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Tilicho Lake Trek in Annapurna Region

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18 days
Availability : October through June
Kathmandu, Nepal
Min Age : 14+
Home » Holiday Packages » Annapurna Region » Tilicho Lake Trek in Annapurna Region

Tilicho Lake Trek is one of the best treks in the Annapurna Region. The Tilicho is the highest lake in the world, situated in Nepal’s Annapurna mountain range at an altitude of 4,919 metres. The lake collects the glacial melt of the entire Annapurna mountain range and is a spectacle you have to see to believe: the views across the lake are incredibly beautiful.

The Thorung La Pass is the highest point of the Annapurna circuit trek, 5,416 metres above sea level. It is the most popular pass chosen by trekkers wishing to circumnavigate Tilicho Lake. 

We are delighted to offer our customers the opportunity to participate in a Tilicho Lake and Thorung La Pass trek. It is similar to the Annapurna circuit trek but offers more opportunities to enjoy lake views and explore the rich and various cultures of many small Nepalese mountain villages.

Incredible Views, Amazing Flora and Fauna on Tilicho Lake Trek

One of the most amazing factors of choosing this trek is the incredible array of flora and fauna that you can see on your journey. Visitors interested in native Nepalese wildlife often have the opportunity to see the Himalayan Mountains goat and the elusive snow leopard throughout the trek. Trekkers will also enjoy views of some of Nepal’s most famous peaks whilst enjoying high-quality dining and lodge sleeping experiences as part of their trek.

When to go to Tilicho Lake Trek?

There is no bad time to take part in this journey. However, the best times of year to visit Nepal if you wish to do the trek are during the spring, autumn, or winter seasons. Most visitors avoid participating in this trek during the summer months of July and August, although the region is still very beautiful.

The trek is considered very safe. Although some parts of the trek are considered strenuous, it is the ideal route for active adventurers and enthusiasts who have taken part in a mountain trek.

Tour Details

Departure & Return Location

Kathmandu, Nepal

Departure Time

between 7 – 8 am

Price Includes

  • Airport pickup and drop- off by car
  • 2 nights twin sharing room in Kathmandu inclusive of breakfast
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with a cup of tea / coffee in each meal during the trek
  • Twin sharing room at guest houses / lodges during the trek
  • 1 English speaking guide and 1 shared porter for 2 persons
  • Surface transfer between Kathmandu and Benshisahar on private car; then drive to Jagat on local jeep
  • Surface transfer from Muktinath to Jomsom in local jeep
  • Annapurna conservation & TIMS permit
  • 1 night twin sharing standard accommodation in Pokhara, inclusive of breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara
  • Surface transfer between Pokhara and Kathmandu on private car

Price Excludes

  • Any meals in Kathmandu other than breakfast
  • Travel insurance
  • Any Private Expenses
  • International airfare to and from Nepal
  • Nepal visa
  • Any kind of bottled drinks
  • Staff tipping


  • Company T-Shirt
  • Trekking duffle bag
  • Farewell dinner

What to Expect

  • The pristine Tilicho lake, the highest lake in the world
  • Trek over the pass of 5416 metres, the Thorung La Pass
  • Incredible views, amazing flora and fauna
  • Visit Muktinath, the place of Nirvana
  • Experience guide and helpful porter are provided
  • Accommodation, meals and all travel logistics are included


Day 1Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m), at the Tribhuwan International Airport

One of our company Representatives will display your name card at the airport. After meeting and welcoming you, transfer to the hotel (6-7 km). Overnight at hotel. B.B.

Day 2 Jeep drive from Kathmandu to Jagat (1290m)

We will introduce you to your guide at your hotel. Then, after breakfast, start your journey to Jagat (200 km., 7 – 8 hours drive), a scenic drive through the Prithvi highway, river gorges, and villages. Overnight at Guest House. B.L.D.

Day 3Trek to Tal (1675m, 5 -6 hours walking)

Today you will start your first day walking following the Marshyandi river; and the rocky trail and reach Tal village, a nice dome valley and the first village in the Manang district. Overnight at Guest House. B.L.D.

Day 4Trek to Danaque (2210m, 5-6 hours walking)

Today you will walk through a wider and flat valley, then continue your walk uphill and downhill to Dharapani, which is at 1890m; the Tibetan-influenced village where you will see and walk through a religious stone entrance. You will then walk to Bagarchhap at 2160m, a village with stone-roofed houses; then, you will walk through pine forests and religious mani-walls before you reach Danaque. Overnight at Guest House. B.L.D.

Day 5Trek to Chame (2630m, 4 hours walking)

With rough and rocky trails, you will ascend to Tyanja at 2360m, walk through the forest and river bank and reach Chame village, a quite big settlement as it is the central headquarter of the Manang district. Overnight at Guest House. B.L.D.

Day 6Trek to Pisang (3300m, 5-6 hours walking)

Today you will walk through the deep forest with some ascent and descent, crossing the Marshyangdi river on a long bridge at 2910m. Then you will cross another bridge at the elevation of 3040m, from where the view of the soaring Paungda Danda rock face begins to appear. Now you are above the elevation of 3000m, and the valley opens wider and wider. Finally, you will reach Pisang after a short walk through the open valley. Overnight at Guest House. B.L.D.

Day 7Trek to Manang (3500m, 4 hours walking)

Today’s walking will be a pleasure; walking through the pine forest and wider open valley, enjoying the landscapes, blue sky; tranquillity of the environment; and just 4 hours of easy walking to Manang. Overnight at Guest House. B.L.D.

Day 8Acclimatization day

Today you will spend the day making a side trip to the cave just above the Manang village (approx. 4200m) or visit the Ganga Purna Glacier lake. Overnight at Guest House. B.L.D.

Day 9Trek to Khangsar Village (3700m - 4 hours walking)

Now your adventure starts from here for Tilicho Lake! It is just west of Manang; you will walk following the Khangsar river and reach Khansar village, a traditional village; influenced by Tibetan culture. Overnight at Guest House. B.L.D.

Day 10Trek to Tilicho Base Camp (4200m, 5-6 hours walking)

You will walk through a wider path passing a monastery, and follow the newly constructed trail uphill toward the ridge. Today’s walking could be quite tough but equally interesting and amazing. Once you reach Tilicho Base Camp, you will quickly forget all your tiredness; and be relaxed in the tranquil environment. Overnight at Guest House. B.L.D.

Day 11Day trip to Tilicho Lake (5200m, 6-7 hours walking up and down)

We advise you to start your walk early in the morning (between 5-6 am), which takes about 3-4 hours to reach Tilicho Lake, the pristine highest lake in the world. After taking photos and looking around, you will return to the Base Camp, as there is no guesthouse in Tilicho Lake. Overnight at Guest House. B.L.D.

Day 12Trek to Yak Kharka (4200m, 5-6 hours walking)

Walking downhill through Tenki Manang village and leaving Marshyangdi valley, you will reach Yak Kharka, pasture land for Yak and Sheep. Overnight at Guest House. B.L.D.

Day 13 Trek to Phedi (4450m) or High camp (4600m), 5-6 hours walking

You will make a short ascend to cross the river at 4310 and make another ascend to reach Phedi. If you feel okay and still have enough stamina, it is better to consider going to High Camp for an overnight stay to make your next-day journey to Thorung La Pass easy. Overnight at Guest House. B.L.D.

Day 15Trek over Thorung La (5416m) and trek down to Muktinath (3800m) - 7-8 hours walking

Today’s journey will be quite tough, but you will forget all your tiredness, as your goal is to reach the Thorung La. It’s also considerable to start the Journey early morning, between 5 and 6 am and reach the top of Thorung la just after sunrise. Once you are at the top, you will be overwhelmed with nature’s beauty. After taking photos, you walk down to Muktinath. Overnight at Guest House. B.L.D.


Muktinath means a place of Nirvana! The temple of Muktinath is dedicated to lord Vishnu, and some Buddhist monasteries nearby. The place of Muktinath is a secret place for Hinduism and Buddhism. There are 108 spring waterspouts that run forever and surround the Muktinath temple.

Many pilgrims from India and Nepal visit this place to pay homage to Muktinath, especially in September. It’s believed that all the sorrows you feel are relieved when you bathe in 108 waterspouts and pay respect to the temple of Muktinath. Another highlight or attraction near the temple is the Jwala Mai temple; there is an eternal flame lit up by natural gas inside the temple).

Day 16 Drive to Jomsom (2713m, 2 hours drive)

Travel on Local Jeep

Grab the opportunity to experience yourself travelling in a local jeep in the trans-Himalayan range with dusty, bumpy roads. If you travel again after 5 or 10 years, you may not get this opportunity as the road may have been constructed with cement concrete by that time. Overnight at Guest House. B.L.D.

Day 17Flight to Pokhara (20 minute flight)

Return to Pokhara from Jomsom

Flights are operated early morning between Pokhara and Jomsom. Thus, it would be best if you got up earlier, packed up your stuff and get ready for a 20-minute flight back to Pokhara. Overnight at Hotel. B.L.D.

Afternoon: Free time for relaxation or sightseeing.

Day 18Drive to Kathmandu (200 k.m, 6 hours drive)

A scenic drive through Prithivi highway to Kathmandu (5/6 hours). Overnight at Hotel. B.B.


Transfer to the Airport for your onward journey. Farewell!

Abbreviation: B.B>Bed and breakfast, B.L.D> Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Trip Option / Extension

Mesokanto La Pass (5099m)

If you wish to make this trek more adventurous, here is an alternative trail to reach Jomsom, avoiding the traditional route via Thorung La Pass (5416m).

For this, you need to spend 2 nights in a tent. The itinerary will go as follow:

Day 01: From Tilicho Lake, trek over Mesokanto La Pass (5099m) and trek down to Nama Phu (3500m), 6 hours walking. Overnight at tent.

Day 02: Trek to Thinigaon (3280m, 6 hours walking)

Day 03: Trek to Jomsom (4 hours walking)

Trip Option / Extension from Jomsom

Day 01: From Jomsom, take a local jeep/bus to Tatopani (1200m, 49 k.m, 5 – 6 hours drive).


  • Driving through the deepest Kaligandaki gorge in the world.
  • Then, enjoy a natural hot spring at Tatopani on the bank of Kaligandaki river.

Day 02: Trek to Poon Hill (3210m), famous for the incredible sunrise and Himalayan range.

Day 03: Trek to Ghandruk (2000m), the finest traditional Gurung village.

Day 04: Trek to Kimchi and drive to Pokhara.


Annapurna Circuit Trek Map including Tilicho Lake
Annapurna Circuit Trek Map including Tilicho Lake


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Solo Traveller

The Tilicho Lake Trek with Nepal Hiking and our guide Ram and the teams Hari and Kumar was an incredible experience! The trek was well-organized, the guides were knowledgeable and friendly, and the safety measures were excellent. The landscapes were stunning, the trails challenging but rewarding, and the highlight was reaching Tilicho Lake, a breathtaking gem. The Nepal Hiking team provided great support with accommodation, meals, and transportation. We highly recommend the Tilicho Lake Trek with Nepal Hiking for an unforgettable Himalayan adventure.

15 January 2023
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