Tilicho Lake Trekking - 17 Days

Overview

Lying in one of the most spectacular regions of the Himalayas, Tilicho lake leaves you speechless and turns you into a storyteller. Your trek brings you closer to Thorong peak. The lake falls under the Annapurna circuit which is one of the most beautiful lakes in Nepal. It is situated at an altitude of 4919m in the Manang district of Nepal which is the lake located at the highest altitude in the world. Tilicho lake trekking can be done as the side trek from the Annapurna circuit trek route. It is one of the challenging treks in the Annapurna region and is fit for adventurers. As it is located in scenic Manang valley, it is attached to Annapurna and Thorong peak. This trek displays breathtaking natural beauties, cultural and traditional values, a stunning waterfall and dotted wildflowers. It starts with an 8-hour drive from Kathmandu to Besi Sahar. This trek usually takes 8 to 10 days to complete.

Trip Highlights

  • Trek into one of world's most popular trekking routes
  • Take in the incredible views of Tilicho Lake, one of the highest in the world
  • Majestic view of mountains such as Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Nilgiri and Himchuli

Itinerary

  • Day 1:
    Arrive at Kathmandu and Transfer to Hotel

    Namaste & welcome to Nepal! Upon your arrival, you will be greeted by a representative from Mandala Holidays. After completing your custom formalities (Visa, etc) pick up your luggage and look for our representative with a Mandala Holidays display board at the arrival gate. You will be then transferred to the Hotel. (Overnight at hotel)

  • Day 2:
    Sightseeing of cultural UNESCO world heritage sites around Kathmandu

    Kathmandu, the city of peace, lives true to this description. The city is charming, busy, bustling, serene, alive and asleep – all at once. Kathmandu, which is derived from the Pahari word for ‘wood shelter’, is an abode of serenity and tranquillity, with its monasteries, temples and spiritual melting pots. While the natural beauty of the city is more than enough for travellers to throng Kathmandu year after year. There will be a guided tour to UNESCO World Heritage Sites namely Boudhanath- the largest Buddhist Stupa in Nepal, Pashupatinath- the most popular Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva and Patan or Lalitpur (the City of Artisans), which is 5km away from Kathmandu. At Patan Durbar Square, we will delight in the architectural wonders of the Malla era. Mahaboudha Temple, Kumbeshwor Temple, Krishna Temple and Golden Temple are the major attractions at the square. Overnight at Hotel.

  • Day 3:
    Drive from Kathmandu to Besishahar, Trek to Khudi

    After breakfast in Kathmandu, you’ll be transferred by a private vehicle along the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway towards Dumre and then follow a rough road near the Marsyangdi River until you get to Besisahar—a small town at the bank of the river (about a six-hour drive).

    From Besisahar, you’ll have lunch and then begin an easy trek along the narrow trail to Pam Khola. Cross the stream and begin to trek along the Marsyangdi River towards the Gurung village of Khudi passing scenic ride paddies and subtropical forests. (Overnight at Khudi)

  • Day 4:
    Trek from Khudi to Bahundanda

    After breakfast in Khudi, you’ll make your way through more of the Marsyangdi Valley with views of the Annapurna range, trekking along wooden and bamboo bridges before reaching the village of Bhulbule. The trail then comes to a picturesque waterfall on the river bank and as you hike along rice terraces with beautiful views of the Manaslu range.

    Following a gentle incline, you’ll come to the village of Ngadi and stop for lunch. The trail then continues a more challenging ascent towards Bahundanda, which means ‘hill of the Brahmins’. Located at the top of a hill, this is the most northerly Brahmin settlement in the Marsyangdi Valley and there will be time to explore the area before dinner. (Overnight at Bahundada)

  • Day 5:
    Trek from Bahundanda to Jagat

    After breakfast in Bahundanda, you’ll start a steep descent through more rice paddies before crossing a stream at the bottom of a waterfall. From here, the path climbs up to Hani Gaon as you wind through fields along the river, crossing a long suspension bridge before arriving in Syange village.

    You’ll gradually make your way uphill from the river where you’ll begin one last steep climb and then descend again, eventually landing in Jagat. This village, with its iconic stone houses, has a great view of the Marsyangdi valley. (Overnight at jagat)

  • Day 6:
    Trek from Jagat to Dharapani (1,860 m)

    After breakfast in Jagat, you’ll descend along a rocky path until the trail nearly reaches the river before it begins to climb again through a tropical forest. You’ll go up and down a few more times like this, and then follow a level track to a beautiful Gurung village of Chamje. Keep an eye out for the long and scenic waterfall on the opposite bank and views of the Annapurna range beyond.

    From Chamje, it’s time to descend back to the Marsyangdi River and then cross a suspension bridge as you climb to Sattale on a steep path, which at certain points has huge boulders that cover the rushing water. Keep climbing the zigzag path to the top of the hill and you’ll catch your first glimpses of the village of Tal situated on a beautiful gorge by the river. (Overnight at Dharapani)

    The valley then narrows and the winding path becomes higher with more areas of strewn rocks. Continue past the small village of Karte and enjoy the cliff-side path before the path drops again to the river. You’ll cross yet another suspension bridge, and then climb upstream to the stone entrance marking the larger village of Dharapani.

  • Day 7:
    Trek from Dharapani to Chame (2,650 m)

    After breakfast in Dharapani, you’ll begin a series of uphills and downhills as you start to see different types of vegetation and landscapes, as well as key Himalayan peaks. In fact, early in the trek, you’ll notice that the Marsyangdi River veers to the left where Annapurna II becomes visible. Here begins a nice trail to get to Bagarchhap, a village known for traditional Tibetan architecture and plenty of prayer flags.

    From here, the altitude gains and you’ll continue to climb through oak and pine forests as you pass through Dhanakyu near a heavy waterfall. Further on, you’ll enter an alpine area where the air gets cooler passing through farms and pine forests. The river soon enters a gorge where the path consists of steep stone steps. This is a good place to take a break and turn around for views of Manaslu—the 8th highest peak in the world.

    The steep ascent will then head into rhododendron trees to Ratamron and then continue on a gently rising path, crossing a stream before entering another pine forest. From here, the trail climbs through fir and pine trees to get to the larger village of Chame, the headquarters for the Manang district with plenty of shops, conveniences, and teahouses. (Overnight at Chame)

  • Day 8:
    Trek from Chame to Lower Pisang (10,466 feet / 3,190 m)

    Enjoy views of Lamjung Himal while having breakfast in Chame before you set off for Pisang. You’ll ascend the valley passing apple orchards, rolling hills, small villages, and fir and pine forests towards a high, rocky area called Dhukur Pokhari—a nice place to stop for lunch. From this point, the valley becomes extremely steep as you follow the trail to Bratang. Wander through this area that was once used as the military station for troops who fought against the Khampa tribal revolution.

    A brief climb from the village brings you to a rock-strewn area where you’ll cross a wooden bridge and follow a high, winding path, before crossing again back again. Make your way through more pine forests until you’re greeted with expansive vistas of Annapurna II and Pisang Peak. From here, you’ll come to a long mani wall by a bridge and the lower windswept village of Pisang with views of the Annapurna and Manaslu ranges. Once settled in Pisang, you can take an optional hour-long climb to Upper Pisang and explore the village’s ancient Tibetan-style Buddhist monastery (with even better views). (Overnight at Lower Pisang)

  • Day 9:
    Trek from Pisang to Manang (11,548 feet / 3,520 m)

    After breakfast in Pisang, you’ll hit the trail to Manang. The path ascends a steep ridge through forests leading to views of the Manang Valley, Humde village, and Tilicho peak. From here you can take in the rolling hills and expansive plains of the Sabje Khola Valley where the Annapurna massif soon becomes visible. You’ll then cross a wooden bridge over the Marsyangdi River to get to the tiny village of Mungji, as well as the village of Bhraga, with its notable monastery including chortens and mani walls surrounded by more snow-capped Himalayan peaks.

    Continue trekking along the rolling hillside until you reach the large village of Manang. Once settled, you’ll have opportunities to explore more of the area’s Tibetan culture, truly a standout in this remote mountainous region. (Overnight at Manang)

  • Day 10:
    Acclimatization day in Manang (11,482 feet / 3,500 m)

    Today is a rest day so take advantage of being able to sleep in before breakfast. This is an important opportunity to acclimatize to the higher altitude before tomorrow’s crossing of the Thorung La mountain pass.

    You can choose to take it easy in Manang and explore the busy village’s streets or pick between several day trips that come with amazing views. (Overnight at Manang)

  • Day 11:
    Trek from Manang to Khangsar Village (12,323 feet / 3,756 m)

    After breakfast in Manang, you and your rested muscles will begin a half-day trek to Khangsar Village along the trail headed for Tilicho Lake. The path heads out of Manang through the western gates and then follows the path down to the river. You’ll walk along the bank and through the valley of weathered rocks with views of Annapurna II.

    Once you get to the Khangsar Khola on the bridge, you’ll ascend to the nice Tibetan-style village of Khangsar, also known as the ‘last village of Nepal’. (Overnight at Khangsar)

  • Day 12:
    Trek from Khangsar Village to Tilicho Base Camp (16,138 feet / 4,919 m)

    After breakfast in Khangsar Village, you’ll continue trekking along a wide new path until you get to a Buddhist monastery. From here, climb towards a high ridge where you’ll reach an intersection where the new trail and the old trail collide; take the new trail and ascend to another steep ridge before descending back down along switchbacks.

    You’ll eventually reach a scenic valley and then cross a little stream putting you at Tilicho Base Camp, your spot for the next two nights.

  • Day 13:
    Visit Tilicho Lake, Return to Base Camp (16,138 feet / 4,918 m)

    Today, you’ll start with an early breakfast before a nice roundtrip loop to Tilicho Lake in the Manang district. It takes about 3 hours to get to this clear body of bright turquoise water, one of the highest lakes in the world. You’ll hike through high alpine landscapes with plenty of snow-covered rocks—a striking contrast against the vibrant hue of the lake.
    Have lunch and take your time to enjoy the lakeside surroundings before returning to base camp for the night.

  • Day 14:
    Trek from Tilicho base camp to Khangsar

    After breakfast at base camp, you’ll follow a gently winding trail high above Shree Kharka village with more views of the Himalayan giants as you pass through juniper bushes and the ruins of old Shree Kharka. From here, follow an unmarked trail that leads you down to an old village Khangsar. This is where you’ll stop for the night. (Overnight at Khangsar)

  • Day 15:
    Drive to Besisahar

    Today, depart khangsar on a Jeep. Pass through apple farms and small villages along the way, and stop for dhalbhat, a traditional Nepalese dish, for lunch. Stop at Besisahar, the day’s ending point, and stay there overnight. Freshen up and relax at the hotel in the evening. Overnight at Besisahar

  • Day 16:
    Drive, Besiahar to Kathmandu

    In the early morning, make your return to Kathmandu by private Jeep transfer. The trip typically takes 5 hours. Upon reaching Kathmandu you will be escorted to your Hotel. In the evening our office representative will come to pick you at your hotel for your Farewell Gala Dinner at a Nepali Restaurant.

  • Day 17:
    Depart from Kathmandu

    Our office representative will escort you to Tribhuvan International Airport for your International Departure. Mandala Holidays family wishes you the best time ahead. If you prefer to stay longer, you can go for short tours such as jungle safari at National parks, rafting, mountain biking etc.

Inclusions/Exclusions

Inclusions

  • Arrival and Departure Airport transfers
  • Guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu Valley
  • Sightseeing Transfers by private vehicle
  • Entry fee to monumental sites
  • English speaking professional Tour guide
  • Trek Transfer Kathmandu – Besisahar, Khangsar – Kathmandu.
  • 3-nights accommodation in Kathmandu on BB Basis
  • English speaking professional Trek guide
  • 14-nights accommodation in Tea House during the trek AP Basis
  • Farewell Gala Dinner
  • First Aid Kit
  • Permit fee and TIMS card
  • Salary, Insurance of Trek Guide
  • Nepal Government Tax and Company Service Charge

Exclusions

  • Nepal entry Visa Cost
  • Lunch and Dinner during stay in Kathmandu
  • Trekking Gears and Equipment
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel Insurance and Rescue (It is necessary in case of emergency)
  • Extended Stay due to any natural disaster
  • Anything not included in inclusions

Gears List

  • TREKKING GEAR

    1. Ruck sack bag with rain cover. 

    2. Day Pack Bag – Recommended for treks with summit day

    3. Head Torch with spare batteries. 

    4. U V protection sunglasses. 

    5. Water Bottles: 2 bottles of 1 litre each

    FOOTWEAR

    1. Non-skid, deep treaded, high-ankle trekking shoes 

    2. Pair of light weight Slipper/Sandals 

    CLOTHING

    1. Quick Dry Warm lower or Track Pants. 

    2. Full sleeves T-shirts/ Sweatshirts. 

    3. Pair of thick woollen socks. 1 pair for every two days of trekking

    4. Thermal Body warmer Upper & Lower. 

    5. Undergarments. Qty – 1 for every day of trekking

    6. Warm jacket closed at wrist & neck.

    7. Full sleeves sweater. 

    8. Rainwear ( Jacket & Pants ).

    9. Pair of waterproof, warm gloves. 

    10. Woolen cap. 

    11. Sun shielding Hat. 

    TOILETRIES

    1. Personal toiletries kit (Small Towel, Toilet paper, paper soap, Bar soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, cold cream, etc.)

    2. Sun screen lotion small pack. 

    3. Lip Balm small pack. Qty-1

    MISCELLANEOUS

    1. Camera (Optional) 

    2. Carry your medicines in plenty in case you have any specific ailment. Consult your doctor before joining the trek.

    3. Dry fruits, Nuts, Chocolate bars (Optional

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Tilicho Lake Trekking

Trip Facts

  • 4WD Jeep
  • Min 2 pax
  • 4919 m
  • Tea House
  • Sep- Nov & Mar-May
  • Tea House Trek
  • ACAP & TIMS
  • Hard