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Mesokanto-La Pass Trek

15 Days

Trip Highlights

  • Two nights camping trek experience in the high Himalayas
  • Panoramic view of Annapurna Himalayan range
  • World’s highest glacier Lake Tilicho Lake
  • Jaw-dropping view from Mesokanto La Pass 5100m

Mesokanto La Trek a variety of trek choices opening up from the Annapurna make it an extraordinary passage. It’s hardly a surprise that Mesokanto La Trek is one of the most exciting and challenging trekking routes around. Mesokanto La trek package leads you to a pass 2000 meters above the Tilicho Lake (4919m). Tilicho, the highest lake in the world, is a remote and unspoiled trekking destination of Nepal. Much so because it stands aloof far from the madding crowd, its silence can thus be quite intimidating. The trail passes between the gorgeous rock-laden mountains, and amidst the magnificent views of northern Manang.

The Mesokanto La pass (5340m) is at a demanding attitude. It goes without saying that only when you are at a supreme physical and mental state will this journey will be rewarding. Blow the whistle when you’re up and running. The mountains invite you to embark on this daring voyage. Watch how the turquoise Tilicho and a rich Manang panorama drop calmly on your feet. Savor this rare tranquility.

Mesokanto La trek is a window to the ever-so-splendid views of Mount Manaslu (8163m), Dhaulagiri (8167m and Annapurna (8091m) ranges. The trek kicks off the day after you arrive in Kathmandu, driving past the traditional villages of Jagat and then Dharapani. As the sub-tropical forests accompany you in a leisurely walk, you’ll reach Chame in no time. The lifestyle of the people of Manang slowly begins to unfold as prayer flags become your next guide. No sooner you will find yourself adjoining the famous Annapurna Circuit trek, except that is not where. Throughout the Mesokanto La Trek, you’ll get to fully explore Manang and the things it has to offer- ancient hymns, traditions, food, and artifacts. Slowly, the backdrop of the snowy legends Gangapurna and Annapurna begins to unravel.

About a day later, you will finally get to Tilicho, where the sky meets the earth. Truly, the sight of the lake beneath the mountains is a soothing relief to the tired eyes. After leaving the picturesque Tilicho behind, you will continue to follow the trail up to Mesokanto La pass. Similarly, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the city of Jomsom. Mesokanto La pass trekking these gritty trails will reward you with experiences that will be non-fiction fables for you to write about when you get back home.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive at Kathmandu (1,350m) and transfer to Hotel
Day 2: Drive to Jagat (1,290m) from Kathmandu via Bensisahar, 7-8 hours.
Day 3: Trek to Dharapani (1,860m) from Jagat 5-6 hours.
Day 4: Trek to Chame (2,715m) from Dharapani 6-7 hours.
Day 5: Trek to Pisang (3,185m) from Chame 5-6 hours.
Day 6: Trek to Manang (3,350m) from Pisang via Gyaru and Nawal, 6-7 hours.
Day 7: Rest and acclimatization day, 3-4 hours.
Day 8: Trek to Sri Kharka (4050m) from Manang 5-6 hours.
Day 9: Trek to Tilicho Base Camp (4150m), from Sri Kharka 3-4 hours.
Day 10: Trek to Tilicho Lake (4919m), from Tilicho Base Camp 4-5 hours.
Day 11: Trek to Kaisang (3510m) from Tilicho lake via Mesokanto La Pass (5,340m), 7-8 hours.
Day 12: Trek to Jomsom (2720m) from Kaisang 4-5 hours.
Day 13: Fly to Pokhara (827m) from Jomsom
Day 14: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus 6-7 hours.
Day 15: Drop at the airport for the final departure.

Price for The Trip:

We could not include the cost of each package on the company’s website. The only question most of our customers have is why AlpineTrav Treks did not include the price in the package. Because, in order to provide you with a reasonable price and try to address your every need, we want to provide you with some information. Which will help your trip budget.

Please read below for more information.

  • The trip cost always depends upon group size, hotel accommodation of category and client’s desire budget.
  • The above itinerary is a standard guideline that AlpineTrav Treks provides you with advice and tips. And this itinerary can be modified according to your time and needs.
  • After our trip is confirmed, the price will be adjusted in our contract, if the customer wants to add some services, we will charge for those additional services and if he wants to reduce some services, we will reduce the fee accordingly.
  • Itinerary is published in full board operation services for clear understanding of the customer. Among many options such as hotel facilities in Kathmandu and Pokhara, the client can make own choice.
  • Cost - also depends on the number of porters and mode of transport. Let us know through email, whatsApp or message.
  • Please do not hesitate to contact AlpineTrav Treks for any information regarding your selected package. We'll work together to customize your trip to meet your exact requirement so that you have a memorable trip.
  • We're a local travel agency. When you book with us, you get best possible price, which is middle-man free.
  • We don't add hidden extra cost. Airport to Airport services and all trips include travel permit, lodging and fooding. There are no surprises with hidden costs.

Detail Itinerary

Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, Nepal. Upon completing the visa formalities and collecting your luggages in the airport, kindly proceed to the exit of the arrival hall. Please look out for a placard of your name at the exit of arrival hall. Your trip leader will await you just outside the arrival hall and will escort you to your hotel in Kathmandu. Welcome drinks will be served and after you’ve refreshed, your trek leader will brief you about your trip.

Today, we start from Kathmandu after early morning breakfast, we will head west and follow the Prithvi Highway along Trishuli River to the homeland of Central Himalaya including Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Machhapuchhre. The road offers an opportunity to have a view of rustic Nepal that comprises green hills, river, villages and snow-clad mountains at the backdrop. We will part our ways with the Highway at Dumre and choose the branched off route to Besisahar and continue to Jagat where we will stay overnight at a lodge.

Our first day of Mesokanto La Pass Trek, Early in the morning, we will lower down from Jagat village and follow the winding path along Marsyangdi River to the forest. A brief walk through sprawling forest will take us to Chamje village (1430m) from where we will cross the river and continue walking along its eastern edge. The trail takes brief ascend to the big village of Tal (1675m). Being clustered with tea houses and lodges, it will be fine idea to take our lunch at Tal. Enjoy the lunch in a serene atmosphere with mesmerizing natural views of surrounding valleys at Tal and take gradual ascend to Karte village. We need to cross the river at several points and move past the valley and pretty tiny villages to arrive at Dharapani.

Leaving Dharapani, we will head west through the rugged trail to arrive at Marsyangdi River. We will follow the river uphill to Manang Valley. We will be blessed with mesmerizing views of Annapurna II (7937m) and Annapurna IV Mountains. Trade with Tibetans is the chief occupation of locals in this region. Following the old trade route, we will climb uphill through the forested ridge of oak and maple to Dhanakyu (2290m). Moving further through the rock-strewn path, we will reach Latemarang village (2360m). Passing through the forested ridges, we will reach Koto (2590m). Descending trail from Kotho will take us to Chame (2670m) which is the administrative headquarters of the region. We will be greeted with views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II Mountain and Annapurna IV Mountain at Chame. Stay overnight at Chame.

Leaving Chame, we will cross over to the northern side of the river from where the trail stretches uphill through apple orchards to Bhratang village (2840m). This is marked as an old Khampa community. There will be a change in terrain from this point. We will follow the rock-strewn path through the tapered valley that is covered in thickets. Exiting from the forest, we will meet the river which we will cross over a suspension bridge that is located somewhere above 3040m from sea level. We will get the first view of magnificent Paungda Danda which is the 1500 m wall of rock that stems up from the river. We will traverse the ridge decorated with prayer flags and stone cairns to arrive at Pisang. And stay overnight in a teahouse.

From Pisang, we will move along the north edge of the river uphill to the ridge via Ghyaru (3,670m) and Ngawal (3,660m) to Manang. This is going to be a long and slow climb as we cross the mark of 3600m height today for a part of our acclimatization. The climb is rewarding as we get breathtaking views of surrounding mountains of Annapurna 2, Annapurna 4, Annapurna 3 and Gangapura. We will lower down to the valley before continuing towards the Hongde (3325m) village. A small airstrip is located at this village. Walking along the mani wall, we will reach Mungli from where we need to cross the river. Walking along the northern shore, we will reach Braga (3475m). Lifestyle in this village is heavily influenced by neighbouring Tibetans. Braga also boasts of housing the largest gompa in the district. The gompa preserves collection of ancient Tibetan thankas that are more than 500yrs old. A brief walk from Braga will take us to Manang village that comprises of about 500 homes, mani walls and chortens.

An active rest and acclimatization day around Manang to adapt our body to the high altitude before we trek further to Mesokanto Pass

Today, we leave Manang through its western gate and take a trail that leads us down along the river. We cross the river and make our way through the rhododendron forests to Kangsar village. We walk along the village and ascend up to Siri Kharka. On the way to Siri Kharka, we pass a monastery – Tare Gumba. We visit the monastery and walk up hill until we reach Siri Kharka. As we ascend up along the trail, we will be blessed with some stunning views of Gungang Himal and Chulu Himal. We spend our night at a guesthouse in Siri Kharka.

Leaving Siri Kharka, we head towards the Tilicho Base Camp along a less strenuous path. Our path for the day goes through a landslide area with loose stones scattered around. We can get some magnificent views of rock formation as we move forward towards the Tilicho Base Camp. as we reach the base camp, we will be rewarded with the stunning views of Tilicho peak that rises just above us. We stay at a guesthouse in Tilicho Base Camp for overnight at guest house.

The trek from Tilicho base camp to the lake is full of dry landslides and narrow paths, so it takes about 3 hours to reach Tilicho lake slowly. After reaching the lake, we walk up to the northern end to set up our campsite for the night. Tilicho Lake is considered to be one of the highest lakes in Nepal. Likewise, the waters of Tilicho seem to be deep blue with a calm atmosphere everywhere. The atmosphere around the lake is peculiar, the wind is blowing at high speed most of the time. But our ground team will set up your tent and prepare a delicious meal for the overnight stopover at Tilicho North Campsite.

Today, we will marks the most significant day of this trek. Similarly, today we traverse the highest point of the trek, Mesokanta La. The trail begins on a softer side of the pathway with an easily navigable path. The trail demands a gradual ascent until Tilicho northern moraine. From here begins the switch-back ascent with a path leading to the top of Mesokanta La. This pass bestows views of Mt. Shya Gang, Mt. Khatung Kang, Mt. Yakwakang, and numerous other mountains on a clear day. The pass is filled with glacial ice and snow dome. We start our descent from the Mesokanta-La pass, which is pretty straightforward. That being said, sections of rocky pathways remain slippery most of the time. It is advised to be careful during the descent. We traverse over various cairns scattered along the trail. There are various shepherd sheds scattered along the route. After 3 hours of descent, we reach our campsite for the day at Kaisang.

Today is an easy trek, walking through alpine forests and dense green jungles. We follow along the Thini River banks pathway towards Thini Village. In between lays Nama Phug Caves and Prabsa Goat Farm before crossing a wooden bridge over the Thini River. Similarly, the majestic Nilgiri Himal unveils itself as you reach Thini village. From Thini, the flatlands of Jomsom, Marpha, and other Thakali villages are visible. You gaze at the mighty Kaligandaki River ragingly making its way over the flatlands. We descend further to reach Jomsom after 5 hours of trek. Jomsom is the commercial capital and district headquarters of Mustang district. It sits right by the bank of the Kaligandaki River.

After morning breakfast we check in the airport to fly back to Pokhara. This dramatic 15 minutes flight to Pokhara between the gorge of the two huge mountains of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri is a nervy tingling experience we will enjoy. On arrival at Pokhara airport our guide will transfer us to the lakeside hotel. We use the rest of our time exploring the lake.

Kathmandu is separated from Pokhara by 200km. Prithvi Highway links Pokhara with Kathmandu. It takes 7 hrs to reach Kathmandu from Pokhara by tourist bus. You will be transferred to the hotel where you will have a pleasant stay.

Thank you for joining us on this trek and it has been a pleasure getting to know you during this time. You will be assisted in your last-minute preparation. Our staff representative will help you pack your luggage, drop you off at the international airport. And we wish you a safe flight. Likewise we hope to see you soon again!

Services we offer in a package:

Cost Inclusion

  • AlpineTrav Treks provides pick-up and drop services from international airport on your arrivals and departures.
  • Representative of AlpineTrav Treks will be waiting for you on arrived in international airport with a your name's placard so that you can easily find our person. And you will be transfers to your demanded Hotel in Kathmandu.
  • According to the trekking package schedule, AlpineTrav Treks will arrange 2 nights demanded category (from tourist star to five-star) of hotel accommodations in Kathmandu.
  • According to the trekking package schedule, AlpineTrav Treks will arrange 1 night demanded category (from tourist star to five-star) of hotel accommodations in Pokhara.
  • Transportation from Kathmandu to Jagat for trekking members and staffs as per the itinerary above.
  • According to the trekking schedule program, AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions arranged flight ticket from Jomsom to Pokhara for trekking members.
  • AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions provide Experienced and government authorized (licensed holder) high altitude trekking guide during the trekking period.
  • AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions provide full support camping crew with 1 professional cook and kitchen staffs during the trekking period.
  • AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions provided your accommodation during the trekking will be tented camping. A tent will be provided for every 2 travellers with a foam mattress. There will also be a kitchen tent, dining tent, toilet tent, table, chairs and more for your comfort.
  • AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions if in case of a single by default will arrange a single tent for you at no additional cost.
  • As with most trekking trails, lunch is midway between the start and end of the day's trek while Freshly prepared meals (Breakfast and Dinner) with boiled water, tea, coffee are served at the camp where you have your overnight stay.
  • AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions provides nutritious, clean and fresh (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with tea/coffee, Fruitcocktail, Deserts and fresh fruits boiled water etc all services for during the trekking's.
  • Where the teahgouse/homestay. Apart from Camping trekking, AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions provide you with a clean and cozy teahouse/homestay to stay in and eat during the trekking.
  • AlpineTrav Treks will provided number of porters for camping trekking equipment with 1:3 assistant guide to clients ratio.
  • As Mesokanto La Pass is at the Annapurna Conservation territory, AlpineTrav Treks provide you a permit for Annapurna Conservation.
  • The Trekkers' Information Management Systems permit issued by the trekking agency association of Nepal is required to enter the area of Annapurna Conservation so, AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions provide you a TIMS permit too.
  • AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions provides all wages, equipment, and insurance for elaborate trekking staff.
  • AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions provide first aid medical kits for the group and the staff, taking care of your trekking and health safety.
  • AlpineTrav Treks for members convenience always provide maps of related trekking.
  • The above offer package price includes our service charges, government charges, and all taxes and vat.
  • We want to offer you to have dinner with us before you departed from Kathmandu. It will be an opportunity for you to see and learn about Nepali culture and tradition.
  • AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions offer you farewell dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant or AlpineTrav Treks with families Kathmandu before departure.

Cost Exclusion

  • Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal and Pokhara is also the second city of Nepal. Since this city's offers high quality and delicious food from different countries and groups, we were hoping you could taste the meals you like. For that reason, during your stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara, you will have to arrange lunch and dinner (except the farewell dinner).
  • Suppose you want to take any packed food, snacks, drinks, energy drinks, mineral water, and carbonated soft drinks, any types of alcohol, cigarettes, chocolates, and nutria-bars during the trek. In that case, you have to buy it yourself.
  • Expenses incurred towards usage of Items of personal trekking equipment, laundry expenses, tips, Landlines, mobiles, satellite phones, and the internet service exclude in the package.
  • Trekking is an adventurous activity that always takes place in remote areas. So, safety is the primary factor for us. Therefore, you have to have your travel insurance covering the cost of emergency rescue, medical treatment, medical tests, and hospitalization before you arrive for the trip to Nepal.
  • The package cost offered above does not include your international flight ticket and Nepal's tourist visa, so that you have to pay for your international flight ticket and tourist visa yourself.
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural disasters, landslides, political disturbances, changes in government regulations exclude.
  • The short sentence, "The services we provide in the above package cost inclusive," will cost extra if you want more than additional services you have to pay extra.
  • Those Employees who are involved in your trekking are hoping for tips, gifts, or something at the end of the trip, which is an opportunity to say how happy you are with our staff and what kind of service you have rendered.
  • Your guide and porters will expect the tips according to the international system in the trekking package for your information.

Price for The Trip:

We could not include the cost of each package in the company website. Most of our clients have the same query that i.e. why AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions had not include the price in the package. To provide your service in reasonable cost and attempt to address your each requirement, we desired to provide you with some information which directly affects the cost and also helps us to breakdown the cost. That’s why, we have clarified our customers that because of following reasons we have not included the cost in our website and package:

Please read below for more information.

  • Cost depends upon group size.
  • Costs may affect guide and numbers of porter.
  • The cost depends upon the category of hotel accommodation in Kathmandu.
  • The cost depends upon the mode of transport (private car, flight or tourist bus).
  • The itinerary can be changed according to your choice.
  • Above mentioned itinerary is airport to airport service.
  • The itinerary can be designed according to your time and budget.
  • Please contact us for dates, cost and duration – days.

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Mesokanto-La Pass Trek

Trip Facts

  • 15 Days, 11 days trekking
  • 5-6 (Challenging)
  • 5,340m/17515ft.
  • Autumn (September to November & (Spring) March to May
  • TIA (Kathmandu)
  • Kathmandu, Airport
  • Mode: Private Car, Flight or Tourist Bus
  • Hotels, Teahouse & Camping
  • 1 - Maximum 12

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