Tilicho Lake Trek

Tilicho Lake Trek

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Tilicho Lake Trek Overview

The Tilicho Lake trek is a wonderful expedition to the highest glacial lake in the world, which stands at an altitude of 4919 meters. This 12 days trek will take you on an exploration ride to the Annapurna circuit surrounded by beautiful landscapes and high mountain ranges. On this trek, the trekkers get an opportunity to witness nature which is not only a retreat to their eyes but also stresses their heartstrings. You can spot some of the gorgeous mountains on this trek, like Himchuli, Nilgiri, Machhapuchhre, and Dhaulagiri, and not to forget, the Annapurna range.

The trek follows the Annapurna Circuit to discover beautiful landscapes, tranquil lakes, dense forests, artistic monasteries, gompas, and much more. This trek also gives you a chance to see the different cultural and religious settlements in the folds of the Himalayas on your way to the Manang Village. Although the Tilicho Lake trek is moderately difficult, trekkers participate in this trek to experience the diverse terrain on the different ascends and descends of the path. With that said, you are required to have a good level of fitness to overcome the difficulties of the terrain. Therefore, the Tilicho Lake trek is one of the best trekking routes in the world that allows you to create memories that you would want to cherish forever.

Quick Facts of Tilicho Lake Trek

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Maximum altitude: 16138 feet

Grade: Difficult

Duration: 12 days

Rail head: No rail head

Airport: Kathmandu Airport

Snow Season: December to February

Service from: Kathmandu

Base camp: Chame

Best season: Winter season (January and February)

Region: Nepal

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Tilicho Lake Trek Itinerary

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Arrival in Kathmandu

  • Your Tilicho Lake trek will commence upon your arrival at Kathmandu, where a representative will meet and take you to your hotel through a private car or a high-end tourist bus.

  • On your trip to your hotel, you will get a chance to learn about the blend of Tibetan Buddhism, Hinduism, and Western Influence of the valley and understand the details of the trek..

  • Your first stop on the route is Boudha, which is among the clean and serene parts of Kathmandu.

  • In the evening, you can stroll around the Boudha Stupa and then stop by the Boudhanath, which is one of the largest and holiest Buddhist pilgrimages in the world.

  • You can also take a tour of the over 50 Tibetan gompas or monasteries in the area of Boudhanath.

  • After the exploration, you can go back to your hotel and take a rest for the day.

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What to Pack for Tilicho Lake Trek?

Clothes
Footwear
Essential Gears
Personal Accessories
Medicines

  • Winter hat or wide-brimmed hat, or insulating hat

  • Waterproof jacket and pants

  • T-shirt

  • Sweater

  • Sun hat or scarf

  • Polypropylene underwear

  • Long sleeved shirt

  • Lightweight gloves

  • Lightweight cotton pants

  • Hooded rain jacket

  • Hiking shirts

  • Heavyweight winter gloves

  • Fleece jacket

  • Down jacket

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Know Before You Go for Tilicho Lake Trek

How to Reach
Trekking Routes
Important Tips for Trekkers

By Flight - Tribhuvan International Airport is the closest and the only international airport to the base camp of the Tilicho Lake trek itinerary. This airport receives thirty international airlines from different parts of the world, including Buddha Air, Cosmic Air, Nepal Airlines, and much more. You can even take a flight to Kathmandu from Istanbul and Amsterdam through Turkish Airlines and Arlefly, respectively.

By Train - There is no rail connectivity to Kathmandu. However, you can take a train to Janakpur from India and then take a six hours drive to reach your ideal destination.

By Bus - Buses are readily available from Varanasi or Gorakhpur in India to the Nepalese border of Sunauli. From there, you can take a local bus to Kathmandu. Alternatively, you can take a direct bus from New Delhi to Kathmandu that operates for around 30 hours.

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FAQs of Tilicho Lake Trek

Where is Tilicho Lake located?

Tilicho Lake is situated in the Manang district of Nepal at an elevation of 4919 meters in the Annapurna range of the Himalayas. This lake is surrounded by Khangsar, Nilgiri, Tilicho, and Muktinath Peak on all sides, and is located at the highest altitude in the world.

How difficult is the Tilicho Lake trek?

The Tilicho Lake trek is a moderately difficult trek because the trails on this trek have steep and rough ascend, and descend, and are icy and slippery during the winter and rainy seasons. The challenging part of this trek is the trail above Shree Kharka. Some trekkers might also experience motion sickness due to thin air. Hence, you must take all the necessary precautions to have a safe trekking experience.

What is the best time to do Tilicho Lake trek?

The best time to do the Tilicho Lake trek is between September and November and then from March and May, during the autumn and spring seasons, respectively. During this time, the skies are clear, and you can watch the crystal-clear views of the surrounding snow-covered mountains. If you are a nature lover, you will love the wide-ranging vegetation near Tilicho Lake during this time.

What is the highest altitude of the Tilicho Lake trek?

The highest altitude of the Tilicho Lake short trek is 4919 meters, from where you can witness the beautiful surrounding views of Nepal.

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