Tilicho Lake and Mesokanta Pass Trek is a wonderful package of trekking in the Annapurna Region, Manang, Mustang, with an adventure of making through the Thorong La Pass, and visiting the only lake situated at the highest altitude in the world—the Tilicho Lake.
During this trek, you shall also get the chance to see the village constructed in Tibetan-style. You shall get the opportunity to visit and explore Temples and water spouts in Muktinath—the place religiously important to Buddhist and Hindus equally. You shall experience the sudden change in the climate as you make to Manang, with more dry and cold climate inviting you. This is the perfect trekking package for all those trekkers who want to experience walking in the relatively underrated area, and are seeking forward some adventure, pure culture, new climate and vegetation, magnificent views of Annapurna range, and the beauty of tranquil lake—Tilicho Lake.
The 18-day itinerary 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 you will stay in basecamp and then early the next morning trek to Yakhark - about a 9-hour walk where you will stay at a hotel before trekking to Jomson the next day.
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Highlights of Tilicho Lake & Mesokanto Pass Trek
- Tilicho Lake and Mesokanto Pass trek is alternative trekking trail of the Throngla pass trek.
- Unique and wilderness trekking trail in Manang village to Jomsom in Annapurna region.
- The Mesokanto pass trekking is an extremely incredible pass.
- This trek is rich in religious and Tibetan civilization.
- Incredible view of Annapurna ranges, Pisang peak, Tilicho Peak, Chulu east and west and beautiful Tilicho Lake one of the highest lake in the world.
- Mesoconto Pass trek is an adventurous and technical trail.
Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.
On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport meet our staff with Sherpa Expeditions and Trekking complimentary transport transfer to relevant Hotels, our guide will give you a briefing of the Hotel, Kathmandu, Trekking, and related information that you might require while in Nepal.
Day 02: Drive to Syange 1,140m via Beshishar 823m. 6-7 hrs journeys.
After early breakfast, a scenic drive leads towards the scenic Pokhara highway. This is an interesting drive through the foothills of the Himalaya. The road has been greatly improved in recent years. Just a few hours before the road that leads to Pokhara, route diverts from Dumre town towards north to Beshishar. On reaching Beshishar for the overnight stop this is a large town and it’s the district headquarter of Lamjung region.
Day 03: Drive to Dharapani 1,860m 3 – 4 hrs.
The drive continues on the high road with fascinating scenery of the gorge, high hills, waterfalls, and snow-capped peaks the dirt jeep road for two to three hours, the drive continues through winding path from Syange and Jagat village, trail follows to a steep climb for half an hour, on arriving the lush farm terraces field once on the top of the ridge a magnificent view of the raging waterfalls can be seen on route to Jagat. From this village journey leads through the terraced farms coming to Chamje village, crossing the bridge it’s another steep climb for another hour till Tal is reached, the village is situated on the gorge-valley by the side of the river Marsyangdi. On leaving Tal the drive gets easier on the gentle path till to a large bridge, after the bridge brings to the village of Dharapani for the overnight stop where the driving adventure ends here.
Day 04: Trek to Chame 2,715m. 5 – 6 hrs.
From Dharapani the vegetation, people and the landscapes changes and the air gets cooler, the trail then climbs through forests to Bagarchhap and the first village on the trek with typical Tibetan architecture. After a pleasantly cool morning walk altitude gains slowly reaching the apple country at Dhanaqi and the alpine region passing through farm area, orchards and beautiful pine forest with views of Lamjung and Annapurna II peaks, the trail follows the river Marsyangdi upstream passing by the villages of Ratamanang and Koto before Chame. From Koto, a half hour of easy walk brings to the village town of Chame for the overnight stop. Chame the district headquarters of Manang region.
Day 05: Trek to Pisang 3,200m. 6 hrs.
The walk from here follows the other side of the river on the northern bank, after leaving Chame, the path passes through pine woods and small villages with few ups and downs till you reach Bratang. From here trek continues on the gradual path up to a bridge, from the bridge a short steep climb through the pine forest brings you at the top of the ridge of Pisang village. After walking past the tree lines a great view can be seen of Pisang peak and the Chulu peak with Pisang village below, from this ridge a gentle descent for an hour brings to the windswept village of Pisang.
Day 06: Trek to Manang 3,540m. Approx. 4 – 5 hrs.
From Pisang onwards, the walks lead with the constant view of the high snow-capped peaks. The walk climbs steeply up for half an hour, after a short gradual walk from the Pisang village then reaching the top of a small hill. This grand spot offers dramatic views of the valleys, Hongdae village with its short air-strip and the great peaks of Gangapurna, Annapurna II, III, Tilocho, and on the right Chuli east, on the back Pisang peak. The walk from here is on the downhill and gradual path all the way to Hongdae, from Hongdae the trek is more or less flat on the wide trail most of the way to Manang, adding a slight touch of altitude as you near to the village of Braga and Manang, here with time to spend the morning visiting Braga Monastery. The largest in the district, it has an outstanding display of statues, thangkas, and religious manuscripts. From here it is only an hour walk to Manang for the overnight stop.
Day 07: Rest day at Manang.
A necessary day to rest and acclimatize and explore Manang. The village of about 500 flat-roofed houses, is the picturesque set amongst some spectacular scenery -Annapurna II, Annapurna III [7,555 meters.], Gangapurna [7,454 meters.] to the South – Tilicho [7,132 meters.] and the Grand Barrier to the West – Chulu West [6,583 meters.] and Chulu East [6,059 meters.] to the North.
Day 12: Trek to Tilicho Base Camp (4,150m) 5 hrs.
Khangsar sees few trekkers, despite being quite accessible from Manang. The medieval village has retained its ancient houses and traditional culture. It has OK lodges but mattresses were thin. As more trekkers discover the attractions of Tilicho Lake, Khangsar should see an increase in trekkers and mattress thickness!
Below Manang, down on the northwest side, is a Kani, where a sigh for Tilicho is painted on the rock, indicating right. The trail basically climbs along a ridge and hillside to Khangsar (3734m). The village offers a rare view of the elusive peak of Kang Guru peak that dominates the Nar Phu trek.
Day 13: Trek to Tilicho Lake overnight at tent (4,920m) 3 to 4 hrs.
Trek from Tilicho Base Camp to Tilicho lake which one is top of the world highest lake 4,920m from the sea level. It takes about three to four hours from Base camp. It is not available hotel need to sleep in the tent.
Day 14: Trek to Yak Kharka via Mesokanta pass 5,464m 8 to 9 Hrs
Early in the morning wake up at 4:30 am and start to walk first part is mostly need to go street and almost 500m climb up and all the way down overnight at Yak Kharka
Day 15: Trek to Jomsom 2,700m 6 to 7 hrs.
Trek from akhara to Jomsom it takes about 6 hours all the way down each to Jomsom is headquarter of Mustang District and overnight at Jomsom.
Day 16: Morning Flight to Pokhara - 30 minutes.
A 30-minute morning flight takes us to Pokhara from Jomsom. Once we arrive at Pokhara airport, we then drive to the hotel. In the afternoon we will have a sightseeing tour around Pokhara valley, which covers Fewa Lake, Devi’s Falls, museum, Tibetan refugee settlement and Gupteshower cave, etc.
Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast included.
Day 17: Drive Back to Kathmandu (1,400 m) in a Tourist Bus - 7 hours
We will be driving back to Kathmandu in the morning. If you are interested in extending the trip, there are many options such as Chitwan jungle safari, river rafting adventure, Kathmandu shopping tour, mountain biking, and other activities.
In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances.
Day 18: Transfer to the International Airport for Your Final Departure.
The trip concludes here. Our Sherpa Expedition and Trekking airport representative will drop you at the international airport in Kathmandu for your flight departure from Nepal.
- All airport pick-up & drop by private vehicle (international and domestic)
- 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 sharing accommodation in the mountain during the trekking
- Three meals a day; breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the trek
- First aid kit
- Two nights hotel in Pokhara
- 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
- Porter (For two person)
- 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
The given price is for the minimum of two pax. For single trekker, 20 % supplementary charge will be applied.
We provide the best teahouse in this area.
- Seasonable Sleeping bag and down Jacket (If you need it but has to be returned after the trek)
- Duffle bag (We will provide duffle bag during the trek Sherpa Expedition & Trekking need to be returned after the trek)
- A wind and waterproof thin layered jacket (Must have for morning and evening above 3,000m)
Upper Body- Head / Ears / Eyes
- A pair of half gloves
- A warmer hat that covers the ears
- Neck warmer
- Sunscreen (35 to 60 SPF)
- Headlamp and an extra set of batteries
- A pair of half gloves for walking poles(if you prefer)
- Warmer shell gloves and liner
- long sleeve t-shirts
- Thermal Tops
- wool Jackets or pullover
- Artificial sports bras for (Women and girls)
- Water and windproof shell jacket
- Thermal underwear (especially trousers)
- windproof and waterproof trousers
- warmer trouser
- Comfortable trekking pants
- Extra casual sport pants
- A pair of good waterproof trekking boots
- Pair of sandals
- 4-5 pairs of woolen socks
- Socks liner
- Light shoes and sneaker
First Aid Kits and Medicines
- Assorted Adhesive Bandages (fabric preferred)
- Blister treatment
- Insect testing / anti-itch treatment
- Ibuprofen / 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 better to bring your personal first-aid kit as well)
Miscellaneous, but must useable
- 4 pic passport sizes with original passport
- Water bottle & filter
- Flight details (please make a copy and leave one pic at our office in KTM because of if you won to change your flight date)
- Bathroom kit (conform, should be included Toilet papers put on the plastic bag, hand wipes, towel, and soap, etc.)
- Comfortable trekking poles
- Best energy dry foods (up to you)
- Power Bank and music players
- Camera (Memory card, chargers, and extra batteries)
Doing treks in Himalayas of Nepal is the distinct culture and environment. Trekkers need to consider on following do’s and don’ts.
- Do smile and greet the local people by saying “Namaste” and “Tashidelek” to show respect.
- Do walk in a group or keep a distance that you could see your front and behind fellow.
- Do consult with your trekking guide before trying anything new during the trek.
- Do ask a question to the guide for the next day trekking necessity, so that you could pack in your small backpack because rest baggage will carry by a porter and will get only in the evening.
- Do give a donation to the monastery in the trekking area where they don’t collect tickets from the visitors but there is a donation box.
- Do inform your trekking guide if you are not comfortable with your health while approaching higher altitude.
Note regarding itineraries.
- Don’t underestimate the local culture and belief even if you find uncomfortable with it.
- Don’t take a picture of the people without their permission during the trek because some individual doesn’t like that.
- Don’t be strange if local people stare at you because they are surprised to see you, not with a bad intention.
- Don’t expect too many facilities in the trekking areas, most places provide you only the basic facilities.
- Don’t harm wild animals, birds, and plants during the trek and take a global responsibility to save the environment.
- Don’t give money to the children and the beggars; it encourages them to beg from the visitors.
Although we generally adhere to the schedule, the itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control, including weather and terrain conditions, suitable campsite availability, and the group's general fitness level. It is important to understand that our trek is logistically complex and it is not unusual that adjustments be made. Our guide will orient you each evening to the following day's plan; their good judgment is the key to the long history of successful treks that Sherpa Expedition & trekking Pvt. Ltd Walkers have led till now. Please remember that our ability to make adjustments as needed helps to ensure that your trek is successful.