Tilicho Pass Trek


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Tilicho Mesokanto Pass Trek

Trip Summary

    1. Tilicho Pass Trek Duration: 12 Days
    2. Trip Difficulty: Moderate adventure
    3. High Altitude: 5,315 meters
    4. Trekking Hour: 6 Hours
    5. Group-Size: 2-12 People
    6. Best Time: April to October
    7. Trip Mode: Guest House + Alpine Tent
    8. Trekking Foods: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
    9. Transport: Car/Plane/bus

Tilicho Pass Trek is top adventure trek located in Annapurna region, rich diversity in culture with flora and fauna. Tilicho lake with Mesokanta Pass Trek offers an 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).

Majestic Tilicho Lake is located at 4,949m one of the highest lakes in the world. Majestic Tilicho lake trek is very popular but Tilicho pass is not an easy trek comparing to Thorong la pass so we recommend only for experienced trekkers however traveling in Monsoon time is best. Mesokanta La pass (5,315m/17,433 feet) is equally popular as a tilicho pass trekking in Nepal. Many experienced trekkers are calling Meso Kanto la rather 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, 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 for hiking Mesakanto la pass together with Tilicho lake 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. But 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

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 Circuit short trek – 10 Days is the best choice.

Day 01 Arrival at Kathmandu valley

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, Tribhuwan International Airport, we will receive you with private vehicle and transfer to hotel in Kathmandu within B/B plan. Our spokesperson will brief you Tilicho pass trek information programs.

Day 02 Drive to Besisahar by bus (760m/2,485 feet), 7 hours.

Early morning, Gokyo treks agency guide will come to take you to your hotel at 7.00 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 Besisahar, you have some stunning snow-capped mountain scenery. We take a local bus or local jeep to Syange village.

Day 03 Trek to Bagarchhap (2,160m/7,063 feet), 5 hours.

The day begins with the rocky mountain trails following the Marsyandi Rivers steadily uphill to Tal at 1675m, the first village in the Manang district. We make a trail verse crossing a wide, flat valley. The journey continues up and down to Dharapani at 1890m. A stone entrance chorten is typical of the Tibetan-influenced villages. Upon reaching Bagarchhap at 2160 m the typical flat-roofed stone houses of local Tibetans design along with the village surrounded by apple Orchards and maize fields.

Day 04Chame trek (2,630m/8,600 feet), 5 hours.

The trail continues through the forest, but near the river, to Kopar at 2590m. As we reach Chame, the headquarters of the Manang district, we have the finest view of Annapurna II and two tiny hot springs. 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.

Day 05Pisang village trek (3,300m/10,791 feet), 5 hours.

The day starts through deep forest in a steep and narrow valley, crosses a river on a long bridge at 2910m. Then we cross another bridge at 3040m, from where the view of the soaring Paungda Danda rock face really begins to appear. From there the trail joins to climb to Pisang, which sprawls between 3200m & 3300 m. in the late afternoon, visit upper Pisang for Manangis and their lifestyles and as well as an amazing Himalayan view.

Day 06Manang trekking (3,540m/11,576 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.

Day 07 Excursion to the Glacier viewpoint. Khangsar Village (3,700m/11,203 feet), 5 hours.

At morning, walk to the Gangapurna viewpoint and glacial lake. Walk towards Tilicho Lake, from 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 ascend the slope to the village, a village still in the old Tibetan style.

Day 08 Trek to Tilicho Base Camp (4,200m/13,776 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. At one point is an intersection. One path maintains the altitude, traversing the slopes towards a place where the valley is narrow; the other continues to ascend towards the ridgeline. 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 another way. Slowly testing our body walking over the thin trail, we reach Tilicho Base Camp to stay overnight.

Day 09 Tilicho Pass Trek (5,315m/17,433 feet) to Nam Phu Kharka, 7 hours.

Heading up the valley we traverse through older moraine and glacial riverbanks we reach on Tilicho Lake (4,949m/16,183 feet). We ascend continuously uphill to Tilicho pass which is also recognized as a Meso Kantola pass. It is tough and comparatively difficult comparing Thorong la 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, hike through a lake to Jomsom town is the best to explore in monsoon months. After the pass, we walk downhill to get Nam Phu kharka to spend our nights in Tent.

Day 10Jomsom Bazaar hiking (2,665m/8,715 feet), 6 hours

Walk 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.), and Nilgiri South (6839m.), Annapurna I (8091m.), Dhaulagiri I (8167m.), and Tukuche peak (6920m.).

Day 11Drive (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.

Day 12Drive 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 guide will transfer to the hotel and rest of the day relax or explore the surrounding areas and overnight at hotel.

Day 13Final departure day

Drop you in Kathmandu International Airport onward your final destination and our trip ends. Wish you your wonderful journey.


How much does the Tilicho Pass Trek cost?

Hike at Tilicho Mesokanto Pass is USD 1,225 per person. But of course, the trip price varies according to group size. Taking flights to and from Pokhara saves your time and riding the bus reduces the trip expenses. For the deluxe and luxury trekking tour plan, we add Pokhara – Kathmandu round trip airfare, 3-star category hotel deluxe air-conditioned room in Kathmandu (BB PLAN).

Likewise, 2-star hotel standard accommodation in Pokhara (BB plan) with attached bathroom while on trekking on possible places. 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.

Tilicho Mesokanto Pass Trek Cost Includes:

  • Kathmandu international airport transfer by private vehicles.
  • 2 nights Twin sharing Tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu with Breakfast plan
  • 1 nights Tourist standard accommodation in Pokhara within Bed with Breakfast Plan
  • Meals on full board: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner each day during the lodge basis trek
  • Tented accommodation with 1 breakfast, 2 Lunch & 1 Dinner serve on day 9 as planned above.
  • Fully escorted trek with fluent English speaking license holder local guide and each 2 guest 1 Porter basis.
  • 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 than local jeep on collection basis
  • Tourist Bus transfer from Pokhara to Kathmandu Bus station. Than private taxi to your hotel
  • All land transportation as per written on above itinerary.
  • Food and accommodation and salary of Nepali trekking staffs.
  • Insurance of guide and porters.
  • Latest updated Tilicho pass trek map for each person, you keep this map as a soveneur.
  • Nepal Government Tax, VAT and as well as Company service charge.

Tilicho Pass Trek Cost Exclude :

  • Nepal entry visa fee cost US$ 40.
  • Lunch and Dinner during the staying in Kathmandu and Pokhara city.
  • Any kinds of battery charges, laundry service, phone calls and hot shower during the trekking.
  • Tourist personal trekking equipments and Clothing.
  • Personal nature expenses, any drinks and bar bills.
  • Your travel insurance (it is mandatory in case of emergency).
  • Any donation and monuments entrance fees.
  • Tips for the crew (Note : TIPS is not compulsory but highly expected)
  • Any other things which are not mentioned above
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We can organize private Tilicho Mesokanto Pass Trek starting at any date that works for you. Please contact us for more information.


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

Answer: Yes sure. Provide us your flight detail and request 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: It is suitable for keen trekkers/walkers who are able to walk around 4 or 5 hours daily with a lightweight daypack however if you have about a little experience would be better.

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 a cozy bed 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, 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 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 provide boiled water or bringing chlorine 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, for a 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 porter carry a maximum 25 kilo of your backpack which means 2 guests (12.5 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 a gradient, terrain, and altitude. As such it is very hard to give specific distances on 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 rent a guide? how to hire a local trek guide?.

Answer: Yes of course. If you are not happy to go with the complete full board package trip, still you 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?.

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 trek.

Tilicho Mesokanto la Pass trek review

Tilicho Mesokanto la Pass Trek 2019.

100% 5 star based on – 218 Based on TripAdvisor Reviews

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 where he is talking about. His prices are really competitive. His calculations were transparent, our trek was some days longer then arranged, but at 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 ourselves very comfortably. I strongly recommend his agency if you’re visiting Nepal. – Schreiner Lukas, Heidelberg, Germany.

Mesokanto la – Tilicho Pass Trek highlights

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

Tilicho Pass Trek note:

The information stated above is just a guide and standard template that we provide you. 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. Where 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. Your safety and satisfaction is our 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 helps to conserve natural resources which reduced costs and consumption.

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