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Annapurna Circuit Trek in itself is famous trekking route in the world. Coupled with a trek to Tilicho Lake makes it a legendary trek. Tilicho Lake often known as the highest lake in the world is a beautiful turquoise lake that is enough to take the breath away. Besides, this gorgeous lake will mesmerize you with its heavenly beauty and charm. The route to reach the Tilicho Lake is quite steep and adventurous. The reward you get upon viewing the lake from proximity is unbelievable though.
Annapurna Circuit via Tilicho Lake trek comprises of the picturesque Himalayas: raging rivers, deepest gorges, natural hot springs, pilgrimage sites, and cultural villages. The Manang village is the ultimate tourist hub place for Annapurna circuit and Tilicho lake trekking. Here you can get facilities of telephone, internet, money exchange, small shopping, high altitude hospital, German bakery and more.
Pack your bags for one of the most adventurous trekking in the world. It includes, altogether, the world’s extreme places like the highest pass (Thorang La Pass), deepest gorge (Kali Gandaki), most upper lake (Tilicho Lake). Just thinking of these places gives an intense adrenaline rush; imagine the thrill you’ll have when you visit the region.
Tilicho situates at the elevation of 4,919m, been one of the highest lakes in the world. This trek takes you to the deepest canyon in Nepal and probably in the world – Kali Gandaki Gorge. Moreover, the Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the most trekked routes in Nepal.
We are Swotah Travel and Adventure Pvt. Ltd, a dynamic and spirited adventure-orientated travel and trekking company, based in Kathmandu, Nepal. Authentic and intimate in our aims, we have a profuse knowledge, experience, and expertise of all aspects of the Himalayas. Our Passionate team members in Kathmandu who are working hard with every bit of them to guide, support, or assist the clients with their queries, helping them make their traveling directions clearer. Guides across Nepal and beyond are our strength, our backbone.
Our enthusiastic leaders and team members are natives of Nepal with a lifetime of immersion in Nepali culture. We grew up trekking and climbing in the Himalayas, leading individuals a countless number of destinations. Conversion to professional guiding and leading came about as a natural progression as we became fired by the desire to share our unique local knowledge with nature lovers, adventurists, and voracious culture buffs. Come with us: you’ll do more than seeing Nepal, you’ll immerse in it.
As soon as the airplane lands, you’ll sense the beginning of an adventure. Our representative will be at the airport to greet you and escort you to the hotel. Savor the taste of the hustle and bustle in Kathmandu, where everyone would seem busy but never too busy to greet you with a smile. In the evening, we will brief about the itinerary and later we will go for a nice dinner. Overnight stay at the hotel;
Kathmandu valley is an ancient city with diverse cultures and traditions. It has a significant part in the history of Nepal. Home to 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, it has been chosen as a cultural and historical site of study and excursions throughout history. We’ll observe some of the UNESCO world heritage sites in Kathmandu throughout the day. Overnight stay at the hotel;
We’ll Leave Kathmandu, and we’ll make sure our vehicle is ready to take us to Jagat; which is situated at an altitude of 1290m. It should take us around 7-8 hours. Throughout the day, we’ll observe beautiful big rivers, curvy roads, local shops, local life, local bazaars, and small hydropower dams. Upon reaching Jagat, we get one step closer to the mountains. Overnight stay at teahouse;
It’s the day when the real walk begins where, we pass through beautiful villages like Chamje, Tal, and Karte to reach Dharapani. We will see a lot of beautiful waterfalls on our way to Dharapani, which will keep our motivation to walk even more strong. Overnight at teahouse in Dharapani;
On this day, we leave Dharapani and head towards Chame. Our trail approaches gentle ascent until we reach the beautiful village of Chame. The people of Chame followed the Nepal-Tibet trade route a long time ago and settled here. They brought with them the customs and building style of the Tibetans, and have upheld the culture through the centuries. Chame has lovely views of Mt. Annapurna II and is crossed by a pair of burbling hot springs. Overnight at teahouse in Chame;
A beautiful path through a very dense forest will bring us to the dramatic curved rock face, rising 1500m from the river. It is so steep that the trail is carved into the vertical rock. After passing this last bit of rock, the valley opens up with majestic vistas. We trek for a while before reaching Upper Pisang, where we spend the night. Overnight at teahouse;
From Pisang, the high trail enters pine groves to reveal the view of the small turquoise lake of Mring Tso. The trail ascends to Ghyaru. From Ghyaru, the trail passes through Ngawal, Julu, and Mungli villages. From Mungli village, we can see a spectacular first view of Tilicho peak. Now trail enters well-cultivated barley and buckwheat before we reach Bragha. Bragha is one of the most picturesque villages in Annapurna. Overnight at Bragha village;
Manang is 45 minutes far from Bragha. The main reason for our stay at Bragha is to acclimatize to the high altitude. Another reason is to visit the fantastic Ice Lake taking another route. This lake is beautiful and adds another highlight to our trekking. Overnight at teahouse in Manang;
Ascending from old Manang and passing over Jharsing Khola, the trail stays close to the river bed, and soon we approach Khangsar, superb view of the Great Barrier open up. There you will find a small monastery, stupas, Mani walls and prayer flags. Overnight at teahouse in Khangsar;
From Khangsar the trail climbs pas steeply through the Gompa and small Chortens; the trail goes through juniper and sea buckthorn bushes. Small crystals quite cover the path, and shrubs can be seen on both sides. Some places along the trail you cross a few streams. We will also come across the landslide area, where we need to make our pace slow and careful. After a decent walk, we reach Tilicho Base Camp from here; we can enjoy the closer and panoramic views of Tilicho Mountain and many others. Overnight at Tilicho Base Camp:
Tilicho Lake (4920m) is the highest altitude lake in the world. The fresh, turquoise water of the lake will take your breath away with its beauty. Early in the morning, we head to Tilicho Lake, it is so beautiful that you will want to spend as much as possible near the lake, but by the afternoon we will need to return to Tilicho Base camp to spend the night;
Continuing from Tilicho base camp, the trails ascends then descends a little and then again ascends by nearly 500m to Yak Kharka. We do the climb steadily through Tenki Manang, leaving the Marsyangi Valley. Continuing along the Jharsing Khola Valley, we reach Yak Kharka (4,000m). Herds of yaks and vegetation appear to thin out. Overnight at Yak Kharka;
After breakfast, t will be an uphill walk to Thorang Phedi. After walking for some time, we will 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 pass. On this trip, we are rewarded with one of the best views of Mt. Gundang, Mt. Syagang, Thorung Peak, and Mt. Khatungkan. The word Phedi in Nepalese is referred to as the foot of a mountain. Overnight at Thorang Phedi;
It will be the most challenging day for us because we will cross the highest pass (Thorang-La Pass) in the world. We depart early in the morning so that we can cross the pass smoothly as the weather may hurdle the passing during the noon. The infamous Thorang-La Pass (5416m) is a very difficult pass which requires a staunch effort, but the pace will be slow and steady. Later in the evening, we will reach the magnificent Muktinath; Celebrated Hindu Shrine with an accomplished heart and stay overnight in Muktinath;
On this day, we will give rest to trekking and instead choose bumpy jeep ride to Tatopani. To reach Tatopani, we will cross many famous villages like; Jomsom, Marpha, Ghasa, etc. Upon reaching Tatopani, we can relax at the natural hot Spring; this will be quite rewarding to us after the strenuous trekking. Overnight at Tatopani;
This day is an uphill battle to reach Ghorepani, but the uphill walk is as beautiful as it is uphill. It takes around 6-7 hrs to reach Ghorepani, and it’s all about the ascent. The beautiful village of Ghorepani has stunning views of the hills and mountains, which will keep our spirits at a high level. Overnight at Ghorepani;
This day’s trek is going to be very rewarding as we transverse through beautiful florid rhododendron forest. We leave very early in the morning to Poon hill to see the famous, glorious sunrise, and later we head to Tadapani along with the beautiful rhododendron jungles. Overnight at Tadapani;
After breakfast, we will head towards Ghandruk; a Gurung village which is famous for its beauty and hospitality. We stay there for a while, and after lunch, we will take a ride to the lake city Pokhara. Overnight at Pokhara;
On this day, we will be back in the congestion of the city after a visit to all those peaceful places. After check-in at the hotel, you can join for evening prayer in Pashupatinath temple which has a divine spiritual environment; or you can have time to yourself for shopping and more.
Depending on your flight time you will be transferred to the airport. The airport check-in is 3 hours before the departure time. Our representative will meet you at the hotel and transfer you to the airport.
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