Tilicho Lake Trek
12 Days 11 Nights
Kathmandu- Besisahar- Manang- Tilicho Lake
2 Min. Pax
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
ACCOMODATIONTea House, Home stay, Lodge
BEST TIMESpring Autumn
Tilicho lake is the world’s largest lake with an altitude of 4919 meters in the Annapurna range of the Himalayas. It is the lake that is located in the Manang District of Nepal, 55km away from the city of Pokhara. Tilicho lake is the destination of one of the most popular side hikes of the Annapurna Circuit Trek and is surrounded by beautiful mountains like Khangsar, Muktinath peak, Nilgiri, and Tilicho. It covers an area of 4.8 km square
Hindus believe that Tilicho Lake is the ancient Kak Bhusundi Lake mentioned in the epic Ramayana. The sage Kak Bhusundi is believed to have first told the happenings of Ramayana to Garuda- king of birds, near this lake. The magnificent lake is one of the major attractions in the Annapurna Region. Lake Tilicho is surrounded by the High Himalayas and the highest one is the Tilicho peak 7134 meters.
Tilicho Lake trekking starts from Besisahar, Lamjung, which goes along the Marshyangdi River, with great views of Manaslu and Himal Chuli to the east. This magnificent Tilicho Lake trek leads you to the beautiful village inhabited by a wide diversity of people from different ethnic groups, offering spectacular and impressive views of the White Himalayas. We have modified this route as it is the same as Annapurna Circuit, from Manang instead of taking the valley north to Tanki Manang and Yak Kharka this route goes to the central valley to the west passes through the Khanshar Village (The Last Village of Nepal) and trek up to Tilicho lake, then we travel to Yak Kharka then up to pass of Thorang La at an elevation of 5416 m. From the pass of Thorang La, the Tilicho Lake trekking leads down to Muktinath then to Jomsom from where twenty minutes scenic flights take you to Pokhara.
Major attractions of Tilicho Lake
Beautiful view of mountains like Khangsar, Muktinath peak, Nilgiri and Tilicho
In the hidden valley of Nar Phu village, ancient Buddhist monasteries
Snow leopard, Himalayan Thar, Musk deer
Thorang La Pass
Ganga Purna lake
Best time to visit Tilicho lake
The perfect time to go for the trek is Tilicho lake is from March to May and September to November. During these months, the weather is comparatively favorable and the view is clear as well so it’s easy to explore during these times. The months of June, July, and August are not considered as favorable as the trails remain slippery and muddy which will make it difficult to reach the lake.
We'll arrive in Kathmandu and conduct some sightseeing, as well as some shopping if you need anything for the trip.
Early morning drive to Besisahar from Kathmandu and again a 4-5 hours drive to Chame (2630m), a beautiful Gurung village.
Today's trek will be to Upper Pisang (3300m) to Chame which will take around 5 hours of walking with the view of mountain ranges of Annapurna I and Annapurna II.
With early morning breakfast, we will head towards the Manag village (3540m) which is the headquarter of the region from Upper Pisang through the unique and colorful Chortens with the beautiful view of Annapurna III and Gangapurna.
Since it is an acclimatization day, we can go for a hike to the ice lake, a visit to the Hundred Rupee Lama at the cave gompa above Manag, also 2 hours hike to Milarepa’s cave which is across the river from Brag, and a tour to bakeries of Manang.
We will be leaving Manang district today following down the river and reach Khangsar after crossing the Khangsar Khola and proceed to the village section, which is still extremely traditional Tibet. Trek to Shree Kharka, where you'll spend the night at a teahouse.
You'll begin today's hike by climbing up a hill, from which you'll have a spectacular perspective of the entire valley as you ascend. After that, you'll hike along the cliff above Kangsar Khola to Tilicho Base Camp. In the midst of the mountains, relax and enjoy the tranquility. The base camp is where you'll spend the night.
To avoid the wind today, get up early and start your day. It takes another 3-4 hours to get to Tilicho Lake. In the afternoon, Tilicho Lake is a frigid, barren spot, and it is considered to be the world's highest lake. Spend some time around Tilicho Lake when you arrive, taking photos and movies of the bizarre surroundings. Then return to the base camp through the same route for lunch. After lunch, take a walk down the riverbank to Siri Kharka, passing through a difficult landslide region. When you get at the teahouse, relax for the remainder of the day and into the evening with a hot shower and a cold beer.
Although most hikers on the Annapurna Circuit continue to Yak Kharka, they should instead continue to Manang village. Pass by the monastery as you walk along the riverbank. Before reaching Manang village, stop for lunch at Khangsar. Then relax with some free time, a nice shower, and something cold to drink. You can even watch a movie on a little projector from a theater located at the top of the world.
Today, take a Jeep out of Manang. Along the route, stop for lunch at an apple farm and a tiny town, and have dhal bhat, a traditional Nepalese delicacy. Stop in Besisahar, the day's final destination, and spend the night there. In the evening, freshen up and unwind at the hotel.
In the early morning, make your return to Kathmandu by private Jeep transfer. The trip normally takes 5 hours. You have free time after checking into your Kathmandu hotel to rest and/or go shopping. Continue exploring the area, learning more about the monasteries and meeting the lamas.
After having breakfast we will transfer you to International Airport for final departure
- First aid
- Sharing twin/double bedrooms in 3-star hotels or tea house lodges
- Necessary insurance for a guide
- Accommodation, food, salary, equipment for your guide and porters
- All necessary trekking permits and governmental documents
- All applicable tax, vat and office service charge
- 3 meals during a trek, breakfast, lunch, and dinner
- Local licensed friendly trekking guide
- Tips for guide and porters
- Laundry, phone calls, internet charges
- Personal trekking equipment
- Travel insurance, Nepal tourist visa fees, personal items, and expenses
- Bar drinks and beverages including mineral water
- Fees and entrance during sightseeing in Kathmandu
- Airport shuttles, lodging, and meals in Kathmandu except for breakfast
The difficulty level depends on how experienced you are in climbing and trekking. The trek is moderate overall but if you are not fit then the trek will definitely be hard as we have to climb towards the high altitude.
Yes, there is electricity in the region and wifi in most of the tea houses but the speed of wifi is not so good but is okay to stay connected with friends and family.
We can get water in every tea hoses, natural stream water but if you are willing to drink mineral water then it is also available through the price is quite high and the plastic bottles can be a real threat to the mountains so we suggest you rather use the water purifier or water purification tablet and become a responsible traveler.
So most of the accommodations are tree houses, some of the tea houses have attached bathrooms which are not available in every tea house.
To book a trek, you can kindly either contact us directly or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may choose according to your convenience, you may either bank transfer, credit card, western union, or other options.
There are no banks or atm or money exchange to the higher points of the trek. If you want to carry extra cash for extra expenses then you can either withdraw or change from Kathmandu or Pokhara.