Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake


Tilicho Lake is a lake located in the Manang district of Nepal. It is situated at an altitude of 4,919 metres (16,138 ft) in the Annapurna range of the Himalayas and is known as the highest lake in the world.Another source lists the altitude of Lake Tilicho as being 4,949 metres (16,237 ft).
Mountain lakes are known to geographers as tarns if they are caused by glacial activity. Tarns are found mostly in the upper reaches of the Himalaya, above 5,500 metres (18,000 ft).
Tilicho Lake is the destination of one of the most popular side hikes of the Annapurna Circuit trek. The hike takes additional 3–4 days. No camping is required, as new lodges have been built between Manang and the lake. Final approach to the lake is done in a day hike from the lodge at Tilicho Base Camp.
Trekkers attempting the Annapurna Circuit route usually cross the watershed between Manang and Kali Gandaki valleys over the 5416 meters high Thorong La pass. The alternate route skirting Tilicho Lake from the north has been gaining popularity. This route is more demanding and requires at least one night of camping. There are no teahouses or lodges past the Tilicho Base Camp lodge some kilometers east of the lake and the next village of Thini Gaon in the Kali Gandaki valley. Most groups spend two nights between these places. There are two passes leading to Thini Gaon and Jomsom; Mesokanto La and Tilicho North pass known also as Tilicho “Tourist pass”. These routes via Tilicho Lake are more often closed by snow than the higher Thorong La.
Tilicho Lake trekking 2017 /20 Organized by Nepal Guide Info is one of the very popular trips in Annapurna Himalayan Region. Tilicho Lake collects the glacial melt of the full northern slopes of Annapurna and Thorong Peak, which is claimed to be the highest lake in the world. In Hindu pilgrims from around the world gathered to the lake convinced it is a holy spot mentioned in the Ramayana – a holy book of the Hindus about this lake .
Tilicho Lake trekking starts from Kathmandu to Besisahar, then goes along the Marshyangdi River, with great views of Manaslu and Himal Chuli to the east. This magnificent Tilicho Lake trekking leads you to the fine village inhabited by a wide diversity of people from different ethnic groups Brahman , Chhetri, Gurung , Tamang, and Lama , offering spectacular and magnificent views of the white Himalayas. We have modified this route as it is basically the same as Annapurna Circuit, from Manang instead of taking the valley north to Tanki Manang and Yak Kharka this route goes to the main valley to the west passes through the Khangsar Village (The Last Village of Nepal) and trek up to Tilicho lake, then we travel to Yak Kharka then up to pass of Thorong La at elevation of 5416 m. From the pass of Thorong La, the Tilicho Lake trekking lead down to Muktinath then to Jomsom from where eighteen minutes scenic flights take you to the Pokhara after jomsom trek down to tatopani , ghorepani  then down to Naya pul back to Pokhara  by bus or car 
From Tilicho Lake you also have the option of crossing the challenging pass of Moesokanta La Pass to Jomsom instead of traveling to Thorong La Pass but good additional equipment with tented camp are require to go through Moesokanta La Pass. but this only Monsoon , Spring and Autumn


Tilicho Lake Trekking Itinerary 2017/2018 only

13 Days Tilicho lake Trekking Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival at the Kathmandu airport and picked up by the office representatives ( Nepal Guide Info Teams) and transfer to hotel
Day 02: A free time till lunch and in the afternoon briefing about trekking and trek preparation
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Beshi Sahar (7,90m) and again drive to Danaque (2210m)stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 04: Trek to Chame (2,700m)
Day 05: Trek to Pisang (3,200m)
Day 06: Trek to Manang (3,400m)
Day 07: Excursion day around the Manang village
Day 08: Trek to Shree Kharka (4,250m)
Day 09: Trek to Tilicho Base Camp (4,200m)
Day 10: Excursion around Tilicho Lake and trek back to Shree kharka
Day 11: Trek to Yak Kharka (4,020m)
Day 12: Trek to Thorong Phedi (4,500m)
Day 13: Trek to Muktinath (3,810m) via Thorong-La pass (5,415m)
Day 14: Trek to Jomsom.
Day 15 : Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara.
Day 16: Rest or half day sightseeing in Pokhara valley
Day 17: Drive or fly back to Kathmandu and farewell dinner
Day 18: Drop off at the airport and departure for selected destination

Detail Itinerary

18 Days Tilicho lake Trekking Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival. Welcome by our office representative ( Nepal Guide Info team ) at the airport and brought to the hotel.
Day 02: Introduction to the guide. Briefing about the trekking and trekking preparation, including essentials. stay overnight Kathmandu
Day 03: Breakfast. We begin this trip with 6 hours drive to Beshisahar (7,90m) from Kathmandu. The road leads along the mountains and thundering rivers like Trishuli and Marshandi. The green hill road is really amazing. Lunch is provided in a restaurant at the river bank on the way.
Day 04: Breakfast. Drive about 4 hours till Chamje (1,410m). The mountain road till Chamje is really wonderful. On the way a short lunch break. Your first trek to Tal starts from Chamje that takes about 2 hours. Stay overnight in Tal village (1800m).
Day 05: Breakfast. Trek about 4 hours trek to Danakyu (2,210m). In 2 hours pleasant walk we arrive at Dharapani (1860m) from where we can see the magnificent view of the Manaslu Himal (8156m). Lunch in Bagarchap. The trail goes gradually uphill. Stay overnight in Danakyu.
Day 06: Breakfast. Trek about 5 hours to Chame (2,700m) . First 2 hours trail is really steep till Timang where you have a lunch break. From Timang, the trail leads almost flat till Chame. If the weather is good, you can have beautiful view of the Mt. Manaslu from Timang. As you move ahead towards Chame, you can see the beautiful Mt. Annapurna Second. Stay overnight in Chame.
Day 07: Breakfast. Trek about 5 hours to Pisang (3,200m). The trail passes through the pine tree with amazing views of rocks. Lunch in Bratang. You can see the beautiful buck wheat fields and Buddhist ‘Mani Walls’ with prayer wheels in Pisang where you stay overnight.
Day 08: Breakfast. Trek about 5 hours to Manang (3,400m) through almost flat road. Lunch in Hongde. The faces of the very tall rocks and Hongde airport are the main attractions of the day. Stay overnight in Manang.
Day 09: Acclimatization and Excursion Day in Manang. This day is for you to get ready to encounter with the high altitude of the Thorong-La Pass (5,415 m) in the following days. Excursion around the Manang village is memorable. You can also some visit monasteries and walk around Chongar View Point. with Nepal Guide info Team Guide )
Day 10: Breakfast. Heading towards Shree Kharka (4,250m). It is about 5 hours walk from Manang. In 2 and half hours trek, we arrive to Khangshar village on the way which is the collection of traditional stone buildings surrounding a large village square. Lunch in Khangshar where you will enjoy the beautiful scene of the Tilicho Peak and Bluesheep. From Khangsar, the trail leads gradually uphill. Stay overnight in Shree Kharka.
Day 11: Breakfast. Trek to Tilicho Base Camp (4,200m) for 3 hours where we take lunch. The trail from Shree Kharka to Tilicho Base Camp is really tough and challenging. The trail is so narrow, just enough to keep our feet on. Stay overnight in Tilicho Base Camp.
Day 12: Breakfast. Trek about 3 hours to Tilicho Lake, the final destination of this trek. Excursion around Tilicho Lake for about 30 minutes. Trek back to Shree Kharka. This day we will walk about 6 hours all together.
Day 13: Breakfast. Trek about 6 hours to Yak Kharka (4,020m) Today we walk most of the flat and steep down trail. But for some time we walk through steep up to Yak Kharka. A short packed lunch break on the way. Stay overnight in Yak Kharka.
Day 14: Breakfast. Start walking gradually uphill for about 4 hours till Thorong Phedi (4,500m). Lunch and rest. For your acclimatization, talk one hour steep hiking to High Camp in the afternoon and get back to Thorong Phedi for overnight stay.
Day 15: Today we take breakfast early in the morning and walk about 4 hours steep up and 4 hours down to Muktinath (3,810m) via Thorong-La pass. Take a packed lunch break on the way. It is the longest trek of the entire trip. Stay overnight in Muktinath.
Day 16: Breakfast. Muktinath Temple excursion. About 3 hours pleasant walk to Kagbeni (2,800m) through all the way down trail. Visit beautiful Kagbeni village located at the bank of Kaligandaki river and take lunch here. The red-walled ‘Kagchode Thubten Sampheling Gompa’ is really exciting to visit. Stay overnight in Kagbeni.
Day 17: Breakfast. Trek about 6 hours to Tukuche (2,600m). In 3 hours trek, we arrive at Jomsom (2,750m), the headquarters of the Mustang district on the way. Take a brief look around Jomsom and lunch. The road passes almost flat and down till Tukuche. We pass by Marpha village on the way where you can see the beautiful apple and apricot gardens from. Stay overnight in Tukuche.
Day 18: Breakfast. Today we walk about 5 hours to Ghasa (2,000m). The trail passes along the bank of Kaligandaki river. Lunch in Kalopani, meaning ‘black water’. If the weather allows, you can view the beautiful Nilgiri Peak (6,940m), Dhoaulagiri (8,137m) and Annapurna Himal (8,091m). Stay overnight in Ghasa.
Day 19: Breakfast. Starts about 6 hours trek to Tatopani (1,100m), meaning ‘hot water’. Enjoy the natural hot water spring that is believed to be natural treatment to skin disease. Stay overnight in Tatopani.
Day 20: Breakfast. Move ahead for 7 hours uphill to Ghorepani (2,800m) via the beautiful Sikha village where you will have your lunch. Stay overnight in Ghorepani.
Day 21: In the early morning we walk about 45 minutes uphill and arrive at the best view point of Nepal. View the whole range of Mt. Dhoaulagiri, Annapurna and Nilgiri as well as the sunrise. We spend about 45 minutes here and trek back down to Ghorepani. Take breakfast. Trek down about 4 hours to Hile (1,500m) and have Lunch. This is the last food of this Journey.After Lunch about 2 hours trek down to Birethanti (1,100m) where Your brave journey ends here. In about 45 minutes drive, we arrive at Pokhara, the very popular touristy place in Nepal. Stay overnight in Pokhara.
Day 22: Today, you will enjoy your breakfast, lunch and some drinks in nice restaurant at the bank of ‘Phewa Lake’. You may make a short tour on your own around lakeside if do not want the whole day rest.
Day 23: Drive or fly back to Kathmandu from Pokhara.
Day 24: Sightseeing/shopping in Kathmandu and farewell dinner.
Day 25: Drop off at the airport and departure for selected destination.


Cost includes:
Pick up and drop off transport as mentioned in the itinerary
Accommodation and breakfast in Kathmandu
Accommodation and breakfast with tea/coffee, lunch and dinner during the trek
Trekking guide
Annapurna conservation ’Permit
Sightseeing as mentioned in the itinerary
Domestic air ticket and airport tax for tourist and guide as mentioned in the itinerary OR bus or car
Insurance of our trekking staff guides and Poters
Sleeping bag (guests may have their own if they prefer)
Dawn jacket (guests may have their own if they prefer)
Trekking map
First Aid Kit
Nepal Guide Info ( Nepal Planet Treks and Expedition)’ T-shirts
Farewell dinner with cultural program in Kathmandu
Cost excludes:
International air ticket, airport tax and Nepal visa fees
All kinds of drink during trekking and travel stay with us
Travel insurance and the cost of medical services of tourists
All kinds of cloth and personal trekking equipment
Other personal expenses and tips
Charted helicopter, plane and other transports in case of emergency

Equipment List

Tilicho Lake Trekking Equipment’s List :2017/2018 

Jeans or slacks
Towel and toilet kit
Gloves or mittens
Sleeping bag, warm to 20 degrees F, either down or fibrefill (or you can rent one in Kathmandu)
Parka, down or fibre fill; a ski jacket is ok
Sweater, wool shirt or acrylic pile jacket
Duffel bag, canvas or nylon, without a frame (for porters to carry)
Daypack or rucksack, waterproof, for you to carry
Water bottle 1 liter or 1 quart; be sure that it does not leak
Walking Boot


Tilicho Laketrekking Insurance recommended by Nepal Guide info 2017/2018 We INSIST that an appropriate insurance policy is taken out which covers travel in isolated and mountainous areas, and which also includes helicopter rescue. We recommend that you consult a reputable travel agent or insurance specialist. Health Issues We recommend that all clients consult their doctor to discuss the health issues associated with their trek. We also recommend that clients bring their own personal first aid kit to supplement the comprehensive first aid kit carried by the Trek Leader Vaccinations Required Please ensure that you allow at least 1 month to complete a course of vaccinations. Whilst your personal doctor will be the final authority, We recommend the following Poliomyelitis Tetanus Typhoid Rabies Meningococcal Immunoglobulin (for Hepatitis A) – See more at:

Nepal guide Info team organized Tilicho Lake (Tilicho Tal) trekking so it is located in Annapurna region of the central Nepal Himalaya region . The Lake situated in 4920m it is one of the highest altitude located lake in world. Tilicho Lake treks is the Annapurna undoubtedly provides some of the world’s best trekking routes, including as it does a greater variety of scenery and culture than can be found in any other comparable area. Some trekkers who don’t wish to pass through Mesokanto La Pass they choose Tilicho Lake with round Annapurna (Annapurna circuit / Thorung La pass) but mesokanto pass only May June July and august best time crossing .
This trekking is begins from Besi Sahar / Bhulbhule (7 hours bus journey from Kathmandu old bus park) and Tilicho Lake trekking first you will follow a part of the famous Annapurna Circuit trekking until Manang village and Khangshar Village . After Manang you’ll head towards Khangsar village (On the way to Tilicho Lake) today you will stay over there and next day continue trek until Tilicho Base Camp where is available tea house facilities so you have to stay over there and next day visit Tilicho Lake same day return to Khangsar village then next day continues trek to Leadar finally you catch up trail goes to Thorung La pass 5,416 m highest trekking pass in worlds. This is great high passes trekking of Annapurna where you will have nice panoramic views of Annapurnas, Thorung Peak, Nilgiri, Chulu west/east, Tukuche Peak, Dhaulagiri and many more. You can fly back from Jomsom or trek continuing back to Pokhara Permit for Tilicho Lake and round Annapurna only apply to have Annapurna conservation area project (ACAP) entry permit and Trekkers’ information management system (TIMS).

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