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Tilicho Lake and Mesokanto La Pass Trek

  • Destination
    Nepal
  • Region
    Annapurna Region
  • Duration
    12
  • Group Size
    2
  • Max Height
    5100m
  • Activity
    Tilicho Lake Trek
  • Grade
    Adventure
  • Accomodation
    Tea House
  • Best Season
    September - December & February to June
  • Start / End Point
    Besisahar/Jomsom
  • Meals Included
    Various
  • Transportation
    Tourist Bus & Flight
  • Activity Per Day
    Approx. 6-7 hrs walking

Trip Overview

Tilicho Lake and Mesokanto-La Pass Trek is a great adventure that few groups of trekkers and adventurers have ever dared. Due to its remote and isolated location, but a very scenic area around the hidden pockets of high Manang Valley. An exciting and enjoyable adventurous trekking away from the popular mainstream trail, where you will be in the complete mountain wilderness.

To See The Highest Lake In The World Tilicho 4919m

Tilicho Lake is one of the highest glacial lakes in the Himalayas, as well around the world. Located at 4,919 m and approx. 4 km in length with 1.2 km wide, and 200 m in deep. A picturesque country to experience for once in a lifetime adventure, amidst pristine mountain surroundings. Tilicho Lake and Mesokanto-La Pass Trek take you to the highest point at 5,099 m / 16,729 ft. The alternative route avoids the popular Thorang-La Pass and most trekked trails to Jomsom, the headquarters town of the Mustang district.

The adventure begins by taking an exciting overland journey from Kathmandu to Nepal Mid-West around the low warm farm areas of Lamjung district. Reaching Besisahr town, and then heading towards cooler hills entering into Manang district at Tal and Dharapani villages. The walk starts on a gradual uphill through a pleasant trail amidst a forested area towards Chame, the headquarters town of the Manang region.

Stunning Manang Valley & Massive Annapurna Himalayas

From Chame on the high trail to Manang Valley past Pisang village, as walk follows through nice lovely villages. Facing grand views of Annapurna Himalayas and Chulu peaks, then walk leads to famous Manang village. Enjoying the rest day to support acclimatization at the right height of 3,540 m, a village with magnificent surroundings. Lined with snow peaks of Annapurna-II, A-III, and A-IV with Gangapurna Himal in the south, with Chulu range towards the north.

After a pleasant time at the main Manang village, our route diverts from the main Annapurna Circuit trail. The adventure follows beyond Manang high valley heading towards our main destination at beautiful Tilicho Lake. As the walk leads past the last village of Khangsar and Sri Kharka, then reaches Tilicho Base Camp. The last place with a lodge on our route to Mesokanto-La Pass before reaching Jomsom.

A Hidden Scenarios of Various Mountains

An adventure around remote pockets of scenic Manang valley with various breathtaking views. Enjoy the pristine surrounding at scenic Tilicho Lake, enclosed by towering peaks of Tilicho, Gangapurna Himal, and Nilgiri. From here adventure leads to the sheer wilderness to cross over high Mesokanto-La pass, and then on a pleasant downhill to Jomsom.

At Jomsom for last overnight around high Annapurna Himalayas and Mustang areas, next morning a short scenic flight to Pokhara. A perfect and beautiful place to conclude our marvelous adventure is Tilicho Lake and Mesokanto-La Pass Trek.

Highlights of The Trek

  • An exciting adventure within remote corners of high and scenic Manang valley.
  • Explore the hidden areas of Annapurna and Manang valley away from main trails.
  • Enjoyable walk with constant views of beautiful country and high snow peaks.
  • A scenic journey in the shade of high Himalayas and immense and impressive culture.
  • Walk into beautiful emerald-colored Tilicho Lake and cross high Mesokanto-La.

Short Trip Profile

Mode of trekking: Overnight in the best local lodge with tented camps for a few nights after Tilicho Base Camp to                                                       Jomsom.
Trekking Grade:    Moderate to Adventurous.
Highest Spot:           Crossing Mesokanto-La Pass at 5, 099 m / 16, 729 feet.

Trek duration:         12 Nights and 13 Days with drives and flights.
Total Trip Days:      16 Nights and 17 Days from the main arrival to departure.
Best Seasons:            Spring from March to May and autumn/fall starts from September to November.

Brief Outline Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: In Kathmandu optional tour and preparation for the trek.
Day 03: Drive to Dharapani 1,920 m – 07 hours.
Day 04: Trek to Chame 2,670 m – 06 hours.
Day 05: Trek to Pisang village 3,130 m – 05 hrs.
Day 06: Trek to Manang village 3,540 m – 05 hrs.
Day 07: Rest day at Manang for acclimatization and a short hike.
Day 08: Trek to Khangsar 3,734 – 05 hrs.
Day 09: Trek to Tilicho Base Camp 4, 800 m- 04 hrs.
Day 10: Trek to Tilicho Lake 4,919 m – 04 hrs.
Day 11: Trek to the base of Mesokanto-La Pass at 4,870 m-05 hrs.
Day 12: Trek to Nama Phu 3,510 m via Mesokanto-La Pass 5,099 m-06 hrs.
Day 13: Trek to Thini-Gaon 2,850 m past Kaisang -06 hrs.
Day 14: Trek to Jomsom 2,715 m – 02 hrs.
Day 15: Fly to Pokhara 860 m and transfer to hotel by the Phewa Lakeside.
Day 16: From Pokhara drive / fly to Kathmandu 1,345 m – 06 hrs.
Day 17: International departure homeward bound.

Details Itinerary

On arrival at Kathmandu international airport get transferred to the hotels,
after being received by our guides and staff. At the hotel check in to your nice room, and then join for a group briefing regarding treks and other useful information, with a welcome dinner in a lovely Nepali Restaurant.
At Kathmandu a free day for an optional sightseeing tour around UNESCO World Heritage Sites and places of great cultural and historical interest. For the rest of the day prepare for an adventurous trek to Tilicho Lake and Mesokanto-La Pass.
Depart from the hotel early morning for a long interesting drive beyond Kathmandu valley. A journey leads to low warm farm areas with views of snowcapped mountains then reaching around Nepal Mid-West at Lamjung district in Besisar town. From here drive continues on hilly tracks heading higher past farm villages and terraced fields. Where air gets much cooler as the drive heads past the nice villages of Jagat and Chamje and then reaching to the overnight halt at Dharapani village. Dharapani is a nice village with impressive Buddhist culture, situated on the junction of Annapurna and Manaslu circuit trekking trail
Morning walks follow a nice gradual trail into rhododendron and pine forest, heading past Bagarchap and Danque villages. A trail leads up to Timang village, facing a grand view of Mt. Manaslu, a possible lunch stop at Timang village. Afternoon walk on the nice lovely gradual trail with few short climbs reaching at the large town of Chame for an overnight stop. A major town and headquarter of Manang district.
After Chame walk leads closer towards high mountainous terrain, following Masrsyangdi River upstream to Bhratang village. On crossing a bridge climb to Dhukure Pokhari, a small place with few lodges facing views of Chulu and Pisang peaks. Having lunch, afternoon walk downhill to Pisang village for an overnight stop, check into a nice simple lodge.

On leaving Pisang village, the starting point of Manang valley offers stunning views of Annapurna, Chulu, and Pisang peaks. From here altitude gains slowly on reaching a high ridge facing the grand vista of Manang valley enclosed by giant peaks on both sides of the valley. After a short rest down to Hongde village.

A village with a small airstrip, where small planes often fly to Pokhara, the walk continues reaching at Braga village. Stopping here for a short tour of an old Braga monastery enriched with Buddhist relics, ancient wall paintings, and frescos. From the monastery enjoy a great panorama of Annapurna Himalayas, a short walk on a pleasant trail reaches Manang village for lunch and an overnight stop.

Today the last day of this wonderful trek, morning leads to short distance walks and then taking local transportation. The exciting drive leads Necessary rest day for acclimatization before heading towards high terrain and to Tilicho Lake and Mesokanto-La Pass. At Manang explore the lovely village, located beneath towering Annapurna and Gangapurna peaks, a nice short hike and climb take you close to Gangapurna Glacier and Manang glacial Lake.

From Manang, our route diverts away from the main Annapurna Circuit trail heading to remote corners of Manang valley. The walk leads past Manang village towards the south to Khangsar village for an overnight stop. The last settlement of Manang on route to Tilicho Lake and towards Mesokanto-La pass.
After Khangsar, morning leads to climbing facing tremendous views of Gangapurna and Tilicho Peaks. The walk follows within a sheer wilderness of arid and barren landscapes, with juniper and Burberry bushes. Walk on a narrow path and climb to an overnight halt at Tilicho Base Camp an isolated place with few simple good lodges. Enjoy great views of snow-clad peaks at close distance.

Start the morning walk carrying a packed lunch for the day hike from Tilicho base camp, and climb for short while. Soon walk leads downhill reaching at the shore of beautiful turquoise-colored Tilicho Lake. A magnificent spot surrounded by the high peaks of Tilicho and Gangapurna Himal.

Enjoy a hike around the lake, regarded as a sacred spot by both religions Hindu and Buddhist, truly a spectacular spot to experience. After a wonderful moment at Tilicho Lake, walk back to Tilicho base camp for last overnight in the comfort of a lodge, before Jomsom is reached.

From the base camp of Tilicho, an exciting walk on completely dry and harsh terrain, the walk follows a faint path. Hardly walked by a few groups of trekkers, slowly the trail leads to a steep climb. Heading close to another pass of Tilicho-La further west end, as the tough walk finally ends for the day. On reaching a small flat area around rocks and moraine at the base of Mesokanto-La Pass.

Overnight in a tented camp, meals are provided by our expert cook and kitchen staff rest of the day, preparing for the long climb to cross Mesokanto-La pass.

Start the morning climb leads to a long Big Day of the adventure, as the climb heads closer with a steep haul on top of Mesokanto-La Pass. At the highest point of the trek, enjoy the grand views of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and Gangapurna Himal peaks.
Walk slowly leads to a long descent over rocks and boulders reaching at the bottom of the pass. Reaching at Mustang area for overnight camp a small pasture field of Yak herder called Nama Phu.

After a tough walk of the previous day, morning leads an easy trek downhill to Kaligandaki valley facing excellent views of Mt. Dhaulagiri and Nilgiris peaks.

Walk on a pleasant scenic trail to Kaisang, and then head further to a large village of Thini-Gaon for an overnight stop, located above Jomsom and Kaligandaki Valley. Stayed overnight in the comfort of a nice simple lodge with the friendly hospitality of local Thakali natives. The main tribes of Lower Mustang and Kali Gandaki Valley, are interwoven with Buddhism religion.

From Thini-Gaon, a slow downhill to a bridge after a short hour of morning walk. Crossing over abridges, then reaching at Jomsom. Jomsom is the headquarter town of Mustang district, with a small airstrip above Kaligandaki River. An interesting town to explore after checking into the nice good lodge.
Morning short walk to Jomsom airport for a scenic short flight to land at beautiful Pokhara. During airborne enjoy fabulous views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himalayan peaks, as the plane lands at Pokhara. From the airport a short drive to a lovely hotel by the famous Phewa Lakeside.
Pokhara is a renowned tourist destination in all Himalayas, a picturesque city located on the laps of Annapurna Himalaya. A great place full of charm and beauty with natural wonders.

Morning enjoys the glorious view of Annapurna Himalaya with majestic Machhapuchare Himal, the Fish Tail. Taking an exciting drive back to Kathmandu after a great experience and overwhelming time on Tilicho Lake & Mesokanto-La Pass Trekking.

(Options for 30 minutes flight to Kathmandu)

After a great experience around Annapurna Himalaya with a memorable adventure on Tilicho Lake & Mesokanto-la Pass Trekking. Depart from the hotel for homeward bound flights or to respective destinations.

FAQ'S

If you are traveling to Nepal you will get an arrival tourist visa. The Nepal visa will be provided by Nepal Immigration at Tribhuvan International Airport Kathmandu, Nepal.
Yes, all ground transportation is included in the ABC Trekking package, and Nepal High Trek & Expedition’s staff will pick up & drop you before and after trek at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu Nepal.
The Annapurna Base Camp Trek is situated in mid-west Nepal and the ABC Trek is into the Annapurna Region of Nepal. The Annapurna Trekking Region is the largest and most popular trekking route in Nepal.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a moderate walking journey that leads you at 4130m a maximum height. The ABC trek is not a difficult and high-altitude trek in the Annapurna region. This trek can easily complete everybody without AMS.
ABC Trek is a safe and moderate trek in the Annapurna region. Nepal High Trek team highly provides professional crews and quality necessary gear with first aid kits.

Usually, The Annapurna Base Camp Trek can be completed within 9 to 11 days from Kathmandu. If you want to start ABC Trek from Pokhara the trek can be completed within a short day.

The Pokhara is a major gateway of the Annapurna region treks. Before starting the ABC trek you must ½ hour drive to Nayapul and a real walking journey begins and ends at Nayapul.

Usually, travelers must walk 5 to 7 hours per on the ABC Trek but you don’t have to walk at a high altitude. If you can or possibly start the walk early in the morning.

To complete the ABC Trek you have needed Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) and Annapurna Conservation Area of Project (ACAP).

March to May and September to till December would be the best time to trek to Annapurna Base Camp and around the Annapurna region.
Travel Insurance is mandatory to trek around the Himalayas Nepal. Your travel insurance must be cover emergency rescue and medical expenses too.
Annapurna region treks are completely based on tea houses like Guesthouses and twin sharing beds available on the ABC Trek.
Whatever you like the meals and along the trek, you can have various meals and also available Nepalese typical meals too. Usually, around the mountain meals will be fresh and hygienic.
It is not recommended to drink the tap water on the trek but you fill the tap water and use to water tablet or water pill. Each Guesthouse has paying purified boiled drinking water, but also available bottled mineral water along the ABC Trek.
Mobile coverage (4G service) and paying internet connection are accessible along the ABC Trail. Paying wifi service available at each hotel during the trek.
Credit cards can be used only till Pokhara but on the trek, some hotels accept credit cards. It would be easy to carry some cash.
Yes, we have a special package for solo travelers for ABC Trek. We can make or design an itinerary according to your physical condition and preference plans. Nepal High Trek is happy to leads all types of travelers.
You need to pay 10 to 15% in advance for ABC Trek. We can guarantee the trip when we get the amount in advance. In addition, you can pay the remaining amount on arrival in Kathmandu. If you can bring the remaining amount in cash. We accept credit cards but a 4% extra fee takes by the card center.

When completed the trek guide and porter highly appreciated a tip. However, tips are a common reward for the service staff during the trek and are honored with this kind of traditional gratitude at the end of your trek.

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Client Reviews

Ak Pk boss
Ak Pk boss
2022-07-11
We completed the Everest Base Camp trek with Anjan from Nepal High Trek and Expedition, in May. It was incredibly beautiful and very well organised. Anjan took care of everything from airport transfers to accommodation and food. Anjan even helped us organise a little side trip to Pokhara at the end of our stay. The advantage of trekking with Nepal High Trek and Expedition is that you go with your own private group, you trek at your own pace and you get an amazing experience at a great cost (much cheaper than the big trekking companies). I highly recommend Anjan and Nepal high trek and expedition. I will be back to trek with Anjan again in the future.
Christian Pirotte
Christian Pirotte
2022-07-06
Anjan and Pawan orchestrated a life changing trip. From beginning to end, they had a handle on all the logistics, even with the monsoon season continuously complicating travel. Pawan was extremely accommodating and managed the pace of our trek to make it as painless as possible. Anjan was fantastic at communicating, punctual, and extraordinarily personable. I highly recommend Nepal High Trek--Pawan and Anjan will ensure a memorable trip.
Manju Gurung
Manju Gurung
2022-06-22
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Nepal High Trek & Expedition Pvt. Ltd.
2022-06-22
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Oliver Simon
Oliver Simon
2022-02-07
My first trek in Nepal was great, all thanks to Mr. Anjan. Nepal High Trek & Expedition provided a good rate, comprehensive package and good company by Mr. Anjan himself! Throughout the trek, my friend and I felt very safe, thanks to his professionalism and knowledge about the terrain, the mountains, and the region. There was never a point where we felt that anything was amiss and it was wonderful. I liked that everything was provided for in your package price – from airport transfer, accommodation to daily meals and even toilet roll! It makes things so much easier this way and you can hike in peace without any worries. He also provided trekking poles which helped a lot. Mr. Anjan was knowledgeable about the mountains and where we were going. He kept the pace slow and steady as we gained altitude. Our porter that accompanied us was good company as well and so strong, carrying our heavy bags over the rocky terrain. Mr. Anjan also made sure that we were well looked after each day, settling our meals and making sure we had blankets to tide us through the cold nights! All your needs are taken care of. If you are going on a trek to Nepal, I highly recommend Mr. Anjan and his company. You’ll surely be in for a fantastic time. Cheers! Name: Audrey NG
Robbin Leonel
Robbin Leonel
2022-02-05
Especially a lot of thanks to Nepal High Trek & Expedition as organized a wonderful and experience guide for Everest Base Camp Tour in April 2018. Our trip of a lifetime was made even more special after meeting our amazing guide and Nepal High Trek & Expedition. We could not have asked for a better guide than Pawan. He looked after us every step of the way, organizing every aspect of the trek. His friendly, positive attitude totally made the trek for us all. Would not want to do a hike with anyone else.
Kerraynn Hayes
Kerraynn Hayes
2022-02-05
In 20118 completed the Annapurna Circuit Trek walk over about 21 days with two friends (we are all over 50 years old) and with Anjan as our guide. As a professional tour guide in Australia, I know how hard it is to make such a trip work and I recommend him without reservation. We had the best time of our lives and throughout the walk, Anjan was a complete professional making it one of the most carefree holiday of my life. Apart from being a great and friendly source of information on the country and its people, he smoothed out all the little problems that come up on this kind of adventure. Thanks so much, Anjan and Nepal High Trek & Expedition Team.
Oliver Jones
Oliver Jones
2017-07-24
It was the first time I visited Nepal with my mother and the experience was enthralling. The Nepal High Trek team has arranged every accommodation possible to make sure my old mother does not feel exhausted. During the trek to Annapurna Base Camp, I was able to explore the ravishing beauty of Nepal. Looking forward to plan my next trip with them.

Vanda Gooley

Australia, NSW

In 2010, my son, husband and I did the Langtang Valley Trek with Anjan as our amazing guide. His knowledge of the area was extensive, including walking expectations, weather and terrain conditions, and the best places to stop, rest, eat and sleep. So much so, that other Trekkers called on his advice despite having their own guides. He was a very acknowledges an expert mountain guide. On the trek, Anjan was nurturing, fun and extremely amicable with everyone. He had a very endearing personality, and over the two-week trek, he became a member of our family. I highly recommend Anjan to anybody considering undertaking any trek in Nepal.

Robert Francisco

USA, California

I have done 3 treks with Anjan and Nepal High Trek & Expedition Langtang gosainkund Trek, Everest Base Camp Trek and Island peak climbing and Annapurna circuit Trekking 5 years before in Nepal. That’s was wonderful and lifetime trip in my life. Due to weather conditions, we had to change our plans and return to Besi chair and then do the Annapurna Base Camp with a few extra places along the way. My guide was Anjan and he was so helpful. When our itinerary had to change he was helpful, suggested other options and did what he could to make the best of a situation beyond all human control. Anjan is very proud of his country and willing to share all his knowledge and experience with his clients. Nepal High Trek & Expedition is trustworthy, takes all responsibility and all problems The staff at Nepal High Trek are very helpful and willing to help you with any information or anything else you may need. I would highly recommend this agency as they are professional, competent and helpful! I will definitely be back and trekking with them in the future.

Rajan Riv Turck

German, Munich

Ghorepani poon hill trek “Lieber Anjan, das Trekking mit dir war super! Es hat uns sehr viel Spaß gemacht! Die Kombination aus Abenteuer, Natur und Wandern ist ideal zum Abschalten! Du bist ein großartiger Führer!!!”

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