Tilicho trek is one of the finest trekking routes in the Annapurna region with a real test more for the mind than the body. But the glorious skyline shows off silver, gray and white mountains that glitters on a lovely weather day and the diverse ethnic communities we meet up on the way give us some sort of idea of the world we know and the world we are not familiar with but want so much to learn off makes fade away all the hardship made on the trip.
Tilicho Lake Trekking starts right from Besisahar as Annapurna Circuit Trekking, which goes along the Marshyangdi River, with great views of Manaslu and Himal Chuli to the east. On the way to Tilicho Lake, you get placid views of waterfalls, and experience hiking across airy suspension bridges. But this route is a pretty tough trail. You have to walk at alpine altitudes and you have to cross the Thorung La pass at (5,416m).
Tilicho Lake treks in the Annapurna region undoubtedly provides some of the world's best trekking routes, including as it does a greater variety of scenery and culture than can be found in any other comparable area. During Tilicho area trekking, Nepal's spectacular diversity appears at its finest deep valleys and high mountains encircling the giant Annapurna Himal embrace a wide range of peoples and terrain, from subtropical forest to a high, dry landscape resembling with the Tibetan Plateau.
The trip to Tilicho Lake is a perfect package to witness natural scenery, and learn about the unique culture in this region. The best season for a journey to this region is February to May and September to November. Messenger travel and tours will escort you on this journey of a lifetime…
Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival and Check-in to the Hotel
The representatives from Messenger Travel and tours (Pvt. Ltd.) will welcome you at Tribhuvan International Airport upon your arrival. We then take you to the hotel for the overnight stay.
Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour
On Day 02, our city guide will take you to visit the most of the heritages sites of Kathmandu namely Pashupathinath, Bauddhanath, Swayambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar Square.
Day 03: Drive to Besisahar
After enjoying the delicious breakfast at Kathmandu, we will drive to Besisahar. The driving road goes for about 6 to 7 hours long. We can see the beautiful scenario of natural beauty with local houses during the drive. The night will be at Besisahar enjoying at the lodges.
Day 04: Besisahar to Bahundanda
After having the breakfast at Besisahar, we will trek further towards Bahundanda. The trail will offer us stunning view of great mountain ranges like Annapurna, Khudi, Ngadi peak and many more. We will have our lunch on the way. Continuing our journey through the main trail will lead us to Bahundanda after a walk of 5 to 6 hours.
Day 05: Bahundanda to Jagat
From Bahundanda, we will continue our journey. We will have our lunch at Syange. We shouldn’t stop at Syange viewing the beautiful surrounding as we must have to reach at Jagat the same day. We should trek for about 5 to 6 hours from Bahundanda to Jagat. We will stay the night at Jagat.
Day 06: Jagat to Dharapani
From Jagat,we will start our journey in a bit hurry as we need to move for more walking hours. Thus, we resume our journey following the ever flowing river Marsyangdi to the beautiful valley called Taal. With every step, we are getting closer to Manang district through the pine forest and the cultivated fields. We will be finally at Dharapani at 1960m with a trek for about 7 hours. We will rest the night at Dharapani.
Day 07: Dharapani to Chame
From Dharapani, we continue our trek ascending through the forest of fir and maple. The trail will offers view of White Mountains like Manaslu, Lamjung and Annapurna II. After trekking for 5 hours, we will ultimately reach at Chame at the altitude of 2630m. We will stay the night at Chame.
Day 08: Chame to Pisang
From Chame, we will trek for about 6 hours to reach at Pisang. The trekking route is extremely beautiful here. After reaching at Pisang, we can visit the monasteries of that place. We will spend the night at Pisang at the altitude of 3200m above sea level at the nearest lodges.
Day 09: Pisang to Manang
From Pisang, our trekking route (for 6 hours) continues towards Manang viewing the Yak grazing land along with the scalar chain of Annapurna i.e. Annapurna II, III,IV. After walking for several hours will be enough for us to reach at Jharlang River. Following the main trail, crossing several villages, we are ultimately at Manang at the altitude of 3540m.
Day 10: Manang to Khangsar village
Continuing our way following the Khangsar River and crossing the Khangsar River through the bridge, we ascend slowly to the village where we can see houses made in Tibetan styles. Khangsar village is at the altitude of 3700m.
Day 11: Trek to Tilicho base camp
After spending a night at Khangsar village, we need to continue our way towards the Tilicho base camp. We need to pass through a monastery. Continuing our journey for several hours will leads us towards the Tilicho base camp at the elevation of 4200m.
Day 12: Tilicho base camp to Tilicho Lake and back to base camp
We will start the day early in the morning with a trek over to the Tilicho Lake. We need to trek for about 3 to 4 hours from base camp to Tilicho Lake. After reaching at Tilicho Lake, we will roam there for several hours and will return instantly to the base camp as the coldness may increase with the passage of time. We will be at base camp to enjoy the night. The whole phenomenon goes for about 6 to8 hours.
Day 13: Trek to Yak Kharka
From base camp, we will return to the yak kharka following the main trail down the path. After crossing the river with the help of log, we will be at yak kharka. We will spend the night at yak Kharka at one of the reputed guest houses at the height of 4000m.
Day 14: Trek to Thorang Phedi
From Yak Kharka, we will continue our journey towards the Thorang Phedi along the bank of Jarsang River. We should continue our way until we reach at Thorang Phedi where we will stay the night. The Thorang Phedi is at the altitude of 4420m.
Day 15: Trek to Muktinath
After enjoying the breakfast at Thorang Phedi, we walk towards the holy land to Muktinath. We can get an opportunity of viewing Gangapurna, Annapurna and other several peaks. After the several ups and downs, we can reach at Muktinath. We will take rest at Muktinath at 3800m. The trekking route is 8 hours long.
Day 16: Muktinath to Jomsom
Early morning, we will wake up earlier than sun to worship lord Vishnu at Muktinath. Then we will have the breakfast and will proceed forward to Jomsom the same day. The trail goes down to Jomsom for about 5 to 6 hours. We can see beautiful hills in our side screen. Overnight will be enchanting at Jomsom. Jomsom is at the height of 2600m.
Day 17: Jomsom to Pokhara
From Jomsom we can catch the flight from the nearest airport to fly over to Pokhara and half day Tour Pokhara Valley visit to David fall, Tibetan camp, Bindu basini Temple International Museum and Fewa Lake. After the sightseeing warm up with team work delicious food and stay Overnight at hotel.
Day 18: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu
We drive back to Kathmandu from Pokhara today. Upon reaching Kathmandu, you can utilize your time for the last minute shopping or you can explore around the city. We celebrate the Farewell Dinner together with the trekking team and spend overnight at the hotel.
Day 19: Final Departure
Next day we will departure you back to Tribhuvan International Airport saying good bye we will transfer you to the airport for your returning flight.
We will be staying at 3 Star Standard hotels which have deluxe suite in Kathmandu for 2 nights and the best available teahouses during the trek. All accommodations are on twin-shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional USD 300.
All meals will be provided during trekking while only breakfast will be available in Kathmandu. There will also be welcome and farewell dinners for guests. While on the short trek, we have breakfast and dinner in the tea-houses/lodges we spend the night and lunch on our way to the next destination. The teahouse menu includes Nepalese, Tibetan and the more common continental cuisines for us to choose from.
This trek’s itinerary is planned with a high degree of awareness of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Experts agree that gaining elevation without proper consideration of AMS could be fatal. The higher the altitude, the less oxygen will be in the air. Therefore, our body needs time to adapt to an environment with less oxygen.
For this trek, there will be one leader, assistant leader (5 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and porters for luggage carrying (2 trekkers: 1 porter). This arrangement ensures that even if anybody in the group gets sick or is unable to carry on, the trip can still go ahead as planned for the rest of the group. We can run the trek for groups of any size, but usually, it is a maximum of twelve people as we've found this to be the best size for a successful trip. If you would like to make a group booking for more than twelve people together, we can arrange this too.
Messenger Travel & Tours is definitely committed to porter rights. We make sure that all our porters are well treated, well paid and we provide the level of shelter, clothing and footwear that these harsh environments demand. Porters who become sick are treated with the same care and attention as other team members and we have previously used helicopters - at our expense - to rescue porters from dangerous situations. We support the work of the International Porter Protection Group (IPPG), making our resources available to them to help improve the working conditions of the porters.
Physical Condition & Experience Requirements
This is a moderate trek. Travelers who can walk up to 6-7 hours a day on an uphill and downhill trail will find this trek fulfilling. It is best that we prepare ourselves for the trek by jogging and exercising regularly at least a month prior to the start of the trek. Trekking to the will be relatively easier for those who have experience walking/trekking in a high altitude environment. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases should inform Messenger Travel & Tours before booking the trek.
Best Time to Travel
The best time for the Trek is spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. The temperature is moderate in these seasons and guarantees amazing views through the trip. Although this trek can be undertaken during winter, the cold temperature might not be suitable for everyone.
Note:There will be 2(percent) additional discount per person, if the group of people exceeds the minimum group of people (Min. 2 Pax)