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Trip Highlight

“Adventure of grand combination with remote Nar-Phu villages to pristine Tilicho Lake Fabulous journey on world's best adventure destination within high and scenic Manang Valley Around North and South of massive Annapurna Himalaya within dramatic and scenic country Trek from low semi-tropical areas to cooler alpine hills towards arctic zone of ice and glacier Within traditional Gurung-Magar-Manang and Thakali villages enriched with Buddhism culture Into alpine woodland of rhododendron-magnolia-oaks-pine tree lines to dry windswept areas Crossing high and scenic passes over Kang-la and Mesokanto-la passes with incredible views Sweeping panoramic flight from Jomsom town to picturesque and scenic Pokhara city"

Overview

Nar Phu Tilicho Lake Trek leads you to an enchanting country where you can witness age-old traditional and cultural villages as it was since past hundred of centuries with the mind-blowing scenery of dramatic landscapes and high mountains.

Nar Phu areas opened for foreign visitors since last two decades where you will have the opportunity to explore its hidden treasures of Buddhism religion and monasteries of strong heritage and custom similar to Tibetans across its northern border.

A pristine country around Nar Phu located above scenic Manang valley which is north of massive Annapurna Himalaya range of mountains and close to Damodar Himal which touches Upper Mustang towards North West.

We have designed this adventurous and scenic Nar Phu  Tilicho Lake Trek to avoid from mainstream trekking trails, where a motorable road has reached at Manang knowing the nature of travelers, leading you off on the beaten paths away from the main flow of trekkers and main busy trails.

Our adventure to Nar Phu Tilicho Lake Trek starts from Kathmandu taking an overland drive on Nepal’s main and busy highway, driving past farm villages and towns to reach Lamjung district at Besar town and then towards Syange village, where our walks begin.

Trekking past sweet and lovely farm villages of Jagat, Tal-Besi, and Dharapani to reach at Koto near Chame town (headquarter of Manang district), from Koto onward leaving the famous Annapurna circuit trail towards complete wilderness around high Nar Phu villages.

The walk leads into a gorge covered with thick alpine forest, and then valley opens as the trek progress reaching first at Phu and then to Nar villages after exploring around the hidden and remote village of immense old culture and monasteries.

The adventure continues to cross high above Kang-La at 5,322 m /17,562 ft offering the panorama of Annapurna Himalaya with Damodar Himal range and Mt. Manaslu. The walk leads back into Manang valley past Braga to reach Manang main village.

From Manang exploring its lovely cultural villages with tremendous views of Chulus-Pisang peak with Annapurna IV-III and II with Gangapurna Himal, and then our adventure leads away from main Annapurna circuit trail to reach emerald colored Tilicho Lake.

Enjoy the grand panorama of mountains within Tilicho lake areas regarded as the holy lake in both Hindu and Buddhist religion.

From here our walk leads to cross the last pass over Mesokanto-La above 5,099 m / 16,826 ft high within the complete wilderness in the harmony of the pristine natural environment and then descend towards Jomsom town for the flight to Pokhara.

Jomsom located around Lower Mustang district which is also headquartered town of Mustang areas perched high above Kaligandaki River, the region around famous for delicious apples and its product situated on main Annapurna circuit trail and Old Trans Himalayan Salt Trade Route of Nepal and Tibet.

After a pleasant overnight in Jomsom in the comfort of the lovely lodge, next morning a scenic and smooth short flight take you to picturesque Pokhara by the serene Phewa Lake with mesmerizing and exciting adventure on Nar Phu Tilicho Lake Trek.

Outline Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuvan international airport in Kathmandu (1310m)

Day 02: Sightseeing Kathmandu and pre-trip meeting

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar to Dharapani(1960m)-7/8 hours

Day 04:
Trek from Dharapani-Koto (2610m)-4/5 hours

Day 05: Trek from Koto-Meta(3560m)-4/5 hours

Day 06: Trek from Meta-Cherku(3772m)-4/5 hours

Day 07: Trek from Cherku-Phu valley (4050m)-4/5 hours

Day 08: Rest Day/Acclimatization at Phu Valley

Day 09: Trek from Phu Valley to Nar (4150m)-6/7 hours

Day 10: Trek from Nar to Kang-la Phedi (4500m)-3/4 hours

Day 11: Trek from Kang-la Phedi to Nagawal (3675m) via Kang-la pass (5322m) 6/7hours

Day 12: Trek from Ngawal to Manang(3540m)-4/5 hours

Day 13: Rest day Monang

Day 14: Trek from Manang to Shree Kharka (3734m) 6/7 hrs of walking, overnight at lodge

Day 15:  Trek from Shree Kharka to Tilicho Lake Base Camp (4100m) 6/7 hrs of walking, overnight at lodge

Day 16:  Trek from Tilicho base camp to Tilicho Lake (4900m) 4/5 hrs of walking, overnight at Tilicho Lake in Tent Camp

Day 17: Trek from Tilicho Lake to Kaisang Kharka (4000m) Via Messokanto-la pass (5300m) 7/8 hours walking over night at tent 

Day 18: Trek from Kaisang Kharka to Jhomsom (2700m) 5/6 hrs of walking, overnight at lodge

Day 19: Fly from Jhomsom to Pokhara and half day sightseeing around Pokhara valley, overnight at hotel

Day 20: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu 7/8 hrs of driving, overnight at hotel and farewell dinner

Day 21: Final departure back to your home

Physical fitness

NAR PHU TILICHO LAKE TREK is for those who are physically fit and can walk for hours to reach their destination. It is the Strenuous trek that takes you to the Narphu Valley and Tilicho Lake after some hours of a walk down to the moderate paths. As some of the places lie at higher altitude, one needs to be physically fit and healthy.

Lodging and food

We will be greeting you at International airport and make your stay possible at one of the 3-star hotels in the town. While you are on the Trek to the base camp, you will be staying at the Teahouses/Lodge. The stay may be twin sharing or single(depends on what you want and it is difficult to find a separate bedroom at high above). Likewise, Access the Asia will take you to the best possible place where you can enjoy the hygienic Nepali as well as International food. Accommodation with breakfast, lunch and dinner at different areas during trekking and in camping as per the holiday plan will be provided. For the Lunch and Dinner, while staying at Kathmandu, you are responsible for the payment. There will be the farewell dinner with every guest after they return from their Trek.

Best Time to travel

Beginning of March to Mid June, September – November is the best for this Trek.

Transport

Generally, we offer tourist bus for Trekking to Annapurna region which may take 6 to 8 hours. If you want to travel in private vehicles then we can make it possible but it may take extra charges. To return back from Jomsom to Pokhara there is availability of flight service as well but sometimes the flight cancellation occurs due to the weather or various reason so there is best option to take jeep which takes about 6-7 hours to Pokhara.

Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuvan international airport in Kathmandu (1310m)

Welcome you at Tribhuvan International Airport by our representative with company name on placard and direct transfer to hotel in Kathmandu (3 star). Our guide will brief you about next day plan on hotel.

Day 02: Sightseeing Kathmandu and pre-trip meeting

On this day, cultural city guide will meet you at hotel and he/she will guide you around the Kathmandu valley and you will visit to world heritage sites Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa and other cultural and traditional areas after completion of city tour we will return back to office and meet the team and other participant members and discuss over the trip and we will give you a briefing about tour and we will make sure your all the equipment are ready and in fine condition.

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu -Besisahar -Dharapani(1960m)-7/8 hours

After early breakfast at dawn we start our drive to Besisahar and then take local jeep to Dharapani. This long day drive gives you the glimpses of scenic mountain vistas, rural Nepali life style, green lush vegetation, rivers, valleys and farmlands. From Dharapani the roads are poor and bumpy but the picturesque view from the windowpane covers the difficult road ride.

Day 04:Trek from Dharapani-Koto (2610m)-4/5 hours

After a long previous day drive from this day onwards we are officially on trekking. After breakfast we begin our trek, River Marsyngdi is never far from us for about an hour we hike through a pine and fir forest and arrive at Bagarchhap a small village just above the Marsygdi river there are lots of chorten and you can visit a monastery in this village, leaving Bagarchhap we arrive at Danakyu from where our route ascends up until Timang where we have our lunch. The route from Timang gets a bit easy, we continue our hike following the twisting and turning route passing pine and fir forest we can see some glimpses of Annapurna II finally we arrive at Koto.

Day 05: Trek from Koto-Meta(3560m)-7/8 hours

Koto lies in the confluence of Marsyngdi River and Suti Khola. From Koto there are two routes one which goes up along the Marsygdi River to Manang and another which goes through Suti Khola to Nar-Phu valley. After registering our restricted area permit in police check post we take the route along Suti Khola, we carry packed lunch for the day as there are no proper places to have lunch until Meta. We walk through the dense pine and fir forest passing many suspension bridges and streams with big gigantic mountain walls on either side. After a long 7/8 hours of hike we rest for the day at Meta.

Day 06: Trek from Meta-Chaku(3772m)-4/5 hours

After breakfast we start our journey, the route encompasses Meta pasture and the route is easy composed with flat terrain up until Junam which is an abandoned village leaving the abandoned village we hike with comfortable pace to lower Chaku village with few settlements and then we take a steep trail to Upper Chaku where we spend our night.

Day 07: Trek from Chaku-Phu valley (4050m)-4/5 hours

We start our day with a steep ascend to abandoned Kang village which holds the ancient remnants of Tibetan refugee then the steep drop takes us to the riverbed of Phu Khola(River) we follow the river bank. Though the landscape is almost desert like but the we can enjoy the stunning view of Kang Guru and typical ancient Tibetan culture. After 4/5 hours on the riverbed we climb up the riverbed to Phu valley entrance gate about an hour entering the entrance gate we cross the Phu River and ascend to Phu Gaun (Village).

Day 08: Rest Day/Acclimatization at Phu Valley

As we are officially in the lost/hidden valley we can explore the village and get to know more about the culture, tradition and life style of the local ethnic community. We can explore the Tashi Lakhang Monastery –which is believed to the last monastery constructed by Karmapa Rinpoche. Apart from that we can enjoy the view of Mountains like Himlung, Pokharkan and other many snowcapped peaks. Note: If you wish you can take long hike to Himlung Base camp as an alternative.

Day 09: Trek form Phu Valley to Nar(4150m)-6/7 hours

We carry packed lunch for the day and trace our path all the way to Chaku and cross the Mahendra pul approximately 80 meters above the Lapche river then we hike through a steep trail passing many chortens and Gumbas all the way to Nar. The Pisang peak looming in front of Nar is pleasing.

Day 10: Trek from Nar Valley to Kang La Phedi (4500m)-4/5 hours

A steady up ascend for 3/4 hours on average takes us to the Kang La Phedi (4500m). The hike is short today, we stay at camp for the day and have a sound rest as next day will be slightly difficult and we have to go to higher altitude.

Day 11:Trek from Kang La Phedi to Ngawal(3675m) via Kang La Pass(5322m)-6/7 hours

The day could be strenuous as we have a tough task of passing Kang La Pass(5322m). We start ascending the pass very early after having breakfast nearly 4 am in the morning we carry packed lunch for the day. Then we ascend steep rocky slope for about 2 hours the task is difficult as you need to scramble more often in the rocky slope but as you reach the top you will be astonished by the 360 degree panorama of the Mountains which pays of the hard toll of the day. Then we descend at comfortable pace down to Ngawal(3675 m).

Day 12: Trek from Ngawal to Manang (3540m)-4/5 hours

We leave Ngawal after breakfast, a steady descend down the valley will take us to the Munji which joins the flat road the trip becomes easy we can enjoy the Marshygdi river below and Annapurna Range passing Braga we reach Manang, which is the main villages in the region and rich in monasteries.

Day 13: rest day in Monang

Manang we will walk to the village, learn about the culture and view the magnificent view of Nature.

Day 14: Trek from Manang to Shree Kharka (3734m) 6/7 hrs of walking, overnight at lodge

We continue our trek to Tilicho Lake, we leave Manang early in the morning through the western gate and descend down to Marsyangdi River, after crossing Marsyandgi river we ascend steadily uphill through a coniferous forest through a narrow path, as we march forward we can enjoy the stunning view of Khangsar River, Gangapurna Mountain, Annapurna III, Khangsar Kang and Tilicho peak. After reaching Kangsar Gomba an old Gomba in the region a steep climb up takes to a small village Shree Kharka with minimal settlements and lodge.

Day 15: Trek from Shree Kharka to Tilicho Lake Base Camp (4100m) 6/7 hrs of walking, overnight at lodge

We leave Shree Kharka early in the morning after breakfast, the path is easy straight, but the hills have loose soil and there is risk of landslides and rock fall so we should be cautious as we walk. After hiking through this landslide prone path for about couple of hours we descend down through a steep path towards the Tilicho Base Camp.

Day 16: Trek from Tilicho base camp to Tilicho Lake (4900m) 4/5 hrs of walking, overnight at Tilicho Lake in Tent Camp

We ascent gradually up through the ridge leaving Tilicho Base Camp. We can see yaks and blue sheep grazing on the pastures along the way. As we reach the top we can see the amazing world highest altitude emerald Lake Tilicho, big and wide lying peacefully on the foot of huge Tilicho Mountain. The serene beauty of the lake is well admired by the many visitors in the region. After lunch we can enjoy the view of Lake, Tilitso Mountain, Annapurna III and Gangapurna Mountain.

Day 17: Trek from Tilicho Lake to Kaisang Kharka (4900m) via cross Messokanto-la pass (5300m) 7/8 hours walking overnight at tent

This day could be quite strenuous as we are on the verge of doing the difficult task of the adventure, we start very early in the morning to avoid the strong wind, we are accompanied by many Buddhist prayer flags on the way, as we reach top of the Messokanto La we can see the stunning view of Dhaulagiri massif, Annapurna, Tilicho, Nilgiri Himal and many other amazing peaks and small snowcapped mountains. After spending sometime observing the eye pleasing scenery we descend down to Kaisang Kharka(4000m) and send our night at tented camp.

Day 18: Trek from Kaisang Kharka to Jhomsom (2700m) 5/6 hrs of walking, overnight at lodge

A pleasant and gradual descent downhill walk through the green valley leads us to the Kaligandaki Valley we are accompanied by the dazzling view of Dhaulagiri massif, Nilgiri peaks and river valley. Throughout our path we can see rhododendron forest and apple farms on the way. After a descent walk of 4/5 hours we reach Jomsom- a small and beautiful village on the bank of Kali Gandaki river and on the backdrop of Dhaulagiri massif and Nilgiri peak.

Day 19: Fly from Jhomsom to Pokhara and half day sightseeing around Pokhara valley, overnight at hotel

After a 35 minutes flight from Jomsom we land on Pokhara- a beautiful city of lakes, reaching Pokhara airport we will be accompanied to hotel where we will freshen up have lunch and then we will take a half day sightseeing around Pokhara. We will will do boating around Fewa Lake and if the weather is clear we can see the beautiful Machhapuchhere from the lake then we will visit David’s fall, Bindabasini Temple and caves around Pohara. Note: There are lots of activities that you can do around Pokhara a day or two can be extended in Pokhara, if you wish.

Day 20: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu 7/8 hrs of driving, overnight at hotel and farewell dinner

After early morning breakfast we leave Pokhara and drive back to Kathmandu. The drive could be long but along the way you can enjoy another part of Nepal with full of green valley and green hills, terrace farming and different community and local people as we have seen high in the mountains most of the time during our trek.

Day 21: Final departure back to your home

Our office representative will accompany you and transfer you from hotel to Tribhuvan International Airport as per your departure schedule.

Date & Price

All Trekking in Nepal,Himalaya Trek,Peak Climbing-Access The Asia Treks adventure travel trips are small group departures and therefore places can fill quickly. To avoid disappointment, we suggest you book your trip as soon as possible.

If our fixed departure dates are not convenient for you or your group, we can also arrange private departures on all of our small group tours. Private group departures will follow the same itineraries as our usual small group tours, or itineraries may be tailormade to suit your own convenient tour date/budgets.

Itineraries may be tailor-made to suit your dates. So if you can’t find a date to suit you or if you want to have your very own tour just with your friends or family then we can help you.

Customised Private Groups:
For most of our usual tours, or itineraries, where there is a group numbering 2 or more, we can customise and organise private group trip(s) where we design the itinerary and activities exclusively for you, according to your requirements and budgets, such as Honeymoon, Anniversary, Family, Scouts, School, College, Fundraising or Charity trips. Find out more about our private group tours.

To enquire about booking a private departure of this tour or about organising your own private group tour, please fill in the form below and we will get back to you shortly with details.

Equipment for trekking  

  1. Trekking pole
  2. Sun hat
  3. Sunglasses
  4. Cotton T-shirts
  5. Down jacket
  6. Hiking boots
  7. Gloves
  8. Duffel bag
  9. Lightweight cotton pants (long)
  10. Waterproof Pants
  11. Fleece jacket
  12. Waterproof jacket
  13. Water bottle or camel bag
  14. Toiletries
  15. Balaclava
  16. Head torch
  17. Thin inner socks
  18. Thick, warm wool hiking socks
  19. Sleeping bag rated to – 20°C

Includes

  • Airport pickup and drop by private vehicle.
  • 3 star hotel in Kathmandu (4 nights or 3 nights as per holiday plan), welcome dinner
  • Sightseeing at Kathmandu with city guide (Cultural and Traditional heritage sites)
  • Duffle bag, Sleeping bag, Down jacket (Sleeping Bag and Down jacket must be returned after the trek is completed)
  • Experienced Government license holder Trekking Guide, Porter (We provide 1 porter for two trekkers), climbing guide, assistant guide and other staffs as per the holiday plan.
  • Entrance fee for various conservation areas, Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) fee
  • Flight or Bus fare as per the holiday plan
  • Accommodation with breakfast, lunch and dinner at different places during trekking and in camping as per the holiday plan
  • Farewell dinner
  • Accommodation in star rated hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • All government taxes

Excludes

  • Visa Charge to Nepal and International flight fare.
  • Lunch and Dinner while staying at Kathmandu.
  • Travel insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation.
  • International airfare and airport departure tax
  • Hot and cold drinks, alcoholic drinks
  • Climbing gear (As per your request we can hire it for you)
  • Additional charges for service added included in holiday plan.

FAQ

It is full of adventures and is completely different from the one that is in your country. Its trekking trails are rugged and rough and take you to minimum altitude of 3000 m and maximum to 5000 m plus

If you are physically fit, who can walk minimum of 4 hours then it is definitely for you. The minimum trekking altitude ranges from 2000 m plus and can go up to the maximum altitude of 5000 m plus.

Yes, you will, because you will be trekking in the remotest himalayan region of the world, where you are not familar with its trail, villages, people, and their culture. There, the local people do not speak English much, so you need a trekking guide, who can speak their language and Nepali.

Children under age 18 should be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Above this will be accompanied by a guide.

They are because Access the Asia gives the topmost priority to their safety.

Climbing peak or trekking peak is an easy peak whose summit can be reached within 1 or 2 days. Its height ranges 6000 m plus. Some trekking peaks are Island Peak, Yala Peak, and Mera Peak.

It must include the terms and conditions that you need while trekking in the Himalayan Region in an altitude of 4000 m to 6000 m. Your travel insurance company must provide you Helicopter Evacuation Service. Normally, it will cost you up to US $5000 in Nepal. If you are coming to Nepal for climbing then you must do climbing insurance in your country as well. Carefully check the terms and conditions of your insurance company, especially what they cover during trekking and climbing.

US $ 20 a day is enough to buy a bottle of mineral water, tea, coffee and so on in the remote Himalayan Region.

Yes, you should. There is no fixed rates for tipping. Its up to you. But how much you tip should be reasonable.

The trekking guides of Access the Asia are well - trained in the first aid; they also carry the first aid box and do the necessary treatment for you.

You will be flown to Kathmandu in a helicopter for medical attention.

Lodge or guest house accommodation.

Lodge, where, you will have meal, provides you drinking water. A liter of mineral water at lower elevation costs US$ 1, but at higher elevation, it can cost up to US $4.

Lodges and guest houses.

No. But it will always be its responsibility to finish your trip on time and to follow the itinerary.

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