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Tilicho Lake Trekking

Tilicho Lake Trekking

  • Nepal
  • Annapurna Region
  • Strenuous
  • NPTRAP35

The Annapurna region undoubtedly provides some of the world’s best trekking routes, including as it does a greater variety of scenery and culture than can be found in any other comparable area. Although the normal circuit of Annapurna is a magnificent route, this new trek offers a wild and remote alternative to the Thorung-La. The route via Tilicho Lake and the two passes that guard it from the Kaligandaki Valley beyond is still little used and offers the adventurous and fit trekker high mountain scenery at its very best.

The chance to sit beside the freezing waters of the lake, surrounded by rock and ice, and with Tilicho Peak towering above, is an exciting alternative to the other more used trails. Having previously offered this route as part of a longer Itinerary, now we have arranged to fly out of the newly upgraded mountain airstrip at Jomsom and can therefore keep the overall length to three weeks.

Trip Itinerary

11 Days Trek
Grade: Challenging Plus
Food: Included except main meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara
Accommodation: 3 Nights Kathmandu, 1 night Pokhara and 10 Nights Tea house Lodge/Camping
Best Season: Spring & Autumn

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1,350m.), meet our staff then transfers to Hotel.
Day 02: Drive to Besishahar (823m.) by Bus or Jeep, transfer to Lodge.
Day 03: Besishahar to Chame (2,713m.) by local Jeep/Bus.
Day 04: Trek from Chame – Pisang Village (3,185m.)
Day 05: Pisang – Manang Village (3,351m.)
Day 06: Manang village rest for acclimatization and explore around.
Day 07: Trek to Khangsar Village (3,760m.) - Tilicho Base Camp (Phedi) (4,150m.)
Day 08: Trek to Tilicho Lake (4920m.) explore. O/N at Camp.
Day 09: Tilicho Lake – Crossing Mesokanto Pass (5,315m.) – Yak Kharka Camp.
Day 10: Yak Kharka – Jomsom (2,713m.) O/N at Hotel/Lodge.
Day 11: Jomsom rest and exploration.
Day 12: Jomsom to Pokhara (915m.) by flight/drive and transfer to Hotel.
Day 13: Pokhara – Kathmandu by tourist Bus then transfer to Hotel.
Day 14: Kathmandu free.
Day 15: Last minute, transfer to airport for your onward journey.

Optional via Thorung-La Pass
Day 08: Hike up to Tilicho Lake (4,920m.) - Exploration, return to Tilicho Base Camp.
Day 09: Tilicho BC - Thare Gompa - Yak Kharka (4,050m.)/ Churi Ledar (4,200m.)
Day 10: Yak Kharka/Ledar- Thorung-La Phedi (4,450m.)
Day 11: Thorung – La Pass (5,416m.) – Muktinath (3,748m.)
Day 12: Muktinath – Jomsom (2,713m.) and transfer to Hotel.
Day 13: Jomsom – Pokhara (915.) by flight/drive then transfers to Hotel.
Day 14: Pokhara – Kathmandu by tourist Bus then transfers to Hotel.
Day 15: Kathmandu free.
Day 16: Last minute, transfer to airport for onward journey.

Note: If above itinerary couldn't meet your needs, we can design a tailor-made itinerary to suit your needs. It is also possible to combine with some other activities such as Tibet tours, Bhutan tours, and Jungle safari in Nepal.
Trip Date & Cost


  • All land transportation by Car, Van Hiace or, tourist Bus (Airport/Hotel/Airport, trekking pick up and drop).
  • 3 Night’s hotel accommodation in Kathmandu, 1 night in Pokhara at Bed & Breakfast basis.
  • 3 Major meals; B/L/D (by Lodge menu), accommodation at best available teahouse lodge and tented camp night with light food during the trek en-route -for Mesokanto Pass.
  • Twin sharing North Face brand tent or, normal trekking tent, dining tent, Kitchen tent, staff tent, basic Kitchen utensil etc.-for Mesokanto Pass).
  • One professional English speaking trekking guide and a Porter. (1 Porter between two member)
  • Life insurance for all support crews and their daily wages.
  • Per member 15 Kg. luggage allow while in the trekking.
  • Trekking Permit and Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) fees.
  • Air Ticket: Jomsom/Pokhara with domestic airport tax & cargo fees.
  • Medical Kit Box for Nepali support crews.
  • All official taxes and service charge.

  • Personal transportation except above programs.
  • Major meals lunch and dinner during your stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Personal trekking gears as well as sleeping bags.
  • Personal Nature expenses.
  • Emergency evacuation (If incase).
  • Drinks except tea and coffee.
  • Airfare: to & from your country.
  • Nepal entry visa fees and airport departure taxes.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Tips for trekking crews.
Equipment for this trip.

The following gives you a general idea of the trekking equipment and clothing needed for this trek.

This is a porter-supported trek. Two clients share one porter. We will supply you a trek duffel bag where you keep your heavy items and this bag is carried by the porter. You will need to bring your own daypack to be carried by you. In the daypack, you can put money, important documents, water bottle/bladder, camera, toiletries, sunscreen, notebook, etc.

The weight limit for the porter is 30 kg or 66 pounds. 15 kg or 33 pounds for each client. So, we recommend you to pack as carefully as you can and not exceed the weight limit. You can leave your non-trekking stuff at the locker facility in the Kathmandu hotel.

  • 4-season sleeping bag (We can provide one if you need it but has to be returned after the trek.)
  • Duffel bag 
  • Daypack
  • Down jacket (Must have for mornings, nights and evenings, and for altitudes above 4,000 m; We can provide it if you need one but has to be returned after the trek.)
Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes
  • Sun hat 
  • Wool or synthetic hat that cover the ears
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Headlamp
  • Neck warmer
  • Liner gloves
  • Heavier shell gloves
Core Body
  • T-shirts
  • Lightweight expedition thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Water/windproof shell jacket (Preferably breathable fabric)
  • Synthetic sports bras (For women)
Lower Body – Legs
  • Lightweight expedition thermal bottoms
  • Nylon hiking shorts
  • Soft shell and hard shell trekking pants
  • Water/windproof trousers
  • Casual pants
  • Liner socks
  • Heavyweight socks
  • Waterproof hiking/trekking boots
  • Light shoes/sneakers/sandals
  • Gaiters (For monsoon and winter)
Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Please note our guide will carry the first-aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personalized first-aid kit as well.)

  • Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches
  • Ibuprofen for general aches and pains
  • Immodium or Pepto Bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea
  • Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness
  • Anti-infection ointments
  • Band-aids
  • Lip balm (At least SPF 20)
  • Sunscreen (SPF 40)
Miscellaneous, but Important!
  • Passport and extra passport photos (3 copies)
  • Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave one at our office in Kathmandu just in case if you need to change the date of your flight.)
  • Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & passport
  • Water bottle/bladder
  • Water purification Iodine tablets
  • Toiletry kit (Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.)
  • Adjustable trekking poles
  • Favorite snack foods (No more than 2 pounds)
  • Paperback books, cards, mp3 player
  • Binoculars
  • Cameras (Memory cards, chargers and also batteries)
  • Pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman

This list is only a guide. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands, and versions of each piece of equipment. Use your experience and the listed features to find the best gear for you. Some of the above equipment can be easily found in stores in Kathmandu for cheaper prices.

Note: Tight fitting, figure-hugging clothing such as those made with Lycra can often be offensive to locals, especially to women. If you find these items comfortable as a base layer, please pack something to wear on top of them.

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  • Trip Rating
  • Trip Duration17 Days
  • Min. PriceContact us
  • Max. Altitude5315 M.
  • Trip GradeStrenuous
  • Group Size1 - 15
  • Best TimeSpring/Autumn
  • Daily Walking4 - 6 hours
  • AccommodationLodge + Camping
Tilicho Lake Trekking