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Nar Phu Trekking

Nar Phu Trekking

Trip Overview

Key Information

Group Size

2-12

Meal

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Grade

Moderate to Strenuous

Accomodation

Hotels (Twin room)

Transportation

Tourist bus & Private vehicle

Starts/Ends

Kathmandu/Kathmandu

Wi-fi

Everyday

Trek Highlights

  • Daily constant views of magnificent Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Manaslu Himalayan peaks
  • From low warm region to alpine cooler areas and towards arctic zone of ice and glaciers
  • Amazing forest with rhododendron-magnolia trees within natural garden with grand views
  • On the least visited areas by trekkers around hidden and mystical areas of Nar & Phu villages
  • Explore its old cultural villages of Tibetan origin and visit interesting Buddhist monasteries
  • Exceptional views from high Kang-la & Thorang-la pass with sweeping panorama of mountains
  • Exciting adventure on remote North of Annapurna Himalaya within beautiful Manang valley

Trip Overview:

Nar Phu trekking  takes you to a wonderful and hidden areas of beautiful Manang and North Annapurna within Damodar Himal mountain ranges. This is an interesting and fascinating trek on the hidden areas of North Mid Western Nepal Himalayas, located high above Manang valley and popular Annapurna Circuit Trails. Nar & Phu trekking will be an exciting adventure for people who are bored walking on normal mainstream trekking trail of Nepal, as our route leads you away from mainstream trekking trails into complete wilderness of mountains and remote villages of Nar & Phu with interesting Buddhist culture of Tibetan origin. Nar Phu Trek commences with a long and exciting scenic drive towards Lamjung areas. then we trek following the raging Marshyangdi Rivers passing several nice and charming villages of Jagat and Dharapani walking into the lovely forest within alpine cool climate.

Leaving the main trails of Annapurna Circuit for some days we head into the mystical land Nar & Phu on the least trekked trails as the walk leads into a gorge and then finally open up to scenic views of surrounding with magnificent landscapes and snow capped peaks. We enter the hidden areas of Nar & Phu villages. Here, with interesting and wonderful time our walk leads back towards main trails of Annapurna circuit route at Manang village after crossing a high and scenic Kang-la pass.

From Manang we head towards another high and scenic Thorang-La pass above 5,416 m which is the highest spot of this adventure. The trek leads you to the Mustang areas and holy Muktinath. The Narphu valley trek concludes at Jomsom around Kaligandaki Valley with a sweeping scenic flight to Pokhara. With amazing views of Annapurna Himalaya and its serene lakes where this amazing and mesmerizing adventure Nar & Phu trek ends.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu via respective airlines

Day 02: Drive to Syange 1,140m via Besisar - 07 hrs.

Day 03: Trek to Dharapani 1,943m - 06 hrs.

Day 04: Trek to Kotto 2,670m - 05 hours.

Day 05: Trek to Dharmasala 3,230 m - 05 hours.

Day 06: Trek to Kyang 3, 020 m - 05 hours.

Day 07: Trek to Phu village 4,080 m - 06hours.

Day 08: Rest day at Phu village to explore its mystical interesting villages.

Day 09: Trek to Nar Phedi 3, 545 m - 06 hrs.

Day 10: Trek to Nar Gaon 4,206 m - 06 hrs.

Day 11: Trek to Kang La Phedi 4,530 m - 05 hrs.

Day 12: Cross Kangla Pass 5, 322 m and walk to Ngawal 3,650 m - 07 hrs.

Day 13: Trek to Manang 3,450 m - 04 hrs.

Day 14: Trek to Yak Kharka 4,210 m - 04 hrs.

Day 15: Trek to Thorang- La High Camp or Phedi 4,450 m - 04 hrs.

Day 16: Cross over Thorang La 5,416 m / 17,769 ft and trek to Muktinath 3,800m-06 hrs.

Day 17: Trek to Jomsom 2,715 m - 04 hrs.

Day 18: Drive or fly to Pokhara and transfer to hotel at lakeside.

Day 19: Drive or fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to respective hotels.

Day 20: International departure for home ward bound.

Nar Phu Trekking Itinerary

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Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu via respective airlines.
Food Dinner
Accomodation Hotel
Elevation 1350

On reaching at Kathmandu Tribhuvan InternationalAirport, warmly greeted by ourstaff and guides for transfer to your hotel in the heart of Kathmandu around Thamel area, the happening spot in Kathmandu with many fine hotels and restaurants with shopping stores and shops, here our guide will brief you with all information regarding Nar & Phu trekking and while you are under our care.
Evening includes authentic Nepalese dinner in a nice local restaurant with cultural-folk programs to entertain you with delicious meals.

Day 2 : Drive to Syange via Besisar - 06 hrs.
Food BLD
Accomodation Lodge
Elevation 1140

Starting wonderful adventure to Nar & Phu trekking with interesting 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 3 : Trek to Dharapani - 06 hrs.
Food BLD
Accomodation Lodge
Elevation 1943

At Syange where our adventure starts with slow climb on leaving Marshyangdi River behind reaching at Jagat village, a farm village with many lodges for trekkers. 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 4 : Trek to Koto - 05 hours.
Food BLD
Accomodation Lodge
Elevation 2670

Morning walk leads to Koto village near Chame town (headquarter of Manang district), on a gradual up, following river Marshyangdi upstream passing number of villages of Bagachap, Danque, Ratmanang and Koto, leading through beautiful pines and rhododendron forested area with views of Annapurna II, Lamjung Himal and if Manaslu mountains, on reaching at Koto transfer to a nice lodges after a great day of trekking.

Day 5 : Trek to Dharmasala - 05 hours.
Food BLD
Accomodation Lodge
Elevation 3230

Morning leaving the main Annapurna Circuit trail, heading to Nar & Phu, trekking into narrow gorge valley in between great walls of high rock cliffs and entering a cool alpine woodlands of pine and rhododendron trees, and then through farm huts and sheds and in a gorge, the walk leads Nar-Phu khola upstream passing remote area through number of scattered small farm houses at Dharmashala for overnight stay.

Day 6 : Trek to Kyang - 6 hrs.
Food BLD
Accomodation Lodge
Elevation 4100

After a pleasant stop at Dharmasala, walk continues towards higher area, leading beyond north towards Phu region in complete wilderness with chances of seeing some wildlife the rare blue sheep and snow leopards with other animals, walk passes several cattle herder’s shades and huts to reach at Kyang for overnight stop.

Day 7 : Trek to Phu village - 06 hours.
Food BLD
Accomodation Lodge
Elevation 4080

From Kyang village, morning walk to Phu valley and in the main Phu village, in one of the highlight of this trip, as the walk continues towards Phu Khola upstream and descend to a river walking along the river banks, on leaving the river leading uphill into a wide glacial valley and at Phu village for overnight stop.

Day 8 : Rest day at Phu village and explore Phu Valley
Food BLD
Accomodation Lodge
Elevation 4080

A necessary rest day with acclimatization at this high altitude, before reaching higher altitude at Kangla and Thorang la passes, hike around this interesting villages of Tashilkhang and Samdu Choling Monastery with Kyauchyu water fall, people of Nar / Phu villages has years of strong Tibetan influence with Tibetan lifestyle its rich traditions and culture.

Day 9 : Trek to Nar Phedi - 06 hrs.
Food BLD
Accomodation Lodge
Elevation 3545

From Phu, walk heads towards Nar village after an interesting and fascinating time at Phu and friendly locals, our route retrace back the same trail with a descend to a narrow gorge, and then the walk leads downstream at Phu khola, into smaller villages with Buddhist mani walls and chortens, then finally heading towards a flat ground of Nar Phedi for overnight stop.

Day 10 : Trek to Nar Gaon - 06 hrs.
Food BLD
Accomodation Lodge
Elevation 4206

Today trek leads to last village at Nar Gaon, from Nar Phedi walk continues towards Phu Kola, and then reaching a suspension bridge over Phu Khola (stream), from the bridge a steep uphill climb to reach a ridge for an hour and with a gentle path for few hours to reach at Nar village for overnight stop.

Day 11 : Trek to Kang La Phedi at its base - 05 hrs.
Food BLD
Accomodation Lodge
Elevation 4530

Morning walk continues after Naar village, leading away from village area into a small woodland of firs and pine trees, after leaving tree lines towards arid and windswept terrain, walk slowly due to high altitude and then reaching at Temdenzon khola, carry on for another few hours on a nice path to reach at the base of Kang la pass, which is at 4,530 meters for overnight stop if there’s no accommodation with lodge facilities it will be in tents on a flat grassy field.

Day 12 : Cross Kangla Pass 5,322m trek to Ngawal - 07 hrs.
Food BLD
Accomodation Lodge
Elevation 3650

A Big Day with an early morning start to traverse the first pass of this adventurous trip, offering striking views of Pisang Peak and Chulu Far East Peak, then crossing a stream then it leads to uphill walk towards top of Kangla pass at 5,322 meters, the top of Kangla Pass offers fantastic views of scenic country-scapes including Annapurna range, Chulu Peaks, Lamjung Himal and several peaks of North West Himalayan range, after a marveling the views, walk descend to Julu village and then reaching at Ngawal village for overnight stop.

Day 13 : Trek to Manang - 04 hrs.
Food BLD
Accomodation Lodge
Elevation 3450

From Ngawal, morning walks leads to Manang valley past Humde around Manang valley one of the largest village with an airstrip, from here a scenic walk brings to Manang village passing Braga village with has an old monastery, visit the Braga monastery with impressive views of Annapurna’s mountain range, and then an hour walk to Manang village for overnight stop.

Day 14 : Trek to Yak Kharka - 04 hrs.
Food BLD
Accomodation Lodge
Elevation 4210

After a good rest at Manang, walk towards 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 15 : Trek to Thorang- La High Camp or Phedi - 04 hrs.
Food BLD
Accomodation Lodge
Elevation 4450

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 Thorang 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 16 : Cross Thorang La 5,416m | 17,769 ft and trek to Muktinath - 06 hrs.
Food BLD
Accomodation Lodge
Elevation 3800

Our big day of this awesome 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. 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, a scenic holy spot for both Hindus and Buddhists the word Muktinath means ‘Nirvana or Liberation’.

Day 17 : Trek to Jomsom - 04 hours.
Food BLD
Accomodation Lodge
Elevation 2715

From Muktinath onward, rest of the journey is easier with moderate walks all the way with a big drop of 1,200m downhill to Kaligandaki river valley, where our pleasant walk leads at Jomsom, headquarter town of Mustang area with a small airstrip above Kaligandaki River.

Day 18 : Fly or drive to Pokhara and transfer to respective hotels near Phewa Lake.
Food BLD
Accomodation Hotel
Elevation 950

Taking an early super short flight with exceptional views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himalaya range of peaks, with green hills dotted with farm villages and well tended terraces, soon landing at beautiful Pokhara airport, where a short drive brings you to scenic Phewa Lake, where most of good hotels located.

Day 19 : Drive back to Kathmandu and transfer to your hotel.
Food BLD
Accomodation Hotel
Elevation 1350

Early morning transfer to bus or other smaller vehicle for scenic and exciting drive to Kathmandu as the morning ride leads towards farm villages and towns and driving along the Marysangdi and Trisuli River  toward Mugling Bazaar, and then after an interesting 5-6 hours journey reaching at hustle and bustle of Kathmandu city life.
(By Air options of 30 minutes of scenic flight to Kathmandu)

Day 20 : Transfer to international airport for flight homeward bound.
Food Breakfast

Last day in Nepal, the land of Himalayan wonders as per your international flight time our staff will transfer you to airport for your flight homeward bound or to respective destination with wonderful experience on Nar & Phu Trekking within Annapurna Himalaya.

Service Includes on Price

Cost Includes

  • All airport transportation
  • All Necessary paper work and Nar Phu valley special trekking permit and ACAP permit 
  • Share Jeep transport Muktinath to Tatopani
  • Private transport to Beshi Shahar and share jeep to Jagat 
  • Full meals of your choice (Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner with Tea&Coffee) during the trek
  • Supplementary snacks (cookies  and energy bar)
  • Seasonal Fresh fruit everyday after dinner
  • All mountain accommodation (Soft, comfortable, twin  room with sharing toilet)
  • Trekking equipment such as Down jacket,sleeping bag and duffel bag
  • Guide,Porter Salary  Insurance, equipment food and lodging
  • Supplementary snacks (cookies  and energy bar)
  • All government and local taxes 
  • 1 night hotel in pokhara 

Cost Excludes

  • City intrans fees
  • Tour Guide 
  • Lunch/Dinner in Kathmandu and  pokhara 
  • Boiled water 
  • Hot Shower 
  • wifi
  • Electronic device re-charge
  • Bottle drinks
  • Personal expenses 
  • Travel Insurance and evacuation insurance
  • Tipping

Additional Information

Notes

Nepal Visa:

If you are wondering about how to obtain Nepal visa, then the easiest way to obtain it is at the Tribhuwan International Airport upon your arrival in Nepal or else at the immigration entry point if you are entering through the border of India or Tibet. 

Note: There are few countries namely Nigeria, Ghana, Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, Somalia, Cameroon, Swaziland, Iraq, Ethiopia, Liberia, Palestine, etc. People from these countries do not get visa from the immigration entry points of Nepal.)

 What do you need to obtain Nepal visa?

Download Nepal Visa form:

Nepal Entry Application Download PDF

If you are thinking of taking visa at the airport or immigration entry point, following are your requirements: A valid passport (The passport should have validity of at least six months) You should fill the application form for visa available at airport or immigration entry points. Two passport size photos

Visa fees which should be paid in cash.

Entry Points to Nepal:

  • Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu
  •  Eastern Nepal – Kakarvitta, Jhapa
  • Central Nepal – Birjung, Parsa
  • Northern Border – Kodari, Sindhupalchowk
  • Western – Rupandehi (Belhiya, Bhairahawa)
  • Mid-western – Banke (Jamuna, Nepalgunj)
  •  Far western

Visa Fees

  • USD 25 or equivalent convertible currency for 15 days.
  • USD 40 or equivalent convertible currency for 30 days.
  • USD 100 or equivalent convertible currency for 90 days.
  • For the tourist of SAARC nationals, free visa up to 30 days.

Visa is not required for Indian nationals. However, if they enter Nepal via air, they will have to show a valid identification certificate (passport/ citizenship certificate). The children under the age of 10 do not need to show identification certificate.

Visa Extension:

  • If you want to extend visa for 15 days or less, visa extension charge is USD 30 or equivalent convertible currency
  • If you want to extend the visa for more than 15 days, USD 2 will be charged per day after 15 days. However, the visa can be extended maximum up to 150 days in a visa year (Visa year refers to year starting January to December.)

Transit Visa:

When a foreigner has to get down at Nepalese airport as a result of his/her transit point or due to any force landing for whatever the reason, the foreigner can obtain transit visa for a day after paying USD 5 or any other currency equivalent.

Other General Information:

  • Entering in to Nepal or staying in Nepal without a valid visa is illegal.
  • Tourist visa can be obtained either through the Nepalese embassy or consulate or other mission offices in your nation or at the immigration entry points in Nepal listed above.
  • Visa once issued cannot be amended and the visa fees are non-refundable.
  • You should pay the Nepal visa fees in cash. Credit card or cheque are not acceptable.
  • Visa charges are not applicable for children under 10 years of age, however, they must obtain a valid visa.
  • If you are obtaining a new passport or travel document, you are advised to contact the Immigration Department for the document transfer.
  • Always carry your passport and trekking permit while on trekking.
  • Some of the areas are restricted for filming. Therefore, be careful not to do the activities that are strictly prohibited.
  • The culture, tradition and sentiments of Nepalese people should be respected. Do not perform any activities that would hurt their sentiments.
  • Do not perform any activities that would lead to moral turpitude.

Travel Insurance:

A travel-insurance policy that covers theft, loss and medical problem is best for traveling in Nepal. There are a wide variety of policies available, so check the small print carefully. Make sure are covered for adventure activities and high altitude. Since you reach above 3500 meters on quite a few treks in Nepal, it is best to choose a policy that covers medical and emergency repatriation, including helicopter evacuation for trekkers and general medical evacuation. Also understand that must medical treatment and facilities/hospitals must be paid for at the point of delivery of the patient. So it’s wise to choose a policy that pays doctors or hospitals directly rather than you having to pay on the spot and claim later.

Best time to visit Nepal:

Spring (March, April, May) and autumn (Sep, Oct, Nov) are the best time of the year to visit Nepal. During this time, the weather is pleasant with efficient sunlight and warmth. The sky is clear which means that you can truly enjoy the remarkable Nepalese landscape complete with the Himalayan vista.

During the monsoon (June, Aug) although there will be no problem for trekking, the issue could be of less visibility and rain. But for a keen botanist, monsoon is a blessing as the higher valleys, mountains and meadows blossom with flowers and abundant vegetation. You can trek in winter ( Dec, Jan, Feb) as well especially in the hilly regions but as you reach higher elevations it is much more colder with snow- fall. If you don’t necessary enjoy crowds, trekking during the monsoon or winter or choosing more solitary trekking destination could be your options. Note that due to global warming there has been a change in the regular climate worldwide and Nepal is no exception. Please be open to unpredictable weather conditions as well

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Trekking Equipment List

If it’s too much to carry from your home country some of the necessary equipment can be hired or bought in Kathmandu around Thamel as well.Most of the equipment is general and standard lists for all seasons while on trek, but may differ as per the season and duration of trekking and areas of your chosen trip.Sun hat or scarf

For head

  • Light balaclava or warm fleece head gear.
  • Sun glasses and snow goggles with UV protection.

For Lower Body

  • Under Garments
  • Hiking shorts
  • Lightweight cotton long pants
  • Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
  • Fleece or wool pants (seasonal)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants

For Feets

  • Thin, lightweight inner socks
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks
  • Hiking boots with spare laces
  • Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
  • Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base cam

For Upper Body

  • T-shirts
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket 

For Hands

  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal)

Other Accessories: 

  • Sleeping bag rated to zero DC * (4 seasons down sleeping bags)
  • Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
  • Trekking Bags/Duffel bag *
  • Basic First Aid Kit
  • Large plastic bags – for keeping items dry inside your kit / duffel bag.
  • Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches / 10-15 liters / kgs capacity)
  • Trekking Poles (optional)
  • Water bottle (2) or cameo bag
  • Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc)
  • Ear Plug (who know some people on group are snoring) as optional.

Toiletries

  • 1 medium sized quick drying towel
  • Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multipurpose soaps (preferably biodegradable)
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Small mirror
  • On Personal Hygiene
  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti-bacterial hands wash

Extra Luxuries as optional:

  • Binoculars 
  • Reading book
  • Trail Map/Guide book
  • Journal & Pen
  • Walkman
  • Pen and small notebooks
  • Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, and scrabble.

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