Annapurna Tilicho Lake Trek

Annapurna Tilicho Lake Trek is a world-famous one of the most magnificent treks that lead you world’s highest Tilicho Lake located at 4920 meters in the Manang district of Nepal. Annapurna region is a world-famous trekking destination in Nepal that is located in the Annapurna Conservation project over the 5416 meters Thorong La Pass.

The world-famous magnificent Annapurna trek includes Tilicho Lake known as the highest Lake in the world and demanding high pass Through La pass (5416 meters) around the Annapurna Circuit that includes varying angled views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and the magnificent Nilgiri.

The trek is particularly known for the way the landscapes, flora, culture, and climate zones change as the trek progress. Fertile villages with Hindu inhabitants and terraced fields at the start are slowly replaced by arid valleys full of Buddhist stupas and mane walls during the trek. The trek also has parted with totally isolated moraines at an altitude of 5000 meters with a stunning backdrop of high cliffs and mountains.

In a dry season newly constructed road excess all the way to Manang from Kathmandu but still Annapurna Circuit trek is a beautiful trekking destination taking optional trail via remote local villages of Upper Pisang, Ghyaru, and Nawal, villages untouched by the driving road, still makes it an exciting trek. Hiking through these villages also provides an opportunity to experience the Manang people’s culture and lifestyle.

This 16-day Annapurna Tilicho Lake Trek is best for travelers willing to not just trek around the Annapurna but also reach the tranquility of Tilicho Lake. Annapurna Tilicho Lake Trek can be done even in summertime too because the trekking route is located behind the Annapurna Himalayan range and less raindrops in the area. We also include a full version of the Annapurna Circuit Trek 21 days for those looking for a bigger adventure to complete the full Annapurna Circuit Trek via Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek.  The best time to do Annapurna and Tilicho Lake is September to mid-December and March to May, however, June to September is also significantly trek able along with the Annapurna with Tilicho Lake Trek.


Annapurna Tilicho Lake Trek itinerary,

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu. (1350 meters)
Day 02: Drive to Dharapani via Besisahar.
Day 03: Trek to Chame. (2670 meters)
Day 04: Trek to Pisang. (3200 meters)
Day 05: Trek to Nawal (Ngawal) via Gyaru. (3670 meters)
Day 06: Trek to Manang. (3540 meters)
Day 07: Acclimatization day at Manang.
Day 08: Trek to Tilicho Base Camp. (3734 meters)
Day 09: Trek to Tilicho Lake and trek back to Khangsar. (4990 meters)
Day 10: Trek to Yak Kharka. (4018 meters)
Day 11: Trek to Thorung Phedi. (4450 meters)
Day 12: Cross Thorung La (5416 meters) and trek to Muktinath. (3800 meters)
Day 13: Trek to Jomsom. (2720 meters)
Day 14: Fly to Pokhara and afternoon free day stay at Pokhara.
Day 15: Fly to Kathmandu and sightseeing in Kathmandu.
Day 16: Departure.

Annapurna Tilicho Lake Trek Detail Itinerary

  • 1

    A representative from Visit Himalaya Treks with the company’s display board will greet you outside the arrival terminal and transfer you to your Hotel. The trek leader will meet the group for a meeting and provide a detailed briefing on the trek. All the required information regarding the trek would be provided. (Overnight at Hotel)

    Altitude 1350 m
    Meals Breakfast
    Accommodation Hotel
  • 2

    After breakfast, a private vehicle (car/bus) will pick you at your hotel. We drive to Besisahar via the Prithvi Highway, following Trishuli River for the most part of the drive. It takes around 6 hours to reach Besisahar. Lunch in Besisahar and continue to drive to Dharapani on a secondary road. The road at times passes through the settlements of the old Annapurna Circuit Trail. It keeps following the Marshyangdi River for the whole day. This bumpy and exciting ride will take around 5 hours. (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

    Altitude 1960 m
    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation Tea House, Lodge
  • 3

    The trek starts on the secondary road and does so for the most part of the trek until the trek reaches Manang. The road passes the villages of Bagarchap and Danaque. The trail gets briefly off the road and starts to climb through the woods to Tamang. A stunning view of Manaslu (8136 meters) opens up at Tamang. The trek returns back to the road and goes through the small villages of Thanchok, Kotho, and finally reaches Chame. Chame is one of the big settlements of the Manang region and is also the administrative headquarter. A nearby hot spring just a few minutes away from the town can be enjoyed in the afternoon. (6 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

    Altitude 2670 m
    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation Tea House, Lodge
  • 4

    The trek continues on the road by the Marshyangdi River and goes through small ancient-looking houses at Bhratang. The road passes under an interesting huge rock face and continues to move into the valley following the river. After crossing the river, a brief climb leads to Dhikur Pokhari and offers an amazing view of the rock face of the Paungda Danda, standing more than 1000 meters from the river. An easy walk with the picturesque views of the valley ends at Pisang. (6 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

    Altitude 3200 m
    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation Tea House, Lodge
  • 5

    The trail leaves the road, crosses the river, and moves on the alternative route. This less-traveled route undulates through a thin forest, a small pond with the reflection of Annapurna II (7937 meters) and Annapurna IV (7525 meters), some mane walls and crosses a suspension bridge in the morning. A good steep climb leads to the Gyaru Village, one of the two medieval villages on the day’s route. The views of the valleys and Annapurna II (7937 meters), Annapurna IV (7525 meters) can be thoroughly enjoyed during the whole day on this route. The more undulating trail follows as the trail also passes by some ruins of forts and reaches the second medieval village, Ngawal. (6 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

    Altitude 3670 m
    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation Tea House, Lodge
  • 6

    A descend down to the valley and an easy terrain joins the trail back with the road near Mugje. After passing through Mugje, the road leads to the village of Braga. Braga has two contrasting parts, an ancient-looking village with a monastery a few minutes away from the road and new modern facilitated teahouses at the other side of the road. An easy walk on the road and a final brief climb end the day at Manang. The road also ends at Manang and the trek will only get back on road after the Thorang La. (4 hours)
    (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

    Altitude 3540 m
    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation Teahouse, Lodge
  • 7

    There are few options for the acclimatization day at Manang. If one wishes to have a full day of good trekking, Ice Lake and Milarepa Cave are the best options. If one wishes to do both in a day, it will take a very long day. A short hike near towards Gangapurna Glacier is another easier option.
    (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

    Altitude 3540 m
    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation Teahouse, Lodge
  • 8

    The trail now separates from the regular Annapurna Circuit and heads into a different valley. A descent leads into the river and turns into an ascent for the next few hours until Khangsar. After the Khangsar the trail gets narrower and crosses through a screen in the latter part of the day. A flat grassy area with a small stream finally leads to the Tilicho Base Camp. (6-7 hours)
    (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

    Altitude 3734 m
    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation Teahouse
  • 9

    The day starts with a steep climb and then turns into an easier ascent. More majestic views of mountains start to appear in every direction as the trek slowly and continuously keep on climbing. Gangapurna (7455 meters), Annapurna III (7555 meters), and several unnamed peaks start to show themselves as the climb continues. The huge lake finally starts to appear as the terrain slowly starts to turn easy. Tilicho Lake is the highest lake in the world located at an altitude of 4949 meters. We return back to Tilicho Base Camp and continue to return towards Khangsar via the same route taken a day ago. (6-7 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

    Altitude 4990 m
    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation Teahouse
  • 10

    The route again changes as the trail now heads towards the Thorung La. A steep climb crosses a ridge and the trek now starts to descend down to a small stream at the bottom of the valley. Another climb follows at the other side of the river leading to the Yak pasturelands of Yak Kharka. (6 hours)
    (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

    Altitude 4018 m
    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation Teahouse
  • 11

    The day begins with a gradual uphill as the valley starts to get narrower with each passing hour. The trail passes through some teahouses at Ledar and drops into the river only again to climb at the other side of the river. The trek continues to undulate and enters into a rocky moraine. The valley gets narrower and finally ends at Thorung Phedi. Thorung Phedi is enclosed by huge rock faces and is located on a sloped rocky moraine. (4 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

    Altitude 4450 m
    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation Teahouse
  • 12

    An early start to the day leads to a steep climb that continues to the top of the pass. The top offers views panoramic views of Annapurna IV (7525 meters), Annapurna III (7555 meters), Chulu West (6419 meters), Chulu East (6584 meters), Tilicho (7134 meters), and many more. A steep descent starts from the top and continues to the very bottom of the pass. A couple of teashops at the bottom finally marks the end of the steep drop. The terrain is now easier but still continues to go steadily downhill. The day finally ends at Muktinath, one of the most sacred pilgrimage sites of Hindus. This is also one of the longest days of the trek. (7-8 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

    Altitude 5416 m
    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation Teahouse, Lodge
  • 13

    The trek now returns back to the road and follows the river towards Jomsom. The trail closely follows the river for the whole day, staying on the road and passing through Ekle Bhatti. The day ends at Jomsom, the biggest town and also the administrative headquarter of Mustang. Jomsom is also famous for apples and is also known as the apple capital of the country. The apple and apricot brandy from the region is also very popular. A visit to Marpha Village is also an interesting option for the afternoon. (3 hours)
    (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

    Altitude 2700 m
    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation Teahouse
  • 14

    We will take a short mountain flight to Pokhara from Jomsom. Afternoon-free day in Pokhara stays overnight at Hotel Pokhara.

    Altitude 900 m
    Meals Breakfast
    Accommodation Hotel
  • 15

    Afternoon sightseeing in Kathmandu - Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley World Heritage Sites that includes: Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, and Pasupatinath Temple. Overnight at the hotel, breakfast included.

    Altitude 1350 m
    Meals Breakfast, and farewell dinner
    Accommodation Hotel
  • 16

    A representative from Visit Himalaya Treks Pvt. Ltd. will check your flight tickets and transfer you to the airport two hours from your flight with the hope of seeing you again in the future. (Breakfast included)

    Altitude 1338 m
    Meals Breakfast
    Accommodation Hotel

Cost Includes

    • Arrivals and departure transport by car (We will collect you from the Kathmandu international airport) and transfer to Hotel.
    • Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara 2 in sharing basis (2 nights in KTM& 1 night in Pokhara) with breakfast. (3* stander hotel)
    •  Kathmandu Besisahar land transport by private Car, Jeep, Bus, and Besisahar to Dharapani by public Local jeep.
    • Accommodation and all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) while on a trek in normal teahouses.
    • Salary, insurance, food, and accommodation for guides and porters.
    • 2 in sharing porter (each client 10 to 12 KG baggage for Porter)
    • Annapurna Conservation entry permits and TIMS.
    • Jomsom – Pokhara – Kathmandu flight ticket.
    • All necessary land transport.
    • Sightseeing in Kathmandu with a historical tour guide including land transport.
    • Government taxes and service charges.

Cost Excludes

    • Nepal entry Visa Fee.
    • Personal Travel Insurance (Compulsory).
    • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
    • Entry fee at the sightseeing sites.
    • Personal expenses like beverages (mineral water, alcohol, soft drinks), telephone bills, laundry, bar bills, personal tips, etc.
    • All are not mentioned in the inclusion section.

Cost & Date

Start Dates are your arrival date in Nepal and End Dates are the returning date from Nepal.

The set departure dates listed are specially quoted and specified for group joining option. Let us know if the set departure dates are not suitable for you- another dates which are suitable for you can certainly be added by us.

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Reviews ( 2 Reviews For This Package )

Diane & Hayley Rogerson, From - Australia

Unforgettable and amazing experience

We had a brilliant time with Visit Himalaya Treks tour company on our recent trip to Nepal. They are professional, well organised and very experienced. Our initial contact was via email with the owner Himal and we knew instantly we had made the right decision to select this company. Himal was prompt in his replies, offered suggestions and made amendments to our itinerary as requested. We completed a 14 day trek of the Annapurna Circuit. Our guide Ishwa was fantastic and his knowledge of Nepal and the Himalayas was outstanding. We learnt so much about this wonderful country. We also had the pleasure of another guide Raj who organised our Everest sightseeing flight on our return to Kathmandu. We highly recommend Visit Himalaya Treks and have great memories of our time in Nepal thanks to them. May – 2019.

Bok Eng Slong, Ong Peng Toing & Tan Chee Hau, From - Malaysia

Respond fast and experience guides !!! Annapurna Circuit Tilicho Lake Trek

I have read many good reviews before i decide to write to the owner, Himal to enquire 6 months before my trip. He responded the next day with all the information that i need and that just made me decide that i am in good hands.Of course, i had many other questions after that leading to my trip and he patiently replies with enthusiasm. We started off the trip on the right track. He was able to fulfill my wish to visit Kopan although it was already quite late and raining on the first day when we arrived Kathmandu.

We had 1 guide, Ishwar and 2 porter, Parshu and Shambhu on our trip and they were amazing. They were very attentive to our needs, and always ready to help us order our food when we reach the teahouse ( knowing how hungry we were after the long trek ). We had a friend who was not walking as fast as we were and they took turns to walk with her slowly and patiently.

We had 2 flight delays after the trip from Jomsom to Pokhara and to Kathmandu but they were fast to react and tries to find solutions. All in all a fantastic experience and i would definitely recommend Himal and his team again. You know that you will be taking the path less trodden with nicer views and well taken care off along the way to have a memorable trip. May -2018.


We always try to be flexible to design the trip itinerary for our client’s needs. However, if you are not convinced as our suggested itinerary then off-course you are always welcome to customize or change the trip itinerary.

Holiday should never be about making it to the final point quickly. Along your trek, we can add days at your request with additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation, and food.

An average physical fitness should be maintained prior to booking a trek. Any sort of illness or recent medical problems should be mentioned while booking a trip. Most of our itineraries are prepared to give you maximum time to acclimatize and pace-setting on the treks would be done according to your convenience. If you are having regular medication then tell us before the trip started which would be better for us to give you the physical feedback.

Our main concern is your safety. We never compromised on your safety during the Trekking and all our guides are properly trained and well equipped to take care of our client's safety even in remote areas as well.

There would be always back support in case of an emergency situation like severe high-altitude sickness or accident (which is least expected), you will be sent to the nearest hospital, if possible, otherwise rescued by a helicopter and sent you to the hospital as soon as possible. Since you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred for the use of such emergency services, please make sure that your travel insurance covers both- medical and emergency evacuation costs.

It is not a problem at all because in a mountain most of the tea houses/lodges serve vegetarian food as well and our guide will take care at the time of cooking and on a camping trek, our cook and staffs will care all about the food section.

Most of the lodges in the mountains are basic like a guest house or tea house style. In a few major settlements Lodges are upgraded, where are the possibilities we provide you with the best accommodation! Also, it depends upon the service packages. 

Lately, most of the teahouses have electricity supply even with solar panels. So, charging your gadgets is not a problem at all. But charging your battery you should have to pay an additional fee (US$ 1 to 3 approx. per hour.), in order to get your gadgets to be charged.

Now a day’s most of the major village has a cell phone network connection. However, in a remote area where cell phone does not work, and even if there is not any other communication access then we send satellite phone along with our guide so you can easily be in touch with your family.

Yes, either you can store at the same hotel as you stayed or we can store your goods with us safely in our office free of cost.

The luggage must not exceed up to 20 kilograms. A trekking helper (porter) carries the baggage of fewer than 20 kilograms. This bag can be received at the end of each day’s trek and you should carry the rest of the weight as a day bag with all your money and valuables inside it.

This is a difficult thing to gauge. We have seen everything from USD 25 to USD 900 per person for guides and porters. Tipping is not required, but a small gesture of thanks to your guides and local porters. The level of the tip should reflect the level of satisfaction from and personal involvement with your guide. However, we recommend you to spend a minimum of 10% of your total trip cost for tipping the entire local staff.

Group Size Price
01 People $1800
02- 04 People $1620
05 -09 People $1540
10+ People $1390
$ 1390 / Person
16 Days Nepal
Annapurna Tilicho Lake Trek
Altitude 5416 m
Annapurna Tilicho Lake Trek
Region Annapurna Region
Annapurna Tilicho Lake Trek
Difficulty Moderate
Annapurna Tilicho Lake Trek
Group size Minimum 01 Person Peoples
Annapurna Tilicho Lake Trek
Best Season September to November and March to May