The Naar-Phoo Valley was only opened to the outside world in 2003. This remote area is situated on the Tibetan Plateau, and is a taste of the real Tibet of a century ago. The people of the Naar-Phoo Valley are subsistence farmers who have inhabited this valley for well over 1000 years. They are Tibetan Buddhists and speak a dialect of Tibetan.
This trek combines the experience of seeing the lost valley of Naar-Phu and trekking to the high mountain waters of Tilicho Lake, creating a most rewarding experience that combines scenery and unique culture. Here there are aromatic pine forests, unique rock formations, ancient monasteries, deep, narrow canyons and much more. There are yaks and blue sheep that call this place home. It is a place of isolation, where you will trek for hours without seeing another house. There are ruins of ancient fortresses along the way that once guarded this valley against outsiders. There is much to explore here in 18 days.
The Naar-Phoo Valley is a restricted area and requires a special permit to enter. This was done to preserve the local culture as the year around population is around 300. Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition is pleased to be able to offer this trek. We can get the permits and put together a truly amazing trip where you will be stepping back in time. If you have ever wanted to visit the real Tibet, Naar-Phoo Valley is that place where the traditional Tibetan culture is still lived daily. Why not make this trip for your next holiday in Nepal?
DAY 1 – Arrival in Kathmandu
DAY 2 – Full Day of Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
DAY 3 – Travel to Jagat (elev. 1300 m)
DAY 4 – Trek to Dharapani (elev. 1860 m)
DAY 5 – Trek to Koto (elev. 2600 m)
DAY 6 – Trek to Meta (elev. 3570 m)
DAY 7 – Trek to Kyang - Phu (elev. 3900 m)
DAY 8 – Trek to Naar (elev. 4100 m)
DAY 9 – Trek to Kang la (elev. 5322 m) and Ngawal (elev. 3660 m)
DAY 10 – Trek to Tilicho Base Camp (elev. 4150 m)
DAY 11 – Trek to Tilicho Lake (elev. 4900 m)
DAY 12 – Trek to Mesokanto la (elev. 5200 m) and Jomsom (elev. 2710 m)
DAY 13 – Fly to Pokhara, Pokhara Sightseeing
DAY 14 – Drive to Kathmandu via Tourist Bus
DAY 15 – Departure
DAY 1 – Arrival: Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport where you will be met by your representative of Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition. You will be escorted to your hotel where there are complimentary welcome drinks and a short briefing with plenty of time to relax from your flight.
DAY 2 – Kathmandu: Your day will be spent visiting several of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This is a great day to get a feel of the culture, spirituality and the beauty of the famed Kathmandu Valley. The Valley is larger than the country of Singapore and is known for its temples, shopping and great hospitality.
DAY 3 – Drive to Jagat (elev. 1300 m): We travel by private vehicle, leaving the capital city behind as we move into the mountains. We pass the Trisuli and Marshyangdi Rivers, enjoying great views of the canyons and lower mountains of the hilly region of Nepal. Along the way, enjoy views of the snowcapped peaks like Lamjung Himal, Peak 29 and Manaslu while on the road to the village of Jagat where we will spend the night in a local lodge.
DAY 4 – Trek to Dharapani (elev. 1860 m): We begin trekking uphill as we start into the Annapurna Mountains. We leave the beautiful little village Jagat where the road has ended. From now on, we are working our way upward in elevation as we pass through rhododendron forests and along fast moving mountain streams. At Tal Village, there are many beautiful waterfalls to explore as we stop for lunch. We continue the rocky trail to the village of Kotro and then move on toward Dharapani where we will spend the night in a local lodge. Trekking time is 5 – 6 hours.
DAY 5 – Trek to Koto (elev. 2600m): The trek continues to climb as we pass through thick pine and fir forests. We will pass through several small villages with their whitewashed monasteries high above the people. Buddhists tend to build their monasteries on high places, better to be able to get away from the noise of life as they do their meditation. Along the way, there will be several excellent overviews where we can see Mt. Manaslu, Annapurna II and Peak 29. We will eat lunch on the trail, arriving at Koto village following a trek of 5 – 6 hours.
DAY 6 – Trek to Meta (elev. 3570 m): Today we enter the Naar-Phu Valley Restricted area. Your permit has already been taken care of by Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition. Once we pass the police check point, we follow along the river bank of the Suti Khola River in fragrant pine forests. There are numerous streams and suspension bridges we will be crossing. At the village of Dharmashala there is a picturesque waterfall where we will have lunch. From here, the trail becomes steep as we ascend to Meta Village where we will spend the night. Here we arrive on the Tibetan Plateau, which will offer incredible views of Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal. Trekking time is 6 - 7 hours, and we will stay in a local lodge.
DAY 7 – Trek to Kyang - Phu (elev. 3900 m): The trail today is up and down as we cross suspension bridges over fast flowing mountain streams. It is a four hour trek to Kyang where we will have lunch. We pass ruins of old forts and watch towers used by the defenders of the ancient Khampa settlements. These places were occupied by Khampa refugees who migrated illegally to this area over a thousand years ago to escape the oppression of the Khampa kingdom. Although the Khampa kingdom fell a long ago, the refugees made this area home. The forts are no longer needed, but are interesting places to explore. After 3 - 4 hours walk now we have reached the heart of the Naar-Phu Valley area as we trek towards the village of Phu. Here we will undoubtedly see some of the wild Blue Sheep along with other wildlife on this trail. You are in the lost valley, and will encounter the people of Phu village. Phu Village features the famed Tashi Lakhang Monastery, which is one of the oldest monasteries as well as said to be one of the 108 finest Buddhist monasteries in the world. It is believed that it was the last monastery constructed by Karmapa Rinpoche. From the village are great views as well as ancient Tibetan culture. We will spend the night at a lodge in Phu. Trekking time is 8 hours.
DAY 8 – Trek to Naar (elev. 4100 m): We cross numerous streams and suspension bridges until we come to Mahendra Pul. Here we cross a very high suspension bridge over the Lopche River. The trail now ascends steeply upwards toward the next lost village at Naar, passing Buddhist stupas. There are incredible views of the snowcapped peaks along the way. Trekking time is 6 – 7 hours, spending the night at a local lodge.
DAY 9 – Trek to Kang La (elev. 5322 m) and Ngawal (elev. 3660 m): The trail ascends steeply past different landslide areas for around 3 hours, all the while enjoying incredible views of the Annapurna Mountains. We are above the tree line, so there are great views everywhere. We will reach the village of Ngawal trekking time 8 - 9 hours and we will overnight at a lodge in Ngawal.
DAY 10 – Trek to Tilicho BC (elev. 4150 m): Our goal today is Tilicho Base Camp (BC) where mountain climbers start their ascent of this snowcapped peak. We won't be climbing any peak, but we will be experiencing some incredible mountain views along the way! We will see the Annapurna Massif, beautiful views of Gangapurna Lake as well as Tilicho Peak. We will stop for lunch at Thare Gompa and then continue our trek until we reach Tilicho BC. Here we will spend the night at a local lodge. Trekking time is 5 – 6 hours.
DAY 11 – Trek to Tilicho Lake (elev. 4920 m): This is a high mountain lake with its incredibly blue waters. Its colorful waters are breathtaking as you stand and behold its great beauty. It is surrounded by snowcapped peaks that reflect in its surface. We will spend the night at a tent house by the lake. Trekking time is 3 – 4 hours.
DAY 12 – Trek to Mesokanto La (elev. 5200 m) and Jomsom (elev. 2710 m): We continue to climb until we reach the pass of Mesokanto La after walking for 3 hours. It is a climb, but the high elevation views are extraordinary as you look in a 360° panorama view of the mountains. From here, we have a great view of Mt. Dhaulagiri, the 7th highest mountain in the world.Now this is our last day of trekking as we head down the mountain, past a goat farm until we reach Thini Gaun. From here it is just 50 minutes to Jomsom, a major village with an airstrip in the Annapurna Mountains. We can explore Jomsom and enjoy a larger menu selection tonight at a local lodge. Trekking time is 8 -9 hours.
DAY 13 – Fly to Pokhara, Sightseeing Tour: Today we catch a plane for a 30 minute flight from Jomsom to Pokhara, the beautiful lakeside mountain city of western Nepal. Nestled on the eastern shores of Phewa Lake, it offers great boating, walking, temples, museums and great views. Your guide will take you around to see the major sites. Tonight, enjoy a Three Star Hotel with some really good food.
DAY 14 – Return to Kathmandu: The final day of traveling in Nepal will be on a luxury bus, following the rivers and valley from Pokhara to Kathmandu. There are lots of rushing rivers, waterfalls, village and more that your journey will take you through. You will arrive back in Kathmandu and spend the night at a Three Star Hotel. Tonight will be a farewell dinner with traditional Nepali food and cultural show.
DAY 15 – Departure: All good things must come to an end, and your trip to Nepal is no exception. Before leaving, why not talk to your representative at Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition about returning to Nepal for your next holiday. The vast majority of people make a return trip to Nepal because they are impressed by not only the beauty, but also the local people. Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition offers trips into neighboring Tibet, Bhutan and India. Be sure to discuss your interests and plans with them today.
Your safety is of paramount importance while traveling with Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary. However, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountain regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not be forced to make last minute changes due to weather conditions, health conditions or any member of the group, unexpected natural disasters, etc. The team leader will do everything possible to ensure that the trip runs according to plan. Be prepared for any last minute changes. The Himalayas are big and wild, and worthy of your respect.
For the Naar-Phu and Tilicho Lake Lodge Trek, there will be a trek leader and Sherpa Porters for carrying luggage (2 trekkers = 1 porter). This arrangement ensures that if anyone in the group is sick the trip can still go on as planned. However, Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition can run this trek for groups of any size. Usually, we have found that the maximum number of trekkers in any group is 12 people.
All accommodations for the Naar-Phu and Tilicho Lake Lodge Trek are on twin-sharing basis. The lodges and tea houses have been selected by Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition after personal inspection. We look at the conditions of the inns, local hygiene, quality of food, type of service and more.
We offer two types of accommodations on this trek. In Kathmandu and Pokhara, you will stay at a Three Star Hotel. As there are no Three Star Hotels available on the trek, you will spend ten nights in basic lodges/home stay. These places have pleasant, unheated rooms and wooden beds with foam mattresses.
All rooms are double occupancy, but you can request a single occupancy room for an additional fee, which will be available only during the trekking. However, sometimes single rooms are not available in some places, depending upon local conditions. We do work to provide the best possible options when trekking in the High Himalayas.
Food will vary between typical Nepali in the mountains. In Kathmandu and Pokhara, there are far more choices, which include Indian, Continental, Italian, Tibetan and more. The city areas offer everything from good steaks and burgers to apple pie and pizza.
Nepali food is nutritious, and ranges from our traditional dal/bhat and momo to fantastic breads, fruits and more. The cooking is wholesome and the food is tasty.
The trek does include a farewell dinner where you will experience a cultural show with music, dance and the finest of local foods.