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Tilicho Lake Trekking



Tilicho Lake collects the glacial melt of the entire northern slopes of Annapurna and Thorang Peak, which is claimed to be the highest lake in the world. In 2001, Hindu pilgrims from around the world flocked to the lake convinced it is a holy spot mentioned in the Ramayan - a holy book of the Hindus.

Tilicho Lake trekking starts right from Besisahar, which goes along the Marshyangdi River, with great views of Manaslu and Him Chuli to the east. This magnificent Tilicho Lake treking leads you to the fine village inhabited by a wide diversity of people from different ethnic groups, offering spectacular and majestic views of the white Himalayas. We have customized this route as it is basically the same as Annapurna Circuit, from Manang instead of taking the valley north to Tanki Manang and Yak Kharka this route goes to the main valley to the west passes through the Khanshar Village (Known as The Last Village of Nepal) and trek up to Tilicho lake, then we travel to Yak Kharka then up to pass of Thorung La at elevation of 5416 meters. From the pass of Thorung – La, the Tilicho Lake treking lead down to Muktinath then to Jomsom from where thirty-five minutes scenic flights take you to the Pokhara.


Day 01: Arrvial in Kathmandu (1345 mt)
Arrvial in Tribhuan International airport, welcome by Moktan adventure representative and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.


Day 02- Pre-trip Meeting and Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley
After breakfast we will go for day tour to Shyambhunath Stupa, Bouddhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple with our experienced english speaking tour guide. After the day tour meeting with trekking guide and office staff to discuss about your Tilicho Lake Trekking and other pre trip arrangement. Overnight at hotel.


Day 03- Drive to Besisahar (834 m) by bus 7 hours
Driving for around seven hours through the  Prithvi High way, with view of Trishuli river down the road. Overnight at hotel.


Day 04- Trek from Besisahar to Bahundanda (1430 mt)
This is the firs day of our hiking trip of Tilicho Lake trekking, we walk to the banks of the Marsyangdi River and then follow the trail through rice paddies and Gurung village - Ngadi. Approx walk for 6 hours. Overnight at teahouse.


Day05- Trek to Chamje (1560 meters)
Fram Bahundanda trail descend steeply to syange at the elevation of 1070 mt passing the suspension bridge on Marshyangi River entering the Nyingma. Nyingma is one of the Buddhis influenced are in northern part of Nepal. Following the river to stone village of Jagat and hiking thought the forest we reach Chamje at the height of 1560 meters. Approximate hike for around 5 hr. Overnight at Teahouse.


Day 06- Trek to Bagarchhap (2160meters)
After waliking for around 5 hours we reach Bagarchap. Bagarchap is an interesting village surrounded by apple orchards and maize fileds. Open views include Manaslu 8156 metres to the East. Overnight at teahouse.


Day 07- Trek to Chame (2630meters)
As we cut through a narrow field from the village, the Dudh Khola, which originates from the south face of Manaslu, enters on the opposite bank and we will walk with a lot scene of remarkable views. It takes around 5 hours to get Chame.


Day 08- Trek to Pisang (3300 meters)
Some dramatic scenery on today’s trek as you walk through a deep gorge, tehn past the great sweeping slope of Paungi Danda. A few climbs, but largely easy walk. Around 6 hrs approx hike. Overnight at teahouse.


Day 09- Trek to Manang (3540 meters)
A leisurely trek amidst breathtaking scenery. No steep climbs as trail winds through quaint villages, letting you get a flavor of the culture of Nyeshang (Upper Mustang). Approx hike for 5 hours. Overnight at teahouse.


Day 10- Acclimatization day at Manang village
This your day of rest and acclimatization. Acclimatizing at Manag is important because in the next few days you head for high altitude area, you gain height rather rapidly. It helps you from AMS. After exploring the Manang village you can short hike to Bodzo Gompa to the east or to the Gangapurna lake, and the Chongkor viewpoint above. 


Day 11- Trek to Khangsar Village (3735 mt)
Descending from old Manang and passing by Chorten, reaches a Marshyangdi river. Walking along the northern part of this river bank, the trail stays close to the river bed and soon we approach Khangsar, superb view of the Great Barrier open up. The village is surrounded by fields of wheat.


Day 12- Trekking to Tilicho Base Camp (4150)
A difficult or adventurous hiking day of Tilich Lake Trekking, which takes around 6-7 hrs. The higher path, through broad, involves a tiring ascent of some 900 m and then a steep, treacherous 800 m descent. You reach a crest (4650 mt) with prayer flags after the wearying clim, then through a series of zigzags down a scree slope bring you to the Tilicho Base Camp Hotel.


Day 13- Trek to Tilicho Lake (5180) and back down to Tilicho Base Camp
The trek start early in the morning since the round trip could well take 10-12 hours. There is no teahouse at Tilicho lake, so we have to get back to Base camp for our overnight stay. After climbing out of the side-valley, the trail works its way up moraine ridges, ascending all the way. Overnight at teahouse.


Day 14- Trek to Yak Kharka (4020 m)
Not a very hard day, the ascends being not very strenuous. Superb scenery all along. Hiking for around 4 to 5 hours. Overnight at teahouse.


Day 15- Trek to Thorong Phedi (4450 meters)
After a short ascent up the mountain path on the right bank, we follow a narrow trail across an unstable scree slope and then descend to Thorung Phedi. Apporx 4 hours hike. Overnight at teahouse.


Day 16- Trek to Muktinath via Thorung La pass
The toughest part of Tilicho Lake trekking, but spectacular mountain views. Early morning start to reach Muktinath with pack breakfast as you won’t find any teahouse in-between. Steep ascent initially, then very long, mostly gradual climb to pass. Steep, unendingly long descent. Need to be careful with potential dangers; high altitude, cold conditions and gale-force winds. Hiking for around 8-9 hours. Overnight at tea house.


Day 17- Trek to Jomsom (2720 meters)
Pleasant walk through scenic but barren terrain, with picturesque villages on the way. The descent is gradual till the very end, when the trail suddenly drops 300 meters. Walking around 5 hours. Overnight at teahouse.


Day 18- Fly to Pokhara  
Early morning fly to Pokhara and leisure day at Pokhara.


Day 19- Pokhara sightseeing
Sightseeing around pokhara valley which include Phewa Lake, Barahi Temple, Devi’s Fall, Mahendra Cave, Seti Gandaki Gorge, Bindyabasini Temple, World peace pagoda, Begnas Lake and Rupa Lake. Overnight at hotel.


Day 20- Drive back to Kathmandu
Six to seven hours drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu. Free evening for individual sightseeing around thamel, shopping or other activities. Overnigth at hotel.


Day 21- Departure
Farewell and transfer to international airport for your final departure.


Includes / Excludes

Cost Include(s)

1. Domestic Airport picks up & drops by private vehicle.
2. Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast.
3. City sightseeing tour in Kathmandu and Pokhara with local English-speaking guide by private vehicle.
4. All your standard Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
5.Teahouse accommodation during the trek.
6. Licensed English speaking Guide and required number of Porters (1 for 2 person basis) to carry your luggage during the trek; their food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipments, medicine.
7. Flight fare Jomsom-Pokhara with domestic airport tax for you and guide.
8. Annapurna Conservation area fee.
9. Trekker’s information management system(TIMS).
10.  Entrance & monument fees at various sightseeing places in Kathmandu/Pokhara.
11. Travel & Rescue arrangements.
12. Farewell dinner in Kathmandu
13. All our government taxes and official expenses.


Cost Exclude(s)

1. Lunch and dinner during your stay in Kathmandu.
2. Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks, tips, etc.,
3. All beverages and bar bills
4. Travel Insurance (Essential).
5. Personal trekking equipment except stated above.
6. Tips for staffs and driver's.
7.Any loss arising due to unforeseen circumstances that is beyond Moktan Adventure control.  


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Departure Dates

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Trip Price

$ 2000

Duration 21 Days

Grade Hard

Max-Altitude 4,919 m (16,138 ft)

Trip Style

Country Nepal


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