Tilicho Lake Trek

12 Days

Tilicho Lake, located in the Annapurna region of Nepal, is a mesmerizing high-altitude lake that captures the hearts of trekkers and nature enthusiasts. Situated at an elevation of 4,919 meters (16,138 feet), it is known as one of the highest lakes in the world. The journey to Tilicho Lake is a challenging yet rewarding adventure, typically undertaken as an extension of the Annapurna Circuit trek. The trail takes you through diverse landscapes, from lush forests and traditional villages to rocky terrains and glacial moraines. As you ascend towards Tilicho Lake, you’ll be treated to breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains, including Annapurna III and Gangapurna, creating a picturesque backdrop for this stunning natural wonder. The deep turquoise waters of Tilicho Lake, reflecting the snow-clad peaks above, create a serene and awe-inspiring setting that captivates all who visit.

The trek to Tilicho Lake offers not only natural beauty but also cultural encounters. Along the way, you’ll have the opportunity to interact with local communities, including the hospitable people of Manang and the Tibetan-influenced villages of the region. These encounters allow you to gain insights into the unique traditions and way of life of the local inhabitants. The journey to Tilicho Lake is a truly extraordinary experience, combining the thrill of high-altitude trekking with the breathtaking beauty of the Himalayas. It is a must-do for those seeking an adventure off the beaten path and a chance to marvel at the wonders of nature.

  • Spring
  • Nepalese
  • Kathmandu
  • (4,919 meters / 16,138 feet)
  • English, Nepali


The Tilicho Lake trek is a challenging and rewarding adventure in the Annapurna region of Nepal. This trek is an extension of the classic Annapurna Circuit, leading you to the pristine and breathtaking Tilicho Lake. Starting from the town of Bhulbhule or Chame, the trail takes you through diverse landscapes, including lush forests, terraced fields, and high mountain passes. As you ascend to higher altitudes, you’ll be rewarded with stunning views of snow-capped peaks, including Annapurna II, III, and Gangapurna. The highlight of the trek is reaching Tilicho Lake, situated at an altitude of 4,919 meters (16,138 feet). This serene and turquoise-colored lake, surrounded by towering mountains, creates a picturesque setting that leaves trekkers in awe. The reflection of the mountains on the calm waters of Tilicho Lake is a sight to behold.

The Tilicho Lake trek requires a good level of physical fitness and acclimatization due to the high altitude. It typically takes around 12 to 15 days to complete, allowing time for gradual ascent and proper rest. Along the way, you’ll pass through traditional villages, where you can experience the local culture and hospitality of the inhabitants. The trek offers a unique opportunity to witness the raw beauty of the Himalayas, explore remote trails, and immerse yourself in the tranquil atmosphere of Tilicho Lake. It is an unforgettable journey that combines natural wonders, cultural encounters, and the satisfaction of conquering challenging terrain, making it a favorite among adventurous trekkers seeking a memorable experience in the Nepalese Himalayas.


The Trip Cost Includes

  • Pick-up or Drop-off service from and to Airport(in our own vehicle)
  • Transportation to and from!!
  • Food all along the trip(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and a cup of coffee or tea) and accommodations during the trip in hotels with family environment
  • Transportation, food, accommodation and insurance of Guide during the trip
  • Down jacket, all-season sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map(in case if you don’t have your own. Down jacket, sleeping bag and duffel bag must be returned after completion of the trip)
  • First Aid Medical Kit(Your guide will carry the Medical Kit but we also advise to bring yourself for your own use, as far as possible)
  • All the required permits and paperwork

The Trip Cost Excludes

  • International Airfare
  • Visa Charges
  • Hotel Expenses(In Kathmandu, some packages do include hotel expenses)
  • Your travel and medical insurance
  • Personal Expenses such as shopping, bar bills, hot shower, telephone, laundry, titbits etc
  • Food and accommodations in Kathmandu
  • Services not mentioned or not promised by the agent/agency
  • Emergency expenses such as expenses on chartered helicopter.

Frequently asked Questions

How fit do I need to be to do this trek?

Annapurna Base Camp is a Grade B or a moderately difficult trekking route. So any fit person can do this trek, even if you do not have any previous experience. You should be aware of what to expect and mentally prepare for it. Then, as long as you will to, you can.

How long do we walk every day when doing the Tilicho Lake Trek?

On average, you walk about 4 to 6 hours per day. One or two days can be as less as 3hrs and one or two days can be as long as 7hrs.

What is the highest altitude reached in this trek?

The highest altitude reached is 4919m. This is the elevation of Annapurna Base Camp. ABC is the highest we will climb in this trek.

What about battery charging and hot shower facilities?

Yes, you can charge batteries en route. Charger should be brought. There are hot shower facilities as well. You may have to pay certain amount for both ($1-$2). Negotiate. Also, hot water facility could be free at lower elevation.

Are there ATMs on the way to Annapurna Base Camp?

No. There are no ATMs on this trek route. You will have to draw enough cash in Pokhara or Kathmandu. There are a number of ATMs in these cities. Everything is paid in Nepali rupees. So money should be exchanged before the start of the trek.

What about internet access?

Yes. Internet can be accessed in most places. Sometimes, there might be some technical problems. Internet in Nepal is not as fast as you are used to and at times you can just lose connection.

How much do guides and porters cost?

For Annapurna region, pay for guides range from $20 to $30 per day and porters take $15 to $25 per day.

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Tilicho Lake Trek