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Tilicho Lake at 4920m collects the glacial melt of the entire northern slopes of Annapurna and Thorong Peak. The lake sits at the foot of the extensive glacier system of the great barrier, the highest point of which is Tilicho Peak (7134m).
It is claimed to be the highest lake in the world. The glaciers terminate in a vertical wall of ice 70m high that forms the west shore of the lake.
This challenging trip to Tilicho Lake is an adventurous add on to the Annapurna Circuit for a superb rewards of high altitude views of both the lake and its snow bound ridge between Khangsar Kang (7485m) and Nilgiri North (7061m).
The trek starts from Besisahar which goes along the Marshyangdi River, with great views of Manaslu and Himal Chuli to the east.
This magnificent trek leads us to the fine village inhabited by a wide diversity of people from different ethnic groups, offering spectacular and majestic views of the white Himalayas.
Our trek route goes to the main valley to the west passes through the Khanshar Village and trek up to Tilicho Lake from where we descend to Yak Kharka and then climb up to cross Thorung La pass at an elevation of 5416m.
After the pass the trek leads down to Muktinath from where we drive to Jomsom, and take a twenty five minutes scenic flight to Pokhara.
Price: USD 1599
Activities: 16 Days Trekking
Duration: 19 Days
Trek Style: Classic
Accommodation: 2 Nights Hotel in Kathmandu, 1 night Hotel in Pokhara and 15 Days in Lodge/Guest House during Trek
Meals: Full Board during Trek and Breakfasts, Welcome and Farewell meals in Kathmandu/Pokhara
Transportation:Private Vehicles/ Flights
Maximum Altitude:5,416m (17,770ft) at Thorung La
Arrive at Kathmandu International Airport where you will be warmly welcomed by our representative and check in to the hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore this historic and vibrant city. Meals: Welcome Dinner
We start early to Besisahar, the starting point of the trek. Our adventure begins passing through many small villages on the way that will fascinate us with snippets of every day living in the lowland villages. Meals: Breakfast
On the first day of our trek we start on a dirt road and at the northern end of the Besi Sahar, we follow a rough rock staircase down to the Puwa Khola and join the road to Khudi (830m), the first Gurung village on the trek. We cross the suspension bridge, rejoin the raod on the other side of Khudi and continue to Bhulbule (840m). Himalchuli and Manaslu II at 7879m dominate the horizon. Now leaving the road we cross suspension bridge over Marsyangdi Khola from where the trail travels up past an impressive 60m waterfall surrounded by tropical tree screw pine and making our way through rice terraces with the continuing views of Manaslu and Ngadi Chuli we reach Ngadi (900m). Crossing Sisneri Khola we reach a Tibetan settlement and porters stop and making its way between hills and the river, passing a signposted detour to hot springs and then ascend steeply to a well placed rest stop from where we climb to through bamboo grooves to Bahundanda. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
After breakfast, we descend through amphitheatre shaped rice terraces along a steep vertical cliff, lush forests, and some culturally intriguing villages. We start gradually walking up after crossing suspension bridge in the Marshyangdi River and reach Jagat (1330m) from where we walk on a rocky trail to Chamje. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
We cross a suspension bridge in Marshyangdi River and pfassing under a house sized boulder we climb a rocky trail and a steep stone staircase to Sattale (1480m). Now climb past fields and bamboo and rhododendron and make a short descent to Tal Besi (1590m). Now the trail crests a ridge topped by a razor wired army base to enter Manang district and the opens into a large plain. At the foot of a large waterfall, is Tal (1700m). From Tal the trail head north and cross a suspension bridge and continue through the cliffy way right above the river and reach Dharapani (1960m). Beyond Dharapani, the wide trail climbs gradually over a spur through a forest of blue pine, spruce, hemlock, maple and oak to reach Bagarchhap after half an hour. Bagarchhap is the first village on the trek with typical Tibetan architecture. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Now entering the Manang Valley we continue up with views of high Himalayan peaks to the south. Climbing through forests of pine and fir we reach Danaque also called Syal Khola (2210m) after where we climb steeply, crisscrossing sections of road through rhododendron forest to reach the scruffy settlement of Timang (2630m). Finally climbing through the forest we cross two traditional villages of Thanchowk and Koto and reach a large village of Chame. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
A narrow steep path through a very dense pine forest will bring us to the dramatic curved rock face, rising 1500m from the river. As the trail opens up we will be surrounded by Himalayan Peaks all the way to Pisang. We will have an extra half an hour climb towards a big hill to reach Upper Pisang. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Today we continue through the drier upper part of the Manang district, cut off from the full effect of the monsoon by the Annapurna Range. People of this region herd the yaks & raise crops for part of the year. Leaving Pisang, we have alternate trails north and south of the Marsyangdi River which meets up again at Mungji. The southern route by Hongde, with its airstrip, at 3325m involves less climbing than the northern route via Ghyaru, though there are better views on the trail that follows the northern bank of the river. From Mungji, the trail continues past the picturesque but partially hidden village of Bryanga at 3475m to nearby Manang. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Today we spend a day acclimatizing in Manang. The whole day we spend doing some fine day walks and over viewing the magnificent views around the village & the day time is best to gain altitude. At the end of the day, we return back to our accommodation. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
We continue our adventure for Tilicho Lake, from Manang heading out through the western gate and then following the path down to the river. After crossing the Khangsar Khola on the bridge below Khangsar we ascend the slope to the old Tibetan style village and which is also known as last village of Nepal. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
From Khangsar village we continue on a large path pass a monastery. The route ahead goes on a recently constructed path up towards a high ridge to the junction from where 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 later is the new path on which we continue to reach a high crest, and descend on switch backs carved out through the screed slopes to a side valley. At its bottom is a brook. On the other side of it is a building known as Tilicho Base Camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Today our journey start early in the morning to avoid the wind. From Base camp to the Tilicho Lake takes 3-4 hours. Tilicho Lake is a cold barren place in the afternoon and claimed as highest lake of the world. After we spend some time around Tilicho Lake we return back to Base Camp as there are no any accommodation facilities at Tilicho Lake area. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Returning from Base camp we keep high and follow a track 400m or so above Khangsar village passing through the ruins of old Khangsar and follow an unmarked trail which will lead us around and down to cross the river on an old log bridge between Gumsang and Yak Kharka. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
We make our way to the foot of the pass, Throng Phedi. A small place although busy settlement catering to the needs of trekkers and climbers. It is situated at the bottom of the Thorong La pass. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Starting early in the morning for the long day trek switchbacking up moraines and following rocky ridges. As we cross over at an altitude of 5416m we can be exposed to strong winds if crossing too late. We start to climb steeply on a regularly used and easy trail. However, the problem may arise due to the altitude and snow. It often causes terrible problems to cross the pass if it is covered by snow but it is all depends on the weather condition. About four hours climb takes us to the pass marked by the chortens and prayer flags. As we reach the top we are rewarded with the magnificent view of mountains. From here another 4 hours trek will take us to the holy town of Muktinath in the evening. Muktinath means place of Nirvana. It is a scared pilgrimage site to both Hindus and Buddhists. The Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and has 108 waterspouts around it from which Holy water pours. Another attraction nearby is the Jwala Mai Temple which has a spring and an eternal flame fed by natural underground gas. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
From Muktinath we trek to Jomsom. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
From Jomsom we take 15 minutes Trans Himalayan flight to Pokhara that takes us through two high peaks Annapurna and Dhaulagiri giving us a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the best views of surrounding Himalayas. You have full afternoon at Pokhara in leisure on your own. Meals: Breakfast
We return back to Kathmandu on a scenic drive through cultivated lands and local villages. In the evening you will be invited to join FAREWELL reviewing great photos and share experiences of the trip. Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
If you prefer to stay longer, you can consult us for short tours such as game drive at National parks, rafting, mountain biking, Tibet, India or Bhutan tours etc. Meals: Breakfast
This was challenging a trip to Tilicho Lake and adventurous add on to the Annapurna Circuit for a superb rewards of high altitude views of both the lake and its snow bound ridge between Khangsar Kang and Nilgiri North.
Sujan was great help from start to finish. Guide Kamal and porter Raj both were excellent.
We started from Besisahar which goes along the Marshyangdi River, with great views of Manaslu and Himal Chuli to the east. This magnificent trek leads us to the fine village inhabited by a wide diversity of people from different ethnic groups, offering spectacular and majestic views of the white Himalayas. Our trek route goes to the main valley to the west passes through the Khanshar Village and trek up to Tilicho Lake from where we descend to Yak Kharka and then climb up to cross Thorung La pass at an elevation of 5416m. After the pass the trek leads down to Muktinath from where we drive to Jomsom, and take a twenty five minutes scenic flight to Pokhara. Then we had farewell dinner with Sujan and team