Tilicho Lake 4,920m - the highest Lake Trek in the world

  • Updated on Dec 23, 2021
  • Govinda Gurung
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Lake Trekking around the Himalayan, this Tilicho Lake Trek is a major popular journey in Nepal which is also knows as the world's highest lake, it lies 4,920 meters above sea level as well as you will get experience the scenic and challenges. The Moderate Tilicho Trek leads us through the most prominent places of Chame, Pisang, Manang, and Khangsar Village, it's full of the Buddhist community, magical Himalayan ranges, breath-taking landscapes, lush green hills, wide meadows, and traditional. Tilicho Lake is a seek peace in the lap of the high Himalayas which is perfect for adventure lover trekkers who wanna tough walking. Tilicho route is one beautiful and exciting short trek in the Annapurna region, stunning glacial and Tilicho peak attract the Tilicho Lake, you explore the remoted culture of Manang, breathtaking waterfalls, peaceful mountain valleys, and rare flora and fauna.

World highest Tilicho Lake Trek will touch the side route of crew trekkers destination Annapurna Circuit Trek, the lake formed by a glacier on the northern slope of Annapurna Mountain, which is the Holy Lakes of Hindu people and takes a holy bath. If you wanna join Tilicho and Thorong La Pass then keep in touch with this package (Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake) but the trek demands a good hiking experience and fitness health. As trekking, you have a great opportunity to enjoy the cultural aspects and hidden scenic of the massive Annapurna range. Tilicho lake is one that several naturally decorated routes, providing stunning glimpse Himalayan views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Nilgiri, Himchuli, Tilicho peak, Thorong La peak, Manaslu, and many other peaks with massive glacier and icefalls valleys. In fact, colorful forests, alpine zone, artistic waterfalls, tranquil lakes, pristine rivers, fantastic landscapes, valleys, ancient monasteries, Gompas, snowy peaks glitter, and traditional culture are the highlights of this trek.

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Tilicho Lake Trekking Route

Our Tilicho Base Camp Trek Itinerary begins from Kathmandu city with sightseeing around the UNESCO World Heritage Sites then you take a scenic 8 to 9 hours long drive to Chamje which is the starting point of this trek. From Chamje, the trek takes us to highly stunning places of Dhukur Pokhari, Pisang, Ghyaru, Ngawal, and Manang with enjoying the unique lifestyle of the local community, their culture, waterfalls, wonderful nature, and peaks views. We spend one extra day at Manang village to explore the ancient monasteries and ice lake with Ganga Purna lake.

Likewise, the trail leads ascend route through the Khangsar and Tilicho Base Camp via Siri Kharka then finally reach delightful Tilicho Lake. We have an option if you like to go to Thorong La Pass (5,416m) but it takes more days and you have to pay more for this trip before going trekking.

If you don't do the Thorong La Pass, you descend the same route to Siri Kharka, Manang, Chame, Besisahar, and drive back to Kathmandu. This Tilicho Lake Trek Itinerary package is specially designed professionally by our Guide team and includes enough rest days. For more information about Tilicho Lake Trek Cost or more than Ask a Question.

Tilicho Lake Base Camp Itinerary

Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu 1350m

Land at the airport and meet with our team members at the terminal gate. He/she will greet you on our behalf and take you to the hotel. You are free to rest for the day. Later, in the late evening, you meet with other team members over welcome dinner.

Day 02:Kathmandu sightseeing and trek preparation

The day begins with a historical tour of different monuments. You visit places like Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath, Boudhnath Stupa, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. All of these places are part of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. During the tour, your guide will brief you about the importance and history of the monuments. Later, in the day, you also prepare for the trek. You meet with your trek guide, and he will brief you about the trail and check all the gears for one last time.

Day 03:Drive from Kathmandu to Chamje 1410m - 6/7 hours

You wake up early in the morning and drive to Chamje. It is going to be a long journey. During the drive, you get scenic views of lush green hills, rivers, dense forests, and small settlement areas. Chamje is a small fine village.

Day 04:Trek from Chamje to Dharapani 1960m - 5/6 hours

After having a warm breakfast at Chamje lodge, you walk along the Marsyangdi river and reach the beautiful village Tal, where you can see amazing waterfalls and walk through the wonderful farm's area of potato, barley, and rice fields. Similarly, you leave beautiful settlements of Manang district, then ascent to reach Dharapani, where you stay overnight at Dharapani Lodge.

Day 05:Trek from Dharapani to Chame 2710m - 5/6 hours

Today, you will trek on a rugged path and ascend to Tyanja (2,360 m). Further, trekking through dense forest, you will reach Kopar (2,950m). From here onwards, you will trek through the conifer forest and reach Chame. Upon reaching Chame, you will get to see amazing views of Annapurna II.

Day 06:Trek from Chame to Pisang 3300m - 5/6 hours

Following a steep and narrow valley trail, you head towards Pisang village located at the foot of Pisang Peak. On the way, you get to see the huge Paungda Danda rock face, which is rising 1,500 meters from a river. The trail then descends to Pisang offering superb views of Annapurna South and Pisang Peak.

Day 07:Trek from Pisang to Manang 3450m - 5/6 hours

After having breakfast, the trail heads towards Manang. Leaving Pisang, you'll enjoy the beautiful landscapes with majestic mountain peaks and cross the Buddhist settlements of Ngawal, Braga, etc. On the way, you can explore the Tibetan settlement, the biggest Barge Monastery, and Buddhist culture. After crossing the Barge village you reach the largest village in Manang district, Manang village.

Day 08:Acclimatization day at Manang 3450m

Today you have acclimatization to visit the side hike of Manang and make altitude fitness for the high pass. There are two amazing lakes Gangapurna Lake and Ice lake. Similarly, you can explore the ancient monasteries, Manang village, and enjoy an amazing view of the Mt. Annapurna range, Gangapurna, Tilicho Peak, etc. Overnight you stay at the same trekking lodge.

Day 09:Trek from Manang to Khangsar 3745m - 3/4 hours

Moving out of western gates, you descend to a river. Crossing the river, you trek through lush coniferous forest and reach Khangsar village. From here, the trail ascends to Khangsar passing by an old monastery on the way. You get to see superb views of Mt. Chulu and Gungang Himal on the way.

Day 10:Trek from Khangsar to Tilicho Base Camp 4140m - 5/6 hours

Today, you move towards Tilicho Lake Base Camp. The trail passes through wide grassy fields and ascends to a small hill from where you can see the entire view of the valley. From here, the trail descends along a steep path and takes you to Tilicho Base Camp.

Day 11:Visit Tilicho Lake 4949m and trek back to Siri Kharka 4060m - 5/6 hours

You will wake up early in the morning and ascend on a moraine & move along the hillside. While trekking, you get to see fantastic views of Mt. Nilgiri, Tilicho Peak, and many other Himalayan mountains. The trail will take you to Tilicho Lake where you will see breathtaking views. After spending some time at the lake, you drop down to Siri Kharka for a night's stay.

Day 12:Trek Back from Siri Kharka to Manang Village 3450m - 6/7 hours

Leaving behind Siri Kharka, the trail descends the same route through the Khangsar to Manang. The trek descends to a river and passes through the lush coniferous forest and an old monastery on the way as well as see Mount Chulu and Gungang Himal on the way. Overnight you stay at Manang trekking lodge.

Day 13:Driver back from Manang to Besisahar 1200m - 6/7 hours

Today you take a scenic drive to Besisahar, the drive goes through the small villages, narrow of two hills, and rhododendron with oaks forests. Leaving the Dudh Khola and scrub forests, you reach Dharapani and Besisahar. Overnight stay at Besisahar trekking lodge.

Day 14:Drive back from Besisahar to Kathmandu 1350m - 7 hours

After having a sweet breakfast in Besi Sahar, you drive through the banks of Marsyangdi with Trishuli River, terrace farms, beautiful scenery, rice fields, and mountain hills. After a long and scenic drive, you reach Kathmandu city then you head to the Hotel. In the evening, we enjoy together a successful trip farewell dinner in a Nepal restaurant.

Day 15:Final departure

It is time to fly back home. Our airport representative will drop you at the international airport terminal gate and bid you our last goodbye. 

Tilicho Lake Trek Best season

The climatic condition of Nepal differs from place to place depending upon geographical regions. One can have warm and hot wear in the terai whereas can observe the chilling arctic-like weather in the Himalayas. Nepal’s weather is influenced by a maritime and continental factor and has four different seasons, Autumn (September to November), followed by Winter (December to February), Spring (March to May), and finally, there is Summer/Monsoon (June to August).

The best time to go on an adventurous journey in the Himalayas is in Spring (March to May) and Autumn (mid-September to November). These are the best times to go on any treks and climbing trips because of stable weather and a moderate climate. There is only one place in Nepal, where you can go trekking in even monsoon (July to mid-September) and that is Upper Dolpo. This region lies in the rain shadow of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges and therefore does not receive rainfall in the monsoon.

Autumn (September To November)

Autumn (September-November) is one of the perfect seasons to trekking with hiking in Himalayan Nepal, so thousands of trekkers choose these months. In fact, September, October, and November months are will be full of excellent atmosphere as well as beauty, enjoys your journey with joy and beauty. The Autumn season provides reference weather with clear magnificent mountains. The temperature is good than another season. September-November is a great time to express your adventure in Himalayan Nepal. It will also be free from natural disasters such as floods and landslides these months. It's the most famous season to goes high altitude area of Himalayan. 

Winter (November To March)

Winter (November-March) is also possible to trek in Himalayan Nepal, the weather condition is stable and the days are clear. December, January and February are the cold months in Nepal. Days temperatures are cool but the nights are much cold. During the winter trek is risk winds and colder temperatures. Above 3,000m altitude being usually snowfall and freezing. If you are looking for wonderful scenery, let choose the lower elevation trek in Nepal.

Spring (March To May)

Spring (March-May) is the second famous trekking season in Himalayan Nepal. March, April, and May is also a great option to mountain climbing and high altitude trek. At spring morning weather condition will be clear, but the afternoon sky covered by the cloud, and sometimes can be rain. You can get to see beautiful flowers like jasmine, pine, and rhododendron with wild flora. During the Spring, lower altitude trek is mildly warm and above 3,000m quite a moderate temperature. This season also best to express your adventure in Nepal.

Summer (June To August)

In the summer season, the trekkers are less crowded in the Himalayan region will be less. June, July and August are the main raining season in Nepal which involves monsoon. Bad weather can hamper travel, maybe some problems during the journey due to heavy rain. Some travelers prefer to travel at this time as this is also not an emergency period. The weather is hot and almost everyday rains. This season is better for the tour to Tibet and in Himalayan Nepal like Mustang, Dolpo region, and Nar-Phu valley because these regions are in the rain-shadow.

Annapurna Region Treks 

  1. Annapurna Base Camp Trek
  2. Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek
  3. Nar Phu Valley Trek

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