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Annapurna Tilicho Lake Trekking

Tilicho trek
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       The Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake is a popular trekking route in the Annapurna region of Nepal. It combines the classic Annapurna Circuit Trek with a side trip to Tilicho Lake, which is one of the highest lakes in the world.

The trek usually starts from Besisahar and follows a counter-clockwise route through beautiful valleys, terraced fields, and traditional villages. You’ll gradually ascend through different climatic zones, including lush forests, arid landscapes, and high alpine meadows.

After reaching Manang, instead of continuing along the main Annapurna Circuit, you’ll branch off towards Tilicho Lake. The trail leads you through steep and rocky terrain, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks. Tilicho Lake sits at an elevation of about 4,919 meters (16,138 feet) and is known for its stunning turquoise color.

After exploring Tilicho Lake, you’ll retrace your steps back to the main Annapurna Circuit trail and continue towards Thorong La Pass. Crossing Thorong La Pass, which stands at an altitude of 5,416 meters (17,769 feet), is a challenging but rewarding experience. From there, the trail descends into the Mustang region and eventually joins the Kali Gandaki River valley.

The trek concludes in Jomsom, from where you can either take a flight or continue trekking towards Ghorepani and Poon Hill, known for their panoramic sunrise views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges.

The Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake is a physically demanding trek and requires proper acclimatization. It typically takes around 18 to 21 days to complete, depending on your pace and side trips. It’s recommended to trek during the spring (March to May) or autumn (September to November) for the best weather conditions.

outlook itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu 1,345 m and then transfer to respective Hotels
Day 02: Drive to Beshisahar to  Dharapani 1,920 m – 06 hrs.
Day 03: Trek to Chame 2,670 m – 05 hrs.
Day 04: Trek to Pisang 3, 230 m – 05 hrs.
Day 05: Trek to Manang Village 3,450 m – 05 hrs.
Day 06: Rest day at Manang for acclimatization and excursion.
Day 07: Trek to Khangsar 3,734 – 05 hrs.
Day 08: Trek to Tilicho Base Camp 4, 800 m – 05 hrs.
Day 09: Hike to Tilicho Lake 4,140 m and return to base camp – 06 hrs.
Day 10: Trek to siri kharak 4010 m – 05 hrs.
Day 11: Trek to Yak Kharka 4,110 m – 04 hrs.
Day 12: Trek to Thorang High Camp 4,600 m – 04 hrs.
Day 13: Crossover Thorang-La 5,416 m and descend to Muktinath 3,800 m – 07 hrs.
Day 14: Drive to  Pokhara 860 m and transfer to the hotel
Day 15: Drive or fly to Kathmandu and then transfer to your hotels.
Day 16: International departure for homeward bound or to respective countries.

Details Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu 1,345 m and  transfer to respective Hotels
On reaching Kathmandu via respective airlines well received by company guides and staff for a short drive in the hub of Kathmandu city where your hotels are located. After checking into your lovely rooms and getting refreshed join in at the Hotel lobby for a group briefing regarding treks and other useful information to make your stay in Nepal enjoyable.

Day 0: 2 Drive to Dharapani 1,920 m - 8/9  hours  (Distance  215 km )
Annapurna Tilicho Lake trekking begins with the overland drive to Nepal Mid West taking a comfortable coach or Tourist Bus to reach scenic Pokhara, a beautiful and leading tourist place in all Himalayas range, with warm sub-tropical temperatures and close views of Annapurna Himalaya with Mt. Manaslu. On reaching Besisar a large town and headquarters of Lamjung district where drive continues on the dirt road following the Marysangdi River to reach Dharapani for the overnight stop in this nice farm village. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch  and Dinner

Day 03: Trek to Chame 2,670 m - 05 hours(Distance 16 K.M)
After Dharapani walks on the wide winding trail with rhododendron and pine forests past Bagachap and Danque village, and then uphill to Tamang village, from here onwards entering more Buddhist cultural villages offering views of Mt. Manaslu. From Timing a few hours trek to Koto and then to reach Chame town for the overnight stop, Chame is a large headquarters town of Manang district.  \4orning walk through the alpine forest of rhododendrons and pine trees, following Marshyangdi River upstream with a few short ups and down hills to Bhratang village. From Bhratang village walk follows uphill into cooler woodland to reach a ride-top small village of Dhukure Pokhari with a few teahouses and a lodge. Overlooking views of Chulu’s and Pisang peaks, a possible lunch break here, and then an afternoon walk descends to reach a lower Pisang village for the overnight stop.  Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch  and Dinner

Day 05: Trek to Manang Village 3,450 m - 05 hrs. (Distance 18 K.M)
Pisang village offers great views of mountains and surrounding landscapes, from here altitude gains slowly as the walk leads into small forested areas with a short uphill offering view of staggering Annapurna II and III, Gangapurna Chulu’s, and Pisang peak. From the ridge top entering a flat valley at Hongde village, from here onward tree lines disappear for barren, arid landscapes with cold, dry arctic climate. Before Manang, visit the old Braga monastery with old Buddhist relics, ancient wall paintings, frescos, and stunning views of Annapurna Himalaya, from here an hour's walk reaches Manang village. The houses were built in the traditional Tibetan style, Manang people are known for their rich culture and traditions.  Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch  and Dinner

Day 06: Rest day at Manang for acclimatization and excursion. 
A necessary rest day for acclimatization before heading higher altitude towards Thorang-La-La+ - La pass, at Manang taking short walks and explore Manang village and its beautiful valley, Manang is the main and large village of the area placed on the windswept valley by the bank of Marysangdi River beneath towering Annapurna II-III and Gangapurna mountain range, a nice walk uphill for views of Gangapurna Glacier and the Manang emerald Lake. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch  and Dinner

Day 07: Trek to Khangsar 3,734 - 05 hrs. (Distance 11 K.M)
After Manang village morning walk leads away from the main Annapurna circuit route to reach our highlight of the adventure, as the walk leads to the last village of Manang at Khangsar for the overnight stop en route to Tilicho Lake.  Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch  and Dinner

Day 08: Trek to Tilicho Base Camp 4,800 m - 04 hrs. (Distance 6 K.M)
From Khangsar walk leads further to remote areas of Manang Valley, after a tough morning walk reaching at Tilicho Base Camp, our highest overnight camp of this adventure at 4,800 meters high. Overnight stops in a local lodge with chances of spotting some wildlife like antelopes, musk deer, or elusive snow leopard before walking to Tilicho Lake the next day. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch  and Dinner
Day 09: Hike to Tilicho Lake 4,140 m and return to base camp - 06 hrs. (Distance 6  K .M)
Morning heading towards our main destination at beautiful Tilicho Lake within complete wilderness surrounded by the high peaks of Tilicho and Gangapurna Himal, from here onwards around the dry country, morning walk downhill for some time, then uphill for a while and heading to a descent to reach scenic and emerald-colored Tilicho Lake after walking for few hours from the base camp. Tilicho Lake formed from the glaciers of Tilicho and Gangapurna peaks including other hidden mountains of Nilgiri, the lake is considered holy among Hindu religion as well for Buddhists which is described of the lake in ancient Hindu sacred books. Here enjoy the fabulous scenery within the lake premises and return to base camp for overnight stops after a marvelous time around Tilicho Lake.  Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch  and Dinner
Day 10: Trek to Siri Kharaka 4140 m - 05 hrs. (Distance 10 K.M)
After fantastic views and an enjoyable time around Tilicho Lake and at its base camp, a walk leads back towards Khangsar to reach the main Annapurna circuit trail and retrace the journey back on the same route to Khangsar for overnight stops.  Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch  and Dinner
Day 11: Trek to Yak Kharka 4,110 m - 04 hours. (Distance 10 K.M)
After a good rest and a pleasant time at Tilicho Lake, a morning walk leads towards Ghunsang village on uphill walks with a gradual winding path to Yak Kharka, an interesting high-altitude trek with superb views of snowcapped mountains, then crossing a small stream river to reach Yak Kharka, a small settlement with tremendous views of Gangapurna, Annapurna III and Chulu Peaks. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch  and Dinner

Day 12: Trek to Thorang High Camp 4,600 m - 04 hrs. (Distance 8 K.M)
As the walk advances towards the higher area, heading closer to the base of Thorang-la and then crossing a bridge with a climb along the riverbank of Jarjung, as the walk leads to Thorang Phedi, here depending on the physical conditions of the clients if all goes well an hour steep climb to Thorang High Camp for an overnight stop.  Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch  and Dinner

Day 13: Crossover Thorang-La 5,416 m and descend to Muktinath 3,800 m - 07 hrs. (Distance 12 K.M)
Our hardest and main adventure of the trek having an early breakfast walk leads to the long steep climb to reach on top of Thorang-la at 5,416 m. The top of the pass is marked with Buddhist color prayer flags and a signboard with the name and altitude of Thorang-La Pass, with views of dramatic landscapes and high snowcapped peaks, from here a long descent takes you to Muktinath at 3,800 m. In holy Muktinath areas for the overnight stop, regarded as the most sacred spot for both Hindus and Buddhists, the name Muktinath means ‘place for Nirvana or Liberation.  Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch  and Dinner

Day 14: Drive to Pokhara via Jomsom 2,715 - 08  hrs. (Distance 173 K.M)
       Depending upon the size of the group whether traveling on a Tourist Coach or in a private car to reach Pokhara, the morning after breakfast in Muktinath Hotel, the rest of the journey is much easier on downhill hills where our walk stops for short intervals due to the motorable road, Our adventure finally ends onboarding into a vehicle for the drive to Pokhara by the Phewa Lakeside after completing a grand adventure on Annapurna Circuit trekking. Meals included: Breakfast  and Lunch 
Day 15: From Pokhara drive to Kathmandu 1,345 m - 06hrs(Distance 200 K.M)
After a wonderful time in the high mountains and hills, take a morning driving journey back to Kathmandu, on reaching Kathmandu after 5-6 hours of nice interesting driving, transfer to respective hotels with the afternoon free at leisure or last day shopping souvenirs and handicrafts. Meals included: Breakfast 
(Options by air 30 30-minute flight back to Kathmandu with great views)
Day 16: International Departure for Homeward Bound.
Last day in Nepal in the country of high Himalayan mountains with fascinating culture, after a memorable adventure on Annapurna Tilicho Lake Trekking with marvelous time and experience, as per your international flight time our staff will transfer you to the airport for the flight homeward bound or to your next port of call and respective countries. Meals included: Breakfast


  • Airports pick up and drop off, upon arrival and departure in Kathmandu.
  • Pre-meeting before the trek.
  • 2 Night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast (3 Star hotel ) 
  • 1-Night hotel in Pokhara with breakfast (3- Star hotel )
  • Helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, well English speaking trained, government  license holder guide with all his salary, food, drinks, accommodations, and insurance
  • Meals on full board  ( Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner ) with 3 times  tea/coffee  during the  trek 
  • A strong, helpful porter with proper equipment (one porter for two people - porter will carry a maximum of 25 kilos )
  • Seasonal fresh fruits as Available
  • Guesthouse accommodation during the trek.
  • 1 Well Plan Trekking T-shirt
  • All necessary paperwork and permits (Annapurna Conservation permit and TIMS )
  • Assistant trekking guide for groups of over 6 people with meals, accommodation, salary, and insurance
  • Kathmandu to bheshisar local bus and bheshisahar to dharapani local share jeep
  • Muktinath to pokhara  local bus  
  • Pokhara to  Kathmandu Tourist  bus 
  • All Ground Transportation by tourist bus /Local bus
  • Annapurna   Trekking Map 
  • Duffel   bag  
  • Worst case, help with all rescue and evacuation arrangements.
  • First aid medical kit, Oximeter to check pulse, heart rate, and oxygen saturation at higher altitudes.
  • All applicable taxes are as per the government rules and regulations.
  • Well  Plan  Trekking trek achievement certificate after the successful trek
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu at a cultural restaurant 

    OPTIONAL ADDONS(Available during check-out)

    • Private Jeep/private car 


  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport - Katmandu).
  • Your Travel and rescue insurance.
  • Your personal expenses. (Phone call, Wifi, Laundry service, bar bills, battery recharge, a bottle of water or hot water, Mineral water,  Hot  shower, etc.)
  • All the alcoholic drinks and bar bills.
  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • Extra Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival or late departure. early arrival from the mountain (due to any reason) Than the scheduled Itinerary.
  • Services not mentioned in the 'Services Includes' section ( Please ask us if you are confused about any services )
  • Kathmandu  and Pokhara-  lunch and Dinner 
  • Tips for the guide and porter.

Physically  condition& experience requirements
For physically fit people of all ages with sound health who have done moderately to strenuous walks and activity before or at present. This type of trek involves long ups and downs and the length of walking will be from 5 - 7 hours every day with rest and break in between.  The whole trip goes from a week to two weeks or more in the high altitude. This trip is for well-experienced people who have done previous long high hills or mountainous trekking in and around the Himalayas or other mountainous areas on rough terrains, this trip involves walking in snow and ice conditions sometimes and encountering high of over 4,000 meters passes, as for moderate people can join on this type of trips as long they are super physically fit and a mind with positive and determinations. Past hiking experience is a must but no technical skill is required for this trip .participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases should inform well plan trekking before booking the trek. we also recommend that you consult your doctors before the trip.

Accommodations  on the trek

In Kathmandu, we use the deluxe hotel to ensure a comfortable stay and a relaxed environment before and after your adventure. All breakfasts are included at the hotel in Kathmandu. Rooms are generally twin share - depending on group size and room availability, the triple share may be offered at your request. A single supplement room is available at an additional cost. And on request single supplement will be charged US$200.well plan trekking will arrange clean and comfortable rooms with attached washrooms; however, a teahouse in some places only has shared washing and toilet facilities .also, note that single rooms are available in the trekking regions at the lower elevation but it might be difficult to find them at higher elevations.

Meals  during the trek

In the city, only breakfast is included in the trip itinerary. While on the trek, we provide good quality food in sufficient quantities from Tea Houses/Mt. lodges. We provide all meals on full board (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and tea & coffee) from the teahouse menu during the trekking period. Various meals include noodles item, soups, bread, rice item, curries, spaghetti, pizza, egg items, potatoes item, pasta, the fresh vegetable so overall you have a different choice of food on the trek.

Drinking Water

Staying hydrated is important when undertaking any physical activity but particularly so at the altitude where it is generally recommended to drink at least 3-4 liters per person per day. We strongly encourage you not to buy bottled water on the trek as this contributes to the growing problem of plastic pollution in Nepal’s trekking areas.
All tea houses will provide cold water free of charge if requested. Although this should not be drunk untreated, we recommend that you bring a reusable bottle with a wide opening (Nalgene or similar) with you and use a SteriPEN to treat it with. A SteriPEN is a handheld UV water purifier – small, lightweight, and battery powered so easy to pack for a trek. In Nepal’s trekking regions most of the bottled water isn’t strictly ‘mineral water’ anyway but is UV treated, so it’s exactly the same technology. It’s quick to use, far more effective than purification tablets, and the water is ready immediately. It’s fine to use a SteriPEN on non-boiled water so long as it isn’t cloudy or full of sediment (which is uncommon in these regions).


Before you book any of our trips we strongly suggest that you buy medical and travel insurance to make you stay and while traveling in Nepal Himalaya or neighboring countries, which will help and support you, in case medical and travel problems arise and situations beyond companies control. If such a situation arises with emergency evacuation, where your medical bills on using transportations services by Helicopter or other means of which you can directly claim from your insurance, which is to be paid by you or by your insurance company on the spot.

Where Well Plan Treks will obtain a strong letter of the incidents that occurred so that you can claim from your insurance agents. In case of mishaps and accidents or severe illness, we will contact your insurance company if it is okay to use Heli or other immediate life-saving process and transportation to the nearest medical post and hospitals, where your insurance company will directly pay related expenses accordingly as per situations and conditions of the victims. For all trips with us, we need your contact address as well as your next to kin, family members, close relatives, or friends in case of emergency purposes.

Climate and Weather
The climate of Nepal is as varied as its geography. The low-lying Terai has a sub-tropical monsoonal climate. The Himalayan foothills, where most of our treks take place, are best in the cool dry season from September to May. The traditional trekking season in Nepal is late September to May, with October and November generally recognized as having the best weather. Spring is also a popular time of year with warmer weather and the advantage of seeing spring flowers and rhododendrons in bloom. The visibility is good, the days are pleasantly warm, although nights can be cold, and snow is possible above 3,000 meters.

        Recommended equipment list

This list is a guide to help you pack for your trip. This is not intended to be a comprehensive clothing and equipment list; rather it is intended to act as a reminder of those items that we feel necessary for your comfort and convenience .we also suggest that you pack only what is necessary.


  • The warm hat that covers your ears
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Headlamp with extra batteries

Upper body

  • T-shirts
  • Fleece jacket or sweater
  • Fleece wind –stopper jacket
  • Waterproof shell jacket
  • Down vest and /or jacket (optional)Hands
  • Lightweight gloves (water /windproof)
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer

Lower body

  • Underwear
  • Hiking trousers
  • Fleece or woolen trousers
  • Lightweight thermal bottoms
  • Lightweight cotton pants
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric )shell pants Feet
  • Thin lightweight inner socks
  • Heavy poly or wool socks
  • Hiking boots with spare laces
  • Camp shoes (sneakers and sandals)


  • Sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C de 14 degrees F)
  • Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)


  • Toothbrush /paste
  • Multi-purpose soap
  • Nail clippers
  • Deodorants
  • Medium-sized quick-drying towel
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Small mirror
  • Female hygiene products

Personal hygiene

  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue/toilet roll
  • Antibacterial hand wash


  • Small, personal first-aid kit (simple and light)
  • A cough and /or cold medicine
  • Anti –altitude sickness pills; Diamox or acetazolamide
  • Stomach antibiotic

Extras /luxuries

  • Reading book
  • Trail map /guidebook
  • Journal and pen
  • Travel game(chess, backgammon, playing cards etc)
  • Modest swimsuit
  • Binoculars
  • Camera

Client Reivews

Huỳnh Trân

Apr 2023 • Friends
Altitude shock is my most memorable memory. There was a time when I thought I would give up but then I won myself
I think I will go ebc trip next time.
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Good service with reasonable price. Ram-owner very nice and support us during time we stay in Nepal. The Guide – Raju supported a lot during trekking to Tilicho lake and Thorong La Pass . Good experience.
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Hoang Vu

Apr 2023 • Friends
Annapurna Circuit is one of the most beautiful trek roads in the world. I have had interesting experiences here. The guide and porters were so nice. I only had to do one thing, enjoy my journey.
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