Tilicho Lake Trekking is a famous trek route admired by almost all trekking agency and tourists who visit in Nepal. The trek takes us through different districts of Nepal, namely, Lamjung, Manang, Mustang and Myagdi. Lamjung and Myagdi, being located at lower elevation, gives us the momentary look of lifestyle of Hindus while Manang and Mustang, lying at upper altitude, reflects Buddhist lifestyle. Tilicho Lake Trek gives us the golden opportunity to come across with ancient Bonpo Religion in Mustang.
1. How can I enter in Nepal?
In South Asia, Nepal is known as one of the most popular tourist destination. Direct and non- stop flights from Middle East and Asia to Kathmandu (Capital city of Nepal) are also available in several airlines. Such as direct flights from Paris, London, Doha, Frankfurt, Osaka, Shanghi, Moscow, Bangkok, Singapore, Karachi, Hong-Kong, Bombay, Delhi, Paro, Culcutta, Varanasi and Lhasa.
2. Is someone is going to pick me up from the airport with transfer included?
Yes, the member from our company will come to the airport to pick you up with a display card of Nepal Wild-Land Adventure Company with your name on it. Airport transfer is included for our clients.
3. Do I have pre-departure meeting?
Yes, first of all our staff will receive you at the airport and help you transfer to the hotel while our tour leader will be in waiting for you to give a few brief details regarding about the trip (Trekking).
While briefing our clients are kindly requested to bring their passport, 3 copies of passport size photos, travelling insurance, notepad and writing pen with them.
4. What is our daily routine while in trekking?
We wake up normally at 7am in the morning. And after having breakfast, we repack our stuff and leave it with our other Sherpa team.
We normally go on a trail before 8am, all you need to carry is a stuff which are necessary to you and a camera to capture the beautiful moments while trekking. Our Sherpa team guides hike with an interesting flora and fauna sights. You can also find the spot to relax, use toilet facilities, purchase snacks or any drinks which you prefer and shop for souvenirs.
We will have lunch within 11am to 12pm. A usual day's trek normally ends in the early afternoon like 4pm to 4:30pm. After that you can have a quality time for yourself to read or nap before dinner.
After dinner you can play cards, rememorize all the breath taking moments of your day or chat about tomorrows hiking plans.
5. Is there any communication while we are on trekking?
Yes, of course. Telephone services and internet services are available in all the trekking routes in Everest, Annapurna and Lang tang areas.
6. Can I recharge my camera and other gadgets batteries along the trek?
Yes, in most of the places you can charge your batteries along our trek.
7. About water – are they available at each teahouse? Or are we supposed to bring iodine tablets?
You can buy mineral water, filter or boiled water during the trekking trail. If you want to bring iodine tablets then that would be great.
8. What kind of meals I can have during the trip?
Meals on full protein and nutritious basis will be provided to you during our trekking. Warm and freshly cooked food is served (Western, Continental and Nepalese, Chinese, Indian and Tibetan meals are available in all places). Normally three meals each day will be provided.
9. What will happen if there is an emergency?
For the emergency case, all of our guides are well trained in the basic first aid and can handle the basic aliments that may occur on trek. If the case is out of hand then our team of Nepal Wild-land Adventure trekking will cover the required expenses of rescue operation likewise it is a condition of booking that you are adequately insured for such as event where these expenses will be needed to recovered from your insurance company. In most regions there are also help posts which have been organized and established by the foreign doctors with an expert staffs.
10. Are all of your company staff insured?
All the trekking staff including guides, Sherpas, cooks and porters of our company is insured. They are all protected by fine life insurance policy with facilities of warm clothing and proper shelter on high altitude. We make sure to insure our staff member to be well paid and properly insured.
11. Could you give us some information about the guide?
We guarantee for the safety and security of all the trekkers with the many years of experience in this field with you. All of our staffs and members are well trained on this field with a trekking guide license and experience. We only hire the professional guides who are able to serve in a effective way to the guest and good in fluent English and also the one who can adjust to the Trekkers desired language. Our team members are expert one and are also active for any services as per the preference Of the Trekkers.
12. What kinds of banking facilities are provided in Nepal?
In Nepal you can find modern banking facilities with international banks in KTM (Kathmandu). All foreign currencies along with credit cards are accepted in Nepal. For eg: American Express, Visa and Master Cards. You can also find A.T.M facilities in Nepal.
13. Is travelling alone women with your company is safe?
We guarantee all the safety and security for every individual women traveler while with us. We are more alert and confident for such issues. You can believe us without any doubt for your safety. All the guides of our company are well trained and experienced in such types of cases. Personal room on lodge trek and tent for camping is provided to our clients according to their preference.
14. What happens if I have to leave the trip early?
Sometimes communication on mountain region is difficult but we assure you that in the case like this our company guides will make the best effort to obtain the quick transportation and reservation to get you home as quickly as possible in a safe and sound way.
15. Does this trekking company (Nepal Wild-land Adventure) accept credit cards?
Yes, we accept Visa, American Express and Master Cards. In case, if you are paying in person in Nepal then we kindly request you to pay in cash or traveler's cheque because the bank charges for credit cards are quiet high.
16. Can you arrange extra night lodging in case if I arrive early or depart late?
Is there a single room option?
We would be honored to make arrangements such as extra hotel rooms, personalized tour, airport pickup and arrangements for private rooms. If you need a single room then we request you to indicate us that on your application and we will contact you the details and info on single room supplementary costs.
17. Can I bring some food from home?
Yes, you may bring power gel, cereal bars, and similar high energy foods. We suggest you to bring Gatorade because it is one of the most highly recommended to fight dehydration.
18. Except trip price, how much extra money should I take with me?
This case depends on your spending habits. US$ 15 to US$ 20 per meal in Kathmandu is allocated.US$ 12 to US$ 15 a day should be enough to buy water, hot drinks, hot shower, coca cola, chocolates and other preferable stuffs.
19. Is visa to travel in Nepal is needed? What do I need to get my Visa?
Except Indian citizens, all the other foreign nationals need to obtain visa while entering in Nepal. To travel Nepal for 30 days, you need a visa passport, two passport size photos and US$ 40 for your stay.
20. What's the main form of greeting in Nepal?
Namaste or Namaskar are the common form of greeting in Nepal. You can also say the greeting in words as well as a gesture where you have to join your palms together and bring them closer to your chest and above 5 to 7 inches below your chin. The word Namaskar holds many meaning like Hello, how are you doing?, nice to meet you, good morning and so on.
21. What is the basic Nepali costume that I should know about?
The main and most important thing is that you should take off your shoes before entering one's home or a temple. And also it is considered illegal to take photographs inside the most temples.
Day 1 - Kathmandu arrival day .Altitude: 1,350m.
After the arrival of you're at Tribhuwan International Airport, our customer receiving member will greet with attractive preparations and will drive you up to the booked hotel from the means of your comfort. If your arrival is accurate as planned then, we will also take you to well-hygienic restaurant along with opportunity to take a short glimpse over the taste of foods, entertaining dances, etc. of different ethnic castes of Nepal and if the arrival is late then we may do this in next day. Next day morning, you will be taken to the head office and you will be told about your trekking routes, activities, destinations and their time periods briefly. Then, we will introduce you to your trekking guide.
Day 2: Kathmandu Valley sightseeing and trek preparation 1,300m.
in day second , you will taken to a full day tour of Kathmandu city after your breakfast where you will be briefly told about each destination centers like about their history, area, founder, time of establishment, etc. and also your extra curiosities on certain sectors by trekking guide. You will be taken to places that are included in world heritage sites by UNESCO like Boudhanath, Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, etc. After finishing the city tour, we will meet again to check your clothing and trekking equipment (sleeping bag, jacket and trekking boots). We will actually be spending nights also in Kathmandu
DAY 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar to Khudi.
We will have a 6/7 hour drive along the thunderous Trishuli River to Mugling. Then we stride on the road that leads to Pokhara and heading north towards Besisahar. Now we have two options we can either hike or take drive to Khudi.
DAY 4: Hike from Khudi to Sirung.
The actual trek begins from this day. We come across suspension bridges, several uphill and downhill and streams in our path. As we approach closer to Sirung, the regal mountains also steadily come closer. An interesting Tamang village Taranche inhabited by warm hearted locals also receives us on the way. The extravagant scrutiny of Manaslu from Sirung makes you appreciate about the passion of beauty that you are going to enjoy in this venture.
DAY 5: Trek from Sirung to Chamje.
Following the guide of Marsyangdi River, we ramble through impenetrable forests and culturally rich settlements until we arrive at Syange. Further abrupt climb takes us to Jagat and then Chamje. We stay at Chamje for the night.
DAY 6: Hike from Chamje to Dharapani.
This day, we pass through the rhododendron forest, bamboo forests and we enter the area of great Manang province. Lying at the flat plain next to sandy beach and river at the base of large waterfall a beautiful village named Tal falls in our route. We have a overnight at Dharapani.
DAY 7: Walk from Dharapani to Chame.
We walk through few steep forested ridges while our eyes are treated with splendid views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna etc. We are likely to encounter with large group of donkey caravan in this trail. The tiny warm springs are likely to lessen our tiredness of the day. We sleep at Chame
DAY 8: Hike from Chame to Pisang.
We will leave behind the lush vegetations as we are welcomed by curved rock face, rising 1500 meters from the river. As we continue our trek we find ourselves in U-shaped valley of Mustang thus reaching Pisang where we spend our night.
DAY 9: Trek from Pisang to Manang.
Today we hike along upper Pisang via Geru. The road offers us the aesthetic vistas of Himalayas like Annapurna, Pisang peak etc. we feel the sudden change in our surroundings as dry and cold climate creates a harsh environment. We may visit Barge Monastery which is the largest in Manang. We rest at Manang for the night.
DAY 10: Acclimatization at Manang.
As per the suggestion of medical personnel, we rest for acclimatization as the upcoming two days are very tough followed by rapid change in altitude. However we do not stay inactive. So, we make short trips to Bhojo Gompa and Gangapurna Lake to make our rest day somewhat resourceful.
DAY 11: Walk from Manang to Khangsar and then Shree Kharka.
There are three paths to Khangsar but we choose the upper one as other paths are old, unused and wrecked by landslides. After three hours of walking we arrive at Khangsar. Then, we arrive at Shree Kharka. We spend the night at Shree Kharka.
DAY 12: Shree Kharka – Tilicho Base Camp
Three hours on from Shree Kharka will take us to scenic Tilicho Base Camp. We stay overnight at the base camp then head up early in the morning to get the best weather.
DAY 13: Hike from Tilicho Base Camp to Tilicho Lake and return to Tilicho Base Camp.
Today we wake up early in the morning as it gets very windy after 11 am and clouds can start forming as early as 8am. It is a tough, steep, consistent climb for about 3 hours. The lake is at the height of 4919 meters in the Annapurna range of the Himalayas. We will be awarded with the mesmerizing view of Tilicho Lake. The silence that drapes this place make you hear your own heartbeat and you will have amazing feeling of being away from all humdrums of life. We return to Tilicho Base Camp for the night.
DAY 14: Trek from Tilicho Base Camp to Yak Kharka.
We walk straight to Yak Kharka via Old Khangsar. Just after Shree Kharka there is a clear signpost at a split in the path to take us to Yak Kharka. It is almost four hours of walk from Shree Kharka.
DAY 15: Walk from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi.
We walk down to the foot of the pass. Since we have a tough day tomorrow we will stop at Thorong Phedi so that we can get a sound and comfortable sleep thus preparing for the day ahead. We walk for 3/4 hours today.
DAY 16: Trek from Thorong Phedi to Thorong La and then to Muktinath.
Today we have to begin our trek at the very first hour along the icy high altitude trail. However the scenic views availed by nature rejuvenates us every moment to walk enthusiastically. As the sun prepares to leave we arrive at the ever popular Muktinath. The Vishnu Temple and Monastery side by side reflects the religious tolerance practiced by hospitable Nepalese.
DAY 17: Hike from Muktinath to Marpha.
Muktinath is a sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists. We visit the temple and monastery and descend to Ranipauwa village and then Kagbeni. Further continuing our wonderful trek we arrive at Marpha via Jomsom. Trekking along Kali Gandaki Gorge further enriches our journey. The vegetation less surrounding tries to deceive us by giving the feeling of Tibet. Marpha is also the apple capital of Nepal. Also local brandy made using apple is popular all over Nepal.
DAY 18: Trek from Marpha to Kalopani.
Today we come across Thakali villages along the path to Kalopani via Chokhopani. The panoramic vistas of Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, Nilgiris, Fang and Annapurna keeps us engaged. Apple garden further treats our eyes. Finally we reach Kalopani where we will spend the night.
DAY 19: Hike from Kalopani to Tatopani.
We walk all the way down today as a result we come into contact with lush and dense forests again. We walk along Rupse Chahara and continue to trek towards Kopchepani via Garpar. While on the trail we come across many villages where we can learn about typical day in this amazing Himalayan region. After arriving at Tatopani we allow ourselves to have a warm bath in hot spring which locals believe washes away all the pain.
DAY 20: Walk from Tatopani to Ghorepani
We pass through Phalate, Chitre and some unsettled areas as we make a steep ascent to Ghorepani. The scenery of rhododendron, brich, magnolia etc. along the way inspires us to appreciate nature more than ever. We stay at Ghorepani for the night.
DAY 21: Hike from Ghorepani to Tadapani.
Before the rays of sun reaches us we will have already started the trek to Poon Hill so that we can enjoy the once in a lifetime sunrise. Also famous as photographer's paradise Poon Hill has more to offer than words can express.
DAY 22: Walk from Tadapani to Ghandruk and drive to Pokhara.
We press the dense rhododendron forests to arrive at Ghandruk. Further walk to Nayapul after some lunch and short drive will take us to tourism capital of Nepal viz. Pokhara. As per the available time and conditions we will organize some visits around Pokhara.
DAY 23: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu.
Today we drive back to Kathmandu. Again varying upon the time we will make arrangements for your stroll around the capital. You can will to take some interesting things from Thamel back to your beloved ones.
DAY 24: Fly back to your home country. Goodbye!!!
You are saying good bye to the mountains as your journey in Nepal comes to an end today! There is nothing to do but deal emails with your travel companions and organize your photos. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight a representative from Nepal Sherpa adventure will take you to the airport. On your way home you'll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.