Tilicho Lake Trekking - Black Diamond Expedition
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  • Duration
    Duration:20 Days
  • Accomodation
    Accommodation: 5 Nights (Standard Hotel)
    14 Nights (Lodges/Tea Houses/Camp)
  • Meals
    Meals :19 Breakfast, 17 Lunch
    18 Dinner
  • Location
    Service: Airport to Airport
  • Trip Grade
    Trip Grade :Difficult
  • Max Altitude
    Max Altitude: 5,416m/17,769ft

Overview

Tilicho Lake Trekking (or Tilicho lake trek) gives magnificent views of major peaks of Annapurna Himalayan range such as Lamjung Himal 6932m, Annapurna II 7939m, Annapurna IV 7525m, Annapurna III 7555m, Gangapurna 7454m and other snow-capped peaks.Tilicho lake, at an elevation of 4920 m in the high Himalayan region of Manang, is the highest lake in the world. One can have the magnificent views of all these mountain peaks during the trek to Tilicho lake. The traditional Tibetan villages with unique cultures and traditions gives trekkers a lifetime experience while trekking to Tilicho. Lake Tilicho also has a legendary feature of being a holy spot for the Hindus as is described in the Ramayan, the sacred holy book of the Hindus. The crossing of the challenging Tilicho Pass (5120 m) is an added advantage in the Tilicho Lake Trekking. Nevertheless, the diversity in the landscapes, temperature and the people that changing every few days ornate this trek as a unique and exceptional trek. Trekkers can get more information about Tilicho Lake map and Tilicho Lake Weather, should they contact our office.

A scenic drive from Kathmandu to Chamje begins the Tilicho Lake Trek with Black Diamond Expedition . The drive leads you through towns, villages and farmlands. The trek starts downhill most of the way following the mighty Marsyangdi River upstream all the way to its source at Manang and beyond. From Manang, following the North West route and heading towards Tilicho Lake Base Camp and Tilicho Lake. From Chauri Kharka. the trek descends downhill towards Jomsom. The exhilarating trek to Tilicho Lake comes to an end with a flight from Jomsom to Pokhara and drive back to Kathmandu.

Although Tilicho Lake Trek is a part of Annapurna Circle Trekking, we have a customized trail that gives you extra joy and thrilling experience of the Tilicho Lake Trek.

Highlights

  • Opportunity to explore one of the highest lake in the world; Tilicho Lake 4920m - Crystalline glacial lake
  • Panoramic view of the Tibetan-style villages with ancient gompas and herd of rugged animals including Yaks.
  • Combination of the crossing of challenging and adventurous pass Mesokanto La 5120m with spectacular views of the surrounding mountain ridges.

Itinerary

Day 1Arrive in Kathmandu

Upon arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be met by one of our representatives and makes an arrangement to transfer you to a hotel by private tourist vehicle. Overnight at hotel Encounter Nepal.

Meals: Dinner
Max altitude: 1300m/4264 feet

Day 2Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

Today after breakfast we will start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites; including the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambunath) and Buddhists shrine (Bauddha Nath) which is one of the large Stupas in the world. In the afternoon, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we can meet our trek leader and other team members. Black Diamond representative briefs us regarding our trek as well as provides us an opportunity to ask any questions we may have regarding our upcoming adventure.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 3Drive from Kathmandu to Besi Shahar

Today we will leave our hotel at 7.00 am in the morning after we have our breakfast. We will view a panoramic landscape and the greenery along the Trishuli and Marshyangdi rivers all the way to Besisahar. It is about 185km from Kathmandu. On arrival at Besisahar you will witness stunning snowcapped mountain scenery.Overnight at a Teahouse/Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max altitude:830m/2723ft
Drive Duration:5 hrs 30 mins

Day 4Drive to Syange and trek to Chamje

Today, after breakfast, we drive from Besishahar to Syange from where our trek starts. The trekking trail leads us through beautiful landscapes. Crossing the Marsyangdi River on a suspension bridge. We then follow the river to the stone village of Jagat before climbing through forest to Chamje at 1400meters. Overnight at a Teathouse/Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max altitude: 1560m/5118ft
Trek Duration: 4 hrs 30mins
Drive Duration: 2hrs

Day 5Trek from Chamje to Dhararpani

After breakfast, our day begins with the rocky trail following the Marsyandi Rivers steadily uphill to Tal at 1675meters, the first village in the Manang district. We make a trail verse crossing a wide, flat valley. The journey continues up and down to Dharapani at 1890 meters, a stone entrance chorten typical of the Tibetan influenced villages. The typical flat roofed stone houses of local Tibetans design along with the village surrounded by apple Orchards and maize fields are on the sight. Overnight at a Teathouse/Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max altitude: 1810m/5938ft
Trek Duration: 5 hrs 30 mins

Day 6Trek from Dharapani to Chame

The trail climbs to Bahundanda and Tyanja at 2360 meters, then continuing through forest, but near the river, to Kopar at 2590meters. As we reach Chame, the headquarters of the Manang district, we are rewarded by the fine views of Annapurna II as we approach Chame & two small hot springs by the town. Along this route we are introduced to a local community said to have migrated from Tibet a long time back, noticeable by their different features. With them, they have bought local Tibetan house designs and maintained their ways. Overnight at a Teahouse/Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max altitude: 2725m/8940ft
Trek Duration: 6 hrs

Day 7Trek from Chame to Pisang

The day starts through deep forest in a steep and narrow valley, crosses a river on a long bridge at 2910 meters. We then cross another bridge at 3040 meters, from there the view of the soaring Paungda Danda rock face really begins to appear. From there the trail joins to climb to Pisang, which sprawls between 3200m & 3300meters. Overnight at a Teahouse/Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max altitude: 3190m/10466ft
Trek Duration: 5hrs 30mins

Day 8 Trek from Pisang to Manang

Today we continue through the drier upper part of the Manang district, cut off from the full effect of the monsoon by the Annapurna Range. People of this region herd the yaks & raise crops for part of the year. They also continue to enjoy special trading rights gained way back in 1784. Leaving Pisang, we have alternate trails north and south of the Marsyangdi River which meets up again at Mungji. The southern route by Hongde, with its airstrip, at 3325meters which involves less climbing than the northern route via Ghyaru, though there are better views on the trail that follows the northern bank of the river. From Mungji, the trail continues past the picturesque but partially hidden village of Bryanga at 3475meters to nearby Manang at 3540meters. Overnight at a Teahouse/Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max altitude: 3500m/11483ft
Trek Duration: 5 hours

Day 9Rest Day in Manang for acclimatization

Today we spend a day acclimatizing in Manang. The whole day we spend doing some fine day walks and over viewing the magnificent views around the village & the day time is best to gain altitude. At the end of the day, we return to our accommodation & have a night rest. Overnight at a Teahouse/Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10Trek to Khangsar Village

After acclimatized at Manang we continue our adventure for Tilicho Lake, from Manang one heads out through the western gates and then one follows the path down to the river. After crossing the Khangsar Khola on the bridge below Khangsar and ascend the slope to the village, a village still in the old Tibetan style and which is also known as last village of Nepal. Overnight at a Teahouse/Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max altitude: 3700m/11203ft
Trek Duration: 5 hrs

Day 11 Trek to Tilicho Lake base camp

Continue from Khangsar on a large path. Pass a Gompa (monastery). The route ahead goes on a recently constructed path up towards a high ridge. At one point is an intersection. One path maintains the altitude, traversing the slopes towards a place where the valley is narrow; the other continues to ascend towards the line of the ridge. The former is the old path, and is much more difficult as it goes on really steep screed; the latter is the new path that goes a completely different way. Continue along the new path, reach a high crest, and descend on switch backs carved out through the screed slopes to a side valley of the main valley. At its bottom is a brook. On the other side of it is a building known as Tilicho Base Camp at elevation of 4200 meters. Overnight at a Teahouse/Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max altitude: 4525m/13701ft
Trek Duration: 4 hrs

Day 12Trek to Tilicho lake and back to Base camp

Today our journey start early in the morning around 6 AM as we try to avoid the wind. From Base camp to the Tilicho lake takes another 3-4 hours. Tilicho Lake is a cold barren place in the afternoon and claimed as highest lake of the world. After we spend some time around Tilicho Lake we will return same way back to Base Camp as there are no any accommodation facilities at Tilicho Lake area. Overnight at a Teahouse/Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max altitude: 4910m/14876ft
Trek Duration: 6 hrs

Day 13Trek to Yak Kharka

Returning from Base camp you can keep high and follow a track 400meters or so above Khangsar village passing through the ruins of old Khangsar and follow an unmarked trail which will lead you around and down to cross the river on an old log bridge between Gumsang and Yak Kharka. Overnight at a Teahouse/Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max altitude: 4090m/13418ft
Trek Duration: 5 hrs

Day 14Trek to Throung Phedi

Today, after ascending for two and half hour the trail descends to cross the river at 4310meters we then climb up to Thorong Phedi at 4450meters where we have recently found some good Guesthouses built. Overnight at a Teahouse/Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max altitude: 4441m/14570ft
Trek Duration: 6 hrs

Day 15Trek to Muktinath via Thoroung-la passes

Today is a long trek starting before sunrise at 4 am to reach the pass by 9-10 am otherwise weather conditions will greatly affect the journey. We cross over at an altitude of 5416 meters we can be exposed to strong winds if crossing too late. We start to climb steeply that is regularly used and easy to follow. However, the problem may arise due to the altitude and snow. It often causes terrible problems to cross the pass if it is covered by snow but it is all depending on the weather condition. About four hours climb up to the pass marked by the chortens & prayer flags. As you reach the top, you are rewarded by the magnificent view from the top with another 4 hours trek will take to the holy town of Muktinath. Muktinath means place of Nirvana and is home to the Muktinath temple as well as several monasteries. It is said that all sorrows you feel are relieved when visiting the Temple, which is a scared pilgrimage site to both Hindus and Buddhists. The main pilgrimage normally takes place in September. The Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and has 108 waterspouts around it from which Holy water pours. Another attraction nearby is the Jwala Mai Temple this contains a spring and an eternal flame fed by natural underground gas. Overnight at a Teahouse/Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max altitude: 5416m/17769ft
Trek Duration: 8 hrs 30 mins

Day 16Trek to Jomsom, overnight at guesthouse

Today we follow the trail down to the Eklebhatti, and then follow the Kaligandaki River to Jomsom. Jomsom is large town with many facilities, it is also headquarter and official town for whole Mustang district where all the government office are available for local people in Mustang. Overnight at a Teahouse/Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17Flight to Pokhara and transfer to the hotel

Today 25 minutes morning flight takes us to Pokhara from Jomsom. Once we arrive at Pokhara airport, we then drive to hotel. In the afternoon we will have a sightseeing tour around Pokhara valley, which covers Fewa Lake, Devi’s water fall, Museum. Overnight back at hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Flight Duration:25 mins

Day 18Pokhara Sightseeing

Today is the day to explore Pokhara valley. Early morning, you will have an excursion to Sarangkot hill to witness sunrise view over Annapurna Range. If the weather supports you, you will witness the mesmerizing sunrise. Afterwards, back to hotel for breakfast. Rest for few hours. Afternoon, visit Bindhyabashini Temple, Seti Gorge, Davi’s Fall, Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave and Refugee Camp. in the evening, you are free for personal activities like shopping, traditional massage or just relax in the lakeside. Overnight in Pokhara.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19Day 19: Drive to Kathmandu

After breakfast drive towards Kathmandu – enjoy the scenic view along Trishuli river. En route stop for tea break. On arrival check into Hotel followed by a welcome drink. After lunch in the hotel enjoy hang around the freak street of Thamel. Return to hotel. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Meals: Breakfast,Lunch, Dinner
Drive Duration: 6 hrs

Day 20Departure Day

After breakfast, the trip ends, one of our representatives will drop you at the Tribhuvan international airport for your final flight departure from Nepal.

Meals: Breakfast.

Included

  • All the ground transportation as per the itinerary.
  • Hotel in Kathmandu ( 3 nights) and Pokhara ( 2 nights) with breakfast at 3 stars level.
  • All meals during the trek and Pokhara. (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Domestic flight ticket from Jomsom to Pokhara with airport tax.
  • An experienced guide, porters (1 porter for 2 people) during trek
  • Salary, insurance, equipments, transportation, food and lodge for the guide and porter
  • Welcome dinner in Nepalese Restaurant with cultural show
  • Trip achievement appreciation certificate.
  • Four season sleeping bag and down jackets to use for trekking, if necessary.
  • Emergency helicopter rescue arrangement which will be paid by your insurance company.
  • All necessary paper work and permits.
  • A comprehensive medical kit.
  • All government and local taxes.

Excluded

  • International airfare
  • Nepal Visa fee
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • City tour guide
  • Entrance fees in the monuments during city tour
  • Excess baggage charge
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
  • Bottled water, aerated & alcoholic drinks
  • Extra night accommodation than the scheduled itinerary
  • Tips for guides, porters and driver

Accomodation

You will be accommodated in Hotel Encounter Nepal or a similar category’s hotel in Kathmandu, and basic tea houses/guest houses during the trek when trekking with Black Diamond Expedition.
On most Everest Treks, the tea houses or lodges serve rooms on a twin-sharing basis with an attached bathroom and hot shower facilities. Single-supplement rooms are served with an extra charge of USD 495. This is for the Everest trek but if you go on a different trek then will be cheaper than this. However, it may be difficult to get one in higher points or during the peak season of trekking.
Some of the tea houses in this trekking region in both lower and higher elevations may have shared bathrooms and toilet facilities.

Meals

Your meal plan in Kathmandu includes only breakfast while you are on the trek, there are three-course meals will be served during the trekking.
The tea house where we spend an overnight will serve us a balanced diet for breakfast and dinner whereas lunch is taken at one of the tea houses on the way to our next destination. Black Diamonds has also prepared a special Welcome and Farewell dinner for the guests following a cultural performance in Kathmandu.

Best time to travel Tilicho Lake

The best seasons for trekking to Tilicho Lake trekking are Autumn (September to December) and Spring (March to May).  During these seasons, you’ll encounter favorable weather conditions with moderate temperatures, clear skies, and captivating natural vistas. However, visits during other seasons also have their advantages, such as fewer crowds and often lower prices compared to peak seasons. The ever-changing weather conditions allow you to appreciate the diverse facets of the landscapes.

Packing List For Tilicho Lake Trek

 

While trekking to Tilicho Lake,  it is essential to pack necessary items wisely. You should be sure to pack the stuff appropriately because you will be trekking through the rough terrain in high-altitude areas and it will be difficult to carry all the stuff and trek. So you should be careful and clever to pack only the necessary items. Some of the essential items that you should pack include:

  • Down Jackets and Base Layer 
  • Insulating layer
  • Sun hat & sunglasses
  • Gloves and Hat 
  • Trekking poles
  • Hiking Sturdy Boots

For detailed lists of what to pack, check our comprehensive Nepal Packing Lists. 

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