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Tilicho Lake is located at an altitude of 4,919m making it one of the world’s highest lakes. Formed by the glacial melt of the northern slope of Annapurna Mountain and Thorung peak beautiful landscapes, valleys, green hills, dense forests, artistic waterfalls, tranquil lakes, pristine rivers, gorge, sacred temples, colorful monasteries, make the trail of Tilicho trek fascinating.
Stunning glimpse of the mighty mountains peaks of the region such as Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Nilgiri and Himchuli keep adding to the scenery enabling the trekkers to make their long journey untried.
The trail leads you to a beautiful village inhabited by a wide diversity of people from different ethnic groups. It is a perfect destination for those who aspire to venture into some of the less trodden remote regions of Nepal apart from the regular trekking routes.
After visiting the lake, the trail goes to Yak Kharka and joins the regular route crossing the Thorong La Pass (5416m). We will also visit Muktinath via the Plateau of Kagbeni and return to Jomsom, which completes the Annapurna Circuit Trek.
Day 1: Arrive at Pokhara. Fly into Pokhara from Kathmandu. As the base camp for the entire Annapurana Conservation Area, Pokhara is a bustling town. With lakes, snowcapped peaks & stupas, this town is one of the most happening towns in Nepal.
Day 2: Pokhara to Dharapani. Passing through steep and slippery trail, paddy fields, tiny Tibetan villages, and ascending through the rhododendron forest to finally crossing a long suspension bridge this day is all about a 130km drive to Dharapnai.
Day 3: Dharapani to Chame. On this day, the trekking begins. The trail climbs along the mule track through fir forest and then follows the Marsyangdi River for a time amongst the higher oak and maple trees. We get beautiful views of Lamjung, Annapurna II/IV. (7525m)
Day 4: Chame to Pasang. This day will be a long, pleasant, and mostly level walk-in forest with some dramatic scenery as you walk through a deep gorge. You also get the first views of the tense Paungda Danda rock face, a large curved slab of rock which will blow your mind away!
Day 6: Manang (Acclimatization day) As you explore Manang you can visit the Museum, Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA) and the Gangapurna lake which is just a 20 minutes hike from your tea house. Take rest and acclimatize.
Day 7: Manag to Tilicho Base. This day is one of the roughest days, with slippery, high alitutde trails but also without doubt one of the most beautiful days. With monastery, Chorten, Mani walls, and prayer flags, streams, forming the landscape, it will test your edurance but it will be worth it.
Day 8: Tilicho Base to Khansar Village. Waking up early, you hike up to Tilicho Lake and will be mesmerized with a 270 degree view. Every step towards the lake will make the view of the mountain peak more beautiful.Then we start our descend downhill.
Day 10: Jagath Village to Pokhara. Drive back from Jagath to Pokhara. Now you can experince the best part of Pokhara!
*The rooms in the hotel and tea houses can vary from single, double, or triple occupancy, depending on the availability.
Transport: Transport from the hotel at Pokhara to Dharapani on Day 1 and back from Jagath to Pokhara on Day 10 will be covered by us.
Meals: Three meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) and evening tea will be provided by us on all trek days. Included meals start with dinner at Kathmandu on Day 0 and end with breakfast at Lukla on Day 17.
*At tea houses, you get to choose anything from the menu during all your trekking days.(Except alcoholic drinks)
Safety Equipment: First aid, medical kit, oxygen cylinder, oximeter will be carried by the trip leader.
Trip Leader: Experienced outdoor leader with Wilderness medical knowledge/Wilderness First Responder certified.
Certified Local Guide: A licensed guide with ample experience as a Himalayan Guide & with good communication skills will be a part of the team.
Porter: You can opt to offload one backpack weighing not more than 10 kgs.
TIMS and Permit: Trekkers information Management System and Permit for trekking in Nepal will be taken care of.
Rescue: Travel Insurance is not included. Rescue expenses incured by helicopter, horse, mule or anyother means are not included.
Transport: Flights from your country to Kathmandu and Kathmandu to Pokhara, to and fro.
*Since Beyond The Wall as an organization has good ties with the local travel agencies there, we can help you book your tickets if needed. The fare will be added to the cost price of the trek while booking if you choose to let us book for you.
Phone, WiFi, and other battery charging costs – Tea houses in Nepal generally have an additional cost for extra electricity provided.
Backpack Offloading of more than 10 kg.
Hot Water for shower/bathing- Tea houses charge extra money for a bucket of hot water.
Packaged drinking water is not included except in Gorakshep where you will be provided with 2L packaged drinking water.
Any tip to porters or guides.
Anything apart from Inclusion.
Personal expenses of any kind.
More than 30 days/ due to natural calamities- 4% cancellation fee
15 days - 30 days before start of trek – 15% cancellation fee
14 days - start of trek – No refund
The money will be transferred to the bank accounts from where the payment was made within a week.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Yes, they will all provide warm blankets and beds. But as an added precaution we will also provide personal fleece liners to every trekker from the company.
2) Will I need Gaiters and Microspikes on the trek?
If it is required, we will provide them when necessary.
3) Do I have a weight limit for my porter bag?
Yes, we would like you to respect the mountains and their people and limit your weight to 10kgs.
4) Do I need to get insurance coverage?
Yes, in case of medical emergencies or evacuations, helicopter charges will be covered by the insurance only if you have one.
5) Travel (Adventure Travel) Insurance
Travel Insurance is mandatory for everyone traveling outside their country. Your insurance must include adventure travel and sports, and should cover emergency rescue operations or helicopter lift-off when needed. Along with adventure travel insurance, it must also cover personal accidents, medical expenses, and personal liability.
We will be asking for the insurance for the Permits.
6) Emergency Rescue & Health Care
Emergency rescue is conducted throughout the Himalaya in case of any accidents or sudden health deterioration. Helicopter rescue missions in such cases are covered by the insurance. However, you must check with your medical insurance before signing off on the documents. If not please make sure you get one before your trek.
7) Can I order anything from the menu and will that be covered by Beyond The Wall?
Yes, you can order anything from the menu at the time of the meal in tea houses during the trek and we will pay for it.
8) Food & Accommodation
Rice and Lentil, popularly known as Dal Bhaat, is the staple diet of most Nepalese. Rich in proteins and carbohydrates, Dal Bhaat can be eaten anytime during the day. Along with many other authentic dishes, Nepal hosts the finest array of international cuisines; American, Thai, Chinese, and Continental, etc, along with fast food which is commonly found in base camp and tea houses. Oats, Muesli, Roast, Pizza, Pancakes, and sandwiches are commonly found in almost every trek trail.
9) Trek Permits
A permit required to trek in Nepal will be provided by Beyond The Wall.
10) About connectivity, since you are traveling to a different country you can buy a local sim card or update your SIM for international travel. But it is not mandatory as Nepal is a wifi-enabled country with every hotel, cafe, and even tea house throughout the trek having wifi connectivity.
If you still want to buy a sim you can buy it from the airport in Kathmandu. We recommend you buy a SIM from the operator called Namaste. To buy a sim you will need your Passport / any form of ID, a passport size photo, and around 1200/- Nepali rupees, ie. about 750/ INR.
Electrical appliances use 220-240 volts and 50 MHZ of power to operate in Nepal (Some countries use 110-120 volts of electricity, and accept very specific shaped plugs.) If your appliance’s plug doesn’t match the shape of these sockets, you will need a travel plug adapter to the plugin. These adapters help fit your appliances in any socket.
12) Local Currency and Payments
Most of your stay and food will be taken care of by us once you reach Kathmandu. For stay at Kathmandu, it is better if you exchange currency at the airport. Although many places in Kathmandu do accept Indian Rupees, it would be ideal if you exchange your currency here. There are many licensed money exchangers in the city. Make sure you carry enough Nepali Rupees for the trek if you want extra facilities like Wifi, hot water, packaged drinking water, etc.
There are ATMs in Kathmandu where you can withdraw money using your debit/credit cards, but they will charge a nominal fee for each transaction.
Please check with your bank that your debit/credit card can do transactions in Nepal. Keeping some spare US Dollars is a good idea.
Also, If you are coming to a different country then obviously you will have to buy and shop for your love once ;)
13) Batch size
We as an organization believe in giving the best of the experience that comes with the outdoors. We also understand that nature is something that is better experienced without much disturbance around and in calm solitude so, on the basis of keeping it a truly uplifting experience, we keep our group size limited to 10 trekkers per batch.
14) Tipping custom for guides and porters.
It is a part of the trekking culture to tip your porters and guides.