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.
Upon your arrival at Kathmandu International Airport, you will be welcomed by a representative from Adventure Club Trek. After sorting out your custom formalities (Visa etc) you will be then transferred to your respective hotel in our private vehicle and give you some time to freshen up. After this, we will attend an orientation about your trek led by our Trekking leader over a welcome dinner.
The exciting day begins with a cultural tour of various medieval sites in Kathmandu. We drive to visit the UNESCO listed world heritage sites- Pashupatinath temple (the biggest Hindu shrine), Boudhanath (largest Buddhist Stupa in Nepal), Swayambhunath (A fine Buddhist Stupa at the hilltop of Kathmandu) and the Kathmandu Durbar Square (an open museum and abode of Kumari). Coming back from the sightseeing, take part in a short briefing and trip preparation.
It is a long drive to Jagat, so we start early in the morning. After breakfast, we board a bus to Besisahar. The countryside sceneries rich with lush green forest, rivers and mountain vistas is quite pleasant. Upon reaching Besisahar we board another vehicle that will take us to Jagat. It is a bumpy ride on the dusty, rough roads.
Put on your trekking boots as today marks the start of our actual trek. After a filling breakfast, we get going to Dharapani. The trail starts with a descent towards the Marsyangdi River followed by a walk through a dense forest. We continue on the trail towards Chamje with fantastic views of the Annapurna Range. We cross a suspension bridge after Chamje heading towards Sattale(7 storeyed).
The next village en route is Tal(Lake) where we arrive after a towards the grassy riverbanks of Marsyangdi River. The trail goes constantly up and down and eventually takes on a steep forested path towards Karte. We pass by a few small waterfalls and streams and cross a suspension bridge to get to Dharapani.
Our destination for the day is Koto. First, we trek towards Bagarchhap, walking through pine and fir forests. While at Bagrachhap, we explore the local monastery. After an hour’s trek, we arrive at Danaque followed by a steep climb towards Timing with marvelous views of Mt. Manaslu and Peak 29. Again, the trail passes through the pine forest towards Latmarang and along the way we catch a glimpse of Annapurna II. A short walk from Latamarang will take us to Koto.
Getting the restricted area permit, we begin our trek through the bank of the Soti Khola. Then we climb to the pine forests and walkthrough. We also cross various suspension bridges on the way. Dharmashala is located near a cascading waterfall, which is superb to see. If your physical fitness supports you, then we can walk up to Meta village, which is 1.5 hrs more. Otherwise, we stop at Dharmashala.
Today, we start the trek to Kyang. First, we reach to Meta village and walk up, and then descend to the bridge. Crossing the suspension bridge, we walk through the human-less zone, so we recommend you to bring packed lunch from here. When Tibetan refugees had captured this place, they have settled down around this area, which is known as the Khampa settlement. We take rest reaching Kyang.
Today, we commence our trek crossing the Phu Khola on the way. Walking is really tough through the rocky trail. Gradually, we enter into the hidden and isolated valley. The landscape is really worth to explore. Phu village is popular to explore the Tibetan Buddhist culture with a beautiful Tashi Lakhang monastery, which was built by Karmapa Rinpochhe. It is one of the significant monasteries out of 108 world’s famous monasteries.
We are in the higher altitude region and we need to acclimatize to this alpine altitude. So, we take an exploration day and walk around the Phu village. The beautiful and significant Tashi Lakhang Monastery is our destination. It is a center of spiritual devotees. There is another Gumba, known as Samdu Choling Gompa.
After breakfast, we begin to trek down through the rocky trail, following the bank of the Phu Khola. The trail is full of massive rocks and small pointed rocks that make our trek challenging. We reach Kyang then Chyako and finally to Junam Goth resided beside the Junam Khola.
Today, we begin to trek down and cross Mahendra Pul then find the trail that leads us to the Naar village. it is a continual ascending via Yughat. Numerous monasteries and Mani walls are beautiful things to see. Gradually, we reach to Naar village and take rest.
We spend a rest day in Nar before heading to Ngwal via Kang La Pass (5310m): It is adventurous but the views of the Lamjung Himalayas, alpine landscape and others can be seen outstanding. Enjoy the day with a delicious meal.
After breakfast early in the morning, we begin to ascend to Kang La Phedi, also known as Jhombu Kharka. Passing various difficulties, we reach to the top of Kang La Pass through the steep notch trail. The views of the charming Annapurna range, including Chulu East, Chulu West, Chulu Central, and Chulu Far East can be seen. Then we descend through the steep moraine path, enjoying the waterfalls. With a steep descent, we reach to Ngawal and see the flat-roofed stone buildings.
Today, we start the trek to Manang via Bhraka Manang. The monasteries, chhortens and mani walls prevail on the route. Manang is a spectacular village with the Tibetan Buddhist settlements. It is fully loaded with the local lodges, shops, restaurants, and café.
After an acclimatizing day at Manang, we head towards the route of Tilicho Lake, splitting from the main trail that leads us to the Thorung Pass. Through the western gate, we descend to the stream and reach to Khangsar after crossing it. It is an ancient village of Tibetan Buddhists and renowned as the last Tibetan village.
Heading through the newly built trail, we pass a colorful monastery. There are clearly two different trails, but we recommend you to take the downward trail. The upward trail goes through a comparatively steep and technical route via Kharka and Top of the Col (4970m) and descends to the base camp. The trail we recommend is a newly developed trail that continues to a high crest and finally, we reach the Tilicho base camp.
Leaving the Tilicho Lake, we reach to Tilicho Northern moraine top and finally cross the Mesokanto La Pass of 5315 meters. The stunning Tilicho peak, Muktinath Himal, Nilgiri Himal, Annapurna I and others are splendid that can be explored from the top. Then we do steep descend and set a camp somewhere on the Chauri Kharka (yak grazing meadow).
We have an easy trail to walk today from the Kharka. First, we reach to Kaisang and explore the nearby Nama Phug Caves and then follow the Thini Khola. Passing the ACAP office, we reach the Thini Gaon. The Bonpo Gompa is a great attraction of this village. Gradually, we reach Jomsom, which is a busy town with an airstrip. According to our itinerary, nest day we fly to Pokhara but you also have an option to take the adventurous road drive.
Early in the morning, we take a picturesque Himalayan flight with the views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Fishtail, Himchuli, and others. Then transfer to the hotel. As your choice, we take you for the sightseeing tour. Davis falls, Mahendra cave, international mountain museum, and the world peace Stupa are some of the wonderful sights to see. Then you can enjoy boating on Phewa Lake.
After rejuvenating morning breakfast, we get ready to leave Pokhara behind and drive to Kathmandu. Once we reach Kathmandu, your guide can help you with any souvenir shopping or other special requests. Farewell dinner from Adventure Club Trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Adventure Club Trek will manage a farewell drive to the international airport for your final flight departure. Meeting you and serving you was a pleasant experience over the weeks. We are sure you enjoyed a wonderful holiday in beautiful Nepal. We hope you will remember us in the years ahead.
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 canceled due to mountain weather conditions or other technical problems. In such a 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 the 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 traveling 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.
Prior to all our treks and expeditions, we host a Pre-Trip meeting in Kathmandu. The primary purpose of the 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 the pre-trip meeting is very important in order to better preparation of the trekking.
The quoted costs for the Nar-Phu Valley and Tilicho Lake Trek with Meso Kanto Pass is 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.