Annapurna Lake Trek

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Annapurna Lake Trek - Days

Trip Route

Besisahar - Dona Lake - Timang - Chame - Manang - Ngawal - Ice Lake - Tilicho Lake

Trip Facts

Group Size
1+ PAX
Trip Grade
Lodge/Tented Camp
Max. Elevation
4,920 M/16,137 FT
Full Boards Meal On The Trek
Local Jeep/Bus/Private Jeep
Best Season
Autumn & Spring

Annapurna Lake Trek Highlights

  • The drive passes alongside of rice terrace and waterfall in Marshyandi valley
  • Experience both Nepalese and Tibetan influence culture en route also visiting Buddhist monastery and Hindu temple
  • Side trek to fresh watery and turquoise lakes Tilicho, Dona Lake, Ice Lake, Gangapurna Glacier Lake, etc
  • Get stunning mountain view likes Manaslu (8163 m), Annapurna I (8091 m), and frequent of other snow peak

Annapurna region is famous for trekking. The natural magnificent view of the Himalayas and the beautiful lakes make this trek interesting with a vision of awe. Ice lake stands at 4600m and is often frozen. From May to October the lake melts you see the giant shadow of the surrounding mountains in the sparkling blue lake. The lake is right above the Braka village with the trail leading uphill through the yak pastures. The trail is tough but much worth a trek up for a breathtaking mountain view of Mt. Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, the giant Annapurna range, Tilicho peak with Marshyandi valley and Gangapurna glacier lake. Tilicho lake (4949m) stands at the foot of Tilicho peak. The source of the lake is the entire glacier from the slope of the Tilicho peak. The lake is frozen from December to April. Other times you see the actual form of the sparkling blue lake. This lake carries a religious significance. The lake is surrounded by the Himalayas. The end of the lake leads to the Mesokunda pass. You get a panoramic view of Himalayas from Tilicho.
This trek starts from en route of the Annapurna circuit. The Annapurna circuit is rich with pure natural nature starting from Bulbule. The first few days, the route runs along the Marshyandi river at a lower elevation, passing lush green subtropical valley with multi-cultural ethnic groups from the villages and the farming of paddy and wheat. The trail then goes uphill leading to a giant gorge along the river. The air gets colder with strong winds as you move uphill. On reaching Manang territory the scene changes with a view of massive cliffs. You then walk through the gorge, into the dense forest, passing waterfalls. Leaving the greeneries behind, the valley becomes wider with an awesome view of snow-capped Himalayan mountains. This is the Manang valley surrounded by mountains 360º degrees. The trail moves on passing the giant mountains of the Himalayas- Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Gangapurna, Pisang peak, Jhulu. From Braga the trail gets steeper, trekking through the ridge to Ice Lake, continuing to the Yak pasture, passing Khangsar, Shree Kharka, Tilicho base Camp arriving at the beautiful, sparkling, blue Tilicho lake. The trail now is a steep climb to Thorong La pass 5416m which is the world's highest trekking pass-Thorong La pass. From the top of the pass, you get a magnificent view of the Marshyandi valley and the Kaligandaki valley. After the pass its a descend to Muktinath with still more stunning views of the Himalayas. The trek continues along Kali Gandaki valley with ferocious winds blowing right against you, taking you to Jomsom the end of the trek.

Daily itinerary

Today your trek go on the ravine, following the Marshyandi river crossing a suspension bridge, passing an apple orchid to Dhanaque where we meet first station of safe drinking water. Here you can refill your water bottle. We have steady climb up through dense rhododendron forest until you reach Timang. Timang provides breathtaking view of Mt. Manaslu 8163 m. The trek continues through pine forest, passing Thagchowk and Koto village and arrive at Chame.

Again the trail takes you along the river through forest and often passing a teashop. The trek goes gradual up with breathtaking view of Lamjung Himal, pisang peak, Annapurna II, Julu east, finally arriving lower Pisang. From here you do a side trip to upper Pisang which will help you for acclimatization.

Today we have a smooth walk, we start trekking passing through the Pisang and Humde village where we can see airstrip of Manang. Than the path lead us to Braga and get superb view of mountain. Braga village is very old and influence of the Tibetan culture.

Today, we do side trip to Ice lake. The trail go throughout old village of Braga and then 3hrs steep climbing up to ridge. While climbing up higher, we are seeing superb views of Marshyangdi valley and panoramic mountains. The lake has 2 form according to season in winter the lake is in frozen shape and fresh sparking water in Autumns. We can meets yaks and wild animals nearby lake. We take rest and snap of photo then walk to Manang.

The trail goes gently up through the Manang village, passing buckwheat farm to cross suspension bridge then a short climb up, passing by oak trees to Khangsar village, the last village in Manang district. As you continue the trail goes gradual up and bring you to Tare Gompa, reaching Shree Kharka and around here you may encounter blues sheep.

Its an early morning trek up on the gradual and switch-back uphill brings you to the ridge where you see the mesmerizing sun rise over the mountain. Short level walk then you will see the stunning Tilicho lake. The lake is frozen in spring and miracle color in autumns. Spend some times for photo shoot and admire the awesome view around you, descend to Base camp.

What's included?

  • International airport transfer airport/hotel/airport
  • Annapurna region trek permits (ACAP & TIMS)
  • Kathmandu - Besisahar - Kathmandu by deluxe bus
  • Besisahar to Khotro by shared jeep
  • Manang to Basisahar by private jeep
  • An experience trekking guide with salary, equipment's, and insurance
  • 2 nights tented camp with foods en route of Dona lake
  • Three meals a day during the trek in the mountains (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner with hot drinks)
  • First aid medical kit, oximeter to check pulse, heart rate and oxygen saturation at higher altitude
  • Normal lodge/guesthouse base accommodation during trek in the mountain
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu at typical Nepalese restaurant with live cultural dance
  • Trekking equipment's sleeping bag, down jacket and trekking pole

What's not included?

  • Travel and medical insurance also emergency rescue
  • Kathmandu accommodation and meals
  • Personal expense hot shower, laundry, phone, internet, battery charge
  • All the drinks hard and soft
  • Porter to carry your luggage
  • Tips and gratitude to your guide, porter and driver

Fixed Departures

Sorry, No fixed departure dates availabe, Please request for Private Trip