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Tilicho Lake with Mesokanto Pass Trek

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  • Destination: Annapurna
  • Group Size: 01
  • Maximum altitude: 5200m./17160 ft.
  • Best Season: Spring and Autumn
  • Grade Info: Moderate
  • Transportation: Jeep / Car / flight
  • Total Days: 16
  • Walking Hour: 5 to 7 hours to 7 hours

Tilicho Lake with Mesokanto Pass Trek

Tilicho lake with Mesokanto pass trek is an substitute trek route of the Throng La Pass trek.  Complete route is this trek is exclusive and wasteland from Manang village to Jomsom inside of  Annapurna region trekking trails . The trails of Mesokanto pass goes through the well-known lake named Tilicho situated highest point lake in the world altitude 4920 meters.

Tilicho lake with Mesokanto pass trek is an exciting and stunning route as well as a bit technical mainly the downhill section from the Mesukanto-La pass.

Tilicho lake with Mesokanto pass trek  trail  lead the with  the superb villages occupied by a wide variety of people from different cultural groups, offering spectacular and breathtaking views of high snow caped mountain. To cross the  Mesokanto adventure pass we  require proper equipment including crampons , rope and tented for a day as well as need to arrange conking utilities also for a days.

Tilicho Lake with Mesokanta Pass Trek located on high scenic Manang Valley with unbelievable beauty of Western Himalaya region on Nepal. this marvelous trek leads on popular and famous Annapurna circuit trail for a week and then heading into remote isolated corner of Manang around beautiful Tilicho Lake, and ending this amazing adventure at Mustang area in Jomsom after crossing scenic high Mesokanta pass.

From Manang village the trek diverts to Tilicho Lake with mind-blowing scenery and snow caped mountains, enjoyable time in Tilicho with its emerald and turquoise color lake, we  cross above highest point  over Mesokanta-la pass at 5,099 m / 16,729 ft.

After a wonderful moment on top with glorious views downhill to Mustang region at Jomsom town (headquarter town of Mustang district) to conclude this gorgeous adventure Tilicho Lake Mesokanta-la pass trekking.

Tilicho Lake with Mesokanto Pass is a best adventure fun high pass trek in Nepal inside the Annapurna conservation area.

Highlights of Tilicho Lake with Mesokanta Pass Trek

  • Mount Dhaulagiri 8167m, Mount Annapurna I. 8091m & other 19 snowy capped mountains of Annapurna region.
  • Views of peaks at over 8000 meters and a variety of landscapes, plants, and animals,
  • Amazing views of the Highest holy lake Tilicho.
  • An adventure Mesokanto pass.
  • Trek around the world famous trek route Annapurna Circuit trek.

Tilicho Lake with Mesokanto Pass Trek Altitude Chart

Tilicho Lake with Mesokanto Pass Trek Altitude Chart

Outline Itinerary:

Day 01: Land in Kathmandu (1400m)

Day 02: Free and arrangement day

Day 03: Drive to Bulbule (923m; 7 hrs)

Day 04: Bulbule to  Chyamje (1400m; 5/6 hrs)

Day 05: Chyamje to Bagarchhap (2160m; 6/7 hrs trek)

Day 06: Bagarchhap to Chame (2630m; 6/7 hrs trek)

Day 07: Chame to Pisang (3300m; 5/6 hrs trek)

Day 08: Pisang to Manang (3500m; 8.5 hrs trek)

Day 09: Acclimatization day in Manang.

Day 10: Manang to Khansar (3,740m; 2 hrs trek)

Day 11: Khansar to Tilicho Lake (4,920m ; 9/10 hrs trek)

Day 12:  Tilicho to Tilicho Base Camp (4,800m; 3 hrs walk)

Day 13: Trek to Nama Phu (3,510) Crossing Mesokanto La Pass (5,099m| 16,729ft) 6 hrs Overnight:

Day 14: Trek to Jomsom (2,743 m; 8 hrs trek); drive to Tatopani(1190m) Natural hot spring.

Day 15: Trek down to Ghorepani (1,200m; 8.5 hrs trek).

Day 16: Trek to Poonhill – trek down to Ghorepani and Nayapul (5/6 hrs trek)– back to Pokhara (820m; 1.5 hrs drive)

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Land in Kathmandu.

Once you land in Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), our representatives will be there to receive you and drive you to your hotel,

Day 02: Free and arrangement day.

Free and arrangement day . Can also do your sightseeing in Kathmandu half of the day.

Day 03: Drive to Bulbule (923m).

We start early for our drive to Bulbule. The road up to Besisahar is quite good, but from there on we continue on rocky roads for about 45 minutes to reach Bulbule.

Day 04: Bulbule to  Chyamje (1400m).

Bulbule to  Chyamje

We cross through various suspension bridges, and waterfalls and continue past rice paddies and forests. Once we reach the cliff in Jagat, we can view the Marsyangdi Khola below and rocky hills all around.  The bee hives at the top of the cliffs is an attraction of the day’s trip. In a short while we reach Chamje where we spend the night.

Day 05: Chyamje to Bagarchhap (2160m).

We will begin the day by trekking uphill following the cool Marshyangdi river to reach Tal (1,657m). we will have officially entered Manang district by now. We will climb a long stone stairway to reach at height of 1,860m. We will trek uphill and downhill until we reach Dharapani (1,890m).  We can see different centuries old Chortens here.  From here, we will ascend to reach Bagarchhap (2,160m) which is a small Buddhist village heavily influenced by Tibetan culture.

Day 06: Bagarchhap to Chame (2630m).

Today we will trek uphill on a rocky trial to reach Tyanja (2,360m). We will walk through the forests and on bank of rivers to reach Kopar (2,590m). From there, we will trek uphill to Chame (2,630m). It is a small town and also the headquarter of Manang district. We can have a breathtaking view of the Annapurna range. There are two hot springs here where we can take a bath.

Day 07: Chame to Pisang (3300m).

Trek from Pisang to Manang

We will trek through a deep forest and a narrow valley today. We will cross beautiful rivers on wooden bridges and suspension bridges at heights of 2,910m and 3,040m. we will have beautiful views of mountains all along to keep us refreshed. From here, we will climb to Pisang which is at a height of 3,200m.

Day 08: Pisang to Manang (3500m).

We will trek through the dried terrain of the Manang district. We will walk through beautiful settlements and we might see a caravan if lucky. From Pisang, we can choose a route north or south of Marsyangdi and reach Mungji. The southern route of Hongde is easier as it involves less climbing than the northern route of Ghyaru. However, the northern route is more scenic than former. From Mungji, we will trek upwards through Bryanga (3,475m) to reach Manang (3,500m) where we will be spending the night.

Day 09: Acclimatization day in Manang.

We will spend the day exploring and acclimatizing to the climate and terrain of Manang. We will walk or go for very short hikes. We can go to viewpoints from where we can get great view of the Annapurna range. At evening we will come back to our hotel and have a good dinner and a good night’s sleep.

Day 10: Manang to Khansar (3,740m )

Interesting Buddhist culture and traditions, morning walk leads to another highlight of this trip, as our route diverts from the main Annapurna circuit trail reaching one of the last village of Manang at Sri-Kharka through Khangsar on route Tiliocho Lake.

Day 11: Khansar to Tilicho Lake (4,920m ).

Tilicho with Mesokanto Pass Trek

After a short downhill then with uphill over high land as altitude gain on reaching our destination at Tilicho Lake.  Tilicho Lake blessed with amazing views of surrounding snow capped peaks in the comfort of nice lodges located by the bank of emerald Tilicho lake, we enjoy the magnificent scenery with Tilicho peak, Annapurna III and Gangapurna mountains

Day 12: Tilicho to Tilicho Base Camp (4,800m )

Trek reaches at the base of Mesokanto-La or Tilicho Base Camp, which is the highest overnight camp of this adventure at 4,800 meters high. Overnight camp is set on a meadow with chances of seeing some wild-life like antelopes, musk deer or an elusive snow leopard.|

Day 13: Trek to Nama Phu (3,510) Crossing Mesokanto La Pass (5,099m| 16,729ft) 6 hrs Overnight:

Starting early morning to cross two high passes, heading up the high slope traversing high Tilicho pass then with short descend to base of Mesokanta pass, with short rest then climb the last pass of this adventure over Mesokanto-la at 5,099 meters, the top festooned with Buddhist prayer flags, here with mind blowing scenery of surrounding high peaks. After feeling high with tough climb, descend on the trail to Jomsom.

Day 14: trek to Jomsom  drive to Tatopani(1190) Natural hot spring.

Jomsom Muktinath Trek Itinerary

The road from Marpha to Kalopani is through a new trail past Chokhopani village which is a traditional Thakali village.  The panoramic views of the Himalayas include Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, Annapurna and many other snow capped peaks.  From here we cross a river and a newly constructed road to finally reach Kalopani.

Day 15: Trek down to Ghorepani (1,200m).

We will trek downhill mostly through the lovely villages of Shikaha and Ghara. The vegetation starts to become denser as we trek downhill. We can go for exploration of beautiful Ghorepani once we reach here. We will stay the night at a local guest house.

Day 16: Trek to Poonhill – trek down to Ghorepani and Nayapul – back to Pokhara.

Why should you trek to Poon Hill?

Today is the last but an eventful day. Early in the morning, we will trek up to Poon Hill, a picturesque hilltop and a major tourist destination to watch the sunset on beautiful Annapurna range. We can view the majestic Annapurna range along with Dhaulagiri and Machhapuchre. We will now trek back to Nayapul via Ghorepani from where we will catch a bus to reach the lake city Pokhara.

Trip Cost US$ 1250 Per person
Cost Includes:
  • Pick up from the airport and Final drop to the airport by private vehicle.
  • Two night hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • All your standard meals like, Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner, during the trek with A cup of tea or coffee during the breakfast.
  • Basic Camping arrangement during the pass.
  • Tea house Accommodations during the trek.
  • Equipment like sleeping bag, Down Jacket & needed things etc if you do not have your own. To be returned after the trip completed.
  • All ground transportation.
  • Well English speaking guide, friendly, experienced, with government license holder.
  • A Strong Porter among the two trekkers ( one porter sharing among two member ) including all his expenses including full insurance during the trek.
  • A Guide his , food, Transport, Accommodation, Salary, equipments, e.t.c. All paid.
  • Monastery fees.
  • A Trekking route map
  • Emergency helicopter rescues service arrangement. pay by your travel insurance.
  • Insurance of Guide.
  • Conservation area park fees.
  • TIMS (trekkers’ Information Management System.)
  • One night standard accommodation on B/B in Pokhara end of the trek.
  • First aid  box with normal medical supplies, including Oximeter and pulse meter checker.
Cost Excludes:
  • All kind’s of Drink’s like Mineral water, beer Juice, Coke, fanta, other alcoholic hard drink’s, ETC.
  • Sweet things like chocolate and others
  • Your personal expenses.
  • Extra hotel night and activities in Kathmandu.
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fees. Click here for more details.

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FAQs- Frequently Asked Questions

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Trekking to a new place can always be nerve-wracking  disregard of the number of times you might have done it. Every place has its own culture, non-verbal norms and values, government policies and so on.

Having even the basic knowledge about the place can boost your confidence and give you a positive anticipation of the experience you can gain from the place.

If you are looking forward to trek in Nepal, this article will indeed be of great use to refer to. Answered below, are some of the most frequently asked questions about trekking in Nepal.

1.      Is trekking difficult?

The difficulty level of the trek entirely depends upon the trek you chose.

If you happen to be trekking for the first time, or your physical condition does not permit you to (because of age or other medical conditions) you can always look for easy treks.

Easy treks have shorter number of days, less distance to be walked in a day, and relatively lower altitudes. You do not have to have prior experience or knowledge to trek to these places.

If you are adventurer and are looking for some thrill, you have plenty of options to choose from. Difficult treks have longer number of days. You will have to walk for 5-7hrs a day on an average and these treks are mostly situated in high altitudes. These treks also demand a good level of physical fitness.

Unlike other product, trekking is not about more for better. The difficulty level has got nothing to do with the experience you can gain from a trek.

Go for what you want to and what your physical ability will allow you to. Do not push yourself too hard. Trekking is not a competition. Its relaxation.

2.      Is trekking expensive?

This entirely depends upon how much you are willing to spend on your trek. You can trek luxuriously by spending lavishly or you can backpack. It all depends upon how much your bank balance allows you to.

You will get accommodation for as less as 3-4$ per night, or you can pay up to 60-1004 per night for luxury resorts. On an average, you will need not more than 10$ for a meal. If you are looking for economical places, you can eat 3 meals for 10$! But eating at such places come at a great cost of low hygiene rate.

Bottom line: Nepal is not an expensive place when it comes to tourism. It is probably one of the places you can have the most economical luxury trek comparing to what a luxury trek would otherwise cost in your country!

3.      What preparations should I make before trekking?

It is always a good idea to involve yourself in doing physical exercises before trekking. Not that you have to be all athletic and muscular to trek. An average level of physical fitness will make the journey less stressful.

Ending up with sore muscles, blisters, joint pain, and back pain can be very discomforting while trekking. This is unlikely to happen if you exercise beforehand.

Start exercising at least a month before the trek. You can do cardio exercises like running, jogging, long walks, cycling and swimming. Carry a light backpack along with you to get used to it. Gym work out can be a good option too. Just don’t over-do it.

If you are going on an easy trek, you need not be very physically fit. But prior exercising is still a good option. You will only make your journey more comfortable.

4.      What are the things I need to pack?

There are a long list of things you will need for trekking. The things you carry can affect the entire experience of your journey. So make sure that while purchasing any gear, make no compromisation on the quality or the brand of the equipment.


  • quick drying long base layer shirts.
  • trekking shirts short sleeve
  • Thermal underwear – base layer.
  • liner socks
  • 3 pair woollen blend trekking socks.
  • 2 pair trekking pants with zipping off bottoms
  • 2 fleece sweaters – one lightweight, one heavier
  • Sandals.

 Outer layers. 

  • wind/rain proof overlayer- jacket and pants
  • down jacket. ( -20 D.C )
  • down vest
  • warm winter hat
  • lightweight thermal layer hat
  • peak hat
  • pair of gloves
  • Pair trekking boots.
  • Head lamp with extra batteries,
  • sleeping bag heavy ( -20 D.C)
  • watch with alarm
  • Sun glasses ( UV protection )
  • camera with, extra batteries.
  • 2-3 portable chargers.

First Aid

  • Diamox – for altitude
  • Advil
  • Aleve
  • Vicks vapour rub
  • Sunscreen
  • chapstick
  • anti nauseant – you tend to feel just a bit nauseous a lot at altitude.
  • immodium – diarrhoea is common at altitude.
  • bandaids
  • blister bandaids or moleskin
  • eye drops
  • advil cold and sinus
  • nasal moisturizer – altitude causes nasal cavities to be very dry, nasal moisturizer was very helpful.
  • Q-tips
  • tweezers
  • tiger balm.


  • Foot powder (for Deb’s stinky feet)
  • Toilet paper
  • shampoo
  • soap
  • microfibre towel
  • Gold Bond – this just feels good all the time

5.      Do I need special permission to trek?

You will not need trekking permits in any of the treks in the Everest region, the Annapurna region and also in the Langtang region. But you will have to pay entry fees while entering a conservation area or a national park.

Trekking permits are a must for trekking in the restricted regions. The permits are available for purchase in the department of immigration located in Dillibazaar, Kathmandu. For further information, refer to-


6.      Is drinking water easily available?

Availability of drinking water is not the problem. The problem is the cost of it at higher altitude. As you gain height, the price of water rises up to 2-3$ per liter.

An alternative way of getting drinking water is by having your water bottles filled in tea houses. Tea houses will provide you boiled water for about 0.4-0.7$ per liter. They are completely safe for drinking.

Therefore, do not forget to take at least two water bottles with you.

7.      What kind of food is available during trekking?

Food is not of any concern while trekking. You will get all kinds of cuisines. For breakfast, tea houses will provide you with eggs cooked in your preferred style along with pan cakes, bread butter, roti, and so on.

Various other dishes like pizza, pasta, momo, chowmein and many more are also available. The most preferred dish is Dal Bhaat. It is a typical Nepali meal. Rice is served with vegetable curry, lentils, tomato chutney and meat curry. The best part- an extra helping will no cost you extra! The meal is highly nutritional. It will also keep you fueled for long walks.

8.      What kind of accommodation should I expect?

Accommodation depends upon the type of trekking you are going for. There are two types of trekking

1. Tea house trekking:

You will be spending your night in tea houses. Tea houses are local lodges and hotels. They are small and comfortable enough. Most rooms are shared with two small cots that have mattress, pillows and sheets. If you need spare blankets, you can always ask for it. The rooms have attached bathroom, western flush designed and shower. You will have to pay for hot shower and electricity.

Dormitories are also available and a very low cost of about 3-4$ per night. These come with common toilets and bathrooms.

The cleanliness of the rooms may not live up to your expectations. Bring your own pillow if possible. Conjunctivitis is a common case you might fall sick of.

2.   Camp treks

In this type, you will spend your nights in tented camps. Such treks mostly lie in the restricted regions. These regions do not have enough facilities to accommodate many people.

9.      What are the risks associated with trekking?

Trekking is an extreme sport and does come with a lot of risks. Some unavoidable risks are avalanche, heavy rainfall, earthquake, landslide and other such natural calamities.

You might fall and injure yourself or catch some viral flue. The deadliest risk of trekking is AMS or Acute Mountain Sickness. This sickness occurs when a great altitude is gained and the body fails to adjust to the changing pressures associated with it. Anyone can fall a victim of the sickness and if not treated in time, it can be fatal.

10. How to avoid Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)?

There is absolutely nothing you can do to prepare your body for altitude sickness. But yo can take few precautionary measures to avoid it. They are-

  1. Attain height gradually and slowly
  2. As you cross over 2000meters, reduce your number of walking hours and walk slow
  3. Drink plenty of water
  4. Take ample rest. Take more rest if you feel like your body is asking for it
  5. Eat high caloric food
  6. Avoid smoking or drinking

11. How to diagnose AMS?

In order to detect AMS, you need to be aware of the symptoms of them. They are-

  1. Headache
  2. Nausea and vomiting
  3. Dizziness
  4. Tiredness
  5. Loss of appetite
  6. Upset stomach
  7. Feeling unsteady
  8. Shortness of breath
  9. Increased heart rate
  10. Difficulty sleeping

If you notice any of the symptoms, take immediate precautionary measures such as:

  1. Do not climb any higher for the next 48 hours
  2. Descend to a lower altitude if possible
  3. Take complete rest until you feel well
  4. Do not exercise
  5. Do not smoke
  6. Drink plenty of water
  7. Take external oxygen supply if necessary
  8. Take anti-sickness medicines

If you see no further improvement in your heath within the next 48 hours, you will have to be deported to Kathmandu in a helicopter. Therefore, do not forget to issue and insurance that will cover you helicopter reuse cost.

12. Do I need a guide/porter to trek?

There is no such hard and fast rule that you must have one. But it is highly advisable to travel with them. Some of the treks cannot be trekked without a guide most of them are the restricted ones.

A guide is someone who will help you with navigations. He will also have a better idea about the places to live in and eat at can negotiated prices for you. They will also help you during medical emergencies.

A porter is someone who will carry your load for you so that you can enjoy long walks.

In case you hire them, you are entirely responsible for providing them with trekking gears, food and accommodation and other medical facilities.

Guide/porter as also available these days. These are people who play the role of both a guide and a porter. Hiring them will save you from bearing an additional cost.

13. Can I trek solo?

To some places, yes. But trekking solo in the restricted area is completely forbidden. You will have to trek in a group.

A lot of people trek solo in Nepal and have thoroughly enjoyed. Trekking solo has its own benefits. You will not have to adjust your schedule according to anyone. You can also follow your own route as you wish to. Also, finding your way, especially in the non-restricted regions, is very easy. The routes are well marked and pretty straight.

Nepal is completely safe for solo trekkers. But you will also have to be a little more careful while travelling alone.

14. What is the difference between trekking independently and trekking with an agency?

Trekking independently means trekking without an agency. You can hire a guide or a porter if you want to. You may also have a trekking partner. But the entire journey depends upon the way you want to take it.

In treks organized by agencies, they will have a well-planned schedule designed for you which you will have to strictly follow. Most of the times, you will be travelling with a group. The agency will also provide you with a guide and a porter. Trekking with an agency will be a little more expensive than trekking independently or solo.

15. Which is the best season to trek in Nepal?

Every season as its own charm. However, the best seasons are spring lasting from April to May and autumn lasting from September to November.

In these two season, Nepal sees the maximum number of tourists who come to trek. These are the busiest months of the year. The weather is highly pleasant and favorable for long walks. The trails are blossoming with fresh leaves and flowers. The clear skies allow you to get a great view of the magnificent Himalayas.


The above information covers up almost everything you need to know about trekking. If you happen to have any queries, please feel free to leave a comment below or inbox us at [email protected]


Tilicho Lake with Mesokanto Pass Trek

Me and my wife decided to take some time off work and take a holiday in Nepal. We had visited Nepal a couple of times but never taken a major trek. This time we did things differently and contacted Exciting Nepal for the Tilicho Lake with Mesokanto Pass Trek. We decided to forfeit the conventional route and opt for the less traveled route.

Exciting Nepal was recommended to us by one of our friends who had taken the Langtang Trek with them. The moment we contacted them, we were extremely satisfied with their professionalism. Mr Subash was the person who explained to us all about the Mesokanto Pass route and prepared us an itinerary. Bijay was our guide for the trek and may I add he was a fantastic one. The tough tracks were much easier with his constant help. Also his diverse knowledge about the area helped us to know a lot of facts about the region.The trek was an amazing experience with the snowy trails, magnificent mountains and pristine flora and fauna all along the way. The best part was when we reached Tilicho. It definitely proved the statement ‘Heaven on Earth’.

The trip was an absolute value for the money and thanks to magnificent help of Exciting Nepal, we were able to successfully commence the trek with many memorable experiences!

Ashley Lonie, Austria

Subash KC

Managing Director

Mr. Subash K.C ventured into the tourism industry after completing his studies in Management Stream in 2001 at Tribhuvan University. Mr. K.C, born and brought up in the Lalitpur district, is keenly interested in exploring the different trekking routes. Getting the opportunity to work in the tourism industry helped him gather insights about trekking across Nepal. In addition, he also learned about customer care and group management.
By leading solo and group trekkers himself, he started collecting data about many trekking destinations in Nepal. He creates an enriching experience for national and international travelers through exceptional hospitality.

Apart from managing trekking and tours, Mr K.C also handles client inquiries, accommodation reservations, arrangements of transportation and flights, and other logistics. Recognizing the importance of personalized service, he proactively takes care of clients' needs and requirements. He is fluent in English and excels in organizing treks, tours, and adventure sports in Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan.

He is highly committed to promoting responsible tourism and prioritizes client satisfaction by providing top-notch service through his well-organized company. He believes that through responsible traveling, we can protect the natural environment and promote sustainability. He has expanded his knowledge by traveling to various countries worldwide, such as India, Bhutan, Switzerland, Germany, France, Italy, Thailand, China, Singapore, Philippines, Vietnam, USA, Japan, UK, Canada etc and is passionate about exploring more destinations.

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