Tilicho Lake Trek

19 Days
6 Reviews in TripAdvisor Recommended by 99%
  • Hotels & Guesthouse
  • Kathmandu
  • March to May & Sep to Dec
  • Private Vehicle
  • Moderate
  • 5416 M
  • Eco-Tour, Hiking, Trekking
  • 2-20

Tilicho Lake Trek Overview

The Tilicho Lake Trek goes through the stunning panoramic views of the Nepal Himalayas and beautiful villages. Nested at 5200 m it takes you to one of the highest lakes in the world and over Thorong La Pass, the highest point on the Annapurna Circuit trek

The Tilicho Lake trek is typically 17-21 days long and covers a distance of 120-140 kilometers. The significant altitude gain to Tilicho Lake with Thorong La Pass sitting at 5,416 meters, making it one of the highest trekking passes in the world. 

Though the scenery is stunning, with views of Annapurna I, Manaslu, and other Himalayan giants, the Tilicho Lake trek difficulty is moderately challenging. The trails are uneven and rocky with some sections requiring good fitness and acclimatization.

The trek starts from Syange, passing through the Marshyangdi River. Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) are some permits required for the Tilicho Lake Trek through Thongla Pass. 

The cost of the Tilicho Lake Trek can vary depending on several factors like seasons, group size and Tilicho Lake Trek through Thongla passes itinerary.

Every season offers a different trekking experience. But, the best time to visit Tilicho Lake Trek is during the spring and autumn seasons. The weather condition in the Annapurna region during peak seasons offers comfortable trekking experiences compared to other seasons. Thus, the packing list for Tilicho Lake is warm layers, rain gear, sturdy boots, altitude essentials, and a Sleeping bag rated for at least -10°C.

Highlights of Tilicho Lake Trek

  • Witness the Panoramic views of Annapurna I, Manaslu, Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri, and more.
  • Explore the Diverse landscapes of Lush valleys, forests, high-altitude terrain, and Tilicho Lake's turquoise waters.
  • Climb the highest trekking pass in Annapurna Circuit (5,416m)
  • Experience the Gurung and Thakali people, rich culture and hospitality.
  • Embark on a customized route, exploring the Khangshar village and Tilicho Lake.
  • Enjoy simple unique flavors and dishes along the way.

Tilicho Lake Trek Itinerary

Our tidy Himalayan staff will be there when you land in Nepal. You will be escorted to the hotel in Kathmandu by the team member or staff. Quick trip descriptions will be given to you about the itinerary and other necessary information. Rest and relax for the night.

Get ready for a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Shanghai. The journey takes between 7 and 8 hours depending on road conditions and traffic. Expect a bumpier ride on dirt tracks until you reach Syange. Rest assured, we'll provide a vehicle perfectly suited for the changing terrain with an experienced, certified driver who knows these mountain roads. So sit back and enjoy the views. Rest your night in Syange guest house and enjoy our meal.

The trail will slightly ascend as we bid farewell to Stange crossing the stunning waterfalls and beautiful landscapes. Tide up your boots as you walk along Marsyandi River. Your final resting point is Tal where you rest and relax for the night.

Today promises adventure. Bidding farewell to the Marsyangdi River, we embark on a new leg of our journey. Towering vistas of Annapurna II and Pisang Peak wait. Witness the charming old villages and picturesque landscapes. After soaking in the sights, find rest in the peaceful village of Danaque. Enjoy the memories you create today.

Get ready for another scenic walk. Breathe in the fresh mountain air and admire the awe-inspiring peaks and waterfalls along the way. Today's relaxed journey, taking just 4-5 hours, leads you to Chame, the headquarters of the Manang district. This charming town offers more amenities than your previous stops, promising a comfortable and enjoyable rest after your walk. So, relax, unwind, and savor the beauty of the Himalayas!

Today's trek promises diverse landscapes. After breakfast, we'll embark on a journey through a dense forest, following the Marsyangdi River. Open meadows and majestic mountains. After a rewarding 6-7 hour walk, we'll reach Upper Pisang, nestled amidst this incredible scenery. Here, you'll be greeted by the majestic Annapurna II, standing tall to the south. Rest and recharge in this charming village of Upper Pisang.

Watch the first rays of dawn paint Annapurna II in stunning light as the sun rises over the Himalayas. Fuel up with breakfast, and then embark on your trek towards Ngawal. While the path is 400 meters higher than the lower trail, the rewards are worth it. Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of high-altitude flora and fauna, marvel at breathtaking gorges, and capture the views of Annapurna II, III, and Pisang Peak. After a day filled with wonder, Ngawal welcomes you for a well-deserved rest. Remember, the climb may be tougher. Rest your night in Ngawal village and enjoy the delicious meal.

Today your journey unfolds through rolling hills, jungles, and villages. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for stunning landscapes, including ancient stupas and charming lama schools, offering glimpses into the region's rich culture. After a pleasant 5-6 hour walk, you'll arrive in Manang, a vibrant hub bustling with trekkers and locals alike. As you settle in for the evening, remember the diverse beauty you've witnessed and prepare for the exciting challenges that lie ahead.

Manang is known for a well-deserved acclimatization. Explore the surrounding beauty with short day hikes, soaking in the breathtaking sights around the village. Witness the snow-capped peaks, giant monasteries, and vibrant prayer flags fluttering in the crisp mountain air. As the day gently unfolds, capture memories of this place before returning to your comfortable accommodation for a restful night's sleep. Remember, this pause is crucial for adjusting to the high altitude, preparing you for the upcoming challenges with renewed energy and excitement.

Today's adventure leads you towards the famous Tilicho Lake, nestled at the west end of Manang. Descending along a scenic path, you'll follow the river until you reach Khangsar Khola. Crossing the bridge, you'll enter the traditional Tibetan village of Khangsar, known as the "Last Village of Nepal." Immerse yourself in its unique atmosphere, a perfect blend of ancient customs, and a stunning mountain backdrop. Rest your night in Shree Kharka and enjoy your meal.

our journey towards the majestic Tilicho Lake continues. Leaving Khangsar behind, you embark on a wider path, passing a serene gompa (monastery) along the way. The route then ascends via a recently constructed path towards a high ridge.

Today's trek starts at around 6 in the morning, Remember, dress warmly, as the afternoon at Tilicho Lake can be quite chilly. The next 3-4 hours will be an exciting climb, testing your resilience as you gain altitude. Tilicho Lake holds the title of the highest-located lake in the world. However, remember, there are no accommodations at the lake. After soaking in the awe-inspiring panorama, retrace your steps back to Tilicho Base Camp, where you'll find a well-deserved rest and warmth.

Leaving the lively hub of Manang behind, our journey continues with a steady ascent towards Yak Kharka. The trail winds through Tenki Manang, a small settlement on the mountainside. From here, panoramic views unfold, showcasing the Marsyangdi Valley bathed in sunlight. As we bid farewell to this fertile haven, the landscape gradually transforms. The path narrows, following the Jarsang Khola Valley carved by a gurgling river. Finally, after several hours of trekking, we reach Yak Kharka, nestled at 4,050 meters. As we settle in for the night.

After saying farewell to Yak Kharka, the trail descends to cross the river at 4,310 m. We then climb up to Thorong Phedi at 4,450 m where we rest the night in guesthouses.

The trek begins before sunrise, to ensure reaching Thorong La Pass on time. The well-defined trail ascends steeply, testing your endurance. While the path itself is clear altitude and snow can pose challenges. After climbing, you'll arrive at the pass, marked by sacred holy sites and prayer flags. Here, stunning panoramic views reward you. Take a moment to celebrate your achievement and soak in the breathtaking scenery. Another 4-hour walk leads you to the holy town of Muktinath. it's home to the revered Muktinath Temple, believed to relieve all sorrows. Rest in this holy site for the night.

Descending from Muktinath, we walk through quaint Ekle Bhatti before following the dramatic Kaligandaki River to Jomsom. This bustling town offers many comforts and serves as the gateway to the fascinating Mustang district. Enjoy the vibrant atmosphere and recharge before your next hike.

Trek back to Pokhara from Jomsom in a 30-minute morning flight. Once we reach Pokhara you can explore the city in your free time as you wish. Enjoy the meals and rest for the night in the Pokhara hotel.

Pack your bags and get ready for a drive back to Kathmandu early in the morning. Enjoy your leisure time and enjoy the last dinner in a fine restaurant.

Today our trip to Nepal concludes. Our airport representative will drop you at the international airport in Kathmandu for your flight departure approximately 3 hours earlier.

The Cost Includes & Excludes

Cost Includes

  • Pick up and drop off at the location by private/tourist bus and flight.
  • Two-night stay at the 3-star hotel including breakfasts, (private room can be organized as per requests on added costs)
  • Fresh organic food and veggies, authentic local Drinks, and all meals are included during the trek.
  • Permits and fees are included too
  • Trekking camping equipment (tents, Mattress, dining tent, etc.)
  • Healthy full board meal including seasonal fruits.
  • Friendly and trusted potters for carrying bags and luggage of 2 clients each.
  • Fees for local charges and taxes.
  • Pure and filtered water in the trails using water filter water purification.
  • ECO adventure T-shirts and caps as Souvenir
  • Road Maps and assistance guide for clients.
  • Medical expenses and official expenses for all staff.
  • A farewell dinner on your last night in Nepal.

Cost Excludes

  • Meal wish list except for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • Personal expenses, altered schedule for personal reasons.
  • International flight fare and departure tax.
  • Nepal tourist visa-free.
  • Snacks and drinks including water during trekking.
  • Travel as well as emergency evacuation coverage.
  • Tips for potters, drivers, and staff.
  • Hot shower, battery charges, and snacks in the tea houses.
  • Excess bags of more than 15 kg
  • Internet, and phone calls during trekking.
  • Horse renting and additional porters and gear due to natural calamities during the trek

Equipment and gears (Packing lists) for Tilicho Lake Trek

Clothing 

  • Warm base layers (2-3 sets)
  • Mid-layer fleece or wool jacket
  • Waterproof shell jacket and pants
  • Trekking pants (convertible ideal)
  • Down jacket (optional for high altitude)
  • Thermal hat and gloves
  • Beanie and sunhat
  • Underwear (multiple pairs)

Footwear

  • Sturdy hiking boots with good ankle support
  • Gaiters (optional for snow)
  • Hiking socks (multiple pairs)

Headwear

  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Headlamp with spare batteries

Other

  • Sleeping bag rated for at least -10°C
  • Trekking poles (optional)
  • Water bottle (2L) and purification tablets
  • First-aid kit
  • Sunscreen and lip balm
  • Quick-drying travel towel
  • Toiletries and medications
  • Snacks and energy bars
  • Camera and batteries
  • Cash and cards

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