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Nar Phu Valley Trekking

Trip code
Package name Nar Phu Valley Trekking
Duration 23
Max. elevation 5416.00 m
Level MODERATE
Transportation Private Vehicle, Bus (Kathmandu to Khudi  and Pokhara to Kathmandu) and Flight (Jomsom to Pokhara)
Accomodation 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu and Lodge/Guest House during the trekking
Starts at Kathmandu
Ends at Kathmandu
Trip route Kathmandu-Besi Sahar-Khudi-Sirung-Chamje-Dharapani-Koto-Dharamshala-Kyang-Phu-Junam Goth-Nar Village-Kangla Phedi-Nawal-Manang-Churilattar-Thorang Phedi-Thorang High Camp-Throng La-Muktinath-Jharkot-Jomsom-Pokhara-Kathmandu
Cost USD 1,599 per person

Highlights

Overview


"adventure on hidden areas of northern Annapurna Himalaya above and beyond Manang valley"


Nar Phu Valley Trekking explores the wilderness of ancient valleys of the Trans-Himalayan region of Nepal besides crossing over a couple of challenging passes of Kang La Pass and Thorang La Pass. Traversing in the restricted trekking region, also known as The Last Forbidden Kingdom’ of Nepal, we shall experience the aura of ancient Tibetan culture and tradition, raw Himalayan lifestyle, culture and tradition, ancient Buddhist monasteries and incredibly beautiful scenic Himalayas; you shall feel as if time has come to standstill at this magical place.

Be a part of Nar Phu Valley Trekking and saunter along the diverse landscapes, unique rock formations, narrow canyons and gorges, serene forest and high altitude villages, besides the bio diversity (the areas of Nar Phu is known to have one of the highest concentration of snow leopards per square kilometer in the world) and warm hospitality of the locals. You will leave this valley with the heavy heart for sure.

Nar Phu Valley Trekking begins with the hill town of Besi Sahar from where the trek will be a gradual ascent along the torrential Marshyangdi River up into the arid landscape of Manang. Everything in this trek shall make it a special adventure in the seldom traveled destination. Along the mighty river, we gradually enter into Mustang after Koto after exploring through some of the unique villages of Sattale, Chamje, Karte, Dharapani and Timang. With the famous Chame village to the side, we head northwards along the Nar River and through a couple of bridges, caves, waterfalls, beautiful scenery and chortens before reaching the settlement of Meta.

The pine forest gives way to the high plateau, remote villages built of stone and mud and ancient monasteries as well as breathtaking views of Annapurna range as we reach here. From here the trail branches off for Nar and Phu valleys. Exploration of uniquely formed hills, ancient caves supposedly used by the locals for several purposes including as shelter during wars, prehistoric villages with mud houses, traditional and ornate monasteries with rich ancient heritages of Phu and Nar valleys we exit the village regretfully after crossing the Kang La Pass (5,315m) ahead of Nar valley to join the main Annapurna Circuit trail at Braga village.

We then continue on to Manang village and gradually up to the challenging Thorang La Pass (5,416m). Descending to the sacred premise of Muktinath Temple, revered by the Hindus and the Buddhists alike, we then trek to Kagbeni (the gateway to Upper Mustang) and to the airport at Jomsom via the windy valley. Fly back to Kathmandu via scenic Pokhara to mark an end to the adventure of Nar Phu Valley Trekking. Rugged trails which sometimes are cut high into the slopes of the hill, marvelous views of Annapurna massif, Lamjung Peak, Fishtail Mountain, and Manaslu Peak from Kang La Pass, exotic villages of Nar and Phu valleys, attractive and diverse terrain form star attraction of this trek.

Nar Phu Valley Trekking makes you time-travel to medieval ages as you explore the secluded settlements of the region. Situated in the rain shadow area of Annapurna massif, the best time to explore this region is April to November. Have above average physical fitness and passion to explore the unexplored terrain to make the best of this trek. Join us for the quality professional service, optimum value of your money and memory of your lifetime.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu

Upon arrival at the international airport in Nepal, you will pick up and transfer to the hotel. After refreshment in the hotel, you will pick up from your hotel for short guided sightseeing tours to Kathmandu Durbar Square. Later in the evening, you will have a short brief about your tours of cultural dinner. Stay overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 2 : Full day in Kathmandu/trek preparation day

Today after breakfast you will be ready for day guided sightseeing tours to Swayambhunath stupa known as monkey temple; a combination between Hinduism and Buddhism from when you will be able to see a good view of Kathmandu valley. Drive to Patan Durbar square (city of living arts), Pashupatinath, one of the famous Hindus temple which is located nearby the holy river Bagmati and then drives to Buddhanath stupa one of the biggest and oldest stupas in the world. Later in the afternoon, there will be a pre-trip meeting with your trekking guide in a hotel. Our office representative will brief you regarding our trek as well as provides you an opportunity to ask any question of an upcoming trip with the guide. And stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 3 : Drive to Khudi (850m) about 08 hrs drive via Besi-Sahar( 823m)

Today after an early morning breakfast your guide will receive you from your hotel and transfer to the bus station for day scenic countryside drive to Khudi. On the way, we can see more of the countryside of Nepal that offers greenery, rivers, settlement, farms and beautiful mountain. After Mugling, we head along the road toward Pokhara. We leave the highway to Pokhara at Dumre and head north to Besisahar. About 30min drive from Besisahar takes us to Khudi, the starting Point of our Adventure. Stay overnight in Khudi.

Day 4 : Trek to Sirung (2200m) 5-6 hrs walk

The Adventure starts after early breakfast. Our first-day trek involves crossing a few suspension bridges, waterfalls, several up and downhill sections across rice paddies and subtropical forest. Initially, the walk is gradual then it becomes steeper. The mountains (Manaslu) that we see from Khudi become closer as we walk higher. The villages and people are interesting. On the way to Sirung, we come across an ethnic Tamang settlement, Taranche. We enjoy the close-up views of Nadi Chuli and Manaslu in Sirung. Sirung offers us a home-stay where we also enjoy the cultural program organized by the local for the visitors. If the number of visitors is more than four, the group may have to split to stay at different houses for the night.

Day 5 : Trek to Chamje (1425m) 4-5 hrs walk

After wonder time in Sirung Village, the trail goes through amphitheater-shaped terraces, along with a steep vertical cliff, lush forests and small villages. The trail always following the Marshyangdi River. From Syange follows the river to the stone village of Jagat for lunch. After lunch, we have an hour’s walk to Chamje with the nice view of the Waterfall. Stay overnight in Chamje.

Day 6 : Trek to Dharapani (1930m) 5-6 hrs walk

From Chamje the trail follows the Marsyangdi River steadily uphill to Tal (1675m), a small village at the foot of a large waterfall. Now the trek enters the Manang district. The trail crosses a wide, flat valley before climbing a stone stairway to 1860m. The trail continues with several ups and down before halting at Dharapani for overnight at here. Stay overnight in Dharapani.

Day 7 : Trek to Koto (2600 m) 4-5 hrs walk

So, today after breakfast you will start the day with few slow uphills up to Timang at 2360m (the area dominated by Tamang tribe of people) from where you will be able to see such a nice view of the Manasalu Mountain range and then continues through pine forest up to Koto 2600m. There are fine views of Annapurna II and Lamgung Himal from Koto. Evening time explores the market and visits Chame and small natural hot spring and where you can take a bath. Stay overnight in Koto.

Day 8 : Trek to Dharamshala (3230m) 5-6 hrs walk

After crossing the Marsyangdi River over the suspension bridge the trail leads along the Nar Phu Khola to the north of the valley. The trail to the first Bridge is very gradual up and down through the pine forest with a nice view of the mountain. After crossing the first bridge the trail ascends for while than descend again to the lunch camp. After lunch, the trail ascends for about 1 hrs than gradual up and down to the hot spring from where the trail ascends to the Dharamshala. We have such a nice and big waterfall near Dharamshala and snowcapped mountain. Stay overnight in Dharmashala.

Day 9 : Trek to Kyang (3820m) 5-6 hrs walk

After 20min walk from Dharamshala the trail ascends all the way to Meta (3540m), Meta is a temporary settlement of the people from Nar's village. From here you will be able to see such a nice view of the Pisang Pike, Lamjung Himal, Kangguru Himal. From Meta gradual trail, passing through the several winter settlements to Junam Khola, here we have the lunch stop. After lunch, the trail ascends to the Chuako than down and up to the Kyang. Kyang is a temporary settlement of the people from Phu's village from where you have such a nice view of the Manaslu Himal, Lamjung Himal, Pisang Peak, Annapurna II, and many more mountains. Stay overnight in Kyang.

Day 10 : Trek to Phu (3990m) 4-5 hrs walk

Today we have the rocky trail for about 2 hrs were rock keep flowing down from the hill, we have to walk very carefully than along the Phu Khola to Phu valley entrance gate with nice view of the Mountain. This is wide and dry valley famous for Snow Leopard, you may see a footprint of it, we have the chance to see wild sheep (Blue Sheep) also. Near the Gate, we have steep climb than gradual walk passes through the Chorten to Phu. We will be in Phu at lunch time, after lunch, we can explore the village. Stay overnight in Phu.

Day 11 : Full day in Phu

Today after breakfast you have sight trip to famous Tashi Lhakhang Gompa on a neighboring hillside to pay our respect to Lama Karma Sonam. From this hill, you have a fantastic view of the valley surrounding by the snowcapped Mountain. Back to camp for lunch, after refreshment, we have short excursion around Phu Village. We can have interaction with locals and explore up the wide valley. You will see local spinning their yak and sheep wool. People from this village looks like Tibetan, they can understand each other but they have relation with Manangi people, they are Buddhist. Stay overnight in Phu.

Day 12 : Trek to Junam Goth (3600m) 4-5 hrs walk

After a wonderful time in Phu valley, today we retrace back to Junam Goath. The trail gets back through Phu gate, descend to the River and retrace your step back to Junam via Kyang. Junam is a lovely camping spot from where you have such a nice view of the mountain and colorful landscape. Here in Junam you will be the able temporary hose for winter. Stay overnight in Junam Goth.

Day 13 : Trek to Nar Village (4190m) 4-5 hrs walk

After 45min walk with few up and down from Junam the trail descends all the way to Phu Khola. After crossing the river over suspension bridge the trail ascends all the way to Nar gate passing through big chorten and Mani stone. The scenery is stunning. The trail from Nar gate is very gradual and scenic valley to Nar village. Naris the biggest village in the Nar Phu valley. The people around this area depend on agriculture and tourism. Most of them have yak, sheep and goat farm. Their life is very busy doing this kind of work. Hardly they can grow Potato, seasonal vegetable, wheat which is not enough for them. Later on this afternoon you can have short explored around the town and learn about their daily lifestyle. Stay overnight in Nar Vallage.

Day 14 : Trek to Kangla Phedi (4530m) 3-4 hrs walk

Today is an easy day for you. The trail leads through the valley; passing few chorten on the way and Yak Khara. It is a very gradual trail all the way to Kangla Phedi. You will have such a lovely view down through the valley. You feel like that I am in the haven. After lunch, you can walk a bit higher for altitude. Stay overnight in Kangla Phedi.

Day 15 : Trek to Nawal (3660m) 6-7 hrs walk

This is a long and hard day of this trek. After an early morning breakfast, we start to climb all the way to Kangla Pass. We have a few steep climbs and gradual also passing through the glacier lake. The view is lovely. You feel like that I am on the top of the world. From Kangla pass you have such a nice view of the Annapurna II, IV and III, Gangapurna, Tilicho Peak, Lamjung Himal, Chulu Peak, and many more mountains. This is not big passes but still hard. From the top, the trail descends all the way to Nawal through the yak Khara with the nice view of the mountain. Ngawal is a wonderful, old village of cobbled streets, prayer wheels and beautiful architecture, obviously a hub of religious activity in previous times. Stay overnight in Nawal.

Day 16 : Trek to Manang (3540m) 3-4 hrs walk

Trek from Ngwal to Manang takes about three hours. This day you walk through the leveled path along the bank of Marshyangdi River to reach Manang. On the way, you pass pine forests, villages such as Braga and farming terraces. You can enjoy the views of Annapurna range, Tilicho Mountain and beautiful landscapes. Manang is a small town. You have a free afternoon for exploring the town after lunch. Stay overnight in Manang.

Day 17 : Trek to Churilattar (4180m) 4-5 hrs walk

After a wonderful time in Manang Village, the trek starts an ascent of almost 2000m to the Throung La. from  Manang the trail crosses a stream and mane stone before the Tenki Manang. The trek continues through a small village of Gunsang where you can take a short break for tea/coffee. Today you will stop Yak Kharka, also known as Kochi, from where it will take another 01 hrs to Churilattar. Stay overnight in Churilattar.

Day 18 : Trek to Churi Lattar to Thorang Phedi(4447m) 3-4 hrs or Thorang High Camp (4910m) 4-5 hrs walk

After breakfast in a teahouse, the trek starts with few slowly up and downs until crosses the stream on a wooden bridge at 4310 meters. After making a short ascent on a good trail to a teashop, the route then follows a narrow path across a high, unstable slope before heading to Thorong Phedi (foot of the hill). If you feel fine today you can make all the way to Thorang High Camp, if you do it today it will be easier for tomorrow. Stay overnight at the tea house.

Day 19 : Trek to Muktinath (3700m) via Throng-La (5416m) 6-7 hrs walk

Today an early morning you will start to walk with torchlight, slowly ascend, nice view of the Annapurna Mountain and Chulu west, finally reach to the pass. The Throng-La pass with traditional Chorten, prayer flags is at an elevation of 5416m which is the highest point of your trip from where you will have outstanding high Himalayan scenery. The trail descends all the way to Muktinath. Muktinath is a beautiful, calm and quiet, great and mysterious for pilgrims, decorated with god and goddess. Stay overnight in Muktinath.

Day 20 : Trek to Jomsom (2720m) via Jharkot (3550 m) 5-6 hrs walking

It is an easy walk to Jomsom, although it becomes tedious if there is a strong wind. The trail descends very fast to the Eklai Bhatti than along the Kali Gandaki to the Jomsom. Jomsom is the administrative headquarters of Mustang district. After afternoon you will have a chance to visit Mustang Eco-Museum. Stay overnight Jomsom.

Day 21 : Fly to Pokhara (820m) 25min

Today an early morning breakfast guide will take you to the airport for short but scenic flight to the lakeside city of Pokhara also the second biggest city after Kathmandu for tourism. After refreshment, you will have guided sightseeing tours in the valley. Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 22 : drive to Kathmandu (1350m) about 7 hrs

After a wonderful time in and around Pokhara, today after breakfast you will transfer to the tourist bus station for day countryside drive back to Kathmandu. Stay overnight at hotel

Note:  You can fly to Pokhara which takes 35 min

Day 23 : Final departure

Today timely pick you up from your hotel and transfer to the International airport for your next gestation or join another activity with us.

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