Tilicho Peak Expedition- 32 Days

Tilicho Peak is a challenging but straightforward climb. Tilicho Peak Base Camp sits on the shore of the aqua-blue Tilicho Lake. Tilicho Peak is technically interesting as the standard route via the northwest shoulder has mix of rock and ice leading up to steep snowfields. Tilicho Peak has little objective danger because the shoulder is very wide. The summit view is breathtaking: Annapurna massif, Dhaulagiri, Tibetan plateau and below, the deepest valley in the world the Kali Gandaki valley and Tilicho Lake.

In 1950, a French expedition led by Maurice Herzog went to Nepal to look for an approach to ascend Annapurna I.  At Tilicho Lake they found a tremendous wall of rock an ice between them and the Annapurna I.  In fact, it was a shoulder of rock and ice that extends in a north-northwest direction for 11km, and finally drops down into Tilicho Lake.   They named it “la grande barriere” the great barrier.  Tilicho Peak is located at the end of Great Barrier, high above the glacial Tilicho Lake. It was climbed for the first time by French climber Emanuel Schmutz via the Northwest shoulder which remains the standard climbing route. 

Our approach to base camp follows the Annapurna Circuit Trail up the beautiful Marsyangdi valley to the villages of Manang and Khansar affording an excellent acclimatization over about 10 days. This approach is also simpler logistically.

(An optional time-saving route is to fly directly to Jomsom in the Kali Gandaki Valley and climb over the Mesokanto Pass, 5300m to Base Camp in 3 days. This option allows little time for acclimatization.)  


Tilicho Peak Climbing Route:

Tilicho Peak Base Camp, 4800m, is located on the Northwest end of the lake, a beautiful place to rest and acclimatize. Marine fossils found around the lake suggest that the Himalayas were once beneath the sea. Lake Tilicho is our water source. The water should be filtered or purified by iodine tablets or boiled.There are two high camps on the Tilicho Peak route. 

The climb from Base Camp to Camp I, 5795m, on a shelf below the Northwest shoulder is straightforward. The route crosses a big (1.5km) snow field and then climbs on 50 degree mixed rock and ice for about 690m. From Camp I we enjoy the view of Tilicho Lake down below. The first trip is for acclimatization, and to take some camping gear up to Camp I. During the second ascent to Camp I, we stay overnight.  The next day we climb to Camp II. 

Camp II, 6200m, sits on the shoulder. The ascent to Camp II crosses a 700 meter snowfield of 55 degrees leading up to the shoulder. Fixed rope is required because of the angle, but luckily the width of the shoulder means there is low objective danger. We stay overnight at Camp II; if the weather is good we attempt the summit. If not, we return to Base Camp to recover and prepare for our next summit push.

The route to the summit of Tilicho Peak, 7134m continues on the wide shoulder. Though there is little exposure, the challenge is to cover the 800-900m snowfield with 55-60 degree slopes with as few stops as possible, reducing the risk of avalanche. 

At the end of the expedition most people choose the shortest option, over the Mesokanto Pass to Jomsom which takes only one day. From Jomsom we can fly to Pokhara.   

A three day option is to follow the Annapurna Circuit Trail via Thorong La pass, 5416m and fly out of Jomsom.

Allowing 16 days for the climbing period accommodates the acclimatization process and adverse weather conditions, leaving us ample opportunities to make the summit push.


Planning to climb Tilicho Peak in 2020 !!

Email us: info@annapurnafoothills.com 

We have guaranteed departures for Tilicho Peak Expedition in 2020We are looking to make small group of 04- 06 members.  If you are interested in joining the group please let us know. This small group is sure to be a lot of fun, and it is a great saving too. The solo expedition cost is 8000 USD per person; however, if we can make it a group of 04 - 05, the cost per person will be only $ 7500 USD which is all incllusive price. 


Trip Highlights


  • technically interesting and challenging 7000m climb 
  • incredibly beautiful location by Tilicho Lake
  • few climbers on the mountain 
  • culture of remote traditional villages similar to Tibet
  • Test your high altitude climbing skills on this mountain 
  • Trek and climb with our experienced Sherpa Guides
  • Well set up camps and logistics in the mountain 


Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 2 : Checking equipment and trip briefing

Day 3 : Drive Kathmandu to Besisahar, 820m - 7 hrs

Day 4 : Trek from Besisahar to Ngadi, 1000m, 6 hrs

Day 5 : Trek from Ngadi to Jagat,1350m, 6 hrs

Day 6 : Trek from Jagat to Dharapani, 1943m, 5 hrs

Day 7 : Trek from Dharapani to Chame, 2713m, 6hrs

Day 8 : Trek from Chame to Pisang, 3185m, 6hrs

Day 9 : Trek from Pisang to Manang, 3500m, 6 hrs

Day 10 : Trek from Manang to Khangsar, 3730m, 6 hrs

Day 11 : Trek from Khangsar to Tilicho Lake, 4900m, 4hrs

Day 12 : Tilicho Lake via Mesokanto pass, 5315m, toTilicho Base Camp, 5400m, 5 hrs

Day 13 : 13-26 Climbing Period of Tilicho Peak, 7134m

Day 27 : Tilicho Base Camp via Mesokanto Pass, 5315m, to Namu Kharka

Day 28 : Namu Kharka to Jomsom, Overnight in Hotel

Day 29 : Fly to Pokhara and relax the rest of the day

Day 30 : Fly to Kathmandu, Check into Hotel

Day 31 : Free Day in Kathmandu, Expedition Celebration Dinner

Day 32 : Departure from Kathmandu to your next destination

Start Date End Date Cost Status Booking
12 April, 2020 13 May, 2020 US $7500 per person Available
20 October, 2020 20 November, 2020 US $7500 per person Available
05 November, 2020 06 December, 2020 US $7500 per person Available
10 April, 2021 11 May, 2021 US $7500 per person Available

Cost Include(s)

Tilicho Peak Expedition 2019 and 2020 :

Full Board Cost : $ 7500 Per Person

Base Camp Service Cost Only: $ 4500 Per Person   


  1.  Airport – Hotel- Airport transportation.
  2. 4 nights hotel in Kathmandu on BB plan sharing basis (Twin Bed Room)

  3.  National Park fees and Expedition permit.

  4.  Annapurna Foothills Tshirt 

  5. Camping equipment: sleeping tent and foam mattress, Dining tent, Kitchen tent and Toilet tent
  6. Dining Tables, Chairs and Kitchen equipments
  7. Three meals a day during the trek and camping (Morning tea or coffee, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
  8. Base Camp Manager, Cook, Kitchen boys and Porters for your trip.
  9. Camping and Kitchen equipment
  10. Heater will be provided at base camp for the dining tent
  11. Daily wages for Porters and all Nepali staff
  12. Insurance for Porters and all Nepali staff
  13. Equipment for Porters and Nepali staff
  14. Government Liaison officer, his all allowance, food, tent
  15. Nepali culture show with welocme and farewell dinner
  16. All the land transportation mentioned in the itinerary
  17. Gamow Bag and emergency oxygen
  18. Satellite phone service (pay calls)
  19. Celebration Dinner last night in Kathmandu
  20. Solar panel for batteries charges and lights
  21. Garbage Fee
  22. Annapurna Conservation Fee 


(01 -22) Base Camp Services 

(01-26) - Full Board Service


23. Above Base Camp, High Altitude Tents, High Altitude Meals, EP Gas burner and cooking pot for members  

24. Tilicho Peak summiteers Climbing Sherpa (02 Sherpa: 03 Members Ratio) 

25. Walkie Talkie Permit

26. Group climbing gears, fixed and dynamic rope required during the climb. 

Cost Exclude(s)

  1. Your personal equipment for climbing & trekking.
  2. Your personal & medical insurance during the expedition.
  3. Lunches & dinners in Kathmandu 
  4. Emergency Rescue evacuation by helicopter if required
  5. Permits for Client's personal Radio set or Satellite phone
  6. Oxygen Bottle, Mask and Regulator

Advice for tipping support staffs and Summit bonus for Climbing Sherpa


  1. USD 100-150 for support staff / helpers who stays at base camp
  2. USD 250- 300 for base camp Head Cook 
  3. USD 250-400 for Sherpa/Base Camp Guide who manages the base camp 
  4. USD 500-800 for Climbing Sherpa who accompanies you up to the top of the summit

Personal Climbing Gears and Equipment List:

  • Mountaineering/ Climbing Boots 
  • Crampons
  • Helmet
  • Harness 
  • Ice Axe
  • 2 x Screwgate Carabiners ( Lock and Unlock)
  • Descender ( Figure 8, Belay Device)
  • Ascender (Jumar)
  • Prussic Loops
  • 2 x Tape slings



It is important to be equipped to cope with the extremes in temperature as well as unexpected bad weather.  At high altitudes it can be very hot when hiking in the sun and very cold when you stop in the shade and when the temperatures dip at night.  What is mentioned on the list is the minimum you should bring.  A couple extra T-shirts is a good idea.  You may get a chance to wash clothes, socks and underwear on rest days but that is not always dependable.


Upper Body

  •        2-Light weight thermal tops- long sleeved (medium weight merino or equivalent)
  •       3-T shirts or cool-max trekking shirts
  •       1- pull over or jacket (Merino, polartec power-stretch, soft shell, 100 weight fleece)
  •       1-200 weight fleece jacket or prima loft jacket
  •       1-Waterproof shell jacket with hood (lightweight, breathable)
  •       1-Down parka with hood


Lower Body

  •        2-Thermal bottoms (merino or polartec powerdry)
  •        1-Fleece or polartech powerstretch pants
  •       1-Light weight hiking trousers
  •       1-Heavy weight hiking trousers (wind proof soft shell for warmth at higher altitude)
  •       1-Hiking shorts (optional)
  •       Waterproof shell pants (lightweight, breathable)
  •       *Under Garments



  •       4- Warm Trekking socks (wool)
  •       *4- Lightweight Cotton Trekking socks
  •       2-Thick wool socks to wear at night in lodges
  •       *Gore-tex waterproof hiking boots- (you should buy at home and break them in before you come)
  •       *Spare laces for hiking boots
  •       Snow Gaiters (optional)
  •       Camp shoes/sandals (crocs are ideal)



  • 1-Lightweight gloves-Polypro
  • 1-Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal)
  • 1 pair expedition shell gloves



  •        Warm beanie hat
  •        Tubular Headwear (buff)
  •        Sun hat or cap (cap and buff all fit under your hood)
  •        Polarised Sunglasses with UV protection




  • 1-Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches) 40 - 50 Liters 
  • 2-Water bottle or camel bag, 1-liter (one with an insulated cover is recommended)
  • large duffle bag (and a lock as the porters will carry this)
  • Stuff sacks, dry bags, garbage bags etc (to organize and waterproof your things inside the duffle bag)
  • Trekking pole set
  • Sleeping bag (- 30’C)
  • Head lamp and spare batteries

Personal First Aid kit (we suggest the following items)

  •         Personal medication
  •         Broad spectrum antibiotics (e.g. Ciprofloxacin)
  •        Diarrhea stopper (e.g. Immodium)
  •        Rehydration salt sachets
  •        Medication for giardiasis (e.g. Tinidazole)
  •        *Blister kit (tiny roll of 3M medical tape/breathable surgical tape)
  •        Antiseptic (iodine or alcohol wipes for cleaning wounds)
  •       *Sterile non-stick absorbent dressing/gauze (for more serious wounds)
  •        *Antibiotic cream (sample size)
  •       10 ibuprofen tablets (anti-inflammatory; pain relief)
  •       4 antihistamine tablets (for bites, allergic reactions; e.g. Benadryl)
  •        throat lozenges
  •        Small Swiss Army knife (which has knife, scissors and tweezers)
  •        Small whistle
  •        Diamox (consult your doctor about this)



  • Toothbrush & *paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Toilet paper
  • Light weight towel and *soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • *Face and body moisturizer (the low humidity at high altitude dries the skin)
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Small mirror
  • *Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  •  Wet wipes/ baby wipes (in case there is no warm water for a wash)
  • Antibacterial hand gel
  • Sunscreen (with a high UV factor needed for high altitude )
  • Sun block lip balm (kept in a pocket and regularly applied)

Why Climb Tilicho Peak with Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expedition

  • Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions a Nepal-based owner operated company who can make your dream of reaching the summit of Tilicho a reality for a reasonable price
  • It is the perfect option for experienced, confident climbers want high quality services without the pricey sophisticated and nonessentials offered by international operators
  • Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions does not compromise safety
  • We use only the best quality equipment in the market
  • We take care of details of your expedition which will help you keep both comfortable and healthy
  • One veteran Sherpa climbing guide accompanies each climber to allow maximum flexibility. Each climber can take advantage of a window of good weather and personal climbing pace
  • Our Sherpa Climbing Guides are veterans of multiple 8000 meter summits.

The best seasons to do the Tilicho Peak Expedition are in the Fall, from September to November, and in the Spring from March to May.


Oxygen and Medical

We carry top quality oxygen as well as oxygen mask and regulator for medical emergencies. We carry a comprehensive first aid kit throughout the expedition. Our guides are certified in first aid for high altitude. We carry a Gamow bag during the trek up to Advanced Base Camp, where it will be kept during the climb.

Trip Facts

Destination : Nepal

Duration : 32 Days

Price : US $7500 p/p

Trip Grade : Very Strenuous

Maximum Height:7134m

Activities:Trekking, Camping, Climbing

Minimum Group Size:2 Trekkers

Maximum Group Size:6 Trekkers

Transport By:Private Vehicle, Domestic Flights



Best Season:March- May and September- December

Permits:Expedition Permit and all documentation

Hotel in Kathmandu:4 nights on B&B plan (Bed & Breakfast)

Hotel in Pokhara:1 night on BB plan

Accommodation during Trek:10 nights (Tea House)

Accommodation during camping:Meals during 19 nights camping (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tang juice, fruit, tea and coffee)

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