Tilicho lake trek

Duration: 10 Days
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Difficult
  • Trip Style: Hikking and Trekking
  • Transport: Private Vehicle / Tourist Bus
  • Food: Full Board Plan
  • Accommodation: Hotel + Guest House + Tea house
  • Group Size: 1-15
  • Max Elevation: 5,416 m.

Tilicho Lake is situated at an elevation of 4,919 m/16,134 ft. and is 4 km long, 200 meters deep, and 1.5 km wide in Manang Valley, Nepal. Tilicho Lake Trekking is a fascinating ,and vibrant trekking trail in the Annapurna Circuit Trekking area. It is considered the most noteworthy lake on the planet as far as its size. Tilicho Lake is encircled by Muktinath Top, Annapurna, Tilicho Peak, and Thorang Peak. This trek is inside the Annapurna circuit trekking trail.

Tilicho Lake Trek Highlight

  • Breathe, taking views of the freshwater lakes Tilicho and Annapurna ranges
  • This is a great chance to complete the world-famous Annapurna circuit and Tilicho Lake at once.
  • The stunning views of Mt Manaslu (8,163 m/26,774 ft.), Annapurna 1st (8,091 m/26,538 ft.), Annapurna II and IV
  • A wonderful Jeep ride to Chame with beautiful waterfalls and diverse landscapes

Tilicho Lake Trek begins through charming Marsyangdi Valley and rises to Manang Valley. The Tilicho Lake Trek is the objective of one of the most well-known side trips of the Annapurna Circuit Trek. Tilicho Lake journey requires around 3 days from Manang town. The Tilicho Lake trek's good aspect is combining it with the world-famous Annapurna Circuit Trek. Trek to Throngla Top and descend to Muktinath, where you can experience a different environment. There you have another great opportunity to join the last forbidden kingdom of Upper Mustang Trek from Muktinath.  

For the elective course to cross from the lake, it is feasible to go to Mesokanta Pass to Thini or Jomsom from Tilicho Lake. It is necessary to prepare a tented camp trek because between Tilicho and Thini, there is no guest house en route, and most of the travelers face altitude difficulties in this pass. If you are setting up the camp journey for 2–3 evenings to remain in the rose camp, then it is feasible to go on. After visiting Tilicho Lake, return to Manang, jeep to Beshisahar and take a bus to Kathmandu or Pokhara.

Tilicho Lake trek Cost and itinerary

Tilicho Lake is a jewel of the Annapurna circuit and catches the mesmerizing view of Tilicho Lake and Manang Valley. The cost of the trek depends on the number of people, services that you are looking for, the experience level of the guide, and many more. We offer the Tilicho Lake standard package at a reasonable price and our itinerary is carefully built by our experts, who have great knowledge and experience on it.

Tilicho Lake Trek Route

A trip to Tilicho Lake starts from Kathmandu with a bus to Beshisahar. From Beshisahar take a local jeep drive to Chame, which is the district headquarters of Manang District. Follow the Annapurna Circuit Trek trail until Manang, then follow the dots walking path to the lake. The Tilicho is fully covered with snow in the month of winter, but Spring (March to May), Summer (June to August), and Autumn (September to November) are the best seasons to visit. Remember, there is almost little to no rain above 3,200 m/10,496 ft. in Nepal. So, trekking and hiking are always possible in Nepal. There is a high possibility of getting altitude sickness from Manang and above.

Guide and Porter for Trekking in Nepal

As per the new rules of the Nepali government, every trekker should take either a guide or a porter while trekking. A professional Guide has more knowledge about altitude, mountains, people, culture, and vegetation, is trained from different institutions, and speaks good level English. A porter is a carrier, he is honest, kind, and strong enough to carry your bag. A porter carries a maximum of 20/25 kg. Porters are poor in English and cannot speak a good level of  English and handle emergencies. We have another person between a Guide and Porter, Porter-Guide, who is aiming to become a full-fledged guide. ACAP-Annapurna Conservation Area Entry Permit and TIMS permit are required to go to Tilicho Lake trekking. Your local travel partner, Global Adventure Trekking, issues all the necessary permits and fees.

Embark on our 10-day Tilicho Lake trek package, including the below-mentioned services. If you are looking for a group trek please contact us, and we will assemble the group for you, or can do a solo private trek.

Outline Itinerary

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Day 01: Kathmandu-Beshisahar 176 km./109.30 miles/6 hrs and jeep to Chame 67 km./41.61 miles/ 2,670 m./8,757 ft./4 hrs.

Having morning breakfast in the hotel, take an early morning drive to Beshisahar for 5 hrs. the starting point of the journey. It is also the town that connects Pokhara and Kathmandu and many trekking destinations, like the Annapurna Circuit Trek, Tilicho Lake Trek, and Manaslu Circuit Treks.

Continue driving for 4–5 hours to Chame from Beshisahar, 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 the Guest house, and enjoy the evening at your leisure.

  • Full Board Plan
  • Guest House/Guest House
  • 2,670 m./8,757 ft.

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/Tea House
  • 3,200 m./10,496 ft.

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/Tea House
  • 3,440 m./11,610 ft.

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

*A long day hike to Ice Lake (full day)

*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/Tea House
  • 3,440 m./11,610 ft.

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 may encounter Musk deer, Himalayan Thar, and of course mountain ranges. 

  • Full Board plan
  • Guest House/Guest Houese
  • 3,800 m./12,464 ft.

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, and 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.

  • Full Board Plan
  • Guest House/Tea House
  • 4,150 m./13,612 ft.

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 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/Tea House
  • 3,800 m./12,464 ft.

Trek down to Hungde via Manang. This a nice place to spend a night. This is the most beautiful valley in the Annapurna region.

  • Full Board plan
  • Guest House/Tea House
  • 3,300 m./10,496 ft.

After having breakfast take a sharing jeep to Beshisahar and you can take another bus to Kathmandu or take a chance to go to Pokhara. Accommodation is solo responsible.

  • Breakfast and Lunch
  • Hotel
  • 1,400 m./4,264 ft.

What's included

  • Kathmandu to Chame by bus and Jeep.
  • TIMS- Card (Trekker Information Management System)
  • ACAP- Annapurna Conservation Area entry fees
  • 09- night accommodation at the various available tea houses during the trek (twin sharing)
  • All meals while on the trek (Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner) as per itinerary
  • Hungde to Beshisahar by Sharing Jeep 
  • Experienced English-speaking trekking guide with a government license
  • Company guarantee for Government Rescue Services
  • Insurance for Nepalese Staff.
  • All government taxes and VAT
  • Complementary Duffel or sleeping bag (refundable after the trek)
  • Company T-shirt
  • Seasonal fruits 
  • Farewell dinner at a typical Nepalese restaurant
  • Nepalese visa fee, Visa can be obtained upon arrival at Kathmandu Airport. Visa costs 30 USD, 50 USD, and 125 USD for 15, 30, and 90 days respectively
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, or early return from the 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), Sometimes the Sharing Jeep may not be available due the some local events and festivals, In such cases we have to take a private Jeep with additional cost.
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Useful Info

  • All travelers should have a 6-month-valid passport. A Visa can be obtained upon arrival at Kathmandu Airport. Visa cost 30 USD, 50 USD, and 150 USD for 15, 30, and 90 days, respectively.
  • Night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of early arrival, late departure, or early return from the mountain (due to any reason) compared to the scheduled itinerary
  • If this proposed itinerary does not suit you, please let us know whether you would like to make it longer or shorter.
  • If you would like to extend the trek duration, please feel free to write us with your thought.
  • No PCR, No Travel Restriction for traveling to Nepal.