Tilicho Lake Trek - Tilicho Base Camp Trek, Trek to Tilicho Lake

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Tilicho Lake Trek is a beautiful trek in Annapurna which takes you all the way up to the beautiful Tilicho Lake that is one of the highest lakes in the world. The lake is situated at 4949m in the Annapurna range of the Himalayas in Manang district of Nepal. The Tilicho base camp trek is getting popular among the adventure seekers as the trek can be done as a teahouse trek. While doing Tilicho lake trek, no camping is required as new lodges have been built in the region. 

Tilicho Lake Trek

Tilicho Lake trek begins with a local bus ride or a private jeep drive from Kathmandu to Besishar, this is a small town with tourist standard guest houses, from where the trek really begins. The trek goes along the Marshyangdi River, with great views of Manaslu and Himal Chuli to the east. This magnificent trek leads you to the fine village inhabited by a wide diversity of people from different ethnic groups, offering spectacular and majestic views of the white Himalayas. We have customized this route as it is basically the same as Annapurna Circuit, from Manang instead of taking the valley north to Tanki Manang and Yak Kharka this route goes to the main valley to the west passes through the Khanshar Village (The Last Village of Nepal) and trek up to Tilicho lake, then we trek to Yak Kharka then up to pass of Thorung La at elevation of 5,416m. From the pass of the Thorung La the treks lead down to Muktinath then to Jomsom from where we have a 35 minute scenic flight to Pokhara.

Attraction of Annapurna Region

Annapurna conservation Area Project
Annapurna Region is one of the captivating lands of bio diversity in the world. The region is the largest reserved and protected area of Nepal. The unique biodiversity, the scenic grandeur in combination with the multi cultural and multi ethnic diversity make it the world's most popular trekking destinations. With the objectives of achieving a balance between the environment conservation and socio economic development, through people's participation, the Annapurna conservation area project (ACAP) was launched from 1986 under the aegis of the national trust for nature conservation... See more.

The trust is governed by a board of trustees. Tourism is an essential for locals and the fastest growing industries in the Annapurna conservation area. The project serves as a new approach in the protected area management with its modalities based on the integrated conservation and development programs. Owing to its fame that it has gained in the history of the protected area management, the government of Nepal has given the trust the mandate for the management of the Annapurna conservation area.

Meaning of Annapurna
Annapurna is a Sanskrit name which literally means full of food (feminine form), but is normally translated as Goddess of the Harvests. In Hinduism, Annapurna is Devi, the universal and timeless Kitchen goddess, the mother who feeds her kids. Without her there is starvation, a universal fear: this makes Annapurna a universal goddess. Her most popular shrine is located in Kasi, on the banks of the Ghats. Her association with the giving of food (wealth) led her in time to be transformed into Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth.

List of mountains we can see in the Annapurna region trekking
Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m),
Mt. Annapurna I (8091m),
Mt. Manaslu (8163 m),
Mt. Annapurna II (7937 m.) ,
Mt. Annapurna III (7555m),
Mt. Annapurna IV (7525m),
Mt. Annapurna south (7219m),
Mt. Nilgiri (7041m),
Mt. Fishtail also called Mt. Machhapuchhare (6998m),
Mt. Hiunchuli (6441m),
Mt. Lamjung Himal (6986m),
Tukuche peak (6920m),
Tilicho peak (7134m).

Culture and People of the Annapurna Region
One of the unforgettable experience of this region is culture and life style of local people. During trekking, trekkers encounter villages of different ethnic people. According to last census over 45,000 thousand people of different ethnic and tribal backgrounds with various religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Bon Po, Shamanism and Animism represented live in the Annapurna region. The dominant groups are Gurung, Magar, Thakali and Manangi. Generally, these people are subsistence farmers who depend on the forests for fuel, fodder and timber. Almost each of group have their own dialect and own cultures and traditions. Trekkers who go for trekking in Annapurna region are fascinated by the local people's culture and tradition.

Flora and Fauna
In Annapurna region, we can see the diverse flora and fauna. The range of geographical and climatic regions has led to this diversity. Below 1000 m in altitude the climate is tropical. These areas are heavily cultivated and the landscape, therefore, largely consists of terraced paddy fields for most of the year. As we  go to higher the natural vegetation changes from the tropical species to more temperate stands of forest trees including oak, beech and rhododendron. These finally give way to coniferous forests of pine and, ultimately, juniper just below the tree line.

Annapurna conservation area is the home of 102 species of mammals, 488 species of birds and 40 species of reptiles.  In this region, we can see pheasants named Danphe, Monal, Kaliz, Cheer, Kokilas, and Blood Pheasants, etc. Among mammals, blue sheep and Himalayan Thar can be seen in the area.

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Tilicho Lake Trek short itinerary

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu (1350m).
Day 02: Drive to Besisahar (830m) by Public Bus, 7 hours driving.
Day 03: Trek from Besisahar to Bahundanda (1,310m), 5 -6 hours walking.
Day 04: Trek from Bahundanda to Chamje (1,400m), 5-6 hours walking.
Day 05: Trek from Chyamje to Bagarchhap (2,160m), 6 hours walking.
Day 06: Trek from Bagarchhap to Chame (2,630m), 6 hours walking.
Day 07: Trek from Chame to Pisang (3,300m), 5 -6 hours walking.
Day 08: Trek from Pisang to Manang (3,540m), 6 hours walking.
Day 09: Acclimatization day at Manang village.
Day 10: Trek from Manang to Khangsar Village (3,700m), 4 to 5 hours walking.
Day 11: Trek from Khangsar village to Tilicho Base Camp (4,200m), 5 -6 hours walking.
Day 12: Trek from base camp to Tilicho Lake (4949m) and back to Base Camp (4,200m, 6 hours walking.
Day 13: Trek from Tilocho base camp to Yak Kharka (4,000m), 5 to 6 hours walking.
Day 14: Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,450m), 5 to 6 hours walking.
Day 15: Trek to Muktinath (3,800m) via Thorung La pass (5,416m), 8 hours walking.
Day 16: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (2,720m), 5 to 6 hours walking.
Day 17: Morning flight from Jomsom to Pokhara, 35 minutes.
Day 18: Drive or flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu, 6 hours drive or half an hour flight.
Day 19: Rest and shopping day.
Day 20: Final departure.

Trip cost: Please write us and let us know how many of you are there in your group to do this trek so that we can send you a quote and other information according to your group size.

Note: If above itinerary couldn't meet your needs, we can design a tailor-made itinerary to suit your needs. It is also possible to combine with some other activities such as Tibet tours, Bhutan tours, and Jungle safari in Nepal.

Tilicho Lake Trek - itinerary

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu (1350m).
Upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport, one of our trek leaders will greet you and transfer to hotel. Rest and free till evening. Join the welcome dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant; enjoy a local meal with short brief about your great trek to Tilicho lake. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Drive to Besisahar (830m) by Public Bus, 7 hours driving.
The trekking staff will arrive at your hotel at 7am in the morning to pick you up. After a 7-hour drive (185 kms) from Kathmandu, we reach Besishar. Upon arrival at Besisahar you will witness the stunning snow-capped mountain panoramas including Annapurna and Manaslu ranges. Overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 03: Trek from Besisahar to Bahundanda (1,310m), 5 -6 hours walking.
Today our journey starts at Besishahar, from where the trail makes the climb to Khudi at 790m, then reach the first Gurung village (many of Nepal’s Gurkha Soldiers are Gurungs). As we continue from Khudi, the trail offers fine views of Himalchuli and Peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli). It climbs to Bhulbhule at 825m, then goes to Ngadi before reaching Lampata at 1,135m and nearby Bahundanda at 1,310m. A brilliant start to the culture of Nepal. Overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 04: Trek from Bahundanda to Chamje (1,400m), 5-6 hours walking.
The trail drops steeply to Syange at 1,070m from Bahundanda. On the way, you can see a large waterfall (season permitting). After crossing the Marsyangdi River on a suspension bridge, we follow the river to the stone village of Jagat before climbing through the forest to Chyamje at 1,400m . Overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 05: Trek from Chyamje to Bagarchhap (2,160m), 6 hours walking.
The day begins with the rocky trail following the Marsyandi Rivers steadily uphill to Tal at 1,675m, 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 1,890 m. A stone entrance chorten typical of the Tibetan influenced villages. Upon reaching Bagarchhap at 2,160 m the typical flat roofed stone houses of local Tibetans can be seen along with the village surrounded by apple orchards and maize fields. Overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 06: Trek from Bagarchhap to Chame (2,630m), 6 hours walking.
The trail climbs to Tyanja at 2,360m, then continuing through forest, but near the river to Kopar at 2,590m. As we reach the Chame, the headquarters of the Manang district, we are rewarded by the fine views of Annapurna II as you approach Chame and two small hot springs by the town. Along this route we are introduced to a local community of which the residents are said to have migrated from Tibet centuries ago, noticeable by their distinct physical features and lifestyle as well as architecture and livelihood unique to Tibet. Overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 07: Trek from Chame to Pisang (3,300m), 5 -6 hours walking.
The day starts through a deep forest in a steep and narrow valley, crosses a river on a long bridge at 2,910m. We then cross another bridge at 3,040m from there the view of the soaring Paungda Danda's rock face really begins to appear. From there the trail joins to climb to Pisang, which sprawls between 3,200m and 3,300meters. Overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 08: Trek from Pisang to Manang (3,540m), 6 hours walking.
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 and raise crops for a part of the year. Leaving Pisang, we have alternate trails form the north and the south of the Marsyangdi River which meets up again at Mungji. The southern route by Hongde, with its airstrip at 3,325m, 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 3,475m to the nearby Manang at 3,540m. Overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 09: Acclimatization day at Manang village.
We spend a day acclimatizing in Manang. The whole day we spend doing some fine day walks and viewing the magnificent sights around the village. At the end of the day, we return to our accommodation for a night's rest. Overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 10: Trek from Manang to Khangsar Village (3,700m), 4 to 5 hours walking.
After acclimatizing at Manang we continue our adventure towards the Tilicho Lake, situated on the west end of Manang following the path down to the river. After crossing the Khangsar Khola, we reach Khangsar and head towards the village region, still very traditional Tibetan and known as the Last Village of Nepal. Overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 11: Trek from Khangsar village to Tilicho Base Camp (4,200m), 5 -6 hours walking.
Continue from Khangsar on a large path, passing 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 the Tilicho Base Camp at elevation of 4,200m. Overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 12: Trek from base camp to Tilicho Lake (4949m) and back to Base Camp (4,200m, 6 hours walking.
Our journey starts early in the morning at around 6am as we trying to avoid the wind. From the 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. Overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 13: Trek from Tilocho base camp to Yak Kharka (4,000m), 5 to 6 hours walking.
Continuing on from Manang, the trail ascends by nearly 500m to Yak Kharka. We make the climb steadily through Tenki Manang, leaving the Marsyangi Valley. Continuing along the Jarsang Khola Valley, we reach Yak Kharka at 4,000m. Herds of yaks and vegetations appear to thin out. Overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 14: Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,450m), 5 to 6 hours walking.
After a two-hour ascent the trail descends to cross the river at 4,310m. We then climb up to Thorong Phedi at 4,450m where better guesthouses have been built in the recent years. Overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 15: Trek to Muktinath (3,800m) via Thorung La pass (5,416m), 8 hours walking.
Today is a long trek starting before sunrise at 4 am to reach the pass by 9-10am otherwise weather conditions (strong winds) will greatly affect the journey, particularly at the Thorung La Pass (5,416m). We climb steeply on a regular route which is quite easy to follow. However, some problems may arise due to the altitude and snow. It often causes terrible problems to cross the pass if it is covered by heavy snow. About four hours climb up to the pass marked by the chortens and prayer flags will reward you with stunning views from the top of the pass. Another four hours of walking will take you 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 taking a bath at 108 taps, which is a scared pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists. The prime pilgrimage month is September. The Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and has 108 waterspouts around it. Another attraction nearby is the Jwala Mai Temple which has a gorgeous natural spring and an eternal flame fueled by natural gas. Overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 16: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (2,720m), 5 to 6 hours walking.
We head along 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 district government offices are established. Overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 17: Morning flight from Jomsom to Pokhara, 35 minutes.
A 35-minute morning flight takes us to Pokhara from Jomsom. Once we arrive at Pokhara airport, we then drive to the hotel. In the afternoon we will have a sightseeing tour around Pokhara valley, which covers Fewa Lake, Devi’s water fall, Museum, Tibetan refugee settlement and Gupteshower cave, etc. Overnight at a hotel.

Day 18: Drive or flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu, 6 hours drive or half an hour flight.
After an early breakfast, take a scenic drive to Kathmandu by a tourist bus enjoying the views of countryside. Or, transfer to airport for the flight back to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 19: Rest and shopping day.
After breakfast, stroll around Thamel and explore the town doing some final shopping for your friends and families. In the evening, join the farewell dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant and enjoy a local meal with live culture show. Overnight at hotel.

Day 20: Final departure.
After breakfast, we transfer you to international airport for your flight back to home. Wish you have a safe and sound flight. See you again in the future.

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Tilicho Lake trek Facts:

Activities: Trekking & Hiking

Start/End: Kathmandu/Besisahar

Destination: Tilicho lake

Trip Duration: 20 days

Max. Altitude: 4949 meters

Group Size: Min. 1 / Max.20

Best Season: This trek is best for all season

Trip Grade: Moderate plus

Daily walking Hour: Approx. 4-6

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