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Nar Phu Valley and Thorong La Pass Trek – 21 days

  • Nar Phu Valley and Thorong La Pass Trek – 21 days
  • Nar Phu Valley and Thorong La Pass Trek – 21 days
  • Nar Phu Valley and Thorong La Pass Trek – 21 days
  • Nar Phu Valley and Thorong La Pass Trek – 21 days
  • Nar Phu Valley and Thorong La Pass Trek – 21 days
  • Nar Phu Valley and Thorong La Pass Trek – 21 days
  • Nar Phu Valley and Thorong La Pass Trek – 21 days
  • Nar Phu Valley and Thorong La Pass Trek – 21 days
  • Nar Phu Valley and Thorong La Pass Trek – 21 days
  • Nar Phu Valley and Thorong La Pass Trek – 21 days
  • Nar Phu Valley and Thorong La Pass Trek – 21 days
  • Nar Phu Valley and Thorong La Pass Trek – 21 days
  • Nar Phu Valley and Thorong La Pass Trek – 21 days
  • Nar Phu Valley and Thorong La Pass Trek – 21 days
after kangla pass 5320 m

Annapurna’s two of the secluded villages of Nar Phu with a combined trek to one of the highest pass in the world Thorang la (5416 m) is once in a lifetime experience.

  • Trip Highlights

    • Annapurna's quieter trails to the ancient village of Nar, Phu
    • Visit one of the highest lake in the world Tilicho (4920m)
    • Cross Thorong La one of the highest pass in the world (5416m)
    • Explore unique Tibetan culture , colorful monasteries and its famous Gompas
    • Savour uninterrupted views ofAnnapurna II, Himlung Himal, Gangapurna, and Tilicho Peak
    • Magnificient mountains views across to Mustang and Western Tibet
    • Muktinath a holy pilgrimage site for both Buddhist and Hindu

    Nar Phu are two  villages in the north east corner of Manang are two villages that has special features that enthusiastic travelers love to visit in their life time. Both villages were very much secluded until the end of last century. These areas still remained controlled for foreign visitors.

    The valley is surrounded by Peri Himalaya to the north, Gangla and Gangru Himal to the east and Damodar Himal to the west. The villages are situated at an altitude of 3820 meters. Being nestled inside the valley it is less windy but the lands are dry. Perhaps late Prof. David Snellgrove, a renowned Tibetologist, is the first westerner to have visited these villages in his Himalayan Pilgrimage. Their spoken dialect is different from Manang and Tibetan. Most of the houses are two-story with an entrance from the top. There are three Buddhist monasteries. Phu is located at the upper end of the valley. As in high mountain area, people of the Nar Phu descends to warm region from December to February. People of Nar have a closer relationship with Manang. Unlike people from Manang, they do not trade widely, rather concentrate on nearby areas in the south. The Gurungs of Lamjung use the lamas of Nar Phu as they believe they are expert therefore they have great influence.

    The villages were lost around 1960 at the advent of Khampas (Tibetan warrior) until 1975. Khampas made their actual presence from 1964 and lasted until they were driven out of Nepal entirely. They waged an insurgency operation in Tibet after Dalai Lama escaped to India. The valley was opened to foreigners with a special permit in 1985. Since then the lost village was opened to the outside world. The Khampas were powerful than the local so they dominated the villages. Actually, the valley was a secure place for them. Though it is in close proximity to Lamjung in the south yet for central administration it is beyond their outlook post. In many aspects, Manang dominated every aspect of Nar Phu through at a later stage Lamjung exerted their influence as people of Nar Phu detested superiority exhibited by Manang. That is also one reason for the oblivion condition that isolated them from the rest and deprived them of the development benefits happening around them. They have not been able to get out of the social clutch and the valley that surrounded them.

    The valley is also approachable from North West from Mustang through the high pass at Thorila (5529m) and Saribung La. These are not regular route used by the people of Nar & Phu. However, climbers liked to cross this pass after climbing the Saribung peak (6327m). Most trekkers visiting Nar Phu liked to cross Kang la (5306m) to reach Manang via Humde (airport) and Braga on the other side of the valley. Other interesting places in this region visit Tilicho Lake (4920m) and climb trekking peaks like Chulu West, Chulu East and Chulu Central. Pisang peak (6091), a training peak of the Nepal Mountaineering Association, is also very popular.

  • Day 01. Arrive Kathmandu, transfer to Hotel. In Kathmadu
    Our representative will receive you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel
    Day 02. In Kathmandu, free day to explore Kathmandu own.

    A sightseeing tour can be organized on your request. Last minute final preparation for trek. Evening there will be a trek briefing. Click here for detail information on where to visit in Kathmandu Valley

    Day 03. Drive to Syange via Besisahar , overnight in Syange - 10 hr

    Dumre on the Kathmandu-Pokhara highway can be reached by bus in 5 hours. During the dry season, land rover and jeep run on the 42 km. Stretch from Durmre to Besisahar, the head quarters of Lamjung District. There are good views of Lamjung Himal on the left and Himalchuli to the right. The drive will take about 2 hours.

    Day 04. Trek to Tal (1646m) - (6 -7 hr) walk

    The trail which is a good one climbs gently towards the village of Khudi on the Marsyangdi river. Opposite Khudi (on the west bank of the river) where the Khudi Khola enter the main river the Marsyangdi swings north, the trail rises high above the river and round the corner revealing further views of Himalchuli and Ngadi Chuli (Peak 29) now very near and rising massively more than 6,700m. Continue up the east bank of the river, crossing Ngadi Khola bridge after 1.5 hours. Climb to Bahundanda ridge (1,310m) in about 2 hours. Descend towards river once again and reach vicinity of bridge at Syange after another 2.5 hrs. Total about 6 hours. Syange is the northern limit of rice cultivation in Marsyangdi valley.

    Day 05. Trek to Bagarchap(2640m) - (6 - 7 hr) walk

    The trail from Tal starts gradually along the right side of the river with some ups and downs. The path is very obvious, marked frequently with the red and white stripe, and takes you through many small villages along the way.

    Day 06. Trek to Koto (m) - (6 -7 hr) walk

    Today is a fairly long day. You will cross a river leading to the Nar Phu valley which makes a beautiful walk through above the Phu Khola (river). The trail passes through a canyon and wide fall before reaching your camp site.

    Day 07: Trek to Meta (m)- ( 7 hr walk) local home stay

    The trek passes through the forest and reaches the Nar River. Then we can see a few caves and pilgrimages. The trail is also rocky and offers beautiful views of Lamjung Himal.

    Day 08: Trek to Kyang

    A steep climb up the valley along a small river brings you to high pastures on a 3,200m plateau. You pass by the scenic kharka of Meta, 3560m, a non-permanent winter settlement of Nar, where you are likely to share the trail with a few yaks! This morning is one of the loveliest walks in the Himalayas. . The mountains around you are clearly visible an hour past Meta, Junam is the second semi-permanent settlement. The next settlement is Chako, formerly a Khampa settlement, where grass lies tied in bunches to dry on all the rooftops and prayer flags flutter in the breeze. Stay overnight at camp in Kyang.

    Day 09: Trek to Phu Village -(4080 m) local home stay

    The trail drops to the river, you trek for a while along the river bank and past the “submarine” rock, passing some small possible campsites along the way. You have to walk carefully across a small glacial stream beforenother hour and a half of trekking through scenic canyon lands and gorges, the steep trail up to the Phu gate, called Pupigyal Kwe. You will set up camp on the lower reaches of Phu, formerly called Gomdzong, and head up to the famous Tashi Lhakhang Gompa on a neighboring hillside to pay your respect to Lama Karma Sonam.

    Day 10: Free day to explore Phu Gaon - Tented Camp or local home stay

    We stay at Phu Gaon, which is a small and beautiful village. It is a rest day and so we do some sightseeing. We can see beautiful mountains and old monasteries.

    Day 11: Trek to Nar phedi - Tented Camp or local home stay or local home stay

    This day you trek down the old bridge spanning a deep, contoured and narrow gorge and all the way back up again. The scenery is stunning. Below you sits Gyalbu Kumbu, built-in 1650, and Satte Gompa both empty. You finally reach the Nar gates at the top of the hill and pass by yet another line of wonderfully painted, bamboo topped chortens and a large tiered chorten.

    Day 12: Trek to Ngawal - Tented Camp or local home stay

    The trail out of Nawal village descends steadily down on the dusty slope with the great views of the Manang valley and Hungde airport. We are soon on relatively level terrain with trees and bushes. We pass the village of Munji and eventually reach the village of Braga, from here Manang is just 1.5 km ahead. Manang offers fascinating mountain views of the Annapurna range. The doctors of Himalaya Rescue Association provides talks on mountain sickness at 3 pm every day for trekkers.

    Day 13: Manang (3360m)- Lodge/Guest House

    This day you walk through a levelled path along the bank of the Marshyangdi River to reach Manang. On the way, you pass pine forests, villages such as Braga and farming terraces. You can enjoy the views of the Annapurna range, Tilicho Mountain and beautiful landscapes. Manang is a small town.

    Day 14: Trek to Ledar (4230m)-Lodge/Guest House

    Short day on this high altitude treks. Passing through Yak Kharka and Churi Ledar. A side trip up the steam following down from the West Chulu peak can be done if time permits.

    Day 15: Thorang Phedi (4450m)-Lodge/Guest House

    The trail turns northwest up the tributary valley of the Jargeng Khola. It is sometimes possible to see herds of blue mountain sheep along the cliffs. Cross a covered cantilevered bridge and ascend to Phedi.

    Day 16: Cross Thorang pass (5335m) and trek to Muktinath (3760m)-Lodge/Guest House

    Today you will wake up early at 4 am – after some hot tea coffee and breakfast you will start to ascent the pass. It takes roughly 3-4 hrs to reach the crossover point. You will find a small tea shop. Then descent on the steep and rough path, with views of worlds 7th highest Mt. Dhaulagiri 8,167 m, finally this long descend reaches at the sacred village of Muktinath temple, during auspicious time according to Hindu & Buddhist calendar this place is full and busy with pilgrims from Nepal and India.

    Day 17: Jomsom (2750m)-Lodge/Guest House

    The journey carries on with a 1200 m of descent to the Kaligandaki river valley floor, with a brief stop at Ekale Bhatti meaning a lonely teahouse, at present, it’s a small settlement with 3-4 tea-houses. In the afternoon the valley gets windy, the walk follows the gentle trail for another two hours till the large town of Jomsom is reached.

    Day 18: Pokhara(2550m)-Lodge/Guest House
    Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara which takes about 25 minutes. Stay overnight at a hotel in Pokhara.
    Day 19: In Pokhara.
    Free day in Pokhara. A day to relax or go for boating in the Phewa Lake.
    Day 20: Fly to Kathmandu
    Take a scenic 35 mins flight to Kathmandu. Arrive Kathmandu and transfer to hotel. Free day.
    Day 21: Depart Kathmandu
    Transfer to airport and fly home.
    Other related information

    The schedule stops as shown in the itinerary are a guideline only. It may change dues to logistic reason and other condition like weather, etc which are beyond our control. There are several flights throughout the day between Kathmandu and Pokhara and few flights from Pokhara to Jomsom. The flight may be delayed due to weather and technical condition, especially in winter and monsoon time. In winter the thick fog in Kathmandu airport in the morning may delay a subsequent flight. Trek to Annapurna is a popular trek. There are several good quality lodge accommodation on the trail. Many lodges provide hot shower by using solar panels.

    Caution: In winter and early spring the section near Hinko can be dangerous due to avalanches from Hiunchuli and Annapurna South which are above but can not be seen. The avalanche can come crashing into the valley with unbelieving speed. Extra precaution at this point can avert the possible danger.

  • Cost-Private Trip: Net per person in US Dollar

    • 2 pax US$2380
    • 3-5 pax US$2195
    • 6-9 pax US$2020
    • 10+ pax US$1935
    • SGL Supp:US$120

    Cost includes:

    1. All meals and accommodation in Lodge, tent or home stay during the trek.
    2. Service of trek guide and assistant for cooking
    3. Porters to carry personal baggage (each 15 kg.), food and camping equipment.
    4. Warm clothing, shoes, blankets and dark goggles for high altitude porters as required.
    5. Accident insurance for staffs and porters.
    6. Nar & Phu special trek permit & Annapurna conservation fee
    7. Arrival and departure transfers.
    8. Private transfer from Kathmandu to Besisahar, Tourist bust from Pokhara to Kathmandu
    9. Hotel accommodation as per program using 3 star category Hotel on BB

    Cost Excludes:

    1. Personal clothing and sleeping bag
    2. Personal accident and health insurance
    3. Emergency evacuation and medical-box
    4. Alcoholic and bottled beverage, laundry, and tips
    5. Sightseeing and major meals in Kathmandu]
    6. Any other services and expenses that are not specifically mentioned in the program
    7. Expenses due to flight delay, sickness other contingencies

    Government fees and airfares are subject to change with out prior notice.

    Departure:Anytime as per your choice of date
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