Through Out The Year
- Exploration of the Marsyangdi Valley and Manang Valley
- The flora and fauna of ACAP
- Ethnic villages of Gurung, Magar, Thakali communities
- Experience of teahouse and camping trekking
- Spending a night at the world’s highest lake
- Crossing a high Himalayan pass above 5,000m
- Jaw-dropping view of Mt. Manaslu (8,163m), Mt. Annapurna (8,091m) and Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m) and many other lesser Himalayas
Tilicho Mesokanta Pass Trek combines the world’s highest lake and Mesokanta La Pass (5,121 m). Tilicho Lake 94,919 m) is the world’s highest lake situated in the Upper Manang Valley. Therefore, this has been the top priority of the trekkers reaching the Manang Valley and trek to Tilicho Lake.
This trek is an ideal trip for those who want to reach the world’ highest lake vicinity and experience crossing a high Himalayan pass. It is an opportunity to have a lifelong memory of the wonderful nature and diverse culture of Annapurna region.
You walk along the well-maintained trekking trails of the Marsynagdi River Valley. These trekking trails run through the dense pine and rhododendron forests enjoying the snow capped mountains and lush valleys.
Tilicho Mesokanta Pass trek takes you along Annapurna Conservation Area Project. While moving uphill and downhill, you will have the glimpses of various animals and birds.
The lifestyle, culture and tradition of the mixed ethnic communities draw the attention of thousands of trekkers every year. However, mostly people from Gurung, Magar, and Thakali community reside in this part.
The Thakali dish is the most delicious typical Nepali food you have during this trek. It is a meal set of lentil soup steamed rice with fermented green vegetables pickle. You can find Thakali Kitchen all over the country.
The ancient monasteries, chortens and mani walls wrapped by the colorful prayer flags add up to the beauty of this belt. While spending a day in Manang Village, you will visit a 13th century monastery, the Braga Monastery.
You have to spend two of the nights at a tented camp. You get a lifelong experience of spending a night at the world’s highest lake premises.
Traveler will have the breathtaking view of the Himalayas from start to end of Tilicho Mesokant Pass trek.
Mountain Peaks Seen During Tilicho Mesokanta Pass Trek
Mt. Manaslu (8,163 m), Mt. Annapurna (8,091 m) and Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167 m) Mt. Gangapurna (7,455 m), Tarkekang (7,069 m), Tilicho Peak (7,135 m), Mt. Nilgiri (7,061 m), Thorung Peak (6,144 m), Kangsar Kang (7,485 m), Mt. Annapurna IV (7,525 m), Annapurna II (7,937 m), Pisang Peak (6,091 m)
Tilicho Mesokanta Pass Trek Itinerary
Tilicho Mesokanta Pass Trek Itinerary in average ranges from 15 days to 21 days. This trek began from Kathmandu after visiting the sociocultural sites enlisted in the World Heritage site List.
You can shorten this Nepal trekking itinerary by starting this trek right from Manang or Jomsom as well. You can reach Manang from Kathmandu within 12/13 hours in a local bus. If you hire a private vehicle, it takes even shorter than this.
Likewise, you can fly to Pokhara and then to Jomsom in a domestic flight. This way, you can always make the trek itinerary short or extend it as well.
From Jomsom, you can trek along the routes of Annapurna Circuit trek. There is a chance of doing Annapurna Sunrise View Trek and Ghandruk Trek. You need to add more than a week to the proposed itinerary.
Tilicho Mesokanta Pass Trek Difficulty
Tilicho Mesokanta Pass Trek is a moderately challenging trek taking you to the world’s highest lake. The trekking trails of this trek are comparatively easy for thousands of trekkers every year.
Although you have to walk above 2,500 m, there is less possibility of altitude sickness. As you have to walk for about 6/7 hours, you have enough time for taking rest in the middle of the trek.
However, you should be careful in taking the right steps to avoid Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Walk slowly; have enough food, water and sleep as well as keep first aid kit box with you
Crossing Mesokanta la Pass (5,121 m) after spending the day at Tilicho Lake premise is a challenge. It may be difficult for the beginners while for those having a habit of regular walking and exercises, it’s not that big deal!
Nevertheless, trekking to Tilicho Lake in winter is more difficulty that sometimes this trek is closed. Due to the heavy snowfall, you may not be able to cross the pass above 5,000 m.
You find hotels and lodges that provide food and accommodation during Tilicho Mesokanta Pass Trek. You can find a large variety of dishes from the menu.
Mesokanta Pass Trek Cost
Tilicho Mesokanta Pass Trek Cost depends upon different factors. Food and accommodation services you take, itinerary and number of guide plus porter determine the cost. Next, the mode of transportation is also important to consider while calculating the Nepal trekking price.
There are good hotels and lodges on all the stops of Tilicho Lake Mesokanta La Pass trek. The cost of food and accommodation depends upon the standard you choose. You can fly to Pokhara from Kathmandu or Jomsom. On the other hand, you can travel on a local bus or a private vehicle.
The cost differs when you extend or shorten the Nepal trek itinerary. To know more about the Nepal trekking itinerary and cost of this trek, you can contact us via email, phone call, WhatsApp or online booking services.
Tilicho Mesokanta Pass Trek Map
Trekking in Nepal for Tilicho Lake Mesokanta Pass Trek after exploring the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu. You drive to Besisahar from Kathmandu and then formally begin the trek to Bahundanda. Then, you gradually ascend towards the destination via Chamje, Bagarchhap, Chame, Pisang and then Manang. After taking one-day-rest in Manang Village, you move on to Kangsar village and Tilicho Lake on the following morning.
Spending a night at the tented camp at the world’s highest lake, you cross Mesokanta La Pass (5,121 m) and reach Kaisang. On the other day, you can trek to Jomsom, the administrative center of Mustang district. Afterwards, you fly to Pokhara by enjoying the aerial view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Massifs. You visit the most touristic centers of the Lake City Pokhara on that day. Finally, you will either drive along the Prithvi Highway or fly back to Kathmandu from Pokhara.
On you arrival day, the member staff of NTR receives you at the Kathmandu Airport. Then, he takes you to the hotel. After you become fresh, you can take a stroll around Thamel area on your own.
The tour guide takes you for Kathmandu tour after having breakfast. You will be visiting the Monkey Temple, Patan Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple and Bouddhanath Stupa. The art and architecture of these UNESCO Sites are really alluring.
When you return to the hotel, the trekking guide gives you detailed information about Tilicho Lake Mesokanta La Pass trek itinerary. Now, it’s time you manage the required trekking gears by consulting with the team leader.
You begin the journey to Besisahar by driving along the Prithvi Highway up to Dumre. From here, the vehicle moves northwards along the Dumre-Besisahar Road. Finally, you reach Besisahar, which is the gateway to Annapurna Circuit trek.
During the drive, you enjoy the snowcapped peaks of Manaslu, Ganesh Himal and Annapurna region during the trip. The road moves through the banks of the Trishuli River and the Marsyangdi River.
The trail continues along the banks of the Marsyangdi River. You move past some Gurung ethnic villages by enjoying the beautiful sceneries of the snowcapped mountains. After traversing for about 5 hours, you reach Bahundanda. It is the very place, which is discussed in detail by John Wood in this famous book ‘From Microsoft to Bahundanda”.
Ascending and descending along the windy trail, you hike towareds Syange village. After that, enjoying the gurgling natural springs, you cross a hanging bridge over the Marsyangdi River to reach Jagat. Here onwards, you move up for a few hours to reach Chamje at the end of the day.
You gradually gain the altitude along the rugged trail up to Tal. Then, you walk across Dharapani at the end of a valley to reach Bagarchhap. This is a mountain village having typical stone-roofed houses located on the Marsyangdi River Valley.
Going up onwards the pine and oak forests, you across Dhanaque to reach Timang. Timang is the village situated at the bottom of Lamjung Himal. Moving up further for a few hours, you reach Chame, which is the administrative headquarters of Manang district. Chame provides all types of modern amenities for the trekkers on the way to and from Tilicho Lake Mesokanta La Pass trek.
Noticing the mesmerizing outlook of Lamjung Himal (6,893m), you follow the steep trail alongside the pine and fir forests. Entering into a V-shaped valley, you walk past Bratang Village. Then, by observing the breathtaking view of Mt. Annapurna II (7,937m) and Pisang Peak (6,091m), you end up the trip at Pisang.
While climbing upwards along the steep path, you will see the glimpses of the Manang Valley and Tilicho Peak (7,145m). Then, the trail goes downwards the Hugde Airstrip of Manang district towards the Sabje Khola Valley.
Watching Mt. Annapurna IV (7,525m), you go across Mungji Village to reach Manang Village. It is the largest village in the whole Manang Valley having many hotels, lodges, souvenir shops, cafes and restaurants.
As this is acclimatization day, you will stroll around Manang Village and talk with the local people. You can also hike to Gangapurna Glacial Lake that is situated at the bottom of Mt. Gangapurna (7,454m).
You can also visit the Milarepa’s Cave. There is the Culture Museum reflecting the true lifestyle, customs and costumes of the Manangse people. You can also visit the Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA), which trains people for emergency rescue while in trekking.
Yet another option you have is to visit Braga or Braka Village that has one of the oldest monasteries in the region. The evidence shows that the Braga Monastery was built in the 13th centuries. You can consult with the team leader for what to do to make this rest day more enjoyable.
Walking along the Jarsang Khola banks, you continue going along the trail that crosses a suspension bridge. Finally, by crossing the pine forests and wheat fields, you reach Kangsar Village.
Kangsar is a Gurung Village of the Manang Valley highly influenced by the Tibetan culture and tradition. Some monasteries, chortens, mani walls and prayer flags are the attractions of this village. It is also the oldest village of Manang Valley.
By leaving a local monastery and small chortens behind, you enter into the dense juniper forests. Crossing the small streams, you reach Tilicho Base Camp. From here, you watch the alluring view of Pisang Peak (6,091m) and other peaks around it.
Today is the most remarkable day of the entire Tilicho Lake Mesokanta La Pass trek. After having breakfast, you will trek to Tilicho Lake as early as you can. Because in the later part of the morning, the strong wind may disturb the trekking.
Tilicho Lake is the highest altitude lake in the world located at the elevation of 4,919m. From Tilicho Lake, you will have the breathtaking vistas of the snowcapped peaks and Himalayan valleys. Mt. Gangapurna (7,455m), Tarkekang (7,069m), Tilicho Peak (7,135m), Mt. Nilgiri (7,061m), Thorung Peak (6,144m) and Kangsar Kang (7,485m). You spend the night at a tented camp
You should begin today’s trek as early as you can in the morning. It is the most challenging day of the entire Tilicho Lake Mesokanta La Pass trek. If you don’t walk past Mesokanta La Pass (5,121m) in the morning, the strong wind may be a great challenge.
Although the trekking to the top of this pass is a bit difficult, the view from the top is really rewarding! You have the stunning vistas of Manaslu ( 8,163) region, Annapurna (8,091m) Massif and and Dhaulagiri (8,167m) Massif from here.
Then, you descend towards Kaisang Village by enjoying the snowcapped peaks and mountain valleys. You spend the night at a tented camp in the complete wilderness.
You begin today’s trek from Kaiang to Jomsom after having breakfast. Walking past the dense forests of pine and rhododendron, you move further by witnessing the enchanting view of the green hills and beautiful slopes.
Finally, you reach Jomsom, the district headquarters of Mustang. It is a beautiful town situated in front of Mt. Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri Massif. You spend the night at a lodge by enjoying the typical Thakali dish.
You fly back to Pokhara after having breakfast. During the flight, you will have the aerial view of the snowcapped peaks, bizarre landscapes of Upper Mustang and lovely Pokhara Valley.
When the plane lands at the Pokhara Airport, you will head towards the hotel. In the leisure time, you can visit the most attractive places there. You can try some adventure activities like boating on the Phewa Lake, hot air ballooning, paragliding, zip flying, etc.
The evening time around the Lakeside is something you must not miss. It’s really awesome, you know!
As per the itinerary, you can either fly or drive back to Kathmandu. By flying, it takes around 25 minutes while driving takes nearly 6 hours. After you arrive in Kathmandu, you will be relocated to the hotel. In the evening, we invite you to farewell dinner at some cultural restaurant. You will indeed enjoy the food and cultural shows while staying there.
Today, the representative of NTR helps you for departure transfer according to the flight schedule.
You need TIMS Card and Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Entry Permits for Tilicho Lake Mesokanta La Pass Trek.
Spring and autumn are the two seasons considered the best for Tilicho Lake Mesokanta La Pass Trek. Nevertheless, you can make this trek all times of the year except while it’s heavy snowfall there. The heavy snowfall blocks the way to the lake.
Tilicho Lake situated at 4,919m elevation is the world’ highest lake.
Tilicho Lake is about 85m/279ft deep.
Tilicho Lake is in the Upper Manang Valley of popular Annapurna region. It is close to the Lake City Pokhara.
Tilicho Lake is about 55 kilometers or 34 miles northwards from the Lake City Pokhara. From Kathmandu, it around 250 kilometers or 155 miles away.