Tilicho lake trek

Duration: 16 Days
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Moderate
  • Trip Style: Hikking and Trekking
  • Transport: Tourist Bus
  • Food: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel + Guest House + Tea house
  • Group Size: 1-6
  • Max Elevation: 5,416 m

Tilicho Lake is situated at an altitude of 4,919m in Manang valley of Nepal. Tilicho Lake trek is perhaps one of the coveted trekking routes in Annapurna region. It is consider as the highest lake in the world in terms of its sizes. Tilicho Lake is surrounded by Muktinath peak, Annapurna, Tilicho Peak and Thorang Peak.

Tilicho Lake trek starts through enchanting Marsyangdi valley, ascends to Manang valley. Tilicho lake trek is the destination of one of the most popular side trek of the Annapurna Circuit Trek. Tilicho lake trek takes about 3 days from Manang village. There are few new guest houses along the trek and in Tilicho lake base camp. It is compulsion to have a day trip from Tilicho base camp. After completing the visit, follow the classical Annapurna Circuit trek over a Throngla top (5,416 m) to Muktinath.

The alternative route to cross from the lake, it is possible to go Tilicho lake pass or Mesokanta pass to Thini or Jomsom. However, due to the over snow on the path and there are no tea house along the way, none of the trekkers take a challenges. If you are preparing a camping trek for 2/3 nights to stay in the tented camp then it would be possible to go ahead.

Choosing a normal route to crossing Thorong-La Pass (5416m) which allows brilliant panorama of Gangapurna, Annapurna III and Chulu West. Once you drop down to Kali Gandaki valley you will visit the world’s deepest Kali Gandaki Gorge and Muktinath Temple.

Highlights

  • Breathe taking freshwater lake at an altitude of 4,919m.
  • Complete the world famous Annapurna circuit and Tilicho lake at once.
  • The stunning view of Mt Manaslu (8163m), Annapurna 1 (8091) and Dhaulagiri (8167m) Crossing Throng La Pass (5416m)
  • Visit Muktinath the sacred temple of Hindus and Buddhists shrine

Outline Itinerary

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Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu Airport and Transfer to Hoel.

Welcome to Kathmandu! Upon landing in Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), a representative for GAT will meet you and take you to your hotel with a private car, along with providing an overview of the trip ahead.

  • Non
  • Hotel
  • 1,350 m

Having morning breakfast in the hotel, take an early morning drive to Besisahar, the starting point of the journey. It is also the town that connects Pokhara and Kathmandu to many trekking destinations, like the Annapurna Circuit Trek, Manaslu Circuit Treks.

Continue driving 4-5 hours to Chame, a beautiful Gurung village situated on the base of a Mountain hill. The settlement here is not densely populated. However, expect warm greetings and great hospitality while in town. Once you arrive, check in to your accommodation, and enjoy the evening at your leisure.

  • Full Board Plan
  • Guest House
  • 2,670 m

Take a scenic walk from Chame to Pisang. Stroll through the woods, and note the views of the peaks soaring above. Once in Pisang, explore the village, with its Tibetan-inscribed Mani stones and Gumpa. Take a walk up to Upper Pisang for amazing views of Annapurna II and Annapurna III. Enjoy the evening at your leisure, and retire to your teahouse for the night.

  • Full Board Plan
  • Guest House
  • 3,200 m

Today, embark on a 6-hour walk past a series of unique and colorful Chortens to Manang, which nearly reaches 11,500 feet in elevation. Manang is the headquarters of the region, and contains a village of around 500, flat-roofed houses, along with bakeries and lodges for trekkers passing through to enjoy. It is dominated by high peaks—Annapurna III and Gangapurna tower over it—and a dramatic icefall sits just across the river. There is an old Gompa on the edge of town to explore, along with many local teahouses, and some atmospheric, winding streets in the village leading out toward the Throng La.

Upon arrival, check in to your tea house, take a shower, and enjoy a cold beer. Attend a 3 pm lecture on the altitude, hosted by the Himalayan Rescue Association, if interested.

  • Full Board Plan
  • Guest House
  • 3,440 m

Today, there is plenty things to do around Manang. However, a short hike (about 1,000 feet or so) is recommended, in order to get acclimated to the altitude. Some additional activities include the following:

*A long day-hike to Ice Lake

*A visit to the Hundred Rupee Lama at the cave gompa above Manang

*A two-hour hike to Milarepa's cave, which is across the river from Braga

*A tour of Manang's many bakeries

  • Full Board plan
  • Guest House
  • 3,440 m

As soon as you leave Manang cross the river and gradually up through the cliffs to Gomba. You are walking like a turtle due to the altitude and fragile concrete. Along the way you will encounter with Musk deer, Himalayan Thar and all mountain range. 

  • Full Board plan
  • Guest House
  • 3,800 m

After passing a monastery, continue the trek on a recently constructed path, up toward a high ridge. At one point, there is an intersection. One path maintains the altitude, traversing the slopes toward a place where the valley is narrow, the other continues to ascend toward the line of the ridge. The former is the old path, and is much more difficult, as it continues on a steep screed; the latter is the new path that goes a completely different way. Continue along the new path, reach a high crest, and descend on switchbacks carved out through the slopes to a side valley of the main valley. At its bottom is a brook. On the other side of it is a building known as the Tilicho Base Camp, at an elevation of 13,780 feet.v

  • Full Board Plan
  • Guest House
  • 4,150 m

Wake up for an early start to avoid the wind. To reach Tilicho Lake takes another 3-4 hours. Tilicho Lake is a cold, barren place in the afternoon and is claimed as the highest lake of the world. Upon arrival, spend some time around Tilicho Lake, and snap some photos and videos of the surreal surroundings.

Then, return the same way back to the base camp to have lunch. After lunch, walk along the riverside, across the steep landslide area to Siri Kharka. When you get to the teahouse, you can enjoy a hot shower and a cold beer, and relax for the rest of the day into the evening.

  • Full Board Plan
  • Guest House

Today you are trekking steep down and cross the dry river and steep up to Ledar. Enjoy the view of Mountain and terrain. 

Note: If you having short time then return back to Chame for 2 days and take a bus to Kathmandu. 

  • Full Board plan
  • Guest House
  • 4,400 m

High camp is the place to gear up for the next day to Throng la pass 5416m. It will make you easy to go for next day and the great sunrise and all entire range of mountain can be seen. 

  • Full Board plan
  • Guest House
  • 4,900 m

This day is the hard day of your trek as we start early 5 am to experience the sunrise from the Throng top and long way to descent to Muktinath. Then you are entering into the different world which you feel.

  • Full Board plan
  • Guest House
  • 3,760 m

Today rather than taking common path of the Annapurna circuit trek we choose off the beaten path to Lupra village. This is the last Bon village in Annapurna region. The views are better than lower common path. 

  • Full Board plan
  • Guest House
  • 2,700 m

Arrival and transfer to Hotel in Pokhra and you may walk and enjoy the lake city. Or take a bus to Pokhara. Rest of the day is free

  • Breakfast and Lunch
  • Guest House
  • 800 m

Morning take a bus services to Kathmandu through the Prithiv high way. Arrival and transfer to Hotel. Evening fare well. 

  • Fare well
  • Hotel

After having healthy breakfast at the hotel, We transfer you to Kathmandu Airport for your final departure. 

  • Breakfast
  • No

What's included

  • Kathmandu to Chame by bus.
  • One-night twin sharing Tourist category accommodation in Pokhara, including breakfast
  • 2-night twin sharing Tourist category accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast
  • TIMS-card (Trekker Information Management System)
  • ACAP-Annapurna Conservation Area entry fees
  • 11-night accommodation at the various available tea-houses or lodges during the trek (twin sharing)
  • Jomsom to Pokhara flight with 10 kg baggage
  • Experienced English speaking trekking guide with government license
  • A strong and friendly Porter to carry your baggage (1 porter for each 2 clients).
  • Company guarantee for Government Rescue Services
  • Insurance for Nepalese Staff.
  • All government taxes and VAT
  • Complementary duffel or sleeping bag (refundable after the trek)
  • Farewell dinner at typical Nepalese restaurant
  • All meals while in the trek (Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner) as per itinerary
  • Nepalese visa fee, Visa can be obtained on your upon arrival in Kathmandu Airport. Visa cost 30 USD, 50 USD, 125 USD for 15, 30 and 90 days respectively
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • International flights Tickets
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Tips for guide(s), porter(s)
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Useful Info

  • All the traveler should have a 6-month validity passport. Visa can obtain on your upon arrival in Kathmandu Airport. Visa cost 30 USD, 50 USD, 150 USD for 15, 30 and 90 days respectively.
  • Night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • If this proposed itinerary does not suit you please let us know whether you would like to make longer or shorter.
  • If you would like to extend the trek is possible please write us for new itinerary.
  • Take a private jeep to Chame and complete the trek with in 13 day as well.
  • We do have some list of Standard Hotel in Kathmandu if required please let us know for the best price.