Nar-Phu Valley Trek Narphu valley Trekking is probably the best trek of Annapurna region and for those who want to explore hidden valley and trek off the beaten crossing through Challenging high passes like Masokanto La (5099 m), Kangla pass (5200 m) & Tilicho Pass (5230 m) with beautiful Lake Tilicho. Hidden by swirls of mountain mist ahead of us, from Kangla pass at 5200 m the magnificent panorama view of Annapurna massif appears remote and forbidding. Our destination is the Nar-Phu valley, above the tree line on the upper limits of cultivation, in the very north of Manang district.…
Nar-Phu Valley Trek
Narphu valley Trekking is probably the best trek of Annapurna region and for those who want to explore hidden valley and trek off the beaten crossing through Challenging high passes like Masokanto La (5099 m), Kangla pass (5200 m) & Tilicho Pass (5230 m) with beautiful Lake Tilicho. Hidden by swirls of mountain mist ahead of us, from Kangla pass at 5200 m the magnificent panorama view of Annapurna massif appears remote and forbidding. Our destination is the Nar-Phu valley, above the tree line on the upper limits of cultivation, in the very north of Manang district. It takes five hours reaching the pass that links Nar with Manang and three other Bhotia villages in the Nyershang down valley. Nowadays, Nar Phu has about 300 inhabitants who depend on livestock, unlike most Bhotia people, whose trading patterns changed drastically after the Nepali Government closed borders with Tibet, the people of Nar and Phu valley were least affected by this change. The tortuous path leading from the valley into Tibet had never made them dependent on the salt trade, and until today yak herding is the basis of their livelihood. The Nepal government’s recent decision to open up Nar and Phu to tourists has evoked little enthusiasm among the villagers, whose pastoral lifestyle continues. Apart from the odd researcher and climbing expeditions permitted to climb Him lung, Ratnachuli and Gachikang, few foreigners have visited the area and tourism infrastructure is almost non-existent. Since Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) recently extended its network to include Nar and Phu Valley, it is preparing a suitable tourism development plan at the request of the government for undiscovered valley.
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
After you arrive in Kathmandu airport please check our company board outside the main gate there will be our airport representative you will meet with him and he will transferred to hotel by private vehicle and our representative will help you to check-in your hotel after that if time enough, representative will take you to our office for short briefing about the trip but if not enough time then give a short trip brief in hotel and request to pay the due balance for the trip. Overnight at Hotel
Day 02: Sightseeing to Swayambhunath, Kathmandu and Patan
After breakfast, tour guide will take to you for full day sightseeing in historical monuments sightseeing places including swayambhunath known as monkey temple, Kathmandu durbar square & Patan durbar square then drive back to Hotel. Overnight at hotel
Day 03: Kathmandu drive to Beshi Sahar (820 m) & Bhulbhule (840 m)
Early morning drive from Kathmandu to Bhulbhule via Besisahar. It takes about seven to eight hours to reach the Bhulbhule by bus. We have daily public bus service to Bhulbhule from Kathmandu new bus park (Gongbu Bus Park). So our guide will come to your hotel to pick you up to take you bus park if you wish to use public bus but if you are choosing the private vehicle then private vehicle and trekking crews come in your hotel for overland journey to Bhulbhule. After long beautiful drive you will reach at Bhulbhule (840 m). Overnight at teahouse
Day 04: Bhulbhule trek to Jagat (1330 m)
Today, we cross the Marshyangdi River and continue along its right fork. We soon pass some tropical trees and terraced fields. Soon we glimpse of first sights of one of the 8000 peaks, Mount Manaslu (8161 m), as well as Himalchuli and Ngadi Chuli. From Ngadi, our path climbs steadily to Bhaudanda-a small Hindu village (1300 m) with shops and tea houses. From Bhaundanda our trail abruptly dips to Syange (1080 m). We’ll cross the Marsyangdi River on a suspension bridge and continue trek along the peaceful river and climb to the stone village of Jagat (1330). Overnight at teahouse
Day 05: Jagat trek to Dharapani (1960 m)
From Jagat our trail descends, crossing Ghatte Khola Stream and climbs again through forest-finally reaching Chamje (1410m). From Chamje our path crosses to the east fork of Marsyangdi River. Soon we climb steep stone steps past the village of Sattale (1680 m), past fields and rhododendrons along the river bank and later climb to the open plateau of Tal (1700m). We continue gradually uphill, passing the villages of Khorte and Karte to finally you are reaching at Dharapani (1960 m). Overnight at teahouse
Day 06: Dharapani to Koto (2640 m.)
Today, we pass a village school and also you can see the way of coming down from Larkya Pass (Manaslu trekking) and continue climb gradually through a forest to the typical Tibetan-style village of Bagarchhap (2160). Remaining along the left bank of the river, we gradually climb to Danaque (2210m). After Danaque cross suspension bridge and climb up to Temang village (2600 m) and continue trek koto (2640 m). Overnight at teahouse
Day 07: Koto trek to Meta (3560 m)
Today first register our area permit at the police checkpoint in Koto and without any delay we proceed towards the Nar Phu Khola gorge. Staying on the right side of the river we walk for about 2 hours. The trail then passes through beautiful pine forest, many small stream and suspension bridges, before Dharmasala. In fact, a very beautiful waterfall greets our arrival, before reaching Dharmashala. Soon after Dharmashala, the climb towards Meta begins. The route, now climbing away from the river, passes through the forest, ascending steeply up till the Meta Village, situated on a Tibetan Plateau. Meta is the first of a few ex-Khampa settlements on this route. This steep climbing leaves us tired at the end of the day. Therefore, the night will be spent here in Meta in a teahouse
Day 08: Meta Trek to Phu village (4250 m)
Today the journey continues on an up and down hill trail and on various suspension bridges over different streams. Staying on the true left bank high above the Dho Khola, we will soon reach Junam Goth- the next ex-Khampa settlement. The trail then descends steeply to the side valley with two parallel streams. Crossing the stream we continue on a trail ascending to Lower and Upper Chyako – another Khampa settlement. Beginning with a small ridge above Chyako, the trail passes through a steep slope and after a few up and down hill climb the trail descends to Kyang –another Khampa settlement. The trail from Kyang is rocky and dangerous; however, we continue on the same trail for about 3-4 hours, before reaching a huge wall, a steep climb from which takes us to the entrance gate of one of the hidden valleys- the Phu Valley. Soon after the valley widens and we cross the bridge, walk past some old chortens and mani walls, before reaching a beautiful village perched on the hill at the confluence of Phu River. The houses of this village are very well maintained, therefore, despite the availability of camping site by the river we spend the night in the teahouse.
Day 09: Explore around Phu Valley
We will have interaction with locals and explore up the wide valley systems above us. We might walk up the valley to the summer grazing settlement or Kharka at Ngoru, a three hour’s walk past the Gompa (Monastery) Phu itself is an incredibly interesting village and we can observe the villagers spinning their yak and sheep wool and chat. It is really wonderful day excursion in Phu Valley. Overnight at teahouse
Day 10: Phu Gaun trek to Nar Phedi/Gompa (3510 m)
Today is easy day for walking to Junam because the trail you have descend from Phu gate to the river and retrace our step to Junam Kharka (3680m) which is a lovely spot for camping but we need to walk continue to Gompa/monastery place to stay overnight because here only possible to stay night at monastery. Overnight at monastery
Day 11: Gompa trek to Nar Village (4110 m)
Today Trail ascends up and the scenery is stunning. we finally reach the Nar gates at the top of the hill, and pass by yet another line of wonderfully painted, bamboo topped chortens and a large tiered chorten before turning the corner and being rewarded with sublime views of Nar, the undulating patterns of the surrounding barley and mustard fields, four old colorful and traditional Gompas and the snow peaks looming overhead. Finally you reach Nar Village (4110m) overnight at Teahouse
Day 12: Explore Nar village
Nar is bit more social and energetic than Phu and the village ‘square’ is full of chatting women with their back-strap looms weaving wool fabric for rugs and blankets, pounding mustard seeds for oil, or spinning the ubiquitous wool while catching up on the news. Each family in Nar seems to have at least one son or daughter in a Gompa, and many live at home or visit frequently, so there is the resonating sound of cymbals, chanting and drums echoing throughout the village. Other Nar villagers may be printing prayer flags, doing some carpentry, collecting wood from the forest and carrying large loads with a head strap back up to the house, harvesting the crops, tending the yaks, sheep and goats or spinning the prayer wheels in the center of town. Overnight at teahouse
Day 13: Nar Village Trek to Kang La Phedi / Base Camp (4530 m)
Today, we don’t have to walk longer because we set the camp on Kang La base camp to make easier to cross text day to Kang La Pass (5240m) even more tourists cross directly from Nar village but we don’t suggest to do without acclimatization in Kang La Phedi / Base Camp. We recommend to drinks more water and tea or soup in evening at base camp that help to your body in higher places. Overnight at Camp
Day 14: Kang La Phedi trek Ngwal over the Kang La Pass (5240 m)
The Kang La is not a difficult pass, but if there will be snow very hard to find the path because the trekking trail is very narrow with rocky and slippery after the cross so the trail only suit for adventures lovers. The Kang La, at 5240m, is an absolutely spectacular pass looking over Annapurna II, Gangapurna, Tilicho peak, the peaks surrounding and airport of Hongde. After cross Kang La the trail down is steep and gradual down towards the end. Finally you reach at Ngwal (3680m). Overnight at Camp
Day 15: Ngwal trek to Manang (3540 m)
Today, we walk through the leveled path along the bank of Marsyangdi River to reach Manang. On the way we pass pine forests, villages such as Braga and farming terraces. We will enjoy the views of Annapurna range, Tilicho Peak and beautiful landscapes. Overnight at Camp
Day 16: Acclimatization in Manang (3540 m.)
Today is our like a rest day to acclimatization for trekking in higher elevation so you can make short visit to Gangapurna Lake, monastery and Manang village but if you wish to make day hiking trip such as visiting Milarepa cave, Ice Lake you need to extend your rest day in Manang because Ice Lake it is hard full day trip from Manang and also Milarepa cave not suggest in one day rest in Manang because you need some rest at Manang for acclimatization. Overnight at Camp
Day 17: Manang trek to Yak Kharka (4110 m)
Today we cross a stream and climb up to Tenki village then head out of Marshyangdi valley northwest up Jar Sang khola valley .the trail ascends slowly as we head northward. we will pass a few pastures and juniper trees . Following the trail we will pass though a small village called Gunsan with houses made of flat mud roof and then pass pastures with yaks and horses. After crossing a small river on a wooden bridge, we make our way up the spectacular valley to an open, peaceful meadow known as Yak Kharka Overnight at Teahouse
Day 18: Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4420 m)
Leaving Yak Kharka you will climb gradually along mountain trails running along the headwaters of the Marsyangdi crossing it at one point over an old wooden bridge. You then follow a narrow mountain path that leads you up to your overnight stay at Thorong Phedi. Overnight at teahouse
Day 19: Thorong Phedi trek to Muktinath (3800 m)
Today is a long day and you will leave at 4 am. As soon as you leave Thorong Phedi the trails becomes steep for the two hours or so it takes you to get to High Camp (4,800 m). From here the terrain gets easier but the hiking is no less tough as the altitude starts its wearing effects on you. After another two hours or so you finally get to the Thorong La Pass (5416m) with its plethora of prayer flags and excellent views. After a quick cup of tea and some food at the teashop at the pass you will start to make the rocky decent to the remote but sizable town of Muktinath for your well earned overnight stay. Don´t be surprised if you take longer today than anticipated as you will need to feel in tune with the altitude and hope that the weather is favorable. Overnight at Teahouse
Day 20: Muktinath trek to Jomsom (2713 m)
Today you descend from Muktinath into the district of Mustang where the scenery changes dramatically as you descend the Kali Gandaki valley into a landscape of stark rocky desolate You will go through the green oasis that is Kagbeni (2,800m), which stands out in stark contrast to the surrounding moonscape. Coming out of Kagbeni you follow the broad rugged course of the Kali Gandaki River where thankfully the terrain is now quite flat. After a few more hours you arrive at the end of your journey in the town of Jomsom, the headquarters of Mustang district. From Muktinath there are several routes to come down to Jomsom. Overnight at teahouse
Day 21: Jomsom Flight to Pokhara (850 m)
Today, you will take the early morning flight which again will give close-up views of the Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri and Annapurna range and you are flying about 25 minutes flight in a small aircraft. After arrival in Pokhara airport drive to hotel check-in your hotel and relax or do your own activities in Pokhara or look around lakeside. Overnight at hotel
Day 22: Drive to Kathmandu by tourist bus
It takes about seven hours, while driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, you head up to Damauli,, Dumre, Muglin and Kurintar where the Nepal’s first Cable car is operated to reach to Manakamana Temple. En route, you could enjoy the mountain views, green sceneries, rice terrace fields, vegetable fields and people being engaged in their daily life activities. From Naubishe you climb up to Thankot, the gateway to capital city. You can also fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu which takes about 25 minutes. Overnight Hotel
Day 23: Sightseeing to Boudhanath, Pashupatinath and Bhaktapur
After breakfast, tour guide will take to you for full day sightseeing in historical monuments sightseeing places including Boudhanath (biggest Buddhist stupa), Pashupatinath temple (A biggest Hindu temple) & Bhaktapur durbar square then drive back to Hotel.
Day 24: Leisure day in Kathmandu
Today, you have leisure day for relax or shopping in Kathmandu so you can do your own activities by yourself or consult with company to arrange extra activities. Overnight at hotel
Day 25: Depart Kathmandu
After breakfast, End of our services with departure transfer to the Kathmandu airport to board flight for your onward destination
1. Airport Pick-up and Drop Off,
2. Licensed and trained trekking guides,
3. potters for carrying goods and supplies,
4. Meal on full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea & coffee) basis during the trek
5. 3 Nights Accommodation in the 3/4/5 Star Hotel in Kathmandu with B & B. (Bed
& Breakfast) & Other Destination Based on Trekking Area.
6. All accommodation during the trek.
7. All meals and hot beverages during the trek.
8. Transportation to and from trail head.
9. All necessary documents and permits for trekking (where applicable)
10. National Park/Conservation Area entry Permit, Insurance, and equipment for the staffs.
11. Coordination of quick Rescue service (Costs covered by your Insurance Plan)
12. Trekking staffs wages etc.
13. 1 hr. trekker massage after your trek.
14. Welcome and Fare well dinner in a Nepali Cultural Dance restaurant in Kathmandu.
15. Trekking Duffle Bag
16. Trekking Staff Insurance of $10,000 Per Person.
17. Trekking Map, T-shirt, and Trekking certificate.
18. Exclusive of Medical Kit Bag
19. All Government and local Taxes
20. International Flight ticket re-confirmation.
21. Meals will be Start when your Trek starts.
1. International Airfares,
2. Travel/Trekking Insurance,
3. Excess baggage charges More than 16kg and hand bag more than 5 kg in
4. Visa fees.
5. Airport Departure Taxes.
6. Drinks (Cold and Alcoholic) Rescue charge.
7. Tips for The staffs.
8. Expenses of Personnel nature and Permit and Liaison officer fee (where Applicable.
9. Meals during stay in the Kathmandu and Pokhara.
10. Domestic Ticket Etc.
11. Extra Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara.