• Tilicho Lake and Thorong La Pass Trek

Tilicho Lake and Thorong La Pass Trek

  • Days: 20
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Trip facts

Duration: 20 Days

Activities: Trekking

Departure From: kathmandu

Country: Nepal

Region: Annapurna

Price: USD 1,750

Tilicho Lake & Thorong La Pass Trekking

Tilicho Lake and Thorong La Pass is a stimulating trek that leads you to the incredible escapade to the highest lake in the world with the superior mountain scenery. This is a captivating trek that is both challenging and satisfying. The Tilicho Lake and Thorong La Pass Trek trails to the eastern portion of the worlds popular Annapurna Circuit with an extraordinary trekking over varied and mixture of exceptional societies on your trail.

The mountains we get to observe from Tilicho lake trails are Annapurna I (8091 m, 26540 ft) which is the 10th highest peak in the world. This peak was first ascended by the French summit it in 1950. Other additional peaks we get to sight is Dhaulagiri (8167 m, 267790 ft) which is the 7th highest peak, Manaslu ( 8163 m, 26780 ft) which is 8th highest peak and Machhapuchhre (6993 m, 22945 ft).

This trekking begins from the scenic drive to Bhulbhule from Kathmandu. From here, we will be following the Marsyangdi River and then trek to Manang Village. From Manang, we will continue trekking to reach to our main destination Tilicho Lake Base Camp at an altitude of 4900 m. Here we will relish this sacred lake with the reflection of the several mountains views on the lake which makes an overwhelming experience and the Thorong La Pass (5415 m, 17768 ft) connecting the glacier below the Tilicho Peak.

Other attractions to explore here is an ancient temple Muktinath; one of the sacred site of Hindus and Buddhists and several other villages with their unique traditional way of living. On the trail, we also get to observe the blue sheep and their herds.

And then we will retrace back following the circuit route to Jomsom and from where we take a scenic flight to Pokhara; one of the tourist hot spot along with the amazing sights of the Lakes and Himalayas.

This trekking can be done in every season but usually preferred in the month of February to May and from September to December. This trekking can be also be done by the novice trekkers with sound health. Though a challenging trek, this offers you the rewarding views of the mountains and the beautiful Tilicho Lake.

We the Accent Himalaya have many options to trek in the Annapurna region. Whether it be a family trek, group trek or solo trek and from easy and tranquil trekking to strenuous trekking; you can visit our website where we have plenty of options for you to choose from. We also give services like adjusting and customizing the itinerary according to your vacation schedule. So if you want to know further details about Annapurna Tilicho Lake and Thorong La Pass; have any inquiries, please feel free to contact or email us.

Here we list the detailed itinerary for Tilicho Lake and Thorong La Pass:

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Day 01- Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1,345meter).

Our representative of Accent Himalaya will pick you from the airport and transfer you to the hotel on a private tourist vehicle. In the evening, we will have welcome dinner together tasting the delicious Nepalese food. We hope you will enjoy.

(Dinner included)

Day 02- Pre-trip Meeting and Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley.

Today after having our breakfast, we will be going to sightsee  Kathmandu, also known as the town of temple. We visit some UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE site such as the Pashupatinath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Boudhanath, and the Swayambhunath.

These places are full of historical stories, norms, and value of Nepalese. We find so many interesting and amazing arts and architecture of Nepali culture. The handicraft (Hasthakala, Murtikala, Chitrakala, Bastukala, etc) are the main attraction of the visitors.

After visiting those place, if time allows us, we further visit other places like Thamel Bazaar - the tourist hub for shopping.

(Breakfast Included)

Day 03 - Drive to Besisahar (830m) by Public Bus - 7 hrs

Early in the morning, we catch a bus to Besishar (185 km) from Kathmandu. After reaching Besisahar, we will witness stunning snow-covered peaks and mountain views.

(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 04 - Trek to Bahundanda (1,310m) - 5 hrs

Early in the morning after having our breakfast, we start to trek from Besisahar to Bahundanda. We follow the trail leading to Khudi and reach first at the Gurung village in our journey. With another few walks, we admire the views of Himalchuli and peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli). We climb to Bhulbule and then arrive at Ngadi before reaching Lampata. After some trek, we will reach Bahundanda.

(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 05 - Trek to Chamje (1,400m) - 5 hrs

We will drop down to Syange at 1070m from Bahundanda with steep trails. If the season is of rainfall, we will see the large waterfall. Onward, we cross the Marshyangdi River over the suspension bridge. Then we follow the river to Jagat and trek through the forest to reach Chyamje.

(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 06 - Trek to Bagarchhap (2,160m) - 5 hrs

We start day trekking with rocky trails following the Marshyandi River uphill steadily to Tal (1675 m),  the first village in Manang valley.  Our journey continues with ups and down for reaching Dharapani (1890 m). After few more steps, we finally arrive at Bagarchap - typical flat-roofed stone houses of local Tibetans surrounding by apple orchards and maize fields.

(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)


Day 07 - Trek to Chame (2,630m) - 5 hrs

Today we climb to Tyanja at 2360m then continue through the jungle near the river to Kopar (2590 m). On our route, we will be introduced to the local community that said have been migrated from Tibet centuries ago. After reaching to Chame, headquarters of the Manang district, we will witness the views of Annapurna II and two hot springs.

(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)


Day 08 - Trek to Pisang (3,300m) - 5 hrs

We continue to trek through a steep narrow valley and deep forest, crossing stream over a long bridge at 2910 m. Again we cross the bridge at 3040 m with the views of soaring Paungada danda’s rock face. And we join the trails to climb for Pisang (3200 m to 3300 m).

(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)


Day 09 - Trek to Manang (3,540m) - 5 hrs

We continue to trek with a walk over the drier upper part of Manang region as being cut off from monsoon because of standing Annapurna range. We leave Pisang with alternative choices. We may follow the trails south of Marshyandi River meeting to Mungji or may follow South way by Hongde with airstrip at 325 m which involving less climbing than northern route by Ghyaru - although there are better views on the trails following the northern route. Also from Mungji, our trails pass through the picturesque and hidden village of Bryanga (3475 m). Manang is near the Bryanga.

(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 10 - Acclimatization day at Manang village

We spend the whole day for acclimatization and rest in Manang. We spend the day with sightseeing and visiting the area. We explore the area and return to the guesthouse.

(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 11 - Trek to Khangsar Village (3,700 m) - 4 hrs

We continue to trek towards Tilicho lake, west ends of Manang districts. With down to the river and crossing Khangsar Khola, we reach Khangsar village - still very traditional Tibetan village and also known as the last village of Nepal.

(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)


Day 12 - Trekking to Tilicho Base Camp (4,200m) - 5 hrs

Today we continue to trek from Khangsar with a large path Passing through the Gumba.  We will move ahead on a recently constructed path up towards a high ridge. With the intersection of path maintains the altitude, traversing the slopes towards a place where the valley is narrow and another path continues to ascend the line of a ridge. We continue through the new one, latter way, that goes completely different way. Continue with the new path, reach a high crest, and descend down on backs carved out through the scree slopes to the side of the main valley. On the other side is the Tilicho Base Camp.

(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)


Day 13 - Trek to Tilicho Lake (5,200 m) and back down to Tilicho Base Camp (4,200m) - 6 hrs

Today we will finally reach the destination of our trek journey.  We start with early in the morning to avoid the wind.  After a climb of 3-4 hours, we finally reach to Lake Tilicho, world highest pointed lake, a cold barren place. After spending some time we will return to base camp.

(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 14 - Trek to Yak Kharka (4,000m) - 5 hrs

With trek from Manang (reach after descending down), we ascend nearly 500 m to Yak Kharka. We climb steadily through the Tenki Manang, leaving Marshyandi valley. After trek from Jarsang Khola valley, we will arrive at Yak Kharka at 4000 m.

(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)


Day 15 - Trek to Thorong Phedi (4,450m) - 5 hrs

With long ascending trails cross, will descend to cross the river at 4310 m - then climb up to Thorong Phedi (base of peaks).

(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 16 - Trek to Muktinath (3,800m) via Thorung La pass (5,416m) - 8 hrs

We take a long trek for a day. We start early in the morning around  4 am to reach the Pass, Thorong Pass, around at 9-10am. We will climb on a steeply regular using route for easiness to ascend. Problems may arise because of snow and altitude. We will get the reward of amazing views of whole Mustang valley. And we will continue to trek for arriving at the Holy place, the town of Muktinath.

Mukti means relief from the cycle of birth and death and Nath means Lord or Bhagawan use by Hindus. So Mukthinath means one of the faces of Lord Vishnu, who delivers our soul. Muktinath is most Pilgrimage place for both Hindu and Buddhist.  We can see the 108 waterspouts, Jwalama Mai Temple with gorgeous natural spring and eternal flame fueled by natural gas.

(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 17- Trek to Jomsom (2,720m) - 5 hrs

We will return back on the same route to arrive Muktinath. We follow a trail down to the Eklebhatti and walk along with the great Kali Gandaki River to Jomsom.  Jomsom is a large town with many facilities, the district headquarter of Mustang. And also have an airstrip.

(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 18- Morning flight to Pokhara - 30 mins. Sightseeing around Pokhara

We take an early flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. As per your interest, we will visit the Fewa Lakeside in Pokhara. We have a time for visiting and sightseeing around Pokhara valley that covers  Fewa Lake, Devi’s waterfall, Museum, Tibetan refugee settlement and Gupteshower cave, etc.

(Breakfast Included)

Day 19 - Drive back to Kathmandu (1,345m) and farewell dinner

You may extend your trip further to continue for Chitwan jungle safari, rafting adventure, Kathmandu valley shopping tour, scenic Everest flight, mountain biking and other activities as per your choice. In the evening, we will have a farewell dinner with the celebration of succession on entire trek adventure in a traditional Nepalese restaurant hosted by Accent Himalaya.

(Breakfast and farewell Dinner Included)


Day 20 - Transfer to international airport for your final departure

Our entire trip concludes today. Our Representative will drop you at the airport in Kathmandu for your flight before 3 hours. 

(Breakfast Included)

Includes and Excludes

What's Included

  • Tourist bus transportation from Kathmandu - Beshishahar, and one-way flight Jomsom - Pokhara
  • Tourist bus transportation from Pokhara - Kathmandu
  • 2 nights accommodation with breakfast at a Hotel in Pokhara 
  • 3 Meals a day Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner during the trek
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • English speaking, well trained and experienced trekking guides, assistant guide(s) as per the group size and support team for luggage
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (if needed)
  • Trekking map and trip achievement certificate
  • First aid medical kit
  • Annapurna Conservation Park Permits fee
  • TIMS Fee (Trekkers Information Management System)
  • Government taxes & office service charge

Not Include in the Cost

  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
  • Nepal entry visa
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc)
  • Porters in needed
  • Tips for guides and porters

Trip Note


Accommodation for Tilicho Lake and Thorung La Pass

Accent Himalaya manages its best to provide good food and comfortable accommodation. During your stay in Kathmandu, standard hotels (rated 2-3 stars) will be provided (for 4 nights). However, if you are willing to pay more, we can arrange some luxurious room from 4-5 star hotels.

But once you set out for Tilicho Lake and Thorung La Pass Trek, normal lodges or Teahouse will be arranged where you get a normal bed and pillow. A few lodges have electric lights but others rely on candle lights or lanterns. Nevertheless, there will be a good provision of food. All the lodges are booked prior to your trekking but in some cases, they cannot be booked in advance. In such a case, you need to show willingness since it is an adventurous trekking and some facilities are limited on the high mountains.

Meals and Drinks on Tilicho Lake and Thorung La Pass

All the meals and breakfast required for you are included in our package. Dinner and breakfast will be served in the same lodge where you spend overnight and the team leader or guide will find you a good place for lunch on the way to your destination. We recommend you to carry water purification pills along with you as normal water will be provided free of cost. If you wish to drink bottled water, they are available in the shop and tea houses. However, bottled water and liquors are not included in the package. 

Best Season to Travel

The best Seasons for traveling in Nepal are spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November). Trips can also be arranged during winter upon request. However, the cold environment might not be suitable for all. Because of scorching heat, and monsoon with melting snow, we don’t recommend you for trekking in the months of June, July, and August. 

Luggage/Backpack on Tilicho Lake and Thorung La Pass

During your trek, your main luggage will be carried by our porters and you will be carrying a small backpack with your water bottle, camera, tissue paper, towel, or other gears that you need to use frequently. The clothes and gears that you don’t need can be packed and left in the locker or safe deposit box in the hotel free of cost.

Normal weight limit at Nepal’s domestic airline is 15 kg including your hand carry and in case you exceed the limit, you need to pay the extra amount which is not included in our package.

Guide/Porter on Trek

Accent Himalaya provides you a very trained and experienced trekking guide who will handle all the logistics and other issues that may emerge during your trek. We have the best provision of very loyal and honest porters who will carry 20 kg from two tourists (10 kg each). If you are trekking in a bigger group (more than 10 people in a group), we will provide you an additional guide.

Group Size, Guide, and Crew Member

Accent Himalaya organizes Tilicho Lake and Thorung La Pass Trek from a minimum of a single person to maximum of 16 people in a group at once. However, larger groups trek can be arranged by splitting the groups. One guide is provided for up to 6 trekkers and 2 guides are provided up to 16 trekkers. One porter is provided for 2 trekkers. The guide will be in the same hotel or lodge where you are accommodated but porter might be placed somewhere else during your trip.

Personal Expenses on Trek

A personal expense literally depends upon your personal habit; whether you are alcoholic or non-alcoholic, extravagant or thrifty and so on. Normally, the cost of the meal and accommodation during the trek are covered in our package and you will be liable to pay for table drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages), snacks while trekking, souvenirs, hot shower (available at some places) tips to the guide and porters, meals during your stay at Kathmandu (A normal meal costs $ 5-7 in Kathmandu) as well as the entrance fees during your city tour to different places in Kathmandu (Approximately $25). Tips to the guide and porter are your personal choice. However, we advise you to give tip and allocate 5-10 percent of your total tour cost if you are satisfied with their service.

Gears Available in Kathmandu

All the necessary gears required for the trek are available in Kathmandu at a reasonable price or even you can hire them. Hence, you don’t have to spend a large amount of money for your trip preparation in your home country.

A Typical Day on Trek

On a usual day, you are required to walk for 4-6 hours every day. After having breakfast, you will set out for the day’s walk for 3-4 hours until midday and stop for lunch. After lunch, you continue to your destination. The after lunch walk is comparatively shorter and can reach the destination within next couple of hours. On some particular days, you will get to reach your destination at lunchtime and after that, you can take rest and enjoy the remaining hours. After reaching your destination of the day, you can relax, stretch your body, take a shower, read some books, roam around or even play cards in a group.

Our Greetings at Airport

We advise you to flow the information of your international flight details after you confirm your Annapurna Tilicho Lake and Thorung La Pass Trekking with Accent Himalaya for our meeting and greetings. Right after you cross the Customs and check out of the terminal building, you will find our representative holding a placard with your name or the name of the company (Accent Himalaya) and drop you to your hotel in a private car. In case you have booked the hotel by yourself, we suggest you inform us in advance the name of the hotel you are about to stay so that our representative can drop you to your hotel and would be easier to meet with the team leader or the guide.

Itinerary and Possible Changes on it

Our normal Itinerary includes 20 days package for Annapurna Tilicho Lake and Thorung La Pass Trek which is the most usual and practical. In the package, the days of your arrival and departure and a day of city tour are also counted. In case you managed further schedule, you want to exclude those days for our service and just want us to help you with the trekking part, upon your request, we can rearrange and adjust the itinerary and let you know about the final cost for the trip.

Also, you can extend or shorten your trek if you feel it’s necessary with consulting our guide on the way to your destination. We recommend you to finish the trek within the last day mentioned in our package as many unforeseen circumstances may befall at any time.


Health, Safety, and Security of the clients are always our top most priority. So, In case of a serious sickness or any mishaps, while you are on Tilicho Lake and Thorung La Pass Trek (which we believe will not happen), we will do everything to transfer you to the nearest hospital to save your life and you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation/rescue. So, please make sure that these expenses are covered by your insurance policy before assigning for the trek or you have to pay on your own after getting back to Kathmandu. Ensure that you’ve insured yourself before doing the trip and please visit Nepal Travel insurance page for more info about it.

Booking and Payment

You are required to make 20% (non-refundable) payment in advance in order to confirm and book Annapurna Tilicho Lake and Thorung La Pass Trekking along with a photocopy of your passport and flight details (arrival detail, flight name, number and time) and the remaining 80% balance is due when you arrive in Nepal. You have an option of paying the advance by bank transfer or credit card. So, do let us know which modes of payment are convenient for you, then we will forward the details of payment.

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