Tilicho Lake & Mesokanto-la Trek – 15 Days

Tilicho Lake

Highlights

-Panorama view of Mt. Tilicho Annapurna massif, Mt. Gangapurna, Mt. Fishtail, Glacier Dome and many more

-Pokhara Sightseeing with the second largest lake in Nepal-Phewa Lake

-Best view of landscapes from the popular Annapurna Circuit trail.

-Culture and traditions of Buddhist people and many more.

DifficultyMedium
Duration15 days
Max Elevation4,919 m
Best TimeOct-June
ActivitiesTrekking,Culture,Flora & Fauna
Trekking PermitsACAP Permit, TIMS Card
AccommodationVery Good
MealsIndian/Nepali/Western/Chinese
Starting/Ending pointKathmandu/Kathmandu
RegionAnnapurna, West Nepal
Other InformationDramatic scenery; Highest Lake in the World

Overview

Pristine Nepal introduces you to the most attractive and charming destination in the world of adventure trekking to “Tilicho Lake & Mesokanto-la”. A journey of a lifetime experience around hidden areas of Manang on route famous and popular Annapurna circuit trail, where our main and highlight destination leads away from mainstream trekking towards remote and isolated areas of Tilicho Lake & Mesokanto-la”. The overwhelming beauty of Tilicho Lake is also the world’s highest lake located in Manang District with an altitude of 4,919m.

With a view of Mt. Tilicho Annapurna massif, Mt. Gangapurna, Mt. Fishtail, Glacier Dome and hundreds of mountains and peaks from Mesokanta -la pass, this trek is the best trek among Annapurna circuit. Whereas, Tilicho Lake which is the glacier lake will fill you with excitement and unforgettable moments in your life. Similarly, with the help of Pristine Nepal, your every day will be full of wonders and enjoyment which we guarantee to you.

Journey Starts!

Starting our marvelous adventure with a long and exciting drive our first destination is to reach the starting point of the trek at Dharapani with a ride through warm areas of Lamjung Bhesisar, Syange. Then, there we will walk into a lovely forest of pines and rhododendron visiting traditional and interesting villages full of Buddhist cultures. Slowly and steady walk will lead to high scenic Manang Valley passing lovely villages of Chame-Pisang and Braga, visiting the old monastery of immense interest along with spectacular views of a high chain of peaks of Annapurna II-IV, Gangapurna, Pisang and Chulus peaks.

At Manang exploring the village of interesting Tibetan Buddhism culture, and then heading into remote areas at Tilicho Lake, we will take the main popular and scenic Annapurna circuit trail. The walk leads to picturesque emerald Tilicho Lake blessed with wonderful mountain surrounding, after a great time heading towards isolated corners of Manang at Mesokanto-La to reach Mustang area at Jomsom.

An adventurous climb over the highest point of the trek on top Mesoknato-la at 5,121 m / 16,801 ft with breathtaking sceneries, finally our adventure concludes with a long downhill to Jomsom town. In the headquarter of Mustang district, we will have a scenic short flight to beautiful Pokhara. From Pokhara, an interesting and scenic drive brings you back at hustle and bustle of city life in Kathmandu on completing this awesome adventure to Tilicho Lake and Mesokanto-La pass.

What can we provide?

We will be providing you all right equipment’s, documents and anything else you need to trek like a pro. Get discounts according to the groups and individuals with the best accommodations and more.

Our Social Activities

We are coordinating for free volunteering in Nepal as well. And we are supporting to needy people of Nepal through our trekking agency. We are helping some students with their school expenses back on the mountain. You may check those of our social activities on the free volunteering page.

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Day 1
Received by pristine Nepal guide & transfer to hotel

On arrival in Kathmandu received by Pristine Nepal staff and guide for short drive to your hotel in the hub of Kathmandu city, where many hotels, restaurants, bars, cafes, pubs, trekking gear shops, travel agencies, departmental stores, souvenirs shop, and other many more things are located.

Day 2
IN KATHMANDU WITH SIGHTSEEING TOUR AT PLACES OF INTEREST

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.

Day 3
DRIVE TO DHARAPANI 1,860 M VIA BHESISAR - 07HRS

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.

Day 4
TREK TO CHAME 2,670 M - 05 HOURS

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.

Day 5
TREK TO PISANG 3, 200 M - 05 HRS

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.

Day 6
TREK TO MANANG VILLAGE 3,540 M - 05 HRS

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.

Day 7
REST DAY AT MANANG FOR SHORT EXCURSION AND ACCLIMATIZATION

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.

Day 8
TREK TO KHANGSAR 3,734 - 04 HRS

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.

Day 9
TREK TO TILICHO LAKE 4,140 M - 04 HRS

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.

Day 10
TREK ON ROUTE MESOKANTO BASE CAMP 4, 800 M - 04 HRS

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.

Day 11
CROSS MESOKANTO LA 5,121 M AND TREK TO KAISANG 3,510M - 07 HRS

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.

Day 12
TREK TO JOMSOM 2,720 M - 05 HRS

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.

Day 13
FLY TO POKHARA AND TRANSFER TO HOTEL

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.

Day 14
DRIVE BACK TO KATHMANDU BY TOURIST BUS TRANSFER TO HOTEL

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)

Day 15
INTERNATIONAL DEPARTURE FOR HOMEWARD BOUND

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.

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 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

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