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Nar Phu valley –Tilicho Lake – Mesokunda pass trek – 20 days

Trip Fact

Duration: 20 Days

Type of Trek: Tea house / Camping

Max Altitude: 2630 m.

Minimum Pax:1 +

Mode of travel: Land Transportation

Grade: Moderate

Only recently opened to trekkers, 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. Much of the Nar Phu Valley trekking is through an area of arid landscape and rugged openings. On the way, you will cross two of the highest passes, Kang La (5322m) and Thorong La (5416m). The view of Annapurna ranges (II, III, IV), Tilicho Peak and Gangapurna Himal, and the Dhaulagiri ranges are remarkable.

Nar-Phu is sparsely populated and eere you can find some of the oldest Buddhist monasteries. Canyons, glaciers, passes, rocky structures are its permanent features and so are yaks and gompas.

Nar Phu valley is a protected area and special trekking permit is required for this trek with minimum of two persons. The best time to do this trek is in April, May, October and November.

  • Outline Itinerary
  • Detailed Itinerary
  • Price Info

Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar (823m.) takes about six hours.

Day 02: Trek from Beshishahar to Bahundanda (1305m.) takes about six hours.

Day 03: Trek from Bahundanda to Chamje (1410m.) takes about six hours.

Day 04: Trek from Chamje (1410m.) to Dharapani (1960m.) takes about six hours.

Day 05: Trek from Dharapani to Koto takes about five hours.

Day 06: Trek from Koto to Dharmasala takes about six hours.

Day 07: Trek from Dharmasala to Kayang takes about six and half hours.

Day 08: Trek from Kayang to Phu village.

Day 09: Excursion around Phu valley.

Day 10: Trek from Phu valley to Junam.

Day 11: Trek from Junam to Nar.

Day 12: Explore Nar village. Nar is bit more social and lively than Phu.

Day 13: Trek from Nar village to Ngwal after crossing Kang La pass.

Day 14: Trek from Ngwal to Manang takes about three hours.

Day 15: Trek from Manang to Khangsar takes approximately five hours.

Day 16: Trek from Khangsar to Tilicho Lake takes about six hours.

Day 17: Trek from Tilicho Lake to Mesokanto Pass (5315m.) takes about seven hours.

Day 18: Trek from Mesokanto Pass to Jomsom (2741 m.) via Thimi (2760 m.) which takes about six hours.

Day 19: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara takes about 35 minutes.

Day 20: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by bus that takes about six hours.

Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar (823m.) takes about six hours.

You drive along the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway to Dumre and then follow the narrow and paved road by the Marshyangdi River to Beshisahar, the district headquarters of Lamjung district. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 02: Trek from Beshishahar to Bahundanda (1305m.) takes about six hours.

The first part of the trail passes on a flat level along the bank of the Marshyangdi river. You can enjoy the sceneries and the local culture of Gurung community. After lunch the trail goes steeply up to Bahundanda and takes about 2 hours. From this point you are surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of the snowcapped mountains. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 03: Trek from Bahundanda to Chamje (1410m.) takes about 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 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. The trail then begins to observe small ups and downs to Chamje through the forests. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 04: Trek from Chamje (1410m.) to Dharapani (1960m.) 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. You continue on an undulating path above the river. Climbing the zigzag path to the top of the hill, you see the level, plain of Tal (1700m.) before you. You descend to a grassy riverbank that leads to Tal with its hotels and teahouses. Here you can enjoy the exhilarating waterfalls. Beyond Tal, the valley narrows and the path becomes high and winding and in several areas hewn from the rock itself. Beyond the small village of Karte (1900m.), there is a bit more cliff-walking before the path drops again to the river. You cross a suspension bridge and climb the short distance to the stone Mani marking the entrance to Dharapani (1960m.), and your camp for the night. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 05: Trek from Dharapani to Koto takes about five hours.

You trek a gradually ascending path and cross a stream to reach Koto. The mountain views you can enjoy are of Annapurna II, Manaslu range and beautiful views of forests on the way add another dimension to your trek. Koto is a small village mainly inhabited by Gurung and others whose lifestyles are mainly influenced by Buddhist Tibetans. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 06: Trek from Koto to Dharmasala 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. After you emerge out of a narrow canyon, the trail actually passes under a wide waterfall just before Dharmasala, from where the woods become thinner and the vistas wider. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 07: Trek from Dharmasala to Kayang takes about six and half hours.

A steep climb up the valley along a small, scenic river brings you finally to high pastures on a 3,200m plateau. You pass by 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. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 08: 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 and gorges, you reach the Phu gate. This ancient gate provides you with you first view of the three villages of Phu, as well as an old “dzong” and the remains of the two forts, all now in ruins, but impressively situated atop the flatlands before Phu. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 09: Excursion around Phu valley.

You can have interaction with locals and explore the wide valley systems above you. You might walk up the valley to the summer grazing settlement or Kharka at Ngoru, a three hour’s 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 in camp.

Day 10: 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 in camp.

Day 11: 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 sits 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 before turning the corner and being rewarded with sublime views of Nar, the undulating patterns of the surrounding barley and mustard fields, four old colorful and traditional Gompas and the snow peaks looming overhead. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 12: Explore Nar village. Nar is bit more social and lively than Phu.

Explore Nar village. Nar is bit more social and lively than Phu. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 13: 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. 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 gradually 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 so nice that you will take it easy and enjoy the 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 in camp.

Day 14: Trek from Ngwal to Manang takes about three hours.

This day you walk on a 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. You can enjoy the views of Annapurna range, Tilicho Mountain and beautiful landscapes. Manang is a small town. Stay overnight in lodge.

Day 15: Trek from Manang to Khangsar takes approximately five hours.

The path is a gradual descent and you cross a suspension bridge over Jharsing Khola (stream). You trek on dry land though you can see shrubs on the both sides. The panoramic views of Annapurna range completely mesmerize you. Khangsar is a Gurung village where you find a small monastery, chorten, Mani walls and prayer flags. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 16: Trek from Khangsar to Tilicho Lake takes about six hours.

The path is covered by small crystals and shrubs can be seen on both sides. From here you can also enjoy the closer and panoramic views of Tilicho Mountain and many others. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 17: Trek from Tilicho Lake to Mesokanto Pass (5315m.) takes about seven hours.

The trail is quite narrow and you trek over an icy path. The panoramic views of Annapurna range, Tilicho, Dhaulagiri along with more than ten mountains completely mesmerize you. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 18: Trek from Mesokanto Pass to Jomsom (2741 m.) via Thimi (2760 m.) which takes about six hours.

From Mesokanto Pass, the trail goes steeply down through pine forests to Jomsom. Before you reach Jomsom, you cross Thimi inhabited by mostly Buddhists. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 19: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara takes about 35 minutes.

The flights are available during the morning time. A strong breeze blows during and after and frequent changes of the weather prevent flights from taking off and landing in the afternoon. Stay overnight at hotel in Pokhara.

Day 20: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by bus that takes about six hours.

While driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, you head up to Damauli, Dumre, Muglin and Kurintar where Nepal's first Cable car is operated to reach Manakamana Temple. En route, you can enjoy mountain views, green sceneries, rice terrace fields, vegetable fields and people being engaged in their daily life activities. From Naubishe you climb up to Thankot, the gateway to Kathmandu.

The price includes the following services:

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off services
  • Trekking permit
  • Entry permit for Annapurna Conservation Area
  • Trekkers' Information Management system (TIMS) card
  • Trekking Guide/s and Sherpa/s
  • Necessary porter/s (One porter carries 25 kilograms of luggage)
  • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Camping/Lodge accommodation during the trek
  • Necessary camping equipment such as tents, mattresses, sleeping bags, down jackets, cooking utensils, etc.
  • Cook and kitchen helpers
  • Cooking fuel
  • Camping charges All land transportation wherever applicable
  • Flight tickets from Jomsom to Pokhara
  • One night hotel accommodation with breakfast in Pokhara
  • Insurance and equipment's for all trekking staffs
  • First aid kit
  • Rescue assistance (Should any emergency arise during your trek, we will provide prompt and professional rescue and medical services. For this, it would be better to have your own travel insurance that can cover helicopter evacuation and medical treatment cost in case required.)
  • One farewell dinner in Kathmandu with live cultural performance at authentic Nepali restaurant on last day
  • Souvenir (t-shirt, mug, pen, bag, etc.)
  • All tax, VAT and company service charge

The price does not include:

  • Personal nature expenses
  • Drinks, beverages, hot shower, etc.
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Lunch & dinner in Pokhara
  • Meals & hotel accommodation in Kathmandu

Note: There are different categories of Hotels in Kathmandu ranging from budget to 5 star hotels. We are happy to arrange your hotel accommodation in Kathmandu as per your interest and budget. Please inform us in advance about the type or category or price range of hotel that you would like to stay in.

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