Naar Phu Valley and Tilicho Lake Trek with Mesokanto Pass

18 Days

The Naar Phu Valley and Tilicho with Mesokanto La pass trek is a remarkable adventure journey that combines the exploration of remote Himalayan valleys, the ascent to one of the world’s highest lakes, and the crossing of a challenging high-altitude pass. This trekking route takes adventurers through the hidden gems of the Annapurna region, including the culturally rich Naar and Phu villages, the breathtaking Tilicho Lake, and the rugged terrain of the Mesokanto La pass. It offers a unique opportunity to delve into the traditional Tibetan culture, witness stunning alpine landscapes, and conquer high-altitude challenges, making it an unforgettable experience for trekking enthusiasts seeking both cultural immersion and adrenaline-pumping adventures in the Nepalese Himalayas.

  • English and French (above 5 Pax French speaking guide)
  • 3 Star Hotel in KTM, Teahouse and Camping during the trek
  • Special Naar Phu Permit and ACAP Permit Fee
  • Kathmandu to Kathmandu
  • Spring and Autumn
  • Bus/jeep or plane
  • Moderate
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 5306m
  • Adventure
  • 2-10
  • Well experienced and licensed guide

Trek Overview

Naar Phu Valley and Tilicho with Mesokanto pass trek takes you to a challenging yet rewarding ascent to Tilicho Lake, one of the highest lakes in the world. Situated at an altitude of over 4,900 meters, Tilicho Lake mesmerizes with its crystal-clear waters surrounded by towering peaks and glaciers. The trek then traverses the rugged terrain of the Mesokanto Pass, offering breathtaking panoramic views of the Annapurna and Manaslu ranges. Crossing this high-altitude pass requires proper acclimatization and trekking expertise, adding an element of adventure to the journey.

As you descend from the Mesokanto Pass, you will be treated to the awe-inspiring beauty of the Mustang region, characterized by barren landscapes, ancient monasteries, and colorful prayer flags fluttering in the wind. The trek culminates in Jomsom, a bustling town known for its apple orchards and stunning views of Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri mountains. From Jomsom, a short flight back to Pokhara offers a convenient way to conclude the journey, allowing trekkers to relax and reflect on the unforgettable experiences of the Naar Phu Valley, Tilicho Lake, and Mesokanto Pass trek.

Overall, the trek to Naar Phu Valley, Tilicho Lake, and Mesokanto Pass offers a perfect blend of natural beauty, cultural immersion, and adventure, making it a must-do for trekkers seeking a truly unforgettable Himalayan experience. However, it’s important to undertake this journey with proper preparation, including physical fitness, acclimatization, and knowledge of high-altitude trekking techniques, to ensure a safe and enjoyable adventure in the heart of the Nepalese Himalayas.

Trip Highlights:

  • Naar and Phu Villages are the ancient Tibetan-influenced villages with most culturally rich and remote settlements in the Annapurna region.
  • Visitors can experience traditional Tibetan culture, unique architecture, and warm hospitality while exploring these hidden gems.
  • Tilicho Lake, situated at an altitude of over 4,900 meters is one of the highest lakes in the world.
  • Crossing the Mesokanto Pass is a challenging yet rewarding experience.
  • At an elevation of around 5,100 meters, the pass offers stunning panoramic views of the Annapurna region.
  • The trek takes you through diverse landscapes, including lush forests, rugged terrain, alpine meadows, and barren high-altitude plateaus.
  • Each day brings new scenery and challenges, offering a truly immersive experience in the natural beauty of the Himalayas.
  • Throughout the trek, trekkers are treated to breathtaking views of some of the world's highest peaks, including Annapurna II, III, IV, Gangapurna, Tilicho Peak, and Nilgiri.
  • The ever-changing vistas of snow-capped mountains provide endless photo opportunities and moments of awe.
  • Camping under the starry sky in remote wilderness settings adds an element of adventure and immersion into nature.

Trek Itinerary

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, you will be welcomed by our representative. He/she will assist you to your respective hotel. At the hotel, he/she will help you to check-in and make a pre-meeting for your trek. Take rest and acclimatize to the altitude.

This day is reserved for trip preparations, which may include finalizing permits, gear checks, and briefings with your guide. You can also explore the vibrant city of Kathmandu, visiting historical sites, temples, and markets.

After breakfast, you'll embark on a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar, where you'll enjoy stunning views of the Nepalese countryside. After lunch in Besisahar, you'll continue your journey by road to Dharapani, a picturesque village situated at an elevation of 1860 meters. Along the way, you'll pass through charming villages and verdant landscapes, gradually ascending to higher altitudes.

Today marks the beginning of your trekking adventure. You'll set off from Dharapani and trek to Koto, ascending to an altitude of 2600 meters. This part of the trek offers you the first glimpses of the breathtaking beauty of the Annapurna region, with its lush forests, cascading waterfalls, and towering peaks.

Continuing your journey, you'll trek from Koto to Dharmasala, situated at an altitude of 3230 meters. As you ascend higher, you'll notice the landscape changing, with rugged terrain and increasingly dramatic views of the surrounding mountains.

Today's trek takes you to Kyang, reaching an elevation of 3820 meters. The higher altitude brings cooler temperatures and even more stunning panoramas of the surrounding peaks. Take your time to acclimatize to the altitude and soak in the majestic scenery.

Trekking further, you'll make your way to Phu village, located at 4080 meters above sea level. Phu village offers a unique insight into traditional Tibetan culture, with its distinctive architecture and warm hospitality. Take some time to explore the village and interact with the locals.

Today is a rest day in Phu village, allowing you to acclimatize to the high altitude. Use this day to explore the surroundings, interact with the locals, and immerse yourself in the rich culture of the region. Take short walks around the village to keep your body active while allowing it to adjust to the altitude.

After a day of rest, you'll resume your trekking journey and make your way to Naar Phedi, preparing for the next leg of your adventure deeper into the Himalayas. Enjoy the scenic landscapes as you trek through this remote and rugged terrain.

Today's trek takes you to Naar Village, situated at an altitude of 4110 meters. The landscape becomes more rugged and remote as you ascend further into the mountains, offering you unparalleled views of the surrounding peaks.

Trekking onwards, you'll make your way to Kangla Phedi, descending to 3530 meters as you approach the high mountain passes. The journey offers you exhilarating views and a sense of accomplishment as you conquer challenging terrain.

Today is a challenging day as you cross Kangla Pass, which stands at an altitude of 5306 meters. After conquering the pass, you'll descend to Ngwal at 3660 meters, where you can rest and replenish your energy.

Continuing your trek, you'll make your way to Manang, a picturesque village situated at 3540 meters above sea level. Manang offers a charming stopover where you can rest, refuel, and enjoy the stunning mountain scenery.

Today's trek takes you to Shree-Kharka, reaching an elevation of 4100 meters amidst breathtaking mountain vistas. Take your time to soak in the beauty of your surroundings and appreciate the pristine wilderness of the Annapurna region.

As you continue your journey, you'll trek to Tilicho Base Camp, situated at 4150 meters above sea level. This is the starting point for the challenging ascent to Tilicho Lake, one of the highest lakes in the world.

Today, you'll ascend to Tilicho High Camp at 5240 meters, where you'll spend the night before tackling the highest point of your trek. Take it slow and steady as you climb higher into the mountains, enjoying the stunning views along the way.

Today's challenge is crossing the Mesokanto Pass at 5121 meters, offering exhilarating views and a sense of achievement as you conquer this high mountain pass. After crossing the pass, you'll descend to Kharka at 3600 meters, where you can rest and recuperate.

Trekking onwards, you'll make your way to Jomsom, a bustling town situated at 2720 meters above sea level. Here, you'll find more amenities and facilities as you wind down your trek and prepare for the next phase of your journey.

Today, you'll take a scenic flight from Jomsom to Pokhara, a picturesque town nestled beside a tranquil lake. Upon arrival, take the opportunity to relax and explore this popular tourist destination, known for its natural beauty and serene atmosphere.

After enjoying your time in Pokhara, you'll drive back to Kathmandu, completing your trekking circuit and returning to the vibrant capital city. Along the way, you can reminisce about the incredible experiences and breathtaking landscapes you encountered during your trek.

Today is your final day in Nepal, so take the opportunity to explore Kathmandu further. Visit historical sites such as Durbar Square and Swayambhunath Stupa, browse bustling markets for souvenirs, and indulge in delicious Nepalese cuisine at local restaurants.

After breakfast, you'll be transferred to the airport for your departure, concluding your adventurous journey through the stunning landscapes of the Annapurna region. As you bid farewell to Nepal, cherish the memories of your trekking expedition and the friendships forged along the way.

Trip Includes and Excludes:

The cost includes:

  • Airport transfers–pick up and drop at Tribhuvan International Airport.
  • All kinds of transportation during Trek.
  • Your accommodation in a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu in BB plan.
  • Your accommodation in the best lodges along the trekking route with lunch, dinner, and breakfast plan.
  • All paper works in the destinations
  • National park and cultural heritage sites, entry tickets
  • Restricted Area Entry Permit and Special Naar Phu Valley Permit.
  • A licensed, professional guide along with a porter (1 for two clients)
  • All the costs of guide and porter including accidental insurance
  • All applicable government taxes and service charges.

The Cost Excludes:

  • International airfare.
  • The Nepalese visa.
  • Insurance (compulsory on all trips – ensure you are adequately covered for emergency evacuation).
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Spending of a personal expenses, e.g. laundry, snacks and drinks, souvenirs, toiletries, tips, etc.
  • All bar bills and tips.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is the best time to trek to Naar Phu Valley, Tilicho Lake, and Mesokanto Pass?

The best time to trek in this region is generally during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons when the weather is most stable, offering clear skies and moderate temperatures.

How difficult is the trek?

The trek is considered to be challenging due to high altitudes, rugged terrain, and remote locations. Trekkers should be physically fit and adequately prepared for high-altitude trekking.

Do I need a guide and porter for this trek?

It’s highly recommended to hire a licensed guide and porter for this trek, especially considering the remote and challenging nature of the terrain. Guides are essential for navigation and safety, while porters can help carry heavy loads, allowing trekkers to focus on the trek itself.

What permits are required for the trek?

Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP), TIMS card (Trekkers’ Information Management System) and Naar Phu Restricted Area Permit are the permits required for this trek.

What is the accommodation like along the trek?

Accommodation options vary along the trek and typically include teahouses or basic lodges in villages along the route. While some areas may have basic amenities, others may offer more rustic accommodations. Camping may be necessary in some remote areas.

How long does the trek take?

The duration of the trek can vary depending on the specific itinerary and trekking pace. Typically, the Naar Phu Valley, Tilicho Lake, and Mesokanto Pass trek can take around 15 to 20 days to complete.

What should I pack for the trek?

Warm clothing, waterproof layers, sturdy hiking boots, sleeping bag, first aid kit, water purification tablets, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a camera for capturing the stunning landscapes.

Is altitude sickness a concern on this trek?

Yes, altitude sickness is a concern due to the high altitudes reached during the trek, especially when crossing passes like Kang La Pass and Mesokanto Pass. It’s important to acclimatize properly, stay hydrated, and be aware of the symptoms of altitude sickness.

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