Tilicho Peak is a difficult yet clear ascension. Tilicho Peak Base Camp sits alongside the highest elevation water blue Tilicho Lake. Tilicho Peak is a challenging peak among seven thousand meters with the blend of rock and ice paving the way to soak snowfields. The staggering view of Annapurna massif, Dhaulagiri can be observed from the peak alongside the most unimaginable valley on the planet, the Kali Gandaki valley, and Tilicho Lake.
Tilicho peak stands at an astounding elevation of 7134m, one of the most thrilling peaks at seven thousand meters elevation. The standard route to reach the Base Camp of Tilicho Peak passes through Besishahar alongside the freshwater river Marsyangdi Valley. The methodology takes around 8 days and offers amazing acclimatization. Summiters have breathtaking views of the Annapurna massif, Dhaulagiri, Tilicho Lake, Tibetan plateau, and down to the deepest valley in the world, the Kali Gandaki Valley.
Tilicho Peak was first successfully climbed to summit in 1978 by Mr. Emanuel Schmutz who was part of the French expedition team. The peak was successfully climbed from the North West shoulder then now the primary route to the peak. The peak comes along with one of the two thrilling seven thousander Khangsar Kang (7458m) and Nilgiri North (7061m) The pinnacle was first found in 1950 by a group driven by Maurice Herzog who was endeavoring to track down Annapurna I.
The best time for climbing in Nepal is during March-May (spring) and October – November (autumn). In any case, summer is likely the best opportunity to visit Tilicho Lake in light of the fact that the weather conditions are considerably less hot and the path is simpler. The biodiversity of the Annapurna region comes to life, it's when nature glows up the dense forest around the region is colorful, waking down those trails during such a period of time is a moment of experience. Although said as “climbing window” the weather is very unpredictable upon the mountains, the clouds may form all of a sudden with thick dense fog or any kind of change can be observed.
Tilicho is one of the toughest seven thousand peaks in the world. That is why you should be prepared enough before the climb. Even though expeditions are carried out with the most technically advanced gears and equipment these are only the things that make you comfortable enough to climb a peak, the real question behind it is are you physically and mentally stable enough to sustain those long periods of time for submitting a peak at once. That is why climbers thinking of climbing Tilicho Peak are highly suggested to get engaged in a physical fitness program at least three months before the expedition. This period of time will define your physical and mental state, that is how you can judge yourself whether you are able to sustain Tilicho's peak high altitude or not. Although you will be guided with oxygen and other safety equipment all the time by a mountain guide of yours provided by LHN, it's said that “prevention is better than cure”.
The route to the peak completes in setups of three camps namely base camp, Camp I, and Camp II respectively.
Tilicho Peak Base Camp: The base came situated at an elevation of 4800 m and resides alongside Tilicho lake, a beautiful place to rest and acclimatize. Tilicho is where you will be sourced with water for the rest of the expedition. The water will be filtered or purified by iodine tablets or boiled.
Camp I: Camp resides at an elevation of 5795m, which is climbed from base camp to Camp I through Northwest shoulder which is a steep straightforward climb. The route passes through a big snowfield and then climbs on 50 degrees mixed rock and ice for about 690m. You can see the astounding view of Tilicho Lake down below. The first trip is done for acclimatization
Camp II; Standing at the elevation of 6200m. The ascent to Camp II crosses a 700-meter snowfield of 55 degrees leading up to the shoulder. This accent is the challenging part of the climb and requires high technical skills. The Weather on Camp II decides whether you will be able to push for the summit or push back for a second attempt to summit.
Khangsar Kang (7458m) and Nilgiri North (7061m) Annapurna massif, Dhaulagiri, Tilicho Lake can be observed from the Tilicho peak alongside the Tibetan plateau and down to the deepest valley in the world, the Kali Gandaki Valley. These panoramic views of the mountains are one of the mesmerizing views that you can see in your lifetime.
During your trek to the base camp of the Tilicho, you will encounter many ethnic village settlements where you will be welcomed with warm hospitality. These ethnic groups are settled in some of the amazing villages that you can find in the world. Their culture and traditions are some of the things you would wanna witness during your trek to base camp. The lifestyles in those villages are pretty interesting to experience ranging from local food, dress, and daily lifestyle.
The Tilicho peak is under the protected area of the national park of Annapurna. To ensure the beauty and the natural growth of the mountains these protected regions are introduced. The fact that the region is under the protection of the Nepal government makes the route to the peak filled with diverse flora and fauna. This region has some of the promising wildlife that you probably do not expect to encounter. Himalayan Tiger, Snow Leopard, Red Panda are some of the amazing wildlife creatures that have been spotted in the national park of Annapurna. During the season of April, the lush dense forests and huge landscapes are filled with red Rhododendron which makes the dense forest extremely beautiful.
Luxury Holidays Nepal has been operating expeditions in different mountain peaks Annapurna South Expedition, Gangapurna Expedition, Pumori Expedition, Mt Everest Expedition (8848.86 m), Lhotse Expedition (8,516 m), and many more.
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