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Annapurna Nar-phu trek and Tilicho Tal - 21 days

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21 days
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airport pick up drop&nbsp;<br>private vehicle to Jagat<br>Jomsom to Pokhara and pokhara to kathmandu by flight or Jeep
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3*** based hotel in kathmandu<br>tea house and home stay during the trekking part
three times meal and tea/ coffee during the trekking part
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Trip Route
Jagat, Dara pani, Koto, phu, Manang, tilicho Muktinath, Jomsom


This is a unique fusion of Annapurna Conservation and Nar-phu village trek. We will follow with the traditional route starting from Jagat and Dharapani to Koto after which we will switch our track towards Nar Phu valley which is the special treat of this trek. After a series of trek around this valley, we will retrace back to Annapurna trail at Ngawal.   
The combination of two villages, Nar and Phu, this trek makes you witness the untouched and remote land of the Annapurna region. One of the restricted areas of Nepal and special permits is demanded to trek in the respective area. It was open for tourist back in 2003.

This barren valley is beautiful in its natural way and the far piece land is attracting an increased number of tourists comparing to the situation in the past. This place is densely populated with the Tibetan settlers known as "Khampas" from the very ancient era that captured the land and settled there later. Due to the less presence of vegetation, the residers mostly depend on cattle herding as a source of income. The villages comprised of closely clustered houses built with stone plates with flat roof tops. 100s of such houses consist of along or within the valley trials. Lhosar, derchi and yakcha etc are the festivals celebrated by the locals of this region as the Tibetan Buddhism follower. The cremation of the dead body is done by burying, burning or feeding to the vulture after the monk or high priest done all the ceremony according to his/her date of birth, destiny or luck to end the ritual of cremation of the dead. Narrow valley, Brilliant sight of Annapurna range, Tilicho peak, Gangapurna Mountain from the Kang la pass, amazing rock formatios, diverse culture and tradition of the region are some of highlights of these 22 days of activity.

Important Note

Altitude, distance, and trekking times are all approximate.
Daily trekking times will normally be between 5 and 7 hours unless stated
Departure dates and itinerary arrangements can be custom-tailored to your needs, so please contact us with your inquiries regarding your tour departure date.
You will have the choice to travel by an early bus, flight, or 4x4 Private
If you are interested to stay in Pokhara to go paragliding, boating or cycling let us know.
 Also, if you would like to see Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha, go rafting or visit Chitwan National Park.
We can extend your trek accordingly.
Please, tell us your desires and we will do our best to arrange it for you. 
If you trek independently, you are not allowed to hire any staff by law. Use always an authorized Trekking Company to have this service and your safety.
Trekking company has been authorized to hire human as porter or guide for foreign trekkers
Do not hire any staff without knowing them well,
Do not hire any staff "independently from the hotel, street or airport
If you hire a guide check his trekking guide license.
Make sure your staff has proper insurance. If in case any accident happens you will be in trouble or responsible for his/ her family
After your trek you can donate your clothes, medicine, or trekking equipment to our social project we will distribute to those who need it.

Trip Itinerary

Arrival in Tribhuwan International airport in Kathmandu, Nepal (1350m)

Depending on your arrival timing, our representative will be at the airport to welcome, you in Kathmandu Airport. And transfer to your booked hotel. After a short period of having rest and being fresh we will see you again introduce to your trekking crews.

Kathmandu to Jagat (1300m)

Driving Time: 6 to 7 hrs

Today, early in the morning after breakfast will have to drive Jagat. It will be 7 to 8 hour because of traffic. We drive to the beautiful parts of the region to besisahar. On the way to Mugling, there is a famous Hindu temple which can be reached by means of cable car which was founded by swish and Nepalese in the year 1989. Mugling is where one can reach India border and as well to go chitwan national park to the other side. And continue to via dummre while driving along the bank of Marshyandi River, and we will see crop lands as we arrive Besisahar. On being there, we check in our trekking permit and still continue to jagat, again another two hour via bumpy road and cliff rock and bank of River till will reach at Jagat. Stay Guesthouse.

Jagat to Dharapani (1860m) 

Trekking Time: 6 to 7 hrs

We start after the breakfast, the trail descends and then hiking upwards through the rocky forest of the tiny Tibetan village of Chamje. Making a way through the suspension bridge over the Marsyangdi River, we ascend steadily to the pleasant village of Tal (1700m), also said to be a former lakebed. We continue trekking along the fieldsof barley, wheat and potato, crossing the river near Khotro, then and on to Dharapani: said to be one of the larger Tibetan villages in the Manang valley on the concourse of two rivers. When you cross over the suspension bridge to Marshyandi Khala then you will arrive Dharapani Stay at Guest house.

Dharapani to Koto (2600m)

Trekking Time: 5 to 6 hrs

Views of the Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV (7 525m) can be so arresting as of today’s hike has to offer, unless we hammer out a deal with the slightly steep forested uplands and cross several landslides as we ascend the southern side of the valley. Our today’s destinations will come into our last at Koto. Koto is small and nice place Stay at Guest house.

Koto to Cha Cha (2930m)

Trekking Time: 6 to 7 hrs

After hiking for about an hour we will cross the Marshyangdi River. The trekking path is comprised mostly of the jungles. As we keep walking on the hill side path, we will be at Cha Cha.

Cha Cha to Meta Methang (3560m)

Trekking Time: 6 to 7 hrs

We leave Cha Cha early and start ascending. Walking for about 3 hours we will reach at Dharmasal waterfall and after a similar walk of around 2 km we will arrive at Metapati which is a campsite but we will be continuing ahead for an overnight stay at guesthouse in Meta.

Meta Methang to Kyang (3820m)

Trekking Time: 6 to 7 hrs

We will walk down as we start from Meta to Nar Phedi. We can see Chortens, prayer flags and mani walls, making a place beautiful. We will pass Mahendra Pool, following a river to Junam goth. We now move upwards and again walk on a hill side to Chyako and a flat ground invites us to Kyang.

Kyang to Phu (4080m)

Trekking Time: 6 hrs

A walk down to the river is what in the first chapter of today. We then continue for some time along the banks. We then climb on again to make for the canyon channel and hiking through the same before we finally reach the wide fields of Phu, Significance of Tibetan culture and traditions.

Explore Phu village (4080m)

Today we will see around this ancient village of Phu. Tashikhang, Samdu Choling monasteries, kyauchyu waterfalls, meet with the Lama Guru Karma Sonam Rinpoche who is said to be the follower of Dalai Lama, interact with the locals, and get to know their different cultures and traditions are most of the items in our menu of today. 

Phu to Mahendra Pool (3490m)

Trekking time: 7 hrs

Today we climb back down to the river from where we shall have to make a way for the small settlements of Yughat before we reach the plains of Nar Phedi for a night.

Mahendra Pool to Nar (4110m)

Trekking Time: 6 hrs

A similar structure village of Nar also called Nargaon comparing to Phu but a smaller because of the high altitude and fully arid regions is where we are heading today. We climb down to the Phu khola again, crossing suspension bridges and a couple of hour of hikes leads us to our destination.

Nar to Kanla base camp (4530m)

Trekking Time: 4 to 5 hrs 

The trail is easy for today but can be difficult as well because of the high altitude and the place is almost with no vegetation so there can be a lack of oxygen a bit. Barley and potato is the main crops of the place. As for the trail, we will be moving on an elevated hill all the way up to the base camp with hills on our right and vegetable farm land on our right.

Kangla to Ngawal (3657m) via Kangla Bhanjyang (5306m)

Trekking Time: 5 to 6 hrs

We take an early start of a walk to the highest point of the trek. A long walk to the top can be a little strenuous because it is a moraine and it can be snowy at times, altitude sickness might hit to cut the fun but it can be rewarding with a view of mountains like Chulus steep north at a close range, Gangapurna, Annapurna 2, Tilicho peak and so many others. Descending can be no less adventurous than the climb as it leads to the beautiful village of Ngawal decorated with chortens, mani walls and lines of prayer flags.

Ngawal to Manang (3440m)

Trekking Time: 8 to 9 hrs

We will be trekking towards the Manang valley walking along the Marshyangdi River till we reach Mungi where we are stopping for a lunch. Now we head for the Braga, a beautiful village with number of beautiful monasteries consists of amazing thankas, ancient sculptures of Buddha etc. Half an hour of walk is all that is needed to reach for the Manang valley.

Rest day Manang (3440m)

After several days of exhausting walks, we will be taking a rest. By saying so we take a hike around the Manang village. A village that consist of around 500 roof top houses, there are spectacular view points around the village, such as the Gangapurna Glacier. The village is a trading centre, so any cravings that you have could possibly be fixed here.

Manng to Shirichaur (3980m)

Trekking Time: 5 to 6 hrs

We will cross a river and a place called Tangki, we will walk on a sandy and rocky path on a sloppy way to Khangsar. We will now follow the Marshyangdi River and climb a gradual steep to ShiriChaur.

Shirichaor to Tilicho Khola Base Camp (4920m)

Trekking Time: 7 hrs

After the breakfast, we will walk on a side hill track to for around an hour to Torsinja. We will then climb up and down a small hill. We have to be extra cautious here due to the path is made up of sandy soil and one can slip and slide down to the icy cold river glacier, before Tilicho Base Camp. After a lunch, we got to be ready for a steep climb to Tilicho Lake Southern Base Camp (4990m), a stunning lake that remains completely frozen during winter. Now we will make a gradual descend to Khola Base camp for a night stay.

Tilicho Base camp via Meso Kanto La passes (5121m) to Yak kharka (4600m)

Trekking Time: 8 to 9 hrs

Beginning with a tread on an icefall early in the morning, we will walk towards Northern Camp site and continue climbing to the Moraine top aka Meso kanto La Pass at the height of 5121m. We will now continue walking steep down carefully watching our steps over loose rocks all the way to Yak Kharka.


Yak Kharka to Jomsom (2720m)

Trekking Time: 5 hrs

We will drop all the way through barren sandy type of soil till halfway and then follows a bushy like trails before reaching an old hamlet called Kaisang. We can visit a Namafum Cave in this place. We will keep going down passing Thini Village to Jomsom.

Jomsom to Pkhara by flight or Jeep

Flight time: 30 min

Drive time: 8 to 9 hrs

You have a choice to either board a flight or drive to Jomson.

Pokhara to Kathmandu 

Flight time: 25 min

Drive time: 6 to 7 hrs

You have the choice to stay in Pokhara for a day and carry out other activities like paragliding, boating at the Phewa lake and the sightseeing around the city itself is a worth wasting a day. 

Or you can drive back to Kathmandu by a tourist standard bus or flight.

Not satisfied with this itinerary? Make your own.


     Annapurna conservation permits (ACAP) 
    Narpu special permit. 
    TIMS Card
    English speaking trekking guide
    1 porter between 2 trekkers
    Breakfast, lunch, dinner and tea/coffee during the trekking part
    Accommodations during the trekking part
    Transport by land or by Air
    Insurance for staff
    Airports pick up and drop 2 times
    First aid kit for our staff

Doesn't Include

    Personal equipment for trekking gear
    Personal insurance for travel to Nepal
    Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
    Emergency rescue evacuation
    Personal expenses
    Gratuities (tips)
    Bar bills, mineral water on trek
    Hot shower/battery charge for camera during trek


    Ayurbedic Massage one hour
    welcome dinner and far well dinner.

An unforgettable experience, worth repeating

Last September I’ve been in Nepal with my friends Jolanda and Jannie. Jolanda discovered the Himalayan mountains some years ago and she was very enthusiastic about her tour with Raj Kumar Rai and his company Malung Treks & Expedition. Because of her positive experiences, we chose Raj Kumar Rai and his team again. We booked the 12-day Annapurna Basecamp (ABC) trekking. It was possible to make some changes and extensions to the program. We appreciated this flexibility and the personal attention of Raj during the trip. Raj was our guide and we had two attentive and friendly carriers. Everything was well arranged. We didn’t have to worry about anything. So, we had a very relaxing holiday. Maybe I will come back to Nepal to show my husband the amazing nature and culture of Nepal. There’s no doubt about the company. I will choose Malung Treks & Expedition again, because of the professional and personal approach of Raj Kumar. He is a good guy to his family, his team, his customers, and the Nepalese population.

Anne Marie
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