Tilicho Lake Trek – 21 days

Visit this magical Buddhist ex-kingdom and explore its peaceful, challenging and unspoiled trails and landscape.
Trip Code : DH/AR-01
Duration : 21 days


  • Adventurous lodges trek in beautiful Annapurna region.
  • Explore Ethnic culture which is influenced by Tibetan culture.
  • Visit Ancient Buddhist Monasteries
  • One of the longest passes
  • Observe beautiful Manang village
  • Incredible views of Mount Annapurna I (8091m), Manaslu (8163m)and Dhaulagiri (8167m).
  • Adventurous hike towards the highest lake in the world

Trip Information

Situated in the Manang District, Tilicho lake is one of the highest lakes in Nepal, which is filled with the natural beauty. Many Hindu pilgrims around the world come to visit this fascinating lake due to its religious importance. The spiritually and naturally famous Tilicho lake trek is one of the best trekking routes in Nepal. Trekking at a Hight of 4949m is really exciting, thrilling, rewarding, and at the same time it is quite a challenging trekking route in the Annapurna region. However, the display of epic world-famous Annapurna circuit scenic views, cultural and natural values of the place, sublime natural beauty, running clear water streams, striking waterfalls and rare flora and fauna make this trek worth visiting. This thrilling trek offers us sensational views of gigantic peaks including the world’s 7th highest mountain Mt Dhaulagiri (8,167m)-, Mt. Annapurna (8,091m) – the 10th highest mountain of the world, Manaslu, (8,163m)- world’s 8th highest, Machhapuchhre at (6,993m) and many other neighboring peaks.
During the Tilicho Lake trek, you will get an opportunity to view serene waterfalls, and cross an airy of suspension bridges, cross the Thorong La pass at 5416m and many local settlements. Although the trail seems to be quite challenging, by trekking in the rocky trail, walking through the high hills along the river bank, rewarding as well by breathtaking landscapes, natural beauty of spectacular surroundings despite all the geographical obstacles.  Passing various local villages and exploring the unique culture and traditions of local folks during our trek is really rewarding. Reaching on the Tilicho Base Camp and having a superb view of the Lake in front of us, exploring the beauty of Tilicho Lake makes this trek ever worth visiting. After exploration of Tilicho Lake, we will return back to Muktinath, a sacred place for both Hindu and Buddhist through crossing the Thorang La Pass (5416m. Then we will visit Jomsom and return back to the paradise city called Pokhara. February to May and September to November are the best seasons to visit and explore the glamorous beauty of the Tilicho Lake trek in Nepal.

Short Itinerary
Day1: Arrival Kathmandu and transferred to Hotel (1360m)
Day2: Full Day Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing
Day3: Drive to Beshisahar (830m)
Day4: Trek to Bahundanda (1300m) 5 hrs walk
Day5: Trek to Chamje (1405m) 6 hrs walk
Day6: Trek to Bagarchap (2160m) - 5 hrs walk
Day7: Trek to Chame (2630m) 5 hrs walk.
Day8: Trek to Pisang (3300m) – 5hrs walk
Day9: Trek to Manang (3540m) – 5 hrs walk
Day10: Acclimatization Day
Day11: Trek to Kangsar Village (3700m) – 4 hrs walk
Day12: Trek to Tilicho Base Camp (4200m) – hrs walk
Day13: Trek to Tilicho lake and down back to Tilicho Basecamp – 6 hrs walk
Day14: Trek to Yak Kharka (4000m) – 5 hrs walk
Day15: Trek to Thorong Phedi (4450m) – 5 hrs walk
 Day16: Trek to Muktinath (3800m) via Thorong La pass (5400m) – 8 hrs walk
Day17: Trek to Jomsom (2720m) – 5 hrs walk
Day18: Early in the morning Fly to Pokhara
Day19: Drive back to Kathmandu
Day 20: Rest day at Kathmandu
Day 21: Final Departure

Day 1: Arrival Kathmandu and transferred to Hotel (1360m)

  • Welcome you and transfer to the hotel.
  • Hotel check out
  • Take a rest and relax
  • Stroll down the street to get familiar with the place.
  • Welcome dinner in the evening
  • Stay overnight in the hotel at Kathmandu.

Day 2: Full Day Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing

  • Early morning breakfast.
  • Half day world heritage cultural tour.
  • Visiting Pashupatinath, the most famous and revered Hindu shrine, Boudhanath, the largest Buddhist stupa, Soyambhunath, which contains both Buddhist and Hindu shrines and Royal Kathmandu Durbar Square.
  • A brief explanation about the further trek. (Afternoon trek briefing and trek gear distribution.)
  • Putting all the essential things in the bag.
  • Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 3: Drive to Beshisahar (830m)

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Drive along the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway to Dumre by following the narrow and paved road by the Marshyangdi River to Beshisahar.
  •  Enjoy the splendid mountain peaks, natural green landscapes that surround the valley.
  • Encounter with the daily practices of the local folks.
  • Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 4: Trek to Bahundanda (1300m) 5 hrs walk

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Continue trek through the bank of the Marshyangdi River.
  • Enjoy the sceneries and the local culture of the Gurung community.
  • Take a lunch and make steep upwards trek to Bahundanda which takes about 2 hours.
  • Enjoy viewing eye-catching scenery with breathtaking snow-capped mountains.
  • Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 5: Trek to Chamje (1405m) 6 hrs walk

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Continue trek by leaving the Chamje and trek downwards to Syange (1070m).
  • Enjoy the beautiful views of waterfalls making sounds as it strikes with stones on the way.
  • Cross suspension bridge over the Marsyangdi River.
  • Trek by following the same river up to Jagat.
  • As we reach to Jagat and climb up to Chyamje.
  • Overnight at Chamje.

Day 6: Trek to Bagarchap (2160m) - 5 hrs walk

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Continue our trek through the rocky trail by the side of Marshyangdi River.
  • Trek upwards up to Tal (1675 m).
  • Cross a valley through the ups and downs trail.
  • Arrive at Dharapani (1890 m) and the further trek will finally reach Bagarchap. 
  • Overnight at Bagarchap.

Day 7: Trek to Chame (2630m) 5 hrs walk.

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Climb through the beautiful forests of pine and oak as you pass through Danaque (2210m.).
  • Cross the small wooden bridge and trek a steeply ascending path up to Timang.
  • The further trek will reach you to Chame.
  • Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 8: Trek to Pisang (3300m) – 5hrs walk

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Continue trek with the beautiful views of Lamjung Himal (6893m).
  • Trek through the fir and pine forest, climb high, rocky area.
  • Trek steep-sided path to Bhratang (2950m.).
  • Trek through a pine forest.
  • Enjoy viewing the east peak of Annapurna II as well as Pisang Peak (6091m.) to the north-east.
  • Discover a long Mani wall by a bridge and the lower village of Pisang.
  • Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 9: Trek to Manang (3540m) – 5 hrs walk

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Continue climbs a steep ridge with the good views of the Manang valley and Tilicho peak (7145m.).
  • Descending past Manang’s airstrip at Hungde (3320m.), and views the wonderful north-east face of Annapurna III.
  • Trek through the wide plains of the Sabje Khola Valley, with the magnificent views of Annapurna IV (7525m.).
  • Descend down to the Marshyangdi Khola via a wooden bridge to the tiny village of Mungji.
  • Make a short steep climb and reach Manang, a large village for this remote mountain region.
  • Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 10: Acclimatization Day

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Stroll around in Manang today.
  • Observe beautiful views of green landscapes, silvery mountains, Chortens, and Monasteries.
  • Explore the unique culture and lifestyles of local people.
  • Overnight at our Lodge.

Day 11: Trek to Kangsar Village (3700m) – 4 hrs walk

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Enjoying an awesome day at Manang, we will leave for Khangsar.
  • Trek through a path which goes along the Khangsar River.
  • Cross the beautiful river, and reach Khangsar village.
  • Overnight at our guesthouse.

Day 12: Trek to Tilicho Base Camp (4200m) – hrs walk

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Continue walk from the western pass on a large path, passing a Gompa (monastery).
  • By following the narrow slopes and continues to ascend towards through the line of the ridge.
  • Trek through the steep screed; the latter is the new path that goes a completely different way.
  • Continue along the new track, reach a high crest, and descend on switchbacks carved out through the scree slopes to a side valley of the main valley.
  • The further trek will lead us to the Tilicho Base Camp at an elevation of 4,200m.Overnight at a guesthouse. 

Day 13: Trek to Tilicho lake and down back to Tilicho Basecamp – 6 hrs walk

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Today is the day to reach our destination at Tilicho Lake.
  • Continue hiking towards Tilicho Lake.
  • During your trek, you may feel cold.
  • After 6 hours walk takes you to the Tilicho Lake.
  • Enjoy joyful moments at Tilicho Lake, and descend down to Tilicho base camp.Overnight Guesthouse.

Day 14: Trek to Yak Kharka (4000m) – 5 hrs walk

  • Morning breakfast.Continue trek slowly down from base camp, the trail ascends by nearly 500m to Yak Kharka.
  • We make the climb steadily through Tenki Manang, leaving the Marsyangdi Valley. Continuing along the Jarsang Khola Valley, we reach Yak Kharka at 4,000m. as we hike by we observe that Herds of yaks and vegetations appear to thin out hereabouts. Overnight at our guesthouse B. L. D

Day 15: Trek to Thorong Phedi (4450m) – 5 hrs walk

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Continue trek by climbing gradually to a ridge and descending.
  • Cross wooden bridge over the Marshyangdi.
  • Trek a short ascent up the mountain path by following a narrow trail across an unstable scree slope and then descend to Thorong Phedi.
  • Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 16: Trek to Muktinath (3800m) via Thorong La pass (5400m) – 8 hrs walk

  • Before morning breakfast.
  • Today we will trek around 8 hours to reach Thorong La pass.
  • The way is quite taught, we need to trek early morning at about 4 am.
  •  Climb steeply through the massive snow in the high altitude and reach Thorang La pass.
  • Enjoy the Chortens and prayer flags with the stunning views.
  • Again, descend around 4 hours and reach to the holy place – Muktinath.
  • Muktinath is a pilgrimage spot for both Hindus and Buddhist.
  • Enjoy bathing under the 108 waterspouts around the temple.
  • Visit Jwala Mai Temple where you can see natural spring and an everlasting flame fueled by natural gas.
  • Overnight at Muktinath.

Day 17: Trek to Jomsom (2720m) – 5 hrs walk

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Today is the last day of our trek.
  • Trek continue through the beautiful Kagbeni or Lupra and reach to Jomsom.
  • Trek along Kali Gandaki River to reach Jomsom.
  • Enjoy startling memorable views of Tilicho Mountain and beautiful wet hills. 
  • Overnight at lodge.

Day 18: Early in the morning Fly to Pokhara

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Take an around 25 minutes flight to Pokhara from Jomsom.
  • Enjoy areal views of stunning mountains and green scenery.
  • As you reach to Pokhara, enjoy boating in the Fewa Lake.
  • Admire the splendid views of different mountain peaks.
  • Overnight at the hotel.

Day 19: Drive back to Kathmandu

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Driving back to Kathmandu from Pokhara.
  • Drive through Damauli, Dumre, Mugling and Kurintar and Naubise we climb up to Thankot, the gateway to Kathmandu and finally reach our hotel.
  • Overnight at Hotel.

Day 20: Rest day at Kathmandu

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Rest in the hotel and enjoy watching pictures which were captured in the trek.
  • If you wish to visit world heritage sites, then you can visit half day sightseeing in Kathmandu.
  • Enjoy the day leisurely or catch up on some last-minute shopping
  • Celebrate the successful completion of the trek and enjoy farewell dinner.
  • Overnight in Kathmandu. 

Day 21: Final Departure

  • Hotel breakfast and check out
  • Airport transfer 3 hours before departure
  • Wish you a wonderful and safe journey.

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