About Annapurna Circuit via Tilicho Lake Trek
Annapurna Circuit via Tilicho Lake Trek is one of the most popular and classic trekking routes in the Annapurna region. The Annapurna Circuit was opened to the foreigners in 1977 since then it is among the most popular hiking destinations in Nepal.
The Annapurna Circuit via Tilicho Lake trek offers an extraordinary panoramic view of Annapurna (8097m), Dhaulagiri (8167 m), Manaslu, Machhapuchhre and Tukuche along with many other magnificent peaks in the background. The trek is extremely beautiful, with its numerous orchid forests surrounding the trail, and the rhododendrons covering the entire hills in their typical red hue in the spring.
Likewise, Tilicho Lake recognized as the highest lake in the world, is located at an eye-catching point in the Annapurna region at an altitude of 4919m. While hiking to the scenic Manang Valley, the Thorong Peak and Gangapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Nilgiri and Himchuli can also be witnessed.
The unique combination of nature and culture is what makes the Annapurna Circuit via the Tilicho Lake trek one of the best hiking routes in Nepal.
Best Time to Trek the Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake
Generally, Spring and Autumns are the best time to trek the Annapurna Circuit via Tilicho Lake, but It’s possible to trek all year round.
Autumn (September to November) brings clear skies, and the insects and dust have been washed away by the rains. Spring (March to May) has warmer, longer days, with the rhododendrons blooming in massive, but lower altitudes can be hazy in May. You can also trek in the winter.
The Thorong La pass is sometimes blocking by snow, leading to delays or requiring a detour, but the months of November and December are delightfully calm. However, dress warm; temperatures are crispy during the day and below freezing at night.
Annapurna Circuit via Tilicho Lake: Route & Trail Conditions
Annapurna Circuit via Tilicho Lake Trek begins as the Annapurna Circuit Trek from Besisahar, following the Marshyangdi River and offering spectacular views of Manaslu and Himal Chuli to the east.
This stunning Annapurna Circuit via Tilicho Lake Trek takes you to a lovely village inhabited by a wide variety of people from different ethnic groups, with spectacular and magical views of the white Himalayas.
We have personalized this route, as it is generally same as Annapurna Circuit but from Manang, instead of taking the valley north to Manang and Yak Kharka, this trail goes to the main valley to the west and passes via the Khanshar Village and trek up to Tilicho Lake.
We trek to Yak Kharka and then up to the Thorong La pass at an elevation of 5416 meters. Treks descend from the Thorong – La pass to Muktinath and then to Jomsom, from where a 20 minutes scenic flight or about 5 hours' drive by jeep/bus take you to Pokhara.