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Tilicho Lake Trek

Trek to a high and wild mountain lake - Snow Leopard country - Magnificent views of Annapurna range peaks

All Meals on Trek Included

Duration

13 Days

Grade

Moderate / Challenging

Max Altitude

4910m

Walking Days

8 Days

Accommodation

2 Nts Hotels - 10 Nts Trekking Lodges

Trip Overview

Wild trekking to one of the world’s highest lakes.

Although Tilicho Lake is claimed to be the highest lake in the world and at over 4900m there’s no doubt it’s a high altitude lake. It rather depends on what lake classification is used though. For example, Lake Titicaca is a good 1100m lower than Tilicho Lake! Both spectacular, remote and wild Tilicho is the realm of the snow leopard too. Indeed the snow leopard population above Manang and in the Tilicho area are the subject of an ongoing study. Utilising the jeep road that now extends to Manang has its benefits. So, the first couple of days trekking are on a section of the main Annapurna Circuit Trail to Manang to afford some sensible acclimatisation before heading to the high ramparts of Tilicho itself. This trek can also readily be combined with our Full Annapurna Circuit Trek, or the Best of the Annapurna Circuit Trek. Indeed the trek duration can also be lengthened or shortened, although due consideration still needs to be afforded to sensible acclimatisation when considering shortening this trek and utilising the jeep road further. Don’t forget our trekking holidays are tailor-made and although the rate of altitude gains are reasonable you may wish to consider additional acclimatisation days, rest days and even contingency days added.The itinerary is merely a suggested itinerary and is not entirely 'set in stone'. Sleeping bags (4 season) will be required for nights spent in trekking lodges. We can arrange sleeping bag rental if required.

You can also combine this trek with our Full Annapurna Circuit Trek or Best of the Annapurna Circuit Trek to make a longer trek

Wild trekking to one of the world’s highest lakes.

  • Although Tilicho Lake is claimed to be the highest lake in the world and at over 4900m there’s no doubt it’s a high altitude lake. It rather depends on what lake classification is used though. For example, Lake Titicaca is a good 1100m lower than Tilicho Lake! Both spectacular, remote and wild Tilicho is the realm of the snow leopard too. Indeed the snow leopard population above Manang and in the Tilicho area are the subject of an ongoing study. Utilising the jeep road that now extends to Manang has its benefits. So, the first couple of days trekking are on a section of the main Annapurna Circuit Trail to Manang to afford some sensible acclimatisation before heading to the high ramparts of Tilicho itself. This trek can also readily be combined with our Full Annapurna Circuit Trek, or the Best of the Annapurna Circuit Trek. Indeed the trek duration can also be lengthened or shortened, although due consideration still needs to be afforded to sensible acclimatisation when considering shortening this trek and utilising the jeep road further. Don’t forget our trekking holidays are tailor-made and although the rate of altitude gains are reasonable you may wish to consider additional acclimatisation days, rest days and even contingency days added.The itinerary is merely a suggested itinerary and is not entirely 'set in stone'. Sleeping bags (4 season) will be required for nights spent in trekking lodges. We can arrange sleeping bag rental if required.

    You can also combine this trek with our Full Annapurna Circuit Trek or Best of the Annapurna Circuit Trek to make a longer trek

Example Itinerary

    • Day 1
      Arrive Kathmandu
    • Day 2
      Overland to Chame
    • Day 3
      Trek to Upper Pisang
    • Day 4
      Trek to Ngawal
    • Day 5
      Trek to Manang
    • Day 6
      Acclimatisation Day in Manang
    • Day 7
      Trek to Khangsar
    • Day 8
      Trek to Tilicho Base Camp
    • Day 9
      Tilicho Lake and to Siri Kharka
    • Day 10
      Trek to Manang
    • Day 11
      Drive to Besisahar
    • Day 12
      Drive to Kathmandu
    • Day 13
      Depart Nepal
  • DAY
    1

    Arrive Kathmandu

    Arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you'll be met and receive a private transfer for the short distance into central Kathmandu and to the "KGH" Hotel in the heart of the Thamel district. You'll be given a briefing on your forthcoming adventure, and in the evening can take dinner at your leisure in one of the many choices of cafes & restaurants in Kathmandu, although the open air courtyard cafe of the KGH Hotel is as good as anywhere.

    Accommodation: KGH Hotel - Kathmandu
    Included Meals: None

    DAY 1

    Arrive Kathmandu

    Arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you'll be met and receive a private transfer for the short distance into central Kathmandu and to the "KGH" Hotel in the heart of the Thamel district. You'll be given a briefing on your forthcoming adventure, and in the evening can take dinner at your leisure in one of the many choices of cafes & restaurants in Kathmandu, although the open air courtyard cafe of the KGH Hotel is as good as anywhere.

    Accommodation: KGH Hotel - Kathmandu
    Included Meals: None

    DAY
    2

    Overland to Chame

    It's an arduous full days drive today (around 10-12hrs) as a private vehicle takes you from Kathmandu along the main highway to Besishar. Here you’ll change to a 4WD vehicle to then turn toward the mountains on an increasingly rough and ready jeep road that follows the Marsyangdi River Valley as far as Chame (2713m).

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge - Chame
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Find out more about Trekking Lodges

    DAY 2

    Overland to Chame

    It's an arduous full days drive today (around 10-12hrs) as a private vehicle takes you from Kathmandu along the main highway to Besishar. Here you’ll change to a 4WD vehicle to then turn toward the mountains on an increasingly rough and ready jeep road that follows the Marsyangdi River Valley as far as Chame (2713m).

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge - Chame
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Find out more about Trekking Lodges

    DAY
    3

    Trek to Upper Pisang

    Now on the Annapurna Circuit your trek begins as you climb further up into the Marsyangdi Valley and which involves several crossings of the river (via suspension bridges) to emerge above forests and to a more open grazing landscape affording particularly good views of Annapurna 2 and onto Upper Pisang (3300m). For the trek up to Manang it is impossible to avoid walking on the jeep road at times. Walking time is around 5hrs

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge - Upper Pisang
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 3

    Trek to Upper Pisang

    Now on the Annapurna Circuit your trek begins as you climb further up into the Marsyangdi Valley and which involves several crossings of the river (via suspension bridges) to emerge above forests and to a more open grazing landscape affording particularly good views of Annapurna 2 and onto Upper Pisang (3300m). For the trek up to Manang it is impossible to avoid walking on the jeep road at times. Walking time is around 5hrs

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge - Upper Pisang
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY
    4

    Trek to Ngawal

    Todays walk continues to climb higher up from the valley floor and along the upper slopes. The Tibetan influence becomes more apparent in terms of the villages you pass through with their Buddhist monuments. Passing through Gyaru (3680m) you walk as far as Ngawal. Overall this takes around 4hrs walking and a height gain of 300m. A relatively short day to help the body acclimatise.

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge - Ngawal
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 4

    Trek to Ngawal

    Todays walk continues to climb higher up from the valley floor and along the upper slopes. The Tibetan influence becomes more apparent in terms of the villages you pass through with their Buddhist monuments. Passing through Gyaru (3680m) you walk as far as Ngawal. Overall this takes around 4hrs walking and a height gain of 300m. A relatively short day to help the body acclimatise.

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge - Ngawal
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY
    5

    Trek to Manang

    The walk starts by dropping down towards the lower part of the valley and back onto the principle Annapurna Circuit trail as you head steadily up to the very Tibetan village of Manang (3540m). Walking time is around 4-5hrs.

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge - Manang
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 5

    Trek to Manang

    The walk starts by dropping down towards the lower part of the valley and back onto the principle Annapurna Circuit trail as you head steadily up to the very Tibetan village of Manang (3540m). Walking time is around 4-5hrs.

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge - Manang
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY
    6

    Acclimatisation Day in Manang

    Now at 3500m it’s vital to have an acclimatisation day before proceeding any higher. An acclimatisation day isn’t a rest day, although you can rest if you need to. Rather an acclimatisation day is best served as a day hike to get a little higher before returning to a lower altitude to sleep.There are quite a few options for a day walk to aid the acclimatisation process, dependent upon how well you are doing so far. A long day’s hike can take you up to the Ice Lake, or a shorter walk to Gangapurna Lake or Milarepa’s Cave. But, if you can, it’s a good idea to try and gain an additional 300m of altitude and descend back down to Manang.

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge - Manang
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 6

    Acclimatisation Day in Manang

    Now at 3500m it’s vital to have an acclimatisation day before proceeding any higher. An acclimatisation day isn’t a rest day, although you can rest if you need to. Rather an acclimatisation day is best served as a day hike to get a little higher before returning to a lower altitude to sleep.There are quite a few options for a day walk to aid the acclimatisation process, dependent upon how well you are doing so far. A long day’s hike can take you up to the Ice Lake, or a shorter walk to Gangapurna Lake or Milarepa’s Cave. But, if you can, it’s a good idea to try and gain an additional 300m of altitude and descend back down to Manang.

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge - Manang
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY
    7

    Trek to Khangsar

    Leaving Manang and crossing the Khangsar Khola you have now left the Annapurna Circuit trail too and the trail you follow climbs up and up to Khangsar (3740m), a small village of around 300 people. A recent jeep road up to Khangsar can’t be avoided. Walking time approx.5-6hrs.

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge - Khangsar
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 7

    Trek to Khangsar

    Leaving Manang and crossing the Khangsar Khola you have now left the Annapurna Circuit trail too and the trail you follow climbs up and up to Khangsar (3740m), a small village of around 300 people. A recent jeep road up to Khangsar can’t be avoided. Walking time approx.5-6hrs.

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge - Khangsar
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY
    8

    Trek to Tilicho Base Camp

    Passing a monastery, you will continue the trek on a recently constructed path, up toward a high ridge. Things soon start to feel really quite wild now. Further ahead a newer path climbs higher and higher to reach a crest. From the crest a sharp descent via a series of switchbacks carved out of the slopes drops to a small valley and stream. On the opposite side is a lodge otherwise known as the Tilicho Base Camp (4135m). Walking time approx. 5-6hrs.

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge - Tilicho Base Camp
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 8

    Trek to Tilicho Base Camp

    Passing a monastery, you will continue the trek on a recently constructed path, up toward a high ridge. Things soon start to feel really quite wild now. Further ahead a newer path climbs higher and higher to reach a crest. From the crest a sharp descent via a series of switchbacks carved out of the slopes drops to a small valley and stream. On the opposite side is a lodge otherwise known as the Tilicho Base Camp (4135m). Walking time approx. 5-6hrs.

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge - Tilicho Base Camp
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY
    9

    Tilicho Lake and to Siri Kharka

    Tilicho Lake is not at Tilicho Base Camp and as there’s no lodge accommodation anywhere nearer the lake than this, to visit the lake you must hike up from 4135m to the lake at just over 4900m. Those adventurous enough to tackle the challenging Mesokanto Pass and ultimately trek down to Jomsom would camp by the lake and spend a very chilly night here. This is still by far the toughest day of the trek and with much being between 4000m and almost 5000m anyone in reasonable doubt of their physical capabilities, or wanting to spend a lot of time up at Tilicho Lake should seriously consider making this day two days (adding an extra day to the trip duration) by trekking up to Tilicho Lake and back to Tilicho Base Camp only. Physical effort and challenge is worth it though as this is a real mountain wilderness and usually bitterly cold up here at the lake too. Winter time can be particularly brutal and the lake is often frozen during the winter months. An early start is essential to make the 3.5hr or longer trek up to Tilicho Lake. After exploring the lake area that is surrounded by icy peaks and the realm of the blue sheep and the snow leopard you’ll then head back down to Tilicho Base Camp, which should take around 2hrs. After lunch at Tilicho Base Camp you then return along the trail that brought you here as far as a lodge in an area known as Siri Kharka (4060m), which is around 3hrs walking from Tilicho Base Camp. Total walking time approx. 8-9hrs.

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge - Siri Kharka
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 9

    Tilicho Lake and to Siri Kharka

    Tilicho Lake is not at Tilicho Base Camp and as there’s no lodge accommodation anywhere nearer the lake than this, to visit the lake you must hike up from 4135m to the lake at just over 4900m. Those adventurous enough to tackle the challenging Mesokanto Pass and ultimately trek down to Jomsom would camp by the lake and spend a very chilly night here. This is still by far the toughest day of the trek and with much being between 4000m and almost 5000m anyone in reasonable doubt of their physical capabilities, or wanting to spend a lot of time up at Tilicho Lake should seriously consider making this day two days (adding an extra day to the trip duration) by trekking up to Tilicho Lake and back to Tilicho Base Camp only. Physical effort and challenge is worth it though as this is a real mountain wilderness and usually bitterly cold up here at the lake too. Winter time can be particularly brutal and the lake is often frozen during the winter months. An early start is essential to make the 3.5hr or longer trek up to Tilicho Lake. After exploring the lake area that is surrounded by icy peaks and the realm of the blue sheep and the snow leopard you’ll then head back down to Tilicho Base Camp, which should take around 2hrs. After lunch at Tilicho Base Camp you then return along the trail that brought you here as far as a lodge in an area known as Siri Kharka (4060m), which is around 3hrs walking from Tilicho Base Camp. Total walking time approx. 8-9hrs.

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge - Siri Kharka
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY
    10

    Trek to Manang

    To make the trek a little more interesting and avoid following the same trail you ascended on back down to Manang, there’s another trail from Siri Kharka that those ultimately heading for the Thorung La and thus re-joining the Annapurna Circuit use. So, instead of heading down, you’ll be ascending instead as the trail climbs steeply at first above Siri Kharka past Thare Gompa and there are some great views to enjoy on this detour too. As the uphill gradient eases you contour the mountain side to “Old Khangsar”, which is just a few scattered buildings. Beyond here it’s mostly descent to join the Annapurna Circuit trail and a further 1.5hrs to Manang. Total walking time approx. 5-6hrs.

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge - Manang.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 10

    Trek to Manang

    To make the trek a little more interesting and avoid following the same trail you ascended on back down to Manang, there’s another trail from Siri Kharka that those ultimately heading for the Thorung La and thus re-joining the Annapurna Circuit use. So, instead of heading down, you’ll be ascending instead as the trail climbs steeply at first above Siri Kharka past Thare Gompa and there are some great views to enjoy on this detour too. As the uphill gradient eases you contour the mountain side to “Old Khangsar”, which is just a few scattered buildings. Beyond here it’s mostly descent to join the Annapurna Circuit trail and a further 1.5hrs to Manang. Total walking time approx. 5-6hrs.

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge - Manang.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY
    11

    Drive to Besisahar

    It’s a long days drive down the bumpy and rather arduous jeep road in a 4WD vehicle to Besisahar that will probably take pretty much the whole day. Before the jeep road Besisahar was the “road head” and the usual starting point for the Annapurna Circuit.

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge - Besisahar
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 11

    Drive to Besisahar

    It’s a long days drive down the bumpy and rather arduous jeep road in a 4WD vehicle to Besisahar that will probably take pretty much the whole day. Before the jeep road Besisahar was the “road head” and the usual starting point for the Annapurna Circuit.

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge - Besisahar
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY
    12

    Drive to Kathmandu

    Into a private vehicle and at least today’s drive back to Kathmandu is on a better road surface than yesterday as you join the main highway to return to the capital. It usually takes around 6hrs, so if you get an early start you should arrive back in Kathmandu in time for some last minute souvenir shopping.

    Accommodation: KGH Hotel - Kathmandu
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

    DAY 12

    Drive to Kathmandu

    Into a private vehicle and at least today’s drive back to Kathmandu is on a better road surface than yesterday as you join the main highway to return to the capital. It usually takes around 6hrs, so if you get an early start you should arrive back in Kathmandu in time for some last minute souvenir shopping.

    Accommodation: KGH Hotel - Kathmandu
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

    DAY
    13

    Depart Nepal

    A private transfer will take you to the airport for your return international flight.

    Included Meals: Breakfast

    Of course there's no reason to depart today, your Nepal holiday can be readily tailor-made

    DAY 13

    Depart Nepal

    A private transfer will take you to the airport for your return international flight.

    Included Meals: Breakfast

    Of course there's no reason to depart today, your Nepal holiday can be readily tailor-made

    IMPORTANT

    This is an EXAMPLE ITINERARY and can be customised for you accordingly.

    Please consider whether you want your customisable, private trip itinerary to also include CONTINGENCY.

    See our ABOUT CONTINGENCY Information

    Please CONTACT US to discuss CONTINGENCY and ADDITIONAL ACCLIMATISATION, as well as other CUSTOMISATION POSSIBILITES for your PRIVATE CUSTOM TREK

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Price based on a private party of 4 persons, twin share rooms, low season.
  • £ GBP 1249
  • $ US 1695
  • € EUR 1488

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