It’s like standing before the fountain of the world’s most magnificent beauty as you gaze at the snowcapped peaks of the Annapurna Mountain Range reflected in its mirror-like surface. This is Tilicho Lake, the highest lake in the world, right in the very heart of the Himalayas. And you can see it on this incredible, 16 day Tilicho Lake Trek.
Tilicho Lake sits at an amazing altitude of 4,919 meters (16,138 ft.) The crisp mountain air nips at your nose as you stand there in total awe and amazement at its turquoise beauty. It’s rich, deep color only enhances the reflection of the nearby mountains, to create the most awe-inspiring, yet tranquil scene that you could possible imagine.
But it’s not just the lake. From this trek, you can see three of the highest peaks in the world (Mt. Dhaulagiri, 7th highest; Mt. Manaslu, 8th highest and Annapurna I, 10th highest). These incredible massifs are one of just 14 peaks that are more than 8000 meters above sea level. They rise majestically in the skies of western Nepal, towering over the many 6,000+ meter snowcapped mountains that dot the Himalayan skies.
The journey into the mighty Annapurna Mountains takes you deep into the jungles before breaking through into the alpine regions well above the tree line. You will encounter the unique cultures of a myriad of tribal people, including the Gurung, Tamang and Magar people who will welcome you into their villages with a hot cup of tea and a smile. There are holy sites, including the sacred temple of Muktinath. You will cross the high mountain pass of Throng La with the most incredible view of an amazing number of peaks.
All of this and more await you when you book your trip to Tilicho Lake Trek with Himalayan Planet Adventures. This is a most amazing adventure, one that will be hard to beat in the years to come. Why not plan this year to trek the Tilicho Lake Trek?
Day 1 – Arrival in Kathmandu (Elev. 1300 m/4,264 ft) Today arrive at the beginning of your adventure at the fabled Himalayan city of Kathmandu. You will arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport where you will be met by your representative of Himalayan Planet Adventures and taken to your hotel to relax from your long flight. In the evening, enjoy a welcome dinner with traditional Nepali food, dance, and music.
DAY 2 – Drive to Besishahar (elev. 830 m/2,723 ft) Today starts our adventure into the Annapurna Mountains as we take a local bus deep into the mountains. We leave Kathmandu, heading west for the district town of Besishahar for the Lamjung District. It’s an amazing town with a decent hotel where we will put up for the night. It is the entrance to the Annapurna Conservation Area. Rest here for the night.
DAY 3 – Drive to Chame (elev. 2,710 m/8,891 ft)We have left the paved road and now we are on a jeep trail to the village of Chame, the district “city” of Manang District. It is a rough road, but what incredible views of the mountains along the way!. We’ve entered the Annapurna Mountains. The road follows along the beautiful Marsyangdi River that flows with a rapid pace from its source in the mountains. From here, it becomes a major tributary of the mighty Trisuli River as it makes its way toward the sacred Ganges River in India. We pass several villages before finally coming to rest at Chame. This village has a great view of Mt. Annapurna II. We will spend the night in a local hotel. Please note: There can be problems with this road due to landslides and washouts during a rainy season. Himalayan Planet Adventures will have the latest update on the road conditions before you leave for the Annapurna region.
DAY 4 – Trek to Pisang (elev. 3,700 m/12,139 ft) Today starts the trek. From Chame, pass through apple orchards around Bhartang village. This region is famous for its apples, which are crisp and delicious and highly sought after in Kathmandu and Pokhara. We cross the Marsyangdi River. The trail goes from being casual uphill to a bit a climb as we move our way above the tree-line until we can see Mt. Pisang as well as Mt. Chulu Peak. Below us is the village of Pisang. From the high point, it’s an easy one-hour gradual downhill walk to the village where we will spend the night. This area features Tibetan-style houses and monasteries, along with panoramic views of the Annapurna Mountain Range.
DAY 5 – Trek to Braga (elev. 3450 m/11,319 ft) The trail will begin today with a walk through fragrant pine forests. We’ve dropped back below the tree line, but climb upwards until we can look down at one point on the ridge and see the beautiful Gurung village of Manang. The Manang Valley stretches out below us and is lush and green. The high snow-capped peaks surround the valley, making for a most impressive scene. All around us are amazing views of the snowcapped peaks, which include Tilicho, Gangapurna, Annapurna II and III as well as Pisang and Chulu peaks. Braga is a Tibetan style village with a unique Buddhist monastery with statue's, thanks and rare Tibetan religious manuscripts. Today we will enjoy the local hospitality of Braga village.
DAY 6 – Trek to Ice LakeIt’s a good day to start the acclimatization process as we are reaching some high elevations. There are probably few places that are as nice to acclimatize as Braga village. Here we will take a short hike to explore a unique area of the Annapurna’s called the Ice Lakes. We will pack our lunch as there are no teahouses along the way. The total journey will take around six hours as we leisurely explore this unique lake. We return to our tea house for the night.
DAY 7 – Manang (3,500 m/11,482 ft) While we’ve taken a day to acclimatize at Braga, we will take it easy at the wonderful Gurung village of Manang. It’s about an hour journey to the village which features some 500 flat-roof stone houses. These are Buddhist Gurungs, and the region is known for the number of Gurkha Soldiers that have come from Manang. There is an interesting local museum to explore. You can rest, explore, or just stand there and admire the incredible beauty of the land. From Manang, there are amazing views of the snowcapped peaks of the Annapurna Mountains. These stunning views along bring people to Manang each year. We will visit the Himalayan Rescue Association and take in a movie. Manang may be a remote mountain village, but it is amazing at what it can offer. We will spend the night in Manang.
DAY 8 – Trek to Tilicho Base Camp (elev. 4150 m/13,615 ft) Breakfast comes early in Manang as we will be up early to begin our trek to Tilicho Base Camp. The trek is around 6 – 7 hours and features non-stop views of the various peaks. We reach Khangsar Village, cross the Marsyangdi River and finally arrive at Tilicho Base Camp. There is a tea house here. This is where climbers begin their climb of Mt. Tilicho. We won’t be climbing Mt. Tilicho but will have the opportunity to admire this snowcapped peak.
DAY 9 – Hike to Tilicho Lake (elev. 4,919 m/16,138 ft) Our journey has finally arrived at the highest lake in the world. From the moment the sun starts to rise in the Himalayan skies, the breathtaking scenery never quits. The trail is narrow and rough, but amazing in all ways with the views of the mountains, waterfalls, and fast flowing rivers. It’s a full day of trekking, lasting around 9 – 10 hours as we reach the awe-inspiring Tilicho Lake. We take a lunch with us as there is no place to buy lunch along the way. We return back to Khangsar Village for the night.
DAY 10 – Trek to Yak Kharka (elev. 4,110 m/13,484 ft) These high elevations offer some of the most amazing views of the valleys and snowcapped peaks of the Himalayas. Yak Kharka is a summer grazing area where shepherds go with their sheep, goats, and yaks to allow them to graze on good, green grass in the warmer months of the year. Below is Khangsar village, which stands out magnificently in the valley below. We look above us and see the peaks of the Annapurna, Gangapurna, and Tilicho. Vegetation is limited here to juniper bushes that can survive at this high elevation. We reach Yak Kharka where we will spend the night, enjoying the hospitality of local shepherds.
DAY 11 – Trek to Throng Phedi (elev. 4,400 m/14,432 ft) It’s a little slower today as we make our way upwards to Throng Phedi. We will be following along the east bank of the Jorsang Khola (river) as it quickly cascades down the mountainside. We stop for tea at a little tea shop by a wooden bridge that crosses the Jorsang, savoring its heat in the high elevations. The path will then narrow as we move up the slope until we reach the little village of Throng Phedi for the night.
DAY 12 – Climb Throng La Pass (Elev. 5,416 m/17,765 ft.) and descend to Muktinath (Elev. 3800 m/12,467 ft)Today you climb literally to the roof of the world to behold the most stunning view of the Himalayas at Throng La Pass before descending to the holy temple of Muktinath. It is a day filled with adventure and excitement. We begin very early as today will be a long trek. It takes around 3 – 4 hours to make it to the top of the pass. The wind always blows up here, but what an awesome view of these incredible snowcapped peaks. We stop here for a short break to enjoy the view and to take pictures before descending into the Kaligandaki Valley below. Our journey will take us to the famous pilgrimage site of Muktinath where we will spend the night. Total trekking time is 7 – 8 hours.
DAY 13 – Muktinath to Kagbeni (elev. 2,800 m/4240 ft.) to Jomsom (2700 m) It’s an early morning as we make the sacred pilgrimage to the famed Muktinath Temple. Here, pilgrims have been coming for hundreds of years to worship at its sacred, ever-burning blue flame. This temple is sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists, who come here for festivals as well as to make the holy journey. We will spend some time here before moving on through incredible landscapes to the village of Kagbeni, and then finally to Jomsom which is where our trekking will end. Here we can relax at a good hotel for the night.
DAY 14 – Fly to Pokhara It’s a short, but beautiful flight over the mountains to the wonderful, lakeside city of Pokhara. The flight takes just 20 minutes, but from the air, you will see the Annapurna Mountains in all of their glory before descending over Phewa Lake and to the airport in Pokhara Enjoy exploring the city. You can do some additional walking or simply take a book and read next to the lake, enjoying a cold drink in your hand as you gaze out over the beautiful blue waters. We stay at a nice local hotel in Pokhara near Lakeside, so you can explore on your own this fascinating place.
DAY 15 – Drive to Kathmandu We return to Nepal’s capital city, traveling by first class bus (a luxury ride), and passing by mighty rivers and through green valleys as the road winds its way upward to Kathmandu. In the evening, enjoy a good hotel and a farewell dinner with your manager and fellow trekkers.
DAY 16 – DepartureIt’s been a great trip and sadly, it’s time to depart. But do you really have to leave Nepal? You have barely begun to discover all this amazing country has to offer. Be sure to talk to your representative at Himalayan Planet Adventures about extending your trip. Why not take a couple of nights and visit Chitwan National Park? A jungle safari is ideal and easy to connect to from Pokhara. There are also other places to visit, and you can even spend a few more nights in Pokhara exploring its caves, box canyons, gorges, museums, underground temples and more. You’re already here in Nepal, so why not explore and discover all that this inspiring land has to offer. There are also opportunities to visit neighboring countries like India, Tibet, Bhutan, and Bangladesh and beyond. Talk to your friends at Himalayan Planet Adventures. They are the region’s specialists when it comes to exploring The Land of the Himalayas.
Why take this trek?
The Tilicho Lake Trek is one of those off the beaten path treks that never cease to amaze those who venture on this excursion into one of the rarely seen places in the Annapurna Mountains. It is off the beaten path where you won’t see many tourists but will have the rare opportunity to immerse yourself in the unique local culture of the region. The immense beauty of Tilicho Lake along with the amazing scenery will never cease to impress you. We know. Even though all of us at Himalayan Planet Adventures are from the mountains of Nepal, we never get over the wonder of the awesome beauty of this trek. We are certain that this will be an adventure of a lifetime for you.
Meals and Accommodations
Himalayan Planet Adventures will provide all meals during the trek. The Tilicho Lake Trek is a tea house trek, which means we stay at local hotels and tea houses while traveling in the village areas. These are basic facilities, with good food and clean beds. We choose from the tea house menus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and we provide hot coffee and/or tea. Soft and hard drinks plus bottled water is not included.
At the tea houses, meals consist of Nepali, Chinese and Continental foods. While often limited menus, all meals are hygienically prepared and are tasty.
On those occasions where there is no tea house for lunch, we will provide a sack lunch to enjoy a picnic while on the trail.
In Kathmandu and Pokhara, we stay at requested categories hotels. Breakfast is included when staying in these cities, along with a welcome and farewell dinner.
All accommodations are twin sharing unless you request a single supplement (extra).
Himalayan Planet Adventure will provide basic equipment, which includes the following:
We advise you bring the following:
This trip is based on a small group of 2 – 10 people. It is possible to do this as a solo trek. Please note there is a single supplement. Himalayan Planet Adventures suggests that you join a group before booking the Tilicho Lake Trek. Large groups can be arranged upon request, but you will definitely enjoy a smaller group as your guide can give you more personal service.
The Tilicho Lake Trek is a bit more challenging than a regular Annapurna Trek. However, if you are in average physical condition, you can make this trek. It will challenge you, but then, these are the Himalayas and they challenge everyone who ventures into the mountains. The Daily walking averages time between 4 – 6 hours except where noted. Be sure to talk to your doctor before you schedule a trip into the Himalayas.
Trek Leaders and Staff
Himalayan Planet Adventures has over a decade of experience in the trekking and travel industry here in Nepal. Our company has risen to a position of leadership because of our commitment to our clients. The guides and porters of Himalayan Planet Adventures all receive well beyond the minimum requirements prescribed by the Government of Nepal. Each year, they undergo additional training. This training includes English Language, first aid, local geography, knowledge of Nepal as well as hospitality training. This assures you of having the best possible guides and porters in the industry. We pay above average for the trekking industry, providing our guides and porters with proper equipment to better serve you.
Himalayan Planet Adventures takes Acute Mountains Sickness (AMS) very seriously. This can be fatal for those not used to the higher elevations as found in the Himalayas. Normally, AMS can occur at elevations above 3600 m/11,808 ft. AMS can be avoided by taking time for acclimatization. Our guides and porters know the early symptoms of AMS, and will quickly move anyone who is suffering to lower elevations, which is the best way to recover.
It is always a good idea to buy travel insurance, as you never know what unexpected surprise may arise. We can’t control illness, loss of luggage, delays, medical emergencies and the like. Travel insurance is very inexpensive, and just a good precaution with one less thing to worry about.
Climate and Weather
These are the Himalayas, and weather can quickly change. It often snows very high elevations, which include some of the places on the Tilicho Lake Trek. The best times to do the Tilicho Lake Trek are from late September to mid-November when the air is clear and there is wonderful visibility. From late November to late February, there is snow at high elevations. March through May is the other popular time, with plenty of mountain flowers and warming temperatures. Mid-June through Mid-September is monsoon/rainy season. While it doesn’t rain every day, roads can close due to high rivers and landslides.
Passport and Visa Requirements
Before you go, be sure to make sure you have at least six months valid on your passport before coming to Nepal. We request that you scan and send us your passport information prior to coming to Nepal. Visas for most countries are available upon arrival (SAARC Country residents can get a free visa upon arrival for 30 days.) For more information, go to Nepal Immigration.
Permits and Fees
It is necessary to obtain the Annapurna Conservation Areas Entry ACAE) Permit along with a TIMS permit. If you decide to visit any of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, there are special entry permits required. Himalayan Planet Adventures will obtain for you the ACAE and TIMS permit. If you elect to extend your stay and visit any of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu, the entry permits can be obtained at their respective entry sites. We include the entry fees as required for the Tilicho Lake Trek (except for the UNESCO World Heritage Fees which are not part of the standard tour.)
Health and Medical Information
All of our staff is trained in basic first aid training well beyond Nepal government requirements. Himalayan Planet Adventures looks out for the health and safety of all of its clients. On every trek, we will carry a medical bag to take care of any emergencies that might occur (and rarely ever do). We prepare for the worst, in order to be able to deal with any emergency that may arise while in the Himalayas.
We take environmental issues very seriously because these mountains are our ancestral homes. Don’t be surprised if you get to meet our relatives when you are out on the trails. Because we are proud of our homeland, we work hard to make sure we take care of it for future generations. We pack out all items that will pollute the local environment. We also are in support of KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Education Project) which works with trekking and travel companies in helping to maintain the ecology of the Himalayas. We avoid the use of plastics and water bottles that can’t be properly disposed of in the mountains.
The trekking and travel industry in Nepal is very competitive, and you don’t survive for nearly 15 years without being exceptional in service and commitment. That is what you can expect from Himalayan Planet Adventures. It is our knowledge of the mountains, its people plus our connections that allow us to offer the best possible treks and tours at the best prices. We have an over 95% satisfaction rating with clients, which place us in the top 2% of the industry. Don’t take our work for it – be sure to talk with our past clients and learn why they are so happy with choosing Himalayan Planet Adventures.
How to Book
Booking your trek is quite simple, easy and fun to do. It’s picking the particular trek that is the most difficult part of the process because there are so many wonderful places to choose from.Once you make your selection, contact us by e-mail or phone to check availability. Himalayan Planet Adventures will advise you on availability as well as answer any questions you may have.
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