Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake

Overview

Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake is one of the most impressive hikes in Nepal. It’s an incredibly popular hiking destination in Nepal and around the world given the landscape views, Rocky Mountains, and wooded forest. This trek start in Kathmandu and end at Pokhara.

The trek is quite adventurous, taking you through the wilds and some arid lands in Manang. Travellers will be exploring the beautiful highlands with serene lakes and vibrant valleys on the excursion. The hike will also introduce trekkers to the famous cultural sites and religious landmarks in the region.

Visitors trekking Annapurna Circuit will relish the spectacular view of Himalayan ranges and beautiful valleys. Those who can make it to Tilicho Lake will be even more delighted to see the crystal-clear turquoise lake.

Annapurna Circuit held in high acclaim for its incredible beauty along with diverse culture, traditions, and norms. You can find people of different religions, castes, and creeds in the village of Annapurna, but mostly Gurung, Tamang, Thakuri, and Magars.

The trek is comparatively less difficult than most of the hikes in Annapurna. It has lengthier but easier hiking trails, which can be trekked by all-level hikers. Beginners can walk its moderate hiking trails with ease.

The circuit trek starts with a long but scenic drive from Kathmandu to Nagdi, which lasts for more than 6 hours. The trail venture starts from the village and passes many other remote settlements in the course of time.

We’ll be ascending several steep trails filled with rocks and boulders. It also takes us through mountain passes crossing multiple suspension bridges and climbing steep slopes. On the expedition, we’ll visit Tilicho Lake and do some exploration before heading towards the circuit.

The trek gets a bit more difficult from Manang as it rises ceaselessly and reaches the highest point on the circuit. The walk is mostly steep, gaining maximum elevation and finishing at the crest of 5,416 meters.

After reaching the summit, we’ll get an unobstructed view of Annapurna massif, Gangapurna, Manaslu, and Dhaulagiri. We’ll also witness the glacial moraines, rocky hills, and vibrant valleys. After enjoying the magnificent scenery, we’ll descend the trails to Muktinath and then Jomsom. From there, we’ll take a scenic flight to Pokhara, which provides a breathtaking view of lofty mountains and lush green hills.

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Highlights of Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake

  • An impressive view of Annapurna massif, Thorung Peak, Nilgiri, Chulu East, and Dhaulagiri
  • Visit famous historical landmarks and cultural monuments, including Muktinath
  • Serene lakes, glaciers, and a magical vista of the surrounding landscapes.
  • A quick tour of Barge monastery in Manang District
  • Natural hot spring of Tatopani
  • Awe-inspiring sunrise view from Poon Hill

Itinerary

Day 1
Drive to Nagdi(1100m)
Nagdi Altitude: 1,050 meters

Walking Hours: 6-7 hrs

Overnight at: a lodge

Our expedition to Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake begins with a road trip to Nagdi in Lamjung. We’ll leave for Besisahar early in the morning, driving along the countryside with scenic farms and villages. After a bumpy ride of an hour or two, we’ll stop at the town for lunch before heading to Nagdi.

We’ll take another bus for the trip ahead and enjoy the ride for two hours. The trip will provide us a lovely view of surrounding green hills and lush green fields until we arrive at Nagdi.

Located in the east of Marsyangdhi River, Nagdi is a small riverbank village. It’s located at an elevation of 271 meters and comes with a stunning view of terrace farms and snow-capped mountains. Once we reach the lodge, you can freshen up and get some rest.
Day 2
Trek to Chamje (1410m)
Chamje Altitude: 1430 meters

Walking Hours: 6-7 hrs

Overnight at: a teahouse

After having a warm breakfast in Nagdi, we’ll begin the trip to Chamje. Away from the village, we’ll trek through a deep wooded canyon with a series of steep hills. After walking through the paddy fields and subtropical forest, the trial runs over a suspension bridge, passing a cascading waterfall.

Next off, it ascends the mountain pass and leads the way through a string of remote villages. Soon, we’ll descend the trail to Syaange, stopping for lunch, and then continue the journey for another two hours. Once we’ve arrived at Chamje, we’ll head to our teahouse and freshen up. Overnight stay is in the village.
Day 3
Trek to Bagarchap (2160m)
Bagarchhap Altitude: 2,160 meters

Walking Hours: 5-6 hrs

Overnight at: a teahouse

Today's trek will take us through terrace fields and rhododendron forest, offering an impressive view. The trail is initially steep and strenuous, taking us plenty of time to reach the Marsyangdhi River.

After a short descent, we’ll cross the suspension bridge and climb the steep hills followed by an uneven trail until arriving at the convergence of Marsyangdhi and Dudh Khola. Along the way, we’ll cross several streams and suspension bridges, which gradually unfold a magnificent view of Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal.

Bagarchhap is a remote small village in Manang. Sitting at 2,100 meters, it provides us with an unbeatable view of surrounding green hills, steep-sided valleys, and glistening mountains. We’ll spend the night in Bagarchhap’s local teahouse.
Day 4
Trek to Chame (2710m)

Day 04: Trek to Chame


Chame Altitude: 2,610 meters

Walking Hours: 6 hrs

Overnight at: a Guesthouse

The trek to Chame is one of the toughest and lengthiest walks with sharp inclines. We start the hike with a continuous ascent through pine and oak forests. Passing Danakyu, we’ll head to the small Tamang Village nestled at the lap of Lamjung Himal.

Out of the village, the trek is relatively easier with the level ground walk along the bank of the Marsyangdhi River. Making the way through Thanchowk and Koto, the trailhead leaves for Chame taking another good few hours. Most of the walk to Chame is now uphill and arduous, making us wear out.
Day 5
Trek to Pisang (3240m)
Pisang Altitude: 3,190 meters

Walking Hours: 5-6 hrs

Overnight at: a Guest House

The trip out to the trailhead of Pisang is long, with more than six hours of walk. It starts with a gentle walk up to the suspension bridge over Marsyangdhi River. From here, the trail enters into the pine forest and continues to follow it to Bhartang.

The trail ascends uphill from here until Dhikur Pokhari, which overlooks the stunning view of Annapurna massif and Pisang Peak. The path to Chame is continuously upward, taking us anywhere from 5 to 6 hours, depending on the altitudinal effect.

The village is located in Marsyangdhi River Valley, right north of Annapurna II and west of Paungda Danda. Once we’re here, you can enjoy the magnificent scenery of sweeping hills and green forests. Chame also offers a great accommodation service to the visitors.
Day 6
Trek to Manang (3540m)
Manang Altitude: 3,540 meters

Walking Hours: 5-6 hrs

Overnight at: a Teahouse

The next day, we’ll hike on a rugged trail to Ghyaru and Manag. The walk is a 10.6 miles long trip through the pine forests and along the gushing river. After leaving Pisang, we’ll pass Braga, a famous cultural landmark. The village is home to 900 years old monastery and many old stupas.

Following the path, we’ll cross a wooden bridge over the Marsyangdhi River and make an ascent from the other end. After Ghyary, the trail continuously scrambles uphill, leading to Ngawal, and then takes a short descent to Mungji.

From there, the trek makes its final push to Manang, which is quite tough and demanding. The trails are semi-arid and rough, with lots of rocks and boulders. Finally, after trekking for six hours, the trail ends at the village.
Day 7
Acclimatization at Manang
Since we will have gained much of the elevation while climbing Manang, traveling any further could result in altitude sickness. Therefore, we’ll take the day off from Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake and spend the day acclimatizing.

After breakfast, we’ll go on a hike, crossing the river and trekking uphill, which provides a mesmerizing view of Gangapurna Glacier and surrounding mountains. After climbing further to a hilltop over the ridge, we’ll see the beautiful Manang Village.

It’ll take us 2-3 hours to ascend the trails, and enjoy the spectacular view. Along the way, we’ll witness a couple of ancient Tibetan monasteries, deep valleys, and pastures. Standing at the viewpoint, we’ll get an amazing view of Annapurna massif, Tilicho peak, and Gangapurna. Following the sightseeing, we’ll descend the trail to Manang and spend the night in a lodge.
Day 8
Trek to Khangsar (3735m)
Khangsar Altitude: 3,700 meters

Walking Hours: 4 hours

Overnight at: a Guesthouse

After early morning breakfast, we’ll leave for Khangsar Village, walking along the trail headed for Tilicho Lake. The path runs off Manang through the western gate before following the course down to the river. We’ll trek along a riverbank and through the valley of dusty rocks with the magnificent view of Annapurna II.

Once we reach the Khangsar Khola on the bridge, the trail heads up to an old Tibetan village with only a few inhabitants. Since the walk is short, it doesn’t take much time to get to Khangsar Village. Upon reaching the village, we can enjoy the splendid view and have a rest in the guesthouse.
Day 9
Trek to Tilicho Base Camp( 4140m)
Tilicho Base Camp Altitude: 4,919 meters

Walking Hours: 5 hrs

Overnight at: a Teahouse

On this day, we’ll travel to Tilicho Base Camp, walking the uneven trail, which gains more than 1200 meters elevation. The trek is unlike anything else we’ve done till now, so we’ll start the expedition early in the morning.

The difficult 4.5 miles off the beaten path follows a wide road leading to a Buddhist monastery. From here, it ascends the high mountain ridge arriving at a junction of the new and old trail. We’ll take the new route, which goes up the ridge before descending the trail along a few switchbacks.

After spending most of the day climbing a steep trail, we’ll reach the valley before coming across a small stream and finally at Tilicho Base Camp. With this, we’ll call it a day and spend the night in a nearby teahouse.
Day 10
Trek to Tilicho Lake (4920m) and Shree Kharka (4050m)
Tilicho Lake Altitude: 4,918 meters

Shree Kharka Altitude: 4,050 meters

Walking Hours: 6-7 hrs

Overnight at: a Teahouse

At the first ray of sun, we’ll leave Tilicho Base Camp and head towards the lake. It takes about 3 hours to reach here so we’ll pick up the pace while walking the rough terrains. After reaching the lake, we’ll be able to enjoy the mesmeric view of crystalline still surface water and shimmering glaciers.

Once the sightseeing is done, we’ll leave the site and gently descend the trails for an hour making it to Manang. Following the trail from above the village and down to the river, we’ll head to Shree Kharka. On the course, we’ll cross a suspension bridge and trek through the forest before taking a difficult walk uphill to reach the village.
Day 11
Trek from Shree Kharka to Yak Kharka (4040m)
Yak Kharka Altitude:

Walking Hours: 6-7 hrs

Overnight at: Teahouse

After breakfast in Shree Kharka, we’ll start our trek with a short and easy descent to Khangsar Village. Passing the old monasteries and crossing a river, the trail rises up to a plateau, providing us with a magnificent view of Annapurna and Gangapurna. From here, the trail scales up to the barren wild terrain with bushes from the west. Following the path through Gumsang, we’ll end the hike at Yak Kharka, which comes with a fantastic view.
Day 12
Trek to Thorong Phedi (4050m)
Thorong Phedi Altitude: 4050m

Walking Hours: 6-7 hrs

Overnight at: Teahouse

After breakfast, we’ll continue the trek through the last settlement of Lear. Following the windswept trail, we’ll ascend a ridge that provides a picturesque view of Annapurna II, Gangapurna, Tobuche, and Chuli Peak.

From here, the trail descends to Marsyandhi, which we’ll cross using the wooden bridge. On the way, we can see a small local teahouse, where visitors can stop and eat. Walking past the village, we’ll climb up the trail from the right bank of the river and then follow the narrow path before descending to Thorung Phedi.

When placed, we can either stay in the teahouse and relax or scramble the trail to high camp for acclimations. Come what may, but you can always relish the magnificent view of surrounding snow peaks and valleys.
Day 13
Trek to Muktinath (3,800m) via Thorong La Pass (5,400m)
Thorong La Pass Altitude: meters

Muktinath Altitude: 3,800 meters

Walking Hours: 8-9 hrs

Overnight at: a Teahouse

Today’s trek is one of the most challenging walks of all Annapurna Circuit Trek. With more than 10 miles long trek, it’s physically demanding and strenuous. We’ll spend most of our time climbing the rocky hills, which gains pretty much elevation.

The day starts with a four-hour steep ascent to the top of Thorung La. After a few winding courses, we’ll climb up the hills and mountain pass with rugged trails. We’ll trek through loose rocks and boulders, which are hard to climb.

After reaching the summit, we’ll get to see a breathtaking view of lofty mountains, undulating landscapes, and towering hills. You may also witness KaliGandaki River Valley from the top, which is quite impressive.

Soon, we’ll descend the cliff top and make our way to Chabarbu. It’s a popular stop for trekkers to relax and have snacks before continuing the expedition. Trekking through the long grassy meadows and steep slopes, we’ll climb down to the lower Mustang and back to the Muktinath.

Upon arrival at the village, you can see a lot of ancient Tibetan monasteries and stupas. The trek will also reward you with the jaw-dropping view of Dhaulagiri and its nearby snow peaks. We’ll also visit the Hindu Temple and offer prayers along with other devotees.
Day 14
Trek to Jomsom (2750m) Via Kagbeni.
Jomsom Altitude: 2,720 meters

Walking Hours: 6 hrs

Overnight at: a Guesthouse

It’s the last day of the hike as we prepare to leave for Jomsom. As soon as the breakfast is done, we’ll flee Muktinath and start descending the trail through Lupra Village. While walking the settlement, we’ll come to discover the famous Bonpo monastery.

The trek to Jomsom is much easier than the previous one, as most of the trails are downhill. It only requires 5 hours of hike, making the travel fast and convenient. The last few sections of the trail can be a bit harder due to sharp inclines.

We’ll be ascending the trails to Kali Gandaki River and a windswept valley to reach Jomsom. Sitting at 2,700 meters elevation, Jomsom offers an impressive view of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and Tilicho Peak.
Day 15
Fly from Jomson to Pokhara
Now that Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake has been completed, it’s time for us to fly back to the city. So, after eating breakfast, we’ll arrive at Jomsom airport to take the regular flight to Pokhara. The flight will last for 15 to 20 minutes and comes with a jaw-dropping view of scenic mountains, beautiful waterfalls, and verdant meadows. After landing at Pokhara, we’ll drive you to your hotel. Our trip end in Pokhara with 1 night hotel. From here onward travel you plan yourself.

What is Included

  • Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek.
  • Fresh fruit every night after dinner.
  • Trekking lodge accommodations during the trek.
  • ACAP entry permit & TIMS card.
  • Public bus to Nagdi form Kathmandu.
  • Flight from Jomsom-Pokhara including airport transfer.
  • One night Hotel in Pokhara.
  • English speaking guide with all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance.
  • A Strong, helpful porter with proper equipment (one porter for two people).
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Government taxes and official expenses.
  • Nepal Eco Adventure T-shirt cap as souvenir.
  • Annapurna Circuit route Map.
  • Use of Sleeping bags, Down Jacket, Duffel bag and Walking Poles (if you do not have your own, to be return after you complete the trip).
  • Oxymeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily (Very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness(AMS) symptoms) Which will ensure you trek is in the safest hands possible for all levels of trekker.
  • Assistant guide group size above 6+ person.

What is Excluded

  • Airport pick up and drop from your international flight.
  • Meals and hotel whilst you are in Kathmandu.
  • Meals in Pokhara
  • Onward travel from Pokhara.
  • Nepal entry visa fee $50 USD for 30 days visa on arrival.
  • International airfare.
  • Your personal expenses.
  • All the alcoholic and non alcoholic hot and cold drinks.
  • Battery charging and hot shower during trek on the tea houses.
  • Tips for the guide, porter and driver (Tipping is expected).

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How hard is it to hike Annapurna Circuit?

The difficulty of the Annapurna Circuit Trek depends entirely on the preparation of hikers. If you’re trained and have the right equipment, it won’t be that hard to walk the trials. But, if you’re a beginner with no experience in hiking, then the trek might be an ordeal.

As the majority of Annapurna Circuit trails are long and jagged, walking it is never easier. Physical wellness and stamina are essential to the successful attempt of climbing the circuit. You must also be prepared for the unpredictable weather and extreme effects of high altitude.

Do I need a permit for the trek?

An entry permit for the Annapurna Conservation Area and TIMS card is required for the circuit trek. Foreigners will have to pay US$30 per person for an ACAP permit and an additional US$20 for a TIMS permit before starting the hike.

Should I hike alone?

It’s riskier trekking alone in the Annapurna region. There’s no one to accompany you all along the trail if you got lost or misread the trail. Hikers traveling alone will be exposed to greater threats. Therefore, make sure you hire a professional trek guide who can escort you on the course.

How can I get my baggage carried on the trail?

There are porters on the trails of Annapurna Circuit who’ll help you with the backpack for as little as US$15 or just above. They’ll carry your luggage up to the circuit, making the expedition easier.

Is trip insurance required for the trek?

We recommend travel insurance to all hikers of Annapurna Circuit as it protects you from financial losses. The travel insurance will cover the risks associated with travel delays, medical emergencies, and other possible risks.

How long does it take to hike through Annapurna Circuit?

It takes around two weeks to hike through Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake. You’ll have to walk an average of 5 to 6 hours per day on rocky terrains and into the woods. The trek also has many steep slopes with moderate inclines, which requires a little bit more time.

What are the accommodations like at Annapurna Circuit?

Annapurna Circuit Trek is more of a teahouse trek. So, even though there are many options for accommodation, trekkers prefer to stay in a teahouse. They are far cheaper and have all the facilities that visitors want.

When is the best time to visit Annapurna Circuit?

Spring and Autumn is the ideal time for Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake. They have warm and delightful weather to offer visitors, making travel easier and more comfortable. Meanwhile, winter possesses an increased risk of flight cancellation and trek difficulties due to heavy snowfall and blizzards.

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Best time for Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake

The best time to visit Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake is between September and November when the temperatures are cool, and rainfall averages are low. The weather in Annapurna is fantastic in Fall as it’s not too hot or humid, nor cold.

Autumn is particularly great for walking the trails and exploring scenic landscapes. The weather is often mild at this time, with warm days and cold nights. There isn’t much change in the temperature until late November, but after that, the weather becomes cold.

The temperature drops up to -5 Degree Celsius, making it a little bit difficult to hike the trail. In Fall, the skies are clearer, providing us a spectacular view of surrounding mountains and vibrant valleys. Colors start to peak from October and last till the beginning of November, providing a scenic backdrop.

Spring is another incredible time to explore Annapurna Circuit, given its temperature weather and pleasant atmosphere. The weather is typically mild during the season. You can expect to see light snowfall at higher elevations at the beginning of March.

Temperatures are still chilly in the early season, but it increases as time passes. The snowfall on the trail will all melt by the end of March, making the travel more comfortable and easier.

As the temperature rises, the weather becomes warm and sunny. Thanks to spring equinox, we’ll see longer daylight hours at this time. There are blooming wildflowers and lush green farms in Spring, providing a surreal view to the visitors.

Winter weather in Annapurna Circuit is relatively harsh and cold. It’s the driest season with little or no rainfall around the region. You’ll witness more sunshine at the beginning of the winter season, but after November, there’s less sunshine and more snowfall.

Since the start of the season, the temperature will have dropped, reaching as low as -5 Degree Celsius. It frequently snows at the peak of winter, and winds are extremely high. Winter precipitation occurs between the months of December and March.

Snowfall and wind are common only around the circuit. Down in the valley, it’s still hot, with temperatures ranging from 5 to 10 Degree Celsius. Despite the fluctuating weather conditions, Annapurna Circuit Trek in winter will provide you with a breathtaking view of snow-capped mountains and frozen lakes. Travellers can also enjoy many outdoor activities, but they have to be careful of the changing temperature.

Summers are usually warm and humid at the circuit. It’s quite hot in the valley, with most days sunny or partly sunny. Unlike winter, it doesn’t make you feel cold, but trekking still remains difficult due to the sweltering heat.

The temperature in the lower region varies from 15 to 23 Degree Celsius, featuring most sunshine. Meanwhile, it’s still chilly in the circuit, with the temperature dropping to 3 Degree Celsius.

It starts to rain heavily in different parts of the Annapurna region starting from June, making the trail murky. This is also the time of the year when you’ll experience lots of cloudy days with thunderous summer storms.

Starting from late June, there’s heavy rainfall in many parts of the Annapurna region, causing the trail to be wet and murky. The increasing amount of rainfall with strong winds and storm clouds will make the hike relatively difficult.

Food and Accommodation

There are numerous choices when it comes to accommodation in Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake. You can stay in a lodge, hotel, or guesthouse as they’re easily available and has great service. They’ll provide you with a private experience with spacious rooms, well-equipped furniture, and a full-size bed.

Unlike teahouses, you don’t have to share rooms in the hotel and can enjoy privacy. But, booking a room in these accommodations can be a bit expensive and cost you lots of money. So, if you want a more affordable option, go for the local teahouses as they are relatively less expensive and can be accessed anywhere.

Annapurna’s tea houses encompases all the facilities that you’d expect, such as a nice and comfortable bed with a blanket and a pillow. Most of them generally have a

shared room with a single wooden bed, which is nice and comfy.

While they may not be able to provide you with all the luxuries and conveniences, teahouses do offer the standard service at an affordable price. Prices tend to be more expensive in the higher elevation due to fewer accommodations.

You’ll also have to pay big for food and drinks as they have to be carried all along the way to the circuit. Porters and yaks are used to transport goods from the valley to the circuit, costing a lot of money.

You can find lots of popular Asian and Western dishes at the Annapurna Circuit Trek. But the most common is typical Nepalese food comprising rice, vegetables, lentils, and so on. They are quite delicious and provide us with a lot of energy to keep going on the trail. You can also get other dishes like potato curry, dumplings, fried noodles, and bread.

How to prepare for a trip to Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake?

Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake is probably one of the most celebrated hiking destinations. Every year, it has visitors from all around the world traveling the region to spend time in nature. But, little do they know that trekking Annapurna Circuit isn’t as easy as it seems.

They’re required to walk uneven mountainous terrains with several steep ascents, river valleys, and a mountain pass. Visitors must also deal with the changing weather and trail conditions, which makes the hike even more difficult.

Hence, to prevent the risks, trekkers have to come prepared on the hike. They have to improve their physical fitness and stamina by giving ample time to training and exercise. Untrained and unskilled hikers have to put extra effort into their physical workout and fitness regimen for improved health.

While some trails in Annapurna Circuit are hike-friendly, others are not so much with lots of steep ascents and mountain slopes, which trekkers have to walk. They have to traverse the winding trails, which are equally demanding and strenuous.

Therefore, hikers climbing Annapurna Circuit must be trained for the trails. You have to work on your physical fitness and balance by exercising regularly. Be more flexible and practice hiking on a series of mountainous terrains as it helps to cope with the altitude and uneven trails.

Try to get some cardiovascular exercise into your fitness training to build up your stamina. Keep up with your routine and don’t overwork, or else it’ll have an adverse effect on your health. Be mentally prepared as the trek can be intimidating, especially when ascending higher altitude.

Set realistic expectations and study the route as it’ll help you better prepare for the trek. If needed, get expert advice or learn about the hike by yourself. Similarly, go slow on the trail instead of hastening, or you’ll stress out.

Trekking Essentials

Heading out on the trail of Annapurna Circuit without proper gears and equipment will expose you to a lot of risks. It’ll make the journey incredibly difficult and inconvenient, costing an abundance of time. Hence, trekkers have to bring the important gear and supplies required on the hike.

The right equipment depends on the weather conditions, altitude, and the length of the trek. Equipment required for winter differs from that of spring or autumn. Therefore, you have to be extremely careful while picking the essentials and gears. Following are some of the items we recommend to the trekkers of Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake.

Gear List

  • Lightweight fleece or jacket
  • Waterproof hiking boots
  • Moisture-wicking t-shirt
  • Quick-drying pants or shorts
  • Synthetic or wool socks
  • Hiking boots or shoes

Personal Items

  • First-aid supplies
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunglasses and accessories
  • Camera with extra batteries
  • Reading and writing materials
  • Water bottle and water purification

Things to consider while trekking Annapurna Circuit

1. Weather

The weather of the Annapurna Circuit at high altitudes is generally unpredictable. While the changes are mostly seasonal, other various factors contribute to the fluctuating weather and temperature. The weather is even more fragile at higher elevations as you can experience severe windstorms and low temperatures.

Trekking in winter is even more difficult due to strong blizzards, fog, and mist. You’ll have to walk the snow-covered trails, which can cause blisters. So, be more careful while planning the trip or buying equipment for the hike.

2. Remote Areas

The trails of Annapurna Circuit are mostly rough and craggy, with several highs and lows. It meanders through many remote villages, river valleys, and steep hills, which are difficult to ascend. Trekkers will be spending days and weeks walking the rugged trails that pass through wild forests and mountain ridges, which have little access. You won’t see many settlements in the far regions, which are quite difficult to travel.

3. Altitude

Altitude is another major concern of many Annapurna Circuit hikers. With the increasing elevation, trekkers fear altitude sickness on the trail. Beginners who have never traveled high altitude are more likely to suffer from altitude sickness and develop symptoms faster.

Hence, if you’re new to the trail, make yourself comfortable and go slow on the trail. Acclimatize before going to higher elevation as it’ll help your body adapt to the changing temperature. Don’t ignore the symptoms and get medical care if needed.

4. Rugged Trails

Another major hurdle for trekkers of Annapurna Circuit Trek is its never-ending mountainous terrains. Most of its routes are jagged and full of rocks and boulders, which are extremely demanding and tough to walk. Thorong La Pass is one of the most difficult climbs after Thorong Phedi. The trail here is steep and continuously upward, requiring the trekkers to be strong.

Food and Accommodation

There are numerous choices when it comes to accommodation in Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake. You can stay in a lodge, hotel, or guesthouse as they’re easily available and has great service. They’ll provide you with a private experience with spacious rooms, well-equipped furniture, and a full-size bed.

Unlike teahouses, you don’t have to share rooms in the hotel and can enjoy privacy. But, booking a room in these accommodations can be a bit expensive and cost you lots of money. So, if you want a more affordable option, go for the local teahouses as they are relatively less expensive and can be accessed anywhere.

Annapurna’s tea houses encompases all the facilities that you’d expect, such as a nice and comfortable bed with a blanket and a pillow. Most of them generally have a

shared room with a single wooden bed, which is nice and comfy.

While they may not be able to provide you with all the luxuries and conveniences, teahouses do offer the standard service at an affordable price. Prices tend to be more expensive in the higher elevation due to fewer accommodations.

You’ll also have to pay big for food and drinks as they have to be carried all along the way to the circuit. Porters and yaks are used to transport goods from the valley to the circuit, costing a lot of money.

You can find lots of popular Asian and Western dishes at the Annapurna Circuit Trek. But the most common is typical Nepalese food comprising rice, vegetables, lentils, and so on. They are quite delicious and provide us with a lot of energy to keep going on the trail. You can also get other dishes like potato curry, dumplings, fried noodles, and bread.

How to prepare for a trip to Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake?

Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake is probably one of the most celebrated hiking destinations. Every year, it has visitors from all around the world traveling the region to spend time in nature. But, little do they know that trekking Annapurna Circuit isn’t as easy as it seems.

They’re required to walk uneven mountainous terrains with several steep ascents, river valleys, and a mountain pass. Visitors must also deal with the changing weather and trail conditions, which makes the hike even more difficult.

Hence, to prevent the risks, trekkers have to come prepared on the hike. They have to improve their physical fitness and stamina by giving ample time to training and exercise. Untrained and unskilled hikers have to put extra effort into their physical workout and fitness regimen for improved health.

While some trails in Annapurna Circuit are hike-friendly, others are not so much with lots of steep ascents and mountain slopes, which trekkers have to walk. They have to traverse the winding trails, which are equally demanding and strenuous.

Therefore, hikers climbing Annapurna Circuit must be trained for the trails. You have to work on your physical fitness and balance by exercising regularly. Be more flexible and practice hiking on a series of mountainous terrains as it helps to cope with the altitude and uneven trails.

Try to get some cardiovascular exercise into your fitness training to build up your stamina. Keep up with your routine and don’t overwork, or else it’ll have an adverse effect on your health. Be mentally prepared as the trek can be intimidating, especially when ascending higher altitude.

Set realistic expectations and study the route as it’ll help you better prepare for the trek. If needed, get expert advice or learn about the hike by yourself. Similarly, go slow on the trail instead of hastening, or you’ll stress out.

Trekking Essentials

Heading out on the trail of Annapurna Circuit without proper gears and equipment will expose you to a lot of risks. It’ll make the journey incredibly difficult and inconvenient, costing an abundance of time. Hence, trekkers have to bring the important gear and supplies required on the hike.

The right equipment depends on the weather conditions, altitude, and the length of the trek. Equipment required for winter differs from that of spring or autumn. Therefore, you have to be extremely careful while picking the essentials and gears. Following are some of the items we recommend to the trekkers of Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake.

Gear List

  • Lightweight fleece or jacket
  • Waterproof hiking boots
  • Moisture-wicking t-shirt
  • Quick-drying pants or shorts
  • Synthetic or wool socks
  • Hiking boots or shoes

 

Personal Items

  • First-aid supplies
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunglasses and accessories
  • Camera with extra batteries
  • Reading and writing materials
  • Water bottle and water purification

Things to consider while trekking Annapurna Circuit

1. Weather

The weather of the Annapurna Circuit at high altitudes is generally unpredictable. While the changes are mostly seasonal, other various factors contribute to the fluctuating weather and temperature. The weather is even more fragile at higher elevations as you can experience severe windstorms and low temperatures.

Trekking in winter is even more difficult due to strong blizzards, fog, and mist. You’ll have to walk the snow-covered trails, which can cause blisters. So, be more careful while planning the trip or buying equipment for the hike.

2. Remote Areas

The trails of Annapurna Circuit are mostly rough and craggy, with several highs and lows. It meanders through many remote villages, river valleys, and steep hills, which are difficult to ascend. Trekkers will be spending days and weeks walking the rugged trails that pass through wild forests and mountain ridges, which have little access. You won’t see many settlements in the far regions, which are quite difficult to travel.

3. Altitude

Altitude is another major concern of many Annapurna Circuit hikers. With the increasing elevation, trekkers fear altitude sickness on the trail. Beginners who have never traveled high altitude are more likely to suffer from altitude sickness and develop symptoms faster.

Hence, if you’re new to the trail, make yourself comfortable and go slow on the trail. Acclimatize before going to higher elevation as it’ll help your body adapt to the changing temperature. Don’t ignore the symptoms and get medical care if needed.

4. Rugged Trails

Another major hurdle for trekkers of Annapurna Circuit Trek is its never-ending mountainous terrains. Most of its routes are jagged and full of rocks and boulders, which are extremely demanding and tough to walk. Thorong La Pass is one of the most difficult climbs after Thorong Phedi. The trail here is steep and continuously upward, requiring the trekkers to be strong.

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