Manang Village – Trek to Ice Lake , Manang to Tilicho Lake
Nepal is an enormous fusion of many mountain peaks, glaciers, passes, valley, and, human settlements. Manang village is one of the beautiful and stunning places situated in Nepal. It is located at an elevation of 3519 m above the sea level and surrounded by Gorkha and Lamjung in the east and Mustang village and Lamjung in the west.
Manang village is known as the hidden treasure of Nepal. Undoubtedly, famous for its uniqueness, this village has become of the famous tourist destinations. Although Manang lies far from the capital of the nation, all the facilities are available here. Yaks are very remarkable creatures here. The main occupation of the local people of Manang is agriculture and yak farming. The northern part of Manang is all about tradition and culture.
Local people of here are so welcoming and openhearted. Many decorated hotels can be found in the southern Manang village. You can found many hotels, lodges and many other shops for trekkers.
The natural scenery of Manang village is stunning and marvelous. You can enjoy the desert-like a barren upper plateau and natural scenic view throughout the way. Manang village is also taken as one of the most important trade points of Nepal to Tibet. I am sure you will be mesmerized by seeing salts and yaks, being imported from Manang village. Since Manang is one of the most visited treks in Nepal, it is a little crowded and full of trekkers.
The stunning view of mountains like Gangapurna, Tilicho, Kangaru, Pisang, Chulu range, and ,Thorong peak made us feel like we were in heaven. Apart from this, villagers are also benefited by the trial of Manang linked with the Annapurna circuit and Muktinath. Manang village is divided into two parts the upper village and the lower village. The upper village of Manang is rich in medicinal herbs. The main herbs found are Panchamle and yarchagumba.
The houses of Manang valley are carved with Tibetan culture with flags of their prayers. There was a campaign in 2009 conducted by the villagers with the motive of the development of Manang village for tourism and the mountaineers. And since then many development activities are done for tourism, protection of the tradition and educational sector as well. They also built the Manang museum, which shows the religion and culture of local people with the local lifestyle of the villagers.
Trip highlights of Manang village:
• The beautiful and scenic trip from Kathmandu to Besisahar.
• Got so much close to the high mountain peaks as they were right next to us.
• Passing the fantastic view of Thorong La pass of tall 5416/17764 ft.
• Watching stunning sunrise against Manang village.
• The fantastic view of the ice lake will surely melt your heart.
• A variety of cultures, religions, and traditions.
• Get to know the innocent people of Manang valley.
• Using yaks for importing salts from Tibet.
• Exploring the stunning and world highest Tilicho Lake.
• Seeing 900 old ministry and observing the Buddhist’s life.
Ice Lake Manang:
Ice Lake Manang is one of the most beautiful places in Nepal. It is known as khicotal in Nepal. Ice lake Manang is the place with a magnificent view of mountains such as Manaslu region mountains, Annapurna second, Annapurna fourth, Annapurna third, Gangapurna, Tare Kang, Khansari Kang, Tilicho, Chulu east and Far the East as well as Pisang peak. All those snowcapped mountains are beautiful, and, seeing all of them at once and so closely is breathtaking. You will feel like those mountains right next to you close from your heart. Mountains surround ice lake on all of its sides, and it looked wherever looked we saw mountains some small unknown mountains.
The stupa on the ice lake just in front of Annapurna Mountain shows the cultural values. Mystical energy is what you feel because of that stupa. It is a beautiful and peaceful environment with nature blessing. All of your tiredness will be driven away after observing the eye-catching mountains. When we visited there, the fatigue of ours cause of the 6-hour walk all vanished when we had the first look at the mountains.
Even though the route was tough to walk you, will be mesmerized by the outer surrounding and scenery. It’s like pain in the knee and gain in the eye. You will have to work hard to climb high. However, it will be worth walking after watching the majestic mountains. Most people think and don’t trek on the way to Muktinath and Annapurna because of the steeps road and hard trail. Thus, it may be unaware of many people the hidden beauty of Manage village. Trekking to Manang village is thrilling and exciting. The mesmerizing view of the ice lake will surely melt your heart. Thus visiting ice lake will be the main matter of suggestions for those who love traveling and avid trekkers.
Tilicho Lake is the next hiking destination after Manang and Ice Lake. It is situated at the altitude of (4,919m) above the sea level. It may be unknown to many people that Tilicho Lake is the world’s highest lake. Lying on the lap of the Himalayan Mountains, this place depicts an astounding view of the snow-capped mountains. Tilicho Lake is famous for its religious point of view.
The panoramic view of a variety of cultures and diversity, most beautiful deep valleys and high mountains encircling the giant Annapurna Himal is beautiful. The look of the landscape as the trail starts from subtropical climate and end at the snow line is stunning. It provides some magnificent world views. The Tilicho lake trek starts from Besisahar and moves along the Marshyangdi River, which reaches to Annapurna circuit. Tilicho Lake is also considered as a place with lots of mythical associations. It takes 5-6 hours to reach the Tilicho from the Tilicho base camp.
Brief itinerary of the trip:
One of the most amazing treks (Manang to Tilicho) is one of the best treks you will experience in your whole life. The scenery through the trial is incredible and worth visiting.
Day 1: Driving to Besisahar from Kathmandu
We started our trip from Kathmandu and took a bus from Kathmandu to Besisahar. We were so excited to trek. Then the serene trail leads to the highway at Besisahar. I.t took us 5 hours to reach there. We felt staying at Besisahar, but our guide suggested us to drive to Jagat. So we went or Jagat at 2 hour trip on the public bus we reached to Jagat. We stayed at that night, concluding our first-day trek.
Day 2: Travelling from Jagat to Chame
The very next day, we started our journey from Jagat to Chame. We head toward Bagarchhap 2160m from Jagat. And we took a short break to enjoy the stunning view of Annapurna II and LumjungHimal. After this spectacular view, w,e went continued our journey and moved toward Chame 2630 m. The Marysangdi River was moving right across us and walking behind the sparkling river is really amazing.
Day 3: Chame to Pisang
The very next day we started walking from Chame to Pisang. It was approximately hours walk but was worth walking as we were exposed to the beautiful village. We took the way which leads right uphill toward the Dhikuri Pokhari. After a while, we reached Pisang where the Annapurna range and Pisang peak surrounded the road. We stayed overnight at Pisang.
Day 4: Trek to Manang
The next trek for us was traveling the most exciting place Manang. It took 5 hours trek from Pisang to Manang. We saw ways to reach Manang from Pisang. The first way lead the right which was uphill, and the second way was through the village and monasteries. We took the upper trail through uphill. The mountains which could be seen from there was eye-catching. There were lots of small monasteries throughout the ways. There were 900-year-old monasteries called Barka Gompa. After the small climb from Barka, we reached the beautiful village of Manang.
Day 5: Acclimatization day at Manang
Today is the day, in which we familiarized ourselves with the people there in Manang village. We spend our full day on Manang observing their culture and tradition. The town is so beautiful and provides a serene environment. Marysangdi river was flowing to the east of the village and we head towards the Gangapurna Lake which was so amazing. People of Manang village was also welcoming and full of hospitality. We felt so homely and there is a place called “tengi” which is an old Manang locality.
Day 6: Ice lake trek
Our next trip was ice trek after Manang. It was all frozen and had a fantastic view of mountain peak all over. It was situated at a height of 4620 m. It was so much pleasing to watch the frozen lake in the middle and the mountains all around the lake were much relaxing.
Day 7: Trek to Tilicho base camp
After enjoying the view of ice lake we took our steps towards the way to Tilicho base camp. It was at the altitude of 4200m we have great walk for 4 hours as the route was not hard to walk since it was newly constructed. We were exhausted with the walk, so when we reached khangsar. We rested at the teahouse and enjoy the tranquil surrounding there in every sip of hot coffee. They had the incredibly great tea and finally, we continued our way up to Tilicho base camp.
Day 8: Trek to Tilicho Lake
Our eight-day of the trip started early in the morning as we walked easy 3 hours to reach to Tilicho lake. So we hurried up because we have to return to our camp at night. After nearly 4 hour walk we reached to Tilicho Lake. We return to our camp because there was no facility for accommodation. You can have a most adventurous hike towards the highest lake in the world, Tilicho Lake.
Day 9: Trek back to Manang village
After our trip to Tilicho lake was completed we came straight back to Manang valley. We walk so fast as it was snowing up there. We stayed at the south of Manang valley where there were many hotels and lodges full of Buddhists flags inspiring local culture and tradition of Manang valley.
Day 10: Drive from Manang to Kathmandu
The very next day we took the jeep from Manang to Kathmandu. We went back to Kathmandu by viewing all the beautiful seen of a quiet forest, mountain and Marshyangdi river on the side of the mountains.
You can observe the beautiful Manang village as well as visit Buddhist Monasteries here. Exploring Ethnic culture and experiencing lodges trek in beautiful Annapurna region are other major perks traveling into this place.Manang village is highly influenced by Tibetan culture.