Trek Overview

Langtang Tilman Pass trekking is one of the most challenging and adventurous treks in Nepal.  Langtang (4,748 m/15,512ft) is a region in the Himalayas of Nepal to the north of the Kathmandu Valley and bordering Tibet. The Langtang National Park is located in the area where the trekking trail makes its way. 

Tilman’s Pass was named after a pioneer British Adventurer and Explorer, H. W. Tilman (1898 – 1977). He explored the Himalayas in the mid-20th Century.  Situated on a relatively non-touristy trekking trail in the Langtang region, Tilman Pass (5,320 m) is the highest point on the trip. 

This trek is also called the Jugal Panch Pokhari trekking – a set of five small lakes. You will get the opportunity to explore the sacred Hindu lakes of Panch Pokhari, one of the highest altitude wetlands in the world.  

This trek links with two different Himalayas regions, comprising the Langtang and Panch Pokhari (Five holy lakes).  During this trek, you savor panoramic views of Langtang Lirung, Langtang Himal, Naya Khanga, Yala peak, Ganesh Himal, Langshisa, Gaurishanker, Dorjelakpa, etc. 

Note: below trekking hours, altitudes and distances are approximate, and absolutely for general idea only.

Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Arrive at Kathmandu airport

    Altitude above sea level: (1,302 m)

    Accommodation: ***Hotel Tibet or similar

    On arrival at Tribhuvan International airport, our representative will be awaiting you to cordially welcome you with great hospitality. The representative will be displaying the “Nepal Sanctuary Treks” placard outside the airport terminal. You will be then escorted and transferred to the hotel in our private vehicle.

    Further, you will be given a brief description of the activities that will take place during the upcoming trip and a preliminary briefing on hygiene and safety by our representative.

  2. Day 2: Cultural Introductory Tour and Trek preparation

    Altitude above sea level: 1,302 m

    Tour Duration:  Approx. 8 hours

    Accommodation: ***Hotel Tibet or similar

    Meal: Breakfast

    9:00 AM: After breakfast, we start our guided cultural tour around Kathmandu Valley. On this cultural tour, you will experience the numerous colors, sounds, and tastes of authentic Kathmandu and its surroundings. Our experienced tour guides will tell you all you need to know and answer all your curiosities regarding those sites.

    Kathmandu Durbar Square

    You will head towards Kathmandu Durbar Square, also called Hanuman Dhoka Durbar. This ancient site used to be the residence of the Nepali royal family and administrators. It incorporates an architecturally extraordinary complex of ancient palaces, temples, courtyards, and shrines dating from the 15th to the 18th century.

    The prominent sites of Kathmandu Durbar Square are Kumari Ghar or the house of the living goddess.  Kasthamandap is a huge rest house that is said to have been built with the wood from a single tree and is the source of which Kathmandu valley got its name. Other sites around Kathmandu Square are the ferocious Kal Bhairab – the red monkey God- Hanuman, hundreds of erotic carvings, temples, and statues dedicated to different deities.

    Swayambhunath:

    Swayambhunath (monkey temple), is the magnificent ancient religious architecture and center of faith of Hinduism and Buddhism. Its lofty white dome and dazzling golden spire are visible from far and wide. Swayambhunath is the ideal place to observe the religious harmony in Nepal. In the shadows of the imposing structure and besides the integrated architecture can be found the daily surge of devotees faithfully offering their prayers to the gods. Upon arriving at the top, you can hear the Buddhist song “Om Mani Padme Hum” resounds everywhere. The candles and the aromatic fragrance of incense that burns constantly create a serene vibe and enormous prayer wheels which encircle the stupa.

    PM: Boudhanath

    Then we drive towards Boudhanath.  From the moment you step into the sanctuary, you’ll immediately feel the spiritual energy that comes from the place. Boudhanath is one of the biggest stupas in Nepal, built in the 5th century and listed on the world heritage list by UNESCO in 1979. The surrounding area is a central spiritual hub of Tibetan life and culture in Nepal. You can see the beautiful dome-shaped structure stupa surrounded by brilliant colorful prayer flags. It is believed that prayer flags convey mantras and prayers into the universe while fluttering in the wind. The Stupa is said to entomb the remains of Kassapa Buddha.

    You can witness monks draped in maroon robes rolling the prayer wheels, burning incense, and flickering butter candles. Moreover, it’s fascinating to see the people feeding grains and maize to hundreds of pigeons around stupa areas. The devotees turn the prayer wheels & chant, which is humbling to see such dedication to their beliefs.

    Delight in the serenity as you hear the Buddhist mantra ‘Om Mani Padme Hum’ being chanted by devotees, alongside the echo of music streaming out from the nearby shops.

    Pashupatinath

    Moving on, you will visit the Pashupatinath temple, a Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva located on the bank of the Bagmati River. The word Pashupati means “the king of animals” and the temple is famous for its monkeys. You will be visiting the Pashupatinath area to indulge in a spiritual journey.

    Pashupatinath is more than just a religious destination. It is a combination of religion, art, and culture. The temple, spread across 246 hectares of land, abounds in temples and monuments. Hundreds of rituals are performed here every day. You will get to witness people performing the religious ritual and funeral pyres burning at open-air cremation. Also witness elaborately dressed holy men meditating outside the temple and pilgrims placing offerings at the shrines. After touring around prominent sites, you will be transferred safely back to your hotel. 

  3. Day 3: Drive Kathmandu-Syabru Besi

    Altitude above sea level: (1,420 m) Syabrubesi

    Driving duration: 7-8 hrs. Approx.

    Accommodation: Camping

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

    After a hearty breakfast, you take a scenic, long drive to Syabrubesi. With a beautiful drive, the roads twist and turn along the high hills as we pass through many remote villages and get to see the villagers working in their fields. You will get wonderful views of the Annapurna Himalayas in the west, to Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, and the peaks of the Langtang region ahead.

    Further, you drive through the Trishuli  Bazaar before climbing towards Dunche and the Langtang National Park. After the town of Dunche it is another hour downhill to Syabru Besi.

  4. Day 4: Trek Syabru Besi-Rimche

    Altitude above sea level: (2,455 m) Rimche

    Hiking duration: 4-5 hrs. Approx.

    Accommodation: Camping

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

    After a hearty breakfast, you set off today’s trek to Rimche, your overnight destination of the day. You begin your trek by crossing over Bhote Khola (River) and following Langtang Khola. The trail steadily climbs up to the Bamboo crossing through the Landslide.  Continue your trek to Rimche through Bamboo (1,960 m), which is situated at the bank of Langtang Khola. Rimche is a better spot due to its location on high ground, which offers a good view down the valley.

  5. Day 5: Trek Rimche-Langtang

    Altitude above sea level: (3,330 m) Langtang

    Hiking duration: 5-6 hrs. Approx.

    Accommodation: Camping

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

     Today you will start early and begin your uphill climb to the Lama Hotel. From Lama Hotel, you will hike through the lush forest of rhododendrons trees, The trail is decorated with blooming flowers that add life to the trekking trails throughout spring.  As the trial progresses, it becomes steeper. From time and again, you can get an occasional glimpse of Langtang Lirung.

    The trail takes you to a log bridge and on ascending further, you come across the lush meadows of Ghodetabela. The trail ahead from Ghoda Tabela involves downhill and uphill climbs until you see the beautiful Langtang village. Langtang village is the headquarters for Langtang National Park. The village comprises flat-roofed Tibetan-style houses, hotels, and cultivated lands yielding buckwheat, potatoes, wheat, turnips, barley, etc. 

  6. Day 6: Trek Langtang- Kyanjin Gompa

    Altitude above sea level: (3,730 m) Kyanjin Gompa 

    Hiking duration: 4 hrs. Approx.

    Accommodation: Camping

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

    The Langtang village to Kyanjin Gompa trek is one of the pleasant trails regarding the fact that you will pass through Mani walls, colorful prayer flags, wooden bridges, an enchanted rhododendron forest, and the village of Mundu.

    From Mundu, the trail ascends steadily through yak pastures as the valley widens further, and the views become more extensive. After traversing numerous small streams and moraines, the trail reaches the settlement at Kyangjin. Kyanjin Gompa nestled on the lap of Langtang Lirung. It is the primitive village of Langtang valley and an ideal place to savor the panoramic view of Langtang II, Langtang Lirung, Dorje Lakpa, Tserko Ri. You will get insight into the cultures and traditions of Tamang and Tibetan origin people at Kyanjin Gompa

    Spend your leisure afternoon exploring the Buddhist monastery and Local cheese factory.  

  7. Day 7: Rest day in Kyanjin Gompa or hike to Kyanjin Ri

    Altitude above sea level: (4,773 m) Kyanjin Ri

    Hiking duration: 3-4 hrs. Approx.

    Accommodation: Tea House Lodge

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

    Today, you stay in Kyanjin Gompa to explore a bit more of the Langtang valley. This day is dedicated to pampering in the natural beauty and serenity of the Gompa area. You can either take a rest or hike around the village.

    It is well worth hiking up to Kyanging Ri for a breathtaking panorama of the Langtang peaks. You will rise up early in the morning and then set off your hike to the highest point of the trek, Kyanjin Ri. This is the famous vantage point to relish the view of Langtang Lirung and Lirung Tsang Glacier and several soaring peaks. From the summit, you can see the picturesque Kyanjin Village, numerous glaciers, yak pasture, and the wide bank of the Langtang River. After savoring a mesmerizing view,  you head back to Kyanjin Gompa.

  8. Day 8: Trek Kyangjin Gompa- Langsisa Kharka

    Altitude above sea level: (4,160 m)

    Hiking duration: 6-7 hrs. Approx.

    Accommodation: Camping

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

    After a hearty breakfast, you walk on a gradual zigzag trail following Langtang Khola. Further, after 3 hours of walking, take a gradual ascent all the way to Langsisa Kharka. Throughout the trail, you will enjoy the beautiful views of Kyanjin Ri, Yala peak, Tsergo Ri, and other mountains range. 

  9. Day 9: Trek Langsisa Kharka -Moraine Base Camp

    Altitude above sea level: (4,650 m) Moraine Base Camp

    Hiking duration: 4-5 hrs. Approx.

    Accommodation: Camping

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

    With an early breakfast, we rejoin our trail. The trail ascends through the high alpine vegetation and nature. The trail mostly ascends uphill. Further, we will trek to Moraine Camp, where you can find high alpine vegetation and pure nature.

  10. Day 10: Trek Moraine Base Camp-Tilman Base Camp

    Altitude above sea level: (4,950 m) Tilman Base Camp

    Hiking duration: 5-6 hrs. Approx.

    Accommodation: Camping

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

    Today is an important day of our trek as you will be passing Tilman Pass. After breakfast, you trek through the rocky moraine and descend to another side. Trekking a few hours from Moraine Base Camp, you reach Tilman pass (5,320 m/17,454ft) from where you take a descending trail further to Tilman Base Camp for overnight camping.

  11. Day 11: Trek Tilman Base Camp-Tin Pokhari

    Altitude above sea level: (3,735 m) Tin Pokhari

    Hiking duration: 6-7 hrs. Approx.

    Accommodation: Camping

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

    After having breakfast, you head towards Tin Pokhari which means ‘Three Lakes’. You ascend a few hills and then descend to Tin Pokhari, a major attraction of the Langtang Tilman Pass Trek. Further, trek for hours until you reach a camping site.

  12. Day 12: Trek Tin Pokhari-Panch Pokhari

    Altitude above sea level: (4,123 m) Panch Pokhari

    Hiking duration: 5-6 hrs. Approx.

    Accommodation: Camping

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

    With an early breakfast, you start your trek to tranquil Lake Panch Pokhari. The trail involves uphill and downhill, with amazing views along the way. En route you will traverse alpine vegetation, Rocky Mountains, and exotic wildlife. Panch Pokhari provides breathtaking views of Jugal Himal Range, Rolwaling range, Gosainkunda, etc. Apart from lakes, this place is also well-known for two pilgrim houses and a temple of Lord Shiva.

  13. Day 13: Excursion around Panch Pokhari

    Today you spend your time exploring a stunningly beautiful Panch Pokhari Lake. The name Panch Pokhari means “Five Lake” where ‘Panch means five and Pokhari means Lake’. You can see five small lakes in this place. On this day, you can hike up to the hill to see the beautiful sunrise. From the top, enjoy a mesmerizing view of Mt. Dorje Lakpa, Jugal Himal range and several other peaks.

    Panch Pokhari is also a pilgrimage site where the Janai Purnima festival is held in August. Every year, the Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims visit this sacred place. 

  14. Day 14: Trek Panch Pokhari- Yangri Kharka

    Altitude above sea level: (3,650 m) Yangri Kharka

    Hiking duration: 6-7 hrs. Approx.

    Accommodation: Camping

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

    After breakfast, you hit the trail to Yangri Kharka. The trail descends through rocky hills to reach camp.  Upon reaching the campsite,  enjoy the mountain views along with surrounding natural beauties. 

  15. Day 15: Trek Yangri Kharka-Terkegyang

    Altitude above sea level: (2,560 m) Terkegyang

    Hiking duration: 5-6 hrs. Approx.

    Accommodation: Camping

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

    After a hearty breakfast, you trek through the proper trail, with more tourists coming across the trail. Trekking further after several hours, you reach Terkegyan where we will be camping the night. The village has a monastery which is one of the oldest and biggest monasteries in the region. Terke gyang is more popularly known as Helambu as most of the inhabitants belong to the Helmu caste. 

  16. Day 16: Trek Tarkegyang-Sermathang

    Altitude above sea level: (2,620 m) Sermathang

    Hiking duration: 4-5 hrs. Approx.

    Accommodation: Camping

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

    Today’s trek will be a pleasant one compared to other days. The trail makes a smooth walk around the wide valley and reaches the Sherpa village of Gyangyul . From here, take an ascent to Sermathang where you will camp overnight. 

  17. Day 17: Trek Sermathang -Melamchi Pul Bazaar- Drive Kathmandu

    Altitude above sea level: (870 m) Melamchi Pul Bazaar, (1,302 m) Kathmandu

    Hiking duration: 2-3 hrs. Approx.

    Driving duration: 4-5 hrs. Approx.

    Accommodation: *** Hotel Tibet or similar

    Meal: Breakfast, and Lunch

    Today is the last day of our trek, and it is also a short one. The trail gradually descends to the village. You will soon reach the village and have lunch there. The village is mostly inhabited by Sherpa people. After lunch, a vehicle will be organized and drive back to Kathmandu.  Once we reach Kathmandu we will have free leisure time either to rest or explore Kathmandu Valley.

  18. Day 18: Final Departure

    Meal: Breakfast

    It is time to fly back home, keeping all the wonderful experiences of Nepal in mind. The representative from Nepal Sanctuary Treks will transfer you to TIA airport, where you should check-in 3 hours prior to your scheduled flight.

Fast Facts

Max altitude: Tilman Base Camp (4,950 m/16,240ft)

Suitably designed itinerary for acclimatization.

The trek combines  Langtang, Tilman pass,  Moraine Base Camp, Panch Pokhari, and Tin Pokhari.

Awarded with beautiful views of Langtang, Rolwaling, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, and Gaurishankar.

Destination for Botanical trek, Langtang National Park is home to rare wildlife and vegetation zones; Red Panda and Snow Leopard can be spotted.

Experience traditional Tamang, Helambu, and Sherpa culture.

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