Tilicho Lake Trek

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17 Days
Availability : All Season
Kathmandu (1320m)
Tilicho Lake (4919m)
Min People : 2
Max People : 20+
Trip Highlights:
  • Tilicho Lake (4919m) – one of the highest Lake in the world
  • Thorong-La Pass (5416m) – one of the widest pass in the world
  • The Muktinath Temple: one of the most important shrines of both Hindus and Buddhists
  • Manang and Mustang – Unique Himalayan Landscape 
  • Breathtaking views of the different mountains and peaks –  Mt. Annapurna I, II, III, IV,  Mt. Gangapurna, Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Dhaulagiri (the spectacular ice pyramid), Machhapuchhre (Fish Tail), including others mountain
  • Sunrise and sunset view from different locations
  • Discover old monasteries situated in Braga
  • Rhododendron Forests has more than 440 species of birds and animals like Marten, Deer, Langur Monkey and the exclusive Snow Leopard
  • Experience the rich cultural of Gurung and Thakali settlements in place such as Jomsom, and Manang

Tilicho Lake Trek

Annapurna Circuit Tilicho Lake trek will take us to numerous popular destination in Annapurna region. To name them few – Tilicho lake, Manang Valley, and Throng-La Pass. This trek lies in the Manang district of Annapurna region.

Trek route follows a green terrain field to a unique landscape surrounded by Annapurna Massifs. Trek route was officially opened to foreign trekkers in 1980. You will start this trek with an altitude of 800m (Besisahar) to an end of 5416m (Thorong-La pass).  

Foods & Accommodation:
  • 13 – Nights Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • 14 – Breakfast, 13 – Lunch, and 13 – Dinner during the trek
  • 2 Nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on Bed and Breakfast Basis
  • 1 Nights hotel accommodation in Pokhara on Bed and Breakfast Basis
  • Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu
Best Time:
  • Spring (March, April, May): In this season, you can view the national flower of Nepal Rhododendron, Green forest, and Best mountain view
  • Autumn (September, October, November): You can view the green forest as well as the best mountain view
  • Monsoon (June, July, August): Most of the trekking routes fall in rainshadow area where it will have light rain. Most preferable for nature photographers who like flora and fauna, green forest, river, waterfalls and many more
  • Winter (December, January, February): Even though you can view the mountain but the weather is very cold ( should wear warm clothes)
Difficulty Level:
  • Moderate
Trekking Gears:
  • List of trekking gears can be found HERE. 

Following Tilicho Lake trek itinerary includes your arrival and departure days. If you wish to book the hotel in Kathmandu yourself and just to book our trek package only (Guide, Porter, Permit, Pokhara Hotel, Foods and Accommodation during trek, All Govt. taxes).

Feel free to contact us. We are always open for your customized itinerary and program as per your requirement.

For a customized itinerary of  Tilicho Lake trek, kindly leave us your requirements in the inquiry form. Our customer support team will get back to you shortly. 

Note: You can also rent trekking gears in Kathmandu

READ ALSO: 25 Amazing Photos of Tilicho Lake Trek

Tilicho Lake Trek Itinerary

Day 1Arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu (1320m)

Welcome to Tribhuvan Int’l Airport, Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal! One of the representatives from Mount Mania will be waiting to welcome you with fresh Nepali garlands and then transfer to your hotel by private vehicle. You will meet with trek guide and then brief about Annapurna Circuit Tilicho Lake Trek.

Day 2Drive from Kathmandu to Synge (1100m) 7- 8 hours

After having a breakfast, we will head over to catch a local bus which takes us to the starting point of the trek – Synge. The Prithvi Highway follows the narrow and paved road by the Marsyangdi River to Besisahar then to Synge. The total time needed to reach our destination is 6-7 hours. Overnight in Synge.

Day 3Trek from Synge to Dharapani  (1900m)  6-7 hours

After having breakfast at a teahouse, we start our trek by ascending to Jagat. Trek continues to the Tal by crossing a suspension bridge at Chamje. Now, we enter the Manang district, the valley with a unique landscape that you can’t take off your eyes. The trail passes through the potato and barley field, and natural waterfalls that make our trek more exciting. We also cross several small villages before reaching to Dharapani. This village is quite popular among Manaslu circuit trekkers which are the ending point of that trek. Overnight in Dharapani.

Day 4Trek from Dharapani  to Chame (2630m)  6-7 hours

After having breakfast, we start our trekking through a narrow field from the village, the Dudh Khola, which originates from the south face of Manaslu, The Marsyangdi River then veers to the left, and as Annapurna II becomes visible ahead, we arrive at Bagarchhap, a Bhote village with prayer flags fluttering in the breeze around Buddhist monastery, continuing to climb through forests of pine and oak, we pass through Danaque (2210m.). There comes a small wooden bridge which makes us follow a steep ascending path up to Timang village which lies at the bottom of Lamajung Himal & then the trail goes through a flat level until we reach Chame. Overnight at Teahouse.

Day 5Trek from Chame to Pisang (3300m) 5- 6 hours

After having breakfast, we will start our trekking from Lamjung Himal (6893m) as we see it glittering in the morning sunshine with the first rays hitting us warmly in the fac and we set off for Pisang, The mountain disappears as we climb the path up the valley, passing a huge apple orchard. We continue through fir and pine forest, climbing to a high, rocky area as the opposite bank becomes an impassable cliff. From this point the valley becomes extremely steep-sided as we follow the path to Bratang (2950m.) which has a special apple farm then a short climb from the village brings us to a rock-strewn area where we cross a wooden bridge and follow a high, winding path, before crossing back to the right bank again. We now trek through a pine forest and as the forest ends, the valley changes from a V-shape to a gentle U-shape, opening up wonderful vistas. Then we come to a long mani wall by a bridge and the lower village of Pisang. Overnight at a Teahouse.

Day 6Trek from Pisang to Manang (3550m)  6-7 hours

After having breakfast, we will start our trekking with climbs to a steep ridge which affords good views of the Manang valley and Tilicho peak (7145m.). You have two options on the Pisang to Manang section of the Annapurna circuit: the lower route along the valley floor or the upper route 400 or so meters above. An upper view has some of the amazing mountains: Mt. Annapurna II, Mt. Annapurna IV, Mt. Annapurna III, Mt. Gangapurna, Pisang Peak, Tilicho Peak, Chulu East and beautiful Manang Valley. Cultivated fields appear on both sides of the path and off to the right, below a craggy mountain, we will see the village of Braga with its splendid monastery, Large chortens, and mani walls abound and the tall peaks of the Himalaya spread out before us, then after a short steep climb we will reach Manang for our overnight at a Teahouse.

Day 7Manang- Acclimatization Day Hike to Gangapurna lake

Today, we hang around town; this is an important rest and acclimatization day before crossing the Thorung La. There is optional day walks such as crossing the river to see the tremendous icefall coming down from the Annapurna, or climbing high above the village for a full panorama of the Annapurna range and the Manang Valley. There is also a Himalayan Rescue Association [HRA] aid post in the village which makes for an interesting and educational visit. Moreover, you can visit Ganagapurna Glacier Lake to make your rest day a memorable one. Overnight at a Teahouse

Day 8Trek from Manang to Siri Kharka (4060m)  4-5 hours

After having a breakfast in Manang, we will head to the west direction, following the side of the Marshyangdi river. Crossing the suspension bridge will take us to the Khangsar village, one of the highest village in Manang valley. From here, you can view the amazing mountains – Khangsar Kan, Tilicho Peak, Gangapurna, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV and Pisang Peak. Now, our trekking path changes to steep-up towards Siri Kharka. We will pass a newly build monastery. To make our journey adventurous, mountains keep following us till Siri Kharka. Overnight in Teahouse.

Day 9Trek from Siri Kharka to Tilicho Base Camp (4140m)  2-3 hours

Though today’s trek is not so challenging, the trail path is bit narrow. We will have to walk in the landslide-prone area and a rolling stone which might be slippery. The total trek of about 2-4 hours, will reach to Tilicho Base Camp. After having a lunch, will explore around the base camp. Overnight in Tilicho Base Camp.

Day 10Visit the Tilicho Lake (4,949m) then back to Siri Kharka  5-6 hours

After having a breakfast, we will trek to Tilicho Lake – the day that we were waiting eagerly. The trek continues to ascend until we reach Tilicho lake. It is one of the highest lakes in the world. From Tilicho lake, you can have a close view of glaciers, Tilicho peak, lakes, and landscape. This view will make you fall in love instantly. Now, we will trek back to Tilicho Base Camp and have a lunch. We will pack our bags for a trek to Siri Kharka. Overnight in Teahouse.

Day 11Trek from Siri Kharka to Yak Kharka (4040m)  4-5 hours

Today, we will trek down to Yak Kharka, crossing suspension bridge in Gunshang. After that, we will ascend until reaching a wide valley named Yak Kharka. This place is famous for watching a Yak. Total time we need to reach Yak Kharka is 4-5 hours. If we have enough time, we will hike around the hillside. Overnight in a teahouse.

Day 12Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong High Camp (4800m)  5-6 hours

After having breakfast at a teahouse, we start our trekking with a climb gradually to a ridge before descending to the Marsyangdi river and crossing via a suspension bridge, after a short ascent up the mountain path on the right bank, you follow a narrow trail across an unstable scree slope and then descend to Thorong Phedi. Overnight at a Teahouse.

Day 13Trek from Thorong High Camp to Muktinath (3760m) via Thorong La Pass (5416m) 6-7 hours

After having breakfast, we will start our trekking quite early in the morning crossing the Thorong La (5416m). The trail becomes steep immediately on leaving camp but as this trail has been used by local people for hundreds of years the path is well defined, No trail hassles down here. The gradient then eases and after around 4 hours of steady climbing, we will reach the chorten and prayer flags of the pass. The views are dramatic, to say the least, from the snow-covered mountains above to the head of the Kali Gandaki valley below and the brown and purple hills of Mustang which are spread out before us. The descent to Muktinath is a knee-pounding 1600m but it’s compensated for with excellent views of Dhaulagiri. Eventually, the moraines give way to grassy slopes before a pleasant walk along the Jhong Khola Valley to Muktinath and its shrines. Overnight at a Teahouse.

Day 14 Trek to Jomsom (2700m) 5- 6 hours

After having breakfast, we will go visit the famous temple of Muktinath and return to the lodge then have breakfast and begin the trek descent down the dramatic Kali Gandaki Gorge, initially through arid country in the same geographical and climatic zone as Tibet. After passing through Jharkot and Khingar villages with typical Tibetan architecture, we follow path steeply down to Kagbeni, a primitive village famous for Tibetan architectures and there is a monastery hereabouts said to have been built in the 15th Century the Kagbeni is the border for Upper Mustang.

After lunch in Kagbeni, we follow the flat path along the banks of dramatic Kali Gandaki Gorge. Now, we arrived at Jomsom, the district headquarter of Mustang. After one hour trek, we will reach to Jomsom. It is rich in cultivating apples & biggest apple farm in Nepal. This is where our apple pies originate from. The apple brandy is famous among the local folks and travelers. Overnight in Jomsom.

Day 15Drive back to Pokhara (820m) 6-7 Hours

Today, we will take a long journey to Pokhara. Our bus journey will passes apple farms, green terrain, forest, and villages. After 8-9 hours drive, we will reach the city of a lake – Pokhara. We will be staying in a good hotel with delicious food. After check-in, we will explore around the lakeside for relaxing. Overnight in Pokhara.

Day 16 Pokhara to Kathmandu by Tourist bus 6-7 hours. Attend Cultural Dance and Farewell Dinner

After early breakfast at a hotel in Pokhara. We will check-out from hotel and catch our tourist bus which leaves at 7 AM to drive us to Kathmandu and the driving will be a fantastic experience as we drive past many small towns on the way and we are able to see rural settlements, gushing rivers, terraces, and green rural landscapes. We will stop for lunch in between the travel from Pokhara to Kathmandu. After 6 hours drive, we will arrive at Kathmandu and stay overnight at your hotel. One of the Mount Mania representatives will invite you to attend a farewell dinner with a cultural show. Enjoy the fullest.

Day 17Departure

Mount Mania representative will help you to transport to Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu by private vehicle before 3 hours to your scheduled flight.

Price Includes

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
  • 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek guide
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (ACAP, TIMS)
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • All government and local taxes
  • Farewell dinners

Price Excludes

  • Nepalese visa fee
  • International airfare to and from Tribhuvan Int”l Airport (TIA)
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and/or Pokhara
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (Wifi, phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)