Tilicho Lake is a lake located in the Manang district of Nepal. It is situated at an altitude of 4,919 metres (16,138 ft) in the Annapurna range of the Himalayas. Another source lists the altitude of Lake Tilicho as being 4,949 metres (16,237 ft).
Mountain lakes are known to geographers as tarns if they are caused by glacial activity. Tarns are found mostly in the upper reaches of the Himalaya, above 5,500 metres (18,000 ft).
Tilicho Lake is the destination of one of the most popular side hikes of the Annapurna Circuit trek. The hike takes additional 3–4 days. No camping is required, as new lodges have been built between Manang and the lake. Final approach to the lake is done in a day hike from the lodge at Tilicho Base Camp.
Trekkers attempting the Annapurna Circuit route usually cross the watershed between Manang and Kali Gandaki valleys over the 5416 meters high Thorong La pass. The alternate route skirting Tilicho Lake from the north has been gaining popularity. This route is more demanding and requires at least one night of camping. There are no teahouses or lodges past the Tilicho Base Camp lodge some kilometers east of the lake and the next village of Thini Gaon in the Kali Gandaki valley. Most groups spend two nights between these places. There are two passes leading to Thini Gaon and Jomsom; Mesokanto La and Tilicho North pass known also as Tilicho "Tourist pass". These routes via Tilicho Lake are more often closed by snow than the higher Thorong La.
It was also the site of one of the highest ever altitude scuba dives. A Russian diving team consisting of Andrei Andryushin, Denis Bakin and Maxim Gresko conducted a scuba dive in the lake in 2000.
Surrounding mountains: Tilicho, Nilgiri, Khangsar and Muktinath peak
Tilicho Lake is a challenging trek that takes you on a breathtaking adventure to one of the worlds highest lakes in transcendent mountain setting. This is a fascinating trek that is both strenuous and rewarding! The Tilicho Lake Trek follows the eastern portion of the world-classic Annapurna Circuit with an unforgettable odyssey through diverse and a blend of unique ethnicities along the way. The mountains on display on Tilicho Lake Trek include Annapurna I, 8,091m (26,545ft) the 10th highest mountain in the world and first over 8,000 m to have been climbed. The French summit it in 1950. Additional peaks featured here are Dhaulagiri, 8,167m (26,7795ft), worlds 7th highest, Manaslu, 8,163m (26,781ft), worlds 8th highest, and Machhapuchhre, 6,993m (22,943ft), a beautiful and sacred mountain that is off limits to climbing.
Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1345m). Pick up and transfer to Hotel . Overnight at Hotel.
Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Besihar. (530m)- 5 hours driving by public bus. Overnight at guest house.
Day 03: Drive from Besisahar to Chame (2675m.) 5 hours drive by public jeep or bus. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 04: Trek from Chame to Pisang (3100m) 5 Hours Walking. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 05: Trek from Pisang to Manang (3440m.)5 Hours Walking. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 06: Rest day at Manang for acclimatization:. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 07: Trek from Manang to Khansar (3750m)- 4 Hours Walking. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 08: Trek from Khansar to Tilicho Base Camp (4800m), Walking 6-7 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 09: Tilicho BC to Tilicho Lake (5200m) and return to Tilicho BC. Overnight at Guest house.
Day 10: Trek from base camp to Yak Kharka. Walking 6-7 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 11: Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4420m.) 3 Hours Walking. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 12: Trek from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3850m.) via Thorong La (5416m.) Pass 8 Hours Walking. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 13: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (2895 m.) 3 Hours. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 14: Fly to Pokhara from Jomsom. Overnight at Hotel in Pokhara.