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Nar Phu Valley and Annapurna - Himalaya Expedition: The adventure Sports | HimEX NEPAL

nar phu valley and annapurna

  • 22 days

  • Moderate To Strenous

  • Spring,Autumn

  • people

Considered as one of the classic and most rewarding treks in Nepal, this could also probably be one of the world’s favorites trekking destinations which offers panoramic views of the three giant 8000m mountain ranges- Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Dhaulagiri and Mt. Manaslu. The views include arrays of over 6000m tall snow-capped peaks. The trail follows the river Marsyangdi all the way to its source, the glacial lake in Manang. It further passes through the rural farm villages and terraced farm fields from the sub-tropic climate to the arctic landscape and through the rain forest to the alpine woodlands. Southern slopes of the Annapurna ranges are heavily settled and farmed, except the higher regions which support thick forests of rhododendron and fir. Apart from varied vegetation, there is also diversity in the ethnicity of inhabitants. Most of the tribal settlers are Gurungs, Magars, Chettris and the Newars. Further north live the Manang people of Tibetan origin. Our trek follows the Yak country and finally over to the Thorung-la Pass (5,416m) offering fabulous views of the surrounding landscapes and magnificent peaks. After a strenuous walk up, trekkers eventually reach the highest spot of the hike at Thorang-la. From here, the trail descends most of the way to Pokhara passing through the holy site of Muktinath which is one of the sources of the Kali Gandaki River. After getting through the deepest gorge of Kali Gandaki River valley, the walk ends in Jomsom with a flight to Pokhara -one of the most scenic places on this planet. Although the normal circuit of Annapurna is a magnificent route, this new circular trek offers a wild and remote alternative including the newly-opened Nar and Phu Valleys. The Nar and Phu valleys are spectacular regions of ethnically-Tibetan inhabitants. This trek is a combination of remote villages, narrow canyons, lovely forests, amazing rock formations, yaks, gompas and unique Himalayan cultures all packed into one. While trekking the standard Annapurna circuit, the bridge leading over the Marshyangdi River to the steep portals of the Nar Phu valley system is easily missed. However, although the entrance is narrow and forested, the valley system above opens up to a wide area of high snowy peaks, ancient villages and high altitude grazing settlements. Two long days of walking from the border of Tibet, this region was first explored by Tilman in the 1950s. Closed to trekkers until late 2002, very few westerners have explored these virtually untouched villages or climbed the many 7000m peaks surrounding it. The venture into this remote region of upper Manang, staying at the winter settlement of Nar, is going to be nothing short of excitement. A visit to one of the least visited and most interesting regions in the Tibetan Buddhist world comes highly recommended. Considered as one of the classic and most rewarding treks in Nepal, this could also probably be one of the world’s favorites trekking destinations which offers panoramic views of the three giant 8000m mountain ranges- Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Dhaulagiri and Mt. Manaslu. The views include arrays of over 6000m tall snow-capped peaks. The trail follows the river Marsyangdi all the way to its source, the glacial lake in Manang. It further passes through the rural farm villages and terraced farm fields from the sub-tropic climate to the arctic landscape and through the rain forest to the alpine woodlands. Southern slopes of the Annapurna ranges are heavily settled and farmed, except the higher regions which support thick forests of rhododendron and fir. Apart from varied vegetation, there is also diversity in the ethnicity of inhabitants. Most of the tribal settlers are Gurungs, Magars, Chettris and the Newars. Further north live the Manang people of Tibetan origin. Our trek follows the Yak country and finally over to the Thorung-la Pass (5,416m) offering fabulous views of the surrounding landscapes and magnificent peaks. After a strenuous walk up, trekkers eventually reach the highest spot of the hike at Thorang-la. From here, the trail descends most of the way to Pokhara passing through the holy site of Muktinath which is one of the sources of the Kali Gandaki River. After getting through the deepest gorge of Kali Gandaki River valley, the walk ends in Jomsom with a flight to Pokhara -one of the most scenic places on this planet. Although the normal circuit of Annapurna is a magnificent route, this new circular trek offers a wild and remote alternative including the newly-opened Nar and Phu Valleys. The Nar and Phu valleys are spectacular regions of ethnically-Tibetan inhabitants. This trek is a combination of remote villages, narrow canyons, lovely forests, amazing rock formations, yaks, gompas and unique Himalayan cultures all packed into one. While trekking the standard Annapurna circuit, the bridge leading over the Marshyangdi River to the steep portals of the Nar Phu valley system is easily missed. However, although the entrance is narrow and forested, the valley system above opens up to a wide area of high snowy peaks, ancient villages and high altitude grazing settlements. Two long days of walking from the border of Tibet, this region was first explored by Tilman in the 1950s. Closed to trekkers until late 2002, very few westerners have explored these virtually untouched villages or climbed the many 7000m peaks surrounding it. The venture into this remote region of upper Manang, staying at the winter settlement of Nar, is going to be nothing short of excitement. A visit to one of the least visited and most interesting regions in the Tibetan Buddhist world comes highly recommended.

Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Arrive at Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel
    On arrival in Kathmandu Tribhuwan International Airport you will be received by our staff and will escort you to the Hotel, our guide will give you a brief orientation of the Hotel, Kathmandu, Trekking, do's and don'ts and other related information that you might require while in Nepal.
  • Day 2.
    In Kathmandu a half day sightseeing tour.
    After your first night in Kathmandu, you will be well informed on arrival about the time for your half day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu at places of interest.
  • Day 3.
    Drive to Syange 1,140m via Beshishar 823m. 6-7 hrs journeys.
    After early breakfast a scenic drive leads towards the scenic Pokhara highway. This is an interesting drive through the foothills of the Himalaya. The road has been greatly improved in recent years. Just few hours before the road that leads to Pokhara, route diverts from Dumre town towards north to Beshishar. From Beshisahar continue driving to Syange for the first overnight stay
  • Day 4.
    Drive to Dharapani 1,860m 3-4 hrs.
    The drive continues on the high road with fascinating scenery of the gorge, high hills, waterfalls and snow capped peaks the dirt jeep road for two to three hours, the drive continues through winding path from Syange and Jagat village, trail follows to a steep climb for half an hour, on arriving the lush farm terraces field once on the top of the ridge a magnificent view of the raging waterfalls can be seen on route to Jagat. From this village journey leads through the terraced farms coming to Chamje village, crossing the bridge it's another steep climb for another hour till Tal is reached, the village is situated on the gorge-valley by the side of the river Marsyangdi. On leaving Tal the drive gets easier on the gentle path till to a large bridge, after the bridge brings to the village of Dharapani for the overnight stop where the driving adventure ends here.
  • Day 5.
    Trek to Koto 2,600m 4-5 hrs.
    From Dharapani onwards the vegetation, and the landscapes changes the air also gets cooler, the trail climbs through the forests to Bagarchhap, a typical Tibetan architecture houses. After a pleasant cool morning walk to Bagarchhap, the altitude slowly gains as the route gets closer to the apple country at Dhanaqi and to the alpine region passing through farm, orchards and beautiful pine forest with views of towering peaks of Lamjung and Annapurna II, the trail follows the river Marsyangdi upstream passing by the villages of Ratamanang or Temang and to Koto before Chame.
  • Day 6.
    Trek to Meta 3,560 m Approx. 6 hrs.
    Today the walk leads towards north on the most isolated route away from the main trail of Annapurna circuit, the walk leads to a gorge in between the Pisang Peak and Kangguru Himal the trail leading to an upstream of Nar-Phu khola or stream passing through number of small scattered farm huts and sheds till Meta or Methang is reached for the overnight stop.
  • Day 7.
    Trek to Kyang 4,100m 6 hrs.
    On this most remote path the journey continues further north towards Phu region the trail leads to perfect wilderness, chances of seeing the elusive Blue sheep and Snow Leopard around this area the walk passes number of Shepherd shelter following the Phu Khola (stream) upstream till Kyang is reached for the overnight stop after a hard good walks of over six hours.
  • Day 8.
    Trek to Phu 4,580m 5 hrs.
    Today's walk continues on to our destination to Phu following the Phu Khola upstream, the path leads to an open area where the valley opens after a few hours of good scenic walks on the summer grazing and pasture lands till Phu is reached for the overnight stop.
  • Day 9.
    Exploration day in Phu visit Samdu Choling and Tashi Monastery.
    At Phu for leisure rest day, here one can go for short hike around this amazing little Shangri-la to visit the Tashilkhang and Samdu choling Monastery and Kyauchyu water fall.
  • Day 10.
    Trek from Phu to Lower Cheyako,3450m 5 hrs.
    Retrace the journey to lower Cheyako passing through Kyang and upper Chyyako following the Phu khola downstream.
  • Day 11.
    Trek to Naar 4,110m 5-6 hrs
    The walk follows the same path for couple hours and then reaching at Mahendra Pul (bridge) near Naar Phedi, from here another two hours of good walk leads to the famed enclosed village of Naar passing though the small villages of Yughat and numerous mani and chorten Buddhist shrines.
  • Day 12.
    Trek to Kangla Phedi 4,530m 3-4 hrs.
    After a wonderful time here at Naar, walk leads towards west passing a small hydro project, on the remote valley then reaching at the bottom of Kang-La for the overnight stop.
  • Day 13.
    Trek to Kangla Pass 5, 306m and to Ngawal 3,660m. 6-7 hrs
    From here the walk continues on the slow uphill wading number of small streams and then heading to a steep notch after an hour of strenuous climb, view of glacial lake nearby with the big rock wall on the western side then following the steep moraine path to the bottom at 4,520m, from here the walk gets better on the open grass land all the way to the village of Nawal or Ngawal for the overnight stop after a hard days walks.
  • Day 14.
    Trek to Manang 3,350m.Approx. 4-5 hrs.
    From here onwards the walks offers constant views of the high snow capped peaks, walk climbs steeply up for half an hour, after a short gradual walk reaching the top of the ridge offering great view of the Manang valley, a wide U shaped valley hanging between the two line of snow peaks. This grand spot with dramatic views of the valleys, Hongde village with its short air-strip and the great peaks of Gangapurna, Annapurna II, III, Tilicho, and on the right Chulu East, on the back Pisang peak. The walk leads downhill on the gradual path all the way to Hongde. From Hongde the trek is more or less moderate on the wide path most of the way to Manang, adding a slight touch of altitude as you near the village of Braga and Manang, here with time to visit Braga Monastery. The largest in the district, it has an outstanding display of statues, thangka and the religious manuscripts. From here it is only an hour walk to Manang for the overnight stop.
  • Day 15.
    Rest day at Manang
    A rest day here to explore Manang, this village of about 500 flat-roofed houses, is the picturesque set amongst some spectacular scenery -Annapurna II, Annapurna III [7,555 m.], Gangapurna [7,454 m.] to the South - Tilicho [7,132 m.] and the Grand Barrier to the West - Chulu West [6,583 m.] and Chulu East [6,059 m.] to the North.
  • Day 16.
    Manang to Yak Kharka. 4,130m. 3-4 hrs trek
    After a wonderful time at Manang, the trail from here leads to a slow climb up for an hour, after the last village of Manang, the track gently winds up offering inspiring views of the Annapurna II, Gangapurna, Tilicho and the close up view of Chuli mid and west as the trail heads up in the barren windswept terrain's with juniper bushes as the only surviving vegetation around this region, coming to a small settlements of Yak-Kharka for the overnight camp at large field, with ample for short hike around.
  • Day 17.
    Trek to Thorong Phedi. 4,400m. 6hrs walks.
    From here the trail leads to a slow climb for an hour, and it gently winds up offering inspiring views of the Annapurna II, Gangapurna, Tilicho and the close up view of Chuli mid and west as the trail heads up in the barren windswept terrain's with juniper bushes as the only surviving vegetation around this region, coming to end of the path at Thorong Phedi a small place for the overnight stop, depending upon the fitness of the clients we might continue to the next stop at high camp which takes about an hour of steep haul to make it easier for the next morning walk to Thorung-La.
  • Day 18.
    Trek to Muktinath 3,800m via Thorang-la 5,416m. 6-8 hrs
    Today, the big day going over the highest point of this trek over Thorang-la, starting early in the morning before the break of dawn after breakfast, so that we can reach the top of the pass before the cold wind starts and to catch the best of the magnificent views of the northern Annapurna, Damodar, Bhirkuti and Dhaulagiri range of mountains. The trail from Phedi follows on the winding scree, gravel path the walk in the beginning can be quite strenuous on the steep zig-zag path for an hour, on reaching the first ridge with time to catch your breathe, walk continues on the narrow gradual track for half hour or more till we reach a small glacial pond with one temporary teahouse shade nearby. From here another hour and half leads to the top of the pass on the winding uphill trail. Though the crossing of the Pass is not technically difficult, but one needs to take it slowly in account the complications of altitude and possible snow. After four hours of struggle from the bottom, reaching up at Thorong-la 5,416 meter from here one can get an impressive view of the stunning high Himalayan scenery, Annapurna range to the South, Muktinath and Mustang Himal to the West, and the incredible deep Kali Gandaki valley, and the surrounding peaks of Thorung tse 6,482 mtrs. Chulu to the North. The descent is steep and rough, but one can have excellent views of the Dhaulagiri 8,167 m. From here the path leads to a long descend towards the village of Muktinath, on reaching the bottom of the pass with only a teahouse around, after a short break here continue on the gradual trail for another hour to Muktinath the holiest of all holy places, during auspicious time according to Hindu & Buddhist Luna-calendar this place is full and busy with pilgrims from Nepal and India, overnight stop at Muktinath overlooking excellent views of Dhaulagiri I, Tukuche Peak and Nilgiri's.
  • Day 19.
    Trek to Jomsom 2,730m. 4-5 hrs walks.
    After the strenuous day and hard on knees from the previous day walk to Muktinath, today's journey carries on with a 1,200m of descent to the Kaligandaki river valley floor, with a brief stop at Ekale Bhatti meaning a lonely teahouse, at present its a small settlement with 3-4 teahouses. From here onwards the valley gets very windy in the afternoon time, the walk follows the gentle trail for another two hours till the large town of Jomsom is reached. Jomsom, headquarter of the Mustang region with an airstrip just above the Kali Gandaki River
  • Day 20.
    From Jomsom fly to Kathmandu via Pokhara.
    Morning or afternoon flight to Kathmandu, depending on the flight schedule, this scenic flight from Jomsom takes less than half hour to Pokhara after Pokhara another 30 minutes scenic flight to Kathmandu, a panoramic view of the snow capped peaks can be seen from the plane. On arrival at Kathmandu domestic terminal, our staff will receive and escort you back to the Hotel.
  • Day 21.
    Free day at leisure in Kathmandu.
    A free day in Kathmandu and please inform our staff if you would like to go on another short tour in and around Kathmandu Valley.
  • Day 22.
    Transfer to Airport for the International departure
    Today as per your international flight time, keep your confirmed air ticket and your passport handy our staff will take you to the airport for your final departure from this amazing country, Nepal.

What's included

Price includes following services:

1. Accommodation sharing twin at Hotel in Kathmandu for 4 nights on Bed & Breakfast basis.

2. Airport transfers in Kathmandu.

3. Half day guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu with applicable entrance fees.

4. Internal flight Jomsom / Pokhara / Kathmandu with applicable airport taxes.

5. Transportation Kathmandu / Beshisahar / Syange by private Non AC Vehicle.

6. Trekking & camping arrangement backed by Sherpa crew on full board basis.

7. Applicable Trekking Permit & Conservation Fees.

8. Insurance for Nepalese crew.

Not included

Our price does not include followings:

1. International flights to / from Kathmandu.

2. Nepal entry visa fees.

3. Lunch and dinner while in Kathmandu Hotel.

4. Travel, Medical and Personal insurance.

5. Rescue evacuation in case of emergency.

6. Personal clothing and personal trekking gear including sleeping bag & down jacket.

7. Expenses of personal nature, i.e. tipping, laundry, bottled drinks, bar bills etc.

8. Any expense for early returning member due sickness, injury or any other reason. No refund will be entertained for any unused service.

9. Extra expense occurred due to unexpected circumstances like cancellation of internal flights, floods, strike etc.

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