Govt. Regd. #: 2617/075
Group Size
1-10 People
Trip Grade
Tea House / Lodge
Max. Elevation
4,919 m
B / L / D
Local bus / Jeep
Best Season
Mar - May & Sept - Nov

Tilicho Lake at an altitude of (4,949m) is a well-known place for pilgrimages and one of the popular side hike of Annapurna Circuit trek. Hence, as we go to the high altitude to triumph over the view of the lake is not an easy task, but this trip is truly exciting, thrilling and more or less rewarding. Though trekking Tilicho Lake is a challenging trekking route it is definitely one of the finest trekking routes in the Annapurna region. It is sometimes also called as the highest lake for its size in the world. The hike takes an additional 3–4 days. No campings are required as new lodges have been built now.  Tilicho Lake Trek displays scenic view of much of the eastern side of the epic world-famous Annapurna circuit with sublime natural beauty, cultural and traditional values, stunning waterfalls and running clean water streams, and attractive floras and faunas. You can also find the adventurous lodges trek in Annapurna Region.

Trip Outline

Day 01: To Besisahar by tourist bus (830m) – 7 hours:
Day 02: Drive to Chame (2,630m) – about 5 hours:
Day 03: To Pisang (3,300m) – 5 hour
Day 04: To Manang (3,540m) – 5 hours
Day 05: To Khangsar (3,734m) – 4 hours
Day 06: To Tilicho Base Camp (4,200m) – 5 hours / Tilicho Lake 4920m
Day 07: To Tilicho Lake (5,200m) and back to Yak Karkha(4200m) – 6 hours
Day 08: To Manang / Pisang
Day 09: To Chame / Behishahar
Day 10: To Ktm

Detail itinerary

We can see attractive views of Nepali countryside, lush greeneries, rivers, villages, farms and mountain vistas en route throughout the drive. After 8-10 hours of drive we reach Khudi via Besishahar. Drive up to Besishahar will most likely be smooth owing to black-topped roads whereas after Besishahar.

We begin our trek in the morning towards Bagarchhap which takes about one hour passing through pine and fir forests. We can visit the white washed monastery in this village. Then we continue our trek till Danaque which takes about an hour. The trail is steeply ascending up to Timang. We have a good view of Mt. Manaslu and Peak 29 from here. Now the trail continues through pine forests again till Latamarang which takes about one and half hour. We break for lunch here and again resume through forests whereby we have a short glimpse of Annapurna II. Finally we arrive in Chame village

Heading to Pisang Village

We head for Manang today. We pass through the isolated village of Paugh overlooking the amazing views of Annapurna range. We then move gently uphill to Mungli and then to the main trail of Annapurna Trail at Mungli. We eventually reach Manang, where we set up our camps for overnight stay

Today we continue our adventure towards Tilicho Lake. Leaving Manang by its western gate, we descend to the river, cross it on the bridge below Khangsar and ascend the slope to the village, still in the old Tibetan style, and also known as the last village of Nepal

Continuing from Khangsar on a on a recently constructed path, we pass a Gompa (monastery) up towards a high ridge. At an intersection, we choose between two paths. One maintains the altitude, traversing the slopes towards a narrow valley; the other continues to ascend towards the ridge line. The former is the old path, and is much more difficult because of its steepness and scree surface. The latter is the new path that goes a completely different way. We take the new path, reach a high crest, and descend on switch backs carved out through the scree slopes to a side valley of the main valley. At its bottom is a brook. On the other side is a building known as Tilicho Base Camp (4,200m

From Manang village, the trail crosses a stream, climbs to a village of Tenki above Manang, and then continues to climb out of the Marshyangdi Valley turning northwest up the valley of Jarsang Khola. The trail follows this valley northward, passing a few pastures, a scrub of juniper trees, as it steadily gains elevation. The trail further passes near the small village of Ghunsa, a cluster of flat mud roofs just below the trailhead. Now the trail goes through meadows where horses and yaks graze. After crossing a small river on a wooden bridge, the trail passes an ancient old Mani wall in a pleasant meadow and then reaches another small village of Yak Kharka.

Back to Pisang

Back to Chame

What's included?

  • All Transport
  • Trekker’s Information Management System(TIMS) card
  • All governmental procedure fees, permits and local taxes.
  • All meals and accommodation throughout the trek.
  • An experienced English speaking trekking guide possessing valid license issued by the government of Nepal.
  • Highly experienced trekking staffs.
  • Travel and rescue arrangements

What's not included?

  • Visa fees/ international airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Travel / medical insurance and emergency evacuation cost.
  • Hot and cold shower, battery recharge during Everest base camp trek.
  • Personal expenses phone calls, bar bills, extra porters, beverages etc.
  • Personal Everest base camp trekking equipments/gears.
  • Tips for guides, porters and drivers.
  • All others expenses not mentioned in “Trip Cost Includes” section.

Elevation Chart & Map

Map of Tilicho Lake Trek