ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT TREK
WITH TILICHO LAKE
Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival - 1300m
Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport at Kathmandu. On arrival meet, assist and transfer to the hotel by our representative. Welcome drinks on arrival and briefing of tour program by one of the representative from Aarya Village Travel.
Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing (B)
After breakfast start full day sightseeing in UNESCO heritage sites. Sightseeing at Bouddhanath Stupa- is a very important religious site for the followers of Buddhism. It is located northeast from the Kathmandu city center. The Stupa is regarded as the centre of faith for the Buddhists. This is also the largest Stupa of Nepal. The Stupa rich in Buddhist arts and cultural heritage is also a popular pilgrimage site; Pashupatinath Temple is a famous, sacred Hindu Temple dedicated to Pashupatinath is located on the banks of the Bagmati River. This temple is considered one of the sacred temples of Hindu faith. This "extensive Hindu temple precinct" is a "sprawling collection of temples, ashrams, images and inscriptions raised over the centuries and Patan Durbar Square- Enlisted in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites is a distinct place for arts and architecture that reflect on each temple, monument and palace building that were mostly built during the Malla period between 16th, 17th and 18th century. The square offers myriad opportunities for visitor willing to study and research artistic and architectural masterpieces, history and culture of Patan. Rest of the time is free on your own.
Day 3: Kathmandu to Beshisahar (B, L, D)
After Breakfast, our guide escorts you from Kathmandu; take you to Beshisahar after almost 7-8 hours drive. You drive from Kathmandu (1300m) down the hill through the high way. A long chain of green hill in both sides and beautiful river on right side follow throughout your drive. You pass through Marsyangdi river valley and finally reached the Beshisahar. Overnight at Beshisahar.
Day 4: Beshisahar- Dharapani (1960m) 4 drive (B, L, D)
After Breakfast we leave Beshisahar. Take local jeep and drive till Dharapani via Chamje village. Today our trail will passes through barley, rice and potato fields; and the waterfalls. 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 5: Dharapani - Chame (2713m) 6 hours walk (B, L, D)
After Breakfast pack up your luggage and start trek to Chame. You continue up the River valley and pass the Gurung Village Thonje to Bagarchhap. Continue walk along the left bank of the river, climb up the heavily wooded Manang valley and small settlements with outstanding views of Mt. Manaslu (8163meter) and the peaks above Larkya La. As Chame is administration town of Manang district has facility of bank. Throughout the day there are nice views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II and Annapurna IV (7525m). The treks end after continuous walk for 6 hours. Spend your night in a guesthouse at Chame.
Day 6: Chame - Pisang (3185m) 5 hours walk (B, L, D)
Today you do trek for almost 5 hours to Pisang.You first pass the older part of Chame and climb up to Telekhu at 2840 meter and continue with a long pleasant and mostly level walk through the forest to Brathang, which lies at 2950 meter. After the trail rounds a bend here you see the first view of the dramatic Paungda Danda rock face, a tremendous curved slab of rock rising more than 1500 meter from the river. Further you cross back to the south bank of the Marsyangdi River on a suspension bridge at 3080 meter and then make a long gentle climb over a ridge through blue pine forests. After this, the trek reasonably level as it heads to the upper part of Manang valley to Pisang. This town marks the beginning of the region known as Nyesyang, the upper portion of the Manang district. An excellent view of Annapurna II can be seen to south as you are now behind the main Himalayan peaks in their rain shadow area.
Day 7: Pisang - Manang (3540m) 5 hours walk (B, L, D)
Today you have to trek slowly climbed up to the Tibetan-style village of Bryaga at 3500 meter following the valley floor. At Braga you see houses stacked one atop the other, each with an open veranda formed by a neighbor’s rooftop. The gompa perched on a high crag overlooking the village, is the largest in the district and has an outstanding display of statues. Then you continue through a very arid countryside, dominated by weird cliffs of yellow rock, eroded into dramatic pillars alongside the trail to reach today’s destination, the village of Manang, where the shops are surprisingly well stocked with all the things you might want to refuel on. This astonishing trek ends after 5 hours continuous walk. You stop at Manang today.
Day 8: Acclimatization at Manang (B, L, D)
After many days continuous trekking, today you stay one day at Manang. It is important for you to acclimatize at this point furthering your trip because the altitude is going to rise up to 4700m in coming treks. We spend our time visiting monastery, side trip to Gangapurna Lake and doing some excursions with the wonderful views around the villages. We can also visit Himalayan Rescue Association Clinic. Then spend a night in a beautiful warm guesthouse.
Day 9: Manang to Kangsar (3745 m) 2-3 hours walk (B, L, D)
After breakfast the trek continues up to the village of Kangsar, as you walk ahead the trail cuts down through a gorge and the Tilicho Peak can be spotted shrouded in clouds far above. Experience the natural beauty of the Annapurna range all along the way. Plus, you will also pass small scenic settlements, the Tore monastery, and the view of the Khangsar River and the grand barrier. Overnight in Kangsar.
Day 10: Kangsar to Tilicho Base Camp (4140m) 5-6 hours walk (B, L, D)
As you commence the trek from Kangsar to Tilicho Lake Base Camp, you will come across wide grassy fields and after making a slight climb up a small hill, witness the glorious views of the entire valley. After trudging down a steep inclination, you now enter the Tilicho Base Camp. Camping is the only option as there are not many lodges out here. Overnight at Tilicho Base Camp.
Day 11: Visit Tilicho Lake (4,949m) then trek back to base camp 5-6 hours (B, L, D)
After the initial tough ascent, the trail traverses onto a moraine and then cuts along the side of the mountain. However, the spectacular views of Tilicho, Nilgiri, Khangsar and Muktinath peaks are always there. The tranquil Tilicho Lake is one of the highest lakes in the world as sometimes the reflection of the surrounding peaks are seen on the turquoise waters, at other times the lake is literally frozen. Take a break beside the calm waters and soak in the astounding views of the place before you head back to the base camp. Overnight in Tilicho Base Camp/Kangsar.
Day 12: Tilicho Base Camp to Yak Kharka (4040m) 4-5 hours walk (B, L, D)
When returning from the Tilicho Base Camp, the trail leads out of the Marsyangdi valley and the abrupt change in surroundings can be noticed as the trees are left behind and replaced with more alpine vegetation. The trail continues some three to four hundred meters over Khangsar village and through the ruins of the old Khangsar village, until you cross the log bridge over the river between Gumsang and Yak Kharka from where you see the breathtaking views of Annapurna III. The typical Himalayan village is an accolade to its name, as lots of yaks can be seen grazing and standing around. Overnight in Yak Kharka.
Day 13: Yak Kharka - Thorung Phedi/high camp (4500m/4700m) 3 to 4 hours walk (B, L, D)
This day you reach to the highest point of the trek, possibly the highest point you have ever been on in your life. From Yak kharka you will continue to climb along the east bank of the Jarang Khola to Thorung Phedi, a rock-strewn meadow surrounded by vertical cliffs at 4420 meter. Blue sheep and even snow leopards can be seen sometimes in this valley. High in the skies above, you can see lammergeyers and Himalayan griffons circling around. The total walking time is 3-4 hours for this day.
Day 14: Thorang Phedi -Muktinath (3800m) via Thorang La Pass (5416m) 7 to 8 hours walk (B, L, D)
We reach the climax of our Annapurna circle trek today. It will be a lifetime unforgettable experience- crossing the famous high pass, Thorong La (5416m/17764ft). An early start is important to complete the mission. Each moment we have to work hard today through the icy high-altitude trail. But the outstanding high Himalayan scenes are such tempting that our eyes love to watch more over the horizon than on our trail. Upon setting sun we will be at Muktinath. Muktinath is an important pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhist. The area hosts a Vishnu temple and a Monastery nearby. Muktinath itself demonstrates the religions harmony in Nepal. Overnight at Muktinath.
Day 15: Muktinath – Jomsom via Kagbeni (2600m) 5 hours walk (B, L, D)
Today our trek first go down to Kagbeni, which is a 990 meter descend through meadows, streams and fruit trees like peach orchards. Then we continue going down to Jomson (more correctly Dzongsam, or “new fort”). Overnight at Jomsom.
Day 16: Jomsom- Tatopani 4 hours drive (B, L, D)
Today after Breakfast we take a local jeep to Tatopani via Marpha and Ghasa followed by the Kali Gandaki River. Tatopani, meaning hot water, which is situated on the riverbanks where we stop and take a natural hot water bath. Ovenight at Tatopani.
Day 17: Tatopani – Pokhara (B, L)
Take a local bus from Tatopani to Pokhara. It is 8 to 9 hours drive. Pokhara is a remarkable place of natural beauty, situated at an altitude of 900m from the sea level. The enchanting town has several beautiful lakes and offers stunning panoramic views of Himalayan peaks. The serenity of lakes and the magnificence of the Himalayas rising behind them create an ambience of peace and magic. Check in hotel. You will offer for the rest and refreshment in the hotel Evening enjoy walking along the bank of Phewa Lake, admiring the stunning reflection of the Fish Tail Peak in the blue Phewa Lake waters.
Day 18: Pokhara sightseeing (B)
After Breakfast start half day sightseeing at Pokhara’s traditional old bazaar is colorful and is ethnically diverse. Newar architecture and craftsmanship is expressed in its temple and windows. The past richness is expressed in its art and craftsmanship, Bindhyabasini Temple is the center of religious activities in the old bazaar. It is dedicated to Goddess, Bhagawati, and another manifestation of Shati. People sacrifice animals believing that the god will fulfill their desires and wishes, Gupteshower Cave- popular for the different natural forms made from limestone deposits and Devi’s Fall -It is the most famous water fall in Pokhara, which comes to its gushing best just before disappearing underground. Evening enjoy walking along the bank of Phewa Lake, admiring the stunning reflection of the Fish Tail Peak in the blue Phewa Lake waters.Later you will have one hour boating in Phewa Lake.
Day 19: Pokhara – Kathmandu (B)
After Breakfast fly or drive back to Kathmandu. Check in hotel. You will offer for the rest and refreshment in the hotel. Evening take you own time for last minute shopping and scrolling around the touristic places.
Day 20: Departure (B)
Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight a representative from Aarya Village Travel will transfer you to the airport for final departure to your home country.