|Trip Code:||NPU 31|
|Trip Duration:||18 days|
|Max. Altitude:||5416 m|
|Trek Start Point:||Beshisahar|
|Trek End Point:||Jomsom|
|Meals:||Breakfast, lunch , Dinner with tea/coffee|
|Mode of Travel:||Adventures|
|Transportation:||Car / Flight|
|Best season:||September/October and March/April|
Nar-Phu valley trekking overview
Nar-Phu Valley Trekking takes you to one of Nepal’s remote and beautiful untouched region in Annapurna. Nar Phu lies in a northeast valley near Chame, Annapurna. Nar and Phu are the different villages in the valley. Those both villages are called Nar Phu at once and it is a day walking distance each other. Nar- Phu Valley Trekking is open for tourist since 2003 and it needs a special permit because it is listed in the restricted areas by the Government of Nepal. Nar-Phu villagers are ethnically Tibetan inhabitants from the high Himalayas.
Nar Village is bigger than Phu village. Historically, Nar Phu citizens are “Khampas (Tibetan refugees) who settled their inhabitants illegally and stabled later on. It is the non-touristic region because of fewer tourists. The valley is naturally beautiful but due to its remoteness and sort of media promote it is still a virgin destination. There are more than one hundred houses within Nar and Phu. It is not just that two villages in the valley; you can see Jhunum, Chhyakhu Meta and Kyang along the trail of Nar Phu trekking which shows that the ancestors of the refugees were there once. It offers magnificent snow-capped mountains view, narrow gorges, nature beauty forest, incredible, glacier, high pass of Kang la 5,200m.
People from the Nar-Phu valley celebrate many festivals such as Lhosar, Derchi, Yakchha and many more. Of course, they are Buddhist and follow their own culture. The dead body of the people is buried, burned or fed to the vulture. It depends according to their date of birth and death after “Lama” (a Buddhist priest) sees the way of fortune to end the person’s dead body. It is difficult to feed the vulture because someone must cut the body and wait until vulture does not come.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,428ft):- Arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu transfer to the Hotel. After checking in and take a rest. In the evening there will be a welcome dinner in a traditional Nepali Restaurant where we will be able to enjoy authentic Nepali cuisine. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 02:- Kathmandu to Jagat Drive (1100m/3608ft): 8-9 hours:-We begin our journey at early dawn as we have a long drive ahead of us. Start right after breakfast and leave Kathmandu around 7 am in the morning. We see picturesque views of Nepali countryside, lush greeneries, rivers, villages, farms and mountain vistas en route throughout the drive. After 8-10 hours of drive we reach Jagat via Besishahar. Drive up to Besishahar will most likely be smooth owing to black-topped roads whereas after Besishahar, the roads get dusty and coarse but the scenic view from our windowpane is more than compensating for the bumpy ride. Stay overnight at Jagat in the teahouse.
Day 03:- Jagat to Dharapani (1,960m/6,430ft): 7-8 hours:-After breakfast, we slowly begin our trek today. The trail from Jagat descends until it reaches the river and then continues through a lush forest. Further ascent leads to sharp-edged cliff facing the riverbank. En route, Chyamje comes into picture amidst the glorious backdrop of towering Annapurna mountain ranges. After crossing a suspension bridge, we climb steeply towards the slippery and physically challenging path to Seattle. On treading along a succession of rock-strewn trails, we descend to a grassy riverbank that leads to Tal. As we walk away from Tal, the path becomes rugged and winding. Then we approach the steep forested village of Karte. Meandering along the waterfalls and cliffs, we finally reach Dharapani after crossing a suspension bridge. Stay overnight at Dharapani tea house lodge.
Day 04:- Dharapani to Koto (2,610m/8,563ft): 5-6 hours:- After breakfast, we begin our trek in the morning towards Bagarchhap which takes about one hour passing through pine and fir forests. We can visit the whitewashed monastery in this village. Then we continue our trek till Danaque which takes about an hour. The trail is steeply ascending up to Timing. We have a good view of Mt. Manaslu and Peak 29 from here. Now the trail continues through pine forests again till Latamarang which takes about one and half hour. We break for lunch here and again resume through forests whereby we have a short glimpse of Annapurna II. Finally, we arrive in Koto village. Stay overnight in Koto at tea house.
Day 05:- Koto to Meta (3,560m/11,680ft): 7-8 hours:- After breakfast, we go to the police check post in the morning to register our restricted area permit than we trek through the Riverbank of Soti Khola again through wonderful pine forests, streams and suspension and reach Dharmasala. We have our packed lunch on the way. We then continue the trek through forests and ascend steeply towards Meta village. Finally, we arrive at the Tibetan Plateau where we have a very good view of Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal. Stay overnight at Meta village in the teahouse lodge.
Day 06:- Meta to Phu Gaon (4,250m/13,944ft): 7-8 hours:- After our breakfast in the morning we start our day pass through up and down and crossing suspension bridges over different streams. After almost 4 hours of trek, we reach Kyang where we can see the remnants, particularly the ruined forts of the Khampa settlement (the place which Khampa refugees from Tibet once captured and lived). We further keep walking past the Phu Khola on a rocky trail and finally, we reach the Phu village in another 3 to 4 hours. Stay overnight in Phu Gaon at teahouse lodge.
Day 07:- Acclimatization at Phu Gaon:- Rest day for acclimatization. Today is our scheduled acclimatization day whereby we are suggested to rest and get acclimatized with the altitude. As we are in the Lost/Hidden Valley, we can explore the culture, natural diversity, and religious practices of the ethnic groups like Lama, Gurung, and Ghale in here. Besides this, we can trace out how people make their survival depending on agriculture, animal breeding and seasonal migrations in such a remote location or in the hidden valley. It is also the day for us to explore the Tashi Lakhang Monastery – the old Buddhist Monastery listed out of the 108 world’s great Buddhist Monasteries; it is supposed to be the last monastery constructed by Karmapa Rinpoche. Apart from exploring the cultural avenues of the lost valley, the valley also offers us a great view of Himlung Himal and other snow peaks in the region. Stay overnight at Phu Gaon at same tea house.
Day 08:- Phu Gaon to Nar (4,110m/13,484ft): 6-7 hours:- After breakfast, we are continuing our trek the trail descends passing many streams and suspension bridges until Mahendra Pul which takes about 4 hours. We pass the high suspension bridge 80m over the Gorge of Lapche River. We have lunch in Mahendra Pul. After lunch, the trail steeply ascends passing many Buddhist stupas until Nar Village which takes about 2 hours. We find several Buddhist Monasteries here to visit coupled with the glorious vistas of Pisang Peak and other small peaks. Stay overnight in Nar at teahouse lodge.
Day 09:- Acclimatization and preparation at Nar:- Today is a rest day for acclimatization. This is the second day our planned to take a rest for acclimatization. We spend the day taking a day hike nearby and explore Nar village and have a close look over the local culture and lifestyle. We also prepare for the trek the next day. Stay overnight in Nar at same teahouse.
Day 10: Nar to Kang La Pass (5,322m/17,460ft) to Ngwal (3,660m/12,008ft): 7-8 hours:- After breakfast, we are beginning our trek continues Today is an adventurous day with long day hike so we get up early in the morning and head to Kangla pass. From the pass, we can see the Annapurna massif. We further trek down to Ngwal from there. Overnight in Nawal.
Day 11:- Nawal to Manang (3,540m/11,614ft): 4-5 hours:-From Ngwal, we head for Manang today. We pass through the isolated village of Paugh overlooking the amazing views of the Annapurna range. We then move gently uphill to Mungli and then to the main trail of Annapurna Trail at Mungli. We eventually reach Manang. Stay overnight in Manang at tea house lodge.
Day 12:- Manang to Yak Kharka (4,110m/13,484ft): 3-4 hours:-From Manang village, the trail crosses a stream, climbs to a village of Tenki above Manang, and then continues to climb out of the Marshyangdi Valley turning northwest up the valley of Jarsang Khola. The trail follows this valley northward, passing a few pastures, a scrub of juniper trees, as it steadily gains elevation. The trail further passes near the small village of Ghunsa, a cluster of flat mud roofs just below the trailhead. Now the trail goes through meadows where horses and yaks graze. After crossing a small river on a wooden bridge, the trail passes an ancient old Mani wall in a pleasant meadow and then reaches another small village of Yak Kharka. Stay overnight in yak kharka at tea house lodge.
Day 13:- Yak Kharka to Thorong High Camp (4,600m/15,092ft): 3-4 hours: – After breakfast, we are continuing our way to the foot of the pass, Throng high camp today. Thorong high camp is an only one teahouse and always busy catering to the needs of tired trekkers and climbers. Trekkers like us use this point as a base camp. Some visitors stay only low camp but a hike to the High Camp today so that the next day can be easier for us. Stay overnight at tea house.
Day 14:- Thorong High Camp to Thorong La (5,416m/17764ft) to Muktinath (3,800m/12,467ft): 7-8 hours:- After early fast breakfast we continue our trek to crossing the difficult Thorong La Pass at a dizzying height of 5,416m/17,764ft is another highlight of this trek. An early start is important to go through the icy high-altitude trail. But the picturesque mountain vistas are more than compensates the strenuous walk through the grueling trail. We reach Muktinath by sunset which is an important pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhist. We can stroll around the area which hosts a Vishnu temple and a Monastery nearby. Stay overnight in Muktinath at Tea house lodge.
Day 15:- Muktinath to Jomsom (2,715m/8,910ft): 5-6 hours: – After breakfast, we begin descending down the dramatic Kali Gandaki Gorge through the dry land. We pass by Jharkot and Khingar villages which has typical Tibetan architecture. Following the valley floor most of the way sprawled along the banks of the Kali Gandaki, we reach Jomsom. Stay overnight in Jomsom at tea house lodge.
Day 16:- Jomsom to Pokhara Flight (827m/2,700ft): 30 min flight:-After breakfast we fly to Pokhara. The scenic flight takes us through the gorge of the two huge mountains, Annapurna range, and Dhaulagiri range. On arrival at Pokhara airport, we will be transferred to the lakeside hotel. We get some rest and explore the beauty of Pokhara Valley in the evening. While we relaxed walk along the bank of Fewa Lake, the second biggest lake of Nepal while favorable the mountain view of Machhapuchhare. We can also go for a boat-ride in Fewa Lake or take a short hike to the World Peace Pagoda. We can end the day with a leisurely stroll around the attention-grabbing lakeside area. Stay overnight in Pokhara at Hotel.
Day 17:- Pokhara to Kathmandu (1,300m/4,428ft): 5-6 hours drive: After breakfast, we drive back to Kathmandu. After reaching Kathmandu, we will be transferred to the hotel. There is nothing to do but trade emails with travel companions and organize our photos. We can spend the evening relaxed or perhaps catch up on some last-minute shopping. Either way, we celebrate the successful completion. Stay overnight in Kathmandu at the same hotel.
Day 18:- Final departure from Nepal to your own destination: – Our journey in Nepal comes to an end today! Transfer to the international airport approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight. On our way home, we have plenty of time to plan our next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.
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