Tilman pass trek


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Tilman pass trekking

Trip Summary

    1. Tilman Pass Trek Duration: 20 Days
    2. Trek Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
    3. High Altitude: 5,320 meters
    4. Trekking Hour: 6 hours daily
    5. Group-Size: 2-25 People
    6. Best Time: April to October
    7. Trip Mode: Tent Trekking
    8. Foods: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
    9. Transport: Jeep/bus

Tilman Pass Trek is recognized as off the beaten trek located in Langtang Himalayan range of Nepal. Bill Tilman pass trek route offers amazing Langsisha glacier, tranquil sacred Panch Pokhari lakes, and the extremely remote Jugal Himal. The hiking trail links the Kanchenjunga mountain in the East to Dhaulagiri mountain in the West.

Langtang trekking is very famous to explore Red Panda an endangered animal of Nepal located north of Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. Langtang National Park is home to several wild animals such as Musk deer, Himalayan black bear, snow leopard, Himalayan wild goat, and particularly birds and wildflowers.

Tilman pass trekking is just majestic and the home of mountain sheep, red panda, verities wildlife, and diverse in vegetation. Sacred hike at Tilman pass is tough and categorized under the Great Himalaya or GHT, the longest and highest alpine walking track in the world. This section features Langtang via Tilman Pass is a Tamang cultural and epic adventure journey and recommends for experienced trekkers.

Hiking and climbing Yuwa peak is another attraction of this Tilman pass hiking trail. Some news reporters and YouTubers are promoting Tilman hiking route in the last couple of years in various internet forums. They mention that the high mountain scenery is just adventurous like a hidden diamond. Additionally, Tourists climb Yuwa peak of 5,556 meters as it does not need any special climbing permits.

tilman pass winter hiking trail

Furthermore, Tilman pass trek is covered with varieties of alpine wildflowers and the forests are multi-colored with colorful rhododendron, orchids, magnolia, and many other floral species. Moreover, you will have the best view of Mt. Ganesh Himal family, Mt.Langtang lirung (7,246m), Langtang-ri, Langsisa peak, Langtang Himal, Ganjala peak.

Tilman pass Trek has named after a pioneer British mountaineer – explorer H. W. Tillman (1898–1977) who explored the Himalayas in the mid 20th century. Bill Tilman attempts various peaks and high passes treks in the Himalayas. Pass Tilman trek basically, arranges as camping trek but we can offer you camping and mixed with lodge whereas a possibility.

Even it is an adventure to cross over the pass, we recommend you to go either from Langtang valley to panch pokhari side or vice versa. However, check out the suggested travel plan what our German group made in the middle of October month in 2018.

The best times to trek the Langtang Tilman pass trekking are pre – and post-monsoon: March to April and September to November. If you want to catch the rhododendrons in full bloom, book your trek for mid-April to mid-May. Earlier April stays too much snowfall and the trail makes dangerous. In addition, Mid September until early November stays a good time to explore the trek route. However, hike Tilman pass is possible at any time except winter months throughout the year.


Tilman pass trek itinerary details

Our Tilman pass trekking itinerary compared to most walks in this region leading up to the glacier. The particular route is designed for world travelers who wish to hike an adventurous trek destination over Langtang region but are walking within a more relaxed manner than take a look at this itinerary.

1 Day Arrival at Kathmandu valley. Transfer to hotel

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, Tribhuwan International Airport, we will receive you with private vehicle and transfer to hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast plan. Our representative will give you information about Tilman pass trekking programs.

2 Day Drive to Syabrubesi Bazaar (1,460m/4788 feet), 7 hrs

Have a breakfast at the hotel, drive few minutes to catch up coach for Syabrubeshi with your mountain trekking guide and porters. Enjoy seven of our scenic drives through Trishuli bazaar with beautiful small villages, river valleys, and mountains. The bus stops roughly about 30 minutes from Trisuli highway restaurant for lunch. Travelers can reach Syabrubeshi bazaar around 2 or 3 o’clock midday. Stay overnight in Syabrubesi camping ground.

3 Day Lama Hotel trekking (2,560m/8,396 feet), 6 hours

You start your walking at your own pace and the trail ascends for around two hours through the forest followed by a climb of about an hour to reach Bamboo village. Furthermore, the trail follows the upstream and can be seen as birds’ life around the bushes. Beehives hanging on a cliff are another attraction for the visitors on walking. From here you will again steeply climb through the bamboo forest to reach the Lama Hotel.

4 Day Langtang valley trek (3,455m/11,332 feet), 6 Hours

Today you will have a pleasant walk and follow the trail through rhododendron and pine forest for around three hours to reach Ghoda Tabela where you will stop for lunch. This surrounding area dense wild habitat area and many small babblers with a lot of herbals are possibly finding here. Furthermore, walk through a scenic trail that takes you to Langtang village where you will relax for the evening. Have in mind, Langtang’s whole valley was destroyed by a massive Earthquake disaster last April 2015 and rebuild again. Overnight at Langtang Guesthouse.

5 Day Kyanjin Gompa trekking (3,817m/12,519 feet). Sightseeing day, 4 hours

Kyanjin Gompa located at an altitude in 3,817m feet above sea level. Tourists will have a gorgeous mountain view of Mt Ganchempo and Mt. Langtang Lirung. You will visit the surrounding areas like Yak cheese Factory, Kyanjin Monastery, and local houses. Overnight at Guesthouse.

6 DayHike to Kyanjin RI optional to climb Tsherko Ri, 5 hours

Hike to Kyanjin ridge to get super view of Langtang Himalayan range includes Mt.Langtag lirung, Langtang ri, Langsisa pass, Langtang Himal, Ganjala peak, Yala peak and many other border peaks. However, if you are interested your guide will take you to climb Tsherko Ri (5150m) peak to experience better Himalayan sights. Visit Langtang glacier and Langshisha Kharka (the beautiful yak pasture land) through the trekking trails. Return to Kyanjin lodge for a rest overnight.

7 Day Langshisa Kharka hiking (4,100m/13,448 feet), 6 hours

An exciting day of preparing of our camping crew Langshisa Kharka. As you are walking on yak pastures and lonely routes, the trek of totally off the beaten path and non tourist area. Stay overnight at tented camp.

8 Day Langshisa Khara to Moraine Camp hikes (4,650m/15,252 feet), 6 hours

Hike at the high alpine vegetation and pure nature trail. We walk the Moraine Camp at 4650 meters altitude which is perhaps the day’s highest point. The high pass loop is the scenic highlight of a loop trip in the Langtang Glacier Peak. Moreover, it takes 6-hour hikes depending upon the speed you make in the Himalayas. Stay overnight at camp.

9 Day Tilaman Pass trek and hike further to Tilman Pass Base Camp (5,320m/17,450 feet), 7 hours
tilman pass hike in October - November

Today, hike through little giant pass is a tough trek difficulty. But it is the most scenic high passes treks in Nepal that everyone crosses without AMS difficulty. Comparing another strenuous trip trail, the Tilman pass is an easier, but exciting trip. It’s also the little giant high pass loop hiking in the Himalayas. The trail leads to Tilman Base Camp via Tilman Pass which is situated at an altitude of 5,320 meters. Mostly the high pass trail goes steeply up through the rocky moraine and descends another side for an overnight stay at a tent.

10 Day Tin Pokhari trekking (3,735m/12,251 feet), 6 hours

We begin the journey for today destination Tin pokhari (three sacred lakes) which is the major attractions of tilma pass hiking route. Stay overnight in tent camp with hot food.

11 Day Panch pokhari trekking (4,123m/13,523 feet), 6 hours

After breakfast, we will start today trip to tranquil Lake Panch pokhari which is situated at 4123m elevation. The Himalayan scenery of pristine landscapes and mountains view are just wonderful. Stay overnight at Panch pokhari camp.

panch pokhari trail
12 DayPanch pokhari excursion day

Rest day to discover around. This eye-catching setting is a secluded pilgrimage site where the Janai purnima festival is held in August. Many Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims visit this lake each year and we can see two pilgrim houses and the temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Stay overnight at camp.

13 Day Panchpokhari to Nasimpati trek (3,745/12,284 feet), 6 hours

The trail leads us gradual descent through rocky himalayan hills to reach our destination of Nasimpati for tented camp overnight. Remaining day, Tourist can enjoy the Langtang mountains view and surrounded nature beauties. Stay overnight at camp.

14 DayTrek from Nasim Pati to Bhangyang (3,414m/11,198 feet), 5 hours

At the begging today trip, we enjoy the gradual ascent through rocky hills and rhododendron forest. Then we take it easy on the steep downhill section on the final day. From our campsite, you can relax and enjoy the stunning mountain views, or if you like to explore, you can gain some insights into the culture and daily life. Stay overnight at camp.

15 DayBhangyang to Pauwabas trek (3,024m/9,919 feet), 6 hours

Today, along our journey, we descend down hill passing the great mountain views. Again, we start to ascend through the forest trail lead steeply down. In Pauwa Bas there is a pilgrims shelter for Panch Pokhari. Stay overnight at camp.

16 DayPauwabas to Kharka treks (2,855m/9,365 feet), 5 hours

We will have breakfast in Pauwabas as usual time and our guide will brief all about the area and its people, culture and history along the way of coming trail. Today’s walk is nice and gentle and we can enjoy our forest trails and wildlife spotting. Journey the journey, you can walk through the lush forest of rhododendron, oak, pine, and juniper and we can see some nomad’s houses for cattle on the way. Stay overnight at camp.

17 DayTrek Kharka to Okhreni (2,043m/6,701 feet), 5 hours

The trail from here we get into solve descend through stunning, dense Rhododendron and pine forest. And then gently walk downhill to the Okhreni. If we are lucky and observant, we might spot some wild animals such as mountain deer or langur monkeys and Nepali birdlife like the danfe (Nepali national bird). We set up our campsite at Sano Okhareni near a pine forest. Stay overnight at camp.

18 DayOkhreni to Chautara hike (1,235m/4,051 feet), 5 hours

Today is our last trekking day in beautiful land with different vegetation and people live hood. After about 5/6 hours of gradual downhill walking, we get to Chautara Bazaar. The trail comes out through small villages where we can see how the diverse ethnic groups are living. We set our camping place near Chautara bazaar. In the evening, the trekking crew celebrates last night’s celebration by singing the top most popular folk songs in Nepal. Resham Firiri, Pan Ko Pat, and Simsime Pani Ma songs are evergreen and songs by perhaps all trekkers while in the mountain holidays.

19 DayOverland drive back to Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel

After breakfast, catch a coach to to return Kathmandu valley. Reaching Kathmandu, you will be taken to your hotel. In the late afternoon, you hike Thamel, the major tourist destination of Kathmandu. You can do some last-minute shopping in Thamel because Thamel is a travelers hub for buying souvenirs for your family and relatives. No matter whether you can buy a pashmina shawl or singing bowl, handicraft, or Nepali garment clothes, they are very popular remembrances for tourists.

20 DayFinal departure day

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


How much does Tilman pass trek cost?

Hike to Tilman pass cost is US$ 1,899 is standard trek price on double occupancy basis. At Tilman hiking cost, we offer you Tourist Standard accommodation in Thamel, Kathmandu and of course, the trip price will vary according to group size. For the deluxe and luxury trekking tour plan, we add 3-star category hotel deluxe air-conditioned room in Kathmandu (BB PLAN) and with the attached bathroom while 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.

Adventure Tilman pass trekking Cost Includes:

  • Kathmandu international airport transfer with a private vehicle (car/van/jeep/bus).
  • 2 night’s twin sharing hotel accommodation in Kathmandu within breakfast plan.
  • Meals on full board (breakfast, lunch, Dinner) each day serve with hot drinks during the trek
  • Tent camp accommodation (require camping equipment such as sleeping tent, Dinning tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent, sleeping mattress, Sleeping Bag and necessary Kitchen Equipment etc.) while on trekking days.
  • Langtang National Park entries permits and their fees
  • Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) permits and fees
  • All grounded Bus transportation as per itinerary.
  • English speaking license holder mountain trekking guide.
  • Professional Cook, kitchen helper and required number of porters according to the group size.
  • Oximeter to check pulse and heart rate, First aid medical kit, and oxygen saturation at higher altitude.
  • Worst case, help with all rescue and evacuation arrangements.
  • Insurance, accommodation, food, and well-paid salary for all langtang trekking staffs.
  • A First Aid medical kit bag.
  • Latest Tilman pass trek map, Trekking T-Shirt, and trip achievement certificate for each person, you keep as a soveneur.
  • Nepal Government Tax, VAT and as well as Company service charge.

Tilman pass trekking Cost Excludes :

  • Nepal entry visa fee cost US$ 40.
  • Lunch and Dinner during the staying in Kathmandu
  • Any kinds of battery charges, laundry service, phone calls and hot shower during the trekking.
  • Kathmandu city tour with a professional guide and entrance fees.
  • Emergiency rescue service bill
  • Personal expenses, personal trekking equipment, and Bar bills.
  • Your travel insurance (it is mandatory in case of emergency).
  • Any donation and unesco nepal monuments entrance fees.
  • Tips for the crew (Note : TIPS is not compulsory but highly expected)
  • Any other things which are not mentioned above
Group join

Hike at tilman pass is not an easy nor cheap hikes. Ask with gokyo treks agency’s adventure consultants who made this trip earlier. Cross tilman hiking trail is technically difficulty trek route that covers majestic Langtang circuit. Lodges are not possble for few days around the high passes so trekkers need to book for full camping group treks in Nepal. We can organize your private Tilman pass trekking 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 details and request for pickup. Our representative will come to pick up you at Kathmandu international airport.

Question: Do I need the experience to do Tilman pass trekking?.

Answer: This trek is suitable for keen trekkers/walkers who are able to walk around 4 or 5 hours in a day, with a lightweight daypack. For this trekking, if you have about a little experience would be better.

Question: What kind of accommodation can I expect on Tilman pass trekking?.

Answer: We provide you tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu and Tent camping en route. Check out the overnight backpacking essentials if you are camping outdoor before leaving town. However, we recommend you take your hiking essentials including your own sleeping bags, if you have one with you otherwise, you may rent them while you are in Kathmandu.

Question: What kind of food can I expect on this trek?.

Answer: All the guest houses/lodges in Langtang trekking, they have attached restaurant and they cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian such as Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, bread, soups, vegetable curry rice. Gokyo agency professional cook cooks delicious food while you are on camping days trekking.

Likewise, The dinner and breakfast provided in the same lodge you sleep the night every day, and Lunch will be served on the way to the next place where you hikes.

Question: What opportunities will I have for a shower along with Tilman pass trekking?.

Answer: Tea 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 Tilman pass trek group?.

Answer: During the trekking route there are some places hotel and shops where you can able to buy mineral water and you can buy it for drinking but however we advise against buying mineral water in plastic bottles, as currently there are no provisions for disposing of these. Instead, we provide you with 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 trekking there will be more chances to charge the battery. We recommend you bring an extra pair in case. Remember to bring your own adapters!

Question: Is there any communication facilities on Tilman pass trekking?.

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 the treks, 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 minute bookings.

And regarding the deposit, we prefer a 20% advance of the total trek price in order to confirm your reservation before you arrive in Nepal. And the remaining payment is possible to pay at the office on your arrival in Kathmandu.

Question: Who will carry my luggage on Tilman pass trekking package?.

Answer: We provide porters to transfer your luggage. As we are a responsible trekking tour operator agency, each of our porters carry maximum 25 kilos of your backpack which means 2 guests (12.5 kg luggage of each guest): 1 porter basis. If you wish to have a private porter, you might also get it on paying an extra cost.

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 trekking 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 holiday tour safer.

Question: How much additional money do I need per day?

Answer: You can allocate US$ 08 – 10 for a lunch/dinner in Kathmandu and it depends on your spending habits. US$ 7 to 10 US$ each day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, tea coffee, and some drinks while you are on trek.

Tilman pass trek review

The adventure Tilman pass, holy lakes and amazing Langtang valley

100% 5 star based on – 246 Based on TripAdvisor Reviews

We did an outstanding trek from Panchpokhari to Langtang passing over Tilman pass – absolutely amazing views. Landscape changes frequently from rice fields to waterfalls to snow capped mountains with glacial lakes. Our trek leder Ram did a fantastic job teaching us about the history of the region and mountains. He knew the area so well and always knew the best place to setup campsites. Besides that, out porters were friendly and helpful. I would highly recommend Ram and the Gokyo Trek team to any planning a trek in Nepal. – Corina Schreiner, Berlin Germany.

Tilman pass trek highlights

  • Discover langtang Himalayas within 360 deg angle from Kyanjin ri / Tserkuri hill..etc.
  • Walk through cultivated potatoes fields, colorful Rhododendron, conifers and oak trees.
  • Best view of Mt.Langtag lirung, Langtag-ri, Langsisa, Langtang Himal, Ganjala peak
  • Combine with five pristine sacred lakes called Panch Pokhari and Langtang valley trek
  • Yuwa peak is another attractions to climb for visitors.
  • Encounter the mountain Sherpa and other ethnic groups and their life styles.

Tilman pass trek notes

Cross Tilman Pass hike information stated above is just a sample guideline for tourists to visit. However, in our agency’s history, we arranged tilman pass adventure high pass trek in both directions. If the guest wishes to hike Tilman pass anti-clockwise, like Panchpokhari – Tilman pass and exit in Syabrubensi, we can modify the travel plan as your wish. 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 tour itinerary on a trip.

It is, however, very incredible that the itinerary would be extensively 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 Tilman pass trek special?

Opportunities for challenging adventure trekking or hiking and delightful rambles are scattered 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, well 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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