Tilicho Lake Trek Blog: Complete Guide to do Annapurna Tilicho Lake Trek From Kathmandu

Tilicho Lake Trek

Among different trek to Annapurna regions, Tilicho Lake trek is famous for its religious point of view as many Hindu pilgrims from around the world will visit this lake. Read our Tilicho Lake trek blog to know everything about how to reach tilicho lake from Kathmandu, Pokhara and other cities of Nepal.

Tilicho lake, the world’s highest lake located in Manang District of Nepal at an altitude of 4,919 m. It lies on the Annapurna Circuit, one of the best trekking routes in Nepal.

Major attractions of Tilicho Lake trekking are the eye-catching views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges and other white Himalayas above 5,415m. The trek is undoubtedly providing some majestic panoramic views of Mt. Manaslu, Mt. HimalChuli, Mt. Machhapuchre, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Annapurna and many more.

The trip to Tilicho Lake is a perfect package to witness natural scenery and learn about the unique culture & hospitality of local peoples in this region. Tilicho lake and surroundings are the best places for Photography too.

Mountains over the lake make a perfect picture. The lake, itself is beyond one’s imagination. Among different seasons in Nepal, The best season to visit Tilicho is from February to May and September to November.

Tilicho Lake is situated at an altitude of 4,919 m (16,138 ft) in the Annapurna range of the Himalayas and is known as the highest lake for its size in the world.


Short Tilicho Lake Trek Itinerary from Kathmandu

Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Bhulbhule(8hrs) on a Public Bus.

Day 02: Drive to Pisang(3,190m) – 8 hours.

Day 03: Trek to Manang(3,540m) – 6 hours.

Day 04: Trek to ShreeKharka(4,050m) – 6 hours.

Day 05: Trek to Tilicho Base Camp – 5 hours.

Day 06: Early Morning hike up to Tilicho Lake(5hrs). Visit Lake & walk down to Shreekharka.

Day 07: Trek to Manang(3,540m)– 6 hours.

Day 08: Trek to Pisang(3,190m) – 8 hours.

Day 09: Drive to Bhulbhule(900m) – 8 hours.

Day 10: Drive back to Kathmandu.

The itinerary mentioned above is the best itinerary to do Tiicho lake trek with avoiding the altitude sickness. But if you have a group and want to finish the trek as early as possible, you can hire a private jeep to reach either Khangsar or ShreeKharka from Besi Sahar and come back.

Keep in mind that Bhulbhule is just at an altitude of around 900m, but Shreekharka is at about 4100m so that there will be a high chance for High altitude sickness if you are not a regular trekker.

Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar(8hrs) on a Public Bus.

Day 02: Drive from Besisahar to Khangsar / ShreeKharka on a private vehicle.

Day 03: Trek to Tilicho Base Camp.

Day 04: Early Morning hike up to Tilicho Lake(5hrs). Visit Lake & walk down to Shreekharka.

Day 05: Drive from ShreeKharka to Besisahar on a private vehicle(7 hrs)

Day 06: Further Drive from Besisahar to Kathmandu.

Tilicho Lake Trek Cost For Nepali

Tilicho lake trek cost for Nepali by bus, it wouldn’t cost more than 18-20,000 NPR depending on how much you spend and how big of a group you have, because more people in the group will minimize the living costs. But if you chose to go to Tilicho on a four-wheeler will cost higher.

Tilicho Lake Trek Cost For Foreigners

For foreigners, It will cost around $350 as they need to buy TIMS & ACAP(Annapurna Conservation Area Project) Permit from Nepal tourism board.

TIMS card will cost NPR 1,000 for trekkers planning a trip via local trekking company & costs NPR 2,000 for Free individual trekkers per trek per person.

Furthermore, for SAARC countries residents TIMS card will cost NPR 300 and NPR 600 respectively for trekkers accompanied by trekking company and free individual trekkers.

Likewise, ACAP permit will cost NPR 3000 for trekkers from foreign country & NPR 1000 for SAARC countries residents. ACAP Permit cost is same for trekkers trekking with a guide & trekking individually.

Tilicho Lake in Nepal
Beautiful Tilicho Lake

Tilicho Lake Trek Difficulty

Tilicho Lake trek doesn’t require climbing expertise, and there are no technical climbing sections. With a basic fitness level, you should be able to trek the route. I have seen old and young, overweight and underweight complete the trek – all with a smile on their face. So, finally, Tilicho lake trek is not difficult.

Additional Information For Tilicho Lake Trekking

  • Bus to Besisahar, You can take from Gongabu, Kathmandu. Instead, you can book online from Bussewa too. Onward shared Jeep to go Pisang, you can find at Bhulbhule. You can also ask local peoples.
  • If you want to reach Tilicho on the more comfortable way then its better to go on Jeep either directly from Kathmandu or Besisahar.

Tilicho Lake Trek Map

If there were any update on the Tilicho Lake Trek, We would keep updating on this blog. For more information, you can directly contact us or leave us a comment below.

Also, are you thinking of visiting Tilicho Lake for your next holiday? Take a look at our 10 Days Tilicho Lake Trekking Package at just $399. Price including Three meals a day, Accommodation, Private Guide, Necessary trekking equipment, land transports, and many more.

Here is the awesome video of Tilicho Lake by Jack and Barb.

About Author

Sudeep is a co-founder of Up To Himalaya. He has trekked almost all mountains in Nepal including Everest, Annapurna, Langtang, Manaslu, Kanchenjunga & many more. He would love to help people to make their holiday unforgettable by sharing his own experiences on the Himalayas of Nepal. If you want any information related to different trekking trails of Nepal while planning your trip, You can directly contact him on +977-9817223143.

(2) Comments

  1. Krishnapal Champawat

    Hi Sudeep, how about trek to tilicho lake in April?

    1. Sudeep

      April is the second most favorite time of the year for trekking in Nepal after November. April is spring season in Nepal favorable for trekking both in terms of views of the mountains and temperature at higher altitudes such as reaching Thorong La pass if you choose to do Tilicho lake including Annapurna circuit.

      Tilicho lake trek will be more comfortable, and the views of the mountains will be clear as well as the lake will also be beautiful during April. The ways to the lake will also be snow free so that you can walk comfortably. Furthermore, you don’t have to worry about rain if you did the trekking in April.

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