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    The Annapurna Region, undoubtedly, provides the best trekking routes in Nepal, obviously, the world’s best trekking trails, such as Annapurna Circuit Trek, Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Mardi Himal Trek, and Tilicho Lake Trek, which offers diverse scenery, culture, and mountains more uniquely as compared to other trekking trails. 

    At 4,919 meters above sea level, Tilicho Lake is believed to be the highest-altitude lake in the world. Its dimensions are 4 km long, 1.2 km wide, and 85 km deep, and it has a surface area of 4.8 km2. Lies in the northern part of the Manang district in the lap of the Annapurna Range. The northern side of Annapurna Mountain and Thorung Peak's glacier melt generated this lake. Tilicho Lake is a stunning turquoise fresh Himalayan water lake recognized as the jewel of the Himalayas. This is a well-known side hike along the Annapurna Circuit, one of the world's most well-known trekking trails. The journey to the world's highest-altitude lake is difficult but beautiful and full of adventures, ranging from the bustle of Kathmandu to the tranquility of Tilicho.

    Tilicho Lake Trekking is one of the chicest trekking in the Annapurna Region which passes through some of the most prominent destinations in the Annapurna Region. The major highlight of the Tilicho Lake Trek is the way leading toward the world’s highest lake; Tilicho Lake (4,919m). The whole trekking trails offer a great variety of cultural, diverse, amazing valleys, and snow-capped mountains encircling the giant Annapurna Family. The trail passes through lush green hills, wide meadows, traditional villages, Buddhist correspondence, waterfalls, and adventurous trails on the way.

    Trekking in Tilicho Lake is fully located in the Trans Himalayan region in Nepal. Tilicho lake trek is not that strenuously difficult but unexpected dry landslides, falling of stones, and unpredictable wind and falls make this trail dangerous eventually. Furthermore, you can experience diverse communities like Chhetri, Brahmin, Tibetan Sherpa, Gurung, Thakali, and Magar ethnic groups. Tilicho lake trek offers an astonishing view of mountains like Mt. Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Tilicho Peak, Gangapurna, Pisang Peak, Himal Chuli, and many more other majestic mountains.

    How to reach Tilicho Lake 

    There is currently no road leading to Tilicho. Before reaching Tilicho Lake, you must walk for at least two days from the last point of conveyance.

    Route 1: The lake is a few kilometers from the Manang valley in little George. The trekkers can drive to Pisang and ascend the next day to Manang. Before making the trek to Tilicho Base Camp, the other night would be spent on Shree kharka. From Tilicho Base Camp, it takes 5 hours to reach Tilicho Lake. So, from Pisang, it takes 3 days to walk. The trekkers can take a Jeep up to Chame and begin their journey to Manang from there. One day of walking will lead you to the Tilicho Base Camp.

    Route 2: A different and quicker route is taking a private bus to Shree kharka and then traveling straight to the Tilicho Base Camp the following day. You will then be staying in a motel at Tilicho Lake on the third day.

    Route 3: Some people also try to cross a quite challenging route in order to reach Tilicho Lake from the north. After passing via the Tilicho North pass, also known as the Tourist pass, and the MesoKanto La, this road departs from Jomsom and Thani Goan. The northern route lacks any lodging tea houses, in contrast to the earlier paths. Since there are only two hotels between Thani Gaon and Tilicho Base Camp, the walk would require camping for around two nights.

    An alternative is to fly directly to Tilicho in a helicopter if the trekking is too strenuous. Although hiring a helicopter to travel to Tilicho is expensive, it is also a glamorous and enjoyable experience.

    Major Highlights of the Tilicho Lake Trek 

    • The most popular trekking routes worldwide in Annapurna Region. 
    • You will be familiar with the customs and cultures of the neighborhood's residents.
    • The Marshyangdi river's bank is where you can take a hike to view the biggest changes throughout time.
    • Mountains like the Gangapurna, Lamjung Himal, Tilicho Peak, Chulu East and West, as well as many other mountains may be seen from the routes, including the Annapurna II, Annapurna III, and Annapurna IV.
    • Trek to Tilicho, the highest lake in the world, which is situated at a height of 4949 meters.
    • Best view of the turquoise Tilicho Take with Tilicho Peak.
    • Experience the journey on the unbeaten trekking trail. 

    Permit required for the Tilicho Lake Trek

    An ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Protection) permit, which costs NPR 3,000 per person, is necessary for foreign trekkers. Before beginning their walk, they also require a TIMS (Trekking Information Management System) permit, which costs NPR 2000 per person.

    These permits are available for purchase from the Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu for lone hikers. For individuals who are traveling with a trekking company like us, companies arrange these permissions. Three passport-size pictures and a few xerographic copies of the passport must be submitted when applying for permission.

    Tilicho Lake Trek Difficulty 

    The Tilicho Lake Trek might be challenging as we climb over 5000 meters in addition to being full of adventures. As we ascend, the oxygen layer becomes thinner, which causes altitude sickness in hikers. During treks, powerful breathing techniques may be beneficial. You are more susceptible to dangers like altitude sickness, extreme cold, the unpredictability of the weather, etc. during this period. When walking in the Nepali hills, you frequently have to contend with steep inclines and uneven terrain. The Annapurna region is not as accessible for trekking as other areas; a strong level of endurance is required to hike up from Thorong La Pass with its challenging ups and downs.

    The most difficult section of the expedition may be the trail above Shree Kharka. You can keep a couple of Digene tablets with you in case the worst happens and you get digestive issues. For this walk, the trekking experience is always fantastic. Strong physical and mental endurance is required. You can stay healthy by dressing warmly, climbing slowly, resting, and eating a balanced diet.

    Best Season for the Tilicho Lake Trek 

    The Autumn (September to November) and Spring (March-May) seasons are always known as the best time of the year for Tilicho Lake Trekking. During this time of the year, the skies are clearer and the snow-covered mountains can be clearly visible to the traveler and that’s what makes this season the best time to travel in high-altitude areas in Nepal. 

    The temperature is currently hovering at 15 degrees Celsius, with a potential low of 0 around midnight. These two seasons coincide with Nepal's holiday seasons. As the vegetation will be thriving and the blossoms are visible in a larger range, this period may also be extremely fantastic for those who enjoy the outdoors.

    Due to the thick dusting of snow that covers all locations above 2,500 meters in the winter and the heavy rain and muddy routes during the monsoon, it is quite challenging to complete the Tilicho Lake Trek during these seasons. With the correct preparation, it is still possible to trek in the snow from Manang to Tilicho, although it is nearly impossible and dangerous to cross the Thorang La Pass.

    What to Expect from Tilicho Lake Trek 

    On the Tilicho lake trekking journey, there are more sights to see than you might anticipate. The walk offers a dramatic glimpse into the lowlands lifestyles and people's cultures thanks to the combination of the ACT and Tilicho Lake. From the beginning to the end of the walk, the varied scenery leaves you wondering where you are. You will view imposing peaks such as Gangapurna, Tilicho Peak, Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Mt. Annapurna Ist (8,091m), Mt. Manaslu (8,163m), Mt. Annapurna II (7,937m), and Mt. Annapurna III (7,555m).

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    Jyoti Karki is an expert travel blogger. She has been writing blogs for a long time. Along with writing about diverse locations. She personally travels to many different places, went hiking and trekking in Nepal, and has also visited several areas of India and enjoys writing on her blogs about them.