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Tilicho Lake Trekking

Tilicho Lake Trekking

Tilicho Lake Trekking

Tilicho Lake trekking is one of the very popular trips in Annapurna Region. Tilicho Lake collects the glacial melt of the full northern slopes of Annapurna and Thorang Peak, which is claimed to be the highest lake in the world. In Hindu pilgrims from around the world gathered to the lake convinced it is a holy spot mentioned in the Ramayan - a holy book of the Hindus.

Tilicho Lake trekking starts from Besisahar, which goes along the Marshyangdi River, with great views of Manaslu and Himal Chuli to the east. This magnificent Tilicho Lake trekking leads you to the fine village inhabited by a wide diversity of people from different ethnic groups, offering spectacular and magnificent views of the white Himalayas. We have modified 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 (The Last Village of Nepal) and trek up to Tilicho lake, then we travel to Yak Kharka then up to pass of Thorang La at elevation of 5416 m. From the pass of Thorang La, the Tilicho Lake trekking lead down to Muktinath then to Jomsom from where twenty minutes scenic flights take you to the Pokhara.

From Tilicho Lake you also have the option of crossing the challenging pass of Moesokanta La Pass to Jomsom instead of traveling to Thorang La Pass but good additional equipment with tented camp are require to go through Moesokanta La Pass.

Tilicho Lake Trekking / 20 Days - Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu (1300m)

Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Besisahar (830m) 7-8 hrs

Day 04: Trek Besisahar to Bahundanda (1310 m) 5 hrs

Day 05: Trek Bahundanda to Chamje (1400m) 5 hrs

Day 06: Trek Chamje to Bagarchhap (2160m) 5-6 hrs

Day 07: Trek Bagarchhap to Chame (2630m) 5-6 hrs

Day 08: Trek Chame to Pisang (3300m) 5-6 hrs

Day 09: Trek Pisang to Manang (3540m) 5-6 hrs

Day 10: Acclimatization day at Manang village (3540m)

Day 11: Trek Manang to Khangsar Village (3700 meters) 4-5 hrs

Day 12: Trek Khangsar to Tilicho Base Camp (4200m) 5-6 hrs

Day 13: Trek Tilicho Base Camp to Tilicho Lake (5200m) and back down to Tilicho BC (4200m) 6 hrs

Day 14: Trek Tilicho BC to Yak Kharka (4000m) 5-6 hrs

Day 15: Trek to Thorong Phedi (4450m) 5-6 hrs

Day 16: Trek Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3800m) via Thorung La passes (5416m) 8-9 hrs

Day 17: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (2500m) 5-6 hrs

Day 18: Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara (8 20m) 20 min

Day 19: Pokhara Kathmandu fly 25 min. / drive 6-7 hrs

Day 20: Farewell Friend (Final departure to your onward destination)

Tilicho Lake Trekking / 20 Days - Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu (1300m)
Namaste & welcome to Mountain Guide Trek of Nepal. Upon your arrival, you will be greeted by a representative from Mountain guide Treks (MGT). After completing your custom formalities (Visa, etc) pick up your luggage and look for our representative with a Mountain Guide Treks and Expedition with Group leader's name display board at the arrival gate. You will be then transferred to Hotel. After check in, if time allows, you will visit MGT office to meet your trekking leader as well as other participants and for final preparation for the trip. It all depends upon your arrival time. (Overnight at deluxe hotel on BB basis)

Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
The day after breakfast we will start sightseeing tour with our professional tour guide to the several of most historical and spiritual Place in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks are considered the World Heritage historic Sites such as Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambunath) and Buddhists shrine (Buddha Nath) which is one of the largest Stupas in the world. After come back from the tour there will be a pre-trip discussion with our trek leader and other team members. Mountain Guide Trek will brief you regarding your trek as well as we may have an opportunity to discuss any difficulties regarding our upcoming adventure. Rest of the time you could use for travelling around the Thamel and shopping of needed equipment and other necessaries. (Overnight at deluxe hotel on BB basis)

Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Besisahar (830m) 7-8 hrs 
We have to begin very early today as we need to go a long drive to arrive at our trek starting point. After breakfast, we leave Kathmandu at around 7:00 am and nearly after 7-8 hours drive we reach Besishahar. Enrooted we see more of countryside of Nepal that offers granaries, rivers, villages, farms and beautiful mountain scenarios. However, the condition of road is not equally fine in all portion of our drive today. Approx 185 Km driving to Besisahar from Kathmandu. (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)

Day 04: Trek Besisahar to Bahundanda (1310 m) 5 hrs
Today our journey starts at Besisahar, from where, the trail makes a slight climb to Khudi, and we reach to first Gurung village at Bhulbhule. Our first day introduces us to the cultural elements of Nepal; we encounter a typical local house and the different faces of the various people. (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)

Day 05: Trek Bahundanda to Chamje (1400m) 5 hrs
Today the trail drops steeply to Syange at (1070m) from Bahundanda crossing the Marsyangdi River on a suspension bridge. We then follow the river to the stone village of Jagat before climbing through forest to Chyamje. (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)

Day 06: Trek Chamje to Bagarchhap (2160m) 5-6 hrs
Our day begins with the rocky trail following the Marsyandi Rivers steadily uphill to Tal (1675m), the first village in the Manang district. We make a trail verse crossing a wide, flat valley. The trail then climbs a stone stairway till another stairway. The journey continues up and down to Dharapani (1890m). There we find a stone entrance Chorten typical of the Tibetan influenced villages from here northwards. We then reach the Bagarchhap at 2160 meters that offers the typical flat roofed stone houses of local Tibetans design although the village which is still in the transition Zone before the dry highlands. (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)

Day 07: Trek Bagarchhap to Chame (2630m) 5-6 hrs
The trail climbs to Tyanja (2360m), then continuing through forest, but near the river, to Kopar . As we reach the Chame, the headquarters of the Manang district, we are rewarded by the fine views of Annapurna II as you approach Chame the two small hot springs by the town. Along this route we are introduced to a local community said to have migrated from Tibet a long time past, noticeable by their different features. With them, they have bought local Tibetan house designs and maintained their ways. (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)

Day 08: Trek Chame to Pisang (3300m) 5-6 hrs
The day starts through deep fine forest in a steep and narrow valley, crosses a river on a long bridge. We then cross another bridge, from there the view of the soaring Paungda Danda rock face really begins to appear. From there the trail joins to climb to Pisang. (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)

Day 09: Trek Pisang to Manang (3540m) 5-6 hrs
Today we continue through the drier upper part of the Manang district, cut off from the full effect of the monsoon by the Annapurna Range. People of this region herd the yaks & raise crops for part of the year. They also continue to enjoy special trading rights gained way back in 1784. Leaving Pisang, we have alternate trails north and south of the Marsyangdi River which meets up again at Mungji. The southern route by Hongde, with its airstrip (3325m) which involves less climbing than the northern route via Ghyaru, though there are better views on the trail that follows the northern bank of the river. From Mungji, the trail continues past the picturesque but partially hidden village of Bryanga (3475m) to nearby Manang (3540m). (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)

Day 10: Acclimatization day at Manang village (3540m)
Today we spend a day acclimatizing in Manang. The whole day we spend doing some fine day walks and over viewing the magnificent views around the village & the day time is best to gain altitude. At the end of the day, we return back to our accommodation & have a night rest. (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)

Day 11: Trek Manang to Khangsar Village (3700 meters) 4-5 hrs
After acclimatized at Manang we continue our adventure for Tilicho Lake, from Manang one heads out through the western gates and then one follows the path down to the river. After crossing the the Khangsar Khola on the bridge below Khangsar and ascend the slope to the village, a village still in the old Tibetan style and which is also known as last village of Nepal. (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)

Day 12: Trek Khangsar to Tilicho Base Camp (4200m) 5-6 hrs
From Khangsar on a large path, pass a Gompa (monastery). The route ahead goes on a recently constructed path up towards a high ridge. At one point is an intersection. One path maintains the altitude, traversing the slopes towards a place where the valley is narrow; the other continues to ascend towards the line of the ridge. The former is the old path, and is much more difficult as it goes on really steep screed; the latter is the new path that goes a completely different way. Go on along the new path, reach a high crest, and descend on switch backs carved out through the screed slopes to a side valley of the main valley. At its bottom is a brook. On the other side of it is a building known as Tilicho Base Camp at elevation (4200m). (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)

Day 13: Trek Tilicho Base Camp to Tilicho Lake (5200m) and back down to Tilicho BC (4200m) 6 hrs
Today our journey start early in the morning around 6:00 am as we trying to avoid the wind, From Base camp to the Tilicho Lake takes another 3-4 hours. Tilicho Lake is a cold barren place in the afternoon and claimed as highest lake of the world. After we spend some time around Tilicho Lake we will return same way back to Base Camp as there are no any accommodation facilities at Tilicho Lake area. (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)

Day 14: Trek Tilicho BC to Yak Kharka (4000m) 5-6 hrs
Returning from Base camp you can keep high and follow a track 400m or so above Khangsar village passing through the ruins of old Khangsar and follow an unmarked trail which will lead you around and down to cross the river on an old log bridge between Gumsang and Yak Kharka. (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)

Day 15: Trek to Thorong Phedi (4450m) 5-6 hours.
Today, after ascending for two and half hour the trail descends to cross the river than climb up to Thorong Phedi (4450m) where we have recently found some good tea house built. (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)

Day 16: Trek Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3800m) via Thorung La passes (5416m) 8-9 hrs
Today is longest and hardest day of the whole trip. We start our walk early in the morning with packed lunch and the trail becomes steepest initially and reaches at high camp. Walk on your own pace viewing with sunrise and glimpse of the mountains. We continuing walk to the top takes 3-4 hrs to the Throng top and with a great feeling of victory take a short breaks for picturesque scenery and down to the Mustang part of mountains and the Kaligandaki valley far below to the West. Finally, we made to Muktinath after 6-7 hrs long walk. (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)

Day 17: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (2500m) 5-6 hrs
Today, we wake up early to the marvelous sounds of temple bells and visit the famous pilgrimage center to Muktinath Temple area. After breakfast it is an easy trek down to Kagbeni. The trail descends through a dramatic, arid landscape all the way to Kagbeni. To reach Kagbeni one must travel on either side of the Kaligandaki River. The left fork continues up the river to Kagbeni. Perhaps you lunch spot will be at Kagbeni. After few hours walking from Kagbeni we reach at Jomsom, a large town and the headquarters of the Mustang region. It has an airstrip just above the Kaligandaki River and is also a major village on the Kaligandaki area linking the age old Trans-Himalayan Salt Trade route to Tibet. (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)

Day 18: Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara (8 20m) 20 min.
This morning we pack our bags and get ready for the exciting mountain scenic flight to Pokhara. The flight transit through between two high peaks Mt. Annapurna (8091m and Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m and give us an opportunity to enjoy with best views of surrounding Annapurna & Dhaulagiri Himalayan range. We have full day at Pokhara to enjoy with its natures. Our guide will take you for sightseeing in Pokhara valley and visit the highlights of Pokhara and the surrounding areas. The place to visit pilgrimage sites of Hindus temple Bindabashini, which one most important popular Hindu temple in Pokhara. Two hour boating in Phewa Lake and visit the Barahi temple which one in island in Phewa Lake and others popular place David fall (Water fall), Ghupteshower cave etc. (Over night at deluxe hotel on BB basis)

Day 19: Pokhara Kathmandu fly 25 min. /drive 6-7 hrs
You could choose afternoon flight to Kathmandu, till some hours before flight; you may take an optional sightseeing tour around Pokhara or enjoy adventure activities such as boat riding, paragliding, etc. While returning to Kathmandu from Pokhara, be sure to catch the left side of airplane for the best views of Himalayas. Or if you would like to choose by bus, we will arrange ticket in tourist coach at river side seat and start your journey at 7:30 am from Pokhara. Left site's seats of vehicles are nice to enjoy the scenery; the road follows by Trisuli River where you see many people rafting on the river. After 6/7 hours you will arrive at Kathmandu (beside Thamel) and transfer to your hotel. The day at leisure to rest, perhaps catch up on some last minute shopping or explore any sights you missed during your first day in Kathmandu. ! Remember, we will be hosting a fantastic celebration "Farewell dinner" at traditional Nepalese restaurant together with Mountain Guide Trek staffs for successful completion of the Tilicho Lake Throng La Pass Trek! (Overnight at deluxe hotel on BB basis)

Day 20: Farewell Friend (Final departure to your onward destination) 
Today is last day in Nepal for this trip; you are saying good bye to the mountains as journey in Nepal, comes to an end today, There is nothing to do but trade emails with travel companions and organize the photos. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. Approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight a representative from Mountain Guide Treks will take you to the airport.

Cost Include

  • Airport pick up drop service
  • All land transportation as per itinerary
  • One day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu with license holder tour guide
  • 3 night's hotel accommodation at Kathmandu in deluxe hotel on BB basis
  • 2 night's hotel accommodation at Pokhara in tourist standard hotel on BB basis.
  • Guest house/tented accommodation according to given itinerary (sharing in 2 bed room) and 3 meals (Breakfast, lunch, Dinner) during the trek
  • Domestic air ticket Jomsom-Pokhara & Pokhara-Kathmandu
  • Domestic air fare Tax
  • "Farewell dinner "before a day your departure from Nepal.
  • An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide), assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging.
  • Down jacket, for seasonal sleeping bag, Mountain Guide treks & Expedition kit bag/duffel bag, trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
  • All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit, TIMS )
  • A comprehensive medical kit

Cost Exclude

  • Nepal entree visa: you can get a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International airport in Kathmandu (a multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by Paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
  • International airfare
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu or Pokhara (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, water bottle, hot shower during the trekking etc.)
  • Personal trekking equipments & clothing
  • Any donation and monuments entrance fee
  • Tips for guides and porters
  • Any donation & monuments entrance fee

Note:- Cost includes and exclude section may give you better idea on how the trip is organized. Once you let us know the number of interested traveler and departure date we would get back to you with actual cost for the trip.

Equipment

The following is a list of clothing and accessories that we recommend for Tilicho Lake Trekking Nepal. This is not intended to be a comprehensive clothing and equipment list; rather it is intended to act as a reminder of those items that we are feel necessary for your comfort and convenience. However we recognize that you may have your own personal preferences for clothing which may be equally as suitable.

Head

  • Light or warm fleece hat.
  • Watch with light & alarm
  • Sun hat and scrap
  • Sunglasses

Upper Body

  • T-shirts (4)
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket or sweater
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket (optional)
  • Body lotion/Anti-sunlight cream

Hands

  • Playing cards
  • Lightweight gloves (water/wind proof)
  • Trail map and guide book
  • Heavy weight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer

Lower Body

  • Underwear (4)
  • Hiking shorts (4)
  • Lightweight cotton long pants
  • Light weight thermal bottoms
  • Fleece or wool pants
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants

Feet

  • Thin, lightweight inner socks (4-pairs)
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4-pairs)
  • Hiking boots with spare laces
  • Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)

Accessories

  • Sleeping bag
  • Money belt
  • Head touch and batteries
  • Basic First Aid Kit (see Health and Medicinal)
  • Water bottle
  • Toiletries
  • Small wash towel

Optional Items

  • Swiss Knife
  • Playing cards/backgammon/chess set
  • Trekking map
  • Books (Highly Recommended)
  • Binoculars
  • Camera & extra batteries
  • Binoculars
  • Reading books
  • Journal & pen
  • Photo's of home/family
  • Energy/protein bars (optional)
  • Walkman

Note: If the above schedule does not meet your requirements, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preferences.

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Our Grand Discount Offer For 2016/2017

Note: If the above departures dates are not matched for you may request own your suitable date!

  • 04 to 06 people in a group, there will be 10% discount in total cost.
  • 07 to 09 people in a group, there will be 15% discount in total cost.
  • 10 to 19 people in a group, there will be 15 % discount in total cost and 1 group leader free of cost.
  • 20 & above people in a group, there will be special discount in total cost and + + member free of cost.
  • Winter Special Offer: If you travel in winter time (Dec / Jan / Feb), there will be 10% discount in total cost.
  • Summer Special Offer: If you travel in summer time (June / July / August), there will be 10% discount in total cost.
  • Early Booking Special Offer: If you Book a Trip before 6 months from the trip departure, there will be 10% discount in total cost.

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