The Nar Phu Tilicho Pass Trek is less trodden and opened in 2002 in the Annapurna region. It is also named “Annapurna Hard Way Trek,” allowing you on a single excursion to explore three distinct valleys. Nar Phu valley is generally less crowded and free of modern influences. It’s unique because it features popular Tibetan culture, breathtaking passes, and remote villages. Besides that, the Kang – La Pass (5200 meters), Meso Kanto La Pass (5100 meters), and Tilicho Pass (5230 meters) are the main tourist attractions of Nar Phu Tilicho Lake. The Tilicho lake lies at the highest altitude globally, which is another attraction of the trek.
The Nar Phu Tilicho Pass Trek is on its way to the Annapurna Circuit Trek. It passes through the Marshyangdi Valley before turning to the remote Naar Phu Valley. Trekking around the Phu valley also gives you a glimpse of 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 camp. Furthermore, Tilicho Lake, Meso Kanto La, and Naar Phu Valley provide stunning views of the iconic Annapurna peaks. Acclimatization is important since the route ascends more than 5000 meters above sea level.
Nar Phu Tilicho Pass Trek: Highlights
Nar Phu Tilicho Lake Trek itinerary
|Days||Destination||Altitude in Meters||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 excellent physical conditions. 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 us for the customization if not appropriate for you. Autumn and spring are the best time for this trek, but Himalayan Exploration operates throughout the year.
Permit & regulation
The Nar Phu Valley is a restricted area within the Annapurna region. 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.