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The Tilicho Lake Trek is a grand trek around the Annapurna massif, just like the famous Annapurna Circuit Trek. However, this route does not only lead you over the high mountain pass of Thorong La (5,416 m), but also to the high Tilicho Lake (4,920 m). The lake collects the glacial melt of the entire northern slopes of Annapurna and the Thorong Peak. People even claim that this is both a holy and the highest lake in the world.

This trek is a real adventure. You get to see a variety of mountain landscapes and, traditional local cultures at the same time. With the Tilicho Lake Trek, you will go all the way to Khanshar Village, in a high and remote valley. People also call this village ‘The Last Village of Nepal’.

Places You’ll See

Tour Plan

Welcome in Nepal! We will pick you up at the international airport in Kathmandu, and bring you to your hotel in the backpackers area of Thamel.

airport transfer – hotel

After a good night of sleep and hopefully beating the jetlag, we will meet again for a pre-trip meeting. We will introduce you to your mountain guide and we will discuss the itinerary. If you have any questions or requests, please let us know.

Note: please, make sure you bring your passport to the meeting, along with your travel insurance policy. Carry both the original policy and a copy for us. We wil also request you to clear the due balance, if any.

What’s next? You can use this day to adjust to the different timezone, altitude and climate. Also, you can prepare yourself for your trek and do some last shoppings at one of the many outdoor gear shops around your hotel.

breakfast – hotel

Early morning, at 7 a.m., your mountain guide (and porter) arrives at your hotel to pick you up. After a 7 to 8 hour drive, we will reach Besi Sahar (760 m) where we spend the night.

breakfast – bus – dinner – mountain lodge

Today, our mountain trek really begins! We start walking from Besi Sahar where the trail makes a climb to Khudi (790 m), the first Gurung village. Interesting to know is that many of the famous Nepalese Gurkha soldiers are Gurungs. When we continue from Khudi, the trail offers fine views of Himalchuli and Peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli). We climb to Bhulbhule (825 m) and then via Ngadi to Lampata nearby Bahundanda (1,310 m).

breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge

Today, we begin the day by following a steep trail down to Syange (1,070 m). Along the way, depending on the season, we can see a large waterfall. After crossing the Marsyangdi river via a suspension bridge, we walk along the river to the stone village of Jagat before we climb through the forest to Chamje (1,410 m).

breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge

Now the day begins with a rocky trail uphill along the Marsyandi river all the way to Tal (1,675 m). This village in a wide, flat valley is the first in the district of Manang. From here our trek continues up and down to Dharapani (1,890 m). When we approach Bagarchhap (2,160 m), we can see the typical Tibetan flat roofed stone houses surrounded by apple orchards and maize fields.

breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge

We climb up to Tyanja (2,360 m), and then we continue through the forest near the river to Kopar (2,590 m). As we reach Chame, the headquarters of the Manang district, we can have rewarding views of Annapurna II. This town has two hot springs, where you can soak and relax yourselves from the trekking so far. Along this route you will be introduced to a local community of which the residents migrated from Tibet centuries ago.

breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge

This day starts with a trek through a deep forest in a steep and narrow valley and, crossing a river via a long bridge (2,910 m). When we cross another bridge at 3,040 m, the view of the soaring Paungda Danda’s rock face really begins to appear. From here, the trail joins to climb to Pisang, which sprawls between (3,200 m) and (3,300 m).

breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge

Today, we continue our trek through the drier upper part of Manang district, cut off from the full effect of the monsoon by the Annapurna Range. People of this region herd yaks and raise crops for a part of the year.

When we leave Pisang, there are alternate trails from the north and the south of the Marsyangdi river which meets up again at Mungji. The southern route by Hongde, with its airstrip (3,325 m), 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 (3,475 m) to the nearby Manang (3,540 m).

breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge

Today, is a day to relax by spending an acclimatization day in Manang. This day we can spend going for fine, short hikes and viewing the magnificent sights around the village. By the end of the day, we return to our accommodation for a good meal and sleep.

breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge

After acclimatizing at Manang, we continue our adventure towards Tilicho Lake! The lake is situated on the west end of Manang following the path down to the river. After crossing Khangsar Khola, we reach Khangsar and head towards the village region. This area is still very traditionally Tibetan and, it is known as the Last Village of Nepal.

breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge

Today, we trek via a large path and pass a Gompa, a Buddhist monastery. The route ahead follows a quite new path up towards a high ridge. Then, we 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 which we cross to the building on the other side that is known as Tilicho Base Camp (4,200 m).

breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge

We are going to Tilicho Lake today! The day begins very early in the morning, around 6 a.m. as we try to avoid the wind. From Basecamp to Tilicho lake takes another 3 to 4 hours. Tilicho Lake, claimed as the highest lake of the world, is a cold barren place in the afternoon. After spending some time around Tilicho Lake, we return the same way back to Base Camp as there are no accommodation facilities at Tilicho Lake (4,920 m).

breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge

Today, we continue to ascend by nearly 500 meter to Yak Kharka. We climb steadily through Tenki Manang, leaving the Marsyangi Valley. From there, we continue through the Jarsang Khola Valley and reach Yak Kharka (4,000 m). From here, we see that herds of yaks and vegetations clearly thin out.

breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge

We ascend for two hours and then descend again to cross the river (4,310 m). Then, we climb again to Thorong Phedi (4,450 m) where decent guesthouses have been built in the recent years.

breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge

This is a big day. We are crossing world’s highest pass: Thorong La (5,416 m)! It is a long day, starting before sunrise at 4 or 5 a.m. to cross the pass by 9 or 10 a.m. before the strong wind comes up. These weather conditions may greatly affect our journey, particularly at Thorong La. Steeply, we climb on a regular route which is quite easy to follow. However, difficulties may arise due to altitude and snow. About four hours of climbing up to the pass, marked by chortens and prayer flags, we will be rewarded with stunning views from the top of the pass. Then another 4 to 5 hours of walking take us 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 you visit the temple, which is a scared pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists.

breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge

Today, we trek down to Kagbeni and then follow the Kali Gandaki river to Jomsom (2,720 m). Jomsom is a large town with many facilities. It is also headquarter and official town for the Mustang district, where all the district government offices are present.

breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge

We wake up early for the 30-minute morning flight that takes us to Pokhara. From Pokhara airport, we have short drive left to the hotel.

breakfast – domestic flight – airport transfer – hotel

We take the bus back to Kathmandu. There, we will bring you back to your hotel.

Tonight, we would like to offer you and your guide a farewell dinner together in a traditional Nepalese restaurant.

breakfast – bus – farewell dinner – hotel

If this is the final day of your holiday in Nepal, we will bring you back to the international airport. Goodbye friends! We hope that we will meet each other again in the future.

breakfast – airport transfer

What's Included

Airport transfer
All required trekking permits
Experienced mountain guide
Porter per 2 persons (w/ duffel bag)
Bus (Kathmandu > Besi Sahar)
Domestic flight (Jomsom > Pokhara)
Bus (Pokhara > Kathmandu)
Hotel in Kathmandu (w/ breakfast) – 3 nights
Hotel in Pokhara (w/ breakfast) - 1 night
Mountain lodge during your trek - 15 nights
Breakfast, lunch and dinner during your trek
Salary, accommodations, meals, gear and insurance for all trekking staff
Farewell dinner on your last evening in Nepal
VAT and tourist service charges

What's not Included

International airfare to and from Nepal
Nepal tourist visa
Alcohol, hot and cold drinks
Travel health insurance (that covers rescue & evacuation above 4,000 m)
All other expenses that are not mentioned below 'what's included'

About this region

Tilicho Lake Trek [Thorong La]

From $1,299

Destination: Annapurna
Duration: 16 days
Altitude: 5.000m >
Difficulty: 4/5

USP's

Nepal based

Runned by Nepalese

Tailor made travel plans

No mixed groups

Authentic Nepal experience

Nature & culture

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