Tilicho Lake Annapurna Trek

  • Trip Cost:US$ 1290 (P/P)
  • Duration:20 Days
  • Destination:Nepal
  • Grade:Fairly Strenuous

Meals: Full Board ( Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) on trek and breakfast on cities.

Accommodation: Hotel in cities and Lodge/tea house on trek

Why This Trip?

  • To visit Tilicho Lake and mountain views.
  • To have scenic drive from Kathmandu to bhulbhule.
  • To Visit of Manang village and glaciers.
  • To pass the Thorong la.
  • To visit of Muktinath Temple and Gompas.
  • To have scenic flight from Jomsom to Pokhara
  • To Visit of the city of Lakes, the Pokhara.
  • To have sightseeing tours of historical UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu.

Escape Nepal offer trekking to Tilicho Lake, The Tilicho Lake is the highest lake in the world which is situated at Annapurna Conservation area of western Nepal, Manang, Tilicho lake trekking is a fabulous adventurous trekking and walking holiday, popular for traversing the Tilicho Lake, situated at the world’s highest point and undoubtedly for having amazing mountain vistas, navigating mountain passes, and savoring amazing natural beauties including the beautiful village and rich cultural heritages.

Tilicho Glacial Lake, located at the highest point of the earth, approximately about 4,950 meter height from the sea level, in Manang district of Nepal, The lake is made up of ice melt of the adjoining mountains namely –Tilicho peak (7,134) and entire northern slope of Mt. Annapurna (8,091 m) which is one of the awesome adventurous holiday trips designed carefully by Escape Nepal team so that you will be able to relish the most amazing landscapes, mountain vistas, rich cultural heritages and so forth on it, beside of the lake, you will enjoy with the awe-inspiring mountain vistas including Mt. Annapurna I (8,091 m), Tilicho peak (7,134) also the Mt. Annapurna II (7,939 m), Mt. Annapurna III (7,555 m), Mt. Annapurna IV (7,525 m), Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,163 m), Mt. Manaslu (8,163 m) and numerous of other Himalayas located nearby.

We at escape Nepal have 20day itinerary for the Tilicho Lake holiday including your arrival and departure days plus a day tour which includes cultural, religious and historical heritage sites in Kathmandu, then you will have approximately 7-hour’s drive Kathmandu to Bhulbhule from where you will start the real trekking through Dharapani, Chame, Pisang and finally enter into Manang valley, where you will have acclimatization day, Manang is undoubtedly amazing isolated mountain valley, located at the vicinity of Tibet border and one of the trading point between Tibet and Nepal, then you will continue trekking to Khansar and then reach at Tilicho lake side, the base camp of Tilicho peak (7,134 m), you will explore all around, you will retrace down to Yak Kharka, cross Thorong la pass, subsequently get down to Muktinath, where there you will explore the Buddhist and Hindu pilgrim and finally get down to Jomsom and then fly back to Pokhara and drive to Kathmandu for your return flight to home.

Escape Nepal offers private departure for Tilicho Lake Trek since we do not have fixed date for this trek mean you can departure day day to the tilicho that is suitable for you, the Autumn and the Spring are the best time for the tilicho trek however you can do this trek all around the  year , you can please write for the weather and climation situation if you are planning for the off season trek: the Tilicho lake trek is suitable for those looking for adventure trek in Nepal and have some trekking experience already as this trek involves high land mountan trek that need to trek about 7-9 hours trek ( for some days) in the high moraines:

We have included flight from Jomsom to Pokhara on our Tilicho Lake trek however if you have longer time and want to trek continue all the way to Pokhara then it is not problem with Escape Nepal, we can tailor your itinerary as per your time and interests: you can have look on our Annapurna Circuit Trek route for the trekking down to Pokhara through Ghorepani-Poon Hill:

Detail Itinerary

Day 01. Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1345meters): transfer to hotel.
Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1345meters): and you will be met & greeted by our airport representative who will be on standby to pick you up and transfer you to hotel. Your evening is free and after you’ve refreshed, you can go for a stroll down the street to get familiar with the surroundings. Window shopping would be a good start to look around. Your first overnight in the valley of temples & cows. Probably the most in the world; however, these unusual sights are sometimes welcome & interesting, overnight at hotel (A)

Day 02.Full day sightseeing of Kathmandu valley & an orientation:
After having breakfast at hotel, we take you for the sightseeing tour in Kathmandu Valley; you will be escorted by a professional tour guide. Your tour will include Kathmandu Durbar Square, Monkey Temple - Swayambhunath {note, there are real monkeys down here & they can be a pain in the neck, especially if you are munching something while climbing the steps to the temple; whatever your munching could vanish from your hands in seconds if you’re not careful. The best way to appease these monkeys is by buying some bananas from vendors just by the roadside to the temple & distribute them on your way up, they’d be happy & leave you alone}. Pashupatinath Temple and Bauddhanath Stupa. The Pashupatinath is a significant place of visit because this is a heritage site & is the most important religious site for Hindus in Nepal & India. Within the boundaries of this temple are cremation zones where the bodies of Nepalese, right from the pauper on the streets to the king of Nepal were cremated at this old temple. In the early evening we get back to our hotel & refresh after which your trek leader will meet the group & orient you on the whole program related to your trip. You will even have sufficient time to buy some trek gear if you need any in thamel area. Overnight at Hotel (A, B)

Note- you can take one hour scenic Everest Experience mountain flight in the morning before the tours starts, you are on vacation & this only happens once probably in a lifetime…enjoy it today because tomorrow never comes and please inform us for the arrangement.

Day 03.Drive from Kathmandu to Bhulbhule (830m) - 7 Hours:
Our guide will come to pick up at the your hotel about 7 AM in the morning then drive along the Kathmandu- Pokhara highway to Dumre and follow the narrow and paved road by the Marsyangdi River to Besi Sahar, From where we will see some of mountain peaks, natural sceneries surrounding the valley and the daily activities of local people, overnight at Lodge, ( A, B, L, D)

Day 04.Trek from Bhulbhele to Chamje (1410m.)- 6 hours:
After having breakfast at the lodge we depart our trekking and The trail  goes flat for the first part then climbs steeply and the path is cut into the sheer cliff-face some 200-300m above the riverbed. Eventually we descend to the stone village of Jagat (1330m.) situated on a shelf which juts into the precipitous Marsyangdi valley. Now the trail begins to observe small ups and down to Chamje through the forests. Overnight at Guesthouse, ( A, B, L, D)

Day 05.Trek from Chamje (1410m.) to Dharapani (1960m.)- 6 Hours:
We start our trekking with descending to the river and cross another suspension bridge; we begin a climb to Sattale (1550m.) on a path so steep that it seems one slip would send you hurtling down into the valley. We continue on an undulating path above the river, and at one point, where a tributary flows in from the opposite bank, the main river becomes covered with huge boulders that hide the water. Climbing the zigzag path to the top of the hill, we will see the level, plain of Tal (1700m.). Beyond Tal, the valley narrows and the path becomes high and winding, and in several areas hewn from the rock itself. Beyond the small village of Karte (1900m.), there is a bit more cliff-walking before the path drops again to the river and we cross a another suspension bridge and arrive Dharapani, Overnight at Lodge ( A, B, L, D)

Day 06.Trek from Dharapani to Chame (2675m.)- 5 hours:
We will start our trekking with narrow field from the village, the Dudh Khola, which originates from the south face of Manaslu. The Marsyangdi River then veers to the left, and as Annapurna II becomes visible ahead, you arrive at Bagarchhap, a Bhote village with prayer flags fluttering in the breeze around Buddhist monastery. Continuing to climb through forests of pine and oak, we pass through Danaque (2210m.). There comes a small wooden bridge which takes us to follow steep ascent path up to Timang village which lies at the bottom of Lamajung Himal then the trail goes through flat level until we reach Chame, overnight at Lodge, ( A, B, L, D)

Day 07.Trek from Chame to Pisang (3100m0- 5 Hours:
We start our trekking With Lamjung Himal (6893m) dazzling in the morning sun, we set off for Pisang. The mountain disappears as we climb the path up the valley, passing a huge apple orchard. We continue through a fir and pine forest, climbing to a high, rocky area as the opposite bank becomes an impassable cliff. From this point the valley becomes extremely steep-sided as we follow the path to Bhratang (2950m.) then a short climb from the village brings us to a rock-strewn area where we cross a wooden bridge and follow a high, winding path, before crossing back to the right bank again. we now trek through a pine forest and as the forest ends, the valley changes from a V-shape to a gentle U-shape, opening up a wonderful vistas the we come to a long mani wall by a bridge and the lower village of Pisang, overnight at Lodge, ( A, B, L, D)

Day 08.Trek from Pisang to Manang (3440m.)- 5 Hours:
We start our trekking with climbs to steep ridge which affords good views of the Manang valley and Tilicho peak (7145m.). Descending past Manang's airstrip at Humde (3320m.) will arrive then we come to a level area from where the north-east face of Annapurna III rises majestically above us. From the wide plains of the Sabje Khola Valley, Annapurna IV (7525m.) also becomes visible. Just beyond this point we cross the considerably reduced flow of the Marsyangdi Khola via a wooden bridge to the tiny village of Mungji. Cultivated fields appear on both sides of the path and off to the right, below a craggy mountain, we will see the village of Braga with its splendid monaster, Large Chortens and mani walls abound and the tall peaks of the Himalaya spread out before us – then After a short steep climb we will reach Manang, overnight at lodge, ( A, B, L, D)

Day 09.Rest day at Manang for acclimatization:
Today, we hang around town. This is an important rest and acclimatization day before crossing the Thorung La. There are optional day walks such as crossing the river to see the tremendous icefall coming down from the Annapurnas, or climbing high above the village for a full panorama of the Annapurna range and the Manang Valley. There is also a Himalayan Rescue Association [HRA] aid post in the village which makes an interesting and educational visit. Moreover you can visit Ganagapurna Glacier Lake to make your rest day a memorable one, overnight at Lodge, ( A, B, L, D)

Day 10: Trek from Manang to Khansar (3750m) - 4 Hours.
We start our trekking after having breakfast at lodge, by leaving the main route of Annapurna Circuit, we take the left route from Manang by Crossing a Bridge once the Marshyanndi Khola and follow another stream coming from Tilicho, about 4 hours walking we reach at Khansar and Overnight at Lodge, ( A, B, L, D)

Day 11: Kangsar to Base Camp (4140m) 5-6 hours
After having breakfast at lodge, we start our trek and head from Kangsar to Tilicho Lake Base Camp, we will come across wide grassy fields and after making a slight climb up a small hill, witness the glorious views of the entire valley. After trudging down a steep inclination, we now enter the Tilicho Base Camp. Overnight at lodge, (A, B, L, D)

Day 12: Visit Tilicho Lake (4,949m) then trek back to base camp: 5 hours
After the initial tough ascent, the 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 there. The tranquil Tilicho Lake is one of the highest lakes in the world as sometimes the reflection of the surrounding peaks are seen on the turquoise waters, at other times the lake is literally frozen. Take a break beside the calm waters and soak in the astounding views of the place before we head back to the base camp, overnight at lodge, (A, B, L, D)

Day 13: Tilicho Base Camp to Yak Kharka (4040m4-5 hours
After having breakfast at lodge, when return 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. The trail continues some three to four hundred meters over Khangsar village and through the ruins of the old Khangsar village, until you cross the log bridge over the river between Gumsang and Yak Kharka from where you see the breathtaking views of Annapurna III. The typical Himalayan village is an accolade to its name, as lots of yaks can be seen grazing and standing around, overnight at lodge, ( A, B, L, D)

Day 14.Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4420m.)- 3 Hours:
We start our trekking with climb gradually to a ridge before descending to the headwaters of the Marsyangdi and crossing via a covered wooden bridge. After a short ascent up the mountain path on the right bank, you follow a narrow trail across an unstable spree slope and then descend to Thorung Phedi, overnight at Lodge, ( A, B, L, D)

Day 15.Trek from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3850m.) via Thorong La (5416m.) Pass- 8 Hours:
Today, we start our trekking quite early in the morning crossing the Thorung La (5416m.). The trail becomes steep immediately on leaving camp but as this trail has been used by local people for hundreds of years the path is well defined. The gradient then eases and after around 4 hours of steady climbing, we will reach the chorten and prayer flags of the pass. The views are dramatic to say the least, from the snow-covered mountains above, to the head of the Kali Gandaki valley below and the brown and purple hills of Mustang which are spread out before us. The descent to Muktinath is a knee pounding 1600m but it's compensated for with excellent views of Dhaulagiri. Eventually the moraines give way to grassy slopes before a pleasant walk along the Jhong Khola Valley to Muktinath and its shrines and temple, Overnight at Lodge, ( A, B, L, D)

Day 16.Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (2650m.)- 6 Hours:
Today is our last day walking of our trekking and we begin with the doen path along the bank of dramatic Kali Gandaki Gorge, initially through arid country in the same geographical and climatic zone as in Tibet, after walking about 6 Hours, we will arrive at Jomsom, The Administrative center of this region, overnight at Lodge, (A, B, L, D)

Day 17.Early morning flight from Jomsom to Pokhara- 20 Minutes.
We will take early flight to pokhara, and check in to hotel and visit the most beautiful city Pokhara , Relaxing Day and overnight at hotel, ( A, B, L)

Day 18: Leisure day in Pokhara.
It's also spare day in case of bad weather in Pokhara and Jomsom and we could not fly on scheduled date and time which happen some times, or if the fights are on time then some tours and exiting activities like Paragliding and Ultra flight, you can shop and visit Pokhara little more as the Pokhara is beautiful city and you will truly enjoy it, ( A, B)

Day 19.Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (6 Hours):
We hope our tourist bus at 7 AM after b/fast to drive to Kathmandu and the driving will be a fantastic experience as we drive past many satellite towns on the way and we are able to see rural settlements, gushing rivers, terraces and green rural landscapes; after 6 hours driving we will arrive Kathmandu and its overnight at your hotel, then we would offer you to have dinner with us for your last night stay in Nepal and talk about your recent trek to the Annapurna Base Camp, trip concludes on this day. ( A, B, D)

Day 20: Transfer to the airport for your departure.
You will be transferred to the international airport for your final departure to your loving home. Escape Nepal has taken pleasure in serving you all of these weeks; you counted on us & we didn’t let you down because we know how hard you’ve worked to enjoy this holiday. Meeting you was an immense pleasure & we do hope you will remember us down the years with memories of the time you’ve spent in this amazing country that’s Nepal. A safe BON VOYAGE home…take care!!! ( B)

A- Accommodation, B- Breakfast, L- Lunch, D- Dinner

Cost Details

Cost Include

  • All the Airport Transfers.
  • Three nights’ Accommodation in Kathmandu in 2/3 star hotel including breakfast on twin sharing basis.
  • Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu as per the itinerary.
  • All accommodations in lodges/tea houses during the trek on twin sharing basis.
  • Your standard meals during the trek with hot tea/coffee in breakfast.
  • All necessary paper works, Conservation entry permits, monument entrance fees and TIMS permit.
  • Two night’s accommodation in Pokhara including breakfast on twin sharing basis.
  • Ground transportation from Kathmandu –Bhulbhule- and from Pokhara-Kathmandu by bus and flight fare from Jomsom to Pokhara with domestic airport tax.
  • An experienced, helpful and friendly Guide and porters (1 porter for 2 peoples).
  • Salary, Food, Drinks, Accommodation, Transportation and Insurance for the Guide and Porter.
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
  • Sleeping bag, down jackets if necessary.
  • All government taxes, VAT and service charge. 

Cost Exclude

  • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport - Kathmandu). You will require 2 passport size photos, Nepal Visa Information.
  • Your Travel insurance ( Compulsory).
  • Lunch and Dinner while you are in Kathmandu & Pokhara.
  • Your personal expenses.
  • All the alcoholic and non alcoholic Drinks.
  • Sweet things like chocolate.
  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • Tips for the guide, porter & driver. (Tipping is Expected But it is not mandatory).
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on including section.
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Trip Note

Itinerary of the Tilicho Lake Trek - The itinerary given for the Tilicho Lake is standard itinerary that we offer however if you have any special interests on your holiday or if the given itinerary is not suitable for you and if you would like to add or remove any places from the itinerary then we are flexible with itinerary and we offer you tailor made itineraries according to your time and desire.

Price for Tilicho lake Trek - The price given is per person on twin share basis for the Small group travel for fixed departure and we offer Group discounts for the booking of two or more than two person and group of 10 or more people will have maximum discounts with one person (tour leader) travel free in Nepal (land only) and if you even have maximum number of people even more than 10 people then contact us for the further discussion about the discounts and those want to travel in group and want to have private room ( where possible) on our holiday then that cost you extra single supplement cost, we have given the single supplement cost on our package however if you could not find it then please write us for the further information:

Trip Extension after the Tilicho Lake Trek - If you have time and are interested to stay few days in Pokahra and do, Paragliding in Pokhara, take a tour of Pokhara cityUltra light Flight or take Chitwan Jungle Safari, Seti River Rafting, Kali Gandaki Rafting or Lumbini Tour, then you can start now…we are on vacation & this only happens once probably in a lifetime…enjoy it today because tomorrow never comes and please inform us for the arrangement for any of these extra tours.

 Essential Info

The electricity is available in most of our holidays and in the cities like Kathmandu, Pokhara, Palpa, Lumbini, Chitwan, Nagarkot, Dhulikhel and in some of the villages on our trekking holiday, hiking holiday, climbing holiday and home stay trekking where you can re-charge your mobile phone and camera batteries, not all in all places of our trekking so, we advise you to have spare batteries when you do the trekking, hiking, home stay and climbing holidays  and there is not electricity available on our camping adventure trekking holiday so, you need to have enough spare batteries when you do those trips.

 

We offer professional licensed tour guide on all our sightseeing holidays and there will be local nature guide in the Jungle tours, rafting guide for the river holidays and there will be trained trekking guide (handles the logistics and guide you and your team on the trek)  on our trekking holidays, hiking holiday and adventure holiday and a Sherpa when there are 10 or more members in the group and porters to carry your luggage and there will be 1 porter for 2 members and a porter will carry about 20kg means 10 KG from each trekker and we will provide licensed climbing guide for climbing holidays.

We offer porters to your main luggage on our trekking holiday, hiking holiday, some stay treks and adventure holidays, you simply carry a day pack with water bottle, camera, sun-screen, spare jacket, etc. - a small load that allows full enjoyment of the trekking. A trek bag is ideal for your main luggage, plus a small lockable bag for travel clothes and anything that you do not need during trek which you can leave at hotel’s locker room/safe deposit box in Kathmandu for free of charge. Weight allowance at Nepal’s domestic airlines is 15 Kg; excess weight is chargeable at USD 1 or more per Kilo depending on sectors and a porter will carry up to 20 KG and there will be 1 porter for each 2 trekkers which mean 10 KG form each and if you will be planning for longer trek and need to bring much stuff then you might need extra porter as well.

When you have tours holidays in Nepal then the luggage is not a problem as our vehicle will drive from one place to other places.

 

Each morning after packing our bags and hot breakfast at campsite or lodge, we set off on the day’s trek and after walking for 3-4 hours, we stop for lunch at around midday at the camp or available lodge/restaurants which may take 1-2 hours for lunch and will start the trek again, The afternoon’s walk is generally shorter and we usually arrive at our destination in time for afternoon tea. The remainder of the afternoon can be spent exploring the village and surroundings, doing a bit of washing or simply relaxing with a good book. On some days, we will arrive at our destination by lunchtime and the entire afternoon will be free. After dinner, the evening will often be spent playing cards and reliving the day’s adventures, before retiring for a well-earned sleep.

The Wonderful Environment of the Himalayas is also an extremely fragile one. Increasing population density and numbers of travelers threaten the very beauty of Nepal. At Escape Nepal, we are extremely conscious about the environment and aim to minimize our impact as much as possible. As deforestation is one of the greatest environmental threats we face in this region, we do not encourage camp fires and encourage use of kerosene for cooking as an alternative fuel to wood. We also discourage trekkers from using wood-fuelled hot showers in lodges along the way. Many lodges, however, now have solar hot showers, a far more eco-friendly alternative.

Garbage disposal is another major problem and some of the busier trails can, at times, appear strewn with litter for miles. Our staff members are well motivated towards eco-friendly practices. We carry out all our garbage, apart from that which can be safely and easily burnt at the campsite. Our aim is to help protect and preserve this beautiful environment for future generations of trekkers to enjoy and we advise the same to you to keep the garbage on proper site and take return those with you to homes which are Non- biodegradable.

We at Escape Nepal would like to requests the following things and to be a responsible tourist:

  • Leave only footprints and take only photographs.
  • Use designated routes, campsites and resting places to reduce trampling and other negative environmental impacts.
  • Respect local culture and traditions, use home stays, locally owned hotels/ lodges or campsites as much as possible to support the local livelihood.
  • Avoid/ minimize using firewood. Use common space for heating. Opt for alternatives to minimize deforestation.
  • Maintain cleanliness and hygiene. Use the litter box locally available. Carry back your own garbage while traveling through ecologically sensitive areas.
  • Encourage to place mobile toilets at a considerable distance from sources of water, river banks and springs while camping along the river sides.
  • Use the services of local guides and porters as much as possible to explore more about local environment and culture.
  • Money spent here will contribute directly to the local livelihood, women’s empowerment and environmental conservation.
  • Before you begin your journey we request you to abide by the above guidelines in order to safeguard the nature and culture of the area and be a responsible tourist.

This type of trekking and  holidays reasonably demanding trekking and you are required to have experience of trekking in mountain, at the same time you need to have physical fitness and strong desire to go.  These treks also involve several nights stay above 4000m. These trek holidays includes some trek on Everest Region, Annapurna region, Langtang Region regions plus some village trekking and adventure trek holidays and some 4+ grade River Raftings:

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