Annapurna Circuit, Tilicho Lake plus Sanctuary

Land in Kathmandu on the 18th of November and aim to start the circuit on the 20th from Besisahar. Some days include 7 or 8 hours of hiking but I mostly intend to hike at leisurely pase, stoping for photos and to take in the views. Of course things remain flexible but if all goes to plan I will also join the Annapurna sanctuary trek in Ghoropani.

A rough guide….
20/11/14: Katmandu-Besi Saar (bus)- Bhulbule
21/11/14: Bhulbule – Jagat (1314m)
22/11/14: Jagat-Dharapani (2164m)
23/11/14: Dharapani – Chame (2600)
24/11/14: Chame-Upper Pisang (3300)
25/11/14: Upper Pisang – Ngwal (3680) or Braga (3360)
26/11/14: Ngwal – Khangsar (3700)
27/11/14: Khangsar -Tilicho Base Camp (4150m)
28/11/14: Tilicho BC- Tilicho Lake (4915m)- Khangsar (3734m)
29/11/14: Khangsar- Yak Kharka (4200)
30/11/14: Yak Kharka -Thorung Phedi (4540)
31/11/14: Thorung Phedi- Thorung La (5416m)- Jahrkot (3550m)
1/12/14: Jahrkot – Kagabeni (2800m)
2/12/14: Kagabeni-Marpha (2670m)
3/12/14: Marpha-tatopani (1198m) by bus, then hike Ghorepani (2855)
4/12/14: Ghorepani- sunrise on Poonhill and trek to Tadapani.(2590)
5/12/14: Tadapani – Chomorung (2170)
6/12/14: Chomorung – Doban (2505)
7/12/14: Doban – Deurali (3100)
8/12/14: Deurali – ABC (4130) – Doban
9/12/14: Doban – Jhinu Danda (1780)
10/12/14: Jhinu Danda – Pothana (1900)
11/12/14: Pothana – Pokhara

A bit about me…
I am originally from the UK but now live in Australia with my wife and 8 year old son. I am a registered nurse who loves the outdoors….snowboard, surfing, MTB and a bit of climbing….very much laid back and easy going. Done small day and over night treks but nothing like this and never been to Nepal.

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  1. Hi soren,
    I would be landing in Kathmandu on 20th of November, and planning to start my trek from around 22nd, I would be doing a side trek to tilicho lake, and end my trek at jomsom, planning to do the whole trek at a steady pace, so let me know if we could do the trek together..

    Regards
    Karan 🙂

    • Hi Karan, I have updated my travel plan with revised dates…hope to meet you on the circuit somewhere….have a safe trip!

  2. Hello,
    I’m going to arrive on the 18th of november on Kathmandu and start the Annapurna circuit with the Tilicho lake on the 19th or 20th of November.
    Does this fit on your plans?

    • Hi Marlene, I have updated my plan to show a rough itinerary, this is by no means fixed but gives an idea where I aim to be at what times. Let me know what you think and how it fits in with your plans. My biggest concern would be trekking alone up to Tilicho lake and over the pass so if you had dates in mind for these I am happy to reschedule things. Look forward to seeing you on the circuit….not long to go now..eeeek!

    • Hi Soren,
      I finally arrive in Katmandou the 19t November and want to start the trek the 20th! I plan to arrive on Tilicho Lake the 28th of November, so a littlebit after you! But when i compare our plans, I see that we are going to be te same day on Marpha!
      I think it’s because you want to take a jeep to go to Chame… I’m not sure to want that… How much it costs?
      For the end of te trek, I want to go to Poon Hill but stop after that to have the time to visit the Chitwan National Park before back home!
      But it would be to change!
      I write in my profil my program, if you want to compare…
      Regards
      Marlène

    • Hi Marlene,
      The jeep only saves 2 days and by the look of things can be a scary and uncomfortable ride. prices range from $10-$20.
      The start of your plan looks better than mine and I could easily start the trek at the same time as I have 5 weeks in Nepal. This would give me the day in Kathmandu (19th Nov) to arrange trekking permits.

    • So good! I read again about Ngwal and it seems to be a good place to go!
      You have to know I don’t use to speak english and it may be a little difficult for me at the beginning! But I’m persistent!
      Also, I don’t walk very fast but I am in the habit of walking for days!
      I can’t wait to do this trek!
      If you want, we can meet us the 19th of november and take the bus the 20th together!

    • I have changed the plan to start on the 20th and trek from the start, I think it matches yours Marlene quite well. Look forward to experiencing this amazing trek with you.
      By chance I have friends who will be in Kathmandu on the 18th. He has been many times before and recommends a nice affordable guest house in Thamel. I am booked in for the 18th and 19th at Lhasa guest house. If you would like to stay
      you can contact the manager Nawang on lhasaguesthouse@hotmail.com

      http://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Hotel_Review-g293890-d2092269-Reviews-Lhasa_Guest_House-Kathmandu_Kathmandu_Valley_Bagmati_Zone_Central_Region.html

      It is my first time to Nepal but my friend gave me the following advise for when arriving
      “As you come out of the secure part of the airport, just to the right, there’s a prepay taxi office. The easiest way is to get a taxi with them. They have fixed rates which are a bit more that you’d pay if you haggle with taxi drivers out in the car park. But if it’s your first time there it’s probably safer and less daunting to do that.
      Every taxi driver will know where Jyatha in Thamel is. The Lhasa Guest House is a few hundred yards down on the Right hand side. It’s a glass door between the Chiusa coffee shop on the left and a trekking shop on the right.

      What time do you arrive on the 19th? Just thinking we could go get TIMS and ACAP permits together or we pick them up at the start of the trek if short on time.

    • Hi Soren,
      I’m going to arrive at 7 am at the airport of Katmandu.
      So we can meet us for the lunch and get TIMS and ACAP permis together in the aftenoon?
      I’m going to reserve in lhasa guest house!
      It’s ok for you?
      Marlene

    • that’s fine Marlene, I will meet you at the guest house then we will go arrange permits together.

    • Hi Marlene,
      Stephan Isringhausen has contacted me by private e-mail and looks to join us on the trek. Hopefully see you both at Lhasa guest house in a few days

      some extra info and advise from other trekkers about our plan….
      I posted the itinerary on trip advisor and was given some excellent advise from those who have done the trek, worth taking a look…
      http://www.tripadvisor.com.au/ShowTopic-g424944-i12328-k7926201-Annapurna_circuit_Tilicho_lake_and_sanctuary-Annapurna_Region_Gandaki_Zone_Western_Region.html#

      looks like an extra day around Braga/Ngwal area is recommended to take in the side trek up to a wonderful Buddhist monastery and aid acclimatisation
      28/11 return from lake is a long day of trekking, advised to stay night at lodge near gompa before Khangsar and then on
      29/11 we could get all the way to Thorong Phedi as we would be well acclimatised.

    • Hi Soren,
      I have also been contacted by Stefan! He will take to same plane than me!
      I book my room in lhasa guest house so we will meet us there!
      I can’t wait to be in Népal!

    • Hi Soren!

      The trek beginning is going fast! I’m so excited!

      I wanted to tell you that an other french girl is going to do the trek with us! She contacted me by an other web site. So, we will be 4!
      The lhasa guest house didn’t answer us (stefan and me)for the booking but I think that it’s gone to be ok… At worst, we will book in a other room near than your!

      So, have a good journey start! And we will meet us at the lhasa guest house soon!

    • That’s great Marlene, not long to go now….all packed up and excited! see you all in Kathmandu.

  3. Hi soren,
    Would it be possible to start your trek on say around 23rd o so?? if its fine with you we can start the trek together and even hire a jeep from besishar to chame, on a shared expense basis, the jeep fair is approximately 12000npr from besishar to chame ( talking about a private jeep), I am planning a day of acclimatization in manang, apart from that a lot of people have suggested that it would be better if we could do the side trek to tilicho lake in a group..

    Kindly let me know if you would be fine with the dates that ive asked for, I am landing in Kathmandu on the evening of 20th

    • I think the jeep is more expensive than I first realised so I may start the trek from Besisahar on the 19th or maybe 20th November. looks like we may be in the Manang area at the same time so could always make our way to Tilicho lake together?

  4. see you on the 19th Marlene! it will be a great trek….. see you at the guest house!

    I posted the itinerary on trip advisor and was given some excellent advise from those who have done the trek, worth taking a look…
    http://www.tripadvisor.com.au/ShowTopic-g424944-i12328-k7926201-Annapurna_circuit_Tilicho_lake_and_sanctuary-Annapurna_Region_Gandaki_Zone_Western_Region.html#

    looks like an extra day around Braga/Ngwal area is recommended to take in the side trek up to a wonderful Buddhist monastery and aid acclimatisation
    28/11 return from lake is a long day of trekking, advised to stay night at lodge near gompa before Khangsar and then on
    29/11 we could get all the way to Thorong Phedi as we would be well acclimatised.

  5. Hi! I arrived in Kathmandu today and also like to start the AC in the next days. Your itinerary seems like a good match as I’m keen on doing side treks like Tilicho Lake.
    Would be awesome if I could join you 🙂 And also meet tomorrow in Kathmandu for arranging permits and stuff. I’m staying in Elbrus Home just north of Tamel.
    So reply or write me a message if you’re still reading this.

    About me:
    I’m from Germany, 32 years old and on a half year trip that I intended to do since I’ve been studying/travelling in New Zealand. I’d like to go to South-East-Asia and Australia, Nepal is my first stop (and first time visit). I’m here for about 4-5 weeks so I’m thinking about also doing the Annapurna Sanctuary or Langtang Trek.

    • Hi!, I will be meeting the other guys in the morning….think they land at 0730. Head about half way down jaytha we are a Lhasa guest house ….small door sandwiched between a trekking shop and chiusa coffee shop…..accross from Lucien hotel……I will be chilling in the coffee shop most of the morning waiting for the others, come down and say hi.

    • Sweet. I come by between 9 and 9:30. See you tomorrow 🙂