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  • Duration16 Days
  • Price from$1185/ person
  • Difficulty LevelModerate
  • Max Altitude5,416 M (17,769 ft)

The Annapurna Circuit Trek has long held the crown as the world's most celebrated trekking trail. Winding through the Annapurna region, it once boasted the title of the longest trek, awash in diverse beauty. However, with the rise of road construction, the complete circuit trek has seen a decline in its popularity. Yet, nestled within this landscape lies a hidden gem: the side trek route to Tilicho Lake.

But the Tilicho Lake Trek, with the Annapurna Circuit and Thorong La Pass, is much more than just a quest for altitude. It's a symphony of rugged trails adorned with breathtaking mountain vistas. Tilicho Lake is the highest glacier lake in Nepal (some even claim it was once the highest in the world!). Imagine standing face-to-face with giants like Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchre, Tukuche Peak, and Manaslu, their snow-capped summits reflecting the sun's kiss. And it's not just these iconic peaks; a tapestry of lakes, waterfalls, rivers, orchid forests, and rhododendron groves unravels along the way, leaving you spellbound.

Highlights of the Tilicho Lake ACT trek:

  • Tilicho Lake was once believed to be the world's highest glacial lake.
  • Thorong La Pass: Conquering this icy pass at 5,416 meters is a badge of honor.
  • Annapurna Circuit Classic Trail: Witness the awe-inspiring beauty of the Annapurna range.
  • Culture and Lifestyle: Immerse yourself in the diverse communities and unique traditions.
  • Kaligandaki Valley: Explore the Lower Mustang region.

Culturally, this trek is a crown jewel. Diverse communities with captivating faiths and beliefs enrich the journey. Manang Valley, a picturesque village dotted with ancient monasteries and a unique way of life, awaits. Crossing Thorong La Pass leads you to Muktinath, a sacred pilgrimage site for Hindus and Buddhists alike. And for wildlife enthusiasts, this trail is a treasure trove. Keep your eyes peeled for snow leopards, jackals, blue sheep, thars, and yaks, and listen for the calls of kokilas, blood pheasants, and impeyans.

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While scaling above 5000 meters demands physical and mental resilience, the trek isn't technically challenging. With proper preparation and a Nepal Mountain Guide leading the way, you'll conquer rugged trails with ease. Porters will lighten your load, leaving you free to savor the views. Delicious meals—vegetarian, vegan, or non-vegetarian—await at teahouses, and filtered water keeps you hydrated. We urge you to say no to mineral water; Nepal's fragile ecosystem deserves responsible travel. Water-purifying pills are your eco-friendly companions.

Tilicho Lake, nestled at 4,919 meters, is the star of the show. This glacial marvel, once rumored to be the world's highest, captivates with its turquoise waters reflecting the surrounding peaks. The 19.7-kilometer journey from Manang to Tilicho is a test of determination, but the reward is unparalleled.

Starting at USD 1200 per person, the Tilicho Lake trek with Annapurna Circuit and Thorong La Pass covers accommodation, meals, a guide, transportation, permits, and more. And unlike most companies, we don't just drop you off in Kathmandu; we ensure you experience the city's vibrancy before and after your trek. Shorter plans are also available, like the Annapurna Panorama Trek, which will not cover Tilicho Lake; just ask for a tailor-made trek!

Accommodation on the main Annapurna Circuit is comfortable, but Tilicho still has room for improvement. However, delicious meals with breathtaking views abound, from local Dal Bhat to western delights. Don't worry about carrying food; these teahouses cater to all palates.

This trek isn't for beginners. Train well and follow your guide's instructions for a safe and rewarding journey. While not technically challenging, the trek demands good physical fitness and proper acclimatization due to the high altitude. Pack sturdy boots, warm layers, sunglasses, a hat, gloves, rain gear, and sunscreen. Proper trekking gear is vital, and Kathmandu offers a haven for authentic and affordable options. Our guides will help you choose the right gear for your adventure.

Choosing the best time to trek is a personal dance. While spring (March–May) and autumn (October–December) are popular, we see the monsoon's emerald embrace (mid-June to September) differently. If lush greenery, vibrant wildflowers, and cascading waterfalls enthrall you, this is your season. Just remember, winter, with its heavy snowfall, isn't ideal for crossing Thorong La Pass or reaching Tilicho.

For photographers, this trek is a dream come true. Capture the majesty of the mountains, the serenity of Tilicho Lake, and the vibrant tapestry of life that unfolds along the way.

Travel Insurance:

Ensure you have adequate travel insurance covering emergency evacuations and medical expenses above 5,000 meters. Once you book the Tilicho Lake ACT trek with us, you must send your travel insurance copy to us.

Annapurna Circuit: Thorong La Pass Trek:

Our Tilicho Lake Trek incorporates the iconic Thorong La Pass, adding another layer of adventure to your journey. The entire Annapurna Circuit trek with Tilicho Lake can be completed in 12 days, but we offer the flexibility to explore Kathmandu before and after your trek, tailoring the experience to your preferences. Here is the short ACT Tilicho Lake trek outline itinerary, which starts in Kathmandu and ends in Pokhara.

12 Days Tilicho Lake Annapurna Circuit Trek Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu. Kathmandu overnight.

Day 2: Drive from Kathmandu to Chame: 2,670m (8,760ft) 6-9 hours

Day 3: Trek from Chame to Pisang: 3,200m (10,499ft) 5-hour walk

Day 4: Trek to Manang Village: 3,540m (11,614ft) 6 hours of walking

Day 5: Trek from Manang to Tilicho Base Camp: 4,150m (13,583 ft) (6-hour walk)

Day 6: Visit TIlicho Lake and trek to Siri Kharka, 4,060m (13,320ft) 5-hour walk

Day 7: Trek from SiriKharka to Yak Kharka: 4,030m (13,222ft) 6 hours of walking

Day 8: Trekking from Yak Kharka to High Camp: 4,880m (16,010 ft) (5-hour walk)

Day 9: Trek to Muktinath, 3,760m (12,623ft), via Thorang La Pass, 5,416m (17,756ft) and drive to Jomsom, a 7-hour walk

Day 10: Flight to Pokhara: 820m (2,690ft)

Day 11: Drive or flight back to Kathmandu

Day 12: Fly back home.

Preparation and Logistics

Start your journey in Kathmandu, ensuring you have all necessary permits and gear. Rugged Trails Nepal will provide a knowledgeable guide and porter to ease your journey. Enjoy delicious meals at tea houses along the main trail, with options for vegetarian, vegan, and non-vegetarian dishes. Remember, responsible tourism is key. Once again, please avoid bottled water and opt for water-purifying pills to minimize plastic waste.

Embrace the challenge, soak in the beauty, and discover the soul of Annapurna on this unforgettable journey to Tilicho and beyond. Remember, responsible travel is key; leave nothing but footprints, take nothing but memories, and let the Himalayas weave their magic on your adventurous spirit.


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The highlight of this journey combines the traditional Annapurna Circuit, known for its breathtaking peaks and varied cultures, with the highest glacier lake in Nepal, Tilicho Lake. Set out on this two-week journey through rocky paths bordered by colorful scenery. Experience the splendor of the Annapurna giants, ascend the renowned Thorong La Pass, and become enmeshed in the diverse communities that make up the Himalayas.

  • Day: 1
    Arrival, Check in Hotel. Evening Welcome.
    • Hotel
    • 30 Min Drive
    • NA
    • 1300 M
    • Kathmandu
    • 6 Km
  • Day: 2
    Kathmandu City Tour and Trek Prepration
    • Hotel
    • 6 Hours Tour
    • Breakfast
    • 1300 M
    • Kathmandu
    • 20 Km
  • Day: 3
    Kathmandu Drive to Chame.
    We will be changing the vehicle from Beshisahar, after Beshisahar there will be another Jeep.
    • Lodge
    • 8 Hours Drive
    • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • 2670 M
    • Chame Village
    • 238km
  • Day: 4
    Chame Trek to Pisang
    • Lodge
    • 5-6 Hour Walk
    • Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
    • 3300 M
    • 14.5 Km
  • Day: 5
    Pisang Trek to Manang
    • Lodge
    • 6 Hour Walk
    • Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
    • 3540 M
    • Manang
    • 13.9 km
  • Day: 6
    Manang day hike to Ice Lake 4620M (15,157ft)
    A packed lunch will be provided on this day since there are no tea houses on the way. This is just an optional day to visit Ice Lake, but if you want to skip it, the guide will take you around the hills and nearby. We strongly recommend visiting ICE Lake for the views, and after visiting ICE Lake, it will also help you in other places.
    • Lodge
    • 6-7 Hour Walk
    • Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
    • 3540 M
    • Manang
    • 16 km
  • Day: 7
    Manang Trek to Khangsar Village
    • Lodge
    • 4-5 Hour Walk
    • Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
    • 3734 M
    • Khangsar Village
    • 6 Km
  • Day: 8
    Khangsar trek to Tilicho Base Camp.
    • Lodge
    • 5 Hour Walk
    • Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
    • 4150 M
    • Tilicho Base Camp
    • 8 KM
  • Day: 9
    Tilicho Base Camp Trek to Tilicho Lake 4,920 M (16,141 ft) - back to Tilicho Base camp
    • Lodge
    • 6 Hour Walk
    • Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
    • 4150 M
    • Tilicho Base Camp
    • 10
  • Day: 10
    Tilicho Base Camp Trek to Yak Kharkha
    • Lodge
    • 8 Hour Walk
    • Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
    • 4000 M
    • Yak Kharka
    • 16 Km
  • Day: 11
    Yak Kharka Trek to High Camp.
    • Lodge
    • 5-6 Hour Walk
    • Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
    • 4925 M
    • High Camp (ThorongLa)
    • 7 KM
  • Day: 12
    High Camp Trek to Muktinath crossing Thorong La Pass 5,416 M (17,769 ft)
    • Lodge
    • 7-8 Hour Walk
    • Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
    • 3760 M
    • Muktinath
    • 15 Km
  • Day: 13
    Muktinath Trek to Jomsom
    • Lodge
    • 6-7 Hour Walk
    • Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
    • 2720 M
    • Jomsom
    • 18 Km
  • Day: 14
    Jomsom Fly to Pokhara
    • Hotel
    • NA
    • Breakfast
    • 827 M
  • Day: 15
    Drive to Kathmandu
    • Hotel
    • 5-6 Hour Drive
    • Breakfast,Dinner
    • 1300 M
  • Day: 16
    Final Departure
    • NA
    • NA
    • Breakfast
    • NA

What's Included

  • Full Board (breakfast, lunch, and Dinner) in Trekking
  • Accommodation during the trek (local lodge)
  • The government registered English-speaking local expert guides and porters.
  • Annapurna Conservation Park fees, TIMS Card.
  • Accommodation at a standard hotel in Kathmandu on twin sharing with breakfast.
  • Guided tour in the city with an expert tour guide.
  • Farewell dinner in the city
  • Equipment and clothing for porters and staff.
  • Insurance for all staff and porters.
  •  Private transportation to and from the starting and ending points of the trek
  •  First Aid Kit for Tilicho Lake Trek
  • Tilicho Lake Trekking Map.
  • Jomsom Pokhara flight ticket
  •  Salary, allowances, expenses and insurance for all staff, including porters

What’s Excluded

  • Nepal visa: Multiple entry (30 days): USD 40
  • Lunch and dinner during hotel stay in Kathmandu
  • Extra baggage charges
  • Personal gear and clothing (available on hire)
  • Any expenses incurred in an emergency evacuation or roadblock due to any reason
  • Table drinks and snacks while walking
  • Personal insurance and medical evacuation in case of emergency
  • Services other than those mentioned above
  • Expenses incurred due to accidents, landslides, strikes, political unrest, etc.
  • Hot shower, battery charge (during the trek), telephone, tips, etc.
  • Items of personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry, and mineral water
  • Entrance fees during sightseeing in the city.

Useful Information

While the Annapurna Circuit might have relinquished its "longest trek" title, it still claims dominion over hearts with its breathtaking scenery and cultural tapestry. Now, it offers a hidden gem: the side trek to the stunning Tilicho Lake. This trek beckons with rugged trails, majestic mountains, and diverse communities, offering a unique experience compared to the main circuit.

For those seeking a shorter adventure:

Tilicho Lake Out-and-Back: This option caters to Nepalese and Indian visitors desiring a shorter but impactful trip. Enjoy the majesty of Tilicho Lake, retrace your steps back to Manang, and return to Kathmandu via jeep. It's a perfect taste of the trek's beauty without the full commitment.

Drive (Manang) and Trek to Tilicho Lake

  • Day 1: Drive from Kathmandu to Pissang
  • Day 2: Trek to Manang
  • Day 3: Trek to Tilicho Base Camp
  • Day 4: Visit Tilicho Lake and back to Siri Kharka
  • Day 5: Trek back to Manang
  • Day 6: Drive from Manang to Besisahar
  • Day 7: Drive to Kathmandu

For adventurous souls:

Mesokanta Pass Crossing: Embark on a true expedition across the Mesokanta Pass, pushing your limits and experiencing the thrill of camping under the stars. Spend the first night at Tilicho Kharka (4,800m) and the second at Kaisang Kharka (5,330m) after conquering the pass. This option requires carrying tents and food for two days, making it a challenging and rewarding feat.

Tilicho Lake-Mesokanta Pass Trek

  • Day 1: Drive from Kathmandu to Pissang
  • Day 2: Trek to Manang
  • Day 3: Trek to Tilicho Base Camp
  • Day 4: Visit Tilicho Lake and trek to Tilicho Kharka (4,800 m). Overnight in a tent.
  • Day 5: Trek from Tilicho Kharka to Kaisang Kharka (3,600 m) via Mesokanto pass (5,330 m) Overnight in tent
  • Day 6: Trek to the Jomsom (2,710 m) overnight hotel.
  • Day 7: Drive or flight to Pokhara.

Whichever adventure calls to you, Rugged Trails Nepal is here to help you make it happen.

  • We'll arrange everything, from permits and gear to guides and transportation.
  • Choose the option that sparks your spirit, whether it's the out-and-back simplicity or the adventurous Mesokanta Pass crossing.

Let Tilicho Lake be your crown jewel—a testament to your spirit of adventure and a memory to cherish forever.

P.S. Remember, acclimatization and responsible trekking practices are crucial for a safe and enjoyable journey.