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Tilicho Lake Trek

Tilicho Lake Trek

Tilicho Lake Trek is a popular trekking route located in the Annapurna region of Nepal. It is known for its stunning natural beauty, diverse landscapes, and cultural experiences. The trek encompasses the Annapurna Circuit, which is considered one of the most beautiful treks in the world, and includes a side trip to Tilicho Lake, one of the highest lakes in the world. Tilicho Lake is situated at an altitude of 4,919 meters. The trail to Tilicho Lake involves a challenging climb through rugged terrain, including steep ascents and descents. The trek rewards adventurers with awe-inspiring views of the surrounding peaks and the turquoise waters of the lake. The Annapurna Circuit is considered a challenging trek, mainly due to its length and altitude variations. It involves crossing the Thorong La Pass, which sits at an altitude of 5,416 meters.

The trek to Tilicho Lake and Annapurna Circuit offers breathtaking views of the Himalayas including Annapurna I (8,091 meters), Dhaulagiri (8,167 meters), Manaslu (8,156 meters), and of course, the stunning vistas of the Annapurna Range. The trek takes you through diverse landscapes, ranging from subtropical forests to high-altitude alpine regions. Along the way, you'll pass through traditional villages inhabited by diverse ethnic groups, such as Gurungs, Thakalis, and Manangis, providing insights into their unique cultures and traditions.

After the construction of a motor road from Besi Sahar to Chame (Manang district headquarters) through the Marsyangdi valley, it becomes possible to shorten the trekking. After crossing the Thorong La pass, there is also a motor road connecting Muktinath to Beni (on the way to Pokhara) and there are flights from Jomsom to Pokhara, so the number of days of trekking will depend on the starting and ending places.

But our Tilicho Lake and Annapurna Circuit trek itinerary given below is an old traditional and common route trek that starts from Bhulbhule and ends at Jomsom, simply trek to Tilicho Base Camp and Tilicho Lake, then follow the Annapurna Circuit trail to cross the Thorong La Pass.

To trek to Tilicho Lake (4919 m), you will first follow a part of the famous Annapurna Circuit trek till Manang village. After Manang you'll head towards Khangsar village and Shree Kharka (On the way to Tilicho Lake) today you will stay over there and the next day continue trek to Tilicho Base Camp offer the last teahouse settlement on the route to Tilicho Lake. After enjoying the stay at Tilicho Base Camp, the next day visit Tilicho Lake and on the same day return to Shree Kharka to stay a night there.

From Shree Kharka trek continue to Yak Kharka finally you catch up original Annapurna Circuit trail that goes to Thorong La pass (5416 m). After Yak Kharka follows the original Annapurna circuit and crosses the Thorong La pass then enters into the Kali Gandaki valley and Lower Mustang. Finally, reach Jomsom and the next day take a flight or bus/jeep to Pokhara.

After Jomsom, it is also possible to extend the trek to Ghorepani Poon Hill (3210 m), which is one of the best viewpoints in the entire Annapurna region.

Tilicho Lake Trek Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek Preparation
Day 03: Kathmandu drive to Beshi Sahar (820m) then Bhulbhule (840m)
Day 04: Trek to Jagat (1330m)
Day 05: Trek to Dharapani (1960m)
Day 06: Trek to Chame (2670m.)
Day 07: Trek to Pisang (3200m.)
Day 08: Trek to Manang (3540m.)
Day 09: Acclimatization in Manang (3540m)
Day 10: Trek to Shree Kharka (4070m)
Day 11: Trek to Tilicho Base camp (4150m)
Day 12: Visit Tilicho Lake (4920 m) then trek to Shree Kharka (4070m)
Day 13: Trek to Yak Kharka (4110m)
Day 14: Trek to Thorong Phedi (4420m)
Day 15: Trek to Muktinath (3800m) Over the Thorong La Pass (5416m)
Day 16: Trek to Jomsom via Lupra Village
Day 17: Jomsom to Pokhara by flight or overland
Day 18: Drive to Kathmandu (1530m) by tourist bus
Day 19: Depart Kathmandu

Destination: Nepal
Trekking Region: Annapurna
Trek Start Point:  Bhulbhule
Trek End Point: Jomsom
Trekking Accommodation:  Teahouse / Camping
Trekking Grade: Medium-hard
Best Season:  March - June / September-November
Max Elevation: 5416m
Duration: 19 Days

The price of a private trek can fluctuate due to several factors, such as the trekking agency selected, the trek's duration, the group size, the level of services desired, and the preferred category of accommodation (deluxe, standard, or budget) in the city and during the trek, the choice between normal (simple) teahouses or the best available teahouses can also impact the overall price. Therefore, it is recommended that you click here: Price request form and fill in the required information and submit the same to get the exact price of your preferred trek and service.


  • Airport pick up and airport drop by private transportation
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast (2 and above participants get twin sharing room)
  • Historical monument city sightseeing with a tour guide
  • Historical monuments city sightseeing transportation by Non A/C Comfortable Vehicle
  • Kathmandu sightseeing/monument visits Entrance fees
  • Accommodation in Pokhara as per the itinerary with complimentary breakfast (2 and above participants get twin sharing room)
  • Kathmandu to Bhulbhule transportation by Public bus
  • Transportation from Jomsom to Pokhara by Flight or Bus/Jeep depends on your booking
  • Way expenses to bring trekking crews from Jomsom to Kathmandu 
  • Pokhara to Kathmandu transportation by tourist bus
  • Trekking accommodation in normal Trekkers lodge/Teahouse (2 and above participants get twin sharing room)
  • Three time meals a day during the trekking Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner/Main course
  • Dessert (Fresh Fruits/Chocolate) after dinner on behalf of the company
  • One Experienced English-speaking, government licensed and ministry of tourism trained trekking guide and his food, accommodation, and salary.
  • Porters carrying your luggage while trekking (Two guests get one porter carrying a maximum of 25 kg of luggage)
  • Annapurna Conservation area project entry fee
  • Trekker's Information Management system (TIMS) card
  • Insurance for Nepalese staff (Trekking guide and Porters)
  • Nepal Government taxes and office service charge


  • Lunch and Dinner during the stay in Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • International and domestic air tickets
  • Nepal visa fee
  • Personal trekking equipment and Clothing
  • Wire Transfer charge or Credit card service charge as company rule
  • Alcoholic beverages, laundry, Telephone calls and all types of hot drinks in Trekking
  • Soft drinks such as cola, mineral water etc
  • Hot water, battery charge and hot shower charge during the trek (If need to pay)
  • Personal nature expenses and Tipping (Tips)
  • High risk medical / travel insurance and First aid kit
  • Expenses resulting from delays beyond our control in case of weather, flight cancellations, or natural calamities
  • Emergency rescue evacuation (if needed)
  • Any other things not mentioned

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
After you arrive in Kathmandu airport please check our company board outside the main gate there will be our airport representative you will meet with him and he will transferred to hotel by private vehicle and our representative will help you to check-in your hotel after that if time enough, representative will take you to our office for short briefing about the trip but if not enough time then give a short trip brief in hotel and request to pay the due balance for the trip. Overnight at Hotel

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek Preparation
After breakfast, Kathmandu visits Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath Stupa, and Boudhanath Stupa which are all World Heritage Sites. Durbar Square throws light on the life of the royals in ancient times. Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most important pilgrimage places for all Hindus. Swayambhunath is also known as Monkey Temple and Boudhanath Stupa is one of the largest stupas in the world. Late in the afternoon, we introduced you to your mountain/trek guide. overnight at Hotel

Day 03: Kathmandu drive to Beshi Sahar (820m) and Bhulbhule (840m)
Early morning drive from Kathmandu to Bhulbhule via Besisahar. It takes about seven to eight hours to reach the Bhulbhule by bus. We have daily public bus service to Bhulbhule from Kathmandu new bus park (Gongbu Bus Park). So our guide will come to your hotel to pick you up to take you bus park if you wish to use public bus but if you are choosing the private vehicle then private vehicle and trekking crews come in your hotel for overland journey to Bhulbhule. After long beautiful drive you will reach at Bhulbhule (840m). Overnight at teahouse.

Day 04: Bhulbhule trek to Jagat (1330m)
Today, we cross the Marshyangdi River and continue along its right fork. We soon pass some tropical trees and terraced fields. Soon we glimpse of first sights of one of the 8000 peaks, Mount Manaslu (8161m), as well as Himalchuli and Ngadi Chuli. From Ngadi, our path climbs steadily to Bhaudanda-a small Hindu village (1300m) with shops and tea houses. From Bhaundanda our trail abruptly dips to Syange (1080m). We'll cross the Marsyangdi River on a suspension bridge and continue trek along the peaceful river and climb to the stone village of Jagat (1330).  Overnight at teahouse.

Day 05: Jagat trek to Dharapani (1960m)
From Jagat our trail descends, crossing Ghatte Khola Stream and climbs again through forest-finally reaching Chamje (1410m). From Chamje our path crosses to the east fork of Marsyangdi River. Soon we climb steep stone steps past the village of Sattale (1680m), past fields and rhododendrons along the river bank and later climb to the open plateau of Tal (1700m). We continue gradually uphill, passing the villages of Khorte and Karte to finally you are reaching at Dharapani (1960m).  Overnight at teahouse.

Day 06:  Dharapani to Chame (2670m.)
Today, we pass a village school and also you can see the way of coming down from Larkya Pass (Manaslu trekking) and continue climb gradually through a forest to the typical Tibetan-style village of Bagarchhap (2160). Remaining along the left bank of the river, we gradually climb to Danaque (2210m). After Danaque cross suspension bridge and climb up to Temang village (2600m) and continue trek koto (2640m). It is the gate way for Nar Phu valley trekking. After koto easy walk to Chame (2670m) the largest village and headquarters of Manang District.  Overnight at teahouse.

Day 07: Chame trek to Pisang (3200m.)
Today, trek west from the bridge but if you wish to see the small hot spring you can walk 2 minutes east side of bridge after cross the bridge in Marsyangdi River at Chame but sometime it will be closed by overflow by Marsyangdi River water. After you follow west trail from the bridge now continues trek along the river banks through Telekhu (2840m) to Bharatang which is surrounded by apple orchards. Continue on the trail for about 30 minutes taking you through the banks of the Marshyangdi River, cross the bridge and proceed with the gradual ascent about 30 minutes to reach at Dhukure Pokhari (3200m). The trail now gradually turns planar and you would reach Pisang in about an hour. Pisang offers magnificent views of the Annapurna II and Pisang Peak. Overnight at teahouse

Day 08: Pisang trek to Manang (3540m.)
Trek from Pisang to Manang (3440m.) and it takes about five and half hours. Beyond Pisang, the trail climbs a steep ridge which affords good views of the Manang valley and Tilicho peak (7134m.). Descending past Manang's airstrip at Hongde (3420m), you come to a level area from where the north-east face of Annapurna III rises majestically above you. From the wide plains of the Sabje Khola Valley, Annapurna IV (7525m) also becomes visible. Just beyond this point you cross the considerably reduced flow of the Marsyangdi Khola via a wooden bridge to the tiny village of Mungji. Cultivated fields appear on both sides of the path and off to the right, below a craggy mountain, you can see the village of Bryaga (3500m) with its splendid monastery. Large chortens and mani walls abound and the tall peaks of the Himalaya spread out before us - Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Gangapurna (7454m) and, to the rear, Tilicho Peak (7134m). Overnight at teahouse

Day 09: Acclimatization in Manang (3540m.)
Today is our like a rest day to acclimatization for trekking in higher elevation so you can make short visit to Gangapurna Lake, monastery and Manang village but if you wish to make day hiking trip such as visiting Milarepa cave, Ice Lake you need to extend your rest day in Manang because Ice Lake it is hard full day trip from Manang and also Milarepa cave not suggest in one day rest in Manang because you need some rest at Manang for acclimatization. Overnight at teahouse

Day 10: Manang trek to Shree Kharka (4070m)
We leave the Marsyangdi River and follow an easy trail to Khansarkar village (3734 m). After this village, trail is steep up hill to Shree khadka (4070m). We can see three hotel in Shree khadka. Here is no village only hotel for business. From here we can see very nice mountain view. Overnight at teahouse

Day 11: Shree Kharka to Tilicho Base camp (4150m)
This unreliable section with a steep slope. Leaving Shree Kharka, we climb gently a new lodge. A path descends down from here making ups and downs continuing and reach the landslide area. The section more scary, the bare precipitous scree slope through rock falling Zone, still we have the stunning mountain scenery of Gangapurna and Kangsarkang. Overnight at teahouse

Day 12: Visit Tilicho Lake and trek to Shree Kharka (4070m) 
Early morning climb to Tilicho Lake (4920m) and take a look and enjoy with beautiful Lake situated at such high elevation. The Lake is 4 kilometers long and 2.5 kilometers wide. It is the main source for the Marsyangdi River. After enjoying with lake view then trek back to Shree Kharka through Tilicho base camp. Overnight at teahouse

Day 13: Shree Kharka trek to Yak Kharka (4110m)
Today, you follow an unmarked trail which will lead you around and down to cross the river on an old log bridge between Gunsang and Yak Kharka. After passing the small village of Gunsang (3960m) and you crossing a large stream that flows from Chulu west and Gundang, the trail passes an ancient Mani wall in a pleasant meadow at 4000m. Beyond here is Yak Kharka, (4110m) also known as Koche. Overnight at teahouse.

Day 14: Yak Kharka trek to Thorung Phedi (4420m)
After less than one hour walking you are reaching  at Chauri Ledar (4250m). From Ledar the trail continues to climb along the east bank of the Jorsang Khola, then descends and crosses the stream on a wooden bridge at 4310 metres. After making a short ascent on a good trail to a teashop, the route then follows a narrow path across a high, unstable slope path before reach at Thorung Phedi (4420m). Overnight at teahouse

Day 15: Thorong Phedi trek to Muktinath (3800m) Over the Thorong La Pass (5416m)
The set off is exceptionally early in the morning to go across Thorung La Pass at 5416m. The trail becomes steep instantly after leaving Phedi but easy to follow. 4-6 hours ascent leads to the top of the Pass, which is complete with prayer flags, a chorten and stone cairn built by trekkers. At the top of Thorung La there is one tea shop but only running in trekking season time where you will have hot tea / coffee in your small rest at top. The views from the trail and from the pass are majestic. You will see Thorung peak, Annapurnas, Gangapurna, Khatung Kang and Kali Gandaki valley etc. After Thorung La top the trail descends steeply proceeding towards Chabarbu (4290m), available tiny seasonable teahouse. From here on, the trail crosses meadows, drops into a deep gorge, climbs out and follows a wide trail into Muktinath, a pilgrimage site held in great reverence by both the Hindus and Buddhists. Overnight at teahouse

Day 16: Muktinath trek to Jomsom (2713m) via Lupra Village 
From the Muktinath temple we begin the trek to Jomsom via Lupra village. It's pretty much long walk through the dusty Kali Gandaki River bank. As the region lies in the rain shadow area, the landscape is entirely brown and dotted with sandy rocks. Reach to Jomsom and take a rest. Overnight at Jomsom overnight at teahouse

Day 17: Jomsom to Pokhara by flight or overland 
The easiest option is to take a flight to Pokhara early this morning. It takes around 25 minutes but Jomsom is connected by a motor road which you can travel by local bus or private jeep to Pokhara. It takes about 6 to 7 hours to travel. Overnight at Hotel 

Day 18: Drive to Kathmandu by tourist bus
It takes about seven hours, while driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, you head up to Damauli,, Dumre, Muglin and Kurintar where the Nepal's first Cable car is operated to reach to Manakamana Temple. En route, you could enjoy the mountain views, green sceneries, rice terrace fields, vegetable fields and people being engaged in their daily life activities. From Naubishe you climb up to Thankot, the gateway to capital city. You can also fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu which takes about 25 minutes. Overnight Hotel

Day 19: Depart Kathmandu
After breakfast, End of our services with departure transfer to the Kathmandu airport to board flight for your onward destination

Joining a group is available in the high trekking season. Please contact us to check availability.

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