Tilicho Lake Trek

Tilicho Lake Trek
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Facts About Tilicho Lake Trek

Grade

Strenuous

Max Size

1-15

Altitude

4949 m

Transportation

Privet Jeep/ Car

Accomodation

Lodge

Major Activity

Trekking & Tour

Himalayan Sights

Annapurna Range

Starts/Ends

Kathamandu - Kathmandu

Duration:

15 Days

Trip Overview

Tilicho Lake Trek Highlights

  • Mesmerizing Tilicho Lake
  • Gigantic Mountains
  • Villages of different ethnic communities and their lifestyle
  • Hospitality of villagers on the trail
  • Lush Rhododendron forests
  • Great landscapes

Tilicho Lake Trek takes you to the highest lake in the world with an elevation of 4920m from sea level. Tilicho Lake is also a sacred lake of Hindus that has been mentioned in Ramayana (The holy book of Hindus).  The lake collects the glacial melt of entire north of Annapurna and Thorang Peak. Trekking to Tilicho Lake offers you the great views of Magnificent Mountains and beautiful landscapes. Though thousands of tourists trek to Tilicho every year, still this place has undisturbed natural beauty and peaceful environment in the high Himalaya.

The trek to Tilicho Lake is also best opportunity to explore the unique cultures and lifestyles of the peoples residing in High Himalayas. The route of Tilicho Trekking goes through the villages of different ethnic groups. The extraordinary views of giant mountains including Lamjung Himal (6932m), Annapurna II (7939m), Annapurna IV (7525m), Annapurna III (7555m), Gangapurna (7454m) and several other gigantic peaks. The green rolling hills and terraced farmlands on the lower elevations are also equally outstanding. The villagers and their hospitality make the trek even better experience.

The Tilicho Lake mostly follows the Annapurna Circuit Trekking route that takes us to the famous Tilicho Lake nestled between the giant Himalayas. The extreme beauty of Lake and panoramic views of gigantic mountains makes this place a paradise. This will be your lifetime memorable trek. The astounding natural beauties throughout the trail with lush rhododendron, oak and bamboo forests and view of White Mountain during whole trek will make your trek even more exciting.

Tilicho Lake Trek can be done via two routes. One is from Thorong La Pass (one of the highest pass in the world) and another is through Mesokanto La pass which is unique and less visited path with equally breath stopping natural beauties. Don’t hesitate to contact us (Life Dream Adventure) for more information about the Trekking in Nepal.

Tilicho Lake Trek Itinerary

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Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu 4,264 ft
Food
Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1300

Welcome to Kathmandu. On arrival to Tribhuwan International Airport, you will meet office representative from Life Dream Adventure who will transfer you to the Hotel. You can relax on your remaining leisure time. There will be welcome dinner at evening hosted by Life Dream Adventure.

Day 2 : Drive to Chamje 4,626ft, 6-7 hours
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
1410

After having breakfast in the early morning, we will have a scenic drive to Chamje. We will observe the great landscapes. Chamje is a very beautiful and small village located in the Annapurna Region, famous for the waterfall near the village.

Overnight in Chamje

Day 3 : Trek from Chamje to Dharapani 6,430ft, 5 - 6 hours
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
1960

We begin our walk after early morning breakfast. We pass via vegetable plantations, waterfalls and mixed community of Tibetan like people who are believed to have migrated from Tibet. After crossing the suspension bridge and clinbing on a steep route we reach to the another village Tal. Tal is a beautiful village. From there we continue our walk to Kodo village and finally reach Dharapani.

Overnight in Dharapani

Day 4 : Dharapani to Chame 8,891ft, 5 - 6 hours
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2710

We continue our walk after having breakfast passing through a few forested ridges. During the trek we can have the wonderful views of giant Himalayas including Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV etc. We will also explore small hot spring on the way to Chame. Chame is the Headquarter of Manang District.

Overnight in Chame

Day 5 : Chame to Pisang 10824ft, 5 - 6 hours
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3300

After early morning breakfast we climb on a steep and narrow path through a very dense forest that will takes us to the dramatic curved rock face, rising 1500m from the river. After passing the last bit of rock we reach the valley that opens up with majestic mountain vistas. After reaching lower Pisang we rek for a while and reach today’s destination.

Overnight in Pisang

Day 6 : Pisang to Manang 11,482ft, 6 - 7 hours
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3500

Among the two reputes to reach Manang from Pisang, we follow the trail that passes through the upper Pisang via Geru. This trail is very rich in natural beauties including the incredible views of great mountain vistas. WE can have the best view of Mt. Annapurna and Pisang. We will also make a short visit to Barge Monastery which is the largest monastery in the entire Manang district.

Overnight in Manang

Day 7 : Manang to Khangsar 12286ft, 2-3 hours
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3745

After having breakfast we continue our trek up to the Khangsar village. We pass via a gorge from where we can spot the Tilicho Peak. During the whole trek today, we can enjoy the great views of Annapurna Ranges. We also pass through the different small settlements before reaching to Khangsar.

Overnight in Khangsar

Day 8 : Khangsar to Tilicho Base Camp 13,583ft, 5-6 hours
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
4140

After having breakfast, we walk across wide grassy fields and make a slight climb up a small hill. From the top of that hill we will witness the eye catching view of entire valley. After a steep descent from there we will enter Tilicho Base Camp. We will observe the incredible views of surrounding from here.

Overnight in Tilicho Base Camp

Day 9 : Visit Tilicho Lake 16,138 ft then trek back to base camp, 5-6 hours
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
4949

Firstly we will have tough ascent, then our trail cross along the side of the mountain. We will be rewarded with spectacular views of several high peaks including Tilicho, Nilgiri, Khangsar and Muktinath peaks. After some walk we will reach one of the highest lakes in the world – Tilicho Lake. Sometimes the lake reflects the astounding views of surrounding mountains making it more beautiful but most of the time it remains frozen. After observing the breath stopping views of the Lake and Sorrounding, we will be back to Tilicho Base Camp.

Overnight in Tilicho Base camp

Day 10 : Tilicho Base Camp to Yak Kharka 13,020ft, 4-5 hours
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
4040

Today after having breakfast in the early morning, we will head toward the Yakkharka. We will pass through the old ruins of Khangsar village. Crossing several rivers and streams and passing through the alpine vegetation we reach Yak Kharka. Yak Kharka means the meadow where yak are grazed. We can observe many yaks grazing and standing on the village. The village also offers the incredible view of Annapurna III.

Overnight in Yak Kharka

Day 11 : Yak Kharka to Thorang Phedi- 14501ft, 3-4 hours
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
4420

After having breakfast, we hike uphill to reach Thorang Phedi. On the way to Ledar Village, we cross a suspension bridge and ascend furthermore passing through towering cliffs. The trail rewards us with the best views of Mt. Gundang, Mt. Syagang, Mt. Katungkan and Thorung Peak. Literally Phedi means the foot of a Mountain so this place is known as Thorong Phedi.

Overnight in Thorong Phedi

Day 12 : Thorong Phedi to Muktinath 12,467ft via Thorong La pass 5416m/17764ft, 7 - 8 hours
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3800

Today we will trek to Muktinath – One of the holy Temple of Hindus and Buddhists. We pass through on of the world’s highest pass today. Passing Thorang La will be our ultimate objective today. We start our trek very early in the morning and walk uphill to Thorong La pass. After exploring one of the world’s highest pass we take some photos and get down to Muktinath Valley.

Overnight in Muktinath

Day 13 : Muktinath to Jomsom 8,910ft, 5-6 hours
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2715

After having breakfast, we will trek towards Jomsom. Jomsom is a beautiful valley nestled between the giant peaks. There is a Domestic Airport in Jomsom from where we will fly to Pokhara. We trek via beautiful landscapes enjoying the great mountain vistas.

Overnight in Jomsom

Day 14 : Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara 2,700ft, 30mins
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
900

We will have scenic fly from Jomsom to Pokhara. The morning flight to Pokhara takes 30 minutes than after we will have enough time to roam around the great lakes of Pokhara. We will visist some of the famous sites of Pokhara.

Overnight in Pokhara

Day 15 : Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu
Food
Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

Today we will fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu in the early Morning. After 30 minutes scenic flight we will land Kathmandu. Here you can enjoy by visiting beautiful sites or go shopping or relax in the hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast.

Accommodation: 3 star rated hotel (on your request)

Cost Includes

  • 2 night hotel in Pokhara
  • All accommodation and meals during the trek
  • Transfer by Kathmandu to Pokhara flight or deluxe tourist bus
  • An experienced English-speaking trek guide and Sherpa porters to carry luggage including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and lodging
  • Sleeping bags and duffel bags
  • All necessary paper works
  • National Park entry fee
  • TIMS Card fee
  • All government and local taxes

 

Cost Excludes

  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc.)
  • Tips for guides and porters
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Fequenty Asked Questions (FAQs)

Where is Tilicho Lake located?

Tilicho Lake is located in the Manang district of Nepal, in the Annapurna mountain range.

How difficult is the Tilicho Lake trek?

The Tilicho Lake trek is considered a moderately difficult trek, with a maximum altitude of 5,416 meters (17,769 feet) at Tilicho Lake. It is important to be physically fit and acclimatized to high altitudes before attempting the trek.

What is the best time to go on the Tilicho Lake trek?

The best time to go on the Tilicho Lake trek is from March to May and from September to November, as the weather is usually clear and dry during these months.

How many days does the Tilicho Lake trek take?

The Tilicho Lake trek can take anywhere from 10 to 14 days, depending on the starting point and the route taken.

What permits are required for the Tilicho Lake trek?

The Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS) card are required for the Tilicho Lake trek.

What is the route of the trek?

The trek usually starts from the village of Khangsar and follows the route through the beautiful Manang Valley, Thorong La Pass, and Jomsom.

Is it necessary to have prior trekking experience to do the Tilicho Lake Trek?

Although prior trekking experience is not necessary, it is recommended that trekkers have some experience of high-altitude trekking.

What are the accommodation options during the trek?

Accommodation options during the trek include teahouses and camping. Teahouses are basic lodges that provide meals and accommodation, while camping involves carrying all necessary equipment and setting up tents for overnight stays.

What should I pack for the Tilicho Lake Trek?

Essential items to pack include warm clothing, trekking boots, sleeping bag, headlamp, first-aid kit, and trekking poles. It is also recommended to carry a water purification system or iodine tablets.

Are there any permits required for the trek?

Yes, trekkers need to obtain the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS) card before starting the trek.

Additional Information

Additional Information About Tilicho Lake Trek

Side trip to Ice Lake:

Many trekkers opt for a side trip to Ice Lake, which is situated at an altitude of 4,600 meters and offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains and glaciers. The side trip usually takes an additional day and requires some physical fitness and acclimatization.

Religious significance of Tilicho Lake:

The Tilicho Lake is considered to have spiritual and religious significance by both Hindus and Buddhists. According to Hindu mythology, the lake is believed to be a sacred spot associated with the sage Vyas, who is said to have meditated here. Buddhists consider the lake to be a spiritual site associated with the great master Padmasambhava.

Scenic beauty of the trek:

The Tilicho Lake Trek is known for its stunning scenery, which includes snow-capped mountains, alpine forests, and glacial valleys. The trek offers an opportunity to see a diverse range of flora and fauna, including rare species such as the snow leopard and the Himalayan blue sheep.

Altitude sickness:

The trek involves high-altitude terrain and requires some acclimatization. Trekkers should be aware of the symptoms of altitude sickness, which include headache, nausea, and shortness of breath, and take necessary precautions to avoid it.

Weather:

The weather during the trek can be unpredictable, with sudden changes in temperature and weather conditions. Trekkers should be prepared for cold and windy conditions and carry warm clothing and waterproof gear.

Tea-house accommodation:

The trek can be done as a tea-house trek, which means that accommodation and meals are provided at the teahouses along the way. The teahouses are basic lodges that offer simple accommodation and local cuisine.

Combination with other treks:

The Tilicho Lake Trek can be combined with other treks in the Annapurna region, such as the Annapurna Circuit Trek or the Jomsom and Muktinath Trek, to make a longer and more diverse trekking experience.

Cultural experience:

The trek offers an opportunity to experience the unique culture and lifestyle of the local people, who are mainly of Tibetan origin. The trek passes through several traditional villages, including Manang and Khangsar, which are known for their distinctive architecture, culture, and traditions.

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