Tilicho Lake trek is one of the most popular and fashionable trips in the Annapurna Region or the Annapurna Circuit trek. The Tilicho Lake gathers the glacial melt from Tilicho Lake, Thorang Peak, and the entire northern slopes of the Annapurna range, creating itself the highest lakes in the world. Hindu pilgrims from all over the world flocked to the lake because they were convinced that it was a holy site referenced in the Ramayana, a Hindu holy scripture.
Beginning in Besisahar, Lamjung, the Tilicho Lake trek follows the Marshyangdi River and offers spectacular views of Manaslu and Himal Chuli to the east. This fantastic Tilicho Lake trek takes you to a charming community populated by a large variety of people from many ethnic groups and provides breathtaking views of the White Himalayas. This route has been altered even though it is the same as the Annapurna Circuit; from Manang, instead of traveling up the valley to Tanki Manang and Yak Kharka. The Tilicho Lake route goes to the central valley to the west and passes through Khanshar Village, which is known as "The Last Village of Nepal," before continuing on to Yak Kharka and the Thorang La Pass (5416m). The Tilicho Lake Trek descends from the Thorang La Pass to Muktinath and then to Jomsom, where you can catch a picturesque flight for 20 minutes to Pokhara.
Instead of traveling to Thorang La Pass from Tilicho Lake, you also have the option to cross the difficult Moesokanta La Pass to Jomsom, although doing so requires the proper supplementary equipment and a tented camp.
For visitors to the Tilicho Lake Trek, we can tailor the days to their preferences and areas of interest; however, if you only have a short amount of time to spend exploring the Annapurna region, the Ghorepani Poonhill Trek, the Annapurna Base Camp, or the Upper Mustang Trek would be a better option. For more information or specific requests, get in touch with us.
Kathmandu - Beshisahar – Bahundada – Chamje – Bagarchhap - Chame – Pisang – Manang - Khangsar Village - Tilicho Base Camp - Tilicho Lake - Yak Kharka - Thorang Phedi - Thorang La Pass - Muktinath – Jomsom - Pokhara and Kathmand.
Here is a graph showing the altitude data collected during the Tilicho Lake Trek. Tilicho Lake is the last stop on our trek, and we'll return there via the highest point of the journey, the Thorong La Pass, before continuing on to Muktinath and Kathmandu via Pokhara.
Welcome to Mountain Guide Trek of Nepal and a hearty Namaste. A Mountain guide Treks representative will welcome you when you arrive (MGT). Pick up your bags and look for our representative at the arrival gate with a Mountain Guide Treks and Expedition display board with the name of the Group leader after finishing your customs formalities (Visa, etc.). After that, you'll be taken to the hotel. If there is time after check-in, you will go to the MGT office to meet the other travellers and your hiking guide as well as to make any last-minute preparations for the trip. Your arrival time will determine everything. (BB base, one night in a luxury hotel).
We have to start early today because we have a long journey to make to get to the beginning place of our walk. We leave Kathmandu shortly after breakfast, and after roughly 7-8 hours of driving, we arrive at Besishahar. Enrooted allows us to view more of Nepal's rural areas, which include granaries, rivers, villages, farms, and stunning mountain vistas. However, not every part of our drive today's journey has excellent road conditions. Besisahar is about 185 kilometers away by car from Kathmandu. (Full-board accommodation in a tea house overnight).
The first settlement in the Manang district is Tal (1675m), where our day's journey begins. It is a stony road that follows the Marsyandi Rivers slowly upward. A large, flat valley is traversed through a trail. The path then ascends a stone staircase to reach a further staircase. To get to Dharapani, the route goes up and down (1890m). The Chorten there has a stone entryway, which is typical of Tibetan-influenced communities north of here. Then, at 2160 meters, we arrive at Bagarchhap, a village remaining in the transition zone before the dry highlands but with the traditional flat-roofed stone homes of the local Tibetan design. (Full-board accommodation in a tea house overnight).
The trail ascends to Tyanja (2360m), continues through the forest to Kopar, but stays close to the river. We are rewarded with beautiful views of Annapurna II as we approach Chame, the administrative centre of the Manang district, and as we approach the two nearby little hot springs. We meet a local community along this road that is supposed to have moved from Tibet in the distant past based on their distinctive traits. They have acquired local Tibetan house styles from them and continued their customs. (Full-board accommodation in a tea house overnight).
The day begins in a steep, narrow valley through lovely, dense woodland, crossing a river on a long bridge. The panorama of the towering Paungda Danda rock face then becomes visible as we cross another bridge. The trail then merges and climbs to Pisang from there. (Full-board accommodation in a tea house overnight).
Today, we go into the dry upper reaches of the Manang district, which the Annapurna Range has isolated from the full force of the monsoon. For a portion of the year, the locals in this area herd the yaks and grow crops. Additionally, they still benefit from exclusive trading privileges acquired in 1784. After leaving Pisang, we can choose between routes that run to the north and south of the Marsyangdi River, which reunite at Mungji. Although there are better views on the trail that follows the northern bank of the river, the southern route by Hongde, with its airfield (3325m), entails less climbing than the northern route via Ghyaru.
We continue our journey to Tilicho Lake after acclimatizing to Manang by leaving through the western gates and then taking the trail that descends to the river. The last village of Nepal is reached after crossing the Khangsar Khola on the bridge below Khangsar and climbing the slope to the village. This village is still built in the traditional Tibetan manner. (Full-board accommodation in a tea house overnight)
On a broad route leading out of Khangsar, the day begins as you pass a Gompa (monastery). The way up ahead ascends to a high ridge via a recently built path. There is an intersection at one site. In order to reach a point where the valley is narrow, one road continues to ascend, while the other maintains elevation and travels down the slopes. The former is the old trail, and is considerably more difficult as it goes on a steep screed; the latter is the new path that goes a completely another way. Go on down the new trail, reach a high crest, and descend on switchbacks carved out through the scree slopes to a side valley of the main valley. There is a creek at its base. On the other side of it, at an elevation, is a structure known as Tilicho Lake Base Camp (of 4200m). (Full-board accommodation in a tea house overnight).
In an effort to beat the wind, we set out on our trek this morning at around 6:00 am. It takes another three to four hours to get from the base camp to Tilicho lake. Tilicho Lake, which is reputed to be the highest lake in the world, is a chilly, desolate area in the late afternoon. Since there are no accommodations in the Tilicho Lake area, we will return the same way to Base Camp after spending some time there. (Full-board accommodation at a tea house overnight
When leaving Base Camp, you have two options: stay high and follow a track 400–500 meters above Khangsar town, passing through the ruins of the ancient Khangsar; or follow an unmarked route that will take you around and down to cross the river between Gumsang and Yak Kharka on an aging wood bridge. (Full-board accommodation in a tea house overnight).
Today, the trail climbs for two and a half hours before descending to cross the river and then ascending to Thorong Phedi (4450m), where we have lately discovered some high-quality tea houses constructed. (Full board at a tea house for one night.
The longest and toughest day of the entire trip is today. We set out early in the morning with a packed lunch, and the trail initially climbs steeply before reaching high camp. Observe the sunrise and the sight of the mountains as you stroll at your own speed. Our last ascent to the summit takes 3–4 hours. After reaching the Throng top, we take a little break to enjoy the breathtaking scenery and look down at the Mustang portion of the mountains and the Kaligandaki valley, which is located far below the West. After a 6-7 hour walk, we eventually arrived in Muktinath. (Full-board accommodation in a tent camp overnight).
Today, we visit the well-known pilgrimage site at the Muktinath Temple region in the early morning to the wonderful sounds of temple bells. The journey to Kagbeni is straightforward after breakfast. The trail descends to Kagbeni over a stunning, desert environment. One must cross the Kaligandaki River on either side to get to Kagbeni. The river's left fork carries on to Kagbeni. Perhaps Kagbeni will be your lunch destination. After several hours of traveling from Kagbeni, we arrive in Jomsom, a sizable city that serves as the Mustang region's administrative center. It is a significant town in the Kaligandaki region that connects the river to the airfield right above the river. It is a significant settlement in the Kaligandaki region that connects Tibet to the historic Trans-Himalayan Salt Trade route and has an airport right above the Kaligandaki River. (Full-board accommodation in a tent camp overnight).
We prepare for the thrilling alpine scenery trip to Pokhara this morning by packing our bags. The best view of the nearby Annapurna & Dhaulagiri Himalayan range is provided by the flight's transit between the two lofty peaks, Mt. Annapurna (8091m) and Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m). We have an entire day in Pokhara to appreciate the natural beauty. Your tour guide will take you on a sightseeing tour of the Pokhara valley and the city's top attractions. One of the most well-known Hindu temples in Pokhara is Bindabashini, and we will go to its pilgrimage locations. We will go boating for two hours in Phewa Lake and see the Taal Barahi shrine, which is on an island in the centre of the lake, as well as other well-known locations like David Falls (Waterfall), Ghupteshower Cave, etc. (BB basis, overnight stay at a deluxe hotel).
The afternoon flight to Kathmandu is an option. Some hours before the flight, you may do an optional sightseeing tour in Pokhara or enjoy adventure sports such as boat riding, paragliding, etc. The left side of the aircraft offers the best views of the Himalayas when flying from Pokhara back to Kathmandu. Alternatively, if you'd prefer to go by bus, we'll book you a seat on the sightseeing bus along the riverside and set you on your way at 7:30 in the morning from Pokhara. It's good to sit in a car on the left side to take in the view. Numerous people can be seen rafting down the Trisuli River as the route passes past it. You will arrive in Kathmandu (around Thamel) after 6–7 hours and be transferred to your accommodation. The day is free for you to relax, go shopping last minute, or see any things you missed on your first day in Kathmandu. Keep in mind that to celebrate finishing the Tilicho Lake Throng La Pass Trek successfully, Mountain Guide Trek staff and I will be providing a wonderful "Farewell supper" at a typical Nepalese restaurant! (BB base, one night in a luxury hotel).
The final day of this trip to Nepal is today. As your tour in Nepal comes to a close today, you will be bidding the mountains farewell. There is nothing to do but organize the images and exchange emails with travel partners. You can go shopping or go sightseeing if you have more time. Mountain Guide Treks will send a representative to pick you up at the airport three hours prior to the flight's planned departure time.
Entry visa for Nepal: You can simply obtain a visa upon arrival at Kathmandu's Tribhuwan International Airport by paying $40 or equivalent in foreign currency for a 30-day multiple-entry tourist visa. Similar to that, a $100 fee will get you a 90-day multiple-entry tourist visa. Bring two duplicate passport-size pictures.)
We suggest the following items of clothes and equipment for the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek in Nepal. This list of apparel and equipment is not meant to be exhaustive; rather, it serves as a reminder of the things we believe are important for your comfort and ease. However, we are aware that you might have your own style preferences for apparel that might be just as appropriate.
If the above schedule does not meet your requirements, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preferences.
Tilicho lake is located in the Mustang district of western Nepal, at an elevation of 4919m.
Tilicho lake is a water mass accumulated just below Tilicho Mountain Peak (7134m). During winter it remains frozen and during summer the lake's blue water is visualized.
Tilicho Lake, the world's highest-situated glacial lake is 200m deep from its surface. Besides, it has a length of 4km and a width of 1.2 km.
One of the highest glacial lakes is called Tilicho Lake. Your body can grow numb because of cold water. It's nearly impossible to get out of your clothes and swim at Tilicho Lake.
Tilicho lake can cost around 1500 USD per person if you follow a detailed itinerary package. It includes standard hotel packages, roadways transportation, vehicles, food, flight, and so on.
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