‘Nar-Phu Annapurna Trek is an adventure to the hidden valley of Shangri-la beyond Annapurna Himalayas and scenic Manang valley.’
Nar-Phu Annapurna trekking begins taking an exciting long drive to reach Lamjung district around Nepal Mid-West within low and warmer areas enriched with vast agriculture farming of paddy fields and then following the raging Marysangdi River upstream. As the walk progress after ending the drive at Syange village heading into mid-hills full of farm villages and interesting to witness the old heritage life of the local villagers with a mixed culture of both Hindu and Buddhism religions.
Slowly, our route enters high ground encountering lovely alpine woodland of pines and rhododendron tree lines to reach around cooler areas at Kotto near Chame, the headquarters of Manang district. From Kotto village where our actual adventure starts on leaving the main and popular Annapurna circuit trails for a week into isolation walking within a deep river gorge filled with a patch of forest in-between high rocky cliffs, walking through small settlements and farm villages to reach our promised land at Phu situated on the high scenic valley in the shade of mighty peaks of Himlung and Damodar Himal.
Strange and beautiful observing the village life and culture visiting its old monasteries of great interest, and then heading to its satellite village of Na, which is similar to Phu but smaller due to its remoteness location near to Kang-La pass. With interesting moments in the complete wilderness within the total ambience of the marvellous surrounding of arid landscapes and snow-capped peaks as well exploring the hidden villages of immense custom and culture, and then getting ready to cross over a high scenic Kang-la pass to reach the main Manang village.
Manang village is located in a scenic valley enclosed by Annapurna and Chulus peaks with close views of Gangapurna mountain ice falls, where walk leads further west to traverse over the highest pass of the adventure above 5,416 m at Thorang-la with a mind-blowing panorama of dramatic landscapes and mountains of Dhaulagiri-Chulus-Damodar Himal with Mustang Mountains towards far North West.
On reaching Mustang area at holy Muktinath famous high Himalayan pilgrimage destination for Hindus and Buddhists, regarded as a sacred spot where the word Mukti means Liberty of Freedom, where people from India and Nepal visit here to worship and bathe in its 108 natural waterspouts.
Here at Muktinath, our adventurous walks are complete by taking a short drive to Jomsom, the administrative and headquarters town of the Mustang area, and home to the Thakli tribe on this Old Trans Himalaya Salt Trade Route to Tibet from Nepal. From Jomsom, a scenic and spectacular flight takes you to beautiful Pokhara by its serene Phewa Lake where our outmost and magnificent adventure concludes with a wonderful experience on Nar-Phu Annapurna Trekking.
Nar-Phu Annapurna Trek
Nar-Phu Annapurna Trek will surely enlighten you on this marvellous adventure in Manang valley and beyond the Annapurna Himalaya range of mountains. The trekking trail is on the least travelled and undisturbed remote areas of Annapurna. So, the scenic surrounding, impressive villages and old monasteries in the upper Manang region has only been explored by a few people.
This region was forbidden to the outside world until the last few decades. You can witness its villages enriched with ancient culture and breath-taking scenery of mountains and unique landscapes. The trek areas are close to Damodar Himal in the north and Annapurna in the south.
Nar-Phu Annapurna Trek Outline Itinerary
Day 01: On arrival at Kathmandu airport (1,340m) and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: At Kathmandu with options for sightseeing tours and trek preparations.
Day 03: Drive to Jagat (1,440m) via Syange (980m) and Besisahar town (860m) – 7/8 hrs.
Day 04: Trek to Dharapani (1,920m) via Tal Besi (1,745m) and Chamje – 6/7 hrs.
Day 05: Trek to Kotto (2,560m) near Chame (2,670m) – 5/6 hours.
Day 06: Trek to Dharma-Sala (3,230m) – 5/6 hours.
Day 07: Trek to Kyang (3,020m) – 5/6 hours.
Day 08: Trek to Phu village (4,080m) – 6/7 hours.
Day 09: Rest day in Phu village for acclimatization.
Day 10: Trek to Nar Phedi (3,545m) – 6/7 hrs.
Day 11: Trek to Nar village (4,206m) – 6/7 hrs.
Day 12: Trek to Kang La base camp (4,530m) – 5/6 hrs.
Day 13: Cross Kangla Pass (5,322m) trek to Ngawal (3,650m) – 6/7 hrs.
Day 14: Trek to Manang Village 3,450 m – 5/6 hrs.
Day 15: Trek to Yak Kharka (4,110m) – 4/5 hours.
Day 16: Trek to Thorang High Camp (4,600m) – 4/5 hrs.
Day 17: Cross Thorang La (5,416m) and trek to Muktinath (3,800m) – 6/7 hrs.
Day 18: Drive to Jomsom (2,715m) – 2/3 hrs.
Day 19: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara (860m) – 20 mins flight and transfer to hotel.
Day 20: Fly or drive back to Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel with a free afternoon.
Day 21: International departure for homeward bound.
Day 1 On arrival at the Kathmandu airport 1,340 m meet our staff and transfer to hotel.
Landing at Kathmandu and Nepal international airport, where our guide or staff receives you for short drive to your respective hotels in the hub of Kathmandu. After checking into your nice rooms with rest after a jet-lag, and then rendezvous with another group member of Nar-Phu Annapurna Trekking, where our guide/leader will brief you with information regarding the treks, about hotels and lodge with Nepalese culture, do’s and don’ts. Evening enjoys grand welcome dinner in typical Nepalese restaurants with various native cultures as entertainment.
Day 2 At Kathmandu with options for tour with time for trek preparations.
At Kathmandu as a free day where one can join in our interesting sightseeing tour as options, as the capital Kathmandu of Nepal steeped with historical and religious monuments of world heritage sites. Afternoon at leisure and preparation for Nar-Phu Annapurna trekking, starting next early morning with to Nepal Mid-West.
Day 3 Drive to Jagat 1,440 m via Syange 980 m and Besisar town 860 m - 07 hrs.
Morning an early morning start after a hearty breakfast in the hotel, then getting ready for long and interesting overland journey on Nepal’s main highway to reach warmer country around Mid-West at Lamjung district, and then continue drive from Besar headquarter town of
Lamjung, located in a warm sub-tropical temperature valley. Drive continue following farm village and Marysangdi River upstream till Syange village and then on winding uphill to reach a nice place at Jagat farm village for a first overnight stop of the adventure.
Day 4 Trek to Dharapani 1,920 m via Tal-Besi 1,745 m and Chamje - 06 hrs.
From Jagat, our treks begin heading through farm areas above the river to reach Chamje where you can notice the change of village people, vegetation and culture entering into more Buddhism country. After Chamje crossing over Marysangdi river to reach in the cool shade of nice lovely woodland of pines and rhododendron tree lines heading above the river to reach a nice valley at Tal -Besi, where temperatures get much cooler from here onward. With refreshing stop heading towards the end of the valley and crossing over bridges with ups and downhill to reach nice Dharapani village, located above the river in between route to Manang and Manaslu area.
Day 5 Trek to Kotto 2,560 m near Chame 2,670 m - 05 hours.
Morning walk leads into nice alpine woodland within a river gorge to reach a small villages Big chap and Danaque encountering Buddhist religious monuments of prayer walls and spinning bells and then walking with views of Lamjung Himal and Annapurna IV and A-II peaks, to reach the higher side of the trail at Tamang village.
This village of mixed hill tribes with Magar-Gurung and Manang people facing grand views of Manaslu and Annapurna mountain range, after Timing on downhill then walk by the riverside to reach at Kotto for overnight stop located close to the large town of Chame. With time at Kotto, one can visit Chame headquarter and administrative town of Manang the district with many good lodges, with time to browse its streets filled with shops and stores.
Day 6 Trek to Dharma-Shala 3,230m - 05 hours.
After staying at Koto where our route diverts away from main popular Annapurna circuit trails for a week, as our destination leads to hidden pockets of high Manang valley which is near the border of Tibet in the country of blue sheep and snow leopards around Nar-Phu country.
As walk leads into a narrow deep gorge covered with pines and rhododendron tree lines, and then reaching an open pasture field with few huts and shades of cattle herders, this deep gorge formed by Pisang Peak and Kang-guru Himal lower basin, the walk follows Nar-Phu Khola (stream) upstream to reach our overnight destination at a small village of Dharma-Shala (means a resting and overnight place for travelers).
Day 7 Trek to Kyang 4,100 m - 6 hrs.
Morning walk heading far north to reach at Phu village first of the adventure located into remote within dry and arid landscapes, a time-forgotten village on walks chances of spotting some wildlife like blue sheep’s, if lucky snow leopard or musk deer with mountain antelopes.
Walk finally reaches at Kyang for an overnight halt, after an exciting day trek, Kyang a small village about dozen farmhouses of strong Tibetan culture and traditional life.
Day 8 Trek to Phu village 4,080 m - 06 hours.
Today, walk leads to our promised land at Phu village as our route follows Phu Khola and for the short while and then on the downhill back into a river, from here uphill to enter into the gorge, suddenly the walk leads into an open wide glacial valley within Yak and other cattle grazing fields to complete our day on reaching Phu village with more Tibetan influence and similar culture and custom of Buddhism religion.
Day 9 Rest day in Phu village for acclimatization and side walk around Phu.
On reaching our main highlight destination with a rest day to explore this age-old and weather-beaten village of great interest as well to support acclimatization before heading over high Kang-la and Thorang-la pass. On this day in this mystical country a Shangri-la where one can explore this undisturbed pristine village of Phu visiting its old Tashilkhang and Samdu Choling Gompa / Monastery with Kyauchyu waterfalls, Phu Village houses 30 to for hundred inhabitants.
Day 10 Trek to Nar Phedi 3,545 m - 06 hrs.
After a pleasant and exciting time at Phu village where the morning walk leads on the previous day the trail for short hours and then descends into a narrow gorge of Phu Khola, and then with the climb to reach a small village at Yughat adorned with mani and chhorten Buddhist religious monuments, walk slowly reach our overnight at Nar Phedi for an overnight stop.
Day 11 Trek to Nar-Gaon 4,206 m - 06 hrs.
Morning walk leads to Phu Khola after a few hours on a good trail to reach and cross over a suspension bridge above Phu Khola, where walk leads to a steep haul for a few hours to reach within a flat-filed where walk leads finally to our second highlight of the trip at Nar village for
overnight, Nar-Gaon is quite similar to Phu village but smaller as it is located in a more remote area on route Kang-la pass.
Day 12 Trek to Kang-La Base Camp 4,530 m - 05 hrs.
From Nar-Gaon morning walk to further isolated country where Nar-Phu ends beyond villages and human settlement some days, an interesting walk leads with some short ups and downs around rocky and arid areas. Walking into Yak grazing land with some temporary cattle herder camps as walk follows Temdenzon Khola with views of high surrounding snow-capped peaks and then ending the days walk at the base of Kang La pass to camp for overnight or stay in a simple and basic lodge available in this wild country at above 4,530 meters.
Day 13 Cross Kangla Pass 5,322m and trek to Ngawal 3,650 m - 07 hrs.
To cross our first high pass of the adventure waking earlier than other previous days where the walk leads to a steep climb to reach over and crossing Kang-la at 5,322 m high, as limb leads much high on the steep slope for few hours facing glorious panorama with Pisang Peak with Chulu and Far East Peaks.
Reaching on top of Kang-la pass rewards you with awesome views and a panorama of Annapurna Himalaya with Chulu Peaks. From the pass, we long descent to reach our overnight stop and back into human life at Ngawal village after walking past Zulu village, where walk leads back to the main Annapurna circuit trail from the village onwards after the overnight halt.
Day 14 Trek to Manang Village 3,450 m - 05 hrs.
After a peaceful and scenic view from this isolated Ngawal village, where morning walk starts with a short climb for short-while facing grand views of Manang valley with a series of peaks, as the walk leads near Hongdae / Home village with a small airstrip. From this village walk past tree lines with amazing views of peaks and then vegetation and tree lines fade as the walk leads to the nice village at Braga with an old monastery on top.
With time to explore its ancient monastery of great interest with fabulous views of Annapurna towards the south and Chulus with Pisang in the north, from here an hour walk reaches to our destination at main Manang village for an overnight stop and rest day. Rest of the afternoon relax and explore this interesting village adorned with age-old Buddhist religion and fascinating culture and customs.
Day 15 Trek to Yak Kharka 4,110 m 4- 05 hours.
From Manang where onward walk leads towards the windswept high valley and barren hills and getting closer to snow-capped peaks as the walk leads past several smaller villages to reach our overnight stop at Yak Kharka, where walk leads within the open wide country with views of Gangapurna-Tilicho peaks with Chulu West. The walk finally ends on reaching a small Yak grazing pastureland known as Yak-Kharka for an overnight and lunch stop in one of its best available lodges with views of high peaks.
Day 16 Trek to Thorang High Camp 4,600 m - 04 hrs.
After a pleasant stop and overnight, a morning walk leads to the end of the valley rim to reach the bottom of Thorang-La Pass, where the walk leads on gradual ups with a few short descend to a river with a brief steep climb and then on a good trail to reach at Phedi with few good lodges.
A break here on this high altitude, then a short steep climb on a stone scree path leads you to the top of the ridge where Thorang High Camp is situated with about 2-3 lodge for an overnight stop in this high country enclosed within giant peaks of Chulu and Damodar Himal.
Day 17 Cross over Thorang-La 5,416 m and descend to Muktinath 3,800 m 6- 07
Our main tough and long walk of the adventure, starting early morning having breakfast then leading to a slow climb on winding steep uphill past a few glacial ponds and then finally reaching the top of high Thorang-La pass where you can notice a big board on top with name and the height of the pass, festooned with thousands of Buddhist colourful prayer flags.
The top offers amazing scenery of the Mustang region due west with Dhaulagiri-Annapurna and Chulu including the Damodar Himal range. From the top a long downhill to reach the bottom of the pass with few shades and tea-house, as the walk continues on the nice wide trail to reach holy Muktinath Temple premises for an overnight stop at Muktinath village, after a long tough walk of the day.
Day 18 Drive to Jomsom 2, 715 m with free afternoon- 02 hrs.
Due to the nature of road conditions and the tiring walks of the previous day, today end of the walk for short period taking an opportunity to jeep drive on the motorable road heading downhill towards Jomsom and Kaligandaki River Valley. Reaching Jomsom for the last overnight stop on the High Mountains, Jomsom headquarter town of Mustang area located on the old Trans Himalaya Salt Trade and Caravan Trail of Nepal and Tibet, where trade still exists beyond Upper Mustang through Karo-la pass to the frontier of Tibet/ China. This area home to Thakali people of Buddhism religion has been on this trade for hundreds of years, from here around Kaligandaki valley which includes Marpha-Tukuche and Kalapani / Lete famous for delicious apples and products.
Day 19 Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara 860 m - 20 mins via air and transfer to hotel.
Morning a short walk to Jomsom air-terminal where scenic and sweeping short flight reaches at Pokhara, during air-borne excellent views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna range on both side of the plane window. On landing at Pokhara airport an interesting short drive takes you to a scenic and beautiful lake-side for overnight stops by its famous and serene Lake Phewa.
Day 20 Drive or fly back to Kathmandu afternoon free at leisure.
Morning from Pokhara is an exciting overland journey back to Kathmandu on route to observe Nepalese country life as the drive leads past farm villages and towns and to reach Kathmandu around afternoon time, the rest of the day is free for individual activities and shopping souvenirs.
Day 21 International departure for homeward bound.
After a wonderful time in Nepal with an amazing time in the high mountains enjoying walks on Nar-Phu Annapurna Trek, with last day in the Himalayan country enjoying an adventure on high Himalaya, where our staff and guide transfer you to the airport for your flight back home or to next port of call.
- Pick-up or Drop-off service from and to Airport(in our own vehicle)
- Transportation to from Kathmandu and from pokhara
- Food all along the trip(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and a cup of coffee or tea) and accommodations during the trip in hotels with a family environment.
- Transportation, food, accommodation, and insurance of the Guide during the trip.
- Down jacket, all-season sleeping bag, duffel bag, and trekking map(in case if you don’t have your own.
- Down jacket, sleeping bag, and duffel bag must be returned after completion of the trip).
- First Aid Medical Kit(Your guide will carry the Medical Kit but we also advise to bring yourself for your own use, as far as possible)
- All the required permits and paperwork.
- licensed holder English speaking guide and his expenses entire trip.
- International Airfare.
- Visa Charges ($30 Dollar for the 15 days, $50 Dollar for the 30 days).
- Hotel Expenses(In Kathmandu, some packages do include hotel expenses)
- Your travel and medical insurance.
- Personal Expenses such as shopping, bar bills, hot shower, telephone, laundry, titbits etc.
- Emergency expenses such as expenses on the chartered helicopter.
- Tip to our staff ( as an appreciation ) at the end of your trip.
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On Nar-Phu Annapurna treks can I bring family with children?
We suggest that young ones above 14 of age can join in it will be an exciting holiday as well for adults, where walk leads to ups and down with high country of Manang with the highest point of the adventure crossing over Thorang-la. A few days will be quite tough for young and elderly people, otherwise, it’s a great interesting walk for all.
When do I book for Nar-Phu Annapurna Trekking?
Depending upon your time and duration for the trek you can book this trip at least 2-3 weeks ahead of our departure dates for the trek, with advance payment as per the norms and rules of the company. Make sure that you have checked your medical and physical fitness before signing for the trip and as well purchasing medical and travel insurance which is very important for this kind of adventurous trek in Nepal Himalaya.
How many people will be in the group?
From the minimum 3-4 person in the group with a maximum of 10-15 persons in the group, in some cases we do allow booking for a single person as well, running independently at extra cost than in groups.
What will be weather like on the trek?
The season-wise, where the best time is from April to May when most of the day is clear with minimum temperatures of 0° to 20° Celsius depending upon the altitude and areas. Where most of the morning till mid-days clears for views and walks, sometimes afternoon can get overcast with chances of light rains and snow. April to May will be lively with wildflowers in full bloom especially various species of rhododendron (national flower of Nepal) from trees to short bushes.
How are the lodge and Tea-House on Treks?
Tea-House is the word used in the early days when there were smaller numbers of lodges on route trekking, at present each village has more than 10 to 20 good lodges with pleasant room accommodations, serving excellent food menus as per the season wise. Nar-Phu is a new area for trekking, where the lodge is simple with basic facilities as well as the nature and background of this rough and barren country, where people have to adjust to whatever the facilities provided. Some villages above 2,500 m and 3,000 m do have a nice lodge, but due to freezing cold temperatures at night and morning time where they have toilets on the outside, with some inside as common bathrooms and restrooms. All rooms and dining.
Are there electricity and network for cell-phones?
Most of the places do have electricity on route trekking run by hydro-power after main villages, where much of electric supply is private and individual of the lodge owners with sun/solar power to activate electric just for the lodge and as well for customers to charge their computers and cell-phones. Some places do have networks for cell phones and as well for internet like Wi-Fi above Manang valley some areas due to high peaks and hills, the networks are disturbed in deep areas like around river gorge areas. At present nearly all people in Nepal including remote villages do have an assist to cell phones with fine network connection only in bad weather, the line can be broken, otherwise, it is fine in working order.
What happens if some is sick and have to break the trek?
In this situation where our guides are well equipped with knowledge for emergency and medical purposes, depending upon the seriousness of the victims if it is much critical where nearest medical attention is needed, we call for immediate evacuation for Helicopter services to reach the victims to the nearest medical station and hospital.
What to expect on this journey?
Scenic views of the world’s highest mountains with Dhaulagiri-Annapurna and Manaslu range include magnificent Machhapuchare Himal ‘Fish Tail’ peaks, where walk leads you around Buddhist country interwoven with old traditional life and custom similar to Tibetans. The walk leads to visiting Manang-Thakali-Magar and Gurung villages encountering many farm fields and terraces of interesting traditional life of the local villagers.
Who are Manang, Thakali, Magar and Gurung people?
The above group of tribes is high hills people of Nepal Far Mid-West Himalaya spread out throughout Nepal, where most concentrated within Annapurna and Dhaulagiri area of both Hindu and Buddhist religion and origin, these hill tribes are famous as legendary Gurkha soldiers in foreign legion and army like British, India as well some as a police force in Singapore and security guards in many parts of the world overseas. Besides men-folk as famous Gurkha soldiers, the hill people are mostly farmers and cattle herders as a traditional profession.
Is it really spectacular in flowering times of March to May?
Absolutely the best months of the year and seasons for botany students, flower and nature lovers, where hills and valleys alive with wildflowers in full bloom with riots of different colours, rhododendron from tall trees too short bushes will be in flowering times, rhododendron national flower of Nepal also.
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Best Seasons Sep- Dec, Mar-May
Group Size 2+
Duration 20 Night/21 Days
Maximum Altitude 5,321 m
Trek Difficulty Moderate to Adventurous
Accommodation Tea House(On Hotel and lodges)
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