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The trek through the Nar & Phu valleys combines high peaks and passes, glaciers, remote villages,
narrow canyons, lovely forests, amazing rock formations, yaks, gompas and unique ethnically Tibetan
cultures. Closed to trekkers until late 2002, very few outsiders have explored these virtually untouched
villages or climbed the many 7000 meter peaks surrounding them.
Nar Phu Valley trek offers a fascinating landscape and extension to the standard Annapurna Circuit tea
house trek behind the Annapurna Himal. Opened in 2002, this route largely above 3500m explores
narrow valleys towards Tibet. The peoples in these valleys have remained isolated from the Manang
Valley folk for generations.
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 Thorong La Pass and down through lower
Mustang before heading on to Jomsom.
Arrival: Kathmandu, Nepal
Departure from: Kathmandu, Nepal
Meals: All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) during the trek
Trekking Style: Lodge
Activities: Trekking tour
Trip Route: Phu village/Nar village/Thorong La
Trip Length: 26 Days
Accommodation: Hotel / Guest House
Max Elevation: 5416m /17768ft/ Thorong La
Transportation: Air / Tourist Bus / Private car
Best Month: February-May /September-December
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 throughout the drive. After 8-10
hours of scenic drive we reach Jagat via Besishahar.
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. 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.
We begin trek towards Bagarchhap which takes about one hour passing through pine and fir forests. We
continue our trek till Danaque which takes about an hour. The trail is steeply ascending up to Timang
but we can enjoy the good view of Mt. Manaslu and Peak 29 from here. The trail continues through pine
forests till Latamarang which takes about one and half hour. We have to walkt through forests whereby
we have a short glimpse of Annapurna II. Finally we arrive in Koto village.
We trek through the River bank of Soti Khola through wonderful pine forests, streams and suspension
and reach Dharmasala. We continue the trek through forests and ascend steeply towards Meta village.
Finally we arrive on the Tibetan Plateau where we can enjoy a very good view of Annapurna II and
After almost 4 hours of trek through the trail after leaving Meta, we reach Kyang where we can see the
remnants, particularly the ruined forts of the Khampa settlement. We further keep walking past the Phu
Khola on a rocky trail and finally reach the Phu village in another 3 to 4 hours.
We start trekking from Phu Gaon towards our next destination Mahendra Pool, through the beautiful
trail.The trail descends passing many streams and suspension bridges until Mahendra Pul. We pass the
high suspension bridge 80m over the Gorge of Lapche River. On the way to Mahendra Pool we enjoy the
natural beauty, views of Annapurna Himalayas and picturesque views of the villages through thetrail.
After about six hours trek we reach to the Mahendra Pool.
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
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.
Early in the morning after breakfast and head to Kangla pass. From pass we can see the Annapurna
massif. We further trek down to Ngwal from there.
From Ngwal, we head for Manang today. We pass through the isolated village of Paugh overlooking the
amazing views of Annapurna range. Then move gently uphill to Mungli and then to the main trail of
Annapurna Trail at Mungli. Then eventually trek up to Manang.
From Manang village, the trail crosses a stream, climbs to a village of Tenki above Manang, 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.
Thorong Phedi is a small busy settlement catering to the needs of tired trekkers and climbers. Trekkers
use this point as a base camp. Some visitors also attempt a hike to the High Camp.
Crossing the Thorong La Pass at a dizzying height of 5,416m/17,764ft 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.
Descend down the dramatic Kali Gandaki Gorge through the arid land, pass by Jharkot and Khingar
villages which has typical Tibetan architecture. Follow the valley floor most of the way sprawled along
the banks of the Kali Gandaki and finally reach Jomsom.
The scenic flight to Pokhara from Jomsom takes through the gorge of the two huge mountains,
Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. On arrival at Pokhara airport, we will be transferred to lakeside hotel. Get
some rest and explore the beauty of Pokhara Valley in the evening. Walk along the bank of Fewa Lake,
the second biggest lake of Nepal, admiring the mountain view of Machhapuchhare. You can also go for a
boat-ride in Fewa Lake or take a short hike to the World Peace Pagoda.
Drive back to Kathmandu from Pokhara and transferred your hotel as per request.
Our journey in Nepal comes to an end today! Onwards your journey or alternatively join other program.