Tilicho Lake

by Ashis Rai July. 07, 2019 254 views

Tilicho lake, a glacial lake is situated in the highest altitude, 4919m from sea level, and one good world's trekking destination. The good thing about this trek is the different landscape and the view of Annapurna mountain ranges. Most people make this trek part of Annapurna Circuit but trekking Tilicho is not a bad idea. There are lots of options how to want to plan your trekking depending upon your time, budget, and weather.

We chose the shortest one i.e. 7 days trek, including Pokhara. The starting point of this trek is Lamgunj Besisahar but many trekkers they choose Chame or Manang and then start their trek to make it shorter.

Day 1: We took a bus from Kathmandu to Lamjung and immediately find a vehicle and continued the till Chame and spent a night.

Day 2: We reached Khangsar around ONE pm we stayed a night acclimatizing ourselves. Watching out stars in the night was a bonus.

Day 3: We started the trek from Khangsar around 9 AM. On the way, there is a two route which will take you to Tilicho. We ignored the Yak Kharka route and took straight route. Here comes where you see wonderful mountain views and landscape. Before reaching Tilicho Basecamp, there are couple of landslide area where everyone should be very careful watching falling stones. It took us around 6 hours to reach Tilicho Basecamp.

Khangsar - Tilicho Basecamp in pictures.

Khangsar - Tilicho Basecamp in pictures.

Tilicho Basecamp.

Tilicho Basecamp.

Day 4: We decided to go Tilicho lake early in the morning to avoid strong wind of the day. Around 6 AM, we marched towards lake. Landslide area is by product. The route was bit difficult due to snow and scary. The Tilicho Lake's area was all covered with snow.

Frozen Tilicho Lake

Frozen Tilicho Lake

The lake was frozen. The place was all white. After spending an hour or so we return back to the basecamp as the wind was getting more stronger.

The surrounding mountains of Tilicho Basecamp after snow.

The surrounding mountains of Tilicho Basecamp after snow.

The weather was uncertain so we stayed one more night in the basecamp. Around 3 PM, it started snowing. The entire basecamp was turned white.

The sorrounding mountains of Tilicho Basecamp after snow.

The sorrounding mountains of Tilicho Basecamp after snow.

Day 5: After breakfast, we returned back to Khangsar. We took a break, hand lunch and found sumo to travel back to Lamjung. The weather was bit cloudy and started to rain. We couldn't find the bus to Kathmandu/Pokhara so stayed a night in Lumgunj.

Day 6: Back to Kathmandu or you can choose to go to Pokhara instead and relax.

The whole trekking was amazing. The sumo ride was scary and adventurous. They charge Rs. 5000 for foreigners and Rs. 2500 for local. You don't have to worry about foods. There are enough foods in the hotels. Nepali and foreigners. Taste will be different. I ate yak meat for the first time and loved it.

There are handful of hotels to stay in Khangsar and Tilicho Basecamp. Hotel in Height (Khangsar), New Hotel Moon Lake (Tilicho Basecamp). Internet is available but slower. Fair enough foods with varieties.

If you are visiting Nepal, make sure to you visit this Lake. It's the lake in the highest altitude.

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