Have you ever imagined the coin? Its two sides are integral to each other right? The same is the case with Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake. Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake is the best wild camping in the Himalayas. Moreover, the Annapurna circuit trek is popularly known as “The Annapurna Tilicho lake trek. The highest lake in the world-Tilicho (4,919m) collects the glacier melt of the Mt. Annapurna and Thorong-La pass, 5,416m. The lake has its own historical importance and significance. Annapurna circuit trek towards 4 km and 1 Km wide lake is really challenging and breathtaking.
In 2001, Hindu pilgrims from around the world began trekking towards the lake with a trust that it was a holy spot as mentioned in the Ramayan-a holy book of the Hindus. Afterward, Hindu people frequently choose the Annapurna circuit trek to visit once in life tenure. The trek was officially opened in 1980. And, now it has become one of the most enthusiastic trekking destinations around the globe.
Kangsar, Muktinath peak, Nilgiri, and Tilicho are some of the mountains surrounding the lake. The waterfall of Besisahar on the way towards Dharapani, the dangerous part of the world Thorong la pass, small and peaceful villages, tea houses and lodges, and forest areas are lovely. Exploring the diverse culture and lifestyle of people living in the area is a living museum. The varieties of people with different castes namely, Brahmin, Chhetri, Tibetan Sherpa, Thakali, Magar, Tamang, and Gurung reside around the area. They celebrate Dashain, Tihar, Lhosar, Buddha Jayanti, and many other festivals together with the feeling of brotherhood.
Annapurna circuit trek begins from Jagat, six hours drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar, and 2 hours to Jagat by jeep. We continue trekking towards Dharapani, Chame, and Manang, where we can see spectacular views of Gyaru village, and Ngawal village. From Manang, you can scrutinize the glorious views of Annapurna II (7,937m), III (7,555m), IV (7,525m), and Gangapurna (7,455m). The next day, we head to ThorongPhedi via Thorong La pass and then towards Muktinath. After visiting Muktinath temple, we trek to Kagbeni and to Jomsom. Finally, we catch a flight to Kathmandu from Jomsom or go by jeep towards Pokhara and then to Kathmandu.