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Nar-Phu and Tilicho Trek – 17 Days

The Nar-Phu and Tilicho trek has been opened to tourists since 2003. This trek is considered to be one of the best trekking routes for admiring the northern majestic flanks of the Annapurna range and satellite peaks such as Pisang, Chulu(s) and Tilicho peak. It is a very interesting but challenging alternative to the classic trek around the Annapurnas. It goes through a variety of landscapes: lovely forests, narrow canyons, remote villages, amazing rock formations, glaciers, high summits and finally across rugged passes. Being in the high country, you will witness the serene Buddhist Himalayan culture and encounter superb monasteries (gompas), mani walls, chortens and yak herds.

From Besisahar to Koto, the trek takes the same route as the classic Annapurna Circuit. In Koto, we leave the main route and enter the very deep, hemmed-in, narrow valley leading to Nar and Phu. The trail goes through beautiful bamboo and pine forest along the Nar Kola, which it crosses several times. It passes old Khampa settlements like Meta, Chyk and Kyang, sometimes through juniper bushes. After Kyang we follow the Phu Khola canyon to the very remote village of Phu. It takes about three walking days from Koto to Phu. Phu is a beautiful medieval village, where the lifestyle of the Bhote communities can be observed. High above the Phu citadel outcrop is Tashi monastery, with a fabulous panoramic view of Kang Guru and the northern trail to Damodar.

Nar-Phu and Tilicho TrekFollowing the same trail, we go back to the confluence of the Phu Kola and Nabse Khola rivers, where we head steeply up towards Nar, another very remote village, dominated by Pisang peak. From Nar, we walk through yak pastures before starting the ascent of the Kang La (approx.5200m), a rugged pass that offers a breathtaking view of the Annapurnas. After a long descent, we reach Ngawal and then Manang, the valley’s biggest and most touristy village dominated by the peak of Gangapurna.

On the route to Tilicho Lake we can see a number of fabulous mountains, such as Manaslu (8156m), Himalchuli range, Annapurna II (7937m) and IV (7525m), Gangapurna (7455m) and Khangsar Kang (7485m). Tilicho Lake is one of the highest lakes in the world (approx. 4920m) and offers an out-of-this-world view, nestling below the ‘Grand Barrier’ as described by the French expedition led by Maurice Herzog in 1950.

After a night spent near the lake, we start very early in the morning on a long day’s trek, during which we will cross either the northern ‘Donkey’ (also called Mandala) pass (5200m) or the Mesokanto La (5120m), from which we have a superb view of the Mustang region before dropping down to Jomsom. From Jomsom, it is possible to fly to Pokhara or to continue the trek on the classic Annapurna Circuit via Tatopani and its natural hot springs. It is also possible to go to Ghorepani and Poon Hill (3210m), perhaps the best viewpoint of the Annapurna range. Then we descend to Naya Pul before returning to Pokhara and Kathmandu.

Day 1 :

<p>Day 01: Arrival and transfer to the hotel</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Day 02: Day free and prepare for the administrative gears</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Day 03: Katmandou-Ngadi: About 7-8hrs of drive, O/N camp at 893m (Den+ 863m den-445m)</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Day 04: Bulbule-Jagat About 5-6hrs of walk, O/N camp or lodge at 1310m (Den+863 Den-445m)</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Day 05: Jagat-Dharapani: About 5-6hrs of walk, O/N camp or lodge at 1930m (Den+127 Den-292m)</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Day 06: Dharapani-Koto: About 5-6hrs of walk, O/N camp or lodge at 2640m (Den 995m den-624m)</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Day 07: Koto-Dharamsala: About 5-6hrs of walk, O/N camp or lodge at 3210m (Den+1081 Den-292m)</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Day 08: Dharamsala-Kyang: About 5-6hrs of walk, O/N camp or lodge at 3888m (Den+1125m den-542m)</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Day 09: Kyang-Phu Gaon: About 6-7hrs of walk, O/N camp or lodge at 4080m</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Day 10: Phu Gaun-Mahendrapul: About 5-6hrs of walk, O/N camp or lodge at 3490m.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Day 11: Mahendrapul-Naar : About 6-7hrs of walk, O/N camp or lodge at 4246m</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Day 12: Naar gaun-Kang-La Phedi : About 3-4hrs of walk, O/N camp or lodge at 4634m (Den +388m)</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Day 13: Kangla Phedi-Col du Kangla-Manang : About 7-8hrs of walk, O/N camp or lodge at 3540m (Den+899m Den-1986)</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Day 14: Manang-Khangsar : About 3-4hrs of walk, O/N camp or lodge at 3734m.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Day 15: Khansar-Camp base du Tilicho : About 4-5hrs of walk, O/N camp or lodge at Den + : 829m Den - : 553m</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Day 16: Camp de base de Tilicho-Lac Tilicho: About 3-4hrs of walk, O/N camp or lodge at 4921m Den + : 830m Den- : 94m</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Day 17: Lac Tilicho-Yak Kharka: About 5-6hrs of walk, O/N camp or lodge at Den+ : 580m Den - : 1440m</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Day 18: Yak Kharka-Jomsom: About 3-4hrs of walk, O/N camp or lodge at 2700m</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Day 19: Jomsom-Pokhara: About 25mn of flight, O/N at hotel</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Day 20: Pokhara-Katmandou: About 6hrs of drive,O/N at hotel.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Day 21: Day free</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Day 22: Departure to the international airport</p>

Cost Includes

  • Transportation as per mentioned in the program traveling by local bus/tourist bus or private reserve bus, the functioning of the importance of group size Pokhara to Kathmandu by flight
  • Complete full board trekking in lodge to lodge (Tea House) (except the beverage
  • An English-speaking guide and necessary helper guides (Sherpas) (French speaking guide for necessary)
  • One porter for 2 persons
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project permit (ACAP), TIMS card
  • One night hotel in Pokhara
  • Nepali staff insurance

Cost Excludes

  • Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu
  • Any expenses caused by reason beyond our control such as roadblock due to natural climates and accidents and unforeseen events. Etc…
  • Personal insurance (medical / repatriation of the participants)
  • Personal trekking equipment (sleeping bags etc)
  • Airport Tax and tips for trekking staff.
  • Drinking water, alcohol, hot shower for during a trekking
  • Visa fee

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Nar-Phu and Tilicho Trek – 17 Days