Adventure takes you from low warm farm paddy fields to cooler alpine zone of green woodland to end at remorseless fields of ice and glaciers at scenic Manang valley and beyond, on this wonderful Tilicho Lake and Semi Annapurna Circuit Trekking.
Tilicho Lake located off from the main popular trail of Annapurna circuit where route branches from main Manang village to enter into sheer wilderness of windswept landscapes and into high mountains.
Starting Tilicho Lake and Semi Annapurna Circuit Trekking take an exciting drive towards Nepal Mid-West around low warmer green agricultural area of Lamjung district, where walk lead uphill following raging Marysangdi River most of the time all the way to Manang valley.
As adventure proceeds with pleasant overnight stops around lovely hill villages of Syange, Dharapani to reach at large town of Chame, headquarter and administrative center of Manang district.
From Chame into serene cool forest with climbs facing tremendous views of Lamjung and Annapurna peaks as walk enters scenic Manang valley at Pisang village located beneath towering Pisang Peak and Chulus range of lesser mountains.
After Pisang village into strong Buddhism heritage culture and religion where tour takes you to visit Braga oldest monastery of Manang area, festooned with ancient artifacts and idols of Buddha with other great Buddhist saints and Gurus.
Excellent panorama of high peaks of Annapurna Himalaya includes Chulu group of peaks from the monastery and head into main Manang village staying here for two overnights to get acclimatized against high altitude sickness known as AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness).
At Manang with ample time to visit around and observing lively local cultures and hike around view points, (while in Manang suggested side trips to Ice Lake of 4-5 hrs both way, best walk south of Manang village and up near to the base of Gangapurna and Annapurna III for grand views of Gangapurna Ice Falls with small lake of Manang).
Enjoying pleasant rest days at Manang village our route diverts from the main tracks heading to complete wilderness to reach at magnificent and scenic area of Tilicho and its emerald colored lake.
Tilicho Lake considered as a holy lake by Hindu religions and for some Buddhist as well, where Hindu epic story mentioned Tilicho Lake as one of main pilgrimage spot, certainly a great marvelous country surrounded by high peaks of Tilicho, Gangapurna and Nilgiri’s.
From Tilicho with best time of your life within spectacular scenery head back towards on the main Annapurna circuit trail to reach at the base of high Thorang-la pass, where next early morning takes you to steep uphill to reach on the highest point of the adventure.
Thorang-La Pass at the height of 5,416 m / 17,769 ft offers breathtaking panorama of mountains that encircles the highest spot of the journey facing views of Dhaulagiri and peaks of Mustang Himal.
Enjoying glorious scenery a long descend towards Mustang country at Muktinath, a holy site for Hindu pilgrimage the temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu in the form of Muktinath means to liberate one self.
Ending our fabulous walks at Muktinath where short drive lead downhill to wide Kaligandaki River valley to reach our final overnight stop in a nice large town at Jomsom with small airstrip that flies you to Pokhara unto Kathmandu.
Jomsom located at 2,715 m high within windy areas of Kaligandaki River valley and home of indigenous Thakali people the tribes of Lower Mustang area, where Jomsom a main town and headquarter of Manang area.
Where next early morning a swift short flight of less than half hour reaches you at beautiful place in Pokhara city where you get transferred into a nice hotel by its serene Phewa Lake and enjoy views of high Annapurna Himalaya.
Pokhara the right place and beautiful spot to end and complete our great marvelous adventure Tilicho Lake and Semi Annapurna Circuit Trekking, after a grand time and wonderful experience on higher sides of Annapurna range of mountains.
Season for Tilicho Lake and Semi Annapurna Circuit Trekking:
Best time March to May and September till November months of the year from spring-autumn / fall, where few travelers might be interested on low season during summer and monsoon wet season of June to mid September heavy rains on southern sides of Annapurna Himalaya range.
March to May when days are longer with much sunlight hours clear morning till late afternoon, chances of light shower and snow on mid hills above 2,000 m high.
Spring seasons, hills are alive with bright colors from wild-flowers in full blooming time especially the rhododendron of various species from tall trees to bush, also a national flower of Nepal.
Another peak times to visit from mid September to November months when days are clear for mountain views and pleasant walks, much shorter sun-light hours due to autumn and winter season.
Freezing cold temperature in the morning and night times above 1,800 meters higher can expect snow above 2,500 m onward.