Nar Phu Valley Trek – 20 Days

  • Nar Phu Valley Trek - 20 Days

Introduction


Recently opened to tourists, the valleys of Nar and Phu offer insight into remote Tibetan villages with little contact to modern cultures still practicing all of their traditional ceremonies and cultural customs. The untouched natural region boasts peaks, valleys, canyons, dense forests, powerful rivers, mysterious gompas, traditional small villages and of course great mountain scenery and adventure. Snow-covered peaks and natural beauty will surround you as you see the diversity of the region changing from tropical to almost barren as you change altitudes along you trek. Pass near the Tibetan border, pass through the remote valleys of Nar and Phu and immerse yourself in the timeless and well-preserved Tibetan culture. We will pass the Himlung Base Camp, cross the Kang La and Thorong La passes before exploring the lower mustang region and the famous town of Jomson ensuring you see and experience all the region has to offer.

Itinerary



Day 1: Arrival and Transfer to Hotel in Kathmandu (1350m)

Upon your arrival in the Kathmandu airport (TIA), you will be greeted by a representative from the MSM Tour and Treks team holding a sign with your name in the parking lot. After a brief introduction, you will be escorted to your hotel. After check in, and welcome drinks you will be free to explore around the backpacker haven of Thamel.

Day 2: Kathmandu [1300 m/4264 ft]

Today after breakfast we will start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu including Durbar Square, and Pashupati temple that are both Unesco World Heritage Sites. You will also visit the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambunath) and Buddhists shrine (Buddha Nath) that is one of the large Stupas in the world. Afterwards, you will meet with your trek leader for a briefing and a short question and answer section about your trip. You will also have time to shop for any additional trekking equipment with staff assistance if necessary.

Day 3: Drive to Besi Sahar [820m] [drive approx 6 hours]

Today we will review our plan and begin our Annapurna trekking adventure. After driving along the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway to Dumre past the Marsyangdi River. We will pass through several scenic low-lying villages and rice fields. After 6 hours, we will reach Besi Sahar; the capital of the Lamjung District.

Day 4: Trek to Khudi [790m]

From Besi Sahar, we follow the trail along the canal on the outskirts of the village before descending the narrow path to the Pam Khola. After crossing the stream, we ascend towards the village of Denauti, which will be your first experience with authentic Nepali villag. The route continues along the banks of the Marshyangdi Khola, passing through paddy fields and subtropical forests. As the trail nears the Khudi Khola, we approach the Gurung village of Khudi.

Day 5: Trek to Bahundanda [1310m]

As continue through the Marsyangdi Valley, we get our first views of the magnificent Annapurna mountain ranges. The trail then continues past a series of suspension bridge and follows terraced rice fields offering breathtaking view of Manaslu and picturesque cascading waterfalls. As the trail continues uphill, we pass Ngadi village. Before passing through the challenging trails to Bahundanda. Bahundanda literally means “Brahmin hill” and as the name suggests Bahundanda is largely inhabited by Brahmins; the people who will host us for the evening.

Day 6: Trek to Jagat [1290m]

A steep trail descends from Bahundanda, through rice fields, before crossing a stream at the bottom of a small waterfall. It then rises 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 through Syange along a relaxing river. The trail then climbs steeply and the path cuts into the sheer cliff-face some 200-300m above the riverbed. We will descend to the famous stone village of Jagat, situated on a shelf, jutting out into the precipitous Marsyangdi valley.

Day 7: Trek to Dharpani [1920m]

The trail from Jagat descends until it reaches the river and then continues through a charmingly lush forest. Further ascent leads to sharp-edged cliff facing the riverbank. Along the way Chyamje comes into vies amidst the towering Annapurna mountain ranges. After crossing a suspension bridge, we continue our climb towards the challenging path to Sattale. After treading along a succession of rock-laden trails, we descend to a grassy riverbank passing through Tal as the trail becomes increasing difficult and narrow. We then approach the steep forested village of Karte before passing along waterfalls and cliffs for our arrival at Dharapani.

Day 8: Trek to Narphu Valley First Camp [2740m]

We will continue along a narrow path passing along the Dudh Khola and Marshyangdi Rivers offering views of Annapuna II as we work our way to prayer flag encrusted village of Bagarchhap. We then continue to climb through a dense pine forest before passing a powerful waterfall before entering a remote gorge offering views of Manaslu from its steep stone trail. We continue up a steep path through rhododendron bushes before passing Ratamron and arriving in the hamlet of Koto known for its panoramic vantage point. We will then depart from the traditional Annapurna Circuit route and head across the Marshyangdi River to the Narphu valley before reaching our campsite for some rest.

Day 9: Trek to Sinhenge Dharamsala [3230m]

We will continue along quaint tropical paths showing the diversity of the region even at high altitudes. After a short downhill walk will start up a steep path to the town of Choto before continuing to Nar Phu Khola crossing a scenic suspension bridge continuing to several natural hot springs. We then continue along a very narrow rock path featuring several waterfalls and challenging passages. We will continue to a scenic hut to make camp and rest for the evening.

Day 10: Trek to Upper Chaku Village [3720m]

We cross the Methang Khola River and continue uphill along a winding path through the famous Methang Pastures. We continue through an ancient Chorten, which offers stunning views of Kang Guru before passing the mysterious abandoned village of Methang on the way to Kang Guru Base Camp. After a break to enjoy the views, we will continue along an easy path to the remote town of Lower Chaku before finishing the hike on a steep path to Upper Chaku.

Day 11: Trek to Phu Village [3980m]

We begin with a challenging climb past another abandoned village with a curious mani wall. We will then continue along a mesmerizing rock carved tunnel along the river while passing sever chortens and the river bed on our way to the Phu Valley. After enjoying the panoramic views at Phu Khola we will finish with a steep ascent to the remote village of Phu before setting up camp along the river.

Day 12: Rest day in Phu Village

Due to high altitudes, we will take an acclimation day in the village. This is a great time to rest or explore the scenic region with a few shorter hikes as we prepare for our trip to the Naar Campsite the following day.

Day 13: Trek to Naar Campsite [3550m]

We will continue along the valley passing Chaku before crossing the Phu Khola over several scenic bridges connecting the area to Naar. We will continue to a grassy campsite to rest for the evening.

Day 14: Trek to Kang La Phedi [4530m]

We face a challenging morning hike up to Naar Village where we will stop to explore the town and have some lunch. After admiring the interesting architecture and culture we continue along an easier path along the lateral moraine of Temdenzon Kohla. We will reach the base of Kang La to set up camp for the evening and some rest.

Day 15: Trek to Munje [3330m]

Today is the most challenging hike of the trek but offers some of the most scenic views along the Kang La pass. We continue up a steep path along a chorten offering scenic views of several of the Annapurna peaks and a small pristine lake where we will stop for lunch. We will continue to climb the pass, reaching the peak before continuing down a steep trail to Ngawal. We then continue through some dense pine forests en route to Munie when we will take a well earned rest for the evening.

Day 16: Trek to Manang

As we continue with our trek, we head along a steep ridge providing beautiful sights of the Manang valley and the Tilicho peak towering above at 7132 meters. As we descend through Manang’s airstrip, we come to Hongde lying beneath the gigantic Annapurna III on the northeast face. The route leads to the wide plain of the Sabje Khola Valley offering timeless views of Annapurna IV [7525m].
We continue past a wooden bridge, as the Marsyangdi Khola gushes below us before passing through the beautiful village of Mungji. We will continue passing along the cultivated fields before visiting the monastery at Bryaga. While trekking down to Manang, we will enjoy the majestic views of the Annapurna range including sights of Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Gangapurna [7455m] and Tilicho Peak [7134m].

Day 17: Fly from Manang to Pokhara

We will take a scenic flight from Manang to Pokhara offering views of many of the villages we have visited on our trip. When we arrive in the town of Pokhara you will have time to relax and celebrate the completion of your trek

Day 18: Day tour in Pokhara

Today we will explore the peaceful lakeside town of Pokhara. Take some time to explore the backpacker town, visit a few waterfalls or take a relaxing boat ride in the scenic lake reflecting some of the Annapurna peaks. Pokhara is also home to a mountaineering museum and a famous peace pagoda overlooking the mountains and lake.

Day 19: Pokhara to Kathmandu

We will either drive or fly back to Kathmandu according to your budget and preference spending the evening the backpacker area of Thamel. We will arrange a farewell diner to celebrate the completion of your trip as you bid farewell to new friends and enjoy some local delicacies.

Day 20: Departure

Depending on your flight time you may be able to see a few more attractions in Kathmandu before departing approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight time. You will be escorted to the airport with a representative from MSM Tour and Treks staff. After our farewells, you will have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in Nepal with MSM Tour and Treks, as one time is never enough.

Cost


Cost Included

  • Airport pick up & Transfer to hotel
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on BB basis (Tourist Standard Hotel to Five Star deluxe Hotel in Kathmandu as you prefer)
  • Government license holder Trekking Guide.
  • Trekking porter /Sherpa who will carry your bag pack during the trekking.
  • All accommodation and meals during the trek.
  • All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit, TIMS )
  • Kathmandu valley sightseeing tour with private vehicle as mentioned in itinerary
  • Trekking guide and porters accommodation, fare, meal, equipments and salary & Insurance
  • All program as mentioned in itinerary.
  • Government Tax and office service charge.
  • Welcome and Farewell dinner.
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • Airport drop

Cost Not-Included

  • Nepal Visa fee
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Lunch & Dinner during Kathmandu stay
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, Soft drinks such as cola, , shower & any Purely personal nature expenses etc)
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Tips for guides and porters
  • Emergency rescue evacuation if needed

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