Tilicho Lake Trek


Tilicho Lake Trek

Tilicho Lake is a lake in Nepal's Manang district, 55 kilometers (34 miles) from the city of Pokhara as the crow flies. It is located at an altitude of 4,919 meters (16,138 feet) in the Himalayan Annapurna range and is commonly referred to as the world's highest lake for its size, despite the fact that there are lakes at greater altitudes in Nepal and larger, higher lakes in Tibet. Lake Tilicho is 4,949 meters above sea level, according to another source (16,237 ft). No aquatic organisms have been found in the lake, according to the Nepali Department of Hydrology and Meteorology (2003). One of the most popular side excursions on the Annapurna circuit trek leads to Tilicho Lake. The hike will take 3 to 4 days longer. There is no need to tent because new lodges have been built between Manang and the lake. The final approach to the lake is a day hike from Tilicho Base Camp's lodge. The watershed between the Manang and Kali Gandaki valleys is commonly crossed by trekkers trying the Annapurna Circuit route across the 5416 meter high Throng la pass. The alternative path, which skirts Tilicho Lake from the north, is gathering traction. This is a more difficult approach that demands at least one night of camping. After the Tilicho Base Camp resort, a few kilometers east of the lake, and the next settlement of Thini Gaon in the Kali Gandaki valley, there are no teahouses or lodges. The majority of groups stay two nights in each of these locations. Mesokanto La and Tilicho North pass, often known as Tilicho "Tourist pass," are the two passes that connect Thini Gaon and Jomsom.


Trip Code WPP-003-TLT
Destination Nepal
Altitude 4919m
Region Annapurna Region
Season Spring/Autumn
Difficulty Moderate
Accomodation Hotel, Lodge, and Tea House
Duration 18 Days


Day 1: Arrive at Kathmandu's Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) (1,300m/4,264ft))

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, our company representative will meet and welcome you to Nepal and then you'll be transferred to your confirmed hotel. Once you finish the check-in procedure, you can rest & relax at the hotel. Later you will be accompanied by the office staff for a short tour of Thamel to make you familiar with some good restaurants, ATMs, money changer and other necessary places you might need during your stay in Thamel.

Day 2: A full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley, the capital city

The very next morning, after breakfast you will leave for a full day sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley. You can visit the sacred Pashupatinath Temple and Swyambhunath, very ancient and essentially enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhanath and the fine arts and historical architecture of Kathmandu Durbar Square reflecting the ancient Nepalese culture which is the highlights of our guided tour. A visit to Patan City will enchant you with its famous fine arts and historical architecture. On return to your hotel, you will have time to explore the local area, have dinner and perhaps take a leisurely stroll through the famous streets. Finally, day ends with a Authentic Nepalese Dinner in Nepali Cultural Restaurant.

Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar (830m/2,722.4ft)

We'll have to get up early today because we'll be driving a considerable distance to our trek's starting location. We leave Kathmandu at 7:00 a.m. after breakfast and arrive in Besisahar after around 7-8 hours of driving. We witness more of Nepal's landscape, which includes granaries, rivers, towns, farms, and breathtaking mountain scenes in Enrooted. However, the road is not in equally good shape during our journey today. Besisahar is about 185 kilometers from Kathmandu.

Day 4: Drive from Besisahar to Bagarchhap (2160m/7,084.8ft)

 Our day starts with a drive uphill along the stony road that follows the Marsyandi Rivers to Tal (1675m), the first village in the Manang district. Instead of crossing a vast, flat valley, we create a route. The trail then ascends a stone stairwell to a second stairwell. The road to Dharapani continues up and down (1890m). A stone entryway Chorten, typical of Tibetan-influenced communities north of here, may be found there. Then, at 2160 meters, we arrive at Bagarchhap, a community with traditional flat-roofed stone dwellings designed by local Tibetans, despite the fact that the village is still in the transition zone before the dry highlands. 

Day 5: Trek from Bagarchhap to Chame (2,630m/8,626.4ft)

The trail climbs to Tyanja (2360m), then continues through the forest to Kopar, passing beside the river. As we approach Chame, the administrative center of the Manang district, we are rewarded with spectacular views of Annapurna II as we approach the town's two little hot springs. We meet a local population who claims to have migrated from Tibet a long time ago, as evidenced by their distinctive traits. They've bought local Tibetan house designs and kept their traditions with them.

Day 6: Trek from Chame to Pisang (3,300m/10,824ft)

The day begins with a lengthy bridge across a river in a deep dense forest in a steep and tight valley. We then cross another bridge, from which the soaring Paungda Danda rock face can be seen for the first time. The track then links up to climb to Pisang.

Day 7: Trek from Pisang to Manang (3,540m/11,611.2ft)

Today we travel through the drier upper Manang area, which is shielded from the monsoon's full force by the Annapurna Range. For portion of the year, the people of this region herd yaks and grow vegetables. They also have specific trading privileges that they obtained in 1784. We have various pathways north and south of the Marsyangdi River after leaving Pisang, which link up again at Mungji. The southern route via Hongde, with its airport (3325m), requires less ascending than the northern approach via Ghyaru, albeit the trail that follows the northern bank of the river has better vistas.

Day 8: Trek from Manang to Khangsar Village (3,700/12,136ft)

We continue our journey to Tilicho Lake after acclimating at Manang. From Manang, one exits through the western gates and takes the path down to the river. After crossing the Khangsar Khola on the bridge below Khangsar, mount the slope to the settlement, which is known as Nepal's last village and is still built in the old Tibetan manner. 

Day 9: Trek from Khangsar to Tilicho Base Camp (4,200m/13,776ft)

The day begins with a long walk from Khangsar, passing through a Gompa (monastery). The trail ahead leads up to a high ridge on a newly constructed path. There is a crossroads at one point. The one path maintains height by traversing the slopes towards a narrowing of the valley, while the other keeps ascending towards the ridge line. The former is the old trail, which is significantly more difficult because it travels on extremely steep screed; the later is the new path, which travels in a completely different direction. Continue down the new trail until you reach a high crest, then descend to a side valley of the main valley via switchbacks carved out of the scree slopes. A creek runs through it.

Day 10: Trek from Tilicho Base Camp to Tilicho Lake (5,200m/17,056ft) and back down to Tilicho BC (4,200m/13,776ft)

Our journey today begins at 6:00 a.m., as we try to avoid the wind. It takes another 3-4 hours to get from Base Camp to Tilicho Lake. Tilicho Lake, the world's highest lake, is a frigid, barren spot in the afternoon. We will return the same way to Base Camp after spending some time around Tilicho Lake because there are no accommodations in the Tilicho Lake area.

Day 11: Trek from Tilicho BC to Yak Kharka (4,000m/13,120ft)

Returning from Base Camp, stay high and follow a track 400 meters above Khangsar town, passing through the ruins of old Khangsar and an unmarked route that will lead you around and down to an old log bridge that connects Gumsang and Yak Kharka.

Day 12: Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,450m/14,596ft)

Today, after a two-and-a-half-hour ascent, the trail lowers to cross the river and then climbs to Thorong Phedi (4450m), where we recently discovered some well-built tea houses.

Day 13: Trek Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3,800m/12,464ft) via Thorung La passes (5,416m/17764ft)

Today is the longest and most difficult day of the trip. We set out early in the morning with a packed lunch, and the terrain quickly turns steeper as we approach high camp. Take your time and enjoy the sunrise and views of the mountains. We continue walking to the Throng peak, which takes 3-4 hours, and take a short stop for stunning scenery before heading down to the Mustang part of the mountains and the Kaligandaki valley far below to the west. After a 6-7-hour walk, we arrived in Muktinath.

Day 14: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (2,500m/8,200ft)

Today, we wake up to the wonderful sounds of temple bells and travel to Muktinath Temple, a well-known pilgrimage site. It's a short walk down to Kagbeni after breakfast. All the way to Kagbeni, the trail drops through a stunning, parched environment. To get to Kagbeni, one must cross the Kaligandaki River on each side. The left fork of the river leads to Kagbeni. Perhaps you'll have lunch in Kagbeni. We arrive in Jomsom, a sizable town and the administrative center of the Mustang district, after a few hours of walking from Kagbeni. It has an airport right above the Kaligandaki River and is a key hamlet in the Kaligandaki area, connecting the ancient Trans-Himalayan Salt Trade route to the Indian subcontinent.

Day 15: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara (820m/2,689ft)

We collect our belongings and prepare for the adventurous alpine picturesque trip to Pokhara this morning. The flight passes between two high peaks, Mt. Annapurna (8091m) and Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m), giving us the best view of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayan ranges. We have a full day in Pokhara to explore the sights and sounds of the city. Our guide will take you on a sightseeing tour of Pokhara Valley, including the city's highlights and the surrounding environs. We'll go to the Hindu temple Bindabashini, which is one of Pokhara's most prominent Hindu temples, to see the pilgrimage sites.

Day 16: Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu

You may fly to Kathmandu in the afternoon. You can take an optional sightseeing tour of Pokhara or participate in adventure sports such as boating, paragliding, and other activities a few hours before your departure. When flying back to Kathmandu from Pokhara, make sure you sit on the left side of the plane for the finest Himalayan views. If you want to go by bus, we will book a place for you in a tourist coach along the river, and your journey will begin at 7:30 a.m. from Pokhara. Seats on the vehicle's left side are ideal for taking in the scenery. The route passes through the Trisuli River, where many people may be seen rafting. You will arrive in Kathmandu in 6/7 hours.

Day 17: Leisure day at Kathmandu

A day of leisure in Kathmandu will be followed by a farewell supper and celebration. You can request a sightseeing tour of Kathmandu Valley from your guide. On this day, you can visit several museums throughout the valley, including the Narayanhiti Museum, which was previously the residence of Nepal's last king. You can also visit Nagarkot's hilltop. After some sightseeing in the valley's world heritage sites, you'll enjoy a farewell supper with your Nepali friends and guide. You and your guide may decide to prolong your stay for a Chitwan jungle safari, rafting activities, and other activities.

Day 18: Departure

It's finally SEE OFF TIME. Wongchhu Peak Promotion employees will pick you up from your hotel and drop you off at Tribhuvan International Airport, with the hope of seeing you again.


  • All airport/hotel transfers,
  • 4 nights Kathmandu in Kathmandu with breakfast,
  • A full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley including tour guide, transportations and entrance fees,
  • Private Vehicle for drive to Besisahar,
  • Jomsom-Pokhara flight,
  • Pokhara-Kathmandu airplane flight and departure taxes or Tourist Bus for both,
  • Food and Accommodation during trekking (full board service – breakfast, lunch and dinner + hot water),
  • An experienced English speaking trekking guide and Sherpa porters to carry luggage including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging,
  • All necessary paper works,
  • Wongchhu Peak Promotion's duffel bag and trekking map,
  • Travel and rescue arrangements,
  • Insurance for Nepali Staff,
  • Welcome and Farewell Dinner.


  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary,
  • If required to change from airplane to helicopter to/from Pokhara due to weather issues, the additional cost of the helicopter will be shared amongst clients.,
  • Personal trekking gear,
  • Meals in Kathmandu (except breakfast and farewell dinner),
  • Alcohol and Beverages during the trek,
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, shower etc.),
  • Emergency Medical Evacuation & any medical costs.


1.0 Travel Documents

  • Valid passport
  • Credit/Debit card
  • Passport size photo (6 pieces)
  • Insurance paper and contact address
  • Family contact number

2.0 Upper Body Wear

  • Thermal Top Base Layer (2 Pcs)
  • Fleece Jacket (1 Pcs)
  • Gore-Tex Jacket (1 Pcs)
  • Down Jacket (1 Pcs)
  • Cotton T-Shirt (2 Pcs)

3.0 Lower Body Wear

  • Thermal Bottom Base Layer (2 Pcs)
  • Fleece Trouser (1pcs)
  • Gore-Tex Pant (1 pcs)
  • Mid Weight Pants (1Pcs)
  • Light Weight Quick Dry Trekking Pants (2-3 Pairs)
  • Gaiters for trekking boots

4.0 Headwear

  • Sun Cap
  • Fleece Hat/ Warm Hat (1-2 Pcs)
  • Neck Gaiter (2 Pcs)

5.0 Handwear

  • Thin fleece gloves
  • Wind stopper/screen tap gloves

6.0 Footwear

  • Normal Socks (2-3 Pairs)
  • Trekking Shoes (Gore-Tex)
  • Slipper (1 Pair)

7.0 Sleeping Bags

  • Sleeping bag -20°c to -30°c for Base camp
  • Down Sleeping Bag -40°c for extreme comfort
  • Thermarests Mattress (Cell foam)
  • Sleeping bag Liner
  • Inflatable Pillow

8.0 Trekking Equipment

  • Power Bank
  • Pee Bottle
  • Altimeter watch
  • Pocket Knife
  • Walking Stick/Trekking Pole
  • Satellite Phone with credit
  • Battery
  • Headlight 500-700Lumens
  • Spare Tape Slings/240cm
  • Unlock Carabiner
  • Lock Carabiner

9.0 Bag packs

  • Rucksacks 35 L -50 L

10.0 Sun stuff

  • Banana Boat/ Nivea Sun Cream (-20 Spf)
  • Lip Guard -20 (Spf)
  • Sun Glasses (Uv Protection)

11.0 Toiletries (Personal)

  • Toilet Paper / Wet Tissue
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Towel
  • Garbage Bag

12.0 Eating & Drinkings

  • 1 ltr. Water Bottle
  • 1/1.5ltr. Thermos Mug (Opt.)
  • Spoon / Fork (opt.)
  • Bowl (opt.)

13.0 Medical / First Aid

  • Brufen / Ibuprofens
  • Antibiotic
  • Diamox
  • Paracetamol
  • Handy Plaster
  • Crack Bandage
  • Tincture Iodine
  • Ondem
  • Cetirizine
  • Electrolyte
  • Minil 10mg (Palpitation, anxiety)
  • Codopar (Headache & chest pain)
  • Salbetol 4mg (Breathless)
  • Azithromycin 500mg (chronic tonsillitis, fever, nose, throat infection-must take 5 days)
  • Flupen 250mg (prevent wound infection)
  • Allegra 120/180mg (Allergic tonsil)
  • Menstrual Products

14.0 Miscellaneous

  • Nail cutter
  • Umbrella /Raincoat
  • Hot water bag
  • Camera
  • Trails Maps
  • GPS Tracker (Recommended)
  • Hand & Toe Warmer


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