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Tilicho Lake and Thorong La Pass Trekking

Duration : 17 Days | Travel style : Active Adventures

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Group Size Price Per Person
  • TIlicho Lake and Annapurna circuit Trek
  • TIlicho Lake and Annapurna circuit Trek
  • Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake
  • Annapurna Trekking

Trip Highlights

  • Country

    Nepal

  • Duration

    19 Days

  • Max. Altitude

    17769 ft. / 5416 M.

  • Accommodation

    Hotel and Lodge

  • Fitness Level

    Moderate

  • Best Season

    Mar to May - Sep to Dec

  • Group Size

    1- 15 People

  • Transportation

    Flight / Private Vehicle

Tilicho lake, highest lake of the world at the height of 4919m, is one of the astounding destinations of the Annapurna region. The highly adventurous trekking route follows the popular Annapurna circuit around the Annapurna massif, diverging to Tilicho from Manang and continuing through Thorongla pass (5496m).

Tilicho Lake carries huge natural and religious significance. The highest lake situated at the base of Tilicho, Nilgiri, Khangsan and Muktinath peaks is also mentioned in the Ramayan, one of the holy books of Hindus. With the white snowy giants all around, the tranquil bluish Lake calmly nestles offering a picturesque view for the trekkers and photographers. The Lake, fully frozen in winter, is sure to offer some incredible memories to the trekkers.

As the route follows the popular Annapurna circuit, trekking starts from Beshisahar walking along the paddy fields, astonishing rivers-waterfalls, and enjoying the majestic view of Manaslu and Himalchuli, the trek leads all the way to beautiful Manang. The place is inhabited by the Thakalis whose distint culture and hospitality is very popular. Diverging from the circuit, we move along the trail to Tilicho. We stay in the Tilicho base camp where we can find accommodation facility. On our return we head towards Thorongla pass, the highest point of the trek. On our decent we follow through Muktinath-Jomson. Muktinath carries a huge religious significance for Hindus and Buddhists. From Jomsom we take a 30 min. flight to Pokhara.

(From Tilicho an alternative route straight to Jomsom via Moesokanta La pass can also be considered. However, the route is challenging as there are no hotels, thus, requires tented camps and other additional equipments. )

Itinerary

You can always customize this itinerary as per your preference.

1

Day

Arrive at Kathmandu.
You will be welcomed by our staff standing with your name-card in the airport arrival terminal and transferred to your hotel by the private vehicle. Small meeting about the trip in the evening.

Hotel on BB | Private Vehicle

2

Day

Trek preparation & Kathmandu valley sightseeing.
After your breakfast you will be introduced to the trekking guides and helpers. And the Kathmandu sightseeing beings with visit to various UNESCO enlisted cultural Heritage sites including medieval Palaces in Kathmandu-Bhaktapur-Lalitpur Durbar squares. Other sites are Pashupatinath Temple, Baudhanath and Swayambhunath Stupa.In the evenining you will walk along the Thamel streets which is a good place to buy trekking equipment.

Hotel on BB | Private Vehicle

3

Day

Drive Kathmandu to Besi Shahar (823m) 7 hrs.
We take a drive from Kathmandu in a private tourist vechicle to reach Besisahar and stay in a hotel.

Hotel on BB | Private Vehicle

4

Day

Drive to Chamje, (1560m) 5 hrs drive.
We drive through Nyingma. Nyingma is one of the Buddhis influenced are in northern part of Nepal. Following the river to stone village of Jagat and driving thought the forest we reach Chamje at the height of 1560 meters.

Guesthouse on BLD

5

Day

Trek to Dharapani (1881m), 6 hrs walk.
We begin the day with the rocky trail following the Marsyandi Rivers gradually uphill to reach Tal at 1675m. This is our first day in Manang district. Crossing a wide, flat valley, climbing a stone stairways gives you taste of exciting adventure of Annapurna circuit trek. Journey goes up and down until we reach Dharapani at 1890 meters.

Guesthouse on BLD

6

Day

Trek to Chame (2725m), 6 hrs walk.
Trail continues with often jagged and rocky, climbs to Tyanja at 2360m and then through the forest near the bank of river we reach Kopar at 2590m. Annapurna Circuit trek now enters into conifer woodland and reaches Chame the official district capital of Manang district. As we approach Chame, we are rewarded by the fine views of Annapurna II and two small hot springs by the town.

Guesthouse on BLD

7

Day

Trek to Pisang (3300m), 5 hrs walk.
Hiking though the deep forest and narrow valley at the bank of Marshyangdi River, we will see a long suspension bridges at 2910 meter and another at 3040 meter. Paungda Danda rock emerges from the second suspension bridge and the trail joins to climb Pisang. Passing the Oble Dome rock wall the trail of Annapurna Circuit trek continued to upper Pisang, the place famous for architecturally magnificent village at 3100 meters.

Guesthouse on BLD

8

Day

Trek to Manang (3540m), 5 hrs walk.
After Pisang, we have alternate paths at north and south of the Marsyangdi River that meets up again at Mungji. The southern route by Hongde, with its airstrip, at 3325m involves less climbing than the northern route via Ghyaru, despite the fact that there are better views on the trail that follows the northern bank of the river. From Mungji, the trail continues past the quaint but partially hidden village of Bryanga at 3475m to nearby Manang at 3500m. Walking along the valley through the drier upper part of Manang (the unofficial trekking capital of the Annapurna Circuit) we can view Annapurna range. People of this area herd yaks and raise crops for leaving, beside this during winter they move to other places for trades.

Guesthouse on BLD

9

Day

Acclimatization day at Manang, (3540m).
Today we explore Manang valley to take some rest and acclimatization for next days. We spend our day walking and sightseeing around Manang village, learn some Manang culture and the daytime is best to gain altitude.

Guesthouse on BLD

10

Day

Trek to Khangsar Village (3700 m) 4 hours. O/N at Guesthouse.
After acclimatization at Manang we continue our adventure for Tilicho Lake, from Manang one heads out through the western gate and then one follows the path down to the river. After crossing the Khangsar Khola on the bridge below Khangsar and ascend the slope to the village, a village still in the old Tibetan style and which is also known as last village of Nepal.

Guesthouse on BLD

11

Day

Trekking to Tilicho Base Camp (4200m) 5 hours. O/N at Guesthouse.
This day continue from Khangsar on a large path. Pass a Gompa (monastery). The route ahead goes on a recently constructed path up towards a high ridge. At one point is an intersection. One path maintains the altitude, traversing the slopes towards a place where the valley is narrow; the other continues to ascend towards the line of the ridge. The former is the old path, and is much more difficult as it goes on really steep screed; the latter is the new path that goes a completely different way. Continue along the new path, we reach a high crest, and descend on switch backs carved out through the screed slopes to a side valley of the main valley. At its bottom is a brook. On the other side of it is a base known as Tilicho Base Camp at elevation of 4200 meters.

Guesthouse on BLD

12

Day

Trek to Tilicho Lake (5200 m) and back down to Tilicho Base Camp (4200m) 6 hours. O/N at Guesthouse.
Today our journey starts early in the morning around 6 AM as we try to avoid the wind. From Base camp to the Tilicho lake takes another 3-4 hours. Tilicho Lake is a cold barren place in the afternoon and claimed as highest lake of its kind. After we spend some time around Tilicho Lake we will return same way back to Base Camp as there are no any accommodation facilities at Tilicho Lake area.

Guesthouse on BLD

13

Day

Day 14: Trek to Yak Kharka (4000 m) 5 hours. O/N at Guesthouse.
Returning from Base camp you can keep high and follow a track 400meters or so above Khangsar village passing through the ruins of old Khangsar and follow an unmarked trail which will lead you around and down to cross the river on an old log bridge between Gumsang and Yak Kharka.

Guesthouse on BLD

14

Day

Trek to Thorong Phedi (4450m) 5 hours. O/N at Guesthouse.
After a short ascend up the mountain path on the right bank, we follow a narrow trail across an unstable scree slope and then descend to Thorung Phedi. Apporx 4 hours hike.

Guesthouse on BLD

15

Day

Trek to Thorungla - la (cross over 5416m), then trek down to Muktinath 3802m), 8-9 hrs walk.
The journey starts early in the morning from the foot of the hill to the Thorung La Pass, highest place of our twentyone days Annapurna Circuit Trek. Crossing the steeply made pass, covered with stone, we hike gradually looking at magnificent views. Pass marked by Chortens and prayer flags looks nice and magnificent views imprints in your memory. Passing Thorung La, we reach the sacred site of Muktinath at the elevation of 3800 meters. Hindus and Buddhists alike visit Muktinath. The temple is built in the pagoda style dedicated to Lord Vishnu or Avalokiteshwara as the Buddhists call him. For Hindus, Muktinath is one of the most important places of pilgrimage. Long and difficult yet rewarding day of our Annapurna Circuit Trek.

Guesthouse on BLD

16

Day

Trek to Kagbeni to Jomsom (2713m), 5 hrs walk.
Finally, the Annapurna Circuit trek heads downhill, through the arid landscape to the ancient town of Kagbeni on the Kali Gandaki River. A maximum of three hours trek from Muktinath to Kagbeni (2800), where you can visit some two thousand five hundred years old monasteries and get to know some Himalayan culture. Walk further to Jomsom and spend overnight there to catch flight back to Pokhara. Overnight at teahouse. Last day of the trekking portion of Annapurna trek.

Guesthouse on BLD

17

Day

Fly to Pokhara.
Fly to Pokhara from Jomsom. Transfer to hotel. Free time on your own. Massage, boating at Phewa Lake and relax.

Hotel on BB

18

Day

Pokhara to Kathmandu Approx 6 hrs driving.
Around six hours scenic drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu. You can spend you rest of the time for personal shopping or individual sightseeing.

Hotel on BB | Private Vehicle

19

Day

Departure to destination country.
Global Holidays Adventure's representative will drop you to the Airport terminal to bid you a final farewell.

Cost Details

"So What you are paying For?"

We would like to explain to you. We are a local company providing world-wide travelers with internationally qualified services. We provide you with the lowest cost possible for fully inclusive trips that have no hidden fees. We guarantee your safety, satisfaction, and long-lasting memories of your experience.

Cost Include
  • International & domestic airport transfers as per the itinerary.
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis on BB plan.
  • 1 nights hotel accommodation in Pokhara on twin sharing basis on BB plan.
  • 1 nights hotel accommodation in Besi Shahar on twin sharing basis on BB plan.
  • Kathmandu Sightseeing by professional english speaking tour guide. 
  • Kathmandu-Besi Shahar ground transportation by private vehicle.
  • Pokhara- Kathmandu ground transportation by private vehicle.
  • Jomsom - Pokhara flight cost.
  • 3 meals a day during the trekking (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) as mention in itinerary.
  • Accommodation while trekking in twin sharing basis in guesthouses.
  • Annapurna conservation area permit and TIMS card.
  • Professional government lisence holder English speaking trekking guide.
  • The required number of porters to carry the luggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two guests).
  • Sleeping bag and duffel bag during the trek. (Refundable after finish trekking)
  • A comprehensive medical kit.
  • All government and local taxes.
Cost Exclude
  • International air fare to/ from Nepal.
  • Entry Visa fees - at present $25 for 15 day, US$ 40 for 30 day, and US$ 100 for three month visa on entry into Nepal.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu, Pokhara and Besi Shahar. 
  • Insurance which covers, medical, emergency evacuation, lost, etc.
  • Beverages, alcoholic drinks, mineral water, boiled water during the trekking.
  • Hot shower during the trekking.
  • All food and beverages other than on the itinerary. 
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Personal gear and expenses.
  • Tips and gratitude provided to staff.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Annapurna Circuit trek is suitable for all kind of people who are moderately fit, not any previous adventures experience is required. Some physical fitness activities such as running, swimming and walking are recommended before your Annapurna circuit trek. Persons suffering from a pre-existing medical flaws must seek medical advice before considering the trek. Whilst on the trek, it is common to experience some discomfort before being fully acclimatized.


Yes, Global Holidays Adventure representative will be there to greet you outside of Terminal Hall. He will be displaying Global Holidays Adventure name card with your name on it. After that you will be transferred to pre-chosen Hotel.


You can get the visa at Tribhuwan International Airport after landing, furthermore it will be easier if you fill up the visa form by online (http://online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/tourist-visa) before taking the flight to Nepal. Entry Visa fees- at present is $ 25 for 15 day, $ 40 for 30 days and $ 100 for three month visa on entry to Nepal.
You should bring following essential documents in the trip:

  • Valid Passport: must be valid for up to 6 months.
  • Travel insurance: you need to provide a copy of insurance paper to Global Holidays Adventure before you start the trek.
  • Flight Tickets.
  • Emergency contact numbers for T/C's bank, insurance, family contacts.


All types of Hotels from a budget to Luxurious including five star services are available in Kathmandu. Normally, Global Holidays Adventure offers three hotel services in our outline itinerary. We can also accommodate according to your choice.

During Trekking: You will have teahouse/Lodges generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quit blanket. We can also offer Global Holidays Adventure's sleeping baggage if needed (which needs to be returned after the trip) but it’s always better to have a personal sleeping bag. We usually provide you single and double rooms as well as the occasional dormitory. During the peak season it is quite difficult to manage single room therefore double rooms are preferred in our outline itinerary.


Normally there are common toilet facilities in teahouses and lodges, which are usually neat and clean. Nowadays, some small number of teahouses and lodges offer attached restroom. We will provide you the best option as far as possible in this regard.


Normally there are hot water shower services in various teahouses and lodges. In the absence of such facility, the teahouse/lodges will provide you hot water bucket. The payment for the shower has to be made by yourself and the cost varies with the places.


Whilst on the trek, our porters who are honest and experienced, will take care of your luggage. All you need to carry is your small day bag for your personal belongings like camera, water bottle, sun cream, money etc. Normally, we assign one porters to carry the luggage of two trekkers.


Most of Teahouse cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian fare Pasta, Tuna Bakes, Noodles, Potatoes, Eggs, Dal-bhat, Bread, Soups, Fresh Vegetable ( variety depends on the season) and even some desserts like Apple Pies, Pancakes and some interesting attempts at Custard. You will find a lot of garlic items on the menu, eat some every day because it assists with acclimatization. In many larger villages you may find some meat on the menu. You can always get hot chocolate, tea, coffee, hot lemon as well as soft drinks. Each day dinner and breakfast are used to take in the same lodge you spend the night. Lunch will be taken on the way to destination.


During the airport pick-drop and Kathmandu sightseeing we use private tourist vehicles of various categories such as cars, vans, micro, bus etc. according to size of the group. We take a domestic flight for Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu.


The best season for this trek is October to mid-December and mid-February to mid-June. This trip is not preferred during the monsoon season from June to August except the treks to Himalayan rain shadow like Upper Mustang and Mt. Kailas.


Weather in the mountains is notoriously difficult to predict. Generally, nights are chillingly cold, whereas, the days are warmer. Winter (January and February) will be a bit colder but the days can be quite beautiful and warm if the sun is out. There will be a bit of snow during the month of January, February and December. The temperature inside the teahouses/lodges are fairly maintained. You can always sit beside a fire to keep yourself warmer. The temperature could be as high as 20 degree c to 15 degree c low during the day time.


These facilities will be available in most of the places in your Hotel reception by paying some service charges. Don’t forget to bring your adapters!!

How is the communication facilities during the trek?


ATM and credit card facilities can be used in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Above that, you need cash payments for various service you need.


In Kathmandu, you can allocate $ 10-15 for lunch and dinner. It all depends on your spending habits. $. 15- 20 a day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolate and few drinks in Trekking.


Well it totally depends upon you. There is trend of tipping the guide and porters in trekking. Tipping is a good way to acknowledge their works and thank them in a better way, something they would cherish and support their daily lives.


In most places bottled water is readily available. If you wish to drink normal water, you need to use purifying aid, better if you have some for yourself.


In case you suffer from altitude sickness or any other problems, we will offer you the doctor’s prescribed medicines according to the type of problem facing you. We will descend you and incase of extreme cases, you will get rescued by the helicopter.


In case of any casualties, travel insurance will be a boon to recover the incurred expenses. In case of helicopter rescue, the helicopter charge, which is little expensive, can also be recovered by your insurance. So it a good act to check you insurance validity and policy, whether it recovers the rescue charges or not.


Yes, all the staffs of Global Holidays Adventure including guides and porters are insured to recover any kinds of casualties.


Yes, it is absolutely possible to add some more days to the trip. Along your trek we can add days at your request with additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation and food.


Yes, there are many options and choices to extend your holidays before or after your main trip. You can visit our other touring trips to add to the main event. In general, following trips are suggested for your holiday extensions.

  • Trisuli River Rafting, Paragliding, bungee and other adventures.
  • Chitwan Jungle Safari Package.
  • Volunteering in Schools and Villages

 

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