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Teri La Pass Trek

Abhishek Subedi June 21, 2020

Teri La Pass Trek is the most challenging trek in the Mustang district of Nepal. This is the newly open popular route near the Annapurna Mustang region which follows the route of Nar Phu Valley Trekking. There are many alternative choices for the starting and ending point. Teri la pass trek is the adventurous and challenging place that’s why it needs a special permit and it is expensive in comparison to others trek and the special permit will be given only to those companies, whose companies are registered by the government of Nepal.  This trekking route area is almost covered by snow throughout the year that’s why September, October, April, May, and June are the best season. It follows a charming track along with the surrounding scenery of the Mustang region which was formerly restricted to outsiders.

Teri  La Pass Trek

This hike will lead you to reach Lo-Manthang which is also the capital of Mustang . This incredible newly opened trekking option is situated on the boundary of Tibet where you will get the chance to see very old villages, traditional palaces, culture, and Tibetan monasteries. This trek offers visitors to explore and understand the long establishment of Tibetan Buddhist culture. This easy trekking option will let you walk, enjoy the scenery, various ways of life and traverse the challenging passes. Teri la pass trekking route is located very near to the Tibetan border and lets you identify Tibetan Buddhist way of life in the region. It is set near the isolated, rustic sets between Mustang and Nar which are the vital region in Damodar Himal. An extraordinary landscape with walls made of red colour rocks, colorful canyons and striking structures of erosion distinguishes this wilderness alpine land in Mustang region.  

The trail also lets you traverse challenging Teri La Pass(5,590m) and takes you to the stunning veiled Nar Phu valley where antique villages, as well as monasteries, are set which are untouched by the modern world. After experiencing Teri La pass, the major highlight of the trek, we will also make a trip to an ethnically rich village in the valley of Phu.  It was opened to trek in 1992, yet you still necessitate getting a special permit to make a trip to the region. The hike will let you reach Lo-Manthang, the capital of Mustang. This incredible trekking option is situated on the boundary of Tibet. Plus, you will get to see very old villages, traditional palaces, age-old castles and Tibetan monasteries. The trek offers the visitors to explore and understand the long-established Tibetan-Buddhist culture. 

Day 1 Drive from Kathmandu to Jagat

The trekking starts with the ride from Kathmandu to Jagat which is about 8 hours. This ride gives you some insight of the rural people; their lifestyle and their culture. 

Day 2 Jagat to Dharapani

You will have one and half an hour rocky trail walk to reach at Chamje village, which is a small village settlement with primary school surrounding by bamboo bushes.Your continuing journey leads with crossing a suspension bridge in Marshyangdi river just right after you left Chamje and you will see the waterfall, rocky lands and trails with passes a small tea shop and enter to Manang district just before the Tal village. This is a beautiful village situated on a river bank with a beautiful waterfall view. You will cross the river and continue walking through the cliff way right above the river and reach our overnight camp at Dharapani village.  

Day 3 Dharapani to Koto

Today, walk along steep forested landscapes to reach Timang where you can enjoy a spectacular view of Mt. Manaslu and other major Himalayas like Annapurna II, Lamjung Himal and easy walk to Koto. 

Day 4 Koto to Dharamshala

Check all the permit restricts the area of Naar and Phu; Beyond Koto, you will leave the Annapurna Circuit trail and head up the narrower and steeper gorge of the Naar Phu Khola to a campsite at Dharmasala (3230m).

Day 5 Dharmashala to Naar Village

The trails lead continuing up the valley. You will cross the river at Naar Phedi (3490m) and climb up to Naar Village.

Day 6 Acclimatization Day

Naar village waving colorful Tibetan influences as Stupas, monasteries, Chhortens since ancient times. The inner Himalayan landscapes are another attraction of the region where peoples cultivate barley, buckwheat, and mustard, with lots of opportunities for exploratory short walks. 

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Day 7 Naar Village to Lapse Khola

Leaving Naar, you will descend to the valley of the Lapse Khola and crossing the river, you will be  climbing to camp in a high yak grazing area at around 4700 meters elevation.

Day 8 Lapse Khola to Lungri

The trail follows the Lapse Khola high above the river keeping approximately to the 4800-meters contour and climbing and descending to negotiate several side valleys. Towards the end of the day’s trek, we met the river and made camp at around 5000 m. 

Day 9 Lungri to Teri La Pass

Still following the main Lapse Khola, you will climb up to a high camp below the pass at around 5350 m

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Day 10 Teri La Base Camp to Teri La Pass

You will cross the Teri La (5577 m) with tremendous views over the Himalaya and north to Tibet. The travelers will then descend to a camp beside the Pasphu Khola (4745m). 

Day 10 Pashpu Khola to Yakpa

You will have a long day of downhill, but still with several climbs to negotiate tributary streams. Today you will reach Yakpa (4315m) in the Upper Kali Gandaki Valley.

Day 11 Yakpa to Tangge

Another long day of generally descending, through wild country, to eventually reach the village of Tangge (3338m) in Upper Mustang. 

Day 12 Tangge to Yara

Heading north on an undulating trail above the Kali Gandaki, you will reach the village of Yara (3605m). 6 hours of walking with 850 meters of ascent and 500 meters of descent.

Day 13 Yara to Lo Manthang

Descending to the Kali Gandaki River we cross to the western bank and make a gradual ascent to Lo-Manthang, the capital of Mustang at an elevation of 3800 meters. 7 to 8 hours walking with 800 meters of ascent and 600 meters of descent. 

Teri  La Pass Trek

Day 14 Exploration Day 

From here your journey will set off to the capital of the Mustang Kingdom Lomanthang. You will get a chance to indulge in the scenic views of beautifully unique acreages of badland- like terrain with high corroded hills. Once you arrive at Lo Manthang, you can explore the village on foot. Lo Manthang has a lot to explore and offers a marvelous taste of Tibetan Buddhist tradition and custom that is considered one of the best preserved traditions on the planet. Occupied by ethnic Lhoba and Bon people, Lo Manthang is noted for its tall white washed mud brick walls, Gompas and the Raja’s Palace- a nine-cornered, five story structure built around 1400. You will visit Lo Manthang’s monasteries, the King’s palace as well as many other places of significance. 

Particularly, there are four major temples at this area; the Jampa Lhakhang or the Jampa Gompa- the oldest, built in the early 15th century and also known as the ”God House”. The Thubchen Gompa- a huge, red assembly hall and gompa built in the late 15th century and located just southwest of the Jampa Gompa.  The Chodey Gompa- now the main city gompa; and the Choprang Gompa which is popularly known as the New Gompa. Recently, a series of at least twelve caves were discovered north of Annapurna near the villages as well, decorated with ancient Buddhist paintings and set in sheer cliffs at 14,000 feet elevation. 

Day 15 Lo Manthang to Ghemi

The climax of the trek has finished descending back through some villages’ ancient monasteries and offering the last glimpse of Lo Mangthang and walk down to Ghami.

Day 16 Ghemi to Samar

The trails lead several ups and down one ridge to another ridge passing by Nyi-La and descend to Samar with beautiful scenery of Annapurna range. 

Day 17 Samar to Kagbeni

Trek to Kagbeni is easy to walk passing through narrow paths among white painted houses, cultivated fields and beautiful scenery of Annapurna and Nilgiri are in front. Finally get to Kagbeni. There is an opportunity to visit a monastery which was built in the 15th century.

Day 18 Kagbeni to Jomsom

Today is my last day’s trek to Jomsom, an easy walk along the bank of Kali Gandaki River. Jomsom is a busty place due to an administrative quarter of Mustang district. There is an opportunity to explore ancient Thakli tradition, culture flora and fauna in the Eco-cultural museum in Jomsom. 

Day 19 Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara

The travelers will take a flight back to Pokhara.  The remaining afternoon can be spent exploring the beautiful landscapes, lakes and hills of the city. You can also roam around the market area of the Pokhara in the night and get yourself immersed in the limelight of the city.

Day 20 Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu Valley

It is time to bid farewell to the Pokhara valley and take a bus ride back to the Kathmandu valley. You can enjoy the beautiful landscapes, river valleys and clear sky through the window of the bus before reaching the city.  

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