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Tilicho Lake-Mesokanto La Pass

Duration
17 Days

Posted By
Dennis Tedder
Once again, another incredible trip supported by Ace Holiday Treks and Narayn Bhatta. In March, 2017, my nephew joined me in Kathmandu where I now live; 90% of my decision to live in Kathmandu is as a result of Narayan Bhatta. My nephew and I trekked to Everest Base Camp... Read More
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Have you ever think to merge Tilicho Lake with Mesokanto La Pass? If you have ever thought it once then we must say you have the sense of trekking. Tilicho Lake with Mesokanto La Pass is encountered as a nice – looking trek with full of adventure into the uppermost elevation with precious stone lake of Nepal. The appealing thing about Mesokanto Lake is it will go after the Annapurna region via Tilicho Pass with an elevation of 5,230 meter. Mesokanto La Pass is known for crossing mechanical Pass which needs rope. The quest keeps on in Annapurna region with glorious outlook of huge Annapurna and Dhaulagiri.

Tilicho Lake- Mesokanto La Pass offers the vistas of Mount Gangapurna and Mount Tilicho Annapurna, Mount Fishtail and other hundreds of peaks and high mountains. This unique sort of blending will provides the lovely exciting activity with a possibility of walking around the hills, florid slopes, culturally very rich settlements, rivers and remarkable sunrise and twilight. The trail that completes Tilicho Lake with Mesokanto La Pass is filled with varied flora and fauna, isn’t it interesting? The study of such exclusive traditions of Magars and Gurungs mores gratifies the trekkers. Tilicho Lake-Mesokanto La Pass is a blessed ad wonderful trek which is suitable for adventure seekers and natural explores.

Who does not want to experience the electrifying escapade? For that you have to carry out this trek which will take you to Tilicho Pass and that Mesokanto La Pass by means of technical development. Although the trekking itself is not tricky but yeah it asks lots of elevated trekking experience. Obviously the trek demands physical fitness and then there would not be any obstruction. Tilicho Lake with an elevation of 4,940 meter and 5,099 meter of Mesokanto La Pass with 5,099 meter will set a milestone in your life.


Outline Itinerary
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1,300m) trek preparation
Day 02: Drive to Bhulbhule (840m)
Day 03: Trek to Syange (1,100m)
Day 04: Trek to Dharapani (1,860m)
Day 05: Trek to Chame (2,670m)
Day 06: Trek to Pisang (3,200m)
Day 07: Trek to Manang (3,540m)
Day 08: Rest at Manag
Day 09: Trek to Khangsar Village (3,734m)
Day 10: Trek to Tilicho Base Camp (4,150m) via Tent Camp
Day 11: Trek to Mesokanto La Pass Phedi (4,910m)
Day 12: Cross Mesokanto La Pass (5,100m), Kaisang Kharka (4,000m)
Day 13: Trek to Jomsom (2,700m)
Day 14: Flight to Pokhara, rest day and boating
Day 15: Drive to Kathmandu
Day 16: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Day 17: Departure!!!!
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1,300m) trek preparation
Arriving at Kathmandu (1,300m) you will be received by the representative staff from Ace Treks. From the airport you will be transferred into the hotel where you can have some rest and then you will be familiar with the detail itineraries. So, you will spend some time as a trek preparation. In the evening you will be welcome with dinner. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Drive to Bhulbhule (840m)
On the second day of your arrival you will take a drive to Bhulbule (840m) after having breakfast. You will arrive to Bhulbhule via Besisahar which takes 7 to 8 hours. Stay overnight in lodge.

Day 03: Trek to Syange (1,100m)
From Bhulbhule you will move further starting the trek to Syange (1,100m). You will begin the trek without taking breakfast. You will keep on moving after the Marsyangdi. You will persist to pass the river occasionally on realistic foot bridge. Stay overnight in lodge.

Day 04: Trek to Dharapani (1,860m)
On the next day you will again move out for the trek to Dharapani with an elevation of 1,860 meter. You will find Dharapni as an amazing destination to begin the trek. There you will too find the place to set up the camp but despite the facility of camp you will stay on lodge.

Day 05: Trek to Chame (2,670m)
Leaving Dharapani you will trek to Chame (2,670m) which permits to inward in Manang region. You will like an observation of Manaslu and Larkyala Pass from Chame which is the Administrative Headquarters of the region. So, you will collect the gift available in Chame and you can too seek help from police check posts if essential. Stay overnight in lodge.

Day 06: Trek to Pisang (3,200m)
You will pass from the dense pine forest and move into beautiful Buddhist villages of Taleku and Bhratang. You will cross through the trail adorned with mani walls, chortens and like the prospect of Annapurna II Mountain which is in its full grandeur. Passing the river above wooden bridge, you will start towards Pisang village where you will stay. Stay overnight in lodge.

Day 07: Trek to Manang (3,540m)
On the following day you will walk through the moraines and rock by passing from the steep forest to reach the bank of Juju Khola. Passing through the dense forest, you will go back over the previous route to picturesque Manang Village which is positioned beneath the Thorongla Pass. This is counted as world’s uppermost mountainous pass. You will stay at Manang which provides different cultural experience as this particular place is populated by Gurung and Ghale ethnics. Stay overnight in lodge.

Day 08: Rest at Manang
On this day you will take some rest as it is too needed before you attempt Khangsar Village. Likewise, you have already trek for several hours so this day will help you to strengthen the muscles and rest day will help you to get acclimatization. Stay overnight in lodge.

Day 09: Trek to Khangsar Village (3,734m)
Khangsar Village demands an elevation from Manang from where it opens a way to experience an adventure for Tilicho Lake and Tilicho Base Camp. Passing the Khangsar Khola via bridge you will reach to Khangsar Vilage taking a gradual slope. Stay overnight in lodge.

Day 10: Trek to Tilicho Base Camp (4,150m) via Tent Camp
Lowering down from the pasture at Sirikharka, you will pass throughout the landslide horizontal area to Tilicho Base Camp. You will have the sight of radiant Tilicho Lake as well. You will accomplish the trek via tent Camp and the guide will provide enough information about Tent Camp. Stay overnight in a tented camp.

Day 11: Trek to Mesokanto La Pass Phedi (4,910m)
You will go up the Eastern Pass (5340m) and like the vision of Annapurna, Tilicho and Gangapurna Mountains. Enduring more, you will mount Mesokanta La Pass (4,910m) as it offers captivating vision of Dhaulagiri Mountain, Tilicho Mountain, Tukuche peak and Nilgiri Mountain. You will lower downward from Mesokantala. Moving from Tilicho Base Camp to Mesokanto La Pass Phedi will give you different experience. Stay overnight in a tented camp.

Day 12: Cross Mesokanto La Pass (5,100m), Kaisang Kharka (4,000m)
On this day you will cross Mesokanto La Pass (5,100m) which is an eye-catching adventure into the elevated crystal altitude. Mesokanto trekking goes after the route of Annapurna region. The trek to Kaisang Kharka helps to explore by moving downward and stay at Yak Kharka. Stay overnight at guesthouse.

Day 13: Trek to Jomsom (2,700m)
Leaving the grazing area of yaks at Yak Kharka early in the morning, you will take the gradual downward trail and pass all through the tinyThinigaon village to Jomsom (2,700m). Stay overnight at guesthouse.

Day 14: Flight to Pokhara, rest day and boating
Taking 25 minutes of scenic flight in an early morning from Jomsom will take you to Pokhara. From Pokhara you will move to hotel. You will take some rest at the hotel and then in the evening you will take pleasure by boating on Fewa Lake. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 15: Drive to Kathmandu
On the following day you will take a drive to Kathmandu by tourist bus via Prithvi Highway. Arriving at Kathmandu you will be transferred into hotel where you can take some rest and freshen up. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 16: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
This is the day where you will move out for the sightseeing in Kathmandu. Most of the places of sights will cover the places and monuments which are listed in World Heritage Sites and among them some of them are Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swyambhunath, sacred Pashupatinath, plus Monkey temple and so on. Sightseeing in Kathmandu will be very fruitful as you will get to know lots of things about Nepal. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 17: Departure!!!!
On this day you will be transferred into Tribhuvan International Airport from the hotel so that you can return your own hometown or move for next destinations. Our team representative from Ace Treks will take you to airport with great respect.
Cost Included:
  • Arrival & Departure Transport By private Car/Van/Bus.
  • Three meals a day during the Trekking (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation in Tea House during the Trekking.
  • Trekking Guide with Insurance
  • Trekking Porters if needed with Insurance
  • Two nights' Accommodation in Kathmandu 2 Star level hotel with bed- and- breakfast basis, (If you like to have a standard Hotel accommodations please do let us know).
  • Kathmandu city and trekking maps.
  • Trekking permit (Conservation fee).
  • Tims card (Trekking information management system) as like a permit.
  • Free use Company's duffel bag.
  • Emergence of helicopter rescue (pay by your insurance)
  • Day sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley, car/van/bus and tour guide
  • All needed Government fee.

Cost Excluded:
  • International Airfare.
  • Food in Kathmandu lunch and dinner.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 40 for 30 days and US$ 25 for 15 days you should get visa open your arrival)
  • Any kind of drinks.
  • Tips for Guide and Porters
  • Donation
  • Items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone etc.
The following gives you a general idea of the personal items that you can bring for the trek. The personal items are of individual interest, and choice. The most important fact that one should keep on mind is that one should have enough clothes to tackle the cold weather in the Himalayas.

In a supported trek, heavy items are carried by porters or yaks and personal belongings that you may need for the day like money, water bottle, rain gear, camera, sun cream and toilet paper etc. should be carried by yourself. So you are briefed to pack items in two different bags.

We will supply complimentary water and wind proof duffel bag which you can use on the trek and is carried by porter/s. The duffel bag is yours to keep after the trek. You can leave your bag with your non-trek items at the hotel in Kathmandu and collect them after the trek.

General
  • For seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek)
  • Duffel or Rucksack bag or suitcase (We will provide one complimentary ACE duffel bag for you to keep.)

Daypack
  • Down Jacket (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek)

Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes
  • Shade hat or baseball cap - some people drape a bandana down the back of their head and then put a baseball cap on to hold it is place. This can be a flexible alternative while keeping the sun off your ears and neck.
  • Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears.
  • Balaclava - lightweight, thinner variety.
  • Glacier glasses-100% UV protection with side shields and a hard-sided storage case (i.e. Julbo or Cebe). This is to protect your eyes from the stronger rays of the sun due to the thinner atmosphere which can cause a painful condition known as snow blindness. Regular sunglasses are not sufficient. If you wear prescription glasses, speak to your doctor about prescription glacier glasses, perhaps with transitional lenses.
  • Headlamp - Black Diamond and Petzl both make several good ones. Make sure to bring extra batteries and that they are lithium batteries so that they will last in the colder temperatures. These are indispensable for getting around at night, reading, etc. so, don't go cheap here.
  • Some people like ear-muffs; These are optional; a good hat, balaclava, and hooded jacket should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people (optional).
  • A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it (optional).

Hand
  •     1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside other gloves / mitts   for additional warmth.
  •     1 pair warm gloves (heavier fleece or wool).
  •     1 pair shell gloves or mitts; Gore-Tex is preferred for keeping hands dry.

Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn't be necessary on the trek. Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).

Core Body
  • T-shirts (2).
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
  • Fleece jacket or pullover.
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
  • 2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!

Lower Body – Legs
  • 2 pairs nylon hiking shorts - Quick drying type, not cotton!
  • Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
  • 2 pairs lightweight long underwear - capilene or other synthetic.
  • 1 pair soft shell pants - synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
  • 2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
  • 1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. Should zip from the top and bottom - this makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
  • 1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
 All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.

Feet
  • 4 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or capilene.
  • 3 pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks.
  • 1 pair light weight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the trail.
  • 1 pair light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots. Ensure a good fit with layered socks and you have worn then before to get used to it (otherwise you will get lots of blister).
  • 1 pair light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
  • 1 pair hiking gaiters, good for keeping dust and rocks out of your shoes / boots as well as keep your feet dry as necessary (Optional).
  • 1 pair sandals (Optional).

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well)
  • Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
  • Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
  • Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
  • Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness. Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
  • 1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc. Your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.

Miscellaneous, but Important !
  • Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
  • Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of your).
  • Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
  • Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
  • Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its' effectiveness over time.
  • Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
  • Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
  • Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
  • 2 bandanas.

Optional
  • 1 pair adjustable trekking poles. Although these are listed as optional, these can be of great assistance to people who may think of themselves and generally clumsy or with bad knees, ankles, etc, especially when going downhill (Optional).
  • Favorite snack foods, no more than 2 pounds (Optional).
  • Paperback books, cards, mp3 player (there are a couple of stops where you could recharge. Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function. Remember, keep these items light weight (Optional).
Binoculars (Optional).
  • 1 light weight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR. Digital cameras are ok, but you must keep the batteries warm when not in use (Optional).
  • Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator (Optional).
  • A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman, some swear by them to avoid that chilly late night trip (Optional).
  • 1 small stainless steel thermos (Optional).

This list is only a guide. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands, and versions of each piece of equipment. Use your experience and the listed features to find the best gear for you. Some of the above equipments can be easily found in stores in Kathmandu for cheaper prices.

Please Note: Tight fitting, figure-hugging clothing, such as those made with Lycra can often be offensive to locals, especially to women. If you find these items comfortable as a base layer, please pack something to wear on top of them.

Trip Facts

Duration: 17 Days
Accomodation: Tea house
Type: Hard
Activities : Trekking and hiking
No. of Pax : Min 2
Starts From : Kathmandu
Ends at : kathmandu

Trip Highlights

  • Unique trek package of merge Tilicho Lake with Mesokanto La Pass.
  • Tilicho Lake with Mesokanto La Pass is encountered as a nice – looking trek with full of adventure into the uppermost elevation with precious stone lake of Nepal.
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