Naar & Phu Valleys & Tilicho Lake
23 days, Grade C+
The hidden valleys of Naar and Phu, Tilicho Lake & Mesokanto Pass are the highlights of this alternative route on the Annapurna. This trek takes you to previously forbidden areas that have recently been opened up for restricted access. You are therefore going to destinations where few foreigners have set foot. In the villages of Naar and Phu you can experience pastoral lifestyle that has remained unchanged since these settlements began. Ancient Gompas, ruins of Khampa settlements and the rugged Himalayan landscape make this a fabulous destination. This region is well known for the endangered Blue Sheep and it’s predator, the Snow Leopard. Other species such as Griffin Vultures and Lammageier are also abundant. We shall keep a close eye open for the wildlife whilst trekking in this area. Once we have trekked through these valleys, we cross the Kang La into the Manang Valley and continue up the Kangsar Khola to Tilicho Lake. This is one of the highest Lakes in the world at just below 5000m. This area provides a superb view of the glacial waters surrounded by high snow capped peaks of Tilicho, Kangsar and Gangapurna. After exploring the Lake, we progress to cross the Mesokanto Pass. This is a very scenic route from where we can also see Dhaulagiri and Annapurnas.
This trip, like the regular Annapurna circuit provides ever changing scenery and great cultural experience as well as a challenging and rewarding trek.
We take a spectacular mountain flight from Jomsom to Pokhara and get our connecting flight back to Kathmandu. During these flights you can enjoy seeing the mountains without so much exertion. Naar and Phu Valleys and Tilicho Lake Trip Notes
Chulu Far East Extension (Grade D+). Enquire about our optional two day extension to climb Chulu Far East, 6058m, a trekking peak in the Manang region. Naar and Phu Valleys and Tilicho Lake with Chulu Far East
The Vital Statistics
- 23 days ex Kathmandu
- Kathmandu sightseeing
- 18 day camping trek
- 4 nights city accommodation
- Maximum Altitude: 5180m
- Daily Walking: 5-8 hours
- Mountain Flight Jomsom – Pokhara
- Internal Flight Pokhara – Kathmandu.