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Tilicho Lake Trek -16 days

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Tilicho Lake is the highest lakes in the world at an altitude of 4949 M above sea level which is located on Manang district of Nepal. This Tilicho Lake Trek is considered as one of the most popular hikes of Annapurna Circuit or Round Trek but takes additional 4 days to reach at Tilicho Base Camp.  This trek is demanding which makes its popularity even high. There are no tea houses or lodges past the Tilicho Base Camp lodge some kilometers east of the lake and the next village of Thini Gaon in the Kali Gandaki valley. Most groups spend two nights between these places. There are two passes leading to Thini Gaon and Jomsom; Mesokanto La and Tilicho North pass known also as Tilicho "Tourist pass". These routes via Tilicho Lake are more often closed by snow than the higher Thorong La. Amazing landscapes, local villages, Annapurna Range, glaciers, mountails like Tilicho, Nilgiri, Khangsar and Muktinath peaks, high passes, etc are the major attraction of this Tilicho Lake Trek

Outline Itinerary of Tilicho Lake Trek

Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival

Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing

Day 3: Kathmandu to Besisahar & Trek to Bulbule

Day 4: Bulbule to Jagat

Day 5: Jagat to Dharapani 

Day 6: Dharapani to Chame

Day 7: Chame to Pisang

Day 8: Pisang to Manang

Day 9: Acclimatization Day at Manang

Day 10: Manang to Tilicho Base Camp

Day 11: Explore Tilicho 

Day 12: Tilicho to Chauri Kharka

Day 13: Chauri Kharka to Jomsom

Day 14: Jomsom to Pokhara

Day 15: Pokhara to Kathmandu 

Day 16: Departure 

Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival

You will be warmly welcomed by Well Nepal Treks representative at your arrival in Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu and escorted you to hotel and our representative describe the itinerary of your tour. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek Preparation (1360m)

Today you are going to  explore the several cultural and natural sightseeing in this ancient city Pashupatinath, Boudhanah Stupa, Swayambunath Stupa and Kathmandu Durbar Square. After exploring this places you will do preparation for trek. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 3: Kathmandu to Beshi Sahar to Bulbule (840 M)

After breakfast you will go for a long drive of about from Kathmandu you reach at Bulbule. The road till Beshi Sahar is fine and pitched but further ahead from Beshi Sahar the road is dusty and rough. During your drive, you can view spectacular scenery of mountains, different rivers, villages and many more. Stay overnight at Bulbule. 

Day 4: Bulbule to Jagat (1100 M)

After breakfast you follow your trail through Marshyandi River to Jagat. You will encounter greenery, hills, vistas of mountains like Manaslu, Himchuli Lamjung Himal, Pisang peak and other, rivers, farms and villages. Stay overnight at Jagat. 

Day 5: Jagat to Dharapani (1960 M)

After breakfast your journey will be very interesting as you leave Jagat and head to Dharapani. you enter into Manang District and we will be passing through several rice, barley and potato fields which are very mesmerizing. You will enter village of Kodo and see its lifestyle. Furthermore steep climb from here leads to big village of Manang Valley called as Dharapani. It is a village where Manaslu pass joins and people and their lifestyle is more Tibetan. Stay overnight at Dharapani.

Day 6: Dharapani to Chame (2710 M)

 After breakfast you leave Dharapani in morning and follow your trails until you reach Chame. Along the way you enjoy small wooden bridges, landslides, waterfalls, Tamang Villages, apple garden and rests at the administrative headquarter of Manang i.e. Chame. You get access to different hotels, Bank, telephone service and post office. Stay overnight at Chame.

Day 7: Chame to Pisang (3300 M)

After breakfast you head towards Pisang. The trails are steeply and rocky. You pass through several villages like Telukhu and Bharatang, entertained with the dramatic views of Annapurna II and Pisang peak also valley of Himal chuli and Ngadi chuli. The trail climbs through pine forests you reach at Pisang. Stay overnight at Pisang. 

Day 8: Pisang to Manang (3500 M)

After breakfast you will trek above tree line and everyone can feel the oxygen getting thinner. The trail passes through Mani wall which is the largest part of Tibetans style village built with rocks. You will see famous Tilicho Lake, Pisang peak, monasteries and finally you are at the magic land of Manang. In Manang there is good provision of tea houses with food facilities. Stay overnight at Manang.

Day 9: Acclimatization Day at Manang

Today is for acclimatization day but we recommend you to exercise rather than being idle. You can visit surroundings from camp or visiting Gangapurna Glacier Lake is worth visiting. Another option to hang out is to visit Bhojo Gompa, a thirty minute climb from Manang give you spectacular view of Tilicho Lake and Annapurna 2& 4. Stay overnight at Manang. 

Day 10: Trek Manang to Tilicho Base Camp (4150 M)

After breakfast  you march towards higher altitude land long with enjoying beautiful views. You will reach to Tilicho Base Camp passing through Khangsar. Stay overnight at Tilicho Base Camp. 

Day 11: Explore Tilicho Lake and surroundings.

After breakfast you will trek short until you reach Tilicho Lake and enjoy the panoramic vistas. After your days are done fall back to base camp. Stay overnight at Tilicho Basre Camp. 

Day 12: Fall back to Chauri Kharka (4000 M)

After breakfast you will trace downhill to Chauri kharka crossing over Mesokantu La. Stay overnight at Chauri Kharka. 

Day 13: Chauri Kharka to Jomsom

After breakfast you will trek till Jomsoom and explore its small bazaar, local villages. Stay overnight at Jomsom. 

Day 14: Fly Jomsom to Pokhara and Sightseeing

After breakfast you will fly back to Jomsoom in morning and rest of the day you will enjoy Pokhara at Davis Fall, Gupteshwor cave, and phewa lake with Tal Barahi temple. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 15: Pokhara to Kathmandu

After breakfast you will enjoy the boating in Taal Barahi And drive back to Kathmandu. Tonight you will  have an dinner with your team mates in Nepali kitchen with Nepali musics. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 16: Departure

Today your Tilicho Lake Trek comes to an end so collects the photographs and gadget. Then our representative will help you to drop to the airport or if you have plenty of time to spend in Nepal, then feel free us to join another trip or adventurous activities like hiking, river rafting,bunjy jumping, paragliding etc.


Services include:

Necessary local transport by private vehicle

Accommodation in Kathmandu & Pokhara at 3 star standard hotels with breakfast.

Sightseeing in Kathmandu with tour guide.

Entrance fee of all sightseeing spots in Kathmandu, National park fees on Treks

Accommodation on Lodge/Guest House while on treks.

Meal on full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during trekking including Tea/coffee.

Experienced government license holder trek guide and porter to carry your luggage.

Insurance of our field staff.

Permits and Group medical supplies (first aid kit)

Kathmandu- Pokhara -Kathmandu flight ticket including 15kg Baggage’s

TIMS Card (Trekker’s Information Management System card)

All additional government tax.


Services exclude:

Nepal entry visa fee

International / any air fare.

Travelers insurance (compulsory)

Alcohol, hot and cold drinks)

Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu

All expenses due to unavoidable events e.g. flight cancellation, personal illness, strike, Political Disturbances etc.

General Informations

A trekker who is able to hike and trek normally 5-6 hours per day with a light weight backpack will be very fit enough to perform this trekking. There may be stone steps, ups and downs, rocky paths and which are very uneven and also because of long trails your leg may feel tired and shaky so we strongly recommend you to use walking poles and trek sticks to feel safer and to maintain the pace. You will be informed about altitude and you should be more careful about your health and altitude related risk. To get rid of it, acclimatize as well as walk slowly and have more water and other drinks to maintain yourself hydrated.

Equipments Required

Trekking Accessories- Trekking Bag pack, Trekking day bag (Small handbag), Trekking stick, Trekking jacket Gore tax/ flees jacket, Sleeping bag, etc

Footwear - Trekking shoes, Camping Shoes, Sports shoes or comfortable sandal, 4/5 pairs of good qualities socks, etc

Cosmetics - Sun cream, Body Lotion, Moisturizers, lip balm, Mirror Wet Tissue Papers, Soap, Perfumes, and Tooth brush etc.

Clothes - Pullover or warm sweeter, Sun Hat, Warm woolen cap, Raincoat, Hand gloves, 2/3 pairs of Trekking trousers, 3/4 pairs of trekking shirts, 3/4 pairs of Underwear, etc.

Gears - Flash or Torch light, Head Torch lights, lighters, Chargers, Camera and batteries, Eye glass, Water bottle, etc.

Extra – IPods, Binoculars, First Aid Kit, Ear Plugs, Pen & diary, Travel Map or GPS, etc as per your requirements and necessities.

Always Drink Safe Water

Well Nepal Treks suggest you to have purified drinking water. Basically, we can get mineral water bottles in lower places but we might not find it in higher ground. In such cases we suggest you to drink boiled water which might charge very tiny fee in tea houses. Bring chlorine tablets to purify water. Recommend yourself to use boiled rather than mineral water which will be helpful for protection of you and healthy environment.

About Recharging Your Batteries & Electronic Devices during Trek

Hydro electricity may not be available in every location, so solar power sources are used to charge your electrical items like camera, batteries, iPod, I phone etc. Several Tea houses or lodges may charge small fee per hours for charging facilities for consumption of electricity or solar power. Well Nepal Treks recommends you to have adaptors and chargers before the trip since plugs are limited. In Nepal 220-240 volt power is used and sockets fit round and flat plugs.

Garbage Disposal

Well Nepal Treks suggest you to use dustbins and do not throw anything into the fire. Carry a separate garbage carrier in the way and dispose it where dustbin facilities are available and promote the healthy environment.

Travel Insurance

Well Nepal Treks reminds you on your sufficiently protected and have travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, lost items, liabilities, injuries and medical treatment. Ensure the insurance covers all the activities in the Himalayas. Trekking Planner can offer the appropriate medical response based on your policy and insurance.

Washing and Toilet facilities

Every guest houses offer hot showers in bathroom or can be a bucket of hot water. But please note that at higher altitude there may not be enough hot water for all the trekkers. So you must limit the use of hot water unless the water is solar heated or firewood for the ecological reason. Every lodge has some kind of washing facilities but you must carry a bar of soap. Don’t feel hesitated to get warm bowl of water If the water frozen.

 Toilets here are mainly Asian squat style. Basically toilets are outside your room and vary in how clean they are. You should not throw toilet paper in the toilet hole rather you should use rubbish bin that is kept inside the toilet.

Tea Houses

On this trekking route local people have built tea houses lodge with food and beverage facilities. A simple room usually has two narrow beds. Note that while staying in the tea houses you will see the charming local people with their good hospitality services so be friendly in every way possible.

Extra Advice from Well Nepal Treks

You may see some beautiful, sweet children and poor ones that might make you to distribute balloons, chocolates, money and other stuffs. But, Well Nepal Trekssuggest you better not to do so because it directly encourages them towards beggary and ask to every trekker which is also a sign of negative practice.

While on trekking, don’t forget to keep your valuables safe and secure. Do not left anything anywhere. Ensure that you lock your door when you leave your room and do not hang anything’s outside at night. We strongly recommend you to do double check always and anywhere possible.


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