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Activities
  • 17 day trek
Accommodation
  • 3 nights hotel
  • 17 nights wilderness camping
  • 1 night eco-lodge
Meals
  • 18 Dinners
  • 18 Lunches
  • 21 Breakfasts

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Trip Code: ATL

Annapurna, Nar & Tilicho Lake Trip highlights


  • Trek into the rugged heart of the Annapurna range
  • Explore the remote Nar Phu region and cross the Kang La (5320m)
  • Camp at Tilicho Lake (4900m), the highest lake for its size in the world
  • Cross the Mesokanto La for sweeping views to Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri peaks
  • Wonder at the majesty of the highest mountain range on earth during flights from Jomson to Pokhara & Kathmandu
  • Explore Kathmandu

Why Book With Us

  • Fully supported camping expedition with all meals on trek freshly prepared by our team of dedicated cooks
  • Free use of a World Expeditions trek pack including quality sleeping bag, down jacket, insulated mat and more. Receive a souvenir kit bag
  • Trek led by wilderness first aid trained guide equipped with portable altitude chamber and group medical kit
  • Relax pre and post trek at the 4 star Radisson Hotel in Kathmandu

Our most comprehensive and what we consider the best of the Annapurna's! This trip is for those craving an unforgettable adventure through lush forests, soaring mountain peaks, the finest views of glaciers, high pass crossings and a deep cultural experience. We venture off the highly trekked trails of the classic Annapurna circuit and into the rugged and secluded valleys of Naar and Phu. The villages we pass are enriched with influence from Tibetan inhabitants of the north, a stark contrast to the Hindu villages dotted throughout the lower foothills. We trek along ridges looming below the grandeur of surrounding 6000m peaks and cross Kang La pass (5320m). We head up the valley and traverse a series of scree slopes to the highest lake for its size in the world; the sacred Tilicho Lake (4920m) nestled at the foot of Tilicho Peak (7130m). We continue into the heart of the Annapurnas, our path to Mesokanto La affords stadium views as we are sandwiched between the world's highest mountain range. Rugged, remote and rewarding, this is Himalayan trekking at its absolute finest!

Meals included
in the price
Valued at USD$900

You will be met by a representative of World Expeditions and transferred to the Radisson hotel. Remainder of the afternoon at leisure. A pre-trek briefing will be given around 4.30-5pm where arrangements will be made for the distribution of your kit bag, sleeping bag and down/fibrefill jacket. This evening we will head out for dinner, this is a great opportunity to get acquainted with your fellow group members. Overnight: Radisson Hotel

Meals:  Nil

Today you have a full day to explore Kathmandu’s bustling streets and significant landmarks. You may wish to start by exploring the city’s two most important World Heritage Listed spiritual sites: Pashupatinath, Nepal’s most sacred Hindu temple and an important cremation site; and Boudhanath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal and the most sacred Tibetan Buddhist shrine outside of Tibet. Alternatively you could wander through the markets and shops of the busy Thamel precinct or explore some more of the city’s significant sites such as Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple) or the World Heritage Listed plazas of Patan, Bhaktapur or Durbar Square.

Meals:  B

From Kathmandu we drive west along the Kathmandu to Pokhara highway. We divert off the highway at the bustling town of Dumre and continue north for a further one and half hours to Besisahar. After lunch we complete the short drive to the roadhead at Bhulbhule (846 metres) in the Marysandi Valley and from there we begin our hike, just an hour or so, to our campsite at Nadi.

Meals:  B,L,D

From Nadi, we start early in the morning, and cross a small suspension bridge over the Musi Khola to start a gradual climb to the picturesque village of Bahun Danda , located at the top of a formidable ridge. Following the trail marked signs, we descend to a stream along a steep, slippery trail then pass a huge landslide area. The track then climbs gradually until suddenly the valley opens on to a wide plateau. We then again cross a suspension bridge at Syange on the Marysandi River and take a right turn along the river bank and continue gradually uphill to Jagat. After Syange, the walk is about one and half hours, the track follows an impressive cut in the near-vertical cliffs high above the river to reach Jagat.

Meals:  B,L,D

We head into deep gorge country where the Marsyandi River forges its course through the main Himalaya Range. Our trail ascends high above the Marsyandi River. We pass huge waterfalls, luxuriant forest and an assortment of Hindu villages as we make our way to the broad alluvial plan and the village of Tal. From there the oak, chestnut and bamboo forests give way to blue pine and cedar, indicating the extent of the Indian monsoon rains. It also marks the gradual transition from Hindu to Buddhist culture as evidenced by the tiny monasteries, white washed chortens and mani walls lining the trails.

Meals:  B,L,D

Just beyond Dharapani we encounter recent developments as a rough track is hewn out of the mountainside. We follow the track for several km past the delightful village of Danakyu before ascending steeply to Timang. Views of Manaslu as well as the snow capped Annapurna are likely as we head through apple orchards to our campsite at Koto.

Meals:  B,L,D

At Koto our permits are inspected before we head into the Nar Phu region – an area that extends to the borderlands of Tibet and that was closed to trekkers until 2002. Crossing the well established bridge over the Marsyandi River we slowly ascend serene trails a world away from the main trial that we had followed for the last three days. River char flit from boulder to boulder in the conifer forests while silver birch stretch up the mountainside. There are no demanding switchbacks on this first stage of today's hike, just a gradual ascent through magnificent gorge country and then finally a short climb to the small Buddhist settlement at Meta.

Meals:  B,L,D

Heading north up this immense valley, past the turn off to the west to the village of Nar, we are rewarded with a sense of serenity and exploration as we move further away from the defined trails of the lower Annapurna. Impressive peaks surround us, including Kang Guru (6981m) to the east. Along the trail remains evidence of abandoned settlements used by Tibetan warriors from the Khampa region, used briefly following the occupation of Tibet.

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we trek further up the valley, with a profound and distinct sense of isolation and remoteness from the outside world. A wild, mountainous and semi-arid region, the hike to Phu is one of the true gems of the Himalaya.

Meals:  B,L,D

We have a full day set aside to explore the village of Phu and the visually stunning surrounding area. Phu is one of the last villages in this area before the Tibetan border, and little is known of the ethnography of this remote village. Few westerners make the trip to Phu and such it's one of the many highlights of this trek. Depending on the time of year, the locals will be working in their fields and this is also a great area to see if time permits.

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we walk back down the valley to the other "major" village of the region, Nar. The village of Nar is the largest in the region (350 villagers - 76 families) where villagers eke out a living trading and tending their barley fields. Huge lammergeier hover above, while the sound of chanting from the tiny monastery leaves little doubt that you are in an ancient Buddhist land. The views of Pisang Peak (6091m) to the south and the Chulu range to the north west add to the sense of anticipation of the next leg of our adventure.

Meals:  B,L,D

We camp just above the village of Nar with options to trek north for a day and explore the impressive gorge country. Blue sheep sightings are a sure sign that the elusive snow leopard is not too far away!

Meals:  B,L,D

We head up the Nar valley crossing a series of alpine meadows to reach our camp at the base of the Kang La. This is a short stage with plenty of time to explore the high ridges in the vicinity that afford an almost 360 degree mountain panorama including Chulu East at the head of the valley.

Meals:  B,L,D

The Kang La is not an unduly difficult pass and you should be able to complete the ascent to the crest of the pass in 3 to 4 hours – sometimes less depending on snow conditions. An early start is imperative to gain magnificent views of the Annapurna Range to the west, views towards the Thorung La north, and back down the main trekking valley to the south. After a well earned rest on the pass, we descend on loose scree slopes for an hour or two, before heading down to our camp in an open meadow close to the village of Nyawal. Truly a fantastic day with some a high pass and some of the best views anywhere in the Himalaya.

Meals:  B,L,D

From Nyawal, we trek a level path along the bank of Marshyangdi River. On the way we pass pine forests, farming terraces and the village of Braga, where the houses are stacked on top of each other perched high on the valley cliffs. Above the houses is a monastery, the oldest and most interesting in the area, estimated to be over 500 years old. From Braga, it only 30 minutes walk to the important trading town of Manang. We camp in a beautiful clearing and savor remarkable views of the Grand Barrier- the huge mountain backdrop above Tilicho Lake. Manang is a tight compact village of about 500 flat-roofed houses set amongst spectacular scenery.

Meals:  B,L,D

From Manang our route travels along a recently constructed path up towards a high ridge. The panoramic view of the Annapurna range is spectacular. Our campsite is basically a meeting point where we come across trekkers returning from Tilicho Lake.

Meals:  B,L,D

A short but rather demanding stage. We head up the valley before traversing a series of scree slopes to a secluded camp at the base of the climb to Tilicho Lake.

Meals:  B,L,D

We start early morning to ensure breathtaking views east to Manaslu while a host of peaks including the Grand Barrier define the impressive northern ridge of the Annapurna Massif. It is not a hard climb to Tilicho Lake. Reaching a vantage point above the huge sacred lake we appreciate its dimensions, about 4 km by 1.2km, and around 85 metres deep. We have the option of undertaking a number of short day walks- although there is no trail that goes around the lake. We camp on a meadow and savor one of the finest campsites in the Himalaya and enjoy the marvelous, changing colors of the mountains as evening approaches.

Meals:  B,L,D

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 crossings 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 we might continue for a further hour 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.

Meals:  B,L,D

A long ridge descent that leads gradually down to the Kali Gandaki River and the village of Jomsom. On arriving we will stay in a comfortable lodge close to the airport.

Meals:  B,L,D

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

Meals:  B

After breakfast, arrangements cease unless further ones have been made. Those people travelling by aircraft to other destinations will be transferred to the airport.

Meals:  B


Map

Elevation

The map and elevation chart are for illustrative purposes only and meant to provide general guidelines.


Inclusions

  • 21 breakfasts, 17 lunches and 17 dinners including all meals on trek valued at US$900
  • Airport transfers if arriving on day 1 and 22 or if you booked pre/post tour accommodation at the Radisson through World Expeditions
  • flight Kathmandu/Jomsom/Kathmandu valued at approx. US$266
  • an extra 5kg luggage allowance on Jomsom to Pokhara flight, total 20kg
  • special permit US$70
  • expert bilingual guide & medical kit
  • good quality accommodation in Kathmandu
  • use of a World Expeditions trek pack which includes a quality sleeping bag, down or fibre fill jacket and insulated mat (valued at over US$500)
  • private air conditioned transportation
  • porters to carry all personal and group equipment & porter's insurance
  • souvenir World Expeditions kit bag
  • accommodation in our fully serviced wilderness campsites

  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu
  • Bottled water, aerated & alcoholic drinks
  • Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, etc
  • Tips
  • International flights
  • Airport and departure taxes
  • Visa
  • Travel Insurance

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Notes

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$3090USD

Your trip price includes:

  • Meals valued at USD$900
  • Internal flight valued at USD$266
Options & Supplements*
  • Single Supplement Tent OnlyUSD$320
  • Single SupplementUSD$450
*Prices listed are per person

Essential Information

Ready to book? Make sure you download and read the detailed Annapurna, Nar & Tilicho Lake trip notes which contains all the essential information you need to know before booking. Once you’ve booked, we will supply you with a Pre-Departure document which contains a detailed gear list and other important information to help you prepare for your adventure ahead.


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