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Tilman High Pass Trek

19 Days

Trip Highlights

  • The stunning Langtang region on Stage 4 of the Great Himalayan Trail
  • Cross the Tillman Pass from the south at (5,320m)
  • Marvel at the towering south face of Langtang Lirung (7227m)
  • Explore Panchpokhri Lake, the world’s highest wetland

The Tilman Pass Trek is a challenging and exhilarating high-altitude trekking adventure in the Langtang region of Nepal. Named after the legendary British explorer Bill Tilman, this trek takes you through rugged and remote terrain, offering breathtaking views of snow-capped peaks, pristine lakes, and lush alpine meadows. The highlight of the trek is crossing Tilman Pass at an altitude of 5,320 meters, a thrilling and rewarding experience for trekkers seeking adventure and solitude. Panch Pokhari( 5 lakes ) is another attraction. Along the way, you’ll encounter traditional Tamang villages, rich cultural experiences, and a chance to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Himalayas. This trek is not for the faint of heart but promises unforgettable memories for those who embark on the journey.

The Langtang valley does not only provide a close look at the mountains but also into the Tibetan Sherpa and Tamang lifestyles, ethnic communities living in the Himalayan region of Nepal. You can immerse yourself in the inside life of locals, beautiful forests on the way, and mesmerizing mountains. Howevere, Tilman High Pass Trek. 7-8 hour drive from Kathmandu, reach Syabru Besi and start your trek. Traversing Tillman Pass (5,320m) on our trek can get challenging as the trail is mostly frozen and susceptible to rock falls. After crossing Tilman Pass, the trail reaches the tranquil lakes of Panch Pokhari, the 9th highest wetland area in the world.

Therefore:..The Tilman High Pass Trek is suitable for trekkers who have the ability to walk for 5- 7 hours a day in remote mountainous landscapes. The route passes through uphill and downhill tracks at high altitudes. The nature of the mountainous landscape is challenging and the use of crampons, ice axes and ropes is essential for the trek to Tillman Pass (5,308m) as it is a very technical trek. If trekkers have prior trekking experience it will be an asset. And in this your efforts you can witness Tibet firsthand with spectacular views from the pass, although the journey to the pass is somewhat technical. Therefore; you should be moderately fit and must enjoy walking adaptable to high altitude conditions. But Tilman High Pass trek is a fully camping and lodge based holiday with a full supported crew to assist you.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu Airport [1,350m/4,430ft] and transfer to hotel.
Day 2: Drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi [1,550m/5,086ft], 6 -8 hours
Day 3: Trek from Syabrubesi to Lama Hotel [2,380m/7,809ft], 5-6 hours
Day 4: Trek from Lama Hotel to Langtang valley [3430m/11253ft], 5-6 hours
Day 5: Trek from Langtang valley to Kyangjin Gompa [3,870m/12,697ft], 4-5 hours
Day 6: Acclimatization day and hike up to Tserko Ri [5,000m/16,405ft], 5-6 hours
Day 7: Trek from Kyanjin Gompa to Langshisa Kharka [4080m/13448ft], 5-6 hours
Day 8: Trek from Langshisa Kharka to Moraine Camp [4650m/15252ft], 5-6 hourshours
Day 9: Trek to Yak Kharka [4825m/15813ft] via Tilman Pass [5320m/17450ft], 7-8 hours
Day 10: Trek from Yak Kharka to Tin Pokhari [3735m/12251ft], 5-6 hours
Day 11: Trek from Tinpokhari to Panchpokhari [4123m/13523ft], 5-6 hours
Day 12: Exploring the (5) Five Lakes and surrounding Valley
Day 13: Trek from Panchpokhari to Nasimpati [3631m/12284ft], 5-6 hours
Day 14: Trek from Nasimpati to Hile Bhanjyang [3414m/11198ft], 4-5 hours
Day 15: Trek from Hile Bhanjyang to Pauwabas [3024m/9919ft], 5-6 hours
Day 16: Trek from Pauwabas to Kami Kharka [2855m/9365ft], 4-5 hours
Day 17: Trek from Kami Kharka to Sano Okhareni [2043m/6701ft], 5-6 hours
Day 18: Trek from Sano Okhareni to Chautara [1418m/4051ft] then drive back to Kathmandu, 4-5 hours
Day 19: International Departure

Price Details For Trip

  • The cost of this trek depends on the group size.
  • The can be different numbers of Guide and Porters.
  • The cost depends on request category hotel accommodation in Kathmandu.
  • The cost depends on Mode of transportation (Private jeep or Public bus)
  • Please contact us for up to Date, Cost and the Duration.

Cost Inclusion

  • Kathmandu Airport Pickup/drop on Arrival/departure
  • Twin-sharing accommodation at hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • All ground transportation as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Guide and camping staff - Cook and kitchen staff.
  • All meals (B, L, D) during the trek with boiled water for drinking purposes.
  • Twin-sharing accommodation during the trek at teahouse/lodges
  • An experienced, expert, helpful and friendly Guide.
  • Full support crew with 1 porter for every 2 trekkers.
  • Climbing Sherpa, porters costs - including meals, insurance, salary, transportation, and other necessary equipment
  • Langtang National park permits & Local fee
  • Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) card fee
  • Necessary equipment (ice axe, rope, ice Screw)
  • Trekking map of this route for groups.
  • All government, local taxes, and official expenses.
  • Comprehensive first aid kit with high-altitude medicine
  • Arranging rescue operations in case of complicated health conditions (funded by travel insurance)
  • Farewell dinner before departure.

Cost Exclusion

  • International Airfare and Nepal entry visa fee.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu (“Except farewell dinner" in Kathmandu)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu or on the trek for any reason (Early arrival or delay, Early arrival from trek due to any reason).
  • Personal expenses (shopping and snacks, alcohol, Wi-Fi, telephone call, battery re-charge fee, extra porters, etc
  • Personal clothing and trekking gear.
  • Travel insurance has to cover emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation along with medical coverage.
  • Tips, gifts, souvenirs for involved trekking staff.
  • Additional costs due to delays caused by circumstances outside company control like landslides, weather conditions, itinerary modifications due to safety concerns, illness, change of government policies, strikes, etc.
  • All the costs and expenses, which are not listed in "What is included" above will be counted as excludes.

Equipment list

This list outlines the required things to bring during the trekking tours. There are various selections and brands that you can choose as per your interest. All required trekking equipments can be bought or even hired easily at a reasonable price in Kathmandu.


  • Warm Hat and Bandana/Scarf
  • Baseball cap
  • Thermal Balaclava
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Headlight with spare batteries

Upper Body:

  • Long-sleeved shirts
  • T-Shirts
  • Baselayers
  • Warm Jackets/Sweaters/Pullovers
  • Waterproof GoreTex Jacket
  • Down Jacket with hood (800m fill)
  • Primaloft or light down jacket

Lower Body:

  • Thermal
  • Inner-wears / Baselayers
  • Undergarments
  • Waterproof Gore-Tex pant
  • Trekking Trousers/Pants
  • Down or Primaloft pant


  • Warm socks (4 pairs of thin socks and 4 pairs of thick socks)
  • Gore-Tex Trekking Boots
  • Camp Shoes


  • Liner Gloves
  • Primaloft Mitten
  • Down Mitten


  • Sleeping bag
  • Backpack 40-50 litres
  • A pair of trekking poles
  • Water bottle one (1) litre X 2
  • Multi-tool knife
  • Inflatable sleeping mattress (For additional comfort)
  • Laundry bag to keep dirty clothes
  • Large plastic bags to keep the clothes dry
  • Padlock
  • Sewing kit
  • Duct tape
  • Reading materials notebooks and pens
  • Camera with charger or spare batteries


  • Passport with visa and validity of 6 months after your trip completion
  • 4 copies of passport-size photos for permits and official formalities
  • Travel Insurance (Please refer to the general information page for more detail about it)
  • Flight tickets
  • Credit cards in case of emergencies
  • Driving ID or any other ID in case of loss of your passport.

Toiletries and hygiene:

  • Quick-drying towel
  • Small face towel
  • Toothbrush &Toothpaste
  • Deodorants, Soap and Shampoo (Smaller bottle)
  • Face and body moisturizer, Sunscreen and lip balm
  • Hand sanitiser/Antiseptic wipes
  • Hygiene products
  • Basic first aid kit

Additional equipment for Pass

* Climbing helmet
* Harness
* Ascender/Jumar (Large handle)
* Descender
* Carabiners (2 screw gates and 2 snap gates)
* Prussik cord X 1
* Ice Axe
* Steel crampons

Trip Map

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Tilman High Pass Trek

Trip Facts

  • 19 Days
  • Strenuous
  • 5,320m/17,454ft.
  • Spring & Autumn
  • Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Fully Camping
  • 2 Person

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