Oct 5 - Oct 19, 2017  confirmed

Annapurna Circuit via Tilicho Lake and Classic finish via Poon Hill (15 days)
Annapurna Region, Nepal

Rating: | 4 reviews
Difficulty: strenuous

Private trek | 1 confirmed trekker

$280 usd
For 1 person to join this trek
Guide & Permits Only
Includes guide and all required permits & entry fees:
$15.27 /day per person for guide
+ $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
English, Japanese, Sherpa, Nepali, Hindi, little Tibetan, little German.
Currently 1 Trekker
1 confirmed trekker

Nee (Malaysia)

Hired 1 porter

Trip Board (1)

Nee (Malaysia)
itinerary creator

a person who loves travelling and hiking

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 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 Basecamp lodge. From the lodge, there is a steep hike up to the lake and viewpoint that’s well worth the effort.

Side trip Classic finish via Poon Hill: For the satisfaction of doing the full Annapurna circuit, continue through the villages of lower Mustang and follow the rushing Gandaki River down from arid Mustang into the green middle hills. 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.

(15 days / 14 nights )
created by Nee (Malaysia)

Thu Oct 5 (day 1)

Kathmandu (1337 m)

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)

Fri Oct 6 (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)

Sat Oct 7 (day 3)

Pisang (3240 m)

About 5-6 hours from Chame

Upper Pisang (3300 m)

About 20 min from Pisang

Sun Oct 8 (day 4)

Ghyaru (3670 m)

About 2 hours from Upper Pisang

Ngawal (3650 m)

About 45 minutes

Braka (3500 m)

About 45 minutes from Ngawal

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

Mon Oct 9 (day 5)

Manang (3540 m)

Tue Oct 10 (day 6)

Khangsar (3745 m)

About 2-3 hours from Manang

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

Wed Oct 11 (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.

Yak Kharka (4020 m)

About 5-6 hours from Tilicho Base Camp, or about 4 hours from Shree Kharka

Thu Oct 12 (day 8)

Ledar (4230 m)

About 1 hour from Yak Kharkha

Thorung Phedi (4540 m)

About 1-3 hours from Letdar

Fri Oct 13 (day 9)

Thorung High Camp (4830 m)

About 1 hour from Thorung Phedi

Thorung La (5416 m)

About 3-6 hours from Thorong Phedi

Muktinath (3800 m)

Sat Oct 14 (day 10)

Kagbeni (2840 m)

From Muktinath, about 3-3.5 hours via Jharkot or 6 hours via Jhong.

Sun Oct 15 (day 11)

Marpha (2780 m)

About 4-4.5 hours from Kagbeni

Mon Oct 16 (day 12)

Tukuche (2580 m)

From Marpha, about 5-6 hours via Chhairo and Chimang

Larjung (2560 m)

About 1-1.5 hours from Tukuche

Lete (2480 m)

Kalopani (2480 m)

About 2.5-3 hours from Larjung

Tue Oct 17 (day 13)

Ghasa (2000 m)

About 2.5-3 hours from Kalopani

Tatopani (1190 m)

About 6-7 hours from Ghasa

Wed Oct 18 (day 14)

Ghorepani (2874 m)

About 6-8 hours from Tatopani

Thu Oct 19 (day 15)

Poon Hill (3210 m)

About 2 hours above Ghorepani, and an hour return

Tikhedunga (1525 m)

Naya Pul (1000 m)

About 7-9 hours from Ghorepani

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)