TILICHO LAKE & MESOKONTO PASS TREK

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destination Annapurna
duration 14 Days
grade High Advance
start/end point Kathmandu/Kathmandu
region Annapurna
max altitude 5,420m
group size 2-10
meal All inclusive
activity 5-6 hours
accommodation Hotel/Teahouse
season All season

We Offer Group Discount

No. Of People Price Per Person
Pax 1 USD 1,790
Pax 2 USD 1,690
Pax 3 USD 1,650
Pax 4 to 6 USD 1,590
Pax 7 to 12 USD 1,550
Pax 13 to 18 USD 1,490
Pax 19 to 24 USD 1,450
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TILICHO LAKE & MESOKONTO PASS TREK

WORLD’S HIGHEST LAKE – DEEPEST GORGE & ALPINE PASS!

This trek has everything and will take you through Mesokanto La Pass (4949m) and to the enchanting emerald green Tilicho Lake at an amazing altitude of (4919m, spectacular views of the awesome Annapurna Massif makes this a 14-day trek full of adventure and with memories to last a lifetime!

This trek includes Tilicho Lake (the world’s highest lake) and takes you to the culturally rich settlement of Manang. The trail takes you through the Kali Gandaki Gorge (the deepest gorge on earth) and through one of the highest altitude passes in Nepal – Thorong La Pass all within the Annapurna Conservation Area. You will visit the spiritually rich Muktinath Temple (3802m), sacred to Hindus and Buddhists, located at the base of Thorong La Pass. On the trail you will pass through sub-tropical forests and climbing higher will pass through Rhododendron and Cyprus forests. The highlight and camera lover’s dream are the awesome views of the Annapurna Ranges and Tilicho Lake.

The 14-day trek starts after your arrival in Kathmandu. We will drive to Chamje and then start trekking towards Dharapani via Chame and Pisang we will reach Manang. From Manang, we leave for Khangsar and then trek towards Tilicho Base Camp where we will stay the night. Early the following morning we trek for around 9 hours before reaching Yak Kharka. The next day we trek to Jomson.
Sherpa Expedition and Trekking are confident that your journey into this region will leave you with many unforgettable memories.

Key Features of Tilicho Lake & Mesokanto Pass Trek

  • Tilicho Lake and Mesokanta Pass Trek is an alternative trek to the Thorong La Pass trek.
  • Unique wilderness trekking trail through Manang Village & to Jomson in the Annapurna region.
  • The Mesokanto pass trek is off the usual beaten track with amazing views.
  • This trek offers an experience of the culturally rich Tibetan people.
  • Incredible view of Annapurna ranges, Pisang peak, Tilicho Peak, Chulu east and west, and beautiful Tilicho Lake (the highest lake in the world).
  • Mesokanta Pass trek offers more adventure and technical know-how.

ITINERARY

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Upon arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport you will be met by a Sherpa Expedition & Trekking representative, and taken to your hotel. After checking in at the hotel, you will be briefed on what to expect on your trek to Tilicho Lake and Mesokanto Pass.

Today, after an early breakfast, we will drive for about 5 to 6 hours before reaching Besisahar - about 190 kilometers from Kathmandu. After reaching Besisahar we will head by jeep to Syange where you will have some incredible views of Mt. Annapurna II (7937m), Mt. Manaslu (8156m) and Mt Lamjung (6983m).

The journey today takes us along a trail through a gorge with amazing waterfalls cascading down into it and with numerous views of snow-capped peaks along the way. The winding trail takes us from Syange and via Jagat village (1410m), and then reaches Chamje village. After crossing the bridge there is a steep climb before we reach the village of Tal (1700m), situated next to the Marsyangdi River. Leaving Tal we continue on before reaching today’s destination, Dharapani village where we will stay the night.

Today we begin trekking from Dharapani climbing higher and a noticeable change with cooler conditions. You will see a change in the landscape at this higher elevation as the trail passes through forests before reaching the Tibetan village of the Bagarchhap with its distinctive Tibetan architecture. Climbing higher we reach the apple growing region and farms along with pine forests and views of Lamjung and Annapurna II peaks. The trail then follows the Marsyangdi River heading upstream and passes the villages of Manang and Koto before reaching Chame. It is a very easy walk from Koto to Chame where we spend the night. Chame is the district headquarters of the Manang region.

After leaving Chame we pass through Telekhu and along the trail have some breathtaking views of Annapurna and Pisang (6091m) until we have to re-cross on a suspension bridge to the south bank of the Marsyangdi River. After crossing the river we t head higher passing a pine-forest as we trek through the upper reach of the Manang valley to Pisang. Tonight we stay at Pisang. Today’s trek is around 6 hours. Breakfast, lunch & dinner included.

The town of Pisang is the start of our trek in the upper Manang area. Today we head to Braga; a Tibetan village with its unique architecture with its houses constructed one upon the other. One of its main attractions is its Gompa (Buddhist fortification), the largest in the Manang region. Manang is popular with trekkers and is also a place to acclimatize before heading to higher altitudes. Today’s trek is around 4 to 5 hours. We stay here for the night.

Medical professionals recommend that before heading to higher elevations that trekkers spend some time acclimatizing. They also recommend staying active. From Manang you will be blessed with views of Annapurna II; Annapurna III (7555m); Gangapurna (7454 m); and to the south to Tilicho (7132 m); and the Grand Barrier (a 7000m ridge)to the west; Chulu West (6583m) and Chulu East (6059m) meters in the north. Today, to better acclimatize to these higher altitudes we will climb up to Khangsar (3756m). Tonight we stay at Manang. Breakfast, lunch & dinner included.

Leaving Manang we trek for 4 to 5 hours before reaching kangsar Village (3756m). The trail then goes uphill towards Siri Kharka, passing through a small religious village along the way. The trail is quite demanding physically, but once we reach higher altitudes the views will compensate, with amazing views of Gungang Himal and Mt. Chulu. We have to be careful to avoid slips on the gravelly path and potential avalanches. Tonight we will stay at Tilicho Base Camp. Guest house accommodation. Breakfast, lunch & dinner included.

Today the trail takes us from Tilicho Base Camp to Tilicho Lake ( world’s highest lake 4,919m) and takes us about three to four hours from Base camp.

An early start at around 4.30 a.m. sees us ascending 500 meters up and through the Mesokanta La Pass before heading down to Yak Kharka where we stay the night.

Trek from Yak Kharka to Jomson it takes about 6 hours all the way down each to Jomson is headquarter of Mustang District and overnight at Jomsom.

Today is our last day as we head to the small airport terminal at Jomson where we take a short 15 to 20 minute flight to Pokhara. Once airborne you will have some amazing views of the Himalayas. This evening you can sit back and relax, enjoy and drink or two and look back on your amazing adventure through the amazing Annapurna Conservation Area – stroll along Lakeside. Other attractions in Pokhara are the World Peace Pagoda (clearly visible across Phewa Tal (lake), Bindabasini Temple, Phewa Lake, Matepani Buddhist Monastery, International Mountain Museum and Devi's Falls.

Today we head back on a 6 to 7 hour drive to Kathmandu with many fond memories of Nepal and its unique culture and geography. These memories will last a lifetime!

Sherpa Expeditions & Trekking staff will transfer you to the airport for your final departure from Nepal. We hope that this epic trek will be firmly ingrained in your memory and will be enough to prompt you to consider your next trek with us!

SERVICES

Costs included in your package.

  • Airport picks up and transports by private Car/Jeep.
  • Two night’s standard twin sharing Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • Three meals a day (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.
  • One night  standard twin sharing Hotel in Pokhara with breakfast.
  • Fresh fruit every evening after dinner.
  • Trekking Lodge (Tea House) accommodation during the trek.
  • Twin sharing Tent for two night
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit and Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS card)
  • Bus transportation from Kathmandu to Beshisahar and Jomsom to Pokhara and back Kathmandu.
  • Local Shared Jeep to Syange from Besisahar
  • All necessary paperwork including Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (Tims Card) 
  • Jomsom to Pokhara flight with private airport transfer and domestic airport tax.
  • A highly experienced, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, English speaking well trained, Government license holder guide with all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance.
  • Strong, helpful Sherpa porters with proper safety equipment and walking equipment, his salary, food, accommodation, and insurance (one porter for two people).
  • Comprehensive medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Arrangement of emergency helicopter service (paid by your Travel Insurance Company).
  • Use of sleeping bag, down jacket, duffel bag and walking poles (if you don’t have your own, to be returned after trip completed).
  • Sherpa Expedition and Trekking T-shirt
  • Government taxes and official expenses.
  • Trip achievement certificate after successful trip completion.
  • Oxygen meter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily (Very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness(AMS) symptoms) which will ensure your health during the trek.
  • Assistant guide for groups of 8 or more people.

Costs Exclude

  • Meals whilst you are in Kathmandu & Pokhara - lunch, and dinner.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (easy to obtain the visa on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport – Kathmandu). $25 USD for 15-day visa.
  • Personal travel and medical insurance.
  • International airfare.
  • Your personal expenses.
  • All the alcoholic and nonalcoholic, soup, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, cocoa, mineral water, extra food, cold and hot drinks on trek ( i.e. those you choose to purchase along the way and during evenings in the tea houses)
  • All desserts & sweet things like chocolate, cake, pie, pudding.
  • Hot shower and battery charging at the tea houses.
  • Tips for the guide, porter, and driver (tipping is expected)
  • Excess baggage of more than 10 kg for Jomsom flight.
  • NOTE: If you return earlier from the trek due to sickness or any problem, the money you paid for the flight, hotel, mountain room, food, etc. is nonrefundable, and you will need to bear the expenses for the hotel, food, etc. in Kathmandu yourself.

EQUIPMENTS

The following information will give you some idea about what you need to bring for the trek. It is important you do not forget the essential items, as this will determine your comfort and safety on the trek. Equally important is that you do not burden yourself with unnecessary equipment on the trek.

General

  • All season sleeping bag and down Jacket (we can provide if you need it,  but has to be returned after the trek)
  • Duffle bag ( Sherpa Expedition & Trekking provide duffle bag during the trek but has to be returned after the trek)
  • A wind and waterproof thin layered jacket (a must-have for morning and evenings above 3,000m)
  • Daypack

Upper Body- Head / Ears / Eyewear

  • A pair of half gloves
  • A warmer hat that covers the ears
  • Sunglasses 
  • Neckwarmer
  • Sunscreen (35 to 60 SPF)
  • Headlamp and an extra set of batteries

Hands

  • A pair of half gloves for walking poles(if you prefer)
  • Warmer shell gloves and liner

Upper Body

  • long sleeve t-shirts
  • Thermal tops
  • wool jacket or pullover
  • Sports bras for women and girls
  • Water and windproof shell jacket 

Lower Body

  • Thermal underwear (especially trousers)
  • windproof and waterproof trousers
  • warmer trousers
  • Comfortable trekking pants
  • Extra casual sport pants

Footwear

  • A pair of good waterproof trekking boots
  • Pair of sandals
  • 4-5 pairs of woolen socks
  • Sock liners
  • Light shoes and sneakers
  • First Aid Kits and Medicines
  • Assorted adhesive bandages (fabric preferred)
  • Blister treatment cream or similar
  • Insect / anti-itch ointment
  • Ibuprofen or other pain-relief medication
  • Diamox (125mg to 250mg tablets for altitude sickness)
  • Warps, splints, and wound coverings butterfly bandage
  • Water purifying pills

(Note our company guide will carry the medicines and first aid kits during the trek. However, we recommend you bring your personal first-aid kit as well)

Miscellaneous - but must useful on the trek

  • 4  passport size photos with original passport
  • Water bottle & filter
  • Flight details (please make a copy and leave one pic at our office in KTM because in case you want to change your flight date)
  • Bathroom kit (conform, should be included toilet paper, plastic bags, hand wipes, towel, and soap, etc.)

Extra things

  • Comfortable trekking poles
  • Quality energy dry foods (up to you)
  • Power bank and music players 
  • Camera (memory card, chargers, and extra batteries)

GOOD TO KNOW

Accommodation

You will be accommodated in 3-star hotels in Kathmandu. During the trek, we will be staying at lodges/ teahouses. You may find comfort and better quality teahouses - having attached bathroom at lower levels- until you reach higher elevations, where the accommodation is more basic with bare necessities.

Meals during the trek

 In Kathmandu, your hotel includes breakfast, whereas all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) will be provided during the trek. A staple food of the Manang & Mustang regions is potatoes, oats, buckwheat, Sherpa stew, and Tibetan bread. Sherpa’s’ started farming potatoes when the first seeds were introduced to the region in the early 90s. There is a limited choice of food at higher elevations and except many potato dishes. Potatoes are high in carbohydrates – an excellent source of energy needed at high altitudes.

Transportation

We use a private car for sightseeing and for the airport to hotel pick and drop off. We use public transportation or local buses during the trek.

Physical fitness

This can be a challenging trek where you often have to walk 6-7 hours a day. You don’t need past experience of hiking or trekking but if you have done any kind of trekking activities then it is always a plus! We have met people from all walks of life, shapes, and sizes who have completed the trek. The only difficult part is when altitude sickness strikes and the effect that it can have on your body. Before leaving for Nepal it is good if you can prepare yourself physically by increasing your stamina and oxygen intake.

Remember – The better prepared – the more enjoyable your trek!

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The Tilicho Lake & Mesokanto Pass Trek is a challenging and adventurous trek in the Annapurna region of Nepal. It combines the exploration of the stunning Tilicho Lake, one of the highest lakes in the world, with crossing the Mesokanto Pass, a high mountain pass. This trek offers breathtaking views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges, diverse landscapes, and a chance to experience the local culture and traditions.

The duration of the Tilicho Lake & Mesokanto Pass Trek can vary depending on your itinerary and fitness level. On average, it takes about 18-22 days to complete the trek. This includes hiking for 6-8 hours per day, with occasional rest days for acclimatization and exploration.

The Tilicho Lake & Mesokanto Pass Trek is considered a strenuous and challenging trek. It involves long and demanding days of hiking, crossing high mountain passes, and dealing with unpredictable weather conditions. The trail includes steep ascents and descents, as well as some technical sections while crossing the Mesokanto Pass. A high level of fitness, prior trekking experience, and mountaineering skills are required for this trek. Proper acclimatization and gradual ascent are crucial to avoid altitude sickness.

Yes, you will need two permits for the Tilicho Lake & Mesokanto Pass Trek: the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS) card. These permits can be obtained in Kathmandu or Pokhara, and you will need to provide your passport, passport-sized photos, and pay the required fees.

The best time to do the Tilicho Lake & Mesokanto Pass Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months offer the best weather conditions with clear skies, mild temperatures, and stable trekking conditions. However, due to the high altitude and challenging terrain, this trek is only recommended for experienced trekkers and mountaineers.

Along the Tilicho Lake & Mesokanto Pass Trek, there are limited teahouses and lodges available for accommodation. These are basic and often crowded, offering rooms with twin beds, blankets, and shared bathroom facilities. It's advisable to carry a good quality sleeping bag for extra warmth, as the temperatures can drop significantly at higher altitudes. Camping may be necessary in some remote areas.

Hiring a guide or porter is highly recommended for the Tilicho Lake & Mesokanto Pass Trek, especially due to its challenging nature. A guide can help navigate the trail, provide valuable information about the local culture and environment, and ensure your safety. A porter can carry your heavy backpack, allowing you to focus on the trek without the burden of excessive weight. Their experience and knowledge can greatly enhance your trekking experience.

Some essential items to pack for the Tilicho Lake & Mesokanto Pass Trek include sturdy trekking boots, warm and layered clothing, a waterproof and windproof jacket, a hat, gloves, sunglasses, sunscreen, a first aid kit, a water bottle, a headlamp, and a good quality sleeping bag. It's important to pack lightweight but warm clothing, as the weather can change rapidly in the mountains. It's also advisable to carry some cash (Nepali Rupees) as ATM facilities may not be available in remote areas.

Altitude sickness is a significant concern during the Tilicho Lake & Mesokanto Pass Trek, as you will be crossing high mountain passes and reaching elevations above 5,000 meters. It's important to acclimatize properly, drink plenty of water, and ascend gradually to minimize the risk. It's advisable to consult with your doctor and take necessary precautions before embarking on the trek. Having travel insurance that covers emergency medical evacuation is also recommended.
 

Given the challenging nature of the Tilicho Lake & Mesokanto Pass Trek, it's recommended to follow a standard itinerary provided by experienced trekking agencies. However, if you have specific preferences or time constraints, it may be possible to customize the itinerary to some extent. It's important to consult with experienced guides or trekking agencies to ensure a safe and successful trekking experience.

We Offer Group Discount

No. Of People Price Per Person
Pax 1 USD 1,790
Pax 2 USD 1,690
Pax 3 USD 1,650
Pax 4 to 6 USD 1,590
Pax 7 to 12 USD 1,550
Pax 13 to 18 USD 1,490
Pax 19 to 24 USD 1,450
  • Best Price Guarantee
  • Hassle-Free Booking
  • Team of highly experienced Experts
  • 24/7 Customer Support

All Inclusive Cost

USD 1,590

Per Person

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smarije Wesp

Australia

December 13, 2023

A Challenging Trek with Unforgettable Memories

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The Tilicho Lake and Mesokanto Pass Trek was a challenging adventure that created unforgettable memories. I loved every aspect, from the exceptional leaders and hardworking porters to the friendly local people. The food was delicious, and the ever-changing scenery was mesmerizing. Conquering the pass was a true test of strength and determination. The trek was well organized, and all you need is great fitness. Remember to pack light and prepare for an incredible journey. Highly recommended!

Clarissa Bracklow

Australia

November 15, 2023

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The Tilicho Lake and Mesokanto Pass Trek provided us with a challenging adventure that was worth every step. From the well-organized logistics to the stunning views and the camaraderie of fellow trekkers, this journey exceeded our expectations. Don't miss out on this incredible trek!

Vincenzo Pizzuto

Austria

October 19, 2023

A Challenging Trek with Outstanding Organization

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The Trek was a challenging adventure that exceeded my expectations. I loved every aspect of it, from the experienced leaders and dedicated porters to the friendly local people. The food was delicious, and the daily changing scenery was simply breathtaking. Conquering the pass was a true test of strength and determination. The trek was exceptionally well organized, so all you need is to come with great fitness. Don't forget to pack light for this incredible journey. Highly recommended!

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