Annapurna Semi Circuit Trekking Via Tilicho Lake is to explore emerald, beautiful Tilicho Lake around northern Annapurna massive Himalaya, riveting landscapes from sub-tropical, alpine to arctic temperature zone. We will reach half of the Annapurna circuit that`s why this trip is named as Annapurna semi circuit trek. The bewitching rhododendron, pines, fir forest with stupendous mountain views, scenic Manang valley with old Tibetan Buddhist culture, hypnotize glacial Tilicho Lake and the world`s highest pass Throng La pass are the major attraction of Annapurna semi circuit trail.
Annapurna semi circuit trek trail is a unique destination full of excitement with jaw-dropping scenery of snow-capped mountain cliffs such as (Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Pisang Peak, lam Jung Himal, Chulu east, Chulu west as well Chulu North, Khangsar peak and peak etc. ) , beautiful rhododendrons, pine-oak, flora and fauna forests with charming traditional villages with Tamang, Gurung, Chhetri, Brahman settlement makes trip splendid.
A preeminent Annapurna Semi Circuit trekking trail commence from Besisahar and ends to Jomsom where we take the scenic flight to Pokhara if we have not held such energy to trek again from there to return. The month of March – April (spring season) and September –November (Autumn season) is considered as best Annapurna semi circuit trekking season in Nepal.
Early in the morning we set off from Kathmandu and take scenic long drive towards Nepal mid west, journey leads to Beshisahar town then on the dirt road to Khudi, Bhulbhule and Ngadi following the Marsyangdi River upstream, drive continues through rice terraces fields and villages to Syange, from here with a slow climb leaving the Marsyangdi River behind to reach first overnight stop at Jagat village, a farm village with many lodges for trekkers. Overnight in Hotel/Tea House.
From Jagat village morning walk leads on a gradual winding path to Chamje, and back at Marsyangdi River to crossing on the eastern bank and into forested area, with superb views of Annapurna and Manaslu mountain ranges, as the walk advances on the wide path to a nice village of Tal Besi, Here for lunch break, and then another 2-3 hours walk leads at Dharapani village for overnight stop, Dharapani a nice village situated on the junction of Annapurna circuit and Manaslu trekking trail. Overnight stay at Hotel or lodge/Tea House.
After Dharapani walk along the wide winding trail into serene rhododendron and pine forest passing villages of Bagachap and Danque, then to Timang village from here onwards into more Buddhist culture village with grand view of Mt. Manaslu 8,163m / 26,781ft, from Timang village few hours trek leads to Koto and then to Chame town for overnight stop, Chame a large and major town of Manang area and as well a head quarter of Manang district. Overnight at Hotel or Lodge/Teahouse.
From here onwards the air gets cooler and fresh as the walk leads close to mountains, morning walk leads through enchanting alpine forests of rhododendron and pine trees, following the Marshyangdi River upstream with short ups and down hills to Bhratang village. From Bhratang village walk follows uphill through alpine woodland to Dhukure Pokhari a small place with few teahouses and lodge overlooking Chulu’s and Pisang peak, with a lunch break here, walk descends to lower Pisang village for overnight stop. Overnight at Hotel or Lodge/Teahouse.
Pisang village offers great scenery of mountains and surrounding landscapes, from here altitude gains as the morning walk leads through forest and with a short uphill with super views of staggering Annapurna II and III, Gangapurna Chulu’s and Pisang peak. As the walk reach flat valley at Hongde village, from here onward tree lines disappear for barren, arid landscapes with cold, dry arctic climate.
Before Manang, visit old Braga monastery with old Buddhist relics, ancient wall painting and frescos and stunning views of Annapurna Himalaya, from here an hour walk reaches at Manang village. Overnight at Hotel or Lodge/Teahouse.
An important and necessary rest day to get acclimatize before heading higher elevation and to Thorang-la pass, in Manang short hike and explore Manang village and valley, Manang a large village situated on windswept valley at the bank of Marsyangdi River beneath Annapurna and Gangapurna mountain range, a nice walk uphill for views of Gangapurna Glacier and the Manang emerald Lake. Overnight at Hotel or Lodge/Teahouse.
After Manang trek towards Tilicho Lake with overnight at Khangsar village, a short scenic walk to Khangsar, few hours of nice trek leaving the main Annapurna circuit trail behind, heading south in remote areas away from mainstream trekking route, overlooking fantastic views of mountains, walk finally reaches to Khangsar village for overnight stop. Overnight at Hotel or Lodge/Teahouse.
A half day walk starting towards barren country, after a descend of few hours then our route heads uphill on the dry terrain, after a nice walk reaching at picturesque emerald Tilicho Lake, regarded as holy lake for Buddhist and Hindu’s, this wonderful place with few lodges by shore of Tilicho Lake, afternoon relax and enjoy the surrounding beautiful scenery of the Lake changing its colors with the sunlight.
This lovely place surrounded by staggering Tilicho Peak with views of Annapurna III and Gangapurna mountains. Overnight at Hotel or Lodge/Teahouse.
After an amazing time around Tilicho Lake return journey to Jomsom as the morning walk leads towards a small settlement at Shir-Kharka for overnight stop before joining the main Annapurna circuit trail.
After a good time at Manang and Tilicho Lake, morning adventure leads towards Khangsar village on the uphill path to Yak Kharka, an interesting high altitude walk with super scenery of the snowcapped mountains, then crossing the river to reach Yak Kharka a small settlement, offering tremendous views of Gangapurna, Annapurna III and Chulu Peaks. Overnight at Hotel or Lodge/Teahouse.
Morning walk advances around high area, heading closer to the base of Thorang-la as the walk leads to cross a bridge and then a climb along the river bank of Jarjung, as the walk leads at Thorung Phedi, here depending upon the physical conditions of the clients, if all goes well an hour steep climb to Thorang High Camp for overnight stop. Overnight at Hotel or Lodge/Teahouse.
Big Day! the highlight of this great adventure, after an early breakfast walk leads to a long climb up to Thorang-la with a steep terrain and winding path to Thorung La Pass at 5,416 m / 17,700 ft.
The highest point of this adventure offering super views of snowcapped peaks, and then a long descend to Muktinath at 3,800 m.
On reaching Muktinath for overnight stop, a holy place for both Hindus and Buddhists the word Muktinath literally means ‘the place for Nirvana or Liberation’. Overnight at Hotel or Lodge/Teahouse.
After Muktinath rest of the journey will be easier with moderate walks all the way to Jomsom as the walk drops to 1,200m downhill to Kaligandaki river valley, this pleasant trail reaching the vast Kaligandaki river valley with a small break at Ekalebhatti.
From here gets windy in the afternoon time, a few hours walk to Jomsom, headquarter of Mustang region with an airstrip located above Kaligandaki River.
Here at Jomsom with last night in the mountain village, celebrate with local apple products like cider, brandy and juice this area from Kagbeni to Marpha & Larjung famous for delicious apple and its product. Overnight at Hotel or Lodge/Teahouse.
Early breakfast and transfer to Jomsom airport for sweeping short flight of 25 minutes to Pokhara, during airborne mesmerizing views of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiris and Annapurna range of mountains with rolling hills dotted with farm villages,
On reaching Pokhara airport transfer to respective hotels by the serene lake Phewa, afternoon free for individual activities or just relax and enjoy the views of the Annapurna Himalaya. Overnight at Hotel or Lodge/Teahouse.
After a wonderful experience on Annapurna Semi Circuit trekking Via Thorong la Pass we take scenic drive to Kathmandu on reaching Kathmandu transfer to respective hotels with afternoon free at leisure for individual activities and shopping. (Options of flight back to Kathmandu). Trek Nepal Himalayas will organize farewell dinner at Typical Nepalese restaurant with Trek Nepal representative. Overnight at Hotel or Lodge/Teahouse.
I was pleased with Trek Nepal Himalayas from a price and quality of service standpoint. The trek is a challenge and a responsible and knowledgeable guide is essential for a safe and inclusive trip. I would use them again.
We went on a short tour to Bhutan and wow what an amazing place! It is so beautiful with its mountain regions and traditional culture. Visiting Tigers Nest monetarist was definitely the highlight of the Bhutan trip. We later returned to Kathmandu and made our way to Pokhara where we took off for the Annapurna Base Camp trek. This was my first time trekking and my fitness level is not the best but Badri and the boys (the sherpa's) were great at catering the trip to our needs. All timings along the way were perfect and we all got to ABC and back without a hitch. Badri and the boys made us feel like we were part of their family and were all smiles and fun. We all played cards together of a night where they taught us to play Dumbal and we taught them Uno. They went above and beyond to cater for us and were watching us like hawks for signs altitude sickness as we got closer to the top. All guest houses that we stayed out were pleasant and all had hot showers. Badri was well respected by the locals along the way and we were welcomed everywhere we went. I actually felt like a bit of a VIP on the mountain when we were trekking with Badri!
I really loved my experience in Nepal and all thanks to Trek Nepal Himalayas. I'm going to miss these guys and can't wait to go back!
I recently spent three and a half weeks holidaying in Nepal with Trek Nepal Himalayas. My partner and I arrived a few days early from the organised tour and Badri from Trek Nepal Himalayas was very accommodating to us by organising our extra accommodation, picking us up from the airport, and organised an extra day tour for us to Nagarkot which was really nice. They also arranged for us to visit the old palace (now a museum) and the Garden of dreams. After the rest of the group arrived we did some sight seeing around Kathmandu visiting the monkey temple, durbar square, the Boudhanath temple and the crematorium.
Our guide Nawin and and other guides arranged throughout the tour were all very knowledgeable of the history of each place that we visited and gave good commentary along the way. Next we went on a day trip to Badri's village. In organising this tour, our group wanted to help out after the earthquake. It turned out Badri's village was badly damaged by the quake and the school was destroyed.
When planing this trip we arranged with Badri for him to take us out to his village so we could make donations of stationary, toys and sporting goods to the school. The village was well off the beaten track and it was a unique opportunity to visit an area that tourists generally don't get to see. The scenery along the way was magic and the drive was quite an adventure. When we arrived the whole village was out to give us a warm friendly welcome with marigold flower necklaces and we each received a blessing. The kids were so excited to see us and were over the moon to receive our donations of stationary, sporting goods and toys.I t was a truly beautiful experience and these memories will stay in my heart forever. This went so well that Badri is now putting together optional side tours for future tour groups to visit his village and villages like his for tourists to make donations to the local schools. I highly recommend you do this as it is such a feel good moment and the emotional joy of it all will is so overwhelming it will make you teary.
A group of us trekked to Everest Base Camp with Trek Nepal Himalayas recently. It was a great trip that was full of memorable moments and amazing views. Our guide Badri was very patient with each of us. He was knowledgeable, encouraging, accommodating and helpful. He not only provided excellent guide services and made sure the group had a safe trip, but also took care of his porter team. Our trip wouldn’t be this successful without the encouragement and support from Badri and the assistant guide Karan. During the time we stayed in Kathmandu, Badri and his staff offered great assistance to ensure we had a great time. If you are planning to visit Nepal, I highly recommend Trek Nepal Himalayas.
Three weeks with Trek Nepal Himalayas was an incredible experience. Our adventure included a day tour of Kathmandu, Everest flight with champagne at sunrise, flights to Bhutan with a few days touring around there. Our highlight in Bhutan was the climb to Tiger's Nest monastery and the amazing views from there.
Ten days trekking to Annapurna Base camp was wonderful. Our guide Badri made sure all our needs were met along the way. Nawin, our first in charge was very accommodating as well as the other 3 porters who lugged our stuff so we only had to carry a day pack.
Sunrise at Poon Hill was a must as well as putting up prayer flags at sunrise at the summit of our trip, Annapurna base camp. Just fab.
Inspirational, amazing and a humbling experience.
I would go back again and would make sure that these knowledgeable people were by my side for my next adventure.
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