Nar Phu Chulu Far East Peak Tilicho Lake

24
Days

Trip Facts

Highlights of the Treks

  • Hidden villages of Nar and Phu
  • Views from Kang La Pass & Mesokanto Pass
  • Climbing Chulu Far East Peak (6058 Meters)
  • Tilicho Lake, the world's highest lake

Nar Phu Chulu Far East Peak Tilicho Lake is a trek to hidden villages of Nar and Phu, Chulu Far East Peak and world highest lake; Tilicho Lake. The popular Annapurna Circuit is damaged by the driving road; however Nar Phu Chulu Far East Peak Tilicho Lake trek offers a much spectacular trek in Annapurna Circuit. It visits the hidden villages of Nar and Phu; Tibetan plateau styled remote villages located at Upper Manang. It a pleasurable walk for adventure lovers as all the villages in Nar Phu Valley are rich in Buddhist culture and monasteries, with the views of massive Annapurna Range always lingering behind.

Exploring Nar, Phu and Khang La Pass (5320 meters) and the exciting trekking peak, Chulu Far East (6058 meters) to the North of the Manang village are the main attraction of the trek. Beyond the Annapurna Range, among a group of peaks known as the Manang Himal, the eminently climbable Chulu Far East (6058 meters) boasts a superb summit panorama that includes all of the Annapurnas, as well as a host of little-known peaks in Tibet. Nar Phu Chulu Far East Peak Tilicho Lake Trek also goes to Tilicho Lake (4949 meters), right at the bottom of Tilicho Peak (7134 meters). This unrelenting adventure also crosses Mesokanto Pass (5089 meters) that offers 360 degree views which includes Tilicho Lake, Niligiris and the Dhaulagiri Range.

Most of the trekking is done away from the main trail and passes through interesting medieval villages of Nar, Phu and Ngawal. All these villages look ancient and are very different from other villages on the trail. If someone seeks for more then, side trips to Milarepa Cave and Ice Lake, can provide an interesting religious insight of the region. Similar to the classic Annapurna Circuit trek, varying landscapes, vegetations, climate and a rich culture are the major highlights of Nar Phu Chulu far East Peak Tilicho Lake Trek.

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1335 meters) .

    A representative from Visit Himalaya Treks with the company’s display board will greet you outside the arrival terminal and transfer you to your Hotel. The trek leader will meet the group for a meeting and provide a detailed briefing on the trek. All the required information regarding the trek would be provided. (Overnight at Hotel)

  • Day 02: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation .

    A half day guided tour to several of historical and spiritual attractions enlisted under the World Heritage Sites. The trek leader will meet the group for a meeting and provide a detailed briefing on the trek. All the required information regarding the trek would be provided. (Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast included)

  • Day 03: Drive to Dharapani (1960 meters) .

    After breakfast we drive to Dharapani. It is a long driving day across country on the Prithivi Highway towards Pokhara and turning north from Dumre along the Marshingdi Valley far as far as Dharapani. (11-12 hour drive) (Overnight at Camp)

  • Day 04: Trek to Koto (2600 meters) .

    The trek starts on the secondary road and does so for the most part of trek until the trek reaches Manang. The road passes the villages of Bagarchap and Danaque. The trail gets briefly off the road and starts to climb through the woods to Temang. Stunning view of Manaslu (8163 meters) opens up at Temang. The trek returns back to the road and goes through the small villages of Thanchok and then finally reaches Koto. (6 hours) (Overnight at Camp)

  • Day 05: Trek to Dharmasala (3220 meters) .

    The trail leaves the road, enters a narrow valley, leaving crowded settlements behind, and heads for sparsely inhabited Nar Phu Valley. The trek crosses and leaves Marshyangdi River and starts to follow Phu River gradually climbing into the valley. The valley gets narrower and goes through pristine forests, as the valley grows slightly wider with views starting to open up. The trail actually goes underneath a waterfall right before ending the day at Dharmasala. (6-7 hours) (Overnight at Camp)

  • Day 06: Trek to Chaku (3772 meters) .

    Trek to Chaku is an interesting day as the trek enters into a different kind of landscape. The day starts with a steep climb that passes the village of Meta. The terrain is leveled all the way up to Junam. After Junam a ridge has to be climbed and another has to be traversed. From the second ridge the village of Chaku can be seen. It is all downhill from the second ridge to Chaku. (6 hours) (Overnight at Camp)

  • Day 07: Trek to Phu (4050 meters) .

    A steep drop kicks off the day and leads to the river. The trail stays on the riverbed for a while and then slowly starts to climb off the river. The climb ends another long day at Phu. (6-7 hours) (Overnight at Camp)

  • Day 08: Acclimatization day at Phu .

    A short hike up to the monastery offers stunning views of the valley. Although a long and exhausting walk to Himlung Base Camp also remains a good alternative. (Overnight at Camp)

  • Day 09: Trek to Nar (4150 meters) .

    The trek retraces back to Chaku and passes the village. The loose steep downhill trail with rubbles goes down to a bridge over a narrow and deep gorge, After the river, the trail once again starts to climb and does so for the rest of the day. This is also one of the longer days of the trek. (7-8 hours) (Overnight at Camp)

  • Day 10: Trek to Khang La Phedi (4530 meters) .

    The day is a shorter one as the trek enters the higher elevations. Couple of hours climb ends the day at Khang La Phedi. A good rest is recommended as the trek now enters higher elevations. (3 hours) (Overnight at Camp)

  • Day 11: Cross Khang La (5280 meters) and trek to Ngawal (3670 meters) .

    An early start to the day to cross the Khang La. The day starts with a climb that continues to get steeper and only ends at the top of the pass. A steep drop in a rocky moraine then on a scree leads to a new valley. Steep drop continues throughout the day and finally ends at the village of Ngawal. This is one of the longest and hardest days of the trek. (7-8 hours) (Overnight at Camp)

  • Day 12: Trek to Chulu Far East Base Camp (4835 meters) .

    After a long hard day, the trek to the Base Camp is another long day. The trek heads to a new valley and starts to climb and gains around 100 meters in altitude. After passing a scenic and towering waterfall, we finally reach the base camp.(6 hours) (Overnight at Camp)

  • Day 13: Trek to Chulu Far East High Camp (5334 meters) .

    Now the trek heads higher towards the high camp, following a steep ascent towards a col. In around 5 hours, we finally climb the ridge and reach the high camp. (5 hours) (Overnight at camp)

  • Day 14: Summit Chulu Far East (6058 meters) and return to Base Camp .

    The push for the summit starts very early in the morning, mostly it starts before or around 3 a.m. in the morning. The climbing guide will fix all the safety lines wherever necessary and will be close taking care of you. A steep and frequent long ascent on the 40 - 45 degrees slope finally ends at the top. After a short stay at the top to enjoy the panorama of mountains and then we head back to Base Camp.(9-10 hours) (Overnight at Camp)

  • Day 15: Extra Day .

    This spare day can be used in case of bad weather on the day of the summit attempt. This day can also be used as an extra day for acclimatization.

  • Day 16: Trek to Manang (3540 meters) .

    A descend down to the valley and an easy terrain joins the trail back with the road near Mugje. After passing through Mugje, the road leads to the village of Braga. Braga has two contrasting parts, an ancient looking village with a monastery a few minutes away from the road and new modern facilitated teahouses at the other side of the road. An easy walk on the road and a final brief climb ends the day at Manang. The road also ends at Manang and the trek will only get back on road after the Thorang La. (4 hours) (Overnight at Camp)

  • Day 17: Trek to Tilicho Base Camp (3734 meters) .

    The trail now separates from the regular Annapurna Circuit and heads into a different valley. A descent leads into the river and turns into an ascent for the next few hours until Khangsar. After the Khangsar the trail gets narrower and crosses through a scree in the latter part of the day. A flat grassy area with a small stream finally leads to the Tilicho Base Camp. (6-7 hours) (Overnight at Camp)

  • Day 18: Trek to Tilicho Lake (4949 meters) .

    The day starts with a steep climb and then turns into an easier ascent. More majestic views of mountains start to appear in every direction as the trek slowly and continuously keep on climbing. Gangapurna (7455 meters), Annapurna III (7555 meters) and several unnamed peaks starts to show themselves as the climb continues. After a steep section, the lake finally starts to appear as the terrain slowly starts to turn easy. Tilicho Lake is highest lake in the world located at an altitude of 4949 meters.After a brief walk away from the lake we camp on a rocky moraine. (5 hours) (Overnight at Camp)

  • Day 19: Cross Tilicho Pass and trek to Yak Kharka (3510 meters) .

    Another early start to the day starts with a steep climb on a ridge. The top of this ridge is marked by a small chorten and after this the trail now drops briefly and a long steady walk follows. After less than an hour, the trail sharply drops and once again climbs back to a second ridge. Now the trail is on an angled slope slowly starts to becomes really rocky. Once again the trail drops and then for the final time it starts to slowly climb to Mesokanto Pass, which is right beside a tall coned shape rock. Now the trail steeply drops and crosses several ridges on its way to yak Kharka. This is the other long day of the trek and almost as difficult as the day of crossing of Tilicho Pass. (8-9 hours) (Overnight at Camp)

  • Day 20: Trek to Jomsom (2720 meters) .

    The trek still continues to drops and continuously loses the altitude. After a long downhill, the trail gets to get easier at Thini and slowly and easily reaches the busy town of Jomsom. Jomsom is also the admintrative headquarter of Mustang, the forbidden Kingdom. Jomsom is also famous for apples and is also known as the apple capital of the country. The apple and apricot brandy from the region is also very popular. A visit to Marpha Village is also an interesting option for the afternoon.(5 hours) (Overnight at Camp)

  • Day 21: Fly to Pokhara .

    An early scenic flight to Pokhara. Views of Annapurna range and the dominating figure of Machapuchare (also known as Fishtail) (6993 meters) dominates both the sky and the beautiful Phewa Lake with its reflection in it. Afternoon can be enjoyed by the lake as the hotel is located near to the lake. (Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast included)

  • Day 22: Sightseeing at Pokhara and fly back to Kathmandu .

    A half day guided tour to the most popular and historical sites of Pokhara and a late afternoon flight back to Kathmandu. (Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast included)

  • Day 23:Free day at Kathmandu .

    A half day guided tour to several of historical and spiritual attractions enlisted under the World Heritage Sites. (Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast included)

  • Day 24: Departure .

    A representative from Visit Himalaya Treks Pvt. Ltd. will check your flight tickets and transfer you to the airport before two hours from your flight with a hope of seeing you again in the future. (Breakfast included)

  • NOTE:

    ALL ITINERARIES CAN BE CUSTOMIZED AT YOUR REQUESTS ACCORDING TO YOUR CONVENIENCE

Includes

  • Arrivals and departure transport by car (We will collect you from the Kathmandu international airport) and transfer to Hotel.
  • Half day sightseeing in Kathmandu (Boudhanath and Pasupatinath) with city guide and necessary transport.
  • 6 nights accommodation (2 persons per room) in Kathmandu and Pokhara in a 3* standard Hotel with breakfast.
  • Pokhara - Kathmandu airfare including airport taxes.
  • Kathmandu - Besisahar land transportation in a private car. Other sections will be in a local bus.
  • A porter to carry your luggage on treks (Per person 20 kilogram luggage).
  • National Park entry fee and Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS).
  • Group First Aid Kit.
  • All meals and hot drinks during the trek.
  • Peak climbing permits.
  • Group climbing gears like rope, snowbars and icescrews.
  • Salary, insurance, food, accommodation for guides and porters.
  • Government Taxes & Service charge.

Excludes

  • Nepal entry Visa Fee.
  • Personal Travel Insurance (Compulsory).
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Personal expenses like beverages (mineral water, alcohol, soft drinks), telephone bills, laundry, bar bills, personal tips etc.
  • Personal climbing gear.

Gear List

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. The packed weight of your trek bag while trekking should be no more than 15 KG.

Hiking boots
Socks
Trekking trousers / pants
Waterproof overtrousers / rainpants
Baselayer shirts
Casual shirt and/or T-shirts
Fleece jacket or warm jumper/sweater
Waterproof jacket
Sunhat
Warm hat
Sunglasses
Thermal gloves
Warm and waterproof over gloves or mittens
Headtorch/Headlamp with spare bulb and batteries
Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
Water bottles 1 L.
Antibacterial handwash
Small towel
Daypack, 25/30Litres
Trekking poles
Sleeping bag 4 or 5 season * (rated down to – 20ºC)
Warm jacket (down)*

Medical
Small, personal first-aid kit. (Simple and light)
Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
1 skin-blister repair kit
Anti-diarrhea pills
Anti-headache pills
Cough and/or cold medicine
Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
Water purification tablets or water filter
1 set of earplugs
Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies.

Climbing gear you should bring:
01: Ice Axe w/Leash (General mountaineering tool. Sizing is important: under 5’7" use a 60cm tool; 5’7"- 6’1" use a 65cm tool; over 6’1" use a 70cm tool. (Too short is preferable to too long).)
02: Crampons (With flat rather than “cookie cutter” frame rails)
03: 40 ft 6mm perlon (For Prussiks or bring your glacier rig.)
04: Alpine Climbing Harness (Harness should fit over all clothing; have gear loops, adjustable leg loops and be reasonably comfortable to hang suspended in.)
05: Carabiners (2 Large Pear or D-shaped locking. 2 standard ovals or D’s)
06: Climbing helmet (Must be adjustable to fit, with or without hat or balaclava on)
07: 1 Ascender (Recommended: left or right hand.)
08: Ski or trekking poles (Snow baskets required. Helpful for balance when carrying a heavy pack or if you have knee problems)
09: Double plastic climbing boots.
10: Gaiters (Please make sure your gaiters fit around the plastic boot without being to tight around the boot.)

Note: Walking pole, down jacket, sleeping bag, etc available on hire in Kathmandu or request we will provide it.

Faqs

How fit I need to be, is this trip for me?
Should be able to walk or climb on difficult terrain. Loose scree, glacial moraine and icy bits are the tricky terrains that are frequent on a peak climb. Must have experience of being above 5000 meters. A climbing trip can be planned with few acclimatization days above 5000 meters or crossing a 5000 meter pass is recommend before heading for the peak. Should be able to trek for at least 8 hours for three to four straight days on difficult terrain. Should be able to go through long hours without food and water for one day (this is for the worst case scenarios). Should be able to cope up with extreme weathers (extreme cold and wind chill). Should be fit enough to climb and descend 1000 meters within a day. Should be able to use the basic climbing gears.
Do your climbing guides are trained and have climbed Chulu Far East Peak before?
YES, all our climbing guides are experience in many trekking peaks 5800 meters to 7000 meters and also have experience up to 8000 meters as well. All our climbing guides are licensed by Nepal Mountaineering Association.
How do I know that your company is a legit company?
On the home page of our website, under the section, company profile, all the legal documents are present.
What happens if I have to cancel or postpone my booked trip?
On cancellation, depending on time duration before the cancellation of the trip, cancellation charge will be charged. A trip can be postponed up to a year.
How far in advance can I book?
A trip can be booked as far as one year in advance. We do not book more than one year ahead because of possibility of huge fluctuations in the international exchange rate.
Can I customize trips to make them suite me?
We always try to be flexible with our trips for our client’s convenience. We are open to changes on the trips as long as the proposed itinerary does not harm your own chances of acclimatization on the trips.
Before a trek: What do I need to bring for the trek?
On confirmation of a trek, full lists of required gears would be sent to you or please view our Gear List section on website.
What kind of insurances do I need?
Proper travel insurance is necessary before confirming a trek. At times of emergency cases like evacuation, it will cover your expenses. Make sure to consult with your insurance company about the coverage of the insurance that you have bought.
How do I prepare myself for the physical requirement of the trek?
An average physical fitness should be maintained on prior of booking a trek. Any sort of illness or recent medical problems should be mentioned while booking a trip. Most of our itineraries are prepared to give you a maximum time to acclimatize and pace setting on the treks would be done according to your convenience.
How long will be an average day on the trek?
On average, a day on a trek would be 5-6 hours long. The longest day can be up to 10 hours and 3 hours is the shortest day. It all depends on the region that your are trekking.
How safe are the treks?
Our main objective is your safety. Safety is never compromised and all our guides are properly trained and equipped to take care clients’ safety in even the wildest region of the country.
What is the weather and Temperature like in trekking?
Weather in the mountains is infamously difficult to predict. At night it is generally cooler the days are generally warm. Winter (Mid December to mid February) will be colder but the days can be quite warm if the sun is out. There will be some snow during the month of December, January, and February. It is also important to make sure that you can stay warm and dry in just about any conditions. Expect the unexpected! The temperature could be as high as 15 deg C to -20 deg C low.
Is there any arrangement made for emergency while on trekking Tour?
In case of severe sickness or accident (which is least expected), you will be rescued by a helicopter. Since you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred for the use of such emergency services, please make sure that your travel insurance covers you for both- medical as well as emergency evacuation costs.
On a trek: How are the food and the logistics on the trek?
All the lodges used on the treks are frequently used and trusted by our company. We take our clients review very seriously and never repeat any lodges with complaints on their food on lodge/ tea house trek. During climbing period our cook will provide food cooked in our own camp.
I m a Vegetarian, is that a Problem?
It is not a problem at all because in a mountain tea house / lodges serve vegetarian food as well and our guide well take care at the time and on a camping trek our cook will care well for the vegetarian food.
How is the standard of the lodges that we use on treks?
Most of the lodges in the mountains are quite basic. On few major towns or settlements, when possible we provide the best lodges possible. There are luxury lodges but it’s not included on the standard treks.
What is the stander of gears use on camping trek?
We use stander quality of (Camping Gears) like tents, dining tents, mattress, etc on a camping trek, Also we provide proper warm jacket, trouser, shoes for the porters too.
Will I be able to charge my mobile and camera during the trek?
Lately, most of the teahouses on the trekking routes have electricity. So, charging your gadgets is not a problem at all. However, on some teahouses which run on solar power, you would have to pay additional fee (US$ 1 to 3 approx.), in order to get your gadgets charged.
Is there any communication while we are on trekking?
Now a day’s most of the major village cell phone is work however such a remote place cell phone does not work but land line phone is available. You can use land line Local phone to call to your relatives.
Can I use credit cards in the places I visit in trekking?
You can’t use credit card on a trekking unless in a certain luxuries hotel.
Can I use foreign currency in the place I visit in trekking?
Well! You may use foreign currency during the trekking but exchange rate may not meet correct rate as city so we recommended you to take enough Nepali currency from Kathmandu where you can exchange.
What opportunities will I have for shower along the trek?
Most of the place they have shower heated by gas and some places headed by solar so you can have shower paying extra cost. However in Camping trek our staffs will provide hot water in bucket for wash and shower.
What safety measures are in place? What safety equipment do your guides carry with them on trek to deal with sickness/accidents?
In every trekking our guide carries first aid kit with basic requirement tools and some medicine for preventing out in an emergency condition.
Is Visit Himalaya's staff insured?
All our staffs are fully covered by Insurance and high altitude evacuation if necessary.
Do I get refund if trek finished earlier then the schedule?
After conformation your trip we manage our field staff giving them a full wages of the trip duration so you won’t get refunds. If any case you drop from the trip by illness or any case there will be not any refundable.
Do you use yaks/porters on the trek or do we carry all of our own gear?
We provide 2 in sharing porter for carry your gears in Tea house trek (Lodge Trek) and such a demanding camping trek we use Yak, Mules, for carry the loads. Our porter carry 20 to 25 kilograms so we suggest each person‘s good weight 10 to 12 Kilograms. You need to carry your own day pack with your valuable items.
Will there be a place to store items/clothing not required for the trek?
Yes either you can store same hotel as you stayed or we can store your goods with us safely in our office free of cost.
Can I obtain the visa for Nepal upon on arrival at the airport?
Yes you can obtain your Nepal Visa upon arrival in Kathmandu Nepal. More details of Nepal visa please follow the link given. Nepal Visa Information.
How much luggage is allowed on treks?
The luggage must not exceed up to 20 kilos. A trekking helper (porter) carries a baggage of less than 15 kilos. This bag can be received at the end of each day’s trek and you should carry the rest of the weight as a day bag with all your money and valuables inside it.
Do I need to tip my Trekking staffs?
This is a difficult thing to gauge. We have seen everything from USD 25 to USD 900 per person for guides and porters. Tipping is not required, but a small gesture of thanks to your guides and local porters. The level of the tip should reflect the level of satisfaction from and personal involvement with your guide. However, we recommend you to spend minimum 10% of your total trip cost for tipping entire local staffs.
What is the best time to Visit Nepal? October to November:-
October to November also referred as the autumn season, this is the time of the year with the clear blue skies and green and lush valleys, easily making it the best time in the year to visit Nepal. Adding to the weather is also the festive season that falls in these months, Tihar, the festival of lights (also known as the festival of the brothers and sisters) being the highlight of the many festivals. The temperature can be hot in the days with clear sky with no rains and can be very pleasant for the views of the mountains.
December to February :-
December to February it is winter in Nepal in these 3 months in Nepal. High altitude trekking can be unbearable because of the freezing cold, with many treks with high passes being close at this time of the year. This could be easily the best time to visit and do some moderate treks like Annapurna Base Camp, Everest Base Camp Trek, Langtang Trek etc if a quiet, peaceful and less people on trails is your priority. The weather remains calm, rainfall is rare during these months and trekking is still very much possible and enjoyable as well.
March to May :-
March to May The spring season falls during this time and is easily the busiest time of the year in some parts, Everest Trekking trail in particular being the busiest region. The days can get really hot, at times temperature crossing 30 degrees Celsius mark but the jungles with blossoming colourful Rhododendrons and other flowers with towering snow capped pinnacles at the background are an absolute delight to watch. March to May, along with October to November are the best months to trek in Nepal.
June to September :-
June to September The worst time to trek in Nepal as heavy rains, floods and landslides are common until mid September. However, places like the Upper Dolpo and upper parts of Mustang are the places to be at this time of the year because of the least rainfall in these areas. Apart from these areas, all other areas are a nuisance to trek during these times because of the rains and the problems like leeches, muddy trails, cancelled flights.

Notes

Trip cost will vary depending on numbers of travelers, duration/days of trek, standard of hotel in Kathmandu before & after the trip. Please contact us to GET a Custom Quote.

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