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Namun La, Nar phu valley,Tilicho lake and mesokantola combined Trekking

Namun La, Nar phu valley,Tilicho lake and mesokantola combined Trekking

Nar phu valley is a fantastic journey in a wild and unexplored area located north of Annapurna: the Nar Phu Valley inhabited. This trek is perfect for travelers who want to discover an untouched valley, off the beaten track or alternative route. A rough and wild trek, this trek takes you to the exotic Nar Phu valley that lies in the remote corner of the Annapurna region.

Overview

As we have been always searching for something new trekking packages for our valued clients since our establishment, now we have designed the beautiful route of joining three different spectacular sites as Namun la, Nar phu valley and Tilicho lake. This trip is an alternative route to Annapurna circuit. As Annapurna round is distracting to trekkers because of road construction and running local jeeps on dusty gravel road and crowd of trekkers, our main vision is to take you away from crowd and avoid the road. This is adventures trip combining three passes Namun La pass, Kang La pass and Mesokantola pass.

This trip starts from Pokhara and drive to one of the popular ethnic cultural village –Siklesh. You will trek through Yak herd, lake and wonderful view of Annapurna range and Lamjung himal. You will encounter many different species of birds, animals and different colors of rhododendron flowers during the spring. After Namun la pass ( 4850m.) , we join Annapurna circuit trail in Timang but we just avoid this road and head to another remote area Nar phu valley.

Nar phu valley is a fantastic journey in a wild and unexplored area located north of Annapurna: the Nar Phu Valley inhabited. This trek is perfect for travelers who want to discover an untouched valley, off the beaten track or alternative route. A rough and wild trek, this trek takes you to the exotic Nar Phu valley that lies in the remote corner of the Annapurna region. Opened to visitors only in the year 2003, the Nar Phu valley remains untouched by modernity. The inhabitants, who roughly comprises of about 350 Nepalese Tibetans, have retained their age old practices. Most of them are engaged in yak herding and farming. Visited by very few trekkers this exotic land offers medieval Tibetan culture in undisturbed form, dramatic mountain views and great alpine scenery in a Tibet-like flavor. After Kang la pass ( 5200 m.) you will join to Manang via Ngawal but again the trail will split from Annapurna circuit trail and take you to Tilicho lake.

Tilicho lake is the highest elevated (4950m.) beautiful lake in the world. It is the main attraction of this trip. The trail will lead you to Mesokantola pass ( 5099 m.) and reach Jomsom.

Suggested Itinenary

Day 1 : Kathmandu arrival (1290m.)

Arriving in Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), You will be greeted by Nepal alternative trek’s airport representative and transferee  by private vehicle to hotel ( Kathmandu garden home or similar category ) on b/b plan.

In the evening, There will be organized a short introductory program with your guide/porters and guide will give you a brief about the trip. He also will check your trekking equipments to make sure that you are ready for it !

Day 2: Kathmandu-Pokhara ( 6 hrs drive)

Drive to  Pokhra by tourist bus and stay overnight there at selected hotel ( Hotel mount view or similar category) on b/b basis. B

Day 3: Pokhara-Kalikasthan-Siklesh 1980 m. ( 8 hrs drive)

Drive to Siklesh by local bus/jeep. Stay overnight at tented camp. B+L+D

Day 4: Siklesh-Tasa Kharka (2600m.) 5 hrs.

Trek to Tasa kharka and stay overnight at tented camp. B+L+D

Day 5: Tasa Kharka- Tasa Dhamasala ( 3200m.) 6 hrs.

Trek to Tasa Dharmala and stay overnight there at tented camp. B+L+D

Day 6: Acclimatization day

Rest day for acclimatization at same place. B+L+D

Day 7: Tasa Dharmasala –Thulo Lake ( Boksi taal) (3600m.)  4 hrs.

Trek to Thulo lake and stay overnight there at tented camp. B+L+D

Day 8: Thulo Lake- Thorju (4000m.) 5 hrs.

Ascend to Thorju and stay overnight there at tented camp. B+L+D

Day 9: Thorju-Namun Fedi ( 4400m.) 3 hrs. 

Trek to Namun Fedi and stay overnight there at tented camp. B+L+D

Day 10: Namun Fedi- Namunla pass ( 4850m.)- Danfe Kharka ( 3900m.) 7 hrs

Early morning cross Namun la pass and reach Timang. Stay overnight there at tented camp. B+L+D

Day 11: Danfe Kharka-Timang ( 2500m.) 5 hrs.

Trek down to Timang and stay overnight there at tented camp. B+L+D

Day 12: Timang-Koto (2600m.) 5 hrs

Trek to Koto takes about five hours. You trek a gradually descending path and cross a stream to reach Koto. The mountain views you can enjoy are of Annapurna II and Manaslu range along with beautiful views of forests on the way which add another dimension to your trek. Koto is a small village mainly inhabited by Gurung and other ethnic groups. Their lifestyle is mainly influenced by Buddhist Tibetans. Stay overnight at tented camp. B+L+D

Day 13: Koto -Meta (3230 m.) 6 hrs

Trek from Koto to Meta takes about six hours. This morning you head out early, as you have a long and somewhat difficult day before you. You cross the river leading to the Nar Phu valley and hike up through beautiful woods above the Phu Khola. The route takes you through some beautiful woods and past several small caves, and a pilgrims’ Dharmasala. After you emerge out of a narrow canyon, the trail actually passes under a wide waterfall just before the Dharmasala, from where the woods become thinner and the vistas wider. Finally, you will reach meta. Stay overnight at tented camp. B+L+D

Day 14: Meta- Phu (4050 m.) 6 hrs

Trek from Meta to Phu takes about six hours. This morning is one of the loveliest walks in the Himalayas. The landscape is combined with white rocks, low shrubs, juniper, scattered evergreens, delicate brick-red and orange leafy bushes, crumbling shelves of flat slate and white, sandy trails.

The mountains around you are clearly visible and the Phu Koshi shadows the trail far below. An hour past Meta, Junam is the second semi-permanent settlement. Above the Kharka to the right looms a massive glacier which falls jaggedly down to the high pastures above you.

Passing Kayang is steeply down to the river, you trek for a while along the river bank and past the “submarine” rock, passing some small possible campsites along the way. You start to see some of the unique, colorful chortens for which Nar and Phu are famous. You have to walk carefully across a small glacial stream before reaching a larger one with a bridge only half covered with large slabs of slate. Another hour and a half of trekking through scenic canyon lands and gorges, and the monolith guards the steep trail up to the Phu gate, called Pupigyal Kwe. This ancient gate provides you the first view of the three villages of Phu, as well as an old “dzong” and the remains of the two forts, which are all now in ruins, but impressively situated atop the flatlands before Phu.

Just before the bridge to Phu, a line of wonderful chortens color the landscape and lead the way to the main village of Phu, perched high up on a hill. You will set up camp on the lower reaches of Phu, formerly called Gomdzong, and head up to the famous Tashi Lhakhang Gompa on a neighboring hillside to pay your respect to Lama Karma Sonam. Stay overnight at tented camp at Phu Village.B+L+D

Day 15: Excursion around Phu valley and Gompa.

You could have interaction with locals and explore up the wide valley systems above you. You might walk up the valley to the summer grazing settlement or Kharka at Ngoru, a three hours walk past the gompa. Phu itself is an incredibly interesting village and you can observe the villagers spinning their yak and sheep wool and chat. Stay overnight at same camp. B+L+D

Day 16: Hiking to Himlung base camp (4-5 hrs.)

We take you to Himlung base camp this day. The trail follows the phu river and it takes about 4-5 hours for both way.

Day 17: Phu village- Nar village ( 4150m.) 7 hrs.

You get back through Phu gate, descend to the river and retrace your steps back to Junam Kharka which is a lovely spot for grazing the cattle.Trek down the old bridge spanning a deep, contoured and narrow gorge and all the way back up again. The scenery is stunning. Below you sits Gyalbu Kumbu, built in 1650, and Satte Gompa both empty. You finally reach the Nar gates at the top of the hill and pass by yet another line of wonderfully painted, bamboo topped chortens and a large tiered chorten. Stay overnight at lodge  at Nar at tented camp . B+L+D

Day 18: Explore Nar village.

Nar is more live than Phu. Each family at Nar seems to have at least one son or daughter in a gompa. Stay overnight at tented camp. B+L+D

Day 19: Nar village -Kang La pass–Ngawal ( 3675m.) 9 hrs

The Kang La is not a difficult pass, but it could be a long day if there is snow on the pass or the altitude is taking its toll. The Kang La, at 5240m, is an absolutely spectacular pass looking over Annapurna II, Gangapurna, Tilicho peak, the peaks surrounding Tilicho and the airport at Hungde. The trail down is steep and then more gradual as you reach the end.

Ngawal, on the upper Pisang route of the Annapurna circuit (off the main Annapurna circuit), can be reached in as little as two hours from the pass, but the walk down is very nice and easy with enchanting views. Just before Ngawal is an unusual grouping of chortens and prayer flags which marks a meditation cave far up in the hills. Ngawal is a wonderful, old village of cobbled streets, prayer wheels and beautiful architecture, obviously a hub of religious activity in previous times. Stay overnight at tented camp. B +L+D

Day 20: Ngawal- Manag ( 3550m.) 5 hrs

Trek from Ngwal to Manang takes about three hours. This day you walk through leveled path along the bank of the Marshyangdi river to reach Manang. On the way you pass pine forests, villages such as Braga and farming terraces. You can enjoy the views of the Annapurna range, Tilicho Mountain and beautiful landscapes. Manang is a small town. Stay overnight at tented camp. B+L+D

Day 21: Acclimatization/Explore day in Manang

It is necessary to take an acclimatization day before doing another high pass Mesonkantola. You also have various attractions around here to see as ice Lake, Gangapurna glacier, Milarepa Cave, Khangsar village and Monastery ( 100 rupees lama).

Monastery ( Hundred rupees lama) : This monastery is known as Praken gompa. It is pleasant walk. You will see Annapurna view. After he offers you 100 rupees to pay, you will get blessing from him for impending crossing of the Thorong la pass by tying a sacred thread around your neck. Hi is named 100 rupees lama from this traditional system.

Gangapurna glacier: It is situated in short distance from Manang. We get to very close to Gangapurna lake and glacier. It is coming from Gangrapurna mountain situated at the lap. You will have a great view of Manang and Braga village from there.

Khangsar Village: Khangsar is the last village after Manang and before Jomsom. It is a collection of traditional stone buildings surrounding a large village square. It is lovely old village and near there a small Sakyapa monastery is situated.

Milarepa Cave: It is one of the interesting place to visit. In legend, local people believe Milarepa used to meditate here in ancient period.

Ice Lake: It is excellent to visit but quite a long walk to reach there and come back. You have to be prepared for 7 hours walk with pack lunch and enough water.

Day 22: Manang-Khangsar (3734m.) 5 hrs.

Trek from Manang to Khangsar takes approximately five hours. The path is a gradual descent and you cross a suspension bridge over Jharsing Khola (stream). The panoramic views of the Annapurna range completely mesmerize you. Khangsar is a Gurung village. There you find a small monastery, chorten, mani walls and prayer flags. Stay overnight at tented camp. B+L+D

Day 23: Khangsar-Tilicho base camp ( 4200m.) 6 hrs.

Trek from Khangsar to Tilicho Lake takes about six hours. This day you trek up and ascending trail until you reach your destination. The path is quite covered by small crystals and shrubs can be seen on both sides. Some places along the trail you cross a few streams. Tilicho Lake is situated at the highest altitude. From here you can enjoy the closer and panoramic views of Tilicho Mountain and many others. Stay overnight at tented camp . B+L+D

Day 24: Tilicho lake-Mesokanto la pass-Mesokantola kharka ( 4800m.) 7 hrs.

Early morning we head to cross Mesokanto la Pass (5200m.) and reach Kharka. takes about seven hours. The path is full of ups and downs until you reach Mesokanto Pass. The trail is quite narrow and you trek over icy path. The panoramic views of the Annapurna range, Tilicho, Dhaulagiri along with ten other mountains completely mesmerize you. Stay overnight at tented camp in Mesokanto Pass. B+L+D

Day 25: Mesokantola Kharka-Kaisang (3510m. ) 6 hrs.

Trek to Kaisang about six hours walk then stay overnight there at tented camp. B+L+D

Day 26: Kaisang-Jomsom  ( 2741m.) 6 hrs

Trek from Kaisang to Jomsom via Thimi (2760 m.) takes about six hours.

The trail goes steeply down to Jomsom. This day you trek through pine forest. Before you reach Jomsom, you cross Thimi inhabited by mostly Buddhists. There are no tea houses available from Tilicho Lake to Jomsom. Stay overnight at tented camp in Jomsom. B+L+D

Day 27: Jomom-Pokhara over fly 

Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara which takes about 25 minutes. Stay overnight at selected hotel ( Hotel Panorama or similar category) in Pokhara on B/B basis. In the evening, explore around Fewa lake.

Day 28: Pokhara-Kathmandu ( 6 hrs driving)

Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus that takes about six hours. While driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, you head up to Damauli, Dumre, Muglin and Kurintar where the Nepal’s first Cable car is operated to reach to Manakamana Temple. En route, you can enjoy the mountain views, green sceneries, rice terrace fields, vegetable fields and people engaged in their daily life activities. From Naubishe you climb up to Thankot, the gateway to Kathmandu. You can also fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu which takes about 25 minutes.

Stay overnight at hotel ( Kathmandu garden home or similar category ) in Kathmandu on B/B basis.

Day 29: Departure 

Nepal Alternative Treks provides you private transportation to the international airport and your departure home.

Foot Note:

B/B = Bed and Breakfast, B = breakfast. L = Lunch, D = Dinner,

M .= meter.

Cost Inc/Exc

Cost Includs

  • Pick up and drop by private vehicle from/to international airport.
  • Hotel accommodaiton ( Kathmandu garden home or Similar Category) with breakfast in Kathmandu.
  • Hotel accommodation ( Hotel mount view or similar category ) with breakfast in Pokhara.
  • All meals during the trekking (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with tea/coffee )
  • Tented accommodation during the trekking.
  • All necessary camping and kitchen equipments.
  • One highly educated, experienced, first aid trained, fluent English speaking, local language speaking, friendly and government authorized trekking guide, Cook and required porters.
  • Staff’s food, accommodation, salary, insurance, transportation and equipments.
  • Overland transportation as per itinerary.
  • Annapurna conservation area project ( ACAP) and Trekking information management system(TIMS) card.
  • Trekking equipments as sleeping bag, down jacket etc.
  • First aid medical box.
  • Water purification iodine drops/pills.
  • Government tax and service charge.

Cost Excluds

  • All meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara except  breakfast.
  • Hard and soft table drinks such as coke, fanta, mineral water, beer.
  • Personal Travel insurance.
  • Rescue operation.
  • International air fare.
  • Nepal tourist visa fee ( $ 25 for 15 days and $ 40 for 30 days multiple entry visa).
  • Tips for guide and porter.( Highly suggested).

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Facts of this trek

Trip Duration: 29 days
Max. Altitude: 5385m
Minimum Altitude: 823m
Grade: Moderate
Activities: Trekking
Accommodation: Teahouse (Lodge to Lodge)
Meals: Breakfast, lunch , Dinner with tea/coffee
Transportation: Land transport ( Private/local vehicle/Tourist bus)
Trek Departure: Every day throughout the week
Group Size: 1 person (minimum) to 30 persons (maximum)
Best season: Feb, March, April, Sep,Oct & Nov
Available Time: All months
Per day hiking: 4 to 6 hours
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