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ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT TREKKING WITH TILICHO LAKE AND POON HILL

scenic poon hill annapurna vista trekking

Annapurna Circuit Tilicho Lake

“adventure around north and south of Annapurna Himalaya with scenic high Thorang-la pass”

Annapurna Circuit Tilicho Lake Trek a great adventure journey around North and Southern face of great Annapurna massive mountain range, with awe-stricken views of dramatic landscapes with snow capped mountains high over rolling green hills dotted with farm villages and terraces. Annapurna Circuit Tilicho Lake Trek leads you to enjoy Manang areas of interesting Buddhist culture villages and monasteries in the backdrop of high mountains and walking into lovely alpine woodland of tall pines-oaks and rhododendron tree lines, which soon gives away for arid and windswept landscapes as the walk proceeds higher beautiful Manang valley.

Our fascinating walk with daily glorious vista of peaks of both Damodar and Annapurna Himalaya range and then heading towards high Thorang-La Pass at 5,416 m / 17,700 ft high with spectacular views of mountain range with world 7th highest Mt. Dhaulagiri and Tukuche peaks as far towards Manang Himal. Walk leads into a wide Kaligandaki River valley to reach at Jomsom onward after overnight stop at holy Muktinath temple areas, as the path follows Mustang areas villages of strong Tibetan influence with culture and way of life. After a great walk around Manang and Mustang areas visiting lovely villages of Marpha and Tukuche famous for apples and its products, walk leads downhill back into tree lines on reaching warm places at Tatopani (hot-spring).

Concluding this amazing adventure with climb to Ghorepani and Poon Hill for stunning sunrise views over 360° of mountain range and then reaching at scenic Pokhara valley blessed with Annapurna Himalaya and serene Lakes of Phewa and Begnas. From Pokhara overland drive leads back at Kathmandu after completing wonderful and memorable Annapurna Circuit Tilicho Lake Trek.

Annapurna Circuit Tilicho Lake

Outline itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

Day 02: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour and trek preparation.

Day 03: Drive to Dharapani 1,920 m via Bhesisar 800 m – 08 hrs.

Day 04: Trek to Chame 2,670 m – 05 hours.

Day 05: Trek to Pisang 3, 230 m – 05 hrs.

Day 06: Trek to Manang Village 3,450 m – 05 hrs.

Day 07: Rest day at Manang for local hikes and acclimatization.

Day 08: Trek to Yak Kharka 4,110 m – 04 hours.

Day 09: Trek to Thorong High Camp 4,600 m – 04 hrs.

Day 10: Cross Thorong-La 5,416 m and to Muktinath 3,800 m – 07 hrs.

Day 11: Trek to Marpha 2, 670 via Jomsom 2, 715 m – 06 hours.

Day 12: Trek to Lete 2,480m – 06 hrs.

Day 13: Trek to Tatopani 1,190m – 06 hrs.

Day 14: Trek to Ghorepani 2,750 m – 06 hrs.

Day 15: Trek to Tirkhedhunga 1,500m -05 hours walk.

Day 16: Trek to Nayapul 1,100m -04 hrs and 02 hrs drive to Pokhara 860m.

Day 17: Drive back to Kathmandu and transfer to respective hotels.

Day 18: International departure for home ward bound.

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Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu from respective international flight.

On arrival in Kathmandu received by our guide with short drive to your hotel in the hub of Kathmandu city, where you will join with other members of Annapurna Circuit Trekking, here our guide will brief with information regarding trekking – hotels-culture with do’s and don’t, includes welcome dinner in a nice and typical Nepali restaurant with culture programs.


Day 02: Morning tour of Katmandu afternoon trek preparations.

In Kathmandu free day for individual activities and shopping souvenirs or join in our interesting tour of Kathmandu-Patan and Bhaktapur, full of world heritage site of historical-culture and religious importance, afternoon preparation for Annapurna Circuit Trekking.


Day 03: Trek to Dharapani 1,920 m - 05 hours.

Starting Annapurna Circuit trekking with overland drive on busy highway to reach at Dumre and continue towards Bhesisar town, from here on rough road following Marshyangdi River upstream to reach the mid hills at Jagat village.

After Jagat, continue ride on winding road to Chamje following Marysangdi River and forested area, with super views of Annapurna and Manaslu mountain ranges, drive finally leads on level ground at Tal Besi village to end the ride at Dharapani village for overnight stop.


Day 04: Trek to Chame 2,670 m - 05 hours.

Our first walk of the adventure starts along winding path into rhododendron, pine forest through Bagarchap and Danque village, then to Timang village. From here onwards into Buddhist culture area with view of Mt. Manaslu 8,163m / 26,781ft.

From Timang village few hours trek leads to Koto and then to Chame town for overnight stop, a large and major town and headquarter of Manang area.


Day 05: Trek to Pisang 3, 230 m - 05 hrs.

Adventure continues into cooler area from here onwards closer to mountainous region, trekking through nice alpine forests of rhododendron and pine trees, following Marshyangdi River upstream with short ups and down hills to Bhratang village.

From Bhratang village walk follows uphill through alpine woodland overlooking Chulu’s and Pisang peak, after lunch break at Dukuri Pokhari walk descends to lower Pisang village for overnight stop.


Day 06: Trek to Manang Village 3,450 m - 05 hrs.

Pisang village with great views of mountains walk leads through woodland with short uphill and views of staggering Annapurna II and III, Gangapurna Chulu’s and Pisang peak.As the walk leads to Hongde village, from here tree lines disappear for barren, landscapes with cold, dry arctic climate.Before Manang, visit old Braga monastery with old Buddhist relics and then an hour walk brings at Manang village. The houses here are built up in traditional Tibetan style and Manang people are known for their rich cultural and traditions.


Day 07: Rest day at Manang for local hikes and acclimatization.

A necessary rest day for acclimatization before heading higher elevation, explore Manang village, located beneath Annapurna and Gangapurna mountain range and Manang glacial Lake.


Day 08: Trek to Yak Kharka 4,110 m - 04 hours.

After a good rest at Manang, morning walk leads towards Ghunsang village on the uphill path to Yak Kharka, an interesting high altitude trekking with super views of snowcapped mountains, then crossing a small stream river to reach Yak Kharka, a small settlement with tremendous views of Gangapurna, Annapurna III and Chulu Peaks.


Day 09: Trek to Thorong High Camp 4,600 m - 04 hrs.

Morning heading high area, to the base of Thorang-la after a climb along the river bank, walk leads at Thorung Phedi, from here an hour of steep climb brings at Thorang High Camp for overnight stop.


Day 10: Cross Thorong-La 5,416 m and to Muktinath 3,800 m - 07 hrs.

The main day of this adventure, with early breakfast trek follows a long climb up to Thorang-la with steep haul on the winding path to Thorung La Pass at 5,416 m / 17,700 ft. The highest point of this trip, the pass offers super views of awesome sceneries of snowcapped peaks after feeling high reaching the main highlight, and then a long descend leads to Muktinath at 3,800 m.

On reaching Muktinath for overnight stop, a holy place for both Hindus and Buddhists the word Muktinath literally means ‘the place for Nirvana or Liberation’.


Day 11: Trek to Marpha 2, 670 via Jomsom 2, 715 m - 06 hours.

After Muktinath, rest of the walks is moderate walks with a big drop of 1,200m downhill to Kaligandaki river valley, and to Jomsom headquarter town of Mustang region with a small airstrip above Kaligandaki River. From Jomsom few hours walk reaches at Marpha, one of the most charming villages of all Himalaya regions with whitewashed houses, paved streets and numerous well kept lodges.

Here celebrate with local apple products like cider, brandy and juice this area from Kagbeni to Larjung is famous for its delicious apple and its product.


Day 12: Trek to Lete 2,480m - 06 hrs.

From Marpha walk is enjoyable following Kaligandaki river downstream, reaching Tukuche village, beneath Tukuche peak and Dhaulagiri with Mt. Nilgiris, from here back into tree line of pines, oaks and rhododendron, and then to a nice Kalapani village, after a short stop walk to another lovely village with grand views of Mt. Annapurna I, Nilgiris and Dhaulagiri, a short downhill brings at Lete village for overnight stop.


Day 13: Trek to Tatopani 1,190m - 06 hrs.

From Lete onwards leads to dramatic change in landscapes, walking between two high peaks of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna forming world deepest gorge. From Ghasa village a southern end of Mustang area, dominated by Thakali people and then heading at Tatopani (Hot Spring) village with sub-tropic climate. Tatopani another nice village with large hot spring pools just by the bank of the River Kaligandaki.


Day 14: Trek to Ghorepani 2,750 m - 06 hrs.

After Tatopani, morning walk to cross a bridge over Kaligandaki River and then our route diverts heading uphill on terraced hillside, dotted with farms and villages, after a steep section through dense alpine forest reaching at Chitre and to Ghorepani- village with super views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South and Vara-Shikar also called Annapurna Fang.


Day 15: Trek to Tirkhedhunga 1,500m - 05 hours walk.

Morning an hour hike up to Poon Hill at 3,210m, offering stunning sunrise views over chain of mountains including majestic Mt. Machhapuchare “The Fish Tail”, after a wonderful time at Poon Hill, walk through beautiful rhododendron forest on gradual trail and then a long descend from Ulleri village all the way to Tirkhedhunga for last overnight stop in the hills of Annapurna Himalaya.


Day 16: Trek to Nayapul 1,000 m via Bhirethati and drive to Pokhara 800 m.

Today last walk of the adventure, morning walk leads with fantastic views heading down hill into warmer areas of rice fields and terraces with views of waterfalls then reaching at lovely Bhirethati village, after a short rest stop our last leg of the journey leads at Nayapul on the road-head of Beni / Pokhara Highway. From here few hour drives reaches you at scenic Pokhara by the lake Phewa.


Day 17: Drive back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

After an enjoyable time on high hills and mountains around Annapurna Himalaya with grand views, morning depart for Kathmandu with an interesting overland drive to Kathmandu after a grand time on Annapurna Circuit trekking, on reaching Kathmandu afternoon free for individual activities and shopping souvenirs.


Day 18: International departure for home ward bound.

As per your flight time our guide and staff transfers you at the airport after an enjoyable and great time on Annapurna Circuit Trekking around amazing Nepal Himalaya.


What are included ?

  • Airport pick up & Transfer to hotel.
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on BB basis (Tourist Standard Hotel to Five Star deluxe Hotel in Kathmandu as you prefer).
  • Government  license holder Trekking Guide.
  • Cook, Kitchen staff, Sherpa and Porters for carrying your rucksack during trekking.
  • Hot and cold drinks. (tea, coffee, hot chocolate, milk, and juice).
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion &  if you wants to use your own material you are free to bring them).
  • Kathmandu valley sightseeing tour with private vehicle as mentioned  in itinerary.
  • Accommodation, fare, meal, equipment’s  and salary & Insurance for trekking guide and porters.
  • Government Tax.
  • Airport drop.

What are not included ?

  • Nepal Visa fee & Entrancee fees during kathmandu Tour.
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu.
  • Lunch & Dinner during Kathmandu stay.
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water.)
  • Bar bills (alcoholic drinks,  mineral water, cigarettes, client’s personal insurance and any kind of unforeseen and personal expenses.
  • Travel and rescue insurance.
  • Tips for guides and porters.
  • Emergency rescue evacuation if needed.

Important documents and items

  1. Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
  2. Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
  3. Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
  4. Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler’s checks, etc.
  5. Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of your).

General

  1. 4 seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be  returned after the trek).
  2. Duffel or Rucksack bag  & suitcase (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek).
  3. Daypack
  4. Down Jacket (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek).

Upper Body – Head / Eyes  / Ears

  1. Shade hat or baseball cap – to keep the sun off your ears and neck.
  2. Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover  your ears.
  3. Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
  4. Glacier glasses, Headlamp
  5. Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover. Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric)  shell jacket.
  6. Down vest and/or  jacket*.
  7. A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth   if you feel you will need it (optional).

Hand

  1. 1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside other gloves / mitts for additional warmth.
  2. 1 pair warm gloves
  3. Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn’t be necessary on the trek.
  4. Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).

Core Body

  1. T-shirts (2).
  2. Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
  3. Fleece jacket or pullover.
  4. Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
  5. 2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!
  6. Long shirts (2)

Lower Body – Feet

  1. 2 pairs nylon hiking shorts – Quick drying type, not cotton!
  2. Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
  3. 1 pair soft shell pants – synthetic, full zip from top and  bottom  preferable.
  4. 2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
  5. 1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. Should zip from the top and bottom – this makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
  6. 1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
  7. All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.

Feet

  1. 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks.
  2. 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
  3. 1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”).
  4. 1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
  5. Cotton socks (optional).
  6. Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version.

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well.)

  1. Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
  2. Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
  3. 1 skin-blister repair kit
  4. Anti-diarrhea pills
  5. Anti-headache pills
  6. Cough and/or cold medicine
  7. Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
  8. Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
  9. Water purification tablets or water filter
  10. 1 set of earplugs
  11. Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies.

 Miscellaneous

  1. Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
  2. Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
  3. Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its’ effectiveness over time.
  4. Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
  5. Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
  6. Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
  7. 2 bandanas.

Extras/Luxuries

  1. Reading book
  2. Trail map/guide book
  3. Journal and pen
  4. iPod
  5. Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at teahouses and/or camps)
  6. 1 modest swim suit
  7. Binoculars (optional)
  8. Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  9. Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
  10. Lightweight pillow case (in case your teahouses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow