NAR PHU with Tilicho Lake

Nar Phu trek
  • Country: Nepal
  • Duration: 20 Days
  • Region: Annapurna Region
  • Max Altitude: 5,320 meters / 17,455 feets
  • Group Size: 4 to 6 People
  • Arrival On: Kathmandu
  • Departure From: Kathmandu
  • Grade: Moderate
  • Meals: Dinners in Kathmandu, All meals in the Trek
  • Accommodations: 4* Boutique Hotel, Lodges in Trek
  • Prime Activity: Trekking
  • Minor Activity: Cultural Sightseeing

Highlights of Trip

  • Introduction of Nepal, its culture and tradition
  • Sightseeing of the UNESCO world Heritage sites in Kathmandu
  • Rough country roads jeep ride
  • Rich diversity of landscapes and vegetation at the border of Tibet
  • Discovery of the ancient Himalayan people settlements
  • Stunning panoramic views of some of the Himalayan giants: the Manaslu and Annapurna Ranges, Lamjung Himal, Machapuchare, Tilicho peak, Gangapurna and many other beautiful mountains
  • An un-crowded trekking experience in a remote part of Nepal
  • Crossing of two passes over 5000 meters and tented overnight besides one of the highest lake on earth: the amazing Tilicho lake
  • Spectacular mountain flight over the Himalayan range
  • Importance placed on high quality organization, staff, equipment and services to a small team of trekkers.  

Trip Overview

Trekking in the Valley of mystery

Nar Phu trekking takes you to experience the authentic culture and traditions of the Manangba, Thakali and Gurung communities with their medieval stonewalled villages. which are surrounded by impressive giants of the Himalaya, like Manaslu, Annapurna I, Annapurna II,III and IV, Dhaulagiri, Tilicho peak, Nilgiri Peak, Gangapurna, Tukcha peak and the beautiful Machhapuchara known as “Fish Tail peak” in the middle of an admirable rich Himalayan flora and fauna.

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS starts the Nar Phu trekking by driving from the colourful Kathmandu to the small village of Chamje of Annapurna region. Our Trekking follows the route ascending along the Marsyangdi Valley through a wonderful variety of landscapes and cultures. At Koto, we leave the main trail of the Annapurna route and head off towards the fascinating valley of Nar Phu, with villages where time has stood still, before crossing the Kang-La pass (5320m). Our Trek then continues along the main trail of the Annapurna route until we reach Manang from where we start the beautiful ascent to the splendid high altitude lake Tilicho, situated at the bottom of the impressive glacier wall of the Tilicho Peak.
Last but not least, our Trek then crosses the un-crowded and remote Meso Kanto pass (5100m) and then we head back to Jomsom. The trip ends with a spectacular flight down the Kali Gandaki Valley to Pokhara before flying back to Kathmandu.

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS offers this off-the beaten track Trek in the remote area of Nar Phu at the border of Tibet with experienced staff, excellent food, branded tents and good lodges, appropriate medical and emergency aid, regular weather updates, means of communication and the necessary safety gear.

Come and discover the magic of Himalayas with comfort and quality that you deserve with WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS style.

Map of Trip

Altitude Chart of Trip

Detailed Itinerary

  • Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m)

  • Day 2 : Sightseeing of the UNESCO Heritages sites in Kathmandu

  • Day 3 : Drive to Besisahar- Chamje (1310m), 9 hrs / Lodge

  • Day 4 : Chamje to Dharapani (1920m), 6 hrs /Lodge

  • Day 5 : Dharapani to Koto (2600m), 5 hrs / Lodge

  • Day 6 : Koto to Meta (3232m), 7-8 hrs / Tent

  • Day 7 : Meta to Phu (4050m), 7 hrs / Tent

  • Day 8 : Acclimatization/Excursion day / Tent

  • Day 9 : Phu to Nar (4110m), 7 hrs / Tent

  • Day 10 : Nar to Kangla B.C (4500m), 3 hrs / Tent

  • Day 11 : Kangla pass (5320m) to Ngawal (3675m) 7 hrs / Tent

  • Day 12 : Ngawal to Manang (3200m), 3 hrs / Lodge

  • Day 13 : Manang to Khangsar Khadka (3600m), 5 hrs / Lodge

  • Day 14 : Khangsar Khadka to Tilicho Lake (4920 m), 6 hrs / Tent

  • Day 15 : Tilicho Lake to Mesokanto B.C (4320m), 4 hrs / Tent

  • Day 16 : Mesokanto B.C to Kaisang (3510m), 6 hrs / Tent

  • Day 17 : Kaisang to Jomsom (2720m), 5hrs / Lodge

  • Day 18 : Jomsom to Pokhara, 25 minutes flight

  • Day 19 : Pokhara to Kathmandu, 35 minutes flight

  • Day 20 : International flight back (we suggest at evening)

Date & Price

The given prices are per person and exclude international flights. Given below are the departure dates available for online booking. If the given date is not favorable then please contact us and we will happily customize your trip on dates more appropriate for you.

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Price Includes

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS’ philosophy is: as much as possible is included in the quoted price so that customers know the total costs of their adventure trip in advance!

  • All airport/hotel transfers in Nepal
  • Domestic flights (by airplane), incl. the local taxes
  • Accommodation in 4-star Boutique Hotels in Kathmandu on a sharing basis, including breakfasts and dinners (3 nights). Additional charges occur for single room (upon request)
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
  • All entry fees to the UNESCO world Heritage sites of Kathmandu
  • Accommodation in a 4-Star Hotel in Pokhara, on a sharing basis, incl. breakfast and dinner (1 night); Additional charges occur for single room (upon request)
  • Lodge/ International brand tented accommodation, with all the necessary infrastructure, during the trekking, on a sharing basis
  • Attached rooms in Manang and Jomsom
  • An well-trained and experienced team: guide, assistant guide (depending on the number of participants), porters/mule driver, including their salary, insurance, transportation, food and lodging
  • All necessary trekking permits
  • The technical equipment to secure the passes, if necessary
  • Travel and rescue arrangements
  • Communication device such as radios and satellite phone for emergency
  • Oxygen, mask and regulator in case of emergency
  • First aid kit
  • Weather update
  • Camera solar battery charging device
  • WYE postcards
  • All government and local taxes

Price Excludes

  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry Visa fee
  • Excess baggage charges for the international and domestic flights
  • Lunches in Kathmandu
  • Travel cancellation and rescue insurance
  • Individual beverages and personal expenses (phone calls, Internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge and showers in the lodges (if any), extra porters, and all other personal items)
  • Optional trips and sightseeing, if extended
  • Tips for staff (Guide, assistant guide, porters, yak driver, driver, city guide)
  • Any other expense that is not included in the quoted price.

We stay at your disposal for the booking of your international flight.

Logistics

TREKKING PHILOSOPHY

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS is focusing on group sizes of 4 to 6 participants for Nar Phu trek because our experience have found this to be the best way to have a successful trip while providing excellent services. Furthermore, it creates a pleasant ambiance within the group, including an exchange of cultures and traditions with our team and the local guides.

Last but not least, WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS’ focus on small groups permits more flexibility and support to the participants individually.

ACCOMMODATION & MEALS

Kathmandu: We stay at the 4-Star Boutique Hotels on a sharing basis, including breakfasts. Depending on availability, single rooms can be booked upon request at an additional cost. All dinners are served in excellent restaurants in town where you can enjoy various types of cuisine, from the typical Nepali, Thai, and even steaks and Italian meals. Each restaurant has been screened by WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS representatives to ensure that it is of suitable quality for our guests.

During Trekking: We stay in the lodges (small traditional mountain guesthouses) that are recommended by WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS as per defined itinerary destination. Please be aware that single rooms are not available. Though there are blankets available at the lodges, we recommend bringing your own sleeping bag, as the sleeping rooms are not heated. Showers are available at the majority of lodges. Please note that in the majority of the lodges the toilets are common, except in few of them where we provide you with attached rooms on available especially on resting days or acclimatisation day in Manang and Jomsom in order to enjoy a shower.

Many lodges serve a variety of cuisines such as continental, Indian, Tibetan and local cooking. Please note that the beverages are on each participant’s own charge, except coffee and the selection of teas that are served for breakfast and in the afternoons upon your arrival, as well as some special snacks provided by WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS. Lunch package will be serve the day we cross Kangla and Mesokando passes.

SAFETY FEATURES

Your safety is of supreme concern while traveling with WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS. In case of emergency, the group has a four (4)-litre oxygen bottle with a mask and regulator, along with a first aid kit and a 24-hour medical assistance by a high altitude medical team of doctors. 
The Guide is also equipped with communication means, only to be used in emergencies. WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS also works with the national helicopter rescue airlines.
In order to minimize risks, in particular during the crossing of the higher passes, weather forecasts are provided to the Guide on a regularly basis.

Depending on the difficulty of some itineraries, WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS will secure the route using the necessary technical gear, if needed.

Please note that the above-mentioned itinerary information is purely indicative and can likely be modified during the course of the trekking by your Guide, who has the authority to make such changes if it is deemed necessary (due to safety concerns, etc.). Every effort will be made to keep to the scheduled itinerary; however, as this is an adventure travel in remote mountain regions and at high altitude, we are not able to fully guarantee it as it is necessary to take into consideration each situation as it occurs and consequently to adapt the program in its best way. Elements such as weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, among others, can all contribute to changes in the scheduled itinerary.

The Guide will try to ensure that the trekking runs according to the foreseen plan to the benefit of all the participants, but we thank you to be prepared to some flexibility and comprehension if so required.

 

TEAM

Trekking Guide and his roleWILD YAK EXPEDITIONS’ Trekking Guide is a professional government-trained guide with experience in guiding and trekking around the Himalaya, including first aid training and deep knowledge about the local flora, fauna and general environment preservation. Our Guide leads you all the way through the trekking and across the passes, while giving you interesting information about the mountains, culture, traditions and landscapes. He will help as an interpreter with the local populations. He is ensuring your safety and is checking your needs throughout the trail, and to the top of the pass, monitoring symptoms of high altitude sickness. The Guide plays a vital role in taking care of our member's  needs, supervising the team and porters, and assuring the safety requirements. He also makes sure that the rubbish is properly managed and the trail/campsite is kept clean throughout the whole trekking trip. WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS will be frequently informed about the group during the entire trekking experience.

Assistant guide: Our assistant guide has also a government licence but must work as an assistant guide during some time in order to become a company approved Guide. He assists the Guide with all major duties, ensuring the safety and checking that the performance of the group runs smoothly. He is equipped with an emergency first aid kit and walks along with the members  to monitor the group.

PortersWILD YAK EXPEDITIONS has it own reliable porters. It is their responsibility to carry your luggage during the trekking with proper handling standards.

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS is very concerned about the porters. We support and respect the porters’ rights and have high standards to make sure that they are treated well. We pay them a fair salary, including a bonus and providing them with good food allowances, clothes, shoes, sunglasses and insurances. 

Grade

Pre-Training before Trek

Trekking is good for everyone! A daily walk in a beautiful landscape with a consumption of significant volumes of water, chatting with local people and understanding the culture, observing your body limits, all combine to make many healthier your body and mind than they ever have been before.

Before your embark for your Trekking, WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS recommends a regular aerobic exercise including some stretching exercises for a couple of hours per week. Ideally you should concentrate on cardiovascular fitness, building an excellent stamina and undertake a bit of strength training to be more efficient in the mountains. It is worth to go for at least once a week for a 3 to 4 hour hike, which familiarizes already your body to sustain the long-time effort in the Himalaya. The fitter you are, the faster and more easily you will get the trail, acclimatise and enjoy the trekking days.

TREKKING GRADES

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS proposes a simple grading system that gives you a first idea of the difficulties of the Trekking for which you might apply and enables you to determine which is the best for you. 

NAR PHU Trek: Moderate

A moderate trekking grade takes into account the following factors:

  • An altitude up to 5500 m above sea level 

  • An average trail inclination of about 30%-45%; some sections may consist of loose, sandy, gravel ground and 
boulders 

  • An average of 400 to 800 elevation ascent a day (especially when crossing passes) 

  • The capacity to walk easily on glacier moraines 

  • A trail, which may be rough paved, loose dirt, slippery, in landslide area, icy or snowy (on some parts you might be assisted by the guides) 

  • The aptitude to walk at least 4-7 hours per day (longer days when crossing the passes 8-9 hrs.)

It requires the following skills from each participant:

  • A good stamina, to be able to walk during several hours at a sustained walking pace in a high altitude environment during several subsequent days 

  • You are familiar with assessing obstacles and hazards along the trail, walk confident (depending on the trail conditions, you may need some help in certain sections, especially while crossing the passes) 

  • You are able to carry a small personal backpack (about 35 liters)

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