Tilicho Lake – Everything You Need To Know About Tilicho Lake, Highest Lake in The World


Tilicho lake: – The ancient Jomsom with the revered Lake Tilicho is considered the highest lake in the world. Crossing Thorung La at 5,416 m is a wonderful challenge that is more challenging for the mind than for the body.

The glorious horizon presents silver, gray and white mountains that shine on a good day of weather and diverse ethnic communities. Those you meet on the way give us an idea of ​​the world you know and do not know … but you want to learn a lot …

Lake Tilicho, at an altitude of 4,949 meters, is a well-known pilgrimage site. Therefore, it is not an easy task to triumph over the lake, but this trip is really exciting, exciting and more or less rewarding.

Trekking Although Lake Tilicho is a challenging trekking route, it is definitely one of the most beautiful trekking routes in the Annapurna region. This hike offers panoramic views of much of the east side of the world-famous Annapurna racecourse, with great natural beauty, cultural and traditional values, breathtaking waterfalls and flowing streams of clean water, as well as attractive flora and fauna.

The Tilicho Lake Trek leads through Manang to the highest lake in the world: Lake Tilicho at 4919 m. This hike leads through lush subtropical landscapes, through moraines, through alpine forests, along dry cliffs and over Thorong Pass quite challenging, but full of Hindu myths and surrounded by mountains.

The lake is formed by the melting of the glacier on the slopes of northern Annapurna and has historical and religious importance. In contrast, Buddhist villages must cross to reach the lake, which attracts its culture and religion from nearby Tibet.

After visiting the lake and the base camp of Tilicho, the path leads from the Marsyangdi valley on the yak pastures and the Thorong La pass (5,416 m). Crossing the pass is a challenge and takes place around 3 am before the afternoon wind makes it more difficult.

However, the views of Gundang Mountain, Syagang, Thorong Peak and Khatungkan Mountain are magnificent. Once you have crossed the pass, you will find other interesting towns: Muktinath with its Hindu temple, its gargoyles, and its eternal flame; Kagbeni with its monastery, strange soundscapes of human aspect and Jomsom, a bustling commercial city and Mustang transport hub with airports, bus stops, and jeeps.

The excursion to Lake Tilicho is a perfect package to experience nature and know the unique culture of this region. The best season for a trip to this region is from February to May and from September to November.

Glorious adventure accompanies you on this journey of your life. Tilicho Lake Trekking is one of the most popular tours in the Annapurna region. Hindu pilgrims from all over the world gathered to convince the lake that it is a sacred place mentioned in the Ramayan, a Hindu sacred book.

It is very exciting and thrilling trekking. You can pass the Mesokanta La Via Tilicho. It is called “Annapurna Risky and exciting Trekking” because of this reason. You can see the beautiful landscape of the Annapurna region and the view of Lake Tilicho, the highest lake in the world. Not only that. You can see the other famous mountain scenery in this area.

Religious significance

Hindus believe that Lake Tilicho is the ancient lake Kak Bhusundi mentioned in the epic Ramayana. It is believed that the sage Kak Bhusundi first told the events of Ramayana to Garuda, king of birds, near this lake. The sage took the form of a crow while telling the story to Garuda, the sage took the form of a crow. Crow is translated to Kak in Sanskrit, hence the name Kak Bhusndi for the sage. 

Annapurna circuit through Lake Tilicho,

Tilicho Lake Trek is known for being the lake at a high altitude of Nepal in the Nepalese Manang district of the Annapurna Range at an altitude of 4,919m. The place is rich in a variety of people and areas, subtropical to high, dry landscapes that resemble the Tibetan Plateau. The path leads you to the beautiful village where a large variety of people from different ethnic groups live.

Trekking at Tilicho Lake begins in Besisahar, which runs along the Marshyangdi River and offers excellent views of Manaslu and Himal Chuli to the east. This great trekking on Lake Tilicho will take you to the beautiful village, home to a great variety of people from different ethnic groups, with spectacular and magnificent views of the white Himalayas.

Tilicho Lake Tal Nepal
Tilicho Lake, Nepal

This route has been changed since it is basically the same as the Annapurna Circuit route. It does not lead from Manang over the valley north to Tanki Manang and Yak Kharka, but across the main valley to the west and through the village of Khanshar (the last village in Nepal) and trekking to Tilicho Lake, then drive to Yak Kharka and climb to the Thorang La Pass at 5416 m.

From Thorang La Pass, trekking on Lake Tilicho leads to Muktinath and then to Jomsom, where scenic flights to Pokhara take 20 minutes.

From Tilicho Lake, you can also cross the challenging pass from Moesokanta La Pass to Jomsom instead of traveling to Thorang La Pass. However, crossing the Moesokanta La Pass requires good additional equipment.

You will pass the shores of Lake Tilicho (4919 m), the highest altitude lake in Nepal. You cross the Thorong La Pass (5416 m) between the demanding passes of the Annapurna region.

Along with the excursion to the lake, you will join the route to the cultural and spiritual place, the Muktinath Temple. You can walk through various scattered settlements of the Gurung and Thakali and get an accurate overview of their daily activities. The fascinating views of Annapurna, Tilicho Himal, Nilgiri and other areas of the Himalayas will accompany you throughout the walk.

The distance from Lake Manang to Tilicho is 19.7 kilometers. It’s a 3-day side trip to the world-famous Annapurna race track. You can start the Mesokanto La Pass to get to Jomsom. If you cannot cross these passes in the same way, you will return to Kathmandu.

The difficulty of this hike depends on the route you use to return. It is classified as moderate to strenuous depending on the route. The best time to visit Tilicho Lake in the months of March to May and September to November. We recommend starting the hike early in the morning from Tilicho Base Camp for the best views. To continue the Annapurna Circuit on Lake Tilicho, follow the Upper Khangsar Route to get to Yak Kharka.

 The highlight of Tilicho Lake Trek in at least 5 days.

5 days Tilicho Lake Trek: Day 1

The entire trip takes 5 days. It starts early in Kathmandu with a minibus from the bus parking lot Gongabu to Lamjung. It took about 8 hours to get the Lamjung. From there, you drove Sumo to Chame, the headquarters of Manang district.

It’s an almost 6-hour off-road drive to get to Chame through Dhukur Pokhari and Chame. They stay in Chame. There are good hotels in Chame to spend the night. Here you will find cash machines, hospitals and a good reception from mobile phones to Chame.

Tilicho Lake Trek: Day 2

The next day you went to Khangsar with another sumo. This is a small settlement with many hotels. You can go by bike to Khangsar. It took about 6 hours to get from Chame to Khangsar.

The road crosses some stunning scenes of lush grasslands on the shores of the Marshyangdi River, offering superb mountain views. Manaslu, Mt. Himalchuli, Mt. Machhapuchre, Mr. Dhaulagiri, and many more. You spend the night in Khangsar. The apple farm and Agro Manang are some interesting places in Khangsar.

There are no ATMs outside of Khangsar and the nearest station is Tilicho Basecamp. It takes a day to walk to the base camp. Remember to reserve your hotel room at Khangsar Base Camp.

Tilicho Lake Trek: Day 3

They start from Khangsar in the early morning to base camp. The trail is narrow and often crosses areas with landslides. It’s always good to go slow and go in groups. It takes 2-3 hours to get to ShreeKharkha, another small settlement on the way.

There are 3-4 hotels in Shreekharkha for lunch or overnight. You will arrive at the base camp around 5 pm and the view of the sunset over the magnificent mountains was amazing. You will be lucky enough to find Roti Tarkari at the Base Camp Hotel.

The 12-room Base Camp Hotel was a popular tourist destination. A cup of water costs NO. 90 and for a thermos of water would be NRs. 900. BaseCamp hotels have good Wi-Fi coverage. They pay NRs. 100 per head for the stay.

Tilicho Lake Trek: Day 4

The next morning you left as early as possible to get to base camp. It’s about 5 hours walk from BaseCamp. The feeling after arriving at the lake cannot be expressed in words. You will spend a few hours taking pictures and even bathing some friends of your trekking service provider in the lake.

Tilicho Lake and its surroundings are the best places to take photos. The mountains above the lake make a perfect picture. The lake itself is unimaginable. It will leave at 3 pm for Basecamp and walk to Shreekharka. They spend the night in Shreekharka and arrive in Besisahar the next day.

Tilicho Lake Trek: Day 5

It is almost 7 hours’ drive from ShreeKharka to Besisahar. You can find direct buses from Shreekharka, but it is always better to take minibusses from Besisahar to Kathmandu. You will arrive in Kathmandu in the late afternoon of the fifth day, all tired but full of incredible memories of your life’s journey.

The Annapurna region is considered one of the most diverse and popular trekking areas in Nepal, along with the world’s classic treks for landscape and cultural diversity. With increasing altitude, you have the opportunity to experience the different climatic changes.

This delightful walk will take you to the beautiful village, home to a great variety of people from different ethnic groups, offering a spectacular and majestic view of the white Himalayas.

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Jitendra Sahayogee

I am Jitendra Sahayogee, a Writer of 12 Nepali Books, Director of Maithili films, Founder of Radio Stations, Designer of Websites and Editor of Some Nepali Blogs.

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