Tilicho lake trekking in Nepal
Nepal has many beautiful lakes and rivers. Mostly Nepal is known for its mountains and Himalayas. However, mountains are not just only the jewels of Nepal they also have water resources and forests. Many of the lakes and rivers of the country originate from the Himalayas so a little bit of credit also goes to the Himalayas for the mesmerizing rivers and water resources that are present in the country.
The water resources of the country provide an amazing spot to chill and enjoy nature. Tilicho lake, Phewa lake, Phoksundo lake, Koshi river, Trishuli river are some of the most beautiful water resources of the nation. Some of them are in the spots that have large human settlements around them while some are located at the most isolated places which do not have human settlements around them. Despite not having human settlements around them and being located in remote areas people trek for days to reach there and enjoy its beauty and Tilicho lake trekking is a living example of that.
Nepal is a landlocked country that is located between the landmass of India and China. The country is exceedingly minor compared to the two big countries around it. Nepal may be small but the country has many things to share with the world. It is a combination of natural beauty, various cultures, and truly kind people. One of the most astonishing things about the country is its water resources. Nepal may be small but the water resources are in extremely high amount.
It is the country with one of the highest amounts of water resources in the world. The question is that for the country with so far from the sea and so middle in the land, how it has so many water resources. The answer to this question also lies in the Himalayas.
Himalaya is the range of the highest peaks in the world. The range extends from few countries and quite a significant share of the Himalayas lies in Nepal. In these regions, there are many glaciers and big ice chunks. Many of the water resources of the country originate in the Himalayas and come from glaciers. Also, the rain from the monsoon is a significant amount of source of water in the country.
These water sources in the country are incredibly beautiful and people enjoy them by doing various activities. Tilicho lake is one of the most beautiful water sources in the country and many people go to Tilicho lake trekking to enjoy its beauty. There are many other water sources as well as other mountain trekking routes that are also famous but Tilicho lake trekking has its importance and love from the trekkers. The astonishing terrain of the surrounding places and amazing view of the lake is what drives people to go to Tilicho lake trekking and enjoy the time.
Tilicho lake is one of the most famous lakes of Nepal located in the Manang district. The lake is located at an elevation of 4919m from sea level. Few debates are deciding the actual elevation of the lake. Some sources claim that the lake is at an elevation of 4949m from sea level. It is located at the famous Annapurna range of the Himalayas.
Tilicho is the destination of the Annapurna Circuit trek as well as Tilicho lake trekking. Annapurna range is famous for many beautiful peaks among which Annapurna is the most famous. The lake is incredibly famous for Tilicho lake trekking.
The religious significance of Tilicho
Tilicho is famous for few trekking routes and most for Tilicho lake trekking. However, the lake is not famous for the trekking routes, and Tilicho lake trekking lake has religious significance also. This is not known by many even the trekkers who have gone to Tilicho lake trekking many times. The religious importance of the lake is directly tied to the Hindu epic Ramayana.
There was a character name Kaag Bhusundi in Ramayana. He was not among the major characters of Ramayana that fought the war or involved in major characters. However, he is the one who had seen the incidence of Ramayana with his own eyes. Kaag Bhusundi was the devotee of Lord Vishnu and was granted immortality by the lord as a boon.
Kaag Bhusundi was crow by species whereas sage by nature and his works and devotion to Lord Vishnu. It is believed that Tilicho is the lake where Kaag Bhusundi told the story of Ramayan to Garud (Garud is the Vahana of Lord Vishnu and sits on the back of Garud while traveling). The sage transformed into a crow when he told the events of Ramayan to Garud.
Tilicho Lake trekking
Tilicho lake trekking begins by arriving in Nepal. Every year many arrive from various countries to go for Tilicho lake trekking.
Arrival to Kathmandu
The first step of Tilicho lake trekking is arrival to Kathmandu. Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal and has been the only international airport in the country till now. However, for the visitors of India and China, they can take suitable routes to avoid Kathmandu valley and go directly into the regions of Tilicho. However, Kathmandu is also a lifetime experience for the people who have never visited it so it is best to visit Kathmandu in this process also.
On the first day of Tilicho lake trekking, the visitors will be received at Tribhuvan International airport and then taken to the hotel directly. There the visitors will be given enough time as the long flight can tire someone. In the evening, the visitors will be briefed about the Tilicho lake trekking. Their questions and any other interest will be also be thoroughly answered and described if any present.
Day 2 Visit to Kathmandu
Kathmandu is a city that is known for its culture, climate, and economical center of the country. It is a place that is definitely worth the visit. In the capital city of Nepal, there is a total of seven cultural heritage sites listed by UNESCO. These sites lie a few KM away from each other some few away while some are not more than 2 to 3 KM apart. From Hindu religious sites to Buddhist religious sites and there is a place called Monkey temple at Kathmandu valley where the people of Hindu and Buddhist religion worship at the same place.
This day the trekkers will travel around Kathmandu valley and also buy the necessary stuff that is required for the trekking. Things like medicine, equipment, trekking gear will all be bought from here as Kathmandu is also the biggest business point of the country. After the long day, the trekkers will go and rest in the hotel as the day from now on will be traveling and trekking.
Day 3 Kathmandu to Pokhara
Along the Prithvi highway, the trekkers will travel to Pokhara. Pokhara is a beautiful settlement located in the west of Kathmandu valley. Pokhara is one of the most beautiful of Nepal that is gifted by natural resources and also has the combination of the perfect modern life. Pokhara is 200KM away from the Kathmandu valley and needs about six hours to reach.
On the 3rd day of Tilicho lake trekking, the trekkers will reach Pokhara and in the evening time visit some of the most famous places of Pokhara.
Day 4 Pokhara to Chame
The trekkers will wake in Pokhara on the 4th day of Tilicho lake trekking. From early morning the trekkers will visit the various parts of Pokhara. Pokhara is famous for its tourist destinations and famous spots. Mahendra cave, Gupteshor Mahadev, chamero cave, Tal barahi temple, Sarangkot, Phewa lake are some of the most famous spots of Pokhara city. After visiting some of the spots now the visitors will head to Chame. It will take about six hours to reach Chame from Pokhara. Chame is a beautiful village where the indigenous Gurung people live.
Day 5 Chame to Pisang
The destination on the 5th day of Tilicho lake trekking is Pisang. Pisang is 13.6KM away from Chame. The visitors will wake early and begin their trekking. During trekking, it is best to start the journey in the early morning, no matter how short the distance is. If the route of the day is short then it is best to rest after reaching the destination. During the hike, the trekkers can get an amazing view of the peaks surrounding the area and beautiful settlements.
Day 6 Pisang to Manang
The distance between Pisang to the village of Manang is 15.7Km which is a great distance to cover in difficult terrain so best to start early to reach Manang. Manang is the destination of the 6th day of Tilicho lake trekking. It is a beautiful settlement at a high altitude. Various people arrive here and spend some days enjoying the beauty and hospitality of Manang. The trekkers will get to Manag at the end of the day and it is best to relax after that.
Day 7 Exploring Manang and Ganga Purna Lake
Manang is a beautiful destination that possesses about 500 houses in its territory. The area is famous for its beauty and is the route for various trekking. Many of the people here are involved in the tourism business. On the 7th day of Tilicho lake trekking, the Manag village will be explored slowly and then Ganga purna lake will be also visited. The rest of this is also as much a necessity as it is a time to explore Manang. The trekkers need this time for acclimatization.
Day 8 Manang to Shri Kharka
The goal of day 8 of Tilicho lake trekking is to reach Shri Kharka. Shri Kharka is about 5.3KM away from Manang. The trekkers need to move at a slow and steady pace to reach their destination. On the way to Shri Kharka, the trekkers will need to cross Khangsar khola. The journey may be completed then the long hiking of other days. After reaching Shri Kahrka the trekkers have reached very close to Tilicho lake. In the evening time the trekkers if they want to explore Shri Kharka and see the magnificent peaks that surround them and the beautiful environment, they are in. However, rest is always the best option and they can spend the evening by just resting.
Day 9 To Tilicho base camp
The destination of day 9 of the Tilicho base camp is to reach Tilicho base camp. On day 9 the trekkers have nearly reached their destination and Tilicho lake is almost reached. There are two ways to go to the Tilicho base camp. There is an old path while there is also a new path. While both paths lead to the base camp it is better to go through the newly opened path. The trekkers need to take care of their health as they are high in remote locations and the altitude is increasing day by day. They need to pay close attention to their health and the ones that are on Tilicho lake trekking with them.
Day 10 To Tilicho lake
The 10th day marks the mid of the Tilicho lake trekking and the trekkers will reach their main destination of the trek. It takes 3 hours to reach the lake. Start your journey as early as you can. After reaching, the lake everyone can see what the hype was about. The lake is exceptionally beautiful and equally beautiful is the place that surrounds it.
After exploring for some time and clicking pictures it is now time to return. The trekkers need to return to Shri Kharka so they must act fast. After returning to the base camp, they can have food before resuming their journey. The night of day 10 of Tilicho lake trekking will be spent at Shri Kharka.
The trekkers will return to Manag on day 11 of Tilicho lake trekking and the night will be spent there.
From Manag on Day 12, the trekkers will go to Beshi Sahar. Instead of walking now, the travelers will have access to the vehicle.
From Beshi Sahar the trekker will return to Kathmandu. It takes around 5 to 6 hours to return to Kathmandu. Return to Kathmandu officially the end of Tilicho lake trekking.