In the Annapurna region, the Nar Phu Tilicho Pass Trek is less trodden and opened in 2002. It is also named “Annapurna Hard Way Trek,” allowing you on a single excursion to explore three distinct valleys. Nar Phu valley is usually less crowded and untouched with modern impact. It is offbeat as it provides prominent Tibetan culture, beautiful passes, and remote villages. Nar Phu Tilicho is the primary tourist attraction of Nar Phu Tilicho Lake, which is the Kang – La Pass (5200 meters), Meso Kanto La Pass (5099 m), and the Tilicho Pass (5230 meters). The Tilicho lake lies at the highest altitude globally, which is another attraction of the trek.
The Nar Phu Tilicho Pass Trekking is on its way to the Annapurna Circuit Trek. It heads to the Marshyangdi valley and turns to the remote Naar Phu Valley. Trekking around the Phu valley also provides an insight into the Buddhist culture. The route then continuously goes through the Naar valley. Then it heads to the Manang Valley crossing over the Kang Pass – La Pass. Again, the trail connects to the Annapurna Circuit Trek route, followed by the Khangsar Khola and Tilicho Base camps. Besides, Tilicho Lake, Meso Kanto La, and Naar Phu Valley give you a beautiful view of the snow-covered Annapurna peaks. Acclimatization is crucial, as the route goes more than 5000 meters from the sea level.
Nar Phu Tilicho Pass Trek: Highlights
Nar Phu Tilicho Lake Trek itinerary
|Days||Destination||Altitude in Meters||Walking Distance|
|1.||Drive to Bulbule then trek to Ngadi||970||7h00|
|2.||Trek to Jagat||1400||6h00|
|3.||Trek to Dharapani||1965||6h00|
|5.||Trek to Koto||2600||5h00|
|6 – 12.||Trekking around Nar Phu Valley||4200||Six days|
|13.||Trek to Ngawal via Kang – La Pass (5320 m)||3660||8h00|
|14-16.||Ngawal to Tilicho East Base Camp||4900||Three days|
|17.||Trek to North Campsite via Eastern Pass (5300 m)||4950||4h00|
|18.||Trek to Yak Kharka via Mesokanto Pass (5320 m)||4320||6h00|
|19.||Trek to Jomsom||2700||7h00|
|20.||Jomsom – Pokhara by plane|
|21.||Drive back to Kathmandu||6h00|
The Nar Phu Tilicho Pass is perfect for trekkers who have an excellent physical condition. It’s because of magical allure; they’ll admire during this trek. The itinerary is a guideline that can be personalized based on the trekkers’ needs. Please contact a specialist for the customization if not appropriate for you. Autumn and spring are the best time for this trek, but the trek operates throughout the year.
Permit & regulation
The Nar Phu Valley of the Annapurna region is a restricted area. So it is compulsory to have permits to trek in this area. Like other controlled regions’ treks, it is advisable to apply for grants through an authorized trekking company. Nar Phu Valley Permit cost is US$ 90 per person per week, whereas the ACAP entry fee is NPR 3000, respectively.
Day 1: Arrival day (1,300 m)
Day 2: Free day and trek preparation.
Day 3: Kathmandu – Bulbule – Ngadi (1000 m) 7 hours by bus and 2 hours walk.
Day 4: Ngadi – Jagat (1400m) 5 hours walk. (Lodge)
Day 5: Jagat – Dharapani (1970m) 6 hours walk. (Lodge)
Day 6: Dharapani – Koto Manang (2600m) 5 hours walk.
Day 7: Koto Manang – Dharmasala (3230m) 6 hours walk. (Tent)
Day 8: Dharmasala – Kyang (3820m) 5 hours walk (Tent)
Day 9: Kyang – Phu village (4100m) 6 hours walk (Tent)
Day 10: Acclimatization day!
Day 11: Phu village – Junam (3684m) 5 hours walk (Tent)
Day 12: Junam – Nar (4100m) 5 hours walk (Tent)
Day 13: Naar – Kangla Phedi (4500m) 4 hours walk (Tent)
Day 14: Kangla Phedi – Nawal (3660m) via Kangla Pass (5320m) 8h00 walk.
Day 15: Ngawal – Manang (3540m) 4 hours walk (Lodge).
Day 16: Manang – Tilicho Base Camp (4160m) 6 hours walk (Lodge)
Day 17: Tilicho Base Camp – Tilicho Lake East Camp (4900m) 4 hours walk (Tent)
Day 18: Tilicho Lake east – North Campsite (4950m) via Eastern La Pass 5300m. Four hours walk (Tent)
Day 19: North Campsite – Yak Kharka (4320m) via Mesokanto- La pass (5320m) 6 hours walk (Tent)
Day 20: Yak Kharka – Jomsom (2700m) 4 hours walk (Lodge)
Day 21: Jomsom – Pokhara by plane. (Hotel includes)
Day 22: Kathmandu – Pokhara by tourist bus (hotel includes)
Day 23: Final departure.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Kathmandu International Airport|
|DEPARTURE TIME||Please arrive at least 3 hours before the flight.|
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1. You can enjoy your trek entirely without carrying a heavy backpack.
2. Another is to increase the local communities’ income.