Tilicho and Ice Lake Trek
Tilicho and Ice Lake Trek

Tilicho and Ice Lake Trek

Trip Highlights

  • Cross the Thorong La pass and hike across the world’s deepest gorge Kali Gandaki Gorge.
  • Visit the mesmerizing high altitude mountain lakes of Tilicho (4920m) and Ice Lake(4600m)
  • Take the lesser known trails that avoids the dusty motorable roads
  • Traverse two river valleys- Marshyangdi River Valley and Kali Gandaki River Valley
  • Walk along an ancient trade route that’s still used by mountain dwellers
  • Immerse yourself in mountain culture
  • Close up views of 7000 and 8000 metre peaks- Annapurna Massif, Lamjung Himal, Dhaulagiri

Tilicho Lake Trek | Ice Lake Trekking in Annapurna region

Tilicho Pass Trek is a magical Himalaya Trek which is one of the most popular Trekking in Nepal. Tilicho Lake is one of the highest Lakes in the world. It is about 4,919M high in the Annapurna Region. It is the worlds best Trekking Routes when including a greater variety of Himalayan scenery and cultural aspects. The two passes (Mesokantola 5099M and Tilicho pass 5230 M determine this trek and Adventure beyond the Kaligandaki valley.Mesokantola is low altitude pass then Tilicho but more than Technical and need to be used Rope. Basically we attempt the Tilicho pass trekking to each Route while you can feel enjoying.

Tilicho Lake is one of the spontaneous beauties that had next to mythic connotations. Explore one of the most Trekking trails in the world laden with cultural and Ecological diversity.Tilicho pass Trekking begins from Jomsom or Besisahar .Besisahar/Bhulbhule route is better good Network and Teahouse are easily available. But Jomsom is more than challenging and diggiculty Trail.

Tilicho pass challenging Trekking Trail in Annapurna Region so, view the stunning landscape of Rhododendron Forest at Ghorepani, intuit the marvelous beauty of jomsom and get crossed with softly blowing wind when lots of combines beauty forget to difficulty in Tilicho pass Trekking trails. The wonderful Kaligandaki valley enchants your eyes. The circuit holds extensive cultural and natural enigmas; discover it once trekking with Annapurna circuit trails. In the way of Mesokantola pass Trek when we show beautiful Himalaya scenery. Mt. Manaslu (8163 M) ,Mt. Dhaulagiri 8167 Mt. Annapurna 8091 M and other 19 snowy capped located in trekking trails.Tilicho lake The highest lake of the world around 5000 M altitude instead returning by the same route. It is possible to cross a pass behind the lake and decend to jomsom in the kaligandaki valley.Tilicho lake Trekking was for long almost totally closed save for a few climbers and expenditions.slightly the Tilicho pass Trekking viewed in two ways Jomsom side and Manang side. Jomsom side became very off limits military area from Manang side ones Fantasy.

Tilicho pass Trekking Route Goes along the Marshandi River and Gorge Through the remote valley of Manang also known as the district behind the mountains, to rest the arid, wind swept northern Flank of Annapurna at the Thorongla.It is very exciting and the challenging trekking, one can pass the Mesokantala via Tilicho ,so far it. It’s called Annapurna Hardway Trekking. ones can see the nice scenery of Annapurna Region and the Tilicho lake view which is situated highest elevations lake in the world, Not only that; Therefore Ecological diversity and mountains views are blossoming in here they touch everyone.

Day to Day Ice Lake Trip Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m/4,264ft), Transfer to Hotel. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Chemjhe (1430m/4108 ft): 8 – 10 hours
Day 03: Trek from Chemjhe to Dharapani (1,960m/6,430ft): 7 – 8 hours
Day 04: Dharapani to Chame (2,710m/8,891ft): 5 – 6 hours
Day 05: Chame to Upper Pisang (3,500m/10824ft): 5 – 6 hours
Day 06: Upper Pisang to Ngawal (3660m/12008 ft) - Manang (3,550m/11,482ft) : 7-8 hours
Day 07: Manang, Hike to Ice Lake (4,610 m/ 15125 ft) : 6-7 hours
Day 08: Shira Kharka (4210m/ 17,353 ft): 4-5 hours
Day 09: Shirakharka to Tilicho Base Camp (4140m/13,583ft): 7-8 hours
Day 10: Visit Tilicho Lake (4,949m/16,138 ft) then back to Shirakharka 7 hours
Day 11: From Shirakharka to Lader (4250 m/21,020ft):4-5 hours
Day 12: From Lader to High Camp (4420m/14501ft): 3-4 hours
Day 13: Thorong High camp via Thorong La pass (5416m/17764ft) to Muktinath (3,800/12,467ft): 8-9 hours
Day 14: Drive from Muktinath to Tatopani hot spring (1190m/3904 ft): 8 hour drive
Day 15: Tatopani to Shikha (1935m/ 6348ft): 5-6 hours
Day 16: Shikha to Ghorepani (2750m/ 9022ft ) : 3-4 hours
Day 17: Ghorepani to Hille and drive to Pokhara 3 hours, O/Night Hotel
Day 18: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu, about 6 hours.
Day 19: Leisure day in Kathmandu, Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day: Final departure, transfer to the Airport for the next destination.


Option A: Day to Day Tilicho Pass Trek Itinerary   


                                                                                                                                                                                          Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft) airport and transfer to hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation, Overnight at hotel.

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Syange (1100m/3608 ft), about 8/9 hour, Overnight at Guest house.
Day 04: Trek from Syange to Dharapani (1,960m/6,430ft), about 7 hour, Overnight at Guest house.       
Day 05: Dharapani to Chame (2,710m/8,891ft), about 6 hour, Overnight at Guest house.               
Day 06: Trek to Pisang (3,300m/10824ft), 5/6 hour, Overnight at Guest house.                   
Day 07: Trek to Ngawal(3660m/12008 ft), about 6/7 hour, Overnight at Guest house.           
Day 08: Trek to Manang (3,500m/11,482ft), about 6 hour, Overnight at Guest house.                       
Day 09: Manang, Hike to Ice Lake (4,610 m/ 15125 ft), about 6/7 hour, Overnight at Guest house.         
Day 10:  Trek  to Chauri Kharka (4,070m/ 13,353 ft), about 5 hour, Overnight at Guest house.                   
Day 11: Trek to Tilicho Base Camp (4140m/13,583ft), about 7 hour, Overnight at Guest house.                   
Day 12: Visit Tilicho Lake (4,949m/16,138 ft) then back to Chauri Kharka (4,070m/13,353 ft), about 6 hour, Overnight at Guest house.

Day 13: Trek to Yak kharka (4040m/13,020ft), about 5 hour, Overnight at Guest house.                                                             

Day 14: Yak kharka to Thorang Phedi/High Camp (4420m/14501ft), about 3 hour, Overnight at Guest house. 
Day 15: Trek to Thorong La pass (5416m/17764ft) to Muktinath (3,800/12,467ft), about 8 hour, Overnight at Guest house. 
Day 16: Drive from Muktinath to  Marpha (2670 m/8759ft), about 6/7 hour, Overnight at Guest house.     
Day 17: Trek to Lete (2,480m/9,350ft), 6/7 hour, Overnight at Guest house.   
Day 18: Trek to Tatopani hot spring (1190m/3904 ft), about 6 hour, Overnight at Guest house.     
Day 19: Trek to Shikha (1935m/ 6348ft), about 6 hour, Overnight at Guest house. 
Day 20: Trek to Ghorepani (2750m/ 9022ft ), about 4 hour, Overnight at Guest house.
Day 21: Trek to Tadapani 2590 Mtrs. (early morning hike to poonhill 3210), about 5 hour, Overnight at Guest house.
Day22: Trek to to Ghandruk, about 5 hour, Overnight at Guest house. 
Day 23: Ghandruk to Nayapul :3-4 hrs. and drive to Pokhara 1 and half hrs.   
Day 24: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by bus, about 6 hour, Overnight at hotel. 
Day 25: Transfer to airport, Final departure flight for your onward destination.



Option B: Day to Day Trip Itinerary                                                                                                                                                                                          
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1350 meters) airport and transfer to hotel.     
Day 02: Pre-trip Meeting and Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley. Overnight at hotel.         
Day 03: Drive to Besisahar (760 meters) about 6 hours. Overnight at hotel.     
Day 04: Trek to Bahundanda (1310 meters) about 6 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse.     
Day 05: Trek to Chamje (1430 meters) about 6 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse.   
Day 06: Trek to Bagarchhap (2160 meters) about 5 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse.         
Day 07: Trek to Chame (2670 meters) about 6 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse.   
Day 08: Trek to Pisang (3200meters). About 5 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse. 
Day 09: Trek to Manang Village (3540 meters). About 5 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse . 
Day 10: Rest & Sightseeing around Manang. Overnight at Guesthouse.           
Day 11: Trek to Khangsar (3734 meters) About 4 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse.         
Day 12: Trek to Tilicho Base Camp (4990 meters) About 5 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse. 
Day 13: Trek to Yakkharka (4050meters). About 7 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse.         
Day 14: Trek to Thorang Phedi (4450meters) About 4 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse.       
Day 15: Trek to Muktinath (3750 meters) via Thorang La Pass(5416meters). About 7 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 16: Trek down to Jomson (2720 meters) . About 6 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse.   
Day 17: Early morning fly back to Pokhara. Overnight at hotel.     
Day 18: Drive back to Kathmandu. About 6 hours. Overnight at hotel.   
Day 19: Final departure for your onward destination.

Day to day details Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft).
Welcome to Nepal Trivhuvan International Airport, a representative of Gorkha Adventure will be there at Arrival get. Then you will transferred to your respective hotel and check in rooms, so that you can relax. In the afternoon you can even go for a walk around Thamel and later be prepared for the next day program.

Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Chemjhe (1430m/3908 ft), about 8-9 hours drive.
Start your journey for the annapurna region trek. Drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar via Chemjhe early in the morning with a fresh and cold air. The drive offers different sorts of scenery such as greeneries, rivers, villages, farms and beautiful mountain, terrace etc. Besisahar is the Headquarter of Lamjung and first starting point of Annapurna Circuit Trek. Many trekkers used to stay in Besisahar few years back but after the development of modern roads the trekkers prefer to stay in Chemjhe rather than in Besisahar.

Day 03: Trek from Chemjhe to Dharapani (1,960m/6,430ft): 7 – 8 hours.
From Chemjhe, Today is your first day of walking in himalayas include Marshyangdi and follow the trail along the river bank. Then after a climb up through the forests past some waterfalls, we will find Chamje (1430m). Now gradually we enter Manang district after crossing the large bridge called Tal. From here to continuously walk along the rice fields until we pass through the Kodo village to Dharapani which is a really beautiful village. We will be staying overnight at Dharapani.

Day 04 Dharapani to Chame (2,710m/8,891ft): 5 – 6 hours.
On this day we will be walking on the trail from Bagarchap which will eventually lead us to Chame. The route is rough and rocky and also it’s prone to several landslides on the west. We climb over a ridge through Timang and continuous walk through forests of pine and fir to Kodo (2640 m). Chame [2,710m/8,891ft] is a beautiful place and also headquarters of Manang districts too. Before entering the village we find large Mani walls with many prayer wheels. We always must rotate temples, monastery in a clockwise direction. The place is a good viewpoint for observing Annapurna II, Lamjung Himal and Annapurna IV (7,525m/24,688ft) and overnight stay in a guesthouse.

Day 05: Chame to Upper Pisang (3,350m/11924ft): 5 – 6 hours.
We walk on steep and narrow paths which gradually go through deep and dense forests. When the trail reaches a bend, we can view first dramatic view of Paungda Danda rock faces and wonderfully curved slab of rock rising. The place has a great view of Annapurna II to the south and Pisang Peak (6091 m) to the north east. Then we go down to Hiunchuli and also Ngadi Chuli. Cross to the south bank of the Marshyangdi on suspension bridge at 3040 m to make a long climb over the ridge then slowly but surely we reach Pisang.

Day 06: Pisang to Ngawal (3660m/12008 ft) - Manang (3,500m/11,482ft), 7-8 hours.
Today we have a smooth walk, we start trekking as we pass through the Pisang and Hongde village where we can see airstrip of Manang. Then the path leads us to Ngawal and there we will get a superb view of mountains. Ngawal village is an old village influenced by the Tibetan culture, After lunch meal is finish, we move on towards Manang way. The trail gives us some of the most scenic view points as you get to witness magical views of the landscape all around Bharatang via Manang. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 07: Manang, Hike to Ice Lake (4,610 m/ 15125 ft): 6-7 hours.
Today we spend time in Manang to acclimatize to the higher elevation. We will hike to climb south of Manang 4965 m to see Gangapurna Lake and glacier headed toward Tare Kang which takes 4 hrs of strenuous walk. Alternate popular excursion can be done on Praken Gompa (3945 m) for a meditation retreat. It is situated high on the hillside above the Manang. Lama will bless our impending crossing of the Thorang La by tying a sacred threat around our neck. With the blessings we can view majestic Annapurna IV, Annapurna II, Gangapurna and Tare Kang. After visiting Praken Gompa, we descend to Manang and visit the 400 years old Karki Gompa. We have another most spectacular and toughest excursion that you can do on Ice Lake (Kicho Tso, 4600 m). It takes us around 4 hrs.

Day 08: Manang to Shirkharka (4,100m/ 14,353 ft) to Tilicho Base Camp (4140m/13,583ft): 4-5 hours.
From here on wards we descend to a chorten and turn toward northwest and head down towards the river. Soon we reach a bridge with height of 3560 m and below it, there is Jarsang Khola. We cross the Jarsang Khola on the suspension bridge, climb steeply onto a bridge and after few walks we reach the place where we can see views of Manang and Pisang. Then we continuously follow the power lines along the ridge on a wide trail, transverse along the south side of the ridge through blue pine forests and wheat field. After a short climb we reach Shirkharka (4,100m). It is a collection of traditional stone buildings surrounding by Khangshar village which in square shape.

After Lunch meal is finish, start the wark leads us to climb steep pass Gompa to a small chortens. Now we cross small streams and transverse to the isolated Thare Gompa (3939 m). After few walks we find a way to Yak Kharka. Further walks bring us closer to Tilicho peak hotel. From here we transverse into a side valley and climb steeply up to the other side to some herders’ hunts and a junction. Now with a walk of about 650 m with descend on screed to the Tilicho Base Camp hotel. Further lower the trail make us to walk a steep descend to a wooden bridge and climb to a ridge at 4230 m along with a short descend which leads us to streams and then across hard transverse a huge, steep and slope bring us to Tilicho Base Camp. Here we overstay on a guesthouse.

Day 09: Early morning , Visit Tilicho Lake (4,970m/16,138 ft) then back to Shirkharka (4,100m/ 14,353 ft): 5-6 hours.
After a well breakfast we do excursion of Tilicho Lake, walks with a long climb of 4,970 m. We can observe an outstanding view of Tarke Kang, Gangapurna, and black face of Kangsar Kang (7485 m), Manang and Upper Pisang. Our trail also leads us to series of steep and finally with a few hours of walk, we reach the Tilicho Lake (4970 m).Tilicho Lake is a beautiful lake, sometimes its turquoise water reflects the surrounding peaks. During the winter time lack sunlight transforms the cold waters into ice. There highest point here is Tilicho peak which is (7134 m). The glaciers terminate in a vertical wall of ice which is 70 m high that forms the west shore of the lake. There is no shelter near the lake. So after visiting the lake we head back to Shirkharka, overnight at a guest house.

Day 10: From Shirkharka to lader (4,250m/14,020ft): 4-5 hours.
The walk continues on meadow of animals, with often passing of Yaks & Deer, descending on through shrubs to Marshyangdi river which maybe 250m down. We cross the river and stream then short climb-up brings at Annapurna classical trail. The trail tends to go steady up to Yak Kharka where we stay overnight at Lodge.

Day 11: From Yak kharka to Thorang Phedi/High Camp (4420m/14501ft): 3-4 hours.
Our trek starts with an hour of gradual up through the shrubs to Ladder where you again refill water bottle. The level walk continues to Phedi where you stop for lunch. Then we climb a steep uphill to reach Hi Camp and overnight at lodge.

Day 12: Thorong Phedi to Thorong La pass (5416m/17764ft) to Muktinath (3,800/12,467ft): 8-9 hours.
Today is a tough day as our trek starts early in the morning because we have to go 600m up to Thorong La pass and 1600m down to Muktinath. Much of the trail is uphill and it’s going to be freezing cold up there. While going up you should stop for some moments to rest. We pass 2 teashops along the trek. It’s a hard trek today but also it’s going to be worth it as you witness superb views and an experience of a lifetime while going through this high pass. The summit is decorated by colorful Tibetan flags; you deserve to take beautiful photographs. Then we descend on a pave path to Muktinath. Now you can celebrate the success of getting over Thorong La Pass with your trekking friends and you will have an overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 13: Drive from Muktinath to Tatopani by jeep (1220m/3904 ft.) Overnight at Hotel.
On this day we drive from Muktinath through trail via Kali Gandaki valley to reach Marpha village. This town is famous for its Apple; don’t miss to eat Apple Pie and Apple Juice as you get there, Then after looking around the deepest gorge in the world "Kali Gandaki" .During the trail we will cross Thakali houses. From Lete Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Mountains are visible on the way, transition of the landscape into a path full sub-tropical vegetation with the return of water buffalo, banyan trees and poinsettias. The trail follows the river through a narrow gorge, and descends to cross a bridge near a spectacular waterfall, before winding through the valley to Tatopani. The hot water Temprecture 46 degree celcious. Its known as hot springs village name. This hot spring provides the perfect opportunity for a good ‘scrub.

Day 14: Tatopani to Shikha (1935m/ 6348ft): 5-6 hours.
On this day we now head towards Shikha. Crossing the Kali Gandaki River we slowly climb steeply up the village of Sikha, which is inhabited by Magars and overnight stay at a hotel.

Day 15: Shikha to Ghorepani (2750m/ 9022ft): 3-4 hours.
From Shikha continue walking on the stone steps all the way to Ghorepani. This portion of the trail is probably the most scenic during spring as the trail is filled with rhododendron blooms. Pause at intervals to stop for a breather and soak in the awe-inspiring views of Machapuchhre (Fishtail Peak) and Annapurna South. Get your permits checked at the entrance of Ghorepani. The literal translation of Ghorepani is ‘horse water’. This village was so named as it was once the watering hole for horses and mule packs travelling along the old trade route. The village has a large Magar population and an assortment of lodges and teahouses. Poon Hill lies right above Ghorepani. If you are not too tired you can take a quick hike to Poon Hill to enjoy a sunset view. Overnight in Ghorepani.

Day 16: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu, about 6 hour.
Drive to Kathmandu by a comfortable tourist coach. Enjoy the scenic landscape as your bus winds along the Prithvi Highway. Once you reach Kathmandu check in at your hotel and take rest. At evening our company will organize a full Nepali traditional dinner in a delightful restaurant which truly will be an unforgettable moment.

Day17: Final Departure for your next destination/Homeland.
You will be transferred by a representative of Gorkha Adventure to the Trivhuwan International Airport for your onward destination at least three hours before the scheduled flight time. We hope that you have created a lot of wonderful memories during the trek with us. If you are interested in exploring more places do let us know. We run tours to some of the most fascinating and exotic destinations

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Trip Dates & Price

Start Date End Date Cost Status Booking
04-10-2019 28-10-2019 US$ 1620$ Trekking/Hiking/sightseeing Book Now
07-11-2019 29-11-2019 US$ 1620$ Book Now

Following are included on the above package cost.

  • Airport pick up & drop off service for international and domestic flights ( Hotel/Airport)
  • Drive from Kathmandu to beshisahar by bus and to Chamjhe by jeep.
  • Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by Tourist Bus.
  • Twin sharing accommodation at a star hotel in Kathmandu and same category hotel in Pokhara with breakfast
  • Clean and comfortable tea-house accommodation during the trek
  • Three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with tea/coffee during the trek
  • Drive from Muktinath to tatopani by public bus.
  • Professional, English-speaking, government-licensed, trained in first-aid Trek Leader (Guide),
  • The required of local sattf "porters" to carry luggage (2 Trekkers: 1 Porter)
  • Necessary staff salary, insurance, equipment, food, transportation and accommodation.
  • An entry permit (ACAP) fee and TIMS card for the Trekking.
  • First Aid kit and essential medicines (paracetamol, diamox etc.) carried by the Trek Leader.
  • Gorkha Adventure’ T-shirt, Duffel bag and trekking map.
  • All Nepal Government taxes, Vat 13% and service charges.

Following are excluded on the above package cost

  • Visa fee to enter Nepal (On Arrival Visa Fee : 15 Days – 30 USD, 30 Days – 50 USD and 90 Days – 125 USD)
  • International flight tickets and extra baggage charges
  • Food in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Extra night accommodation and meal costs in Kathmandu due to any change in scheduled itinerary.
  • Compulsory your Travel insurance.
  • All Personal expenses (laundry, drinks, beverages, snacks, phone calls, extra porters, battery recharge, bottle or boiled water, souvenirs, hot showers etc.)
  • Personal trekking gear and equipment. Down jacket and sleeping bag (available on hire).
  • Tips for guide, porter and driver (tipping is expected).
  • Any expenses due to circumstances beyond our control (natural calamities, strike etc.).
  • Expenses not listed in the ‘Cost Includes’ section.  

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