Tilicho lake Trekking

Tilicho Lake Trekking is a popular trek route provided by almost all trekking agency in Nepal. The trek takes us through Lamjung, Manang, Mustang and Myagdi. Lamjung and Myagdi located at lower elevation gives us the glimpse of lifestyle of Hindus and their relation with lush green subtropical valleys while Manang and Mustang at upper altitude reflects Buddhist life. Tilicho Lake Trek gives you the golden opportunity to come across with ancient Bonpo Religion in Mustang.Annapurna Circuit Trek with tilicho Lake side trip to Tilicho serves you the up-close view of Annapurna Massif, Dhaulagiri, Fishtail, Manaslu, Gangapurna and Tilicho Peak. Some part of the trail still remains aloof from the motor roadways as construction of road has been completed only up to Chamje on the Marsyangdi River Valley and all the way to Muktinath on the Kaligandaki side.

All in all about 5 days of walking route has no motor road. The significant landmark of Tilicho Lake Trekkig includes walking through world’s deepest Kali Gandaki Gorge, crossing the highest Thorong La Pass and you can observe the source of Marsyangdi River in Manang.There are enough guesthouses scattered all along the Tiicho Lake Trekking route. The trail begins from Besisahar. You can enjoy the bit jungly hike from Besisahar to Khudi as it provides the contrast to different ecosystems you will be trekking in upcoming days. However you can also take a bus depending upon situation. Since there are concerns about road construction’s threat to the thrill offered by Annapurna Circuit Trek, our team members have made the itinerary with such care that vehicle roads are avoided. Hence, we at NEST Adventure are very eager to let our adventure seekers gather the experience of one of the most amazing journey of their life to Tilicho Lake Trekking.

Tilicho Lake Trekking Itinerary 

DAY 1: Arrival at Kathmandu.
DAY 2: Sightseeing at Kathmandu.
DAY 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar to Khudi.
DAY 4: Hike from Khudi to Sirung
DAY 5: Trek from Sirung to Chamje.
DAY 6: Hike from Chamje to Dharapani.
DAY 7: Walk from Dharapani to Chame.
DAY 8: Hike from Chame to Pisang.
DAY 9: Trek from Pisang to Manang.
DAY 10: Acclimatization at Manang.
DAY 11: Walk from Manang to Khangsar and then Shree Kharka.
DAY 12: Shree Kharka – Tilicho Base Camp
DAY 13: Hike from Tilicho Base Camp to Tilicho Lake and return to Tilicho Base Camp.
DAY 14: Trek from Tilicho Base Camp to Yak Kharka.
DAY 15: Walk from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi.
DAY 16: Trek from Thorong Phedi to Thorong La and then to Muktinath.
DAY 17: Hike from Muktinath to Marpha.
DAY 18: Trek from Marpha to Kalopani.
DAY 19: Hike from Kalopani to Tatopani
DAY 20: Walk from Tatopani to Ghorepani.
DAY 21: Hike from Ghorepani to Tadapani.
DAY 22: Walk from Tadapani to Ghandruk and drive to Pokhara.
DAY 23: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu
DAY 24: Fly back to your home country. Goodbye!!!

Important Note for Tilicho Lake Trekking 

Though the above mentioned detail itinerary of Tilicho Lake Trekking has been designed meticulously by our experts in the field of trekking to include each and every experience of the trail, we can customize the route as per your needs. The Annapurna Circuit Trek can also be completed in minimum 12/13 days if we make some changes in the above itinerary. Changes can be such that you can drive directly to Syange or Bhulbhule from Kathmandu, local jeeps are available from Muktinath to Jomsom and flying options are available to come down to Pokhara from Jomsom. We have found that lots of customers prefer this path as trek routes have been encroached by road transportation. Hence, depending upon your available time and other circumstantial factors we will arrange the trek just for you. Please do not hesitate to send your queries to info@nestadventure.com
DAY 1: Arrival at Kathmandu.

You arrive at the Tribhuvan Int’l Airport at Kathmandu. After meeting with our team members at the airport, they will guide you to the hotel for check in. Depending upon the time available and your interests we will arrange for some walk around the capital city to understand the local customs and traditions.

DAY 2: Sightseeing at Kathmandu.

Today we will explore Kathmandu, the largest urban conglomerate of Nepal. There are different places of religious importance to visit like Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, Budhanilkantha etc. The historical places like Hanumandhoka Palace, Durbar Square, and Narayanhiti Museum etc. are the major centre of attractions. Later in the evening we will have a meeting at the office and make final preparations for the trip next day. The location of our office Thamel popularly known as traveler’s ghetto is packed with guest houses, restaurants, shops and bookstores offering almost everything you aspire for.

DAY 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar to Khudi.

We have a 6/7 hour drive along the roaring Trishuli River to Mugling. Then we march on the road that leads to Pokhara but leaving it behind Dumre and heading north towards Besisahar. Now we have two options we can either hike or take drive to Khudi. We will make a team decision and continue our trip accordingly.

DAY 4: Hike from Khudi to Sirung.

The actual trek begins from today. We come across suspension bridges, several uphill and downhill and streams in our path. As we come closer to Sirung, the majestic mountains also gradually come closer. An interesting Tamang village Taranche inhabited by hospitable locals also receives us on the way. The spectacular view of Manaslu from Sirung makes you realize about the intensity of beauty that you are going to relish in this adventure.

DAY 5: Trek from Sirung to Chamje.

Following the lead of Marsyangdi River, we hike through beautiful farms, dense forests and culturally rich settlements until we arrive at Syange. Further steep ascend takes us to Jagat and then Chamje. We stay at Chamje for the night.

DAY 6: Hike from Chamje to Dharapani.

Firstly passing through array of fields and then lush forests of bamboo and rhododendrons we enter the vicinity of Manang region. Lying at the flat plain next to sandy beach and river at the base of large waterfall a beautiful village named Tal falls in our route. We have a overnight at Dharapani.

DAY 7: Walk from Dharapani to Chame.

We walk through few steep forested ridges while our eyes are treated with splendid views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna etc. We are likely to encounter with large group of donkey caravan in this trail. The tiny warm springs are likely to lessen our tiredness of the day. We sleep at Chame.

DAY 8: Hike from Chame to Pisang.

We will leave behind the lush vegetations as we are welcomed by curved rock face, rising 1500 meters from the river. As we continue our trek we find ourselves in U-shaped valley of Mustang thus reaching Pisang where we spend our night.

DAY 9: Trek from Pisang to Manang.

Today we hike along upper Pisang via Geru. The road offers us the aesthetic vistas of Himalayas like Annapurna, Pisang peak etc. we feel the sudden change in our surroundings as dry and cold climate creates a harsh environment. We may visit Barge Monastery which is the largest in Manang. We rest at Manang for the night.

DAY 10: Acclimatization at Manang.

As per the suggestion of medical personnel we rest for acclimatization as the upcoming two days are very strenuous accompanied by fast change in altitude. However we do not stay idle so we make short trips to Bhojo Gompa and Gangapurna Lake to make our rest day somewhat resourceful. If time allows we will also visit nearby village’s monastery at Vraga.

DAY 11: Walk from Manang to Khangsar and then Shree Kharka.

There are three paths to Khangsar but we choose the upper one as other paths are old, unused and wrecked by landslides. After three hours of walking we arrive at Khangsar. Out of Khangsar take the upper path 40 minutes to a monastery and a further 20 minutes to Shree Kharka. We spend the night at Shree Kharka.

DAY 12: Shree Kharka – Tilicho Base Camp

Three hours on from Shree Kharka will take us to scenic Tilicho Base Camp. We stay overnight at the base camp then head up early in the morning to get the best weather.

DAY 13: Hike from Tilicho Base Camp to Tilicho Lake and return to Tilicho Base Camp.

Today we wake up early in the morning as it gets very windy after 11 am and clouds can start forming as early as 8am. It is a tough, steep, consistent climb for about 3 hours. The lake is at the height of 4919 meters in the Annapurna range of the Himalayas. We will be awarded with the mesmerizing view of Tilicho Lake. The silence that drapes this place make you hear your own heartbeat and you will have amazing feeling of being away from all humdrums of life. We return to Tilicho Base Camp for the night.

DAY 14: Trek from Tilicho Base Camp to Yak Kharka.

We walk directly to Yak Kharka via Old Khangsar. Just after Shree Kharka there is a clear signpost at a split in the path to take us to Yak Kharka. It is almost four hours of walk from Shree Kharka.

DAY 15: Walk from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi.

We walk down to the foot of the pass. Since we have a tough day tomorrow we will stop at Thorong Phedi so that we can get a sound and comfortable sleep thus preparing for the day ahead. We walk for 3/4 hours today.

DAY 16: Trek from Thorong Phedi to Thorong La and then to Muktinath.

Today we have to begin our trek at the very first hour along the icy high altitude trail. However the scenic views availed by nature rejuvenates us every moment to walk enthusiastically. As the sun prepares to leave we arrive at the ever popular Muktinath. The Vishnu Temple and Monastery side by side reflects the religious tolerance practiced by hospitable Nepalis.

DAY 17: Hike from Muktinath to Marpha.

Muktinath is a sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists. We visit the temple and monastery and descend to Ranipauwa village and then Kagbeni. Further continuing our wonderful trek we arrive at Marpha via Jomsom. Trekking along Kali Gandaki Gorge further enriches our journey. The vegetation less surrounding tries to deceive us by giving the feeling of Tibet. Marpha is also the apple capital of Nepal. Also local brandy made using apple is popular all over Nepal.

DAY 18: Trek from Marpha to Kalopani.

Today we come across Thakali villages along the path to Kalopani via Chokhopani. The panoramic vistas of Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, Nilgiris, Fang and Annapurna keeps us engaged. Apple garden further treats our eyes. Finally we reach Kalopani where we will spend the night.

DAY 19: Hike from Kalopani to Tatopani.

We walk all the way down today as a result we come into contact with lush and dense forests again. We walk along Rupse Chahara and continue to trek towards Kopchepani via Garpar. While on the trail we come across many villages where we can learn about typical day in this amazing Himalayan region. After arriving at Tatopani we allow ourselves to have a warm bath in hot spring which locals believe washes away all the pain.

DAY 20: Walk from Tatopani to Ghorepani.

We pass through Phalate, Chitre and some unsettled areas as we make a steep ascent to Ghorepani. The scenery of rhododendron, brich, magnolia etc. along the way inspires us to appreciate nature more than ever. We stay at Ghorepani for the night.

DAY 21: Hike from Ghorepani to Tadapani.

Before the rays of sun reaches us we will have already started the trek to Poon Hill so that we can enjoy the once in a lifetime sunrise. Also famous as photographer’s paradise Poon Hill has more to offer than words can express.

DAY 22: Walk from Tadapani to Ghandruk and drive to Pokhara.

We press the dense rhododendron forests to arrive at Ghandruk. Further walk to Nayapul after some lunch and short drive will take us to tourism capital of Nepal viz. Pokhara. As per the available time and conditions we will organize some visits around Pokhara.

DAY 23: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu.

Today we drive back to Kathmandu. Again varying upon the time we will make arrangements for your stroll around the capital. You can opt to take some interesting things from Thamel back to your beloved ones.

DAY 24: Fly back to your home country. Goodbye!!!

Our representatives will take you to airport for you flight back home. We hope your adventurous soul will be back very soon for the next amazing adventure. Have a safe journey!!!
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Equipment For The Tilicho Lake Trekking

Major things you need to manage and some things, which we manage for great adventure trekking. Since you will be exploring mostly high alpine area some things should not be missed for comfortable trek. Lets make a list of some basic things –
Duffel / Rucksack Bag – We provide water and windproof duffel bag for all individual hikers throughout trekking duration, however it will be necessary for one hard suitcase bag in order to leave unnecessary things and stuffs in Hotel or storage of NEST ADVENTURE.
Day Bag Pack – For your basic daily stuffs during walking you will be needing one small day bag pack which should be good enough to fit camel pouch for water, some paper, sunscreen, your valuable like passport, money etc. Normally it should be around 2500 to 3000 cubic inches.
Down Jacket – Personal down jacket is recommend for trekking however we provide down jacket for each individual throughout trek duration and should be retuned at the end of trek. We provide down jacket good enough up to minus 15 degree Celsius and we hope this is good enough for trekking.
Sleeping Bag – Personal sleeping bag is recommend for trekking however we provide sleeping bag for each individual and should be returned at the end of trek. We provide sleeping bag good enough up to minus 20 degree Celsius and we hope this is good enough for trekking.
  • Sunglass with UV protection, Sun hat and Fleece hat.
  • Good hiking shoes, thin as well as thick pair of socks.
  • Thin and thick gloves with waterproof outer shell.
  • Tissue paper, toilet paper, hand-wash & basic first aid kit.
  • Light trouser, thick as well thin for multipurpose use.
  • Thick as well as thin jackets for multipurpose use.
So these are basic things, which one needs to know in general before heading for the trek and we hope this is good enough for basic info, for further particular queries send us email at info@nestadventure.com

Weather in Tilicho Annapurna Circuit Trek Nepal

Normally weather can be divided into four different quarters through out the year, we would love to provide some more information details regarding weather condition and others which makes you easier to decide what shorts of clothing, equipment are necessary as well as wise to carry.
Spring – March to May
Second best season for Trekking in Nepal is from March to May, which is considered as spring season in Nepal. Just before rain hits trekking trail in Nepal during March to May Nepal used to be bloomed with rhododendron forest with clear blue sky. Especially base camps of eight thousanders used to get lots of crowd especially for expedition purpose, as weather is clear most of the time with suitable temperature for expedition. Average city temperature during March to May ranges as
Average Daily Temperature – Ranges from 24 to 28 (Degree Celsius)
Average Night Temperature – Ranges from 8 to 16 (Degree Celsius)
Rainy – June to August
Normally high mountain flights in Nepal used to get canceled during these periods because of poor visibility and rainfall. Heavy rainfall in lower alpine as well as frequent snowfall in high alpine region trekking is almost stopped during this trek. As chances are high for rock fall in alpine passes and closing of teahouses make more difficult too for treks. However city tour are still feasible with help of vehicles and for more adventure rafting as most to do list for extreme adventure.
Average Daily Temperature – Ranges from 21 to 24 (Degree Celsius)
Average Night Temperature – Ranges from 14 to 18 (Degree Celsius)
Winter – December to February
Extreme snowfall and low temperature is totally unfavorable for high alpine trek as most of the trails are blocked by heavy snow making almost impassable. Another major obstacles is closing of teahouses as during such periods of year most of the teahouses on start and end of passes. So either way you need to walk two days trail is same days but it is almost impossible so simple trekking in Ghorepani Poonhill, Nagarkot Chisapani are more feasible and attracts lot of people. City area and sightseeing are ok with freezing cold especially during morning and late night. Views are ok everyday with clear sky and snowy peak far beneath horizon. Do not forget to get winter clothes before you departure for Trip in Nepal.
Average Daily Temperature – Ranges from 19 to 20 (Degree Celsius)
Average Night Temperature – Ranges from 3 to 5 (Degree Celsius)
Fall – September to November
Right after monsoon is over sky is greeted by light blue color, one of the most favorable weather periods. Trekking trail are full of trekkers, hotel are sometimes overbooked everybody are busy with tour trekking stuffs, hard to get airlines ticket as well as bus ticket to major cities. Warm days snow free elevation even up to base camps. Be prepared in advance for all necessary booking and reservation stuffs as it is peak season all quality things are either booked in advance or might be busy. One of the best weather periods in Himalayas with average temperature as below
Average Daily Temperature – Ranges from 19 to 27 (Degree Celsius)
Average Night Temperature – Ranges from 8 to 17 (Degree Celsius)
More Information For the Tilicho lake Trek

As per arrival
As per arrival representative of NEST ADVENTURE will greet you in airport’s arrival terminal and shift to hotel in Thamel for first overnight stay in Nepal. For this you need to finish paper work inside arrival terminal in order to get Nepal Entry Visa, which is always arrival visa. So next day will be followed by sightseeing in Kathmandu and preparation of trek, introduction with crew member of trek and short pre-briefing of trek and continue trek starting from 3rd day of arrival in Nepal.
As per booked package either deluxe or budget we will arrange the hotel in Kathmandu accordingly on 3 star / 4 star of budget hotels, as well as accordingly in mountain too on twin sharing basis. As per available and booked we will provide attach bathroom and common bathroom on mountain. While sharing the room with fellow trekkers we will try to arrange for same gender and age group and if someone is looking for single supplement then let us know we will arrange accordingly and let you know the extra charge of single supplement. As well as sometime in mountain during peak season time hotel owner especially in high alpine area refuse to provide single supplement just for shake of business mostly because lack of plenty of rooms and monopoly to, so in such case we might need to adjust.
Meals and drinking water
Regarding the case of meals during city we provide accommodation on bed & breakfast basis so in Kathmandu we offer breakfast where lunch and dinner will be on your own as per your choice preference and selection of restaurant. In case of mountain area while trekking we offer three meals a day i.e. breakfast, lunch and dinner from free selection over menu as per available in lodges and tea houses in trekking trail. So normally in such trekking days you can consult with your guide regarding the specialty of dishes so that he can assure for the best-valued dishes. Wide range of food are available ranging from veg item to non-veg and other energetic stuffs like cheese, egg etc.
Regarding the case of drinking water normally bottled mineral water as available for purchase of very expensive almost 20 times expensive in last belt of Everest as bottle of mineral water sometimes cost Rs. 380-400 /- so it is better to carry water purification stuffs with you which can be utilized on purifying tap water as there are enough tap water in trekking area as well as hotels offer cold tap water free of cost.
Visa Requirement
Out of one visa year tourist visa can be obtained of maximum 90 days, which you can directly get as per arrival in international airport or can apply from your home country too but as per arrival will be fine too. It is recommend carrying accurate USD and don’t forget to bring two copies of passport size picture. Extension of visa from middle of stay in also possible for this process of visa extension all you need to do is fulfill form from website of immigration and submit it there with original passport copy. Multiple entry visas will be cheaper in case of money you can consult there directly.
International flight to Nepal
Nepal is easily accessible from entire word via flight, as we don’t deal with international flight ticket you can consult some other flight booking agencies for detail of cost, transit and other details. For your information no airport tax is applicable for international flight where as Nepali Rs. 200 is applicable for domestic flights which is equal to US $ 2 on basis of exchange rate of 1 USD equals Rs. 100 but sometime might get different by 0.10 / 0.20 USD on basis of exchange rate. Most of time especially in rainy season domestic flight gets canceled because of bad weather however it does not affect international schedules most of the time.
Currency and foreign exchange rate
In Nepal both coin as well as paper notes are in used however coin are of low value only. But regarding the case of paper note for day-to-day used are 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 & 1000. Do not worry about damaged paper note as it there exist clear number of currency on both side it is applicable, one can do anything with paper notes like squeezing, writing over it etc.
Since Nepal has fixed exchange rate with Indian currency exchange rate doe directly depend on value on Indian currency, now a day exchange rate of USD is 1 USD equals Rs. 95 in approximate, can check everyday over internet for current exchange rate. And for information about currency that are majorly accepted in Nepal are Indian currency, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, USD, AUD, CAD, GBP, Euro, Swiss Frank, Riyal etc.
Travel Insurance
Normally while walking in lower elevation steadily, taking enough acclimatization days we can avoid chance of acute mountain sickness however we cannot totally avoid mountain sickness instead we can lower the chance of occurrence by following some rules and paying lot attention for personal hygiene. Since the remote mountain area are not facilitated by motor roads and modern hospital so incase of strong mountain sickened one and only option is to descend as down as possible which is feasible with use of helicopters only. Such kind of expenses in high elevation area extremely off the edge and cannot be offered easily as sometime cost more than one million rupees, so it is better to have a personal health insurance. As we do not deal with such kind of health insurance but we do have good enough information about insurance providing company as some deal very quickly promptly for case where as some try to avoid and create some unnecessary delays in evacuation process. So as per need of information we will let you know some good provider from your region so that it will be easy in worse case in mountains.
High altitude sickness
Often known as acute mountain sickness are most dangerous things and any one can be victim of AMS apart from their physical strength. There is no such specific medicine for AMS so one needs to be careful from beginning. Major Symptom of AMS is dizziness, vomiting, nausea, and loss of appetite, weakness and insomnia so in order to rid of AMS major thing is to drink plenty of water and enough acclimatization in high alpine area. Although our crew leader will have adequate first aid medicine and kit sometimes one might need to cancel the trip and descend down in case of increasing symptom of AMS and in case of emergency situation clients will be airlifted immediately for further treatment in hospital at Kathmandu.

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Trip Facts

Price: $ 1375 USD
Duration: 18 Days
Accomodation: Normal Tea House and lodge
Altitude Height: 5416
Seasons : March / April / October / November
Level: Moderate
Trip Departure: March / April / October / November
No. of Pax : +2 People
Activities: Driving / Trekking / Walking
Mode of Travel: Driving / Hiking / Trekking


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