Annapurna Nar Phu Valley Trek

‘around high valleys of Manang into remote areas of Nar & Phu with Kang-La Pass’

Highlights:

  • A scenic and cultural adventure on high valleys of Manang north of Annapurna Himalaya
  • Exploring high hills Gurung and Manang traditional villages enriched with ancient culture
  • Walking into lovely woodland of tall rhododendron-magnolia-firs-pines and fir trees
  • Breathtaking views of snowcapped peaks around beautiful Manang valley and Kang-la
  • Dramatic landscapes from rice paddies to alpine hills to high areas of arctic climatic zone
  • Impressive Buddhist culture and ancient traditions of Nar & Phu villagers
  • Sweeping panorama on the flight to picturesque and beautiful Pokhara valley

Introduction:

Awesome Nepal Treks presents an outstanding and marvelous adventure on higher side of beautiful Manang valley, toward remote and most isolated Himalayan destination at Nar & Phu Trekking, located beyond high Manang valley North West of Nepal Himalaya, close to Annapurna, Bhirkuti and Damodar range of mountains. Nar & Phu Trekking leads on popular and famous Annapurna Circuit trail for some days and then leaving the mainstream path towards high and dry areas of Nar & Phu areas one of the least explored region by other western trekkers and adventurer, where you will be amidst Himalayan Shangri-la around lost and forgotten villages of Nar & Phu with its old monasteries of interesting Tibetan Buddhism as practiced since past hundred of centuries.

Truly a remarkable adventure destination in the backdrop of high snow capped peaks and ancient cultural villages living in the harmony of simple traditional heritage way of life as it was in early days to present times. Our journey starts with an overland drive to reach our trekking point at Syange around Lamjung district and then heading towards beautiful country and into alpine cooler zone of enchanting forest of rhododendron-pines and oaks tree lines with impressive village life of Dharapani-Timang and Koto, soon walk leads away from the popular Annapurna circuit trail to enter once a forbidden and restricted areas of Nar & Phu, where one can spot sometimes rare wild life Blue Sheep-Snow Leopard and other mountain antelopes. After a wonderful time around Nar & Phu exploring its traditional and cultural villages and monasteries, our adventure leads to cross over a scenic Kang-La pass to reach back at the main Annapurna circuit route at Manang village and beyond towards the highest pass of the adventure on top Thorang-La at 5,416 m, offering grand sweeping panorama of mountains.

Our marvelous and enjoyable Nar & Phu Trekking completes at Jomsom after visiting the holy Muktinath temple and then at windswept areas of Kaligandaki River Valley to reach at Jomsom the headquarter town of Mustang district, located on the shelf of Kaligandki river. A sweeping scenic flight brings you at picturesque warmer areas in  Pokhara by the serene Phewa Lake where this memorable adventure Nar & Phu concludes.

Guideline Itinerary:

Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel

Day 02:In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest.

Day 03:Drive to Syange 1,140m via Besishahar - 06 hrs.

Day 04:Trek to Dharapani 1,943m - 06 hrs.

Day 05:Trek to Koto near Chame 2,670 m - 05 hrs.

Day 06:Trek to Dharmasala or Meta 3,230 m - 06 hours.

Day 07:Trek to Kyang 3, 020 m - 05 hours.

Day 08:Trek to Phu village 4,080 m – 06 hours.

Day 09:Rest day at Phu village to explore Phu Valley.

Day 10:Trek to Nar Phedi 3, 545 m - 05 hrs.

Day 11:Trek to Nar gaon 4,206 m - 06 hrs.

Day 12:Trek to Kang La Base Camp 4,530 m - 05 hrs.

Day 13 Cross Kangla Pass 5, 322 m trek to Ngawal 3,650 m - 07 hrs.

Day 14:Trek to Manang 3,540m - 04 hrs.

Day 15:Trek to Yak Kharka 4,210 m - 04 hrs.

Day 16:Trek to Thorang- La High Camp or Phedi 4,450 m - 04 hrs.

Day 17: Cross Thorong La 5,416 m / 17,769 ft and trek to Muktinath 3,800m-06 hrs.

Day 18:Trek to Jomsom 2,713 m - 02 hrs.

Day 19:Fly to Pokhara 860 m - 22 mins and transfer to hotel.

Day 20:Drive or fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to respective hotels.

Day 21:nternational departure for home ward bound

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
On reaching Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, received by our staff and then transfer to your respective hotels in the heart of Kathmandu city, after getting refreshed our guide briefs with information regarding Nar & Phu Trekking, lodge on route with do and don’ts with evening group welcome dinner.

Day 02: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest.
A free day in Kathmandu to relieve you from jetlag on long flights, our morning sightseeing tour starts after breakfast in the hotel, where you will be engrossed with tour around world heritage sites around Kathmandu visiting Old Durbar (palace) Square, and ancient stupa of Swayambhunath, after a tour head back to hotel with preparation for Nar & Phu Trekking around Annapurna.

(other options on tour of Hindu Holy Temple of Pashupatinath dedicated to Lord Shiva and Bouddhanath large Buddhist Stupa the area also known as Little Tibet)

Day 03: Drive to Syange 1,140 m via Besisahar (by bus) - 06 hrs.
Starting this wonderful adventure with an interesting overland drive towards Nepal mid west, leading to Besisar town (headquarter of Lamjung district). From here transfer to another vehicle and continue drive on dirt road passing villages of Khudi, Bulbule and Ngadi following the Marshyangdi River upstream.Drive continues through rice terraces fields and villages to Syange a small village for overnight stop in the comfort of nice lodge.

Day 04: Trek to Dharapani 1,943 m - 06 hrs.
From Syange our walk begins with climb leaving Marshyangdi River behind reaching at Jagat village, a farm village with many lodges for trekker. After Jagat walk leads on winding path to Chamje, and back at Marshyangdi River crossing to east side into forested area, with super views of Annapurna and Manaslu mountain ranges. As the walk continues reaching a nice village at Tal Besi, from here another 3 hours walk leads to our overnight stop at Dharapani village. Dharapani a nice village located on a junction of Annapurna circuit and Manaslu trekking trail.

Day 05: Trek to Koto 2,670 m near Chame - 05 hrs.

After Dharapani walk leads into rhododendron and pine forest passing villages of Bagarchap and Danque, then at Timang village with more Buddhist cultured village including views of
Mt. Manaslu 8,163m / 26,781ft. From Timang village few hours trek leads to Koto for overnight stop which is close distance to Chame town, with free afternoon for short walk to Chame a large major and headquarter town of Manang area.

Day 06: Trek to Dharmashala 3,230m - 05 hours.
After Koto our route heads north away from Annapurna circuit trail for a week heading towards Nar & Phu villages, in the hidden areas of Upper Manang valley near South West Tibet border in the country of blue sheep’s and snow leopards.

Trek leads into narrow valley with forest of pines and rhododendron trees, then reaching nice pasture fields with huts and sheds of Yak herders and in the gorge formed by Pisang Peak and Kang-guru Himal lower basin, walk continues following Nar-Phu River upstream to reach at Dharmashala for overnight stop.

Day 07: Trek to Kyang 4,100 m - 6 hrs.

Morning walk leads towards far north towards Phu village isolated area of dry, arid landscapes, on the lookout for some wildlife’s Blue Sheep’s, Snow Leopard, Musk deer’s and mountain goats. Walk continues to Kyang for overnight stop after an interesting day, Kyang with dozen houses of Tibetan culture.

Day 08: Trek to Phu village 4,080 m - 06 hours.

Today destination to Phu village morning walk towards Phu River following upstream for some time and then descending back to river again, then climb to reach a gorge valley, walking around gorge for some time and up into a wide glacial valley with pasture lands ending at Phu village of strong Tibetan influence culture, traditions and religion.

Day 09: Rest at Phu village, visit and hike around Phu village and valley
A necessary rest day at Phu for acclimatization, explore this impressive village visit Tashilkhang and Samdu Choling Monastery and Kyauchyu waterfalls, Phu Village with about 30 houses for 100 to 150 inhabitants.

Day 10: Trek to Nar Phedi 3,545 m - 06 hrs.

From Phu village walk leads back on the same trail for few hours descending to a narrow gorge at Phu khola, from here a slow climb to reach at Yughat small village with mani, chortens and Buddhist shrines, then finally reaching on a flat field at Nar Phedi for overnight stop.

Day 11: Trek to Nar-Gaon 4,206 m - 06 hrs.

Morning walk leads back to Phu Khola for few hours to reach a suspension bridge over Phu Khola, crossing the bridge with steep climb for few hours reaching a flat area then walk to Nar village for overnight. Nargaon in comparison with Phu looks similar but smaller due to its remoteness with high altitude and dry land.

Day 12: Trek to Kang-La Base Camp 4,530 m - 05 hrs.

After Nar-Gaon walk heads to remote wilderness, away from human settlement for few days, an interesting walk for few hours then with short ups and downs in some rocky and arid path, passing cattle herders shelters and grazing field heading further west following Temdenzon khola in this wild surrounding with views of snow peaks and finally reaching at Kang la pass base for overnight camp at 4,530 meters altitude. 
Day 13: Cross Kangla Pass 5,322m and trek to Ngawal 3,650 m - 07 hrs.

Starting early morning to cross Kang-la at an altitude of 5,322 meters, walk climbs higher on a steep slope for few hours with stunning views of Pisang Peak with Chulu Far East Peak, and then reaching the top of the pass with wonderful views of Annapurna massif mountain range, Chulu Peaks, Lamjung Himal and adjoining peaks of Annapurna range.

From downhill to Ngawal via Julu village close to Manang and main Annapurna circuit trail.

Day 14: Trek to Manang 3,450 m - 04 hrs.

After Nar& Phu where Kangla pass separates the main Manang high valleys, morning a pleasant walk downhill to Humde village, then walk to Braga village and visit its old monastery with ancient artifacts and statue of various Buddha with mind blowing panorama of snow capped mountains. After a wonderful time in the monastery, an hour walk leads to main Manang village for overnight.

Day 15: Trek to Yak Kharka 4,210 m - 04 hrs.

After a pleasant and wonderful overnight stop at Manang, morning walk toward Ghunsang village with short uphill to reach at Yak Kharka, an interesting walk with views of snowcapped mountains, on crossing a small stream reaching Yak Kharka for overnight stop, a small settlement with views of Gangapurna, Annapurna III and Chulu Peaks.

Day 16: Trek to Thorung- La High Camp or Phedi 4,450 m - 04 hrs.

Morning walk lead to more high elevation getting closer at the base of Thorang-la after crossing a bridge with a climb along the river bank of Jarjung, finally walk leads at Thorung Phedi, here depending upon the physical conditions of the clients, if all goes well an hour steep climb to Thorang High Camp for overnight stop.

Day 17: Cross Thorang La 5,416m | 17,769 ft and trek to Muktinath 3,800 m - 06 hrs.
One of the highlight and Big Day of this adventure! After early breakfast walk leads to a long climb to Thorang-la on steep winding path to reach Thorang La Pass at 5,416 m / 17,769 ft.

The highest point of the adventure with views of snowcapped peaks, and then with long descends to reach at holy Muktinath around Lower Mustang area. On reaching Muktinath for overnight stop, this is a holy spot for both Hindus and Buddhists the word Muktinath literally means ‘the place for Nirvana or Liberation’.

Day 18: Trek to Jomsom 2, 715 m - 04 hours.

After Muktinath, rest of the journey is easier with moderate walks all the way with a big drop of 1,200m downhill to Kaligandaki river valley, this pleasant walk leads to Kaligandaki river valley, from here walk to Jomsom, headquarter town of Mustang area with a small airstrip above Kaligandaki River. At Jomsom a nice town with paved streets and well kept lodges celebrate with local apple products cider, brandy and juice this area from Jomsom-Marpha- Kagbeni to Larjung is famous for delicious apples.

Day 19: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara 860 m - 20 mins flight.
Early breakfast and transfer to Jomsom airport for sweeping short flight of 25 minutes to Pokhara, during airborne spectacular views of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiris and Annapurna range of mountains with rolling hills dotted with farm villages,

On reaching Pokhara airport transfer to respective hotels by the serene lake Phewa, afternoon free for individual activities or just relax and enjoy the views of the Annapurna Himalaya.

Day 20: Drive or fly back to Kathmandu.
Morning a scenic drive to back Kathmandu with grand memories of this fantastic and exciting  Nar & Phu trekking around Annapurna area, an interesting six hour brings you back in Kathmandu with afternoon free at leisure for shopping souvenirs .

(Options of flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu of 30 mins)

Day 21: International departure homeward bound.
Your last day in amazing Nepal in the land of Himalayan wonders, after wonderful experience and fond memories of Nar & Phu Trekking around great Annapurna Himalaya, our staff transfer you to airport as per your time for international flight for your final departure towards homeward bound.

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