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Nar Phu Valley - Tilicho Lake Trek

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Nar Phu-Tilicho Lake Trek

The Nar Phu Valley-Tilicho Lake Trek, also known as the "Nar Phu Tilicho Trek," is a thrilling journey through the remote Nar and Phu Valleys, culminating at the breathtaking Tilicho Lake, one of the world's highest lakes. This trek is known for its difficulties and offers a unique, off-the-beaten-path experience in Nepal's Annapurna region.

The Nar Phu Valley-Tilicho Lake Trek is a hidden gem among the Annapurna region's unspoiled wilderness. It was opened to trekkers in 2003 AD, making it a relatively new and unknown route. Tilicho Lake, at 4,919 meters, is the highest lake in the world and a highlight of the journey. This trek provides an excellent balance of adventure and cultural immersion, with opportunities to see yaks and visit gompas (Buddhist monasteries) as you journey through remote villages, narrow canyons, and lush forests. Traditional Tibetan Buddhist culture thrives in the rugged mountains of the Nar Phu Valley, offering trekkers a glimpse into the enchanting diversity of Himalayan cultures. The trek begins in Khudi Khola and gradually ascends, taking adventurers through high mountain passes and encounters with yak caravans before culminating in visits to ancient monasteries that provide profound insights into local life. The trek culminates at Tilicho Lake, nestled among towering peaks and pristine glaciers, with its turquoise waters striking a stark contrast against the barren terrain, creating a truly mesmerizing spectacle. This difficult but rewarding trek promises an unforgettable adventure for those seeking a unique experience amidst the Himalayas' breathtaking landscapes.

The Nar Phu Valley-Tilicho Pass Trek is a challenging journey that includes crossing three fascinating passes: Kangla Pass (5,320m), Tilicho Pass (5,230m), and Mesokanto La Pass (5,099m). As you undertake this trek, you will journey through different vegetation zones, ranging from lush subtropical to harsh semi-desert, showcasing the region's diverse landscapes. The trek is historically significant, as the trail leading from the Nar-Phu Valley into Tibet once served as a crucial salt trade route. Even today, the locals rely heavily on yak herding for their livelihood, preserving a way of life deeply rooted in their ancient traditions.

Prepare for an extraordinary journey on the Nar Phu-Tilicho Lake Trek, where you will encounter medieval Tibetan culture in its purest and untouched form. The trail is a hidden gem, less traveled, but promises breathtaking mountain views and alpine scenery. As you walk through the tranquil landscapes, you will feel connected to nature, and the cultural richness of the Himalayas will be evident with each step you take. This trek is an unforgettable experience that will stay with you for the rest of your life.

Nar Phu Valley - Tilicho Lake Trek
Nar Phu Valley-Tilicho Lake Trek Highlights and Attractions
Region

Annapurna

Duration

24 Days

Starting Price

USD 2,800.00

Group Size

7 Plus

Activities

Trekking

Transportation

Private Overland l Flight

Accommodation

Hotel, Lodge and Camping

Meal Plan

AP

Trip Grade

Moderate - Strenous

Max. Altitude

5,360m

Best Season

Spring and Autumn

Trip Hours/Day

5-8 Hours


Trip Itinerary

  • 01 Arrival at Kathmandu (1300m).

    Upon your arrival at the airport, one of our company representatives will give you a warm welcome and make sure that your transfer to the hotel is smooth and hassle-free. Once you reach the hotel, our team will be there to greet you. Later in the evening, between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., we'll arrange a pre-trek briefing. This short meeting is an excellent opportunity for you to get to know the other members of your group before we all head out to enjoy a delightful dinner. The welcome dinner will feature authentic Nepalese cuisine, along with captivating cultural dance performances that will immerse you in the rich cultural traditions of Nepal.

    Transfer: 30-45 min | Accommodation: Hotel | Meal: Welcome Dinner
  • 02 Full day Guided Tour in Kathmandu valley with City Tour Guide

    Today, you will have the opportunity to explore Kathmandu with our experienced city tour guide. Our itinerary includes several remarkable sites:

    • SWOYAMBHUNATH, also known as the Monkey Temple, is perched atop a hill and can be reached by climbing a long set of steps. From there, you can enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of Kathmandu.
    • BOUDHANATH STUPA is adorned with traditional Gompas adorned with vibrant prayer flags. It serves as a focal point for Sherpas and Tibetans who partake in the spiritual practice of circumambulating the stupa (koras).
    • PASHUPATINATH, a sacred Hindu temple, is situated on the banks of the Bagmati River and features ghats where cremation ceremonies take place, offering a unique glimpse into Hindu rituals.
    • KATHMANDU DURBAR SQUARE, one of the ancient capitals of the Kathmandu Valley, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This vibrant square showcases a harmonious fusion of Hindu and Buddhist temples, showcasing the rich cultural heritage of the region.

    With our knowledgeable guide, you will gain insights into the historical, religious, and architectural significance of these iconic landmarks. Prepare to be captivated by the unique charm and spiritual ambiance of Kathmandu.

    Sightseeing: 7-8 Hours | Accommodation: Hotel | Meal: Breakfast
  • 03 Kathmandu to Khudi Khola (790m)

    Our adventure commences with an early morning drive to Khudi Khola, offering us enchanting vistas of terraced farms and charming huts throughout the journey. Passing through Dumre, which lies ahead of Pokhara and Lamjung, we will then proceed north to Besisahar. From there, a short, half-hour drive will transport us to Khudi, the starting point of our exhilarating trek. Alternatively, for the more adventurous souls amongst us, an option awaits to embark on a trek from Besisahar. This scenic hike takes approximately one hour along a wide trail, leading us to the picturesque village of Khudi. Whichever route we choose, the journey promises to immerse us in the breathtaking beauty of Nepal's landscapes and its rural charm.

    Transfer: 198 km, 7-8 Hours |  Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 04 Khudi Khola to Sirung (1,804m)

    On our first day of trekking, we will embark on an awe-inspiring journey through suspension bridges, waterfalls, rice paddies, and a subtropical forest. The trail will include both gradual inclines and steeper paths, bringing us closer to the mountains we admired from Khudi. Along the way, we will pass through the charming Tamang settlement of Taranche before reaching the quaint village of Sirung, where we will be treated to breathtaking views of the Nadi Chuli and Manaslu mountains. It is important to take breaks, rest, and appreciate the natural beauty while maintaining a steady pace to ensure a safe arrival at our destination. Let's make the most of this remarkable experience and create lasting memories.

    Walking duration: 5-6 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +1,090 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -0 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 05 Sirung to Jagat (1,314m)

    From Sirung, we embark on a relatively easy trail towards Jagat. Leaving behind the village terraces, we traverse a captivating landscape of forests, ferns, and woodlands. Along the way, we pass through small villages and visit temples, immersing ourselves in the local culture and gaining insight into the region's way of life. At Mipra, we cross a suspension bridge over Sangu Khola, offering a view of a nearby waterfall. Continuing our journey, we cross another suspension bridge at Syange, spanning the mighty Marshyangdi River and providing breathtaking views of the surroundings. After crossing one more bridge, we reach Jagat, our final destination for the day.

  • 06 Jagat to Dharapani (1,943m)

    The trail from Jagat leads us through a lush forest and descends to the riverbank, offering stunning views of the Annapurna mountain ranges. We pass by the charming village of Chyamje, crossing a suspension bridge before facing a challenging climb to Seattle on a slippery path strewn with rocks. As we descend, we encounter a serene grassy riverbank near Tal, where we take a moment to rest and appreciate the tranquil surroundings. The journey continues through rugged terrain and winding paths, leading us to the forested village of Karte, with captivating waterfalls and cliffs along the way. After crossing another suspension bridge, we finally arrive at our resting place for the day, Dharapani, where we can recharge for the next leg of our adventure.

  • 07 Dharapani to Koto (2,575m)

    Leaving Dharapani, the trail gradually ascends through a newly developed rugged path along the mountainside. After several kilometers of trekking, we reach the delightful village of Danique before making a steep ascent to Timang. Throughout this stretch, we are treated to breathtaking views of the majestic Manaslu and snowcapped Annapurna mountain ranges. The journey also takes us through scenic apple orchards, enhancing the natural beauty of the surroundings. Finally, we reach our campsite in Koto, where we can rest and prepare for the next phase of our remarkable Annapurna Circuit Trek. This section offers an unforgettable combination of stunning landscapes and cultural encounters, making it a truly memorable part of the adventure.

  • 08 Koto to Meta (3,560m)

    In the morning, we acquire our restricted area permit at the Police Check Post before resuming our trek. We follow the trail along the picturesque riverbank of Soti Khola, passing through enchanting pine forests and crossing streams and suspension bridges on our path to Dharmasala. During the trek, we take a break to enjoy our packed lunch. After lunch, we continue through the forests, embarking on a steep ascent towards Meta village. As we climb higher, we find ourselves gradually reaching the Tibetan Plateau, where we are rewarded with awe-inspiring views of Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal.

  • 09 Meta to Kyang (3,740m)

    The trail beyond Meta presents greater challenges as we navigate through a roller-coaster maze of glacial moraines. The landscape offers a stunning combination of white rocks, low shrubs, juniper, scattered evergreens, vibrant brick-red and orange leafy bushes, and crumbling shelves of flat slate. The trail itself is composed of white sandy paths. After a short walk, we reach a trail junction that provides a clear view of the Nar valley, adorned with a monastery and chorten. Continuing past Jhunam at an elevation of 3,640m, we reach Chyakhu, a former Khampa settlement situated at 3,800m. Along the way, we pass numerous chortens, traversing both uphill and downhill sections before finally arriving at the picturesque settlement valley of Kyang. Here, we are treated to magnificent mountain vistas, including Pisang Peak, Annapurna II, Gyaji Kang, and more.

  • 10 Kyang to Phu Gaon (4,050m)

    Descending steeply towards the Phu Khola, the trek follows the riverbank, offering intriguing sights such as the "submarine" rock and potential camping spots. Along this path, the distinctive and colorful chortens that Nar and Phu are renowned for start to appear. Carefully crossing a small glacial stream, you'll then encounter a larger stream with a bridge partially covered in large slate slabs. Continuing for another hour and a half through picturesque canyons and gorges, you'll reach the Phu gate, known as Pupigyal Kwe, guarding the steep trail leading up to Phu. From the gate, you'll catch your first glimpse of the three villages of Phu, an ancient "dzong," and the remains of two forts atop the flatlands before Phu, despite being in ruins, still leave a remarkable impression.

  • 11 Excursion day

    While staying in Phu, you'll have the chance to engage with the locals and gain insights into their unique way of life. Exploring the expansive valley systems above the village, you can embark on a walk to the summer grazing settlement or Kharka at Ngoru, which takes approximately three hours beyond the gompa. Phu village itself is a fascinating place, where you can observe the villagers spinning yak and sheep wool while engaging in friendly conversations with them. Your overnight accommodation will be at a campsite in Phu Valley, providing you with the opportunity to immerse yourself in the breathtaking mountain scenery that surrounds you.

  • 12 Phu to Junam (3,600m)

    Beginning your journey from Phu, you'll traverse through the historic gate of Pupigyal Kwe and start descending towards the riverbank of Phu Khola. Along the way, you'll encounter the distinctive and colorful chortens that are characteristic of Nar and Phu. Crossing a small glacial stream and then a larger one with a bridge partially covered in slate, you'll continue your trek through picturesque canyon lands and gorges until you reach Junam Kharka.

  • 13 Junam to Nar Gaon (4,110m)

    On this day, your trek takes you down to an ancient bridge that stretches across a deep, contoured, and narrow gorge, only to ascend again on the other side. The surrounding scenery is breathtaking. Along the way, you'll have views of Gyalbu Kumbu, a monastery built in 1650, and Satte Gompa, both of which are now uninhabited. Eventually, you'll arrive at the Nar gates located at the top of a hill. Here, you'll pass by yet another row of beautifully painted, bamboo-topped chortens, as well as a large tiered chorten. The journey continues to offer mesmerizing sights and cultural treasures.

  • 14 Cross Kang La Pass (5,320m). Trek to Ngawal (3,660m)

    Prepare for a challenging day ahead by waking up early and embarking on the journey towards the Kang La Pass, reconnecting us with the popular Annapurna Circuit. Although not excessively difficult, the pass's altitude effects may make it a demanding day. Upon reaching the pass's summit, we'll be greeted with a mesmerizing view of Annapurna II, Gangapurna, and Tilicho Peak. The descent begins steeply, offering the opportunity for thrilling scree running if desired. We'll pause for a satisfying lunch on a plateau with panoramic views before continuing our trek towards Ngawal. This village, located on the upper Pisang route of the Annapurna Circuit, presents a notable contrast to the ancient villages we've encountered. Expect larger lodges, extensive menus, and the availability of Wifi and phone signals in most establishments.

  • 15 Ngawal to Manang (3,540m)

    Departing from Ngawal, our trek takes us through a scenic forest as we cross a suspension bridge over the Marsyangdi River. Gradually ascending, we pass by charming small villages and apple orchards, eventually reaching the renowned village of Braga. Braga is famous for its ancient Gompa, a monastery that dates back to the 8th century. We take the opportunity to explore the Gompa, where priceless Buddhist artifacts and frescoes can be found, immersing ourselves in its historical and spiritual significance. Continuing on our journey, we head towards Manang, all the while reveling in the breathtaking views of the majestic Annapurna, Gangapurna, and other Himalayan peaks that grace the horizon.

  • 16 Manang to Shree Kharka (4,000m)

    The trek from Manang to Khangsar takes about 2-3 hours, depending on walking speed. Initially, the trail is easy, running alongside the Marsyangdi River. As we progress, it becomes more challenging, ascending towards Khangsar. En route, we'll pass through small settlements and enjoy breathtaking mountain views. Khangsar's traditional architecture will be evident, allowing time for exploration before continuing the trek. From Khangsar to Shree Kharka, expect a steep uphill climb taking about 3-4 hours, depending on pace. The rugged terrain requires a level of physical fitness. Throughout this stretch, we'll be treated to stunning views of surrounding mountain peaks, including Annapurna and Gangapurna.

  • 17 Shree Kharka to Tilicho BC (4,150m)

    The trek from Shree Kharka to Tilicho Base Camp is a demanding ascent that typically takes around 5-6 hours, depending on walking speed. The trail winds through rugged terrain, necessitating a good level of physical fitness. Throughout the journey, we will be rewarded with awe-inspiring views of the surrounding mountain peaks, including Gungang Himal and Mt. Chulu. Along the way, we'll pass through several small settlements before finally arriving at Tilicho Base Camp, situated at an altitude of 4,140 meters. Here, we can take a well-deserved rest and spend the night in preparation for the next leg of our adventure.

  • 18 Excursion to Tilicho Lake (4,919m)

    The journey to Tilicho Lake from Tilicho Base Camp is a challenging yet highly rewarding trek, typically taking around 6-7 hours, depending on individual walking speed. Ascending to an altitude of 4,919 meters, this trail requires a good level of physical fitness. Throughout the trek, we will be treated to breathtaking views of the surrounding mountain peaks and the mesmerizing turquoise-colored Tilicho Lake itself. As we approach the lake, we'll be captivated by its peaceful ambiance and the pristine beauty of the natural surroundings. It is crucial to prioritize safety and acclimatize properly, as the high altitude may lead to symptoms of altitude sickness. After spending time at the lake, soaking in its splendor, we will return to Tilicho Base Camp to rest for the night.

  • 19 Cross Mesokenta La Pass (5,025m). Trek to Yak Kharka (3,600m)

    From Tilicho Base Camp, we trek towards the Mesokenta La Pass, ascending steeply about 300 meters to reach the ridge high above the lake. After traversing a couple of ridges, we make a short, steep climb to reach the pass. From there, we're treated to stunning views that stretch back to the lake, along with panoramic vistas of the Nilgiri peaks and Dhaulagiri on the far side of the Kali Gandaki Gorge. After enjoying the views, we begin our descent towards Yak Kharka. The descent is steep and potentially slippery, especially if there's snow on the trail, so caution is required on the loose and rocky terrain. Along the way, we pass through beautiful alpine meadows and cross several small streams before reaching Yak Kharka, a charming settlement situated at an altitude of 4,110 meters.

  • 20 Yak Kharka to Jomsom (2,670m)

    Beginning our trek from Yak Kharka, we ascend along the east bank of the Jarsang Khola before descending and crossing the stream via a wooden bridge at 4,310 meters. Along the way, keep an eye out for surprises such as sightings of blue sheep and even snow-capped leopards. Above, you may observe choughs, large lammergeiers, and Himalayan griffons soaring gracefully in the skies. The trail continues with a long descent along a ridge, gradually leading us to the Kali Gandaki River and the village of Jomsom. Upon reaching Jomsom, we settle into a comfortable lodge conveniently located near the airport.

  • 21 By Domestic Plane: Jomsom to Pokhara (820m)

    In the morning, we'll board a scenic flight to Pokhara, where we'll be treated to awe-inspiring views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges, as well as the remarkable Kali Gandaki gorge, the world's deepest gorge. Upon arrival, we have the option to spend the day relaxing in our hotel or venture out to explore the captivating Lake Side area, known for its stunning mountain panoramas and natural splendor. Pokhara offers an array of intriguing attractions, including the fascinating Mahendra Cave, David's Fall, and several picturesque lakes. We can leisurely explore and immerse ourselves in the captivating beauty of this enchanting destination, making the most of our time in Pokhara.

  • 22 Pokhara to Kathmandu

    From Pokhara, the drive back to Kathmandu typically takes around 7 hours. The journey is scenic, offering views of lush hills, terraced fields, and charming small villages. Along the way, you'll find numerous roadside restaurants where you can take a break or enjoy a meal. Alternatively, you have the option to engage in activities such as rafting or visiting the Manakamana temple, where you can experience a thrilling cable car ride. Once you arrive in Kathmandu, you can check in to your hotel and take the remainder of the day to relax and unwind.

  • 23 Free day in Kathmandu for self-visit and shopping

    Today, we have a free day to explore the vibrant city of Kathmandu on our own. You may want to spend the day indulging in some souvenir shopping, wandering around the colorful streets and bazaars, or enjoying the local cuisine. You could also visit some of the popular tourist attractions in the city, such as Bhaktapur or Patan, which showcase Nepal's rich cultural and historical heritage. Alternatively, you could engage in other activities like hiking, biking, or adventure sports, or simply relax and rejuvenate in one of the city's many spas and wellness centers. Whatever you choose to do, make sure to soak up the unique sights, sounds, and flavors of this wonderful city.

  • 24 Transfer to Kathmandu International airport for departure

    Today, we will transfer to Kathmandu International Airport for our departure. After enjoying a hearty breakfast at the hotel, we will gather our belongings and make our way to the airport. We will ensure that we reach the airport well in time to complete all the necessary formalities and board our flight. Before we bid adieu to this enchanting country, take one last look at the breathtaking views of the Himalayas and take a moment to appreciate the warm hospitality and kindness of the Nepalese people. This marks the end of our tour, and we hope you had a memorable and enjoyable time in Nepal.

Included in package cost
  • Private airport pick-up and drop-off service in a vehicle for your convenience.
  • Four nights of hotel accommodation in Kathmandu, with twin sharing rooms and breakfast, included (BB plan).
  • A full day of guided tour in Kathmandu with an English-speaking tour guide to explore the city's highlights.
  • Land transportation on a private vehicle for the journey from Kathmandu to Ngadi and back from Pokhara to Kathmandu.
  • A domestic flight from Jomsom to Pokhara for a smooth transition between locations.
  • Lodges trek with comprehensive provisions, including breakfast, lunch, dinner, and accommodation throughout the trek.
  • Special permit for Nar Phu Valley to access and explore this unique region.
  • Entrance fees for the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) and TIM Card.
  • One night of hotel accommodation in Pokhara, with twin sharing rooms and breakfast included (BB plan).
  • First aid and medical kits to ensure your safety during the trek.
  • Expert English-speaking trekking guide, assistant guide, and porters to assist you throughout the journey.
  • Accidental and medical insurance coverage for the Nepalese staff members' well-being.
  • All government taxes and official charges are included in the package, leaving you worry-free and able to fully enjoy your trekking experience.
Not included in package
  • Lunch and dinner expenses in Kathmandu and Pokhara are not included in the package.
  • Costs related to rescue or emergency situations, as well as insurance coverage, are not included and should be arranged separately.
  • Beverages, hard drinks, and alcohol are not covered by the package and should be paid for individually.
  • Nepal entry visa fees and airport taxes during departure are not included and should be taken care of by the traveler.
  • Personal equipment and personal expenses are the responsibility of the individual and are not included in the package.
  • Tips for guides, porters, and other staff members are not included. It is customary to offer around US $2 per day as tips and donations, but the final amount is at the discretion of the traveler.
  • In the event of natural calamities, political unrest, flight cancellations due to weather conditions, landslides, or other unforeseen circumstances, any additional expenses incurred should be covered by the traveler themselves.

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Nar Phu Valley & Tilicho Lake Trek is an exhilarating and gratifying adventure that brings together two renowned trekking routes in the mesmerizing Annapurna region of Nepal - the Nar Phu Valley Trek and the Tilicho Lake Trek. This expedition promises both challenges and rewards, making it a truly unique and unforgettable experience for trekkers seeking to immerse themselves in the breathtaking beauty of the Himalayas.

Nar Phu Valley & Tilicho Lake Trek typically spans around 16 to 20 days to complete, with the exact duration depending on the chosen itinerary and the trekker's pace. This extended timeframe allows trekkers to fully savor the awe-inspiring landscapes, cultural encounters, and high-altitude challenges that the trek has to offer. It is advisable to plan and prepare well for this journey to make the most of this incredible experience in the heart of the Annapurna region of Nepal.

Indeed, Nar Phu Valley & Tilicho Lake Trek is a challenging adventure that demands a good level of physical fitness and prior trekking experience. This expedition takes trekkers through high-altitude regions, where the air gets thinner, and acclimatization is crucial to avoid altitude sickness. The trail includes steep ascents and descents, as well as rugged and uneven terrain, which can be physically demanding.

Due to the challenging nature of the trek, it is recommended for experienced trekkers who have undergone proper physical preparation and acclimatization. Additionally, having a qualified guide and suitable trekking gear is essential to ensure safety and make the journey more manageable. Despite the difficulties, the trek rewards with breathtaking views of the Himalayas, unique cultural encounters with remote communities, and the mesmerizing beauty of the Nar Phu Valley and Tilicho Lake.

The ideal time to embark on the Nar Phu Valley & Tilicho Lake Trek is typically from March to May (spring) and from September to November (autumn). During these months, the weather tends to be favorable with dry conditions and clear skies, offering excellent visibility of the surrounding landscapes.

In the spring season, from March to May, the temperatures gradually become milder, and the rhododendron forests along the trail burst into vibrant blooms, adding a splash of color to the journey. It's a great time to witness the awakening of nature after the winter season.

Similarly, from September to November, the autumn season brings stable weather conditions with cooler temperatures and less rainfall. The skies are often clear, providing panoramic views of the majestic mountains and making it an ideal time for trekking.

It is important to note that weather conditions in mountainous regions can be unpredictable, so it's always advisable to check the current weather forecast and consult with local guides or trekking agencies for the most up-to-date information before planning your trek.

Nar Phu Valley & Tilicho Lake Trek offers a multitude of captivating highlights that make it a truly unforgettable experience. Here are some of the key attractions:

  • Breathtaking Mountain Views: Throughout the trek, you'll be treated to awe-inspiring views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. The towering peaks, including Annapurna II, III, IV, Gangapurna, and Tilicho Peak, create a mesmerizing backdrop that showcases the raw beauty of the Himalayas.
  • Remote Villages and Unique Cultures: The trek takes you through remote villages in the Nar and Phu Valleys, allowing you to immerse yourself in the distinctive cultures and traditions of the local communities. These villages have preserved their ancient way of life, and interacting with the friendly locals provides insights into their customs, architecture, and daily routines.
  • High Passes: The trek involves crossing high passes such as Kang La Pass (5,320m/17,454ft) and Mesokanto La Pass (5,099m/16,729ft). These challenging yet rewarding ascents offer panoramic views of the surrounding peaks and valleys, creating unforgettable moments of achievement.
  • Tilicho Lake - The World's Highest Lake: The climax of the trek is the awe-inspiring Tilicho Lake, situated at an elevation of 4,919 meters (16,138 feet). Surrounded by the majestic Himalayan peaks, including Tilicho Peak (7,134m/23,405ft), the lake presents a surreal and pristine beauty that captivates trekkers. It is an extraordinary sight and a perfect spot for reflection and tranquility.
  • Overall, Nar Phu Valley & Tilicho Lake Trek seamlessly combines natural grandeur, cultural exploration, and personal accomplishment, making it an exceptional adventure for trekking enthusiasts seeking a blend of breathtaking landscapes and immersive cultural experiences.

Trekking in the protected areas of Nepal now requires a licensed trekking guide and a trekking agency-issued TIMS Card, as per the Revised TIMS Provision effective from March 31, 2023. This rule applies to specific Protected Areas in Nepal, and it is mandatory for trekkers to be accompanied by a guide. This regulation is in place for safety purposes and to enhance the overall trekking experience.

Absolutely, hiring a guide for the Nar Phu Valley - Tilicho Lake Trek is highly recommended. While it is possible to trek independently, having a knowledgeable and experienced guide can significantly enhance your overall experience and ensure your safety throughout the journey. Here are some key reasons why hiring a guide is beneficial:

  • Navigation and Safety: Annapurna region can be challenging to navigate, with numerous trails and variations. A guide is familiar with the routes, knows the correct paths, and can navigate through tricky sections, especially when crossing the high passes. They can help prevent you from getting lost, ensuring you stay on the right track and reach your destinations safely.
  • Local Knowledge and Cultural Insights: Guides are typically locals or have extensive knowledge of the region. They can provide valuable insights into the local culture, customs, and traditions, enriching your understanding of the area. They can also act as interpreters, facilitating communication with local communities and teahouse owners.
  • Altitude and Acclimatization: Altitude sickness is a concern in the Annapurna region. A knowledgeable guide can help monitor your health, recognize early symptoms of altitude sickness, and make appropriate decisions regarding acclimatization. They can suggest necessary rest days and guide you on proper hydration and pacing to minimize the risk of altitude-related problems.
  • Logistics and Communication: Guides are well-versed in the logistics of the trek. They can assist with arranging accommodations, meals, and necessary permits along the way, saving you time and effort. In case of any emergencies or unforeseen circumstances, a guide can quickly communicate with local authorities and arrange necessary assistance.
  • Support and Motivation: Trekking in the Annapurna region can be physically and mentally demanding. A guide provides valuable support, encouragement, and motivation throughout the trek, helping you overcome challenges and keeping your spirits high.
  • Overall, hiring a guide for the Nar Phu Valley - Tilicho Lake Trek offers numerous advantages, particularly in terms of safety, navigation, cultural insights, and logistics. It allows you to focus on enjoying the trek while leaving the complexities to an experienced professional.

Accommodation on the Nar Phu Valley & Tilicho Lake Trek varies from basic tea houses to more comfortable lodges. While both types of accommodations offer simple yet comfortable lodging, the lodges provide slightly more amenities compared to the tea houses. These amenities include hot showers and access to electricity, which can add to the overall comfort of the trekking experience. Despite the differences in facilities, both types of accommodations offer a cozy and welcoming atmosphere for trekkers exploring these stunning regions.

Absolutely, hiring a guide for the Nar Phu Valley - Tilicho Lake trek is highly recommended. While it is possible to trek independently, having a knowledgeable and experienced guide can significantly enhance your overall experience and ensure your safety throughout the journey. Here are some key reasons why hiring a guide is beneficial:

  • Navigation and Safety: Annapurna region can be challenging to navigate, with numerous trails and variations. A guide is familiar with the routes, knows the correct paths, and can navigate through tricky sections, especially when crossing the high passes. They can help prevent you from getting lost, ensuring you stay on the right track and reach your destinations safely.
  • Local Knowledge and Cultural Insights: Guides are typically locals or have extensive knowledge of the region. They can provide valuable insights into the local culture, customs, and traditions, enriching your understanding of the area. They can also act as interpreters, facilitating communication with local communities and teahouse owners.
  • Altitude and Acclimatization: Altitude sickness is a concern in the Annapurna region. A knowledgeable guide can help monitor your health, recognize early symptoms of altitude sickness, and make appropriate decisions regarding acclimatization. They can suggest necessary rest days and guide you on proper hydration and pacing to minimize the risk of altitude-related problems.
  • Logistics and Communication: Guides are well-versed in the logistics of the trek. They can assist with arranging accommodations, meals, and necessary permits along the way, saving you time and effort. In case of any emergencies or unforeseen circumstances, a guide can quickly communicate with local authorities and arrange necessary assistance.
  • Support and Motivation: Trekking in the Annapurna region can be physically and mentally demanding. A guide provides valuable support, encouragement, and motivation throughout the trek, helping you overcome challenges and keeping your spirits high.
  • Overall, hiring a guide for the Nar Phu Valley - Tilicho Lake Trek offers numerous advantages, particularly in terms of safety, navigation, cultural insights, and logistics. It allows you to focus on enjoying the trek while leaving the complexities to an experienced professional.

For the Nar Phu Valley - Tilicho Lake Trek, it is essential to have the right gear to ensure your comfort, safety, and enjoyment throughout the journey. Here is a list of essential gear you should consider packing:

Clothing:

  • Base Layers: Moisture-wicking and quick-drying long-sleeved tops and bottoms to provide insulation and regulate body temperature.
  • Insulating Layers: Fleece jackets or down jackets to provide warmth in cold conditions.
  • Waterproof Jacket: A waterproof and breathable jacket to protect against rain, wind, and snow.
  • Trekking Pants: Lightweight, quick-drying pants with zip-off options for versatility.
  • Hiking Shorts: Comfortable shorts for warmer days or lower altitudes.
  • Thermal Underwear: Extra layer of thermal tops and bottoms for colder conditions.
  • Trekking Socks: Moisture-wicking, comfortable, and thick socks to keep your feet dry and prevent blisters.
  • Headwear: Sun hat, beanie or warm hat, and a buff or neck gaiter for protection against the sun, wind, and cold.
  • Footwear:
    • Trekking Boots: Sturdy and waterproof boots with ankle support for comfortable and safe trekking. Trekking Sandals: Optional for wearing around the lodges during rest days or for lower-altitude walks.
    • Backpack:
      • Daypack: A comfortable and durable backpack with a capacity of around 20-30 liters for carrying your essential items during the trek.
      • Sleeping Gear:
        • Sleeping Bag: A warm and lightweight sleeping bag suitable for temperatures down to freezing or lower, depending on the season.
        • Trekking Equipment:
          • Trekking Poles: Adjustable and lightweight trekking poles to provide stability and support during the trek.
          • Headlamp: A headlamp with extra batteries for visibility during early morning starts or in case of power outages.
          • Water Bottle: Reusable water bottles or a hydration bladder to stay hydrated throughout the trek.
          • Accessories:
            • Sunglasses: UV-protective sunglasses to shield your eyes from the strong sunlight at high altitudes. Sunscreen: High SPF sunscreen protects your skin from intense sun rays.
            • First Aid Kit: A basic medical kit including bandages, antiseptic cream, painkillers, and any necessary personal medications.
            • Toiletries: Travel-sized toiletries including soap, shampoo, toothpaste, and a small towel.
            • Electronics: Camera, extra batteries, power bank, and charging cables.
            • It's important to note that the gear requirements may vary depending on the season and your personal preferences. It's advisable to check with your trekking company or travel agency for a detailed gear list specific to the Nar Phu Valley - Tilicho Lake Trek, as they may have additional recommendations or requirements. Additionally, it's recommended to pack light and bring only the essentials to avoid carrying excessive weight during the trek.

Yes, travel insurance is highly recommended and often required for the Nar Phu Valley - Tilicho LakeTrek. It is essential to have comprehensive travel insurance that covers trekking at high altitudes, including medical emergencies and evacuation. Here are some key aspects to consider when choosing travel insurance for the Nar Phu Valley - Tilicho LakeTrek:

  • Medical Coverage: Ensure that your travel insurance provides coverage for high-altitude trekking and any potential medical emergencies that may arise during the trek. This includes coverage for altitude sickness, accidents, injuries, and emergency medical evacuation by helicopter if necessary.
  • Trip Cancellation and Interruption: Look for insurance that offers coverage in case of trip cancellation or interruption due to unforeseen circumstances, such as illness, injury, or natural disasters.
  • Evacuation Coverage: Verify that your insurance covers emergency helicopter evacuation from high altitudes, as this can be necessary in case of severe altitude sickness or other medical emergencies.
  • Baggage and Gear Coverage: Consider insurance that provides coverage for lost, stolen, or damaged baggage and trekking gear, as well as any additional equipment you may be carrying.
  • Personal Liability: Check if the insurance includes personal liability coverage in case of accidental damage or injury to others during the trek.
  • It is important to carefully review the terms and conditions of the travel insurance policy to ensure it meets your specific needs and provides adequate coverage for the Nar Phu Valley - Tilicho Lake Trek. Be sure to disclose any pre-existing medical conditions to the insurance provider and understand any exclusions or limitations in the policy. Remember to carry a copy of your travel insurance policy and emergency contact information with you during the trek.

Safety is of utmost importance when trekking the Nar Phu Valley - Tilicho Lake. There are several key factors to consider in order to ensure a safe journey. First and foremost, proper acclimatization is crucial to avoid altitude sickness. Take your time and allow your body to adjust to the increasing elevation. It's also important to stay hydrated throughout the trek. Being aware of the weather conditions is vital as well. Stay updated on the current weather forecasts and be prepared for any changes that may occur. Sudden weather shifts can affect the trail conditions and your overall safety.Carrying a basic first aid kit is highly recommended. It should include essentials such as bandages, antiseptic ointment, painkillers, and any necessary medications. Additionally, having travel insurance is a wise precautionary measure to cover any unforeseen circumstances or emergencies that may arise during your trek.

Lastly, it is essential to follow the guidance of experienced guides or porters. They possess valuable knowledge of the region, the trail, and potential challenges. They can provide insights, offer assistance, and ensure your safety throughout the journey. Before embarking on the trek, always check the current trekking conditions and any possible trail closures. This will help you plan your route accordingly and avoid any hazardous situations. By taking these safety considerations into account, you can have a more secure and enjoyable experience while trekking the Nar Phu Valley - Tilicho Lake.

Ethic Himalaya Treks & Expedition (P) Ltd is dedicated to providing exceptional services, ensuring an unforgettable journey for you. We are committed to honesty and diligence, striving to make your experience smooth and enjoyable. All services will be delivered as agreed upon during booking, following our policies and those set by the Tourism Authority. However, please be aware of the inherent risks involved, and you must take responsibility for your actions and participation. The adventure may entail extreme conditions, unpredictable weather, and itinerary changes beyond our control. Proper acclimatization to high altitudes is crucial. Our trips often take place in remote areas, where access to emergency services and medical facilities is limited. In case of serious injury requiring hospitalization, evacuation may take several days, affecting your recovery. While helicopters are commonly used for evacuation, they may not always be available due to weather conditions. We cannot be held responsible for any changes or cancellations due to factors such as government restrictions, natural disasters, political unrest, flight cancellations, delays, sickness, accidents, or vehicle breakdowns. Any additional costs incurred are the client's responsibility. Therefore, we strongly advise obtaining travel insurance covering cancellation, curtailment, personal liability, and loss of luggage and personal effects. Proof of travel insurance is required on the first day of your trip, and without it, participation will not be possible.

Certified by the Government of Nepal and proficient in English, our Trekking Guide from Ethic Himalaya is designated to accompany you from the moment of your arrival in Kathmandu until your departure. Entrusted with the pivotal role of ensuring the triumph of your expedition, he holds the authority to steer its course. We encourage you to actively engage with him by seeking clarification through inquiries and, most importantly, by adhering to his expert counsel.

  • Sirdar (Sardar): The Sirdar is in charge of the whole team. Starting as a porter and moving up to roles like kitchen assistant or even cook, the team holds a deep respect for Sirdar's leadership.
  • Assistant Guide or Sherpa: The Assistant Guide or Sherpa assists and guides clients, regardless of their ethnic background. Their numbers vary based on the group's size, with a ratio of 4:1 Assistant Guides to clients.
  • Porters: In Nepal's mountainous terrain, the tradition of human porterage has endured over time. Some porters working with agencies request heavier loads for higher pay, exceeding 20 kg. We ensure extra payment for every kilogram beyond 20 kg. To avoid excessive strain, particularly loads over 25/30 kg, we kindly ask you to consider the weight of your belongings. We provide a 2:1 porter-to-client allocation.

You move on foot with a light backpack, containing your personal belongings necessary for the day (water bottle, camera, protective clothing...). The rest of the equipment is carried by the porters to the next accommodation. We ask everyone not to exceed 13 kg for the bag that will be carried by the porters. You will be able to leave your belongings at the hotel in Kathmandu and pick them up when you return from trekking.

NB: On your arrival at the hotel in Kathmandu, you will be provided with a suitable travel bag, in thick canvas. You will transfer your belongings there and can leave your bag or suitcase at the hotel. Although relatively waterproof, it is preferable to compartmentalize your belongings in plastic bags or waterproof sub-bags.

Nepal is a mountainous country, the tradition of human carrying dates back to the dawn of time, and still continues today. The porters earn little, but the income from this activity is still more lucrative than other manual tasks. Without trekkers, the mountain populations would live even more poorly, and the porters would lose their means of subsistence.

The standard load must not exceed 25 kg per male/female carrier (outside the scope of expeditions). At the request of male carriers, their load can be increased within the limit of a maximum ceiling of 45 kilos. For each kilo over 25 kg, the carrier is awarded additional compensation.

We ask you, moreover, to make an effort to limit the weight of your bag entrusted to the porters:

  • At most 13 kg for a trek in a lodge or in a tent
  • At most 16 kg (including 3 kg for technical equipment) for a trek with summit ascent.

In addition, Ethic Himalaya takes care to take out insurance for the porters. Specific equipment is allocated to them for passages of the collar in altitude (even if often the carriers refuse to put the shoes for lack of habit...).

We strictly prohibit our local teams from hiring porters under the age of 16. This instruction is not always well understood by the Nepalese themselves. Reporting, on your return, abuses observed on the spot is insufficient. As a responsible traveler, it is also your responsibility to help us enforce this right by reporting any breaches to your guide and demanding that this part of the contract be honored from the start of the trek.

In Nepal, the traditional national dish is "Dal Bhat," which is lentil rice, served with white rice, lentil soup (dal), and accompanied by spicy vegetables and meat. We offer food services, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with occasional tea breaks. The meals are intentionally simple to cater to your preferences and ensure satisfaction. Before leaving Kathmandu, consider bringing 'trail munchies' for extra snacks during your journey. Nepal has a diverse range of foods, and our goal is to provide an authentic culinary experience while considering local limitations. Your guide will work with the kitchen teams or local cooks to create menus that allow you to explore various dishes at different prices. We recommend trying Dal Bhat to savor the traditional Nepali flavor and make the most of your culinary journey.

  • Breakfast: Begin your day with the customary "morning tea" complemented by Tibetan bread, toast, chapati, pancakes, and various egg preparations. Occasionally, muesli or porridge may be served.
  • Lunch: Depending on the trail's progress, enjoy a cold (picnic-style) or hot meal. The main course includes options like stir-fried rice with vegetables, pasta, potatoes, curry, and assorted vegetables. Tea or coffee is also available.
  • Afternoon Snack: Upon reaching your daily destination around 4-5 pm, a snack comprising cookies and tea awaits.
  • Dinner: Served typically in the early evening (around 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.), dinner features a soup or starter, a warm dish (dal bhat, pasta, potatoes, vegetables, etc.), and a dessert. Tea or coffee accompanies the meal.
  • Beverages: During each meal, two cups of tea or coffee per person are provided. Additional cups and other beverages are at your discretion. Drinking water during trekking days and extra meals is an additional cost.
  • Special Circumstances: For particularly arduous treks or when crossing challenging passes, breakfasts may be streamlined due to early departures. In such cases, energy-rich supplements become crucial. You're encouraged to bring energy bars, dried fruits, nuts, or chocolate from your home country or obtain them in Kathmandu.
  • Dietary Considerations: Should you have specific dietary preferences, restrictions, or allergies, please inform us during the trip booking process. Our field teams will strive to accommodate your needs, though certain local limitations might affect the range of alternative menus. For high-energy expenditure journeys, planning extra supplies (such as energy bars, dried fruits, and chocolates) is advisable to ensure adequate caloric intake.

During the trek, tea and coffee are provided with meals. Soft and alcoholic beverages, including mineral water, are not included and are the responsibility of the participants. You can refill your water containers at the lodges, but it's important to treat the water with purifying tablets to ensure it's safe to drink. To reduce plastic waste, avoid buying bottled water and opt for treated water available in the villages. This way, we can limit the issue of plastic bottles and promote responsible environmental practices during the trek.

Transportation within Kathmandu Valley is facilitated by private vehicles, tailored according to the group size. During trekking periods, we provide the services of Porters to carry your baggage for the day. It is important to note that one porter will be assigned to assist two members.

  • Transfers: Airport pick up and drop by Private vehicle.
  • Private minibus: Kathmandu to Khudi and Pokhara to Kathmandu.
  • Domestic flight: Jomsom to Pokhara.

We kindly request your attention to the mandatory use of seat belts in all vehicles utilized during the trip, both in the front and rear seats, where they are available and in accordance with the regulations enforced in the visited country. By participating in the trip, you agree to adhere to this safety requirement. Please be aware that Ethic Himalaya cannot be held responsible for any bodily injuries or material damages incurred if this safety provision is not complied with by you.

In Kathmandu, you will sleep in three-star hotels offering comfortable double rooms with good amenities at a reasonable price. These hotels provide basic facilities such as en-suite bathrooms, air conditioning or fans, TV, and Wi-Fi access. Additionally, they may have in-house restaurants serving a mix of local and international cuisine, along with possible amenities like rooftop terraces, business centers, or small fitness areas.

Trekking in the Annapurna region offers a variety of lodge accommodations, from basic to luxurious, blending comfort with nature. These lodges provide an authentic experience, different from modern options elsewhere. Accommodations vary, offering different services and amenities. Basic sanitary facilities are available, with showers for a fee, usually with lukewarm solar-heated water. At higher altitudes, lodges offer hot water basins on request to save energy. Electricity availability varies; some lodges lack it. Lodges with electricity charge for battery charging and limited Wi-Fi. If lodges are full near the pass, rustic tent stays without showers are an option. As single room reservations are rare, flexibility is key. Adequate preparation, like a sleeping bag and light sandals, enhances the trekking experience in the captivating Annapurna region.

Clients are required to inform the Company in writing about any medical conditions, physical challenges, or other mental and physical conditions that could affect their fitness to travel or any pre-existing medical conditions at the time of booking. Failure to notify the Company of such conditions, leading to cancellation, will result in the Client incurring 100% cancellation fees.

Trekking in Nepal involves long hours of walking daily, ranging from 3-10 hours and sometimes even up to 8-12 hours in high passes. To prepare for this physically demanding journey, Ethic Himalaya Treks recommends engaging in approximately 12 km of daily walking or jogging exercise for at least three months before embarking on the Nepal Trekking. This preparation is essential to endure the challenges of high-altitude conditions and remote areas for extended periods.

For a successful and enjoyable trekking experience in Nepal, participants must possess strong willpower, the ability to tolerate harsh conditions, a high level of fitness, and good health. Participants are responsible for their medical and evacuation expenses. It's vital to consult a doctor for necessary vaccinations and other medical requirements before the trip. Additionally, Ethic Himalaya reserves the right to request a medical certificate before confirming the booking for the trek. Being well-prepared physically and medically is crucial to ensure a safe and fulfilling journey through the beautiful landscapes of Nepal.

Travel insurance is a compulsory requirement for all travelers and must be obtained at the time of booking. The insurance should provide coverage for personal accident, death, medical expenses, and emergency repatriation, with a recommended minimum coverage of USD 200,000 for each category. It should also include accidents, injuries, illnesses, and related medical expenses, even for pre-existing conditions, as well as emergency repatriation, including helicopter rescue and air ambulance services if applicable. Personal liability coverage is also recommended. The Company also suggests coverage for trip cancellation, curtailment, loss of luggage, and personal effects. Travelers must carry proof of insurance and produce it if requested by the company employees or suppliers. Failure to provide proof of insurance upon request may result in the cancellation or suspension of participation in the trip or certain activities, even after the trip has commenced, without any right to a refund.

Ethic Himalaya Treks holds no liability for injuries, health conditions, emotional or other factors experienced by clients during the trip. Furthermore, our package cost does not encompass personal insurance coverage. Thus, we strongly recommend clients to procure comprehensive insurance packages, encompassing medical emergencies and helicopter evacuation.

Trekking equipment is vital for a successful trek. High-quality gear, including proper clothing like moisture-wicking layers, insulating jackets, and waterproof outerwear, ensures comfort and safety in varying weather conditions.

    Clothing:
  • Moisture-wicking base layers (tops and bottoms)
  • Insulating layers (fleece or down jacket)
  • Trekking pants and/or convertible pants
  • Waterproof and windproof jacket and pants (shell)
  • Thermal socks and regular socks
  • Comfortable underwear
  • Sturdy and waterproof trekking boots or hiking shoes
  • Sandals or lightweight footwear for relaxing at lodges/camps
  • Headwear:
  • Sun hat or cap with a wide brim
  • Beanie or warm hat for cold weather
  • Buff or neck gaiter for protecting against wind and dust
  • Polarized sunglasses with UV protection
  • Handwear:
  • Lightweight gloves (for lower altitudes)
  • Warm and waterproof gloves or mittens (for higher altitudes)
  • Backpack and Daypack:
  • Reliable trekking backpack (60-80 liters) for porters to carry
  • Comfortable medium-sized daypack for your daily essentials
  • Sleeping Gear:
  • High-quality sleeping bag suitable for the trek's temperature range
  • Sleeping bag liner (optional for added warmth and hygiene)
  • Hydration and Water Purification:
  • Water bottles or hydration bladder (2 liters capacity)
  • Water purification tablets or a reliable water filter
  • Trekking Poles (optional but helpful for stability and reducing strain)
  • Personal Items:
  • Passport and necessary permits
  • Sufficient cash and cards (local currency and some USD)
  • Personal identification and travel insurance documents
  • Trekking permits and TIMS (Trekker's Information Management System) card
  • Camera with extra batteries/charger
  • Portable power bank for charging electronic devices
  • Personal toiletries (toilet paper, wet wipes, hand sanitizer)
  • Sunscreen and lip balm with SPF
  • Insect repellent
  • Personal medications and a basic first-aid kit
  • Electronics:
  • Headlamp or flashlight with extra batteries
  • Mobile phone with a local SIM card (for communication and GPS)
  • Portable charger for electronic devices
  • Trekking Map and Guidebook (if applicable)
  • Snacks and Energy Bars
  • Emergency Whistle and Multi-tool

Being well-prepared with the right equipment allows adventurers to focus on embracing nature's beauty and conquering challenging trails with confidence. Always prioritize quality and reliability when selecting your trekking gear. Pack efficiently, and consider the weather conditions and altitude of your trek to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. Prioritize comfort and safety to make the most of your trekking adventure.

Trekking members are required to submit passport copies and passport photographs for trekking permits before their arrival in Nepal. These documents can be sent to us either by mail or through a post box. Ensuring timely submission of these documents allows us to process the necessary trekking permits in advance, streamlining the trekking arrangements and ensuring a smooth start to the adventure once in Nepal.

If you encounter any issues or complaints during your tour, trekking, or expedition, it is essential to communicate them immediately to the hotelier and our company on the spot. Giving us the opportunity to address the problem promptly is crucial, as we cannot accept liability for any issues that are reported after you return home. If the matter cannot be resolved on the spot, you must inform us in writing within 30 days of completing your trip. Failing to follow this procedure may impact your rights to make a claim against us. Timely communication is vital to ensure that we can take appropriate actions and rectify any problems you may face during your journey.

All clients must possess a valid passport with a minimum of 6 months validity beyond the return date. Nepalese visas can be acquired either from the Nepalese Consulate in your home country or upon arrival at Kathmandu Airport. The visa fees are as follows:

  • USD 30.00 or the equivalent in foreign currency for a 15-day Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries.
  • USD 50.00 or equivalent for a 30-day Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries.
  • USD 125.00 or equivalent for a 100-day Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries.
Visa Extension Fee
  • Tourist visa extension is done for a minimum of 15 days with USD 45 and USD 3 per day for additional days.
  • In the case of a delay of fewer than 150 days additional USD 5 per day a late fine.

For most nationalities, E-Visas are available through the Government website: https://nepaliport.immigration.gov.np/on-arrival/IO01

This will be validated with your doctor, taking into account the recommendations of remount doctors, responsible for your safety during the trip. It will contain:

  • Treatment of altitude pulmonary edema (Nifedipine 20LP or Sildenafil50).
  • Treatment of altitude cerebral edema (Betamethasone).
  • Treatment of acute mountain sickness (Acetazolamide).
  • Blood thinner (aspirin).
  • Analgesic (Paracetamol).
  • Powerful analgesic (Tramadol).
  • Anti-diarrheal (Racecadotril).
  • Anti-spasmodic (Phloroglucinol).
  • Anti-emetic (Domperidone).
  • Anti-acid for heartburn.
  • Intestinal antibiotic (Metronidazole).
  • Broad-spectrum antibiotic (Azithromycin).
  • Anti-inflammatories (tablets and ointment).
  • Antitussive (in tablets).
  • Lozenges for colds and sore throats.
  • Ophthalmic healing (Vitamin A Dulcis).
  • Tick tweezers, splinter, and blister needle, tweezers, 2/3 safety pins.
  • Disinfectant wipes, adhesive dressings (various sizes), double skin, 6 cm adhesive tape, Steri-strip.
  • Anti allergic treatment and cream against itching.
  • BIA fine and sunscreen.
  • Purifying tablets for water.
  • Appropriate antimalarial treatment, antiphrastic powder, and mosquito repellent.
  • Your personal medications

If you are traveling with children, minors are subject to the same obligations as adults (visa, passport, etc.): see above.

  • Formalities for leaving county territory

To leave the territory, all minors usually residing regardless of their nationality, if they are not accompanied by a holder of parental authority, must present the following three documents:

  • Identity document: Identity card or passport according to the requirements of the country of destination.
  • Authorization to leave the territory signed by one of the parents with parental authority.
  • Photocopy of the signatory parent's identity document.

Well, there is no fixed rate for tipping in Nepal. When our field staff is picked up from the trek starting points, they will bid you goodbye on the last day of your trek completion day. Most staff will simply accept whatever you give and never count the money in front of you. Although your guide may be with you on the next day too, best to tip him along with others in the group. Most of the trekkers are still confused about the tipping amount. They fear either giving too little or too much. We have tried to put together a guideline about a reasonable amount of tipping suitable for most cases. The amount of tipping and the rates expected will also vary depending on the length of the trek and the challenges involved. To calculate the amounts generally applied, multiply the daily amount given to each position by the number of working days.

Daily amount per item:
  • English-speaking guide USD 3 to USD 4 per day/participant.
  • Porter USD 1 per day /participant.
  • Driver USD 1 to USD 2 per day/participant.

The tripping amount mentioned above is communally in the case of a group trip, not individually. If you are a solo traveler, the tipping amount can be slightly less by a few dollars per day.

Annapurna region's climate varies greatly with altitude, resulting in distinct temperature and weather changes at different elevations. Here's an overview of the climate at different altitudes:

  • 1,000 to 2,000 meters (3,280 to 6,560 feet): In this range, including trekking starting points like Nayapul, the climate turns temperate. The averages are 10°C to 30°C. It's pleasantly mild, making it great for trekking.
  • 1,000 to 2,000 meters (3,280 to 6,560 feet): As you ascend higher to areas like Ghorepani, the climate gets cooler and alpine. Averages range from 5°C to 25°C. Nights are chilly.
  • 2,000 to 3,000 meters (6,560 to 9,840 feet): This range, including places like Manang, is colder, especially at night. Averages are 0°C to 20°C (32°F to 50°F). Days are trek-friendly, but warmer clothes are needed at night.
  • 3,000 to 4,000 meters (9,840 to 13,120 feet): This range, including places like Manang, is colder, especially at night. The averages are 0°C to 20°C. Days are trek-friendly, but warmer clothes are needed at night.
  • Above 4,000 meters (13,120 feet): Climbing even higher to places like Thorong La Pass and Annapurna Base Camp, the climate turns significantly colder. Averages drop below freezing, ranging from -10°C to 15°C. Expect snow, especially in winter.
  • Keep in mind that these are approximations and can change based on location, season, and weather. Altitude effects are stronger as you go higher, making altitude sickness a concern. Be ready for changing weather and have proper clothing and gear for your Annapurna trekking adventure.

    The itineraries or programs mentioned may be subject to change without prior notice due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, such as weather hazards, landslides, political unrest, road blockages, avalanches, sudden sickness, and more. We are open to customizing the program based on clients' interests. In the event of trip cancellation due to unavoidable circumstances like war, natural disasters, political unrest, adverse climate, etc., Ethic Himalaya Treks & Expedition P. Ltd will be pleased to offer an alternative trip of similar standard. We will hold the reservation for your next trip, but not for longer than one year.

    Before departure, if there is a major change in the itinerary affecting at least one day in five, we will inform you as soon as reasonably possible. You may choose between accepting the change, getting a refund of the money paid for the land portion of the trip only, or accepting an alternative tour offered.

    After departure, we reserve the right to modify the itinerary due to local circumstances or events beyond our control. In such emergency situations, any additional costs incurred for necessary itinerary alterations will be borne by you. Please be aware that we are not responsible for any incidental expenses resulting from changes in the itinerary, such as visa fees, vaccinations, or non-refundable flight costs.

    To secure your booking for Nepal Trips, a non-refundable deposit of USD 500 per person per trip is required. Once this deposit is received, your booking will be confirmed. In case your booking is made within 30 days of the departure date, the full amount is due at the time of booking. The remaining balance can be paid before or upon your arrival in Nepal prior to the trip's departure. The non-refundable deposit should be sent to the Company or its designated Agent. If the deposit amount differs from what is specified in this clause, the company will inform you during the booking process. You can make the booking deposit through bank transfer or by using a Credit Card (Visa or MasterCard). Detailed instructions for payment can be found on the provided booking form.

    For trekking, tours, climbing, expeditions, or any other trips in Nepal, the final payment can be made upon your arrival in Nepal. Various payment methods are accepted, including bank transfer, travel checks, cash, or Credit Card (Visa or MasterCard). However, please note that there is a 4% surcharge applicable to all card payments, including deposits, final balances, trip extensions, and other miscellaneous purchases. So, if you choose to pay by card, keep in mind the additional surcharge.

    We maintain the right to adjust pricing rates, as displayed on our marketing materials and website, under certain circumstances or when influenced by external factors beyond our control, such as fluctuations in exchange rates or government actions. It's important to note that domestic flight fares may also change due to increases in fuel prices. We make every effort to present current and accurate prices for our treks and tours.

    Once you have paid the deposit, your trip is confirmed, and the remaining fees are due 90 days before the trip's start date. If you decide to cancel your participation, the following cancellation charges will apply:

    • More than 45 days before departure: Deposit will be retained.
    • Between 45 to 31 days before arrival: 30% of the total tour price.
    • Between 30 to 14 days before arrival: 40% of the total tour price.
    • Between 14 to 09 days before arrival: 70% of the total tour price.
    • Between 08 to 02 days before arrival: 80% of the total tour price.
    • Less than 48 hours before arrival: 90% of the total tour price.

    We reserve the right to cancel a trip up to 56 days before departure, considering Clause 14. We may also cancel a trip prior to departure if it becomes unfeasible to operate the planned itinerary due to factors like terrorism, natural disasters, political instability, or other external events. If we cancel your trip, you have the option to transfer the amounts paid to an alternate departure date or receive a full refund. In cases where the cancellation results from external events beyond our reasonable control, refunds will be adjusted for any unrecoverable costs. Please note that we are not liable for any incidental expenses you may have incurred in relation to your booking, such as visas, vaccinations, travel insurance excess, or non-refundable flights. Different cancellation conditions may apply to specific trip styles, and your booking consultant will inform you of any variations if applicable.

    If you intend to transfer from one trip to another or transfer your booking to a third party, you must inform us at least 30 days prior to the planned departure date. A fee of USD 200 per person per change will be applied, along with any additional charges imposed by hotels, ground operators, or airlines. If you notify us less than 45 days before the departure date, the cancellation refund policy will be applicable. Transfers to a third party are allowed only if the transferee meets all the requirements for the trip, and transfers to another departure are permissible within the current validity period.

    Modifications to other arrangements associated with your trip will incur an administration fee of USD 200 per booking per change. This fee is in addition to any charges levied by hotels, ground operators, or airlines. No amendments can be made to your booking within 10 days of departure.

    The price listed on our website covers a group size of 6 to 15 individuals for the Nar Phu Valley & Tilicho Lake Trek. Upon request, this trip can be arranged as a private experience, starting with a minimum of two participants. For group bookings involving 15 or more people, there's a substantial discount available, which includes the opportunity for one person to join the trip for free. We understand that many clients have questions about their preferred dates. However, our pricing is influenced by the following factors:

    • Group Size: The cost of the trip varies based on the number of participants in the group.
    • Accommodation Tier and Budget: The selection of hotel accommodations and the budget preferences of clients play a role in determining the overall cost.
    • Customization: We're open to adjusting the trekking itinerary to suit your available time and specific requirements.
    • Extra Services: If you wish to incorporate additional services, we can discuss and mutually agree upon adjustments to the price.
    • Support Staff: The presence of Trekking Guides, Assistant Guides, and extra porters can impact the overall cost.

    Feel free to reach out to us for further clarification or to tailor the trip to your preferences. We aim to provide a transparent and flexible pricing structure that aligns with your needs.

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