Tilman Pass Trek
Tilman Pass Trek
Tilman Pass Trekking is a part of Lang tang trek which is categorized in moderate to strenuous grade treks. This trek is a pioneer high altitude trek located in the upper Langtang region, close to the border of the Tibet and Nepal on the elevation of 5,350 meters. Langtang Tilman pass trek takes the core of the Langtang Himalayan trails. This trek is the best wilderness route of Nepal for trekking which concludes the remote and wild part of the Himalayas. It presents panoramic Himalayan views of Langtang and Lirung, Langtang Himal, Naya Khanga, Yala peak, Ganesh Himal, Langshisa, Gaurishanker, Dorje Lakpa with Himalayan pine forest. This area is also rich in flora and fauna like Rhododendron flowers, Thar, Bears, Leopard, Jackal, Monkeys, wild peaks, wild boars, pheasant, peacock, etc. It is home of the blue sheep and the red panda. The Tilman Pass Trek affords one with the opportunity of different Himalayan views and the living style of high mountain rural people who share their culture, manner, religion with our experienced team leaders. This is also known as the Jugal Himal Trek or Panch Pokhari Trek – a set of five small lakes – ensconced in a vast boulder-strewn amphitheatre, where we encamped near the small temple of Vishnu, a site of Hindu pilgrimage. This is a non-tourist trekking trail thus making it ideal for those trekkers who wanted to enjoy nature with the silent manner in a remote area. Trek will begin with a drive to Sybrubensi via Dhunche. The drive to Sybrubensi is filled with pleasant sceneries of the green forests and the local villages. The trail passes through Lama Hotel to reach the oldest Tamang settlement in the Langtang region, Langtang village. Continuing on the Langtang valley, the trail also reaches the oldest monastery of Langtang in Kyanjin Gompa. You also hike to Tserko-Ri (4984m) for a panoramic view of the Langtang Himal range, Langshisha Ri (6427m), Yala Peak (5500m), and so on. The trek takes you from the land of enchanting rhododendron forest to yak pastures to the moraines of vast glaciers. Varieties of alpine flowers and exotic wild animals can be seen during the trek as the trail goes through Langtang National Park. Crossing Tilman Pass (5320m) 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 Panchpokhari, the 9th highest wetland area in the world. The trek then ends with a walk through the quiet forests until you reach Chautara. Tilman Pass Trek is an ideal trek for adventurers looking to conquer a quiet trail in the foot of the Himalayas.
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)
Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, our company representative will meet and welcome you to Nepal and then you'll be transferred to your confirmed hotel. Once you finish the check-in procedure, you can rest & relax at the hotel. Later you will be accompanied by the office staff for a short tour of Thamel to make you familiar with some good restaurants, ATM's, money changer and other necessary places you might need during your stay in Thamel.
Day 2: Kathmandu: sightseeing and trek preparation
The very next morning, after breakfast you will leave for a full day sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley. You can visit the sacred Pashupatinath Temple and Swyambhunath, very ancient and essentially enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
The biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhanath and the fine arts and historical architecture of Kathmandu Durbar Square reflecting the ancient Nepalese culture which is the highlights of our guided tour.
A visit to Patan City will enchant you with its famous fine arts and historical architecture. On return to your hotel, you will have time to explore the local area, have dinner and perhaps take a leisurely stroll through the famous streets. Finally, day ends with a Authentic Nepalese Dinner in Nepali Cultural Restaurant.
Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Syafrubesi (1,460m/4,790ft)
After morning breakfast, we drive out along the north-western hills of Kathmandu for about 7-8hours drive. You will witness lovely scenery of white snowcapped mountains like Mt. Annapurna II, Manasalu, Ganesh Himal and other minor peaks along the route and as well as the green landscape of hillock, rivers, and village. Enjoy the Himalayan views and lifestyle through the terraced fields and rustic villages. The scenery of foothills and ridgeline vistas goes through the Trishuli Bazaar, Betrawati and Dhunche you feel as if you are heading towards low land. We take our Lunch at the Trishuli Bazaar before continuing further to Dhunche. We descend to Syabrubesi for the overnight stay.
Day 4: Trek from Syafrubesi to Lama Hotel (2,470m/8,103ft)
Today our trail continues down the ridge until we come to the east that drops sharply off the ridge and through a dense forest. Trail starts meandering through the cool deciduous forests of oak and maple that cover the lower sections of the valley and climbs through massive stands of spruce, fir and blue pine. Towering walls close in and our paths will skirt precipitous drops, which fall into a silt-laden river below. Cross a bridge (1960m) over a tributary of the Langtang Khola and then climbs up from the river and in an hour, shortly after the trail levels off, we join the old Langtang trail from Sherpa Gaon and Syabrubesi. Another hour from this trail junction brings us to the Lama Hotel in the tiny village of Chon gong. Overnight at Tea house. 6-7 hours walk.
Day 5: Trek from Lama Hotel to Langtang Village (3,430m/11,253ft)
The day starts with a gentle climb, but it soon becomes steeper, climbing through wild forests of hemlocks, oaks, maples and white and pink rhododendrons high above the Langtang Khola. The tantalizing glimpse of snow-capped peaks starts appearing along with the short view of Mt. Langtang Lirung (7244m) through the trees. The trail leads to a log bridge and on climbing further we come across lush meadows of Ghora Tabela (2992m). The trail ascends gradually as the valley opens up into classical U-shaped glacial. Follow the path across the helipad and yak pastures, climb briefly through rhododendrons and scattered Tamang villages. The trail crosses a stream and climbs past several water-driven mills and prayer wheels to the large settlement of Langtang (3430m), headquarter of Langtang National Park. The village has flat-roofed Tibetan style house, and elaborately carved driven windows of the upper village are worth exploring. Valley is surrounded by stone walls enclosing fields where buckwheat, potatoes, wheat, turnips, and barley are planted and easy to find yak and the wild goats wondering around you. 4-5 hours trek.
Day 6: Trek from Langtang Village to Kyanjin Gompa (3,870m/12,696ft)
The trail onward from Langtang climbs through increasingly rugged country through the small yak-herding village of Mundu, Sindum and Yampha, eventually tracing the path of Langtang Khola to Kyanjin Gompa (3870m). It is a short trek of about 3 hours with the views on mountains and snow covered peaks. In the afternoon, you can explore Yak Cheese Factory. The fantastic views of natural landscape and mountains are impressive.
Day 7: Acclimatization day
Today is the rest and exploration day of the trekking. We visit the monastery and the cheese factory or may walk up the moraine to see the spectacular ice faces and tumbling glaciers of Langtang Lirung or ascend Kyanjin Ri (4350m) and Tserko Ri (5,000m), which is the highest point of this trek. Hike easy for a breath-taking panorama of the Langtang Lirung, Langtang range, Kinshung, Yansa Tsenji. We also have options to make a side trip to Langshisa Kharka. There are several alternatives sided trips, the surrounding areas of North having many smaller isolated valleys. Spend your night back to the Kyanjin.
Day 8: Trek from Kyanjin Gompa to Langshisa Kharka (4,080m/13,385ft)
You leave Kyanjin Gompa early in the morning and make your way to Langshisa Kharka. You need to move early as the terrain will be frozen and the chance of the rocks falling is less. It will be a difficult trek as the terrain is snowy, icy, and the rocks fall throughout the day. After an hour or two, the slope levels out. Along the way, you get great views of Langshisa Ri (7427m) and Dorje Lakpa (6966m). Towards the end, you start climbing up and around some of the old glacial moraines. The actual site of Langshisa Kharka is marked with prayer flags and stone structures. Overnight in Langshisa Kharka.
Day 9: Trek from Langshisa Kharka to Moraine Camp (4,580m/15,026ft)
After breakfast, you head steeply towards Moraine Camp. You ascend the rocky moraine of Langshisa Glacier through the high alpine vegetation and reach the Moraine Camp which is situated at an altitude of 4,580m. You are now surrounded by exquisite snowcapped mountains and the view is absolutely amazing. Overnight in Moraine Camp.
Day 10: Trek from Moraine camp to Yak Kharka (4,825m/15,830ft) via Tilman’s Pass (5,320m/17,454ft)
You trek for 6-7 hours to reach Yak Kharka via Tilman’s Pass (5320m). It is better to make an early start as the boulder field gets more unstable due to the sunlight. It will be both physically and mentally challenging climb as the footing is slippery and filled with unstable rocks. As you reach the top, breathing may get difficult, due to the high altitude, as Tilman Pass is one of the highest points in this trek. From the top, you get spectacular views of the surrounding snowcapped mountains. Then, you descend from the other side passing through the loose rocks and arrive at Yak Kharka. Overnight in Yak Kharka.
Day 11: Trek from Yak Kharka to Tin Pokhari (3,735m/12,250ft)
Today, we begin our journey to Tin Pokhari, which means three lakes. You will descend down the snowy slopes and loose rocks. In the winter season, these lakes are completely frozen. It is a wonderful camping site as you get to relish the magnificent beauty of the lakes along with the views of the Himalayan chain that dominates the surrounding. Overnight in Tin Pokhari.
Day 12: Trek from Tin Pokhari to Panchpokhari (4,060m/13,316ft)
Today, you trek to the tranquil Panchpokhari (Five Lakes). En route, you pass rocky hills and alpine vegetation. The trek today is calm and quiet as there are no settlements on the way and you would be walking mostly through the forest to reach Panchpokhari. Panchpokhari is designated as a wetland area and is crucial for sustaining the local biodiversity. These lakes of Panchpokhari are situated near to each other, each of them equally beautiful and tranquil. The landscape around the place is absolutely incredible. Overnight in Panchpokhari.
Day 13: Acclimatization day at Panchpokhari
On this day, you explore the Five Lakes and the surrounding valley. You can wake up early in the morning to see the beautiful sunrise. From uphill, you get a fantastic view of Dorje Lakpa (6966m) and Jugal Himal range. Several species of birds and sweet-smelling flowers can be found on the nearby hills. Panchpokhari is also a sheltered pilgrimage site where the Janai Purnima festival is held in August. Numerous Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims visit this site each year. The pilgrims also visit the shrine of Lord Shiva situated nearby the lake. Overnight in Panchpokhari.
Day 14: Trek from Panchpokhari to Nasimpati (3,631m/11,909ft)
Early in the morning, you leave Panch Pokhari and head towards Nasimpati. It will be a moderate walk and a gradual descent through the rocky hills. Passing through the alpine vegetation and exploring the wildlife, you make your way to Nasimpati. Overnight in Nasimpati.
Day 15: Trek from Nasimpati to Hile Bhanjyang (3,414m/11,197ft)
You leave Nasimpati and trek through the rocky hills and rhododendron forests. It will then be a downhill trek before you arrive at Hile Bhanjyang. The culture and lifestyle of the people in this village along with the scenic landscape are fascinating, to say the least. Overnight in Hile Bhanjyang.
Day 16: Trek from Hile Bhanjyang to Pauwabas (3,024m/9,918ft)
Today, after breakfast, you make your way to Pauwabas. It will be an uphill trek through the forest. Passing through the rhododendron forests, you enjoy the natural beauty of the region. On a clear day, you can also see the peaks of Jugal Himal Range. Then, you descend on a steep trail to arrive in Pauwabas. Overnight in Pauwabas.
Day 17: Trek from Pauwabas to Kami Kharka (2,855m/9,364ft)
The trail today passes through rhododendron, oak, and pine forests. If you are lucky, you may spot some wild animals like mountain deer, langur monkeys, or the national bird “Danfe‘’. The trail is flat and you see many nomad houses along the way. You can also get a distant view of Langtang Lirung (7227m) and Dorje Lakpa (6966m), en route to Kami Kharka. After an easy walk of 6-7 hours, you pass a group of waterfalls before arriving in Kami Kharka. Overnight in Kami Kharka.
Day 18: Trek from Kami Kharka to Sano Okhareni (2,043m/6,701ft)
You descend through the rhododendron and pine forests and take a downhill walk to Sano Okhareni. Crossing several small streams and nomadic settlements, you arrive in Sano Okhareni. Camping near the pine forests, you enjoy the tranquil environment. Overnight in Sano Okhareni.
Day 19: Trek from Sano Okhareni to Chautara (1,418m/4,651ft) then drive back to Kathmandu
Today will be our last day of trekking. It will be a downhill walk for about 4-5 hours then you arrive in Chautara. En route to Chautara, you pass many small villages with different ethnic groups. Upon arrival in the vibrant town of Chautara, you drive back to Kathmandu enjoying the countryside view. You'll be transferred to your hotel after arriving in Kathmandu. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 20: Leisure day in Kathmandu
Leisure day at Kathmandu. You can ask your guide to take you on a sightseeing trip inside Kathmandu Valley. On this day you can go to the various museums around the valley including the Narayanhiti Museum which earlier used to be the residence of the last king of Nepal. You may also go to the hilltop of Nagarkot. After some sightseeing around the world heritage sites in the valley, you will have a farewell dinner and enjoy with your Nepali friends and guide. You might even make plans for extending your stay for Chitwan jungle safari, rafting activities, and more with your guide.
Day 21: Departure
Finally, it’s SEE OFF TIME. There is nothing to do but trade emails with your travel companions and organize your photos. You will be picked from Hotel by representatives of Wongchhu Peak Promotion staff and dropped at Tribhuvan International Airport 3 hours earlier than your flight time with a hope to see you again. On your way home you'll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.
- Airport – Hotel transfers in KTM,
- Hotel in KTM (Nepali Ghar) for 2 nights pre and two nights post-trek, including breakfast on a twin-sharing basis,
- City tour of Boudhanath, Pashupatinath & Swyambhunath,
- Transportation, tour guide and entrance tickets during the city tour,
- Transportation KTM – Sybrubesi – Chautara - KTM
- Langtang National Park entrance fee,
- TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) card,
- Tents during the trek,
- Accommodations including food during trek,
- Boiled water, tea, coffee, including all food,
- Guide & Porter during the trek,
- Wongchhu Peak Promotion duffel bag and trekking map,
- Salary & insurance for all Nepali staff.
- Meals in Kathmandu (except welcome and farewell dinner),
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary,
- Beverages and alcoholic drinks on the trek,
- Personal trekking equipment,
- All personal expenses, including Nepal Visa (for country entrance),
- Personal medical and evacuation insurance,
- All other additional charges for additional services,
- Additional tips for a tour guide,
- Personal purchases.
1.0 Travel Documents
- Valid passport
- Credit/Debit card
- Passport size photo (6 pieces)
- Insurance paper and contact address
- Family contact number
2.0 Upper Body Wear
- Thermal Top Base Layer (2 Pcs)
- Fleece Jacket (1 Pcs)
- Gore-Tex Jacket (1 Pcs)
- Down Jacket (1 Pcs)
- Cotton T-Shirt (2 Pcs)
3.0 Lower Body Wear
- Thermal Bottom Base Layer (2 Pcs)
- Fleece Trouser (1pcs)
- Gore-Tex Pant (1 pcs)
- Mid Weight Pants (1Pcs)
- Light Weight Quick Dry Trekking Pants (2-3 Pairs)
- Gaiters for trekking boots
- Sun Cap
- Fleece Hat/ Warm Hat (1-2 Pcs)
- Neck Gaiter (2 Pcs)
- Thin fleece gloves
- Wind stopper/screen tap gloves
- Normal Socks (2-3 Pairs)
- Trekking Shoes (Gore-Tex)
- Slipper (1 Pair)
7.0 Sleeping Bags
- Sleeping bag -20°c to -30°c for Base camp
- Down Sleeping Bag -40°c for extreme comfort
- Thermarests Mattress (Cell foam)
- Sleeping bag Liner
- Inflatable Pillow
8.0 Trekking Equipment
- Power Bank
- Pee Bottle
- Altimeter watch
- Pocket Knife
- Walking Stick/Trekking Pole
- Satellite Phone with credit
- Headlight 500-700Lumens
- Spare Tape Slings/240cm
- Unlock Carabiner
- Lock Carabiner
9.0 Bag packs
- Rucksacks 35 L -50 L
10.0 Sun stuff
- Banana Boat/ Nivea Sun Cream (-20 Spf)
- Lip Guard -20 (Spf)
- Sun Glasses (Uv Protection)
11.0 Toiletries (Personal)
- Toilet Paper / Wet Tissue
- Garbage Bag
12.0 Eating & Drinkings
- 1 ltr. Water Bottle
- 1/1.5ltr. Thermos Mug (Opt.)
- Spoon / Fork (opt.)
- Bowl (opt.)
13.0 Medical / First Aid
- Brufen / Ibuprofens
- Handy Plaster
- Crack Bandage
- Tincture Iodine
- Minil 10mg (Palpitation, anxiety)
- Codopar (Headache & chest pain)
- Salbetol 4mg (Breathless)
- Azithromycin 500mg (chronic tonsillitis, fever, nose, throat infection-must take 5 days)
- Flupen 250mg (prevent wound infection)
- Allegra 120/180mg (Allergic tonsil)
- Menstrual Products
- Nail cutter
- Umbrella /Raincoat
- Hot water bag
- Trails Maps
- GPS Tracker (Recommended)
- Hand & Toe Warmer
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