Kangla and mesokantola pass with Tilicho Lake Trekking

Two pass trekking with Tilicho Lake is a fantastic journey in a wild and unexplored area located north of Annapurna: the Nar Phu Valley inhabited. This trek is perfect for travelers who want to discover the Annapurna circuit as well as explore an untouched valley, off the beaten track or alternative route. A rough and wild trek, this trek takes you to the exotic Nar Phu valley that lies in the remote corner of the Annapurna region. Opened to visitors only in the year 2003, the Nar Phu valley remains untouched by modernity. The inhabitants, who roughly comprises of about 350 Nepalese Tibetans, have retained their age old practices. Most of them are engaged in yak herding and farming. Visited by very few trekkers this exotic land offers medieval Tibetan culture in undisturbed form, dramatic mountain views and great alpine scenery in a Tibet-like flavor.

On first phase, We start our trek from Bensisahar following the Popular Annapurna circuit trail which links the Manang and Kali Ghandaki valley and branch off at Koto to follow the off the beaten track to Nar Phu valley in the very north of Manang . With slow ascent and proper acclimatization we head for Kangla pass, hidden by swirls of mountain mist ahead of us, from Kangla pass at 5200m the magnificent panorama view of Annapurna massif appears remote and forbidding .The Kangla  pass links Nar with Manang and three other Bhotia villages in the Neyshang valley.

On the second Phase of the trek we visit the pristine Tilicho lake –the highest in the world. This amazing trek is  for those real adventurers in search of real Shangrilla and do not mind  crossing through Challenging high passes like Masokanto La (5099m), and Kangla pass (5200m) . We end our trek at Jomsom where we catch our flight to Pokhara and later to Kathmandu.This is a fully supported camping trek. Trekkers carry only day pack and walk at their own pace.

This trek also offers fantastic views of the Annapurna massif, Lamjung Himal, Machhapuchhre Himal, Manaslu Himal, Dhawalagiri range and Tilicho peak. As the trekking route is frequented by few trekkers, you can look ahead for a 'just the mountains, nature & us' experience.

Trip Duration      16 days trek 
Max. Altitude: 5240 m. /17292ft.
Minimum Altitude: 760m. /2508ft.
Grade: Moderate
Activities: Trekking
Accommodation: Lodge/Tented
Meals: Breakfast, lunch , Dinner with tea/coffee
Transportation: Plane and Overland
Trek Departure: Every day throughout the week
Group Size: 2 persons (minimum) to 15  persons (maximum)
Best season: Sept,Oct, Nov, March, April and May
Available Time: All months except December and January
Per day hiking: 4 to 6 hours

Suggested Itinerary 

Day 1: Kathmandu-Beshisahar-Chamje ( 1385m./4750ft.) 8 hrs. drive
Drive from Kathmandu to Beshishahar (760m.) takes approximately 5 hours. You drive along the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway to Dumre and then follow the narrow and paved road by the Marshyangdi River to Besi Sahar . Beshishahar is the district headquarters of Lamjung district. All the local government offices are situated here. From here, you can see some of the mountain peaks, natural sceneries surrounding the valley and the daily activities of local people. This headquarters is the centre from where the daily usable commodities are supplied to the different villages and numerous towns. Drive continue to Chamje and stay overnight there at lodge.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 2: Chamje–Koto ( 2710m./8943ft.) 5 hrs. drive
Drive to Koto . Though it is gravel road , you will be exciting and enjoying mountain views of Annapurna II and Manaslu range along with beautiful views of forests on the way which add another dimension to your trip. Koto is a small village mainly inhabited by Gurung and other ethnic groups. Their lifestyle is mainly influenced by Buddhist Tibetans. Stay overnight at there at lodge.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Koto-Dharmasala- Meta ( 3550m./11715ft.) 6 hrs. walk
Trek from Koto to Dharmasala takes about six hours. This morning you head out early, as you have a long and somewhat difficult day before you. You cross the river leading to the Nar Phu valley and hike up through beautiful woods above the Phu Khola. The route takes you through some beautiful woods and past several small caves, and a pilgrims’ Dharmasala. After you emerge out of a narrow canyon, the trail actually passes under a wide waterfall just before the Dharmasala, from where the woods become thinner and the vistas wider. Stay overnight at lodge .
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Meta- Kyang- Phu village ( 4080m./13464ft.) 6 hrs. walk
Trek to Phu village. Dropping steeply down to the river, you trek for a while along the river bank and past the “submarine” rock, passing some small possible campsites along the way. You start to see some of the unique, colorful chortens for which Nar and Phu are famous. You have to walk carefully across a small glacial stream before reaching a larger one with a bridge only half covered with large slabs of slate. Another hour and a half of trekking through scenic canyon lands and gorges, and the monolith guards the steep trail up to the Phu gate, called Pupigyal Kwe. This ancient gate provides you the first view of the three villages of Phu, as well as an old “dzong” and the remains of the two forts, which are all now in ruins, but impressively situated atop the flatlands before Phu.

Just before the bridge to Phu, a line of wonderful chortens color the landscape and lead the way to the main village of Phu, perched high up on a hill. You will set up camp on the lower reaches of Phu, formerly called Gomdzong, and head up to the famous Tashi Lhakhang Gompa on a neighboring hillside to pay your respect to Lama Karma Sonam. Stay overnight at lodge .
Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Excursion around Phu valley
You could have interaction with locals and explore up the wide valley systems above you. You might walk up the valley to the summer grazing settlement or Kharka at Ngoru, a three hours walk past the gompa. Phu itself is an incredibly interesting village and you can observe the villagers spinning their yak and sheep wool and chat. Stay overnight at same camp in Phu Valley .
Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Phu village- Nar phedi- Nar village ( 4110m./13563ft.) 6 hrs. walk
Trek from Phu village to Nar village. You get back through Phu gate, descend to the river and retrace your steps back to Junam Kharka which is a lovely spot for camping. Stay overnight at lodge.
Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Nar village –Kang la pass- Ngawal ( 3660m./12078ft.) 8 hrs. walk
Trek to Ngawal via crossing Kang La pass. The Kang La is not a difficult pass, but it could be a long day if there is snow on the pass or the altitude is taking its toll. The Kang La, at 5240m, is an absolutely spectacular pass looking over Annapurna II, Gangapurna, Tilicho peak, the peaks surrounding Tilicho and the airport at Hongde. The trail down is steep and then more gradual as you reach the end.
Ngawal, on the upper Pisang route of the Annapurna circuit (off the main Annapurna circuit), can be reached in as little as two hours from the pass, but the walk down is very nice and easy with enchanting views. Just before Ngawal is an unusual grouping of chortens and prayer flags which marks a meditation cave far up in the hills. Ngawal is a wonderful, old village of cobbled streets, prayer wheels and beautiful architecture, obviously a hub of religious activity in previous times. Stay overnight at lodge in Ngawal.
Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Ngawal- Braga- Manag ( 3540m./11682ft.) 5 hrs. walk
Trek from Ngwal to Manang takes about three hours. This day you walk through leveled path along the bank of the Marshyangdi river to reach Manang. On the way you pass pine forests, villages such as Braga and farming terraces. You can enjoy the views of the Annapurna range, Tilicho Mountain and beautiful landscapes. Manang is a small town. Stay overnight at lodge in Manang.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Acclimatization
Rest day for acclimatization. Enjoy the fascinating village and immerse yourself in its wonderful culture. There are many opportunities for both easy and strenuous day. Explore with spectacular side trips to Bhojo Gompa or Gangapurna Lake and Glacier. Stay at same place overnight at lodge.
Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Manang- Khangsar ( 3734m./12322ft.) 3 hrs. walk
Trek to Khangsar . Stay there overnight at lodge .
Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Khangsar- Tilicho Base Camp ( 4150m./13695ft.) 4 hrs. walk
Trek to Tilicho Base Camp . Visit monastery on the way to Tilicho, walk up to Kharka there is seasonally tea house rest in there for tea or drink after this place you are very consideration to walk because few places trail are from landslide and some time rock are falling down until 20 minute before Tiliho base camp .  Stay there overnight at lodge .
Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 12: Tilicho base camp- Tilicho Lake ( 4920m./16236ft.) 4 hrs. walk
Trek toward Tilicho lake which is world's highest elevated lake. Stay overnight there at lodge.
Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Tilicho Lake- Mesokanto la pass ( 5121m./16899ft.) Mesokanto la kharka ( 4400m./14520ft.) 8 hrs. walk
Trek to Mesokanto Kharka via Mesokanto pass . After pass either you camp before pass as you wish. Tilicho Lake is highest Lake in the world is close to trail but you have time to see enjoy in there with beautiful place. Stay there overnight at tent .
Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Mesokantola kharka-Kaisang ( 3510m./11583ft.) 6 hrs. walk
Trek to Kaisang . Trail via High Kharka, camp side finally you arrive in Kaisang. Stay there overnight at tent.
Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Kaisang-Jomsom ( 2741m./9045ft.) 5 hrs. walk
Trek to Jomsom via Thini village just before Jomsom. Stay overnight there at lodge .
Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Jomsom-Pokhara over flight 
Fly early morning to pokhara 25 minutes. You will have wonderful flight to Pokhara as Annapurna range and Fishtail will be on left hand side and Dhaulagiri and other snowcapped mountains will be on your right hand side. 
Meals included : Breakfast

Trek Ends 

Nar Phu Special Permit
Nar Phu valley special permit is necessary for this trek. The rate is fixed by Department of immigration of Nepal September to November $ 90 or equivalent  per person per week and December to August $ 75 or equivalent per person per week. It has to be obtained through government registered trekking company as Nepal alternative treks with certain formality and proceedure. It can be issued only from department of immigration of Nepal - Kathmandu . We have included in our package.  

Annapurna Conservation Area Project ( ACAP)

The provision of  ACAP is to maintain and build local tourism infrastructure and preserve the nature.  Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP)permit is necessarily required for this trip. It can be obtained from government registered trekking company as Nepal alternative treks & Expeditions.  It's fee is fixed by NTNC Rs. 3000 ( Three thousand  rupees) per person to Annapurna Circuit and ABCTrekking. You can not obtain along the entry point, they may return you without carrying ACAP permit. You need passport copy, one passport size photograph and fee in Rs. 2000 ( two thousand rupees) or equivalent  in cash to apply the permit. This permit you can use only single entry in the area but no limitation of period. It is included in our package. 

Trekker's information Management System ( TIMS)
TIMS is not necessary while we take special permit. 

Trekking Clothing equipment 

When you select your personal items, keep in mind the number of days you will be trekking, the time of year and the altitude. We advise our clients to bring these items:

- Lightweight walking boots "walked" them in prior to arrival in Nepal to avoid blisters. 
- Light weight pants, shorts
- At night -track top, pants 
-  T-shirts. 
- Long sleeve shirt, if susceptible to sunburn. 
- Sun hat - sunburn is severe at rarefied altitudes. 
- Thick outer wooden socks, thin inner cotton 
- Vaseline for feet and crutch.
- Water bottle - 2 liters.
- Sunglasses and strap 
- Small headlamp/flashlight /torch
- Personal medical supplies - do not forget ban - aids, elastic bandage 
- Sunscreen, sun bock, sun - tan lotion. 
- Small daypack - 25 liters. 
- Wind proof jacket  and rain jacket - poncho style to cover backpack. 
- Small towels 
- Warm down fiber filled jacket ( You can get on rent at Thamel) 
- Sleeping bag to -15c with inner sheet ( You can get on rent at Thamel) 
- Thermal underwear, woolen shirts and thick sweaters. 
- A pair of gloves 

Travel insurance 
It is a condition of joining any of our trips that be protected against comprehensive expenses potential to incur due to medical issues or accidents (to include air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs). Please be noted that we don’t arrange or sell insurance. A relaxed trip is not possible without good travel insurance. In the event of any sickness or injury, the cost of emergency treatment and evacuation is shocking. Therefore, travel insurance is strongly recommended for everyone who signs up with Nepal alternative Trekking. 

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What is Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) ?

Acute mountain sickness is an illness that can affect trekkers at high altitudes, usually above 8,000 feet (2,400 meters). The highest point is Mesokanto la pass which is elevated at 5121 meter. If you be precautious about high altitude and follow our guide then you can avoid it. 

How do we know if I get AMS ?

Your symptoms will also depend on the speed of your climb and how hard you push (exert) yourself. Symptoms are as below:

  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Dizziness or light-headedness
  • Tiredness
  • Headache
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Rapid pulse (heart rate)
  • shortness of breath with exertion
  • Cannot walk in a straight line


  1. Rest, Rest , Rest
  2. Go down, down, down
  3. Diamox

Diamox may be given to help you breathe better. It can help reduce mild symptoms. This medicine can make you urinate more often. Make sure you drink plenty of fluids and avoid alcohol when taking this drug. This medication works best when taken before reaching a high altitude.

Prevention and pre-cautious 

Keys to preventing acute mountain sickness include:

  • Climb the mountain gradually and slowly
  • Sleep at a lower altitude when possible
  • Learn how to recognize early symptoms of mountain sickness
  • Drink plenty of fluid – 3 liters per day
  • Avoid alcohol
  • Eat regular meals, high in carbohydrates
  • Sleep well
  • Be well equipped

First aid

Owing to a sudden change in climate, altitude and other factors, it is obvious that there could arise some alterations in your health. It would be hard to know all aspects of Nepal's health problems.You will be eating and drinking in various outlets. Diarrhea is a common illness that a tourist would be facing. So, it is recommended to drink purified water and eat in clean outlets. Drinking and eating precautions will surely help to take care of many health problems that could arise during the trip. Staying hydrated during the travel, trekking, tours is highly recommended too. If any problem should arise during the trip. Being on good health before leaving for a trip would help you to enjoy your trip to the fullest.Though Nepal alternative treks will be carrying first aid medical kid, you are also suggested to take personal basic first medicines for in case.


We will leave you free to choose hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara as there will be various choices. We will arrange twin share basis room in lodges during the trek. We will arrange shared washing room and toilet.


During our trek, we can enjoy authentic Nepalese food as well the more common international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.) in lodges. Threre will be provided breakfast, lunch and dinner three times along the route on your choice from MENU .

Physical Condition & Experience Requirements

Kangla and Mesokantola pass with Tilicho Lake Trekking is hard  level of trek,  suitable for passionate walkers who have the ability to walk at least 5-6 hours a day with a light rucksack. As we will  get the highest elevation 5410 meter, you are preferred an excellent health with average physical fitness, have a positive attitude and strong determination, we can accomplish the trek successfully. Exercising and jogging regularly is good idea to enhance our strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases should inform Nepal alternative treks before booking the trek.


Mr. James and Ms. Mariya

I found my experience in Nepal to be an overall favorable experience.  Our guides were very hospitable, knowledgeable and helpful. This company arrangement for our trip was perfect. I would like to come back again for longer time. Thanks !

Ms. Anna

Thank you –Tej for wonderful trek. Nepalese are great loving, caring people. I will come back again!  I enjoyed it.




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