Nar Phu Kang-La Pass Tilicho Trek

Facts of the Trip

Duration: 22 Days

Highest access: 5322m

Group Size: Min 2 to Max 14

Location: Annapurna Conservation Area project (ACAP)

Grade: Moderate

Best season: Spring, Autumn

Culture: Cultural program with Special Dinner

Transportation: Tourist Bus/Flight/private car

Accommodation: Hotel/Tea House

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner + Tea or Coffee

  • Nar Phu Trek
  • Nar Phu Kang-la Trek Itinerary
  • Cost Info
  • Guidelines

Nar Phu Kang-La Pass Tilicho Lake Trek - are combine two different places to hiking also an Amazing remote village Nar and Phu then after cross the pass Kang-la heading towards Manang, Tilocho Lake again Journeys continues another High Passes of Thorang-la 5416 m.

Nar Phu Valley lies north of Manang district. The inhabitants here are highly influenced by the Tibetan culture and lifestyle. The trek to Nar and Phu valley consist of high peaks and passes, remote villages, narrow canyons, lovely forests, amazing rock formations, yaks, Gompas and unique Himalayan cultures to reach Nar Phu Gaun we trek through Annapurna Circuit, to the bridge leading over the Marsyangdi River. Every year many Buddhist visit the holy Tashi Lha Khang monastery to receive the blessing from Lama Karma Sonam Rinpochhe.

Nar Phu Trek is about 20 - 23 days long trek. Firstly you arrive at Kathmandu Valley, the next you have the major sightseeing here at Kathmandu Valley and then you drive to Besisahar through Prithvi Highway and from there we take a jeep to Syanga. Then from Syanga we trek to Jagat where we have a stay overnight. The next day to Dharepani 1,960m passing through the bank of Marsyangdi river crossing pine forests to enter the Manang district. From there we trek to Koto 2,670m along the mule track crossing the fir forest. From there we could have the spectacular view of the mountains range. From Koto the Nar phu valley starts. We trek through dense forest crossing the Narphu valley to reach Dharmasala 3,300m. We can see mall shelters (caves and a pilgrims “Dharmasala” here. The next day we trek around the white rocks, to reach Kayang 3560m. We stay there overnight. And the next day we climb steeply down towards to enter the Phu village 4,200m. On the way we can have the best view of Chortens wit the canyon lands and gorges. We have a day rest here at the Phu village. Here we explore around the village to have the interaction with the local people. The next day we trek back to Phu gate, Chyarkha and Jhunam to finally reach to Nar village 4,150m. You could experience the breath taking scenery during this trek. The next day we move on to Kangla Phedi 4,500m. We can have the exotic view of the Pisang peak. Net day we trek through Kangla pass to Ngwal village 3,675m. You can have the magnificent view of Pisang peak, Annapurna II, Gangapurna, Tilicho peak, alongside. From there we trek towards the Manang then to Ledtar 4,250m. From here we climb along the Jorsang Khola to reach Phedi.

There we travel again through ascend and descend to reach Muktinath. It is one of the important Hindu pilgrimages. We stay an overnight here in Muktinath. The next day we trek through Kagbeni to reach Jomsom. Here we can visit red walled Kagchode Thubten Sampheling Gompa which was founded in 1,429. We stay overnight here at Jomsom and the very next day we take a flight to Pokhara.
In this way the Nar and Phu trek comes to an end with the lifetime and long experience of the trekking.

Trip info:

  • Accommodations:

We give our first priority to our guest to serve them at superior level that is what making us today Himalayan Magic Treks. For the accommodation we have been providing star hotels in Katmandu and even normal guest house according to the guest demands and need. During the trek we provide standard Guest House with sound environment and hygienic food for the guest to make their trip happening and healthy. Being one of the paramount destination in the world Annapurna region collects lots of tourist. so, there will always be better Lodge and facilities in Nar Phu Trek .

  • Meals:

We get paradise of food especially in the cities areas especially in Katmandu valley. We have a lot of restaurants with different cuisine in city but during the trek we get to eat from Continental and Nepali menu especially choices like Pasta, Pizza, Mo. Mo, soup items, Potatoes items, Dal Bhat, Hot drinks Tea & Coffee etc.

  • Our Team:

Being homeland of Himalayas, it’s obvious to have challenging routes, High altitude problems, Weather and other conditions; any of those situations is big enough to ruin your trip. Leading around the steeply hills and rocky routes is not a job of common climbers and trekkers. Himalayan Magic Treks have been providing native leaders and staffs working in this field perfectly since long years to overcome tough challenges and make your trip a golden memory. They are trained and well certified by the Government of Nepal. All of our staffs have received emergency guidance in Himalaya’s and have knowledge of first Aid for our guest. We never compromise giving safety to our staffs, therefore we provide insurance and medical services during the trek and compensation when they need especially to Porters, Kitchen member and other.

  • Field Staffs:

we are  very much concern about the comfort of our guest and whenever it is about the staffs in the field. When we are on trek trekking through challenging route we need proper number of workers like Guide, Porter, Assistance guide, Camping members and other staffs. We provide 1 assistance guide with every 4 - 9 guests and 2 assistance guide with 10 guests. We do need strong and portable Porters to carry our weights, We provide 1 porters for 2 guest depending on guest stuffs and we allow only 25 kg for porters. We have professional and expert Guide, Leader and City guide in the field and can speak proper English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and other required. We can also manage any other staffs as per your demand.       

  • Equipment’s:

We believe equipments does matter to make your trip easy and comfortable. Caring excessive quantity of equipment doesn’t make your adventure more interesting but the drawback. So, we request you to carry only selected and needed one and save your extra expenses for other need in trek though we have our potential porters. Warm Clothes, Down Jacket, Trouser, T-shirt, Hiking Boot, Sunglasses, Sun cream, Knife, Walking Steak, day back pack, Head Light, Sleeping Bag etc. These are the equipment's which you most carry during the trek.

  • Clothing

Liner socks, Trekking shirts short sleeve, Thermal underwear, fleece sweaters lightweight, one heavier Easy drying long sleeved base layer shirts, woolen blends trekking socks, pair trekking pants with zip off bottoms

  • Outer layers

down vest, wind/rain proof over layer - jacket and pants, peak hat, headband, Warm winter hat, lightweight thermal layer hat, pair gloves, down jacket, Pair trekking boots, pair down booties Great for keeping feet warm in room and while sleeping and for in the lodge.

Pair flip flops (for late night bathroom runs)

  • Safety & Security:

Security is our primary concern! From your beginning day (we will be there to pick you up with our staffs and identity) to departure date (airport drop services) we are always there to help you. We have proper remedial services during the trek with professional staffs; first aid kit, oxygen bag and Helicopter service for emergency rescue whenever trekkers get physical Loss or altitude sickness. We have focused more on acclimatization days to get rid of altitude sickness too.

  •     Best Season to Trek in Nepal:

Autumn (September - November) and Spring (March - May) is the best trekking season for the trekking and mountaineering in Nepal.  Weather is mostly clear and temperature is moderate which offers beautiful views without any obstruction. Spring collects beautiful flowers, plants and rare animals Walking is also very much suitable during this season. 

Summer (June - August) and Winter (December - February). Though Summer collects heavy monsoon rainfall it is very much clear to trek around Mustang and Nar- Phu valley since they are rain shadow areas.  Tibet is much more favorable for Tibet trek. Everest,  Langtang and Annapurna are always comfortable to trek even in winter season.

  • Experience & Fitness:

Trekking in Nepal for Nar Phu Trek  does not require past experience, though we have challenging route in Everest compared to Annapurna our itinerary suggests to walk comfortable distances. Trekking in Himalayas always takes us to challenging altitudes and rocky routes, demands proper rest time and acclimatization to sustain their strength. We always have both listed properly in our itinerary. However certain training like Running, Skipping and other workout will definitely help you in roots.  

  • Acclimatization:

Altitude sickness is a significant risk when trekking on any trails above about 2,500 m. However good health, proper care and drinking plenty of water will definitely help you to prevent from altitude sickness. Every trekkers needs to be familiar with the heights so, for this we have life saving acclimatization days during the trek, peak climbing and expedition. We also provide certain medical support for your relief and emergency rescue through helicopter whenever guest require.

  • Eco Friendly: 

We only leave foot prints! Himalayan Magic Treks is very much concern agency on environment pollution and Global Warming. We are always serious and genuine towards our garbage during the trek especially in Camping type. We collect all the rubbish and deposit it to proper place to protect our environment. We also partake in every program conducted in KEEP Kathmandu Environmental Education Project. We also suggest all travelers to protect our environment and Stop Global Warming.  

  • Helping Hand

Profit oriented is not only our priority! we have been helping some of ours very villagers from different corners of Nepal to sustain their social life and help them with education and required materials. We are always looking forward for interested candidates in this field to give helping hand to support and inspire them for their better beginning and good future. If you are interested please contact us:

  • Note:

We can join tailor-made program for Nar Phu Trek . Days in the itinerary are always flexible, can be increased & decreased depending on your holiday and time schedule. Trekking in Everest around the Himalayan region goes through unexpected complication like natural and health challenges resulting chances in the itinerary for your security during the trek by our professional guides and leader to take you to final point safe and sound so, please cooperate with your guide for you protection.

Day 01
Arrival in Kathmandu Airport 1,400 m welcome program by Himalayan Magic Treks member and direct transfer by Car / Van to Hotel on Bed & Breakfast plan
Day 02Sightseeing in Kathmandu (Pashupatinath, Buddhanath Stupa) overnight at Hotel on Bed & Breakfast plan
Day 03
Drive from Kathmandu to Besishar(7,60m) again drive Local Jeep to Chame 2,670 m overnight at Lodge(Breakfast,Lunch ,Dinner)
Day 04
Chame(2,670m) to Dharamshala( 3,230m) 6 hours overnight at Lodge(Breakfast,Lunch ,Dinner)
Day 05Dharamshala to Kyang(3,820m)5 hours (3,740m)  overnight at Home stay(Breakfast,Lunch ,Dinner)
Day 06
Kyang to Phu Gaon(4,080m) 6 hours overnight at Home stay(Breakfast,Lunch ,Dinner)
Day 07
Phu Gaon to Mahendra Pool (3,600m) 6 hours  overnight at Home stay(Breakfast,Lunch ,Dinner)
Day 08
Mahendra pool to Naar Gaon(4,110m)Overnight  at Home stay(Breakfast,Lunch ,Dinner)
Day 09
Naar Gaon to Kang-La Phedi (4,530m), 5 hours overnight at Tent.(Breakfast,Lunch ,Dinner)
Day 10
Trek via Kang-La Pass (5,306m) m then trek down to  Ngawal village (3,660 m), 7 hours overnight at Lodge
Day 11
 Ngawal village to Manang (3,540m) , 6 hours overnight at Lodge(Breakfast,Lunch ,Dinner)
Day 12
Acclimatization day in Manang (Breakfast,Lunch ,Dinner)
Day 13
Trek to Sirikharka overnight at Lodge(Breakfast,Lunch ,Dinner)
Day 14
Trek to Tilicho Base Camp(4,150m) overnight at Lodge(Breakfast,Lunch ,Dinner)
Day 15
Early morning climbing up to world Highest Tilicho Lake (4,920 m), You can enjoy with an incredible view of Annapurna Himalayan range than back to Tilicho BC after Breakfast Trek continue till Sirikharka overnight at Lodge (Breakfast,Lunch ,Dinner)
Day 16Trek to Ledar (4,200 m)5/6hrs  overnight at Lodge (Breakfast,Lunch ,Dinner)
Day 17
 Trek to Thorong Phedi (4,450 m) 3 hours overnight at Lodge(Breakfast,Lunch ,Dinner)
Day 18
Trek Via Thorong-La Pass( 5,416 m) then trek down Muktinath(3760 m)  8/9 hours overnight at Lodge.(Breakfast,Lunch ,Dinner)
Day 19
Trek to Jomsoms (2,720m) , 5 hours overnight at Lodge(Breakfast,Lunch ,Dinner)
Day 20
Early morning we will take flight from Jomsom to Pokhara 25 minuets transfer to Hotel on Bed & Breakfast plan
Day 21
Drive back to Kathmandu & transfer to Hotel, Free day in KTM evening Dinner together with Typical Nepali culture overnight at Hotel on Bed & Breakfast plan
Day 22
Departure from Kathmandu to your onward destination

The Trip cost will vary depending on the Group Size duration of days and Services required please contact us via our email with your Details to Obtain a Quote.

Cost includes:

  • Airport pick up & drop by private transport
  • Sightseeing around the Kathmandu Valley with cultural guide.
  • Kathmandu to Besishar by bus.
  • Flight fare Jomsom/Pokhara(Guest+Guide)
  • Pokhara/Kathmandu by Tourist bus.
  • All ground Transportation above program
  • 3 meals per day during the trek (Breakfast Lunch & Dinner) including Tea or coffee
  • Accommodation on Tea House ( Lodge ) or provided Tents during the trek as mentioned in the trek type.
  • 3 Night's star Hotel in Kathmandu & one night hotel accommodation in Pokhara on Bed and Breakfast plan.
  • An English Speaking Guide
  • One porter for two person to carry your luggage during the trek.
  • All Government local Taxes
  • (ACAP) National park Fees
  • Special permit for Restricted area of Nar - Phu  
  • (TIMS)Trekkers  Information Management System
  •  First Aid kit above 6 pax compulsory
  • General equipment for Porter any Adventure trip above cross the pass
  • Duffle Bags refundable to protect your Luggage
  • Guide and porter salary
  • Tour certificate
  • Company T-shirt as a Souvenir
  • Farewell dinner with typical Nepali restaurant.
  • Guide and Porter insurance during the trekking and extra services according to the guest per Demand.

Cost excludes:

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu/Pokhara
  • Trekking equipment any type of personal expenses such as Alcoholic Beverage drinks,phone and Laundry.
  • Emergency Rescue and Travel Insurance.
  • Trip Cancellation cost accident or Health, Loss Theft or Damage and personal effects
  • Tips
Acute Mountains Sickness (AMS) sign:

Headache, often with the loss of appetite, nausea vomiting, tiredness, dizziness, distributed sleep. What to do? Stay at height for 1-2 days in lower place to acclimatization, descend or use diamox  (250mg every 12 hours).

HACE signs:

Severe headache, loss of balance/coordination, staggering, irrational behavior, confusion, drowsiness, coma, death (Sometimes in a few hours)
What to do? Check with straight-line heel-to-toe walking.  HACE victims cannot do it. DESCEND immediately , even at night, at least 1000m with someone else, oxygen, Gamow bag, keep patient warm, diamox to be safe also take hot garlic soup

HAPE Signs:

Breath (even at rest), dry cough/pink or rusty spit, blue lips/nails, very tired, low fever, gurgling breath, drowsy, coma, death.
What to do? See HACE + Nifedipine


Ascend slow (300-500m/day) don’t exert yourself, eat high carbohydrate foods, drink lots of water and locals recommend garlic soup avoid alcohol and caffeine.
For information in Manag / at least Listen Guide suggestion
Visit HRA (Himalayan Rescue Association) doctors’ talk at 3pm( Mar-Apr, Oct-Nov)

Safety FIRST:

Sprains and stains:-

Probably the most common accident in the area, Steep terrain and rough trails may cause many people strain their knees and ankles. Remember stretch before you start walking, take your time avoid trekking in the night time, and bring joint support bandages if you require hem.
Health posts. There are at least one health post in every VDC of the Area. This facility is open to trekkers who require medical attention. A novel a you can help the Health post is to leave any unwanted medicines at the center at the end of your trek. This may help other fellow trekkers ho need urgent medical care.
Rescue operation- how to be prepared?
We will be serious in this case to protect our clients in the Mountain and it should be able to organize a rescue evacuation for you quickly in your critical situation. If not the following precautions may prevent a long wait for a helicopter for rescues during emergency.
  Have travel insurance and carry your insurance policy number with you.
  Carry a credit card with you.
  Do the coordination with your Tour Guide to connection with responsible person of HMT to quick Rescue services to safe your Life
  Clients should Keep in touch with Company Manager during your travel time and Do not trust only Guide for this Emergency case
  Guest should be able to check First aid kit with your Guide , who goes to Mountains to guiding you and avoid trekking on your own.

Other problems:

•    Sick, Doctors at VDC health posts, Foreign doctors in Manang ( March-April,  Sept-early December)
•    Helicopter evacuation, You have to call in Kathmandu HMT Office 01-4378206 or 9849166578 (Nabin) directly with your guide support
-    Have a credit card and travel insurance number
•    Donkeys/Mules/yak: stay on the uphill side of these beasts.
•    Leeches: stay on trail use salt to get rid of them, avoid the monsoon season.
•    Full lodges: stop early don’t arrive in a place with 1-2 lodges at dusk, carry a tent
•    Hypothermia: when cold and or wet. Starts with shivering, progressing to slurred speech, stumbling, confusion, death.

Safe and non-pollution drinking water

Please do not buy bottled water as most bottles end up polluting the environment. Using untreated rive and tap water is a sure bet to get diarrhea, giardia etc. Use:

Safe drinking water stations:

To reduce plastic after, ACAP & New Zealand Overseas Development Assistance have established these station. Refill your bottle with this Ozonated water, safer and cheaper than mineral water (mostly NRs 60-70) Price NRs/Liter



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•    Iodine tablets: Use 1 tablet per liter and wait 30 min. Hide foul taste with lemon or orange flavored powder.
•    Boiled and filtered water  fairly safe but not so good if boiled with firewood
•    Your own water filter would be recommended during the Trek

Reducing pollution and environmental impacts

•    Carry out what you carry in
•    Take your empty batteries home stay / eat in loges than cook in gas/kerosene and have solar showers
•    Order the same  food for several people at the same time to cooking easily to saving time to reach for destination on time without any risk
•    Wear warm clothes rather than having the rooms heated
•    Don’t defecate new after sources
•    Dump garbage only at proper bins or pits
•    A high altitudes (4000m) do not even throw way biodegradable junk
•    Do not disturb wildlife
•    Do not hurt or remove animals and plants in the protected areas
•    Do not buy items made from wildlife parts, It will be illegal in the sum of dangerous case
•    Don’t accept “free” plastic bags.

Important to take along

•     Copy of passport , travel insurance and entry permit should have always with you or Guide
•    Credit card ( in case of evacuation)
•    Iodine tablets, water bottle sunscreen, long-sleeved shirt, ha sun glasses, lip balm, insect repent.
•    Warm clothes, thermal underwear, gloves, good boos, trekking pole( optional)

Culturally acceptable behavior

You are a guest In Nepal and it is appreciated if you behave like one:

•    Dress decently( no short shorts or revealing clothes)
•    Do not show affection in public
•    Do not buy antiques
•    Do no point your feet(unclean) to people and point with full hand not with one  finger
•    Do not step over persons
•    Do not touch or step over offerings(re powder, flowers/rice)
•    Do not use your left hand( dirty)
•    Receive and give with two hands
•    Ask permission before taking people’s photographs.
•    Do  not ask local kids for school pens or sweets( don’t give either)
•    Discourage begging, pay fair prices
•    Take off your shoes before entering a monastery
•    Go clockwise around Stupas,  Temples or world Heritage sides etc
•    Do not eat smoke or be loud a religious sites
•    Women should avoid touching monks/lamas

Some ACAP activities:

Together with local communities
•    Visitor centers:  info + leaflets on local villages and culture, local guided tours, festival dates. In Bhulbhule- Check post, Koto-Check post, Manang-informaion center, Jomsom- Check post.
•    Mustang Eco Museum at S-end of Jomsom: Local culture, nature, geology
•    Garbage/pollution control: awareness, incinerators clean-up campaigns, toilets.
•    Conservation: tree planting oil conservation river bank protection biodiversity surveys n projection.
•    Alternative emery; micro Hyde plans, solar water heaters, light etc.
•    Trail improvement: widening, paving, bridges, signs.
•    Agriculture and endear development community infrastructure.
•    Health services support
•    Conservation education
•    Heritage conservation
•    Lodge management and training
•    Training of guides and porters
•    Signs and notice boards
•    Safe drinking water stations