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Poon Hill

Poon Hill, is a famous viewpoint in the Himalayas, and one of the only places on the Annapurna Circuit where Annapurna I (8091m – 10th highest mountain in the world) may be seen, as well as Dhaulagiri.

A modest entry fee to the Poon Hill, a 50 minute uphill walk from Ghorepan, is requested in early morning. In usual Nepali style a teashop may be found at the top.

Poon Hill immediately before sunrise
                       Poon Hill immediately before sunrise

The complete photogallery of this day is available on flickr.

This post is part of the series on the Annapurna Circuit walked in October 2015, though I visited Poon Hill in connection with walking up to the Annapurna Base Camp in 2014.

Tilicho Lake trek

The Tilicho Lake Trek is without doubt the most beautiful trip around Manang and a highlight of the entire Annapurna Circuit. At 4920 meters the Tilicho Lake is also excellent acclimatization before crossing the Thorung La Pass for those continuing on the Annapurna Circuit.

Technically straightforward, the path to Tilicho Lake is nevertheless more demanding than the rest of the Annapurna Circuit. It is also quite popular, and when I arrived from Manang at 2 pm the Tilicho Base Camp Hotel was full (a new hotel is under construction nearby). In that case people are offered to sleep in the dining room, as is common in the high-mountain tea houses with no alternative accommodation.

Tilicho Lake Trek
                                    The trail to Tilicho Lake

Tilicho Lake Trek two-day itinerary as walked in October 2015:

Day 1: Manang-Tilicho Base Camp Hotel (4200m)
Day 2: Tilicho Base Camp Hotel- Tilicho Lake (4920 m)-Tilicho Base Camp Hotel (lunch)-Blue Sheep Lodge, Shree Karhka (app. 4000)
Day 3: Shree Karkha-Letdar- the Annapurna Circuit 

I did not find the route genuinely exposed: Though the scree-slopes look exposed from afar, and very steep looking down on them, I think that one could quite easily auto-arrest on the slope in the unlucky (and quite unlikely) event should one fall from the trail. I even met, and crossed a couple of yaks on one of the scree slopes (I took a step up on the scree slope and let the yaks pass on the trail).

However, those with fear of heights may have issues, and I saw a (very fit by the way) couple turn around.

Tilicho Lake Trek
                            Looking down on the scree slope

From Tilicho Lake it is actually possible (with camping equipment) to cross straight over to Jomsom on the right side of the lake. The french mountaineer Herzog and his party arrived at the Tilicho Lake from exactly that direction when surveying the area prior to their famous first ascent of Annapurna in 1950.

It looks like the Lonely Planet Trekking in Himalaya guide has been updated in January 2016: Hopefully this has included a significant update of the Annapurna Circuit section including Tilicho Lake.

The path to Tilicho Lake
                                       The path to Tilicho Lake

The complete photogallery of the Tilicho Lake Trek is available on flickr.
This post is part of the series on the Annapurna Circuit walked in October 2015