Nar Phu Teri La Upper Mustang Trek

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Starts at: Khudi Ends at: Jomsom
Trek Region: Annapurna Transport: Public Bus
Duration: 24 Days Trip Grade: Strenuous
Max Altitude: 5595 m / 18356 ft (Teri La Pass) Accommodation: Camping

Nar Phu Teri La Upper Mustang Trek Highlights

  • Cross the popular Teri La pass (5595 meters) which connects Manang with Upper Mustang
  • Navigate the least explored trails of Nar and Phu valley in the Manang region
  • Walk through several ancient monasteries, chortens, mani walls, and gompas on the route
  • Witness the spectacular views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machhapucchre and Manaslu
  • You will have an amazing encounter with the descendants of the Tibetan people at Lo Manthang

The Nar Phu Teri La Pass Upper Mustang trek can be done in either direction but for better acclimatisation it is advisable to trek as it says: Manang (where Nar and Phu are located) to Mustang. This trek visits the fort-like village of Phu and its neighbor, Nar; crosses the Teri La Pass (5,595m), and enters the ancient forbidden Kingdom of Lo or Upper Mustang as it is more commonly known.

This expedition-style trek takes three weeks, with an average of 5 to 6 hours of walking each day. It passes through areas with no or very little human settlement and requires a high level of fitness and stamina. Previous hiking experience is recommended.

Phu village sits high on a hill at the intersection of many glacier valleys, surrounded by majestic Himalayan peaks. Nar is a slightly more modern village, but both are inhabited by people who are Tibetan-like and in the past would have been traders along the old salt route to Tibet. More Tibetan-like settlements can be seen in Upper Mustang: indeed many of the inhabitants would have come originally from Tibet. In order to get to Upper Mustang, itself situated on the border with Tibet, the trail crosses the Teri La Pass at 5,595m with views of the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machhapucchre and Manaslu.

The religious and spiritual heart of Upper Mustang is Lo Manthang (4,840m), the ancient centre and home of the King of Lo. The King of Lo ruled until 2008 when the Nepal Government outlawed all monarchies in the country. Being Buddhist people, there are wonderful monasteries, and even ancient sky caves in this area.

Some caves are 50m up the cliff face and housed wall paintings, religious texts and human remains when recently discovered. These kinds of findings and the surrounding arid desert-like cliffs give Upper Mustang an almost surreal feeling. Then, continuing down the Kali Gandaki Gorge, the deepest gorge in the world, the trail passes the interesting village of Kagbeni and on to the market town and transportation hub of Jomsom.

On this often an isolated trek, it is not hard to imagine what the traders of old felt when travelling through the rocky river beds, or along high trails overlooking a deep gorge, passing yak pastures and windswept landscapes. And like the traders of old, trekkers should be prepared for strenuous hiking!

Nar Phu Teri La Pass Trek Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Kathmandu to Khudi (Drive)

Khudi – 2626 m / ft – 7 hrs

Day 2: Khudi to Sirung

Sirung – 1220 m / 4002 ft – 7 hrs

Day 3: Sirung to Jagat

Jagat – 1300 m / 4265 ft – 6 hrs

Day 4: Jagat to Dharapani

Dharapani – 1830 m / 6003 ft – 7 hrs

Day 5: Dharapani to Koto

Koto – 2610 m / 8891 ft – 6 hrs

Day 6: Koto to Meta

Meta – 3560 m / 10826 ft – 7 hrs

Day 7: Meta to Phu

Phu – 4250 m / 11614 ft – 7 hrs

Day 8: Acclimatization Day

Phu – 4250 m / 11614 ft – 2 hrs

Day 9: Phu to Nar

Nar – 4110 m / 13484 ft – 6 hrs

Day 10: Nar to Yak Kharka

Yak Kharka – 4400 m / 14435 ft – 6 hrs

Day 11: Yak Kharka to Lapse Khola

Lapse Khola – 4500 m / 14763 ft – 6 hrs

Day 12: Lapse Khola to High Camp

High Camp – 4900 m / 16076 ft – 5 hrs

Day 13: High Camp to Pasphu Khola Camp via Teri La Pass

Pasphu Khola Camp – 4730 m / 15518 ft – 9 hrs

Day 14: Pasphu Khola Camp to Yakpa

Yakpa – 4300 m / 14107 ft – 6 hrs

Day 15: Yakpa to Tange

Tange – 3300 m / 10826 ft – 5 hrs

Day 16: Tange to Yara

Yara – 3600 m / 11811 ft – 6 hrs

Day 17: Yara to Lo Manthang

Lo Manthang – 3770 m / 12368 ft – 6 hrs

Day 18: Day Trip to Chhoser Cave

Lo Manthang – 3770 m / 12368 ft – 6 hrs

Day 19: Lo Manthang to Dhakmar

Dhakmar – 3810 m / 12500 ft – 7 hrs

Day 20: Dhakmar to Ghiling

Ghiling – 3806 m / 12486 ft – 6 hrs

Day 21: Ghiling to Chuksang

Chuksang – 3050 m / 10006 ft – 6 hrs

Day 22: Chuksang to Jomsom

Jomsom – 2700 m / 8858 ft – 6 hrs

Day 23: Jomsom to Pokhara (Flight)

Pokhara – 830 m / 2723 ft – 20 min

Day 24: Pokhara to Kathmandu

Kathmandu – 1300 m / 4265 ft – 8 hrs

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  • 22 nights accommodation in mountain teahouses and tents
  • 1 nights accommodation in Pokhara Kuti Resort or similar
  • Guide for 24 days
  • Cook for 24 days
  • Required number of porters for 24 days
  • Kathmandu to Khudi local bus
  • Jomsom Pokhara flight
  • Pokhara Kathmandu tourist bus
  • Annapurna conservation area permit
  • Restricted area permit
  • Trekkers information management system card
  • 23 x breakfast, 22 x lunch and 22 x dinner while on the trek
  • Lunch and dinner in Pokhara

Nar Phu Teri La Pass Upper Mustang Trek Map

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