Nar Phu Valley Tilicho Lake Trek
One of the newly opened regions, the trek to the Nar and Phu valley takes you to the remote but enthralling region of Nepal. Unlike other regions of Nepal, trekking the region of Nar and Phu you will observe that the landscape is similar to that of Tibet. You will enjoy the delightful sights of old-world Tibetan villages, astonishing rock formations, high altitude grazing settlements, narrow canyons, deep forests and majestic snow-clad peaks during your trek to the Nar and Phu valley. The trail follows a rugged path as you explore the picturesque Tibetan villages of Nar and Phu, cross the Kang La Pass, take on the less-travelled route to Tilicho Lake and the Meso Kanta Pass (5089Mtr) which links the Manang and Kali Gandaki valley. This traversing of the pass provides you with a more challenging and interesting alternative to the popular Thorong La pass on the Annapurna Circuit. This is a trek with an explosive, great adventure that should never be missed. Nar Phu Valley trekking will take you on an unforgettable journey to the land of youngest mountains. Nar Phu Valley Trekking was opened only in the 15 years ago. This makes the trekking route uncharted Nar Phu more exciting. Nar Phu Valley Trekking is perfect for those who want a change from the mainstream Annapurna Circuit. The valley is still very much unscathed by modernity, its people oblivious about life beyond the mountains, its beauty and tradition intact. The region was first discovered only in the Almost 1950 by Tillman while walking the highlands of Tibet.
We will start the trek following the Famous trekking routes of the Annapurna Circuit trail and then branch off from Koto to the off-beaten track to the Nar Phu Valley, north of Manang and then cross the exciting Kang La Pass. The Kang La Pass links Nar with Manang and three other Bhotia villages in the Neyshang valley. Although the entrance to the valley may seem a tad too narrow and forested, the valley opens up to give a beautiful view of the mountains and surrounding – ancient villages, high altitude grazing land. The Panorama view of the western mountain range including Annapurna mountain range from the Nar Phu valley and Kang La Pass is hypnotic. Nar and Phu are two beautiful primordial villages. You can witness and be part of the very interesting culture of the mountain people, that has flourished even after centuries of hardships. The people of Nar and Phu do agriculture in the little fertile land they have. We can visit the historical Tashi Lakhang Gommpa and receive blessings from Lama Karma Sonam Rimpoche.
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu International Airport.
Transfer to your hotel and stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 02: City sightseeing in and around Kathmandu valley.
(Kathmandu, Bhaktapur & Patan). Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Beshishahar (760m) this takes approximately seven hours.
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.). Beshishahar is the district headquarters of Lamjung district. All the local government offices are situated here. From here, you can see some of mountain peaks, natural sceneries surrounding the valley and the daily activities of local people. This headquarter is the centre from where the daily usable commodities are supplied to the different villages and numerous towns. Stay overnight at camp in Beshisahar.
Day 04: Trek from Beshishahar to Bahundanda (1310m.) which takes about six hours.
The first part of the trail passes through a flat level along the bank of the Marshyangdi River. You can enjoy the sceneries and the local culture of Gurung community. After lunch at Ngadi, the trail goes steeply upwards to Bahundanda which takes about two hours. At this point, you can see the area surrounded by eye-catching sceneries with snow capped mountains. Stay overnight at camp in Bahundanda.
Day 05: Trek from Bahundanda to Chamje (1430m.) it takes approximately six hours.
A steep trail descends for early half an hour and then follows a flat path through rice terraces, before crossing a stream at the bottom of a small waterfall. It then climbs again and traverses the hillside high above the river before reaching the village of Lali Gaon. Ahead, the Marshyangdi valley forms a steep V-shape and you follow the winding mountain path down through Syange (1100m.) where there is a beautiful waterfall above it and along the river for some distance. The trail then climbs steeply and the path is cut into the sheer cliff-face some 200-300m above the riverbed. Eventually you descend to the stone village of Jagat (1330m.) situated on a shelf which juts into the precipitous Marshyangdi valley. Now, the trail begins to observe small ups and downs to Chamje through the forests. Stay overnight at camp in Chamje.
Day 06: Trek from Chamje (1410m.) to Dharapani (1860m.) takes about six hours.
The first part of the trail descends to the river and after crossing a suspension bridge, you begin a climb to Sattale (1550m.) on a path so steep that it seems one slip would send you hurtling down into the valley. Climbing the zigzag path to the top of the hill, you see the level, plain of Tal (1700m.) ahead of you. Tal is the border between Manang and Lamjung district. Though it is enclosed by cliffs, the level area looks reassuring after the harrowing mountain paths just traveled on. You descend to a grassy riverbank, which leads to Tal with its hotels and teahouses. Beyond Tal, the valley narrows and the path becomes high and winding. Beyond the small village of Karte (1900m.), there is a bit more cliff-walking before the path reaches near the river. You cross a suspension bridge, and climb the short distance to the stone Kani marking the entrance to Dharapani (1960m.). Stay overnight at camp in Dharapani.
Day 07: Trek from Dharapani to Koto takes about five hours.
You trek gradual ascent path and cross a stream to reach Koto. The mountain views you can enjoy are of Annapurna II, Manaslu range and the beautiful views of forests on the way add another dimension to your trek. Koto is a small village mainly inhabited by Gurung and other ethnic groups. Their lifestyle is mainly influenced by Buddhist Tibetans. Stay overnight at camp in Koto.
Day 08: Trek from Koto to Dharmasala takes about six hours.
This morning you head out early, as you have a long and somewhat difficult day before you. You cross the river leading to the Nar Phu valleys 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. After you emerge out of a narrow canyon, the trail actually passes under a wide waterfall just before the Dharmasala, from where the woods become thinner and the vistas wider. Stay overnight at camp in Dharmasala.
Day 09: Trek from Dharmasala to Kayang takes about six and half hours.
A steep climb up the valley along a small river brings you finally to high pastures on a 3,200m plateau. You pass by the scenic kharka of Meta, 3560m, a non permanent winter settlement of Nar, where you are likely to share the trail with a few yaks! This morning is one of the loveliest walks in the Himalayas. The landscape is combined with white rocks, low shrubs, juniper, scattered evergreens, and delicate brick-red and orange leafy bushes, crumbling shelves of flat slate, white and sandy trails.The mountains around you are clearly visible and the Phu Koshi shadows the trail far below. An hour past Meta, Junam is the second semi-permanent settlement. Above the Kharka to the right looms massive glacier and this falls jaggedly down to the high pastures above you.The next settlement is Chako, formerly a Khampa settlement, where grass lies tied in bunches to dry on all the rooftops and prayer flags flutter in the breeze. Stay overnight at camp in Kayang.
Day 10: Trek from Kayang to Phu village.
Dropping steeply down to the river, you trek for a while along the river bank and past the “submarine” rock, passing some small possible campsites along the way. You start to see some of the unique, colorful chortens for which Nar and Phu are famous. You have to walk carefully across a small glacial stream before reaching a larger one with a bridge only half covered with large slabs of slate. Another hour and a half of trekking through scenic canyon lands and gorges, and the monolith guards the steep trail up to the Phu gate, called Pupigyal Kwe. This ancient gate provides you the first view of the three villages of Phu, as well as an old “dzong” and the remains of the two forts, which are all now in ruins, but impressively situated atop the flatlands before Phu.Just before the bridge to Phu, a line of wonderful chortens color the landscape and lead the way to the main village of Phu, perched high up on a hill. 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 11: We do an Excursion around Phu valley.
You can have interaction with locals and explore up the wide valley systems above you. You might walk up the valley to the summer grazing settlement or Kharka at Ngoru, a three hours walk past the gompa. Phu itself is an incredibly interesting village and you can observe the villagers spinning their yak and sheep wool and chat. Stay overnight at camp in Phu Valley.
Day 12: Trek from Phu valley to Junam
You get back through Phu gate, descend to the river and retrace your step back to Junam Kharka which is a lovely spot for camping. Stay overnight at camp in Junam.
Day 13: Trek from Junam to Nar
This day you trek down the old bridge spanning a deep, contoured and narrow gorge and all the way back up again. The scenery is stunning. Below you sit Gyalbu Kumbu, built in 1650, and Satte Gompa both empty. You finally reach the Nar gates at the top of the hill and pass by yet another line of wonderfully painted, bamboo topped chortens and a large tiered chorten. Stay overnight at camp at Nar.
Day 14: Explore Nar village.
Nar is livelier than Phu. Each family at Nar seems to have at least one son or daughter in a gompa. Stay overnight at camp.
Day 15: Trek from Nar village to Ngwal after crossing Kang La passes.
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 gradual down towards 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 nice as it is easy with enchanting views. Just before Ngawal is an unusual grouping of chortens and prayer flags, and marks a meditation cave far up in the hills. 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 16: Trek from Ngwal to Manang takes about three hours.
This day you walk through the leveled path along the bank of Marshyangdi River to reach Manang. On the way you pass pine forests, villages such as Braga and farming terraces. You can enjoy the views of Annapurna range, Tilicho Mountain and beautiful landscapes. Manang is a small town. Stay overnight at camp in Manang.
Day 17: A day for rest in Manang.
You explore Khangsur Village or Kecho Lake and Milarepa Cave.). Stay overnight in camp.
Day 18: Trek from Manang to Khangsar takes approximately five hours.
The path is gradual descent and you cross a suspension bridge over Jharsing Khola (stream). The panoramic views of Annapurna range completely mesmerize you. Khangsar is a Gurung village. There you find a small monastery, chorten, Mani walls and prayer flags. Stay overnight at camp in Khangsar.
Day 19: Trek from Khangsar to Tilicho Lake, this takes about six hours.
This day you trek up and ascending trail until you reach destination. The path is quite covered by small crystals and shrubs can be seen on both sides. Somewhere in trekking 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 camp in Tilicho Lake.
Day 20: Trek from Tilicho Lake to Mesokanto Pass (5315m.) it 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 Annapurna range, Tilicho, Dhaulagiri along with more than ten mountains completely mesmerize you. Stay overnight at camp in Mesokanto Pass.
Day 21: Trek from Mesokanto Pass to Jomsom (2741 m.) via Thimi (2760 m.) which takes about six hours.
From Mesokanto Pass, the trail goes steep down to Jomsom. This day you trek through pine forest. Before you reach Jomsom, you cross Thimi inhabited by mostly Buddhists. There are no tea houses available from en route Tilicho Lake to Jomsom. Stay overnight at camp in Jomsom.
Day 22: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara which takes about 25 minutes.
Stay overnight at your hotel in Pokhara.
Day 23: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist mini bus and this takes about seven hours.
While driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, you head up to Damauli, Dumre, Mugling and Kurintar where Nepal’s first Cable car is operated to reach to Manakamana Temple. Enroute, you could enjoy the mountain views, green sceneries, rice terrace fields, vegetable fields and people engaged in their daily life activities. From Dharke you climb up to Thankot, the gateway to Kathmandu. You can also fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu which takes about 25 minutes. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 24: this day is free & yours. It can be a day for recreation & shopping.
In the evening time, we visit one of Kathmandu’s finest restaurant’s for a delicious Nepalese cuisine of Nepalese food.While you enjoy your meal, you will be entertained to a scintillating Nepalese cultural dance performed by the local belles.your meal, This is a complimentary outing on behalf of for the good welfare of our guests. Stay overnight at your Hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 25: Transfer to the Airport for final departure home. We are sure you will have enjoyed the holidays of a lifetime in one of the most beautiful countries on earth.
Duration: 25 Days from arrival to Departure in Nepal
Trek Grade: Moderate
Max. Altitude: (5315m.)
Best Travel Time: February to Mid June, September – Mid December are the best seasons. Dec & January are Winter and cold can be snow on the trail, July & August are rainy time, trekking can be done but visibility can be poor due to rain..
Transportation: Private Car/Van/ Plane
Activity: City tour, Trekking
Trip Snippets: Breakfast in the city and All meals on trek are included
Equipment rental: We advise you to bring all of your clothing and gear from home, however in Kathmandu there are many shops to buy and rent trek related equipment
Your trek Backpack/duffle bag: Your baggage on the trek will be carried by our porters, the maximum weight per trekkers is 15kg including your sleeping bag and down jacket, Other items not required on trek can be stored in our office or your hotel in Kathmandu