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Tilicho Lake Trekking

Tilicho Lake Trekking

Overview

Trip Fact

Trip Name:

Tilicho Lake Trek

Best Month:

Sep - Nov & Mar - May

Max Elevation:

5416

Walking hours Per Day:

5 - 8 Hours

Trip Duration:

14

Trip Grade:

Moderate to Challenging

Meals:

BLD

Accommodation:

Hotel/Lodge

Group Size:

1+

Destination:

Annapurna Region, Nepal

Tilicho Lake Trekking is a rewarding but challenging adventure that offers both natural beauty with picturesque views of mountains and lakes, and a sense of achievement. The Tilicho Lake and Thorong-La Pass (5416 meters)  are the highlights of the trek. The journey to Tilicho Lake and Thorong La Pass makes a memorable experience to explore the remote and stunning landscapes in life.

Tilicho Lake is located in the Manang district of Nepal, one of the country's deserted regions, in the country's northern hemisphere. It is the lake at the highest elevation because of its location, which is 4919 meters above sea level. There are mountains all around it, including Tilicho Peak, Thorong Peak, Nilgiri, Gangapurna  and Glacier Dom, as well as an open area on one side that provides a stunning view of the deep blue sky from the foothills of many mountains. The significance of Hindus and Buddhists in this lake is enormous. Since the lake is located at the base of mountains, snow from the mountains serves as its water source, making the area frigid.

One of the most picturesque trekking routes in Nepal is the Tilicho Lake Trek, which offers views of the lake, mountains, and sky as well as a safari across the desert and a dip in the lake's chilly, white water. In order to test their bravery in the subzero temperatures, folks come to this hip location naked.

This lake trip is part of the traditional Annapurna circuit trekking route, which begins in the town of Dharapani after a long drive from Kathmandu and concludes in Jomsom. It is situated in the Annapurna region.This walk makes travelers happy since it offers breathtaking views of the Himalayas, lush green slopes, expansive meadows, and traditional Buddhist and Hindu communities. On this trek, hikers can view a variety of naturally decorated objects that appeal to the eye and capture the attention of every hiker. A breathtaking view of the area's majestic mountains, including Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Nilgiri, and Himchuli, may be seen on the Tilicho Lake hike. The trekkers always enjoy it, making the long journey less challenging.

Additionally, the Tilicho Lake Trek offers the best chance to discover undiscovered natural and cultural features of the Annapurna region. These features include gorgeous landscapes, valleys, green hills, dense forests, artistic waterfalls, quiet lakes, clean rivers, and gorges.

This trek is most suitable for those hiking enthusiasts who love challenging and adventurous treks.

Highlights of Tilicho Lake Trekking 

  • World most popular circuit trekking trails 
  • Treks through villages like Tal, Dharapani, Chame, Pisang, Manag. 
  • Trail in green forest of fir, pine, oak, and rhododendron
  • Observe the cultures and traditions of the local people around the area.
  • Walk through the bank of the Wonderful Marshyangdi River, Kali Gandaki River, where you would see the most dramatic changes from beginning to end.
  • Mountain views of Mountains like the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Gangapurna, Lamjung Himal, Tilicho peak, and many other mountains around the trails.
  • Trek to the World highest lake, which is elevated at the Altitude of 4949 Meters.
  • Visit the famous Hindus temple and Buddhist monasteries in Mukti Nath
  • Cross the wonderful Thorong la pass 5416 Meters 
  • Trek on the Lower Mustang of Nepal 

What makes us your best choice?

It means a lot to trek to Tilicho Lake Trekking with us (High Pass Adventure). It denotes companionship, amusement, practicality, adventure, and most importantly, the security and safety we provide. Our extensive knowledge of Nepal and genuine dedication ensure that your holiday is carefully organized to be the most breathtaking experience of a lifetime. We are willing to work with you to develop an appropriate itinerary and provide a wonderful mix of high-quality accommodations, intimate small-group excursions, family tours, solitary treks, honeymoon treks, and group treks. Additionally, we provide strong porters to assist with carrying the luggage. As well as our professional guide have a general understanding of first aid equipment in addition to having years of expertise in the trekking industry in Nepal.

Important Note:

There are times when difficulties like bad weather, regional politics, transportation, or other circumstances are beyond our control. It could include a change to our schedule. It is extremely unlikely that the schedule would vary significantly, though. The Guide and Trekking leader will choose the finest modifications if they are required. You can confer and decide to consider the group's overall satisfaction. When a change does occur, we do everything we can to reduce its impact, but we cannot be held accountable for the outcomes of modifications or delays. Our trekking staff members are knowledgeable and courteous, and they make every effort to address any issues that may arise.

Tilicho Lake Trekking Altitude Profile

Itinerary Expand All Close All

High Pass Adventure Pvt. Ltd. welcomes you to Nepal, one of the company staff will be waiting outside the baggage hall of the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu. You have to look for the person carrying A4 size paper with your name and company name. This person will take you to a hotel in Kathmandu from the airport. Check into the hotel, rest and fresh up and ready for the meeting to your programs in our trekking office.

Food
Welcome Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

You have to leave early in the morning, after breakfast from Kathmandu hotel and catch a public or private vehicle to Besisahar via Prithivi Highway heading along river valleys, few towns, terraced fields and green hilly scenery until Dumre and turn right to Besisahar along the Marsyangdi River through beautiful terrace rice field. From there we will change another jeep to Syange.  

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1140

We will trek to Darapani village from Syange which takes up about 6/7 hours. The trekking trail heads gently up through Jagat, Chyamje and Taal Village as well as crossing a couple of suspension bridges. We can find many hotels and restaurants for the rest along the trail.  

Food
Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner
Accomodation
Tea-House
Elevation
1900

Today is a beautiful trekking day to get Chame. You are hiking gently up to Danaqu and ascending through pine and rhododendron forest towards Timang. Timang is the best viewpoint of Mt. Manaslu. After crossing Timang, Thanchok, and Koto you reached the Chame.  Chame is Headquarter of Manang District and there are many shopping centers and banks as well as roads connected from Besisahar.  

Food
Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner
Accomodation
Tea-house
Elevation
2710

After breakfast, we will head to Pisang through Brathand and Dukur Pokhari in a green forest of pine. This day is a chance to see Lamjung Himal along with the rays of sun over the peak, Annapurna II, Pisang Peak and others snow peaks and hills as well as cross some suspension bridge over the Marsyangdi River. 

Food
Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner
Accomodation
Tea-house
Elevation
3200

Today there are two options to get to Manang one is the lower trail, and another is the upper trail. Lower trail is already road constructed so your guide leads to the upper trail. Upper trail is more fascinating for the panoramic view of mountains and Tibetan lifestyle culture. So, you will ascend up to Ghyaru village from Pisang and the trail continues heading to Manang through Ngawal.

Food
Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner
Accomodation
Tea-house
Elevation
3540

Today is a rest day to acclimatize at Manang because you are above 3500 meters. It is necessary for all trekkers before climbing further. There are many places to visit such as Ice Lake, Gangapurna Lake, few caves etc.  You can make a short hike around the village or hike up to an ice lake to increase altitude to cross Thorong la pass. From Manang, you will see splendid views of Annapurna IV, Gangapurna, Tilicho Peak and other mountains. 

Today the trail leads to another beautiful area in this region which is the Tilicho Lake. We will follow the trail that is gently flat until the Marsyangdi River and ascending to Shree Khark after crossing the river and Khangsar village. After that the trail is narrow through a landside area with few downhill and gradual zigzag ascend closer towards Tilicho Base camp. You will Chance to see beautiful scenery along the way. 

Food
Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner
Accomodation
Tea-house
Elevation
4150

Today, you will start early in the morning after your quick breakfast to go to Tilicho Lake to see the beautiful lake and to enjoy the view of Mt. Tilicho Peak and Gangapurna as well as other hills from the walking period. After enjoying your time, continue back to Shree kharka for overnight stay.

Food
Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner
Accomodation
Tea-house
Elevation
4950

Thorong Phedi is the base of the Thorong La Pass, and it is necessary to spend a night before crossing the Pass. The trail is gradual, and walking is easy, slow and you can take a rest along the way. You will cross a couple of suspension bridges and a great view of mountains before reaching Thorong Phedi. If you like, you can hike up to Thorong high camp for high altitude acclimatization. 

Food
Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner
Accomodation
Tea-house
Elevation
4500

Today is exciting, long and difficulty day as well as cross the Thorong la Pass (5416 m), highest point of the Annapurna Circuit Trek. You will have to wake up early and have breakfast because it is necessary to start early for crossing that pass on time before the weather bad. Trail is continuing ascending until Thorong La top; it takes about 3 to 5 hours. From the top, you will enjoy panoramic Mountain View, Capture the moment in your camera and explore the area and walk   descends on the other side and makes way into the Mustang district. After long way descend, we get first teahouse in the Chabarbu after the pass and trekkers will have lunch there. After lunch, the trail continues descend to Muktinath. Muktinath is famous pilgrimage site for Hindu and Buddhist Devotees. 

Food
Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner
Accomodation
Tea-house
Elevation
3800

There is a continuous road connected to Pokhara and enough public buses available. So, you will take a public bus or private jeep to Pokhara through Marpha, Tukuche, Kobang, Kalopani, Ruptse Chahara and Dana, Tatopani and beni. Some where the road is a bit scary, dusty and bumpy. After arriving at Pokhara hotel, you will be fresh up after a long trek and drive. 

Food
Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner
Accomodation
Tea-house
Elevation
850

Today, we have to leave early in the morning after breakfast from Pokhara hotel to catch the tourist bus. The road is heading along rivers, valleys, few towns, terraced fields and green hilly scenery to Kathmandu. You will take a rest in Kathmandu hotel or do souvenir shopping.

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

This is your last day of your trip in Nepal. One of our High Pass Adventure staff will take you to Kathmandu international Airport for your flight departure time. If you are looking forward to your extra trip in Nepal, High Pass Adventure will help you for your next trip and adventure activities in Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and India. 

What Is Included ?

We (High Pass Adventure) have the best guide and porter for trekking. We are providing excellent service to our customers. All our costs are net and very clear on cost include-excludes. We have paid the best salary to Trekking, Tour, climbing guide and porter which is more than government fixed amount. Our entire customers are satisfied with our service. For the more details please feel free to contact us.

Cost Includes

 

  • Airport Pick up & drops (domestic / International)
  • Kathmandu valley sightseeing
  • Kathmandu-Besisahar by bus/Jeep
  • Private vehicles Nayapul-Pokhara
  • 3 meals per day during the trek (Breakfast Lunch & Dinner) and one cup of tea with per meal
  • Accommodation on Tea-house during the trekking
  • 2 night's Hotel in Kathmandu and 1 night Hotel in Pokhara on Bed & Breakfast plan
  • An experience English Speaking trained, Government license Holder Guide
  • Necessary strong Porter 1: 2 (one porter for two Guest), the porter will Carry 20KG/ 25 KG.
  • All applicable taxes as per the government rules and regulations
  • Annapurna conservation Area Project (ACAP) permits
  • (TIMS) Trekker’s information Management System
  • First Aid medical kit, Oxymeter to check pulse, heart rate and oxygen saturation at higher altitude.
  • General equipment for Porter during the adventure trip
  • Guide and porter salary and insurance during the trek
  • Tour Certificate, Company T-shirt as a Souvenir
  • Farewell Dinner with Typical Nepali Restaurant

What Is Excluded?

  • Nepal visa fee and your international flights
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara Hotel
  • Extra night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara other than itinerary
  • Travel insurance and Mountain rescue service (covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation)
  • Personal expenses (phone, laundry, water, bar drinks, battery recharge, extra porters, hot shower etc.)
  • Trip Cancellation cost accident or Health, Loss Theft or Damage and personal effects
  • Tips to Trekking staff (Tips is expected)
  • Any other expenses that aren’t mentioned in the section above.

FAQs

The trek to Tilicho Lake is varying in duration based on the starting point and the trekking route taken. Usually, the trek to Tilicho Lake starts from BesiSahar or Syange or Dharapani or Chame in the Annapurna region of Nepal. From these starting points, it can take around 4 to 7 days to reach Tilicho Base Camp.

From Tilicho Base Camp, the trek to Tilicho Lake takes around 3 to 5 hours, depending on your pace and the trail conditions. Overall, including the trek from BesiSahar or Chame to Tilicho Base Camp, the entire hike can range from 7 to 12 days or more, considering acclimatization and individual preferences for the trekking pace.
 

The trek to Tilicho Lake is considered moderately to highly challenging due to its remote locations in the high altitude terrain. It’s highly recommended to be well-prepared physically and mentally, and to trek with a knowledgeable guide to ensure safety and enjoyment trek to Tilicho Lake. .
 

The best time to visit Tilicho Lake in Nepal is generally during the spring and autumn seasons. During these seasons, the trails are usually more accessible, and the weather conditions are favorable for trekking, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and the lake.
 

Tilicho Lake holds several distinctions that make it special about Tilicho Lake such as its altitude, natural beauty, cultural significance, and trekking challenges.

Swimming in Tilicho Lake is generally discouraged due to several reasons such as cold temperatures, health issues in a high Altitude, Cultural and Religious Significance. However, travelers should always respect local customs, heed any guidance from trek leaders or guides, and consider the environmental impact before engaging in any activities in or around Tilicho Lake.

Tilicho Pass is a high mountain pass located in the Annapurna region, and it stands at an elevation of approximately 5,200 meters (17,060 feet) above sea level. Trekking through Tilicho Pass offers stunning panoramic views but requires proper preparation and acclimatization due to the high altitude and remote locations.
 

Tilicho Lake is a stunning destination in Nepal, known for its breathtaking beauty. To reach Tilicho Lake, there are various starting points.  Normal itinerary is given below:-

  1. Kathmandu- Besisahar -Chame: Begin your journey by taking a bus from Kathmandu to Besisahar and sharing a jeep to Chame. This is where most trekkers start the Annapurna Circuit Trek.
  2. Annapurna Circuit Trek: Follow the well-marked Annapurna Circuit Trekking route. Pass through villages like Manang, Khangsar, and Shree Kharka.
  3. Tilicho Base Camp: When you reach Manang, detour towards Tilicho Lake. You'll need to head to Tilicho Base Camp first. From there, the trail leads to Tilicho Lake.
  4. Tilicho Lake: The final part of the trek involves a steep ascent to Tilicho Lake, which is situated at a high altitude. The trek can be challenging due to the altitude and rough terrain.
     

The lake that's often visited as a side trip from the Annapurna Circuit trek is Tilicho Lake. Situated at a (4950 meters) very high altitude, Tilicho Lake is considered one of the highest lakes in the world.

There is another day trip from Manang to Ice Lake. Situated at 4600 meters high, it takes about 4-5 hours to hike to reach there and 2-3 hours to get back to camp. Surrounding Himalayan scenery make it a popular and rewarding hiking for those trekking the Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek.
 

The total cost of trekking to Tilicho Lake is varying based on some factors including duration, the services you take and whether you're arranging the trek independently or through a trekking agency.

However, the overall cost can range from $700 to 1100 for the Tilicho Lake Trek. This is including for guide and porters fees, permits fees, accommodation and food cost, transportation.

Yes, there are good accommodation options available along the Tilicho Lake trekking route. However, it's necessary to note that the choices are varying in terms of comfort and facilities.

In higher altitude areas like Tilicho Base Camp, the availability of accommodations is limited and basic due to the remote and challenging terrain. It's advisable to plan and book accommodations in advance, especially during peak trekking seasons, to ensure you have a place to stay along the route in a higher elevation.

Internet service availability during the Tilicho Lake trek is quite limited. In general, remote trekking areas in the Annapurna region, including the Tilicho Lake trek, may have intermittent or no internet connectivity. While some lodges or tea houses along the trail might offer limited Wi-Fi access for a fee, the signal strength can be weak and unreliable due to the remote and mountainous terrain.

Traveller Useful Information

Information of Annapurna Conservation Area Project

Annapurna Conservation Area project (ACAP) is largest conservation area of Nepal and located in north center in Nepal.  It has 7629 square Km and established in 2049 B.S. (1992 A.D.). It is bounded by the mustang in the north, Kali Gandaki River in the west, Marsyandi valley in the east and Pokhara valley is the south border. 

This project was initiated by National Trust for Nature Conservation (the king Mahendra Trust for Nature Conservation) a non- government organization and donate by many international trusts. Nowadays, this project conserved by National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC) and local people community from local area. The head quarter of this ACAP is Ghandruk. 

Annapurna Circuit Trek Permit Cost

Annapurna Circuit Trek situated in Annapurna Conversation Area, so you need to buy entrance fee of ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) permits and TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) card. Both of these permits are compulsory for your trek to Annapurna Region except Nar Phu Valley Trek and Upper Mustang Trek. Those two permits can buy ether from registered trekking company or Tourism Board (Bhrikuti Mandap). Those two permits, you have to take yourself during the whole trek and have to show on the every check post along the Annapurna Circuit Trekking trail. If you are going there without these trekking permits, you have to buy from there with double charge (penalty) or you may have turn back.

  • TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) is compulsory for everyone to trek in Annapurna Circuit.
  • It Cost US$ 20 per person/ per Trek
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) entry permits 
  • It cost US$ 30 only per person/ per trek

Our government has instilling these two permits for Annapurna Circuit Trek from Kathmandu and Pokhara.

Food and Accommodation in Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna Region is second popular trekking destination in Nepal next to Everest Region Trek. There are many trekking routes and Annapurna Circuit Trek is best one of them for nature and culture with different landscaped. Annapurna Circuit trekking trail is well managed and managed by the Annapurna Conservation Area project and local community. 

There are lots of accommodations and restaurants along the trekking trail because every year increasing new house and add the room for trekkers. So, you can have easy to finding comfortable accommodation in the Annapurna region. Almost all tea-houses are tried to give you best service for all traveler. Normally, lodges have private rooms (2 beds in one room) for customers with sharing indoor bathroom but if you need luxury lodge, they have luxury facilities and some places have limit lodges.  Every different place has different quality of the lodges, so you can choose best on your budget.

Every lodge have food menu and foods items are almost same. We strongly recommended typical Nepali dish “Dal-Bhat” (boiled rice, vegetable, lentil soup) but if you like, you can choose others food from food menu.  Most of the lodges produced fresh Vegetables on their garden and serve to costumer. Basically, the cooks are trained but food taste might be bit different than western. Meat is not fresh in the mountain area so you have tried to be vegetarian during the Annapurna Circuit trek and all trekking routes in Nepal Himalayas. 

You can buy all types of drink in every lodge but the prices goes high as you go higher. You can drink normal water with using a purification tablets. Avoid the alcoholic drinks when you go higher.  

Best Season for Annapurna Circuit Trek

There are two main trekking season for Trekking in Nepal. Autumn trekking season (September to December) and spring trekking season (March to May) are the best trekking seasons. Even though, beginning of September to end of May are the very good times for the Annapurna circuit Trek. The weather is perfect sunny and warm with wonderful mountains views clean air and not rain and snow compare with other trekking season. 

If you want and wish to avoid crowds and enjoy some alone time with nature and culture, you can do this trip during the winter (January and February) also could be an option.  The temperature during winter could be little bit cold for most trekkers but the visibility is not bad.  In the summer season (June to August) is raining but best time for nature lovers. That is why; you can choose your best season for Annapurna Circuit Trek depends on your Vacations time.

Communication in the Annapurna Region 

Annapurna region is popular trekking destination In Nepal. There are good mobile network services and internet services in the whole Annapurna region trekking area but not few places such as Nar Phu Valley, Tilicho Lake and Saribung Pass trekking.  The internet service will be available whole Region but tea-houses and lodges provide internet with some extra charge. If you have not Nepali SIM card for communication with your family and not use the internet service, our guide help to you for pass the massage because always our guide have cellular phone and he contact to Kathmandu trekking office about to know the trek and your health condition as well as we help any kinds of problem during the trek.

Hence, travelling is important things in life so we make sure you about safe and healthy during the trekking in Nepal. Nowadays, you can get the local SIM card in Kathmandu airport after arrival to use the 3g and 4g internet service because most of the trekking routes in Nepal have Mobile Network service. If you need Nepali SIM, we can provide to you for your trekking but you have to tell us before leave the trekking. 

Acclimatization:

High altitude sickness is common problem in the high Himalayan area when you go as higher elevation. It is appears very quickly but symptoms are   preventable. If you have previous high altitude trekking experience, it might be best but if not trek in above three thousand meters high you need to prevention of the high altitude sickness.  You need a extra suitable acclimatization days to complete the trip and Walk slowly, drink plenty of water, don’t drink alcohol, go higher and sleep low elevation as well as spend 2 nights on every 500 meters  above than 3500 meters heights are prevent the altitude sickness during the trekking in Nepal.   All our trekking itineraries are flexible with acclimatization days and first priority for your health and safety to complete the trek without any problem.  We provide you basic medicine to support for emergency rescue, if situation gets worse. 

Hence, every day you have inform to your Guide or Leader about your health condition and he will response to decide whether and your overall health condition to continue the trip or return back. 

Tipping information 

The Guide, porter, driver and all workers who are working in tourism filed, they except some tips during your Tour Trekking and others activities in Nepal. Tipping is judgment of workers from travelers and workers offers the tips end of the trek. Travelers tips 10% of their payable amount but you can give to them depend on their services. 

Hence, it is important to High Pass Adventure working team who take care to you all the time during the visiting in Nepal, motivated with outstanding service and offer inspiring trip in a lifetime experience.  

Trip extension 

If you have extra time after complete the trek, you can do different activities or different short trek in Nepal. We have many short tour packages and adventure activities such as Chitwan National park and Bardiya National Park for Jungle safari tours. You can visit Pokhara city, Nagarkot Hiking, Dhampus hiking or day Rafting trip in Trisuli River. 

Adventure activities are like paragliding, canoeing, Ultra light flight, Bungee Jump and Mountain Biking. These all package are extra activities as optional tours and not included in your package cost. If you will do these activities after the trip with us, we arrange at a reasonable cost and we give to you good discount. 

Trekking Gear List 

Travel equipment are necessary to pack before you travel.  We hope it is too much to carry from your home to others country but some are the necessary equipment can be hired or buy in Kathmandu around Thamel. These general equipment are for all seasons while on trekking in Nepal, but may be different as per the different season and duration of trekking routes on your chosen trip.

Documents: 

  • Passport and 4 passport size photos 
  • Travel insurance details (in case an emergency evacuation if needed)
  • Boarding passes for flights
  • Driver’s license (if needed)
  • Cash USD
  • Credit/Debit Card (Ensure you have $500 on your card incase an emergency helicopter evacuation is needed)

Sleeping:

  • Sleeping bag (Comfort rating -15 Celsius recommended)
  • Sleeping bag liner (Optional)

Footwear:

  • Trekking boots: one pair  lightweight
  • Sandals for city and tea house footwear 
  • Shoes for the plane and tea houses (Optional)
  • Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp
  • Thin, lightweight inner socks
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks

Clothing for Body: 

Please make sure that you have non-cotton clothing for trekking:

  • Base-layer t-shirts (e.g. running t-shirts)
  • Fleece/Windproof jacket
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Down jacket for warmth
  • Travel clothes and City Wear
  • Underwear
  • Base-layer trousers (optional)
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Trekking trousers
  • Trekking shorts (Optional)
  • Gloves and wool hat
  • bandanna or scarf 

Health Requirements (Basic First Aid Kit)

  • First-aid kit; should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea
  • Re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking if any particular
  • Wet wipes for cleaning can be purchased in Kathmandu

Others: 

  • Sunglasses and Sun cream 
  • Towel
  • Book (reading and writing materials)
  • MP-3 /Music, headphones and ear plug (who know some people on group are snoring) as optional.
  • Travel wash
  • Hand sanitizer, wet wipes
  • A day bag: 35 liters
  • A duffel or rucksack with straps to go over your back (Max 12 kg of weight for porters to carry)
  • Dry Liner or Dry Bag
  • Water bottle/thermos/ camel bag: At least 2 L. Nalgen bottles best.

General Toiletries

  •  Toilet papers/ tissue 
  • Contact lenses, Glasses (if needed)
  • 1 medium sized quick drying towel
  • Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multipurpose soaps (preferably biodegradable)
  • Large plastic bags – for keeping items dry inside your kit / duffel bag
  • Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, and scrabble. (for luxuries) 
  • Binoculars (for luxuries)
  • Trail Map/Guide book (if you are alone)

Getting There: Nepal 

Between China's Tibet Autonomous Region and India, Nepal is a landlocked Himalayan nation. It has eight of the top ten mountains in the world, including Mount Everest. There are numerous points from China and India where one can enter Nepal by land. Tourist visas for Nepal are available on arrival at all Indian and Chinese borders if you are traveling there by land. There are numerous foreign airlines providing nonstop connecting flights to Nepal if you're arriving by air. Nepal Airlines, Turkish Air, Thai Airways, Gulf Air, Qatar Air, Jet Airways, Air India, Biman Bangladesh, Lufthansa, Oman Air, Travel Dubai, Air Arabia, and Air China are a few of the well-known airlines that fly to Nepal. From China or India, one can also go overland. Please check your flight and get in touch with us before arriving in Nepal. At the airport in Nepal, you can easily obtain an on arrival visa.

Visa and passport information

Except for Indian passport holders, all foreign visitors to Nepal need a visa; however, you must have a passport with a six-month validity date in order to apply for a tourist visa. At the Tribhuvan International Airport and the Chinese-Indian border in Tibet, visas are available on arrival. To apply for a visa to enter Nepal, you must have a color photograph in PP size. Please click this link for more details about Visa Information. 

Money exchange rate and prices

If you're seeking for the best foreign exchange rates and locations in Nepal, you may easily exchange the majority of your foreign currency at a local bank or authorized money exchange facility in a well-known tourist destination. The Nepal Rastra Bank controls all exchange rates (Center Bank of Nepal). You can exchange small amounts of money at the hotel if you want to. Because our banks will not take dirty or old notes, kindly bring clean and fresh notes.

In order to avoid the time-consuming processes associated with cards and traveler's checks, Nepalese people typically prefer cash in hotels, restaurants, shopping malls, and other locations. You can use an ATM to get cash (in Nepali Rupees) if you have a credit or debit card. In the main tourist city, there are a number of ATM counters with 24-hour service. If you use a card, the maximum withdrawal amount is between 30,000 and 35,000 rupees at once, plus a processing fee of 500 rupees. 

You must convert your money in Kathmandu or Pokhara before the hike because the majority of trekking routes do not offer a facility for international currency exchange. Additionally, inquire about the amount of money required for a Himalayan trek from your trekking operator or guide.

Safety and security

When traveling in Nepal, safety and security are crucial issues to consider both on the way to in and out. We are here for you at all times, and we promise to provide the greatest service to all of our cherished clients. Our guides have extensive training in the field of trekking and broad understanding of first aid items. Because it rises more than 4000 m above sea level, it is essential for hiking in Nepal. Because health is crucial, if a trekker becomes ill from the high altitude, our knowledgeable guide discusses the necessary medications and decides to continue the trek while organizing the emergency rescue.

You must be cautious when hiking trails pass one other because they are not wide enough to do so. During the busiest trekking season, there are lots of porters, yaks, mules, and Jokpe along the trail. You must stay on the safe side if you encounter them on a bridge or in a confined space because otherwise they may force you over the edge.

Safe drinking water

For a healthy body while traveling and staying hydrated, clean water is essential. It will be the most effective method of completing the Himalayan journey. If not, getting sick and having diarrhea is simple. Almost everywhere during the Nepalese tea house trip, but not during the camping trek, sells bottled water. Unfortunately, bottled water is very pricey. 

Please bring good water bottles (for boiling water) and water purification tablets or water filter bottles since plastic bottles are detrimental for the environment. Reusable water bottles are a good idea because they help keep the mountain clean. If you are concerned about finding a typical water tap to fill up your bottles in the trekking region of Nepal, they are very simple to locate. It can be found in rivers, streams, and lodges.

Travel insurance and insurance policy

Nepal hiking tours: The difficulty levels of the Himalayas range from easy to tough. As a result of the Himalayan climate changing, there is a risk of high altitude and potential mishap. 

Trekking in the Nepalese Himalayas demands practical trekking abilities at high altitudes (above 4,000 meters), so travel insurance is essential. If an accident occurs during a trip and requires medical attention or evacuation, the cost of returning to a city and receiving treatment may be significant. Therefore, you must ensure that your insurance covers the price of an air ambulance, medical care, and any risks associated with travel, such as delayed flights and lost, stolen, damaged, or missing baggage. Your complete itinerary while visiting Nepal should be covered by your insurance policy. Make sure your insurance policy covers hikes higher than 5,500 meters. If not, you will be responsible for all unforeseen costs associated with your trek through Nepal. 

All trekkers must send a copy of their certificate from their comprehensive travel insurance policy to High Pass Adventure as part of the booking process for trekking and climbing in Nepal.

High altitude sickness information

Mountain sickness is another name for high altitude sickness. You must be aware of high altitude sickness symptoms since they arise rapidly if you hike or ascend to a higher elevation. Here are some details if you're curious as to why it occurs. The air pressure is the main cause of altitude sickness. Your body needs time to adapt to the shift in air pressure when you travel to higher elevations since the air pressure decreases and there is less oxygen present. According to doctors, If you are at sea level, it begins at 8,000 feet (2400 meters).

1) Types 

There are three types of altitude sickness:

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS): it is very common and symptoms feel like a tiredness, dizzy, headache, thirsty, muscle aches, nausea 

High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE): it is effect in the lungs, which can be very dangerous and hard to do life threatening

High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE): it is effective in the brain and most difficult to treat and you need to go to hospital attention the right way. 

2) Cause 

Following are the causes of high altitude sickness:

  • Generally living near sea level and travel to a high elevation 
  • Had the sickness before
  • Climbing quickly
  • Not being acclimatized to the altitude
  • Drinking alcohol when you ascend 
  • Medical problems of heart, nervous or lungs 

3) Symptoms

These symptoms will appear depending on your speed to climb and how hard you push. Symptoms range from normal to serious. They can affect the nervous system, lungs, muscles, and heart.

Here are symptoms of High Altitude Sickness:

  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Dizziness 
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Rapid Pulse (Heart Rate)
  • Short breath with action
  • Blue color of skin or gray soft skin 
  • Chest tightness or blocking
  • Confusion
  • Dry cough or coughing with blood
  • Cannot walk in a straight line 

4) Prevention 

Important keys to preventing of High Altitude Sickness are:

Climb the mountain gradually. 

Stop every 2,000 feet (600 meters) of climb above 8,000 feet (2,400 meters) and one or two nights sleep there.

  • Sleep at a lower altitude when possible.
  • Make sure that you have the ability to quickly descend if needed.
  • Learn how to recognize early symptoms of mountain sickness.
  • If you plan on climbing quickly, or climbing to a high altitude, ask your provider about medicines that may help.

If you are at risk for a low red blood cell count (anemia), ask your provider if your planned trip is safe. Also ask if an iron supplement is right for you. Anemia lowers the amount of oxygen in your blood. This makes you more likely to have mountain sickness.

5) While climbing, you should follow these rules:

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Climb slowly.
  • Take it easy
  • Do not drink alcohol.
  • Eat regular meals that are high in carbohydrates.
  • Sleep lower elevation 
  • Take a medication (diomax) according to doctor 

Client Reviews

Ciaran Brooks

Ciaran Brooks

Ireland

Excellent Trekking Company and Experience (Tilicho Lake Trek)

18th June, 2023

Trekked to Tilicho Lake with High Pass Adventure and Guide Purna. From the outset everything was organized professionally with a clear itinerary and costing, which was reasonable compared to other companies that I contacted. The trek itself was excellent with good information provided and support from the guide Purna and porter Ram. They did everything that they could to ensure we had a positive experience and reached our goal of Tilicho Lake. They were flexible when we decided to modify our plans not to head over 

 

Dang Chau

Dang Chau

Vietnam

I had a wonderful trek to Tilicho Lake

16th July, 2023

Purna was an excellent owner and guide. He was flexible, friendly, knowledgeable and professional for our trekking in Nepal . It was the first time going on a trek and he helped me to reach the goal to Tilicho lake. Thank you very much for the good experience Purna and Ram. I highly recommend this High Pass Adventure Trekking company and definitely I would come back with them.

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