Nar Phu to Tilicho Lake and Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the three best high altitude treks in Nepal you will complete in 18 days. You trek to Kang La and Thorong La Pass above 5000 m from Nar Phu valley. It is a beautiful high altitude trek in the world. First, you hike to Nar Phu Valley, then to Tilicho Lake and Annapurna Circuit with Thorong La Pass(5416 m) trek. Nar Phu is a hidden gem in Annapurna. A very few people know about Nar Phu valley trek. Please email us at [email protected] and call or message on WhatsApp + 977 9851023742 to book and confirm 18-day Nar Phu Valley, Tilicho Lake and Annapurna Circuit Trek cost and departures on your request dates for 2023/2024.
Name: Nar Phu Tilicho Annapurna Circuit Trek
Trek Duration: 18 Days
Trek Difficulty: Medium
Trek Season: Sep to Mar, Jan to June
Trek Altitude: 850m- 5240 m
Trek Cost: USD 1150-USD 1840
Group Size: 1 - 12 people
Trip Package: Private/Group Trek
Mode of Transfer: Bus /Car / Flight
Start/End of Trip: Kathmandu /Pokhara
20 days Nar Phu Tilicho Lake and Annapurna Circuit is an adventure trek in Annapurna region of Nepal.
18 days Nar Phu Valley Tilicho Lake Annapurna Circuit Trek offers a nature and culture variation. You will find really Tibetan culture and customs in Nar Phu valley, and musk deer, and snow leopards can sight in Manang and Tilicho Lake area. The mix Brahman and Chettri's culture and customs can see in the lower of this trek. The formation of landscapes, building architecture are also unique and variation. The mixture of Hindus and Buddhist religions influence can find on Nar Phu Tilicho Lake Annapurna Circuit Trek.
This is also a tea house trek. Accommodation is pretty standard across the trek, a basic room with a single, twin, three, four beds with sharing bathroom. Wi-Fi, and hot showers is widely available but for a fee you have to pay. Food menus is almost identical with numerous variations on three basic staples, pasta/noodles, rice and potatoes. Dal Bhat as always is the most cost effective choice. Almost all around the year is possible to trek in Nar Phu Tilicho Lake Annapurna Circuit except the winter season. Autumn, Spring and Summer seasons are the best for this trek. There is less rainfall in summer/rainy season. The route of the trek belongs to rain shadow area of Nepal.
The trek difficulty is challenging. We trek usually above 3000 m, cross two high passes Kang La and Thorong La which is above 5400 m. A good preparation, and previous high altitude trekking experience is helpful. For beginners, we do not recommend this trek. We walk 6 to 8 hour everyday in the altitude and mountain trails. A good trekking gear you have to bring with you. Like good sleeping bag, down jacket, well use trekking boots, walking pole, water/wind proof jacket and trouser, sun lotion, gloves, hats, sun lotion, sun glasses, water bottle and other personal gears and medication.
In short, the best trekking route, recommend for adventure lovers if you want to do adventure trekking in the high Himalayas of Nepal. You can get all kind of experience in 18 days Nar Phu Valley, Tilicho Lake and Annapurna Circuit Trek. This includes all three treks in a adventure trek of Annapurna.
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu.
Upon arrival in Kathmandu airport, receive you at the airport and drive to hotel. Prepare for trekking, meeting with guide and stay night at hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 2: Kathmandu to Besishahar
Receive you at your hotel by your guide and drive for 6 hours to Besishahar, a scenic countryside driving past river, terraces fields and highway villages. Stay night at guest house in Besishahar.
Day 3: Besishahar to Koto(2,600 m, 60km, 6 hours)
Breakfast and drive on a four-wheel drive vehicle in order to prepare for the rugged journey to Koto. The road can be almost as challenging for passengers as for drivers, but it is incredibly scenic! You'll travel along the old Annapurna Circuit trek route, through amazing gorges and past stunning waterfalls. Arrive in the village of Koto and stay night there at teahouse lodge.
Day 4: Koto to Meta(7-8 hours, 20 km, 3560 m)
After breakfast in Koto, you'll start the day early as there is a lot of ground to cover. First, you'll cross the river and enter the Nar & Phu valleys. Unlike towns on the nearby Annapurna Circuit, this area is not as developed and offers plenty of vistas for nature lovers. The walk through the spectacular narrow valley is one of the most beautiful on the trek with a mixture of beautiful oak, rhododendron, and bamboo forests, as well as sheer cliffs and a series of suspension bridges as you cross back and forth ascending up the valley. Emerging from a narrow canyon, you'll make your way under a wide waterfall where the forest becomes thinner and the expanse wider. The last stretch into Meta involves climbing a steep hill, where there are amazing views of some of the giant snowy peaks in the distance. This is a small village with a few clean teahouses for trekkers.
Day 5: Meta to Phu(7-8 hours, 9.7 km, 4080 m)
After breakfast in Meta, you'll trek out of the village and begin to notice some of the unique, colorful Tibetan Buddhist stupas that make Nar and Phu famous. The trail meanders along the ridge with great views of the Phu alley and the magnificent Nar Phedi monastery. After more hiking through scenic canyons and gorges—and crossing various suspension bridges over different streams—you’ll reach a monolith that guards the steep trail up to Phu. From here, you can get your first view of the three villages in the area as well as an old dzong (Tibetan-style fortress) and the remains of two ruined forts, impressively situated above the flatlands. Just before crossing the bridge into Phu, a line of more wonderful stupas will appear in the landscape. After a rest and snack, take a short walk up to the famous Tashi Lhakhang Gompa to pay respects to Lama Karma Sonam Rimpoche who came to Nepal with the Dalai Lama in 1959.
Day 6: Phu Exploration Day
Due to the high altitude, it’s smart to spend an acclimatization day in Phu. You can wake up and have a relaxing breakfast while enjoying the views. Take time to explore tiny alleyways of this interesting village; sit with the locals as they spin their yak and sheep wool, pound mustard seeds into a paste for oil, or tend to other daily chores. For a physical challenge, take the hike up to Himlung Himal base camp through a glacial valley (4-5 hours round-trip). This 23,375 foot (7,125 m) peak was recently opened for climbing. On the trail to the base, you will see herds of blue sheep skillfully clambering up the steep cliffs.
Day 7: Phu to Nar Phedi(4-5 hours, 14.5 km, 3490 m)
Wake up in Phu and have breakfast before retracing the route back down towards Meta. This time, though, you'll turn off at the Nar Phedi monastery, which will be your accommodation for the night. In fact, the monastery is all that Nar Phedi consists of. The rooms are neat and clean and the nuns are extremely welcoming. Join them in the kitchen and watch as they prepare dinner on a modest fireplace. In the late afternoon, there is a puja (blessing), which you are welcome to watch. Keep an eye out for the small donation box in the monastery where you can leave a contribution to the maintenance of this beautiful and friendly place.
Day 8: Nar Phedi to Nar(3-4 hours, 4 km, 4110 m)
Today is an easy trek day. You'll have breakfast at Nar Phedi and then climb out of the area through Nar Valley, crossing a suspension bridge over the Labse River, and then following a winding path up a hill towards Nar. Pass a line of wonderfully painted, bamboo-topped stupas on the way into the ancient village. Arrive in the town around lunchtime. Even though Nar is not far from the main Annapurna trail, it is rarely visited by trekkers and is about as picturesque as it gets. Nar will likely feel a bit more social and lively than Phu, and during the day you may find the village hub teeming with chatting women wearing their back-strap looms, weaving wool fabric for rugs and blankets.
Day 9: Nar to Ngawal via the Kang La Pass (5,240m, 8-9 hours, 16 km)
Today is a long day, so it's best to get up before sunrise and head towards the Kang La Pass, which leads back onto the popular Annapurna Circuit. It is not a difficult pass, but it can be a long day as the effects of altitude will be felt. Once on top of the pass, you can enjoy an amazing view over Annapurna II, Gangapurna, and Tilicho Peak. The trail downward starts off steep, but if you enjoy scree running you can have some fun! Stop for lunch on a plateau overlooking the peak, then continue towards Ngawal.
Ngawal, on the upper Pisang route of the Annapurna Circuit, is certainly different from the ancient villages you just visited. The lodges are bigger, the menus much more comprehensive, and there will be wi-fi and phone signals in most lodges.
Day 10: Khangsar Village to Tilicho Base Camp (4,919 m, 5 hours, 7.2 km)
After breakfast in Khangsar Village, you'll continue trekking along a wide new path until you get to a Buddhist monastery. From here, climb towards a high ridge where you'll reach an intersection where the new trail and the old trail collide; take the new trail and ascend to another steep ridge before descending back down along switchbacks. You'll eventually reach a scenic valley and then cross a little stream putting you at Tilicho Base Camp, your spot for the next two nights.
Day 11: Visit Tilicho Lake, Return to Base Camp (4,918 m, 6 hours, 10 km)
Today, you'll start with an early breakfast before a nice roundtrip loop to Tilicho Lake in the Manang district. It takes about 3 hours to get to this clear body of bright turquoise water, one of the highest lakes in the world. You'll hike through high alpine landscapes with plenty of snow-covered rocks—a striking contrast against the vibrant hue of the lake. Have lunch and take your time to enjoy the lakeside surroundings before returning to base camp for the night.
Day 12: Tilicho Base Camp to Yak Kharka (4,010 m, 5-6 hours, 13 km)
After breakfast at base camp, you'll follow a gently winding trail high above Khangsar village with more views of the Himalayan giants as you pass through juniper bushes and the ruins of old Khangsar. From here, follow an unmarked trail which leads you down to an old log bridge between Gumsang and Yak Kharka, an area where yak herders bring their animals to graze. This is where you'll stop for the night.
Day 13: Yak Kharka to Thorung Phedi (4,450 m, 6-7 hours, 6 km))
Today's scenic trek starts with breakfast in Yak Kharka before you take a slow, gradual climb towards your overnight location. You'll hike up a ridge and notice that the high altitude landscapes become more extraordinary along the way. Then descend to the Marsyangdi where you'll cross the river on a covered wooden bridge that leads to a small tea shop. After a short ascent up the mountain path on the right bank, you'll follow a narrow trail and then trek down to Thorung Phedi (meaning: foot of the hill). Once settled, choose to spend your free afternoon either hiking up to the lodge at High Camp for some acclimatization or relaxing with a book and chatting with other trekkers staying the night.
Day 14: Thorung Phedi to Muktinath(8-9 hours,16 km, 3,800 m) via Thorung La (5,400m)
Today begins at sunrise as this is the longest and hardest day of the trek! Start off with a four-hour walk to the top of the Thorung La at 17,717 feet (5400 m)—Annapurna Circuit's highest point—where you'll be rewarded with spectacular views over Mustang and Kaligandaki valleys, and the surrounding peaks. Take time for photos as the summit opens up to reveal a sweeping panorama of snow-capped mountains extending towards Tibet. The descent is almost as demanding as the ascent, so when you get to the bottom at Chabarbu, there is a teahouse where you can relax with a cup of chai and a snack. Continue trekking on a long, grassy slope through a series of switchbacks towards the lower Mustang and head back to the serene village of Muktinath. This important pilgrimage site for Buddhists and Hindus is surrounded by rugged mountains with unparalleled views of Dhaulagiri—the world’s 7th highest peak.
Day 15: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom(5-6 hours, 15 km, 2,715 m)
After breakfast at your teahouse, pay a visit to Muktinath Temple, an important place of worship for Nepalese Buddhists and Hindus. You will have the opportunity to visit the main temple and its surrounding area before you hit the trail. From here, begin your trek back to Jomsom along an easy route that heads straight downhill. While you retrace your steps, you'll be able to enjoy good views of Mt. Dhaulagiri. Pass through Jarkot where you can visit one more monastery, and take in the views of snow-capped mountains and ancient caves. Admire the signs of rich Tibetan culture and keep an eye out for Mustang people who will come out and sell handicrafts to pilgrims.
Day 16: Jomsom to Pokhara(850m, 145km, 10 hours)
Today, after breakfast in Jomsom, you'll catch a 30-minute morning flight to Pokhara and one whole day bus drive back to Pokhara. Snag a window seat as the scenic mountain views en route will be nothing short of spectacular. Upon arrival in Pokhara, settle in your hotel and enjoy the afternoon and evening on your own. This relaxed lakeside town is the gateway to the Himalayas, so there are plenty of cool cafés, restaurants, water activities, funky shops, and yoga studios that cater to expats and adventure travelers.
Day 17: Pokhara to Kathmandu(1300m, 200km, 6 hours)
Breakfast, and take 6 hours scenic drive by tourist bus to Kathmandu.
Day 18: Kathmandu Airport
Free day on your own walking around Thamel market, and transfer to Kathmandu airport to get your flight back to home.