This is one of the rarest and most exotic treks in the Himalaya. Although the name Annapurna suggests that it is a popular destination, make no mistake, it is one of the rarest treks in Nepal. The 7 passes on this trek takes you through some uninhabited valleys making a traverse between the western flanks of Mt. Manaslu to the Grand Barrier. We will also trek through untouched forests where there are chances to see the Red Panda, and pass through the intriguing valleys of the Nar and Phu.
Beginning with a couple of days hiking on the Annapurna circuit trail we reach Khotro, from where, we leave the main trail and trek to the hidden village of Nache. From here we will trek an off the beaten trail through dense forest to Dona Lake which is a glacial lake connected to Mt. Manaslu. From here we cross Tripple pass to connect the Manaslu Circuit trail at Thoche. Once again we leave the main trail and enter an off the beaten trek to a village called Tache. From here we enter complete wilderness and trek through forests and high altitude pastures to the base of Mt. Kang Guru. We cross two passes called Khuchumro Pass and Yarcha Pass to enter into the restricted area of Nar & Phu. The trek passes through narrow canyons and beautiful valleys of the Nar & Phu, where very few trekkers have explored. The expression “just me and the mountains” is in solidarity with the solace and serenity of this valley.
Nar Phu Valley Trek is unarguably one of the most remote and least explored treks in Nepal. Opened only in 2003, this trek takes you to the wild, exotic and sparsely populated valleys of Nar and Phu, offering intriguing medieval Tibetan culture and customs completely undisturbed form, and dramatic mountains view.
Nepal’s most unscathed, Tibetan-influenced quarters, the restricted area of Nar Phu Valley can only be accessed with a special permit issued by an authorized trekking agency, who will also provide the obligatory guide. The permit is only valid for seven days so you must complete the trek in this time frame.
The village of Phu is a dramatically placed cluster of houses on a sandy slope of a mountain. It is an ancient Tibetan village which was later host to rebel Khampas fighting against the Chinese occupation of Tibet across the border in the 1960s.
From Phu we cross a couple of passes to connect the Annapurna Circuit main trail at Ngawal, crossing the villages of Nar in between.
Entering the Manang valley, we will immediately come across throngs of tourists which feels nice to socialize for a while, but it somehow steals the serenity of the adventure that we experienced along the Nar Phu Valley. Therefore we leave the highway at Manang and enter an even more fascinating valley leading to the Grand Barrier which is a massive 7000m mountain barrier, and to the world’s highest lake, Tilicho at 4949m. Then we cross the Mesokanto la pass at 5190m, which at any given comparison of beautiful scenery, surpasses the popular Thorung la by leaps and bounds. The Mesokanto la offers breath taking views of Tilicho Lake and soaring peaks of Annapurna II, III and Ganga Purna, Mt Manaslu range and the Chulus. Crossing the Mesokanto La, we leave the Manang valley and enter into another exotic valley of Mustang to end this fascinating dream trip with a mountain flight from Jomsom to Pokhara.

What Makes this trip Special:

  • Trek across 7 exotic high altitude passes, each with amazingly beautiful mountain views of its own
  • Trek and camp at the isolated and hidden Dona Lake
  • Explore restricted area of the Annapurna’s Eco touristic destination
  • Magnificent views of 3 of the worlds fourteen 8000m peaks- Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Dhaulagiri and Mt. Annapurna I and several surrounding dramatic mountains.
  • Trek the restricted area of the Nar and Phu valley which was opened only in 2003
  • Experience the time immortal cultures of the ethnically Tibetan Nomadic tribes.
  • Camp at the breath takingly beautiful highest Lake in the world, Tilicho lake 4949m
  • Visit ancient monasteries, ruined fortresses along the part of the Trans Himalayan trail.
  • Breathtaking views from the mountain flight from Jomsom, through the world’s deepest gorge.
View from Kuchumro pass

Itinerary A: 24 days- 7 passes 

Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu – 1330m – welcome dinner.
Day 2. Half day city tour, lunch and trek briefing.
Day 3: Drive to Shiri Chaur – 1100m, 205 kms, 8/9 hours
Day 4: Trek to Shiri Chaur to Tal – 1700m
Day 5: Trek Tal to Nache – 2260m
Day 6: Trek Nache to Kromtong – 2975 m
Day 7: Trek Kromtong to Dharamshala – 3665 meters
Day 8: Trek Dharamshala to Dona Lake – 4250m (Acclimatization Day)
Day 9: Trek Dharamshala to Bijay phedi – 3915m
Day 10: Trek Bijay phedi to Gho- 2510m – across Tripple Pass- 4480m
Day 11: Trek Gho to Tachai – 2340m
Day 12: Trek Tachai to Shonglai – 3360 meters
Day 13: Trek Shonglai to Kujumru phedi – 4900m
Day 14: Trek Kuchumru phedi to Namakyu- 4445 meter, across Kuchumro pass – 4900m and Yarcha Pass -4860m
Day 15: Trek Namakyu to Meta -3560
Day 16: Trek to Chyaku – 3700m
Day 17: Trek to Phu – 4080m
Day 18: Rest and acclimatization at Phu
Day 19: Trek Phu to Loang -4680m across Phu pass – 5050m
Day 20: Trek Loang to Nar -4110m, across Nar Pass – 5400m
Day 21: Trek Nar to Kangla Phedi – 4630m
Day 21: Trek to Ngawal -3675m across Kang La Pass – 5320m
Day 22: Trek to Dhikur Pokhari – 3050m and drive to Shirichaur – 1100m
Day 23: Drive to Kathmandu- 205 Kms – 8 hours
Day 24: Departure.

 

Itinerary B: 30 days with extended itinerary across Tilicho Lake and Mesokanto La

Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu – 1330m – welcome dinner.
Day 2. Half day city tour, lunch and trek briefing.
Day 3: Drive to Shiri Chaur – 1100m, 205 kms, 8/9 hours
Day 4: Trek to Shiri Chaur to Tal – 1700m
Day 5: Trek Tal to Nache – 2260m
Day 6: Trek Nache to Kromtong – 2975 m
Day 7: Trek Kromtong to Dharamshala – 3665 meters
Day 8: Trek Dharamshala to Dona Lake – 4250m (Acclimatization Day)
Day 9: Trek Dharamshala to Bijay phedi – 3915m
Day 10: Trek Bijay phedi to Gho- 2510m – across Tripple Pass- 4480m
Day 11: Trek Gho to Tachai – 2340m
Day 12: Trek Tachai to Shonglai – 3360 meters
Day 13: Trek Shonglai to Kujumru phedi – 4900m
Day 14: Trek Kuchumru phedi to Namakyu- 4445 meter, across Kuchumro pass – 4900m and Yarcha Pass -4860m
Day 15: Trek Namakyu to Meta -3560
Day 16: Trek to Chyaku – 3700m
Day 17: Trek to Phu – 4080m
Day 18: Rest and acclimatization at Phu
Day 19: Trek Phu to Loang -4680m across Phu pass – 5050m
Day 20: Trek Loang to Nar -4110m, across Nar Pass – 5400m
Day 21: Trek Nar to Kangla Phedi – 4630m
Day 21: Trek to Ngawal -3675m across Kang La Pass – 5320m
Day 22: Trek to Manang – 3350 m
Day 23: Drive to Khangsar 3740m – 11 kms, 45 mins and trek to Tilicho Base Camp – 4150m
Day 24: Trek Tilicho Base Camp to Tilicho Lake – 4950 m
Day 25: Trek Tilicho lake to High Camp (Big rock) – 5000m
Day 26: Trek High Camp to Yak Kharka – 3600m across Mesokanto La – 5300 m
Day 27: Trek Yak Kharka to Jomsom – 2760m
Day 28: Fly Jomsom to Pokhara – 890m
Day 29: Drive to Kathmandu – 205 Kms – 6 hours
Day 30: Departure.

Nar Valley

 

 

 

 

 

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

Once you reach KTM airport and finish with the immigration and custom formalities be prepared to confront the confusion outside the airport which is common in most of the south Asian countries. As you walk out of the Exit door into the passenger pick up area you will see hundreds of people with different sign boards in their hands, taxi drivers looking for fares, hotel touts looking for customers and porters trying to help with the luggage for tips. Please remain calm and do not walk out of the restricted area into the crowd straight away. Remain there and try to find the Hi On Life Adventures sign board. Once you spot it, walk straight to the signboard and identify yourself. From here we will take care of you.
When you arrive to your hotel you will be briefed about your activities and “do’s and don’ts” while your stay in Kathmandu.
In the evening we will go for a traditional Nepali dinner at Kathmandu’s finest Nepali restaurant to end the day.

Day 2: City tour and Trek briefing

After breakfast you will be taken for a half day city tour where you will be visiting some historical temples and monuments. You will end your sightseeing with a lunch.
After your lunch you will be return to your hotel and your Group leader will give you your trek briefing and issue you your ‘trek pack’ consisting of a duffle bag, down jacket, sleeping bag, inner liner for your sleeping bag and rain poncho.
Your afternoon is free for you to do your packing and purchasing your last minute items for your trek.

A street in Kathmandu

Day 3: Drive to Shiri Chaur 

  • Drive: Approx 205 kms, 8/9 hours
  • Elevation of Shiri Chaur: 1100m

Early morning drive towards west from Kathmandu, following the winding road over the valley alongside the Trishuli River brings us to a small bustling highway junction called Muglin. Here we cross a suspension bridge and leave the East West Highway and continue on the Prithvi Highway that connects Kathmandu and Pokhara. After the suspension bridge over the confluence of Trishuli and Marshyangdi, we drive alongside the Marshyandi River towards Pokhara until we reach a town called Dumre which is 148 Kms from Kathmandu. On a clear day, the mighty ranges of Annapurna, Ganesh and of Manaslu are intermittently in view. Here we leave the Prithvi Highway and turn North and drive 36 kms on a narrow road to Besisahar. It will take us approx. 5 to 6 hours from Kathmandu to reach Besisahar.
Besisahar is a fairly large bustling town with plenty of tourist lodges and restaurants. This used to be the starting point of the Annapurna Circuit trek before the construction of the road. From Besisahar we need to change our vehicle to a 4 wheel drive jeep and drive alongside the Marshyangdi River on a dirt road for 32 kms to reach Shiri Chaur. It will be a tiring day with a long drive specially the rough road from Besisahar to Shiri Khola, so we take an early dinner and call it a day early.

Day 4: Trek to Shiri Chaur to Tal

  • Trek: 8 kms
  • Time: 5 to 6 hours
  • Elevation of Tal: 1700m

The trail follows the jeep road crossing the village of Jagat. Jagat used to be the tax collecting office during the Trans Himalayn Trade. It is an easy walk with not much climbs and after a 3 hour walk we reach Chyamje for lunch. After Chyamje we leave the jeep road and cross to the other side on a suspension bridge and start climbing stone stairways through a forest for about 2 hours with the river tumbling through a maze of large boulders. After reaching the top of the zig-zag climb, the valley suddenly widens out to reveal the village of Tal, which nestles amongst the fields of barley, wheat and potatoes. We have now entered the district of Manang. We stop here for the night. There is a beautiful waterfall where you can go for a bath.

The village of Tal

Day 5: Trek Tal to Nache

  • Trek: 5 km
  • Time: 4 hours
  • Elevation of Nache: 2260m

The trail passes through the village and soon we cross the Marshyangdi to the other side to meet the jeep road. We continue on jeep road for an hour to reach Khotro. We will take a tea break here. After Khotro the trail climbs steeply on stone staircase for about 2 hours. To the left, you will see several waterfalls cascading down the steep, green cliffs. We will reach Nache by lunch.
Nache is a beautiful village perched on a small levelled land in between to pointed hills

Day 6: Trek Nache to Kromtong

  • Trek: 5 kms
  • Time: 6 hours
  • Elevation of Kromtong: 2975 m

The trail climbs steeply through forest to a levelled pasture, which is used for cattle. There are also potato (Alu) fields, hence the name Alubari. Today is a short walk, we will camp at Alubari. The rest of the day is free to relax or explore the area. From the camp, there are fantastic views of Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal.
Overnight Camp

Day 7: Trek Kromtong to Dharamshala

  • Trek: 9 km
  • Time: 6 hours
  • Elevation of Kromtong: 3665 meters

From Kromtong the trail descends through a forest to Dona Khola. The river runs between two steep cliffs. Many different types of birds, Himalayan Langur, Ghoral, Himalayan Tahr and deer may be seen along the trail. There has been a few spotting of the Red Panda in this forest, but it is very rare. We follow the river along an exposed trail running high above the river to Odar. It is a cave that is used by cattle herders. We stop here for lunch. After lunch the trail becomes less exposed and runs close to the river to a Yak grazing pasture, called Dharamshala. In spring, the valley is painted red with rhododendron blooms, and yaks, cows, sheep and goats are kept here for pasture. Indeed, this is a good location to study the livelihoods of Himalayan herders. There are also a number of large caves here.
Overnight camp

Day 8: Trek Dharamshala to Dona Lake (Acclimatization Day)

  • Trek: 4 kms
  • Time: 4 hours
  • Elevation of Dona Lake: 4250m

There are fantastic views of Manaslu towards the East, and Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal towards the west. The meadow ahead of Dharamshala is a beautiful rhododendron and birch forest. In spring, the valley is painted red with rhododendron blooms, and yaks, cows, sheep and goats are kept here for pasture. It is a two and a half hour walk to Dona Lake. We will carry packed lunch today and at Dona Lake we will stop for lunch. After lunch we will trek back to our camp at Dharamshala.
Overnight camp

Dona Lake Camp

Day 9: Trek Dharamshala to Bijay phedi

  • Trek: 6 km
  • Time: 4 hours
  • Elevation of Bijay Phedi: 3915m

Today’s walk is again very beautiful. The trail passes through rhododendrons forest with stunning views of Annapurna II, Lamjung Himal and Manaslu. After a couple of hours walk through the forest, we will pass Kapribai Cave. From Kapribai Cave, it is one hours to Kyudanda, where there is another large cave. We will stop here for lunch. After lunch we walk through a pasture surrounded by mountains, and continue towards a stream at Bijay phedi.
Overnight camp

Day 10: Trek Bijay phedi to Gho Via Tripple Pass

  • Trek: 6km
  • Time: 8 hours
  • Elevation of Tripple Pass: 4480m
  • Elevation of Gho: 2510m

Today we begin our trek early at around 6 in the morning. Right away we begin our climb following switch backs on a fairly steep trail. After two and a half hour climb, we reach the top of the Tripple pass where we are greeted by breathtaking panorama of Annapurna II, Lamjung Himal and Kangaru Himal, with Dona Lake in the valley below. Towards the far west we can see the peaks of Anapurna III and also Tilicho peak. After spending some time at the pass, a 5 hour steep descent begins through a forest, all the way until we reach the village of Gho. The trail is not well defined and at places it is very steep making it potentially treacherous. We have to walk closely with the group during this descend. We will stop for lunch at Gho Phedi.
Overnight camp

Day 11: Trek Gho to Tachai

  • Trek: 9 Km
  • Time: 5 hours
  • Elevation of Tachai: 2340m

Gho is a tiny stop on the Manaslu Circuit trail with some lodges. There are great views of the west face of Manaslu from Gho. A couple of hours trek following the Dudh Khola will bring us to Tilche, a Gurung and Ghale habitation, where we will stop for lunch. After lunch it is three-hour walk to Tachai. Tachai is a very picturesque agricultural village with terraced farmlands and beautiful traditional houses.
Overnight camp

Day 12: Trek Tachai to Shonglai

  • Trek: 4 kms
  • Time: 5 hours
  • Elevation of Shonglai: 3360 meters

In the morning we trek towards the western end of the village passing by a water mill. We walk past some terraced farms where we can often come across Langurs. After the teraaced farms the trail climbs steeply up the tall grassy slopes and bushes. A few places demands to climb on all fours. After a couple of hours climb we will reach a ridge from where there are breath taking views of Annapurna, Lamjung and Manaslu. We will stop here for our packed lunch. The trail descends for a short distance and starts to climb through old forest with plenty of dead trees. Our camp will be in the middle of a forest.
Ovenight camping.

Day 13: Trek Shonglai to Kuchumru Phedi

Trek: 8 Kms
Time: 7 hours
Elevation of Khuchumro Phedi: 4900m

The trail continues through the forest for about an hour, and soon we are in the open on an exposed steep side of the mountain. Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal soars up towards the eastern sky. From here we will climb a steep trail in between 2 giant rocks acting as a gateway. A couple of hours climb through this narrow section will bring us to the top of a ridge, where we take a lunch break. After lunch, the trek is fairly easy on gentle climb up a valley which widens up as we move closer.
Overnight camp.

Day 14: Trek Kuchumru phedi to Namakyu Via Kuchumro pass and Yarcha Pass

  • Trek: 7 Kms
  • Time: 6 hours
  • Elevation of Kuchumro Pass: 4900m
  • Elevation of Yarcha Pass: 4860m
  • Elevation of Namakyu: 4445 meter

The trek begins with a gentle climb and soon we cross short steep sections until we reach the base of Kuchumro pass. From here it is a steep climb for about an hour and a half to the top of Kuchumro Pass. The views of the Annapurna range from the top of this pass are outstanding. After the pass we descend on an easy and gentle downhill and again climb on gentle gradient to cross another pass, Yarcha pass

During the monsoon season, herds of sheep, goats and yaks are brought here for grazing. There are small shelters here for the herders. This valley is also thronged by locals who come to harvest most expensive herb in the world, “Yarcha Gumba”, The Himalayan Viagra! A kilogram of this herb fetches up to 50,000 USD in the international market. Recent studies have shown that this herb helps cure dysfunctions of the lungs and kidneys. This is actually a caterpillar which is attacked by spores and kills the host and grows as a mushroom from the dead caterpillar.
Our camp at Namakyu is located at a striking location at the base of Kang Guru Himal.
Overnight camping

View from Kuchumro pass

Day 15: Trek Namakyu to Meta

  • Trek: 12 Kms
  • Time: 6 hours
  • Elevation of Meta: 3560

The trail follows the contour along the side of the mountain which is basically the lower part of Kang Guru. It is an exceptionally scenic trek today. After about a couple of hours we reach Deurali. The trail descends a steep rough path and soon we reach a small stream. We will take lunch break here. After lunch the trail continues to descend steeply on stone staircase. Just before we reach back to treeline, we come across a dramatic section. Here the locals built a trail on an almost impossible steep side of the cliff. They have literally hammered tree logs into the wall of the mountain side and over it rocks are laid to make a path. Even though the trail looks not so promising, it is actually pretty strong as loaded yak trains walk across this trail during the Yarcha Gumba picking season. Soon we enter a beautiful forest before descending to the village of Meta.
Overnight camp

Day 16: Trek to Chyaku

  • Trek: 7 Kms
  • Time: 4 hours
  • Elevation of Chyaku: 3700m

Today is an easy day which is a pleasant welcome after a few days of tiring strenuous treks that we did while crossing the high passes. From Meta , the trail meanders along the ridge passing some of the unique, colorful Tibetan Buddhist chortens that Nar and Phu are famous for. The trail is easy following the contour and is marked by spectacular shapes of very old juniper trees and colorful bushes along the sides. This day in particular is very beautiful with huge snowy peaks to the East and dramatic arid landscape to the west and north. We stop at a small Khampa settlement called Chyaku. Chyaku is a large agricultural pasture where they grow barley and potato and keep goats and sheep.
Overnight camp

Day 17: Trek to Phu

  • Trek: 11 Kms
  • Time: 4 hours
  • Elevation of Phu: 4080m

An hour walk from Chyaku brings us to another beautiful Khampa settlement called Kyang. Beautiful views of the Annapurna II, dramatic rock cliffs and charming Khampa settlement of the sheep herders make this place amazingly picturesque. After Kyang the trail enters a narrow gorge and is cut through near vertical rock massif. After about 2 hours trek through this scenic canyons and gorges, the trail climbs steeply through dramatic rock formations to the entrance of Phu. From here, we can see the villages of Phu, the old “dzong” (Tibetan-style fortress) and the remains of two ruined forts, impressively situated atop the flatlands before the village.
Overnight camp

Day 18: Rest and acclimatization

Phu is one of the remotest villages of the Himalayas. The history is dated back 900 years and numerous conflicts between the Tibetans and the people of Phu has been recorded. A 3 day trek from this village takes you to the Tibetan border. From here you can also enter the Kingdom of Mustang via Saribung pass.
Today we spend an acclimatization day in Phu. We will explore the tiny alleyways of the town where the villagers are seen spinning their yak and sheep wool, women weaving carpets from yak wool, pounding mustard seeds into a paste for oil, or go about their other daily chores. We will climb up to the top of the village for breath-taking views of Mt. Kang Guru and Himlung Himal. In the afternoon we will visit the Tashi Lakhang Monastery.

Overnight camp

Day 19: Trek Phu to Loang

  • Trek: 8 kms
  • Time: 7 Hours
  • Lunch: Pul pari
  • Elevation of Phu pass: 5050m
  • Elevation of Loang: 4680m

Once again we venture into the wilderness. The trails leads into a territory that is familiar only to the local yak herders who spend a few months here during the summer for Yak herding. The trail climbs steadily from Phu all the way to the top of the pass. It takes roughly 4 hours to reach the top of the pass. From the pass we descend to a small river where we can stop for lunch. After lunch we climb on a gentle gradient to a Yak pasture where we will camp for the night.
Overnight camp.

Day 20: Trek Loang to Nar

  • Trek 14 Kms
  • Time: 9 hours
  • Elevation of Nar Pass: 5400m
  • Elevation of Nar: 4110m

The trail is gentle in the beginning and soon we start to climb steadily on loose gravel making the climb tougher. A steady 4 hours climb will bring us to the top of the pass. The views are rewarding with a 360-degree panorama of Lamjung, Annapurna II, III and IV and as far as Tilicho Peak to the south, and Himlung, Nemjung and Kang Guru Himal to the east. After a pass we descend steeply again on loose gravel trail for a couple of hours until we reach Labse Khola, over which there is a long metal bridge. From here a gentle uphill for about an hour and a half will bring us to Nar.
Overnight camp.

Day 21: Trek Nar to Kangla Phedi

  • Trek: 4 Kms
  • Time: 2 hours
  • Elevation of Kangla Phedi: 4630m

Nar is a beautiful village with all the houses are interconnected, just as in Phu. As we walk past the village and look back, the village of Nar looks beautiful settled on a levelled terraced farm with Kang Guru as a backdrop. The walk is easy and on gentle gradient. A couple of hour walk will bring us to Kang La Phedi, wher there are two tea shops.
Overnight camp.

Day 21: Trek to Ngawal via the Kang La Pass

  • Trek: 15 Kms
  • Time: 9 hours
  • Elevation of Kang La pass: 5320m
  • Elevation of Ngawal: 3675m

Today is a long day, so get up before sunrise and head towards the Kang La pass. The trail climbs gradually and not too steep in the beginning towards the pass. Before reaching the pass we climb steeply on switchback trail until we reach the top of the pass. From the pass there are fantastic views over Annapurna II, Gangapurna,and Tilicho Peak all above 7000m. The trail down starts off steep on a loose scree for about an hour. Then it gradually becomes less steep and we reach a beautiful meadow with views of the Chulu range. Here we stop for a picnic lunch and give rest to our tired legs after the steep downhill. There are beautiful rock formations along the trail and pass by Milerepa caves before we reach Ngawal, on the upper Pisang route of the Annapurna Circuit. Milerepas are Bhuddist are yogis and poets who renounce the world and live in caves for meditating and writing poems that inflicts the deeper meanings of life. We arrive Ngawal in the late afternoon and stay at a relatively modern and beautiful lodge with wifi, hot showers and comfortable beds and delicious food. It is a nice lodge to relax after a hard days walk.
Overnight camp.

Day 22: Trek to Dhikur Pokhari and drive to Shirichaur

  • Trek to Dhikur Pokhari: 8 Kms
  • Time: 4 hours
  • Drive: 48 kms, 3 ½ hours

Today is a very scenic walk along the side of the valley towards Upper Pisang. Breath taking views of the Annapurna II and III dominates the skyline towards the south. Upper Pisang is a beautiful traditional village with a beehive cluster type houses, closely related to Tibetan architecture. After a 3 hour walk sometimes through forest and sometimes in the open, we reach Upper Pisang where we stop here for lunch. After lunch we continue our walk to Dhikur Pokhari.
After lunch we will drive to Shiri Chaur in a jeep passing by the villages of Kota, Bagarchhap and Tal that we had walked through before entering the Nar Phu valley. At Shiri Chaur, you can celebrate your last night party of the trek because the next day you drive directly to Kathmandu and there won’t be a chance to say farewell to your staff.

Overnight camp

Day 23: Drive to Kathmandu

  • Drive: 205 Kms
  • Time: 8 hours

From Shirichaur, we will take the same jeep to Besisahar, which take us about 2 hours. On reaching Besisahar, we will change from our jeep to our van and continue our drive to Kathmandu.
We arrive out hotel in the late afternoon. The evening is spent either with a farewell dinner of just take an early night after a tiring drive, and get ready for the final departure the next day.

Day 24: Departure.

Your Group leader will meet you at the hotel 3 hours prior to your flight time and drive you to Tribhuvan International airport for your departure.

For those who wants to continue this trek to cross the Mesokanto La via Tilicho lake and end the trek in Jomsom, they will follow the following itinerary

Day 22: Trek to Manang (3350 m) 2 hours

  • Trek: 5 Kms
  • Time: 3 hours
  • Elevation Braga: 3440 m
  • Elevation of Manang: 3540m

From Ngawal an easy trek for about an hour and a half will bring us to Braga. perched high on the valley cliffs. The village of Braga is a cluster of houses perched high on valley cliffs. Above the houses is a monastery, the oldest and most interesting in the area, estimated to be over 500 years old. From the village of Braga it is only a short walk to the village of Manang. The huge icefall of Annapurna rears over the village. Annapurna II and Annapurna III tower dramatically above the valley floor to the south-east, with Tilicho, RocNoir and the Grand Barrier to the west. Chulu West and East lie behind the village.
Manang is a major town of the region which is situated in the broad valley of the Marshyangdi River to the north of the Annapurna mountain range. It is also the district head quarter. There are many lodges, health post and even a movie theatre.
Overnight camp.

Day 23: Drive to Khangsar and trek to Tilicho Base Camp

  • Drive: 11 kms, 45 mins
  • Trek: 10 Kms
  • Time: 4 hours
  • Elevation Khangsar: 3740 m
  • Elevation of Tilicho Base Camp: 4150m

From Manang, we take a jeep to Khangsar which is about 10 kms and takes about 45 mins. After reaching Kangsar we start our walk, the trail leading up towards Siri Kharka 4060m where we stop for lunch. Looking back towards the east, there are breath taking views oof Kang Guru 6981m, Pisang Peak 6091m, Manaslu 8163m, Ngada Chuli 7871m and Himal Chuli 7893m. After lunch, we pass a monastery and continue to Tilicho Base Camp.

Please note- since it is quite a long distance trek to Tilicho Base Camp, depending on various conditions, we might halt an hour or so early near a monastery where there are beautiful lodges.
Overnight camp.

Day 24: Trek Tilicho Base Camp to Tilicho Lake

  • Trek: 7 Kms
  • Time: 4 hours
  • Elevation Tilicho lake: 4950 m

The trail is steep in the beginning, and then climbs gradually towards the lake. Plenty of Yaks can be seen grazing around here. The trail passes through the middle of a landslide area on loose scree. It is a very scenic trek passing amazing rock formations and awe-inspiring views of the mountains. O reaching the lake we get to witness the grandeur of the majestic mountains and their reflection on the lake. Tilicho lake is the highest large size lake in the world. At almost 5000m, this glacial lake is about 1 km wide and 4 kms long. The peaks of Gangapurna, Annapurna III and Tilicho’s Grand barrier soars up more than a couple of thousand meters form the lake. There is a lodge at the lake, but we will camp overnight here. The evenings are particularly beautiful if the weather is clear.

Day 25: Trek Tilicho lake to High Camp (Big rock)

  • Trek: 4 Kms
  • Time: 3 hours
  • Elevation High Camp: 5000 m

After a relaxing morning, enjoying the mountain views and the lake in the morning, we head for High Camp. The trail continues through loose scree and rocks and through rock slide areas. The climb is steady inclined. We reach our camp beside a big rock and halt for the night. It will be an early night and dinner will be served in the tent.
Overnight camp.

Day 26: Trek to Yak Kharka across Mesokanto La

  • Trek: 15 Kms
  • Time: 8 hours
  • Elevation Mesokanto La: 5190 m
  • Elevation of Yak Kharka: 3600m

We leave the camp early to get the best views and to avoid high winds that usually picks up later in the day. The trek to the pass is a gradual uphill. We reach the pass in a couple of hours. The views are just breath taking. We can see Mt. Dhaulagiri and its range in the Western sky and Mt. Manaslu and Annapurna range in the East. Descending from the pass takes us down a steep switchback trail on loose scree. We have to take this downhill very cautiously. If there is snow, we need to use fixed ropes. In worst case we take the alternative route which is 2 hours longer, but easier and safer. It is a continuous descend for 1500m to our camp at Yak Kharka, which is yak herder’s seasonal shelter. We spend another night in the tents here.
Overnight camp.

Day 27: Trek Yak Kharka to Jomsom

  • Trek:11 Kms
  • Time: 5 hours
  • Elevation of Jomsom: 2760m

Today also we continue the descend but we leave the barren landscape and enter into more greener meadows and trees. The sight of Jomsom brings us to the reality that this fascinating dream trip is over and get ready to get back to the civilization.
Overnight camp.

Day 28: Fly Jomsom to Pokhara

  • Flight: 20 mins
  • Elevation of Pokhara: 890m

An early morning flight from Jomsom flies between the world’s deepest gorge with Mt. Dhaulagiri 8167m to the West and Annapurna I 8091m to the East. This 30 mins flight from Jomsom to Pokhara is one of the most scenic mountain flights in Nepal. We arrive early in Pokhara and check into our hotel. After a long shower and getting refreshed we can explore the charming and relaxing Lake Side of Pokhara which has numerous restaurants and shops. We can also just relax and enjoy the swimming pool at the hotel. In the evening we will eat at one of the best restaurants in Pokhara.
Overnight hotel.

Day 29: Drive to Kathmandu

  • Drive: 205 Kms
  • Time: 6 hours

After breakfast we drive along the Prithivi highway passing the village of Dumre where we turned off from this highway on our drive to Besisahar at the beginning of the trek. From here we drive the same highway all the way to Kathmandu that we drove while coming in.
We arrive out hotel in the late afternoon. The evening is spent either with a farewell dinner of just take an early night after a tiring drive, and get ready for the final departure the next day.

Day 30: Departure.

Your Group leader will meet you at the hotel 3 hours prior to your flight time and drive you to Tribhuvan International airport for your departure.

 

 

Price includes

  • All internal transportation, in private vehicle.
  • Services of English or/and Swedish speaking guide.
  • Porter’s and sherpa’s assistance.
  • 3 nights at Hotel Manaslu on bed and breakfast basis while in Kathmandu.
  • Welcome dinner.
  • 1 night at Hotel Barahi while in Pokhara.
  • Half day guided Kathmandu Valley sightseeing tour with all entrance fees and lunch.
  • Drive Kathmandu/ Besisahar/ Chyamje in private vehicle
  • Drive Pokhara/ Kathmandu in private vehicle
  • Flight Jomsom to Kathmandu
  • Use of a personal trek pack consisting of a duffle bag, down jacket and sleeping bag with a fleece inner-liner
  • All meals while on trek and Pokhara
  • Afternoon tea/coffee service on arrival at the lodge
  • Cook and kitchen helpers
  • Porters for carrying bags and camping gears
  • Comfortable North face VE 25 tents on twin share basis unless single supplement is booked
  • 1 ridge mattress + 1 Exped Down mattress for each person.
  • Kitchen tent, Dining tent and Toilet tents
  • Table Chairs and all Kitchen materials.
  • All three times meals during trek. (Picnic at lunch time)
  • Hot beverages with biscuits and snacks on arrival to cam
  • Restricted Area permit for Nar Phu Valley
  • Annapurna Area conservation fee
  • Trekkers Information Management fee
  • Staff insurance, tourist service fee and all taxes applicable as per state law.

Price excludes :

  • Personal accident and rescue insurance. You must provide your own rescue insurance
  • Mineral water, beer, soft drinks and extra tea/coffee outside of normal meal times.
  • Private room accommodation in Kathmandu unless a single supplement is paid.
  • Optional tips to guides and porters.
  • Visa costs.
  • Helicopter evacuation in the unlikely situation, although we do arrange for it and make the necessary documents so that you can claim from your insurance.

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Grading

Our grading system for trekking:

There are many different factors that contribute to the difficulty of a particular trip
Our grading are based on various factors such as length of trek and walking day, trail conditions, maximum altitude and average altitude, elevation gain/loss per day, prevailing weather conditions, temperature range, remoteness and general level of comfort.
Although we have tried to make our grading system as clear as possible, it cannot take into account your personal interests, abilities or experience. If you have any questions about the nature of a particular trip or its suitability for you, please contact us at info@hionlifeadventures.com

Grade A: Leisure

These adventure tours are our least demanding trips suitable for people with a basic level of fitness and good health. These trips may involve long drives usually on private transport. Sightseeing trips are conducted on foot. The itinerary may also take you to remote places with basic lodging facilities and may also involve a day or two of hiking. We expect you to carry a small back pack weighing about 4 to 5 kgs.
Recommended preparation: Walking on undulating terrain for an hour, for at least 2-3 months prior to departure.

Grade B: Easy to moderate

These adventures involve trekking between 7 to 10 days in remote areas where facilities are often basic. These trips involve some camping or basic lodging. The trekking days are often between 3 to 6 hours of walking each day on good trails with plenty of time for sightseeing. The itineraries often include 1 or 2 rest days. The trails are generally well defined and relatively easy, but it doesn’t mean it will be a walk in the park. In the Himalayas, flat trail are extremely rare sights, so there will be plenty of ascents and descents on rocky terrains and often on stony steps. The altitudes are moderate and rarely go above 3800m. The average daily ascents and descents will be about 300m to 400m with perhaps an odd day ascending/ descending about 800m. There are no extremes of weather and the daytime temperatures generally do not get lower than 5C with exceptional cases during bad weather when it can get down to 0C.

Recommended preparation: Walking or jogging 45 mins to 1 hour for at least two times a week on undulating terrain or on a tread mill with inclined angle for at least 3 months prior to departure.

Grade C: Moderate

These treks are slightly more difficult. Our moderate treks are between 11 to 15 days in remote areas with camping or basic lodging. The trekking days are often between 4 to 7 hours of walking each day on good trails with plenty of time for sightseeing. The itineraries often include 1 or 2 rest days. The trails are generally well defined but with plenty of ascents and descents on rocky terrains and often on stony steps. The altitudes are moderate and rarely go above 4500m. The average daily ascents and descents will be about 300m to 500m with occasional harder days ascending/ descending about 800m. There are no extremes of weather and the daytime temperatures generally do not get lower than 5C with exceptional cases during bad weather when it can get down to -5C.

Recommended preparation: Walking or jogging 45 mins to 1 hour for at least two times a week on undulating terrain or on a tread mill with inclined angle for at least 3 months prior to departure.

Grade D: Challenging

These adventures are more challenging and remote and with altitudes up to 5600m. Our challenging treks are between 13 to 24 days in remote areas with camping or basic lodging. The trekking days are often between 5 to 7 hours of walking each day with some days involving crossing a pass with up to 10 hours walking. Generally the trails are well defined, but there will be days which involve climbing steep rocky terrains at high altitudes and crossing icy and rocky glaciers in harsh weather conditions.
The average daily ascents and descents will be about 300m to 500m with a few harder days ascending/ descending about 1000m. The itineraries often include rest days after such big ascents.
Temperatures can get below Zero in the daytime at high altitudes and can fall down to -10C at night.

Recommended preparation: Stamina is essential, as walking days are long. We recommend previous trekking experience, preferably at altitude. Walking or jogging 45 mins to 1 hour for at least two times a week on undulating terrain or on a tread mill with inclined angle for at least 3 months prior to departure. Cycling is recommended. Long day hikes on weekends with a daypack in variable weather conditions is also recommended.

Grading system for Expeditions:

A realistically chosen trip maximizes both your enjoyment of the experience, as well as your chances of summit success. Selection of a trip that is beyond your ability could result in uncomfortable experiences. You might end up having the leader not taking you on the climb for your own safety and for the safety of the other team members.

Therefore to let you make a more realistic selection of your mountain, we have categorized each mountain into 2 tired grading systems which describes the technical difficulty (I-V) and fitness (A-E) required for each expedition.

Technical Difficulty

I          Straightforward climbing/ scrambling on low angle snow/ rocks. Previous climbing experience is not essential. No ropes required.

II         Involves glacial travel on ropes with ice axe and crampons. Previous experience of Ice axe and crampon comes in handy but not a compulsory.

III        Involves ice climbing on short sections of snow or ice up to about 50 degrees. Previous snow/ ice climbing experience are essential.

IV         Good all-round climbing ability required. Involves low grade rock climbing and long, steep snow and ice slopes over 50 degrees.

V          Difficult climbing on very steep ice or technically difficult rock. It is suitable only for competent and experienced mountaineers who have successfully summited technical mountains above 6000m.

Fitness

A             Good basic fitness required.  Ability to walk 6 to 8 hour over undulating terrain with a few punchy uphill climbs carrying a pack up to 6kg in weight.

B             Good cardio-vascular fitness required. Regular training, by running, hiking and perhaps some gym work is essential. Expect to be able to do 8 hour days in hilly and often steep train, carrying a pack of 6-10kg in weight with the occasional extra-long day.

C             High level of fitness coupled with physical endurance required with regular training as part of your normal routine. Expect days of up to 8 hours and longer while carrying a pack up to 8-12kg in weight. Summit night could be easily in excess of 12 hours.

D             Superlative fitness is called for. Climbs of this grade are exceptionally strenuous and some weight loss is inevitable. Regular, long and intense physical training is required for preparation. Expect 10-15 hours of climbing in testing weather conditions (especially summit day) carrying up to 10-15kg in weight.

E              Extreme physical effort at extreme altitude which requires arduous preparation based on your experience of previous trips. You will be pushed physically to the limit and then beyond. Be prepared for very long, sustained days with 10 – 12 hours on a regular basis and more than 15 hours on the summit day. Discomfort to achieve your goal is to be expected.

If you need further help, please do not hesitate to contact us, who are happy to discuss which trips would be suitable for you.

Booking terms and conditions

What are the booking procedures, terms and conditions?

The following procedures, terms and conditions apply if you are joining one of our trip.

Booking:

At the bottom of each tour/trek/ expedition page that you wish to participate, you can click the link to book that trip and you will come to a page with instructions on how to book a trip with us. We will then send you an invoice for deposit payment of 250 USD, which is non-refundable. Once we receive this payment we will send you a confirmation on your reservation of the trip.

Balance Payments:

The balance payment is to be made at least 45 days prior to departure, payable by bank account transfer. If the balance is not paid when due, Hi On Life Adventures reserves the right to regard the reservation as canceled.

Cancellations & Refunds:

In case you should cancel your reservation, the following cancellation charges apply:

Days prior to trip Start date                      Cancellation Fee

31-45 days                                                              50% of trip price
16-30 days                                                              75% of trip price
0-15 days                                                                 100% of trip price

Exceptions to these policies cannot be made for any reason. However, if you wish to transfer from one trip to another, we are happy to assist you at no extra charge, provided that it is done before 60 days prior to the trip start date. Thereafter, our cancellation policy applies. Hi On Life Adventures reserves the right to cancel a trip for any reason. In such an instance, we will refund all payments received, which will be regarded as full settlement.

 

For more visit our FAQs section in details here

Quick Facts

Destination:
 Nepal
Trip Code:
 HST-7P
Trip Grade:
 D- Challenging
Duration:
 25 & 30 days
Trek Distance:
 
Starting Elevation:
 1500m
Peak Elevation:
 5460m
Accommodations:
 Camping
Best Season:
 Apr/ May & Oct/ Nov

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If you have extra days in Nepal, you can book an extension.

Available Extensions

Pokhara and Close up with Annapurna

Grade: A- Leisure

Duration: 7 days

Pokhara & Bandipur

Grade: A- Leisure

Duration: As per package

Chitwan Jungle Safari

Grade: A- Leisure

Duration: According to package

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