Nar Phu Valley Trekking Nepal


Trip Overview

Nar Phu Valley Trekking consists of  beautiful and unique cultures, natures, religious and typical life style exploration trekking in Nepal and hidden valley trekking. It commences from Besisahar through the Chame village then start Nar Phu Valley hiking.  Nar Phu Valley hiking starts from Chame after 9 hours driving from Kathmandu. A newly opened region for trekking in recent years resembles the landscapes pretty similar to that of Tibet. We need a special permit due to Nar phu valley is restrict area  and it has been recognize very lately. You can also see high passes challenging trek of Kangla pass (5200m) and Thorung La pass (5416m). It will give so much enjoyment and adventure as well as typical local lifestyle and their cultures in this trekking.

Nar Phu Valley Trekking

Nowadays, Nar Phu Valley Trekking have about 300 inhabitants who depend on livestock, unlike most Bhotia people, whose trading patterns changed drastically after the Nepali Government closed borders with Tibet, the people of Nar and Phu valley were least affect by this change. Trekking to this hidden mountain valley offers medieval Tibetan culture in undisturbed form, dramatic mountains view and great alpine sceneries. The Nar Phu Valley Trekking is along the Annapurna Circuit Trekking trail even after cross the Kang La Pass (5200m) if continue to Annapurna circuit cross the another high pass Thorong La Pass (5416m) or Tilicho lake highest lake( 4950m) cross Mesokantola pass. Then Nar Phu Valley Trekking will head Jomsom Muktinath treking via and end in Ghorepani Poon Hill via to Pokhara.

Our Nar Phu Valley trekking itinerary is planned carefully inside the Annapurna Conservation Area (ACA) which offers you an immense opportunity to observe Annapurna Himalayan ecological beauty. Have enjoiy!

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350M/4425FT) (A)
Showing your name board, our airport representative waits in Kathmandu International Airport (TIA). You transfer to hotel, check in and free time. Have enjoy!

Day 2: Trip Final Preperation in Kathmandu (A,B)
In the morning, generally at 8 am, Eco-friendly Treks staff come to meet you at your hotel. Please manage to be there at lobby with:

(a) your original passport to prepare necessary adventure eco holiday permit/s from the concerned authority,

(b) a couple of same passport size photos for permit/s and,

(c) Trip final full payment. The staff introduce you with your trip guide at the same time. You have time to interact with your guide, he may check and suggest your trip equipmment and packing for the trip on your interest, please tell us if you like this. The rest of the day, you may buy or hire additional equipment and packing (if necessary). Then, you rest for acclimatization and final preperation for the trip. If you like any additional program for the day, please inform us at the time of mail corresponding.

Day 3: Drive to Besi Sahar (820M/26FT) 6 hrs. (A,B,L,D)
with high level of physical fitness, adequate acclimatization and good logistic support, we begin our Annapurna trekking. Driving along the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway to Dumre and then following the rough route by the Marsyangdi River, we pass through the low-lying villages and rice fields. After 6 hours long drive, we finally reach Besi Sahar. Besi Sahar is the capital of Lamjung District.

Day 4: Bensi Sahar – Ngadi (1023M/3356FT) 5 hrs. (A,B,L,D)
From Besi Sahar, we trek along the trail turning right at the canal on the outskirts of the village and descending the narrow path to the Pam Khola. On crossing the stream, we ascend towards the village of Denauti where we get to see Nepali village life at close quarters. The route further leads to the banks of the Marshyangdi Khola, passing through paddy fields and subtropical forests. As the trail nears the Marshyangdi Khola, we approach the Gurung village of Ngadi.

Day 5: Ngadi – Jagat (1290/4228FT) 7 hrs. (A,B,L,D)
leaving Ngadi after a brief rest, we skirt through the challenging trails to Bahundanda. Bahundanda literally means “Brahmin hill” and as the name suggests Bahundanda is largely inhabited by Brahmins A steep trail descends from Bahundanda, through rice fields, 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. 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 out into the precipitous Marsyangdi valley.

Day 6: Jagat – Dharpani (1920M/6299FT) 7 hrs. (A,B,L,D)
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.

Day 7: Dharapani -Chame (2630m/8621) 8 hrs. (A,B,L,D)
We skirt through a narrow field from the village. The Dudh Khola, which originates from the south face of Manaslu and then Marshyangdi veers to the left. Sinuous trails of the. Annapurna II becomes visible as we arrive at Bagarchhap, a Bhotia village with colorful prayer flags fluttering in the breeze. As we continue ascending through forests of pine and oak, we pass through Dhanakyu before coming to a thundering waterfall. Further on, the Marshyangdi River enters a gorge and the trails follows rock-strewn path. We can pause for a while and take in the splendor of the picturesque Manaslu. When the steep incline ends, we follow a path amid magnificent rhododendrons and continue on a gently rising path. We cross a stream before entering a pine forest. We then enter the pristine hamlet of Kotho, from where we can capture the most enchanting view of Annapurna II. Treading further, the route reaches a large white gate with a corrugated iron roof, which is the entrance of Chame. Chame is the administrative headquarter of Manang district. There is electricity, wireless station, schools, shops, health post, post office, police check post, hotels, lodges and banks in Chame. The hot springs are the major attraction of this place.

Day 8: Ddarapani – Narphu Valley First Camp (2740M/8981FT) about 7 hrs. Trek (A,B,L,D)
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.

Day 9: Narphu – Sinhenge Dharamsala at (3230M/10587FT) 7 hrs. (A,B,L,D)
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.

Day 10: Sinhenge Ddaramsala – Upper Chaku Village (3720M/12204FT) 7 hrs. (A,B,L,D)
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 – Phu Village at (3980M/13047FT) 6 hrs. (A,B,L,D)
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.

Day 12: Rest day in Phu Village (A,B,L,D)
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 – Naar at (3550M/11646FT) 6 hrs. (A,B,L,D)
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 – Kang La Phedi at (4530M/14848FT) 7 hrs. (A,B,L,D)
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 – Munje at (3330M/10915FT) 6 hrs. (A,B,L,D)
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 at (5’280m. 17’322 ft.) 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 decent, 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.

Day 16: Munje – Manang at (3540M/11614) 1/2 hrs. (A,B,L,D)
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/24458FT) and, to the rear, Tilicho Peak (7134M/ 23385FT) After a short steep climb we reach Manang, which is a surprisingly large village for this remote mountain region.

Day 17: Manang – Letdar (4250M/13943FT) 5 hrs. (A,B,L,D)
thoroughly acclimatized, we advance towards Thorung La. On the way, we cross a stream, climb to Tengi, 120 meters above Manang and ascend further past Marshyangdi Valley turning north-west up the valley of the Jarsang Khola. Amid the spectacular vistas of Annapurna mountain range, we trek beyond the lush vegetation of scrub juniper and alpine grasses to reach the small village of Gunsang. Gunsang is a cluster of flat mud roofs just below the trail. Along the route, we see several lodges. As we approach picturesque meadows and rich forests of barberry, juniper etc, we encounter horses and yaks grazing. The trail takes us further along a large stream that flows from Chulu West and Gundang, and leads to a rich pasture.

Day 18: Letder – Thorung high camp (4620M/15157FT) 5 hrs. (A,B,L,D)
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 steep slope and then ascend to Thorung high camp.

Day 19: Thrung high camp – Muktinath (3816M/12519FT) 8 hrs. (A,B,L,D)
We have an early start today for the crossing of Thorung Lha at (5416M/17769FT). The trail becomes steep immediately on leaving camp, but as local people have used this trail 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. 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, we are presented with a dramatic tableau. The descent to Muktinath is a (1600M/5249FT). But the excellent views of Dhaulagiri, more then makes up for the tiring journey. Eventually the moraines give way to grassy slopes before a pleasant walk along the Jhong Khola Valley to Muktinath, with its shrines and temple.

Day 20: Muktinath – Jomsom (2713M/8900FT) 5 hrs. (A,B,L,D)
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. En route, we sight 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: Flight to Kathmandu via Pokhara 5 hrs. (A,B,L)
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. We then catch a further flight back to Kathmandu.

Day 22: Leisure at Kathmandu. (A,B)

Day 23: Depart Kathmandu (B)
Our Nepalese support team will take you to the international airport for your flight back home.

(Abbreviation: A = Accommodation, B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)

Guide & Logistics

Price Includes:

  • We meet you at Kathmandu airport and transfer to your hotel
  • Double room in sharing basis with breakfast at 5 star hotel in Kathmandu
  • Three meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) as per itinerary at main trip duration
  • Required permit/s for the trip
  • Experienced trip guide and his daily expenses (meals, transport, tent, insurance)
  • Land transfer to and from trek starting and ending point/s as per itinerary
  • Domestic Airfare if needed (confirm this at the time of trip booking with us)
  • All taxes (Value Added Tax and income tax if/when apply )
  • We transfer you to Kathmandu international airport for onward flight as per itinerary
  • Other supports: first aid kit during main trip
  • Agency service charge

Price NOT Included:

  • Lunch and Dinner during your stay in Kathmandu
  • Hot and cold drinks are not available except mineral water
  • Tipping
  • All except explained in “Cost Includes” above

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Trip facts

  • 23 Days
  • Grade: F
  • Lodging: Lodge
  • Size: 2-20 Persons
  • Dept: Each Month 5th
  • Trip Season: Autumn/Spring
  • Trip Type: Trekking
  • Price: USD /each

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