* TILICHO SIDE TRIP TREK THRO' 31/03/2009 – 19/04/2009:

TILICHO SIDE TRIP THRO' 31/03/2009 – 19/04/2009:

The last settlement in the Marsyangdi valley is the remote beautiful village Khangshar. Beyond end route to Tilicho Tal, there are splendid views of the “Great Barrier” a name given by Maurice Herzog to the high ridge between Khangshar kang (7485 m) and Nilgiri north (7067 m).

Manang to Khangshar: 2 – 3 hours, ascent:

A sign just before an archway in old Manang directs you either to Thorong la or Khangshar village. The Khangshar trail goes downhill to a chhorten, then north-west & heads down towards the river on south side. Don’t cross a new suspension bridge (there was a trail to Tilicho. (Which is destroyed by landslide). Stay on the north bank & head west, following a trail alongside the river. After 30 – 45 minutes you will arrive soon to an
Another bridge, just above the confluence of the Marsyangdi left side & Jarsang khola right side & climb steeply onto a ridge.

Follow a power line along the ridge on a wide trail, south side of the ridge transverse through a blue pine forest, walk pleasant further then you will arrive at Khangshar 3770 m.
Khangshar is a collection of traditional stone buildings surrounding a large village square. The top storey of each house has been whitewashed.
There are mainly mainly two hotels: The Hotel on Height & the Khangshar Guest House offer basic accommodation in Khangshar.
On the top of the village is the Tasab gompa, which is a Sakyapa Buddhist monastery.
Sometimes whether you want a go directly to Thorong la from here, then there is a trail to Yak kharka. Ask someone here if there is bridge at Jarsang khola yet?

Khangshar to Tilicho Base Camp: (4140 m): 4 – 6 hours, 360 m. ascent:

Right near by the Tasab gompa splits two trails: (a) to the right side straight up to Yak kharka (b) to the left side leads towards Tilicho. You ascend gradually through wheat field terraces & at the end of this field there is wooden gate and bar, right from here you should take the upper trail right side (avoid the left side), you will walk through the Jenifer & thorny berry bushes, after about one hour you will arrive in the boundary of Tare Gompa yellow roofed (3930 m). Stay climbing right side of this gompa after 10 – 15 minutes you will see a sign post directing to Yak kharka and Tilicho Base Camp.
After few minutes further there is Hotel newly built called also Tilicho Base Camp Hotel (at Shree Kharka 4030 m). Because the owner is same of real the Tilicho Base Camp Hotel.
Please do not forget to ask anyone here: about the latest trail condition a head of you, only after well informed you may go further.
I recommend the lower trail (on the same level) to Tilicho Base Camp, because it’s in use by local people and tourists, but the upper one is too high and on other side the trail is swept by landslide (above Tilicho Base Camp).
Still this trek can be done only by who is mentally and physically prepared, and then okay.
Tilicho Base Camp hotel has 8 rooms, very basic & prices are 30% more than Manang.

Tilicho Base Camp to Tilicho Taal: 3 ½ - 5 hours, 870 m, and ascent:

The trail to Tilicho Tal starts up a valley then transverses onto  a moraine, making a long climb to 4710 m. There are outstanding views of Khangshar kang, Tarke kang & Gangapurna as well as great views down the valley to Manang & upper Pisang + Pisang peak.  The trail then makes a series of steep switchbacks, climbing for an hour to a false summit & on to a crest at 5010 m. From here to the lake the trail is lined with hundreds of large stone slabs set on end. Passing two small lakes, the trail crests at a cairn & prayer flags where you’ll get your first view of the lake (4919 m.). 4 km. length, 1.2 km. width, 85 meter depth, volume 155 million liter (fresh water), area 4.8 square km.,  If you’re making a day walk from the Base Camp Hotel, this is the spot to turn around.

Tilicho Taal or Lake (4919 – 5010 M.)

Tilicho lake (World Heritage site proposal for Lake Tilicho) presents a particularly dramatic spectacle sometimes its turquoise waters reflect the surrounding peaks but more often its frozen. Herzog’s maps depicted Tilicho has the great ice lake and his team walked across it. The lake sits at foot of the extensive glacier system of the Great Barrier, the highest point of which is Tilicho peak. The glaciers terminate in a vertical wall of Ice 70 m. to 75 m. high that forms the west shore of the lake. When it’s warm, small ice bergs calve off and float around the serene waters.
The trails along the shore of both sides of the lake that are shown on most maps are figments of the imagination of an overzealous cartographer. It’s possible to get around the west side, but this is a tricky route across a heavily crevassed glacier with the threat of avalanches. The east shore trail is stopped dead by a huge cliff that extends almost vertically into the waters of the lake from the view point a long traverse leads you around the south, then the east side of the lake to a good camp site near a large rock at 4930 m. There is no shelter of any kind of near the lake and you’ll need a tent and stove if your are planning to stay here. At night you will be kept awake by the roar of avalanches tumbling from the glaciers above.

Beyond Tilicho Tal: there are two passes that lead to Kaligandaki valley. Mesokanto la 5100 m. & north pass 5230 m. without an experienced guide not to do it & you have to bring with you rope for fixing, crampons, good shoes, tent, stove and plenty of foods for couple of days.

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DAY 01: Kathmandu or Pokhara – Besishahar 820 m/7 or 4 hours by bus – same day walk to Bhulbhule 840 m. (3 hours) through Simal Chaur the beautiful rice field and nice Nepali local houses. Which split from 30 – 45 minutes further Besishahar, to the right side of the main way a suspension bridge, just cross it and follow the trail to Bhulbhule (along the east bank of Marsyangdi river).

DAY 02: Bhulbhule – Bahundanda 1310 m/5 hours.

DAY 03: Bahundanda – Jagat 1300 m/5 hours,

DAY 04: Jagat – Tal village 1700 m/5 hours,

DAY 05: Tal – Danaqyu 2200 m/5 hours,

DAY 06: Danaqyu – Chame 2710 m/5 hours,

DAY 07:  Chame – Lower Pisang 3250 m/5 hours,

DAY 08: Lower Pisang – upper Pisang 3310 m.  – Ghyaru 3730 m. -  Ngawal 3680 m. – Braga 3450 m./6 hours (one of the best views of the Annapurna Himalayan range and Chulu and Pisang peak and the Manang valley divided into north and south by the cold Marsyangdi river. Plus you can have chance to see the Ghole king’s ruin fort between Ghyaru and Ngawal, who ruled over this valley 7 – 8 hundred years ago).

DAY 09: Day hike up to Ice Lake 4640 m/4 + 2:3 = 6 – 7 hours (go up and come down), this would be also one of the best day for well acclimatization and to view the line of awesome Mountains and Marsyangdi valley).

DAY 10:  Braga – Manang 3540 m,/25 minutes only, reserve the best rooms, and hike up to Chhyankur view point specially for Gangapurna mt. 7454 m. and it’s glacier and melted blue lake at the shore of Marsyangdi river, Tilicho peak, Chulu east, Pisang peak, Tanki Manang, old Manang, new Manang and Braga and further deep part of this valley etc..

DAY 11: Manang – Khangshar 4030 m. (if you want can sleep over night here) – Shree Kharka 1:30 hours further Khangshar or next to Tare Gompa 3930 m.

DAY 12: Shree Kharka – Tilicho Base Camp Hotel 4130 m/ 3 hours, a risky trail but very beautiful the landscape (you can see more what I explained already above).

DAY 13: Tilicho Base Camp Hotel – Tilicho Tal (lake) 5010 m/3 ½ - 5 hours) – coming back to Hotel again 3 hours = 8 hours (sometime we did T.B.H. – T. Lake – T.B.H. – Shree kharka too).

DAY 14: Tilicho Base Camp Hotel – Shree kharka – Yak kharka 4018 m/6 -7 hours.

DAY 15: Yak kharka – Thorong phedi 4450 m/3 hours maximum.

DAY 16: Phedi – Muktinath 3800 m/ (4 + 5 = 9 hours).

DAY 17: Muktinath – via Chhyankur village – Zhong – Putak – Kagbeni 2800 m/7 hours (you should take pack lunch with you, very quiet walking on the desert land).

DAY 18: Kagbeni – Marpha village 2670 m/5- 6 hours (the capital city for apple in Nepal, where you will get the variety of apple pie, cake, cyder, brandi, strudel, cramble, fritter etc..).

DAY 19: Marpha – Kalopani/Lete 2535 m/5 – 6 hours (in dry season you could be branched to the left side “east bank of Kali river” either from end of Marpha or Tukuche, ask someone or try to find out a wooden bridge the follow the sandy shore of Kali, right side can see great view of Dhaulagiri mt. and to the left above you green pine forest and Niligiri south etc…).

DAY 20: Kalopani/Lete -  Tatopani (hot spring) 1200 m/6 hours, today you will see the Wolrd’s deepest gorge at confluence of Rupse water cascade & Kali Gandaki river (wonderful view). In the evening you can take natural hot shower in pool of hot spring at the right shore of Kaligandaki river yet.

DAY 21: Totopani – Ghorepani 2870 m/6 – 7 hours (some time we did it 2 days too)

DAY 22: Ghorepani – early morning to poon hill 3210 m/45 minutes, if weather is good -  go back to hotel where you stayed last night – eat breakfast – continue either to Tikhedhunga or Ghandruk a beautiful Gurung village./6 – 7 – 8 hours)

DAY 23: Tikhedhunga 1500 m. or Ghandruk 1940 m. – Nayapula 1100 m/ 4 – 5 hours. – take a taxi or bus drive to Pokhara 1:30 – 2 hours.

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Guidebook Trekking in the Annapurna area

Guidebook Trekking in the Annapurna area
On this page you will find information about the guidebook : Trekking in the Annapurnaarea along the new NATT-trails which avoid the road The second Ebook edition is published in September 2013. i decribes the Annapurna Circuit AC, Tilicho lake, The Annapurna panorama & poon hill trek. The Annapurna Base Camp trek and the new Khopra Dhanda and Mardi Himal trek. For that click this image