• Accommodation Hotel & Lodge
  • Best Season Mar-Apr & Oct-Nov
  • Meals Breakfast, Lunch & dinner
  • Max-Altitude 5,416m/17,769ft
  • Group Size 01-16 people
  • Difficulty

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Tilicho Lake Trekking

Tilicho is the world's highest lake situated at 4,920 meters in Annapurna region. Also spot as a historical (lake) place in the book of hindus. It has huge diversity of people with different ethinic groups, traditonal beliefs, certain lifestyle and their tibetan culture and normally consider same as our Annapurna circuit trek. It has also wide variation of altitudes that is why also known as one of the most challenging and adventerous trek in Nepal.


Trek just begins with the Besisahar which goes along with beautiful and magnificient views of Manaslu and Himchuli to the east. The trek takes you through the main valley to the west after then we can cross thorongla pass, which is also highest pass with longest distance in the world. When you reach nearby Tilicho lake is surely one of the best experience of your life. After crossing Thorongla pass our trails follow towards Hindu piligrimage sites Muktinath temple and reach Jomsom from where a less than 20 minutes scenic flight takes you to Pokhara.


Trip Highlights

  • Cultural & UNESCO World Heritage Sightseeing in Kathmandu.
  • Stunning views of snowy peaks, waterfalls, gurgling river & dense forest.
  • Visit old Buddhist monasteries, chortens and religious monuments.
  • Experience culture, tradition & life style of local community.
  • Tilicho lake, the highest located lake in the world.
  • Ascending the Marshyangdi river valley.
  • Views of the world's highest mountains: Dhaulagiri I (7th), Manaslu (8th) and Annapurna I (10th)
  • 20 minute scenic flight from Jomsom to Pokhara.
  • Crossing the Thorong La Pass at 5,416 meters.

Our Himalayan Excursion Nepal representatives welcome you at airport and assists to transfer in hotel. After get refreshed you'll go for welcome dinner in one of the typical Nepalese restaurant with cultural program and briefing about your trip. Overnight at hotel with Bed & Breakfast basis.

After breakfast the day will start by sightseeing to cultural heritage sites in Kathmandu valley. The pilgrimage sites of Hindus temple Pashupatinath, the world biggest Bouddhanath stupa and visit Swoyambhunath stupa also known as monkey temple. After exploring the surrounding areas evening time pre-trip discussion and introduce with our fellow trekking staff for your adventure trip. Overnight at hotel with Bed & Breakfast basis.

Trekking staff will arrive at your hotel at morning to pick up you then drive to Beshishar. It is about 185 km far from Kathmandu. Through this drive you can experience the stunning views of Trisuli Rivers and green forest. Overnight at Guesthouse with Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner basis.

Today is the first day of our hiking trip of Tilicho Lake trekking; we walk to the banks of the Marsyangdi river and then follow the trail through nice paddies and Gurung village. 6 hours walk. Overnight at Guesthouse with Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner basis.

Today’s the trail drops steeply to Syange at 1,070 meters from Bahundanda crossing the Marsyangdi River on a suspension bridge. Than we follow the river to the stone village of Jagat before climbing through forest to Chamje at 1,400 meters. Overnight at Guesthouse with Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner basis.

Our day begins with the rocky trail following the Marsyandi Rivers steadily uphill to Tal (1,675m). We make a trail verse crossing a wide, flat valley. Than trail climbs a stone stairway to 1,860 meters till another stairway. The journey continues up and down to Dharapani at 1,890 meters. There we find a stone entrance chorten typical of the Tibetan influenced villages from here northwards. We reach the Bagarchhap at 2,160 meters that offers the typical flat roofed stone houses of local Tibetans design although the village which is still in the transition zone before the dry highlands. Overnight at Guesthouse with Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner basis.

Now trail climbs to Tyanja at 2,360 meters, then continuing through forest near the river to Kopar at 2,590 meters. As we reach the Chame, the headquarters of the Manang district, we are rewarded by the fine views of Annapurna II as you approach to a local community said to have migrated from Tibet a long time past, noticeable by their different features with them. They have bought local Tibetan house designs and maintained their ways. Overnight at Guesthouse with Breakfast, Lunch & dinner basis.

This day starts through deep fine forest in a steep and narrow valley, crosses a river on a long bridge at 2,910 meters. After this we cross another bridge at 3,040 meters, from there the view of the soaring Paungda Danda rock face really begins to appear. From there the trail joins to climb to Pisang, which sprawls between 3,200 meters and 3,300 meters. Overnight at Guesthouse with Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner basis.

Today we continue the drier upper part of the Manang district, cut off from the full effect of the monsoon by the Annapurna range. People of this region herd the yaks & raise crops for part of the year. They also continue to enjoy special trading rights gained way back in 1784. After leaving Pisang, we have alternate trails north and south of the Marsyangdi River which meets up again at Mungji. The southern route by Hongde, with its airstrip at 3,325 meters which involves less climbing than the northern bank of the river. From Mungji, the trail continues past the picturesque but partially hidden village of Bryanga at 3,475 meters to nearby Manang at 3,540 meters. Overnight at Guesthouse with Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner basis.

Today you can take rest and acclimatization. Acclimatizing at Manang is important because in the next few days you head for high altitude area, you gain height rather rapidly. After exploring the Manang village you can short hike to Bodzo Gompa to the east or to the Gangapurna Lake, and the Chongkor viewpoint above. Overnight at Guesthouse with Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner basis.

After acclimatized at Manang we continue our adventure for Tilicho lake from Manang one heads out through the western gates and then one follows the path down to the river. After crossing the Khangsar khola on the bridge below Khangsar and ascend the slope to the village, a village still in the old Tibetan style and which is also known as last village of Nepal. Overnight at Guesthouse with Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner basis.

Today’s we continue from Khangsar on a large path. This route goes ahead 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. As its bottom is a brook. On the other side of it is a building known as Tilicho Base camp at elevation of 4,200 meters. Overnight at guesthouse with Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner basis.

Our journey start early in the morning as we trying to avoid the wind. It takes 3-4 hours from base camp to the Tilicho lakes. Tilicho lake is a cold barren place in the afternoon and claimed as highest lake of the world. After we spend some time around Tilicho Lake we will return same way to Base camp as there are no any accommodation facilities at Tilicho lake area. Overnight at Guesthouse with Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner basis.

Today returning from base camp you can keep high and follow a track 4000 meters or so above Khangsar village passing through the ruins of old Khangsar and follow an unmarked trail which will lead you around and down to cross the river on an old log bridge between Gumsang and Yak Kharka. Overnight at Guesthouse with Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner basis.

After a short ascent up the mountain path on the right bank, we follow a narrow trail across an unstable slope and then descend to Thorung Phedi. Overnight at Guesthouse with Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner basis.

Today is your task and long trek starting before sunrise at 4 AM to reach the pass by 9-10 am otherwise weather conditions will greatly affect the journey. We cross over at an altitude of 5,416 meters we can be exposed to strong winds if crossing too late. We start to climb steeply that is regularly used and easy to follow. However, the problem may arise due to the altitude and snow but it is all depending on the weather condition. About four hours climb up to the pass marked by the chortens & prayer flags. As you reach the top, you are rewarded by the magnificent view from the top with another 4 hours trek will take to the holy town of Muktinath. Overnight at guesthouse with Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner basis.

Pleasant walk through scenic view but barren terrain, with picturesque villages on the way. The descent is gradual till the very end, when the trail suddenly drops 300 meters. Overnight at Guesthouse with Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner basis.

20 minutes scenic flight takes us to Pokhara from Jomsom. Once we arrived at Pokhara airport drive to hotel. In the afternoon we have a sightseeing tour around Pokhara valley, which covers fewa lake, Davi's falls, Museum, Tibetan refugee settlement and Gupteshowr cave etc. Overnight at hotel With Bed & Breakfast basis.

Drive or fly back to Kathmandu it takes 5-6 hours to reach Kathmandu by driving and 25-30 minutes by flight. If you are interested in continuing into Chitwan jungle safari, river rafting adventure, mountain flight we can arrange further. Overnight at hotel with Bed & Breakfast basis.

Our company representative will transfer you to the airport for your final departure in our private tourist vehicle.

    • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle.
    • 3 Nights twin sharing hotel accomodation in Kathmandu.
    • 1 Night twin sharing hotel accomodation in Pokhara.
    • Full day cultural & heritage sightseeing tour in Kathmandu.
    • Professional English speaking tour guide for Kathmandu sightseeing.
    • All standard meals (Breakfast, Lunch & dinner) during the trek.
    • Best available lodge/Guesthouse accommodation during the trek.
    • License holder english speaking trekking guide for entire trek.
    • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 Porter).
    • Food, accommodation, salary, Equipment, Medicine & Insurance for all staff.
    • Necessary entry permit fees & traveler TIMS card.
    • Sleeping bag & duffel bag (to be returned after trip completion).
    • All necessary pick up & drop by toursit vehicle.
    • All government & local taxes.
    • International airfare & necessary airport taxes.
    • Nepal entry visa fees USD 25 for 15 days, USD 40 for 30 days and USD 100 for three month.
    • Lunch & dinner in kathmandu & pokhara.
    • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu incase of early or late departure from mountain.
    • Temple & monastries entry fees during sightseeing in Kathmandu.
    • Travel insurance which covers emergency rescue & evacuation.
    • All personal & bar expenses in Kathmandu & during the trek.
    • Tips for trekking staff & driver (tipping is expected).
    • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc) & any other expenses which are not mentioned above.
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Trip Map

Tilcho lake trek is suitable for any kind of person who is moderately fit, no previous experience is required. To condition yourself for the trek, some physical fitness programs such as walking, running, swimming and hiking are recommended before you embark on your journey. Any person suffering from a pre-existing medical condition or diseases must seek medical advice before considering any trek.

Yes, our company representative will be there to greet you. He will be displaying your name outside the airport terminal. You will be transferred to your hotel by our private vehicle.

Best season for trekking is usually March-April and October-November but Tilcho lake trek can be done in February, June, April, May and December as well.

Weather in the mountains is very difficult to predict. At night it is generally cold and the days are generally warm. The temperature could be as high as 25 degree Celsius to -20 degree Celsius low.

During trek guesthouse does not facilitate with heater or air conditioner, but they have facility of hitting the dining area by providing kerosene or metal heater. USD 2 to USD 5 per person would be applicable to use this service and this is payable directly to the guesthouse.

Depending on nature of travel we provide different vehicle service. We provide tourist vehicles for sightseeing, city tours and airport pickups-drops. We provide tourist bus transfer service from Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu. We book flight ticket through Simrik air, Buddha Air, Yeti air for the flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara and vice versa.

There are landline telephone in some village along the trekking routes from which you can contact with your family and friends. Some place there is also internet access which you can use by paying some charges. Also you can buy sim card for your cell phone by giving your Xerox copy of your passport and PP size photo.

In the cities, off course yes but once you are outside of the cities, all you have to pay in cash. Also you have exchange the currency in Nepali rupees before you go outside the cities.

Generally, in Kathmandu and Pokhara you can allocate USD 15-20 for lunch and dinner. During trekking USD 10 to 15 per person a day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, biscuits, pay for the hot shower and a few drinks.

Yes, charging facilities will be available in every guesthouse & lodges but sometime there maybe load shedding problem so it’s better to bring power bank or spare batteries.

There are many restaurants available in Kathmandu and Pokhara city where you can find any delight of your choice. But in trekking route most teahouses menu you may find noodles soup, steam mo:mo, daal bhat, green salad, finger chips, eggs, potatoes, fresh vegetables. You can get tea, coffee, hot lemon, hot chocolate. Every day breakfast, lunch, dinner will be at a lodge.

Along your trek we can add days at your request with additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation and food. Please consult with your guide and he will update our office in Kathmandu and we can make the arrangements accordingly. If you are in private or solo trip it would be possible as your itinerary is very flexible where as if you were in group then this group the option would be limited so please make sure you discuss with your group and guide and your guide will update us accordingly.

Lodges mostly serve the vegetarian meals so there is no problem at all for vegetarian. Also we always recommend our clients to eat vegetarian meals to avoid food poisoning. Non-veg meals at the high altitude are not safe for the stomach.

Hot water in bucket will be provided for shower and you have to pay for hot water.

Yes, they have received training from NATHM (Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management).They has also received high altitude first aid training from KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Education Project).

Actually tipping is not compulsory, but small gesture of thanks to your guides and local porters. The level of the tip should reflect the level of satisfaction from and personal involvement with your guide.

Yes, there are a plenty of options and choices to extend your holiday before or after your main trip. Click here