This challenging and difficult trek offers you an experience of Annapurna classic trail including world's highest lake Tilicho 4900m, Eastern La Pass 5300m and Mesokanto Pass 5320m with its wide varieties of flora and fauna of this region, moraine glacier rivers, multi ethnic groups such as Tamang, Gurung, Tibetan, Thakali, Magar etc. their diverse culture, Tibetan Buddhist influenced societies, ancient Buddhist monasteries and monuments with colorful holy flags, traditional agriculture in terrain farmlands, typical villages with local houses etc.
During the trek, you will enjoy with the spectacular views of different mountain peaks such as Ngadi Chuli, Manaslu range, Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Gangapurna Peak, Tilicho Peak, Chulu East Peak, Chulu Centre Peak, Chulu West Peak, Pisang Peak, Thorong Peak, Yakwakang Peak, Annapurna I, South Annapurna, Nilgiri peak, Himchuli peak, Gandarba Chuli Peak, Machhapuchchhre (Fish Tail) peak, Lamjung Himal, Dhaulagiri I, Dhaulagiri V, Butter fly mountain, Tukuche Peak, Dhampus Peak etc.
Trip summery in facts: Trip Title: Tilicho Mesokanto Pass Trek. Maximum Elevation: 5416m. Walking Level: 5-7 hours per day. Trip Duration: 23 Days Mode of Operation: tea house lodge & camping trek. Best Season: Mar, Apr, May & Sept, Oct, Nov.. Trip Grade: Moderate and Strenuous Group size: Minimum: 2 people to Maximum: 18 people
Outline Itinerary: Tilicho Mesokanto Pass Trek Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu international airport 1300m,welcome by ART member and transfer to hotel 2 star at Thamel touristic city. Bed & breakfast included. Day 02: Kathmandu to Bhulbhule 6 hours by tourist bus and trek to Ngadi 2 hours.Overnight at Tea house Lodge. Day 03: Trek from Ngadi to Jagat 5 hours. Trek passed through green terraces in Marshyangdi riverside. Over night at Tea house Lodge. Day 04: Trek from Jagat to Dharapani 5 hours: This day follow riverside climb mountain path reaching Chyamche. We can view of magnificent waterfall, mini hydro electricity and climb up in steep cliffs.Over night at Tea house Lodge. Day 05: Trek from Dharapani to Chame 5 hours: This day we crossed decent view of Manaslu and we can over look the view of Dudh Khola and Marshyangdi. Annapurna II becomes visible ahead.Trek pass through thundering waterfall and Marshyangdi Khola becomes a George.Now, we can over look the magnificent Manaslu and Phungi. We cross through the village and climb through a fir and pine forest to Chame. Over night at Tea house Lodge. Day 06: Trek from Chame to Pisang village: This day we reach the small settlement of Taleku. When we cross Buradhan on the right bank there are military station who fought against the Khampa tribal revolution. We can see the east peak of Annapurna II and Pisang peak. Over night at Tea house Lodge. Day 07: Trek from Pisang to Manang: There are two options to reach Manang upper Gryru and Ngawal or straight walking through lower Hongde airfield of Manang. This day is special view of Annapurna III, IV, Gangapurna peak, Tilicho peak with large Chortens(stupas),stoned wall Mani and Monasteries. Over night at Tea house Lodge. Day 08: Manang Acclimatization: Manang rest day, explore the surroundings. We do day hike acclimatization to Deurali crossing Marshyangdi River and Gangapurna Lake to view Chulu west peak,Chulu Centre peak, Chulu east peak, chulu far east peak,Pisang peak, Annapurna II, III,IV,Gangapurna peak,Tilicho peak etc. Manang is a surprisingly large village for this remote mountain region,all its houses are line up with prayer flags.Over night at Tea house Lodge. Day 09: Trek from Manang to Shree Kharka 4 hours. Over night at Tea house Lodge. Day 10: Trek from Shree Kharka to Tilicho Base Camp 4 hours. Over night at Tea house Lodge. Day 11: Trek from Tilicho Base Camp to Tilicho Lake 4900m, the Lake in world's highest altitude 7 hours. Over night camping. Day 12: Trek from Tilicho Lake to Yak Kharka via crossing Eastern La Pass 5300m & Mesokanto Pass 5200m 8 hours. Overnight camping. Day 13: Trek from Yakkharka to Marpha 2670m 6 hours.Path down below close view of Kali Gandaki and reach famous airfield Jomsom and heading toward Marpha village. This place is very popular for its apple and home made apple wine. Overnight at Tea house Lodge. Day 14: Trek Marpha – Kalopani 2530m 5 hours.Trek towards a stream of Tukuche Village. This day, we have clear view of Nilgiri peak, Dhaulagiri I, Tukche peak, Annapurna I and Dhaulagiri Icefall. Overnight at Tea house Lodge. Day 15: Trek Kalopani – Tatopani 1190m 5 hours. We cross through pine tree valley with suspension bridges. Known as a deepest gorge valley, great water fall of Rupche Chahara to reach Tatopani. We can relax in natural hot spring shower. Overnight at Tea house Lodge. Day 16: Trek Tatopani – Ghorepani 2860m 7 hours . We walk through local Magar ethnic villages and picturesque Rhododendron forest to reach at Ghorepani village. Overnight at Tea house Lodge. Day 17: Trek Ghorepani – Tadapani 2630m 6 hours . Morning excursion 45 minutes walk up to Poon Hill 3200m for panoramic views of Dhaulagiri Himalayan range and Annapurna Himalayan range. After having breakfast, we descend down through the forest with different species of rhododendron for Tadapani. Over night at Tea House Lodge. Day 18: Trek Tadapani – Ghandruk 1940m 5 hours. Early morning, we walk in the dense forest and arrive at Ghandruk. After having lunch, we visit two Gurung ethnic museums and a Buddhist monastery. Approach views of South Annapurna,Himchuli peak,Fish Tail, Gangapurna peak, Gandharba chuli etc. Overnight at Tea House Lodge. Day 19: Trek Ghandruk- Birethati 1025m 4 hours. Then, Nayapul- Pokhara 900m 3 hours by tourist bus. Bed & Breakfast at comfort hotel near Fewa Lake.This day,we walk down to Birethati through terrain local farms and follow the Modi Khola river to arrive in Birethati. After having lunch in Birethati, we walk about 30 minutes to reach at Nayapul. Then, we go to Pokhara from Nayapul by tourist bus 3 hours. Day 20: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu 6 hours by tourist bus 25 mn by plane and transfer to hotel 2 star with bed and breakfast included. Day 21: Airport transfer from hotel and international departure
-Airport-hotel transfers by private car or tourist mini bus according to group size.
-2 nights 2 star level Hotel in Kathmandu at Thamel touristic city with breakfast except lunch and dinner.
-Trekking permits of Annapurna Conservation Area Project and TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System).
-Accommodation in tea house lodge & camping with foam mattress twin basis.
-Food (breakfast,lunch & dinner) with hot drinks during the trek.
-Salary, insurance, transport, food and accommodation for guide and porters.
-Kathmandu-Bulbule,Nayapul - Pokhara, Pokhara - Kathmandu by bus.
-13 % VAT compulsory tax of Nepal Government and other local taxes.
-Experienced & professional English speaking trekking guide, assistant guide, cook and porters.
-Nepal tourist visa fee 40 $ for a month. Nepal visa can be obtained upon arrival.
-International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
-Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain due to any reason than the scheduled itinerary.
-Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu & Pokhara and also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary.
-Travel, trekking and helicopter rescue insurance.
-Cold and alcoholic drinks
-Personal high altitude medicines, first aid kits, equipment, gears, cloths etc.
-Personal expenses: phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge of camera or mobile and gas shower in mountain.
-Tips for guide, assistant guide, cook and porters according to custom of trekking in Nepal.
Clothing & Equipment Check List: Important documents and items
Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc. Head
Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
Sunglasses with UV protection
Prescription sunglasses (if required) Upper Body
Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
Light and expedition weight thermal tops
Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
Down vest and/or jacket *
Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable Hands
1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.
1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal) Lower Body
Non-cotton underwear briefs
1 pair of Hiking shorts
1 pair of Hiking trousers
1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric Feet
2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)
1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
Cotton socks (optional)
Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version Sleeping
1 sleeping bag (- 15 degrees C)*
Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
Rucksack and Travel Bags
1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carry on)
1 large duffel bag *
A small day bag/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional) Medical
Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
1 skin-blister repair kit
Cough and/or cold medicine
Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
Water purification tablets or water filter
1 set of earplugs
Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies Practical Items
1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches
1 compass or GPS(optional)
1 alarm clock/watch
1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries
large Zip lucks
2 water bottles (1 liter each)
1 small folding knife
4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks Toiletries
1 medium-sized quick drying towel
Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
Face and body moisturizer
Female hygiene products
Wet wipes (baby wipes)
Tissue /toilet roll
Anti-bacterial hand wash Extras/Luxuries
Trail map/guide book
Journal and pen
Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at tea houses and/or camps)
1 modest swim suit
Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
Lightweight pillow case (in case your tea houses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow