Nar Phu Tilicho Trek

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Trip Overview

Nar Phu valley located north of the Manang district which have not yet been discovered by "mass tourism". Nar Phu is an isolated village but with wonderful landscapes and high rising Himalayas surrounding the village.

Crossing the 5300-meter Kang La on a little committed Route. After lively Manang we visit the blue Tilicho Lake. This is located in a high alpine environment at 4900 meters. From here we fly away between the two 8000ern Dhaulagiri and Annapurna to Pokhara on scenic Phewa Lake. This trekking is an absolute highlight in our program.

Our comment to travel

This demanding trekking is one of the finest in the whole of Nepal for us. We will visit the Tibetan embossed and only rarely visited villages Nar and Phu, crossing some of the most beautiful 5,000-meter-high passes in Nepal and run on an exciting route to beautiful Tilicho Lake and on to Jomosom. This route is an absolute highlight in our program.

Things To Do


  • Day 1
    Arrive in Kathmandu International Airport.

    Transfer to the hotel and stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

  • Day 2
    City sightseeing in and around Kathmandu valley

    You  will be escorted by a city guide to the following places :

    • Kathmandu Durbar SquareKathmandu Durbar Square

    • Pashupatinath Hindu templePashupatinath Temple 


    • Boudhanath Buddhist temple.Boudhanath Stupa

      Hindu and Buddhist culture temple sightseeing. In the evening there will be a briefing about the trek. It also  gives an opportunity for you to ask any questions regarding the Trek or any other questions you would like ask.

     Stay overnight at your hotel in Kathmandu.

  • Day 3
    Drive from Kathmandu to Koto by jeep 60 m.

    Takes approximately seven hours.
    You drive along the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway to Dumre and then follow the narrow and paved road by the Marshyangdi River to Besi Sahar (823m.).

    BesisaharBeshishahar is the district headquarters of Lamjung district. All the local government offices are situated here. From here, you can see some of the mountain peaks, natural sceneries surrounding the valley and the daily activities of local people.

    Continue driving to Koto.

  • Day 4
    Trek from Koto to Dharmasala 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 Dharmasaler. Stay overnight at camp in Dharmasala.

  • Day 5
    Trek from Dharmasala to Kayang takes about six and half hours.

    A steep climb up the valley along a small river brings you to high pastures on a 3,200m plateau. You pass by the scenic kharka of Meta, 3560m, a non-permanent winter settlement of Nar, where you are likely to share the trail with a few yaks! This morning is one of the loveliest walks in the Himalayas. . The mountains around you are clearly visible a An hour past Meta, Junam is the second semi-permanent settlement.u. The next settlement is Chako, formerly a Khampa settlement, where grass lies tied in bunches to dry on all the rooftops and prayer flags flutter in the breeze.

    Stay overnight at camp in Kayang.

  • Day 6
    Trek from Kayang to Phu village.

    The trail drops to the river, you trek for a while along the river bank and past the “submarine” rock, passing some small possible campsites long the way.. You have to walk carefully across a small glacial stream beforenother hour and a half of trekking through scenic canyon lands and gorges, the steep trail up to the Phu gate, called Pupigyal Kwe. 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 camp at Phu Village.

  • Day 7
    Rest day Phu valley

    Phu Village

  • Day 8
    Trek from Phu valley to Junam.

    You get back through Phu gate, descend to the river and retrace your steps back to Junam Kharka which is a lovely spot for camping. Stay overnight at camp in Junam.

  • Day 9
    Trek from Junam to Nar.

    This day you trek down the old bridge spanning a deep, contoured and narrow gorge and all the way back up again. The scenery is stunning.

    Nar VillageBelow 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 camp at Nar.

  • Day 10
    Explore Nar village. Nar is livelier than Phu.

    Each family at Nar seems to have at least one son or daughter in a Gompa. Stay overnight at camp.

  • Day 11
    Trek from Nar village to Ngwal after crossing Kang La pass.

    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 Hongde. 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 view 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 camp in Ngwal.

  • Day 12
    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.

    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 camp in Manang.

  • Day 13
    This is a day for rest in Manang.

    You can explore Khangsur Village, Kecho Lake or Milarepa Cave. Stay overnight in camp.

  • Day 14
    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 camp in Khangsar.

  • Day 15
    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.

    Tilicho Lake From here you can enjoy the closer and panoramic views of Tilicho Mountain and many others. Stay overnight at camp in Tilicho Lake.

  • Day 16
    Trek from Tilicho Lake to Mesokanto Pass (5315m.) 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 camp in Mesokanto Pass.

  • Day 17
    Trek from Mesokanto Pass to Jomsom (2741 m.) via Thimi (2760m.) takes about six hours.

    From Mesokanto Pass, the trail goes steeply down to Jomsom. This day you trek through pine f you cross Thimi inhabited by mostly Buddhists. We stay overnight at a camp This is your last day on these stunning mountains that have been home to you for quite some time. 

  • Day 18
    Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara which takes about 25 minutes. Stay overnight at a hotel in Pokhara.

    Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara

  • Day 19
    Free day in Pokhara.A day to relax or go for boating in the Phewa Lake/
  • Day 20
    Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu

    Takes about 25 minutes.Time to do your last moment shopping. yo Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.hotel

  • Day 21
    To Airport

    Transfer to the Airport for final departure & connecting flights home.


  • Challenging trekking, very good condition, 7 daily stages 3-6 hours
  • 5 days stages 6-7 hours, 3 day stage 7-10 hours.
  • Ahead for heights and surefootedness required.
  • The main luggage will be transported during the trek, the daypack we bear.
  • Travel to the starting point of the trek 7-8 hours.
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Safety & Precautions

At high altitudes and other flights of fancy

Traveling at high altitudes

On many of our trekking tours, it goes high. Traveling at high altitudes often allow unique experiences. However, the height should always be treated with respect. In increasing amount of oxygen is decreasing (the oxygen content of the air remains the same), our bodies can absorb less oxygen and therefore it is possible to suffer from altitude sickness.

Mountain Sickness

The first symptoms may be shortness of breath, etc., headache, fatigue, poor sleep, poor appetite. Upon arrival at high altitudes (above 3000 meters), these symptoms may occur temporarily, but they usually disappear after 1 to 2 days.

The incidence of altitude sickness symptoms has less to do with age or the personal fitness, but much more with the speed of the ascent to high altitudes and their own behavior. Our programs are very carefully put together in order to allow an easy acclimatization. But even so, it is possible that trip participants are rarely as strong altitude sickness that eventually the journey must even be canceled..   


In an ongoing, mild form of altitude sickness (slight but persistent headache, little sleep, etc.) should if possible a rest day without climbing are turned on. In most cases, the victims recover completely and be able to continue the tour. In such a case, headache agents can reduce the discomfort associated with the active ingredient, ibuprofen or any Diamox. On many trekking group we lead with an extra horse. If someone feels not fit, you can also ride a distance, if permitted by the terrain.

People with severe headache or signs of brain dysfunction must descend (recommended at least 1000 meters in altitude). Dexamethasone can reduce the discomfort.

Acute are the Höhenlungen- and altitude cerebral edema. Extreme shortness of breath, dry cough and sudden drop in performance may indicate a high altitude pulmonary edema. In this case, nifedipine may be employed.

Walking and standing uncertainties may indicate a height edema. The treatment can be done with dexamethasone (possibly Diamox).

Safety Measures

Some of the Treks that Makalu Adventure has designed involves crossing over high passes some over 5000 meters. It is the utmost important for us to provide safety equipment. Some of the equipments that we provide are listed below.


Safety Equipment

In all of our group tours this is standard:

  • Extensive emergency pharmacy and pulse oximeter
  • Gammow Bag
  • Gammow bag
  • Many trekking at high altitudes, this is usually this:
  • Height pressure chambers of PAC
  • Satellite phones Thuraya
  • 24h SOS -Telephone : Makalu Adventure has its own 24-hour SOS phone.
  • Experienced Swiss Tour Guides: Many of our Swiss tour guides have a very great experience when traveling at high altitudes, some were even dozens of times in the Himalayas. Nevertheless, we form every year more in medical and height issues.
  • Vaccinations:No vaccinations are mandatory for the Himalayan countries.  Please consult on before leaving your house or tropical doctor vaccinations or contact us.
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