Tilicho Lake

  • DestinationTilicho Lake
  • Duration7 days
  • Trip DifficultyMedium
Overview Itinerary Map

Tilicho Lake is one the highest Lake in the world situated in an altitude of 4,919 meters in Manang district. Distance from Pokhara major tourist destination is 55 km. This is considered as one of the holy lakes by Hindus formed by melting Glaciers. It is believed to be Kak Bhusundi Lake mentioned in the epic Ramayana, this site is where one Sage is distinguished as Kag (Crow) and tells the story of Ramayana to Garuda. Climate in Manang is a bit different from other party which is a bit dry and cold atmosphere. On the way trekking to Tilicho Lake visitors are lost in the beautiful landscapes covered by Greenery, waterfalls, dense forests, artistic waterfalls, tranquil lakes, pristine rivers, gorge, sacred temples, colorful monasteries, Gompas. Tilicho Lake trek is one of of the best opportunities to explore hidden natural and cultural aspects of Annapurna region where trek starts from Sub- tropical plains to higher altitude cold line. This trek offers stunning glimpse of the beautiful mountains of the region such as Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Nilgiri and Himchuli always give pleasure to the trekkers which help to make their long journey untried. Due to its diverse area you will get the You will get the chance to explore exotic birds such as white capped river chat, brown dipper, white-breasted kingfisher, butterfly, barking deer, rhododendron forest and orchid flowers stunning glimpse of the beautiful mountains of the region such as Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Nilgiri and Himchuli.

Day1: Kathmandu to Chamje

We will leave for Chamje early in the morning after having breakfast. On the way, you can have the beautiful views of waterfalls making sounds as it strikes with stones from the window of your transportation. After that, we will cross Marsyangdi River by an airy suspension bridge and then following the same river up to Jagat. After we reach Jagat, we will have to climb up to Chamje. Will stay overnight in Chamje.

Day2:  Drive Chamje to and trek to Pisang

After breakfast we will start our hechtic trek Chame and after reaching Chame will proceed forward for the destination of the day Pisang. We start our trekking With Lamjung Himal (6893m) stunning in the morning sun. The mountain disappears as we go up the path to the valley, passing a vast apple orchard. We continue through a fir and pine forest, climbing to a high, stony area as the opposite bank becomes a blocked cliff. From this point the valley becomes extremely steep-sided as we chase the path to Bhratang (2950m.) then a short climb from the village brings us to a rocky area where we cross a wooden bridge and follow a high, winding path, before crossing back to the right bank again. We now trek through a pine forest and as the forest ends, the valley changes from a V-shape to a gentle U-shape, opening up a wonderful vista, we come to a long Mani wall by a bridge and the lower village of Pisang. We will stay overnight at Lodge in Pisang.

Day3: Pisang to Manang

At morning after having our breakfast, we start our trekking, It takes around 6-7 hours to reach Manang with views of the Manang valley and Tilicho peak. The trail completes a dogleg through the beguiling town, going with perspectives on painted Mandalas and mythical serpent mouth gushes. Climb through the fields of nibbling yak and a wide variety of harvests.

Day4: Manag to Khangsar

Today after getting ready and having our morning breakfast we will head towards the Khangsar. It is the last town after Manang. Khangsar is a meeting of customary stone structures surrounding a generous town square. Close to the highest point of the town is a little Sakyapa school religious community. This town is on the way to Tilicho Lake (some believe to be the world’s most elevated lake). It is a perfect old town. While passing the Khangsar River, and the divider, you will reach the Khangsar Village. It is a short journey. You will stay overnight at Khangsar Village and have delicious local food.

Day5: Trek to Tilicho Base Camp & to Tilicho Lake

We will continue from the western pass on a huge pathway, passing a Gompa (monastery). The route ahead goes on a newly constructed path up towards a high point. At one point is an intersection. One path maintains the elevation, 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 trail and is much more difficult as it goes on really vertical screed; the latter is the new path that goes a completely different way. Continue along the new trail, reach a high peak, and descend on switchbacks carved out through the screed slopes to a side valley of the main valley. At its bottom is a brook. On the other side of it is a building known as the Tilicho Base Camp at an elevation of 4,200m. After that, on the same day, we will climb for Tilicho Lake. The trail takes you through icy moraine offering the perspectives of Mt. Nilgiri, Tilicho, Muktinath, and Khangsar Peaks. When you reach near the lake, you will take nothing in excess of a couple of more minutes to scoff up the perspective on such admirable lake. Since more often than not the lake stays frozen, it is as well named the ‘Frozen Lake’. You can click lots of pictures with the view around you. Succeeding to spending some time here, you will return back to the Tilicho Base Camp full with the memories you simply made out there in Tilicho Lake.

Day6: Tilicho to Jomsom

Getting reading and having our breakfast we will start the journey towards Jomsom and today is the last day of our trek on these magnificent mountains, we will move through the trail of Kagbeni or Lupra to reach Jomsom. This day we will trek along Kali Gandaki River to reach Jomsom. Jomsom is a strong windy small town in a cold valley. You can get startling memorable views of Tilicho Mountain and beautiful wet hills. Overnight stay in Jomsom and you can try their local food and drinks as well.

Day7: Fly to Pokhara & Flight or Drive to Kathmandu

On the final day in the morning we will head towards Jomsom Airport to take a flight for Pokhara. It will take some 25 to 30 min to reach Pokhara from Jomsom by flight and you can see the beauty of this beautiful lake city by plane. After reaching Pokhara you can extend your staying in this beautiful city. If want to go direct to Kathmandu, then you can take another connecting flight to reach Kathmandu or choose a drive option by private car and bus same day. It will also take some 20 to 25 min to reach the Capital City, Kathmandu from Pokhara by flight and 6-7 hours by drive.

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