Langtang Tilman Pass Trekking is one of the less crowded trekking trails in the foot of the Himalayas that offers an unparalleled combination of ecological, geographical, and cultural riches.
The trek composites an adventurous trek over a frosty pass with encountering the different ethnic groups. Langtang is popularly entitled as the “Valley of Glaciers.” This beautiful valley covered by the frozen glaciers created from the almighty Himalayas. This distinct and natural marvel of Langtang’s glaciation process makes for one of the most beautiful places for trekking. Langtang encircled by the snow-blanketed peaks of Langtang Lirung, Langtang Ri, Dorje Lakpa, Langshisa Ri and Langtang Himal.
The region was once used to trade hub with Tibet. So even today, the lifestyle of the Langtang region is influenced by the Tibetan lifestyle. As compared with any other trek, Langtang‘s proximity to nearby Kathmandu valley this is as remote and wild as it gets.
Tillman’s Pass (5,320 meters) was named after a pioneer British adventurer and explorer H. W. Tilman (1898 – 1977) who explored the Himalaya in the mid-20th century.
It is a part of the Great Himalaya Trail and considered one of the challenging treks. Tilman Pass, a trekking trail is recently promoted; off-the-beaten, not frequent trekking route in Nepal.
Tilman pass trekking connects with two different Himalaya regions including the Langtang and Panch pokhari (Five holy lakes), the 9th highest wetland in the world. Nestled in the Upper Langtang region, it is one of high elevation trek including its border to the Tibetan plateau.
Trekking Tilman pass trekking incorporates the wilderness trekking experience along with cultural exploration. The serene mountain pass is a vantage where trekker will enjoy and witness impressive Himalayan scenery of Langtang and Lirung, Langtang Himal, Naya Khanga, Yala Peak, Ganesh Himal, Langshisa, Gaurishanker, Dorjelakpa.
The region also offers the best view of Langsisha glacier, serene five holy lakes, and the remote Jugal Himal. It connects the Himalayas from Kanchenjunga in the East to Dhaulagiri in the West.
This wilderness trekking involves trekking through snow and crossing the high passes. Tilman Pass, the trek is one of the highly commended, secluded, and wilderness trekking in Nepal that provides an exhilarating experience to trekkers.
Similarly, this region is habitat to abundant highland wildlife comprising blue sheep and the red panda. The rocky and uneven trekking route of Tilman Pass cuts high into the cliff sides and passes picturesque villages that have changed little over the centuries.
Along the trail, you can see the yaks move down meadow on their way home. Along the trail, the trekkers get to visit Kyanjin Gompa, the ancient Buddhist monastery of this region. Besides, the trekkers get an opportunity to visit a cheese factory. The cheese made from this factory is famous all over the nation.
Langtang Tilman Pass Trek is ideal for trekkers who have the ability to walk for 7-8 hours a day remote mountain landscapes. It takes about 19 days to complete this trip. The route involves uphill and downhill tracks on a high elevation. The nature of the mountainous landscape is challenging and a traversing of the Tilman Pass (5,308 m) is hard going need the use of crampons, ice axes, and rope.
The trekkers must possess a good level of fitness with sound health. It would be an asset if trekkers have prior trekking experience. In addition, before embarking on this trip, we advise you to check your medical condition.
The effort will be rewarded with the spectacular vistas from the past, and you can witness right into Tibet even though traversing of the pass is technical to a certain extent. Nepal Sanctuary Treks furnishes an experienced and expert trekking guide who will support and guide you to make your Tilman Pass trip safe and successful.
- Day 1: Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1,302m/4,270ft)
Upon arrival at Tribhuwan International airport, our representative will be awaiting you to welcome with Nepal Sanctuary Treks placard. You will be then escorted and transfer to the hotel. Further details and short preliminary briefing will be provided after transferring to the hotel. Stay overnight in Hotel.
- Day 2: Optional Morning tour to ancient marketplace and visit world’s UNESCO Heritage sites
After early breakfast, we will start our fresh morning by wandering Ason and Indrachowk marketplaces to get a glimpse of traditional Nepalese life. You’ll witness the bustle of the market, see how locals purchase the products and haggle for a bargain. Whilst walking around enjoy the lively and vibrant atmosphere this local market has to offer.
We walk through a narrow alley and see people rushing. Observe the first hand the local produce people from Nepal actually purchase. You will also take in the sights and smells of the market. Your friendly tour guide will explain in full detail all the products and procedures you will see. There is plenty of opportunities to buy something for your selves and lots of photo opportunities to capture in your camera.
Next, we head towards Kathmandu Durbar Square, also called Hanuman Dhoka Durbar, and used to be the residence of the Nepali royal family and administrators. These ancient sites situated in the traditional heart of Kathmandu that incorporates an architecturally extraordinary complex of ancient palaces, temples, courtyards, and shrines dating from the 15th to the 18th century.
The most revered places of Kathmandu Durbar Square is the three-storied temple named Kumari Bahal. The structured like a typical Newari Vihara. In this house lives Kumari, a girl who is respected as the living goddess. During the festival of Indra Jatra, the Kumari is paraded around the square in a custom-built gilded chariot and worshipped by the people.
The tallest temple of Kathmandu valley ‘Taleju Bhawani’ built-in 1549 AD. This temple is deliberated to be the most outstanding work of art in the Durbar square and considered to be the royal goddess.
Jagannath temple built in the 16th century is well-known for erotic carvings, and the Hanuman Dhoka (the royal palace) is situated in Kathmandu Durbar Square.
Kalbhairav is considered to be the destructor form of Lord Shiva. Built-in the 17th century, this, 10 ft. high stone statue of terrifyingly portrayed Kal Bhairav is sited near Jagannath temple.
Temple of Shiva Parvati, rectangular in shape enshrines Nava Durga, a group of goddesses on the ground floor. It has a wooden image of Shiva and Parvati at the window of the upper floor looking out at passerby in Durbar Square.
You are then taken to Swayambhunath (monkey temple) which is the magnificent ancient religious architecture and center faith of Hinduism and Buddhism. Its lofty white dome and dazzling golden spire are visible from far and wide. Upon arriving at the top, you can hear the Buddhist songs “Om Mani Padme Hum” resound everywhere. The candles and the aromatic fragrance of incense that burns constantly create a serene vibe and we can turn the enormous prayer wheels which encircle the stupa.
Buddhist shrine of Boudhanath, one of the largest stupa in Nepal as well as the sacred Buddhist sites in Kathmandu. You will observe the monk chant in the prayer hall while people lighting butter lamps and reciting mantras. You can see the vibrant prayer flags tied to the stupa that conveys mantras and prayers into the universe while fluttering in the wind. Traditionally, prayer flags come in sets of five, one in each of five colors. The five colors signify the elements and the Five Pure Lights.
Further, we visit Pashupatinath temple, a Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva located on the bank of Bagmati River. You can see elaborately dressed holy men meditating outside the temple and pilgrims placing offerings at the shrines. You can also observe people performing the religious ritual and funeral pyres burn at open-air cremation. After visiting fascinating cultural heritage sites, you will transfer back to the Hotel. The evening can either be spent strolling the marketplaces in Kathmandu or resting at the hotel.
- Day 3: Drive Last Resort (1,170 m) 108 km (3-4 hours)-Trek to Listi (2,260 m)
After breakfast, drive about three to four hours by a vehicle along the Araniko Highway with scenic hills, villages and cultivated land to Last resort (108 KM) and enjoy the Bungy Jumping. This is Nepal’s first Bungy Jumping, which is situated 160m above Bhote Koshi (river). From here, we start our trek by taking ascent steep hillside as we ascend to Baldun and then continue on to Listi where there is a Hindu Temple on the ridge above.
- Day 4: Trek to Chogormogor Kharka (3,924m); approx. 8 hours trek
We start our trek with early breakfast. We ascent ahead on our trek passing the several villages, temples chorten all the way to Chogormogor Kharka
- Day 5: To Shotang Kharka (3,379 m)) approx. 6 hrs trek
After breakfast, we start to descent ahead on our trek to Shotang Kharka. Stay overnight camping at Shotang Kharka.
- Day 6: Trek to Nyasium Khola Camp (1,861m); 5 hours trek
After breakfast, we trek down to the Nyasium Khola camp for overnight.
- Day 7: Trek to Kharka (3,600m); approx. 5 hours trek
We continue along the ridge climb with fabulous views east and west of a chain of mountains that form a natural border with Tibet. W.H. Tilman was the first European to explore this region in 1949, and very few have ever retraced his footsteps.
- Day 8: Trek to Panch Pokhari (4,074 m) Approx. 3-4 hrs trek
With an early breakfast, we start our trek to our next destination. We ascend uphill and downhill through trails with amazing views along the way. Panch Pokhari is named after 5 holy ponds and thousands of pilgrims climb to the sacred Panch Pokhari Lakes during the monsoon. There is a Mahadev Temple located here and from the top of Panch Pokhari, we gain views of the Jugal Himal and Rolwaling.
- Day 9: Exploring the Five Lakes and surrounding Valley
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 `10: Trek to Intermediary Camp (4,273 m) 4 hours trek
Trek Intermediary Camp to Tin Pokhari, about 4 hours of trek and overnight stay in camp
- Day 11: Trek to Tin Pokhari (4255 m) approx. 6 hrs trek
We are now well above the tree line as we make a short climb from Panch Pokhari to the ridgeline and continue north crossing spurs and basins until we descend into a valley and a final climb to Tin Pokhari
- Day 12: Trek to High Camp (4,867 m); 6 hours trek
After breakfast, we take the ascent trail to High Camp where we stay overnight camping.
- Day 13: Cross Tilman Pass (5,308m) to north high camp (4,720m) approx. 7hrs trek
There are two routes through the lower rocky section of the pass and it will depend on conditions as to which one we choose to ascend. This is quite a challenging pass and there will be loose rock and scree to negotiate. Once we reach a steep rock face after the initial climb we traverse to the left and climb directly onto the snowfield of the pass. The pass is to the northwest of the snowfield. We then descend a steep snow slope and rocky gullies, care should be taken here as the gullies can be icy. We camp at the northern shore of a lake.
- Day 14: Trek to Kyangjin Gompa (3,870m), approx. 7hrs. Trek
We are now approaching the main Langtang Trail to Kyangjin Gompa where there are many teahouses. There is a nearby cheese factory that is well worth a visit and of course a visit to the Gompa. There is a viewpoint on a hill to the north of Kyangjin Gompa with prayer flags adorning the summit, and time permitting this is a great vantage point also worth the effort.
- Day 15: Trek to Lama Hotel (3,030m) Approx. 7 hrs trek
We are now traveling along the clearly marked main trail of the Langtang trek. Following the river, we wind through many teahouses and small villages to Lama Hotel
- Day 16: Trek to Syabrubesi (1,503m); 6 hours
Today after breakfast we hike back to Syabru Bensi. The trail is mostly downhill through lush greenery while enjoying more spectacular views. We will walk along the rising and falling pathways leading to a village that provides us the opportunity to get a closer look at the customs and culture of the enchanting Tamang people. Soon we reach Syabru Besi for the overnight stay.
- Day 17: To Gatlang (2,238 m), walk approx. 4.5 hrs.
We start our trek from today, we take a dirty zigzag trail to Bahundanda and then down to Tamang settlement of Gatlang. Through the trail, we come across the village of Chawatar where we will have our lunch. After a few more hours of trekking from Chawatar will reach Gatlang, It is a Tamang village with people following traditional Tamang cultures. The homes are closely connected. We can visit a cheese production center near the village; we will stay the night here.
- Day 18: To Somdang (3,258 m) walk approx. 7 hrs
After an early breakfast, we walk on a flat trail and gradual ascent through the beautiful forest of pine and oak trees to Yurikharka where we will stop for lunch. Continue to ascend to Khurpu Danda (Pass) 3,610 m and follow a steep descend to the Somdang River for half an hour. After that, we meet motorway and continue to follow the dirt path till Somdang. Stay overnight in Somdang.
- Day 19: To Tipling (1,890 m) - 7 hours approx.
After having breakfast, we follow the zigzag track and continue up to Pansang pass (3,850m). The pass is a viewpoint southwest of Somdang with a wide panorama of the surrounding terrain, descends through mid of the pine forest to Marmilung Kharka, from here we head to Tipling village which is quaint village inhabited mostly by the Tamang ethnicity. Tipling is a large village that hosts two Buddhist gompas as well as both a Protestant and Catholic Church.
- Day 20: To Lapa Gaun (1850 m) - 6 hrs. approx.
We start our day by walking downhill to Chalish Gaun. We pass Tin Kanya Hindu temple, picturesque village and continue to Khar Khola. Then continue to take descend crossing the river and ascend up to Lapagaun. This is the main village and trading center of the neighboring village.
- Day 21: To Naubon Kharka (2750 m) - approx. 7 hours
We leave Lapa gaun by gradually ascends to Khading and walk through the forest up to Myangal Bhanjyang. The trails have several ups and downs to Magne Goth. After crossing the small pass you will reach Nauban Kharka for overnight
- Day 22: Trek to Soti Khola (597 m) - 7 hours walk
After breakfast, we take a decent trail all the way to Soti Khola. You can see the glimpse of the southern slopes of Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, and Langtang Himal.
- Day 23: Drive back to Kathmandu approx. 8 hr. drive.
After breakfast, we take 8 hours long scenic drive back to Kathmandu.
- Day 24: Leisure day in Kathmandu
After having breakfast at the hotel; you have leisure time to take relax or explore around marketplaces to shop the souvenir for loved ones.
- Day 25: Final Departure
It is time to fly back to home keeping all the terrifying 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
- Airport transfers,
- Land transfer: to Last Resort and from Syabrubesi
- TIMS and national park fee,
- High altitude mountaineering guide & trekking guides, cook, porters & other supporting staffs,
- Tented accommodation during trek on full board
- Staff insurance on the trek,
- Duffel bag
- Four nights in Kathmandu Guest House in Kathmandu with breakfast
- Safety equipment including high altitude chamber and satellite phone
What's not Included
- Additional tours and meals that are not mentioned,
- Personal bills,
- Visa fee: US$ 30 for 15 days and US$ 50 for 30 days and US$125 for 90 days multiple entries
- Insurance (for cancellation, accident, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of or damage to baggage and personal effects), liability insurance
- Excess baggage beyond 20 kilogram
- Crampons, Carabineers, Ice axe, Harness large, Ascender or Jamar, Slings and prussic cord
- Personal Equipment ( Please refer to the packing checklist) section