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NARPHU  & TILICHO  TREKKING

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Duration: 21 days (13 days trek)

Difficulty level: Easy / Medium / demanding

Max. Altitude: 5,320m

Price: €1900 full board 

Accommodation: Hotel / Lodge 

Start / Finish point: Kathmandu / Kathmandu

Group Size: 2-14

Best Season: Mar-May / Sep-Nov

This trek takes us through the narrow village of Nar and Phu, Kang La pass and the Tilicho lake of the Annapurna region, the highest lake in the world. Nar and Phu (Phoo) is one of Nepal's restricted areas and has only been open for trekkers since 2003. We pass through remote villages, narrow canyons, incredible rock formations and Himalayan cultures. Khang La pass (5280 meters) and famous Lake Tilicho, the highest lake in the world at 4949 meters above sea level. This trip would be an ideal choice for those who like to explore the panoramic view of the Annapurna region, while avoiding the crowded Annapurna Circuit area. Trekking in these areas is different from most of Nepal as the terrain is Trans Himalayan and similar to Tibet. The trails are rough and sometimes cut high into the cliff sides, in an area that has changed little over the years. The trek starts from Koto, before heading to the previously limited wilderness of Nar Khola. The route then rejoins the Annapurna Circuit in Manang for a short time, then heads towards Lake Tilicho.

DETAILED ITINERARY

DAY

  1.  International flight. Departure from from your country to Nepal. It usually takes one to two days, depending to which country you are flying from.

  2. Arrival in Kathmandu 1,350m/4,429ft Land to Kathmandu Tribhuwan International Airport and after you will be transferred to the hotel by our team. There will be welcome dinner together with all team. Overnight in Kathmandu

  3. Drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar by jeep (7 hours) We drive from Kathmandu to Dumre and then follow the narrow, paved road along the Marshyangdi River to Besi Sahar (823m.)

  4. We drive to Koto 2698 meter  Today we continue towards Koto by jeep. (we could have done this route directly from Kathmandu the day before, but it's more sure if we keep an extra day due to off-road conditions) (5-6 hours)

  5. Trekking to Dharmasala (3220 meters) We enter the narrow valley of the Nar Phu Valley. After leaving the Marshyangdi River, the trail starts following the Phu River gradually ascending into the valley. The valley runs through narrow and pristine forests but as we move further the views widens up and eventually we can stop either in Dharmasala.

  6. Trekking to Chaku (3772 meters) We start with a steep path up to Meta and cross thrilling waterfalls and impressive rock faces. The terrain is quite easy up to Junam and continues to be similar up to the lower village of Chaku. After climbing the final steep we arrive to the village of Chaku. (6 hours)

  7. Trek to Phu Village (4050 meters) The trail goes down to the river, we walk for a while along the river bank and pass through some small campsites along the way . We have to walk carefully through a small glacial stream for another few hours passing through gorges and scenic canyons to reach to the Phu gate so called Pupigyal Kwe. Overnight in Phu village (6-7 hours)

  8.  Acclimatization day in Phu village Today we do a short hike up to the village that offers stunning views of the valley and mountains surrounding. Although a long and gruelling walk to Himlung Base Camp remains a good alternative.

  9. Trek to Nar (4150 meters) Today we trek back passing Chaku village and reach to the bridge, after the trail begins to climb until we reach to Nar village. It will be a quite long day of trek.  (7-8 hours)

  10. Trekking to Ngwal (3670 meters) Passing the Kang La pass (5280 meters). Kang La is not a difficult pass, but it could be a long day due to the high altitude pass and if there is snow at the top. Kang La, at 5240m, is an absolutely spectacular passage overlooking Annapurna II, Gangapurna, the peak of Tilicho and the peaks that surround Tilicho. The downhill path is steep and then more gradual as you reach the end. (8-9 hours)

  11. Trekking to Manang (3540 meters) A descent to the valley and easy terrain joins the return path with the path near Mugje. After passing through Mugje, reach the village of Braga. Braga has two contrasting parts, an old-looking village with a monastery just minutes from the trail and new modern tea houses facilitated across the way. Eventually we arrive in Manang. (6-7 hours)

  12. Acclimatization day in Manang Today we will explore Khangsur village, Kecho lake or Milarepa cave. Overnight in Manang.

  13. Trekking from Manang to Khangsar village (3.734m)  From Manang, we descend to Chorten and head northwest. After crossing the Jharsang Khola (river) on the suspension bridge, the trail passes through pine forest and wheat fields before arriving in Khangsar (Gurung village). Overnight in Khangsar.

  14. Trek from Khangsar to Tilicho Base Camp (4,200m) 4-5 hours. We trek from Khangsar to Tilicho Base Camp after breakfast. On the way we pass Tore Gompa, perhaps blue sheep grazing around the large grassy field. After reaching Tilicho Base Camp, we will spend the night there.

  15. Trekking to Tilicho lake (4,919 m) and back to Tilicho base camp We start the trek early in the morning towards Lake Tilicho, it takes about 4 hours to reach it. We can have an outstanding view of Gangapurna, Tarkekang, Khangsar Kang and the view of the Manang valley. After spending some time exploring the lake, we return to base camp and spend the night.

  16. Return from Tilicho Base Camp to Manang We return to Manang on foot. We stay one night in Manang today.

  17. Treking from Manang to Chame After breakfast, we start walking to Chame which takes about 7-8 hours. Overnight at the Chame lodge.

  18. We drive from Chame to PokharaToday we take a jeep to Pokhara from Chame and stay overnight at the hotel in Pokhara. 6-7 hours.

  19. Pokhara sightseeing tour After breakfast, you can visit the temple of Binda potties (in the middle of Fewa lake), the Davis waterfall, the Gupteshor Mahadev cave and the boat in the Phewa lake. Overnight at Hotel.

  20. Travel from Pokhara to Kathmandu After breakfast, we travel by coach to Kathmandu. To celebrate the completion of our journey, we will have a farewell dinner in the evening. For dinner, excellent Nepalese cuisine is served, which will introduce you to the food culture of the country. Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu

  21. Final departure from Kathmandu.

 

SERVICE INCULDE

  • All transport within Nepal during the trip Private transfers to and from airports in Nepal

  • Hotel accommodation in double room with breakfast for 2 nights in Kathmandu and 2 nights in Pokhara

  • Special permit for Nar Phu

  • ACAP and TIMS and other taxes.

  • 1 typical dinner with folklore show in Kathmandu

  • Full board, drinks included, and accommodation in a double room during the trek

  • Entrance fees to monuments and national parks

  • Guided tours with English and Italian speaking guide in Kathmandu

  • Porterage service during the trek

  • Italian speaking guide during the trek

  • Salaries, insurance, equipment, flights, accommodation and meals for guides and porters

  • Trekking bag if you want to keep it costs 35 euros

  • Government and local taxes

 

SERVICE EXCLUDE

  • International flight  

  • Entry visa issued on arrival (approximately € 35 for 30 days)

  • Lunch and dinner in the city of Kathmandu and Pokhara

  • Tips and anything not expressly mentioned in "The fee includes" Travel insurance (medical insurance in case of emergency evacuation)

 

Important note: your safety is the most important thing while traveling. Please note that the guide has the right to modify or cancel any part of the route, if it is really necessary for safety reasons. It will undertake to maintain the itinerary described above. However, since this adventure involves traveling to remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that there will be no detours from it; weather conditions, the health of a group member, unforeseen natural events, etc., can all contribute to changes in the route. The guide will try to ensure that the trip runs as planned, but please be prepared to be flexible if needed. ​

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