Tilicho Lake Trek is one of the most beautiful and exciting short treks one can do in Nepal. It lies in Manang (Annapurna Circuit Region), and a lot of people take it as a side-trip while trekking the Annapurna Circuit. Tilicho lake is a stunning glacial lake with Tilicho peak at an altitude of 4920 meters covering a huge area of 3.5 square kilometers. Most people consider as the highest lake in the world (but actually isn’t), which however doesn’t take away the fact that Tilicho will leave you spellbound. You will experience mountains up close, culture of Manangi people, encounter breathtaking waterfalls, and walk through the wide mountain valley of Manang adorned by variety of flora and fauna.
Good Time to Go: anytime other than late December to early March
Entry Point: Besisahar (6 hours by bus from Kathmandu) Exit Point: Besisahar
Trail condition: The trails are led by the Marshyangdi river as you follow the river all along. Although the complete area is connected by motorable roads, you have options to skip the roads and take off tracks in between by following the trail markers. If you are in short of time, you can cut the journey short by taking a jeep through one of the most dangerous roads to Chame (which will also add an adventurous side to the trek) and start the trek from there. The trail is same as Annapurna Circuit till Shree kharka, from where you take a left turn to Tilicho lake via Khangsar. The motor road ends at Khangsar. The trail from Khangsar to Tilicho Base Camp (for two hours or so) is spine chilling as you will be walking through the landslide area. Then, a stiff uphill through the narrow path awaits to take you to Tilicho.
Accommodation: The lodges all along the trail as basic with decent food and services. As you go higher, you will not find rooms with attached bathroom. In the extreme peak season of October/ November, it is highly likely that you will have to sleep in tent or dining halls as well (if you arrive the place late) in Tilicho Base Camp.
Risks: As you will be reaching the altitude of almost 5000 meters in a few days, it is highly advised that you acclimatize well. Please avoid taking jeep directly to Khangsar. Also, It is advised to avoid the winter as it can get extremely cold followed by heavy snowfall as Mustang lies in the Rain Shadow area. Also, please consider some extra days, as flight cancellation due to bad weather is pretty common.
Route Variations: It is possible to bypass the road by using the New Annapurna Trekking Trail (NATT) marked by the red-white signs throughout the trail. It is also possible to avoid beautiful views and interesting monasteries by skipping on Upper Pisang, Gyau and Ngawal. If you have extra days, you can take several side-trips like Ice lake, Milarepa Cave and Chongkar view point from Manang. You also have the option to exit via Mustang by taking either Mesokanto pass or Tilicho pass (However, it is only advised to go take this path with experienced guides as trails aren’t marked well and it is challenging) from the west of Tilicho lake. See “Trekking In Nepal’ App for more detailed information about villages, trails, side trips and lodges.
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