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Annapurna Tilicho Lake Trek

Annapurna Tilicho Lake Trek one of the highest Lake in the world 

Annapurna Tilicho Lake Trek is one of the highest lakes in the world and this trek is a fantastic journey along the famous Annapurna region. This trek is one of the most challenging yet rewarding treks in the Annapurna region. It allows us to observe Himalayan Thar, snow leopard,  splendid views of the Tilicho Lake, massive  natural diversity i.e. vegetation zone from lush-tropical to harsh and semi-dessert along this trekking route. This lake has historical significances according to the Hindu, finding reference to it in the holy book Ramayan. Hindu pilgrims and devotees from all over the world visit this place for worship and pilgrimage.

Annapurna Tilicho Lake Trek offers you an unbelievable sight with the mountains standing on the different lake sides with the glacial melt from the Mt Annapurna and the Thorong la pass (5416m). This trek offers us many magnificent views, an ancient  monastery, chances to observe and explore the beautiful villages, chances  to interact with local inhabitants, exotic scenic views of the Tilicho Lake, Gangapurna, Tarkekang, Khangsar Kang and the Manang valley and  its surrounding Himalayas and the Hindu pilgrimage of the Muktinath temple etc.

This is a 17 day trek best for trekkers willing to not just walk the Annapurna Circuit trails but also reach the serene Tilicho Lake. The best seasons for trekking is Autumn and Spring but you can join this trekking at any time of the year.

The trip begins in Kathmandu with visits to several cultural heritage sites. We then drive to Syangeand begin the trek toDharapani. For the trekkers who prefer a shorter trek it will be mostly the same route as the Annapurna Circuit trek – taking 14 days.

This trip is organized by Everest Trekking Routes which have over 20 years’ experience in Trekking, Tours, Peak Climbing and many others activities in Nepal.

Outline Itinerary      

Day 01: Arrival in Katmandu – ETR Member will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu to Syangeby Private Car or Van and Local Jeep share (1100m), 7 hrs drive
Day 03: Trek to Dharapani (1860m), 6 hrs
Day 04: Trek to Chame (22670m),5 hrs
Day 05: Trek to Upper Pisang (2670m), 5 hrs
Day 06: Trek to Ngawal (3600m), 6 hrs
Day 07: Trek to Manang (3540m), 6 hrs
Day 08: Manang (Acclimatization and Normal Hiking)
Day 09: Trek to Khangsar (3734m), 4 hrs
Day 10: Trek to Tilicho Base Camp (4150m), 6 hrs
Day 11: Trek to Tilicho Lake (4919m) and back to Tilicho B.C.  7 hrs
Day 12: Trek to Yak Kharkharka (4200m) 7 hrs
Day 13: Trek to Phedi (4450m) or High Camp (4800m), 5/6 hrs
Day 14: Trek to Thorong La Pass (5416m) and continue to Muktinath (3750m), 7 hrs
Day 15: Trek to Marpha (2700m.) 6/7 hrs
Day 16: Drive to Tatopani Hot Spring (1190m), 4 hrs
Day 17: Trek to Ghorepani (2860m), 7 hrs
Day 18: Poon Hill Sunrise (3210m), Trek to Pokhara (2650m) 6 hrs
Day 19: Pokhara to Kathmandu (200 km), Drive by bus/car or fly
Day 20: Final International Departure


Details Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu

After arriving in Kathmandu, a delegate from Everest Trekking Routes will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. In the afternoon, you may take a rest or visit the Everest Trekking Routes office. In the evening there will be welcome dinner given by Everest Trekking Routes where you will be served Nepalese food which will introduce you to the country’s food culture.

Day 02: Kathmandu to Syangee by Bus/Jeep.7 hour (1100m)

We drive from Kathmandu to Beshishahar by express bus for about 7 hour s and then transfer to a local jeep to transfer to Syangeewhere we stay overnight.

Day 03: Trek to Dharapani. (1700m) 6/7 hrs)

After breakfast we slowly start trekking towards Dharapani.  As we walk away from Tal, the path becomes rugged and winding. We approach the steeply-forested village of Karte meandering along the waterfalls and cliffs, we finally reach Dharapani after crossing a suspension bridge where we stay overnight in a lodge.

Day 04: Trek to Chame (2660m, 6 hrs)

Whilst walking to Chame we get the opportunity to see amazing views of the Himalayas including LamjungHimal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV.Chame is theheadquarters of the Manang District.

Day 05: Trek to Upper Pisang (3185m 5 hour.)

Today we trek to Upper Pisang. This route will bring us to the dramatic curved rock face, rising 1500m from the river. It takes almost 5 hours to trek here from Chame. From here we continue for a short time to Upper Pisang where we spend the night.

Day 06: Trek to Ngawal (3600m 6 hrs)

There are two routes that we can follow today an upper and lower. The lower, easier route follows the river to Ghyaruwith a couple of hours up steps where it meets the upper route and continues to Ngawal.This has very beautifulviews of Annapurna II, Manaslu, Annapurna IIII, Annapurna III, Chulu West and Chulu East andPisang Peak. We stay overnight at a lodge.

Day 07:  Trek to Manang (3540m 5 hrs)

After Ngawal we slowly walk to Manang which takes 5 hours. The trail now gradually descends to Mungji which has a nunnery above the village. It is the largest, oldest and best endowed gompa in the valley. Manang is a short walk from Braga and we stay overnight at a lodge.

Day 08: Manang (Acclimatization & Explore)

Today is a scheduled acclimatization day which should include a short walk to higher altitudes and back to prepare for the two challenging high altitude days to come. In this day we visit the Himalayan Rescue Association. We stay the night in Manang.

Day 09: Trek to Khangsar (3734m), 4 hrs

After having breakfast in Manang we slowly start our trip in Khangsar which is 3734m above from the sea level. It takes 4 hours from Manang to reach in Khangsar where we stay overnight.

Day 10: Trek to Tilicho Base Camp (4150m), 6 hrs

After spending the night in Khangsar village we slowly start our journey towards the Tilicho base camp which is at the height of 4150m above sea level. It takes 6 hours from Khangsar village to reach Tilichobase camp.

Day 11: Trek to Tilicho Lake (4919m) and Back to Tilicho B.C.  7 hrs

After breakfast in Tilicho base camp we start our journey to Tilicho Lake which is at the height of 4919m above sea level. We spend some time at Tilicho Lake enjoying the scenery before returning to base camp where we stay another night.It takes more than 7 hourstrekking to go to Tilicho Lake and return to Tilicho base camp.

Day 12: Trek to Yak Kharka (4200m) 7 hrs

After Tilicho base camp we trek to Yak Kharkafollowing the main trail down.Today is a 7 hour trek ending at Yak Kharka at 4200m.

Day 13: Trek to Phedi (4450m) or High Camp (4800m), 5/6 hrs

We continue our trek to Phedi or High Camp which is 4450m or 4800m above sea level. It takes more than 5 to 6 hours from Yak Kharka to reach Phedi or High Camp.

Day 14: Trek to Thorong La Pass (5416m) and Continue Muktinath (3750m), 7 hrs

After having breakfast in the early morning you will start your walk toThorong La pass. When you are at the top you will feel like you have conquered everything and the view from there makes you forget all the effort and difficulties you went through to make it there. We then continue to Muktinath.

Day 15: Trek to Marpha (2700m.) 6/7 hrs

Muktinath is an important pilgrimage for both Hindus and Buddhists alike. In the morning, we pay our visit to a Vishnu Temple and a Gompa.  After leaving Muktinath we slowly walk for Marpha.The local apple brandy of Marpha is famous all over Nepal and we stay overnight at Marpha.

Day 16: Marpha to Tatopani by jeep. (1100m) 4 hour drive.

We drive to Tatopani from Marpha. It is 1100m above from the sea level. There are bigger villages in this area where we can observe the everyday lives of the local people and upon reaching Tatopani, we relax and have a bath in the hot spring.

Day 17:  Trek to Ghorepani (2800m, 7 hrs)

After leaving Tatopani we slowly start our trip to Ghorepani which is 7 hours from Tatopani. It is 2800m above from the sea level. We stay one night in Ghorepani.

Day 18:  Early Morning Trek to Poon Hill (3210m.) and continue to Pokhara (2650m) 6 hrs


Poon hill is the most popular trekking destination of the Annapurna region. In the early morning we climb to Poon Hill to see the awesome views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre and others. The panoramic views with the sunrise over the Himalayas will take your breath away. After taking in the views of this panoramic scenery we trek to Nyapul and then transfer to Pokhara by private car or van and stay one night in Pokhara.

Day 19: Pokhara to Kathmandu by Bus/Jeep/Plan

You can take a flight or drive by tourist bus/private car to Kathmandu and have lunch on the way. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 20: Final International Departure

We will drop you at the International Airport with our vehicle for your departure and we will see you off.

Manual Note :

According to plan extend date on trip above the custom Itinerary the cost will be additional. We cannot guarantee it if weather, road condition bad, and vehicle breakdown mountain acute sickness for trekkers. We will try to ensure that our official schedule trip run, And if you have more extra days pre-plan then let us inform we assist by your requirement.

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