Tilicho Pass Trek

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Tilicho Mesokanto Pass Trek

Tilicho Pass Trek Summary

    1. Tilicho Pass Trek Duration: 10 Days
    2. Trip Difficulty: Moderate adventure
    3. High Altitude: 5,315 meters
    4. Trekking Hour: 6 Hours
    5. Group-Size: 1 – 16 People
    6. Best Time: April, May, October, and Mid November
    7. Trip Mode: Lodge + Alpine Tent
    8. Trekking Foods: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
    9. Transport: Car/Plane/bus

Overview

The Tilicho Pass Trek is a top adventure trek located in the Annapurna region, with a rich diversity in culture with flora and fauna. Tilicho Pass also called Mesokanta Pass Trek offers outstanding great Mountain scenery of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Mt.Annapurna Ist (8,091m) Mt. Manaslu (8,163 m), Mt.Annapurna II (7937m.), Mt.Annapurna III (7,555m), Mt.Annapurna IV (7,525m), Mt.Annapurna south (7,219m), Mt.Nilgiri (7,041m), Mt.Fishtail (6,998m), Mt.Hiunchuli (6,441m), Mt. Lamjung Himal (6,986m), Tukuche peak (6,920m), Tilicho peak (7,134m).

Hike the majestic journey at Tilicho Lake is an Annapurna adventure trek for everyone that is located at 4,949m, one of the highest lakes in the world. Likewise, Mesokanto la trek is very popular in the last couple of years and has moderate difficulty. Therefore, we recommend only experienced trekkers however traveling in Monsoon time is best and possible to cross. Mesokanta La pass (5,315m/17,433 feet) is equally popular as a Tilicho pass trekking in Nepal. Many proficient trekkers are calling Meso Kanto la rather than pass tilicho.

tilicho pass trail in winter

Moreover, on an excursion, you can see the settlements of diverse communities such as Chhetri, Tibetian sherpa, Thakali, Magars, Tamang, and Gurung. Furthermore, you can see some wild animals such as Mountain Thar/ Goat, Leopards, Jackal, birds such as pheasant, and long-tail birds among others.

Tilicho pass trek is equally popular as a Mesokanto la pass trek and a part of the Great Himalayan Trail (GHT) in Nepal. Kaligandaki is the world’s deepest gorge surrounding with Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Mountains. Traveling clockwise the longer ascent and shorter descent from west to east is too much for many peoples to manage in one day.

The best months to hike Mesakanto la pass trail excursion are June, July, August, and September because of the trans-Himalayan region in Nepal. As you travel in those months, you will have beautiful wildflowers along the trail. In fact, Tilicho pass hiking is not possible in the wintertime as there are huge deposits of snow and dangerous trail reaching Tilicho lakes.

tilicho lake trek team

How much does Mesokanto la Pass Trek Package Cost?

The cost of the Tilicho pass or Mesokanto la pass trek package with a Gokyo Treks local trekking agency in Nepal ranges between US$ 925 to US$ 1450. The Tilicho Pass trek cost totally depends upon the month and group size you are traveling to. Taking flights from Jomsom to Pokhara to Kathmandu saves your time and riding the bus reduces the trip expenses. The Tilicho Pass trek cost for Nepali and foreigners remains the same but only the difference is the conservation permit cost.

However, we often arrange Meso Kanto la private trips in order to avoid group tours with strangers. A private tour gives you a better experience on your hikes. If you value personalization, flexibility, and in-depth experiences, a private trip customized to your personal needs will be the best option.

It is the standard trek package price for 10 days trek. If you are 2 travelers Tilicho pass trek cost US$ 1050 for 10 days trek according to the given trekking plan. We can modify the trek route and the prices according to your wish. Here is the price list for Mesokanto pass treks.

Price Per Person for 10 days hikes in Mesokanto la route.

Number of TouristPrice Per Person
1 PersonUS$ 1450
2 PersonUS$ 1050
3 PersonUS$ 1050
4 to 6 personUS$ 1015
7 to 9 PersonUS$ 975
10 and more than 10 PersonUS$ 925

If you’re wondering to know about what is included and what is excluded from this trip price, kindly check on the cost given on a tab button.

Itinerary

Tilicho Pass Trek itinerary details

Hiking Tilicho is a classical trek with 12 days itinerary compared to most walks in this region. The particular route is designed for world travelers who wish to hike at Tilicho pass in a comfortable manner. However, if you are planning with limited time-wise then take a look at this special itinerary on Annapurna round short trek – 10 Days fly out from Jomsom to Pokhara is the best choice.

01 Day Arrival at Kathmandu valley

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, Tribhuwan International Airport, we will receive you in a private vehicle and drop you at your hotel in Kathmandu. Our spokesperson will brief you on Tilicho pass trek information including its trek difficulty.

02 Day Drive to Besisahar by bus (760m/2,493 feet). And local jeep to Chame (2,630m/8,600 feet), 10 hours.

Early morning, Gokyo treks agency guide will come to take you to your hotel at 5:30 am. Drive with a taxi to the Gongabu bus station. We catch a regular Micro Bus that takes about 7 hours to reach Besisahar town. As you are in Besi Sahar, you have some stunning snow-capped mountain scenery.

Right after reaching Besi Sahar, we take a local bus/jeep (passenger collection basis) to Chame village.

The day begins with the rocky mountain trails following the Marsyandi Rivers steadily uphill to Tal at 1675 meters. Tal is the first settlement in the Manang district. The Monsoon flood of 2021 collapsed this village. Your overland drive journey will non stop with many up and down to Chame, the district headquarters of Manang district. At your bus/jeep ride, we pass several other places which were also collapsed by a massive flood in 2021.

Tourists will get the finest view of Annapurna II and two tiny hot springs reaching Chame. We introduce to a local community said to have migrated from Tibet in ancient times, noticeable by their different features. With them, they have bought local Tibetan house designs and maintained their ways.

03 DayPisang village trek (3,300m/10,827 feet), 5 hours.

The day starts across deep forest in a steep and narrow Marshyangdi valley, crosses a river often. Annapurna holidaymakers will have a great view of the soaring Paungda Danda rock face including majestic landscapes. From there the trail joins to climb to Pisang, which sprawls between 3200 to 3300 meters. In the late afternoon, visit upper Pisang for an amazing Himalayan view.

04 DayManang trekking (3,540m/11,614 feet), 8 hours.

The trail leads you through the drier upper part of the Manang district, cut off from the full effect of the monsoon by the Annapurna Range. People of this region herd the yaks & raise crops for part of the year. They also continue to enjoy special trading rights gained way back in 1784. Leaving Pisang, we have alternate trails north and south of the Marsyandi River. The southern route passing over Humde airport is easier compared to the northern route via Ghyaru. The upper route offers an outstanding view on a trail that follows the northern bank of the river. Trailheads continuously through the hidden village of Braga at 3475m to nearby Manang at 3540m.

05 Day Excursion to the Glacier viewpoint. Khangsar Village (3,700m/12,139 feet), 5 hours.

At morning, walk to the Gangapurna viewpoint and glacial lake. Walk towards Tilicho Lake, Manang one heads out through the western gates of Tenki Manang, and then one follows the path down to the river. After crossing the Khangsar Khola on the bridge below Khangsar and ascending the slope to the village, a village still in the old Tibetan style.

06 Day Trek to Tilicho Base Camp (4,200m/13,780 feet), 5 hours

Today is tough day as we walk through the landslide and narrow trail to reach Tilicho lake. After Khangsar the trail heads through a recently constructed path up towards a high ridge passing Buddhist Gompa. The trail often traverses the slopes, high altitude and narrow with stone landslides. The former old path is much more difficult as it goes on a really steep screed. Later on, ACAP builds a new hiking path that goes completely safer comparing the earlier trails. Slowly testing our bodies walking over the thin trail, we reach Tilicho Base Camp to stay overnight.

07 Day Tilicho Pass Trek (5,315m/17,438 feet) to Nam Phu Kharka, 7 hours.

Tilicho to Mesokanto Pass hikeHeading up the valley we traverse through older moraine and glacial riverbanks we reach on Tilicho Lake (4,949m/16,183 feet). Continuously walk uphill to the Tilicho pass which is also recognized as a Meso Kantola pass. It is tough and comparatively difficult comparing Thorong la and Teri La pass but the Himalayan Scenery is superb. Cross Mesokanto la is extremely tough and sleeper therefore we recommend it only for professional hikers. Because of wild colorful flowers and orchids, hiking through a lake to Jomsom town is the best to explore in monsoon months. After the pass, we walk downhill to get to Nam Phu kharka to spend our nights in Tent.

08 DayJomsom Bazaar hiking (2,665m/8,744 feet), 6 hours

Meso Kanto la to Jomsom trailWalk through the dry and desert landscapes to reach Kali Gandaki river bank than you walk over the sandy and windy trail to Jomsom where we stay overnight in a hotel. Jomsom is a tiny town and the district headwaters of the Mustang district. You might also hike to Jomsom eco-museum in the afternoon. From Museum, you will have the best extensive view of Mount Nilgiri North (7061m.), Nilgiri Central (6940m.), Nilgiri South (6839m.), Annapurna I (8091m.), Dhaulagiri I (8167m.), and Tukuche peak (6920m.).

09 DayDrive (9 hours) or fly (25 minutes) to Pokhara city.

The trail descends all the way downhill through forests, tiny Thakali villages and beautiful Rupse waterfall. The first part of the trek passes through the windy area covered with pine forests, rhododendron forests, and birches are seen. The surrounding area of Ghasa is a famous destination for bird watching and wild Marijuana. The Kali Gandaki valley is getting narrow be that as it may we drive continue passing Tatopani, Galeswor, Beni we reach Baglung highway to drive to Pokhara. The whole journey takes roughly about 9 hours. Despite that, if you don’t like drive then you can take a flight as an optional paying an additional cost of USD 90 for each passenger. As you arrive in Pokhara we transfer you to your hotel.

10 DayDrive out to Kathmandu

Morning we’ll drive back through the scenic countryside and during the route will stop for breakfast & lunch. It takes 7 hours back to Kathmandu. On arrival at Kathmandu, a guide will transfer to the hotel and rest of the day relax or explore the surrounding areas and overnight at the hotel. And our trip ends. Wish you your wonderful journey.

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Cost

How much is the Tilicho Pass Trek cost?

Hike at Tilicho Mesokanto Pass package price starts from USD 1050 per person. For the deluxe and luxury trekking tour plan, we add Pokhara – Kathmandu round trip airfare, 3 to 5-star category hotel deluxe air-conditioned room in Kathmandu, and Pokhara.

Likewise, standard lodge with attached bathroom on possible places on trek days. AND WE ARE OPEN TO CUSTOMIZE YOUR TOUR AND PACKAGES PRICE AS PER YOUR REQUIREMENTS. International tour leaders are highly encouraged to get discounts and attractive complimentary.

Mesokanto Pass Trek Package Price Includes:

  • Kathmandu international airport transfer by private vehicle.
  • 2 nights double bedroom Tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu.
  • 1 nights Tourist standard accommodation on Phewa lakeside in Pokhara town.
  • 9 Breakfast, 7 Lunch and 8 Dinner during the Tilicho pass lodge basis trek
  • Guest house accommodation (Tent accommodation with meals on day 7) along the Mesokanto La trek routes.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area permits and TIMS permits for your trek to Tilocho pass.
  • Jomsom to Pokhara transfer by Local Bus / Local jeep (Passenger collection basis).
  • Micro Bus transfer from Kathmandu – Besisahar and then local jeep to Chame Bazaar (sharing basis).
  • Tourist Bus transfer from Pokhara to Kathmandu Bus station. The private taxi to your hotel
  • Fully escorted trek with English-speaking license holder local mountain trekking guide and every 2 guests 1 Porter basis.
  • Insurance, Food and accommodation and salary of Nepali trekking guide and porter.
  • Seasonal fruits like apple and pomegranates as a desert (after Dinner) for Mesokanto la trekking.
  • Trek certificate and the latest updated Tilicho pass trek map, you keep this map as a souvenir.
  • Nepal Government Tax, VAT and as well as Company service charge.

Mesokanto La Pass Trip Package Price Excludes:-

  • Nepal entry visa fees.
  • Lunch and Dinner during the staying in Kathmandu and Pokhara city.
  • Any kinds of battery charges, laundry service, phone calls, and hot showers during the trekking.
  • Tourist personal trekking equipments and Clothing.
  • Personal nature expenses, all types of drinks and bar bills.
  • Travel Insurance which covers emergency rescue, evacuation, personal loss, or damage.
  • Any donation and monuments entrance fees.
  • Gratuities for guide and porters [Tip is a culture, so they expect highly].
  • Any other things which are not mentioned above

Group join

We can organize a private Tilicho Pass – Mesokanto Pass Trek starting at any date that works for you. Please contact us for more information.

FAQ

Question: Is pick-up service available on my arrival day in Kathmandu?

Answer: Yes sure. Provide us with your flight detail and request us to pick you up. Our representative will come to pick up you at Kathmandu international airport.

Question: Do I need the experience to do Tilicho Mesokanto Pass Trek?

Answer: Crossing over the Tilicho lake and Mesokanto La often gets snow thus some previous experiences are necessary. Especially end of March month till early December months are better to cross without difficulties. Crossing in the Summer and monsoon months offers amazing wildflowers en route making this journey more scenic and easier.

Question: Can I store my extra luggage/stuff in Kathmandu?

Answer: Yes, you can leave your luggage at your hotel or at our office. Store your stuff in the Gokyo Treks agency office is for free.

Question: Is Mesokanto la trekking Safe for the Solo Female Trekkers?

Answer: Absolutely yes. Nepal is a safe country to travel to for solo travelers; Mesokanto la route is perfectly safe for solo trekkers. We have been organizing the trek even for solo female travelers since its establishment.

Question: What kind of accommodation can I expect on Tilicho Mesokanto Pass Trekking?

Answer: We provide you tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu and during the trekking routes. The rooms along the routes are clean with cozy beds with nice mattresses and blankets. Nevertheless, we recommend you take your own sleeping bags and mattress (just for 1 night right night after the pass) if you have it with you otherwise, you may rent it while you are in Kathmandu.

Question: What kind of food can I expect in Tilicho Mesokanto Pass Trek?.

Answer: All the guest houses/lodges in Annapurna trekking have attached restaurants. They cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian such as Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, bread, soups, and fresh vegetable rice. Additionally, dinner and breakfast will provide in the same lodge you spend the night every day and Lunch will serve on the way to the next place where you hike.

Question: What opportunities will I have for a shower along Tilicho Mesokanto Pass Trek?.

Answer: Guest house trekking all the lodges they have a shower which you can get it somewhere paying and somewhere without paying however if you are in camping trekking – we provide you hot water bucket then you will take a bucket shower.

Question: How do I get drinking water on Tilicho Mesokanto Pass Trek?.

Answer: During the trekking route there are all places hotels and shops where you can able to buy mineral water and you can buy it for drinking. On the other hand, we advise against buying mineral water in plastic bottles, as currently there are no provisions for disposing of these. Instead, we advise you to purchase boiled water or bring aqua tablets to purify the normal water as the normal water is available at the campsite en route.

Question: Can I charge my digital camera or other batteries on my trip?

Answer: During the lodge trek there will be more chances to charge the battery. We recommend you bring an extra pair in case. Remember to bring your adapters! An extra battery will be recommended.

Question: Are there any communication facilities on Tilicho Mesokanto Pass Trek?.

Answer: In this trekking route you can get telephone services as well as internet services as well.

Question: Can I use credit cards in Trekking?.

Answer: No! So, far for this nature trail, you need to have cash Nepali rupees because credit cards work only in the bigger city areas.

Question: When should I book my trip and what are the payment terms?.

Answer: Because our trips book up months in advance, we recommend booking early to avoid any kind of misunderstanding. We will, of course, make every effort to accommodate last-period bookings.

And regarding the deposit, we prefer a 20% advance deposit of the total price of the trip in order to confirm your reservation before you arrive in Nepal. And the rest of the payment can be made after your arrival in Nepal.

Question: Who will carry my luggage on Tilicho Mesokanto Pass Trek?

Answer: We provide porters to transfer your luggage. As we are a responsible trekking tour operator agency, each of our porters carry a maximum of 24 kilos of your backpack which means 2 guests (12 kg luggage of each guest): 1 porter basis.

Question: How much distance do I walk each day?

Answer: When walking in the mountains, the distance you cover each day can vary greatly due to gradient, terrain, and altitude. As such it is very hard to give specific distances for each day, however, you have to be prepared to walk roughly about 5 hours each day.

Question: Do I need walking poles?

Answer: It is better to hike with walking poles. Learn how to use trekking poles for balance and stability, whether on the sidewalk or on trails. Walking poles can help prevent slips and falls. They are just recommended but not compulsory.

Question: Is it possible to Hire a guide for Tilicho Pass? how to hire a local trek guide in Kathmandu?.

Answer: Yes of course. If you do not feel comfortable hiking with the complete full board package trip, can hire our expert guide to make your Tilicho pass holiday tour safer. However, visit a guide and porter hire or email us your travel inquiry.

Question: How much additional money do I need per day for Kathmandu /Pokhara?.

Answer: You can allocate US$ 10 – 12 for a lunch/dinner in Kathmandu and it depends on your spending habits. US$ 8 to 10 US$ each day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, tea coffee, and some drinks while you are on your trek.

Traveller’s Review

Mesokanto la Pass is beautiful but difficult to cross

Rated 5 out of 5
May 14, 2021

Ammar Raj Guni is a perfect and very reliable agent for arranging your trekking. He has also much experience as a guide, so he always knows what he is talking about. His prices are really competitive.

His calculations were transparent, our trek was some days longer than arranged, but in the end, we got no unexpected costs. He works with local people from the small villages and he treats them very socially.

So during the two days, we stayed at his house, we felt very comfortable. I strongly recommend his agency if you’re visiting Nepal.

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Response from Gokyo Treks Nepal

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Mesokanto la – Tilicho Pass Trek highlights

  • Picturesque villages, turbulent river gorges with nice waterfalls.
  • Visit the old Buddhist monastery in Braga village – Explore beautiful Manang village
  • Tilicho pass offers an excellent Himalayan view of the whole Annapurna massive including the mystical Marshyangdi valley.
  • Typical Eco Museum in Jomsom, Views of Dhaulagiri Icefall, The world’s deepest gorge in the Kali Gandaki River.

Tilicho Pass Trek note:

The information stated adventure Tilicho Pass Hike is just a guide and standard template that we provide. A solo trek over Mesokanto la is also possible but it’s tough hikes of the Annapurna zone. However, the trip is possible to customize at your request to accommodate your specific requirements. Local politics, landslides, cancellation of local flights, weather, transport, or a multitude of other factors that are beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary during on trip.

It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered. If alterations are necessary the leader will decide the best alternative option, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. When a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.

What makes Tilicho Pass Trek special?

Opportunities for challenging adventure trek routes are spread all over this planet. You just need to know where to find them. We at Gokyo Treks and Expedition believe in quality services. First safety and success is our main concern.

We are a team of professional, experienced, trained, and licensed local guides who know the destination much better than others. Not only this but also we give benefits to the local communities and help to conserve natural resources which reduced costs and consumption.

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4 - 6 USD 1015
7 - 9 USD 975
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