Oct 31 - Nov 13, 2018  confirmed

Annapurna Circuit via Tilicho Lake, Bus to Tatopani and trek to Poon Hill, via Kagbeni, and via Marpha (14 days)
Annapurna Region, Nepal

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Difficulty: strenuous

Private trek | 2 confirmed trekkers

Annapurna Circuit via Tilicho Lake, Bus to Tatopani and trek to Poon Hill, via Kagbeni, and via Marpha
$242 usd
For 1 person to join this trek
Guide & Permits Only
Includes guide and all required permits & entry fees:
$11.84 /day per person for guide
+ $10 per person for guide's insurance
+ $15.67 per person for guide's transport
+ $40 per person for permits
+ $10 for private trek surcharge

Teahouse lodging, food, & transportation paid separately.

Included Services
  • Permits ACAP and TIMS Card
  • Guide Guide's wages, food, lodging, and insurance
  • Guide's Transport
Optional Services (Porter)
  • Porter Each porter may carry no more than 20 kg (44 lb). One porter is usually enough for 2 people's gear. Government required insurance covers the porter in case of an accident while on the trip.
    $20 per day per porter

    + $30 per porter for porter's insurance

Guide
Phurwa
Languages
English, Nepali, Sherpa, and a little German
Ratings
great

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Levana (Canada)


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Nicole (Canada)


While the new road offers the possibility of shortening this classic trek, it still provides one of the most diverse trekking experiences in Nepal. Starting at Chame, or the traditional starting point of Besi Sahar, the trail runs through lush forest and passes through villages to Manang. From Manang there is an option to take the spectacular side trip to Tilicho Lake, or continue directly over the Thorung La (5416 m) descending to the pilgrim town of Muktinath, a sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists. From Muktinath, you have the option to take a jeep via the wide valley of lower Mustang to Jomson, where both flights and buses to Pokhara can be arranged, or trek via the traditional village of Kagbeni, gateway to upper Mustang. While the road has taken some of the charm out of this classic trek, the advantage is that a trip can be tailored around one’s interests and time constraints. Whether you do the epic full circuit from Besi Sahar to Ghorepani, or take off a bite sized chunk around the Thorung La, the Annapurna Circuit still has plenty to offer.

Side trip via Kagbeni: Kagbeni is the gateway to the upper Mustang Valley. The longer route to Kagbeni via Jong passes through monastic villages reminiscent of those in Upper Mustang. It would be a shame to miss this picturesque village set in a spectacular landscape of dry eroded valleys and high snow-clad peaks in your rush to get back to Pokhara or Kathmandu. If you have the time, stop and take a break in Kagbeni.

Side trip via Marpha: The picturesque village of Marpha sits in the shadow of Dhaulagiri. It’s a far more appealing place than nearby Jomsom, with its whitewashed Tibetan style homes and Niyingma monastery dominating the village. A pleasant place to linger after a long trek.

Side trip via Tilicho Lake: If you only have time for one side trip off the main Annapurna circuit, make time for the jaw-dropping vistas of Tilicho lake. Nestled against the backs of the Annapurna peaks, this brilliant blue lake at 5000m is a sight not to be missed. The trail to the lake is scenic but challenging, winding along loose eroded cliff sides to the Tilicho Base Camp lodge. From the lodge, there is a steep hike up to the lake and viewpoint that’s well worth the effort.

Side trip Bus to Tatopani and trek to Poon Hill: If you'd like to finish the trek with a climb to the panoramic view point of Poon Hill and wave goodbye to the 8000 m peaks of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna, but not walk the road section you can cut out a few days by taking a bus between Jomsom and Tatopani.

Weather Conditions in October

October begins the most popular time to trek, with moderate temperatures, clear skies in the wake of the monsoon, and a low chance of rain and snow. In recent years, the monsoon rains have receded later with weather patterns typically stabilizing in mid-October. While the chance of snow is decreased, there is the possibility of a heavy snowfall at higher elevations. If ill-timed and prolonged, this can make it difficult to cross some passes.

At a glance
On average there are 4 days with precipitation in October. The highest point on the trek is Thorung La at 5416 m. During October, expect high temperatures of around 2.9°C (37°F) and lows down to -11.1°C (12°F) at Thorung La.

Annapurna Circuit via Tilicho Lake, Bus to Tatopani and trek to Poon Hill, via Kagbeni, and via Marpha
(Elevation Profile)

Itinerary
(14 days / 13 nights )
created by Nicole (Canada)

Wed Oct 31 (day 1)

Kathmandu (1337 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 27.4°C (81°F) and lows of about 13.4°C (56°F) in October.

Kathmandu
Public bus from Kathmandu to Besi Sahar (Not Included)

Estimated cost: $6.00
Travel time: about 6 hours
Please pay the fare for your guide & porter (if you have hired one)

Besi Sahar (800 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 30.6°C (87°F) and lows of about 16.6°C (62°F) in October.

Thu Nov 1 (day 2)
Shared vehicle from Besi Sahar to Chame (Not Included)

Estimated cost: $30.00
Travel time: about 8 hours
Please pay the fare for your guide & porter (if you have hired one)

Chame (2710 m)

From May through early October it is sometimes not possible to reach Chame by road due to landslides caused by rains. In that case you may have to start walking at an earlier point and the trek may take an extra day or two so make sure you plan accordingly, and pay your guide and porter for any extra days they work beyond the time you booked.
Expect typical high termperatures of about 16.1°C (61°F) and lows of about 0.1°C (32°F) in November.

Chame
Fri Nov 2 (day 3)

Pisang (3240 m)

About 5-6 hours from Chame
Expect typical high termperatures of about 13.0°C (55°F) and lows of about -3.0°C (27°F) in November.

Pisang

Upper Pisang (3300 m)

About 20 min from Pisang
Expect typical high termperatures of about 12.6°C (55°F) and lows of about -3.4°C (26°F) in November.

Upper Pisang
Sat Nov 3 (day 4)

Ghyaru (3670 m)

About 2 hours from Upper Pisang
Expect typical high termperatures of about 10.4°C (51°F) and lows of about -5.6°C (22°F) in November.

Ghyaru

Ngawal (3650 m)

About 45 minutes
Expect typical high termperatures of about 10.5°C (51°F) and lows of about -5.5°C (22°F) in November.

Ngawal

Braka (3500 m)

About 45 minutes from Ngawal
Expect typical high termperatures of about 11.4°C (53°F) and lows of about -4.6°C (24°F) in November.

Braka

Manang (3540 m)

Acclimatization wise it is also possible to spend the 2nd night at Khangsar instead of Manang if you wish and the group agrees
Expect typical high termperatures of about 11.2°C (52°F) and lows of about -4.8°C (23°F) in November.

Manang
Sun Nov 4 (day 5)

Manang (3540 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 11.2°C (52°F) and lows of about -4.8°C (23°F) in November.

Mon Nov 5 (day 6)

Khangsar (3745 m)

About 2-3 hours from Manang
Expect typical high termperatures of about 9.9°C (50°F) and lows of about -6.1°C (21°F) in November.

Khangsar

Shree Kharka (4080 m)

About 2-3 hours from Khangsar
Expect typical high termperatures of about 7.9°C (46°F) and lows of about -8.1°C (17°F) in November.

Shree Kharka

Tilicho Base Camp (3900 m)

About 6-9 hours from Manang, about 4-6 hours from Khangsar, or about 2-3 hours from Shree Kharka
Expect typical high termperatures of about 9.0°C (48°F) and lows of about -7.0°C (19°F) in November.

Tilicho Base Camp
Tue Nov 6 (day 7)

Tilicho Lake (4919 m)

About 2-4 hours up to the lake and about 1-1.5 hours back. While it's possible to see Tilicho Lake in the morning and make it to Yak Kharkha the same day it's more leisurely to add an extra rest day. This option would also give more time to explore the lake.
Expect typical high termperatures of about 2.9°C (37°F) and lows of about -13.1°C (8°F) in November.

Tilicho Lake

Shree Kharka (4080 m)

About 2 hours from Tilicho Base Camp
Expect typical high termperatures of about 7.9°C (46°F) and lows of about -8.1°C (17°F) in November.

Shree Kharka

Yak Kharka (4020 m)

About 5-6 hours from Tilicho Base Camp, or about 4 hours from Shree Kharka
Expect typical high termperatures of about 8.3°C (47°F) and lows of about -7.7°C (18°F) in November.

Yak Kharka
Wed Nov 7 (day 8)

Ledar (4230 m)

About 1 hour from Yak Kharkha
Expect typical high termperatures of about 7.0°C (45°F) and lows of about -9.0°C (16°F) in November.

Ledar

Thorung Phedi (4540 m)

About 1-3 hours from Letdar
Expect typical high termperatures of about 5.2°C (41°F) and lows of about -10.8°C (13°F) in November.

Thorung Phedi
Thu Nov 8 (day 9)

Thorung High Camp (4830 m)

About 1 hour from Thorung Phedi
Expect typical high termperatures of about 3.4°C (38°F) and lows of about -12.6°C (9°F) in November.

Thorung High Camp

Thorung La (5416 m)

About 3-6 hours from Thorong Phedi
Expect typical high termperatures of about -0.1°C (32°F) and lows of about -16.1°C (3°F) in November.

Thorung La

Muktinath (3800 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 9.6°C (49°F) and lows of about -6.4°C (20°F) in November.

Muktinath
Fri Nov 9 (day 10)

Chhyonkar (3400 m)

About 1 hour from Muktinath
Expect typical high termperatures of about 12.0°C (54°F) and lows of about -4.0°C (25°F) in November.

Jhong (3200 m)

About 2 hours from Chhyonkar
Expect typical high termperatures of about 13.2°C (56°F) and lows of about -2.8°C (27°F) in November.

Putak (3000 m)

About 30 minutes from Jhong
Expect typical high termperatures of about 14.4°C (58°F) and lows of about -1.6°C (29°F) in November.

Kagbeni (2840 m)

About 6 hours from Mukinath or about 2.5 hours from Putak
Expect typical high termperatures of about 15.4°C (60°F) and lows of about -0.6°C (31°F) in November.

Kagbeni
Sat Nov 10 (day 11)

Jomsom (2760 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 15.8°C (60°F) and lows of about -0.2°C (32°F) in November.

Jomsom

Marpha (2780 m)

About 4 to 4.5 hours from Kagbeni or 1 to1.5 hours from Jomsom, reachable from Muktinath in one long day (about 7 hours of walking) but preferable to break it up into two days.
Expect typical high termperatures of about 15.7°C (60°F) and lows of about -0.3°C (31°F) in November.

Marpha
Sun Nov 11 (day 12)

Jomsom (2760 m)

About 1 to 1.5 hours from Marpha
Expect typical high termperatures of about 15.8°C (60°F) and lows of about -0.2°C (32°F) in November.

Jomsom
Public bus from Jomsom to Tatopani (Not Included)

Estimated cost: $15.00
Travel time: about 7 hours
Please pay the fare for your guide & porter (if you have hired one)

Tatopani (1190 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 25.3°C (78°F) and lows of about 9.3°C (49°F) in November.

Tatopani
Mon Nov 12 (day 13)

Ghorepani (2874 m)

About 6-8 hours from Tatopani
Expect typical high termperatures of about 15.2°C (59°F) and lows of about -0.8°C (31°F) in November.

Ghorepani
Tue Nov 13 (day 14)

Poon Hill (3210 m)

About 2 hours above Ghorepani, and an hour return
Expect typical high termperatures of about 13.1°C (56°F) and lows of about -2.9°C (27°F) in November.

Poon Hill

Tikhedunga (1525 m)

About 5-6 hours from Ghorepani (to avoid a very long last day add a night here)
Expect typical high termperatures of about 23.3°C (74°F) and lows of about 7.3°C (45°F) in November.

Naya Pul (1000 m)

About 2-3 hours from Tikhedunga
Expect typical high termperatures of about 26.4°C (80°F) and lows of about 10.4°C (51°F) in November.

Public bus from Naya Pul to Pokhara (Not Included)

Estimated cost: $2.00
Travel time: about 2 hours
Please pay the fare for your guide & porter (if you have hired one)

Pokhara (827 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 27.4°C (81°F) and lows of about 11.4°C (53°F) in November.

Pokhara