Tilicho Lake Trek
5
TRIP DURATION
12 Days
MAX. ALTITUDE
4,919m
TRIP GRADE
Moderate
LODGING
Tea House
BEST SEASON
August and Spring
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
COMMUNICATION
WiFi and Local Sim
PER DAY WALK
7- 8 hours

Tilicho Lake Trek

Tilicho Lake Trek Overview

What could match the thrill of standing before the world’s highest altitude lake? Tilicho Lake, at almost 5,000 meters above sea level, is a pristine glacier lake with the backdrop of the Himalayas range. The Tilicho Lake Trek is a Journey to the foothills of the world’s 10th highest mountain, i.e. Annapurna.

Every step you take from Kathmandu brings you to the proximity of the Himalayas, and that’s the most beautiful feeling in the world. The trek is not just about the Himalayas and the Lake. It is also about the swift-flowing rivers and cascading waterfalls on the trail.

The occasionally opening portions of terraced farmlands close to the classic Manang village are a thrill. Once you walk outside the forest, you witness very distinct alpine vegetation.

Tilicho Lake Trek Highlights

  • Experience remote trekking to the world’s highest altitude lake, Tilicho Lake, at 4,949 meters
  • The thrill of walking in the classic Annapurna Circuit Route and living in the proximity of the Himalayas
  • Views of towering peaks like Mt.Dhaulagiri, Mt.Annapurna Ist, Mt.Manaslu, Gangapurna, Tilicho Peak and more
  • Witness the rich Tibetan Buddhist culture of the locals and their unique lifestyle with many gompas and monasteries to visit
  • Rich sub-tropical forest with over 100 times of tress in the Annapurna Conservation area
  • You might encounter snow leopard, musk deer, langur monkey, red panda, spotted deer, and hundreds of birds and butterflies.

Where Does Tilicho Trek Start?

start point of tilicho lake trek

As per this Tilicho Trek Itinerary designed by the experts, we follow the same route as the Annapurna Circuit trek until Manang. We drive from Kathmandu to Jagat and start trekking to Dharapani. Then, you get to stroll past the forest of fern, bamboo, and oak.

During the months of spring, the entire path is covered with beautiful flowers, including Rhododendron, Orchids, and other vibrant wildflowers. With many such wonders, we reach Manang village on the 5th day. We visit this beautiful village before heading towards Tilicho Lake.

One can witness the mules grazing or carrying goods along the way up. From Tilicho Base Camp, we climb to Tilicho Lake at 4,900  meters above sea level. After a beautiful time in Tilicho Lake, we trek back to Siri Kharka and follow the exact same route to Kathmandu.

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ITINERAY

Day 01: Kathmandu to Besisahar to Jagat (1,100m)

From Kathmandu, we drive on the west along east -the east-west highway for about 3.5 hours and then join the Prithvi Highway. In about 6 hours, we reach Besisahar, the headquarters of Lamjung district. Then, we drive on a slippery path full of terrace farms towards the village of Jagat.

Meal : Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Accomodation : Tea House

Walking / Driving : 9 hours

Day 02: Trek to Dharapani (1,960m)

Altitude: 1,860m / 6,200ft

On the first day of the Tilicho Lake trek, we walked on an uneven path along the Marsyangdi River. In the morning, we hike towards Tal, where you can see beautiful waterfalls. As we entered the Manang district, we walked further up to Khotro (1,860m) village. Then, we went via the Karte and Nache villages to reach our final destination, Dharapani. Dharapan is among Manang’s largest settlements.

Meal : Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Accomodation : Tea House

Walking / Driving : 5 hrs (15km / 9.3miles)

Day 03: Trek to Chame (2,710m)

Altitude: 2,610m / 8,890ft

Firstly, we made a formal entry into the office of Annapurna Conservation Area and then hiked to the village called Bagarchhap (2,160m). Walking further on the south bank of the river, we reach Danaque (2210m) village, which is mostly known for beautiful apple orchards. Further, walking through the village of oak and maple trees, we enter the Chame village, the headquarters of the Manang district.

Meal : Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Accomodation : Tea House

Walking / Driving : 6 hrs (15.5km / 9.6miles)

Day 04: Trek to Pisang (3,300m)

After an awesome view from the Chame, we start the Tilicho Lake by an uphill walk to Dhukuri Pokhari for about an hour. Then, we walk over the river to hike into another dense forest towards Pisang village. We stopped at the upper Pisang village, which has some beautiful tea houses and an awesome view of the mountains.

This is the same route as the famous Annapurna Circuit Trek. 

Meal : Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Accomodation : Tea House

Walking / Driving : 5-6 hrs (13.2km / 8.2miles)

Day 05: Trek to Manang (3,500m)

Covering more distance from the Tilicho Lake trek journey, we hike all the way up to Manang. Today’s hike is about 22km and a long one. The trail on the north goes via the village of Ghyaru, while the route on the south is a bit easier. The route met at Mungji and then went to Bryanga. Then, the final hike takes us to the Manang Valley.

Meal : Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Accomodation : Tea House

Walking / Driving : 5-6 hours (17km / 10.6miles)

Day 06: Acclimatization Day at Manang

On the sixth day of the Tilicho Lake trek, we have a rest and acclimatisation day. There are several large villages with shops and restaurants where you can have a relaxing day with awesome views of the mountains. You can visit the local schools and Museum of Manang or hike to the nearby hill for the views of the mountain. This is the day to relax before you start the hike to the higher mountain region.

Meal : Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Accomodation : Tea House

Day 07: Trek to Siri Kharka

From Manang, we take a hike on an upward route to the river. Hiking via the coniferous forests, we first reach the village of Khangsar. If you are tired, you can also rest here, but the plan is to hike up to Siri Kharka. Now, you can see the views of The trek from Manang to Siri Kharka, which is an easier one. We take the upper route that leads down to a river, which we will cross, and then continue on a path that takes us through the coniferous forests. After walking for about three hours, we reach the Tibetan settlement Khangsar, but we will continue our journey forward to reach Shiri Kharka. On the trails, we will get to see gorgeous views of Gungang Himal as well.

Meal : Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Accomodation : Tea House

Walking / Driving : 4-5 hrs (12km / 7. 4miles)

Day 08: Trek to Tilicho Base Camp (4140m)

From Siri Kharka, we start the hike early in the morning and trek towards Tilicho Base Camp. The trail to Tilicho goes via the landslide-prone areas. Although rock formations are good, it might be very risky to walk via the Tilicho Base Camp. Follow your guide well, and then walk slowly. You will reach the base of Tilicho Lake quite early.

Meal : Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Accomodation : Tea House

Walking / Driving : 5 hrs (8km / 4.9 miles)

Day 09: Trek to Tilicho Lake and back to Siri Kharka (4,949m)

It’s an exciting day in the mountains that takes you near to the Tilicho Lake itself. Now, visiting one of the highest-altitude lakes in the world is very exciting after a few Horus in this Great Ice Lake and taking some beautiful peaks of the Tilicho Himal and the Annapurna Range. Then, we get back to the Tilicho Base Camp and walk down via Siri Kharka in the same landslide-prone zone.

Meal : Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Accomodation : Tea House

Walking / Driving : 5-6 hrs (11 km / 6.8miles)

Day 10: Trek to Manang(3,500m)

From Siri Kharkha, we follow the same trail back to Manang village. First, we hike via the Marsyangdi Valley to the village of Goths. Then, we walked through the forest of Khangsar village and finally got to Manang village. At this point, you can opt to join the famous Annapurna Circuit trek by crossing the village of Yak Kharka and the famous Throng la Pass.

Meal : Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Accomodation : Tea House

Walking / Driving : 7 hrs

Day 11: Trek to Jagat(1,100m)

Now, we continue to walk down to the village of Pisang. You will cross many other villages, including the Chame village. Since this is the route you have taken previously, you will have an idea about the difficulty. By evening, we reach the village of Jagat.

Meal : Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Accomodation : Tea House

Walking / Driving : 7 hrs

Day 12: Drive to Kathmandu (1400 meters)

From Jagat, you can get a Jeep to Besisahar. The drive on the off-road for a few hours will be fun. Then, you will get to Kathmandu in about 6 hours. As the trip ends, you can give yourself a treat with a sweet spa or do some souvenir shopping around Kathmandu Valley.

Meal : Breakfast/ Lunch

Accomodation : Hotel

Walking / Driving : 8 hours

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Why do you need the Tilicho Lake Trek package by Himalayan Masters?

While many trekkers head for Tilicho Lake Trek without a package, experts recommend booking a travel package. There are many permits and documents you need for trekking in the Manang village. With the limited number of guest houses in the way, it’s hard to get proper accommodation during Tilicho Take.

Our experienced team of guides, porters, and travel planners is committed to making your journey comfortable and luxurious. We book the best hotels, arrange your permits, and help you in emergencies. The journey will be full of good memories when you book the Tilicho Lake Trek package by Himalayan Masters.

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