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 is a wonderful package of trekking in the Annapurna Region, Manang, and Mustang, with the adventure of trekking through the Thorong La Pass and visiting the highest altitude lake in the world—the Tilicho Lake.

 During this trek, you get a chance to see a village constructed in the Tibetan-style and the opportunity to visit and explore temples and water spouts in Muktinath—the place equally religiously important to Buddhists and Hindus. You will experience the sudden change in the climate as you make your way to Manang with a more dry and cold climate. This is the perfect trekking package for all those trekkers who want to experience walking in a relatively underrated area and who are seeking adventure, pure culture, a refreshing new climate and vegetation, magnificent views of Annapurna range and the beauty of tranquil Tilicho Lake.

The 16-day itinerary starts after your arrival in Kathmandu. From there you will drive to Chamje and then start trekking towards Dharapani. through Chame, Pisang and finally reaching Manang. From Manang, you will leave for Khangsar and then head towards the Tilicho Base Camp. Next, you will visit Tilicho Lake spending some time there before returning back to Tilicho Base Camp. The next day you will head towards Yak Kharka. After leaving Thorang Phedi you will cross the Thorong La Pass and reach Muktinath and then trek towards Jomsom where you will catch a flight to Pokhara, and through another flight the next day you shall reach Kathmandu.

Sherpa Expedition and Trekking is a leading trekking agency in Nepal that has been taking trekkers across Nepal to numerous destinations. We are a group of proactive, dynamic, and well-informed members working to help you make the most out of our trekking packages. Remember us for your trek in Nepal. Four decades of experience ensures you get the best available advice and the memorable experience in Nepal.

Highlights of the Tilicho Base Camp Trek

  • Tilicho Base Camp Trek is one of the rewarding and challenging trips in your life.
  • Climb to Tilicho Lake nestled at foot of the Annapurna range.
  • This trek is situated 4,920m from the sea level and one of the highest lakes in the world.
  • Manang and Kali Gandaki valleys over the Thorang-La Pass 5,416m.
  • Encounter a wide Annapurnas range of landscape are Buddhist and Hindus sites.

ITINERARY

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25 minutes
3-star Hotel

On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport meet our staff with Sherpa Expeditions and Trekking complimentary transport transfer to relevant Hotels, our guide will give you a briefing of the Hotel, Kathmandu, Trekking, and related information that you might require while in Nepal with the Sherpa Expedition and Trekking(P) Ltd.

6 to 7 hours.
Guest House

After early breakfast, a scenic drive leads towards the scenic Pokhara highway. This is an interesting drive through the foothills of the Himalaya. The road has been greatly improved in recent years. Just a few hours before the road that leads to Pokhara, route diverts from Dumre town towards north to Beshishar. On reaching Beshishar for the overnight stop this is a large town and it’s the district headquarter of Lamjung region.

4 to 5 hours
Guest House

Trekking starts from Besisahar with fascinating scenery of the gorge, high hills, waterfalls, and snow-capped peaks. The trail is quite steep for half an hour leading you to lush farm terraces fields. As you trek further, you will reach the top of a ridge, which gives you a magnificent view of waterfalls. As you walk along with some local villages and terrace farms, you will get to Chamje village. From Chamje, you will cross a bridge before another steep climb to Tal. This village lies by the side of the river Marsyangdi on a gorge-valley. As you leave Tal. the trek gets easier as there is a gentle path to a large bridge. After crossing the bridge, you will reach the village of Dharapani, where you will stay overnight.

5 to 6 hours.
Guest House

From Dharapani the vegetation, people and the landscapes changes and the air gets cooler, the trail then climbs through forests to Bagarchhap and the first village on the trek with typical Tibetan architecture. After a pleasantly cool morning walk altitude gains slowly reaching the apple country at Dhanaqi and the alpine region passing through farm area, orchards and beautiful pine forest with views of Lamjung and Annapurna II peaks, the trail follows the river Marsyangdi upstream passing by the villages of Ratamanang and Koto before Chame. From Koto, a half hour of easy walk brings to the village town of Chame for the overnight stop. Chame the district headquarters of Manang region.

5 to 6 hours
Guest House

The walk from here follows the other side of the river on the northern bank, after leaving Chame, the path passes through pine woods and small villages with few ups and downs till you reach Bratang. From here trek continues on the gradual path up to a bridge, from the bridge a short steep climb through the pine forest brings you at the top of the ridge of Pisang village. After walking past the tree lines a great view can be seen of Pisang peak and the Chulu peak with Pisang village below, from this ridge a gentle descent for an hour brings to the windswept village of Pisang.

5 to 6 hours
Guest house

From Pisang onwards, the walks lead with the constant view of the high snow-capped peaks. The walk climbs steeply up for half an hour, after a short gradual walk from the Pisang village then reaching the top of a small hill. This grand spot offers dramatic views of the valleys, Hongdae village with its short air-strip and the great peaks of Gangapurna, Annapurna II, III, Tilocho, and on the right Chuli east, on the back Pisang peak. The walk from here is on the downhill and gradual path all the way to Hongdae, from Hongdae the trek is more or less flat on the wide trail most of the way to Manang, adding a slight touch of altitude as you near to the village of Braga and Manang, here with time to spend the morning visiting Braga Monastery. The largest in the district, it has an outstanding display of statues, thangkas, and religious manuscripts. From here it is only an hour walk to Manang for the overnight stop.

one day.
Guest House

A necessary day to REST and acclimatize and explore Manang. The village of about 500 flat-roofed houses, is the picturesque set amongst some spectacular scenery -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.

5 to 6 hours
Guest House

Khangsar sees few trekkers, despite being quite accessible from Manang. The medieval village has retained its ancient houses and traditional culture. It has OK lodges but the mattresses were thin. As more trekkers discover the attractions of Tilicho Lake, Khangsar should see an increase in trekkers and mattress thickness! Below Manang, down on the northwest side, is a Kani, where a sigh for Tilicho is painted on the rock, indicating right. The trail basically climbs along a ridge and hillside to Khangsar (3734m). The village offers a rare view of the elusive peak of Kang Guru peak that dominates the Nar Phu trek.

6 to 7 hours
Guest House

Hike to Tilicho Lake 4920m and back to base camp Trek to Shree Kharka 6 - 7 hrs.

5 to 6 hours
Guest House

After a wonderful time at Shreekharka the trail from here leads to a slow climb for an hour, after the last village of Manang, the track gently winds up offering inspiring views of the Annapurna II, Gangapurna, Cloche and the close up views of Chuli’s peaks from mid and west as the trail heads up in the barren windswept terrain’s with juniper bushes as the only surviving vegetation around this region, coming to a small settlements of Yak-Kharka for the overnight with time for a short hike around.

3 to 4 hours.
Guest House

The trail from here leads to a slow climb up, after the last settlement of Lear, the track gently winds up offering grand views of the Annapurna II, Gangapurna, Touche and the close up view of Chuli peaks as the trail heads up in the barren windswept terrain’s, then slowly reaching at Thorang Phedi for the overnight. Depending upon your fitness if all is well here at lunchtime continue the climb on the zig-zag track towards Upper Phedi or High Camp where there are few teahouses or lodge reaching here makes the walk easier start for the next day and shortens the hour of walking towards the pass.

7 to 8 hours.
Guest House

Starting early after breakfast, so that you can reach the top of the pass on time before the cold wind starts and to catch the best of the magnificent views of the northern Annapurna, Damodar, Bhirkuti and Dhaulagiri range of mountains. The trail from Phedi follows on the winding gravel path, in the beginning, can be quite strenuous on the steep zig-zag path for an hour, on reaching the first ridge walk continues on the narrow gradual track for half hour or more till a small glacial pond is reached where there is a small teahouse. From here another hour and a half lead to the top of the pass. Though the crossing of the Pass is not technically difficult, one’s got to take it slowly in account the complications of altitude and possible snow, after 3-4 hours of struggle from the bottom, then finally reaching at the height of 5,416 meter at Thorang-la, an impressive view of the stunning high Himalayan scenery can be seen from the top of this pass. The descent is steep and rough, but one can have excellent views of the Dhaulagiri 8,167 m. Along descend to the sacred village of Muktinath, on reaching the bottom there are about two or three teahouses for refreshment, after a break here continue for another hour to Muktinath the holiest of all holy places, during auspicious time according to Hindu & Buddhist calendar this place is full and busy with pilgrims from Nepal and India.

5 to 6 hours.
Guest House

After Muktinath, journey carries on with a 1,200m of descent to the Kaligandaki river valley floor, with a brief stop at Ekale Bhatti meaning a lonely teahouse, at present, it’s a small settlement with 3-4 teahouses. From here onwards the valley gets very windy in the afternoon time, the walk from here follows the gentle trail for another two hours till the large town of Jomsom is reached. Jomsom, headquarter of the Mustang region with a small airstrip just above the Kaligandaki River. Another two hours of easy walk from Jomsom brings you at Marpha for the overnight stop, which is a little gem, with whitewashed houses, paved streets and numerous well kept lodges. Here you will have time to celebrate with the local apple products like cider, brandy, and juice this area from Kagbeni to Larjung is famous for its delicious apple and its product.

7 to 8 hours.
3-star Hotel

A 30-minute morning flight takes us to Pokhara from Jomsom. Once we arrive at Pokhara airport, we then drive to the hotel. In the afternoon we will have a sightseeing tour around Pokhara valley, which covers Fewa Lake, Devi’s Falls, museum, Tibetan refugee settlement and Gupteshower cave, etc.

6 to 7 hours
3-star Hotel

As per the flight schedule a short drive it takes seven hours you to the Pokhara domestic airport, a short scenic sweeping flight of half-hour brings you back to the Kathmandu, at the Kathmandu terminal after clearing the baggage; our staff will receive you for the drive back to the Hotel.

25 min utes
None

Today as per your international flight time, our Sherpa Expeditions and Trekking staff will transfer you to the airport for your final departure from Nepal the Land of High Himalaya.

SERVICES

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Pick up and drop from airport/ hotel/airport.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu in a 3-star hotel.
  • Half-day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu.
  • Necessary Land Transport (Domestic only)
  • All Accommodation during Trekking (guest House/lodge)
  • Food during Trekking (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner )
  • A professional Sherpa Guide with Government License
  • Sherpa porter who will carry your baggage(2 people 1 sherpa porter)
  • Necessary Trekking permits/ National park permit
  • TIMS (Trekkers Information Management system) card
  • Necessary Equipment (sleeping bag and Down Jacket)
  • Food, salary Transport, clothing for Guide and Porter
  • First aid kit from Sherpa Expeditions and Trekking.
  • Insurance for Guide and Porter
  • Necessary flight tickets (domestic only).
  • Rescue Help in case of emergency (paid by your travel insurance)
  • Farewell dinner with a cultural show.
  • All program as per Itinerary

WHAT’S EXCLUDED:

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Any kinds of Drinks( soft and Hard Drinks)
  • Visa, international flight ticket
  • Kathmandu monuments fees.
  • Personal Nature expenses
  • Tips for Staffs
  • Rescue and Evacuation cost

EQUIPMENTS

The following information will give you some idea about what you need to bring for the trek as the bag pack for the hiking in Nepal and the gear play a vital role for the successful trip and we suggest you to have all the necessary gear for the trip and not to have unnecessary equipment/things that you will not be using for the trip and list of the gear you need for the trek are.

General

  • Seasonable Sleeping bag and down Jacket (If you need it but has to be returned after the trek)
  • Duffle bag (We will provide duffle bag during the trek Sherpa Expedition & Trekking need to be returned after the trek)
  • A wind and waterproof thin layered jacket (Must have for morning and evening above 3,000m)ve 3,000m)
  • Daypack

Upper Body- Head / Ears / Eyes

  • 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

Hand

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

Center Body

  • long sleeve t-shirts
  • Thermal Tops
  • wool Jackets or pullover
  • Artificial sports bras for (Women and girls)
  • Water and windproof shell jacket 

Lower Body 

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

Feet

  • A pair of good waterproof trekking boots
  • Pair of sandals
  • 4-5 pairs of woolen socks
  • Socks liner
  • Light shoes and sneaker
  • First Aid Kits and Medicines
  • Assorted Adhesive Bandages (fabric preferred)
  • Blister treatment
  • Insect testing / anti-itch treatment
  • Ibuprofen / 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 better to  bring your personal first-aid kit as well)

Miscellaneous, but must useable

  • 4 pic passport sizes with original passport
  • Water bottle & filter
  • Flight details (please make a copy and leave one pic at our office in KTM because of if you won to change your flight date)
  • Bathroom kit (conform, should be included Toilet papers put on the plastic bag, hand wipes, towel, and soap, etc.)

Extra things

  • Comfortable trekking poles
  • Best 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 staying in 3-star hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara. The best teahouses are readily available during the trek. You may find comfortable and well- developed teahouses having attached bathroom, however, some teahouses may have shared toilet facilities. All accommodation is on a twin-shared basis.  

Meals and drink during the trek

You will be served BB basis in Kathmandu and Pokhara whereas all meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) will be provided during the trek. You may not have a cuisine as per your desire but a teahouse of this trail offers you local Dhal Bhat (rice and lentils) and a variety of food. You may get to have stream clean water however we recommend you to use water purifying pills.

Physical fitness

Ghorepani Poonhill trek is an easy and short trek suitable for all beginners who have the ability to walk 4-5 hours a day. Past hiking or trekking experience would be a plus point. Trekkers with a pre-existing medical condition such as lung, heart diseases should consult your doctor before the trip.

Transportation

We use a private car for the airport to hotel pick and drop and drive from Nayapul to Pokhara is also included. If you do not feel like taking a drive to Pokhara, a short flight to Pokhara is also available.

Best time to travel

A short trek to the Himalayas is quite windy. Remember to carry warm clothes with you. This trek is usually done in autumn and spring seasons, you are much more likely to see the clear views of more than ten peaks from the top of Poonhill, however, this trek can be done throughout the year.

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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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