Apr 8 - Apr 18, 2019  confirmed

Annapurna Circuit via Tilicho Lake (11 days)
Annapurna Region, Nepal

Rating: | 6 reviews
Difficulty: challenging

Private trek | 2 confirmed trekkers

Annapurna Circuit via Tilicho Lake
$221 usd
For 1 person to join this trek
Guide & Permits Only
Includes guide and all required permits & entry fees:
$11.93 /day per person for guide
+ $10 per person for guide's insurance
+ $15.67 per person for guide's transport
+ $48 per person for permits
+ $15 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
Ang Tsering
Languages
English, Nepali, Hindi,Tibetan and Sherpa
Ratings
great

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Currently 2 Trekkers
2 confirmed trekkers
confirmed

Emma (Canada)

With 1 guest: Jeffrey (Canada)
Hired 1 porter

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

Weather Conditions in April

April is the peak of the ‘Spring Season’, with more moderate temperatures and still relatively few days of precipitation. Clear mornings and cloudy afternoons are typical, with clouds clearing up just before or just after sunset. Trekkers should also be prepared for the occasional rain shower, especially towards the end of the month. At high altitudes occasional snow storms are possible.

At a glance
On average there are 6 days with precipitation in April. The highest point on the trek is Thorung La at 5416 m. During April, expect high temperatures of around 3.9°C (39°F) and lows down to -12.1°C (10°F) at Thorung La.

Annapurna Circuit via Tilicho Lake
(Elevation Profile)

Itinerary
(11 days / 10 nights )
created by Emma (Canada)

Mon Apr 8 (day 1)

Kathmandu (1337 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 28.4°C (83°F) and lows of about 12.4°C (54°F) in April.

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 31.6°C (89°F) and lows of about 15.6°C (60°F) in April.

Tue Apr 9 (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 20.1°C (68°F) and lows of about 4.1°C (39°F) in April.

Chame
Wed Apr 10 (day 3)

Pisang (3240 m)

About 5-6 hours from Chame
Expect typical high termperatures of about 17.0°C (63°F) and lows of about 1.0°C (34°F) in April.

Pisang

Upper Pisang (3300 m)

About 20 min from Pisang
Expect typical high termperatures of about 16.6°C (62°F) and lows of about 0.6°C (33°F) in April.

Upper Pisang
Thu Apr 11 (day 4)

Ghyaru (3670 m)

About 2 hours from Upper Pisang
Expect typical high termperatures of about 14.4°C (58°F) and lows of about -1.6°C (29°F) in April.

Ghyaru

Ngawal (3650 m)

About 45 minutes
Expect typical high termperatures of about 14.5°C (58°F) and lows of about -1.5°C (29°F) in April.

Ngawal

Braka (3500 m)

About 45 minutes from Ngawal
Expect typical high termperatures of about 15.4°C (60°F) and lows of about -0.6°C (31°F) in April.

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 15.2°C (59°F) and lows of about -0.8°C (31°F) in April.

Manang
Fri Apr 12 (day 5)

Manang (3540 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 15.2°C (59°F) and lows of about -0.8°C (31°F) in April.

Sat Apr 13 (day 6)

Khangsar (3745 m)

About 2-3 hours from Manang
Expect typical high termperatures of about 13.9°C (57°F) and lows of about -2.1°C (28°F) in April.

Khangsar

Shree Kharka (4080 m)

About 2-3 hours from Khangsar
Expect typical high termperatures of about 11.9°C (53°F) and lows of about -4.1°C (25°F) in April.

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 13.0°C (55°F) and lows of about -3.0°C (27°F) in April.

Tilicho Base Camp
Sun Apr 14 (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 6.9°C (44°F) and lows of about -9.1°C (16°F) in April.

Tilicho Lake

Shree Kharka (4080 m)

About 2 hours from Tilicho Base Camp
Expect typical high termperatures of about 11.9°C (53°F) and lows of about -4.1°C (25°F) in April.

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 12.3°C (54°F) and lows of about -3.7°C (25°F) in April.

Yak Kharka
Mon Apr 15 (day 8)

Ledar (4230 m)

About 1 hour from Yak Kharkha
Expect typical high termperatures of about 11.0°C (52°F) and lows of about -5.0°C (23°F) in April.

Ledar

Thorung Phedi (4540 m)

About 1-3 hours from Letdar
Expect typical high termperatures of about 9.2°C (49°F) and lows of about -6.8°C (20°F) in April.

Thorung Phedi
Tue Apr 16 (day 9)

Thorung High Camp (4830 m)

About 1 hour from Thorung Phedi
Expect typical high termperatures of about 7.4°C (45°F) and lows of about -8.6°C (17°F) in April.

Thorung High Camp

Thorung La (5416 m)

About 3-6 hours from Thorong Phedi
Expect typical high termperatures of about 3.9°C (39°F) and lows of about -12.1°C (10°F) in April.

Thorung La

Muktinath (3800 m)

About 3-5 hours from Thorong La
Expect typical high termperatures of about 13.6°C (56°F) and lows of about -2.4°C (28°F) in April.

Muktinath
Wed Apr 17 (day 10)
Shared vehicle from Muktinath to Jomsom (Not Included)

Estimated cost: $8.00
Travel time: about 2 hours
Also possible to trek to Jomsom in about 6 hours.
Please pay the fare for your guide & porter (if you have hired one)

Jomsom (2760 m)

About 6 hours trekking or 1.5 hours in a jeep from Muktinath
Expect typical high termperatures of about 19.8°C (68°F) and lows of about 3.8°C (39°F) in April.

Jomsom
Thu Apr 18 (day 11)
Public bus from Jomsom to Pokhara (Not Included)

Estimated cost: $18.00
Travel time: about 12 hours
You may have to change buses in Ghasa and/or Beni and possibly overnight in Beni.
Please pay the fare for your guide & porter (if you have hired one)

Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara (Not Included)

Estimated cost: $117.00
Travel time: 30 minutes

Pokhara (827 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 31.4°C (89°F) and lows of about 15.4°C (60°F) in April.

Pokhara