Tilicho Lake Mesokanta Pass Trek - 15 Days

Trip Overview

Tilicho Lake is one of the highest lakes in the world. It is 4,949 m high in the Annapurna range of the Himalayas in Nepal. Another source lists Lake Tilicho as being 4,919 meters high (16,138 feet). It was for long almost totally closed save for a few climbers and expeditions, and since 1974, when Nixon changed the China policy, part of the area above Thini on the Jomosom side became a totally off-limits military area. From the Manang side it was rarely if ever visited. It's one of none tourist Trekking area of Nepal, which is normal to hard trekking with different passes. It lays also Annapurna region. But it is very exciting and the challenging Trekking. One can pass the Mesokanta La via Tilicho. So for it, it's called "Annapurna Hard way trekking". One can see the nice scenery of Annapurna region, and the Tilicho Lake view, which is the situated highest Elevations Lake in the world. Not only that. You can see the other popular Mountain scenery in this area.

Trip Facts

  • country Nepal
  • Destination Tilicho lake and Mesokanta pass.
  • Duration 16 days
  • Activities Cultural tour/Trekking
  • Grade Moderate Learn
  • Best Season February to May & Sep to second week of the December
  • Group Size Min. 2 and Max 15
  • Altitude Min. 820m/Max. 5100m
  • Starts/Ends Kathmandu (Capital of Nepal)
  • Accommodation 3 to 4 stars hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara on BB plan & mountain lodge( Tea-house ) in trekking.
  • Meals included Breakfast and welcome or farewell dinner in Kathmandu / Full board in Trekking (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).
  • Transportation Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private car- By tourist bus from Kathmandu to Besishar/Pokhara to KTM and flight from Jomsom to Pokhara.

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  1. Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1345meters). Hotel There you will be met by our Airport Representative and transferred to hotel by private tourist vehicle. Overnight at hotel on BB plan.
  2. Drive from Kathmandu to Besi Shahar (830m/2723ft). Driving 5:30 hours, O/N at guest house,
  3. Drive to Syange and trek to Chamje(1560m/5118ft). Driving 2 hours and Walking 4:30 hours, O/N at guest house,
  4. Chamje to Dhararpani (1810m/5938ft). Walking 5:30 hours, O/N at guest house,
  5. Dharapani to Chame(2725m/8940ft). Walking 6 hours, O/N at guest house,
  6. Chame to Pisang (3190m/10466ft). Walking 5:30 hours, O/N at guest house
  7. Pisang to Manang(3500m/11483ft) walking 5 hours, O/N at guest house,
  8. Rest in Manang for acclimatization, O/N at guest house,
  9. Trek to Khangsar Village (3700m/11203ft). Waking 5 hours, O/N at guest house.
  10. Trek to Tilicho Lake (4910m/14876ft). 4 hours. Overnight at the tent.
  11. Trek to Nam Phu Kharka after crossing Mesokanta La pass (5315meter), overnight at tent.
  12. Trek to Jomsom, overnight at guesthouse.
  13. Morning flight to Pokhara.
  14. Drive back to Kathmandu from Pokhara. O/N at Hotel,
  15. After breakfast, the trip ends, our Airport Representative will drop you to the Kathmandu international airport for your final flight departure from Nepal.

Note: Above itinerary can be designed along your preferences. Please let us know whether you would like to make a shorter or longer. If you would like to stay more than 15 days, you can do city guided tour in Kathmandu, white water rafting, jungle safari etc. Please, let us know, we will follow accordingly. Extend your trip (For the extension options, please click here).

  1. Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1345meters). Hotel There you will be met by our Airport Representative and transferred to hotel by private tourist vehicle. Overnight at hotel on BB plan.
  2. Drive to Besisahar by bus (830meters). 6 hours. Trekking staff will arrive at your Hotel at 7.00 am in the morning to pick you up. We have 7 hours of driving to Besishar. It is about 185km from Kathmandu. On arrival at Besisahar you will witness stunning snow caped mountain scenery. Overnight at Guesthouse.
  3. Drive to Syange and trek to Chamje (1400meters). 5 hours The trail drops steeply to Syange at 1070meters from Bahundanda. Leaving Bahundanda a large waterfall may be seen. Crossing the Marsyangdi River on a suspension bridge. We then follow the river to the stone village of Jagat before climbing through forest to Chamje at 1400meters. Overnight at Guesthouse.
  4. Trek to Bagarchhap (2160meters). 5 hours. Our day begins with the rocky trail following the Marsyandi Rivers steadily uphill to Tal at 1675meters, the first village in the Manang district. We make a trail verse crossing a wide, flat valley. The journey continues up and down to Dharapani at 1890 meters. A stone entrance chorten typical of the Tibetan influenced villages. Upon reaching Bagarchhap at 2160 meters the typical flat roofed stone houses of local Tibetans design along with the village surrounded by apple Orchards and maize fields. Overnight at Guesthouse.
  5. Trek to Chame (2630meters). 5 hours. The trail climbs to Tyanja at 2360 meters, then continuing through forest, but near the river, to Kopar at 2590meters. As we reach the Chame, the headquarters of the Manang district, we are rewarded by the fine views of Annapurna II as you approach Chame & two small hot springs by the town. Along this route we are introduced to a local community said to have migrated from Tibet a long time past, noticeable by their different features. With them, they have bought local Tibetan house designs and maintained their ways. Overnight at Guesthouse.
  6. Trek to Pisang (3300 meters) 5 hours. The day starts through deep forest in a steep and narrow valley, crosses a river on a long bridge at 2910meters. We then cross another bridge at 3040meters, from there the view of the soaring Paungda Danda rock face really begins to appear. From there the trail joins to climb to Pisang, which sprawls between 3200m & 3300meters. Overnight at Guesthouse.
  7. Trek to Manang (3540 meters). 5 hours. Today we continue through the drier upper part of the Manang district, cut off from the full effect of the monsoon by the Annapurna Range. People of this region herd the yaks & raise crops for part of the year. They also continue to enjoy special trading rights gained way back in 1784. Leaving Pisang, we have alternate trails north and south of the Marsyangdi River which meets up again at Mungji. The southern route by Hongde, with its airstrip, at 3325meters which involves less climbing than the northern route via Ghyaru, though there are better views on the trail that follows the northern bank of the river. From Mungji, the trail continues past the picturesque but partially hidden village of Bryanga at 3475meters to nearby Manang at 3540meters. Overnight at Guesthouse.
  8. Trek to Khangsar Village (3700m/11203ft). 5 hours After acclimatized at Manang we continue our adventure for Tilicho Lake, from Manang one heads out through the western gates and then one follows the path down to the river. After crossing the the Khangsar Khola on the bridge below Khangsar and ascend the slope to the village, a village still in the old Tibetan style and which is also known as last village of Nepal. Overnight at Guesthouse.
  9. Trekking to Tilicho lake. (4910m/14876ft). Walking 5 hours. Overnight at the tent. Continue from Khangsar on a large path. Pass a Gompa (monastery). The route ahead goes on a recently constructed path up towards a high ridge. At one point is an intersection. One path maintains the altitude, traversing the slopes towards a place where the valley is narrow; the other continues to ascend towards the line of the ridge. The former is the old path, and is much more difficult as it goes on really steep screed; the latter is the new path that goes a completely different way. Continue along the new path, reach a high crest, and descend on switch backs carved out through the screed slopes to a side valley of the main valley. At its bottom is a brook. On the other side of it is a building known as Tilicho Base Camp at elevation of 4200 meters. Overnight at tent.
  10. Trek to Nam Phu Kharka after crossing Mesokanta La pass (5315meter), overnight at tent.
  11. Trek to Jomsom, overnight at guesthouse.
  12. Morning flight to Pokhara.
  13. After breakfast, the trip ends, our Airport Representative will drop you to the Kathmandu international airport for your final flight departure from Nepal.

Note: Above itinerary can be designed along your preferences. Please let us know whether you would like to make a shorter or longer. If you would like to stay more than 15 days, you can do city guided tour in Kathmandu, white water rafting, jungle safari etc. Please, let us know, we will follow accordingly. Extend your trip (For the extension options, please click here).

Month Tour Start Tour End
September 03 Sep 20 Sep
September 06 Sep 23 Sep
September 13 Sep 30 Sep
September 20 Sep 07 Oct
September 27 Sep 14 Oct
October 02 Oct 19 Oct
October 08 Oct 25 Oct
October 15 Oct 01 Nov
October 22 Oct 08 Nov
October 29 Oct 15 Nov
November 01 Nov 18 Nov
November 08 Nov 25 Nov
November 15 Nov 02 Nov
November 26 Nov 13 Dec
December 03 Dec 20 Dec
December 10 Dec 21 Dec
December 17 Dec 28 Dec
December 25 Dec 27 jan 17
Month Tour Start Tour End
February 06 Feb 23 Feb
February 09 Feb 26 Feb
February 15 Feb 03 Feb
February 22 Feb 10 Mar
March 01 Mar 18 Mar
March 06 Mar 23 Mar
March 14 Mar 31 Mar
March 19 Mar 05 Mar
March 22 Mar 08 Apr
March 28 Mar 14 Apr
April 02 Apr 19 Apr
April 05 Apr 22 Apr
April 12 Apr 29 Apr
April 19 Apr 06 Apr
April 26 Apr 13 May
April 30 Apr 17 May
May 01 May 18 May
May 10 May 27 May
May 17 May 03 May
May 24 May 10 Jun
June 04 Jun 21 Jun
June 08 Jun 25 Jun
June 14 Jun 01 Jun
June 21 Jun 08 Jul
July 03 Jul 20 Jul
July 09 Jul 26 Jul
September 03 Sep 20 Sep
September 06 Sep 23 Sep
September 13 Sep 30 Sep
September 20 Sep 07 Oct
September 27 Sep 14 Oct
October 02 Oct 19 Oct
October 08 Oct 25 Oct
October 15 Oct 01 Nov
October 22 Oct 08 Nov
October 29 Oct 15 Nov
November 01 Nov 18 Nov
November 08 Nov 25 Nov
November 15 Nov 02 dec
November 26 Nov 13 Dec
December 03 Dec 20 Dec
December 10 Dec 27 Dec
December 17 Dec 03 Dec
December 25 Dec 11 Jan 18
Trekking Boot One Pairs
Thick Socks 4 Pairs
Light Socks 3 Pairs
Camp Shoes 1 Pair
Sandals 1 Pair
Sleeping Bag(4seasons) 1
Down Jacket 1
Daypack 1
Water Bottle 1
Sun Cream  
Sunglasses  
Flashlight Witd Spare Bulbs, Batteries, Lip Salve, Gaiters.  
Down Or Fiber Filled Waterproof Jacket And Trousers 1
Fleece Jacket Or Pullover 1
Warm Cotton Trousers 2 Pairs
Shirts And T-Shirts 4 Pieces
Lightweight Cotton Long Pants 3 Pairs
Long Under Wear 2 Pieces
Short Under Wear 4 Pieces
Sun Hat Or Scarf 1
Woolen Hat 1
Sunglasses 1
Lightweight Gloves 1
Rain Coat 1
Heavyweight Gloves Or Mittens Witd A Waterproof 1
Insect Repellent
Toilet Articles
Note Book & Pen
Toilet Roll
Laundry Soap
Pocket Knife
Towel
Sewing Kit
Plasters
Binoculars
Camera
Film
Cards And Personal Medical Kit
Short description Mode of the packages: What are included in the packages?

Welcome or farewell dinner in Kathmandu, Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast at 3stars level, Meals3 times a day (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trekking and Pokhara, Twin sharing comfortable and clean private room in trekking, necessary permits, all the ground transportation as per itinerary, domestic flight tickets from Kathmandu to Pokhara, an experienced guide and porter and all the necessary permits, please find in details what is included and excluded in the cost as follows:

Service Includes in the Cost in Details:
  • All the ground transportation as per itinerary.
  • Welcome or farewell dinner in Kathmandu as per your desire.
  • Hotel in Kathmandu ( 2 nights) and Pokhara ( One night) with breakfast at 3stars level.
  • Meals 3 times a day (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trekking and Pokhara for you.
  • Twin sharing comfortable and clean private room in trekking ( 11 nights).
  • Domestic flight ticket from Jomsom to Pokhara with airport tax.
  • Trip Map.
  • An experienced, knowledgeable, helpful, friendly and English-speaking trekking guide and porter to carry your luggage during the trek (2 trekkers:1 porter).
  • Food, drinks, accommodation, insurance, salary, equipments, transportation, local tax for Guide and porter.
  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Four season sleeping bag and down jackets to use for trekking, if necessary.
  • Duffel/kit bag( Gift from our company).
  • All necessary paper works and Annapurna conservation entry permits.
  • Travel & Rescue arrangement.
  • TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System).
  • All our government taxes, vat, local tax, tourist service charges.
Service Excludes in the cost in details:
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu (costs roughly USD 10 to USD 15 per person per day)- (Except welcome dinner).
  • All kinds of drinks in the mountain (hot, cold and alcoholic).
  • Entry fee while sightseeing in Kathmandu (USD 20 per person).
  • Personal equipment.
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
  • Travel and rescue insurance.
  • Extra personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, laundry, shower, excess baggage charges)
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected).
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on 'Price Includes' section.
For the most up to date latest pricing, please contact us

Note: Above itinerary can be designed along your preferences. Please let us know whether you would like to make a shorter or longer. If you would like to stay more than 14 days, you can do city guided tour in Kathmandu, white water rafting, jungle safari etc. Please, let us know, we will follow accordingly. Extend your trip (For the extension options, please click here).

Budget package available:

The cost for the budget package is USD 875, per person, including ground transportation/ your domestic flight tickets as per itinerary, hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara at 3 stats level inclusive breakfast, permits, guide and porter.

what our previous clients say about us?

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Hi Babu,
We had a wonderful time during our stay in Nepal. Unique Path Trekking organized everything: the hotels, the visit to Chitwan National Park and the Annapurna Base Camp trek. It was our first trek in Nepal and we liked it very much. Our guide Ganesh and porter Ram were both very nice, helpful and proffesional. Ganesh took care of everything during the trek, including accommodation and meals, so we had no worries and could fully enjoy the beauty of the mountains. The weather was great, so we had magnificent views of the Annapurna region. We will surely recommend Unique Path to all our friends. We also plan to come back soon to do some more trekking, especially the Everest Base Camp trek. Malgorzata and Michal Kudelscy, Poland Best regards and thanks again,
Malgorzata
Poland
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Dear Babu,
Time flies so fast. It has passed a month since we left Nepal, but we still talk a lot about it, and how we enjoyed our stay, thanks to you and your staff. The most memorable part was Annapurna circuit trek, the mountain scenery with the side trip to Tilicho lake and pass over Throng-la. It was just great! We also fondly remember our guide and porter, that made whole trek much more interesting and fun. So, thank you all, for our great time in Nepal. Also we wish Merry Christmas and a happy New Year 2012 to you personally, and to the whole Unique Path Trekking staff ! Best regards
Ronald and Jasna
Croatia
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