Tilman Pass Trek – 20 Days

Trip Facts

  • Total Days - 20
  • Trekking Days - 14
  • Hotel in Kathmandu - 4 Nights
  • Trek Grade - Strenuous
  • Altitude Maximum - 5320m
  • Type of Trek - Camping
  • Best Season - Spring / Autumn
  • Walking Time - 5 to 7 hours each day
  • Highlights - Untrekked route, Unspoiled nature, Mountain view

The Tilman Pass trek is one of the best trekking routes in central region of Nepal. It has been awhile since this area has been opened to trekkers but this route is still relatively un-trekked. This route still offers unspoiled villages and a natural environment for you to explore without the distractions of other trekkers. The area provides a chance to experience remoteness, spectacular mountain scenery, diverse flora and fauna, fascinating old monasteries and exotic cultural lifestyles.

Tillman Pass was named after a pioneer British adventurer and explorer H. W. Tillman (1898 – 1977) who explored the Himalaya in the mid 20th century.

This trek starts following the route of Panch Pokhari trek and covers a significant part of Langtang valley trek as well. It is a strenuous trek which involves some basic snow climbing and traversing one of the highest passes in the Himalaya.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Visit Swoyambhunath & Patan
Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Chautara
Day 04: Trek Chautara to Sano Okhreni
Day 05: Trek Sano Okhreni to Kami Kharka
Day 06: Trek Kami Kharka to Saddle Kharka
Day 07: Trek Saddle Kharka to Hile Bhanjyang
Day 08: Trek Hile Bhanjyang to Nasimpati
Day 09: Trek Nasimpati to Panch Pokhari
Day 10: Exploration Day in Panch Pokhari
Day 11: Trek Panch Pokhari to Tin Pokhari
Day 12: Trek Tin Pokhari to Tilman's Base Camp
Day 13: Trek Tilman's Base Camp to Moraine Camp via Tilman's Pass
Day 14: Trek Moraine Camp to Langshisa Kharka
Day 15: Trek Langshisa Kharka to Kyanjin Gomba
Day 16: Trek Kyanjin Gomba to Lama Hotel
Day 17: Trek Lama Hotel to Syabrubesi
Day 18: Drive Syabrubesi to Kathmandu
Day 19: Free Day in Kathmandu
Day 20: Departure

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1334m) and you will be met by one of our representatives and transfer you to the hotel. Welcome dinner at one of the traditional Nepali restaurants in Kathmandu.
Overnight: Hotel
Elevation: 1334m

Day 02: Visit Swoyambhunath and Patan: start our tour visiting a magnificent Buddhist stupa called Swoyambhunath which is 10 minutes drive from Thamel. Then a short drive to one of the oldest cities of Kathmandu valley which is called Patan; to witness its incredible architecture from medieval period.
Overnight: Hotel
Elevation: 1334m

Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Chautara (1418m): start our adventure with a scenic drive to Chautara. It is about 5 hours drive through the scenic hills, villages, and forests to Chautara.
Overnight: Camping
Driving Time: 5 hours
Difference in Elevation: + 84m

Day 04: Trek Chautara to Sano Okhreni (2010m): start our trek with gradual climb passing through Gaurati and Syaule. Continuing our trek with similar pace we trek to Sano Okhereni.
Overnight: Camping
Walking Time: 5 hours
Difference in Elevation: + 592m

Day 05: Trek Sano Okhreni to Kami Kharka (2845m): relatively uphill trek as we gain about eight hundred meters today. The route goes through forests covered with oak, pine, rhododendron and other natural vegetation. We can have the view of Gaurishankar, Dorje Lakpa and Jugal Himal range.
Overnight: Camping
Walking Time: 5 hours
Difference in Elevation: + 835m

Day 06: Trek Kami Kharka to Saddle Kharka (3315m.): as we continue our trek, we go through the lush forest of rhododendron, oak, pine and juniper. It is about 5 hours trek through the forest and pastures.
Overnight: Camping
Walking Time: 5 - 6 hours
Difference in Elevation: + 470m

Day 07: Trek Saddle Kharka to Hile Bhanjyang (3720m.): following the lush forest enriched with bamboo, pine, rhododendron and alpine vegetation we climb to Hile Bhanjyang which is situated right on the ridge of a hill. It offers great view of water fall, river basin and surrounding peaks.
Overnight: Camping
Walking Time: 6 hours
Difference in Elevation: + 405m

Day 08: Trek Hile Bhanjyang to Nasimpati (3700m.): it is fairly easy and short day as it is gradual walk for about 5 hours to Nasimpati. The trail goes through the forest rich with flora and fauna.
Overnight: Camping
Walking Time: 4 -5 hours
Difference in Elevation: - 20m

Day 09: Trek Nasimpati to Panch Pokhari (4070m.): climbing through the alpine forest and Laurebina Pass we trek to our final destination Panch Pokhari. Panch Pokhari is a group of 5 Hindu holy lakes in the lap of Jugal Himal. These holy lakes are decorated with the unsurpassed natural beauty, biological diversity and the cultural heritage.
Overnight: Camping
Walking Time: 4 hours
Difference in Elevation: + 370m

Day 10: Exploration Day: we spend the day exploring the area around the lakes and the view point to catch magnificent views of the mountain peaks and surroundings of the region.
Overnight: Camping

Day 11: Trek Panch Pokhari to Tin Pokhari (4255m): continuing our trek, we start our climb towards Tilman's Pass; today we trek to Tin Pokhari. It is relatively a long day mostly trekking through gradual uphill.
Overnight: Camping
Walking Time: 6 -7 hours
Difference in Elevation: + 185m

Day 12: Trek Tin Pokhari to Tilman's Base Camp (4646m): as we continue our approach to Tilman's Pass, we start our trek with gradual uphill and trail gets even steeper later in the day. Most part of the trek goes through glacier.
Overnight: Camping
Walking Time: 5 - 6 hours
Difference in Elevation: + 391m

Day 13: Trek Tilman Base Camp to Maraine Camp (4580m) via Tilman's Pass (5320m): start our final approach to Tilman's pass (5320m) early in the morning. It is steep climb through the glacier or rocky pebbles all the way to the pass. It is really a strenuous climb. Then we start descending towards Moraine Camp through the rocky pebbles which require careful balance and attention for the right footing. It is gradual downhill all the way to Moraine Camp.
Overnight: Camping
Walking Time: 7 - 8 hours
Difference in Elevation: - 66m

Note: we may have to fix the rope for ascending / descending around the pass depending on situation of trail / glacier as it gets really slippery when there is old snow / ice (It depends on the season of your trekking).

Day 14: Trek Marine Base camp to Langshisa Kharka (4285m): now trekking towards Langtang valley, we descend through the glacier crossing few small streams we trek down to Lanshisa Kharka.
Overnight: Camping
Walking Time: 4 - 5 hours
Difference in Elevation: - 295m

Day 15: Trek Langshisa Kharka to Kyanjin Gomba (3830m): as we continue our trek, we trek through the glacier following the Langtang Khola valley all the way to the Kyanjin Gumba.
Overnight: Camping
Walking Time: 5 hours
Difference in Elevation: - 455m

Note: we start our day early in the morning to avoid the rock falls as terrain during the today's trek has snowy and rocky with loose soil and as the day gets warmer snow / ice starts melting and rocks / rubble start falling towards the trekking trail.

Day 16: Trek Kyangjin Gomba to Lama Hotel (2410m): continuing our trek, we follow Langtang Khola valley going through Langtang village and other small settlements we trek down to Lama Hotel.
Overnight: Camping
Walking Time: 6 - 7 hours
Difference in Elevation: - 1420m

Day 17: Trek Lama Hotel to Syabrubesi (1503m): final day our trek takes us down to Syabrubesi. It is mostly downhill and enjoyable trek going through several small settlements.
Overnight: Camping
Walking Time: 5 - 6 hours
Difference in Elevation: - 907m

Day 18: Drive Syabrubesi to Kathmandu (1334m): an exciting and scenic drive to Kathmandu.
Overnight: Hotel
Driving Time: 8 hours
Difference in Elevation: - 169m

Day 19: Free Day in Kathmandu
Overnight: Hotel

Day 20: Transfer to Airport and Departure

The tour price includes:

  • Transfers airport / hotel / airport.
  • Accommodations in Kathmandu on twin sharing BB Basis
  • Welcome dinner at one of the traditional Nepali restaurants
  • Transport, guided visits and entry of the monuments
  • Private vehicle Kathmandu – Chautara / Syabrubesi - Kathmandu
  • A professional Tour / Trekking Guide, Assist. Guides, Cooks and Porters
  • Private vehicle during sightseeing
  • Full board during trekking (AP Basis)
  • Drinks (Tea and Coffee only)
  • Accommodation in tents / camping during the trek
  • Permits – National Park permit / TIMS (for trekking)
  • Your international flight re-confirmation.
  • All necessary documents and government tax.
  • Insurance for staff

The tour price does not include:

  • International Flights
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory and we strongly advise you to take out to cover accident/repatriation helicopter/medical care)
  • Alternative / additional transportation (flights / vehicles), Accommodation in case of bad weather, flood, landslide, heavy rain, strike, road blockade etc.
  • Personal expenses such as snacks, cold drinks, mineral water, alcoholic drinks, telephone, hot shower etc.
  • Tips for trekking staff or bus driver.

NOTE: The price of the tour will be adjusted according to the group size.



Weather Report

Climate:
From the eternal snow of the high peaks to the extensive tropical lowlands, Nepal has a wide variety of climates.

Spring: March to late May: In this season, Kathmandu is in full bloom, lots of different types of flowers can be seen at this time of the year.  Temperature is mild, end of the cold winter and approaching warm and hot summer.  Temperatures vary between 10 ° C to 28 ° C but can rise up to 30 ° C.  Between 2000 and 3000m, temperature rarely drop below 0 ° C. However, few frosts or snowfalls are possible in March above 4000 m.

The summer/monsoon period - It interrupts the majority of trekking from late June to late August. Some of the trekking regions "trans-Himalayan", Dolpo and Mustang, however, remain protected from monsoon prevailing rest of the country. They are the only channels available in Nepal in the summer.

Autumn: mid September – mid December - Perfect temperature and weather for trekking. Brings cooler days, but clear skies. Above 3000 m altitude, temperatures can drop to -10 ° C at night.

In winter: mid-December - mid-February - Nights are generally cold, dry climate, Above 3000m, temperature drop down to 0 ° C to - 15 ° C at night, the days are often sunny.

TREKKING GEAR

  • Day back-pack
  • Gore-Tex Jacket
  • Down Jacket
  • Fleece Jacket
  • Micro Fleece
  • Trekking Trousers
  • Hiking shoes (Boots)
  • Runners (sport shoes)
  • Trekking Socks
  • Rain poncho
  • Sun-glasses
  • Water bottles
  • Thermal underwear(long)
  • T- shirts
  • Sunscreen/lotion
  • Flip flop (sandal)
  • Towel
  • Hat(Baseball cap)
  • Pristine drops (Water purifier)
  • Head light / flash light
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Gloves
  • Wind Proof Trouser(s)
  • Personal medical kid
  • Toiletries

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