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Tilicho Lake Trek

Tilicho Lake Trek

Annapurna Region
Tilicho Lake Trekking
Tilicho Lake Trekking
Tilicho Lake Trekking

Trip Facts

Duration : 12 Days Max-Altitude : 4919m Program Type : Tea House Best Season : March to Nov Per Day Walking : 5/7 Hours Trek Grade : Grade 3:

Since the terrain can be hard and the days long, hikers on these treks should be in good physical condition and have some previous mountain walking experience. Steep climbing may be involved, although it is never necessary to use ropes. Treks at this level can he arranged for periods of 16 to 21 days. Typically, a gradual ascent through a green river valley will lead you up to a number of high passes, where you will reach the altitude of 5416m. Often times, you will get a close insight into the Tibetan culture. Participants should expect to trek above 5416m/17872ft.

Mode of Travel : Bus,Jeep,Hike


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$ 1000 $ 840
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No. of Persons Price per Person
1 Pax $1000
2 Paxes $950
2-4 Paxes $930
4-6 Paxes $900
6-10 Paxes $870
10-15 Paxes $840
15+Paxes $840

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Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake 12 days Itinerary

The Tilicho Lake Trek is a popular hiking route in the Annapurna region of Nepal. The trek is known for its stunning views of the Annapurna mountain range and the pristine Tilicho Lake, which is one of the highest lakes in the world. Tilicho Lake is located in the Manang district and is elevated to a height of 4,949 meters, however, other sources say it is 4,919 meters. In front of Tilicho Peak is Tilicho Lake, an area of 1.853 square miles. On the way to Tilicho Lake, you can see Mt Himlung Himal and Mt Manaslu Himal as well as many other small peaks located on the border between the Annapurna and Manaslu Ranges. The Tilicho Lake is filled with blue glacier waters and the water discharge can’t be seen anywhere. There are many hikers who visit Tilicho Lake, which takes about 3-4 days from the Manang village. 

The Tilicho Lake trek is one of the most adventurous trekking journeys in the Annapurna region of Nepal since it is one of the most isolated areas of the Annapurna region. The Tilicho Lake Trek is recommended for trekkers who are looking for an adventurous and challenging trek in the Annapurna region. Following Tilicho Lake, trekkers will need to cross the challenging pass of Thorung La, which is the last pass on the Annapurna Circuit.

There is a hiking trail called Annapurna Circuit which is very close to the Tilicho Lake trek. There is an oral tradition among Nepalis that if you don’t reach Tilicho Lake on your Annapurna Circuit trek then you won’t be finished with the trek.

Tilicho Lake Trek Difficulty

There is a moderate difficulty level to the Tilicho Lake trek, and the reason for this is due to the altitude it covers. There is a trek that will take you to an elevation of over 3000 m and will keep you there for about 12 days. It is during this time that you are susceptible to risks such as altitude sickness, extreme cold, unpredictable weather conditions, narrow trails, etc. This is a common thing when trekking in the Annapurna Circuit Tilicho Lake, and you are going to have to deal with the steep and uneven terrain that you are going to encounter. As far as food, accommodation, and so forth are concerned, they are pretty much standard throughout the way, which offers you a little bit of relief at the end of the day, reducing the hardship of traveling.

Tilicho Holy Lake pilgrim site

Tilicho Lake is considered a holy site for both Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims in Nepal. According to Hindu mythology, the lake is associated with the sage Vyas, who is said to have meditated here. It is also believed to be the site where the Pandavas, the heroes of the Indian epic Mahabharata, visited during their exile. For Buddhists, Tilicho Lake is a sacred site associated with the famous Tibetan master Milarepa, who is said to have meditated here.

Many Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims visit Tilicho Lake every year during the full moon of August, which is considered an auspicious time. Pilgrims perform rituals, offer prayers, and take a dip in the cold waters of the lake, which is believed to have purifying powers. The lake is also surrounded by several ancient monasteries and temples that attract pilgrims from all over the world.

The Tilicho Lake Trek is a popular pilgrimage route for both Hindu and Buddhist devotees. Many trekkers take the opportunity to visit the temples and monasteries along the way, such as the famous Muktinath Temple, which is dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu and is considered one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Nepal. The trek provides an opportunity for spiritual reflection and connection with nature, making it a popular destination for those seeking a pilgrimage experience in the Himalayas.

Tilicho Lake trekking starts from Chame at an altitude of 2,715 meters. We trek to Manang village on the third day. Manang village rises 3,341 meters above sea level and is populated by Ghale and Gurung ethnic groups. It is necessary to undergo acclimatization in the Manang village before reaching Tilicho Lake and Thorong La Pass.

The next day, you will trek to Khangsar village and the base camp of Tilicho. The trail between Khangsar and Tilicho base camp is a tricky narrow one with a few landslide sections, so be careful when crossing the path into and out of Tilicho Lake. Explore the Annapurna region’s wonders, including rare mountain flora and fascinating limpid lakes, and reach one of the highest Tilicho Lake, where trekkers can hike up for a panoramic view of the high Annapurna Himalayan peaks. The trail mainly follows the Marsyangdi River with a gradual ascent to Tilicho Lake.

Annapurna Tilicho Lake Alpine Pastures

The Tilicho Lake region in Nepal is known for its beautiful alpine pastures, which offer a scenic and tranquil environment for trekkers to explore. The alpine meadows around Tilicho Lake are characterized by rolling hills covered in green grass and wildflowers, surrounded by snow-capped peaks and pristine glacial lakes.

During the trek to Tilicho Lake, hikers can explore the alpine pastures and enjoy the breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. The pastures are home to a variety of wildlife, including Himalayan thars, snow leopards, and blue sheep, and trekkers may encounter these animals while hiking.

In addition to the natural beauty, the alpine pastures in the Tilicho Lake region are also home to traditional Nepalese communities. Many trekkers choose to stay in local homestays or guesthouses in the small villages along the trekking route, where they can experience the local culture and hospitality of the people.

Overall, the alpine pastures of the Tilicho Lake region provide a unique opportunity for trekkers to experience the natural beauty and cultural heritage of Nepal. Whether you’re looking for a challenging trek or a peaceful retreat in the mountains, the alpine meadows around Tilicho Lake offer a memorable and rewarding experience.

Following Thorong La pass and Muktinath, the 12-day Tilicho Lake trek ends in Jomsom, from where you can fly back to Pokhara, or take the bus if the weather does not permit you to fly. (If you have more time, you can also hike down to Tatopani, Ghorepani Poon Hill, and back to Pokhara). 

When is the best time to visit Tilicho Lake trek?

The best time to visit the Tilicho Lake Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. During these months, the weather is generally stable, and the skies are clear, providing stunning views of the surrounding mountains and landscapes.

In the spring, the temperatures are mild, and the hills are covered in colorful wildflowers, making for a beautiful trekking experience. The weather is usually dry, and the chances of rain are low.

During the autumn season, the temperatures are cool and pleasant, and the skies are generally clear, making for perfect trekking conditions. The monsoon season has just ended, and the mountains are still lush and green, providing stunning views of the surrounding landscapes.

The winter months (December to February) can be extremely cold and snow-covered, and the monsoon season (June to August) can be wet and slippery, making trekking difficult. Therefore, it is not recommended to visit Tilicho Lake Trek during these seasons.

In summary, the best time to visit the Tilicho Lake Trek is during the spring and autumn seasons, when the weather is pleasant, and the views are stunning. However, it’s important to note that weather patterns can be unpredictable in the mountains, so it’s always a good idea to check the weather forecast and plan accordingly.

What is the depth of Tilicho Lake?

The exact depth of Tilicho Lake is not known with certainty, but it is estimated to be around 85 meters (280 feet) at its deepest point. The lake is located at an altitude of 4,919 meters (16,138 feet) in the Annapurna range of Nepal, and it is one of the highest lakes in the world.

Tilicho Lake is fed by the glacial melt from the surrounding mountains and is also the source of the Marsyangdi River, which flows down to the lowlands of Nepal. The lake’s water is crystal clear and has a distinctive blue-green color, which adds to its beauty and charm.

The lake is considered a sacred site for both Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims, who believe that taking a dip in the lake’s waters has purifying powers. The lake is also surrounded by rugged terrain and snow-capped peaks, providing a stunning backdrop for trekkers who venture to this remote part of the Annapurna region.

Can you swim in Tilicho Lake?

Swimming in Tilicho Lake is not recommended due to the lake’s high altitude and extremely cold water temperature. The lake is located at an altitude of 4,919 meters (16,138 feet) in the Annapurna range of Nepal, where the temperatures are generally low even during the daytime, and the water temperature remains below freezing throughout the year.

The lake is fed by the glacial meltwater, which makes the water extremely cold and hypothermia can set in quickly. Additionally, the high altitude can cause altitude sickness, and the risk of drowning is high due to the cold water and the lake’s depth, which is estimated to be around 85 meters (280 feet) at its deepest point.

While swimming in Tilicho Lake is not recommended, many visitors still choose to take a dip in the lake’s waters for spiritual and cultural reasons. It is believed by Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims that taking a dip in the lake’s waters has purifying powers and can cleanse them of their sins. However, it is important to take the necessary precautions and consult with a licensed trekking guide before attempting to take a dip in the lake.

From Nepal Wilderness Trekking Guide Team, we lead the Tilicho Lake trek and Thorong La Pass with qualified guides and porters. Our guide has extensive knowledge of the people, cultures, history, flora, and fauna of the region. There is no doubt that Annapurna Tilicho treks offer a competitive cost package as well.

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01: Drive to Besisahar (823 Meters.. 6 hours driving) by public bus and jeep to Chame (2650 Meters, stay overnight at the lodge.
  • Day 02: Trek to Pisang (3250 Meters. 6 hours walking) and stay overnight at the lodge.
  • Day 03: Trek to Manang (3519 Meters. 5 hours walking) and stay overnight at the lodge.
  • Day 04: Rest day in the same place for acclimatization.
  • Day 05: Manang Trek to Khangsar (3734m) 5/6 hours walking) overnight at the lodge
  • Day 06: Khangsar Trek to Tilicho Base Camp (4140m) 4/5 hours walking) overnight at the lodge
  • Day 07: Early morning visit to Tilicho Lake 4919 meters and trek back to Chauri latter(4200 Meters.. 3/4 hours walking) stay overnight at the tea house
  • Day 08: Trek to Thorong Phedi(4450 Meters.. 3 hours walking) stay overnight at lodge
  • Day 09: Trek early in the morning Thorong Pass (5416 Meters 8 hours walking) overnight at Muktinath(3760 Meters. ) stay overnight at the lodge
  • Day 10: Trek to Jomsom 2720M 5 / 6 hours walking then overnight at Lodge
  • Day 11: Early morning fly back to Pokhara and rest day in Pokhara stay overnight at lodge
  • Day 12: Drive back to Kathmandu by tourist bus at 7:30 AM (200 km. 6/7 hours driving)

Cost Included

  •  Kathmandu benshi Sahar by local bus and jeep to Chame
  • Jomsom to Pokhara by flight
  • Pokhara-Kathmandu by tourist bus.
  • 1-night clean hotel in Pokhara at Lakeside.
  • Annapurna Conservation National park permit and TIMS card.
  • Italian, Chinese, Nepali, Indian, and many other European Delicious Meals three times a day (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner chosen by Menu).
  • seasonal fresh fruits after dinner
  • Clean Lodge accommodation on the trek.
  • One fluent English speaking, the government registered, experienced, first aid trained friendly and familiar guide and required porters.
  • Guide and porter salary, meals, accommodation, and insurance.
  • Kitbag for storing your belongings
  • Sleeping bag for a comfortable night's sleep on a trek in minus-25 degrees
  • Necessary paper works, all government, and local taxes
  • A certificate of appreciation from Nepal wilderness trekking after a successful trek

Cost Excluded

  • Airfare for international flights
  • Upon arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, Nepal entry visa fees vary by duration (15 days - $25-30, 30 days
  • Accommodations and meals in Kathmandu before and after our journey
  • Personal equipment for high and cold temperatures
  • Emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation are covered by travel insurance
  • All beverages, Soft and caffeinated table drinks such as coke, beer,
  • Drinking water/mineral water, Dessert, etc. Hot shower, laundry
  • Tip for guide and porter
  • Excluded are all costs and expenses not listed under "cost includes"
  • Inclusion of costs or delays beyond the control of the management, such as landslides, weather conditions, itinerary modifications due to safety concerns, illness, changes in government policies, strikes, etc.


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