Tilicho Lake is a lake located in the Manang district of Nepal. It is situated in the Annapurna range of the Himalayas. It is sometimes called the highest lake for its size in the world, even though there are lakes at higher altitudes even in Nepal, and larger, higher lakes in Tibet.
Lake Tilicho of Nepal is the World’s highest altitude lake situated at an altitude of 4,949m from sea level. According to the Nepali Department of Hydrology & Meteorology (2003), no aquatic organism has been recorded in the lake.
Tilicho lake lies on the Annapurna Circuit, one of the best trekking routes in Nepal. Among different trek to Annapurna regions, Tilicho Lake trek is famous for its religious point of view as many Hindu pilgrims from around the world will visit this lake. The trip to this lake is a perfect package to witness natural scenery and learn about the unique culture & hospitality of local peoples in this region.
Major attractions of trekking are the eye-catching views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges and other white Himalayas above 5,415m. The trek is undoubtedly providing some majestic panoramic views of Mt. Manaslu, Mt. HimalChuli, Mt. Machhapuchre, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Annapurna and many more.
Hindus believe that this lake is the ancient Kak Bhusundi Lake mentioned in the epic Ramayana. The sage Kak Bhusundi is believed to have first told the happenings of Ramayana to Garuda – king of birds, near this lake. The sage took the form of a crow while telling the story to Garuda. Crow translates to Kak in Sanskrit, hence the name Kak Bhusndi for the sage.
The mountains surrounding the lake are Khangsar, Muktinath peak, Nilgiri, and Tilicho.