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Tilicho Lake Trek - 16 Days

US$ 1350 Per Person
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Facts About Trip

Duration: 17 days
Accommodation: Hotel in Kathmandu, lodge during trek
Height: 5416M
Best Season: Spring and Autumn
Grade: Moderate
Activity: Trekking, sightseeing
Transportation: Private Car, Tourist bus, flight
Treks Type: Tea house

Tilicho Lake Trek Overview

Tilicho Lake is one of the world's highest lakes, located at a staggering 4,919 meters in the Manang district. This sacred lake is fed by glacial melt from Annapurna Mountain and Thorung Peak and holds great religious importance for Hindus, who come for holy baths.

The trek to Tilicho Lake is an adventure suited for experienced trekkers due to the challenging Thorong La Pass. Along the way, you'll discover hidden treasures like serene lakes, waterfalls, monasteries, and temples.

The trek also treats you to beautiful views of the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Nilgiri, and Himchuli mountains. For a longer journey, you can combine it with the Annapurna Circuit, exploring the fascinating Mustang region.

You will traverse diverse landscapes, from lush valleys to dense forests, encountering vibrant rhododendron forests and towering trees, home to diverse flora and fauna.

After soaking in the peacefulness of Tilicho Lake, the trek takes you back through Yak Kharka and Jomsom, leaving you with cherished memories among the beautiful mountain scenery.

As you journey back through Yak Kharka, the charming village feels like a familiar friend, evoking a sense of nostalgia. The inviting teahouses and friendly locals greet you warmly, eager to hear your tales of Tilicho Lake adventures.

As you share your experiences, the mesmerizing beauty of the mountainscape seems to deepen, as if each peak and valley has a unique story to tell. The winding paths guide you through awe-inspiring scenery, where snow-capped peaks reach for the vivid blue sky, and the gentle breeze carries echoes of ancient legends.

So, if you have any inquiry related to the trek, then fill free to contact us any time as we are here to help you.

Highlights for the Tilicho Lake Trek

  • Tilicho Lake: The main highlight of the trek is Tilicho Lake itself, located at an altitude of 4,919 meters (16,138 feet). It is one of the highest lakes in the world and offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains.

  • Mesmerizing Landscapes: Throughout the trek, you'll be treated to awe-inspiring landscapes, including snow-capped peaks, rugged valleys, and lush forests. The views are truly spectacular and perfect for photography enthusiasts.

  • Thorong La Pass: The trek takes you over the challenging Thorong La Pass, standing at an elevation of 5,416 meters (17,769 feet). Crossing this pass is a thrilling and rewarding experience, offering panoramic views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges.

  • Manang Village: As you pass through the charming village of Manang, you'll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture and interact with the friendly residents. The village is known for its traditional architecture and vibrant Buddhist monasteries.

  • Muktinath Temple: Towards the end of the trek, you'll visit the sacred Muktinath Temple, a significant pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists. The temple complex is adorned with ancient statues, prayer flags, and natural hot springs.

  • Diverse Flora and Fauna: The Tilicho Lake Trek takes you through diverse ecosystems, allowing you to spot a variety of flora and fauna. Keep an eye out for elusive Himalayan wildlife such as snow leopards, blue sheep, and colorful bird species.

Cost of Tilicho Lake Trek

Starting your Tilicho Lake adventure comes with a total cost of US$ 1350 per person. This package covers a bunch of important services to make sure you have a comfortable and unforgettable trekking experience. It includes all the necessary permits, the know-how of skilled guides and devoted porters, comfy accommodations amid the mountains, tasty meals to keep you energized, and well-planned transportation for your journey. While the idea of spending this amount might seem like a lot, the amazing experiences waiting for you are truly priceless. Imagine standing among the towering mountains, soaking in their incredible beauty, diving into unique cultural encounters, and creating memories that will stay with you forever. So, for adventurers looking to explore the captivating Tilicho Lake, see it as an investment in nature, adventure, and personal growth that will add so much richness to your life.

Tilicho Lake Trek Itinerary Expand/Collapse All

Day 01 : Arrival in Kathmandu

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Dinner

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Hotel

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1300

Welcome to the Himalayan country of Nepal. Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, our representative welcomes you and assists with your transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu. After time to get refreshed, in the evening you'll meet and transfer for a welcome dinner in one of the typical Nepalese restaurants in the heart of Kathmandu, a briefing about your trip, and overnight at the hotel.

Day 02 : Explore Kathmandu and prepare for the trek

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Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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Lodge

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1430

Your second day in the Tilicho Lake trek itinerary is dedicated to exploring Kathmandu. It's an opportunity to acclimate to the altitude, gather any necessary trekking gear, and immerse yourself in the city's rich culture. In the morning, visit iconic sites like Swayambhunath Stupa and Boudhanath Stupa. Enjoy Nepali cuisine and tea, ensuring you have all permits and supplies for the trek. The evening offers cultural experiences and a chance to absorb the vibrant atmosphere of Kathmandu's markets. Rest well, as your trek to Tilicho Lake begins the next day, filled with anticipation and cultural enrichment.

Day 3 : Drive from Kathmandu to Dharapani (1,960m/6,430ft) 8-9 hours

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Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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Lodge

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1960

The jeep journey from Kathmandu to Dharapani is where your Annapurna Circuit Trek begins. You'll start early in the morning from Kathmandu, and along the way, you'll see beautiful landscapes, charming villages, and rural life. You'll spend a night in Besisahar before continuing your journey, passing through lovely villages like Besishar, Khudi, Jagat Chamje and Tal,  all surrounded by sbeautiful natural beauty. The road can be bumpy at times, but the adventure is exciting. When you arrive in Dharapani, you will take care of permits and preparations, getting ready for the thrilling Annapurna Circuit Trek. It's essential to have a reliable driver and plan well due to varying road conditions.

Day 04 : Trek from Dharapani to Chame (2,710m/8,891ft) - 5-6 hours

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Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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Lodge

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3200

On the fifth day of your Tilicho Lake trek, you'll walk from Dharapani at 1,960 meters (6,430 feet) to Chame at 2,710 meters (8,891 feet). This journey takes about 5 to 6 hours and offers beautiful scenery. You will follow clear paths, cross suspension bridges over rivers, and notice the landscape changing as you climb higher. Chame is a friendly stop where you can relax, enjoy local hospitality, and get used to the higher altitude before continuing your trek to Tilicho Lake. This day combines trekking and getting ready for what's ahead.

Day 05 : Trek from Chame to Pisang (3,300m/10,827ft) - 5-6 hours

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Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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Lodge

Elevation

3540

On the sixth day of your Tilicho Lake trek, you'll trek from Chame, which is at an elevation of 2,710 meters (8,891 feet), to Pisang, situated at 3,300 meters (10,827 feet). This leg of the journey typically takes about 5 to 6 hours. As you hike, you'll be treated to captivating views of the surrounding landscape. The trail is well-defined, and you'll cross some suspension bridges over rivers. Pisang is your destination for the day, and it provides a comfortable place to rest and acclimatize to the increasing altitude. This day offers a pleasant mix of trekking and preparation for the adventures that lie ahead in your Tilicho Lake trek.

Day 05 : Trek from Pisang to Manang (3,540m/11,614ft) - 6-7 hours

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Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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Lodge

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3540

On the seventh day of your Tilicho Lake trek, you'll hike from Pisang at 3,300 meters (10,827 feet) to Manang, which sits at 3,540 meters (11,614 feet). This leg of your journey usually takes around 6 to 7 hours. Along the way, you'll be treated to beautiful mountain views and the peacefulness of the Himalayas. You'll pass through charming villages and follow the Marsyangdi River. Manang is a pivotal stop in your trek, offering a chance to acclimatize to higher altitudes. It's a day to relax, soak up the local culture, and prepare for the challenges that lie ahead as you continue your trek towards Tilicho Lake.

Day 07 : Acclimatization day in Manang

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Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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Lodge

Elevation

4100

On the eighth day of your Tilicho Lake trek, you'll have an acclimatization day in Manang. This means you won't be trekking to higher altitudes but instead taking a break to allow your body to adjust to the thinner air as you ascend to higher elevations. Acclimatization is crucial to avoid altitude sickness and ensure your safety during the trek. During this day, you can explore Manang, relax, and enjoy the local culture. You might choose to take short hikes to nearby viewpoints to further aid your acclimatization. It's a day to rest, acclimate, and recharge for the challenges of the trek ahead, including the ascent to Tilicho Lake.

Day 08 : Trek from Manang to Tilicho Base Camp (4,200m/13,780ft) - 5-6 hours

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Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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Lodge

Elevation

4920

On the eight day of your Tilicho Lake trek, you'll hike from Manang, starting at 3,734 meters (12,250 feet), to Tilicho Base Camp, which sits at 4,200 meters (13,780 feet). This part of the trek usually takes about 5 to 6 hours. As you go higher, the path gets tougher, with more rocks and the air getting thinner. You'll be surrounded by amazing mountain views, and you'll notice the air becoming cooler as you get closer to your goal. Tilicho Base Camp is a significant point in your journey because it's where you'll start your final trek to Tilicho Lake. Use this day to rest, get used to the higher altitude, and prepare for the exciting hike to the lake.

Day 09 : Trek from Tilicho Base Camp to Tilicho Lake (4,919m/16,138ft) and back to Base Camp and Shree Kharka - 5-6 hours

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Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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Lodge

On the ninth day of your Tilicho Lake trek, you will hike from Tilicho Base Camp, which is at 4,200 meters (13,780 feet), up to the beautiful Tilicho Lake, located high at 4,919 meters (16,138 feet). This part of the trek usually takes around 5 to 6 hours and involves a challenging climb over rocky and steep terrain as you make your way to this beautiful lake surrounded by Himalayan peaks. Once you reach Tilicho Lake, you'll have time to enjoy its breathtaking beauty and soak in the wide mountain views. Afterward, you'll return to Tilicho Base Camp for some rest and to celebrate this impressive accomplishment and after you lunch you head back to Shree Kharka for your day off. It's a day filled with adventure, natural marvels, and a great sense of achievement. 

Day 10 : Trek from Tilicho Base Camp to Yak Kharka (4,050m/13,287ft) - 6-7 hours

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Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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Lodge

Elevation

4018

On the tenth day of your Tilicho Lake trek, you'll trek from Tilicho Base Camp at 4,200 meters (13,780 feet) down to Yak Kharka, which is at 4,050 meters (13,287 feet). This trek usually takes about 6 to 7 hours. As you descend from the higher altitude of Tilicho Base Camp, the terrain changes, and you'll encounter alpine meadows, pastures, and areas where yaks graze. The views of the surrounding landscapes are breathtaking. Yak Kharka is a peaceful place to rest on your way back, and it helps you adjust to the lower altitude. It's a day to relax and soak in the mountain atmosphere after the adventures of the previous days.

Day 11 : Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,450m/14,600ft) - 3-4 hours

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Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accomodation

Lodge

Elevation

4450

On the eleventh day of your Tilicho Lake trek, you'll hike from Yak Kharka at 4,050 meters (13,287 feet) to Thorong Phedi, which is at 4,450 meters (14,600 feet). This part of the journey usually takes about 3 to 4 hours. The path gets steeper as you go higher, and the air becomes thinner due to the high altitude. Thorong Phedi is a crucial stop because it's where you'll prepare for the challenging Thorong La Pass, which you'll tackle the next day. This day is all about resting, getting used to the higher altitude, and mentally and physically gearing up for the pass.

Day 12 : Trek from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3,800m/12,467ft) via Thorong La Pass (5,416m/17,769ft) - 7-8 hours

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Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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Lodge

Elevation

3760

On the twelfth day of your Tilicho Lake trek, you'll have an adventurous journey. You'll start at Thorong Phedi, which is about 4,450 meters high, and trek to Muktinath, situated at 3,800 meters. The most challenging part of the day is crossing Thorong La Pass, which stands at a very high 5,416 meters. This trek will take around 7 to 8 hours. Crossing Thorong La Pass is tough due to steep and rocky terrain, but the incredible views make it worthwhile. After crossing the pass, you'll head down to Muktinath, a sacred town important to both Hindus and Buddhists. This day is full of achievement and spiritual experiences.

Day 13 : Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (2,720m/8,923ft) - 5-6 hours

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Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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Lodge

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2700

On the thirteenth day of your Tilicho Lake trek, you'll walk from Muktinath, which is high up at 3,800 meters (12,467 feet), to Jomsom, a lower place at 2,720 meters (8,923 feet). This part of the journey usually takes about 5 to 6 hours. As you trek, you'll start going downhill, and the scenery around you will change. You'll go through pretty villages and experience the unique beauty of the Mustang region. Jomsom is an important stop in your trek, and it marks the end of your adventure at high altitudes. It's a nice place to relax, celebrate your trekking achievements, and get ready for your journey back to Kathmandu.

Day 14 : Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara and transfer to hotel

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Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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Hotel

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823

On the fourteenth day of your Tilicho Lake trek, you'll take a short flight from Jomsom to Pokhara, which lasts about 20-30 minutes. During the flight, you'll get to enjoy incredible views of the Himalayan mountains from the sky. Once you arrive in Pokhara, you'll be brought to your hotel. Pokhara is a charming city known for its peaceful lakes, stunning mountain views, and relaxed atmosphere, making it a great place to unwind after your trek. You can spend the day exploring Pokhara, relaxing by the lakes, or trying out some leisurely activities. It's a day of transitioning from the rugged mountains to a more laid-back city environment.

Day 15 : Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu

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Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accomodation

Hotel

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1300

On the fifteenth day of your Tilicho Lake trek, you'll take a road trip from Pokhara back to Kathmandu. This drive lasts several hours, and you'll pass through beautiful Nepalese landscapes on your way. It signifies the end of your trekking adventure as you return to the bustling capital city of Kathmandu.

Day 16 : Depart from Kathmandu

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Breakfast

On the last day of your Tilicho Lake trek, you'll say goodbye to Kathmandu. If you have some free time before your flight, you can shop, explore the local markets, or see any sights you missed. When it's time to go, you'll head to the airport for your journey home or to your next destination. This day marks the end of your amazing trek to Tilicho Lake, and you'll take with you the memories, experiences, and the beauty of the Himalayas.

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Cost Includes

  • welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu with Cultural show. (Ethnic music and dance)
  • Airport arrival and departure by private vehicle
  • Kathmandu to  Dharapani by private Jeep  & Pokhara to Kathamdu  return by regular tourist bus.
  • Two night’s accommodation in Kathmandu & one night Pokhara with twin sharing at tourist standard hotel (Bed and Breakfast)
  • English speaking trekking guide who has been authorized by the government and necessary number of porters (According to the group size) with their insurance, salary, accommodation, and meals.
  •  Full board meal 3 times a day (B+L+D) during the trek days including tea & coffee
  • Seasonal fruits during the trek are provide
  • Sleeping bags and down jackets if necessary.
  • All the necessary official documents, TIMS Permit, Trekking Permit, etc
  •  Trekking Route map.
  •  All required local and government tax

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal Visa fee and International flight.
  • Meal except for Breakfast in Kathmandu & Pokhara
  •  All personal expenses such as bar bills, water, extra tea/coffee, snacks, battery re-charge, laundry service, etc.
  • Personal clothing and gears.
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Tips to guide and porters.
  • Cost arising out of landslides, road blockade, and rescue of any form, cancellation of flight or reasons beyond our control
  • Monument entrance fee

Altitude Graph

FAQs

What is the highest point of the Tilicho Lake Trek?

The highest point of the Tilicho Lake Trek is the Thorong La Pass, which stands at an altitude of 5,416 meters (17,769 feet) above sea level.

Is altitude sickness a concern during the Tilicho Lake Trek?

Yes, altitude sickness can be a concern during the Tilicho Lake Trek, especially when crossing the Thorong La Pass. It's important to take proper acclimatization days, stay hydrated, and listen to your body to prevent altitude-related issues.

Can I see the Annapurna range during the Tilicho Lake Trek?

Yes, the Tilicho Lake Trek offers towering views of the Annapurna range, including peaks like Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Gangapurna, and Tilicho Peak.

Are there any side trips or extensions possible during the Tilicho Lake Trek?

Yes, you can extend your trek by visiting the beautiful village of Manang or exploring the famous Annapurna Circuit. These side trips offer additional scenic views and cultural experiences.

Are there any age restrictions for the Tilicho Lake Trek?

There are no specific age restrictions for the Tilicho Lake Trek. However, it's important to consider the physical fitness and endurance required for the trek, especially at high altitudes.

Can I hire a porter for the Tilicho Lake Trek?

Yes, you can hire a porter to carry your backpack during the Tilicho Lake Trek. This allows you to trek with less weight and enjoy the journey more comfortably.

How difficult is the Tilicho Lake Trek?

The Tilicho Lake Trek is considered a moderately difficult trek. It involves steep ascents, high altitudes, and challenging terrain. It requires a good level of fitness and previous trekking experience is recommended.

How long does the Tilicho Lake Trek take?

The duration of the Tilicho Lake Trek can vary depending on the route and your pace. On average, it takes around 10-14 days to complete the trek, including acclimatization days.

What is the best time to do the Tilicho Lake Trek?

The best time to do the Tilicho Lake Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months offer stable weather, clear skies, and favorable trekking conditions.

Do I need a permit for the Tilicho Lake Trek?

Yes, you will need two permits for the Tilicho Lake Trek: the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS) card. These permits can be obtained in Kathmandu or Pokhara.

Are there teahouses or lodges along the trekking route?

Yes, there are teahouses and lodges available along the Tilicho Lake Trek route. These provide basic accommodation and meals, making it convenient for trekkers. However, it's recommended to carry some cash as credit card facilities may not be available in remote areas.

Is it possible to do the Tilicho Lake Trek independently?

Yes, it is possible to do the Tilicho Lake Trek independently. However, hiring a guide or joining a trekking group is recommended for safety, navigation, and cultural insights.

Additional Information

Trekking Gears and Equipments

  • SunGlasses
  •  Scarf Face Mask
  •  Fleece hat that covers your ears
  •  Sunscreen
  •  Cap stick
  •  Hand Towel
  •  Cold weather Down Jacket *
  •  Wind Stopper
  •  Rain Coat
  •  Fleece Jacket and Trouser>> T-shirt (short or long selves)
  •  Trekking Trousers
  •  Polypropylene thermal tops and bottoms
  •  Trekking Boots: Head torch *
  •  Snow Gaiter (depends on the time of year)
  •  Camel Pack or refillable water bottle Trekking Poles (optional) *
  •  Day Pack minimum 25L with a side pocket to keep a bottle Spare batteries for Camera
  •  Down Jacket *
  •  Sleeping Bag (preferably a bag that covers you as cold as -20: check the label.

Best time to visit Tilicho lake

The best times to go on your Tilicho Lake adventure are during the autumn season in October and November or the spring season in March and April. Autumn is the top choice because the weather is usually excellent for trekking, making it the perfect season for your journey. The second-best time is spring, which has similar great weather to autumn. During spring, the skies are usually clear, and the forests are filled with colorful flowers, creating a beautiful natural backdrop for your trek.

Autumn season

Autumn in Nepal begins in late September and lasts until the first week of December. This season follows the monsoon rains, transforming the landscape into lush green fields adorned with various crops. It's a fantastic time for trekking in the Nepal Himalayas. During autumn, the weather is absolutely ideal for hiking and trekking. Travelers can enjoy clear, unobstructed views of the towering Himalayan peaks throughout the day, with fewer chances of clouds and fog obstructing the scenery. Autumn provides exceptional visibility and offers the most comfortable temperatures of the year for trekking, making it the top choice for starting on adventures like the Tilicho Lake trek in Nepal.

Spring Season

Spring season is the best time for going on the Tilicho Lake Trek because the weather is generally pleasant and the trails are at their most beautiful. During spring, the temperatures are mild, the skies are clear, and the rhododendron forests along the trek route are in full bloom, creating a vibrant and picturesque landscape. Additionally, the chances of rain and snowfall are relatively low during this time, making it safer and more enjoyable to trek to Tilicho Lake. So, if you're planning to go, spring is the perfect season to experience the natural beauty of the Annapurna region.

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