TRIP AN OVERVIEW
Once known as "a figment of some ones fantasy" the highest lake in the world lies at an elevation of 4949 meters in Annapurna range of the Himalayas in Manang District of Western Nepal . Tilicho Lake is one of those places that have had next to mythic connotations. It was for long about totally congested save for a few climbers and expeditions, and since 1974, when Nixon changed the China policy, part of the area above Thini on the Jomosom side became a totally off-limits military area. From the Manang side it was rarely if ever visited. A much sold guide book conversant latent trekkers that the trail to Tilicho was "a figment of some ones fantasy" and the locals in Manang had little acquaintance of the direction too, and were often thought to be somewhat distant as they were recognized for not being mainly eager on working as human beasts of burden for various expeditions that had approved. Almost 150 KMs long drive from Kathmandu or Pokhara, one can reach at Besishar the district Head quarters of Lamjung Districts which is the starting point of our Tilicho Lake however the rough road connection has linked up to Bhulbhule ( another 2 days less) now. We follow the same trekking trial until Manang. From Manang one heads out through the western gates and then one follows the path down to the river. Cross it and carry on the south side of it through coniferous forest towards Khangsar Village. One section is across a steep and uncovered scree slope. Cross the KhangsarKhola on the bridge below Khangsar and climb the slope to the village.
Keep on from Khangsar on a great path. Pass a Gompa (monastery). The route ahead goes on a recently constructed path up towards a high edge. At one point is a junction. 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 scree, 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. From Tilicho Base Camp the path continues up along moraine ridges and grassy slopes to some large switch backs carved out of the slope. Reach the watershed. On the other side is Tilicho Lake. Camp sites are found on its north eastern shore. To go this far is rather uncomplicated. The route ahead is more far more complicated and demanding.
There are two ways ahead. One may cross the glaciers that come down from Tilicho Himal. Unless one is a party with complete ice climbing gear, and the competence to use it, this should only be attempted when the glacier is bare so all crevasses are visible. The second way traverses no less than three minor passes in the mountains north of the lake. This account covers that route. The trek from Manang to Jomosom should only be undertaken by well equipped experienced parties. You need to have excellent camping gear, food, and clothing for high altitudes. As a large section of the trail is on high altitude and it is necessary to camp high one has to be properly acclimatized or allow time for it. A traverse from Manang to Jomom will take at least four days. It will be more fun and rewarding if you have more time. A path up to Tilicho Lake from Khangsar has been constructed. However, the path is sometimes difficult and exposed in one section. Beyond the eastern shore the terrain is strenuous. Unless the lake is frozen no less than three watersheds all higher than 5000 metres have to be traversed to reach the western shore. The main difficulty is the initial descent from Meso Kanto La. Moreover, Mountain lakes are known to geographers as tarns if they are caused by glacial activity. Tarns are found mostly in the upper reaches of the Himalaya, above 5,500 metres. Due to the extremely inhospitable surrounding terrain and the difficulties associated with reaching the area, this lake is rarely visited by outsiders. It was also the site of one of the highest ever altitude scuba divers. A Russian diving team consisting of Andrei Andryushin, Denis Bakin and Maxim Gresko conducted a scuba dive in the lake in 2000. Trekkers attempting the Annapurna Circuit route usually cross the watershed between Manang and Kali Kandaki valleys over the 5414 meters highThorong La pass. The alternate route skirting Tilicho Lake from the north has been gaining popularity. This route is more demanding and requires at least one night of camping. New lodges have been built between Manang and the lake, but there are no teahouses or lodges past the Tilicho BC lodge some kilometers east of the lake and the next village of ThiniGaon in the Kali Kandaki valley. Most groups spend two nights between these places. There are two passes leading to ThiniGaon and Jomsom; Mesokanto La and Tilicho North pass known also as Tilicho "Tourist pass". These routes via Tilicho Lake are more often closed by snow than the higher Thorong La. This trekking is a good alternative of Thorung La pass those willing to trek through off the beaten track to arrive jomsom and fly out to Pokhara.
Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu 1,315m meet representative of Nepal Spirit Adventure transfer to your hotel evening welcome dinner and overnight in hotel.
Day 02: Guided city sightseeing tour of Kathmandu and trip preparing and overnight in hotel
Day 03: Bus: Kathmandu- Besisahar- Syanje 1,400m 7-8 hrs drive overnight lodge and trek preparing
Day 04: Trek - Dharapani 1,890m 5-6 hrs overnight in lodge
Day 05: Trek - Chame 2,680m 4-5 hrs overnight in lodge
Day 06: Trek - Pisang 3,310m 5-6 hrs overnight in lodge
Day 07: Trek - Manang 3,540m 3-4hrs overnight in lodge
Day 08: Acclimatization at Manang 3,540m overnight in lodge
Day 09: Trek to Khansar 3,740m 4-5 hrs overnight in lodge
Day 10: Trek - Tilicho Lake 4,920m 5-6 hrs overnight in tent
Day 11: Explore rest day in Tilicho Lake overnight in tent
Day 12: Trek - Mesokentu- La passes 5,099- Yak Kharka 4,200m 6-7 hrs overnight in tent
Day 13: Trek to Marpha 2,670m 5-6 hrs overnight in lodge
Day 14: Trek – Ghasa 2,110m 5-6 hrs overnight in lodge
Day 15: Trek- Tatopani (hot spring) 1,190m overnight in lodge
Day 16: Trek – Ghorepani 2,850m 5-6 hrs overnight in lodge
Day 17: Early hike to Poon Hill 3,210 trek – Tadapani 2,630m 5 hrs overnight in lodge
Day 18: Trek – Landruk 1590m 4-5 hrs overnight in lodge
Day 19: Trek- Dhampus 1650m 5-6 hrs overnight in lodge
Day 20: Trek – Phedi 1130m 2 hrs walk then drive to Pokhara transfer to your hotel overnight in hotel
Day 21: Bus/ Flight to Kathmandu transfer to your hotel overnight in hotel
Day 22: Free day for shopping or other activities evening we invite you farewell dinner overnight in hotel.
Day 23: Airport transfer from hotel and international departure.