- The world Highest Tilcho Lake
- Thorang La Pass
- On The Way Thorang La Pass
- View from Poon Hill
Annapurna Round Tilicho Lake plus Poonhill Trek
- Duration : 21 Days
- Primary activity : Trekking and Hiking
- Secondary activity: Nature and Culture
- Group size : Min. 1 Pax
- Max-Altitude : 5416 m/17764 ft
- Country: Nepal
- Transportation: Private vehicle and Local
- Trip starts from: Kathmandu
- Ends in: Kathmandu/Pokhara
- Meals: Nepali and Continental
- Type: Tea-House
- Accomodation: Hotel and Tea-House
- Trip Route: Kathmandu-Syange-Chame-Pisang-Ngawal- Manang-Siri Kharkha-Tilicho base camp-Tilicho lake-Thorung la Pass-Thorungla Phedi-Muktinath-tatopani-Ghorepani-Poon hill-Nayapul-Kathmandu.
Annapurna Round Tilicho Lake plus Poon Hill Trek offers an opportunity to encircle the whole Annapurna region covering all the major highlights and attractions around the area. Initiating from just 1350 meters from sea level at Kathmandu to 4949 m at Tilicho lake and 5416 m at Thorong La pass, this round trek exhibits the diversity in topographical, cultural and in every other aspect that we can imagine. From the highest glacial lake – Tilicho to the highest pass– Thorong La, cultural exploration of Gurungs, Magars to Tibetan highlanders, religious blend of Hinduism and Buddhism at Muktinath, fabulous panoramic Himalayan scenery of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range from Poon Hill; this trip is the ultimate way to get the best of views, nature and culture around the Annapurna region.
Annapurna Round Tilicho Lake plus Poon Hill Trek starts as we drive from Kathmandu to Syange, trek through spectacular mid hills of Marshyangdi valley via Chame, Pisang and Ngawal to rural Manang where we will be spending two nights for proper acclimatization. Acclimatization doesn’t mean a rest day; we go for a short hike towards a nearby monastery or Gangapurna Lake. We then head towards Siri Kharkha, comfortably ascend towards Tilicho base camp and finally reach the highest Lake of Tilicho at 4949 meters above sea level. It is also known as a great Ice Lake and holds very important religious values for Hindus. Continuing, we trek towards the high pass of Thorong La via Thorong Phedi, visit the pilgrimage site of Muktinath and then drive to Tatopani, where we can immerse ourselves in a natural hot spring. For the final days of the Annapurna Round Tilicho Lake plus Poon Hill Trek, we go for an excursion to Ghorepani and an early morning hike to Poon hill for amazing sunrise views over the Annapurna Himalayas. We drive back to Nayapul and then towards Kathmandu.
Annapurna Round Tilicho Lake plus Poon Hill Trek is recommended for those hikers who have a passion for trekking at high altitude and previous trekking experience would certainly be a plus point. You must be very fit and able to take up the challenges. And about the best season, spring season during the months from March to May and autumn season during the months from September to November are recommended. Join Annapurna Round Tilicho Lake plus Poon Hill Trek with Nepal Mountain Trekkers and experience the best adventurous holidays that trekking in Nepal has to offer.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)
Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Syange (1100m/3608 ft): 8 – 10 hours
Day 04: Trek from Syange to Dharapani (1,960m/6,430ft): 7 – 8 hours
Day 05: Dharapani to Chame (2,710m/8,891ft): 5 – 6 hours
Day 06: Chame to Pisang (3,300m/10824ft): 5 – 6 hours
Day 07: Pisang to Ngawal(3660m/12008 ft) : 7-8 hours
Day 08: Nawal to Manang (3,500m/11,482ft): 6 – 7 hours
Day 09: Manang: Acclimatization day
Day 10: Manang to Khangsar (3,756m/ 12,323 ft): 4-5 hours
Day 11: Khangsar to Tilicho Base Camp (4140m/13,583ft): 7-8 hours
Day 12: Visit Tilicho Lake (4,949m/16,138 ft) then back to Siri Kharka (4060m/13,320ft): 5-6 hours
Day 13: Siri kharka to Yak kharka (4040m/13,020ft):4-5 hours
Day 14: Yak kharka to Thorang Phedi: (4420m/14501ft): 3-4 hours
Day 15: Thorong Phedi to Thorong La pass (5416m/17764ft) to Muktinath (3,800/12,467ft): 8-9 hours
Day 16: Drive from Muktinath to Tatopani (1,200m/3937ft): 6 – 8 hours
Day 17: Tatopani to Ghorepani (2,850m/9,350ft): 7 – 8 hours
Day 18: Ghorepani Poonhill to Tadapani (2,700m/8,860ft): 6 – 7 hours
Day 19: Tadapani to Nayapul then drive to Pokhara: 6-7 hours trek and 1 hour drive
Day 20: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu: 5-6 hours
Day 21: Farewell Day
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft):
For the purpose of exploring one of the highest lakes in the world and the spot for one of the most beautiful sunrise, you arrive at the Tribhuwan International Airport. After completing the formalities in the customs you shall be greeted by our representative. After that you shall be transferred to the hotel of your stay in a private vehicle. Get rest in the hotel of your stay and have refreshment to the jetlagged body. Enjoy the hospitality and savor the authentic cuisine of the hotel. In the afternoon you may explore the surrounding of your hotel of stay and get familiar with Nepal. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation:
We shall explore the ancient heritages of Kathmandu dating back to the ancient eras and representing the golden ages of Nepalese arts, crafts and architecture. We shall visit the heritages listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Site List. Amongst these are the temple of Pashupatinath, one of the most sacred Hindu Temples in the world surrounded by several other heritages with ornate carvings and artifacts. Other heritages include the stupas of Boudhanath, one of the largest Buddhist stupas of its kind in the world and the Swayambhunath Stupa, the 14th century stupa believed to be amongst the oldest stupas in Nepal, also known as the Monkey Temple. The complex in Patan Durbar Square has ancient Royal palace, temples and taps as well as elaborated carvings, artifacts and museum that is always informative and amusing to the visitors. After the sightseeing of Kathmandu valley we shall interact with the trekking guide and get ourselves clarified on the various aspects of trekking expedition to begin from the following day. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Syange (1100m/3608 ft): 8 – 10 hours:
We drive to the settlement of Syange from Kathmandu through the district headquarter of Lamjung district, the town of Besisahar. We leave Kathmandu along the perennial Trishuli River till the junction of Mugling past the beautiful countryside of the valley, the sight of high and rolling hills and winding road. After Mugling we take on the route leading to Pokhara and part away from the road at Dumre from where we shall head for Besisahar in a road twisting and turning along the hillside, past the streams, smaller settlements and lush valleys en route. Further from this important city in this region we drive past several big and small settlements, waterfalls and streams and along the torrential Marshyangdi River. We have the first view of mountain range from Besisahar as we head for Syange. After drive of around 8 to 10 hours we reach Syange. Overnight in Syange.
Day 04: Trek from Syange to Dharapani (1,960m/6,430ft): 7 – 8 hours:
We start on our trekking from today and the beginning of this trek shall mark a trek past smaller settlements along the Marshyangdi River and through a steep climb to reach Jagat. Further on the steep climb continues as we reach the settlement of Chamje past waterfall and couple of suspension bridges. Continuing along the mighty river and past the fields of Marijuana, corn, barley and potatoes, the forests decorated by rhododendron flowers and bamboo trees and couple of long climbs, we enter into the district of Manang after the settlement of Tal. Continuing on the rocky trails, some suspension bridges, smaller villages and Mani wall we reach the destination of overnight stay for today, the village of Dharapani. It is a typical village of hills with houses made of stones, stone paved trails and surrounded by green lush hills. Overnight in Dharapani.
Day 05: Dharapani to Chame (2,710m/8,891ft): 5 – 6 hours:
The destination for this section of trek is the district headquarter of Manang district, the town of Chame. Beginning the trek with gradually increasing elevation to the settlement of Bagarchhap, we trek past the confluence of Marshyangdi and other small streams, smaller settlements, stone staircases on the trail and cliffs overlooking it, greenery all around, authentic lifestyle of the locals en route as we reach Bagarchhap. After this spot, we have a steep ascent to Timang village through the ups and downs of the trail, waterfalls at some place and view of mountains including the majestic Manaslu. The trail to Chame is an overall descent though trekkers explore the villages of Lata Marng, Thanchow and Koto after some ups and downs before reaching the town of Chame, half an hour from Koto village. Overnight in Chame.
Day 06: Chame to Pisang (3,300m/10824ft): 5 – 6 hours:
With the forested steep and narrow valley in the beginning of the trek, we move on along the Marsyangdi River today as well. The section with drastic change in scenery, we shall pass through the pine woods and smaller villages through the apple orchard, hot springs and changing landscape before we reach another village of Bhartang. Trekking past the memorial constructed in memory of Japanese mountaineer Akira, the ruins of old Bhartang and crossing over a bridge where we have the sight of Paungda Danda before we traverse through the lush path and cross another bridge called Swargadwari Bridge to enter into the valley of Pisang. Savoring the authentic cuisines at the village of Dhikur Pokhari, we climb onto the village of Pisang in a relatively flatter trail. Terraced hills and green meadows, stone-paved trails and houses made of stone, monastery and prayer flags as well as river flowing in serpentine fashion, views of the mountains including Chuli East and Pisang Peaak from Pisang village are some attractions in this section of trail. Overnight in Pisang.
Day 07: Pisang to Ngawal (3660m/12008 ft) : 7-8 hours:
We have a relatively longer trekking today as compared to the previous day trekking. In this trail of harder climb and stunning views, we start uphill trekking to the Mring Tso and take on the upper route through the village of Deuralidanda, Ghyaru and other smaller settlements before reaching on to Ngawal. En route we have couple of steep climbs, marvelous view of lush valley and torrential river, past the prayer wheels and chortens, red and orange shrubs and green dotted landscape, views of the majestic mountains as we reach to the village of Ghyaru where we are welcomed by a gate made of stone and view of snow-capped mountains. Further along the trail we pass through the Mani walls and prayer flags, steep ascend and descend and smaller settlements perched high on the hillside along the trail before we reach to the village of Ngawal. We are always overlooked by the lofty peaks and lush hills, picturesque scenery and rocky trails along this entire trail. Overnight in Ngawal.
Day 08: Nawal to Manang (3,500m/11,482ft): 6 – 7 hours:
After stopping over for stay in this village en route the upper route to Manang, we shall head to Manang after joining the lower route at the settlement of Munchi. We have a relatively easy trek as compared to the previous day where we start with trekking past the trail bypassing trail to Kangla Peak and after an hour trek we reach to the smaller settlement of Julu. Past the Sher Gompa little ahead of Julu we trek for sometime before reaching Munchi and in between we have the view of partially hidden village of Braga. We trek past the 900 years old Braga Gompa and have a hike for about 3 hours before we reach the beautiful and scenic Manang. Intermittently we have the view of Marsyangdi valley from Ngawal, the sight of Pisang peak and Sabje Khola valley besides the Annapurna IV peak, the meadow, chortens and sight of Annapurna II form Mugje village besides the traditional lifestyle of the locals inhabiting en route. Overnight in Manang.
Day 09: Manang: Acclimatization day:
We shall have today dedicated for the purpose of acclimatization in the beautiful Manang before marching ahead to higher altitudes. During our adaptation in Manang, we have several options for short hiking to the surrounding areas. Trekkers go for a short hike to the nearby monastery known as Praken Gomba which also provides great view of Annapurna massif besides the blessing by the residing monk. Another option is the hike to vicinity of nearby Gaganpurna lake and Gaganpurna Glacier besides the long hike to Ice Lake over the Braga village that also provides view of majestic mountains and glittering lake itself. Another option is the hike to the interesting Milerepa cave and the office of Himalayan Rescue Association to get some idea on Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Overninght in Manang.
Day 10: Manang to Khangsar (3,756m/ 12,323 ft): 4-5 hours:
After exploring the majestic Manang village and the surrounding around we head on the trail leading to the Tilicho Lake. We exit the village of Manang from one of its western gates then trek down to the river. We then cross the Khangsar River on a bridge below the village and then climb up to the village after a short walk along a relatively steep slope. The village of Khangsar is a small village with the strong influence of Tibetan culture, tradition and lifestyle. Intermittently while trekking to this village along relatively less travelled trail above the canyon of river, we have walk through the weathered rocks, view of Annapurna II peak and the view of typical landscape of Manang and scenic surrounding. Overnight in Khangsar.
Day 11: Khangsar to Tilicho Base Camp (4140m/13,583ft): 7-8 hours:
Today we shall trek to the base of one of the most marvelous and picturesque lakes, Tilicho lake. The trek to the vicinity of mysterious lake starts with the descent from the village to the trail that runs along the Khangsar Khola River past the intersection of trail from Old Khangsar and further traversing through summer settlements of Siri Kharka and Tosinja before trekking on to the Tilicho Base Camp. Trekkers may also use the old trail past the monastery of Thare Gompa joining the trail on the lower route. The trek takes the trekkers past the landscape full of weathered rocks and slopes and view of majestic mountains and hike up to the base camp. Overnight in Tilicho Base Camp.
Day 12: Visit Tilicho Lake (4,949m/16,138 ft) then back to Siri Kharka (4060m/13,320ft): 5-6 hours:
One of the best and magical sections in this trekking experience, today we shall visit the highest lake in the world, the Tilicho Lake. We start early today so as to avoid the windy afternoon in this arid landscape. Trekking around 3-4 ours we reach to the highest lake in the world lying directly under the main Himalayan range. The lake with bluish water in the summer season and freezing during the winter, Tilicho Lake is surrounded by Himalayas all around. Exploring the majestic lake we trek past steep climb and to the base camp and descent on to the overnight stay of Siri Kharka, a summer settlement. Overnight in Siri Kharka.
Day 13: Siri kharka to Yak kharka (4040m/13,020ft):4-5 hours:
Today we head on to the trail leading to the Thorong La pass and for that we head to Yak Kharka as the destination for today. After trekking for some time we turn left and trek past the Thare Gompa and through the Old Kangsar above the Khangsar village. Trekking in a twisting trail and down to the Thorung River and across the old log bridge to the Ghusang village after branching off the trail leading to Tengi, we reach the main trail from Manang that leads to Thorung La pass. Further on, we traverse past the Mani wall, small tea shops and overlooking the Thorung River to reach the settlement of Yak Kharka. Overnight in Yak Kharka.
Day 14: Yak kharka to Thorang Phedi: (4420m/14501ft): 3-4 hours:
We head on for the foothill of the challenging Thorang La pass before crossing the pass the following day. The trek starts with trekking along the landslide prone area and continues across the glacial river that leads to Ledar after a relatively steep ascent after bypassing the trail leading to Gundang Peak base camp. We trek continuously in an uphill climb in the trail before we reach area with small tea shops and further ahead another area prone to landslide. The terrain nearing the Phedi is bit strenuous as compared to the lower altitudes. We settle here before crossing over the Pass rather than on the High Camp as the sleeping at higher altitude is not recommended. Thorang Phedi is a small and busy settlement with amazing view of landscape and Himalayas which is used as the base by most of the trekkers. Overnight in Thorang Phedi.
Day 15: Thorong Phedi to Thorong La pass (5416m/17764ft) to Muktinath (3,800/12,467ft): 8-9 hours:
This is one of the most strenuous and longest trekking of this entire trekking. The trek begins early in the morning from Phedi for climbing the pass and then reaching to the destination of Muktinath, the holy pilgrimage in this region. Beginning with the steep climb in the initial phase until we reach the High camp is more difficult experience if the trail is covered with snow. Before ascending over the challenging pass we trek past through number of false summits and increasingly high altitude. As we reach the top of the pass at 5416m, we have breathtaking scenery to witness. Ahead we have the panoramic view of humongous Himalayas that stretches far on to Tibet, while the view of majestic Annapurna massifs is there behind us. After experiencing the natural wonder from the Pass we descent through the Chaharu, ruins of Yak herders’ hut and sand dunes, and through the narrow trail over the barren hillside we reach the famous Muktinath.
Muktinath, meaning ‘place of Salvation’, is a famous pilgrimage that hosts Muktinath Temple as well as several monasteries besides the Jwala Mai Temple with a natural spring and an eternal flame fueled by natural gas. The 108 waterspouts in the periphery of Muktinath Temple is another attraction. Overnight in Muktinath.
Day 16: Drive from Muktinath to Tatopani (1,200m/3937ft): 6 – 8 hours:
In another long and rather strenuous section of the trekking experience we shall today move out of the Jomsom valley and head on to the settlement of Tatopani. We shall trek down through the Annapurna route side routes and minor trails, through the several small and larger settlements, along the holy Kali Gandaki River, past the river beaches to reach the settlement of Thini on the eastern bank of the torrential river. Further along the eastern side of the river, we trek through the gompas and monasteries, wooden and suspension bridges, streams and several settlements to reach Kalopani where the trail from the western side of Kali Gandaki River joins the trail we followed. The trekking continues through several settlements, waterfalls and areas prone to landslide before we finally reach to the destination of Tatopani, a settlement famous for natural hot water spring believed to cure several skin disease of the persons taking a dip in the hot water. Overnight in Tatopani.
Day 17: Tatopani to Ghorepani (2,850m/9,350ft): 7 – 8 hours:
The trekking today starts with trekking across the Kali Gandaki River and across couple of bridges, and several settlements before reaching the village of Ghorepani. We trek through the settlement of Ghara and ascent on to the magar village of Sikha before further climbing to the trail junction ahead of Phalate which heads on to Chitre village. Traversing further in the trail we ascent to the Ghorepani Deurali and after a short descent we ascent to the marvelous village of Ghorepani. Intermittently we trek through the rhododendron forests, stone-paved trails with the view of majestic Himalayas, terraced hills and cultivation fields and stone staircases with the natural ups and downs during the trek. The destination of Ghorepani is the traditional stoppage of traders’ en route Tibet for trade and is famous for marvelous and breathtaking panoramic views of Himalayas besides serving as the hub connecting some popular trekking trails. Overnight in Ghorepani.
Day 18: Ghorepani to Poon Hill to Tadapani (2,700m/8,860ft): 6 – 7 hours:
In this section of trek we shall witness one of the most popular views of sunrise over the panoramic Himalayas. For this we shall start before the day breaks; with the torch lights in hand and aided by moonlight combined with enthusiasm of the adventurers we trek for about one hour before reaching the foothills of Poonhill. Climbing to the top of the hill we can witness several fellow trekkers competing for the perfect spot to capture the sunrise over the Himalayas. Slowly and steadily the sun comes into sight; first the silhouettes of mountains emerge followed by more clear landscape and finally the golden Sun spreading its rays over the white Himalayas. After savoring the majestic sunrise, we trek down to the foothill and trek to Tadapani for the next phase of the trekking adventure today. In this phase we explore through the rhododendron forest, pristine landscape and descent to the ridge followed by trail down through the Ban Thati village, stone staircase, forests and scenic landscape. Finally, we reach the village of Tadapani. Overnight in Tadapani.
Day 19: Trek to Nayapul then drive to Pokhara: 5-6 hours trek and 1 hour drive:
In the last section of trekking with physical trekking activity we leave for Nayapul and to Pokhara as the destination of overnight stay. Starting the trek we have gradual climb to the hill of Komrong Danda followed by descend to the famous village of Ghandruk, a Gurung village with several hotels and guesthouses, unique housing pattern and traditionally intact ancient culture of Gurung community. Further along the trail, we choose the route through the settlements of Kimche, Lilu and Syauli Bazar and joining the trail along the Modi River before reaching the settlement of Birethanti and further on to Nayapul marking the ending point of trekking trail. From here we shall be driving to the beautiful lake city of Pokhara after an hour’s drive on the Pokhara-Baglung Highway. Past the scenic landscape, rural settlements and view of the Himalayas overlooking the journey, we reach to Pokhara. Trekkers may explore the areas surrounding to their hotel of stay and get relaxed in the serene environment of the Lake side. Overnight in Pokhara.
Day 20: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu: 5-6 hours:
We shall drive to the medieval capital city of Kathmandu from the lake city of Pokhara past several natural amusements en route. The classic middle hills countryside, changing landscape, waterfalls and torrential rivers, historic villages and temples, sandy beaches of Trishuli River, resorts and camping grounds are some of the highlights of this drive. From the hub of the Thakali and Gurung community to the ancient inhabitation of Newar community, the diversity and contrast in several aspects is marvelous. The view of Himalayas overlooking the trail and winding road with awesome views is an added benefit to the travelers. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 21: Farewell Day:
This adventurous and exciting yet enriching experience in the region of Annapurna massifs comes to official end today. Our representative shall escort you to the Tribhuwan International Airport at least three hours prior to the scheduled flight to the onwards destination. We hope that the diversity in scenery and landscape, culture and tradition, lifestyle and heritages have created a special place in your memories and you shall be back for other adventures and activities in this Himalayan nation. We express our sincere gratitude to you for joining the trekking team of our company. We hope you had a happy trekking and cherished the memories created and instilled in you a sense of achievement.
- Airport pickup and drop service
- 4 nights Hotel in Kathmandu ( Hotel Horizon Kathmandu)
- 1 night Hotel in Pokhara
- All fooding and lodging during the trek (B,L,D included)
- Transportation costs: Comfortable drive from Kathmandu To Syange on private vehicle, another short drive from Nayapul to Pokhara
- Also either take a drive or board domestic flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu
- Professionally trained and highly experienced English speaking trekking guide, assistant trekking guide and a porter (1 porter for 2 trekkers with max load of 30kg) along with their salary, lodging, fooding and insurance
- Trekking permits: TIMS card and Annapurna Conservation Area(ACAP) fees
- First aid medical box
- All required trekking gears like sleeping bag and down jacket made available on rent
- 13% VAT and 10% service charge
- Farewell Dinner
- Visa fee to enter Nepal (Visa Information)
- International flight tickets and extra baggage charges
- Food in Kathmandu and Pokhara
- Extra night accommodation and meal costs in Kathmandu due to any change in scheduled itinerary
- Travel insurance/ Rescue operation costs
- All personal expenses
- Tip for guides and porters
Complimentary items offered by Nepal Mountain Trekkers
- Nepal Mountain Trekker t-Shirt and duffel bag with comprehensive trekking map
- Spa treatment for mind and body in Kathmandu after completion of trek
- Farewell treat