Tilicho Lake Trek
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Tilicho Lake Trek takes you to explore the highest altitude lake in the world inciting you from the beginning to end of your trek. The lake holds great historical and pilgrimage significance as it was mentioned in the Hoy Ramayana, a mythological book of Hindu. The lake collects the glacial melt of Annapurna and Thorong Peak and is claimed to be the highest lake in the world.
The highlights of the Tilicho Lake Trek is the world’s highest elevated lake (4,949m), Thorung La Pass (5,416m), glacier below Tilicho Peak, Muktinath, a pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhist and ancient cultural villages. The spectacular view of panoramic Annapurna and other ranges along with glistening water keeps you regaling your experience for years to come.
Rated as “Strenuous”, this trek demands good fitness level with strong determination. Trekking to Tilicho Lake is perfect for those who seeks to venture into some less trodden remote area of Himalayas; unique from regular trekking routes. Autumn (September-November) and spring (March-May) are the best time to visit Tilicho Lake. However, it is possible to trek in winter too.
How to reach Tilicho Lake?
Tilicho Lake trek begins from Chamje and pass through the small town, villages and farmlands. The trail goes along the Marshyangdi River with the magnificent views of Manalsu and Himal Chuli to the east. The trail passes varied elevation and the climatic zone varies from semi-tropical to desert and landscapes varies from sub-tropical to alpine forest to snowy barren and the spectacular Thorong La Pass at 5,416m. Form Chamje, we take 6 days to reach Tilicho Lake following the route of Dharapani, Chame, Pisang, Manang, Kangsar and Tilicho Base Camp. Trek concludes in Jomsom where you make a flight to Pokhara followed by a flight to Kathmandu. For those who prefer a shorter trek can attempt Tilicho Lake Short trek. This short trek allows you to explore the Tilicho Lake while enjoying the serenity of Annapurna region.
Check out Tilicho Lake trek map for more info about its trekking route and location. This map helps you find out its exact location and number trekking spot to be crossed during the trek. The Tilicho Lake map that we provided is updated map of higher resolution. It provides the detailed trail from Kathmandu to Tilicho Lake and its returning route.
Tilicho Lake trek cost totally depends on the size of group, length and package offered in the trek. The cost must cover all meals, accommodation, guide, porter and transportation throughout the trek. What it does not include is Lunch & Dinner at Kathmandu and Pokhara and personal expenses of the trekkers. Tilicho Lake trek itinerary can be fully customized to your preference ensuring you flat rates, special group discount and 100% departure date.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft), Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer to your hotel
Day 02: Kathmandu exploration and trek preparation day
Day 03: Kathmandu – Chamje (1,410m/4,626ft) – 6-7 hour drive
Day 04: Chamje – Dharapani (1,960m/6,430ft) – 5-6 hours trek
Day 05: Dharapani – Chame (2,710m/8,891ft) – 5-6 hours trek
Day 06: Chame – Pisang (3,300m/10,824ft) – 5-6 hours trek
Day 07: Pisang – Manang (3,500m/11,482ft) – 6-7 hours trek
Day 08: Manang – Khangsar (3,745m/12,286ft) – 2-3 hours trek
Day 09: Khangsar – Tilicho Base Camp (4,140m/13,583ft) – 5-6 hours trek
Day 10: Exploration of Tilicho Lake (4,949m/16,138ft) and trek back to base camp – 5-6 hours trek
Day 11: Tilicho Base Camp – Yak Kharka (4,040m/13,020ft) – 4-5 hours trek
Day 12: Yak Kharka – Thorong Phedi (4,420m/14,501ft) – 3-4 hours trek
Day 13: Thorong Phedi – Muktinath (3,800m/12,467ft) via Thorong La Pass (5,416m/17,764ft) – 7-8 hours trek
Day 14: Muktinath – Jomsom (2,715m/8,910ft) – 5-6 hours trek
Day 15: Fly from Jomso – Pokhara (832m/2,700ft) – 25 minutes flight
Day 16: Fly back to Kathmandu – 30 minutes
Day 17: Final departure