What to Expect

  • High altitude trek to Mesokanto-La Pass (5,340 meters).
  • Magnificent views of three different Himalayan Ranges, with each one including one Himalaya above 8000 meters: the Annapurna Range, the Manaslu Range, and the Dhaulagiri Range.
  • Passes through two interesting valleys: the Marshyandi River Valley and the Kali Gandaki Valley which also includes the deepest Gorge of the world.
  • Animals of interest: domesticated Yaks and a number of wild birds and animals including endangered Musk Deer, Tahr as well as several species of Eagles and Vultures.
  • Vegetation: from tropical to subtropical to Temperate to sub-alpine to alpine beyond the tree-line as well as apple farms in some places.
  • Passes through settlements that highlight the cultures of more than six different ethnic groups.

About Annapurna Circuit with Mesokanto Pass Trek

Any number of words and itinerary cannot do justice to the beauty that Annapurna Circuit with Mesokanto pass trek encapsulates within itself. A trek within the Annapurna Conservation Area is home to the Gurung, Thakali, Magar ethnicity; their multiple dialects and spreads over Mustang, Lamjung, Manang, Myagdi and Kaski district. Shamanism, Tibetan folklore, Buddhist traditions play a huge part in making the Annapurna Circuit a brimming pot of culture and tradition so unique to Nepal. As the name suggests “Annapurna “or the goddess of plenty, this trek offers the wide variety of flora, fauna, and bio-diversity which adds to its rich food tradition and every trekker’s dream, the famous “Thakali Set”.  Annapurna region is also home to the ever elusive Snow Leopard and Himalayan Goats. The elevation for this trek ranges from 760 mt. to 5,600 mt. approx.

The culture, the food, and the tradition add more value to the experience of the Annapurna circuit with Mesokanto pass. The journey through Mesokanto-La Pass is one that does not see many visitors for its strenuous nature and makes way through the breathtaking Tilicho Lake which is the highest lake in the world. One cannot help but feel taken back in time; for the lack of manmade structures, make this trek a truly humbling and spiritual experience. This eighteen-day trek is strenuous and technical in nature and is not recommended for beginners. Keeping snow peaked mountains such as Manaslu (8,163 mt.) Dhaulagiri (8,167 mt.) and Annapurna I (8,091 mt.) as a backdrop this trek will take you through the picturesque little settlements along the Marsayangdi river, through apple orchards, small Buddhist stupas, monasteries, bridges laden with prayer flags, the ancient sky caves along the Kali Gandaki river and a taste of the simple life. The night view from Annapurna circuit is just as spectacular as during the day, the high altitude coupled with clear night skies make it the perfect trek for stargazers and mountain chasers.

High Camp Adventure with the number of years of experience in trekking and hospitality in the great Himalayas of Nepal is proud to be a part of the memories of many trekkers from all over the world. Trained in mountain rescue, our guides, who are locals themselves have much knowledge of the culture and traditional ways and are happy to indulge in any queries you might have. Customized tours are not only welcomed but encouraged at High camp Adventure.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 1Arrival at Kathmandu Airport and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 2Drive from Kathmandu to Chamje (1,430 mt.). Driving 8-9 hours. Overnight at guest house.
  • Day 3Chamje to Dharapani (1,860 mt.). Walking 5-6 hours. Overnight at guest house.
  • Day 4Dharapani to Chame (2,670 mt.). Walking 4 hours. Overnight at guest house.
  • Day 5Chame to Pisang (3,300 mt.). Walking 5 ½ hours. Overnight at guest house.
  • Day 6Pisang to Manang (3,540 mt.). Walking 5 hours. Overnight at guest house.
  • Day 7Rest day in Manang for acclimatization & exploration. Overnight at guest house.
  • Day 8Manang to Tilicho Base Camp (4,150 mt.). Walking 6 hours. Overnight at guest house.
  • Day 9Tilicho Base Camp to Tilicho High Camp (5,240 mt.). Walking 5-6 hours. Overnight at guest house.
  • Day 10Tilicho High Camp to Chauri Kharka (4,300 mt.) via Mesokanto-La pass (5,120 mt). Walking 8-9 hours. Overnight at tented camp.
  • Day 11Chauri Kharka to Jomsom (2,720 mt.). Walking 5 hours. Overnight at guest house.
  • Day 12Jomsom to Tatopani (Hot spring) (1,189 mt.). Driving 4-5 hours. Overnight at guest house.
  • Day 13Tatopani to Sikha (1,935 mt.). Walking 5 hours. Overnight at guest house.
  • Day 14Sikha to Ghorepani (2,835 mt.). Walking 4½ hours. Overnight at guest house.
  • Day 15Hike to Poon Hill for Sunrise (3,210 mt.) to Tadapani (2,520 mt.). Walking 5 ½ hours. Overnight at guest house.
  • Day 16Tadapani to Syane via Ghandruk (1,920 mt.) and drive to Pokhara. Walking 5 ½ hours. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 17Drive back to Kathmandu from Pokhara. Driving 7-8 hours by tourist bus. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 18Transfer to Airport for your final departure from Nepal.

What's Included

Price Includes

  • Pick up and Transfer to and from Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) to your hotel in Kathmandu. 
  • Two nights accommodation at 2/3 star hotel in Kathmandu (breakfasts included).
  • One night accommodation at 2/3 star hotel in Pokhara (breakfasts included).
  • Transportation as per the itinerary.
  • Tea-house lodging during the journey.
  • Standard Meals during the journey (breakfast, lunch, dinner).
  • Expert Guide (registered and licensed by the government) with accompanying porters (generally, one porter for every two clients). (High Camp Adventure covers the staffs’ meals and accommodations as well as wages, transport, insurance, and essential gear.)
  • Equipment (Sleeping bag, Down jacket, Walking poles).
  • Conservation Area and National Park entry fees.
  • Trekker’s Information Management System (TIMS) card.
  • Trekking Map.
  • Medical kit.
  • Government taxes.
  • Our service charge.
  • Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu the eve of your international departure.

Price Excludes:

  • International plane ticket to and from Nepal.
  • Major meals in Kathmandu (other than breakfast).
  • Personal Expenses including laundry, telephone calls, bar bills, drinks, and snacks.
  • Personal clothing and gear.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Shower fees at lodges, fees for recharging electronic equipment, and personal expenses along the trail.
  • Tips for Guides, Porters and staff.
  • Expenses incurred by cancelation and events beyond our control, for example, weather delays, trail detours, political unrest, illness, and et cetera.
Departure note

Please take a look at our fixed departure dates for this trek. If they do not fit with your schedule, then please let us arrange an itinerary that is more suitable to you and your requirements.

Useful Information

Accommodation

All the accommodation as per the itinerary is included in the package cost. We have chosen the 2/3 star hotel in the cities for your comfort and safety. The hotels can be upgraded to more deluxe ones upon your request. While trekking in the Mountain, our guides will choose the best available lodge of the village from their past experience. As some villages have limited number of lodges, in a peak season like in Spring and Autumn, you may have to share the room with some stranger trekker as well. Comfortable two men tent with mattress and four seasons sleeping bag will be provided for the camping trek. Our crew will try to set the camp in a scenic place. All the hotel and camping accommodations are as per twin sharing basis unless you are of different gender.

Meals

Nepal is such an easy place to get several vegetarian options so no worries if you are a vegetarian or vegan. You can enjoy typical Nepali food as well as continental, Italian, Indian and Tibetan. Freshly cooked and hygienic dinner and breakfast are served at the camp and lunch will be served on the way to the next destination which will be prepared by our own chef. Only breakfast is served in Kathmandu whilst farewell dinner on the eve of your international departure is served from our side. All the meals (B/L/D) are on full board basis during the trek.

Trekking Crew

An experienced and licensed Guide and necessary porters will assist you during the trek. In a group with more than 8 clients, 2 guides will be provided for the betterment in service. In a teahouse trek, generally, one porter is provided for every two clients who carry between 15 to 20 kg. However, on a camping journey, more porters are required. All the camping equipment such as kitchen, dining, dome and toilet tents, kitchen equipment, fuel, and all consumable goods have to be carried from Kathmandu which needs more manpower. All of our guides and porters are fully insured so you don't' have to worry about them in case of emergency. Our team believes that our customer care is the first priority.

Physical Fitness and Experience

Annapurna Circuit with Mesokanto Pass Trek is a strenuous trek which is fit for those who has the ability to walk 5-6 hours of walking uphill and downhill in a day carrying the personal day pack. Some days are longer with 7- 8 hours of walking as well. This is high altitude trek which demands more physical, however having strong determination, positive vibe and average physical fitness can complete this trek. Some time mental aspect also plays a vital roll in an altitude. Doing some physical exercise a few weeks prior to the trip is better but technical skill is not required for this trek. If you are taking medicine for heart, lung or blood diseases, please kindly consult your doctor and inform to High Camp Adventure.

Travel Insurance

This is a real adventure in high altitude so obtaining a travel insurance is always a good idea for your safety and is highly recommended too. Your travel insurance policy should cover helicopter evacuation and medical expenses in an emergency. There is not any Nepalese insurance company to sell travel insurance policy so you better buy a good one from home. There are some insurance policies which covers only in low altitude below 4000 mt. and some only in high altitude above 4000 mt. So before you purchase it, please double check the policy what it covers and where are you going.

Best Seasons

Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) are the best months for Annapurna Circuit with Mesokanto Pass Trek. Where normally days are sunny, the temperature is perfect, the sky is clear and Mountain remains crystal. This trek can be done in Monsoon (June to August ) but you should not expect the great weather and Mountain view.  You can do it in Winter (December to February) if you are used to with extreme cold temperature.

Ground Transportation

Highway in Nepal is safe, however, sometimes transport can be halted due to the landslide, strike or by political unrest. Add a cushion of a few extra days in your onward travel schedule, advised as a margin of safety for your international flight from Nepal. We, therefore, advise that you schedule at least an extra days cushion in your itinerary to avoid conflicts with international flights out of Nepal. In that case, High Camp Adventure can arrange activities with your additional days in Kathmandu before your flight home.