Tilicho Lake Trek

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Tilicho Lake Trip Summary

    1. Tilicho Lake Trek Duration: 12 Days
    2. Tilicho Lake Trek Difficulty: moderate difficulty
    3. Tilicho Lake Height: 4,919m/ 16,138 feet
    4. Trekking Hour: 6 hours daily
    5. Tilicho Lake Group-Size: 1 – 20 People
    6. Best Time: March, April, May, October, November and December
    7. Trip Mode: Guest House
    8. Foods on hiking trail: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
    9. Transport: Car/Plane/bus

Overview

The Tilicho Lake trek is located at an altitude of 4919m, undoubtedly provides some of the world’s finest views. Trek Tilicho route offers a great variety of culture and diversity, with the finest valley and high mountains encircling the giant Annapurna family.

Hike to Tilicho Lake is totally located in the Trans Himalayan Region in Nepal. The impressive lake Tilicho trek is technically not very difficult but because of falling dry landslides and stones, the up Annapurna trail becomes dangerous occasionally. Furthermore Tilicho Lake Treks, you can see the settlements of diverse communities such as Brahmin, Chhetri, Tibetian sherpa, Thakali, Magars, Tamang, Gurung, etc.

tilicho lake trek

Discovering Tilicho lake is the top first most popular trek in Nepal. The trek rich in diverse culture and flora and faunas offers great Himalayan scenery of Mt.Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Mt.Annapurna Ist (8,091m) Mt.Manaslu (8,163 m), Mt.Annapurna II (7,937m.), Mt. Annapurna III (7,555m), Mt. Annapurna IV (7,525m), Mt.Annapurna south (7,219m), Mt. Nilgiri (7,041m), Mt. Hiunchuli (6,441m), Mt. Lamjung Himal (6,986m), Tukuche peak (6,920m), Tilicho peak (7,134m).

Moreover, Take a look at our tilicho lake trek blog and go with a guide trip for tilicho hiking routes to reach the lake. Roughly from Pokhara to Tilicho lake distance is about 51.3 kilometers which is a hard to cover if you plan from Jomsom to Tilicho crossing the high pass. Do read carefully for Tilicho lake trek package and drop us your travel inquiry.

Tilicho lake in April is outstanding because of the blooming colorful Rhododendrons. Annapurna Tilicho lake weather is not stable because of the high mountain landscapes. Blue sheep and yaks are grazing in their surroundings. Wilderness Tilicho mustang trek is also possible crossing over Tilicho pass but the Tilicho lake temperature is still extremely cold.

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Splendid Tilicho lake in the winter season is not possible because of an icy trail and the lake is frozen. Except for wintertime, expert trekkers can cross Mesokanto la pass with special trekking gears to reach Jomsom airport in a day or 2. So the best way is to descend downhill to Manang with the same trail and take a jeep downhill to Besi Sahar.

How much does Tilicho Trek Package Cost/Price?

The cost of Tilicho trek package with a Gokyo Treks local trekking agency in Nepal ranges between US$ 750 to US$ 1050. certainly, the trek cost will vary according to the trekking members you are traveling to. We do have also low season offers. For example, if you could bring 10+ travelers (except you) to your trip, you are treated as a group leader. So you can hike tilicho lake for free of cost.

Taking flights from Jomsom to Pokhara and also Pokhara to Kathmandu saves your time and riding buses reduces the trip expenses. The Tilicho trek cost for Nepali and foreigners remains the same but only the difference is in the conservation fees.

However, we often arrange Tilicho private trips in order to avoid group tours with strangers. A private tour gives you a better experience on your hikes. If you value personalization, flexibility, and in-depth experiences, a private trip customized to your personal needs will be the best option.

It is the standard trip package price for 12 days trek. If you are 2 tourists hike the Tilicho trek costs US$ 898 for 12 days trek according to the given trekking plan. We can modify the trek route and the prices according to your wish. Here is the price list for Tilicho treks.

Price Per Person for 12 days hikes in Tilicho wilderness route.

Number of TouristPrice Per Person
1 PersonUS$ 1050
2 PersonUS$ 898
3 PersonUS$ 890
4 to 6 personUS$ 850
7 to 9 PersonUS$ 798
10 and more than 10 PersonUS$ 750

If you’re wondering to know about what is included and what is excluded on this trek price, kindly check on cost given on a tab button.

Itinerary

Tilicho Lake Trek itinerary detail

The Tilicho lake hike is a classical lodge basis 12 days trek itinerary compared to most walks in the Annapurna region. The particular Tilicho lake trek route is designed for globetrotters who wish to hike in the world’s highest lake Tilicho without crossing the high pass Thorong la in a relaxing manner, can try this plan. Other travelers who wish to cross over Thorong la pass hiking straight away then try for around the Annapurna short trek – 10 Days is a better choice.

1 Day Arrival at Kathmandu valley

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, Tribhuwan International Airport, we will receive you with private vehicle and drive to hotel in Kathmandu. Our representative will brief you Tilicho lake trekking programs.

2 Day Overland drive to Besisahar by bus, 6 hours. Drive further to Bagarchhap (2,160m/7,063 feet), 3/4 hours.

Early morning, guide will come to take your hotel at 6:30 am in the morning to pick you up. We have 6 hours of driving to Besishar, 185km far from Kathmandu. On arrival at Besisahar, you will witness the stunning snow caped mountain scenery across the journey.

Guide checks the schedule jeep transfer (sharing basis) to Bagarchap or Dharapani depending upon the availability. The mountain trail ascends passing some of the unique waterfalls that are situated in Syange and Bahundanda. Continue to drive across the Marsyangdi River, streams, and fertile landscapes we reach Bagarchap village. Bagarchhap is a tiny Tibetans village with typical flat-roofed stone houses and apple orchards fields.

3 DayWalk to Chame (2,630m/8,600 feet), 5 hours.

Go with guide continues through the forest, river, kopar village, we reach Chame town. Chame is the headquarters of the Manang district. The Mountain Hikers can see the fine views of Annapurna II as you approach Chame & two small hot springs by the town. Along with the travel route, we introduce to a local community who migrated from Tibet a long time past, noticeable by their different features. With them, they have bought local Tibetan house designs and maintained their ways.

4 DayPisang village trekking (3,300m/10,791 feet), 5 hours.

The day starts in a deep forest in a steep and narrow valley, crossing a river on a long bridge at 2,910m and another bridge at 3,040 meters. From where the view of the soaring Paungda Danda rock face really begins to appear. From there the uphill trail joins to climb to Pisang village, which sprawls between 3,200-meter & 3300 m. If time permits, visit upper Pisang for Managers and their lifestyles and as well as for amazing Himalayan view.

5 DayManang trek (3,540m/11,576 feet), 8 hours.

The trail leads you through the drier upper part of the Manang district, cut off from the full effect of the monsoon by the Annapurna Range. People of this region herd the yaks & raise crops for part of the year. Leaving Pisang, we have alternate trails north and south of the Marsyandi River. The southern route to Humde, with its airstrip. It involves less climbing than the northern route via Ghyaru, though there are better views en route that follows the northern bank of the river. From Mungji the cultural and nature path continues past the picturesque but partially hidden village of Braga at 3,475 meters to nearby Manang village.

6 Day Discovering Gangapurna glacial lakes and hiking around Manang.

Acclimatize day in Manang. Hiking and village excursion are not compulsory, however, we recommend you to spend doing some fine walks milky blue Gangapurna glacier lake at the foot of spectacular Gangapurna icefall, Gangapurna hilltop for a better view of the whole Manang village. You can either explore Milarepa Cave or the ice lake as they are the top famous side trips nearby Manang Guesthouses.

7 DayKhangsar village hike (3,734m/12,247 feet), 5 hours

tilicho hiking teamManang is a gateway exploring Tilicho Mountains and lake. Leaving Manang village, the Himalayan trail descent to a Chorten and turns to the northwest, and goes down to the River. Cross the Jharsang Khola on a suspension bridge the hiking path leaves through the blue pine forest and the wheat fields before arriving at Khangsar, Khangsar is a Gurung village. There you find a small monastery, Chorten, Mani walls, and prayer flags. Stay overnight at camp in Khangsar lodges.

8 DayTilicho Base Camp trek (4,150m/13,612 feet), 4:30 hours.

From Khangsar the trek route climbs steeply past the Gompa and small chortens, a trail goes under juniper and sea buckthorn bushes. Cross a few streams and climb uphill to arrive at Tilicho base camp. Tourists can enjoy the extensive views of Tilicho Peak and the surrounding mountain. Overnight at Tilicho base camp guest house.

9 Day Tilicho Lake trek (4,919m/16,134 feet). Descend to base camp, 5 hours.

tilicho lake hikingMake sure all hiking gears are ready. Check your hiking members if all is well then start your Tilicho hike. As you leave early morning, the guide will carry your packing breakfast. With 4 hours of hikes, Tourists can reach the lakeside where a Tea shop also exists. During this travel, the tourist gets a remarkable view of Gangapurna, Tarkekang, and Khangsar Kang.

In addition, Tourists can achieve some of the finest views of Manang and Upper Pisang. Spending a memorable time at Tilicho Lake, return to Tilicho base camp via the same route for an overnight stay. Backpacker travelers can walk further to Shree Kharka guest house walking for 3 hours.

10 DayTilicho base camp to Manang village trek (3,540m/11,576 feet), 6 hours.

tilicho base camp trek in summerFrom base camp we trek down passing through the ruins of old Khangsar and following an unmarked with a thin trail. The leads you down to cross the river on an old bridge Manang where we stay overnight. In the evening confirm the jeep tickets to Besi sahar.

11 DayOverland jeep/Bus drive to Besi Sahar (sharing local jeep), 8 hours.

Today is the last day of our Tilicho lake trek. We take an overland drive to Besi Sahar with a local sharing jeep. We drive with local people during the journey on Chame Sadak. on Arrival, at Besisahar we check in a good hotel to stay overnight.

12 DayDrive out to Kathamndu/Pokhara, 7 hours.

After breakfast, Guest will have a choice either drive to Kathmandu town or drive Pokhara. If you wish to travvel Pokhara? our guide will book the bus tickets to Pokhara otherwise you will drive back to Kathmandu with the same road together with a guide and porter. Trip finish.

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Cost

How much does the Tilicho Lake Trek cost?

Hike to Tilicho Lake trek price USD 898 per person is a standard trek price. For the deluxe and luxury trekking tour plan, we add 3-star category hotel deluxe air-conditioned room in Kathmandu (BB PLAN) with an attached bathroom. And attached bathroom while on the trek routes in a possible place. So, WE ARE OPEN TO CUSTOMIZING YOUR TOUR AND PACKAGES PRICE AS PER YOUR REQUIREMENTS. International tour leaders are highly encouraged to get discounts and attractive complimentary.

Tilicho Lake Trek Package Price Includes:-

  • Kathmandu international airport transfer by private vehicles.
  • 2 nights Twin sharing Tourist standard accommodation in Thamel Kathmandu
  • 11 Breakfast, 11 Lunch and 10 Dinner during the Tilicho Lake hikes.
  • Guest house accommodation along the Tilicho lake trek routes.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area permits and TIMS permits for Trek tours
  • Manang to Besi Sahar transfer by available Jeep/bus (with a local passanger sharing basis).
  • Available Jambo Hiace Bus transfer from BG MALL in Kathmandu to Besisahar (passanger sharing basis).
  • Jambo Hiace VAN transfer from Besi Sahar to Kathmandu or Pokhara (passanger sharing basis).
  • Fully escorted trek with English speaking license holder local guide and each 2 guest 1 Porter basis.
  • Insurance, Food and accommodation and salary of Nepali trekking staffs.
  • Seasonal fruits like apple and pomograntes as a deserts for Tilicho trekking.
  • Trek certificates and a latest updated Tilicho trek map for each person, you keep this map as a soveneur.
  • Nepal Government Tax, VAT and as well as Company service charge.

Tilicho Lake Trekking Package Excludes :

  • Nepal entry visa fees.
  • Lunch and Dinner during the staying in Kathmandu and Pokhara city.
  • Any kinds of battery charges, laundry service, phone calls and hot shower during the trekking.
  • Tourist personal trekking equipments and clothes.
  • Nature of Personal expenses, all type of drinks and bar bills.
  • Travel Insurance which covers emergency rescue, evacuation, personal loss or damage.
  • Any donation and monuments entrance fees.
  • Tips for the crew (Note : TIPS is not compulsory but highly expected)
  • Any other things which are not mentioned above

Group join

We can organize private trip to Tilicho Lake Trek starting at any date that works for you. Please contact us for more information.

FAQ

Question: Is pick up service available on my arrival day in Kathmandu?

Answer: Yes sure. Provide us with your flight details and request to pick up from TIA. Our representative will come to pick up you at Kathmandu international airport.

Question: Do I need the experience to hike Tilicho lake?.

Answer: It is suitable for keen trekkers/walkers who are able to walk around 4 or 5 hours in a day, with a lightweight daypack. For this trekking, if you have about a little experience would be better.

Question: Can I store my luggage/stuff in Kathmandu?

Answer: Yes, you can leave your luggage at your hotel or at our office. Store your stuff in the Gokyo Treks agency office is for free.

Question: Is Tilicho lake hiking Safe for the Solo Female Trekkers?

Answer: Absolutely yes. Nepal is a safe country to travel to for solo travelers; tilicho trek is perfectly safe for solo female trekkers. We have been organizing the trek even for solo female travelers since its establishment.

Question: What kind of accommodation can I expect on Tilicho lake route?.

Answer: We provide you tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu and during the trekking routes. the rooms along the routes are clean with a cozy bed with a nice mattress and blankets. However, we recommend you take your own sleeping bags if you have one with you otherwise, rent the hiking gear while you are in Kathmandu city.

Question: What kind of food can I expect in Tilicho Lake Trek solo?.

Answer: All the guest houses/lodges in Annapurna trek, have attached restaurants. They cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian such as Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, bread, soups, and vegetable rice. In addition, Dinner, and breakfast we provide in the same lodge you spend the night every day and Lunch will serve on the way to the next place where you walk.

Question: What opportunities will I have for a shower along with express Tilicho Lake Trekking?.

Answer: Guest house trekking along the routes they have a shower which you can get somewhere paying and somewhere without paying however if you are in camping trekking – we provide you hot water bucket then you will take a bucket shower.

Question: How do I get drinking water on Tilicho Lake Trek group?.

Answer: Holidaymakers can buy mineral water en route. But we advise against buying mineral water in plastic bottles, as currently there are no provisions for disposing of these. So please buy a metal bottle and fill the normal water along the route.

Question: Can I charge my digital camera or other batteries on my trip?.

Answer: During the lodge trekking there will be more chances to charge the battery. We recommend you bring an extra pair in case. Remember to bring your adapters! An extra battery will be recommended.

Question: Are there any communication facilities on Tilicho Lake lodge Trek?.

Answer: In this trekking route, you can get telephone services as well as internet services as well.

Question: Is it possible to rent a guide? how to hire a local trek guide?.

Answer: Yes of course. If you are not happy to book the complete full board Tilicho package trip, still you can hire our expert guide to make your holiday tour safer. However, visit a guide and porter hire or email us for your detail travel inquiry.

Question: Can I use credit cards in Trekking?.

Answer: No! So, for the nature trail, you need to have cash Nepali rupees because credit cards work only in the bigger city areas.

Question: When should I book my trip and what are the payment terms?.

Answer: Because our trips book up months in advance, we recommend booking early to avoid any kind of misunderstanding. We will, of course, make every effort to accommodate last-minute bookings. And regarding the deposit, we prefer a 20% advance deposit of the total price of the trip in order to confirm your reservation before you arrive in Nepal. And the rest of the payment can be made after your arrival in Nepal.

Question: Who will carry my luggage on Tilicho Lake express trek?.

Answer: We provide porters to transfer your luggage. As we are a responsible trekking tour operator agency, each of our porters carries a maximum of 24 kilos of your backpack which means 2 guests (12 kg luggage of each guest): 1 porter basis.

Question: How much distance do I walk each day?.

Answer: When walking in the mountains, the distance you cover each day can vary greatly due to a gradient, terrain, and altitude. As such it is very hard to give specific distances on each day, however, you have to be prepared to walk roughly about 5 hours each day.

Question: Do I need walking poles?.

Answer: It is better to hike with walking poles. Learn how to use trekking poles for balance and permanence, whether on the sidewalk or on trails. Walking sticks can help prevent slips and falls. They are just recommended but not compulsory.

Question: How much additional money do I need per day?.

Answer: You can allocate US$ 08 – 10 for a lunch/dinner in Kathmandu and it depends on your spending habits. US$ 7 to 10 US$ each day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, tea coffee, and some drinks while you are on your trek.

Tilicho Lake Trek

Rated 5 out of 5
November 17, 2021

I visited Nepal in Oct/Nov 2021. It was easy to get Visa, even an on-arrival Visa was available for vaccinated people with a recommendation from the Trekking company. We did the Tilicho Lake Trek in the Annapurna circuit area.
This was organized by Gokyo Treks and Expedition. The organization of the Trekking was excellent, I was picked up at the airport, and mandatory hotel booking for immigration was managed by the company so there was nothing to worry about in advance. The trekking itself was awesome, the guide was very experienced, I learned a lot about nature, the surrounding beautiful Annapurna Range, and the local culture.
I highly recommend Gokyo Treks and Expedition.
Concerning safety in the city area, I was positively surprised that the vast majority of people are wearing face masks in Kathmandu, even when they are outside.

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Judith Zeller - Munich,

Best hike at Tilicho Lake

Rated 5 out of 5
December 30, 2019

Gokyo Treks was really affordable and easy to liaise with. We texted Ammar on a regular basis prior to the trip to clarify details, and he was always very responsive.
The guides and porters catered to our needs and the side treks that we wanted to go for, but they were also wary about our safety and were honest with the risks involved. The guides took good care of our meals and made sure we were well enough when we fell ill from the cold and AMS. They were really awesome! Thank you Bishnu, Sabin, and Bir. Highly recommend!

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Grumpy cheng, Singapore

Response from Gokyo Treks Nepal

Thanks a lot for your excellent review about the Annapurna circuit trek – Thorong la pass trek 5,416 meters above the sea level in Nepal with our guide and porters.

Tilicho lake with AC Trekking

Rated 5 out of 5
November 22, 2019

Ammar Raj Guni is a perfect and very reliable agent for arranging your trekking. He has also much experience as a guide, so he always knows where he is talking about. His prices are really competitive.
His calculations were transparent, our trek was some days longer than arranged, but in the end, we got no unexpected costs. He works with local people from the small villages and he treats them very socially. So during the two days, we stayed at his house, we felt very comfortable. I strongly recommend his agency if you’re visiting Nepal.

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Janthima Chotis, Bangkok

Tillicho lake and adventure Mesokanto la Pass 2018.

Rated 5 out of 5
October 14, 2018

With my wife we enjoyed trekking with guys from Gokyo Treks & Expedition in Annapurna region. Found agency on the internet and decided to trust them based on good recommendations.
Everything was organised as agreed from trekking permits to accommodation in Kathmandu and airport taxi.
Guide knows well all the NAAT trekking routes and their recent state as it is common that some trails are already collapsed due to common landslides! This can save significant amount of time.

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Jozef Rodanoka, Poland.

Tilicho Lake Trekking Highlights

  • Tilicho lake, Nepal’s highest lake offers turbulent river gorges with nice waterfalls.
  • Visit old Buddhist monastery in Braga village – Explore beautiful Manang village
  • Go with guide over the Ice Lake and achieve the best sceneary of Mountains, terrain and the Lakes.
  • Best ruggedtrail, Annapurna mountain sceneary Thorong La (5416m) widest pass of this valley offers awesome view of whole Annapurna massive.

Notice for Tilicho Lake trekking visitors

Hiking at Tilicho lake itinerary is subject to change due to a condition beyond our control. This is a Guideline showing tentative camp night stops. Physical, technical and natural condition may change this above itineraries.

“What makes Tilicho trek special?”

Opportunities for challenging Tilicho trek or Tilicho hiking similar adventure hikes are scattered all over this planet earth. You just need to know where to find the right hikes that fit you. We believe in quality services. First safety then success satisfaction is our prime concern. We are a team of professional, experienced, well-trained, and licensed local guides who know the destination much better than others.

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