Nar Phu Valley Trek - 23 Days



Nar Phu is surrounded by Peri Himalaya to the north, Gangla and Gangru Himal to the east and Damodar Himal to the west. It is situated at an altitude of 3840 m which has dry land and also less windy. This valley was first visited by late Prof. David Snellgrove, a renowned Tibetologist, visited as Himalayan Pilgrimage. They have their language different from Manang and Tibetan. Most of the houses are two-story having entrance at the top. There are three Buddhist monasteries. Phu is located at the upper end of the valley, as it is at the high mountain area people of the Nar Phu descends to warm region from December to February. Nar people have closer relationship to Manang. They don’t sell their products much. They are mostly Lamas and are called by the Gurungs of Lamjung. They believe that the Lamas from Nar Phu are expert than other.

The valley used to be the restricted trekking area till 1985 as they were driven out from Nepal in 1964, the presence of the Kampas. Since then the lost village was opened to the outside world. The Khampas were powerful than the local so they dominated the villages. Actually, the valley was a secure place for them. Though it has close relationship with Lamjung in the south yet, in many aspects Manang dominated every aspect of Nar Phu. At later stage, Lamjung exerted their influence to the people of Nar Phu which results detest from Manang. This is one reason for being deprived of the development benefits happening around them.


Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive at Kathmandu

Day 2: After breakfast early morning, full day sightseeing of Kathmandu valley

Day 3: After breakfast early morning drive to Khudi (790m) 8 hrs. Overnight at Guest House Lodge

Day 4: After breakfast early in the morning, trek to Syange (1136m) 6 hrs. Overnight at Guest House Lodge

Day 5: After breakfast early in the morning, trek to Tal (1646m). Overnight at Guest House Lodge

Day 6: After breakfast early in the morning, trek to Koto (2640m) 6- 7 hr. Overnight at Guest House Lodge

Day 7: After breakfast early in the morning, trek to Meta or Dharamsala (3700m) 7-8 hrs. Overnight at Tented Camp or local home stay

Day 8: Acclimatization day

Day 9: After breakfast early in the morning, trek to Kyang (4000m) 7-8 hr. Overnight at Tented Camp or local home stay

Day 10: Acclimatization day

Day 11: Cross Kyang La, trek further to Phu village (5322m) Overnight at Tented Camp or local home stay

Day 12: On free day exploring Phu Gaon

Day 13: After breakfast early in the morning, trek to Nar Phedi (4180 m) 7-8 hrs. Overnight at Tented Camp or local home stay

Day 14: On free day exploring Nar Gaon. Overnight at Tented Camp or local home stay

Day 15: After breakfast early in the morning, trek to Braga (3360m). Overnight at Guest House Lodge

Day 16: After breakfast early in the morning, trek to Churi Lattar (4230m) 4-5 hrs. Overnight at Guest House Lodge

Day 17: After breakfast early in the morning, trek to Thorang Phedi (4450m) 3-4 hrs. Overnight at Guest House Lodge

Day 18: Cross Thorang -La Pass (5335m) and trek to Muktinath (3760m) 6-7hrs. Overnight at Guest House Lodge

Day 19: Trek to Jomsom (2720m) 5-6 hrs walking. Overnight at Guest House Lodge

Day 20: Early morning after breakfast, jeep drive to Pokhara (158 km) 7-8 hour. Overnight at Hotel

Day 21: Full day sightseeing of Pokhara. Overnight at Hotel

Day 22: Early morning after breakfast, drive to Kathmandu (200 km) 5-6 hour. Overnight at Hotel

Day 23: Departure

Upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport you will be greeted by a representative from Great Nepal. You will be then transferred to Hotel Manang or a similar category hotel. After check-in, you take a rest at your hotel room.
Today you will be going for sightseeing around the world heritage sites in the Kathmandu valley including, Kathmandu Durbar square, Bouddhanath Temple and Pashupatinath Temple. Overnight stay at hotel.
On the first day of the trek we will start from Besisahar, leaving the Besi Sahar we will follow the path of the village and descending the narrow path to the Pam Khola, Denauti with its traditional red mud houses. We will move ahead by seeing the picturesque views of Marshyangdi River, forests and the Gurung village at Khudi.
Our day will start trek from Khudi on towards Syange, enjoying nice views of Himchuli and Manaslu as we descend to the Nadi Khola. We will cross the Musi Khola on a suspension bridge and begin walking up towards Bahundanda (1,310m) lush greenery. We will view the excellent sight of Marshyangi Valley from the hilltop. After about 6 hours of comfortable-paced walking, we will reach Syange in the evening.
Our day starts with the trek through the forest section from Syange leading us through several small villages en route, including Jagat and Chamje. We will Trek along Marsyangdi River admiring the beauty of the surrounding hills and the rushing Marsyangdi River on the side. We will reach the small town of Tal in the late afternoon. The town offers the gorgeous waterfall and beautiful first glimpses of mountains seen at the horizon.
We will follow the Marsyangdi River, towards its source on the North Annapurna Glacier. The trail passes barley, wheat and potato fields and then begins a long steady climb through pine forests before crossing to the road on the west bank near Khotro (1 860m). Then, we will walk up the road to Dharapani (1 960m)- a bustling Tibetan village in the Manang valley, at the confluence with the DudhKhola. (A trail up the DudhKhola leads to Manaslu.) As we ascend the southern slopes of the valley, it swings westward and the trail climbs steep forested ridges, over some landslides. It offers good views of the Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II (7 937m), and Annapurna IV which gradually rise to the south as we approach Koto.
The Nar and Phu Valley lies north of Koto and we will reach via the Nar Khola Valley. Our next four trekking days are long and the teahouses are (at present) few and far between. The route place-names refer to winter Kharkas (warmer, lower grazing fields, only used by the inhabitants during the cold season). We will fill water bottles regularly as the trails can be dry. The trail offers the beautiful views of Annapurna. We will cross the Marsyangdi Khola and trek north, west of the river, up the deep Nar Gorge through dense ancient forest. The trail is carved into the rock, high above the river and later we will cross to the east bank and a tributary before an ACAP campsite. As the gorge narrows, we will climb well above the river through stands of pine and bamboo before we cross back to the west bank as the river veers to the NE and Hudaki Odar (3 060m, postman’s cave). Later we will cross to the east bank, passing behind a waterfall and continue to Dharamsala (3 220m, resting place for pack animals). We will pass the slopes of Kang Garu Himal past sheep goths (herder’s huts) which leads up to a Chorten (3 540m). The Nar ridge and Pisang Peak (6 091m) feature to the west, the Lamjung Himal (6 983m) to the south and walking through the terraced fields to Meta (Nar’s winter settlement).
It a day to get some rest so that you could be familiar with the altitude where you are and be prepared for the next days long trek. So, today you will be just doing a short hike, You will get the plenty of time to explore vilages and lifestyle.
We will trek to a Chorten and to a trail junction overlooking for the Nar Valley to the west from where Nar Phedi is visible below. We will head north, past occasional Kharkas to Nar Phedi and a higher trail to Nar. We will continue up into Juniper forest to a Chorten, and Jhunam (3 640m, one of several former Khampa outposts). We will drop down a side stream which lead us to Chyakhu (3 800m). From Upper Chyakhu the trail steepens, crossing the Mruju Khola before swinging back towards the Phu Khola to a pass landmarked with flags – and wider Annapurna views.
The vegetation changes to Alpine Juniper scrub and grassesas we go beyond Kyang, enjoyed by shy bharal herds. We will follow the trail that drops to cross the Phu Khola then ascend the east bank of the gorge. You will see an impressive tower and over a rock bridge to the Phupi Gyalgoe Gate (entrance to the Phu region). There are Phu’s three villages ahead, and the ruins of former fortifications. We will follow the trail across an eroded hillside before dropping to a colorful line of impressive Chortens before a bridge to Phu’s main village.
Phu (head of the valley) is built above the confluence of the Phu and Kyajo Kholas. You will see 40 mud brick houses stacked up the slopes of the spur. The remains of the original fortified building are the highest construction. Sheep, goats and yaks are kept for labor and trade. Barley, potatoes and vegetables are grown for local use in the short, high summer months. Most of the region is covered with snow during winter meanwhile the residents and their livestock move to lower winter pastures. We will explore the town, its local cuisine, and look for traditionally woven blankets and clothing. We will also visit the large Tashi Lhakhang Gompa complex that stands high on an adjacent hill which is beneath the snow pyramid of Chako (6704m). We will also the main hall with a fine collection of masks, instruments and Thangkas. It contains a library and apothecary for herbal medicines and a place for many Lamas to study herbal medicine to become Amchis (herbal doctors) in these isolated regions, overnight at the teahouse.
Our day starts with the easy return route that offers the view of Annapurna Himal from open ground. We will drop back to Kyang and continue to the Juniper forest around Jhunam. We will walk down (~¾ hr) to the higher trail junction to the west (right) that drops past to deep Dho Khola gorge (~10 min on, a trail to the left descends to Nar Phedi). We will climb 600m (~2½ hrs) to Nar. First hour is fairly steep that offers a view of Kang Garu. The trail then approaches to the Nar gate, a goth and mani wall before curving around a ridge to add Pisang Peak to the views. Nar (place of bharals) soon appears having 65 houses for 200 villagers.
Nar is busier than Phu, where the resident is congregate in the central area.Beside farming and tending to their livestock, wool is spun for weaving and rug making for local use and trade in Tibet. There are four village Gompas that worth exploring the Samten Pelgye Gompa which contains fine old statues.
Early in the morning start your trek towards Braga, another Sherpa village to explore .
After wonderful time in Manang Village, our trek starts with an ascent of almost 2000m to the Throung La from Manang. The trail crosses a stream and mane stone before the Tenki Manang. Our trek continues through small village of Gunsang where will stop at Yak Kharka, also known as Koche. It takes another 01 hrs to Churi lattar.
After breakfast in teahouse, our trek starts with few slowly up and downs until we cross the stream on a wooden bridge at 4310 meters. After making a short ascent to a teashop, we will follow a narrow path across a high, unstable slope before heading to Thorong Phedi (foot of the hill).
Our day starts with a walk with torch light, slowly ascend, nice view of the Annapurna Mountain and Chulu west, reaching to the pass. The Throng-La pass with traditional Chorten, prayer flags is at an elevation of 5416m as the highest point of our trip from where we will have outstanding high Himalayan scenery. We will follow the trail that descendall the way to Muktinath. It is a beautiful, calm and quiet, great and mysterious for pilgrims, decorated with god and goddess.
After breakfast we will descends to the Eklai Bhatti along the Kali Gandaki to the Jomsom. Jomsom is the administrative headquarters of Mustang district.
Early morning, we will head towards Pokhara. As, it will be our best choice where we will view a nice scene of Annapurna, Ghorepani, Sarankot, and other beautiful places around the region if we take a twin otter flight.
Pokhara is the largest city of Nepal in terms of area which lies in the Gandaki zone. It is 200 km far away from the capital city Kathmandu. It is 827 m high in the southern part to 1740 m in the north. Annapurna range and other 3 highest mountains in the world are only 15 miles away from the valley (Dhalulagiri, Annapurna I, and Manaslu). The trekkers come here as a base for undertaking the Aannapurna Circuit through Annapurna Conservation Area region. It is accessible through surface transportation as well as air.It offers lodging, fooding and entertainment along with the scenic view of the mountains and the valley which is the reason to be called as the “Paradise of Nepal”. Sarangkot hill has been developed as an attraction for adventure activities like paragliding and skydiving. It’s attractions are Bindabasini Temple, Davis Fall, Seti River George, Tibetan Refugee Camp, Gupteswor Cave and Fewa Tal.
Early morning after breakfast, we will drive back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival at Kathmandu transfer to your hotel.
You are saying good bye to the mountains as your journey in Nepal comes to an end today! There is nothing to do but trade emails with your travel companions and organize your photos. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight a representative from Great Nepal will take you to the airport. On your way home you'll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.

Inclusion

  • Airport picks up drop service
  • All land transportation as per itinerary
  • Monumental Entrance fees if any
  • Kathmandu & Pokhara Hotel accommodation in double room basis with breakfast
  • Food and accommodation and 3 meals (Breakfast, lunch, Dinner) during the trek
  • Camping charges
  • Local Transportation
  • Jeep drive from Jomsom to Pokhara
  • An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide) and porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging.
  • Trip permit and all necessary paper work
  • Farewell cultural dinner

Exclusion

  • Nepal entry visa
  • International airfare
  • Service not mention in above itinerary
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, water bottle, hot shower during the trekking etc.)
  • Tips for guides and porters and Any donation and monuments entrance fee
  • Any other expenses which are not mentioned on Price Inclusion section

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Acclimatization

To enable all expedition members to acclimatize well and hence maximize their chances of success, our expedition programs are prepared with sufficient time for acclimatization. Adaptation to the altitude takes time and there can be no short-cuts, even if supplementary oxygen is used in the final stages. The atmospheric pressure at the base camp is half of that at the sea level. A thorough program of acclimatization is built into the itinerary which consists of regulated height ascents, followed by descents and rests before the final ascent to the summit. This will prevent the climbers to get rid from altitude sickness.

Why Tipping is essential?

There are several reasons why you should tip in Nepal. It is quite the same as for what you tip in restaurants. They live in remote areas that are far from proper health and education facilities. Tipping them will additionally encourage them to manage good and nutritive food to eat, warm and comfortable clothes to wear or other necessary basic requirements to maintain their livelihood in a comfortable way. A small gesture of gratitude will do no harm to you but actually changes the lives of many people for a long time in many reasons. Our company has its fund collected from the some percentage of profit and sometimes from the tips of our guests which will directly invested for uplifting the economic condition of guides, porters and other staffs of office. It’s nothing more than the way to add smiles on those laborious faces.


TRIP COST USD
  • Country: Nepal
  • Transportation: Private & Local vehicle
  • Trip Start/Ends: Kathmandu
  • Group Size: Min 2 Pax
  • Max. Elevation: 5416m
  • Trek Style: Tea House + Camping

Trip highlights

  • Venture into a remote part of Nepal that few travelers get to see
  • Stay in ancient villages that have seen little change over the centuries
  • Experience a part of the Tibetan plateau that extends down into Nepal
  • Witness a Tibetan-derived culture, with unique and colorful prayer stones and monasteries and city culture
  • Majestic view of Annapurna II, Himlung Himal, Gangapurna, and Tilicho Peak
  • Cross Thorong La pass (5335m)  & Kang La Pass (5306m)
  • Visit to a sacred Muktinath Temple 

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