Situated in the Manang district of North-Western Nepal, the otherworldly Tilicho is the lake at highest elevation of the world at a stunning altitude of 4,919 meters. Tilicho Lake and Thorong La Pass Trek will take you to the highest lake in the world that is nestled right in the middle of the Himalayans and a climb even higher to the Thorong La Pass at 5,416 meters!
Tilicho Lake and Thorong La Pass Trek encapsulates all the thrill and adventure you can experience in the Western Himalayans in a single itinerary. Travelling through the beautiful alpine villages of Manang that are set in the foothills of the Annapurna massif to an emerald lake that reflects the crystal views of silver peaks in its water, being virtually within the reach of Gangapurna and TillichoPeaks and crossing the enthralling Thorong La Pass that is more a test of mind than body, are some unforgettable experiences awaiting you. Other noteworthy highlight of the trek is trek to the restricted, ancient Mustang Kingdom before trekking down to the beautiful Lake City of Pokhara to relax at the end of the journey. The trail cuts through diverse elevations, and has climates stretching from semti-tropical to desert, and landscapes ranging from sub-tropical to alpine forests to snowy barren, and the staggeringly rocky Thorong La Mountain Pass. Undoubtedly, one of the most enriching trips in the Manang district, you will be surprised to know that only a fraction of people embarking on a trek around the Annapurna venture out to the Tilicho Lake. However, this serves as a bonus point, as the trek routes are still remote and isolated, contrary to the classic, yet heavily commercialized routes to the base camp.
Before commencing the 18-days long Tilicho Lake and Thorong La Pass Trek, we will complete the sightseeing of some of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Kathmandu Valley. The trek commences with an 8-hour long bus drive to the beautiful and bustling town of Beshi Shahar in Lamjung District. From here, we will we will ascent through the banks of choppy Marshyangdi River, while the views of Mt. Manaslu and Mt. Himchuli keep us invigorated through the trek. The remote and off-beaten trail will take you through different beautiful hamlets inhabited by ethnic groups like Brahmin, Chettri, and Tamang. At higher elevations, we will come across iconic Gurung settlements which heavily reflect the ancient Tibetan Buddhism. Finally, we will trek through Yak Kharka to reach the beautiful and holy Tilicho Lake.
Nestled in the laps of beautiful Himalayans, Tilicho lake reflects the pristine views of the mountains that guard it. From there, we will continue our trek further uphill towards the Thorong La Pass. From the mountain pass we will have marvelous view of the western mountains like Annapurna massif and other towering satellites. After crossing the pass, we will reach the iconic Nepalese district of Mustang, which is also known as the land beyond the Himalayans. In Mustang, we will visit the holy, ancient site of Muktinath which is one of the most popular pilgrimage site for Hindus and Buddhists alike. The trek will come to an end when we will trek down to Jomsom and catch a flight to the laid-back tourist city of Pokhara.
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu received by Team Himalaya staff.
On arrival meet our TH staff for courtesy transfer to respective hotels in the heart of Kathmandu at Thamel area, an interesting place for shopping and having meals in one of the many world class restaurants, pubs and bakery.
Our guide will inform on details regarding trek to Tilicho Lake & Thorang-la.
Day 02: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest.
Morning after breakfast at given time our city and cultural guide will guide you in and around Kathmandu at places of interest and importance, as Kathmandu Valley is full of World Heritage Sites the holy Pashupatinath temple, Bouddhanath (Little Tibet), Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple) & monasteries, ancient Kings Palaces and courtyard in Kathmandu; after an interesting sightseeing back to the hotel, preparation for the trip to Tilicho Lake & Thorang-la around Northern Annapurna trek.
Day 03: Drive to Jagat 1,290 m via Beshsisar 800 m – 08 hrs.
A scenic long drive of 8 hours to Jagat village, which is quite interesting on the Nepal’s main highway following the Trisuli river for a while and then heading west with views of Ganesh, Langtang Himal and Annapurna, Manaslu range of peaks. On reaching at Dumre in the middle of Kathmandu / Pokhara highway, our route diverts towards Jagat passing large town of Beshisar and then on the dirt jeep road to Jagat village located in the mid hills. On arrival at Jagat village transfer into nice and simple lodge for overnight stop in this interesting farm village.
Day 04: Trek to Dharapani 1,920 m – 05 hours.
From Jagat village starting the first day walk on the gradual winding trail to Chamje, near raging Marsyangdi River and then crossing towards east bank into woodland, with views of Annapurna and Manaslu Mountain range pf peaks, then following a wide path all the way to Tal Besi a nice village located on Marsyangdi valley, after a lunch stop another few hours walk reaches Dharapani village for overnight stop, situated on the junction of this Annapurna circuit and around Manaslu trek.
Day 05: Trek to Chame 2,670 m – 05 hours.
After a nice night at Dharapani, morning walk along a wide trail into tranquil rhododendron and pine forest and villages of Bagachap and Danque, then to Timang village with grand view of Mt. Manaslu 8,163m / 26,781ft, after Timang village another hour walk leads to the village of Koto and then to Chame for the overnight stop, Chame a large major town of Manang area.
Day 06: Trek to Pisang 3, 230 m – 05 hrs.
From Chame onwards walk leads into cool and refreshing mountain air, as the morning walk leads through charming forest of rhododendron and pine tree following Marshyangdi River upstream with short ups and downs path to Bhratang village, from here walk climbs a winding uphill into fine woodlands to reach at Dhukure Pokhari for lunch stop, this place with few lodges overlooking views of Chulu’s and peak of Pisang including Pisang village below the Marsyangdi River valley, after a nice stop descend for two hours to Pisang village for overnight stop from here on with more Tibetan influence in culture, religion and way of daily traditional life.
Day 07: Trek to Manang Village 3,450 m – 05 hrs.
Pisang a mystical windswept village with awesome views of mountains arid landscapes, from here onwards gain in altitude, as the morning walk leads through a pristine woodland with an hour climb to a ridge with fantastic views of Hongde village and its small airstrip beneath the mountains of Annapurna II and III, Gangapurna Chulu’s and Pisang peak, with a nice descent towards flat Marsyangdi River valley at Hongde village, from here slowly the tree lines disappears for barren, arid with cold and dry climate.
From here a picturesque walk leading at Braga village just before Manang, here a worth a visit in its old monastery with an old Buddhist relics, ancient wall painting and frescos, offering overwhelming views of Annapurna’s Himalaya, and then an hour walk reaches at Manang village and check into a nice cizy lodge with magnificent views of snow capped peaks that surround this village and the Manang valley.
Day 08: Rest day at Manang for local hikes and acclimatization.
An important to have rest day for acclimatization before heading high Thorang -la, at Manang with various option for short hike, this large Tibetan like village located on a wide windswept valley at the bank of Marsyangdi River below the massif Annapurna and Gangapurna mountain range, a nice walk up for views of Gangapurna Glacier and Manang emerald glacial Lake one of the source of Marsyangdi River.
Day 09: Trek to Khangsar 3,734 – 04 hrs.
From Manang journey continues towards Tilicho Lake via Khangsar village morning with a short scenic day’s walk to Khangsar, after few hours of nice trek leaving the main Annapurna circuit trail behind, heading south west in complete isolation away from the main trekking route, overlooking fabulous views of surrounding landscapes and mountains, then the walk finally reaches to Khangsar village for overnight stop.
Day 10: Trek to Tilicho Lake 4,140 m – 04 hrs.
Another half day walk today starting the morning journey towards barren arid country area, after a descend for few hours then the route heads uphill on this dry terrain where the vegetation are sparse, with few small juniper bushes, after a great nice walk reaching at picturesque emerald Tilicho Lake, which is regarded as holy lake for Buddhist and Hindu’s, this lovely spot with few lodges by the lake shore, afternoon a short hike or just relax and enjoy the surrounding beautiful scenery of the Lake changing its colors with the sunlight, this lovely place surrounded by staggering Tilicho Peak with views of Annapurna III and Gangapurna mountains.
Day 11: Trek back to Khangsar 3,734 – 04 hrs.
Morning free at leisure to marvel the surrounding beauty and the emerald Tilicho Lake, after lunch walk back to Khangsar village for overnight stop after a wonderful time at Tilicho Lake, from here on Annapurna circuit route to Thorang-la.
Day 12: Trek to Yak Kharka 4,110 m – 04 hours.
After a wonderful time at Tilicho Lake and Khangsar, morning journey leads towards Ghunsang village on the winding uphill trail to Yak Kharka, an impressive walk on this high altitude with fabulous views of snow capped mountains, then reaching Yak Kharka a small place with 3-4 lodges, offering incredible views of Gangapurna, Annapurna III and Chulu Peaks.
Day 13: Trek to Thorong High Camp 4,600 m – 04 hrs.
From Yak Kharka getting into much higher terrain towards Thorang-la, leading to cross a bridge with a climb along Jarjung river bank, on the narrow trail to reach at Thorung Phedi, from here an hour steep climb to the overnight stop at Thorang High Camp, to make it shorter for next day traverse over Thorang-la pass on time in the morning.
Day 14: Cross Thorong-La 5,416 m to Muktinath 3,800 m – 07 hrs.
Today, main highlight of this adventure, with an early breakfast setting off with a long undulating climb to the top of Thorang-la at 5,416 m / 17,700 ft, the highest of this journey. On reaching the top after a vigorous climb due to high altitude and thin air, greeted with awesome views of surrounding mountains from Mt. Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, Mustang Himal to Annapurna II, III and Gangapurna mountain range, after catching mind blowing views descend to Muktinath at 3,800 meters. On reaching Muktinath for overnight stop, on this holy place of Hindus and Buddhists the word Muktinath literally means ‘the place for Nirvana or Liberation’.
Day 15: Trek to Jomsom 2, 715 m – 04 hours.
After Muktinath rest of the journey will be easier with moderate walks all the way after Thorang-la, morning walk with a drop of 1,200m of downhill to Kaligandaki river valley, this pleasant walk reaches the vast Kaligandaki river valley with a small break at Ekale bhatti. From here onwards gets windy in the afternoon time, from this place few hours walk to Jomsom,
Jomsom the headquarter of Mustang region with an airstrip located above Kaligandaki River. This town is in the centre or junction of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri circuit, Upper Mustang and to holy Muktinath route, afternoon with ample time to explore around Jomsom.
Day 16: Fly to Pokhara and transfer to hotel.
Morning transfer to Jomsom airport for a short scenic flight to scenic Pokhara, Pokhara valley another highlight of this fabulous trip, Pokhara regarded as the most beautiful place on this globe with awesome mountain views and natural surrounding with its serene lake Phewa.
Day 17: Drive back to Kathmandu – 06 hrs.
Morning a scenic drive to Kathmandu, after a wonderful memorable trip in the high mountains of Annapurna area, then on reaching Kathmandu transfer to respective hotels with afternoon free at leisure.
Day 18: International departure homeward bound.
Last day in Nepal with wonderful memorable time in Himalaya trekking to Tilicho Lake & Thorang –la on the northern Annapurna region with Team Himalaya and transfer to airport for the flight back home or to respective destination.