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Tilicho Lake Trekking

Overview

Trip Information

Adventure Pilgrims Trekking take to you to the pilgrims trekking as site Tilicho Lake Trekking is as pure and crystal clear and most of Hindu and Buddhist wants to be there for life good karma and they believe in next life in heaven as well it is placed in heaven.

Tilicho Lake - Thorung La Pass is a customized version of the regular Annapurna Circuit Trekking. It has been designed to include the Tilicho Lake, 5200m, situated at the foot of the extensive glacier. Tilicho Lake is claimed to be the highest lake in the world and its clear cold water is thought to be the collection of glacial melt from the northern slopes of Annapurna and Thorung Peak. At Tilicho Lake you will see spectacular views of the surrounding snowy peaks reflected in the clear water.

The Annapurna Circuit Trekking begins in the unique low land of Marshyandi valley at Besisahar, and reaches the remote Manang and Tilicho regions, then crosses the snow-covered Thorong-La 5416 m, and reaches in Muktinath, the land of holy which is a famous Temple for Hindus and Buddhist devotees. This magnificent Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho lake trek lead you through traditional villages inhabited many different ethnic groups.

When we reach Manang, instead of taking the trail of the regular Annapurna Circuit Trek which follows the valley north to Tanki Manang and Yak Kharka, we take the route through the wide valley to the west, passing through the Khangsar Village, a more direct route to reach Tilicho Lake. After spending one night in Khangsar, we hike two days up to the valley to the base camp of Tilicho Lake, 4900m. From Tilicho Base Camp we hike up to Tilicho Lake, 5200m, to enjoy the view for a few hours before heading back down to Base Camp for the second night. 

From Tilicho Lake Base Camp Trekking, we descend to Yak Kharka then up to the Thorung La Pass, 5416m. From the Thorung La Pass, the trail leads down to Muktinath, and then to Jomsom. After reaching Muktinath there are roads for vehicles again so the walk can be dusty because these days the amount of people who like to visit the sacred Muktinath by a vehicle has increased. We recommend avoiding the dust by flying to Pokhara from Jomsom by a thirty-five-minute flight. 

The Annapurna Circuit Treks provides excellent views of Annapurna massif. One of the most beautiful regions in terms of biodiversity, nature lovers will get the chance to see exotic birds such as white-capped river chat, brown dipper, white-breasted kingfisher, butterflies, barking deer, rhododendron forest and orchid flowers.

Detail Itinerary

Day 01 : Arrival in Kathmandu Flying to Kathmandu is in itself an exciting and memorable experience. 
On a clear day you will get a panoramic view of the snow-capped Annapurna mountain range. In the airport, after completing the visa formalities, collect your luggage downstairs. As you exit the airport terminal, you will be met by our representative carrying your name on a signboard as well as our company signboard, Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expedition. You will be taken to your hotel in our vehicle, where you will be served free welcome drinks, tea or coffee or juice as you check in.

The Managing Director of our company will meet you in the hotel and provide more information about the expedition. Your dues must be cleared before we proceed on the trip. Afterward, you are free to relax or explore around the city.

Day 02 : Preparation Day in Kathmandu
We will finalize paperwork-permit for your trip and make a final check of your gear. In case you need additional trekking equipment, you will have a chance to buy it. Sightseeing tours of Kathmandu Valley are also an option.

Day 03 : Drive to Besisahar, 800m
Today we will start early to drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar. The road leads us West following the Trisuli River, then branches off the Pokhara highway, going North alongside the Marshyangdi River. Normally we arrive in Besisahar by late afternoon. Overnight stay in lodge.

Day 04 : Trek 4-5 hrs to Ngadi, 824m
We will follow the Marshyangdi Valley all day. First trekking on the left bank heading North, with Mt. Himalchuli and Peak 29 dominating the horizon in front of us. We stop for lunch at Bhul Bhule. A long suspension bridge takes us the deep river gorge to the other bank of the Marshyangdi. We head westward to Ngadi. Overnight stay at lodge.

Day 05 : Trek 5-6 hrs to Jagat, 1343m
The trail from Ngadi leads up the East bank of the river to a beautiful waterfall, where we cross a suspension bridge and begin a steady climb through scrub forest finally arriving at Lampatta, a Manangi village with Tibetan style prayer flags. Next, a steep ascent takes us to a village perched on a 1311m ridge, called Bahundanda. After a short and steep descent through terraced rice paddies we come to Syange, 1136m, where we cross another suspension bridge over the Marshyangdi. The trail on the opposite side winds high above the river as the gorge closes in, and we reach Jagat, a village perched high above the gorge. Overnight stay at lodge.

Day 06 : Trek 5-6 hrs to Dharapani, 1946m
An undulating trail leads to Chyamje, where we cross a suspension bridge to the forest on the other side. We lose view of the river, but can see many interesting rugged, rocky hills. The trail through the oak forest leads up to a ridge and Descends into a level valley where the next village, Tal, is situated at the foot of a grand waterfall, 1700m. After crossing the river and follow the trail over a hill to the village of Dharapani, 1946m. Overnight stay at the lodge.

Day 07 : Trek 5-6 hrs to Chame, 2800m
From Dharapani the trail passes a school and climbs over a hill before descending to Bagarchhap. You will immediately recognize the Tibetan atmosphere of this special village. At the entrance there is a monument called a Chorten, a monastery,Gompa, with prayer wheels around it, and buildings typical of the Buddhist culture. The path leaving Bagarchhap enters a narrow forested gorge; looking back we have a magnificent view of Manaslu. The trail continues through quaint villages: Timang, Charku and Thangla. As we continue on to Burdhan, the view of the Annapurna range grows increasingly spectacular; in particular Annapurna II. At Chame, the administrative headquarters of the Manang district. Overnight at lodge.

Day 08 : Trek 5-6hrs to Pisang 3200m
As we follow the East bank of the Marshyangdi through forest and orchards to Brathang, Annapurna II is looming to the South of us, and Pisang Peak to the Northeast. The valley opens out, with the dramatic Paugu Danda rock face rising more than 5,000 from the river. The trail continues to Pisang where flat-roofed houses cling to the crumbling hillside. Our lodge is in the forest a little beyond Pisang, sheltered from the cold wind, which often blows up the valley. Overnight stay at a lodge.

Day 09 : Trek 5-6hrs to Manang 3540m
We are now in the dry, arid region of Manang called Nyesyang. This area falls in a rain shadow area of the Himalayas where it seldom rains in the summer months; though it snows in the winter and the snow remains on the ground for a long time. The local people are mostly farmers and traders. There are two routes leading out of Pisang towards the Manang Valley. We take the one which follows the left bank of the valley floor. Today we will enjoy magnificent views of Annapurna III, IV, Gangapurna and the Tilicho peaks. At Hungde, we cross the river and walk along a fairly broad trail through the buckwheat and potato fields to the village of Braga, famous for it’s monastery which is more than 500 years old. Then after a slight climb, we arrive at the village of Manang. Overnight stay at the lodge.

Day 10 : Acclimatization day in Manang, 3540 m
This is an ideal place to stop and spend the day around Manang for many reasons. First, we want to acclimatize to the altitude and to conserve our energy to succeed in our Mini Annapurna Trek endeavor. Second, this is the part of the trek where we are closest to the mountains. Most people climb the hill behind Manang to enjoy the magnificent views of the whole Annapurna range and the enormous Icefall that crashes and rumbles down from Gangapurna. The sunset and sunrise over this natural amphitheatre is one of the most beautiful mountain views in the country.

Day 11 : Trek 3 hrs to Khangsar, 3730m
Today we will trek to the village of Khangsar, 3730m, about 2 hrs from Manang. On the way, we can make a detour to a small lake at the Gangapurna glacier. There about 70 houses in Khangsar as well as a monastery named Tore Gompa. From the village, there are superb views up the Khangsar Khola to Tilicho Peak and the Grand Barrier. Overnight stay at guest house.

Day 12 : Trek 4 hrs to Tilicho Base Camp, 4800m
In between Tore Gompa and Tilicho Lake, there is a big, grassy field where blue sheep are often seen. About one kilometer from the field, we reach a hill,4800m from where we get a view of the entire valley. A steep descent will bring us to Tilicho Base Camp, where we find our lodging for the night

Day 13 : Hiking 3-4 hrs to Tilicho Lake, 5200m and return to Base Camp
If weather conditions are favorable, we’ll make our day trip to Tilicho Lake, the highest lake in the world at 5200m. The lake is 4 km long and 2.5 km wide. It is the main water source for the Marsyangdi River. It is about 3-hrs from the lodge to get to the lake. We’ll have a picnic lunch before returning to the lodge.

Day 14 : Trek 5-6 hrs to Yak Kharka, 4050m
Returning from Base Camp you can follow a ridge above Khangsar village, passing through the ruins of old Khangsar and following an unmarked trail which will wind down the river where we cross on an old log bridge from Gumsang to Yak Kharka. Overnight stay at guest house.

Day 15 : Trek 3-4 hrs to Phedi, 4545m
We continue through pastures to a settlement called Chuli Leder, from where we get an excellent view of Chulu West. From here the trail follows the bank of the Jarsang Khola, a tributary of the Marsyangdi, before branching off to climb the scree slopes high above the river, to Phedi. Overnight stay at lodge.

Day 16 : Trek 7-9 hrs to Muktinath 3694m
A long day as we leave Phedi very early morning for the climb to the pass. The first part of the ascent is very steep, but it eases somewhat as we approach the top, although the altitude still makes the going tough. Eventually, after numerous false summits, we reach Thorong La itself at 5416m. Looking back, we get our last great view of the towering peaks of Annapurna, while below us is the 2500m deep chasm of the Kali Gandaki. In the distance are the snow-capped peaks of Tibet. The long descent from Thorung La starts gently but becomes steep and winding until it finally reaches the grassy slopes for a gentle descent to Muktinath. Overnight stay at lodge.

Day 17 : Trek 5 hrs to Jomsom, 2710m
After visiting the temples we will start our final day of trekking. As we follow the main trail down the valley we are surrounded by the ruggedness of a barren valley of wind-eroded rock, which is contrasted by the backdrop of snow-capped peaks. A final steep descent brings us to the Kali Gandaki Valley at Eklabatti, from where the trail finishes with a gentle walk to reach Jomsom. Overnight stay at lodge.

Day 18 : Fly to Pokhara
The flights from Jomosom to Pokhara are usually in the early morning due to the high winds which blow up the Kali Gandaki Valley later in the day. The short flight to Pokhara takes us down the Kali Gandaki Valley with spectacular views of Niligiri and Dhaulagiri. You will have ample time to explore Pokhara for the rest of the day. You might want to hire a bike to cycle around to places of interest: Fewa Lake, Devi’s Falls, museum, Tibetan Refugee Camp, Gupteshwar Cave. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 19 : Pokhara to Kathmandu 6hrs by Road
Early morning, we depart from the Pokhara Tourist Bus Station to travel back to Kathmandu 6- 7 hours. Check in the hotel in Kathmandu. Overnight Hotel.

Option : 
We have not included the airfare Pokhara – Kathmandu (USD $102 Per Person). The exciting half hour flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu gives you the feeling of a mountain flight, high in the Himalayas where you can see the Langtang, Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges. If you chose to travel to Kathmandu by flight, we give free Airport Drop and Pick up. You need to book this flight before start the trek. 

Day 20 : Free day Kathmandu
After breakfast, there will be free time for souvenir shopping and other independent activities. 

Day 21 : Departure
We will accompany you to the International Airport in time to board your flight

What's Included

Included in the Cost

  • Annapurna Circuit - Tilicho Lake - Thorung la pass Trekking Service Included
  • Transportation from Airport – Hotel – Airport: Car, Van, Hi-ace or Coaster
  • A Welcome dinner with Live Nepalese Cultural Program.
  • English speaking experienced Sherpa, Govt. Trained/License Holder guide
  • Porters: One porter for 2 person basis, whole Trek (Load Limit 25 KG per porter)
  • Local Transportations Pokhara airport – Hotel: Car, Van, Hi-ace and Tourist/ local bus for pick up
  • Full board basis during trek: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Tea, Coffee, and Room
  • Annapurna Conservation Fee, TIMS permits, and any required permits or Official Documentation
  • One Sherpa guide-assistant (if group size is more than 5)
  • Personal insurance for Nepalese staff
  • All ground transfers Kathamndu – Besi Shar- Pokhara- Kathmandu Tourist Bus
  • Airfare Jomsom - Pokhara and local Local Airport Tax

Not Included in the Cost

  • Beverages (soft drinks, mineral water, and beer )
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu / Pokhara -
  • Tips for driver and guide (mandatory)
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Any personal expenses not mentioned in above services
  • International round-trip airfare
  • Cost raised due to bad weather.
    Note please tell us your interest we will make customized program
Trip Price

US $ 2,290 per person

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Trip Fact

  •    Trip grade: Adventure
  •    Activities: Trekking
  •    Group size: Min 2

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