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Tilicho Trek 26 days

  • Short rest

  • Tilicho Lake

Trip Overview

Duration: 26 days
Maximum altitude: 5‘416 m
Trek Grade: Moderate to strenuous
Average walking time per day: 4 - 6 hours
Accommodation: Guesthouse
Best season: February - May, October - November

The trip to the glacial lake Tilicho Lake at almost 5’000 m on the Annapurna Circuit is one of the finest classical Himalayan trekking. The highest point of the hike is the Thorung La pass with its 5'416 meters above sea level.

In the north of the Himalayas lies the dry highland of Tibet. After several days of walking to Jomsom, we reach Muktinath. It is a pilgrimage centre for Buddhists and Hindus. We meet Tibetan traders as well as Sadhus coming from far south of India. There is a sanctuary in a grove of trees including a Buddhist Gompa and the Vishnu Temple of Jwalamai. In the nearby ancient temple the famous eternal flame rises, which has a high religious significance for Muktinath. 


Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Besishahar 760 m

Day 04: Besishahar - Bahundanda 1‘310 m

Day 05: Bahundanda - Chamje 1‘430 m

Day 06: Chamje – Bagar Chhap 2‘160 m

Day 07: Bagar Chhap - Chame 2‘670 m

Day 08: Chame - Pisang 3‘300 m

Day 09: Pisang - Manang 3‘540 m

Day 10: Acclimatization in Manang

Day 11: Manang – Khangshar 3’734 m

Day 12: Khangshar – Tilicho Base Camp 4’150 m

Day 13: Tilicho Base Camp – Tilicho Lake – Tilicho Base Camp

Day 14: Tilicho Base Camp – Yak Kharka 4’050 m

Day 15: Yak Kharka – Throung Phedi 4’450 m

Day 16: Throung Phedi – Muktinath 3’760 m

Day 17: Muktinath - Jomsom 2‘710 m

Day 18: Jomsom - Kalopani 2‘520 m - Morning flight to Pokhara or

Day 19: Trek to Tatopani 1‘200 m

Day 20: Tatopani - Ghorepani 2‘874 m

Day 21: Hike to Poon Hill 3‘210 m – Tadapani 2‘590 m

Day 22: Trek to Ghandruk 1'940 m

Day 23: Trek to Pothana 1‘950 m

Day 24: Pothana to Dhampush Phedi and back to Pokhara

Day 25: Pokhara to Kathmandu or enjoy Pokhara

Day 26: Departure

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Enjoy the historical cultural sites of Kathmandu including UNESCO World Heritage Site, Pashupatinath (sacred Hindu temples), Boudhanath (Buddhist shrine) Swayembhunath (monkey temple), etc.

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Besishahar 760 m
Approximately 5 hours drive through the scenic countryside either by car, van or bus.

Day 04: Besishahar - Bahundanda 1‘310 m
The route follows the Marshyangdi River upstream; we cross a suspension bridge and pass a beautiful waterfall with its fine pool. We climb up to Bahundanda, which translates means 'Brahman hill' (Nepali Cast). It is a good place to enjoy the good view.

Day 05: Bahundanda - Chamje 1‘430 m
The gorge is narrow when we cross the exposed bridge and then a suspension bridge. On the way to Chamje we pass several small settlements. We already can find many different ethnic groups, architectures and vegetation. The houses are built of stone and the vegetation is less tropical and a Tibet-like culture.

Day 06: Chamje – Bagar Chhap 2‘160 m
After we left Chamje, the gorge is getting more impressive. We enter the Manang district. Mainly agricultural farmers and 'Trans-Himalayan traders' are living in the region. The route climbs up gradually and we reach the city Bagar Chhap 'butcher's place'. The houses have flat roofs, indicating that there is less precipitation than in the south. It is worthwhile to visit the temple and enjoy the views of the Annapurna Himal and Lamjung.

Day 07: Bagar Chhap to Chame 2‘670 m
The trail is mostly rocky and rough, after we let Tyanja 2’360 m behind us, we walk through the woods close to a river. We reach Kopar 2’590 m and after a while Chame the headquarters of the Manang district; we are rewarded with beautiful views of the Annapurna II and two small hot springs.

Day 08: Chame - Pisang 3‘300 m
The day starts with a march through the forest which is part of a narrow valley, we cross a river on a suspension bridge, then the Paungda Danda rock face comes into view. The road rises up to Pisang.

Day 09: Pisang - Manang 3‘540 m
Today we continue through the dry upper part of the Manang district, cut off from the influence of the monsoon by the Annapurna region. Locals own yak herds and raise crops for part of the year, besides they also continue to enjoy special trading rights gained way back in 1784. When we leave Pisang, we have two alternative routes, one leads comfortably down, past the airfield of Hongde. The upper one takes a little longer, but offers excellent views of the Annapurna Himal and there are fewer tourists. Both paths are joining again together in the large and interesting village Braga, which has the oldest monastery in the region. It is about 900 years old and is one of the Kargyupa sects of Tibetan Buddhism, and contains unique works of art.

Day 10: Acclimatization in Manang
Today is an acclimatization day, use your time for an active hiking on higher ground, not only because of the view, to sleep at lower altitudes protects you against high altitude sickness. Manang itself with its spectacular location offers many attractions, such as lakes, caves, moraine hills, monasteries and local attractions of the city.

Day 11: Manang – Khangshar 3’734 m
We leave the Annapurna main route and climbing up to Khangsar.

Day 12: Khangshar – Tilicho Base Camp 4’150 m
The way leads on the left side of Tilicho Valley to the Tilicho base camp. The path often changes as a glacial moraine must be crossed.

Day 13: Tilicho Base Camp – Tilicho Lake – Tilicho Base Camp
The turquoise shimmering Tilicho Lake, the highest Himalayan mountain lake welcomes us. We follow a steep strenuous ascent up the moraine. The higher we get, the more spectacular the views of Khangsar Kang 7’485 m, Tarke Kang 7’193 m and Gangapurna 7’455 m. Every year, usually in August, a pilgrimage festival is held at the bathing place of Guru Rimpoche.

Day 14: Tilicho Base Camp – Yak Kharka 4’050 m
After we passed Shree Kharka we climb up to Upper Kangshar. We are joining again the classic Annapurna Circuit Trail. We let summer settlements and mani walls behind us and arriving Yak Kharka

Day 15: Yak Kharka – Throung Phedi 4’450 m
After a short hike we arrive in Ledar we take our time to climb up until Thorong Phedi.  We are rewarded with a beautiful view to the Chulu and the Annapurna Peaks

Day 16: Throung Phedi - Muktinath 3‘710 m
We leave the valley and climbing the side of a moraine. The pass, which is characterized by a large cairn, is the highest point 5'416 m of our trek. An exhilarating geographical characteristic; the division of the two massive Himalayan valleys. We descend towards the village of Muktinath, which is located in a poplar grove. Muktinath is a pilgrimage to an ancient Buddhist and Hindu shrine.

Day 17: Muktinath - Jomsom 2‘710 m
On the way to Jomsom we meet people who come from the restricted area of Mustang. They come here to sell their handicrafts to the pilgrims. Among their products there are also mollusc fossils called Shaligram. We pass some ancient caves and having a stunning view to the White Mountain “Dhaulagiri”. After a while we arrive in Kagbeni the heart of the old Trans Himalayan Salt Route, where two Rivers flow together. 

Day 18: Morning flight to Pokhara or Trek to Kalopani 2‘520 m
We climb down to Marpha, a charming village with whitewashed houses and fertile fields, then the path goes down the Kaligandaki and we reach the former Thakali trading centre Tukche. We walk through a rain shadow floded coniferous forest and then reach the river valley and Kalopani. From here we have spectacular views of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna's.

Day 19: Trek - Tatopani 1‘200 m
A nice walk, the vegetation changes back into subtropical and we can see water buffalo, fig trees and poinsettia. The trail follows the river through a narrow gorge. We descend on to a bridge near a waterfall. We finally arrive in Tatopani. The hot springs have given the place its name and offer the opportunity to relax in the warm water.

Day 20: Tatopani - Ghorepani 2‘874 m
All day it goes up until we finally leave the terraces fields behind us and walk through a dense rhododendron forest towards to the village of Ghorepani. Ghorepani translated means "horse-water".

Day 21: Hike to Poon Hill 3‘210 m – Tadapani 2‘590 m
Our day starts very early; we walk up to Poon Hill. From here we have an excellent sunrise view over the Himalayas, offering panoramic views of the Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Fishtail and so on. After the visit to Poon Hill we descend back down to Ghorepani, where a hot breakfast waiting for us. Afterwards we walk slowly down to Tadapani.

Day 22: Trek to Ghandruk 1’940 m
Today, the trail leads us zigzag through giant rhododendron forests and orchids to the pretty Gurung village of Ghandruk, where we have great views of the Annapurna mountain range, the Machhapuchhre 'Fishtail', a glimpse of Lamjung Himal and Manaslu.

Day 23: Trek to Pothana 1‘950 m

Day 24: Pothana to Phedi and back to Pokhara

Day 25: Pokhara to Kathmandu or enjoy Pokhara

Day 26: Departure 

Includes & Excludes

Includes and Excludes

In Services included:
National Park permit
TIMS card (Trekkers Information Management System)
Accommodation during the trek
Breakfast whilst Trekking with B & B Program
3 meals during the trek with the Package Program
English speaking, experienced and trained guide
Number of porter according to the group size (15 kg of luggage per Trekker)
First aid kit and insurance for the team
Transport to the trekking spot
Airport pick up and drop off

Not included:
Hotels *
Any kind of drinks
International flights
Personal expenses
Personal Insurance and medication
Nepal entry visa
Tipping for guide and porter
German speaking guide or group leader (On request)

* Accommodations are only included whilst Trekking. For Hotel reservations we are pleased to support you.