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Manaslu Tilicho Lake Trek

Manaslu Tilicho Lake TrekManaslu Tilicho lake trek is a challenging trekking in Nepal which is combined by two major high passes Larke la (5,135m/16,847ft), and Tilicho Pass Meso Kanto La (5,300m/17,388ft). This route is specially offered for adventure travelers like to spend long time in Nepal Himalaya good physical fitness and natural lovers. A fantastic Manaslu to Tilicho lake trek provide unique itinerary links the trek around Manaslu with a traverse of the northern Annapurna range to Jomsom and explore the "Great Barrier". Especially this trek is highlighted for panoramic mountains view, highest lake in the world Tilicho Lake and Tibetan origin people to Thakali Villages.

You ascend to the foot of the North Face of Manaslu.  You are rewarded with a stunning panorama and finest aspects of spectacular massifs. Manaslu to Tilicho trek begin in the ancient town of Kathmandu, from where you will board a bus to Arughat and follows the meandering Buri Gandaki River northwards to the village of Deng. Although quite board initially, the valley soon narrows down and you soon find that you are clambering high above the river on fantastic paths which cling precariously to the hillsides. This part of Nepal sees only a handful of trekkers each year and you can expect the trails to be less crowded. As you progress further northwards the valley opens up to reveal delightful alpine meadows and small Tibetan villages that are found in a cluster beneath sweeping North Face of Manaslu. You continue through Jagat, Ghap  and Sho, typical Tibetan villages with rows of the prayer wheels and Mani stones. The trail eventually reaches Samagaon, the largest and most important village of this region. This is a key staging post for expedition teams attempting to climb Manaslu and the mountain from here is outstanding.

From the Samagaon you head west & cross the Larkya La (5,135m/16,847ft), a classic pass linking the Buri Gandaki with the Marsyangdi Valley, with farm lands forming a part of the old trading route between Manang and Tibet. From the top of this pass you are rewarded with a stunning panorama looking towards Himlung Himal (7,126m/23,379ft), Manaslu & the Annapurna peaks, with the peaks of Ganesh Himal (7,406m/24,298ft) rounding off the east. The descent passes through the alpine meadows of Bimtang to join the renowned Annapurna Circuit at Thonje. Tillman first surveyed this region in 1950 on his reconnaissance of Annapurna.  After following the traditional Annapurna Circuit route for three days to Manang the trek continues to the remote Tilicho Lake & Meso Kanto La (5,300m/17,388ft) sometimes called the Tilicho pass, which provides a direct route to the Kali Gandaki valley. Tilicho Lake lies below the 'Great Barrier' and it was this huge wall of snow and ices that thwarted Herzog's initial approach to Annapurna in 1950. This fabled region has only just been opened up to trekking groups and yours will be one of the first groups to visit this area. Tremendous views of Dhaulagiri (8,167m/26,795ft) and Tukche peak can be seen as the trail descends down to Jomsom, where an exciting mountain flight and transports you back to Kathmandu.

Fact File

Name of the Trail: Manaslu Tilicho Lake Trek

Best Season: September to December & March to May

Trekking Type: Lodge Trek [ Tea House]

Grade: Easy to Challenging

Duration: 24 days

Maximum elevation: Meso Kanto La (5300m)

Accommodation: Camping

Transport: Car / Bus/Jeep and by Plane

Route Map

Manaslu Tilicho Lake Trek

Manaslu Tilicho Lake Trek Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu
Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, Thin Air Adventure (P) ltd will officially greet and meet you at Airport & transfer you to Hotel Shanker or similar category hotel. You will have leisure time, followed by an evening welcome dinner at a typical Nepalese Restaurant. Overnight in Kathmandu (1,000m/3,280ft).

Day 02: Kathmandu - Trek preparation and sightseeing
Half-day guided city tours (tour includes Kathmandu Durbar Square, Syambunath Stupa, Pashupati Nath Temple - Hindu Temple & Buddha Nath - The biggest Buddha Stupa in ancient Kathmandu). Afternoon pre-trip discussion of the trek. Overnight in Kathmandu (1,000m/3,280ft).

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat: 8-9 hours
Early morning we leave Kathmandu for our trek to Manaslu. Drive by local bus to Arughat through the beautiful Nepalese countryside. Arughat is the largest village of this river basin. Explore the surrounding area and overnight in Arughat (550m/1,804ft).

Day 04: Arughat to Soti Khola: 6-7 hours
Your trek follows the river Budhi Gandaki toward its point of origin. You pass the village of Morder and Simre to reach Arkhat River. After Arkhat you ascend slowly toward Kyoropani. Camp today near the confluence of Soti River - an ideal place to take a fresh water bath. Overnight in Soti Khola (750m/2,461ft). In Nepali language Khola means river.

Day 05: Soti Khola to Machha Khola: 7-8 hours
The trail descends slowly until you climb again to mountain ridge to Almara. Pass the forest trail to arrive at Riden Gaon. The valley here cuts into another side of the river to enter Budhi Gandaki. At Lambesi, the trail follows down to the sandy riverbed of Budhi Gandaki. Camp tonight at Machha River (890m/2,920ft).

Day 06: Machha Khola to Jagat: 6-7 hours
Cross Machha River and head upstream along the river's edge. After crossing Khola besi, there is a hot spring called "Tatopani". The trail follows forested area after this toward Doban. Below Doban, there is a huge rapid at Budhi Gandaki. As the elevation increases, the rapids and the scenery undergoes a complete transformation. Overnight in Jagat(1,350m/4,429ft).

Day 07: Jagat to Deng: 6-7 hours
Ascend a rocky ridge up to Salleri then to Setibas. The trail follows the best and new route to Manaslu via Ngyak. Then the trail goes ahead to Ganesh Himal Base Camp. Later on, the trail reaches to Serson. Now the trail enters a steep uninhabited gorge and descends through grassy slopes dotted with tall Pine trees via Budhi Gandaki. Further on, the tiny village Deng comes after crossing a bamboo forest and Deng Khola. Overnight in Deng (1,960m/6,430ft).

Day 08: Deng to Ghap: 5-6 hours
After breakfast you cross Budhi Gandaki again and climb up, pass a waterfall, cross a stream, and continue to climb ahead to Shringi Khola; cross it and reach Ghap (Tsak). Overnight in Ghap (2,380m/7,808ft).

Day 09: Ghap to Namrung: 4-5 hours
The trail crosses over Budhi Gandaki enters woods then it climbs up to Budhi Gandaki valley. The trek climbs over a big rock, continues up through deep fir and rhododendron forest, and then enters Namrung. Overnight in Namrung(2,700m/8,858ft).

Day 10: Namrung to Sama Gompa: 4-5 hours
You follow to Nupri region; the trail passes Barcham and crosses Hinan Khola and reaches to Sho. The trail then follows to Lho and drops down across Damonan Khola. Ascend again to a plateau at Shya. Crossing a ridge the trail descends onto a rock - strewn moraine and goes onto a ridge over looking pastures and fields of Samagaon. The Sama Gompa is nestled against a wooded moraine at the end of the valley. Overnight in Sama Gompa (3,360m/11,024ft).

Day 11: Sama Gompa: rest day
Today is rest day for acclimatization. You can spend the day taking a day walk hike to lake, monastery or by relaxing and exploring Sama Gompa village. This is big Tibetan community. You will see fabulous view of Manaslu. Overnight in Sama Gompa

Day 12: Sama Gompa to Samdo: 3-4 hours
Descend to Budhi Gandaki and to Manaslu Base Camp. The Larkya La trail passes several Mani walls and reaches Kermo Kharka. The trail then climbs steeply to find Samdo nestled behind a ridge. Overnight in Samdo (3,780m/12,402ft).

Day 13: Samdo to Larkya Rest House: 4-5 hours
Go further on to Larkya La. The trail forwards and climbs in and out of the gorge and reaches the only shelter on the route to the pass, Larkya Rest House. Overnight in Larkya Rest House (4,200m/13,780ft).

Day 14: Larkya Rest House o Larkya La to Bimtang: 7-9 hours
Today you have very early breakfast and start untimely. The trail reaches at the top of the moraine at 4,700m (15,420ft) and climbs steeply to the pass at 5,135m (16,847ft). Then the trail descends to Bimtang (" Plain of Sand" in Tibetan Language). This huge valley surrounded by high peaks. Overnight in Bimtang (2,200m/7,218ft).

Day 15: Bimtang to Dharapani: 7-8 hours
The trek descends to Dudh Khola and reaches Gho crossing Pine and Rhododendron forests. At the foot of the valley, part of Lamjung Peak above the Marsyangdi valley comes into sight. The trail continues to Bagarchhap via Tilje and Thonje villages. Overnight in Bagarchhap (1,992m/6,535ft).

Day 16: Dharapani to Chame: 5 -6 hours
Today you will negotiate a few steep forested ridges, along with several landslides on route, remember to look up though, as you will receive some sensational views of major Himalayan peaks of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV (7,525m/24,688ft). Small hot springs relief your long day trek. Overnight in Chame (2,710m/8,891ft).

Day 17: Chame-Pisang: 5-6 hours
A steep, narrow path through a very dense forest will bring you to the dramatic curved rock face, rising 1500m from the river. As the trail opens up you will be surrounded by majestic Himalayan Peaks. Overnight in Pisang (3,700m/12,139ft).

Day 18: Pisang to Manang: 4-5 hours
Enter the upper Manang region, where you will notice a contrast with the landscape and vegetation. The cold, dry climate creates a much harsher environment. Incredible views of the towering Himalayan Peaks. Overnight in Manang (3,500m/11,482ft).

Day 19: Rest day in Manang ( visit Gangapurna glacier lake,Buddhist monastary and local village.

Day 20: Manang to Tilicho base camp (Tilicho Lake) about 7-8 hrs trek.

Day 21: crossing to Meso Kanto La (5300m) to Jomsom about 8 -9 hrs trek.

Day 22: Jomsom to Pokhara: 25 minutes by flight
After the breakfast, your trekking crews will help you carry your duffel bags to the airport and offer farewell for the last time. Our representative in Jomsom will make all the arrangements for your flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. Transfer to your hotel in Pokhara lake side. Onward times free for you.

Day 23:Pokhara to Kathmandu: 6 hours
Early morning drive to Kathmandu. Transfer to your hotel; the day at leisure to rest, perhaps catch up on some last minute shopping or explore any sights you missed during your first day in Kathmandu and evening celebration dinner together. Stay overnight in Kathmandu. 

Day 24: Farewell Friend
Today the journey comes to an end. There's nothing to do but trade emails with your new friends, organize all your photos and finally depart from Nepal. Or get ready for the next adventure

Please Note:

If the above schedule does not meet your need and interest, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preferences.

Trip is possbile to conduct in any time if the group size has two or more pax.


Trip Cost Includes

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & transfer by private car / van/ Haice. (Depend on group size).
  • Kathmandu city tours, tour guide and private car / van
  • Four night's accomodation in Kathmandu twin sharing bed with B/B plan.
  • Kathmandu city tour as per the above itinerary
  • All land transportation
  • Meals on full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea & coffee) prepared by our expert cook
  • Twin sharing tented accommodation during the trek
  • An experience guide (trained by Ministry of tourism), required number of porters, their food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipments
  • Trekking equipment (two men tent, dining tent, kitchen tent, table with chairs, kitchen utensils, and other necessary equipments during the trek)
  • Special trekking permit.
  • National park permit and TIM's card.
  • Helicopter rescue service arrangement in emergency case. (But clients need to pay from their rescue covered Travel insurance)
  • Safe drinking water, boiled/iodine tablets.
  • First aid medical kit bag.
  • All program according to itineraries on full board.
  • All government and local taxes and office service charge.

Trip Cost Excluedes

  • subsequent for this trip.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Sightseeing entrance fee.
  • Travel insurance, medical insurance and helicopter rescue.
  • International airfare and departure tax.
  • Nepal entry visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (A multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
  • All cold drinks such as: alcoholic beverages, mineral water, Coke, Fanta, juice, etc.
  • Hot and cold showers during the trek
  • Personal shopping, laundry, internet, battery charge in camera, phone call and donation in Monastery and temple.
    Personal trekking equipment.
  • Tips for trekking staff (Tipping is appreciated but it is not mandatory)
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on price including section.