Annapurna Tilicho Pass Trekking
Annapurna Tilicho Pass Trek The Annapurna Tilicho Pass Trekking is a challenging and adventurous trek that takes you through the stunning landscapes of the Annapurna region in Nepal. This trek also known for its breathtaking mountain views, high-altitude passes, pristine lakes, and diverse flora and fauna. Here is an overview of the Annapurna Tilicho Pass Trek: Trip Overview Duration: The trek typically takes around 16-18 days, depending on the specific itinerary and individual pace. Starting Point: The trek usually begins from the town of Syange or Chame in the Marsyangdi Valley. You can reach these starting points by a combination…
Annapurna Tilicho Pass Trek
The Annapurna Tilicho Pass Trekking is a challenging and adventurous trek that takes you through the stunning landscapes of the Annapurna region in Nepal. This trek also known for its breathtaking mountain views, high-altitude passes, pristine lakes, and diverse flora and fauna. Here is an overview of the Annapurna Tilicho Pass Trek:
The trek typically takes around 16-18 days, depending on the specific itinerary and individual pace.
The trek usually begins from the town of Syange or Chame in the Marsyangdi Valley. You can reach these starting points by a combination of road and trail transportation from Kathmandu.
The trek follows the popular Annapurna Circuit trail initially, passing through beautiful villages like Pisang, Manang, and Yak Kharka. From Yak Kharka, you branch off from the main trail and head towards Tilicho Lake.
One of the main highlights of the trek is the visit to Tilicho Lake, which is one of the highest lakes in the world. The lake situated in a picturesque location surrounded by majestic mountains and offers stunning reflections of the peaks.
The trek also involves crossing the challenging Tilicho Pass, which stands at an elevation of approximately 5,416 meters (17,769 feet) above sea level. This pass requires good physical fitness, proper acclimatization, and some mountaineering skills.
Throughout the trek, you will get treatment to incredible views of mountains like Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Gangapurna, Tilicho Peak, and others. The scenery includes snow-capped peaks, deep valleys, lush forests, and barren high-altitude landscapes.
The trek also provides opportunities to interact with the local communities of Gurungs, Manangis, and Thakalis. You can experience their unique cultures, traditions, and hospitality along the way.
Tea houses and lodges are available along the trekking route, providing basic accommodation and meals. It also recommends to carry a good sleeping bag and trekking gear for the higher altitudes.
You will also need to obtain the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) card to undertake this trek. These permits can obtain in Kathmandu or in the towns along the trekking route.
It’s important to note that the Annapurna Tilicho Pass Trekking is considered a strenuous trek that involves high altitudes and challenging terrain. Prior trekking experience and good physical fitness must recommend. It is advisable to trek with a guide or through a reputable trekking agency for safety and assistance during the journey.
- Visit the oldest monastery in Braga village
- Enjoy mix culture of Tibetan Buddhist and Bon culture
- World highest Tilicho Lake
- The stunning view of Mt. Manaslu (8163m), Annapurna 1 (8091) and Dhaulagiri (8167m) Crossing Mesokanta pass(5285m)
- Warm hospitality of Thakali people and their culture at Jomsom and scenic flight to Pokhara.
Upon our arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, you will meet a Everest Expeditions Nepal representative, who will drop you at our hotel. After checking in, we take a rest or visit Mountain rock’s office. We may also stroll in the streets of Thamel, a tourist hub in Kathmandu, for some souvenir shopping. Mountain Rock in the evening will host a welcome dinner.
After breakfast, we start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites, including the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambhunath), and the Buddhist shrine (Bouddhanath), which is one of the largest stupas in the world. There will be a pre-trip discussion at noon where we can meet our trek leader and other team members.
We begin our long drive to Syange early in the morning. On the route, we get to enjoy the countryside of Nepal with its green hills, winding rivers, terraced farms, and of course, the mighty Himalayas. Overnight stay in Syange.
We enter Manang district after crossing a large bridge near Tal. The trail passes through barley, rice, and potato fields, and the waterfalls continue to accompany us even today. We also pass through the village of Kodo before reaching Dharapani, which is one of the biggest villages in the Manang valley. Overnight stay in Dharapani.
Today we negotiate a few steep forested ridges and several landslides on the route to Chame. We should not forget to look up, though, as we will meet with remarkable views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV (7,525m). We also come across small hot springs, which should help us relax for a while. Overnight stay in Chame.
We start our trek to Pisang along the river banks through Telekhu to Bharatang which is surrounded by apple orchards. Today we cross the Marshyandi river and walk through a steep and narrow valley to have our first view of the Paungda Danda rock face, a dramatic curved rock face rising 1500m from the river. We can appreciate excellent views of Annapurna II to the south and Pisang Peak to the northeast from here. We continue our descent to the Manang Valley floor enjoying the captivating landscape. Overnight in Pisang.
- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
- approx. 5-6 hrs
From Pisang, there are two routes to Manang. We choose the one which passes through Upper Pisang via Geru as it guarantees outstanding views of Mt. Annapurna, Pisang Peak, and others. As we walk near Manang, the climate becomes more cold and dry. However, a short visit to Barge Monastery, the biggest monastery in the Manang District, should cheer us up. Overnight stay in Manang.
It is very important for our body to acclimatize while we travel to a higher altitude.An acclimatization at Manang will help the body adjust to the increasing altitude. In order to acclimatize, we keep ourselves busy with a short hike to either Bhojo Monastary or Gangapurna Lake. We can also hike to Vraga Village where we can visit the Himalayan Rescue Association, which will give us information about Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Overnight in Manang.
- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
From Manang, we head out through the western gates and follow the path down to the river. We cross the river and continue walking on its southern side through a coniferous forest. After reaching Kangsar Village, we walk further up towards Siri Kharka and pass a monastery on the way. The uphill walk could be tiring, but we will have Gungang Himal and Mt. Chulu in the backdrop to keep us company. Overnight stay in Siri Kharka.
While the path from Siri Kharka to Tilicho Base Camp isn’t very steep or physically strenuous, it could be exhausting as we have to walk on narrow paths in loose scree and landslide area. Our trail goes through the middle of the landslide area, whereby we can see impressive rock formations along the route. Tilicho Lake is full of remarkable views of surrounding snow-capped peaks in the comfort of excellent lodges located by the bank of emerald Tilicho lake. After lunch, enjoy the magnificent scenery with Tilicho peak, Annapurna III, and Gangapurna mountains.
The trek starts with a steep ascent and continues to hug the side of the mountain before reaching the lake. On our way we can see yaks and deer grazing in the pasture. As we reach the Tilicho lake we can see the Tilicho Lake, a large turquoise lake nestled at the foot of the north face of Tilicho Peak. The beauty of the scene is appreciated by many travelers from around the world.The lake holds great importance to the Hindus as the lake was mentioned in the holy text, the Ramayan. Overnight in a Tent.
After a great time at Tilicho Lake, the morning walk continues leading further towards the remote corners of Manang valley. Finally, the trek reaches the base of Mesokanto-La or Tilicho Base Camp, the highest overnight camp of this adventure at 4,800 meters high. Overnight camp is on a meadow with chances of seeing some wildlife like antelopes, musk deer, or an elusive snow leopard.
Today is the rugged and strenuous day of this adventure. We cross two high passes early morning, heading up the high slope traversing the high Tilicho pass. Then, with a short descent to the base of Mesokanta pass, we climb the last pass of this adventure with little rest. Over Mesokanto-la at 5,099 meters, the top is adorned with Buddhist prayer flags, with mind-blowing scenery surrounding high peaks. After feeling high with a tough climb, descend on the trail to Jomsom with an overnight camp in a small cattle herders’ temporary shelter at Nama Phu.
Today’s enjoyable trekking with a gradual downhill walk towards Kaligandaki valley with superb views of Mt. Dhaulagiri and Nilgiris peaks. After a good walk reaching Kaisang, an afternoon walk leads further towards a large village of Thinigaon for an overnight stop, located above Jomsom and Kaligandaki Valley.
After a pleasant stop at Thinigaon to explore its unique Buddhist culture, a morning walk is accessible on the flat river bed of Kaligandaki to reach the famous Jomsom town, the headquarters town of Mustang district with a small airstrip above Kaligandaki River. At Jomsom, check into a nice lovely lodge for the last overnight stop of this adventure, and celebrate last night’s dinner among crews and other members.
After breakfast, we will take an early morning flight to Pokhara. The scenic flight to Pokhara flies over the gorges of the Kaligandaki valley offers a great view of semi barren lands, mountains, hills to finally each the beautiful Pokhara. Pokhara is a beautiful city with lakes and amazing mountain views. Wander around the serene Phewa lake, or visit the Davis falls and see the World Peace Pagoda. Pokhara offers variety of activities and options for celebrating or relaxing after the exhausting trek. Overnight in Pokhara.
- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
We will start early for a seven hour long drive back to Kathmandu. We will enjoy the beautiful countryside as we drive back to the capital. In Kathmandu after the check in at the hotel, we can stroll around Thamel for some souvenir shopping or simply rest in the comfort of our hotel.
- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
After a beautiful time on Tilicho Lake & Mesokanta pass with semi Annapurna Circuit trek, including excellent services of Mountain Rock Trek guides and staff, as per the flight time transfer to the international air terminal for your departure homeward bound or following respective countries.
- Transfer by private Vehicle on arrival and departure
- Twin sharing 3- nights tourist standard hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
- Bus transportation: Kathmandu to Syange, private Vehicle can arrive as per your requirement
- Annapurna conservation permit and TIMS card (Trekking Information Management System)
- Lodge and tent accommodation during the trek
- Food: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner along the trek
- Experience local trek guide, including his food, accommodation, trek equipment, and insurance
- Honest, helpful local porter: 1 porter=2 clients, including his food, accommodation, trek equipment, and insurance
- Trekking equipment: Down jackets, Sleeping bag, duffel bag, and tent
- Domestic flight: Jomsom to Pokhara
- Twin sharing tourist standard hotel in Pokhara
- Tourist bus: Pokhara to Kathmandu
- Travel and rescue arrangements
- Farewell dinners
- All the government and local taxes with paperwork
International airfare and Nepal Visa Fees.
Nepal Travel insurance.
Food in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
Travel/Medical insurance and Emergency evacuation cost if needed.
Personal expenses include phone calls, drinks, donations, souvenirs, etc.
Expenses occurred due to unavoidable Events, i.e., road wrecks, flight delays, etc.
Tips for guide, porter (expected).
- Trek Duration: The Annapurna Tilicho Pass Trek usually takes around 15 to 20 days, depending on the route and the pace of the trek.
- Trek Difficulty: The trek is considered to be strenuous and challenging, suitable for experienced trekkers with good physical fitness. It involves high altitudes and crossing the Tilicho Pass at an elevation of approximately 5,200 meters (17,060 feet), which can be demanding.
- Trekking Permits: To trek in the Annapurna region, you’ll need two permits: the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Trekker’s Information Management System (TIMS) card. These permits are obtainable in Kathmandu or Pokhara through authorized trekking agencies or the Nepal Tourism Board.
- Best Time to Trek: The best time to do the Annapurna Tilicho Pass Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months offer stable weather and excellent views of the mountains.
- Itinerary: The trekking itinerary can vary depending on the starting and ending points, but it typically includes places like Kathmandu, Besisahar, Chame, Manang, Khangsar Village, Tilicho Base Camp, Tilicho Lake, Tilicho Pass, Jomsom, and finally, Pokhara.
- Accommodation and Facilities: The Annapurna region has a well-established trekking infrastructure with teahouses and lodges along the route. These accommodations offer basic facilities such as a bed, meals, and sometimes hot showers, but expect more basic amenities at higher altitudes.
- Altitude Sickness: As the trek involves significant altitude gain, it’s crucial to acclimatize properly to reduce the risk of altitude sickness. Make sure to take rest days and stay hydrated during the trek.
- Hiring a Guide and Porter: While the trek can be done independently, many trekkers opt to hire a local guide and/or a porter. A guide can provide valuable insights into the region, culture, and ensure your safety, while a porter can carry your heavy backpack, making your trek more enjoyable.
Remember that trekking in remote areas comes with inherent risks, so it’s essential to be well-prepared, physically fit, and equipped with the right gear. Always trek responsibly, respecting the environment, local communities, and their culture.
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