Tilicho Lake Trekking

This Tilicho Lake and Thorang La Pass trek has been planned to trek through the world’s highest lake and then trek up to the high pass of Thorang La and then to the holy place for both Hindu as well as Buddhist—Muktinath.  This trek will begin from Besi Sahar in Marshyangdi Valley.  From there trek, continues up to Jagat, Dharapani, Chame, Pisang, Manang, Tilicho Lake, Thorang La Pass, Muktinath, and Jomsom.

This trek trail passes through forests of pine, bamboo and other fauna.  While trekking, we can get a chance to see different species of birds and wildlife like pheasant, lophophorous, snow leopard, musk deer, yaks, etc.  There are few tea houses and lodges on the way to this trek.  You can take short tea/coffee break on the route and you can stay overnight in lodge.  This is quite difficult trek, so one must be very careful while trekking in this region.  One can get sick from altitude sickness.  To avoid this, we must properly acclimatize while trekking in altitude.  Also, you must follow the instructions given by the trekking guide.  Also, one must be careful about the weather as the climate can be unpredictable some time in high altitudes.

There are monasteries, chortens, prayer wheels/flags on the way in this trek.  You can enjoy your short visit here.  Also, you can interact with the local people while visiting the village and take part in daily activities.  This 19-day trek will be your memorable trek.  You can enjoy this trek with the friends and families in holidays.

Itinerary

Day to Day Itenary

Day 1  Arrival at Tribhuvan International airport in Kathmandu (1,350 m), then transfer to the hotel


Day 2  kathmandu valley sightseeing and rest day


Day 3  Drive from Kathmandu to Beshishahar (830 m), 7 hrs


Day 4  Beshishahar to Syange and trek to Chamje (1,400 m), 5 hrs


Day 5  Trek from Chamje to Bagarchhap (2,160 m), 5 hrs


Day 6  Trek from Bagarchhap to Chame 5 hrs


Day 7  Trek from Chame to Pisang (3,300 m), 5 hrs


Day 8  Trek from Pisang to Manang (3,540 m), 5 hrs


Day 9  Acclimatization day at Manang village


Day 10  Trek from Manang Village to Khangsar Village (3,700 m), 4 hrs


Day 11  Trek from Khangsar Village to Tilicho Base Camp (4,200 m), 5 hrs


Day 12  Trek to Tilicho Lake (5,200 m) and back down to Tilicho Base Camp (4,200m), 6 hrs


Day 13  Trek from Tilicho Base Camp to Yak Kharka (4,000 m), 5 hrs


Day 14  Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,450 m), 5 hrs


Day 15  Trek from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3,800 m) via Thorong La pass (5,416 m), 8 hrs


Day 16  Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (2,720 m), 5 hrs


Day 17  Morning flight from Jomsom to Pokhara (827 m), 35 minutes


Day 18  Drive back from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1,350 m), 7 hrs


Day 19  Departure to home

Itinerary Detail

Day 01 Arrival at Tribhuvan International airport in Kathmandu (1,350 m), then transfer to the hotelWe heartily welcome you to Nepal. Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, our representative waiting you outside, greets you with great reverence and earnestly transfers you to the hotel. Before dinner, you could walk around Thamel or spend time as you wish. Overnight at Kathmandu


Day 02 kathmandu valley sightseeing and rest dayKathmandu Valley is full of historic and cultural place. Our City Guide will take you for Kathmandu Valley City Tour. This tour include 4 places inside Kathmandu Valley including world heritage Patan Durbar Square, Pashupati Nath Temple, Boudha Stupa and Syambhunath Stupa also known as Monkey Temple. As well as we visit typical local newari homes and culture. At the same day we prepare necessary backpack for Trekking.


Day 03 Drive from Kathmandu to Beshishahar (830 m), 7 hrsThird day we have 7 hours of driving to Besishar. It is about 185km from Kathmandu. On arrival at Besisahar you will witness stunning snow caped mountain scenery. Overnight at local Guesthouse.


Day 04 Beshishahar to Syange and trek to Chamje (1,400 m), 5 hrsWe will process the trip downward to Syange at 1070 meters from Bahundanda. Leaving Bahundanda a large waterfall may be seen. Crossing the Marsyangdi River on a suspension bridge. We then follow the river to the stone village of Jagat before climbing through forest to Chamje at 1400meters. Overnight at Guesthouse.


Day 05 Trek from Chamje to Bagarchhap (2,160 m), 5 hrsOur day begins with the rocky trail following the Marsyandi Rivers steadily uphill to Tal at 1675meters, the first village in the Manang district. We make a trail verse crossing a wide, flat valley. The journey continues up and down to Dharapani at 1890 meters. A stone entrance chorten typical of the Tibetan influenced villages. Upon reaching Bagarchhap at 2160 meters the typical flat roofed stone houses of local Tibetans design along with the village surrounded by apple Orchards and maize fields. Overnight at Guesthouse.


Day 06 Trek from Bagarchhap to Chame 5 hrsThe trail climbs to Tyanja , then continuing through forest, but near the river, to Kopar at 2590meters. As we reach the Chame, the headquarters of the Manang district, we are rewarded by the fine views of Annapurna II as you approach Chame & two small hot springs by the town. Along this route we are introduced to a local community said to have migrated from Tibet a long time past, noticeable by their different features. With them, they have bought local Tibetan house designs and maintained their ways. Overnight at Guesthouse.


Day 07 Trek from Chame to Pisang (3,300 m), 5 hrsThe day starts through deep forest in a steep and narrow valley, crosses a river on a long bridge at 2910meters. We then cross another bridge at 3040meters, from there the view of the soaring Paungda Danda rock face really begins to appear. From there the trail joins to climb to Pisang, which sprawls between 3200m & 3300meters. Overnight at Guesthouse.


Day 08 Trek from Pisang to Manang (3,540 m), 5 hrsThe 8th day of trekking we continue through the drier upper part of the Manang district, cut off from the full effect of the monsoon by the Annapurna Range. People of this region herd the yaks & raise crops for part of the year. They also continue to enjoy special trading rights gained way back in 1784. Leaving Pisang, we have alternate trails north and south of the Marsyangdi River which meets up again at Mungji. The southern route by Hongde, with its airstrip, at 3325meters which involves less climbing than the northern route via Ghyaru, though there are better views on the trail that follows the northern bank of the river. From Mungji, the trail continues past the picturesque but partially hidden village of Bryanga at 3475meters to nearby Manang at 3540meters. Overnight at Guesthouse.


Day 09 Acclimatization day at Manang villageToday we spend a day acclimatizing in Manang. The whole day we spend doing some fine day walks and over viewing the magnificent views around the village & the day time is best to gain altitude. At the end of the day, we return back to our accommodation & have a night rest. Overnight at Guesthouse.


Day 10 Trek from Manang Village to Khangsar Village (3,700 m), 4 hrsAfter acclimatized at Manang we continue our adventure for Tilicho Lake, from Manang one heads out through the western gates and then one follows the path down to the river. After crossing the the Khangsar Khola on the bridge below Khangsar and ascend the slope to the village, a village still in the old Tibetan style and which is also known as last village of Nepal. Overnight at Guesthouse.


Day 11 Trek from Khangsar Village to Tilicho Base Camp (4,200 m), 5 hrsContinue from Khangsar on a large path. Pass a Gompa (monastery). The route ahead goes on a recently constructed path up towards a high ridge. At one point is an intersection. One path maintains the altitude, traversing the slopes towards a place where the valley is narrow; the other continues to ascend towards the line of the ridge. The former is the old path, and is much more difficult as it goes on really steep screed; the latter is the new path that goes a completely different way. Continue along the new path, reach a high crest, and descend on switch backs carved out through the screed slopes to a side valley of the main valley. At its bottom is a brook. On the other side of it is a building known as Tilicho Base Camp at elevation of 4200 meters. Overnight at basic Guesthouse


Day 12 Trek to Tilicho Lake (5,200 m) and back down to Tilicho Base Camp (4,200m), 6 hrsToday our journey start early in the morning around 6 AM as we trying to avoid the wind. From Base camp to the Tilicho lake takes another 3-4 hours. Tilicho Lake is a cold barren place in the afternoon and claimed as highest lake of the world. After we spend some time around Tilicho Lake we will return same way back to Base Camp as there are no any accommodation facilities at Tilicho Lake area. Overnight at basic Guesthouse.


Day 13 Trek from Tilicho Base Camp to Yak Kharka (4,000 m), 5 hrsReturning from Base camp you can keep high and follow a track 400meters or so above Khangsar village passing through the ruins of old Khangsar and follow an unmarked trail which will lead you around and down to cross the river on an old log bridge between Gumsang and Yak Kharka. Overnight at Guesthouse.


Day 14 Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,450 m), 5 hrsToday, after ascending for two and half hour the trail descends to cross the river at 4310meters we then climb up to Thorong Phedi at 4450meters where we have recently found some good Guesthouses built. Overnight at Guesthouse.


Day 15 Trek from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3,800 m) via Thorong La pass (5,416 m), 8 hrsToday is a long trek starting before sunrise at 4 am to reach the pass by 9-10 am otherwise weather conditions will greatly affect the journey. We cross over at an altitude of 5416 meters we can be exposed to strong winds if crossing too late. We start to climb steeply that is regularly used and easy to follow. However, the problem may arise due to the altitude and snow. It often causes terrible problems to cross the pass if it is covered by snow but it is all depending on the weather condition. About four hours climb up to the pass marked by the chortens & prayer flags. As you reach the top, you are rewarded by the magnificent view from the top with another 4 hours trek will take to the holy town of Muktinath. Muktinath means place of Nirvana and is home to the Muktinath temple as well as several monasteries. It is said that all sorrows you feel are relieved when visiting the Temple, which is a scared pilgrimage site to both Hindus and Buddhists. The main pilgrimage normally takes place in September. The Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and has 108 waterspouts around it from which Holy water pours. Another attraction nearby is the Jwala Mai Temple this contains a spring and an eternal flame fed by natural underground gas. Overnight at Guesthouse.


Day 16 Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (2,720 m), 5 hrsToday we follow the trail down to the Eklebhatti, and then follow the Kaligandaki River to Jomsom. Jomsom is large town with many facilities, it is also headquarter and official town for whole Mustang district where all the government office are available for local people in Mustang. Overnight at Guesthouse.


Day 17 Morning flight from Jomsom to Pokhara (827 m), 35 minuteswe go to Jomsom Airport and fly back to Pokhara. It is 20 minutes flight between the gorge of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. We go to the hotel first, check in there and after a while go out for the city tour. We can visit Davi’s fall, Gupteshwor cave, Tibetan Refugees Camp etc. Finally, we can enjoy an hour boating at Phewa Lake. Overnight at Pokhara


Day 18 Drive back from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1,350 m), 7 hrsKathmandu and takes about 6-7 hours. The drive is unforgettable through villages, terraced fields and the forested hills above the road. More than that, on the way back to Kathmandu, we follow the river and streams, cross many bridges and junctions. After arrival, we go to hotel to check in and in the evening, we will have dinner together with typical Nepalese Cultural Show. Overnight at Kathmandu


Day 19 Departure to homeWe transfer you 3 hours before your flight time. You could utilize the rest of the time for buying dainty gifts to your family members, friends and relatives.

Include/Exclude

Service Include:

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with tea/coffee during the trek
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek guide
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation
  • Sleeping bag to each trekkers  (to be returned after trip completion)
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (ACAP, TIMS card)
  • Medical kit
  • Farewell dinner at typical Nepali restaurant
  • Trekking certificate
  • All government and local taxes
  • Travel & rescue arrangement (Helicopter evacuation available if required, at clients cost based on clients insurance policy).

Service Exclude:

  • Nepalese visa fee
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and/or Pokhara
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)
Equipment List

PERSONAL EQUIPMENTS FOR TREKKING

  • • Fleece beanie
    • sun glasses
    • Chap stick / Sunscreen
    • Face mask or Scarf
    • Hand towel
    • Wind stopper / waterproof top and bottom
    • Cold weather down jacket below waist
    • Fleece jacket and trouser
    • Trekking trouser
    • T-Shirts(short or long sleeves) dry fit is better
    • Polypropylene thermal tops and bottom, at least 2pairs,
    • Wind stopper and fleece gloves
    • Socks and under wears
    • Trekking boot
    • Snow Gaiter (optional)
    • Runners / Snickers for camps
    • Head torch
    • Personal medical kit
    • Water Bottle/Camel Pak
    • Trekking / Ski pole (optional. Handy for anyone with knee problem)
    • Spare batteries for Camera andflash light. Check charging facility along your journey
    • Day pack Minimum25L with side pocket for water bottle
Departure Date
  • Start Date
  • End Date
  • Booked
  • Availability
Terms and Conditions

Himalayan Gateway Trek is a reputed adventure travel company that has been serving thousands of trekkers from all around the world. We are situated in Thamel, Kathmandu ,registered under license number 2126/073. Bunch of experienced guides and focused stuff has made the company this trust worthy up to date. The company is under the supervision of Mr Bipin Lamichhane (Head) which has been providing facilities such as Trekking, hiking, tours and peak climbing. We are fully approved and licensed under Ministry of Tourism, Government of Nepal. We are also an active member of Trekking agents association of Nepal (TAAN), Nepal Mountaineering Assocation (NMA).

 

  • When you confirmed the trip,you should pay 25 % (Non- Refundable) down payment from total trip cost advance as per the company’s policy,it help us to reserve Hotels in city, domestic flights and all other trip arrangements for final trip booking. with your deposit we need your details of scan passport copy by e-mail for all trips in Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan,which is more secure for you to book flight ticket or more things in your real name, gender, date of birth and passport number with home address.

  • All clients are request to have a valid passport, relevant visa/s and conform to the health regulations required by the country/s that will be visited during the trip

  • You should clear rest of the amount on your Arrival day. 

  • Any trip booking Payment process is very easy with Himalayan Gateway Trek (P.) Ltd, We accept your last minute booking also, but you should pay total tour cost in advance.

Travel Insurance

Insurance strategy takes care of the expense of a save helicopter from rocky or remote districts of the nation and covers all outrageous exercises for your excursion, for example, boating, endeavor, trekking, canyoning and so on.

On the off chance that you fall sick or have a mishap amid your trek in Nepal, the cost can end up noticeably over the top on the off chance that you need travel protection.

Numerous insurance agencies from everywhere throughout the world are giving travel protection administrations at a sensible cost and on the off chance that you are travlling in a gathering, you might have the capacity to get further rebates.

We firmly prescribe you to purchase a travel protection that comers Rescue and Evacuation at that point bring your strategy subtle elements (eg approach number, contact telephone, scope, and so forth) since save administrations will seldom go to your guide without money store or a guarantee in Kathmandu however when you are doing visit with us, we orchestrate helicopter departure in crisis case because of height ailment or enduring damage amid campaign/trekking/Climbing or potentially wellbeing conditions.

You have to either send your duplicate of travel protection approach authentication or basically convey alongside you amid your excursion. Himalayan Gateway Treks don’t offer or mastermind any kind of Travel Insurance Policy.

At long last, please dependably have a printed duplicate of your protection strategy helpful while going in Nepal

Health & Medicine Advice

High mountain ranges such as the Himalaya and Andes offer some of the most spectacular hiking opportunities on the planet. That being said, walking at high altitude brings with it certain inherent risks. Good advice is to make sure that you are well prepared for the trek since lack of fitness can often lead to discomfort or illness. The most common health issues that trekkers have during the trekking is altitude sickness so we should always ready for these risks. Something as simple as a foot blister can totally ruin a trek, not only for you but also for your companions.

->You are healthy and mental and physical wellness at the season of booking this visit

->A standout amongst the most well-known grievances endured by guests to Nepal is stomach issue. Drink just packaged beverages with the seals in place, boiled and filtered water. Maintain a strategic distance from extremely spicy foods in the event that you are unused to it.

->Before beginning, do warm-up activities. Extending slowly builds heart rate, temperature and flow to your muscles. Likewise, following a decent night’s rest, your muscles require warming.

->Altitude sickness is the name given to the collection of symptoms which can happen, when a man endeavors to rise too rapidly at heights over 2500 m (8202 ft). If you take the necessary precautions and listen to your body, chances are you will be fine.

->Wearing good, comfortable and softened up footwear will go far to dodging foot issues like blisters which is one of the probability issues among trekkers.

->You should have taken the necessary precautions to immunise/vaccinate for the destination you are   travelling to. If you fail to comply with the duty of disclosure in this condition and if Escape Trekking Adventures would not have permitted you to undertake the tour, or continue participation of the tour, had you made full disclosure under this condition, Himalayan Gateway trek will not be liable, except to the minimum extent.

Personal first Aid Kit

Medical survival kits are often a boring subject and many hikers don’t give it much attention. However, a survival kit is one of the most important items you carry and should not be compromised. Carry a first aid kit with you. Every outdoor person must have a personal first aid kit with proper medical background information inside, namely: emergency contact info, blood type, allergies and current medication. Trekkirs should carry followings things.
->Analgesics. Aspirin, Advil or Tylenol – for headaches etc.
->Thermometer (to check for fever) – mercury thermometers are prohibited by airlines
->Anti-diarrhoeal drug
->Antibiotic eye drops (one bottle)
->Anti-inflammatory drug
->Tweezers (for removal of splinters)
->Adhesive waterproof tape (3-4′ long of 1″ wide tape rolled onto a popsicle stick or sewing thread bobbin)
->Safety pins (2 large pins; can be used for gear, to secure bandages, dig out a splinter, etc)
->Medical gloves (1 pair, nitrile surgical or non-latex barrier gloves; the sanitary option if you need to help someone that is bleeding, or you want them to help you!)
->Muslin Triangular Bandage in a compressed package (handly as a sling of to fashion different types of splints)

Trekking equipment
  • • Fleece beanie
    • sun glasses
    • Chap stick / Sunscreen
    • Face mask or Scarf
    • Hand towel
    • Wind stopper / waterproof top and bottom
    • Cold weather down jacket below waist
    • Fleece jacket and trouser
    • Trekking trouser
    • T-Shirts(short or long sleeves) dry fit is better
    • Polypropylene thermal tops and bottom, at least 2pairs,
    • Wind stopper and fleece gloves
    • Socks and under wears
    • Trekking boot
    • Snow Gaiter (optional)
    • Runners / Snickers for camps
    • Head torch
    • Personal medical kit
    • Water Bottle/Camel Pak
    • Trekking / Ski pole (optional. Handy for anyone with knee problem)
    • Spare batteries for Camera andflash light. Check charging facility along your journey
    • Day pack Minimum25L with side pocket for water bottle
Nepal visa

Tourist who intends to visit Nepal must hold a valid passport and visa.

You may get your tourist visa in your home country or on arrival. We recommend you to get your tourist visa on arrival as it is very easy. To get your visa on arrival, you must have a valid passport and 2 passport sized photo with a light background.

Tourist Visa fee for visitors who enter Nepal for the first time in a visa year, from January to December:

  • Multiple entry visa for 15 days US$ 25
  • Multiple entry visa for 30 days US$ 40
  • Multiple entry visa for 90 days US$ 100

Tourist visa extension facility:

  • Visa extension fee for the period of 15 days us US$ 30
  • Visa extension fee for the period of more than 15 days US$ 2 per day.
  • Visa can be extended for a maximum period of 150 days in a visa year (January – December) at the Department of Immigration.

No visa required for:

  • Children below 10 yrs.
  • Any foreigner, who has stayed in Nepal up to fifteen (15) days continuously and re-enters Nepal during the same visa year.
  • Any tourist who is entering Nepal for three days or less.
Permits and fees

Entrance fees must be paid before touring heritage sites around Kathmandu Valley

Foreigners SAARC Nepalese
Narayanhiti Durbar Museum Rs. 500 Rs. 250 Rs. 100
Kathmandu Durbar square Rs. 750 Rs. 150 free
National Museum Chhauni Rs. 200 Rs. 25 Rs. 20
Patan Durbar Square Rs. 500 Rs. 100 free
Patan Museum Rs. 250 Rs. 25 Rs. 10
Patan Golden Temple Rs. 50 Rs. 20 free
Mahabouddha Temple Rs. 50 Rs. 30 free
Bhaktapur Durbar Square Rs. 1,500 Rs. 500 free
National Art Museum, Bhaktapur Rs. 100 Rs. 50 Rs. 20
Swayambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple) Rs. 200 Rs. 50 free
Bouddhanath Stupa Rs. 250 Rs. 150 free
Pashupatinath Temple Rs. 1,000 Rs. 1,000 free
Changu Narayan Temple Rs. 100 Rs. 25 free
Ethnographic Museum, NTB Rs. 200 Rs. 100 Rs. 30

 

Entrance permits fees for National parks and Conservations areas

Foreigners SAARC Nepalese
Makalu-Barun national park
Sagarmatha national park
Langtang national park
Rara national park
Shey Phoksundo national park
Khaptad national park
Rs. 3,000/person +13% VAT Rs. 1’500/person + 13%VAT free
Bardia National Park
Parsa Wildlife Reserve
Koshi Toppi Wildlife Reserve
Rs. 1,000/person Rs. 500/person Rs. 50/person
Chitwan National Park Rs. 1,500/person Rs. 500/person Rs. 100/person
All Conservation Areas Rs. 2,000/person Rs. 200/person free

Jungle drives / vehicle entry fees

Car Jeep Van Chopper
Chitwan National Park Rs. 2,000/day Rs. 4,000/day Rs. 5,000/day Rs. 5,000/landing
Parsa, Shuklaphanta
Koshi Tappu wildlife reserve
Rs. 1,000/day Rs. 2,000/day Rs. 3,000/day Rs. 5,000/landing
Trekking grades

Trekking grades

Food And Accommodations.

Himalayan Gateway Trek  usually books hotel accommodation for you in cities on  Bed and Breakfast basis as your requirements. During your trek you can stay in a local tea house or camp. It depends on your wishes. While you are on a tea house trek, Himalayan Gateway Trek  invites you to choose the food you like for your breakfast, lunch and dinner from the menu. Our experienced guide will help with selecting and ensure that you get hygienically prepared, plentiful and healthy food. Most tea houses offer a variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as seasonal vegetables. A variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast, properly Hot drinks like Tea/coffee,Hot chocolate and others are available with all meals, and you can also buy mineral water in most of the areas where you find tea houses.



Tour Highlights

  • Trip Grade
  • Duration19
  • Starting PointBeshisahar
  • Ending PointNayapul
  • Group Size1-15
  • MealsBreakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara,Your 3 meals during trekking
  • ActivitiesTrekking,Tours
  • Trek StyleTea House
  • Max. Altitude5416m
  • Best TimeMarch to may and september to December

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