Tilicho Lake Trek with Mesokanto Pass

Tilicho Lake Trek with Mesokanto Pass

Tilicho Lake (4920m), also known as the highest lake in the world, is located in Manang District in the Annapurna Region. It is turning into one of the most favourite trekking destinations due to the sheer beauty of the turquoise lake which is frozen almost all year. Tilicho Lake trek, when accompanied by a traverse across Mesokanto Pass (5467m), makes it an audacious trek only the brave hearts can take. A strenuous pass through the frozen glacial trails is bound to reward you with the spectacle of the Annapurna massif when on top of Mesokanto La (5467m).

The 16-days Tilicho Lake Trek with Mesokanto Pass offers a spectacular view. The view of snow-capped mountains and lakes along with the various ethnic culture, diverse landscape, and beautiful deep valleys. The trek provides magnificent views of different peaks of Annapurna Himalaya range like Lamjung Himal (6983m), Annapurna II (7937m), Annapurna III (7555m), Annapurna IV (7525m), Gangapurna (7454m), and many other mountain peaks. The route to Tilicho Lake has sub-tropical to a high and dry landscape resembling the Tibetan plateau. The Manang district is mainly inhabited by Manangi as well as different ethnic groups. The trekking trail passes through various settlements, waterfalls, terrains, and ancient monasteries. Trekkers also witness astounding rock formations, narrow canyons, yak-grazing settlements, and lush green forests during the trek. The pristine Tilicho Lake is the main highlight of the trek. The view of the lake with its turquoise water shining against the massive massifs is worth every struggle giving you the lifetime experience. The trek also walks you through a glacial route to cross the frozen pass of Mesokanto La (5467m). This arduous pass allows you to have a panoramic view of the snow-capped mountains along with the ever-so-beautiful Tilicho Lake. Tilicho Lake trek with Mesokanto Pass is perfect for people who dream of being in close proximity to nature and are not afraid of a few challenges thrown in by nature.

Himalayan Summit Treks and Expedition is a well-known and leading trekking organizer based in Kathmandu. We offer our clients every service they demand making sure they have the best life experience during their journey in Nepal. We offer our clients excellent transportation and accommodation facilities during their stay in Nepal.

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  • Duration 16 Days
  • Max-Altitude 5467m
  • Activity Level Moderate
  • Best Season Autumn & Spring
  • Group Size 2 - 12 pax

    Our staff member picks you up at Tribhuvan International Airport upon your arrival and transfers you to the hotel in Kathmandu.

    Overnight in Hotel.

    We go to visit UNESCO world heritage sites in Kathmandu that includes Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, Pashupatinath, Kathmandu, and Patan Durbar Square. Later in the evening, we discuss the trek briefly and make necessary preparation before leaving.

    Overnight in hotel.


    Leaving the capital city behind us, we take a drive to Besisahar following the narrow and paved road alongside the Trishuli and Marsayangdi River. Throughout the drive, we enjoy the roadside view from mountain peaks to green landscapes.

    Overnight at Lodge in Besisahar.

    We again take a drive from Besisahar to Chame. We pass by Marsayangdi valley relishing the amazing view of snow-capped mountains, villages, waterfalls and changing scenery throughout the ride.

    Overnight stay in Chame.

    We start our first day of a trek from Chame through the quite steep and narrow trail. We then enter the forested trail filled with pine and oaks trees after ascending through rocky areas. Once we reached Pisang, we can see the nice view of Mt Annapurna II to the south and Pisang Peak to the north-east.

    Overnight stay at Lodge.

    Today we head towards Manang passing through beautiful villages painted with Mandalas, monasteries and Lama Schools. Relishing the view of beautiful landscapes and Annapurna Mountains in the background, we make our way up to the village of Manang which is inhabited by Manangi.

    Overnight at Lodge.

    Taking we take a day off from trekking and utilize this day to exploring the beautiful Manang village. We take a pleasant short hike up to Gangapurna Lake or Bhojo Gumba. We also visit ancient monasteries, Chortens and learn about the Manangi culture.

    Overnight at Manang.

    Descending from Manang, we arrive at Marsayangdi River bypassing Chortens on our way. After crossing a suspension bridge over a Jharsang Khola, we follow the trail side by the river which leads us to Siri Kharka.

    Overnight in Lodge.

    Today we ascend through steep trails to reach Tilicho Basecamp. We also come across several monasteries, Chortens, and forest filled with juniper trees and sea buckthorn bushes on our way. After crossing a few streams, we make our way to Basecamp following a zig-zag slope.

    Overnight in base camp.

    Today is the main day of our entire journey. Walking through the slippery moraine, we make our way up to pristine turquoise Tilicho Lake situated at 4,920m. We can get the surreal view of Kangsar, Tarke Ghyang and Gangapurna Himal from the lake. After taking a few photographs, we trek back to Siri Kharka.

    Overnight at Siri Kharka.

    We retrace our trail to the village of Manang. Crossing over a suspension bridge at Jharsang Khola, we continue our trek moving alongside the Marsayangdi River which will lead us to Manang.

    Overnight stay at Lodge in Manang.

    Accompanied by the stunning view of Annapurna Range and Marsayangdi valley behind us, we trek towards upper Pisang through yak pasturelands, terraced farm fields, and picturesque village.

    Overnight at Lodge in Upper Pisang.

    With all memories from the base camp, we leave upper Pisang and take a jeep ride to Pokhara passing by Besisahar. Throughout our long ride, we enjoy the stunning view of mountains, green landscapes, rivers and daily activities of locals.

    Overnight stay at Pokhara.

    We take a tour around Pokhara visiting famous places like David’s fall, Gupteswor cave, Mahendra Cave, Barahi Temple, and bat cave. We also go for a boat ride in Phewa Lake.

    Overnight at Hotel in Pokhara.  

    Leaving behind the beautiful city Pokhara, we catch our early morning scenic flight back to Kathmandu. Upon landing, we transfer you back to the hotel in Kathmandu. Later in the evening, a small farewell dinner will be held in local Nepali Thakali Ghar to celebrate the completion of the journey.

    Overnight in Kathmandu.

    Drop off at Tribhuvan International Airport by our staff member for your departure.

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  • Trekking permits/TIMS.
  • Stay in the city at the finest hotel (1-night twin sharing room at Pokhara).
  • Lodge expenses during the trek.
  • Licensed, experienced and English speaking trekking guide.
  • Insurance of guide and porter.
  • Fresh seasonal fruits after the dinner (while on the trek).
  • Down jackets and sleeping bags (provided upon request).
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner during the trek.
  • All required local and government taxes.
  • Airport pickup and drop facility.
  • A porter and his entire expenses.
  • Trekking Map.
  • Travel on a tourist bus.
  • Official T-shirt
  • Adventure Certificate (after completion the trek)
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu.
  • Tipping to staffs (as an appreciation).
  • Travel insurance covers emergency rescue and evacuation.
  • Extra hot showers, wifi & battery charging on a trek.
  • Cost for additional trips.
  • Nepal arrival visa.
  • Meals in Pokhara.


Annapurna Base Camp is a Grade B or a moderately difficult trekking route. So any fit person can do this trek, even if you do not have any previous experience. You should be aware of what to expect and mentally prepare for it. Then, as long as you will to, you can.

On average, you walk about 4 to 6 hours per day. One or two days can be as less as 3hrs and one or two days can be as long as 7hrs.

The highest altitude reached is 4190m. This is the elevation of Annapurna Base Camp. ABC is the highest we will climb in this trek.

Yes, you can charge batteries en route. Charger should be brought. There are hot shower facilities as well. You may have to pay certain amount for both ($1-$2). Negotiate. Also, hot water facility could be free at lower elevation.

No. There are no ATMs on this trek route. You will have to draw enough cash in Pokhara or Kathmandu. There are a number of ATMs in these cities. Everything is paid in Nepali rupees. So money should be exchanged before the start of the trek.

Yes. Internet can be accessed in most places. Sometimes, there might be some technical problems. Internet in Nepal is not as fast as you are used to and at times you can just lose connection.

Not really. It depends on you. If you want, ABC trekking can be done independently. You could hire a guide and a porter by yourself instead of going through an agency or not hire a guide at all. Although, not having a guide can be a little problematic during off season. It really depends on you. Is it your first time in Nepal? How confident are you of being able to find your way around? How pressed on time are you? If you go through an agency, it will be costlier but everything will be planned. You will only have to come, trek and return.

For Annapurna region, pay for guides range from $20 to $30 per day and porters take $15 to $25 per day.