Tilicho Lake Trekking

Tilicho Lake Trekking

Facts of Trip
Trip Duration:
19 Day(s)
Trip Grade:
Trekking Destination:
Tilicho lake trek
Minimum altitude:
Maximum altitude:
September to late December and February to late June.
Private car / van, Tourist Bus, Plane
Walking Hour:
Approximately 6 - 7 hours each day.
Trip Highlights
  • Manang
  • Thoran_la Pass
  • Tilicho Lake
  • Muktinath
  • Jomsom valley
  • hot spring
  • Pokhara.

About Trip

Tilicho Lake Trekking carries you on a journey through premises of highest altitude lake in the world inciting you from beginning to end of your trek. Tilicho Lake Trekking also carries a historical and pilgrimage importance as it was mentioned in the Holy Ramayan, a mythological Hindu book, that the lake is a holy place. Hindu pilgrims and devotees from all over the world visit the place for worship and pilgrimage. Tilicho Lake collects glacial melt of northern slopes like Thorangla peak and Annapurna Himalayas and Tilicho Lake Trekking gives you an opportunity to experience its magnificence.

We embark for Tilicho Lake Trekking after your arrival at Tribuvan International Airport, cultural sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley, followed by scenic bus ride to Beshisahar alongside Marshyandi river. During initial days of the trek, the trails shows up magnificent views of Manaslu and HimChuli along cultural insights in a village inhabited by various ethnic groups. Trails are quite similar like of Annapurna Circuit Trekking with few customizations. Instead of ascending the valley North to Tanki Manang and Yak Kharka, this trek takes you through the main valley to the West passes. The Khanshar Village, also known as the last village of Nepal, falls along the way as we trek up towards the Tilicho Lake. Then we cross Thorungla pass, highest pass in the world. Then we follow our trails towards pilgrimage Muktinath and finally Jomsom to fly back into Pokhara.

Tilicho Lake Trekking is one of the most challenging yet rewarding trek at Annapurna region. Therefore one must be physically fit with great passion towards exploring and trekking adventure. We can also customize this trip according to our clients needs, requirements and fitness level. We provide the option of crossing the challenging Moesokanta La Pass to Jomsom instead of the usual trek through the Thorung La Pass. Additional equipments are required along with properly equipped tented camps. Spring and autumn seasons being the best seasons, you can join Tilicho Lake Trekking at any time of the year with Outshine Adventure.

Day to Day Itinerary
  • Day 01:Arrive at Kathmandu airport
  • Day 02:Pre-trip Meeting and Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley
  • Day 03:Drive Kathmandu to Besisahar (823m).& Local jeep to Syange. 1150 Meters.
  • Day 04:Syange to Chamje (1560m)
  • Day 05:Chamje to Dharapani (1881m).
  • Day 06:Dharapani to Chame (2725m).
  • Day 07:Trek to Pisang (3300 meters) 5 hours
  • Day 8:Trek to Manang (3540 meters) 5 hours
  • Day 09:Acclimatization day at Manang village
  • Day 10: Trek to Khangsar Village
  • Day 11:Trekking to Tilicho Base Camp
  • Day 12:Trek to Tilicho Lake and back down to Tilicho Base Camp
  • Day 13:Trek to Yak Kharka
  • Day 14:Trek to Thorong Phedi (4450 meters) 5 hours
  • Day 15:Trek to Muktinath via Thorung La pass
  • Day 16:Trek to Jomsom (2720 meters) 5 hours
  • Day 17:Early morning fly to Pokhara and sightseeing around Pokhara same day
  • Day 18:Drive back to Kathmandu
  • Day 19:Transfer to international airport for your final departure
Cost Includes

To quote you with an exact or approximate price, we need the number of persons in your group, the category of hotel, the mode of transportation (by plane or by bus or by jeep etc) & any alternation in your itinerary. Please contact us with these important details first so that we can get back to you on the cost.

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private car / van / bus.
  • Standard accommodation at hotel in Kathmandu breakfast included.
  • Standard accommodation at hotel in Pokhara.
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu  by private car / van 
  • All your standard Meals during the trek.
  • Best available Lodges, Guesthouses accommodation during the trek.
  • Local licensed English and other native language speaking Guide.
  • The required number of local staff and Porters to carry your luggage during the trek.
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipments, medicine for all trekking staffs.
  • Annapurna conservation Park permits.
  • Down Jacket, duffel/kit bag and sleeping bag by Outshine Adventure ( if needed).
  • Surface transfer from and to Kathmandu.
  • All our government taxes.
Cost Excludes
  • Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, laundry.
  • Personal trekking Equipments.
  • Tips for trekking staff--Tipping is expected.
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.
  • Day 01
    Arrive at Kathmandu airport

    You will be greeted by one of our representative at the airport. He/she will take you to your hotel. In the evening, you will meet with your guide, and he will describe you about the trip. You will end your day with a delicious welcome dinner and stay overnight in your hotel.

  • Day 02
    Pre-trip Meeting and Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley

    We will begin our day of course with the appetizing breakfast, and after that, we will go on the guided tour. We will visit the famous UNESCO World Heritage Sites. As per our time, we will visit the sacred Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Swayambhunath, and three Durbar Squares. In the evening, we will have a pre-trip meeting where we will discuss the trip and check all the gears. Overnight in the hotel.

  • Day 03
    Drive Kathmandu to Besisahar (823m).& Local jeep to Syange. 1150 Meters.

    Outshine Advneture staff will arrive at your Hotel to pick you up, about 6 hours of driving to Besishar. It is about 185km the road from Kathmandu, the road from kathmandu to Beshishar is intresting to out scenery views , you follow the trishuli river for first 4 hours and again the next river Marshandi, following the Trisuli river you have chance to see some rafting boats on river with many people chiling out with rafting pleasure. When you get in Besishar the scenery of snowcap mountains starts to appeare from this small city. When we continue the trail it offers beautiful views of Himalchuli also you feel walking with nature following the melodic sound of Khudi river.After about 6 hours walk we reach our first day destination at Syange.

  • Day 04
    Syange to Chamje (1560m)

    walking around 6 hours we get our destination today. Crosing rivers, waterfalls and following some small village, The trail climbs steeply up. you continue to the stone village of Jagat located on Marsyangdi valley. After this, the trail start to monitor some steepy ups and down to Chamje through the scenic forests.Following the different nature and heading to altitude mountain is a different experense for you in your life.

  • Day 05
    Chamje to Dharapani (1881m).

    Today,It takes about 6 hours to get our destination. We follow the river crossing bridge and we pass through a small village like Tal. Following the mountains nature as other days you forget the steepy path that you walking because of georgous scenery and peace Environment.

  • Day 06
    Dharapani to Chame (2725m).

    The distance is around 6 hours. The trail now leads to the west in Manaslu Himalaya.forming a superb scenery of Annapurna II appearing infrequently to the south. As we continue, Annapurana range offers a fabulous view of Annapurna range.

  • Day 07
    Trek to Pisang (3300 meters) 5 hours

    We will ascend towards the field of buckwheat and reach Telekhu village (2,840 m). From here, we will trek through dense forest with dramatic sceneries. We will see an enormous curve slab of rock, Paungda Danda, and further, ascend steeply to the upper Marsyangdi. We will then follow the river valley and reach Pisang.

  • Day 8
    Trek to Manang (3540 meters) 5 hours

    We will ascend and reach pine grooves where we will see a small turquoise lake. From here, the trail goes through beautiful villages and go through yak grazing fields. Further, we will ascend steeply on a ridge following the right side of the Marsyangdi River. We will reach Ngawal (3,660 m) and continue trekking to reach Manang. We will get to see stunning views of Annapurna Range (8,091 m) and other mountains on our way to Manang.

  • Day 09
    Acclimatization day at Manang village

    Today is our rest day at Manag to make our body acclimatized with the increasing altitude. We will explore the nearby areas. Manag presents amazing views of the Himalayas and the milky blue glacier lake at the foot of spectacular Gangapurna icefall. We will also interact with the locals and get to experience their lifestyle and culture.

  • Day 10
    Trek to Khangsar Village

    We will descend and pass by a chorten and reach Marsyangdi River. We will cross Jharsing Khola on a suspension bridge. From here, we have two options either to cross the ridge north of Annapurna IV, II, and Glacier Dome or, to descend from village to the glacial lake at the foot of a huge icefall. As we get closer to Khangsar village, we will see a fantastic view of the Great Barrier. Overnight in Khangsar village.

  • Day 11
    Trekking to Tilicho Base Camp

    Today, we ascend steeply and go through juniper and sea buckthorn bushes. The trail is covered with small crystals, and further, we will cross small streams to reach a crest. From here, we will trek on the zigzag trail that will lead us to Tilicho Base Camp. We will set our camp at Tilicho Base Camp.

  • Day 12
    Trek to Tilicho Lake and back down to Tilicho Base Camp

    Today, we will be going towards the Tilicho lake our main star of the trip. We will begin trekking from a side of the valley and traverse onto a moraine to reach at 4,710 meters. We will reach Tilicho Lake, the highest lake in the world. After spending some time at the lake, we will trek back to the base camp where we will be staying for a night.

  • Day 13
    Trek to Yak Kharka

    Today, the trail will ascend out of the Marsyangdi Valley and pass Goths. From here, the vegetation changes and we will see scrub juniper and alpine grasses all around us. Further, we will trek and cross a river on an old log bridge between Gunsang and Yak Kharka. Upon reaching Yak Kharka, we will see huge yak's grazing in the fields.

  • Day 14
    Trek to Thorong Phedi (4450 meters) 5 hours

    We will ascend along the east bank of the Jarsang Khola and further, descend crossing an old bridge on the way. We might see the blue sheep, snow leopards, Himalayan griffons, and large lammergeiers. The trail will present beautiful sceneries. Upon reaching Thorong Phedi, we will rest for a bit and explore the nearby area.

  • Day 15
    Trek to Muktinath via Thorung La pass

    Today will be going to be the most adventurous and difficult as we will be climbing Thorung La Pass (5,416 m). We will ascend steeply all the way up to the Thorung La Pass. We will get to see fantastic views of the Annapurna, Gangapurna and the heavily glaciated peak of Khatung Kang (6484m) from here. Further, we will descend steeply crossing meadows down to Muktinath where we will be staying for a night.

  • Day 16
    Trek to Jomsom (2720 meters) 5 hours

    On the way, we will see several vendors selling antique pieces made from Mollusk fossil and handicrafts to pilgrims. We will go through some caves, meadows, streams, and poplar and reach Kagbeni, which is a gateway to Upper Mustang. From here, we will trek on the windy trail of Kali Gandaki Valley and reach Jomsom.

  • Day 17
    Early morning fly to Pokhara and sightseeing around Pokhara same day

    After having breakfast, we will take an early morning flight to Pokhara. The flight will be scenic, and upon reaching Pokhara, we will move to our hotel. We will rest for a few hours and later, go on the guided sightseeing. We will visit David's Falls, Mahendra Cave, and other places. Later in the evening, we will explore the famous Lakeside and also do boating on the Few Lake.

  • Day 18
    Drive back to Kathmandu

    After having breakfast, we will drive back to Kathmandu. The drive will be scenic and presents beautiful views of green hills, rivers, and small settlements. Upon reaching Kathmandu, we will move to our hotel and rest for the day. In the evening, we will have a farewell dinner and stay overnight in the hotel.

  • Day 19
    Transfer to international airport for your final departure

    After having the last breakfast of the trip, we will check-out of the hotel, and move to the Tribhuvan International Airport for our flight back to our hotel.

Trip Map

Our cultural tour guides are pretty proficient. The trekking guide (Sirdar) and his assistants speak a reasonable amount of English and are good enough to explain to you about the places, local culture or any sight that catches your eyes or is of interest to you.

We try to bring together a small group of likeminded people to give them a memorable and insightful adventurous experience, and this is an invaluable opportunity to interact with each other in a fun-filled environment. Our travel group generally comprises of a maximum 12 members. We need a minimum of 2 participants to run our trek programs. For private trips, no minimum or maximum numbers apply.

All our trekking programs are classified into THREE different categories according to the level of altitude & terrain of the trek. Soft Adventure treks are only about a week to 10 days in duration. They generally don't go above 4000 meters and each day, you can expect to be walking for around 4 - 5 hours. While moderate to fairly challenging treks are longer treks that go right into high mountain country. Physically quite tiring, these involve approx 6-8 hours trekking along rocky ridges of high Himalayan peaks. Strenuous treks are longer treks that go far beyond the normal haunts of trekkers and tourists. Physically challenging, these may involve 7-9 hours trekking and likely to include unfavorable weather conditions and strenuous activities. It's definitely not for beginners. Basically, any trek can be challenging...u need to know your body & probably take a medical examination before doing any trek above 5000 meters and/or before doing strenuous treks.

Security of our clients is of foremost & vital importance for us. All our guides and other support crew are carefully chosen for your trips. Our guides hold licenses issued by the Government of Nepal. They are very honest and reliable. But we would also advise you to take care of your own personal belongings. If you are on 'camping treks' please do not leave your bags unattended at any time for your own safety. Take your main bag inside the tent once you reach campsite. At night, put all bags and belongings in the middle of the tent. Your guide assigns a Sherpa on turn wise basis to guard the campsite throughout the night. If you are on a 'Tea house or GAP trek' arrangement, you will be sleeping in a local tea house. You have to take sensible precautions yourself at all times. Never leave your baggage unattended and keep your lodge room locked when you go out. Prevention is always the best kind of cure.

On all our Camping treks we provide all the tents, sometimes dome tents, sometimes sturdy A frames and normally people share one tent between two; a foam mattress each; all the cutlery and utensils, cooking pots, stoves; candles/kerosene lantern, tables and stools, kitchen tent, a dining tent and toilet tent; and all the main meals while trekking but not snacks. On Tea house treks, there is no necessity to provide any equipment.

In the event of a serious sickness or a casualty, which we surely believe will not happen; you will be rescued by a helicopter. Since you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in the event of your having to be evacuated; please make sure that it is covered by your insurance before assigning for it or u must be prepared to pay on your own after getting back to Kathmandu. Ask your guide to arrange a runner to the nearest communication point and inform our office about the requirements of a helicopter. While asking for the helicopter, please send a name of the sick person and always give the exact location from where the helicopter can airlift you {our guides will help you on this} do not leave your stationed point even if you are getting better once you have called in the helicopter.

Depending on any given situation, you can modify it to some extent after consulting with your guide. However, the date of your trek completion should always coincide with the original itinerary. You should keep in mind that this is an adventure trip into some of the most remote regions on earth, where any unforeseen events may compel you to go for a change in your itinerary. In such cases, we or your guide will suggest the best alternative similar to your original itinerary.

Yes, we are a licensed trekking agency. We have been organizing tours, treks and expeditions for our valued clients for more than a decade. We enjoy our work.

Yes, we do. If you prefer to travel independently, or with your friends, families & colleagues you are invited to choose any of the trips at a timeframe suiting your convenience. The number could range from a group of people that could be (minimum 1 & maximum 100 at a time). Costs for private trips can be fixed on the basis of group size, trek area; duration and trek style, and is negotiable. We also arrange TREKS FOR a SINGLE WOMAN, if required. However, if none of our fixed group departure dates work for you and you do not have anyone to accompany you; you can still be able to make your preferred trip with us. There is absolutely nothing to worry about if you wish to do a solo trip. We can assign a local professional guide, porters etc whom you could trust with your life.

This is an abbreviation for 'Guide Accommodation and Porters' (GAP). This trek option is for those who only want basic support services from us. This is the most economical way to do trekking in Nepal. We provide an English speaking local Sherpa guide, book and pay for the accommodation in local lodges during trek and arrange required porters and trekkers who pay for their meals directly to the local lodge owner. This option works only on certain routes in the Everest, Langtang and Annapurna regions where trekking routes are served by the local folks in their tea house or lodges. You pay for your own meals. We take care of all the expenses of our staff.

On a CAMPING TREK we provide three tasty, plentiful and nutritious meals daily with a variety of local and western dishes. Your first meal of the day starts with a king size breakfast that consists of a choice of porridge, muesli or a cereal followed by eggs done to your style; it can be an omelet, fried or scrambled eggs with chapattis or bread. Lunch is generally a selection of salad, cooked vegetable dishes, pasta and traditional breads. Dinner is a hearty 3 course meal - soup, followed by a variety of vegetable, meat, rice and pasta dishes and completed with a simple dessert. Tea, coffee and hot chocolate is also provided at all meals. We use as much fresh produce as possible and special diets are regularly catered for. The cooking crew leaders are able to maintain very tight controls on health and hygiene in the kitchen with respect to general cleanliness and food preparation. The head cook makes sure that all food is prepared with respect to personal hygiene. All foods are well cooked and vegetables are treated by potassium permanganate or iodine. Boiled water is served for drinking. Antiseptic soaps and potassium or iodine treated water are provided for washing. Special dietary requirements can also be catered for.

On the Tea House treks we provide standard breakfast, lunch and a three course dinner. Tea or coffee will also be included with each meal. Your guide will help you with the menu selection and ensure that you get the best value meals possible. Although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, you should be aware that the menu is not normally extensive. Most teahouses offer a variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup and seasonal vegetables. A variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast. There will also be plenty of snacks available such as biscuits, chocolate and soft drinks and in some areas you will find fresh fruit in season. You can buy packaged water (bottled mineral water) from local lodge and shop en route or you can also ask your guide to fill your water bottle with boiled water and treat with water purification pills.

On camping treks, our staff will boil and cook meals treated by potassium permanganate or iodine. On GAP treks, you will be able to buy safe hot drinks in the tea house. We recommend that you to bring water purification pills. On the trail, water from the streams is safe if away from settlements.

In cities like Kathmandu or Lhasa, accommodation will be in hotels of your preference. We have a pool of hotels that range from luxury deluxe to budget hotels. While on a trek, accommodation will depend on the trek style. If you are deciding for a camping trek, then you will be sleeping in tents. Whilst we endeavor to stay in the best possible accommodation along the way, you should be aware that most teahouses, particularly in the smaller villages, are quite basic. The bedrooms are usually very small, the shared bathroom facilities are often outside and meals are served in a communal dining hall. Although simple, the teahouses do provide shelter and warmth and are normally run by friendly local families. Tea house treks are less expensive than Camping treks and are largely suitable for small groups. Usually during peak or busy seasons if private rooms in smaller villages are fully occupied you might have to sleep in a dormitory; however, the feel of adventure is always there.

You should be moderately fit, used to some regular exercise and enjoy walking in high altitude conditions. Living up to a physical challenge is always good for you, no matter what. Trekking once a year is always the best regimen for your body's needs; as per recommendations from most health journals throughout the world.

The clothing you bring will need to allow for both the warmth of the days and the chill of the nights. While trekking during the day at lower altitudes, lightweight trekking trousers and T-shirts are recommended. It's always a good idea to carry a waterproof jacket and some warmer clothing with you though as mountain weather is notoriously unpredictable. For the cold nights, thermal underwear, a warm fleece jacket and even a down jacket will help to keep you warm. Good shoes are of great importance. They must be sturdy and comfortable. For higher altitude treks where you may have to tread snow for long hours, good boots are available for rent in Kathmandu. In view of local customs, try not to wear too skimpy or revealing clothes. Your reception by locals can vary greatly on the way you dress.

Yes, you can definitely change the lodge if you feel it is not in order by talking it over with your guide, (provided there are other lodges with good rooms in the vicinity).

We accommodate trekking groups in local lodges available on the trail. As it is not possible to book the rooms days in advance, we send a porter few hours ahead of the group each day to book the rooms.

Our airport representative & a vehicle will be waiting you at the arrival gate of the airport, in his hand will be a plaque board holding your name with the Outshine Adventure tag clearly written on top of the board…you can’t lose us.

Obtaining a Nepalese visa on arrival is easier except that you may have to spend some precious time queuing. If you get your visa in advance, you can avoid the queue. Also, don’t forget to bring cash as ATMs are not available at the airport.

Note: If you are staying for more than 15 days, don’t forget to arrange a visa for 30 days.

You can get your money exchanged at your hotel or we will recommend you the better place where you can get good exchanging rates. So once you are here in Kathmandu, visit us for further information.

The weight limit for the trek is 15kgs per guest, as it is the maximum weight that the porters can carry. It is also important to note that "hard" luggage poses a problem: soft "duffel-bags" are recommended which we provide. The lighter you are the better for the trails…

You can keep your luggage & valuable items in a locker at the hotel in Kathmandu for free of charge.

Most of the teahouses have electricity facilities during the trekking period. You can charge your electronic devices on the trail.

You will only have to carry a daypack, which should be a reasonable size to carry a water bottle, sunscreen, camera, etc. Your other packs are carried by porters. Again we stress on the wisdom of always ‘travel light’.

Mountains weather is difficult to predict. Although at night it is generally cooler and the days are warm. Winter (January and February) will be colder but the days can be warm if the sun is out. There will be bit of snow during the month of January, February and December. It is also important to make sure that you can stay warm and dry in just about any conditions. Expect the unexpected to avoid being on the dark side of the moon.

You can get hot shower services throughout the trip. However, the higher you climb the less pleasant it will be. It’s better to be on the safe side of things.

Altitude mountain sickness can affect everyone while trekking including young and healthy people and is a genuine concern in the Khumbu region. If you feel dizzy, suffer palpitations or severe headaches, return immediately to a lower altitude. Do not take altitude sickness lightly. It can be fatal! When trekking, its vital to realize that you must always hike at a pace that is convenient to your body…& not to anyone else’s, make sure you feel comfortable when trekking & listen to your body…always.

These are the questions we are often asked and we hope that you will find the answers useful. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any further queries. YOU CAN ALWAYS COUNT ON OUTSHINE ADVENTURE, NO MATTER WHERE…

Trip Notes

There is an extra supplementary of 170 dollars per person if you travelling alone or solo trekkers.

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