Nar Phu Valley Trek will bring you through daring Kang La and Thorong La passes offering dramatic Himalayan Panorama. Explore lost valley of Nar and Phu, Manang, Ngawal village and the old monasteries in Phu village. Hike ancient salt trade routes, ascending the Marshyangdi and trek through the beautiful Manang village and the pilgrimage town of Muktinath. Discover the world’s deepest gorge - the Kaligandaki, and take a scenic mountain flight from Jomsom. Finally enjoy the sunrise lake city of Pokhara at the end of trip.
Nar Phu Valley Trek is a fantastic trip to the wild and lost valley of Nar Phu offering off the beaten track wilderness experience in Annapurna region. Nar and Phu villages are situated off the Around Annapurna main trekking trial en-route to Manang is surrounded by Pisang Peak to south, Kangla Pass to the west, Kangru Himal east and Damodar Himal to the norht. The villages are situated at the altitude of 4110 meter. Being nestled inside the valley it is less windy but the lands are dry and rugged. Perhaps late Prof. David Snellgrove, a renowned Tibetologist, is the first westerner to have visited these villages in his Himalayan Pilgrimage. Their spoken dialect is different from Manang and Tibetan. Most of the houses are two-story with the entrance from the top. There are three Buddhist monasteries. Phu is located at the upper end of the valley. As in high mountain area people of the Nar Phu descends to warm region from December to February. People of Nar have closer relationship to Manang. Unlike people from Manang they do not trade widely, rather concentrate to nearby areas in the south. The Gurungs of Lamjung use the lamas of Nar Phu as they believe they are expert therefore they had great influence.
Nar and Phu villages were lost around 1960 at the advent of Khampas (Tibetan warrior) until 1975. Khampas made their actual presence from 1964 and lasted until they were driven out of Nepal entirely. They wages insurgency operation in Tibet after Dalai Lama escaped to India. The valley was opened to foreigners with special permit from 2003. Since then the lost village was opened to the outside world. The Khampas were powerful than the local so they dominated the villages. Actually the valley was a secure place for them. Though it is in close proximity to Lamjung in the south yet for central administration it is beyond their outlook post. In many aspects Manang dominated every aspects of Nar Phu though at later stage Lamjung exerted their influence as people of Nar Phu detested superiority exhibited by Manang. That is also one reason for the oblivion condition that isolated them from the rest and deprived of the development benefits happening around them. They have not been able to get out of the social clutch and the valley that surrounded them.
Occasional visitors to Nar and Phu villages were climbers. They go to climb Himlung Himal (7126m) to the east on the border to Tibet of Phu and Kanguru (6981m) east of Nar. French expedition to Kanguru in 2005 had met a big climbing disaster due to avalanche that happened near Meta. In 2009 another climbing disaster happened at Himlung due to unexpected avalanche. Technically both peaks are challenging than most trekking peaks.Nar Phu Valley is also approached from North West from Mustang through the high pass at Teri La Pass (5595m) Trek and Saribung La. These are not regular trekking route but used by the people of Nar & Phu and some wilderness trekking lovers. However, climbers liked to cross this pass after climbing Saribung peak (6327m). Most trekkers visiting Nar Phu liked to cross Kang la (5306m) to reach Manang via Ngawal and Braga on the other side of the valley. Other interesting places to combine with Nar Phu Trek are Tilicho Lake (4920m) Mesokanto La pass, and climb trekking peaks like Chulu West, Chulu East and Chulu Central. Pisang peak (6091), a training peak of Nepal Mountaineering Association, is also very popular. Our original version itinerary of Nar Phu Valley Trek goes through famous Thorong La Pass and ends the trek at Jomsom.
Day 01: Meet and greet in Kathmandu airport (TIA), transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Get Nar Phu Valley Trek permits, visit ancient old temples in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Drive to Jagat (1300m) 8-9 hours. Overnight lodge
Day 04: Trek to Dharapani (1860m), 6-7 hours, Overnight in lodge.
Day 05: Trek to Koto (2600m), 5-6 hours walk. Overnight in lodge.
Day 06: Trek to Meta (3570m), 6-7 hours). Overnight in lodge
Day 07: Trek to Phoo (4080m). 5-6 Overnight in lodge
Day 08: Trek to Mahendrapul/Nar Phedi (3500m), 5-6 hours walk
Day 09: Trek to Nar Village (4110m) just 2 hours. Overnight in lodge.
Day 10: Trek to Ngawal (3660m) via Kangla Pass (5320m), 7-8 hours, O/N in lodge.
Day 11: Trek to Manang (3440m), 3-4 hours walk. Overnight in lodge.
Day 12: Rest day in Manang, hike to Gangapurna Lake or Ice Lake.
Day 13: Trek to Leddar (4200m), 6-7 hours. Overnight in lodge.
Day 14: Trek to Thorong Phedi/High Camp (4833m), 5-7 hours. Overnight in lodge.
Day 15: Trek to Muktinath via Thorong La Pass (5416m), 7-8 hours. Overnight in lodge.
Day 16: Trek to Jomsom (2720m) via Lupra village. Overnight in lodge.
Day 17: Fly to Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara in hotel.
Day 18: Drive back to Kathmandu.
Day 19: Fly back home or further destination.
Trip Note: Nar Phu Valley Trek can be personalized as per your requirements that meet your time frame, financial status and places of interests to include in the itinerary. The trip cost we have offered here is on minimum group size of two travelers basis. No single supplement is cost is required. The cost will be according to Deluxe, Standard, Budget and as per group size. This trek also can be combined with Tilicho Lake, Mesokanto Pass (5200m), Teri La Pass and Saring Pass Trek, extreme High Passes treks linking to the Upper Mustang. Nar Phu Valley Trek requires restricted area permit which costs US$ 90 per week per person and December - August US$ 75 per week per person or equivalent convertible foreign currency. In addition, ACAP Permit is mandatory that cost NPR. 2000.00 Per person. You must trek with a licensed trekking guide and arranged with a government registered trekking agency. Please kindly send us your details for tailor made program. See you in Nepal!
Day 01: Join Kathmandu (1,350m)
Wilderness Excursion repetitive will greet you upon our arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu; after welcoming you, our staff will take us to our hotel. After checking in, we may take a rest or visit around. A short briefing about your trip is held in the evening. Overnight in Kathmandu Guest House.
Day 02: In Kathmandu
We will get your Nar Phu Valley Trek permits today, we leave you choice to do preparation or go for sightseeing, if a guided sightseeing tour is included in the package, we start a guided tour after breakfast to several the most historical and spiritual UNESCO listed attractions also listed as World Heritage sites. We visit the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambhunath) and Buddhist shrine (Boudhanath), which is also one of the largest stupas in the world. At noon, we get our equipment checked by our trek leader, get introduced to fellow participants, and discuss our trip at Wilderness Excursion office or in our Hotel. Overnight in Kathmandu Guest House.
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 in Jagat.
Day 04: Trek to Dharapani (1,960m) 7-8 hours
After breakfast, we leisurely start 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 in lodge at Dharapani.
Day 05: Trek to Koto (2,610m), 5-6 hours
We head to Bagarchhap which takes about one hour going 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 in lodge at Koto.
Day 06: Trek 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 in Meta.
Day 07: Trek to Phu Gaon (4,250m), 7-8 hours
Commence our day traversing up and down and crossing suspension bridges over different streams. After nearly 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 going past the Phu Khola on a rocky trail and finally reach the Phu village in another 3 to 4 hours. Overnight in lodge or home stay at Phu Gaon.
Day 08: Rest and acclimatization at Phu Gaon
Today, it is planned as acclimatization day whereby we are recommended 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 local people. 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 in lodge or homestayat Phu Gaon.
Day 09: Trek to Nar Phedi (3500m), 5 hours
The trail descends passing many streams and suspension bridges until Mahendra Pul which takes about 5 hours. We pass the high suspension bridge 80m over the Gorge of Lapche River. We have lunch in Mahendra Pul. Many people continue to Nar which 2 hours from Mahendra Pul. We stay at monastic school at Nar Phedi. There is no lodge no village at this place.
Day 10: Trek to Nar (4110m), 2 hours
It is a very short day today, 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 in lodge at Nar.
Day 11: Trek to Ngwal (3,660m) via Kang La Pass (5,320m), 7-8 hours
Today is daring day with long day hike of 7-8 hours so we get up early in the morning and head to Ngawal via Kangla Pass (5320m). From the pass we can enjoy the view of Annapurna massif. We further trek down to Ngwal from there. Overnight in lodge at Ngawal.
Day 12: Trek to Manang (3,540m), 4-5 hours
From Ngwal, we walk to Manang today. We pass through the isolated village of Paugh overlooking the amazing views of Annapurna range. We then walk gently uphill to Mungli and then to the main trail of famous Annapurna Circuit Trail at Mungli. We finally reach Manang, where we set up our camps for overnight stay. Overnight in lodge at Manang.
Day 13: Rest and relax at Manang
Today we plan for a rest day again to re-energize our body. Optionally we have choice to hike to Ice Lake locally called as "Kang Tso" meaning lake. Many people also visit Gangapurna Lake. Overnight in lodge at Manang.
Day 14: Trekking to Tilicho Base Camp (4,200m) - 5 hrs
Trek from Manang to Tilicho Base Camp via Khangsar Village. We continue on a large path, passing a Gompa (monastery). The route ahead goes on a recently constructed path up towards a high ridge. At one point is an intersection. One path maintains the altitude, traversing the slopes towards a place where the valley is narrow; the other continues to ascend towards the line of the ridge. The former is the old path, and is much more difficult as it goes on really steep screed; the latter is the new path that goes a completely different way. Continue along the new path, reach a high crest, and descend on switch backs carved out through the screed slopes to a side valley of the main valley. At its bottom is a brook. On the other side of it is a building known as the Tilicho Base Camp at elevation of 4,200m. Overnight in lodge.
Day 15: Trek to Tilicho Lake (5,200 m) and back down to Tilicho Base Camp (4,200m) - 6 hrs
Our journey starts early in the morning at around 6am as we trying to avoid the wind. From the Base camp to the Tilicho lake takes another 3-4 hours. Tilicho Lake is a cold barren place in the afternoon and claimed as highest lake of the world. After we spend some time around Tilicho Lake we will return same way back to Base Camp as there are no any accommodation facilities at Tilicho Lake area. Overnight in lodge.
Day 16: Trek to Yak Kharka (4,050m) - 5 hrs
Upon breakfast at Tilicho Base Camp lodge we head to Yak Kharka where we link our main Annapurna Circuit trek trail. We reach Yak Kharka at 4,050m. Herds of yaks and vegetation appear to thin out. Overnight in lodge at Yak Kharka.
Day 17: Trek 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, Himalayan Glacier's team leader does 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 at Thorong Phedi.
Day 18: Trek to Muktinath (3,800m) via Thorong La (5,416m), 7-8 hours
Journey the grueling Thorong La Pass at a dizzying elevation of 5,416m/17,764ft is another highlight of this trek. An early start is essential 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 in lodge at Muktinath.
Day 19: Trek to Jomsom (2,720m) 5-7 hours
: Muktinath to Jomsom (2,715m/8,910ft): 5-6 hours The trail is gently uphill until reaching on the ridge from where you can see the Lupra Village which takes about 2 hours. The views from the ridge are very awesome. You can see the Mt. Dhaulagiri, Tukuche Peak, Nilgiri Peak, Tilicho Peak and beautiful landscapes. Then trail descends very steeply to Panda Khola which takes about an hour of walking. We walk on the river bank of Panda Khola for a while and arrive in Lupra Village, One of the oldest settlements of the region. Highlight of the day is a visit to the Lupra monastery which was founded in the 11th century by Lupragpa, a famous Bon master. It is very seldom that tourists or as a matter of fact even locals visit this place. We visit one of the oldest Bon-Po Monastery in Annapurna Region. Bon is the ancient shamanist faith once prevalent in Tibet and adjoining Himalayan territory which later got incorporated into the mainstream Tibetan Buddhism. Lupra (2790m) is an interesting offbeat side-trip; few trekkers make it here but the village, with its adobe houses and traditionally clad inhabitants is worth a visit. We will have lunch there. After lunch, the trail is descending along the river until reaching the trail coming from Eklebatti which takes about 1 hour. Then, all the same way back to main trail which takes about 1 and half hour and we keep walking along the Kaligandaki River until Jomsom which takes about 1 and half hour. Stay overnight in Lodge at Jomsom.
Day 20: Contingency Day
Buffer day if just in case flight cancellation due to bad weather, otherwise you can have a relaxing day or visit around Pokhara. Peace Pagoda is worth to visit in Pokhara. You can also goboating at Phewa Lake in your own or sightseeing in Pokhara Valley including Davi’s Fall, Gupteswor Cave, afternoon flight back to Kathmandu. Stay overnight at Hotel.
Day 21: Fly to Pokhara (823m), 30 min flight
We take the scenic flight of 25-30 minues to Pokhara through the gorge of the two huge mountains, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. Upon arriving 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 Phewa Lake, the second biggest lake of Nepal while admiring the mountain view of Machhapuchhre. 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 in Pokhara.
Day 22: Pokhara to Kathmandu (1,350m), 5-6 hours drive
We ride tourist bus back to Kathmandu. After getting back Kathmandu, we will be transferred to our hotel. There is nothing to do but exchange the emails with travel companions and arrange our photos. We can spend the evening leisurely or perhaps catch up on some last minute shopping. Either way, we celebrate the successful completion of our journey with a farewell dinner in the evening. Overnight at Kathmandu.
Day 23: Fly back to home
Our trip to Nepal comes to an end today! Our representative will escort us to the airport to catch our scheduled flight.
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Best time to trek to Nar Phu Trek – Tilicho Lake – Thorong La is in Sept, Oct, Nov, Mar, April and May. The weather is sunny and warm during the day time with breath taking sceneries. If you don't like crowd and enjoy less crowded time with nature then you could trek in winter (Dec - Feb) and it is still warm during the day time and cold in the morning and nights. The temperature is 2 to -7 degree Celsius in Nar Phu during the winter. Nevertheless, the weather condition in Himalaya is associated with Indian Ocean. Trekking in the summer or Monsoon seasons (June to Aug) will be affected by rain but the summer trek could be a benefit for a keen botanist.
This is not for faint-heated people but suitable for adventure trekking lovers who have the ability to walk for around 4-7 hours a day in high altitude with a light day sack. This trek requires previous trekking experience in the Himalaya or in Alps. Exercising and jogging regularly for a few weeks prior to the trip is good idea to increase strength and firmness. However, no technical skill is required for this trek. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, epilepsy and blood diseases should inform Wilderness Excursion before booking the trip. We also recommend that you consult your doctor(s) before the trip start.
Wilderness Excursion always makes sure our porters are well paid and we are committed to porter rights. We make sure that all our porters are well treated. Moreover, Wilderness Excursion also provides the required level of shelter, clothing and footwear that these harsh environments demand. Porters who become sick are treated with the same care and attention as other team members. We have previously used helicopters at company's expense to rescue porters from dangerous situations. And for the porter's sake, all trekkers keep the weight of their luggage under 15kgs/33 pounds. We also support the work of International Porter Protection Group (IPPG), making our resources available to them to help improve the working conditions of the porters.
The Annapurna Region is magnificently beautiful, but equally fragile. Future generations have just as much of a right to appreciate it as we do and so the tourism industry has an obligation to protect and preserve it. Wilderness Excursion implements a 'zero impact' policy on the natural environment and the traditional communities that live there. We, therefore, enforce a number of do's and don'ts. Wilderness Excursion experienced staff can advise us on how to minimize our impact on the local environment. To find out more about the clean-up campaigns and environmental awareness events, Himalayan Glacier works with KEEP.
Our trekking itinerary is crafted with a high consideration of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). Rushing up at higher altitudes too fast reasons a medical condition serious enough to result in death. The higher the altitude, the less oxygen will be in the air. For example, at an altitude above of 5000m, there is 53% less oxygen than at sea level. Hence, our body needs many days to adapt to an environment with less-oxygen. During this trip, a separate day is set aside in Manang for acclimatization.
Wilderness Excursion realizes that financial security is a concern when choosing a company who to book a holiday property through. Wilderness Excursion holds a License with the Authority to operate adventure activities under the supervision by Nepal Government. We are a fully bonded Adventure Travel Agency certified by the Government of Nepal, Tourism and Civil Aviation Department, Nepal Tourism Board, Industry Department, Company Registration Office, Nepal National Bank and the Taxation Office. We are also associated with several important regulating bodies such as NATTA, NMA, TAAN, and KEEP with whom we have a bond. We feel that the last thing you want to worry about when you’re planning your trip of a lifetime is whether your money is in safe hands. As a leading Adventure trekking company it’s our responsibility to make sure your finances are secure, so when you book with us you can be confident that we do just that. To ensure that you have complete peace of mind Wilderness Excursion participates in the following. Nepal Ministry of Industry, Office of Company Register, Reg No: 124690/071/072 Nepal Ministry of Tourism, Department of Tourism, Reg No: 1793/071 Nepal Ministry of Finance, Department of Tax, PAN No: 602397236 Central Bank Of Nepal ( Nepal Rastra Bank) Department of Foreign Currency Exchange, Authorization No: 1556/071 Nepal Department of Small Cottage and Industries No: 13239/82 Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) Nepal Mountaineering Association Membership No: 1135 Kathmandu Environmental Education Project Wilderness Excursion submits with the 1992 Nepal Government regulations relating to Package travel, Package Holidays & Package Tours. Our membership of the Nepal Government adds an extra level of financial security to your booking.
Packing List and Equipment for Nar Phu Valley Tek via Tilicho Lake and Thorong La Pass
Personal Trekking Equipment
Toiletries and supplies to prevent illness
Pee Bottle (Optional) but very useful.
Pee funnel for women (optional) Lightweight urinary director.
Hand/foot warmers (Optional) Recommended if you easily get cold hands and feet 1-3 pairs.
Personal first aid kit (small and simple) Aspirin, Moleskin, Adhesive tape, Band-Aids. Scissor, Blade,
Drugs/medications/prescriptions Climbers should bring Mupirocin (Bactroban) cream, excellent topical antibiotic for scrapes and cuts. Cirprofloxin (Cipro) 500mg tablets for travelers' diarrhea and for urinary tract infections. Loperamide (Lomotil) or Immodium for diarrhea. Acetazolamide (Diamox) 125 or 250mg tablets for alltitude sickness. Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) 200mg tablets for altitude headaches, sprains, aches, etc. Excedrin for headaches. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) 325mg tablets for stomach sensitivity.
This above list is only an advice for you. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands. If you have questions please email at: email@example.com
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