On the way to Tilicho Tal lake
Today is a great day. The plan is to climb to Tilicho Tal lake roughly 1 km up and first time break 5 km altitude on this trek. The morning is amazingly bright and sunny. We are lucky to have a beautiful weather on this day. The silence is unbelievable when climbing the slope with zigzag trail higher and higher on the end of Khangsar valley. On the left hand side we see white Annapurna massive with Tilicho Peak closest.
Close to lake already
The climb will take us 2,5 hours and there’s lot of snow nearby the lake. We have only light running shoes and regularly my shoes and feet sink into the thick snow. I can feel how my socks get wet and a bit cold. Fortunately we just spend half an hour at the lake, which is frozen at this time of the year.
Frozen Tilicho Tal
When the wind is bit chilly we decide to start descending after taking photos and admiring the views. When we arrived there were other 3 people at the lake, but now there’s nobody else. Slowly turning around and start going down we meet a bunch of porters carrying stuff and equipment of the trekking group, which is going to take Mesokanto – pass onto Jomsom via this route.
The views to Khangsar valley are fabulous when we finally arrive back to Tilicho Base Camp after 5 hours and 10 kms “wakeup walk” :)
After enjoying the lunch and sunshine we have still roughly 3 hours walk back Khangsar valley towards Khangsar village. However we are not returning to Khangsar, but stop overnight at Tilicho Peak Hotel 1 hour before Khangsar. Tomorrow we’ll take another route over the viewpoint towards the other valley and Yak Kharka village on the way to Thorung La pass. We have dreamed a hot shower for a couple of days, but there’s no water coming at all on this lodge and we need to forget the shower and fresh feeling today…
Altitude : 3900 m, Trekking time: 9 hours