This is one of the most classic and rewarding treks in Nepal. It could also be considered the world’s favourite trekking destination since it offers panoramic views of the three gigantic and the tallest 8000-meter ranged mountains Mount Annapurna, Mount Dhaulagiri and Mount Manaslu, including arrays of over 6000m-ranged snow-capped peaks as well. The trail follows the river Marsyangdi all the way to its source, the glacial lake in Manang, through the rural farm villages and terraced farm fields from the sub-tropic climate to the arctic landscape and through the rain forest to the alpine woodlands. Tilicho trail provides the world's best trekking routes, including various breathtaking sceneries and cultures that can rarely be found in any other Himalayan regions. This route via Tilicho Lake through the two high passes Masokanto La 5099m and Tilicho Pass 5,230m is still very much frequented by adventurous trekkers who are eventually offered to pass the altitude pass with technical assistance like use of rope. Most of the inhabiting ethnicities are Thakalis, Gurungs and Magars, and further up in the north live the Manang people of Tibetan origin. Trek follows the yak country before finally heading over to the Tilicho pass (5,230m) and Mesokanto-la pass (5, 099m). This route offers fabulous sceneries of the surrounding landscapes and magnificent peaks.
Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to respective hotels.
On arrival in Kathmandu Tribhuwan International Airport you will be received by our staff and will escort you to the Hotel, our guide will give you a brief orientation of the Hotel, Kathmandu, Trekking, do's and don't and other related information that you might require while in Nepal.
In Kathmandu a half day sightseeing tour.
After your first night in Kathmandu, you will be well informed on arrival about the time for your half day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu at places of interest.
Drive to Syange 1,140m via Beshishar 823m. 6-7 hrs journeys.
After early breakfast a scenic drive leads towards the scenic Pokhara highway. This is an interesting drive through the foothills of the Himalaya. The road has been greatly improved in recent years. Just few hours before the road that leads to Pokhara, route diverts from Dumre town towards north to Beshishar. On reaching Beshishar for the overnight stop this is a large town and it's the district headquarter of Lamjung region.
Drive to Dharapani 1,860m 3-4 hrs.
The drive continues on the high road with fascinating scenery of the gorge, high hills, waterfalls and snow capped peaks the dirt jeep road for two to three hours, the drive continues through winding path from Syange and Jagat village, trail follows to a steep climb for half an hour, on arriving the lush farm terraces field once on the top of the ridge a magnificent view of the raging waterfalls can be seen on route to Jagat. From this village journey leads through the terraced farms coming to Chamje village, crossing the bridge it's another steep climb for another hour till Tal is reached, the village is situated on the gorge-valley by the side of the river Marsyangdi. On leaving Tal the drive gets easier on the gentle path till to a large bridge, after the bridge brings to the village of Dharapani for the overnight stop where the driving adventure ends here.
Trek to Chame 2,715m. 5-6 hrs.
From Dharapani the vegetation, people and the landscapes changes and the air gets cooler, the trail then climb through forests to Bagarchhap, and the first village on the trek with typical Tibetan architecture. After a pleasant cool morning walk altitude gains slowly reaching the apple country at Dhanaqi and the alpine region passing through farm area, orchards and beautiful pine forest with views of Lamjung and Annapurna II peaks, the trail follows the river Marsyangdi upstream passing by the villages of Ratamanang and Koto before Chame. From Koto, half hour of easy walk brings to the village town of Chame for the overnight stop. Chame the district headquarters of Manang region.
Trek to Pisang 3,185m. 6 hrs.
The walk from here follows the other side of the river on the northern bank, after leaving Chame, the path passes through pine woods and small villages with few ups and downs till you reach Bratang. From here trek continues on the gradual path up to a bridge, from the bridge a short steep climb through the pine forest brings you at the top of the ridge of Pisang village. After walking past the tree lines a great view can be seen of Pisang peak and the Chulu peak with Pisang village below, from this ridge a gentle descent for an hour brings to the windswept village of Pisang.
Trek to Manang 3,350m. Approx. 4-5 hrs.
From Pisang onwards the walks leads with the constant view of the high snow capped peaks. The walk climbs steeply up for half an hour, after a short gradual walk from the Pisang village then reaching the top of a small hill. This grand spot offers a dramatic views of the valleys, Hongdre village with it's short air-strip and the great peaks of Gangapurna, Annapurna II, III, Tilocho, and on the right Chuli east, on the back Pisang peak. The walk from here is on the downhill and gradual path all the way to Hongdre, from Hongdre the trek is more or less flat on the wide trail most of the way to Manang, adding a slight touch of altitude as you near to the village of Braga and Manang, here with time to spend the morning visiting Braga Monastery. The largest in the district, it has an outstanding display of statues, thangkas and the religious manuscripts. From here it is only an hour walk to Manang for the overnight stop.
Rest day at Manang.
A necessary day to REST and acclimatize and explore Manang. The village of about 500 flat-roofed houses, is the picturesque set amongst some spectacular scenery -Annapurna II, Annapurna III [7,555 m.], Gangapurna [7,454 m.] to the South - Tilicho [7,132 m.] and the Grand Barrier to the West - Chulu West [6,583 m.] and Chulu East [6,059 m.] to the North.
Trek to Khangsar 3,734m 4-5 hrs.
From Manang walk follows for a while on the main trail of Annapurna circuit, then reaching the last village of Manang, leaving the main trail towards Tilocho on the south-west route after four hours of good walk reaching at Khangsar for the overnight stop and the last village before Thinegaon and Jomsom.
Trek to Tilicho Lake 4,140m 3-4 hrs.
The walk from Khangsar leads to absolute wilderness in the barren region, the walk leads down hill for a while, then it starts to climb on the windswept terrain with few patches of small tress and alpine shrubs, the walk finally leads to the turquoise lake of Tilicho and of the holy lake for the Hindu's and Buddhist there is two teahouse or a lodge by the shore of the lake, overnight camp by the lake shore with time for short hike around.
Trek to Tilicho Base Camp 4,800m 4-5 hrs.
After a wonderful time here, the track leads further on for 4 hours in perfect natural windswept landscapes on leaving the Tilicho Lake heading towards the high pass of Tilicho, on arriving at Namaphu the base of the high pass of Tilicho and Masokanto which are over 5,000m pass. Overnight camp on the meadow chances of seeing some wildlife mountain antelopes, musk deer or the elusive snow leopard around this area.
Trek to Nama Phu 3,510m via Mesokanto La 5,099m. 5-6 hrs.
Today starting early to encounter the passes traversing the Tilicho high pass and then descend towards Masokanta base after a break here, walking slowly on the rocky rubbles where the path can be misleading following our expert guides towards the top of Mesokanta overlooking beautiful views of the surrounding peaks of Tilicho and Nilgiri's with Dhaulagiri's towards south west. The walk descends to camp on the summer pasture on route Jomsom after a hard trek of 6 hours. In snow conditions can take 2 hrs long.
Trek to Kaisang 3,280m or further to Thinigaon 2,850m 5-6 hrs.
After the hard walk of previous day, the trek today is much easier on the downhill slopes towards Kaisang overlooking beautiful views of the surrounding landscapes and snow capped peaks on reaching Kaisang a small Shepards spot, time permitting heading towards the Thinigaon a large village perched above Jomsom and Kaligandaki Valley. On reaching Thinigaon after a good walk of few hours from Kaisang, overnight camp by the village.
Trek to Jomsom 2,713m. 2-3 hrs.
The final day of this great adventure leads to Jomsom with 1-2 hours of easy and leisurely walk passing through several scattered houses and farm places, then reaching towards civilizations at Jomsom where you can party with the fellow members, guides and porters after the great adventurous journey.
Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara.
Early morning flight to Pokhara, on arrival our staff will pick you up for the short drive back to respective Hotel, afternoon sightseeing of Pokhara and boat ride.
Drive back to Kathmandu.
After a memorable time up in the mountains and at Jomsom and the scenic Pokhara, morning drive on the busy highway to Kathmandu following the river Trisuli for few hours, and then reaching Kathmandu by mid or late afternoon, on arrival check in at the respective Hotel.
Transfer to Airport for the International departure.
Depending upon your flight time, our staff will transfer you to the International airport for the flight back home or to your respective destination.
Price includes following services:
1. Accommodation sharing twin at Hotel in Kathmandu for 3 nights and Hotel in Pokhara for 1 night on Bed & Breakfast basis.
2. Airport transfers in Kathmandu & Pokhara.
3. Half day guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu with applicable entrance fees.
4. Transportation Kathmandu / Syange & Pokhara / Kathmandu by private Non AC Vehicle.
5. Internal flight Jomsom / Pokhara with applicable airport taxes.
6. Trekking & camping arrangement backed by Sherpa crew on full board basis.