Tilicho Lake trek

Tilicho Lake trek 15 Days US$1099

About short Tilicho lake trek

Tilicho lake trekking is not only famous for its natural beauty but also religious significance too. It is highest lake of the world hosted in Annapurna Himalaya region Nepal. As you ascend higher into Tilicho Lake trek will get an opportunity to immerse oneself in the rich culture influences by Tibetan Buddhism, encounter with locals and explore Tare Gumba. We organize short Tilicho lake trek 10 days and long trip with Annapurna circuit via Thorong pass. Tilicho lake trekking route is quite complicated & challenging above Manang; in this way we advise all travelers to visit Tilicho lake on best time of the year to get better experience.

Tilicho Lake trek is an adventure of a lifetime that should be on every trekker’s bucket list. The journey to the highest lake in the world will take you through some of the most beautiful landscapes in Nepal, and the experience will leave you with memories that will last a lifetime. The trek is moderately challenging, and a good level of fitness is required. It is recommended to take a guide  along with you for a safe and hassle-free journey. If you are looking for an adventure of a lifetime, Tilicho Lake trekking is a must-try.

Trip Fact


Annapurna, Nepal


15 Days


Moderate to fairly challenging

Group Size

Min 2 to Max 10 Persons

Max altitude

Thorong La 5416 m

Best time

Autumn and Spring season


Trekking & Sightseeing


Tea houses / Lodges / Hotels


3 Meals a day (BLD)


Flight, Drive & Hiking

Start from

Kathmandu to Bhulbhule

End at

Jomsom - Pokhara - Kathmandu

Tilicho Lake trek overview

Tilicho lake trek takes intrepid explorers to discover the tranquil beauty of Annapurna Himalayas. Hiking trail eventually leads to the base of Tilicho Peak 7,134 meters, offers a chance to witness the grandeur of the Himalayan giants up close. Tilicho Lake of Manang, Nepal  is considered highest lake highest lake in the world, due to the vast size even though; many lakes are situated at even higher altitude. It covers an area of 4.8 km sq. The lake is surrounded by beautiful Annapurna ranges on its side, which seems nonetheless than a dream.

Tilicho Lake trail takes through the premises of the lake situated at the highest altitude in the world. Glacial melts from all major peaks Tilicho and Annapurna gets deposited in this lake. The view of lake is beyond amazing. It is surrounded by snowy mountains and the blue water of the lake is purest. Tilicho Lake is the turquoise blue water surrounded by the snow-capped mountains will leave you mesmerized.

Is Tilicho Lake trek right for you?

Manang to Tilicho lake distance is 19.7 kilometers / 12.2 miles. It is 3 days subsidiary trip of world famous Annapurna circuit trek. You can go throw the Mesokanto La pass to reach Jomsom too. If you cannot cross these pass better to same way back to Kathmandu. Tilicho trek is one of the most mesmerizing and picturesque trek takes you to the highest lake in the world located in Manang district Nepal.

The best time to visit Tilicho Lake

Tilicho lake trek is another fascinating and enchanting trekking stuff in Annapurna region. Difficulty level of this trek depends on which route you use to go and come back. It is categorized from moderate to strenuous according to route. The best time to visit Tilicho Lake on the months of March to May and September to November. We advise you to start trek from the Tilicho base camp early in the morning to get the batter views. If you would like to continue this trekking with Annapurna circuit then follow the Upper Khangsar route to reach the Yak Kharka. Tilicho Lake is a popular destination for trekkers, our professional guides will be by your side during the journey for proper and easy conduct.

Tilicho Lake trek highlights

  • Discover the world's highest lake “Tilicho Lake” located at altitude of 4,919 meters above sea level.
  • Get the glimpse of beautiful landscapes, mountains, diverse flora and fauna in Annapurna region Nepal.
  • Visit traditional villages, Chortens, monastery, Mani wall & interact with local to know their culture & lifestyle.
  • Enjoy stunning views of mountains including Annapurna ii iv, iii, Gangapurna, Pisang, Tilicho peak and more.
  • Experience the challenging but rewarding adventure to Tilicho lake height in Manang Nepal.
  • Walk along diverse geography and Nepalese and Tibetan cultural practice in Marshyangdi valley Nepal.
  • Pass through lush subtropical forests to barren mountains to discover turquoise blue Tilicho lake.
  • Witness the special feature of Annapurna conservation area with the best view of Himalayas.

Tilicho Lake trek itinerary

Detailed Itinerary

Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be met by our representative and transfer you to hotel. As soon as we reach hotel, representative will give you a synopsis of plan and program agreement.  After a short rest & relax, you can explore the city and its cultural heritage.
Elevation: 1,400 meters / 4593 feet.

After having breakfast at the hotel, we will set off for Pokhara to Kathmandu journey by car, jeep, tourist bus or flight as per travel agreement. It is 25 minutes’ flight by plane. Pokhara Kathmandu road distance is 200 km / 124 miles; it takes 6-7 hours to reach. Road follow Marshyangdi river and Trishuli river exploring countryside and beautiful scenery of the foothills of Himalayas. Upon arrival in Kathmandu city you will check into hotel, rest, relax and explore the street of Thamel for souvenir shopping. Enjoy typical Nepali dinner party with culture show to celebrate successful journey.

Amazing Nepal trip completed today! Our company representative will transfer to international airport 3 hours before your flight departure.
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What are included in this package?

  • Airports pick up on your arrival day by private vehicle
  • Transportation Kathmandu to Chame by private vehicle
  • All meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) 3 cups of hot drink each day on choice
  • Best accommodation at tea houses during trekking in Annapurna Nepal
  • Professional guide service trained by government of Nepal
  • Experience staffs (2 guest: 1 porter basic) to carry your backpack
  • All necessary trekking permits (ACAP, TIMS) and local taxes
  • Jomsom to Pokhara transfer by private / local vehicle
  • Hotel accommodation in Pokhara for 1 night
  • Travel and rescue arrangements if require


  • Visa fees / international airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Hotel, Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Personal expenses phone calls, mineral water, bar bills, hot shower, battery recharge, extra porters & gears etc
  • Tips for guides, porters (Tipping are expected but not mandatory)
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Where is Tilicho lake located?

Tilicho Lake located at Manang district of Nepal in Annapurna conservation area. It is situated at an altitude of 4,919 meters / 16,138 feet above sea level in the Himalayas.

How to go to Tilicho lake Nepal from Pokhara & Kathmandu?

There are some world famous walking routes in Annapurna conservation area that can takes you to the Tilicho lake of Nepal. Explorer reach from Manang or Khangsar village by road from Kathmandu via Besisahar, Chame then trek to Tilicho lake or typically need to embark on hiking the Annapurna circuit route to reach Tilicho lake.
Either drive or trekking route offers stunning views of the Himalayan range. No matter which route you choose, it is important to be physically fit and acclimatized to high altitude before attempting to hike to Tilicho lake.

What is Tilicho lake famous for?

Tilicho lake is famous not only for its altitude, proximity and attraction but also for its history, myth and holy importance. It is considered one of the highest glacial lakes in the world. Its surface area 4.8 square kilometers / 1.9 square miles, length 4 kilometers / 2.5 miles and width 1.2 kilometers / 0.75 miles. The lake is fed by glaciers and snowmelt. The lake is surrounded by snow-capped mountains of Annapurna Himalayas. The water is clear blue color and reflection of mountains in the highest glacial lake in Nepal makes stunning.

Which months are the best for Tilicho trekking?

The best time to visit Tilicho lake are during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) when the weather is relatively stable, clear sky, spectacular views, mild temperature and trail is dry and easy to walk. Spring and autumn seasons are the best time to go for Tilicho lake trek but possible to go in monsoon season as well.

Which route is best for Tilicho lake trek?

Annapurna circuit with Tilicho lake is the most popular route in earlier years but after road construction Chame to Tilicho trekking route is the best and popular between travelers. We advise you to start this journey either from Dharapani or Timang village to acclimatize well for safe and sound journey.

Is Tilicho lake highest lake in the world?

No, Kajin Sara Lake is the highest altitude lake in the world, located at Singar Kharka, Chame municipality of Manang district at an elevation of 5200 meters above sea level. Before discover Kajin Sara Lake; Tilicho lake hold the title of the highest lake in the world.

How many days do you need for the Tilicho trek?

This trek can be complete within 8 to 14 days, depends on which route you use and your fitness level. You can start Tilicho trek from different location like Dharapani, Chame, Manang etc. There are 2 options to complete crossing Thorong la pass or same way back. This journey takes you through forests, glaciers, mountains and provides an opportunity to explore most beautiful landscape in Nepal.

How difficult is Tilicho lake trek?

The difficulty level of Tilicho lake trekking route depends on which route you use to go and come back. This route categorized from moderate (same way back) to strenuous crossing Mesokanto la or Thorang la pass) according to route. It is important to get acclimatized before reach high altitude.

What is the shortest trek to Tilicho lake in Annapurna?

Kathmandu to Chame driving then trek to Tilicho lake and same way back is the shortest itinerary and crossing thorag la pass route in longest route. Tilicho tour start in Kathmandu by drive to Chame, then hike to Manang, Tilicho base camp and Tilicho lake Nepal.

Can we swim in Tilicho lake?

In fact, it is not allowed to swim in this lake because it is holy lake. But there is not any authority to control illegal activities in this way some travelers swim in Tilicho lake. Swimming in Tilicho lake can be dangerous due to its high altitude and cold temperatures.

How deep is lake Tilicho?

The average depth of Tilicho lake is 85 meters / 279 feet, situated at Manang district in Annapurna range of the Himalayas.

What is the Tilicho lake trek distance?

Tilicho lake trek distance very as per taken route, side trips, start and end points. Approximate 85 kilometers (shortest route) to 125 kilometers (long route via Thorang la). This distance includes both ascending, descending and level sections to scale the altitude of Tilicho lake. It is popular route to discover its stunning natural beauty, touch the holy spirit etc. (Pokhara to Tilicho lake distance, Manang to Tilicho lake distance & Kathmandu to Tilicho lake distance)

Why Tilicho lake trekking in Manang?

Tilicho lake trekking in Manang is to discover one of the highest lakes in the world. Its natural diversity, cultural heritage, wildlife, vegetation and lifestyle of local influences by Tibetan Buddhism. According to the elevation gain explorer get an opportunity to see great view of Annapurna range including Annapurna ii, Gangapurna, and Tilicho peak etc. Dramatic landscapes and the beauty of the region is truly awe-inspiring.

How to prepare for Tilicho trek route?

Physical and mental preparation are essential for hiking in the Himalayas. It is important to be prepared for the altitude and the physical demands of the trek. Tilicho lake hiking is a physically demanding trip, so it is important to get in shape before you go. Beside that it is important to acclimatize properly to avoid altitude sickness, pack the right gear and foods to make comfortable hike. Don’t push yourself too hard, listen to your body, take breaks to rest and drink water to stay hydrate. Book the trip with local company, travel with experience guide who helps you to make journey more enjoyable.

Which pass is near Tilicho lake?

There are two different passes located near the Tilicho lake. First one is Mesokanto la at an elevation of 4,949 meters (16,236 feet) and second one is Thorang la at a height of 5,416 meters (17,769 feet) above sea level. Thorong la pass is very popular because it is a part of classic Annapurna circuit trek. There is not any teahouse facility in Mesokanto la pass, need to organize in camping basic.

Can you do Tilicho lake trek alone?

Yes, you can trek to Tilicho lake alone but not recommended because of its difficulty, high altitudes and some dangerous sections. It is better to undertake this trip with proper planning, preparation with local guide that ensure safety and well-being.

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John Richard

August 17, 2023

A Breathtaking Journey to Tilicho Lake Nepal

Me and my friends recently completed incredible Tilicho Lake trek in Annapurna region of Nepal. As per our experience, i must say that it exceeded all my expectations. Tilicho trek is truly a trekker’s paradise, offers a perfect blend of unique natural beauty, cultural experience while hiking in challenging trails.
Tilicho Lake trekking journey is a truly remarkable adventure that offers a perfect blend of natural beauty, cultural immersion, and personal challenge. It’s an experience that leaves an indelible mark on our heart and soul. Thank you mr sagar llama and his team for great arrangements to make unforgettable trekking experience to us. I wholeheartedly recommend to add this agency and Tilicho Lake into to your bucket list.

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