Tilicho Lake and Thorong la Pass Trek - 17 Days

Good to Know
  • Duration 17 Days
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Starts/Ends Kathmandu to Kathmandu
  • Group Size 1-10
  • Max. Altitude 5416 M.
  • Best Season March, April, May and September, October, November

Highlights

  • Take a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara and from Pokhara to Kathmandu on winding roads.
  • Venture deep into the Marshyangdi River Valley.
  • Relaxing and spiritually cleansing dip in Chame and Tatopani.
  • Dynasty view of a series of mountain peaks, including the seventh and tenth highest summits in the world, Dhaulagiri (8,167 m) and Annapurna I (8,091m).
  • Let your soul roam freely in the rich culture and tradition of the Annapurna trekking region.
  • Cross the highest mountain pass in the world, Thorong La Pass (5,416 m).
  • Admire the holy sanctum of the highest lake on the planet, Tilicho (4,919 m).
  • Visit one of the holiest Char Dhams in Nepal, Muktinath (3,800m).
  • Stay in the warmest hospitality of the mountain people inhabiting the heart of the Himalayas.
  • Taste the juicy apples of jomsom.
  • Dramatic glaciers, gorges, cascading waterfalls, streams, and many more.

The Thorong La Pass Trek via Tilicho Lake is a submerged alpine adventure in the Annapurna region of Nepal, where a side trip to the world’s highest lake on the globe, Tilicho, adds extra flavor to the overall journey of 17 days.

Designated as one of the most thrilling trekking destinations under the Annapurna Conservation Area, the Tilicho Lake and Thorong La Pass voyages are for those seeking the ultimate adventure of a lifetime in the Himalayas, which itself is a sweet poison. They can be demanding, but they are definitely the most rewarding.

Following the classic Annapurna Circuit route beginning from the common starting point of Dharapani, the Tilicho Lake and Thorong La Pass Trek takes you gradually to discover the hidden gems of the tenth tallest mountain globally, Mt. Annapurna I (8,091m), Thorong La Pass, and Tilicho Lake, secluded from the modern world and its rampage.

Tilcho Lake is solely a pilgrimage for adventurers and nature lovers whose hearts, souls, and minds basically lie within the foothills of the Himalayas, which has been one of the most revered lake sanctuaries for Hindus and Buddhists. The Thorong La Pass is the gateway to enter the wonderland of the Himalayas, which only a few special ones get to open.

Hence, the Tilicho Lake and Thorong La Pass odyssey is brilliant for collecting the everlasting pristine and serene memory of the Himalayas while you go voyaging with the professional Sherpa guides of the Adventure Himalayan Travels and Treks.

What to expect in Tilicho Lake and Thorong La Pass Trek?

The Tilicho Lake and Thorong La Pass excursion is a moderately difficult trekking experience due to the dramatic landscapes, rugged terrain, and harmonious amalgamation of Hindu and Buddhist religious beliefs that fills the trekkers and travelers with a sense of greater accomplishment.

It is for those who prefer the same level of adventure in the Himalayas without having to begin the actual expedition of the majestic mountains, offering many short and sweet rambles as well including Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek - 10 Days and Ghorepani Poonhill and Mardi Himal Trek - 11 Days, where the trekkers can anticipate:

Glorifying mountain views of the almighty mountain gods

In typical Nepali culture, the mountains and hills of the country are the incarnations of gods and goddesses who watch over the nation, which you will get to see from almost every corner of Nepal.

The country is blessed with at least one mountain governing each region, including the Annapurna region, which is primarily dominated by Mt. Annapurna (8,091m), the tenth-highest peak internationally that you will get to relish throughout your journey to the north-central Gandaki province of Nepal.

Along with the peak of Annapurna, you will be in the omnipresence of panoramic Himalayas, including Mt. Manaslu (8,163 m/26,781 ft), Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167 m/26,795 ft), Lamjung Himal (6,983 m/22,910 ft), Pisang Peak (6,091 m/19,984 ft), Thorong Peak (6,144 m/20,158 ft), Gangapurna (7,455 m/24,457 ft), and many more.

The unique landscape of the Annapurna region

The Annapurna trekking region of Nepal has diverse and unique landscapes ranging from lush subtropical forests to high arid deserts, followed by gushing waterfalls, river streams, terraced farms, typical mountain villages, and rhododendron woods.

During your Tilicho Lake and Thorong La Pass trek, following the footsteps of the locals guided by our Sherpa guide, you will ramble around the Marsyandi River Valley, passing by deciduous forests of oak, birch, and juniper in a cooler temperature, gradually transitioning to alpine meadows and spectacular mountain vistas.

After a few days, you will begin to walk over the tree lines, barren slopes accompanied by contrastingly white snowy hills, and mountains where the oxygen level particularly gets thin while the wind is strong, inhabited mostly by Managis.

Similarly, the contrast between the deep blue lake and rugged snowy terrain while you enter Tilicho Lake is uncanny, mesmerizing everyone, while the Thorong La Pass shades purple.

Culturally abundant villages

Tilicho Lake and Thorong La Pass Adventure traverse along the Annapurna Conservation Area, covering an area of 7,629 square kilometers in the Annapurna ranges of the Himalayas. It is also Nepal’s largest conservation site, inhabited by numerous ethnic communities.

The region is predominately settled by the indigenous communities of Gurung, Magars, Brahmins, Manangis, and Thakali, who have carried out their authentic norms, values, and practices for centuries unbothered by any modern civilization.

Furthermore, the Tilicho Lake and Thorong La Pass trekking routes pass by a nicely dotted chain of Buddhist stupas, gumbas, monasteries, and chortens, showcasing the locals' deeply religious and cultural beliefs.

Hence, during your trek to Tilicho Lake and Thorong La Pass, you will surely be fascinated by the peek into the unique culture, tradition, and socio-norms of the region. At the same time, you make your way through the traditional villages flanked by stone roofs and woods.

Manang, the hidden gem of the Annapurna region

Manang is another promising valley of the Annapurna Region, located above 3,519m in the Gandaki zone of Nepal to the east of the Marshyangdi River and to the west by the Thorong La Pass.

The quaint village is famous for its short side trips, exciting mountain biking, and cultural indulgence as you begin to observe the various cultural and religious monuments such as Milarepa’s Cave, Braga Village, Bhojo Gompa, and several others.

Further, the mountain landscapes from Manang look just like a crown jewel. No wonder it is one of the busiest towns inside the Annapurna region that has spell-binding grandeur and full-speed gushing rivers nestled in the Himalayas, where you will get to spend a soulful night during your trek to Tilicho Lake and Thorong La Pass.

Visit to the valley of apples, Jomsom

Situated at an elevation of approximately 2,720 m (8,920 ft) above sea level to the north of the city of Pokhara in Mustang district, Jomsom is the renowned valley of apples that must not be missed.

Set in the serene ambiance of the Himalayas, Jomsom has a small airport, which makes it easy to access from all over the country and also serves as the main gateway to travel to Muktinath Temple and Upper Mustang.

The majority of the locals are Thakalis, with their distinctive attire, culture, customs, and religious beliefs. They are extremely hospitable to expand your cultural endeavor while you form a strong connection through interaction with the help of our Sherpa guide during Tilicho Lake and Thorong La Pass Trek.

The tranquility of the holy Muktinath Temple

The place that is considered the Mukti Kshetra or place of liberation as described in various Hindu scriptures as well as Buddhist texts, Muktinath, is the holiest sacred temple of Lord Vishnu (one of the major Hindu deities) at an altitude of 3,800 m, which is also the temple at the highest altitude in the world.

Its existence itself is very mythical, with 108 icy water stones sprouting with a never-diming flame. The legend says it is one of the eighth most sacred pilgrimages named Swayam Vyakta Kshetras, 108 Divya Desam holy for Lord Vishnu's devotion, and 51 Shakti Pithas dedicated to the goddess Sati (Shakti).

Every year, thousands of pilgrims visit the temple in seeking liberation, as a bath under the 108 sprouts is believed to wash off all human faults and sins committed knowingly or unknowingly and bring good luck along with the fulfillment of your inner desires.

Even if you are not able to connect religiously, the place is worth a visit because the environment itself is so serene that it might help you discover the real purpose of your life on a side trip to Muktinath Temple.

Tilicho Lake, the eighth wonder of the world

Tilicho Lake is the highest lake in the world, elevated at 4,919 m. It is often linked to the eighth wonder of the world, which was also referred to as the Great Ice Lake by the renowned French expedition team.

The vividly green and blue glow of the lake, surrounded by fully snow-clad mountains, resides in the hearts of every adventurer and nature lover, along with the religious significance of the lake as mentioned in the Ramayana as the Kak Bhusundi Lake possessing the superpower to fulfill every wish, clean the karma, and cure each sort of aliment.

The surreal creation of nature on the gathering of the melting glacier of Thorong La Peak, in the Himalayas of Annapurna, features silver and gray on the horizon making each second worth spending around the lake that you will delve into during our 17-day adventure to Tilicho Lake and Thorong La Pass.

Adventurous Thorong La Pass

Thorong La Pass is the most crucial segment of the Annapurna Circuit Trek, located in central Nepal, to the north of the tenth-highest peak in the world, Annapurna I (8,091 m), in between the peaks of Khatung Kang and Yakwa, rising 5,416 m above sea level.

It is regarded as the most adventurous section of the overall journey to Tilicho and Thorong La Pass, which involves hiking on steep, rocky trails for 5–6 hours a day before the occasional weather fluctuation in the afternoon at the high altitude.

Your endurance, stamina, and determination will be out on the challenge times and again to reach the highest point of the Annapurna trekking region, which grants you the ultimate sense of achievement on making it up to it.

The view is simply out of this world, a piece of heaven in Nepal that can lead to several overwhelming emotions at the same time. Well, many have cried tears of happiness. Let’s go and grab this experience of a lifetime with Adventure Himalayan Travels and Treks to find out yourself, as we offer the best-discounted price for group departures.

Tilicho Lake and Thorong La Pass Trek itinerary

The itinerary to go on an odyssey to Tilicho Lake and Thorong La Pass can vary significantly depending on various factors, such as the individual preferences of trekkers on the route, starting point and ending point, weather conditions, and acclimatization.

Regardless, the 17-day itinerary to go trekking to Tilicho Lake and Thorong La Pass is the standard one that can be tailored to meet your specific needs and requirements. It begins traditionally from Dharapani and traces Chame, the villages of Pisang, and Manang in the first half to see and be at the serenity of the lake at the tallest elevation, Tilicho.

From Tilciho Lake onwards, the second phase of the epic journey to Thorong La Pass initiates via Khangsar, Yak Kharka, and lastly to the maximum elevation of the high mountain pass Throong La, which descends to Muktinath and eventually to Jomsom.

Onward, the drive or flight is to return to Kathmandu via Pokhara, the city of tourists, where you can sightsee some of the iconic backdrops of the Macchpuchare (fishtail), Annapurna, and Dhaulagiri ranges.

We believe it is one of the best ways to explore the Annapurna region via Tilicho Lake and Thorong La Pass, which has allocated a rest day in Manang and several descents back after ascending to the higher altitude to let your body adjust adequately. It also helps to mitigate several altitude problems that could have arisen due to the rush of steps.

Moreover, this 17-day itinerary to trek Tilicho Lake and Thorong La Pass can be customized, providing you with the flexibility necessary for a successful and joyful trek in the Himalayas. Hence, remember Adventure Himalayan Travels and Treks for personalized service during your trek in Nepal, Bhutan, India, Tibet, and Singapore.

Tilicho Lake and Thorong La Pass Trekking Cost 2024

Our Tilicho Lake and Thorong La Pass trek cost for a group of 7–10 trekkers is USD 1,225. While it is USD 1,275 for a group of 4-6 people and USD 1,325 for a group of 2-3 individuals, the package cost comes to around USD 1,375 if you are looking for solo trekking in 2024.

The standard package to trek in Nepal with Adventure Himalaya Travels and Treks in 2024 is usually 10 pax for USD 1,225, which can be modified as per the size of the group and your budget planning, which could range from USD 1,225 to USD 1,375.

Please note that when making an upgrade in trekking days, accommodation, and food options, the package cost naturally gets slightly higher, which can get you a deluxe room, tourist-class accommodations with an attached bathroom, a single room during the trek, and other luxury items even in higher altitude treks like Tilicho Lake and Thorong La Pass.

Nonetheless, you will not be at any disadvantage, as this trekking package cost covers the expenditure of almost every trekking essential, including food, accommodations, permits, trekking equipment, a salary for guides or porters along with their meals, accommodations, and other necessary gear.

Please go thoroughly through the cost include and exclude section to learn more about the services included and excluded in the standard trip cost for Tilicho Lake and Thorong La Pass in 2024.

Itinerary
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Welcome to the country of hills and mountains, the gateway to the most awesome trekking destinations in the world. Upon your arrival at the international airport of Nepal, you will be picked up by the representative of Adventure Himalayan Travels and Treks at the terminal gate and transferred to your designated hotel.

Later in the evening, you will attend a trek briefing session led by your mountain guide over dinner, who will provide you with insight into your itinerary, route, packing, and other essential trekking information. Feel free to convey your feelings at this time.

  • Accommodation3 star Hotel
  • Max. Altitude1,400m

Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, is home to seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites for cultural and religious significance, which is often renamed the city of temples, and you can see why.

So, on the second day of your arrival in Kathmandu, you will visit Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, and Swyamnhunath, along with the interesting alleyways of three cities famous for their fine arts and aroma of Nepali spices: Kathmandu, Patan, and Bhaktapur.

  • Accommodation3 star Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Max. Altitude1,400m

The trek officially commences this day with an early morning drive from Kathmandu to Beisahar in about 6–7 hours, passing by some of the most beautiful villages, farms, roaring rivers, and stunning mountain vistas taller than the verdant hills.

In Besisahar, the four-wheeler changes into a jeep to reach Dharapani, the destination of the day.

  • AccommodationLocal Guest House
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude1,860m / 6,200ft

From Dharapani, the trek is through a dense forest of pine, fir, maple, and oak to move into Chame, Manang district’s headquarters, surrounded by the remarkable views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II and IV, and others beside the greenery all around.

Serving as the trade center, Chame has a relaxing hot spring where you can take a dip to loosen your muscles and stay overnight in the local guesthouse.

  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude2,610m / 8,890ft

On this day, you will hike through a steep and narrow valley simultaneously with the dense forest to capture one of the most jaw-dropping sights from Paungda Danda Rock Face, rising 1,500m atop the valleys of the Marshyandi River.

The exhaustion slowly begins to fade away as you begin to catch a wider glimpse at Annapurna II in the south and Pisang Peak in the northeast while you gradually descend to Pisang for the day.

  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude3,250 m/10,660 ft

The trek of this day leaves the Pisang behind, which consists of two routes. You will follow the trekking trail that has a more outstanding view of Annapurna II, III, IV, Tilicho, Pisang, and Gangapurna, as decided by your mountain guide.

Nonetheless, you will cross the Jharsang Khola, which irrigates the Gurung village of Khangsar nearby with tiny monasteries and prayer flags in the thin layer of air, which eventually leads you to Manang, the city with the largest monastery in the region, Barge.

  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude3,540m / 11,300ft

One of the key factors that determines the overall journey in the Himalayas is acclimatization. Hence, the seventh day of the Tilicho Lake and Thorong La Pass excursion is allocated as the rest or acclimatization day.

You will use this day to help your body adapt to the mountainous environment by visiting the Barge monastery or taking a side trip to Gangapurna. If you wish, you can also walk to the Himalayan Rescue Association Clinic to learn more about acute mountain sickness in Barge Village, which can appear concerning if not taken care of in time.

  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude3,540m / 11,300ft

As you had acclimatized thoroughly on the previous day, now you are all set for the high-altitude trek, such as to the lake at the highest elevation in the globe, Tilicho, on the west edge of Manang.

Before that, you will cross the Khangsar Khola to reach the settlement of the Gurung people. Khangsar, otherwise called the last village of the country Nepal, shows unperished and unspoiled Tibetan tradition on this very day.

  • AccommodationLocal Tea House
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude3,756m

On the ninth day of the Tilciho Lake and Thorong La Pass trek, you will head for the base camp of Tilicho Lake which passes by Shree Karka in the morning. The trail is comparatively easier this day; however, you will have to remain extra attentive as you pass by some landslide-prone sections.

The rugged formation seen during the ramble of the day on the base of magnificent peaks: Gungang Himal and Mt. Chulu, including Tilicho Peak, is a retreat to your eyes that finally makes it to the base camp to spend the night at the tent. A surreal experience awaits.

  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude4,150m / 13,583ft

The journey of this day begins before the crook of the hen to avoid the afternoon rage of the wind and make it to one of the major natural and religious landmarks of the Annapurna region, which has been recorded to be the glacial lake at the highest altitude on earth, Tilicho.

The path is indeed laborious to get the sweetest treat in 3–4 hours of the Turquoise Water Body, Tilicho Lake, crafted magically amidst the magnificence of Tilicho Himal, Annapurna Ranges, and Niligiri, whose beauty is unparalleled.

After relishing a fulfilling moment of your life, you will begin to retrace the way back to the base camp to stay overnight at the guest house.

  • AccommodationLocal Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner

From Tilicho base camp on the eleventh day, at first, you will descend to Shree Kharka, and later on, Khangsar, which passes by Tare Gumpa, juniper bushes, and ancient ruins, which will take you to the Thorong Khola Valley, and finally to Yak Kharka.

Yak Kharka is the summer stay of the herders, a pasture land to graze the livestock with the glorious views of Himalayan giants mostly dominated by the Annapurna ranges that might get you a lucky witness of blue sheep or snow leopard.

  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner

The uphill ascent to this day is in the direction of Thorong Phedi High Camp, which is also the last village before the Thorong La Pass connecting the Himalayan regions. It has a mythical sight of several towering peaks, such as Gudang, Syagang, Khatugkan, and Thorong Peak.

The landscape here is alpine, so you will not encounter any vegetation en route; however, the view of the meadows below makes up for it.

  • AccommodationLocal Tea House
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude4,525m / 14,525ft

Hurray! The most adventurous, rewarding, and scenic trekking day is finally here when you will cross one of the high mountain passes, Thorong La, with awe-inspiring 360-degree complete vistas of the surrounding mountains extending up to Tibet while the ranges of Annapurna stand out all over.

Watch out for the symptoms of acute mountain sickness while at the highest point of the overall journey, Thorong La tests your level of determination and physical strength as well as your descent to reach the sacred pilgrimage of Muktinath for both Hindus and Buddhists.

The temple comprises 108 stone sprouts, which are believed to cure every sort of ailment flowing from the melting of the Himalayas, which has had an eternal flame for more than 2,000 years. It is also where you will take a break for the day.

  • AccommodationLocal Tea House
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude5,416m / 17,756ft

On the 12th day the trek continues throughout the Kali Gandaki Valley to Marpha. Marpha is supposed to be home for many apple orchids as well as all the range of food products.  Apple Brandy is a local area of expertise. It is said that if you got an opportunity to taste that Brandy you are a lucky one. Overnight at guesthouse.

  • AccommodationComfortable Guest House
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude3,760m / 12,623ft

From Jomsom, you will head back to Pokhara by local bus or flight, as there’s plenty to explore. Expect the ride to be pretty bumpy, slightly grueling, and full of twists and turns that make their way to the city of adventure, where you can go canoeing, biking, or simply wandering around.

But Phewa is a must-visit. The backdrop of outstanding mountains, followed by green hills and lake water, makes it a perfect place to reminisce.

  • Accommodation3 star Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast

From Pokhara, you will take a tourist bus to return to Kathmandu in approximately 6-7 hours. The drive is going to be scenic as you look out of the windows to capture it with your lens. You will have the option to board a plane for an extra cost.

Either way, you will get to savor delicacies at the dinner hosted by Adventure Himalayan Travels and Treks.

  • AccommodationThree star Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast-Farewell dinner

Your journey in the Himalayas concludes now as you bid farewell to Nepal. A representative from Adventure Himalayan Travels and Treks will drop you off at the airport approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight.

Thank you for trekking with us. We look forward to seeing you again, and have a safe flight!

  • MealsBreakfast

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Route Map
Tilicho Lake and Thorong la Pass Trek - 17 Days Map
What's Included
Includes
  • 12 nights and 13 days of food ( Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) and accommodation during trek (local lodge)
  • Transportation from Kathmandu to trekking departure point by Local bus 
  • Jomsom to Pokhara by flight 
  •  Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus
  • English speaking local expert guide, porters(porter carry maximum 20 k.g and one porter between two person)
  • Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) fees
  • Annapurna Conservation permit (ACAP)
  • Three nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu at bed and breakfast, one night accommodation in Pokhara at bed and breakfast
  • Airport transfers and escort
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • Equipment & clothing for porter & staffs
  • Equipment (sleeping bag, first aid kit, oximeter etc.)
  • Insurance for all staff & porters.
  • Trekking achievement certificate
  • Adventure Himalayan Tshirt
Excludes
  • Nepal visa - Multiple Entry 30 days - USD 50  (Details in Visa Page)
  • International flight
  • Insurance for clients (i.e. helicopter evacuation, etc.)
  • Lunch & dinner during hotel stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Electronic charging fees at guest houses during the trek
  • Hot shower during trek
  • Alcoholic drinks, candies, etc.
  • Extra accommodation and meals outside of itinerary
  • Personal gears & clothing (available on hire)
  • Tips, any expenses incurred in emergency evacuation/road block due to any reason, table drinks, snacks while walking. 
Dates and Prices
Date PriceAvailability 
Start DateStarts: MondayJul 22, 2024End DateEnds: WednesdayAug 07, 2024PricePriceUS$1325StatusStatusAvailable
Start DateStarts: MondayJul 29, 2024End DateEnds: WednesdayAug 14, 2024PricePriceUS$1325StatusStatusAvailable
Useful Info

When is the best time to trek Tlicho Lake and Thorong La Pass?

The Tilicho Lake and Thorong La Pass region’s spring lasts from March, April, and May, while the autumn spans from mid-September to mid-December and is considered the most ideal time to embark on the route.

The weather at these times of the year is generally constant and does not experience any fluctuation, while the sky remains clear throughout the trek day with exceptionally unobstructed visibility of the surrounding area and its peaks.

In addition, the warm climatic conditions invite a more enjoyable voyage that might require extra pull and push during the monsoon and winter in the Tilicho Lake and Thorong La Pass encompassments. Especially in the winter, from December onwards to February.

During winter, the completely white-washed mountain looks out of the world in bitter cold and snowy weather. Therefore, when equipped well, the winter of Tilicho Lake and Thorong La Pass gives you access to never-before-seen Himalayan beauty and adventure, with the ultimate satisfaction of successful trekking.

In addition, several parts of the Tilicho Lake and Thorong La Pass trekking routes pass through the Trans Himalayan Zone in the rain shadow area of the Annapurna region, making it one of the best monsoon trek destinations in Nepal.

However, extra caution is necessary while traveling from Manang to Yak Kharkha. This trail is prone to landslides and avalanches, regardless of the trekking season.

To conclude, spring and autumn are the best times to go trekking at Tilicho Lake and Thorong La Pass, along with the summer and monsoon. While trekking in winter is better only when exercised well in advance with appropriate gear and equipment.

How difficult is the Tilicho Lake and Thorong La Pass Trek?

Hiking up to Thorong La Pass via Tilicho Lake is a fairly strenuous 19-day excursion. Steep ascends and descends, some rugged terrain, and varying weather conditions make it considerably more difficult than other routes you will come across in the Annapurna region, such as:

Every day, you will ramble around the high altitude of the Annapurna region for about 6–7 hours. The likelihood of acute mountain sickness increases as you begin to gain altitude, along with the surprising beauty of the Himalayan landscapes.

The Thorong La Pass is no doubt the most challenging segment of the overall journey to Tilicho Lake and Thorong La Pass, which is also the maximum elevation you will reach at 5,416 m/17,769 ft. a truly intriguing route with extensive exposure to the low oxygen level and more rocky paths with the equivalent rewards.

The difficulties might be explainable, but the achievement and rewards of being at Tilcho Lake and Thorong La Pass are indescribable in words unless and until you go and see yourself. It is guaranteed that you will come short of words to explain what you have achieved, but as soon as you begin to reminisce about the trek, you will be inspired for yet another adventure for sure.

What is the food and accommodation like in the Tilicho Lake and Thorong La Pass Trek?

The Tilicho Lake and Thorong La Pass trek is an extraordinary adventure in the Annapurna Himalayan region, in the remote countryside of Nepal. Hence, once you leave the hustling and bustling cities of Kathmandu and Pokhara, the accommodation and food options aside, modern facilities get quite limited.

However, according to the standard package of Adventure Himalayan Travels and Treks, you will be spending nights in basic lodges and tea houses throughout the trek days, which are comfortable enough to get sound rest.

In Kathmandu and Pokhara, the type of accommodation you will get is 3-star hotels and lodges, while you enjoy the national and international buffets that might get restricted to pizza, momos, Thukpa, Dal-Bhat (lentil soup followed by a bowlful of rice), and other typical Nepali and Tibetan dishes in the trekking route to Tilicho Lake and Thorong La Pass.

Dal Bhat, an everyday meal of Nepalese, is rich in protein and carbohydrates, an absolute must-try dish, followed by seasonal veggies and sometimes homemade pickles that supply your body with enough nutrients required for a higher altitude trek. As per the taste, you might find it the delicacies of delicacies.

In addition, you can sample other menu items that are common to find throughout the Himalayas, including noodles, sandwiches, spaghetti, lasagna, curry dishes, fried rice bakery items, tea, coffee, and so on.

What are the permits needed to visit Tilicho Lake and cross the Thorong La Pass?

Similar to other trekking routes in Annapurna, the Tilicho Lake and Thorong La Pass trek also requires two permits which are a TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) card and an Annapurna Conservatio Area Permit (ACAP).

TIMS Card for Tilicho Lake and Thorong La Pass

The basic mandatory permit to enter every trekking region of Nepal, whether it be Annapurna, Langtang, Everest, or any other, is the TIMS card. It is issued by the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), the Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN), and different authorized trekking agencies in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

The cost of this permit differs depending on your nationality and the type of trekking you are seeking. For, if you are a trekker from South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries, the green permit for you is feasible at NPR 1, 000, whereas tourists from all around the world pay NPR 2,000 for it on solo trekking with a licensed guide.

If you are joining the organized Tilicho Lake and Thorong La Pass trek, you will be granted a blue TIM card, which costs NPR 1,000 per person per entry while individuals from SAARC countries pay NPR 600 only.

Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) for Tilicho Lake and Thorong La Pass Trek

Another essential permit you are obligated to obtain to go to Tilicho Lake and Thorong La Pass is the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit, whose cost also varies like the price of the TIMS card based on the nationality of the travelers and trekkers.

For all foreigners, it costs around USD 30 per person, including government taxes, while citizens of SAARC pay exactly half of the price, i.e., USD 15, payable only in Nepali currency. For children below ten years old, the permit is available free of charge.

Is it compulsory to get travel insurance when trekking Thorong La Pass via Tilicho Lake?

Travel insurance is mandatory when crossing the high mountain pass, Thorong La, via Tilicho Lake. All trekking enthusiasts are requested to present a copy of their comprehensive travel insurance before the beginning of the journey by each reliable and authorized travel and trekking operator.

Make sure the travel insurance provides coverage for emergency medical evacuation and expenses incurred due to illness or injury, protection against trip cancellation or interruption, lost, stolen, or damaged goods, trek delays, and natural disasters.

Unfortunately, we do not sell any insurance coverage. However, it is always better to get one from local agents that you trust.

Must you hire a guide to cross Thorong La Pass and visit to Tilicho Lake?

The Tilicho Lake and Thorong La Pass are a tedious and lengthy expedition around the tenth-highest mountain in the world, Annapurna I (8,091m). An experienced licensed guide for the trek is always better than one hell of arduous miscommunication and slow navigation, sometimes leading to even missing reports.

Hence, a mountain guide is a must for an enhanced trekking acquaintance, increasing the level of cultural exploration along with the discovery of the hidden beauty of the Annapurna region, most significantly in the peak trekking season of spring and autumn, to find the suitable accommodation and best diet for you.

Meanwhile, at Adventure Himalayan Travels and Treks, we take pride in our local sherpa guides that you can hire for completely hassle-free trekking in any part of the Himalayas.

What to pack for trekking Tilicho and Thorong La Pass?

When embarking on an extended trek to the Himalayas, packing requires considerable preparation. Trekking can occasionally become challenging if equipment is overpacked or essentials are left out. Thus, when packing for the hikes to Tilicho Lake and Thorong La Pass, don't forget to include the following essential things in your pack:

  • Lightly weighted, perfectly fitting trekking boots
  • A few pairs of woolen underwear and socks
  • High-quality down jacket and trekking pants
  • Thermal wear for proper layering
  • Pair of sandals
  • Long-sleeved T-shirts and trousers
  • A pair of gloves and hats
  • Sunglaze/sunblock cream
  • Energy bars for supplements

Note: Trekking in winter and summer might add a few extra procedures while packing with the additional necessity of trekking poles, rain gear, and other climbing equipment.

Client Reviews
  • Tilicho Lake and Thorong la Pass Trek

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    Amazing trip with Purna as our guide so helpful and caring definitely recommend this company my second trip with them.The accommodation and food were great along the way and we were lucky to have great weather.

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    Anne HAustralia,May 23, 2024
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  • Tilicho Lake and Thorong la Pass Trek-17 Days

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    We have done 11 days trekking in Annapurna region, which was absolutely amazing. The trek was organised perfectly and we are very grateful for that to our guide Durga. Would love to come back for more trekking, and I would defently choose Rana’s agency again.

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    LauraLithuania,Nov 02, 2022
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