Tilicho Lake And Mesokanto-La Pass Trekking - 12 Days

Tilicho Lake
Trip Information
  • Duration18 Days
  • DestinationNepal
  • Difficulty Level Moderate to Difficult
  • Max Altitude5,330 m/17486.88 ft
  • ActivityTrekking
  • Group Size1+
  • Trip StartKathmandu
  • Trip EndKathmandu
  • Best TimeApril to Jun and Sept to Nov
  • Adventure around the massive Annapurna Himalaya with scenic Tilicho Lake and Mesokanto-La.
  • A wonderful experience on daily walks with breath-taking panoramas and views of mountains.
  • Walk from low, warm areas to cool alpine areas and in the arctic zone of mountains, ice, and glaciers.
  • Lovely alpine woodland visits interesting Manang villages of immense Buddhist culture.
  • Over high Mesokanto-la on least explored wilderness towards Mustang at Jomsom town.

'Adventure Around Hidden Areas of high Annapurna Himalaya and Beyond scenic Manang Valley'

Tilicho Lake And Mesokanto-La Pass Trekking leads you into one of the few picturesque areas around great Himalayan range of mountains with mind-blowing scenery of memorable experience of your life time.

Truly a most fascinating adventure with high and scenic Manang valley and at beautiful emerald color Tilicho Lake which leads you beyond towards Lower Mustang at Jomsom on crossing Mesokanto-la pass in the midst of Tilicho and Nilgiris Himal range.

Tilicho Lake and Mesokanto-La Pass Trek, where walk lead on the same route of famous and popular Annapurna Circuit trail for a week, and then from Manang main village heading towards complete wilderness at Tilicho Lake, considered as one of the holy lakes by Hindu and Buddhist religion.

Starting this marvelous journey Tilicho Lake And Mesokanto-La Pass hiking with exciting overland drive to reach Nepal Mid West around low warm areas of Lamjung and then following raging glacial Marsyangdi River right up to its source at Manang.

Walk leads through nice and lovely villages of Jagat – Tal-Dharapani and Chame to reach at main Manang village after Pisang, where tree lines fade into barren wilderness of mountains and rugged landscapes.

After Manang entering into hidden areas of Tilicho lake which is least visited areas by main flow trekkers on leaving the main popular trekking route of Annapurna circuit, where our adventure heads into beautiful Tilicho Lake and then over a high Mesokanto-la pass to end our journey at Jomsom town, with flight to scenic Pokhara and then back at Kathmandu with mesmerizing and adventurous experience of Tilicho Lake And Mesokanto-La Pass Trekking.

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On arrival at Kathmandu international airport via respective airlines, where you will be received by our office staff and guide with the warm welcome greeting and then transfer to your hotels in the hub of the city.

After checking into your rooms and getting refreshed join the other groups for the briefing on Tilicho Lake & Mesokanto-La Pass Trekking.

Our guide provides with useful important information regarding trek and your stay in Nepal with us.

The evening includes welcome dinner in a nice and authentic Nepalese restaurant with Folk Culture program of Nepal while having your dinner.

    Our first-day walk starts with the uphill climb on leaving Marsyangdi River behind to reach Jagat village, a farm village with many lodges for trekkers.

    From Jagat village walk continues on the winding path to Chamje, and back at Marsyangdi River to cross eastern bank into a forested area, with views of Annapurna and Manaslu mountain ranges, as our walk advances on a wide path to Tal Besi.

    Here for refreshment or lunch break, and then few hours walk leads to Dharapani village for an overnight stop, Dharapani a nice village situated on the junction of Annapurna circuit and Manaslu trekking trail.

      From here onwards air gets cooler and fresher as walk leads close towards mountains, morning walk through an alpine forest of rhododendron and pine trees, following Marshyangdi River upstream with few short ups and down hills to Bhratang village.

      From Bhratang village walk follows uphill into cooler woodland to reach a ride top small village of Dhukure Pokhari with few teahouses and lodge.

      Overlooking views of Chulu’s and Pisang peaks, a possible lunch break here, and then afternoon walk descends to reach at lower Pisang village for an overnight stop.

        Pisang village offers great views of mountains and surrounding landscapes, from here altitude gains slowly as walk leads into a small forested area with a short uphill offering view of staggering Annapurna II and III, Gangapurna Chulu’s and Pisang peak.

        From the ridge top entering a flat valley at Hongdae village, from here onward tree lines disappear for barren, arid landscapes with cold, dry arctic climate.

        Before Manang, visit old Braga monastery with old Buddhist relics, ancient wall painting and frescos and stunning views of Annapurna Himalaya, from here an hour walk reaches Manang village.

        The houses built with traditional Tibetan style, Manang people are known for their rich culture and traditions.

          A necessary rest day for acclimatization, before heading higher altitude towards Tilicho Lake & Mesokanto-La Pass, at Manang taking short walks and explore Manang village and its beautiful valley, Manang the main and a large village of the areas placed on windswept valley by the bank of Marsyangdi River beneath towering Annapurna II-III and Gangapurna mountain range, a nice walk uphill for views of Gangapurna Glacier and the Manang emerald Lake.

            After Manang village morning walk leads to another highlight of this trip, as our route diverts from main Annapurna circuit trail reaching one of the last village of Manang at Khangsar for overnight stop which lies on route to Tilicho Lake.

              From here onwards around the dry and arid country, morning walk on the downhill for some time, then uphill to reach Tilicho Lake for the overnight stop.

              Tilicho Lake a holy spot for both Hindu's and Buddhist religions, offering wonderful views of snowcapped peaks in the comfort of the nice lodge by the bank of beautiful Tilicho Lake.

                After Tilicho Lake, morning walk further to remote areas of Manang valley, after a tough morning walk reaching at Mesokanto-La or Tilicho Base Camp, our highest overnight camp of this adventure at 4,800 meters high.

                Overnight camp is set on a nice meadow, with chances of spotting some wild-life like antelopes, musk deer or elusive snow leopard.

                  Today a long and Big Day of this trip! Starting the climb early morn to cross two high passes, over Tilicho pass then downhill walk to the base of Mesokanto pass, after a rest then climb over Mesokanto-la pass with steep climb to reach the ridge at 5,099 meters.

                  On reaching the top ridge and the pass descend to our overnight camp in a small place at Nama phu.

                    After a tough walk of previous day, morning an easy day trek downhill to reach Kaligandaki valley with views of Mt. Dhaulagiri and Nilgiris peaks.

                    This nice and pleasant walk leads to Kaisang and then further to a large village of Thinigaon for overnight stop, located above Jomsom and Kaligandaki Valley.

                      From Thini-Gaon, situated away from main trekking trails where only a few trekkers seldom visit this isolated village offering grand views of Jomsom with snow clad peaks.

                      Morning a short walk as well last day of this adventure trekking where a few hour treks reach you at Kaligandaki river valley to Jomsom for last overnight within the high valley of Western Nepal Himalaya.

                      Jomsom headquarter town of Mustang region with a small airstrip above Kaligandaki River, an interesting country around Kaligandaki River valley within the dry and arid country with incredible views of windblown hills and canyons.

                          Cost Details
                          What's Included
                          • All airport Pick up drop by private vehicle
                          • 03 nights twin/double shearing deluxe accommodation on BB in Kathmandu
                          • 01 nights twin/double shearing accommodation on BB in Pokhara
                          • Guided sightseeing tours in Kathmandu and in Pokhara with privet vehicle.
                          • Kathmandu to Syange (if you want private vehicle from Kathmandu also available on additional cost) and Pokhara to Kathmandu by bus (if you want flight or private vehicle from Pokhara also available on additional cost)
                          • Jomsom to Pokhara by flight
                          • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit and Trekkers’ Information Management System( TIMS card)
                          • A highly experience, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly , English speaking well trained, Government license holder guide with all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, Transport and insurance.
                          • 02 guest=01 porter with their Insurance, Salary, Food, accommodation and equipment
                          • Accommodation in the mountain during the trekking
                          • We provide assistant guide his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, Transport and insurance walking with group to support where necessary as per the group size
                          • Three meals a day; breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during the trekking
                          • Safe drinking water
                          • All applicable government and local taxes as per the itinerary
                          What's not Included
                          • Your Nepal Visa fees 
                          • All the International airfare from and to Kathmandu 
                          • Lunch and Dinner  in Kathmandu and Pokhara
                          • Personal  travel and health Insurance, Insurance for helicopter evacuation
                          • In case of extra more night accommodation, lunch and dinner in a city due to early arrival and late departure as well as early back/return from mountain/trekking (due to any reason) than the given time period of an itinerary
                          • Your Personal expenses such as ( laundry, baggage charge, phone calls, battery recharge, bar and beverage bill, boiled or bottled water, hot and cold shower, extra porter.. etc)
                          •  The Tips to the trekking crews and drive
                          • Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather condition or any event out of our control
                          • Anything not included in service includes column 
                          • The trip departs everyday day of the year
                          • The trip and trek are fully customizable we can customize the trip according to the need and necessity of our clients

                          • The trip is available for solo travellers group travelers and private travelers

                          • We organize the trip for a large group and can provide service for a group of 100+ members as well

                          • If the given date are not appropriate for the travellers and trekkers, the trip can be conducted on the customary date provided by our clients

                          • Holiday tours Nepal advises all our clients to book at least 7 days prior so all the arrangements can be done in time, especially sometimes in the mountains where the accommodation are booked prior so prior booking helps a lot

                          Contact us at [email protected] or send us a text at +977-9816710843 or +977-9818178630 we are available 24/7 on WhatsApp, Viber, and WeChat for additional informations.

                          Useful Information

                          Equipment and Gear List


                          • Four-season (-20 degree) sleeping bag (We provide rental sleeping bags available for an additional USD 35)
                          • Puffy down jacket (We provide rental jackets for an additional USD 35)
                          • Daypack (25-30 liters recommended) with rain cover

                          CatUpper Body

                          • Sun hat or cap (We'll provide you with a trekking cap.)
                          • Warm woolen hat
                          • Scarf/Neck Buff (highly recommended to get saved from wind and cold)
                          • Headlamp or mobile torch light for nighttime
                          • Polarized sunglasses


                          • Technical fabric base layer thermals are light for warmer months, heavy for colder months
                          • Technical fabric t-shirts and sleeve sweaters or high-necks
                          • Waterproof rain jacket
                          • Windproof jacket for the walk as it gets windy
                          • Fleece jacket or down jacket

                          LowerLower Body

                          • Thermals inner
                          • Hiking pants at least 3
                          • Comfortable pants for teahouses
                          • Waterproof, windproof shell
                          • Hiking shorts


                          • Woolen gloves for the tea house
                          • Hard-shell windproof outer gloves for the walk


                          • Marino Wool or comfortable, warm socks
                          • Hiking socks
                          • Liner socks
                          • Trekking/hiking boots (waterproof recommended)
                          • Crampons (For passes)
                          • Casual shoes or sandals that are comfortable for the time in the tea house
                          • Gaiters (lightweight for rain and snow)

                          undergarmentUndergarments and Inner Wears

                          • Technical fabric/quick drying (can be washed during the trek)
                          • Sports bras (women)
                          • Sleeping clothes as per the comfortability

                          FirstaidFirst Aid Kits and Medications

                          Note: Our guides carry medications, oxygen cans, and first aid kits during the trip. However, personal kits and medications are recommended.) 

                          • Sunscreen SPF- 50+
                          • Lip balm or Vaseline
                          • ointment cream
                          • Cough Syrup and strepsils (recommended for Khumbu Cough)
                          • Creams and medicines (for any allergies or diseases)

                          Optional Other Essentials

                          • Passport
                          • Extra copies of passport-sized photos
                          • Reusable water bottle
                          • Toilet paper, small soap, and shampoo
                          • Water purification tablets or UV water purifier (if you plan to treat water)
                          • Water bladder for the day bag
                          • Small towel for personal use
                          • Pillowcase in case of allergies to new pillows
                          • High-protein snacks (such as mountain bars or nuts)
                          • Waterproof/dry bags for carrying essential documents, stuff, frequently used items, and money
                          • Power bank or extra batteries
                          • Cameras and mobile phone
                          • Cards/book
                          • Pee bottle/ pee funnel for women
                          • Trekking poles
                          • Whistle in case your voice is not loud enough to stop or start
                          • Thermos for hot water during the nighttime
                          • We give you a free duffel bag, trekking cap, maps, and t-shirt during your pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu. The duffel bag will be used to pack your trekking supplies.
                          • For every two participants, we assign one porter. The porter will carry the duffel bag, which should weigh around 10 kg/22 lbs., throughout the walk.
                          • Daypack bag for daily used stuff like cash, documents, papers, a water bottle or bladder, a camera, toiletries, sunscreen, a notebook, clothing, etc. (with a waterproof cover).
                          • You can store your luggage (on-trekking items) at the hotel in Kathmandu, and we can assist and help.
                          • Total luggage for the Kathmandu-Lukla flight is (15 kg/33 lbs.), including duffel (10 Kg/22 lbs.) and backpack (5 kg/11 lbs.)
                          • A down jacket with a hood(cap) to be warm in altitudes above 3,000m.
                          • We can provide a down jacket for USD 35. In case of loss or damage, you need to pay back the cost of USD 200 per item.
                          • We can provide a sleeping bag for USD 35. In case of loss or damage, USD 200 per item must be paid.

                          What to pack for nepal trekking?

                          Note: Supplies and gear can be rented or purchased in Kathmandu. Once you are in Nepal, you can buy supplies and gear for hiking if you have spare time. Trekking Planner Nepal representatives will assist you in purchasing the equipment. Thamel a tourist hub, offers a wide range of trekking equipment at affordable prices. Don't wear short clothes inside the monasteries and religious places.

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