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Annapurna With Nar Phu Kangla Pass Trek

Duration 16 days
Max-Altitude 5315m
Transportation Tourist Bus/Private Jeep
Grade Strenous
Accommodation 3* Hotel in City & Teahouse during Trek
Meals Breakfast in City & All Meals during Trek
Best Season Sep-Dec & March-April
Communication Available
Group Size 2 - 15 Pax

The Annapurna Nar Phu Valley, Kangla Pass & Tilicho Lake Trek is a perfect destination for those trekkers who wants to explore unexplored trekking routes, who seek more adventure, and who have ample time to venture. This tented camping trek offers the pictorial landscape of the recently opened region of Nar and Phu Valley, situated just north of the popular Annapurna circuit route. The landscape of Nar Phu valley is similar to that of Tibet and the trails are rough there. We spend a few days exploring this remote valley and cross the Kang La pass (5300m) on the way to Manang. We will depart from the well-known Manang and embark on a journey to Jomsom through the lesser-known and remote Meso Kantu Pass (5099m) and the world’s highest located Tilicho Lake (5300m). This off-the-beaten-track trail provides a more thrilling and challenging option to the popular Thorong La pass on the Annapurna Circuit trek. To reach Nar Phu Valley, we will take a mountain flight to Pokhara, which will save us time and effort.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Permits Procedure and world heritage sites Sightseeing ( 4 – 6)
Day 03: Drive to Dharapani by Jeep 1,300 m, 7-8 hour drive
Day 04: Trek from Dharapani to Koto 2600m (5/6 hours)
Day 05: Trek from Koto to Meta 3570m (6/7 hours) (Nar-Phu Valley Restricted Area Permit Entry)
Day 06: Trek from Meta to Phu 3900m (6/7 hours)
Day 07: Exploration Day
Day08: Trek from Phu to Nar 4100m (6/7 hours)
Day 09: Trek from Nar to Kang-La 5322m to Ngawal 3660m (6/7 hours) 
Day 10: Trek from Ngawal to Manang 3540m (3/4 hours)
Day 11: Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka 4018m (4/5 hours)
Day 12: Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi 4450m (4/5 hours)
Day 13: Trek from Thorong Phedi to Thorong-La Pass 5416m to Muktinath (3800m )7-8 hr 
Day 14: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom 2710m (4/5 hours)
Day 15: Fly To Pokhara (25 Minutes)
Day 16: Drive Back to Kathmandu By Tourist Bus

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu:
Upon your arrival at the International Airport, one of the representatives from the Himalayan sanctuary adventure welcomes you. You are transferred to the hotel. Rest and relax and stay overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Permits Procedure and world heritage sites Sightseeing (4 – 6 hr):
We’ll visit Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Swayambhunath Stupa, and Patan Durbar Square.

Day 03: Drive to Dharapani by Jeep. 1,300 m, 7-8 hour drive:
The journey starts with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Dharapani by jeep, traveling via the Prithvi Highway. We will pass through various beautiful places, including Dumre, Besisahar, Bhulbhule, Bahundanda, and Tal, and finally reach Dharapani. Along the way, we will come across charming waterfalls, small streams merging into the Marsayangdi River, suspension bridges, barley and potato fields, and numerous overnight camps with tea houses. Overnight stay at Dharapani.

Day 04: Trek from Dharapani to Koto 2600m (5/6 hours):
We reach Bagarchhap after passing through Fir and Pine forests. Enjoy the attractive view of Peak 29 (7871m) and Manaslu (8156m) on our way to Timang via Danakyu. We pass other small villages and trek along rocky trails till we reach Koto which hosts a superb view of the Annapurna range. Overnight at a lodge in Koto.

Day 05: Trek from Koto to Meta 3570m (6/7 hours) (Nar-Phu Valley Restricted Area Permit Entry):
We enter the restricted area with our permits and continue our trek along Naar Khola. Trekking through dense forests of juniper and pine, we cross a suspension bridge and reach Dharmasala. We come across a beautiful waterfall on our way to Meta after trekking for 7 hours. Stay overnight at a lodge in Meta.

Day 06: Trek from Meta to Phu 3900m (6/7 hours):

Passing through the small beautiful villages of Jhunam, Chyakhu, and Kyang and crossing a few suspension bridges over different water streams, and Phu Khola on rocky trails to reach Phu. Encounter blue sheep grazing in the field. Stay overnight at a lodge in Phu.

Day 07: Exploration Day:

After a long walk, we need to take a rest and acclimatize ourselves to the Phu thinning of the air at this altitude. A beautiful village inhabited by Gurung, Ghale, and Tibetan ethnics where we get a chance to know about their culture, tradition, and lifestyle. During our trip, we will also have the opportunity to visit the Tashi Lhakhang Monastery, the final monastery constructed by Karmapa Rinpoche. Overnight at lodge in Phu.

Day 08: Trek from Phu to Nar 4100m (6/7 hours):

We reach Mahendra Pul by crossing lush Himalayan forests, and crossing many small streams on suspension bridges while trekking across Phu Pass (5050m) and Nar Pass (5400m). Trekking through the gorge of Labse River, we descend downhill to Nar. On our way to Nar, we will encounter several Buddhist stupas and monasteries. Stay overnight at a lodge.

Day 09: Trek from Nar to Kang-La 5322m to Ngawal 3660m (6/7 hours) (Nar-Phu Valley Restricted Area Permit Exit):

We get a glimpse of the Annapurna Ranges and the other Himalayas on our trek ascending uphill to Jhombu Kharka (Kang-La). As we trek towards Kang-La, we might encounter some camps of yak herders. Once we have enjoyed the breathtaking panoramic views of the Himalayas, we will descend toward Ngawal. Overnight at a lodge in Ngawal.

Day 10: Trek from Ngawal to Manang 3540m (3/4 hours):

Descending from our trek, we will have the opportunity to explore some monasteries before reaching Braga. From there, it is only an hour’s trek to enter the Manang Valley. We will then hike up to Chhunker’s Viewpoint, where we can marvel at the breathtaking panoramic view of Gangapurna Lake (3500m) as well as the Annapurna range, Tilicho Peak (7134m), Pisang Peak (6091m), Chulu Peak (6429m), and other Himalayan peaks. On our way back to the lodge in Manang, we will visit Cave Gompa and indulge in the traditional Thakali cuisine in the charming town of Manang.

Day 11: Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka 4018m (4/5 hours):
Climbing several rocky ridges, we head towards Yak Kharka. Passing through beautiful rhododendron, juniper, and pine forests, fluttering prayer flags, mani walls, and monasteries, and witnessing grazing yaks we reach Yak Kharka. Stay overnight at a lodge.

Day 12: Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi 4450m (4/5 hours):
We ascend several ridges along the Kali Gandaki River before arriving at Ledar. After crossing a wooden bridge and trekking along steep trails, we reach Thorong Phedi. We will spend the rest of the day acclimatizing to the high altitude and stay overnight in a homestay.

Day 13: Trek from Thorong Phedi to Thorong-La Pass 5416m to Muktinath 3800m (7/8 hours):

After trekking on steep trails, we reach the gateway to the highest mountain pass in Nepal, the Thorong-La Pass. Here, we can admire the panoramic views of the Himalayas and enjoy the beautiful scenery before descending downhill to reach Chabarbu. From there, we continue to walk for a couple of hours until we reach the holy pilgrimage site of Muktinath. We will spend the night at a hotel in Muktinath.

Day 14: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom 2710m (4/5 hours):

We will have a short visit to the Muktinath temple, which is a significant pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists. We will take a refreshing shower in the 108 spouts, believed to cleanse us of our sins. Afterward, we will trek downhill and admire the breathtaking views of the Nilgiri Himal (7061m) and the Dhaulagiri range until we reach Jharkot. From there, we will continue our descent until we reach the windy city of Jomsom, where we will spend the night in a lodge.

Day 15: Fly To Pokhara (25 Minutes):
We will take an early morning flight from Jomsom to Pokhara, which will take us through the stunning Kali Gandaki Gorge. We will have the rest of the day to explore Pokhara, a city famous for its emerald lakes and snow-capped peaks.

Day 16: Drive Back to Kathmandu by Tourist Bus:
After breakfast, we will drive from Pokhara back to Kathmandu, which will take approximately 6 hours. Finally, one of the representatives from Himalaya Sanctuary Adventure will transfer you to the Tribhuvan International Airport for your departure.

What’s Included:

  • Airport Transportation
  • 3 Star Category hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara including Breakfast.
  • Teahouse/Lodge accommodation including Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner during the trek.
  • Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing(4 -6hr)
  • Himalayan Sanctuary Adventure Duffel Bag
  • All the Permit and Company necessary papers work.
  • Transportation from Kathmandu to Dharapani by private Car/ Jeep.
  • Trekking Guide: An experienced, helpful, friendly, and English-speaking Trekking guide with their Salary, Food, Drinks, Accommodation, Transportation, and Insurance.
  • Trekking porter: A porter carries your luggage. ( One porter for every 2 members, the maximum load is 20 Kg)
  • Jomsom to Pokhara flight ticket
  • Pokhara to Kathmandu Transportation by Tourist Bus
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
  • All government taxes.

What’s Excluded:

  • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport Kathmandu).
  • Travel insurance.
  • Entrance Fees and Tour Guide for Sightseeing
  • Emergency rescue evacuation.
  • Lunch Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  •  All the bar bills like coke, beer, a bottle of water, Wi-Fi, hot and cold drinks, hot shower, etc.
  •  International airfare. 
  •  Tips for the guide and porter.

This list is only a guide. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands, and versions of each piece of equipment. Use your experience and the listed features to find the best gear for you. Some of the below equipment can be easily found in stores in Kathmandu for cheaper hire prices as well.


  • 4-season sleeping bag 
  • Duffel bag (We will provide one complimentary Himalayan Sanctuary Adventure duffel bag .)
  • Daypack
  • Down jacket

Upper Body – Head / Ears / Eyes

  • Sun hat 
  • Wool or synthetic hat that covers the ears
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Headlamp
  • Neck warmer


  • Liner gloves
  • Heavier shell gloves

Core Body

  • T-shirts
  • Lightweight expedition thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Water/windproof shell jacket (Preferably breathable fabric)
  • Synthetic sports bras (For women)

Lower Body – Legs

  • Lightweight expedition thermal bottoms
  • Nylon hiking shorts
  • Soft shell and hard shell trekking pants
  • Water/windproof trousers
  • Casual pants


  • Liner socks
  • Heavyweight socks
  • Waterproof hiking/trekking boots
  • Light shoes/sneakers/sandals
  • Gaiters (For monsoon and winter)

Medicines and First Aid Kits

  • Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude-related headaches
  • Ibuprofen for general aches and pains
  • Immodium or Pepto Bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea
  • Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness
  • Anti-infection ointments
  • Band-aids
  • Lip balm (At least SPF 20)
  • Sunscreen (SPF 40)

Miscellaneous, but Important!

  • Passport and extra passport photos (3 copies)
  • Airline ticket (Please makes a copy and leaves one at our office in Kathmandu just in case you need to change the date of your flight.)
  • Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & passport
  • Water bottle/bladder
  • Water purification Iodine tablets
  • Toiletry kit (Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.)

Will somebody come to pick me up at the airport upon my arrival?
Yes, our airport representative will be there to greet you at the airport. They will displaying your name outside the airport terminal then you will be transferred to your hotel by our tourist vehicle.

Can I obtain a visa for Nepal upon arrival at the airport?
Yes, you can obtain the visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying USD 30 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, a Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days can be obtained by paying USD 50 and 125 respectively. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)

Do I need any extra documents?
Please bring a copy of your travel insurance, a copy of your passport, and 3 photos (passport size) with you for your trip to Nepal. You would need photos for permits.

What sort of accommodation can I expect in Kathmandu, Pokhara, and trekking?
We use double or twin accommodations at two-star category hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast included. Along the trekking routes, teahouses/lodges generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. We can also offer you Ace the Himalaya sleeping bags if needed (to be returned after the trip) but it is a good idea to always have your sleeping equipment. The lodges in trekking routes usually provide basic single and double rooms, or occasionally a dormitory. At Nar and Phu valleys, the lodge provides accommodation in dormitory-styled rooms and can be very basic.

What are the Toilet facilities in the tea house/guesthouse?
Most of the tea houses in lower altitudes do have western-style flushing toilets however in higher elevation you could find the squat toilets made of either a ceramic basin on the ground or a few planks precariously positioned over a hole in the ground which is always outside of the room.

Where do we go to the toilet along the trail?
In most cases, you can use the toilet provided by the tea houses/lodges on the trail but normally in case of emergency, you just do the toilet along the trail wherever you find privacy.

Do I need to bring toilet paper for the trek?
The guest houses at lower elevations sell toilet paper so you can buy it there but in the restricted area, the toilet paper may not be found thus we recommend carrying one from the lower elevation. You must bring hand sanitizer and a towel on your own.

Is there a possibility of getting separate rooms for the trip? If so how much extra will this cost?
Normally the lodges have twin-sharing and dormitory-styled room instead of a single room. In Kathmandu and Pokhara USD 45 Per Room per Night would be added as a single supplement fee. The single supplements are always guaranteed in Kathmandu and Pokhara but not in the trekking routes especially during the peak time

What sort of food can I expect in trekking?

There are whole lots of good restaurants in Kathmandu and Pokhara where you can find any delight of your choice. During your stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara, please note that this package doesn’t include any meals except for breakfast.
The guesthouses at the lower elevations may cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian fare. Pasta, noodles, potatoes, eggs, dal bhat (rice and lentils), bread, soup, and fresh vegetables (variety depending on the season) are available. Whereas, in the restricted areas of Nar-Phu valleys, there isn’t a facility for varied food items but serve only dal (lentils) – bhat (rice) along with vegetable curries. You will find a lot of garlic on the menu because it assists with acclimatization – eat some every day.

Each day dinner and breakfast will be at a lodge you’ll stay at while for lunch you would be stopping by on the way where you can order your meals as per your choice. The guide will help you to stop by the best possible places to eat.

I am a Vegetarian; is that a Problem?
Mostly, the lodges serve vegetarian meals. We always recommend our clients eat vegetarian meals to avoid food poisoning. Eating heavy meals and non-vegetarian meals at high altitudes is not safe for the stomach.

What is the drinking water facility in the mountain?
Bottled water is easily available at the lodges and teahouses, which you can buy at the cost of USD 1 at lower elevations to USD 6 at higher elevation per liter.

If you are planning to drink normal water during trek, purifying water with any sort of purification tablets or drops is a must. You can bring your purifier or can purchase it in Kathmandu.

What opportunities will I have for showering along the trek?
At higher elevations warm water in the bucket will be provided for a shower at extra cost. it would cost you extra about USD 3 -4 per shower. The higher you go the hot shower would be expensive.

How much additional money do I need per day?
It depends on your spending habits. Generally, in Kathmandu and Pokhara, you can allocate USD 10 to USD 15 for lunch and dinner. USD 10 to USD 15 per person a day will be enough to buy bottles of water, and chocolates, pay for the hot shower, and a few drinks during the trekking.

Can I use credit cards in the places I visit in trekking?
In Kathmandu and Pokhara yes – to some extent. Once you are out of the cities, all you need is cash. Please change the currency to local Nepali Rupees before you go for the trek.

What mode of transportation do you use?
Himalayan Sanctuary Adventure is all about providing you with local insights, lifestyle as well as adventure. We provide you only those options which enhance your local experience while allowing you to travel comfortably and efficiently. We use private tourist vehicles for sightseeing, city tours, and pickups.
We provide a jeep for the drive to Jagat from Kathmandu and a tourist bus transfer service from Pokhara to Kathmandu. We book the flight through Tara, Summit, and, Sita Air for the flight from Jomsom – Pokhara.

Is it possible to reserve a trip now and pay the deposit later or do I Have to pay a deposit at the booking/reservation? 
The trip will be confirmed only when we receive the completed final booking form and 30% deposit payment. You can pay the rest of the balance when you arrive in Kathmandu with USD Cash, Credit cards (Master, Visa, and American Express). Any card payment requires a 4% bank fee while doing the transaction, which is taken by the bank itself. (Ace doesn’t own any of that 4 % amount)

What is the best season for this trekking?
Our trekking season extends from mid-September to May. From early September the monsoonal rains decrease. By the end of September to December, the weather is usually stable with mild to warm days, and cold nights. February, March, April, May, October, and November are the best time to do this trek.

What is the weather & temperature like in trekking?

One of the most unpredictable elements of the mountain is the weather. If you’re not properly prepared for the twists, turns, and volatility of the conditions that can occur in this breathtaking region, you might find yourself in an uncomfortable and unpleasant situation. Here are some weather basics to help ensure that you come to the Himalayas as well-equipped and prepared to face anything.

Generally speaking, the nights are much cooler than the daytime hours in this region. Many first-time trekkers are surprised to learn about the incredible range that may occur on a given day. During the day, the thermometer could reach temps as high as 25 degrees C (77 Degrees F), only to dip down as low as -5 degrees C (23 Degrees F) in less than 24 hours. While there’s no way to know exactly what each day in the mountains will bring, the weather and temperature ranges tend to be somewhat predictable based on the month and season.

Spring – March / April / May / June

Spring happens to be one of the best times of the year to visit the region, although because of this, it can become somewhat crowded. The beautiful clear blue sky can be seen and the many different species of flowers are visible at the lower altitude.

During springtime, the average temperature is 20 degrees C (68 Degrees F), with a maximum of 25 degrees C (77 Degrees F), during sunny days and a minimum of 0 degrees C (32 Degrees F), in the morning and at night for areas above 2500 meters.

July / August through Mid-September is Monsoon Season

This season is not recommended to travel as it rains in the lower altitudes. There are positive sides to trekking during the monsoon months as the excess rainfall can provide ample chance to see spectacular views of the waterfall and it’s also the best season to avoid the crowds.

During this time, the average temperature is 25degrees C (77 Degrees F), with a maximum of 30 degrees C (86 Degrees F), during sunny days and a minimum of 5 degrees C (41 Degrees F), in the morning and at night for areas above 2500 meters.

Autumn – End of September / October / November

Similar to springtime, autumn in this region is also a crowded season, but it’s one of the best times to trek. While it lacks the beauty of flowers, the clear blue sky can be seen, affording incredible views from just about every angle.

The average temperature during the fall is 20 degrees C (68 Degrees F), with a maximum temp of 25 degrees C (77 Degrees F), during sunny days and a minimum of -5 degrees C (23 Degrees F), in the morning and at night, for areas above 2500 meters altitude.

Winter- December/ January/ February

Winter starts from mid-December till mid-February in this region. People still like to trek this month due to fewer crowds.

The average temperature during the winter is 10 degrees C (50 Degrees F), with a maximum temp of 17 degrees C (62.6 Degrees F), during sunny days and a minimum of -10 degrees C (14 Degrees F), in the morning and a night, for areas above 2500 meters altitude.

The above temperature is based on the outside of the guesthouse temperature. No need to worry about the cold temperature as we provide the sleeping bag plus the extra blanket to make sure our clients are warm enough during their time of need.

Can I charge my digital camera or other equipment on my trip 

These facilities will be available only at lower altitude. As the altitude increases, the facility of charging digital cameras or any other equipment is not possible. While charging your equipment’s in a lower altitude you will have to pay some service charges. Remember to bring TWO and THREE-pin travel adapters! Please bring the spare batteries

Is there any communication while we are on trekking?
There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. All our guides are equipped with local mobile phones. You may wish to pass the number of our guide to your family for the call-back or you can make a call from the guide’s mobile and pay him directly for the international call too.

Do I need to tip my guide and porters? How much would that be?
This is a difficult thing to gauge. We have seen everything from USD 50 to USD 500 per person for guides and porters. Tipping is not required, but a small gesture of thanks to your guides and local porters is appreciable. The level of the tip should reflect the level of satisfaction from and personal involvement with your guide. However, we recommend you spend minimum 10of % of your total trip cost for tipping the entire local staff. The ratio of tipping guide and porter will be given to you at the pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu before starting the trek.

What immunizations will I need?

No vaccinations are compulsory for traveling in Nepal but we do recommend you are covered for diphtheria, TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, malaria, typhoid, polio, and tetanus.

We also recommend:
A dental check-up before travelling.
That you know your blood group in case of emergency.

If I am sick can I continue the trek the next day after a day’s rest?

It depends on the level of your sickness. Once you are sick at a higher altitude you need to rest at a lower altitude and at least 3 days to a week is needed for the complete recovery.

If you are on a private or solo trip you can discuss and decide with a guide depending on your health status.

Will there be a place to store items/clothing not required for the trek?

The hotel in Kathmandu provides free storage services. So you can leave all your items that are not required for the trekking at your hotel.

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