Tilicho Lake Trek
Instead of taking the valley north directly to theThorong la you can continue the main valley to the west and have a side trek to Tilicho lake. Dont believe some old leaflets writing that it is a one or two day trek, they where written when there was a path leading along the river. This was washed away in 1997 and will not be repaired. Ideal would be if you allow yourself 3 1/2 days from Manang.
Tilicho Lake Trek is one of the most fascinating trekking packages in the Annapurna Range. This is because the trek takes you to the highest Himalaya Lake known as the Tilicho Lake . It is one of the most adventurous and thrilling treks in the entire Nepal. The walk from Manang to Jomsom requires well equipment and highly experienced crews. Proper gear, clothes accordingly, food and water needs to be focused for higher altitudes in this region. It takes about four days starting from Manang and ending up in Jomsom.
The path from Khangsar to Tilicho was very rough once. But, it has been constructed now. However, sometimes it gets difficult to walk through that path still today. After crossing the eastern shore, the terrains in there are very strenuous. To get to the western shore, we need to cross through a frozen lake. If it’s not frozen, we need to go by three watersheds. All of the three watersheds lie above 5,000m/16,404ft of altitude. The most difficult part of the trek is when we march from Meso Kanta La.
From Manang, we need to go through the western gates and continue down to the river. We need to continue and move to the southern side walk through coniferous forests towards Kangsar. Here, we need to cross the Kangsar river that through a bridge below. Then we need to elevate to the village. The path beyond this is recently constructed. Continuing along this path we reach the Tilicho Base Camp.
This trekking route of Tilicho is an easy-moderate trek. However, some of the path is unconstructed and some are naturally challenged. You start from an altitude of 1,300m/4,265ft and gain 3,800m/12,467ft as the highest point during the trek. The best season to start is from September to November and February to May. The trek can be arranged at any month of the year on the client’s request.
Itinerary for Tilicho Lake Trekking
Arrival in Kathmandu Upon arrival at Kathmandu International Airport [1,338m/4,389ft] and transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu
Day 02: Sightseeing / Cultural Day in Kathmandu Valley. Hotel overnight
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar [820m/2,690ft] by bus and later trek to Bhulbhule [840m/2,760ft]. Camp or teahouse overnight
Day 05: Trek from Bhulbhule to Syange [1,211m/3,973ft]. Camp or teahouse overnight
Day 07: Trek from Syange to Tal. Camp or teahouse overnight
Day 09: Trek from Tal to Bagarchhap [2,070m/6,791ft]. Camp or teahouse overnight
Day 10: Trek from Bagarchhap to Koto [2,713m/8,900ft]. Camp or teahouse overnight
Day 11: Trek from Koto to Meta [3,638m/11,936ft]. Camp or teahouse overnight
Day 12: Trek from Meta to Kayang [3,740m/12,270ft]. Camp or teahouse overnight
Day 13: Trek from Kayang to Phu Gaon [4,060m/13,320ft]. Camp or teahouse overnight
Day 14: Exploration day at Phu Gaon. Camp or teahouse overnight
Day 15: Trek from Phu Gaon to Junam [3,720m/12,204ft. Camp or teahouse overnight
Day 15: Trek from Junam to Nar [4,263 m/13,986 ft]. Camp or teahouse overnight
Day 16: Exploration day at Nar. Camp or teahouse overnight
Day 17: Trek from Nar to Kang La Base. Camp or teahouse overnight
Day 18: Trek to from Kang La Base to Kang La Pass – Nigwal. Camp or teahouse overnight
Day 19: Trek from Nigwal to Manang [4,757 m/15,607 ft]. Camp or teahouse overnight
Day 20: Trek from Manang to Khangsar [5,188 m/17,021 ft]. Camp or teahouse overnight
Day 21: Trek from Khangsar to Tilicho Lake [4,910 m/16,109 ft]. Camp or teahouse overnight
Day 22: Trek from Tilicho Lake to the base of Mesokanto La [5,047 m/16,558 ft]. Camp or teahouse overnight
Day 23: Trek from Mesokanto La to Kalsang. Camp or teahouse overnight
Day 24: Trek from Kalsang to Jomsom [3,863 m/12,674 ft]. Camp or teahouse overnight
Day 25: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara [827m/2,713ft]. Hotel overnight
Day 26: Drive or fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu. Camp or teahouse overnight
Day 27: Final Departure