The Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek is one of the most popular and iconic trekking routes in Nepal, renowned for its stunning scenery, diverse landscapes, and rich cultural experiences. It combines two fantastic treks: the classic Annapurna Circuit and a side trip to the beautiful Tilicho Lake, one of the highest lakes in the world.
Here's some key information about the trek:
- Duration: The total duration of the Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek typically ranges from 16 to 18 days, depending on the starting and ending points, trekker's pace, and the number of acclimatization days taken.
- Starting Point: The trek often begins from Besisahar or sometimes even from Syange. Besisahar is easily accessible by road from Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal.
- Highlights: The trek offers breathtaking views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges, lush valleys, cascading waterfalls, and encounters with diverse flora and fauna. Tilicho Lake, situated at an elevation of around 4,919 meters (16,138 feet), adds an extra element of beauty and challenge to the journey.
- Difficulty: The Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek is considered a challenging trek, especially due to the high altitudes involved. Trekkers must be physically fit and prepared for long daily walks, steep ascents, and descents.
- Permits: Trekkers need to obtain the necessary permits to enter the TIMS (provide by local trekking company in Nepal, Annapurna Conservation Area and the Manang Restricted Area. These permits are available in Kathmandu and also in some villages along the trekking route.
- Accommodation: Along the trek, there are teahouses and guesthouses available for accommodation. These lodges offer basic facilities such as meals and lodging. Keep in mind that the facilities may get more basic at higher altitudes.
- Altitude Sickness: As you trek to high altitudes, altitude sickness becomes a concern. Proper acclimatization is essential to minimize the risk. The itinerary usually includes rest days at certain points to aid acclimatization.
- Best Time to Trek: The best time to undertake the Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek is during the pre-monsoon (spring) season (March to May) and the post-monsoon (autumn) season (September to November). During these months, the weather is generally stable, and the skies are clear, offering excellent views of the mountains.
- Local Culture: The trek takes you through diverse ethnic communities, including Gurung, Thakali, and Manangi people. You will have opportunities to experience their unique cultures, traditions, and lifestyles.