Nar Phu Valley Trek - 20 Days

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  • Duration: 20 Days
  • Trip Grade: Strenuous Strenuous
  • Country: Nepal
  • Region: Manaslu
  • Max. Altitude: 5416m/17769ft
  • Best Season: Spring/Autumn
  • Group Size: Min 2 Pax
  • Trip Start/Ends: Kathmandu
  • Trek Style: Tea House/Camping
  • Transportation: Land Transport

Nar Phu Valley is the least visited trekking area which combines remote villages of Nar and Phu, narrow canyons, lovely forests, amazing rock formations, yaks, Monasteries, Kang La Pass and unique Himalayan cultures. The trek includes crossing of the challenging high passes like Masokanto La (5099m), Kangla Pass (5200m), Thorong La (5335m) & Tilicho Pass (5230m) with view of beautiful Lake Tilicho.

The route offers magnificent grand panoramas of the Annapurna massif and medieval Tibetan culture. It used to be a trade route with Tibet after the Nepalese government closed the border. Yarsa Gumba, the collection of valuable herbs, yak herding and souvenir trading are the occupations most of the people relay during the winter. 


Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu (1350m/4429ft)

Day 2: Kathmandu full day sightseeing tour and Trek Preparation

Day 3: Drive to Jagat Drive (210km/ 8-9 hours)

Day 4: Trek to Dharapani (1,960m/6,430ft) 7-8 hours

Day 5: Trek to Koto (2,610m/8,563ft) 5-6 hours

Day 6: Trek to Meta (3,560m/11,680ft) 7-8 hours

Day 7: Trek to Phu Village (4,250m/13,944ft) 7-8 hours

Day 8: Phu village excursion day

Day 9: Trek to Nar Phedi (3850m /12800ft) 5-6 hrs

Day 10: Trek from Nar Phedi to Nar Village (4150m/13615ft) 4 hrs

Day 11: Nar village excursion day

Day 12: Trek to Ngwal (3,660m/12,008ft) via Kang La Pass (5,322m/17,460ft) 7-8 hours

Day 13: Trek to Manang (3,540m/11,614ft) 4-5 hours

Day 14: Trek to Yak Kharka (4,110m/13,484ft) 3-4 hrs

Day 15: Trek to Thorong Phedi (4,600m/15,092ft) 3-4 hours

Day 16: Trek to Muktinath (3,800m/12,467ft) via Thorong La (5,416m/17764ft) 7-8 hours

Day 17: Trek to Jomsom (2,715m/8,910ft) 5-6 hours

Day 18: Jomsom to Pokhara Flight (827m/2,700ft) 30 min flight

Day 19: Pokhara - Kathmandu drive back (200km/6 Hrs)

Day 20: Departure from TIA

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Welcome to the land of Himalaya at 1333m. You will be warmly welcomed by the mountains and our company representative will be standing with your name card at the arrival terminal with a beautiful smile. You will be escorted to your hotel and will be provided all the details information about your program. Overnight stay at Hotel in Kathmandu.

Today day you will have a full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu City consists of Kathmandu Durbar Square (City of Temple), Swoyambhunath (Monkey temple) and Patan City (City of fine arts). Kathmandu Durbar Square is a complex of palaces, courtyards and temples like Hanuman Dhoka Palace, Kumari Ghar (Abode of the Living Goddess), Taleju temple, built between the 12th and 18th centuries, used to be the seat of the ancient Malla Kings of Kathmandu. The Great Stupa of Swayambhunath stands on a hill to the west of Kathmandu. Its name means "The Self-created, Self-existent Buddha" also known as Monkey temple. Patan City is noted for its craftsmen and metal workers. The diversity of the Medieval culture that allowed both Hinduism and Buddhism to flourish has left a rich legacy of impressive sightseeing in this city for today's visitors. Overnight stay at Hotel in Kathmandu.

After breakfast drive to Jagat via Marshyangdi valley through some twisting and turning roads. You will have some picturesque sceneries, roadside settlements and villages perched on the hilltop, glimpses of mountains and terraced fields to reach Besisahar. Ahead in the trail we shall encounter rough and dusty road whose discomfort is reduced by the marvelous scenery as seen from the windowpane of the vehicles. Overnight stay in Jagat.

After breakfast start your trek through the river and continue through lush forest. Further ascent leads to a cliff facing the riverbank. Enjoy the view of Annapurna massif throughout the way. Cross suspension bridge and ascend towards the slippery and physically challenging path to Sattale. From here you descend to a grassy riverbank which leads us to Tal. After crossing the forested village of Karte and walking through the waterfalls and cliffs and finally crossing the suspension bridge, we will reach Dharapani. Overnight stay in Dharapani. 

 After breakfast, we will begin our trek towards Bagarchap. We can visit White washed Monastery in Bagarchap. Then we continue our trek through pine and fir forest with magnificent view of Mt Manaslu, Annapurna II and Peak 29 until we reach Koto. Overnight stay in Koto.


Today we will register our Restricted Area Permit at Police Check Post and continue our trek through the Riverbank of Soti Khola. We will cross wonderful Pine forests, streams and suspensions until we reach Dharmasala. Steep ascend from here will lead us towards Meta village. Enjoy the glimpse of Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal from here. Overnight stay in Meta.

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 the 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). Overnight stay in Phu Gaon.

This day 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 villages and lifestyle. Overnight stay in Phu Gaon.

Today we hike to Nar Phedi. It takes 6-7 hours walking. Stay overnight at Nar Phedi. 

After breakfast ascend through the view of Kangarun Peak passing Nar gate through Mani Stones. This day you will get a chance to have a fascinating facing view of Pesang Peak. Trek through different curves and Chortens until you reach Nar Village. Overnight stay in Nar Village.

Explore Nar Gaon (Village) with the mesmerising view of Kangaru Himal and Pisang Peak. Visit Guru Cholling Gompa on the top of the village. Similarly Samten Polgye Ling, Kunsel Dochen Choling Gompa and Samdru Choling. Take complete rest and get prepare to next day long walk to Kang La pass. Overnight stay in Nar Village.

Trek through the superb view of Pisang Peak and Yak grazing alps. Pass a small flat land of Jambu Kharka also known as Kang La Phedi. Descend down overlooking the picturesque landscape and cinerary which past Yak and sheep shelter finally brings you Ngawal after longday walk. Overnight stay in Ngwal.

Today is an easy day to Manang. Pass through the isolated village of Paugh overlooking the amazing views of Annapurna II, Gangapurna, Annapurna III, Gandarba Chuli and Pisang Peak. On the way visit famous Braga Monastery built in 17th century. Overnight stay in Manang.

Start your trek through streams and ascend to a village of Tenki above Manang. Continue to climb out of MArshyangdi Valley turning northwest up the Valley of Jarsang Khola. The trail passes near the small village of Ghunsang, a cluster of flat mud roofs just below the trailhead. Then 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. Little but gradual ascent is the key to avoid altitude sickness. Overnight stay in Yak Kharka.

After breakfast trek to Thorang Phedi today. Thorang Phedi is a small settlement catering to the needs of tired trekkers and climbers. Some visitors also attempt a hike to the High Camp today so that the next day can be easier for them. But, we do not advise this as we will have a tough day tomorrow, we stop at Thorong Phedi so that we can have sound sleep in lower altitude rather than risking sleeping in a higher altitude at High Camp. Overnight stay at Thorong Phedi.

This day is a relatively hard day for us. Start your day early to cross Thorang La Pass (5,416m/17,764ft) which is also another highlight of this trek. 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. Overnight stay at Muktinath.

After breakfast start your journey by descending down the dramatic Kali Gandaki Gorge through the arid land. Pass through the villages of Jharkot and Khingar which has typical Tibetan architecture. Following the valley floor most of the way sprawled along the banks of Kali Gandaki until we reach Jomsom. Overnight stay in Jomsom. 

After breakfast fly to Pokhara. This scenic flight takes us through the gorge of the two huge mountains, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Massifs. Upon arrival at Pokhara transfer to Hotel. Rest of the day free at leisure. We can also go for a boat-ride in Fewa Lake or take a short hike to the World Peace Pagoda. We can end the day with a leisurely stroll around the mesmerizing lakeside area. Overnight stay at Hotel in Pokhara.

We return to Kathmandu by tourist bus, Upon arrival in Kathmandu; you will be escorted to your hotel. You can then have the rest of the day to rest or catch up on some last minute shopping or explore any landmarks we missed during on the first day in Kathmandu. In the evening, you will attend a celebration dinner. Overnight stay at Hotel in Kathmandu.

Sadly your most memorable journey ends today. A Great Nepal representative will escort you to the airport 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way home you have plenty of time to think about your recent adventure and to plan your next wonderful adventure in Nepal.

Inclusion

  • All land transportation including Airport picks up drop service as per itinerary
  • Kathmandu & Pokhara Hotel accommodation in double room basis with breakfast
  • Food and accommodation and 3 meals (Breakfast, lunch, Dinner) during the trek
  • All necessary camping charges
  • Jomsom-Pokhara AIRFARE with Domestic Airport charge
  • 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 paperwork
  • Monument Entrance fees
  • Farewell cultural dinner with Authentic Nepali food

Exclusion

  • Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Snacks, soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, water and personal items.
  • Your travel insurance (compulsory). This must include helicopter rescue
  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (US$ 30 per person) You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu for either 30 days or 90 days from date of issue. You will need to have currency of either USD, AUD or EU in cash to pay for your visa.
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, changes in Government regulations, etc that is beyond our control.
  • Fees for recharging, hot showers, towels, laundry or other services on trekking days.
  • Personal trekking gear.
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver. (which is not mandatory but highly appreciated).
  • Any other expenses which are not mentioned on Price Inclusion section.

Route Map

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
  • Majestic view of Annapurna II, Himlung Himal, Gangapurna, and Tilicho Peak
  • Cross Thorong La pass (5335m)  & Kang La Pass (5306m)

Why with us?

  • Your Safety Come first.
  • Great Value of Money
  • Responsible Tourism
  • Social Responsibility
  • Tailor-Made Program
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