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Tilicho Lake Trekking


Tilicho lake short trekking is the adventure trek to explore the difficult trekking trail as well as the beauty of the Tilicho Lake. Tilicho Lake is located at the height of 4920 meter and it is the highest lake of the world.The thundered sound of avalanche and the calm of the Tilicho Lake are really amazing. In 2001, Hindu pilgrims from around the world flocked to the lake convinced it is a holy spot mentioned in the Ramayan - a holy book of the Hindus. Tilicho lake trek undoubtedly provides some of the world's best views, great variety of culture and diversity, finest deep valley's and high mountains encircling the giant Annapurna Himal. The place is rich with the wide range of people and terrain, sub-tropical to high, dry landscape resembling the Tibetan Plateau. Tilicho lake trekking 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.

The magnificent route leads you through traditional Manangi villages inhabited by friendly, habitual people who always offer a warm welcome amidst the magical, snowcapped Himalayas. You will enjoy the delightful sights of quaint Tibetan villages, astounding rock formations, high altitude grazing settlements, narrow canyons, deep forests and majestic snow clad peaks during your Nepal Tilicho lake trek. Among the Annapurna Circuit Trek, Tilicho lake trek is the most popular destination for hiking. The spectacular views of the majestic Himalayas and the glistening waters of a high altitude lake will keep you regaling your experiences for years to come.

  • Duration: 18 Days
  • Max. Altitude: Tilicho Lake (4920m)
  • Trek Grade: Fairly Strenuous
  • Best Travel Time: February to Mid June, September - November are the best seasons.  
  • Transportation: PrivateCar/Van,Plane.
  • Activity: City tour, Trekking

Day 1

Arrive at the airport and transfer to a hotel.Stay overnight and prepare for the trek.

Day 2
Drive Kathmandu to Syange/ Jagat (1330m)

Take a vehicle or tourist bus to Besi Sahar through Prithvi Highway, about 6 hours drive. Take a local jeep to Syange (1080m) driving with the view of River, greeneries, local villages and beautiful mountain scenery. Passing through tiny Tibetan villages, the trail ascends through the rhododendron forest to Jagat (1330m). Stay overnight.

Day 3
Syange/Jagat trekking to Dharapani (1960m)

Tal is one of the famous places for valley views and water falls. We enter Manang district, trail continues through barley, rice, potato fields and pine forests past the village of Khotro (1860m). 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

Day 4
Dharapani trekking to Chame (2630m)

Walk to Bagarchhap (2160m) through a forest of blue pine, spurce, hemlock, maple and oak. The trail stays on the south bank of the river, climbing through forests to Danaque (2210m), valley surrounded by apples orchards. Climb At the entrance to Chame is a long wall with many prayer wheels. There are fine views of Lamjung, Annapurna II/IV (7525m). Stay overnight at guest house.

Day 5
Chame to Pisang (3210m)

Climb past Mani walls to a field of buckwheat in tiny village Telekhu (2840m). Over a ridge marked by prayer flags and stone cairn, continue the steep ascent to the upper Marsyangdi. Pisang marks the beginning of the region upper portion of the Manang district.Stay overnight.

Day 6
Pisang to Manang (3540m)

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 climbs a steep ridge right side of the Marsyangdi River to get Ngawal (3660m) but it is one of the really great viewing point o f the whole Annapurna Ridge and the Marsyangdi river valley view. On the way we pass pine forests, villages such as Braga and farming terraces. Stay overnight.

Day 7
Acclimatization day at Manang

This day you spend a second night in the Manang region to acclimatize to the higher elevations you will encounter towards the Thoroung La. You can explore Khangsur Village, Kecho Lake or Milarepa Cave. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 8
Manang trekking to Khangsar village (3734m)

Descending from old Manang and passing by Chorten reach a Marsyangdi river, cross a suspension bridge over Jharsing Khola .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 huge 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. Stay overnight at camp in Khangsar.

Day 9
Khangsar Village Trekking to Tilicho lake base camp (4150m)

From Khangsar the trail climbs steeply past the Gompa and small chortens. You reach a crest (4650m) with prayer flags after the wearying clim and then through a series of zigzags down a scree slope bring you to the Tilicho Base Camp Hotel. Tilicho Lake is situated at the highest altitude so we set our camp at low.

Day 10
Base camp trekking to Tilicho Lake (4920m) and trek back to base camp

The trail to the Tilicho Starts up a side valley then traverses onto a moraine, making a long climb to 4710m. After spending the memorable time at Tilicho Lake, we will trek down to Tilicho base camp via same way for overnight stay.

Day 11
Tilicho base camp trekking to Yak Kharka (4000m)

The trail continues to climb out of the Marsyangdi Valley. 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.Overnight.

Day 12
Yak Kharka trekking to Phedi (4420m)

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.Overnight at Phedi 4400m.

Day 13
Phedi trekking to Muktinath (3800m)

The trail becomes steep immediately after leaving Thorung Phedi, switch backing up moraines and following rocky ridges as it ascends to the Thorung La pass (5416m). 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.Stay overnight.

Day 14
Muktinath trekking to Jomsom (2713m) via Kagbeni (2810m)

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. Finally we arrive Kagbeni a gateway to Upper Mustang; it has posing Chortens and ochre-colored Gompa and monastery. Continue trekking to Jomsom on the windy trail of Kali Gandaki valley, overnight at Jomsom.

Day 15
Jomsom to Pokhara

An early morning we will take a short picturesque flight to Pokhara. Relax whole day in 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 various lakes .

Day 16
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. The flight usually takes about 25mins.Shop for soveneirs in Kathmandu.Stay overnight.

Day 17
Final Departure

Arrive at the Airport and check in for departure.