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Tilicho Lake Trekking - 19 days

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Trip depart everyday of the year
Price starting from $1,499
USD $ 1,299 per person
Duration
19 days
Max. Elevation
5416.00m
Group size
2+
Level
MODERATE
Transportation
Private Vehicle,Public bus (Kathmandu to Khudi),Tourist Bus (Pokhara to Kathmandu ) andflight (Jomsom to Pokhara flight)
Best Season
March-June and Sept-Dec
Accomodation
3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu and in Pokhara and Lodge/Guest House during the trekking
Meals
Breakfast basis in city and Full Board (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek
Starts at
Kathmandu
Ends at
Kathmandu
Trip Route
Kathmandu-Syange-Dharapani-Chame-Pisang-Manang Village-Khangsar-Tilicho Base Camp-Tilicho Lake-base camp-Siri Kharka-Yak Kharka-Thorang High Camp-crossing Thorang-La Pass-Muktinath-Jomsom-Pokhara-Phewa Lake-Kathmandu

Highlights

    • Adventure around high and scenic Manang valley and beyond to picturesque Tilicho Lake
    • Explore beautiful country enclosed within array of giant mountains of Annapurna Himalaya
    • Visit impressive traditional villages interwoven with strong cultures of Buddhism religion
    • Walk from low warm areas to cooler green hills and into windswept scenic at Manang valley
    • Beautiful scenery on walks to emerald colored Tilicho Lake within tall snow-capped peaks
    • Traverse from end of Manang valley to Lower Mustang region crossing high Thorang-La pass

    An advantage of booking trip with Trekking Planner Nepal 

    • All airports pick up drop by private vehicle (for both international and domestic flights)
    • First aid kit box
    • Trekking Planner’s sleeping bag, down jackets, T-shirt, cap, duffle bags for porter, city and trekking route maps – if necessary.
    • Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (should have insurance for emergency evacuation and will be paid by your travel insurance company)
    • Oxymeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily during the trek (very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness (AMS) symptoms). This helps ensure your trek is in the safest hands possible.

"enjoy magnificent adventure within and beyond Manang valley to beautiful Tilicho lake"


Tilicho Lake trekking an exclusive adventure with combination of scenic Annapurna Circuit and beautiful Lake Tilicho, where few groups of trekkers often explore the remote corners beyond and off from wonderful Manang valley.

Tilicho Lake and Manang valley where most of the treks leads on same beautiful trails of popular Annapurna Circuit regarded as best adventure destinations on this planet by famous and leading Travel magazines and Guide Books.
Certainly this adventure leads you to great charm and beauty facing range of snow-capped peaks with dramatic scenic of landscapes views, where exciting overland journey includes starting the trek and then ending with swift panoramic flight to reach beautiful Pokhara located on the laps of great Annapurna Himalaya that reflects on its serene Lake Phewa.

Walk follows raging the Marysangdi River that leads you right in the heart of glacial source within high mountains at Manang valley and around Tilicho Lake, an interesting lovely walks from low warm farm fields and villages to reach cooler hills covered with serene woodland.

As route leads past nice hill villages of Syange-Jagat-Tal Besi to Dharapani within alpine climatic zone to reach at large town in Chame headquarter of Manang district, as walk progress into dense forest then reaching into beautiful Manang valley enclosed by series of high mountain range.

At Manang main village enjoy rest day to explore the village fascinating cultures and custom visiting old monastery of Braga in the shade of stunning snow-capped mountains of Chulus, Pisang peak with range of Annapurna Himalaya.

After Manang village where our route diverts from main Annapurna Circuit trail heading towards remote country within barren and arid landscapes to reach at scenic and picturesque Tilicho Lake our main highlight of the adventure.

Explore around magnificent turquoise colored lake at Tilicho surrounded within mighty peaks of Gangapurna, Tilicho and Nilgiri’s, the lake considered as holy by Hindu followers with Myth story that describes earlier life of Kak Bhushundi, (a mischievous disciple of Lomas Muni a great Guru and a true devotee of Lord Shiva and was reborn as a crow) belief he mediated here on the shore of Tilicho Lake.

Enjoying glorious moments of great experience where journey leads back to reach on the main Annapurna circuit trail to cross over high and the highest spot of the adventure at Thorang-La Pass at 5,416 m rewards you with breath-taking panorama of high peaks that includes massive range of Dhaulagiri Himalaya.

A long descend takes you at wonderful and holy spot at Muktinath a place with sacred temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu, an important pilgrimage destination for Hindu followers, where our walk end with short journey to large Jomsom town.

Jomsom headquarter and administrative town of Mustang district and the hub of Thakali people the indigenous tribe of Kaligandaki River valley within Lower Mustang located on Old Trans Himalaya Caravan and Salt route of Nepal to Tibet.

At Jomsom taking swift panoramic flight to reach low warmer green valley in Pokhara a renowned touristic holiday spot of Nepal and around Himalaya, a marvelous place to complete our fascinating and amazing adventure Tilicho Lake trekking.

Important Note

  • This trip departure every day of the year
  • This trip is fully customizable. We can customize the trip as per your need, please contact us
  • This trip is available on both Fixed Departure and Private Group Basis.
  • This trip can be booked privately if you’re travelling solo or private or with family.
  • Have a big group? We can help as per your needs.
  • We can help you make it fit your budget. 
  • we accept instant booking and online payment

Itinerary Disclaimer:

Above standard Itinerary days where some length of walks can be shorter or longer as per physical fitness of trekkers and climbers, where some designated overnight camping can be changed, due to available space for camping with clean water facilities and etc…….

We will follow the itinerary if its needs some changes in case of weather, landslides and difficulties on climb requiring more days where our leader and lead head guides decides holding full authority for Trekking Planner Treks and Expeditions.

Best Seasons for Tilicho Lake and Manang Valley:

Best times and peak season for this adventure from March till first week of June months with September to early December, March to May much preferred months when days are longer with sun-light hours where climate is warm during day time, cold in the morning and night time.

Much colder above 2,000 m high specially crossing over high Thorang-La pass includes wind chill factor along with morning sun-shine, mid hills covered in forest are bright with wild-flowers in full bloom during spring, especially the rhododendron of various species from tall trees to bush rhododendron.

Expect late afternoon with clouds covering views with chances of snow sometimes around higher altitude.

September to early December months another best season during autumn and pre-winter times, days are mostly clear and fine but short sun-light hours can expect much colder morning and night times with snows sometimes during the walk from Manang onwards.

Climate and Weather:

Himalayan climate can be unpredictable sometimes even in good best seasons, where April and May to first week of June will be the best time during spring times, when days are longer with enough sunlight hours.

Morning and night time as well in shade can be cold and much freezing temperatures around higher areas above 3,000 m. Other months from September to November another great times for treks around Kanchenjunga base camp and other areas of Himalaya, when days are clear for views and to summit the top of the peak, although much colder months of autumn season with extreme cold during morning and night time, where sunlight is much shorter.

Trip Itinerary

On arrival at Kathmandu international airport via respective airlines, where you will be received by our office staff and guide with warm welcome greeting and then transfer to your hotels in the hub of the city.

After checking into your rooms and getting refreshed join the other groups for briefing on Tilicho Lake Around Manang Valley Trekking.  Our guide provides with useful important information regarding trek and your stay in Nepal with us. Evening includes welcome dinner in a nice and authentic Nepalese restaurant with Folk Culture program of Nepal while having your dinner.

Included deluxe accommodation in Kathmandu (Hotel moonlight/Kathmandu Guest House/Apsara Boutique hotel)and standard meals (welcome Dinner)

Morning, depart from the hotel for exciting tour around Kathmandu at places of great interest, Kathmandu city and its valley steeped with historical and religious monuments temples and monasteries listed as World Heritage Sites.

After an interesting tour afternoon free to relax and preparation for Tilicho Lake and around Manang Valley trekking next early morning overland drive to Nepal Mid West.

Included deluxe accommodation in Kathmandu (Hotel moonlight/Kathmandu Guest House/Apsara Boutique hotel)and standard meals (Breakfast)

Morning an interesting and scenic long driving journey on Nepal mid west highway, journey leads to Besisar town then on the dirt road to Khudi, Bulbule and Ngadi following the Marysangdi River upstream, drive continues through rice terraces fields and villages to Syange for overnight stop.

Included standard accommodation and  meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner), Tea/Coffee

First day walk start with uphill climb on leaving Marysangdi River behind to reach at Jagat village, a farm village with many lodges for trekkers. From Jagat village walk continues on winding path to Chamje, and back at Marysangdi River to cross eastern bank into forested area, with views of Annapurna and Manaslu mountain ranges, as our walk advances on a wide path to Tal Besi.

At Tal Besi for refreshment or lunch break, where few hours walk takes you to Dharapani village for overnight stop, Dharapani a nice village situated on the junction of Annapurna circuit and Manaslu trekking trail.

Included standard accommodation and  meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner), Tea/Coffee

After Dharapani walk on winding trail of rhododendron and pine forest past Bagarchap and Danque village, and then uphill to Timang village, from here onwards entering more Buddhist cultural villages offering views of Mt. Manaslu.

From Timang few hours trek to Koto and then to reach at Chame town for overnight stop, Chame a large and headquarter town of Manang district.

Included standard accommodation and  meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner), Tea/Coffee

From here onwards air gets cooler as walk heads close towards mountains, morning walk through alpine forest of rhododendron and pine trees, following Masrsyangdi River upstream with few short ups and down hills to Bhartang village. From Bhartang village walk follows uphill into cooler woodland to reach a ride top small village of Dhukure Pokhari with few teahouses and lodge.

Overlooking views of Chulus and Pisang peaks, a possible lunch break here, and then afternoon walk descends to reach at lower Pisang village for overnight stop.

Included standard accommodation and  meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner), Tea/Coffee

Pisang village offers great views of mountains and surrounding landscapes, from here altitude gains slowly as walk leads into a small forested areas with a short uphill offering views of staggering Annapurna II and III, Gangapurna Chulus and Pisang peak.

From the ridge top entering a flat valley at Hongde village, from here onward tree line disappears for barren, arid landscapes with cold, dry arctic climate.  Before Manang, visit old Braga monastery with old Buddhist relics, ancient wall painting and frescos and stunning views of Annapurna Himalaya, from here an hour walk reaches at Manang village.

The houses around Manang built in traditional Tibetan style, the local are known for their rich cultural and traditions.

Included standard accommodation and  meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner), Tea/Coffee

A necessary rest day for acclimatization, before heading higher altitude towards Tilicho Lake and towards high Thorang-La Pass, at Manang taking short walks and explore Manang village and its beautiful valley, Manang the main and a large village of the areas placed on windswept valley by the bank of Marysangdi River beneath towering Annapurna II-III and Gangapurna mountain range, a nice walk uphill for views of Gangapurna Glacier and the Manang emerald Lake.

Included standard accommodation and  meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner), Tea/Coffee

After Manang village morning walk leads to another highlight of this trip, as our route diverts from main Annapurna circuit trail reaching one of the last village of Manang at Khangsar for overnight stop which lies on route to Tilicho Lake.

Included standard accommodation and  meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner), Tea/Coffee

After Khangsar, morning walk further to remote areas of Manang valley, after a tough morning walk reaching at Tilicho Base Camp, our highest overnight camp of this adventure at 4,800 meters high.

Included standard accommodation and  meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner), Tea/Coffee

From here onward around dry and arid country, morning walk on downhill for some time, then uphill to reach Tilicho Lake for few hours.

Tilicho Lake a holy spot for both Hindu's and Buddhist religions, offering wonderful views of snowcapped peaks then back to base camp in the comfort of nice lodge after a great visit of beautiful Tilicho Lake.

Included standard accommodation and  meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner), Tea/Coffee

After wonderful adventure at Tilicho Glacial Lake with stunning views return journey leads back to an isolated small place at Siri Kharka, with few good simple lodges for overnight stay facing grand views of Gangapurna and Tilicho Peaks.

Included standard accommodation and  meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner), Tea/Coffee

After grand pleasant time around Tilicho Lake walk back to reach on the main Annapurna circuit trail with climb and then on easy winding path to reach Yak Kharka, an interesting walk with views of snowcapped mountains, on crossing a small stream reaching Yak Kharka for overnight stop, a small settlement with views of Gangapurna, Annapurna III and Chulu Peaks.

Included standard accommodation and  meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner), Tea/Coffee

Morning starts to reach at the end of Manang valley at the base of Thorang-la after crossing a short bridge with climb that leads high above Jarjung stream to reach at Thorang Phedi or a base where steep climb takes you to overnight stop at Thorang High Camp.

Included standard accommodation and  meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner), Tea/Coffee

From here having early breakfast walk lead to steep climb on winding up within barren landscape to reach on top Thorang-la Pass at 5,416 m high, on the highest spot of the adventure.

The high top rewards you with grand vista of beautiful scenery facing dramatic landscape and snowcapped peaks, then long downhill to Muktinath at 3,800 m.

On reaching at Muktinath village and temple area for overnight stop, this is a holy pilgrimage spot for both Hindu and Buddhist followers where the word Muktinath means ‘a place for Nirvana and to liberate one-self’.

Included standard accommodation and  meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner), Tea/Coffee

Today walk ends here at Muktinath, as motorable road has been built that links Jomsom and beyond to Pokhara city, morning on four-wheel drive, local jeep or similar vehicle, head downhill to wide Kaligandaki River valley.

As drive brings you at large major town of Mustang district in Jomsom, after checking into your nice hotel rooms having lunch, afternoon at leisure to browse around the street and shops at Jomsom the home town of indigenous Thakali people.

Included standard accommodation and  meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner), Tea/Coffee

Morning short walk to Jomsom airport then board on a small aircraft for scenic flight to beautiful Pokhara during air borne, super views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himalayan peaks, as plane land at Pokhara, one of Nepal leading touristic destinations and in all Himalaya.

Pokhara a picturesque city in the shade of Annapurna Himalaya with magnificent towering Machhapuchare Himal 'Fish Tail' due to its twin summit shaped.

From the airport a short drive to reach hotels by serene Phewa Lake side, with time to explore beautiful Pokhara.

Pokhara a renowned and top most touristic destination blessed with natural beauty and picturesque scenery of mountains-hills and lakes.

Included deluxe accommodation in Pokhara and standard meals (Breakfast )

From Pokhara overland drive leads on the same route back to Kathmandu with amazing and wonderful time on Tilicho Lake and Around Manang Valley Trekking.

On reaching Kathmandu transfer to your respective hotels with free afternoon for individual activities.

(Flying options of half hour on air to Kathmandu with sweeping panorama of mountains)

Included deluxe accommodation in Kathmandu (Hotel moonlight/Kathmandu Guest House/Apsara Boutique hotel)and standard meals (Breakfast )

Your last day in Nepal, country of Himalayan wonders and as per your international flight time depart for homeward bound or to next respective connecting destinations.

Our staff and guide transfer you to Kathmandu airport after a mesmerizing memory and great time on Tilicho Lake and Around Manang Valley Trekking.

Included standard meals (Breakfast ) and Tea/Coffee

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Includes

    • All airport Pick up drop by private vehicle
    • Welcome dinner and farewell in Authentic Restaurant
    • 03 nights twin/double shearing deluxe accommodation with breakfast at 3 star hotel in Kathmandu
    • 02 deluxe twin/double shearing accommodation with breakfast at 3 star hotel in Pokhara
    • Guided sightseeing tours in Kathmandu and in Pokhara with privet vehicle.(entrance fees extra)
    • Kathmandu to Khudi (if you want private vehicle from Kathmandu also available on additional cost) and Pokhara to Kathmandu by bus (if you want flight or private vehicle from Pokhara also available on additional cost)
    • Jomsom to Pokhara flight 
    • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit and Trekkers’ Information Management System( TIMS card)
    • A highly experience, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly , English speaking well trained, Government license holder guide with all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, Transport and insurance.
    • 02 guest=01 porter (will carry about 15 kg-20 kg weight)with their Insurance, Salary, Food, accommodation and equipment
    • twin/double shearing lodge accommodation in the mountain during the trekking
    • We provide assistant guide his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, Transport and insurance walking with group to support where necessary as per the group size
    • Three meals a day; breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during the trekking
    • All applicable government and local taxes as per the itinerary

Doesn't Include

    • Your Nepal Visa fees 
    • All the International air fare from and to Kathmandu 
    • Lunch and Dinner  in Kathmandu and Pokhara
    • Personal  travel and health Insurance, Insurance for helicopter evacuation
    • In case of extra more night accommodation, lunch and dinner in city due to early arrival and late departure as well as early back/return from mountain/trekking (due to any reason) than the given time period of itinerary
    • Your Personal expenses such as ( laundry, baggage charge, phone calls, battery recharge, bar and beverage bill, boiled or bottle water, hot and cold shower, extra porter.. etc)
    •  The Tips to the trekking crews and drive
    • Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather condition or any event out of our control

Complimentary

    • First add kid box
    • Trekking Planner’s sleeping bag, down jackets, Ti-shart, Cap, duffle bags, city and trekking route maps – if necessary.
    • Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (should have insurance for emergency evacuation and will be paid by your travel insurance company)
    • Oxymeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily during the trekkiung(Very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness(AMS) symptoms) Which will ensure you trek is in the safest hands possible

Frequently Asked Questions

The Tilicho Lake located in the Manang district of Nepal. It is situated at an altitude of 4,919 meters (16,138 ft) in the Annapurna range of the Himalayas.


Tilicho Lake trek is graded as a moderate level trekking circuit which means it’s not difficult to a greater extent.  It appears to be a little bit difficult because of its height which reaches you to an elevation of above 3000 m. But if you have an average level of physical mental soundness and acclimatize properly it can be completed quite comfortably. 

The best time to visit Tilicho Lake on the months of March to May and September to November. In these months, the skies remain clear providing wonderful views of beautiful landscapes and nature. Besides that the moderate temperature makes your trip convenient, interesting and rewarding.


Wi-Fi facilities are available in most of the tea houses we stay in, but there are chances of interruptions in the network sometimes and the speed of Wi-Fi is also not very reliable. 

You will be staying in the teahouse during the Tilicho lake Trek. The rooms are small with basic facilities to spend the night. The lodges usually have running cold water and also available hot showers, you might not get how shower all the places. 


For communicating back home internet service may not be stable all the time because of high elevation and fluctuating weather. You may get Wi-Fi service at the lower elevation. The best is to use a local Sim card with data to use the internet during the trek. 

Tilicho Lake trekking is a high-altitude trek; therefore we always recommend getting travel insurance. Due to the nature of the trek unexpected emergencies can sometimes cause a problem. To counter such kind of situations emergency medical assistance becomes necessary. In case if it’s extremely serious than you will be airlifted by means of a helicopter. So, make sure that your travel insurance has air evacuation and medical bill coverage.

Tilicho Lake is a breathtaking trekking journey embedded with natural wonders that are classy and unique. You get to observe the lifestyle and culture of the mountain people. 

Similarly, the breathtaking landscapes and towering views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Nilgiri, Pisang Peak, Tilicho Peak, and many others make the trek incredible. Tilicho Lake itself is one of the gorgeous highest alpine lakes located at 4,919 meters that attracts travelers and forms the major highlights of this extraordinary trek.

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