Overview The Tilicho Trek is also a mesmerizing and challenging journey through the majestic Himalayas of Nepal, offering adventurous hikers a chance to explore breathtaking landscapes and experience the unique culture of the region. Spanning approximately 300 kilometers, this trek takes around 15-18 days to complete, making it a remarkable adventure for those seeking an off-the-beaten-path experience. The trail begins in the vibrant city of Kathmandu, where trekkers soak in the rich Nepalese culture before embarking on their journey. The route leads through picturesque villages, terraced fields, and dense forests, providing an opportunity to interact with friendly locals and witness…
The Tilicho Trek is also a mesmerizing and challenging journey through the majestic Himalayas of Nepal, offering adventurous hikers a chance to explore breathtaking landscapes and experience the unique culture of the region. Spanning approximately 300 kilometers, this trek takes around 15-18 days to complete, making it a remarkable adventure for those seeking an off-the-beaten-path experience.
The trail begins in the vibrant city of Kathmandu, where trekkers soak in the rich Nepalese culture before embarking on their journey. The route leads through picturesque villages, terraced fields, and dense forests, providing an opportunity to interact with friendly locals and witness their traditional way of life.
As the trek gains altitude, the scenery transforms, and trekkers find themselves amidst towering peaks, including Annapurna II and III, Gangapurna, and Tilicho Peak. One of the highlights of this trek is reaching the pristine Tilicho Lake, situated at a jaw-dropping altitude of 4,919 meters, making it one of the highest lakes in the world. The turquoise waters, surrounded by towering snow-capped mountains, create an awe-inspiring panorama.
However, this trek is not for the faint-hearted, as it involves crossing high mountain passes, steep ascents, and challenging terrains. Trekkers must be well-prepared physically and mentally to tackle the varying altitudes and weather conditions.
The Tilicho Trek also offers an option to combine with the popular Annapurna Circuit Trek, adding an extra layer of adventure and diversity to the journey. Along the way, teahouses and lodges offer much-needed respite, allowing trekkers to savor delicious local cuisine and form lasting bonds with fellow adventurers.
Conclusion and Summary
In conclusion, the Tilicho Trek is a truly extraordinary experience, combining awe-inspiring landscapes, cultural immersion, and physical challenges. The journey offers a profound connection with nature and an opportunity to witness the unparalleled beauty of the Himalayas, making it an unforgettable adventure for trekking enthusiasts from around the world.
- Tilicho Lake and Mesokanta Pass Trek is an alternative trek to the Thorong La Pass trek.
- Unique wilderness trekking trail through Manang Village & to Jomson in the Annapurna region.
- The Mesokanto pass trek is off the usual beaten track with amazing views.
- This trek offers an experience of the culturally rich Tibetan people.
- Incredible view of Annapurna ranges, Pisang peak, Tilicho Peak, Chulu east and west, and beautiful Tilicho Lake (the highest lake in the world).
- Mesokanta Pass trek offers more adventure and technical know-how.
Arrival at Tribhuban International Airport (TIA) and pick up you by our private vehicle and transfer to the International Guest House 24 hrs hot and cold shower facilities.
Leave for full day sightseeing in Kathmandu valley includes the Hindu temple complex at Pashupatinath (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) & the biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhanath. Also visit Monkey Temple the Swyambhunath (2000 years old temple) and visit Patan city of fine arts. Back to hotel and stay.
Drive to Besisahar about 6 hours stay at an altitiude of 820m.
We walk through the deep river gorge, rice fields, subtropical forest and small hamlets, past a majestic waterfall with towering peaks of Himalchuli and Manaslu.
A steep and slippery trail runs up and down through paddy fields, passing through tiny Tibetan villages, the trail ascends through the rhododendron forest to Chamje.
The path climbs the river through bamboo groves, we cross barely and potato fields to reach Dharapani and work an hour to Bagarchhap (160 m) site of our first Tibetan Monastery and with the views of Annapurna 2 and Lamjung Himal
The trail climbs along the mule track through ine and fir forest and then follows the river for a time amongs the higher oak and maple trees. Stay at 2710 m.
The trail follows through the river valley stay at pisang(3210 m) with good views along the way of Pisang peak and Annapurna 2.
Work through the fields of grazing Yak and a wide variety of crops. This large Tibetan settlement provides good views of Annapurna2, 3, 4, Gangapurna and Tarkekang.
This is a rest day to acclimatize to the higher altitude. Time to visit monasteries take advice from Himalayan Rescue Association and observe the spectacular views of the Himalaya.
It is our turn to trek from Manang to Kangsar. It is clearly visible the Khangsar a cutting through a gorge, with Tilicho Peak in cloud far above. From Manang, we detoured to Khangsar, one of only two accommodation options between the Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake at 4920 meters (16,142 feet).
We commence our trek from Kangsar to Tilicho Lake Base Camp (4150 m). It is the only accommodation between Khangsar and Tilicho Lake at 4920m. The sacred Tilicho Lake situated at 16,700 feet is one of the highest lakes in the world. A high route and low route connect Khangsar to Tilicho Base Camp. The low route undulates between 4000-4250 meters through 100 meter-high rocks jutting out of a steep slope. One hour from Khangsar is a monastery. We would pray to god and reach Tilicho Lake.
We start our trek from Tilicho Lake to Mesokanto Pass. Mesokanto Pass is a dry place. However, there is no scarcity of water. Water would be made available in the camp. In this route we climb about 395m high. We will be camping at an altitude of 5099m at Mesokanto Pass.
Today we trek to Jomsom from Mesokanto. Jomsom, at an altitude of 2800 m is more correctly known as Dzongsam or New Fort. It spreads over both the banks of the Kali Gandaki. The towering peaks of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri form an attractive backdrop. The entire panorama is filled with a golden, glittering light, which forms a dramatic contrast. The oldest fossils from Jurassic era are found in Jomsom area.
We trek towards Kalopani from Jomsom after having breakfast at Jomsom. Lunch will be served on the way. Our trail follows the bank of Kaligandaki river. We would be able to have scenic view of Mt. Nilgiri, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Tukuche, etc. The greenery starts from Marpha. In the late afternoon, we reach Kalopani. Besides, we would also observe the unique settlements of Thakalis.
Working through subtropical vegetation and the return of water buffalo, banyan trees and poinsettias,. The trail follows the river through a world deepest George and have a very nice view one of the longest waterfall. Stay at Tatopani and visit natural hot spring 1189 m.
It is our turn to trek from Tatopani to Ghorepani. Lunch will be served at Sikha. In this section too, we find mixed culture and alpine climate. We would be privileged to walk gently through the dense forests of fir, oak, alder, etc. Besides, we would also have a glance of Himalayas along the trail.
We start our trek after having breakfast at Ghorepani. We go for having majestic mountains view and sunrise at Punhil (3193 m). It is one of the best Himalayan view points in Nepal. Then, we come to Ghorepani and then we descend to Hile.
Having breakfast at Hile, we gradually walk down to Pokhara through the lust, green Modi river valley. Past waterfalls with plunge pools that invite us to swim. Overnight stay at Pokhara.
We board our early flight from Pokhara. Upon arrival at TIA, our staff will receive us with garlands and transfer to hotel. Cultural programs will be performed in the evening. Farewell dinner (typical Nepali) will be served in the hotel.
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.
1. International Airfares,
2. Travel/Trekking Insurance,
3. Excess baggage charges More than 16kg and hand bag more than 5 kg in
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.
Popularly known as the highest lake in the world, Tilicho Lake is one of those places that have had next to mythic connotations. The region was almost totally closed for oreigners till 1974. It was in 1974 when Nixon changed the China policy for carrying out the adventure activities like trekking, expedition and mountaineering in a bid to boost up tourism industry. From the Manang side it is rarely visited. Manang is no ordinary village. Its people are heavily involved in international trade, due to passport privileges granted in the past.
There is no denying the fact that Annapurna region provides some of the world’s best trekking routes. Among them, Tilicho Lake trek is one of them. It has a greater variety of scenery and culture than other routes. The route via Tilicho Lake and the two passes (Masokanto La 5099 m and Tilicho Pass 5230 m) that guard it from the Kaligandaki Valley has still many things to offer to the visitors. Comparatively, Masokanto La is low altitude pass than Tilicho, but it demands more technical knowledge on climbing.
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