Tilicho Lake Trek
Highlights of the Trekking
- Journey to world's highest lake.
- Exploration of Manang valley.
- Perfect Himalayan scenery.
Journey to world’s highest situated lake at an altitude of 4919 m the Tilicho Lake Trek is ultimate adventure walking holiday. Lots of trekking agencies based in Nepal have added the Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake attached. However, during this way of trekking trekkers might feel very tired and physically it can be very demanding. Therefore, the travel planners of Unique Adventure International created the itinerary starting from Humde route rather than Besisahar route. Upon doing this, trekkers can reach this iconic place of alluring Annapurna trekking in less than 10 days.
Tilicho Lake Trek starts with the scenic flight to Humde. This is very small hilly airstrip which is not crowded as in Jomsom or Lukla. The scenery of villages, forests, fields and mountains seen from the flight is really an awesome delight to capture before walking starts. Trekkers get to Pisang and ultimately to Manang Village via Ngawal. These villages are habituated by Mananges with their own unique culture and traditions. The journey from this place is of high altitude. Therefore, proper acclimatization is highly required. During acclimatization trekkers will travel to nearby monasteries and villages. Understanding the culture, traditions and rituals of these people along with capturing captivating scenery of mountainous landscape are the activities of acclimatization day. Journey then heads to Tilicho Base Camp via Khangsar Village. Base camp is the last human settlement on this trail to Tilicho Lake. Trekkers will hike to Tilicho Lake and again return back to base camp for overnight. The lake is amazingly placed surrounded by Himalayas and rocks. Take as many pictures as possible to record such a legendary event of your life. Get inspired because you will be at the shore of world’s highest situated lake. Trekkers will eventually travel back to Humde for flight to Kathmandu.
Book the Tilicho Lake Trek with Unique Adventure International and explore this place in magnificent way. With us the itinerary is different and experience is very unique. Off the beaten trails can be experienced with us and impeccable hospitality is guaranteed.
Day 01 : Arrival at Kathmandu, transfer to hotel
You will be welcomed by our representative of Unique Adventure International at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu after you arrive but assure about our representative with a display board at the arrival gate. You will be then taken to the hotel where you can either relax in the afternoon or hang around. You will have a dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant where we take pleasure in a Nepalese cultural program as well. We will be staying in a hotel for Overnight.
Day 02 : Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley. Overnight at hotel
After having breakfast in the morning, our sightseeing trip will begin. The Swayambhunath (the Monkey temple), Pashupatinath temple, Bauddhanath; Patan Durbar Square Bhaktapur Durbar Square and Kathmandu Durbar Square are the main sightseeing attractions in Kathmandu valley. Later in the afternoon, we will have a final preparations and short briefing for the trek. We will stay overnight in a hotel.
Day 03 : Flight to Humde, and start trek to Pisang, overnight at guesthouse
After having our breakfast, we move to the airport and take the 30-minute flight to Humde (3330 m.). Here we discover one of the extended prayer wheels which consist of 266 wheels and runs through the middle of the village. From Humde, we will trek to Pisang (3200 m.) through a deep forest in a vertical and narrow valley, cross a river over a bridge (2,910m.). We then come across one more bridge (3,040m.) from where the view of the towering Paungda Danda's rock comes into our sight. From there the track connects to go up to Pisang.
Day 04 : Trek to Ngawal, overnight at guesthouse
On this day we move to Ngawal Village and Ghyaru Village. They are the long-established villages in this region. Very ancient houses and monasteries can be seen here.
Day 05 : Rest in Manang Village, overnight at guesthouse
We today have a rest day in Manang. We can go for a walk and observe the incredible sites around the village. At the last part of the day, we go back to our guesthouse.
Day 06 : Trek to Khangsar, overnight at guesthouse
After having a rest for a day in Manang, today we make our way to the Tilicho Lake, located on the west of Manang all the way down to the river. After coming across the Khangsar Khola, we arrive at Khangsar and move to the village region which is traditional Tibetan type.
Day 07 : Trek to Tilicho Base Camp, overnight at guesthouse
We depart from Khangsar passing a Gompa and our path moves ahead towards a high ridge. One trail maintains the elevation, crossing the inclines to the narrow valley; the next one ascends towards the ridge. The first one is the older path, and is challenging one as it goes on really vertical; the later one is the new trail that has comparatively easy path. Following the new path, we reach a high ridge, and move down to a side gorge of the major valley. At its base is a stream. On the next side, is a construction recognized as the Tilicho Base Camp at height of 4,200m.
Day 08 : Trek to Tilicho, overnight at guesthouse
Today in order to avoid the wind, we move early in the morning. From Tilicho Base camp to the Tilicho Lake, it takes around 3-4 hours. Tilicho Lake is a freezing desolate place in the afternoon and recognized as highest lake of the earth. Then, we will go back to Tilicho Base Camp.
Day 09 : Trek to Braga, overnight at guesthouse
On this day, we move downward to Braga Village. Braga village is located at the altitude of 3360m. In the afternoon, we visit the Braga Monastery which carries the account of 500 years old and overnight stay at the lodge in Braga.
Day 10 : Trek to Hunde, overnight at guesthouse
We move from Braga to Hunde taking around 6 to 7 hours (3120 m). Overnight at lodge in Hunde.
Day 11 : Flight to Kathmandu, Overnight at hotel
It is a short walk to airstrip in Hunde. And we have a return flight to Kathmandu.
Day 12 : Transfer to airport, departure on your own destination
This is your last day, our airport representative of Unique Adventure International will drop you to the airport and you will depart from Nepal.
Recommended Gear Lists:
- Good wind/rain jacket
- Warm fleece jacket or jersey
- Good boots, either light-weight trekking boots or light full leather boots
- Good -20 Sleeping bag (which can be rented or buy in Kathmandu)
- A comfortable day pack, preferably with a waistband.
- Fleece jacket or pullover
- Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
- Down vest and/or jacket (optional)
- Lightweight gloves
- Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer
- Sun hat or scarf
- Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
- Sunglasses with UV protection
- Hiking shorts
- Lightweight cotton long pants
- Light and expedition weight thermal bottom
- Fleece or wool pants
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
- Thin, lightweight inner socks
- Thick, warm wool hiking socks
- Hiking boots with spare laces
- Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
Other necessary equipment:
- Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
- Small pad or combination lock-to-lock trek bag
- Basic First Aid Kit (We also provide comprehensive first aid medical kit and Oxymeter)
- Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bag
- Day pack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
- Water bottles (2 bottles recommended)
- Small wash towel
Whatever conditions the stated itinerary follow, are for the visitors who prefer full package programme. At the same time, we also serve you based on your choice. The selection of itineraries and the staff depends on your choice and financial procurement. We have options for any partial visit as per your requirement regarding your interest and financial condition.
We would like you to know that although we try to follow the program given above, at times local trails or weather conditions may compel us to make slight changes if necessary. The itinerary may also vary slightly subject to our trekkers' acclimatization rates. This odyssey goes into untamed territory above the timberline, so we seek to request maximum flexibility if and when required for the safety of your trip and your life. Thank you so much for your understanding. We value your precious life.