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Tilicho Lake

Tilicho Lake trek

Tilicho Lake is one of the highest altitude lakes in the world and Tilicho Lake trek is 4,949 m high in the Annapurna range of the Himalayas in Nepal. Tilicho Lake trek is also known as Mesokanto la is one of the high trekking of Annapurna.

Tilicho Lake altitude is one of the highest lakes in the world located at an altitude in 4,919m/16,085ft and very popular especially in summertime trek as rewarding as it is challenging. Tilicho lake trek 5,200m/17,004ft collects the glacial melt of the entire northern slopes of Annapurna.

Furthermore, Tilicho pass / Mesokanto la offers the great scenery of Mount Manaslu, Himalalchuli, Tilicho peak, the variety of landscapes, plants and animals with several other snow-capped mountains of Annapurna. Tilicho Lake trek is equally popular in terms of cultural aspects and the lake is gifted by God so it is best suited for devotees.

As it is a special type of trekking trails of Annapurna where you walk through every type of vegetation zone from lush sub-tropical to harsh semi-desert and passed over one of the highest trekking passes in the world. Tilicho lake trek is beautiful but is very technical, particularly the downhill parts from the Meso Kanto-La pass, and we do not recommend it for beginners.

We at Gokyo Treks and Expedition agency intends to make your journey a memorable one for your lifetime. With a carefully designed package and a team of an experienced manager, guide and porter, your Tilicho Lake trek with Gokyo Treks will be reliable and full of fun!.

Tilicho Lake trek highlights
  • Discover Pokhara – a paradise on Earth, A beautiful Fewa lake with a panorama of Annapurna Himalayas.
  • Walking through cultivated fields, Excellent views of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Annapurna South, Fishtail & more.
  • Explore the beautiful Tilicho lake 4,919m/16,085ft known as the highest lake of Nepal
  • Experience the different mixed cultures, their lifestyles of Marshyangdi and Kali Gandaki valley people.
  • The deepest George of Kali Gandaki valley, Saligram ammonite fossil hunting.

Tilicho trek detail itinerary

Day 1Arrival day at Kathmandu

Receive you in Kathmandu international airport. Then transfer to hotel by private car. If you have time, just a couple of hrs time sightseeing around downtown Thamel.

Day 2 Drive to Besisahar by bus (760m/2,485ft). 7 hours.

Early morning, guide will come to take your hotel at 7.00 am in the morning to pick you up. We have 7 hours of driving to Besishar, 185 km far from Kathmandu. On arrival at Besisahar you willsee stunning snow caped mountain scenery. Overnight at Guest house.

Day 3Drive to Syange and trek to Chamje (1,400m /4,578ft). 5 hours

The trail drops steeply to Syange at 1070m from Bahundanda. Leaving Bahundanda a large waterfall may be seen. We, crossing the Marsyangdi River on a suspension bridge. We then follow the river to the stone village of Jagat before climbing through forest to Chamje. Overnight at Guest house.

Day 4 Trek to Bagarchhap (2,160m/7,063ft) 5 hours.

The day begins with the rocky mountain trails following the Marsyandi Rivers steadily uphill to Tal at 1675m, the first village in the Manang district. We make a trail verse crossing a wide, flat valley, than little ups and downs to reach Dharapani village (1890m). A stone entrance chorten typical of the Tibetan influenced villages, than we arrive at Bagarchhap (2160 m). Bagarchhap has a typical flat roofed Tibetan styles stone houses village surrounded by apple Orchards and maize fields. Overnight at Guest house.

Day 5Trek to Chame village (2,630m/8,600ft). 5 hours.

The trail climbs to Tyanja at 2360m, then continuing through forest, but near the river, to Kopar at 2590m. 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 and two small hot springs. While on a trek 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 Guest house.

Day 6Trek to Pisang village (3,300m/10,791ft) 5 hours.

The day starts through deep forest in a steep and narrow valley, crossing a river on a long bridge located at 2910m. After crossing a bridge at 3040m, we have a view of Paungda Danda rock face. The trail from there joins to climb to Pisang village. In the late afternoon, visit upper Pisang for an amazing Himalayan view. Overnight at Guest house.

Day 7Trek to Manang (3,540m/11,576ft), 5 hours.

Leaving Pisang, we have alternate trails north and south of the Marsyandi River. The southern route by Humde, 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 Braga (3475m) to nearby Manang at 3540m. Overnight at Guest house.

Day 8 Acclimatization day at Manang Village.

Acclimatize day in Manang. Hiking and village excursion is not compulsory. However, we recommend you to spend doing some fine 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 Guest house.

Day 9Trek to Khangsar (3,734m/12,210ft), 3 hours.

Today, we will trek to the village of Khangsar, about 3-hrs from Manang at (3734m). On the way, we can make a detour to the Gangapurna glacial lake. The trail Manang to Khangsar is very narrow and this village is small village with a beautiful monastery. You are enjoying with splendid views of mount Khangsar and Tilicho Peak and the grand barrier. Overnight at Guest house.

Day 10Trek to Tilicho Base camp (4,150m/13,571ft), 4 hrs.

On your journey today, you can often see Blue sheep grazing on a grassy field. About one kilometer from the field, we reach a hill. You have to Climb this hill (4200m) affords us a view of the entire valley. A steep descent will bring us to Tilicho Base Camp (4150m), where we will find trekking seasonable lodging at Tilicho Base Camp. Overnight at Guest house.

Day 11TBC to Nama Phu (3510m) crossing over Masokanto La (5,200m/17,004ft), 7 hours.

Early morning climb to Tilicho Lake (4920m) and take a look and enjoy with beautiful Lake situated at such high elevation. The Lake is 4 kilometers long and 2.5 kilometers wide. It is the main source for the Marsyangdi River. After enjoying with lake view then continue climb to Mesokanto La Pass (5121m) known as Tilicho Pass. Getting a grand view from the summit, we than descends over rocky trail to Nama Phu (3510m). Stay overnight in Tent this overnight.

Day 12 Nama Phu trek to Jomsom (2,713m /8,872ft), 6 hours.

Today, the trail also lead the descending path to Jomsom and not hard walking today just you with beautiful panoramic views of Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, Tukuche Peak and so on. Afternoon you are in Jomsom then you can look around Jomsom it is big town in Mustang district and guide will reconfirm your flight tickets for Pokhara for next morning. Stay overnight in Tent.

Day 13 Scenic flight from Jomsom to Pokhara (850m /2,780ft), 25 min.

Today, you will take the early morning flight which again will give close-up views of the Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri and Annapurna range and you are flying about 25 minutes flight in a small aircraft. After arrival in Pokhara airport drive to hotel check-in your hotel and relax or do your own activities in Pokhara or look around lakeside. Overnight at hotel

Day 14 Drive to Kathmandu by tourist bus (7 hrs) or Fly (optional).

Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu takes around 7 hours passing the great mountain views, green scenery, rice terrace fields, vegetable fields and people being engaged in their daily life activities. You can also fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu takes about 25 minute only but paying an extra cost. Overnight Hotel.

Day 15 Final departure day .

Drop you in Kathmandu International Airport onward your final destination and our trip ends. Wish you your wonderful journey!!!

Cost Include
  • Kathmandu international – domestic airport transfer by private vehicles.
  • 3 nights twin sharing hotel accommodation in Kathmandu within BB Plan
  • 1 night hotel accommodation in Pokhara within Bed with breakfast plan
  • Fluent English speaking license holder mountain trekking guide
  • All land transportation as per itinerary.
  • 1 night Tent accommodation on Nama Phu kharka.
  • Guest House accommodation wile you are on trekking.
  • Meals on full board Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner each day during the trekking days
  • Domestic flight: Jomsom to Pokhara airfare with applicable airport departure tax.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area permits and TIMS permits for Tilicho Lake trek
  • Food and accommodation and salary of Nepali trekking staffs.
  • Insurance of guide and porters.
  • Pokhara – Kathmandu by Tourist Bus transfer
  • All Government Tax, VAT and Company service charge.
  • A special gift from our company.

Cost Exclude
  • Nepal entry visa fee cost US$ 40.
  • Lunch and Dinner during the staying in Kathmandu and Pokhara city.
  • Any kinds of battery charges, laundry service, phone calls and hot shower during the trekking.
  • Personal trekking equipment and Clothing.
  • Personal nature expenses, any drinks and bar bills.
  • Your travel insurance (it is mandatory in case of emergency).
  • Any donation and monuments entrance fees.
  • Tips for the crew (Note : TIPS is not compulsory but expected)
  • Any other things which are not mentioned above

Equipment checklist

The following listed equipment is suggested and essential for Tea house trekking and camping trekking in the Nepal Himalaya. Make sure that below list as a guideline proposal. Some of the Trekking equipment can be hired or bought in the many adventure shops in Kathmandu.

The following basic equipment check lists should help you with your packing. Please remember that you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. At the start of the trek your packed trek bag should weigh not more than 33 pounds or 15 kg.


  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
  • Sunglasses with UV protection

Upper Body:

  • T-shirts (2)
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket (optional)


  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer

Lower Body:

  • Underwear (4)
  • Hiking shorts (2)
  • Lightweight cotton long pants
  • Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
  • Fleece or wool pants
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants


  • Thin, lightweight inner socks (4)
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4)
  • Hiking boots with spare laces
  • Camping shoe or sandals
  • Gaiters


  • Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees
  • Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
  • Small pad or combination lock-to-lock trek bag
  • Basic First Aid Kit (see Health and Medicinal)
  • Large plastic bags – for keeping items dry inside trek bag
  • Day pack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
  • Thermo rest sleeping pad
  • Water bottles (2)
  • Toiletries
  • Small wash towel

Tilicho Lake trek Note:

The above itineraries are subject to change due to condition beyond our control. This is a Guide line showing tentative camp night stops. Physical, technical and natural condition may change this above itineraries.

“What makes Tilicho Lake trek special?”

Opportunities for challenging trekking or hiking and pleasant strolls are scattered all over this planet; you just need to know where to find them. We at Gokyo Treks and Expedition believe in the quality services. Your safety and satisfaction is our concern. We are a team of professional, experienced, well trained and licensed local guides who knows the destination much better than others.


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