Nar Phu Tilicho Lake Trek

Duration: 19 Days

About Nar Phu Tilicho Lake Trek

Nar Phu Tilicho Lake Trek is an amazingly adventurous trekking route located in the Manang district of Nepal. The restricted areas of Nar and Phu lie between the two giant Himalayan ranges- The Annapurna range and the Manaslu range, which were open for trekkers only since 2003. Also known as ‘The Lost Valleys’ because it remained undiscovered for a long period because of the remote location.

This challenging trek leads us to the rarely explored hidden valley of Nar and Phu, and one of the highest altitude lakes in the world, Tilicho (4919 M). With off-the-beaten paths, amazing mountain sceneries, remote beautiful villages of Tibetan ethnicity, high passes, Buddhist monasteries & gompas, prayer flags, and diverse flora and fauna, this trek is truly an unforgettable experience. During the trek, trekkers will have the opportunity to explore the medieval and secret valley of Nar & Phu and its unspoiled culture and amazing landscapes. Even though it is physically demanding during the Kang La Pass and Mesokanto La Pass, the marvelous views of Annapurna massif, Lamjung Himal, Dhaulagiri range, Manaslu Himal, Tilicho peak including many others are very satisfying and rewarding.

The 19-day Nar Phu Tilicho Lake Trek begins from Jagat via Besi Sahar following the popular trekking route of Annapurna Circuit up to Koto. After Koto, we leave the main trail entering the pine forest to the Northeast side of the Annapurna region following Naarkhola to Phu via Meta. Then we join the Annapurna circuit again at Ngawal via Nar and Kang La Pass and follow the route up to Khangsar via Manang. From there, we take the route to Tilicho Base Camp and end the trek at Jomsom via Mesokanto La Pass.

Highlights

  • Discover the lost valley of Nar and Phu Village with unspoiled Tibetan-influenced unique cultures, traditions, and lifestyle as it was opened lately  
  • Two challenging passes,'Kang La pass (5320 M) and Mesokanto La pass (5121 M)' and Tilicho Lake, the highest altitude lake of Nepal
  • Splendid view of Annapurna range (8091 M), Manaslu range (8163 M), Lamjung Himal (6983 M), Dhaulagiri range and many more
  • Scenic flight from Jomsom to Pokhara 

Itinerary

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Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1350 M) and transfer to the Hotel

One of the members of our company will welcome you at the international airport terminal gate and take you to the hotel. You will have a few hours to rest. Later, in the evening, you will meet with the tour guide in your hotel lobby. He will brief you on the day 2 program.

  • 3 star category hotel
  • Kathmandu
  • 1350 M

After having breakfast, we will begin sightseeing in Kathmandu. we will visit places like Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhnath Stupa, Kathmandu, Durbar Square, Swayambhunath, and Patan Durbar Square. All of these places are part of world heritage sites. In the evening, you along with your trek guide will prepare for the trip and arrange all the gears.

  • B&B
  • 3 star category hotel
  • Kathmandu
  • 1350 M

Today, you will drive to Besishahar. Driving along the winding road while enjoying the beautiful landscape, you will reach Besishahar. From here, you will take a local jeep and continue driving towards Jagat. 

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Jagat
  • 1300 M
  • 8:30 hours

You will walk the dirt road to Chamje and then cross a suspension bridge. Further, trekking on a steep rocky path you will reach Tal you'll have lunch. After a short lunch break, you'll continue trekking on the rugged trail. Crossing more suspension bridges, you will ascend and reach Dharapani. 

Elevation: + 720 m/ - 215 m

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Dharapani
  • 1860 M
  • 5 hours

The trail will take you to Bagarchhap through lush forests of fir & pine. After visiting a monastery here, you will continue to Danaque. From here, the trail ascends to Timang from where a fine view of Peak 29 and Mt. Manaslu can be seen. Further, you will trek through beautiful Thanchowk village and pine forests and reach Koto for a night's stay.

Elevation: + 920m/ -235m

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Koto
  • 2600 M
  • 5:30 hours

Your guide will register your restricted area permit at the police check post and then you'll begin trekking along the bank of Nar Khola. The trail then passes by pine forest and you will cross several streams on a suspension bridge to reach Dharmasala. From here, the trail again goes by dense forests and ascends to Meta. You will get to see captivating views of Lamjung Himal and Annapurna II from this village. 

Elevation: + 1260m/ - 330m

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Meta
  • 3560 M
  • 7 hours
Leaving Meta behind, you will begin trekking and cross several suspension bridges. You will reach Kyang where you will take a short break for lunch and pass by places like Jhunam and Chyakhu, where Khampa refugees from Tibet used to camp. Further, trekking on a rocky trail along the Phu Khola you'll reach Phu village for a night's stay. 


Elevation: + 910m/- 505m

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Phu
  • 4080 M
  • 6-7 hours

Today is a rest day. You will explore the village and interact with the locals. This day will give you a good opportunity to interact with and observe the unique Tibetan lifestyle, culture, and traditions of the locals living in this secluded part of the world.

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Phu
  • 4080 M
After having breakfast, you will trek down towards Chyakhu, following the same route till near the old bridge. You will leave the same trail by following the path to the right by crossing Mahendra Pul and arriving at Nar Phedi. You will stop at Nar Phedi for a lunch break and ascend on a winding path passing long Mani before arriving at Nar. 


Elevation: + 1350m/ - 1070m

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Nar
  • 4200 M
  • 7 hours

Today is going to be a long day. You will wake up early in the morning and begin trekking before the sun rises up. Ascending on a rugged steep path, you will reach the top of Kang La Pass from where you will get to see gorgeous surrounding views. Further, you will descend towards Ngawal for a night's stay.

Elevation: + 1205/ - 1690m

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Ngawal
  • 3660 M
  • 9 hours
Today, an easy and short walk the trail will present you with scenic views of high mountains. Trekking through small villages and forested trails, you will reach Manang. 


Elevation: + 195m/ - 230m

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Manang
  • 3540 M
  • 3 hours

This is our rest day to acclimate our body to the altitude. You will spend exploring Manag and its nearby places. 

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Manang
  • 3540 M

After having breakfast, you will begin ascending towards Khangsar village from where you can see amazing views of the Tilicho Peak, Annapurna range, and other mountains. From here, you will continue trekking towards There Gompa and Shri Kharka where you will take a short lunch break. Further, you will gradually ascend and descend and cross a landslide area and reach the Tilicho Base Camp.

Elevation: + 1085m/ -450m

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Tilicho Base Camp
  • 4150 M
  • 7 hours

The trail today will take you to Tilicho High Camp. Trekking on a steep rugged trail, you will ascend and reach Tilicho High Camp where picturesque Tilicho Lake is situated (4910m). You will have enough time to explore around and soak in the unbelievable beauty of Tilicho Lake. 

Elevation: + 885m/ - 55m

  • B,L&D
  • Camping
  • Tilicho High Camp
  • 5020 M
  • 4 hours
Today, you will cross one more pass, Mesokanto La Pass. Again, you will begin trekking early in the morning on a rugged trail that will take you to the top of the Mesokanto La Pass. From here, you will get to witness great views of Mt. Dhaulagiri. After spending some time at the pass, you will descend down to Yak Kharka. The trail will be steep and uneven so descend carefully. 


Elevation: + 530 m/ - 1400m

  • B,L&D
  • Camping
  • Yak Kharka
  • 4200 M
  • 7-8 hours
After a quick breakfast, you will begin descending towards Jomsom. On the way, you will pass by goat farm and reach Thini Gaon. From here, 30 minutes walk will take you to Jomsom for a night stay.

Elevation: -1485m
  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Jomsom
  • 2720 M
  • 4 hours

Today, early in the morning you'll fly back to Pokhara. The flight will be short and you will get to see an outstanding landscape view during the flight. Upon reaching Pokhara airport, you will head to the hotel. The rest of the day is free and relaxing.

  • B&B
  • 3 star category hotel
  • Pokhara
  • 825 M
  • 25 minutes

After having breakfast, you will drive to Kathmandu. Upon reaching Kathmandu, you will head to the hotel. In the evening, you will have a farewell dinner organized by the company.

  • B,L&D
  • 3 star category hotel
  • Kathmandu
  • 1350 M
  • 7 hours
You will check out of the hotel as per you the flight time and head to the airport for your flight back to your home.
  • B&B

What’s Included

  • One porter for two people (maximum weight: 12 kg per client) and an assistant guide for group sizes above 4 people.
  • 3-night accommodation in a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu and 1 night in Pokhara on a BB basis.
  • Lodge/ Tea House accommodations with twin sharing basis during the trek.
  • Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, hot drinks) during the trek.
  • Kathmandu-Machhakhola and Chamje-Kathmandu by private vehicle.
  • Flight Jomsom-Pokhara and Pokhara-Kathmandu by Private vehicle.
  • Rescue and evacuation arrangements in case of emergency. 
  • Kathmandu valley tour with a tour guide in a private vehicle.
  • Government taxes, service charges, and official expenses.
  • All staff’s salary, meals, accommodation, and insurance.
  • All the necessary permits and paperwork.
  • Professional English-speaking guide.
  • Airport pick-up and drop.
  • Tips for the guide, assistant guide, porter, and driver (Tipping is expected).
  • Meal while you are in Kathmandu and Pokhara. i.e Lunch, and Dinner.
  • Medical evacuation cost (In case of emergency).
  • Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees.
  • Your Travel Insurance (Compulsory).
  • Your personal expenses.
  • Nepal entry visa fee.
  • International airfare.

 

Useful Information

Note: Because there are no lodges, we will have to take packed lunch on the day of Kangla Pass and Mesokanto La Pass and set up a camp in Tilicho High  Camp and Yak Kharka.

This trip can be modified as per your request and your time frame.