The Annapurna Tilicho Lake Trek is a popular hiking trail in the Annapurna region of Nepal. It is a challenging trek that takes you through diverse landscapes and offers stunning views of snow-capped mountains, glaciers, and high-altitude lakes. As you ascend, the landscape becomes more rugged and barren, with rocky terrain and alpine vegetation. The highlight of the trek is Tilicho Lake, one of the highest lakes in the world at an altitude of 4,919 meters (16,138 feet). The turquoise-colored lake is surrounded by towering mountains and is considered a sacred site by the local people.
The trek is generally considered a challenging one and you need to be in good physical condition to complete it. The altitude can be a significant factor, and it is essential to acclimatize properly to avoid altitude sickness. The best time to do the trek is from March to May and from September to November when the weather is dry and the skies are clear. This Lake Trek is an unforgettable experience for those who love adventure and want to immerse themselves in the stunning natural beauty of the Himalayas.
The best time to go for the Tilicho Lake Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months offer the most favorable weather and optimal trekking conditions in the Annapurna region.
In the spring, the weather is mild, with clear skies, blooming flowers, and rhododendron forests in full bloom. The temperatures gradually rise, and the days become longer, allowing for enjoyable trekking experiences.
During the autumn season, the weather is stable and dry, with clear visibility and pleasant temperatures. The landscapes are beautifully adorned with vibrant colors as the autumn foliage sets in. The trails are less crowded compared to the peak tourist seasons.
During the Tilicho Lake Trek, there are a variety of accommodation options available, ranging from basic teahouses to more comfortable lodges. The teahouses are typically small, family-run establishments that offer basic accommodation and meals.
The lodges, on the other hand, offer more comfortable accommodation, with private rooms and attached bathrooms. The lodges also offer a wider range of food options, including both Nepalese and Western cuisine.
It is important to note that the accommodation options on the trek are limited, and it is recommended that trekkers book in advance to ensure availability.
During the Tilicho Lake Trek, trekkers will be provided with three meals a day, typically consisting of rice, lentils, and vegetables. Meat is also available, but it is recommended that trekkers stick to vegetarian options to avoid the risk of food poisoning.
Trekkers should also bring their own snacks and energy bars to keep them fueled throughout the day. It is also important to stay hydrated, and trekkers should drink at least three liters of water a day to avoid dehydration.
The following is a suggested packing list for the Tilicho Lake Trek:
Upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport, you will be met by our representative who will transfer you to your hotel. You will have the rest of the day to explore the city or rest.
Start from Kathmandu and head towards the Prithvi Highway. Follow the Prithvi Highway and drive towards the west. Pass through the towns of Naubise, Mugling, Dumre, and Besisahar. At Besisahar, turn right towards the Marsyangdi Highway. Follow the Marsyangdi Highway and drive towards the north. Pass through the towns of Bhulbhule, Ngadi, and Chamje. Finally, you will reach Jagat.
Start from the main road in Jagat and follow the trail that leads towards Chamje. You will cross a suspension bridge over the Marsyangdi River and then continue walking on the other side of the river. From there, the trail climbs up through a forested area and you will come across several small villages along the way. After walking for a few hours, you will reach the village of Tal. From Tal, the trail continues towards Dharapani.
From Dharapani, follow the trail that heads north towards the river. You’ll cross a suspension bridge over the Marsyangdi River and then head up a steep ascent. After a while, the trail will level out, and you’ll reach the village of Bagarchhap. From Bagarchhap, the trail heads uphill again, and you’ll pass through several small villages before reaching the town of Chame. Finally, after around 6-7 hours of walking, you’ll reach the town of Chame.
Start early in the morning from Chame. The first part of the trek takes you through dense forests and along the Marsyangdi River. After about 2 to 3 hours of trekking, you will reach the village of Dhukur Pokhari. From Dhukur Pokhari, the trail starts to ascend steeply, and you will have to climb up a series of switchbacks to reach Upper Pisang. Along the way, you will be rewarded with some stunning views of the Annapurna Range, including Annapurna II, III, and IV, as well as Gangapurna and Tilicho Peak. After a few hours of trekking, you will reach Upper Pisang
From Upper Pisang, follow the trail that leads towards the northeast. You will reach the village of Ghyaru after a few hours of walking. And from Ghyaru, continue walking towards the northeast. You will pass through the village of Ngawal after about an hour and a half of walking. The trek involves some steep ascents and descents.
The trail starts with a steep descent for about an hour until you reach the village of Braga. Once you reach Braga, take some time to explore the ancient Gompa (monastery) located on a hilltop. The Gompa offers panoramic views of the valley below. After exploring Braga, continue your trek toward Manang. The trail now gradually ascends, and you’ll pass through several small villages and yak pastures. Along the way, you’ll cross the Marsyangdi River via a suspension bridge and pass through the village of Mungji. Finally, after a few hours of trekking, you’ll reach the village of Manang.
Today, we will take a rest day in Manang, you can explore the village, which has a rich cultural heritage and offers stunning views of the surrounding Himalayas. You can visit the local monasteries and gompas, which are steeped in Tibetan Buddhist traditions and adorned with intricate wall paintings and statues.
From there, follow the main trail that leads to Khangsar. The trail will pass through a series of small villages and settlements along the way. After about 2-3 hours of walking, you will reach a village called Tanki Manang. From here, the trail starts to climb steeply uphill. Cross the stream and follow the trail as it leads you to a plateau. You will see Khangsar village in the distance. Walk down the plateau and cross another small stream. Continue along the trail until you reach the village of Khangsar.
The trek begins with a steady climb out of Khangsar, passing through a series of small villages and terraced fields. You will gradually gain elevation as you approach the high alpine meadows of Shree Kharka. And the trail from Shree Kharka to Tilicho Base Camp is steep and challenging, but the views are spectacular. You will follow a rocky, narrow trail that winds its way up the mountainside, passing through a series of switchbacks and steep ascents. Along the way, you will pass several small streams and waterfalls, and the scenery will become increasingly rugged and dramatic.
Very early in the morning, first of all, we will hike up Tilicho Lake. The hike to Tilicho Lake is a steep and rocky climb. As you approach Tilicho Lake, you will be rewarded with stunning views of the surrounding mountains and the turquoise waters of the lake. Spend some time exploring the area and taking in the natural beauty of Tilicho Lake. After exploring the Tilicho Lake, we will trek back to Base Camp.
From Tilicho Base Camp, follow the trail towards the west, passing through the scenic valley and a series of steep ascents and descents. Cross the stream carefully and continue walking on the trail, which will gradually ascend towards the north. After another hour or so of walking, you will reach a plateau area known as “Khangsar Kharka.” From Khangsar Kharka, the trail gradually descends towards the west. After about an hour of walking, you will reach a suspension bridge over the Marsyangdi River. After about 2-3 hours of walking, you will reach Yak Kharka.
To start your journey, you will need to leave Yak Kharka and follow the trail to the west, which will lead you downhill toward the river. You will cross a bridge and then follow the trail as it winds uphill through a forested area. As you approach Phedi, the trail will become more gradual and you’ll pass through several small villages along the way. Eventually, you’ll reach the town of Phedi.
Very early in the Morning, we will start our trekking because, on this day, we will hike up Thorong La Pass first of all before entering Muktinath. The trekker can experience the stunning views of the Annapurna range and other surrounding peaks from the pass. After reaching the top of the pass, the trekker descends to the village of Muktinath. The trek leads through dense forests, past waterfalls, and rock formations, and through traditional Nepalese villages.
Follow the trail downhill towards the Kali Gandaki River, and cross the river via a suspension bridge. After crossing the bridge, you’ll reach the village of Jharkot. From Jharkot, the trail ascends towards the village of Khingar. Continue walking through apple orchards and fields of buckwheat and barley to reach the village of Jomsom. From Jomsom, follow the trail along the Kali Gandaki River and cross a metal bridge to reach the village of Chhairo from Chhairo, the trail then ascends to the village of Marpha.
From Marpha, head south towards the Kaligandaki River and follow the main road that runs parallel to the river. After driving for about 15 kilometers, you’ll reach the village of Ghasa. Continue driving through Ghasa and continue on the main road. After another 15 kilometers or so, you’ll reach the village of Dana, where you’ll need to turn left and cross the river through a suspension bridge. Once you cross the river, continue on the road and follow the signs toward Tatopani.
From Tatopani, cross the suspension bridge over the Kali Gandaki River and begin walking towards Ghara. The trail will take you through beautiful rhododendron and pine forests, passing through small villages such as Shikha and Chitre. You will also cross a few small streams along the way. After about 4-5 hours of walking, you will reach the village of Ghorepani.
Very early in the morning, we will hike up Poon Hill. From the top of Poon Hill, trekkers can enjoy stunning views of the surrounding mountain ranges, including Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Dhaulagiri, and Machhapuchhre. After enjoying mesmerizing views of the mountain and sunrise, we will back to Ghorepani. And from Ghorepani, we will take a local bus and slowly drive toward Pokhara. As you drive towards Pokhara, you will pass through several small towns and villages. Once you arrive in Pokhara, you will find a range of accommodation options, restaurants, and activities to enjoy. The city is known for its stunning natural beauty, including the famous Phewa Lake, and is a popular destination for adventure sports such as paragliding and trekking.
To drive back from Pokhara to Kathmandu, you will need to follow the Prithvi Highway. Continue driving on the Prithvi Highway for about 126 km until you reach Mugling. This is the point where the Narayangadh-Mugling road connects with the Prithvi Highway. Once you reach Mugling, you will need to take a left turn and cross the bridge over the Trishuli River. After crossing the bridge, continue driving on the Prithvi Highway for another 25 km until you reach the town of Naubise. At Naubise, you will need to take a right turn towards Thankot. From Thankot, continue driving toward Kathmandu until you reach your destination.
This will be your last day in Nepal and on this day at the hotel lobby, there will be a guide who is with you in the trekking period. From the hotel, you will drive toward the international airport and see you take off from Nepal and also hope that you will give a chance to serve you again.