Tilicho Lake Trek - Highest Lake in the Annapurna

Hike in the ever stunning Annapurna region and to Tilicho Lake, the highest and crystal clear lake in the world offers amazing experience

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16 Days Kathmandu to Kathmandu

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  • Max. Altitude: 5416 meters
  • Group Size: Min. 1 / Max. 12
  • Best Time: Feb to Jun, Sep to Dec
  • Daily walking Hour: Approx. 4-6
  • Accommodation: Local Lodge

Trip Grade: Trip Grade

Moderate Plus Level

This trip grade involves trekking up to 7 hours a day below 5000 meters for the duration of 15-19 days trip.

Tilicho Lake Trek in Annapurna region is highly renowned for being the highest lake trek in the world.Through ever so stunning trails across dense and lush forests, White Water Rivers, slippery ridges and ethnic villages of the locals, this trek takes you all the way up to the stunning Tilicho Lake in the Annapurna region. Tilicho Lake is situated at 4949m in the Annapurna range of the Himalayas in Manang district of Nepal. The Tilicho base camp trek is getting plenty of exposure and is getting highly popularized among adventure seekers as the trek can be done as a teahouse trek and there is no need for camping as new lodges have been built to accommodate tourists.

We begin the Tilicho Lake trek from the ancient city of Kathmandu with a local bus ride or a private jeep drive to the small town of Besisahar, from where the trek really begins. Walking along the rapidly flowing Marsayangdi River, with spectacular views of Manaslu and Himal Chuli looming around to the east, this trek is definitely going to be a lifetime experience. The Tilicho lake trek also leads us to exquisite and fine villages that are inhabited by a wide diversity of people from different ethnic groups all the while being surrounded by spectacular and majestic views of the white Himalayas. We have added a twist to the Tilicho lake trek as it is basically the same as Annapurna Circuit. As we get to Manang and instead of taking the valley north to Tanki Manang and Yak Kharka, we diverge our route to the west towards the main valley through the Khanshar Village (The Last Village of Nepal), from where we trek up to Tilicho Lake. We later trek to Yak Kharka and then walk through the pass of Thorong La at the elevation of 5,416m. After conquering the Thorong La pass, this treks lead us down to the home of a holy temple Muktinath, and then to the land of apples, Jomsom from where we have a 35-minute scenic mountain flight to Pokhara.

Annapurna Tilicho Lake Trek – itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m)
Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Chamje (1,410m): 8-9 hours
Day 03:Trek from Chamje to Dharapani (1,960m): 5 - 6 hours
Day 04: Trek from Dharapani to Chame (2,710m): 5 - 6 hours
Day 05: Trek from Chame to Pisang (3,300m): 5 - 6 hours
Day 06: Trek from Pisang to Manang (3,500m): 6 - 7 hours
Day 07: Trek from Manang to Khangsar (3745m): 2-3 hours
Day 08: Trek from Khangsar to Tilicho Base Camp (4140m): 5-6 hours
Day 09: Explore Tilicho Lake (4,949m) then trek back to base camp: 5-6 hours
Day 10: Trek from Tilicho Base Camp to Yak Kharka (4040m): 4-5 hours
Day 11: Trek from Yak kharka to Thorang Phedi: (4420m): 3-4 hours
Day 12: Trek from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3,800m) via Thorong La pass (5416m): 7 - 8 hours
Day 13: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (2,715m): 5-6 hours
Day 14: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara (823m): 25 mins
Day 15: Drive back to Kathmandu, overnight at hotel.
Day 16: Final transfer to international airport for your flight back to home.

Trip cost: Please write us and let us know how many of you are there in your group to do this trek then we will provide you all the necessary information with the cost details as per your group size.

Note: If above itinerary couldn't meet your needs, we can design a tailor-made itinerary to suit your needs. It is also possible to combine with some other activities such as Tibet tours, Bhutan tours, and Jungle safari in Nepal.

Annapurna and Tilicho Lake Trek – itinerary

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu (1350m).
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.

Day 02: Drive to Chamje (1,410m): 8-9 hours.
Starting the day early for the trek would be a good idea; we will travel by road from Kathmandu to Chamje village which will be the starting point of the trek. Chamje is a small village in the Annapurna Region at an elevation of 1430 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 guest house with breakfast, lunch, dinner and tea/coffee.

Day 03: Trek from Chamje to Dharapani (1,960m): 5 - 6 hours.
We begin the trek early in the morning. The trail takes us through various vegetable plantations, waterfalls and mixed communities that are believed to have migrated from Tibet. After crossing the suspension bridge below Chamje and climbing two steep sections, we reach the village of Tal. From Tal, we enter the Manang district. On the way we also pass through Kodo village and walk on the trail that rises and falls and cuts across a mountain side to one of the biggest villages in the Manang district, Dharapani. Overnight at guest house with breakfast, lunch, dinner and tea/coffee.

Day 04: Dharapani to Chame (2,710m): 5 - 6 hours .
Today we negotiate a few steep, forested ridges along with several landslides on route to Chame. We should not forget to look up though, as we will be greeted with remarkable views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV (7,525m). We also come across small hot springs which will be a sweet respite from the tiring trek and help us relax for a while. Chame is the headquarters of Manang District in the Gandaki Zone of northern Nepal Overnight in Chame. Overnight at guest house with breakfast, lunch, dinner and tea/coffee.

Day 05: Chame to Pisang (3,300m): 5 - 6 hours.
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.

Day 06: Pisang to Manang (3,500m): 6 - 7 hours.
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.

Day 07: Manang to Khangsar (3745m): 2-3 hours.
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.

Day 08: Khangsar to Tilicho Base Camp (4140m): 5-6 hours.
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.

Day 09: Visit Tilicho Lake (4,949m) then trek back to base camp: 5-6 hours.
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.

Day 10: Tilicho Base Camp to Yak Kharka (4040m): 4-5 hours.
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.

Day 11: Yak kharka to Thorang Phedi: (4420m): 3-4 hours.
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.

Day 12: Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3,800m) via Thorong La pass (5416m): 7 - 8 hours.
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.

Day 13: Muktinath to Jomsom (2,715m): 5-6 hours.
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.

Day 14: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara (823m): 30mins.
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.

Day 15: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu, 6 hours drive .
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.

Day 16: Final departure.
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.

Note: The above information is just a guide and standard pattern of what we provide. The trip can be tailored at your request to accommodate your specific requirements. On adventure trips of this type, weather, transport or a multitude of other factors beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are needed the person in charge will make a decision what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does arise, we do everything we can to reduce its effect, but we cannot be liable for the results of changes or delays.

Service Includes

  • The entire airport picks up and drops
  • Standard hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast
  • Necessary flights from Jomsom to Pokhara and 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

Service Excludes

  • 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

Trek FAQ

Some essential questions and answers for Tilicho Lake trek:

How can I book Tilicho Lake 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 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 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 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.

Travel Insurances

Travelling is an investment and we believe that an insurance makes your investment secure. It is a condition of joining any of our adventure trips that be protected against comprehensive expenses potential to incur due to medial issues or accidents (to include helicopter rescue, air ambulance, and treatment costs). Please be noted that we do not arrange or sell insurance.

A relaxed trip is not possible without good travel insurance. In the event of any sickness or injury, the cost of emergency treatment and evacuation is shocking. Therefore, travel insurance is strongly recommended for everyone who signs up with us. We strongly recommend that you be careful while choosing a policy as some makes special exceptions for adventure travel. Before buying your insurance make sure your insurer is aware of our adventure itinerary that you are going to undertake and is agreeable to cover all activities being undertaken in the trip. Such as if you are planning trekking or climbing/expedition in Himalayas your insurance must cover emergency air ambulance/helicopter rescue including medical expenses. For a group tours in urban areas, your insurance coverage of ambulance or helicopter rescue is not mandatory, however better to have with them too. Again, in Tibet trips there is no possibility of helicopter rescue, so no need to buy the air ambulance coverage in Tibet trips. Also, check your insurance policy firmly to even include trip cancellation, as all deposits paid are non-refundable.

Please kindly provide us your copy of insurance policy (e.g. your insurance certificate) or carry it with you while you come on the trip.


Acclimatization

Alpine Eco Trek is professionals at operating at high-altitude. Each trip we run has a realistic acclimatization programme. Our entire adventure trips are designed to allow gradual height gain, spread over a number of days. High altitude is not predictable sickness, so there is no way of predicting who will suffer from altitude but, for the vast majority of people, a slow ascent to height will produce minimal effects. We can provide 'Gamow Bag' as a precautionary measure as per your request on renting basis. Acclimatizing takes time and there are no safe shortcuts. All trips to altitudes in excess of 3,000 meters carry medicines essential to the treatment of altitude sickness, and our leaders, guides and staffs are well trained to administer them and to know the symptoms.

Check out "Altitude illness" by Dr Jim Duff

http://www.treksafe.com.au/medical/altitude_illness.htm


Food during the trip

Food on full board basis will be provided during the spent on trekking. Three meals (Sherpa, Nepalese and Tibetan, Continental, Italian and Indian dishes) a day will be served from the guesthouse/lodge menus or at camp cooked our master cook. Every day dinner and breakfast are used to take in the same guesthouse/lodge or camp we spend the night. Lunch will be taken on the way to destination. Reception, farewell dinner with culture show will be provided during your stay in Kathmandu.


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Equipments & Packing List for Tilicho Lake trek

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Further Information
Our website contains as much information as possible about this trip. However, if you have any questions regarding trip, please feel free to contact us. We answer all enquiries within 24 hours. If you want to book a trip, you can send us an email or contact us directly by phone: 0977 98510 36844 (Ram Kumar Adhikari).

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