Nar Phu Valley, Tilicho Lake and Throng La Trek - 25 Days Trip

Trip Code: NTT
Trip Duration: 25 Days Trip
Max Altitude: 5416m/17769ft
Group Size: Min. 2- Max. 16
Activity: Walking and Trekking
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A fantastic journey in a wild and unexplored area located north-east of Annapurna: the Nar and Phu Valley, this trek, in a wild and unexplored area north-east of Annapurna, is perfect for those trekkers who want to discover the Annapurna circuit as well as explore an untouched valley. Although Tilman first explored this region in the 1950’s,  the Nar and Phu valley  was only opened to trekkers as recently as 2003, and still relatively few westerners have explored its villages, which remain untouched by modernity. The remoteness of the valley and its proximity to Tibet has meant that the people and their culture have remained more akin to Tibet than Nepal, and they have retained their age-old practices. Most local inhabitants are engaged in yak herding and farming, like in rural Tibet.

Traversing an amazing combined expanse of high passes, remote villages, narrow canyons, lush forests, and viewpoints which overlook majestic snow peaks, this trek enjoys amazing natural diversity. We begin after driving for almost a whole day from Kathmandu to Jagat, from where we follow the popular Annapurna Circuit route as far as Koto, before heading into the previously restricted wilds of the Nar Khola Valley. Trekking in the area is unlike most of Nepal – the terrain is Trans Himalayan and similar to that of Tibet. Trails are rugged and at times cut high into cliff sides in an area that has changed little over the years.

We will spend a number of days exploring the region and will visit the remote villages of Phu and Nar, as well as crossing the Kang La Pass. We spend a couple of days in Phu to see the unique Buddhist monastery and chortens for which it is famous, and to explore the interesting rock formations in the area. One such monolith is nicknamed ‘The Leaning Tower of Pisa’, and guards the trail to Phu gate (otherwise known as Pupigyal Kwe). Here there are two forts, now in ruins, but impressively situated atop the flatlands before Phu. We will also have time to visit local villagers as they spin their yak yarn, pound mustard seeds and carry out other traditional daily activities

We will visit the Tashicholing Monastery before heading towards Nar, not far from the main Annapurna Trail. An area rarely visited by trekkers, Nar is a bit more lively than Phu and we will spend some time in the village square watching woman talk and weave carpets and blankets. Each family seems to have at least one child in the gompa (a combined fort, monastery and religious college) and thus the streets are alive with the sound of cymbals crashing, chanting and drumming.

We trek to Ngawal via Kang La (5322 m), an absolutely spectacular pass over-looking Annapurna II, Gangapurna, Tilicho peak, and the other peaks surrounding Tilicho, and Hongde. Next it is on to Braga (3500 m), an old, partially deserted Tibetan-style village to explore its ancient, yet colourful gompa.

The route will rejoin the Annapurna Circuit near Braga and continue to Manang. After a day rest in Manang we will follow the little-used route that leads to the Tilicho Lake. This route and its high passes link the Manang and Kali Ghandaki Valleys, and offer the adventurous and fit trekker high mountain scenery at its very best.

After a visit to the world's highest lake, Tilicho, the trail return and joins Annapurna Circuit trail near Yak Kharka and it continues to over Thorung La (at 5416m, the highest commonly-trekked pass in Nepal); pass offers a spectacular panoramic views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range along with superb birds eye view of mysterious kingdom of Upper Mustang and Tibetan plateau, and long descend to Kali Gandaki valley; deepest gorge in the world, then finally Jomsom, passing Muktinath, ‘where fire and water meet’, and which has been a sacred site for over 2000 years, and small ancient elusive Bonpo village of Lupra where spiritual Bonpo Buddhism is still practiced.

At Jomsom; an important town in the Kali Gandaki Valley, with its dramatic STOL airstrip, there is an interesting museum of local culture and Tibetan medicine, where the trek ends, and from where we take short flight or long drive to Pokhara, the lakeside town, and enjoy the overnight stay in hotel before return back to Kathmandu.

Map & Elevation

Altitude Chart

Altitude (Meter)


Day 01 Arrive in Kathmandu and transport to Hotel.
Day 02 Kathmandu
Day 03 Drive to to Jagat (1330m) or Chamje (1410m) via Besisahar (760m).

Altitude: 1410m/4625ft

Day 04 Trek to Dharapani (1960m).

Altitude: 1960m/6430ft

Day 05 Trek to Koto (2600m.).

Altitude: 2600m/8530ft

Day 06 Trek to Meta (3230m.)

Altitude: 3230m/10597ft

Day 07 Trek to Kayang (3740m.) Phu Gaun (4080m.)

Altitude: 4080m/13385ft

Day 08 Excursion around Phu valley
Day 09 Trek back to Nar Phadi (3490m.).

Altitude: 3490m/11450ft

Day 10 Trek to Nar Village (4110m.).

Altitude: 4110m/13484ft

Day 11 Acclimatization and explore Nar Village (4110m.).

Altitude: 4110m/13484ft

Day 12 Crossing Kang La pass (5315m.) and trek to Ngwal (3660m.).

Altitude: 5315m/17437ft

Day 13 Trek to Manang (3540m.).

Altitude: 3540m/11614ft

Day 14 Rest Day in Manang; explore around village or visit to Gangapurna Glacier Lake or cave monasteries.
Day 15 Trek to Khangsar (3734m.).

Altitude: 3734m/12250ft

Day 16 Trek to Tilicho Base Camp (4200m.).

Altitude: 4200m/13779ft

Day 17 Trek to Tilicho Lake (4920m.) and return to Tilicho Base Camp (4200m.).

Altitude: 4920m/16141ft

Day 18 Trek to Yak Kharka (4020m) or Lather (4230m).

Altitude: 4230m/13877ft

Day 19 Short trek to Phedi (4550m).

Altitude: 4550m/14927ft

Day 20 Cross Thorung La (5416m) & trek to Muktinath (3800m)/Ranipauwa (3700m).

Altitude: 5416m/17769ft

Day 21 Trek to Jomsom (2760m) via Lupra (2790m).

Altitude: 2790m/9153ft

Day 22 Very early morning flight or drive to Pokhara (830m).

Altitude: 830m/2723ft

Day 23 Early morning fly or drive to Kathmandu.
Day 24 Kathmandu
Day 25 Transfer to airport for international departure.

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Lodge Based Trip/Trek

This trip/trek is lodge (teahouse) based. All accommodation, including food, is provided in local lodges. Occasionally however, where a large group is concerned we may choose to send our own cook along, as well, to take care of your food hygiene and to cook some special additional items.We provide all necessary documentation, including permits, and arrange all internal transport. We provide trekking guide, assistant guide(s) and porters/animals for transport of your gear. You merely carry a daysack with essentials, including water.

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This trip/trek is camping (tent) based. We will provide one 3-man tent for every two people, also single tents, where requested, on payment of supplementary costs. All food and drinks are provided by our experienced cook and his kitchen team. We provide all necessary documentation, including permits, and arrange all internal transport. We provide trekking guide, assistant guide(s), cook, kitchen crew, food and drink, and porters/animals for transport of your gear. You merely carry a daysack with essentials, including water.

Guide, Accommodation & Porter only

In this trip neither food nor transportation is included. Clients are responsible for food and local transportation, and our responsibility is to provide insured guide, insured porter, and all necessary permits. All additional costs are the responsibility of the clients, including charges incurred as a result of delays or cancellation of services beyond our control. Clients pay for their own accommodation. Any additional costs are the responsibility of the clients, We can arrange hotels and international airport transfer, on request.

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This trip is specially designed for low-budget travellers who prefer fairly basic facilities with reduced services. It is a pre-requisite that a porter is hired for any self-guided trip, which is an ideal set-up for those who enjoy independent travel with minimum cost. We have added support to minimise the hard work of planning and costing, and we will be available to help in the unlikely event of an emergency. We will arrange all documentation (including permits), before you arrive in Nepal, so that you are free to get on with your adventure, relying only on your porter to help you on your way. All additional costs are the responsibility of the clients, including charges incurred as a result of delays or cancellation of services beyond our control. Hotel accommodation, local transportation and international airport transfers may be arranged, on request.

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