Tilicho Lake Trek
The newly opened trekking location into the Tilicho Lake is a less trodden trail across the Annapurna Region of Nepal. Extremely beautiful passes, villages, rocks, canyons and ethnic Tibetan culture adorns the trekking trail. The major passes on the trek are the Thorong La Pass, and Tilicho Pass and the major attraction is the Tilicho Lake, the lake with the highest altitude in the world.
This moderately strenuous trekking trail amalgamates the views of pristine snowcapped peaks along the way. Altitudes over 5000m offer bird’s eye views of the Annapurna, Kanchenjunga, Dhaulagiri, Machappuchre and other peaks. The Tilicho Lake trek incorporates all the best features of the Annapurna region and a must do for thrill seekers. After the 2015 earthquake that struck Nepal, the question that might arise is; Is Tilicho Lake trekking trail safe? Nepal announces with dignity that 99% of its tourist destinations including this trail are safe to visit.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Sightseeing around Kathmandu
Day 03: Kathmandu- Chamje (1300m-1410m)
Day 04: Chamje- Dharapani (1410m-1960m)
Day 05: Dharapani- Chame (1960m-2710m)
Day 06: Chame-Pisang (2710m-3300m)
Day 07: Pisang- Manang (3300m-3500m)
Day 08: Manang- Kangsar (3500m-3745m)
Day 09: Kangsar- Tilicho Base Camp (3745m-4140m)
Day 10: Visit to Tilicho Lake and return to base camp (4140m-4949m)
Day 11: Tilicho Base Camp- Yak Kharka (4949m-4040m)
Day 12: Yak Kharka- Thorong Phedi (4040m- 4420m)
Day 13: Thorong Phedi- Muktinath (4420m-3800m)
Day 14: Muktinath- Jomsom (3800m- 2715m)
Day 15: Jomsom- Pokhara (2715m- 823m)
Day 16: Pokhara- Kathmandu (823m- 1300m)
Day 17: Departure
- Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle.
- Tea house accommodation during the trek.
- 2 nights hotel in Kathmandu and 1 night in Pokhara in 3 star hotel.
- Jeep from Kathmandu-Tirkedhunga and Gandruk Phedi-Pokhara-Kathmandu.
- All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
- Tea,coffee,hot water,fresh fruits,etc during the trek.
- An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader.
- Porter service (1 porter for two person)
- Down Jackets and sleeping bag.
- Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation.
- All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (Annapurna Conservation permit , TIMS)
- All government and local tax.
- Welcome and farewell dinner.
- International airfare from/to your country.
- Nepal entry visa fee (can be obtained at the airport at upon arrival).
- Personal equipment.
- Personal insurance such as travel, accident, medical, emergency evacuation and lost luggage.
- Tips for staffs(Guide and Porter)
Arrival in Kathmandu
Arrival in the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, is followed by checking in to the hotel. You can relish authentic Nepali cuisine and rest adequately for the upcoming trek.
Sightseeing around KathmanduAfter breakfast, you will be taken on a guided tour around the capital of Nepal, Kathmandu. Kathmandu is home to UNESCO Heritage sights of historical and cultural value. The Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan Durbar Squares, the Pashupatinath Temple, Syambunath Stupa, Boudha Nath Stupa etc can be visited throughout the day.
Kathmandu- Chamje (1300m-1410m)
An early morning drive from Kathmandu to Chamje marks the day. The village Chamje situated in the Annapurna region hosts a famous waterfall and eye soothing greenery. 6-7 hours drive.
Chamje- Dharapani (1410m-1960m)
The trek commences early in the morning and includes passing through waterfalls, lush vegetation and suspension bridges. The village of Tal with Tibetan immigrants is reached. Moving further, we enter the Manang District reach its biggest village Dharapani through Kodo village. 5-6 hours trek.
Dharapani- Chame (1960m-2710m)
The trail today gains elevation as it passes through steep areas, forested ridges amalgamated with stunning views of the Annapurna II, Annapurna IV and the Lamjung peak. Also included are several hot water natural springs which soothe the aching muscles. The day ends after we reach Chame, the headquarters of the Manang District. 5-6 hours trek.
An up and down trail marks the beginning of the day. Through rivers and lightly populated settlements we pass a bridge and ascend through the Manang Valley up to lower Pisang. The trail offers the spectacular view of a 1500 m rock wall named Paungda Danda. Also included are mesmerizing views of the Annapurna II and the Pisang Peak. From here on, the greenery disappears giving rise to dry, arid landscapes. The destination for today is the village of Pisang. 5-6 hours trek.
Pisang- Manang (3300m-3500m)
From Pisang a route that passes from Geru to Manang is selected. This trail includes exotic views of Annapurna and the Pisang Peak. Upon reaching the arid dry Manang, the Barga Monastery and other delights can be observed. 6-7 hours trek.
Manang- Kangsar (3500m-3745m)
This day includes a short trek to the Kangsar village situated at the base of the Tilicho Peak. The Tilicho Peak and the Annapurna range can be observed all along the way. Also included are visits to the Tore monastery, Kangsar River as well as the grand barrier. 2-3 hours trek.
Kangsar- Tilicho Base Camp (3745m-4140m)
Through grassy fields and hills amalgamated with views of the Manag valley, this day’s trek starts from Kangsar and moves into the Tilicho Base Camp. A camp is set on the base camp making this day an adventure in its own. 5-6 hours trek.
Visit to Tilicho Lake and return to base camp (4140m-4949m)
The lake with the highest altitude in the world, the Tilicho Lake is situated at an altitude of 4949m. Today, we visit the Tilicho Lake passing through exquisite views of Tilicho, Kangsar, Muktinath and Niligiri peaks. The reflections of the surrounding peaks on the tranquil waters of the Tilicho Lake are a welcome sight which soothes the eyes of the beholder. A return back to the Tilicho Base Camp marks the end of the day. 5-6 hours trek.
Tilicho Base Camp- Yak Kharka (4949m-4040m)
Through alpine vegetation, today’s trek descends downwards through the Khangsar village, Gumsang and to Yak Kharka. Yak Kharka offers attractive views of the Annapurna III. Yak Kharka as the name suggests is a village full of yaks. 4-5 hours trek.
Yak Kharka- Thorong Phedi (4040m- 4420m)
Another major attraction of the trek is the Thorong Phedi. From Yak Kharkha, the trail climbs upwards and gains elevation through the banks of the Jarsang River. Along the way, the Hmalayan Blue Sheep and the snow leopards and birds like the choughs, Himalayan Griffons hover etc. Thorong Phedi is the base of the Thorong La Pass. 3-4 hours trek.
Thorong Phedi- Muktinath (4420m-3800m)
This day involves the climb to the Thorong La Pass via a steep elevation. Upon reaching the highest location of the pass situated at an altitude of 5416 m, trekkers are rewarded with mind boggling views of the Himalayan Peaks extending from Nepal to Tibet. The magnificent peaks make all the hard work worth it. Upon moving forward, we reach Muktinath. Muktinath is an abode portraying the religious harmony that exists between people of Nepal. It is a pilgrimage site visited by thousands of internal tourists each year. 7- 8 hours trek.
Muktinath- Jomsom (3800m- 2715m)
This day, the Muktinath temple with its beautiful natural water sprouts and the Narsingh Monastery can be visited. After visiting the pilgrimage site, the trail extends into Kagbeni following exquisite close views of the Dhaulagiri Peak and streams and bridges. Fossilized mollusk called the Shaligram can be obtained along the way. On Kagbeni, various stupas, chortens and monasteries can be visited. Through the Kali Gandaki valley the trail moves into Jomsom thus ending today’s trek. 5-6 hours trek.
Jomsom- Pokhara (2715m- 823m)
From Jomsom, a spectacular flight will take you to Pokhara. This flight is amalgamated with views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri peaks. Pokhara, the city of lakes consists of various beautiful lakes like the Phewa and Rara which can be visited. The major attractions like the Mahendra Cave, Davis Falls, World Peace Pagoda, Gupteshwore Cave, Bindyabasini Temple are not to be missed. An evening stroll and boating in the still waters of the Phewa Lake will be a welcome experience. 30 minutes flight.
Pokhara- Kathmandu (823m- 1300m)
A short flight from Pokhara will take you to Kathmandu. Kathmandu is home to ancient cultural and religious architectural masterpieces worth visiting. The Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan Durbar Squares are not to be missed. 30 minutes flight.
After a wonderful experience in the Himalayn country of Nepal, you are finally ready to depart, only to come back for more.