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Annapurna Around Tilicho Lake Walking holidays 22 Days

Annapurna Round Lodge Trek is one of the most famous trek  in Nepal. This trek is a true classic, amidst some of the highest and most spectacular mountains in the world with 360 degrees of mountains and massive glaciers around us. The view from this high, grassy valley is both awesome and relatively easy to achieve. The lower part of Annapurna base camp trekking is rich in Gurung culture and ethnology. Well experienced Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition team leader will translate if we wish to know about the culture and tradition of the locality. Many of the peaks are over 7000m, including the famous twin-peaked Machapuchare that looks like fish tail, as well as Annapurna I and III, Annapurna South, Gangapurna and Glacier Dome. Our trek begins in the terraced foothills close to the lake-side town of Pokhara.  . Thakalis are the main people of the trek who are well known for their hospitality and the typical food of their own. The trek is famous for the typical Nepali Thakali Cusine Thakali Thali.Kaligandaki is known as Thak Khola which is famous for Shaligram , a kind of stone seems carving picture. Many of the peaks are around 7000m, including the famous peaks like Dhaulagiri ( 8167m) Lamjung Himal (6983m), Kanjirowa(6981m), Annapurna II (7937m) , Annapurna IV (7525m) ,Pisang Peak (6091m)   are viewed during the walk.We reachTilicho Lake, the highest natural lake in the world during the walk. This trek ends at Jomsom , the district headquater of Mustang which is also known as Forbidden Kingdom.This special trek organized by Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition begins from the terraced foothills close to the lake-side town of Pokhara. . We have offroad from Muktinath to Beni but some trekkers want to walk throughout the route.

Detail Itinerary:
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu(1337m)
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu(1337m)
Day 03: Kathmandu – Besi Sahar (760m) – Syange) 7-8 hours by bus
Day 04: Syange -Tal (1700 m)  3-4 hours
Day 05: Tal – Bagarchhap (2160m) 4-5 hours
Day 06: Bagarchhap – Chame (2670 m)4-5 hours
Day 07: Chame – Uppor Pisang (3200 m) 4-5 hours
Day 08: Uppor Pisang – Nawal (3660 m) 3-4 hours
Day 09:Nawal – Manang (3540m) 4-5 hours
Day 10: Manang: Acclimatization (3540m)
Day 11: Manang – Khangsar (3734m) 3-4 hours
Day 12: Khangsar – Tilicho Base Camp (4150 m) 3-4 hours
Day 13: Tilicho Base Camp – Tilicho Lake (4920 m) – Tilicho Base camp 3-4 hours
Day 14: Tilicho Base Camp -Yak Kharka (4050 m) 3-4 hours
Day 15: Yak Kharka via Thorung Phedi (4450 m) to Thorung High Camp (4925 m) 4-5 hours
Day 16:  Thorung High Camp – Muktinath (3800m) 6-7 hours
Day 17:  Muktinath – Kagbeni (2850 m) – Jomosom (2850 m) 4-5 hours
Day 18: Jomosom – Pokhara (827 m) 18-20 minutes.
Day 19: Pokhara Sightseeing (827m)
Day 20: Pokhara – Kathmandu(1337m)
Day 21: Rest/Shopping in Kathmandu Bhaktapur Sightseeing 3-4 hours
Day 22: Departure from Kathmandu(1337m)

Important Information:

Our Guest’s security is of dominant concern while traveling with Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition. The trekking leader has the authority to adjust or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is necessary due to unfavorable circumstances. Unfavorable weather conditions, the health condition of a group member, or an unexpected natural disaster can force changes to the itinerary. However, every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary. The lead guide will try his/her best to ensure that the trip goes smoothly and according to plan, but please be ready to be flexible if necessary.

 

 

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Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu(1337m)

You are welcomed to Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal renowned for historical monuments, Hindu Temples, and Buddhist Stupas/Monasteries. We meet our guests at the Tribhuvan International Airport. A staff member will be waiting with a Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition placard with our guests’ names displayed. After dropping luggage at the hotel, guests are taken for a short sightseeing tour. In the evening, guests are invited to a Welcome Dinner at a Nepali restaurant.

Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu(1337m)

A local guide will be available. According to your wishes, the guide will escort you for sightseeing. Sightseeing may include the Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupati,  Boudhanath, Patan Durbar Square, and the Swoyambhunath areas.  Starting after breakfast, usually at 9.00am, the exploration of Kathmandu Valley can continue until 5.00pm. Lunch and dinner, you will be responsible for.

Day 03: Kathmandu – Besi Sahar (760m) – Syange) 7-8 hours by bus

Special tourist bus that runs in the Prithvi Highway carries you from Kathmandu to Pokhara but for you we hire private vehicles since it is a camp trek. The distance is just 200km but the road has several bends, ups and downs. Hence it takes generally 6 hours including rest to reach Pokhara from Kathmandu. On the way you can enjoy the beautiful view of Ganesh Himal, Lamjung Himal and Annapurna. After Kathmandu, the road goes downhill and runs along the Trishuli River.  Sometimes we can see people rafting in Trisuli.  We may stop on the way for breakfast and lunch.

After about four hours of driving, we stop for lunch and then the journey continues to Dumre. There we leave the main road to Pokhara and turn to turn up the mountains to Khudi Bhulbhule through the town of Besi Sahar. There is fine pitched road from Kathmandu to Besi Sahar and offroad from Besi Shahar to Syange We spend night at Syange We follow the bank of beautiful river Marsyangdi which is full of natural beauties like waterfalls , green forest and natural vegetation. From today onwards, after the dinner or before we go to bed, the Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition trekking guide will take report and give briefing in every evening about the trek that we are going to make next day.

Day 04: Syange -Tal (1700 m)  3-4 hours

This is the day on which our real trekking begins. Trekking routes go through motorable roads in the various places. So many waterfalls view on the way. At Tal ( means lake in Nepali), we witness a great waterfall that directly touches the ground from a hill. Tal lies at the boarder of Lamjung and Manang district. We stay at lodge  at the bank of Marshyangdi river.

Day 05: Tal – Bagarchhap (2160m) 4-5 hours

The view in this trek is extremely beautiful. Steep cliffs, waterfalls, vast green forests and several suspension bridges are the special views for today .In Bagarchhap, there is a beautiful monastery that we can visit. Also there is a health post, telephone and internet facility. In the autumn of 1995 Bagarchhap was hit by a landslide in which 24 houses were destroyed and 20 people had been killed. About one and half an hour before we reach the camp, we can see a trail at Dharapani that leads to Manaslu, special permit area. We spend the night at Bagarchhap.

Day 06: Bagarchhap – Chame (2670 m)4-5 hours

Today we trek through a beautiful high hill forest we to Chame, the headquarter of Manang, chief town of the area. This town has many facilities like internet telephone. From the balcony of the lodge we can see Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal.

Day 07: Chame – Uppor Pisang (3200 m) 4-5 hours

The route climbs through a beautiful forest to the wide Manang valley in the northeast. The first village is Pisang. We can see the houses built differently in this area, the houses with mud roof since very little rain falls and snow falls in great quantity in this region through the year. The Marsyandi River narrows and bridges built over the river are of the cantilever type, made of locally available long trunks supported by other tribes anchored again by neatly stacked stones.

Day 08: Uppor Pisang – Nawal (3660 m) 3-4 hours

We walk through the higher route today to enjoy the splendid view of high barren hills and Himalayan peaks.  We witness Pisang Peak too on the way. On the peakside of Pisang there is a special Gompa which we visit today after breakfast.   We are heading to Nawal village today. Very simple local people will smile at us to welcome to their land.  Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition leader will be the interpreter if we want to talk with the local people here.

Day 09:Nawal – Manang (3540m) 4-5 hours

We can witness the dry and barren Tibetan world behind the Annapurna range.  Barley fields are seen everywhere here since it the staple food of the people living in this region. We walk through the quiet valley of Braga to reach Manang. We stop at Braga for our lunch and can visit a Gompa there. The valley is scarce of vegetation and red autumn shaded color can be seen in the hillsides (autumn). Almost the entire range of Annapurna is seen from here: 7900 meter high Annapurna II, Annapurna IV, Annapurna III Gangapurna and Roc Noir.

Day 10: Manang: Acclimatization (3540m)

In Manang we have a rest for one day especially to acclimatize. We meet the local people in village and witness their life style. The nights are very cold, the days when out of the wind are pleasant to sit in the sun. Beware of sun burn. We need to carry sunscreen with us.  Mind that we are in the Yak Land. So in every now and then we can see the fields full of long-haired yaks grazing.  Yaks in this region are used not only as beasts of burden, but also as a supplier of butter, meat, wool and cheese. There you can wander through the town, later still go and see the blue / gray glacial lake (good for acclimatization!), Go to the movies, or attend a lecture on altitude sickness. Also you can visit the lovely old gompa or go for surfing. Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition guide will arrange for our visit to the various places today.

Day 11: Manang – Khangsar (3734m) 3-4 hours

After Manang there is a choice between two valleys, one valley leads us through the main route to the Thorung-La, the other to the lake Tilicho. We choose the 2nd one. We head to Tilicho  so that we can be well acclimatized, even for a visit to the height of 5000 meters. We can view several Glaciers and some Glacial lakes on the way to Khangsar,  Khangsar  is the village with Buddhist people majority.

Day 12: Khangsar – Tilicho Base Camp (4150 m) 3-4 hours

We are still walking through barren lands but in some places we can view bush sized trees.  The route we may consider is the hardest part of the whole tour since it may be snowy often.  We walk through the path hit by landslides. We must be aware of rubbles here, so we do not stay too long over here and keep watching the beautiful views around.

Day 13: Tilicho Base Camp – Tilicho Lake (4920 m) – Tilicho Base camp 3-4 hours

The path is good and only a few places steep. But to high altitude, you cannot walk fast and need to take rest in almost every few minutes.  We are going to witness the world’s highest land lake toady.  We may get chance to see the rare wild blue sheep also in this area. Also we can see the bearded vultures and / or snow Vultures (Vultures Himalayas) floating through the air. On the way after several hours of climbing we see the pile of stones topped by a number of prayer flags.  The view from here is incredible. We can relax here in a teahouse. We can see the Tilicho Lake in beautiful blue in color in spring and summer; otherwise, it is usually in the frozen state throughout the year, we looked round the lake for some time and come back to the Tilicho Base Camp for the night.

Day 14: Tilicho Base Camp -Yak Kharka (4050 m) 3-4 hours

We walk today to Yak Kharka, the green pastures for the Yaks. The route has slight rise and fall , we walk  crossing the rivers in several places and also along the rivers.
Small villages along with the Yak Kharka add more beauty in the nature. We spend the nights in calm village along with the Yak Sheds. Nights are cold but we can enjoy the sun shine in the afternoon and relax on the terrace at the lodge.

Day 15: Yak Kharka via Thorung Phedi (4450 m) to Thorung High Camp (4925 m) 4-5 hours

We are going to leave behind the Manang valley today before our lunch. We take lunch in Thorung Phedi and after some hour’s rest we climb to Thorang high camp. We might have gained enough acclimatization from the Tilicho Lake trek and can walk without much difficulty to the high altitude. However our total walk hours will be about 5½ hours rises will be about 875 meters.

Day 16:  Thorung High Camp – Muktinath (3800m) 6-7 hours

Today is the big day, because we are going to cross the highest pass of our Journey, the Thorang La Pass (5416m). We wake up early; because we have start our journey before the sun rises so that everyone will have sufficient time to reach the pass before the afternoon. From the noon  the wind usually begins to blow so hard  that it is hard to rest long in the Pass.  Slowly but surely, we go beyond the world and whenever we think we have jumped over the last hurdle, it follows another one and another one. Sometimes there is snow on the route, sometimes not. On top is the Lhato the pass, a symbol of the gods who control the pass. It is common for the locals to call (Ke Ke, So, So, Larke Lo) as a prayer and add a stone to the pile already located there. Prayer flags are placed over the card. After the pass the route slowly descends and we have to walk slowly and carefully through the steep path. The view to the northwest is of the fantastic barren landscape of Mustang. In the southwest we see the huge Dhaulagiri summit.

We gradually head to Muktinath. Muktinath is a miraculous place. It is a place of pilgrimage with both Hindus and Buddhist temple and stupa. There everlasting burning flames are on top of a mountain stream. Around it is a temple and Hindus see it as the materialization of Shiva. From far and wide come here to pilgrims to go all the way into the divine. A bath under the 108 cold jets of water is a must for the pilgrims

Day 17:  Muktinath – Kagbeni (2850 m) – Jomosom (2850 m) 4-5 hours

We can visit Buddhist / Hindu shrine of Muktinath early morning before we leave Muktinath. Then slowly we descend to the Kali Gandaki valley through village that is considered the entrance of Upper Mustang: Kagbeni. Kagbeni is beautifully situated between the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range in a place where a tributary of the Kali Gandaki River flows.  We are walking on the north side of the Himalayas and heding to Jomosom the headquarter of Mustang with the access of air service. From here we can choose to fly Pokhara or drive in a bus or jeep. But drive will take 2 days to reach Pokhara because we stop at Tatopani (hot spring) for a night to have a great relax and hot medicinal bath that, we trust, gives the treatment to various illnesses.

Day 18: Jomosom – Pokhara (827 m) 18-20 minutes.

From here, we can either fly or travel by jeep/bus. Honestly saying the road is not so good as  the road the road from Jomsom  to  Beni is offroad and from Beni ,we have black topped  pitch road. After 12 noon, there is no air service  as the cold  wind blows everywhere around Jomsom . Due to this reason, many air service providers cancel their flights. If we choose the road transportation, we stop at Tatopani for a night to have hot spring bath which gives us complete relax to our body which is almost fully exhausted due to the long and hard trek. So, it takes 2 days to reach Pokhara from Jomsom. But if we choose the air transportation then we reach Pokhara within 18-20minutes.

Day 19: Pokhara Sightseeing (827m)

Pokhara is a great little town to recover from the fatigue of a journey. The climate is extremely pleasant, the views magnificent. You can swim and sail in a boat to the other side of the lake. You can do well in all kinds of incredibly tasty dishes in the numerous restaurants. And there is anything for sale in the many souvenir shops.

Day 20: Pokhara – Kathmandu(1337m)

Today ,we travel to Kathmandu by bus that takes about 7 hours in generally reach Kathmandu in the afternoon, so we still will have some time to look around, go shopping and to prepare ourselves for the flight back to home country.

Day 21: Rest/Shopping in Kathmandu Bhaktapur Sightseeing 3-4 hours

This day is free too. If you wish, a sightseeing trip to the ancient temple/king’s seat of the world heritage site of incredible Bhaktapur can be arranged.  The tour lasts 4 hours, and will cost an additional upcharge. In the evening, a Farewell Dinner is given by Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition.

Day 22: Departure from Kathmandu(1337m)

A Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition staff representative will take our valuable guests to the airport (3 hours prior to your flight) and bid goodbye. It will be not only goodbye, but also the welcome for next visit to Nepal.