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Tilicho Lake and Mesokanto Pass Trekking. (17 Days)
Tilicho Lake and Mesokanto Pass Trekking.

This trek demands good physical condition and mountaineering knowledge. This is level four category of trekking. TILICHO LAKE is one of the highest according to the attitude in the world and situated in Annapurna region. Annapurna is popular destination for trekking and mountaineering in Nepal can be reached at TILICHO LAKE gradually uphill through higher Manang in TILICHO LAKE with the TILICHO BASE CAMP will give you proper acclimatization during the trek. You will walk through the pristine glacier to pass the TILICHO at 4900m and MESOKANTO-LA at 5100m.

This is non tourist area, few tourist are often travel  and discover the adventure of TILICHO LAKE along the “OUT OF BEATEN PATH” by passing TILICHO PASS (5,000m) and MESOKANTU PASS offer you huge diversities of floras and faunas in accordance with altitude, beautiful barren landscape, YaK Pastures as well as spectacular views of Manaslu, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range. 



Trekking Days: -› (15)
Total Days: -› (17)
Min. Altitude: -› (750m./2461ft.)
Max. Altitude: -› (5121m./16801ft.)
Walking Per Day: -› Approximately 5-8hrs
Route Nature: -› Lodge + Camping [TH or FOT]
Difficulty: -› Very Hard
Season: -› Autumn/Spring (Sept - Nov /Mar-May).

Day 01:  Arrival Kathmandu & Transfer to Hotel

Day 02 : Kathmandu sightseeing and Trek preparation.

Day 03. Kathmandu to Besisahar (823 m). 7 hours

Day 04. Besisahar to Bahundanda (1398 m). 5 hours

Day 05. Bahundanda to Jagat (1300 m). 6 hours

Day 06. Jagat to Dharapani (1960 m). 6 hours

Day 07. Dharapani to Chame (1960 m). 5 hours

Day 08. Chame to Pisang (3100 m). 6 hours

Day 09. Pisang to Manang (3440 m). 6 hours

Day 10. Manang - (Acclimatization Day)

Day 11. Manang (3500m) trek to Khangsar (3734m). 6 hours

Day 12. Khangsar (3734m) trek to Tilicho Lake (4120m). 5 hours

Day 13. Exploration day around Tilicho Lake (4900m)

Day 14. Mesokantu la pass (5099m) trek to Jomsom (2710m) overnight stay at tented camp, 6 hrs walk

Day 15: Fly from Jomsom – Pokhara

Day 16:  Drive from Pokhara – Kathmandu

Day 17: last day of yours trip in Nepal

Note: This Itinerary is guideline and standard pattern only. The itinerary can be revised according to your desire and requirements.

Trekking price based on group participants.

Trekking Ref. No. ANN-16N

Price Per Person

Price in Euro

2 to 3 Participants

1200 €

4 to 5 Participants

1130 €

6 to 8 Participants

1030 €

9 to 10 Participants

  920 €

"For a group size more than 10 persons, a group leader will be offered as complementary by company or if the group has own leader, he/she will be offered the trek free of cost."

Trip cost includes:

  • All airport/hotel transfers
  • Three nights’ 3-star hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast and two nights hotel in Pokhara
  • Accommodation during trek.
  • All ground transportation as per itinerary in private vehicle
  • An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide), assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
  • All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit, TIMS )
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes

Trip cost does not include:

  • Nepal Visa fee (bring small denomination USD cash and two passport photographs)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu(and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary).
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, extra porters, bottled or boiled water, etc)
  • Tips for guides and porters

Note: All participants have to give a copy of their insurance, with the address, tel and fax number of insurance company. This insurance has to cover the helicopter rescue in case of accident or sickness. In case of your insurance don't cover helicopter rescue, you have to fill a form in Kathmandu and make agreement that you will pay yourself the amount of expenses paid by Nepal Assemble Treks for your helicopter rescue or research. Without this agreement, you cannot participate in trek.

In The trek
 the guide is allowed to change the itinerary, depending of the weather, climate and the physical condition of participants. Each participant who stop his trek or make changes any form of program may not ask any amount of money compensation to the agency. 

Day 01:  Arrival Kathmandu & Transfer to Hotel
You will be welcomed by the boss of  company at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu (1300m).After completing your custom formalities (Visa, etc) pick up your luggage and look for our company display board at the arrival gate. You will be transfer to Hotel. After check in, you will visit our office; meet your trekking guide as well as other participants. Later in the evening we will organize a "Welcome Dinner" at an excellent Touristic Restaurant where you will enjoy  with a fine meal. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02 : Kathmandu sightseeing and Trek preparation.

Full day of sightseeing in the very famous capital, Kathmandu. We will be visit the famous heritage sites in Kathmandu.

Morning:

We will start from your hotel by a morning walk in the blocked alleyways of Kathmandu. Your first contact with the smiling Nepalese people. We begin to cross the nice area of Thamel, full of nice shops, bars and restaurants.

We will see during this walk many temples and stupas: it will be for you the beginning of religious lessons, making the difference between Buddhists stupas and Hindu temples. You will discover with a great surprise how these two religions live together.

We will make a stop at Thahiti Tole, then in front of Kathesimbhu stupa. Always meeting statues and local shops (suits, spices, incenses, and so on) and listening the noise of bells (and of horns), we will see Asan Tole with wonderful Hindu temples. Then Indra Chowk and Pyaphal Tole. After 2 hours of walk and of wonder, we will arrive at Durbar Square.

Kathmandu Durbar Square situated the center of Kathmandu where you can see the House of Living Goddess “KUMARI” Kasthamandup temple” Said that was built from single tree in 16th century, big bell-big drams, erotic carving in old temple, old palace etc. All the most important monuments of the city are in this area. You will be filled with wonder by all these numerous such majestic and so ancient temples registered in the Heritage of the UNESCO. It is possible to spend hours, sat on the walk of one of these monuments, admiring architecture, considering the animation of places, dreaming. We will take lunch at the top of a restaurant, with a great plunging view.

Afternoon.

You will begin the afternoon by another walk in the streets of Kathmandu, to look at the real face of this city, with local buildings and narrow streets. Then we will arrive at Swayambunath Stupa (Monkey Temple). Swayambunath stupa has it that Manjushree, found of Kathmandu valley, and discovered the lotus of ancient valley lake on which site the great stupa of Swayambunath was later built. The omni sighted stare of Buddha greets visitors & residents alike compassion. This is one of the oldest Buddhist stupa in the world, which has been registered in UNESCO heritage side.  It is said that Swayambunath Stupa is more than 2,000 years old, and it symbolizes knowledge. At the summit of this hill, the painted eyes on all four sides symbolize the all-seeing power of Buddha. It is an important Buddhist place where pilgrims from all over the world.

From this place we can have a wonderful panoramic view on all the capital. So great at the end of the day, with the sunset. We will come back hotel by bus.

Evening: Time for you to prepare the trek and we introduce in front of you our crew members. Overnight at hotel.

Day 03. Kathmandu to Besisahar (823 m). 7 hours

After breakfast at Kathmandu departure to Besisahar by Local bus. One official guide will be continuing with you from Kathmandu and during the period of Trekking & Climbing period. Sceneries of green hills and field with full of crops around all the way keeps you busy till reached Besisahar. This beautiful city is the capital of Lamjung District and surrounded by natural beauties. This is the gateway point to Annapurna Circuit Trek, one of the most popular treks on Annapurna Region Trek. Over night stay at Besisahar on the trekkers lodge / camp.

Day 04.Besisahar to Bahundanda (1398 m). 5 hours

After breakfast; again drive a short up to Bulbule by local bus about an hour and start to trek toward Bahundanda. Trekking trail leads you along the bank of the Marshyandi River, is surrounded by the exceptional (EYE CATCHING) beauty of snowcapped mountain Peaks along the local culture of GUIRUNG Community. After lunch the trail steeply upwards to Bahundanda which takes about 2 hours on gently walking. Over night stay at Bahundanda on the trekkers lodge / camp.

Day 05. Bahundanda to Jagat (1300 m). 6 hours

After breakfast, a steep trails down for early half an hour and then follows flat Path through rice terraces until unless reached to the bottom of a small waterfall. Then climbs up and traverse the hillside high above the river before reaching the village of Laligaon. Then Marshyandi valley forms the steep V- shape, and you follow the winding mountain path down through Syange (1100 m). Then the trail ascends steeply and path is cut into the cliff-face some 200 – 300m above the riverbed. Eventually you descend to the stone village of JAGAT (1330 m). Now the trekking trail begins to observe small ups and downs to Chmje through the beautiful forest. . Over night stay at Chmje on the trekkers lodge / camp.

Day 06. Jagat to Dharapani (1960 m). 6 hours

After breakfast, start trek down to the river and after crossing the suspensions bridge, trail leads up to SATALE (1550 m). You continue on an undulating path above the river, the main river is cover with huge boulders that hide the water. Climbing the zigzag path to the top of the hill, you see the level, plain of TAL 91700 m) the level area looks reassuring after the harrowing mountains path just traveled on. Trail descend to a grassy river bank is leads to the TAL with its lodges and Teahouses. The rest of the valley is narrow and the path windy and high. Trail after the Karte there is a bit more difficult walking before path drop again to the river bank. Trail cross a suspension bridge and climb the short distance to entrance of the Dharapani. Over night stay at Dharapani on the trekkers lodge / camp.

Day 07. Dharapani to Chame (1960 m). 5 hours

After breakfast trekking trail leads you through a narrow field from the village, the Dudh Khola, which originates from the south face of Manaslu, enters on the opposite bank. The Marsyangdi then veers to the left, and as Annapurna II becomes visible ahead, you arrive at a Bhote village with prayer flags fluttering in the breeze around Buddhist monastery. Continue climb through forests of pine and oak forest up to Timang village, lies at the bottom of Lamajung Himal. The trail goes through flat level until you reach, is the administrative headquarters for the Manang district. Over night stay at Chame on the trekkers lodge / camp.

Day 08. Chame to Pisang (3100 m). 6 hours

After breakfast start to trek, Lamjung Himal [6893m] sparkling in the morning sun. The mountain disappears as you climb the path up the valley, passing a huge apple orchard. You continue through a fir and pine forest, climbing to a high, rocky area. From this point the valley becomes extremely steep-sided as you follow the path to Bhratang (2950 m).In the past this was the military station for troops who fought against the Khampa tribal revolution, but the dilapidated buildings are all that remain of that era. You now walk through a pine forest and as the forest ends, the valley changes into a wonderful vista before us. You can see the east peak of Annapurna II as well as Pisang Peak (6091m.) to the north-east. We will reach at the gorgeous mountain village ‘PISANG”. Over night stay at PISANG on the trekkers lodge / camp.

Day 09. Pisang to Manang (3440 m). 6 hours

After breakfast, trekking trail leads and climbs toward a steep ridge which affords good views of the Manang valley and Tilicho peak (7145 m). Path comes to a level area from where the north-east face of Annapurna III rises majestically above you. From the wide plains of the Sabje Khola Valley, Annapurna IV (7525m) also visible. Cultivated fields appear on both sides of the path when you cross MUNGJI village and off to the right, below a craggy mountain, you can see the village of Bryaga with its splendid monastery. Large chortens and mani walls abound and the tall peaks of the Himalaya spread out before us - Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Gangapurna (7455m) and, to the rear, Tilicho Peak (7145m. After a short steep climb you reach Manang which is an extremely large village for this remote mountain region. Over night stay at MANANG on the trekkers lodge / camp.

Day 10. Manang - (Acclimatization Day)

Rest day at Manang, excursion around the Manang is wonderful. Climbing high above the village for a full panorama of the Annapurna range and the Manang Valley is a way to feel Mountains proximity. A visit of Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA) - aid post in the village, makes an interesting and educational excursion. Moreover you can visit Ganagapurna Glacier Lake to make your rest day a special memorable.

Day 11. Manang (3500m) trek to Khangsar (3734m). 6 hours

After breakfast our trail begins ,there are two routes to Khangsar. The more usual route is part way through Manang descend to the bridge that crosses the Marsyangdi but stay on the Manang side and head up-river past where the Khangsar Khola enters and cross on the bridge there. After an initial steep slope there's a broad track to Khangsar.Always ask local advice for the trail up to Tilicho, and ask if the lodge is open or if someone can come up.Over night stay at treekers lodge / Camp.

Day 12. Khangsar (3734m) trek to Tilicho Lake (4120m). 5 hours

After breakfast our trail begins through leaving Khangsar and again there are two routes, the higher more torturous trail via the Gompa which begins at the far end of the village and the lower, easier route that descends to the river from the centre of the village. The lower route provides less acclimatization and we should check with locals that the bridges are in place, and if not, we must take the high route.The lower route is not the safer and the trail doesn't stay on the Khangsar side of the khola (stream). You must cross! This trail on the other side is being developed.An obvious path leads to the zig-zag route up the huge moraine. Part way up the route divides, although the cairned junction is easy to miss. The route straight up is steeper and now disused. The other path contours up to a slightly lower pass, a slightly longer route. Over the crest is the lake framed by the impressive Tilicho Peak 7134m. Both trails are exposed and steep. If thickly covered with snow it is mountaineering terrain and the avalanche risk is correspondingly high.

Day 13. Exploration day around Tilicho Lake (4900m)

It is an area of rough and wild beauty. The 4km by 1km lake rests at 4900m. Despite the dotted trails on most maps you CAN'T walk around the northern shore of the lake unless you can walk on water or ice. Never attempt to traverse the southern shore-glacier under Tilicho Peak, although there is a faint trail - it's raked by avalanches and is particularly rough country.This region was still pristine in fall 1996. Please personally double-check that you or your crew have left your camp site so clean that you wouldn't know anyone had stayed there.From around the middle to late December into May the lake is frozen enough to walk on, but test the thickness well away from the shore. 100mm should be considered the minimum, although in theory 40mm can support a dog team and sled. When crossing don't stick to the shore since rocks occasionally put holes in the ice there and the sheer rock wall reflects sunlight, leaving the ice weaker near it. Note also that ice thickness will vary so be particularly watchful early and late in the season.

Day 14. Mesokantu la pass (5099m) trek to Jomsom (2710m) overnight stay at tented camp, 6 hrs walk

Day 15: Fly from Jomsom – Pokhara

Today, after break fast we will visit Pokhara City including David’s fall, Tibetan refugee camp and its handicraft centre. In the evening drive to Fewa lake side and enjoy free time. This free time can be used by making an hour’s boating on Lake Fewa enjoying the calm environment of sun-set time with the changing colors of the giant Himalayan range that cradles the Pokhara city. Pokhara is one of the most beautiful cities of Nepal, to the mid-western region of Nepal. It is richly decorated by beautiful nature on earth. The most beautiful jewel of Pokhara Mountain called Mt. Machhapuchhare with Mt. Annapurna and Lamjung. By the 17th century Pokhara was part of the Kingdom of Kaski, one of the most powerful of central Nepal's Chaubise Rajya or 24 Kingdoms. Kaski was ruled by a sub-branch of the Shah royal family. The hilltops surrounding Pokhara are dotted with the ruins of medieval stone forts. Kaski and the rest of the Chaubise Rajya were annexed by Prithvi Narayan Shah in 1786 and absorbed into the growing kingdom of Nepal. Around this time Pokhara developed into an important trade entrecote, lying on major trails between both Jumla-Kathmandu and India-Tibet. Each winter, mule caravans arrived from the north, laden with bags of salt and wool from the Tibetan Plateau. These were exchanged in Pokhara for grain and goods carried in from Butwal by porter. As a major government centre in central Nepal, Pokhara has naturally become a focus of development. Progress has been accelerated because it's such a pleasant place for to visit and live. Pokhara is now the biggest tourist destination in Nepal outside of the Kathmandu Valley, drawing 30% of visitors to Nepal. Overnight at lodge.

Day 16:  Drive from Pokhara – Kathmandu

After breakfast, drive to Kathmandu by tourist bus. Along the way you can enjoy with good scenery views. You'll be arriving at Kathmandu late afternoon. You're free in Kathmandu for shopping. Overnight at hotel.

Day 17: last day of yours trip in Nepal

It's time to enjoy a bit of Kathmandu and the ultimate view of the great mountains! Free time in Kathmandu and transfer to the airport two hours before departure of your flight home, after a final goodbye! On the way back, you'll have time to plan a new adventure in Nepal, that country so magical!!


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