Nar Phu Valley Trek – 19 days

Visit this magical Buddhist ex-kingdom and explore its peaceful, challenging and unspoiled trails and landscape.
Trip Code : DH/AR-01
Duration : 19 days

TRIP HIGHTLIGHTS

  • Sightseeing around the Kathmandu Valley including UNESCO world historical heritage sites.
  • Explore Annapurna's most remote and untouched region.
  • Amazing landscape views
  • Observe Tibetan culture and life style of the area.
  • Adventurous camping trek towards the beautiful Narphu Valley.

Trip Information

Trekking through the wild and unexplored vicinity of the northern Annapurna region is what the Nar Phu Valley trek in Nepal is all about. One of the most famous and fascinating destinations in Nepal the Nar Phu Valley trek is one of the most sought-after adventurous trek which investigates the hidden valley of Nar Phu and provides you with an outstanding experience of genuine wilderness. The Nar Phu Valley is fused with the remote villages, the Kang La Pass, unique Himalayan culture, narrow canyons, lovely forests, amazing rock formations, Yaks, Monasteries and many more. Trekking in a unique and picturesque hidden area behind the northern Annapurna region and around the high Manang valley is really awe- inspiring.
 
Naturally blessed, the Nar Phu Valley is well known for out-door lovers due to its wild remoteness and virgin location. The Nar Phu Valley Trek provides us a rare opportunity to explore the Himalayan Wilderness that has its unique features, a mix of ancient Buddhist culture and raw Himalayan nature. The mountain people and their intersting Tibetan culture and practice their own form of Buddhism is really spectacular to witness. Visiting virtually untouched villages that are surrounded by around 7000m peaks provide you with a sense of contentment during the trail. Explore around the secret valleys of Nar Phu just north of the Annapurna and reach new heights while trekking through 2 high altitude passes: the Thorong and Kang La is another amazing thing that the Nar Phu valley offers us. Opened in 2003 these trails never fail to astonish in terms of views and adventure. During the Nar Phu Valley trek, we can observe high-altitude residents and their way of life and gain a new respect for their culture.
The Nar Phu Valley trek is the perfect experience for the nature lover and their desire to experience something different. Many trails and routes are still undiscovered in this region and offer a great opportunity to those who love adventure. A perfect display of amazing mountains and Himalayas such as; Mt. Machhapuchre (Fishtail), Mt. Annapurna massif, Mt. Dhaulagiri range, Mt. Tilicho, Mt. Lamjung makes this trek full of wonders and experiences. This trek starts from Chamje after a 9 hours scenic drive from Kathmandu and the route lets us hike up the same trail as the Annapurna Circuit. During the trek, you will witness high snow-peaks, high altitude grazing settlements, ancient villages, renowned Tashi Lhakhang Gompa, high alpine valley above Phu and many more.

Short Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,428ft)
Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
Day 03: Kathmandu to Jagat Drive (1100m/3608ft): 8-9 hours
Day 04: Jagat to Dharapani (1,960m/6,430ft): 7-8 hours
Day 05: Dharapani to Koto (2,610m/8,563ft): 5-6 hours
Day 06: Koto to Meta (3,560m/11,680ft): 7-8 hours
Day 07: Meta to Phu Gaon (4,250m/13,944ft): 7-8 hours
Day 08: Acclimatization at Phu Gaon
Day 09: Phu Gaon to Nar (4,110m/13,484ft): 6-7 hours
Day 10: Acclimatization and preparation at Nar
Day 11: Nar to Kang La Pass (5,322m/17,460ft) to Ngwal (3,660m/12,008ft): 7-8 hours
Day 12: Ngwal to Manang (3,540m/11,614ft): 4-5 hours
Day 13: Manang to Yak Kharka (4,110m/13,484ft): 3-4 hours
Day 14: Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,600m/15,092ft): 3-4 hours
Day 15: Thorong Phedi to Thorong La (5,416m/17764ft) to Muktinath (3,800m/12,467ft): 7-8 hours
Day 16: Muktinath to Jomsom (2,715m/8,910ft): 5-6 hours
Day 17: Jomsom to Pokhara Flight (827m/2,700ft): 30 min flight
Day 18: Pokhara to Kathmandu (1,300m/4,428ft): 5-6 hours drive
Day 19: Final departure from Nepal

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,428ft)

  • Our representative will welcome you and drop you to your hotel.
  • Hotel checkout and take a rest and relax.
  • Enjoy welcome dinner in the evening.Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 2: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Visit with our guide, UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu.
  • Explore most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu; Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambhunath) and Buddhist shrine (Bouddhanath).
  • Prepare all the necessary equipment and pack your bag.
  • Overnight in Kathmandu. 

Day 3: Kathmandu to Jagat Drive (1100m/3608ft): 8-9 hours

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Continue Journey through dawn as we have a long drive ahead of us.
  • Enjoy seeing the picturesque views of Nepali countryside, lush greeneries, rivers, villages, farms and mountain vistas en route throughout the drive.
  • Around 8-10 hours of drive will take us to Jagat through the Besishahar.
  • Overnight in Jagat. 

Day 4: Jagat to Dharapani (1,960m/6,430ft): 7-8 hours

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Continue trek slowly descends until it reaches the river and then continues through a lush forest.
  • Ascent leads to sharp-edged cliff facing the riverbank.
  • Trek with the glorious backdrop towering views of Annapurna mountain ranges.
  • Follow the Chyamje by crossing a suspension bridge.
  • Climb steeply towards the slippery and physically challenging path to Sattale.
  • Descend to a grassy riverbank that leads to Tal.
  • Trek steep forested village of Karte.
  • Enjoy viewing waterfalls and trek along the cliffs.
  • Cross a suspension bridge and reach Dharapani.
  • Overnight in Dharapani.

Day 5: Dharapani to Koto (2,610m/8,563ft): 5-6 hours

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Continue trek towards Bagarchhap by following pine and fir forests.
  • Visit the white washed monastery in this village.
  • Continue trek about an hour and reach to Danaque.
  • Trek steeply ascend up to Timang.
  • Enjoy with the magnificent view of Mt. Manaslu and other 29 Peak.
  • Around one and half hour trek through pine forests and reach to the Latamarang village.
  • Resume our trek through forests with the impressive glimpse of Annapurna II.
  • Arrive in Koto village and stay overnight over there.

Day 6: Koto to Meta (3,560m/11,680ft): 7-8 hours

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Trek through the River bank of Soti Khola and cross suspension bridge over Soti Khola.
  • Follow the wonderful pine forests, streams and reach Dharmasala.
  • Continue the trek through forests and ascend steeply towards Meta village.
  • Reach at Tibetan Plateau and enjoy great view of Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal.
  • Overnight in Meta.

Day 7:  Meta to Phu Gaon (4,250m/13,944ft): 7-8 hours

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Continue trek ups and down and cross beautiful suspension bridges over different streams.
  • Almost 4 hours of trek will lead you to the Kyang and witness the remnants,the ruined forts of the Khampa settlement.
  • Further trek crosses the Phu Khola on a rocky trail and finally reach the Phu village.
  • Overnight in Phu Gaon.

Day 8: Acclimatization at Phu Gaon

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Stroll the Valley.
  • Encounter with the local people and explore their unique culture
  • Explor natural diversity, and religious practices of the ethnic groups like Lama, Gurung and Ghale.
  • Trace out the people and observe their survival depending on agriculture, animal breeding and seasonal migrations in such remote location or in the hidden valley.
  • Discover the Tashi Lakhang Monastery, the old Buddhist Monastery listed out of the 108 world’s great Buddhist Monasteries.
  • Enjoy great view of Himlung Himal and other snow peaks.
  • Overnight at Phu Gaon.

Day 9: Phu Gaon to Nar (4,110m/13,484ft): 6-7 hours

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Descends through various streams and suspension bridges.
  • Follow the high suspension bridge 80m over the Gorge of Lapche River.
  • Trek steeply ascends by following many Buddhist stupas until you reach to Nar Village.
  • Witness several Buddhist Monasteries with the glorious vistas of Pisang Peak and other small peaks.
  • Overnight in Nar. 

Day 10: Acclimatization and preparation at Nar

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Spend the day by hiking nearby and explore Nar village and observe the local culture and lifestyle.
  • Be prepared for the next day trek.
  • Overnight in Nar. 

Day 11: Nar to Kang La Pass (5,322m/17,460ft) to Ngwal (3,660m/12,008ft): 7-8 hours

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Trek around 7 to 8 hours to reach today's destination.
  • Trek towards Kangla pass.
  • Enjoy panoramic views of Annapurna massif.
  • Further trek down to Ngwal.
  • Overnight in Ngwal.

Day 12: Ngwal to Manang (3,540m/11,614ft): 4-5 hours

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Continue trek through the isolated village of Paugh with the amazing views of Annapurna range.
  • Trek gently uphill to Mungli and then to the main trail of Annapurna Trail at Mungli.
  • Finally reach Manang and stay overnight over there. 

Day 13: Manang to Yak Kharka (4,110m/13,484ft): 3-4 hours

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Trek continue by leaving Manang village and follow the stream and climbs to a village of Tenki above Manang.
  • Continues climbing out of the Marshyangdi Valley and turn up to the valley of Jarsang Khola.
  • The trail follows a few pastures, a scrub of juniper trees.
  • Trek further through the small village of Ghunsa.
  • Now the trail goes through meadows where horses and yaks graze.
  • Cross a small river on a wooden bridge and witness an ancient old Mani wall and reache small village of Yak Kharka.
  • Overnight at Yak Kharka. 

Day 14: Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,600m/15,092ft): 3-4 hours

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Trek continue towards the Throng Phedi.
  • Thorong Phedi is a small settlement, where you can get trekking equipment.
  • Overnight at Thorong Phedi. 

Day 15: Thorong Phedi to Thorong La (5,416m/17764ft) to Muktinath (3,800m/12,467ft): 7-8 hours

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Continue trek through the arduous Thorong La Pass at a dizzying height of 5,416m/17,764ft.
  • Trek in the icy high-altitude with the magnificent views of mountain vistas.
  • Reach Muktinath, a sacred site for Hindu and Buddhist.
  • Stroll around the Muktinath Temple and Monastery nearby.
  • Overnight at Muktinath. 

Day 16: Muktinath to Jomsom (2,715m/8,910ft): 5-6 hours

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Continue trek by descending down the dramatic Kali Gandaki Gorge.
  • Follow the arid land and pass Jharkot and Khingar villages.
  • Explore the typical Tibetan architecture.
  • Trek through the banks of the Kali Gandaki and reach to Jomsom.
  • Overnight in Jomsom. 

Day 17: Jomsom to Pokhara Flight (827m/2,700ft): 30 min flight

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Take an air flight to Pokhara.
  • A scenic flight offers us splendid areal views of mountains such as; Annapurna and Dhaulagiri.
  • As you reach to Pokhara, take rest and relax.
  • In the evening you can stroll around the Fewa Lake.
  • Explore the beauty of Pokhara Valley.
  • Enjoy with the mountain view of Machhapuchhare, Dhaulagiri, Himalchuli and many more.
  • Around one hour enjoy boat-ride in Fewa Lake and take a short hike to the World Peace Pagoda.
  • Stroll around the fascinating lakeside area.
  • Overnight in Pokhara. 

Day 18: Pokhara to Kathmandu (1,300m/4,428ft): 5-6 hours’ drive

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Drive back to Kathmandu.
  • As you reach in the Kathmandu and you can take a rest and relax in the hotel.
  • Enjoy viewing treks photos.
  • In the evening, you can do some shopping in Thamel Bazaar.
  • Enjoy farewell dinner. Overnight at Kathmandu.

Day 19: Final Departure

  • Hotel breakfast and check out
  • Airport transfer 3 hours before departure

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