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Tilicho Lake – Semi Annapurna Circuit Trek

Trip Duration: 20 Days

Highlights of Tilicho Lake – Semi Annapurna Circuit Trek

  • Fabulous scenery all along the walks within dramatic and unique landscapes
  • Enjoy scenic and cultural walks to high Manang valley and at beautiful Tilicho Lake
  • Visit traditional villages of low to high Manang areas enriched with old cultures
  • Within the dry and arid valley of Manang enclosed by an array of high mountains
  • Explore the less-visited area of Tilicho and its emerald-colored lake within the scenic area
  • Adventure on high Thorang-la facing outmost views of landscapes and peaks
Trip Profile:
  • Trip Mode: Hotel while in cities with local Lodge on treks
  • Trek Grade: Moderate to Adventurous walks.
  • Highest elevation gain: 5,416 m /1769 ft on top Thorang-La pass.
  • Daily walks: Minimum of 4 hrs to maximum 6-7 hrs.
  • Trek duration: 14 Nights and 15 Days (with drive and flight to Pokhara)
  • Total Trip: 19 Nights, 20 Days (Kathmandu-Kathmandu).

Tilicho Lake – Semi Annapurna Circuit Trek Overview

Alpine Gorkha Treks present a unique adventure combination with ‘Tilicho Lake and Semi Annapurna Circuit Trekking’ the best marvelous country around Himalaya to experience with us. ‘Tilicho Lake and Semi Annapurna Circuit Trekking’ leads you to magnificent areas away from main trekking trail of famous Annapurna circuit for some days in complete isolation in the harmony of mountains, lakes and pristine wilderness.

We have designed and planned this beautiful Tilicho Lake with Semi Annapurna Circuit Trekking. It was a perfect blend of gorgeous natural scenery with local cultures of Manang impressive villages enriched with age-old culture and colorful heritage of Buddhism religion. ‘Tilicho Lake and Semi Annapurna Circuit Trekking’ will be you memorable adventure holiday, where walks lead with a drive from the capital Kathmandu to reach Nepal Mid West at Besisar and further to reach at hill village at Jagat.

Trekking through delightful lovely farm villages and entering cool forest area to reach at Dharapani unto Chame town. After crossing scenic Manang valley, where step diverts from the main trail to the remote and isolated destination at Tilicho Lake. With ample time to explore around turquoise-colored, Tilicho Lake enclosed by Tilicho and Gangapurna peaks. Then heading back to Annapurna circuit route to reach the highest spot of the adventure on top Thorang-la pass at high 5,416 m, offers breathtaking views of mountains and magnificent landscapes.

Where walk comes to an end reaching Jomsom the headquarter town of Mustang district after staying overnight at the holy spot of Muktinath on route Jomsom the home of Thakali people. We are then flying to scenic Pokhara to conclude our fantastic adventure ‘Tilicho Lake and Semi Annapurna Circuit Trekking.

Main Best Seasons for ‘Tilicho Lake and Semi Annapurna Circuit Trekking

March to May and September to November months, March to May a springtime and the best time with wild-flowers in full bloom, especially the rhododendron (Nepal national flower).

The walk will be more enjoyable with a beautiful and bright morning till afternoon, as well as chances of rains sometimes.

October to November another best months around Autumn/Fall, when most of the days are clear for views and walks can be much colder and freezing as altitude gains with chances of snow sometimes.

Tilicho Lake – Semi Annapurna Circuit Trek Short Outline Itinerary
  • Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu via various airlines and transfer to hotel.
  • Day 02: In Kathmandu options for sightseeing tour and trek preparation.
  • Day 03: Drive to Jagat 1,290 m via Besisar 800 m – 06 hrs.
  • Day 04: Trek to Dharapani 1,920 m – 05 hrs.
  • Day 05: Trek to Chame 2,670 m – 05 hrs.
  • Day 06: Trek to Pisang 3, 230 m – 05 hrs.
  • Day 07: Trek to Manang Village 3,450 m – 05 hrs.
  • Day 08: Rest day at Manang for local hikes and acclimatization.
  • Day 09: Trek to Khangsar 3,734 – 05 hrs.
  • Day 10: Trek to Tilicho Lake Base 4,140 m – 05 hrs.
  • Day 11: Free for hike to Tilicho Lake and back at base camp.
  • Day 12: Trek to Siri kharka – 05 hrs.
  • Day 13: Trek to Yak Kharka 4,110 m – 05 hrs.
  • Day 14: Trek to Thorang High Camp 4,600 m – 04 hrs.
  • Day 15: Cross Thorang-La 5,416 m and to Muktinath 3,800 m – 06 hrs.
  • Day 16: Drive to Jomsom 2,715 m- 02 hrs.
  • Day 17: From Jomsom Fly to Pokhara and transfer to hotel by the lake.
  • Day 18: Drive / Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
  • Day 19: In Kathmandu for individual activities or short sightseeing tour.
  • Day 20: International Departure homeward bound or respective countries.

Tilicho Lake – Semi Annapurna Circuit Trek Detailed Itinerary


01
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu via varying airlines and transfer to hotel.
  • Reaching Kathmandu received by our staff and guide
  • Adventure Alpine Gorkha Treks transfer to your respective hotel
  • Explore around the streets of Kathmandu and Thamel area.
  • Trek briefing includes welcome dinner in authentic Nepalese restaurants with culture programs of the country.
02
Day 02: In Kathmandu options for sightseeing tour and trek preparation.
  • Time in Kathmandu preparation for Tilicho Lake and Semi Annapurna Circuit
    trekking
  • Options for sightseeing tour around Kathmandu at places of interest.
03
Day 03: Drive to Jagat 1,290 m via Besisar 800 m - 06 hrs.
  • Morning long drive early 7 a.m to reach Nepal Mid-West at Lamjung district
  • Driving on main highway to reach low warm at Besisar, headquarter town of the area Lamjung.
  • Transfer to another vehicle for drive to high hill at Jagat village for overnight stop after 6-7 hrs of interesting overland journey.
  • Jagat a nice hill village active with farm life and views of cascading waterfalls
04
Day 04: Trek to Dharapani 1,920 m - 05 hrs.
  • Walk starts after breakfast in local lodge at Jagat to reach at Dharapani village
  • Route leads through nice cool forest to reach Chamje and Tal-Besi within Manang district, possible lunch at Tal.
  • After refreshing stop at Tal continue walk to reach much cooler areas at Dharapani for overnight halt.
  • Dharapani a nice large village on the junction of Annapurna and Manaslu route
05
Day 05: Trek to Chame 2,670 m - 05 hrs.
  • After breakfast walk to Timang village past Bagarchap and Dhanaque villages
  • Walk of 3-4 hrs to lunch at Timang village with grand views of Manaslu-Lamjung and Annapurna peak.
  • From Timang another 2-3 hrs walk to reach at Chame, headquarter town of Manang district.
06
Day 06: Trek to Pisang 3, 230 m - 05 hrs.
  • Morning with hearty breakfast at Chame walk to Pisang village of 5 hrs journey
  • Walk leads into nice alpine forest of pines and rhododendron tree lines with uphill and downhill to Pisang.
  • Reaching Pisang village transfer to nice lodge, where Manang valley begins from here with views of Annapurna-Pisang and Chulu peaks.
07
Day 07: Trek to Manang Village 3,450 m - 05 hrs.
  • Morning into woodland with climb to a scenic ridge with views of Manang valley
  • Walk descend within flat valley past Hongde with small airstrip and mountain views
  • Reach at Braga village and visit old Braga Buddhist monastery of great interest
  • Enjoy views along an hour long walk to Manang village from Braga
  • Overnight in main Manang village with possible lunch at Braga or at Manang
08
Day 08: Rest day at Manang for local hikes and acclimatization.
  • Rest day for acclimatization in lovely Manang village
  • Free day to explore traditional villages of Manang of Buddhist culture
  • Short hike to a hill for close views of Gangapurna and Annapurna III glacier
  • Afternoon rest and relax with beautiful views of Annapurna and Chulus peaks.
09
Day 09: Trek to Khangsar 3,734 - 05 hrs.
  • Morning after breakfast walk to Khangsar leaving the main Annapurna Circuit trail
  • Reach at Khangsar for late lunch and overnight the last permanent village after Manang till Muktinath
10
Day 10: Trek to Tilicho Lake Base 4,140 m - 05 hrs.
  • Enjoy morning views of Gangapurna and Tilicho peak and walk to Tilicho Lake
    Base of 4-5 hours for lunch and overnight stop
  • The last overnight lodges close to Tilicho Lake enjoy short walks around
11
Day 11: Free for hike to Tilicho Lake and back at base camp.
  • A day at Tilicho Base Camp for hike and excursion to beautiful Tilicho Lake of few hours
  • A scenic walk of few short ups and down to reach at Tilicho Lake for grand views and to be close to the lake.
  • Head back to Base Camp for overnight stop with climb for an hour within scenic views of mountains.
12
Day 12: Trek to Siri kharka - 05 hrs.
  • Walk back towards Siri Kharka for overnight stop after a great walks of 4-5 hours duration.
  • Reaching Siri Kharka transfer to the lodge of simple and basic standard due to remote location.
13
Day 13: Trek to Yak Kharka 4,110 m - 05 hrs.
  • Walk back to the main Annapurna Circuit trail that joins with Manang and Yak Kharka.
  • A great walk of 5 hours with grand views of Chulu West and Gangapurna peaks
  • Reach at Yak-Kharka around yak grazing field with nice lodge to stay facing wonderful mountain scenery.
  • Overnight at Yak Kharka with short walks around for acclimatization
14
Day 14: Trek to Thorang High Camp 4,600 m - 04 hrs.
  • A short day but walking on higher altitude to Thorang High Camp of few hours
  • Start walk after nice breakfast cross a stream short climb to reach Thorang Phedi
  • From Thorang Phedi another strenuous climb up to Thorang High Camp for lunch and overnight stop in a cozy lodge
  • Afternoon relax preparation for next day long walk to Muktinath via Thorang-la pass
15
Day 15: Cross Thorang-La 5,416 m and to Muktinath 3,800 m - 06 hrs.
  • Walk start early morning after breakfast with winding up to top of Thorang-la pass
  • Reach the highest spot of the adventure with fabulous panorama of mountains From Thorang-la downhill to holy Muktinath after 5-6 hrs long day walks
  • Arrive at holy spot of Muktinath and transfer into a nice lodge
  • Afternoon visit Muktinath temple of great importance to Hindu and for Buddhist followers
16
Day 16: Drive to Jomsom 2,715 m - 02 hrs.
  • From Muktinath due to motorable road, morning board in a jeep for short drive to Jomsom.
  • At Jomsom headquarter town of Mustang district transfer into a nice lodge for overnight stop.
  • After lunch time for walk around Jomsom market home of Thakali people located at Kaligandaki River valley with an airport.
17
Day 17: From Jomsom Fly to Pokhara and transfer to hotel by the lake.
  • Morning by 7 a.m. transfer to Jomsom airport a short walk from the lodge
  • As time for flight board in a small aircraft (Dornier or Twin Otter plane) a flight of less than half hour.
  • Enjoy wonderful views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna during short flight
  • Land at Pokhara airport and transfer to respective hotels by the Phewa Lake
  • Enough time to enjoy walk around shops and streets by the lake
18
Day 18: Drive / Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
  • Morning drive on busy interesting highway to Kathmandu
  • On route lunch after 2-3 hrs journey then reach back at Kathmandu.
  • Time for leisure activities and shopping around Kathmandu
    (Flight options 30 minutes to reach Kathmandu from Pokhara by air)
19
Day 19: In Kathmandu for individual activities or short sightseeing tour.
  • In Kathmandu free day one can join for optional tour
  • Enjoy relaxing with grand memories and experience on Tilicho Lake and Semi Annapurna Circuit Trekking.
20
Day 20: International Departure homeward bound or respective countries.
  • Last day in Nepal depart hotel as per your international flight time
  • Adventure Alpine Gorkha Treks staff-guide transfer you for International departure homeward bound or to respective countries.

Frequently Asked Questions


When do I book for Tilicho-Lake and Semi Annapurna Circuit Trekking?

Depending upon time and duration for the trek you can book this trip at least 2-3 weeks ahead from our departure dates for the trek, with advance payment as per the norms and rules of the company.

Make sure that you have checked your medical and physical fitness before signing the trip and as well purchasing medical and travel insurance which is very important for this kind of adventurous treks in Nepal Himalaya.

 

What will be weather like on the trek?

As per the season wise, where best time is from March to May, when most of the day is clear with minimum temperatures of 0° to 20° Celsius depending upon the altitude and areas.

Where most of the morning till mid days clears for views and walks, sometimes afternoon can get overcast with chances of light rains and snow. March to May will be lively with wild-flowers in full bloom especially various species of rhododendron (national flower of Nepal) from trees to short bushes.

 

How are the lodge and Tea-House on Treks?

Each village on route with more than 10 to 20 good lodges with pleasant rooms accommodations, serving excellent food menus as per the season wise.

Some village above 2,500 m and 3,000 m do have nice lodge, but due to freezing cold temperatures in night and morning time where they have toilets on the outside, with some inside as common bath rooms and rest rooms.

All rooms and dining with warm heating and cozy facilities to make your stay much pleasant and enjoyable.

Are there electricity and network for cell-phones?

Most of the places do have electricity on route trekking run by hydro-power after main villages, where much of electric supply are private and individual of the lodge owners with sun / solar power to activate electric just for the lodge and as well for customers to charge their computers and cell-phones.

Some places do have networks for cell phones and as well for internets like Wi-Fi above Manang valley some areas due to high peaks and hills, the networks are disturbed in deep areas like around river gorge areas.

At present nearly all people in Nepal including remote villages do have assist to cell-phones with fine network connection only in bad weather the line can be broken, otherwise it is fine in working order.

What to expect on this journey?

Scenic views of world’s highest mountains with Dhaulagiri-Annapurna and Manaslu range include magnificent Machhapuchare Himal ‘Fish Tail’ peaks, where walk leads you around Buddhist country interwoven with old traditional life and custom similar to Tibetans.

Walk leads to visit Manang-Thakali-Magar / Poon and Gurung villages encountering many farm fields and terraces of interesting traditional life of the local villagers.

Is it really spectacular in flowering times of March to May?

Best seasons for botany students during March to May, flower and nature lovers, where hills and valley alive with wild flowers in full bloom with riots of different colors, rhododendron from tall trees to short bushes will be in flowering times, rhododendron national flower of Nepal.

Cost Includes
  • Airport pickups and drops by private vehicle
  • 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Farewell dinners
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Domestic flights from Jomsom to Pokhara and from Pokhara to Kathmandu
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
  • Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation
  • Seasonal fresh fruits deserts every day
  • Duffle bag and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion)
  • Adventure Alpine Gorkha Treks t-shirt, trekking map and trekking competition certificate
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (ACAP, TIMS)
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • All government and local taxes
Cost Excludes
  • Nepalese visa fee
  • Excess baggage charge(s)
  • Private transportation except what is mentioned in the What Is Included section
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • International flights
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Tipping (tip is expected but not mandatory)

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Trip Facts
  • Trip Duration: 20 Days

  • Destination: Nepal

  • Group Size: 2-12 People

  • Difficulty: Moderate to Adventurous

  • Altitude: Thorang-La pass 5,416m

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