Adventurous trek through remote Nar Phu region in Annapurna trekking in Nepal himalaya is a remote valley but alluring region of Nepal. It is also considered as a restricted area as listed by the government law and will required a special permits and can only be traveled by registered travel agents with at least two people or more.Nar Phu Valley Trek, has rugged and barren landscape much like Tibet, astounding rock formations, high altitude grazing settlements, narrow canyons, deep forests and majestic snow clad peaks. The valley is home to Gurung ethnic people who follow Buddhist culture and customs. Buddhist monasteries and chortens make one of the striking features of the landscape. The trip will offer you fantastic mountain views of Annapurna, Lamjung, Manaslu, Tilicho etc. During this trek you should be acclimatized very well especially when crossing Kongka La pass. The area has limited accommodation facility so camping will be required at different places. The trail follows a rugged path as you explore the quaint Tibetan-like villages of Nar and Phu, cross the Kongka La Pass (5171m).There are three different alternative trekking routes in Nar Phu Valley trek. One of the common route is Nar Phu Valley Circuit which begins at Bulbule and ends in Bulbule. This is of shorter duration and avoids traversing nearby Annapurna Region.The Nar Phu Valley Trek with Thorong La Pass is another option. This route will start from Bulbule and crosses the Thorong La pass ( 5416m) in the Annapurna Circuit. The third and most adventurous route is Nar Phu Valley with Tilicho Lake Trek which takes you to one of the highest lakes, Tilicho Lake (4949m) in the Himalayan region. We will follow the less traveled route to Tilicho Lake crossing over the Meso Kanta Pass (5089m).Nar Phu Valley Trek is best during Spring (March, April, May) and Autumn (September, October, November) seasons. This trek can be done over different durations depending on your interests, timeframe and budget.
Max. Altitude: 5416
Duration: 19 days
Trek Days: 15 days
Type of trek: Camping
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu - 1,300m
Meeting at airport on arrival by our representative and transfer to the hotel. Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, lies in a broad valley at the edge of the Himalayan Range. Its art and architecture are an interesting blend of Hindu and Buddhist influences. Overnight hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing & Preparation for the Trek
Explore the fascinating city of Kathmandu, with its temples and markets, or take an optional excursion into the Kathmandu Valley. Overnight hotel.
Day 03: Kathmandu to Jagat Drive (1100m): 8-9 hours
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 en route throughout the drive. After 8-10 hours of drive we reach Jagat via Besishahar. Drive up to Besishahar will most likely be smooth owing to black-topped roads whereas after Besishahar, the roads get dusty and coarse but the scenic view from our windowpane is more than compensating for the bumpy ride. Overnight Lodge/teahouse.
Day 04: Jagat to Dharapani (1,960m): 7-8 hours
Upon breakfast, we slowly begin our trek today. 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. En route, 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 after crossing a suspension bridge. Overnight Lodge/teahouse.
Day 05: Dharapani to Koto (2,610m): 5-6 hours
We begin our trek in the morning towards Bagarchhap which takes about one hour passing through pine and fir forests. We can visit the white washed monastery in this village. Then we continue our trek till Danaque which takes about an hour. The trail is steeply ascending up to Timang. We have a good view of Mt. Manaslu and Peak 29 from here. Now the trail continues through pine forests again till Latamarang which takes about one and half hour. We break for lunch here and again resume through forests whereby we have a short glimpse of Annapurna II. Finally we arrive in Koto village. Overnight Lodge/teahouse.
Day 06: Koto to Meta (3,560m): 7-8 hours
In the morning, we register our restricted area permit at the Police Check Post. Then we trek through the River bank of Soti Khola again through wonderful pine forests, streams and suspension and reach Dharmasala. We have our packed lunch on the way. We then continue the trek through forests and ascend steeply towards Meta village. Finally we arrive on the Tibetan Plateau where we have a very good view of Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal. Overnight Lodge/teahouse.
Day 07: Meta to Phu Gaon (4,250m): 7-8 hours
We start our day traversing up and down and crossing suspension bridges over different streams. After almost 4 hours of trek we reach Kyang where we can see the remnants, particularly the ruined forts of the Khampa settlement (the place which Khampa refugees from Tibet once captured and lived). We further keep walking past the Phu Khola on a rocky trail and finally reach the Phu village in another 3 to 4 hours. Overnight Lodge/teahouse.
Day 08: Acclimatization at Phu Gaon
Today is the scheduled acclimatization day whereby we are suggested to rest and get acclimatized with the altitude. As we are in the Lost/Hidden Valley, we can explore the culture, natural diversity, and religious practices of the ethnic groups like Lama, Gurung and Ghale in here. Besides this, we can trace out how people make their survival depending on agriculture, animal breeding and seasonal migrations in such remote location or in the hidden valley. It is also the day for us to explore the Tashi Lakhang Monastery – the old Buddhist Monastery listed out of the 108 world’s great Buddhist Monasteries; it is supposed to be the last monastery constructed by Karmapa Rinpoche. Apart from exploring the cultural avenues of the lost valley, the valley also offers us a great view of Himlung Himal and other snow peaks in the region. Overnight Lodge/teahouse.
Day 09: Phu Gaon to Nar (4,110m): 6-7 hours
The trail descends passing many streams and suspension bridges until Mahendra Pul which takes about 4 hours. We pass the high suspension bridge 80m over the Gorge of Lapche River. We have lunch in Mahendra Pul. After lunch, 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. Overnight Lodge/teahouse.
Day 10: Acclimatization and preparation at Nar
This is the second scheduled acclimatization/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. Overnight Lodge/teahouse.
Day 11: Nar to Kang La Pass (5,322m) to Ngwal (3,660m): 7-8 hours
Today is adventurous day with long day hike so we get up early in the morning and head to Kangla pass. From pass we can see the Annapurna massif. We further trek down to Ngwal from there. Overnight Lodge/teahouse.
Day 12: Ngwal to Manang (3,540m/): 4-5 hours
From Ngwal, we head for Manang today. We pass through the isolated village of Paugh overlooking the amazing views of Annapurna range. We then move gently uphill to Mungli and then to the main trail of Annapurna Trail at Mungli. We eventually reach Manang, where we stay overnight Lodge/teahouse.
Day 13: Manang to Yak Kharka (4,110m/13,484ft): 3-4 hours
From Manang village, the trail crosses a stream, climbs to a village of Tenki above Manang, and 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. Overnight Lodge/teahouse.
Day 14: Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,600m): 3-4 hours
We make our way to the foot of the pass, Throng Phedi today. Thorong Phedi is a small busy settlement catering to the needs of tired trekkers and climbers. Trekkers like us use this point as a base camp. 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. Although 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 Lodge/teahouse.
Day 15: Thorong Phedi to Thorong La (5,416m) to Muktinath (3,800m/): 7-8 hours
Crossing the arduous 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. Overnight Lodge/teahouse.
Day 16: Muktinath to Jomsom (2,715m): 5-6 hours
We begin descending down the dramatic Kali Gandaki Gorge through the arid land. We pass by Jharkot and Khingar villages which has typical Tibetan architecture. Following the valley floor most of the way sprawled along the banks of the Kali Gandaki, we reach Jomsom. Overnight Lodge/teahouse.
Day 17: Jomsom to Pokhara Flight (823m) 30 min flight
After breakfast we fly to Pokhara. The scenic flight takes us through the gorge of the two huge mountains, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. On arrival at Pokhara airport, we will be transferred to lakeside hotel. We get some rest and explore the beauty of Pokhara Valley in the evening. While we leisurely walk along the bank of Fewa Lake, the second biggest lake of Nepal while admiring the mountain view of Machhapuchhare. 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 hotel.
Day 18: Pokhara to Kathmandu (1,350m/): 5-6 hours drive
Today, after breakfast, we drive back to Kathmandu. After reaching Kathmandu, we will be transferred to our hotel. Rest of the day free for personal activities. Overnight hotel.
Day 19: Depart Kathmandu
Departure transfer for onward flight.
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Single room supplement: US$ 230/net extra per person
Extra cost [subject to change if revised]:
* Airfare/Jomsom-Pokhara-Kathmandu: US$ 230.00 per person
The above cost includes the following services:
✓Airports pick up and drop by private vehicle in Kathmandu transfers
✓04 nights at 3 star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on B/B basis
✓World Heritage sites for Sightseeing Tours during your stay in cities
✓All land Transport Including Cities to Cities, from hotel to starting and ending point of trek
✓Lodges/ tea house accommodation in double occupancy or family bed room during the entire trek and climb
✓Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the entire trek and climb
✓Services of a trained and Professional license holder English speaking trekking guide (leader)
✓Required number porters to carry your luggage (one porter for every 2 guests) during the trek
✓Expenses for all Staff including their salary, insurance, domestic airfare, transportation, food and accommodation
✓Warm Clothes and Shoes for porters during the trek
✓Medical First Aid Kit (carried by your guide)
✓Guide with experience of First Aid treatment, AMS safety training certified
✓All necessary paper work; trekking conservation/ National Park/ TIMS Card/ Special permits fee as per the itinerary
✓Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private tourist vehicle
✓Entrance fee in all monuments during tour
✓All government taxes, 24.3% VAT & service charges.
The above cost doesn't include the following services:
* International and Domestic Airfare not listed in the Itinerary
* Nepal entry visa fee which can be issued on your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport
* Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu
* Emergency Rescue, Evacuation cost or any types of travel, Personal interest items insurance fee
* Airfare for the sector Jomsom/Pokhara/Kathmandu. Quoted separately
* Any item of personal nature such as beverages, hot cold drinks, laundry, telephone call, battery charges, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.
* Personal trekking Equipment
* Altitude chamber (PAC) or oxygen
* Personal climbing equipment
* Personal climbing guide if requested
* Food and accommodation if clients stock due to flight cancellation
* Excess baggage charges (if you have more than 15 kg of luggage, a cargo charge is around $1.5 per kg)
* Tips for trekking, tour staff and driver (Tipping is expected)
* Any others expenses which are not mentioned on ‘Cost Includes' section.
Travel insurance coverage for high rescue & evacuation, Medical treatment, loss of belongings and trip cancellation is strongly recommended.
The price does not include: undue escalation in fuel prices, new taxes levies on hotels and transportation services or any hikes in entrance fees. Any large tax hikes and new levies shall be payable extra and shall be billed accordingly with prior notice.
LIST OF EQUIPMENT AND CLOTHING REQUIRED:
Daypack, Rucksack, Sleeping bag, Duffel bag, Walking sticks, Toiletries (Soaps, Sanitizers)
Bring Items/Snacks with you:
Strong water bottle/ Thermal flask, Sun/Snow Glasses, Sun hat, Sun Cream, Torch Light with extra batteries, Mask, Lip balm, chocolates, dry food, Walking Stick, Cameras (chargers and batteries), Water purification Iodine tablets, Energy bars and snacks. Your own regular medicine etc.
Casual wears & comfortable trekking shoes, warm clothing for nights & mornings, Raincoats, Towels, Warm jacket, Fleece Jacket, Thermal inner wear, warm trousers(wind proof jacke ) and shirts, woolen gloves, Sun Hat, Woolen socks(some pears)