|Fitness Level||: Gentle||Max-Altitude||: 5416m / 17768.81ft|
|Country||: Nepal||Group Size||: 2-12 people|
|Trip Start||: Kathmandu||Trip Finish||: Kathmandu|
|Meals||: Breakfasts in Kathmandu and Pokhara, all meals during trek|
|Accommodation||: Standard hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara, tea houses on trek|
Trek to the lost valley of Nar and Phu is an exhilarating trek; one can savour by exploring one of the remote regions in the Himalayas. This trek commences walking on the trail of the famous Annapurna Circuit route. But the route splits from the pretty village of Koto connecting to villages of Nar and Phu. Once you leave Koto the journey becomes more interesting trekking on a remote route which was opened to tourists in 2002. The trail traverses peaceful settlements of people belonging to the Tibetan descent- makes you feel like you are in a smaller Tibet; the trek to Nar Phu Valley is the perfect blend of stunning nature of the Himalaya with adventure doing the iconic Annapurna circuit passing through desolate landscape with ancient monasteries.
The Nar Phu Valley trek is not complete without passing the challenging pass – The Thorong La at 5416m, first having walked out of the Marsyangdi Valley and then followed by the classic Annapurna Circuit. The trek to Nar Phu valley from Koto takes you through diverse terrain meeting many friendly locals en route. There is a lot you can when trekking to Nar and Phu village you can see ancient monasteries with visits to Milarepa Caves and also traverse the Kang La Pass at 5322m.Wind Horse Adventures can help those who are looking to trek in a less trekked area in the Himalayas. The trek to Nar Phu valley would be an ideal choice. Of course the splendid scenery with varied terrain, lush forest, deep gorges and canyons with stunning mountain vistas truly will keep any trekker captivated whilst trek to villages of Nar Phu.
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As you make your way out of the arrival gates, look out for a cheerful face of our Wind Horse representative holding a placard, with your name on it. He will drop you to the hotel. Rest awhile to shake off that jetlag! Stroll around the vicinity and acquaint yourself to the city, the vibrant marketplaces and the colorful ambience of the surroundings will definitely spellbind you. It may seem chaotic at first, but eventually you will give in to the city’s charisma. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Today the day will be spent preparing for the trek. There will be a pre-trip discussion where you can meet your trek leader, the crew and other participants of this trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Altitude: 1100m/3608ft| Trek 8-9 hrs
Today we will meet you at your hotel early in the morning and pick you up so to start our journey. It takes 8-9 hrs of driving on a private vehicle to Jagat, a stone village in Lamjung district. By the time we reach here we are already ahead of Besi sahar which is also known as the gateway to Annapurna circuit trekking, Bhulbhule and a picturesque village of Bahundada. Right after we enter Besisahar we will witness stunning snow capped mountain panorama and culture and traditions of Gurung community, people from one of the community of few selected communities who takes pride to join in British Army. Overnight stay in Jagat.
Altitude: 1,960m/6,430ft|Trek 7-8 hrs
Today we will start our day after breakfast climbing through the forest to Chyamje. We trek through amphitheater-shaped rice terraces, along a steep vertical cliff, lush forests, and some culturally intriguing villages. We follow the Marsyangdi river, as we walk in a fantastic landscapes through little waterfalls, forests and villages. As we climb through the steep hills of Chamje to reach Dharapani, we pass through the first village of Manang district named Tal through the fields of corn, barley, potatoes and forests filled with bamboo and rhododendrons strongly popular for being Nepal’s national flower. During our trek we will experience the serene mountain climate and culture. As we walk, we are heading higher in slow pace sometimes giving passes to caravan of large group of donkey as it helps us getting acclimatized to altitudes. Overnight in Dharapani.
Altitude: 2,610m/8,563ft|Trek 5-6 hrs
Today you’d commence your trek moving to Bagarchha walking on a trail that passes through pine and fir forests. Then you’d reach this village after an hour. There is a white washed gompa in this village you can visit. For another hour you’d continue your trek reaching Danaque. You’d take a steep trail ascending for an hour and half to Timang. En route you can see the superb view of Mt. Manaslu and Peak 29- it’s breathtaking. Thereafter, there is another an hour and half walk passing through pine forests to connect to Latamarang. Then you’d continue your walk again through pine forests and you short glimpse of Annapurna II can be seen. Eventually, after walking another 1hr and half you reach Koto. Overnight in Koto.
Altitude: 3,560m/11,680ft: Trek 7-8 hrs
After breakfast, you’d be entering the restricted area and at the police check post you’d get your restricted area permit registered. Then you’d commence trekking along the bank of Suti River passing through fresh and beautiful pine forests passing many streams and suspension bridges to reach Dharmasala, it’s a 5 hours walk. En route to Dharamshala a picturesque waterfall can be seen which isworth a view to catch. As you carry on your trek you pass through forests and before reaching Meta you’d climb steeply taking around an hour and half. With a change in the terrain you can find yourself on the Tibetan Plateau. Stunning views of Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal can be seen. Overnight in Meta.
Altitude: 4,250m/13,944ft|Trek 7-8 hours
You’d need to be prepared for several ascents and descents as well as crossing suspension bridges over many streams. As you carry on walking you can see the remains of ruined forts belonging to the Khampa settlement at places like Kyang, Chyakhu and Jhunam. Then you keep walking on a rocky trail passing the Phu River till your reach Phu village after having walked three hours. Of course you also can see if lucky blue sheep on the trail. Find yourself in one of the amazing hidden and desolate valleys. Here you visit a very old Buddhist Monastery, the Tashi Lakhang Monastery, which is listed among world’s famous Buddhist monasteries. The Himlung Himal along with other snow peaks can be seen beautifully. You’d be halting the night in Phu Gaon. Overnight in Phu Gaon.
Today you’d be spending your day to acclimatize. You can meet the locals and walk to the wide valley systems. You can also walk up the valley to Ngoru which is a settlement where the locals are found with their grazing yaks, this would help you accilimatize and also prepare you physically to trek to Kang La Pass. Phu itself is an incredibly amazing village where you can see villagers spinning their yak and sheep wool engrossed in their conversations. Overnight in Phu Gaon.
Altitude: 4,110m/13,484ft|Trek 6-7 hrs
Today you’d be descending passing several suspension bridges crossing different streams till you reach Mahendra Pul which is a 4 hour trek. You’d have to cross a 80 m suspension bridge over the Lapche River crossing a deep gorge which is exciting. After lunch, the trail steeply climbs passing many Buddhist stupas to connect Naar Village taking almost 2 hours. There are many Buddhist Monasteries to visit as well as a very stunning view of Pisang Peak and other small peaks. Overnight in Nar.
Today, you’d be resting in Nar to acclimate for the next day’s trek to cross the Kang La Pass. Free to explore on your own around the village or undertake some short treks in the vicinity. Get yourself prepared for the journey ahead and rest well in Nar. Overnight in Nar.
Altitude: 5,322m/17,460ft, 3,660m/12,008ft| Trek 7-8 hrs
After rising early today go for some hearty breakfast and get prepared for a long day. You’d begin your three hour walk to Jhombu Karkha otherwise also called the Kang La Phedi passing through areas where you can see yaks and herders. Then, you’d start ascending walking on landslide areas and around 2-3 hrs later you’d reach the Kang La Pass. En route you can see the magnificent views of peaks like the Annapurna range and other mountains- get your cameras ready. From here the trail descends steeply connecting you the village of Ngwal which is another three hour walk- test for your knees. You’d be spending the night here. Overnight in Ngwal.
Altitude: 3,540m/11,614ft| Trek 4-5 hrs
After breakfast, you’d be walking down to reach the village of Braga. En route you can visit an old monastery the locals hold very important. You can enjoy the 2 and half hour walk passing through stunning landscape. Once you reach Braga you’d reach Manang walking for another 30 minutes. You will find yourself blessed with the breathtaking view of the Annapurna Range. Of ctourse there day trips you can undertake like trek to Chunker view point, the Gangapurna Lake or the Cave Gompa. All thes side trips offer the best experiences ever with superb views of snow-capped Himalayan mountains like Annapurna, Tilicho Peak, Thorong Peak and so on. Rest well in Manang. Overnight in Manang.
Altitude: 4,110m/13,484ft|Trek 3-4 hrs
After a day rest at Manang, we continue our adventure the next day. From Manang, first you’d head out to the village of Tenki. The trail leads uphill leaving the Marshyangdi Valley to reach Jarsang Khola. As you carry on ascending you’d traverse pastures and juniper forests. The trail continues passing by Ghunsa a small hamlet which later passes meadows where you can find yaks and horses grazing. Later you’d cross the river and continue walking on its southern side through coniferous forest. After reaching Kangsar Village we walk further up towards Yak Kharka and pass a monastery on the way. The uphill walk could be tiring but we will have Gungang Himal and Mt. Chulu in the backdrop to keep us company. Overnight in Yak Kharka.
Altitude: 4,600m/15,092ft: Trek 3-4 hours
Today, you’d leave Yak Kharka after breakfast and move ahead with our trek first to Ledar. You’d walk through fantastic sceneries. The walk is relatively flat and short, yet seems to take forever. It’s a short walk from Yak Kharka to Ledar. Then, you’d slowly to make your way to the foot of the pass, Throng Phedi. It is a small busy settlement with amazing view of mountains and landscapes. People use this place as a base. Phedi means foot of the hill is a common Nepali name for any settlement at the bottom of a long climb. You’d stay overnight at guesthouse. From Ledar, you’d ascend furthermore and pass through towering cliffs before reaching Thorang Phedi, the last village before Thorong La. On this trip you are rewarded with one of the best views of Mt. Gundang, Mt. Syagang, Thorung Peak and Mt. Khatungkan. Overnight in Thorang Phedi.
Altitude: 5,416m/17764ft,3,800m/12,467ft: Trek 7-8 hours
Today, you’d walk the longest and hardest day of the entire trip. Crossing Thorong La pass it is a lifetime experience, one of the highest and famous passes in the world will be your ultimate objective today. You will be crossing the pass from east to west (Manang to Muktinath) which is the easiest and safest direction. You’d need to get up around three in the morning and walk up the mountain. When you finally make it to the top, you’ll realize that our journey was worth it. You can take a few photos before heading to Muktinath Valley at the foot of the Thorong La pass. Overnight in Muktinath.
Altitude: 2,715m/8,910ft: Trek 5-6 hrs
Following breakfast, you’d commence your walk towards Jomsom passing through picturesque Thakali villages with stunning mountain vistas. The trail is flat and wide following the Kali Gandaki River that connects to Jomsom. You’d be spending the day in Jomsom. Overnight in Jomsom.
Altitude: 823m/2,700ft: Flight 30 min
After breakfast, you’d board an early morning flight to Pokhara. You can enjoy the views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges as you fly to Pokhara. You’d be met by our representative in Pokhara who would help you check-in at the hotel. Free to explore on your own or relax and stroll by the lakeside. Overnight in Pokhara.
Altitude: 1,350m/4,428ft|Drive 5-6 hrs
Following an early breakfast, get ready to drive back to Kathmandu on a tourist bus. Enjoy the drive which is indeed fantastic passing by beautiful Nepalese countryside of little towns, river and villages. Once you reach Kathmandu, check in at your hotel. Free to explore on your own, indulge in some last minute shopping or visit some UNESCO Heritage Sites in Kathmandu Valley. It’s time to get triumphant of your journey, so a farewell dinner in the evening will be arranged for you. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Our cheerful representative will drop you off to the airport three hours prior to the flight departure. The mystic land of the Himalayas holds many more secrets to be told. Come back again for another adventure visiting our spectacular mountains.
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