• World Highest Tilicho Lake Trekking

World Highest Tilicho Lake Trekking


Trip Facts

  •    Country: Nepal
  •    Trip grade: moderate
  •    Destination: Nepal
  •    Activities: Trekking
  •    Accommodation: Guest House In trek/ Hotel In City
  •    Meals: Full Board in trek
  •    Maximum altitude: 5416m
  •    Group size: 1
  •    Best Season: Sept to Nov, Mar to May

Trip Information

Tilicho Lake Trekking

Tilicho Lake Trekking carries you on a journey through the highest altitude lake in the world inciting you from beginning to the end of your trek. Tilicho Lake is a holy place. Hindu pilgrims and devotees from all over the world visit the place for worship and pilgrimage. Tilicho Lake collects glacial melt of northern slopes like Thorangla peak and Annapurna Himalayas and Tilicho Lake Trekking gives you an opportunity to experience its magnificence.

Tlicho Lake Trekking Route

We embark on Tilicho Lake Trekking after your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, cultural sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley, followed by a scenic bus ride to Beshisahar alongside the Marshyandi river. During the initial days of the trek, the trails show up magnificent views of Manaslu and Himalchuli along with cultural insights in a village inhabited by various ethnic groups. Trails are quite similar to Annapurna Circuit Trekking with few customizations. Instead of ascending the valley north to Tanki Manang and Yak Kharka, this trek takes you through the main valley to the West passes. The Khanshar Village, also known as the last village of Nepal, falls along the way as we trek up towards the Tilicho Lake. Then we cross Thorungla pass, the highest pass in the world. Then we follow our trails towards pilgrimage Muktinath and finally Jomsom to fly back into Pokhara.


Tilicho Lake Trekking Itinerary

We can also customize this trip according to our client's needs, requirements, and fitness level. We provide the option of crossing the challenging Moesokanta La Pass to Jomsom instead of the usual trek through the Thorung La Pass. Additional equipment is required along with properly equipped tented camps. 


Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)
Upon our arrival at
 the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, we will be greeted by a representative from Mission Himalaya Treks and Expeditions who will drop us off at our hotel. After checking in, we take a rest or visit our office. We may also stroll in the streets of Thamel, a tourist hub in Kathmandu for some souvenir shopping. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner hosted by us. For dinner, you will be served excellent authentic Nepalese cuisine which will introduce you to the Nepalese food culture and traditional dance.
Included meals
: Dinner

Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
Today after breakfast we start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites including the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambhunath), and the Buddhist shrine (Bouddhanath) which is one of the largest stupas in the world. At noon, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we can meet our trek leader and other team members. Himalayan Glacier briefs us regarding our trek as well as provides
 an opportunity to ask any questions we may have regarding our upcoming adventure. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Syange (1100m/3608 ft): 8 - 10 hours
We begin our long drive to Syange early in the morning. En route we get to enjoy the countryside of Nepal with its green hills, winding rivers, terraced farms, and of course the mighty Himalayas. Overnight in Syange.

Day 04: Trek from Syange to Tal (1700m/5577ft) {6 hours trek}
We enter Manang district after crossing a large bridge near Tal. The trail passes through barley, rice, and potato fields; and the waterfalls continue to accompany us even today. We also pass through the village of Kodo before reaching Dharapani which is one of the biggest villages in the Manang valley. Overnight in Dharapani.

Day 05: Dharapani to Chame (2,710m/8,891ft): 5 - 6 hours
Today we negotiate a few steep forested ridges along with several landslides on route to Chame. We should not forget to look up though, as we will be greeted with remarkable views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV (7,525m). We also come across small hot springs which should help us relax for a while. Overnight in Chame.

Day 06: Chame to Pisang (3,300m/10824ft): 5 - 6 hours
We walk through a steep and narrow valley to have our first view of Paungda Danda rock face, a dramatic curved rock face rising 1500m from the river. From here, we also gain excellent views of Annapurna 2 to the south and Pisang Peak to the northeast
. Next, we descend to the Manang Valley floor enjoying the captivating landscape. Overnight in Pisang.

Day 07: Pisang to Manang (3,500m/11,482ft): 6 - 7 hours
Pisang, there are two routes to Manang. We choose the one which passes through Upper Pisang via Geru as it guarantees outstanding views of Mt. Annapurna, Pisang Peak, and others. As we walk near Manang the climate becomes more cold and dry. However, a short visit to Barge Monastery, the biggest monastery in the Manang District should cheer us up. Overnight in Manang.
Day 08: Manang: Acclimatization day
In order to keep fit on the trails that follow, we keep ourselves busy today with a short hike to either Bhojo Gumba or Gangapurna Lake. If we have the energy, we can even hike to Vraga Village where we can visit the Himalayan Rescue Association which will give us some idea about Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Overnight in Manang.

Day 09: Manang to Siri Kharka (4060m/13,320ft): 4-5 hours
Manang we head out through the western gates and follow the path down to the river. We cross the river and continue walking on its southern side through a coniferous forest.  After reaching Kangsar Village we walk further up towards Siri Kharka and pass a monastery on the way.  The uphill walk could be tiring but we will have Gungang Himal and Mt. Chulu in the backdrop to keep us company. Overnight in Siri Kharka.

Day 10: Siri Kharka to Tilicho Base Camp (4140m/13,583ft): 5-6 hours
While the path from Siri Kharka to Tilicho Base Camp isn’t very steep or physically strenuous, it could be exhausting as we have to walk on narrow paths in loose scree and landslide area. Our trail goes through the middle of the landslide area whereby we can see impressive rock formations along the trail. Overnight in Tilicho Base Camp.

Day 11: Visit Tilicho Lake (4,949m/16,138 ft) then back to Siri Kharka: 5-6 hours
After the initial tough, steep, 
switchbacked ascent, our trail continues to hug the side of the mountain in a gradual to steep incline before reaching the watershed. On the way, we enjoy yaks and deer grazing above and below our trail. On the other side is Tilicho Lake, a large spectacularly set lake nestled at the foot of the north face of Tilicho Peak. The lake was referred to by the leader of the French expedition team as ‘The Great Ice Lake’. The Lake also holds an important place for the Hindus as this sacred lake features in one of the holiest texts of the Hindus, The Ramayan. We retrace our step and return to Siri Kharka. Overnight in Siri Kharka.

Day 12: Sirikharka to Yak kharka (4040m/13,020ft):4-5 hours
We leave Siri Kharka and descend towards Khangsar Village. On the way, we pass Tare Gumba, a thousand-year-old
 monastery which is very important to the local people. Upon reaching Khangsar Village we realize that it is uninhabited except for occasional herders during festival times. We follow a rock wall out of Khangsar. We walk further more until we reach a seasonal bridge in the Thorang Khola valley. After crossing the river, we ascend for a while to a plateau. Next, walk furthermore until reaching Yak Kharka. Overnight in Yak Kharka.

Day 13: Yakkharka to Thorang Phedi: (4420m/14501ft): 3-4 hours
It is an uphill walk to Thorang Phedi. After walking for some time we cross a suspension bridge and reach Ledar village. We ascend furthermore and pass through towering cliffs before reaching Thorang Phedi, the last village before Thorong La.  On this trip we are rewarded with one of the best views of Mt. Gundang, Mt.
, Thorung Peak, and Mt. Khatungkan. Overnight in Thorang Phedi.

Day 14: Thorong Phedi to Thorong La pass (5416m/17764ft) to Muktinath (3,800/12,467ft): 7 - 8 hours
Crossing Thorong La pass, one of the highest passes in the world will be our ultimate objective today. We will be crossing the pass from east to west (Manang to Muktinath) which is the easiest and safest direction. We get up around three in the morning and walk up the mountain. When we finally make it to the top, we realize that our journey was worth it. We can take a few photos before heading to Muktinath Valley at the foot of the Thorong La pass. Overnight in Muktinath.

Day 15: Muktinath to Jomsom (2,715m/8,910ft): 5-6 hours
Muktinath is an important place of pilgrimage for Nepalese of both Buddhist and Hindu faiths as these two religions are intricately woven together in Nepal. We visit the main temple in the morning and tour its surroundings. We can admire the water spouts before paying a visit to a Buddhist monastery nearby. From Muktinath, we retrace our steps back to Jomsom, enjoying good views of Mt. Dhaulagiri. Overnight in Jomsom.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 16: Fly back to Pokhara: 15 minutes flight
We take an early morning flight to Pokhara. The airplane passes through a gorge between Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains making the flight itself an amazing experience. After arriving in Pokhara, the beautiful ‘Lake City’, we can spend the rest of the day in leisure. Boating in the Fewa Lake and strolling in the quaint streets of ‘Lake Side’ is a popular choice among visitors. Overnight in Pokhara.

Included meals: Breakfast
Day 17: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu
After breakfast, we say goodbye to the beautiful northern skyline of Pokhara and drive towards Kathmandu. This will be a journey along river banks with wonderful views of terraced hills and the rural Nepalese lifestyle. After reaching Kathmandu, we take a rest or do some souvenir shopping. To celebrate the successful completion of our journey, we will have a farewell dinner in the evening. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Included meals: Breakfast Dinner

Day 18: Final departure
Our world's highest 
 Lake Trek in Nepal comes to an end today! A representative from Mission Himalaya Treks will take us to the airport approximately three hours before the scheduled flight. On our flight back home, we take with us amazing memories of our Lo Manthang trip and Nepal.

Included meals: Breakfast


Best time for Tilicho Lake Trekking

Spring and Autumn seasons being the best seasons for Tilicho Lake Trekking. At this time you will be enchanted with a clear sky, a beautiful scene. Nature will please shut your battery down by forcing you to capture lots of pictures. However, you can join Tilicho Lake trekking at any time of the year with Mission Himalaya.


Detail Itinerary

Day 1st: Arrival day in Kathmandu transfer to hotel (1350m/4429ft) {20 minutes drive}
Day 2nd: Kathmandu valley sightseeing and trek preparation (1350m/4429ft).
Day 3rd: Drive from Kathmandu to Syanje (1100m/3609ft) {7-8 hours drive}
Day 4th: Trek from Syange to Tal (1700m/5577ft) {6 hours trek}
Day 5th: Trek from Tal to Chame(2670m/8760ft) {5-6 hours trek}
Day 6th: Trek from Chame to Pisang (3200m/10500ft) {5-6 hours trek}
Day 7th: Trek from Pisang to Manang (3540m/11614ft) {8-9 hours trek
Day 8th: Acclimatization day in Manang (3540m/11614ft)
Day 9th: Trek from manang to Sri kharka (4060m/13320ft) {4-5 hours trek
Day 10th: Trek from Sri Kharka to Tilicho Base camp (4140m/13583ft) {5-6 hours trek
Day 11th: Trek from Tilicho Base camp to Tilicho Lake (4950m/16140ft) and back to Sri kharka (4060m/13320ft) {6-7 hours trek
Day 12th: Trek from Sri Kharka to Yake Kharka (4040m/13020ft) {4-5 hours trek}
Day 13th: Trek from Yak Kharka to Throng Phedi(4600m/15092ft) {3-4 hours trek}
Day 14th: Trek from Throng Phedi to Throng pass (5416m/17764ft) to Muktinath (3800m/12467ft) {7-8 hours trek}
Day 15th: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (2715m/8910ft) {5-6 hours trek}
Day 16th: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara (823m/2700ft) {25 minutes flight}
Day 17th: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1350m/4429ft) {6-7 hours drive}
Day 18th: Shopping, Departure or extend your trip


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Customer Reviews

Nepal is extremely Natural another world.

Jasmine Shaw | United Kingdom

Rating: 5

What an incredible experience with mission Himlayan in 2 weeks trekking in the Himalayas. Nepal is extremely Natural another world. Walking through the villages, seeing local people and wildlife is very unique to travel the country. My guide Ram L. is experienced excellent and very passoinate about his country and his job. A truly a very kind frined. Hospitality was great. His high altitude care of us was great. he checked oxygen level and pulse every day. care about our food. the room if not clean he talk to hotel owner and change quickly.  Tilicho Lake trekking view was amazing. Very clean water from the glacier. 
From start to Finish Birendra keep contact the guide to know about us. Thank you so much, everyone. I will highly and highly recommend.

Trekking Tilicho lake was a wonderful experience.

Roberts Thea | United States of America(US)

Rating: 5

Trekking Tilicho lake was a wonderful experience. Beautiful scenery, Local people Mananggi, Charm village and mountain Landscape with Marshyangdi river was worthwhile. Thank you, Birendra The company Owner. Our guide Dharke was very experienced and patient. He supports his company so much. His support for guest was fantastic. Always smiling and joking during the trekking. I highly recommend this Tilicho Lake Trek and the team of Mission Himalaya For me. 



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