Tilicho Lake Trekking

TRIP OVERVIEW

Trip Information

Tilicho lake trekking is one of the off beaten trekking in Nepal. Tilicho Lake is an uppermost lake of the world with an altitude of 4920meter from sea level. Tilicho Lake Trek bids you a classic adventure expedition to Tilicho Lake - a tranquil turquoise lake located in the high Himalayan region of Manang. In 2001, Hindu travelers from around the world congregated to the lake persuaded it was the holy spot stated in the Ramayana, a holy book of the Hindus. So, lots of Hindu devotees come to visit this lake. Tilicho Lake trekking is one of the very well-known expeditions in Annapurna Region.

This trekking gives you the superlative views of chief peaks of Annapurna Himalayan range - Lamjung Himal 6932meter, Annapurna II 7939m, Annapurna IV 7525m, Annapurna III 7555m, Gangapurna 7454meter and other snowcapped peaks. Tilicho Lake collects glacial melt of northern slopes like Thorang la peak and Annapurna Himalayas and Tilicho Lake Trekking gives you a chance to familiarity its splendor. The extraordinary panoramic vista you get to sight are Annapurna, Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, Thorung Peak, Chulu, Tukuche Peak and several other mountains of the Himalayas. In this area blue Sheep which are completely common can be perceived on your trail. You will be visiting the major ethnic groups while trekking are Magar, Gurung, Bhotia and Thakalis and Managis with diverse socio-economic and cultural background.

Annapurna Tilicho Lake Trekking starts from Besisahar, which goes alongside the Marshyangdi River, with great sights of Manaslu and Himal Chuli to the east. Fascinatingly, this trekking trail provides us to explore with massive diversity of the ethnics group and this trekking trail which is alike to Annapurna circuit trek. From Manang we will be moving to the leading valley to the west over the Khangasar village (also known as the last village of Nepal) then trek upward to Tilicho Lake, again our path head to the Yak Kharka then links the normal passes over the Thorong La pass 5416 meter. After the pass of Thorang La, the Tilicho Lake trekking lead down to Muktinath (one of the pilgrimage site for both the Hindus and Buddhists) then to Jomsom from where twenty minutes scenic flights take you to the Pokhara. Perfect season for Tilicho lake trekking are from the month of March to May and September to November.

Our GHHT (Ganesh Himal Hiking Team) provides you the ample opportunities to explore this beautiful lake plus wonderful view of the mountains would leave your spellbound. So, be ready to grasp this opportunity. Our main priority is to keep your safety at the first place with trained trekking guide and trekking leader. For further detail you can contact or email us.

 

Outline Itinerary:

Day 1 - Kathmandu: Arrival Day

Day 2 - Drive to Besisahar

Day 3 - Drive to Syange and trek to Chamje(1400 meters)

Day 4 - Trek to Bagarchhap(2160 meter)

Day 5 - Trek to Chame

Day 6 - Trek to Pisang(3300 meters)

Day 7 - Trek to Manang(3540 meters)

Day 8 - Acclimatization day at Manang-village

Day 9 - Trek to Khangsar Village (3700 meters)

Day 10 - Trekking to TIlicho Base camp (4200 meter)

Day 11 - Trek to TIlicho (5200 meters) and back to Tilicho Base Camp

Day 12 - Trek to Yak Kharka(4000 meters)

Day 13 - Trek to Thorang Phedi(4450 meter)

Day 14 - Trek to Muktinath via Thorung La Pass

Day 15 - Trek to Jomsom(2720 meters)

Day 16 - Morning flight to Pokhara

Day 17 - Back to Kathmandu

Day 18 - Departure

ITINARARY

Day 1 - Kathmandu: Arrival Day

Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu with greetings. You will be transferred to a rated hotel in Kathmandu. Upon reaching there, a brief introduction about our program and company will be provided. If there is enough time, nearby places can be visited. The night will be spent at the hotel.

Day 2 - Drive to Besisahar

Our staff will pick you up from hotel for a drive full of excitement as you can witness the natural beauty. After 7 hours of drive, we will reach Besisahar. It is at a distance of 185 km from the capital city Kathmandu. The sight of beautiful mountains and sceneries start from here and your night accommodation is managed at a guesthouse in Besisahar.

Day 3 - Drive to Syange and trek to Chamje(1400 meters)

We drive to Syange and start our trek from there. A large spring will attract your concentration for a while at Bahundanda. After crossing the years old Marsyangdi River Bridge, we move to Jagat by following the watery flow of Marsyangdi river. We reach to Chamje situated at an altitude of 1400 meters. The natural landscape of Chamje can be the attraction. The night stay will be arranged at a reserved guest house in Chamje.

Day 4 - Trek to Bagarchhap(2160 meter)

Marsyangdi River will guide us to Tal at an elevation 1675 meters which is the first village in Manang district. We move through wide, flat and beautiful valley. The trail leads us to Dharapani with many ups and downs. It is at an altitude of 1890 meters. The journey continues till we reach to Bagarchhap (2160 meters). The village is surrounded by stone roofed traditional houses and fields. The apple trees and maize fields are admirable. We spend night at our tented camps in this beautiful village.

Day 5 - Trek to Chame

We climb up to Tyanja at an altitude of 2360 meters. After Tyanja, we pass through forest near river and reach to Kopar at 2590 meters. On reaching the headquarters of Manang ‘Chame’, you will be welcomed by the grand view of Annapurna II. During the trip, you will have opportunity to know local society and local people’s culture and heritage. The locals are said to be migrated from Tibet and settled there.

Day 6 - Trek to Pisang(3300 meters)

The day begins with a walk through dense forest and narrow valley passing through rivers. Old log bridges are crossed at altitude of 2910 meters and 3040 meters one after another. We can have wonderful view of the rock face of Paungda Danda. With the grand view of hills and different mountains, we climb upward to reach to Pisang with an elevation between 3200 and 3300 meters. You will have rest in the guest house at Pisang and spend night on that guest house.

Day 7 - Trek to Manang(3540 meters)

The journey will continue through upper part of Manang district. We move further with the beautiful view of Annapurna Range. The people here feed yak and aggregate crops that is needed for them. The trading system of this region is very old. We have two alternative routes to the north and south of Marsyangdi river to reach Munji. The northern trail via Ghyaru consists of better views and the southern route requires less climbing. After reaching Munji, the trek continues passing through the century old houses and monastery along with Bryanga village. The village lies at an altitude of 3475 meters. You will be spending night at a guesthouse in Bryanga village.

Day 8 - Acclimatization day at Manang-village

Today we spend the day by doing same fine walks, viewing the Himalayan peaks, and experiencing the semi-Tibetan culture and conserved wildlife vegetation. You will be reenergizing yourself for tomorrow’s trek which would take you above 3500 meters. It is advisable to rest for a day before crossing high altitudes. In the evening, you will be under Sherpa’s hospitality to spend night at a guest house.

Day 9 - Trek to Khangsar Village (3700 meters)

After the adaptation of climate at Manang, we move further for more adventurous trip to Tilicho lake. Here we will have alternative way by another path downward which goes to river. After crossing the river called Khangsar we start upward trek for 4 hours and reach Khangsar village. It is enriched with old traditional stone houses typical of a village in Nepal. The night accommodation will be arranged for you there at a guesthouse in Khangsar village.

Day 10 - Trekking to TIlicho Base camp (4200 meter)

While moving from Khangsar village to Tilicho, we pass through a monastery or Gompa. After a while, we will reach a junction from where we can choose two paths to move further. Old path is much more adventurous and difficult whereas new path is easy to climb so, we go through the new path. After reaching at the top, we descend to main valley. At bottom you will see small stream that makes opposite side of the village beautiful. You will complete a circle and reach to the same place where you had stayed before at an elevation of 4200 meters which is known as Tilicho Base Camp.

Day 11 - Trek to TIlicho (5200 meters) and back to Tilicho Base Camp

In the early morning we move towords the Tilicho Lake. In day time, there will be windy environment at Tilicho and we might have some difficulty to reach Tilicho so we start at early morning. It will take 3-4 hours to reach Tilicho. It is bounded by hills and is located at the highest altitude of 5200 meters. We will spend sometime around Tilicho. We can feel the snowy water of TIlicho and be relaxed with fresh environment. After a while, we move back to base camp for the night accommodation.

Day 12 - Trek to Yak Kharka(4000 meters)

Today we decline our elevation into 4000 meters and reach Yak Kharka. We pass through the old Khangsar path which goes through unmarked trail. The experience of crossing old log bridge between Gumsang and Yak Kharka will be unforgettable. The night stay will be arranged at a guest house in Yak Kharka.

Day 13 - Trek to Thorang Phedi(4450 meter)

We further climb upward for two and half hours and then we move downward in the hills. Again, we cross the river at altitude of 4310 meters and finally we climb up to Thorang Phedi having altitude of 4450 meters. We will have some time to spend here at Thorang Phedi. Your day will turn into night and night turn into morning at guest house of Thorang Phedi.

Day 14 - Trek to Muktinath via Thorung La Pass

We move in dusk to continue our trip by keeping environment condition in our mind and try to reach Thorung La Pass by 9-10 am. Afternoon time at Thorung Pass might be snowy and windy all the time so that can make our trip more difficult. We climb up to the pass surrounded by Chortens and prayer flags for about 4 hours. Being at the top with an altitude of 5416 meters is worthy. After 4 hours trek from top you will be at a holy place of Hindu devotees called Muktinath. The temple of Muktinath is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and has 108 water pools. By observing Muktinath by yours eyes, you will spend night at a guest house in Muktinath.

Day 15 - Trek to Jomsom(2720 meters)

After breakfast, we will move to Ekle Bhatti and move further following the Kali Gandaki River to Jomsom. Jomsom is headquarter and main trading area of Mustang district. You can have many more facilities here at Jomsom. The night stay will be arranged at a guest house in Jomsom.

Day 16 - Morning flight to Pokhara

At morning we take flight of 15 minutes with panoramic views of mountains, hills and villages to reach Pokhara from Jomsom. After having a short flight to Pokhara, you will be strolling around the Pokhara valley. The visit covers Fewa Lake, David Fall, Museum, Cave etc. Overnight stay will be in a reserved finest hotel.

Day 17 - Back to Kathmandu

Today is the last day of your tour and you will be packing your bags to return back to Kathmandu. Our vehicle will drop you to Kathmandu after a comfortable drive. You can roam around the Kathmandu to collect some souvenirs for relatives in leisure time. Night stay will be arranged at a finest hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 18 - Departure

The trip ends for this time. Today you will be transferred to the Tribhuwan International Airport for your departure from Nepal. We wish you to have safe and comfortable flight to your country. We look forward for your suggestions and comments about the trek, our company and facilities we provided.

INCLUDES & EXCLUDES

What is included?

  • All the transportation between airport and hotel
  • 2 nights in a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu (Hotel Tashidharke inn or any other hotel of similar standard) and 1 night in a 3 star hotel in pokhara with breakfast
  • 14 nights in standard lodges/teahouses during the trek
  • Transportation from Pokhara to Kathmandu and Kathmandu to Pokhara
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • All accommodation and meals during the stay in the trek
  • All domestic flight fares and airport taxes
  • An experienced English speaking guide and one porter for 2 persons each of the group
  • All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit, TIMS)
  • All government and local taxes

What is not included?

  • Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
  • Tips for guides and porters

TRIP INFO


Trip Note

Hotel and Lodge:

Ganesh Himal Hiking team arranges the best comfy and pleasant accommodation and provides you the well-nourished hygienic foods. Throughout your stay in Kathmandu i.e. 3 nights you will be staying at the best standard hotel which will be rating at 2- 3-star hotel. Although if you want to stay at 4- 5-star hotel in the well sumptuous hotel and are able to pay for this expenses then you have this kind of choices but for the luxurious hotel the payment should be deposited by the clients itself. As the Ganesh Himal Hiking team company can only afford the hotel which is the rate at 2-3 star hotels. However once you are set for your trek there will be no such facilities like in the city of Kathmandu and one should not expect like Kathmandu as we are trekking to the remote area so, we will be staying at tea houses and local lodges. In such hotel there will be a usual bed and of course pillow. Most of the lodges of this region depend on lanterns or candle only a few has the facility of electric lights nonetheless you will be getting clean hygienic food which is most important. Most of the lodges will be already booked earlier before your trek however in some situation we will be not able to book in advance but not to worry we can book -in while reaching there because there are ample of lodges and some tea houses in this region and if not we can easily set a camp which will the most adventurous part of the trek itself is interesting and adventurous.

Meals and Drinks:

We the company totally focuses on client’s meals by making sure that each and every client get the same portion which is clean hygienic and nourished which is most necessary while trekking. While trekking all the meals i.e. breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided but in the Kathmandu city sometimes breakfast and sometimes dinner are included where you can go through the each detail itinerary below. During trek breakfast and dinner will be served in the lodges or teahouses and for the lunch our expert trek leader or guide will be taking you the best clean hotels. However we suggest you carry a water purification tablets to purify the water as on the way you will get normal water but if you want bottled mineral water you will easily get in some shops or tea houses but the expense of the bottled water should be paid by the client itself as it is not included in package.

Best Season to Travel:

The flawless seasons for Nepal visit will be in the spring season in the month of March to May and autumn season on September and November. Even in winter one can travel but only if you can bear the cold weather season. We strongly recommended the clients not to trek on the monsoon season on the month of June, July and August because during this period it rains heavenly and in day afternoon the sun rays will be extremely blazing heat so, it will be difficult to trek. So, we suggest every client trek in the specific seasons.

Luggage/Backpack:

Throughout your trekking your luggage will be carried by our porters and you have to carry your own small baggage containing your own water bottle, towel, tissue or toilet paper, camera or any other stuff which you usually carry and this small baggage should be carried by yourself. Some of the gears and clothes which are not needed during your trek can be left in the hotel safe deposit box carefully locking it properly and for the deposit there will be no charges so, you can freely keep your belongings which are not needed. The Nepal domestic airlines do not exceed more than 15 kg which also includes your hand baggage. If your baggage exceeds more than 15 kg then some charge should be deposit which is not included in the package.  

Guide/Porter on Trek:

We the company Ganesh Himal hiking team will be providing you the well expert trained trekking guide who will be handling all your trip issue. Also we will be providing you a cordial and sincere porter who will be carrying your 10 kg luggage of each client. Like if you are trekking in a huge group like more than 10 people than we will be providing you an extra guide which will be divided into two groups or more than three according to the number of people in the group. 

Group Size, Guide and Crew Member:

Ganesh Himal hiking team arranges trek with the minimum solitary client to maximum 16 clients in a group. In the larger group we will be arranged by dividing the groups. However one can stay in the same lodge but during your trek you will be having a different guide. We the Ganesh Himal Hiking team offers one guide for maximum 10 people in the group and if the number exceeds more than 10 till 16 then we will be providing you 2 guides. 

Personal Expenses on Trek:

Your personal expenses should be deposited by yourself like if you addicted to alcohol and all the alcohol you consume during your trip should be paid by yourself that goes to snacks or any other additional meals. Though the cost of accommodation and meals are included in package but such additional meals and drinks- alcohol and non-alcohol beverage, snacks, tips for guide and porters, hot shower- accessible only in some hotel, entrance fee around $ 25 for visiting heritage sites of Kathmandu, meals while you are in Kathmandu and the normal meals will cost around $ 5-7. It is up to you whether you like to give tips to the guide and porter, if you are satisfied with their services then you can tip them.

Gears Available in Kathmandu:

For the trekking equipment you can easily get it at Nepal country stores at the reasonable price and if you like you can also rent the trekking equipment. You don’t have to carry or buy from your hometown because all the trekking gear can be easily available in this country –Nepal.  

A Typical Day on Trek:

On a customary day you are necessary to trek for 4-6 hours each day. After breakfast we will start to walk and then we will be stopping for a lunch and after lunch we will walk for 3-4 hours to reach our destination. After lunch we will be trekking only for few hours and we will reach our trekking destination in 1—2 hours. Like in some days you will reach your destination in afternoon hours and then you can have lunch and then relax, or take shower, read a novel or wander around the area and even you can play cards with the group, guide and all.

Our Greetings at Airport:

We suggest you that when you are confirmed for this trip we advise you to give us your international flight schedule so, we the team can easily get to you and pick you up from the airport on time. As soon as you finish processing the customs formalities and come out from there and there you can find our representative carrying a signboard of Ganesh Himal Hiking Team and the team will greet you and take you to the hotel in private vehicle. Like if you have already booked the hotel by your own then we advise informing the hotel that you are staying so it will be easy for our representative to drop you at the hotel.

Itinerary and Possible Changes on it:

Our usual itinerary of the trek is 18 days which is main customary and pragmatic. In this 18 days itinerary it has also included your arrival day, departure day or Kathmandu sightseeing day tour are all included in this package itinerary. If you like to adjust the itinerary we can set it for you as per your desire so, before that let us know before booking the trip and then we will arrange the itinerary and the cost. Like if you like to extend more days then we will even manage it for you as in our package we have kept extra day because we don’t know the situation of Himalaya weather it suddenly changes and faces problems like delayed flights or cancellation of flight.

Insurance/Rescue/Evacuation:

Client’s safety is our main priority and makes sure that each and every client is well taken care of.  If by chance anyone got sick during trek we will take you to the hospital and if one is seriously ill then we will rescue a helicopter and then they will take you to the hospital and all the expenses are carried out by the travel insurance company so, make sure to cover the insurance policy. For the further information you can go to the Nepal Travel Insurance page.

Booking and Payment:

For booking any trip, trek, expedition first you have to deposit 20% in advance if you are confirmed for the trek you have to send even your flight detail schedule, a passport photocopy and if you cancel the booking then this 20% is not -refundable.  The remaining 80% can be paid when you reach Kathmandu and if you want to pay in advance you can deposit it by transferring through a bank, credit card so, lets us know then we will be sending you the detail for payment.

Customer Reviews

Rating:


An amazing trip with Ganesh Himal Hiking to Kathmandu, Mt. Everest BC, Pokhara and Chitwas

hil32015 | Spokane, Washington | October 26 , 2014

Rating: 5 - Excellent

We received outstanding personal service from Binod and his team at Ganesh Himal Hiking Team. It was an exceptional experience in every way. We were met at the airport, he gave us personal transportation along with many great tours to cultural sites in Kathmandu, he took us to some wonderful restaurants and he set us up in a very nice hotel in Thammel. Binod really knows how to take great care of his clients with a personal touch. We also loved meeting his mother, father and his family which added greatly to our cultural experience in Nepal.

Additionally, Binod's brother Bishnu, was our guide on our trek to Mt. Everest Base Camp. Bishnu took excellent care of my trekking partner and me throughout the trek to Everest Base Camp and back. Our trek was also an amazing cultural experience as well as a remarkable trekking experience! We loved the Nepalese people and, of course, we loved seeing the incredible scenery. Also, Binod personally guided us on a trip to Pokhara, Nepal where he arranged for us a guided rafting trip, a paragliding trip and a trip to Chitwan National Park where we did a tour on the back of an elephant spotting wildlife and we were able to attend a nice cultural program. The accommodations in Pokhara and the food were fantastic. I highly recommend Binod and his Ganesh Himal Hiking Team to anyone who is interested in receiving the best service and the best trekking and cultural experience in Nepal.

Visited October 2015

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Duration: 18 Days

Difficulty: Moderate

Activities: Hiking & trekking

Departure City: Kathmandu

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Trip style: Lodge-to-lodge

Country: Nepal

Region: Annapurna

Price: USD 1,400

Group size: Min 1 pax

Best Season: Feb to Jun & Sep to Dec