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Tilicho & Mesokanto La Pass Trek


Tilicho Lake & Mesokanto-La pass, an adventure where all physically fit people can join in this moderate to adventurous walk journeys of high hill climbs and long descend without a dull moment in this entire journey offers the taste of culture and people of Gurung, Manangba/Nyashyang, & Thakali tribe villages, following the Marshyangdi River upstream in the arid area of Manang walking further to turquoise lake of Tilicho and towards to Kaligandaki area through the scenic Mesokanto pass at 5,099 meters.
An unbeatable experience of a life time adventure journey to Tilicho Lake & Mesokanto La pass and towards Annapurna circuit treks, this trekked routes are listed as the world’s best 10th travel destination by Lonely Planet. Constant mountain views on the beginning of the end leading to charming traditional villages with ancient Tibetan Buddhist religion and culture where scenery and landscapes changes everyday offers the trekkers a tantalizing experience and excitement throughout the trip to Tilicho Lake & Mesokanto pass within Annapurna range towards Jomsom and world’s deepest gorge of Kaligandaki.
This trip leads from popular route of Annapurna circuit to least visited area at holy lake of Tilicho and trekking in the world’s deepest gorge at Kaligandaki valley, Tilicho & Mesokanto pass finally ends at Mustang Valley area in Jomsom for the sweeping panoramic flight to the scenic popular tourist spot in Pokhara with its pristine Lake Phewa, another highlight of this trip with great service of Experience Treks.

Trip Highlights:
1. Crossing high passes Masokanto-La pass 5,099 m to dramatic Kaligandaki valley
2. Diverse landscapes, vegetation, altitude, climate and culture from warm sub-tropical Mediterranean alpine to arctic zone
3. Fascinating Buddhist religion, traditions and culture with charming villages
4. Unbeatable landscapes and mountain scenery with rich flora & fauna emerald Tilicho Lake surrounded by high panoramic snow-capped mountain.



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Day 01:
Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

Day 02:
In Kathmandu with a full day city sightseeing tour.

Day 03:
Drive to Jagat 1,290 m via Besishahar 823 m/08-10 hrs.

Day 04:
Trek to Dharapani 1,920 m/05 hrs.

Day 05:
Trek to Chame 2,670 m/06 hrs.

Day 06:
Trek to Pisang 3,300 m/10,824 ft/05 hrs.

Day 07:
Trek to Manang village 3,450 m/11,316 ft= 05 hrs.

Day 08:
In Manang rest day for acclimatization and local hike.

Day 09:
Trek to Khangsar 3,734 m/04 hrs.

Day 10:
Trek to Tilicho Lake 4,140 m/03 hrs.

Day 11:
Trek to Tilicho Base Camp 4, 800 m/04 hrs.

Day 12:
Trek to Nama Phu 3,510 m via Masokanto La pass 5,099 m/06 hrs.

Day 13:
Trek to Kaisang 3,280 m of further to Thinigaon 2,850 m/06 hrs.

Day 14:
Trek to Jomsom 2,713 m/02 hrs.

Day 15:
Fly to Pokhara and transfer to hotel at the Lake Phewa.

Day 16:
Drive back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel/06 hrs.

Day 17:
Transfer to airport for international departure.

Service includes
• Airport pick up & drop off by private vehicles
• KTM to Jagat by public transport
• Airfare from Jomsom to Pokhara for member and staff
• 3 Nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on 3 star category B/B plan
• A days sightseeing in Kathmandu valley by private vehicle & professional tour guide
• TIMS & National park entry permit fee
• Basic accommodation during the trek
• Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner during trek
• English speaking guide & porter during trek
• Food and salary for staff and porter
• Trekking gears for the local trekking staffs (shoes, jacket & trouser)
• Insurance for local trekking staffs
• First Aid Kit box/bag

Service does not include
• Nepal entry visa fee, Photographs & international flights fare
• Meals in Kathmandu (lunch & dinner)
• Personal nature expanses: telephone calls, cyber bills, bar bills, laundry service, battery recharge bills, hot shower (On trek),washing water, pots of hot drinks, bottle/boiled water, alcoholic and soft drinks
• Essential trekking gears
• Travel & health insurance
• Tipping for all trekking staffs (guide & porter/s)
• An emergencies or rescue evacuation cost/charge (helicopter), if required
• Additional cost incurred due to extending your stay at hotel due to cancel and delay of flight because of poor visibility due to heavy raining/snowing/cloudy from Jomsom airport to Pokhara..

Day 01:
Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
On reaching at Kathmandu international airports, our Experience Treks staff will receive and transfer you to respective hotel. At the hotel, our guide will brief with orientation programs of the hotel, Kathmandu, trekking, do's and don’ts and other related information while you are in Nepal with Experience Treks.

Day 02:
In Kathmandu with a full day sightseeing tour.
Kathmandu is full of World Heritage Sites, the temples, monasteries, ancient Kings Palaces and courtyard. A full day sightseeing will be interesting and a memorable tour of setting for the mountains with Experience Treks.

Day 03:
Drive to Jagat 1,290 m via Beshsishar 823 m/08-10 hrs.
Experience Treks adventure starts with an early morning drive to the mid west Nepal with great mountain scenery drive leads to Besishahar town then on the dirt road to Khudi, Bhulbhule and Ngadi following the Marsyangdi River upstream driving through rice terraces and villages of Syange. Then it finally climbs leaving Marshyangdi River behind reaching at Jagat village for overnight stop, Jagat; a farm village with the number of lodges to take caters the needs of the trekkers.

Day 04:
Trek to Dharapani 1,920 m/05 hours.
From Jagat village, walking downhill back to Marsyangdi River towards east banks and then through a dense forest with magnificent views of towering Annapurna and Manaslu mountain ranges. Then crossing a bridge with a climb on the trail to Sattale and several villages of Tal Besi, Tal Karte and arriving at Dharapani village for the overnight stop.

Day 05:
Trek to Chame 2,670 m/05 hours.
Morning walk follows along the mule trail through serene forest of rhododendron, oaks and pine trees walking through mountain villages of Tamang with its ancient Buddhist culture along with grand view of Mt. Manaslu 8,163 m/26,781 ft. After Tamang village another hour walk leads to the village of Koto and then to Chame for the overnight stop Chame; a moderate large town and headquarters of Manang area.

Day 06:
Trek to Pisang 3, 230 m/05 hrs.
After a good time of Chame, then morning walks follow through alpine pine forest and villages with several ups and downs to Bhratang village with apple orchard. From here path leads along Marshyangdi River and crossing the river with a short climb through the forest of rhododendron, oak and pine trees to a small at Dhukure Pokhari with 3-4 teahouses. From here trekking downhill following the river bank to reach the Pisang Lower for overnight halt. Pisang village offers breathtaking views of Annapurna,Chulu east & west and Pisang peak.

Day 07:
Trek to Manang Village 3,450 m/04 hrs.
From Pisang with panoramic mountains views, walk leads through the forest with an easy uphill for 40 minutes from the top grand views of Hongde with short airstrips beneath the towering Annapurna II and III, Gangapurna Chulu’s and Pisang peak. Then trekking downhill on the flat valleys to Hongde village on the road to Manang from here onwards the landscapes is barren, arid with cold and dry climate. After a good scenic walk reaching at Manang village. Here the houses are built up in traditional Tibetan style and Manang people are known for their rich culture and traditions.

Day 08:
Rest the day at Manang for local hikes and acclimatization.
A rest day for acclimatization and local excursion to explore the Manang village and its valley. This big village is situated on broad valleys at the bank of Marsyangdi River and Annapurna mountain range towards north,then hike to Gangapurna Lake which is located close to this village.

Day 09:
Trek to Khangsar 3,734 m/04 hrs.
After a wonderful time of Manang and being in the village with its rich cultural walk leads to another highlights of this awesome journey following the trail that diverts from the main Annapurna circuit route, to reach the last village of Manang at Khangsar on-route Tilocho lake heading south-west, overlooking fantastic views of surrounding landscapes and close snow capped mountains, then finally reaching to the overnight stop at Khangsar.

Day 10:
Trek to Tilicho Lake 4,140 m/04 hrs.
Morning walk journey continues a complete area within barren landscapes after downhill treks for some time. Then the path leads uphill on dry terrain only with small juniper trees and bushes, this short walk finally reaches to our destination at Tilicho Lake, regarded as a holy lake for both Hindu's and Buddhist. This place has a couple of lodges near the shore of this emerald picturesque lake. Afternoon, enjoy the outstanding scenery of high Tilciho peak, Annapurna III and Gangapurna mountains views.

Day 11:
Trek to Tilicho Base Camp 4,800 m/04 hrs.
After a wonderful time here, the track leads further on for 4 hours of perfect natural windswept landscapes on leaving the Tilicho Lake heading towards the high pass of Tilicho on arriving at Namaphu; the base of the high pass of Tilicho and Masokanto which are over 5,000m pass. Overnight camp on the meadow i.e. chances of seeing some wildlife mountain antelopes, musk deer or the elusive snow leopard around this area.

Day 12:
Trek to Nama Phu 3,510 m via Masokanto La pass 5,099 m/06 hrs.
Starting early at the break in dawn to cross two high passes, morning walk heading up the high slope traversing high Tilicho pass then with a short downhill walk towards base of Masokanto pass with a rest for a while. Then climbs the top of the last pass of Masokanto-la of this fantastic adventure with strenuous uphill climb to the top of the pass at 5,099 meters festooned with Buddhist prayer flags, here enjoying the mind blowing scenery of surrounding arid country and high mountains. After a nice moment descends on route to Jomsom at Nama phu for overnight stop after completing the great hard walks near six hours.

Day 13:
Trek to Thinigaon 2,850 m via Kaisang/07 hrs.
An enjoyable morning with a pleasant walk, today on the downhill path towards Kaligandaki valley with superb views of Mt. Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri’s peaks after a good walk reaching at a grazing pasture of Kaisang. Then afternoon walks lead further towards the large village of Thinigaon for the overnight stop, located near above Jomsom and Kaligandaki Valley.

Day 14:
Trek to Jomsom 2,713 m/03 hrs.
Today is the last walk of this fabulous adventure. From here a short downhill walk leading to Jomsom, located above the Kaligandaki river, on reaching this large Jomsom town, the administrative and a headquarter of Mustang area, Jomsom has several excellent lodges and hotels for overnight stay, as this town is in the hub of Annapurna-Dhaulagiri circuit, Upper Mustang and to holy Muktinath route, afternoon free for local excursion around the town.

Day 15:
Fly to Pokhara and transfer to hotel.
(Optional driving journey to Pokhara) Morning transfer of Jomsom airport for short scenic flight of scenic Pokhara. Pokhara valley, another highlight of this fabulous trip is regarded as the most beautiful place on this globe with awesome mountain views and natural surrounding with its serene lake, Phewa.

Day 16:
Drive to Kathmandu and transfer to respective hotel.
After a an enjoyable time in Pokhara, morning drive leads on an interesting road to Kathmandu following Marsyangdi and Trisuli River for a while and then reaching Kathmandu after a great time in the high Nar-Phu, Manang and Annapurna Himalayan range with great homely service of Experience Treks.

Day 17:
Transfer to airport for international departure.
Last day in this magic awesome Himalaya and with grand memorable time in the mountains with Experience Treks. As per your flight time, our staff will transfer you to airports for your final departure for homeward bound.


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Health Requirements
You are preparing for a trek in the higher altitudes of remote Himalayan region. Hence during this treks, the physically, emotionally & mentally demanding mountain trek & you may face Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), if you trek/hike quickly/ascended too fast as well as other health related problems. In this regard, Experience Treks strongly recommends for those travelers with pre-existing medical conditions like heart, lungs and blood pressure/diseases make know to us before booking this trip.

Experience Requirements
The remote mountain trekking requires 4 – 6 hours walking in per day a basis and at times it even exceeds to 7 – 8 hours depending on your walking pace, age groups, weather condition & seasons. Despite this fact, we do not suggest you for mandatory hiking or technical climbing experiences. Yet, it will be better if you have a regular jogging habit of few weeks before booking this trip.

Travel Insurance
Experience Treks does not sell or arranges any kind of insurance plan/packages for foreigners except local staff/s. Yet, it will be mandatory to join our trips that you should be insured for comprehensive expenses that may arise from the trip for your own safety. Your Insurance plan must be covering medical/travel issues as well as unforeseen accidents that may occur to the trips. In such a case, you may to take the facility like an air ambulance, helicopter rescue, Clinical attention and so on.

Acclimatization
Trekking in higher altitudes may even cost the life of travelers! The more you go higher elevation/height, the lesser will be availability of Oxygen pressure in the air. Therefore, your body requires a few days too many days to adopt the newer situation/climate in an environment with less oxygen. The higher you climb the more will be the possibility of undergoing through Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) problems. Hence, Experience Treks`s itineraries are extremely concern on this problem/issue. With our expert team, you can easily cops with altitude sickness problems. The AMS will attract you after 3,000 m. The Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA), non-profitable medical institution recommends to all trekkers/hikers to ascend slowly after 3,000 m (either ascends 300 m each day or every 600 m spend an extra night, the same altitude). The rule is slowly ascents to go higher elevation to be safe!

Trekking Crew Arrangement
To facilitate the best trekking experience in the Himalayas, Experience Treks has arranged most hospitable as it is possible, more professional and long-terms experienced crew members. Your local trip member/s will have most extensive knowledge about mountain trails, mountain names & its height/elevation, people & their cultures, religions, socio-cultural aspects, eco-system, flora & fauna, geography of the respective treks/trips and history of the local regions. Besides, our crew members are fully undergone through Rock climbing, Ice climbing, Mountaineering, Intensive wilderness First Aid knowledge, Trekking guides, Eco trekking, knowledge about Responsible tourism business, Sustainable development, English language, Conservation & preservation basic knowledge and Bio-diversity trainings.

Meals Facilities
During the trek in the mountains, you will be served 3 times meals a day with typical Nepali food/meal along with Tibetan, Chinese, Indian, Continental & Italian dishes, depending on your choices. You will have an access to have hot chocolate, tea and other hot drinks as well, breads and snack as well in the camping/tented treks. The early morning breakfast and dinner will be served at the same tea houses or at the local lodges where you spend the night. At times, you too have to enjoy the breakfast and the lunch at the camping overnights sites. Unlike this, you will take your lunch on the way in the mountain trails in the side trips/day excursion. The lunch will be prepared for your team member of the camping/tented treks & in teahouse/lodges treks at local lodge/guest houses. At the climax of the trip, you will enjoy a trip celebration dinner in Kathmandu.

Accommodations Arrangements
During your stay in Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan & other cities, you will enjoy the budget accommodation to best class hotel /resorts accommodation depending on your budget, interest & hobbies where as on the other hand in the mountain trail, you will have to adjust at twin sharing, double bed & single bed rooms basis accommodations at the standard lodges or tea houses, mostly common sharing bathroom & toilet/rest rooms. However, you have to consider the remoteness of travelled places where single room may not be feasible at all the times & need to be the share with someone else in the peak season. Most of the teahouses/lodges are either double bed rooms or twin sharing rooms. Some of the majors trekking destinations, there are deluxe comfortable hotels & Resorts is also available.

Porter Care
We are tremendously concern over the rights of the porters who facilitate traveler`s adventure dreams in the Himalayas. Without porters hard working, your dream to go to mountains will not be certain/guaranteed. It is our serious concern that the porters should be well paid, make sure their warm clothing, well equipped and treated equally even in the harsh situation in the remote Himalayas. In case of emergency situations, we give equal to rescue facilities as other team members get in the adverse situation in the higher altitude including rescue services by Helicopter. Besides this, we too are concern about International Porter Protection Group (IPPG) which works in the field of trekking porter/s by protecting the rights of porter, basic language training to express their problems, make sure for enough warm clothing & other equipment, compulsory Insurance facility. In doing so, we recommend all our trekkers in the Himalayas just to keep their luggage under 30 kg so that it can be handled by porters smoothly in the higher mountains. If possible, try to make about 25 Kg. over 4,000 m & high passes.

Environmental Concerns
Being human beings, it is our responsibility to protect natural & cultural order, to conserve environment and to love nature. Himalayan region is ecologically very much fragile and hence we try to practice “to leave just footprints and take photos” so that future generation will to have chances to experience the beauty of Himalayan region. Respecting natural balance and being sensible towards local environment yields into protecting local cultures as well. Hence, our trip operations tremendously focus on environmental issues in the Himalayas and thereby eco-tourism.

Trekking Group Arrangement
Experience Treks generally provides one trek guide/trekking leaders for the trip operation and porter/s for luggage carrying. It means if there are 4 trekkers, there will be one trek guide & two porters. In the case of porter/s arrangements, there will be one porter for each two paying trekker. This arrangements helps to carry out the trip smoothly even in the adverse situation. Our trips generally accommodate the group of 10 people at a time. Despite this arrangement, we can adjust or run the trips over than 10 people at a time as well as.

Best Seasons
The best seasons of travelling/trekking in the Himalayas are autumn season (September-November) and spring season (March-May). Apart from these two seasons, there is a possibility of trekking in the Himalayas even in the winter and summer seasons which is called off-seasons. In the winter season, cold, snowing & flight delay or cancellation slightly affects the trips & high passes could be closed. But, travelling/trekking in the summer season comes with tremendous rewards for a passionate botanist despite of rainy days, flooding, landslides, flight delay or cancellation like winter season. It will be great in the least rain fall regions & high passes, where are lots of wild orchid blooming.

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If you are in need of more information on any kinds of trips, please contact us at Tel: +977 14429204, +977 9841969631, +977 9803810253 | Email : info@experiencenepaltreks.com.np
Or, you can even place your inquiry at our official websites, http://www.experiencenepaltreks.com.np

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