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Annapurna Nar Phu Tilicho trek


The Annapurna Nar Phu Tilicho trek is an ideal for those trekkers who have time and appetite to venture into some of the less trodden remote regions of Nepal beyond the regular trekking routes. This tented plus tea house mode of trek offers the pictorial landscape of recently opened region of Nar and Phu valley, situated just north of popular Annapurna circuit route. The Nar Phu valley topography is trans Himalayan and similar to that of Tibet. Trails are still rugged that has changed little over the years. Nar Phu is located between the borders of Nepal and Tibet. The culture and lifestyle of  Bhote community here closely resembles to that of Tibetans. Annapurna Nar Phu Tilicho trek offers a more challenging and exciting alternative to the popular Thorong La pass on the Annapurna Circuit trekking route. The inhabitants, who roughly comprises of about 350 Nepalese indo Tibetans, have retained their age old practices. Most of them are engaged in yak herding and farming. This trek also offers fantastic views of the Annapurna massif, Lamjung, Machhapuchhre, Manaslu, Dhawalagiri range and Tilicho peak. Narphu Vally Trekking leads to a hidden valley, where historically the local people used make their living through salt trading with Tibet, but now since the Nepal Government closed border with Tibet the people depend on livestock. his exotic land offers medieval Tibetan culture in undisturbed form, dramatic mountain views and great alpine scenery in a Tibet-like flavor. On the second phase of the trek we visit the pristine Tilicho lake the, highest places lake in the world.

  • Trip Duration: 18 Days
  • Trip Grading: Strenuous
  • Max Altitude: 5300m.
  • Best Time: Oct / Nov / Mar / April
  • Trip Mode: Camping + Tea House

Day 1
Arrive in Kathmandu International Airport.

Arrive at the airport and transfer to the hotel .Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 2
Drive from Kathmandu to Koto

You drive along the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway to Dumre and then follow the narrow and paved road by the Marshyangdi River to Besi Sahar (823m.).The drive takes approximately seven hours.Beshishahar is the district headquarters of Lamjung district. From here, you can see some of the mountain peaks, natural sceneries surrounding the valley and the daily activities of local people.Continue driving to Kot

Day 3
Trek from Koto to Dharmasala

It takes about six hours.You cross the river leading to the Nar Phu valley and hike up through beautiful woods above the Phu Khola. The route takes you through some beautiful woods and past several small caves, and a pilgrims’ Dharmasala.Overnight at Dharmasala.

Day 4
Trek from Dharmasala to Kayang

It takes about six and half hours.A steep climb up the valley along a small river brings you to high pastures on a 3,200m plateau. You pass by the scenic kharka of Meta, 3560m, a non-permanent winter settlement of Nar. An hour past Meta, Junam is the second semi-permanent settlement. The next settlement is Chako, formerly a Khampa settlement.Stay overnight at camp in Kayang.

Day 5
Trek from Kayang to Phu village.

The trail drops to the river, you trek for a while along the river bank and past the “submarine” rock, passing some small possible campsites long the way. You have to walk carefully across a small glacial stream beforenother hour and a half of trekking through scenic canyon lands and gorges, the steep trail up to the Phu gate, called Pupigyal Kwe. You will set up camp on the lower reaches of Phu, formerly called Gomdzong, and head up to the famous Tashi Lhakhang Gompa on a neighboring hillside to pay your respect to Lama Karma Sonam.Stay overnight at camp at Phu Village.

Day 6
Rest day

Rest at Phu valley for acclimatization.Enjoy the scenery at Phu valley.

Day 7
Trek from Phu valley to Junam.

You get back through Phu gate, descend to the river and retrace your steps back to Junam Kharka which is a lovely spot for camping. Stay overnight at camp in Junam.

Day 8
Trek from Junam to Nar.

Trek down the old bridge spanning a deep, contoured and narrow gorge and all the way back up again. The scenery is stunning.Nar VillageBelow you sits Gyalbu Kumbu, built in 1650, and Satte Gompa both empty. You finally reach the Nar gates at the top of the hill. Stay overnight at camp at Nar.

Day 9
Explore Nar village

Nar is livelier than Phu.Enjoy the culture and beauty of Nar village Stay overnight.

Day 10
Trek from Nar village to Ngwal after crossing Kang La pass.

The Kang La is not a difficult pass, but it could be a long day if there is snow on the pass or the altitude is taking its toll. The Kang La, at 5240m, is an absolutely spectacular pass looking over Annapurna II, Gangapurna, Tilicho peak, the peaks surrounding Tilicho and the airport at Hongde. The trail down is steep and then more gradual as you reach the end. Ngawal, on the upper Pisang route of the Annapurna circuit (off the main Annapurna circuit), can be reached in as little as two hours from the pass, but the walk down is very nice and easy with enchanting view Ngawal is a wonderful, old village of cobbled streets, prayer wheels and beautiful architecture, obviously a hub of religious activity in previous times. Stay overnight at camp in Ngwal.

Day 11
Trek from Ngwal to Manang takes about three hours.

This day you walk through leveled path along the bank of the Marshyangdi River to reach Manang.On the way you pass pine forests, villages such as Braga and farming terraces. Manang is a small town. Stay overnight at camp in Manang.

Day 12
Trek from Manang to Khangsar

This takes approximately five hours.The path is a gradual descent and you cross a suspension bridge over Jharsing Khola (stream). Khangsar is a Gurung village. There you find a small monastery, chorten, Mani walls and prayer flags. Stay overnight at camp in Khangsar.

Day 13
Trek from Khangsar to Tilicho Lake.

This takes about six hours .This day you trek up and ascending trail until you reach your destination. Some places along the trail you cross a few streams. Tilicho Lake is situated at the highest altitude.From here you can enjoy the closer and panoramic views of Tilicho Mountain and many others. Stay overnight at Tilicho Lake.

Day 14
Trek from Tilicho Lake to Mesokanto Pass (5315m.)

This takes about seven hours .The path is full of ups and downs until you reach Mesokanto Pass. The trail is quite narrow and you trek over icy path. The panoramic views of the Annapurna range, Tilicho, Dhaulagiri along with ten other mountains completely mesmerize you. Stay overnight at camp in Mesokanto Pass.

Day 15
Trek from Mesokanto Pass to Jomsom (2741 m.) via Thimi (2760m.)

This takes about six hours.From Mesokanto Pass, the trail goes steeply down to Jomsom. This day you trek through pine f you cross Thimi inhabited by mostly Buddhists. We stay overnight at a camp .

Day 16
Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara

The flight takes about 25 minutes .Enjoy the day at Pokhara.Stay overnight at a hotel in Pokhara.

Day 17
Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu

The flight takes about 25 minutes.Time to do your last moment shopping. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.hotel

Day 18

Transfer to the Airport for final departure & connecting flights home.