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Tilicho Lake Trek - 21 Days

Tilicho Lake is one of those places that has had next to mythic connotations. Tilicho Lake is regarded as the highest lake in the world. 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 totally off-limits military area. From the Manang side it was rarely if ever visited.A much sold guide book informed potential trekkers that the 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.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival
We will pick you up at Tribhuwan international airport in our private vehicle and drop you at hotel. Overnight at hotel .
Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing
Have breakfast and we will go for Kathmandu sightseeing .We will visit monkey temple , bouddhanath , Kathmandu durbar square and have lunch in between that .Then walk through Thamel street and Ason and then back to hotel and have dinner.
Day 03: Kathmandu – Besisahar
Wake up early and have breakfast.The day begins with drive to besisahar-bhulbhule about 5-6 hours from Kathmandu along to the Prithvi highway .We divert off the highway at the busling town of Dumre and continue for a further one and half hours to Beshisahar.After lunch we complete the short drive to the road head at Bhulbhule (846m) in the Marsyangdi valley ,overnight at lodge/tea house with dinner.
Day 04: Trek to Bahundanda
We will wake up early as our first day trekking starts through typical local houses and the faces of varied ethnic tribes.Our route makes its way through subtropical forest to the village of khudi(840m).After we pass the village of Bhulbhule we will see a majestic 60m high waterfall ,Manaslu. After that we will cross he Nagdi khola by a long suspension bridge and the trails moves upwards to attractive village Bahundanda.
Day 05: Trek to Tal
On this day we will trek to tal.
Day 06: Trek to Chame
The trail climbs to Tyanja at 2,360m, then continuing through forest, but near the river to Kopar at 2,590m. As we reach the Chame, the headquarters of the Manang district, we are rewarded by the fine views of Annapurna II as you approach Chame and two small hot springs by the town. Along this route we are introduced to a local community of which the residents are said to have migrated from Tibet centuries ago, noticeable by their distinct physical features and lifestyle as well as architecture and livelihood unique to Tibet. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Day 07: Trek to Pisang
On this day we will start our trek by climbing Telekhu through the forest to Brathang .After sometime we will see Paungda danda and we will cross back to south bank of Marshyangdi and climb over a ridge through blue pine forests.As our trek heads to upper part of Manang valley we reach to Pisang
Day 08: Trek to Manang
Today our trek will slowly climb upto the Tibetan style village of Bryaga where we will see houses stacked one to another and then we will continue through a countryside ,the village of Manang.
Day 09: Excursion on Manang
This day we will stay in Manang where we can have short hiking towards Khangsar or you can allow your body to acclimatize to higher altitudes and thinning the air.
Day 10: Trek to Kanshar
After acclimatizing at Manang we will continue our adventure towards the Tilicho Lake, situated on the west end of Manang following the path down to the river. After crossing the Khangsar Khola, we reach Khangsar and head towards the village region, still very traditional Tibetan and known as the Last Village of Nepal. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Day 11: Trek to Tilicho Base Camp
We will start our trek from kangsar passing gompha and slopes towards a place where the valley is narrow.We will continue along the new path and descend to the new valley.At its bottom is a brrok.Onthe other side of the building there’s Tilicho base camp.
Day 12: Trek from Tilocho lake and back to Tilicho base camp
Our journey starts early in the morning at around 6am as we will try to avoid the wind. From the Base camp to the Tilicho lake takes another 3-4 hours. Tilicho Lake is a cold barren place in the afternoon and claimed as highest lake of the world. After we spend some time around Tilicho Lake we will return same way back to Base Camp as there are no any accommodation facilities at Tilicho Lake area. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Day 13: Trek back to Kanshar
We will trek back to Kansar from tilicho base camp this day and overnight at Kansahar.
Day 14: Trek to Yak kharka
We will return from Base camp by following a track 400m or so above Kanshar village passing through the ruins of old kanshar and follow the trail down to cross the river on an old log bridge between Gumsang and Yak kharka.
Day 15: Trek to Thorang Phedi
Today, after ascending for two and half hour the trail descends to cross the river at 4310meters we will then climb up to Thorong Phedi at 4450meters where we have recently found some good Guesthouses built. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 16: Trek to Muktinath
We will trek down to the west where there is the Kalai Gandaki River. The descent from the pass is gradual at first then later becomes considerably steeper and keeps to the south side of the valley. We will cross a suspension bridge, walk furthermore beyond the famous Muktinath temple then reach the village of Muktinath/ranipauwa.
Day 17: Trek to Kagbeni
Next morning without our heavy pack we will head up east away from kaligandaki river where there are views to Muktinath and Thourung pass in the distance.We will pass traditional village of jarkot where we may stop for lunch and finally reach to muktinath.Muktinath temple is a point of pilgrimage for Buddhist and hindus where flam,water,air meet.Enjoy the views from here before returning to kagbeni.
Day 18: Jomsom to Pokhara: 25 minutes by flight
After breakfast our trekking crew will help you with your bags to the airport and offer farewell for the last time. Our representative in Jomsom will make all the arrangements for your flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. Upon reaching Pokhara, we will have to check into the hotel. Then, you can either rest or stroll in the beautiful streets of Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.
Day 19: Pokhara – Kathmandu
Early morning g we will drive to Kathmandu in a tourist bus where we will enjoy the river side scenery.Upon reaching Kathmandu we can check into hotel and rest .Overnight at Kathmandu hotel.
Day 20: Rest day in Kathmandu
This day we will have rest day in Kathmandu .On this day we will visit small markets in thamel and ason.During night we will take you to for the dinner.
Day 21: Departure
Our adventure in Nepal comes to an end today! A representative from Nepal Gogo trek will take us you to the airport.
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