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Nar Phu Trek. (19 Days)
Nar Phu Trek. For Himalayan addicts only! The Nar and Phu valleys are newly opened, spectacular regions of ethnically Tibetans inhabitants for those of you that think you trekked all. This is a trek that combines high peaks and passes, glaciers, remote villages, narrow canyons, lovely forests, amazing rock formations, yaks, gompas and unique Himalayan cultures. Trekking to the standard Annapurna circuit, the bridge leading over the Maryland River to the steep portals of the Nar/Phu valley system is easily missed, but although the entrances is narrow and forested, the valley system above opens up to a huge expanse of high snow-peaks, ancient villages and high altitude grazing settlements.
 
Two long Day of walking from the border of Tibet, Tilman first explored this region in 1950s. Closed to trekkers until late 2002, very few westerners have explored these virtually untouched villages or climbed the many 7000-meters peak surrounded it. We will venture into this remote region of Upper Manang. Camping along the way at the winter settlement of Nar and Phu, and visit some of the most unvisited and interesting villages in the Tibetan Buddhist world. Buddhist pilgrims from around Nepal might accompany us up to Phu to visit the renowned Tashi Lha Khang monastery and receive a blessing from Lama Karma Sonam Rinpochhe. Along with spending plenty of time at these colorful and timeless villages, we explore the high alpine valleys above Phu (including Himlung base camp for those who want to), and crossing Kang La pass from Nar to Ngwal on the Pisang route leading back into the Annapurna circuit. Just in case one 5315-meter pass isn't enough, we will head west over the Thorong La pass (5416-meter) and down through lower Mustang where we will spend a few Day exploring before heading on to Jomsom and finally fly back to Pokhara and Kathmandu.

Trekking Days: -› (16)
Total Days: -› (19)
Min. Altitude: -› (800m./2625ft.)
Max. Altitude: -› (5416m./17769ft.)
Walking Per Day: -› Approximately 5-8hrs
Route Nature: -› Camping [Fully Organized Trekking]
Difficulty: -› Hard
Season: -› Spring/Automn ( Mar-May / Sept - Nov ).

Day 01:  Arrival Kathmandu & Transfer to Hotel

Day 02 : Kathmandu sightseeing and Trek preparation.

Day 03:  Kathmandu to BesiSahar(820m). 6 hours drive.

Day 04: BesiSahar to Bahundanda(1390m) 5:30 hours walk.

Day 05: Bahundanda to Chamje(1514m) 6 hours walk.

Day 06: Chamje to Bagarchhap (2160m) 6 hours walk.

Day 07: Bagarchhap to Koto/Nar Phu valley first Camp (2740m) 4 hours walk.

Day 08: Koto to Sinhenge Dharamsala(3230m): 6 hours walk.

Day 09: DharamshalaTrek to Upper Chaku Village (3720m) 5 hours walk.

Day 10: Chaku Village to Phu Village(3980m) 5:30 hours walk.

Day 11: Rest day in Phu Village:

Day 12: Phu to Nar Camp site(3550m) 6 hours walk.

Day 13: Nar to Kang La Phedi (4530m) 4:30 hours walk.

Day 14: Kang La Phedi to Ngawal(3350m)  6 hours walk.

Day 15: Ngawal to Manang(3540m) 3 hours walk.

Day 16: Manang-Yak Kharka (4110m) 4 hours walk.

Day 17: Yak Kharka - Thorong Phedi (4600m) 3 hours walk.

Day 18: Thorong Phedi –Muktinath (3800m) 8 hours walk.

Day 19: Muktinath – Jomsom (2720m) 4 hours walk.

Day 20: Fly from Jomsom – Pokhara

Day 21:  Drive from Pokhara – Kathmandu

Day 22: last day of yours trip in Nepal

Trekking price based on group participants.

Trekking Ref. No. ANN-23N

Price Per Person

Price in Euro

2 to 3 Participants

1320 €

4 to 6 Participants

1240 €

7 to 9 Participants

1100 €

10 to ... Participants

  990 €

"For a group size more than 10 persons, a group leader will be offered as complementary by company or if the group has own leader, he/she will be offered the trek free of cost."

The price included :

All airport/hotel transfers

Three nights 3-star hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast

Welcome and farewell dinner

Accommodation during trek in hotel/guesthouse

A full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley including tour guide and entrance fees

All ground transportation as per itinerary in private vehicle

An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide), assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging

All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit, TIMS )

A comprehensive medical kit

All government and local taxes

The price does not include:

Nepal Visa fee (bring small denomination USD cash and two passport photographs)

International airfare to and from Kathmandu

Excess baggage charges

Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu(and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)

Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary

Travel and rescue insurance

Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, extra porters, bottled or boiled water, etc)

Tips for guides and porters

Note: All participants have to give a copy of their insurance, with the address, tel and fax number of insurance company. This insurance has to cover the helicopter rescue in case of accident or sickness. In case of your insurance don't cover helicopter rescue, you have to fill a form in Kathmandu and make agreement that you will pay yourself the amount of expenses paid by Nepal Assemble Treks for your helicopter rescue or research. Without this agreement, you cannot participate in trek.

In The trek
the guide is allowed to change the itinerary, depending of the weather, climate and the physical condition of participants. Each participant who stop his trek or make changes any form of program may not ask any money compensation to the agency.

Day 01:  Arrival Kathmandu & Transfer to Hotel
You will be welcomed by the boss of  company at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu (1300m).After completing your custom formalities (Visa, etc) pick up your luggage and look for our company display board at the arrival gate. You will be transfer to Hotel. After check in, you will visit our office; meet your trekking guide as well as other participants. Later in the evening we will organize a "Welcome Dinner" at an excellent Touristic Restaurant where you will enjoy  with a fine meal. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02 : Kathmandu sightseeing and Trek preparation.

Full day of sightseeing in the very famous capital, Kathmandu. We will be visit the famous heritage sites in Kathmandu.

Morning:

We will start from your hotel by a morning walk in the blocked alleyways of Kathmandu. Your first contact with the smiling Nepalese people. We begin to cross the nice area of Thamel, full of nice shops, bars and restaurants.

We will see during this walk many temples and stupas: it will be for you the beginning of religious lessons, making the difference between Buddhists stupas and Hindu temples. You will discover with a great surprise how these two religions live together.

We will make a stop at Thahiti Tole, then in front of Kathesimbhu stupa. Always meeting statues and local shops (suits, spices, incenses, and so on) and listening the noise of bells (and of horns), we will see Asan Tole with wonderful Hindu temples. Then Indra Chowk and Pyaphal Tole. After 2 hours of walk and of wonder, we will arrive at Durbar Square.

Kathmandu Durbar Square situated the center of Kathmandu where you can see the House of Living Goddess “KUMARI” Kasthamandup temple” Said that was built from single tree in 16th century, big bell-big drams, erotic carving in old temple, old palace etc. All the most important monuments of the city are in this area. You will be filled with wonder by all these numerous such majestic and so ancient temples registered in the Heritage of the UNESCO. It is possible to spend hours, sat on the walk of one of these monuments, admiring architecture, considering the animation of places, dreaming. We will take lunch at the top of a restaurant, with a great plunging view.

Afternoon.

You will begin the afternoon by another walk in the streets of Kathmandu, to look at the real face of this city, with local buildings and narrow streets. Then we will arrive at Swayambunath Stupa (Monkey Temple). Swayambunath stupa has it that Manjushree, found of Kathmandu valley, and discovered the lotus of ancient valley lake on which site the great stupa of Swayambunath was later built. The omni sighted stare of Buddha greets visitors & residents alike compassion. This is one of the oldest Buddhist stupa in the world, which has been registered in UNESCO heritage side.  It is said that Swayambunath Stupa is more than 2,000 years old, and it symbolizes knowledge. At the summit of this hill, the painted eyes on all four sides symbolize the all-seeing power of Buddha. It is an important Buddhist place where pilgrims from all over the world.

From this place we can have a wonderful panoramic view on all the capital. So great at the end of the day, with the sunset. We will come back hotel by bus.

Evening: Time for you to prepare the trek and we introduce in front of you our crew members. Overnight at hotel.

Day 03:  Kathmandu to BesiSahar(820m)
Drive by tourist bus to Besisahar following wild hairpin bends to reach BesiSahar. Overnight in Tent. 6 hour.

Day 04: BesiSahar to Bahundanda(1390m) 5:30 hours
Walk by the newly built road tracks towards Bulbule where you stop for the Lunch. Walk along the Marsyangdi river to Ngadi, crossing suspension bridges and a deep river gorge climb up hill to Bahundanda. Overnight in Tent.

Day 05: Bahundanda to Chamje(1514m) 6 hours
Descend to the valley following the terraced fields an half hour then cut through the forest from the level mountain path via KhaniGaun and GermuPhant. You can see beautiful waterfall on the opposite bank; crossing the suspension bridge over Marsyandi river at Syange. Continue to climb up passing small village to Jagat, then the path is level and few uphill sections to reach Chamje. Overnight in Tent.

Day 06: Chamje to Bagarchhap (2160m) 6 hours
Descend to the suspension bridge over Marsyangdi river on the left bank begin climb to Sattale on a steep path. The path passing by several houses continue an up and down mountain trail, and when a tributary flows in from the opposite bank, the main stream covered with huge boulders that hide the water. Climb the zigzag path to the top where you can see the Taal village with many teahouses. Now you enter to Manang district. Stop there for lunch and then continue walk to riverbed. Crossing the suspension bridge to the left side passing fields, teahouses of karte. Again Cross the Marsyngdi river another 2 times to the right and left bank and arrive at Darapani. The trail gradually climbs up an hour to reach Bagarchhap. Overnight in Tent.

Day 07: Bagarchhap to Koto/Nar Phu valley first Camp (2740m) 4 hours
The trail now leads to climbing Danaque and steep climb to Timang village where we can see the Manaslu ranges to the eastern valley above. Then the trail is normally level to Koto where the view of splendid backdrop of Annapurna II appearing occasionally.This is also where we leave the Annapurna Circuit trail, we cross the Marshyangdi river and enter the Narphu valley. From the bank of Narphu Khola we start climbing to our first camping site, which we reach about two hours from Koto. Over night in Tent.

Day 08: Koto to Sinhenge Dharamsala(3230m): 6 hours.
Most of this first day in the NarPhu valley we walk on small jungle paths, which is quite a change from the bigger trail around Annapurna. The first part is up and down and then we have a short steep ascent to Choto (2840m). We then have lots of steep ups and downs and the path is quite exposed above the Nar Phu Khola. At the altitude of 3090m we cross a suspension bridge, here the valley is very narrow and just before the bridge there are some hot-springs. The rock carved path now becomes very exiting, both because of danger, but also because there are some big waterfalls. We climb to a two storied hut at Sinhenge Dharamsala. Overnight in Tent.

Day 09: DharamshalaTrek to Upper Chaku Village (3720m) 5 hours.
We begin the day by crossing Methang Khola river and then start a breathtaking climb on a winding path to the Methang pastures. Here at Methang there is an ancient Chorten and marvellous views of Kang Guru. Further on we pass the abandoned Methang village (3560m), from the village there is a path to Kang Guru Base Camp. The path to the next village Junan is easy and flat, Junan is also abandoned. From here we continue to have an easy walk to Lower Chaku village, which has about 15 houses. We continue to Upper Chaku on a steep trail. Over night in Tent.

Day 10: Chaku Village to Phu Village(3980m) 5:30 hours
This day begins with a hard steep ascent to the abandoned Kyan village Bhaku, where there is a nice long mani wall. We continue on an amazing tunnel carved rocky path 70 meters above the river and then decent to the riverbed, we follow the riverbed and pass some Mani Chrotens. We then climb up from the riverbed to the Phu valley entrance door(Phuohi Yalgoe). About an hour from the valley entrance we cross the Phu Khola and begin climbing up to the village. Phu village consists of about 30 houses. We camp near the river. Over night in Tent.

Day 11: Rest day in Phu Village:
We rest here for a day, Visit the villages and hike to exploring a little further up in the valley.

Day 12: Phu to Nar Camp site(3550m) 6 hours
To get to Naar we have to go back down the valley, we pass Chaku and walk on for a couple of hours before we cross the Phu Khola at Naar Phedi. From here we climb up to a very nice grassy campsite. Over night in Tent.

Day 13: Nar to Kang La Phedi (4530m) 4:30 hours
From our campsite it is a steep couple of hours climb to Naar Village (4110m), we have lunch here near the village, so we can take a look at it before we walk on. We continue on a long but gentle ascent through the lateral moraine of Temdenzon Khola, on a nice path. At the bottom of Kang La, we camp on a nice grassy spot.Over night in Tent.

Day 14: Kang La Phedi to Ngawal(3350m)  6 hours.
Today we have a long and hard day ahead of us, however it is very rewarding. We have to cross the big Kang La pass (5310m). It is a very steep ascent to the top of the pass where there is a chorten and some great views of the Annapurna massif. Just before reaching the pass, there is a small lake where we take a rest before making the last effort to reach the top. From the top of the pass it is a very steep decent, but after an hour we take a grassy path that leads to Ngawal. There are restaurants and lodges in Ngawal. We camp there for the night. Over night in Tent.

Day 15: Ngawal to Manang(3540m) 3 hours.
We walk down to the marsyangdi riverside through the pine forests and cultivated fields appear on both sides of the path and off to the right, below a craggy mountain, we can see the village of Braga with its splendid monastery. Large chortens and mani walls abound and the tall peaks of the Himalaya spread out before us - Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Gangapurna and Tilicho Peak. Overnight in Tent.

Day 16: Manang-Yak Kharka (4110m) 4 hours.
After breakfast trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4,110m/13,484ft).This is 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 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. Little but Gradual ascent is the key to avoiding altitude problems.Lunch at same place(4110m) It take 4 hours walk.Overnight at Tent.

Day 17: Yak Kharka - Thorong Phedi (4600m) 3 hours.
After breakfast trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,600m/15,092ft).Today, we make our way to the foot of the pass, Throng Phedi today. Thorong Phedi is a small busy settlement catering to the needs of tired trekkers and climbers. People use this point as a base camp. Some people also attempt a hike to the High Camp today so that the next day can be easier for them but we do not recommend attempting High Camp and overnight there because sleeping in higher altitude is not really advisable. Although we will have a tough day tomorrow, we stop at Thorong Phedi so that we can sleep sound rather than a risky sleep in higher altitude at High Camp. Lunch at Thorong Phedi(4600m). It takes three hours walk.Overnight at Tent.

Day 18: Thorong Phedi –Muktinath (3800m) 8 hours.
This morning trek from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3,800/12,467ft).We start early morning about 2:30 am from Phedi to Muktinath.It is compulsory that to bring frontal light and its spare Batteries. It is long and very admirable day. We reach the climax of our Annapurna circle trek today. It will be a lifetime unforgettable experience- crossing the famous high pass, Thorong La. An early start is important to complete the mission. Each moment we have to work hard today through the icy high-altitude trail but the outstanding high Himalayan scenes are such tempting that our eyes love to watch more over the horizon than on our trail.Lunch at Phedi or Muktinath. We reach Muktinath with the setting sun. Muktinath is an important pilgrimage place for both Hindus and Buddhist. The area hosts a Vishnu temple and a Monastery nearby. Muktinath itself demonstrates the religions harmony in Nepal. It takes eight hours walk.Overnight at Tent.

Day 19: Muktinath - Jomsom (2720m) 4 hours
This is the last day of the trek. The trail goes through the village of Jharkot where one can visit the Jharkot monastery, Tibetan herbal medical center and the old fortress of Jharkot, once served as palace. Continuing the trek toward Jomsom one will enjoy the view of the Kaligandaki valley and Kagbeni village the entry point to Mustang. We get a round trip of our trek in Ekle Bhatti visiting all the surprises of the human effort in this corner of the World of such an isolation and solitude. Arrive to Jomsom (2720m) it takes four hours walk.. Overnight at Tent.

Day 20: Fly from Jomsom – Pokhara

Today, early morning we fly from Jomsom to Pokhara and transfer to your hotel at lakeside. After check in hotel we will visit Pokhara City including David’s fall, Tibetan refugee camp and its handicraft centre. In the evening drive to Fewa lake side and enjoy free time. This free time can be used by making an hours boating on Lake Fewa enjoying the calm environment of sun-set time with the changing colors of the giant Himalayan range that cradles the Pokhara city. Pokhara is one of the most beautiful cities of Nepal, to the mid-western region of Nepal. It is richly decorated by beautiful nature on earth. The most beautiful jewel of Pokhara Mountain called Mt. Machhapuchhare with Mt. Annapurna and Lamjung. By the 17th century Pokhara was part of the Kingdom of Kaski, one of the most powerful of central Nepal's Chaubise Rajya or 24 Kingdoms. Kaski was ruled by a sub-branch of the Shah royal family. The hilltops surrounding Pokhara are dotted with the ruins of medieval stone forts. Kaski and the rest of the Chaubise Rajya were annexed by Prithvi Narayan Shah in 1786 and absorbed into the growing kingdom of Nepal. Around this time Pokhara developed into an important trade entrecote, lying on major trails between both Jumla-Kathmandu and India-Tibet. Each winter, mule caravans arrived from the north, laden with bags of salt and wool from the Tibetan Plateau. These were exchanged in Pokhara for grain and goods carried in from Butwal by porter. As a major government centre in central Nepal, Pokhara has naturally become a focus of development. Progress has been accelerated because it's such a pleasant place for to visit and live. Pokhara is now the biggest tourist destination in Nepal outside of the Kathmandu Valley, drawing 30% of visitors to Nepal. Overnight at lodge.

Day 21:  Drive from Pokhara – Kathmandu

After breakfast, drive to Kathmandu by tourist bus. Along the way you can enjoy with good scenery views. You'll be arriving at Kathmandu late afternoon. You're free in Kathmandu for shopping. Overnight at hotel.

Day 22: last day of yours trip in Nepal

It's time to enjoy a bit of Kathmandu and the ultimate view of the great mountains! Free time in Kathmandu and transfer to the airport two hours before departure of your flight home, after a final goodbye! On the way back, you'll have time to plan a new adventure in Nepal, that country so magical!

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