Nar Phu Valley Trekking


    The Nar Phu valley; a fantastic journey in a wild and unexplored area located north of Annapurna. Nar and Phu valleys are newly opened, spectacular regions of ethnically Tibetans inhabitants for those of you that think you trekked all. This is a trek that combines high peaks and passes, glaciers, remote villages, narrow canyons, lovely forests, amazing rock formations, yaks, gompas and unique Himalayan cultures.This is one of the most beautiful treks that combine easy walking with majestic scenery and a mix of cultures unmatched by any other treks in Nepal. The trail starts from lowland villages and rice terraces deep into the Annapurna Himalayas. Nar Phu Valley trek is perfect for travellers who want to discover the Annapurna circuit as well as explore an untouched valley. A rough and wild trek, this trek takes you to the exotic Nar Phu valley that lies in the remote corner of the Annapurna region. Opened to visitors only in the year 2003, the Nar Phu valley remains untouched by modernity. As you gradually climb uphill, the peaks of Annapurna south and Hiunchuli emerge from behind the foothills. Pastures and cultivated fields soon give way to deep forests of oak, bamboo and rhododendron. The inhabitants, who roughly comprises of about 350 Nepalese Tibetans, have retained their age old practices. Most of them are engaged in yak herding and farming. This trek also offers fantastic views of the Annapurna massif, Lamjung Himal, Machhapuchhre Himal, Manaslu Himal, Dhawalagiri range and Tilicho peak.


    Short Itinerary


    Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu
    Day 02: Sightseeing in Katmandu
    Day 03: Kathmandu to Besi Sahar by drive [820m]
    Day 04: Besi Sahar to Khudi [790m]
    Day 05: Khudi to Bahundanda [1310m]
    Day 06: Bahundanda to Jagat [1290m]
    Day 07: Jagat to Dharapani [1920m]
    Day 08: Dharapani to Narphu valley first camp [2740m]
    Day 09: Narphu Valley to Sinhenge Dharamsala [3230m]
    Day 10: Dharamsala to Upper Chaku Village [3720m]
    Day 11: Upper Chaku Village to Phu Village [3980m]
    Day 12: Rest day in Phu Village 
    Day 13: Phu Village to Naar Campsite [3550m]
    Day 14: Naar Campsite to Kang La Phedi [4530m]
    Day 15: Kang La Phedi to Munje [3330m]
    Day 16: Munje to Manang [3520m]
    Day 17: Manang to Letdar [4250m]
    Day 18: Letdar to Thorung Phedi [4500m]
    Day 19: Thorung Phedi to Muktinath [3800m]
    Day 20: Muktinath to Jomsom [2713m]
    Day 21: Jomson to Pokhara by flight 
    Day 22: Fly or drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu
    Day 23: Rest day & shopping in Kathmandu 
    Day 24: Depart Kathmandu: farewell friends
    Day 01 - Arrive in Kathmandu

    Our representative will welcome you at Tribhuvan International Airport, after introductory meeting transport you to hotel in Kathmandu. Our guide will explain about the program in briefly along the way to hotel. Rest of the day varies upon your arrival time; we can organize some activities if you arrived by midday or early afternoon but late afternoon and evening arrivals have a free day for individual activities.

    Day 02 - Sightseeing in Katmandu

    After breakfast, start the trip to visit Kathmandu Valley with its various important religious centres; Pashupatinath (Hindu Temple), nearby along the banks of the Bagmati River. Here we see Hindu holy men (sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the ghats, nearby Boudhanath is possibly the largest stupa in the world;Where we observe Buddhist monks in prayer in the monasteries surrounding the stupa and this is also kind of prayer centre for Tibetan school of Buddhism, Then our trip moves toward Swoyambhunath, one of the most glorious Buddhist Chaityas probably the oldest temple of Nepal, famous for its nickname as Monkey Temple. The rest of our time in Kathmandu is free for further sightseeing, exploration & final preparation for next morning to trekking. In the late afternoon your tour guide will confirm departure information for the next morning.

    Day 03 - Kathmandu to Besi Sahar

    Wake up early in the morning and get ready to leave for Besi Sahar. It takes about 6-7 hours journey from Kathmandu to Besi Sahar. You drive along the Kathmandu-Pokhara highway to Dumre and then follow the narrow and paved road by the Marsyangdi River to Besi Sahar. Besi Sahar is the district headquarters of Lamjung district. All the local government offices are there. From here you can witness some of mountain peaks, natural sceneries surrounding the valley and you can perceive the daily activities of local people. Overnight at Besi Sahar.

    Day 04  Besi Sahar to Khudi

    We start our first day's short trek from Besi Sahar, turning right at the canal on the outskirts of the village and descending the narrow path to the Pam Khola. We then cross the stream and climb to the village of Denauti with its traditional red-mud houses. From here we descend to the banks of the Marshyangdi Khola and then follow the trail through rice paddies and sub-tropical forests to the Gurung village of Khudi.

    Day 05  Khudi to Bahundanda

    Leaving Khudi we pass a school and a forest nursery, as the trail continues northwards up the Marshyangdi Valley. After crossing a suspension bridge at Bhulbule, the trail passes a cascading waterfall and rice terraces with the magnificent views of Manaslu serving as a backdrop. Following a gentle incline we come to the village of Ngadi with its shops and teahouses. From here, the trail continues to ascend towards Bahundanda. Bahundanda literally means "Hill of the Brahmins" and it is the most northerly Brahmin settlement in the Marshyangdi Valley. It is situated on a long ridge and we camp in terraced fields near the village.

    Day 06 - Bahundanda to Jagat

    A steep trail descends from Bahundanda, through rice terraces, before crossing a stream at the bottom of a small waterfall. It then climbs again and traverses the hillside high above the river before reaching the village of Hani Gaon. Ahead, the Marshyangdi valley forms a steep V-shape, and we follow the winding mountain path down through Syange and along the river for some distance. The trail then climbs steeply and the path is cut into the sheer cliff-face some 200-300m above the riverbed. Eventually we descend to the stone village of Jagat, situated on a shelf which juts into the precipitous Marshyangdi valley.

    Day 07 - Jagat to Dharapani

    The trail from Jagat descends until it almost reaches the river and then begins to climb again through a forest. The sheer cliff on the opposite bank plunges downward but this side is also steep. When the climb ends, we follow a level track to Chyamje. There is a magnificent waterfall on the opposite bank. After descending to the river and crossing a suspension bridge, we begin a climb to Sattale on a path so steep that it seems one slip would send you hurtling down into the valley. We continue on an undulating path above the river, and at one point, where a tributary flows in from the opposite bank, the main river becomes covered with huge boulders that hide the water. Climbing the zigzag path to the top of the hill, we see the level, plain of Tal before us. Though it is enclosed by cliffs, the level area looks reassuring after the harrowing mountain paths just travelled on. We descend to a grassy riverbank which leads to Tal with its hotels and teahouses. Beyond Tal, the valley narrows and the path becomes high and winding, and in several areas seems hewn from the rock itself. Beyond the small village of Karte, there is a bit more cliff-walking before the path drops again to the river. We cross a suspension bridge, and climb the short distance to the stone mani marking the entrance to Dharapani.

    Day 08 - Dharapani to Narphu valley first camp

    As we cut through a narrow field from the village, the Dudh Khola, which originates from the south face of Manaslu, enters on the opposite bank. The Marshyangdi then veers to the left, and as Annapurna II becomes visible ahead, we arrive at Bagarchhap, a Bhotia village with prayer flags fluttering in the breeze. Continuing to climb through forests of pine and oak, we pass through Dhanakyu before coming to a thundering waterfall. Further on, the Marshyangdi Khola enters a gorge and the path consists of steep stone steps. Pausing for breath, we can look back for views of Manaslu. When the steep incline ends we follow a path amid magnificent rhododendrons to Ratamron and then continue on a gently rising path, crossing a stream before entering a pine forest. We then cut across a loose hillside to the hamlet of Koto (2600 m) from where we can look straight up at the magnificent Annapurna II. This is also where we leave the Annapurna Circuit; we cross the Marshyangdi river and enter the Narphu valley. From the bank of Narphu Khola we start climbing to our first camping site, which we reach about two hours from Koto.

    Day 09 - Narphu valley to Sinhenge Dharamsala

    Most of this first day in the NarPhu valley we walk on small jungle paths, which is quite a change from the bigger trail around Annapurna. The first part is up and down and then we have a short steep ascent to Choto (2840m). We then have lots of steep ups and downs and the path is quite exposed above the Nar Phu Khola. At the altitude of 3090m we cross a suspension bridge, here the valley is very narrow and just before the bridge there are some hot-springs. The rock carved path now becomes very exiting, both because of danger, but also because there are some big waterfalls. We climb to a two storied hut at Sinhenge Dharamsala, where we set camp for the night.

    Day 10 - Sinhenge Dharamsala to Upper Chaku Village

    We begin the day by crossing Methang Khola river and then start a breathtaking climb on a winding path to the Methang pastures. Here at Methang there is an ancient Chorten and marvellous views of Kang Guru. Further on we pass the abandoned Methang village (3560m), from the village there is a path to Kang Guru BC. The path to the next village Junan is easy and flat, Junan is also abandoned. From here we continue to have an easy walk to Lower Chaku village, which has about 15 houses. We continue to Upper Chaku on a steep trail.

    Day 11 - Upper Chaku Village to Phu Village

    This day begins with a hard steep ascent to the abandoned Kyan village Vhaku, where there is a nice long mani wall. We continue on an amazing tunnel carved rocky path 70 meters above the river and then decent to the riverbed, we follow the riverbed and pass some Mani Chrotens. We then climb up from the riverbed to the Phu valley entrance door (Phuohi Yalgoe). About an hour from the valley entrance we cross the Phu Khola and begin climbing up to the village. Phu village consists of about 30 houses, which are home to 100-150 people. We camp near the river.

    Day 12 - Rest day in Phu Village

    We rest here for a day, have a look at the village and might go exploring a little further up in the valley.

    Day 13 - Phu Village to Naar Campsite [3550m]

    To get to Naar we have to go back down the valley, we pass Chaku and walk on for a couple of hours before we cross the Phu Khola at Naar Phedi (two bridges to Naar). From here we climb up to a very nice grassy campsite.

    Day 14 - Naar Campsite to Kang La Phedi [4530m]

    From our campsite it is a steep couple of hours climb to Naar Village (4110m), we have lunch here near the village, so we can take a look at it before we walk on. We continue on a long but gentle ascent through the lateral moraine of Temdenzon Khola, on a nice path. At the bottom of Kang La, we camp on a nice grassy spot.

    Day 15 - Kang La Phedi to Munje [3330m]

    Today we have a long and hard day ahead of us, however it is very rewarding. We have to cross the big Kang La pass (5280m). It is a very steep ascent to the top of the pass where there is a chorten and some great views of the Annapurna massif. Just before reaching the pass, there is a small lake where we take a rest before making the last effort to reach the top. From the top of the pass it is a very steep descent, but after an hour we take a grassy path that leads to Ngawal. There are restaurants and lodges in Ngawal. We continue all the way to Munje. On the way we pass beautiful forests. We camp there for the night.

    Day 16 - Munje to Manang

    Cultivated fields appear on both sides of the path and off to the right, below a craggy mountain, we can see the village of Braga with its splendid monastery. Large chortens and mani walls abound and the tall peaks of the Himalaya spread out before us - Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Gangapurna [7455m] and, to the rear, Tilicho Peak [7134m]. After a short steep climb we reach Manang, which is a surprisingly large village for this remote mountain region. We camp here for the night, amidst the fluttering prayer flags.

    Day 17 - Manang to Letdar

    From Manang, we climb to the next village of Tengi. We are surrounded by magnificent peaks of the Annapurna Himal , Peak 29 and Himalchuli . We are now past the tree line. The vegetation consists of alpine grasses and scrub juniper. Climbing the path past the summer village of Gunsang, we cross the Gundon Khola via a wooden bridge. From here we can see ahead the mountains surrounding the Thorung La which we will cross tomorrow. The trail is up and down as the elevation gradually increases and we soon enter an alluvial delta where there are yak pastures. An hour beyond this, we come to the small settlement of Letdar.

    Day 18 - Letdar to Thorung Phedi

    Leaving Letdar, we climb gradually to a ridge before descending to the headwaters of the Marshyangdi and crossing via a covered wooden bridge. After a short ascent up the mountain path on the right bank, we follow a narrow trail across an unstable scree slope and then descend to Thorung Phedi.

    Day 19 - Thorung Phedi to Muktinath

    We begin the trek early today for crossing the Thorung La [5416m]. The trail becomes steep immediately on leaving camp but as this trail has been used by local people for hundreds of years the path is well defined. The gradient then eases and after around 4 hours of steady climbing we reach the chorten and prayer flags of the pass. The views are dramatic, from the snow covered mountains above, to the head of the Kali Gandaki valley below and the brown and purple hills of Mustang which spread out before us. The descent to Muktinath is a tiring and knee pounding journey but it's compensated for with excellent views of Dhaulagiri. Eventually the moraines give way to grassy slopes before a pleasant walk along the Jhong Khola Valley to Muktinath and its shrines and temple.

    Day 20 - Muktinath to Jomsom

    We now begin the descent down the dramatic Kali Gandaki valley, initially through arid country in the same geographical and climatic zone as Tibet. After passing through Jharkot and Khingar, villages with typical Tibetan architecture, we follow the valley floor most of the way to Jomsom and are rewarded with tremendous views of both Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri. Jomsom is a large town sprawled along both banks of the Kali Gandaki River, and it is here we will spend the final night of our trek.

    Day 21  Jomsom to Pokhara by flight

    We take an early morning flight to Pokhara. It is a spectacular flight along the Kali Gandaki Gorge and provides wonderful views of both the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges.

    Day 22 - Fly or drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu

    Early in the morning, we take bus/private vehicle for about 200 kilometres drive back to Kathmandu which takes about 5/6 hours drive or alternatively there are domestic flights which take 35 minutes to Kathmandu. While your journey you better to hold on the left pane of the vehicle to enjoy the sceneries through the route. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be then transferred to your hotel. Rest of the time you can spend the evening leisurely. Stay overnight at Kathmandu hotel.


    Day 23  Rest day & shopping in Kathmandu

    This day is leisure day for you to rest after many days trekking. You can either relax whole day or you can explore around the city. You can roam around the shopping malls or you can buy handicrafts, Thankas and other various arts and sculptures in the markets. Rest of the time you can spend the evening leisurely, perhaps catch up on some last minute shopping and celebrate dinner together with Nepali Travel staffs. Overnight at Kathmandu hotel.

    Day 24 - Depart Kathmandu: farewell friends

    According to your flight schedule, it is varies on your departure time rest of day is at leisure for independent activities of your interest until we pick you up at the hotel or we could plan some activities upon your choice if it is late hour flight and then transfer to airport for your further destination.

    Services Included :

    1.   Accommodation in Kathmandu & Pokhara on B/B as per the program
    2.   Kathmandu city tour as per the above itinerary (included tour guide, entrance fees and transportation)
    3.   All accommodation along the trekking route
    4.   Monument and national park entrance fees
    5.   All ground transportation within Nepal including to and from airport
    6.   An experience Guide (trained by Ministry of tourism), porters (generally 1 porter for 2 person)
    7.   Trek as per the program
    8.   Nepalese staff insurance
    9.   Trekking information management system (Tims)
    10.        Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment & Surface Transfer to destination from Kathmandu for Nepali staffs
    11.        Office & Tourist service charges


    Services Excluded :

    1.   International airfare to and from Nepal

    2.   Travel insurance and domestic airfare if not listed in trekking schedule

    3.   Nepal Tourist Visa fee US$ 25 or equivalent foreign currency with multiple entries for 15 days, US$ 40 or equivalent foreign currency with multiple entries for 30 days. You may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport - Kathmandu.

    4.   Breakfast, Lunch and dinner not mentioned in the program other than breakfast

    5.   All items of personal nature (personal clothing, hot shower, hot water, cold drinks, alcoholic beverages, telephone and laundry etc.)

    6.   Special permit fees for restricted areas

    7.   Charges for delays caused by situations beyond our control such as bad weather, natural disasters, civil unrest, and emergencies.

    8.   Personal gears & clothing (available on hire)

    9.      Tips for guide, porters & driver

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    Nar Phu Valley Trekking


    The Nar Phu valley; a fantastic journey in a wild and unexplored area located north of Annapurna. Nar and Phu valleys are newly opened, spectacular regions of ethnically Tibetans inhabitants for those of you that think you trekked all. This is a trek that combines high peaks and passes, glaciers, remote villages, narrow canyons, lovely forests, amazing rock formations, yaks, gompas and unique Himalayan cultures.This is one of the most beautiful treks that combine easy walking with majestic scenery and a mix of cultures unmatched by any other treks in Nepal. The trail starts from lowland villages and rice terraces deep into the Annapurna Himalayas. Nar Phu Valley trek is perfect for travellers who want to discover the Annapurna circuit as well as explore an untouched valley. A rough and wild trek, this trek takes you to the exotic Nar Phu valley that lies in the remote corner of the Annapurna region. Opened to visitors only in the year 2003, the Nar Phu valley remains untouched by modernity. As you gradually climb uphill, the peaks of Annapurna south and Hiunchuli emerge from behind the foothills. Pastures and cultivated fields soon give way to deep forests of oak, bamboo and rhododendron. The inhabitants, who roughly comprises of about 350 Nepalese Tibetans, have retained their age old practices. Most of them are engaged in yak herding and farming. This trek also offers fantastic views of the Annapurna massif, Lamjung Himal, Machhapuchhre Himal, Manaslu Himal, Dhawalagiri range and Tilicho peak.


    Trip Facts


    Group size
    None
    Trip duration
    24  days
    Maximum altitude
    5415  m
    Grade
    Easy To Moderate
    Possibility
    None
    Transportation
    None
    Average walking
    6  hrs
    Season
    October to December - Feb to May




    Short Itinerary


    Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu
    Day 02: Sightseeing in Katmandu
    Day 03: Kathmandu to Besi Sahar by drive [820m]
    Day 04: Besi Sahar to Khudi [790m]
    Day 05: Khudi to Bahundanda [1310m]
    Day 06: Bahundanda to Jagat [1290m]
    Day 07: Jagat to Dharapani [1920m]
    Day 08: Dharapani to Narphu valley first camp [2740m]
    Day 09: Narphu Valley to Sinhenge Dharamsala [3230m]
    Day 10: Dharamsala to Upper Chaku Village [3720m]
    Day 11: Upper Chaku Village to Phu Village [3980m]
    Day 12: Rest day in Phu Village 
    Day 13: Phu Village to Naar Campsite [3550m]
    Day 14: Naar Campsite to Kang La Phedi [4530m]
    Day 15: Kang La Phedi to Munje [3330m]
    Day 16: Munje to Manang [3520m]
    Day 17: Manang to Letdar [4250m]
    Day 18: Letdar to Thorung Phedi [4500m]
    Day 19: Thorung Phedi to Muktinath [3800m]
    Day 20: Muktinath to Jomsom [2713m]
    Day 21: Jomson to Pokhara by flight 
    Day 22: Fly or drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu
    Day 23: Rest day & shopping in Kathmandu 
    Day 24: Depart Kathmandu: farewell friends

    Long Itinerary


    Day 01 - Arrive in Kathmandu

    Our representative will welcome you at Tribhuvan International Airport, after introductory meeting transport you to hotel in Kathmandu. Our guide will explain about the program in briefly along the way to hotel. Rest of the day varies upon your arrival time; we can organize some activities if you arrived by midday or early afternoon but late afternoon and evening arrivals have a free day for individual activities.

    Day 02 - Sightseeing in Katmandu

    After breakfast, start the trip to visit Kathmandu Valley with its various important religious centres; Pashupatinath (Hindu Temple), nearby along the banks of the Bagmati River. Here we see Hindu holy men (sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the ghats, nearby Boudhanath is possibly the largest stupa in the world;Where we observe Buddhist monks in prayer in the monasteries surrounding the stupa and this is also kind of prayer centre for Tibetan school of Buddhism, Then our trip moves toward Swoyambhunath, one of the most glorious Buddhist Chaityas probably the oldest temple of Nepal, famous for its nickname as Monkey Temple. The rest of our time in Kathmandu is free for further sightseeing, exploration & final preparation for next morning to trekking. In the late afternoon your tour guide will confirm departure information for the next morning.

    Day 03 - Kathmandu to Besi Sahar

    Wake up early in the morning and get ready to leave for Besi Sahar. It takes about 6-7 hours journey from Kathmandu to Besi Sahar. You drive along the Kathmandu-Pokhara highway to Dumre and then follow the narrow and paved road by the Marsyangdi River to Besi Sahar. Besi Sahar is the district headquarters of Lamjung district. All the local government offices are there. From here you can witness some of mountain peaks, natural sceneries surrounding the valley and you can perceive the daily activities of local people. Overnight at Besi Sahar.

    Day 04  Besi Sahar to Khudi

    We start our first day's short trek from Besi Sahar, turning right at the canal on the outskirts of the village and descending the narrow path to the Pam Khola. We then cross the stream and climb to the village of Denauti with its traditional red-mud houses. From here we descend to the banks of the Marshyangdi Khola and then follow the trail through rice paddies and sub-tropical forests to the Gurung village of Khudi.

    Day 05  Khudi to Bahundanda

    Leaving Khudi we pass a school and a forest nursery, as the trail continues northwards up the Marshyangdi Valley. After crossing a suspension bridge at Bhulbule, the trail passes a cascading waterfall and rice terraces with the magnificent views of Manaslu serving as a backdrop. Following a gentle incline we come to the village of Ngadi with its shops and teahouses. From here, the trail continues to ascend towards Bahundanda. Bahundanda literally means "Hill of the Brahmins" and it is the most northerly Brahmin settlement in the Marshyangdi Valley. It is situated on a long ridge and we camp in terraced fields near the village.

    Day 06 - Bahundanda to Jagat

    A steep trail descends from Bahundanda, through rice terraces, before crossing a stream at the bottom of a small waterfall. It then climbs again and traverses the hillside high above the river before reaching the village of Hani Gaon. Ahead, the Marshyangdi valley forms a steep V-shape, and we follow the winding mountain path down through Syange and along the river for some distance. The trail then climbs steeply and the path is cut into the sheer cliff-face some 200-300m above the riverbed. Eventually we descend to the stone village of Jagat, situated on a shelf which juts into the precipitous Marshyangdi valley.

    Day 07 - Jagat to Dharapani

    The trail from Jagat descends until it almost reaches the river and then begins to climb again through a forest. The sheer cliff on the opposite bank plunges downward but this side is also steep. When the climb ends, we follow a level track to Chyamje. There is a magnificent waterfall on the opposite bank. After descending to the river and crossing a suspension bridge, we begin a climb to Sattale on a path so steep that it seems one slip would send you hurtling down into the valley. We continue on an undulating path above the river, and at one point, where a tributary flows in from the opposite bank, the main river becomes covered with huge boulders that hide the water. Climbing the zigzag path to the top of the hill, we see the level, plain of Tal before us. Though it is enclosed by cliffs, the level area looks reassuring after the harrowing mountain paths just travelled on. We descend to a grassy riverbank which leads to Tal with its hotels and teahouses. Beyond Tal, the valley narrows and the path becomes high and winding, and in several areas seems hewn from the rock itself. Beyond the small village of Karte, there is a bit more cliff-walking before the path drops again to the river. We cross a suspension bridge, and climb the short distance to the stone mani marking the entrance to Dharapani.

    Day 08 - Dharapani to Narphu valley first camp

    As we cut through a narrow field from the village, the Dudh Khola, which originates from the south face of Manaslu, enters on the opposite bank. The Marshyangdi then veers to the left, and as Annapurna II becomes visible ahead, we arrive at Bagarchhap, a Bhotia village with prayer flags fluttering in the breeze. Continuing to climb through forests of pine and oak, we pass through Dhanakyu before coming to a thundering waterfall. Further on, the Marshyangdi Khola enters a gorge and the path consists of steep stone steps. Pausing for breath, we can look back for views of Manaslu. When the steep incline ends we follow a path amid magnificent rhododendrons to Ratamron and then continue on a gently rising path, crossing a stream before entering a pine forest. We then cut across a loose hillside to the hamlet of Koto (2600 m) from where we can look straight up at the magnificent Annapurna II. This is also where we leave the Annapurna Circuit; we cross the Marshyangdi river and enter the Narphu valley. From the bank of Narphu Khola we start climbing to our first camping site, which we reach about two hours from Koto.

    Day 09 - Narphu valley to Sinhenge Dharamsala

    Most of this first day in the NarPhu valley we walk on small jungle paths, which is quite a change from the bigger trail around Annapurna. The first part is up and down and then we have a short steep ascent to Choto (2840m). We then have lots of steep ups and downs and the path is quite exposed above the Nar Phu Khola. At the altitude of 3090m we cross a suspension bridge, here the valley is very narrow and just before the bridge there are some hot-springs. The rock carved path now becomes very exiting, both because of danger, but also because there are some big waterfalls. We climb to a two storied hut at Sinhenge Dharamsala, where we set camp for the night.

    Day 10 - Sinhenge Dharamsala to Upper Chaku Village

    We begin the day by crossing Methang Khola river and then start a breathtaking climb on a winding path to the Methang pastures. Here at Methang there is an ancient Chorten and marvellous views of Kang Guru. Further on we pass the abandoned Methang village (3560m), from the village there is a path to Kang Guru BC. The path to the next village Junan is easy and flat, Junan is also abandoned. From here we continue to have an easy walk to Lower Chaku village, which has about 15 houses. We continue to Upper Chaku on a steep trail.

    Day 11 - Upper Chaku Village to Phu Village

    This day begins with a hard steep ascent to the abandoned Kyan village Vhaku, where there is a nice long mani wall. We continue on an amazing tunnel carved rocky path 70 meters above the river and then decent to the riverbed, we follow the riverbed and pass some Mani Chrotens. We then climb up from the riverbed to the Phu valley entrance door (Phuohi Yalgoe). About an hour from the valley entrance we cross the Phu Khola and begin climbing up to the village. Phu village consists of about 30 houses, which are home to 100-150 people. We camp near the river.

    Day 12 - Rest day in Phu Village

    We rest here for a day, have a look at the village and might go exploring a little further up in the valley.

    Day 13 - Phu Village to Naar Campsite [3550m]

    To get to Naar we have to go back down the valley, we pass Chaku and walk on for a couple of hours before we cross the Phu Khola at Naar Phedi (two bridges to Naar). From here we climb up to a very nice grassy campsite.

    Day 14 - Naar Campsite to Kang La Phedi [4530m]

    From our campsite it is a steep couple of hours climb to Naar Village (4110m), we have lunch here near the village, so we can take a look at it before we walk on. We continue on a long but gentle ascent through the lateral moraine of Temdenzon Khola, on a nice path. At the bottom of Kang La, we camp on a nice grassy spot.

    Day 15 - Kang La Phedi to Munje [3330m]

    Today we have a long and hard day ahead of us, however it is very rewarding. We have to cross the big Kang La pass (5280m). It is a very steep ascent to the top of the pass where there is a chorten and some great views of the Annapurna massif. Just before reaching the pass, there is a small lake where we take a rest before making the last effort to reach the top. From the top of the pass it is a very steep descent, but after an hour we take a grassy path that leads to Ngawal. There are restaurants and lodges in Ngawal. We continue all the way to Munje. On the way we pass beautiful forests. We camp there for the night.

    Day 16 - Munje to Manang

    Cultivated fields appear on both sides of the path and off to the right, below a craggy mountain, we can see the village of Braga with its splendid monastery. Large chortens and mani walls abound and the tall peaks of the Himalaya spread out before us - Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Gangapurna [7455m] and, to the rear, Tilicho Peak [7134m]. After a short steep climb we reach Manang, which is a surprisingly large village for this remote mountain region. We camp here for the night, amidst the fluttering prayer flags.

    Day 17 - Manang to Letdar

    From Manang, we climb to the next village of Tengi. We are surrounded by magnificent peaks of the Annapurna Himal , Peak 29 and Himalchuli . We are now past the tree line. The vegetation consists of alpine grasses and scrub juniper. Climbing the path past the summer village of Gunsang, we cross the Gundon Khola via a wooden bridge. From here we can see ahead the mountains surrounding the Thorung La which we will cross tomorrow. The trail is up and down as the elevation gradually increases and we soon enter an alluvial delta where there are yak pastures. An hour beyond this, we come to the small settlement of Letdar.

    Day 18 - Letdar to Thorung Phedi

    Leaving Letdar, we climb gradually to a ridge before descending to the headwaters of the Marshyangdi and crossing via a covered wooden bridge. After a short ascent up the mountain path on the right bank, we follow a narrow trail across an unstable scree slope and then descend to Thorung Phedi.

    Day 19 - Thorung Phedi to Muktinath

    We begin the trek early today for crossing the Thorung La [5416m]. The trail becomes steep immediately on leaving camp but as this trail has been used by local people for hundreds of years the path is well defined. The gradient then eases and after around 4 hours of steady climbing we reach the chorten and prayer flags of the pass. The views are dramatic, from the snow covered mountains above, to the head of the Kali Gandaki valley below and the brown and purple hills of Mustang which spread out before us. The descent to Muktinath is a tiring and knee pounding journey but it's compensated for with excellent views of Dhaulagiri. Eventually the moraines give way to grassy slopes before a pleasant walk along the Jhong Khola Valley to Muktinath and its shrines and temple.

    Day 20 - Muktinath to Jomsom

    We now begin the descent down the dramatic Kali Gandaki valley, initially through arid country in the same geographical and climatic zone as Tibet. After passing through Jharkot and Khingar, villages with typical Tibetan architecture, we follow the valley floor most of the way to Jomsom and are rewarded with tremendous views of both Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri. Jomsom is a large town sprawled along both banks of the Kali Gandaki River, and it is here we will spend the final night of our trek.

    Day 21  Jomsom to Pokhara by flight

    We take an early morning flight to Pokhara. It is a spectacular flight along the Kali Gandaki Gorge and provides wonderful views of both the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges.

    Day 22 - Fly or drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu

    Early in the morning, we take bus/private vehicle for about 200 kilometres drive back to Kathmandu which takes about 5/6 hours drive or alternatively there are domestic flights which take 35 minutes to Kathmandu. While your journey you better to hold on the left pane of the vehicle to enjoy the sceneries through the route. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be then transferred to your hotel. Rest of the time you can spend the evening leisurely. Stay overnight at Kathmandu hotel.


    Day 23  Rest day & shopping in Kathmandu

    This day is leisure day for you to rest after many days trekking. You can either relax whole day or you can explore around the city. You can roam around the shopping malls or you can buy handicrafts, Thankas and other various arts and sculptures in the markets. Rest of the time you can spend the evening leisurely, perhaps catch up on some last minute shopping and celebrate dinner together with Nepali Travel staffs. Overnight at Kathmandu hotel.

    Day 24 - Depart Kathmandu: farewell friends

    According to your flight schedule, it is varies on your departure time rest of day is at leisure for independent activities of your interest until we pick you up at the hotel or we could plan some activities upon your choice if it is late hour flight and then transfer to airport for your further destination.

    Services Included :

    1.   Accommodation in Kathmandu & Pokhara on B/B as per the program
    2.   Kathmandu city tour as per the above itinerary (included tour guide, entrance fees and transportation)
    3.   All accommodation along the trekking route
    4.   Monument and national park entrance fees
    5.   All ground transportation within Nepal including to and from airport
    6.   An experience Guide (trained by Ministry of tourism), porters (generally 1 porter for 2 person)
    7.   Trek as per the program
    8.   Nepalese staff insurance
    9.   Trekking information management system (Tims)
    10.        Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment & Surface Transfer to destination from Kathmandu for Nepali staffs
    11.        Office & Tourist service charges


    Services Excluded :

    1.   International airfare to and from Nepal

    2.   Travel insurance and domestic airfare if not listed in trekking schedule

    3.   Nepal Tourist Visa fee US$ 25 or equivalent foreign currency with multiple entries for 15 days, US$ 40 or equivalent foreign currency with multiple entries for 30 days. You may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport - Kathmandu.

    4.   Breakfast, Lunch and dinner not mentioned in the program other than breakfast

    5.   All items of personal nature (personal clothing, hot shower, hot water, cold drinks, alcoholic beverages, telephone and laundry etc.)

    6.   Special permit fees for restricted areas

    7.   Charges for delays caused by situations beyond our control such as bad weather, natural disasters, civil unrest, and emergencies.

    8.   Personal gears & clothing (available on hire)

    9.      Tips for guide, porters & driver



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Nar Phu Valley Trekking

Trip Facts

Group size
None
Trip duration
24  days
Maximum altitude
5415  m
Grade
Easy To Moderate
Possibility
None
Transportation
None
Average walking
6  hrs
Season
October to December - Feb to May