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Tilicho Lake Trek

Tilicho Lake Trek

World's highest Tilicho Lake 4920m. amazing panorama during our Tilicho Lake Trekking

Overview

Trip Highlights;

  • Explore one of the highest lake in the world; Tilicho Lake 4920m - Crystalline glacial lake
  • Tilicho Lake Trekking route explores the Tibetan-style villages with ancient gompas and herd of rugged animals including Yaks.
  • Tilicho Lake Trek combined with the crossing of challenging and adventurous pass Mesokanto La 5120m with spectacular views of the surrounding mountain ridges.
  • Trek starts from Chamje (starting point of Annapurna Circuit Trek) and ends after a scenic flight from Jomsom to Pokhara.

Trip Introduction;
Tilicho Lake is the highest lake in the world with an elevation of 4920m from sea level. Tilicho Lake Trek offers you a classic adventure journey to Tilicho Lake - a serene turquoise lake situated in the high Himalayan region of Manang. Tilicho Lake is also widely well recognized as a holy spot mentioned in the Ramayan – a popular religious book of the Hindus. The trek gives magnificent views of major peaks of Annapurna Himalayan range - Lamjung Himal 6932m, Annapurna II 7939m, Annapurna IV 7525m, Annapurna III 7555m, Gangapurna 7454m and other snow-capped peaks. En-route of Tilicho Lake Trekking, we also explore the Tibetan villages with unique cultures and traditions which can be a lifetime experience. The crossing of the challenging Mesokanto La Pass 5120m also known as Tilicho Pass is another feature highlighted in this Tilicho Lake Trekking. However, the diversity in the landscapes, temperature and the people that change every few days makes this adventure trek exceptional.

Tilicho Lake Trek with Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition begins with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Chamje passing through towns, villages and farmland. We start our trek from Chamje, the trail leads to a slow climb most of the way following the raging Marsyangdi River upstream all the way to its source at Manang and beyond. We take a rest day at Manang for acclimatization and exploration of the surrounding areas. After Manang, we follow the North West route and heads towards Tilicho Lake Base Camp and Tilicho Lake. The glacial lake is a serene turquoise colour lake at 4920 meters enclosed with high peaks of Tilicho and smaller snow-capped mountains. After exploring the Tilicho Lake heads for the crossing of the challenging high pass Mesokanto La at 5120m then down to Chauri Kharka. From here our trek descends downhill towards Jomsom. Our amazing trekking experience at Tilicho Lake ends with the scenic flight from Jomsom to Pokhara and drive back to Kathmandu. 

Tilicho Lake Trek is a part of Annapurna Circuit Trekking, follows similar classic trails and splits for a couple of days to reach the highest lake in the world (Tilicho Lake). However, Annapurna Circuit Trekking route offers more touristic Himalayan pass – Thorong La but we customized Tilicho Lake Trek Itinerary including another less visited but scenic pass – Mesokanto La 5120m. Find the related trip that might be more relevant for your adventure holiday; Annapurna Circuit Thorong La Pass Trek 15 days

 

Outline Itinerary

OPTION 01: TILICHO LAKE WITH MESOKANTO LA PASS
Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu [1345m/4411ft] & transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Chamje [1,410m/4,626ft] [7-8 Hrs Drive]
Day 04: Trek from Chamje to Bagarchhap [2164m/7097ft] [6-7 hrs trek]
Day 05: Trek from Bagarchhap to Chame [2713m/8898ft] [5-6 hrs trek] 
Day 06: Trek from Chame to Pisang [3185m/10446ft] [5-6 hrs trek]
Day 07: Trek from Pisang to Manang [3551m/11647ft] [5-6 hrs trek] 
Day 08: Rest Day at Manang
Day 09: Trek from Manang to Khangsar [3850m/12628ft] [4-5 hrs trek]
Day 10: Trek from Khangsar to Tilicho Base Camp [4200m/13776ft] [4-5 hrs trek]
Day 11: Trek from Tilicho Base Camp to Tilicho High Camp – On the way explore Tilicho Lake [4920m/16137ft] [5-6 hrs Trek] 
Day 12: Rest for safe acclimatization – free exploration
Day 13: Trek to Chauri Kharka via Mesokanto La Pass [5120m/16793ft] [7-8 Hrs Trek] 
Day 14: Trek from Chauri Kharka [4320m/14169ft] to Jomsom [2700m/8856ft] [5-6 Hrs Trek]
Day 15: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara [25 min flight] – full day free exploration in Pokhara 
Day 16: Drive to Kathmandu from Pokhara
Day 17: Free day at Kathmandu 
Day 18: International departure

OPTION 02: TILICHO LAKE WITH THORONG LA PASS
Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu [1345m/4411ft] & transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Chamje [1,410m/4,626ft] [7-8 Hrs Drive]
Day 04: Trek from Chamje to Bagarchhap [2164m/7097ft] [6-7 hrs Trek]
Day 05: Trek from Bagarchhap to Chame [2713m/8898ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
Day 06: Trek from Chame to Pisang [3185m/10446ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
Day 07: Trek from Pisang to Manang [3551m/11647ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
Day 08: Rest Day at Manang
Day 09: Trek from Manang to Khangsar [3850m/12628ft] [4-5 hrs Trek]
Day 10: Trek from Khangsar to Tilicho Base Camp [4200m/13776ft] [4-5 hrs Trek]
Day 11: Morning explore Tilicho Lake and trek to Siri Kharka [5-6 hrs Trek]
Day 12: Trek from Shri Kharka to Thorong Phedi [4600m/15092ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
Day 13: Trek from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath [3800m/12464ft] [7-8 hrs Trek]
            via Thorong La Pass[5416m/17764ft] & same day drive to Jomsom [2670m/8757ft]
Day 14: Morning flight from Jomsom to Pokhara
Day 15: Drive to Kathmandu
Day 16: Free day at Leisure
Day 17: Final Departure

Note: The above itinerary outline can be easily tailor-made according to your preference, purpose of visit, and length of stay.  Contact us to customize this trip as per your requirement 

Additional Information

Accommodation:
In our Tilicho Lake Trek package, we provide accommodation in three-star rated hotels in cities - Kathmandu & Pokhara. Our accommodation status can be easily upgraded while in the cities. As for the trek, we provide your accommodation in comfortable tea houses. To match your interest accommodation in tea houses will be provided in single, double, triple, twin or sharing as your preferences. However attached toilets are not available in all the teahouses. In such conditions, public sharing toilets will be arranged outside the rooms.

Meals:

In the main cities (Kathmandu and Pokhara), the cost of breakfast is included in the cost. When trekking - full meal on board (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) will be included in the trip package cost. The availability of the tea houses has really contributed to the growing tourism industry in this part of the world. Thanks to the growing number tea houses - food varieties from all over the world is served on the menu. Dinner and the following day's Breakfast will be served in the same tea house. For Lunch, we will make a stop en-route while trekking to our further overnight destination.

Physical Conditions and Experienced Required:

Tilicho Lake is a marvellous lake situated at 4920 meters. It is one of the highest freshwater lakes in the world. So reaching there on foot obviously needs a certain level of physical fitness and devotion. However, we suggest trekkers maintain high at least 1 hour of daily exercise (jogging, swimming etc) at least weeks prior to the actual trekking date. Trekking at high altitude is one of the characteristics of the trek. High altitude sickness is very common while trekking in this part of the world, so trekking slow and steady is the best way to overcome the situation.

Best Season for Tilicho Lake Trek:
Spring Season (March, April, May) & Autumn Season (September, October, and November) is considered best for Tilicho Lake Trekking. The clear weather allows trekkers to enjoy their trek. To add visitors get the opportunity to see beautiful high mountains and valleys within the Annapurna region. For those who prefer trekking in less crowd environment - December, January, and February can also be some time for trekking for this trek. However the monsoon season (June, July, and August) is no good for trekking - heavy rainfall with no good views.

 

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu [1345m/4411ft] & transfer to Hotel.
Our airport arrival and departure representative will be at Tribhuvan International Airport on your arrival schedule. You will be transferred to hotel and our staff will help you until check-in procedure ends at Hotel. Either you can have rest at Hotel or visit NGT's office. In the evening, join our welcome dinner program organized by Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition Team. Today, we also manage a formal program to meet and introduce with our guide, where you can have briefing from the guide about full extent of information of Tilicho Lake Trek.  
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
Meals: BB Plan + Welcome Dinner.

Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Click here for detailed info about World Heritage Sites' of UNESCO in Nepal.
Note: It is not possible to visit all world heritage sites in Kathmandu within a day. So you can choose at least 3-4 places for a day sightseeing.
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort 
Meals: BB Plan

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Chamje [1,410m/4,626ft] [7-8 Hrs Drive]
Today we drive along Kathmandu-Pokhara highway to Dumre. From Dumre we continue our drive following the narrow and paved road by the side of Marsyangdi River to reach Chamje. During our journey, we can enjoy the natural sceneries and observe the daily activities of the local people.
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 04: Trek from Chamje to Bagarchhap [2164m/7097ft] [6-7 hrs trek]
We start our trek from Chamje following the trail through sub-tropical lands towards a small village Tal located near a large waterfall. We continue our trek along rhododendron, bamboo and pine forests passing through Dharapani, we head towards Bagarchhap.
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 05: Trek from Bagarchhap to Chame [2713m/8898ft] [5-6 hrs trek]
From Bagarchaap we make a steep climb through the rhododendron filled forest. The trail follows several landslides along the way, be careful when walking on such trails. Nevertheless, we will have great panoramic views of Annapurna II 7939m, Annapurna IV 7525m and Lamjung Himal 6983m during our trek that leads us to Chame.
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 06: Trek from Chame to Pisang [3185m/10446ft] [5-6 hrs trek]
We follow the trail by crossing the Marsyangdi river bridge and then we trek along the left side of the bank. Passing through Talekhu and Dhukur Pokhari we follow narrow and stone paved trail to reach Pisang.
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 07: Trek from Pisang to Manang [3551m/11647ft] [5-6 hrs trek]
Today, we have 2 different walking route splits from Pisang to Manang. The upper route follows high altitude level and lower route follows quite lower. On the way, we will visit a monastery. Upper route contains much panoramic scenery of Himalayas than lower route. Spectacular view of Annapurna, Pisang peak and many other snowcapped peaks adds extra pleasure for today’s walk.  
Accommodation: Tea House
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 08: Rest Day at Manang
It is very important to take a day rest for acclimatization in the higher altitudes. Besides, Manang has a lot to offers for its visitors. Manang is a medieval, Tibetan-style village where there are many teahouses and campsites. The best view of Annapurna II 7939m, Annapurna IV 7525m, Annapurna III 7555m, Gangapurna 7454m, Tilicho Peak 7134m and other snow-capped peaks can be seen right in front of us.
Accommodation: Tea House
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 09: Trek from Manang to Khangsar [3850m/12628ft] [4-5 hrs trek]
We leave Manang following the trail that demands elevation all the way up to Khangsar. We cross through the Khangsar Khola bridge to reach Khangsar village following a rather easy slope.
Accommodation: Tea House
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 10: Trek from Khangsar to Tilicho Base Camp [4200m/13776ft] [4-5 hrs trek]
We follow the trail through various ice lakes and glaciers towards Tilicho Base Camp. During our walk today, we have more chances of seeing wild animals. We camp at Tilicho Base Camp.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 11: Trek from Tilicho Base Camp to High Camp [4920m/16137ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
Today we start early in the morning, a steep climb through the icy trail of the mountain leads towards Tilicho High Camp. We now are close to Tilicho Lake at the altitude of 4920m, so there is maximum chance of altitude sickness.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 12: Rest day for safe acclimatization and exploration at Tilicho High Camp.
It is necessary to acclimatize and be prepared mentally and physically for the crossing of Mesokanto La pass at 5121m the next day. Today we can explore around the Tilicho Lake and the moraines formed by the glaciers in its vicinity.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 13: Trek to Chauri Kharka via Mesokanto La Pass [5120m/16793ft] [7-8 Hrs Trek]
Today we start early in the morning for the successful crossing of Mesokanto La Pass. As the crossing of the pass is difficult we need to check our gears properly. The crossing of the pass requires around 4 hours of walk. We then enter into Mustang District after crossing the pass. Since there are no tea houses and lodges available in this area we tent for the overnight stay in Chauri Kharka.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 14: Trek from Chauri Kharka [4320m/14169ft] to Jomsom [2700m/8856ft] [5-6 Hrs Trek]
From Chauri Kharka we follow the trail declining all the way to reach Jomsom. Jomsom is an important hub for Mustang and Upper Mustang Treks with the airstrip, abundance of tea houses and services.
Accommodation: Tea House
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 15: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara [25 min flight] – full day excursion in Pokhara
We take an early morning scenic flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. Pokhara is home to thick forest, emerald lakes and a place of remarkable natural beauty. The reflection of the Machhapuchre (Fish-Tail) Himal over the serene Fewa Lake makes this place truly magical. Besides, visiting sacred places and sightseeing around the city in Pokhara could be a good way to spend your day.
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort  
Meals: BB Plan

Day 16: Drive to Kathmandu from Pokhara
It takes approximately four to five hours drive to reach Kathmandu from Pokhara. We drive along Prithvi Highway which offers scenic hilly zigzag roads through the banks of Trishuli River. The daily activities of the local people can be seen along the road when we pass through many villages and towns.
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
Meals: BB Plan 

Day 17: Free day at Kathmandu 
You would surely like to see as much of Kathmandu as possible. The world heritage sites inside Kathmandu, if not visited on the second day of the trip can be visited on this day. An early start is practical to visit the temples of Kathmandu. Also, walking around the shopping area of Thamel is worth spending quality time at Kathmandu. We will have a final meal together in the evening.
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
Meals: BB Plan + Farewell Dinner

Day 18: International departure
Finally, back to own home after successfully accomplish Tilicho Lake Trek in Nepal with Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition. Our representative will drop you at the International Airport as per your flight schedule.

Date & Price

The given rates are per person with guaranteed departure schedules. If the given dates are not appropriate for you, please feel free to contact us for requesting a new dates, we will gladly personalize the itinerary and schedule of the trip that fits for you.

Check our assured departure schedules given bellow:

Start Date End Date Price in USD Availability Booking
November 26, 2017 December 13, 2017 $ 1555 OPEN Book Now !
March 2, 2018 March 19, 2018 $ 1555 OPEN Book Now !
March 18, 2018 April 4, 2018 $ 1555 OPEN Book Now !
April 5, 2018 April 22, 2018 $ 1555 OPEN Book Now !
April 15, 2018 May 2, 2018 $ 1555 OPEN Book Now !
May 2, 2018 May 19, 2018 $ 1555 OPEN Book Now !

Avabillity Options

OPEN: This date is available and open for bookings. Go for it!

GUARANTEED: Guaranteed departure. Seat Available.

LIMITED: Guaranteed departure, Limited seat. You can send booking request for availability.

FULL:This date is currently unavailable. Please contact us if you are interested in traveling on this date.

Your Program Duration = 18 Days

All the Prices are in USD Per Person basis.

Service includes

  • Airport Arrival and departure transfer by private vehicle
  • 4 nights stay in Kathmandu and 1 night stay in Pokhara with BB Plan 
  • Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu including private vehicle, tour guide and entry fees
  • All land transportation by private vehicle as mentioned in itinerary 
  • Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara 
  • All meals [B/F, Lunch & Dinner] During Trekking period 
  • Tea House Accommodation during Trekking
  • ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Permit) & TIMS (Trekker's Information Management System)
  • Highly experienced Trekking guide
  • Required Number of Porters “2:1Ratio”
  • Staffs food, clothing, salary & Insurance.
  • General First aid Kids 
  • Welcome and Farewell Dinners in Kathmandu
  • All tax, vats and necessary paperwork

Service does not includes

  • Personal Travel Insurance 
  • Personal nature expenses
  • Bar bill and all kind of drinks
  • Rescue & Evacuation
  • Gratitude (tip) for staff

Useful Info

Accommodation:
In our Tilicho Lake Trek package, we provide accommodation in three-star rated hotels in cities - Kathmandu & Pokhara. Our accommodation status can be easily upgraded while in the cities. As for the trek, we provide your accommodation in comfortable tea houses. To match your interest accommodation in tea houses will be provided in single, double, triple, twin or sharing as your preferences. However attached toilets are not available in all the teahouses. In such conditions, public sharing toilets will be arranged outside the rooms.

Meals:

In the main cities (Kathmandu and Pokhara), the cost of breakfast is included in the cost. When trekking - full meal on board (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) will be included in the trip package cost. The availability of the tea houses has really contributed to the growing tourism industry in this part of the world. Thanks to the growing number tea houses - food varieties from all over the world is served on the menu. Dinner and the following day's Breakfast will be served in the same tea house. For Lunch, we will make a stop en-route while trekking to our further overnight destination.

Physical Conditions and Experienced Required:

Tilicho Lake is a marvellous lake situated at 4920 meters. It is one of the highest freshwater lakes in the world. So reaching there on foot obviously needs a certain level of physical fitness and devotion. However, we suggest trekkers maintain high at least 1 hour of daily exercise (jogging, swimming etc) at least weeks prior to the actual trekking date. Trekking at high altitude is one of the characteristics of the trek. High altitude sickness is very common while trekking in this part of the world, so trekking slow and steady is the best way to overcome the situation.

Best Season for Tilicho Lake Trek:
Spring Season (March, April, May) & Autumn Season (September, October, and November) is considered best for Tilicho Lake Trekking. The clear weather allows trekkers to enjoy their trek. To add visitors get the opportunity to see beautiful high mountains and valleys within the Annapurna region. For those who prefer trekking in less crowd environment - December, January, and February can also be some time for trekking for this trek. However the monsoon season (June, July, and August) is no good for trekking - heavy rainfall with no good views.

 

Reviews

Tilicho Lake tour

My family and I did 22 days Annapurna and Tilicho Lake trekking trip at with Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition. All I can say is WOW, WOW, WOW!!! Nepal Guide Treks team did excellent job. Guide and porters were really personable and knowledgeable.  We will definitely poke Nepal Guide Treks team for further trips. I wish all the best for NGT family. 

Kaiser, Aksel, Balduin & Otello  

Nepal visit 2014

I had booked Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition based on their online package of Annapurna Tilicho Lake Trek. I have been emailing to Prakash Devkota and he provided me satisfied answers with full information and prompt response of my all inquiries. I and my family got great experience of trekking, which is fulfilled by Nepal Guide Treks.  We are looking forward to choose them again for our upcoming Nepal visit. 

Visited October 2014
Cooper and Family

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