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3 Passes in Annapurna (23 Days)
3 Passes in Annapurna

Discover the out of sight valley of Nar Phu along the "off the beaten path" crossing in the course of challenging high passes of Kang La, Meso Kanto and the World highest Tilicho Lake. Nar Phu Valley is a natural and original Tibetan village 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 interesting Nar Phu valley that lies in the remote corner of the Annapurna region. The Nar 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. Trails are rugged and at times cut high into side of the cliff, in an area that has changed little over the years. We spend a number of days exploring the region and visit the remote villages of Nar and Phu, as well as crossing the Kang La Pass(5310m) which offers fantastic views of the Annapurna massif, Lamjung Himal, Machhapuchhre Himal and Manaslu Himal. Then another attraction is the world’s highest lake Tilicho and trek over Meso Kanto pass(5099m).

The Route Nature.

The route originally follows the well-known Annapurna Circuit as far as Koto before heading into the formerly controlled wilds of Nar Khola Valley. We spend a number of days exploring the region and visit the remote villages of Nar and Phu, as well as crossing the Kang La Pass. The route then rejoins the Annapurna Circuit, near Manang, from where we follow the little-used route that leads to Tilicho Lake and the Meso Kanto Pass (5089m), which links the Manang and Kali Gandaki Valleys. The crossing of this pass offers a more challenging and exciting alternative to the popular Thorong pass on the Annapurna Circuit. After the crossing, we trek to Jomsom from where we fly back to Pokhara en route back to Kathmandu.

 

 



Trekking Days: -› (20)
Total Days: -› (23)
Min. Altitude: -› (800m./2625ft.)
Max. Altitude: -› (5300m./17388ft.)
Walking Per Day: -› Approximately 5-8hrs
Route Nature: -› Camping [Fully Organized Trekking]
Difficulty: -› Hard
Season: -› Automn/Spring.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu: Arrival at Kathmandu.

Day 02: Sightseeing in heritage site of Kathmandu Valley.

Day 03:  Kathmandu to BesiSahar(820m): Drive by tourist bus to Besisahar following wild hairpin bends to reach BesiSahar. Overnight in camping(Approx. 6 hour)

Day 04: BesiSahar to Bahundanda(1390m)

Day 05: Bahundanda to Chamje(1514m)

Day 06: Chamje to Bagarchhap (2160m) 7hours

Day 07: Bagarchhap to Koto/Nar Phu valley first Camp (2740m) 4 hours

Day 08: Koto to Sinhenge Dharamsala(3230m): 6 hours.

Day 09: DharamshalaTrek to Upper Chaku Village (3720m) 5 hours.

Day 10: Chaku Village to Phu Village(3980m) 5:30 hours

Day 11: Rest day in Phu Village: We rest here for a day, Visit the villages and hike to exploring a little further up in the valley.

Day 12: Phu to Nar Camp site(3550m) 6 hours

Day 13: Nar to Kang La Phedi (4530m) 5 hours

Day 14:Kang La Phedi to Ngawal(3350m) 6 hours. 

Day 15: Trek to Manang(3540m) 3 hours.

Day 16: Manang to Khangsar Khola(3740m) 4:30 hours

Day 17: Khangsar Khola to Tilicho Base Camp(4200m) 4 hours

Day 18: Tilicho Base Camp to Tilicho Lake(5200m)

Day 19:  Tolicho Lake to Traverse Meso Khanto Pass (5099m) and descend to Yak Kharkha(4640m) 7 hours

Day 20: Yak Kharka to Jomsom

Day 21:  Fly back to Pokhara. Free afternoon or sightseeing around the valley

 Day 22: Back to Kathmandu by tourist bus.( If you prefer to come by flying over Himalayan range from Pokhara to Kathmandu it will be supplymentry 93 Dollar)

Day 23: Friendship Farewell departure back to Home.

 

Note: While we try our best to aim for the ideal itinerary, there is always the possibility that it might be changed without prior notice because of prevailing weather conditions, the physical and mental condition of group members at the time.

Trekking price based on group participants.

Trekking Ref. No. ANN-20N

Price Per Person

Price in Euro

2 to 3 Participants

1730 €

4 to 5 Participants

1610 €

6 to 8 Participants

1450 €

9 to 10 Participants

1270 €

"For a group size more than 10 persons, a group leader will be offered as complementary by company or if the group has own leader, he/she will be offered the trek free of cost."

Trip Cost Includes:
All airport/hotel transfers
Three nights 3-star hotel in Kathmandu Welcome and farewell dinner and one night Hotel in Pokhara with breakfast
Accommodation during trek in hotel/guesthouse
A full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley including tour guide and entrance fees
All ground transportation as per itinerary in private vehicle
An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide), assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit, TIMS )
A comprehensive medical kit
All government and local taxes
 
Trip Cost does not Include:
Nepal Visa fee (bring small denomination USD cash and two passport photographs)
International airfare.
Excess baggage charges.
Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu(and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary).
Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
Travel and rescue insurance.
Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, extra porters, bottled or boiled water, etc).
Tips for guides and porters.

Note: All participants have to give a copy of their insurance, with the address, tel and fax number of insurance company. This insurance has to cover the helicopter rescue in case of accident or sickness. In case of your insurance doesn't cover helicopter rescue, you have to fill a form in Kathmandu and make agreement that you will pay yourself the amount of expenses paid by Nepal Assemble Treks for your helicopter rescue or research. Without this agreement, you cannot participate in trek.
In The trek the guide is allowed to change the itinerary, depending of the weather, climate and the physical condition of participants. Each participant who stop his trek or make changes any form of program may not ask any money compensation to the agency.


 

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

You will be welcomed by the boss of  company at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu (1300m).After completing your custom formalities (Visa, etc) pick up your luggage and look for our company display board at the arrival gate. You will be transfer to Hotel. After check in, you will visit our office; meet your trekking guide as well as other participants. Later in the evening we will organize a "Welcome Dinner" at an excellent Touristic Restaurant where you will enjoy  with a fine meal. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02:  Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

Full day of sightseeing in the very famous capital, Kathmandu. We will be visit the famous heritage sites in Kathmandu.

Morning:

We will start from your hotel by a morning walk in the blocked alleyways of Kathmandu. Your first contact with the smiling Nepalese people. We begin to cross the nice area of Thamel, full of nice shops, bars and restaurants.

We will see during this walk many temples and stupas: it will be for you the beginning of religious lessons, making the difference between Buddhists stupas and Hindu temples. You will discover with a great surprise how these two religions live together.

We will make a stop at Thahiti Tole, then in front of Kathesimbhu stupa. Always meeting statues and local shops (suits, spices, incenses, and so on) and listening the noise of bells (and of horns), we will see Asan Tole with wonderful Hindu temples. Then Indra Chowk and Pyaphal Tole. After 2 hours of walk and of wonder, we will arrive at Durbar Square.

Kathmandu Durbar Square situated the center of Kathmandu where you can see the House of Living Goddess “KUMARI” Kasthamandup temple” Said that was built from single tree in 16th century, big bell-big drams, erotic carving in old temple, old palace etc. All the most important monuments of the city are in this area. You will be filled with wonder by all these numerous such majestic and so ancient temples registered in the Heritage of the UNESCO. It is possible to spend hours, sat on the walk of one of these monuments, admiring architecture, considering the animation of places, dreaming. We will take lunch at the top of a restaurant, with a great plunging view.

Afternoon.

You will begin the afternoon by another walk in the streets of Kathmandu, to look at the real face of this city, with local buildings and narrow streets. Then we will arrive at Swayambunath Stupa (Monkey Temple). Swayambunath stupa has it that Manjushree, found of Kathmandu valley, and discovered the lotus of ancient valley lake on which site the great stupa of Swayambunath was later built. The omni sighted stare of Buddha greets visitors & residents alike compassion. This is one of the oldest Buddhist stupa in the world, which has been registered in UNICEOO heritage side.  It is said that Swayambunath Stupa is more than 2,000 years old, and it symbolizes knowledge. At the summit of this hill, the painted eyes on all four sides symbolize the all-seeing power of Buddha. It is an important Buddhist place where pilgrims from all over the world.

From this place we can have a wonderful panoramic view on all the capital. So great at the end of the day, with the sunset. We will come back hotel by bus.

Evening: Time for you to prepare the trek and we introduce in front of you our crew members. Overnight at hotel.

Day 03:  Kathmandu to BesiSahar(820m)

Drive by tourist bus to Besisahar following wild hairpin bends to reach BesiSahar. Overnight in Tent. 6 hour

Day 04: BesiSahar to Bahundanda(1390m) 5:30 hours

Walk by the newly built road tracks towards Bulbule where you stop for the Lunch. Walk along the Marsyangdi river to Ngadi, crossing suspension bridges and a deep river gorge climb up hill to Bahundanda. Overnight in Tent.

Day 05: Bahundanda to Chamje(1514m) 6 hours

Descend to the valley following the terraced fields an half hour then cut through the forest from the level mountain path via KhaniGaun and GermuPhant. You can see beautiful waterfall on the opposite bank; crossing the suspension bridge over Marsyandi river at Syange. Continue to climb up passing small village to Jagat, then the path is level and few uphill sections to reach Chamje. Overnight in Tent.

Day 06: Chamje to Bagarchhap (2160m) 6 hours

Descend to the suspension bridge over Marsyangdi river on the left bank begin climb to Sattale on a steep path. The path passing by several houses continue an up and down mountain trail, and when a tributary flows in from the opposite bank, the main stream covered with huge boulders that hide the water. Climb the zigzag path to the top where you can see the Taal village with many teahouses. Now you enter to Manang district. Stop there for lunch and then continue walk to riverbed. Crossing the suspension bridge to the left side passing fields, teahouses of karte. Again Cross the Marsyngdi river another 2 times to the right and left bank and arrive at Darapani. The trail gradually climbs up an hour to reach Bagarchhap.

Day 07: Bagarchhap to Koto/Nar Phu valley first Camp (2740m) 4 hours

The trail now leads to climbing Danaque and steep climb to Timang village where we can see the Manaslu ranges to the eastern valley above. Then the trail is normally level to Koto where the view of splendid backdrop of Annapurna II appearing occasionally.This is also where we leave the Annapurna Circuit trail, we cross the Marshyangdi river and enter the Narphu valley. From the bank of Narphu Khola we start climbing to our first camping site, which we reach about two hours from Koto. Over night in Tent.

Day 08: Koto to Sinhenge Dharamsala(3230m): 6 hours.

Most of this first day in the NarPhu valley we walk on small jungle paths, which is quite a change from the bigger trail around Annapurna. The first part is up and down and then we have a short steep ascent to Choto (2840m). We then have lots of steep ups and downs and the path is quite exposed above the Nar Phu Khola. At the altitude of 3090m we cross a suspension bridge, here the valley is very narrow and just before the bridge there are some hot-springs. The rock carved path now becomes very exiting, both because of danger, but also because there are some big waterfalls. We climb to a two storied hut at Sinhenge Dharamsala. Overnight in Tent.

Day 09: DharamshalaTrek to Upper Chaku Village (3720m) 5 hours.

We begin the day by crossing Methang Khola river and then start a breathtaking climb on a winding path to the Methang pastures. Here at Methang there is an ancient Chorten and marvellous views of Kang Guru. Further on we pass the abandoned Methang village (3560m), from the village there is a path to Kang Guru Base Camp. The path to the next village Junan is easy and flat, Junan is also abandoned. From here we continue to have an easy walk to Lower Chaku village, which has about 15 houses. We continue to Upper Chaku on a steep trail. Over night in Tent.

Day 10: Chaku Village to Phu Village(3980m) 5:30 hours

This day begins with a hard steep ascent to the abandoned Kyan village Bhaku, where there is a nice long mani wall. We continue on an amazing tunnel carved rocky path 70 meters above the river and then decent to the riverbed, we follow the riverbed and pass some Mani Chrotens. We then climb up from the riverbed to the Phu valley entrance door(Phuohi Yalgoe). About an hour from the valley entrance we cross the Phu Khola and begin climbing up to the village. Phu village consists of about 30 houses. We camp near the river. Over night in Tent.

Day 11: Rest day in Phu Village:

We rest here for a day, Visit the villages and hike to exploring a little further up in the valley.

Day 12: Phu to Nar Camp site(3550m) 6 hours

To get to Naar we have to go back down the valley, we pass Chaku and walk on for a couple of hours before we cross the Phu Khola at Naar Phedi. From here we climb up to a very nice grassy campsite. Over night in Tent.

Day 13: Nar to Kang La Phedi (4530m) 4:30 hours

From our campsite it is a steep couple of hours climb to Naar Village (4110m), we have lunch here near the village, so we can take a look at it before we walk on. We continue on a long but gentle ascent through the lateral moraine of Temdenzon Khola, on a nice path. At the bottom of Kang La, we camp on a nice grassy spot.Over night in Tent.

Day 14:Kang La Phedi to Ngawal(3350m)  6 hours.

Today we have a long and hard day ahead of us, however it is very rewarding. We have to cross the big Kang La pass (5310m). It is a very steep ascent to the top of the pass where there is a chorten and some great views of the Annapurna massif. Just before reaching the pass, there is a small lake where we take a rest before making the last effort to reach the top. From the top of the pass it is a very steep decent, but after an hour we take a grassy path that leads to Ngawal. There are restaurants and lodges in Ngawal. We camp there for the night. Over night in Tent.

Day 15: Ngawal to Manang(3540m) 3 hours.

We walk down to the marsyangdi riverside through the pine forests and cultivated fields appear on both sides of the path and off to the right, below a craggy mountain, we can see the village of Braga with its splendid monastery. Large chortens and mani walls abound and the tall peaks of the Himalaya spread out before us - Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Gangapurna and Tilicho Peak. 

Day 16: Manang to Khangsar Khola(3740m) 4:30 hours

we continue our adventure for Tilicho Lake, from Manang one heads out through the western gates and then follows the path down to the river. After crossing the Khangsar Khola on the bridge below Khangsar and ascend the slope to the village, a village still in the old Tibetan style and which is also known as last village of Nepal. camping overnight.

Day 17: Khangsar Khola to Tilicho Base Camp(4200m) 4 hours

Continue from Khangsar on a large path. Pass a Gompa (monastery). The route ahead goes on a recently constructed path up towards a high ridge. At one point is an intersection. One path maintains the altitude, traversing the slopes towards a place where the valley is narrow; the other continues to ascend towards the line of the ridge. The former is the old path, and is much more difficult as it goes on really steep screed; the latter is the new path that goes a completely different way. Continue along the new path, reach a high crest, and descend on switch backs carved out through the screed slopes to a side valley of the main valley. At its bottom is a brook. On the other side of it is a building known as Tilicho Base Camp at elevation of 4200 meters. Overnight in Tent.

Day 18: Tilicho Base Camp to Tilicho Lake(5200m) 4 hours

Today our journey start from Base camp to the Tilicho lake takes another 3-4 hours. Tilicho Lake is a cold barren place in the afternoon and known as highest lake of the world. We will camp on the west side of the lake. Over night in Tent

Day 19: Tilicho Lake to Yak Kharka(4640m) 6 hours

Tilicho Lake to Traverse Meso Khanto Pass (5099m) and descend to Yak Kharkha. The trails are very dengerous while snowing.The trails leads to Yak Kharka is covered by small stones which is more posibility of sleevery.

Day 20: Yak Kharka to Jomsom.

Desend to Jomsom from yak kharka with magnificient views of Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri and Mustang Himal.Over night in Lodge.

Day 21:  Fly back to Pokhara. Free afternoon or sightseeing around the valley.

Day 22: Back to Kathmandu by tourist bus.( If you prefer to come by flying over Himalayan range from Pokhara to Kathmandu it will be supplymentry 93 Dollar). Friendship and farewell dinner will be hosted by Nepal Assemble Treks with trekking team members.

Day 23: Friendship Farewell departure back to Home

We are saying good bye to the mountains as journey in Nepal comes to an end today! There is nothing to do but trade emails with travel companions and organize the photos If you have more time. You will be transfered by Director of Nepal Assemble Treks (NAT) to the Airport before 2 hours of yours flight. On your way home you'll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.


 

 

 

 

 

  


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