Tilicho Mesokanto la pass trek is challenging trek located in the lap of Annapurna Mountains. The Tilicho Lake situated at an altitude of 4919m, known as highest lake in the world.
Along the Tilicho Mesokanto la pass trek, you will have brilliant Annapurna Mountains in a range and the trail cover snow all around the year along the mesokanto pass. Tilicho Mesokanto la pass trek is a splendid summer trek can be done as a tented accommodation at least two overnight after Tilicho base camp.
The trek is rewarding as it is challenging but always the beast time to explore is in monsoon time in Nepal. This isolated trek is located under the tarns Himalayan region of Great Himalayan Trail (GHT) in Nepal. the trek offers high mountain scenery, dry landscapes colorful flowers and as well as several wild animals such as Himalayan Tahr (known as mountain goat), snow leopard, Monkeys, blue sheep among other mammals.
We climb up to the Mesokanto La or Tilicho pass 5,100m /16,667 ft, we have the first great view of mystical Kali Gandaki valley. We descend to stay at the charming Thakali village of Jomsom. Tilicho Mesokanto la pass trek trip can be done in any time (except winter) through out the year.
Tilicho Pass classic trek combine with ancient trade routes, ascending the Marshyangdi valley, Passing the great view of Mt. Manaslu, Mt.Himalchuli, Annapurna, Gangappurna, Tilicho peak… etc, visit old Buddhist monastery in Braga, Manag village and visiting Tilicho lake, tilicho pass or mesokanto pass, world deepest gorge Kaligandaki valley , majestic flight out to Pokhara.
Annapurna circuit inclusive Tilicho lake trekking is suitable for any walker looking for something a little bit challenging comparing with easy trekking. However it does not require you to be super fit or have any previous trekking / mountaineering experience. If you are healthy and can walk 5 to 6 hours daily, you can do this trekking. However, daily jugging or walking exercise is useful before you depart. Our program always include rest days and build up gradually, in order to acclimatize to the altitude. On trek, you can go at your own pace, with plenty of stops for resting.
Besishar – Manang – Tilicho lake – Tilicho high pass / Mesokanto la high pass trek – Jomsom – Pokhara.
March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November.
Day 01: Arrival day in Kathamndu.
Day 02: World heritage sites seeing in Kathmandu city
Day 03: Drive to Bulbule passing over Beshisahar (820m) 6 hours
Day 04: Trek to Chyamje (1430m) 6 hours
Day 05: Trek to Dharapani (1,960m/6,409 ft), 7 hours
Day 06: Trek from Dharapani to Chame Bazaar (2630m), 6 hours
Day 07: Trek from Chame to Pisang (3190m), 5 hours
Day 08: Trek to Manang (3500m)(Lower Route 5 hours) or 8 hours (Higher Route)
Day 09: Acclimatization ! Or discovering Manang
Day 10: Trek from Manang to Siri Kharka (4060m/15,238 ft), 5 hours
Day 11: Siri Kharka to Tilicho Base Camp (4140m/13,583ft): 5-6 hours
Day 12: Masokanto La (5121m/16,746 ft) pass. Than to Nama Phu (3510m/11,478 ft), 6 hours
Day 13: Trek from Nama Phu to Jomsom Bazaar (2713m/8,872 ft), 4 hours
Day 14: Scenic mountain flight from Jomsom to Pokahra, 25 minutes
Day 15: Drive or fly out to Kathmandu. 25 minutes
Day 16: Final departure for your onward flights
Day 01 : Arrival at Kathmandu (1350 m)
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, Tribhuwan International Airport we will receive you with private vehicle and transfer to hotel in Kathmandu within B/B plan. Our representative will give you information about Tilicho lake and Mesokanto la pass trek further programs.
Day 02 : World heritage Monuments sightseeing in Kathmandu valley, 6 hours
At morning after breakfast, our professional tourist guide Ammar Guni will come to pick you up in your hotel. During the sightseeing in Kathmandu valley, we visit Boudhanath stupa (biggest stupa of Nepal), Pashupatinath Temple (Only one Hindu’s most holy temple) where cremation takes place by the holy river Bagmati. Later we visit Kathmandu Durbar Square and Syambhunath Stupa. And transfer back to the hotel.
Day 03 : Drive to Bulbule passing over Beshisahar (820m) 6 hours
Leaving Kathmandu valley you are driven on the Tribhuwan highway along the Trisuli River than ascending westwards along Marshyangdi River. You will be trek along the Marshyangdi River until the day you cross the Tilicho pass. From Besisahar, you can dive almost 2 hours further to reach Bulbule. If you arrive at Bulbule before 3 pm, then take a local jeep or hike about 1 hour to get Ngadi village which is the best place to stay overnight out of main crowded place.
Day 04 : Trek to Chyamje (1430m) 6 hours
You walk through the bank of the river to reach Syange where you can enjoy an impressive waterfall. You will notice the sides narrowing and getting steeper while walking up the valley. You may pass mule trains along the way. From here it is a steep climb to the village of Jagat. A series of up and down paths bring you to Chyamje, the final stop where we stay overnight at guest house.
Day 05 : Trek to Dharapani (1,960m/6,409 ft), 7 hours
Today we walk over the main oldest but classical trek through opposite side of the highway. Then we reach at Taal. “Tal” means a lake in Nepali. The Tibetan influence becomes more evident from here on with ‘Chorten’, ‘Gompa’ and the beautiful architectural designs of the buildings. The trail from Tal levels out for a while. You will cross a bridge back to the West of the Marshyangdi about an hour later. You can see the old trail on the other side which was recently abandoned due to landslides. The trail continues upwards until the village of Dharapani where the police check post is. Walk about 45 minutes further to reach dharapani.
Day 05 : Trek from Dharapani to Chame Bazaar (2630m), 6 hours
During our hiking today, we pass Bagarchhap village which is the first truly Tibetan style village we will come across with flat, firewood covered roofs, and prayer flags blowing in the wind. Then trek goes over the rough hill with quite a bit of up and down, crossing the river several times on good bridges. Reaching the town of Chame, one of the larger settlements of the area will allow us to have a hot shower. Chame is the administrative headquarters for the Manang area and is also known for its healing thermal baths and interesting architecture.
Day 06 : Trek from Chame to Pisang (3190m), 5 hours
Today, we will have a shorter hiking day ahead of us. The landscape between Chame and Pisang changes notably, and soon we will be walking through subalpine terrain which is an Alpine interface. The early part of today’s walk will take us through large forests and past the massive, 1500-meter rock face called Paungda Danda. Pisang proper is a cluster of homes with a few nice lodges and plenty of activity in the fields.
Day 07 : Trek to Manang (3500m)(Lower Route 5 hours) or 8 hours (Higher Route)
There are two trekking trail to reach Manang. We choose the higher route through Upper Pisang via Geru as it guarantees outstanding views of Mt. Annapurna, Pisang Peak, and others. But it depends upon your fitness because walking over higher routes takes roughly about 9 hours to reach Manang while the lower route rates only 8 hours. As you are getting closer to Manang, the climate becomes more cold and dry. However, a short visit to Barge Monastery, the biggest monastery of Manang District should cheer us up. Overnight in Manang.
Day 08 : Acclimatization ! Or discovering Manang
It is essential to spend time for acclimatization in this area. There are splendid views of the peaks from both Manang and Braga villages. Manang is a large village situated on a rise immediately across the huge Gangapurna glacier. A beautiful emerald lake lies at its foot. There are plenty of good walks in the area and for at least a couple of hours. Side trips are recommended to a small summit with prayer flags about an hour above Braga village, up the ridge behind Manang village.
Besides that, it is also possible to walk up the valley towards Tilicho Lake to the village of Khangsar. In addition, it is worth visiting the Manang Gompa or, if it is open, visits the clinic run by the Himalayan Rescue Association. They often have talked about altitude in the afternoon. There are also shops to explore for souvenirs.
Day 09 : Trek from Manang to Siri Kharka (4060m/15,238 ft), 5 hours
We exit Manang heading out through the western gates and follow the path down to the river. We cross the river and continue walking on its southern side through coniferous forest. After reaching Kangsar Village we walk further up towards Siri Kharka and pass a monastery on the way. The uphill walk could be tiring but we will have Gungang Himal and Mount Chulu in the backdrop to keep us company. Overnight in Siri Kharka guest house.
Day 10: Siri Kharka to Tilicho Base Camp (4140m/13,583ft): 5-6 hours
The trail from Siri Kharka to Tilicho Base Camp is not very steep but physically strenuous. It could be exhausting as we have to walk on narrow paths in loose scree and landslide area. Our trail goes through the middle of the landslide area whereby we can see impressive rock formations along the trail. Stay overnight in Tilicho Base Camp hotel.
Day 11: Trek from TBC to Nama Phu (3510m/11,478 ft) over the Masokanto La (5121m/16,746 ft), 6 hours
A tough day comparing other days. Early morning but after breakfast, ascend to Tilicho Lake which is located at an altitude on 4920 m and enjoy with beautiful Lake and mountain view from the high pass. Because the views are outstanding from here. Tilicho lake roughly about 4 kilometers long and 2.5 kilometers wide and main source for the Marsyangdi River. After enjoying the lake view, continue to ascend over Mesokanto La Pass (5121m/17,073 ft) which is also recognized as a Tilicho Pass then descends over rocky mountain trail to Nama Phu. As there are no lodges available, you can stay overnight at Tent camp.
Day 12: Trek from Nama Phu to Jomsom Bazaar (2713m/8,872 ft), 4 hoursToday, the trail leads descending downhill path to Jomsom. During the journey, you will have almost the best view of Mt. Nilgiri, Mt.Dhaulagiri, Mt.Tukuche and some other snow-capped mountains. As you reach in Jomsom, you might also visit Bazaar around and eco-museum which is also impressive. In the meantime, Gokyo Treks and Expedition’s guide will reconfirm your flights for next morning from Jomsom to Pokhara. Overnight at Guest house.
Day 13: Scenic mountain flight from Jomsom to Pokhara, 25 minutes
Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara, takes about 25 minutes and are available during the morning time. The strong breeze blows during and after and frequent change of the weather prevents the flight being landed and taken off in the afternoon. During the flights in the morning, the sky looks very clear which makes you able to enjoy the splendid views of different mountain peaks.
Day 14: Pokhara fly out to Kathmandu. 25 minutes
Fly to Pokhara 25 minutes (1350 m). After breakfast you will drive to the airport for flight to Pokhara, it will take 25 minutes grateful enjoyable moment to see the great view of Annapurna and Manaslu Himalayan ranges after arriving in Kathmandu transfer to hotel.
Day 15: Final departure for your onward destination:
After breakfast, rest of day is at leisure until we pick from your hotel and then transfer to airport for your onward destination. Our trip ends and wish you your wonderful journey.
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We can organize Tilicho Mesokanto la pass trek or Tilicho pass trek privately starting at any date that works for you. Please contact us for more information.
Answer: Yes sure !! If you provide us your flight’s details then you should do request then our representative will come to pick up you on Kathmandu international airport.
Question: Do I need experience for Tilicho pass Trekking?
Answer: This trekking is suitable for keen trekkers/walkers who are able to walk around 5 – 6 hours in a day, with a lightweight rucksack. For this Tilicho pass trekking – yes, you need to have experience of walking 5- 6 hours a day in high altitude – somehow about 3000 meters above sea level.
Question: What kind of accommodation can I expect on Tilicho Mesokanto la pass trek?
Answer: We provide you tourist standard hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and during the trekking there would be normal hotel accommodation which offers basic clean facilities with a mattress and blanket. We can also offer you sleeping bags if needed (which need to return after the trip) but it is always a better idea to own sleeping equipment.
Question: What kind of food can I expect in Tilicho pass Trek?
Answer: All the guest houses/lodges in the trekking they have attached restaurant and they cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian such as Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, dhal bhat, bread, soups, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season)
The dinner and breakfast are provided in the same lodge you spend the night every day and Lunch will be provided on the way to the next place where you are going.
Question: What opportunities will I have for shower along Tilicho pass express Trekking?
Answer: Tea house trekking all the lodges they have a shower which you can get it somewhere paying and somewhere without paying and in Camping trekking – we provide you hot water bucket then you will take a bucket shower.
Question: How do I get drinking water on Tilicho pass short Trekking?
Answer: During the trekking route there are all places hotel and shops where you can able to buy mineral water and you can buy it for drinking but however we advise against buying mineral water in plastic bottles, as currently there are no provisions for disposing of these. Instead, we provide you boiled water or bringing chlorine tablets to purify the normal water as the normal water is available in campsite/along the way in the camping trekking.
Question: Can I charge my digital camera or mobile batteries on my trip?
Answer: During the Tea house trekking there will be chances to charge your battery. We recommend you bring an extra pair for in case. Remember to bring your own adapters!
Question: Is there any communication facilities on Tilicho Mesokanto la pass trek?
Answer: In this trekking route you can get telephone services as well as internet services as well.
Question: Can I use credit cards in Trekking?
Answer: No, for the trekking you need to have cash because credit cards work city area of Nepal only.
Question: When should I book my trip and what is the payments terms?
Answer: Because our trips book up months in advance, we recommend booking early to avoid disappointment. We will, of course, make every effort to accommodate last minute bookings.
We prefer 20 % advance deposit of the total price of a trip in order to confirm your reservation before you arrive in Nepal. And the rest of the payment can be made after your arrival.
Question: Who will carry my luggage on Mesokanto la pass trek?
Answer: We provide porters they will carry your luggage.
Question: Is there any communication while we are on Tilicho pass express Trekking?
Answer: There are telephones in many villages along the popular trekking routes from which you can make international calls.
Question: How much distance do I walk each day?
Answer: When walking/trekking in the mountains, the distance you cover each day can vary greatly due to a gradient, terrain, and altitude. As such it is very hard to give specific distances on each day, however, you have to be prepared to walk for 5-6 hours each day.
Question: Do I need walking polls for Tilicho Pass Trek?
Answer: We recommend to take that it will be the help to you.
Question: How much additional money do I need per day?
Answer: You can allocate US$ 08 – 10 for a lunch/dinner in Kathmandu and it depends on your spending habits. US$7 to 10 US$ a day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, tea coffee and some drinks for trekking.
The above itineraries are subject to change due to condition beyond our control. This is a Guide line showing tentative camp night stops. Physical, technical and natural condition may change this above itineraries.
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