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 5240m 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.
The best time or season to trek Nar Phu and Tilicho Lake
This trek is possible in the monsoon (June-August) as well as the two peak tourist seasons (March-May and September-November). The trek is still enjoyable in the monsoon, although the road access in the mountains to and from Besisahar could be disrupted by mud and landslides. In the winter (December-February) the high pass could be impassable with snow.
This itinerary can be modified by taking Mesokanto La Pass off and rejoining the Annapurna Circuit at Yak Kharka upon visiting Tilicho Lake if so we will be trekking through Yak Kharka, Thorung Phedi, Muktinath and Jomsom (before flying back to Pokhara). Total time for this trip, including the Nar Phu section, is 19 days. If we combine Nar Phu and Tilicho Lake with Annapurna Circuit; then the trip cost will be cheaper as we do not need to camp that will cut off employing extra porter to carry camping gear and foods. The attractions of this variation are the chance to visit the pristine blue waters of the highest lake in Nepal, the pilgrimage temple at Muktinath (holy to both Hindus and Buddhists), and the frontier town of Jomsom, on the edge of Lower Mustang.
This is a challenging trek due to the long days and steep ascents in altitude. Because of limited accommodation options on the way, there is little flexibility in the distances that must be covered each day, hence the long days of walking. The gains in altitude each day are quite steep, and it is always unpredictable how one’s body will react to altitude. This trek would best suit those who have a lot of experience trekking in the mountains, and who are fit and healthy.
Accommodation & meals
A real mixture of accommodation is available on this trek. In Besisahar there is the chance to stay in simple but comfortable hotels. On the trek, lodge accommodation is generally basic, as this is not a well-developed trekking route. In Nar Phedi, accommodation is in the local monastery. Food varies from simple but adequate meals in the smaller villages to staple trekker fare in the larger places, including luxuries like apple pie! If you choose our standard itinerary there will be tented accommodation for 3-4 nights and we will be providing adequate light trekking meals.
Hazards and Safety
Safety comes first while trekking with Wilderness Excursion! From your beginning day (we will be there to pick you up with our staffs and identity) to departure date (airport drop services) we are always there to help you. We have proper remedial services during the trek with professional staffs; first aid kit, oxygen bag and Helicopter service for emergency rescue whenever trekkers get physical Loss or altitude sickness. We have focused more on acclimatization days to get rid of altitude sickness too.
From September to November, the permit costs $90 USD per week per person. From December to August, it’s $75 USD. In addition ACAP permit is required thats cost NPR 2360 per person.
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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…
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