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Annapurna Circuit Trek With Tilicho Lake And Poon Hill – 20 Days

Annapurna Circuit trek with Tilicho Lake and Poon Hill takes us to the world’s highest lake in the Manang District of Nepal. The first part of the trail is that of the Annapurna circuit. However, from Manang we go to the mail valley to the west and trek up to the Tilicho Lake. Our trail again joins the Annapurna circuit route and crosses the Thorong La pass, one of the highest passes in the world. Duration: 20 Days (approx.)
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Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)
Upon our arrival in the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, we will be greeted by a representative from Himalayan Glacier who will drop us off at our hotel. After checking in, we take a rest or visit Himalayan Glacier’s office. We may also stroll in the streets of Thamel, a tourist hub in Kathmandu for some souvenir shopping. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner hosted by Himalayan Glacier. For dinner, you will be served excellent authentic Nepalese cuisine which will introduce you to the Nepalese food culture.
Included meals:Dinner

Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
Today 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 Buddhist shrine (Bouddhanath) which is one of the largest stupas in the world. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Syange (1100m/3608 ft): 8 – 10 hours
We begin our long drive to Syange early in the morning. En route we get to enjoy the countryside of Nepal with its green hills, winding rivers, terraced farms and of course the mighty Himalayas. Overnight in Syange.

Day 04: Trek from Syange to Dharapani (1,960m/6,430ft): 7 – 8 hours
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 in Dharapani.

Day 05: Dharapani to Chame (2,710m/8,891ft): 5 – 6 hours
Today we negotiate a few steep forested ridges along with several landslides on route to Chame. We should not forget to look up though, as we will be greeted 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 in Chame.

Day 06: Chame to Pisang (3,300m/10824ft): 5 – 6 hours
We walk through a steep and narrow valley to have our first view of Paungda Danda rock face, a dramatic curved rock face rising 1500m from the river. From here, we also gain excellent views of Annapurna 2 to the south and Pisang Peak to the north east. Next, we descend to the Manang Valley floor enjoying the captivating landscape. Overnight in Pisang.

Day 07: Pisang to Manang (3,500m/11,482ft): 6 – 7 hours
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 in Manang.

Day 08: Manang: Acclimatization day
In order 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 in Manang.

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

Day 10: Siri Kharka to Tilicho Base Camp (4140m/13,583ft): 5-6 hours
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 trail. Overnight in Tilicho Base Camp.

Day 11: Visit Tilicho Lake (4,949m/16,138 ft) then back to Siri Kharka: 5-6 hours
After the initial tough, steep, switch backed 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 reffered 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. We retrace our step and return to Siri Kharka. Overnight in Siri Kharka.

Day 12: Siri kharka to Yak kharka (4040m/13,020ft):4-5 hours
We leave Siri Kharka and descend towards Khangsar Village. On the way, we pass Tare Gumba, a thousand year old monastery which is very important to the local people. Upon reaching Khangsar Village we realize that it is un-inhabitated except for occasional herders during festival times. We follow a rock wall out of Khangsar. We walk further more 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 in Yak Kharka.

Day 13: Yak kharka to Thorang Phedi: (4420m/14501ft): 3-4 hours
It is an uphill walk to Thorang Phedi. After walking for some time we cross a suspension bridge and reach Ledar village. We ascend furthermore and pass through towering cliffs before reaching Thorang Phedi, the last village before Thorong La. On this trip we are rewarded with one of the best views of Mt. Gundang, Mt. Syagang, Thorung Peak and Mt. Khatungkan. Overnight in Thorang Phedi.

Day 14: Thorong Phedi to Thorong La pass (5416m/17764ft) to Muktinath (3,800/12,467ft): 7 – 8 hours
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) which is 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.

Day 15: Drive from Muktinath to Tatopani (1,200m/3937ft): 6 – 8 hours
In the morning we visit the Muktinath Temple which a sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists. In Hinduism, the temple is believed to be a sacred place called Mukti Kshetra, which literally means the “place of liberation or moksha”. After a visit to the sacred place, we drive to Tatopani and spend the night.

Day 16: Tatopani to Ghorepani (2,850m/9,350ft): 7 – 8 hours
We leave the Kali Gandaki and headed up the Ghar Khola valley. The trail leads us through a terraced farmland with mountains all around. We pass through the villages of Shikha and Chitre before reaching a beautiful rhododendron forest. When in bloom the rhododendron trees with its average height of up to 100″ will be covered with pink or red flowers. Walking furthermore we reach Ghorepani, a beautiful village located at a ridge top.
Overnight in Ghorepani.

Day 17: Ghorepani to Poon Hill to Tadapani (2,700m/8,860ft): 6 – 7 hours
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 of 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 back to Gorepani. After breakfast, we head east and climb a nearby ridge. We descend through rhododendron forests, pass by spectacular waterfalls and reach Tadapani to spend the night.

Day 18: Trek to Nayapul then drive to Pokhara: 5-6 hours trek and 1 hour drive
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. From here, we enjoy the towering views of the Fishtail, Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli mountains. We trek further to Naya Pul then drive to Pokhara.
Overnight in Pokhara.

Day 19: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu: 5-6 hours
After breakfast, drive towards Kathmandu. celebrate the successful completion of our journey, we will have a farewell dinner in the evening.

Day 20: Final departure
Our adventure in Nepal comes to an end today! A Himalay

- What Will You Do

One of the biggest attractions and surprises during the Annapurna Circuit trek is the great variations in landscape. During your journey, expect to trek through tropical climes and lush, vibrant green rice paddies to barren, dry landscapes and rugged snowy peaks.

Something that surprises many first-time trekkers to this Himalayan region is how busy the circuit actually is. For the majority of the trek, it won’t just be you, your Annapurna trekking guide and some wild animals along the way; most the trekking regions will have small villages, Buddhist monasteries, restaurants, tea houses and other traveler-friendly stops along the way, barring the most remote locations (base camps, passes, etc.) In fact, your trekking itinerary will most likely run from one accommodation spot to the next, ending with a place to sleep and a warm meal to top off the day.

Trekkers should also take note that during peak season, which is typically October to early December, the circuit is extremely busy with travelers, and accommodation options can fill up quickly! Do not be put off by the Annapurna route’s general lack of isolation; trekkers often find visiting the monasteries, touring the towns and meeting or chatting with locals is one of their favorite memories from the trek!

Annapurna Trekking Logistics

Most treks along the Annapurna Circuit take around seventeen to twenty one days to complete, though if you opt for the full three hundred kilometer stretch, expect to be gone for up to twenty four days. If you’re pressed for time and can’t swing the entire route, smaller journeys such as Besisahar to Jomsom or Jomsom to Naya Pul can be done in just a week and a half. The circuit summits out at 5,416 meters along the Thorung La Pass, with breathtaking views of Manaslu, Annapurna I-IV and a few other eight thousand plus meter high peaks. Though the route can be done independently, traveling with an Annapurna tour guide is the easiest way to enjoy your experience without having to worry about logistics and lodging along the way.

- What To Expect

Group size: Minimum of 2 people
Max-Altitude: 5,416m/17,764ft
Destination: Nepal
Arrival on: Kathmandu
Departure from: Kathmandu
Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara. All meals during the trek
Accommodation: Hotels in the cities and tea-houses during the trek

- What Is Included

Airport pickups and drops in a 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
Most ground transportation by local Bus as per the itinerary
Public transportation from Muktinath to Tatopani
City tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
Sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader.
Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation
All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (ACAP, TIMS)
Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
All government and local taxes

- What Is Not Included

Nepalese visa fee
International airfare to and from Kathmandu
Excess baggage charges
Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and/or Pokhara
Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
Travel and rescue insurance
Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
Gratuities for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s

- Transfers

Tribhuvan International Airport

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