TILMAN PASS TREK | LANGTANG VALLEY | Alpinist Club

TILMAN PASS TREK

Group Size

5-15 person

meal

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

accomodation

hotel, lodge,tent

arrival on

kathmandu

departure from

kathmandu

trip level

moderate

max. altitude

5,300m

Best season

Autumn, Spring

trip highlights

  • A mythical pass opened by Tilman
  • Regions still confidential
  • A real expedition  and Tamang culture
  • Passage of the pass in mountaineering style

trip introduction

Tilman Pass trek stands tall with an attitude of 5320m. It was named after the British adventurer and explorer H. W. Tillman (1898-1977) who explored the Himalayas in the mid-20th century. Tilman Pass is one of the toughest mountain passes of Nepal that connects the Tamang valley of Langtang with the sacred lakes of Panchpokhari while featuring continuous views of the Himalayas including the Langtang Himal range and Jugal Himal range.

A mythical route and extremely little traveled. We cross the Langtang in its entirety with the famous Tilman Pass (5,300 m) as the highlight, then the magnificent high-altitude lakes of Tin Phokari and Panch Phokari. We join the Bhote Khosi river (the Tibetan river) and the “old” road to Lhasa. The Tilman Pass is a difficult pass that is rarely use. An alternative route via Gyanja La (5,100 m) can take if the conditions of Tilman are too difficult for us. But cutting the Tilman Pass is also and above all to follow in the footsteps of this great explorer who, in the 1930s, opened many passes that we still use today.

Tilman Pass trek the springs and autumn seasons are the best trekking season in Nepal. The weather becomes clear with warm days and cold nights. During these seasons, you will get a clear view of magnificent mountains, colorful flowers, and lush greenery. Which makes the spring and autumn season the busiest time to trek in Nepal. 

Itinerary

 Arrival in Kathmandu. you are greeted at the airport by our team and then transferred to our hotel. Evening briefing from your guide.

approximately 15 hours of driving to the hotel
Final altitude: approximately 13,50 m
Meals:  dinner
Accommodation: night in the hotel

We reserve this day for sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley and to prepare for trekking. After having a warm breakfast, we will leave the hotel in a private vehicle with an experienced tour guide. We will visit several UNESCO-listed world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley and the famous sacred Hindu temple, the Pashupatinath temple, Swayambhunath stupa, and Boudhanath stupa. These places are famous to have inherited ancient religious practices, architecture, and culture.

Tour: full-day tour
Final altitude: approximately 13,50 m
Meals: breakfast 
Accommodation: night in the hotel

Shyabru Besi is only separated from the capital by 120 kilometers, but in Nepal, it takes 6 hours of transfer. For the midday stop, we will all find ourselves sharing a dal bhat with the Nepalis who make this journey daily. Shyabru Bensi is the starting point of the Langtang trek and the Gosainkunda trek.

Approximately 6 hours drive
Final altitude: approximately 1,500 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in a lodge

We go deeper into the Langtang Khola valley. A few small steep paths lead to Domen then the Bamboo camp guesthouses. From Rimche the first views are offered to us, the gorge widens slightly. There are 20 minutes left to reach our camp at Lama Hotel.

Approximately 6 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 2,480 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

After an hour of easy walking in the forest, the valley widens, dominated by Lantang Lirung (7225m). An hour and a half later we will arrive at Ghoratabela (3020m). The path climbs gently and in two hours we reach the village of Langtang (3410m) whose inhabitants are mainly of Tibetan origin. On the horizon, we can see the snowy slopes of Ganchenpo (6387m).

approximately 6 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 3,410 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

Important: the historic village of Langtang was totally destroyed during the 2015 earthquake following an avalanche (rock, snow, ice). The new village is rebuilding slightly higher up in the valley. The traces of the earthquake and the avalanche are unfortunately still very present.

Day of walking deliberately reduced for the sole purpose of perfecting your acclimatization above 3500m. We pass the villages of Mund and Singdum then the relatively easy climb continues until the Tajar Chu we cross just before reaching Kyanjin Gompa (3860m) at the foot of the Langtang Lirung glacier tongue. Kyanjin Gompa is mainly used as summer pasture for herds of yaks whose milk feeds the cheese factory-installed here for many years (visit possible if it is open). 

approximately 5 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 3.860 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

Optional climb to the summit of Kyanjin Ri (4350m), a magnificent viewpoint over the Langtang valley and the surrounding peaks: Langtang Lirung (7225m), Yansa Tsenji (6575m), Ganchenpo (6387m) 

approximately 6-7 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 4,350 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

You have to leave this last village to go up the valley. The climb is gentle in a valley that narrows. The pass appears in the distance with its multiple prayer flags. Our future camp appears below, at the entrance to the Langshisa valley. Tomorrow, we therefore definitively leave our main axis and leave the Morimoto camp to the north.

Approximately 7 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 4,285 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in a tent

Morain’s camp is not that far, but the terrain is not that easy. There are many rivers that can slow us down. Morain’s camp is not that far away, but the terrain is not easy. We must reach the lake, which directs us towards a second valley, to find our camp

Approximately 5 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 4,720m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in a tent

We absolutely have to cross the Tilman pass, it’s our only escape. We start early. Depending on the snow level you may need to attach the rope to go up and down around the pass depending on the glacier situation as it gets really slippery when there is old snow or ice. The ascent is made by a moraine slope then a passage on the glacier, the descent it, perhaps steep, and requires attention and vigilance. Night on the first possible flat, depending on the conditions

Approximately 7 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 4,650m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in a tent

We continue our descent. Still steep, it finds a gentler slope as it approaches Tin Pokhari. The first mountain pastures appear and we leave the glaciers for a while. But the Lagang Khola is impractical, so the next day you will have to follow in the footsteps of the herds on the mountain pastures.

Approximately 4 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 4,255m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in a tent

Little relative elevation today, but a large number of ridges to cross. Panch Pokhari is a group of 5 Hindu sacred lakes that are found in the Jugal Himal massif. From there, the trail becomes much more traveled. It is a pleasure to find the forest not far from these lakes.

Approximately 6 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 4,070m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in a tent

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 the 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.

Approximately 6 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 3,745m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in a tent

Approximately 6 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 3,414m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in a tent

Approximately 6 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 3,024m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in a tent

Approximately 6 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 2,855m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in a tent

 

Approximately 5 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 2,043m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in a tent

Approximately 5 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 2,043m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in a tent

free time depending on the departure time of your flight and our representative will drop you at the airport, ending your journey in Nepal. We hope to be of service to you again. Thank you and safe travels.

approximately 15 minutes  of driving to the airport 
Final altitude: approximately 13,50m
Meals: breakfast 

 

inclusion

what's included

  • Pick up from the airport and Final drop to the airport by private vehicle
  • Accommodation as described in the paragraph “On-site organization”.
  • Meals as indicated in the “Day to day” program.
  • Dinner on the last evening in Kathmandu (except for drinks).
  • Supervision by an English-speaking Nepalese guide throughout the trip.
  • The assistance of a local team during the trekking (sirdar, porters, cooks).
  • The special permit for this region of Nepal.
  • All Government tax

what's not included

The price does not include

  • Cancellation/interruption of stay/loss of luggage insurance and assistance.
  • All that is not indicated in the section “The price includes”.

Your expenses on site

  • Visa fees on arrival.
  • Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu and Nepalganj
  • Any additional luggage on domestic flights.
  • The drinks.

TIPS

Tips are an integral part of the country’s culture. This gesture of thanks, which varies according to the itinerary and the duration, has become an obligation. A prize pool is created, given at the end of the trip to the members of the team.

However, it is important that the tip remains a gratuity, as our teams are also very well paid. We invite you to distribute tips only if the service has met your expectations and to reduce this sum if the services were not sufficient, explaining why in order to consolidate our educational work.

 

 

Accomodation & meal

ACCOMMODATION

In a standard category hotel (base: double room) in Kathmandu and Pokhara, during the rest of the trip in a tent (3-person tents for 2 people) or in a lodge depending on the trip. The lodges in Nepal are very comfortable random. In general, conditions are quite good around the Annapurnas and the Everest region. On the other hand, in Mustang, in the Manaslu,  Tsum valley, and in the region of Kangchanjung or Makalu, they can be very rudimentary to the point of being a dormitory sometimes even a kitchen. lodges can look like a refuge or sometimes a bed and breakfast from home. Most of the time it is a family house with double, triple, or dormitory rooms. Toilets and showers are always separate.

MEAL

In the cities, many restaurants allow us to discover the typical local cuisine. Meat is scarce in the high mountain, the Nepalese are generally vegetarians. The basic ingredients are rice, pasta, lentils, potatoes, vegetables. Snacks are included during the trek (cereal bars, dried fruits, etc.).

For camping trek accommodation: during the trek, breakfasts and evening meals are prepared by the kitchen team. They are taken under the mess tent. Depending on the profile of the stages (length of the day’s walk and/or presence of water), midday snacks will be served hot or cold in the form of picnics.

For tea house trek accommodation: meals are prepared by the cooks of the lodge and are taken in the dining room. Here is a typical one-day menu:

  • breakfast: eggs, toast or chapati, or Tibetan bread or pancakes, or pancakes, butter/jam, tea or coffee
  • lunch: the main course, tea or coffee.
  • dinner: soup, main course, fruit (fresh or canned), tea or coffee

NB: Hindus and Buddhists are most often vegetarians. We, therefore, eat very little meat or fish. The dishes are pasta, rice, potatoes, lentils, etc.

DRINKS: during the trek, tea is served with meals (two cups of tea per meal). Additional cups of tea and other beverages, including mineral water, are the responsibility of the participants. You can fill your gourds with water in the lodges, but it is essential to treat them with purifying tablets. Avoid buying plastic bottles.

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  • duration :

    20 days
  • difficulty level :

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