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Tilicho Lake Trekking

Tilicho Lake Trekking

  • Nepal
  • Annapurna
  • 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

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Welcome to Kathmandu Kathmandu
Day 2 Drive to Besishahar (823m.) by Bus or Jeep Besishahar
Day 3 Besishahar to Chame by local bus /jeep Chame
Day 4 Chame to Pisang Village Village
Day 5 Pisang to Manang Village Manang
Day 6 Manang Village rest for acclimatization and explore around Manang
Day 7 Trek to Khangsar Village to Tilicho Base Camp (Phedi)  Tilicho Base Camp
Day 8 Trek to Tilicho Lake  explore Tilicho Lake
Day 9 Tilicho Lake to Crossing Mesokanto Pass; Yak Kharka Camp Yak Kharka Camp
Day 10 Yak Kharka to Jomsom Jomsom
Day 11  Jomsom rest and exploration Jomsom
Day 12 Jomsome to Pokhara Pokhara
Day 13 Drive to Kathmandu Kahtmandu
Day 14 Kathmandu free Kahtmandu
Day 15  Drop to Airport  
  Optional via Thorung-La Pass  
Day 8 Hike up to Tilivho Lake  Exploration, return to Tilicho Base Camp Tilicho BC
Day 9 Tilicho BC to Thare Gompa to Yak Kharka / Churi Ledar Yak Kharka/Churi Ledar
Day 10 Yak Kharka/Ledar to Thorung-La Phedi Phedi
Day 11 Thorung - La Pass to Muktinath Muktinath
Day 12 Muktinath to Jomsom Jomsom
Day 13 Jomsom to Pokhara Pokhara
Day 14 Pokhara to Kathmandu Kathmandu
Day 15  Kathmandu free Kathmandu
Day 16  Drop to Airport  

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


Cost Includes
  • The entire airport picks up and drops
  • Standard hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast
  • Necessary flights from Kathmandu to Pohkara return trips or one way
  • Annapurna Conservation fee with trekking permit
  • Tims card (trekking information management system card)
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trekking period
  • Accommodation (Teahouse) during the trekking period
  • English speaking guide and highly experienced staffs
  • Staffs food, clothing, salary and their insurance
  • All necessary grounded transportation
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
  • Welcome and fare well dinner in Kathmandu serve by Ram Kumar.
  • Our service charges with VAT and Local / Government Taxes

Cost Excludes
  • Sightseeing or any extra activities except the above program
  • Personal nature expenses
  • Bar bill and all kind of drinks
  • Rescue & Evacuation
  • Gratitude (tip) for staff
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 (We will provide one complimentary Ace the Himalaya duffel bag which is yours to keep.)
  • 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 (We will provide you a complimentary Ace the Himalaya 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 - 20
  • Best TimeFeb-June, Sept-Dec
  • Daily Walking4 - 6 hours
  • AccommodationLodge
Tilicho Lake Trekking