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Tilicho Lake Trekking - 20 Days

Tilicho Lake (4949m\16237ft.) in Manang district, also known as the highest Tilicho Lake Trekking in the world offers you beautiful moments of your life, exploring stunning views of mountains in Annapurna Region like: Annapurna I (8,091m\26545ft.), Dhaulagiri (8,167m\26794ft.), Manaslu (8,163m\26781ft.) and over 6,000 meter high famous mountain Machhapuchhre with amazing wild life like: musk deer, leopard, spotted deer, wild yaks etc. in beautiful rhododendron forest  with many pines and bamboos. Trekking to Tilicho Lake provides you a great chance to explore local culture of this region where you can found people with different religions, following their own different traditions, customs, languages and rituals and live their life in their unique style.   

Annaapurna round with Tilicho Lake trek is incredible trek in Annapurna region. Tilicho lake 4919 m (16138 ft) is one of the highest lake in the earth which lies in the Himalayas of Annapurna range, Nepal. This trek begins from Kathmandu to all the way drive to Besishar and catch the local jeep to Chame or Manang which makes our trek shorter and stay in trekking lodge during trek.Trek through the beautiful villages and the heart of the Annapurna region leads you the Throg La pass  5416 ( 17769ft) one of the highest pass in the Annapurna trek. All the way passes with verities of climate and landscapes sub tropical to alpine and dense forests and snowy mountains. Enjoy with the different flora and fauna and experience the unique cultures different ethnicity of the people Gurung, Magar, Thakali, Brahmin, Chhetri etc. Views of the beautiful rivers, stunning Himalayas, Manang 3519m and Tilicho Lake always welcome to the travelers. We will have acclimatization in Manang where we explore the surrounding Himalayas to digest the high altitude and helps for the Throngla pass.

So after reaching all way to Mukinath feel more relaxation. Mukinath is place of liberation form Karma is famous for pilgrimages both Hindu and Buddhist people.

Trek through the Kaligandaki George which is also the deepest George in the world. Jomsom 2743 m  (8999 ft). So, Jomsom and Mukinath 3710 m is also the main hub for Throng pass and Upper Mustang trek. Amazing mesmerizing views of the Himalayas natural bath in the hot spring at Tatopani, Marpha village, beautiful Kagbeni, Dhaulagiri ice falls and nice villagers different cultures are the wonderful experience of the trek. After reaching in Jomsom finally fly or drive to Pokhara and back to Kathmandu.

Day 1
Arrival in Airport

After you arrive in Airport, our SAT representative will be there to pick you up and drop you off in designated location for overnight stay. You can take rest or read articles on trekking.

Day 2
Sightseeing & Trek Preparation

Kathmandu sightseeing trip will begin in the morning. You can either do it alone or join group we can arrange you car or bus. And in the evening trek preparation and small meeting is held to further literate you about the trekking routes, porters, guides, rules and necessary equipments.

Day 3
Kathmandu to Besi Sahar 6-7 hrs

Our journey will be around 6 hours of drive to Besisahar. And along the way you will be seeing giant White Mountains, rivers, green sceneries and stunning landscapes. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 4
Besi Sahar to Bahundanda (1300m) 5-6 hrs

Afterwards we will be trekking around an hour to reach Khudi. Khudi offers the first glimpses of Manaslu Range and then trek to Bahundada. And along the way we have to pass the typical local houses and diverse cultural and ethnic tribes while exchanging greetings (Namaste). Our route passes through subtropical forest and rice terraces of Sera. Then comes the 60m waterfall after passing Bhulbule and slowly we will be arriving to Ngadi Khola (river), which we will be crossing by suspension bridge. And finally route takes us gently upward to Bahundanda, an attractive village in the saddle of a long ridge at 1300m. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 5
Baundanda to Chamje (1410m) 5-6 hrs

After breakfast, we trek through steep trails reaching village of Syange. And after crossing several suspension bridges comes Chanje en-route Jagat. Overnight stay in Chamje. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 6
Chamje to Bagarchhap (2160m) 5 hrs

Through the steep uphill course of Marshyangdi River, we reach to the first village of Manang, Tal (1675m). And then the wide and flat valley with ups and downs leads us to Dharapani (1890m) from where further trail leads us to the Bagarchhap welcomed by the stoned entrance. Bagarchap is a typical Tibet influenced village with apples and maize fields. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 7
Bagarchhap to Chame (2630m) 5 hrs

Climbing to Tyanja (2360m) and through the forest and river leading to Kopar and a little bit closer to reaching Chame, headquarter of Manang District. From here we can see great views of Annapurna II and come across two small hot springs. And you are sure to encounter a local community who are believed to be migrated from Tibet in the past. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 8
Chame to Pisang (3300m) 5 hrs

After the stay in Chame we pace forward crossing some narrow paths and dense forest. Right after the hours of walk, the steep and big rock (1500m.) can be seen. Crossing this rock can be an adventure before we reach to the accommodating area in lower pisang. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 9
Pisang to Manang (3540m) 5 hrs

The Moments passing through Geru is excellent that offers us stunning landscapes and magnificent view of Mt. Annapurna and Pisang. Today we will be going to Barge monastery, also the biggest monastery of whole Manang. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 10
Acclimatization day at Manang village (3540m)

To stay fit for further journey and atmospheric adaptation we take a day off here in Manang for acclimatization. For the whole day we will be doing some walk around the village viewing beautiful mountain sceneries. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 11
Manang to Khangsar Village (3700m

After acclimatization at Manang village our journey to Khangsar village begins through the western gates and river. Khangsar village is still in Tibetan style and knows as the Tibetan village of Nepal. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 12
Khangsar to Tilicho Base Camp (4200m) 5 hrs

Passing through the monastery we begin to conquer our destination. Through the high ridge,slopes and narrow valleys we ascend toward the line of ridge. New path leads us to high crest and descending thru screed slopes comes the main valley where its bottom is a brook. On the other side is Tilicho Base Camp (4200m). Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 13
Trek to Tilicho Lake (5200m) & back to Tilicho Base Camp (4200m) 6 hrs

It is better to start off early in the morning in order to avoid wing. It takes around 4 hours to reach Tilicho Lake, the highest lake of the world. Tilicho Lake is cold barren place and upon arrival you can witness the spectacular beauty of nature. And later return back to Base Camp. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 14
Tilicho Base Camp to Yak Kharka (4000m) 5 hrs

After breakfast, we follow the trail which is 4000 meters above the Khangsar village and passes thru old Khangsar. Then you will be trailing from unmarked territory and down to cross the river on an old bridge between Gumsang and Yak Kharka. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 15
Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4450m) 5 hrs

This day we trek to the foot of Thorang La & we will have to climb uphill, cross a suspension bridge and ascend down a towering cliff. During the trek we are rewarded with the wonderful view of Mt. Gundang, Mt. Syagang, Thorung Peak & Mt. Khatungkang. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 16
Thorung Phedi to Muktinath (3800m) 6-7 hrs

From Thorang Phedi, we finally will be heading to the world’s highest pass, Thorang La Pass (5416m). From this elevated venue you are guaranteed to witness some magnificent views of Dhaulagiri ranges. And then trail ascends towards Chabarbu making our way to Muktinath in the evening. Muktinath is famous for shrines worshipped both by Hindus and Buddhists. Overnight stay in Muktinath. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 17
Muktinath to Jomsom (2720m) 5 hrs.

Through the Ekle Bhatti and alongside the Kali Gandaki rive we reach Jomsom. Jomsom is a large town and headquarter of Manang district with many facilities. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 18
Fly to Pokhara from Jomsom

From Jomsom we take flight to Pokhara. Time here in Pokhara can be spent relaxing or going up for adventure. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in a hotel.

Day 19
Pokhara to Kathmandu (Fly or Drive)

For the return trip two options are available, you can either take easy 25 minute flight to Kathmandu or take longer 7 hours of scenic drive to Kathmandu, the choice is yours. Both the means are great with beautiful mountain views during flight and fascinating views of landscapes in drive. Meals included: dinner by our side and finally an overnight stay in hotel.

Day 20
Trip concludes in Kathmandu

Last day, you can either safely make return journey to home or you can join for another exciting adventure. And according to flight schedule you will be escorted to airport approximately 3 hours earlier to catch flight to your next destination.

Cost included

  • International and domestic airport arrivals and departures
  • Accommodation at hotel in Kathmandu on BB plan ( as per the choice of the trekkers )
  • Domestic flight fare as per the itinerary including airport tax
  • All necessary paperwork for permit ( national park entrance, TIMS card )
  • Accommodation at the hotels / lodges in the trekking trail
  • All meals ( breakfast, lunch and dinner ) in the trekking
  • An experienced English speaking trek leader ( trekking guide ) and assistant trekking guide ( 4 trekking members ), and porters ( one porter between two trekkers ) to carry luggage including their meals, accommodation, wages, equipment and accident insurance.
  • First aid medical kit
  • All government and local taxes
  • Farewell dinner

Cost excluded

  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Nepal visa fee
  • Excess baggage charges for the domestic flight
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Travel and rescue insurance for trekking members
  • Any additional expenses due to domestic flight delay or cancellation
  • Any other expenses of personal nature ( phone calls, laundry, bar bills battery recharge, hot shower and boiled water in the trekking ).
  • Gratuity for the trekking staffs

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Trekking Group Size

We organize trekking in Annapurna region for any number of people. If the group consists of more than 16 pax, we will split the group and arrange accordingly. We will assign one trek leader, one assistant leader for the group of four pax and porters (one porter between two members) to carry members luggage. This arrangement ensures that the group can still go ahead as scheduled itinerary despite any member gets sick on the way in the trekking.

Experience and Health Requirements

Tilicho Lake trekking is considered a moderate trek suitable for those who can hike for 6 – 8 hours a day. Obviously hiking in the high altitude will not be so easy rather physically more demanding, however our itinerary is scheduled for the proper acclimatization while gradually gaining the altitude in the trekking. It will be advisable to have some walking and hiking or other outdoor activities for more than two weeks which will contribute to comfortable accomplishment in reaching there. No technical skills or use of crampons are required for this trekking. It is highly recommended for the trekkers to consult with the doctors before coming for this trekking. Trekkers who have asthma, allergy or any other diseases related to hurt, lungs should take more precaution for this trekking.

Travel Insurance

Trekkers need to have traveling insurance which covers the comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and medical treatment costs). Insurance companies in Nepal do not provide travelling insurance for the foreigners and the trekkers need to get the travelling insurance from one of the international insurance companies. Sunrise Adventure Trek will have accident insurance for the trekking staff.

Accommodations

Accommodation in Kathmandu will be arranged on twin sharing basis on BB plan except the extra cost for the single supplement (depending on the room availability) according to the choice of the standard of the hotels before and after the trekking. Accommodation during the trekking will be arranged at standard teahouses/ lodges with unheated rooms with wooden beds and foam mattresses on twin sharing basis. The trekkers will have to share washing and toilet facilities. If the trekker is a solo traveler, he/she will have to share a room with the trekker of same sex.

Meals

Trekkers are provided three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during Tilicho Lake trekking. They can enjoy wide variety of food from typical Nepali food, Sherpa food, and Tibetan food to all types of international cuisine (Continental, Italian, and Indian). Unlike other trekking companies, Sunrise Adventure Trek allows trekkers to choose the food from the menu at the hotel / lodges in the trek. When the group is too big for the hotels/ lodges to provide individual dishes, set menu will be arranged in most places. We use the lodges / hotels which serve hygienic, nutritious and good food for the trekkers for them to get enough energy for the hiking.

Acclimatization

Any trekker can get altitude sickness while trekking in the high altitude despite strong physically fitness. What is important is giving enough time for the proper acclimatization for the trekking. Sunrise Adventure Trek has planned the itinerary with gradual altitude gain giving enough time for acclimatization for the trekkers. Hiking slowly specially in the high altitude help prevent AMS ( Acute Mountain Sickness ). If anyone feels dizzy, suffer palpitation or severe headaches and loss of appetite, he / she will be moved to the lower altitude immediately or arrange the helicopter rescue in the severe case of AMS and the client has to pay for it.

Equipment and Packing List

A variety of clothing is necessary for the Tilicho Lake trek. While choosing the equipment trekkers need give emphasis on two simple aspects: Lightweight and Functional. The items should be lightweight, dependable, and adaptable to a variety of extreme weather conditions. The quality of the trekking equipment you choose has a lot to do with how warm, dry, and safe you will remain. For this reason you have to be critical of quality and the proper fit of clothing.

Clothing

- T – shirts - Hiking shorts - Undergarments - Full sleeves shirts - Long light weight cotton pants - Fleece or wool pants (seasonal) - Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants. - Insulated pants / nylon windbreaker - Light and expedition weight thermal tops. - Fleece jacket or pullover - Waterproof shell jacket - Down jacket - Light warm fleece hat / woolen hat - Sun hat - Lightweight gloves. - Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal). Foot Wear - Hiking boots - Light and comfortable camp shoes - Thin, lightweight inner socks. - Thick, warm wool hiking socks Accessories - Down Sleeping bag - Trekking bag / Duffle bag ( to carry for the porter ) - Day pack ( to carry with the trekkers to put the things required during the day time ) - Large plastic bags ( to keep items dry inside the trekking bag ) - Water bottle - Head lamp with spare bulb and batteries - Trekking poles - Personal medicine box - Sunglasses with UV protection. - Books, dairy, pen, walkman and any other game instruments Toiletries and Personal Hygiene - Quick drying small towel - Toothbrush / paste - Soap - Face and body moisturizer - Sun block for lips - Tissues / toilet rolls - Wet wipes - Feminine hygiene products - Anti bacterial hands wash

Trek Leader(s) and Staff

All our trek leaders are well experienced who have led trekking in Annapurna region. Their in-depth knowledge about culture, custom, the geological surroundings as well as their professionalism, sincerity, and their hospitality make your dream of successful trek a enjoyable, memorable event in your life. Although our trek leaders are not highly educated, they are well experienced, professionally trained and posses good leadership skills to operate the trip smoothly. Their smiling faces, loving and caring attitude will make your even a hard walking day a pleasant one. All trekking staff of Sunrise Adventure Trek are locally employed and have the adequate knowledge about culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, history and the safety measures in running the trips. Their attitude and the efforts will be always concentrated on the less impact of the trekkers to the local culture, custom, nature and the eco system.

Porter Care

We are strongly committed to the porters rights. We make sure that they are well paid and have the proper clothing, foot ware and shelter. We are aware that no porter should be asked to carry a load that is too heavy for their physical abilities and the weight limit should be adjusted for altitude, weather and trail condition. We request our members not to have more than 15 kg weight of luggage to give to the porters. Porters who become sick while in the trekking are treated with high priority just like the other trekking staff or the members. If needed helicopter is sent and rescued in case of sever condition of sickness or accident. All porters are insured for sickness and accident.

Season

Nepal, as a tourist destination is good for all seasons, however, the best seasons for trekking to Annapurna region are Spring (March – May) and Autumn (mid Sept. – mid Dec. ). Trekking in autumn season is noted for clear weather and excellent views of silvery mountains against blue sky. It gets colder towards the end of December. This trek can be done in any month except January and February.

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Trip Facts

  • Trekking , Hiking, Sightseeing
  • Annapurna Region
  • 5416 m
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • Difficult
  • 5-7 Hours
  • September- December and March - May
  • Flight, Bus, Tourist & private vehicle
  • Lodge to Lodge Trek
  • 20 Days
  • 1-18 Pax