TILICHO BASE CAMP TREK

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destination Annapurna
duration 16 Days
grade High Advance
start/end point Kathmandu/Kathmandu
region Annapurna
max altitude 5,416m
group size 2-15
meal All inclusive
activity 6-7 Hrs
accommodation Hotel/Teahouse
season Autumn/Spring

TILICHO BASE CAMP TREK

Tilicho base camp trek has everything, awesome views of the Annapurna Range, journey through Manang, Mustang, crossing the highest pass - Thorong La Pass (5416m) and highest altitude lake in the world - Tilicho Lake (4919m).

 On this trek you will be amazed at the Tibetan-style architecture, holy places (temples) and the bull-shaped 108 water spouts in Muktinath – a place holy to Buddhists and Hindus. The trail begins in the lower sub-tropical regions and drastically changes as it reaches higher altitudes where the terrain is arid and more rugged with less vegetation. Manang, for example, has a colder dry climate due to its altitude. The highlight of this trek is undoubtedly the magnificent views of the towering Annapurna Ranges and the turquoise-colored Tilicho Lake.

This 16-day journey begins after your arrival in Kathmandu at which time we will drive to Syange and then start trekking towards Dharapani via Chame and Pisang before reaching Manang. From Manang we head to Khangsar and then on to Tilicho Base Camp (4,150mm) just below Tilicho Peak (7134m). From Base Camp, we head to Tilicho Lake before returning back to Base Camp. The following day we head to Yak Kharka Village and then climb to Thorong Phedi and after cross the arid windswept Thorong La Pass (5,416m).  After crossing Thorong La Pass we trek down to Muktinath and ultimately Jomson before our flight back to Pokhara where we stay the night. The next day we fly to Kathmandu.

Sherpa Expedition & Trekking is one of the oldest and most reputable travel agents in Nepal. Our reputation means everything to us and we always put the safety and wellbeing of our clients first. Our staff is experienced, well trained and government licensed. Over forty years of experience!

Highlights of the Tilicho Base Camp Trek

  • Tilicho Base Camp Trek – high altitude incredible trekking experience.
  • Incredible panoramic views of the towering Annapurna Ranges.
  • Tilicho Lake (4919m) - the highest lake in the world.
  • Manang and Kali Gandaki valleys & cross the famous Thorong-La Pass (5416m).
  • Amazing and unique flora and fauna in the Annapurna Conservation Area.
  • Visit many Buddhist and Hindus holy sites.

ITINERARY

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Sherpa Expedition & Trekking staff will be there to greet you at Tribhuvan International Airport and take you to your hotel, followed by a briefing covering information, do’s and don’ts of your trek. Your safety and comfort are paramount.
Early breakfast and then we begin our road trip on the main road leading to Pokhara along the foothills of the Himalayas. Just prior to reaching Pokhara we come to Dumre and turn off heading north towards Besisahar. We stay the night at Besisahar, which is the district headquarters for the Lamjung Region.
Today we trek from Syange, with fascinating scenery and views along the trail, through the gorge with its numerous waterfalls and views of surrounding snow-capped peaks. At the beginning the trail is relatively steep as it traverses lush terraced paddy fields. On reaching the top of the ridge we can look back at the many waterfalls. As we push on we get to Chamje and after crossing a bridge have another steep climb until we reach Tal Village (1700m) situated next to the Marsyangdi River. Leaving Tal we cross another bridge and take an easy path until we get to Dharapani where we stay the night.
As we climb to higher altitudes the landscape changes as we climb through forests before reaching Bagarchhap with its traditional style of Tibetan architecture. We continue climbing until we reach the cooler climates well known for its apple orchards and pine forests. From here you have fantastic views of Lamjung and Annapurna II peaks. Continuing on the trail we trek alongside the Marsyangdi River heading upstream and pass the villages of Ratamanang and Koto before reaching today’s destination at Chame. Chame is the district headquarters of the Manang region and is where we stay the night.
After leaving Chame we pass through Telekhu and along the trail have some breathtaking views of Annapurna and Pisang (6091m) until we have to re-cross on a suspension bridge to the south bank of the Marsyangdi River. After crossing the river we t head higher passing a pine-forest as we trek through the upper reach of the Manang valley to Pisang. Tonight we stay at Pisang. Today’s trek is around 7 hours. Breakfast, lunch & dinner included.
The town of Pisang is the start of our trek in the upper Manang area. Today we head to Braga; a Tibetan village with its unique architecture with houses constructed one upon the other. One of its main attractions is its Gompa, the largest in the Manang region. Manang is popular with trekkers and is also a place to acclimatize before heading to higher altitudes. Today’s trek is a big one at around 6 to 7 hours. We stay here for the night. Breakfast, lunch & dinner included.
Medical professionals recommend that before heading to higher elevations that trekkers spend some time acclimatizing. They also recommend staying active. Today we will climb up to Khangsar (3756m) as a way to further help us acclimatize. From Manang we get views of a number of soaring peaks: Annapurna-II, Annapurna-III (7,555m), Gangapurna (7,454m), to the South – Tilicho (7,132m), and the Grand Barrier to the West – Chulu West (6,583m) and Chulu East (6,059m) to the North. Overnight stay at Manang. Breakfast, lunch & dinner included.
Leaving Manang we pass the village of Khangsar, an unusual village with its unique houses (stone) and culture. The trail follows the ridge before it reaches Khangsar (3734m). The village offers a rare view of the obscure Kang Guru Peak (6981m).
Today we climb higher toward Tilicho Lake, around 5 to 6-hour trek, located at the base of Tilicho Peak (7134m). Along the trail, you may see yaks and deer grazing. The changing light causes the color of the lake to change through many shades of blue. After some time admiring the lake and surrounding peaks and snapping some photos we will return to Sri Kharka. It covers an area of 4.8 sqkm. Guesthouse accommodation. Breakfast, lunch & dinner included.
Today we begin our trek descending to Khangsar Village today passing through Tare Gumba (3870m) known for its monastery. We follow the Thorong Khola Valley until we reach the abandoned village of Old Khangsar before reaching our destination Yak Kharka. Guesthouse accommodation. Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
Climbing higher we gradually get used to the higher altitude. We follow the east bank of the Jarang Khola and along with the trail view steep bluffs before reaching Thorong Phedi (meaning foothills). We can also trek for one more hour to High Camp (4800m). If we are lucky we may see the famous blue sheep and even a snow leopard! This is also home to Lammergeyer (bearded vulture). There is also a belief the mythical griffons are in this region! Breakfast, lunch & dinner included.
Today is most likely the toughest day of the trek, hiking for around 7-8 hours. The higher altitude contributes to the degree of difficulty, and sometimes strong winds in these upper regions. Along the trail we may pass sheep, yaks and merchants transporting their goods. Once we reach Thorong La Pass we will be rewarded with breath-taking views of Annapurna, Gangapurna and eye-catching peak of Khatungkang (6484m). Leaving the pass we descend around 1600 metres and the brilliant Dhaulagiri (Dhavali giri, meaning “White Mountain”) is the highest mountain that is entirely in Nepal. The trail is more undulating and relatively easy before we reach Muktinath where we stay the night after a 10 hour trek. Breakfast, lunch & dinner included.
From Muktinath, we pass through lush meadows, fruit trees, and streams passing through Kagbeni before we reach Jomson in the. Kali Gandaki valley. Kagbeni has a well-deserved reputation for its horticulture industry. Jomson is well known for its apple cider! Today we trek for around 6 to 7 hours. Breakfast, lunch & dinner included.
Today is our last day as we head to the small airport terminal at Jomson where we take a short 15 to 20-minute flight to Pokhara. Once airborne you will have some amazing views of the Himalayas. This evening you can sit back and relax, enjoy and drink or two and look back on your amazing adventure through the amazing Annapurna Conservation Area – stroll along Lakeside. Other attractions in Pokhara are the World Peace Pagoda (clearly visible across Phewa Tal (lake), Bindabasini Temple, Phewa Lake, Matepani Buddhist Monastery, International Mountain Museum and Devi's Falls.
Today we head back on a 6 to 7 hour drive to Kathmandu with many fond memories of Nepal and its unique culture and geography. These memories will last a lifetime!
Sherpa Expeditions & Trekking staff will transfer you to the airport for your final departure from Nepal. We hope that this epic trek will be firmly ingrained in your memory and will be enough to prompt you to consider your next trek with us!

SERVICES

Cost Includes

  • Airport pick up and drop services on a private vehicle.
  • Two night’s hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Kathmandu - Syange transfers on a local bus, Pokhara - Kathmandu transportation on a Tourist bus
  • Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara
  • One night hotel accommodation in Pokhara with breakfast
  • Three meals a day [Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner] during the trek
  • Accommodation on beautiful cozy tea houses as per the itinerary
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) entry permits and Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) cards
  • Experienced English speaking, government licensed and ministry of tourism trained trekking guide with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance
  • Strong experienced Sherpa helpers [porters] with meals, accommodation, salary, and insurance
  • Assistant trekking guide for groups over 8 people with meals, accommodation, salary, and insurance
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
  • Comprehensive first aid medical kit carried by the guide / American medical association approved Oximeter
  • Necessary paper works, all government, and local taxes, company service charges
  • Complimentary welcome or farewell dinner in Kathmandu at a cultural restaurant

Cost Excludes

  • Meals whilst you are in Kathmandu Lunch and Dinner.
  • Meals in Pokhara.
  • Nepal entry visa fee.
  • Your Travel and medical rescue insurance(recommended).
  • International airfare.
  • Your personal expenses like; Laundry, Battery charging, telephone, and shopping, etc.
  • Alcoholic and nonalcoholic hot and cold drinks.
  • Desserts Sweet things like chocolate, cake, pie, pudding.
  • Tips for the guide, porter, and driver (tipping is expected).
  • Kathmandu sightseeing monument entrance fees.

EQUIPMENTS

The following information will give you some idea about what you need to bring for the trek. It is important you do not forget the essential items, as this will determine your comfort and safety on the trek. Equally important is that you do not burden yourself with unnecessary equipment on the trek.

General

  • All season sleeping bag and down Jacket (we can provide if you need it,  but has to be returned after the trek)
  • Duffle bag ( Sherpa Expedition & Trekking provide duffle bag during the trek but has to be returned after the trek)
  • A wind and waterproof thin layered jacket (a must-have for morning and evenings above 3,000m)
  • Daypack

Upper Body- Head / Ears / Eyewear

  • A pair of half gloves
  • A warmer hat that covers the ears
  • Sunglasses 
  • Neckwarmer
  • Sunscreen (35 to 60 SPF)
  • Headlamp and an extra set of batteries

Hands

  • A pair of half gloves for walking poles(if you prefer)
  • Warmer shell gloves and liner

Upper Body

  • long sleeve t-shirts
  • Thermal tops
  • wool jacket or pullover
  • Sports bras for women and girls
  • Water and windproof shell jacket 

Lower Body

  • Thermal underwear (especially trousers)
  • windproof and waterproof trousers
  • warmer trousers
  • Comfortable trekking pants
  • Extra casual sport pants

Footwear

  • A pair of good waterproof trekking boots
  • Pair of sandals
  • 4-5 pairs of woolen socks
  • Sock liners
  • Light shoes and sneakers
  • First Aid Kits and Medicines
  • Assorted adhesive bandages (fabric preferred)
  • Blister treatment cream or similar
  • Insect / anti-itch ointment
  • Ibuprofen or other pain-relief medication
  • Diamox (125mg to 250mg tablets for altitude sickness)
  • Warps, splints, and wound coverings butterfly bandage
  • Water purifying pills

(Note our company guide will carry the medicines and first aid kits during the trek. However, we recommend you bring your personal first-aid kit as well)

Miscellaneous - but must useful on the trek

  • 4  passport size photos with original passport
  • Water bottle & filter
  • Flight details (please make a copy and leave one pic at our office in KTM because in case you want to change your flight date)
  • Bathroom kit (conform, should be included toilet paper, plastic bags, hand wipes, towel, and soap, etc.)

Extra things

  • Comfortable trekking poles
  • Quality energy dry foods (up to you)
  • Power bank and music players 
  • Camera (memory card, chargers, and extra batteries)

GOOD TO KNOW

Accommodation

You will be accommodated in 3-star hotels in Kathmandu. During the trek, we will be staying at lodges/ teahouses. You may find comfort and better quality teahouses - having attached bathroom at lower levels- until you reach higher elevations, where the accommodation is more basic with bare necessities. 

Meals during the trek

 In Kathmandu, your hotel includes breakfast, whereas all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) will be provided during the trek. A staple food of the Manang & Mustang regions is potatoes, oats, buckwheat, Sherpa stew, and Tibetan bread. Sherpa’s’ started farming potatoes when the first seeds were introduced to the region in the early 90s. There is a limited choice of food at higher elevations and except many potato dishes. Potatoes are high in carbohydrates – an excellent source of energy needed at high altitudes.

Transportation

We use a private car for sightseeing and for the airport to hotel pick and drop off. We use public transportation or local buses during the trek. 

Physical fitness

This can be a challenging trek where you often have to walk 6-7 hours a day. You need past experience of hiking or trekking but if you have done any kind of trekking activities then it is always a plus! We have met people from all walks of life, shapes, and sizes who have completed the trek. The only difficult part is when altitude sickness strikes and the effect that it can have on your body. Before leaving for Nepal it is good if you can prepare yourself physically by increasing your stamina and oxygen intake. 

Remember – The better prepared – the more enjoyable your trek!

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2 Pax USD 1,040
3 Pax USD 1,010
4 - 6 Pax USD 980
7 - 12 Pax USD 930
13 - 18 Pax USD 890
19 - 24 Pax USD 840
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