About Tilicho Lake Trek with Annapurna Circuit
Tilicho Lake with Annapurna circuit trek is a stunning adventure that leads you all the way up to Tilicho Lake and Tilicho Lake Base Camp. This trek offers an opportunity to explore the hidden natural and cultural aspects of the Annapurna region. The walking trail passes through some of the most beautiful attractions in the Annapurna region. Situated at an altitude of 4920m, crystal clear Lake considered being one of the highest lakes in the world. The Lake is fed by the glacial melt of the Northern slopes of the Annapurna Himalayas and the Thorong peak. The Lake is sacred to the Hindus and Buddhists thus thousands of pilgrims from around the world pay a holy visit to this lake every year to take a holy bath in the pure lake water.
Tilicho Lake hiking holiday offers splendid views of the magnificent Himalayas, lush hills, verdant meadows, and some of the traditional villages of the magnificent Annapurna region. Hence, the hiking trip to Tilicho Lake and Tilicho Base Camp is a perfect choice for nature lovers wishing to seek solace in the lap of the Himalayas.
Tilicho Lake trekking begins with a local bus ride or a private jeep drive from Kathmandu to Besishar, this is a small town with tourist standard guest houses, the next day morning we continue our journey with a 4WD drive to another beautiful village called Chame from where the trek really begins. The trek goes along the Marshyangdi River, with great views of Manaslu and Himal Chuli to the east. This magnificent trek leads you to the fine village inhabited by a wide diversity of people from different ethnic groups, offering spectacular and majestic views of the white Himalayas.
We have customized this route as it is basically the same as Annapurna Circuit, from Manang instead of taking the valley north to Tanki Manang and Yak Kharka this route goes to the main valley to the west passes through the Khanshar Village (The Last Village of Nepal) and trek up to Tilicho lake, then we trek to Yak Kharka then up to pass of Thorung La at an elevation of 5,416m. From the pass of the Thorung La, the treks lead down to Muktinath then to Jomsom from where we have a 35minute scenic flight to Pokhara.
Is Tilicho Lake trek with Annapurna Circuit suitable for me?
This trek is suitable for any walker looking for something adventure and challenging trek with stunning views of the Annapurna Himalayas. This trek does not require that you have any previous trekking or mountaineering experience. Although, daily jogging or walking exercise is useful and you need to be in the good physical condition and able to walk for 5-6 hours daily.
Tilicho Lake with Annapurna Circuit best time to go
Trekkers can enjoy the Tilicho Lake Base Camp trek throughout the year but the best seasons for this trek are Spring (March, April, and May) and Autumn (September, October, and November).
Spring and Autumn have the best weather all the time. During these seasons there will be proper weather i.e. mild sunshine, hardly any rainfall, clear views of mountains, and a chance to interact with many fellow trekkers making this trek popular during the autumn and spring seasons. You can also enjoy this trek during wintertime (December, January, and February) too. In fact, winter is the best time for a clear and breathtaking view of the Mountains. However, as the temperature increases in the higher parts of the trek like Tilicho Lake Base Camp and Thorong La Pass, it might be cold in the winter and proper trekking gear are the most important.
Trekking to Tilicho Lake is suitable in the Summer season as well, if you are well prepared for the occasional monsoon rain then you can also enjoy the trek in the summer season too (June, July, and August).
Accommodation plan for Tilicho Lake Base Camp trek
Tilicho Lake trekking tour starts in Besishar and ends in Jomsom/Pokhara. The accommodation during the trek will be neat and clean tea houses/ guesthouses on a full board basis (breakfast, lunch, dinner and 3 cups of tea/ coffee a day as per your choice and comfort). Throughout the trek, guesthouses are comfortable as well as facilitated with attached bathrooms, shower facility, neat and clean bed sheets, pillow cover, and well-managed bed with warm blankets and internet WIFI connections facilities.
Food during 11 days Annapurna Tilicho Lake trek
Food during the Tilicho Lake Base Camp trek will be provided on a full board basis. Three meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner and 3 cups of tea/ coffee) a day will be served from the guesthouse/lodge menus. Every day breakfast and dinner are used to take in the same guesthouse/lodge where we will be spending the night. Lunch will be taken on the way to the destination.
Gear list for Tilicho Lake Base Camp with Annapurna Thorong La pass trek
Yes, we can provide you with a packing list for this trek and we highly recommend you bring warm clothes and trekking shoes from your home, however, in Kathmandu, there are some gear shops that provide gear on sale and rent. For a packing list please click here.