Beyond the Annapurna

In this great trek at the feet of the Annapurna, we take a little-traveled path to explore the secret valley of Naar Phu and its Tibetan villages.

For the hikers in love with preserved and wild spaces, the Naar Phu Valley, is one of the trans-Himalayan communication routes to Tibet. It has recently been opened to tourism.

After having crossing rice fields and forests, we climb to the high mountain area. Glaciers are nearby. Arriving at Metha, Chako, Kyang and Phu, we see dry stone villages, chortens and prayer flags fluttering in the winds in an altitude desert under Tibetan influence. We leave the Naar Valley by crossing the Kang La Pass at 5322 m. Up there, in front of us, the Annapurna and Manaslu ranges. After having quickly cross the more visited Marsyangdi valley, we discover the highest glacial lake in the world at nearly 5000 m, before crossing the little-used pass of Mesokanto La. There we can see Dhaulagiri and Mustang to the North. This incredible immersion at the feet of the giants ends in Jomsom.
HIGHLIGHTS
- The cross of two passes: Kang La and Meso Kanta La and their view point on the Himalayas
- The variety of landscapes and ethnic groups on this great trek off the beaten track
- The Tilicho Lake, the highest glacial lake, at more than 4900 m
- The isolated valley of Naar Phu, the authentic villages of the Naar Valley and Phu Gaon, a suspended village of Tibetan culture.

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Itinerary

  • Level of Trek: Very Difficult
  • Best Period: April - May & September - November
  • Duration: 19 Days
  • Number of walking days: 12
  • Highest Altitude: 5399 Meters
  • Flights: Jomsom - Pokhara
  • Accomodation: Hotel in Kathmandu & Lodge/Camp during trek

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Day
Pick-up at the airport, transfer to the hotel and check-in.
Early in the morning, transfer by minibus to the village of Besi Sahar (950 m.) where we find our porters.
Then, transfer to Jagat with the team by local jeep (1300 m.)
- Accommodation: Lodge
We walk along the Marsyangdi River; regular climb to Chamje. Then, the ascent becomes steeper on 300 m to reach the village of Tal, located near an old lake dominated by a large waterfall. In the afternoon, gently sloping to Dharapani, a beautiful village at the confluence of two rivers.
- Ascent: + 650 m.
- Hours of walking: 4.5
- Accommodation: Lodge
After one hour of walking, we arrive in Bagachap where we can see Annapurna II. On the way to Danque, view of the Manaslu Range. We then leave the Marsyangdi River and climb to the High Timang for one hour. After the crossing of a rhododendron forest (in bloom in Spring), we can enjoy a superb view of the Himalayas and the valley. Then, the walk is easy up to Thanchok. We cross a pine forest and arrive in Koto, a small Gurung village, along Marsyangdi river.
- Ascent: + 900 m.
- Descent: - 250 m.
- Hours of walking: 5
- Accommodation: Lodge
From Koto, we enter in the high valleys of Naar and Phu. They have been recently open to tourism. We cross the Marsyangdi river by a hanging bridge and walk along the Naar Phu River on its right bank. The path has been made in the cliff. We walk on rock slides and across a pine forest. After two hours of walking, we cross a suspension bridge and continue on the left bank. Then, once more, we cross the river on a wooden bridge. Between the vertical cliffs, the gorges become more and more narrow. We head to Dharmasala. Amazing view of Lamjung Himal (6932 m.).
After more than 1 hour of walking, we cross a small stream. Then we go up for about 300 m in a very steep path to reach Metha, the first dry stone village of this beautiful valley. Amazing view of Annapurna II (7937 m.) and Lamjung (6932 m.).
- Ascent: + 1300 m.
- Descent: - 400 m.
- Hours of walking: 7
- Accommodation: Lodge/Homestay
The vegetation is more rare, scattered with wildflowers, juniper trees and birches whose barks used to serve as a paper for the religious texts.
Khampa warriors, originally from Kham, in Eastern Tibet, settled in Metha, between the Chinese invasion of Tibet in 1959 and the military intervention of Nepalese in 1975.
The inhabitants of Naar and Phu descend to this village in winter.
Then we take the path going up to Phu along the Phu River. After 1h30 of a quite flat path, we arrive at Jhunum (3640 m.). On the trail, we see sheepfolds and enjoy beautiful views of the glaciers. We cross two torrents and the village of Chaku (3750 m.), former settlement of the Khampas. We continue the path up to Phu along the river of the same name
We cross the Labse River (“Snow leopard” in Tibetan language) to get to Kyang. There, we can enjoy a beautiful view of Pisang Peak (6091 m.), Tilje Peak, Gyaji Kang, Pokharan Himal, etc. The numerous Chortens along the way remind us that we are in Tibetan country.
We continue the day walking on a path cut in the rock. Then, we walk along the river where we can see herds of naurs (blue sheep), favorite prey of the snow leopards. A beautiful climb leads us to the first gate of Phu, we pass along a large mani and some ruins. After an hour of walking on a false flat path and crossing a large suspension bridge, we finally arrive at an impressive gate in the village of Phu. This village, which was a crossroads for the Trans-Himalayan trade, is hanged on a small rocky promontory. Houses merge with the rock. Beautiful views of Himlung (7126 m.), Kangguru, Pokarkang (6265 m.) and the Annapurna Range.
- Ascent: + 1100 m.
- Descent: - 700 m.
- Hours of walking: 7
- Accommodation: Lodge
Calm day: rest and visit to the Tashi Lhakang Monastery located on the other side. Tashi Lhakang is one of the oldest monasteries in the Nepalese Himalayas. Later, we start our descent to Chaku.
- Ascent: + 500 m.
- Descent: - 700 m.
- Hours of walking: 5
- Accommodation: Lodge
We descend towards the Phu Khola River (3400 m.). We cross it by a suspension bridge and go up to the village of Naar. The climb is gradual and the path is scattered with chortens and prayer walls. We take advantage of the afternoon to visit the village and to rest in anticipation of the day after.
- Ascent: + 900 m.
- Descent: - 500 m.
- Hours of walking: 5
- Accommodation: Lodge/Homestay
We leave very early in the morning and climb gradually to the Kang La Pass Base Camps. We enter a little more in this mineral universe made of rocks and moraines. Beautiful views of East and West Chulu and the Pisang Peak. We camp at the foot of the Kang La Pass (4400 m). From the pass, we can enjoy a panoramic view of the Annapurna range. Then, descent to the beautiful village of Ngawal.
- Ascent: + 1200 m.
- Descent: - 1700 m.
- Hours of walking: 8 to 9
- Accommodation: Lodge
We continue along the mountain side on a quite steep path to the Tilicho Base Camp.
- Ascent: + 400 m.
- Hours of walking: 4 to 5
- Accommodation: Lodge
Pleasant climb to the lake by the moraines. At about 5000 m altitude, the Tilicho Lake is a glacial accumulation of the entire northern Annapurna. The lake is a Hindu pilgrimage site linked to the Ramayana. Spectacular views of the Annapurna Ice Walls and Tilicho Peak (7134 m.). The side of the lake, scattered with wildflowers in spring and summer, is ideal for camping.
- Ascent: +700 m.
- Hours of walking: 5
- Accommodation: Bivouac under a tent
We walk along the lake for a few hours. Then we reach the Mesokanto La Pass. Splendid view of the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri. A bird's-eye view of Mustang. We descend to a kharkha (a sheepfold), the only source around.
- Ascent: + 200 m.
- Descent: - 1590 m.
- Hours of walking: 7
- Accommodation: Bivouac under a tent
NB: Crossing the Mesokanto La Pass is difficult. It requires to take crampons for the steep and often icy descent, whatever the season. Fixed ropes will even be used for the steepest passages. Actually, there are three small passes there: North Mesokanto La, Mesokanto La and Mandala Pass. The guide will choose it according to his knowledge and the situation on the spot. In case of snow or if it is impossible to cross one of the passes, a plan B will be offered via the Thorong La Pass. This solution takes to more day to Jomsom: therefore, a safety day.
We descend to the Kali Gandaki Valley. We pass by the beautiful village of Thini and continue to the small turquoise lake of Dhumpha. Finally, we reach Jomsom, the capital of Kali Gandaki and its altiport.
- Descent: - 800 m.
- Hours of walking: 4
- Accommodation: Lodge
Mountain flight between Jomson and Pokhara. Transfer to the hotel.
Free day in Pokhara.
- Meals on own
- Accommodation: Hotel
* NB: For those who do not want to take domestic flights: possibility option by road, taking a local bus or a private jeep (approximately 6h of track and 3h of paved road).
From Pokhara, way back to Kathmandu.
- Meals on own
- Accommodation: Hotel
- Meals on own
- Accommodation: Hotel
Transfer to the airport for return flight.
End of our services.

What's included

- 4 nights in Hotel Holy Himalaya on BB
- 1 night in Lake Side Retreat on BB
- ACAP, TIMS and special permit Narphu
- Flight Jomsom Pokhara
- Trek in lodge and camp on full board
- Transport in private vehicle with AC according to the program & local jeep (s) privatized (s) from Besisahar to Jagat
- English speaking guide for the whole trek and its flights
- Personal carrier (max 12 kg per participant)
- Team camping with camping equipment and kitchen for the passage of Tilicho-Masokanta

What's not included

- Material personal expenses, tips sleeping bag, etc.
- Visa and international flights
- meal in Pokhara and Kathmandu except breakfast
- Domestic Cargo Cargo over 15 kg allowed in all
- Repatriation & Insurance
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