Trip Introduction

A fantastic journey to the wild and unexplored vicinity located north of Annapurna, this rugged and wild trek takes us to the exotic and enthralling valley of Nar Phu. Nar Phu Valley trek starts from Jagat following the popular trekking routes of Annapurna Circuit trail and then branch off from Koto to follow the off the beaten track to Nar Phu valley in the north of Manang and pass the Kang La pass with magnificent panorama of Annapurna massifs. The Kang La pass links Nar with Manang and three other Bhotia villages in the Neyshang valley. The valley system above opens up to a huge expanse of high snow-peaks, ancient villages and high altitude grazing settlements. Trekking to this hidden mountain valley offers medieval Tibetan culture in undisturbed form, dramatic mountains view and great alpine sceneries. We then head west over the Throng La Pass and down through lower Mustang before heading on to Jomsom. We finally fly back to Pokhara and drive back to Kathmandu next day.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300 mtrs). Transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation.
Day 03: Kathmandu to Jagat Drive (1100 mtrs): 8-9 hours.
Day 04: Jagat to Dharapani (1,960 mtrs): 7-8 hours journey.
Day 05: Dharapani to Koto (2,610 mtrs): 5-6 hours journey.
Day 06: Koto to Meta (3,560 mtrs): 7-8 hours journey.
Day 07: Meta to Phu Gaon (4,250 mtrs): 7-8 hours journey.
Day 08: Acclimatisation at Phu Gaon.
Day 09: Phu Gaon to Nar (4,110 mtrs): 6-7 hours journey.
Day 10: Acclimatization and preparation at Nar.
Day 11: Nar to Kang La Pass (5,322 mtrs) to Ngwal (3,660 mtrs): 7-8 hours journey.
Day 12: Ngwal to Manang (3,540 mtrs): 4-5 hours journey.
Day 13: Manang to Yak Kharka (4,110 mtrs): 3-4 hours journey.
Day 14: Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,600 mtrs): 3-4 hours.
Day 15: Thorong Phedi to Thorong La (5,416 mtrs) to Muktinath (3,800 mtrs): 7-8 hours.
Day 16: Muktinath to Jomsom (2,715 mtrs): 5-6 hours.
Day 17: Jomsom to Pokhara Flight (827 mtrs): 20 min flight.
Day 18: Pokhara to Kathmandu (1,300 mtrs ):  About 6 hours drive.
Day 19: Final departure from Nepal

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300 mtrs)

Upon on arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, we will be greeted by a representative from our Company who will take you to hotel. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

Today after breakfast we start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu which are also listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites. We visit the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambhunath) and Buddhist shrine (Bouddhanath), which is also one of the largest stupas in the world. At noon, we get our equipment checked by our climbing leader, get introduced to fellow participants, and discuss our trip Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 03: Kathmandu to Jagat Drive (1100 mtrs ): 8-9 hours journey.

We begin our journey at early dawn as we have a long drive ahead of us. We head-start right after breakfast and leave Kathmandu around 7 am in the morning. We see picturesque views of Nepali countryside, lush greeneries, rivers, villages, farms and mountain vistas en route throughout the drive. After 8-10 hours of drive we reach Jagat via Besishahar. Drive up to Besishahar will most likely be smooth owing to black-topped roads whereas after Besishahar, the roads get dusty and coarse but the scenic view from our windowpane is more than compensating for the bumpy ride. Overnight in Jagat.

Day 04: Jagat to Dharapani (1,960 mtrs): 7-8 hours Journey.

After breakfast, we slowly begin our trek today. The trail from Jagat descends until it reaches the river and then continues through a lush forest. Further ascent leads to sharp-edged cliff facing the riverbank. En route, Chyamje comes into picture amidst the glorious backdrop of towering Annapurna mountain ranges. After crossing a suspension bridge, we climb steeply towards the slippery and physically challenging path to Sattale. On treading along a succession of rock-strewn trails, we descend to a grassy riverbank that leads to Tal. As we walk away from Tal, the path becomes rugged and winding. Then we approach steep forested village of Karte. Meandering along the waterfalls and cliffs, we finally reach Dharapani after crossing a suspension bridge. Overnight in Dharapani.

Day 05: Dharapani to Koto (2,610 mtrs): 5-6 hours journey.

We begin our trek in the morning towards Bagarchhap which takes about one hour passing through pine and fir forests. We can visit the white washed monastery in this village. Then we continue our trek till Danaque which takes about an hour. The trail is steeply ascending up to Timang. We have a good view of Mt. Manaslu and Peak 29 from here. Now the trail continues through pine forests again till Latamarang which takes about one and half hour. We break for lunch here and again resume through forests whereby we have a short glimpse of Annapurna II. Finally we arrive in Koto village. Overnight in Koto.

Day 06: Koto to Meta (3,560 mtrs): 7-8 hours journey.

In the morning, we register our restricted area permit at the Police Check Post. Then we trek through the River bank of Soti Khola again through wonderful pine forests, streams and suspension and reach Dharmasala. We have our packed lunch on the way. We then continue the trek through forests and ascend steeply towards Meta village. Finally we arrive on the Tibetan Plateau where we have a very good view of Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal. Overnight in Meta.

Day 07: Meta to Phu Gaon (4,250 mtrs): 7-8 hours journey.

We start our day traversing up and down and crossing suspension bridges over different streams. After almost 4 hours of trek we reach Kyang where we can see the remnants, particularly the ruined forts of the Khampa settlement (the place which Khampa refugees from Tibet once captured and lived). We further keep walking past the Phu Khola on a rocky trail and finally reach the Phu village in another 3 to 4 hours. Overnight in Phu Gawn.

Day 08: Acclimatization at Phu Gaon.

Today is the scheduled acclimatization day whereby we are suggested to rest and get acclimatized with the altitude. As we are in the Lost/Hidden Valley, we can explore the culture, natural diversity, and religious practices of the ethnic groups like Lama, Gurung and Ghale in here. Besides this, we can trace out how people make their survival depending on agriculture, animal breeding and seasonal migrations in such remote location or in the hidden valley. It is also the day for us to explore the Tashi Lakhang Monastery  the old Buddhist Monastery listed out of the 108 world’s great Buddhist Monasteries. it is supposed to be the last monastery constructed by Karmapa Rinpoche. Apart from exploring the cultural avenues of the lost valley, the valley also offers us a great view of Himlung Himal and other snow peaks in the region. Overnight at Phu Gawn.

Day 09: Phu Gaon to Nar (4,110 mtrs): 6-7 hours journey.

The trail descends passing many streams and suspension bridges until Mahendra Pul which takes about 4 hours. We pass the high suspension bridge 80 mtrs over the George of Lapche River. We have lunch in Mahendra Pul. After lunch, the trail steeply ascends passing many Buddhist stupas until Nar Village which takes about 2 hours. We find several Buddhist Monasteries here to visit coupled with the glorious vistas of Pisang Peak and other small peaks. Overnight in Nar.

Day 10: Acclimatization and preparation at Nar.

This is the second scheduled acclimatization/rest day for this trek. We spend the day taking a day hike nearby and explore Nar village and have a close look over the local culture and lifestyle. We also prepare for the trek next day. Overnight in Nar.

Day 11: Nar to Kang La Pass (5,322 mtrs) to Ngwal (3,660 mtrs): 7-8 hours journey.

Today is adventurous day with long day hike so we get up early in the morning and head to Kangla pass. From pass we can see the Annapurna massif. We further trek down to Ngwal from there. Overnight in Ngwal.

Day 12: Ngwal to Manang (3,540 mtrs ): 4-5 hours journey.

From Ngwal, we head for Manang today. We pass through the isolated village of Paugh overlooking the amazing views of Annapurna range. We then move gently uphill to Mungli and then to the main trail of Annapurna Trail at Mungli. We eventually reach Manang, where we set up our camps for overnight stay. Overnight in Manang.

Day 13: Manang to Yak Kharka (4,110 mtrs): 3-4 hours journey.

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 further 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. Overnight at Yak Kharka.

Day 14: Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,600 mtrs): 3-4 hours journey.

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. Trekkers like us use this point as a base camp. Some visitors also attempt a hike to the High Camp today so that the next day can be easier for them. But, we does not advise this. Although we will have a tough day tomorrow, we stop at Thorong Phedi so that we can have sound sleep in lower altitude rather than risking sleeping in a higher altitude at High Camp. Overnight at Thorong Phedi.

Day 15: Thorong Phedi to Thorong La (5,416 mtrs) to Muktinath (3,800 mtrs): 7-8 hours

Crossing the arduous Thorong La Pass at a dizzying height of 5,416 mtrs is another highlight of this trek. An early start is important to go through the icy high-altitude trail. But the picturesque mountain vistas are more than compensates the strenuous walk through the grueling trail. We reach Muktinath by sunset which is an important pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhist. We can stroll around the area which hosts a Vishnu temple and a Monastery nearby. Overnight at Muktinath.

Day 16: Muktinath to Jomsom (2,715 mtrs): 5-6 hours journey.

We begin descending down the dramatic Kali Gandaki George through the arid land. We pass by Jharkot and Khingar villages which has typical Tibetan architecture. Following the valley floor most of the way sprawled along the banks of the Kali Gandaki, we reach Jomsom. Overnight in Jomsom.

Day 17: Jomsom to Pokhara Flight (827 mtrs): 25 min flight.

After breakfast we fly to Pokhara. The scenic flight takes us through the george of the two huge mountains, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. On arrival at Pokhara airport, we will be transferred to hotel in Lakeside. We get some rest and explore the beauty of Pokhara Valley in the evening. While we leisurely walk along the bank of Fewa Lake, the second biggest lake of Nepal while admiring the mountain view of Machhapuchhare. We can also go for a boat-ride in Fewa Lake or take a short hike to the World Peace Pagoda. We can end the day with a leisurely stroll around the mesmerizing lakeside area.Overnight in Pokhara.

Day 18: Pokhara to Kathmandu (1,300 mtrs): 5-6 hours drive distance.

Today, after breakfast, we drive back to Kathmandu. After reaching Kathmandu, we will be transferred to our hotel. There is nothing to do but trade emails with travel companions and organize our photos. We can spend the evening leisurely or perhaps catch up on some last minute shopping. Either way, we celebrate the successful completion of our journey with a farewell dinner in the evening. Overnight at Kathmandu.

Day 19: Final departure from Nepal

Our journey in Nepal comes to an end today! Our representative will escort you to the airport approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight. On your way home, You will have plenty of time to plan our next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.

Important Note

Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with us. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

Included in Package

  • Airport pickups and drop by private vehicle.
  • 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast.
  • Tea-house accommodation during the trek.
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
  • Farewell dinner.
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary.
  • Domestic flight (Jomsom-Pokhara).
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
  • Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary.
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation.
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • All government and local taxes.

Exclude in the Package

  • Nepalese visa fee .
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain due to any reason other than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Int’l flights tickets.
  • Travel insurance and if any emergency  rescue.
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Tips for guide, porters and drivers.

Accommodations

We will be staying at 3 star Category Hotel in Kathmandu and in Pokhara. While trekking, we will be accommodated in the best available guest houses. All accommodations are on twin-shared basis.

Meals

Breakfast will be served in Kathmandu and Pokhara whereas all meals will be served during the trek. While on the trek, breakfast will be taken in the same place we stay for the night. Similar arrangements can also be made for dinner. Lunch will be taken en route to the next destinations.

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