Tilicho Lake is a well-known trekking destination, which is a part of Annapurna region in the Himalayas of Nepal. The lake is situated at an altitude of 4,919 m (16,138 ft.) from sea level in Manang district. Tilicho Lake is particularly famous for world’s highest lake trek and also holds religious significance.
Highest lake in the world
Often Tilicho Lake is considered to be the highest lake in the world and the largest one as well. But it’s not true. There are many more lakes in the other parts of the world, which are at higher altitudes than Tilicho Lake and the bigger ones. However, Tilicho Lake is the highest lake in Nepal.
Tilicho lake trek is regarded as challenging trek in the Annapurna region. It is mostly because of high elevation and challenging trails. It’s a must trek destination for the aspiring travelers and trekkers. Awe-inspiring panoramic view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges, Thorang La pass, local ethnic Tibetan people, deep valleys and high mountains are the major highlights of the trek. Similarly, Tilicho lake trekking offers diversified cultural aspects, landscapes, villages, airy suspension bridges, eye captivating waterfalls, birds and wild animals, clean water streams and then to a rewarding serene Tilicho lake.
As Tilicho Lake is a part of Annapurna circuit trek in Annapurna conservation area, the trail follows until Muktinath and then to Jomsom. Before that, the traveler has to walk through Thorong La Pass and then to Kagbeni.
Tilicho Lake Trek: Important information
- Country of location: Nepal
- Area: Annapurna region
- Accommodation: Lodges and teahouses
In lowlands, one can get attached toilet rooms but in the higher elevation, it is difficult to get a room with attached bathroom. During the high season of trekking, it is even more difficult to get a single room. So one has to share rooms during those times.
- Foods: During the treks, vegetarian foods are highly recommended for keeping yourself healthy. If you are fond of eating meats then you can get it in major spots such as Pokhara, Besisahar, Kathmandu, Jomsom. In the teahouses, you can get all kinds of foods and drinks as you like.
- Starting point: Besisahar
- Ending point: Pokhara
- Maximum altitude: 4919 m for Tilicho Lake and 5,416 m for Thorang La pass.
- Trekking Grade: Moderate and at times strenuous
Tilicho lake trek is, of course, a challenging trek. Altitude sickness is a major setback and trekkers should be well aware of it. One should drink plenty of water and in a span of 2-3 hours, there are teahouses.
What to carry while trekking to Tilicho Lake?
- Trekking bag: At least 50 liters.
- Trekking boots; Waterproof preferred.
- Down jacket, woolen sweaters, gloves, wind stopper, trousers, jackets, thermals, t-shirts, caps (both woolen and summer)
- Socks (Both Woolen and nylon)
- Sunglasses and Sunscreen cream
- Trekking stick
- Water bottle with purifier preferred.
- Chocolate and energy bars
- First aid kit
Altitude Sickness: Generally the problem of altitude sickness arises from an altitude of 3000m+. Trekkers are mandatorily supposed to take the precautionary medicines for altitude sickness with them. When they face the symptoms of altitude sickness, one has to drink plenty of water and descend down as soon as possible. The key is to walk slowly and steadily so as to acclimatize according to the higher altitude.
Tilicho lake Map
Tilicho lake altitude
Tilicho Lake is an altitude of 4919 m (16,138 ft) from the sea level. Also, another source quotes the altitude of the lake to be 4949 m (16, 237 ft.).
Best time to visit Tilicho Lake
The trek to Tilicho Lake is possible during the whole year. One can choose when to trek as per the preferences. In most cases, Autumn and Spring are the best times to visit Tilicho Lake. Autumn season starts from September to November; which are pleasant days and cool nights. The skies are clear getting relieved from heavy rainfalls and scorching sun. Similarly, warm weather, blooming rhododendrons and colorful forests categorize spring season lasting from March to May. Winter (December to February) and Rainy season are not so favorable for the trekking because of bone-chilling cold weather and rain and poor visibility. However, many people love traveling during that time as well.
Tilicho Lake Depth
The depth of Tilicho Lake is 85 m (279 ft.) on average.
How to reach Tilicho Lake?
Kathmandu to Tilicho Lake
Normally it takes about 8-10 days to reach Tilicho Lake from Kathmandu. From Kathmandu, it takes minimum 8 days to arrive at Tilicho Lake and 5 more days to arrive at Pokhara via Thorang La pass. The descriptive detail of the trip is mentioned in the travel itinerary below.
Tilicho lake trekking itinerary
- Day 1: Kathmandu to Besisahar (760 m). (Bus drive of 5-6 hours).
Ride from Kathmandu till Besisahar, Lamjung. Overnight stay at a hotel
- Day 2: Besisahar to Dharapani (1860 m)
Drive to Dharapani, Manang from Besisahar. It takes around 3-4 hours to reach Dharapani.
- Day 3: Dharapani to Chame (2650 m)
5-6 hours of walking takes you to Chame village of Manang.
- Day 4: Chame to Pisang (3250 m)
Trekking 5-6 hours from Chame takes to Pisang.
- Day 5: Pisang to Manang (3519 m)
Around 5 hours of walk from Pisang and one can reach Manang in Manang district.
- Day 6: Acclimatization day at Manang.
Rest day and acclimatization at Manang.
- Day 7: Manang to Khangsar Village (3700 m)
Around 5 hours of walk from Manang until Khangsar village.
- Day 8: Khangsar village to Tilicho Base Camp (4200 m)
Walk from Khangsar village until Tilicho base camp takes around 4-5 hours.
- Day 9: Tilicho base camp to Tilicho Lake and back to Shree Kharka (4250 m)
3 hours of walk from Tilicho Base camp to Tilicho lake and then it takes around 3 hours to reach Shree Kharka as there is no any provision of lodges and hotels in Tilicho lake and its surrounding.
- Day 10: Shree Kharka to Yak Kharka (4035 m)
It takes around 6 hours to reach Yak Kharka from Shree Kharka.
- Day 11: Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4500 m)
Around 6 hours of a trek from Yak Kharka to reach Thorong Phedi.
- Day 12: Thorong Phedi to Thorong La (5415 m) to Muktinath (3810 m)
The challenging day because of high altitude elevation and trails as well.
- Day 13: Muktinath to Jomsom(2743 m)
Around 6-7 hours for walking until Jomson from Muktinath.
- Day 14: Jomsom to Pokhara
Flying from Jomsom until Pokhara.
- Day 15: Rest and celebration day at Pokhara.
The itinerary is just an expected schedule. One can change it as per the preferences. Now you tell us, when are you traveling to this serene and astonishing lake?