Nar Phu Valley Trek is one of the important restricted areas of Nepal located in the Manang district which is rich for natural and cultural beauty. This valley is wild and unexplored located north of Annapurna Mountain and opened for the trekkers around the world since 2003. Narphu valley is inhabited Tibetan Buddhist ethnic people so it offers rich Medieval Tibetan culture and festivals. Beside its cultural importance Narphu valley is also famous for the stunning glimpse of the beautiful mountains such as Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Tilicho peak and Lamjung Himal. Narphu valley trek is also one of the adventurous treks in Nepal because to reach Narphu valley trekkers need to cross three challenging passes Mesokunda La, Kang La and Tilicho so the trekkers who love adventurous trek Narphu valley trek is suitable for them.
This trek is important from the natural, cultural and religious perspective. Narphu valley is naturally decorated hidden valley, its natural gadgets attracts all the trekkers. Culturally this valley is rich because Tibetan Buddhist people preserved their ancient culture. This valley remains out of modern contact and many unique things related to their culture are still unexplored so trekkers who are really interested about Tibetan Buddhist culture can know and experience their culture. Life style of Tibetan Buddhist people is another attraction of this trek. They followed the traditional life style with their own system, rituals and customs which is totally different from the life style of modern people. In and on the way to Narphu valley trekkers can see and visit several sacred Monasteries and Gompas which will give them eternal peace.
Narphu valley trek starts from Besisahar after 6/7 hrs bus drive from Kathmandu and follow the Annapurna circuit up to Koto. From Koto trek reach to Narphu through Chhacha, Meta and Junum. After visiting hidden Narphu valley trek return to Koto through Nar village and Dharmasala. From Koto trek rejoin to Annapurna circuit and reach to Jomsom via Thorung Phedi and Muktinath. Nar Phu Valley is listed in restricted trekking areas of Nepal so special trekking permit should require before the trekking of this region. As a government registered trekking agency we will manage trek permit for Nar Phu Valley Trek.
Highlights of the Trek: Stunning glimpse of the beautiful mountains such as Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Tilicho peak and Lamjung Himal, Mesokunda La, Kang La and Tilicho passes and Tibetan Buddhist culture.
Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu and transfer to hotel
Upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu and completion of the customs formality you shall be received by our representative. S/he will be taking you to your respective hotel for the stay. Enjoy authentic Nepali cuisine in the hotel and give rest to your jet-lagged body. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Permit procedure for Nar Phu, Sightseeing around Kathmandu
Today we shall be having a guided sightseeing to many historically and culturally important sites which are also listed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site. We visit the holy Hindu Temple of Pashupatinath, the ancient Monkey Temple (Swayambhunath), and another Buddhist shrine of Boudhanath, one of the largest stupas in the world along with other sites as possible. We shall get the procedure completed for obtaining the special permit required for our trek. Also, we shall do the equipment checking, get introduced to other participants and discuss on our trekking adventure. Pack your bags and get ready for the adventure that begins the next day. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Take a drive to Besisahar by private car and take a local jeep to Dharapani
Our journey to the once forbidden valley begins. We depart in the morning after breakfast in a scenic drive to the hilly town of Besisahar in a private car. On our drive along the Prithvi Highway we shall get opportunities to observe the lifestyle of rural areas. From Besisahar we shall take on local jeep to our destination of Dharapani, one of the large villages in the Manang valley. We shall also observe the rice and potato fields, alpine forests, waterfalls and cliffs, and some suspension bridges along the way to Dharapani. Overnight in Dharapani.
Day 04: Dharapani to Koto (2600m)
We start our trek in the morning through the pine and fir forests and hilly landscapes. Bit of a difficult trek for today. For our amusement shall be the white washed monastery, the awesome Himalayas of Annapurna II, Manasalu, Lamjung Himal and Himalchuli guarding the region since time unknown, unique lifestyles in the villages of Timang, Danaque and Latamarang. The uphill climb and descend shall be of around 5-6 hours for the day. After the effortful journey we shall arrive at Koto. Overnight in Koto.
Day 05: Koto to Meta (3560m)
The alpine vegetation, pine and rhododendron forests shall accompany us today as well. We shall traverse along the Naar river on our way to Meta. From Koto we leave the trails of classic Annapurna Circuit. Through several suspension and wooden bridges, waterfalls, forests and steep ascends we reach the Meta village, past the village of Dharmashala, through the trail carved into the narrow and steep sided walls of the Naar river. The slowly changing landscape and view of Annapurna and Lamjung Himal shall keep us energized in the trek. Overnight in Meta.
Day 06: Meta to Kyang, (3820m), Overnight on tented camp
Today we set ourselves to the Phu valley of the region in a relatively short trekking day. Along the Phu River flowing down the Phu valley, our trek shall continue past the big chortens near the Naar Phedi, through the forests up the Mahendra Pul, crossing the Mruju Khola as we approach the high plateau of Kyang for the tented camp. Kyang has the remains of the Khampa settlements, where once the Khampa refugees from Tibet settled in. Overnight in Kyang on tented camp.
Day 07: Kyang to Phu (4010m)
We ascend up further into the Phu valley today and aim to reach the Phu village. The rocky trail ahead of the Kyang makes us put more strength yet not pacing up much. The magical village of Phu is reached as we experience the Tibetan Buddhist culture in the prayer flags, chortens and Mani walls all along the trekking trail. Phu valley welcomes us as we make the final ascend to the Phu gate, the entrance to this medieval village. Overnight in Phu.
Day 08: Exploration day
Today we shall witness the magic of Phu valley unfolding before us as we explore this ancient village. This also allows for proper acclimatization for us before we do further trekking. Beautiful and barren landscape, Tibetan influenced architecture in the Gompas and monasteries, natural diversity and the lifestyle of the locals shall keep us engaged all day long. This hidden valley shall display the religious practices of local Lama, Gurung and Ghale community, the Tashi Lakhang Monastery (supposedly the last monastery built by Karmapa Rinpoche) along with the marvelous view of the Himlung peak and its sibling peaks in the region. Overnight in Phu.
Day 09: Phu to Nar Phedi
Retracing our footsteps we exit out of the Phu village and move down to the small settlement of the Nar Phedi. We move past the Mahendra Pul, named after the small bridge built by the shah king, King Mahendra. The trail branches off at the Nar Phedi. Overnight in Nar Phedi.
Day 10: Nar Phedi to Nar (4110m)
Another relatively short day on our trekking schedule is to take place today. We go through a steep path to Nar with caution. This effort shall be rewarded by the nature with the snowcapped Kang Garu peak standing tall and proud overlooking the trail. Following the Mani walls, gompas and a mud walled hut we march ahead to be greeted by the entrance gate of the Nar valley. Slightly bigger than Phu, Nar provides the incredible view of Pisang peak and Kang Garu, the barley cultivation and unique local culture. Overnight in Nar.
Day 11: Nar to Kang La Phedi (4530m), Overnight on tented camp
Today we shall trek for fewer hours so as to help in the process of acclimatization. We shall be welcomed by the second gate of the Nar valley as we trail across the west highlands of Pisang peak standing to our left. Upon reaching the Kang La Phedi, we shall explore the surrounding area, relax and view the scenic landscape as we prepare for an adventurous day tomorrow. We shall camp here as there aren’t any permanent lodges here. Overnight in Kang La Phedi on tented camp.
Day 12: Kang La Phedi to Nawal via crossing Kang La, 5306m (Approx 9 hours)
Today, a long, beautiful and adventurous day waits for us. A real highlight of the trip, we climb over the Kang La pass (5306m), the highest point of our trek. Stunning views of Annapurna massif, Gangapurna, Tilicho peak and beyond are seen from this pass. A straightforward but steep descend is encountered down the pass as a part of the path consists of moraine and some part has grassy terrain as we move towards Nawal. Caution is to be maintained as the descend can be strenuous to the knees. Overnight in Nawal.
Day 13: Nawal to Manang (3540m)
From Nawal, its time we trek to Manang. Relatively easy and short trail down the bank of Marshyangdi river, the pace of the trek can be done in a slower fashion by the trekkers. The view of Annapurna and Tilicho peak all the day, the uniquely beautiful villages with Gurung settlement, beautiful pine forest shall add beauty to the trail. Manang has some beautiful monasteries and more comfortable tea-houses as compared to the stay on previous days, in more remote regions. Overnight in Manang.
Day 14: Rest day
This is the second scheduled rest day of the trekking adventure for the purpose of acclimatization and also to give some break from the continuously strenuous trekking for past couple of days. We shall explore this rain shadow area with rich natural flora and fauna that gives the feel of being in heaven to many trekkers visiting this area. Overnight in Manang.
Day 15: Manang to Yak Kharka (4050m)
We ascend up the beautiful Manang towards the village of Yak Kharka, the name after the summer pastures for yak. Crossing the rivulet we continue to traverse away from the Marshyangdi valley northward where we shall pass the village of Tengi, the oldest village in Manang. The pastures, juniper trees and beautiful landscape, tea-houses are seen along our trek in the Jarsang Khoa valley. The trail has in display the ancient Mani wall in a pleasant meadow, the wooden bridge along the way are new experiences to the trekkers. Overnight in Yak Kharka.
Day 16: Yak Kharka to Thorong High Camp (4925m)
Today’s trek has some ascend and descend in higher altitudes. After couple of hours’ climb we descend to cross a stream and again have an uphill climb towards the Thorong High Camp. We pass through Thorang Phedi, a small village that has been busy serving the trekkers and climbers, many of whom use this as the base camp before their ascend to the Thorang La pass. In between we have encounter some steep ascend as well. Overnight at Thorong High Camp.
Day 17: High Camp to Muktinath (3760m) via Thorong La Pass (5416m)
We have some seriously beautiful but demanding day where we cross the difficult yet exciting Thorong La pass. An early morning start to this section of the trek shall help us completing our trek more comfortably. The strenuous climb and ascent to the pass through the bumpy and rocky path is worth the breathtaking vista we witness from the summit. We then descend on the other side of the pass to Muktinath, a pilgrimage that hosts both the Hindu temple and a monastery nearby. Overnight in Muktinath.
Day 18: Muktinath to Jomsom (2720m)
This marks the beginning of the later part of our adventure. We leave Muktinath, the place believed to give salvation to the pilgrims who visit this holy place, for the picturesque Jomsom. Past the villages of Jharkot and Khingar with Tibetan influence and mostly along the banks of Kali Gandaki river, we reach the arid yet beautiful Jomsom. Jomsom valley is known for strong windy afternoon, but beautiful wet hills and the view of Tilicho Mountain adds beauty to the picturesque valley.
Day 19: Take a flight to Pokhara
The demanding yet worthwhile adventure trek comes to an end. We take flight to the scenic city of Pokhara on normal conditions. However, if there is no flight due to bad weather or other reasons we take a local bus to Pokhara that gives no less comfort to you. For rest of the day trekkers can have the sightseeing around the Lake City of Nepal to Fewa Lake, Davis Falls, Gupteshwor cave, Mountaineering museum and others. Overnight in Pokhara.
Day 20: Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus or flight
Marking the end of this memorable we shall move back to Kathmandu by tourist bus or flight as per the weather condition in Pokhara. Trekkers may trade mails and organize their photographs before packing up bags for the final departure to their respective destinations. End of a fantastic journey!
All land transportation as required for trip and airport pick up-drop.
Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara as indicated program
Flight to Pokhara from Jomsom
Accommodation and food during the trek.
Nar Phu Valley entry permit,trekking permit and national park permit.
Related language speaking guide and necessary porters.
Emergency evacuation service if in case...
farewell dinner after trip.
Food in Kathmandu and Pokhara
Bar bills and beverage
Personal trekking gears
Rescue charge in case needed
Trip Summary Besi Sahar - Chame-Koto-Nar Phu-manang_Jomsom
Mode of trekking tour Camping, Lodge basis
Duration 20 days
Grade Information Strenuous
Group Size 01 - N Person
Cost On request
Highest Elevation 5416m Thorong La Pass, 5306m Kang La Pass
Nar Phu valley exploration,Kang La Pass 5315 meters,Thorong La pass 5416 meters.
Down jacket,Sleeping bag,Trekking poles,Sun glasses,Sun cream,Cold cream,Hand gloves, Daily wearing warm and normal cotton cloths,Trekking boots........and so on.
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