Tilicho Lake Trek with Mesokanto Pass | Mesokanto pass trek

Trip Overview
  • Duration 17 Days
  • DestinationNepal
  • Meals & AccommodationBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Trip Start & EndKathmandu-Kathmandu
  • Trip TypeTrek
  • Major AttractionTilicho Lake, Mesokanto Pass
  • Best TimeApril-May-June, September-October-November

The Tilicho Lake Trek with Mesokanto La Pass is an adventurous trek located in the Annapurna region of Nepal. It is an alternative route to the usual trekking to the Annapurna massif through Thorang La Pass. This audacious trek is best suitable for trekkers with a strong fitness level and enough experience with a high height pass trek. It is technically challenging for beginner trekkers as they need to camp while crossing the pass. 

Tilicho Lake  Trek via Mesokanto La Pass takes you to one of the highest altitude lakes in the world, Tilicho Lake(4920m), situated in the Manang district of Nepal. The trekkers will be bewildered by the outstanding views of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I-IV, Mt Manaslu, Mt Annapurna South, Mt Nilgiri, Mt.Fishtail, Mt Hiunchuli, Mt Lamjung, Tukuche peak, Tilicho peak and so on. The trail of this trek embraces the superior diversity of landscape and culture. The snowcapped mountain views and lakes, various ethnic cultures, lush forests, diverse landscapes, and deep valleys add more excitement and joy to the trekking journey. You can see the settlements of diverse communities such as Chhetri, Tibetian Sherpas, Thakali, Magars, and, Gurungs along with the trial. In addition, the trail also captivates impressive flora and fauna such as rhododendron, pine, fir, Snow leopard, Himalayan Thar, Jackal, Danphe, and many more. 

The off-beaten path trek to Tilicho Lake and Mesokanto Pass is ideal for those who love a challenge and want to trek through the less crowded zone. Due to the sheer beauty of the pristine Tilicho Lake and the adventurous and thrilling Mesokanto La pass, the Tilicho Lake Trek with Mesokanto La Pass is gaining popularity and is becoming the favorite trekking destination.

 

You will also get to visit the Manang and Jomsom during the trek. Both places are trendy among the trekkers trekking in Nepal. Both Manang and Mustang are Tibetan-influenced villages.

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Upon our arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, you will meet a Mountain Rock Treks & Expedition representative, who will drop you at our hotel. After checking in, we take a rest or visit Mountain rock’s office. We may also stroll in the streets of Thamel, a tourist hub in Kathmandu, for some souvenir shopping. Mountain Rock in the evening will host a welcome dinner.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 1300m/4,264ft

After breakfast, we start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites, including the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambhunath), and the Buddhist shrine (Bouddhanath), which is one of the largest stupas in the world. There will be a pre-trip discussion at noon where we can meet our trek leader and other team members.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

We begin our long drive to Syange early in the morning. On the route, we get to enjoy the countryside of Nepal with its green hills, winding rivers, terraced farms, and of course, the mighty Himalayas. Overnight stay in Syange.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • approx. 8-9 hrs
  • 1100m/3608 ft

We enter Manang district after crossing a large bridge near Tal. The trail passes through barley, rice, and potato fields, and the waterfalls continue to accompany us even today. We also pass through the village of Kodo before reaching Dharapani, which is one of the biggest villages in the Manang valley. Overnight stay in Dharapani.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • approx. 7-8 hrs
  • 1,960m/6,430ft

Today we negotiate a few steep forested ridges and several landslides on the route to Chame. We should not forget to look up, though, as we will meet with remarkable views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV (7,525m). We also come across small hot springs, which should help us relax for a while. Overnight stay in Chame.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • approx. 5-6 hrs
  • 2710m/8,891ft

We walk through a steep and narrow valley to have our first view of the Paungda Danda's rock face, a dramatic curved rock face rising 1500m from the river. We also gain excellent views of Annapurna 2 to the south and Pisang Peak to the northeast. Next, we descend to the Manang Valley floor enjoying the captivating landscape. Overnight stay in Pisang.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • approx. 5-6 hrs
  • 3,300m/10824ft

From Pisang, there are two routes to Manang. We choose the one which passes through Upper Pisang via Geru as it guarantees outstanding views of Mt. Annapurna, Pisang Peak, and others. As we walk near Manang, the climate becomes more cold and dry. However, a short visit to Barge Monastery, the biggest monastery in the Manang District, should cheer us up. Overnight stay in Manang.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • approx 6 - 7 hours
  • 3,500m/11,482ft

To keep fit on the trails that follow, we keep ourselves busy today with a short hike to either Bhojo Gumba or Gangapurna Lake. If we have the energy, we can even hike to Vraga Village, where we can visit the Himalayan Rescue Association, which will give us some idea about Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Overnight stay in Manang.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 3,500m/11,482ft

From Manang, we head out through the western gates and follow the path down to the river. We cross the river and continue walking on its southern side through a coniferous forest. After reaching Kangsar Village, we walk further up towards Siri Kharka and pass a monastery on the way. The uphill walk could be tiring, but we will have Gungang Himal and Mt. Chulu in the backdrop to keep us company. Overnight stay in Siri Kharka.

  • Lodge/Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • approx 4-5 hours
  • 4060m/13,320ft

While the path from Siri Kharka to Tilicho Base Camp isn’t very steep or physically strenuous, it could be exhausting as we have to walk on narrow paths in loose scree and landslide area. Our trail goes through the middle of the landslide area, whereby we can see impressive rock formations along the route. Tilicho Lake is full of remarkable views of surrounding snow-capped peaks in the comfort of excellent lodges located by the bank of emerald Tilicho lake. After lunch, enjoy the magnificent scenery with Tilicho peak, Annapurna III, and Gangapurna mountains.

  • Lodge/Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

After a great time at Tilicho Lake, the morning walk continues leading further towards the remote corners of Manang valley. Finally, the trek reaches the base of Mesokanto-La or Tilicho Base Camp, the highest overnight camp of this adventure at 4,800 meters high. Overnight camp is on a meadow with chances of seeing some wildlife like antelopes, musk deer, or an elusive snow leopard.

  • Lodge/Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 4-5 hours trek
  • 4,800m/15,748ft

Today is the rugged and strenuous day of this adventure. We cross two high passes early morning, heading up the high slope traversing the high Tilicho pass. Then, with a short descent to the base of Mesokanta pass, we climb the last pass of this adventure with little rest. Over Mesokanto-la at 5,099 meters, the top is adorned with Buddhist prayer flags, with mind-blowing scenery surrounding high peaks. After feeling high with a tough climb, descend on the trail to Jomsom with an overnight camp in a small cattle herders’ temporary shelter at Nama Phu.

  • Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • approx. 5-6 hours

Today's enjoyable trekking with a gradual downhill walk towards Kaligandaki valley with superb views of Mt. Dhaulagiri and Nilgiris peaks. After a good walk reaching Kaisang, an afternoon walk leads further towards a large village of Thinigaon for an overnight stop, located above Jomsom and Kaligandaki Valley.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • approx 5-6 hours
  • 3280m/10,761ft

After a pleasant stop at Thinigaon to explore its unique Buddhist culture, a morning walk is accessible on the flat river bed of Kaligandaki to reach the famous Jomsom town, the headquarters town of Mustang district with a small airstrip above Kaligandaki River. At Jomsom, check into a nice lovely lodge for the last overnight stop of this adventure, and celebrate last night's dinner among crews and other members.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • approx 4 hours
  • 2,725m/8,940ft

Early breakfast then transfers to Jomsom airport for a short scenic flight of 25 minutes to Pokhara, during fabulous airborne views of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiris, and Annapurna range of mountains with rolling hills and villages. On reaching Pokhara airport, transfer to respective hotels by the lake Phewa. Afternoon free for individual activities or relax and enjoy the views of the high Annapurna Himalaya peaks.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 9,00m/2,952ft

Morning overland drive to Kathmandu. After a beautiful time on Tilicho Lake & Mesokanta pass trekking, enjoy 5-6 hours of nice scenic ride reaching Kathmandu. Transfer to your hotels with afternoon free at leisure for individual activities and shopping souvenirs. (options of a flight back to Kathmandu of 30 mins/ additional cost). Evening we invite you to a farewell dinner.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

After a beautiful time on Tilicho Lake & Mesokanta pass with semi Annapurna Circuit trek, including excellent services of Mountain Rock Trek guides and staff, as per the flight time transfer to the international air terminal for your departure homeward bound or following respective countries.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast

Our team guides, porters and accompanying staff are locals with a broad knowledge about each and every location that we travel through.

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Cost Details

Includes

  • Transfer by private Vehicle on arrival and departure
  • Twin sharing 3- nights tourist standard hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Bus transportation: Kathmandu to Syange, private Vehicle can arrive as per your requirement
  • Annapurna conservation permit and TIMS card (Trekking Information Management System)
  • Lodge and tent accommodation during the trek
  • Food: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner along the trek
  • Experience local trek guide, including his food, accommodation, trek equipment, and insurance
  • Honest, helpful local porter: 1 porter=2 clients, including his food, accommodation, trek equipment, and insurance
  • Trekking equipment: Down jackets, Sleeping bag, duffel bag, and tent
  • Domestic flight: Jomsom to Pokhara
  • Twin sharing tourist standard hotel in Pokhara
  • Tourist bus: Pokhara to Kathmandu
  • Travel and rescue arrangements
  • Farewell dinners
  • All the government and local taxes with paperwork

Excludes

  • International airfare and Nepal Visa Fees.
  • Nepal Travel insurance.
  • Food in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Travel/Medical insurance and Emergency evacuation cost if needed.
  • Personal expenses include phone calls, drinks, donations, souvenirs, etc.
  • Expenses occurred due to unavoidable Events, i.e., road wrecks, flight delays, etc.
  • Tips for guide, porter (expected).

Essential Info

1.TRAVEL INSURANCE

Our main priority is the safety of our visitors. So we suggest. If you consider an Annapurna Trek, you should consider purchasing travel insurance to cover any unexpected costs due to health difficulties, injuries, or accidents (including air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and other treatment costs). It will help if you take travel insurance and medical and accidental insurance. 

Your insurance coverage should also cover any additional activities you plan to participate in while in Nepal. There's a thin line between adventure and outright danger. What distinguishes them is their level of preparedness for a specific task. Leaving the comforts of home and entering the embrace of nature is an adventure; failing to ensure that you are adequately covered is a danger.

 

2. Food and Accommodation

I)Food

As for food, the Annapurna region has many hotels and tea houses that facilitate you with the best food items. 

Our package will offer you full-time food with breakfast, lunch, dinner, and tea and coffee. We will give the food as per the menu of the hotel or tea house. We prioritize Nepali food mainly. Therefore, they will serve Nepali food items, but if you wish to have a western food item, they will also prepare it upon your request.

II)Accommodation

For accommodation in the Annapurna region, you can find hotels, lodges, and restaurants. From mid-range to expensive resorts can be seen. While trekking, you may need to stop at local villages where you cannot find such facilities. The lodge costs a bit high than other options like the hotel. However, We will arrange your accommodation in tourist comfort hotels, motels, or resorts. The hotel will provide the room with a twin bed which demands you to share your room. In your demand, we can also arrange a triple bed or a single bed which cost a bit expensive compared to others.  

 

3. Heath /Fitness And Experience Requirments 

Because some portions of the climb are very strenuous and some days need 8-9 hours of constant walking, trekking throughout Annapurna Region requires exceptional stamina, tenacity, and good health. As a result, we recommend that you get medical counsel, medicine, and authorization before embarking on this adventure. Also, consult your local General Practitioner for professional advice on the essential Guide walks before embarking on the Annapurna Trek in Nepal. However, if you don't have access to a doctor, travel clinics can provide you with the most excellent guidance.

 

4. Travel Tips (ATM, ELECTRICITY, INTERNET, LUGGAGE, PERSONAL EXPENSES)

As mentioned earlier, we can find all types of hotels and lodges starting from mid-range to very standard. But if we are moving to the local community, we might not find clubs and hotels with all kinds of facilities. 

As for the facilities, there is no electricity in all of those locations. Therefore, it is preferable to have a backup plan. We may still use batteries and chargers for backup, but additional expenses will be. There are charging stations in the lodges where you may set your devices. You may have to pay a minimal cost for the service. Bring along additional chargers or a solar charger.

There may not be internet access in all locations, limiting your ability to use data. You may have to pay extra to utilize the internet. The internet connection throughout the walking trail is sporadic at best, and it only worsens as you climb higher.

Having cash on hand for your payments is recommended due to the lack of ATMs. It would help if you had to pay for things like power, internet, and other extras like bakeries and pastries and cash for tipping. Please bring extra cash to spend while trekking because there are no ATMs as we move to higher altitudes. You may need money on the road to buy additional beverages, food, or luxuries like a hot shower, internet, etc. 

In the hotel's locker room, provide free spaces for extra luggage. Each hiker can bring up to ten pounds of trekking tools (carried by porters). There aren't any ATMs, so have plenty of cash! Even in a "main" community like Jomsom, you might not find an ATM in the Annapurna region. Almost no tea houses or commercial enterprise accepts credit cards. 

 

5. Altitude Sickness And Prevention 

While trekking to the Annapurna region, moving to higher elevations will cause altitude sickness. In addition, you will be more likely to face AMS, which might worsen HACE( High Altitude Cerebral Edema) and HAPE(High Altitude Pulmonary Edema).

When people are traveling and rising or being moved to a higher level fast, altitude sickness is prevalent. Because lower the air pressure and oxygen levels are, the higher you climb. Our bodies can handle the change, but it will take time to acclimate. 

 So to prevent AMS, we will take two acclimatization breaks every thousand meters. We will trek at a higher altitude but sleep lower to cure this altitude sickness. If we suffer from acute mountain sickness, we will take rest immediately at the same place. To energize, we will drink more liquid to stay hydrated, like soup and water. If the case starts to get worse, we will have to take rescue by helicopter.

 

6. WHAT SHOULD I BRING?

The following is the list of the things and equipment that we will need to carry with us when you are heading on the journey. 

1. For the upper part of the body

HAT: You'll need a nice, wide-brimmed trekking hat to keep the sun off your face. Lightweight, simple to carry, and neck-covering styles are the best.  While trekking, wearing a hat can protect yourself from the sun on the trail.

HEADLAMP: Along with the hat, it is better to carry a headlamp with you during the trek. Headlamps are lights we can wear on a person's head. Due to their hands-free operation, these gadgets are great for trekking and hiking. It's ideal to have your hands free when hiking so you can deal with anything Mother Nature throws at you or pull your stuff.

 At night, trails can be hard to navigate. These footprints generally incorporate pebbles, tree roots, twigs, and even animals and resemble an uncharted maze. These hazards can be dangerous, and having your hands free allows you to catch yourself, move obstacles, sprint, or fend off an enraged rabbit on the track.

WOOLEN HAT: When you move to higher elevations, you get a high chance of being caught by cold. So, it is essential to carry a woolen hat with you for your protection. Not every hat is equally suitable for trekking, so it is safer to have a woolen hat; it will be available to you if you need it. 

SUN PROTECTING HAT(WITH WIDE BRIM): Day during your trial can be sunny, and the rays directly showered upon you. It will protect UV rays from entering your skin. We must be more careful regarding our heads and protect the scalp from sunburn and skin cancer. 

SUNGLASSES(WITH UV PROTECTION): As we move towards high altitude, the atmospheric layer becomes thinner, which increases exposure to harmful rays because the capacity to filter these rays becomes less. Therefore, we need to carry sunglasses to protect our eyes from harmful rays.

 

2. BODY PART

Waterproof jackets and trousers: Rain on the path is always possible, especially if you intend to hike between June and September (we strongly advise against walking in the region). We recommend bringing rain gear with you as a precaution, preferably a gore-tex membrane hardshell jacket. An inexpensive pair of waterproof pullovers will typically be enough for pants.

T-SHIRT: It is better to wear light clothes to avoid extreme sweating and discomfort during trekking. A t-shirt is best to wear during such trips. 

Clothing: Layering is a significant walk component due to the considerable fluctuation in altitude and temperature. You'll be able to quickly adapt to the climate and be comfortable and safe if you can add and remove layers of clothes while trekking. For example, if you intend on hiking during the cooler winter months of December through February, you'll want to bring some extra layers.

GLOVES: You will need to carry your gloves with you because gloves will help protect your hands from sweat, extreme weather conditions, and other inconvenient situations that may cause discomfort and injury.

 

LOWER BODY CLOTHING

THERMAL INNERS: Thermal inners are insulators between your body and the surrounding cold air. They trap body heat and prevent heat loss. Use the ones generally made with polyester or give extra comfort and flexibility.

TROUSERS: A full-length pair of trekking trousers provides solid path protection, preventing cuts and scratches from prickly plants, twigs, rocks, and other hazards. Trekking trousers allow you to travel much easier without the sound of rustling plants and enable you to get near to animals without making a nuisance.

DOWN JACKET: One of the most significant purchases you'll make is a down jacket. On a hiking or climbing journey throughout the journey, having the correct warm, insulating layer may make or break your pleasure level. So when you are heading for a trek in the Everest region, we must include a down jacket in your packing list. 

 

3. FOOTWEARS

TREKKING BOOTS: Trekking boots are necessary as they help to protect the foot and ankles during long-distance trekking. They are one of the essential items of trekking as they can determine a trekker's ability to walk long distances without injury.

SOCKS: A trekking sock is essential for avoiding blisters. Unlike a weak, stinking cotton sock, a hiking hose will not continually brush against the back of your foot and will give substantial protection from friction caused by your shoe. The socks maintain a constant temperature for the feet. Socks are incredibly soft and comfortable on foot.

 

4. OTHER TYPES OF EQUIPMENT FOR TREKKING

TREKKING POLES: Trekking poles intersperse your arms and shoulders into the trekking movement, allowing you to use better muscles to force yourself uphill and control your downhill. The result is an expansion in rate without an accumulation in leg soreness.

FIRST-AID KIT: First aid kits are a must-have for every trekker. They help you with necessary treatment during the trial. Thus to minimize the risk of infection or injury severity, we must take it with ourselves. A well-stocked kit contains items that treat burns, injuries, scrapes, and cuts.

SLEEPING BAGS: Though we will be staying in hotels and there will be services, still take no risk and carry a sleeping bag with you. If you want the best night's sleep on the trail, it is best to take your sleeping bags.

PERSONAL BAGS: When going on an outdoor trek, you want to be sure that you'll be comfortable the entire time. Personal bags are vital if you're hiking a long and challenging walk. The type of trekking backpack you use will significantly impact how pleasant your adventure will be. If you're carrying many goods, you'll need a bag that distributes the weight properly, so you don't get tired soon.

 

7. PASSPORT AND VISA

It is relatively simple to acquire a visa for Nepal. You can apply for a visa at your nearest Nepalese Embassy/Consulate or Mission office in your home country or buy one when you arrive at Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport. To apply for a visa, you'll need two passport-sized photos, US dollar visa costs, and a valid passport for at least six months before your travel. Nationals of the SAARC (India, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Maldives, and Afghanistan) and China, on the other hand, do not need a visa to enter Nepal. However, a transit visa is only valid for three days for foreign nationals. As a result, for more extended visits, a permit is necessary.

A passport is very crucial to travel in Nepal. In addition, if you want to do mountain trekking, you will have to get a mountain license. 

 

8. BANKING AND ATM

Our packages usually include meals and lodging, but you may require cash for personal expenses. There is a lower likelihood of finding an ATM or no ATM on the ABC trail. . Before you go on the walk, make sure you have enough cash. As mentioned above, there is no ATM in the Annapurna region everywhere, so It is better not to depend on ATMs for the expenses. The hotels and lodges also mostly accept cash rather than online payments, so it's more convenient to take enough money with you.  

 

9. GUIDES PORTER AND TIPPING SYSTEM IN NEPAL

Solo trekking, group trekking, or a couple of trekking without a guide will be difficult, so it is necessary to take a guide with you whenever you plan to trek. In addition, the trail in the Annapurna region might not be familiar to you if you are traveling for the first time. 

Since you will have to carry many trekking equipments, it will be convenient and helpful if you take a porter. The porter will help you maintain the luggage, and the Guide will help you take the right trail. 

While traveling, you may face uncertainties. For example, you may suffer from altitude sickness and AMS (Acute mountain sickness), so to help you during such situations, we need to take a guide with us.  

As for the tips for guides and porters will set you back 10% of the total price. Ten percent of the cost is for the Guide and porter. Mountain Rock Treks provide sixty percent to the Guide's tips and 40 percent to the porter.

 

9. BOOKING TERMS AND CONDITIONS

We are flexible with bookings. However, you must pay a 25% deposit when you confirm, with the remainder due upon arrival. There are no hidden fees with us.

If you want to join a group, we have different terms and conditions that you may learn about by contacting us.

Mountain Rock Treks & Expedition Pvt. Ltd. handles all of our reservations. Fill out a Booking Form and send it to the firm together with your deposits and insurance payment to book a package (if applicable). You must pay a non-refundable deposit of 25% of the trip charge at booking for all trips. You can pay the remaining payment once you arrive in Kathmandu and before the tour.

 The Company or its Agent should receive the non-refundable deposit. When arranging a custom holiday with the firm,  Mountain Rock Treks will advise you of the needed cost for the Treks. 

You are booking with a bank transfer or a credit card deposit (Visa or MasterCard).

10. LAST-MINUTE BOOKING FOR ANNAPURNA REGION TREKKING

We are flexible with bookings. However, we are not refundable for last-minute cancellations. To ensure your seat on one of our Annapurna region trekking packages at the last minute, you must pay the entire package amount.

We'll try our best to get everything in order before the deadline. So arrive in Kathmandu at least a day ahead of time for the experience. Please get in touch with us directly for further details.

The cancellation of a Client's order must be made in writing and verified by the Company. The date the Company or its Agents receives the cancellation request will determine the cancellation charge. 

You will forfeit the 25% deposit if you decide to cancel at the last minute after you have confirmed it. If you choose to cancel your trip after it has begun for any reason, you will be responsible for the total cost of the trip. Once you've started your journey, we can't give you a refund. Therefore, the Client should obtain cancellation insurance at booking.

 

HOW DIFFICULT IS THE ANNAPURNA REGION TREK?

  • ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP TREKKING (MODERATE)
  • ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT TREKKING (MODERATE)
  • ANNAPURNA GURUNG HERITAGE TRAIL TREK (MODERATE)
  • ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT TREK WITH TILICHO LAKE (MODERATE)
  • SHORT ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP TREK (STRENUOUS)
  • ROYAL TREK (EASY)
  • GHOREPANI SUNRISE TREK (DIFFICULT)
  • KHOPRA DANDA TREK (DIFFICULT)
  • BAGLUNG PANI AND GHANPOKHARA TREK (DIFFICULT)
  • TILICHO LAKE WITH MESOKANTO PASS (DIFFICULT)

FAQs

  • Q1. How do you travel to Tilicho Lake Trek with Mesokanto Pass?

    After a long drive from Kathmandu, you can start your trek from Syanje. From there, continue your trek along the regular Annapurna Circuit trail until Manang. After acclimatizing there for some days in Manang, you head towards Tilicho Base Camp passing through the beautiful Khangsar village. The trekking trail passes through various settlements, waterfalls, terrains, and ancient Tibetian monasteries. Trekkers get to witness the astonishing rock formations, narrow canyons,  and yak grazing settlements while trekking. Further trekking from the Base Camp the trail leads you to the picturesque emerald Tilicho Lake. The view of the lake with its turquoise water shining against the magnificent massif is a rewarding experience for every trekker. Ascending uphill from the Tilicho lake there comes the Mesokanto La Pass. 

    Crossing the Mesokanto La Pass is tough and challenging compared to the Thorang La Pass, however, the Himalayan scenery from the top of the pass is marvellous. After the wonderful moment on the top, you trek downhill and walk through the dry and desert landscape to reach the Kaligandaki river bank. Walking over sandy and windy trail you finally reach Jomsom. It is the fastest way to reach Mustang from Manang. Taking the morning flight from Jomsom you can reach Pokhara. Taking the flight or drive from Pokhara you can finally return back to Kathmandu.

  • The Autumn and Spring season are the best time for trekking to the Tilicho lake with Mesokanta La pass. Spring falls in the month of March to May in Nepal while Autumn lasts from September to November. Trekking to this adventurous destination in those months, you will get to witness the beautiful wildflower along the trail. Moreover, during these months of the year, the temperature is stable and sky is clear. The crystal clear sky offers the outstanding visibility of mountain peaks and landscapes.

  • Tilicho lake trek with Mesokanto la pass follows the same trekking route of Annapurna Circuit Trek up to the Manang. As the trekking trail of Annapurna Circuit is well established so up to the Manang you can stay in the teahouses or lodges. From Manang, you divert your trek towards Tilicho Lake which is away from the crowded trekking trails of the Annapurna region. The facilities of the teahouse after Manang to Tilicho Base Camp are still very good. However, there are no teahouses and lodges after the Tilicho High Camp until Jomsom.

    So, all the trekkers heading towards the Mesokanto La Pass should spend their nights in the tented camps. 

  • This is a challenging trek for moderately fit people seeking adventure. The trekker needs to be physically fit and mentally calm in order to complete the trek.

    In spite of being on a lower elevation than that of the Thorang La Pass, trekking to the Tilicho Lake with Mesokanto La pass is more difficult to cross. So you have to be physically strong enough to tackle such a trekking expedition. An experienced trekking guide and proper gears are required to cross the pass. Novice trekkers with normal fitness levels and no experience in the trekking are not recommended for this trek. 

  • While trekking to a high altitude it is common to get altitude sickness. However, you can take some precautionary measures to avoid Acute Mountain Sickness. They are:

    • Attain height gradually and slowly
    • Drink plenty of water
    • Eat high caloric food
    • Avoid drinking and smoking
    • As you trek towards the higher altitude reduce your number of walking hours and take ample rest
    • If you feel any of the symptoms like nausea, vomiting, shortness of breath, loss of appetite, and so on then you have to immediately descend to the lower altitude if possible.
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