Tilman Pass Trek

This is very challenging and tough trek in two different Himalayan regions Langtang and Panch Pokhari (Five Holy Lakes). This trek offers a splendid breathtaking Langtang valley view with its surrounding mountains, old Buddhist monasteries,a small cheese factory, glaciers, the snow covered high Tilman pass, the beautiful Five Lakes, the authentic living style of the rural people and fantastic wildlife. We can see the excellent view of Langtang Lirung, Nayakhang, Yala Peak, Gangchembu, DorjeLakpa, Langshisa Ri, Shishapangma, Ganja-La Peak, Ghaurishankar, Ganesh Himal and Rolwaling Himal. After Tilman pass, we trek crossing the Langshisha glacier visiting the five sacred lakes of Panch Pokhari and the extremely remote Jugal Himal, home of the blue sheep and the red panda. The trek takes us past the rocky peaks of Kanshurum, Urkinmang and Ganchenpo.

A long time ago in Kerung, Tibet, an old Lama and his wife, Dorje and Lakpa, had an ox they loved, but it ran away along the banks of the upper Trisuli, past Rasuwa, down to where the Langtang Khola joins the river and up into the Langtang valley. The couple followed the ox ’s spirit trail left as magic marks in the snow. They chased the ox past the holy ground of Kyangjing Gompa towards the mountain of Langtang Ri and on a large flat rock that sat in the khola, killed it out of sheer frustration. Today the rock is covered in red moss and lichen which grew out of the animal’s blood. The couple was so upset at their stupidity that they changed form and their spirits flew into the mountains to become the twin peaks of Dorje Lakpa.

Trip summery in facts:
Trip Title: Tilman Pass Trek
Maximum Elevation: 5320m.
Walking Level: 5-7 hours per day.
Trip Duration: 22 Days
Mode of Operation: tea house & camping trek.
Best Season: Mar, Apr, May & Sept, Oct, Nov.
Trip Grade: Moderate and Strenuous
Group size: Minimum: 2 people Maximum: 18 people

Outline Itinerary: Tilman Pass Trek
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and meet ART representative at the airport and transfer to hotel 2 star bed and breakfast.
Day 02: Trek preparation and formalities of permits hotel 2 star bed and breakfast.
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi 1460m (7/8 hours) with private car. Overnight at tea house lodge.
Day 04: Trek from Syabrubesi to Lama Hotel 2324m (5/6 hours).Overnight at tea house lodge.
Day 05: Trek from Lama Hotel to Langtang 3330m (4/5 hours). Overnight at tea house lodge.
Day 06: Trek from Langtang to Kyanjin Gompa 3730m (2/3 hours). Overnight at tea house lodge.
Day 07: Acclimatization day and hike to Tsergo-Ri.Overnight at tea house lodge.
Day 08: Trek from Kyanjin Gompa to Langshisa Kharka 4080m (4/5 hours). Overnight at tented camp.
Day 09: Trek from Langshisa Kharka to Moraine Camp 4580m (4/5 hours)
Day 10: Trek from Moraine Camp to Yak Kharka 4825m via Tilman’s Pass 5320m (6/7 hours). Overnight at tented camp.
Day 11: Trek from Yak KHarka to Tinpokhari 3735m (4/5 hours). Overnight at tented camp.
Day 12: Trek from Tinpokhari to Panch Pokhari 4060m (5/6 hours). Overnight at tented camp.
Day 13: Exploring the Five Lakes and surrounding Valley. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 14: Trek from Panch Pokhari to Nasimpati 3631m (3/4 hours). Overnight at tented camp.
Day 15: Trek from Nasimpati to Hile Bhanjyang 3414m (4/5 hours). Overnight at tented camp.
Day 16: Trek from Hile Bhanjyang to Pauwabas 3024m (6/7 hours). Overnight at tented camp.
Day 17: Trek from Pauwabas to Kami Kharka 2855m (6/7 hours). Overnight at tented camp.
Day 18: Trek from Kami Kharka to Sano Okhareni 2043m (5/6 hours). Overnight at tented camp.
Day 19: Trek from Sano Okhareni to Chautara 1418m (4/5 hours). Overnight at tented camp.
Day 20: Drive from Chautara to Kathmandu by bus 6 hours and transfer to hotel 2 star bed and breakfast.
Day 21: Rest day hotel 2 star bed and breakfast.
Day 22: International departure.

Cost Includes:
-Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & transfer by car or bus.
-4 nights hotel 2 star bed and breakfast in Kathmandu.
-Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with hot drinks during the trek.
-Kathmandu-Syabrubensi & Chautara-Kathmandu by bus.
-Experienced and professional trekking guide,assistant guide, cook and porters.
-Food, accommodation, salary,transport,equipment,insurance etc for staffs.
-Camping equipment: tent, mattress, dining tent, kitchen tent,toilet tent, utensils etc.
-Accommodation in tented camp and tea house lodge twin basis during the trek.
-Trekking permits of Langtang National Park and TIMS cards.
-All government tax.

Cost Excludes:
-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.
-Travel, trekking and helicopter rescue insurance.
-Cold and alcoholic drinks.
-Personal high altitude medicines, first aid kits, equipment, gears, cloths, sleeping bag -20 degree 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
Anti-diarrhea pills
Anti-headache pills
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
Binoculars (optional)
4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks
Toiletries
1 medium-sized quick drying towel
Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
Deodorants
Nail clippers
Face and body moisturizer
Female hygiene products
Small mirror
Personal Hygiene
Wet wipes (baby wipes)
Tissue /toilet roll
Anti-bacterial hand wash
Extras/Luxuries
Reading book
Trail map/guide book
Journal and pen
iPod
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
Binoculars (optional)
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

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