NAAR PHU with Tilicho Lake

  • Country: Nepal
  • Duration: 19 Days
  • Region: Annapurna Region
  • Max Altitude: 5,320 meters / 17,455 feets
  • Group Size: 4 to 6 People
  • Grade: Moderate
  • Meals: Dinners in Kathmandu, All meals in the Trek
  • Accommodation: Hotel Tibet International and Yak & Yeti hotel, Lodges in Trek
  • Prime Activity: Trekking
  • Minor Activity: Cultural Sightseeing
Trip Price:
USD 4,490 per person
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Highlights of Trip

  • Introduction of Nepal, its culture and tradition
  • Sightseeing of the UNESCO world Heritage sites in Kathmandu
  • Superior Hotels in Kathmandu
  • An un-crowded trekking experience in a remote part of Nepal
  • 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
  • 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

Naar Phu Trekking takes you to experience the culture and traditions of the Manangba and Gurung communities. Besides the stunning landscapes, you discover some medieval Himalayan stonewalled villages. The whole surrounded by impressive giants of the Himalaya.  Mount Manaslu, the Annapurna Range, Dhaulagiri, Tilicho peak and the beautiful Machhapuchare stand in the middle of an admirable and rich Himalayan flora and fauna.

NAAR PHU WITH TILICHO LAKE: into the mysterious Valley

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS starts its Naar Phu Trekking by an interesting drive to the small village of Chamje. Our Trekking follows the route in the core of the Annapurna Region. 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.  The place where the time has stood still, before we cross the Kang-La pass (5320m). We join again the Annapurna route until Manang. From there, we start the beautiful ascent to the splendid high altitude lake Tilicho. Above it, the impressive glacier wall of the Tilicho Peak. Last but not least: the crossing of the un-crowded and remote Meso Kanto pass (5100m) brings a final authentic touch to this fabulous Trekking. The Trip ends with a spectacular flight from Jomsom down the Kali Gandaki Valley to Pokhara. From there, we fly back to Kathmandu.


Trekking in the outdoors especially in the Himalaya provides some health benefits. Ranging from physical to mental to spiritual. It is also the best place where we have enough time to discover oneself and rejuvenate our life. Beside personal benefits, it contributes to helping the local economy by visiting the areas that were mercilessly affected by the April 2015 earthquake.


Finally,Wild Yak Expeditions Team welcomes you in the Himalaya. We commit to organize small groups with high-quality services that are essential for flexibility, contentment, good ambiance and precious exchanges of cultures and traditions with our local Team.

Map of Trip

NAAR PHU with Tilicho Lake

Altitude Chart of Trip

NAAR PHU with Tilicho Lake

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 :
Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m) / Transfer to Hotel Tibet International Hotel
Day 2 :
Sightseeing of the UNESCO Heritages sites in Kathmandu / Hotel Tibet International
Day 3 :
Drive from KTM via Besisahar to Bhulbhule (840m), 7-8 hrs / Lodge
Day 4 :
Bhulbhule to Jagat (1300m), 6 hrs / Lodge
Day 5 :
Jagat to Dharapani (1860m), 5 hrs / Lodge
Day 6 :
Dharapani to Koto (2600m), 5-6 hrs / Lodge
Day 7 :
Koto to Meta (3560m), 7 hrs / WYE Tent
Day 8 :
Meta to Phu (4080m), 6-7 hrs / WYE Tent
Day 9 :
Hike to Himlung BC, back to Phu (4080m), 6-7 hrs / WYE Tent
Day 10 :
Phu to Naar (4110m), 6-7 hrs / WYE Tent
Day 11 :
Naar via Kangla pass (5320m) to Ngawal (3675m), 7 hrs / WYE Tent
Day 12 :
Ngawal to Manang (3200m), 3 hrs / Lodge
Day 13 :
Manang to Tilicho Lake (4920m), 7-8 hrs / WYE Tent
Day 14 :
Tilicho Lake to Mesokanto BC (4940m), 3-4 hrs / WYE Tent
Day 15 :
Mesokanto BC to Kaisang (3510m), 4-5 hrs / WYE Tent
Day 16 :
Kaisang to Jomsom (2720m), 5-6 hrs / Lodge
Day 17 :
Flight back from Jomsom to Pokhara (850m), 25 minutes / Transfer to Glacier Hotel, 5 hrs
Day 18 :
Flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu, 40 minutes / Transfer to Yak & Yeti Hotel
Day 19 :
Departure international flight

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!

  • The organisation of your Journey
  • All airport/hotel transfers in Nepal
  • Accommodation in superior 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 superior hotel in Pokhara, on a sharing basis, incl. breakfast and dinner (1 night); Additional charges occur for single room (upon request)
  • Domestic flights (by airplane), incl. the local taxes
  • Lodge/ International brand WYE tented accommodation, with all the necessary infrastructure, during the trekking, on a sharing basis
  • Attached rooms in Manang and Jomsom
  • A well-trained and experienced Sherpa Team: Sherpa Guide, Assistant Guide (depending on the number of participants), porters, 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
  • First aid kit with oxygen, mask and regulator in case of emergency
  • Weather update
  • Camera solar battery charging device
  • WYE postcards
  • All government and local taxes

Price Excludes

  • International airfare*
  • Nepal entry Visa fee (40$)
  • Excess baggage charges for the international and domestic flights
  • Lunches in Kathmandu
  • Travel cancellation and rescue insurance
  • Individual beverages and personal expenses
  • Optional trips and sightseeing, if extended
  • Tips
  • Any other expense that is not included in the quoted price.

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



WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS is focusing on small groups 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.


Kathmandu: we stay at superior 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 (upon availability), 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.


Your safety is of supreme concern while traveling with WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS. A first aid kit, with a (4)-litre oxygen bottle with a mask and regulator, for emergency.

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 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.


Our 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.

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 our Trekking Guide with all major duties, ensuring the safety and checking that the performance of the group runs smoothly.

Our 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. 


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.


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: Hard

A trekking with the grade “hard” implies the following factors:

  • An altitude up to 6000 meters above sea level
  • An average trail inclination of about 30%-60% with some sections that may be loose, sandy, with gravel grounds and boulders, icy, snowy and to be done by abseiling
  • An average of 400 to 1000 elevation ascent a day (especially while crossing the passes)
  • Confident to walk on glacier moraines and glaciers covered with snow
  • The trail may be rough paved, need to fix a rope, be loose dirt, slippery, in a landslide area, icy and snowy. At some places, you might need the help of your hands and be strongly assisted by a partner/guide
  • The aptitude to walk 8-12 hours per day especially while crossing the passes
  • To be confident to cross a river

It requires the subsequent skills from each participant:

  • The need to have a basic mountaineering knowledge, as glacier walk, crampon and ice axe use
  • The knowledge of repelling down oneself
  • A very good stamina; the capacity to walk during several hours at a sustained walking pace for a few days in a row in a high altitude environment
  • You are familiar with assessing obstacles and hazards along the trail, walk confident in difficult terrain
  • You are able to carry a small personal backpack (35 litres)

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