Tilicho Lake Trek

Tilicho Lake Trek

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Trip Facts

  • Grade:Strenuous
  • Group Size: 1-12 people
  • Min. Age: 16

Accomodation

  • Grade:Strenuous
  • Group Size: 1-12 people
  • Min. Age: 16

Meals

  • 16 Breakfasts
  • 9 Lunches
  • 15 Dinners

Trip Introduction

Tilicho Lake Trekking is one of Nepal’s most adventurous trekking destinations, passing through some of the most well-known areas in the Annapurna region. Tilicho Lake is a breathtaking glacial lake with an elevation of 4,919 m. and a massive area of 55 square kilometers. It is one of the popular trekking destinations in the area. The adventure to the world’s highest lake is filled with breathtaking views of the Himalayas, lush green hills, wide meadows, and traditional Buddhist villages.

Tilicho Lake is located in a remote area of the Annapurna region, making the Tilicho Lake trek one of the more adventurous trekking journeys in the Annapurna region. Tilicho Lake Trek is suitable for trekkers looking for an adventurous and hard trek in the Annapurna region. This walk is the finest way to discover the Annapurna region’s secret natural and cultural treasures. In addition to the natural beauty of the area, you will develop an understanding of the rich mountain culture and traditions influenced by Tibetan Buddhism. You will walk to Manang village along a trail with spectacular view of the Annapurna Massif and nearby peaks.

Your 11-day adventure begins with a drive from Kathmandu to Chame. From Chame you will begin your hike toward Upper pisang. The trek proper begins here, with suspension bridges crossing and re-crossing the gorge formed by the Marshyangdi River until arriving in Manang, the route’s largest settlement. An acclimatization day is spent here to preparation for the passage of the Tilicho Base camp, the trek’s highest point at 4,919m.The journey will come to an end at Besisahar.

 

Trip Facts

Country Nepal
Duration 12 Days
Maximum Altitude 4,919m/ 16,140ft
Region Annapurna
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation Hotel, Lodge, Teahouses
Grade Challenging
Best season Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov

 

Trip Highlights

  • Enjoy the wonderful views of Mt. Annapurna, Tilicho Peak, Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, Lamjung Himal, Annapurna, Macchapuchre.
  • On the way, wonder at the spectacular lakes, magnificent Himalayas, monasteries, and waterfalls.
  • Treks alongside the Marshyangdi River, with spectacular views of the Annapurna range.
  • Hike to Gangapuram for the amazing Himalayan ranges.
  • Aqua blue lake that is located in the highest altitude- Tilicho lake.

 

 

Is this trek appropriate for you?

 

The Tilicho Lake Trek is the Challenging Trek. You can easily complete this trek if you are physically and mentally prepared and willing to do so.

 

  • You will be Trekking for 10 Days. The Path can be completed in as little as 3 hours as much as 6 hours.

 

  • The walk is not tricky, there is no Climbing or Scrambling but the path is rocky and hilly.

 

  • Each day you will cover 200 to 400 meters in height while trekking. Highest point in trek you will reach on the trek is 4,919m.

 

  • The weather and Remoteness of this trek, as well as dealing with the high altitude, require a slow pace and the need to stay hydrated.

 

 

Itinerary

 

Days                                                         Program Duration
1. Arrival at TIA Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft)
2. Drive to Chame (2,670m/8,759ft) 8-9hrs
3. Trek from Chame to Upper Pisang (3,300m/10,826ft) 5-6hrs
4. Trek from Upper Pisang to Manang Village (3,540m/ 11,613ft) 5-6hrs
5. Acclimatization in Manang Village and Hike to Gangapurna Lake (3,540m/11,641ft)
6. Trek from Manang to Shri Kharka (4000m/13,122ft) 4-5hrs
7. Trek from Shir kharka to Tilicho Base Camp (4,150m/ 13,614ft) 3-4 hrs
8. Hike from Tilicho Base Camp to Tilicho Lake (4,919m/ 16,141ft) and Trek back to Shri kharka. 4-5hrs
9. Trek from Shri Kharka to Manang Village (3,540m/ 11,613ft) 4-5hrs
10. Drive from Manang to Beshishar (760m/2,490ft) 5-6hrs
11. Drive to Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft) 5-6hrs
12. Departure

 


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Day To Day Itinerary

  • Departure from: Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Arrival On: Kathmandu, Nepal

Day 1

Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA). Our agent will greet you and accompany you to the hotel. Drive to the hotel and check-in. Our guide will come to see you in the evening and give you a brief overview of the journey. At the hotel, we had dinner and stayed the night.

Day 2

Having breakfast in hotel, pack your bags and get ready for the trip to Tilicho Lake. We will pick you up from your hotel.  Starting our journey with a drive to Chame via. the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway. Followed by a rocky route beside the Marshyangdi River, after 5 hours of drive, we arrive in Besisahar- the capital of Lamjung District. From there, the drive will take a 4 hour to Chame, the beginning point of our trek.  Dinner and Overnight stay at the Lodge.

Day 3

After breakfast, with Lamjung Himal shining in the early sun, we’ll ascend beyond Mani walls to a buckwheat field in Telekhu’s small town. You will enjoy a lengthy, pleasant, mainly smooth walk through the forest with some spectacular sights as you get further into it. The path crosses the river valley with magnificent views of Pisang Mountain and the east summit of Annapurna II at Pisang. Dinner and Overnight at the Lodge.

 

Day 4

After breakfast, we will take the route that takes a wide turn through the beautiful village, passing by painted Mandalas. Hike across fields of grazing Yak and a diverse range of crops. To reach to Ngawal, the path climbs a difficult slope on the right side of the Marsyangdi River, but it is one of the highest observation spots over the entire Annapurna Range and the Marshyangdi River valley. We travel through pine forests, villages like Barga, and farmland terraces along the road. Manang a major Tibetan village, offers spectacular views of Annapurna, Gangapurna, and Tarkekang. Dinner and Overnight at the Lodge.

 

Day 5

 

We’ll tour the Manang area today to acclimate our body to the higher elevations to avoid altitude sickness that you may encounter on your way to Tilicho Lake. We hike up to Gangapurna Lake, from which we have an amazing view of the Marsayangdi River valley, the Annapurna range, Gangapurna, and Tilicho Peak. In Manang, we also visit ancient monasteries and the old village of Tenki.  Dinner and Overnight at the Lodge.

 

Day 6

After breakfast, we will depart for Shri kharka, where we will walk on an upwards trail and cross a suspension bridge over the Manang River. The pine-forested path that leads to Khangsar village you ascend, surrounded on all sides by snowy peaks, until you reach Khangsar. Continue your journey to Shree Kharka on a climbing trail. Dinner and Overnight at the Lodge.

Day 7

We’ll be leaving for Tilicho base camp after breakfast today. Today’s walk is not as difficult because you only need to climb for a short period of time. Because the path passes through landslide effect areas, you must proceed with caution. On the way, you’ll notice an amazing rock formation. When you arrive at the Tilicho base camp, you will be greeted by stunning mountain views. Dinner and Overnight at the Lodge.

Day 8

Today is the most important day of our trek. We will hike up to Tilicho Lake after breakfast in the early morning because the wind may disrupt us if we are delayed. The Tilicho trail begins in a side valley and then climbs a moraine. Taekeghyang, Gangapurna, and the Khangsar Kang can all be seen from here.

Tilicho Lake, the world’s highest lake at, provides a particularly dramatic spectacle. Its turquoise water occasionally reflects the surrounding peaks, but more often than not, it is filled with frozen solids. After spending time at Tilicho Lake, we will return to Shir kharka via the same route. You’ll be out walking for 4 to 5 hours. Dinner and Overnight at the Lodge.

Day 9

After breakfast, we will depart for Manang village. The walk will last 4 to 5 hours. You will walk alongside the river and pass the Monastery. In khangsar, you will stop for lunch. On our way to Manang Village, we’ll cross the suspension bridge and walk down the trail. Dinner and Overnight at the Lodge.

Day 10

Today, after breakfast, we will drive from Manang to Besisahar for 5 to 6 hours. We’ll pass by an apple farm and a few small villages. We will travel through beautiful waterfalls and landscapes. Dinner and Overnight at the Lodge.

Day 11

Today, after breakfast, we will drive for 5 to 6 hours from Besisahar to Kathmandu. We’ll take the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway, then a rocky path alongside the Marshyangdi River. The route goes through Besisahar – Muglin – Galchi – Naubisie and Kathmandu. Dinner and Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 12

The 11-day journey has come to a conclusion. Today is your last day in Kathmandu. Our representative will have a short discussion on the trip and take your feedback after a hearty breakfast. Following this session, he will drive you to the airport in our private transportation 3 hours before your trip.

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Route Map

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Altitude Map

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What's Included

  • Arrival and Departure: Airport – Hotel – Airport (Pick Up and Drop).
  • Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu: 2 nights in a star category hotel on a twin sharing and BB basis.
  • Food & Lodging: 3 meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) along with accessible accommodation sharing during the trek.
  • All government and local taxes if necessary.
  • Permit: All required documents: ACAP Permit and the TIMS card charge.
  • Member transportation: – Road Transportation: Drive from Kathmandu – Chame and while returning Manang to Beshishar and Beshishar to Kathmandu.
  • Drinking: 2 liters of boiled water to carry on thermos per day per member.
  • Guide: Government licensed Guide (English speaking) during the trek
  • Porter: Porters (2 trekkers: 1 porter) up to 15kg during the trek.
  • Insurance of guide and potter.
  • Comprehensive Medical kit.

What's Not Included

  • Air Fare: International flight airfare (from and to Kathmandu).
  • Nepal entry Visa fee.
  • Extra night in Kathmandu: Extra nights’ expenses in Kathmandu. In case of early arrival or late departure, early return from Trekking (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Personal Insurance: Travel and high-altitude insurance. *Mandatory
  • Rescue Evacuation: Medical and emergency rescue evacuation cost if required. (Rescue, Repatriation, Helicopter, Medication, Medical Tests and Hospitalization costs).
  • Personal Expenses: Telephone calls, Internet, Toiletries, battery recharge, hot shower, laundry, soft drinks, beer and any alcoholic beverages.
  • Personal Equipment: Clothing, Packing Items or Bags, Personal Medical Kit, Personal Trekking equipment.
  • $ USD for extra per porter per day (If extra porter demanded).

Equipment List

What to bring ?
  • Airport pick up & drop off service in a private vehicle

  • 3-star Deluxe accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast

  • All ground transportation by comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary

  • Airport pick up & drop off service in a private vehicle

  • Best available clean and comfortable Tea house accommodation during the trek

  • Highly experienced, English-speaking, government-licensed, trained in first-aid Trek Leader (Guide)

General
  • Trekking sticks

  • Quick-drying pants and shorts

  • Rainwear (jacket and pants)

  • Airport pick up & drop off

  • Best available clean and comfortable Tea

  • Highly experienced, English-speaking,

Clothing

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Accomodation

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Meals

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Dates And Prices

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The ideal season to travel

 

January:

In Nepal, January is in the midst of winter. The higher elevation receives moderate snowfall, whereas the lower elevation is ideal for trekking. Early January is likely to be one of the best times to visit the Annapurna Region. Annapurna Region trekking in January provides some of the best mountain views. During the day, you will feel warm, but as night falls, you will feel cold. In January, these areas receive little to no rainfall. As a result, the skies remain clear and the surroundings appear even sharper.

February: 

The Annapurna Region trek in February is an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life to a place where all you can see are mountains and scenery. It’s peaceful because February is the coldest month of the year. Most people dislike trekking in the winter because they believe it is extremely difficult.

 

March:

The month of March is ideal for trekking and admiring the spectacular mountain peaks. The ABC trekking trail will be crowded with hikers beginning in March. In the Annapurna region, the spring season begins in March, the month of the Rhododendron. Trekking in March will provide you with the most memorable experiences in a pleasant and mild climate.

 

April:

 

April is the beginning of spring in Nepal, and the weather is ideal for trekking to Annapurna Region. The views are bright and clear at this time of year, and everyone enjoys spring. The surroundings are vibrant and colorful, with rhododendrons in bloom. It is the best time of year to see various bird and butterfly species. During your April trip to ABC, the weather is completely in your favor. The moderate heat of the sun, combined with the lack of wind, makes it ideal for trekking. Furthermore, the amount of rain and snow is insignificant.

 

May:

May, the final month of the spring season in Nepal, is much hotter. The Annapurna Region trek in May has the highest temperature of the year. Temperature and weather will vary depending on the altitude throughout the trek. At lower altitudes, daytime temperatures can reach 20°C. At night, the temperature drops to around 5°C. During the day, the weather in the lower sections will be extremely hot. The nights, on the other hand, are tolerable.

 

June: 

June is the coldest time of the summer and has the least amount of rainfall. In June, the Annapurna Region has a minimum temperature of 0 degrees Celsius. The month of June is the offseason and therefore less popular for trekking. In the region, June marks the start of the wet monsoon season.

 

July:
Trekking in Nepal in July isn’t always joyful because the heavy rains can block your view of the beautiful mountains you’ll pass through. In July, you will notice that the temperature is not as chilly on the Annapurna Region. During the month, the lowest temperature is 6 degrees Celsius and the maximum temperature is 18 degrees Celsius.

 

August:

In the Annapurna region, August is the off-season for trekking. In August, the monsoon season produces strong rains, especially in lower places. Due to weather-related concerns, most hikers avoid this month. The summer monsoon season comes to an end in August. It rains regularly, and you may feel a little chilly as a result. You should also be cautious because the trails are slippery and the possibility of landslides and avalanches is considerable. In addition, the temperature on the trails remains between 6 and 18 degrees Celsius.

 

September:

The monsoon season finishes in September, marking the start of the fall season. The optimum time to trek to Annapurna Circuit Trek is in September. The weather and temperature for the Annapurna Circuit Trek are ideal. The temperature is pleasant during the day, but it is extremely chilly at night. The temperature drops below 0 degrees or below zero degrees at night.

 

October:

October is the month that falls between September and November. As a result, it keeps both monsoon rain and winter’s biting cold at distance. The weather is warm and pleasant in October, with clear skies and fresh air. The nights, on the other hand, are a little chilly, with a brisk breeze coming from the campsite. Throughout the month of October, the weather is pleasant, allowing people to enjoy an unobstructed view of the snow-capped peaks. They can also visit bright valleys and interesting scenery of various colors.

 

November:

The last declared peak season for trekking in Nepal in November. Bright, sunny days and beautiful skies characterize November. On the treks, these provide breathtaking, crystal-clear vistas of the mountains. The days are bright and sunny in November. The sky is clear, with perhaps a few stray clouds possible. The weather is cold, ranging from 12 to 17 degrees Celsius. The average temperature lowers to 7 degrees Celsius at night.

 

December: 

In the Annapurna region, December is a rather dry month. It receives fewer than 25 millimeters of rain every year. The Annapurna region is in the shadow of the Himalayas. As a result, December has a lower chance of rain. It is also possible to walk the Annapurna Circuit Trek in December. In December, hikers will get a unique perspective of the region.

 


Drive to Bulbule

  • The Distance between Kathmandu and Bulbule is 236 kms.

 

  • Traveling to Chame by jeep will take around 8-9 hours.

 

  • The route to Chame from Kathmandu is Naubise -Galchi – Malekhu – Kurintar – Muglin – Abu Khairini – Dumre – Besishar – Bulbule – Chamje – Dharapani and Lastly Chame.

Altitude sickness

Though the Annapurna Region Trek is one of the most cherished and sought-after treks on nearly every trekker’s travel list. All most all the trek in Annapurna region is located in the beyond the altitude of 2,500m and altitude sickness is the sneaky monster that sometime attack even the fittest trekkers beyond 2500m (8,000ft).

As a result, preventing altitude sickness on the Annapurna Region trek and remaining healthy throughout the trek should be your top priorities. With lower air pressure and lower inspiratory oxygen pressure, you’ll be hiking into the high-altitude zone. Acclimatization is the process of progressively becoming familiar with the new climate or changing environmental conditions. Almost everyone going quickly from lower to higher elevations requires altitude adaptation.

At elevations beyond 2,500 meters, AMS symptoms can be detected like:

  • Increased breathing.
  • Increased urination
  • Restless sleep.
  • Periodic breathing at night because of altitude.
  • Dehyrdration.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Extreme fatigue.
  • Respiratory failure.
  • Cerebral edema.
  • Coma

 

To guarantee that the condition does not worse, certain precautions should be taken. However, if the symptoms increase, it may be necessary to return to a lower height and seek medical assistance.

 

  • Walk slowly and gradually, as our bodies require time to adjust to the oxygen level. At least one day of acclimatization rest is required for high altitude trekking, and you should go as high as possible before returning to a lower height for the night.

 

  • To gain strength stamina for your Annapurna base camp journey, you should undertake various strength training exercises such as running, cycling, jogging, push-ups, and going to the gym.
  • The greatest remedy is to always stay hydrated. On your walk, instead of drinking cooled water, drink warm water and avoid alcohol, cigarette and tobacco. You should also eat a balanced diet for strength.
  • Before traveling to an altitude greater than 3000 m, you must properly acclimate. If your body displays any signs of altitude sickness, you must either stop immediately where you are or consider descending to lower altitude.
  • Bring a Diamox subscription with you on the trek because it is the most effective altitude sickness medication. However, you should consult with your doctor to see whether it is beneficial.

 


Things to know before travelling to Tilicho lake

Drinking-Water

 

Especially for trekkers, it is very necessary to hydrate your body at a higher altitude than in lower elevations to avoid dehydration and altitude sickness. Lack of fluid can be the main hindrance during the trek. You should hydrate your body with at least 3-4 liters of water on a daily basis (Tea, soup, or normal drinking water).

 

Annapurna region does not have a water shortage. You can get tap water, spring water throughout the trek but it is not safe to drink without purifying it. Also, the sale of plastic water bottle is banned in Annapurna Region since 2015. You will not get to buy plastic water bottle throughout the trek. Therefore, you need to bring your personal water bottle. We recommend you to use a Reusable water bottle or water pouch favorable for both hot and cold water. You can also use a filtration system like LifeStraw.

 

Here are some ways that you can use to make the water drinkable.

 

  1. Boiled water

Boiling water is the best way to purify the water. As we are climbing to a higher altitude you need to boil the water for about 3-minute and season it with a pinch of salt before drinking. You can get free cold water in the teahouse but for boiled water, it cost around 1USD per liter.

 

  1. Purification tablets or electrolyte powder.

Purification tablets like chlorine or iodine tablets are commonly used tablets by trekkers to disinfect the water. 1 tablet is enough for a liter of water. It takes around 30 min for the tablets to dissolve and become drinkable. Water purify by tablets may leave a taste in your mouth.

Electrolyte powder is another option. Electrolyte powder is a better way to purify water than tablets because electrolyte powder contains minerals such as salt, Potassium, Magnesium, which are important for your body during the trek.

  1. UV Light water purifier/ SteriPEN.

It is a simple, effective, and environment-friendly way to purify water. It kills the bacteria and virus within 10 sec by exposing them to ultraviolent light using Steripen, without changing the flavor of water. This is the highly recommended method of purifying water.

 

Electricity and Internet facility at Tilicho Trek.

 

Electricity facility.

 

Despite the challenging geography and weather conditions, the Annapurna region has been providing electricity and access to the Internet.

Electricity in Annapurna Region is powered by the hydroelectricity so you can get the free access to electricity throughout the trek. But to charge your device it will cost you extra charge. There is a common place for charging usually in dining area, and you will be charged extra for the use of electricity for charging device on different basis (Per device and voltage of your device).

 

Charging a mobile phone cost 1.5$- 2$ per device.

 

 

Internet Facility and Service

Internet and network facility is must needed to contact your family, friends, employee, to post updates and upload photos during the trek.

 

Internet access is available throughout the Annapurna Region, but in some area WI-FI might become slow due to the lack of reach of signal to tower and difficult topography.

In higher altitude, you will have access to internet, but have to pay extra.

 

Cost of WI-FI service in higher altitude- NPR 300/USD 2.5

 

Both NTC and NCell cellular service has been providing the network in Annapurna Region. You can buy the NCell or NTC sim card from the stores in Kathmandu for 1USD. By taking data packages you can use the internet service up to Tilicho Lake.

 

NTC cellular service most preferred over NCell. NTC provides good service and signal connectivity throughout the Annapurna region, comparison to NCell.

 

Buy NTC data package

Dial*1415#

 

Cost of data package in NTC:

-14GB=7$

(Valid up to 28days

-30GB=15$

(Valid up to 90 days)

Check balance

Dial *1415#

 

 

Buy NCell data package

Dial *17123# and select.

 

Cost of data package in NCell:

-15GB=10$

-25GB= 12$

(Valid up to 30 days)

Check balance

Dial*101#

 

Document needed to buy a sim card.

For foreigner = 1 passport size photo, Passport photocopy, or valid identity card.

For Nepali = 1 Passport size Photo, Photocopy of Citizenship.

 

Some useful tips to reduce the use of electricity.

  • Extra batteries for the camera.
  • Power bank with 5000-10000mAh.
  • The solar charger and solar lamp (LuminAID lamp).
  • As possible less usage of a device with low brightness, GPS, and WI-FI off.

 


Essential Backpack items for Tilicho lake Trek.

The bag of a trekker also reveals the trekker’s level of experience. A good trekker should be a smart backpacker. You should be pre-prepared for the things that you need in the trek.

Here are some of the things that you need to take with you for the trek.

Travel documents

  • Airline tickets with the itinerary.
  • Travel insurance policy documents.
  • Valid passport.
  • Copies of passport.
  • Passport-sized photos.
  • Nepalese cash.
  • Travel permits.

 

Clothing

  • A pair of waterproof trekking shoes or hiking boots.
  • A pair of flip flop slippers or running shoes.
  • 2 sets of thermals (leggings and tops)
  • 3-4 pairs of hiking long sleeve shirts or tops.
  • Pairs of hiking shorts and pants.
  • Fleece jumpers or a set of tracksuits.
  • Good quality windproof down jacket.
  • Lightweight waterproof rain jacket and pants.
  • Neck gaiter, leg warmer, and packet of pocket hand warmers.
  • 4-5 pairs of quick-dry socks, underwear, sports bra.
  • Pair of inner and outer gloves.
  • Knitted Hat, sun cap, beanie, or bandana.
  • Glacier Sunglasses and eyeshade.

Trekking equipment

  • Waterproof trekking bag of 40-50 liter and Rucksack of duffel bag (if your backpack is not enough for all your item and need a potter).
  • Reusable water bottle (both hot and cold) of at least 1-2litre.
  • A sleeping bag and sleeping bag liner.
  • Trekking stick/ poles
  • Crampons (If you are trekking in Winter season, Jan-Feb).
  • LED Headtorch or solar lamp (LuminAID Nepal lamp is best as it solar charged and very much portable)
  • Plug adapter, Charging appliances, power bank, batteries.
  • Pocket knife.
  • Travel Wallet.

Toiletries

  • Rolls of Toilet paper, wet wipes, and tissue.
  • Medium-sized quick-drying towel.
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste.
  • Hand sanitizer.
  • Sunscreen, lip balm, body lotions.
  • Deodorants.
  • Portable mirror.
  • Shampoo and soap.

Personal First Aid Kit

  • Antibiotics
  • Painkillers, Paracetamol, ibuprofen, aspirin, Nicole
  • Sanitary pads
  • Bandages.
  • Anti-inflammatory spray.
  • Anti-Nausea tablets.
  • Anti-diarrhea pills or power.
  • Altitude sickness tablets.
  • Water purifying tablets or electrolyte powder.
  • Mosquito and Insect Repellent
  • Earplugs

You can buy or hire trekking cloths and equipment in Kathmandu. If you are buying it, you have to allow an extra day for shopping; however, if you are hiring it, you must inform us in advance so that we can arrange it before your arrival in Kathmandu. This way you can reduce the weight of your luggage and save time and money.

Branded trekking clothes and equipment are available around Thamel area in a reasonable price.


Accommodation, Meal, and Transportation

Accommodation

We will accommodate in star hotel during our stay in Kathmandu.

In Chame, Manang, Beshishar we will stay in lodges.

For the rest of the stop, we stay at teahouses.

 

Meal

During the trek, we will provide you three-time meals. You can choose from the given menu.

Breakfast– French toast, cornflakes, cereal, pancakes, Bread butter, eggs, oat meal, porridge, tea etc.

Lunch– Dal Bhaat set (Rice, vegetable curry, meat curry, Lentils, Tomato Chutney, Salad, Papad) vegetable noodle soup, chicken noodles soup, Mushroom garlic soup, Fried noodles, Mo: Mo, Fried cheese Potato etc.

Dinner– Dal Bhaat set (Rice, vegetable curry, meat curry, Lentils, Tomato Chutney, Salad, Papad), Mo: Mo, fried noodles, spaghetti, Thukpa, Pizza, Stews, Fried Potato etc.

Besides these, there are a variety of other options of food. You can buy from your own pocket.

Transportation

By Bus- From Kathmandu airport to Hotel at Kathmandu and vice-versa.

From Kathmandu to Chame.

From Manang to Beshishar.

From Beshishar to Kathmandu.

 

By Air- Flight to Nepal and back.


Guide and Staff Arrangements

Our well-qualified and professional staff will handle all your activities throughout your trek. They will do all the escorting. We are providing you a highly experienced and licensed Guide with fluent English speaking and has excellent communication as well as navigation skills. They will accompany you from Pokhara Airport and guide you all the way to Annapurna Base camp. Each group of 4-5 trekkers will be assigned an assistant guide, as well as a porter for two trekkers (2*15kg =30kg). If your luggage weight more than 15kg you will be provided a porter individually but you will be charged of 2 people.

All our lead guide, assistant guides, and potters are well professional and experienced. So, we hope for your respect and cooperation with them throughout the trek


A typical day on the Tilicho Lake Trek

Every day will begin with the ringing of your alarm clock at 6 a.m. and a knock on your door from your guide with the invitation of breakfast. Get up, have breakfast, pack your backpack and get ready to start your day’s walk by 7 a.m.

You will walk through the lush forests of Rhododendron and Oaks, enjoying the scenery, crossing numerous suspension bridge, clicking photos, creating memories, passing by other travelers, interacting with your guide, hearing each other’s stories.

Lunch will be served at a local teahouse in the late afternoon (1-2 am). Having lunch and an hour of rest, we will proceed to the day’s final destination as per the itinerary.

On arrival at the destination, check-in at your accommodation. Get freshen up and some rest. As every teahouse where we stay has a large common dining area with a wood- burning stove in the center, there you will get to meet many travelers. You can sit there, laugh at each other stories, play cards, sing songs, play music, and have a good time. This will help you forgot all the tiredness of the day. Later at the evening you will have your dinner together. Enjoy the flavorful Nepalese Dal Bhat. There is this saying Dal Bhat power 24 hr. After dinner, your guide will give some short briefing about next day’s trek regarding when you must get up, when we have to start our trek next day, where we will stay the next day, how many hours we have to walk and so on.

During this trek you’ll walk for minimum of 3 hrs to maximum of 6 hrs per day.  You will get to experience the glimpse of Gurung culture, their authentic village lifestyle. Manang is the beautiful village in the route to Tilicho lake. During the stay at Manang they will welcome you warmly. We are sure you will be amazed by their culture, lifestyle, and scenery of mountains over the village. During the acclimatization day at Manang we will hike up to Gangapurna Lake, for the amazing view of the Marsayangdi River valley, the Annapurna range, Gangapurna, and Tilicho Peak. During this trek, you will get to see the 7th and 10th highest mountain of the world (Mt. Machhapuchre and Mt Annapurna), lush forest of Rhododendrons and Oaks. On arrival at Stilicho Lake, you will forget all your tiredness. All your hard walk will be pai off. You will sure lose yourself between the beauty of Tilicho lake, The turquoise water lake surrounded by the snow- capped mountains and snow field is surely a best destination.


Nepal Tourist Visa and permits details

Visa procedure.

To travel Nepal, you’ll need a tourist visa that is valid for the period of your stay in Nepal. Better, if you have a tourist visa valid for at least 2 months because anything can happen during the trip and staying in Nepal after your visa expires would result in you paying a penalty.  Apply for a visa at your nearest Embassy of Nepal or obtain an On-Arrival visa at immigration in Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. But it’s better to contact your nearest Nepalese Embassy.

Here are the documents that you need, to apply for the tourist visa.

 

  • The Tourist Visa Application Form for Nepal (Fully completed online and printed)
  • Original Passport with at least 2 blank pages and validity of at least 6 months.
  • Photocopies of your passport’s personal information page.
  • At least 2 recent passport-sized photos of yourself with white background.
  • Proof of accommodation in Nepal.
  • Valid travel and return flight tickets.
  • A bank statement from the last 3 months with a minimum closing balance of NPR2,00,000.
  • Receipt of the visa fee for Nepal.

Note: Our trip is of 12 days. 15 days tourist visa costs USD 30 or if you want to extend your stay at Nepal apply for 30 days tourist visa that costs USD 50.

 

Entry permits and Requirements

Tilicho lake is located in the Annapurna region and Annapurna Region is a Conservation Area. To travel over the Annapurna region, the trekkers need to get the permits from the Government of Nepal. The entry permits that you need for the trekking in the Annapurna region are-

  Trekking permits Foreign Nationals SAARC Nationals Nepali Citizens
1 Annapurna Conservation Area Project permit.

(ACAP entry permit)

NPR 3,000 per person per entry NPR 1,000 per person per entry NPR 100 per person per entry.
2 Tourist Information Management System card.

(TIMS Card)

NPR 1,000 per person with a guide (GT) and NPR 2,000 for solo trekkers (FIT) NPR 300 per person with a guide (GT) and NPR 600 for solo trekkers (FIT) N/A

Note: You can get both Annapurna Conservation Area Project permit and TIMS Card from Nepal Tourism Board in Bhirkuti Mandap, Kathmandu or from Tourist Information Centre in Pokhara.

 

For the issue of TIMS Card, you need at least 2 members, accompanied by a licensed guide.

For more information about TIMS Card here the link.

 

(If you are travelling from travel/trekking agency your agency will arrange all the Permits.)

 

Documents required to get these Trekking permits.

  • Complete the permit form with your passport details and tour details (Trekking area, Entry and Exit date and point, Route of Trekking, Emergency contact information for Nepal and your Home country).
  • 4 Passport size photo.
  • 4 Photocopies of passport personal information page.
  • Copy of Travel Insurance policy to obtain TIMS card.

Travel Insurance

During the journey, you may encounter a number of unexpected incidents or losses. Trekking in Nepal is an adventurous and occasionally dangerous activity, especially at high altitudes. Trekkers must have travel insurance before visiting Nepal for trekking.

You might come across some physical injury, illness, unexpected accident during the trek and all the medical expenses and loss has to be bear by yourself.

As we will be trekking up to Tilicho lake (4,919m), you need to choose an insurance policy which will cover all your possible risk that you may come across from the start of your journey to your final destination. The following threats should be covered by your travel insurance. The following threats should be covered by your travel insurance:

  • Cancellation of Domestic and International flights.
  • Lost and stolen of baggage and passport.
  • Hospital and Medical expenses (Physical injury, Acute Mountain sickness, Altitude sickness, sudden accident)
  • Emergency rescue such as Helicopter.
  • All high-altitude trek risk factors up to 5,000m.

You need to choose your travel insurance wisely so that, in the case of such incident, your travel insurance will cover the costs.

You can get your travel insurance in either your home country or Nepal.


Responsible Travel

Annapurna region is the region with numerous trekking trails. Tilicho lake trek is the most popular trek in Annapurna region. This region is also known for typical Gurung culture and Gurung villages. Throughout the trek you will encounter many traditional villages inhabited by the Gurung and Magar. All travelers should travel responsibly in these regions. You must respect the local people, their culture, religion and try to limit any negative activities that will impact their local culture and environment. As Plastic water bottle is banned in Annapurna region in 2015, we expect you to not to bring any plastic wastage and properly dispose the plastic garbage (food warmers, plastic water bottles) around the Tilicho lake. You might encounter rare species on the way to Annapurna Base Camp, you rather not disturbed them. You can support them by adapting yourself in their lifestyle.

Your responsible travel will help Nepal achieve long-term sustainable tourism.


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