Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek terrain & difficulty
Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek is a difficult trek. You will be walking on steep, rugged, and rocky paths. The daily walk ranges between 6 to 7 hours. Therefore, the trekkers have to be physically strong. Likewise, you will be traveling in a remote area, where you will barely get modern facilities. So, preparing yourself mentally is also important.
This trek is not for beginner trekkers. The trek crosses challenging Thorong La Pass and involves glacial climbing. To prepare for Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trekking, you can include aerobic and strengthening building training into your routine. Go on frequent hikes and get used to high altitudes if possible.
Talking about altitude sickness, of course, there is always a risk of it during the trek. Our trained crew will take care of the trekkers during the trek. You can know more about altitude sickness here.
Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek permit
You will need Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) permit and TIMS Card for this trek. Both of these permits are available in Nepal Tourism Board- Kathmandu and Pokhara.
ACAP permit fee for foreigners: 3,000 NPR (Approx. USD 30)
ACAP entry permit fee for SAARC nationals: 200 NPR
TIMS permit per person in a group: 1,000 NPR (Approx. USD 10)
TIMS permit per person for independent trekkers: 2,000 NPR (Approx. USD 20)
*Note: We arrange all the necessary permits for our guests in advance. During the booking, we will ask you for the necessary documents to book the permits.
Best time to go on Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek
The best time for Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek is from March to April and October to November. It means spring and autumn are the perfect time to explore the wonders of the Annapurna region.
These two seasons have stable weather, which is much needed for a pleasant trek. Likewise, a moderate climate and clear views make the trek fantastic. The temperature ranges from 5°C to 18°C and can get colder in the early days of spring and late days of autumn.
Morning and night are relatively colder, so we advise you to pack a few warm clothes too. Beautiful rhododendrons and other vegetation decorate the trail in the spring season. And colorful autumn leaves and the biggest Nepali festival add a zest of coziness to the venture in autumn.
Winter and monsoon are the off-season for Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake. The trail gets risky, and the route gets blocked at a higher level. Neither the weather remains stable, nor the views are clear.
Food & Accommodation
Teahouse and lodge will be the accommodation during the Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake. We will book you clean and comfortable places along the route to spend the nights. The accommodation service is pretty basic, so do not accept anything like a city. You will get a decent twin bedroom with an attached washroom.
Some places may have a common washroom at a higher elevation. The rooms will be small and humble. You will get a blanket, but that will not be enough to keep you warm, so carry a sleeping bag.
Meals are served as per the menu of the teahouse/lodge. The menu will have extensive options like pizza, pasta, sandwich, porridge, soup, rice, curries, veggies, eggs, toast, oatmeals, chapati, muesli, Tibetan bread, thenduk, thukpa, noodles, momo, etc. Drinking water is available to refill in all water stations throughout the trail.
Tips to make the journey smooth
We highly recommend you to use old trekking boots during the trek. New boots will only make the walk difficult for you. If you get the new boot, then wear it a few times before and get used to it.
Double-check all the gears before the beginning of the trek.
You don't have to bring everything from your country. You can buy high-quality trekking clothes, gear, and other essentials in Nepal at an affordable price.
Include emergency air evacuation and medical bills in the travel insurance.
Carry a solar charger or extra batteries. You can charge electronic devices, but it may cost you a few extra batteries.
Pack your favorite snacks and beverages. The same thing can cost double or triple the amount on the trial.
There's no ATM on the trekking route, so withdraw enough cash to use during the trek.
WiFi or cellular networks both get unstable above 3000 meters. So, get ready to spend some time without your cell phone.
Keep yourself hydrated to avoid altitude sickness.
Carry reusable water bottles. Plastic water bottles are way more expensive.
If you get confused about tipping, then follow this advice- USD 100 to the guide & porter, USD 5 to the tour guide, and USD 2 to the driver (by each member of the group).
Locals are very friendly, so don't get shy talking to them.