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18 Days
Availability : March- May, Mid September - December
Min Age : 20+
Max People : 200

Tilicho Lake-Mesokanto La Pass Trekking, an adventure that leads you to remote and isolated region of high Manang valley on least ventured areas by trekkers and adventurer.

Makes this journey more interesting walking into pure wilderness of mountains and glacial lake and crossing high Mesokanto-la pass to reach from Manang valley towards Mustang area at Jomsom.

Tilicho Lake-Mesokanto La Pass Trekking probably the best and scenic parts of Far Mid West Himalaya within northern side of massive Annapurna Himalaya and close to high peaks of Gangapurna, Tilicho and Nilgiri’s where its glaciers feeds to form a beautiful lake of Tilicho.

For Hindu and some Buddhist followers a sacred Lake of Tilicho a highest lake of Nepal where few trekkers often explore and visits this beautiful spot, and less number of visitors often cross high Mesokanto-la due to it remoteness and away from villages with overnight stop facilities.

Life and Journey Treks and Expeditions offer this wonderful adventure for interested people in search of quiet and tranquil areas around Annapurna and Manang high areas, where Tilicho Lake-Mesokanto La Pass Trekking will be a perfect choice.

Adventure begins after an exciting overland journey from the capital Kathmandu to reach lower warm areas of Lamjung district around Nepal Mid West, where walk follows raging Marysangdi River right up to its glacial source at Manang and Tilicho Lake.

Tilicho Lake-Mesokanto La Pass Trekking starts on the same route of Annapurna circuit trail to reach at high and scenic Manang valley after walking past nice villages of Dharapani-Chame town and Pisang to reach at main Manang village after visiting impressive old monastery of Braga.

Enjoying times at Manang village walk leads off the main route of Annapurna circuit to reach at beautiful emerald colored Tilicho Lake, with grand moments heading towards high Mesokanto-la pass which can be quite strenuous and demanding on snow conditions.

After much preparations and acclimatization days crossing Mesokanto-la at 5,099 m to reach at Lower Mustang areas in Jomsom, a large town and headquarter district of Mustang and home to Thakali people.

From Jomsom where short scenic flight of less than half hour reaches you at beautiful Pokhara by its calm Phewa Lake after a great adventure and wonderful experience on Tilicho Lake-Mesokanto La Pass Trekking.

Trip Accommodation

Hotels in cities, towns and local lodge on treks with camping for some days after Tilicho Lake to Jomsom.

Trekking Grade

Adventurous and Challenging (in snow conditions).

Highest spot

5,099 m at high Mesokanto-La Pass

People and Culture

Higher area Manang people with Gurung, Mustang. Thakali of Buddhism religion with mid hill Poon / Magar of both Hindu Buddhism religion and cultures with traditional farm life.

Trek Duration

13 Nights and 14 Days (with drive both ways)

Total Trip

17 Nights and 18 days (from arrival to final departure)

Best Seasons

April to May and Mid September to November months best months for treks when most of the days crystal clear for views, but cold in the morning and night time as well in shades with chances of snow sometimes during late autumn season.

Where March to May will be lively when wild flowers are in full bloom with sunny days with cloudy late afternoon times.


Day 1Arrival day in Kathmandu via various airlines and transfer to hotel

On arrival at Kathmandu international airport received by Life and Journey staff / guide greets you with warm welcome and then transfer into heart of Kathmandu city to your respective hotels.

With time to get refreshed join in for group briefing regarding treks with other useful information as well with do’s and don’ts, includes welcome group dinner in a nice authentic restaurants with cultural program.

Day 2In Kathmandu options for sightseeing tour and trek preparation

Free day in Kathmandu for leisure activities as well for options for a sightseeing tour around the city places of Interest, like Kathmandu and its close other cities steeped with World Heritage Sites, rest of the afternoon preparing for the trek around Annapurna Himalaya.

Day 3Drive to Syange 1,240 m via Besisar 830 m of 6 hrs overland

Morning an interesting long drive leads to Nepal Mid West, journey heads past Besisar town, and then on the dirt road to Khudi, Bhulbhule and Ngadi following the Marysangdi River upstream, the drive continues through rice terraces fields and villages to Syange for over night stop.

Day 4Trek to Dharapani 1,920 m - 05 hours

From Syange slow climb on leaving Marysangdi River behind to reach a farm village of Jagat, from here morning walk leads on gentle winding path to Chamje, and back to the same river, crossing towards forested area, with superb views of Annapurna and Manaslu mountain ranges, as walk leads on wide path to a nice village at Tal Besi.
Probably with refreshing lunch break, and then continue walk for 2-3 hours to Dharapani village for overnight stop, Dharapani a nice village situated on the junction of Annapurna circuit and Manaslu trekking trail.

Day 5Trek to Chame 2,670 m - 05 hours

After Dharapani walk on winding trail within rhododendron and pine forest past Bagarchap and Danque to reach at Timang village, from here onwards into more Buddhist cultural village with views of Mt. Manaslu.
From Timang village few hours trek leads to Koto and then at Chame town for overnight stop, Chame a large and major town of Manang area and as well a head quarter of Manang district.

Day 6Trek to Pisang 3, 230 m - 05 hrs

From here onward air gets much cooler as walk leads closer to mountains, morning walk into dense alpine forest of rhododendron and pine trees, following Masrsyangdi River upstream with short ups and down hills to Bhratang village.

From Bhratang village walk follows uphill through woodland to reach at Dhukure Pokhari a small place with few teahouses and lodge overlooking Chulus and Pisang peak, with a possible lunch stop then walk descends to lower Pisang village for overnight stop.

Day 7 Trek to Manang Village 3,450 m - 05 hrs

Pisang village offers great scenery of mountains and surrounding landscapes, from here altitude gains as the morning walk leads through forest and with a short uphill with super views of staggering Annapurna II and III, Gangapurna Chulu’s and Pisang peak. As the walk reach flat valley at Hongde village, from here onward tree lines disappear for barren, arid landscapes with cold, dry arctic climate.

Before Manang, visit old Braga monastery with old Buddhist relics, ancient wall painting and frescos and stunning views of Annapurna Himalaya, from here an hour walk reaches at Manang village.
Houses here built in traditional Tibetan style and Manang people are known for their rich cultural and traditions.

Day 8Rest day at Manang for local hikes and acclimatization

A necessary rest day for acclimatization before heading higher elevation to Thorang-la pass, in Manang with options for short hike and to explore Manang village, Manang a large village situated on windswept valley by the bank of Marysangdi River beneath Annapurna and Gangapurna mountain range, a nice walk uphill for views of Gangapurna Glacier and the Manang emerald glacial Lake.

Day 9Trek to Khangsar 3,734 - 05 hrs

From Manang village morning walk leads to our next highlight of the adventure, as our route diverts from main Annapurna circuit trail reaching one of the last village of Manang at Khangsar for overnight stop which lies on route to Tilicho Lake.

Day 10Trek to Tilicho Base Camp 4, 240 m - 05 hrs

Morning walk leads to gradual walks with few short downs and more climb into remote and isolated areas beyond Manang valley, on quiet trail to reach a nice meadow, with chances of spotting some wild-life like antelopes, musk deer or elusive snow leopard on reaching at Tilicho Base Camp for overnight stop.

Day 11Trek to Tilicho Lake 4,140 m and back at Base Camp

Today walk leads towards scenic Tilicho Lake, one of the holy spot for both Hindu’s and Buddhist religions, the areas offers wonderful views of snowcapped peaks where walk heads downhill to the bank of beautiful Tilicho Lake.
After a great time at Tilicho Lake and head back to base camp with lovely day walks around Tilicho Lake, with rest of the afternoon relax for next day high walk to the base of Mesokanto-la.

Day 12Trek beyond Tilicho towards base of Mesokanto-la 4,860 m

Start morning walk on higher side of Tilicho area facing marvelous views of peaks with steep climb over hills and ridges and down to an isolated corners and finding a suitable spot for overnight camp at the base of Mesokanto-la pass.

Day 13Cross Mesokanto La 5,099 m and to Nama Phu 3,510m -07 hrs

Today climb leads to cross high pass beyond Tilicho and Manang area then on top of Mesokanto-la pass, highest point of the journey after a short scenic rest catching mind-blowing scenery of surrounding peaks from 5,099 meters high.
After a refreshing break with views descend with care to reach at the base within Mustang district from here onward then reaching a nice pasture with grassy field for overnight camp in a small place celled Nama Phu.

Day 14Trek to Kaisang 3,280m of further - 05 hrs

After a tough walk of previous day, where this morning leads you with easy walk on downhill to reach at Kaligandaki valley with views of Mt. Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri’s peaks, a great scenic walk to reach at Kaisang and continue further to camp within Yak grazing pasture fields.

Day 15Trek to Jomsom 2,713 m via Thini-Gaon 2,850m - 05 hrs

Our last day walk of the adventure, enjoy with downhill route to reach at Jomsom town, located above Kaligandaki River on the famous old Trans Himalayan Salt Trade Route of Nepal and Tibet, as well the home to Thakali people one of the most flourishing tribe trading with Tibet since ancient times.
On arrival at Jomsom, the headquarter town of Mustang district with many excellent lodge and hotels for overnight accommodation.

Day 16Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara 860 m - 20 mins flight

Early breakfast and then transfer to Jomsom airport for sweeping short flight of 20 minutes to Pokhara, during airborne spectacular views of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri’s and Annapurna range of mountains with rolling hills dotted with farm villages,
On reaching Pokhara airport transfer to respective hotels by the serene lake Phewa, afternoon free for individual activities or just relax and enjoy the views of the Annapurna Himalaya.

Day 17Drive / Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel

Morning after breakfast drive takes you back at Kathmandu, taking about 5-6 hrs on same busy highway back to Kathmandu, during overland journey observe Nepalese country life within farm villages and town, reaching Kathmandu transfer to hotel with evening free at leisure.
(Flight options 30 minutes to reach Kathmandu from Pokhara by air)

Day 18International Departure homeward bound or respective countries

Your last final day in Nepal the country of Himalayan wonders, as per your flight time depart from the hotel, where our guides and staff transfer you for International departure homeward bound or to respective countries.