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Naar_Phu Trekking

21 Days

Nar and Phu Valleys have recently be opened to trekking. These valleys are the only virgin trekking destination in Nepal that is both culturally and religiously rich. This region as yet to be overwhelmed by mass tourism and is without a doubt the most beautiful trekking destination in Nepal. Beautiful pine forests, amazing views, stunning gorges and waterfalls line the trail to the pictuesque village of Dharmasla. The charming valley of the Meta, boasts ruined forts and the Khampa settlements in Chyakhu, Jhunum, Meta ,and Khyang. The massive cliff of Khangbhir is yet another impressive sight along this trek. Beautiful Chortens, remote villages, monasteries and stunning vistas of Himlung, Kangaru Peak, Ratna Chuli, Annapurna Ranges, Tilicho Peak and Pisang Peak make this trek one of the best an most unspoiled treks in the Annapurana region. In addition to the culturally rich Nar Phu region we will visit the spectacular Tilicho lake situated at nearly 5000 m and surrounded by massive Himalayan peaks. We start this journey by taking a private bus to Bensisahar from Kathmandu and ending at Pokhara.

Overview

Duration: 21 days Route: Annapurna Region
Country: Nepal Activitty: Trekking and Hiking
Arrival on: Departure From:
Attractions: Trip Grade: 4(Challenging)

Short Itenerary

Day 1: Greetings at Kathmandu Airport

Day 2: A full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley

Day 3: Drive Kathmandu to Syange/ Jagat (1330m)

Day 4: Syange/Jagat trekking to Dharapani (1960m)

Day 5: Dharapani trekking to Koto (2670m)

Day 6: Koto trekking to Dharmashala (3300m)

Day 7: Dharmashala trekking to Kayang (3560m)

Day 8: Kayang trekking to Phu village (4200m)

Day 9: Rest at Phu village for Acclimatization and explore Phu valley

Day 10: Phu village trekking to Nar (4150m)

Day 11: Nar trekking to Kang La Phedi (4500m)

Day 12: Kang La Phedi trekking to Kang La pass (5315m) to Ngawal (3675m)

Day 13: Ngawal Trekking to Manang (3570m)

Day 14: Manang to Letdar (4250m)

Day 15: Letdar trekking to Phedi (4400m) or High Camp (4600m)

Day 16: Phedi or High Camp trekking to Muktinath (3800m)

Day 17: Muktinath trekking to Jomsom (2713m) via Kagbeni (2810m)

Day 18: Jomsom to Pokhara

Day 19: Pokhara to Kathmandu, Take a 25 minutes flight or 6/7 hour Drive.

Day 20: Free day in Kathmandu

Day 21: Final Departure

Detail Itenerary

Day 1: Arrival at Kathmandu Airport

Upon your arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, our team will greet you and transfer you to your hotel. After settling in and refreshing from your journey, you will be invited to our office for a program briefing. During this session, you will meet your trekking guide, discuss necessary equipment, and complete the processing of trekking permits. If you arrive at night, we will conduct the briefing the next morning after breakfast.

Day 2: Full Day Sightseeing Tour of Kathmandu Valley

The following morning, after breakfast, embark on a full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley. Visit the sacred Pashupatinath Temple, the ancient Swyambhunath stupa, the impressive Boudhnath Stupa, and explore the historical architecture of Kathmandu Durbar Square – all UNESCO World Heritage sites. Return to your hotel in the evening, allowing time to explore the local area, have dinner, and take a leisurely stroll through the bustling streets.

Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Syange/Jagat (1330m)

Take a vehicle or tourist bus to Besi Sahar via Prithvi Highway, a journey of approximately 6 hours. Arrive at Besi Sahar or Bhulbule around lunchtime and then proceed to Syange (1080m) by local jeep, offering scenic views of rivers, villages, and mountains. The trail includes a mix of steep and slippery sections, passing through Tibetan villages and ascending through a rhododendron forest to Jagat (1330m). In case of a late arrival, an overnight stay in Syange may be considered.

Day 4: Trek from Syange/Jagat to Dharapani (1960m)

The trail zigzags along the right side of the Marsyangdi River, crossing suspension bridges and passing through Tal, known for its valley views and waterfalls. Enter Manang district, traverse through barley and rice fields, and pine forests, passing Khotro (1860m) village. Descend to a forest, cross a long suspension bridge, and reach the charming Alpine courtyards of Dharapani, a junction for the Manaslu circuit and a significant village in the Manang valley.

Day 5: Trek from Dharapani to Koto (2670m)

The trail ascends along a mule track through fir and pine forests, providing views of Annapurna II and the Manaslu range. Reach Koto, a small village predominantly inhabited by Gurung and other ethnic groups influenced by Buddhist Tibetans. Stay overnight at a camp in Koto.

Day 6: Trek from Koto to Dharmashala (3300m)

Embark on the Nar Phu valley trek, ascending through a steep and narrow path in dense forests. The trail follows the Nar Phu Khola gorge, passing through silent forests of cliffs, pine, and bamboo. After crossing the Phu Khola, detour to a riverside hot spring before reaching Dharmashala. Camp overnight at Dharmashala.

Day 7: Trek from Dharmashala to Kayang (3560m)

Climb past a landslip and a goth to cross a side stream. The trail then ascends the valley along a small river, passing Meta (3700m) – a non-permanent winter settlement of Nar. The trail becomes more challenging, crossing glacial moraines with stunning landscapes of white rocks, juniper, evergreens, and picturesque views of Nar valley. Arrive at the settlement of Kayang, offering superb mountain views of Pisang Peak, Annapurna II, and Gyaji Kang.

Day 8: Trek from Kayang to Phu Village (4200m)

Descend into the dry, desert-like gorge of the Phu Khola, walking along a hair-raising trail carved out of the cliff face. Enjoy views of unique and colorful chortens against the backdrop of canyons and gorges. Keep an eye out for blue sheep grazing on the hills. Arrive at Phu village, marked by an ancient gate providing the first view of the three villages of Phu, an old “dzong,” and the remains of two forts, now in ruins. Camp overnight in Phu village.

Day 9: Rest at Phu Village for Acclimatization and Explore Phu Valley

Take a day to acclimatize, interact with locals, and explore the wide valley systems above Phu. Walking up and down the valley is beneficial for acclimatization. Observe villagers spinning yak and sheep wool and engage in conversations. Phu village is almost entirely snowbound in winter. Camp overnight in Phu village.

Day 10: Trek from Phu Village to Nar (4150m)

Return to Phu gate and trek back through Khyang, Chyarkha, and Jhunam to the junction where the trail branches right to Nar. Pass fantastically eroded hoodoos, snowy gullies, and the ruined Zampa Cho Dzong. Reach Nar gates with painted chortens and a large tiered chorten. Camp overnight in Nar.

Day 11: Trek from Nar to Kang La Phedi (4500m)

Begin the day with a steep climb to the main trail, revealing Kang Garu peak across the valley. The trail passes through a grazing field, a small stream, and the village with a view of Pisang Peak. Traverse yak pastures, descend to the head of the valley, and camp at Kang La Phedi.

Day 12: Trek from Kang La Phedi to Kang La Pass (5315m) to Ngawal (3675m)

Embark on an early morning climb to the spectacular Kang La pass, offering magnificent views of Pisang peak, Annapurna II, Gangapurna, Tilicho peak, and the Hongde airport. Descend with panoramic landscapes and reach Ngawal after a long day of walking. Ngawal is a charming village with cobbled streets, prayer wheels, and beautiful architecture. Camp overnight in Ngawal.

Day 13: Trek from Ngawal to Manang (3570m)

A relatively easy day’s trek to Manang with breathtaking views of Annapurna II, Gangapurna, Annapurna III, Gandarba Chuli, and Pisang Peak in the background. Walk through a flat valley along the Marsyangdi River, passing pine forests, farming terraces, and the village of Braga. Visit Braga monasteries en route and enjoy the Annapurna range, Tilicho Mountain, and beautiful landscapes. Manang is a small town where you will camp overnight.

Day 14: Trek from Manang to Letdar (4250m)

Continue ascending out of the Marsyangdi Valley, passing through a Goth and steadily gaining elevation. Leave behind the large trees, entering a landscape of scrub juniper and alpine grasses. The trail ascends to Tenki and further to Letdar via Yak Kharka. Witness large yaks grazing and enjoy excellent views of Annapurna III.

Day 15: Trek from Letdar to Phedi (4400m) or High Camp (4600m)

The trail climbs along the east bank of the Jarsang Khola, crosses the stream on a wooden bridge, and ascends to Thorung Phedi. Blue sheep and sometimes snow-capped leopards may be spotted. Overnight at Phedi or continue to the High Camp.

Day 16: Trek from Phedi or High Camp to Muktinath (3800m)

Embark on a steep ascent immediately after leaving Thorung Phedi, switchbacking up moraines and rocky ridges to reach the Thorung La pass (5416m). Enjoy panoramic views of the Great Barrier ridge, the Tibet-like region of Manang, and peaks like Annapurna, Gangapurna, and Khatung Kang. Descend steeply to Muktinath, a significant pilgrimage site for Hindus and Buddhists, and home to many ethnic Tibetans. Camp overnight in Muktinath.

Day 17: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (2713m) via Kagbeni (2810m)

The trail from Muktinath to Jomsom offers encounters with people from Mustang selling handicrafts, including the revered mollusk fossil called Shaligram. Descend gradually to Jharkot, passing ancient caves and enjoying views of snow-capped mountains. Continue trekking to Kagbeni, a gateway to Upper Mustang, with Chortens and a Gompa. After lunch in Kagbeni, trek to Jomsom along the windy trail of the Kali Gandaki valley. Overnight in Jomsom.

Day 18: Jomsom to Pokhara

Take an early morning flight to Pokhara, offering stunning views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains, as well as the world’s deepest gorge, Kali Gandaki. Spend the day relaxing in your hotel or exploring Lake Side with its panoramic mountain views. Visit interesting places like Mahendra Cave, David’s Fall, and various lakes.

Day 19: Pokhara to Kathmandu (Flight: 25 minutes or Drive: 6/7 hours)

Take a short, picturesque flight or drive by tourist bus/private car to Kathmandu. In the evening, enjoy your last night in Nepal with a Nepali cultural dinner show, capturing beautiful memories and preparing for your return journey. Exchange greetings with friends and Nepalese people.

Day 20: Free Day in Kathmandu

Enjoy a free day in Kathmandu for rest or a leisurely stroll through the streets. Purchase souvenirs as reminders of your time in Nepal. In the evening, savor a typical Nepali dinner accompanied by cultural shows at the hotel.

Day 21: Final Departure

Our team will escort you to the International Airport for your departure. Wishing you a safe and joyful journey, embracing the traditional and cultural spirit of Nepal. Goodbye with hopes of seeing you again.

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