Nar-Phu Valley and Tilicho Lake Trek with Meso kanto Pass

Duration: 21 Days

This physically challenging trek may just bring you as close as you will ever come to a real "Shangri-La"!  Many trekkers on the popular Annapurna Circuit Trail pass the turn-off to Nar-Phu Valley without ever noticing it, but with this trek, we offer the chance to visit and explore this fascinating and little-visited corner of Nepal.  Inaccessible to tourists before 2002, this special place harbors an ancient Tibetan culture that has changed little over the ages. The residents of this sublime, isolated valley rely mainly on farming and yak herding for their subsistence and were never much involved with the Tibetan salt trade.  Thus, they were little affected by the closing of the border between Tibet and Nepal following the Chinese invasion of Tibet in 1950.  

After your arrival in Kathmandu, you may do a bit of sightseeing, but we will be sure to review the trekking gear and clothing needed for a smooth and safe trek.  We will also provide the trekking permits required to visit this restricted area.  We then drive to the Gurung village of Khudi, where we join trekkers heading north on the popular Annapurna Circuit Trail.  We continue on this interesting and well-traveled route until we come to the small village of Koto, which is "where the fun really begins."  For it is here that we take a deep breath and leave the comfort of the Annapurna Circuit, present our passes at the police checkpoint, and venture forth into the serene Nar-Phu Valley.  We will be trekking alongside the Nar Phu Kola (river) as we make our way northward, first to the village of Khyang, and then beyond, winding our way carefully along a trail carved out of the cliff above the river.  At last, we reach the fascinating village of Phu, which means "head of the valley."  We will spend a day exploring Phu and environs, perhaps visiting the Tashi Lhakhang Gompa (monastery).

We now retrace our steps, trekking south; after passing through Junam, we will take a trail leading westward which we had passed on our way north from Koto.  Climbing steadily, we will gain some wonderful views of surrounding peaks, before reaching the large village of Nar, which spreads itself around a basin of barley fields.  After a rest day spent exploring Nar and gaining additional acclimatization, we head up to thrilling Kang-La Pass (5,320mt/17,454ft). Weather permitting; our efforts will be rewarded with phenomenal views over the Annapurna.  With the Pass behind us, we then head down to the charming old town of Ngawal, where we rejoin the folks on the Annapurna Circuit.  We next trek westward to the substantial town of Manang, which offers dramatic views of the summits of both Annapurna and Gangapurna. Still, more excitement lies ahead, however, as we now must cross the notorious Thorung-La Pass (5,416mt/17,769ft) en route to Muktinath. This village, sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists, seems to exemplify the harmonious co-existence of multiple religious and cultural traditions of Nepal.  As we near the end of this amazing trek, we pass through medieval Kagbeni on the way to Jomsom and our flight back to Kathmandu, a farewell dinner, and our flight home the next day.

Outline Itinerary:

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m)
  • Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu and trip preparation
  • Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Jagat (1100m): 8- 9 hours
  • Day 04: Trek Jagat to Dharapani (1,960m) : 7-8 hours
  • Day 05: Trek Dharapani to Koto (1,900m) : 5 hours
  • Day 06: Trek Koto to Dharamsala (3,210m.) : 5- 6 hours
  • Day 07: Trek Dharamsala to Kayang (3,840m) : 6 hours
  • Day 08: Trek Kayang to Phu village (4,050m) : 6 hours
  • Day 09: Acclimatization at Phu village
  • Day 10: Trek Phu valley to Junam. (4,160m) : 4- 5 hours
  • Day 11: Trek Junam to Nar (4,546m) : 6 hours
  • Day 12: Rest and acclimatization day at Nar village
  • Day 13: Trek Nar village to Ngwal via crossing Kang La pass (5310m) : 5 hours
  • Day 14: Trek Ngwal to Manang (3,500m) : 4 hours
  • Day 15: Trek Manang to Khangsar (3734m) : 4- 5 hours
  • Day 16: Trek Khangsar to Tilicho Base Camp (4140m) : 5 -6 hours
  • Day 17: Trek Tilicho Lake to Meso kanto Pass (5,315m) : 7 hours
  • Day 18: Trek Meso kanto Pass to Jomsom Via Thimi (2760m) : 6 hours
  • Day 19: Fly Jomsom to Pokhara : 30 minutes flight
  • Day 20: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu : 6-7 hours
  • Day 21: Transfer to airport for homeward flight

Cost Includes

  • Private Arrival and Departure transfer on both domestic and international flights.
  • Standard hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara on a twin share bed and breakfast basis.
  • Full board meals while trekking ( breakfast, lunch and dinner) with tea and coffee
  • Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek.
  • Accommodation on 2 men tented camp.
  • Experienced, government licensed, English-speaking guide  trained in Wilderness First Aid.
  • Trekking Cook and other supporting staff.
  • Porters to carry your luggage during the trek (2 trekkers:1 porter).
  • Staff costs including their salary food, accommodation, transportation, domestic airfare and medicine..
  • Domestic flights from jomsom to Pokhara with airport tax.
  • All ground  transportation to and from the starting and end points of the trek as per the itinerary 
  • Assistant trekking guide (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide).
  • Proper Insurance covering all staff, including porters.
  • Down jacket and sleeping (be returned after trip completion).
  • Guided city tour with world heritage  entry permits fees and private vehicle.
  • Camping equipment (the two men member tent, Dinning tent and staff and kitchen tent, toilet tent)
  • Adventure Club Trek bag/duffle bag, First Aid Kid, T-shirts and trekking map 
  • Trekking Permit and Annapurna conservation entry fees.
  • All governmetn and Local Taxes

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal entry visa
  • Lunch and dinner in Kahmandu  and Pokhara.
  • Personal expenses (alcoholic drinks, bottled water, cold drinks).
  • Personal travel insurance and medical bills.
  • International air fares/ flights (Fares and flights can be arranged upon the request).
  • Hot shower during the trekking.
  • Personal trekking equipment.
  • Insurance with helicopter evacuation.
  • Tips for guide, porters, driver (Tipping is expected, but it is not mandatory.

Flight Delay in Jomsom

Twin Otter is the primary mode of transport from the airstrip at Jomsom. This service is fairly dependable. Sometimes, flights may be cancelled due to mountain weather conditions or other technical problems. In such case, Adventure Club Trek will organize the alternative available road transportation to ensure you are on schedule for your international flight.  The expense of the road transport will be managed from the reimbursement received from the flight ticket after the deduction of cancelation charge. So please note that there will be no refund of the flight from Jomsom to Pokhara, if the alternative road transportation is consolidated.

Note: Your safety is of the utmost concern whilst you are travelling with Adventure Club Trek. We will make every effort possible to follow the original itinerary but we reserve the right to change that itinerary if a segment of it becomes a safety issue. Certain mountain regions are remote, natural disasters can happen, weather conditions can decline and there can be illness or an injury. To avoid dangerous situations we may occasionally have to make changes to the itinerary to ensure everyone’s safety. That having been said, Adventure Club Trek will strive to provide you with the best possible trekking experience and to keep your safety our number one priority. We thank you for your understanding.

Pre-Trip Meeting

Prior to all our treks and expeditions, we host a Pre-Trip meeting in Kathmandu. The primary purpose of meeting is to provide an opportunity for individuals to ask questions about the forthcoming trek and to introduce them to other team members. The meeting covers topics as diverse as personal equipment and acclimatization and usually involves a hike and some skills training. We believe that pre-trip meeting is very important in order to better preparation of the trekking.

Fixed Departures and Cost

The quoted costs are per person but don't include International flights if you are a single person and want to be in a group you can join our fixed departure schedule if the schedule dates are not suitable for you, please contact us, and we will be happy to customize our trips to suit your needs. If any individuals/group don't want to join our other group, we can comply with your wishes and requirements. We are ground operators Himalayan destinations and can arrange your trip to suit your dates and choices.

Available - Trip is available to run if minimum group size is filled
Guaranteed - Trip is Guaranteed to run
Limited - Only a few spaces available

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PRICE FROM US$ 1679 (Per Person)
Total: US$ 1679
  • Trip Duration 21 Days
  • Destination Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty Strenuous
  • Trip Style Tea House Trek
  • Accomodation Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara and teahouses during the trek
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