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Tilicho Lake and Annapurna Circuit Trek - 18 Days

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Tilicho Lake and Annapurna Circuit Trek Highlights

  • You will step on the bank of Tilicho lake (4919 meters), the lake situated at the highest altitude in Nepal.
  • You will traverse through the Thorong La Pass (5416 meters)- among the challenging passes in Annapurna region.
  • Along with the Lake trip, you will join the route to the cultural and spiritual spot ie Muktinath temple.
  • You can walk through different scattered settlements of Gurung and Thakali people and get a close insight into their everyday activities.
  • The alluring views of Annapurna ranges, Tilicho Himal, Nilgiri, and other Himalayan ranges will keep you accompanied along the trek.

The Tilicho Lake trek takes the trail through Manang to the highest altitude lake in the world – Tilicho Lake at 4919 m Passing through lush subtropical countryside, over moraine, through alpine forests, along arid cliffs, and over the Thorong La pass, this trek is quite challenging but steeped in Hindu myth and surrounded by mountains. Tilicho, Nilgiri, Khangsar and Muktinath are some of the peaks on show around the lake – sometimes even being reflected in the cold, clear turquoise waters. And of course views of the Annapurna accompany the visitor throughout the whole trek.

The lake was formed by the glacial melt off the northern slopes of the Annapurna, and is of historical and religious significance as it is thought to be mentioned in the Hindu religious book, the Ramayana. In contrast there are Buddhist villages to be crossed to reach the lake, taking their culture and religion from nearby Tibet. After visiting the lake and Tilicho Base Camp, the trail leads out of the Marsyangdi Valley, through yak pastures and over the Thorong La Pass (5,416m). Crossing the pass is challenging, and is done at around 3 am before the afternoon winds make it more difficult. The views, however, are magnificent of Mt Gundang, Syagang, Thorong Peak and Mt Khatungkan. Once across the pass there are more interesting villages: Muktinath, with its Hindu temple, water spouts and eternal flame; Kagbeni with its monastery, strange human-like clay effigies, and Jomsom, a busy market town, and transportation hub of Mustang, with its airport, bus and jeep stands.

This trek encompasses the best of Annapurna trekking – its mountains, landscapes and culture – with the high, immensely cold glacier lake and its mythology.

Days Itinerary Altitude Time
Day 1 Kathmandu to Khudi (Drive) 800 m 8 hr
Day 2 Khudi to Sirung 2220 m 6 - 7 hr
Day 3 Sirung to Jagat 1300 m 6 - 7 hr
Day 4 Jagat to Dharapani 1860 m 7 - 8 hr
Day 5 Dharapani to Chame 2710m 5 - 6 hr
Day 6 Chame to Pisang 3300 m 5 - 6 hr
Day 7 Pisang to Manang 3540 m 6 - 7 hr
Day 8 Acclimatization Day 3540 m 5 hr
Day 9 Manang to Siri Kharka 4060 m 4 - 5 hr
Day 10 Siri Kharka to Tilicho Base Camp 4140 m 5 - 6 hr
Day 11 Day trip to Tilicho Lake 4919 m 5 - 6 hr
Day 12 Tilicho Base Camp to Siri Kharka 4060 m 5 - 6 hr
Day 13 Siri Kharka to Yak Kharka 4040 m 4 - 5 hr
Day 14 Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi 4600 m 3 - 4 hr
Day 15 Thorong Phedi to Muktinath via Thorong La Pass 3710 m 7 - 8 hr
Day 16 Muktinath to Marpha 2670 m 5 - 6 hr
Day 17 Marpha to Kalopani 2530 m 5 - 6 hr
Day 18 : Kalopani to Tatopani 1200 m 6 - 7 hr
Day 19 Tatopani to Beni 830 m 4 - 5 hr
Day 20 Beni to Pokhara (Drive) 830 m 4 hr
Day 21 Pokhara to Kathmandu (Drive) 1380 m 6 - 7 hr


  • Local transfers for your international flight x 2 (arrival/ departure)
  • Local transfers for your domestic flights x 4
  • Kathmandu-Khudi & Pokhara-Kathmandu Drive
  • Beni-Pokhara Drive
  • Sagarmatha National Park Entry Park and TIMS
  • Guide for 18 days
  • Porter for 18 days
  • Four nights accommodation in a Kathmandu hotel (Hotel Holy Himalaya or similar)
  • 17 night accommodation in mountain teahouses
  • 18 x set breakfast, 18 x set lunch and 17 x set dinner while on trek. Please note if you wish to order out with the set menu items as indicated by your guide, the cost of these will borne by yourself
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • Staff insurance and necessary ground transport for support staff


  • International flight ticket and Nepal Entry Visa
  • Personal travel insurance (Which should include coverage for trekking)
  • Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu, except the farewell dinner
  • Personal gear for trekking (Including any your may wish to hire in Kathmandu), any personal expenses (i.e. soft and alcoholic drinks, snacks etc.)


Is it safe to drink the water in Tilicho Lake & Annapurna Circuit Trek

No. You cannot drink the water from the tap or streams in Annapurna Circuit Trek. Mineral water is not available on the trail. It is expensive to buy (perhaps 10 times more than in Kathmandu). You can use a water purifier or SteriPen.

Am I likely to get altitude sickness on my trek?

Be aware. Elevation on this trek will exceed 3,500m. The possibilities of getting altitude sickness generally start at this elevation. But in order to avoid this, as much as possible, we have designed the itinerary in such a way that it will give you enough time to acclimatize.

Am I at risk and how can I avoid altitude sickness?

There is no knowing who will suffer from altitude sickness. It does not follow that the younger and fitter people will not get altitude sickness where the older and less fit will. It is not related to (general) fitness or age. Talk to your doctor at home. There are prescription medications which help avoid the onset of altitude sickness. But above all, go slowly, listen to your body, be aware of any changes, and listen to your guide if he feels you are showing symptoms (which you might not notice).

What happens if there is need for emergency evacuation while I am trekking?

We will collect your travel insurance policies and details before the trek so that in case of an emergency we can coordinate with your insurance company and the helicopter providers for evacuation.

What about simple medical treatment on the trek?

First aid. On every trek we will carry a first aid kit. We also recommend you carry your own. Here is a checklist recommended by Karen Anderson of things you should bring. Vaccinations are not compulsory in Nepal but to be on the safe side we recommend you comply, where possible, with this list provided by again by Karen Anderson (medical doctor in New Zealand and friend and client of Magical Nepal).

Do I need to buy travel insurance before I come to Nepal?

Yes. Magical Nepal only provides insurance for our own staff. We recommend you buy insurance in your country. Note: Insurance should cover you for the altitudes you are trekking at (not all do). We recommend World Nomads.

Will I need to bring my own sleeping bag or not?

Yes, bring your own or you can rent it or buy it in Kathmandu. Renting a sleeping bag in Kathmandu will cost you $1 or $2 per day. To buy a new sleeping bag in Kathmandu expect to pay around $150 to $200 for one of medium quality.

Will I need to use crampons on this trek?

No. The trails are well marked. Unless you go in mid-winter you will not need crampons. Instead of crampons, carry micro spikes which are not technical, lightweight to carry, cheaper and fit any shoe size.

What happens if I forget to bring something with me from home?

If you forget something it might be extremely hard to find here. Please check here for an exhaustive packing list for (general)trekking in Nepal. If you are not a frequent hiker, you can rent most of the trekking gear in Nepal when you arrive.

Will we be using tents and mattresses on the trek?

No. There are teahouses along the trek. We will not need tents or mattresses.

Where can I leave stuff in Kathmandu when I am trekking?

Anything you don’t want to take on the trek with you can be stored at your hotel or in our office. We suggest you ensure your bag is lockable.

Who will be my guide?

We use local guides. On each trek our guides have been to the relevant areas numerous times. All are experienced, knowledgeable, flexible and authorized licensed guides with the Government of Nepal.

Will I need a porter for my trek?

Preferable. If you use a porter it has double benefit: you can fully enjoy your trek without carrying a heavy bag, and its improves the income of the local community.

How much can a porter carry?

20kg. On average a porter can carry 22kg including their own backpack. So, they can carry up to 18kg of your gear and equipment. We provide backpacks for porters.

Are your staff insured in case of accidents etc.?

Yes. At Magical Nepal we make sure all our staff are well insured.

I hear incidents when porters do not have proper shoes etc. Is this true?

At Magical Nepal we ensure all our guides and porters have proper gear, are well equipped and protected. This is for their own wellbeing and for the wellbeing of our clients.

You can send your inquiry via the form below.

You can send your inquiry via the form below.

Trip Facts

  • 5140 m
  • Khudi /Beni
  • Demanding

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