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Tilicho Lake Thorong Pass18 Days

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Minimum Participants 2
Mode of Travel Adventures
Accommodation Tea House
Meals Full board on trek, B&B Plan in city
Transportation Private vehicle & flight

trip Overview

Tilicho Lake Thorong Pass lies in the Annapurna Region in Mustang district of Nepal. It is also a remarkable trekking in the hidden valleys of North Annapurna region. This is a special classic journey in Nepal. It probably the worlds’ favorites trekking destination which offers panoramic views of mountain range like Mt.Annapurna II/III/IV, Mt.Dhaulagiri, Mt.Manaslu, Tilicho, Nilgiri, Khangsar muktinath peak and many more snow covered peaks.
Tilicho Lake is at a height of 4,919m. It collects the glacial melt of the entire northern slopes of Annapurna and the Thorong Peak. Tilicho Lake is one of the highest lakes in the world at a height of 4920m. The route to Tilicho Lake Thorong La Pass is really breathtaking as well as dangerous. Yak, the Himalayan Thar, Snow Leopard, and a herd of blue are other attractive parts of this trek. The Annapurna Tilicho Lake Trek follows the thick forests of rhododendron and fir. Most of the tribal inhabitants are Gurung, Magars, Chettris, and the Newars. The trek follows the Yak country and finally reaches the Tilicho base camp.
The lake can be excused within a day hike from Tilicho Base Camp. The trail goes up to the Thorong-La pass, offering a fabulous scenery of landscapes and magnificent peaks. We reach the highest spot of this trek at Thorang-la at 5,416 meters.

Short Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu [1350m] and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Sightseeing tour around World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu.
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Syange [1,140m] via Beshishar [823m] [6-7 hrs drive].
Day 04: Trek from Syange to Dharapani [1,860m] [6-7 hrs walk].
Day 05: Trek from Dharapani to Chame [2,715m] [5-6 hrs walk].
Day 06: Trek from Chame to Pisang [3,185m] [4-5 hrs walk].
Day 07: Trek from Pisang to Manang [3,350m] [4-5 hrs walk].
Day 08: Rest day at Manang – Explore the Gangapurna glacier viewpoint.
Day 09: Trek from Manang to Khangsar [3,735m] [2-3 hrs walk].
Day 10: Trek from Khangsar to Tilicho Base Camp [4,150m] [5-6 hrs walk].
Day 11: Hike to Tilicho Lake [4,990m] and back to Tilicho base camp [7-8 hrs walk].
Day 12: Trek from Tilicho Base Camp to Ghunsa [3,950m] [5-6 hrs walk].
Day 13: Trek from Ghunsa to Thorang Phedi [4,450m] [5-6 hrs walk].
Day 14: Trek from Thorang Phedi to Muktinath [3,760m] via Thorang pass [5,416m] [8-9 hrs walk].
Day 15: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom [2800m] [4-5 hrs walk].
Day 16: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara, afternoon free for personal activities or free for boating at Fewa Lake.
Day 17: Drive or Fly to Kathmandu [5-6 hrs drive or 25 Min Fly.
Day 18: Final Departure.

Detail Itinerary

30m drive BB Plan Hotel/Resort

Nepal Dream Path Treks guide will meet you on arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) and transport transfer you to your respective Hotels, then Nepal Dream Path Treks guide will brief of the Hotel, Kathmandu, Trekking, do's and don'ts related information that you might require.

On the first day or night in Kathmandu, you will be well informed regarding the time for your sightseeing tour in Kathmandu at places of interest. Kathmandu contains 7 World heritage sites certified by UNESCO.

6-7 hrs drive All meals includes- Breakfast, Lunch,Dinner, Tea/Coffee Tea house

The morning begins with a scenic drive towards the picturesque famous Pokhara with an interesting ride on the Himalayan foothills, just a few hours ahead of Pokhara the drive diverts from the Dumre town towards north to Beshishar. The journey continues further following the raging Marshyangdi River to Syange village for the overnight stop.

3-4hrs walk All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Tea/Coffee] Tea House

Our real walking adventure begins from here with fascinating scenery of the gorge, high hills, waterfalls, and snow-capped peaks the dirt jeep road for two to three hours, the drive continues through the winding path from Syange and Jagat village, and the trail follows to a steep climb for half an hour, on arriving the lush farm terraces field once on the top of the ridge a magnificent view of the raging waterfalls can be seen on route to Jagat. From this village journey leads through the terraced farms coming to Chamje village, crossing the bridge it's another steep climb for another hour till Tal is reached, the village is situated on the gorge valley by the side of the river Marsyangdi. On leaving Tal the drive gets easier on the gentle path until to a large bridge, after the bridge brings to the village of Dharapani for the overnight stop where the driving adventure stops here.

5-6 hrs walk All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Tea/Coffee] Tea House

Dharapani with the change in vegetation, people, and the landscapes; the air gets cooler our trail climbs through the alpine forest to Bagarchhap, the first village on this walk with typical Tibetan architecture. After a nice morning walk altitude gains slowly reaching the apple country at Dhanaqi the trek passes farm areas, apple, and apricot orchards, and beautiful pine forest with views of Lamjung Himal and Annapurna II, trek follows the river Marsyangdi upstream passing by several villages before Chame is reached for the overnight stop. Chame the district headquarters of the Manang region.

5-6 hrs walk All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Tea/Coffee] Tea House

The walk from here follows the other side of the river on the northern bank, after leaving Chame, the path passes through pine woods and small villages with few ups and downs till you reach Bratang. From here trek continues on the gradual path up to a bridge, from the bridge a short steep climb through the pine forest brings you to the top of the ridge of Pisang village. After walking past the tree lines a great view can be seen of Pisang peak and the Chulu peak with Pisang village below, from this ridge a gentle descent for an hour brings us to the windswept village of Pisang.

4-5 hrs walk All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Tea/Coffee] Tea House

From Pisang onwards, the walks lead with a constant view of the high snow-capped peaks. The walk climbs steeply up for half an hour, after a short gradual walk from the Pisang village then reaching the top with dramatic views of the valleys, Hongdae village with its short airstrip, and the great peaks of Gangapurna, Annapurna II, III, Tilocho, and on the right Chuli east, on the back Pisang peak. The walk from here is on the downhill and gradual path all the way to Hongdae, and to Manang, adding a slight touch of altitude as you near the village of Braga and Manang, here with time to spend the morning visiting Braga Monastery. The largest in the district, it has an outstanding display of statues, thangkas, and religious manuscripts. From here it is only an hour's walk to Manang for the overnight stop.

A rest day for acclimatization visit Manang village of about 500 flat-roofed houses, with spectacular scenery -Annapurna II, Annapurna III/7,555 m, Gangapurna/7,454 m to the South - Tilicho/7,132 m and Chulu West /6,583 m and Chulu East/6,059 m to the North.

2-3 hrs walk All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Tea/Coffee] Tea House

Today we walk further west along the river Marshyangdi valley instead of taking the normal route of Thorong La. From a village called Tenki Manang, we walk down to the river Thorong Khola and cross the river and continue towards the west. It is about 3 hour's walk to Khangsar village which is the last settlement towards Tilicho Lake. People of Khangsar village are following Tibetan Buddhism and it is likely an undisturbed and unchanged form of the practice. Overnight stay in the normal standard lodge in Khangsar.

5-6 hrs walk All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Tea/Coffee] Tea House

We walk today to Tilicho Base Camp where a seasonal lodge is available. The trail today is quite long about 5 - 6 hours ( since we mostly take the upper route). We pass by the Gompa ( Monastery ), yak herders hut during the walking. After the hut, the trail forks where the lower one is a bit difficult often dangerous with loose stone pebbles on a steep trail. We take the upper trail which is ideal for acclimatization as well. First, we ascend a few hundred meters and then descend again.

Full Day Hike All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Tea/Coffee] Tea House

We start early in the morning to explore and enjoy the beauty of this Lake. The lake is situated at an altitude of 4,919 m and is taken as one of the highest lakes in the world. Tilicho lake is situated in the lap of Tilicho Peak/7,134 m. / 23,406 ft.). Just on the southwestern side of Tilicho is Khangsar Kang ( Roc Noir ) which is seen as a rock wall that touches the Great Barrier. Annapurna I/8,091 m. is just behind this Khangsar Kang. Maurice Herzog and his team who succeeded to climb Annapurna I in 1950 with a record of first-ever climbing 8000 m. the peak of the world checked if they could climb Annapurna I from this route, straight up from Tilicho Lake. Once they reached Tilicho, they found that the Annapurna I is blocked by a long and great barrier. We, enjoy the beauty of the lake and surroundings and return back to the Base Camp.

5-6 hrs walk All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Tea/Coffee] Tea House

We start the trek early morning, there we got 2 trails, one is the lower trail and another is higher. Nepal Dream Path Treks guide will inform you to follow which trail is best depending on the situation and weather conditions. The adventurous journey goes to Khansar. After taking lunch at Khansar, the trail goes down to the Thorang Khola, after crossing the bridge the trail goes steeply up to Tanky Manang and then joins with the main trail of the Annapurna round trek. Finally reach Ghunsa, which is the perfect place for spectacular views of the Annapurna Range.

4-5 hrs walk All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Tea/Coffee] Tea House

We walk in the high-altitude dry land, often covered by snow today. Trek to Thorong Phedi is about 4 hours. Next morning, we can start earlier in the morning at about 4 am. It is ideal to reach the top of the Thorong La top in the morning to avoid the strong wind.

8-9 hrs walk All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Tea/Coffee] tae house

Start the climbing early in the morning. This is the most awaited day of our Annapurna Roundtrip. The top of the Thorong La (pass) 5416 m. is the highest point of the trip. It is about 3-4 hours to climb uphill to the top. From the top of the Thorong La, you will enjoy the view of majestic mountain peaks. After you enjoy the view from the top of Thorong La top, we walk steeply down to the other side into the Kali Gandaki river valley. The downhill is steep and long ( about 1700 m. descent). We arrive at Muktinath and overnight stay in the lodge. Muktinath which literally means “God of Salvation” is a Hindu temple. Muktinath is taken as one of the oldest Vishnu temples in Nepal. During the Hindu festival Dashahara ( Dashain) that falls in Sep-Oct thousands of Hindu pilgrimages pay their homage to the temple, take bath in the freezing cold water spouts ( 108 waterspouts) and take a dip into the water to wash away sins.

4-5 hrs walk All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Tea/Coffee] Tea house

After breakfast, we trek down to the Kaligandaki river bed and walk along the river to Jomsom. During the walking, you see Nilgiri, Tukuche, Dhaulagiri, and other peaks. We pass a number of villages like Jharkot, Khingar, Kagbeni ( off route only can be seen), Eklebhatti, etc. Kagbeni is a beautiful town situated at the confluence of the Kali Gandaki river and Muktinath stream. Kagbeni is the gateway to the Upper Mustang ( the restricted area for a trek where a limited number of permits are granted each year with a royalty fee of USD 500 for 10 days). Arrive at Jomsom and enjoy the rest of the time. Waiting for the flight to Pokhara.

25m fly BB plan Hotel/Resort

Fly back to Pokhara in the morning. All the flights are possible in the morning only because of the strong wind in the afternoon. The flight is thrilling and adventurous in the narrow gorge made by Dhaulagiri and Annapurna massif. Kaligandaki river basin near Ghasa is taken as the world’s deepest gorge. You can enjoy the beautiful Annapurna on the left and Dhaulagiri, Tukuche on the right. Arrive at Pokhara, and transfer to the Hotel. After refreshing in the hotel set for the sightseeing tour of Pokhara. The sightseeing tour includes the visit to Tibetan Refugee Camp, Davis Fall, Gupteswor Cave, and Boating in Fewa Lake. Overnight stay in the Hotel in Pokhara.

6 hrs drive or 25m fly BB Plan Hotel/Resort

As per the flight time schedule, this scenic flight reaches you back in Kathmandu on arrival at Kathmandu domestic airport, our staff will meet and transfer you back to the Hotel.

Today as per international flight time, Nepal Dream Path Treks staff will transfer you to the airport for your final departure from this picturesque, scenic Himalayan country, Nepal.

Equipment List

  • Sun Hat
  • Worm hat (it means worm one to protect your head from cold)
  • Headlight
  • Sun Cream/lip guard
  • Sunglasses
  • Tooth pest/Brush/soap
  • Gloves
  • Down Jacket
  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • Jumper/fleece jacket
  • T-shirt
  • Long underwear
  • Windbreaker trouser
  • Towel
  • Wool socks
  • Cotton socks
  • Trekking boots
  • Sewing kits
  • Water bottle
  • Swiss knife
  • Extra batteries
  • Flip flops
  • Raincoat/ Umbrella
  • Rucksacks(For a Day)
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Medical & first aid kit
  • Trekking Crampon (If you are going to do a trek in winter then you need a Crampon for your trekking.)

What's included?

  • All transportation and Arrival, Departure transfers as per the Itinerary.
  • Standard Accommodation in the cities and tea houses on the trek.
  • Full-day guided tour of Kathmandu including private vehicle, Entry permits, and a well-experienced city guide.
  • All meals are included during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Tea/Coffee).
  • Guide, porters, and other support staff as per your requirement and our agreed price.
  • ACAP fees.
  • Trekker’s information management system (TIMS) card fee.
  • Necessary equipment during the trek.
  • All taxes and fees are required for the program.

What's not included?

  • Meals in the cities.
  • Personal expenses (Laundry, bar bills, water, etc).
  • Travel Insurance (Essential).
  • Personal trekking gears are not mentioned in the contract.
  • Tips for staff.

Trip Reviews

5 - Excellent Based on 1 Reviews

Emma Davies

Thorong-la pass


DP and his team were fantastic in our recent trek around the Annapurna Circuit. They made sure we were happy, healthy and had a great time.

I had some issues with altitude but DP made sure I was eating enough, physically prepared and able to complete the trek over the Thorong-la pass.

Awesome service, great price and I would highly recommend to anyone thinking of trekking around Nepal!