Days: 20 / Difficulty: 4 of 5 (Strenuous)
This is one of the best hidden valley and the land of Snow Leopard treks, opened for trekkers in Ne in 2003. It offers an incredible view of majestic mountains in the high lands, Bhote communities, beautiful medieval & ancient remote villages, amazing rock formations, glaciers, several passes, narrow canyons, lovely forests, old monasteries, unique Himalayan and Tibetan culture, real life styles, and high altitude settlements. The Naar Phu Valley and Tilicho Lake will be a perfect destination for those who aspire to venture into some of the less trodden remote regions of Nepal apart from the regular trekking routes. Discover the hidden valley of Nar Phu along the "off the beaten path" crossing through challenging high passes of Kang La, Meso Kanto and visiting the World highest lake Tilicho. Naar Phu Valley is a wild and unexplored Tibetan villages located north of Annapurna which is restricted area and newly opened for the trekkers only since 2003. This trek is perfect for travelers who want to explore the Annapurna area as well as explore an untouched valley. This trek takes you to the exotic Nar Phu valley that lies in the remote corner of the Annapurna region. The Naar Phu valley remains untouched by modernity.Trekking in the area is unlike most of Nepal as the terrain is Trans Himalayan and similar to that of Tibet. Naar Phu Valley, the recently opened area for trekking lies north of famous Annapurna circuit trekking route. The topography of Naar & Phu Valley is similar to that of Tibet. The trails are still rugged and the people and culture has remained in tact. Special trekking permit is required to visit this place. After a couple days of exploration of the valley, we cross over Kang La Pass 5322m on the way to Manang. We leave the main trekking trail and precede to Jomsom following the best-kept secret remote trekking route of Meso Kanto Pass 5099m and Tilicho Lake 5300m the world’s highest situated lake. Obviously, this remote and rugged trail offers challenging and exhilarating trekking experience for adventure enthusiasts.
Highest elevation: 5322m
Trek style: Lodge/Tea House and Camp Trek (Few places)
Trek Start/End: Kathmandu
Major Attraction: Hidden Valley, Kang-La Pass, Tibetan plateau, Deep gorge,
one of the highest Lakes in the World, Mesokanto-La Pass etc.
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Arrival in Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport and you will be met at the airport by our representative who will be waiting with a Swiss Family Treks sign outside the terminal and transfer to Hotel by private car. Welcome drink and after you settle into the hotel there will be a group briefing with your tour leader. He will discuss the trek details and co-ordinate any last minute arrangements. Stay overnight at Hotel.
Day 2: Full Day Guided Sightseeing Tour in Kathmandu Valley by private van.
After brekafast in the hotel, Drive to Swayambhunath Stupa which is very close form the centre of Kathmandu. It takes some minutes to be there. This Temple is also known as Monkey Temple which is considered to be self made Stupa. Then visit to Boudhanath Stupa: the biggest stupa in Nepal and one of the bigger stupa in the world. You can basically experience Tibetan Buddhism, culture and way of life in Boudhanath Area. Boudhanath area is the authentic place to buy Tibetan stuffs. Again you will be visit Pashupatinath Temple and it is one of the most sacred temples in the entire Hindu world. It is a sacred place where Hindus come to die and to be cremated. The temple of Pashupatinath is a large double roofed, gilt pagoda, decorated with brass, the gateway is plated with silver. There are images of Shiva along with other statues, shrines and temples dedicated to other deities in the complex. A circuit of the Pashupati area takes visitors past a sixth-century statue of the Buddha, an eight-century statue of Brahma the creator and numerous other temples. There are rows of Shiva shrines and Hindu pilgrims from all over south Asia offering ceremonies to worship Shiva, the Lord of Destruction. Stay overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 3: Kathmandu to Bhulbhule by tourist bus (7/8 hours) and trek to Ngadi 930m
In the morning, drive from Kathmandu to Bhulbhule by AC tourist bus passing the Trisuli and Marsyangdi River. Then you cross the suspension bridge and continue up the rice terraces until reaching Ngadi village which takes about 1 hour. You can see three snow peaks, Lamjung Himal, Peak 29 and Manaslu during the trail. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 4: Ngadi to Jagat 1300m (5/6 hours)
You begin your trek after breakfast, you cross the suspension bridge and the trail ascends to Bahundanda . 2 hours walk. Then the trail descend passing the terraced rice fields and small streams until reaching Syange. It takes 1 and half hours. You have lunch here. You can see a very beautiful waterfalls in Syange. After lunch the trail steeply ascends to Jagat village where Tamang and Gurung are the inhabitants. It takes 2 hours to arrive here. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 5: Jagat to Dharapani 1860m (5/6 hours)
You start your trek in the morning after breakfast, the trail goes gradually uphill to Chamje and you cross another suspension bridge and follow the steep rocky trail until reaching Tal village which takes 3 and half hours. You can see again very beautiful waterfalls in Tal. You have lunch break here. Then you continue again on a rocky trail to Kotro, which takes about 2 hours. You continue straight and cross the suspension bridge near Lower Dharapani. You continue a little more climbing and arrive in Higher Dharapani. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 6: Dharapani to Koto 2600m (5/6 hours)
You begin your trek in the morning towards Bagarchhap which takes about 1 hour passing through pine and fir forests. You can visit the white washed monastery in this village. Then you continue your trek till Danaque it takes about 1 hour. The trail is ascending steeply until Timang which takes about 1 and half hour. You have a good view of Mt. Manaslu and Peak 29. Now your trail continues through pine forests again till Latamarang which takes about 1 and half hour. You have lunch break here. After lunch, you walk again through forests and you have a short glimpse of Annapurna II. Finally you arrive in Koto village after 1 and half hours walk. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 7: Koto to Meta 3570m (6/7 hours)
In the morning, you register your restricted area permit at the Police check post. Then you start your trek through the River bank of Suti Khola again through wonderful pine forests passing many streams and suspension bridges until reaching Dharmasala which takes about 5 hours. You can see a picturesque Waterfall near the Dharmasala. You have your packed lunch on the way. Then you continue your trek again through forests and ascend steeply till Meta Village, which takes about 1 and half hour. Now you have arrived on the Tibetan Plateau. You have very good view of Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 8: Meta to Kyang 3840m (4/5 hours)
Today, you start with up and down as well as on traversing suspension bridges over diffrent streams. Again packed lunch at Kyang which takes about 4 hours. Actually you do not find any houses and lodges in this area. You just see the remnants, particularly the ruined forts of the Khampa settlement (the place which Khampa refugees from Tibet once captured and lived illegally) at places like Jhunam, Chyakhu and Kyang. We pitch our tents and prepare dinner as well. Overnight in Tent.
Day 9: Kyang to Phoo 3900m (3/4 hours)
In the morning, we prepare our breakfast then you keep walking passing the Phu Khola on a rocky trail until Phu village which takes about 3 hours. You can see Blue Sheeps during the trail. Now you are in one of the unique Lost/ Hidden Valleys. You can see their cultures, natural diversity, religion of the ethnic groups like Lama, Gurung and Ghale. The people are depending on subsistence agricultures, animal breeding and seasonal migrations. The very old Buddhist Monastery known as Tashi Lakhang Monastery is listed out of the 108 world’s great Buddhist Monasteries; it is believed to be the last monastery constructed by Karmapa Rinpoche. You have a great view of Himlung Himal and other snow peaks. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 10: Phoo to Naar 4100m (6/7 hours)
Today, the trail descends, passing many streams and suspension bridges until Mahendra Pul which takes about 4 hours. You pass the high suspension bridge 80m over the Gorge of Lapche River. You have lunch in Mahendra Pul. After lunch, the trail steeply ascends passing many Buddhist stupas until Naar Village which takes about 2 hours. You find here many Buddhist Monasteries to visit as well as a very good view of Pisang Peak and other small peaks. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 11: Naar to Jhombu Kharka 4425m (2/3 hours)
Today you have only a short walk. So that, you can leave this village just after lunch. You trek till to Jhombu Kharka also known as Kang-La Phedi. It takes 3 hours. You can see Yak herder’s camp with many Yaks. Today, we also pitch the Tent again for one night. We prepare our dinner . Overnight in Tent.
Day 12: Jhombu Kharka to Kang-La 5322m to Braga 3360m (6/7 hours)
Early in the morning, the trail steeply ascends passing different landslide areas to Kang-La Pass which takes about 2 and half hour. Now you have a superb view of the Annapurna Range and other peaks. Then you descend steeply till Ngawal village which takes about 3 hours. You have lunch break here. Then after lunch, you continue your trek passing the Marsyangdi River until Braga village. It takes about 1 and half hour walk. You can visit the old monastery. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 13: Braga to Tilicho BC 4150m (5/6 hours)
Today you ascend gently till Khangsar village which takes about 2 hours. You have a excellent view of the Annapurna Range, Tilicho Peak, Gangapurna Lake and other snow peaks. Then you continue your trek till Thare Gompa. It takes about 1 hour. You have lunch break here. After lunch you continue your trek slowly passing the big landslide area until reaching Tilicho Base Camp which takes about 3 hours. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 14: Tilicho BC to Tilicho Lake 4920m (3/4 hours)
Today, the trail steeply ascends and brings you to Tilicho Lake which takes about 3 hours. You take a packed lunch from your Lodge. Then again, we pitch our Tent for one night. You have a great view of Lake and Mountains as well. Overnight in Tent.
Day 15: Tilicho Lake to Mesokanto-La 5200m to Dharmashala 4230m (6/7 hours)
In this day you are passing another high elevation. You start early in the morning and the rocky ascent trail brings to reach Mesokanto-La which takes about 2 and half hour. Then you continue steep and difficult rocky descent with great viewing of Mt. Dhaulagiri which takes about 3 and half hour. You have your packed lunch or dry foods on the way. We pitch our Tent again for one night. Overnight in Tent.
Day 16: Dharmashala to Jomsom 2710m (4/5 hours)
Your trail slightly descend passing a Goat farm until reaching Thini Gaon which takes about 4 hours. The Jomsom village is 30 minutes ahead of you. You stay for lunch and the night here. You are free to relax or explore the village in the afternoon. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 17: Jomsom to Pokhara by flight and sightseeing in Pokhara valley
Early in the morning, you fly back to Pokhara and transfer to the Hotel. You can do another sightseeing with your guide in Pokhara. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 18: Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus (6/7 hours)
Early in the morning, drive from the Pokhara to Kathmandu by AC tourist bus it takes around 7 hours to arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to your hotel.
Day 19:Full Day Guided Sightseeing Tour in Bhaktapur and Patan Durbar square by private van
After breakfast, we are going to visit two historical monuments which represent early and late medieval history, architecture, culture and religion. Bhaktapur Durbar square is an ancient newari city, 13 kilometers far from Kathmandu stores numbers of Hindu temples, 55 windowed medieval durbar and offers you various examples of metal smith and wooden craft along with the opportunity of exploring traditional pottery work to the another corner. Patan durbar square is equally important which represents late medieval history, Culture and architecture. Stay overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 20: Final Departure from Kathmandu
Your trip will come to an end today after breakfast. Your leader will be on hand to advise and assist with your onward travel arrangements and transfer to Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport by our private van around 3 hours before your flight schedule and flight back to your home/other travel destination.
Our Trek Package Cost Includes:
* Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & transfer by car / Van.
* Domestic flight ticket included Jomsom-Pokhara and airport tax.
* 5 nights accommodation with breakfast at 3*** hotel in Kathmandu and Standard hotel in Pokhara.
* Kathmandu city tour as per the above itinerary.
* Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with Tea & coffee and hot/cold filter water during the trek.
* Lodge to lodge and tented camp accommodation during the trek.
* All transportation by private car/tourist bus.
* Naar-Phu Valley Restricted Area permit (USD 90/7 days).
* Annapurna conservation permit and all necessary permits.
* First Aid Medical kit box.
* Office Service charge.
* Guide & support staffs and their insurance and salary, food and accomodation.
Our Trek Package Cost doesn't include:
* Any meals( Lunch and Dinner) in Kathmandu and Pokhara other than breakfast.
* Travel insurance.
* International air fare to and from Nepal.
* Nepal Tourist Visa fees.
* Items and expenses of personal nature.
* Any kind of alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, snacks, laundry, phone call, internet etc.
* Personal Trekking Equipments.
* Emergency Evacuation (Helicopter Rescue).
* Any costs which arise due to a change of the itinerary, because of landslides, political disturbance, and strikes etc.
* Any other costs whatsoever, that is not mentioned in the cost included.
* Horse renting and additional porters during the trek due to natural calamities.
* Tips for guide, porters, driver...
Tipping is expected but it is not mandatory.
Customize Your Trek: This is a general itinerary, which can always individually be “tailormade”. The trek package can be redesigned or redeveloped as per your taste, For more information please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: In case of emergency during the trip, Helicopter will be arranged by Swiss Family Treks & Expedition GmbH. The charges must be paid by the clients themselves.