Tilicho Lake Trek & Mesokanto-la Trek

15 Days

Welcome to Pristine Nepal, your gateway to the most captivating and enhancing adventure destination in the world – the Tilicho Lake & Mesokanta La Trek.

Embark on a unique and extraordinary journey through the hidden corners of Manang, a remote and isolated region located on the famous Annapurna circuit trail.

Our treks will lead you to the pristine beauty of Tilicho Lake & Mesokanto-la, offering an overwhelming experience like no other.

Introduction to Tilicho Lake & Mesokanta La Trek:

The Tilicho Lake trek is a moderate to challenging level but scenic trek in the Annapurna Region of Nepal which takes you to the world’s highest lakes in the world.

Standing at an altitude of 4,919 meters in the Manang district, the lake is formed by the melting glaciers of Annapurna Mountain and Thorung Peak. Tilicho Lake also holds great religious significance for the Hindu people.

Highlights of this trek:

  • Immerse yourself in the breathtaking panorama of Mt. Tilicho, Annapurna Massif, Mt. Gangapurna, Mt. Fishtail, and the Glacier Dome.
  • Unparalleled beauty with diverse ecosystems & the thrill of encountering the magnificent glacier lake of Tilicho.    
  • The combination of the Tilicho Lake Trek with the Mesokanta-La Pass extends the adventure and exploration of the captivating Manang region.
  • Conquer the thrilling Mesokanta-La Pass, situated at an elevation of 5,330 meters above sea level.
  • Enjoy the expertise & support of Pristine Nepal’s experienced guides and staff throughout the trek.

Insight of Tilicho Lake & Mesokanto La Trek:

The trek starts with a thrilling drive to Dharapani through the warm and inviting areas of Lamjung Behisisar and Syange. From there, we embark on foot, immersing ourselves in a picturesque forest adorned with magnificent pines and vibrant rhododendrons.

As we traverse into the traditional villages enriched in Buddhist cultures, you’ll witness the authentic way of life and feel a deep connection to the local community.

Continuing the trek, the breathtaking Manang Valley offers panoramic vistas and a gateway to incredible experiences. Our path winds through charming villages such as Chame-Pisang and Braga, each with its unique allure.

The highlight of this journey is to visit an ancient monastery, where history and spirituality intertwine, and the panoramic views of Annapurna II-IV, Gangapurna, Pisang, and Chulus peaks will leave you speechless

Similarly, you will gain an insight into the customs, traditions, and daily life of locals, which will deepen your understanding of this remarkable heritage.

Our next destination takes us to the remote and awe-inspiring Tilicho Lake, an emerald gem nestled amidst majestic mountains. The tranquility and beauty of this sacred place will fill your heart with wonder and leave an indelible impression.

Ascending to the pinnacle of our adventure, we conquer the formidable Mesoknato-la, standing tall at an awe-inspiring altitude of 5,121m (16,801 ft).

And, descending to Jomsom, the vibrant heart of the Mustang district, we conclude this incredible journey with a scenic flight to the stunning city of Pokhara.

How long does it take to complete Tilicho Lake Trek?

Generally, the hike to Tilicho Lake & Mesokanto La Pass trek takes approximately 15 to 18 days, depending on the specific itinerary & the pace of the trek. Our itinerary consists of 15 Days to complete the whole trek

What is the difficulty level of Tilicho Lake & Mesokanto La Trek?

The trek to Tilicho Lake is considered moderately to highly challenging in terms of difficulty. It requires a good amount of physical fitness level & prior trekking experiences.

Cost Inclusion

  • Private vehicle for airport arrival and departure
  • Public bus for Kathmandu to Syange
  • Flight tickets from Jomsom to Pokhara
  • Baggage allowances are 10kg checked-in and 5kg hand luggage
  • Tourist bus from Pokhara to Kathmandu
  • Trekking Permit-Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) card, Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) permit
  • Two nights 3 stars hotel accommodation in Kathmandu (with breakfast) and one night in Pokhara
  • Lodge accommodation (tea houses) during the trekking
  • Meals- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, tea/coffee per meal in a cup (meals only in trekking)
  • Experienced trekking guide and porter (Their salary, insurance, equipment, flight tickets, food, and lodging) one porter is provided for two people
  • 4-season sleeping bag, feather-down jacket only for trekking
  • Medical kit
  • Coordination services for emergency and rescue operations
  • Government and related local taxes
  • Welcome and Farewell dinner at reputable restaurants

Cost Exclusion

  • Nepalese visa fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Extra baggage charges on domestic flights
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, bar bills, battery charges, extra porters, bottled or boiled water, hot showers, heater, phone calls, etc
  • All soft and hard drinks
  • All your personal expenses
  • Meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara except for the breakfast
  • Tips to guide and porter
  • Any additional overnights in Kathmandu and Pokhara hotels in early return from the trek
  • Additional tours in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Personal trekking equipment


Upon arrival at Kathmandu airport, you will find one of our Pristine Nepal representatives waiting for you outside the exit. You will be assisted to your booked hotel via a private vehicle.


The morning after breakfast our tour guide will receive you for a sightseeing tour around interesting part of Kathmandu, as Kathmandu city a blend of modernization and old lively cultures where you can witness medieval period villages and way of life of the locals as it was for past hundreds of years. Kathmandu valley steeped with ancient history-old traditions full of world heritage sites of Buddhism and Hinduism temples/monasteries. After an interesting tour afternoon free at leisure preparation for Tilicho Lake & Mesokanto-la trekking.

Tilicho Lake & Mesokanto-la adventure begins with an interesting and exciting long overland drive on Nepal’s busy highway to reach at Bhesisar a large town headquarters of Lamjung district. After Bhesisar taking another vehicle for the rough and interesting ride towards mid hills following Marshyangdi River past Khudi, Bulbule, Nagdi villages to reach Syange village. From here leaving the river behind drive climbs on the steep road to reach Jagat and Chamje village and then on the scenic road to Dharapani village for overnight stop where the air is cooler with alpine temperature. This nice village located on the midway of Annapurna circuit and Manaslu route.

Morning walk leads along a winding path through rhododendron and pine forest past Bagachap and Danque village, then a steep climb of few hours to Timang village with superb views of Manaslu-Lamjung and Annapurna II. From here onwards into more Buddhist culture country. From Tamang village downhill to Koto and then a short slow uphill to reach a large Chame town for an overnight stop, Chame a major and headquarter town of Manang district.

The adventure continues from Chame heading into the cooler zone and closer to the mountainous region, as the morning walk leads into the lovely alpine forest of rhododendron and pine trees, following Marshyangdi River upstream with short ups and down hills to Bhartang village. After Bhartang village on crossing a bridge over torrential Marysangdi River heading uphill through alpine woodlands with views of Chulu’s and Pisang peaks, then reach a small settlement around Dukuri Pokhari for a possible lunch stop. Afternoon walks downhill to lower Pisang village for an overnight stop after passing rows of prayer wheels with closest views of Pisang and Annapurna II peaks.

From Pisang village with a nice walk for short while and then a gradual climb into the forest of pines and rhododendron to reach a small ridge with amazing views of beautiful Manang valley and mountains. After enjoying rest with the views walk downhill to Hongde village with a small airstrip, from here on tree lines fades to barren and arid dry terrain. Trek with super views to Manang, on route visit old Braga monastery with old Buddhist relics and then an hour walk, bring at Manang village for an overnight stop. Afternoon at leisure for short walk or just relax and enjoy the views of close snowcapped peaks. Around Manang, villages houses are built-in traditional Tibetan style and origin as Manang people with strong Tibetan influence including culture-Buddhist religion and way of life.

A perfect and ideal place with right altitude for rest day and acclimatization before heading towards higher elevation at Tilicho Lake and Mesokanto-La areas, on this day explore around Manang village and take a hike near towering Annapurna II and Gangapurna Ice Falls and glaciers which from Manang turquoise-colored glacial Lake.

After a pleasant and exciting at Manang village with a rest day to enjoy interesting Buddhist culture and traditions, morning trek leads to our highlight of this trip at Tilicho Lake. From Manang village, our route diverts from main Annapurna circuit trail to reach the last village of Manang at Khangsar located on route Tilicho Lake. Walk heads south-west with superb views of beautiful landscapes and peaks to reach a small settlement with few lodges at Khangsar village.

Another short day walks this morning entering into the more barren and windswept country, after a short downhill for few hours with uphill climb gaining altitude to our destination at Tilicho Lake. Tilicho Lake, regarded as a holy spot by Hindu’s and Buddhist also, Tilicho Lake blessed with the awesome scenery of peaks that surround this scenic spot. Here in the comfort of nice lodges located near turquoise Tilicho Lake, an afternoon with time to marvel views of Tilicho peak, Annapurna III, and Gangapurna.

After a nice pleasant stop at Tilicho Lake, morning walk heading further west of the lake towards remote end of Manang valley, after hours of tough walk over boulders of rocks and small streams reaching the base of Mesokanto-La or Tilicho Base Camp, which is the highest overnight camp of this adventure at 4,800 meters high with first night in tents with full camping facilities of cook and separate kitchen unit. Overnight camp on the meadow chances of seeing some wild-life like antelopes, musk deer or an elusive snow leopard.

Big Day! The Highlight of the adventure with tough and long day, starting early morning to cross over high passes, heading up the slope traversing high from small Tilicho pass then with short descend to reach the base of Mesokanto pass, with short rest then climb at the top of Mesokanto-la top ridge after a steep climb to 5,121 m / 16,801 ft high pass. At the top enjoy breath-taking views of close peaks that surrounding the top of the pass, a long downhill walks leads on the trail to Jomsom with an overnight camp in a small cattle herder temporary shelter at Kaisang after a hard day adventure over Mesokanto-la.

After a tough day of the previous day, our last day walk of the adventure and enjoyable with pleasant downhill towards Kaligandaki valley with grand views of Mt. Dhaulagiri and Nilgiris peaks, after a nice walk reaching at  Thinigaon, above Jomsom and Kaligandaki Valley. From Thinigaon downhill to cross over a bridge to Jomsom town perched on a shelf above Kaligandaki River. On reaching Jomsom, administrative and headquarter town of Mustang district with many excellent lodge and hotels for an overnight stay, Jomsom town situated on-route Annapurna-Dhaulagiri circuit, Upper Mustang and to holy Muktinath route, afternoon explore Jomsom town.

Morning transfer to Jomsom small airport for short scenic flight to picturesque Pokhara valley, Pokhara with massive Annapurna Mountain views with serene Phewa Lake where our hotels located. Afternoon free for individual activities and souvenir shopping or just relax and enjoy the views.

Depart from lovely Pokhara for the interesting and exciting overland journey to Kathmandu after a fantastic time at Tilicho Lake & Mesokanto-la trekking, after six hours of nice pleasant ride reaches you at Kathmandu, then transfer to your hotels with the afternoon free at leisure for individual activities and shopping souvenirs.
(option by air takes 30 minutes of scenic flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu with a super panorama of mountains and landscapes)

Last day in amazing Nepal country of Himalayan wonders, as per your international flight time depart from the hotel where Pristine Nepal staff transfer you to the airport, after a greatly enjoyable and memorable time on Tilicho Lake & Mesokanto-la trekking with quality services and guidance of Pristine Nepal.

Gears & Equipments

Planning and Preparation are very important to have a safe and sustainable experience while trekking. Focusing only on fitness is not what you should be doing to prepare for the trek, instead, there are so many key factors that you should consider before leaving for the trek.

Things like gear & equipment, mental preparation, budgeting, planning itinerary, acclimatization, safety & other important factors are necessary to avoid trekking errors. Here are some important factors to plan & prepare for a safe & sustainable trek in Nepal:


Gears & Equipment: Packing list for EBC

Packing the right gear & equipment can save you from any unnecessary expenses. To make it easy for you, here is the checklist of the packing list for the Tilicho Lake & Mesokanto La Trek.

Clothing gear for the trek

Down jackets
Trekking boots
Long sleeve t-shirts
windproof jackets
Hiking socks
UV rays protected sunglasses
Nylon windproof pants Nylon
windproof pants
Water bottles
Neck gaiter

Essential gears for the trek

Duffle bag (It is provided by us without extra charges if you trek with us)
Minimum 40L daypack for carrying essential items during the trek
Water bottles or Camelbak (Hydration bladder)
Sleeping bags
Trekking poles
Quick dry trekking towels

Toiletries Items

Toilet paper
Shampoo Diaper
Rash cream
Toothbrush & Toothpaste
Lip balm
Wet wipes
Hand sanitizer

Foods and Snacks

Snacks (which include chocolate bars and Protein & carb-containing foods)
Thermos (For storing hot water for a longer time)
Re-hydration powder (To stay hydrated)

Important Documents

Passport (It is needed for entry gate registration)
Travel Insurance

Additional Supplies

Portable solar charger/power bank
Playing cards or any other games
DSLR cameras

What can you rent in Thamel, Kathmandu for your trek?

In Thamel, Kathmandu, we can recommend several rental shops where you can rent a Down Jacket, sleeping bag, and Trekking Pole, and buy the remaining gear too. We also offer quality sleeping bag rental service.

I am Vegan, what extra things should I pack for the trek?

If you are a vegan, it is strongly recommended to bring additional protein bars or snacks for the trek. The cost of snacks in the trekking trail will be expensive, so prepare accordingly.

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Tilicho Lake Trek & Mesokanto-la Trek

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