 6-8 hrs
  • 1200m

We left the Kali Gandaki and headed up the Ghar Khola valley, through a terraced farmland with mountains. We pass through the villages of Shikha and Chitre before reaching a beautiful rhododendron forest. In bloom, the rhododendron trees are full of pink or red flowers, with their average height of up to 100". Finally, we reach Ghorepani, a beautiful village located at a ridge top. Overnight stay in Ghorepani.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 7-8 hrs
  • 2850m

To catch the sunrise over the Himalayas, we make an early morning climb along the steep trail to the viewpoint of Poon Hill (3,210m/10,529ft), the most popular trekking destination in the Annapurna region. It is also a great viewpoint to enjoy the amazing views of Mustang, Pokhara, and more than 20 of the highest mountains, including the close-up views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. The snowy peaks of the high mountains loom above and around us, glowing in the morning light. After taking photographs, we return to Ghorepani. After breakfast, we head east and climb a nearby ridge. Finally, we descend through rhododendron forests, pass by spectacular waterfalls and reach Tadapani to spend the night.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 6-7 hrs
  • 2700m

The trek from Tadapani until Ghandruk will be through a thick forest of rhododendron trees. After trekking for a while, we enter the village of Ghandruk, a slope settlement with stone houses mostly inhabited by the Gurung people. We enjoy the towering views of the Fishtail, Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli mountains. We trek further to Naya Pul and then drive to Pokhara. Overnight stay in Pokhara.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 7 hrs
  • 820m

After breakfast, we say goodbye to the beautiful lake city of Pokhara and drive towards Kathmandu. After reaching Kathmandu, we have the rest of the day off to rest or do some souvenir activities. Finally, to celebrate the successful completion of our journey, we will have a farewell dinner.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 5-6 hrs
  • 1320m

Our adventure in Nepal comes to an end today! Mountain Rock representative will escort us to the airport approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight. On our way home, we have plenty of time to plan our next adventure in the beautiful country of Nepal.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast

Our team guides, porters and accompanying staff are locals with a broad knowledge about each and every location that we travel through.

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Trip Map

Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake map

Cost Details

Includes

  • Airport Pick up and drop-off service by Private Coach.
  • Two nights' accommodation with breakfast at a standard hotel in Kathmandu.
  • 1-night accommodation with breakfast at a traditional hotel in Pokhara.
  • There is three-time food in a day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) while trekking.
  • Tea House accommodation during the trek.
  • We provide a Professional English-speaking trekking guide (trained by the Ministry of tourism) with his food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, etc.
  • Local bus to go Besishar and Tourist Bus Ticket to Kathmandu.
  • Annapurna conservation permits & TIMS Permits.
  • Tourist service charge, Vat.
  • One map Annapurna Trekking for the group.

Excludes

  • International airfare and Nepal Visa Fees.
  • Nepal Travel insurance.
  • Food in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Travel/Medical insurance and Emergency evacuation cost if needed.
  • Personal expenses include phone calls, drinks, donations, souvenirs, etc.
  • Expenses occurred due to unavoidable Events, i.e., road wrecks, flight delays, etc.
  • Tips for guide, porter (it is expected).

Dates & Price

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Essential Info

1.TRAVEL INSURANCE

Our main priority is the safety of our visitors. So we suggest. If you consider an Annapurna Trek, you should consider purchasing travel insurance to cover any unexpected costs due to health difficulties, injuries, or accidents (including air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and other treatment costs). It will help if you take travel insurance and medical and accidental insurance. 

Your insurance coverage should also cover any additional activities you plan to participate in while in Nepal. There's a thin line between adventure and outright danger. What distinguishes them is their level of preparedness for a specific task. Leaving the comforts of home and entering the embrace of nature is an adventure; failing to ensure that you are adequately covered is a danger.

 

2. Food and Accommodation

I)Food

As for food, the Annapurna region has many hotels and tea houses that facilitate you with the best food items. 

Our package will offer you full-time food with breakfast, lunch, dinner, and tea and coffee. We will give the food as per the menu of the hotel or tea house. We prioritize Nepali food mainly. Therefore, they will serve Nepali food items, but if you wish to have a western food item, they will also prepare it upon your request.

II)Accommodation

For accommodation in the Annapurna region, you can find hotels, lodges, and restaurants. From mid-range to expensive resorts can be seen. While trekking, you may need to stop at local villages where you cannot find such facilities. The lodge costs a bit high than other options like the hotel. However, We will arrange your accommodation in tourist comfort hotels, motels, or resorts. The hotel will provide the room with a twin bed which demands you to share your room. In your demand, we can also arrange a triple bed or a single bed which cost a bit expensive compared to others.  

 

3. Heath /Fitness And Experience Requirments 

Because some portions of the climb are very strenuous and some days need 8-9 hours of constant walking, trekking throughout Annapurna Region requires exceptional stamina, tenacity, and good health. As a result, we recommend that you get medical counsel, medicine, and authorization before embarking on this adventure. Also, consult your local General Practitioner for professional advice on the essential Guide walks before embarking on the Annapurna Trek in Nepal. However, if you don't have access to a doctor, travel clinics can provide you with the most excellent guidance.

 

4. Travel Tips (ATM, ELECTRICITY, INTERNET, LUGGAGE, PERSONAL EXPENSES)

As mentioned earlier, we can find all types of hotels and lodges starting from mid-range to very standard. But if we are moving to the local community, we might not find clubs and hotels with all kinds of facilities. 

As for the facilities, there is no electricity in all of those locations. Therefore, it is preferable to have a backup plan. We may still use batteries and chargers for backup, but additional expenses will be. There are charging stations in the lodges where you may set your devices. You may have to pay a minimal cost for the service. Bring along additional chargers or a solar charger.

There may not be internet access in all locations, limiting your ability to use data. You may have to pay extra to utilize the internet. The internet connection throughout the walking trail is sporadic at best, and it only worsens as you climb higher.

Having cash on hand for your payments is recommended due to the lack of ATMs. It would help if you had to pay for things like power, internet, and other extras like bakeries and pastries and cash for tipping. Please bring extra cash to spend while trekking because there are no ATMs as we move to higher altitudes. You may need money on the road to buy additional beverages, food, or luxuries like a hot shower, internet, etc. 

In the hotel's locker room, provide free spaces for extra luggage. Each hiker can bring up to ten pounds of trekking tools (carried by porters). There aren't any ATMs, so have plenty of cash! Even in a "main" community like Jomsom, you might not find an ATM in the Annapurna region. Almost no tea houses or commercial enterprise accepts credit cards. 

 

5. Altitude Sickness And Prevention 

While trekking to the Annapurna region, moving to higher elevations will cause altitude sickness. In addition, you will be more likely to face AMS, which might worsen HACE( High Altitude Cerebral Edema) and HAPE(High Altitude Pulmonary Edema).

When people are traveling and rising or being moved to a higher level fast, altitude sickness is prevalent. Because lower the air pressure and oxygen levels are, the higher you climb. Our bodies can handle the change, but it will take time to acclimate. 

 So to prevent AMS, we will take two acclimatization breaks every thousand meters. We will trek at a higher altitude but sleep lower to cure this altitude sickness. If we suffer from acute mountain sickness, we will take rest immediately at the same place. To energize, we will drink more liquid to stay hydrated, like soup and water. If the case starts to get worse, we will have to take rescue by helicopter.

 

6. WHAT SHOULD I BRING?

The following is the list of the things and equipment that we will need to carry with us when you are heading on the journey. 

1. For the upper part of the body

HAT: You'll need a nice, wide-brimmed trekking hat to keep the sun off your face. Lightweight, simple to carry, and neck-covering styles are the best.  While trekking, wearing a hat can protect yourself from the sun on the trail.

HEADLAMP: Along with the hat, it is better to carry a headlamp with you during the trek. Headlamps are lights we can wear on a person's head. Due to their hands-free operation, these gadgets are great for trekking and hiking. It's ideal to have your hands free when hiking so you can deal with anything Mother Nature throws at you or pull your stuff.

 At night, trails can be hard to navigate. These footprints generally incorporate pebbles, tree roots, twigs, and even animals and resemble an uncharted maze. These hazards can be dangerous, and having your hands free allows you to catch yourself, move obstacles, sprint, or fend off an enraged rabbit on the track.

WOOLEN HAT: When you move to higher elevations, you get a high chance of being caught by cold. So, it is essential to carry a woolen hat with you for your protection. Not every hat is equally suitable for trekking, so it is safer to have a woolen hat; it will be available to you if you need it. 

SUN PROTECTING HAT(WITH WIDE BRIM): Day during your trial can be sunny, and the rays directly showered upon you. It will protect UV rays from entering your skin. We must be more careful regarding our heads and protect the scalp from sunburn and skin cancer. 

SUNGLASSES(WITH UV PROTECTION): As we move towards high altitude, the atmospheric layer becomes thinner, which increases exposure to harmful rays because the capacity to filter these rays becomes less. Therefore, we need to carry sunglasses to protect our eyes from harmful rays.

 

2. BODY PART

Waterproof jackets and trousers: Rain on the path is always possible, especially if you intend to hike between June and September (we strongly advise against walking in the region). We recommend bringing rain gear with you as a precaution, preferably a gore-tex membrane hardshell jacket. An inexpensive pair of waterproof pullovers will typically be enough for pants.

T-SHIRT: It is better to wear light clothes to avoid extreme sweating and discomfort during trekking. A t-shirt is best to wear during such trips. 

Clothing: Layering is a significant walk component due to the considerable fluctuation in altitude and temperature. You'll be able to quickly adapt to the climate and be comfortable and safe if you can add and remove layers of clothes while trekking. For example, if you intend on hiking during the cooler winter months of December through February, you'll want to bring some extra layers.

GLOVES: You will need to carry your gloves with you because gloves will help protect your hands from sweat, extreme weather conditions, and other inconvenient situations that may cause discomfort and injury.

 

LOWER BODY CLOTHING

THERMAL INNERS: Thermal inners are insulators between your body and the surrounding cold air. They trap body heat and prevent heat loss. Use the ones generally made with polyester or give extra comfort and flexibility.

TROUSERS: A full-length pair of trekking trousers provides solid path protection, preventing cuts and scratches from prickly plants, twigs, rocks, and other hazards. Trekking trousers allow you to travel much easier without the sound of rustling plants and enable you to get near to animals without making a nuisance.

DOWN JACKET: One of the most significant purchases you'll make is a down jacket. On a hiking or climbing journey throughout the journey, having the correct warm, insulating layer may make or break your pleasure level. So when you are heading for a trek in the Everest region, we must include a down jacket in your packing list. 

 

3. FOOTWEARS

TREKKING BOOTS: Trekking boots are necessary as they help to protect the foot and ankles during long-distance trekking. They are one of the essential items of trekking as they can determine a trekker's ability to walk long distances without injury.

SOCKS: A trekking sock is essential for avoiding blisters. Unlike a weak, stinking cotton sock, a hiking hose will not continually brush against the back of your foot and will give substantial protection from friction caused by your shoe. The socks maintain a constant temperature for the feet. Socks are incredibly soft and comfortable on foot.

 

4. OTHER TYPES OF EQUIPMENT FOR TREKKING

TREKKING POLES: Trekking poles intersperse your arms and shoulders into the trekking movement, allowing you to use better muscles to force yourself uphill and control your downhill. The result is an expansion in rate without an accumulation in leg soreness.

FIRST-AID KIT: First aid kits are a must-have for every trekker. They help you with necessary treatment during the trial. Thus to minimize the risk of infection or injury severity, we must take it with ourselves. A well-stocked kit contains items that treat burns, injuries, scrapes, and cuts.

SLEEPING BAGS: Though we will be staying in hotels and there will be services, still take no risk and carry a sleeping bag with you. If you want the best night's sleep on the trail, it is best to take your sleeping bags.

PERSONAL BAGS: When going on an outdoor trek, you want to be sure that you'll be comfortable the entire time. Personal bags are vital if you're hiking a long and challenging walk. The type of trekking backpack you use will significantly impact how pleasant your adventure will be. If you're carrying many goods, you'll need a bag that distributes the weight properly, so you don't get tired soon.

 

7. PASSPORT AND VISA

It is relatively simple to acquire a visa for Nepal. You can apply for a visa at your nearest Nepalese Embassy/Consulate or Mission office in your home country or buy one when you arrive at Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport. To apply for a visa, you'll need two passport-sized photos, US dollar visa costs, and a valid passport for at least six months before your travel. Nationals of the SAARC (India, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Maldives, and Afghanistan) and China, on the other hand, do not need a visa to enter Nepal. However, a transit visa is only valid for three days for foreign nationals. As a result, for more extended visits, a permit is necessary.

A passport is very crucial to travel in Nepal. In addition, if you want to do mountain trekking, you will have to get a mountain license. 

 

8. BANKING AND ATM

Our packages usually include meals and lodging, but you may require cash for personal expenses. There is a lower likelihood of finding an ATM or no ATM on the ABC trail. . Before you go on the walk, make sure you have enough cash. As mentioned above, there is no ATM in the Annapurna region everywhere, so It is better not to depend on ATMs for the expenses. The hotels and lodges also mostly accept cash rather than online payments, so it's more convenient to take enough money with you.  

 

9. GUIDES PORTER AND TIPPING SYSTEM IN NEPAL

Solo trekking, group trekking, or a couple of trekking without a guide will be difficult, so it is necessary to take a guide with you whenever you plan to trek. In addition, the trail in the Annapurna region might not be familiar to you if you are traveling for the first time. 

Since you will have to carry many trekking equipments, it will be convenient and helpful if you take a porter. The porter will help you maintain the luggage, and the Guide will help you take the right trail. 

While traveling, you may face uncertainties. For example, you may suffer from altitude sickness and AMS (Acute mountain sickness), so to help you during such situations, we need to take a guide with us.  

As for the tips for guides and porters will set you back 10% of the total price. Ten percent of the cost is for the Guide and porter. Mountain Rock Treks provide sixty percent to the Guide's tips and 40 percent to the porter.

 

9. BOOKING TERMS AND CONDITIONS

We are flexible with bookings. However, you must pay a 25% deposit when you confirm, with the remainder due upon arrival. There are no hidden fees with us.

If you want to join a group, we have different terms and conditions that you may learn about by contacting us.

Mountain Rock Treks & Expedition Pvt. Ltd. handles all of our reservations. Fill out a Booking Form and send it to the firm together with your deposits and insurance payment to book a package (if applicable). You must pay a non-refundable deposit of 25% of the trip charge at booking for all trips. You can pay the remaining payment once you arrive in Kathmandu and before the tour.

 The Company or its Agent should receive the non-refundable deposit. When arranging a custom holiday with the firm,  Mountain Rock Treks will advise you of the needed cost for the Treks. 

You are booking with a bank transfer or a credit card deposit (Visa or MasterCard).

10. LAST-MINUTE BOOKING FOR ANNAPURNA REGION TREKKING

We are flexible with bookings. However, we are not refundable for last-minute cancellations. To ensure your seat on one of our Annapurna region trekking packages at the last minute, you must pay the entire package amount.

We'll try our best to get everything in order before the deadline. So arrive in Kathmandu at least a day ahead of time for the experience. Please get in touch with us directly for further details.

The cancellation of a Client's order must be made in writing and verified by the Company. The date the Company or its Agents receives the cancellation request will determine the cancellation charge. 

You will forfeit the 25% deposit if you decide to cancel at the last minute after you have confirmed it. If you choose to cancel your trip after it has begun for any reason, you will be responsible for the total cost of the trip. Once you've started your journey, we can't give you a refund. Therefore, the Client should obtain cancellation insurance at booking.

 

HOW DIFFICULT IS THE ANNAPURNA REGION TREK?

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  • ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT TREKKING (MODERATE)
  • ANNAPURNA GURUNG HERITAGE TRAIL TREK (MODERATE)
  • ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT TREK WITH TILICHO LAKE (MODERATE)
  • SHORT ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP TREK (STRENUOUS)
  • ROYAL TREK (EASY)
  • GHOREPANI SUNRISE TREK (DIFFICULT)
  • KHOPRA DANDA TREK (DIFFICULT)
  • BAGLUNG PANI AND GHANPOKHARA TREK (DIFFICULT)
  • TILICHO LAKE WITH MESOKANTO PASS (DIFFICULT)

FAQs

  • Q1. How do we get in Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake trek?

    Tilicho Lake Trek with Annapurna Circuit is an ultimate adventure in the Annapurna region. This trek will present you surreal beauty of the Himalayas and a thrilling adventure. To be part of this amazing trek, you can contact us any time. We, Mountain Rock Treks & Expedition is running this trek for many years. We have professionally designed our Tilicho Lake Trek with Annapurna Circuit itinerary to cover all the main places. We also make tailor-made itineraries to cater to your requirements. For further information regarding cost, time, or anything send us a mail at [email protected] 

  • No, it is not mandatory to go with a guide and porter on this trek. However, Tilicho Lake Trek with Annapurna Circuit is a long trek and trekking alone can be very tiresome and exhausting while carrying your loads. Guides & porters will help you make the journey a lot easier. You can spend most of the time exploring rather than carrying the goods. Likewise, a guide & porter will also help you a lot with information about the region, villages, and locals. 

  • To go on Tilicho Lake Trek with Annapurna Circuit, you need to take a permit from the Nepal government before the commencement of the trek. You will not get permits on the way, it should be arranged beforehand. 

  • These are the places where you can get permits:

    • Tourist Center in Pokhara 
    • Tourist Center in Kathmandu (Bhrikutimandap, Pradarshani Marg, ~20 min walk from Thamel)
    • Accredited trekking agency if you decide to go with an agency
    • At the beginning of the trek to TIMS offices
  • These are the permits you will need to go on this trek:

    TIMS

    • SAARC nationals: NPR 600, about $6
    • Other nationals: NPR 2000, about $200
  • Generally speaking, April and May or October and November are considered to be the best months for hiking on the Annapurna Circuit. Traveling to high elevations during these two seasons is not too cold due of the normally clear and dry weather.

  • The Tilicho Lake Trek is moderately demanding. The walk comprises a trail with numerous steep ascents and descents, difficult terrain, and surfaces that become ice and slippery in the winter and during wet seasons. The highest pass, Thorong La Pass, is located at 5416 m, and Tilicho Lake is located at 4919 m.

  • Currently, Tilicho Lake,  in Nepal, holds the title of highest lake in the world. It is located at a height of 4,919 meters. Singarkharka, a rural municipality in Chame, is where the recently found Kajin Sara lake sits.

  • The 4949-meter-high Tilicho Lake is located at the base of the summit. The entire glacier from the Tilicho peak's slope is the lake's source. From December to April, the lake is frozen over.

  • The Nepal Himalayas' most difficult pass, Thorong-La (Mountain Pass), in the Mustang District, is 5416 meters high. Nevertheless, this is one of Nepal's most traveled passes.

  • Tilicho Lake lacks any amenities for the general public. Due to the difficult shoreline and the chilly water temperatures, swimming and boating are not permitted.

Client Reviews

  • breathtaking journey

    In the midst of the enchanted, snow-capped Himalayas, this breathtaking journey takes you past traditional Manangi villages populated by amiable, dependable people who always extend a warm welcome. The Annapurna Circuit Trekking is the trail's initial segment. However, we journey to Tilicho Lake from Manang's central valley in the west. Tilicho Peak and Tilicho Glaciers are just two of the nearby mountains and glaciers whose ice melts into Tilicho Lake. With Mountain Rock, I had a fantastic journey.

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    BrockGermanyJune 22, 2022
  • best experiences

    The hike was absolutely ideal. The hike was one of our best experiences ever thanks to Mountain Rock staff. They helped us arrange for the Annapurna Circuit Trek. Gopal, our guide, was incredibly knowledgeable and helpful. He led the way while also supporting the entire team. Since there was no pressure, we could savor each second in the mountains. Because of me, we were continuously running behind schedule, yet Gopal never abandoned us. The rooms and cuisine met our needs and were priced quite affordably. If you ever want to visit Nepal, you should unquestionably go with Mountain Rock.

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    Hamish GlasheenUnited StatesApril 13, 2022
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