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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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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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Exploring Tilicho Lake Trek 12-Day Itinerary

The Tilicho Lake Trek is a renowned hiking route nestled within the captivating Annapurna region of Nepal. This trek stands out for its breathtaking views of the Annapurna mountain range and the pristine Tilicho Lake, situated at one of the highest altitudes in the world. The trek to Tilicho Lake, perched at an elevation of 4,919 meters (or 4,949 meters according to other sources), boasts an expanse of approximately 1.853 square miles. It sits majestically in front of the towering Tilicho Peak and is surrounded by numerous smaller peaks along the border between the Annapurna and Manaslu Ranges. The lake’s azure glacier waters, shrouded in mystery due to their unseen source of discharge, draw numerous trekkers to its shores. The journey to Tilicho Lake spans about 3-4 days from Manang village and is a challenging and adventurous trek within the Annapurna region.

The Tilicho Lake Trek presents an unparalleled adventure in the Annapurna region, as it leads trekkers through one of the most remote areas in this region. This trek is recommended for those seeking an adventurous and demanding experience. After reaching Tilicho Lake, trekkers must cross the formidable Thorung LA pass, the final pass along the Annapurna Circuit, or also there are pass called Mesokanto La pass via lake and join the Annapurna circuit trail in Jomsom Bazaar.

Close by the Tilicho Lake trek lies the renowned Annapurna Circuit, and among Nepalis, there exists an oral tradition that completing the Annapurna Circuit without reaching Tilicho Lake leaves the journey unfinished.

Tilicho Lake Trek Difficulty

The Tilicho Lake trek is rated as moderately difficult, primarily due to the high altitude it reaches. Over 12 days, trekkers ascend to an elevation of over 3,000 meters, remaining at this altitude for an extended duration. This exposes trekkers to various risks, including altitude sickness, extreme cold, unpredictable weather conditions, and navigating narrow and challenging trails. Despite these challenges, the trek offers standard facilities such as food and accommodation along the way, providing much-needed respite at the end of each day, thus alleviating some of the hardships of the journey.

Tilicho Holy Lake as a Pilgrimage Site

Tilicho Lake Trek holds immense spiritual significance for both Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims in Nepal. According to Hindu mythology, the lake is linked to the sage Vyas, who is believed to have meditated at its shores. It is also associated with the Pandavas, the heroes of the Indian epic Mahabharata, who are said to have visited the lake during their exile. For Buddhists, Tilicho Lake holds special significance as it is associated with the revered Tibetan master Milarepa, who is believed to have meditated in this sacred place.

Every year, during the full moon of August, which is considered an auspicious time, a multitude of Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims flock to Tilicho Lake. They perform rituals, offer prayers, and take a purifying dip in the icy waters of the lake. Surrounding the lake, ancient monasteries and temples beckon pilgrims from around the world.

The Tilicho Trek is a popular pilgrimage route, attracting devotees from both Hindu and Buddhist traditions. Many trekkers also take the opportunity to visit temples and monasteries along the way, including the revered Muktinath Temple, dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu, and considered one of Nepal’s most important pilgrimage sites. This trek provides a unique opportunity for spiritual reflection and communion with nature, making it a sought-after destination for those seeking a spiritual journey in the Himalayas.

Commencing the Tilicho Lake Trek

The journey to Tilicho Lake Trek itinerary begins in Chame, located at an altitude of 2,715 meters. On the third day, trekkers reach Manang village, perched at an elevation of 3,341 meters. This village is inhabited by the Ghale and Gurung ethnic groups. Acclimatization in Manang is essential before proceeding to Tilicho Lake and the challenging Thorong La Pass.

The subsequent days of the Tilicho Lake trek take you to Khangsar village and the base camp of Tilicho. The trail between Khangsar and Tilicho base camp can be tricky, with narrow paths and a few landslide-prone sections. Caution is advised when navigating this stretch. The trek allows you to explore the wonders of the Annapurna region, including rare mountain flora and serene glacial lakes. Ultimately, trekkers ascend to Tilicho Lake’s pristine shores, offering panoramic views of the towering Annapurna Himalayan peaks. The trail predominantly follows the Marsyangdi River, with a gradual ascent to Tilicho Lake.

Alpine Pastures Surrounding Tilicho Lake

The Tilicho Lake region is renowned for its picturesque alpine pastures, providing trekkers with a serene and captivating environment to explore. These alpine meadows feature rolling hills adorned with lush green grass and vibrant wildflowers, framed by snow-capped peaks and crystal-clear glacial lakes.

Throughout the trek to Tilicho Lake, trekkers have the opportunity to immerse themselves in these alpine pastures, soaking in the breathtaking vistas of the surrounding landscapes. These pastures are also home to a diverse array of wildlife, including Himalayan thars, snow leopards, and blue sheep, which trekkers may encounter during their journey.

Furthermore, the alpine pastures in the Tilicho Lake region host traditional Nepalese communities. Many trekkers opt to stay in local homestays or guesthouses in the quaint villages along the trekking route, providing a unique opportunity to experience the local culture and warm hospitality of the people.

In summary, the alpine pastures surrounding Tilicho Lake offer trekkers a remarkable opportunity to immerse themselves in the natural beauty and cultural heritage of Nepal. Whether you seek a challenging trek or a tranquil retreat in the mountains, the alpine meadows near Tilicho Lake provide an unforgettable and rewarding experience.

Conclusion and Return Journey

Following the crossing of the Thorong La pass and a visit to Muktinath, the 12-day Tilicho Lake trek concludes in Jomsom. From there, trekkers have the option to fly back to Pokhara or take a bus if weather conditions do not permit air travel. For those with more time to spare, there is also the option to hike to Tatopani, Ghorepani Poon Hill, and return to Pokhara, allowing for a more extensive exploration of the region’s beauty.

Best Time to Embark on the Tilicho Lake Trek

The ideal time to undertake the Tilicho Lake Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. During these months, the weather tends to be stable, with clear skies offering breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and landscapes.

In spring, mild temperatures and vibrant wildflowers carpeting the hills create a picturesque trekking experience. The weather is typically dry, with minimal chances of rainfall.

Autumn brings cool and pleasant temperatures, along with clear skies, providing perfect trekking conditions. This season follows the monsoon period, leaving the mountains lush and green, enhancing the views of the surrounding landscapes.

Visiting Tilicho Lake Trek during the winter months (December to February) is discouraged due to extreme cold and heavy snowfall. Similarly, the monsoon.

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 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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