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Tilicho Lake Trek

Tilicho Lake Trek is a popular trekking route in the Annapurna region of Nepal that takes you to one of the highest lakes in the world, Tilicho Lake. The trek offers breathtaking views of the Himalayan peaks, including Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Manaslu. It is a challenging trek that takes you through a diverse landscape of lush forests, barren mountains, and picturesque villages.

Tilicho Lake Trek is a popular trekking route in the Annapurna region of Nepal that takes you to one of the highest lakes in the world, Tilicho Lake. The trek offers breathtaking views of the Himalayan peaks, including Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Manaslu. It is a challenging trek that takes you through a diverse landscape of lush forests, barren mountains, and picturesque villages.

Trip Highlights

  • Visit Boudhanath, one of the largest Buddhist shrines in the world
  • Stroll Upper Pisang for amazing views of Annapurna II and Annapurna III
  • Embark on several hikes through Manang, and tour its many bakeries
  • Take in the incredible views of Tilicho Lake, one of the highest in the world
  • Thorong La Pass at 5,416 meter
  • Tilicho Lake (4,949m) – one of the highest lakes in the world
  • Blue sheep at Yak Kharka
  • Spectacular views of Mt. Annapurna, Thorung Peak, Nilgiri, Chulu West and East, Tukuche Peak, Dhaulagiri, Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV
  • Relaxing in Tatopani hot springs
  • Magnificent lakes, glaciers, gorges, and waterfalls
  • Muktinath – a sacred site for both Hindus and Buddhists
  • Manang district and embrace the beauty of the place
  • Barge Monastery – the largest monastery in the Manang district

Itinerary Expand All

Today, take a scenic walk from Chame to Pisang. Stroll through the woods, and note the views of the peaks soaring above. Once in Pisang, explore the village, with its Tibetan-inscribed mani stones and gompa. Take a walk up to Upper Pisang for amazing views of Annapurna II and Annapurna III.

Enjoy the evening at your leisure, and retire to your teahouse for the night.

Today, embark on a 6-hour walk past a series of unique and colorful Chortens to Manang, which nearly reaches 11,500 feet in elevation. Manang is the headquarters of the region, and contains a village of around 500, flat-roofed houses, along with bakeries and lodges for trekkers passing through to enjoy. It is dominated by high peaks—Annapurna III and Gangapurna tower over it—and a dramatic icefall sits just across the river. There is an old Gompa on the edge of town to explore, along with many local teahouses, and some atmospheric, winding streets in the village leading out toward the Thorung La.

Upon arrival, check in to your tea house, take a shower, and enjoy a cold beer. Attend a 3 pm lecture on the altitude, hosted by the Himalayan Rescue Association, if interested. In the evening, attend an assembly of Manang-born photographer Tashi R. Ghale, accompanied by a slideshow and a video of the area.

Today, there is plenty to do around Manang. However, a short hike (about 1,000 feet or so) is recommended, in order to get acclimated to the altitude. Some activities include the following:

  • A long day-hike to Ice Lake
  • A visit to the Hundred Rupee Lama at the cave gompa above Manang
  • A two-hour hike to Milarepa‘s cave, which is across the river from Braga
  • A tour of Manang’s many bakeries

Enjoy your guesthouse as well—a sunny and warm place to gaze at the peaks in the afternoon. Following a day of exploration, the evening is yours to enjoy.

Today, the journey continues toward Tilicho Lake, situated on the west end of Manang. Follow the path down to the river. After crossing the Khangsar Khola, reach Khangsar and head toward the village region, which is still very traditional Tibet. Trek to Shree Kharka for your overnight stay in a teahouse.

Later in the afternoon, hike up to see some Himalayan blue sheep, as well as the surrounding mountains. The evening is on your own.

Today, after passing a monastery, continue the trek on a recently constructed path, up toward a high ridge. At one point, there is an intersection. One path maintains the altitude, traversing the slopes toward a place where the valley is narrow; the other continues to ascend toward the line of the ridge. The former is the old path, and is much more difficult, as it continues on a steep screed; the latter is the new path that goes a completely different way. Continue along the new path, reach a high crest, and descend on switchbacks carved out through the slopes to a side valley of the main valley. At its bottom is a brook. On the other side of it is a building known as the Tilicho Base Camp, at an elevation of 13,780 feet.

Following the trek, retire to your teahouse for the evening.

Today, wake up for an early start to avoid the wind. To reach Tilicho Lake takes another 3-4 hours. Tilicho Lake is a cold, barren place in the afternoon and is claimed as the highest lake of the world. Upon arrival, spend some time around Tilicho Lake, and snap some photos and videos of the surreal surroundings.

Then, return the same way back to the base camp to have lunch. After lunch, walk along the riverside, across the steep landslide area to Siri Kharka. When you get to the teahouse, you can enjoy a hot shower and a cold beer, and relax for the rest of the day into the evening.

Although typical trekkers along the Annapurna Circuit continue their trek to Yak Kharka, continue toward the Manang village, instead. Walk along the riverside and pass the monastery. Stop for lunch in Khangsar before you reach Manang village.

Then, enjoy some free time—along with another hot shower and a cold refreshment. You have the option to enjoy a movie, as well, on a small projector from a theater from the top of the world.

Today, depart Manang on a Jeep. Pass through apple farms and small villages along the way, and stop for dhal bhat, a traditional Nepalese dish, for lunch. Stop at Besisahar, the day’s ending point, and stay there overnight. Freshen up and relax at the hotel in the evening.

In the early morning, make your return to Kathmandu by private Jeep transfer. The trip typically takes 5 hours. After checking in to the hotel in Kathmandu, you are free to spend your time relaxing and/or shopping. Do some more exploration of the area, further discovering the monasteries and meeting the lamas. Trade emails with travel companions, organize your photos and watch the sunset from the hotel terrace with a coffee or a beer. Enjoy your last night in Nepal at your leisure.

It’s time to say farewell to Nepal. Soak up your last moments in Kathmandu with breakfast in a café, a city stroll, and/or souvenir shopping. A travel representative will meet you at your hotel and drive you to the airport for your return flight home. Keep in mind, it is ideal to arrive at the airport at least 2 hours prior to departure. Safe Travels!

What's Included

In the Above Cost It Includes:
1. Airport Pick-up and Drop Off,
2. Licensed and trained trekking guides,
3. potters for carrying goods and supplies,
4. 4 Nights Accommodation in the 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu with B & B. (Bed
& Breakfast)
5. All accommodation during the trek.
6. All meals and hot beverages during the trek.
7. Transportation to and from trail head.
8. All necessary documents and permits for trekking (where applicable)
9. National Park/Conservation Area entry Permit, Equipment such as tents And Mattresses, Cooking Equipment, Camp site charges, Insurance, and
equipment for the staffs.
10. Coordination of quick Rescue service (Costs covered by your Insurance Plan)
11. Trekking staffs wages etc.

What's Excluded

Services and Cost Does not Included in Price:
1. International Airfares,
2. Travel/Trekking Insurance,
3. Excess baggage charges More than 16kg and hand bag more than 5 kg in
domestic flights.
4. Visa fees.
5. Airport Departure Taxes.
6. Drinks (Cold and Alcoholic) Rescue charge.
7. Tips for The staffs.
8. Expenses of Personnel nature and Permit and Liaison officer fee (where Applicable.
9. Meals during stay in the Kathmandu.
10. Domestic Ticket Etc.

Trip Information

The trek starts from the city of Besisahar and follows the classic Annapurna Circuit trail until it reaches the village of Manang. From Manang, the trail heads towards the stunning Tilicho Lake, which is located at an altitude of 4,919 meters. The lake is surrounded by snow-capped mountains and is considered a holy site by the local people.

The trek usually takes around 12-14 days to complete, and the best time to undertake the trek is from March to May and from September to November when the weather is stable and the skies are clear. The trek is considered challenging, and trekkers need to have a good level of physical fitness and some previous trekking experience.

Overall, the Tilicho Lake Trek is an excellent choice for trekkers looking for a challenging and rewarding trekking experience in the Annapurna region of Nepal. It is a great way to explore the diverse landscape, culture, and natural beauty of this stunning region of the Himalayas.

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Trip Facts

Duration 12 Day(s)
Activities Trekking
Group Size 1 to 20
Best Season March to May, September to November
Start/End Point Kathmandu / Kathmandu
Difficulty Level Challenging
Max Altitude 4919M

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