Name of the Trail: Manaslu Tilicho Lake Trek
Best Season: Septstrongber to Decstrongber & March to May
Trekking Type: Lodge Trek/ Tea House
Grade: Easy to Challenging
Duration: 24 days
Maximum elevation: Meso Kanto La (5300m)
Transport: Car/Bus/Jeep and by Plane
Manaslu Tilicho lake trek is a challenging trekking in Nepal which is combined by two major high passes Larke la (5,135m/16,847ft), and Tilicho Pass Meso Kanto La (5,300m/17,388ft). This route is specially offered for adventure travelers like to spend long time in Nepal Himalaya good physical fitness and natural lovers. A fantastic Manaslu to Tilicho lake trekprovide unique itinerary links the trek around Manaslu with a traverse of the northern Annapurna range to Jomsom and explore the "Great Barrier". Especially this trek is highlighted for panoramic mountains view, highest lake in the world Tilicho Lake and Tibetan origin people to Thakali Villages.
You ascend to the foot of the North Face of Manaslu. You are rewarded with a stunning panorama and finest aspects of spectacular massifs. Manaslu to Tilicho trek begin in the ancient town of Kathmandu, from where you will board a bus to Arughat and follows the meandering Buri Gandaki River northwards to the village of Deng. Although quite board initially, the valley soon narrows down and you soon find that you are clambering high above the river on fantastic paths which cling precariously to the hillsides. This part of Nepal sees only a handful of trekkers each year and you can expect the trails to be less crowded. As you progress further northwards the valley opens up to reveal delightful alpine meadows and small Tibetan villages that are found in a cluster beneath sweeping North Face of Manaslu. You continue through Jagat, Ghap and Sho, typical Tibetan villages with rows of the prayer wheels and Mani stones. The trail eventually reaches Samagaon, the largest and most important village of this region. This is a key staging post for expedition teams attempting to climb Manaslu and the mountain from here is outstanding.
From the Samagaon you head west & cross the Larkya La (5,135m/16,847ft), a classic pass linking the Buri Gandaki with the Marsyangdi Valley, with farm lands forming a part of the old trading route between Manang and Tibet. From the top of this pass you are rewarded with a stunning panorama looking towards Himlung Himal (7,126m/23,379ft), Manaslu & the Annapurna peaks, with the peaks of Ganesh Himal (7,406m/24,298ft) rounding off the east. The descent passes through the alpine meadows of Bimtang to join the renowned Annapurna Circuit at Thonje. Tillman first surveyed this region in 1950 on his reconnaissance of Annapurna. After following the traditional Annapurna Circuit route for three days to Manang the trek continues to the remote Tilicho Lake & Meso Kanto La (5,300m/17,388ft) sometimes called the Tilicho pass, which provides a direct route to the Kali Gandaki valley. Tilicho Lake lies below the 'Great Barrier' and it was this huge wall of snow and ices that thwarted Herzog's initial approach to Annapurna in 1950. This fabled region has only just been opened up to trekking groups and yours will be one of the first groups to visit this area. Tremendous views of Dhaulagiri (8,167m/26,795ft) and Tukche peak can be seen as the trail descends down to Jomsom, where an exciting mountain flight and transports you back to Kathmandu.
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu
Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, Actual Adventure Adventure (P) ltd will officially greet and meet you at Airport & transfer you to Hotel . You will have leisure time, followed by an evening welcome dinner at a typical Nepalese Restaurant. Overnight in Kathmandu (1,000m/3,280ft).
Day 02: Kathmandu - Trek preparation and sightseeing
Half-day guided city tours (tour includes Kathmandu Durbar Square, Syambunath Stupa, Pashupati Nath Temple - Hindu Temple & Buddha Nath - The biggest Buddha Stupa in ancient Kathmandu). Afternoon pre-trip discussion of the trek. Overnight in Kathmandu (1,000m/3,280ft).
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat: 8-9 hours
Early morning we leave Kathmandu for our trek to Manaslu. Drive by local bus to Arughat through the beautiful Nepalese countryside. Arughat is the largest village of this river basin. Explore the surrounding area and overnight in Arughat (550m/1,804ft).
Day 04: Arughat to Soti Khola: 6-7 hours
Your trek follows the river Budhi Gandaki toward its point of origin. You pass the village of Morder and Simre to reach Arkhat River. After Arkhat you ascend slowly toward Kyoropani. Camp today near the confluence of Soti River - an ideal place to take a fresh water bath. Overnight in Soti Khola (750m/2,461ft). In Nepali language Khola means river.
Day 05: Soti Khola to Machha Khola: 7-8 hours
The trail descends slowly until you climb again to mountain ridge to Almara. Pass the forest trail to arrive at Riden Gaon. The valley here cuts into another side of the river to enter Budhi Gandaki. At Lambesi, the trail follows down to the sandy riverbed of Budhi Gandaki. Camp tonight at Machha River (890m/2,920ft).
Day 06: Machha Khola to Jagat: 6-7 hours
Cross Machha River and head upstream along the river's edge. After crossing Khola besi, there is a hot spring called "Tatopani". The trail follows forested area after this toward Doban. Below Doban, there is a huge rapid at Budhi Gandaki. As the elevation increases, the rapids and the scenery undergoes a complete transformation. Overnight in Jagat(1,350m/4,429ft).
Day 07: Jagat to Deng: 6-7 hours
Ascend a rocky ridge up to Salleri then to Setibas. The trail follows the best and new route to Manaslu via Ngyak. Then the trail goes ahead to Ganesh Himal Base Camp. Later on, the trail reaches to Serson. Now the trail enters a steep uninhabited gorge and descends through grassy slopes dotted with tall Pine trees via Budhi Gandaki. Further on, the tiny village Deng comes after crossing a bamboo forest and Deng Khola. Overnight in Deng (1,960m/6,430ft).
Day 08: Deng to Ghap: 5-6 hours
After breakfast you cross Budhi Gandaki again and climb up, pass a waterfall, cross a stream, and continue to climb ahead to Shringi Khola; cross it and reach Ghap (Tsak). Overnight in Ghap (2,380m/7,808ft).
Day 09: Ghap to Namrung: 4-5 hours
The trail crosses over Budhi Gandaki enters woods then it climbs up to Budhi Gandaki valley. The trek climbs over a big rock, continues up through deep fir and rhododendron forest, and then enters Namrung. Overnight in Namrung(2,700m/8,858ft).
Day 10: Namrung to Sama Gompa: 4-5 hours
You follow to Nupri region; the trail passes Barcham and crosses Hinan Khola and reaches to Sho. The trail then follows to Lho and drops down across Damonan Khola. Ascend again to a plateau at Shya. Crossing a ridge the trail descends onto a rock - strewn moraine and goes onto a ridge overlooking pastures and fields of Samagaon. The Sama Gompa is nestled against a wooded moraine at the end of the valley. Overnight in Sama Gompa (3,360m/11,024ft).
Day 11: Sama Gompa: rest day
Today is rest day for acclimatization. You can spend the day taking a day walk hike to lake, monastery or by relaxing and exploring Sama Gompa village. This is big Tibetan community. You will see fabulous view of Manaslu. Overnight in Sama Gompa
Day 12: Sama Gompa to Samdo: 3-4 hours
Descend to Budhi Gandaki and to Manaslu Base Camp. The Larkya La trail passes several Mani walls and reaches Kermo Kharka. The trail then climbs steeply to find Samdo nestled behind a ridge. Overnight in Samdo (3,780m/12,402ft).
Day 13: Samdo to Larkya Rest House: 4-5 hours
Go further on to Larkya La. The trail forwards and climbs in and out of the gorge and reaches the only shelter on the route to the pass, Larkya Rest House. Overnight in Larkya Rest House (4,200m/13,780ft).D
Day 14: Larkya Rest House o Larkya La to Bimtang: 7-9 hours
Today you have very early breakfast and start untimely. The trail reaches at the top of the moraine at 4,700m (15,420ft) and climbs steeply to the pass at 5,135m (16,847ft). Then the trail descends to Bimtang (" Plain of Sand" in Tibetan Language). This huge valley surrounded by high peaks. Overnight in Bimtang (2,200m/7,218ft).
Day 15: Bimtang to Dharapani: 7-8 hours
The trek descends to Dudh Khola and reaches Gho crossing Pine and Rhododendron forests. At the foot of the valley, part of Lamjung Peak above the Marsyangdi valley comes into sight. The trail continues to Bagarchhap via Tilje and Thonje villages. Overnight in Bagarchhap (1,992m/6,535ft).
Day 16: Dharapani to Chame: 5 -6 hours
Today you will negotiate a few steep forested ridges, along with several landslides on route, remember to look up though, as you will receive some sensational views of major Himalayan peaks of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV (7,525m/24,688ft). Small hot springs relief your long day trek. Overnight in Chame (2,710m/8,891ft).
Day 17: Chame-Pisang: 5-6 hours
A steep, narrow path through a very dense forest will bring you to the dramatic curved rock face, rising 1500m from the river. As the trail opens up you will be surrounded by majestic Himalayan Peaks. Overnight in Pisang (3,700m/12,139ft).
Day 18: Pisang to Manang: 4-5 hours
Enter the upper Manang region, where you will notice a contrast with the landscape and vegetation. The cold, dry climate creates a much harsher environment. Incredible views of the towering Himalayan Peaks. Overnight in Manang (3,500m/11,482ft).
Day 19: Rest day in Manang ( visit Gangapurna glacier lake,Buddhist monastary and local village.
Day 20: Manang to Tilicho base camp (Tilicho Lake) about 7-8 hrs trek.
Day 21: crossing to Meso Kanto La (5300m) to Jomsom about 8 -9 hrs trek.
Day 22: Jomsom to Pokhara: 25 minutes by flight
After the breakfast, your trekking crews will help you carry your duffel 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. Transfer to your hotel in Pokhara lake side. Onward times free for you.
Day 23: Pokhara to Kathmandu: 6 hours
Early morning drive to Kathmandu. Transfer to your hotel; the day at leisure to rest, perhaps catch up on some last minute shopping or explore any sights you missed during your first day in Kathmandu and evening celebration dinner together. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 24: Farewell Friend
Today the journey comes to an end. There's nothing to do but trade emails with your new friends, organize all your photos and finally depart from Nepal. Or get ready for the next adventure.
If the above schedule does not meet your need and interest, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preferences.
Trip is possbile to conduct in any time if the group size has two or more pax.
Nepal is a developing country, Outside of major cities area electricity on trekking can be scares. You should have to pay 100-800 NRs per hour to charge goods on many lodges and also many tea-house treks, including in Annapurna base camp trek, Everest Base camp trek and many others treks also. Chargers often won't work on low power solar systems you find right up in the mountains so u can buy alternative bayonet light to electricity power plug converter, which will only works in low voltage is high\low. The standard Nepalese electrical outlet is a three-pronged triangle so bring three-pronged triangle chargers.
Nepal is a landlocked country which lies in Hindu Kush Himalayan region. Nepal has monsoonal climate having four main seasons: spring, summer, monsoon, autumn and winter.
Below is a general guide to conditions at different seasons:
January to March (winter): In this season temperature will decrease at often 0°C (32°F) at night, with extreme cold at high elevations. It is possible to trek in places like the Everest region during the winter but due to extreme cold weather and heavy snow fall it may be quite difficult than as usual.
April to June (summer): In these months it is quite warm and dry weather. There is an abundance of blooming flowers in the Himalayas at this time, with rhododendrons, in particular, adding a splash of color to the landscape. This season is the best time to undertake mountain expeditions.
June to September (Monsoon): There will be heavy monsoonal rainfall in this season. Rains are generally lighter in high Himalayan reasons. In this season the mountain ranges are not often visible due to the clouds.
October to December (autumn): These months are cool and clear which is due to the end of monsoon, there is little dust in the air so this is the best season to visit the hilly and mountainous regions.
Visa in Nepal can be acquired on arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu and also at the border entry points in Kakadvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Gaddachowki border of Nepal - India and Kodari on Nepal-China border. Visa can also acquire at the nearest Nepal Embassy. For visa renewal purpose you can contact at Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan at Kathmandu. A valid passport and one passport -size photo with a light background is required. Visa can be obtained only through payment of cash in the following currency: Euro, Swiss Franc, Pound Sterling, US Dollar, Australian Dollar, Canadian Dollar, Hong Kong Dollar, Singapore Dollar and Japanese Yen. Credit card, Indian currency and Nepali currency are not accepted as payment of visa fee.
Visa Facility Duration Fee
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Multiple entry 90 days US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency
In Nepal, “Namaste” or “Namaskar” is said to an older or high-status person with palms together, figure up. It is used to greet a person in place of goodbye or hello. There is no limitation how many times you say “Namaste” but, it is better if you say once per person, per day. If You want to say “Thank You” then you can say “Dhanyabaad /'ðɅnjɅbɑ:d/ (Dhan-ya-baad)”