Upper Mustang Teri La Pass and Nar Phu Trek

Overview

  • Duration23 Days
  • Trip GradeStrenuous 
  • Arrival CityKatmandu
  • ActivityWild Hiking
  • Group Size8 People Maximum
  • Max Altitude5575m

About Upper Mustang Teri La Pass and Nar Phu Trek

Upper Mustang, Teri La Pass and Nar Phu Trek – The Nar Phu Valley and Upper Mustang regions of Nepal are both remote areas that were off-limits to trekkers, making this trek an epic adventure. You will pass through villages that are almost completely devoid of development in the Nar Phu Valley.

Mustang is a unique ancient kingdom that was once semi-independent province of Nepal. Visit isolated communities, pristine river valleys, cross an incredible high pass, and learn about the Tibetan Buddhist culture of the local people on the Nar Phu Valley and Upper Mustang trek.

Crossing the remote truly beautiful Teri La pass, trail leads to the traditional Tibetan village of Nar in the Nar Phu Valley, hidden away in a beautiful valley on the eastern side of the Annapurna Circuit.

The discovery Teri La route to Nar Phu Valley is wild and spectacular, taking you along ancient trade routes and through grazing pastures to the Nar Phu valley, which is located just off the Annapurna Circuit. Nar Phu was recently opened to foreign visitors and sees fewer trekkers than many other trekking areas in Nepal.

Phu is an interesting fortified village situated on a hill at the crossing of many glacial valleys and surrounded by high Himalayan peaks and Nar is a unique and busy village of slightly more modern 'Bhotias' / Nepali Tibetans.

Highlights

  • Cross the adventurous Teri La pass (5595 m) which connects Manang with Upper Mustang.
  • At Lo Manthang, you will have an unforgettable encounter with Nepali Tibetan people.
  • Explore the least visited trails of Nar and Phu Valley
  • Walk through several ancient monasteries, chortens and mani walls on the route
  • Witness the breathtaking views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machhapucchre, and Manaslu.

Itinerary

  1. Day 1Arrive in Kathmandu (1,400m).

    You will arrive at Kathmandu airport where we will pick you up from airport and drop you to your hotel. Meanwhile, you can take your time exploring the temples and monuments or simply rest!

    There are many places that you will find fascinating if you wander around.

    • Accommodation:Optional
    • Meals:-
    • Maximum Altitude:1,400m.
    • Time:Rest
  2. Today is free day. We will prepare your trekking permits. You may wish to visit Durbar Square, which is located in the heart of the old town and the old Royal Palace.

    The area is a maze of temples and images. The narrow alleys leading from the square in all directions, with an incredible variety of shops and stalls. Some of these landmarks are World Heritage Sites, such as the historic Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the famous Swayambhunath Monkey Temple, and the Buddhist Shrine Buddhanath, one of the largest stupas. If you have to buy or rent equipment locally, it is time to do this today.

    • Accommodation:Optional
    • Meals:-
    • Maximum Altitude:1,400m.
    • Time:Free day
  3. We have breakfast and leave for Pokhara, also known as Lake city because of the Fewa lake in the city. When we arrive in Pokhara, we are rewarded with spectacular views of the Himalayas, including Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), Manaslu (8,156 m), Machhapuchhre (6,993 m), Annapurna's five peaks, and others. We check in and rest at our hotel. Take a stroll through the city's charming streets. Overnight in Pokhara at a hotel.

    • Accommodation:Hotel
    • Meals:-
    • Maximum Altitude:827m.
    • Time:7 hours
  4. Today, we fly to Jomsom early in the morning, which is known for its apples, strong winds, and beautiful scenery. We begin our journey on an open path next to a lovely valley. We pass through the village of Eaklibatti before we reach Kagbeni, ideally located on the banks of two rivers. The village is charming, with flat-roofed houses and an ancient fortress ruin.

    • Accommodation:Lodge
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:2,810m
    • Time:3 - 4 Hours
  5. We check our permits before beginning our trek along the Kali Gandaki River. We walk on sand in strong winds before ascending a hill. We arrive at Tangbe Village and admire at its narrow alleys whitewashed homes, buckwheat and barley fields, and apple orchards. We continue walking and pass another village and crossing a river. We then walk on a ridge before reaching at Chele Village.

    • Accommodation:Lodge
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:3,050m.
    • Time:5 - 6 Hours
  6. Our journey from today onwards is a little more difficult than previous ones. Taklam La Pass (3,624 m) and Dajori La Pass (3,735 m) are two passes on today's walk. We pass through Ramchung Cave and have great views of Tilicho, Yakawa Kang, and Damodar Danda on our way. We continue down to Samar Village.

    We walk on a path above the village until we reach a ridge. Then we descend a steep path to a stream before continuing our trek to Syanboche.

    • Accommodation:Lodge
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:3,475m.
    • Time:6 - 7 Hours
  7. In the morning, you climb a small pass and then walk through the Ghiling valley. Passing through the Ghiling village once again, you continue moving on the Nyi-La Pass (4010m). Moving forward, you will cross the Mustang's longest Mani wall and then a stream. Ascend a ridge and cross a valley to arrive at Dhakmar.

    • Accommodation:Lodge
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:3,820m.
    • Time:5 - 6 Hours
  8. Trek to Lo Manthang (3,840m) 5 - 6 hrs.

    Climb up an eroded gully and pass through alpine meadows. Then, climb a ridge and continue downhill until you reach Ghar Gompa, also known as Lo Gyaker, which means "pure virtue of Lo." Then you continue walking through a grassy valley. You continue walking until you reach the Marang–La Pass (4230m), then descend and follow the trail to the fortress city of Lo-Manthang.

    • Accommodation:Lodge
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:3,840m
    • Time:5 - 6 Hours
  9. Lo Manthang is a walled town in the remote Upper Mustang region of Nepal. We spend the day touring Jhampa, Thupchen and Chhoeda, the city's three main gompas. All of these gompas have been expertly restored over the last two decades. We can also trek to Tingkhar, a lovely village in the northwestern Lo Mangthang.

    • Accommodation:Lodge
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:3,840m.
    • Time:Rest day
  10. In the morning, the trek continues along the same route as a few days ago. The trail leaves the road and heads into the less traveled valleys towards Yara. A gradual descend leads to the Kali Gandaki River, and then undulates along its bank to the village of Dhi. Following Puyung Khola, the trek enters another narrow valley and finally reaches Yara after crossing the river.

    • Accommodation:Lodge
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:3,900m.
    • Time:6 -7 Hours
  11. Again, an extra day is to visit the Luri Cave Monastery, which is believed to be 700 years old and is located in the high hills, with visitors having to scramble up a dirt trail. The lower caves are stunning, with white stupas and painted walls. Explore the ancient paintings of Shakyamuni Buddha and Padmasambhava. Then, you return to Yara in the afternoon for lunch.

    • Accommodation:Lodge
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:3,900m.
    • Time:Free day
  12. Comparatively, it has been a long and difficult day. Leave early and make a steep ascend. Then you descend steeply until you reach Dhechyang Khola. The trail ascends and passes through the grasslands after crossing the river. The trail then rapidly descends to Tange village

    • Accommodation:Lodge
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:3,240m.
    • Time:5 - 6 Hours
  13. The trail climbs the barren land to the meadow where the locals bring their yaks to graze. This place is therefore known as Yak Kharka (pasture) which means grazing place for yaks. You may see some seasonal yak herder's shelters Yakpa where you will be camping for the night.

    • Accommodation:Tent Camp
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:4,300m.
    • Time:5 - 6 Hours
  14. Today is a short and easy day climb gently to the pass and then descend. As you continue, there will be no vegetation, but the highlight of the day will be the lively river bank of Samena Khola. Before arriving at Samena Khola, you'll pass through some old farming lands.

    • Accommodation:Tent Camp
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:4,220m.
    • Time:5 Hours
  15. Following the trail that ascends and passes through sparsely vegetated areas alongside Yak Khola, and you will reach at Teri-La Base Camp. As you rest in Teri-La Base Camp, you can enjoy the views of Teri Himal (5935m) and other peaks.

    • Accommodation:Tent Camp
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:4,630m.
    • Time:6 - 7 Hours
  16. Cross Teri La Pass (5,575m) and trek to Teri-La Phedi.

    Today is the most difficult day because you are trekking to the High Camp. You should be physically and mentally prepared to make the climb and adjust to the altitude above 5000m. Then you cross the high mountain pass, Teri-La (5575m). From the top, you can see the Himalayan ranges of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Annapurna, and Purkung. After a short break at the top, you descend to Teri-La Phedi on the other side of the pass.

    • Accommodation:Tent Camp
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:5,575m.
    • Time:6 - 7 Hours
  17. You follow the descending trail, which takes you to a plain land in 4 hours. Continue your journey through the flat terrain of Nar Phu Valley to reach Labse Khola. You might see Yaks and sheep grazing in the area during the summer.

    The trek to Yak Kharka continues through the wilderness. Following Labse Khola downstream, you arrive Yak Kharka. There are only a few temporary shepherd huts. It is a lush pastureland used for cattle grazing, especially yaks.

    • Accommodation:Tent Camp
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:4,800m.
    • Time:5 - 6 Hours
  18. Trek to Nargaon (4,110m) 5 - 7 hrs.

    Follow the trail downhill for about 6 hours to reach Nar Gaon. This village is located on the northern side of the well-known Annapurna Trekking Trail. The village's name is believed to be derived from Nar Khola. There are many Buddhist monasteries to visit. You can socialize with the locals and learn about their one of a kind cultures in Nar.

    • Accommodation:Lodge
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:4,110m.
    • Time:5 - 7 Hours
    • Accommodation:Lodge
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:4,110m.
    • Time:Free day
  19. Go by some Stupas and streams that emerge from the Himalayas. You walk along a rocky path, following the trails of the Phu River, and then cross the river to reach Phu Gaon. There is Lakhang monastery, also known as the blessed house of gods, in Phu and is one of the oldest monasteries in the world. 

    • Accommodation:Lodge
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:4,080m.
    • Time:4 - 5 Hours
  20. Start your trek from the hidden valley and follow the up and down trail to Meta. You pass several streams and suspension bridges. It is a remote trek with fewer trekkers. On the way, you might get a chance to the blue sheep. During this trek, you will have spectacular views of Lamjung Himal (6893 m) and Annapurna II (7937m).

    • Accommodation:Lodge
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:3,560m.
    • Time:5 - 6 Hours
  21. It will be a downhill walk and a relatively easy trek to the Koto settlement. You walk through the pine forests, passing many streams and beautiful waterfalls. Koto is a small village that is clean and quiet. Koto offers a breathtaking view of Annapurna II (7937m). We may encounter many other trekkers on our way to Manang and the Thorong La Pass trek.

    • Accommodation:Lodge
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:2,600m.
    • Time:6 Hours
  22. Back on the road, heading back to Kathmandu through Nepal's lush, semi-tropical middle hills. It's a different world in the Nepali hills, and the gentle light sends us back to the hustle and bustle of the Nepal's capital. Back at the hotel, enjoy a hot shower and a cold beer.

    • Accommodation:Optional
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:1,400m.
    • Time:8 - 9 Hours
  23. You can either stay back in Kathmandu today and enjoy a free day or leave for your respective countries.

    As per your flight schedule, our representatives will drop you off at the Airport.

    What's Included

    Included

    • Airport transfers pickup and drop-off.
    • 1-night hotel accommodation in Pokhara with breakfast.
    • All meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner during the trip.
    • Hot drinks (tea / coffee) three times a day.
    • Government registered and English-speaking Sherpa guide.
    • Required number of porters during the trip.
    • From Kathmandu - Pokhara by tourist coach.
    • Flight from Pokhara to Jomsom (USD 125 p.p.)
    • Flight Pokhara to Jomsom for the guide.
    • Lodge accommodation on twin sharing basis during the trek.
    • Upper Mustang Restricted Area Permit USD 500 + VAT per person.
    • Nar Phu Valley Restricted Area Permit USD 75 + VAT per person.
    • Annapurna conservation & TIMS card permits USD 50 (ACAP).
    • Tent camp during the Teri La Pass period.
    • Hiking pole for the trek, if needed.
    • All government taxes.
    • Staff insurances and necessary ground transport for support staffs.
    • Farewell dinner at typical Nepali restaurant after the trip completion in Kathmandu.

    Not Included

    • International airfare and Nepal visa.
    • Any personal medical or evacuation expenses incur.
    • Tips for the guide / porters (tipping is expected).
    • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on the 'Price Includes' section.

    Our published dates are guaranteed departures. If the dates don't match with your travel plans, we are more than happy to create your desired date.

    Useful Info

    Accommodation

    Accommodations are provided on the twin-sharing basis. If you are a solo traveler, a single supplement will be served. Accommodations during the trek in the Himalayas, you will be staying at basic mountain lodges where you'll have a nice and clean room with the warm blankets, pillows, and comfortable matrices (matrices may not be very thick size but they’re comfortable).

    Meals

    During the trek, we can enjoy authentic Nepalese food as well the more common international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.). Breakfast and dinner will be served from a lodge menu where we spend the night whereas lunch will be served on the way to the next destination. All meals will be provided during trekking, there will also be farewell dinner.

    Best Time to Visit

    The best time to visit Himalayas is between September to December and March to May, when the skies are a clear blue and the views spectacular. The weather remains dry until about May, with temperatures varying between regions.

    Nepal is good for trekking throughout the year. Autumn and spring seasons are the most famous trekking seasons in the Himalayan region of Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet. It has beautiful, cool, blue skies, clear weather conditions and amazing views of the white mountains and the countryside.

    During the spring season, this time of year offers a breathtaking view of the Rhododendron flowers and lush forests.

    FAQs

    1. Will someone come to pick me up at the Airport?

    Yes, our staff will be there to greet you at the airport, and you will be transferred to your hotel by a car or van.

    Upper Mustang via Teri La pass to Nar Phu Valley is a physically demanding and challenging trekking experience with high passes. It would be better if you have previous hiking experiences and it is very important to have good physical fitness for joining this trip.

    The average walking hours is 5 - 6 hours per day. However, for some days, you might even have to walk  7 - 8 hours a day. Also, if you trek at low altitudes, some days are only 3 - 4 hours.

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