Ancient Jomsom, with the revered Lake of Tilicho, crossing Thorung La at 5416m presents a delightful challenge that presents a bigger test for the mind than the body. The magnificent skyline displays silver, gray and white mountains that glimmer on a fair weather day and the diverse ethnic communities we bump into on the way give us a fair idea of the world we know and the world we don’t…but wish to become a part of.

Tilicho Lake at 5,200m is the highest clean water lake in the world. This lake finds its source from the glacial melt that pours down from the complete northern slopes of Annapurna and the Thorung Peak; and it is this lake that drew hundreds of Hindus in 2001 to this lovely lake after seemingly been persuaded that this holy lake was supposed to be noted in the Ramayana – a holy book used by Hindus.

Thorung La is an ideal teahouse trail that begins with some negotiation from Manang to Jomsom as used on the Annapurna circuit and seems to be a convenient pathway, it may be but we need to be a bit cautious about this. Because our Tilicho trail requires some concentrated acclimatization which is more than what we would need on the Thorung la. However, Thorung la is definitely higher but we come across pretty good mule track to cross this pass which makes things a lot easier. We could spend a night in Thorung Phedi and the next night in Muktinath because the route is conveniently placed for us.

Our venture begins with a scenic drive to the lake city of Pokhara where we relax the whole day and prepare for our trek the next day after we hop a second flight to Jomsom. We have planned this route in a way that avoids the well used Annapurna Circuit route and take us off the beaten track to the prime valley that heads west through Khangsar village {said to be the last village in Nepal} as we hike up to Tilicho lake and move on to Yak Kharka to reach Thorung La. We then come down to Muktinath and travel on to Jomsom from where a 30 minute scenic flight brings us back to Pokhara.

Tilicho Lake also gives us an alternative to cross the tough Mesokanta La pass to Jomsom instead of using the Thorung La route, but this can be hectic posting risky challenges that would require more cost in extra equipment, tented camps and a host of porters so it’s best that we do it through the Thorung La as it’s much safer.

ACTIVITIES Trekking and Walking
12 Days
DIFFICULTY Very Difficult
BEST SEASON Autumn and Spring
ACCOMMODATION Hotel,Lodges & Camping
COST US$1610


Day 01 : Drive to Pokhara from Kathmandu and overnight at hotel
Day 02 : Fly to Jomsom. Overnight at Tea House
Day 03 : Trek to Tinogaon
Day 04 :Trek to Kaisang
Day 05: Rest Day
Day 06 :Trek to Western Pass Camp at Lake
Day 07 : Trek Tilicho Base Camp
Day 08 : Trek to Yak Kharka
Day 09 :Trek to Phedi
Day 10 :Jomsom Via Thorong La Pass & Muktinath
Day 11 : Fly Out to Pokhara
Day 12: Drive or Fly to Kathmandu

Cost Include(s)

  • All meals as specified for trek (breakfast, lunch, dinner with tea/coffee).
  • Arrival pick up & departure.
  • All internal local transport as per the itinerary.
  • Internal flights
  • All trekking arrangements including trekking permits, climbing permits, National Park entrance fees.
  • Accommodation in twin sharing local lodges or best available places for accommodation,
  • Trekking & Climbing leader & porter (salary, insurance, food, accommodation & other allowances).
  • Basic first aid kit is carried by your leader.
  • All hard ware gears
  • Fare well dinner after the trip

Cost Exclude(s)

  • Kathmandu food lunch & dinner,
  • International flights to Kathmandu,
  • Tips for Porter, guide & other
  • Personal climbing gears and climbing boot, clothing & equipment
  • Personal expenditure, all bar bills, laundry, telephone calls, hot shower in the mountain region, mineral water, snacks, desserts.
  • Medical examination (if required) & vaccination costs
  • Optional trips. Charges incurred as a result of delays beyond our control
  • Visa fees & Travel insurance.
  • Airport taxes
  • Meals or drinks except the 3 main meals specified in itinerary
  • Anything else not specified in the ‘included costs’ section above

Date(s) not available

Trek Grade:              Its tough but you begin to witness some of the best grand pieces that nature has on offer in this superb region…

Season:                     April-May-September-October. The skies are bright and blue during this time of the year and the views are                                                                      mesmerizing

Trek Duration:          8/9 Days on the trail…while hiking above the tree-lines amidst sublime landscapes

Overall Duration:     11/12 Days

Starts:                        In Kathmandu

Ends:                          In Kathmandu

Accommodation:     Hotels & Teahouse lodge

Meals:                         Provided on the trail

Transportation:        A tourist coach & flights

Highest altitude:      Thorung La at 5416m…the views from here leave us ecstatic, virtually!

Cost are based on single person, Please ask for the group price. Cost includes 4-5 star Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu & Pokhara as per the Itinerary.


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