Trek to Tilje from Bhimthang

12 March, 2024 By Dambar Khadka

Trek to Tilje from Bhimthang village is a return journey on the 10th day of the Manaslu Circuit Route. It is the second-last day of trekking in the Manaslu Circuit. The trek begins from Bhimthang, concludes at Tilje, and takes you through the beautiful Himalayas. The trek from Tilje provides a remarkable trip with a perfect combination of adventure, culture, and natural beauty.

From Bhimthang, you’ll leave the restricted and Manaslu Conservation areas and enter the Annapurna Conservation areas. As the trek from Bhimthang to Tilje passes through the Annapurna Conservation area, with each descending step, the trekkers walk through the beautiful landscapes of Manaslu Circuit. Stunning views of the majestic mountain peaks, birds chirping, the flowing sound of water from the river, and the crisp air make trekking from Bhimthang to Tilje beautiful. 

With a hearty breakfast at the Bhimthang Hotel, you’ll start descending to Tilje. As you descend from Bhimthang, you’ll see a mani wall. Then, after crossing a suspension bridge, you’ll get to Hampuk, where you can see a rock shelter cave. Trekkers can take some time for exploration of the cave. Then you’ll walk through Jangli Kharka, Sangure Kharka, and reach Puktu Kharka. After Puktu, you’ll get Karche right after crossing a suspension bridge. At an elevation of 2700m/ 8858 ft, you’ll stay at Kharche for a warm and delicious lunch. 

After having lunch at Kharche, you’ll continue your journey to the day’s destination. After a small Karche trek, you must pass Kharche Pass at 2715m/ 8907ft. Gho is a beautiful settlement at 2560m/ 8399ft, which you’ll reach after passing from Kharche Pass. Walking alongside the Dudh Khola ( river) from Gho, you’ll get the day’s destination, Tilche. 

As the journey from Bhimthang to Tilje is a returning journey of Manaslu Circuit, you’ll lose elevation on the overall trek. From Bhimthang, which lies at 3720m/ 12204 ft, you’ll descend to Tilje at 2300m/ 7545ft. Throughout the journey from Tilje to Bhimthang, you’ll lose the 1420m/ 4658 ft elevation. So, paying attention to your ankle and body is necessary while descending. 

Walking Distance From Bhimthang to Tilje

Trek to Tilje begins in the beautiful village of Bhimthang. With a sense of accomplishment after passing the highest pass, Larkya La Pass, you’ll start descending on your journey. From Bhimthang, you’ll make your way to Tilje. The distance from Bhimthang to Tilje is tentatively 16 km/10 miles. However, the walking time depends on the walking speed of the trekkers. Generally, the trek to Tilje from Bhimthang takes 6 hours to complete, passing through the beautiful landscape of the Manaslu Circuit. Yet, the duration varies depending on your time resting, exploring areas, and an individual’s walking pace. The walking distance may also vary if you choose any side trip along the way.

Karche Village at Trek to Tilje from Bhimthang

Karche is a well-known settlement in the trekking journey on the Manaslu Circuit trek. At 2700m/ 8858 ft above sea level, Kharche is the center point between Bhimthang and Tilje village. Kharche village is in the dazzling Himalayan landscapes and provides trekkers with a glimpse of the region’s traditional culture and lifestyle. As the town lies within the stunning landscape, trekkers can enjoy the views of majestic mountain peaks and lush green valleys.

Trekkers generally stop at the Kharche village for lunch on the day of trekking from Bhimthang to Tilje. While resting at Kharche village, you can experience the inhabitants’ hospitality.   The village is surrounded by tea houses/ lodges, providing tired trekkers a comfortable stop to refuel their bodies. Trekkers can also explore the village’s alleyway, which is full of stone houses decorated with prayer wheels. 

Trekking Trails

The trekking trail to Tilje from Bhimthang takes you through Nepal’s beautiful, diverse landscape of the Manaslu region. When trekking from Bhimthang, trekkers walk through the pine forest until reaching Puktu Kharka. You’ll have a steep descent from Bhimthang and Kharche, and afterward, the trekking trail gently flattens down. 

Scenery:

Trek to Tilje from Bhimthang is a beautiful part of the Manaslu Circuit, which offers beautiful scenery of the region. Although the mountain peak views are less throughout the journey, you’ll see the diverse beauty of nature. As you begin your trip, the views of Mount Manaslu (8,163m/26,781ft), Lamjung Himal (6,983 m/ 22,910 ft), Himlung (7126m/ 23379ft), and Cheo Himal (6820m/ 22375ft) are spectacular from Bhimthang. 

Descending from Bhimthang, you’ll pass with a scenery of a beautiful environment of alpine meadows and pine and rhododendron forests. You’ll see unique flora and fauna through the Annapurna Conservation area. Trekkers also visit the beautiful flowing water as they walk alongside Dudh Khola (river) to get to Tilje.

The view of the green terraced field accompanies you as you get closer to Tilje village. Nepali traditional houses made with stone and doors and windows carved with wood are another beautiful sight you’ll get along the way to Tilje. Furthermore, the trek to Tilje provides sights of monasteries on cliff sides, providing spiritual peace throughout the journey.

Culture and custom: 

In the Tilje village, you’ll get a remarkable opportunity to experience the culture and customs of the Gurung and Manangi communities. One of the significant and beautiful parts of Tilje’s culture is its festivals and ceremonies. You can see and appreciate the region’s culture and customs through the festivals celebrated there annually. During the celebrations, Tilje’s people perform ceremonies related to religion, including religious dance and songs. 

Buddhism is the prominent religion of the Tilje. As you reach Tilje along the way, you can see colorful prayer flags fluttering in the sky and hear the peaceful sound of mantra chanting from surrounding monasteries. Trekkers get a chance to explore the monasteries and see the ceremonies and rituals of Buddhist people. Many monks reside at the monasteries, from whom you can take blessings. 

The traditional dresses worn by the inhabitants also reflect the unique culture and customs of the region. As you enter the village, you can see most people wearing the same type of dresses, showcasing the region’s culture.

Tilje Village : 

At 2300m/ 7545 ft above sea level, Tilje is a picturesque village in Nepal’s Manang district of the Gandaki Zone. Tilje is a small settlement where trekkers stay overnight on the second last day of the Manaslu Circuit trek. There are several standard hotels in Tilje where trekkers can have a comfortable resting point and overnight stay. 

Ancient stone houses carved with wooden windows and doors at the Tilje village provide a natural and authentic ambiance. The walking paths of the Tilje village are all alleyways. The terraced fields where villagers grow agricultural products, including rice, barley, maize, vegetables, and potatoes, for their livelihood surround the Tilje village. Furthermore, the town is famous for local apple farming. You can find several apple gardens in Tilje village. 

The inhabitants of Tilje provide pleasing hospitality to the trekkers with an open heart and always invite trekkers to experience their way of living. You can immerse yourself in the culture and tradition of the village by exploring the narrow alleys, interacting with locals, and visiting the monasteries. There is one monastery in Tilje; if you get there during the Tihar festival of Nepal, you’ll get an exceptional experience by participating in the ceremony.

Hotels in Tilje 

Tilje is the final accommodation point on the journey of Manaslu Circuit. At Tilje, trekkers can stay in fine hotels. Due to the remote location, many modern facilities are unavailable at Tilje. Although you’ll lack modern facilities at the Hotel of Tilje, you’ll find elegance at the Hotels. There are many hotels in Tilje; most of the hotels in Tilje are constructed in the same design and provide the same type of services and accommodations. 

The Tilje hotels provide simple beds that might be twins, with a pillow and cover for night stays. Trekkers should bring sleeping bags by themselves to stay warm on chilly nights. Despite the simple and basic facilities, trekkers can get a comfortable resting point to recharge their bodies after a tiring day. 

Local families run most of the hotels in Tilje. So you’ll get excellent hospitality at the Tilje hotels. You can also immerse yourself in the local culture and learn about their traditions while staying in a hotel. The owner and staff treat you kindly and are always ready to share their experience and culture. 

Most importantly, at the tea house of Tilje, you can have homemade food; the vegetables come directly from the farm, go to the kitchen, and are then served to you. Hygiene food provides more energy to your body, helping you on a further journey. While having local cuisine is your choice, you can also get international dishes at the Tilje Hotel. 

Difficulties along the way 

Trek to Tilje from Bhimthang is relatively easy. However, some factors make your journey to Tilje a little tough. The trek to Tilje involves both ascending and descending. While most of the part consists in descending, at some point, trekkers also have to ascend. Throughout the journey to Tilje, trekkers lose elevation, and at a point, trekkers also gain elevation. So, altitude variation can be a concern during the trek to Tilje from Bhimthang. 

The trail conditions also vary village-wise along the way to Tilje. While some trekking trails are gentle, some are alleyways. Also, some trekking conditions can be cliffs, making a trek difficult. Additionally, unpredictable weather conditions can create difficulty on the trek to Tilje. 

All in all, the trek from Bhimthang to Tilje is easy. However, you should pay attention to your body. Staying hydrated, listening to your body, and strolling are necessary to complete the journey smoothly. 

Dambar Khadka

Dambar Khadka, a passionate adventurer and the founder of Boundless Adventure Nepal, has spent his entire life writing about nature and Nepal's developing tourism business. Dambar's passion with nature and its different cultures began as a child in Nepal's stunning landscapes. He began writing following successful treks and expeditions across Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan. Dambar Khadka created Boundless Adventure Nepal in 1992 to share the majesty of the Nepal Himalayas with the rest of the planet. As an explorer and writer, he is committed to responsible tourism and cultural connection, allowing readers and adventurers to immerse themselves in Nepal's enchantment through his works.

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