Tilicho Lake: One of the Highest Lakes in the Himalayas


At 4,919 meters (16,138 feet), Tilicho Lake in the Manang district is among the highest lakes in Nepal. Tilicho Lake is a must-see if you enjoy the water. Most hikers take a quick diversion to this lake while exploring the Annapurna Circuit. Formerly thought to be the highest lake in Nepal, Tilicho, Kajin Sara Lake (5,200 m) has supplanted it. Pokhara and Tilicho are separated by a straight distance of 55 kilometers (34 miles).

Hindu legend holds that Tilicho Lake is the historic Kak Bhusundi Lake that is referenced in the epic Ramayana. Hindus hold that the sage Kak Bhusundi told Garuda, the king of birds, the story of the Ramayana while he was standing next to this hallowed lake. Because “crow” means “Kak” in Sanskrit, the sage took on the shape of a crow during this narrative, hence the sage’s name, Kak Bhusundi. However, the Buddhists connect Padmasambhava, a highly esteemed Buddhist guru, with Tilicho Lake.

The Trek to Tilicho Lake

The majority of tourists travel the Annapurna Circuit Trekking. The journey takes hikers across varied terrain, gorgeous scenery, and amazing mountain views. The journey starts in Kathmandu and takes travelers through charming towns and terraced farms to Besishar, where they board a scenic bus. From there, they hike to Jagat. You’ll be rewarded with expansive vistas of the hilly area as you ascend. 

Trekking continues from Jagat to Dharapani, offering views of Annapurna II, Annapurna III, and Lamjung Himal. The scenery gets even more breathtaking as you go toward Chame, the district headquarters for Manang, with Tibetan-style towns strewn along the way and towering peaks like Gangapurna, Tilicho, and Pisang Peak dominating the horizon.

The visit to Tilicho Lake, which is located at an amazing elevation of 4,919 meters (16,138 feet), is a highlight of this excursion. With its clean waters mirroring the high peaks of Tilicho Himal, the Annapurna Range, and Nilgiri Himal, this lake gives a dreamlike experience. The hike from Siri Kharka to Tilicho Base Camp and the next climb to the lake are both quite difficult and very rewarding. 

The hike continues after taking in the splendor of Tilicho Lake with a drop back to Siri Kharka and then on to Yak Kharka, which is famed for its blue sheep and possible snow leopard sightings. The exciting traversal of Thorong La Pass (5,416 meters/17,756 feet) at the end of the excursion provides breath-taking views of the Himalayas extending north.

The trail then descends to Muktinath, a major Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage site, and on to Tatopani, which is renowned for its natural hot springs. A trip to Poon Hill to see the sunrise over the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna massifs is a great way to cap off this incredible adventure for anyone looking for a broad perspective.


In order to reach the Annapurna Conservation Area, which includes Tilicho Lake, you must have an Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP). A Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) card is also required. These licenses promote conservation efforts and aid in the preservation of the environment. We will apply for these permits on your behalf if you hike with us.

Experience the Tranquility of Tilicho Lake

Trekking experience and appropriate acclimatization are necessary for the rewarding endeavor of reaching Tilicho Lake. You have to hike up to the lake from the Manang town, amid alpine scenery that is filled with wildflowers and yaks that are grazing. There is a difficult climb on the last approach to Tilicho Lake, which culminates in a spectacular view of the blue waters encircled by high rocks.

Tilicho Lake’s environs are home to a wide variety of plants and animals. You will experience an enthralling change from thick woods of pine, oak, and rhododendron to alpine meadows filled with brilliant wildflowers as you pass through several ecological zones. If you’re lucky, you might come across endangered animals like the Himalayan blue sheep (bharal), the elusive snow leopard, and a wide variety of bird species that call the area home.

At Tilicho Lake, you may enjoy the peace and quiet of this isolated alpine haven while taking in the sight of its glistening pure waters reflecting the lofty peaks above. The most magical times to experience Tilicho Lake’s unique splendor are at sunrise or sunset, when the shifting light creates entrancing hues on the surrounding terrain.

Best Season For Tilicho Lake Trek

For the Tilicho Lake hike, spring (March to May) and fall (September to November) are the optimum seasons. The best weather and trekking conditions are available throughout these seasons. 

One of the greatest seasons to hike to Annapurna Circuit is in the spring, from March to May. The trail is lined with groves of blossoming rhododendron, and the sky is clear and pleasant. At higher altitudes, the evenings might still be chilly, but the daytime temperatures are ideal for walking. Seeing vivid landscapes with brilliant flowers in full bloom is another wonderful thing to do in the spring.
Fall (September to November): This is a great time of year to hike Tilicho Lake. Trekking is delightful because of the temperate temperatures and typically clear skies. In Nepal, the best time to go trekking is in the fall. As a result, you can anticipate clear routes and a bustling environment all along the way. You can also take advantage of the joyous atmosphere as autumn is Nepal’s festival season.


If you wish to take advantage of our carefully designed trekking tours to Tilicho Lake and the Annapurna Circuit and set out on an adventure of a lifetime. You will be able to fully immerse yourself in the natural marvels and cultural diversity of Annapurna thanks to the safe and unforgettable trekking experience that our knowledgeable guides and support staff will provide. Together, we may explore the wonders of Tilicho Lake and the Annapurna Circuit, allowing the Himalayas of Nepal to leave a lasting impression on your heart and spirit. To arrange your hike to Tilicho Lake and experience the unmatched splendor of Nepal’s highest lake nestled amidst the Himalayas, get in touch with us.