Tilicho Lake Trek [Thorong La]

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With the Tilicho Lake Trek you trek all around the Annapurna Circuit via Tilicho Lake (4920m) and Thorong La (5416m). 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. Because you get to see a variety of mountain landscapes and traditional, local cultures at the same time. With this trek, you will go all the way to Khanshar Village, in a high and remote valley. People call this village ‘The Last Village of Nepal’.

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All about the Tilicho Lake Trek [Thorong La].

Trek to Tilicho Lake via Thorong La

Your Tilicho Lake Trek starts in Besi Sahar from where we follow the river Marshyangdi uphill. Along the way, we have great views of Manaslu and Himal Chuli to the east. This magnificent trek leads you via fine villages habited by a wide diversity of people from different ethnic groups.

This route is basically the same as our Annapurna Circuit Trek. However, from Manang we take the valley north to Tanki Manang and Yak Kharka. All the way to the main valley to the west, to Khanshar Village. People call this village ‘The Last Village of Nepal’.

Then we trek up to Tilicho Lake, to Yak Kharka and over one of the highest passes of the world: Thorong La (5416m). From Thorong La, the trail leads us down to the holy pilgrimage town of Muktinath. On the last day, we trek via a mountain desert in Mustang to Jomsom. Here we get on a small plane that takes us back to Pokhara in 35 scenic minutes.


Alternative Longer Route

You could also consider the 19-days Annapurna Circuit Trek, via Thorong La as well. With this route you trek all around the Annapurna mountain range. You get to see the mountain range from all different sides; from the east, to the north, to the west and then the south.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • airport transfer
  • experienced mountain guide
  • TIMS Card (Trekkers’ Information Management Systems)
  • ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Permit)
  • bus (Kathmandu – Besi Sahar)
  • domestic flight (Jomsom – Pokhara)
  • bus (Pokhara – Kathmandu)
  • hotel in Kathmandu (w/ breakfast) – 2 nights
  • hotel in Pokhara (w/ breakfast) – 1 night
  • accommodations during your trek – 15 nights
  • breakfast, lunch and dinner during your trek
  • VAT and tourist service charges
What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • international airfare to and from Nepal
  • Nepal tourist visa
  • travel health insurance
  • emergency evacuation if needed
  • alcohol, hot and cold drinks
  • trekking equipments
  • tips for your trekking staff and drivers (will be expected)
  • all other expenses that are not mentioned below ‘cost includes’
  1. Day 1 Kathmandu (1400m)

    By Mountain People welcomes you at the international airport and brings you to your hotel in Thamel.

    Later this day, we will meet at your hotel or at our office for a pre-trip meeting. We introduce you to your guide and talk about your itinerary. If you have any questions or requests, we would like to hear them from you.

    Note: Please make sure you bring your passport to the meeting along with three copies, two photos and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. We also request you to clear the due balance if any.

    airport transfer – hotel

  2. Day 2 Besi Sahar (760m)

    Your mountain guide (and porter) arrives at your hotel at 7am in the morning to pick you up. After a 7/8 hour drive you’ll reach Besi Sahar (760m) where you spend the night.

    breakfast – bus – dinner – mountain lodge

  3. Day 3 Bahundanda (1310m) - 5 hrs

    Today your journey really begins! You start walking from Besi Sahar where the trail makes a climb to Khudi (790m), the first Gurung village. Interesting to know is that many of the famous Nepalese Gurkha soldiers are Gurungs. When you continue from Khudi, the trail offers fine views of Himalchuli and Peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli). You climb to Bhulbhule (825m) and then via Ngadi to Lampata nearby Bahundanda (1310m).

    breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge

  4. Day 4 Chamje (1410m) - 5 hrs

    Today, you begin the day by following a steep trail down to Syange (1070m). On the way, depending on the season, you can see a large waterfall. After crossing the Marsyangdi river via a suspension bridge, you walk along the river to the stone village of Jagat before you climb through the forest to Chamje (1410m).

    breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge

  5. Day 5 Bagarchhap (2160m) - 5 hrs

    Now the day begins with a rocky trail uphill along the Marsyandi river all the way to Tal (1675m). 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 (1890m). When we approach Bagarchhap (2160m) we can see the typical Tibetan flat roofed stone houses surrounded by apple orchards and maize fields.

    breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge

  6. Day 6 Chame (2650m) - 5 hrs

    Up to Tyanja (2360m) we climb, from there we continue through the forest near the river to Kopar (2590m). As we reach Chame, the headquarters of the Manang district, we are rewarded by fine 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’re introduced to a local community of which the residents migrated from Tibet centuries ago.

    breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge

  7. Day 7 Upper Pisang (3300m) - 5 hrs

    This day starts with a trek through a deep forest in a steep and narrow valley and crossing a river via a long bridge (2910m). Soon we cross another bridge (3040m) from there the view of the soaring Paungda Danda’s rock face really begins to appear. From there the trail joins to climb to Pisang, which sprawls between (3200m) and (3300m).

    breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge

  8. Day 8 Manang (3540m) - 5 hrs

    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 (3325m), 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 (3475m) to the nearby Manang (3540m).

    breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge

  9. Day 9 Acclimatization Day

    Today is time to relax by spending an acclimatization day in Manang. This whole day we can spend doing fine day walks 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

  10. Day 10 Khangsar Village (3756m) - 4 hrs

    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 known as the Last Village of Nepal.

    breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge

  11. Day 11 Tilicho Base Camp (4200m) - 5 hrs

    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 and meets 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 original path is very old, and is much more difficult as it goes on really steep screed. The second path is the new one that goes a completely different way. We follow the new path, where 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 (4200m).

    breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge

  12. Day 12 Tilicho Lake (4920m) - 6 hrs

    Today we go to Tilicho Lake! The day begins very early in the morning at around 6am as we try to avoid the wind. From Basecamp to Tilicho lake takes another 3 to 4 hours. Tilicho Lake, claimed as 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 Basecamp as there are no any accommodation facilities at Tilicho Lake (4920m).

    breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge

  13. Day 13 Yak Kharka (4000m) - 5 hrs

    Today we continue and 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 (4000m). From here you see that herds of yaks and vegetations clearly thin out.

    breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge

  14. Day 14 Thorong Phedi (4450m) - 5 hrs

    Today we ascend for two hours and then descends again to cross the river (4310m). Then we climb up to Thorong Phedi (4450m) where decent guesthouses have been built in the recent years.

    breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge

  15. Day 15 Thorong La (5416m) & Muktinath (3710m) - 8 hrs

    Today we cross world’s highest pass! This is a long day, starting before sunrise at 4 or 5 am to cross the pass by 9 or 10 am before the strong wind comes up. These weather conditions may greatly affect our journey, particularly at Thorong La pass (5416m). 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 climb up to the pass, marked by chortens and prayer flags reward you with stunning views from the top of the pass. Then another 4 to 5 hours of walking takes you 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. The Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The prime pilgrimage month is September.

    breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge

  16. Day 16 Jomsom (2700m) - 5 hrs

    Today we trek down to Kagbeni and then follow the Kali Gandaki river to Jomsom (2720m). Jomsom is a large town with many facilities, it is also headquarter and official town for whole Mustang district where all the district government offices are present.

    breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge

  17. Day 17 Pokhara (830m)

    Today we wake up early for the 30-minute morning flight that takes us to Pokhara. From Pokhara airport we drive to the hotel.

    breakfast – domestic flight – airport transfer – hotel

  18. Day 18 Kathmandu (1400m)

    Today, we take the bus back to Kathmandu. And there, we will bring you to your hotel.

    In the evening, we offer you and your guide a farewell dinner together in a traditional Nepalese restaurant.

    breakfast – bus – farewell dinner – hotel

  19. Day 19 Departure

    If it’s 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

Hotels & Mountain Lodges


In Kathmandu and in Pokhara, before and after your Tilicho Lake trek, you will be staying at a 3-star hotel with a private bathroom and wifi. These hotels have a prime location. In Kathmandu you will be staying in the travellers neighbourhood Thamel. And in Pokhara you will be staying in Lakeside. Both hotels are nearby many restaurants, trekking gear shops and supermarkets.

Mountain Lodges

During your Tilicho Lake trek, you will be staying at basic mountain lodges. Here are double rooms and shared bathrooms.

In some villages, there’s also a hot shower and wifi available for an additional fee.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
Double roomsPhoto By Mountain People

Dutch guests by Mountain People

Basic accommodationsby Jerome B.

Bhulbule by Jerome Bon