This trek takes you to Tilicho Lake – the highest freshwater lake in the world at 4920 m. It is a popular trek in Manang district of Annapurna Region. Many trekkers doing the Round Annapurna Trek use it as a side trip. However, there are many who do this trek with Lake Tilicho as the main destination. Hindu followers describe Tilicho Lake as Kaag Bhushundi. Apart from unique culture, lifestyle and tradition of the Gurungs, the trek offers beautiful sceneries, great geographical diversity, fast flowing rivers and beautiful waterfalls, and the panoramic views of the Himalayas. Many use Tilicho Lake as the alternative to the Thorang La Pass as one can reach Jomsom in two-three days from here after crossing Mesokanto Pass.
Welcome to Nepal. Our representative will be at the airport to welcome you transfer you to your hotel. If your flight is early, you will have time to explore old market places of Kathmandu. In the evening, you will meet your guide for trek preparation. O/N: Hotel.
After breakfast, we will pick you up from your hotel for the drive to Chamje. The journey is pleasing as we drive through deep gorges along the Trisuli River westwards. A drive of around four hours will take you to Mugling — a bustling highway town seated near the confluence of Trishuli and Marshyangdi River. From Mugling, we take the right road toward Pokhara along the banks of Marshyangdi River. We will follow this river Thorang Phedi from where we make the final push to the Thorang Pass. We leave the highway to Pokhara at a small marketplace named Dumre and take the road on the right toward Besishahar. From here, a drive of another three hours on a jeep trak will take us to the trek starting point at Chamje via Syangi and Jagat. O/N: Lodge.
We begin our first day of trek after having breakfast at our lodge. Very soon we cross to the east side of Marshyangdi River using a suspension bridge to avoid the jeep track. After a short climb, the trail begins to traverse the rocky surface. We cross a series of stone steps and pass a couple tea houses. We see Tibetan Buddhism influence as we climb up as people of Manang follow Tibetan Buddhism. We see Buddhist gompas and chhortens on the trail. After a while, we reach a place called Tal which means lake in Nepali. From here, the trail is a bit easy for sometime. After an hour or so, we again cross the river and the trial climbs up to the village of Dharapani. There are many good lodges here. From Dharapani, we continue our walk to the village of Bagarchhap which has a beautiful gompa. O/N: Lodge.
Leaving Bagarchhap, we gradually climb up the valley. Annapurna II (7,937 m) and Lamjung Himal (6,932 m) opens up in front of us. A walk of about an hour will take us to the village of Danakyu. The trail passes through a mani wall and as well as prayer wheel and Manaslu (8,154 m) — the eight highest peak in the world — comes into our view. From here, we make a steep climb through lush woods for about an hour. Then we cross a footbridge and reach the village of Timang. We continue further and pass through the village of Koto. From Koto, the valley opens out and it is a an easy walk to Chame — the district headquarters of Manang. O/N: Lodge.
We are entering alpine area and the scenery is so wonderful that it will halt your progress. Leaving Chame, we pass along mani walls and small settlements. The trail is easy. Very soon, you will come across prayer wheel powered by water. After Bhratang, the trail is steep for about an hour passing through forested area. We cross the river on a footbridge and the trail begins to move away from Marshyangdi. The trail opens up and Pisang Peak (6,091m) appears right before us. The mountain gives name to the village. In fast, the village is divided into two parts — Lower Pisang and Upper Pisang. We leave the forested area, cross a small wooden bridge and enter Lower Pisang. O/N: Lodge.
As we are entering the high Himalayan area, the landscape becomes arid and weather is cooler. We begin our walk on a level path which climbs up a ridge once we are out of the valley. The view offers amazing view down into the Manang valley. We can see Mount Annapurna III (7,555m) on our left. We pass through the village of Hongde, which has a small airstrip, and walk toward Braga. There is a beautiful monastery in Braga. A walk of another 30 minutes will take us to Manang. O/N: Lodge.
We take a break for acclimatization today. Manang is beautiful village located very near the Gangapurna glacier. An emerald lake, which goes by the name Gangapurna, lies at the foot of the glacier. We will spend the day climbing to a small hill above the village of Braga or a viewpoint about the lake opposite Manang village. O/N: Lodge.
Today, we leave the Round Annapurna Trekking trail and walk toward Khangsar. The walk begins with a gradual descent until Jharsing Khola stream. After crossing the steam on a suspension, we continue our walk toward Khangsar. From the trail, we will get views of different mountain peaks of the Annapurna Region. Khangsar is a small settlement inhabited by Gurungs. There is a small monastery, mani wall sand lot of prayer flags in and around the village. We spend our night in a local teahouse. O/N: Lodge.
From Khansar, we start walking toward Tilicho Base Camp. The trail is steep as we start gaining altitude today. We pass through juniper and sea buckthorns bushes as we climb higher. After crossing few streams, we reach a crest adorned with prayer flags. After negotiating a zigzag trail down the slope, we finally reach Tilicho Base Camp and stay in a lodge. O/N: Lodge.
We start early in the morning. We make a long climb on a moraine to the altitude of 4,710 meters, from where we get first view of the lake. We continue further and reach the lake. The lake provides beautiful view of Gangapurna and Khangsar Kang mountains. Tilicho Lake is the highest freshwater lake in the world. It is 4 kilometers long and about 2.5 kilometers wide. View of surrounding mountains reflected on the turquoise blue waters of the lake will remain in your memory for long. During winter, the lake remains frozen. After spending some time at the lake, we descend to the Base Camp and walk further to Khangsar where we stop for the night. One can reach Jomsom in two days from Tilicho Lake after crossing the difficult Mesokanto Pass. O/N: Lodge.
From Khansar, we walk on an easy trail to Manang. From Manang, we continue our walk toward Pisang village. As the trail is mostly level or downhill, the return leg of our trek will be shorter. While we enjoyed views of northern while climbing up, we can enjoy views down the Marshyangdi Valley as we return to Pisang. O/N: Lodge.
Today, we pass through the village of Chame as we walk toward Bagarchhap. The walk is mostly downhill and hence easier. Take time to visit local chhortens, monasteries or mani walls as you walk down to Bagarchhap. O/N: Lodge.
We continue our walk down to Chyamje where our trek began some two weeks ago. After having lunch, board a waiting car for a drive to Besishahar. Upon arrival in Besishahar, check into your hotel. O/N: Hotel.
After breakfast, we will drive toward Kathmandu. The drive is pleasing as it passes through beautiful terraced fields and bustling bazaars giving you an insight into day to day life of the local people. After passing through major highway bazaars like Dumre, Mugling, Malekhu, Galchhi and Naubise, we climb a winding roads of Nagdhunga to enter Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will transferred into your hotel. In the evening, we will organized a farewell dinner for you. O/N: Hotel.
Departure day! You are returning home carrying sweet memories from your trek. Our representative will drop you at the airport for your return flight three hours before your flight time so that you do not have to rush through customs and immigration formalities.
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