Tilicho Lake Trek

Tilicho Lake is a lake located in the Manang district of Nepal, 55 kilometres (34 mi) as the crows flies from the city of Pokhara. It is situated at an altitude of 4,919 metres (16,138 ft) in the Annapurna range of the Himalayas and is sometimes called the highest lake for its size in the world, even though there are lakes at higher altitude even in Nepal, and larger, higher lakes in Tibet. Another source lists the altitude of Lake Tilicho as being 4,949 metres (16,237 ft)

According to the Nepali Department of Hydrology & Meteorology (2003), no aquatic organism has been recorded in the lake.

Tilicho Lake is the destination of one of the most popular side hikes of the Annapurna Circut trek. The hike takes additional 3–4 days. No camping is required, as new lodges have been built between Manang and the lake. The final approach to the lake is done in a day hike from the lodge at Tilicho Base Camp.

Trekkers attempting the Annapurna Circuit route usually cross the watershed between Manang and Kali Gandaki valleys over the 5416 meters high Thorong La Pass. The alternate route, skirting Tilicho Lake from the north, has been gaining popularity. This route is more demanding and requires at least one night of camping. There are no teahouses or lodges past the Tilicho Base Camp lodge some kilometers east of the lake and the next village of Thini Gaon in the Kali Gandaki valley. Most groups spend two nights between these places. There are two passes leading to Thini Gaon and Jomsom; Mesokanto La and Tilicho North pass known also as Tilicho “Tourist pass”. These routes via Tilicho Lake are more often closed by snow than the higher Thorong La.

Tilicho Lake was the site of one of the highest ever altiyude scuba dives. A Russian diving team, consisting of Andrei Andryushin, Denis Bakin, and Maxim Gresko, conducted a scuba dive in the lake in 2000.

Trekking Gears or Trekking Equipment Required

What to pack for the trek is one of the important questions. Not having proper gears can prove troublesome, cause health issues or just simply ruin your mood. So, here is a general idea of what you should bring to Annapurna Base Camp trekking.

  1. A light weight trekking boots. It is not impossible to do this trek in sneakers or trainers. Many people have. Just that you will be walking in snow for some part of the trek and boots offer more safety. If you are a women trekker, check out these best hiking boots for women of 2019.

If you will be trekking this one time only, no need to spend on hiking boots. Just make sure that your shoes are well fitting, light and comfortable.

  1. A pair of crocs
  2. Four pair of liner socks. Two pair for warm climate and two pair for cold climate. Trekking/liner socks are better but it is okay if you only have the normal ones.
  3. Few pairs of underwear. There are trekking underwear that you could buy in home. They are good for other outdoor activities as well. Normal ones can be bought in Nepal.
  4. A high-quality best down jackets and a down pant. You can buy or rent a good down jacket and a down pant in Nepal for cheap for a $1 or less per day.
  5. T-shirts and trousers keeping in mind both cold and warm temperature you will be traversing.
  6. A set of thermals. Or, you could layer up.
  7. A light sleeping bag. This can be bought or rented in Nepal too.
  8. A trekking pole. Though relatively easy, there are many ups and downs in this trek and a trekking pole can assist you. Else, you could find a sturdy stick en route and use it to support yourself.
  9. Two pairs of Gloves. One for warm weather and one for cold.
  10. A woolen hat
  11. Sunglasses
  12. A torchlight or a head torchlight
  13. A First aid kit including Diamox and Oral Rehydration Salts (ORS)
  14. Toiletries– Toilet paper, hand sanitizer, water purifiers, sunscreen, moisturizer, toothpaste and toothbrush.
  15. A waterproof map of Annapurna Base Camp
  16. Snacks you like and entertainment such as books, cards, an iPad etc.

If you are unsure of what equipment to buy in Nepal and what to bring from home, this article will help you decide whether to buy trekking equipments at home or in Nepal.

Day 1
Arrived at Kathmandu (1400 m)

We heartly warm welcome you at the country of himalaya with garland of beautiful flowers. Then our vechile drop you up to the hotel. Tonight stay on any hotel of Thamel.

Day 2
Kathmandu (1400 m) to Beshisahar (760 m) or Nagdi Bazar (930 m)

Having breakfast at morning then ready to drive towards Beshisahar half on Prithvi highway upto Dumre along through the side of Trishuli river and half on Dumre Beshisahar highway via Kathmandu Beshisahar bus. Having lunch at the way, it just take 5 to 6 hrs to reached Beshisahar that depends on the road condition. Tonight stay at any hotel of Beshisahar or go few km forward to Nagdi Bazar via local bus avilable there.

Day 3
Beshisahar (760 m) or Nagdi Bazar (930 m) to Jagat (1300 m)

Having breakfast at morning then ready to move towards Jagat. If we start the day from Beshisahar we go upto Syange via jeep which takes 1 hrs 30 min to 2 hrs but if we start the day from Nagdi Bazar then we walk up to Jagat which takes 3 hrs to 4 hrs slowly, that depend on our walk, how we walk slow or fast. On the way you can enjoy with awesome view of Marshyangdi river along with the green forest, mountain and beautiful waterfalls. Having lunch on the way. Tonight stay on any hotel at Jagat.

Day 4
Jagat (1300 m) to Chame (2670 m)

Having breakfast at morning then ready to move towards Chame which takes 5 hrs to 6 hrs slowly, that depend on our walk, how we walk slow or fast. On the way you can enjoy with awesome view of Marshyangdi river along with the green forest, mountain and beautiful waterfalls. Having lunch on the way. Tonight stay on any hotel at Chame.

Day 5
Chame (2670 m) to Pisang (3200 m)

Having breakfast at morning then ready to move towards Pisang which takes 5 hrs to 6 hrs slowly, that depend on our walk, how we walk slow or fast. On the way you can enjoy with awesome view of Marshyangdi river along with the green forest, mountain, Barley and Buckwheat farm, buddhist monastery, buddhist prayer flags and so on. Having lunch on the way. We have Lower and Upper Pisang. We can stop either in Lower Pisang or Upper Pisang that is up to you. If we want to go Upper Pisang we have to go few step upward. Tonight stay on any hotel at Pisang .

Day 6
Pisang (3200 m) to Manang (3540 m)

Having breakfast at morning then ready to move towards Manang which takes 4 hrs to 5 hrs slowly, that depend on our walk, how we walk slow or fast. On the way you can enjoy with awesome view of the green forest, mountain, buckwheat and barley farm, buddhist monastry, buddhist prayer flags and so on. Having lunch on the way. Tonight stay on any hotel at Manang.

Day 7
Manang (3540 m) Acclamatization Day

Having breakfast at morning if you want then going to visit a Buddhist Monastry and then go to Gangapurna lake just near to Manang only a few step forward from hotel and then come back to the hotel having lunch and then go to visit Ice lake. To reached there we have to walk 1 hrs and 30 min that depends on our walk. One this day no need to carry our any back pack, we carry just only our camera, water bottle, some choco bar, trekking poles and so on. If anybody not want they can take rest in the hotel to acclimatize there body according to the same altitude and environment because from here we have to go upward direction from low level straight path to high level, the altitude is increasing continuously upto Tilicho Lake 94920 m). Tonight stay on same hotel.

Day 8
Manang (3540 m) to Shree Kharka (4,210 m)

Having breakfast at morning then ready to move towards Shree Kharka (4,210 m) via beautiful village of Manang district Khangsar (1734 m)

which takes 4 hrs to 5 hrs slowly, that depend on our walk, how we walk slow or fast. On the way you can enjoy with awesome view of the green himalayan forest, mountain, buckwheat and barley farm, buddhist monastry, buddhist prayer flags and so on. Having lunch on the way. Tonight stay on any hotel at Shree Kharka (4,050 m).

Day 9
Shree Kharka (4210 m) to Tilicho Base Camp (4150 m)

Having breakfast at morning then ready to move towards Tilicho Base Camp (4150 m)

which takes 3 hrs to 4 hrs slowly, that depend on our walk, how we walk slow or fast. On the way you can enjoy with awesome view of beautiful landscape, mountain, beautiful himalayan medicinal herbs, their flower and so on. the route upto Tilicho Base Camp is adventerious but dengerious too. We have to cross the long unclear way throught the landslides. Having lunch at Tilicho Base Camp then taking rest. Tonight stay on any hotel at Tilicho Base Camp (4150 m).

Day 10
Tilicho Base Camp (4150 m) to Tilicho Lake (4920 m) to Shree Kharka (4210 m)

Having breakfast early in the morning then ready to move towards Tilicho Lake (4920 m) to see the beautiful view of Tilicho Lake morning time is better, on the noon the Lake is just cover by fog and cloud, Upto the lake the route is not so difficult but you may catch with the high altitude sickness that's why we have to walk slowly and it takes 3 hrs to 4 hrs slowly going and came back, that depend on our walk, how we walk slow or fast. On the way you can enjoy with awesome view of beautiful landscape, mountain, beautiful himalayan medicinal herbs, their flower and so on. Having lunch at Tilicho Base Camp taking rest for 30 min then ready to move towards back again Shree Kharka (4210 m) . Tonight stay on any hotel at Shree Kharka (4210 m)

Day 11
Shree Kharka (4,210 m) to Manang (3540 m)

Having breakfast at morning then ready to move towards Manang (3540 m) which takes 2 hrs to 3 hrs slowly down, that depend on our walk, how we walk slow or fast. On the way you can enjoy with awesome view of beautiful landscape, mountain, beautiful himalayan medicinal herbs, their flower and so on. Having lunch on the way. Tonight stay on any hotel at Manang (3540 m).

Day 12
Manang (3540 m) to Beshisahar (760 m)

Having breakfast at morning then ready to move towards Beshisahar (760 m) which takes 5 hrs to 6 hrs via jeep, that depend on the condition of the road. On the way you can enjoy with awesome view of Marshyangdi river along with the green forest, mountain and beautiful waterfalls. Having lunch on the way. Tonight stay on any hotel at Chame.

Day 13
Beshisahar (760 m) to Kathmandu (1400 m) or Pokhara (830 m)

Having breakfast at morning then ready to move towards Kathmandu (1400 m) which takes 5 hrs to 6 hrs Beshisahar Kathmandu bus, that depend on the condition of the road. On the way you can enjoy with awesome view of Trshulii river along with the green forest, local residence and so on. Having lunch on the way. Tonight stay on any hotel at Thamel.

Note;- If ypu want to go toward Pokhara then another few day will be added and the programme will made as per the shedule.

Day 14
Kathmandu Day Tour

Having breakfast at morning than vist monkey temple Syambhunath, then we can go either Royal palace museum or Basantapur durbar museum or any other place of Kathmandu, at evening roaming at the street of Thamel on your own way. Tonight farewell party at Nepali cultural restaurant.

Day 15
Departure

Hope so, we can meet again,

Wish you !!! a bright future

ahead.

The Trek Cost Includes

  • Pick-up or Drop-off service from and to Airport (in our own vehicle)
  • Transportation to and from!!
  • Food all along the trip (Breakfast, Lunch, Pick-up or Drop-off service from and to Airport (in our own vehicle)
  • Food all along the trip (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and a cup of coffee or tea) and accommodations during the trip in hotels with family environment.
  • Transportation, food, accommodation and insurance of Guide during the trip.

The Trip Cost Excludes

  • International Airfare
  • Visa Charges
  • Hotel Expenses in Kathmandu
  • Your travel and medical insurance.
  • Personal Expenses such as shopping, bar bills, hot shower, telephone, laundry, titbits etc.
  • Food and accommodations in Kathmandu.
  • Services not mentioned or not promised by the agent/agency.
  • Emergency expenses such as expenses on chartered helicopter.
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Frequently asked Questions

How fit do I need to be to do this trek?

Tilicho Lake Trek is a Grade B or a moderately as well as difficult trekking route. So any fit person can do this trek, even if you do not have any previous experience. You should be aware of what to expect and mentally prepare for it. Then, as long as you will to, you can

How long do we walk everyday when doing Tilicho Lake trekking?

On average, you walk about 4 to 6 hours per day.

What is the high altitude reach in this trek?

The highest altitude reached is 4920m. This is the elevation of Tilicho Lake which is the highest we will climb in this trek.

What about the battery charging and hot shower facilities?

Yes, you can charge batteries in route. Charger should be brought. There are hot shower facilities as well. You may have to pay certain amount for both ($1-$2). Negotiate. Also, hot water facility could be free at lower elevation.

Are there ATMs on the way to Tilicho Lake Trek?

No. There are no ATMs on this trek route. You will have to draw enough cash in Kathmandu or Beshisahar. There are a number of ATMs in these cities. Everything is paid in Nepali rupees. So money should be exchanged before the start of the trek.

What abput the internet access?

Yes. Internet can be accessed in most places. Sometimes, there might be some technical problems. Internet in Nepal is not as fast as you are used to and at times you can just lose connection.

Is it necessary to hire a potters for Tilicho Base Camp Trekking?

Not really. It depends on you. If you think I am enough strong to carry all of my things and bag packs whole over the treks by myself then potter is not necessary if not we recommend that to hire a potters which are provided by us with a certain extra charge charge.

How much do guides and potters cost?

For Annapurna region, pay for guides range from $20 to $30 per day and porters take $15 to $25 per day.

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