Tilicho Lake Trekking- 18 Days

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. Email us at info@annapurnafoothills.com 


Trip Highlights


  • 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

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 2 : Drive 6hrs to Besisahar; Trek to Bhulbule, 820m, 2hrs

Day 3 : Trek to Ghermu Phant, 1136m, 5-6 hrs

Day 4 : Trek to Dharapani, 1946m, 6-7 hrs

Day 5 : Trek to Chame, 2800m, 5-6 hrs

Day 6 : Trek to Pisang, 3200m, 5-6hrs

Day 7 : Trek to Manang, 3540m, 5-6hrs

Day 8 : Acclimatization day in Manang, 3540m

Day 9 : Trek to Shree Kharka, 4000m, 4 hrs

Day 10 : Trek to Tilicho Base Camp, 4800m, 4 hrs

Day 11 : Trek to Tilicho Lake, 5200m, 3-4 hrs

Day 12 : Trek to Yak Kharka, 4050m, 5-6 hrs

Day 13 : Trek to Phedi, 4545m, 3-4 hrs

Day 14 : Trek to Muktinath, 3694m, 7-9 hrs

Day 15 : Trek to Jomsom, 2710m, 5 hrs

Day 16 : Morning Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara

Day 17 : Pokhara to Kathmandu by Tourist Bus

Day 18 : Happy Departure

Start Date End Date Cost Status Booking
30 November, 2019 17 December, 2019 US $1390 USD per person Guaranteed
10 December, 2019 27 December, 2019 US $1390 USD per person Guaranteed
22 December, 2019 08 January, 2020 US $1390 USD per person Guaranteed
10 March, 2020 27 March, 2020 US $1390 USD per person Guaranteed
21 March, 2020 07 April, 2020 US $1390 USD per person Guaranteed
31 March, 2020 17 April, 2020 US $1390 USD per person Guaranteed
10 April, 2020 27 April, 2020 US $1390 USD per person Guaranteed
17 April, 2020 04 May, 2020 US $1390 USD per person Guaranteed
22 April, 2020 09 May, 2020 US $1390 USD per person Guaranteed
30 April, 2020 17 May, 2020 US $1390 USD per person Guaranteed
12 May, 2020 29 May, 2020 US $1390 USD per person Guaranteed
22 May, 2020 08 June, 2020 US $1390 USD per person Guaranteed
15 June, 2020 02 July, 2020 US $1390 USD per person Guaranteed

Cost Include(s)


  1. Transfer from Airport – Hotel – Airport: Car, Van, Hi-ace or Coaster in a private vehicle.
  2. Authentic Nepali welcome dinner with Live Nepalese Cultural Program.
  3. Accommodation in Kathmandu, 2 nights on Twin share Bed and Breakfast Basis.
  4. Accommodation in Pokhara, 1 night on Twin share Bed and Breakfast Basis.
  5. Accommodation during Trek ; local lodges 14 nights (Full board meals 13 brekfasts 13, lunchs and 13 dinners  with twin-share rooms  and beds)
  6. English speaking experienced Sherpa guide (Govt. Trained/License Holder).
  7. One Sherpa guide-assistant if group size is more than 4 Trekkers.
  8. Porters: One porter for 2 Trekkers basis.
  9. Trek Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation.
  10. Personal insurance for Nepalese staff.
  11. Annapurna Foothill’s Duffle bag for Trekking.
  12. Annapurna Foothill’s T-shirt.
  13. Energy Supplies (Snickers, Mars, Bounty) and Fresh Fruits on the Trek
  14. First aid medicine kit.
  15. Annapurna Conservation Fee, TIMS permits & all required permits or Official Documentation.
  16. Airfare Jomsom – Pokhara guests and guide
  17. All ground transfers Kathmandu –Pokhara
  18. All government and local taxes.

Cost Exclude(s)


  1. Your Personal Travel Insurance.
  2. Nepal Entry Visa Fee.
  3. Lunch & Dinner in cities - allow $ 10 to 14 for per meal in Tourist restaurants.
  4. Beverages (soft drinks, mineral water, boiled water and beer).
  5. Tips for guide, porters and driver (customary).
  6. Additional night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of early return from Trek (due to any reason) than the planned itinerary.

Equipment and Packling List for  Tilicho Lake Trekking:



  • 1 Sun hat / Warm hat
  • 1 Sunglasses with UV protection
  • 1 Flash light / Head lamp

Lower Body

  • 2 Under Garments (trousers)
  • 2 Lightweight cotton long pants
  • 2 Fleece pants (seasonal)
  • 1 Waterproof pants
  • 5 underwear
  • 1 skirt

Upper Body

  • 3-4 T-shirts
  • 1 Fleece jacket or pullover
  • 1 Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
  • 1 Waterproof jacket
  • 1 sweater
  • 1 Down Jacket rated to minus 10-15 degrees

1 pair Lightweight gloves wool or fleeced



  • 3 pair Thin inner socks
  • 2 pair Thick, warm wool hiking socks
  • 1 pair Hiking shoes with spare laces
  • 1 pair Running shoes or sandals for evening



  • Down Sleeping bag rated to zero DC
  • Trekking Bags/Duffel bag
  • Prescription drugs if you may be taking daily
  • Daypack bag (30-40L)
  • Trekking Poles/ sticks
  • Refillable water bottle - Min 1 Litre
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Light weight towel
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti bacterial hands wash
  • Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Sunscreen and lip balm
  • Small mirror
  • Wet wipe
  • Poncho ( it is rainy season ) 


  • Reading/writing material
  • Camera & Binoculars
  • Protein bars, chocolate, dried fruits, candies and snack foods.


The Best Time to Visit the Tilicho LakeTrekking

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.

Drinking Water

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.

Travel Insurance

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.

Trip Facts

Destination : Nepal

Duration : 18 Days

Price : US $1390 p/p

Trip Grade : Challenging

Maximum Height:5416m

Minimum Height:800m

Minimum Group Size:2 Trekkers

Maximum Group Size:8 Trekkers

Activities:Hiking and Trekking

Transport By:Private Vehicle, Domestic Flights, Tourist Bus



Best Season:March- May and September- November

Permits:Annapurna Conservation Fee, TIMS Card

Accommodation During Trek:14 Nights at Tea House / Lodge

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