Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake

Hotel, Lodge and Tea house
Annapurna Region
Start / End Point
13 night 14 days
Max. Altitude
5416 m
Meals Included
Group Size
Nature of Trek
Lodge to Lodge Trekking
Best Season
March-May / August-November
Trip Code
Activity Per Day
5-6 hrs
Jeep / bus

Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake Overview

Tilicho Lake Trek is an amazing trekking journey to explore the highest lake in the world. If you did not know, Tilicho is indeed the highest glacier lake in the world. The altitude of Tilicho lake is 4919 meters and the lake is a famous trekking destination for Nepalese and tourists alike. The trek is equally renowned as Everest Base Camp Trek. The trekking route to the Tlicho lake passes through some of the most famous places in the Annapurna region. This trek is perfect for adventure seekers who love nature and peace. The trekking route to Tilicho lake is attached to the Annapurna Circuit trail which is one of the most popular trekking routes in the whole world. The Tilicho lake trek combined with the Annapurna circuit trek is preferred by most trekkers. Tilicho lake trek follows the Annapurna Circuit route up to Manang and from the Manang village trek reaches the Tilicho lake.

Tilicho Lake Trek Highlights
    • Get close to the highest lake in the world at an altitude of 4919 meters.

    • Experience the mesmerizing view of some of the highest mountains like Mount Annapurna, Manaslu, Dhaulagiri, and more.

    • Visit ancient monasteries of the Buddhist community, stupas, and sculptures.

    • Familiarize yourself with the Nepali ethnic cultures and Tibetan culture.

    • Walk through the rhododendron forest and explore exotic wildlife and birds.

    • Get acquainted with the Annapurna circuit trekking route.

Journey to The Most Extreme Lake

Tilicho Lake is a popular destination for the Annapurna Circuit Trek and is one of the most popular treks in Nepal. The trek to Tilicho diverts from the Annapurna Circuit at Manang whereby we take a southward route to Khangsar. From Khangsar village, we walk further upwards to reach the Tilicho Base Camp. From there, we have to ascend again to reach Tilicho Lake. 

The trail to the lake is quite adventurous as we walk through a ridge along a slope. The path is unique as there is nothing except stones and sand. However, you’ll continuously see the views of the Annapurna Range and Tilicho Himal itself. You will also walk through Thorong La pass, which is at a height of 5416 meters from sea level. 

How Difficult is the Annapurna Circuit Trek With the Tilicho lake?

This trek is moderately challenging. Most trekkers can complete this trail with extra caution and attention. The difficult part is to ascend to the lake itself because the trek routes to this lake are mostly covered in snow which may befuddle the trekkers. Similarly, the lack of tea houses on the periphery of the lake adds more to its difficulties. 

To spend a night on the world's highest glacier lake, we have to stay in a tent for a night. So, the tools are carried from the city areas. This journey is suitable for beginners too.

More about the Tilicho Lake Trek

The route of the Tilicho Lake Trek is virtually the same as that of the Annapurna Circuit Trek, except for the diversion at Manang. So, we have to return from the lake to Manang and continue on the trail. Alternatively, we can also go through a different route to reach Jomsom directly.

The Tilicho Lake Trek package can be customized as per your needs, availability, and budget. The Annapurna circuit trek with Tilicho lake's itinerary is detailly written down, however, We can fully customize the itinerary of the trek as per your request and expectations. The cost of the Annapurna circuit with the Tilicho lake trek varies according to the agencies, but we will give you the best affordable price.

Furthermore, this trek can be combined with the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek and other treks of the Annapurna sanctuary

Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake Photo

Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake

  1. day 1

    Pokhara/Kathmandu to Dharapani (1860 m)

    Highest Altitude 1860 m
    Trek Duration 8-9 hours drive

    Our journey starts with a bus drive to Dharapani. It takes 8-9 hours of drive from Pokhara/Kathmandu to reach Dharapani. The ride is going to be mostly bumpy. You will see a huge waterfall cut right through the road and there are chances that the roads are not in good condition due to monsoon rain and landslides.

      • Overnight stay at a lodge.
      • Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  2. day 2

    Dharapani to Chame (2710 m)

    Highest Altitude 2710 m
    Trek Duration 5-6 hours

    It is 5 to 6 hours of trek from Dharapani to Chame. The walk is mostly flat and uphill through the forest. The spectacular views of Manaslu, the Annapurna range and the massive Marshyangdi river are the highlights of this trek.

      • Overnight stay at a lodge.
      • Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  3. day 3

    Chame to Pisang (3300 m)

    Highest Altitude 3300 m
    Trek Duration 5-6 hours

    We follow a narrow path through dense forest and then along a steep rocky trail. We pass through Telekhu, Bhrathang and cross a bridge to reach the south bank of the Marshyangdi River. We then walk along a gentle climb northward with the view of Annapurna 2 at our backs. We finally reach the town of Upper Pisang, where we spend the night.

      • Overnight stay at a lodge.
      • Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  4. day 4

    Upper Pisang to Nagwal and Nagwal to Manang (3540 m)

    Highest Altitude 3540 m
    Trek Duration 6-7 hours

    We hike towards the Tibetan-styled village of Braga. There is also a Gumba that is quite stunning and is the largest in the district. After walking for about 6-7 hours, we finally reach Manang.

      • Overnight stay at a lodge.
      • Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  5. day 5

    Exploring Manang

    It is crucial to an acclimatization day at higher altitudes. So, we spend the day exploring the town as there are several places worth visiting.

      • Overnight stay at a lodge.
      • Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  6. day 6

    Manang to Khangsar (3700 m)

    Highest Altitude 3700 m
    Trek Duration 2 hours

    Today, we journey towards Tilicho Lake and our stop will be at Khangsar village. We follow the path down to the Khangsar river. After we cross the river we ascend to reach Khangsar village. It is a Tibetan village from where you can behold the massive Tilicho peak and Idam Phra rock.

      • Overnight stay at a lodge
      • Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  7. day 7

    Khangsar to Tilicho Base Camp (4200 m)

    Highest Altitude 4200 m
    Trek Duration 4-5 hours

    Continuing from Khangsar, we leave the Gompa monastery and ascend towards the line of the ridge. We cross a few streams on the way and reach a crest of 4650 m from where we descend a zigzag slope to reach Tilicho Base Camp (4200 m). We will be enjoying the close view of Tilicho mountain and camp here at low.

      • Overnight stay at the camp.
      • Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  8. day 8

    Tilicho Base Camp to Tilicho Lake (4920 m) and trek back to Shree Kharka

    Highest Altitude 4920 m
    Trek Duration 7-8 hours

    Today is the day we see the majestic Tilicho lake known to be the only one lying at the highest altitude (4920 m). We follow the trail that starts up a side valley and climbs up onto the moraine. Tilicho lake reflects the surrounding peaks but stays frozen mostly. Devouring this magic of nature and spectacular views we return back to Shree Kharka following the same route.

      • Overnight stay at a lodge.
      • Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  9. day 9

    Shree Kharka to Yak Kharka

    Trek Duration 4 hours

    It is 4 hour's trek from Shree Kharka to Yak Kharka. The route passes through the village of Gunsang. After that, you will walk across grasslands that are the grazing places of yaks.
    The scenery you get while on the way to Yak Kharka might take more than your estimated trek hours because the views are such that you have to stop to admire them. From the viewpoint, before gaining the main route to Yak Kharka you can see Annapurna III and Gangapurna with Manang sitting below. After crossing a bridge and walking for some time, we will reach the village of Yak Kharka.

      • Overnight stay at a lodge.
      • Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  10. day 10

    Yak Kharka to Thorung Phedi (4600 m)

    Highest Altitude 4600 m
    Trek Duration 3-4 hours

    After walking uphill for a while, we cross a suspension bridge and then reach the village of Ledar. We climb upward further until we reach Thorang Phedi.

      • Overnight stay at a lodge.
      • Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  11. day 11

    Thorung Phedi to Thorang La Pass (5416 m) to Muktinath (3710 m)

    Highest Altitude 5416 m
    Trek Duration 9-10 hours

    Today's trek is going to be long and tedious. We leave early morning and the trail gets instantly steep after we leave Thorang la Phedi. Continuing the journey on the steep slopes we climb one of the highest passes in the world i.e. the Thorang la Pass. From the pass, we will walk downhill following the trail to Muktinath, a pilgrimage site that is of utmost importance and is held with great reverence among Hindus and Buddhists. We walk for about a total of 9-10 hours to reach Muktinath valley and spend the night there.

      • Overnight stay at a lodge.
      • Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  12. day 12

    Muktinath to Marpha (2670 m)

    Trek Duration 4-5 hours

    In the morning, we visit the popular Vishnu Temple and also the Gumba nearby. Then, we start descending down for about 4 to 5 hours until we reach Marpha. Marpha is famous for its apples. The village inhabits Thakali people and has a beautiful Buddhist monastery at its centre.

      • Overnight stay at a lodge.
      • Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  13. day 13

    Drive to Tatopani (1200 m)

    Trek Duration 3 hours

    We get on a Jeep from Marpha and drive to Tatopani which takes approximately 3 hours. Road trekking is not appropriate between these two stops.

      • Overnight stay at a lodge.
      • Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  14. day 14

    Tatopani to Ghorepani (2850 m)

    Highest Altitude 2850 m
    Trek Duration 7-8 hours

    We walk uphill across terraced farmland with endless views of the mountains. We pass through the villages of Shikha, and Chitre and across forests of rhododendron. After hiking uphill for about 8 hours, we reach the beautiful village of Ghorepani situated on the ridge.

      • Overnight stay at a lodge.
      • Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  15. day 15

    Ghorepani to Ulleri to Pokhara

    Trek Duration 2:30 mins walk + 3 hours drive

    We start early to catch the sunrise from Poon Hill. It is about an hour's walk to the top of the hill. After enjoying the view, we return back to Ghorepani.

    We then have our breakfast and start descending to Ulleri from where we take a 3 hours jeep drive to Pokhara.

      • Overnight stay at a hotel
      • Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)


    •   Airport and hotels transfer by private car/van (depending on group size).
    • All meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, and Tea/ Coffee) during the trek.
    • Tea house/Lodge accommodation during the trek( sharing basis).
    • Kathmandu – Besisahar by private car/van (depends on group size).
    • Besisahar- Dharapani and at the end of the trek Jomsom-Pokhara by Jeep
    • Professional English-speaking, Eco Trained trekking guide his food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine, transportation, etc. (one porter for two people).
    • The company guarantees rescue services in case of an emergency; please hand over your insurance policy copy to us.
    • All the necessary paper works and conservation entry permit (Trekking permit / TIMS card etc.)
    • Sleeping Bag and Trekking poles (to be returned after trip completion).
    • First Aid Medical Kit Box.
    • Government taxes and VAT.
    • Pokhara to Kathmandu transfer by Luxury Tourist Coach.


  • Other transportation except Included in the section.
  • Travel and rescue insurance.
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.).
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Additional costs or delays caused by management out of control like landscape, bad weather conditions, in case of itinerary modification with a view to a safety concern, illness, change of government policy, political instability raises strike, moment, etc.
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned in including section.

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Tilicho lake trek's best season

Tilicho Lake Trek can be done all around the year. However, if you want to experience the best of this trekking experience, it’s best to come here during autumn or spring. During these times, you can see the mountains covered in snow along with clear skies and a pleasant climate. The months from March to May and September to November are the perfect season for the Tilicho lake trek.

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Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake Company Reviews


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Mohan, Bharat and their team were fantastic. Mohan went above and beyond to make an extremely competitive price and ensured that we enjoyed ourselves on the trek with having the worry of meals taken care of and accommodation. Especially in the busy time of year there were a few times that accommodation was hard to come by but our guide had gone to great length to make sure we had a place to eat, sleep with a lot of other comforts like hot showers available. The circuit exceeded all expectation, with the help of Mohan and his team. Couldn’t recommend them enough.

Alexi M

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