Annapurna Round and Tilicho Lake

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1st December 2022

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19 Night/20 Days
Min Age : 12+
Max People : 20
Tour Details

Trip Highlights

  • One of the 10 most beautiful trekking in the world
  • The detour to Tilicho Lake for a better acclimatization
  • The great diversity of villages and scenery
  • A Jomosom- Pokhara flight to avoid the newly constructed road

This is probably the most famous and iconic trek in Nepal, leading you through a wondrous landscape that varies dramatically from day to day. You’ll explore the Marsyandi valley and its beautiful peaks — Manaslu, Annapurna and Gangapurna — before crossing the Thorong Pass en route to the Kali Gandaki valley. Here, you’ll witness one of the world’s deepest gorges, nestled between giant mountains, with the Annapurnas and Nilgiris towering on one side and the Dhaulagiri peaks rising majestically on the other. This is a magical route featuring off-the-beaten-track side trips, including an acclimatization day by the magnificent blue lake of Tilicho.

Price Includes

  • Transferts airport/hôtel/ airport and transportation mentionned in programme
  • Entrances fees and transportation during the guided tour of Kathmandu and its valley
  • Accommodation with breakfast in comfortable 3* hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Permits and fees for national parks
  • Full board during trekking (15 days)
  • Experienced English speaking trekking guide, sherpa, porters (1 for 2 people)
  • Insurance, transportation, full board for our staff
  • Flight Jomosom-Pokhara-Kathmandu with airport taxes

Price Excludes

  • Meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara and during transfers
  • Drinks and personal expenses
  • Equipment (sleeping bag, walking sticks, etc..)
  • The visa and the international ticket
  • Tipping (around 4-5 usd per day / per person)
  • Personal and mountain rescue insurance (required). Ask your insurer to make sure you are properly covered.

Day 1Kathmandu (1300 m)

Arrival in Kathmandu, where you are welcomed by our staff outside the terminal and transfer to your hotel. Late afternoon, enjoy a guided walking tour through the narrow lanes of the old city. Discover the colorful and bustling local bazars and Durbar square, the site of the ancient royal palace, full of temples and monuments.
overnight in hotel

Day 2 Kathmandu (1300 m)

Guided tour of Kathmandu valley. Boudhanath, one of the great Buddhist shrines of Nepal. Its stupa is the oldest and the largest of Nepal. You will enjoy the activity here where Tibetans, sherpas come to turn around this monument, reciting prayers and turning the prayer’s wheels.. Then, continue to Patan, the ancient royal capital also known as Lalitpur “city of fine arts “ and famous for its ancient Newari architecture. It is an open air museum full of palaces, pagodas, monasteries, temples and shrines ..
Overnight in hotel

Day 3Bhulbule - Ngadi (950 m/ 2 h walk)

Early morning we catch a bus from Kathmandu to Bhulbule, 850m. Easy and flat hike to reach Nagdi, the beautiful flowered village where we will spend the night.
Overnight in Lodge

Day 4Jagat (1300 m/5.30 h)

Today we start with an ascend though terraced fields until we reach Bahudanda crest, maize fields start replacing rice paddies as we gain altitude. We descend to Syange bazar where we cross the Marsyandi river on a suspension bridge before reaching Jagat.
Overnight in Lodge

Day 5Dharapani (2000 m/5h)

You’ll experience a breathtaking view of Manaslu, one of the fourteen 8,000m peaks. We climb towards the Tal valley (1700m). We enter in buddhist land with villages that have more of a Tibetan flavour.
Overnight in Lodge

Day 6Koto (2600 m/5h)

Today, the Annapurna range will accompany us along our trail. Gentle ascent until Koto. We spend most of the day walking in the forest. We’ll have great view of Manaslu and Annapurna
Overnight in Lodge

Day 7Pisang (3300 m/5 h)

Today, we’ll follow a charming trail through the pine forest. On arrival in Pisang, we can visit the old village and its brand new monastery facing the Annapurna range. We’ll also view the Pisang Peak and the Chulus.
Overnight in Lodge

Day 8Braga (3300 m/6-7h)

Acclimatization day. We’ll slowly ascend the high route via the traditional villages of Ngawal and Gyaru. We’ll enjoy magnificent views of the Annapurnas, the great barrier and Tilicho peak. We have lunch in Ngawal, a typical village facing Annapurna II,III and IV. We descent to the old village of Braga where we spend the night
Overnight in Lodge

Day 9Khangsar (3750m/ 4h)

Today we start the day with the visit of Braga monastery, the oldest of the entire valley. Free time to visit Manang, the largest town in the valley. We will pass nearby Gangapurna glacier. Short and easy walk to Khangsar village where we stay for acclimatization.
Overnight in Lodge

Day 10Camp de base du Tilicho (4200 m/ 6-7 h)

Today, Annapurna III and Gangapurna will accompany us on our travels.
We have a steep climb on a tiny trail. We will stop at a Small gompa before descending to Tilicho Base Camp Lodge. From the Lodge, we have stunning views of the Annapurna range, the great Barrier and Tilicho Peak.
Overnight in Lodge

Day 11Tilicho base camp (4200 m/6-7 h)

From the lodge we ascend slowly to reach the highlest lake in Nepal (4900 m) with its turquoise clear water. We retrace our steps to our Lodge. Overnight in Lodge

Day 12Yak Kharka (4100 m/3 h)

Vegetation is becoming scarce. We leave the wide open valley to enter a mineral landscape. Overnight in Lodge

Day 13Phedi high camp (4400 m/ 3.30 h)

Today we have an easy and slow ascent as we remain at the foot of the Thorong Pass. We walk one more hour to reach the high camp. Tomorrow, it is the big day!!!
Overnight in Lodge

Day 14Jharkot (3900 m/8 to 10 h)

We will set off very early to cross Thorong pass 55415 m). You’ll leave behind the Annapurna range and cross the pass into the Mustang region, where you’ll enjoy beautiful views of the Thorong Peak, the Nilgiris and the imposing Dhaulagiri, one of the region’s 8,000m peaks. After the pass we have a very long descent to Muktinath, one of the holiest shrine in Nepal for Hindus and Buddhists.
Overnight in Lodge

Day 15Lupra -Thinagaon (2850 m/5-6 h)

We’ll take an alternative lesser-known trail, via a small pass, featuring great views of the Dhaulagiri, the small village of Lupra and its 11th century Bon monastery(one of our exclusive trails). After lunch we walk in the wide Kali Gandaki gorge to reach Thinigaon, which faces the Headquarter of Mustang region : Jomosom
Overnight in homestay

Day 16Tukuche (2600 m/5 h)

We walk towards the holy lake of Dhumba and we visit the attached Katsetemba Gompa which houses some curios relics. We cross a small pass to get to another valley full of orchid. We walk throught Chairo, a Tibetan refugee camp. We then arrive at the Thakali village of Tukuche, once a major stop on the salt route from Tibet and its splendid architecture speaks of faded glory. Tukuche was also the Base camp for Maurice Herzog
(the 1st summiteer of Annapurna 1) in his attemp to climb Dhaulagiri with its team..
Overnight in Lodge

Day 17 Jomosom (2700 m/2h30 de marche)

We walk up the Kali Gandaki river where we make a stop to the picturesque village of Marpha with its stone houses with flat roofs. Marpha is famous for Apple brandy. We are in the apple country. We walk on a flat trail to spend our last night in the mountain.
Overnight in Lodge

Day 18Pokhara (900 m)

Flight to Pokhara (25 mn) where you will get incredible vistas of Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri mountains. On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel located nearby Fewa lake. You have plenty of time to browse along the lake or take a boat ride to enjoy Sunset over the Annapurna range. Overnight in hotel

Day 19 Kathmandu (1300 m/ 40mn )

Drive to airport and flight to Kathmandu. You will get stunning views of the Annapurna range. On arrival, you will be transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to wander or do your final souvenir shopping.
Overnight in hotel

Day 20 Departure

Free time before departure to Kathmandu international airport to catch your international fligh