Tilicho Base Camp Trek

16 Day(s)

Tilicho Base Camp Trek The Tilicho Base Camp Trek is a captivating journey that takes you through the picturesque landscapes of the  Annapurna  region in Nepal. Spanning over approximately 10 to 14 days, this trek also offers an unforgettable experience of natural beauty, challenging terrains, and breathtaking mountain views. Starting from the village of Syange, the trek gradually ascends through lush green forests, crossing suspension bridges over rushing rivers. As you venture further, the landscape transitions into arid terrain, with scattered shrubs and rocky paths. The trail also leads you to the quaint village of Manang, where you can rest…

Tilicho Base Camp Trek

The Tilicho Base Camp Trek is a captivating journey that takes you through the picturesque landscapes of the  Annapurna  region in Nepal. Spanning over approximately 10 to 14 days, this trek also offers an unforgettable experience of natural beauty, challenging terrains, and breathtaking mountain views.

Starting from the village of Syange, the trek gradually ascends through lush green forests, crossing suspension bridges over rushing rivers. As you venture further, the landscape transitions into arid terrain, with scattered shrubs and rocky paths. The trail also leads you to the quaint village of Manang, where you can rest and acclimatize to the increasing altitude.

From Manang, the route takes you to the Tilicho Lake Base Camp, situated at an elevation of 4,919 meters (16,138 feet) above sea level. The path to the base camp also offers awe-inspiring views of towering peaks, including Annapurna I and Dhaulagiri, draped in blankets of snow. The air becomes thinner, and you can feel the thrill of trekking in the high Himalayas.

Upon reaching the Tilicho Lake Base Camp, you will also have the option to embark on a side trip to the breathtaking Tilicho Lake itself. The lake is also nestled amidst the rugged mountains and is known for its pristine beauty and tranquil ambiance. Standing at an elevation of approximately 4,919 meters (16,138 feet), the turquoise waters of Tilicho Lake create a captivating contrast against the surrounding snowy peaks.

Cultural Experience and Hospitality of Tilicho Base Camp Trek

Throughout the trek, you will have the opportunity to interact with the local communities, including the hospitable people of Manang. You can immerse yourself in their rich culture, traditions, and lifestyle. The lodges and teahouses along the trail also offer a warm and welcoming environment, providing a glimpse into the lives of the locals.

Difficulty for Tilicho Base Camp Trek

The Tilicho Base Camp Trek is a moderately challenging adventure that requires a good level of fitness and proper acclimatization. It is recommended to undertake the trek during the spring (March to May) or autumn (September to November) seasons when the weather is stable, offering clear skies and spectacular mountain vistas.

Conclusion and Summary

In conclusion, the Tilicho Base Camp Trek promises an unforgettable journey through diverse landscapes, high-altitude adventure, and close encounters with the majestic Himalayan peaks. It is an experience that will leave you with lasting memories and a sense of accomplishment in the lap of nature’s grandeur.

Trip Highlights

  • Tilicho Base Camp Trek is one of the rewarding and challenging trips in your life.
  • Climb to Tilicho Lake nestled at foot of the Annapurna range.
  • This trek is situated 4,920m from the sea level and one of the highest lakes in the world.
  • Manang and Kali Gandaki valleys over the Thorang-La Pass 5,416m.
  • Encounter a wide Annapurnas range of landscape are Buddhist and Hindus sites.


On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport meet our staff with Sherpa Expeditions and Trekking complimentary transport transfer to relevant Hotels, our guide will give you a briefing of the Hotel, Kathmandu, Trekking, and related information that you might require while in Nepal with the Sherpa Expedition and Trekking (P) Ltd.

After early breakfast, a scenic drive leads towards the scenic Pokhara highway. This is an interesting drive through the foothills of the Himalaya. The road has been greatly improved in recent years. Just a few hours before the road that leads to Pokhara, route diverts from Dumre town towards north to Beshishar. On reaching Beshishar for the overnight stop this is a large town and it’s the district headquarter of Lamjung region.


Trekking starts from Besisahar with fascinating scenery of the gorge, high hills, waterfalls, and snow-capped peaks. The trail is quite steep for half an hour leading you to lush farm terraces fields. As you trek further, you will reach the top of a ridge, which gives you a magnificent view of waterfalls. As you walk along with some local villages and terrace farms, you will get to Chamje village. From Chamje, you will cross a bridge before another steep climb to Tal. This village lies by the side of the river Marsyangdi on a gorge-valley. As you leave Tal. the trek gets easier as there is a gentle path to a large bridge. After crossing the bridge, you will reach the village of Dharapani, where you will stay overnight.

From Dharapani the vegetation, people and the landscapes changes and the air gets cooler, the trail then climbs through forests to Bagarchhap and the first village on the trek with typical Tibetan architecture. After a pleasantly cool morning walk altitude gains slowly reaching the apple country at Dhanaqi and the alpine region passing through farm area, orchards and beautiful pine forest with views of Lamjung and Annapurna II peaks, the trail follows the river Marsyangdi upstream passing by the villages of Ratamanang and Koto before Chame. From Koto, a half hour of easy walk brings to the village town of Chame for the overnight stop. Chame the district headquarters of Manang region.


The walk from here follows the other side of the river on the northern bank, after leaving Chame, the path passes through pine woods and small villages with few ups and downs till you reach Bratang. From here trek continues on the gradual path up to a bridge, from the bridge a short steep climb through the pine forest brings you at the top of the ridge of Pisang village. After walking past the tree lines a great view can be seen of Pisang peak and the Chulu peak with Pisang village below, from this ridge a gentle descent for an hour brings to the windswept village of Pisang.


From Pisang onwards, the walks lead with the constant view of the high snow-capped peaks. The walk climbs steeply up for half an hour, after a short gradual walk from the Pisang village then reaching the top of a small hill. This grand spot offers dramatic views of the valleys, Hongdae village with its short air-strip and the great peaks of Gangapurna, Annapurna II, III, Tilocho, and on the right Chuli east, on the back Pisang peak. The walk from here is on the downhill and gradual path all the way to Hongdae, from Hongdae the trek is more or less flat on the wide trail most of the way to Manang, adding a slight touch of altitude as you near to the village of Braga and Manang, here with time to spend the morning visiting Braga Monastery. The largest in the district, it has an outstanding display of statues, thangkas, and religious manuscripts. From here it is only an hour walk to Manang for the overnight stop.


A necessary day to REST and acclimatize and explore Manang. The village of about 500 flat-roofed houses, is the picturesque set amongst some spectacular scenery -Annapurna-II, Annapurna-III (7,555m), Gangapurna (7,454m), to the South – Tilicho (7,132m), and the Grand Barrier to the West – Chulu West (6,583m) and Chulu East (6,059m) to the North.


Khangsar sees few trekkers, despite being quite accessible from Manang. The medieval village has retained its ancient houses and traditional culture. It has OK lodges but the mattresses were thin. As more trekkers discover the attractions of Tilicho Lake, Khangsar should see an increase in trekkers and mattress thickness! Below Manang, down on the northwest side, is a Kani, where a sigh for Tilicho is painted on the rock, indicating right. The trail basically climbs along a ridge and hillside to Khangsar (3734m). The village offers a rare view of the elusive peak of Kang Guru peak that dominates the Nar Phu trek.

Hike to Tilicho Lake 4920m and back to base camp Trek to Shree Kharka 6 – 7 hrs.

After a wonderful time at Shreekharka the trail from here leads to a slow climb for an hour, after the last village of Manang, the track gently winds up offering inspiring views of the Annapurna II, Gangapurna, Cloche and the close up views of Chuli’s peaks from mid and west as the trail heads up in the barren windswept terrain’s with juniper bushes as the only surviving vegetation around this region, coming to a small settlements of Yak-Kharka for the overnight with time for a short hike around.

The trail from here leads to a slow climb up, after the last settlement of Lear, the track gently winds up offering grand views of the Annapurna II, Gangapurna, Touche and the close up view of Chuli peaks as the trail heads up in the barren windswept terrain’s, then slowly reaching at Thorang Phedi for the overnight. Depending upon your fitness if all is well here at lunchtime continue the climb on the zig-zag track towards Upper Phedi or High Camp where there are few teahouses or lodge reaching here makes the walk easier start for the next day and shortens the hour of walking towards the pass.

Starting early after breakfast, so that you can reach the top of the pass on time before the cold wind starts and to catch the best of the magnificent views of the northern Annapurna, Damodar, Bhirkuti and Dhaulagiri range of mountains. The trail from Phedi follows on the winding gravel path, in the beginning, can be quite strenuous on the steep zig-zag path for an hour, on reaching the first ridge walk continues on the narrow gradual track for half hour or more till a small glacial pond is reached where there is a small teahouse. From here another hour and a half lead to the top of the pass. Though the crossing of the Pass is not technically difficult, one’s got to take it slowly in account the complications of altitude and possible snow, after 3-4 hours of struggle from the bottom, then finally reaching at the height of 5,416 meter at Thorang-la, an impressive view of the stunning high Himalayan scenery can be seen from the top of this pass. The descent is steep and rough, but one can have excellent views of the Dhaulagiri 8,167 m. Along descend to the sacred village of Muktinath, on reaching the bottom there are about two or three teahouses for refreshment, after a break here continue for another hour to Muktinath the holiest of all holy places, during auspicious time according to Hindu & Buddhist calendar this place is full and busy with pilgrims from Nepal and India.

After Muktinath, journey carries on with a 1,200m of descent to the Kaligandaki river valley floor, with a brief stop at Ekale Bhatti meaning a lonely teahouse, at present, it’s a small settlement with 3-4 teahouses. From here onwards the valley gets very windy in the afternoon time, the walk from here follows the gentle trail for another two hours till the large town of Jomsom is reached. Jomsom, headquarter of the Mustang region with a small airstrip just above the Kaligandaki River. Another two hours of easy walk from Jomsom brings you at Marpha for the overnight stop, which is a little gem, with whitewashed houses, paved streets and numerous well kept lodges. Here you will have time to celebrate with the local apple products like cider, brandy, and juice this area from Kagbeni to Larjung is famous for its delicious apple and its product.


A 30-minute morning flight takes us to Pokhara from Jomsom. Once we arrive at Pokhara airport, we then drive to the hotel. In the afternoon we will have a sightseeing tour around Pokhara valley, which covers Fewa Lake, Devi’s Falls, museum, Tibetan refugee settlement and Gupteshower cave, etc.

As per the flight schedule a short drive it takes seven hours you to the Pokhara domestic airport, a short scenic sweeping flight of half-hour brings you back to the Kathmandu, at the Kathmandu terminal after clearing the baggage; our staff will receive you for the drive back to the Hotel.

Today as per your international flight time, our Sherpa Expedition and Trekking staff will transfer you to the airport for your final departure from Nepal the Land of High Himalaya.

What's Included

1. Airport Pick-up and Drop Off,
2. Licensed and trained trekking guides,
3. potters for carrying goods and supplies,
4. Meal on full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea & coffee) basis during the trek
5. 3 Nights Accommodation in the 3/4/5 Star Hotel in Kathmandu with B & B. (Bed
& Breakfast) & Other Destination Based on Trekking Area.
6. All accommodation during the trek.
7. All meals and hot beverages during the trek.
8. Transportation to and from trail head.
9. All necessary documents and permits for trekking (where applicable)
10. National Park/Conservation Area entry Permit, Insurance, and equipment for the staffs.
11. Coordination of quick Rescue service (Costs covered by your Insurance Plan)
12. Trekking staffs wages etc.
13. 1 hr. trekker massage after your trek.
14. Welcome and Fare well dinner in a Nepali Cultural Dance restaurant in Kathmandu.
15. Trekking Duffle Bag
16. Trekking Staff Insurance of $10,000 Per Person.
17. Trekking Map, T-shirt, and Trekking certificate.
18. Exclusive of Medical Kit Bag
19. All Government and local Taxes
20. International Flight ticket re-confirmation.
21. Meals will be Start when your Trek starts.

What's Excluded

1. International Airfares,
2. Travel/Trekking Insurance,
3. Excess baggage charges More than 16kg and hand bag more than 5 kg in
domestic flights.
4. Visa fees.
5. Airport Departure Taxes.
6. Drinks (Cold and Alcoholic) Rescue charge.
7. Tips for The staffs.
8. Expenses of Personnel nature and Permit and Liaison officer fee (where Applicable.
9. Meals during stay in the Kathmandu and Pokhara.
10. Domestic Ticket Etc.
11. Extra Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

Trip Information

The Tilicho Base Camp Trek is a popular trekking route in the Annapurna region of Nepal. It takes you to the base camp of Tilicho Lake, one of the highest lakes in the world, at an altitude of 4,919 meters (16,138 feet). The trek offers stunning views of the Annapurna range, including Annapurna II, III, IV, and Gangapurna.

Duration: The Tilicho Base Camp Trek typically takes around 12-14 days, depending on your itinerary and fitness level.

Difficulty: The Tilicho Base Camp Trek is considered a challenging trek due to the high altitude and steep ascent to Tilicho Lake. It is recommended for experienced trekkers who have prior experience with high altitude trekking.

Itinerary: The itinerary for the Tilicho Base Camp Trek typically includes Kathmandu, Chame, Pisang, Manang, Khangsar, Tilicho Base Camp, and Tilicho Lake. Some itineraries may also include a visit to the famous Thorong La Pass.

Accommodation: Accommodation on the trek is typically in teahouses or lodges, with basic facilities. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag and other necessary gear.

Permits: You will need to obtain the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Trekker’s Information Management System (TIMS) card to trek in this region.

Best time to go: The best time to go on the Tilicho Base Camp Trek is during the spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November) seasons, when the weather is dry and the skies are clear.

Overall, the Tilicho Base Camp Trek is a challenging but rewarding trek that offers stunning views of the Annapurna range and the opportunity to visit one of the highest lakes in the world.


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