Tilicho lake trek is known for the world’s highest lake located in the Manang District of Nepal in the Annapurna range at an altitude of 4919m. Among the different trek to Annapurna regions, Tilicho Lake trek is also famous for its religious point of view as many Hindu pilgrims from around the world visit this lake. Not only Hindus but also Buddhists consider it as a place of religious importance.
The destination is definitely awesome, but also the journey is marvelous. The lake is incredibly stunning, filled with the purest water of mountains and the route is even much attractive. The view of stunning mountains, walk over the gorgeous hills and the completely amazing surrounding is everything you will love. Also, the clear sky, cool weather, and the greenery, the trek to Tilicho lake is absolutely stunning.
The trek is undoubtedly providing some majestic panoramic views along with a great variety of cultures and diversity. It lies in between the most beautiful deep valleys and high mountains encircling the giant Annapurna Himal. The place is vibrant with a wide range of people and terrain, sub-tropical to a tall, dry landscape resembling the Tibetan Plateau. Its beauty is hard to explain in words. It’s a beautiful lake situated in between the mountains. The water is so pure and the place is heavenly. The trail leads you to the beautiful village inhabited by a wide diversity of people from different ethnic groups.
Tilicho Lake Trek starts right from Besisahar to the famous Annapurna circuit route, which goes along the Marsyangdi River valley, with great views of Manaslu and Himal Chuli to the east. Every day you will see different landscapes, as the trail starts from subtropical climate and end at the snow line. For the lovers of nature it a magnificent and real opportunity to see a lake at this altitude and also it is famous for the religious point of view.
After visiting the lake, the trail goes to Yak Kharka and joins the regular route crossing the Thorong La Pass (5416m). We will also visit Muktinath via Plateau of Kagbeni and return to Jomsom. On the way, we will pass through every type of vegetation zones from lush sub-tropical to harsh semi-desert, and the highest trekking gives in the world.
Tilicho, a high altitude lake trek, will keep you regaling your experiences for years to come. Take on the challenge of this challenging trek, and the rewards will be immeasurable and a true lifetime experience. Tilicho lake is a perfect destination if you love nature and its wonders. Also, if you aspire to venture into some of the less trodden remote regions apart from the regular trekking routes.
Duration: 18 Days
Max. Altitude: Tilicho Lake (4920m/16142ft)
Trek Grade: Fairly Strenuous.
Best Travel Time: February to Mid June, September – November are the best seasons. Dec & January are Winter and cold can be snow on the trail, July & August are rainy time, trekking is ok at this time, but visibility is low due to rain.
Trip Snippets: 18 days, four night’s hotels, 13 nights lodges, Breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara, three meals a day ( breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the trek) are included.
Departure Dates: We can offer this trek on any dates during the months Feb, March, April, May, June, Sept, Oct, November, and December for a group of 1 to 15 people.
Equipment rental: We advise you to bring all of your clothing and gear from home, however in Kathmandu there are many shops to buy and rent trek related equipment
Your trek Backpack/duffle bag: Our porters will carry your baggage on the trek, the maximum weight per trekkers is 15 kg, including your sleeping bag, and down jacket; other items not required on the trek you can keep in our office or your hotel in Kathmandu or Pokhara.
Transportation: Tourist Bus, Private Car/Van,Plane.
Activity: City tour, Trekking
Day 01: - Greetings at Kathmandu Airport, transfer to hotel.
A very warm ‘Namaste’ (welcome in Nepali) for your great journey with us. We will meet at the Kathmandu, Tribhuvan International Airport, and would drive to your hotel. As you get ease and freshen up after your long flight, we humbly request you to visit our office for a briefing about your program. You will have a meeting with your trekking guide and discuss the equipment needed for the trekking, and we will process for the trekking permits. If you arrive at night, we will have the same discussion in next day morning after breakfast.
Day 02: - A full day recreational tour of Kathmandu, the capital valley
The next morning after breakfast you will leave for a full day sightseeing tour around the Kathmandu valley. You can pay your homage visiting the center of pilgrimage Pashupatinath Temple (for Hindus) and Swyambhunath (for Buddhists). These are very ancient and historical pride of Nepal importantly enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage sites. The biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhanath and the fine arts and historical architecture of Kathmandu Durbar Square reflect the uniqueness and diversity in Nepalese culture. On the journey back to the hotel, you can travel around the local areas, gullies, and lifestyle. You can perhaps take a relaxed walk through the famous streets like Thamel.
Day 03: - Drive Kathmandu to Syange/ Jagat (1330m/4363ft)
Take a vehicle or tourist bus to Besi Sahar through Prithvi Highway, about 6 hours drive. Reach Besi Sahar or Bhulbule at Lunchtime. Take a local jeep to Syange (1080m) driving with the view of River, greeneries, local villages, and beautiful mountain scenery. A steep and slippery trail runs up and down through paddy fields, passing through tiny Tibetan villages, the trail ascends through the rhododendron forest to Jagat (1330m). If our driving is late, we can stay in Syange as well.
Day 04: - Syange/Jagat trekking to Dharapani (1960m/6430ft)
The trail continues diagonal way across the right side Marsyangdi river view, and after crossing suspension bridge in the Marsyangdi River again, the trail goes uphill and gradually steep flat and get to Tal. Tal is one of the famous places for valley views and waterfalls. We enter Manang district; the trail continues through barley, rice, potato fields, and pine forests past the village of Khotro (1860m). Descend to a forest to a long suspension bridge and charming courtyards of Alpine. Passing through Karte and Nache village, the new trail continues a stone Kani making a formal entrance to Dharapani. Dharapani is one junction way for Manaslu round and also big villages in the Manang valley.
Day 05: - Dharapani trekking to Chame (2630m/8629ft)
After registering in the ACAP office, he gradually climbs over a spur. Walk to Bagarchhap (2160m) through a forest of blue pine, spruce, hemlock, maple, and oak. The trail stays on the south bank of the river, climbing through woods to Danaque (2210m), a valley surrounded by apple orchards. Climb steeply crisscrossing section of the road through rhododendron forest. The trail climbs along the mule track through in and fir forest and then follows the river for a time amongst the higher oak and maple trees. At the entrance to Chame is a long wall with many prayer wheels; the administrative headquarter of the Manang district. There are beautiful views of Lamjung, Annapurna II/IV (7525m). Stay overnight at the guest house.
Day 06: - Chame to Pisang (3210m/10531ft)
Climb past Mani walls to a field of buckwheat in tiny village Telekhu (2840m). There is a long, peasant, and mostly level walk-in forest with some dramatic scenery as you walk through a deep gorge. The pine-scented trail rounds a bend to reveal the first views of tense Paungda Danda rock face, a large curved slab of rock. Over a ridge marked by prayer flags and stone cairn, continue the steep ascent to the upper Marsyangdi. The trail follows through the river valley with excellent views along the way of Pisang peak and Annapurna II at Pisang. Pisang marks the beginning of the region’s upper portion of the Manang district.
Day 07: - Pisang to Manang (3540m/11614ft)
It’s about 6-7 hours trail. From upper Pisang, the high trail enters pine grooves to reveal views of the small turquoise lake. The trail does a dogleg through the charming village, passing with views of painted Mandalas and dragon mouth spouts. Hike through the fields of grazing Yak and a wide variety of crops. The trail climbs a steep ridge right side of the Marsyangdi River to get Ngawal (3660m), but it is one of the high viewing points of the whole Annapurna Ridge and the Marsyangdi river valley view. On the way, we pass pine forests, villages such as Braga, and farming terraces. The large Tibetan settlement Manang provides excellent views of Annapurna II/III/IV, Gangapurna, and Tarkekang. Stay at 3570m.
Day 08: - Acclimatization day at Manang
This day you spend the second night in the Manang region to acclimatize to the higher elevations you will encounter towards the Thoroung La. Take advice from Himalayan Rescue Association and observe the spectacular views of the Himalaya nearby. There are beautiful views of the milky blue glacier lake at the foot of dramatic Gangapurna icefall and traditional stone buildings. You can explore Khangsur Village, Kecho Lake, or Milarepa Cave. Stay overnight in camp.
Day 09: - Manang trekking to Khangsar village (3734m/12251ft)
Descending from old Manang and passing by Chorten reach a Marsyangdi river, cross a suspension bridge over Jharsing Khola (stream It is possible to cross the ridge north of Annapurna IV, II, and Glacier Dome or to descend from village to the glacial lake at the foot of a enormous icefall descending from the northern slopes of Gangapurna.the trail stays close to the river bed and soon we approach Khangsar, superb view of the Great Barrier open up. There you find a small monastery, Chorten, Mani walls, and prayer flags. Stay overnight at camp in Khangsar. Stay overnight at camp in Khangsar.
Day 10: - Khangsar Village Trekking to Tilicho lake base camp (4150m/13615ft)
From Khangsar, the trail climbs steeply past the Gompa and small chortens; the trail goes through juniper and sea buckthorn bushes. Small crystals entirely cover the path, and shrubs can be seen on both sides. Some places along the trail, you cross a few streams. You reach a crest (4650m) with prayer flags after the wearying climb, and then through a series of zigzags down a scree slope bring you to the Tilicho Base Camp Hotel. From here, you can enjoy the closer and panoramic views of Tilicho Mountain and many others. Tilicho Lake is situated at the highest altitude, so we set our camp today here at low.
Day 11: - Base camp trekking to Tilicho Lake (4920m/16142ft) and trek back to base camp
The trail to the Tilicho Starts up a side valley then traverses onto a moraine, doing a long climb to 4710m. There is an outstanding view of Tarkeghyang, Gangapurna, and the Khangsar Kang. Tilicho Lake, the highest lake in the world at (4920m), presents a particularly dramatic spectacle. Sometimes its turquoise water reflects the surrounding peaks, but more often, it’s frozen solid. After spending the memorable time at Tilicho Lake, we will trek down to Tilicho base camp via the same way for an overnight stay.
Day 12: - Tilicho base camp trekking to Yak Kharka (4000m/13123ft)
The trail continues to climb out of the Marsyangdi Valley. The trail follows this valley north, passing a Goths as it steadily gains elevation. You have left the large trees below; the vegetation now consists of scrub juniper and alpine grasses. You can keep high and follow a track 400meters or so above Khangsar village passing through the ruins of old Khangsar and follow an unmarked trail which will lead you around and down to cross the river on an old log bridge between Gunsang and Yak Kharka. It’s fun to see large yaks grazing at Yak Kharka. The view of Annapurna III is excellent.
Day 13: - Yak Kharka trekking to Phedi (4420m/14501ft)
From Yak Kharka, the trail climbs along the east bank of the Jarsang Khola, then descends and crosses the stream on a wooden bridge at 4310m. Blue sheep, and even snow-capped leopards, sometimes magically appear. The crow-like bird choughs, large lammergeiers, and Himalayan griffons circles you overhead. It is sometimes possible to see herds of blue mountain sheep at Phedi. Overnight at Phedi 4400m.
Day 14: - Phedi trekking to Muktinath (3800m/12467ft)
The trail becomes steep immediately after leaving Thorung Phedi, switchbacking up moraines and following rocky ridges as it ascends to the Thorung La pass (5416m). You can see the long Great Barrier ridge, Tibet like region of Manang, as well as the Annapurna, Gangapurna, and the heavily glaciated peak of Khatung Kang (6484m). The trail descends, crossing meadows steeply down to Muktinath. One of the most important pilgrimage sites for both Hindus and Buddhists. It is also home to many ethnics Tibetans and holy Buddhists.
Day 15: - Muktinath trekking to Jomsom (2713m/8901ft) via Kagbeni (2810m/9219ft)
From Muktinath to Jomsom, we see people from Mustang who comes to sell handicrafts to pilgrims. Among them, merchandise is the highly revered mollusk fossil called Shaligram. We will pass some ancient caves and view the impressive white snow-capped mountains. The trail stroll among meadows, streams, poplar, and fruit trees, finally we arrive Kagbeni, a gateway to Upper Mustang; it has to pose Chortens and ochre-colored Gompa and monastery. After lunch in Kagbeni continues trekking to Jomsom on the windy trail of Kali Gandaki valley, overnight at Jomsom.
Day 16: - Jomsom to Pokhara
Early morning we will take a short picturesque flight to Pokhara. The view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains and the world’s deepest gorge, Kali Gandaki, is stunning. Relax the whole day in the hotel or wander around Lake Side with fascinating mountains panorama view and nature charming. Explore the various interesting places like Mahendra Cave, David’s fall, and the numerous lakes, of course.
Day 17: - Pokhara to Kathmandu, Take a 25 minutes flight or 6/7 hour Drive.
Take a flight or drive by tourist bus/Private car to Kathmandu. In the evening, you can have your last night in Nepal, enjoying the Nepali cultural dinner show, taking some beautiful snaps, and making up your mind about the returning journey. You can have greetings exchanging among friends and with all Nepalese people.
Day 18: - Final Departure
We will take you to the International Airport for your convenience. We wish you a happy journey traditionally and culturally of us Nepalese and Good-Bye with a hope to see you again.
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Tilicho Lake (4920m/16142ft)