Trekking and Walking

Nar Phu to Upper Mustang Trek via Teri-La Pass

Nepal

Nar Phu to Upper Mustang Trek via Teri-La Pass

Trip Rating

N/A

Trip Duration

25 Days

Trial Access

Private Vehicle / Flight

Country

Nepal

Max Altitude

Teri La Pass 5595 M

Activity Level

difficult

Group Size

Min 2 Pax

Best Season

Summer (May,Jun)

Autumn (Mid-Sep - Mid November)

Nar Phu to Upper Mustang Trek via Teri-La Pass is an immense adventurous trip that takes you to two of the most remote and restricted regions of Nepal i.e. the Nar Phu Valley and the forbidden Kingdom of Lo or Upper Mustang

This exotic 25-day expedition is designed for those seeking wilderness experience in the trans-Himalayas of Nepal. This exhilarating trek begins by approaching the remote fortified Tibetan villages in the Nar Phu Valley, located on the eastern side of the Annapurna Circuit. You further proceed on an exploratory trek to the Mustang region via an old salt trade route over a remote high pass between the two regions namely Teri-La Pass (5,595m).

Nar Phu Valley was still unexplored a few years back. Therefore, the region has a smaller presence of trekkers in this region. Phu is an interesting fortified village perched on a hill at the intersection of many glacial valleys. It is backed by high Himalayan peaks. Likewise, Nar is an interesting and bustling village of slightly more modern ‘Bhotias’, or Nepali Tibetans. In comparison, both the places are equally stunning and beautiful. 

The trek through the Kingdom of Lo along the Kali Gandaki, the deepest river gorge in the world is a timeless and breathtaking journey. We take the most remote routes and venture deep into the land of the last nomads of Mustang (perhaps Nepal). En route, you will also visit some quaint and encounter beautiful but remotely located villages like Yakpa, Tange, and Yara along with the renowned Luri and Tashi Kabum cave Gompas. Apart from that, the ever towering snowy peaks are a very attractive sight to see. It looks like a thumb pointing towards the Tibetan plateau.

Your journey follows along some of the lesser-known routes to the more isolated villages in this sun-drenched region. It often takes the rocky bed of the Kali Gandaki River. And at other times, hike the fantastic trails atop Kali Gandaki. Finally, descending through beautifully sculpted and multi-colored gorges.

Why Nar Phu to Upper Mustang Trek

  • Kali Gandaki, the deepest river gorge in the world
  • Teri La Pass: one of the challenging passes
  • Explore an unexplored Neolithic cave
  • Stunning view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Range
  • Warm hospitality and culture of Bhottias
  • Outstanding scenery with terracotta rock walls, polychromatic canyons, and spectacular forms of erosions

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$ 3,249

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Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m)

30 min private drive

Meet our airport representative and get transferred to the hotel in the center of Kathmandu after your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport.

Check-in at the hotel and have a rest. Spend the rest of the day at your own. 

BB

Hotel

Day 2

Kathmandu sightseeing & trek preparation

1 Hour

After breakfast at the hotel, there will be a half-day guided tour to the famous and important places of Kathmandu that are listed on UNESCO World Heritage such as Pashupatinath Temple - most sacred Hindu site, Boudhanath - the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal, Kathmandu Durbar Square - a former royal palace, and Swayambhunath Stupa/Temple - famous as Monkey Temple.

Breakfast

Hotel

Day 3

Drive to Jagat (1,320m)

6-7 hrs drive

We will start early for our scenic drive from Kathmandu along the Trishuli and Marshyangdi Rivers, to the starting part of our trek on the Annapurna circuit. Driving along the newly built Annapurna road, we reach the cobbled village of Jagat, situated on a shelf that comes out into the precipitous Marshyangdi valley by the evening. 

Overnight. 

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented camp/ local lodges

Day 4

Trek to Dharapani (1,870m)

7-8 hrs trek

Hiking further north along the new dirt road for a short while we climb up slowly, looking across the river to large waterfalls plummeting from the steep canyon walls, and reach the newly-bustling Chamje. Descending to the Marshyangdi River, we cross a long suspension bridge and then start the steep climb towards Tal, the first village of the Lower Manang region.

Another half an hour of walking on the pebbled riverbed and also above it, we climb on rock steps built into the cliff-side to yet another bridge and cross the Marshyangdi again on another suspension bridge. Soon we reach Dharapani, a distinctive and typical Tibetan village with prayer flags fluttering in the wind.

Overnight. 

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Local lodge/ tented camp

Day 5

Trek to Koto (2,615m)

5-6 hrs trek

Trekking northwards on the main Annapurna Circuit trail; we will soon arrive at a long suspension bridge over the Marshyangdi River. We carry on with the climb through the pine and oak forests and pass through the settlements of Bagarchapp and Timang. Heading back down through the Timang village, we descend to the valley bottom, turn left and reach Koto Kyupar, our base for the trek up to Nar Phu. 

Overnight. 

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Local lodge/ tented camp

Day 6

Trek to Meta (3,560m)

7-8 hrs trek

We start early as we have a long and somewhat difficult day before us. Just past the check post, we take the long suspension bridge to cross the river. Then, we will be walking to the Nar Phu valley and hike up through beautiful woods above Phu. The trail takes us through some beautiful woods and past several small cave shelters and a Dharmasala, or pilgrims' rest house. 

There is always a chance that we might camp at Dharmasala; but then can also continue and make the steep climb up the valley along a small, scenic trail to the high pastures. This is the Kharka of Meta, the non-permanent winter settlement of Nar.

Overnight at Meta. 

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented Camp

Day 7

Trek to Kyang (3,830m)

4-5 hrs trek

Today’s trek is supposed to be one of the loveliest walks in the Himalayas as the area is strewn with natural beauty. The Phu Kosi accompanies the trail but from far below.

An hour past Meta, Junam is the second semi-permanent settlement, one where "Khampas" from Tibet sometimes take shelter. The next seasonal settlement is Chako, formerly a Khampa settlement. Many more ascents and descents take us to the campsite at Kyang located on a plateau high above the river which the extensive winter settlement of Phu. 

Overnight at Kyang. 

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented Camp

Day 8

Trek to Phu Village (4,080m)

3-4 hrs trek

Walking down the steep slope to the river, we trek for a while along the river bank and past the 'submarine' rock, passing some small possible campsites along the way. We reach Pupigyal Kwe, the entry to Phu after trekking through scenic canyon lands and gorges. Just before the Crossover Bridge to Phu, a line of wonderful chortens color the landscape and lead the way to the main village of Phu, perched high up on a hill, in an amphitheater-style.

Overnight at Phu. 

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented Camp

Day 9

Rest day at Phu

1 Hour

We will spend an extra day here to relax, explore, and enjoy the beauty spread out all around us. We would also interact with the local Phu residents and perhaps do some exploring up the wide valley systems above us. We might walk up to Kharka, the summer grazing settlement which is three hours walk from Gompa. 

For photographers, this is the perfect place to click away to glory as the deep blue skies look even better and the blue sheep on the surrounding hillsides give a perfect opportunity to capture them in your camera. A wander through the village will give you an overview of the Tibetan lifestyle and the hospitality of the people will be perhaps offered in the form of a local “Raksi” or rice/barley liquor or butter salt tea. Don’t forget to taste one of these!

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented Camp

Day 10

Trek to Nar Village (4,110m)

5-6 hrs trek

Back through Phu Village, we descend to the river and retrace our steps back to Kyang and Junam Kharka to reach the destination, Nar Village. En route, we get to witness the stunning gorges, beautiful scenery, and painted bamboo topped chortens. 

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented Camp

Day 11

Rest and acclimatization day at Nar

1 Hour

Another day of acclimatization is required for the journey. We will take a short hike to the Kang La Pass, explore the surrounding, monasteries, and interact with the locals today. Once you climb the prayer-flag festooned hill above Nar, it is a delight to watch the wonderful view in the sun, sheltered from the chilling and ever-present afternoon winds.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented Camp

Day 12

Trek to Lapse Khola Camp (4,500m)

7-8 hrs trek

After breakfast, we follow the Lapse Khola, cross the bridge, and climb to Chubse Kharka (4,400m). We take lunch at the Kharka and shortly leave towards an open grassland set above the river where we set our camp for a night. 

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented Camp

Day 13

Trek to Teri La Base Camp (4,900m)

5-6 hrs trek

Following the Lapse Khola Valley, we climb to the high camp and set a tented camp for an overnight stay. 

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented Camp

Day 14

Trek to Teri La High Camp (5,200m)

4-5 hrs trek

Today, we climb to Tei La High Camp and spend a night. 

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented Camp

Day 15

Trek to Teri La Pass (5,595m) & descend to Pasphu Khola (4,900m)

8 hrs trek

After breakfast, our trek continues towards the summit of Teri La/Teri-La Pass. We can get a magnificent view of the Annapurnas and Chulus from the summit. After spending an ample amount of time there, we then descend to Pashu Khola and set the camp next to it. 

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented Camp

Day 16

Trek to Yakpa (4,300m)

7-8 hrs trek

Today we have to walk for almost 7/8 hours, so we should be ready with our refilled water bottles and a packed lunch to sustain us on the way. We walk downhill to the river and the area of Yakpa Kharka and then climb to a rocky ridge. We trek down to Samena Khola Valley, cross the river, and reach our campsite at old Kampa Village of Yakpa. 

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented Camp

Day 17

Trek to Tangge (3,300m)

7-8 hrs trek

Leaving behind Yakpa, today we trek towards Tangge, a small hamlet of just twenty houses where you can see many sheep, goats, and large mastiff and the largest chorten in Mustang. We follow the traditional route to this beautiful settlement offering a wonderful view of Dhaulagiri. 

We have to cross a number of streams in this part of the trek, so it is best advised to hike in your sandals for the next hour. The valley is awe-inspiring, a feast of mustard yellow, red and orange rocks shining from the gurgling natural springs as it narrows and widens, the horns of blue sheep marking our path. The canyon narrows around us as we hike. We've entered a lost world of contorted canyons, muted earth-tones and narrow passages, the wonderful place called Mustang. This place is mineral rich which is manifested in the mustard and blood-orange stained rocks, and we also start to see salt drips suspended from the rock faces indicating the origins of the salt trade in this region which had incidentally made Mustang a very healthy town.

 

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented Camp

Day 18

Trek to Dhye Thangchung (3,400m)

4-5 hrs trek

From Tangge we follow the trail climbing through the moraine of the valley and reach a high plateau that provides stunning views of some Himalayan peaks. Soon after we decline to the Dhechyang Khola, we enter the valley of Dhye Thangchung, our today's destination.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented Camp

Day 19

Trek to Yara Village (3,600m)

4-5 hrs trek

Our trail goes through the valley shoulder after crossing the river. Today, we trek along with unique and amazing rock formations. After crossing a river, we then reach a small settlement of Yara. 

Overnight. 

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented Camp

Day 20

Trek to Lho Manthang (3,770m)

7 hrs trek

After breakfast, we leave the Yara village walk to another beautiful village named Dhi. We explore this village and start climbing towards the Dhi La Pass via more rock formations. From the summit, we descend to the capital of Mustang, an ancient walled and isolated city of Lo Manthang. 

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Guest house

Day 21

Trek to Ghemi (3,500m)

6-7 hrs trek

The trail looks across the valley to ochre, blue and steel-grey cliffs, and leads us past tri-colored chortens and the longest and most spectacular mani wall in Mustang.

We descend steeply, cross the new bridge, and then climb up to Ghemi (3570m), built along the steep edges of the cliff as are many fortified villages in Mustang. We'll wander a bit through this interesting village, passing the mani walls and prayer wheels, looking out for the key-keeper to open the Ghemi Gompa for us.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Local guesthouse/ tented camp

Day 22

Drive to Jomsom (2,670m)

7 hrs drive

Today, we drive to Jomsom through Chele, Chusang, and Tangbe. 

In the evening, we gather and have some fun together as our trek happens to become successful. 

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Lodge

Day 23

Fly to Pokhara & half-day sightseeing

20 mins flight

We take an early morning flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. Pokhara, the second largest city of Nepal also known as Lake Paradise is the most popular destination for foreigners after the capital, Kathmandu. 

Once in the city, you will have a half-day guided sightseeing of popular landmarks such as Davis Falls, Mountain Museum, Mahendra Cave, and Shanti Stupa. In the evening, go boating in Phewa Lake or take a romantic walk on the roadside. 

Breakfast

Hotel

Day 24

Fly/drive to Kathmandu

25 mins flight/6-7 hrs drive

After a warm breakfast at the hotel, you will be driven to the airport if you chose to fly to Kathmandu.

Once in Kathmandu, you are on your own. You can take a rest at the hotel or stroll around the streets, markets, explore some of the heritage sites in the valley, and go shopping. 

Breakfast

Hotel

Day 25

Depart Kathmandu

30 min private drive

With the conclusion of this amazing trip, today you can depart from Kathmandu to your home country or extend the trip and head for another trip within or outside Nepal.

Breakfast

Hotels

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Accommodation

Himalayan Trekkers promises to manage the best, most comfortable and preferable accommodation.

Generally, in cities like Kathmandu,  we arrange basic three-star facilities. If available, you can opt for a more budget-friendly option or upgrade to a more luxurious hotel by paying a little extra. 

Although all the places might not have all the modern facilities, we will make sure to arrange safe and comfortable accommodation. In general, hygienic and safe tea houses/local lodges/ home-stays with all the basic facilities are arranged. But you can, if possible, personalize according to your preference. 

If your itinerary includes camping or you choose to experience camping during your travel, a proper camping-site will be pre-decided. If required, we also provide the basic equipment which is refundable. Please check the Gear-List and Requirement List for more information.

Meals

Breakfast is usually included with your B&B Accommodation within the cost that is evident.

For other meals in the city, you would have to pay separately. Often in the cities, you can choose from many different cuisines and varied food services. We can always help you find the right place to fit your taste.

In more remote areas, usually, there are not many options. But you can always find hygienic and well-prepared food. Moreover, almost all the meals during the trek are included in the cost. We can help you make changes according to your preference and budget, but only if choices are available!

On top of that, Himalayan Trekkers also organizes Welcome/Farewell Dinners as a symbol of warm greetings.

Please go through the detailed itinerary for more information. We are always there to help you travel to your heart’s content.

Inclusion

Whats Included

  • TIMS
  • Permit
  • Entry Fees
  • Airport Pick-up and Drop-off
  • Transportation as per itinerary
  • Accommodation as per the itinerary
  • Sightseeing as per the itinerary 
  • Guide, Driver, and Porter Fees 
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with Tea) as per the itinerary
  • First-Aid Kit
  • Welcome/Farewell Dinner
  • All government/applicable taxes and surcharges

Whats Not Included

  • International airfares and airport tax
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fees 
  • Trekking Equipment
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, liquor, room service, phone bills, bar bills, etc.
  • Tips to Guide, Porter, and Driver
  • Your Travel Insurance
  • Any cost occurs from any unfavorable condition such as landslide, bad weather, flight cancellation etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in the Includes section 

Gearlist

Gears required for the trek vary upon destination and season. Trekking shoes, down jacket, sleeping bag, hiking poles are the essential ones. 

A comprehensive list of gear for all activites is listed on our dedicated page of Complete Gear List For Trekking and Climbing