Go Nepal, Kathmandu Nepal
Hiking in the Nar Phu Valley takes you to one of Nepal's most beautiful and remote areas of Annapurna. Nar Phu is located in Annapurna's northeast valley, near Chame. Nar and Phu are two villages in the valley. These two villages are both called Nar Phu and are about a day's walk apart. Hiking in the Nar Phu Valley will take you through quaint medieval villages, narrow gorges, herds of blue sheep, and a spectacular cliff path over one of the area's highest hiking passes. This exotic land, which is only visited by a few hikers, is still rich in medieval Tibetan culture, which has been preserved for centuries. To the taste of Tibet, it is probably the best-known tourist region of the Annapurna hiking routes, with spectacular mountain views and beautiful alpine landscapes.
Nar Phu Trek explores mountain dwellers' lifestyles, hidden and traditional customs and cultures, unique and wild natural beauties, many snow-covered views of the snow-capped mountain, domestic animals such as Yaks and Sheep, and flora and fauna wildlife. The trek in the Nar Phu valley is one of the best trekking destinations for learning about the way of life, culture, and nature of the mountain people. Many festivals are celebrated in the Nar Phu Valley, including Lhosar, Derchi, Yakchha, and many others. They are, after all, Buddhists who adhere to their own culture. Each village has small and ancient Buddhist monasteries, Mani walls, Chortens, and Stupas. The banks of the river, the Moraine landscapes, the snow-capped Mountains of the main attraction like Kangaru Himal 6981m, Mount Himlung 7126m, the peaks of Pisang 6091m and Chulu East 6429m, and many others Annapurna Himalayas as Annapurna I 7937m, Annapurna III 7555m, Annapurna IV 5545m, Gangapurna 7575m, and Tilicho peaks 7219m.Some Important Highlights of the Trip:
1. Adventurous camping trek towards the beautiful Narphu Valley.
2. Observe the Tibetan culture and lifestyle of the area.
3. Amazing landscape views, crossing over high suspension bridges.
4. Nepal's classic trek with a wide range of spectacular mountain scenery to cross Kang-la Pass.
5. Smooth gradual walking up through subtropical the dense Rhododendron and Pine forest to a Tibetan-influenced valley. 6. Explore the most remote and unspoilt area of Annapurna.
7. Communities of Manangis, passing by several Buddhist monuments and their traditional villages with stone walls.
8. Acclimate in style on a spectacular parallel trip to Ice Lake, just outside Gangapurna Glacier Lake.
9. Meet the locals and their cultural mix takes in Gurung.
10. Sightseeing around the Kathmandu Valley including UNESCO world historical heritage sites.
Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,428ft)
Upon arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, You will be greeted by a representative of the Go Nepal who will take you to the hotel. After check-in, we can rest, refresh and drink local chai (tea). In the evening, we will have a welcome dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant where we can enjoy authentic Nepalese cuisine. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 2 : Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
Today, after breakfast, we begin our guided tour to many of the most historical and spiritual attractions of Kathmandu, also classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. We visit the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous 'Temple of the Monkeys' (Swayambhunath) and the Buddhist Sanctuary (Bouddhanath), which is also one of the largest stupas in the world. At noon, our climbing officer reviews our team, introduces it to the other participants and discusses our trip to the Nar Phu valley in the evening. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 3 : Kathmandu to Jagat Drive (1100m/3608ft): 8-9 hours
We start our trip early in the morning while we have a long trip ahead. We start right after breakfast and leave Kathmandu around 7 am. We see picturesque views of the Nepalese countryside, lush green spaces, rivers, villages, farms and Mountain views along the way. After 8-10 hours drive, we arrive at Jagat through Besishahar. The road to Besishahar will probably be smooth due to the black topped roads, so after Besishahar, the roads become dusty and rough, but the panoramic view of our window will largely compensate for the bumpy ride. Overnight in Jagat.
Day 4 : Jagat to Dharapani (1,960m/6,430ft): 7-8 hours
After breakfast, we slowly start our journey today. The path of Jagat descends towards the river, then crosses a leafy forest. Another climb leads to a sharp cliff facing the coast. On the way, Chyamje enters the scene amid the magnificent scenery of the imposing mountain ranges of Annapurna. After crossing a suspension bridge, we climb abruptly towards the slippery and physically difficult road that leads to Sattale. Following a succession of paths strewn with stones, we descend to a grass bank that leads to Tal. When we move away from Tal, the road becomes bumpy and winding. Then we approach the steep wooded village of Karte. Along the waterfalls and cliffs, we finally reach Dharapani after crossing a suspension bridge. We will spend the night in Dharapani.
Day 5 : Day 05: Dharapani to Koto (2,610m/8,563ft): 5-6 hours
We start our trek early in the morning towards Bagarchhap, which lasts approximately one hour crossing forests of pines and firs. We can visit the whitewashed monastery in this town. Then we continue our trip to Danaque, which lasts about an hour. The trail climbs quickly to Timang. We have a good view of the Mt. Manaslu and peak 29 from here. Now the trail continues through the pine forests to Latamarang, which lasts about an hour and a half. Here we stop for lunch and continue through the woods, where we have a brief view of Annapurna II. Finally we reached the town of Koto. Night in Koto.
Day 6 : Koto to Meta (3,560m/11,680ft): 7-8 hours
In the morning, we register our restricted area license at the police checkpoint. Then we will cross the Soti Khola river bank again through beautiful pine forests, streams and a suspension to reach Dharmasala. We have our dry picnic on the way. We then continue the trek through the forests and quickly climb to Meta village. We finally arrive on the Tibetan plateau where we have a very good view of Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal. Night in Meta.
Day 7 : Meta to Phu Gaon (4,250m/13,944ft): 7-8 hours
We begin our day by crossing suspension bridges over different streams. After almost 4 hours of walking, we arrive at Kyang where we can see the remnants, especially the ruined fortresses of the Khampa colony (the place that Khampa refugees from Tibet once captured and lived). Then we continue along Phu Khola along a rocky road and finally, we reach the village of Phu in 3 to 4 hours. We will spend the night in Phu Gaon.
Day 8 : Acclimatization at Phu Gaon
Today is the expected acclimatization day for which we are invited to rest and acclimatize to the altitude. As we are in the lost/hidden valley, we can explore the culture, natural diversity and religious practices of ethnic groups such as Lama, Gurung and Ghale. In addition, we can determine how people depend on agriculture, livestock and seasonal migrations as far away as in the hidden valley. It is also the day we explore Tashi Lakhang Monastery, the ancient Buddhist monastery ranked among the 108 largest Buddhist monasteries in the world; it is supposed to be the last monastery built by Karmapa Rinpoche. In addition to exploring the cultural avenues of the lost valley, the valley also offers a magnificent view of Himlung Himal and other snow-capped peaks of the region. We will spend the night in Phu Gaon.
Day 9 : Phu Gaon to Nar (4,110m/13,484ft): 6-7 hours
The trail descends through many streams and suspension bridges to Mahendra Pul, which lasts approximately 4 hours. We pass the 80m high suspension bridge in the gorges of the Lapche River. Than we will lunch at Mahendra Pul. After lunch, the trail climbs quickly through many Buddhist stupas to the village of Nar, which lasts about 2 hours. Here we find several Buddhist monasteries to visit, as well as magnificent views of Pisang Peak and other peaks, during the night in Nar.
Day 10 : Acclimatization and preparation at Nar
This is the second day of acclimatization/rest planned for this hike. We spend the day walking around, exploring the village of Nar and closely observing the local culture and way of life. We are also preparing for the morning walk here. Night in Nar.
Day 11 : Nar to Kang La Pass (5,322m/17,460ft) to Ngwal (3,660m/12,008ft): 7-8 hours
Today is a day of adventure with a long day of walking. We wake up early in the morning to head to Kangla Pass. From the pass you can see the Annapurna massif. We continue then our way to Ngwal. Overnight in Ngwal.
Day 12 : Ngwal to Manang (3,540m/11,614ft): 4-5 hours
From Ngwal, we head towards Manang today. We cross the isolated village of Paugh and admire the breath-taking views of the Annapurna mountain range. Then we climb gently to Mungli and then to the main trail of Annapurna in Mungli. Finally we arrive at Manang, where we set up our camps to spend the night. Night in Manang.
Day 13 : Manang to Yak Kharka (4,110m/13,484ft): 3-4 hours
From the village of Manang, the trail crosses a stream, climbs into a village of Tenki above Manang, and then continues out of the Marshyangdi Valley turning to the northwest in the Jarsang Khola Valley. The trail follows this valley to the north through a few pastures, a garrigue juniper, as it gains altitude. The trail goes further near the small village of Ghunsa, a group of clay roofs just below the beginning of the trail. Now the trail crosses meadows where horses and yaks graze. After crossing a small river on a wooden bridge, the path runs along an ancient wall of Mani in a pleasant meadow, then joins another small village of Yak Kharka. Overnight at Yak Kharka.
Day 14 : Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,600m/15,092ft): 3-4 hours
We make our trip to the foot of the pass, Throng Phedi today. Thorong Phedi is a small, busy town that caters to the needs of tired hikers and mountaineers. Hikers like us use this point as a base camp. Some visitors are also trying to make an excursion to High Camp today so that the next day is easier for them. Although tomorrow we will have a difficult day, we will stop at Thorong Phedi to sleep well at a lower altitude instead of risking sleep at a higher altitude than Camp Alto. We will spend the night in Thorong Phedi.
Day 15 : Thorong Phedi to Thorong La (5,416m/17764ft) to Muktinath (3,800m/12,467ft): 7-8 hours.
Crossing the difficult passage of La Thorong to an impressive height of 5,416 meters is another highlight of this trek. It is important to leave early to take the frozen high-rise trail but the picturesque panoramas of the mountains make this painful walk on the difficult path more delightful. We arrive at Muktinath at sunset, an important place of pilgrimage for Hindus and Buddhists. We can walk in the area that contains a Vishnu temple and a nearby monastery. Overnight in Muktinath.
Day 16 : Muktinath to Jomsom (2,715m/8,910ft): 5-6 hours
We begin to descend the spectacular Kali Gandaki gorge through the barren land. We pass through the villages of Jharkot and Khingar, with typical Tibetan architecture. Following the bottom of the valley almost along the banks of Kali Gandaki, we arrive at Jomsom. Overnight in Jomsom.
Day 17 : 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 two huge mountains, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. Upon arrival at Pokhara airport, we will transfer to the hotel next to the lake. We will rest and explore the beauty of the Pokhara valley at night. While we walk unhurriedly along the shores of Lake Fewa, the second largest lake in Nepal, we admire the view of the Machhapuchhare Mountain. We can also take a boat trip on Lake Fewa or take a short walk to the World Peace Pagoda. We can end the day walking in the fascinating area of the lake. Overnight in Pokhara.
Day 18 : Pokhara to Kathmandu (1,300m/4,428ft): 5-6 hours’ drive
Today, after breakfast, we return to Kathmandu. After arriving in Kathmandu, we will be transferred to our hotel. There is nothing more to do than exchange emails with other travellers and organize our photos. We can spend the afternoon quietly or maybe recover some last-minute purchases. Anyway, we celebrate the end of our trip with a farewell dinner at night. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 19 : Final departure from Nepal
Our trip to Nepal ends today. A representative of the Go Nepal will accompany you to the airport approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight. On the way back, you have enough time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.
1. Best time to do trek from (September – October – November - December), February – March – April – May).
2. In 2003, the Nar Phu Hidden Valley Trek became available to tourists.
3. The Nar Phu Valley trek is one of the most beautiful treks in the Annapurna region, connecting remote villages in the Nar and Phu valleys in the north and east valleys.