TILICHO LAKE PASS TREK
The remote Manang Valley nestled in the far east of the Annapurna Region remains a popular salt and Yak trading post near the Tibetan border. This protected region only open to trekkers since the 70’s is blessed with beautiful mounts, valleys, rivers and charm providing insight into Tibetan culture and society. The trial cuts through varied elevations, and has climates ranging from semi-tropical to desert, and with the landscapes varying from sub-tropical to alpine forests to snowy barren, and the stunning rocky Throng-la mountain pass with an altitude of 5,416 meters. Tilicho Lake Trek include Pisang peak, the Chulu Range, Gangapurna, Tilicho Peak, Kangaru Peak and Throng Peak each offering their own unique vantage point to absorb the beautiful sights of the region.
An area of great biodiversity including fertile fields with local wild flowers and remote desert like areas, this is a perfect trek for anyone looking to see all the terrain Nepal has to offer. Enjoy the mystical and serene Manang village home to the highest freshwater lake in the world while immersing yourself in a new culture among some of the most elusive mountains in the world. Tilicho Lake Trek trail provides the world’s best trekking routes, including variety of scenery and culture that can be found in any other Himalayan region. Tilicho Lake Trek route is still used by the adventurous trekkers to altitude pass and with technical conditions like use of rope. Most of the tribal inhabitants are Thakalis, Gurung’s, Magars and further north lives the Manang people of Tibetan origin. Trek follows the Yak country and finally over to the Tilicho passes 5,230m. offering wonderful scenery of the surrounding landscapes and massive magnificent peaks. This is a 17-day trek best for trekkers willing to not just walk on the Annapurna circle trail but also reach the serene Tilicho Lake (Tilicho Lake Trek) . The 17-day Annapurna with Tilicho Lake Trek concludes in Jomsom. Next, you will fly to Pokhara, followed by another flight to Kathmandu.
Tilicho Lake Trek
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m. / 4,264 ft).
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing.
Day 03: Drive to Chamje (1,410m. / 4,626ft) 6-7 hours.
Day 04: Trek from Chamje to Dharapani (1,960m. / 6,430ft) 5 – 6 hours.
Day 05: Dharapani to Chame (2,710m. / 8,891ft) 5 – 6 hours.
Day 06: Chame to Pisang (3,300m. / 10824ft) 5 – 6 hours.
Day 07: Pisang to Manang (3,500m. / 11,482ft) 6 – 7 hours.
Day 08: Manang to Khangsar (3745m. / 12286ft) 2-3 hours.
Day 09: Khangsar to Tilicho Base Camp (4140m. / 13,583ft) 5-6 hours.
Day 10: Visit Tilicho Lake (4,949m. / 16,138 ft) Trek back to base camp 5-6 hours.
Day 11: Tilicho Base Camp to Yak Kharka (4040m. / 13,020ft) 4-5 hours.
Day 12: Yak kharka to Thorang Phedi (4420m. / 14501ft) 3-4 hours.
Day 13: Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3,800m. / 12,467ft) via Thorong La pass (5416m. / 17764ft) 7 – 8 hours.
Day 14: Muktinath to Jomsom (2,715m. / 8,910ft) 5-6 hours.
Day 15: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara (823m. / 2,700ft) 30mins.
Day 16: Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu 30mins.
Day 17: Final departure.
Staff of Visit View Nepal Trek will greet you upon your arrival at international airport and escort you to your respective hotel for check-in. After check-in either you can take rest or you can stroll in the streets of Thamel, for some souvenir shopping. In the evening, Visit View Nepal Trek host a dinner as a welcome dinner, served excellent authentic Nepalese cuisine which will introduce you to the Nepalese food culture.
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing
Early morning, after breakfast we start a guided tour to various of the most spiritual and historical attractions of Kathmandu. Some of the Landmarks i.e. Pashupatinath temple, Swyambhunath stupa, Durbar Square are listed or considered in world heritage sites. After completing our tour we will return back to our hotel and our trekking leader will meet and brief discuss about our upcoming trek as well as gives us an opportunity to ask any questions we may have regarding our upcoming adventure. Overnight in hotel of Kathmandu.
Day 03: Drive to Chamje (1,410m. / 4,626ft) 6-7 hours
It would be a good idea if we start the day early for the trek and we will head to Chamje by road transportation, starting point of the trek. Chamje is a small village of the Annapurna region at an altitude of 1430m. The beautiful greenery hills and waterfall all around will fuel us for the trek ahead. Overnight in Chamje.
Day 04: Trek from Chamje to Dharapani (1,960m. / 6,430ft) 5 - 6 hours
Our trek begins early morning, takes us through several waterfalls, vegetable plantations and haphazard communities that are believed to have migrated from Tibet. Our walk makes us to cross the suspension bridge below Chamje and then we climb two steep sections, to reach the village of Tal. Tal, welcomes us to enter the Manang district. All the way, we pass through Kodo village and walk on the route that rises and falls and cuts across a mountain side to one of the biggest villages in the Manang district, Dharapani. Overnight in Dharapani.
Day 05: Dharapani to Chame (2,710m. / 8,891ft) 5 - 6 hours
Today, we will head to Chame and our walk negotiate a few steep, forested ridges along with several landslides on route. We will be greeted with remarkable views of Annapurna II, Annapurna IV (7,525m.), and Lamjung Himal while coming across through small hot springs which will be s sweet respite from the tiring trek. We will do some relax near hot springs. Chame, a headquarter of Manang district where we will spend our overnight.
Day 06: Chame to Pisang (3,300m. / 10824ft) 5 - 6 hours
Today, we will pass several uphill and downhill along with several rivers and scatter populated settlements. Our walk leads us to steep and narrow valley to have our 1st view of rock face – Paungda Danda. This marked bent rock face rising 1500m. from the river level. Furthermore, we will be more excited with the views of massive Annapurna II to the south whereas Pisang peak to the north east. We, then head down to the Manang valley enjoying the captivating landscape. Overnight in Pisang.
Day 07: Pisang to Manang (3,500m. / 11,482ft) 6 - 7 hours
Leaving one route aside, our trial leads through Upper Pisang via Geru as it ensure wonderful views of Mt. Annapurna, Pisang Peak, and many more.The climate is drier and colder as we get near to the Manang. However, we should cheers up, after a visit to the biggest Barge Monastery of Manang district. Overnight in Manang.
Day 08: Manang to Khangsar (3745m. / 12286ft) 2-3 hours
Today our first stop iis the village of Khangsar and as we walk ahead we can spot the Tilicho peak shrouded din clouds far above. All along the way we get to appreciate the natural beauty of the Annapurna range, also we will pass through the Tore monastery and small scenic settlements. Before reaching the Khangsar we can enjoy the breathtaking Khangsar river and the grand barrier. Overnight in Khangsar.
Day 09: Khangsar to Tilicho Base Camp (4140m. / 13,583ft) 5-6 hours
Today, we will head to Tilicho Lake Base Camp, we come across making a slight climb uphill, witness the glorious views of the entire valley and wide grassy fields. After tramping down a dizzy inclination, we now enter the Tilicho Base Camp. There are not many lodges out here so camping is the only option. Overnight at Tilicho Base Camp.
Day 10: Visit Tilicho Lake (4,949m. / 16,138 ft). Trek back to base camp 5-6 hours
After breakfast we begin tough ascent, our route negotiates onto a moraine and then cuts along the side of the mountain. However, we can cheer up with the striking views of Tilicho, Khangsar, Nilgiri, and Muktinath peaks. We can admire the tranquil beauty of Tilicho Lake, one of the highest lakes in the world. Most of the time the lake remains frozen however sometimes reflections of the surrounding peaks are seen on its turquoise waters. We take a break beside the calm waters and soak-in the bewildering views. We then return back to the base camp. Overnight in Tilicho Base Camp.
Day 11: Tilicho Base Camp to Yak Kharka (4040m. / 13,020ft) 4-5 hours
As we return from the Tilicho Base Camp, our trial leads out of the Marshyangdi valley. As we walk ahead, we can notice the sudden change in surroundings as the trees are left behind and replaced with more alpine vegetation. We will cross along the ruins of the old Khangsar village, a log bridge over the river between Gumsang and Yak Kharka while heading to the typical Himalayan village of Yak Kharka. This village is an honor to its name, as lots of yaks can be seen standing and gazing around. Overnight in Yak Kharka.
Day 12: Yak kharka to Thorang Phedi (4420m. / 14501ft) 3-4 hours
Walking uphill to Thorang Phedi leads us to cross a suspension bridge and reach Ledar village. We will pass through towering cliffs before reaching Thorang Phedi, and it is the last village before Thorang La pass. This route rewarded us with the wonderful views of Mt. Syagang, Mt. Gundang, Thourang Peak and Mt. Khatungkkan. Overnight in Thorang Phedi.
Day 13: Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3,800m. / 12,467ft) via Thorong La pass (5416m. / 17764ft) 7 - 8 hours
The ultimate objective or the main target of our trip is to cross the world highest pass Thorang La Pass, and today we will cross the pass from east to west (manang to Muktinath). It is the safest and easiest direction. To successfully pass this trek, we get up around four in the morning and begin to walk up the mountain. When we stand at dthe to, we realize that our journey was worth it. From the foot of the Thorang La Pass we can enjoy and capture the massive views of mountain, before heading to Muktinath valley. Overnight in Muktinath.
Day 14: Muktinath to Jomsom (2,715m. / 8,910ft) 5-6 hours
Today, we will visit the holy pilgrims of Hindu and Buddhist, Muktinath. There are 108 water spouts where fresh water pours out direct from the streams and it is believed that if one bath in this water spouts then all the sin of one’s will be removed for the whole life. One can buy a fossilized mollusk, called ‘Shaligram’ as a memento. We will stop at Kagbeni, a village laden with chortens (memorial stupas) and a small monastery for our lunch break and over to Jomsom on the Kali Gandaki Valley as the trial cuts through windy areas. Overnight in Jomsom.
Day 15: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara (823m. / 2,700ft) 30mins
Early morning, after breakfast we will take a flight to Pokhara enjoying with the beautiful scenic views of mountain from plane. The warmer climate in Pokhara makes us to feel better. In Pokhara, we can take a boat ride in the serene waters of the Fewa Lake and visit the Davis falls. At evening, we will wander around lakeside area and can buy souvenirs for the loved ones. Overnight in Pokhara.
Day 16: Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu 30mins
From Pokhara, we will take a short flights back to Kathmandu. After back to Kathmandu we will spend the rest of day in leisure. In the evening, we will conduct a farewell dinner hosted by our company Visit View Nepal Trek to celebrate the successful completion of our journey. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 17: Final departure
Our representative will take you to Tribhuwan International Airport for your next/departure flight, approximately 3 hours earlier than the scheduled time to return to your home country or some new destinations.
What are included ?
- All airport/hotel transfers
- Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on BB basis (Tourist Standard Hotel to Five Star deluxe Hotel in Kathmandu as you prefer )
- Welcome dinner with cultural program
- All accommodation and breakfast during the trek on twin sharing basis
- A full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley including tour guide and entrance fees
- An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide), assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
- Sleeping bag, Visit View Nepal Trek duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
- All necessary paper work and permits (ACAP, TIMS )
- Kathmandu to Pokhara to Kathmandu tourist coach
- A comprehensive medical kit
- All government and local taxes
What are not included ?
- Nepal Visa fee.
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu
- Domestic flights (Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu)
- Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) 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.)
- Single supplement fee USD 150
- Tips for guides and porters
- City Tour entrance fees in Kathmandu and Pokhara while entering Temple and Monastery
Important documents and items
- Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
- Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
- Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
- Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler’s checks, etc.
- Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of your).
- 4 seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek).
- Duffel or Rucksack bag & suitcase (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek).
- Down Jacket (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek).
Upper Body – Head / Eyes / Ears
- Shade hat or baseball cap – to keep the sun off your ears and neck.
- Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears.
- Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
- Glacier glasses, Headlamp
- Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover. Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
- Down vest and/or jacket*.
- A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it (optional).
- 1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside other gloves / mitts for additional warmth.
- 1 pair warm gloves
- Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn’t be necessary on the trek.
- Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).
- T-shirts (2).
- Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
- Fleece jacket or pullover.
- Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
- 2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!
- Long shirts (2)
Lower Body – Feet
- 2 pairs nylon hiking shorts – Quick drying type, not cotton!
- Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
- 1 pair soft shell pants – synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
- 2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
- 1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. Should zip from the top and bottom – this makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
- 1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
- All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.
- 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks.
- 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
- 1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”).
- 1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
- Cotton socks (optional).
- Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version.
Medicines and First Aid Kits
(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well.)
- Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
- Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
- 1 skin-blister repair kit
- Anti-diarrhea pills
- Anti-headache pills
- Cough and/or cold medicine
- Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
- Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
- Water purification tablets or water filter
- 1 set of earplugs
- Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies.
- Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
- Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
- Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its’ effectiveness over time.
- Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
- Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
- Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
- 2 bandanas.
- Reading book
- Trail map/guide book
- Journal and pen
- Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at teahouses and/or camps)
- 1 modest swim suit
- Binoculars (optional)
- Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
- Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
- Lightweight pillow case (in case your teahouses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow