Annapurna Tilicho Lake and Masokanto Pass Trek

Trip Highlights

  1. Change of topography, climate and cultures in a short span of time.
  2. Trek to the source of two big rivers of Nepal,  Marshayngdi & Kaligandaki
  3. Views of world's highest mountain ranges , Annapurna, Manaslu to Dhaulagiri’s,
  4. Opportunity to observe the Tibetan influence in the Nepalese territory interms of culture and religion.
Annapurna Tilicho Lake and Masokanto Pass Trek
Photo Crystal clear Tilicho Lake surrounded by snow capped mountains
Trip Duration: 17 days(s) / Trek Duration: 13 days(s)
Max Altitude: 5,230 m at Tilicho & 5,099m at Masokanto La
Trip Grade: 4
Lodging: Tea-House and Camping
Transportation: Private vehicle & flight
Communication: Yes
Group Size: Any

Trip Overview

If you are looking for a challenging trek in Nepal this is the best trip for you this year. If you have only heard rumors and stories about adventure in Nepal, you can try first hand and discover the adventure potentials of Nepal.  This is one of the most challenging trekking in the world as it involves trekking through the high passes, steep uphill and downhill walk and some very remote places away from civilization. Most of the trekking trails have one high pass but this one has  additional the x-factor as there re two high passes above 5000m,  Masokanto La 5099m and Tilicho Pass 5, 230m.
This trek is not for everyone as it involves challenging trails, high passes and remote areas without any sign of life. It is a trekking in Nepal for people who have the guts to try themselves against the worst possible conditions. As it passes through some of the famous villages the experience interms of culure and religion is also abundant. Trek follows the Yak country and finally over to the Tilicho pass 5,230 m and Mesokanto-la, 5, 099m pass offering fabulous scenery of the surrounding landscapes and magnificent peaks.

You will also get an opportunity to walk through the deepest gorge Kali Gandaki River valley , see Jomsom and experience the once in a life flight to Pokhara from Jomsom, through the middle of 2 of the highest mountains in the world.

Outline

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu and transfer to hotel. 
Day 02: Half day sightseeing of Kathmandu and preparation of trek.
Day 03: Drive to Syange via Beshishar 
Day 04: Trek to Tal
Day 05: Trek to Timang
Day 06: Trek to Chame 
Day 07: Trek to Pisang 
Day 08: Trek to Manang.  
Day 09: Rest day at Manang 
Day 10: Trek to Khangsar 
Day 11: Trek to Tilicho Base Camp 
Day 12: Trek to Tilicho Lake 4,920m via Masokanto La 5,099m and overnight at Nama Phu  
Day 13: Trek to Kaisang 3,510m
Day 14: Trek to Jomsom 
Day 15: Fly to Pokhara and transfer to Hotel
Day 16: Drive / Fly back to Kathmandu
Day 17: Final Departure

Note: Above mentioned itinerary can be done throughout the year including Monsoon whereas during Autumn and Spring we can customised the itinerary by taking drive to Chamche.

Service includes

  • Arrival and Departure transfers as per the Itinerary.
  • Standard Accommodation in the cities and tea houses in the trek.
  • Full day guided tour of Kathmandu.
  •  3 meals a day during the trek.
  • Guide, porters and other support staff as per your requirement and out agreed price.
  • ACAP fees.
  • Trekker’s information management system (TIMS) card fee.
  • Necessary equipments during the trek.
  • All taxes and fees required for the program.

Service does not include

  • Meals in the cities.
  • Personal expenses (Laundry, bar bills, water etc)
  • Travel Insurance (Essential).
  • Personal trekking gears not mentioned in the contract.
  • Tips for staffs.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.
Representative of Adventure Mission Nepal will receive you in the Tribhuvan International Airport. They will be in possession of your name plate or the companies name as per your correspondence with us. You will be transfer to the hotel and the trek guide will meet you in the evening for a dinner. During the meal you can discuss your queries (if any). He/she will brief you about some cultural issues and some necessary things to keep in consideration during the trek.

Day 02: Sightseeing of Kathmandu and half day free for final preparation of the trek.
Early in the morning the staff from AMN will meet you to collect your passport copy and photographs (if not sent via email) for the preparation of Trekking permit and TIM’s card. After breakfast you will be taken for a half day sightseeing of the Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayambhunath temple, also refer as the Monkey temple. Both are UNESCO world heritage sites. In the afternoon you can have some free time with the guide around Thamel to do some last minute shopping of things you might need for the trek.

Day 03: Drive to Syange 1,140m via Beshisahar 823m 6-7 hrs journeys.
A 7 hours journey from Kathmandu takes us to Beshisahar on the bank of the Marshayngdi River.

Day 04:Trek to Tal. 5-6 hrs.
Our trek tarts after breakfast. We walk throughout the forests along with the Marshyangdi River with the magnificent views of the mountains and scenery. While walking we can feel the change in altitude as we gradually go up After 5 to 6 hours of walk we reach at Tal for overnight stay.

Day 05: Trek to Timang. 5-6 hrs.
Today we start our day after breakfast. We walk gradually upwards by passing the jungle streams which will be excited. Also, we will see the Mountains view of Gangapurna and Annapurna range while walking which will make our walk worth. After 5 - 6 hours opf walk we reach Timang for overnight stay. 

Day 06: Trek to Chame 2,715m.  5-6 hrs.
The trek starts after breakfast as we head toward Bagarchhap, the first village on this walk with typical Tibetan architecture. After walking for an hour we can feel the change in altitude as we gradually go up.  We walk past the settlement of Dhanaqi with farms of apple and apricot. The view from the trail is also fantastic as we see the Lamjung Himal and Annapurna II all along. We walk against the flow of the Marshayngdi river until reaching Chame, headquarter of the Manang District.

Day 07: Trek to Pisang 3,185m.  6 hrs.
We will leave Chame after breakfast and continue walking on the bank of the river for a while. Then a small climb and we will reach a pine forest and small villages with few ups and downs until we reach the settlement of Bratang. A fairly easy walk from here onwards leads to Pisang village. The view of Pisang peak and Chulu are seen from the village. You can explore the village with your trek guide in the evening.

Day 08: Trek to Manang 3,350m. Approx. 4-5 hrs.
We start after breakfast. The trail is interesting as we see high mountains throughout the trail today. We have to climb a bit to reach the village of Hongdre that has a small seasonal airport. This village also offers view of the Annapurna first and second, Tilicho, and on the right Chuli east and Pisang peak. Further walking for couple of hours we reach Manang. After a brief rest at the tea house we will visit the Braga Monastery, one of the most important monastery for local Buddhist in this region.

Day 09:  Rest day at Manang.
You can explore this small village with little more than 500 households. Spending a day around Manang will help you acclimatize with the altitude, which is necessary as the day after tomorrow you are crossing the Thorung.

Day 10: Trek to Khansar 3,734m 4-5 hrs.
After breakfast we will follow the Annapurna circuit trail and reach the village of Tenki, then leaving the trail to Thorung pass we head towards the Tilicho. As the trails split it takes us around 4 hours from Manang to reach Khansar which will be the last settlement we see before reaching Thinigaon.

Day 11: Trek to Tilicho Base Camp 4,800m 4-5 hrs.

The walk today is so isolated that you can hear your heartbeat. It is a 4 hours walk in complete wilderness towards the Tilicho Pass; you might see some wildlife which includes mountain antelopes, musk deer or the elusive snow leopard around this area.

Day 11: Trek to Tilicho Lake 4,920m 3-4 hrs via Masokanto La 5,099m. 5-6 hrs and overnight stay at Namu Phu .

We have to start early today before sunrise as we are heading towards the Tilicho pass and then descend towards Masokanto base after a break here, walking slowly on the rocky rubbles where the path can be misleading. So be careful with your steps and follow the guide. It will take us good one hour to climb up the Masokanto la. We will enjoy the view and rest a while before descending to the camp on the other side of the pass.  (This part of the trekking can longer during the winter and late autumn because of snow).

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

We will start the day late as you must be tired after achieving the feat of conquering the 2 high passes above 5000m. After a late breakfast we start towards Kaisang, a pasture land for Yaks during summer days. If the time permits we will walk couple of hours more towards Thinigaon.

Day 14:  Trek to Jomsom 2,713m. 2-3 hrs.
This is the final day of the trekking in Nepal for you. The walk is short and easy compared to what you have done in the last 3 days. You will see people and settlement in Jomsom from Distance. We hope you enjoyed trekking in Nepal with Adventure Mission Nepal Treks & Expeditions.

Day 15: Fly to Pokhara.
The flight from Jomsom to Pokhara is early in the morning as the flights are disturbed by the strong wind that blows in the pass during the afternoon. We will pack our breakfast and walk to the airport as the airport is just crossing the road and there it is. A 20 minutes flight takes us to Pokhara city. After noon free on your own. You can drive back to Kathmandu as well but a rest in Pokhara is more nice and interesting than driving straight to Kathmandu..

Day 16: Drive back to Kathmandu.
7 hours drive along the Prithvi Highway takes us to Kathmandu.

Day 17: Transfer to Airport for International departure.
The trek has come to an end and we hope you enjoyed it. You can extend your trip to some destinations within Nepal, Tibet or Bhutan. Transfer to the airport on time. See you again in Nepal!

Trip FAQs

How fit do I have to be?
The Tilicho Masokanto Pass trek is a challenging trekking. Some part of the trek is difficult with steep inclines. You need special skills for the trek so  we recommend you to have some training and get some climbing experience before starting this trip. You should be in proper health conditions so a check up with your doctor is advised before starting the trek. We advise you to do some light exercise for some time before undertaking this trip. You should be fit enough to walk 4-7 hours a day. But there will be plenty of rest and we can customize the trip as per your speed and requirement so that you can enjoy it much more.

How are the hotels in the cities and during the trek in Nepal?
In the cities especially in Pokhara and Kathmandu there are hotels of all kinds ranging from Back packer’s accommodation with basic facilities to luxury five star accommodations. You can choose from the various types available. Even the budget hotels have Wi-Fi, neat and clean rooms and attached bathrooms. The hotels that are star categorized have special amenities but the standard of hotels in western world can’t be compared with Nepalese standards. We would say a 5 star in Nepal would have the same kind of services like a 3 star or a 4 star hotel in North America/Europe.
The accommodations during the trek are basic and may not have attached bathrooms most of the time. You must share the toilets and bathrooms with fellow trekkers. Even though hot showers are not available you can get buckets of hot water for 1-2 USD depending upon how high you are in the mountains. The tea houses have restaurants with limited options but the foods they prepare are really delicious. The tea houses are often managed by individual families and are very welcoming and friendly. They are neat and clean and not bad for a single night. 

Is enough drinking water available? How many liters of water shall we carry in our day pack?
We advise our guests to bring water bottles with them so that they can refill the bottles at the tea house rather than buying everyday as water prices go proportionately higher with the altitude in the Himalayan region. Carrying purification tablets is also recommended. We advise you to drink atleast 4-5 liters of water every day during the trek to avoid dehydration. Trekking in Nepal is fun but only if you are careful about your health.

Where can I keep my extra luggage during trekking in Nepal?
While you are in the trek you can store the extra luggage at our office or at the hotel without paying anything extra either in Pokhara or Kathmandu.

Do I need to take walking sticks?
It depends on you but it is advised to carry them as they help you to balance in the small trails while walking in the mountains. They observe the pressure on your legs (quad muscles) while going up and down. Since they are not heavy you can easily tie them in your day pack and walk while you don’t use them.

Can I buy/rent any equipment in Kathmandu before the start of the trip?
Kathmandu, especially Thamel has lots of places to buy and rent equipments for trekking.  If you want to buy things at home it might be expensive compared to home. The things you buy or rent here will be cheaper but the quality is not the same. Things such as trekking shoes, jackets etc you can buy from home but petty things such as sun glasses, walking sticks, sleeping bags can be bought here.

Is there electricity to charge iPod, batteries, cameras etc… while on the mountain?
Yes you can charge the electronic stuffs at the tea houses during the trek but some tea houses charge you for that. The cost would be around 1 USD for a single device. You can charge them in your rooms in the cities.

Can we take showers during the trek?
It depends a lot I where you are. Usually below 3000m there are common bathrooms in the tea houses where you can take a shower and after you go high you might not want to shower often because of the cold weather. Some tea houses charge you for the hot water they provide in the buckets for Shower.

How much money per day do you think I will need? What currency should I take?
Local currency in Nepal is rupees. We recommend you bring US dollars with you to Nepal and exchange them here as this is easily done and is a widely accepted currency. Although you may get a lesser rate on traveler’s cheques, we suggest you carry a mixture of both depending on your needs. The amount of money you will need on a daily basis depends on your spending habits. A guide would be $10 per day for extra drinks and bar bill during your trek and $20 per day to cover lunch/dinner whilst in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

What do I have to carry with me on trek?
Try not to make the day pack very heavy but don’t miss essential things such as personal items, water, camera, snacks, sunscreen, hat, a fleece jacket and gloves for higher altitudes. You will have a porter helping you will most of the things besides the day pack when you are trekking in Nepal. The porters carry maximum 15 Kgs (can be little more or less depending upon the nature of trekking).

What if I get sick while on trek?
It depends on the seriousness of the health issue. If you have problem with altitude or cramp or something small we will take time and provide basic first aid in the place in case of emergency we will arrange for a helicopter or a horse to bring you to the nearest possible hospital.

Do I need to buy compulsory travel insurance for trekking in Nepal? Where do I buy?
Insurance is a must while going for a trek in Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan. You can get an insurance that covers health issue, rescue and evacuation and cancellations due to bad weather. We advise you to buy insurance at your home country before coming for trekking in Nepal, Tibet or Bhutan as buying insurance here will be twice as expensive.

Is there any compulsory tipping for Guide/Porters/Drivers etc?
Tipping is completely your personal choice. In Nepal there is no any hard and fast rule for tipping but usually the staff working in tourism gets tips from the guest. You can consult with us regarding the tipping. If you are happy with the services you are most welcome for the tipping.

Are there any communication facilities during this trip?
Most of Nepal is nowadays well connected with cell phone networks. There are cyber café or Wi-Fi in all cities and during the trek even the tea houses have internet services below 3000m but places like Manang, Jomsom, Muktinath etc are exceptions with internet facilities.

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