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Tilicho Lake and Thorong La Pass Trek – 21 Days

Follow the same route of Annapurna Circuit, break away to Tilicho Lake, one of the highest altitude lakes in the world, and then return to the circuit to cross the challenging Thorung La Pass.

OVERVIEW OF THE TRIP

Trip:
Tour Type: Sightseeing and High Altitude Trekking
Trip Duration: 21 Days
Max Altitude: 5,416 m/17,769 ft
Trip Starts From: Kathmandu
Trip Ends At: Kathmandu
Trip Region: Nepal
Best Season: 
February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November & December
Trip Level: Strenuous
Ventures at this grade are 'Tough Treks' and must be fully supported. The altitude attained is between 3,500 to 5,000m. These treks also involve several nights stay above 4,000m. These are genuine expeditions where preparation and a willingness to 'rough it' are necessary. You must have be physically fit for this trek.
Trip Route: Kathmandu - Besisahar - Bagarchap - Pisang - Manang - Khangsar - Tilicho Lake - Thorong Phedi - Thorong La Pass - Muktinath - Jomsom - Pokhara - Kathmandu

Trip Information

Tilicho Lake at 5,200 m collects the glacial melt of the entire northern slopes of Annapurna and Thorong Peak. It is claimed to be the highest located lake in the world.

This trek starts right from Besisahar which goes along the Marshyangdi River, with great views of Manaslu and Himal Chuli to the east. This magnificent trek leads you to the fine villages inhabited by a wide diversity of people from different ethnic groups, offering spectacular and majestic views of the Himalayas. We have customized this route as it is basically the same as Annapurna Circuit. From Manang instead of taking the valley north to Tanki Manang and Yak Kharka, this route goes to the main valley to the west and passes through the Khangshar Village and reaches Tilicho Lake. Then we travel to Yak Kharka and cross Thorong La Pass at the elevation of 5,416 m. After the pass, we head down to Muktinath and then to Jomsom from where a 30-minute scenic flight takes us to the Pokhara.

From Tilicho Lake we also have the option of crossing the challenging Moesokanta La Pass to Jomsom instead of traveling to the Thorong La Pass but additional equipment including tents are required.


    ITINERARY

  • Day 01 Arrive in Kathmandu (1,400 m). Overnight at a Hotel.

  • Day 02 Guided Sightseeing in the Kathmandu Valley. Overnight at a Hotel.

  • Day 03 Drive to Besisahar (830 m) in a Public Bus and Take a Jeep to Syange (1,100 m) – 8 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

  • Day 04 Trek to Tal (1,700 m) – 5 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

  • Day 05 Trek to Danaque (1,860 m) – 5 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

  • Day 06 Trek to Chame (2,670 m) – 4 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

  • Day 07 Trek to Upper Pisang (3,300 m) – 6 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

  • Day 08 Trek to Ngawal (3,660 m) – 5 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

  • Day 09 Trek to Manang (3,500 m) via Bhraka (3,360 m) – 5 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

  • Day 10 Acclimatization Day at Manang Village. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

  • Day 11 Trek to Khangsar Village (3,700 m) – 4 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

  • Day 12 Trekking to Tilicho Base Camp (4,200 m) – 5 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

  • Day 13 Trek to Tilicho Lake (5,200 m) and Return to Tilicho Base Camp (4,200 m) – 6 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

  • Day 14 Trek to Yak Kharka (4,000 m) – 5 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

  • Day 15 Trek to Thorong Phedi (4,450 m) – 5 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

  • Day 16 Trek to Muktinath (3,800 m) via Thorung La Pass (5,416 m) – 8 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

  • Day 17 Trek to Jomsom (2,720 m) – 5 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

  • Day 18 Morning Flight to Pokhara. Overnight at a Hotel.

  • Day 19 Guided Sightseeing in Pokhara. Overnight at a Hotel.

  • Day 20 Drive Back to Kathmandu (1,400 m) in a Tourist Bus – 7 hours. Overnight at a Hotel.

  • Day 21 Transfer to the International Airport for Your Final Departure.


    TRIP DETAILS

  • Day 01 - Arrive in Kathmandu (1,400 m)

    Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu and s/he will be displaying an Aarohi Holiday signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transferred to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle.

    Note: If you happen to arrive after 4 pm you would be briefed about the trip by our guide, this will be the pre-trip meeting for you, so please make sure that you ask all the questions. But if you arrive earlier than 4 pm, your pre-trip meeting would be on that very day at our office. During the meeting, we will introduce your trek leader/guide. For the meeting, please make sure you bring the passport, three copies of passport-size photos and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. During this meeting, please clear the due balance, if any, and sign the legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer.

    Overnight at a hotel. No meals included.

  • Day 02 - Guided Sightseeing in the Kathmandu Valley

    After a hearty breakfast, at 8.30 am your sightseeing trip will start. You will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide at your disposal. Today we will visit some heritages listed below:

    Pashupatinath Temple:
    Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most significant Hindu temples of Lord Shiva in the world, located on the banks of the Bagmati River. Though you are not allowed to go inside the temple as it is strictly for Hindus only, you can clearly see the temple and the activities from the eastern bank of the Bagmati River. It is a square two-tiered pagoda temple built on a single-tier plinth which is famous all over the world.

    Boudhanath Stupa:
    Boudhananath is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Kathmandu. It was built in the 5th century with four pairs of eyes of Lord Buddha in four cardinal directions keeping an eternal watch over the people and their doings. You will find Buddhist pilgrims from Tibet going round the stupa spinning the prayer wheels.

    Bhaktapur Durbar Square:
    Visit the Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the Royal Residential Quarter of Bhupatindra Malla, famous five-storied temple of Nyatapola in Pagoda style Batsala temple, Bhairavnath temple, Duttatraya temple, Pujari Muth and Palace of 55 windows.

    The rest of our time in Kathmandu is free for further exploration and some last-minute shopping in Thamel area for trekking essentials.

    Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast included.

  • Day 03 - Drive to Besisahar (830 m) in a Public Bus and Take a Jeep to Syange (1,100 m) - 8 hours

    Today we will take a public bus from Kathmandu to Besisahar and from there we will take a jeep to Syange. We will witness beautiful landscape, rivers and waterfalls on the way.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 04 - Trek to Tal (1,700 m) – 5 hours

    Now tighten up the shoes laces. We will start walking gradually following the beautiful Marsyangdi River. This walk will be slightly ascending and we will come across the beautiful waterfalls on this walk. We will rest at Tal tonight.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 05 - Trek to Danaque (1,860 m) – 5 hours

    This will be our exciting day. We will leave Marsyangdi River behind and continue our journey to witness Annapurna II and Pisang Peak and beautiful landscape and old villages. Don’t miss an opportunity to take beautiful pictures as we observe mountains, waterfalls and countryside life style of Nepal. We will rest at Danaque.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 06 - Trek to Chame (2,670 m) – 4 hours

    We will continue our walk enjoying the view of mountains, and waterfalls on the way. Today will be an easy day. After 4 hours of walking, we will reach to Chame, the headquarter of Manang. It’s a beautiful little town with more facility than our previous days.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 07 - Trek to Upper Pisang (3,300 m) – 6 hours

    After breakfast, we continue our trek to Upper Pisang. On the way, we will walk through the dense forest, Marsyangdi River and come across the beautiful panoramic views of meadows and mountains. During this walk, we will see the first view of gigantic Paungda Dada rock face, which is curved like a bowl shape. Eventually, after 6 hours walk, we will reach Upper Pisang from where we can see a Majestic Annapurna II standing high on our south and we will rest here today.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 08 - Trek to Ngawal (3,660 m) – 5 hours

    Today, wake up early in the morning, watch the beautiful sunrise and first ray of sun on Annapurna II. After breakfast, we will continue our trek towards Ngawal. The trail to Ngawal is about 400 m higher than the lower trail but you will have great opportunities to witness high altitude flora and fauna, beautiful gorges, Annapurna II and III and Pisang Peak. We will take rest in Ngawal.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 09 - Trek to Manang (3,500 m) via Bhraka (3,360 m) – 5 hours

    We continue our trek walking through the big hills, jungle and wetlands. On the way, we can see beautiful landscapes, stupas and lama school. After 6 hours of walking, we will reach Manang, one of the happening places of the trek.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 10 - Acclimatization Day at Manang Village

    We spend a day acclimatizing in Manang. The whole day we spend doing some fine day walks and viewing the magnificent sights around the village. Towards the end of the day, we return to our accommodation for a night’s rest.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 11 - Trek to Khangsar Village (3,700 m) - 4 hours

    After acclimatizing at Manan, we continue our adventure towards the Tilicho Lake, situated on the west end of Manang following the path down to the river. After crossing the Khangsar Khola, we reach Khangsar and head towards the village region, still very traditionally Tibetan and known as the Last Village of Nepal.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 12 - Trekking to Tilicho Base Camp (4,200 m) - 5 hours

    We continue from Khangsar on a large path, passing a Gompa (monastery). The route ahead goes on a recently constructed path up towards a high ridge. At one point there is an intersection. One path maintains the altitude, traversing the slopes towards a place where the valley is narrow; the other continues to ascend towards the line of the ridge. The former is the old path and is much more difficult as it goes on really steep; the latter is the new path that goes a completely different way. We continue along the new path, reach a high crest, and descend on carved out through the slopes to a side valley of the main valley. At its bottom is a brook. On the other side of it is a building known as the Tilicho Base Camp at the elevation of 4,200 m.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 13 - Trek to Tilicho Lake (5,200 m) and Return to Tilicho Base Camp (4,200 m) - 6 hours

    Our journey starts early in the morning at around 6 am as we try to avoid the wind. From the Base camp to the Tilicho lake takes another 3-4 hours. Tilicho Lake is a cold barren place in the afternoon and is the highest located lake of the world. After we spend some time around Tilicho Lake, we will return the same way back to Base Camp as there are no any accommodation facilities at Tilicho Lake area.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 14 - Trek to Yak Kharka (4,000 m) - 5 hours

    Continuing on from Manang, the trails ascends to Yak Kharka. We make the climb steadily through Tenki Manang, leaving the Marsyangdi Valley. Continuing along the Jarsang Khola Valley, we reach Yak Kharka at 4,000 m. Herds of yaks and vegetations appear to thin out.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 15 - Trek to Thorong Phedi (4,450 m) - 5 hours

    After a two-hour ascent, the trail descends to cross the river at 4,310 m. We then climb up to Thorong Phedi at 4,450 m where decent guesthouses have been built in the recent years.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 16 - Trek to Muktinath (3,800 m) via Thorung La Pass (5,416 m) - 8 hours

    Today is a long trek starting before sunrise at 4 am to reach the pass by 9-10 am. Otherwise weather conditions (strong winds) will greatly affect the journey, particularly at the Thorong La Pass. We climb steeply on a regular route which is quite easy to follow. However, some problems may arise due to altitude and snow. It often causes terrible problems to cross the pass if it is covered by heavy snow. After four hours of climbing to the pass marked by the chortens and prayer flags, we will be rewarded with stunning views from the top of the pass. Another four hours of walking will take us to the holy town of Muktinath.

    Muktinath means place of nirvana and is home to the Muktinath Temple as well as several monasteries. It is said that all sorrows we feel are relieved when visiting the Temple. It is a sacred pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists. The prime pilgrimage month is September. The Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and has 108 waterspouts around it. Another attraction nearby is the Jwala Mai Temple which has a gorgeous natural spring and an eternal flame fueled by natural gas.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 17 - Trek to Jomsom (2,720 m) - 5 hours

    We head along the trail down to the Eklebhatti, and then follow the Kaligandaki River to Jomsom. Jomsom is a large town with many facilities. It is also the headquarter and official town for whole Mustang district where all the district government offices are present.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 18 - Morning Flight to Pokhara

    A 30-minute morning flight takes us to Pokhara from Jomsom. Once we arrive at Pokhara airport, we then drive to the hotel.

    Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast included.

  • Day 19 - Guided Sightseeing in Pokhara

    After breakfast, a full day sightseeing tour of Pokhara city begins. There will be a professional city guide and a private tourist vehicle at your disposal. You will visit the following sites:

    Bindhabasini Temple:
    The temple lies in the center of the religious old bazaar. It is dedicated to Goddess Bhagwati, another manifestation of Shakti. The park grounds offer a fine picnic and relaxing area.

    Davis Fall:
    Locally known as Patale Chhango and located in the southern flank of the Pokhara valley, it is where the stream flowing from Fewa Lake collapses and surges down the rock into a deep gorge, leaping through several potholes. This is hugely popular with tourists and locals alike.

    Gupteshwor Cave:
    The revered Gupteshwor Cave is situated 2 km from the Pokhara airport. The entrance is right across from Davis fall and the cave is almost 3 km long. It has some big hall-sized rooms and some passages where you have to crawl on all four. This cave holds special value to Hindus since a phallic symbol of Lord Shiva is preserved here in the condition it was discovered.

    Seti River Gorges:
    Carved by the Seti Gandaki River, it is one of the natural wonders of Pokhara. K.I. Singh bridge at Bagar, Mahendrapool and Prithivi Highway Bridge near bus park provide a perfect view of the river’s dreadful rush and the deep gorge made by the turbulent flow of white water.

    Tibetan Refugee Camps:
    The Tibetan village Tashiling in the south and the Tashi Palkhel village in the north of Pokhara are renowned for the production and trade of woolen carpets and other handicrafts. The original Tibetan settlers in this region migrated to Nepal in the ‘50s.

    Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast included.

  • Day 20 - Drive Back to Kathmandu (1,400 m) in a Tourist Bus - 7 hours

    We will be driving back to Kathmandu in the morning.

    If you are interested in extending the trip, there are many options such as Chitwan jungle safari, river rafting adventure, Kathmandu shopping tour, mountain biking and other activities.

    In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances.

    Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast and farewell dinner included.

  • Day 21 - Transfer to the International Airport for Your Final Departure

    The trip concludes here. Our airport representative will drop you at the international airport in Kathmandu for your flight departure from Nepal.

    Breakfast included.


    COST INCLUDES

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop off service by a private tourist vehicle

  • Standard twin-sharing accommodation in a three-star hotel in Kathmandu (3 nights only) and Pokhara (2 nights only) including breakfast

  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu and Pokhara by a private tourist vehicle

  • All standard meals during the trek (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)

  • Basic guesthouse accommodation during the trek in mostly twin-share and occasionally dormitory-style rooms ( 15 nights only)

  • Local Aarohi Holiday licensed English-speaking trekking guide

  • The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two guests.)

  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff

  • Annapurna Conservation Park permits and TIMS permit for trekking

  • Down jacket and sleeping bag by Aarohi Holiday (which need to be returned after the trek)

  • Public bus from Kathmandu to Besisahar and Tourist bus from Pokhara to Kathmandu

  • Jomsom to Pokhara airfare including airport departure tax

  • Free Aarohi Holiday duffel/kit bag and sun hat (yours to keep)

  • Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees in Kathmandu and Pokhara

  • Farewell dinner in a traditional Nepali restaurant with cultural performances

  • All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges

  • Official expenses


    COST DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara

  • Travel insurance which covers emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation (See the travel insurance page.)

  • International airfare and airport departure tax (see the international flights page.)

  • Nepal entry visa; you can obtain the visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying USD 25 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days can be obtained by paying USD 40 and 100 respectively. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos.)

  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks

  • Personal trekking equipment (Click on the Equipment tab.)

  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected.)

  • Any others expenses that are not mentioned in the Price Includes section


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