Tilicho Peak is a famous high peak situated at the height of 7,134 meters in altitude at the north of Manang in Annapurna region. Northeast ridge of the peak is covered with snow which impressively towers the high Kali Gandaki valley to the west and Marshyangdi valley to the east. There are two routes for climbing this peak and they are via Marshyangdi valley route and Kaligandaki valley route. But the route through Kaligandaki valley is very hard as it requires to cross the Messocanto pass (situated at the altitude of 5,300 meters) but from the top of the pass, relaxing view of Tilicho lake can be seen.
Tilicho peak climbing is not so easy and a fine technique is required for climbing and considered as challenging climb. Tilicho peak trekking follows the route of Annapurna circuit up to Manang village and then towards the Tilicho lake following the way to the mountain via Khangsar and Besi Khola. The climb is very straight from the base camp to camp I at the height of 5,800 meters which is situated on a shelf below the Northwest shoulder. The camp II is situated at the height of 6,100 meters located on the shoulder with 500 meters long snowfield. Finally, climbing to Tilicho peak requires fixed ropes from camp II at 6,300 meters. From the summit of the peak, magnificent views of the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Tilicho Lake, Tibetan plateau and down to the deepest valley in the world the Kali Gandaki Valley can be observed. After the completion of Tilicho Peak climbing, you can extend your trip if possible, for about 4 days of carefree hike via Thorong La Pass (5,416 meters), adding more adventure to your journey. After reaching Jomsom, you can take a flight to Pokhara Valley.
Tilicho Peak climbing is best-suited and most favorable if the climatic condition and weather favor. Generally, the best season of peak climbing in Nepal is taken as, on the spring season (March-May) and autumn season (October-November), when trekkers can more certainly make their journey easier from climatic point of view and best time to visit Tilicho Lake is in summer season because the weather is considerably warmer which plays great roles in making the trail as well as journey easier. Furthermore, Tilicho Lake is a glacial lake with its own beauty and people say that they often find marine fossils supporting the fact that the Himalayas were once beneath the sea.