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  Tilicho Trek  (NTT-AT-005) | ITINERARY  
Trip Facts
Country: Nepal Duration: 17 days
Area: Annapurna Region Activities: Trekking
Max. Group Size: 9  Person Min. Group Size: 2 Person
Difficulty: Max. Altitude: 5,400  M.
Seasons: April, May, June, July (summer) August, September, October, November

Tilicho Lake is one of those places that have had next to mythic connotations. Many regard it as the highest lake in the world (5200m). It was for long almost totally closed save for a few climbers and expeditions, and since 1974, when Nixon changed the China policy, part of the area above Thini on the Jomosom side became a very off-limits military area. From the Manang side it was rarely if ever visited. The trekking path to Tilicho was ?a figment of some ones fantasy? and the locals in Manang had little knowledge of the route too, and were often thought to be slightly unfriendly, as they were known for not being particularly keen on working as human beasts of burden for various expeditions that had passed. When asked to porter they had simply refused! Manang is no ordinary village. Its people are heavily involved in international trade, due to passport privileges granted in the past.

The route goes along the Marshangdi River and Gorge through the remote valley of Manang also known as the district behind the Mountains, to crest the arid, windswept northern flank of Annapurna at the Thorong-La. The route then passes through the Khanshar Village (The Last Village of Nepal). The trail goes through the must challenging pass ?Moeso Kanta Pass? of Annapurna area to Jomson.

Itinerary:

Day 01.

Arrival to Kathmandu.

Arrival to Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel.

Day 02.

In Kathmandu free day.

In Kathmandu free day, necessary preparation for the trek.

Day 03.

Kathmandu/Bhulbhule/Ngadi ( 6 hrs drive and 2 hrs walk) (B,L D)

Drive to Beshishahar which is some 178 km. and will take some 6 hrs. The journey will along the Trishuli and the Marshyangdi River popular rafting rivers of Nepal. Trek after lunch for about an hour and half via Khudi then to Bhulbhule. We meet the porters commence walking to Ngadi for about two hours and reach the campsite.

Day 04.

Ngadi to Jagat (1310m – 5 hours)

Trek to BahunDanda (1310m.) which means “the Hill of the Brahmins” the major cast of the Nepal’s midhill. It will take approximately 6 hrs. Then rice field where the water available can be seen. July- October is the month they grow rice and millet as well at the same time. After lunch a short descent to a mountain stream coming from the right then the trail continues generally flat on the mountainside with views of the meandering Marsyangdi River and cascading waterfalls from high above to the river. In about two hours reach a village called Syange near the river. Cross the river by the suspension bridge and walk on the right bank of the river. Steep climb to a resting place where cold drinks can be purchased then easy flat walk to the village of Syange. We can hear the roar of the Marsyangdi river and see the mountain sides rise that reach searing heights. This is the end of the day’s walk.

Day 05.

Jagat to Dharapani (1430 m.) (B,L,D)

The trail is easy for some time, then it begins to undulate until we reach the next village called Chamje. A short walk takes us to a long suspension bridge and we cross to the left bank. Again the the trail undulates until we come to the gate of wide valley. The vista of Tal opens up and the beautiful village of Tal appears ahead. We stop here for the lunch and after lunch the trail goes to left and right and left again to reach Dharapani. The pine forest appear beyond this village and high on the mountainside. Huge cliff faces and roaring waters is the scenery of the area.

Day 06.

Dharapani to Chame (2670). (B,L,D)

Walk through the village of Dharapani and then arrive at Bagarchhap. After Bagarchhap we arrive at Dana Kyu and thereafter through beautiful forest. Our stop will be at Latamarang for lunch then another 3 hours of interesting mountain forest and arrive at Koto for checking permits. Then another hour of walk will enable to arrive at Chame with the view of the Manaslu and Annapurna II (7939m.) Chame is the capital of the Manag district situated in the bank of the river Marshyangdi.

Day 07.

Trek to Pisang (3200m.) (B,L,D)

A spectacular waterfall can be sighted near Brathangs village where small stone memorial is erected in memory of the Japanese hiker, who died passing the Thorong La, since he stayed in the snow storms for many days. Arrive Bratang Bridge, 3000 mtrs. the Paunda Danda, a magnificent cliff of granite, looms up like a gigantic wave. An hour’s climb will bring us to a great view point from where the vista of Manang Valley opens like a Himalayan golf course ahead of us. We shall have the lunch in one of the lodges here at Dhikur Pokhari. After lunch an hour’s walk through garden like flat woodland will bring us to Pisang situated on the lap of the Pisang Peak, pyramid - like peak , popular for climbing. After refreshment visit the monastery in the Upper Pisang Village

Day 08.

Trek to Manang (3540 m.). (B,L,D)

This is really wonderful trail with the pastures by the Yaks, Horses and cattle .The trail offers some magnificent sights of the top of Annapurna. After a short walk from Pisang village the trail forks and the one climbs to the Ngwal from where the view of the Annapurnas is wonderful. The normal route is equally interesting with mountain views and pine forest. The barberry bushes add colours to already beautiful environment. All the way to Manang, the trail is flat

Day 09.

Manang to Khangsar Gompa. (B,L,D)

After breakfast, we walk for one and half hours to reach a suspension bridge. Then a shrt climb up to an old ruined fort and enter the arid landscape to the north great Himalayan Barrier . Fascinating views of the Manang Valley, Manaslu Annapurna 3 and Gangapurna will be seen from the last village, Khangsar. We stop here for the lunch. After lunch the walk will be for 2 hours to a Buddhist temple called Gompa.

Day 10.

Gompa to Tilicho Base Camp 4200m. (B,L,D)

From Gompa it is uphill for about half an hour, and arrive at a main trail to Thorong Phedi from the Tiicho Lake. Turn left and follow easy flat path to come to a small stream, the beginning of the Marsyangdi Khola. We have now walked for about two hours. Uphill for 10 minutes at the most, then gentle down hill and flat walk to the Landslide in about an hour. The landslide takes about 2 hours by 1300 hours we reach the Base Camp. Lunch and camp.

Day 11.

Base Camp – Tilicho Khola Camp 4930m (B,L,D)

It takes about an hour for an uphill walk, not difficut, and arrive at a rest place. We see Khangsar and Manang Villages from here. A wide range of summits, such as Kang Guru, Pisang Peak, Chulu East, and right in front magnificent, the views of Tilicho Peak and the Tilicho Valley is enjoyed from the spot. From a gradually traverse diagonally over the pasture landscape for about an hour, followed by er the moraines. Now we are at the great lake of Tilicho. A further half an hour walk will take you to the Camp site. Enjoy the great views of the Lake and Tilicho Peak. It is a lunch camp trek today from 0800 to 1300 hours.

Day 12.

Tilicho Khola Camp – Thul Dhunga (B, L, D)

From Tilicho Camp, we gradually climb for about 2 hours , after this you have an easy trail which is gentle down hill for about an hour, then another one hour and a half easy uphill and reach the Tilicho Pass. The Pass is marked with many prayer flags festooned. Breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks and the lake is the prize of the trek. Then down hill over the moraine to a huge rock called Thulo Dhunga (Massive Bounder). Hot lunch will be served then further one hour to a grassy and scrub area known as the Base Camp. Hopefully it will be a clear afternoon as the sun set views of Tilicho Peak, Nilgiri, Tukche Peak and of course massive Dhaulagiri will be enjoyed from here. In the evening camp fire and Nepali music.

Day 13.

Base Camp – Jomsom (B,L,D)

The walk from here is pleasant as the trail goes through alpine scrub area. The vegetation is thin juniper trees then slowly juniper forest will give way to pine forest. You will meet no one, it is a very quiet and peaceful area. In about 4 hours we arrive at a large village called Thni. The village of Thakali people who are primarily peasants and grow buck wheat, barley and potatoes in their fetile land below the village. Some people from this village have mules and horses which we use as a means of transport/porterage, they also have shops and lodges in Jomsom, district headquarters of Mustang District.

Day 14.

Jomsom – Pokhara (B,L,D)

Early morning flight to Pokhara. Rest and relax in Pokhara. . Lunch and dinner in Hotel Meera

Day 15.

Pokhara (B,L,D)

Visit Ghachok – Sharada School Programme. LUNCH IN Ghachok and Dinner in Meera

Day 16.

Kathmandu (B,L,D)

Free until transfer to the Airport. 1400hours depart for Lunch in Hotel and dinner in Rum Doodle

Day 17.

Free in Kathmandu (B, D)

Sightseeing and shopping Dinner in Bhojan Griha

Day 18.

Fly back home.