Tilicho Lake Trekking

  • Trip Destination: Nepal
  • Total Duration: 20 Day(s)
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Tilicho Lake Trekking

Tilicho lake trekking is situated at a height of 4,949 meters, at an incredibly stunning spot in the Annapurna range, Tilicho lake is one of the prime jewels of Annapurna region. The lake, formed by collection of glacial melts of the northern slopes of Annapurna and Thorang peak is a beauty to look at, and also considered sacred by Hindu devotees, who also visit the tilicho lake to pay homage. Besides, visiting the famed lake, Tilicho lake trekking also offers everything from unparalleled views of mountain peaks, vegetation, natural sceneries, and an introduction to culture of local people.

Tilicho lake trekking as designed by Global Adventure Trekking starts from Besisahar, in the unique low land of Marsyangdi valley, a 6 hours drive from Kathmandu. Trek to Tilicho lake takes you through traditional villages inhabited by different ethnic groups. The trail route up until Manang follows the same route, as the Annapurna Circuit trekking as you pass through places like Ngadi, Jagat, Dharapani, Chame, Pisang, and Manang. From Manang, we pass through coniferous forest towards Khangsar village, which offers a more direct route to reach Tilicho Lake. It takes two days from Manang to reach Tilicho Lake base camp which is a further few hours from the main lake. From Tilicho, we descend to Shree Gumpa (monastery) and then cross the Thorong-La Pass, and descend to Kali Gandaki valley.

As compared to other treks in the region, trek to Tilicho Lake is more strenuous. However, the view of the lake and surrounding area is just priceless and makes all the effort and challenges worthy. The giant peaks surrounding the area, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and the deepest gorge formed between these two peaks, feels so much closer as you make your trek. Himalayan Thar, snow leopard, and various others wildlife reside in the area, and if fate is upon us, we will sight these animals on our trek.

The best time to go on the Tilicho Lake trek is from March to May, and September to December.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01 : Kathmandu-Beshisahar 185km.-Syange O/N

Day 02 : Syange-Jagat 2hrs. 1300m.-Chamje Lunch 1.5hrs.-Tal 2hrs. 1700m.

Day 03 : Tal-Dharapani 2hrs.1860m-Bagarchhap 1hrs. 2160m.-Danayku 1hrs.2300m.

Day 04 : Danakyu-Timang 1hrs.2270m.-Lata manang 1.30hrs. 2400m.-Koto 2hrs.2600m.-Chame 30 min.2670m.

Day 05 : Chame-Talakhu30 min.2720m-Bhratang 1.5hrs. 2850m.-Dhikure pokhari 2hrs.3060m.-Lower Pisang 1hrs. 3200m.

Day 06 : Pisang-Nagadhara 1hrs. 3280m-Humde 1.5hrs.3280m-Braga 1.5hrs.3360m.-Manang 45 min.3540m.

Day 07 : Manang Acclimatize day. Little Exploration day.

Day 08 : Manang-Khangsa-3.5hrs.-Shree Gomba 2hrs.3800m.

Day 09 : Shree Gumba-Tilicho lake base camp 4hrs.4150m.

Day 10 : Explore Tilicho lake and back to Shree Gumba. O/N.

Day 11 : Shree Gumba-Yak Kharka-Lader 4400m. 6hrs.

Day 12 : yak Kharka/Ledar-Throng Phedi 1.5hrs. 4450m.-High Camp 2hrs.

Day 13 : High Camp-Phedi 5hrs.-Muktinath 3hrs. 3760m.

Day 14 : Muktinath-Jharkot 1hrs. 3550m-Kagbeni 2hrs.2800m.

Day 15 : Kagbeni-Jomsom 2hrs.2720m.-Marpha 2hrs.2670m.

Day 16 : Marpha-Tukuche 1.5hrs.-Kalopani 1hrs.2530m.-Ghasa 3hrs.2010m.

Day 17 : Ghasa-Rupsse Chhahara 3.5hrs. 1630m-Dana 1hrs. 1440m.-Tatopani 1.5hrs. 1190m.

Day 18 : Tatopani-Shikha 3hrs.1935m.-Ghorepani 3hrs. 2860m.

Day 19 : Ghorepani-Ulleri 3hrs.-Hille 1.5hrs. 1500m.-Birethanti 1.5hrs.-Nayapul 30 min.-1hrs drive to pokhara.

Cost Include

    • Annapurna Conservation entry permit ACA
    • All Necessaries protocols.
    • Land transportation to and from
    • Accommodation in best avaliable teahouses while trekking
    • Experience English Speaking Insured Guide
    • Airport pick up and drop.
    • Safe Drinking Water
    • Full board Meals while in the trekking
    • TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System)
    • One night Horel in Pokhara.
    • One porter for each 2 clients.

Cost Exclude

    • All kind of Drinks and personal expensces
    • Clients personal Insurance and Tips
    • Emergency evacuation by Helicopter, Airport tax and custom clearance and visa
    • Alternative transportation in case of heavy rain, landslide, strike, road blockade etc.

Detail Itinerary

Day 01Kathmandu-Beshisahar 185km.-Syange O/NAfter 5hrs drive to Beshisahar the Annapurna Circuit Treks begins.The road is quite smooth and very scenic to Beshisahar. Same day we change the bus to Syange. Over night at Guest House.L.D

Day 02Syange-Jagat 2hrs. 1300m.-Chamje Lunch 1.5hrs.-Tal 2hrs. 1700m.Your Annapurna Circuit trekking begins and walk through the rain forest and local village, listen the noise from the Marshyangdi river and reach Tal. After crossing the Marshyangdi river the trek goes all the way up hill to Jagat which is the ancient Tax collection place. Mostly we are walking up hill and facing some mountain and boulders. Tal is one of the finest place to stay because silent noise from Marshyangdi river. Tal lies on the bank of the river. You will have real experience with local people and husbandry work. Over night at guest house. B/L/D

Day 03Tal-Dharapani 2hrs.1860m-Bagarchhap 1hrs. 2160m.-Danayku 1hrs.2300m.We follow the Marshyangdi river for some time trail leads you ascend to the hill side but the path is wide and facing to the snow caved himalaya and water falls. As soon as you cross Dharapani check post the giant killer mt. Manaslu will appears for a short time and hide it self. Over night at lodge. B/L/D

Day 04Danakyu-Timang 1hrs.2270m.-Lata manang 1.30hrs. 2400m.-Koto 2hrs.2600m.-Chame 30 min.2670m.Chame is the district head quator of Lamjung district and all inter net services are available. The trail to Chame is easy and facing all the snow caped mountain and walking through Chir pine, on the lap of giant mount. Over night at Guest House. B/L/D

Day 05Chame-Talakhu30 min.2720m-Bhratang 1.5hrs. 2850m.-Dhikure pokhari 2hrs.3060m.-Lower Pisang 1hrs. 3200m. Slowely you are going to enter into the different world and gaining the elevation and walking through the pine forest. Pissang is the inhabitant of Gurung people. Over night at Guest House. B/L/D

Day 06Pisang-Nagadhara 1hrs. 3280m-Humde 1.5hrs.3280m-Braga 1.5hrs.3360m.-Manang 45 min.3540m. Manang is famose place for the Monastery,Cave,Glacier and perfect place for acclimatize. Over night at Guest House. B/L/D

Day 07 Manang Acclimatize day. Little Exploration day.Optional: We may trekking up to Monastery,Mileropa cave,Gangapurna lake,Glacier and visit Manang Aid post. B/L/D

Day 08Manang-Khangsa-3.5hrs.-Shree Gomba 2hrs.3800m.As soon as you leave Manang cross the river and gradually up through the cliffs to Gomba. You are walking like a tortle due to the altitude and frigel concrets. Along the way you will encounter with Musk deer,Himalayan Thar and all mountain range. Over night at local Guest house. B/L/D

Day 09Shree Gumba-Tilicho lake base camp 4hrs.4150m.After visiting the Gomba you begins the trek to Base camp which takes about 4hrs.Over night at Guest house.B/L/D

Day 10Explore Tilicho lake and back to Shree Gumba. O/N.Exploration day to Tilicho lake which will take you about 4 hrs all together. Then we return back to Shree Gumba 2.5hrs. Over night at Guest house. B/L/D

Day 11Shree Gumba-Yak Kharka-Lader 4400m. 6hrs.Today you are trekking steep down and cross the dry river and steep up to Ledar. Over night at Guest House.B/L/D

Day 12yak Kharka/Ledar-Throng Phedi 1.5hrs. 4450m.-High Camp 2hrs.High camp is the place to gear up for the next day to Throng la pass 5416m. It will makes you easy to go for next day and the great sunrise and all entire range of mountain can be seen. B/L/D

Day 13High Camp-Phedi 5hrs.-Muktinath 3hrs. 3760m.This day is the hard day of your trek as we start early 5 A.M. for the Summit,experience the sunrise and long way to descent to Muktinath.Then you are entering into the different world which you feel. B/L/D

Day 14Muktinath-Jharkot 1hrs. 3550m-Kagbeni 2hrs.2800m.The most relaxed day and walking into the baren land and facing to the dry mountain and warrier land,hundred's of years monastery,Gumba and Tibetan tribes. B/L/D

Day 15Kagbeni-Jomsom 2hrs.2720m.-Marpha 2hrs.2670m.You are walking into the pilgrimage trail and Kaligandaki is the holi river which start from the Mt.Kailash. You may find fossils and Saligrame along the trek.Marpha is the place for Thakali/Budhist/Monastery and apple garden. B/L/D

Day 16Marpha-Tukuche 1.5hrs.-Kalopani 1hrs.2530m.-Ghasa 3hrs.2010m.Again you are walking through the rain forest and Thakali local village. On this day you will have the excellent view of Annapurna I and Dhaulagiri. This trail is known as the deepest gorge in the world. B/L/D

Day 17Ghasa-Rupsse Chhahara 3.5hrs. 1630m-Dana 1hrs. 1440m.-Tatopani 1.5hrs. 1190m.Even though we are trekking in to the valley still mountain view,Water falls,Local lives and Kali valley makes very pleasant of your day. B/L/D

Day 18Tatopani-Shikha 3hrs.1935m.-Ghorepani 3hrs. 2860m.You do have an option to complete you trek earlier via Beni and pokhara but Global Adventure suggest you to hike up to Ghorepani due to the Sun rise from Poon Hill. Poon hill is the finest place for the Dhauligiri range,Annapurna Range and Lamjung Himal range. B/L/D

Day 19Ghorepani-Ulleri 3hrs.-Hille 1.5hrs. 1500m.-Birethanti 1.5hrs.-Nayapul 30 min.-1hrs drive to pokhara.Early morning 30min. walking to Poon hill 3200m for sun rise view and back to lodge then prepare to descent Hille. You are trekking all down hill through the Rhododendron forest and passing through the Magar village. Machhepuchere offers you the best angle for picture. B/L/D

Map of Tilicho Lake Trekking

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Trip Note

  • Tilicho lake trekking basically follow the classical Annapurna Circuit.
  • Tilicho lake is the highest lake in the world.
  • It is a basic tea house trek.
  • This trip can be extend upto ABC.
  • If choosen the land transport from Jomsom to some where else, the cost has to be bears by clients.

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