Nar Phu Valley Trek 2019/20

  • Trip duration 17 Days
  • Trip GradeModerate
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The trek through the Nar & Phu valleys combines high peaks and passes, glaciers, remote villages, narrow canyons, lovely forests, amazing rock formations, yaks, gompas and unique ethnically Tibetan cultures. Closed to trekkers until late 2002, very few outsiders have explored these virtually untouched villages or climbed the many 7000 meter peaks surrounding them.

Nar Phu Valley trek offers a fascinating landscape and extension to the standard Annapurna Circuit tea house trek behind the Annapurna Himal. Opened in 2002, this route largely above 3500m explores narrow valleys towards Tibet. The peoples in these valleys have remained isolated from the Manang Valley folk for generations.

Nar Phu Valley trek starts from Jagat following the popular trekking routes of Annapurna Circuit trail and then branch off from Koto to follow the off the beaten track to Nar Phu valley in the north of Manang and pass the Kang La pass with magnificent panorama of Annapurna massifs. The Kang La pass links Nar with Manang and three other Bhotia villages in the Neyshang valley. The valley system above opens up to a huge expanse of high snow-peaks, ancient villages and high altitude grazing settlements. Trekking to this hidden mountain valley offers medieval Tibetan culture in undisturbed form, dramatic mountains view and great alpine sceneries. We then head west over the Thorong La Pass and down through lower Mustang before heading on to Jomsom.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Take a bus from Kathmandu (1,350 M/4,429ft) to Besisahar (760 M/2,460ft) and again take a jeep to Jagat (1300 M), 8-9 hrs,(Teahouse + B-L-D),
  • Day 02: Trek from Jagat to Dharapani (1,860 M/6,102ft), 5-6 hrs,(Teahouse Accommodation + B-L-D)
  • Day 03: Trek from Dharapani to Koto (2,600 M/8,530ft), 5-6 hrs,(Teahouse Accommodation + B-L-D)
  • Day 04: Trek from Koto to Meta (3,560 M/11,679ft), 6-7,(Teahouse Accommodation + B-L-D),
  • Day 05: Trek from Meta to Phu Village (4,050 M/1,328ft), 5-6 hrs,(Teahouse Accommodation + B-L-D)
  • Day 06: Trek from Phu Village to Mahendra Pool (3,600 M/11,811ft), 5-6 hrs,(Teahouse Accommodation + B-L-D)
  • Day 07: Trek from Mahendra Pool to Naar Village (4,110 M/13,484ft), 2-3 hrs,(Teahouse Accommodation + B-L-D),
  • Day 08: Acclimatization and preparation at Nar
  • Day 09: Nar to Kang La Pass (5,322m/17,460ft) to Ngwal (3,660m/12,008ft): 7-8 hours (Teahouse Accommodation + B-L-D),
  • Day 10: Ngwal to Manang (3,540m/11,614ft): 4-5 hours, (Teahouse Accommodation + B-L-D)
  • Day 11: Manang to Yak Kharka (4,110m/13,484ft): 3-4 hours, (Teahouse Accommodation + B-L-D),
  • Day 12: Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,600m/15,092ft): 3-4 hours, (Teahouse Accommodation + B-L-D),
  • Day 13: Thorong Phedi to Thorong La (5,416m/17764ft) to Muktinath (3,800m/12,467ft): 7-8 hours, (Teahouse Accommodation + B-L-D),
  • Day 14: Muktinath to Jomsom (2,715m/8,910ft): 5-6 hours, (Teahouse Accommodation + B-L-D),
  • Day 15: Jomsom to Pokhara Flight (827m/2,700ft): 30 min flight, (Request category Hotel Accommodation + B & B)
  • Day 16: Pokhara to Kathmandu (1,300m/4,428ft): 5-6 hours drive or 25v minutes in option; on request
  • Day 17: Final departure

Cost Includes:

  • Airport-Hotel-Airport transfer via private vehicle,
  • Kathmandu and Pokhara hotel accommodation (Bed & Breakfast Basis),
  • Flight Jomsom-Pokhara,
  • English Speaking mountain trekking guide, assistant guide, cook, assistant cook and necessary porters,
  • Full board completely trek with Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner with verities of Indian, Western, Nepali, Chinese food items, dry meat, juice, tea, coffee, milk, hot chocolate etc.
  • Camping equipments: Tent accommodation, kitchen equipments, mattress, shower-toilet tent, dinning tent, dining tables, chairs etc.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Entry Permit,
  • Nar-Phu restricted area entry permit,
  • First aid and medical kits,
  • All program according to itineraries on full board,
  • Wages, food, accommodation, transportations, equipments, insurance and other facilities to staffs during the trek,
  • Farewell dinner at typical Nepali cultural restaurant,
  • All kinds of rescue arrangements,
  • All kinds of local and government TAX etc.

Cost Excludes:

  • Meals (Lunch & Dinner) whilst in Kathmandu & Pokhara,
  • Insurance for Travel/Accident/Medical/Emergency evacuation,
  • International airfare,
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected),
  • All kind of alcoholic & soft drinks,
  • Personal shopping, laundry, trekking equipments etc.
  • Nepal Entry Visa fee,
  • Cost raised by cancellation, landslide, weather, political unrest, illness which are not under our control,
  • Any others expanses which are not mentioned in "Trip Includes" section etc.

Detail Itineraries

  • Day 01Take a bus from Kathmandu (1,350 M/4,429ft) to Besisahar (760 M/2,460ft) and again take a jeep to Jagat (1300 M), 8-9 hrs,(Teahouse + B-L-D),We begin our journey at early dawn as we have a long drive ahead of us. We head-start right after breakfast and leave Kathmandu around 7 am in the morning. We see picturesque views of Nepali countryside, lush greeneries, rivers, villages, farms and mountain vistas throughout the drive. After 8-10 hours of scenic drive we reach Jagat via Besishahar
  • Day 02Trek from Jagat to Dharapani (1,860 M/6,102ft), 5-6 hrs,(Teahouse Accommodation + B-L-D)The trail from Jagat descends until it reaches the river and then continues through a lush forest. Further ascent leads to sharp-edged cliff facing the riverbank. Chyamje comes into picture amidst the glorious backdrop of towering Annapurna mountain ranges. After crossing a suspension bridge, we climb steeply towards the slippery and physically challenging path to Sattale. On treading along a succession of rock-strewn trails, we descend to a grassy riverbank that leads to Tal. As we walk away from Tal, the path becomes rugged and winding. Then we approach steep forested village of Karte. Meandering along the waterfalls and cliffs, we finally reach Dharapani
  • Day 03Trek from Dharapani to Koto (2,600 M/8,530ft), 5-6 hrs,(Teahouse Accommodation + B-L-D)We begin trek towards Bagarchhap which takes about one hour passing through pine and fir forests. We continue our trek till Danaque which takes about an hour. The trail is steeply ascending up to Timang but we can enjoy the good view of Mt. Manaslu and Peak 29 from here. The trail continues through pine forests till Latamarang which takes about one and half hour. We have to walkt through forests whereby we have a short glimpse of Annapurna II. Finally we arrive in Koto village
  • Day 04Trek from Koto to Meta (3,560 M/11,679ft), 6-7,(Teahouse Accommodation + B-L-D),We trek through the River bank of Soti Khola through wonderful pine forests, streams and suspension and reach Dharmasala. We continue the trek through forests and ascend steeply towards Meta village. Finally we arrive on the Tibetan Plateau where we can enjoy a very good view of Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal.
  • Day 05Trek from Meta to Phu Village (4,050 M/1,328ft), 5-6 hrs,(Teahouse Accommodation + B-L-D)After almost 4 hours of trek through the trail after leaving Meta, we reach Kyang where we can see the remnants, particularly the ruined forts of the Khampa settlement. We further keep walking past the Phu Khola on a rocky trail and finally reach the Phu village in another 3 to 4 hours.
  • Day 06Trek from Phu Village to Mahendra Pool (3,600 M/11,811ft), 5-6 hrs,(Teahouse Accommodation + B-L-D)We start trekking from Phu Gaon towards our next destination Mahendra Pool, through the beautiful trail.The trail descends passing many streams and suspension bridges until Mahendra Pul. We pass the high suspension bridge 80m over the Gorge of Lapche River. On the way to Mahendra Pool we enjoy the natural beauty, views of Annapurna Himalayas and picturesque views of the villages through thetrail. After about six hours trek we reach to the Mahendra Pool
  • Day 07Trek from Mahendra Pool to Naar Village (4,110 M/13,484ft), 2-3 hrs,(Teahouse Accommodation + B-L-D),The trail steeply ascends passing many Buddhist stupas until Nar Village which takes about 2 hours. We find several Buddhist Monasteries here to visit coupled with the glorious vistas of Pisang Peak and other small peaks.
  • Day 08Acclimatization and preparation at NarAcclimatization/rest day for this trek. We spend the day taking a day hike nearby and explore Nar village and have a close look over the local culture and lifestyle. We also prepare for the trek next day
  • Day 09Nar to Kang La Pass (5,322m/17,460ft) to Ngwal (3,660m/12,008ft): 7-8 hours (Teahouse Accommodation + B-L-D),Early in the morning after breakfast and head to Kangla pass. From pass we can see the Annapurna massif. We further trek down to Ngwal from there.
  • Day 10Ngwal to Manang (3,540m/11,614ft): 4-5 hours, (Teahouse Accommodation + B-L-D)From Ngwal, we head for Manang today. We pass through the isolated village of Paugh overlooking the amazing views of Annapurna range. Then move gently uphill to Mungli and then to the main trail of Annapurna Trail at Mungli. Then eventually trek up to Manang
  • Day 11Manang to Yak Kharka (4,110m/13,484ft): 3-4 hours, (Teahouse Accommodation + B-L-D),From Manang village, the trail crosses a stream, climbs to a village of Tenki above Manang, then continues to climb out of the Marshyangdi Valley turning northwest up the valley of Jarsang Khola. The trail follows this valley northward, passing a few pastures, a scrub of juniper trees, as it steadily gains elevation. The trail further passes near the small village of Ghunsa, a cluster of flat mud roofs just below the trailhead. Now the trail goes through meadows where horses and yaks graze. After crossing a small river on a wooden bridge, the trail passes an ancient old Mani wall in a pleasant meadow and then reaches another small village of Yak Kharka.
  • Day 12Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,600m/15,092ft): 3-4 hours, (Teahouse Accommodation + B-L-D),Thorong Phedi is a small busy settlement catering to the needs of tired trekkers and climbers. Trekkers use this point as a base camp. Some visitors also attempt a hike to the High Camp.
  • Day 13Thorong Phedi to Thorong La (5,416m/17764ft) to Muktinath (3,800m/12,467ft): 7-8 hours, (Teahouse Accommodation + B-L-D),Crossing the Thorong La Pass at a dizzying height of 5,416m/17,764ft is another highlight of this trek. An early start is important to go through the icy high-altitude trail. But the picturesque mountain vistas are more than compensates the strenuous walk through the grueling trail. We reach Muktinath by sunset which is an important pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhist. We can stroll around the area which hosts a Vishnu temple and a Monastery nearby.
  • Day 14Muktinath to Jomsom (2,715m/8,910ft): 5-6 hours, (Teahouse Accommodation + B-L-D),Descend down the dramatic Kali Gandaki Gorge through the arid land, pass by Jharkot and Khingar villages which has typical Tibetan architecture. Follow the valley floor most of the way sprawled along the banks of the Kali Gandaki and finally reach Jomsom.
  • Day 15Jomsom to Pokhara Flight (827m/2,700ft): 30 min flight, (Request category Hotel Accommodation + B & B)The scenic flight to Pokhara from Jomsom takes through the gorge of the two huge mountains, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. On arrival at Pokhara airport, we will be transferred to lakeside hotel. Get some rest and explore the beauty of Pokhara Valley in the evening. Walk along the bank of Fewa Lake, the second biggest lake of Nepal, admiring the mountain view of Machhapuchhare. You can also go for a boat-ride in Fewa Lake or take a short hike to the World Peace Pagoda
  • Day 16Pokhara to Kathmandu (1,300m/4,428ft): 5-6 hours drive or 25v minutes in option; on requestDrive back to Kathmandu from Pokhara and transferred your hotel as per request.
  • Day 17Final departureOur journey in Nepal comes to an end today! Onwards your journey or alternatively join other program.

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