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Tilicho Lake Trek

Tilicho Lake Trek

Trip Facts

Start/End: Beshishahar-Pokhara
Destination: Tilicho Lake & Thorong-La Pass
Trip Duration: 17
Transportation Jeep/Bus/Flight
Best Season: March to May & Sep to November
Difficulty Challenging
Max. Altitude 5416
Group Size 1-20
Activity Trekking, Sight Seen
Attractions Manang, Tilicho Lake, Thorong La Pass, Mukthnath, Jomsom

Overview And Highlights

Trip Highlights

  • Scenic drive from Kathmandu to Beshishahar
  • Marshyndi river valley and its natural wonders
  • Visit the oldest monastery in Braga village
  • Enjoy mix culture of Tibetan
  • Scenic flight from Jomsom to Pokhara
  • Explore World highest Tilicho Lake
  • The stunning view of Mt Annapurna 1 (8091) and Dhaulagiri (8167m) Crossing Throng La Pass (5416m)
  • Visit Muktinath the sacred temple of Hindus and Buddhists
  • The warm hospitality of Thakali people and their culture.

Tilicho Lake Trek, which is one of the highest lakes in the world. The lake is situated at a stunning location in the Annapurna region at an altitude of 4,919 meters. 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.

Tilicho Lake Trek starts from Beshishahar, and goes along the Marsyangdi River, with the great view of the Manaslu and the Himal Chuli in the west. The fine village and the wide diversity of the ethnics group along the route make our trek more interesting. The first part of the trail is same as Annapurna Circuit Trekking, from Manang we will go to the main valley to the west through the Khangsar Village and trek up to Tilicho Lake, then the trail goes to Yak Kharka and joins the normal Annapurna circuit route and cross the Thorong la Pass 5,416m.

Day to Day Itinerary Expand/Collapse All

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu. Met by our staff and transfer to hotel

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1250

Representatives from Himalaya Trekking Team will welcome you at Tribhuvan International Airport upon your arrival. Then they will transfer you to the hotel for one overnight stay.

Day 2 : Kathmandu to Beshishahar - 6 hrs driving

Food
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accomodation
Tea House
Elevation
760

This trip can be taken by private car or bus. Today we will head toward Beshishahar passing Trishuli and the Marsyangdi river. Overnight at Beshishahar.

Day 3 : Drive from Beshishar to Chamche (6hrs Drive) & Trekking to Taal. 2 -3 hrs Trekking

Food
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accomodation
Tea House
Elevation
1750

After breakfast we drive to Chamche, It takes around 6 hrs. The trail then heads down where you will see rice and grain growing areas as well as waterways. We have our lunch at Chamche and Start our Trekking to Taal,  Overnight at Tea House.

Day 4 : Taal to Chame (2650m) 5 hrs Trekking

Food
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accomodation
Tea House
Elevation
2650

After breakfast at Taal we follow the uphill trail alongside the Marsyangdi river and head towards Karte, also called Khotro. From there we shortly reach Dharapani. This place has more facilities. There are temples and monasteries. From Dharapani we head towards Bagarchhap. Moving ahead we pass Timang and Thankchowk and finally reach Chame. Chame is the headquarter of Manang district and there is also a unique large white gate. Overnight at Chame.

Day 5 : Trek from Chame to Pisang (3250m) - 6 hrs Trekking

Food
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accomodation
Tea House
Elevation
3250

Today the trail continues up and down, passing several rivers and sparsely populated settlements. We walk through a steep and narrow valley to have our first view of Paungda Danda rock face, a dramatic curved rock face rising 1500 m from the river. From here, we also gain excellent views of Annapurna 2 to the south and Pisang Peak to the north east. We descend to the Manang Valley floor enjoying the captivating landscape. Overnight in Pisang

Day 6 : Trek from Pisang to Manang (3540m) - 4-5 hrs Trekking

Food
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accomodation
Tea House
Elevation
3540

From Pisang there are two routes to Manang. We choose the one which passes through Upper Pisang via Geru as it guarantees outstanding views of Mt. Annapurna, Pisang Peak, and others. As we near Manang, the climate becomes colder and drier. However, a short visit to Barge Monastery, the biggest monastery in the Manang District, should cheer us up. Overnight in Manang.

Day 7 : Acclimatization day at Manang

Food
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accomodation
Tea House
Elevation
3540

 We will hang around for one more day in Manang for acclimatization by observing beautiful views of green landscapes, silvery mountains, Chortens and Monasteries. We can also explore unique culture and lifestyles of local people.

Day 8 : Trek from Manang to Khangsar Village (3750m) - 4 hrs Trekking

Food
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accomodation
Tea House
Elevation
3750

After enjoying an awesome day at Manang, we will leave for Khangsar. We will go by a path which goes along the Khangsar River. Crossing the river, we will reach at Khangsar village. This village is a very old-styled Tibetan influenced village and is also known as olden type villages of Nepal.  Overnight at our guesthouse inclusive.

Day 9 : Trek from Khangsar village to Tiliho Base Camp (4200m) - 5-6 hrs Trekking

Food
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accomodation
Tea House
Elevation
4200

We continue from western pass on a large path, passing a Gompa (monastery). The route ahead goes 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. At its bottom is a brook. On the other side of it is a building known as the Tilicho Base Camp at elevation of 4,200m. This is where rest out for an Overnight at a Tea House.

Day 10 : Trek to Tilicho Lake (4919m) and back to TBC for overnight. 5-6 hrs Trekking

Food
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accomodation
Tea House
Elevation
4919

After the initial tough ascent, our trail traverses onto a moraine and then cuts along the side of the mountain. However, the spectacular views of Tilicho, Nilgiri, Khangsar and Muktinath peaks are always close by to cheer us up. Upon reaching Tilicho Lake, one of the highest lakes in the world, we get to admire its tranquil beauty. Sometimes reflections of the surrounding peaks are seen on its turquoise waters, at other times the lake remains frozen. We take a break beside the calm waters and soak-in the astounding views before heading back to the base camp. Overnight in Tilicho Base Camp

Day 11 : Trek from Tilicho Base Camp to Yak Kharka (4018m) 4-5 hrs Trekking

Food
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accomodation
Tea House
Elevation
4018

When returning from the Tilicho Base Camp, the trail leads out of the Marsyangdi valley and the abrupt change in surroundings can be noticed as the trees are left behind and replaced with more alpine vegetation. Our trail continues through the ruins of the old Khangsar village, until we cross a log bridge over the river between Gumsang and Yak Kharka. The typical Himalayan village of Yak Kharka is an accolade to its name, as lots of yaks can be seen grazing and standing around. From here we also get breathtaking views of Annapurna III. Overnight in Yak Kharka.

Day 12 : Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4450m) - 3 -4 hrs

Food
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accomodation
Tea House
Elevation
4450

It is an uphill walk to Thorang Phedi. After walking for some time, we cross a suspension bridge and reach Ledar village. We ascend further and pass through towering cliffs before reaching Thorang Phedi, the last village before Thorong La pass.  On this trip we are rewarded with one of the best views of Mt. Gundang, Mt. Syagang, Thorung Peak and Mt. Khatungkan. The word Phedi in Nepalese is referred to as the foot of a mountain. Overnight in Thorang Phedi.

Day 13 : Trek from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3800m) via Throng La pass (5416m) - 8 hrs

Food
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accomodation
Tea House
Elevation
3800

Crossing Thorong La pass, one of the highest passes in the world, will be our ultimate objective today. We will be crossing the pass from east to west (Manang to Muktinath) which is the easiest and safest direction. We get up around three in the morning and walk up the mountain. When we finally make it to the top, we realize that our journey was worth it. We can take a few photos before heading to Muktinath Valley at the foot of the Thorong La pass. Overnight in Muktinath.

Day 14 : Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom - 5 hrs

Food
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accomodation
Tea House
Elevation
2743

 Today is the last day of our trek on these wonderful mountains, we will move through the trail of Kagbeni or Lupra to reach Jomsom. This day we will trek along Kali Gandaki River to reach Jomosm. Jomsom is a strong windy little town in a cold valley. You can get startling memorable views of Tilicho Mountain and beautiful wet hills.

Day 15 : Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara - 25 m Flight

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
850

We fly to Pokhara after breakfast. The flight itself is spectacular; we fly while looking at views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges and over the deepest gorge in the world. The warmer climate in Pokhara will definitely make us feel better. We can take a boat ride in the serene waters of the lake with the reflection of the Fishtail Mountain on its waters. We could also visit the Davis falls. In the evening, we can stroll around the lakeside area and buy souvenirs for loved ones. Overnight in Pokhara.

Day 16 : Fly or Drive to Kathmandu and transfers to hotel.

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1250

You will have the option of flying or using road transport to Kathmandu. By road it will take about 6 hours. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 17 : Fly back to your home

Today your journey in Nepal will come to an end; unless you are staying longer in Kathmandu. The Himalayan trekking team will meet you, collect your luggage and transport you to the airport. You will be farewelled in our traditional manner. We trust you will leave with lifetime memories and you will wish to return.

Important Note

If not really satisfied with above itinerary, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preferences.

Service Includes

  • Airport pick up and dro
  • 2 Night Hotel in Kathmandu 3 star level B+B
  • 1 Night Hotel in Pokhara on B+B
  • ACAP Permit
  • Kathmandu to Beshishahar by Bus
  • Beshishahar to Chamje by Private Jeep
  • TIMS Card
  • All meal during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch Dinner)
  • Twin sharing Accommodation in tea house during trekking.
  • Trekking Guide and his entire salary
  • Porter and his entire salary (Two Trekkers have one Porter)
  • Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara
  • Deluxe Tourist Bus from Pokhara to Kathmandu
  • Sleeping Bag (Can Sleep in -20)
  • Trekking Pole
  • Seasonable Fruits during the Trek
  • Trekking Achievement Certificate

Service Excludes

  • Meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • International Airfare and Taxes.
  • Personal belongings.
  • Bar Bills and any extending the trip
  • Tips to the Staffs.

Altitude Graph

Additional Information

The Trekking Day

While you are on trekking in Tilicho Lake you will stay in Tea House, You will have nice Tea House During the Trek for Tilicho Lake, Only in High Camp there is normal tea house, before you departure to Trekking you will need to pack up your trekking bag before your breakfast in Tea House, as porters will set off early. After breakfast we need to walk approximately 3-4 hours for lunch time, some time in some places it takes 4-5 hrs After a relaxing your lunch, you typically spend around 2-3 hours or even more sometimes on the trail before reaching your stopping point. Throughout the day, you will take frequent rest breaks and take time to admire the fascinating mountains views. You take plenty of pictures of yourself with incredibly panoramic mountains of Annapurna Region rivers, landscapes, Buddhist prayer flags, temples, shrines, cairns, monasteries, etc. Once you arrive at your tea house, you take a rest and Dinner is generally around 7pm. After your dinner our guide will take your breakfast order for tomorrow and he will give you briefing for tomorrow trip.

What you carry in your day pack bag

You need to carry your day pack for your personal items like your water bottle, your money, and some others medicine, camera etc.Your guide will let you know each evening of any extra items you will need for the following day. If you have a comfortable day pack you load will only be a few kilograms and hardly noticeable.

Food

In Kathmandu part we provide breakfast but during the trek we have three meal (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner), Every Tea House have their own menu so you can order menu food item but if you have big group like 20 pax guide will choose the food for you.

Accommodation

Accommodation in Kathmandu we will provide you deluxe room with private facilities on Breakfast basic. During the Trekking you will have Tea House and is of a basic (normal) standard. Twin Rooms or multi share with basic shared toilet facilities. Hot Showers are available in some places but they will charge directly to client when they ask for hot shower. and if you wish to book tented camp (Camping trekking) instead of tea house Himalaya Trekking Team will provide two men tent for two people to share the accommodation on tent camp.

Transportation

Transportation within Kathmandu valley is done with Cars or Jeeps, Van, Hiace, Coaster bus, Mini bus, Coaches depending upon the group size. In trekking region, transportation mean is hiking and in some cases Yaks / horses and donkeys are used for baggage carriage. In this trekking route, hiking is the major mean of transportation while your baggage will be carried by porters .

Trekking Staff

The Guide is in overall charge of the trek and looking after you. This is the person you should go to with all problems, concerns and questions. All our guides are well trained in all aspects of trekking, conservation, high altitude medicine, and first-aid and emergency procedures. They are professionals selected for their knowledge and passion for Nepal and its peoples.

Trek Grading

Remember Annapurna Circuit Trek is Adventure Trekking in Nepal so you should have well fitness level and well prepared, before you come to Annapurna Circuit Trekking its much better to go Swimming, Cycling or walk every day 4 km. Remember that no trek in the Himalaya is a stroll as all involve going up and down at altitude and that altitude affects everyone differently.

Money

It should be better to bring the USD in Nepal. Because you can change everywhere easily.

You should exchange enough money into Nepalese Rupees to last the entire time of your trek before leaving Kathmandu. You can find the money exchange counters near your hotel also can get in trekking trails but they will take more commission.

Tipping

Tipping is a personal and voluntary matter and tips are not included in the trip price but who will working for you they are expect the tips so you can give tips directly to them at end of your trekking / tours and tipping is not any limitation so you can give tips as much you like if they will make you happy.

Insurance

It is main important part of the trip. Your Travel insurance is not included in the trip price. Your travel insurance must provide cover against personal accident, medical expenses, emergency evacuation and repatriation (including helicopter evacuation) and personal liability. is included trekking crews' against personal accident.

Health

There are no specific health requirements for travel into Nepal. However, for the trekking in Himalayas, you are in excellent health with average physical fitness and have positive attitude, self confidence and strong determination, you can accomplish this trek successfully but you should consult your doctor for up-to-date information regarding vaccinations, high altitude medication and medications for any reasonably foreseeable illnesses whilst traveling in Nepal. Some part of trekking have a small health post for emergency treatment with limited equipment, limited health workers and medication. Be aware that some drugs, including anti-malarial, have side effects at altitude. Please discuss this carefully with your doctor.

Please be aware that you will be in remote areas and away from medical facilities for some time during this trip. We strongly recommend that you carry a personal First Aid kit as well as sufficient quantities of any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses).

High Altitude Sickness

AMS (acute mountain sickness) is a serious issue. It is the result of the failure of the body to adapt to high altitude and can affect anyone, regardless of age or fitness. It usually occurs above 1,800 meters and the likelihood of being affected increases as you ascend. The way to reduce the affects of altitude is to ascend slowly, 300 meters per day above 3,000 meters until you have acclimatized. Poor acclimatization results in headache, nausea, sleeplessness, difficulty breathing and swelling of fingers and glands. The only cure for AMS is to descend to lower altitude and your guide's decision on this matter is final. When you are planning to trek above 3,000 meters we recommend not walks faster. If you will get altitude sickness please consult with your guide to go down at least 500 meters to recover.

01. Nepal Visa

You can get a visa in Kathmandu airport upon your arrival at USD 25 (or equivalent in other major currencies) for a 15 days visa, USD 40$ for a 30 days visa and USD 100$ for a 90 days Multiple visa, and you can also extend it later on if you wish. They have newly installed technology (visa machine) which makes it no longer necessary to have a passport photo.

 

02. Booking your International flight

 

Since we do not arrange the International flight tickets, Please book your international flight to arrive and depart from Kathmandu International airport. So, if you do not have a regular travel agent then you can check for International flight options at one of these sites. Makemytrip.com, www.kayak.com,  www.vayama.comAfter you purchase your international air ticket please contact us to give your flight details for your smooth airport transfer.

 

03. Which currencies are accepted in Nepal?

 

Some major currencies (USD, AUD and EURO) are accepted for both visa and in general. There are plenty of ATM's in both Kathmandu and Namche and credit cards are accepted in limited shops and many restaurants. Please note that only Nepali rupees are accepted on the trek.

 

04. When and where should you arrive?

 

You will arrive at Tribhuwan International airport in Kathmandu on the trip starting day or earlier. You will be received outside the Kathmandu international airport terminal gate by our representatives from Himalaya Trekking Team with your Name display board  he will escorts you to at your booking Hotel.

 

05. How should we make payment?Down Payment

 

As per the company's policy, minimum 20% of down payment from the total cost is required to make in advance to secure your spot and to confirm the trip.

 

06. How to pay your deposit?    

 

You can choose only two different ways to settle your payment:

a.   Online Payment by credit card and the link to settle the payment is:  http://www.himalayatrekkingteam.com/payment-form.html  (please do not add cents (.00) while transferring the payment via online)

 

b.   Bank Transfer:

 

Bank Details:

 

US Dollar Account No: 019 06319090013

 

Account Name: HIMALAYA TREKKING TEAM PVT.LTD

 

SWIFT CODE: HIMANPKABank

 

Name: Himalayan Bank Limited

 

Thamel Branch, Kathmandu, Nepal

 

07. Payment of the Balance

 

Rest amount can be paid before at least a month of your arrival. If you choose to settle your holiday balance by credit card a handling charge of 4% on the outstanding balance is made if possible better to bring cash.

 

08. Cancellation Policy

 

Cancellation by You:The scale of cancellation charges detailed below is calculated according to the number of days prior to departure.

  • If cancellation made before 30 days of the trip departure date, 15% of the total trip cost will be charged as cancellation and rest will be adjusted in their next trip or refunded after deducting the processing charge of Nepal Rastra Bank to make a draft.
  • If cancellation made before 15 days of the trip departure date, 25% of the total trip cost will be charged as cancellation. Further will be same as above process
  • If Cancellation made before 07 days of the trip departure date 40% of the total trip cost will be charged as cancellation
  • If cancellation made within the week of departure or upon arrival in Kathmandu we can't refund
  • The cost of Climbing Permit/s already purchased is/are not refundable.

 

09. Is there an Orientation program?

 

Generally, the orientation meeting is scheduled in the Kathmandu hotel at 4 or 5 pm and this will be informed by our representatives after your arrival. The tour starts with an orientation meeting and ends up after scheduled trip after the breakfast.

 

10. How large is each tour group?

 

For each tour date, there will be several separate groups. Each group will have a maximum of 12 people with its own experienced English speaking guide. During the trek, there will be a suitable number of porters to carry your luggage.

 

11. How many people in each room?

 

The cost of our trip is based on the twin-sharing basis so there will be two people accommodated in each room for the duration of the tour. If you prefer private accommodation or you are a solo traveler, you'll find the option for "single supplement". Additional USD 350 will be applicable as a Single Supplementary Charge for the single room during the trip.

 

12. Who will be leading the tours/treks?

 

Our local Nepali team is one of the most experienced, hospitable and respected trekking outfits in Nepal. The team is fully licensed and affiliated with the Trekking Agency's Association of Nepal (TAAN), Nepal Mountaineering Association, Nepal Tourism Board, Govt. of Nepal, Sustainable Tourism Network, Himalayan Rescue Association and Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project. You will be provided with the professional and an experienced English Speaking trekking guide with the good knowledge of the place and the trek. The trekking crew is skilled with the experience of over10 years, well-trained, friendly guide and, courteous and helpful porters, assured of a wonderfully memorable experience.

 

13. Porters

 

For the trek, we'll have one porter for two people or necessary Yaks as per group size. The porter will carry 10-12 kg per person luggage during the trek. You need to carry your daypack to keep your personal belongings such as wallet, camera, water bottle, dry snack, head light, gadgets etc , 2 trekkers have one porter.

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