Tilicho Lake & Mesokanto-La Pass

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  • Total Duration:13 Nights & 14 Days
  • Best Time:March - June, Sept - Dec ,
  • Max Elevation:5,099 m / 16,826 ft
  • Destination:Nepal
  • Trip Grade:Moderate-adventurous
'adventure around hidden areas of high Annapurna Himalaya and beyond scenic Manang valley'


  • 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 an arctic zone of moraine, ice, and glaciers
  • Lovely alpine woodland visiting interesting Manang villages of immense Buddhism culture
  • Over high Mesokanto-la at least explored wilderness towards Mustang at Jomsom town

Trip Facts

  • Destination:Nepal
  • Trip Grade:Moderate-adventurous
  • Max Elevation:5,099 m / 16,826 ft
  • Total Duration:13 Nights & 14 Days
  • Best Time:March - June, Sept - Dec ,
  • Activities:Guided tour-exciting drive-scenic and cultural trekking.
  • Overall Trip:17 Nights & 18 Days
  • Area of trekking:Nepal's Far North West Himalaya beyond Manang & Kaligandaki.
  • Average walking:From minimum 4 hrs to maximum 6 hours treks

Tilicho Lake & Mesokanto-La Pass Trekking leads you into one of the few picturesque areas around the great Himalayan range of mountains with the mind-blowing scenery of memorable experience of your lifetime.

Truly a fascinating adventure with high and scenic Manang valley and a 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 & Mesokanto-La Pass Trekking, where walk leads 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 & Mesokanto-La Pass Trekking with the 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.

The 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 the 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 & Mesokanto-La Pass Trekking.

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu 1,350 m / 4,430 ft and transfer to Hotel.

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.

Day 02: Full day in Kathmandu with half day sightseeing tour at places of interest.

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 & Mesokanto- trekking next early morning overland drive to Nepal Mid West.

Day 03: Drive to Syange 1,460 m on Nepal Western highway - 07 hrs.

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.

Day 04: Trek to Dharapani 1,920 m - 06 hours.

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.

Day 05: Trek to Chame 2,670 m - 05 hours.

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.

Day 06: Trek to Pisang 3, 230 m - 05 hrs.

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.

Day 07: Trek to Manang Village 3,450 m - 05 hrs.

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.

Day 08: Rest day at Manang for local hikes and acclimatization.

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.

Day 09: Trek to Khangsar 3,734 - 05 hrs

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.

Day 10: Trek to Tilicho Lake 4,140 m - 04 hrs.

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.

Day 11: Trek to Tilicho Base Camp 4,800 m - 04 hrs.

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.

Day 12: Trek to Nama Phu 3,510m via Mesokanto La 5,099 m - 06 hrs.

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.

Day 13: Reserve - contingency days in case of unfavorable weather and trail condition.

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.

Day 14: Trek to Thini-Gaon 2,850 m via Kaisang- 07 hrs.

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.

Day 15: Trek to Jomsom 2,715 m - 02 hrs.

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.

Day 16: Fly to Pokhara 860 m and transfer to hotel near Phewa Lake.

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.

Day 17: Drive / Fly to Kathmandu - 06 hrs journey (30 mins via air)

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)


Day 18: Final International departure from Nepal.

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.

" We have been trekking once with Dipak when he was our guide on two tailor-made treks in the Nepal regions of Annapurna and Everest. We had booked these treks through an agency, and we were so impressed with Dipak’s work that we stayed in contact with him. Two years later we went on a third trek..."
Norma Sherratt & Chris Sherratt ,Bristol, UK
“Everest Base Camp Trek & Jungle Safari in Chitwan” We researched many companies to book our EBC trek and after exchanged e-mails with Dipak he helped plan our EBC trek, tour in Kathmandu and Jungle Safari in Chitwan in a professional, helpful and organized manner. On arrival in Kathmandu, we were greeted at the airport with a friendly, warm welcome from Dipak and he helped settle us in at our hotel and took us out for a traditional Nepalese meal as well as organizing a day tour with guide of Kathmandu. Dipak's organization of our EBC trek was wonderful and the guide he supplied on the trek was informative, friendly and very organized in looking after us, making sure we had enough food, tea, and a decent bed for the night after a long day walking. The trek was beautiful and we had an amazing experience. We went back to Kathmandu after the trek was finished and Dipak greeted us and hear about our adventure and keep us informed about our next part of the trip - Jungle Safari in Chitwan. We stayed in Chitwan National Park for 4 nights 3 days and stayed at a lovely lodge by the river just outside the town. We went on Elephant safari, Jungle walks, bird watching, canoeing, traditional evening performance and much needed relaxing after our EBC trek. We had lovely accommodation and by the river and very helpful staff who looked after our every need. It was our first visit to Nepal and Dipak made our trip hassle free, organized and all with a warm welcome which meant we could enjoy our trek to the fullest. I would recommend Dipak and Trekking Planner services and I myself would love to return to complete some Annapurna trekking in the future and will be using Trekking Planner Nepal to do so. Many thanks for such a brilliant holiday of a lifetime! Lauren Connors Visited November 2014
We had a good trip in Nepal last year on part of the Annapurna circuit, the Jomsom trek, with Dipak as our guide. His experience and knowledge of the area are second to none and when we return to Nepal we will certainly be contacting him again. We received a first-class, personal service and, remarks from other visitors we met in various tea houses who had booked with other trekking companies, were that our package was superior to theirs. For a reliable service and interesting trek, we strongly recommend this guide and his team.
Lynne & Patrick Ward-Booth Essex,England
There are no words that can adequately describe the experience we had on the Everest View Trek (Lukla, Namche, Tengboche, the Dudh Kosi River and all the places in between). The word "Awesome" falls considerably short in describing our experience. My wife and I were recently married and from our first date, we both had always wanted to trek in the Himalayas. Deepak was the catalyst that made our Trek one of the tremendous experiences of our lives. He was knowledgeable about the mountains and the cultures. He is also a very enjoyable person to be with. And that in and of itself is extremely important if you plan any type of extended Trek. My wife and I were lucky we had the chance to have Deeps as our guide. We still keep in contact with Deeps and have recommended him to friends. Our hope is to someday get back to Nepal, and when we do, there is only one person I would want for our guide.
Mike and Molly ,USA

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