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Tilicho Lake Trek

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Price starting from

$1,745 USD 955

per person

Duration

11 days

Max. Elevation

4916m

Group size

2+ Above

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

Highlights

  • 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. 

Overview

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 the 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 the Snow leopard, which is very rare to less than 10,000 mature individuals in number. After conquering Tilicho Lake, you can go beyond Mesokanta La Pass which ends at Jomsom or can get back to Yak Kharka for another route via Thorang La Pass which also ends in the 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 harsh semi-desert to finally highest trekking passes in the world. 

Difficulty walking Tilicho Lake Trek:

It is very difficult to trek Tilicho Lake. There are a number of reasons to consider the difficulty of trekking to Tilicho Lake since hikers can be fetuses before hiking. The first reason is that it is one of the highest lakes and the Thorang La Pass also goes around 5416 meters. If you don't take good care of your health, hikers may feel like a mountain six. With an experienced guide, you can reduce the chances of getting AMS. The second reason is the difficulty of the trek trail and the place where a lot of rocks fall. The final reason is that the uncertainty of the weather on the trek could lead to heavy snowfall and snowfall which happened in 2014 where many people died due to a lack of knowledge. There are many other reasons why trekking to Lake Tilicho is so difficult.

Accommodation and food Tilicho Lake Trek:

It will be in a three-star hotel in Kathmandu During the trek, you will stay in lodges and tea houses. Most of the rooms will be in basic sharing and you can have hot showers in most of the lodges. You can find many kinds of food and you can eat some delicious Nepali food and Indian and other continental food as well as you can find bakery items, soups, and hot drinks all over the trek.

Equipment & Packing List for Tilicho Lake Trek:

This list outlines the required things to bring during the Tilicho Lake Trek. The weight limit for your luggage is 15 kg. Remember that your luggage will be carried by our porter. However, you are required to carry a small day- pack with your valuables or anything important. We advise you to pack only what is necessary.

Important Items: Airline tickets; Valid passport; 2 extra passport size photos; Photocopy of your passport; Insurance paper; Dollars, Pounds, or Euros in cash for purchasing a Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying at restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks and to purchase your own drinks and gifts; Credit Card (Visa/ Mater Card) for withdrawing cash from cash machines if needs.

For Head: Sun Hat; Bandana or head scarf; Headlamp with extra batteries; Sun Glasses with UV protection.

For Upper Body: Shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves); Lightweight thermal tops; Fleece Jacket or Wool Sweater; Wind Cheater jacket; Down Jacket

For Lower Body: 1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms; 1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers; 1 pair of waterproof shell pants and 1 pair of hiking trousers.

For Hands: 1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves and 1 pair of lightweight poly liner gloves.

For Feet: 2 pairs of thin inner socks; 2 pairs of poly or wool socks; 1 pair of Hiking boots (sturdy soles, water-resistant, ankle support); 1 pair of running shoes and/or sandals.

Other Useful Items: 1 sleeping bag (good to -20 degrees C or 28 degrees F); Rucksack and Travel Bags; 1 large duffel bag A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables; Small padlocks for duffel- bags; 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional).

Medical: Your daily taking medicine if any; small personal first aid kit; Aspirin, plasters (band-aids); Sunscreen; lip balms; Anti-diarrhea pills; Anti-headache pills; A cough and/or cold medicine; Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetazolamide; Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin.

Digital camera; 2 water bottles (1 liter each); disposable rubbish sacks; Toiletries: 1 medium-sized quick-drying towel; Toothbrush/paste; Multi-purpose soap; Deodorants; Nail clippers; Face and body moisturizer; Tissue /toilet roll; hiking poles, snack food (chocolate/ biscuits); umbrella; reading book or pack of cards (for leisure time during trekking).

Note: If any items are not available in your hometown you can buy them in Trekking Store in Kathmandu before you on trekking.

Important Note

  • If you wish to discuss any aspect of this trip or your suitability for other trips, please contact us.
  • The cost will be valued by Your standard of hotels, service, group size, and other extra activities. Please kindly let us know.
  • The above can make the itinerary shorter or longer. Please tell us if you would like to customize the above itinerary, and we will tailor it to your needs.

Trip Itinerary

Day

1
On arrival in Kathmandu and Nepal International Airport via various international airlines, received by our guide and staff for a short transfer to the heart of Kathmandu city. Where is your hotel located, after checking into your rooms, and then meeting other members of the trip at the hotel lobby for a 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.

Day

2

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 (the center of attraction for 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 as 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.

Day

3

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 the small village Syange, Dharapani before getting to Chame, it is also the starting place of the Manage district. Stay overnight at Chame which is located at the height of 2603 meters. Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day

4
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.

Day

5

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.

Day

6
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, and stay at a camp or hotel in Khangsar.

Day

7
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.

Day

8

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.

Day

9
While returning from Tilicho base camp, you will have smooth down ways to Manang, it will be 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 lots of questions from those people. After a walk of around four hours, you will get to Manang  Village. Stay overnight at Manang.

Day

10
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.

Day

11
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.

Day

12
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.

Inclusions

  • 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 a first aid kit. 
  • Public bus transportation from Kathmandu to Besisahar and back to Kathmandu from Besi Sahar.
  • Porter during the trek (1 Porter between 2 people).
  • Stuff, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, etc,...
  • Three meals during the trek (breakfast, lunch dinner, and cup of tea).
  • Sharing jeep Besi Sahar to Manang and back Manang to Besisahar.
  • Permit Annapurna conservation region.
  • Tea house accommodation during the trek.
  • Tourists' service charges 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).

Complimentary

    • Welcome,/ farewell 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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