Tilicho Mesokanta Pass Trekking is an alternative advance route of the most popular Thorong la pass trek in Annapurna region. This is a less crowded trekking route in Nepal. The trail of Tilicho lake Mesokanta pass trekking follows the same track of APC trek till Manang & diverted towards Tilicho lake. After reaching Tilicho lake, the trail goes over Mesokanta pass and gets to Jomsom on the other side of Annapurna range.
Like Annapurna circuit trek, Mesokanto Pass trekking walks you into different ethnic groups with villages of Brahaman, Chhetri, Gurung, Magar, Tamang and Thakali community. Variation in culture tradition & landscape of different places is interesting for anyone.
Beyond the villages & culture; trekking on the open pasture and dense forest will enable trekkers to see wild animals. It is common to see animals such as monkeys, blue sheep, mountain goats, Ghoral, Himalayan squirrel, Jackal, Porcupine, Himalayan marmot, Himalayan black bear. But endangered snow leopards and red pandas are found in the region and rarely seen. Some enthusiasts wait for months to sight snow leopards and red pandas in the Annapurna conservation area.
Annapurna conservation area also conserves birds such as; Cheer pheasant, blood pheasant, red jungle fowl, Chukar Partridge, woodpecker, Barbet, Hoopoe, Cuckoo, Gull, Lammergeier, Vulture, Griffon, Magpie, Bluetail, Snowcock, Impeyan pheasant, Long-tail birds which makes scenery beautiful on trekking to Tilicho Mesokanta pass. Thus, wildlife enthusiasts can spend weeks wandering this trekking route.
You can merge Tilicho Lake trek with one of the mountain passes between Mesokanta pass and Thorong la Pass. Tilicho Lake Trek with Mesokanta Pass is a challenging trek; mainly Mesokanta Pass downhill is challenging. During the trek, trekkers will be trekking in the trail of Annapurna Region.
The trekking trail will take the trekkers to the famous and beautiful Manang village. In Manang village the trekkers will be indulging the culture and tradition of local people which is similar to Bon culture and Tibetan Buddhist. Tilicho Mesokanta pass trekking trail will offer the trekkers to explore the mountain peaks over and below 8000 meters, diverse landscapes and rich variety of flora and fauna.
The peaks over and below 8000 meters which can be seen from the trekking trail are Mount Annapurna (8091 meters), Mount Manaslu (8163 meters), Mount Dhaulagiri (8167 meters), Mount Nilgiri (7041 meters), Mount Machhapuchhre (6993 meters) and many others lofty peaks of Annapurna regions. At the trail, trekkers can see wild animals like Leopards, jackals and mountain goats. Trekkers can also see the wide variety of birds such as long-tail birds, pheasant and many others.
Reaching the Tilicho Lake will be pure joy and happiness to trekkers. The blue water of the lake and surrounding snow-capped mountains will be a real pleasure to watch for the trekkers. Returning from the Tilicho Lake leads to the highest altitude Muktinath temple of Nepal which is located at an altitude of 3800 meters. Indulging the Muktinath temple, trekkers will follow the trail to Mesokanta Pass.
Crossing the Mesokanta Pass which is located at an altitude of 5099 meters will be a real adventure for trekkers. Especially when they are trekking downhills from Mesokanta Pass, it will be challenging for them. Trekking back from Mesokanta Pass will take you to the place named Jomsom. In Jomsom, you will feel delighted with the hospitality of local Thakali people and you will taste the delicious Thakali food.
Best route for the Tilicho lake mesokanta passs trekking is to start from Manang side
Mesokanto pass trekking route is easier from anti-clockwise. Crossing the pass from the Manang side is easier than starting from Jomsom. Gradual climb up from Manang valley with a climb of approx. 500 m per day surely eases your Mesokanta pass trekking adventure.
Tilicho mesokanta pass trekking begins with a drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar, although you can easily drive all the way to Chame. Chame is the headquarters of this region. Trekking along the Marshyangdi River through the villages like Pisang – Manang, Khangsar, Sirikharak takes us to Tilicho Base Camp; before the pass. And after the pass of mesokanta; trekkers will get to villages like Marpha, Tatopani, Ghorepani, Ghandruk Poon Hill.
Poonhill is one of the most famous destinations in entire Nepal. From the top of Poonhill you can see 2 different mountain ranges- Mt Annapurna range & Mt Dhaulagiri range.
Basic tea houses on the trekking route make sure your Tilicho mesokanta pass trekking is a memorable adventure of a lifetime. Whereas the nights between Mesokanto pass and Thini village in the Mustang side of Annapurna have to be tented camp. This adds extra flavor in adventure with camping adventure. If you are looking for a combination of camping trekking with tea houses trek – Tilicho Lake with mesokanta pass trekking can be an ideal choice.
As a local trekking agency in Nepal – Nepalgram adventure operates both budget and luxury trekking packages to Mesokanto la pass. The trek is led by a professional and experienced field crew who knows in and out of the adventure trekking up and over Mesokanta pass.
Tilicho Mesokanto Pass Trekking is thus the best adventure high pass trekking in Nepal located inside the Annapurna conservation area.
Mesokanta Pass vs Thorong la pass
Mesokanta Pass which lies in Annapurna Conservation Area is considered as one of the technical and adventurous passes of Nepal. It is located at an altitude of over 5100 meters and consists of a width of 1km and length of 4km. Trail of Tilicho Mesokanta Pass trekking passes through the rocky steps, spectacular view of lofty mountains, diverse landscapes and Buddhist monasteries. The most difficult part of Tilicho Mesokanta Pass trekking is when the trekkers are trekking downhill.
During this time, the Mesokanta pass demands lots of effort from the trekkers. So, a good level of physical fitness and high level of stamina is required for Mesokanta Pass. Spring and autumn are considered as the preferable season to trek to Mesokanta pass.
Thorong la pass is considered as one of the difficult passes of Annapurna Region. It lies at an elevation of 5416 meters which is the highest point of Annapurna Region Trek. Trekkers have to give a lot of effort to complete Thorong la pass. It does not mean that Thorong la pass is impossible, proper acclimatization at altitude and preparation help to cross the Thorong la pass in a comfortable way.
While trekking to Thorong la pass the trekkers have to wake up early so you can keep away from the heavy wind at the altitude. We recommend the trekkers wear the warm clothes while trekking to Thorong la pass because at the top of Thorong la pass it will be too cold.
Highlights of Tilicho Mesokanta Pass Trekking
- Mount Dhaulagiri of 8167m & entire range with her
- Mount Annapurna I of 8091m & other 19 snowy capped mountains of Annapurna range
- 8000 meters peaks and a variety on landscapes, plants and animals
- Absolute Mesokanto pass adventure
- Trek around world famous trek route Annapurna Circuit trek
- Vast natural diversity of Annapurna conservation area and cultural prospect of different ethnic groups settlements in the region
- Tilicho Lake – the largest lake on highest altitude, around the globe. Side trip to Ganga purna Lake from Manang village, Dumba Lake from Braka or from Manang village
- Explore the medieval villages Marpha and Ghandruk on the other side of the mesokanta pass
- Experience of natural hot spring at Tatopani village which relive your muscle pain from mesokanta pass adventure
- Famous poonhill station with wide vie after days of trekking close to those towering mountains from Annapurna range
Trekking with Nepalgram adventure will be an enjoyable adventure with exciting times. Our local guides with knowledge on region, route, villages,& their sense of humor will assure your best adventure in Nepal.
Outline Itinerary of Tilicho mesokanta pass Trekking
- Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
- Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Besi Sahar and local jeep to Dhara Pani (1960m)
- Day 03: Trek From Dharapani to Chame (2670m)
- Day 04: Trek From Chame to Pisang (3200m)
- Day 05: Trek from Pisang to Ngawal (3700m/12139 ft) 4-5 hours
- Day 06: Trek from Ngawal to Manang (3,500m/11,482feet), 3-4 hours
- Day 07: Acclimatization day
- Day 08: Trek From Manang to Shree Kharka(3850m)
- Day 09: Trek from Shree Kharka to Tilicho Base camp (4150m)
- Day 10: Trek from Base Camp to Tilicho lake (4990m)
- Day 11: Trek from Tilicho lake to Chauri kharka/ Yak kharka via Mesokanta Pass
- Day 12: Trek from Yak kharka to Jomsom
- Day 13:Fly back from Jomsom to Pokhara
- Day 14: Pokhara to kathmandu
- Day 15: Final Departure