Tilicho Lake Trekking - 17 Days

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Duration: 17 Days
  • Trip Grade: Strenuous
  • Cost start: US$ 1045 (P/P)
  • Accomodation: Tea house/lodge
  • Trip Style: Trekking/hiking
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About Trip:

Adventure may hurt you but monotony will kill you. Are you in need of some inspiration in your life? If so, the Tilicho Lake trek more than answers the question. Lying deep into the colossal spine of the mighty Himalayas, situated at over 4920 meters Lake Tilicho is one of the highest lakes in the world formed by the glacial melt of the northern slopes of the Annapurna Massif and Thorong Peak. The Lake is a blessed place, sacred for both Hindus and Buddhists. A journey to its turquoise shores is both an uplifting and challenging one that inspires just about everyone who manages it. The lake comes to its own as the morning sun rises glistening supreme providing yet another gem to reflect on when making this epic journey to circumvent the Annapurna Massif. With the all embracing peaks of Mount Manaslu, Himalchuli, Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Gangapurna, and Tilicho Peak dominating the scene, it’s a journey very rarely forgotten.

The trek to Tilicho is becoming a popular side hike on the Annapurna Circuit trek. The hike takes an additional 3–4 days; no camping is required as new lodges have been built between Manang and the lake. The final approach to Tilicho Lake is a day hike from the lodge at Tilicho Base Camp.

On The Trail:

Long before reaching Tilicho Lake there is so much on the trail to tease the senses, a journey of snow-capped peaks, mist-shrouded valleys, isolated communities and remote monasteries. Trails that lead us into knotted lush forests, stunning waterfalls, along turbulent rivers and through well kept weathered mountain villages. We hike up through the Marsyangdi Valley set within a powerful Buddhist culture inhabited by hardy, ever welcoming people. If that were not enough the dramatic mountain views on the way can often defy descriptive superlatives. The side trek to Tilicho Lake puts a thicker layer of icing on a very unique journey.

Please important note: Weather conditions on the upper stages of the route (particularly the section from Manang to Tilicho Lake and the crossing of the Thorong La Pass 5416m) can vary considerably, from very pleasant to sometimes extreme. This will often depend on the time of year you choose to trek but not always. Please do not hesitate contact us for advice if needed.

Best times to complete Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake: Autumn (September to November) and spring (March to May).

Similarly you may also quick check our less explored, newly opened and hidden valley Nar Phu TrekKhopra Ridge Trek, Mardi Himal Trek, classic Annapurna Base Camp Trek and more stunning packages.

Trip Highlights

  • Serene Tilicho Lake at sunrise
  • Picturesque villages, turbulent river gorges
  • Unsurpassed Himalayan mountain views 
  • The Marshyangdi valley
  • Visiting the oldest Buddhist monastery in Braga
  • Crossing the Thorong- La (5416m)
  • The Pilgrimage town of Muktinath

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Welcome at airport and transfer to the Hotel.

Day 02: Free day for final trekking preparation and sightseeing.

Day 03: Kathmandu to Jagat by bus (8/9 hrs, 1300m)

Day 04: Jagat to Dharapani (6 hrs, 1960m)

Day 05: Dharapani to Chame (2670m, 6 hrs)

Day 06: Chame to Pisang (3190m, 6 hrs)

Day 07: Pisang to Manang(3520m, 7 hrs)

Day 08: Acclimatisation day in and around Manang

Day 09: Manang to Tilicho Base Camp (7 hrs, 4140m)

Day 10: Tilicho Base Camp to Tilicho Lake then descends back to Shiri Kharka for overnight.

Day 11: Shri Kharka to Yak Kharka (6 hrs, 4420m)

Day 12: Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi or high camp

Day 13: Thorong High Camp to Muktinath (3710m) via Thorong Pass 5416m.

Day 14: Muktinath to Jomsom (2600m, 6 hrs)

Day 15: Jomsom to Pokhara by bus (9-10 hrs) (or 20 minute by scenic mountain flight which options are open).

Day 16: Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus (7 - 8 hrs)

Day 17: Departure

Trip cost includes/excludes:

  • Complimentary airport pick up and drop off
  • Complimentary welcome dinner
  • Two-night stay on arrival in Kathmandu in a standard hotel with breakfast included (twin share basis)
  • One-night stay in a standard hotel in Pokhara (twin share basis)
  • All necessary trekking permits such Annapurna conservation area permit, TIMS card, etc.
  • All accommodation during trek
  • Three meals a day during the trek
  • Fresh fruit each day if and when available
  • Complementary  duffel bag, agency T-shirt, trekking map etc.
  • Government registered and first-aid trained professional local guide who speaks English
  • First aid kit
  • Return travel by bus between Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Kathmandu to Bhulbhule by public bus
  • Jomsom to Pokhara by public bus
  • Staff insurance, meals, accommodation, equipment, transportation, etc.
  • Rescue arrangements if necessary
  • Agency service charge and government tax/VAT
  • Certificate of achievement
  • International airfare and  Nepal visa fee
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Personal Insurance, personal expenses, loss of property and theft, etc.
  • Sightseeing fees (temples, monasteries, etc)
  • All beverages, snacks, and additional expenses such as laundry, hot showers, battery charging, wifi, etc
  • Tips to staff 

Note:- Above itinerary is just a guideline. If you are not satisfied please feel free customize the way you prefer.

Detail Itinerary

Day 01Welcome at airport and transfer to the Hotel.

One of our team will greet you at the airport for the transfer to your Hotel where there is time to relax. We set up welcome meeting with your guide at a convenient time depending on arrival at our office. For those that wish, there is the chance to go out together as a group for dinner afterwards something we like to do. There are no other activities planned for today. Depending on your arrival schedule you will have time to get around the bustling bazaar; the hotels we use are normally situated in the lively Thamel area. There is a feast of outdoor gears, souvenir shops, great bookshops and a huge variety of restaurants. It's a great place to wander through and get your bearings.

Day 02Free day for final trekking preparation and sightseeing.

Day 03Kathmandu to Jagat by bus (8/9 hrs, 1300m)

Day 04Jagat to Dharapani (6 hrs, 1960m)

Day 05Dharapani to Chame (2670m, 6 hrs)

Day 06Chame to Pisang (3190m, 6 hrs)

Day 07Pisang to Manang(3520m, 7 hrs)

Day 08Acclimatisation day in and around Manang

Day 09Manang to Tilicho Base Camp (7 hrs, 4140m)

Day 10Tilicho Base Camp to Tilicho Lake then descends back to Shiri Kharka for overnight.

Day 11Shri Kharka to Yak Kharka (6 hrs, 4420m)

Day 12Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi or high camp

Day 13Thorong High Camp to Muktinath (3710m) via Thorong Pass 5416m.

Day 14Muktinath to Jomsom (2600m, 6 hrs)

Day 15Jomsom to Pokhara by bus (9-10 hrs) (or 20 minute by scenic mountain flight which options are open).

Day 16Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus (7 - 8 hrs)

Day 17Departure

Read Reviews

Rated 5/5 based on 2 reviews


Wonderful Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek


Perfect trip from tailor made circuit discussion to end of the trip. Rajesh organized perfectly our trip with kindness and responsiveness. Thakur, our guide, was awesome. He is very knowledgeable, we learnt so much, and he has been patient and so kind that we had full trust spending two weeks with him. Same with our porter who has been really kind and smiley. We highly recommend using the service of Rajesh, Thakur and team for your next trip in Nepal!!

, France


Excellent Trekking Agency


Me and husband did the Annapurna Circuit/Tilicho Lake Trek with Nepal Trekking Experts in October 2019. We were really happy with the trekking program and the overall organization. From the airport pick up until the end of the trek everything worked perfectly and Rajesh, the owner of the agency was always available for questions and really helpful. We did the trek with a guide and porter who were both very nice and took really good care of us. I can definitely recommend booking a tour with them. Thanks a lot for the great trip to Rajesh, Suman and Tharkur!

, Netherlands

Useful Info

  • Respect the privacy of local people and kindly ask for permission before photographing them or their children
  • Appreciate and respect the local culture and customs
  • For your own personal safety always stay on the uphill side of a trail when being passed by donkeys.
  • In landslide zones either traverse them quickly or climb over and around if at all feasible
  • Smoking and drinking alcohol at altitudes above 3000 meters is not recommended
  • Drink a minimum of three liters of water per day
  • Remain aware of symptoms related to altitude sickness and be honest about any signs with yourself and your guide
  • Even when not mandated there are always benefits to using the invaluable services of a guide on a trek

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