Tilicho Lake trekking is probably the highest lake trekking in the planet. Get Tilicho lake trek itinerary, map, and cost information with team of guide, helper and tour leader.
Tilicho Lake trekking is one of the highest lakes trekking in the world. Tilicho Lakes (4949m) is the highest lake in the world and form by glacial activity. Very few Annapurna circuit trekkers visit Tilicho Lake due to the extremely inhospitable surrounding terrain and the difficulties associated with reaching the area. Tilicho Lake is also known as the highest scuba dive site as well. On a Tilicho Lake trek, trekkers attempting the Annapurna circuit route usually cross the watershed between Manang and Kali Gandaki valley over the high Thorong La pass (5416m). The alternative north route of Tilicho Lake trekking has been gaining popularity.
This trekking route is more demanding and requires at least one night of camping. New lodges have been built between Manang and the lake, but 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 gaun and Jomsom: Mesokanto La and Tilicho North Pass known as Tilicho Tourist Pass. These routes via Tilicho Lake are more often closed by snow than the higher Throng La.
During monsoon (June, July, and August) is the best time for Tilicho Lake trek to Jomsom via Mesokanta pass, Tilicho is at its best when other areas are at their worst. In other season, although Tilicho stunningly beautiful, cold and inhospitable. Snow my fall any time, but from September to May it only rarely melts. Furthermore, one has to cross some steep slopes that are avalanche prone when snow covered. Below is Tilicho Lake trekking itinerary and for customized trekking itinerary, contact with professional trekking tour leader.
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1345m)
Arrival at Kathmandu airport, welcome by us and transfer to hotel. We will be waiting you at the arrival exit door of Kathmandu airport with your name.
Day 2: Kathmandu Tour
Pre-trip Meeting and Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley take you to Swoyambhunath Stupa, Bouddhanath Stupa and Pashupatinath Temple with English speaking tour guide. After the day tour meeting with trekking guide and discuss on Tilicho Lake Trekking and last minute shopping of necessary items.
Day 3: Drive to Besisahar (834 m) by bus 7 hours
Drive nearly seven hours with view of River, terrace fields and village to Besishahar.
Day 4: Trek to Bahundanda (1430 m)
This is the first day of our trekking; we walk along the banks of Marsyangdi River and then follow the trail through rice paddies and Gurung village to Bahundanda. It takes 6 hours trekking.
Day 5: Trek to Chamje (1560 meters)
Trek descends and ascends for 6 hours with some flat walk on villages, rivers and fields to Chamje.
Day 6: Trek to Bagarchhap (2160meters)
Trek 6 hours to Bagarchap, encounter with waterfalls, river, village and green hill. Bagarchap is an interesting village surrounded by apple orchards and maize fileds. Open views include Manaslu (8156 meter).
Day 7: Trek to Chame (2630meters)
As we cut through a narrow field from the village, the Dudh Khola, which originates from the south face of Manaslu, enters on the opposite bank and we will walk with a lot scene of remarkable views. It takes around 5 hours trekking to Chame.
Day 8: Trek to Pisang (3300 meters)
Trek to Pisang is comparatively 6 hours easy trek on dramatic scenery of gorge and sweeping slope.
Day 9: Trek to Manang (3540 meters)
No steep climbs, trek 5 hours leisurely on breathtaking scenery of quaint villages, letting you get a flavor of living culture of Managi people.
Day 10: Acclimatization day at Manang village
Acclimatizing at Manag is important because in the next few days you head for high altitude area, you gain height rather rapidly. It helps you from altitude sickness. Explore hike to Bodzo Gompa or to Gangapurna Lake, further Chongkor viewpoint above.
Day 11: Trek to Khangsar Village (3735 m)
Descending from old Manang and passing by Chorten, reach to Marshyangdi River. Walking along the northern part of this river bank, the trail stays close to the river bed and soon we are Khangsar, superb view of the Great Barrier open up. The village is surrounded by fields of wheat.
Day 12: Trekking to Tilicho Base Camp (4150)
An adventurous trekking, which takes around 6-7 hrs to Tilicho base camp. The higher path, through broad, involves a tiring ascent of some 900 m and then a steep, treacherous 800 m descent.
Day 13: Explore Tilicho Lake (5180)
The trek start early in the morning since the round trip could well take 10-12 hours. There is no teahouse at Tilicho Lake, so we have to get back to Base camp for our overnight stay. After climbing out of the side-valley, the trail works its way up moraine ridges, ascending all the way.
Day 14: Trek to Yak Kharka (4020 m)
Not a very hard day, superb scenery all along for around 4 to 5 hours trekking to Yak Kharka.
Day 15: Trek to Thorong Phedi (4450 meters)
After a short ascent up the mountain path on the right bank, we follow a narrow trail across an unstable scree slope and then descend to Thorung Phedi. It is 4 hours trekking.
Day 16: Trek to Muktinath via Throng La (5416m)
The toughest part of Tilicho Lake trekking, but spectacular mountain views. Early morning start to reach Muktinath with pack breakfast as you won’t find any teahouse in-between. Trek steep ascent initially, then very long, mostly gradual climb to pass. Steep, unendingly long descent. It needs to be careful with potential dangers; high altitude, cold conditions and gale-force winds. It takes 8/9 hours trek to Muktinath.
Day 17: Trek to Jomsom (2720 meters)
Pleasant scenic walks for 5 hours on barren terrain with picturesque villages to Jomsom. The descent is gradual till the very end, when the trail suddenly drops 300 meters.
Day 18: Fly to Pokhara
Early morning fly to Pokhara and leisure day at Pokhara.
Day 19: Pokhara sightseeing
Sightseeing around Pokhara valley, that is Phewa Lake, Barahi Temple, Devi’s fall, Mahendra Cave, Seti Gorge, Bindyabasini Temple and Mountain Museum. Pokhara is famous for Adventure sports, you can do Paragliding, Ultra light mountain flight and zip liner flying in Pokhara.
Day 20: Kathmandu Pokhara
Six to seven hours drive to Kathmandu. Free day for shopping or other activities and join farewell dinner at Typical Nepali restaurant with culture program.
Day 21: Kathmandu Airport.
Final transfer to Kathmandu airport to get flies back to home.