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Tilicho Lake Trek

20 Days / 19 Nights
Destination : Nepal Activity Trekking & Hiking
Max Altitude : 5120 Difficulty Difficult
Group Size : Min 1 (Single Supplement $300)
Accommodation :
  • 5 Nights Hotel
  • 14 Nights Teahouse/Lodge
  • Hotel in Kathmandu ( 2 nights) and Pokhara ( One night) with breakfast at 3 stars level.
  • Twin sharing comfortable and clean private room in trekking ( 11 nights).
Meals :
  • 20 Breakfast,19 Lunch,19 Dinner
  • Meals 3 times a day (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trekking and Pokhara.

Annapurna Circuit trek. The hike takes additional 3–4 days. No camping is required, as new lodges have been built between Manang and the lake. The final approach to the lake is done in a day hike from the lodge at Tilicho Base Camp.
Trekkers attempting the Annapurna Circuit route usually cross the watershed between Manang and Kali Gandaki valleys over the 5416 meters high Thorong La pass. The alternate route, skirting Tilicho Lake from the north, has been gaining popularity. This route is more demanding and requires at least one night of camping. There are no teahouses or lodges past the Tilicho Base Camp lodge some kilometers east of the lake and the next village of Thini Gaon in the Kali Gandaki valley. Most groups spend two nights between these places. There are two passes leading to Thini Gaon and Jomsom; Mesokanto La and Tilicho North pass known also as Tilicho "Tourist pass". These routes via Tilicho Lake are more often closed by snow than the higher Thorong La. 
Tilicho Lake was the site of one of the highest ever altitude scuba dives. A Russian diving team, consisting of Andrei Andryushin, Denis Bakin, and Maxim Gresko, conducted a scuba dive in the lake in 2000.

Tilicho lake, at an elevation of 4920 m in the high Himalayan region of Manang, is the highest lake in the world. One can have the magnificent views of major peaks of Annapurna Himalayan range such as Annapurna II 7939m, Annapurna IV 7525m, Annapurna III 7555m, Lamjung Himal 6932m, Gangapurna 7454m and so on during the trek to Tilicho lake. The traditional Tibetan villages with unique cultures and traditions gives trekkers a lifetime experience while trekking to Tilicho. Lake Tilicho also has a legendary feature of being a holy spot for the Hindus as is described in the Ramayan, the sacred holy book of the Hindus. The crossing of the challenging Tilicho Pass (5120 m) is an added advantage in the Tilicho Lake Trekking. Nevertheless, the diversity in the landscapes, temperature and the people that changing every few days ornate this trek as a unique and exceptional trek.

A scenic drive from Kathmandu to Chamje begins the Tilicho Lake Trek with SUCCESS ADVENTURE TREKS . The drive leads you through towns, villages and farmlands. The trek starts from Chamje trekking downhill most of the way following the mighty Marsyangdi River upstream all the way to its source at Manang and beyond. From Manang, following the North West route and heading towards Tilicho Lake Base Camp and Tilicho Lake. From Chauri Kharka. the trek descends downhill towards Jomsom. The exhilarating trek to Tilicho Lake comes to an end with a flight from Jomsom to Pokhara and drive back to Kathmandu. 

Although Tilicho Lake Trek is a part of Annapurna Circuit Trekking, we have a customized trail that gives you extra joy and thrilling experience of the Tilicho Lake Trek.

Outline Itinerary
Day 1  : Arrival in Kathmandu (1340 m)
Day 2  : Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
Day 3  : Drive from Kathmandu to Besi Shahar (830m/2723ft). 5:30 hours
Day 4  : Drive to Syange and trek to Chamje(1560m/5118ft). 2 hours’ Drive & 4:30 hours Trek
Day 5  : Trek from Chamje to Dhararpani (1810m/5938ft). 5:30 hours
Day 6  : Trek from Dharapani to Chame (2725m/8940ft). 6 hours
Day 7  : Trek from Chame to Pisang (3190m/10466ft). 5:30 hours
Day 8  : Trek from Pisang to Manang (3500m/11483ft); 5 hours
Day 9  : Rest Day in Manang for acclimatization
Day 10 : Trek to Khangsar Village (3700m/11203ft); 5 hours
Day 11 : Trek to Tilicho Lake base camp (4525m/13701ft). 4 hours
Day 12 : Trek to Tilicho lake ( 4910m/14876ft) and back to Base camp. 6 hours
Day 13 : Trek to Yak Kharka (4090m/13418ft). 5 hours
Day 14 : Trek to Throung Phedi (4441m/14570ft); 6 hours
Day 15 : Trek to Muktinath via Thoroung-la passes (5416m/17769ft); 8:30 hrs
Day 16 : Trek to Jomsom, overnight at guesthouse
Day 17 : Flight to Pokhara and transfer to the hotel; 25 min
Day 18 : Pokhara Sightseeing
Day 19 : Drive to Kathmandu; 6 hours
Day 20 : Departure Day

Arrival in Kathmandu (1340 m)

Upon arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be met by SUCCESS ADVENTURE TREKS representatives and makes an arrangement to transfer you to a hotel by private tourist vehicle. Overnight at hotel.

Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

Today after breakfast we will start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites; including the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambunath) and Buddhists shrine (Bauddha Nath) which is one of the large Stupas in the world. In the afternoon, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we can meet our trek leader and other team members. SUCCESS ADVENTURE TREKS representative briefs us regarding our trek as well as provides us an opportunity to ask any questions we may have regarding our upcoming adventure.

Drive from Kathmandu to Besi Shahar (830m/2723ft). 5:30 hours

Today we will leave our hotel at 7.00 am in the morning after we have our breakfast. We will view a panoramic landscape and the greenery along the Trishuli and Marshyangdi rivers all the way to Besishar. It is about 185km from Kathmandu. On arrival at Besisahar you will witness stunning snowcapped mountain scenery.

Drive to Syange and trek to Chamje(1560m/5118ft). 2 hours’ Drive & 4:30 hours Trek

Today, after breakfast, we drive from Besishahar to Syange from where our trek starts. The trekking trail leads us through beautiful landscapes. Crossing the Marsyangdi River on a suspension bridge. We then follow the river to the stone village of Jagat before climbing through forest to Chamje at 1400meters.

Trek from Chamje to Dhararpani (1810m/5938ft). 5:30 hours

After breakfast, our day begins with the rocky trail following the Marsyandi Rivers steadily uphill to Tal at 1675meters, the first village in the Manang district. We make a trail verse crossing a wide, flat valley. The journey continues up and down to Dharapani at 1890 meters, a stone entrance chorten typical of the Tibetan influenced villages. The typical flat roofed stone houses of local Tibetans design along with the village surrounded by apple Orchards and maize fields are on the sight.

Trek from Dharapani to Chame (2725m/8940ft). 6 hours

The trail climbs to Bahundanda and Tyanja at 2360 meters, then continuing through forest, but near the river, to Kopar at 2590meters. As we reach Chame, the headquarters of the Manang district, we are rewarded by the fine views of Annapurna II as we approach Chame & two small hot springs by the town. Along this route we are introduced to a local community said to have migrated from Tibet a long time back, noticeable by their different features. With them, they have bought local Tibetan house designs and maintained their ways. 


Trek from Chame to Pisang (3190m/10466ft). 5:30 hours

The day starts through deep forest in a steep and narrow valley, crosses a river on a long bridge at 2910 meters. We then cross another bridge at 3040 meters, from there the view of the soaring Paungda Danda rock face really begins to appear. From there the trail joins to climb to Pisang, which sprawls between 3200m & 3300meters. 

Trek from Pisang to Manang (3500m/11483ft); 5 hours

Today we continue through the drier upper part of the Manang district, cut off from the full effect of the monsoon by the Annapurna Range. People of this region herd the yaks & raise crops for part of the year. They also continue to enjoy special trading rights gained way back in 1784. Leaving Pisang, we have alternate trails north and south of the Marsyangdi River which meets up again at Mungji. The southern route by Hongde, with its airstrip, at 3325meters which involves less climbing than the northern route via Ghyaru, though there are better views on the trail that follows the northern bank of the river. From Mungji, the trail continues past the picturesque but partially hidden village of Bryanga at 3475meters to nearby Manang at 3540meters. 


Rest Day in Manang for acclimatization

Today we spend a day acclimatizing in Manang. The whole day we spend doing some fine day walks and over viewing the magnificent views around the village & the day time is best to gain altitude. At the end of the day, we return to our accommodation & have a night rest. 


Trek to Khangsar Village (3700m/11203ft); 5 hours

After acclimatized at Manang we continue our adventure for Tilicho Lake, from Manang one heads out through the western gates and then one follows the path down to the river. After crossing the Khangsar Khola on the bridge below Khangsar and ascend the slope to the village, a village still in the old Tibetan style and which is also known as last village of Nepal. 

Trek to Tilicho Lake base camp (4525m/13701ft). 4 hours

Continue from Khangsar on a large path. Pass a Gompa (monastery). The route ahead goes on a recently constructed path up towards a high ridge. At one point is an intersection. One path maintains the altitude, traversing the slopes towards a place where the valley is narrow; the other continues to ascend towards the line of the ridge. The former is the old path, and is much more difficult as it goes on really steep screed; the latter is the new path that goes a completely different way. Continue along the new path, reach a high crest, and descend on switch backs carved out through the screed slopes to a side valley of the main valley. At its bottom is a brook. On the other side of it is a building known as Tilicho Base Camp at elevation of 4200 meters. 

Trek to Tilicho lake ( 4910m/14876ft) and back to Base camp. 6 hours

Today our journey start early in the morning around 6 AM as we try to avoid the wind. From Base camp to the Tilicho lake takes another 3-4 hours. Tilicho Lake is a cold barren place in the afternoon and claimed as highest lake of the world. After we spend some time around Tilicho Lake we will return same way back to Base Camp as there are no any accommodation facilities at Tilicho Lake area. 

Trek to Yak Kharka (4090m/13418ft). 5 hours

Returning from Base camp you can keep high and follow a track 400meters or so above Khangsar village passing through the ruins of old Khangsar and follow an unmarked trail which will lead you around and down to cross the river on an old log bridge between Gumsang and Yak Kharka. 

Trek to Throung Phedi (4441m/14570ft); 6 hours

Today, after ascending for two and half hour the trail descends to cross the river at 4310meters we then climb up to Thorong Phedi at 4450meters where we have recently found some good Guesthouses built. 


Trek to Muktinath via Thoroung-la passes (5416m/17769ft); 8:30 hrs

Today is a long trek starting before sunrise at 4 am to reach the pass by 9-10 am otherwise weather conditions will greatly affect the journey. We cross over at an altitude of 5416 meters we can be exposed to strong winds if crossing too late. We start to climb steeply that is regularly used and easy to follow. However, the problem may arise due to the altitude and snow. It often causes terrible problems to cross the pass if it is covered by snow but it is all depending on the weather condition. About four hours climb up to the pass marked by the chortens & prayer flags. As you reach the top, you are rewarded by the magnificent view from the top with another 4 hours trek will take to the holy town of Muktinath. Muktinath means place of Nirvana and is home to the Muktinath temple as well as several monasteries. It is said that all sorrows you feel are relieved when visiting the Temple, which is a scared pilgrimage site to both Hindus and Buddhists. The main pilgrimage normally takes place in September. The Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and has 108 waterspouts around it from which Holy water pours. Another attraction nearby is the Jwala Mai Temple this contains a spring and an eternal flame fed by natural underground gas. 

Trek to Jomsom, overnight at guesthouse

Today we follow the trail down to the Eklebhatti, and then follow the Kaligandaki River to Jomsom. Jomsom is large town with many facilities, it is also headquarter and official town for whole Mustang district where all the government office are available for local people in Mustang. 

Flight to Pokhara and transfer to the hotel; 25 min

Today 25 minutes morning flight takes us to Pokhara from Jomsom. Once we arrive at Pokhara airport, we then drive to hotel. In the afternoon we will have a sightseeing tour around Pokhara valley, which covers Fewa Lake, Devi’s water fall, Museum. 

Pokhara Sightseeing

Today is the day to explore Pokhara valley. Early morning, you will have an excursion to Sarangkot hill to witness sunrise view over Annapurna Range. If the weather supports you, you will witness the mesmerizing sunrise. Afterwards, back to hotel for breakfast. Rest for few hours. Afternoon, visit Bindhyabashini Temple, Seti Gorge, Davi’s Fall, Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave and Refugee Camp. in the evening, you are free for personal activities like shopping, traditional massage or just relax in the lakeside. 

Drive to Kathmandu; 6 hours

After breakfast drive towards Kathmandu  - enjoy the scenic view along Trishuli  river. En route stop for tea break. On arrival check into Hotel followed by a welcome drink.   After lunch in the hotel enjoy hang around the freak street of Thamel. Return to hotel. 

Departure Day

After breakfast, the trip ends, SUCCESS ADVENTURE TREKS representatives will drop you at the Tribhuvan international airport for your final flight departure from Nepal.

The Trip Cost Includes

  • All the ground transportation as per the itinerary.
  • Hotel in Kathmandu ( 2 nights) and Pokhara ( One night) with breakfast at 3 stars level.
  • Meals 3 times a day (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trekking and Pokhara.
  • Twin sharing comfortable and clean private room in trekking ( 11 nights).
  • Domestic flight ticket from Jomsom to Pokhara with airport tax.
  • Trip Map.
  • An experienced, knowledgeable, helpful, friendly and English-speaking trekking guide and porter to carry your luggage during the trek (2 trekkers:1 porter).
  • Food, drinks, accommodation, insurance, salary, equipment, transportation, local tax for Guide and porter.
  • First aid kit.
  • Four season sleeping bag and down jackets to use for trekking, if necessary.
  • Trip achievement appreciation certificate.
  • All necessary paper works and Annapurna conservation entry permits.
  • Emergency helicopter rescue arrangement which will be paid by your insurance company.
  • TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System).
  • All our government taxes, vat, local tax, tourist service charges.

The Trip Cost Excludes

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • All kinds of drinks in the mountain.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu.
  • Personal equipment.
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
  • Travel and rescue insurance.
  • Extra personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, laundry, shower, excess baggage charges)
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver
  • Any other expenses not mentioned on 'Price Includes' section.

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