Annapurna Semi Circuit Trekking Via Tilicho Lake is to explore emerald, beautiful Tilicho Lake around northern Annapurna massive Himalaya, riveting landscapes from subtropical, 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 pleasant 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 walks starting towards barren country, after a descent of few hours then our route heads uphill on the dry terrain, after a enjoyable 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 of 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 a Typical Nepalese restaurant with Trek Nepal representative. Overnight at Hotel or Lodge/Teahouse