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Tilicho Lake Trek

Trek to the sacred Tilicho lake

17

Days

TREK

Trip highlights
  • Ascend the Marshyangdi valley with the best view of the Himalayas.
  • Pass across picturesque villages, mountains, river gorges, and waterfalls.
  • Visit the old Buddhist monastery in Braga.
  • Explore the beautiful village of Manang.
  • Visit one of the world’s high altitude Tilicho Lake.

Tilicho Lake Trek is one of the popular classic treks in Nepal. At an altitude of 4919m, Tilicho lake is one of the highest placed lakes in the world. This lake is fed by the glacial melt of the northern slopes of the Annapurna and the Thorong peak. This lake is sacred to the Hindus. Every year thousands of pilgrims visit this lake to take a holy bath in the lake.

This Tilicho Lake Trek provides you with the opportunity to explore the hidden natural and cultural aspects of the Annapurna region. The trail passes through some of the most prominent places in the Annapurna Region with incredible views of the breathtaking Himalayas, lush hills, verdant meadows, and several traditional villages.

The Tilicho Lake trek begins with a drive from Kathmandu to Besi Sahar. From Besi Sahar, we further drive to Jagat. The hike starts from Jagat, along the Marshyangdi River, with great views of Manaslu and Himal Chuli to the east. The trekking route follows the regular Annapurna Circuit Trek route until Manang. From Manang, the trail heads towards the valley to the west through Khangsar village to Tilicho lake.

Detail Itinerary

Day 1. Arrival in Kathmandu.
On arrival at the Kathmandu International airport, our guide/representative will meet you and transfer you to your designated hotel. As there are no activities planned for today, you may enjoy the evening at leisure or take a self-guided tour around the city.
Overnight in a hotel.

Day 2. In Kathmandu(trek preparation).
After breakfast, half-day sightseeing in and around Kathmandu city. We will visit some of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the city, including Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath temple, and Kathmandu Durbar Squares. After sightseeing, we will have a short briefing regarding the trek.
Overnight in a hotel.

Day 3. Kathmandu to Jagat(1290m/7-8 hrs)
We begin our journey with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Besi Sahar(5-6hours). The ride goes along the Prithvi Highway past terraced fields, villages, and towns. Turn off from the main highway at Dumre and head north towards Besisahar. Lunch at Besisahar, and after lunch, switch on to a four-wheel drive and then continue to Jagat.
Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 4. Jagat to Tal(1700m/5-6 hrs)
From Jagat, the trail follows the Marsyangdi River. After crossing the suspension bridge over the Marsyangdi river, the trail climbs steeply uphill to Chamje. From here, we then descend to cross the river to the east bank and continue up to the large settlement of Tal village. The first village in Manang district with beautiful views. Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 5. Tal to Chame(2650m/5-6hrs)
Today we continue our journey up the Marshyangdi river into the Manang valley. The trail passes through forests of pine, spruce, hemlock, and several villages like Dharapani and Timang until Koto. From Koto, it is a short easy downhill walk to Chame. We get beautiful views of Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal as we approach Chame. Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 6. Chame to Upper Pisang (3350m/6hrs)
Leaving Chame, we cross over to the northern side of the river. And then follow a relatively easy trail up through apple orchards to the village of Bhratang. The trail cuts through a thick tropical forest, and from here, it is steep uphill to the upper Marshyangdi valley. Following the river valley, we then descend to Lower Pisang. Cross over the suspension bridge and climb up the hill to Upper Pisang. Upper Pisang offers beautiful views of the Annapurna II. Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 7. Upper Pisang to Braga(3400m/5-6 hrs)
Today we will continue uphill for about 2 hours to reach Ghyaru. Ghyaru offers stunning views of Annapurna II, IV, Gangapurna, and the Lamjung Himal. We then continue further over a gentle slope to Ngawal. From Ngawal, it is a steep downhill walk followed by a pleasant gradual walk to Braga. Braga is a Tibetan village with houses stacked one above another. There is also an old monastery with a collection of Tibetan Thangkas dating back over 500 years. Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 8. Braga to Manang(3519m/2 hrs)
This morning we shall visit the Braga monastery. It is a steep uphill walk, with views of the quaint village homes, lush green fields, and the mighty Annapurna range. Today we will spend the day acclimatizing. There are several options, take some side hikes or spend the day exploring the area around the village. Later in the afternoon, we shall continue our journey to Manang.Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 9. Manang to Shreekharka (3900m/5 hrs)
Today’s journey is a slow and uphill ascend until the suspension bridge. Hereafter it is a steep ascent for about 2 hours until Khangsar village. We reach Khangsar village during lunchtime. After lunch, it is another uphill ascend for about two or more hours to Shree Kharka. Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 10. Shreekharka to Tilicho Base Camp(4150m/5-6hrs)
As for some stretches, otherwise, the trail to Tilicho Base Camp is a gentle one. Close to the Base camp, we come across the landslide area where we need to be extra cautious against falling rocks. Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 11. Excursion to Tilicho lake(4920m)-Shree Kharka.
Today we will start very early to avoid the wind. It is a steep uphill hike for about 3 hours, and then another hour of gradual ascent will bring us to the lake. After spending some time at the lake, we descend the same way to the Base Camp. After breakfast, we retrace our hike back to Shree Kharka overnight. Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 12. Shree Kharka to Manang.
After breakfast, we shall retrace our hike back to Manang. Overnight in a trekkers lodge.

Day 13. Manang to Lower Pisang(3250m/5-6 hrs)
From Manang, we hike back to Lower Pisang, crossing the flat trail in about 5-6 hours. Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 14. Lower Pisang to Pokhara(6-7 hrs)
The drive to Pokhara is another of the longest drive on this trip. It will take about 6-7 hours or more to cover a distance of 183kms. Overnight in a hotel.

Day 15. In Pokhara.
Early morning drive to Sarangkot to watch the sunrise over the Annapurna and the Machhapuchre himal. After observing the sunrise view, we shall return to the hotel for breakfast. After breakfast, we will have a full day’s tour in Pokhara. Begin with a boat ride for 1 hr at the Phewa lake, visit the World Peace Pagoda for the beautiful view of Pokhara valley and the Phewa lake. Pay a visit to the Gupteshwor cave, Davis falls, and the Tibetan Refugee Camp. In the afternoon, visit the International Mountain Museum. The rest of the evening is free to stroll around the lakeside and browse the shops.
Overnight in a hotel.

Day 16. Pokhara to Kathmandu.
From Pokhara, you can either drive back to Kathmandu or fly back to Kathmandu (with extra cost). Overnight in a hotel

Day 17. Departure.
Transfer to the airport for departure.

  • Group Size2-8

  • RouteKathmandu-Jagat-Tal-Chame-Upper Pisang-Braga-Manang-Shreekharka-Tilicho Lake-Shreekharka-Manag
    Lower Pisang-Pokhara-Kathmandu

  • Trip Type Trekking

  • Best MonthsMarch, April, May, September, October, November

  • Lean MonthsFebruary, June, July, August

  • Not RecommendJanuary, December

Prices & Dates

The price is based on the number of participants:

  • 8 members: US$1135 per person.
  • 6 members: US$1225 per person.
  • 4 members: US$1340 per person.
  • 2 members: US$1610 per person.
  • Single traveler: US$2545.
  • Single room supplementary: US$175.

Included

  • All airport and hotel transfers by private vehicle.
  • Transfer from Kathmandu-Besisahar-Jagat in a private vehicle.
  • Transfer from Pisang- Pokhara in a private vehicle.
  • Transfer from Pokhara to Kathmandu in a tourist deluxe luxury coach.
  • Sightseeing with entrance fee accompanied by an English-speaking local guide as per itinerary.
  • Accommodation in 3-4* category or similar hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara and local lodges during the trek.
  • Only breakfast during the stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara while all meals included during the trek.
  • One welcome/farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
  • English-speaking local trekking guide along with porter(one porter for every two-member) during the trek.
  • All necessary paperwork and permit (TIMS/ ACAP).
  • All Government taxes and service charges.

Not included

  • Nepal entry visa.
  • International flight to and from Kathmandu.
  • Lunch and dinner or any other meal not specified above.
  • Personal Travel Medical Insurance.
  • Personal expenses such as bar, beverages, tips and gratuities, laundry, telephone, battery recharge, etc.
  • Hot showers during the trek.
  • Any extra cost forced upon by changing the itinerary due to your health, natural condition, political situation, or early return from the trek.
  • All other personal expenses not listed in the included section

Accommodations

In Kathmandu and Pokhara: 3-4* type hotels.
During the trek: Best available local village trekkers lodge/tea house along the way.