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Tilicho Lake Trek

Trip Name: 
Tilicho Lake Trek
Duration: 
17 Days
Transportation: 
By Bus & Flight
Start Point: 
Bhulbhule
End Point: 
Jomsom

Tilicho pass trekking is challenging trekkinng trail in Annapurna region.Tilicho Lake is one of those places that have had next to mythic connotations. Many regard it as the highest lake in the world (4912m). It was for long almost totally closed save for a few climbers and expeditions, and since 1974, when Nixon changed the China policy, part of the area above Thini on the Jomosom side became a very off-limits military area. From the Manang side it was rarely if ever visited.
The trekking path to Tilicho was "a figment of some ones fantasy" and the locals in Manang had little knowledge of the route too, and were often thought to be slightly unfriendly, as they were known for not being particularly keen on working as human beasts of burden for various expeditionsthat had passed. When asked to porter they had simply refused! Manang is no ordinary village. Its people are heavily involved in international trade, due to passport privileges granted in the past.

Day 1: Kathmandu (1310m)
Our airport representative will be received you at the airport and transfer to Hotel. It is 7km and takes about 10 minutes. Overnight at hotel, B.B plan.
Day 2: Kathmandu Valley Sight Seeing & Permit making process
After breakfast beautiful "Kathmandu Valley" sight seeing. This day we visit Shwoyambhunath Stupa, Baudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, Patan Durbar Square and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Overnight at hotel, B.B plan.
Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Beshishahar to bhulbhule (870m)-Driving 7:30 hours,
Drive from Kathmandu to Besishar to  Bhulbhule by bus or Jeep , Our guide will come to pick you up at the your hotel 7 AM in the morning, we then drive along the Kathmandu-Pokhara highway to Dumre and then follow the narrow and paved road by the Marsyangdi River to BesiSahar, it is about 185Km from Kathmandu . From here we will get to view some of the well known mountain peaks, & natural sceneries surrounding the valley and the daily activities of the local folks. Overnight at Hotel. B.B O/N at guest house at Bhulbhule.
Day 4: Trek from Bhulbhule to Chamje (1410m.)- 6 hours,
Trek about 6 hours to Chamje. The trail goes flat for the first part then climbs steeply and the path is cut into the sheer cliff-face some 200-300m above the riverbed. Eventually we descend to the stone village of Jagat (1330m.) situated on a shelf which juts into the precipitous Marsyangdi valley. Now the trail begins to observe small ups and down to Chamje through the forests. Overnight at Guest house. B.L.D.
Day 5:  Chemje to Dhararpani (1953m),6 Hours
We start our trekking by descending to the river and cross another suspension bridge; we begin a climb to Sattale (1550m.) on a path so steep that it seems one slip would send you hurtling down into the valley. We continue on an undulating path above the river, and at one point, where a tributary flows in from the opposite bank, the main river becomes covered with huge boulders that hide the water. Climbing a meandering path to the top of the hill, we will see the level plain of Tal (1700m.). Beyond Tal, the valley narrows and the path becomes high and winding, and in several areas hewn from the rock itself. Beyond the small village of Karte (1900m.), there is a bit more cliff-walking before the path drops again to the river and we cross a another suspension bridge and arrive at Dharapani. Overnight at Guest house. B.L.D.
Day 6:Dhararpani to Chame (2713m),5 hours
We start our trekking at first light after a cupper through a narrow field from the village, the Dudh Khola, which originates from the south face of Manaslu. The Marsyangdi River then veers to the left, and as Annapurna II becomes visible ahead, you arrive at Bagarchhap, a Bhote village with prayer flags fluttering in the breeze around Buddhist monastery. Continuing to climb through forests of pine and oak, we pass through Danaque (2210m.). There comes a small wooden bridge which makes us follow a steep ascending path up to Timang village which lies at the bottom of Lamajung Himal & then the trail goes through a flat level until we reach Chame. Overnight at Guest house. B.L.D.
Day 7: Chame to Pisang (3190m),5 Hours
We start our trekking from Lamjung Himal (6893m) as we see it glittering in the morning sunshine with the first rays hitting us warmly in the face, & we set off for Pisang. The mountain disappears as we climb the path up the valley, passing a huge apple orchard. We continue through fir and pine forest, climbing to a high, rocky area as the opposite bank becomes an impassable cliff. From this point the valley becomes extremely steep-sided as we follow the path to Bratang (2950m.) then a short climb from the village brings us to a rock-strewn area where we cross a wooden bridge and follow a high, winding path, before crossing back to the right bank again. We now trek through a pine forest and as the forest ends, the valley changes from a V-shape to a gentle U-shape, opening up wonderful vistas & then we come to a long mani wall by a bridge and the lower village of Pisang, Overnight at Guest house. B.L.D.
Note: The Pisang peak takes of from here for adventure trekkers who seek the peak.
Day 8: Pisang to Manang(3500m), 5 Hours
We start our trekking with climbs to steep ridge which affords good views of the Manang valley and Tilicho peak (7145m.). Descending past Manang's airstrip at Humde (3320m.) will arrive & then we come to a level area from where the north-east face of Annapurna III rises to the skies above us.
From the wide plains of the Sabje Khola Valley, Annapurna IV (7525m.) also becomes visible. Just beyond this point we cross the considerably reduced flow of the Marsyangdi Khola via a wooden bridge to the tiny village of Mungji. Cultivated fields appear on both sides of the path and off to the right, below a craggy mountain, we will see the village of Braga with its splendid monastery, Large Chortens and mani walls abound and the tall peaks of the Himalaya spread out before us – then After a short steep climb we will reach Manang. Overnight at Guest house. B.L.D.
Day 9: Rest in Manang for acclimatization,
Today, we hang around town. This is an important rest and acclimatization day before crossing the Thorung La. There are optional day walks such as crossing the river to see the tremendous icefall coming down from the Annapurnas, or climbing high above the village for a full panorama of the Annapurna range and the Manang Valley. There is also a Himalayan Rescue Association [HRA] aid post in the village which makes for an interesting and educational visit. Moreover you can visit Ganagapurna Glacier Lake to make your rest day a memorable one. Overnight at Guest house. B.L.D.
Day 10: Trek to Khangsar Village (3735 mt)
Descending from old Manang and passing by Chorten, reaches a Marshyangdi river. Walking along the northern part of this river bank, the trail stays close to the river bed and soon we approach Khangsar, superb view of the Great Barrier open up. The village is surrounded by fields of wheat.Overnight at Guest house. B.L.D.
Day 11: Trekking to Tilicho Base Camp (4150),6-7 hrs
A difficult or adventurous hiking day of Tilich Lake Trekking,The higher path, through broad, involves a tiring ascent of some 900 m and then a steep, treacherous 800 m descent. You reach a crest (4650 mt) with prayer flags after the wearying clim, then through a series of zigzags down a scree slope bring you to the Tilicho Base Camp at Hotel.
Day 12: Trek to Tilicho Lake (5180) and back down to Tilicho Base Camp,10-12 hours.
The trek start early in the morning since the round trip could well.There is no teahouse at Tilicho lake, so we have to get back to Base camp for our overnight stay. After climbing out of the side-valley, the trail works its way up moraine ridges, ascending all the way. Overnight at teahouse.
Day 13: Trek to Yak Kharka (4020 m,) 4 - 5 hours
Not a very hard day, the ascends being not very strenuous. Superb scenery all along. Hiking for around . Overnight at teahouse.
Day 14: Trek to Thorong Phedi (4450 meters) , 4 hours 
After a short ascent up the mountain path on the right bank, we follow a narrow trail across an unstable scree slope and then descend to Thorung Phedi. Overnight at teahouse.
Day 15: Trek to Muktinath via Thorung La pass (5416m),8-9 hours
The toughest part of Tilicho Lake trekking, but spectacular mountain views. Early morning start to reach Muktinath with pack breakfast as you won’t find any teahouse in-between. Steep ascent initially, then very long, mostly gradual climb to pass. Steep, unendingly long descent. Need to be careful with potential dangers; high altitude, cold conditions and gale-force winds. Overnight at tea house.
Day 16:  Trek to Jomsom (2720 meters),5 hours
Pleasant walk through scenic but barren terrain, with picturesque villages on the way. The descent is gradual till the very end, when the trail suddenly drops 300 meters.Overnight at teahouse.
Day 17: Early morning fly to Pokhara and leisure day at Pokhara,Overnight at hotel.
Day 18 :Pokhara fullday sightseeing
Sightseeing around pokhara valley which include Phewa Lake, Barahi Temple, Devi’s Fall, Mahendra Cave, Seti Gandaki Gorge, Bindyabasini Temple, World peace pagoda, Begnas Lake and Rupa Lake. Overnight at hotel.
Day 19: Drive back to Kathmandu,6 hours
Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu. Free evening for individual sightseeing around thamel, shopping or other activities. Overnigth at hotel.
Day 20: Departure to Airport
Farewell and transfer to international airport for your final departure.
 

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