Tilicho Lake And Mesokanto-La Pass Trekking - 18 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 massive Annapurna Himalaya with scenic  Tilicho Lake and Mesokanto-La.
  • A wonderful experience on daily walks with breath-taking panorama and views of mountains.
  • Walk from low warm areas to cool alpine area and at arctic zone of moraine, ice and glaciers.
  • Lovely alpine woodland visiting interesting  Manang villages  of immense Buddhism 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.

    Morning, depart from the hotel for an exciting tour around Kathmandu at places of great interest,  Kathmandu city and its valley steeped with historical and religious monuments temples and monasteries listed as World Heritage Sites.

    After an interesting tour afternoon free to relax and prepare for Tilicho Lake and Mesokanto- trekking next early morning overland drive to Nepal Mid West.

      Morning an interesting and scenic long driving journey on Nepal mid west highway, journey leads to Beshishar town then on the dirt road to Khudi, Bhulbhule and Ngadi following the Marsyangdi River upstream, drive continues through rice terraces fields and villages to Syange for overnight stop.

        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.

          After Dharapani walk-on wide winding trail with rhododendron and pine forest past Bagachap and Danque village, and then uphill to Timang village, from here onwards entering more Buddhist cultural villages offering views of Mt. Manaslu.

          From Timang village few hours trek to Koto and then to reach Chame town for an overnight stop, Chame a large and headquarter town of Manang district.

            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.

                          A day reserved as the contingency in case of bad unfavorable weather and trail conditions over Mesokanto-La, as this route is least explored and trekked by other adventurer and trekkers.

                          For safe and to maintain our standard itinerary days it will use full and necessary using the spare days if all goes well where our guide will decide on using this day on route Jomsom or at Pokhara.

                            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.

                                Morning short walk to Jomsom airport then board on a small aircraft for a scenic flight to beautiful Pokhara during airborne, super views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himalayan peaks, as plane land at Pokhara, one of Nepal leading touristic destinations and in all Himalaya.

                                Pokhara a picturesque city in the shade of Annapurna Himalaya with magnificent towering Machhapuchare Himal 'Fish Tail' due to its twin summit shaped.

                                From the airport a short drive to reach hotels by serene Phewa Lakeside, with time to explore beautiful Pokhara.

                                Pokhara a renowned and topmost touristic destination blessed with natural beauty and picturesque scenery of mountains-hills and lakes.

                                  From Pokhara, overland drive leads on the same route back to Kathmandu with amazing and wonderful time on Tilicho Lake & Mesokanto-La Pass Trekking.

                                  On reaching Kathmandu transfer to your respective hotels with the free afternoon for individual activities.

                                  (Flying options of half hour on air to Kathmandu with the sweeping panorama of mountains)

                                    Your last day in Nepal, country of Himalayan wonders and as per your international flight time depart for homeward bound or to next respective connecting destinations.

                                    Our staff and guide transfer you to Kathmandu airport after a mesmerizing memory and great time on Tilicho Lake & Mesokanto-La Pass Trekking.

                                      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 if the year
                                      • The trip and trek is fully customizable we can customize the trip according to the need and necessity of our clients

                                      • The trip is available for solo travelers 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 travllers and trekkers the trip can be conducted on the custom 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 specially sometimes in themountains 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 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 night
                                      • 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.

                                      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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