Tilicho Pass trekking - Explore the world's highest Tilicho Lake and stunning Mesokanto Pass
Tilicho Mesokanto La Pass trekking is a tea house, plus a camping trek and one of the most adventurous and challenging treks in Annapurna Region. The best season to do Mesokanto La pass trekking is from early May to end of June, each year. We have been organizing this trek leading by our expert team and the latest date we organized this trek was from June 07, 2016 to June 13, 2016, see review for this trek on trip advisor posted by the people who made this trip with us in that date!
Tilicho pass trekking also known as Mesokanto la pass trek is a challenging and thrilling adventure trek that starts after a 7 hour scenic drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar. This is a teahouse plus camping trek and provides an opportunity to explore the world highest lake at an elevation of 4949m.Tilicho pass trekking is one of the demanding trekking trails in Annapurna region. This trek is also suitable for those nature lovers who wish to see the diverse culture and tradition of Gurung people and beautiful flowers.
Tilicho pass trekking route goes along the Marshangdi River and Gorge through the remote valley of Manang also known as the district behind the Mountains, to crest the arid, windswept northern flank of Annapurna at the Thorong-La. The route then passes through the Khanshar Village (The Last Village of Manang). The trail goes through the most challenging pass "Moeso Kanta Pass" of Annapurna area to Jomsom from where we fly to Pokhara or continue trekking through the lower mustang to Kali Gandaki valley then to Beni and Pokhara.
Attraction of Annapurna Region
Annapurna conservation Area Project
Annapurna Region is one of the captivating lands of bio diversity in the world. The region is the largest reserved and protected area of Nepal. The unique biodiversity, the scenic grandeur in combination with the multi cultural and multi ethnic diversity make it the world's most popular trekking destinations. With the objectives of achieving a balance between the environment conservation and socio economic development, through people's participation, the Annapurna conservation area project (ACAP) was launched from 1986 under the aegis of the national trust for nature conservation... See more.
The trust is governed by a board of trustees. Tourism is an essential for locals and the fastest growing industries in the Annapurna conservation area. The project serves as a new approach in the protected area management with its modalities based on the integrated conservation and development programs. Owing to its fame that it has gained in the history of the protected area management, the government of Nepal has given the trust the mandate for the management of the Annapurna conservation area.
Meaning of Annapurna
Annapurna is a Sanskrit name which literally means full of food (feminine form), but is normally translated as Goddess of the Harvests. In Hinduism, Annapurna is Devi, the universal and timeless Kitchen goddess, the mother who feeds her kids. Without her there is starvation, a universal fear: this makes Annapurna a universal goddess. Her most popular shrine is located in Kasi, on the banks of the Ghats. Her association with the giving of food (wealth) led her in time to be transformed into Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth.
List of mountains we can see in the Annapurna region trekking
Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m),
Mt. Annapurna I (8091m),
Mt. Manaslu (8163 m),
Mt. Annapurna II (7937 m.) ,
Mt. Annapurna III (7555m),
Mt. Annapurna IV (7525m),
Mt. Annapurna south (7219m),
Mt. Nilgiri (7041m),
Mt. Fishtail also called Mt. Machhapuchhare (6998m),
Mt. Hiunchuli (6441m),
Mt. Lamjung Himal (6986m),
Tukuche peak (6920m),
Tilicho peak (7134m).
Culture and People of the Annapurna Region
One of the unforgettable experience of this region is culture and life style of local people. During trekking, trekkers encounter villages of different ethnic people. According to last census over 45,000 thousand people of different ethnic and tribal backgrounds with various religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Bon Po, Shamanism and Animism represented live in the Annapurna region. The dominant groups are Gurung, Magar, Thakali and Manangi. Generally, these people are subsistence farmers who depend on the forests for fuel, fodder and timber. Almost each of group have their own dialect and own cultures and traditions. Trekkers who go for trekking in Annapurna region are fascinated by the local people's culture and tradition.
Flora and Fauna
In Annapurna region, we can see the diverse flora and fauna. The range of geographical and climatic regions has led to this diversity. Below 1000 m in altitude the climate is tropical. These areas are heavily cultivated and the landscape, therefore, largely consists of terraced paddy fields for most of the year. As we go to higher the natural vegetation changes from the tropical species to more temperate stands of forest trees including oak, beech and rhododendron. These finally give way to coniferous forests of pine and, ultimately, juniper just below the tree line.
Annapurna conservation area is the home of 102 species of mammals, 488 species of birds and 40 species of reptiles. In this region, we can see pheasants named Danphe, Monal, Kaliz, Cheer, Kokilas, and Blood Pheasants, etc. Among mammals, blue sheep and Himalayan Thar can be seen in the area.
Tilicho Pass trekking short itinerary
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu (1350m).
Day 02: Trekking preparation day or sightseeing of Kathmandu valley.
Day 03: Drive to Besisahar (760m), 7 hours.
Day 04: Trek from Besisahar to Baundada (1310m), 6 hours walking.
Day 05: Trek from Bahundada to jagat (1430m), 5-6 hours walking.
Day 06: Trek from Jagat (1430m) to Tal (1920m), 5-6 hours walking.
Day 07: Trek from Tal to Dharapani(1820m), 6 hours walking.
Day 08: Trek from Dharapani to Chame (2630m), 6 hours walking.
Day 09: Trek from Chame (2630m ) to Pisang (3200m), 6 hours walking.
Day 10: Trek from Pisang (3200m) to Manang (3500m), 5 to 6 hours walking.
Day 11: Acclimatization day at Manang, explore surroundings.
Day 12: Trek from Manang to Khangsar Khadka (3734m), 6 hours walking.
Day 13: Trek from Khangsar Khaddka to Tilicho Base Camp (4300m), 5 hours walking.
Day 14: Exploring the Tilicho Lake area.
Day 15: Trek from Tilicho Lake to Mesokanto La base camp.
Day 16: Mesokanto La pass and then to Kaisang.
Day 17: Kaisang to Jomsom.
Day 18: Jomsom to Pokhara by flight, short sightseeing in pokhara valley.
Day 19: Pokhara back to kathmandu by flight/Tourist bus.
Day 20: Rest and relax day, evening join the farewell dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant with live culture show.
Day 21: Transfer to airport and fly back to home.
Trip cost: Please write us and let us know how many of you are there in your group to do this trek so that we can send you a quote and other information according to your group size.
Note: If above itinerary couldn't meet your needs, we can design a tailor-made itinerary to suit your needs. It is also possible to combine with some other activities such as Tibet tours, Bhutan tours, and Jungle safari in Nepal.