Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake- 20 Day

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

Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek in Annapurna Region 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 and 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 has been organizing this 20 Day Annapurna Circuit Trek Linking Tilicho Lake for a long time. While trekking, you gain a different diversity of scenery, geography, people's living standards, 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 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 Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake Itinerary 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 Tilicho Lake trekking with Annapurna Circuit 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 Annapurna Tilicho Lake Trek, we pass through forests, cross pristine meadows, and experience the change in vegetation while being in the company of the glorious Himalayas. 

Annapurna Circuit Trekking With Tilicho Lake Trek Major 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 to the Kali Gandaki Gorge (officially the deepest gorge in the world).
  •  Tilicho Lake is the highest lake globally and 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.
  • Tread and visit places like Manang, and Muktinath which are the epitomes of the lifestyles and culture.
  • Get the glimpse of breath-taking Himalayan landscapes of Annapurna, Thorung Peak, Nilgiri, Chulu, Thukuche, Dhaulagiri, and others on Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek. 
  • This trail is supremely adventurous, a combination of cultural events and natural scenery of the Annapurna region that lasts for 20 days.
  • Pay a visit to the Bhraga monastery and the Manang settlements.

What Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake Trek Package Offers?

The 20-day Annapurna Circuit Trekking with Tilicho Lake is a great Himalayan adventure which you can join from Pokhara or Kathmandu. The package offers experienced guides, porters (who carry all of the gear), three meals, tea house accommodations per day, permits, etc. 

Travelers get an opportunity to travel through the different habitats – from luscious green valleys enriched with flora and fauna to uphill paths with the unobstructed view of the Annapurna range to the main view of the Annapurna range. Walking to Tilicho Lake (4919m) can be hard at first, but it provides a fantastic view of the glacier from the top. here are more of what the package offers for the traveler below: 

  • A full-guided 20-day Annapurna Tilicho Lake Trek Itinerary, which will take you along the classic route and also will give you a chance to reach Tilicho Lake, the highest lake for its size in the world. 
  • Every meal during the trekking (from breakfast to dinner) and accommodations at the tea houses. 
  • The assistance crew consists of a native guide who will guide you on the route, porters who will carry the trekkers’ luggage, and an assistant guide on the Trekking in Annapurna Circuit Tilicho Lake package. 
  • Chance to take on the challenges of the high Himalayas alongside the stillness, calmness, and beauty of national parks in the form of varied landscape structures and cultural/geographical diversity.
  • The privilege to accomplish the toughest trek, the Thorong-La Pass (5,416m), between the mountain ranges.
  • With the package, you reach the best viewpoints all over the trekking distance. One of the best viewpoint destinations included in the package is Poonhill, where you see the panorama of Mt. Dhaulagiri and Annapurna peaks involve climbing up to Poon Hill.

Can a Beginner Join the Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake?

Even though the 20 Day Annapurna Circuit Trek Linking Tilicho Lake is recognized as challenging, beginners can still join it with some good preparation. The trek’s highest point is 5,416 meters, Thorong La Pass, which needs a well-equipped fitness level to traverse it. Here are some of the considerations to make before Joining this hike as a beginner: 

  • As a beginner, you should climb by stairs or hike smaller hills and do this for a few months before the trek. Ensure that you are sure you can handle a 5-6 hour walking level, including steep climbs and descents on Annapurna Circuit Trek connecting the Tilicho Lake route. 
  • Because the trek lasts almost 20 days, hikers with little or no hiking experience should be accompanied by a guide who knows the trail and porters to carry the heavy gear.
  •  Climbing slowly, keeping physically fit and hydrated, and not overdoing are crucial to hiking at high altitudes.

Best Annapurna Circuit Trekking and Tilicho Lake 20 Day Itinerary From Pokhara or Kathmandu

We at Mountain Rock Treks provide the best itinerary for Annapurna Circuit Tilicho trekking, which is carefully structured to ensure your security and happiness.

You can choose to start the trek in Kathmandu, the capital, or Pokhara, a lovely lakeside city cuddled between mountains. We know that our consumers differ in their expectations and requirements. For this, we offer a customized option on the trek packages that will be tailored to your level of fitness, interests, and traveling style.

Annapurna Circuit Trek Linking Tilicho Lake route takes us through magnificent yet challenging mountains. At Mountain Rock Treks, we place safety first by guiding you through proper acclimatization. An itinerary has been well planned with gradual elevation gains and rest days intentionally placed. We do so to reduce the risk of altitude sickness, enabling you to enjoy the unique Himalayan experience to the fullest.

Contact Mountain Rock Treks today and we'll work closely with you to customize your Annapurna Circuit trek itinerary, ensuring it aligns perfectly with your desires. 

Is Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake Right for You?

  • If you want a peaceful trekking experience rather than a crowded one like the Everest Base Camp trek, this 20-day hike is right for you. It draws fewer tourists and has a chance to interact with the local people along the journey. 
  • It's perfect for those with good fitness and can sustain a 5-6-hour trek under a moderate elevation without discomfort. For this, you are reasonably good at physical conditioning.
  • Annapurna Circuit Trek combining Tilicho Lake may be the ideal trek for travelers who love the homey life in a mountain hut and long trailside walking. Provides a thrilling and memorable hike.
  •  Living among the locals allows you to explore culture —chatting with friendly locals and teahouse attendants, visiting ancient monasteries, and marveling at Buddhist stupas and mani stones. This is a great experience if you crave to learn about the local culture, way of life, etc. 
  • If you prefer luxury, then this Annapurna Tilicho Lake Trek 20 Day is not for you, as these remote places do not provide anything but basic accommodations.
  • Not the best choice for persons who cannot withstand height and low pressure. It can be dangerous to hike to 17,769 ft, knowing that altitude sickness is a lurking risk.
  •  A trip perfect for people who are relatively fit and want to have incredible Himalayan views that will stretch around the Annapurna range during a course of 2-3 weeks.

Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake 2024 and 2025

The  Annapurna Circuit Trek and Tilicho Lake costs range from $930 to $1,130 USD per person, depending on the group size. The cost includes all teahouse accommodations, breakfast, lunch, and dinner, an English-speaking knowledgeable guide, a professional porter to carry the bags, necessary permits, and fees. 

The price of trekking in Annapurna Circuit Tilicho Lake fluctuates depending on the group's size. While participating in a group, the cost is divided among the number of participants. Here are the costs we offer for different no of people below:

No Of Pax

Cost Per Person



$ 1130



$ 1009





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You will be greeted by a Mountain Rock Treks representative on the first day following your arrival at Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake Itinerary. 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 on 20 Day Annapurna Circuit Trek Linking Tilicho Lake journey. 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 go back to Siri Kharka. We will walk for 5-6 hours. As we depart Siri Kharka, we descend into the town of Khangsar following the Annapurna Circuit Trek connecting Tilicho Lake Itinerary. We're going to Yak Kharka. A 3- to 4-hour climb will take us to Thorang Phedi the following day. 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 for about 7-8 hours the following day. We'll hike to Poonhill early the following morning to catch the mesmerizing sunrise. After a great day at Poonhill, we returned to Ghorepani for breakfast before going 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 ending your Tilicho Lake trekking with Annapurna Circuit Itinerary 20 Days. 

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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, you can take a rest or visit Mountain Rock’s office if you want to know more information about the Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake. You 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
  • 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. At noon, there will be a pre-trip discussion on 20 Day Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake Itinerary where we can meet our trek leader and other team members.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast
  • 1320m

We begin our long drive to Syange early in the morning which is the starting point of the Annapurna Tilicho Lake Trek 20 day trip. On the Annapurna Tilicho Lake Trek 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 as per scheduled on Annapurna Circuit Trek combining Tilicho Lake Itinerary.

  • 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. Overnight stay at one of the tea houses of Chame will be booked as per the 20 Day Annapurna Circuit Trek Linking Tilicho Lake Itinerary.

  • 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. Finally, we reach the day's destination on the Trekking in Annapurna Circuit Tilicho Lake Itinerary ie Pisang. 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 you have the energy, we can visit Vraga Village on 20 Day Annapurna Circuit Trek Linking Tilicho Lake. Here traveller can 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 on the 10th day of the Annapurna Circuit Trek combining Tilicho Lake journey 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, where 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 11th day of the Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake Itinerary, 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 is one of the main Highlights of the Annapurna Tilicho Lake Trek Itinerary. Crossing it and enjoying the views around the pass 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 as per the 20 Day Annapurna Circuit Trek Linking Tilicho Lake Itinerary. 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 an average height of up to 100". Finally, we reach Ghorepani a destination of the day on the Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake Itinerary. It is 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, following the Tilicho Lake trekking with Annapurna Circuit Itinerary 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
  • 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 Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho lake Trek journey, we will have a farewell dinner.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast
  • 5-6 hrs
  • 1320m

Our 20 Day Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho lake Trek Itinerary 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

We are pleased to offer the flexibility of tailoring your journey to your desired duration and places, whether extended or shortened, as our proficient team of locals-cum-guides, porters, and accompanying staff have an in-depth understanding of every location traveled.

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Trip Map

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Cost Details


  • 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.


  • 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

Upcoming Departure

Few Seats AvailableStarts: MondayJul 08, 2024
Ends: SaturdayJul 27, 2024
Status: AvailableUS$930

Essential Info

Best Time for Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake

The best time for the 20 Day Annapurna Circuit Trek Linking Tilicho Lake is definitely spring (March-April) or autumn (October-November). The weather is mainly warm and sunny, with more visibility to the mountain as there are fewer clouds. It is tolerable to hike during the day as trails are usually snow-free. However, a blanket or a sleeping bag will be necessary at night. The Annapurna range can be perfectly seen in the clear sky as you hike. The peak trekking season also takes place at this time. Therefore, it is better to reserve accommodation in advance. The sky above and the green valleys below make it ideal for visiting the trails when the flowers blossom or trees change colors. 

Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake in Autumn Highlights

  • Beautiful, shady surroundings with bright and blooming wildflowers. 
  • Chance of escaping haze and clouds, hence getting the stunning views of mountains and Tilicho Lake.
  • Appreciate the rolling hills covered with terraced fields with your own eyes. 

Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake in Spring Highlights

  • The scenic beauty of the Rhododendron forest is in full bloom, with amazing red, pink, and white flowers.
  • Few people compared to those masses of the rule of the Fall hiking.
  • Towering white-capped mountains contrast with the crystal clear views of Tilicho Lake – one of the highest lakes in the globe on  Tilicho Lake trekking with the Annapurna Circuit route.
  •  Thorung La's pass (5,416m) occurred with snow much more minimal than other passes.
  • Moderate Temperature with minimal chance of Rainfall

Accommodations Facilities On Annapurna Circuit Trekking with Tilicho Lake

The accommodation facility on the 20 Day Annapurna Circuit Trek Linking Tilicho Lake is basic and cosy, and it is in tea houses on the way. When in Kathmandu, you shall lodge at regular hotels. Nonetheless, as you enter the territory of the Annapurna region, tiny tea houses with simple furnishing, all of which act as vital resting points for hikers, await you. 

In lower-elevation tea houses, you will be provided with accommodation services that are pretty cosy and comfortable with other amenities. Nevertheless, accessing these comforts at higher altitudes enroute of Tilicho Lake trekking with Annapurna Circuit 20 Day is more complicated and rudimentary. Generally speaking, all tea houses have at least two bedded rooms, a thick warm blanket, and a table/ chair. 

Some tea houses also furnish compact, private bathroom apartments, while public bathrooms are clean and spacious. The cosy rooms are clean and make for a nice and warm encounter place after a long day of hiking.

The dining halls of the tea houses you stay on trekking in Annapurna Circuit Tilicho Lake journey have more space. The stove is also there so trekkers can relish the time by the fire, burning for warmth over meals. Apart from that, every guest gets a blanket in each guesthouse.4

After cold chills and toiling days of hiking along the slopes, tea houses are home to let your tired legs rest and replenish your energy with other trekkers. The comforting simplicity of mountain lodges lets you sleep easily and continue your journey ahead. Though the facilities are pretty simple, especially in the higher elevations, they offer the required amenities for relief after your long journey against the mountains.

Physical Fitness Required For 20 Day Annapurna Circuit Trekking with Tilicho Lake

This trek requires a moderate to high level of fitness. You'll walk 4-8 hours daily, climb to altitudes over 5,400m, and cross challenging mountain passes. The Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Journey is achievable for fit trekkers with the right mindset and preparation. Your efforts will be well rewarded when surrounded by the majestic Himalayas.

  • You'll need to be able to walk for consecutive days while gaining over 1,000m in elevation. Start training months in advance with cardio exercises like running, swimming, or hiking while carrying a heavy pack. 
  • In addition to endurance, you'll need leg strength to ascend steep, rugged terrain. Do exercises like squats, lunges, and calf raises. Work your core as well since strong core muscles will aid your balance.
  • Traveling to high altitudes, especially above 4,000m on the Annapurna Circuit Trek combining Tilicho Lake route, can be difficult for some. Ascend slowly to allow your body to acclimatize. Stay hydrated, get enough rest, and be alert for signs of altitude sickness like headaches, nausea, or dizziness. Descending to a lower altitude may be necessary in severe cases. 
  • A multi-day trek at a high altitude requires mental stamina. You'll face extreme weather, basic accommodations, and physical exhaustion. 
  • Come prepared for adversity and stay focused on the rewards of completing this epic journey. 

Three Meals a Day On Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake

Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek package includes three meals facility daily for 20 days to recharge trekkers under the soaring high-altitude routes. Almost every food meal is prepared at the tea houses. These fulfilling meals are meticulously formulated to provide the trekkers with the sustained energy and the required nutrients to accompany them all along their long and difficult 10 to 15 km daily hiking streams at heights reaching 5400 meters.

You'll wake up around 6 am-7 am to get an early start on the day's trekking. A typical breakfast menu of the Trekking in Annapurna Circuit Tilicho lake consists of porridge, eggs (scrambled or fried), toast, and tea or coffee. The porridge provides carbohydrates for energy, while the eggs offer protein to keep you full. Eat up, and you'll trek for 6-8 hours today.

Lunch is usually in a tea house along the trail around midday. Dal Bhat and steamed rice, lentil soup, and curried vegetables are popular. It's filling and provides energy for the afternoon's hike. You may also find momos (dumplings), chow mein, or pizza. Grab snacks like granola bars, trail mix, or fresh fruit for an energy boost.

After reaching the destination for a day following the 20 Day Annapurna Circuit Trek Linking Tilicho Lake Itinerary, you will head toward the teahouse for dinner and an overnight stay. Dinner will generally be served at around 6 pm- 8 Pm. Similar to lunch, dal bhat is common. You may also find pasta, spring rolls, or Nepali thali (a platter of rice, curries, pickles, and papad). A hot cup of tea, coffee, or hot chocolate tops off the meal and warms you for the night.

How to Prepare For Annapurna Circuit Trekking With Tilicho Lake Trek

Before setting off on the Annapurna Tilicho trek of 20 days, thorough preparation is essential. Trekking at high altitudes can be demanding, so you'll want to make sure you're physically and mentally ready for the challenge.

  • Train by hiking, climbing stairs, and doing leg exercises like squats and lunges. Build up your endurance over several months. The fitter you are, the more you'll enjoy the trek.
  • You'll need a backpack, hiking boots, layers of clothing, a down jacket, a sleeping bag, and other essentials. Pack light, as porters will carry your bags between villages. Choose high-quality gear suited for cold weather and high altitude.
  • For your Annapurna Circuit Trek connecting Tilicho Lake journey, hire an experienced guide and porters to ensure your safety, handle logistics, and enrich your experience. They can advise you on pacing and help in case of emergencies.
  • The circuit reaches up to 17,770 feet, so altitude sickness is risky. Ascend slowly, stay hydrated, and be ready to descend if symptoms appear. See your doctor about medication or oxygen.
  • The trek passes through many ethnic villages. Do some reading to appreciate the local cultures, religions and way of life. Carry some basic Nepali phrases to interact with locals. Support the local economy by purchasing handicrafts and locally-grown foods.

Also, check out our article on how to prepare for Annapurna Circuit Trek.

Altitude Sickness on Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake Trek

The chance to get altitude sickness is real on this Annapurna Circuit Trek combining Tilicho Lake adventure, but taking your time and listening to your body can help ensure you make it over Thorung La Pass in good health.  

Be alert for signs of altitude sickness like headaches, dizziness, nausea, and shortness of breath. More severe symptoms include coughing, chest tightness, and lack of coordination. If symptoms appear, stop ascending and descend to a lower altitude. Severe cases require immediate evacuation.

Most trekkers can complete this 20 Day Trekking in Annapurna Circuit Tilicho lake trip without issues with the proper acclimatisation schedule. But don't hesitate to turn around if needed - your safety is the top priority.

Taking it slow is critical to avoiding altitude sickness on this trek. As you ascend from Besisahar (760m) to the Thorung La Pass (5416m), your body needs time to adjust to the decreasing oxygen levels. Move higher only 300-500m per day, and take an acclimatization day for every 1000m gained. On acclimatization days, you can do light activities like hiking around the village or reading a book. Drink plenty of water, avoid alcohol and heavy exertion.

Travel Insurance Requirement Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake Trek

Trekking in Nepal, especially in remote areas like Annapurna Circuit Trek connecting Tilicho Lake trail, comes with inherent risks. Altitude sickness, injuries, weather events, and other unforeseen circumstances could disrupt or end your trek. For this reason, purchasing comprehensive and best travel insurance for Nepal trekking and peak climbing is an absolute must. Travel insurance will provide coverage in case you need emergency evacuation or medical care. Helicopter rescues, should necessary, can cost up to USD 10,000. Medical care in Nepal is essential, so insurance provides peace of mind in a health emergency. It will also reimburse you for non-refundable trek costs should you need to cancel or cut your trip short due to injury, illness, or other covered reasons. Here are some things to know before getting travel insurance for Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake trip below:

  • Look for a policy covering trekking up to high altitudes in developing countries. Ensure it includes emergency medical evacuation, hospital stays, and cancelation/interruption coverage. 
  • Adventure travel policies from World Nomads, IMG, and Ripcord are popular and trusted options for trekkers. Compare policies and costs to find one that suits your needs and budget.
  • Once you've purchased a policy, understand the details of your coverage and keep copies of your documentation with you during your trek if you need to make a claim. 
  • Your guide can help facilitate emergency evacuation or hospital care, but you will still need to pay costs upfront before your insurance provider reimburses you. 

Guide and Porter Service For Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake Trek

A guide and porter service is highly recommended for the 20 Days Annapurna Circuit trek with Tilicho Lake. Finding your way through remote mountain trails can be challenging, and a knowledgeable guide will ensure you stay on the right path. 

Local guides and porters depend on tourism for their livelihood, so hiring them helps support the local economy. Porters will carry most of your gear, leaving you to enjoy the stunning scenery with a light day pack. For the Trekking in Annapurna Circuit Tilicho Lake, aim for one porter to carry equipment and supplies for every two trekkers.

When booking a guide and porter service, go through a reputable trekking agency. They will match you with experienced guides and porters who know the trails well. Discuss the itinerary beforehand to set proper expectations for pace, stops, and side trips. Come prepared with gear for various weather conditions, as mountain weather can change quickly. Your guide can help determine how many days you need based on your fitness level.

Transportation Service on Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake Trek

Transportation is covered throughout your 20-day Annapurna Circuit trek and Tilicho Lake venture. Here are the transportation facilities included in the trip below:

Private Airport Pick-Up

When you land in Kathmandu, you will be picked up by a private vehicle and then taken to the city lodge to rest. No longer is there a need to figure out the way on unknown streets or take taxis to get to your accommodations on arrival. 

Return Airport Transfer

 After your Annapurna Tilicho Lake Trek ends, you will go back to Kathmandu airport by another private vehicle to board your departure flight.

Kathmandu to Syange Transportation

The bus ride from the capital city, Kathmandu, to Syange, is the starting point of the Annapurna Circuit trekking with Tilicho Lake trek included in the trek package. This bus journey is a visual feast showing how life unfolds from the city's heart. Besides, the transportation services included in the package guarantee that the trekkers can comfortably reach the trailhead assistance and return from the finish. You can catch a great view of the mountain ranges from Kathmandu during the drive to Syange. This is where you start touring this superb Annapurna trekking. 

Tourist Bus Return

After completing the circuit trek, unwind on a comfortable ride back to Pokhara and then to Kathmandu.

Difficulty Level of Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake Trek

The 3-week Annapurna Circuit Trek and Tilicho Lake venture is a pure blend of excitement and difficulties you can face when you are on the lap of the Himalayas. A route reaching the highest elevation at 5364m is in the 'moderately tough' category, subject to high altitude, rocky mountainous terrain, and shifty weather conditions. Crossing the Thorong La Pass is a difficult path; therefore, most of the year, it gets closed due to the extremely cold climate and much snow. 

The 20 Day trekking in Annapurna Circuit Tilicho lake is a moderately tricky high-altitude route for trekkers. Some of the difficulties of the trek are the increased altitude, remote trails, unpredictability of weather, etc., as you go on it. However, the most difficult point of the trail is Thorung La, the highest pass at an elevation of 5416 meters. 

Trekkers hike on a trail that is well known for its harsh, rocky, and steep tracks. The Annapurna Circuit Tilicho Lake Trek differs from other treks in that the difficulty level varies because it provides a consistently challenging experience. 

Additional Information for Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake Trek

Internet Connectivity

Internet access will be limited once you start the 20 day Day Annapurna Circuit Trek Linking Tilicho Lake. Most guesthouses offer wifi, but the connection can be slow and intermittent. It's best to disconnect from technology and enjoy the beauty surrounding you. If Wi-Fi is important for work, consider using a local SIM card for your phone. Be prepared for no connectivity at higher elevations.

Money Withdrawal

There are ATMs in Besisahar and Chame, but carry enough cash for your trek expenses. Foreign currency is accepted, with USD and Euros commonly used. Exchange rates are better in Kathmandu, so exchange money there before starting your trek.

Tipping for Guides and Porters

Tipping is not included in the Annapurna Circuit Trek connecting Tilicho Lake package. It is customary and greatly appreciated. Plan to tip your guide around USD 10-15 per day and porters USD 8-10 daily. Tipping in USD or local currency is accepted. Provide tips at the end of your trek during your farewell dinner. Your tips are a large part of guides' and porters' income, so your generosity is much appreciated.


  • 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:


    • 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.

    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.

    Hamish GlasheenUnited StatesApril 13, 2022
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