Tilicho Lake Trek

Trip Overview

Tilicho Lake Trek is an amazing journey to the world’s highest lake. It is an incredible expedition to explore Tilicho Lake which is the highest lake in the world. Tilicho Lake is located in Manang district with an altitude of 4919m in Annapurna region of Nepal. This trek is an exotic trek of Nepal as it takes you to the highest lake of world with majestic views of Himalayas ranges including LamgunjHimal, Annapurna Himal II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Gangapurna and Manaslu. The glacial melt of the northern slope of Annapurna inspire you for further trek.

The serenic atmosphere of Tilicho Lake will make the trip memorable thorough out your life. On ascending to the rugged trail of Tilicho Lake, you will witness snow-capped mountains beautifully flaunting to amaze every soul. The waterfall and streams are just mind blowing. You will also explore the Tibetan village and their culture and tradition. Adding to this, you will be amazed by the high altitude grazing settlements, canyons, and lush forest.

The trek to Tilicho Lake starts from Kathmandu with sightseeing UNESCO world Heritage sites and trek preparation. Then we will drive to Chamje to Kathmandu. Our trek begins from Chamje, heading to Chame, following Manang and Pisang. The mountainous trail will offer you glacial waterfalls, composition of thin forest with diverse flora and fauna. On reaching Khangsar, we will head to Tilicho Base Camp and explore Tilicho Lake. The outstanding aura of Tilicho Lake will be new thing to experience. We will then follow trail back to Jomson and fly to Pokhara, and terminate trip on reaching Kathmandu.

Best Season: The best season for Tilicho Lake Trek is from March to May and from September to November. During these months, the weather is usually stable and dry, providing excellent views of the surrounding mountains and landscapes. The monsoon season (June to August) and winter season (December to February) are not recommended for trekking in Tilicho Lake due to the risk of landslides, avalanches, and heavy snowfall.

Rules and Permits:

As for rules and regulations, foreign visitors do not need any special permits to trek to Tilicho Lake, but they do require a TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) card and an Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP). These can be obtained through a registered trekking agency or the Department of Immigration in Kathmandu.

The cost of a TIMS card is USD $10 per person, while the cost of an ACAP permit is USD $30 per person. It’s essential to carry the necessary permits with you at all times during the trek, as they may be checked at various points along the trail.

It’s important to follow all local rules and regulations to ensure the preservation of the natural environment and the safety of all trekkers. This includes carrying all rubbish out of the park, respecting local culture and customs, and not harming any wildlife or vegetation. It’s also recommended to hire a licensed guide and porter for the trek, as they can provide valuable assistance and support throughout the journey.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01 : Arrive at Kathmandu airport

Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing

Day 03 : Drive to Besisahar, switch to local vehicle and drive to Chamche

Day 04 : Trek to Bagarchhap

Day 05: Trek to Chame

Day 06 : Trek to Upper Pisang

Day 07: Trek to Manang

Day 08 : Acclimatization day at Manang village

Day 09 : Trek to Tilicho Base Camp

Day 10 : Trek to Tilicho Lake and back to upper Shree Kharka

Day 11 : Trek to upper ledar

Day 12 : Trek to Thorong high camp

Day 13 : Trek to Muktinath jharkot via  Thorung La pass

Day 14 : Trek to Lupra Jomsom

Day 15 : Morning flight to Pokhara.

Day 16 : Drive back to Kathmandu

Day 17 : Final departure


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Detail Itinerary

Day 01 : Arrive at Kathmandu airport

One of our representative will be wating to welcome you in the airport and you will be taken to the respective hotel where you can refresh yourself. and you and prepare yourself for the next day sight seeing.

Day 02: Kathmandu full day sight seeing

Today we will give you the tour of Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan durbar Square and Bhaktapur durbar sqaure and if we have more time we can visit Boudhanath Stupa too. after the sight seeing we pack our stuff for next day trek.

Day 03 : Drive to Besisahar, switch to local vehicle and drive to Chamche

After the breakfast we drive 4 to 5 hours to besisahar from kathmandu via our private vehicle which is approximately (186kms). after reaching Besisahar we will switch the vehicle. we will be travelling by the local transportation to Chamche which is 31km and probably 3 hours drive.

Day 04 : Trek to Bagarchhap

We start our trek from Chamje following the trail through sub-tropical lands towards a small village Tal located near a large waterfall. On our way we explore rhododendron, bamboo and pine forests passing through Dharapani, we head towards Bagarchhap.

Day 05: Trek to Chame

From Bagarchaap we climb the forest filled with rhododendron which is quite steep.On our way we face several landslides and need to be careful. Although we will have beautiful panoramic views of Annapurna II 7939m, Annapurna IV 7525m and Lamjung Himal 6983m during our trek which leads us to Chame.

Day 06 : Trek to Upper Pisang

From Chame we cross the Marsyangdi river bridge and walk on the left side of the bank. We pass through Talekhu and Dhukur Pokhari where we follow narrow and stone paved trail to reach Pisang.

Day 07: Trek to Manang

Today, we have 2 different walking route splits from Pisang to Manang. The upper route follows high altitude level and lower route follows quite lower. On the way, we will visit a monastery. Upper route contains much panoramic scenery of Himalayas than lower route. Spectacular view of Annapurna, Pisang peak and many other snowcapped peaks adds extra pleasure for today’s walk.

Day 08 : Acclimatization day at Manang village

Today is a rest day. It is important to take a rest for acclimatization in the higher altitudes Besides, Manang has a lot to offers for its visitors. Manang is a Tibetan-style village where there are many teahouses and campsites. we will have the best view of Annapurna II 7939m, Annapurna IV 7525m, Annapurna III 7555m, Gangapurna 7454m, Tilicho Peak 7134m and other snow-capped peaks can be seen right in front of us which is completely mind blowing.

Day 09 : Trek to Tilicho base camp

We leave Manang following the trail that demands elevation all the way up to Khangsar. We cross through the Khangsar Khola bridge to reach Khangsar village following a rather easy slope. Khangsar village is the last village of Manang and the oldest village. There are around 80 houses in Khangsar.

We Walk to shree Kharka where we take our lunch. And from shree kharka it will take probably 2 hours to Tilicho Base camp. On our walk today, if we are fortunate we may be able to see some wild animals. We camp at Tilicho Base Camp.

Day 10 : Trek to Tilicho Lake and back to upper Shree Kharka

Today early in the morning we go to Tilicho lake which is (4920m) and we can also see Tilicho peak.

We take lunch at Tilicho base camp and we head to Upper Shree Kharka.

Day 11 : Trek to upper ledar

Today from Shree Kharka we cross a suspension bridge and reach at yak Kharka village. From Yak Kharka it takes us around 45 minutes to reach Ledar village.

Day 12 : Trek to Thorong high camp

After crossing the suspension bridge on our way we observe the tea shop. Going through the tea shop we see the landslides area where we need to be careful. At the uphill sometimes there might be yak and other cattles grazing where its possible for the fall of big rocks where we need to be careful. And  we reach Thorong Phedi, from thorong phedi to high camp it will take 50 minutes.

Day 13 : Trek to Muktinath jharkot via  Thorung La pass

Today we cross the highest pass in the world Thorong la pass (5416m) which is our main target. We will be crossing the pass from east to west (Manang to Muktinath) which is the easiest and safest direction. We wake up around four in the morning and walk up to the mountain. Our journey is worth when we make it to the top. After a success to the top we come down to the Muktinath and Overnight in Jharkot.

Day 14 : Trek to Lupra Jomsom

It is one of the best way to reach Jomsom via Lupra village. Lupra is small thakali village. There is a cave at the base of the river, approximately fifty meters above it, before crossing to the Lupra side. The cave is used for long term meditation that could lasts from thirty days to six months or even more. The cave has a balcony with a seating area for meditation, a small cooking area and sleeping quarters with shelving, however, the upper level where the heavy duty isolated meditation takes place includes a very small area with a four foot ceiling, three feet deep and even less across. The newly renovated gompa a little above the main road across the river to Lupra is also one of the major attractions here.

Day 15 : Morning flight to Pokhara.

Today after a safe flight to Pokhara we will be refreshing ourself in a respective hotel and we will be doing sight seeing of Pokhara.

Day 16 : Drive back to Kathmandu

We drive 5 hours from Pokhara to Kathmandu and you will be escorted to your respective hotel.

Day 17 : Final departure

We hope you have a memorable trekking and have a safe flight.




Cost Included

  • Airport transfer pick up and drop
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast
  • Transfer to Besisahar by local bus
  • Fly Jomsom to Pokhara
  • Transfer Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide), Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (ACAP, TIMS)
  • First aid Medical kit
  • All government and local taxes (including 13% VAT and 10 % service charge)

Cost not Include

  • Your Nepal entry visa fee
  • Travel insurance and emergency evacuation expenses
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu and extra baggage charges in domestic and international flight
  • ­­­­­­­­­­­­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 Pokhara
  • All personal expenses (including the gears and clothing taken on hire by the participant, phone calls, battery charge, shower, etc)
  • Tips for guides and porters
  • Alchohal Bevereage during the trek.

Before You Go

  1. Physical Fitness: The Tilicho Lake Trek is a strenuous trek that involves long hours of walking, steep ascents and descents, and high altitude. It is essential to be in good physical shape before embarking on this trek. You should start preparing for the trek by doing some cardiovascular exercises and strength training at least a few months before the trek.
  2. Acclimatization: As the Tilicho Lake Trek involves high altitude, it is important to allow enough time for acclimatization. It is recommended to spend a few days in Manang or other nearby villages to acclimatize before heading towards the Tilicho Lake.
  3. Packing: You should pack warm clothes, waterproof and windproof jackets, comfortable trekking shoes, a good quality sleeping bag, and a backpack. Don’t forget to carry enough water and snacks for the trek.
  4. Permits: You will need to obtain the necessary permits for the Tilicho Lake Trek. These include the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) card. You can get these permits from the Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu or from the checkpoint at Chame.
  5. Guides and Porters: It is highly recommended to hire a guide and a porter for the Tilicho Lake Trek. A guide can help you with navigation and provide valuable information about the trek, while a porter can carry your heavy backpack, allowing you to focus on enjoying the trek.
  6. Weather: The weather in the Annapurna region is unpredictable and can change rapidly. It is important to check the weather forecast before embarking on the trek and be prepared for sudden changes in weather.
  7. Altitude Sickness: Altitude sickness is a common problem among trekkers in high altitude areas like the Tilicho Lake Trek. You should be aware of the symptoms of altitude sickness and take appropriate measures if you experience any symptoms, such as headache, nausea, or dizziness.
  8. Insurance: It is recommended to get travel insurance that covers high altitude trekking before embarking on the Tilicho Lake Trek. The insurance should also cover emergency medical evacuation in case of any untoward incident.
  9. Respect Local Culture: The Tilicho Lake Trek passes through several villages inhabited by indigenous people with their unique culture and traditions. You should respect their culture, customs, and way of life while trekking through these villages.


  • What is the Tilicho Lake Trek?

The Tilicho Lake Trek is a trekking route in the Annapurna region of Nepal that takes you to the stunning Tilicho Lake, one of the highest lakes in the world, located at an altitude of 4,919 meters.

  • How long does the Tilicho Lake Trek take?

The Tilicho Lake Trek usually takes around 12-15 days, depending on your itinerary and pace.

  • What is the difficulty level of the Tilicho Lake Trek?

The Tilicho Lake Trek is considered a moderate to difficult trek, with some challenging uphill and downhill sections and high altitude. It’s recommended for experienced trekkers with good fitness.

  • What is the best time of year to do the Tilicho Lake Trek?

The best time to do the Tilicho Lake Trek is from March to May and from September to November, as the weather is dry and clear during these months.

  • What permits are required for the Tilicho Lake Trek?

To do the Tilicho Lake Trek, you will need to obtain a TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) card and an Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP).

  • What is the accommodation like on the Tilicho Lake Trek?

Accommodation on the Tilicho Lake Trek varies from basic tea houses to more comfortable lodges with private rooms and hot showers. You will usually stay in a different village each night.

  • What should I pack for the Tilicho Lake Trek?

You should pack warm clothing, a good quality sleeping bag, sturdy hiking boots, a raincoat, a backpack, a water bottle, and a first aid kit. You may also want to bring a camera to capture the stunning views along the way.

  • Is it safe to do the Tilicho Lake Trek?

Yes, the Tilicho Lake Trek is generally considered safe, as long as you follow the guidance of your guide and take appropriate precautions. It’s important to be aware of the risks of altitude sickness and take steps to prevent it.

  • Do I need a guide for the Tilicho Lake Trek?

While a guide is not mandatory for the Tilicho Lake Trek, it’s recommended to hire one to help you navigate the challenging terrain and ensure your safety.

  • How much does the Tilicho Lake Trek cost?

The cost of the Tilicho Lake Trek varies depending on the season, itinerary, and the services you choose.

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