Tilicho Lake Trekking and Thorong-La Pass encapsulate all the thrill and adventure you can experience in the Western Himalayas in a single trekking 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. Another noteworthy highlight of the trek is a 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 semi-tropical to the 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 Thorong-La Pass Trekking, 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 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 Himalayas, 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 a 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 Himalayas. In Mustang, we will visit the holy, ancient site of Muktinath which is one of the most popular pilgrimage sites 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.
What is the trip about ?
|Trip Standard||Hotels / Lodge basis|
|Trek Grade||Moderate to Adventurous|
|Highest Spot||5, 416 m at Thorang-la|
|Trekking||13 nights & 14 days|
|Total Trip||17 nights & 18 days Kathmandu-Kathmandu|
|Season||April to June and September to December|
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu received by Team Himalaya staff.
Day 02: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest.
Day 03: Drive to Jagat 1,290 m via Beshsisar 800 m – 08 hrs.
Day 04: Trek to Dharapani 1,920 m – 05 hours.
Day 05: Trek to Chame 2,670 m – 05 hours.
Day 06: Trek to Pisang 3, 230 m – 05 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Manang Village 3,450 m – 05 hrs.
Day 08: Rest day at Manang for local hikes and acclimatization.
Day 09: Trek to Khangsar 3,734 – 04 hrs.
Day 10: Trek to Tilicho Lake 4,140 m – 04 hrs.
Day 11: Trek back to Khangsar 3,734 – 04 hrs.
Day 12: Trek to Yak Kharka 4,110 m – 04 hours
Day 13: Trek to Thorong High Camp 4,600 m – 04 hrs./strong>
Day 14: Cross Thorong-La 5,416 m to Muktinath 3,800 m – 07 hrs.
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.