The Tilicho Lake Annapurna Trek is the most adventurous and challenging trek in the Annapurna region designed for those who are seeking extra thrills in the Annapurna Himalayas.
This demanding trek follows the Annapurna Circuit route and further ascends Tilicho Lake. Known as the highest lake in the world, Tilicho Lake is a gem of the Himalayas, where only a handful of trekkers reach. You traverse through picturesque villages, high mountain ridges, mountain passes, glaciers, and dense forests. On the way, you will come across many stupas, monasteries, and temples.
The trek is an odyssey through the diverse climatic zone and unique blend of ethnicities. Located at 4,900 meters Tilicho Lake has both natural and religious beliefs. The lake is surrounded by many snow-capped mountains and hills. Crossing the Thorong La Pass is quite challenging and many accomplish it through rigorous motivation! You have to do the Tilicho trek! From the top of the pass, you will get to see a surreal landscape view, which makes your effort worthwhile.
After crossing the pass, the trail drops down to the Muktinath temple, a significant temple for Hindus and Buddhists. Get a blessing in the temple and head to Jomsom, one of the most beautiful places in Nepal. Before reaching Jomsom, you will pass by Marpha, where you will get to see lovely apple orchards.
The trek is fascinating because of its religious harmony and heterogeneity. This region is home to both Hindu and Buddhist religions, which coexist happily under one roof. Muktinath Temple is a shining example of Nepalese religious cooperation.
Passing through the region’s diverse elevations, temperatures, and ecosystems provides an unrivaled sense of accomplishment. The variations in landscape highlight your gains considerably. There's a special gratification in being able to go such great distances just on the strength of your own two feet. It inspires a sense of oneness with humanity that dates back generations, transporting you away from motorized transportation and back to the foundations of what you and you alone can accomplish. There is no trail more rewarding in this regard than trekking in the Annapurna Region!
Join Outfitter Nepal on a Tilicho Lake Annapurna Trek! You will get the best deal ever with Outfitter Nepal's hand-crafted itinerary. Our 19 days trek through the Annapurna and Tilicho Lake has been meticulously planned to strike an excellent mix of pleasure and cost-effectiveness. With over two decades of Nepalese trekking experience, we've put our hearts and brains into drafting together with the best possible package! We promise a scheduled departure! Select your dates here, or contact us to create a package tailored to your exact needs. We are flexible and keep your needs prioritized!
Things you will get to see & experience during the Tilicho Lake and Thorong La Pass Trek
Best Features of the Annapurna Tilicho Lake Trek
- Scenic drive from Kathmandu to Bhulbhule.
- Visit of Manang village, Gangapurna Lake and glaciers.
- Visit of Tilicho Lake and base camp.
- Pass the Thorong la.
- Visit of Muktinath Temple and Gompas.
- Scenic flight from Jomsom to Pokhara
- Visit of the city of Lakes, the Pokhara.
Stunning Views of Himalayan Mountains
You will get to see panoramic views of numerous Himalayan mountains during the Tilicho Lake Trek with Thorong La Pass. Mountains like Annapurna Range (8,091 m), Tilicho Peak (7,134 m), Mt. Manaslu (8,156 m), Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,176 m), Mt. Machhapuchhre (6,993 m), Himlung Himal (7,126 m), Mt. Gangapurna (7,455 m), etc. can be seen.
The trek is known for its farmland in the lower elevations and its arid and snowy sceneries in the upper elevations; the variation is appreciated by every traveler!
Explore the Glory in Himalayan Culture and Tradition
During your trek, you will get to experience the dramatic fusion of Tibetan and Nepali cultures. This part of Nepal is highly influenced by Tibetan culture and tradition, and you will find many similarities. The locals here are the followers of Buddhism. Several monasteries, stupas, and chorten can be seen everywhere.
Mountains are the representatives of nature in its most natural state, rough and unaffected by human intervention. Extreme weather and hard terrain render them impenetrable, and indestructible, and it is this purity that you can admire in high altitudes. Culture, on the other hand, blends effortlessly with the trekking experience on the Annapurna Circuit, all the way up to the Thorang La Pass. This human impact is a beautiful complement rather than a blemish.
Explore Manang, an Odd mix of Himalayan Treasure and Terrain
Manang is one of the most famous places in Nepal and also the most beautiful. Manang itself has numerous things to do from a short hike to nearby quaint villages to thrilling mountain biking. You can visit Milarepa’s Cave and Braga Bhojo Gompa, the most significant spots. Besides this, you can see stunning landscape views from Manang.
Manang's beauty is not found in the lush foliage of dense pine woods, as it is in other Himalayan places. Its majesty, on the other hand, is reflected in its desolate plains and dry terrains. Although the Marshyangdi River runs through the valley, the village is not particularly fertile. When you first encounter Manang, you will be astounded by its usual spectacle. The barren aesthetics of this village are echoed in its architecture. Manang's buildings and cottages, which are mostly made of stones, are considerably distinct from those found in other Nepalese cities. Trekkers come here to stay for a few days because it is one of the largest villages along the circuit trek.
Delve into the World’s Highest Altitude Tilicho Lake
Situated at 4,919 meters, Tilicho Lake is the highest lake in the world. This lake is the gem of the Himalayas and has both religious and natural importance. The bright blue color of the lake surrounded by glistening snow-capped mountains offers a breath-taking panorama. The lake is also believed to be the Kak Bhusundi Lake that is mentioned in Ramayana.
Tilicho Lake gathers glacial runoff from northern Himalayan peaks such as Thorang La Peak and Annapurna Himalayas, while the Tilicho Lake Trek allows you to witness its beauty. On a beautiful day, the horizon features silver, gray, and white mountains, which makes up for the tiresome days in the trek!
Cross the Challenging Thorong La Pass
Thorong La rewards those who are yearning for the ultimate test of their physical stamina and their need to embark on this ultimate expedition with the most breathtaking sights one can imagine. Thorong-La is one of the most difficult passes in Nepal's Himalayas, standing tall at 5416 meters.
Crossing Thorong La Pass is the most challenging activity during the entirety of the trek. You have to trek on a steep rugged trail to reach the top of the pass. Regardless of the difficulty level, once you will reach the top, you will get to witness a tempting view of the surroundings!
The pass connects Manang Village and Muktinath Temple, two of the Annapurna Region's most notable attractions. The pass also serves as a route to Tilicho, the world's highest glacial lake.
Embark on a Religious Journey at Muktinath Temple
Muktinath Temple is one of the holiest pilgrimage sites of Hindus and Buddhists situated at the foothill of Thorong La Pass. Hundreds of pilgrims visit this temple every year to worship. Known as the highest temple in the world (3,800 m), Muktinath is considered Mukti Kshetra (place of liberation).
This universe is "MAYA" (an illusion) of a life cycle of birth and reincarnation, according to Hindu mythology. Everyone wants to break free from this cycle and achieve nirvana. A trip to Muktinath will guide you in achieving this goal. In the garden of this temple called Muktidhara, there are 108 waterspouts where frozen water flows continuously from the bullhead and two Kunda (ponds in front of the temple). It is believed that bathing in these 108 waterspouts and two Kunda (ponds) will bring salvation.
Unique Landscape and Terrain Experience
Much of the Annapurna Circuit runs in a rain shadow, which is an environment where rain weather systems are blocked by a natural feature. In other words, the enormous mountains prevent the monsoons from traveling any further north, bringing rain to the southern Annapurna. This is why the circuit route's northern, highest point passes through a harsh desert area.
Thus, when on a circuit and Tilicho Lake trek, you experience the cold Himalayan desert-like condition, which in itself is unique.
Explore Mustang, the Hidden Himalayan Kingdom
Mustang, also known as Upper Mustang, is a desert region with deep valleys, thousands of human-made caverns, stunning ochre, red, and brown-colored terrain, and an ages-old culture.
Mustang, once the independent Kingdom of Lo, has been a part of Nepal since the 18th century and has only recently been open for travelers or tourists. Mustang and its valleys are well-known for their aura and were one of the primary locations for Tibetan Buddhist monks for sophisticated tantric, Tummo (a style of Tibetan breathing used to generate heat at high elevations) and yogic practices, among many others.
Though most of the caverns have been deserted, with no traces of the past, some still retain imprints of Tibetan art, Buddhist teachings, carvings, statues of Indian yogis, and sacred scriptures! It is a region worth exploring.
19 Days Tilicho Lake and Annapurna Trek Itinerary
The trek starts after you ride from Kathmandu to Bhulbhule. It takes a couple of hours to reach Bhulbhule. You start your trek the next day to Chamje, followed by Chame, Pisang and finally Manang on the consecutive trekking days. Manang is a beautiful village where you can acclimatize yourself while preparing for the trek. Then, the next day, you ascend Khangsar. From Khangsar, you finally reach Tilicho Base Camp and have an overnight stay.
The next day, early in the morning, you start your hike towards the majestic Tilicho Lake and return to the base camp. You head towards Yak Kharka the next day. From Yak Kharka, you ascend Thorang Phedi where you have an overnight stay. Now, the journey is a bit challenging as you have to cross over Thorang La Pass to reach Muktinath! You are at the highest altitude of the trek at Thorang La Pass. You finally reach Muktinath for an overnight stay. Then, you head towards Jomsom the next day. Thus, you have 13 allocated trekking days in the entire journey. From Jomsom, you catch an early morning flight to Pokhara and drive to Kathmandu.
Annapurna Tilicho Lake Trek Cost
Our Tilicho Lake and Annapurna trek for a group of 6 to 10 people costs around US$ 1100. Likewise, it will cost roughly US$ 1300 for a group of 2 to 5 individuals. Similarly, the package costs US$ If you are a solo trekker, it may be a little more expensive; however, you can complete your adventure for a total cost of US$ 1500. The package's cost can be modified to match your individual needs. However, based on your scheduling changes, the total package cost may increase or decrease!