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Nar -phu Tilicho Lake

Relatively new trek in Nepal. Visit the remote Buddhist villages of Nar and Phu. Cross high passes and explore Tilicho Lake, which is completely surrounded by snowcapped Himalayan peaks.

Trip Level:

Moderate

Destination:

Nepal

Max Altitude:

5416m

Starts At:

Besi Sahar

Ends At:

Pokhara

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu (1330m)

Day 02: Kathmandu - Besi Sahar (760m) – Ngadi(930m)

Day 03: Ngadi – Jagat (1300m)

Day 04: Jagat – Tal (1700m)

Day 05: Tal – Danagyu (2300m)

Day 06: Danagyu – koto(2670m)

Day 07: koto – Meta(3430m)

Day 08: Meta – Phu (4050m)

Day 09: Phu (Explore Day)

Day 10: Phu – Mahindra pool –Nar (4150m)

Day 11: Nar – Kangla pass (5315m) – Ngawal (3675m)

Day 12: Ngawal – Manang (3540m)

Day 13: Manang Explore day

Day 14: Manang – Shree Kharka (4000m)

Day 15: Shree kharka – Tilicho lake base camp (4100m)

Day 16: Tilicho lake base camp -  Tilicho lake (4920m) – Shree kharka

Day 17: Shree kharka – Yak Kharka (4200m)

Day 18: Yak Kharka - Thorung Phedi (4450m)

Day 19: Thorung Phedi - Thorung La (5416m) – Muktinath (3800m)

Day 20: Muktinath – Jomsom (2710m)

Day 21: Jomsom – Pokhara (820m)

Day 22: Pokhara – Kathmandu (1330m)

Day 23: Kathmandu departure

Day 01 Arrival Kathmandu (1330m):Meet our representative at Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel. All the required documents, photos, passport copies etc. are collected for the preparation of all legal documents required during the trek. On the same day you'll be meeting your guide for the trek.

Day 02 Kathmandu - Besi Sahar (760m) – Ngadi (930m): After the breakfast we will be heading to Besi Sahar by local bus or by private transport which takes around 5-6 hours. On the way we would be seeing the beautiful view of the Trishuli and Marshangdi rivers which are flowing side by side and one after another throughout the most of our way to Besi Sahar. We even get to witness the people doing rafting in Trishuli river. After we reach Beshi Shahar we take local vehicle to Bulbule. Then we trek 1 hour by the side of the river to Ngadi.

Day 03 Ngadi – Jagat (1300m): We start our trek following the Marshangdi River with several villages on the way and the scenic view of the Rocky Mountains. We see the several small settlements and the green farming lands of the local people as majority of the people of this area are engaged in agricultural sector for their livelihood. After around the walk of five hours we reach Jagat and overnight at Jagat.

Day 04 Jagat – Tal(1700m): After the breakfast, we begin our trek along the rocky trail following the Marshangdi River steadily uphill to Tal. It is the first village of the Manang district. It takes around 4-5 hours to reach Tal. It is the small flat valley situated in the bank of the river.

Day 05 Tal – Danagyu (2300m): As usual our treks begins in the morning as soon as we have our breakfast. After leaving the valley our journey continues making up and down to Dharapani. As we continue to walk we find a stone entrance leading us to Tibetan influenced villages. Then we continue trek to Danagyu leaving the Bagarchap behind through the pine forest and mani walls. Overall we walk for about 5 hours this day.

Day 06 Danagyu – koto (2670m): We begin our trek through the rough and rocky trail and reach Koto which is the starting point of the Nar Phu Valley trek. On the way to Koto we can see the Manaslu range clearly if the weather is good. It is a 5-6 hours walk altogether until Koto.

Day 07 koto – Meta (3430m): We begin our trek crossing the bridge of the Marshangdi River and start following Nar Phu Khola which is flowing from Phu village. Our today’s trek would be a bit more longer and tiring compared to the previous days. The trail continues through the deep gorge following the river and crossing the bridges several times. After about a walk of 7 hours we reach Meta.

Day 08 Meta – Phu(4050m): From Meta the vegetations starts getting thinner and the landscapes gets drier  and drier as we go up. Walking through the slight up and down narrow ways we see several rivers flowing from eastern side of the mountains. It takes about 7 hours to reach Phu.

Day 09 Phu (Explore day): We spend today as a explore day there in Phu which is a very dry and Tibetan style village with Sherpa people living there. We walk about half an hour to a local monastery. We might even witness mountain goats around this area. We spend rest of the time relaxing and preparing for the next day trip.

Day 10 Phu – Mahindra pool – Nar (4150m): Today we trek the same way back down to Meta the we cross the river and reach to a place called Mahindra pul. Then we continue our trek uphill for about 2 hours and reach Nar. Nar is the biggest village of the region where the main occupation of the people are trading and farming activities.

Day 11 Nar – Kangla pass (5315m) – Ngawal (3675m): Today’s walk would be about 8 hours passing through the Kangla pass. Up to the Kangla Base Camp the path is slightly up hill and after that it is a very steep ascent to the top of the pass from where we can see the great view of the Annapurna massive.  From the top of the pass it is a very steep decent to reach Ngawal village.

Day 12 Ngawal – Manang (3540m): Today we join the Annapurna Circuit trek route on more time while we head to Manang following the Marshangdi river along with the pine forests. On the way to Manang we visit Bhraga Monastry which is believed to be more than five hundred years old. Today’s walk would be about 4 hours altogether.

Day 13 Manang (Explore day): Today we spend our whole day at Manang as acclimatizing day. We go on a dayhike walking around 2 hours to a cave where a so called 100 Rupees Lama lives as we pay 100 rupees to the lama and receive cup of tea with blessed holy rope. People believe that every person who receives the blessed rope from the Lama can pass the Thorang La (5416m) successfully. We can also see one of the best view of the mountains like Annapurna range, Gangapurna and Tilicho from this place. Back to hotel, we relax the remaining day prepare for the next day.

Day 14 Manang – Shree Kharka(4000m): After savoring the beauty of Manang village our trail follows the high ridge. This is another vantage point to capture some of the best pictures of Annapurna in your camera, so we encourage you to take some good shots. Today wee stay at Shree Kharka which is a meeting point in between Manang and Tilicho Lake. So there is a likely chance we meet few groups coming from the other side.It is about 5 hours walk in total today.

Day 15 Shree kharka – Tilicho lake base camp(4100m): Today is a short day but challenging. We head up the valley slope before negotiating the series of scree slopes and finally reach the base camp , the base of our tomorrows climb to Tilicho Lake.

Day 16 Tilicho lake base camp -  Tilicho lake(4920m) – Shree kharka(4000m): Today early in the morning we start our trek to Tilicho lake which takes around 3 hours walking steep uphill. From there we can see beautiful view of the Mt. Tilicho and the Tilicho lake which is the highest altitude lake of the world. Then we return back to Shree Kharka passing the base camp on the way.  It will be around 6 hours walk in altogether.

Day 17 Shree kharka – Yak Kharka(4200m): One more time we meet Annapurna Circuit  route while we walk through the rough and rocky trail to Yak Kharka. It takes around 4 hours to reach Yak Kharka.

Day 18 Yak Kharka - Thorang Phedi/High Camp (4450m): Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorang Phedi takes about 4 hours. The landscape gets drier and barren as we continue to walk towards Thorang Phedi. On the way we cross Letdar from where we can see the beautiful view of Mt. Chulu East and West. Typical Nepali meaning of the word “Phedi” means the settlement in the bottom of the long climbing.

Day 19 Thorung Phedi - Thorung La(5416m) – Muktinath(3800m): Today we will be heading to our major destination of the trek after which the name of the trekking itself is taken i.e. Thorang La pass. Today we start our trek very early in the morning with packed lunch. As we begin the trek the trail becomes steepest initially and reaches at high camp from where the trail gets easier as compared to initial one. After about 3-4 hours walk to Thorang top a great feeling of victory emerges in everybody’s heart and soul which gets greater by the additional beauty of the view that can be seen from that point.

Day 20 Muktinath - Jomsom(2770m):Early in the morning we go to pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists  where we come across Natural flaming which really exhilarates you. At this point, you can see splendid view of Dhaulagiri (8165m), Nilgiri (7061m.) and others. Then, we start our  trek to Jomsom which takes about approximately four hours. We now begin the descent down the dramatic Kali Gandaki Gorge, initially through arid country in the same geographical and climatic zone as Tibet. After passing through Jharkot and Khingar villages with typical Tibetan architecture, you follow the valley floor most of the way to Jomsom which is sprawled along both banks of the Kali Gandaki .From here views of the Nilgiri peaks are fine.Jomsom is head Qatar of Mustang district and one of the biggest  town of that valley. Overnight  at Jomsom.

Day21 Jomsom – pokhara (820m):As our trek has already completed, we head back to Pokhara via domestic flight in the morning. We can spen a quality time relaxing and sightseeing in Pokhara.

Day 22 Pokhara - Kathmandu (1320m):Today we will be back to Kathmandu and as trip comes to an end. We can prefer to go by private transport (6-7 hours drive) or can fly by domestic air (35minutes flight) too.

Day 23 Kathmandu – Departure: After breakfast , a Himalayan Rock Treks and Expdition responsible person will drop you to the international airport.

Trekking Equipment Checklist

The weather can be cold, unpredictable and challenging while in the mountains. Hence the travelers need to be prepared to cope up with the weather. While you can take the different kind of equipment to make things comfortable for you, there are some basic things that you must carry with you for completion of the trek in comfortable manner.

Sun Hat
Fleece/Wool hat that covers ears
Sunglasses
Scarf to cover face (dust/wind)

Upper Body:
At least 4 pair of T-shirts
2 lightweight thermal tops
2 Merino/Fleece long shelve tops
Water and wind proof shell jacket
Down Jacket
Raincoat (Poncho)

Lower Body:
Under garments
Hiking shorts
Lightweight walking pants
Light weight thermal leggings
Fleece or tracksuit pants
Water and wind proof pants

Feet:
At least 4 pairs of  thick warm wool hiking socks
Hiking boots (with spare laces)
Walking sneakers
Sandals
Walking poles (Walking Stick)
Hands:
Lightweight fleece gloves
Water and wind proof gloves

Note: Sleeping bags come handy in case of difficult circumstances. We recommend every trekkers to take one with them while on the mountains. You can bring your own or it can be hired here.