Tilicho Lake Trek

Tilicho Lake Trek
  • USD 1375 Per Person
  • 24 Days

The Tilicho Lake trek  is one of the famous trails in the Annapurna region. Tilicho Lake (4912m) is the lake at the highest altitude in the world. Majestic views of Dhaulagiri Himalayan range, Annapurna Himalayan range, Mt. Manaslu, fishtail mountain, Hiunchuli and many more along with the rural villages occupied with the ethnic diversity of people, scenery of herds of yaks and blue sheep, experience the various hot springs (Tatopani) play a vital role to make the Tilicho base camp trek a once in a lifetime experience.

Similar to other treks in Annapurna circuit trail, Tilicho base camp trek starts with a 6 hour drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar. We trek to Chame, Pisang and then to Manang village similar to that of Annapurna circuit trail. Then we branch of the regular trail to head towards Khangsar valley. Then, we trek up to Tilicho base camp. We lodge there and start our trek to Tilicho Lake and back to the base camp early as possible. Then we trek to Khangsar and then to Thorangla Phedi. Crossing the Thorang-la pass, we reach Jomsom from where we take a flight back to Pokhara and head back to Kathmandu. If you tend to lengthen your journey with Nepal Pioneers Trek, you can take a route from Jomsom following Ghorepani poon Hill Trek to Nayapul and drive back to Pokhara. Then, fly back to Kathmandu.
Tilocho Lake trek lasts around 18 days to 3 weeks depending upon the itinerary chosen. (October -December) and (February to May) are the best months to trek to Tilicho base camp. To put in a nutshell, Nepal Pioneer trek encourages enthusiasts around the globe to follow the trail to the lake at the highest altitude in the world. Tilicho lake trek is an adventurous and highly recommended. Nepal Pioneer Treks & Expedition is glad to operate this tour for you to make it your lifetime experience.

Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu (1,300m/4160 ft)

Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing & trek preparation (1,300m/4,160 ft)

Day 03: Drive to Beshishahar (760m/ft), 6,2432  7 hrs drive

Day 04: Trek to Bahundanda (1,310m/4192ft), 5-6 hrs walk

Day 05: Trek to Chamje (1,430m/4,576ft), 5-6 hrs walk

Day 06: Trek to Dharapani (1860m/5252ft), 5-6 hrs walk

Day 07: Trek to Chame (2,670m/5344ft), 6-7 hrs walk

Day 08: Trek to Pisang (3,200m/10,240ft), 5-6 hrs walk

Day 09: Trek to Manang (3,540m/11,328ft), 4-5 hrs walk

Day 10: Acclimatization day at Manang (3,540m/11,328ft)

Day 11: Trek to Tilicho Base Camp at (4100m 13120)via  Khangsar

Day 12: Trek from Base Camp to the Tilicho Lake  at (4920 m15, 744) then back

to Shree Kharka

Day 13: Trek from Shree Kharka to Yak Kharka at (1018 m12, 857) 5 -6 hrs

Day 14: Trek to Yak Kharka (4,018m/12857ft), 3-4 hours walk

Day 15: Trek to Throng Phedi (4,450m/14240), 3-4 hrs walk

Day 16: Trek to to Muktinath (3,76015232) via Throng La (5,416m/17331 ft), 7-8 hrs walk

Day 17: Trek to Marpha (2,670m/8544ft), 6-7 hrs walk

Day 18: Trek to Ghasa (2010m/6432ft), 6-7 hrs walk

Day 19: Trek to Tatopani (1,190m/3808ft), 4-5 hrs walk

Day 20: Trek to Ghorepani (2,860m/9,152ft), 5-6 hrs walk

Day 21: Pun hill hike and trek to Tadapani (2,630m/8,416ft), 5-6 hrs walk

Day 22: Trek to Pokhara (820m/2,624ft), 5-6 hrs walk & 1 hrs drive

Day 23: Drive to Kathmandu (1,300m/4,160 ft), 5-6 hrs drive

Day 24: Departure from Kathmandu

Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)
Welcome to Himalayan country of Nepal. Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, our representative from Nepal Pioneer Treks welcome you and assist to transfer in your hotel in Kathmandu. After time to get refreshments and take a bit rest, our manager will meet and briefing about the trip, then transfer for well come dinner in one of the typical Nepalese restaurant in the heart of Kathmandu. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing & trek preparation (1,300m/4,264 ft)
After breakfast the day will start to our guided trip to cultural world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley, the pilgrimage sites of Hindus temple Pashupatinath, the world biggest Bouddhanath Stupa and visit Swoyambhunath Stupa also known as monkey temple. After exploring the surrounding areas visit the historical Kathmandu Durbar Square with temple, unique architectures and Kumari (living goddess). Evening pre-trip discussion and introduce with our fellow trekking staff for your adventure trip.

Day 03: Drive to Beshishahar (830m/2,723ft), 6-7 hrs drive
This morning we leave Kathmandu for our long trek to Annapurna. Drive by local bus to Beshishahar through the beautiful Nepalese countryside. Beshishahar is a big town and district headquarter of the Lamjung District, explore the surrounding area and overnight at the hotel.

Day 04: Trek to Bahundanda (1,310m/4,298ft), 5-6 hrs walk
Today, we begin our trek from Beshishahar with fine view of Hiunchuli and will peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli) and crossing some local wooden & bamboo bridges reaches at Bhulbhule. It then continues to Ngadi village for lunch, passing through a waterfall through the river bank before reaching at Bahundanda for overnight. This is a nice village on a top of a hill and you may have a chance to explore the evening time to local village and around the school areas.

Day 05: Trek to Chamje (1,410m/4,626ft), 5-6 hrs walk
After a breakfast the trek descends to Syange village crossing fields and local villages, a short downhill walk brings you Syange village is reached after crossing a long suspension bridge, and our trek continues gradually uphill from the river and the last steep climb to get to Jagat for lunch stop. From here an hour further walk on rocky path & long scenic waterfall across the river and finally brings you at Chamje for overnight stop.

Day 06: Trek to Dharapani (1,960m/6,430ft), 5-6 hrs walk
From Chamje a short walk brings to a suspension bridge over the raging Marshyangdi river, after crossing the bridge, it’s another steep climb for another 2-3 hours till Tal, the village is situated on the gorge-valley by the side of the river Marshyangdi and decorated with beautiful waterfall & sandy spread river. Further trek follows the upstream up to the Dharapani, which is through the rocky trails and crossing few suspension bridges and small teashop bring you at quite large village at Dharapani for the overnight at hotel.

Day 07: Trek to Chame (2,710m/8,891ft), 6-7 hrs walk
We continue our trek further to Chame. From where changing the vegetation, people and the landscape changes and the air will get cooler, the trail then climbs through pine forests to Bagarchhap, the first village on the trek with typical Tibetan architecture. After a pleasant walk to Bagarchhap, the altitude slowly gains as we come at Danaque and in the alpine region, passing through farm, orchards and beautiful pine forest with views of towering peaks of Lamjung and Annapurna II, the trail follows the river Marshyangdi upstream passing by the villages of Latamanang and Koto before further half an hour brings you at Chame for overnight at the hotel. This is head quarter of Manang district with a grand view of Annapurna II.

Day 08: Trek to Pisang (3,200m/10,496ft), 5-6 hrs walk
The trails lead from the other side of the river on the northern bank passes through pine woods and small villages with few ups and downs till you reach the orchard village of Bhartang for apple garden. We continue on the gradual path up to a bridge, from the bridge a short steep climb through the pine forest brings you at the top of the ridge of Dhukur Pokhari for the lunch. After walking out of the tree line a great view of Pisang peak on the north and the Chulu peak can be seen with Pisang village below you, from this top a gentle descent of one hour brings you to the windswept village of Pisang for overnight. Evening visit upper Pisang for the Tibetan style of houses and a Monastery with panoramic view of the Annapurna range and valley.

Day 09: Trek to Manang (3,500m/11,482ft), 4-5 hrs walk
The trek starts with a pleasant walk through pine forest and the scenic view. The walk climbs gently up for half an hour and reaching the top, stop at a ridge to get our first view of the Manang valley, This grand spot offers a spectacular views of the valleys, Humde village with its short airstrip and the great peaks of Gangapurna, Annapurna II & III, Tilicho and on the right Chulu east, on the back Pisang peak. The walk forward to Humde and pleasant walk up to the Braga village for traditionally built up Tibetans style of houses and if can be visited the monastery, it has an outstanding display of statues, Thanka paintings and the religious manuscripts. From here it is only an hour walk to Manang for the overnight.

Day 10: Acclimatization day at Manang (3,500m/11,482ft)
Today is full of rest for acclimatize and explore Manang. The village of about 500 flat-roofed houses are the picturesque set amongst some spectacular scenery -Annapurna II, Annapurna III (7,555 meters), Gangapurna (7,454 meters) to the South – Tilicho (7,132 meters) and the Grand Barrier in the West – Chulu West (6,583 meters) and Chulu East (6,059 meters) to the North. After exploring and relaxing day at Manang, visit Himalayan Rescue Association and if needed go to a movie show.

Day 11: Trek from Manang to Tilicho Base Camp

Today you trek to Tilicho Lake Base Camp. It takes approximately six to seven hours.Trek start after breakfast. The trail until to the Khangsar gradual up. You can observe the beautiful lake view of Gangapurna, all the incredible mountain views and scenery. Khangsar has nice farm land to grow Barley, wheat, Buck wheat and potatoes. This is the last place to grow crops before Muktinath. The trail leads steeply up to Shree Kharka. The trail not too steep afterwards. But you should be very much careful in every step because of narrow trail up to Base Camp. It may fall down some stones while you are walking on the trail. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 12: Trek from Base camp to Tilicho Lake then back to Shree Kharka

Today you should wake up earlier in the morning than the usual day. Have breakfast at the Lodge then hike up to the Tilicho Lake. It takes about three to four hours. This is the highest lake situated at 4,920m from the sea level. Once you reached at this lake, take some photograph, then back to the Base Camp, have lunch, then continue the trek to Shree Kharka and stay overnight there.

Day 13: Trek from Shree Kharka to Yak Kharka

Today you trek from Shree Kharka to Yak Kharka. It takes about four to five hour walk. You should climb gradual up in the beginning, then drop down to the stream after that gradual climb again up to Yak Kharka and stay overnight there.

Day 14: Trek to Throng Phedi (4,400m/14,432), 3-4 hrs walk
We start our trek with slow and own pace to get to Phedi. We still have same amazing view of mountains and landscapes. After an hour walk reaches at Ledar and continues to climb along the east bank of the Jorsang Khola, then descends and crosses the stream on a wooden bridge to get a small tea shop. We stop for wonderful view and tea breaks, we follows a narrow path across a high, unstable slope before heading to Thorong Phedi for the overnight. Phedi, which means ‘foot of the hill’, is a common Nepali name for any settlement at the bottom of a long climb.

Day 15: Trek to to Muktinath (3,800/12,467ft) via Throng La (5,416m/17,765 ft), 7-8 hrs walk
Today is longest and hardest day of the whole trip. We start our walk early in the morning with packed lunch and the trail becomes steeper initially and is reached at high camp. Walk on your own pace viewing with the sunrise and a glimpse of the mountains. We continuing walk to the top takes 3-4 hrs to the Throng top and with a great feeling of victory takes a short break in picturesque scenery and down to the Mustang part of the mountains and the Kaligandaki valley far below to the West. Finally, we made to Muktinath after 7-8 hrs long walk and overnight at lodge.

Day 16: Trek to Marpha (2,670m/8,760ft), 6-7 hrs walk
We visit temples in the morning and continuing our journey descending to the Kaligandaki river valley floor, with a brief stop at Ekle Bhatti meaning a lonely teahouse, from here onwards the valley gets very windy path, the walk follows the gentle trail for another two hours till the large town of Jomsom a town and a headquarter of the Mustang region with a small airstrip just above the Kaligandaki River. After lunch at Jomsom further two hours of easy walk towards south east brings us at Marpha for the overnight stop, which is a little gem, with whitewashed houses, paved streets and numerous well kept lodges. Here you will have time to celebrate with the local apple products like cider, brandy and juice and dinner with apple pie.

Day 17: Trek to Ghasa (2,120m/6,955ft), 6-7 hrs walk
Today, the walk is very enjoyable following the Kaligandaki river downstream reaches another charming village at Tukuche, close beneath the Tukuche peak and Dhaulagiri with spectacular views of Mt. Nilgiri and the massif ice falls, which tumbles from the Dhaualgiri’s east face, after an hour walk from Tukuche continuing trek down to the Kalolpani village for lunch, and this is another lovely village of more than 30 houses with excellent tea houses and lodge with grandeur view of Mt. Annapurna I, Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri above the beautiful pine forest. After 2 hrs easy downhill brings you long settled Thakali village for overnight at lodge.

Day 18: Trek to Tatopani (1,200m/3937ft), 4-5 hrs walk
The route dramatically changes the vegetation, from dry, arid desert to pine and conifer forests, as we pass between two giant peaks of Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna’s. From Ghasa the southern end of the area dominated by Thakali people till Tatopani, the architectural style change, with much ornately carved woodwork in evidence. This pleasant walk amidst the beautiful surrounding continues back to the terraced paddy fields and into warm sub-tropical climate all the way to the village of Tatopani passing through the beautiful waterfalls of Rupse waterfall. We come down through Dana village (the deepest gorge of the world) and after a lunch onwards couple of hours to get to Tatopani for natural hot spring bath. Explore the local place and overnight at hotel.

Day 19: Trek to Ghorepani (2,850m/9,350ft), 5-6 hrs walk
After spending a wonderful day at hot spring we trek down before crossing a suspension bridge over the Kaligandaki river, the path leads from the river for a while just arriving at the junction of the two trails, the other wide path follows the river all the way to Beni. We divert from here taking the left uphill climb, the first of the climb is quite steep to the top, and continue with farms and villages, from this spot a gradual climb leads us most of the day, leaving behind the terraced fields walking in the dense rhododendron forests and reaching at Ghorepani for the overnight at the tea house. This is a great place for mountain scenery.

Day 20: Poon hill hike and trek to Tadapani (2,710m/8,891ft), 5-6 hrs walk
An early morning start for a 40 minute hike up to Poon Hill (3210m/10530ft), the route offers the glimpse of the pleasant rhododendron forest. This brilliant viewpoint provides us an unobstructed sunrise over the high Himalayas and the wide range of panoramic scenery from the far western Himalaya of Dolpo, Mt. Dhaulagiri, and Annapurna including Mt. Machhapuchre (Fish Tail) and all the way to Manasalu. After a great time return back to Ghorepani for breakfast and continue trek to Tadapani for overnight.

Day 21: Trek to Pokhara (823m/2,700ft), 5 hrs walk & 1 hrs drive
This is our last day trek after long days and immersing yourself to finish quickly this day. The track leads through the scenic landscapes and local villages to get a steep descent leads us to Ghandrung village for lunch. This is heavily settled Gurung village, a modern village of Nepal. Further an easy path reaches at Birethanthi for lunch, where is the confluence of Modi and Bhurungdi River. After half an hour flat walk will reach at Nayapul. Our trek ends here and drives back to Pokhara lakeside for the overnight stop. Remaining time explore the surrounding lake side area and simply relax in the heart of Lake Town.

Day 22: Drive to Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft), 5-6 hrs drive
Early morning drive by tourist bus to Pokhara through the beautiful Nepalese countryside to reach the Kathmandu. On arrival at Kathmandu guide will transfer to the hotel and rest at the hotel, relax or explore the surrounding areas and overnight at the hotel and we go out  for the farewell dinner then provides us feedback for our further improvement.

Day 23: Departure from Kathmandu
Today is free or last minute shopping for souvenirs or gift to your family, friends or relatives for you until your departure flight/drive or to commence any extra trips or activities you may have booked with us. If departing, you’ll be transferred to the International Airport for your departure flight to your onwards destination.
We wish you a wonderful Himalayan adventure with Nepal Pioneer Treks!


Trip Includes:

  • Four nights accommodation including Kathmandu and Pokhara with twin sharing at tourist standard hotel (Bed and Breakfast)
  • All Ground transportation.
  • One full  day Kathmandu sightseeing by private vehicle with English speaking city tour guide if you are required.
  • Full board meal 3 times a day (B+L+D) during the trek days including tea & coffee (served in a cup).
  • English speaking trekking guide who has been authorized by the government and necessary number of porters (According to the group size) with their insurance, salary,accommodation and meals.
  •  welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu with Cultural show.(Ethnic music and dance)
  • All the necessary official documents , TIMS Permit,Trekking Permit etc.
  •  Sleeping bags and down jackets if necessary.
  • First Aid kit.
  • Trekking Route map.
  • Insurance of Guide and Porters.
  • All require local and government tax.

Trip Excludes:

  • Nepal Visa fee and International flight.
  • Meal except Breakfast in Kathmandu.
  • All personal expenses such as bar bills, water, extra tea / coffee, snacks, battery re-charge, laundry service, etc.
  • Personal clothing and gears.
  • Tips to guide and porters.
  • Cost raised by flight cancellation, emergency rescue charges , landslide, weather, political unrest, illness, re-routing etc which are not under our control.
  • Monument entrance fees.

: Sun Glasses

: Scarf Face Mask

: Fleece Bennie

: Sunscreen

: Cap stick

: Hand Towel

: Cold weather Down Jacket

: Wind Stopper

: Rain Coat

: Fleece Jacket and Trouser

: T-shirt (short or long selves)

: Trekking Trousers

: Polypropylene thermal tops and bottom(two pairs)

: Trekking Boots

: Socks and under wears

: Head torch

: Snow Gaiter(depends on trekking region)

: Camel Pack or water bottle

: Trekking Poles

: Day Pack minimum 25 L with side pocket to keep bottle

: Spare batteries for Camera

: Down Jacket

: Sleeping Bag

Fixed Departures