License No: 237321

Quick Facts

  • Duration:13 Days
  • Trek Style:Hiking and Trekking
  • Group Size:2++
  • Location:Annapurna region
  • Trek Starting Point:Besisahar
  • Trip Grade:Moderate
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accomodation:teahouse during trek
  • Max-Altitude:4920 m
  • Transportation:Tourist bus
  • Trek Ending Point:Besisahar
  • Departure from:Kathmandu

Tilicho lake

Tilicho lake, located in Manang District of Nepal in the Annapurna range at an altitude of 4919 m, is one of the highest altitude lakes in the world.

Among the different trek to Annapurna regions, Tilicho Lake trek is also famous for its religious point of view as many Hindu pilgrims from all around the world visit this lake. The trek undoubtedly provides some majestic panoramic view, great variety of culture and diversity finest deep valleys and high mountains of Annapurna range. The place is rich with the wide range of landscapes; terrain, sub-tropical to high, dry landscape resembling the Tibetan Plateau. Tilicho Lake trail leads to the fine village inhabited by a wide diversity of people from different ethnic groups.



☛ Surreal view of Tilicho Lake, one of the highest altitude lakes in the world.
☛ Enjoy fantastic view of Annapurna II/III/IV, Gangapurna and Tarkekang.
☛ Wide range of landscapes, terrain, subtropical to high, dry landscapes.
☛ Experience true local hospitality in authentic villages on the route.
☛ Learn about local people, their culture and lifestyle.

Arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport. Our Staff member meets you and transfers you to the hotel.
Overnight at Hotel.
Morning wake-up and breakfast in the hotel.
Our guide will meet you in your hotel and brief you about the upcoming Nar Phu valley trekking. He will guide you through all the formalities and necessary paper-works required for the trekking.
After that, we then do Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley of famous UNESCO world heritage sites like Boudhanath, one of the largest Stupas in the world; Swayambhunath, a famous monkey temple, and Pashupatinath, a sacred Hindu temple complex. Apart from Sightseeing, we also get a TIMS card and permits for our trekking on this day. In the evening, we do initial preparation for the trekking.
Overnight at Hotel.

To start our Tilicho Lake trekking, we take an early morning drive to Besisahar, the starting point of the day trip. It is also the city that connects Pokhara and Kathmandu with many trekking destinations such as the Annapurna Circuit Trek, Manaslu Circuit Treks, and Tsum Valley Trek. We continue 4 – 5 hours to Chame, a beautiful Gurung village at the bottom of a hill. The settlement here is not densely populated. Expect warm greetings and great hospitality in the city. As soon as we have arrived, we check in our teahouse and enjoy the rest of our evening.

Overnight at teahouse lodge.

Early morning we climb past Mani walls to a field of buckwheat in tiny village Telekhu (2840 m). There is long, pleasant, and mostly level walk-in forests with some dramatic scenery as you walk through a deep gorge. The pine-scented trail rounds a bend to reveal the first views of the dramatic Paungda Danda rock face, a tremendous curved slab of rock. Over a ridge marked by prayer flags and stone cairn, continue the steep ascent to the upper Marsyangdi. The trail follows through the river valley with good views along the way of Pisang peak and Annapurna II at Pisang. Pisang marks the beginning of the region upper portion of the Manang
Overnight at teahouse lodge.
It’s about 6 – 7 hours hiking trail. From upper Pisang, the high trail enters pine grooves to reveal views of the small turquoise lake. The trail does a dogleg through the charming village, passing with views of painted Mandalas and dragon mouth spouts. Hike through the fields of grazing yak and a wide variety of crops. The trail climbs a steep ridge right side of the Marsyangdi River to get Ngawal (3660 m) but it is one of the really great viewing points of the whole Annapurna Ridge and the Marsyangdi river valley view. On the way, we pass pine forests, villages such as Braga and farming terraces. The large Tibetan settlement Manang provides good views of Annapurna II/III/IV, Gangapurna and Tarkekang.
Overnight at teahouse lodge.
This day we spend the second night in the Manang region to acclimatize to the higher elevations you will encounter towards the Thoroung La. Take advice from the Himalayan Rescue Association and observe the spectacular views of the Himalaya nearby. There are fine views of the milky blue glacier lake at the foot of spectacular Gangapurna icefall and traditional stone buildings. You can explore Khangsur Village, Kecho Lake, or Milarepa Cave.
Overnight in camp/teahouse lodge.
Descending from old Manang and passing by Chorten reach a Marsyangdi river, cross a suspension bridge over Jharsing Khola (stream). It is possible to cross the ridge north of Annapurna IV, II, and Glacier Dome or to descend from the village to the glacial lake at the foot of a huge icefall descending from the northern slopes of Gangapurna. The trail stays close to the river bed and soon we approach Khangsar, superb view of the Great Barrier open up. There we find a small monastery, Chorten, Mani walls, and prayer flags. Stay overnight at camp in Khangsar.
Overnight at camp/teahouse lodge.
From Khangsar the trail climbs steeply passing the Gompa and small chortens, the trail goes through juniper and sea buckthorn bushes. The path is quite covered by small crystals and shrubs can be seen on both sides. Some places along the trail you cross a few streams. We reach a crest (4650m) with prayer flags after the wearying climb and then through a series of zigzags down a scree slope bring you to the Tilicho Base Camp Hotel. From here we can enjoy the closer and panoramic views of Tilicho Mountain and many others. Tilicho Lake is situated at the highest altitude, so we set our camp today here at low.
Overnight at camp/teahouse lodge.
The trail to the Tilicho Starts up a side valley then traverses onto a moraine, making a long climb to 4710 m. There is an outstanding view of Tarkeghyang, Gangapurna and the Khangsar Kang. Tilicho Lake, the highest lake in the world at (4920 m), presents a particularly dramatic spectacle. Sometimes its turquoise water reflects the surrounding peaks but more often its frozen solid. After spending the memorable time at Tilicho Lake, we will trek down to Tilicho base camp via the same way for an overnight stay.
Overnight at camp/teahouse lodge.
Although typical hikers continue along the Annapurna Circuit to Yak Kharka, they continue towards the village of Manang instead. Walk along the river and pass the monastery. Stop for lunch in Khangsar before reaching Manang Village. Then enjoy some free time – along with another hot shower and cold refreshment.
Overnight at teahouse lodge.
Today we leave Manang in a jeep. Drive through apple orchards and small villages. On our way, we stop for lunch to enjoy Dhal Bhat, a traditional Nepalese dish. Stop and spend the night in Besisahar, the endpoint of the day. Refresh ourselves in the hotel in the evening.
Overnight at teahouse lodge.
After breakfast, we end our amazing Tilicho lake trek and drive back to Kathmandu in a tourist coach. We arrive at Kathmandu in the evening, where we have some time for leisure and shopping.
Overnight at Hotel.
After breakfast, a staff member will pick you up from the hotel and transfers you to the airport for the final departure. We wish you a pleasant and safe flight back home and hope to see you soon again.


  • Airport Pick-up and drop Service
  • Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu (twin sharing basis) with breakfast
  • Sightseeing charges and Entry fees
  • Accommodation during the trek (teahouse / guesthouse / homestay)
  • All meals during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  • Transportation (tourist coach / local bus / private vehicle)
  • Experienced licensed English-speaking trekking guide
  • Local government Entry Permit of Rs. 2000 (started in 2018)
  • Insurance of the Guide and Porter
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit
  • TIMS (Trekking Information Management System) Trekking Permit Card
  • Medical kits carried by the guide
  • All necessary paper works, office service charge and all Government Taxes


Optional Add-Ons:
  • Porter (cost: 20 USD per day, carries 15 – 20 kg load. Porter’s accommodation, transport and meal is paid by the company)
  • Down jacket, all-season sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map (in case you don‘t have your own. Down jacket, sleeping bag and duffel bag must be returned after completion of the trip)


  • Travel and rescue insurance (Essential: Should include emergency evacuation coverage while trekking up to 5500+ m)
  • International airfare and Visa costs (you can get a Visa upon arrival at the Airport)
  • Domestic Flight
  • Personal interest items or gears
  • Tips to guide / driver / porter
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Beverage and Drink Items / Other Extra facilities like hot shower during trek
  • Any other expenses which are not mentioned in “What’s Included” section
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Tilicho Lake trekking elevation map
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