Annapurna Circuit with Mesokanto Pass Trek - 18 Days

Mesokanto Pass Trek
Mesokanto Pass Trek
  • Cost From Contact Us
  • Duration 18 Days
  • Trip Difficulty Strenuous
  • Travel Style Trekking
  • Destination Nepal
  • Transportation: Private Vehicle / Bus
  • Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge + Camping
  • Maximum Altitude: 5240 mt.
  • Minimum Pax.: 1-15 Pax.
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Trip Highlights

  • 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 Trip

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 01Arrival at Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02Drive from Kathmandu to Chamje (1430 mt.). Driving 8-9 hours. Overnight at guest house.

Day 03Chamje to Dharapani (1860 mt.). Walking 5-6 hours. Overnight at guest house.

Day 04Dharapani to Chame (2670 mt.). Walking 4 hours. Overnight at guest house.

Day 05Chame to Pisang (3300 mt.). Walking 5 ½ hours. Overnight at guest house.

Day 06Pisang to Manang (3540 mt.). Walking 5 hours. Overnight at guest house.

Day 07Rest day in Manang for acclimatization & exploration. Overnight at guest house.

Day 08Manang to Tilicho Base Camp (4150 mt.). Walking 6 hours. Overnight at guest house.

Day 09Tilicho Base Camp to Tilicho High Camp (5240 mt.). Walking 5-6 hours. Overnight at guest house.

Day 10Tilicho High Camp to Chauri Kharka (4300 mt.) via Mesokanto-La pass (5120 mt). Walking 8-9 hours. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 11Chauri Kharka to Jomsom (2720 mt.). Walking 5 hours. Overnight at guest house.

Day 12Jomsom to Tatopani (Hot spring) (1189 mt.). Driving 4-5 hours. Overnight at guest house.

Day 13Tatopani to Sikha (1935 mt.). Walking 5 hours. Overnight at guest house.

Day 14Sikha to Ghorepani (2835 mt.). Walking 4½ hours. Overnight at guest house.

Day 15Hike to Poon Hill for Sunrise (3210 mt.) to Tadapani (2520 mt.). Walking 5 ½ hours. Overnight at guest house.

Day 16Tadapani to Syane via Ghandruk (1920 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.

Cost 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.

Cost 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.

Detail Itinerary

Day 1Arrival at Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.After arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport you will be transferred (check-in) to the hotel by a company representative. Our representative will brief you on the upcoming trip, the rest of the day can be spent sightseeing and enjoying the local surroundings and delicious local food.

Day 2Drive from Kathmandu to Chamje (1430 mt.). Driving 8-9 hours. Overnight at guest house.Today, we move out of Kathmandu early to avoid traffic. The highways are infamous for its long hours of traffic and accidents so it’s best to move early morning. Lunch will be provided in a highway restaurant where cleanliness and hygiene are maintained. Upon reaching Chamje we will stay overnight at a guest house.

Day 3Chamje to Dharapani (1860 mt.). Walking 5-6 hours. Overnight at guest house. After breakfast, we begin our walk to Dharapani. We will be passing through cute small thatched-roof houses of Gurung villages and will be crossing a waterfall which is popular with tourists. Overnight at guest house.

Day 4Dharapani to Chame (2670 mt.). Walking 4 hours. Overnight at guest house.As we begin to ascend the hills, we will pass through lush green jungles and many fields with thick vegetation. If we are lucky we will be walking through forests of blooming rhododendrons with snow peaked caps of various mountains playing peekaboo throughout the path. Overnight at guest house.

Day 5Chame to Pisang (3300 mt.). Walking 5 ½ hours. Overnight at guest house.After a good breakfast, we will make our way to Pisang from the district headquarters of Manang. Walking through the coniferous patches and beaten paths, the beauty of the Himalayas in beyond comprehension. When we reach Pisangthelucky then we will stay overnight at guest house.

Day 6Pisang to Manang (3540 mt.). Walking 5 hours. Overnight at guest house.In order to acclimatize we will make ascend slowly towards Manang. It is ill-advised to gain altitude quickly. On reaching Manang we will see multiple houses with prayer flags and feel the chilly cold winds blowing. Overnight at guest house.

Day 7Rest day in Manang for acclimatization & exploration. Overnight at guest house.Acclimatization is crucial when in the lap of the Himalayas, what begins as a headache might prove fatal so caution is advised. Today we will rest and spend time in Manang. The Tibetan Buddhist influence can be felt as prayer wheels and colorful prayer flags can be seen waving against the strong winds. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 8Manang to Tilicho Base Camp (4150 mt.). Walking 6 hours. Overnight at guest house.Today we will be ascending quite a bit towards Tilicho Base Camp. This 14 km walk offers scenic views through the pine forests and shrubs. This contrast in vegetation makes this walk an interesting one. This trek route is taken by very few trekkers which allow us to enjoy the trek in peace. Overnight at guest house.

Day 9Tilicho Base Camp to Tilicho High Camp (5240 mt.). Walking 5-6 hours. Overnight at guest house.Today we make our way to the High camp, we will be able to witness the beautiful Tilicho lake which the world highest freshwater lake. We can take this time to understand the environment where the shy snow leopard and mountain goats thrive. The Manang valley might as well be one of the hidden gems of Nepal. Overnight at guest house.

Day 10Tilicho High Camp to Chauri Kharka (4300 mt.) via Mesokanto-La pass (5120 mt). Walking 8-9 hours. Overnight at tented camp. This part of the trek is least popular among the tourists and remains unexplored when compared to the Thorang-la pass-an alternative route. This is going one of the most difficult and demanding parts of a trek. The Mesokanto-la pass is infamous it’s difficulty level but provides a fantastic view of the Tilicho peak and the wilderness around the vicinity. Overnight at a tented camp.

Day 11Chauri Kharka to Jomsom (2720 mt.). Walking 5 hours. Overnight at guest house.Today we will follow a trail of neatly paved stones and patches of apricot and apple trees as we enter Jomsom. The Nepalese Army Rock Climbing Institute quite visible along its way, cadets from many countries come here to train. You can try the delicious dried apple and local apricot brew whilst in Jomsom. Overnight at guest house.

Day 12Jomsom to Tatopani (Hot spring) (1189 mt.). Driving 4-5 hours. Overnight at guest house.We will make our way to a hot water spring following the Kali Gandaki River in what is going to be a bumpy ride, but with a million-dollar view. Our journey for today will end in Tatopani where we can take a dip in the nearby hot water spring and get some well-deserved rest. Overnight at guest house.

Day 13Tatopani to Sikha (1935 mt.). Walking 5 hours. Overnight at guest house. After Breakfast, we move early towards Sikha. We will be making our way through hidden trails away from the dusty road. This part of the trek is lush and we will be crossing many little bridges along the way and take in the simple life in the lap of the Himalayas. Overnight at guest house.

Day 14Sikha to Ghorepani (2835 mt.). Walking 4½ hours. Overnight at guest house. After breakfast we will make our way towards Ghorepani, this is a the easy track and can be completed in less than 5 hours. The mountains playing their usual peekaboo game and the lush greenery truly is a serene experience. Overnight at guest house.

Day 15Hike to Poon Hill for Sunrise (3210 mt.) to Tadapani (2520 mt.). Walking 5 ½ hours. Overnight at guest house.We hike our way to Poon Hill early in the morning today. The 45 minutes of the hike is worth the view, a 220-degree panoramic view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri, bathing in sunlight and glistening. This is a great spot for pictures and the color of the mountains look beyond phenomenal. From here we walk our way to Tadapani. Overnight at guest house.

Day 16Tadapani to Syane via Ghandruk (1920 mt.) and drive to Pokhara. Walking 5 ½ hours. Overnight at hotel.The trail to Ghandruk is littered with small tea houses, where we will stop for some quick snack. Ghandruk is a beautiful village, consisting mainly of Thakali where many have joined the British Gurkha regiment. From here we will move on to Pokhara, the famous lake city. Nightlife can be enjoyed at Lakeside which is a popular tourist destination. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 17Drive back to Kathmandu from Pokhara. Driving 7-8 hours by tourist bus. Overnight at hotel.Today, we head back to the capital city following the same path. The drive is a quiet one with fantastic views of the hills and fast flowing rivers along the highway. Lunch will be served in one the hygienic and clean roadway restaurants. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 18Transfer to airport for your final departure from Nepal.After the well-deserved rest for the sore legs, our representatives will transfer you the airport, ending your Himalayan experience.

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.

Usefull Note

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. 

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