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Tilicho lake trek

Tilicho lake trek

Tilicho lake trek is the most demanding that goes combined with the Annapurna Circuit trekking route.

Visit Tilicho lake trek continue over Thorong La pass, is one of the most famous trekking tours in Nepal, 1980s opened for the trekkers. Later on, the around Annapurna was possible for the adventure travelers.

The region is rich in scenery apart from the diverse culture with flora and faunas. Around Annapurna combine with Tilicho lake trekking is the most popular trekking because of its panoramic scenery of Himalayas, including of the Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167 m), Mt. Annapurna I (8,091 m) Mt. Manaslu (8,163 m), Annapurna II (7,937 m), Annapurna III (7,555 m), Annapurna IV (7,525m), Annapurna south (7,219 m), Mt. Nilgiri (7041 m), Mt. Fishtail also called Mt. Machhapuchre (6,993 m), Mt. Hiunchuli (6,441 m), Mt. Lamjung Himal (6,986 m), Tukuche peak (6,920m), Tilicho peak (7,134 m).

Furthermore, there are the settlements of diverse communities such as Brahmin, Chhetri, Tibetan Sherpa, Thakali, Magar, Tamang, and Gurung. Subsequently, the trek route is rich in wild animals such as Mountain Thar/ Goat, Leopards, Jackal, birds such as pheasant, long-tail birds among others. Around Annapurna inclusive Tilicho lake is one of the classic treks in the world.

Moreover, it takes you around the Annapurna Himal, following the courses of two river valley such as Marsyandi in the east and Kali Gandaki in the west. Kali Gandaki is the world’s deepest gorge, flanked by the giant Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himalaya range. The flora, geography, and culture also change dramatically around the Annapurna circuit trek.

Majestic Tilicho lake trek highlights

Classic trekking on ancient trade routes using NATT Trail just to avoid roads – Ascending the Marshyangdi valley – Passing Manaslu and Hinchuli. You can also visit old Buddhist monastery in Braga exploring Manag village.

The best of Tilicho lake trek grade – difficulty

Majestic Tilicho lake trek is appropriate for any trekkers who are looking for a little bit of adventure. The maximum height of this trek is Tilicho lake 5416 m. It is not necessary for any previous trekking or mountaineering experience and also it is not necessary that you must be young and energetic to do this trekking. If you are healthy and can walk 5 to 6 hours daily, you can easily do this trekking.

It would be more good to do daily jogging or walking exercise is useful before you leave your country. Our program has been prepared including the rest day and build up gradually, in order to acclimatize to the altitude. On the trek, you can go at your own pace, with plenty of stops for rest. This is a part of the Great Himalayan Trail (GHT) trek in Nepal.

Advenure Tilicho lake trek covers

Kathmandu – Besishar – Manang – Tilicho lakes, Besisahar – Kathmandu.

Best time to explore this trek routes

February, March, April, May, June, September, October , November and early December.

Mysterious Tilicho lake trek Itinerary short

01 Day: Meeting and greetings at Kathmandu Airport and transfer to hotel
02 Day: Full day Sightseeing in Kathmandu
03 Day: Kathmandu to Syange (1100m/3,597 feet), estimated 9 hours.
04 Day: Trek to Dharapani (1,960m/6,409 feet), 7 hours
05 Day: Trek to Chame Bazaar (2630m), 6 hours
06 Day: Trek to Pisang (3190m) 5 hours
07 Day: Trek to Manang (3500m)(Lower Route 5 hours) or 8 hours (Higher Route)
08 Day: Day tour or day hikes in Manang village.
09 Day: Trek from Manang to Siri Kharka (4060m/15,238 feet), 5 hours
10 Day: Trek to Tilicho Base Camp (4140m/13,583 feet): 5-6 hours!
11 Day: Tilicho lake explore | Tilicho lake hiking | Tilicho lake hikes.
12 Day: Tilicho Base camp to Manang (3500m), 6 hours
13 Day: Drive out from Manang to Besisahar. 9 hours
14 Day: Drive out to Kathmandu. Trip finish

The best Tilicho lake trek itinerary in details

Day 01 : Arrival at Kathmandu (1350 m)

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, Tribhuvan International Airport we will receive you with private vehicle and transfer to hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast plan. Our representative will give you information about further programs. As your request, we go to a short walk around the old city area.

Day 02 : Sightseeing in Kathmandu. Trek preparation!

Full day guided sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley Tour including Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa and Swayambhunath Stupa also known as monkey temple which is World Heritage Sites listed by UNESCO. The rest of the time, you can prepare your trekking gears.

Day 03 : Drive from Kathmandu to Syange (1100m/3,597 feet), estimated 9 hours.

We begin our long drive to Syange early in the morning. During the journey, we get to enjoy the countryside of Nepal with its green hills, winding rivers, terraced farms and of course the beautiful Himalayas. And overnight at the Guesthouse.

Day 04 : Trek from Syange to Dharapani (1,960m/6,409 feet), 7 hours

We enter Manang district after crossing a large bridge near Tal. The trail passes through barley, rice and potato fields; and the waterfalls continue to accompany us even today. We also pass through the village of Kodo before reaching Dharapani which is one of the biggest villages in the Manang valley. Overnight in Dharapani.

Day 05 : Trek from Dharapani to Chame Bazaar (2630m/8,626 feet), 6 hours

During our hiking today, we pass Bagarchhap village which is the first truly Tibetan style village we will come across with flat, firewood covered roofs, and prayer flags blowing in the wind. Then trek goes over the rough hill with quite a bit of up and down, crossing the river several times on good bridges. Reaching the town of Chame, one of the larger settlements of the area will allow us to have a hot shower. Chame is the administrative headquarters for the Manang area and is also known for its healing thermal baths and interesting architecture.

Day 06 : Chame to Pisang trek (3190m/10,463 feet), 5 hours

Today, we will have a shorter hiking day ahead of us. The landscape between Chame and Pisang changes notably, and soon we will be walking through subalpine terrain which is an Alpine interface. The early part of today’s walk will take us through large forests and past the massive, 1500-meter rock face called Paungda Danda. Pisang proper is a cluster of homes with a few nice lodges and plenty of activity in the fields.

Day 07 : Trek to Manang (3540m/11,611 feet), 7 hours

There are two trekking trail to reach Manang. We choose the higher route through Upper Pisang via Geru as it guarantees outstanding views of Mt. Annapurna, Pisang Peak, and others. But it depends upon your fitness because walking over higher routes takes roughly about 9 hours to reach Manang while the lower route rates only 8 hours. As you are getting closer to Manang, the climate becomes more cold and dry. However, a short visit to Barge Monastery, the biggest monastery of the Manang District should cheer us up.

Day 08 : Acclimatization in Manang for day hikes

It is essential to spend time for acclimatization in this area. There are splendid views of the peaks from both Manang and Braga villages. Manang is a large village situated on a rise immediately across the huge Gangapurna glacier. A beautiful emerald lake lies at its foot. There are plenty of good walks in the area and for at least a couple of hours, you can try to climb as high as possible above the village.

Side trips are recommended to a small summit with prayer flags about an hour above Braga village, up the ridge behind Manang village. It is also possible to walk up the valley towards Tilicho Lake to the village of Khangsar. In addition, it is worth visiting the Manang Gompa or, if it is open, visits the clinic run by the (HRA) Himalayan Rescue Association. They often have talked about altitude in the afternoon. There are also shops to explore for souvenirs.

Day 09 : Trek from Manang to Siri Kharka (4060m/15,238 feet), 5 hours

We exit Manang heading out through the western gates and follow the path down to the river. We cross the river and continue walking on its southern side through a coniferous forest. After reaching Kangsar Village we walk further up towards Siri Kharka and pass a monastery on the way. The uphill walk could be tiring but we will have Gungang Himal and Mount Chulu in the backdrop to keep us company. Overnight in Siri Kharka guest house.

Day 10: Siri Kharka to Tilicho Base Camp (4140m/13,583 feet): 5-6 hours

The trail from Siri Kharka to Tilicho Base Camp is not very steep but physically strenuous. It could be exhausting as we have to walk on narrow paths in loose scree and landslide area. Our trail goes through the middle of the landslide area whereby we can see impressive rock formations along the trail. Stay overnight in Tilicho Base Camp hotel.

Day 11: Hike to Tilicho Lake (4920m/16,088 feet). Descend to Tilicho Base Camp, 8 hours

Walk continue along the journey, leave the lake here and aim for a small saddle in the ridge above. The path is rather steep the first pass Reach and descends to a valley on the other side. Follow it upwards and step on to a flat dry glacier where has no crevasses. Follow its left side upwards, leave it where an obvious saddle westward is visible. Walk over through this watershed, where is a little lake.

Continue ahead on a faint path, lose a little altitude, and then gain another saddle. On the other side, one descends into a small valley that turns south. Coming out of it you can reach the western shore of Tilicho Lake. We spend some time exploring the lake and we descend downhill to Tilicho Base Camp to stay overnight.

Tilicho pass trek route is an adventure high pass trek takes 1 night 2 days to cross after Tlicho lake to Jomsom. Best for camping trek in Nepal to see various wildflowers and testing your body fitness. There are no teahouses until Jomsom Bazaar in Kali Gandaki valley. Young and experienced trekkers can reach Jomsom airport passing Thini Gaon walking about 10 tough hours. Most groups spend two nights between Tilicho lake to Jomsom Bazaar. There are two passes leading to Thini Gaon and Jomsom; Mesokanto La and Tilicho North pass known also as Tilicho “Tourist pass”. According to Gokyo Treks Nepal, both trek routes passing tilicho lake often closed in the wintertime because of a massive snowfall. Its is a very difficult pass comparing to Thorong la.

Day 12: Descend from Tilicho Base camp to Manang village, 6 hours

As we leave Tilicho Base Camp we trek downhill to Kangsar and continue towards Yak Kharka and Manang. The trail passes through ancient old Mani walls in a pleasant meadow. Crossing the small river over the wooden bridge, we ascend all the way to Manang where we stayed on our ascending.

Day 13 : Overland drive out from Manang to Besisahar, 9 hours.

After breakfast, We drive out all the downhill from Manang to Besisahar. Stay at hotel.

Day 14 : Drive out to Kathmandu, 6 hours and final departure.

Early morning, we drive out to Kathmandu town passing Trishuli river, famous for rafting. Reaching Kathmandu, we drop you to Kathmandu airport for your further flights.

How much does Tilicho lake trek cost?

Hike to Tilicho lake around Annapurna cost price will vary according to group size you are coming with. Taking flights from Pokhara to Kathmandu saves your time and riding the bus reduces the trip expenses. For the deluxe and luxury trekking tour plan, we add Pokhara to Kathmandu round trip airfare.

3-star category hotel deluxe air-conditioned room in Kathmandu (BB PLAN) and 2-star hotel standard accommodation in Pokhara (BB plan) with attached bathroom while on trekking on possible places. AND WE ARE OPEN TO CUSTOMIZE YOUR TOUR AND PACKAGES PRICE AS PER YOUR REQUIREMENTS. International tour leaders are highly encouraged to get discount and attractive complimentary.

Tilicho lake with Around Annapurna trek cost include:

  • Kathmandu international airport transfer by private vehicles.
  • 2 nights twin sharing on tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu.
  • 1 night Tourist standard accommodation in Pokhara within Bed with Breakfast Plan
  • Meals on full board: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner each day during the trekking days
  • Guest house basis trekking accommodation while on trekking days.
  • Tourist Bus transfer from Pokhara to Kathmandu for guest and guide.
  • Fully escorted trek with fluent English speaking license holder local guide and each 2 guest 1 Porter basis.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area permits and TIMS permits for Trekking tours
  • Trek ending point Nayapool to Fewa lake side transfer by private vehicle.
  • All land transportation as per written on above itinerary.
  • Food and accommodation and salary of Nepali trekking staffs.
  • Insurance of guide and porters.
  • Nepal Government Tax, VAT and as well as Company service charge.

Around Annapurna with the Tilicho lake trek cost excludes :

  • Nepal entry visa fee cost US$ 40.
  • Lunch and Dinner during the staying in Kathmandu and Pokhara city.
  • Domestic flight: Pokhara to Kathmandu airfare with airport departure tax.
  • Any kinds of battery charges, laundry service, phone calls and hot shower during the trekking.
  • Personal trekking equipment and Clothing.
  • Personal nature expenses, any drinks and bar bills.
  • Your travel insurance (it is mandatory in case of emergency).
  • Any donation and monuments entrance fees.
  • Tips for the crew (Note : TIPS is not compulsory but highly expected)
  • Any other things which are not mentioned above

We can organize Tilicho lake with around Annapurna trek privately starting at any date that works for you. Please contact us for more information.

Question: Is pick up service available on my arrival day in Kathmandu?

Answer: Yes sure !! If you provide us your flights’ details then you should do request then our representative will come to pick up you on Kathmandu international airport.

Question: Do I need experience for Tilicho lake trekking ?

Answer: This trekking is suitable for keen trekkers/walkers who are able to walk around 5 – 6 hours in a day, with a lightweight rucksack somehow about 3000M above sea level.

Question: What kind of accommodation can I expect on Tilicho lake trekking?

Answer: We provide you 3-star category hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and during the trekking there would be normal hotel accommodation which offers basic clean facilities with a mattress and blanket. We can also offer you sleeping bags if needed (which need to return after the trip) but it is always a better idea to own sleeping equipment.

Question: What kind of food can I expect in Tilicho lake trek?

Answer: All the guest houses/lodges in the trekking they have attached restaurant and they cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian such as Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, dhal bhat, bread, soups, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season)
The dinner and breakfast are provided in the same lodge you spend the night every day and Lunch will be provided on the way to the next place where you are going.

Question: What opportunities will I have for a shower along with Tilicho lake trekking?

Answer: Tea house trekking all the lodges they have a shower which you can get it somewhere paying and somewhere without paying and in Camping trekking – we provide you hot water bucket then you will take a bucket shower.

Question: How do I get drinking water on Tilicho lake trekking?

Answer: During the trekking route there are all places hotels and shops where you can able to buy mineral water and you can buy it for drinking but however we advise against buying mineral water in plastic bottles, as currently there are no provisions for disposing of these. Instead, we provide you boiled water or bringing chlorine tablets to purify the normal water as the normal water is available in campsite/along the way in the camping trekking.

Question: Can I charge my digital camera or mobile batteries on my trip?

Answer: During the Tea house trekking there will be chances to charge your battery. We recommend you bring an extra pair for in case. Remember to bring your own adapters!

Question: Is there any communication facilities on express Tilicho lake trek?

Answer: In this trekking route you can get telephone services as well as internet services as well.

Question: Can I use credit cards in Trekking?

Answer: No, for the trekking you need to have cash because credit cards work city area of Nepal only.

Question: When should I book my trip and what are the payment terms?

Answer: Because our trips book up months in advance, we recommend booking early to avoid disappointment. We will, of course, make every effort to accommodate last minute bookings.
We prefer 20% advance deposit of the total price of a trip in order to confirm your reservation before you arrive in Nepal. And rest of the payment can be made after your arrival.

Question: Who will carry my luggage on Tilicho lake lodge trekking?

Answer: We provide porters they will carry your luggage.

Question: Is there any communication while we are on Tilicho lake trek?

Answer: There are telephones in many villages along the popular trekking routes from which you can make international calls.

Question: How much distance do I walk each day?

Answer: When walking/trekking in the mountains, the distance you cover each day can vary greatly due to a gradient, terrain, and altitude. As such it is very hard to give specific distances on each day, however, you have to be prepared to walk 5-6 hours each day.

Question: Do I need walking polls for Tilicho trek?

Answer: We recommend to take that it will be helpful to you.

Question: How much additional money do I need per day?

Answer: You can allocate US$ 08 – 10 for lunch/dinner in Kathmandu and it depends on your spending habits. US$7 to 10 US$ a day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, tea coffee and some drinks in trekking.

Magical Tilicho lake trek including around Annapurna travel notes:

The above itineraries are subject to change due to a condition beyond our control. This is a Guideline showing tentative camp night stops. Physical, technical and natural condition may change this above itineraries.

“What makes Tilicho lake around Annapurna trip special ?”

Opportunities for challenging trekking or hiking and pleasant strolls are scattered all over this planet; you just need to know where to find them. We at Gokyo Treks and Expedition believe in quality services. Your safety and satisfaction is our concern. We are a team of professional, experienced, well trained, and licensed local guides who know the destination much better than others.

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