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Tilicho Lake Trekking

DURATION19 Days ATTITUDE5400m STARTS ATKathmandu ENDS ATPokhara GRADEModerate GROUP SIZE1-14 pax ACCOMODATION3 star hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara. And lodges during the trek. MEALSBreakfast in Kathmandu & Pokhara hotels and all the three meals (B.L.D) during the trek. TRANSPORT Domestic Plane and surface transportation by tourist bus and private vehicles.

Trip Highlights

  • Adventurous hike towards the highest lake in the world
  • Incridible views of Mount Annapurna I (8091m), Manaslu (8163m)and Dhaulagiri (8167m).
  • Observe beautiful Manang village
  • One of the longest pass
  • Visit Ancient Buddhist Monasteries
  • Explore Ethnic culture which is influenced by Tibetan culture.
  • Adventurous lodges trek in beautiful Annapurna region.

Trip Overview

Ancient Jomsom, with the venerated Lake of Tilicho, is said to be the highest in the world…and crossing Thorung La at 5,416m presents a wonderful challenge trek which is a real test more for the mind than the body…but the glorious skyline shows off silver, gray and white mountains that glitters on a lovely weather day and the diverse ethnic communities we meet up on the way give us some sort of idea of the world we know and the world we are not familiar with…but want so much to learn off…

Tilicho Lake at an altitude of (4,949m) is a well known place for pilgrimages. Hence, as we go to the high altitude to triumph over the view of the lake is not an easy task, but this trip is truly exciting, thrilling and more or less rewarding. Though trekking Tilicho Lake is a challenging trekking route it is definitely one of the finest trekking routes in the Annapurna region. This trek displays scenic view of much of eastern side of the epic world famous Annapurna circuit with sublime natural beauty, cultural and traditional values, stunning waterfalls and running clean water streams, and attractive floras and faunas.

Our trip begins with a cruise from Kathmandu to Besisahar and we hike from Besisahar, the path offers you fantastic views of gigantic peaks including Mt. Annapurna (8,091m) – 10th highest mountain of world, Mt Dhaulagiri, (8,167m)-worlds 7th highest, Manaslu,( 8,163m)- worlds 8th highest, and Machhapuchhre at ( 6,993m ). On the way to Tilicho Lake, you get serene views of waterfalls, and experience hiking across airy suspension bridges. But this route is a pretty tough trail. You have to walk at alpine altitudes and you have to cross the Thorung La pass at (5,416m). The rocky trials, high hills and hiking through rivers tend to pose challenges. But the rewarding landscapes give meaningful joy to accept the geographical obstacles. Going through Manang is special as you can enjoy the natural beauty of this particular area. As we head to Upper Tilicho Lake, you will pass through several villages where you can haul up and learn about the culture and tradition of the local folks. After reaching Tilicho Base Camp and then finally ascending Tilicho Lake, you can view this superb Lake right in front of your very eyes. After digesting the beauty of Tilicho Lake, we make a beeline for Muktinath Temple – a sacred place for Both Hindus and Buddhist. We must cross Thorang La pass (5,416m) on the way to Muktinath temple and go through some pretty villages. On the way you will enjoy the thrills of altitude and enjoy the culture of people living on the way. Finally, reaching Muktinath and spending some beautiful moments at this quiet place, the landscapes here are simply stunning. We will then visit Jomsom and finally return back to the city of lakes – pokhara.

The trip to Tilicho Lake is a perfect package to witness natural scenery, and learn about the unique culture in this region. The best season for a journey to this region is February to May and September to November. Glorious Adventure will escort you on this journey of a lifetime…

Check out our fixed itinerary for Tilicho Lake Trekking or just send us an email and we’ll tailor make an itinerary based on your requirements.

Itinerary

Day1 : Arrival Kathmandu and transferred to Hotel (1360m) After your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in medieval and modernized Kathmandu, you will be warmly greeted by our office representative and transfered to the hotel. After check in and some refreshments, our senior sherpa guide will come to meet you and give you a brief orientation about Tilicho Lake Trek. You can then go for a stroll down the street to get familiar with the neighbourhood, have supper and go to bed. This is your first overnight in the valley of temples and cows, probably the most in the world.
Day2 : Full Day Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing The capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu, being the historical and cultural heart of the country, is a popular destination for tourists, trekkers and other types of adventure seekers. The city is a marvelous amalgamation of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western cultures and influences. Patan and Bhaktapur are its two major neighboring cities. These two cities, like Kathmandu, have a rich historical, cultural and religious legacy which is reflected in the many temples, monuments and artifacts that they contain. You will be taken on a half-day guided tour of Kathmandu and Bhaktapur cities. In Kathmandu, you will be visiting Pashupatinath, the most famous and revered Hindu shrine in the country; Boudhanath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal, Soyambhunath, which contains both Buddhist and Hindu shrines and stands as testimony to the religious harmony that exists in the country; and the 15th-century 55-window palace in Bhaktapur. An orientation session for the trek, which commences the following day, will be organized in the evening.
Day3 : Drive to Beshisahar (830m) You drive along the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway to Dumre and then follow the narrow and paved road by the Marshyangdi River to Beshisahar, the district headquarters of Lamjung district. All the local government offices are based here. From here, you get to see some well known mountain peaks, a lot of naturally green landscapes surrounding the valley and the daily activities of the happy local folks. This headquarters is the center from where the daily usable commodities are supplied to the different villages and numerous towns. Stay overnight at lodge with all meals inclusive.
Day4 : Trek to Bahundanda (1300m) 5 hrs walk The first part of the trail passes on a flat level along the bank of the Marshyangdi River. You can enjoy the sceneries and the local culture of the Gurung community. After lunch the trail goes steeply upwards to Bahundanda which takes about 2 hours. From this point, you can see the area surrounded by eye-catching scenarios with snow-capped mountains. Stay overnight at lodge with all meals included.
Day5 : Trek to Chamje (1405m) 6 hrs walk We will leave for Chamje after having breakfast. We hike a trail which goes downwards to Syange (1070m). On the way, you can have the beautiful views of waterfalls making sounds as it strikes with stones. After that we will cross Marsyangdi River by an airy suspension bridge and then following the same river up to Jagat. After we reach Jagat, we will have to climb up to Chyamje. Overnight at guesthouse inclusive BLD.
Day6 : Trek to Bagarchap (2160m) - 5 hrs walk The journey today will be tiring as we will have to walk on the rocky trail. We will take a rocky path going with by side of Marshyangdi River upwards up to Tal (1675 m). Then we will cross a valley, and going ups and downs we will arrive at Dharapani (1890 m). After hiking a bit more, we will finally reach Bagarchap where we can see typical stone roofed houses. We crash out Overnight at a guesthouse inclusive BLD.
Day7 : Trek to Chame (2630m)  5 hrs walk You climb through forests of pine and oak as you pass through Danaque (2210m.). Soon, there comes a small wooden bridge that will take you on a steeply ascending path up to Timang which lies at the bottom of Lamjung Himal. The trail goes then on a flat level until you reach Chame, where you will find government offices, shops and hotels. Chame is the administrative headquarters for the Manang district. Stay overnight at lodge with all meals included.
Day8 : Trek to Pisang (3300m) - 5hrs walk With Lamjung Himal (6893m) sparkling in the morning sun, you set off for Pisang. You continue through a 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 you follow the path to Bhratang (2950m.). You now walk through a pine forest and as the forest ends, the valley changes from a V-shape to a gentle U-shape, opening up a wonderful vista before you. You can see the east peak of Annapurna II as well as Pisang Peak (6091m.) to the north-east. Continuing on, you come to a long Mani wall by a bridge and the lower village of Pisang. Stay overnight at lodge with all meals included.
Day9 : Trek to Manang (3540m) - 5 hrs walk Beyond Pisang, the trail climbs a steep ridge that affords good views of the Manang valley and Tilicho peak (7145m.). Descending past Manang's airstrip at Hungde (3320m.), you come to a level area from where the north-east face of Annapurna III rises majestically above you. From the wide plains of the Sabje Khola Valley, Annapurna IV (7525m.) also becomes visible. Just beyond this point you cross the considerably reduced flow of the Marshyangdi Khola via a wooden bridge to the tiny village of Mungji.After a short steep climb you reach Manang which is a surprisingly large village for this remote mountain region. Stay overnight at lodge with all meals included.
Day10 : Acclimatization Day We will hang around for one more day in Manang for acclimatization by observing beautiful views of green landscapes, silvery mountains, Chortens and Monasteries. We can also explore unique culture and lifestyles of local people. We bunk out overnight at our Lodge with full board meals.
Day11 : Trek to Kangsar Village (3700m) - 4 hrs walk After enjoying an awesome day at Manang, we will leave for Khangsar. We will go by a path which goes along the Khangsar River. Crossing the river, we will reach at Khangsar village. This village is a very old-styled Tibetan influenced village and is also known as olden type villages of Nepal.  Overnight at our guesthouse inclusive BLD.
Day12 : Trek to Tilicho Base Camp (4200m) - hrs walk We continue from western pass 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. This is where rest out for an Overnight at a guesthouse. B. L. D.
Day13 : Trek to Tilicho lake and down back to Tilicho Base camp - 6 hrs walk Today is the main day of our trekking. We will trek up to Tilicho Lake. After having breakfast, we will hike to Tilicho Lake in the early morning, as wind may interrupt us in case of delaying. Tilicho Lake is a cold place and is recorded as the lake at highest altitude in the world. After spending some joyful moments at Tilicho Lake, we will descend down to Tilicho base camp. We bunk out tonight by this lovely lake at our guesthouse inclusive BLD.
Day14 : Trek to Yak Kharka (4000m) - 5 hrs walk As we hike slowly down from base camp, the trail ascends by nearly 500m to Yak Kharka. We make the climb steadily through Tenki Manang, leaving the Marsyangdi Valley. Continuing along the Jarsang Khola Valley, we reach Yak Kharka at 4,000m. as we hike by we observe that Herds of yaks and vegetations appear to thin out hereabouts. Overnight at our guesthouse B. L. D
Day15 : Trek to Thorong Phedi (4450m) - 5 hrs walk Leaving Yak Kharka, you climb gradually to a ridge before descending to the headwaters of the Marshyangdi and crossing via a covered wooden bridge.After a short ascent up the mountain path on the right bank, you follow a narrow trail across an unstable spree slope and then descend to Thorong Phedi. Stay overnight at lodge.
Day16 : Trek to Muktinath (3800m) vai Thorong La pass (5400m) - 8 hrs walk You need to work hard to reach Muktinath as today we will walk for about 8 hours. Though it is hard, it is the most special day of our trekking. We will start our journey in the early morning at about 4 am so that we can reach Thorang La pass at about 9-10 am. If we delay it then the weather may create some difficulties. We will climb steeply which is not so difficult. But high attitude and the massive snows around can cause some problems. After we climb for 4 hours, we will be at the top of Thorang La pass marked by the chortens and prayer flags and also you can enjoy stunning views. After this it take some 4 hours more to reach the holy place - Muktinath. Muktinath is a pilgrimage spot for both Hindus and Buddhist. It is believed that you can be free from all your pains and sorrows after you visit this so called holy site. You can bathe under the 108 waterspouts around the temple. You can also visit Jwala Mai Temple where you can see natural spring and an everlasting flame fueled by natural gas. Overnight at guesthouse inclusive BLD.
Day17 : Trek to Jomsom (2720m) - 5 hrs walk Today is the last day of our trek on these wonderful mountains, we will move through the trail of Kagbeni or Lupra to reach Jomsom. This day we will trek along Kali Gandaki River to reach Jomosm. Jomsom is a strong windy little town in a cold valley. You can get startling memorable views of Tilicho Mountain and beautiful wet hills. Overnight at lodge with full board meals.
Day18 : Early in the morning Fly to Pokhara This takes about 25 minutes and stay overnight at our hotel in Pokhara. The flights are available during the morning time. The strong breeze blows during the afternoon and frequent change of the weather prevents the flight landing and taking off in the afternoon. During the flights in the morning, the sky looks very clear which makes you able to enjoy the splendid views of different mountain peaks. Overnight hotel.
Day19 : Drive back to Kathmandu While driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, we head up to Damauli, Dumre, Mugling and Kurintar where Nepal's first Cable car is operated to reach Manakamana Temple, this is a temple where most Nepalese come to have their wishes granted before leaving home or getting married.  From Naubise we climb up to Thankot, the gateway to Kathmandu and finally reach our hotel & a lovely soft warm bed.
Day20 : Departure Day After breakfast and our last day in Kathmandu, our vehicle and escorts will be on standby to drop you to the international airport three hours before our scheduled flight back home. At Glorious Adventure, meeting you has been a great honor and we pray for your Safe journey home and will reflect on the wonderful times we spent together. Bon Voyage!!! We hope to see you again some day…

INCLUDES AND EXCLUDES

Includes

  • Airport pick up and drop by private car/van, as well as all ground transport as per itinerary
  • City guided tour in Kathmandu by professional tour guide
  • All the sightseeing entry fees
  • Domestic Airfare (Jomsom to Pokhara)
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation in 3/4 star hotel in Kathmandu on B/B plan.
  • 3 time meals a day during the trekking period. (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
  • An experience and government trekking guide license holder.
  • Helpful and careful porters (1 porter for 2 person)
  • Trekking guide and porter insuracne and accommodation as well as salary.
  • Company guarantees the rescue services; please hand over your insurance policy copy to us
  • All necessary paper work and Annapurna Conservation Area trekking permit fees
  • TIMS cards fees
  • All government taxes and company charge
  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Pokhara at 3 star category on BB plan.

Exclude

  • International airfare
  • Nepal Visa which can be obtain at Tribhuwan international airport after arrival.
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu & Pokhara Hotel
  • Alcoholic beverages , bottle mineral water, soft drinks and snack foods
  • Extra cost on natural disaster
  • Any other expenses which is not included in our cost.