Tilicho Lake Trek

16 Days

starting from $1200

$ 1075

Grade:

Difficult

Group Size:

Min 1 person

Transport:

Plane, Car, Jeep, Bus

Altitude:

5,416m

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Starts At:

Kathmandu

Ends At:

Kathmandu

Accommodation:

Hotel & lodges

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Highlight

Some highlights of Tilicho Lake Trek

  • Adventurous hike toward the highest lake in the world.
  • Incredible views of Mount Annapurna I (8091m), Manaslu (8163m), and Dhaulagiri (8167m).
  • Observe the beautiful Manang Valley.
  • Hike through one of the longest passes in the world.
  • Visit Ancient Buddhist Monasteries and Muktinath Temple.
  • Explore Ethnic culture which is influenced by Tibetan culture.
  • Adventurous lodges trek in the beautiful Annapurna region.

Overview

Tilicho Lake Trekking takes you through Ancient Jomsom, with the venerated Lake of Tilicho, is said to be the highest in the world…and crossing Thorong La at 5,416m presents a wonderful challenge Trek which is a real test more for the mind than the body…but the glorious skyline shows off silver, gray and white mountains that glitters on a lovely weather day and the diverse ethnic communities we meet up on the way give us some sort of idea of the world we know and the world we are not familiar with…but want so much to learn off…

Tilicho Lake at an altitude of (4,949m) is a well-known place for pilgrimages. Hence, as we go to the high altitude to triumph over the view of the lake is not an easy task, but this trip is truly exciting, thrilling and more or less rewarding. Though Tilicho Lake Trek is a challenging trekking route it is one of the finest trekking routes in the Annapurna region.

Our 16 days Tilicho Lake trek displays a scenic view of much of the eastern side of the epic world-famous Annapurna circuit with sublime natural beauty, cultural and traditional values, stunning waterfalls and running clean water streams, and attractive floras and faunas.

Our trip begins with a cruise from Kathmandu to Chame via Besishar, the path offers you fantastic views of gigantic peaks including Mt. Annapurna (8,091m) – 10th highest mountain of world, Mt Dhaulagiri, (8,167m)-worlds 7th highest, Manaslu,( 8,163m)- worlds 8th highest, and Machhapuchhre at ( 6,993m ).

On the way to Tilicho Lake, you get serene views of waterfalls and experience hiking across airy suspension bridges. But this route is a pretty tough trail. You have to walk at alpine altitudes and you have to cross the Thorong La pass at (5,416m). The rocky trails, high hills and hiking through rivers tend to pose challenges. But the rewarding landscapes give meaningful joy to accept the geographical obstacles.

Going through Manang is special as you can enjoy the natural beauty of this particular area. As we head to Upper Tilicho Lake, you will pass through several villages where you can haul up and learn about the culture and traditions of the local folks. After reaching Tilicho Base Camp and then finally ascending Tilicho Lake, you can view this superb Lake right in front of your very eyes.

After digesting the beauty of Tilicho Lake, we make a beeline for Muktinath Temple – a sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists. We must cross Thorang La pass (5,416m) on the way to Muktinath temple and go through some pretty villages. On the way, you will enjoy the thrills of altitude and enjoy the culture of people living on the way. Finally, reaching Muktinath and spending some beautiful moments at this quiet place, the landscapes here are simply stunning. We will then visit Jomsom and finally return to the city of lakes – Pokhara.

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How difficult is Tilicho Lake Trek

The Tilicho Lake Trek is considered a moderately challenging trek, requiring a reasonable level of fitness and trekking experience. The trail takes adventurers through diverse landscapes, including lush forests, alpine meadows, and rocky terrain, with altitude gains that demand acclimatization.

The highest point of the Tilicho Lake Trek is situated at an elevation of around 5,416 meters (17,769 feet), adding an extra layer of difficulty. While not as strenuous as some of the more rigorous high-altitude treks in the region, participants should be prepared for steep ascents, descents, and the possibility of variable weather conditions. Trekkers are encouraged to pace themselves, stay well-hydrated, and acclimatize adequately to ensure a safe and enjoyable journey amidst the stunning landscapes of the Annapurna region.

Best season for Tilicho Lake Trek

The best time to embark on the Tilicho Lake Trek is during the spring and autumn seasons. From March to May, the region experiences mild temperatures and vibrant landscapes as rhododendrons and other wildflowers bloom, creating a picturesque backdrop. During these months, the weather is generally stable, allowing for clear views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks.

Another ideal period Tilicho Lake Trek is from September to November when the skies are clear, the air is crisp, and the temperatures are moderate. The autumn months offer stunning scenery with the added advantage of post-monsoon clarity. Trekking during these optimal seasons ensures a more enjoyable and rewarding experience at Tilicho Lake Trek, surrounded by the awe-inspiring beauty of the Annapurna region.

Tilicho Lake Trek Itinerary

01 DAY

Arrival Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel (1400m)

After your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in medieval and modernized Kathmandu, you will be warmly greeted by our office representative and transferred to the hotel. After check-in and some refreshments, our senior sherpa guide will come to meet you and give you a brief orientation about Tilicho Lake Trek. You can then go for a stroll down the street to get familiar with the neighborhood, have supper and go to bed. This is your first overnight in the valley of temples and cows, probably the most in the world.

02 DAY

Drive to Beshisahar (830m) - 7 hrs drive

You drive along the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway to Dumre and then follow the narrow and paved road by the Marshyangdi River to Beshisahar, the district headquarters of Lamjung district. All the local government offices are based here.

From here, you get to see some well-known mountain peaks, a lot of natural green landscapes surrounding the valley and the daily activities of the happy local folks. This headquarters is the center from where the daily usable commodities are supplied to the different villages and numerous towns. Stay overnight at a lodge.

03 DAY

Drive to Chame (2,710m.) - 7 hrs drive

After breakfast, we take a local jeep on sharing from Besishar, our journey to Chame leads us through picturesque landscapes, encompassing lush jungles and terrace farms lining the scenic Marsyangdi River. Along the way, we’ll encounter the tranquil Jagat Bazaar before making a brief stop at Dharapani (1860m) to check our trekking permit, as it serves as the primary entry point for the Annapurna Trek. After this, we’ll continue our jeep ride until we finally arrive in Chame.

Chame itself boasts a vibrant bazaar and offers the perfect opportunity to unwind beside the rejuvenating hot springs that grace the banks of the Marsyangdi River. From this vantage point, the captivating views of Annapurna II (7,937m) and Lamjung Himal (6,932m) unfold before us, while a glimpse behind reveals the awe-inspiring Manaslu (8,154m) and Peak 29 (7,833m). Overnight stay at a local teahouse in Chame.

04 DAY

Trek to Pisang (3300m) - 5hrs walk

With Lamjung Himal (6893m) sparkling in the morning sun, you set off for Pisang. You continue through a fir and pine forest, climbing to a high, rocky area as the opposite bank becomes an impassable cliff. From this point, the valley becomes extremely steep-sided as you follow the path to Bhratang (2950m.).

You now walk through a pine forest and as the forest ends, the valley changes from a V-shape to a gentle U-shape, opening up a wonderful vista before you. You can see the east peak of Annapurna II as well as Pisang Peak (6091m.) to the north-east. Continuing, you come to a long Mani wall by a bridge and the lower village of Pisang. Stay overnight at a lodge.

05 DAY

Trek to Manang (3540m) - 5 hrs walk

Beyond Pisang, the trail climbs a steep ridge that affords good views of the Manang valley and Tilicho peak (7145m.). Descending past Manang’s airstrip at Hungde (3320m.), you come to a level area from where the north-east face of Annapurna III rises majestically above you.

From the wide plains of the Sabje Khola Valley, Annapurna IV (7525m.) also becomes visible. Just beyond this point, you cross the considerably reduced flow of the Marshyangdi Khola via a wooden bridge to the tiny village of Mungji. After a short steep climb, you reach Manang which is a surprisingly large village for this remote mountain region. Stay overnight at a lodge.

06 DAY

Acclimatization Day

We will hang around for one more day in Manang for acclimatization by observing beautiful views of green landscapes, silvery mountains, Chortens, and Monasteries. We can also explore the unique culture and lifestyles of local people. We bunk out overnight at our Lodge.

07 DAY

Trek to Kangsar Village (3700m) - 4 hrs walk

After enjoying an awesome day at Manang, we will leave for Khangsar. We will go by a path that goes along the Khangsar River. Crossing the river, we will reach Khangsar village. This village is a very old-styled Tibetan influenced village and is also known as olden type villages of Nepal. Overnight at lodge/guesthouse.

08 DAY

Trek to Tilicho Base Camp (4200m) - hrs walk

We continue from a western pass on a large path, passing a Gompa (monastery). The route ahead goes on a recently constructed path up towards a high ridge. At one point is an intersection. One path maintains the altitude, traversing the slopes towards a place where the valley is narrow; the other continues to ascend towards the line of the ridge.

The former is the old path, and is much more difficult as it goes on 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 screed 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 4,200m. This is where rest out for an Overnight at a guesthouse.

09 DAY

Trek to Tilicho lake and down back to Tilicho Base camp - 6 hrs walk

Today is the main day of our trekking. We will trek up to Tilicho Lake. After having breakfast, we will hike to Tilicho Lake in the early morning, as the wind may interrupt us in case of delaying. Tilicho Lake is a cold place and is recorded as the lake at the highest altitude in the world. After spending some joyful moments at Tilicho Lake, we will descend to the Tilicho base camp. We bunk out tonight by this lovely lake at our guesthouse.

10 DAY

Trek to Yak Kharka (4000m) - 5 hrs walk

As we hike slowly down from base camp, the trail ascends by nearly 500m to Yak Kharka. We make the climb steadily through Tenki Manang, leaving the Marsyangdi Valley. Continuing along the Jarsang Khola Valley, we reach Yak Kharka at 4,000m. as we hike by we observe that Herds of yaks and vegetations appear to thin out hereabouts. Overnight at our guesthouse.

11 DAY

Trek to Thorong Phedi (4450m) - 5 hrs walk

Leaving Yak Kharka, you climb gradually to a ridge before descending to the headwaters of the Marshyangdi and crossing via a covered wooden bridge. After a short ascent up the mountain path on the right bank, you follow a narrow trail across an unstable spree slope and then descend to Thorong Phedi. Stay overnight at lodge.

12 DAY

Trek to Muktinath (3800m) via Thorong La pass (5400m) - 8 hrs walk

You need to work hard to reach Muktinath as today we will walk for about 8 hours. Though it is hard, it is the most special day of our trekking. We will start our journey in the early morning at about 4 am so that we can reach Thorang La pass at about 9-10 am. If we delay it then the weather may create some difficulties.

We will climb steeply which is not so difficult. But a high attitude and the massive snows around can cause some problems. After we climb for 4 hours, we will be at the top of Thorang La pass marked by the chortens and prayer flags and also you can enjoy stunning views. After this, it takes some 4 hours more to reach the holy place – Muktinath.

Muktinath is a pilgrimage spot for both Hindus and Buddhists. It is believed that you can be free from all your pains and sorrows after you visit this so-called holy site. You can bathe under the 108 waterspouts around the temple. You can also visit Jwala Mai Temple where you can see natural spring and an everlasting flame fueled by natural gas. Overnight at guesthouse.

13 DAY

Trek to Jomsom (2720m) - 5 hrs walk

Today is the last day of our trek on these beautiful mountains, we will move through the trail of Kagbeni or Lupra to reach Jomsom. This day we will trek along Kali Gandaki River to reach Jomsom. Jomsom is a strong windy little town in a cold valley. You can get startling memorable views of Tilicho Mountain and beautiful wet hills. Overnight at lodge.

14 DAY

Fly to Pokhara (850m) - 25 minutes flight

This takes about 25 minutes and stays overnight at our hotel in Pokhara. The flights are available during the morning time. The strong breeze blows during the afternoon and frequent change of the weather prevents the flight landing and taking off in the afternoon. During the flights in the morning, the sky looks very clear which makes you able to enjoy the splendid views of different mountain peaks. Overnight at the hotel.

15 DAY

Drive back to Kathmandu (1400m) - 7 hrs drive

While driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, we head up to Damauli, Dumre, Mugling, and Kurintar where Nepal’s first Cable car is operated to reach Manakamana Temple, this is a temple where most Nepalese come to have their wishes granted before leaving home or getting married. From Naubise we climb up to Thankot, the gateway to Kathmandu and finally reach our hotel & a lovely soft warm bed.

16 DAY

Departure Day

After breakfast and our last day in Kathmandu, our vehicle and escorts will be on standby to drop you to the international airport three hours before our scheduled flight back home. At Glorious Adventure, meeting you has been a great honor and we pray for your Safe journey home and will reflect on the wonderful times we spent together. Bon Voyage!!! We hope to see you again someday…

Trip Includes

  • All the airport pick-ups and drop-offs are by private vehicles.
  • 2 nights of 3-star standard hotel accommodation in Kathmandu city inclusive of breakfast.
  • 12 nights of local lodges accommodations while on the trek.
  • 1 night of hotel accommodation in Pokhara city inclusive of breakfast.
  • Every day 3 meals during the trek. (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
  • Domestic flights from Jomsom to Pokhara include airport tax.
  • An experienced and government-certified trekking guide for the trek.
  • All the necessary trekking permits and paperwork for the trek.
  • All the ground transfers by bus, jeep, and car.
  • Rain protection duffel bag and sleeping bag to use for the trek.
  • All government taxes and the company service charge.
  • First aid medicine for the trek.
  • Trip achievement certificate after the successful trip completion.
  • Nepalese cuisine farewell dinner at a typical local restaurant with a cultural dance show.

Trip Exclude

  • International flights and Nepal entry visa.
  • Porters are available at an additional price.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara hotel stay.
  • Extra costs such as hot shower, charging, mineral bottled water, cold drinks and use of WIFI while on the trek.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Gratitude to the guide and porters.

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If you’d prefer to share this with your own group of friends, we’ve got good news, it’s also available as a Private Adventure!, Our Private Adventure specialists are on hand to give you a quote or talk through some different options. Feel free to give them a call on +9779843760242 or Email us at info@glorioushimalaya.com

 

 

 

 

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