• Trip Code AC002
  • From USD 1429
    USD 1429
  • 19 Days
  • Group Size(min)
    2
    • 1
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    Moderate

    Moderate trekking involves 5 – 6 hours a day walking at a steady pace below 4000 meters for around 10 days trekking trip.

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the world's greatest treks - so how can you make this classic trek even better? Add a couple of extra days of high-trail adventure and extra-awesome scenery of course.  At Langtang Ri Trekking we do that by incorporating a two-day side-trek into the Annapurna Circuit itinerary.  The target for these two days is to reach the high and remote Tilicho Lake (4,919m) located west of Manang and just to the south of the standard Annapurna Circuit trail. 

This takes you into the heart of the Himalayan Mountains and winds between the hundreds of icy peaks of the Annapurna Massif. But the extra days trekking to Tilicho Lake are a special highlight as the trail up to the lake is challenging while being enormously rewarding for body and soul.  You will get to explore hidden parts of the Annapurna peaks that few visitors get to see.  So you will return home with extra memories and experiences that few Annapurna trekkers can claim.

The treks is a fantastic cultural experience as it visits villages with Nepali and Tibetan influences and even takes you to one of the most spiritually revered places for followers of both the Hindu and Buddhist religions - Muktinath Temple. You get to trek through green rice terraces, arid high mountain pastures, cross challenging high mountain passes and visit a secret hidden jewel-like lake. Trekking in Nepal does not get much better than the Annapurna Circuit, but adding Tilicho Lake makes this trek even more special. This can be a life-changing experience consumed one step and one deep breath at a time.

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What's Included?

  • Airport pick-up & drop-off transportation by private vehicle
  • Twin/Double sharing accommodation at Kathmandu & Pokhara in 2-3 stars hotel with breakfast & all taxes
  • Kathmandu / Bulbule private transportation
  • Accommodation in Normal tea house during trek
  • Meals ( Breakfast with 2 cup of Tea & coffe), lunch, dinner – during trek
  • Sleeping bag
  • Annapurna trekking map for group
  • All necessary paper work & permits
  • Annapurna conservation permit fee & TIMS
  • A First Aid and Eco trained & government licensed English speaking guide
  • One porter between each two members during trek
  • Jomsom Pokhara flight fare for member & guide
  • Pokhara Kathmandu Tourist Bus Transportation
  • Accommodation, meals, salary, equipment, transportation & Insurance of trekking staff
  • First Aid Kit
  • Travel & rescue arrangement
  • All government taxes
  • Farewell dinner
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What's not Included?

  • International airfare
  • Nepal Entry Visa fee (US$ 40 per person for 30 days)
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Lunch/Dinner in Kathmandu & Pokhara
  • Tea coffee in Lunch & Dinner time during trek
  • Drinking water during trek
  • Hot Shower & Electricity Bills during trek
  • Tips for guide & Porter & Driver
  • Medical evacuation in case of emergency
  • Personal gear & clothing – these may be available for hire
  • Tips, any expenses of personal nature, client’s insurance
  • Soft/hard drinks
  • Expenses incurred due to mishaps, landslide, strikes, political unrest etc. In such case extra will be charged as per actual
  • Anything not specified in the Cost Include section
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Brief itinerary

  • Day 1
    Kathmandu arrival (1,300m)
  • Day 2
    Pre-trek Sightseeing Day in Kathmandu and Final Trek Preparations (1,300m)
  • Day 3
    Drive from Kathmandu westward on the main highway to Bulbule (800m)
  • Day 4
    Start northward trek from Bulbule to Syange (1,100m)
  • Day 5
    Continue north from Syange to Chamje (1,410m)
  • Day 6
    Chamje to Dharapani (1,960m)
  • Day 7
    Head north-west from Dharapani to Chame (2,710m)
  • Day 8
    Trek from Chame to Pisang (3,300m)
  • Day 9
    Continue higher up the valley from Pisang to Manang (3,440m)
  • Day 10
    We enjoy a rest day and explore Manang and its local environment (3,440m)
  • Day 11
    Trek westward from Manang to Tilicho Base Camp (4,150m)
  • Day 12
    Continue higher from Base Camp to Tilicho Lake, return to Base Camp (4,919m)
  • Day 13
    Trek Tilicho Base Camp to Ledar (4,200m)
  • Day 14
    Ascend to Thorong Phedi (4,450m) and over Thorong La Pass (5,416m) to Muktinath (3800m) (5,416m)
  • Day 15
    Descend from Muktinath to Jomsom (2,710m)
  • Day 16
    Short flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. (900m)
  • Day 17
    Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu. (Flight an optional extra.) (1,300m)
  • Day 18
    Free day in Kathmandu for sightseeing and shopping (1,300m)
  • Day 19
    International Departure (1,300m)
  • Day 1
    Kathmandu arrival (1,300m)

    Welcome to Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. The Langtang Ri Trekking & Expedition representative will greet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. After your refreshment you will be picked up from your hotel lobby and driven to our Thamel office where you will be formally introduced to your trekking guide. We will go through all your trek itinerary and arrangements with you to insurer every detail is in place. We will also ask to bring your passport, extra passport photographs and a copy of your travel insurance so that we can organize permits required for your trek in the Annapurna Sanctuary region.

  • Day 2
    Pre-trek Sightseeing Day in Kathmandu and Final Trek Preparations (1,300m)

    After breakfast, we start an interesting tour around Kathmandu. Escorting by an English speaking guide (can be provide any language speaking guide on request) the tour will give you a taste of our vivid Nepali culture and history. In our sightseeing tour we go to Monkey Temple Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath and Kathmandu Durbar Square.

    Bouddhanath: Bouddhanath is a Buddhist religious complex with a history dating back over 500 years. Located on the eastern edge of Kathmandu it is now a site of great pilgrimage for Buddhist followers who circle its massive stupa, spin its many prayer wheels and visit its beautiful monastery. The main feature of Boudhanath is its huge hemispherical white stupa with central golden tower and the all-seeing eyes of the Buddha. Visitors should circle the stupa in a clockwise direction and spin prayer wheels for good fortune and a good life. Visitors may also enjoy visiting the thangka painting school within the complex to see highly skilled artists at work on religious mandala paintings.

    Pashupatinath: This Hindu Temple is a very large complex and focal point for the Hindu religion in Nepal. This old and very revered complex of buildings and shrines is dedicated to the Lord Shiva, one of the main deities of Hinduism. While Lord Shiva has multiple forms he is often seen as the destroyer. This has great significance for the Pashupatinath temple as it is the site of many Hindi ritual cremations each day. Pashupatinath is considered by Hindus to be an auspicious site for passing from one stage of life to the next through the purifying and destroying flames of cremation. However, on a happier note, visitors may also get to see the temple in a buoyant festival mode with one of the many Hindu festivals celebrated here through the year.

    Swayambhunath: You will first visit the Swayambhunath temple complex that sits atop a high hill overlooking Kathmandu and the entire Kathmandu Valley. Swayambhunath is perhaps the most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage site in Nepal. It consists of a very large white stupa with the all-seeing-eye of Lord Buddha plus many small stupa and beautifully carved stone shrines. This is a wonderful place to catch your breath and start to understand and appreciate the deep importance of Buddhist belief to the people of Nepal and the Himalaya region. Make sure you ring the many bells to awaken the gods and let them know you are in Nepal. Take the time to enjoy the view over Kathmandu and have your guide point out the many other highlights of the city. In the far distance to the east you may also be able to see the hills of Nagarkot. If you feel energetic you might also like to try some or all of the 350 steps that lead all the way from Kathmandu city up to your Swayambhunath temple vantage point.

    Kathmandu Durbar Square: The next stop today is the beautiful Kathmandu Durbar Square, or the royal palace square of the ancient Malla Kings of the Kathmandu Valley. This square and all its architectural treasures are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While some damage to buildings occurred in the 2015 earthquake the site still contains many stunning architectural gems. The original royal palace courtyards are open to visitors and you will marvel at the intricate timber carving and beautifully crafted brickwork of the palace. The open square outside the palace has many beautiful multi-storey pagodas and temples with ornate carving and carpentry artwork that tells some of the story of the ancient kings and their mystical time and beliefs. The square also contains many important Hindu temples and statues such as to Vishnu and Lord Shiva. Durbar Square also contains the unique and intriguing Kumari Chok. This is an ancient and ornate house where resides the Raj Kumari – the Living Goddess. She is a young girl chosen through an ancient and mystical selection process to become the human incarnation of the Hindu mother goddess, Durga. If you are in the courtyard of her home at the right time in the afternoon you may see a brief glimpse of the Goddess at her window.

  • Day 3
    Drive from Kathmandu westward on the main highway to Bulbule (800m)

    We will collect you from your hotel bright and early to start our journey. The drive will wind through the many hills of the Trishuli River Valley. Towards the end of the drive we leave the main highway and head toward Pokhara. A little later we also leave this highway and head north to Besisahar and then further north to Khudi, the trek starting point. We then lace up the boots for a short one hour trek to Khudi. From here we get the first glimpse of the snowy Manaslu mountain peaks.  Trekking lodge accommodation - BLD

  • Day 4
    Start northward trek from Bulbule to Syange (1,100m)

    The trek starts in the wide valley with slopes terraced into thousands of beautiful rice fields neatly aligned on the valley sides. We cross some large and interesting suspension bridges where some nerves might be tested - but rest assured they are all safe to cross. The walk continues past waterfalls, rice paddies, tiny farming communities and through wonderful forests. As the hours pass we climb a little in altitude as we noticeably head higher up the valley. The Manaslu mountains get a little closer as we walk higher. The villages and people we meet are all interesting and at our day's destination a unique cultural introduction will be organized by the local people.

  • Day 5
    Continue north from Syange to Chamje (1,410m)

    We continue up the Marsyangdi River Valley as the valley walls get steeper and the rice terraces look even more impossible to construct and farm. We pass more small villages and head higher up the valley and the challenge of the trail increases as it starts getting a little steeper.  We gain altitude and reach Syange at 1,100m altitude and continue up to Jagat at 1,300m. The trail then gets a little steeper again as we end a fantastic day of valley walking at Chamje and 1,410m altitude.

  • Day 6
    Chamje to Dharapani (1,960m)

    The walk will test your sore muscles again as we head higher up the valley and gain more altitude. We pass many more farming communities that now subsist on their crops of corn, barley and potatoes. Since we are now higher in the mountains these communities suffer the effects of a partial mountain rain shadow and are unable to farm rice like the lowland villagers. The trek also takes us through forests of bamboo and beautiful rhododendrons that flower from February through to April. We reach the village of Tal, with its often flowing waterfall, and then continue on to Dharapani.

  • Day 7
    Head north-west from Dharapani to Chame (2,710m)

    Today we "turn the corner" and follow the valley as it turns toward the west. The trail becomes more challenging as we cross some steep and forested ridges and negotiate sites of old and more recent landslides that cut across the trail. The mountain scenery around us becomes more spectacular as we head higher up the valley. High above us on both sides are towering bare-rock mountains rimmed to icy summits. Now we get to see wonderful mountains such as the Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II and Annapurna IV (7,525m). This is also an active geo-thermal region and we can end the day with some relaxation time in the healing waters of one of the springs. 

  • Day 8
    Trek from Chame to Pisang (3,300m)

    Today is a fantastic day of challenging walking and spectacular mountain and valley scenery. We lace up the boots well today. The steep trail initially takes us through dense forests along the northern valley wall. When we reach Bratang we turn northward again and head through a very narrow section of valley with huge cliffs and landslide scree slopes. This is a dramatic place to trek as you look down into the valley and then high up to the Annapurna massif peaks above. This is trekking in Nepal at its very best.  Today we cross the river a number of times via high and dramatic suspension bridges. As we progress higher beyond the narrows we reach a wider section and the valley of Manang and its high snowy peaks towering above. A wonderful day of walking and exploring ends at the village of Lower Pisang.

  • Day 9
    Continue higher up the valley from Pisang to Manang (3,440m)

    The trail has many branches and options today, but they all take us higher up the valley under the towering peak of 7,555m Annapurna III to the south.  We have now moved deeper into the Annapurna massif rain-shadow region and so the landscape progressively changes to more stunted vegetation and more bare-rock slopes. This is now the more harsh, cold and dry climate of the high plateau of Tibet. We will take a short break for some spiritual enlightenment at the Barge Monastery where we have a chance to glimpse the life of the Buddhist monks who live here throughout the year.

  • Day 10
    We enjoy a rest day and explore Manang and its local environment (3,440m)

    Today we let the heart, lungs and muscles recover and give our boots a quick clean too. Each day we have been gaining altitude but we must do this in careful measured stages to ensure proper acclimatization for the higher altitudes and high passes ahead. So today we just do some short walks to explore the region around Manang. Options include a visit to the Buddhist Bhojo Gompa or a short walk across the valley floor to Gangapurna Lake which sits at the foot of a steep valley cut into the southern valley wall. But most importantly today we must continue to acclimatize for the challenging days ahead.

  • Day 11
    Trek westward from Manang to Tilicho Base Camp (4,150m)

     A bit of effort required today - but we should be fine after a rest day yesterday. We leave the main circuit trail and head west up the valley towards Tilicho Peak. The trail is not heavily used as so some sections, particularly crossing old landslides, require some extra care. Much of the trail zig-zags up steep scree slopes as we gain altitude.  The summit peak views get better and better as we ascend. By the time we reach the remote little Tilicho Base Camp trekking lodge we are very high up the valley and can see ice-capped peaks all around us and glaciers hanging in some of the valleys - spectacular scenery today. 

  • Day 12
    Continue higher from Base Camp to Tilicho Lake, return to Base Camp (4,919m)

    We need to gain even more altitude this morning and the trail is rather steep as it winds its way another 770m up to the head of the valley - as we crest the moraine we are rewarded with the little jewel of Tilicho Lake.  The lake is set in a small and steep valley with 7,134m Tilich Peak towering over the lake on the southern side.  We also have a string of nearly 6,000m peaks high above the lake to the north and west. We will take a little time to rest and explore this wonderful and remote scene before slowly making our way back to our base camp accommodation.

  • Day 13
    Trek Tilicho Base Camp to Ledar (4,200m)

    This morning we retrace our path back down the valley from Tilicho Base Camp to rejoin the Annapurna Circuit trail west of Manang. We trek along the northern valley wall to Yak Kharka and then continue north to the village of Ledar.  This puts us well placed for a big day tomorrow as we head for the challenging Thorong La Pass.

  • Day 14
    Ascend to Thorong Phedi (4,450m) and over Thorong La Pass (5,416m) to Muktinath (3800m) (5,416m)

    Today we face the greatest challenge of the trek as we attempt to cross the Thorong La Pass.  Your guide will keep a careful eye on the weather conditions and the condition of every member of your trekking group. High altitude passes must be treated with respect. The Thorong La Pass will take us to 5,416m or 17,764ft altitude where each breath brings in just 52% of the oxygen available at sea level.  Your lungs, heart and legs will be working hard today and your brain will not be at its best. That is why it is always best to trek with an experienced guide who can function normally at high altitude and make the right decisions that reduce the risks for his or her trekking group members. It will be a long day so expect to start early.  The trail will wind up the valley wall to the lowest crossing point possible in this part of the Himalaya ranges - the Thorong La Pass. But you can still expect plenty of ice and snow on the trail and at the top of the pass. So tread carefully and take your time. As you head higher the mountain views get even more spectacular as you start to view many of the peaks from their own level. But all going well you will have prepared properly and should have no trouble reaching the high pass and enjoying the achievement. But then it is time to start the descent and head down the path to the historic Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage village of Muktinath.

  • Day 15
    Descend from Muktinath to Jomsom (2,710m)

    For many centuries Muktinath has been an important place of pilgrimage for Hindu and Buddhist followers. We will start the day by visiting the Vishnu Temple and Gompa and learning more about the cultural and religious significance of the rather remote village of Muktinath. We will then spend much of the rest of the day winding along descending trails from Ranipauwa to Kagbeni and then along the valley floor to Jomsom.

  • Day 16
    Short flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. (900m)

    Your legs can finally rest as today we catch an early morning flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. In little more than half an hour you will fly over spectacular river valleys with the summits of Annapurna on one side and Mount Dhaulagiri on the other - so have your camera ready and grab a window seat. All too soon you will have left the Annapurna wilderness and be back in the noise and bustle or urban Pokhara.

  • Day 17
    Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu. (Flight an optional extra.) (1,300m)

    As an optional extra component of your trekking package you may choose to take the 30 minute flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu. Or you may choose the road option and extend your experience of Nepal that little bit further. Either way, by this afternoon you will be back in busy, and often dusty, Kathmandu.  In the afternoon time is your own to explore or perhaps go shopping. In the evening you will collect you from your hotel for a farewell dinner and cultural Nepali dance - so bring your comfortable dancing shoes!

  • Day 18
    Free day in Kathmandu for sightseeing and shopping (1,300m)

    This is the free day for a little more shopping and exploring. 

  • Day 19
    International Departure (1,300m)

    We will meet you at your hotel and take you to the airport in plenty of time to meet your flight home.

Recommended equipment list: Trekkers need to provide their own personal clothing and equipment. Some items of equipment are available for hire from us as like Down Jacket

Footwear : Well broken-in walking shoes - these must be suitable for snow, thick socks, light socks, camp shoes.

Clothing : Down or fiber filled waterproof jacket and trousers, sweater or fleece jacket, underwear, warm and cotton trousers or jeans, shirts and T-shirts, shorts, long underwear, wool hat, sun hat, gloves, bathing suit, track suit.

Other equipment: Sleeping bag (5 seasons), lock, day pack, water bottle, sun cream, sunglasses, flashlight with spare batteries, lip salve, gaiters.

Other items: Insect repellent, toilet articles, diary, toilet roll, laundry soap, wet ones, pocket knife, towel, sewing kit, plasters, binoculars, camera, memory cards, batteries, charger and personal medical kit.

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    • Clarie

      December 20, 2016

      Annapurna Circuit trek

      Langtang Ri provided exceptional service during our trip to Nepal. We were really impressed with Langtang Ri, and would not hesitate to recommend then to anyone looking for a quality trekking company.

    • Clarie

      December 20, 2016

      Annapurna Circuit trek

      Langtang Ri provided exceptional service during our trip to Nepal. We were really impressed with Langtang Ri, and would not hesitate to recommend then to anyone looking for a quality trekking company.

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    • Duration: 18 days
    • Grade: Hard
    • Trekking: Teahouse
    • Max. Altitude: 5,416m
    • Group Size: Minimum of 2 people.
    • Transportation: Private vehicle / Tourist bus / Flight
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