Annapurna trek with tilicho lake and poon hill is the majestic trail which leads you to the highest lake in the world. This exciting trek takes you through small town villages, exploring the beautiful Annapurna Himal and high mountains. On the way, you will come across the different ethnic peoples, cultures and different animals. You can visit many panoramic places and forests. You will be trekking through deepest Kali Gandaki, Thorang La, the Manang valley and excitingly the Tilicho Lake.
If you found this trekking holiday have much more days then you have expected, you can also have a shorter days of trekking holiday which is Annapurna Base Camp Trek.
Joining Arrangements & Transfers
All Clients travelling to Kathmandu will be met at the airport by a TTG representative who will arrange the transfer to the group hotel. Please look our logo at the arrival gate.
While in Kathmandu the group will stay in a mentioned hotel or hotels with similar categories as on itinerary. We choose hotels not too far from the main downtown. Most of our hotels will be in central Thamel so that you can shop, eat and go anywhere easily.
Whilst on trek we spend in lodges/tea houses. The Nepalese trekking lodges also known as 'tea-houses' are simple, friendly and atmospheric. As they are far from the nearest road is it not surprising that they are simple establishments as everything must be carried up by porters or animals. Most of these lodges have heated dining areas which are often attractively decorated. Bedrooms tend to be quite basic and are unheated with wooden beds and foam mattress. You will need a sleeping bag. The lodges have shared washing and toilet facilities. Some lodges have solar powered showers (charged at $3 - $5 per shower) and battery charging facilities (also charged at a rate per hour). Staying at the lodges is a great way to meet fellow hikers and the locals. Most accommodation is arranged on a twin sharing basis and if you are travelling by yourself you will room with another single traveller of the same sex. Please note, however, that at several of the places in high season, there is a limited choice of accommodation and all the lodges have only multi-bedded rooms. Where this is the case, the group will be split amongst the available rooms and this could be unsegregated male/female. Hotel nights in Kathmandu and Pokhara single rooms are available for a supplementary cost. One the trek only sharing rooms.
Our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and we do not charge a single supplement. We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the entire trip. If you prefer to have your own single room then you have to pay single supplement, however the single room is only possible in Kathmandu not on the trek.
Typical meals provided in the lodges will include some Nepali dishes and some international cuisine from pizza and chips. However as a responsible tour operator we encourage you to eat local food whenever possible because this will help the local economic and these local foods are always fresh.
We order meals in advance and your trip leader will suggest you what is safe and good to eat there. Breakfast will usually be porridge, eggs, bread, lunch will be a simple meal with a like noodle, rice, and dinner will be 2 courses consisting of soup, main meal. All drinks & beverages and Deserts are extra. In Kathmandu breakfast is included if you have booked the hotel with us. If you are vegetarian is great if not we still recommend you to stay vegetarian especially during the trek as meat are not hygiene.
A Typical Day
Shortly after first light you should wake and start packing your kitbag and making preparations for the day. Coming down to the dining room we will be served breakfast from the lodge kitchen before setting off on the day’s trek. We will generally reach our lunch stop by mid-day after around 3 or 4 hours of trekking. Lunch is taken at tea houses along the route. This is normally a leisurely affair and is a great time for relaxing, reading and sitting in the sun. Our porters usually catch up with the group during lunch and then are well on their way to the evening’s stop by the time we set off again. It is usual for the afternoon’s walk to be shorter than the morning session. On arrival at the lodge the trek leader will organise everyone’s room. After checking in to your room you may wish to relax with a beer on the terrace of your lodge before taking dinner. Dinner is taken in the dining room which normally has some form of heating. This is a great time of day for reliving the events of the trek so far and for general socialising. By 9.00pm most trekkers will have retired to bed and by 10.pm the whole lodge will be asleep.
Group Leader & Support Staff
The group will be led by an experienced English-speaking local leader, and on trek will have the services of porters to carry luggage.
Approximately US$400-600 (or equivalent Australian dollars, Euros etc.) changed into local currency, should be sufficient for miscellaneous personal expenses including tips for guide/porters, drinks for all trips & meals in the city. It is not necessary to obtain local currency (Nepali rupees) prior to departure. Sterling, US Dollars and Euros are equally acceptable for exchange in Nepal. We recommend that you carry your travel money in the form of cash, since you will exchange the majority of this on the day of your arrival in Kathmandu. If you prefer not to carry all of your spending money in cash, it is possible to withdraw money (rupees only) from ATMs in Kathmandu using your debit or credit card. During the trek it is possible to buy snacks, chocolate, tea, coffee, soft drinks and beer on most days. Please be aware that since everything has to be carried up, these items become more expensive as you gain altitude.
Guidance on Tipping
Tipping is the accepted way of saying ‘thank you’ for good service. Tips do not form part of the wages of your guides, porters and trek crew but they are very much appreciated. It is important to remember that tipping is voluntary and should be dependent on good service. Normally the tips are given at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group rather than from individuals. Most groups will give the tips with a bit of ceremony (or sometimes a party) on the last evening, to mark the end of the trip. The level of tipping should be determined by the group as a whole with everyone contributing an equal amount that all are comfortable with. As a rough guide, we recommend about 10% of your trip. At the end of a trek many people also like to donate various items of their equipment to the porters and trek staff who work so hard to make the trip a success. Boots, gloves, hats, scarves and even socks (clean of course) are always warmly received by the porters. Technical clothing and equipment such as head-torches and trekking poles are highly prized by the Shepa crews. If you think you would like to donate equipment at the end of your trip, your local trip leader will make arrangements for a fair distribution among the trek crew.
Your baggage on trek will be carried by porters. The packed weight of your trek bag whilst trekking should be no more than 15kg. It is possible to leave clothes or other items not required on trek at the hotel in Kathmandu.
This holiday involves going to high altitude. During the course of your trip you will reach altitudes in excess of 4230m metres. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatize successfully. When we plan an itinerary we consider this very carefully and plan our holiday.
The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.
The packed weight of your trek bag while trekking should be no more than 12 kgs for the porter.
You must bring the following items:
The following items are optional:
The Nepalese are still traditional and conservative in the way they dress. Therefore to avoid embarrassment on both sides we recommend that you respect this and do not wear revealing clothing or sleeveless tops while visiting Nepal. Shorts are acceptable, but they should reach to just above the knee and be modest and for women it is preferable to wear trousers or a long skirt.
Passport & Visas
A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport for each country that you visit.
All nationalities require a visa. The visa fee is $40 for 15 days, $50 for 30 days, and $120 for 90 days and is obtainable on arrival. Payment must be made in cash and USD, GBP or Euros are accepted. Please bring 4 passport size photos for different permits.
Trekking Permits – what do we need from you?
We need your passport copy to make the necessary permit and arrangement. Please make sure we have this at least one month ahead of your trip. We also need your original passport after arrival to obtain the special Mustang permit.
Health & Vaccinations
You should contact your doctor or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended in the UK/US/Australia/Germany e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella, along with hepatitis A and typhoid. Malarial prophylaxis is not usually required for trips in the mountains, however if you are visiting rural and remote low lying areas then they might be necessary. On holidays to more remote areas you should also have a dentist checkup.
The unit of currency in Nepal is the Nepalese Rupee. We can change this money in Kathmandu which has better rate than hotels and Airports. Guides will show you the place after arrival.
Electricity Supply & Plug
We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:
Preparing For Your Trip
It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on a trekking holiday getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. We suggest that you adopt a weekly exercise regime leading up to your trip. Regular hiking in hill country is the best training but jogging, squash and swimming are also good for developing cardio vascular fitness and stamina. Note that you will encounter a lot of steps on the trail while ascending and you might wish to tailor your exercise to take this into account. Whatever your preparation you should make time to spend at least a few days prior to your trip making long walks in hilly country. It is also a good idea to do some reading about the country and the culture of the local people before you embark on an adventure holiday.
October to November and March to May are the best times for trekking in Nepal. These months either side of the summer monsoon season is neither too hot in the foothills nor too cold in the higher elevations and they offer the best conditions for trekking. December till Feb is winter and cold but often clear blue sky and nice day. Pre-monsoon is the best time to see the colourful blooms of the rhododendron at lower elevations. The post-monsoon months usually offer the clearest skies and the most settled weather. At either of these periods you will encounter a wide range of daytime temperatures during your trip from approximately 25ºC in Kathmandu to approximately 14ºC at 3000 metres, and approximately -5ºC at Throng la. The ‘real feel’ temperature in the middle of the day will be much warmer than this but at night in the rarefied air the temperatures plummet and you can expect to experience overnight temperatures below freezing anywhere above 3000 metres. In the higher elevation- the night time temperatures during winter may reach –5ºC or exceptionally, below this. Extended periods of rain or snow are very unlikely outside of the monsoon period but short lived storms can and do occur.
Annapurna Circuit Trek. 1:50,000. Nepal Maps
A good scale map with contour interval at 40 metres. This is the definitive map for the Annapurna and Tilicho Lake trek.
Not to forget?!
Please do not forget to come with a positive attitude, flexibility, a sense of humour and an appetite of adventure and discovery!
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You can also use this tour as a base for a tailor-made itinerary. Like your personal architect creating your one-of- a-kind home, our Travel Specialists will execute the trip of a lifetime. It's all up to you - logistics, pace, budget, dates, performances, visits, explorations, meals and lodging are hammered out down to the finest customized detail. Please fill in our tailor-made request form.
If you do not want to join a group then you can also make this a private trip with your friends and family one at your own schedule. Considering this, Trekking Team Group organizes private journeys as well. Please choose your own departure date.
When you arrive in Kathmandu at Tribhuvan international airport,You will be warmly greeted by our airport representative. After traditional warm welcome you will transferred to hotel, we will discuss about the trip and briefing about the package, evening typical welcome dinner.
Your first day will begin with the breakfast at your hotel. Today is your full day sightseeing tour so at the very first beginning, you will be taken to Kathmandu Durbar Square. Kathmandu Durbar Square is one of the important historic and tourist destination in Nepal. The striking place was named in honor of the monkey god, Hanuman. At the southern end of the Durbar Square there is the most curious attraction in Nepal, the Kumari Chowk. After visiting Kathmandu Durbar Square you will be guided to the famous Buddhist Swayambunath Temple in Kathmandu. This temple attracts Buddhists and tourists from round the world. Swayambhunath Stupa is the most ancient and enigmatic of all the holy shrines in Kathmandu valley. Its lofty white dome and glittering golden spire are visible for many miles and from all sides of the valley. The view of Kathmandu valley from the top of the temple is stunning.
After breakfast, you will drive to Syange, You will be trekking the path through winding rivers and terraced fields. It will have chance to view Nepal’s country side small towns and their local cultural activies along with the mighty himalayas and up on arrival at Syange overnight camp at local lodge.
Today’s trail takes you to the Marsyandi valley wide open up to Syange after that the wide narrow valley will appears when you go ahead. On the way, you can explore the Nepalese rural village, crossing through the bridge and passing to the barley, rice and potato field, you will pass through the village of Kodo before reaching Dharapani which is the biggest villages in the Manang Valley, overnight stay at Dharapani.
Today you are heading to Chame from Dharapani through the sensational views of Himalayas.You will reach Bagarchap, a Tibetan village, within the first hour of today's trek, followed by Dangyung, a small Tibetan settlement shortly afterwards. Then continueing the trek you enter dense forest, cross bridges over tributaries and the foot of a waterfall ascends steep stone steps to reach the new trail to Chame.
Today your trek start to upper Pisang by the several river side. On the way you can visit the local small villages which had a long mani wall and interact with the local peoples. You can also visit and sightseeing the upper Pisang's medieval village which is an amazing wonderful place. On the way to pisang you can get a chance to see excellent view of mountains. Evening dinner and stay night at lodge.
Trek from Manang to Pisang, the trail climbs steep ridge which affords beautiful view of Manang valley and Tilicho peak. The initial part of hike from Pisang to Manang is pretty flat. Descending past Manang's airstrip, The view after climb is very much rewarding. You will be exploring spectacular view of mountains. Close up watch to Tibetan style villager's lifestyle and then visit to ancient Tibetan Gompa. Continueing your beautiful path you reach at lap of Himalaya Manang valley. Overnight in Manang.
Make fit yourself for the further journey. This day is for acclimatization day in Manang. Physiologically prepare yourself for adaptation to changes in climate or environment.We recommend you to stay active even in a rest day as it is better than being idle while on a trekking journey. And in the afternoon explore Manang village, interact with villegers about their culture and lifestyle. Dinner and overnight in Manang.
Today's path is little up and little down, you will trek through Manang heading the western gates.You will cross the river and continue walking on the southern side through coniferous forest. After reaching Kangsar village you need to walk further up to towards Siri Kharka and pass a Monastery on the way. Then you can see the spectacular views of Gungang Himal and Mt.Chulu when you walk uphill. After a short walk you will reach Siri Kharka. Overnight in Siri kharka.
After breakfast you will be trekking to the tilicho base camp through the small villages by crossing the Jomsom. The trail goes through the middle of the landslide area whereby you can see impressive rock formations along the trail. Beside that you can visit the wonderful village Khangsar and communicate with the local village peoples and about their cultures. Then after you can enjoy the natural beauty rivers and lake which are truely magical. Camp in river bank.
Toady after breakfast our tour guide will take you to visit Tilicho lake. On the way you enjoy yaks and deer grazing above and below the trail. On the other side is Tilicho Lake, a large spectacularly set lake nestled at the foot of the north face of Tilicho Peak. The lake was reffered by the leader of the French expedition team as ‘The Great Ice Lake’. The Lake also holds an important place for the Hindus as this sacred lake features in one of the holiest texts of the Hindus, The Ramayan.
Today you will leave Siri Kharka and start your next trek destination to Yak Kharka. The trail descend towards Khangsar village where you can interact with the local villagers about their daily lifestyle and culture. On the way you can visit Tare Gumba, a thousand year old monastery. You will walk further more untill you reach a seasonal bridge in the Thorang Khola valley. After crossing the river, continue walking untill reaching Yak Kharka. Overnight in Yak Kharka.
This trek is little bit uphill and downhill walk through the Letdar village. Early in the morning, today you will leave Yak Kharka and follow the kone Khola Valley. You will climb steeply from Letdar village and continues to get great views of annapurna After climbing for quite a while the trail suddenly dropped steeply to the river and wooden bridge. On the way to Thorang Phedi you can explore a small teahouse. By continueing the path you will finally reach Thoran Phedi. Overnight in lodge.
This trek is a long trek so you have to start trekking early morning. You will be crossing the way from east to west which is snowy and cold path environment. You will trek up through the mountain and when you finally make it to the top, you can take a beautiful photographs before heading to Muktinath valley at the foot of the Thorong La Pass. After this hard climb you will find the trail to Muktinath. Overnight in Muktinath.
Before heading to Tatopani guide will take you to visit the Muktinath temple which is very secret place of Hindus and Buddhist both. After that you will be driven to Tatopani where you will be sightseeing. Tatopani the name itself define the meaning(warm water) where you can enjoy the warm water. Overnight in Tatopani.
Today you are heading to Ghorepani from Tatopani. At first, you will be visiting the Ghar Khola valley. The trail passes through the villages of Shikha and Chitra before reaching a beautiful rhododendron forest. Walking furthermore you will reach Ghorepani. Overnight at Ghorepani.
Early morning, climb along a steep trail to the viewpoint of Poon Hill from where you can get an opportunity to enjoy the amazing dawn, a close-up view of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. Today's trek is very exciting because our guide will take you thorough a thick forest of rhododendron trees. Then you will be trekking further to Naya Pul. Then drive to Pokhara for overnight.
Today, early morning you will be taken to see the beautiful sunrise view. After breakfast you will say goodbye to the beautiful lake city Pokhara and drive towards Kathmandu. After reaching Kathmandu you have a rest day off to take rest or souvenir shopping as well as you can do extra activities. Typical Farewell dinner in night and overnight in Kathmandu hotel.
Your final day in Kathmandu is a free day. You do as you like. Many people take the time for shopping others enjoy exploring the cultural sites of the city. Our local guide can advise you on the best shops in the area. Farewells! Our airport representative will travel with you to the airport.
May 19 2016
This is my fourth visit to Nepal , all using TTG, but the first to the Annapurna region. TTG organized a personalized trek for me that included the complete Annapurna circuit, a side trip to Tilicho Lake, a ten day excursion to Upper Mustang and Lomanthang for the Tiji Festival, and a trek to Annapurna Base camp.The trip was perfect as was the support and organization by TTG. My guide, Goku, was encouraging, always happy and ready to help me accomplish my goals. If you want to get the most out of your stay in Nepal, TTG is the right company for you. They cover all of the logistics so you have no worries and can concentrate on the magnificence of the mountains, the culture, and local people you encounter. TTG provides the complete package. I cannot emphasize enough how having a guide enhances the experience you will have. They have knowledge of the terrain, the view points, the various cultures and religions, the trees, birds, animals as well as keep you safe. Every detail of my trip was managed superbly by TTG. I have no hesitations in recommending TTG for a five star experience.
Oct 11 2015
“fünfmal in Nepal - fünfmal mit "Trekking Team Group"”...und immer sehr zufrieden!
Meine bisherigen Treks mit diesem Unternehmen: 10/99 Annapurna Basecamp und Chitwan NP - 10/01 Helambu Langtang und Chitwan NP - 03/04 Kalar Patar und Everest Basecamp - 11/06 Kali Gandaki Schlucht und Muktinath - 02-03/10 kurze Treks in der Umgebung von Kathmandu; Nargakot, Pewa See und von Jomosom bis Muktinath.
Mit meinen Gruppen von 4-12 Trekker/innen lernten wir nicht nur Land und Leute, sondern mit Hari Thapaliya auch sein Unternehmen "Trekking Team Group" kennen. Alle Treks wurden von diesem Team umsichtig und für uns erlebnisreich durchgeführt.
Insbesondere mit den beiden bestens ausgebildeten und Deutsch sprechenden Führern Arjun und Goku konnten die Trekstrecken und Aufenthalte unseren Wünschen problemlos angepaßt werden. Besonders zu erwähnen ist die Umsicht der Führer in kritischen Situationen (aufgebrochene Magengeschwüre). Ihre fachkundigen Erläuterungen zur Tier- und Pflanzenwelt haben uns sehr erfreut.
Durch Lodges- statt Zelttreks haben uns unsere Führer den Kontakt zu den Bewohnern ermöglicht. Wir konnten gemeinsam singen, tanzen und spielen.
Zu Hari, Arjun und Goku hat sich in den vielen Jahren ein fast familieres Verhältnis entwickelt. Die Führer und Träger sind, bezogen auf Kleidung und Schuhwerk, gut ausgerüstet. Besonders zu erwähnen ist ihr Einsatz auf sozialem Gebiet! Ich habe in einer Privatinitiative, zunächst allein und später mit einem Partner, Hilfsprojekte durchgeführt. Ohne die aktive Hilfe unserer Freunde hätten die Projekte nicht realisiert werden können.
In den vergangenen Jahren habe ich viele Kontakte von Interessenten zu diesem Team hergestellt. Und habe mich über ihre positiven Berichte gefreut.
Die "Trekking Team Group" ist mit ihrem Inhaber Hari Thapaliya ein kompetenter und sehr zu empfehlender Partner für alle Treks und Besichtigungen in Nepal. Ich werde mich auch bei meinen weiteren Touren diesem erfahrenem Team anvertrauen und mich umsorgen lassen.
Gern stehe ich auch anderen Interessenten mit meinem Rat zur Verfügung.
Namaste, Manfred Rödermund
This is ADVENTURE travel, and many of the trip destinations in this site are remote areas, within under developed countries, where events are less predictable than is usually the case in. The unexpected is the norm in these areas and, despite painstaking planning and organization, our adventure trips can never be taken for granted like regular trips. Many of the places that we visit do not have the same quality of emergency health and safety services that you are used to in the developed world. Internal flights can be canceled, road transport is generally uncomfortable and unreliable, and hotels often do not approach the standards of the West.
IF YOU ARE NOT PREPARED FOR THIS, YOU SHOULD NOT TRAVEL WITH US. This unpredictability also means that the itineraries that we put forward for each of our trips should be seen as statements of intent, rather than as contractual obligations. A variety of factors, including weather, transport difficulties and political instability, might dictate that we change any itinerary. The trip leader will make any changes that are necessary, after consultation with the group. Only rarely will such changes be significant, and we will always do everything within our powers to minimize the effects of the enforced changes. We cannot be held responsible for the results of changes or delays, irrespective of how they are caused.
Trekking Team Group is the major supporter of Ambe Foundation, an apolitical and not-for-profit organisation. We contribute our support for the development of some community schools in remote villages in Nuwakot district. We have been supporting Gramin Devi School and Khumbeshwori School, both community-based educational institutions, through donation, sponsorship and partnership in various projects.
Trekking Team Group donates one percentage of its total business profits to the foundation on yearly basis. The donated amount supports the ongoing maintenance of Gramin Devi School and Khumbeshwori School in Nuwakot.
One of the major activities of Ambe Foundation is the children sponsorship programme. It is conducted in full collaboration with Trekking Team Group.
Partnership (Volunteering Program)
The Ambe Volunteer Programme, organised by Ambe Foundation and Trekking Team Group, aims to mobilise teams of experts and interested individuals effectively for education, health and community development in Nuwakot district.