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Tilicho Lake Trekking

Tilicho Lake Trekking

Tilicho Lake trekking is located at an altitude of 4920 m, undoubtedly provides some of the world’s finest views, great variety of culture and diversity, finest deep valley’s and high mountains encircling the giant Annapurna family.

Trek to Tilicho is technically not very difficult but because of falling dry landslides and stones the trail becomes dangerous sometimes. Furthermore Tilicho Lake Trekking, you can see the settlements of diverse communities such as Brahmin, Chhetri, Tibetian sherpa, Thakali, Magars, Tamang, Gurung etc.

Discovering Tilicho lake and Thorong la trekking is top first most popular trek in Nepal, rich in diverse culture and flora and faunas offers a great Himalayan scenery of Mt.Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Mt.Annapurna Ist (8,091m) Mt.Manaslu (8,163 m), Mt.Annapurna II (7,937 m.), 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).

There are a lot of blue sheep and yaks grazing around. If you want to cross Mesokanto la / tilicho pass then you must walk about 12 hours get Jomsom bazaar otherwise trek descend till Shree kharka and head to the yak kharka and follow the trail over Thorongla pass.

This trek can be done any time (except January and February because of winter) throughout the year.


Tilicho Lake Trekking detail itinerary

This trek is a classical but lodge basis 18 days trek itinerary compared to most walks in this region. The particular route is designed for globetrotters who wish to hike in Annapurna circuit with relaxing manner itinerary however if you are planning with limited time wise than take a look this special itinerary on Annapurna Circuit short trek – 12 Days which would be a more appropriate choice.

Day 1 Arrived at Kathmandu valley

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, Tribhuwan International Airport, we will receive you with private vehicle and transfer to hotel in Kathmandu within B/B plan. Our representative will give you information about further programs.

Day 2 Drive to Besisahar by bus (760m /2,485 ft), 7 hours.

Early morning, guide will come to take your hotel at 7.00 am in the morning to pick you up. We have 7 hours of driving to Besishar, 185km far from Kathmandu. On arrival at Besisahar you will witness stunning snow caped mountain scenery. Overnight at Guest house.

Day 3Drive to Syange and trek to Chamje (1,400m / 4,578 ft), 5 hours

The trail drops steeply to Syange at 1070m from Bahundanda. Leaving Bahundanda a large waterfall may be seen. We, crossing the Marsyangdi River on a suspension bridge. We then follow the river to the stone village of Jagat before climbing through forest to Chamje at 1400m. Overnight at Guest house.

Day 4 Trek to Bagarchhap (2,160m / 7,063 ft), 5 hours.

The day begins with the rocky mountain trails following the Marsyandi Rivers steadily uphill to Tal at 1675m, the first village in the Manang district. We make a trail verse crossing a wide, flat valley. The journey continues up and down to Dharapani at 1890m. A stone entrance chorten typical of the Tibetan influenced villages. Upon reaching Bagarchhap at 2160 m the typical flat-roofed stone houses of local Tibetans design along with the village surrounded by apple Orchards and maize fields. Overnight at Guest house.

Day 5Trek to Chame (2,630m /8,600 ft), 5 hours.

The trail continuing through forest, but near the river, to Kopar at 2590m. As we reach the Chame, the headquarters of the Manang district, we are rewarded by the fine views of Annapurna II as you approach Chame & two small hot springs by the town. Along with this route we are introduced to a local community said to have 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. Overnight at Guest house.

Day 6Trek to Pisang village (3,300m /10,791 ft), 5 hours.

The day starts through deep forest in a steep and narrow valley, crosses a river on a long bridge at 2,910m. Then we cross another bridge at 3,040 meters, from where the view of the soaring Paungda Danda rock face really begins to appear. From there the trail joins to climb to Pisang, which sprawls between 3,200-meter & 3300 m. In the late afternoon, visit upper Pisang for Managers and their lifestyles and as well as an amazing Himalayan view. Overnight at Guest house.

Day 7Trek to Manang (3,540m / 11,576 ft), 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. They also continue to enjoy special trading rights gained way back in 1784. Leaving Pisang, we have alternate trails north and south of the Marsyandi River. The southern route to Humde, with its airstrip, at 10,906 ft. It involves less climbing than the northern route via Ghyaru, though there are better views on the trail that follows the northern bank of the river. From Mungji the trail continues past the picturesque but partially hidden village of Braga at 3,475 meters to nearby Manang at 3,540m. Overnight at Guest house.

Day 8 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 ice fall, gangapurna hilltop for a better view of whole manang village. You can explore Milarepa Cave if you like. Overnight at Guest house.

Day 9Trek from Manang to Khangsar village (3,734m / 12,247 ft), 5 hours

From Manang the trail descent to a Chorten and turns to northwest and goes down to the River. After crossing the Jharsang Khola on suspension bridge the trail goes through blue pine forest and the wheat fields before arriving Khangsar, Khangsar is a Gurung village. There you find a small monastery, Chorten, Mani walls and prayer flags. Stay overnight at camp in Khangsar.

Day 10Trek to Tilicho Base Camp (4,150m / 13,612 ft), 4:30 hours.

From Khangsar the trail climbs steeply past the Gompa and small chortens, trail goes through juniper and sea buckthorn bushes. Along the way we will cross the few streams and climb steeply to arrive Tilicho Lake,from here we can enjoy the closer and panoramic views of Tilicho Peak and surroundings mountain. Overnight at Tilicho base camp guest house.

Day 11 Trek to Tilicho Lake (4,919m / 16,134 ft). Descend to base camp, 5 hours.

Start the trekking early morning today to Tilicho lake, it 4 hours working to the lake we can have outstanding view of Gangapurna, Tarkekang, Khangsar Kang and the view of Manang valley and Upper Pisang are great, after spending the memorable time at Tilicho lake. Visiting Tilicho, we descend down to Tilicho base camp via the same way for overnight stay.

Day 12Trek from Tilicho base camp to Yak Kharka (4,050m /13,244 ft), 7 hours.

From base camp we trek down passing through the ruins of old Khangsar and follow an unmarked/ very thin trail which will leads you around and down to cross the river on an old log bridge between Gunsang and Yak Kharka, overnight at Yak Kharka.

Day 13Trek to Thorong Phedi (4,450m/14,552 ft), 3 hrs.

After ascending for two hours the trail descends to cross the river at 4310m, then we climb up to Thorong Phedi at 4450m. There are good guest houses and offers very good foods, Bakery, as well as Internet and telephones, are also available here. Overnight at Guest house.

Day 14Trek to Muktinath (3,800m /12,426 ft) via Thorung La pass (5,416m / 17,710 ft), 8 hours.

Today is challenge day rather than others. We begin our trip from very early in the morning. At sunrise, as we need to set out early to complete the crossing of the Thorong La at 5,416 m. The trail is steep right from the start, but with a slow and steady pace, we should reach the summit within three hours.
Prayer flags and hot tea await us as we reach the highest point of our trekking. Our descent to Muktinath is long, but the views of border Himalayas and Dhaulagiri family are simply amazing. Muktinath is a large settlement with several lodges to choose from. Hot showers and a good meal will allow for a quick recovery after today’s long and difficult excursion. Overnight at Guest house.

Day 15Trek to Marpha village (2,665m / 8,715 ft), 7 hours

Our destination trek today is Marpha, a lovely village surrounded by apple orchards and the sweet smell of cider. Several great bakeries produce apple strudel and apple cakes, which along with a rest day will be most welcome. Stay overnight in Guest house.

Day 16Trek to Ghasa village (2,013m /6,583 ft), 6 hrs

The trail descends steeply through forests to Ghasa, the last Thakali village and the southern-most limit of Tibetan Shakyapa Buddhism. The beginning part of the trail is stretched at almost flat level up to Kalopani and then the trail begins descending steeply to Ghasa. The first part of the trek passes through the windy area covered with pine forests, rhododendron forests and birches are seen. The surrounding area of Ghasa is a famous destination for bird watching and wild Marijuana. Here you are quite amazed at the panoramic view of Mount Nilgiri North (7,061m.), Nilgiri Central (6,940m.), and Nilgiri South (6,839m.), Annapurna I (8,091m.), Dhaulagiri I (8,167m.) and Tukuche peak (6,920m.).

Day 17Trek from Ghasa to Tatopani (1,190m / 3,891 ft), 7 hrs

After breakfast, we will begin our trek to Tatopani and its flagstone-paved streets before following the Kali Gandaki Gorge which is deepest gorge in the world and the last remnants of Tibetan influence in the valley. Our trail takes us through the villages of Dana. Our evening’s accommodation will be in a delightful setting in the large village of Tatopani (meaning hot water in Nepalese).

Day 18Trek from Tatopani to Ghorepani (2,853m / 9,329 ft), 7 hrs

Tatopani, a fork in the trail takes us away from the Kaligandaki Gorge and towards the Gar Khola River. Scenery changes once again as large terraces appear, signaling the return of rice production. From Chitre we ascend several steps until we finally see the blue roofs of Ghorepani right above us. This is an another longest day as the stairs are not evenly spaced and there are many of them. An adventure walking though mixed villages and forest offers scenic Himalayan and village view. You might explore Punhill station and view tower easily. Finally you are in the heart of Ghorepani. Ghorepani has a strong Tibetan influence, and you will be able to purchase jewelry almost everywhere.

Day 19Hike to Pun hill, Sunrise ! Descend to Pokhara city, 7 hrs

Early morning, hike to Poon Hill 10,555 ft above sea level hill to see panoramic views of Himalayan range with sunrise. This would be spectacular and crystallize mountains surrounded to you with including Annapurna South (7,219m), Machhapuchre (6,997m), Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Nilgiri (6,915m) and many more. We return to our lodge, take breakfast and start to walk downhill to reach Hile (1520m/ 4,970 ft). After Lunch, we trek 2:30 hours further easy walking to reach Nayapool where our private transfer is waiting for us. Drive around 1:30 hours to reach Fewa lakeside of Pokhara city. Check in the hotel and your trekking crew will salute with your work and last night celebration with together.

Day 20Drive to Kathmandu

Morning we’ll drive back through the scenic countryside and during the route will stop for breakfast & lunch. It takes 7 hours back to Kathmandu. On arrival at Kathmandu guide will transfer to the hotel and rest of the day relax or explore the surrounding areas and overnight at hotel.

Day 21Final departure day

Drop you in Kathmandu International Airport onward your final destination and our trip ends. Wish you your wonderful journey.


How much does the Tilicho Lake Trekking cost?

Hike to majestic Tilicho Lake trek is available now on USD 1,499 per person is standard trek price on double occupancy basis. In this price, we offer you Tourist Standard accommodation at our homestay located nearby Thamel, Kathmandu, and tourist standard accommodation in Pokhara Fewa lakeside and of course the trip price will vary according to group size. Taking flights to and from Pokhara saves your time and riding bus reduces the trip expenses.

For the deluxe and luxury trekking tour plan, we add Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu round trip airfare, 3-star category hotel deluxe air-conditioned room in Kathmandu (BB PLAN) and 2-star hotel standard accommodation in Pokhara (BB plan) with attached bathroom while on trekking on possible places, so let us know. AND WE ARE OPEN TO CUSTOMIZE YOUR TOUR AND PACKAGES PRICE AS PER YOUR REQUIREMENTS. International tour leaders are highly encouraged to get discount and attractive complimentary.

Cost Include:

  • Kathmandu international airport transfer by private vehicles.
  • 2 nights Twin sharing Tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu with Breakfast plan
  • 2 nights Tourist standard accommodation in Pokhara within Bed with Breakfast Plan
  • Meals on full board: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner each day during the trek.
  • Fully escorted trek with fluent English speaking license holder local guide and each 2 guest 1 Porter basis.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area permits and TIMS permits for Trek tours
  • Nayapool to Fewa lake side of Pokhara transfer by private vehicle.
  • Bus transfer from Kathmandu – Besisahar & from Pokhara – Kathmandu.
  • All land transportation as per written on above itinerary.
  • Food and accommodation and salary of Nepali trekking staffs.
  • Insurance of guide and porters.
  • Nepal Government Tax, VAT and as well as Company service charge.
  • A special gift from our company.

Cost Exclude :

  • Nepal entry visa fee cost US$ 40.
  • 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.
  • Personal trekking equipment and Clothing.
  • Personal nature expenses, any drinks and bar bills.
  • Your travel insurance (it is mandatory in case of emergency).
  • 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 combine with Annapurna circuit including poonhill Trek starting at any date that works for you. Please contact us for more information.

Trip Date




Feb 28, 2019 – March 17, 2019


USD 1,499

March 10, 2019 – March 28, 2019


USD 1,499

March 20, 2019 – April 08, 2019


USD 1,499

March 25, 2019 – April 13, 2019


USD 1,499

April 10, 2019 – April 28, 2019


USD 1,499

April 20, 2019 – April 09, 2019


USD 1,499

April 25, 2019 – May 14, 2019


USD 1,499

April 30, 2019 – May 19, 2019


USD 1,499

May 05, 2019 – May 24, 2019


USD 1,499

May 15, 2019 – June 04, 2019


USD 1,499

May 25, 2019 – June 13, 2019


USD 1,499

June 10, 2019 – June 27, 2019


USD 1,499

June 20, 2019 – July 07, 2019


USD 1,499

June 30, 2019 – July 17, 2019


USD 1,499

July 10, 2019 – July 27, 2019


USD 1,499

Aug 10, 2019 – August 27, 2019


USD 1,499

Sept 10, 2019 – Sept. 30, 2019


USD 1,499

Sept 15, 2019 – Oct 05, 2019


USD 1,499

Sept 20, 2019 – Oct. 10, 2019


USD 1,499

Sept. 30, 2019 – Oct. 20, 2019


USD 1,499

Oct. 05, 2019 – Oct. 25, 2019


USD 1,499

Oct. 10, 2019 – Oct 30, 2019


USD 1,499

Oct. 15, 2019 – Nov 05, 2019


USD 1,499

Oct. 18, 2019 – Nov 07, 2019


USD 1,499

Oct. 20, 2019 – Nov 10, 2019


USD 1,499

Oct. 25, 2019 – Nov 15, 2019


USD 1,499

Oct. 30, 2019 – Nov 16, 2019


USD 1,499

Nov 05, 2019 – Nov 25, 2019


USD 1,499

Nov. 10, 2019 – Nov 30, 2019


USD 1,499

Nov. 15, 2019 – Dec 05, 2019


USD 1,499

Nov. 20, 2019 – Dec 10, 2019


USD 1,499

Guaranteed – Trip is Guaranteed to run.

Available – Trip is available to run if minimum group size is filled

Limited – Only few space available

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

Answer: Yes sure !! If you provide us your flights details then you should do request then our representative will come to pick up you on Kathmandu international airport.

Question: Do I need the experience to do Tilicho lake combine with Thorong la pass Trekking ?

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 the little experience would be better.

Question: What kind of accommodation can I expect on Tilicho lake combine with Annapurna circuit and Poonhill trekking?

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 to take your own sleeping bags if you have one with you otherwise, you may rent it while you are in Kathmandu.

Question: What kind of food can I expect in Tilicho Lake Trekking?

Answer: All the guest houses/lodges in annapurna trek, they have attached restaurant and they cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian such as Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, dhal bhat, bread, soups, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season)
The dinner and breakfast are provided in the same lodge you spend the night every day and Lunch will be provided on the way to the next place where you are going.

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

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

Question: How do I get drinking water on Tilicho Lake Trekking?

Answer: During the tilicho hiking route, there are all places hotel and shops where you can able to buy mineral water and you can buy it for drinking but however we advise against buying mineral water in plastic bottles, as currently there are no provisions for disposing of these. Instead, we provide you with boiled water or bringing chlorine tablets to purify the normal water as the normal water is available in campsite/along the way.

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 for in case. Remember to bring your adapters! An extra battery will be recommended.

Question: Is 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: Can I use credit cards in Trekking?

Answer: No! So, for the trekking routes, 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 is the payments 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 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 25 kilos of your backpack which means 2 guests (12.5 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 polls ?

Answer: Walking pools are 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 trek.

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
  • Thorong La (5416m) widest pass of this valley offers awesome view of whole Annapurna massive.
  • The Pilgrimage town of Muktinath, Typical Eco Museum in Jomsom, Views of Dhaulagiri Ice – fall, The world deepest gorge in the Kali Gandaki River.

Tilicho Lake Trekking Notes

This trek 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 Lake Trekking special ?”

Opportunities for challenging trekking or hiking and pleasant strolls are scattered all over this planet; you just need to know where to find them. We at Gokyo Treks and Expedition believe in the quality services. Your safety and satisfaction is our concern. We are a team of professional, experienced, well trained and licensed local guides who know the destination much better than others.

Trip Price : USD 1499 Per Person

    1. Duration trek: 20 Days
    2. Trek Grading: Moderate
    3. Max Altitude: 5,416m / 17,710 ft
    4. Trekking Hour: 6 Hrs
    5. Group-Size: 2-20 People
    6. Best Time: Oct -May
    7. Trip Mode: Guest House
    8. Meal on Trek: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    9. Transportation: Car/Plane/bus

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