You can get to Tilicho lake by bus to Besisahar and take a local jeep to Chame from there you will hike via Manang valley.
Tilicho lake trek is known for the world’s highest altitude lake located in the Manang District of Nepal. It is in the Annapurna range at an altitude of 4919m. Among the different trek to Annapurna regions, It is also famous for its religious point of view also. Not only Hindus but also Buddhists consider it as a place of religious importance. Tilicho lake trek is made 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 trek is one of the best destinations for nature and adventure lovers.
We can do different options of the itinerary for the trek, if you have the short holiday we can make it a shorter version, now till Chame or even high we can drive by local jeep to shorten the trip, after finish the trek we come to Manang village and from there the same route back to Besisahar taking by local Jeep, this way we can make 7 days trek to Tiilicho lake. The journey starts from a drive from Kathmandu to Syange.
We can drive further to Chame or can start the trekking from Syange. Tilicho lake trek visitors have the opportunity to walk through highly stunning places in the country. Such as Manang [3,540m/11,614], Tilicho Base Camp [4,200m/13,779ft], Yak Kharka [4,000m/13,123ft], Thorong Phedi [4,450m/14,600ft], Jomsom [2,720m/8,924ft. Beyond every mentioned place. Previous visitors have genuinely stated authentic reviews about these spots. Which further helped newer tourists to decide
Tilicho lake 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 has a dry landscape resembling the Tibetan Plateau. Its beauty is hard to explain in words. It’s a beautiful lake that lies 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.
Most part of the trail is in the 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 ends at the snow line. The trek gives you the great opportunity to see a lake at this altitude. It has a religious value also.
After visiting the Tilicho lake trek, the trail goes to Yak Kharka and joins the regular route crossing the Thorong La Pass (5416m). When we go to the pass we have a chance to see 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.
The panoramic view of a variety of cultures and diversity, most beautiful deep valleys and high mountains encircling the giant Annapurna Himal is beautiful. The look of the landscape as the trail starts from subtropical climate and end at the snow line is stunning. It provides some magnificent world views. The Tilicho lake trek starts from Besisahar and moves along the Marshyangdi River, which reaches to Annapurna circuit. It also considers as a place with lots of mythical associations. It takes 5-6 hours to reach the Tilicho from the Tilicho base camp.
The Tilicho lake trek goes via Besisahar, Manang valley a Himalayan Shangrila of Nepal offers you the best mountain view, we can trek via upper Pisang also, from Manang it goes to Khangsar village and finally to the base camp. The route map goes to Muktinath with the famous Throng La pass or we can come down to Besisahar via Chame also, in this package we take the route back to Besisahar from Manang. Some trekkers looking for difficult options can do the Pass directly from Tilicho and arrive at Jomsom also.
Tilicho lake trek cost for Nepali is cheaper than foreigners as the Nepali nationality doesn’t need any trekking permit and Tims card. The cost depends on how big are your group and how you travel there, if you take local buses to Besi Sahar and sharing a jeep to Syange it is cheaper, private jeeps are more expensive. The daily expenses for the trek with your meals, the guest house is about 2500 to 3000 Nepali rupees.
For foreigners, we also have full board Tilicho lake trek from arrival to departure with your meals, hotel in Kathmandu, local transportation, trekking permit guide, and porters all-inclusive package. The cost for 18 days Package in Nepal is USD 1320 per person for a minimum 2 person group.
Duration: 10 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: 10 days, 9 nights lodges, 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 2 to 12 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: Local Bus
Activity: City tour, Trekking
Day 01: - Drive, Pokhara/ Kathmandu to Syange/ Jagat (1330m/4363ft) to Chame
Today is our driving day to start the Tiliho lake trek. We can start the trek from Pokhara or Kathmandu. we drive by local bus in Prithvi Highway, about 6 hours drive till Besisahar. 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 make our stay in Syange or Jagat as well. from here take a local sharing jeep drive to Chame. Overnight at Chame village. the route passes through nice terraces, ricefields, waterfalls, We can have the view of Lamjung Himal and Annapurna ranges.
Day 02: - Chame trekking to Pisang (3210m/10531ft)
Today we will trek to Pisang. The first part of the trek is involving in the climbing up hills. You will see the small Mani walls and walking in the fields of buckwheat. which is the main grain-producing here. when we pass the small village of Telekhu (2840m). from here the path is the mostly flat level walk-in forest with some dramatic scenery as you walk through a deep gorge. We are following the upper Marshyangdi valley with the prayer flags and stone cairn. While we are walking in this Valley We get an excellent view of Pisang peak and Annapurna II at Pisang. Pisang marks the beginning of the region’s upper portion of the Manang district.
Day 03: - Pisang to Manang (3540m/11614ft)
Today we will trek via Upper Pisang to Manang. IT is about 6-7 hours trek. First, we will climb with the buckwheat files and there is one nice monastery. When you are getting higher the views of Annapuran is more closer. We are entering into 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. Today trails we pass most of the pine forest and great Braga village. It is the large Tibetan settlement Manang provides excellent views of Annapurna II/III/IV, Gangapurna, and Tarkekang. Stay at 3570m.
Day 04: - Acclimatization day at Manang
Today is the most important day for the high altitude trek. To acclimatize your body we need rest. It is better to climb a little higher than Manang elevation and come down to sleep. There are different day hike options from Manang village. you can go to Gangapurna lake, Ice lakes, or top hilltop small monastery. Today is the best day for us to get the spectacular views of the Himalayas nearby. There are beautiful views of the Gangapura glacier lake at the foot of dramatic Gangapurna icefall and traditional stone buildings. We can also explore the nearby small village and Milarepa Cave. Stay overnight at the guest house.
Day 05: - Manang trekking to Khangsar village (3734m/12251ft)
We are Descending from old Manang and passing by Chorten reach a Marsyangdi river. passing by the beautiful a suspension bridge over Jharsing Khola. There is a glacial small lake at the foot of an enormous icefall descending from the northern slopes of Gangapurna. the trail stays close to the river bed and we will arrive at the small village of Khangsar. from here the superb view of the Great Barrier is opening up. There you find a small monastery, Chorten, Mani walls, and prayer flags. Stay overnight at Khangsar village in a basic lodge.
Day 06: - Khangsar Village Trekking to Tilicho lake base camp (4150m/13615ft)
Today we will walk in the steeply climbing train for the first half. We are passing by Gompa and a small chorten. The trail goes through juniper and sea buckthorn bushes, it is very famous in the route to drink the Sea buckthorn juice. Small crystals entirely cover the path, and shrubs can be seen on both sides. We will also cross small streams from the Mount Annapurna You reach a crest (4650m) with prayer flags after the wearying climb, and then through a series of zigzags trail to the downhill brings you to the Tilicho Base Camp Hotel. We get the best closes views of Tilicho Mountain and many others. As there is no guest house at Tilicho Lake so we spend overnight here at a basic local guest house.
Day 07: - Tilicho Base camp trekking to Tilicho Lake (4920m/16142ft) and trek back to base camp
Today is the little hard and exciting day for our trek as we are going to see the Tilicho Lake. The firest apr of the trail to the lake goes with a side valley then traverses onto a moraine, doing a long climb to 4710m. We can see the great view of Mount Tarkeghyang, Gangapurna, and the Khangsar Kang. You are at Tilicho Lake, the highest lake in the world at (4920m). The water Sometimes is turquoise water reflects the surrounding peaks. Most of the time it is frozen. Spend your best time here make some snaps of the lake and mountains and we will trek down to Tilicho base camp via the same way for an overnight stay.
Day 08: - Tilicho base camp trekking to Manang Village
Today we are going down to Manang valley, As this is the short version of the itinerary so we are going back in the same way. if you are a long time you can go to Yak kharka and the famous Throng la pass route. We are now climbing hills out of the. out of the Marsyangdi Valley. We are following the north, passing the local Goths. We are coming to the juniper and alpine grasses. Follow the old track of Khangsar village that will lead you around and down to cross the river on an old small bridge. Another beautiful night at Manang village.
Day 09: - Trekking back to Chame
Today we trek back to Chame visa downhill trail along the way. We pass by lower Pisang, Humde small airstrip, the trail is with the forest of rhododendron, pine, and junipers. or there is an option for you taking a local Jeep drive also on extra cost, Usually, the Jeeps are leaving early in the morning at 7 am. The sharing jeep is the move when it gets full sand there are about 2/3 jeeps per day.
Day 10: - Chame drive back to Kathmandu or Pokhara by sharing local jeep/ bus
Chame drives back to Kathmandu. Today is the last day of our Tilicho lake trek. We take a drive till Besisahar by local sharing jeep. We drive with local people. on Arrival Besisahar we stop for lunch. from here you can take a local bus drive to Kathmandu, you have also the option to drive to Pokhara also another peaceful city. Furthermore, you can take a private car also by adding extra cost.
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Tea house/Lodge lodges
Tilicho Lake (4920m/16142ft)
You can get to Tilicho lake by bus to Besisahar and take a local jeep to Chame from there you will hike via Manang valley.
Tilicho lake is the highest lake in Nepal. The lake is the height of 4919 m from sea level. It lies in the District of Manang. The length of this lake is 4 km and breadth is 1.4 km