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.
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
4 to 6 Participants
7 to 9 Participants
10 to ... Participants
"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 ofcompany 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
enjoywith 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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