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Tilicho Lake and Thorung La Pass Trek   21 Days

Trip Facts

Country : Nepal
Start/End: Kathmandu
Destination : Annapurna Region, Throng-La Pass
Trip Duration : 21 Days
Max. Altitude : 5416m
Group Size : 1-16
Best Season : March-May, September-November
Trip Grade : Very Strenuous.Very Strenuous.Very Strenuous.Very Strenuous.Very Strenuous.

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Tilicho Lake- Throng-la Trekking

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Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 2: Trip meeting followed by valley sightseeing

Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar

Day 4: Trek from Besisahar to Bahundanda

Day 5: Trek from Bahundanda to Chamje

Day 6: Trek from Chamje to Bagarchhap

Day 7: Trek from Bagarchhap to Chame

Day 8: Trek from Chame to Pisang

Day 9: Trek from Pisang to Manang

Day 10: Acclimatization day at Manang village

Day 11: Trek from Manang to Khangsar Village

Day 12: Trek from Khangsar Village to Tilicho Base Camp

Day 13: Hike to Tilicho Lake and back to Tilicho Base Camp

Day 14: Trek from Tilicho Base Camp to Yak Kharka

Day 15: Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi

Day 16: Trek from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath, via Thorung La Pass

Day 17: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom

Day 18: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara

Day 19: Pokhara sightseeing

Day 20: Drive back to Kathmandu, and farewell dinner

Day 21: Departure from Kathmandu
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
On your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, our airport representatives will warmly greet you, after which you will be transferred to the hotel on a private tourist vehicle.

Day 2: Trip meeting followed by valley sightseeing
Early next morning following a hearty breakfast, Hike Himalaya Adventures will host a pre-trip meeting at the hotel you’re staying. During this meeting, we introduce your trip guide, and we’ll be happy to answer any question you may have. We provide you with important information about the trip, so do feel free to take notes if you want to. Also, please kindly bring three passport-size photos, passport and travel insurance policy. Legal formalities, including liability waiver, will be taken care of in this meeting.
Once the meeting concludes, we begin our sightseeing of the valley for which a private vehicle along with a professional guide will be provided. The valley is dotted with fantastic cultural heritages, some of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, which we’ll visit. These include Boudhanath Stupa (the largest Buddhist shrines in the world), Pashupatinath (the holiest Hindu temple in the world), Durbar Squares (Palaces and fortresses of medieval Kings), along with other popular cultural attractions. The lifestyle of the Nepalese people, holy sadhus and monks, the fascinating history and the awe-inspiring architecture will be the highlight of this day-long sightseeing trip.

Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar
Our staff will greet you a warm morning at your hotel and transfer you to Besisahar on 7 hours of drive. We’ll reach Besisahar in later afternoon. This is the starting point of our Annapurna Circuit trek. After some rest and exploration, we prepare our gear and equipment for exciting trekking days ahead.

Day 4: Trek from Besisahar to Bahundanda
This is the first trekking day of the trip. Our first destination is Bahundanda, which is reached after a 5-hour trek. Passing Gurung villages, most notably Khudi, we take uphill trails which give us great glimpses of Himalchuli and other adjacent peaks. We ascend to Bhulbhule, Ngadi and Lampata before finally reaching Bahundanda, which lies at an altitude of 1,310 meters above sea level.

Day 5: Trek from Bahundanda to Chamje
Though the track descends steeply at first to Syange, it starts to climb again after crossing a suspension bridge over Marshyandi River. En route, we cross Jagat, which is a famous village where you can see a lot of stone architecture.

Day 6: Trek from Chamje to Bagarchhap
On this day, we follow the Marshyandi River and reach the ancient village of Tal, our first major checkpoint on this stretch. Walking across small rolling hills, we reach Dharapani village with small Buddhist monuments. As we near Bagarchhap, the prominent Tibetan architecture and lifestyle will become an increasingly common sight. Tibetans settled in this region generations ago.

Day 7: Trek from Bagarchhap to Chame
Trekking through forests and small valleys, we ascend along the trails once we leave Bahundanda. Tyanja is our first checkpoint on this trekking day, which will last approximately 5 hours at a comfortable pace. Our destination of the day, Chame, is the district capital of Manang and you can admire the wonderful views of Annapurna peaks.

Day 8: Trek from Chame to Pisang
The increase in the altitude really starts to be felt now. With trails that run through forests and narrow valleys, we cross several suspension bridges, small and big, with enormous massif welcoming us in the heart of the Annapurna region. Pisang stands just under 3,500 meters above sea level.

Day 9: Trek from Pisang to Manang
Manang, the ancient and mystifying village, is our destination on this day. It takes around 6 hours to get to Manang from Pisang. Along the way, we reach a fork and have two options to get to Mungji – a steeper one with a stunning view or a flatter one. Your guide will help you choose either one. We finally reach Manang, where the culture and lifestyle of the people are very intriguing, so we’ll spend some time exploring the region.

Day 10: Acclimatization day at Manang village
At 3,500m, Manang will be our rest and acclimatization day. The air starts to get thinner at this point, so we let our bodies adjust to this change. We’ll spend the day exploring the village some more.

Day 11: Trek from Manang to Khangsar Village
After acclimatizing, we head on towards Tilicho Lake, which is on the western part of the Manang. We follow the path down along the Khangsar River to reach the lake. We finally come cross the Khangsar village, traditionally Sherpa, and stay there overnight.

Day 12: Trek from Khangsar Village to Tilicho Base Camp
From Khangsar, we head towards Tilicho Base Camp through upward spiraling trails. We follow the trail to reach a high crest and descend via zigzag paths to the valley’s side, at the bottom of which is a stream. We cross to the other side to reach the Tilicho Base Camp, standing at 4,200m.

Day 13: Hike to Tilicho Lake and back to Tilicho Base Camp
We leave in the early hours in order to avoid the winds. To reach the Base Camp we walk for about 4 hours. The area is cold and barren around the Tilicho Lake and it is considered the world’s highest lake. After exploring the lake for some time, we head back to the Base Camp. Take note that there are no accommodation facilities in Tilicho Lake area.

Day 14: Trek from Tilicho Base Camp to Yak Kharka
We make our way to Yak Kharka and lose nearly 500m in altitude. We climb through Tenki Manang and exit Marshyangdi Valley, heading then to Jarsang River Valley. Finally, Yak Kharka greets us with its herds of yaks, while the vegetation gets thinner.

Day 15: Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi
Today we climb to Thorong Phedi from Yak Kharka following trails that first wind down then climb steeply. We admire the local culture and architecture, the village itself having only recently sprawled with guesthouses and restaurants.

Day 16: Trek from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath, via Thorung La Pass
This is a landmark trekking day as we reach Muktinath, a famous Hindu pilgrimage site, by crossing the highest point of the trek, Thorung La Pass at 5,416m.
Once we reach Muktinath, we’ll explore the holy site. We can see pilgrims from far and wide flocking to the temple for prayers. Muktinath means the temple of soul liberation. Besides Hindu sadhus and pilgrims, we can see Tibetan traders as well.

Day 17: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom
We return to Jomsom the same route we came from. We explore Jomsom and all the lovely variety it offers.

Day 18: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara
Early in the morning we fly from Jomsom to Pokhara. The half an hour flight gives you stunning view of the mountains and the rugged terrains of the region. After some rest in the hotel, we start our sightseeing tour of the city. A professional tour guide and a private vehicle are provided for this session, which will take us to the famed Fewa and Begnas Lakes, museums, Tibetan refugee settlement, Gupteshwar cave and Davis Waterfall. All in all, the day will be eventful as well as relaxing.

Day 19: Pokhara sightseeing
The sightseeing of the city will start in the morning. A professional tour guide and a private vehicle are provided for this session, which will take us to the famed Fewa and Begnas Lakes, museums, Tibetan refugee settlement, Gupteshwar cave and Davis Waterfall. All in all, the day will be eventful as well as relaxing.

Day 20: Drive back to Kathmandu, and farewell dinner
We drive back to Kathmandu from Pokhara by bus. Leisure activities like souvenir shopping, spa and more exploration of the city can be done in late afternoon. You may also wish to extend your trip to include bungee jumping, rafting, Everest mountain flight and so forth. Later in the evening, you will be invited for a farewell dinner at a typical Nepalese restaurant, which will host cultural shows.

Day 21: Departure from Kathmandu
This is the last day of the trip. You will be transferred to the airport and we wish you safe journey back home.


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