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Tilicho Lake Trek

from 25 reviews
Price starting from

$1,745 USD 965

per person


11 days

Max. Elevation


Group size

2+ Above

private vehicle and public bus transportation
Best Season
March-may, September-November
Three-star hotel in Kathmandu; and Teahouse lodges during the day trek
Breakfast in Kathmandu; and three meals per day (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and cup of tea/coffee) during the trek
Starts at
Ends at
Trip Route
Kathmandu-Besisahar-Chame-Manang-Khangsar village-Tilicho Lake base camp-Tilicho Lake-Manang-Besi Sahar-Kathmandu


  • Max. Altitude in the Trek: Tilicho Lake (4919m). If you continue the Annapurna Circuit, the highest point will be Thorang La Pass (5416 meters).
  • Best Travel Time: February to Mid-June (Travelling at this time will offer you green views and clear mountains).
  • September – November (Travelling at this time is the best, as you will get the opportunity to glance at snowcapped mountains from a closer view).
  • Dec-January: If you love snowfall and full snowy surroundings this is a perfect time, during this time Tilicho Lake is completely frozen. 
  • Equipment that needs to be brought or rented: 
  • You have to bring clothing and gear on your own depending upon which season you are traveling. A pair of trekking sticks, comfortable bag packs (minimum of 45 L.), headlamp, and binoculars will suffice. If you are intending to buy all those stuff in Kathmandu, there are plenty of shops in Thamel where you can buy or have those gears on rent. 


Tilicho Lake Trek is best renowned for being the lake located at the highest altitude in the world. This heavenly place is situated in the Manang district of Nepal, below the lap of the Annapurna range. Tilicho Lake can be believed as a pin attraction for the Annapurna Circuit trek, located at the height of 4919 meters. This magnificent lake is formed out of the glacial activity of Tilicho peak and is famous among many Hindu pilgrims as it has huge importance from a religious point too. According to the Hindu holy book Ramayana, Tilicho Lake is the ancient Kak Bhusundi Lake. It is believed near this lake sage Kak Bhusundi first told the happenings of Ramayana to the King of birds, Garuda. 

Tilicho Lake trek offers you 360 degrees of Annapurna circuit range including the giant Annapurna peak, Muktinath peak, Khangsar peak, and Nilgiri and Tilicho peak including a variety of cultural diversity. Tilicho Lake Trek's starting point is Besisahar a small city located in the central part of Nepal on the bay of Marsyangi River Valley. From Besisahar you would be blessed with a mesmerizing view of Himal Chuli and Manaslu Himal.

On the way to Tilicho Lake, you will get the opportunity to see wild animals and birds, Blue Sheep and Himalayan Thar are among the common animals that you can see during your trek. Feel lucky if you got a glimpse of Snow leopard, which is very rare to less than 10,000 mature individuals in numbers. After conquering Tilicho Lake, you can go beyond Mesokanta La Pass which ends to Jomsom, or can get back to Yak Kharka for another route via Thorang La Pass which also ends to Himalayan city Jomson. Thorong La Pass is located at the height of 5416 and is the highest point on the Annapurna Circuit. Trekking on this route will give you the experience of greenery vegetation to harsh semi-desert to finally highest trekking passes of the world. 

Important Note

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Trip Itinerary


On arrival in Kathmandu and Nepal International Airport via various international airlines, received by our guide and staff for short transfer in the heart of Kathmandu city. Where your hotel is located, after checking into your rooms, and then meet other members of the trip at the hotel lobby for briefing. The briefing includes important information regarding  Tilicho Lake Trek, to make your holiday in Nepal more enjoyable. The evening group welcomes dinner in a lovely Nepalese Restaurant with an introduction to the culture of Nepal with folk dance and music.


In the morning get breakfast and leave the hotel room for sightseeing around the Kathmandu valley, you can travel on a local bus/ taxi/ hotel vehicle. Here in Kathmandu, the remarkable place to visit is Pashupatinath Temple (center of attraction Hindus around the world), Swyambhunath Temple (pilgrimage for Buddist), and Buddhist Stupa at Boudhanath, Lalitpur Durbar Square, Kathmandu Durbar Square, and Bhaktapur Durbar Square. There are other places around Kathmandu to visit that are enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage sites are Changunarayan Temple and Budanilkantha Temple. If you are staying in Thamel, you can take a look around Narayanhiti Palace (Palace of Shah Dynasty Kings) and the famous Garden of Dreams.


Get a private vehicle or tourist bus; you can get a direct bus to Besisahar from Kathmandu. You will have about a 6-hour drive to reach Besi Sahar. After having lunch at Besi Sahar, take a jeep which takes you to Chame after a drive of around 5 hours. In this ride, you will travel on the left side of the Marsyangdi River, and at the top, you will get a glimpse of snowcapped mountains. You have to cross small village Syange, Dharapani before getting to Chame, it is also the starting place of Manage district. Stay overnight at Chame which is located at the height of 2603 meters. Stay overnight at the hotel.


You can have a very fine view of Annapurna Mountain in the early morning. After having breakfast, get a jeep to Manag, a drive of around 6 hours will let you to Manang. Stay hydrated to get rid of altitude sickness. In Manang, you find a luxury hotel, or you may stay in camp.


As you are at a height of about 3500 meters, stay hydrated to get rid of altitude sickness. Manang is a small village, also popularly known as the village beyond the mountains. Here in Manang, you will find, traditional stone buildings. From here you will get a close view of Annapurna II, Annapurna III and Annapurna IV, Tarkekang and Gangapurna mountains. During a stay here, visit Kicho Lake also known as Ice Lake, according to myth it is believed in this lake several miracles have been seen. Other places you can visit are Kicho Lake also known as Ice Lake, Khangsur Village, and Milare Cave.


Departure from Manang village, you have to pass over Jharsings Khola through a suspension bridge. Higher you move, the trail appears close to us. A walk of around four hours will take you to Khangsar village from where a wider view of the Himalayas opens to you. Here you will find Mani Walls, Chorten, and a few Monastery. Stay hydrated to get rid of altitude sickness, stay at camp or hotel in Khangsar.


Start trek with breakfast, move as soon as possible from Khangsar Village you will pass through chortens and Gompa. You will have a dangerous steep landslide area which you have to cross before noon, an afternoon there is the chance of huge wind. You will cross the landslide area after a walk of an hour. And after a series of zigzag and ups and down you will get to Tilicho Base Camp. Here are a few hotels, so it will be better to book a hotel on the previous day before being at Tilicho Base Camp.


This toughest day on the whole trek so gets ready for a long day trek. Get breakfast and move as soon as possible before 5 am so that you can catch a wonderful sunrise view. Tilicho base camp elevates you to the height of 1000 meters before getting to the lake, so stay hydrated. This day offers you a top-class top view of Gangarpurna, Khangsar Kang, and Tarkeghyand. After a trek of around 5 hours you will get to Tilicho Lake, it is the lake located at the highest point above sea level at the height of 4919 meters. Lake is fully frozen from December to March and appears frozen solid white. In October the Lake is seen deep blue reflecting the surrounding peaks. Get back to Tilicho Base camp and stay overnight at the hotel.


While returning from Tilicho base camp, you will have smooth down ways to Manang, it will easy for you to trek. Be on time as you have to cross the Landslide area before noon. On the way, you will get pedestrians moving for Tilicho Lake, you will be encountered with lots of questions from those people. After a walk of around four hours, you will get to Manang  Village. Stay overnight at Manang.


today early morning take your breakfast with the mountain scenic after breakfast  Get a jeep from Manang which will lead you to Besisahar. It will take you around ten hours from Manang to Besisahar. Stay overnight at Besisahar.


You can get to Kathmandu after a drive of around four hours, you can depart on the same day or stay overnight at Kathmandu having a chilled beer at local pubs at Thamel.


On your last day in Nepal, enjoying a memorable adventure and experience on Annapurna Tilicho Lake and Poon Hill Trek, as time for your international flight our staff transfer you to the airport for homeward bound.


  • Airports pick up and drop services by private vehicle.
  • Kathmandu sightseeing with city tour guide by private van.
  • Three-night accommodation Three-star hotel in Kathmandu breakfast/wifi included (Twin Share base).
  • Professional English-speaking trekking guide with first aid kit. 
  • Public bus transportation Kathmandu to Besisahar and back Kathmandu from Besi Sahar.
  • Porter during the trek (1 Porter between 2 people).
  • Stuff, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, etc,...
  • Full meals during the trek (breakfast, lunch dinner, and 3 times cup of tea/coffee).
  • Sharing jeep Besi Sahar to Manang and back Manang to Besisahar.
  • Permit Annapurna conservation region.
  • Tea house accommodation during the trek.
  • Farewell dinner Nepali local food with Nepali traditional restaurants.
  • Tourists' service charge and government tax.
  • International airfare & Nepali visa fee.
  • Lunch and dinner while you are in Kathmandu.
  • personal expenses (phone. Call, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, bottle or boiled water, hot shower, and trekking person equipment), etc...
  • Kathmandu city sightseeing entrance fee.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Private vehicle  Kathmandu to Besi Sahar and back to Kathmandu.
  • Private jeep Besi Sahar to trek start point Manang and back Manang to trek endpoint Besi Shara.
  • Tips for stuff (it is expected).


    • Welcome dinner in a famous Nepali restaurant with a Nepali culture dance program.
    • Sleeping bag during the treks, if needed (to be returned after the trip completion).
    • Seasonal fresh fruit during the trek (apple, orange, banana).
    • Annapurna trekking map.
    • Trekking Pools (to be returned after completion of the trip).
    • Adventure certificate of achievement.

Frequently Asked Questions

The trek starts with a gradual climb with some easy sections of gradual walks, it is not overall difficult, except some days with short steep-ups. Once around Manang valley, the walk is pleasant as well on route to Tilicho Lake.

The only tough and hard is the high altitude where a walk takes you above 3,000 and 4,000 m high. But taking slow with rest in between will overcome the difficulties as well as having enough rest days for acclimatization at certain heights.

Starts with a gentle up with some level winding path but an interesting walk from one village to another, where you can stop with chances to witness local life and culture. As you reach higher with a short climb towards scenic Manang valley, where the trail is easy with slow short up. The trail all along Tilicho Lake is well defined as the local villagers maintain the path every season of the year. Walk lead to climbing downhill all the way to Tilicho Lake, were few areas with narrow paths but safe for walking.

It is important to obtain Travel and Medical Insurance before leaving for the trek to Nepal for any treks around the Himalayas. Where anyone can get sick or unseen accidents, for safety precaution one needs to purchase Medical and Travel Insurance.

All along the trek, the lodge accommodation is nice and cozy with twin sharing rooms having twin beds. In larger villages one can find a choice of standard, budget to luxury lodges and Inns, only remote temporary settlements away from main villages. Where lodges are simple and basic, but clean with nice rooms but most places have common bath and toilets, due to high cold terrain.

Foods are of good quality, where small lodges have limited food menu bigger villages with nice lodges provides a long list of food menu. Where one can choose from set meals to La Carte, from Continental, Chinese, Indian, Korean, Mexican, Tibetan and Nepalese. Some lodge restaurants have fresh bakeries also, all meals are cooked safely and hygienic.

Nearly all lodges on routes do have hydroelectricity power whereas remote areas have solar power, where all can re-charge electronic items where one has to pay fees for per item an hour basis. The price differs from one place to another for charging your gadgets.

The best time is in spring from March to May, days are longer with sun-light hours with fine days for pleasant walk and views of high snow peaks. The other time is autumn, from September to November months most days are clear and fine but cold morning and nighttime. Chances of snow sometimes on higher areas but days are fine with the clear starry night sky.

Tilicho Lake is located around Manang district within North Mid-West Nepal Himalaya of Gandaki Province.

The area on route Manang and Tilicho Lake, facing spectacular scenery of beautiful country landscapes with breathtaking views of Annapurna, Chulu, and Damodar Himalaya range of peaks. The villages on route enriched with the immense culture of age-old heritage, visiting the monastery of great religious interest.

Walking uphill and overlooking grand dramatic views of grand Himalayan peaks on daily walks, enchanting forest with scenic views of rolling hills and valleys.

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