Nar Phu Valley and Mesokanto Pass Trek is truly a hidden gem that introduces you to a plethora of spellbinding elements of the nature revealing the stunning peaks, amazing Tibetan plateaus, turquoise lakes and quaint villages reflecting medieval Tibetan culture. The trek takes you to the off-beaten paths of remote Nar and Phu valleys to explore the exquisite blend of Himalayan nature and ancient Buddhist culture. Similarly, Mesokanto Pass offers you a walk around the natural landscapes with magnificent mountains keeping a caring eye on you throughout your journey.
Nar Phu Valley and Mesokanto Pass Trek begin with the scenic drive to Jagat from Kathmandu. Passing through villages like Dharapani and Koto we reach the Nar and Phu valleys. In these valleys, you will enjoy the mixed ethnicity of people. In the Nar valley, you will find Tamang settlements whereas, in Phu valley, you will find Tibetan (Bhote) communities. In both the valleys, the influence of Ancient Tibetan Buddhism is massive and the Tibetan style mud houses are the major attraction of these valleys. Then we pass through Kang La Pass (5320m) from Nar valley towards Manang villages finally reaching Tilicho Khola Camp. From here the paths are narrow and steep towards the Mesokanto La Pass (5467m). From this pass, beautiful ranges of Nilgiri Mountain, Dhaulagiri (8167m) and gorge of Kali Gandaki are seen. Then passing through Nama Phung Cave, we arrive at Jomsom which marks the end of the trek. Then from Jomsom, we drive to Pokhara and then to Kathmandu. The best part of the Nar Phu Valley and Mesokanto Pass Trek is that we get to experience our journey through numerous serene villages, shrines, Mani Wall, terraced farms, forest, streams and suspension bridges along with the stunning Himalayas like Tukuche peak (6,920m), Tilicho Peak(7,134m), Lamjung Himal (6,983m), Gangapurna (7,454m), Manaslu (8,156m) and Annapurna II (7,937m) in the background. The recommended season for Nar Phu Valley and Mesokanto Pass Trek are from September- October, and March-May. This is a rather rough trek that takes you to the exotic Nar Phu valleys lying in the corner of Annapurna Region. Itinerary of this trip is planned to give you best experience in undisturbed natural landscape whilst understanding native culture and lifestyle.
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|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||TIA Kathmandu|
Important Note: Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Epic Adventures. 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 traveling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.
Upon arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, you are escorted to your respective hotel by our representative. You can have Nepali cultural dinner in the evening and stay overnight at the hotel.
Today you will take a scenic drive to Pokhara, the lake city. You follow Trishuli and Marsayangdi Rivers gently through the small towns and terraced fields to meet the trail above Seti River that takes you to Pokhara. Pokhara is the trekking gateway to the Annapurna Region and is a natural paradise on its own. You can spend the evening strolling on the banks of Phewa Lake. Overnight at hotel.
A drive of about 9-11 hours will lead us to Jagat from Kathmandu. On the way, beautiful rivers, mountains, villages and small forests are seen. Then we will have our lunch in Besisahar and we travel across the dusty and bumpy road as we pass beautiful villages like Bhulbule and Syange which finally leads to Jagat. You stay overnight in a lodge.
After having breakfast, we will start our trek towards Dharapani. Crossing the large bridge which leads to Manang and past the fields of wheat and barley, we then walk on a rocky trail that goes upwards with suspension bridges along the way. The route will finally take us to Dharapani, which is the largest settlement in the Manang valley. You stay overnight at a lodge.
Taking an early leave, your next destination is Koto village. Passing through pine forests we follow a path that leads us to a Buddhist village, Bagarchhap. Then walking ahead with the excellent view of gorgeous mountains in the background we reach Dharapani. You spend the night at a lodge.
Today, you will enter in Nar Phu valley so permit should be registered as it is a restricted area, Our guides will take care of the matter for you. Passing through pine forests, brooks, waterfall and suspension bridges, this trek becomes worth the exhaustion. You can see Annapurna II (7937m) and Lamjung Himal (6983m) in the distance of Meta and stay overnight at a lodge.
Moving forward, you need to trek around 7-8 hours before you reach PhuGaon. Considered as ‘hidden valley’, the rocky trail leads to cultural PhuGaon with old Buddhist Monastery named Thashi Lakhang Monastery. We move up and down a rather dangerous path, with numerous steep climbs on the way, we cross a bridge and walk past Mani wall and Chortens to reach PhuGaon. You get the best view of Himlung Himal (7126m) with other peaks and spend the night in a lodge at PhuGaon.
Leaving PhuGaon behind, you will walk ahead to reach Nar village. You will cross a few suspension bridges including an 80m high suspension bridge over the gorge of Lapche River. We take an uphill trail which is filled with gorgeous views of terraced slopes, small human settlements and traditional Buddhist monasteries and stupas. With an excellent view of Pisang Peak (6091m) and Buddhist shrines, you reach Nar village to stay overnight in a lodge.
Acclimatization is important for trekkers to let their body adjust to high altitude. Today, you can interact with friendly locals of Nar village and observe their lifestyle. The culture of this region is reflected in Buddhist monasteries and traditional stone walled houses.
Moving on, you trek from Nar to Kang La Pass at 5,322m. The walk to the Kang La pass is rather short and is reached after heading through pastures and wide valley. The Kang La is considered prime vantage point to look at mighty snow peaks like Annapurna II (7555m), Gangapurna (7454m) and Tilicho peak (7134m). We descend after enjoying the spectacle and the tiring downhill walk on a grassy path for a while. Further ahead, you trek to Ngawal village at an elevation of 3660m with prayer wheels and Chortens all around the village. You stay overnight at a tented camp.
Today, you trek from Ngawal to Manang. The path is along the Marsayangdi River and through pine forests, farms, villages and with great views of the grand Annapurna peak (8091m) with other numerous peaks. After arrival in Manang, you can visit the Gangapurna Lake and from here the beautiful view of Gangapurna glacier and numerous mountains can be seen. Then you return and stay overnight in a lodge.
After having breakfast, walk towards the suspension bridge of Khangsar Khola. Enjoying the stunning view of a flock of blue sheep and the Tilicho Peak (7134m), continue walking towards Shree Kharka. You can view the villages reflecting old Tibetan culture and architect and also visit Thare Gumba. Then you walk the uphill trail which ends at Shree Kharka. Overnight in a lodge.
From Shree Kharka, you move to Tilicho Khola Camp along a newly constructed path which leads to a high crest. Even though the trail is narrow and rocky, the journey becomes memorable as you pass through Mani walls, Buddhist shrines, and monasteries and enjoy views of mountain peaks. You spend the night at a tented camp.
The first half of the trekking is from Tilicho Khola Base Camp through narrow and slippery way towards Mesokanto Pass. From this pass, great view of Dhaulagiri (8167m), the range of Nilgiri and Kali Gandaki is seen. Then, the pathway towards NamaPhung cave is narrow trail uphill and downhill overlooked by high mountains in all directions including the Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri (8167m), Tukuche (6920m), Tilicho(7134m) and more.
Today, walk along the bank of Kali Gandaki towards Jomsom. Known for Thakali culture and unique landscape, Jomsom is one of the must-visit destinations of Nepal. After your arrival in Jomsom, visit around the villages and have a best local Thakali food here. Stay overnight at a hotel.
Today, we will take a local bus towards the beautiful Tatopani village. With the beautiful scenery of mountains, villages and green forests, you will enjoy your drive towards Tatopani village. Then, you can have a warm bath in the hot water of Tatopani and it is also believed that the water from the hot spring benefits your skin.
Taking the local bus or private vehicle from Tatopani, you will reach Pokhara in almost 7 hours. After reaching Pokhara, feel free to explore around the city. The nightlife and the streets of Pokhara are especially renowned for being amazing and lively. You spend the night in a hotel.
Early morning, you leave Pokhara and drive to Kathmandu. It is a scenic drive along the Trishuli River and few settlements by the hills. On reaching Kathmandu, have some rest in the hotel and in the evening, you can roam the streets of Thamel.
Today marks the end of this wonderful trip. You are escorted to the airport by our company representative. If you want to explore more places in Nepal, you are welcome anytime that suits your schedule.