Trip Facts
Activity Level
Challanging
Maximum Elevation
(5,340 M)
Trip length
22 Days
Trip Mode
Tea house + Camping
Minimum Pax
+4
Best Time
Oct-Nov & Apr-May

Overview

Naar–Phu, Kang–La, Mesokanto–La via Tilicho Lake Trek is challenging. But an unbelievable experience with an extra ordinary and untouched area of Nepal with the Himalayan Trails Trekking.

Naar–Phu, Kang–La, Mesokanto–La via Tilicho Lake Trek is located in the north of inaccessible curve of the Annapurna. The Naar-Phu valley opened for foreigner since 2003. This exotic geographic area presents you Medieval Tibetan Buddhism Culture in a completely fresh and almost an untouched wilderness. The mountains, mid Hills scenery, wilderness rivers and picturesque landscapes are extraordinary during the trek. After challenging Kang–La pass, we will rejoin with famous Annapurna circuit trail, most beautiful and legendary village at Manag.

Then Naar–Phu, Kang–La, Mesokanto–La via Tilicho Lake Trek continues to the highest lake Tilicho (5,100 m). Extraordinary surrounding topography of the trek. This makes your trip more remarkable those who are keen for a genuine remote usually idyllic secrete. The trek normally follows most famous trails of Annapurna circuit until to Koto just before Chame. From Koto, it turns to the Naar–Phu valley north of the main trails Annapurna Circuit trekking with hidden track and deep George.

Naar–Phu, Kang–La, Mesokanto–La via Tilicho Lake Trek unique trek in Nepal

After visiting unique Naar–Phu valley, the trails crossing through challenging high passes Kang –La pass (5,309 m). Manag is a superb lovely village and Tilicho via Mesokanta –La (5,345 m). Both high passes and treks offer you glorious views of the Himlung Himal range. Of course, massif Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range with beautiful Lake Tilicho before getting into the Kaligandaki valley at Jomsom. This is one of the best treks for who are very keen to explore off the beaten tracks and hidden mountain valleys. Himalayan Trails Trekking & Climbing recommend to this trek, who want to be away from commercial trails and out of crowding region for seeking adventure travelers. After your successful Naar–Phu, Kang–La, Mesokanto–La via Tilicho Lake Trek ends in lovley city in Pokhara.

Short Itinerary

  • Day 01: KTM Arrival pick up from Airport and welcoming by garland and transfer to Hotel
    O/ N Hotel

  • Day 02: Half day city Tour/ trek briefing and preparation and welcome dinner
    O/ N Hotel – (BDB)
  • Day 03: KTM – Dharapani via Besisahar drive (7/8) hrs
    O/N Lodge – (BLD)
  • Day 04: Dharapani – Koto (2,670 m)
    O/N Lodge – (BLD)
  • Day 05: Koto –Dharamsala (3,230 m) 6hrs
    O/N Lodge / Tent – (BLD)
  • Day 06: Dharamsala – Kyang (3,820 m) 6hrs
    O/N Lodge / Tent – (BLD)
  • Day 07: Kyang – Phu village (4,082 m) 5/6hrs
    O/N Lodge / Tent – (BLD)
  • Day 08: Excursion day in Phu village or trip to Himlung base camp 8/9hrs
    O/N Lodge / Tent – (BLD)
  • Day 09: Phu – Naar village (4,110 m) 7/8hrs
    O/N Lodge / Tent – (BLD)
  • Day 10: Naar –Kang – La Phedi (4,530 m) 3/4hrs
    O/N Tent – (BLD)
  • Day 11: Phedi – Kang – La pass (5,360 m) and descent to Ngawal (3,660m) 7hrs
    O/N Lodge – (BLD)
  • Day 12: Ngawal –Manang (3,540m) we will join the famous route Annapurna circuit Trail
    O/N Lodge – (BLD)
  • Day 13: Manag rest day and prepare for next achievement to Tilicho
    O/N Lodge – (BLD)
  • Day 14: Manag –Tilicho base camp / Phedi (4,150m)
    O/N Lodge – (BLD)
  • Day 15: Tilicho Phedi –Tilicho Lake (4,120m)
    O/N Tent –(BLD)
  • Day 16: Meso-Kanto –La pass (5,340 m) and descent –Yak Kharka (4,240m)
    O/N Tent – (BLD)
  • Day 17: Yak Kharka Descent to Jomsom (2,720m)
    O/N Lodge –(BLD)
  • Day 18: Reserve day for encase of weather problem for passes or flight
  • Day 19: Jomsom – Pokhara (820m) fly and discover around and relax
    O/N Hotel – (B/B)
  • Day 20: Pokhara – Kathmandu by drive or fly on your request
    O/N Hotel – (B/B)
  • Day 21: Free day in KTM and farewell dinner
    O/N Hotel – (BBD)
  • Day 22: Departure to international airport by privet vehicle back to home and share experiences with family and friends unforgettable memory off the bitten track of Naar Phu- Kang-La –Tilicho pass trek.

Important Note

The above itinerary is a guidelines and a standard outline we advise to help you to plan your trip, we can be modified and offer Tailor–Made trips according to your requirements and availability of the time frame, before trip booked. But when trip starts your Leader or guide only legally responsibly to change itineraries foremost group interest.

Itinerary

On your arrival day in Kathmandu, You will be received by the representative staff from Himalayan Trails Trekking & Climbing P Ltd with proper greeting. You will be taken to the hotel where you have your time to settle in and freshen up.

Overnight at Hotel –B/D

The very next morning, after breakfast you will leave for a half day sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites including the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambhunath) and Buddhist shrine (Bouddhanath) which is one of the largest stupas in the world. In the afternoon, you will visit our office there will be short trip briefing and introduction with your trekking guide. After short briefing you can hang out to the necessary places you might need to go before trekking like, Money changer, ATM, Market ETC. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner hosted by Himalayan Trails Trekking & Climbing. For dinner, you will be served excellent cuisine.

Overnight at Hotel B/B

After breakfast, early in the morning we will drive to Dharapani via Beshisahar and Chamje. Drive on Nepal’s busy highway to reach Bhesisar, a large town headquarters of Lamjung district. After Bhesisar we will be taking an off-road vehicle for the rough and interesting ride following Marsyangdi River past Khudi, Bulbule, and Nagdi villages to reach Syange village. From here, we will leave the river behind and the drive will climb up on the steep road to reach Jagat and Chamje village. We will continue on a scenic road to Dharapani, a nice little village is located on the mid way of the Annapurna circuit and the Manaslu route.

Overnight at Lodge BLD

The trail climbs from Dharapani, where the terrain beginning to shift from the lush valleys into rough, rugged alpine. Branching off of the Marsyangdi River we enter into an enchanting forest of pine and oak, bursting with the vibrant colours of rhododendrons, Nepal’s national flower. From here there are glorious views of Manaslu, Lamjung Himal and Annapurna II. Our stop for the night is the village of Koto and the gateway into the Nar Phu valley.

Overnight at Lodge BLD

We leave the classic Annapurna round path to enter the hidden valley, walking upstream the Phu Khola for five days in a wild gorge. It’s a pleasant and gradually way up through nice conifer forest. As we emerge out of a narrow canyon, the trail actually passes under a wide waterfall just before the dharmasala, from which point the woods become thinner and the vistas wider. A stunning start for the Nar Phu trek! We camp at the dharamsala, a lovely campsite.

Overnight at Tent BLD

The trail climbs up steeply along a small, scenic river to bring us to high pastures on a plateau before reaching Meta, a non-permanent winter settlement for Nar people. From there Kang Guru (6990m) is very close. We can enjoy the view of Pisang peak and Lamjung Himal. An hour past Meta, Junam is the second semi-permanent settlement, one where “khampas” from Tibet sometimes sheltered. Above the kharka to the right looms a massive glacier, which falls jaggedly down to the high pastures above us. The next semi-permanent settlement is Chako, formerly a Khampa settlement, where grass lies tied in bunches to dry on all the rooftops and prayer flags flutter in the breeze. Many more ups and downs take us to tonight’s campsite at Kyang, the extensive winter settlement of Phu, on a plateau high above the river.

Overnight at Tent BLD

After having breakfast we start our trek towards Phu village.We walk towards Phu River following upstream for some time and then descending back to river again, then climb to reach a gorge valley, walking around gorge for some time and up into a wide glacial valley with pasture lands ending at Phu village of strong Tibetan influence culture, traditions and religion.

Overnight at Tent BLD

It is the day to acclimatize but not for the complete day rest. To keep fit and acclimatized with the altitude, we explore the Phu valley, its intact cultural setting; natural diversity and religious practices etc. There are three main ethnic communities like Lama, Gurung and Ghale living in harmony. We closely see the way they have been living doing agricultural work. We can visit the Tashi Lakhang Monastery.The monastery is said to have been built by the Karmapa Rinpoche and one of the 108 world’s old monastery. We can see the Himlung imal from here.

Overnight at Tent BLD

After breakfast, we descend down to Mahendra Pul passing many streams and crossing the suspension bridges over them. It takes about 4 hours from Phu village to Mahendra Pul, 80 m long over the gorge of Lapche RiverWe can see many Buddhist stupas. It takes about 2 hours to reach to Nar village from Mahendra Pul.

Overnight at Tent BLD

Today is the easy trekking day. In the morning we explore more in Nar Village and after having breakfast we start our trek towards Kong la Phedi. While walking up to Kang La Phedi We can see some of the amazing and spectacular scenes. The trail went through the grazing field with a small stream on the left. The mountains were on the both sides of the stream. On the left was the breathtaking Pisang range and it was expanded somewhere up.

Overnight at Tent BLD

Early morning starting the walk with a stunning view of Pisang Peak and Chulu Far East Peak, walk leads crossing a stream on a long bridge and then it leads to a climb slowly up to the top ridge at Kangla pass at 5,322 meters, so far the highest point before Thorang-la, the top of Kangla Pass offers overwhelming views of scenic landscapes and of Annapurna huge massif range, Chulu Peaks, Lamjung Himal and number of peaks of Annapurna Himalayan range, after an amazing scenery, walk downhill through Julu village and then to overnight stop at Ngawal village.

Overnight at Tent/ Lodge BLD

After breakfast, we follow the Annapurna trail. It’s an easy day to Manang with the superb view of Annapurna II, Gangapurna, Annapurna III, Gandarba chuli and Pisang Peak on the background. We pass a famous and huge Braga monastery built in 17th century. Walk through the upstream of the Marshyangdi River to large modern village Manang. This village is with houses in traditional Tibetans style and rich Buddhist culture.

Overnight at Tent/ Lodge BLD

Today is the scheduled acclimatization or rest day. We spend a rest day here to re-energize our body, we can explore beautiful surroundings visit Buddhist monasteries or take a day hike to Ice Lake or Tilicho Lake.

Overnight at Tent/ Lodge (BLD)

After breakfast we start trek towards TilichoPhedi. An ambitious adventure to Tilicho Lake Trek leads through the river bank of Marsyangdi by passing the Shree Kharka village and uphill to Tilicho Base Camp which the last village in the region.

Overnight at Tent (BLD)

After the initial tough ascent, our trail traverses onto a moraine and then cuts along the side of the mountain. However, the spectacular views of Tilicho, Nilgiri, Khangsar and Muktinath peaks are always close by to cheer us up. Upon reaching Tilicho Lake, one of the highest lakes in the world, we get to admire its tranquil beauty. Sometimes reflections of the surrounding peaks are seen on its turquoise waters, at other times the lake remains frozen. After enjoying with lake view then continue climb to Meso khanto La Pass (5121m) known as Tilicho Pass. The pass on a uphill path paved with rock and covered with snow you shall have one of the most beautiful sceneries during the trek. Look deep into the Tibet seen far from the pass and also have the view of mountains overlooking the vast landscape and spectacular rock formations.

Overnight at Tent BLD

After breakfast, we descent to the northern direction and then turns down to the valley before a huge and marvelous rock formation of a flat terrain. From this place we shall gradually descent to the Yak Kharka, the seasonal grassland for grazing the Yaks.

Overnight at Tent BLD

After breakfast, we trek down the canyon all morning. Notice the change in climatic zone and gradually notice the change in vegetation from barren landscape to scrub junipers to large trees as we descend. We get into civilization after many days of trek as we reach Thinigaon around noon where we lunch in one of the teahouse. We get to Jomsom in about an hour’s walk from Thinigaon.

Overnight at Hotel BLD

We might need this due to the weather conditions or any cases. However, if the trip goes smoothly, this day will not be required.

Overnight at Hotel BLD

Early breakfast and transfer to Jomsom airport for sweeping short flight of 25 minutes to Pokhara, during airborne spectacular views of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiris and Annapurna range of mountains with rolling hills dotted with farm villages, On reaching Pokhara airport transfer to respective hotels by the serene lake Phewa, afternoon free for individual activities or just relax and enjoy the views of the Annapurna Himalaya.

Overnight at Hotel BLD

After Breakfast, transfer to airport and fly back to Kathmandu or we can also drive back via Tourist bus. After reaching Kathmandu, we have the rest of the day off to rest or do some souvenir shopping.

Overnight at Hotel (B B)

You are free to spend the day at your leisure to relax, refresh, and perhaps take a trip to explore more of the city, before the group’s final evening celebrating huge achievement with a special dinner. Around the evening, we will take you for a farewell dinner. While having dinner, we will also discuss your trip and take feedback.

Overnight at Hotel (B/DB)

Final Departure One of our company representatives will assist you to get to the airport by privet vehicle as per your flight departure time and back to home share experiences with family and friends unforgettable memory of Naar Phu- Kang-La –Tilicho pass trek.

Dates & Cost

Inclusive

Cost Includes

  • Arrival airport pick up and Departure transfers on both domestic and international flights
  • Accommodation 3 stars Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara on a twin share bed with B/B plan
  • According to CHOICE of menu 3 times meal B/F, Lunch & Dinner with 2 cups of tea or coffee in
  • breakfast and every meals a cup of while the trekking.
  • Responsible trekking policy of two Trekkers: One porter.
  • Accommodations at clean and comfortable local Tea House / Lodge during the trek
  • English speaking guided half day city tour with world heritage sites
  • All domestic flight, Airport taxes, private transportations starting & ending points of trek.
  • English Speaking Experience local Mountain Guides – by Himalayan Trails trained and Nepal
  • government licensed holder as well as First Aid Eco trained, along the trek basic complete First Aid Kits
  • Assistants Guide and other support staff if indeed
  • Annapurna Trekking Map
  • Insurance of all staffs Guide, Assistants, Porters, Accommodations, food and reasonable salary during the treks
  • All necessary officials pepper work
  • Naar Phu Valley special Permits, TIMS  and Annapurna Conservation Fee (ACAP)
  • Warm clothing and required trekking gear for porters
  • Travel and Rescue arrangements
  • All the Government VATs & Taxes
  • Welcome and Farewell dinner as per itinerary

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal Entry Visa fees (US$ 40 per person for 30 days)
  • International Airfare
  • Your Travel Insurance
  • Lunch, Dinner & Drinks in the cities.
  • Any kind of drinks & personal expenses on trek
  • Hot shower, Electricity Bills during trek
  • Personal gear & clothing
  • Medical evacuation encase of Emergency
  • Tips and Items of a personal nature like postage and laundry
  • Expenses deserve due to Natural or manmade hazards like landslide, strikes, political unrest etc. will be charge extra as per actual and anything not specify on the cost above.

Fitness

Naar-Phu Kang-La Mesokanta-La via Tilicho Lake Trek

TRAIN AND FITNESS 

Physical fitness is one of the most key elements on the trek. The trekking in the Himalayan is not forced on it and pacing is always slow, most of the days generally being shorter than a hiking day at your home country. We believe that should be you’re imaginable of its kind of holiday trip literally than a contest to provide evidence of the travelers. We maintain situated so as to allow easy access to your trip can be demanding but not a difficult. You can make your own speed and enjoy your trip stunning atmosphere rather than following to other to catch. Himalayan Trails, recommend that you assume on a good fitness agenda proceeding to your trip although and one that builds up general strength and specific leg muscle groups. There is nothing like hiking with a bag pack to train for trek in Himalaya. So our best advice is to get out into the Hills or Alps as often as you can. You better ware your hiking boots and carry about 5-6 kg in your day bag-pack; this is a good weight to walk with it.

If you are doing Gym then which can be helpful and work on the thigh and calf muscles but better to build your heart rate over 50%. Any kind of heart breed activities are good but swimming will not add it doesn’t train right muscles groups better added other exercise to be effective. Hiking in Hills, Alps would be the best preparation for a trek in Nepal.

EXPERIENCE FOR THE NEPAL TREK

The trekking trail and area of Nepal mostly well trodden and natural path most of the regions, even though it can be rocky and rough in some parts. It is not precipitous and there is no rock climbing or Mountaineering which is requiring equipments. It is hike most of the way in Himalaya, but some parts of the hills can be steep up and down and can be longer!

On the way you may meet many people along the trails as well as Donkeys, Yaks and heavy load porters. Walking in the Himalaya there is rule of the way when meet an approaching Donkeys, Yaks and porters always make sure you step to always on side where wide enough to passes through each other,( towards slopes side of the hill or inside of the Trail). Note: never ever stand ridged sides of the trail. If you stand, it means, we call (outside standing is suicide and inside is safe site) because it can be push by them down to mountains or rivers.

The trekking poles are very useful, if you have problems with knees, depending on weather or personal choice for using them. Even though higher up, ice path, moraine, open slopes may give you extra support from it, also quite easy to follow the path.
Always final sections are can be Glacier itself and high elevation, it is bit difficult and occasionally slippery under trails. The ice is covered in water stones and dirt, so where a coolant produces cold temperatures in the surface below.

Comfortable, good sole, ankle support (4 seasons) trekking boots water proof are recommended for the high passes trek but for the lower trek light weight hiking boots are fine to protect you beside, probably going over an ankle, low altitude trek heavy boots will be hot and unwieldy.

ACCOMMODATION ON THE TREK

Tea house trek accommodation will be in comfortable tea houses and lodges run most of the area by local families, except people specify a preference for tents. Every tea house or lodge has a common heated Chimney in the dining hall, although the bedrooms are not heated with mattresses, pillows and two beds in a room. We recommend you to bring your own sleeping bag (3 seasons in normally fine) but possibility is also you can buy and hire in Kathmandu.

Generally most of the tea houses have hot showers by gas gizzards and they have squire toilets but some area have and use drop toilets with flush systems.

For the Camping/ Tent trekking we use branded company tents which are for two persons comfortably can sleep and can put your luggage on side, and we provide you the mattresses. Tents are fixed always near the guest house and eating in our own dining tent, sometimes eating can be indoors, depends on possibility. So toilets sometimes you will use from the lodge but obvious we will have our privet toilet tents too.

Himalayan Trails support 

Our main back bones of the trek are porters, will carry your main duffle bag up to a maximum weight of 12-14 kg per guest and supply for all the groups needs, if you need to go back down to the valley together with assisting you. Apart from specially camping, all the accommodations are in local lodge or Tea houses which are well prepared, warm and friendly environment.

Our entire trip we run by permanently Guides or Leaders, who have been employed over ten years with us and been training personally high standard leadership and first aid by our company. They know how to deal with emergencies and speak fluently English. They are always helpful and look after you so many years have been working with tourist and westerns, they know the westerns needs and understanding. Our porters are always who works with us forever all our teams are dedicated and they will provide high standards services.