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Nar Phu Valley Trek

Trip Introduction

Nar Phu Valley Trek

Nar phu valley trek opened to trekkers since 2003 lies in the distant land of Upper Manang. The trek covers remote villages, narrow gorge, dense forests, awe inspiring landscape, deep passes, Yak, Gompas and unseen Himalayan tradition.Rarely visited by trekkers this exotic land serves the unspoiled Tibetan culture and mind blowing alpine beauty.

 

Nar phu valley has the settlement of about 300 people who depend on livestock unlike others and are seemed to be least affected by the sealed borders of Nepal with Tibet.Nar phu valley trek starts from Besi sahar following the famous Annapurna circuit trial leaving this trial at Koto and trekking over the Marshyangdi River the remote path will lead to Nar phu valley in the north of Manang.

 

This recently opened trial has been able to give some hope to the local people whose source of income has been depended upon the livestock. Since Annapurna conservation area project (ACAP) seems to be keenly interested in extend its territory to Nar Phu valley, it is doing immense amount of homework for developing suitable tourism plan.

 

Facts Of Trip

Trip Grade: Moderate

Best Month: March / May ,September / December

Per Day Average  walking : 5  hours

Trek Type: Basic Tea house and  Camping  Trekking

Maximum Elevation: 5,416m

Duration :23 days

Region:  Annapurna Region

The Route: KTM – Besisahar – Nar Phu – Manang – Thorong – La pass – Jomsom - Pokhara

Mode of Travel: Flight and  Ground transportation

 

Detailed Itinerary 

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Arrive into Kathmandu. You will be met by a member of Top of the World Treks and after a 45 minute bus journey to the heart of the city and check into the hotel there is time for a cup of tea, shower and then a chance to see the tourist district of Kathmandu by night as we go for dinner before an early night!

 

 Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu

A day in Kathmandu where we will take you to Swayambhunath which is a Buddhist stupa and Monastery, which is over 2000 years old and one of the oldest in the world. Here is a great chance to see across the valleys, see some monkeys and begin to learn about this fascinating country.The afternoon will be spent getting for the trek and some time to relax and make sure all the kit and packing is complete. Also the first time you can go shopping which in Thamel is an adventure in itself!

 

Day 03 :Kathmandu to Bulbule Trekking time 2-3 hours

We will leave the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu early and drive to Besi Sahar. We follow the Trisuli and Marshyandi Rivers, it is about a five hour drive and enables us to take in the changing scenery as we head to more rural areas. Once at Besi Sahar we will commence our trek and the valley becomes a deep gorge. We continue the narrow trail and then reach a long suspension bridge and then reach a large village called Khuldi. We follow the road until we reach our our first overnight stop at Bhulbhule.

 

Day 04: Bulbule to Jagat Trekking time 5-6 hours

We continue northwards up through the valley crossing many of Nepal famous suspension bridges we are also rewarded with many waterfalls along the way. Along with scenic river views we of course have mountain views and the peak Lamjung (6000m). We will arrive at the village of Bahundanda where we will stop for lunch. We then descend down to the river and then we climb back up the west bank and to the top of the ridge. We cross another suspension bridge and reach the village of Sange.We continue our gradual climb up, sometimes on the road until we reach our home for the night at Jagat. 1300m.

 

Day 05 : Jagat to Dharapani Trekking Time 5-6 hours.

We walk gradually up until to Chamge and will cross a suspension bridge. We then climb steeply for about 2 hours through rhododendron and pine forest. The valley now becomes more deep. We arrive at the borders of Manang district and from here we will enter the Manang district and we arrive at a small village which is the foot of a large waterfall.We continue onto Dharapani where we will spend the night.

 

Day 06:  Dharapani to Koto Trekking Time 4-5 hours.

We leave Dharapani and we climb through the forest to Bagarchhap, this is the first village on the trek with typical Tibetan architecture. The trail is now heading west and we can see the Manaslu ranges and sometimes Annapurna 2. We continue through the forests and we will arrive at Koto (2600m) and our views of the mountains will become perfect.

 

Day 07: Koto to Phu Khola Treeking time 4 to 5 hours

This day is quite a challenging as you have long and difficult walk ahead. Today we will trek for six hours to Dharmasala crossing dense forest and Phu Khola.

 

Day 08: Phu Khola to Kayang Trekking time 6 hours

Today is one of the loveliest day of the whole trek as you pass through the landscape combined with white rocks, low shrubs, Juniper, scattered evergreens and sandy trails. During the whole trekking process we can see mountain vista. Today we will trek up to Kayang via Kharka of Meta, Junam and Chako. We will walk for six hours.

 

Day 09: Kayang to Phu Valley Trekking time 5 to 6 hours

Today we will trek to Phu village. Today’s walk is a downhill climb. Phu valley is known for is unique colorful chorten. The whole trail is scenic. As you enter the Phu village you will see an gate called Pupigyal Kwe which provides first view of three villages of Phu as well as an old Dzong and remainants of two forts which are situated atop the flatlands before Phu.

 

Day 10:Acclimatisation day

Today is the day to explore Phu valley. You can walk up the valley to summer pasture settlement or Kharka at Ngoru which is situated three hours walk from gompa.

 

Day 11: Phu gate to Junam Kharka Trekking time 5 to 6 hours

Get back to the Phu gate and Walk downhill to the river and back to Junam Kharka. We will stay overnight at Junam.

 

Day 12: Junam Kharka to Nar Trekking time 5 to 6 Hours

Today we trek to Nar village via Gyalbu Kumbu and Satte Gompa. We will stay overnight at camp in Nar.

 

Day 13: Acclimaatisation day

Explore the Nar village. In Nar every family have at least one son or daughter in gompa. Stay overnight at camp.

 

Day 14: Nar to Nawal Trekking time 8 to 9 hours

Trek to Ngwal village crossing Kang La pass(5240m). Though the pass is not difficult it may take long time if there is snow on the way. From Kang La pass one can view the spectacular vista of Annapuran II, Gangapurna, Tilicho peak and the airport at Hongde. Stay overnight camping at Ngwal.

 

Day 15:Nawal to Manang Trekking time 4 to 5 hours

Trek for three hours through the bank of Marshyangdi River crossing pine forests, Braga village and terraced slopes to Manang.

 

Day 16: Acclimatisation Day

Today acclimatize at Manang. Don’t stay ideal short trek to higher altitude is suggested to get acclimatized to altitude. Bhojo Gompa or Gangapurna Lake is worth visiting sites for getting acclimatized. The next two day trek will be challenging as well as tiring due to rapid gain of altitude.

 

Day 17: Manang to Yak Kharka Trekking time 4 to 5 hours

Trek to Yak Kharka(4,110m) via village of Tenki, Jarsang Khola and Ghunsa village. The trail pass pastures, scrub of Juniper trees. Little but gradual ascent is the key way of avoiding altitude problems.

 

Day 18: Yak Kharka to Thorong phedi Trekking time 4 to 5 hours

Today we will trek to Thorang Phedi(4,600m). Thorang Phedi is a small settlement cartering the needs of trekkers and climbers. We use this point as base camp. Some people try to put base camp at high camp so that the next day can be easier but we do not recommend this as sleeping is higher altitude can be dangerous.

 

Day 19: Thorong phedi to Muktinath Trekking time 9 to 10 hours

Today we trek up to Muktinath(3,800m). To complete the day’s mission we have to start trekking very early. Today we will reach the climax of Annapurna circuit trek. Today you will be experiencing a thrilling adrenaline rush while crossing a famous high pass Thorang La pass.

 

Day 20: Muktinath to Jomsom Trekking time 5 to 6 hours

Muktinath being holy place for both hidus and Buddhist early in the morning we will visit temple and gompa placed here. After visiting to temple we trek down to Kagbeni via Ranipauwa village and then to Jomsom. Spend overnight at Jomsom.

 

Day 21: Fly to Pokhara

Fly from Jonsom to Pokhara. The rest of the day can be spent in Pokhara resting and enjoying the city.

 

Day 22: Sightseeing in Pokhara

A day to explore the city, we will cross the lake and then climb to the World Peace Stupa where you can enjoy the views. If anyone wants to go Paragliding this can be arranged at your own cost.

 

Day 23: Pokhara to kathmandu

We catch a flight back to Kathmandu and then we will go to the hotel. After this you are free for shopping and dinner.

 

 Day 24: Fly to home.

 

FLIGHT

For the Nar Phu Valley  Regin Treks, you will be flying Fom Pokhara to Jomsom and Jomsom and then at the end of the trek you will need to do the return flight.This flight is very weather dependent and can be delayed or cancelled at short notice if the weather is not suitable for this mountain flight. At Top of the World Treks we will do our best to manage this situation and if your flight is cancelled we will do all we can to get you on the next available flight. It maybe be possible for a helicopter to be charted but this will be at an extra cost and up to the group at the time.  We plan extra days into our itineraries in case this happens but you are also welcome to plan extra days if you wish.

 

IMPORTANT NOTE

Please be aware that your safety while in Nepal is our number one propriety.  All itineraries are subject to change if there are safety concerns, health concerns of people in the group and/or weather concerns.  This will be decided by the trek leader but we will always discuss the options with the group where possible to ensure peoples wises are taken into account, however the Treks leader decision is final.

Cost Includes

We believe that after a day trekking it is important to have the best available accommodation and food. This is why we use only the best lodges and hotels and allow our customers to choose the food they wish to eat from the menu available.

Unlike many other trekking companies our price includes all meals on trek.

 

This price includes the following:

Three nights accommodation in a three star hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast. This will be for the two nights before trek and one night after trek. Two nights in a three star hotel in Pokhara.

All accommodation whilst on trek.

Private Vehicle Kathmandu to Bulbule.

Jomsom – Pokhara  and Pokhara – Kathmandu Round Flight.

All domesticc airport taxes

You are able to choose any food, any tea and coffee from menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Return transport to the beginning and end of the trek to Kathmandu.

Trekking Permits and Nar Phu restricted area permit.

An Annapurna conservation permit is also required for this area.

Trekking leader, guides accommodation and food.

Porter accommodation and wages while on trek.

Trekking Leader, guides and porters insurance.

An English speaking tour guide for Kathmandu sightseeing.

Sightseeing fee and guide fee.

Private transportation in Kathmandu including all airport arrivals and departures. This is also for the sightseeing tours.

All government taxes and service charge.

Medical Supplies (frist aid Kit)

Cost Not Includes

Nepal visa.

International airfare.

Travel and rescue Insurance

Food in Kathmandu.

Extra night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu if arrive early or late departure.

All the hotel accommodation or meals in Kathmandu.( in the case return early from trek due to any reason)

Personal expenses( bar bills, coke, beer, bottle of water, phone call, laundry service etc.

Tips for guide porter.

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    Equipment Check – List

    What clothing and equipment to take is one of the things that people worry the most about!  We can advise you and help you and it does of course depend on the time of year, the area, the altitude and how many days you are trekking/climbing. When you arrive in Kathmandu we will go through all your equipment to ensure that it is correct for your trip. In Thamel (the tourist area of Kathmandu where you will be staying) there is an abundance of shops seeling equipment and clothing so if anything is forgotten it can easily be sourced.It is also possible to hire climbing equipment and also items such as down jackets, and sleeping bags saving you a large purchase.

     

    The following equipment list is suggested and necessary for both camping and tea house  treks. Use this list as a guide line.The basic check list should help you with your packing for any of our trips. Please remember that you  should always try to keep the weight of your clothing equipment down to a minimum. Your packed trek bag,  should weight no more than 15kg. Please remember this is just a check list and you do not necessarily need to bring everything that is listed bellow. 

     

    GENERAL CHECK - LIST

    The following  basic check list should help you with your packing for any of our trips. Please remember that you  should  always try to keep the weight of your clothing equipment down to a minimum. Your packed trek bag,  should weight no more than 15 kilograms. Please remember this is just a check list and you do not necessarily need to bring everything that is listed bellow. Use your own experience and judgment  to make your decision.

    -Light and expedition weight thermal tops.

    -Fleece jacket or pullover.

    -fleece wind –stopper Jacket (optional)

    -Waterproof  sheel jacket (preferably breathable fabric)

    -Lightweight thermal gloves.

    -Underwear (4)

    -Shorts (2)

    -Lightweight cotton long trousers / pants .

    -Light and expedition  weight thermal bottoms.

    -Sun hat or Scarf.

    -Warm fleece hat or light balaclava.

    -T- shirt (2)

    -Thin, light weight (inner socks) (4).

    -Sunglasses with UV protection.

    -Sleeping bag rated to 0 degrees ¾ season

    -Head lamp (eg petzl) Spare bulbs and batteries.

    -Small padlock  to lock trek bag.

    -Basic first aid kit(see First aid medicine bellow)

    -Plastic bags –for keeping items dry inside trek bag.

    -Daypack ( 35 to 40 litters/ 2500 to 3000 cubic inches.)

    -Camping mattress, eg thermarest pad.

    -water bottles.

    -Tolietries.

    -Small wash towel.

    -Footwear appropraite to the trip.

    -Waterproof  shell trousers / pants. (Preferably  berathable fabric)

     

    TREKKING  CHECK LIST

    In addition to the items listed in our general check list you will need to take the following on your trekking trip:

    -Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof sheel  outer.

    -Down vest and/ or jacket (optional).

    -Fleece or wool trousers/ pants.

    -Trekking/ hiking boods with spare laces.

    -Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4)

    - Footwear for around camp, eg running shoes and /or sandals.

    -Gaiters (optional).

    -Telescopic trekking/ ski poles (optional)

     

    MOUNTAINERING / CLIMBING CHECK LIST

    In addition to the checklists for general trekking equipment above, and depending  on the trip you have chosen, various items of mountaineering equipment may also be required, eg:

    -Plastic boots and crampons (preferably step – in bindings ) with front points.

    -Mountaineering  Safety harness.

    -Mountaineering  Ice axe(60 to 75 cms long – depending on your height and personal  preference).

    -120 cms (4ft) climbing sling and to locking and unlocking  caravines.

    -Telescopic ski – sticks (optional).

    -Prussik loops .

    -Climbing helmet (optional).

    -Jumer (Ascender & Descender).

    -Pocket Knife.

    -Head lamp.

    -Mattress.

    -Rope and Snow bars.

    -Ice crew.

    -High altimeter.

     

    Most if not all of this equipment will be needed  for any  trip that  crosses steep, snow – covered  ground, or which includes sections  of glacier travel. Our recommendation that you take no more than fifteen kilos of trekking equipment dose not include your plastic boots, ice axe , Crampons ot herness/ carabiners . During the trek, climbing hard wear will be carried separately from your personal trek bag, in group bags untill needed.

    EQUIPMENT  RENTAL

    In order to minimize your expense outlay for trekking and climbing equipment you may never use  again, equipmeent rental and buying is possible in Kathmandu. You find them lot cheaper  than you find in europe and in Usa. Shops in Thamel offer a wide range of equipment available for rent and buy. Here is some cost which give you an aidea of the cost to rent in Kathmandu.

    -Sleeping bags.

    -Down Jackets.

    -All purpose mountaineering Ice axe (60 – 70 cms)

    -Ice hummer.

    -Climbing Harness .

    -2 looking Carabiners , Climbing Sling.

    -12 – point Crampons.

    -Plastic Climbing boots.

    -Helmet.

    FIRST AID MEDICINE

    -Bandage for Sprains.

    -Plaster/ Band- aids.

    -Iodine or Water filter(optional)

    -Moleskin/ Second skin – for blisters.

    -Antiseptic ointment for cuts.

    -Anti- bacterial throat lozenges (with antiseptic)

    -Aspirin/ paractamol- general painkiller.

    -Oral rehydration salts.

    -Broad – spectrum antibiotic (norfloxacin or ciprofloxin).

    -Anti  - diarrhea medication (antibiotic).

    -Diarrhea stopper (Imodium – optional).

    -Antibiotic for Giardia or similar microbe or bacteria.

    -Diamox  (Altitude sickness – can be  bought in Kathmandu.

    -Sterile Syringe set (anti-AIDS precaution).

    - For more details  please see our  staying healthy  topic.

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