Annapurna Tilicho Lake Trekking
“Around Himalaya’s highest glacial Lakes of Tilicho within massive Annapurna mountain”
- An enjoyable and scenic country walks on the high hills of great Annapurna Himalaya
- Exploring high hills Gurung- Manangi and Thakali villages enriched with ancient culture
- Walking into lovely woodland of tall rhododendron-magnolia-firs-pines and fir trees
- Breathtaking views of snowcapped peaks around beautiful Manang valley and Thorang-la
- Dramatic landscapes from rice paddies to alpine hills to high areas of an arctic climatic zone
- Incredible emerald-coloured Tilicho Lake within high peaks of Gangapurna and Tilicho peaks
- Sweeping panorama on the flight to picturesque and beautiful Pokhara valley
Tilicho Lake Trekking, located around high Manang valley North West of Nepal Himalaya, close within Annapurna and Nilgiris high mountain range offers you a sweeping panorama in the comfort of a nice and cosy lodge and with great hospitality of Manang high people and excellent services of Awesome Nepal Treks guides and staff.
Tilicho Lake Trekking truly an overwhelming adventure leading you on picturesque Annapurna circuit mainstream trekking trails for some days, and then into the complete wilderness in the harmony of mountains and pristine environment of rugged hills, snow-capped peaks and scenic turquoise colour Tilicho Lake. After an enjoyable moment at beautiful Tilicho Lake and then heading towards our highest point of the adventure back towards scenic Annapurna Circuit trail on route Jomsom town in Mustang via high and picturesque Thorong-La Pass at 5,416 m high, the highest spot of the adventure with sweeping panoramic views of mountains and dramatic landscapes.
This wonderful trek begins with an interesting drive from Kathmandu to reach warmer areas of Lamjung at Besisahar town and unto Syange and Jagat farm village and then walking higher with marvelous views of snow-clad peaks reaching at dry and barren high and beautiful Manang valley, where you will be within old Buddhist culture amidst high mountains exploring its rich traditions around Tal Besi-Dharapani-Chame town- Pisang and Manang villages.
From Manang, our route diverts off the main Annapurna circuit trail heading towards the remote and isolated destination on the hidden areas of Manang valley at Tilicho Lake, here with enjoyable time on the sacred emerald coloured Tilicho, surrounded with high peaks of Tilicho and Gangapurna Himal. With an enjoyable and pleasant moment walk leads back to join the main trail on the Annapurna circuit trail to reach Jomsom on crossing high Thorong-La pass for the flight to Pokhara.
Our fabulous and memorable adventure Tilicho Lake Trekking concludes at beautiful Pokhara with a drive back to Kathmandu, after an incredible experience of a lifetime adventure on Tilicho Lake Trekking with Awesome Nepal excellent guidance.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel
Day 02: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest.
Day 03: Drive to Nagdi 1,100m via Besisahar – 07 hrs.
Day 04: Trek to Shree Chaur 1,640 m on route Tal Besi – 07 hrs.
Day 05: Trek to Tal Besi 1,760 m – 06 hrs.
Day 06: Trek to Danaque 2,100 m – 06 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Chame 2,720 m – 06 hrs.
Day 08: Trek to Pisang 3,190 m – 05 hrs.
Day 09: Trek to Manang 3,540m – 05 hrs.
Day 10: Acclimatization and exploration day at Manang.
Day 11: Trek to Khangsar 3,734 – 05 hrs.
Day 12: Trek to Tilicho Base Camp 4, 800 m – 06 hrs.
Day 13: Trek to Tilicho Lake 4,140 m and back to Shree Kharka 3,640 – 07 hrs.
Day 14: Trek to Churi Ledar 4,290m – 05 hrs.
Day 15: Trek to Thorang- La High Camp 4,450m – 05 hrs.
Day 16: Cross Thorang La 5,416m | 17,769 ft and trek to Muktinath 3,800 m-08 hrs.
Day 17: Trek to Jomsom 2,715 m – 05 hrs.
Day 18: Fly to Pokhara and transfer to hotel by the Lake Phewa.
Day 19: Drive or fly back to Kathmandu afternoon at leisure.
Day 20: International departure homeward bound.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Your first impression of arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport is an experience in itself. But don’t be worried by the apparent confusion as your airport representative will be waiting to welcome you with your name written on a placard. Depending on traffic, you will be at your hotel within 20 minutes or so.
You have time to relax and enjoy the ambience and comfort of the hotel until your evening Group Meeting. This is when we collect your insurance details and discuss how the trip will run for the coming days. After the meeting, we go for our first group dinner. Your tour leader will take you to a traditional Nepali restaurant in Thamel.
(M Hotel or equivalent)
Day 02: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest.
A free day in Kathmandu to relieve you from jetlag on long flights, our morning sightseeing tour starts after breakfast in the hotel, where you will be engrossed with tour around world heritage sites around Kathmandu visiting Old Durbar (palace) Square, and ancient stupa of Swayambhunath, after a tour head back to hotel with preparation for Tilicho Lake Trekking around Annapurna.
(other options on the tour of Hindu Holy Temple of Pashupatinath dedicated to Lord Shiva and Bouddhanath large Buddhist Stupa the area is also known as Little Tibet)
Day 03: Drive to Nagdi 1,100m via Besisahar - 06 hrs.
Starting this wonderful adventure with an interesting overland drive towards Nepal midwest, leading to Besisahar town (headquarter of Lamjung district). From here transfer to another vehicle and continue to drive on a dirt road passing villages of Khudi, Bulbule to reach at Nagdi village following Marshyangdi River upstream. This is a nice small farm village with rice paddy fields and terraced farms which houses several small and nice lodges for an overnight stay.
Day 04: Trek to Shree Chaur 1,640 m on route Tal Besi - 05 hrs.
From here our first day walk begins following the Marsyangdi River towards Syange a small village and then uphill on leaving Marshyangdi River behind to reach at Jagat village, a farm village with many lodges for trekkers. After Jagat walk leads on winding path to Chamje, and back at Marshyangdi River crossing to the east side into the forested area, with super views of Annapurna and Manaslu mountain ranges to end the day walks at a small place of Shree Chaur.
Day 05: Trek to Tal Besi 1,760 m - 05 hrs.
Morning continues towards a nice village at Tal Besi, from here another 4-5 hours walk leads to our overnight destination at Tal Besi on gradual trail with few ups and down following the raging Marsyangdi River upstream to reach a nice green valley with waterfalls at Tal Besi. Tal Besi is the starting point of Manang district with time in the afternoon to browse around this lovely village of Buddhist culture and age-old traditions.
Day 06: Trek to Danaque 2,100 m - 06 hrs.
After a pleasant overnight stop at Tal Besi where Manang area starts heading further North towards Dharapani village, a nice large village located on the junction of Annapurna circuit and Manaslu trekking trail. From Dharapani with lunch break walk leads into cool and lovely rhododendron and pine forest passing villages of Bagarchap to reach at Danque with much Buddhist cultured village includes views of Mt. Manaslu 8,163m / 26,781ft and Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal. Danaque village with many orchards filled with peach-apricot and apple trees.
Day 07: Trek to Chame 2,720m - 05 hrs.
From Danaque village walking uphill towards Temang village with amazing views of Manaslu-Lamjung and Annapurna II, as the walk slowly reaches another large village at Timang for the possible lunch stop. After a refreshing break, few hours trek leads to Koto and then to Chame town for an overnight stop, Chame a large major town of Manang area and a head quarter town of the district.
Day 08: Trek to Pisang 3,190 m - 05 hrs.
From Pisang onwards walk leads close to mountains through alpine forests of rhododendron and pine trees, following Marshyangdi River upstream with short ups and down hills to Bhratang village. From Bhratang village walk follows uphill through alpine woodland to Dhukure Pokhari a small place with few teahouses and lodge overlooking Chulu’s and Pisang peak, with a possible lunch stop, and then descends to lower Pisang village for an overnight stop.
Day 09: Trek to Manang 3,540 m - 04 hrs.
Morning views of mountains, from here onward altitude gains as the walk leads through fthe orest with short uphill and views of Annapurna II and III, Gangapurna Chulu’s and Pisang peak.
Walk downhill to reach flat valley at Hongde village, from here onward tree lines fades 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.
Day 10: Acclimatization and exploration day at Manang.
A necessary rest day at Manang for acclimatization before reaching higher areas to Tilicho and Mesokanto-la pass, in Manang short hike around Manang village, this is a large village situated on windswept valley by the bank of Marshyangdi River below Annapurna and Gangapurna mountain range, a nice walk uphill for views of Gangapurna Glacier and Manang glacial Lake.
Day 11: Trek to Khangsar 3,734 - 05 hrs.
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 an overnight stop which lies on route to Tilicho Lake.
Day 12: Trek to Tilicho Base Camp 4, 800 m - 04 hrs.
Morning walk heads towards our main destination of the adventure on route Tilicho in the perfect wilderness with constant scenery of windswept beautiful terrain and snow-capped peaks of Tilicho and Gangapurna at close distance.
Slowly our day walk ends on reaching Tilicho Base Camp which closes to the beautiful emerald Lake of Tilicho for an overnight stop in the comfort of the nice and cosy lodge.
Day 13: Trek to Tilicho Lake 4,140 m and back to Shree Kharka 3,640 - 06 hrs.
From here onwards around the dry and arid country, morning walk heading downhill for some time, with a short climb to reach at Tilicho Lakeshore to conclude one of our main highlight of this adventure. Tilicho Lake considered a holy lake by both Hindu's and Buddhist religions, this beautiful spot offers awesome views of snowcapped peaks, here after lunch return journey with an uphill walk past Tilicho Base Camp to reach a small lonely spot at Shree Kharka for an overnight stop.
Day 14: Trek to Churi Ledar 4,290m - 04 hrs.
After a wonderful time in the quiet and peaceful areas around Tilicho Lake, our morning walk leads with many climbs to reach back on main Annapurna circuit trek with amazing views as the walk on crossing a small stream reaching at Yak Kharka settlement with the number of lodges. From here an hour walk leads you to our overnight stop in Churi Ledar facing grand views of Gangapurna and Chuli West peaks with Annapurna III.
Day 15: Trek to Tharong- La High Camp 4,450 m - 04 hrs.
Morning walk lead to more high elevation getting closer at the base of Thorang-la after crossing a bridge with a climb along the river bank of Janjung, finally walk leads at Thorang Phedi, here depending upon the physical conditions of the clients, if all goes well an hour steep climb to Thorang High Camp for overnight stop.
Day 16: Cross Thorang La 5,416m | 17,769 ft and trek to Muktinath 3,800 m - 06 hrs.
One of the highlight and Big Day of this adventure! After early breakfast walk leads to a long climb to Thorang-la on the steep winding path to reach Thorang La Pass at 5,416 m / 17,769 ft.The highest point of the adventure with views of snowcapped peaks, and then with long descends to reach at holy Muktinath around Lower Mustang area .On reaching Muktinath foran overnight stop, this is a holy spot for both Hindus and Buddhists the word Muktinath literally means ‘the place for Nirvana or Liberation’.
Day 17: Trek to Jomsom 2,715 m - 04 hrs.
After Muktinath, rest of the journey is easier with moderate walks all the way with a big drop of 1,200 m downhill to Kaligandaki river valley, this pleasant walk leads to Kaligandaki river valley to reach at Jomsom, a headquarter town of Mustang area with a small airstrip above Kaligandaki River. Jomsom located on the famous and ancient Trans-Himalayan Salt and Caravan Route of Nepal and Tibet-China beyond Upper Mustang. A charming place with white painted houses, paved streets and well kept lodges and hotels here celebrate with local apple products cider, brandy and juice, around this area within Kaligandaki valley famous for delicious apples.
Day 18: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara 860 m - 20 mins flight.
Early breakfast and transfer to Jomsom airport for the sweeping short flight of 25 minutes to Pokhara, during airborne spectacular views of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiris and Annapurna range of mountains with rolling hills dotted with farm villages. On reaching Pokhara airport transfer to respective hotels by the serene lake Phewa, afternoon free for individual activities or just relax and enjoy the views of the Annapurna Himalaya.
Day 19: Drive or fly back to Kathmandu.
Morning a scenic drive to back Kathmandu with grand memories of this fantastic and exciting Tilicho Lake trekking around Annapurna area, an interesting six hour brings you back in Kathmandu with the afternoon free at leisure for shopping souvenirs .
(Options of flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu of 30 mins)
Day 20: International departure homeward bound.
Your last day in amazing Nepal in the land of Himalayan wonders, after wonderful experience and fond memories of Tilicho Lake Trekking around great Annapurna Himalaya, our staff transfer you to the airport as per your time for an international flight for your final departure towards homeward bound.
- pick up and drop.
- Twin sharing standard accommodation in Kathmandu on breakfast basis
- Tourist standard hotel in Pokhara on breakfast basis.
- Welcome dinner at one of the Typical Nepalese restaurant
- Full board meal (B+L+D) on your choice from the menu.
- All tea or coffee during the trek
- Kathmandu to Ngadi by jeep and return to Kathmandu by regular tourist bus.
- Mountain accommodation.
- Annapurna Trekking permit,'Tims(Trekkers' Information Management System )
- Attached bathroom in available places.
- One Guide: An experienced, helpful and friendly Guide
- Porters (1 porter for 2 clients).
- all guide or porters salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transportation and Insurance during the trek
- An arrangement of emergency helicopter service which will be paid by your travel insurance company
- Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
- All government taxes and local service charges
- Nepal Visa fee ( Nepal provides on arrival visa in Immigration, bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs,)
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu
- Meal in city like Kathmandu and Pokhara.
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
- Extra calculate for additional programs as per above itinerary.
- Travel and rescue insurance.
- Local donation & Tips for guides and porters.
- Personal expenses (Pot of tea, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, wifi charge etc)
- All other things that are not listed in include section.
Requirement for Annapurna area high altitude Treks:
Annapurna Himalaya region one of the most popular and listed as world Top Ten adventure destinations by several leading Travel Guide Books and magazines including Lonely Planet.
Annapurna region offers varied trekking routes from moderate, adventurous to challenging walks that involves high passes above 5,000 meters.
For moderate treks for few days to a week where all trekkers should be physically fit and in sound health, as most of the longer treks takes from 5 hrs to 8 hrs of maximum walks.
Beginners and all interested people can join in Annapurna area trekking for few days or more, truly suitable for family-school / collage groups as well to corporate executives, where on this trip requires minimum gear staying overnights in local nice lodges.
Most of the region in Himalayan where walks leads ups and downhills with some gradual portions depending upon your choice of trips and interest.
For Adventurous walks involves high altitude walks from above 2,500 to 5,000 meters high,
with some gradual trails with ups and downhill with touch of high altitude that makes its more adventurous.
Challenging and demanding treks which leads you away from main villages in pure wilderness on the off beaten tracks for some days in complete isolation in the harmony of giant mountains and in tranquil environment and crossing high passes of above 5,000 m.
Where trekkers should be fit with sound medical background and with experience on outdoor activities and some exercise to join in Adventurous and Challenging treks within high Annapurna Himalaya or around remote destinations around Nepal Himalaya.
Passport & Visa Information:
Nepal visa is the easiest visa to obtain; you may buy your Nepal visa at your nearest Nepalese Embassy/ Consulate or Mission offices abroad or buy this upon on arrival to Kathmandu international airport as per your convenient. You have to have 2 passport size photographs, Visa fees in US$ & valid passport at least for 6 months valid at the starting of the trip.
Visa rules applies to all wide world travelers apart from Indian nationality, transit visa is provided for foreign nationality for 3 days. Visa must be obtained for staying over the initial period of three days. Currently, foreign national can obtain Nepalese visa from the following border.
Tourist Visa Fees: 3 days transit visa - Free of Cost
Multiple entry 15 days - US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry 30 days - US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry 90 days - US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency
(For further information, please, contact us or Department of Immigration, Maitighar, Impact Building, Kathmandu, and Tel: 00977-1-4221996 / 4223590 / 4222453,
Download visa form-: www.nepalimmigration.gov.np
For Annapurna region Trek, the minimum group size would be two and maximum group size of ten or more on request. We also organize private trip to solo travelers with single supplement trip cost. Please check our estimated group departure dates available online or inquire for your own personal dates.
Our Guides, Trip & Safety:
Walking in Nepal hills take you to remote Himalayan region, it is very essential that you are accompanied with experienced and qualified leader and guide for safety measures to enjoy your trip with us.
Awesome Nepal Treks provides highly experienced native guides who knows the area much better than anyone else, all our staff and guides are qualified for all types of treks and tour around Himalaya with medical knowledge to assist the group when required on emergency purpose.
Awesome Nepal guides are all experienced with license from concern department of Nepal Government, the company well accepted and certified by TAAN & Nepal Mountaineering Association, NMA (Nepal Mountaineering Association) and other tourism related department.
On each trip, led by Trek / Group Leader with assistance leader or head guide / Sirdar all our arrangement well planned for safe travel providing insurance to all our field staff and guides including porters.
There is no way to prepare for altitude other than to spend time at altitude with acclimatization days. Being in very good physical condition will help ameliorate some of the exhaustion that people often feel, but it will not prevent altitude caused medical problems such as Acute Mountain Sickness.
Our itinerary designed with high degree of awareness on AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) in mind and to ensure a comfortable and safe adventure trek in the Himalayas. Staying well and hydrated and rest will help a lot.
The maximum elevation on trek at ABC 4,130m above sea level. Obviously this altitude range is high, but this takes slowly as walk starts from 820m to various altitude range with enough days of good daily walks to get acclimatize on route before reaching higher ground.
The other trek that involves high altitude is around or Annapurna Circuit which takes you to the highest point at 5,416 on top Thorong-la pass with downhill towards 3,800 m at Muktinath, but on this trips walks gaining heights slowly and gradually with enough time to get acclimatize with rest day before heading higher level.
Travel Insurance & Vaccination
All visitors must obtain personal travel insurance to join us for our Himalayan trips. You must be having a travel insurance which must cover helicopter evacuation, trip cancellation and medical expenses. And it is suggested that you buy your insurance policy from you homeland country before traveling as it is difficult buying local travel insurance policy for foreigners in Nepal.
Vaccination is required to plan to your trip to Nepal but it is not a must to have thing to come, but highly suggested. Your doctor will have the information of vaccination you would require to the country you will be traveling.
Hepatitis A, Japanese Encephalitis, Polio, Rabies, Tetanus, Typhoid and Malaria etc. are the recommended vaccination for traveling to Nepal.
Meals and Accommodations
While in Kathmandu and in Pokhara, your accommodation is at 3 star deluxe hotel that comfort your stays in city and while in trek, your accommodation is at Mt. Lodge and Guest House which is clean and comfortable. Our entire accommodation is at twin share unless stated but single supplement accommodation is also available on personal request at the additional cost of US$- 200.
In city, only breakfast is included on the offered trip itinerary but while in trek full board of meals is included (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, and Tea- Coffee).
We provide meals from local tea- house/ Lodge on route treks, breakfast and dinner is to be provided from the same tea- house/ guest house we would overnight but lunch would be on walk to our designated destination with overnight stop.
Foods provided are depends on the availability of lodges and season wise in general providing you with Nepalese foods (Dal Bhat), Tibetan fried bread, various soups, Momo’s (steamed dumplings), potatoes, pastas and even a version of pizza! So, over all you have a different choice of food on trek.
Best trekking Seasons:
Nepal have two best seasons for Annapurna Base Camp and Annapurna Circuit Trekking, we will inform and suggest you to choose the right time of the year as far as possible to enjoy this trip with best weather condition.
Spring: - (March, April, May) - Best warmest time to trek. Rhododendron flowers in bloom- excellent trails and clear skies, best visibility. Good Temperature, warmest weather of the year.
Autumn: (Mid-September, October and November) - Excellent trails, clear blue skies, best visibility. Best Time to Trek
Winter Months: - (December, January and February) are also good, but it’s obviously colder. You have to be prepared for this. It is up to you to plan this trek at this cold time or not.
Summer: Monsoon, so rain and visibility can be a big issue (from Mid-June, July and August). We do not suggest you this time for the trek unless you are botanical student or lovers of green and flowers which will be the right time but very wet specially around southern Annapurna areas than northern side.
Support staff (porter)
Our porter are fully equipped and insured for each trip they are undertaking with us. As you know that we are very sincere with the porter issues and their situation while on trek thus we make sure that our porter are fully prepared for the trip. We are closely working with International Porter Progress Association for the welfare and befit for the touristic porters. The maximum load carried by our porter is 20 to 25 KG maximum so be sure that your trekking bag so not load more than 12 KG.
Contact us for further information via various means from phone, e-mail and face book for booking procedure and confirmation. We have online trip booking option, you may go on that link, choose your trip and date and follow the instruction with information required and summit us. Once your trip booking request would be received, we would suggest you the final trip booking procedure with advance payment of the trip. Non-refundable deposit of 25 % (per person) is required to confirm a place on selected trips.
Please feel free to contact us for further queries and information regarding our trip booking Process of the chosen treks with us.
The following are what we advise you obtain in the way of equipment and gear before trekking in Nepal, and are meant to keep you mobile and comfortable in a range of expected weather conditions. Trekking gear can be rented or purchased in Kathmandu at cheaper prices, remember Nepal is the home of Mount Everest, there is plenty of choice and our staff can assist you with the necessary arrangements. Except for your day pack, all luggage will be carried by porters. There is an allowance of 33lbs/15kg per person. Additional personal items not needed for the trekking portion of the trip can be checked in the hotel’s storage room for no extra cost.
- Buff headwear /neckwear
- Sun hat or scarf
- Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
- Head torch
- Cotton T-shirts or Thermals
- Fleece jacket
- Waterproof/windproof jacket
- Down filled jacket
- Lightweight cotton pants (long)
- Waterproof Pants
- Thermal underwear
- Thin inner socks
- Thick and warm wool hiking socks
- Comfortable Hiking boots
- Sneakers /slippers
- Gore-tex gloves
- Sleeping bag rated to - 20°C
- Trekking bags/duffel bag
- Large plastic bags (for keeping items dry inside trek bag)
- Trekking poles (optional, recommended)
- Water bottle or camel bag
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