Tilicho Peak Expedition

31 Days

One of the most sought-after snow peaks in the Annpurna Himalaya system. Easy proximity and excellent adventurous technical level attracts all the armatures. If you have done some of the 6 thousanders in the Himalayas already and looking to try a 7 thousander then this comes to your excellent choice. The adventure you receive from the climbing, technical slopes to check your adrenaline and sceneries you’ll have from trek to there and back will satisfy you perfectly.  

Location: Annapurna Range, Nepal.
Elevation: 7,134 meters (23,405 feet).
Base Camp: Typically, the base camp is set up near Tilicho Lake, at around 4,919 meters (16,138 feet).
High Camps & other details: Strategically on Tilicho peak expedition, we will have to have 2 camps but assessing the weather, snow/ice and other objective dangers along the route, the camp 3 can be setup.
Camp I (5800M/19026ft)
Camp II (6200M/20338ft)
Camp III (6600M/21651ft)

Base Camp to Camp (I) – steep 70º/90º
Camp (I) to Camp (II) – steep 90º with ice vertical,
Camp (II) to Camp (III) – 40º/ 60º or Max. 70º

Climbing route: North-West Shoulder Ridge route, Camp 1, 2, and 3 strategy at 2:1 client/guide ratio throughout the expedition,

Time to climb: Best Time to Climb: late April to early June (for spring season) and late September to mid November (for autumn season).

Tilicho Peak Expedition with Annapurna Circuit traversing

Tilicho Peak, situated at an elevation of 7,134 meters (23,405 feet), is a significant peak in the Annapurna range of the Himalayas in Nepal. It is renowned for its challenging climbing routes and the stunning Tilicho Lake, the highest lake in the world, situated nearby at an elevation of about 4,919 meters (16,138 feet) as well as the beautiful villages fall en-route such as the Manang Valley, Hongde etc.


Bridging day between your home and Himalayan remote. Permit formality day. Kathmandu exploration day. You may celebrate it as many ways as you know!

It's a short and nice driving day. The driving will be joined by the guide and trekking porters. Expedition staffs will be met at the Base Camp only. They start 3-4 days later than your trip departure. They will drive upto Manang or Khangsar depending on them. And a day or two before your reach at the BC; until then they will have tents pitched, and numerous things; that are needed for the expedition, arranged.

Another day to drive at low altitude. it's a rough road but good sightings including Mt. Manaslu and several other natural attractions like waterfalls, ridges etc.

There's a road existed to Chame but we choose to hike. It gives opportunity to gain the elevation gradually whereas by driving one gets it rapidly. Before the road appeared here, the ACT would run through these many valleys, river beds, foothills, hills, slopes, ridges and so on. Then it probably used to be the busiest trek routes Nepal; so famous, so popular! Having trekked in this section you will still fill that it has a lot of things that attracts a tourists and it has a lot of beautiful sightings to offer.

Elevation changes and so changes the vegetations too. Wet and humid weather type changes to cold and dry. Views open marvelously! Lamjung Himal that might have impressed you being so tall while looking from Chame, might not be that sky piercing comparing to Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Gangapurna etc. that are majestically visible from Upper Pisang village. The people here would look more Tibetans and area has more deeper dedication in Buddhism. You feel like being in different Nepal.

Another mesmerizing day to have, another majestic vista-trail to follow, another nostalgic day to account perhaps in your lifetime. There's a ridge trail to choose that passes through Ghyaru & Ngawal villages that make overlooking views to all the Annapurnas & Gangapurna to the south, Pisang peak to the back and Tilicho on the far ahead in the west.

Day 8 :
Rest day.

An active rest day for acclimatize. Plan your day as you like discussing with your guide; there are beautiful day hike trips.

An easy and beautiful hiking day. You feel being closer to Tilicho and several other snow summits. Grand barrier will probably make the best panoramic view

We're not yet to the Tilicho Peak climbing base camp. This is a small settlement where there are just two lodges. This is the lodges/room staying day/night for several days to come.

From today it starts the climbing period, stay in tents. All the meals and drinks are prepared by your own chef from the Kitchen-tent and there will be kitchen helpers.

You will be following regular routine of acclimatizing, hiking, taking photos and eating, sleeping and repeat!

Stay at lodge after many days. There will be the guide and trekking porters to follow your trek over the Thorong La (pass) and down to Kaligandaki valley for next few days. Other staffs may hurry back to Khangsar or Manang to return to Besisahar & then Kathmandu.

Now you're in comfort zone. Enjoy the warmth at lodges. Good foods from Pizzas to Burgers when you want.

A beautiful drive to Pokhara long the Kaligandaki river. It's a return to civilization. Enjoy stay at fancy hotels.

You may spend it doing various activities such as city tours, paragliding, bungee jumping, zipline flyer etc or do nothing just rest and enjoy the varieties of foods and drinks by the live Lakeside of the Phewa Lake.

Day 30 :

A day in Kathmandu before flying back home. Certifications and debriefing formalities. Free day enjoy sampling various cuisines and drinks in the lovely town of Thamel, Kathmandu.

Farewell dinner in the evening which will be joined by your guide and supporting team members.

Breakfast and airport transfer on the given time. Happy see off!



  • Certified Climbing Guide & assistant (so the ratio of guide/client will be 2:1. Additional guide/s can be arranged, but applies extra charges),
  • Base camp arrangement with a team of Cook and kitchen helpers (Helpers increase with the number of climbing team members),
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu & Pokhara or as the program. (Should clients return early from their expedition, clients will be responsible for their extra Kathmandu hotel bookings),
  • Tilicho Peak climbing permit,
  • All trekking permits and entry tickets (Annapurna Region Permit and TIMS),
  • All internal-local transportation to and from the trekking trailhead,
  • Expedition tents (2 men tents). Local make tents for base camp, these are warmer, cozier and stronger. For higher camps Brands Salewa, Mountain Hardwear, Samaya equipment, Kailas etc.
  • 40 kgs personal weight (Extra additional weight, clients will need to hire an additional porter. Estimated $850 USD for 26 - 28 Days),
  • Chocolate, energy bars, hydration pills, biscuits, canned foods, etc.
  • Burners and expedition equipment,
  • 1 bottle of oxygen (for emergency use),
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner on trek and expedition days.
  • Lodge accommodation during the trek,
  • A porters per two guests,
  • Pokhara to Kathmandu flight tickets,
  • Arrival pick-up and departure,
  • Basic First aid kit,
  • Welcome/Farewell Dinner


  • • Visas and travel insurance, international airtickets,
  • • Entertainment and food ( Kathmandu ),
  • • Bottled drinks and beverages,
  • • Evacuation (will be done in your account),
  • • Summit Tips ($700 USD),
  • • Single supplement Charges,
  • • Laundry, Phone services, Personal expenditure transactions,
  • • Walkie-talkie/ Satellite phone,
  • • Gamov Bag (also called APC chamber we suggest to have one),
  • • Optional trips,
  • • Tea breaks, chocolates or other snacks, and any meals besides breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • • Delay and cancellation because of natural phenomenon,
  • • International flights to Kathmandu,
Experienced level

Experience level required:
Previous high altitude climb of at least 1 X 6000M and several technical peaks of with alpine/mountaineering climbing experiences are absolutely necessary in order to climb Tilicho peak.

Climbers need to have good knowledge and experience of hiking/climbing using crampons on snow, ice and steep surfaces. Be comfortable in using a fixed rope to climb on steep and exposed sections, traversing on mountain slopes and climbing through spurs on the routes. Climbers must be knowledgable with the use of climbing gears, basic rope techniques like tying safety knots, and abseiling when coming down from the mountains. And imprtantly the clients have the mentally and strongly prepared to climb in cold and windy conditions.

Local Guides: by Nepalese law, when issuing permits for high altitude peaks that are other than the NMA list peaks,  guides are a must. To issue the climbing permit for this Tilicho Peak process will have to go through a registered local company.

Technicality of Mount Tilicho

Tilicho Peak expedition is graded at D+/4 in difficulty.

We cannot stress enough but it’s very important that the climbers are fit and strong before starting the expedition in the mountain. In total, we will have 14 days (of alpine climbing days) and the climb will demand every ounce of your will, fitness and awareness.

When we depart from Tilicho base camp 4900M/16074ft our first objective challenge is to reach camp I (at 5800m/19026ft) navigating the ridge of North shoulder climbing through. Spurs and steep 70 to 90 degree climbs to reach camps I and II. Mostly climbing on steep ice, jumaring, and traversing on exposed ridges. Summit day climb starts early with the goal to reach the summit or near to the summit before sunrise. And the wind starts to pick up. This will be another challenging day mixed with a day of accomplishment as we climb to gain 500+M to reach the summit and descend down back to camp 1.  You can expect to climb for around 16+ hours as you will have to summit and then descend as any normal climbs. Our base camp team members meanwhile will be waiting for your arrival. All your previous training of endurance and strength training should have prepared your body and mind to face these challenges.

Climbing gears

  • Helmet ( Black diamond, Petzel )
  • Alpine Ice Axe (65-70cm)
  • A mountaineering harness, with adjustable leg loops.
  • Carabiners: 3 locking and 6 regular
  • Rappel/belay device: ATC or figure 8
  • Crampons 12 points
  • Mountaineering boots [Mountaineering boots suitable for above 8000m; La Sportiva or equivalent],
  • High cut trekking boots/water proof trek to base camp & low cut like tennis shoes for evening wear,
  • Thermal mountaineering socks or equivalent: 5-6 pairs
  • Liner socks or equivalent: 5-6 pairs

Body layers

  • Expedition suits – North face Himalayan suit or similar,
  • 4 merino base layers: top / bottom set,
  • 5 mid layer top: breathable Underwear,
  • Lightweight Nylon Pants: 1 pair,
  • Hooded Soft Shell jacket To be worn over other layers,
  • Soft Shell Guide Pants: Gore Tex and breathable,
  • Hooded Hard Shell: Gore Tex and breathable,
  • Hard Shell Pants: Gore Tex and breathable, big enough to wear over your guide trousers,
  • Insulated Down Jacket with hood: North Face Himalayan parka or equivalent
  • Insulated synthetic Pants: Worn primarily when climbing below Camp 2
  • Long jones equivalent to Rab’s Polartec or equivalent: 2 pairs

Headgears and Hand wears

  • Wool hat (ski hat)
  • Sunhat: To shade your face / neck from the sun on a hot day
  • Buff: To protect your neck / face from the sun
  • Glacier glasses: Full protection with side covers or wrap around
  • Ski goggles: To be worn on summit day in the event of high winds
  • Lightweight synthetic liner gloves: For wearing on a hot day; 2 pairs
  • Soft shell gloves: To wear for moderate cold / wind
  • Shell glove with insulated liner: To wear for severe cold / strong wind
  • Expedition Mittens for bad weather
  • Head torch: 1 normal for base camp and 1 with remote battery systems for climbing at night. This will be used whilst climbing at night

Personal gears

  • Expedition Backpack: 65L pack should be large enough.
  • Trekking Backpack: To carry on the trek to base camp. Simple and light.
  • Sleeping Bag: Rated to at least -40°F. Goose down or synthetic
  • Compression stuff sacks: 3 large ones; for reducing volume of the sleeping bag, down parka, etc., in your pack.
  • High Quality sleeping pad (1 for base camp and 1 for high camps): Full length is preferred,
  • Closed cell foam pad: To be used in conjunction with the inflating pad for warmth and comfort when sleeping,
  • Trekking poles with snow baskets: Adjustable poles,
  • Cup: Plastic insulated cup for drinking,
  • Bowl: A plastic bowl for eating dinner or breakfast,
  • Spoon: Plastic spoon,
  • Sunscreen: SPF 50 or above,
  • Lip balm with sun block,
  • Water bottles: 2 wide mouth bottles with 1 litter capacity,
  • Water bottle parkas (2): fully insulated with zip opening,
  • Thermos: 1 liter (buy a good ones to keep your water warm for longer hours),
  • Pee bottle: 1 liter minimum bottle for convenience at night in the tent,
  • Toiletry bag: Include toilet paper and hand sanitizer and small towel
  • Hand warmers & toe warmers
  • Pen Knife or multi tool (optional)
  • Camera: bring extra batteries and memory cards
  • Personal solar charging system (optional but recommended)

Travel clothes & others

  • Duffel bags (2) with locks: To transport equipment,
  • Base Camp extra Items: Kindle, I pad, smart phone, etc,
  • Snack food: Please bring a few days of your favorite climbing snack food such as bars, gels, nuts, beef jerky, etc. A variety of salty and sweet is recommended to give you extra energy.
  • Small personal first aid kit: Include athletic tape, Band-Aid’s, Ibuprofen, blister care, personal medications, etc
  • Medications and Prescriptions: Bring antibiotics (Azithromycin, etc.), and altitude medicine such as Diamox and dexamethasone etc as per your physician suggested.

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