Panch Pokhari Tilman Pass trekking follow the footsteps of Tilman, we trace the popular pilgrim trail to Panch Pokhari Lakes, make a crossing of the glaciated Tilman Pass (5308m) and descend to the culturally rich Tamang village of Syabru Besi.
A special trekking gear required includes walking boots and day pack. In your daypack you will need to carry extra warm clothing depending on the altitude, location and weather, a rain jacket, water bottle, film and camera gear, valuables and personal items such as sun screen, lip-eze etc. On pass crossings you may be required to carry extra items such as crampons, ice axe, harness and cold weather gear, your pack will need to be a minimum of 55 litre capacity to accommodate this. Porters will carry group equipment.
Thousands of pilgrims climb to the sacred Panch Pokhari Lakes during the monsoon, but it will be very unlikely we will see a soul as we trace their steps. From the bazaar town of Chautara we gradually ascend a long ridge, the Kami Danda, 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.
The challenging Tilman Pass leads to Langshisa and the upper Langtang Valley, which offers amazingly photogenic sunsets in the wonderfully diverse National Park. An easy trail down to Syabru Besi follows the third most popular trekking route in Nepal, and ends among the lively and fun-loving Tamang people! During this trek there will be sections where the trail is very rugged or ill-defined, some trails have been trekked only once by a small party, and so the going will be tough. Space in some camp sites will also be very limited. It may be necessary to make changes to the itinerary at any time due to unforeseen circumstances such as adverse weather, snow or trail conditions, river water levels, or group movement. We will help support sustainable tourism development in regions less frequented by trekkers.
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu
On arrival at Kathmandu airport, we receive you and transfer to hotel. We wait you at arrival exit door outside Kathmandu airport with your name. Spend free day in the afternoon.
Day 2: Kathmandu (1330m) Tour
Kathmandu Tour visit the world heritage sites of Kathmandu valley includes Pashupatinath temple, Boudhanath stupa, Swoyambhunath stupa and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Trekking briefing and meeting with guide and helper.
Day 3: Kathmandu to Chautara (1450m).
After breakfast transfer by road to the trailhead at Chautara, it takes for 5 hours driving.
Day 4-5: Trek to Kami Kharka (2810m).
We commence our trek with a long ridge climb, during these early days of the trek we pass through Hindu, Tamang and Sherpa villages. This region has extensive rhododendron, pine and fir forests.
Days 6-7: Trek to Pauwa Pass (3000m/6hrs) & Hile Bhanjyang (3400m/4/5hrs).
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.
Days 8-9: Trek to Nasim Pati (3700m/4hrs) & Panch Pokhari (4074m/3hrs).
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.
Days 10-11: Trek to Tin Pokhari (4255m).
We are now well above the treeline 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.
Days 12-13: Cross Tillman Pass (5308m) to north high camp (4720m).
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 taking here as the gullies can be icy. We may fix a hand line and your leader will advise the plan after assessing the conditions. The pass crossing will be a long day of approx. 7-9 hours. We camp at the northern shore of a lake.
Day 14: Trek to Kyangjin Gompa (3830m, 7hrs)
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.
Days 15-16: Trek to Lama Hotel (3030m) & Syabru Besi (1503m).
We are now travelling along the clearly marked main trail of the Langtang trek. Following the river we wind through many teahouses and small villages to the end of the trail at Syabru Besi.
Day 17: Syabru besi to Kathmandu.
We meet our transportation after breakfast for the drive back to Kathmandu.
Day 18: Kathmandu Airport.
Final transfers to airport to get fly back to home.