Adventure may hurt you but monotony will kill you. Are you in need of some inspiration in your life? If so, the Tilicho Lake trek more than answers the question. Lying deep into the colossal spine of the mighty Himalayas, situated at over 4919 meters Lake Tilicho is one of the highest lakes in the world formed by the glacial melt of the northern slopes of the Annapurna Massif and Thorong Peak. The Lake is a blessed place, sacred for both Hindus and Buddhists. A journey to its turquoise shores is both an uplifting and challenging one that inspires just about everyone who manages it. The lake comes to its own as the morning sun rises glistening supreme providing yet another gem to reflect on when making this epic journey to circumvent the Annapurna Massif. With the all-embracing peaks of Mount Manaslu, Himalchuli, Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Gangapurna, and Tilicho Peak dominating the scene, it’s a journey very rarely forgotten.
The trek to Tilicho is becoming a popular side hike on the Annapurna Circuit trek. The hike takes an additional 3–4 days; no camping is required as new lodges have been built between Manang and the lake. The final approach to Tilicho Lake is a day hike from the lodge at Tilicho Base Camp.
On The Trail:
Long before reaching Tilicho Lake 4919 m/16138 ft there is so much on the trail to tease the senses, a journey of snow-capped peaks, mist-shrouded valleys, isolated communities, and remote monasteries. Trails that lead us into knotted lush forests, stunning waterfalls, along turbulent rivers, and through well-kept weathered mountain villages. We hike up through the Marsyangdi Valley set within a powerful Buddhist culture inhabited by hardy, ever-welcoming people. If that were not enough the dramatic mountain views on the way can often defy descriptive superlatives. The side trek to Tilicho Lake puts a thicker layer of icing on a very unique journey.
Please important note: Weather conditions on the upper stages of the route (particularly the section from Manang to Tilicho Lake and the crossing of the Thorong La Pass 5416m) can vary considerably, from very pleasant to sometimes extreme. This will often depend on the time of year you choose to trek but not always. Please do not hesitate to contact us for advice if needed.
The best times to complete Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake trek are Autumn (September to November) and spring (March to May).
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