NARPHU VALLEY AND TILICHO LAKE - MESOKUNDA LA | Alpinist Club

NARPHU VALLEY AND TILICHO LAKE

Group Size

5-15 person

meal

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

accomodation

Hotel. Lodge. Tent

arrival on

kathmandu

departure from

kathmandu

trip level

Moderate

max. altitude

5450m

Best season

Autumn, Spring

trip highlights

  • Exceptional views of the tilicho lake (4920m) and Tilicho peak(7134 m).
  • The passage of the north pass of Mesokanto La (5450 m), little frequented.
  • A tour of the Annapurna out of the crowds
  • The Tibetan villages of Naar and Phu

trip introduction

 Narphu valley and tilicho lake mesokanta la pass 5450m is a unique and unexplored trekking route in the Annapurna range.  The discovery of Lake Tilicho and the Mesokanto pass (5120m) opened a second passage around the Annapurnas. However, The first part of the trip allows you to observe a great diversity of landscapes. The Nar Phu valley and Tilicho lake trek owe their success to the variety of ethnicities encountered.

 Narphu valley and tilicho lake, we will follow less traveled paths and leave the classic route twice too.  first, we discover the lost valleys of Naar and Phu. which are at the back of the Chulu peak chain. Then, we cross the Kang La pass (5320m) to  Manang. The glacial Tilicho lake (4949 m) is away from the classic  Annapurna circuit trail. which allows the trekker to approach the giants of the Himalayas.

At dawn, the high northeast face of Tilicho, which rises to 7,134 meters, is adorned with magnificent colors. You will go around to the entire lake on the flank to reach via the ridges. the northern pass of Mesokanto La (5450 m) is an unforgettable passage of this trek.  which offers new panoramas on the Mustang and another Mt. Dhaulagiri.

Itinerary

Arrival in Kathmandu. you are greeted at the airport by our team and then transferred to our hotel. Evening briefing from your guide.

approximately 15 hours of driving to the hotel
Final altitude: approximately 13,50 m
Meals:  dinner
Accommodation: night in the hotel

We reserve this day for sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley and to prepare for trekking. After having a warm breakfast, we will leave the hotel in a private vehicle with an experienced tour guide. We will visit several UNESCO listed world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley and the famous sacred Hindu temple, the Pashupatinath temple, Swayambhunath stupa, and Boudhanath stupa. These places are famous to have inherited ancient religious practices, architecture, and culture.

Tour: full-day tour
Final altitude: approximately 13,50 m
Meals: breakfast
Accommodation: night in the hotel

We leave by bus for Dumre, 130 km from Kathmandu, on the road to Pokhara. The road offers magnificent views of the valley of the Trisuli river, then we cross superb tropical landscapes, before going up to Dumre and having a first vision of the Annapurnas and the Machhapuchhare. From there, we continue north, to Besi Sahar, by a track that winds through the rice fields. Then, we take a Jeep to reach Jagat, the starting point of our hike.

Approximately 7 hours of driving
Final altitude: approximately 13,00 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

The Marsyangdi river rumbles at the bottom of its gorges, forcing us to cross some beautiful suspension bridges. Just before Tal, the valley opens suddenly and we can admire the Manaslu (8,163 m). After an ascent along the cliffs, we reach Dharapani by another suspension bridge. We are now in a Buddhist country, which was part of the Gyasumdo region, whose center was Manang, and which traded a lot with Tibet.

Approximately 6 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 1,900 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

The path bends sharply towards the west to enter a valley where the vegetation becomes alpine with pines and junipers which replace the virgin forest. We change levels of vegetation.

Approximately 6 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 1,900 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

We leave for the first time the traditional tour of the Annapurnas, which continues its way west, to enter a narrow valley, due north, leading to the Tibetan border. From now on, there is no longer any lodge or tea house, and the journey takes on a wilder dimension. We will follow the Naar Phu river, with its wooded banks, crossing it and re-crossing it before setting up our camp in Dharamsala. Along the way, we can admire beautiful caves.

Approximately 5 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 3,200 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the tent

We start by following the river, passing in front of hot springs and then a beautiful waterfall. Little by little, we have a clear view of the summit of Kang Guru to the east (6,981 m) and that of Pisang to the west. After an imposing chorten, which marks the entrance to a Buddhist country, the path rises to reach the village of Meta, built on a plateau. The trail remains largely above the river, crossing several hamlets to the Kharka of Junam Goth, our camp for the night.

Approximately 5 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 3,700 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the tent

We continue on stony moraines before crossing the summer village of Kyang. Then we embark on a path carved into the cliff at a good height of the river which is now called the Phu khola. Beyond this rather impressive passage, a course in level curve allows us to find the bed of the river and to reach Phu Gate (the door of Phu) which we cross by taking a path in tight zigzags. Behind this passage, we enter an altitude mineral valley in which are placed here and there Buddhist chörtens reminding that the inhabitants are of Tibetan origin. We land at the foot of the village on the superb campsite before going to visit this astonishing village with houses aligned in an arid valley on different floors on the terraces.

Approximately 5 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 4,000 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the tent

We follow the opposite path until we reach Meta sight and we go full slope in a sandy descent to reach the river. We cross it on a footbridge over a deep gorge where tons of water rush in. The camp is located on the right bank halfway up the hill in the middle of a juniper grove.

Approximately 5 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 3,600 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the tent

We will go up to the mountain pastures which precede the village of Naar and pass in front of an imposing series of chortens and manis walls. It is still necessary to beware of the solitary yaks which graze on these large spaces and to be as humble as possible by skirting them… The path now rises to reach a ridge and a high plateau where the village of Naar is spread out. Visit of the Tibetan village.

Approximately 4 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 4,100 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the tent

Morning to enjoy the village of Naar. In the afternoon, we will set up camp at the foot (base camp ) of Kang La Pass.

Approximately 4 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 4,800 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the tent

Long and splendid day. The path crosses a detrital shoulder before evolving well above the river in “Nepalese flat”. Then it bends south to reach Kang la Pass. From the pass, the view is breathtaking on  (almost…) all the  Annapurnas (II at 7,939 m, IV at 7,525 m, III at 7,555 m) and Gangapurna. The descent on the other side is steep towards the village of Ngawal, first in a moraine then in grassy slopes.

Approximately 7 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 3,600 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the tent

 

A milder day that begins with a beautiful forest path, on a balcony above the Marsyangdi river, before reaching the village of Munje. Now the valley is wide, the path flat to the beautiful village of Braga, with its terraced houses, dominated by its very old Gompa. We eventually arrive at the Tibetan village of Manang, the capital of this small region. This village, at the confluence of two valleys, and framed by several mountain ranges, enjoys an exceptional location. Grandiose and varied views of many Himalayan peaks and their ice waterfalls.

Approximately 5 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 3,500 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the tent

In Manang, we find the traditional route of the Annapurnas but it is immediately to leave it. Our second tour begins, which will bring us to Jomsom, by an altitude trail. While the classic path follows the banks of the Jharsang Khola river, to cross the Thorung pass at 5,416 m, we will reach the morainic lake, at the bottom of the north face of Gangapurna (7,454 m) before gradually climbing to the village of Khangsar. The last of our routes were before Jomsom. From the village, very nice view, especially on the Tarke Kang (7,202 m). Continuation to the base camp of Tilicho by taking a path marked out on the side on sandy slopes.

Approximately 7 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 4,100 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the tent

 we are walking in the footsteps of Herzog’s expedition in 1950 when they were looking for an access route to reach the foot of Annapurna I. They were the first to reveal the existence of the immense lake which stretches at the foot of the Tilicho peak (7,134 m), they also named “the great barrier”, the immense wall which stretches between the Roc Noir (7,485 m) and the northern summit of the Nilgiri (7,061 m). This name was imposed on the expedition when it became obvious that no passage would be possible through this wall, to reach the slopes of Annapurna I. For two days, we will stay at high altitudes, at most near the peaks, on paths that can be snow-covered. This evening, the view from our camp will plunge over the valley of Lake Tilicho dominated by the glacial faces of the peak of Tilicho.

Approximately 7 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 5,000 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the tent

We cross the first pass at 5,345 m before embarking on a long crossing of an often snow-covered plateau until we reach a sign indicating the direction of Mesokanto La. We discover the first surprise of the day, namely that we will have to cross a second pass which we reach by crossing using a small path on the scree slope in an almost level curve. Then it is a “Nepalese flat” path which will lead us to the end of a ridge where we will cross the Muktinath himal chain via the Mesokanto pass, at 5,100 m. On the other side, at the bottom of the valley, we can guess the wide bed and the winding meanders of the Kali Gandaki. In the sky, stand out the peaks of Tukuche (6,920 m) and Dhaulagiri, one of the most aesthetic 8,000 m; while to the north, the brown peaks announce the Mustang, Dolpo, and Tibet. The descent is a bit long but first, you have to carefully descend the first few meters of a snowy slope sometimes frozen below. At the bottom, we cross the torrent to climb back up to cross a rocky ridge from which we overlook lush green pastures. We can even make out the kharka that will welcome us this evening. Only downside: the path takes its ease to lead us there and we arrive almost at nightfall.

Approximately 7 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 4,000 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the tent

Last day of walking, all downhill, to reach the large village of Marpha, a village surrounded by many orchards where the succulent apples of Mustang are grown. Here, in the furrow of the Kali Gandaki, a priori the deepest valley in the world (almost 6000 m between the peaks of Annapurna I and Dhaulagiri I) often swept by a violent wind. Last bewitching summit: the north face of the Nilgiri (7,061 m), covered with draperies of ice. “Trek is finished…”

Approximately 7 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 4,000 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

We end this superb trek by descending by bus the impressive gorges that the Kali Gandaki has carved. In Beni, the tar takes over the journey to Pokhara for a much-appreciated diaper rest ..

Approximately 7 hours of Driving
Final altitude: approximately 700 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the hotel

transport by  jeep 
Final altitude: approximately 1,350 m
Meals: breakfast
Accommodation: night in the hotel

free time depending on the departure time of your flight and our representative will drop you at the airport, ending your journey in Nepal. We hope to be of service to you again. Thank you and safe travels.

approximately 20 minutes of driving from the hotel
Final altitude: approximately 1,350 m
Meals: breakfast

inclusion

what's included

  • All airport/hotel transfers
  • 3-night hotel stays in Kathmandu on B/B Plan
  • Full Board Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trekking period
  • Local Guesthouse accommodation during trekking in the mountains
  • camping and cooking equipment.
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
  • A government license holder guide
  • Food, drinks, accommodation, insurance, salary, equipment, transportation, and local tax for guides and porters
  • Ground Transportation Charge while returning back to Kathmandu from the trekking destination
  • All necessary staff with the experienced leader (guide), and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porters) including
  • their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food, and lodging
  • All necessary paper works; trekking permits (ACAP, special permit )
  • Travel and rescue arrangements but prices
  • All government taxes, VAT, and service charges
  • Farewell dinner prior to departure
  • First Aid Kit

what's not included

The price does not include

  • Cancellation/interruption of stay/loss of luggage insurance and assistance.
  • All that is not indicated in the section “The price includes”.

Your expenses on site

  • Visa fees on arrival.
  • Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu and Nepalganj
  • Any additional luggage on domestic flights.
  • The drinks.

TIPS

Tips are an integral part of the country’s culture. This gesture of thanks, which varies according to the itinerary and the duration, has become an obligation. A prize pool is created, given at the end of the trip to the members of the team.

However, it is important that the tip remains a gratuity, as our teams are also very well paid. We invite you to distribute tips only if the service has met your expectations and to reduce this sum if the services were not sufficient, explaining why in order to consolidate our educational work.

 

 

Accomodation & meal

ACCOMMODATION

In a standard category hotel (base: double room) in Kathmandu and Pokhara, during the rest of the trip in a tent (3-person tents for 2 people) or in a lodge depending on the trip. The lodges in Nepal are very comfortable random. In general, conditions are quite good around the Annapurnas and the Everest region. On the other hand, in Mustang, in the Manaslu,  Tsum valley, and in the region of Kangchanjung or Makalu, they can be very rudimentary to the point of being a dormitory sometimes even a kitchen. lodges can look like a refuge or sometimes a bed and breakfast from home. Most of the time it is a family house with double, triple, or dormitory rooms. Toilets and showers are always separate. It is essential to check that the water is not heated with wood, as this contributes to deforestation. Most of the time, the water is heated with solar energy

MEAL

In the cities, many restaurants allow us to discover the typical local cuisine. Meat is scarce in the high mountain, the Nepalese are generally vegetarians. The basic ingredients are rice, pasta, lentils, potatoes, vegetables. Snacks are included during the trek (cereal bars, dried fruits, etc.).

For camping trek accommodation: during the trek, breakfasts and evening meals are prepared by the kitchen team. They are taken under the mess tent. Depending on the profile of the stages (length of the day’s walk and/or presence of water), midday snacks will be served hot or cold in the form of picnics.

For tea house trek accommodation: meals are prepared by the cooks of the lodge and are taken in the dining room. Here is a typical one-day menu:

  • breakfast: eggs, toast or chapati, or Tibetan bread or pancakes, or pancakes, butter/jam, tea or coffee
  • lunch: the main course, tea or coffee.
  • dinner: soup, main course, fruit (fresh or canned), tea or coffee

NB: Hindus and Buddhists are most often vegetarians. We, therefore, eat very little meat or fish. The dishes are pasta, rice, potatoes, lentils, etc.

DRINKS: during the trek, tea is served with meals (two cups of tea per meal). Additional cups of tea and other beverages, including mineral water, are the responsibility of the participants. You can fill your gourds with water in the lodges, but it is essential to treat them with purifying tablets. Avoid buying plastic bottles.

reviews

Trek around Narphu and tilicho

Rated 5 out of 5
May 21, 2021

We had a wonderful and unforgettable experience in Nepal! Communication with ALPINIST CLUB was easy from the beginning and everything was perfectly planned and organized according to our travel plans and wishes. Our guide Babu was always very kind, knowledgeable, and helpful and he and our amazing porter Rupesh always made us smile and made sure that we were well and had everything we needed to be comfortable. Unfortunately, we couldn’t do the whole Annapurna Trek because of things changing very quickly at home with the Coronavirus. We had to break off the trek when we reached Manang and fly back home asap. However, even in this exceptional situation, everything was organized for us and we didn’t have any problems at all. We were very sad to leave and hope that we will soon be able to return to Nepal and do another trek with our amazing guide and porter!! Thank you very much

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