About Tilicho Lake Trekking
Claimed to be the highest lake in the world, Tilicho Lake, 4919m sits at the foot of an extensive glacier; a collection of glacial melt from the northern slopes of Annapurna and Thorung Peak. At Tilicho, it is a spectacular sight to see the surrounding snowy peaks reflected in the clear waters of the lake.
Tilicho Lake Trekking begins in the fertile low lands of Marshyangdi valley, at Besisahar, and reaches the remote Manang region. From Manang, instead of following the regular Annapurna Circuit Trek northward to Tanki Manang and Yak Kharka, we follow a wide valley to the west, passing through the Khangsar Village. After spending one night in Khangsar, we hike two days up the valley to Tilicho Lake Base Camp, 4800m. From Tilicho Base Camp we hike up to Tilicho Lake, 4919m, to enjoy the view for a few hours before heading back down to Base Camp for a second night.
From Tilicho we descend to Yak Kharka then up to the Thorung La Pass, 5416m. From the Thorung La Pass, the trail leads down to Muktinath, a famous Temple for Hindus and Buddhist devotees. From Muktinath there is now a road to Jomsom, so the walk can be dusty, with pilgrims travelling by vehicle to Muktinath. We recommend avoiding the dust by flying to Pokhara from Jomsom, a thirty-five minute flight.
Also, Tlilicho lake Trek provides excellent views of Annapurna massif too. One of the most beautiful regions in terms of bio-diversity, nature lovers will get the chance to see exotic birds such as white capped river chat, brown dipper, white-breasted kingfisher, butterflies, barking deer, rhododendron forest and orchid flowers.
The best time to do Tilicho Lake Trekking is from March- May and September - December. Get in touch to know more about the trip, itinerary, time , private or group departures.
Highlights of Tilicho Lake Trekking
- dramatic view at Tilicho Lake reflection of the snowy peaks
- traditional villages inhabited many different ethnic groups
- observe distinct cultural shift in highlands close to Tibet
- stunning view from Thorong La Pass - at 5416m
- muktinath a famous pilgrimage site
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Flying to Kathmandu is in itself an exciting and memorable experience. On a clear day you will get a panoramic view of the snow-capped Annapurna mountain range. In the airport, after completing the visa formalities, collect your luggage downstairs. As you exit the airport terminal, you will be met by our representative carrying your name on a signboard as well as our company signboard, Annapurna Foothills Treks & Expedition. You will be taken to your hotel in our vehicle, where you will be served free welcome drinks, tea or coffee or juice as you check in.
The Managing Director of our company will meet you in the hotel and provide more information about the expedition. Your dues must be cleared before we proceed on the trip. Afterward, you are free to relax or explore around the city.
Today we will start early to drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar. The road leads us West following the Trisuli River, then branches off the Pokhara highway, going North alongside the Marshyangdi River. Normally we arrive in Besisahar by late afternoon. After lunch we will follow the Marshyangdi Valley all day. First trekking on the left bank heading North, with Mt. Himalchuli and Peak 29 dominating the horizon in front of us.
A long suspension bridge takes us the deep river gorge to the other bank of the Marshyangdi. The trail from Ngadi leads up the East bank of the river to a beautiful waterfall, where we cross a suspension bridge and begin a steady climb through scrub forest finally arriving at Lampatta, a Manangi village with Tibetan style prayer flags. Next, a steep ascent takes us to a village perched on a 1311m ridge, called Bahundanda. After a short and steep descent through terraced rice paddies we come to Ghermu Phant, 1136m.
The trail on the opposite side winds high above the river as the gorge closes in, and we reach Jagat, a village perched high above the gorge. An undulating trail leads to Chyamje, where we cross a suspension bridge to the forest on the other side. We lose view of the river, but can see many interesting rugged, rocky hills. The trail through the oak forest leads up to a ridge and decends into a level valley where the next village, Tal, is situated at the foot of a grand waterfall, 1700m.
After crossing the river and follow the trail over a hill to the village of Dharapani, From Dharapani the trail passes a school and climbs over a hill before descending to Bagarchhap. You will immediately recognize the Tibetan atmosphere of this special village. At the entrance there is a monument called a Chorten, a monastery,Gompa, with prayer wheels around it, and buildings typical of the Buddhist culture. The path leaving Bagarchhap enters a narrow forested gorge; looking back we have a magnificent view of Manaslu from Timang.
As we follow the East bank of the Marshyangdi through forest and orchards to Brathang, Annapurna II is looming to the South of us, and Pisang Peak to the Northeast. The valley opens out, with the dramatic Paugu Danda rock face rising more than 5,000 feet from the river. The trail continues to Pisang where flat roofed houses cling to the crumbling hillside. Our lodge is in the forest a little beyond Pisang, sheltered from the cold wind, which often blows up the valley.
We are now in the dry, arid region of Manang called Nyesyang. This area falls in a rain shadow area of the Himalayas where it seldom rains in the summer months; though it snows in the winter and the snow remains on the ground for a long time. The local people are mostly farmers and traders. There are two routes leading out of Pisang towards the Manang Valley. We take the one which follows the left bank of the valley floor. Today we will enjoy magnificent views of Annapurna III, IV, Gangapurna and the Tilicho peaks. At Hungde, we cross the river and walk along a fairly broad trail through the buckwheat and potato fields to the village of Braga, famous for it's monastery which is more than 500 years old. Then after a slight climb we arrive at the village of Manang.
This is an ideal place to stop and spend the day around Manang for many reasons. First, we want to acclimatize to the altitude and to conserve our energy to succeed in our Mini Annapurna Trek endeavor. Second, this is the part of the trek where we are closest to the mountains. Most people climb the hill behind Manang to enjoy the magnificent views of the whole Annapurna range and the enormous icefall that crashes and rumbles down from Gangapurna. The sunset and sunrise over this natural amphitheatre is one of the most beautiful mountain views in the country.
Today we will trek to the village of Shree Kharka, 4000m about4 hrs from Manang. On the way, we can make a detour to a small lake at the Gangapurna glacier. There about 70 houses in Khangsar as well as a monastery named Tore Gompa. From the village, there are superb views up the Khangsar Khola to Tilicho Peak and the Grand Barrier.
In between Tore Gompa and Tilicho Lake, there is a big, grassy field where blue sheep are often seen. About one kilometer from the field, we reach a hill,4800m from where we get a view of the entire valley. A steep descent will bring us to Tilicho Base Camp, where we find our lodging for the night.
If weather conditions are favorable, we’ll make our day trip to Tilicho Lake, the highest lake in the world at 5200m. The lake is 4 km long and 2.5 km wide. It is the main water source for the Marsyangdi River. It is about 3-hrs from the lodge to get to the lake. We’ll have a picnic lunch before returning to the lodge.
Returning from Base Camp you can follow a ridge above Khangsar village, passing through the ruins of old Khangsar and following an unmarked trail which will wind down the river where we cross on an old log bridge from Gumsang to Yak Kharka.
We continue through pastures to a settlement called Chuli Leder, from where we get an excellent view of Chulu West. From here the trail follows the bank of the Jarsang Khola, a tributary of the Marsyangdi, before branching off to climb the scree slopes high above the river, to Phedi. Overnight stay at lodge.
A long day as we leave Phedi very early morning for the climb to the pass. The first part of the ascent is very steep, but it eases somewhat as we approach the top, although the altitude still makes the going tough. Eventually, after numerous false summits, we reach Thorung La itself at 51416m/ 17769ft Looking back, we get our last great view of the towering peaks of Annapurna, while below us is the 2500m deep chasm of the Kali Gandaki. In the distance are the snow-capped peaks of Tibet. The long descent from Thorung La starts gently but becomes steep and winding until it finally reaches the grassy slopes for a gentle descent to Muktinath 3694m.
After visiting the temples we will start our final day of trekking. As we follow the main trail down the valley we are surrounded by the ruggedness of a barren valley of wind-eroded rock, which is contrasted by the backdrop of snow-capped peaks. A final steep descent brings us to the Kali Gandaki Valley at Eklabatti, from where the trail finishes with a gentle walk to reach Jomsom.
The flights from Jomosom to Pokhara are usually in the early morning due to the high winds which blow up the Kali Gandaki Valley later in the day. The short flight to Pokhara takes us down the Kali Gandaki Valley with spectacular views of Niligiri and Dhaulagiri. You will have ample time to explore Pokhara for the rest of the day. You might want to hire a bike to cycle around to places of interest: Fewa Lake, Devi’s Falls, museum, Tibetan Refugee Camp, Gupteshwar Cave.
Early morning, we depart from the Pokhara Tourist Bus Station to travel back to Kathmandu 6- 7 hours. Check in the hotel in Kathmandu. Overnight Hotel.
Option: We have not included the airfare Pokhara – Kathmandu (USD $120 Per Person). The exciting half hour flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu gives you the feeling of a mountain flight, high in the Himalayas where you can see the Langtang, Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges. If you chose to travel to Kathmandu by flight, we give free Airport Drop and Pick up. You need to book this flight before start the trek.
We will accompany you to the International Airport in time to board your flight
- Transfer from Airport – Hotel – Airport: Car, Van, Hi-ace or Coaster in a private vehicle.
- Authentic Nepali welcome dinner with Live Nepalese Cultural Program.
- Accommodation in Kathmandu, 2 nights on Twin share Bed and Breakfast Basis.
- Accommodation in Pokhara, 1 night on Twin share Bed and Breakfast Basis.
- Accommodation during Trek ; local lodges 14 nights (Full board meals 13 brekfasts 13, lunchs and 13 dinners with twin-share rooms and beds)
- English speaking experienced Sherpa guide (Govt. Trained/License Holder).
- One Sherpa guide-assistant if group size is more than 4 Trekkers.
- Porters: One porter for 2 Trekkers basis. (Max 25 KG per porter)
- Trek Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation.
- Personal insurance for Nepalese staff.
- Annapurna Foothill’s Duffle bag for Trekking.
- Annapurna Foothill’s T-shirt.
- Energy Supplies (Snickers, Mars, Bounty) and Fresh Fruits on the Trek
- First aid medicine kit.
- Annapurna Conservation Fee, TIMS permits & all required permits or Official Documentation.
- Airfare Jomsom – Pokhara guests and guide
- All ground transfers Kathmandu –Pokhara
- All government and local taxes
- Your Personal Travel Insurance.
- Nepal Entry Visa Fee.
- Lunch & Dinner in cities - allow $ 10 to 14 for per meal in Tourist restaurants.
- Beverages (soft drinks, mineral water, boiled water and beer).
- Tips for guide, porters and driver (customary).
- Additional night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of early return from Trek (due to any reason) than the planned itinerary.
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Guaranteed - We already have trekkers booked for those dates and you can join the group.
Available - The date is available to book and once you confirm your trip it will be guaranteed.
Limited - The departure date is filling fast and only limited seats are available to join.
Closed- The Trip cannot be booked on that specific date. Contact us for customized dates.
The departure dates are your arrival dates in Nepal.
We have set dates for departure to the Amazing Tilicho Lake Trekking. So, pick your preferable date and let the adventure begin.
Tilicho Lake Trekking is available and can be done throughout the year. So, if the date you prefer is not listed on our departure dates then you can contact us directly to book the trip on your own desired date.
We have listed the price up to 12 trekkers at maximum. If you are more than 12 trekkers, then please feel free to contact us for amazing discounted group price and further booking process.
Private Trips to Tilicho Lake is possible on any date of the year. Contact us to design your own private trips with you loved ones.
Solo Trips: Single trekkers are always welcome to join the trek. On your arrival at Kathmandu, you’ll have a single room in Kathmandu Hotel as per your requirement and have to share a room at the local teahouses during the trekking.
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The Best Time to Visit the Tilicho Lake Trekking
The best seasons for trekking in the this region are spring (February to late April) and autumn (late September to late November). Winter trekking is also possible for Ghorepani, Poonhill, Ghandruk, Annapurna Base Camp, and Kali Gandki. However, if there is a lot of snow, the Thorung La pass may be impassable.
This is a Tea Houses/Lodge Trek
Accommodation is included in the cost of your package. Annapurna Foothills Treks takes great care to arrange the most comfortable accommodation possible throughout your stay.
In Kathmandu, our clients enjoy four nights in Hotel Holy Himalaya before and after heading into the remote regions.
During the trek, the nights will be spent in clean and comfortable tea houses with plenty of character and good food. The simple rooms usually have two narrow beds. The family run lodges are a great place to get to know the Nepalese people. In Nepalese culture, a guest is equal to god, and surely this has become even more of a reality since the tourism industry has improved their meager opportunities to earn. You will be made very welcome!
Spending Money per Day
Although it depends on your spending habits, you should allocate US$ 10 - 15 per meal in Kathmandu. On the trek, your meals are included, but you may wish to purchase extras which are not included in your package, such as chocolate bars, Coca Cola or a beer. US$10 - 15 a day should be enough, but keep in mind the cost of all items increases proportionately with the distance from the trail head.
While trekking, it is important to keep hydrated; you should drink at least 3 liters of water each day. In the Annapurna Region there are Euro-guard filters, so all you need is your own water bottle and you can refill it easily. We suggest you bring a supply of water purification tablets in case Euro-guard water is not available. We request that you avoid using bottled mineral water, as the bottles are not easily disposed of.
If you have a reasonable level of fitness, this trek should be more than manageable. The altitude becomes more noticeable the higher we go, so we walk at a slow pace and take plenty of breaks to rest and acclimatize.
When travelling in remote mountain regions, uncertainties such as weather, health problems and natural disasters require a certain amount of flexibility. While our goal is to follow the itinerary, that is not our first priority; your safety is always our first priority. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions request your cooperation to accept the decisions and advice of our trusted and experienced guides if they deem it necessary to change or cancel any part of the itinerary due to safety concerns.
It is strongly recommended to be sufficiently protected when you go into remote areas. You need specialized travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, injury, lost baggage, liability and medical treatment. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. can organize the appropriate medical response based on your policy.
In October I hiked the Annapurna circuit trek incl Tilicho Lake. We hired a guide by Annapurna Foothills, a local Nepalese trekking company. From the first contact via email all went perfect. Ngima, the owner, is one of the nicest people who I met in my life so far. He organized also some domestic flights for me as well. In total I'm happy and satisfied to have chosen this great agency. I can recommend this company without any doubts. If you would like to have an amazing hiking trip so get in contact with Annapurna Foothills!!!!Visited October 2016