Tilicho Lake Base Camp Trek 2021

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Tilicho Lake Base Camp trek is a stunning adventure trip in the Himalayas that takes you all the way up to the Tilicho Lake which is one of the highest lakes in the world. The lake is situated at 4949m in the Annapurna range of the Himalayas in the Manang district of Nepal. The Tilicho Lake Base Camp trek is getting popular among the adventure seekers as the trek can be done as a teahouse trek. While doing Tilicho Lake Base Camp trek, no camping is required as new lodges have been built in the region.

Tilicho Lake Base Camp trek 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, 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 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.  


  • Explore Tilicho Lake, one of the lakes situated at the highest point of the world i.e.4949m in the Annapurna range of Himalayas.
  • Enjoy the mesmerizing turquoise blue waters of Tilicho Lake 
  • Walkthrough the Marshyangdi River valley, with great views of Manaslu and Himal Chuli to the east.
  • Experience a wide diversity of different people from ethnic groups, offering splendid and majestic views of the white Himalayas.
  • Explore a stunning glimpse of the beautiful mountains such as Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Nilgiri and Himchuli.
  • Enjoy the beautiful landscapes, valleys, green hills, dense forests, artistic waterfalls, tranquil lakes, pristine rivers, gorge, sacred temples, colorful monasteries, and Gompas.
  • Learn the Hindu and Buddhist culture in Muktinath Temple
  • Enjoy a scenic flight from Jomsom to Pokhara

Outline Itinerary

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Day 1:Arrival at Kathmandu (1,350m):

Upon your arrival in the Kathmandu International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by our airport representative who will drop you off at our hotel. After checking in, take a rest and relax or you may also stroll in the streets of Thamel, a tourist hub in Kathmandu for some souvenir shopping. Overnight at hotel with breakfast.

  • Accommodation:hotel
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Kathmandu
  • Maximum Altitude:1,350m

Starting the day early for the trek would be a good idea; we will travel by road from Kathmandu to Chame village which will be the starting point of the trek. Chame is a small village in the Annapurna Region at an elevation of 2,710 m. There is a waterfall which is an attraction for both locals and tourists alike. The beautiful greenery all around will fuel us for the trek ahead. Overnight at guesthouse with breakfast, lunch, dinner, and tea/coffee.

  • Accommodation:guest house
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Chamje
  • Maximum Altitude:1,410m

Today the trail continues up and down, passing several rivers and sparsely populated settlements. We walk through a steep and narrow valley to have our first view of Paungda Danda rock face, a dramatic curved rock face rising 1500 m from the river. From here, we also gain excellent views of Annapurna 2 to the south and Pisang Peak to the north east. We descend to the Manang Valley floor enjoying the captivating landscape. Overnight at guest house with breakfast, lunch, dinner and tea/coffee.

  • Accommodation:guest house
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Pisang
  • Maximum Altitude:3,300m

From Pisang there are two routes to Manang. We choose the one which passes through Upper Pisang via Geru as it guarantees outstanding views of Mt. Annapurna, Pisang Peak, and others. As we near Manang, the climate becomes colder and drier. However, a short visit to Barge Monastery, the biggest monastery in the Manang District, should cheer us up. Overnight at guest house with breakfast, lunch, dinner and tea/coffee.

  • Accommodation:guest house
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Manang
  • Maximum Altitude:3,500m

After breakfast our trek continues up to the village of Khangsar. As we walk ahead, the trail cuts down through a gorge and the Tilicho Peak can be spotted shrouded in clouds far above. We get to appreciate the natural beauty of the Annapurna range all along the way. We also pass through small scenic settlements and the Tore monastery and get to enjoy the breathtaking Khangsar River and the grand barrier before reaching Khangsar. Overnight at guest house with breakfast, lunch, dinner and tea/coffee.

  • Accommodation:guest house
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Khangsar
  • Maximum Altitude:3,745m

As we begin the trek from Kangsar to Tilicho Lake Base Camp, we come across wide grassy fields and, after making a slight climb up a small hill, witness the glorious views of the entire valley. After trudging down a steep inclination, you now enter the Tilicho Base Camp. Camping is the only option as there are not many lodges out here. Overnight at guest house with breakfast, lunch, dinner and tea/coffee.

  • Accommodation:guest house
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Tilicho Base Camp
  • Maximum Altitude:4,140m

After the initial tough ascent, our trail traverses onto a moraine and then cuts along the side of the mountain. However, the spectacular views of Tilicho, Nilgiri, Khangsar and Muktinath peaks are always close by to cheer us up. Upon reaching Tilicho Lake, one of the highest lakes in the world, we get to admire its tranquil beauty. Sometimes reflections of the surrounding peaks are seen on its turquoise waters, at other times the lake remains frozen. We take a break beside the calm waters and soak-in the astounding views before heading back to the base camp. Overnight at guest house with breakfast, lunch, dinner and tea/coffee.

  • Accommodation:guest house
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Tilicho Base Camp
  • Maximum Altitude:4,949m

When returning from the Tilicho Base Camp, the trail leads out of the Marsyangdi valley and the abrupt change in surroundings can be noticed as the trees are left behind and replaced with more alpine vegetation. Our trail continues through the ruins of the old Khangsar village, until we cross a log bridge over the river between Gumsang and Yak Kharka. The typical Himalayan village of Yak Kharka is an accolade to its name, as lots of yaks can be seen grazing and standing around. From here we also get breathtaking views of Annapurna III. Overnight at guest house with breakfast, lunch, dinner and tea/coffee.

  • Accommodation:guest house
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Yak Kharka
  • Maximum Altitude:4,040m

It is an uphill walk to Thorang Phedi. After walking for some time, we cross a suspension bridge and reach Ledar village. We ascend further and pass through towering cliffs before reaching Thorang Phedi, the last village before Thorong La pass. On this trip we are rewarded with one of the best views of Mt. Gundang, Mt. Syagang, Thorung Peak and Mt. Khatungkan. The word Phedi in Nepalese is referred to as the foot of a mountain. Overnight at guest house with breakfast, lunch, dinner and tea/coffee.

  • Accommodation:guest house
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Thorang Phedi
  • Maximum Altitude:4,420m

Crossing Thorong La pass, one of the highest passes in the world, will be our ultimate objective today. We will be crossing the pass from east to west (Manang to Muktinath) which is the easiest and safest direction. We get up around three in the morning and walk up the mountain. When we finally make it to the top, we realize that our journey was worth it. We can take a few photos before heading to Muktinath Valley at the foot of the Thorong La pass. Overnight at guest house with breakfast, lunch, dinner and tea/coffee.

  • Accommodation:guest house
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Muktinath via Thorong La pass
  • Maximum Altitude:3,800m.,5,416m

Muktinath, an ultimate destination for Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims, is a beautiful place. We visit the Muktinath Temple before embarking on the trek ahead. There are water spouts where fresh water pours out channeled from the streams above the temple. As the trail extends we can enjoy the magnificent views of Mt. Dhaulagiri. You can even buy a fossilized mollusk, called ‘Shaligram’ as a memento. We move ahead among meadows, cross streams and hills over to Kagbeni, a village laden with chortens (memorial stupas) and a small monastery. Continue the trek after a lunch break at Kagbeni and over to Jomsom on the Kali Gandaki Valley as the trail cuts through windy areas. Overnight at guest house with breakfast, lunch, dinner and tea/coffee.

  • Accommodation:guest house
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Jomsom
  • Maximum Altitude:2,715m

We fly to Pokhara after breakfast. The flight itself is spectacular; we fly while looking at views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges and over the deepest gorge in the world. The warmer climate in Pokhara will definitely make us feel better. You can take a boat ride in the serene waters of the lake with the reflection of the Fishtail Mountain on its waters. We could also visit the Davis falls. In the evening, we can stroll around the lakeside area and buy souvenirs for loved ones. Overnight at hotel with breakfast.

  • Accommodation:hotel
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Pokhara
  • Maximum Altitude:823m

After an early breakfast, take a scenic drive to Kathmandu by a tourist bus enjoying the views of countryside. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.

  • Accommodation:hotel
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Kathmandu
  • Maximum Altitude:1,350m

After breakfast, we transfer you to international airport for your flight back to home. Wish you have a safe and sound flight. See you again in the future.


    • The entire airport picks up and drops.
    • Standard hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast.
    • Necessary flights from Jomsom to Pokhara and Tourist bus to Kathmandu.
    • Annapurna Conservation fee with trekking permit.
    • Tims card (trekking information management system card).
    • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trekking period.
    • Accommodation (Teahouse) during the trekking period.
    • English speaking guide and highly experienced staffs.
    • Staffs food, clothing, salary and their insurance.
    • All necessary grounded transportation.
    • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
    • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
    • Welcome and fare well dinner in Kathmandu host by Ram Kumar.
    • Our service charges with VAT and Local / Government Taxes.


    • Sightseeing or any extra activities except the above program.
    • Personal nature expenses.
    • Bar bill and all kind of drinks.
    • Rescue & Evacuation.
    • Gratitude (tip) for staff.



    Trip DatesAvailabilityPrice  
    20 Oct, 2021 - 02 Nov, 2021Guaranteed$1080 USD
    25 Oct, 2021 - 07 Nov, 2021Guaranteed$1080 USD
    30 Oct, 2021 - 12 Nov, 2021Guaranteed$1080 USD
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    Useful Information

    Best Season for Tilicho Lake Base Camp Trek

    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 make this trek popular during 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 gears are the most important.

    Trekking to Tilicho Lake Base Camp trek is suitable in the Summer season, 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).

    Total Distance of the Trek

    Tilicho Lake Base Camp trek trail covers around 180 km to 255 km, depending on the start and end of the trek. You will be walking around 12 to 16 km per day.

    Required Permits

    Tilicho Lake Base Camp trek requires two permits to enter the region. The first one is the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the second one is Trekker’s Information Management System card (TIMS). We organize both permits in Kathmandu with your passport details and two passport size pictures.

    Equipment for the Trek

    We highly recommend you bring warm clothes and trekking shoes from your home, however, in Kathmandu, there are some gear shops that provide gears on sale and rent. For a packing list please visit our Trekking and Hiking Gears page.


    Tilicho Lake Base Camp trek starts and ends in Kathmandu. The accommodation in Kathmandu will be a tourist standard hotel with breakfast. 
    During the trek, you will be provided with 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 bedsheets, pillow cover and well-managed bed with warm blankets and internet WIFI connections facilities.

    Food during the trip

    While in Kathmandu and Pokhara, we will provide standard accommodation with breakfast only. Meals on 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. Everyday 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.

    Guides and Porters

    Tilicho Lake Base Camp trek will be led by our friendly, honest and experienced trekking guides. The trekking guides for this trek are carefully selected on the basis of their experience, knowledge about the region and leadership skills. Our trekking guides and crew have taken the following training: 

    • First Aid Training 
    • Trekking Guide Training 
    • English Language 
    • Climbing  and Mountaineering 
    • Conservation and Biodiversity


    How can I book Tilicho Lake Base Camp trek?

    Once you confirmed trip, we need photo copy of your passport and 20% down payment of the total price for advance flight tickets and hotel booking and permit process.

    How can I enter in Nepal?

    Nepal is a popular tourist destination in south Asia. Several airlines have direct and none-stop flights from Middle East and Asia to Kathmandu, Capital of Nepal. There are direct flights from London, Paris, Frankfurt, Doha, Osaka, Shanghi, Mascow, Bangkok,Singapore, Hongkong, Karachi, Bombay, Delhi, Calcutta, Paro, Dhaka, Lhasa, and Varanasi.

    Can I do Tilicho Lake Base Camp trek?

    This trek is suitable for any walker looking for something adventure and challenging trek with the stunning views of Annapurna Himalayas. It does not require that you have any previous trekking or mountaineering experience. Although, daily jugging or walking exercise is useful and you need to be in good physical condition and able to walk for 5-6 hours daily.

    When should I come for Tilicho Lake Base Camp trek?

    This trek is good for all seasons so any months from Jan to Dec are the best time to do this trek. Although, Feb, March, April, May and September, October, November and also December are the very best months to do a trek in this area.

    Do I need to stay in Katmandu and Pokhara?

    Kathmandu valley, one of the historical cities as well as the capital of Nepal, and Pokhara, is a beautiful city with lakes and caves, at least, you need to spend two nights in Kathmandu and two nights in Pokhara before and after your trip. In our program we are providing you the standard accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara on bed and breakfast basis.

    Can I join with group?

    Yes, you can join with group, we guarantees a series of fixed group departures dates for Tilicho Lake trek. We can arrange small group trekking trip to suit your requirements. Please contact us for group departure dates.

    Do I need to join with group?

    It is not necessary that you need to follow our fixed group departures dates, because private trip departs every day upon your request which are best suited to couples, families and small groups of friends. We are happy to organize your holiday according by your selecting starting date.

    Do you also offer Tailor-made Departures?

    Yes, we do offer Tailor-made Departures, if our holiday packages are not perfect or the group departure dates are not convenient as per your travel plan.

    What kind of equipment do I need to bring with me?

    Tilicho Lake Base Camp trek is an exciting and adventure trip. We trek up to 5000m walking through villages, green hills, and white snow path so you need to have right equipments with you. Click here to have more info

    What kind of meals I can have during the trip?

    All Meals on full board basis will be provided during trekking. Freshly cooked food is served at all times (western, continental and Nepali meals are available in all places). Three meals a day will be provided.

    Do I have pre-departure meeting?

    Yes, at first, our staff will receive you at the airport and transfer to the hotel and our tour leader will brief regarding about the trip. The briefing will cover the itinerary and introduced your trek Leader.

    Can I charge camera batteries along the trek?

    Yes, Most of the places, you can charge batteries along the trek (per hour USD 2-3 for charging).

    Is someone going to meet me at the airport? Are transfers included?

    Definitely, our Airport Representative will come to the airport to pick you up. We will be displaying a play card of company with your name on it. Airport transfer is included.

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