Highlights of Annapurna Circuit Tilicho Lake Trek
- Kali Gandaki Gorge, the deepest gorge of the world.
- Thorong La Pass (5,415m), the highest point of Annapurna Circuit.
- Witnessing Large numbers of flora and fauna during the trek.
- Ethnic tribes and their diverse cultures.
- Breathtaking views of several mountainous ranges.
- Tilicho Lake (4,919m), a lake situated at the highest altitude.
- Muktinath Temple, sacred and holy shrines of Hindus and Buddhists.
- Diversification of landscapes from green vegetation to the dry Tibetan plateau.
Annapurna Circuit Tilicho Lake Trek Overview
Annapurna Circuit Tilicho lake trek is one of the best multiple trekking route fusion treks in the Annapurna region of Nepal. It blends the wonderful Tilocho Lake and Annapurna Circuit making your experience diverse, fascinating and wonderful in the Himalayan wonderland of Nepal. The different parts of Manang and Mustang district lie in this trek. You will get an excellent opportunity to explore the diverse cultural spectrums and the amazing natural beauty in the rural villages. The ethnic settlement in the villages of Manang and Mustang offers an unspoiled cultural experience and a lifestyle worth exploring.
The then classical Annapurna Circuit Trek is considered to be one of the finest trekking of the Annapurna region because of its immense offerings. However, the added beauty of Tilicho Lake makes it more wonderful and exciting. The Annapurna Circuit Tilicho Lake Trek is a moderate level trek and any trekkers with good physical fitness can undergo this trek. It is best suitable for beginners who have previous experience and wants to explore a little longer trek. The total trekking distance of Annapurna Circuit Tilicho Lake trek is around 250-300 KM. Since there is a driving facility to reach the village of Manang, the trekking is made convenient.
Annapurna Circuit Trek combined with Tilicho Lake offers the spectacular Himalayan beauty of the Annapurna region. The beautiful valleys, lakes, mountain panorama, ethnic villages, lush green forest, and diverse geography are the major attractions of the trek. You can see the amazing farmlands in the mountains and astounding scenery environed by the Himalayas. The trekking to Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake starts from Bhulbhule. But it can be started with a drive to Manang village. There are basic accommodation facilities which include local teahouse and lodges throughout the trail. So, you don’t need to carry camping gear.
Tilicho Lake is also a major highlight of the trek. This lake lies at an altitude of 4919 m. It is also the lake that is situated at the highest elevations in the world. Tilicho Lake lies in the beautiful district of Manang. It is also a wonderful place where you can explore the amazing mountain panorama which includes the Khangsar, Nilgiri, Muktinath Peak, and many other peaks. The Tilicho Base Camp at 4200 m is also a wonderful place to spend along the trail.
Since the highest point of trekking takes you up to 5415 m above sea level at Thorang la Pass, you need to be aware of high-altitude sickness. Some understanding of Altitude Mountain Sickness and precautions can alleviate the condition.
The entire area of Manang and Mustang is predominant by Thakali and Gurungs. You can explore the authentic cultural practices and traditions of the ethnic groups in this area. Also, You can see the spectacular mountain views of Mount Manaslu, Mt. Langtang, Mt. Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Gangapurna, Nilgiri and many other neighboring mountains ranging from 6000 to 8000 m. The diverse vegetation and the spectacular natural beauty of this region make this trekking a wonderful lifetime experience to explore.
Tilicho Lake and Thorang La Pass are the major points in Annapurna Circuit Tilicho Lake Trek. Tlicho Lake is also the world’s highest altitude lake and offers splendid glacial beauty at such a high altitude. There are no aquatic species observed till today and its unique shape is worth exploring. Furthermore, the lake freezes in extreme winter and in other times it offers the pristine beauty and the amazing mountain views. The Lake Tilicho is sacred to Hindus. It is believed that the Tilicho name is the Kak Bhusundi Lake that is mentioned in the holy Hindu epic Ramayana. According to the epics, the Garuda, king of birds was told about the incents of Ramayana by the sage Kak Bhusundi at Tilicho.
The Thorang La Pass is the major highlight and the highest point of the trek. This pass connects the Manang and Mustang district. It is also a technical and difficult pass in this region.
Trekking to Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho lake starts with a drive to Bhulbhule via Besisahar from Kathmandu. You will trek from Bhulbhule to Chamje passing through beautiful villages such as Bahundanda, Syange, and Jagat. The further trek from Chamje will take you to Dharapani through the beautiful waterfall village Tal. You will trek to Chamje, Pisang and Manang. In Manang, you can explore the amazing mountain views and monasteries along with the excellent natural beauty.
From Manang village, you will trek to Tilicho Lak. After exploring Tilicho Lake, you will return to Sri Kharka. Trailing further to Yak Kharkha, Thorang Phedi and Muktinath will take you to beautiful Jomsom of Mustang. From Jomsom, a scenic flight will take you back to the Pokhara valley. A drive from Pokhara will take you to the capital Kathmandu.
Annapurna Circuit Tilicho Lake trek is one of the most beautiful and fascinating trekking in the Annapurna region of Nepal. Explore the rural villages, mountain settlement, amazing Himalayan panorama, lakes, waterfalls, valleys and vantage points in this trek. If you want to get the diverse experiences in a single trek, Annapurna Circuit Tilicho Lake Trek has it all. It is a moderate level trek and a person with good physical fitness can trek in this region.