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Tilicho Lake Trek

Tilicho Lake Trek

Trip at a Glance

  • Country

    Country: Nepal

  • Trip grade

    Trip grade: Strenuous

  • Destination

    Destination: Annapurna region

  • Activities

    Activities: Trekking

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation: Hotels/Lodges

  • Meals

    Meals: Included on trek

  • Transportation

    Transportation: Private vehicle/Plane

  • Maximum altitude

    Maximum altitude: Thorong La High Pass (5,416m)

  • Group size

    Group size: 2 pax min

  • Best Season

    Best Season: Mar-May, Sep-Nov

Tilicho Lake Trek is a remarkable trekking experience in the Annapurna region. Trekking to Tilicho Lake offers the finest trekking experience in the Himalayas with the lake situated at the highest location on earth so it is considered. The hike to Tilicho is challenging but the reward is immense with a spectacular Himalayan panorama.

Tilicho Lake is situated at 4,920 meters and is formed by the glacial melt of the northern slope of Annapurna Mountain and Thorung Peak. It’s a holy lake for Hindus and pay a visit to take a holy bath in it’s pristine water. Located in an isolated area in the Annapurna region, the hike to Tilicho Lake is a challenging and off-the-beaten-path trek.
The trail to Tilicho Lake follows the regular Annapurna Circuit trek path where it takes a detour from the village of Manang ascending up to Sri Kharka. Upon reaching Tilicho Lake it again joins the Annapurna Circuit trail at Thorong Phedi then crosses over the Thorong La High Pass to get to Muktinath and eventually to Jomsom. So it can be considered at a side-excursion trip during Annapurna Circuit trekking.

Ascending up to Tilicho, you will be treated to a spectacular view of the snow-capped peaks like Annapurna II and III, Gangapurna, and Lake Tilicho Trek Peak. The trek follows the Marsyangdi River valley, passing through mountain villages, lush forests, and beautiful alpine meadows. The trek is challenging due to the high altitude and steep terrain, but upon reaching Tilicho Lake the awesome views and the sense of accomplishment make it all worthwhile.

Tilicho Lake Trek is an excellent adventure in the Himalayas and for those seeking an exclusive and adventurous trekking experience in the Annapurna region.

Tilicho Lake Trek Highlights

  • Visit the natural wonder of Nepal – Pokhara. 
  • Crossing over one of the world’s highest pass -the Thorong La Pass (5,416m)
  • Witness stunning views of Machhapuchhre, Mt. Annapurna south, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I & others.
  • Hike to Tilicho Lake (4,920m) – one of the lakes located at world’s highest point.
  • Muktinath Temple with 108 spouts sacred for both Hindus & Buddhist.
  • Jomsom – the windswept town & headquarters of Mustang.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1400m)
Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Syange (1080m) via Beshishar (823m/7-8 hrs Drive)
Day 03: Trek from Syange to Dharapani (1,860m/5-6 hrs)
Day 04: Trek from Dharapani to Chame (2,650m/5-6 hrs)
Day 05: Trek from Chame to Pisang (3,115m/5 - 6 hrs)
Day 06: Trek from Pisang to Manang (3,540m 5 - 6 hrs)
Day 07: Rest and acclimatization day at Manang (3,519m)
Day 08: Trek from Manang to Siri Kharka (4,060m/4-5 hrs)
Day 09: Trek from Siri Kharka to Tilicho Base Camp (4,150m/5 hrs)
Day 10: Hike to Tilicho Lake (4,920m) & back to Siri Kharka (4,060m/5-6 hrs)
Day 11: Trek from Siri Kharka to Yak Kharka (4,060m4-5 hrs)
Day 12: Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,525m/4-5 hrs)
Day 13: Trek from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath Temple (3,760m) via Thorong La High Pass (5,416m/9 hrs)
Day 14: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (3,760m/5-6 hrs)
Day 15: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara (820m/35 minutes)
Day 16: Fly or drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1400m/25min)
Day 17: Final Departure

Arrive in Kathmandu and one of our representatives will receive you and then transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu. The rest of the time is free to explore the city where your hotel is located which is usually at Thamel – the popular tourist hub in Kathmandu where every needs and facilities for the tourist are located like hotels, pubs, restaurants, departmental stores, trek gear shops etc. Or you can simply rest at your hotel if you are jet lagged and get ready for an amazing Himalayan trek. 

Hotel

We're going to drive to Syange in a private tour car today from Kathmandu. Depending on traffic and road conditions, the travel could take seven or nine hours. There is concrete and paving on the road leading to Besisahar.

For a maximum of two to four hours, we will experience an exciting dirt road trip from Besisahar to Syange. We'll designate the best car for the conditions of the road. All of our drivers have extensive experience and hold valid licenses to drive on public roads.

If the weather permits, you can also see stunning scenery, rivers, and waterfalls throughout this trip, as well as peaks like Mount Machhapuchhre, Mount Lamjung, and Mount Annapurna II and III. 

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

After breakfast, we set off on foot from Syange, crossing a huge bridge close to Tal to approach the Manang district. The trail winds through fields of barley, rice, and potatoes; the waterfalls never stop accompanying us. One of the largest settlements in the Manang valley, Dharapani, is reached after passing past the village of Kodo.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

We have breakfast today and then resume our hike. We will climb up to the settlement of Chame by navigating via a couple steep forested ridges and other landslide locations. But we shouldn't overlook raising our gaze, as the spectacular views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV (7,525m) await us. We also find a few little hot springs, which should provide us with some temporary relaxation. 

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

You will take the upper trails which pass through Upper Pisang and Geru to reach the village of Barge. Barge village is popular for the Barge Monastery – the biggest in Manang. Along the trail you will come across several Buddhist shrines and monasteries and finally reaches the big town of Manang. The trekking trail provides fantastic views of Annapurna II, III, IV, Gangapurna, Pisang Peak, and Tilicho. 

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

There are two ways to go to Manang from Pisang. We select the route that goes through Ghyaru and Upper Pisang. Outstanding vistas of Mt. Annapurna, Pisang Peak, and other mountains are guaranteed from this higher approach. It gets colder and drier as we go closer to Manang. A quick trip to Barge Monastery, the largest monastery in the Manang District, should lift our spirits, nevertheless. 

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

It's our acclimatization day today. We headed out on a short hike to either Bhojo Gumba or Lake Gangapurna in order to stay in shape for the trails that followed. To learn more about Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), we can trek to Vraga Village and visit the Himalayan Rescue Association.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

It’s an easier trek today taking the upper route leading down to a river. After crossing the river continue the hike on taking you through coniferous forests. The Tibetan village of Khangsar is reached after walking for about three hours. Then continue the journey to reach Shri Kharka.
En route witness good views of Gungang Himal and Mt.Chulu.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Leaving Shri Kharka in the morning and heading towards Tilicho Base Camp. It’s an easy path today but passes through landslide-prone areas. From the trail witness the impressive rock formations along with magnificent snow peaks – including Tilicho Peak.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Today’s a special day as you will be hiking to Tilicho Lake. Start early in the morning from the base camp to avoid the afternoon wind. The trail is quite steep and after hiking for two to three hours will reach Tilicho Lake – one of the highest lakes in the world. A well-known French expedition team referred to Tilicho Lake as The Great Ice Lake. The lake is surrounded by majestic peaks like Tilicho Himal, Annapurna Range, and Nilgiri Himal. During the winter, the lake will be completely frozen. After spending time at Tilicho Lake, retrace the same route back to Siri Kharka. 

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

The trail descends from Siri Kharka to Khangsar village. En route pass al ong Tare Monastery which is a thousand-year-old monastery. The journey continues following a rock wall that takes us out of Khangsar and leads us to Thorong Khola Valley and finally to Yak Kharka. Yak Kharka offers wonderful views of the Annapurna mountain ranges. If luck favors you might encounter blue sheep or snow leopard on the way. 

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Now you will leave the Marsyangdi Valley and follow the Jharsang Khola towards Thorong Phedi. The trail passes through pine and fir forests to enter the high Himalayas which appear completely different as seen from the lowlands during the first half of the trek. If luck favours you might spot wildlife like blue sheep or even snow leopard en route. Thorong Phedi is the stopping point for trekkers to spend overnight before attempting to cross the Thorong La High Pass.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

This day is the most challenging day of the entire trek which involves crossing Thorong La High Pass which is one of the highest passes in the world. You will ascend up to Thorong La then descend down to Muktinath. Afternoon will be too windy to cross the pass so you will start early morning battling icy air and high altitude but still enjoying the views. Upon reaching the top of the pass witness even great views of peaks like Khatungkang, Gangapurna, and Annapurna ranges.

 

After enjoying a great photographic moments you will descend to Muktinath enjoying another good view of Dhaulagiri. With continue descending will reach Muktinath temple. It’s the holy temple for both Hindus and Buddhists which has 108 water spouts and an eternal flame which is burning there for ages. Stay overnight at Muktinath. 

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Today is the last day of trekking and the route heads down the valley loosing elevation and gradually rejoining the Kali Gandaki River Valley bottom to reach Jomsom. Upon reaching Jomsom you may feel like a big change from the serene trails and villages which you passed during the trek. Rest and explore around in Jomsom town. 

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Take the early morning flight to Pokhara from Jomsom which is a short flight of about 35 minutes. Upon reaching Pokhara the rest of the time is rest at your hotel or explore the beautiful lakeside city of Pokhara. In the evening you can visit the lakeside area closer to Phewa Lake with many restaurants, pubs, eateries which is like the tourist hub of Thamel in Kathmandu. 

Hotel
Breakfast included

After breakfast you can either choose to fly to Kathmandu from Pokhara (20 minutes) or take an overland drive to Kathmandu (6-7 hours drive). Upon reaching Kathmandu check-in hotel and the evening is all set for Farewell Dinner at one of the authentic Nepali restaurants.

Hotel
Breakfast Included

The trip concludes and our office representatives will take you to the international airport in Kathmandu to catch your onward flight to your next destination or fly back home. You need to be at least 3 hours prior to your flight time at the airport.

Thank you for visiting Nepal and we hope your Himalayan Holiday has come true. Have a safe flight back home!

Breakfast Included

What is included?

  • Airport pick-up and drop services.
  • Hotel accommodations in Kathmandu & Pokhara with breakfast as per itinerary.
  • Kathmandu to Syange drive by local bus or private vehicle.
  • All trekking accommodations with Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner at local lodges.
  • Jomsom/Pokhara airfare
  • Four seasonal sleeping bags (to be returned after trip completion) & Marron Treks duffel bag
  • A comprehensive medical kit (will be carried by the trekking guide)
  • Experienced Government licensed English Speaking Guide & Porter (1 porter for two people) including their food, accommodation, salary & insurance.
  • Permits for Annapurna Conservation Area and TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System)
  • Farewell dinner with Nepalese cultural program.
  • All government and local taxes. 

What is not included?

  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa fee – Visa can be obtained upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (USD30 for 15 days)
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu or Pokhara.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Emergency rescue evacuation (to be covered by the client's travel insurance).
  • Other expenses of a personal nature (phone calls, laundry, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, hot shower etc.)
  • Bar bills, alcoholic drinks & beverages.
  • Tips for guides and porters (Tipping is expected). 

Route Map

FAQ's

1. Is the Annapurna Circuit trek with Tilicho Lake difficult?
The Annapurna Circuit trek with Tilicho Lake is considered a challenging trek, suitable for experienced trekkers. It involves long hours of walking, high-altitude conditions, and some steep ascents and descents.

2. What is the best time to do the Annapurna Circuit trek with Tilicho Lake?
The best time for this trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months offer stable weather, clear skies, and moderate temperatures, making it ideal for trekking.

3. Are permits required for the trek?
Yes, trekkers need to obtain permits for the Annapurna Circuit trek with Tilicho Lake. The required permits include the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) card.

4. What are the highlights of the trek?
Annapurna Circuit trek with Tilicho Lake offers a diverse range of highlights, including stunning views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges, crossing the Thorong La Pass (5,416 meters), visiting the sacred Tilicho Lake, exploring beautiful villages like Manang and Pisang, and experiencing the unique culture and hospitality of the local people.

5. What kind of accommodation is available along the trail?
Teahouses and lodges are available along the Annapurna Circuit trek with Tilicho Lake route, providing basic accommodation and meals. The teahouses may vary in terms of facilities and comfort, but they offer a cozy place to rest and rejuvenate after a day of trekking

Equipment

Below are the suggested items for the packing list and it also depends upon the season you are trekking. We shall provide 75 liters duffel bag and a sleeping bag. You can bring other items from your home country and if you are traveling light and don’t wish to overweight your luggage during international flights then many of them can also be brought in Kathmandu before the trek starts.

Clothing (Core & Lower body)
·         Water-proof (breathable fabric) jacket, Poncho or Umbrella
·         Hard shell pants (breathable fabric- 1 set), preferably that zips from top and bottom which can be worn over boots without getting undressed, in case of abrupt weather            changes
·         Fleece jacket or Pullover
·         Fleece windcheater jacket
·         Down jacket or a Down vest
·         T-shirts (2 – 3) and Long-sleeved shirts with collars ( 2- 3 pairs)
·         Nylon (cotton ought to be strictly avoided) hiking shorts ( 2- 3 pairs)
·         Hiking trousers- one that is detachable from the knees so that they it can be folded up as shorts ( 2- 3 pairs)
·         Thermal underwear as well as synthetic underwear (3 -4 each – avoid cotton)
·         Synthetic sport brassieres for women (2 pairs- avoid cotton)
 
Head/Eyes & Hand Gears
·         Sun hat/cap
·         Woolen hat or Balaclava
·         Sunglasses/Goggles (preferably the ones with 100% UV protection)
·         Liner, Synthetic or Thin wool gloves (1 -2 pair)
·         Warm gloves (designed to shield the sub-zero temperatures)- 1 pair
 
Footwear
·         Trekking boots (1 pair) and spare laces
·         Running shoes, Sandals or Thongs (flip-flops)- 1 pair each
·         Hiking gaiters (1 pair) to do away the rocks, dusts and moist feet
·         Liner socks- preferably synthetic (3 – 4 pairs)
·         Heavy or wool blend socks (3 – 4 pairs)

Equipment
·         Backpack/Rucksack
·         Duffle bag (will be provided by Marron Treks)
·         Pack cover (to protect your gears from getting wet)
·         Day sack/Nylon stuff sack
·         Sleeping Bag/ Silk liner (will be provided by Marron Treks but should be returned after the trip)
·         Water bottle
·         Good head torch along with spare batteries and bulbs
·         Maps, compass and a guidebook
·         Trekking poles

Miscellaneous Bits
The items below could seem trivial, but if you don’t have them, you might just find yourself sticky and stinky, which isn’t actually good for you!
 
Toiletries
·         Quick-drying camp towel
·         Detergent powder/bar
·         Toilet paper
·         Sunscreen Lotion (SPF 20+) & Lip balm
·         Pocket knife
·         Sewing/Repair Kit (for tent & mattress)
·         Emergency kit including a whistle, waterproof match/lighter
·         Padlocks for bags and lodge rooms
·         Stuff sacks
·         Earplugs

Medicament
It is important that you include the medicines prescribed by your doctor. Below is just the generic list of medications. We advise you to always consult your travel doctor as you might be resistant or allergic to some medicines

·         Anesthetics (Ibuprofen/Aspirin)
·         Broad spectrum antibiotics tablets
·         Metronidazole and Antacids (for diarrohea /indigestion)
·         Broad spectrum ointments (Neosporin/ Clotrimazole/Gentamicin)
·         Antiseptic liquids (Dettol/Savlon)
·         Assorted band-aids
·         Small gauge pad
·         Roll of adhesive tape
·         Iodine tablets

Optional Carry
Nothing hard and fast about carrying the items on this list as they are not the basics. Yet, though not all, if you still manage to squeeze in some of these items on your carry, you will not regret it as they might just come in handy during the trek

·         Camera, memory card and battery charger
·         GPS unit Altimeters
·         Binoculars
·         Pee bottle for men (leak proof/wide mouth) & Pee funnel for women
·         Books and magazines

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