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Tilicho Lake Trekking

on world’s best picturesque trail around Northern Annapurna Himalaya

Trip Summary

Trip Mode
On Lodge / Tea House and camping for few nights.
Trekking grade
Adventurous & Challenging (in snow condition)
Trekking duration
12 / 13 days (with drive and flight from Jomsom).
Highest elevation
5,099 m at Mesokanto -la pass.
Total Trip
15 / 16 days (Kathmandu to Kathmandu).
April to June and September to November.

Trip Highlights

  • An amazing walk with daily views of high snowcapped peaks,
  • In the high Manang valley of Annapurna Himalaya range,
  • Fascinating scenery with traditional villages of Tibetan Buddhist culture,
  • Exploring emerald Tilicho Lake and crossing high Mesokanto-la pass.

Trip Overview

Tilicho Lake trekking a fabulous adventure on the main trail of scenic Annapurna circuit for a week and then heading off route towards picturesque and emerald Tilicho Lake regarded as holy also, from here taking a high route over Tilicho and Mesokanto – la pass to reach Jomsom town for short sweeping flight to popular touristic Pokhara valley where great Annapurna Himalaya reflects on its pristine Phewa and Begnas lakes.

Tilicho lake trekking leads through lovely villages of Tal, Dharapani, Chame and Pisang with a dramatic change in climate, landscapes and people from the warm sub-tropic to alpine and at arctic temperatures zone.

A rest day for acclimatization in Manang cultural villages of strong Tibetan Buddhist culture, and then heading towards beautiful Tilicho Lake leaving the main Annapurna circuit route behind to complete wilderness in the midst of mountains of Gangapurna and Tilicho peaks.

Tilicho Lake Trekking, crossing Mesokanto-la pass to Jomsom in Mustang area for a short flight to picturesque Pokhara valley, where this awesome Tilicho Lake trekking concludes.

Tilicho Lake Trekking Outline itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Drive to Jagat 1,290 m via Beshishar 800 m – 08 hrs.
Day 03: Trek to Dharapani 1,920 m – 05 hours.
Day 04: Trek to Chame 2,670 m – 05 hours.
Day 05: Trek to Pisang 3, 230 m – 05 hrs.
Day 06: Trek to Manang Village 3,450 m – 05 hrs.
Day 07: Rest day at Manang for local hikes and acclimatization.
Day 08: Trek to Sri-Kharka 3,945 m via Khangsar 3,734 – 04 hrs.
Day 09: Trek to Tilicho Lake 4,140 m – 04 hrs.
Day 10: Trek to Tilicho Base Camp 4,800 m – 04 hrs.
Day 11: Trek to Nama Phu 3,510m via Mesokanto La 5,099 m – 06 hrs.
Day 12: Trek to Thinigaon 2,850 m via Kaisang- 07 hrs.
Day 13: Trek to Jomsom 2,713m – 02 hrs.
Day 14: Fly to Pokhara and transfer to hotel.
Day 15: Drive of fly back to Kathmandu.
Day 16: International departure homeward bound.

Useful information while Tilicho Lake Trekking 

Trekking guide and Porter:

Our trekking will have long experience in trekking field. He speaks English and keeps knowledge about the mountain, mountain sickness, people, and culture. Generally, he will have a right to choose a guest house to stop overnight and right to take a necessary decision if the weather is not favorable if you are physically not in good condition or if there any potential danger of life or etc.

We will provide a porter (helper to carry the luggage) with warm clothing with warm clothing’s while going to the high mountain. We give priority to the local porter as much as possible.

Guest House in Mountain:

There are nice and tiny guest houses in the village on the way to trekking, also known as a tea house. We will accommodate to our trekkers in that guest houses. You will your own room (twin sharing) and a bathroom is outside. They are safe and people are friendly.

Meal in Mountain:

The general understanding in the mountain, you buy food from the same guest house where you say. We will buy a freshly cooked food from the local guest house. They will have a standard menu which is set by the Local Lodge Management Committee. You can choose your meal from the menu.

Medical facilities:

There are rare medical facilities in the mountain. We generally recommend bringing own medicine (a headache, stomach ache, painkiller, Diamox, bandage, iodine, cotton, gauze, hansaplast, common cold, diarrhea, ) to the normal situation.  If it is serious, you should go down or call an emergency evacuation.


There is not enough electricity in Nepal. You could expect power cut in some certain time of the day. While you are in the mountain, you will require electricity to charge your battery, mobile, camera or etc. generally they will ask you to pay extra money for charging.

Drinking water:

There is bottle water available along the normal trekking trail. Besides that, you can take your own water filter or can buy a medicine to purify the normal water. Further, you can buy boil water as well as in trekking.

Telephone and internet:

Some village has internet facilities. However, you can buy a local telephone SIM card which will help you to buy the internet and use with your smartphone set. You can use for calling to anyone if it requires at the same time.


There require or to use a local transport or you may want to use them as well as. The local people or local club will force to use their transport facilities. The price will be negotiable and a vehicle could be old and with very basic services.

Emergency evacuation:

You might have to be rescued due to some accident or serious ill. We can send rescue Helicopter service immediately to bring you back. The helicopter services are expensive in Nepal. We recommend you to buy insurance which covers search and rescue in need. After you rescued, we can help you for documentation to claim the payment.

Cost Includes / Excludes

Cost Includes

  1. All arrival and departure transportation airport / hotel / airport.
  2. Accommodation in Kathmandu at tourist standard hotel on bed / breakfast basis
  3. Accommodation in Pokhara at tourist standard hotels on bed / breakfast basis.
  4. An professional  English speaking government licensed guide
  5. Porters (every 2 clients : 1 porter)
  6. Food in Trekking (B-L-D)
  7. Accommodation in tea house/lodge
  8. ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area project) permit.
  9. TIMS (Trekking Information Management Systems).
  10. Service of trekking  guides his equipment,  daily wages-medical insurance, meals and transportation allowance.
  11. Service of trekking  staff -porters their daily wages-medical insurance, meals and transportation allowance.
  12. Welcome or farewell dinner in Kathmandu at authentic Nepalese restaurant with cultural programs.
  13. Down jackets-sleeping bags and comprehensive medical kits.
  14. Transportation to Pokhara and back to Kathmandu with deluxe tourist bus before and after the trip and Pokhara - Nayapul -Pokhara by private car.
  15. Trips briefing with full information and reconfirmation of international air tickets if needed.

Cost Exclufes

  • Nepal Visa-International airfare-personal travel / medical insurance.
  • Expenses of personal nature and meals in Kathmandu, gratitude (tips) hard / soft drinks throughout the trip.
  • Emergency evacuation by any means of transportation including Heli services and personal medical kit.
  • Early return from the trip due to personal / medical problem in this case clients should bear his / her own expenses on return from trek and in Kathmandu including expenses of accompanying guide / porters.

Tilicho Lake Trekking Detail Itinerary

On reaching Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, View Nepal Treks staff receives you for transfer to respective hotels in the hub of Kathmandu city, after refreshment meet other trekking members for briefing, our guide / leader will inform regarding Tilicho Lake & Mesokanto -la trekking, hotels, lodge on route with do and don’ts with evening group welcome dinner.

Morning a long but interesting drive towards Nepal mid west to Beshishar town, and then drive on a dirt road to Khudi, Bhulbhule and Ngadi following Marsyangdi River upstream through rice terraces and villages to reach our first overnight halt at Jagat village, a small farm village with many lodges to cater the trekkers.

After Jagat starting the morning walk on a winding trail to Chamje towards Marsyangdi River, with super views of Annapurna and Manaslu mountain range, as the walk continues to Tal Besi village for lunch break and then another 3 hours walk to Dharapani village for overnight stop, a nice village situated on the junction of Annapurna circuit and Manaslu trekking trail.

From Dharapani walk leads into cool rhododendron, pine forest passing Bagachap and Danque village, to Timang village from here onwards in the country of strong Buddhist cultures.

From Timang village few hours trek leads to Koto and then to Chame town for overnight stop, a large and major town and headquarter of Manang area.

Adventure continues into cooler area from here onwards closer to mountainous region, trekking through nice alpine forests of rhododendron and pine trees, following Marshyangdi River upstream with short ups and down hills to Bhratang village.

From Bhratang village walk follows uphill through alpine woodland overlooking Chulu’s and Pisang peak, after lunch break at Dukuri Pokhari walk descends to lower Pisang village for overnight stop.

Pisang village with great views of mountains walk leads through woodland with short uphill and views of staggering Annapurna II and III, Gangapurna Chulu’s and Pisang peak.

As the walk leads to Hongde village, from here tree lines disappear for barren, landscapes with cold, dry arctic climate.

Before Manang, visit old Braga monastery with old Buddhist relics and then an hour walk brings at Manang village.

The houses here are built up in traditional Tibetan style and Manang people are known for their rich cultural and traditions.

A necessary rest day for acclimatization before heading higher elevation, explore Manang village, located beneath Annapurna and Gangapurna mountain range and Manang glacial Lake.

After Manang village morning walk leads to another highlight of this trip, as our route diverts from main Annapurna circuit trail reaching one of the last village of Manang at Sri-Kharka for overnight stop after walking past Khangsar on route Tiliocho lake.

Today walk enters more barren country, after a short downhill for some time, then on the uphill trail over dry terrain as the altitude gains to reach our destination at Tilicho Lake.

Tilicho Lake regarded as holy place by Hindu's and Buddhist religions, Tilicho Lake with amazing views of snowcapped peaks in the comfort of nice lodges located by the bank of emerald Tilicho Lake.

After overnight at Tilicho Lake, morning walk leads further on remote corners of Manang valley in complete wilderness, on reaching at the base of Mesokanto-La or Tilicho Base Camp, which is the highest overnight camp of this adventure at 4,800 meters high.

Overnight camp on the meadow chances of seeing some wild-life like antelopes, musk deer or an elusive snow leopard.

Today a Big Day! long day trekking, starting early morning crossing two high passes, traversing high Tilicho pass then with a short downhill walk towards base of Mesokanto pass, with a rest for a while then climb the top of Mesokanto-la pass top with steep climb at 5,099 meters.
From here descend on the trail to Jomsom with overnight camp in a small place at Nama phu on completing the adventure of a life time experience.

A pleasant and enjoyable trekking today on the gradual descend towards Kaligandaki valley with super views of Mt. Dhaulagiri and Nilgiris peaks, after a good walk reaching at a grazing pasture of Kaisang, afternoon walk leads further towards a large village of Thinigaon for overnight stop, located above Jomsom and Kaligandaki Valley.

Today our last trekking of this awesome adventure, enjoy downhill walk to Jomsom town, perched on a shelf above Kaligandaki River.

On reaching at Jomsom, the administrative and a headquarter town of Mustang area. Jomsom with many excellent lodge and hotels for overnight accommodation, this town situated on the famous route of Annapurna circuit, Upper Mustang and to holy Muktinath route, afternoon explore Jomsom town.

Morning transfer to Jomsom airport for short flight to picturesque Pokhara valley with Annapurna mountains backdrop and pristine Phewa Lake where hotels are located, afternoon free for individual activities and souvenir shopping or just relax and enjoy the views.

Morning a scenic drive to Kathmandu, after a wonderful memorable trip in the high mountains of Annapurna Himalaya, on reaching Kathmandu transfer to respective hotels with afternoon free at leisure.

(option by air 30 minutes scenic flight to Kathmandu)

Today, your last day in amazing Nepal with great experience and fond memories of Tilicho Lake & Mesokanto-la trekking, as per your time for international flight, View Nepal staff transfer you to airport for your final departure homeward bound or to your next destinations.


View Nepal Treks Pokhara extension program (adventure holidays) for interested people with time in Nepal.

Para-gliding, Zip Flyer, Ultra -Light flights or biking around Pokhara, short hike, rafting Trisuli / Kaligandaki / Seti Rivers, Kayaking or Jungle Safari in Chitwan.

Trip Reviews

  • Amazing Tilicho Lake Trek

    It was a great time and unique experience while we successfully complete 16 days Tilicho Lake trek around Annapurna Circuit Himalaya and beautiful local peoples and villages. Our team was great and Our trek guides Mr. Hari probably one of the knowledgeable and skillful for the Nepal Trekking and Hiking activities.

    -MAAT and HULY (USA)

    Review submitted -November 21, 2016

Frequently Asked Questions

Starting with moderate walks with up hills with short breaks in between, trekking is pleasant except for high altitude on reaching Manang area over 3,000 meters. With rest day for acclimatization and the daily walk helps acclimatizing on this trek with slow rise in elevation, the only tough day is going through Tilciho and Mesokanata pass, with slow and steady walk everyone can enjoy this marvelous trek.
Morning and night time are always cold above 2,000 meters with day time are sunny most of the season, spring and summer above 2,500 m 15°-18° C average and minimum of 0° to 5° C, autumn / winter day time 15°-16° C and can get below -5° C during morn / night time. We do not run this trek from December to March due to high chances of snow on the pass.
As this is a moderate and adventurous trekking one needs to be physical fit with sound health, however after booking this trip one can do short exercise jogging and climbing up and down the steps, aerobic or Jumba exercise will be great exercise preparation for this trek. Higher Manang valley of complete Tibetan Buddhist religion and culture, visit to monasteries where our guide will inform of the rules while entering holy sites with dress conducts.
As this trek starts with moderate grade of walking as altitude wise as the trek progress leading higher elevation of above 3,000 meters will be adventurous overcoming high altitude and thin air, if the trails are covered in deep snow including the pass we use the word grade as challenging which is an arduous job to find the safe path to respective destinations. If the pass is completely covered in deep snow we will consider and might re-route the trek to safe area for the welfare, safety of clients including staff and porters.

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