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Ice and Tilicho Lake Trek

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Trip Facts:
  • Activities:
  • Trekking & Sightseeing
  • Max. Height:
  • 5,416M/17,764FT
  • Duration:
  • 19Days
  • Transportation:
  • Tourist Bus/Private/Flight.
  • Grade:
  • Moderate/Strenuous
  • Season:
  • Autumn & Spring
  • Accomodation:
  • Lodge/Guesthouse
  • Meals:
  • Full Board on Trek


Annapurna region is famous for trekking. The natural magnificent view of the Himalayas and the beautiful lakes make this trek interesting with a vision of awe. Ice lake stands at 4600m and is often frozen. From May to October when the lake melts you see the giant shadow of the surrounding mountains in the sparkling blue lake. The lake is right above the Braka village with the trail leading uphill through the yak pastures. The trail is tough but much worth a trek up for a breathtaking mountain view of Mt. Manaslu , Lamjung himal, the giant Annapurna range, Tilicho peak with Marshyandi valley and Gangapurna glacier lake. Tilicho lake (4949m) stands at the foot of Tilicho peak. The source of the lake is the entire glacier from the slope of the Tilicho peak. The lake is frozen from December to April. Other times you see the actual form of the sparkling blue lake. This lake carries a religious significance. The lake is surrounded by the Himalayas. The end of the lake leads to the Mesokunda pass. You get panoramic view of Himalayas from Tilicho.

This trek starts from en route of the Annapurna circuit. The Annapurna circuit is rich with pure natural nature starting from Bulbule. The first few days, the route runs along the Marshyandi river at lower elevation, passing lush green subtropical valley with multi-cultural ethnic groups from the villages and the farming of paddy and wheat. The trail then goes uphill leading to a giant gorge along the river. The air gets colder with strong winds as you move uphill. On reaching Manang territory the scene changes with a view of massive cliffs. You then walk through the gorge, into the dense forest, passing waterfalls.

Leaving the greeneries behind, the valley become's wider with an awesome view of snow-capped Himalayan mountains. This is the Manang valley surrounded by mountains 360º degrees. The trail moves on passing the giant mountains of the Himalayas- Manaslu, Lamjung himal, Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Gangapurna, Pissang peak, Jhulu. From Braga the trail gets steeper, trekking through the ridge to Ice lake, continuing to the Yak pasture, passing Khangsar, Shree Kharka, Tilicho base Camp arriving at the beautiful, sparkling, blue Tilicho lake. The trail now is a steep climb to Thorong La pass 5416m which is the world's highest trekking pass-Thorong La pass. From the top of the pass you get a magnificent view of the Marshyandi valley and the Kaligandaki valley. After the pass its a descend to Muktinath with still more stunning views of the Himalayas. The trek continues along Kali Gandaki valley with ferocious winds blowing right against you, taking you to Jomsom the end of the trek.

Trip Highlight.
• Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley and Pokhara..
• Ascending on Marshyangdi valley.
• Explore Hindu and Buddhist shrine.
• Trek over the world impressive Thorong La pass.
• Explore the stunning lakes.
• Scenic flight to Pokhara.

Outline Itinerary.
Day 01: Arriving at Kathmandu 1300m. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu valley Sightseeing. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 03: Kathmandu to Beshi Sahar 840m- 5hrs drive. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 04: Beshi Sahar to Chame 2700m- 4hrs drive. Overnight at guesthouse. 

Day 05: Chame to Pissang 3310m- 5hrs Trek. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 06: Pissang to Braga 3430m- 5hrs Trek. Overnight at guesthouse. 

Day 07: Braga to Manang 3450m- 6hrs Trek. Overnight at guesthouse. 

Day 08: Acclimatization day in Manang.

Day 09: Manang to Shree Kharka 4180m- 4hrs Trek. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 10: Shree Kharka to Tilicho Base Camp 4650m- 3hrs Trek. Overnight at guesthouse. 

Day 11: Base Camp to Shree Kharka 4050m- 6hrs Trek. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 12: Shree Kharka to Yak Kharka 4050m- 5hrs Trek. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 13: Yak Kharka to High Camp 4830m- 4hrs Trek. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 14: High Camp to Thorong La to Muktinath 3800m- 8hrs Trek. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 15: Muktinath to Kagbeni 2800m- 4hrs Trek. Overnight at guesthouse. 

Day 16: Kagbeni to Jomsom 2720m- 4hrs Trek. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 17: Jomsoom to Pokhara 850m- 25minute fly. Overnight at hotel.

Day 18: Pokhara to Kathmandu. O/N at Hotel.

Day 19: Final Departur.
Note: The above itinerary is a guideline and standard pattern which we provide you. Trek itinerary can be customized according to your interest, desire, time and requirements. The trip cost will be according to your require basis as a Deluxe, Standard, Budget and group size so please kindly provide us your details for a customized program.

Detail Itinerary

Detail Itinerary of 20Days Ice Lake and Tilichho LakeTrek.
Day 01: Arriving at Kathmandu 1350m/4428ft. 
Upon arrive at Tribhuwan International airport. Our representative will be received you then transfer to hotel.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley/pre-trek meeting.
Your guided tour starts at 9am. Our experienced tour guide will take you into the city to explore some monuments listed in the UNESCO world heritage site.
Swayambhunath: The temple known as Monkey temple which stands on top of a hill and provides a spectacular view of kathmandu valley. The temple is symbol of combine of Hinduism and Buddhism, dating back to the Lichhavi era. The stupa has a pretty Buddha's eye and eyebrows painted on which look like the nose but Nepali symbol of unity.
Bouddhanth Stupa: One of the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal which is founded in the Lichhivi era dated back on 590 CE -604 CE. It has reconstructed since. Around here many Buddhist people practice Buddhism.
Pashupatinath Temple: This is one of the important Hindu shrine in the world. The temple provides a stone sculpture from 14th century. The Hindus cremate heir dead on the bank of the Bagmati river.
Kathmandu Durbar square: The Durbar square gives you great opportunity to explore spectacular Nepalese architecture of woodcarving. Here you see the ancient statue of Kal Bhairave, Monkey god Hanuman, visit the old royal palace, Museum and one of the most important house of the living goddess and be blessed by the living goddess Kumari. After the sightseeing we have a short brief trek meeting with your trekking guide.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 03: Kathmandu – Beshi Sahar 820m/2690ft- 7hrs by driving.
We drive out from Kathmandu on Prithivi Highway along the Trishuli river, Marshyandi river up to Bulbule. Along the way you will have a glimpse of mountain scene - Manaslu, Ganesh himal and Langtang range, beautiful landscape of paddy fields with typical Nepalese style mud and stone house. You will see white water rafting on Trishuli river. The scenic site makes your journey enjoyable.
Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 04: Beshi Sahar – Dharapani 1900m/6232ft- 5hrs Trek.
We driven through off-beaten bumping raod to Chamje The trail goes on gradual up through grazing land to Sattle, continuing on to Tal Besai until you reach the ridge from where you will see the picturesque Tal village on the bank of Marshyandi river. The village is overshadowed by waterfall which is falling from top of hill. Now trek along the river to Dharapani.
Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 05: Dharapani – Chame 2710m/8888ft- 5/6hrs Trek.
Today your trek go on the ravine, following the Marshyandi river crossing a suspension bridge, passing an apple orchid to Dhanaque where we meet first station of safe drinking water. Here you can refill your water bottle. We have steady climb up through dense rhododendron forest until you reach Timang. Timang provides breathtaking view of Mt. Manaslu 8163m. The trek continues through pine forest, passing Thagchowk and Koto village and arrive at Chame.
Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 06: Chame - Pissang 3310m/10856ft- 4/5hrs Trek.
Again the trail takes you along the river through forest and often passing a teashop. The trek goes gradual up with breathtaking view of Lamjung himal, pisang peak, Annapurna II, Julu east, finally arriving lower pissang. From here you do a side trip to upper pissang which will help you for acclimatization.
Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 07: Pissang – Braga 3430m/11545ft- 4/5hrs Trek.
Today we have a smooth walk, we start trekking passing through the Pisang and Humde village where we can see airstrip of Manang. Than the path lead us to Braga and get superb view of mountain. Braga village is very old and influence of the Tibetan culture.
Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 08: Hike to Ice lake 4630m/15186ft- 6hrs Trek.
Today, we do side trip to Ice lake. The trail go throughout old village of Braga and then 3hrs steep climbing up to ridge. While climbing up higher, we are seeing superb views of Marshyangdi valley and panoramic mountains. The lake has 2 form according to season in winter the lake is in frozen shape and fresh sparking water in Autumns. We can meets yaks and wild animals nearby lake. We take rest and snap of photo then walk to Manang.
Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 09: Acclimatization Day.
We have free day in Manang. You can use Internet, telephone, bakery, laundry.
Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 10: Manang – Shree Kharka 4150m/13612ft- 4hrs Trek.
The trail goes gently up through the Manang village, passing buckwheat farm to cross suspension bridge then a short climb up, passing by oak trees to Khangsar village, the last village in Manang district. As you continue the trail goes gradual up and bring you to Tare Gompa, reaching Shreep Kharkha and around here you may encounter blues sheep.
Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 11: Shree Kharka – Tilicho Base Camp 4650m/15252ft- 4hrs Trek.
The trail goes through the shrubs, crossing the suspension bridge then after a short climb. Then trail continue to the Base camp.
Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 12: Trek to Tilicho Lake 4980m/13448ft- 5/6hrs Trek.
Its an early morning trek up on the gradual and switch-back uphill brings you to the ridge where you see the mesmerizing sun rise over the mountain. Short level walk then you will see the stunning Tilicho lake. The lake is frozen in spring and miracle color in autumns. Spend some times for photo shoot and admire the awesome view around you, descend to Base camp. After noon retracing to Shree Kharka.
Overnight at lodge.

Day 13: Shree Kharka – Yak Kharka 4100m/13448ft- 4/5hrs Trek.
The walk continues on meadow of animals, we often passing Yaks, Deer, descending on through shrub to Marshyandi river maybe 250m down. We cross the river and stream then short climb-up brings at Annapurna classical trail. The trail goes gradual up to Yak Kharka.
Overnight at Lodge.

Day 14: Yak Kharka – Throung Hi Camp 4820m/15809ft- 3/4hrs Trek.
Trek starts, an hours gradual up through the shrubs to Leddar where you again refill water bottle. The level walk continues to Phedi where you stop for lunch. Then climb steep up to the Hi Camp.
Overnight at lodge.

Day 15: Thorong La Pass 5416m/17764ft- 8hrs Trek.
Today is tough day, entire trek, our trek starts early morning because we have to go 600m up to Thorong la pass and 1600m down to Muktinath. The trail is much uphill in freezing cold. While going up stop and take a breath. We pass 2teashop along the trek. Today trek is tough but worth to do it. Its provides superb views and life time experience to do high pass. The summit is decorate by colorful Tibetan flags, you deserve to take beautiful photographs. Then descending on pave path to Muktinath. Celebrate succeed of Thorong La Pass with your crew and others trekking friends.
Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 16: Muktinath – Kagbeni 2700m/8856ft- 4hrs Trek.
Today we trek through the Tibetan style village. In morning we will see the mesmerizing sun rise over the Dhaulagiri(8167m). The territory is influence by Tibetan culture. Trail lead down and cross the stream after that we arrive at Jhong where we will visit Monastery. we descend again the wind to Kagbani. Afternoon we walk into the village and 500 years Sakya pa sect Monastery.
Overnight at lodge.

Day 17: Kagbeni – Jomsom 2850m/8900ft- 4hrs Trek.
We walk along the KaliGandaki river all the way to Jomsom. We are avoiding the jeep track and trek through Lubrak village. We trek to jomsom along the bank of Kaligandaki river. Visit Marpha village and Marpha is very popular for apple varieties such as Apple brandy and cider, Yummy apple pie and Crumble with custer.
Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 18: Jomsom – Pokhara 30minute flight.
We will have morning scenic flight to Pokhara. The flight goes above the world deepest gorge between Annapurna rage and Dhaulagiri. After arriving Pokhara check in hotel and take you for sightseeing in Pokhara such as David falls, Gupteswor cave, Bad cave, Mahendra cave and boating at phewa lake.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 19: Pokhara – Kathmandu 7hrs by driving or optional 25minute fly 
Today we have a scenic drive to Kathmandu, It takes 7hrs to reach kathmandu.
Overnight at hotel

Day 20: Departure.
According to your flight schedule, you will transfer to the international airport.

Include / Exclude

Cost includes:
International airport pick-up and drop-off..
Kathmandu sightseeing with tour guide and private vehicle.
Three meals a day (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) with hot drinks.
An English speaking guide and a porter during a trek
Food, Accommodation, Transportation, Insurance for porter and guide.
Porter for carry a luggage (1porter for 2 trekker)

TIMS, Annapurna Conservation fees and Necessary Permits.
3Nights tourist standard hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
1Night tourist standard hotel in Pokhara with breakfast.
Twin sharing accommodation entire your Nepal trip.

Trekking equipment such as Sleeping bag, down jacket etc.. on returning.
Exclusives First aids box.
Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu by tourist bus.
Fare-well Dinner.

Cost excludes:
Travel Insurance and all sort of rescue.
Hot shower.

Personal Expense such as laundry, phone, internet etc.
All the soft and hard drinks.
Tips for guide, porter, driver etc.

Trekking Equipments List

what you need to carry with you before your departure on trip.
Daypack up to 50 litre. 
Down Jacket.
4Seasons sleeping bag.
Sleeping bag liner. 
Water bottle.
Trekking pole.

Upper Body – Head/Ears/Eyes.
Sun head or Gulf cape.
Sun glasses 100% UV protection with side shields and hard-sided storage in case.
Headlamp or torch light with at least 1pair of extra battery. 
Sun Lotions/Sun cream.

1Pair liner gloves thin wool or synthetic. 
1Elevation water proof wristwatch. 
1Nail cutter.
1Pair wind/waterproof gloves.

2Cotton t-shirts.
1Synthetic t-shirt.
2Long sleeve polyester or synthetic lightweight for sunny days. V-neck.
Zipper provides addition venting options which are good for changing temperatures.
1Soft shell jacket water & wind resist.
1Women swimming dress bathing in Hot spring.
Inner cloths as you need.

Lower Body—legs.
1Pair nylon hiking short paints. Quick drying type not cotton.
1Pair cotton paints(loose jeans/khakis). 
1Pair soft shell pants – synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
1Pair waterproof/windproof paint.
2Pair inner Thermal for day and night. 
Inner cloths as you needed.

3Pair of trekking socks.
1Pairs woollen socks wearing on evening.
1Pair light sport or shoes sneaker.
Trekking boots.

Medicines & First Aid Kits.
Ibuprofen for general aches and pains. 
Imodium or Pepto Bismo capsules for upset stomach or diarrheal.
Diamox(commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness. Please talk to with trek leader before taking medicine.
1Small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band aides. 
anti-infection ointments, etc. 
Your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.

Miscellaneous But Important.
#Passport and extra passport photos (4Copies). 
#Immunization Record. 
#Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & passport. 
#Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its' effectiveness over time. 
#Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type. 
#Mosquito repeal gel.
#Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc. 
#3-4 Large durable plastic bags, for keeping miscellaneous gear dry inside you pack. Also nice for separating clean from dirty laundry. 
#Nylon stuff waterproof sacks for food and gear storage. 
#2 bandanas.
#Ear plugs.

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