Nar Phu and Tilicho Lake Trek - 21 Days

Nar Phu and Tilicho Lake Trekking

Nar Phu Valley Trek with Tilicho Lake, Highest Elevation 5322m, tour style of half teahouse and half camping where necessary to reduce to trip expenses, the trek goes through Hidden Valley of Nar and Phu, Glacial Tilicho Lake at the world's highest place, and stunning view of Annapurna Himalayan ranges.

Nar Phu and Tilicho Lake Trek is one of the most excellent off the beaten trail treks in Annapurna through the hidden valley of Nar Phu; the land of Snow Leopard, Himalayan Thar, Mask deer released for foreign visitors just in 2003. This trek offers the visitors with an incredible experience of unique culture in Nar Phu and mesmerizing view of majestic mountains in the high lands, Bhote communities, beautiful medieval and ancient remote villages, amazing rock formations, glaciers, several passes, narrow canyons, lovely forests, old Tibetan Buddhist monasteries, unique Himalayan and Tibetan culture, real local life styles settlements in high altitude. The Nar Phu Valley and Tilicho Lake trek is most fascinating destination for those who seek the venture into some of the less trodden isolated regions of Nepal apart from the regular trekking routes. Discover the hidden valley of Nar Phu along the "off the beaten path" crossing through challenging high passes of Kang La, Meso Kanto and visiting the World's highest Lake Tilicho. Naar Phu Valley is a wild and unexplored Tibetan villages located north of Annapurna which is controlled area and freshly opened for the trekkers only since early 20s.

This rugged and wild trek to Nar Phu and thrilling Mesokanto La Pass via Tilicho Lake is perfect adventure for trekkers who want to explore the Annapurna area as well as explore an untouched valley. Nar Phu and Tilicho Lake trek takes you to the exotic valley that lies in the remote corner of the Annapurna region. The Naar Phu valley remains untouched by modernity. Trekking in the area is unlike most of Nepal as the terrain is Trans Himalayan and similar to that of Tibet. This recently opened Nar Phu Valley trek also can be combined Tilicho Lake and decades long famous Annapurna Circuit  Trekking. The topography of Nar and Phu Valley is similar to that of Tibet.

The trails are still rugged and the people and culture has remained intact. Restricted Area Trekking Permit is mandatory to visit this place and group size must be minimum two parties and trip must be organized with registered trekking agency in Nepal as per state law of Nepal. After a couple days of exploration of the valley, we cross over Kang La Pass 5322m on the way to Manang. We leave the main Annapurna Circuit Trekking trail and precede to Jomsom following the best-kept secret remote trekking route of Mesokanto La Pass 5099m and Tilicho Lake 5300m the world’s highest situated lake. Obviously, this remote and rugged trail offers challenging and exhilarating trekking experience for adventure enthusiasts.

Suggested Guideline Itinerary
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu, meet and greet at airport (TIA), transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Get Nar Phu Valley Trek permits, trip preparation, or visit ancient old temples.
Day 03: Drive to Syange (1100m) from Kathmandu. Overnight in lodge.
Day 04: Trek to Taal (17000m) 6 hours), Overnight in lodge
Day 05: Trek to Bagarchhap (2160m) 6 -7 hours, Overnight in lodge
Day 06: Trek to Koto (2600m), 5 hours, Overnight in lodge.
Day 07: Trek to Meta (3570m) 7-8 hours), Overnight in lodge long day and big elevation gain.
Day 08: Trek to Phu (4080m)  6-7 hours), Overnight in lodge or home stay.
Day 10: Trek to Nar Village (4100m) 7 hours, Overnight in lodge, stay at Nar Phi if tired.
Day 11: Trek to Ngawal (3360m) via Kang-La (5322m) 7-8 hours, Overnight in lodge
Day 12: Trek to Manang (3540m) 3-4 hours walk. Overnight in lodge.
Day 13: Rest day in Manang, Explore surrounding beauty. Overnight in lodge.
Day 14: Trek to Tilicho BC (4150m) 6 hours, Overnight in lodge.
Day 15: Trek to Tilicho Lake (4920m) 4 hours), Overnight in tented camp.
Day 16: Trek to Dharmashala (4230m) via Mesokanto-La (5200m) 5-6 hours. Tented camp.
Day 17: Trek to Jomsom (2710m) 5 hours, Overnight in guest house.
Day 18: Fly to Pokhara and sightseeing in Pokhara. Overnight in hotel in Pokhara.
Day 19: Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus (6/7 hours)
Day 20: Sightseeing in world heritage sites by private vehicle
Day 21: Transfer to International Airport

This trip can be personalized as per your requirements that meet your time frame and financial status. The trip price we have offered here is for minimum group size of two travelers. Single supplement cost is USD 250.00, so the cost will be according to Deluxe, Standard, Budget and group size. Please kindly provide us your details for tailor made program. For your information Jomsom flight may have delay problem sometimes by few hours or canceled for a day rarely, it may happen even in top trekking season also as you know how climate changes effecting our world. So, please allow a couple of spare night/s in Kathmandu following your trek if possible. 

Day 01: Join Kathmandu (1300m)
Arrival in Kathmandu and meet our staff at the airport and transfer to our hotel. Welcome drink and short briefing about your trip, relax.

Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Tour.
Kathmandu Valley Tour. Our tour guide introduces you to the world heritage sites such as Bauddhanath, Pasupatinath, Swayambhunath and Kathmandu Durbar Square by private vehicle. Overnight in hotel.

Day 03: Drive to Bulbule by local bus/Private Jeep
Kathmandu to Bhulbhule by tourist bus or Private Jeep (7/8 hours) and trek to Ngadi 930m In the morning, drive from Kathmandu to Bhulbhule by AC tourist bus passing the Trisuli and Marsyangdi River. Then you cross the suspension bridge and continue up the rice terraces until reaching Ngadi village which takes about 1 hour. You can see three snow peaks, Lamjung Himal, Peak 29 and Manaslu during the trail. Overnight in Lodge.

Day 04: Ngadi to Jagat 1300m (5/6 hours)
You begin your trek after breakfast, you cross the suspension bridge and the trail ascends to Bahundanda . 2 hours walk. Then the trail descend passing the terraced rice fields and small streams until reaching Syange. It takes 1 and half hours. You have lunch here. You can see a very beautiful waterfalls in Syange. After lunch the trail steeply ascends to Jagat village where Tamang and Gurung are the inhabitants. It takes 2 hours to arrive here. Overnight in Lodge.

Day 05: Jagat to Dharapani 1860m (5/6 hours)
You start your trek in the morning after breakfast, the trail goes gradually uphill to Chamje and you cross another suspension bridge and follow the steep rocky trail until reaching Tal village which takes 3 and half hours. You can see again very beautiful waterfalls in Tal. You have lunch break here. Then you continue again on a rocky trail to Kotro, which takes about 2 hours. You continue straight and cross the suspension bridge near Lower Dharapani. You continue a little more climbing and arrive in Higher Dharapani. Overnight in Lodge.

Day 06: Dharapani to Koto 2600m (5/6 hours)
You begin your trek in the morning towards Bagarchhap which takes about 1 hour passing through pine and fir forests. You can visit the white washed monastery in this village. Then you continue your trek till Danaque it takes about 1 hour. The trail is ascending steeply until Timang which takes about 1 and half hour. You have a good view of Mt. Manaslu and Peak 29. Now your trail continues through pine forests again till Latamarang which takes about 1 and half hour. You have lunch break here. After lunch, you walk again through forests and you have a short glimpse of Annapurna II. Finally you arrive in Koto village after 1 and half hours walk. Overnight in Lodge.

Day 07: Koto to Meta 3570m (6/7 hours)
In the morning, you register your restricted area permit at the Police check post. Then you start your trek through the River bank of Suti Khola again through wonderful pine forests passing many streams and suspension bridges until reaching Dharmasala which takes about 5 hours. You can see a picturesque Waterfall near the Dharmasala. You have your packed lunch on the way. Then you continue your trek again through forests and ascend steeply till Meta Village, which takes about 1 and half hour. Now you have arrived on the Tibetan Plateau. You have very good view of Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal. Overnight in Lodge.

Day 08: Meta to Kyang 3840m (4/5 hours)
Today, you start with up and down as well as on traversing suspension bridges over diffrent streams. Again packed lunch at Kyang which takes about 4 hours. Actually you do not find any houses and lodges in this area. You just see the remnants, particularly the ruined forts of the Khampa settlement (the place which Khampa refugees from Tibet once captured and lived illegally) at places like Jhunam, Chyakhu and Kyang. We pitch our tents and prepare dinner as well. Overnight in Tent.

Day 09: Kyang to Phu 4080m (3/4 hours)
In the morning, we prepare our breakfast then you keep walking passing the Phu Khola on a rocky trail until Phu village which takes about 3 hours. You can see Blue Sheeps during the trail. Now you are in one of the unique Lost/ Hidden Valleys. You can see their cultures, natural diversity, religion of the ethnic groups like Lama, Gurung and Ghale. The people are depending on subsistence agricultures, animal breeding and seasonal migrations. The very old Buddhist Monastery known as Tashi Lakhang Monastery is listed out of the 108 world’s great Buddhist Monasteries; it is believed to be the last monastery constructed by Karmapa Rinpoche. You have a great view of Himlung Himal and other snow peaks. Overnight in Lodge.

Day 10: Phu Village to Nar Village 4100m (6/7 hours)
Today, the trail descends, passing many streams and suspension bridges until Mahendra Pul which takes about 4 hours. You pass the high suspension bridge 80m over the Gorge of Lapche River. You have lunch in Mahendra Pul. After lunch, the trail steeply ascends passing many Buddhist stupas until Naar Village which takes about 2 hours. You find here many Buddhist Monasteries to visit as well as a very good view of Pisang Peak and other small peaks. Overnight in Lodge.

Day 11: Nar to Kangla Phedi 4425m (3-4 hours)
Today, we trek to Kangla Phedi and have walk if 3-4 hours. So that, you can leave this village just after lunch. You trek till to Kangla Base Camp also known as Kang-La Phedi. It takes 3 hours. You can see Yak herder’s camp with many Yaks. Today, we also pitch the Tent again for one night. We prepare our dinner. Overnight in Tent.

Day 12: Kangla Phedi to Ngawal 3360m via Kang-La 5322m (6/7 hours)
Early in the morning, the trail steeply ascends passing different landslide areas to Kang-La Pass which takes about 2 and half hour. Now you have a superb view of the Annapurna Range and other peaks. Then you descend steeply till Ngawal village which takes about 3 hours. Overnight in Lodge.

Day 13: Ngawal to Manang (3,540m.) 3-4 hours walk.
On this day, we trek to Manang. Trek continues enjoying panoramic views of the gigantic mountains and peaks walking through slopes. The time you get in the afternoon as we reach the village is enough to explore the village. The views of mountains from the village are astonishing. Experience the hospitality of the Manang people.

Day 14: Manang to Tilicho BC 4150m (5/6 hours)
Today you ascend gently till Khangsar village which takes about 2 hours. You have an excellent view of the Annapurna Range, Tilicho Peak, Gangapurna Lake and other snow peaks. Then you continue your trek till Thare Gompa. It takes about 1 hour. You have lunch break here. After lunch you continue your trek slowly passing the big landslide area until reaching Tilicho Base Camp which takes about 3 hours. Overnight in Lodge.

Day 15: Tilicho BC to Tilicho Lake 4920m (3/4 hours)
Tilicho BC to Tilicho Lake 4920m (3/4 hours) Today, the trail steeply ascends and brings you to Tilicho Lake which takes about 3 hours. You take a packed lunch from your Lodge. Then again, we pitch our Tent for one night. You have a great view of Lake and Mountains as well. Overnight in Tent.

Day 16: Tilicho Lake to Mesokanto-La 5200m to Dharmashala 4230m (6/7 hours)
In this day you are passing another high elevation. You start early in the morning and the rocky ascent trail brings to reach Mesokanto-La which takes about 2 and half hour. Then you continue steep and difficult rocky descent with great viewing of Mt. Dhaulagiri which takes about 3 and half hour. You have your packed lunch or dry foods on the way. We pitch our Tent again for one night. Overnight in Tent.

Day 17: Dharmashala to Jomsom 2710m (4/5 hours)
Your trail slightly descend passing a Goat farm until reaching Thini Gaon which takes about 4 hours. The Jomsom village is 30 minutes ahead of you. You stay for lunch and the night here. You are free to relax or explore the village in the afternoon. Overnight in Lodge.

Day 18: Jomsom to Pokhara by flight and sightseeing in Pokhara valley
Early in the morning, you fly back to Pokhara and transfer to the Hotel. You can do sightseeing with your guide in Pokhara. Overnight in Hotel.

Day 19: Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus (6/7 hours)
Early in the morning, drive from the Pokhara to Kathmandu by AC tourist bus it takes around 7 hours to arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to your hotel.

Day 20: Sightseeing in world heritage sites by private vehicle
Our tour guide leads you again to other world heritage sites like Bhaktapur Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square. Or time for shopping .Overnight in hotel.

Day 21: Transfer to International Airport
Wilderness Excursion will transfer you to international airport for final departure to home.

Trip Cost Includes

  • International and domestic airport transfers by private car/van depending on group size.
  • 3 Nights double/twin deluxe room in 3 star category boutique hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • 1 Night double/twin deluxe room in best tourist standard hotel in Pokhara with buffet breakfast.
  • 1 Well experienced, government registered, English speaking friendly and helping guide.
  • Necessary trekking porters to carry your luggage, camping gear and meal
  • Jomsom – Pokhara by domestic flight worth USD 114 per person.
  • Pokhara – Kathmandu by tourist A/C tourist coach for all team.
  • Sharing twin/double bed room in trekking lodges during the teahouse section
  • Tented accommodation on twin occupancy basis during the camping period.
  • All meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner during the trekking.
  • Tea, coffee, cookies and fresh fruits during the trekking.
  • Boiled hot water during the trek.
  • Lodge and tented accommodation during the trek.
  • Food, accommodation salary of the guide and porters.
  • Nar Phu Restricted Area Trekking Permit
  • ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area project) Permits.
  • Office service charge, government tax and vat etc.
  • Insurance and trekking gear for guide and porters.
  • Nar Phu Valley Trekking Map
  • Emergency rescue arrangement.
  • Farewell dinner in one of authentic Nepalese Restaurant with Live culture show.

Trip Cost Excludes

  • Hard drinks, beverages such as coke, fanta, mineral water, laundry service, toiletries.
  • Personal nature expenses, hot shower, hot water, internet and phone calls.
  • Personal travel insurance, rescue operation charge in case of emergency.
  • Hiring horse, gratitude and tips for your guide, porter and driver.
# Start Date End Date Status
1 05 Apr, 2018 23 Apr, 2018 Available book know
2 15 Apr, 2018 30 Apr, 2017 Available book know
3 12 May, 2018 31 May, 2018 Available book know
Packing List or Gear List for Nar Phu and Tilicho Lake Trek via Mesokanto La Pass
  • A waterproof trekking boot with suitable ankle support that have been worn-in prior to the trek, 
  • Trainer or casual shoes, for walking or strolling around(optional)
  • 2-3 Pairs of warm socks for colder areas depending on trekking duration.
  • Gaiters, in case of rain or snow
  • Sandal or flip flop to take shower and walk around, 
  • 2-3 pair of smooth thin wool, nylon or Capilene Liner socks to be worn next to the skin. This reduces the incidence of blisters and hot-spots and makes the outer sock last longer before needing to be changed. They should fit well with your heavyweight socks.
Leg wears
  • Trekking/hiking casual trousers and short, Thermal leggings for colder areas
  • Long skirt for women as an alternative to trousers and Waterproof trousers.
  • Selection of hiking/trekking T-shirts, and long sleeved shirts, preferably not cotton
  • Thermal and warm shirts, possibly fleece shirt for colder areas.
  • Fleece jacket or warm wool jumper
  • Hard shell jacket with hood and hard shell pants if trekking in colder months/winter.  
  • Windbreaker or waterproof jacket for higher altitudes
  • Down jacket (optional for cold nights and mornings; can be hired in Kathmandu cheaply)
  • Wool or fleece hat, or balaclava
  • Hat or cap for sun protection while trekking
  • Sunglasses or goggles
  • Warm gloves
  • Buff and higher and colder place, It is important for this trek. 
  • Large handkerchief/bandana for neck
  • head lamp/torch with spare batteries
Personal Trekking Equipment 
  • Strong rucksack or large hold all to be carried by porters
  • Day sack to carry valuables such as passport, cash, camera, travel documents personally
  • Plastic bags or stuff sacks to store/separate trekking gear inside your main bag, Personal first aid kit to include essential items, Adjustable 3 section trekking pole
  • 3-4 season sleeping bag, Camera and memory cards, charger, tripod if necessary, towel and toiletries., rain cover for yourself and luggage. 
Optional items
  • Binoculars, Books or an eBook, Altimeter, Compass and GPS. 
  • Playing cards, backgammon and chess set etc.
For water 
  • Two water bottles one liter each is fine or preferably camel bag water bottle. Water treatment tablets: Iodine, Dioxide tablets, Taste neutralizer tablets remove iodine taste if necessary.
Pee Bottle (Optional) but very useful.
Pee funnel for women( optional) Lightweight urinary director.
Hand/foot warmers (Optional) Recommended if you easily get cold hands and feet 1-3 pairs.
Personal first aid kit (small and simple) Aspirin, Moleskin, Adhesive tape, Band-Aids. Scissor, Blade, 

Drugs/medications/prescriptions Climbers should bring Mupirocin (Bactroban) cream, excellent topical antibiotic for scrapes and cuts. Cirprofloxin (Cipro) 500mg tablets for travelers' diarrhea and for urinary tract infections. Loperamide (Lomotil) or Immodium for diarrhea. Acetazolamide (Diamox) 125 or 250mg tablets for alltitude sickness. Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) 200mg tablets for altitude headaches, sprains, aches, etc. Excedrin for headaches. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) 325mg tablets for stomach sensitivity.
This above list is only an advice for you. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands. If you have questions please email at:

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A visitor enjoys her time for reading in Nar Phu
A campsite near Tilicho Lake
A local home stay in Nar Phu
Nar Phu Village, a hidden gem in Annapurna region

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Trip Facts

  • Max. Altitude: 5322m
  • Trekking Duration: 15
  • Group Size: Minimum 2 Pax
  • Best Months: Sept, Oct, April & May
  • Difficulty: Challenging
  • Accommodation: Teahouse and Tented Camp

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