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TILICHO LAKE & MESOKONTO PASS TREK

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destination Annapurna
duration 18 Days
grade High Advance
start/end point Kathmandu/Kathmandu
region Annapurna
max altitude 5,420m
group size 2-12
meal All inclusive
activity 6-7 Hrs
accommodation Hotel/Teahouse
season Autumn/Spring

We Offer Group Discount

No. Of People Price Per Person
1 Pax USD 1,250
2 Pax USD 1,130
3 Pax USD 1,099
4 - 6 Pax USD 1,050
7 - 12 Pax USD 1,010
13 - 18 Pax USD 990
19 - 24 Pax USD 950
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All Inclusive Cost

USD 1,250

Per Person

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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. This will be followed by a welcome dinner.
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 Jomson
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

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • All airport pick-up & drop by private vehicle (international and domestic)
  • Standard twin-sharing accommodation in a three-star hotel in Kathmandu (2 nights only) and Pokhara (1 night only) including breakfast
  • Welcome dinner in an authentic restaurant in Kathmandu
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit and Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS card)
  • Twin sharing Tent for two night
  • English speaking, government licensed guide with all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance
  • Twin/double shearing accommodation in the mountain during the trekking
  • Three meals a day; breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the trek
  • First aid kit
  • Bus transportation from Kathmandu to Beshisahar and Jomsom to Pokhara and back Kathmandu.
  • An arrangement of emergency evacuation service (should have insurance for emergency evacuation and will be paid by your travel insurance company)
  • trekking route maps
  • All necessary government taxes and service charges
  • The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two guests.)

WHAT’S EXCLUDED:

  • Your Nepal visa fees and 2 passport size photos
  • All the International airfare from and to Kathmandu
  • All meals and accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Food and accommodations in case of early arrivals from the trek or late departures from the airport
  • Your extra personal expenses during trek such as (laundry, baggage charge, phone calls, battery recharge, bar and beverage bill, boiled or bottled water, hot and cold shower, extra porter etc)
  • Tips for the trekking crew
  • Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather condition or any event out of our control

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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Departures

Trip Date Price Duration Seats Left

We Offer Group Discount

No. Of People Price Per Person
1 Pax USD 1,250
2 Pax USD 1,130
3 Pax USD 1,099
4 - 6 Pax USD 1,050
7 - 12 Pax USD 1,010
13 - 18 Pax USD 990
19 - 24 Pax USD 950
  • Best Price Guarantee
  • Hassle-Free Booking
  • Team of highly experienced Experts

All Inclusive Cost

USD 1,250

Per Person

BOOK NOW QUICK ENQUIRY

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Jan 10, 2020

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Challenging Trek! Highly recommended! I loved everything about Tilicho Lake and mesokonto Pass Trek from the leaders, porters, the local people, food and the ever-changing scenery daily to the challenge of making the pass. The Trek is well organized. All you need to do is turn up with great fitness. Remember to pack light.

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