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Two Amazing Village to Visit Before it is too Late

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Best Off-the-Beaten-Path Treks

Lo Manthang in Upper Mustang and Nar Phu villages in the northeast corner of Manang are two villages that have special features that enthusiastic travelers love to visit in their lifetime. Both villages were very much secluded until the end of the last century. These areas are still controlled for foreign visitors. To enter Mustang, the permit costs US$500 for 10 days and US$75 for Nar Phu. And you have to be in a group of a minimum of 2 persons.

Unlike in earlier days now access is much easier due to the road that has reached almost close to these destinations. The road to Lo Manthang is actually not a road. It is virtually carved out of the flat land of the plateau in the north. Every year in the beginning of summer local people make the motorable path by shuffling stones and big boulders of the river bed through the narrow gully in the lower section.

The road from Pokhara to Beni that is stretched through Kaligandaki Valley is in operating condition throughout the year except in monsoon season the flood may disrupt part of the road. The road goes all the way to Muktinath and beyond Kagbeni towards Lo Manthang. There is no road to Nar and Phu valley but the main road through Marsyangdi river valley has reached Manang. These are fair weather road. In winter it is not feasible and in summer (during monsoon rain) there is no guarantee if the road remains in operating condition.

In upper Mustang the jeep and truck can still ply through rough condition. It is indeed an adventure to take ride in one of the jeeps or trucks that ply the roads. The road has opened the regions for easy access to basic need and trade. In due time as the road becomes better its effect will be seen in the transformation of the unique culture these two villages has so far maintained. Now the trek logistics, schedule and duration can be modified to suit trekker’s requirement to visit the fascinating land. Visit this charming land and villages now so you can say later that I did the trek then when it was different and interesting. These are the sentiment expressed by old time trekkers who had done Annapurna Circuit trek when there were no road and easy access.

Lo Manthang – 14 days

Mustang, Nepal Trek Start & End at Jomsom with flight from Pokhara

Trip Duration: 14-day all-inclusive trek package

Trip Grade: Moderate Maximum Elevation: 3950 meter at Nyi La (pass)

Trip Cost: from US$2230 per person

Highlight: It is one of the best destinations to see the culture and geographical landscape that are similar to the Tibetan plateau. You travel in high-altitude regions without too much concern about high-altitude sickness. The weather in the summer and monsoon season is perfect in this once-forbidden kingdom. We travel on foot to Lo Manthang (3730m), capital of Mustang and return to Jomsom (2750m) using a diversion trail. The trail is not so tough. A good leg is just enough! You would enjoy the adventure in an instant that took Giuseppe Tucci, Michael Peissel and Tony Hagen not less than 3 weeks to travel to this old magic kingdom.

Nar & Phu Village in Manang: 18 days

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Trek Start at Syange and End at Jomsom- with flight from Pokhara

Trip Duration: 18-day all-inclusive trek

Trip Cost: From US$2380 per person

Trip Grade: Strenuous – Maximum Elevation: 5335 meters at Thorang La (pass)

Highlight:Nar (4110m) and Phu (4080m)villages is located off the Around Annapurna main trekking trail en-route to Manang (3540m). It 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 is 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 that of Manang and Tibet. Most of the houses are two-story with the entrance from the top. There are three Buddhist monasteries. Phu is located at the upper end of the valley. As in high mountain areas, people of the Nar and Phu descend to the warm regions from December to February. Read More


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