Tilicho lake Trek

17 Days
Why Join the Tilicho Lake Trek

Joining the Tilicho Lake trek is a journey into the heart of the Annapurna region, offering trekkers a chance to discover one of the highest lakes in the world. Tilicho Lake, situated at an altitude of 4,919 meters, is a breathtaking sight surrounded by towering peaks and pristine glaciers. This trek combines natural beauty with cultural encounters as you traverse through diverse landscapes, from lush forests to barren valleys. Witness panoramic views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Nilgiri ranges, creating a backdrop of unparalleled beauty throughout the journey.

Joining the Tilicho Lake trek is an opportunity to challenge yourself both physically and mentally while experiencing the serenity of remote Himalayan landscapes. The trek offers a mix of adventure and tranquility, with moments of awe-inspiring beauty at every turn. Encounter local communities along the way, including Gurung and Manang people, and gain insights into their traditional way of life. Whether you’re a seasoned trekker or an adventurous soul seeking a new experience, the Tilicho Lake trek promises unforgettable memories amidst Nepal’s spectacular scenery.

Prepare for the Tilicho Lake trek by focusing on physical conditioning and endurance training. This trek involves long hours of hiking, steep ascents, and high altitude, requiring a good level of fitness. Start a training regimen several months before the trek, including cardio exercises, strength training, and hiking with a loaded backpack. Acclimatization is crucial for adapting to high altitudes, so plan for gradual ascent during the trek to minimize the risk of altitude sickness.

Choosing us as your Tilicho Lake trekking partner in Nepal ensures a safe and enjoyable expedition. Our experienced guides are knowledgeable about the region and prioritize your safety and comfort throughout the journey. We provide quality accommodations, nutritious meals, and necessary equipment, allowing you to focus on the trek and immerse yourself in the natural wonders of the Annapurna region.

Tilicho Lake Trek Permits

Before embarking on the Tilicho Lake trek, obtain the necessary permits, including the Annapurna Conservation Area Entry Permit and the Trekker’s Information Management System (TIMS) card. The cost of these permits varies depending on nationality but generally ranges from $20 to $30 USD. These permits contribute to conservation efforts and support local communities in the Annapurna region.

Tilicho Lake Trek Difficulty

The trek is considered challenging due to its high altitude and rugged terrain. Trekkers should be prepared for steep ascents, rocky trails, and potential weather changes, including snow at higher elevations. Proper acclimatization and physical fitness are essential for a successful trek. Trekking experience at high altitudes is recommended to ensure you can comfortably navigate the challenges of this trek.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is essential for the Tilicho Lake trek to cover medical emergencies, evacuation, and trip cancellation. Ensure your insurance policy includes coverage for high-altitude trekking activities. Choose a reputable insurance provider that offers comprehensive mountain trekking coverage to protect against potential risks during the expedition.

Best Time to Explore Tilicho Lake Trek

The best time to embark on the trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months offer stable weather conditions, clear skies, and moderate temperatures, creating ideal trekking conditions. Spring brings blooming rhododendrons and lush landscapes, while autumn offers spectacular views of snow-capped peaks against vibrant fall colors.

Accommodation and Meals During the Trek

Accommodations during the Tilicho Lake trek consist of teahouses or lodges along the trail. These accommodations provide basic yet comfortable rooms with shared facilities such as bathrooms. Meals are included in the trek package and typically consist of local Nepali cuisine and international dishes. Enjoy hearty meals and warm hospitality amidst the stunning mountain scenery, providing the necessary energy for trekking at high altitudes. Vegetarian and special dietary options are available upon request to accommodate various preferences and needs during the trek.

  • English
  • Tea House
  • Kathmandu
  • October to early December
  • Bus, Airlines
  • All meals during the trek
  • 4919M
  • 1-12


Tilicho Lake is a mesmerizing glacial lake situated in the Annapurna region of Nepal, close to the Manang district. At an altitude of 4,919 meters (16,138 feet) above sea level, it is often referred to as one of the highest lakes in the world. The lake is a prominent attraction for trekkers in the region and can be accessed through various trekking routes, the most popular being the Tilicho Trek and the Annapurna Circuit Trek.

Key features and characteristics of Tilicho Lake:

Stunning Scenery: The lake is renowned for its breathtaking beauty, surrounded by an amphitheater of snow-capped peaks, including Tilicho Peak (7,134 meters), Nilgiri (7,061 meters), Khangsar Kang (7,485 meters), and others. The turquoise-blue waters of the lake contrast beautifully with the rugged mountain landscape, creating a picturesque and serene setting.

Religious Significance: Tilicho Lake holds significant spiritual importance for both Hindu and Buddhist communities. According to Hindu mythology, the lake is considered a sacred spot associated with the sage Vyas, who is believed to have meditated here. Buddhists also consider it a holy site, and pilgrims often visit the lake during their trek.

Challenging Trekking Destination: Accessing Tilicho Lake involves challenging trekking routes, and it requires good physical fitness and proper acclimatization due to the high altitude. Trekkers typically start from Besisahar or Syange and pass through the beautiful landscapes of the Annapurna region before reaching the lake. The trek usually takes around 10 to 14 days, depending on the chosen route.

Weather and Seasons: The trek to Tilicho Lake is best undertaken during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons when the weather is relatively stable, and the skies are clear, offering excellent views of the surrounding mountains and the lake.

Remote Location: Tilicho Lake’s remote location adds to its allure, providing trekkers with a sense of adventure and seclusion. The pristine natural environment and the absence of modern development contribute to the raw beauty of the area.

Accommodation: Trekkers can find basic lodges and tea houses in the nearby villages along the trekking route, providing shelter and meals during the journey. However, facilities become more basic as trekkers approach higher altitudes.

Overall, Tilicho Lake is a paradise for trekkers and nature enthusiasts seeking an off-the-beaten-path adventure in the Himalayas. Its unique combination of natural beauty, religious significance, and challenging trekking routes makes it a truly unforgettable destination for those who are up for the journey.


Arrive at Kathmandu International Airport, our staff will pick you and check into your accommodation. Explore the bustling city and various cafes and bars during the day time. Buy all the stuff for the trekking.

Early in the morning, you will begin your journey by driving to Bhulbhule, which serves as the starting point of this trek. The drive is scenic, following the Trishuli River for the first half and then the Marsyangdi River for the remainder. Enjoy the lush hillsides and settlements along the highway as you arrive in Bhulbhule via Besi Sahar. Overnight in Bhulbhule.

From Bhulbhule, take a public jeep ride for about an hour to Vhamje and start trekking towards Dharapani. The trek offers stunning views of high hills, waterfalls, gorges, snow-capped peaks, and scattered settlements. You'll cross the Marsyangdi River on a suspension bridge below Chamje and continue upstream to reach Tal, the first village in the Manang district. Continue uphill to Dharapani. Overnight in Dharapani.

After having your permits checked, leave Dharapani and trek to Bagarchhap via Odar. You'll cross the Marsyangdi River multiple times, following the trail alongside the river towards Chame. As you ascend, you'll notice the air getting cooler and enjoy views of Annapurna II (7937m), Lamjung Himal (6983m), and Kangaru Himal (6981m). Overnight in Chame.

Depart Chame and trek through a forested path surrounded by pine trees along the Marsyangdi River. Enjoy panoramic views of Annapurna II (7937m) and Annapurna IV (7525m) as you pass through Dhikur Pokhari and cross a suspension bridge into Pisang. Visit the temple and monastery in Pisang with stunning views of Pisang Peak (6091m). Overnight in Pisang.

Cross a suspension bridge over the Marsyangdi River and ascend towards Ghyaru. Pass a Mani wall to reach Ngawal and continue through alpine forests to Manang, passing Lophelling Monastery, Sher Gompa, Braka Monastery, and Bodzo Gompa. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Annapurna range throughout the trek and visit Gangapurna Lake if time allows. Overnight in Manang.

Today is a rest day in Manang to explore the area. Hike to Gangapurna Lake for stunning views of the Marsyangdi River valley and surrounding mountains including Gangapurna (7454m) and Tilicho Peak (7134m). Visit ancient monasteries and the old village of Tenki. Overnight at a lodge in Manang.

Leave Manang and trek through pine forests to reach Khangsar village. As you ascend, Tilicho Peak (7134m) becomes more prominent on the horizon. Enjoy panoramic views of snowy peaks as you arrive in Khangsar and visit the local monastery. Overnight in Khangsar.

Depart Khangsar and trek across wide pasturelands with grazing yaks. Ascend a hill for a glorious view of the valley before descending to Tilicho Base Camp. Enjoy the serene mountain environment surrounded by snow-capped peaks. Overnight at Tilicho Base Camp.

Today, embark on a challenging trek to the enchanting Tilicho Lake, one of the highest lakes in the world. The trail includes a steep climb on a snow-covered path. Spend time admiring the stunning beauty of Tilicho Lake before returning to base camp. Be cautious during the descent. Overnight at Tilicho Base Camp.

The trail leads out of the Marsyangdi valley, passing through Khangsar village and ascending alongside Thorung Khola. Enjoy the panoramic views as you climb uphill and reach Yak Kharka, offering vistas of Tilicho Peak (7134m), Khatungkang (6484m), Chulu (6584m), and more. Overnight in Yak Kharka.

Trek from Yak Kharka to Ledar, passing towering cliffs and meadows with grazing yaks. Continue to Thorung Phedi, passing small teashops along the way. Enjoy close-up views of Thorung Peak (6144m), Syagang (6026m), Khatungkang (6484m), and other peaks. Overnight in Thorung Phedi.

Begin early for a challenging trek over Thorong La Pass (5416m), one of the highest passes in Nepal. The climb is demanding, but the views from the pass of snow-capped mountains make it worthwhile. Descend alongside Thorung Khola to reach the holy temple of Muktinath. Overnight in Muktinath.

Visit Muktinath, a significant religious site for Hindus, in the morning. Trek towards Kagbeni, passing through apple orchards with views of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m). Follow the Kali Gandaki River, cross a bridge, and arrive in the windy town of Jomsom. Overnight in Jomsom.

Take a morning flight from Jomsom to Pokhara, enjoying spectacular views of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges and the Kali Gandaki River gorge. Relax in Pokhara and explore the beautiful lakeside city. Enjoy a boat ride on Phewa Lake with Machhapuchhre (6993m) in the background. Overnight in Pokhara.

Catch an early morning bus from Pokhara to Kathmandu, traveling through scenic landscapes. Return to your hotel in Kathmandu, where you can freshen up and relax. Explore nearby markets for souvenirs before concluding your trekking adventure.
Farewell Dinner at evening with local food. Overnight at same hotel.

Departure involves checking out of your accommodation, heading to Tribhuvan International Airport, and boarding an international flight. Our staff will be available to drop you off at the airport.

The Trip 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, 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
  • Down jacket, all-season sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map(in case if you don’t have your own. Down jacket, sleeping bag and duffel bag must be returned after completion of the trip)
  • First Aid Medical Kit(Your guide will carry the Medical Kit but we also advise to bring yourself for your own use, as far as possible)
  • All the required permits and paperwork

The Trip Cost Excludes

  • International Airfare
  • Visa Charges
  • Hotel Expenses(In Kathmandu, some packages do include hotel expenses)
  • 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.

Frequently asked Questions

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

Tilicho Lake Trek  is a Grade B or a moderately 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.

What is the highest altitude reached in this trek?

The highest altitude reached is 4190m. This is the elevation of Annapurna Base Camp. ABC is the highest we will climb in this trek.

What about battery charging and hot shower facilities?

Yes, you can charge batteries en 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 Pokhara or Kathmandu. 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 about 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 Guides/trekking agency for Tilicho Lake Trekking ?

Not really. It depends on you. If you want, ABC trekking can be done independently. You could hire a guide and a porter by yourself instead of going through an agency or not hire a guide at all. Although, not having a guide can be a little problematic during off season.

It really depends on you. Is it your first time in Nepal? How confident are you of being able to find your way around? How pressed on time are you? If you go through an agency, it will be costlier but everything will be planned. You will only have to come, trek and return.

Are there emergency rescue services available on the trek?

Emergency rescue services are available in the Annapurna region, but they can be limited in remote areas like those around Tilicho Lake. It’s advisable to have travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation in case of a serious medical situation

Is altitude sickness a concern on the Tilicho Lake Trek?

Yes, altitude sickness can be a concern on the Tilicho Lake Trek, especially when ascending to higher altitudes. It’s important to acclimatize properly by taking rest days, staying hydrated, and ascending slowly. If symptoms of altitude sickness develop (such as headache, nausea, or dizziness), it’s essential to descend to a lower altitude.

What should I pack for the Tilicho Lake Trek?

Essential items to pack for the Tilicho Lake Trek include sturdy hiking boots, warm clothing layers (including a down jacket), a sleeping bag suitable for cold temperatures, trekking poles, sunscreen, sunglasses, and water purification tablets. It’s also important to carry a basic first aid kit and any personal medications.

Do I need a special permit for the Tilicho Lake Trek?

Yes, trekkers need to obtain the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) card for the Tilicho Lake Trek. Additionally, a separate permit may be required to access Tilicho Lake itself.

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  • English
  • Tea House
  • Kathmandu
  • October to early December
  • Bus, Airlines
  • All meals during the trek
  • 4919M
  • 1-12