Tilicho Lake

by Ashis Rai July. 07, 2019 99 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, one including Pokhara. The starting point of this trek is Lamgunj Besisahar but many trekkers they ride till Chame or Manang and then start their trek.

Day 1: We took bus from Kathmandu to Lamjung. In the afternoon, we took the ride from Lamjung and reached Khangsar the next day. We had to spent one night in Chame.

Day 2: After reaching Khangsar we decided to stay a night. Watching out night stars is a bonus.

Day 3: We started the trek from Khangsar around 9 AM. There is a two route which will take you to Tilicho. We ignored the Yak Kharka 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.

Day 4: The more higher we get, wind gets more strong. So we decided to go Tilicho lake early in the morning. Around 6 AM we marched towards lake. Landslide area is by product. The route was bit difficult due to snow. The Tilicho area was covered all with snow.

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

Frozen Tilicho Lake

Frozen Tilicho Lake

Day 5: After spending another night in Tilicho Basecamp, we returned to Khangsar. It was already afternoon when we took a sumo ride to Lamjung from Khangsar. We had to stay one night in Lamjung.

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 don't have any plan to visit this lake then you should make one.

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