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Tilicho Lake Trekking – 16 days

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  • DestinationNepal
  • Total Duration16 Days
  • Trek Duration14 Days
  • Best TimeMar to May & Sep to Dec
  • Max ElevationTilicho Lake at 4,949m
  • Trip GradeModerate To Fairly Challenging
  • TransportationPrivate Vehicle/Flights
  • AccommodationDouble/Twin Sharing in Hotel/Lodge
  • StyleTea House
  • MealsBreakfast Basis in city and full board during Trek
  • Min Group Size2+ pax

Located in the famed Annapurna trekking region, Tilicho Lake trekking is one of the most challenging and rewarding treks in the world. The lake is under the shadow of the Annapurna massif, which is the tenth highest mountain range in the world.

Tilicho Lake is perched at an altitude of 4,949m which makes it one of the highest freshwater bodies in the world. The lake has remained isolated since the beginning of time. The trekking activities and visit of humans around the lake is a very recent one. The lake is a heavenly sight of nature and offers majestic views of Annapurna ranges including Annapurna I & II, Pisang peak, Ngadi Chuli and Manaslu. The trek provides uninterrupted views of Himalayan peaks throughout.

Tilicho Lake trekking is often possible as part of Annapurna Circuit trekking. It is easily accessed from Manang district, particularly from Chame which is the district headquarters of the district. Manang is inhabited by Manangi people in the lower belt and Tibetans in the upper reaches. The trail follows Marshyangdi River and passes through beautiful villages of Dharapani, Chame, Pisang, Manang and Khangsar.

The best seasons to do Tilicho Lake trekking is during Spring and Autumn seasons. The trek has been graded moderate, therefore some physical fitness is suggested on the part of interested trekkers.

Highlights of Tilicho Lake Trekking

● Visit sublime Tilicho lake at 4949m

● Capture the majestic and breathtaking views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges

● Get the experience of trekking in the popular Annapurna trekking region

● Visit the Tibetan villages of Chame, Manang, Pisang and Khangsar

Cost Includes

● All airport/hotel transfers.

● Two Night Accommodation at a deluxe hotel in Kathmandu on twin/double sharing basis.

● Two Nights accommodations at deluxe hotel in Pokhara on twin/double sharing basis.

● All accommodations and meals during the trek.

● An experienced licensed English-Speaking guide and porters.

● Two way tourist bus ticket from Kathmandu to Pokhara.

● All ground transportation during the trek as per itinerary.

● Guided sightseeing tour in Pokhara

● All necessary permits (TIMS, Park fees, world heritage sites entry fee where applicable)

● Farewell dinner

● A comprehensive medical kit.

● All government and local taxes

Cost Excludes

● Nepal Visa Fee

● International airfare to and from Kathmandu

● Meals in Kathmandu

● Any kind of refreshment beverages and alcohol.

● Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu in cases of early arrival, late departure, and early return from
the mountains (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.

● Travel and rescue insurance.

● Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled
water, shower, etc.)

● Any extra costs resulting from cancellation, landslide, weather, political unrest or illness

● Tips for guide, drivers and porters.

Equipment & Gears

● Duffel/Rucksack bag/Suitcase

● Day bag.( Small handbag)

● Trekking shoes

● Sports shoes or sandals.

● Sun Hat/cap

● Warm woolen cap

● Trekking jacket Gore tex/ fleece jacket

● Pullover or warm sweeter

● Raincoat

● 4/5 pairs of good qualities shock

● Hand gloves

● 2/3 pairs of Trekking trousers

● 3/4 pairs of trekking shirts

● 3/4 pairs of Underwear

● Eye glass

● Water bottle

● 4 seasons Sleeping bag

● Flash or Torch light

● Camera and batteries.

Before you go

Trekking Group

For lodge and teahouse trekking, we ensure the standard group size, not exceed 16 pax. We believe we can maintain the quality of our services for 16 participants in each group. Please note some restricted trekking areas will require at least two participants to get permits. Individual and solo trekkers are allowed in other trekking regions.

For this trek we provide one licensed professional guide who can communicate or speak in English, one porter for every two participants and one assistant guide for more than 12 pax. A group of 16 participants will have one complimentary group leader. Our trekking guides and porters are well informed about their responsibilities. And the porters can carry up to 20kg of weight. Our field staff will also include one guide who is adept in administering first aid.


The accommodations are chosen based on trekking itinerary, comfort level, budget and interests of trekkers and accessibility in terms of scenery and trail. Most arrangements are made on Bed & Breakfast basis, double/twin sharing in Lodges/Tea houses and Deluxe – Star hotels in cities. Depending upon your interests, a wide range of hotels are available in city areas such as Kathmandu, Pokhara, etc. and during the trekking trail, there are plenty of lodges, teahouses, guesthouses and sometimes even hotels for accommodation. A Teahouse/Lodge trek is where trekkers stay in lodges and guesthouses along the trail as opposed to tents/camping. Such Teahouses/Lodges are run either by local families or are community-based which offers simple to moderate facilities, with simple beds, solar-powered hot water and a limited set of cuisines/meals.

For this trek we offer two types of accommodation, ‘Deluxe Hotel’ in the city and ‘Teahouse/Lodge’ during the trekking trail. The Hotels and Teahouses have been selected by the Asia Buddhist Tours & Treks after personal inspection. We look at the conditions of the inns, local hygiene, quality of food, type of service and more. All rooms are double occupancy, but you can request a single occupancy room for an additional fee. However, sometimes single rooms are not available in some places, depending upon seasonality with limited choices available in peak season. We do work to provide the best possible options when trekking in the High Himalayas.


Touristic cities such as Kathmandu, Pokhara, offer some of the finest dining restaurants. Get spoiled with unlimited choices for cuisines, ranging from local Nepali food to international delicacies. In contrast, there might not be as much variety of cuisines available on the trekking trail. Trekking lodges and small eateries along the trail will offer you basic diets such as Nepali Dal Bhat, sandwich, apple pie and pizza and regular beverages. However, you will get to enjoy mostly organic food on trekking trails.

For this trek we offer you full board (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) local or best available continental food as per menu on your choice and 3 cups of tea/coffee per day. Please note that full board meals are not included during your transition stay in city areas, guests will have to pay for the meals (dinner and lunch), alcohol, hot & cold beverages and mineral water.


Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu airport (1350m)

Upon your arrival in Nepal at Tribhuvan International Airport, we will receive you and help you transfer
luggage. We will directly drive you to your booked hotel where you can relax and unwind. In the
afternoon/evening, our guide will accompany you to our office where you receive a short briefing about your
trip. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Bhulbhule (840m) via Besisahar

Today you will leave Kathmandu for your trekking trip. After early morning breakfast, you will drive from Kathmandu all the way to Bhulbhule passing through Besisahar. It takes 8-9 hrs to reach Bhulbhule. You will find yourself on the eastern bank of Marshyangdi River from where you will observe the first glimpse of Lamjung Himal, Himalchuli, and Nadi Chuli. Bhulbhule has a checkpoint which indicates the starting point of Annapurna Conservation Area. Stay overnight in Bhulbhule.

Day 03: Trek to Jagat (1330m) via Bahundanda

After breakfast, you will get back on the trekking trail. The trail initially crosses two rivers, Sisne and Nagdi
with Manaslu and Ngadi peaks forming a formidable backdrop. Enjoy the terraced fields on both sides as the
trail moves up to Bahun danda (1250m) inhabited by Bahun community. The trail carries on pass two villages
namely Kani Gaon and Ghermu (1140m) after which it drops to cross Marsyangdi river and then climbs. A
waterfall and rocky path beside signifies approaching village of Jagat, which is a tiny village inhabited by
Tamang. Stay overnight in Jagat.

Day 04: Trek to Bagarchap ( 2160m)

The trail leaves Jagat and heads towards Chamje village following east bank Marshyangdi River. It takes
another hour on the climbing rocky path to come to Tal, which is the entrance to Manang valley. Here you will
see a fertile open valley. This area is surrounded by subtropical fir and pine trees. You can stay here but wewill move towards Bagarchhap. A trading point between Tibet and Nepal, Bagarchap is known for beautiful
views of Annapurna range. Stay overnight in Bagarchap.

Day 05: Trek to Chame (2710m)

Today the trail will enter proper Manang Valley beyond Chame. You will be trekking through the forested path of pine and fir. Enjoy the views of Manaslu, Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal on the way. As the trail climbs gradually through rhododendron and descends by large pine forests. You will come across villages of Thanchowk and Koto, the latter featuring a gompa, before finally arriving at Chame. Being a district headquarters of Manang District, Chame has good accommodation facilities, mani walls, hot spring and even a bank branch. Chame offers great views of Lamjung himal, Annapurna II & IV. Stay overnight at Chame.

Day 06: Trek to upper Pisang (3300m)

Today’s trekking duration from Chame to Pisang is about 5 hrs. You will start a level walk through a forest as well as apple orchard. Within an hour you will reach Bhartang village leading to unique Paungda Danda, which is a huge rock slab situated along Marshyangdi river. This point is vantage to see awesome views of Annapurna II, South, Pisang and Himalchuli. Again you will cross Marshyangdi Rier, pass by Dhukur Pokhari and reach Lower and then Upper Pisang. The village hosts a Dzong, a chorten and two gompas and is the entrance to Upper Manang. Enjoy splendid views of Annapurna II and Pisang peak from here. Stay overnight in Upper Pisang.

Day 07: Trek to Manang (3540m) via Ngawal

Prepare yourself for a long trek as you will follow a more strenuous and high route to magical Manang. There are two routes from here to Manang but we will take the longer route which is more rewarding for its impressive views of Annapurna ranges. The trail ascends quickly passing through one Mring Tso lake and white chorten near Gharu village. Several Dzong and chortens appear in view as you further follow the trail upwards. Don’t forget to enjoy fantastic views of Annapurna mountains along. Ahead you will pass up the village of Ngawal and further along from here is a cave called Ney Guru Sang Phuk. You will descend from here to the Bragha village. The village is famous for a Gompa which possesses centuries old murals and manuscripts. On all sides of Bragha are soaring cliffs and massive Annapurna. It takes another 25 minutes to arrive at Manang. Stay overnight in Manang.

Day 08: Rest Day in Manang

Today we will rest in Mannag for acclimatization. You can involve in 3-4 hours of sightseeing trips to several places around Manang including visiting Milarepa Cave or Chongar viewpoint or Praken and Bacho Gompa. Some other options are mountaineering school and Manang cultural Museum. Stay overnight in Manang.

Day 09: Manang to Khangsar (3760m): 4-5 hours

After breakfast and return to the trekking trail. The path ahead goes through a section of pine trees. On the way you will navigate through a canyon and cross over Thorung Khola. Closer to Khagsar, the vegetation becomes thick as you see forests on side hills. The view of Annapurna II and Tilicho peak will appear on the horizon. Khangsar is a small Tibetan village in Upper Manang where you can visit local monasteries. Stay overnight in Khangsar.

Day 10: Khangsar to Tilicho Base Camp (4140m/13,583ft)

Today we head towards Tilicho Base Camp above 4000m. The trail crisscrosses yak grazing lands and hills and cliffs occasionally passing by Buddhist chorten and gompas. You will have a constant backdrop of Tilicho peak and at one point you will even cross Khangsar khola once. Views of Pisang peak, Ngadi Chuli and Manaslu also appear. As you inch closer to Tilicho Base Camp, don’t forget to capture the breathtaking black rock slab called Khangsar Kang (7485m). Overnight at the base camp.

Day 11: Tilicho Base Camp to Tilicho Lake (4,949m/16,138 ft)

Today is the day you have been waiting for. Have your breakfast and start your journey towards Tilicho Lake. The path is a challenging one as it ascends through what is a rock and snow. But all the effort is worth it since you will get to experience Tilicho Lake at the end of it. Stay overnight at Tilicho Lake.

Day 12: Trek Back to Manang

This is the day you will begin your return journey. You will trek back to Manang in 5-6 hrs. The trail follows the Marshyangdi River and enters Lower Manang. Enjoy the views of the Himalayan peaks along. Stay overnight in Manang.

Day 13: Drive back to Besisahar and to Pokhara

After breakfast drive back to Besisahar and further on to Pokhara. You will arrive in Pokhara comfortably in 4 hrs. In the afternoon explore Pokhara valley and later its nightlife. Stay overnight in Pokhara.

Day 14 : Full day Sightseeing in Pokhara

Today you will participate in a full day guided tour of Pokhara. You can visit Davis Fall, Gupteswar Cave and Bindabasini Temple followed by a hike to World Peace Pagoda to see the views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri peaks and Pokhara valley. In the evening you can enjoy boating on Phewa Lake. Other optional activities include Paragliding from Sarangkot, visit to Nepal Mountaineering Museum and exploration of Bat Cave. Stay overnight in Pokhara.

Day 15: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1350m)

Take an early drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus. You will have the rest of the day to relax and unwind. In the evening you may take a stroll through Thamel night market and enjoy a farewell dinner. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 16: Final Departure

Our staff will take you to the international airport for you to catch your flight back home or towards your next destination.

Route Map of Tilicho Lake Trekking


1. Is Tilicho Lake trekking Safe?

Tilicho Lake trek is an adventurous trekking trail located in Manang valley near Tibet. There are gravelled roads up to the head of the trekking trail. Lodges and hotels are now easily available along the trekking trail and communication network is limited to lower valleys. Tilicho Lake trekking is safe but do make sure to take licensed, experienced trekking guide.

2. How difficult is Tilicho Lake trekking?

Tilicho Lake trekking takes you all the way to Manang valley which is know for its arid geography, high mountain valleys meadows and high passes. Graded moderate to strenuous in terms of difficulty, this trek is over two weeks long. Among the challenges include visiting Tilicho Lake at 4920m and crossing Thorung La pass at 5416m).

3. How fit do I have to be for this trek?

To do Tilicho Lake trek you will need to have prior of experience of Himalaya trekking. You must be physically in excellent shape. Physical and endurance skills like jogging, running, swimming, cycling and basic weight lifting is also advised as part of preparation at least 1 month prior to trekking.

4. Is this cost of the trek comparative & reasonable?

The program cost we offer to you is both reasonable and comparative. Since we practice sustainable tourism, we attempt to give the best experience to our tourists while ensuring equal economic dividends to locals of host destination and our staffs. We do not overprice and we discourage unhealthy practice of undercutting. We believe in providing quality service to our guests at a sustainable comparative price.

5. Could we customize the itinerary?

Yes, you can always customize the itinerary according to your requirements. We are quite flexible in re-designing the itinerary by taking into consideration your time availability and needs.

6. Could we combine this trek with other trekking packages?

We are flexible in designing programs that suit your interests and needs. Feel free to let us know what you prefer and what your choices are. You can combine two or three trek programs in one go or even more. Alternatively you can go for tour and trek programs combinedly. We are open to any set of combination you want to pursue.

7. What if I cancel the trip, do I get my refund?

You can cancel the trip if you have personal reasons to do so. Please read our Terms & Conditions for refund details.