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Annapurna, Nar Phu & Tilicho lake | 21 Days

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At a Glance:
Tour Code: ANTLT017 Style: Trekking | Hiking Holidays
Grading: Maximum Altitude: 5,300m
Transport: Private Duration: 21 Days
Start in: Kathmandu |Airport End in: Kathmandu |Airport
Price: US$ 2200 per person
Trip Description

The finest challenging trek in the Annapurna region, our new itinerary has all the makings of a classic. We follow remote trails leading through secluded villages and camp in magnificent locations beneath an awesome backdrop of peaks. We traverse to the south of the Annapurna Range, where we ascend through conifer forests and cross pristine alpine meadows gaining Spectacular Mountain views (from Manaslu to Dhaulagiri). We enter the spectacular Nar region and traverse around the ice bound Tilicho Lake before crossing the Mesokantu Pass, bringing us into the very heart of the Annapurna.

Outline Itinerary
  • Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu (1300m)
  • Day 2: Kathmandu sightseeing
  • Day 3: Drive to Besisahar & Bhulbhule (approx 7 hr)
  • Day 4: Trek to Nagi (880m),walk approx 2 hrs
  • Day 5: Trek to Jagat (1340m) via Syange (1136m),walk Approx 6 hrs
  • Day 6: Trek to Dharapani (1870m), walk approx 6hrs
  • Day 7: Trek to Koto (2575m). Walk approx 5- 6 hrs
  • Day 8: Trek to Dharamsala & cave (3160m), Walk approx 5-6 hours
  • Day 9: Trek to Meta (3520m) Walk approx 2 hours
  • Day 10: Trek to Nar (4100m). Walk approx 3 - 4 hours
  • Day 11: Acclimatize at Nar (4100m) and explore around
  • Day 12: Trek to Kang La pass(4460m). Walk approx. 6-7 Hours
  • Day 13: Cross Kang La (5100m) to Ngawal (3600m). Walk approx 5-6 hrs
  • Day 14: Trek to Braga (3450m) & Manang (3540m). Walk approx 3 hrs
  • Day 15: Trek to Siri Kharka (4000m), walk approx 6 hrs
  • Day 16: Trek to Tilicho base (4100m). Walk approx 3-4 hrs
  • Day 17: Trek to Tilicho Lake (4900m)
  • Day 18: Traverse Mesokantu La (5025m) to kharka camp (3600m) Walk approx 5 hrs
  • Day 19: To Jomsom (2670m) Walk approx 5 hours
  • Day 20: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara and continue to Kathmandu
  • Day 21: Final departure
Highlights of the tour:
  • Visit to ancient temples, palaces and historic places in Kathmandu
  • The finest challenging trek in the Annapurna region
  • Breathtaking Mountain views
  • Explore the spectacular Nar region
  • Visit the highest Tilicho lake in the world
What's Included:
  • Kathmandu Airport transfers
  • An experienced  insured and equipped English speaking Guide
  • Guided sightseeing and entry fee in Kathmandu
  • 3 meals during trek.
  • Internal flights and land transport involved in the itinerary
  • Airport tax
  • Good standard Hotel ( 3-4*) accommodation in Kathmandu & Pokhara with breakfast
  • Teahouse & camping accommodation on twin sharing basic
  • Tims permit.
  • Annapurna Conservation Fee
  • Special Nar permit
  • Insured and equipped porter as on IPPG rules
  • Full Day  to explore at Nar
  • Trekking off the main trail to the village of Nar, Tilicho and Mesokantu La (5025m)  - one of the vantage point to see the mountain view.
What's Not Included:
  • Travel Insurance
  • Nepalese Visa
  • Tips for Guide and other trek staff
  • Lunch and dinner in the city.
  • Additional costs due to illness, rescue etc
  • Additional cost due to force majeure, changes of flight and itinerary
  • Personal drinks and Bar Bill
  • Personal equipments such as sleeping bag

The Following dates and prices are LAND ONLY itinerary joining in Kathmandu. Please make your own flight arrangements. If you need some help to arrange an international flight, we can suggest you some agents who are specialized on ticketing.

BOOK WITH CONFIDENCE - No surcharge guarantee whether you are booking for this year or the next, we have undertaken to guarantee that all of our Land Only prices will not change once you have booked your holiday.

DATE WITH FESTIVAL & EVENTS - recommended If you are planning your holiday and want to have once in a life time experience then chose the date that combined with events or festivals. It will enhance an experience of life time in your holiday.


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    Friday 30 November 2018 Thursday 20 December 2018 US$ 300 US$ 2200

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Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu (1300m)

When you arrive in Kathmandu at Tribhuvan international airport,You will be warmly greeted by our airport representative. After traditional warm welcome you will transferred to Kathmandu Hotel, we will discuss about the trip and briefing about the package, evening typical welcome dinner.

  • Accomodation: Hotel
  • Meals:D

Day 2: Kathmandu sightseeing

Your first day will begin with the breakfast at your hotel. Today is your full day sightseeing tour so at the very first beginning, you will be taken to Kathmandu Durbar Square. Kathmandu Durbar Square is one of the important historic and tourist destination in Nepal. The main attraction in the Kathmandu Durbar square is Hanuman Dhoka palace. The striking place was named in honor of the monkey god, Hanuman. At the southern end of the Durbar Square there is the most curious attraction in Nepal, the Kumari Chowk. After visiting Kathmandu Durbar Square you will be guided to the famous Buddhist Swayambunath Temple in Kathmandu. This temple attracts Buddhists and tourists from round the world. Swayambhunath Stupa is the most ancient and enigmatic of all the holy shrines in Kathmandu valley. Its lofty white dome and glittering golden spire are visible for many miles and from all sides of the valley. The view of Kathmandu valley from the top of the temple is stunning.

  • Accomodation: Hotel
  • Meals:B L D
  • Time:5-6 hrs

Day 3: Drive to Besisahar & Bhulbhule (approx 7 hr)

Early in the morning, today you will leave kathmandu valley and drive towards Pokhara. You'll head along the road toward Pokhara through the beautiful scenic beauty. You leave the highway to Pokhara at Dumre and head north to Besisahar where you begin your trek. After lunch you will take a short drive to the roadhead at Bhulbhule in the Marsyangdi. Overnight.

  • Accomodation: Lodge
  • Meals:B L D
  • Distance:10km
  • Time:6-7Hrs
  • Ascent:300m

Day 4: Trek to Nagi (880m),walk approx 2 hrs

Today you are heading to Nagi, village known as "internet village", old settlement, unique culture and tradition of Magar people. You will be trekking through forest with wonderful mountain view like Dhaulagiri range, Gurja Peak, Annapurna south Brah Himal and Nilgiri south to Nagi. Passing by a tea houses you will continue to your camp in a small village in upper Nagi. Tonight you will stay at Nagi.

  • Accomodation: Lodge
  • Meals:B L D
  • Distance:5km
  • Time:2hrs
  • Ascent:100m

Day 5: Trek to Jagat (1340m) via Syange (1136m),walk Approx 6 hrs

You will start early morning trek from Nagi to Jagat, crossing the bridge from Musi khola also you will climb Bahun Danda which is located at formidable ridge. You will gradually climb until you reach the valley which opens on the wide Plateau. Suspension bridge at syange on the Marysandi River is on the way which you will be crossing then you will walk about half an hour, finally you will reach Jagat. Tonightyou will stay at Jagat.

  • Accomodation: Lodge
  • Meals:B L D
  • Descent: 300m
  • Distance:15km
  • Time:6-7 hrs
  • Ascent:500m

Day 6: Trek to Dharapani (1870m), walk approx 6hrs

Our guide will be driven you to Dharapani today. First trail takes you to the Marsyandi valley wide open up to Syange after that the wide narrow valley will appears when you go ahead. You can explore the Nepalese rural village and interact with the local villagers about their lifestyle, crossing through the barley, rice and potato field. At the evening dinner and overnight in Dharapani.

  • Accomodation: Lodge
  • Meals:B L D
  • Descent: 200m
  • Distance:16km
  • Time:5-6 Hrs
  • Ascent:500m

Day 7: Trek to Koto (2575m). Walk approx 5- 6 hrs

Today after breakfast you trek a gradually ascending path and cross a stream to reach Koto. On the way you can enjoy the spectacular mountain views are of Annapurna II and Manaslu range along with beautiful views of forests which add another dimension to your trek. Furthermore walking you will reach Koto which is a small village mainly inhabited by Gurung and other ethnic groups where you can explore and interact the lifestyle of Tibetans people mainly influenced by Buddhist. Stay overnight in Koto.

  • Accomodation: Lodge
  • Meals:B L D
  • Distance:15 km
  • Time:5-6 hrs
  • Ascent:700m

Day 8: Trek to Dharamsala & cave (3160m), Walk approx 5-6 hours

This morning after breakfast you head out early, as you have a long and somewhat difficult day before. You cross the river leading to the Nar Phu valley and hike up through beautiful woods above the Phu Khola. On the way to Dharmasala you can explore some beautiful woods and past several small caves, and a pilgrims"Dharmasala". After you emerge out a narrow canyon, you may actually enjoy under a wide waterfall just before Dharmasala. Evening dinner and overnight in Dharmasala. 

  • Accomodation: Lodge
  • Meals:B L D
  • Descent: 200m
  • Distance:15km
  • Time:5-6 Hrs
  • Ascent:600m

Day 9: Trek to Meta (3520m) Walk approx 2 hours

You start out trek to Meta from Dharmashala. You will climb out of the gorges to the small Buddhist settlement at Meta.Today after breakfast you will leave Dharmasala and start your another trek to Meta. The trail is carved into the narrow and steep sided walls of the Nar Phu Khola, climbing through pine forest. The trail breaks into a huge expanse, surrounded by the snow capped peaks of Pisang and Kang Guru. If you have time you can go to explore the remains of abandoned settlement where Tibetan refugees lived for a short time following the Chinese occupation of Tibet. Overnight in Meta.

  • Accomodation: Lodge
  • Meals:B L D
  • Descent: 200
  • Distance:5km
  • Time:2-3 hrs
  • Ascent:400m

Day 10: Trek to Nar (4100m). Walk approx 3 - 4 hours

Another classic Himalayan trekking day, You will head to Nar from Meta today where you will visit superb views of huge peaks that stretch north towards Tibet, as you trek down to the old bridge spanning a deep, contoured and narrow gorge. It's a good thing the scenery is so stunning. The village of the Nar is the largest in the region where the villagers eke out the living trading and tending their barley field. You will visit monastery on that location.

  • Accomodation: Lodge
  • Meals:B L D
  • Descent: 200m
  • Distance:18km
  • Time:3-4 hrs
  • Ascent:500m

Day 11: Acclimatize at Nar (4100m) and explore around

At Nar you will explore the impressive gorge country. This day is a rest day. Make fit yourself for the further journey. This day is for acclimatization. Physiologically prepare yourself for adaptation to changes in climate or environment. Alternatives for the day is  if you want to visit, you can explore Nar Phu Valley, to visit some of Gompas, climb the prayer-flag festooned hill above Nar for wonderful views, or sit at your lovely guest house overlooking the whole scene in the sun.

  • Accomodation: Lodge
  • Meals:B L D
  • Descent: 500m
  • Distance:5km
  • Time:5-6 hrs
  • Ascent:500m

Day 12: Trek to Kang La pass(4460m). Walk approx. 6-7 Hours

Today is adventurous day with long day hike so we get up early in the morning and head to Kang La pass. From pass you can see the Annapurna massif. You will ascend through Nar Valley and reach to Kang La pass crossing a series of alpine meadows where you will explore the high ridges in the vicinity that afford an almost 360 degree mountain panorama including Chulu East at the head of the valley. Overnight in Kang La Pass.

  • Accomodation: Lodge
  • Meals:B L D
  • Descent: 500m
  • Distance:8km
  • Time:2-3 hrs
  • Ascent:400m

Day 13: Cross Kang La (5100m) to Ngawal (3600m). Walk approx 5-6 hrs

You will set off early, as today is a long but spectacular day, a reak highlight of the trip. From Kang La Pass you make the ascent over the Kang La the trek's highest point. The view are phenomenal and from the pass you can see far across the entire Annapurna range, with a stunning view of Annapurna II and Tilicho peak and beyond. It is a steep descend, which is mainly straight forward with sections of scree slopes that will need to be navigated. From here it's all the way down untill you reach Ngawal. Stay in Ngawal for overnight. 

  • Accomodation: Lodge
  • Meals:B L D
  • Descent: 1500m
  • Distance:10km
  • Time:5-6 hrs

Day 14: Trek to Braga (3450m) & Manang (3540m). Walk approx 3 hrs

Today trek from Ngawal to Manang is little bit short than other day trek. The trail pass thorugh leveled path along the bank of the Marsyangdi river to reach Manang. On the way to Manang you can explore the pine forests, and also the Braga village where you can interact with local people about their daily lifestyle and farming terraces. You can enjoy the majestic views of the Annapurna range, Tilicho Mountain and beautiful landscapes. Stay overnight in Manang 

  • Accomodation: Lodge
  • Meals:B L D
  • Descent: 200m
  • Distance:6km
  • Time:3-4hrs

Day 15: Trek to Siri Kharka (4000m), walk approx 6 hrs

Today's path is little up and little down, you will trek through Manang heading the western gates.You will cross the river and continue walking on the southern side through coniferous forest. After reaching Kangsar village you need to walk further up to towards Siri Kharka and pass a Monastery on the way.Then you can see the spectacular views of Gungang Himal and Mt.Chulu when you walk uphill. After a short walk you will reach Siri Kharka. Overnight in Siri kharka.

  • Accomodation: Lodge
  • Meals:B L D
  • Descent: 100m
  • Distance:14km
  • Time:5-6 Hrs
  • Ascent:500m

Day 16: Trek to Tilicho base (4100m). Walk approx 3-4 hrs

After breakfast you will be trekking to the tilicho base camp through the small villages by crossing the Jomsom. The trail goes through the middle of the landslide area whereby you can see impressive rock formations along the trail. Beside that you can visit the wonderful village Khangsar and communicate with the local village peoples and about their cultures. Then after you can enjoy the natural beauty rivers and lake which are truely magical. Camp in river bank.

  • Accomodation: Lodge
  • Meals:B L D
  • Distance:10km
  • Time:34 hrs
  • Ascent:100m

Day 17: Trek to Tilicho Lake (4900m)

Toady after breakfast our tour guide will take you to visit Tilicho lake. On the way you enjoy yaks and deer grazing above and below the trail. On the other side is Tilicho Lake, a large spectacularly set lake nestled at the foot of the north face of Tilicho Peak. The lake was reffered to by the leader of the French expedition team as ‘The Great Ice Lake’. The Lake also holds an important place for the Hindus as this sacred lake features in one of the holiest texts of the Hindus, The Ramayan.

  • Accomodation: Lodge
  • Meals:B L D
  • Descent: 900m
  • Distance:8km
  • Time:4-5 Hrs
  • Ascent:900m

Day 18: Traverse Mesokantu La (5025m) to kharka camp (3600m) Walk approx 5 hrs

It’s a tough stage at first involving a 300m ascent to a ridge high above the lake. The traverse includes a couple of ridge crossing before a short steep ascend to the Mesokanto La. From the pass anticipate views that stretch back to the lake as well as views to the Nilgiri peaks and Dhaulagiri on the far side of the Kali Gandaki Gorge. From the Mesokanto La there is a steep sometimes under snow – descent to camp at 4440m. Alternatively you might continue for a furtherhour to a lower camp at 4000m. From these vantage points you gain an eagle’s view to the village of Marpha way down in the Kali Gandaki Gorge.

  • Accomodation: Lodge
  • Meals:B L D
  • Descent: 1400m
  • Distance:14km
  • Time:5-6 hrs
  • Ascent:1000m

Day 19: To Jomsom (2670m) Walk approx 5 hours

A long ridge descent that leads gradually down to the Kali Gandaki River and the village of Jomsom. You pass through the pretty village then cross through an extensive network of terraced fields to reach the valley bottom, Jomsom. On arriving you will stay in a comfortable lodge close to the airport. Overnight in Jomsom.

  • Accomodation: Lodge
  • Meals:B L D
  • Descent: 1000m
  • Distance:16km
  • Time:5-6 Hrs

Day 20: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara and continue to Kathmandu

Today you board the early morning flight to Pokhara soveuring magnificent views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. On arrival at Pokhara airport you will have transport on standby to take you into the town. Here you can wonder the markets and the lakeside for a couple of hours before returning to the airport for the onward flight to Kathmandu. On arrival  transfer you to your hotel.

  • Accomodation: Lodge
  • Meals:B L D
  • Distance:230km
  • Time:10hrs

Day 21: Final departure

Your final day in Kathmandu is a free day. You do as you like. Many people take the time for shopping others enjoy exploring the cultural sites of the city. Our local guide can advise you on the best shops in the area. Farewells! Our airport representative will travel with you to the airport.

  • Meals:B
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By Samuel
Switzerland

Jun 13 2015

I have had a wonderful experience with Trekking Team Group.The care and attention given to everyone was 'over the top', and the pricing was extremely reasonable. Additionally I participated in a 10 person 22 day camping supported trek to Nar, Phu and Tilicho Lake areas. The scenery was stunning, the leadership and support was way beyond expectations, the value was tremendous, and the overall experience was completely off the scale! The area we trekked in had such a variety of landscapes, cultures and natural beauty that each day was exciting and new. Hats off to Goku, Arjun, and all the other TTG staff. Experience could not have been better.

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Danielle K

Jun 14 2017

ABC with Trekking Team Group was an outstanding choice! With so many companies to choose from it is difficult to determine who will be best suited to your needs- especially online! While in Thamel I spent the weekend before our family trek comparing companies and I found TTG to be most accommodating, professional, experienced when discussing various trekking options. Our trip to ABC with TTG was the best value out of the 6 companies I compared and looking back I would not have changed a thing! Our guide, Hari, was exceptional- patient, knowledgable, well-spoken. Overall, very pleased with Trekking Team Group and the experience!

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This is ADVENTURE travel, and many of the trip destinations in this site are remote areas, within under developed countries, where events are less predictable than is usually the case in. The unexpected is the norm in these areas and, despite painstaking planning and organization, our adventure trips can never be taken for granted like regular trips. Many of the places that we visit do not have the same quality of emergency health and safety services that you are used to in the developed world. Internal flights can be canceled, road transport is generally uncomfortable and unreliable, and hotels often do not approach the standards of the West.

 

IF YOU ARE NOT PREPARED FOR THIS, YOU SHOULD NOT TRAVEL WITH US. This unpredictability also means that the itineraries that we put forward for each of our trips should be seen as statements of intent, rather than as contractual obligations. A variety of factors, including weather, transport difficulties and political instability, might dictate that we change any itinerary. The trip leader will make any changes that are necessary, after consultation with the group. Only rarely will such changes be significant, and we will always do everything within our powers to minimize the effects of the enforced changes. We cannot be held responsible for the results of changes or delays, irrespective of how they are caused.

What makes this trip different ?

Trekking Team Group is the major supporter of Ambe Foundation, an apolitical and not-for-profit organisation. We contribute our support for the development of some community schools in remote villages in Nuwakot district. We have been supporting Gramin Devi School and Khumbeshwori School, both community-based educational institutions, through donation, sponsorship and partnership in various projects.

Donation

Trekking Team Group donates one percentage of its total business profits to the foundation on yearly basis. The donated amount supports the ongoing maintenance of Gramin Devi School and Khumbeshwori School in Nuwakot.

Sponsorship

One of the major activities of Ambe Foundation is the children sponsorship programme. It is conducted in full collaboration with Trekking Team Group.

Partnership (Volunteering Program)

The Ambe Volunteer Programme, organised by Ambe Foundation and Trekking Team Group, aims to mobilise teams of experts and interested individuals effectively for education, health and community development in Nuwakot district.

 

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