Nar Phu Valley trek is a fantastic journey in a wild and unexplored area located north of Annapurna. . A rough and wild trek was opened to visitors just in 2003 AD. The valley landscapes are arid and dry with colorful rock formations having many cave dwellings high up in the cliffs. This trek is perfect for travelers who want to discover the Annapurna circuit as well as explore an untouched valley in Annapurna region. The undisturbed Tibetan cultured inhabitants, who roughly comprises of about 350 Nepalese Tibetans, have retained their age old practices. Most of them are engaged in yak herding and farming.
Further the trek offers fantastic views of the Annapurna massif, Lamjung Himal, Machhapuchhre Himal, Manaslu Himal, Dhawalagiri range and Tilicho peak. It is sure that you’ll get ‘just the mountains, nature & us’ experience.
NOTE : From Nar village you can continue trek to Dharmasala, cross Teri La pass (5595m) and Trek to Lo Manthang (Upper Mustang). This route is possible only with Camping equipment. Click the program for details : Nar Phu Teri La Mustang Trek 28 Days.
Narphu Valley with Thorong la pass – 20 days
Day 01- Arrival in Kathmandu
Welcome to Nepal! Ramdung Expedition representative will meet you at the airport and bring you to your hotel in Kathmandu. You can take a rest or if you are arriving earlier, can visit around the city. In the evening we will hold a briefing session regarding your trip and get to know your Nepali trekking companion. We’ll be happy to answer any question you may have. O/N Hotel.
Day 02- Sightseeing trip / Trek preparation
Kathmandu valley is has fantastic UNESCO world heritages all around. Today after the breakfast, you’ll be visiting Boudhanath Stupa (the largest Buddhist shrines in the world), Pashupatinath (the holiest Hindu temple in the world), Durbar Squares (Palaces and fortresses of medieval Kings). The lifestyle of the Nepalese people, holy sadhus and monks, the fascinating history and the awe-inspiring architecture will be the highlight of this day. You can also buy or rent any needed gear or clothing from trekking/mountaineering shops. O/N Hotel (B)
Day 03 - Drive Kathmandu to Besisahar to Jagat (3608m). 8-9 hrs
After morning breakfast, our staff will come at your hotel to pick you up. We drive around 7 hrs to reach Besisahar, a famous point for starting all the Annapurna area trek. Then further drive till Jagat where we stay there for over nigh. O/N Lodge (BLD)
Day 04 – Jagat to Dharapani (1960m). 7 hrs
We start walking and continue to follow the lush forest and Marsyangdi River through a narrow valley before we enter the Manang district via Chamjye and Tal village. We pass by waterfalls and beehives and walk through traditional Gurung villages. We will be treated to spectacular views of Lamjung Himal before we reach Dharapani and our teahouse for the night. O/N Lodge (BLD)
Day 05 – Dharapani to Koto (2610m). 5-6 hrs
A difficult trek today, up and over two hills, through apple orchards and Manangi villages. Manaslu, Himalchuli, Lamjung Himal and Annapurna II are amongst some of the magical mountains on view today. O/N Teahouse (BLD)
Day 06 – Koto to Meta (3560m). 7hrs
In the morning, our permit are checked and registered at Police check post of Koto. We trek through a thick pine and rhododendron forest, following the Naar Khola River brings us to Meta. We will not see any lodges or teahouses until we get to Meta so we will bring a packed lunch with us from Koto. O/N Teahouse (BLD)
Day 07 – Meta to Phu Gaon (4250m). 7hrs
We follow the Phu Khola, through an almost desert valley, enjoying stunning views of Kangaroo Mountain, Pokharkan and Amotsang Himal. It is a gradual incline today, not too difficult. The first migrants from Tibet settled in Phu Gaon nearly 200 years ago. O/N Teahouse (BLD)
Day 08 - Acclimatization and exploration day.
We will stay an extra day here to acclimatize to the increasing elevation. We can wonder around the town, talk to the local people and visit the ancient monastery that was built by the first Tibetan migrants. O/N teahouse (BLD)
Day 09 – Phu gaon to Naar (4110m). 7hrs
We again take a packed lunch, as there will be no lodges or restaurants along the way today. We descend to Mahayandra Pool. The old King of Nepal once visited here and financed the bridge you will see crossing the River Naar Khola. We then take a steep descent all the way to Naar where we will stay at Night. O/N Teahouse (BLD)
Day 10 - Acclimatization and exploration day.
We will see amazing panoramic views from here of Pisang Peak, Kangaroo, Pokharkan and Amodsang Himal as we relax for the day before some more strenuous trekking in the. We can take a short 2 hour hike to help us acclimatize and for some more pleasant mountain vistas. O/N Teahouse (BLD)
Day 11 - Naar to Kangla Pass (5322m) to Ngwal (3660m). 8hrs
A challenging day ahead, we need to leave Ngwal by 4 am to be able to conquer today’s difficult trek. A gradual incline for 2 hours before we will need to scramble up a steep, rocky track. You will not be disappointed when you reach the top and all your efforts will be worth it, you will be awestruck by a mountain paradise. 360 degree, panoramic views of these snow-capped, majestic mountains await you. We then descend down a very steep track Ngwal. O/N Teahouse (BLD)
Day 12 - Ngwal to Manang (3540m). 4hrs
A well deserved and welcomed easy trekking route today, through the pine forest and local Manang and Gurung villages. Manang is one of the main villages in the area and is the home to a very beautiful monastery. We stay the night in a local teahouse. The level of accommodation now improves and probably seems quite luxurious compared to the teahouses of the previous nights in the more remote regions. O/N Tea house (BLD)
Day 13 - Manang to Yak Kharka. (4110m). 4hrs
Our todays journey is till Yak Kharka, meaning yak grazing area with lots of vegetation. Our trail ascends steep 500m through Tenki of Manang exiting Marsyangdi valley. We continue along with Jarshang Khola valley reaching Yak Kharka. O/N Teahouse (BLD)
Day 14 – Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4450m). 3.5 hrs
We climb for two hours climb then descending to cross the river. Then again gain altitude with uphill until reaching Thorong Phedi. We rest then here well so that we could start early in the morning tomorrow to cross Thorung la pass. O/N Teahouse (BLD)
Day 15- Thorong Phedi to Thorung la (5416m) to Muktinath (3800m). 6.5 hrs
The journey from Phedi “foot of the hill” or at the foot to the 5416m Thorung La pass, begins the day. We then make the climb steeply that is regularly used and easy to follow. However, the problem may arise due to the altitude and snow. It often causes terrible problem to cross the pass if it is covered by snow. About four hours climb up to the pass marked by the chortens & prayer flags. As you reach the top, you are rewarded by the magnificent view from the top. You can wonder around this holy village (Muktinath) where many pilgrims flock each year. You will see them visiting the temple where a Brahaman and a monk live together offering blessing and tikkas to the visiting pilgrims. You can also see pilgrims bathing in the 108 holy water taps. O/N Lodge (BLD)
Day 16 – Trek to Jomsom (2720m) 3hrs
Our descent continues following the Kali Gandaki River where we may find fossils, many pilgrims take these fossils to keep in their own Lord Shiva temples back at home. O/N Lodge (BLD)
Day 17 : Fly Jomsom to Pokhara.
Today 30 minute morning flight takes us from Jomsom back to Pokhara. Once we arrive at Pokhara airport, we drive and check in hotel. It is all up to you visiting different places around Pokhara valley such as Fewa Lake, Devi’s water fall, Museum, Tibetan refugee settlement, Gupteshower cave and many more places as per the choice. O/N Hotel (B)
Day 18 – Drive Pokhara to Kathamndu
It takes 7hrs long drive along Trisuli river and various settlements to get back to Kathmandu. You can spend time resting/buying souvenirs back to home. In the evening, we will host farewell dinner in traditional restaurant with cultural dance performances in celebration of your amazing trip. O/N Hotel (BD)
Day 19 – Contingency or rest day in Kathmandu
You can spend time resting/buying souvenirs back to home or visiting places around Kathmandu O/N Hotel (B)
Day 20 - Trip ends. Farewell and departure
The journey in the mountains of Nepal comes to an end today ! At last approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight, a representative from Ramdung Expedition will drop you to the airport. (B)
Normally, we use following 3 star standard hotels in Kathmandu depending on availability in our trekking package.
Hotel Manang. Located in touristic hub, Thamel. www.hotelmanang.com
Hotel Utse. Located in touristic hub, Thamel. www.utsehotel.com
Hotel Manaslu. Located in Lazimpat near to Thamel area. www.hotelmanaslu.com
while on trek, the lodges are fairly basic but perfectly adequate for the mountain type service. Two people will be accommodated in each room mostly in twin beds with foam mattresses. If you prefer private accommodation, you can choose “single supplement” option. It is important to consider that some places in the trek do not have sufficient lodges and rooms; in this case you’ll have to share room. Some lodges now have showers (charged at $3-$5).
FLIGHT DELAYS IN POKHARA-JOMSOM
Flight between Pokhara and Jomsom is generally reliable. Being Short Take-Off & Landing (STOL) mountain airstrips, flight is dependent on the weather. Delays often happen if there is poor visibility or high winds. In case of bad weather, flight is cancelled often and to avoid missing international flights, we recommend 2-3 days extra at end of your trip.
If you have to wait in Pokhara or Jomsom due to flight delays, the cost for your overnight accommodation is not included so you will have to pay extra for this. Alternatively, we can take jeep from Jomsom to Pokhara arriving in same day but prepare for bumpy ride. In this case, the cost will be included.
it is mandatory to have travel insurance for the trekking and please submit us photocopy before departure to mountain. Standard policies often only cover medical evacuation to 4000m so make sure it covers up to 6000m.
You are expect to trek about 5-7 hours covering distance of 10-15 kilometer daily depending on trial conditions and state of the weather. You’ll be traveling through wilderness, remote countryside and high elevations. Trekking with a guide is not only safer but also for more enjoyable experience. Our guides and porters are expert in Himalayan treks and have more than one decades of experience in average.
It is recommended that you prepare for trek with suitable training such as climbing hills/stairs, jogging, exercise and gym to improve your stamina few months prior to trek. The trek will be more enjoyable if you are fit.
MEALS AND DRINKS
There are plenty of excellent restaurants to serve food and drinks in Kathmandu such as Rum doodles, Fire & ice, La Dolce Vita, Ktoo Steak House, Everest Steak, New Orleans, Gaia etc. Breakfast is provided at your hotel every morning. It will cost $ 3-7 per meal depending on meals item chosen and restaurant.
While on trek, the lodges or teahouse provide good quality food in sufficient quantities. Meals whilst on trek are included in the package which is breakfast, lunch, dinner and hot drinks. You can choose your meal from hotel menus. Meals in lodges are varied ranging from traditional Nepalese daal bhaat to pizza, apple pie, steak, pasta and so on.
It is safer to drink bottled, boiled and filtered water. A reasonable variety of both hard and soft drinks are available in cities and while on trek. You can purify your own water if you carry a canteen or water bottle and iodine drops or tablets.
Spring starts from March until May where temperature fluctuated between 20°c to 30°c. From June to August is summer season which is also time of monsoon with occasional thunderstorms and hot temperatures. From late September to end November is autumn and is best for trekking activities. Winter is from late November to February.
The trek will have a wide range of temperatures depending on the elevation and time of the particular day. In the mountains between 1000m-3500m, the night generally will be cool around 5°C and during the day temperatures every so often rise to 20°c. At the higher altitudes, temperatures range from 15° to -15°c.
Tips is not mandatory but generally after hard work something extra is expected. We recommend a tip for guide and porter as at least $70 (more will be appreciated).
CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT LIST
The following are what we recommend to bring as clothing and equipment needed for the trek. Trekking gear can be rented or purchased in Kathmandu at cheaper price; we can assist you with necessary arrangement. Except for your day pack, your luggage will be carried by porters. You’ll have strong and hospitable porter for two people. The weight limit for trek is 10-13kg per person. One porter can carry 20-25kg weight. Before the trek, you can store all your excess baggage in Kathmandu at hotel or at our office and take only which is required for the trek.
Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
Sun Hat or scarf
Cotton tees or thermals
Gloves for hand
Lightweight cotton pants (long)
Thin inner socks
Thick, warm wool hiking socks
Comfortable Trekking boots
Sleeping bag rated to -20
Trekking bag or duffel bag
Large plastic bags (keeping items dry inside trek bag)
Trekking poles (recommended, optional)
Lonely Planet Nepal: A guide book of Nepal.
Annapurna: A book by Reinhold Messner about his expedition experience in the dead zone of Annapurna.
Trekking in Nepal: Written by Stephen Bezruchka is an nice book for all treks with and bibliography of additional books.
Trekking and climbing in Nepal: Written by Steve Razzetti, this book gives comprehensive knowledge of major trekking trails and climbing peaks.
Nepal Handbook: By Kerry Morgan. Recommended specially for Kathmandu Valley sightseeing’s.
Trekking in the Nepal Himalaya: By Stan Armungton. This book has detailed trek descriptions including restricted areas of Mustang, Manaslu, Dolpo and kailash.
Into Thin Air: By Jon Krakaur. A personal account of the Mount Everest disaster.
Travelers Tales: Edited by Rajendra Khadka, Traveler’s Tales, and San Francisco.
Mustang: A lost kingdom by Michel Peissel.