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Nar Phu Valley Trek

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20 DAYS

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Nar Phu Valley trek offers an excellent variant of the popular Annapurna round while retaining the best view of this magnificent massif that rises to over 8000 meters. This great trek to the foot of Annapurna borrows an unfrequented route to explore the valley of secret Nar Phu and Tibetan villages and reach the Manang Village. We walk a few days on the Annapurna trail before entering the hidden valleys of Nar Phu that open for tourism only since 2002.

If you are looking for unspoilt wilderness, the Nar Phu valley trek would be best choice. Narr Phu valley is located one of the trans-Himalayan communication routes to Tibet. After passing through rice fields and forests, we rise to the field of High Mountain. Glaciers are nearby. Arriving at Metha, Chako, Kyang and Phu dry stone villages, chorten, prayer flags floating in the wind punctuate an altitude desert under Tibetan influence. We leave the Nar valley crossing Kang La, at 5322 m altitude & reach one of the very famous villages Manang. Trekking over the pass offers wonderful views of Annapurna and Manaslu. From Manang, we join the famous trek route of Annapurna circuit following the throng la Pass 5,516m and savor a view on the Mustang. We end our amazing Nar Phu Valley trekking at Jomsom.


At a Glance

  • A wonderful recently opened wilderness trek alternative to the classic trek of Annapurna
  • We cross two Mountain passes of the Kang (5322 m) and the Throng La(5,416 m) on this trek.
  • Accompany by expert & helpful local Sherpa guide & team.100% success guaranteed

What's Included?

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
  • Accommodation in City with breakfast
  • 3 times Healthy meals during whole trek
  • Tea House Accommodation during whole trek
  • Domestic flight [ Jomsom- Pokhara] after  trek
  • Expert Local English speaking Sherpa guide
  • Necessary Porters (1 Porter for 2 Person)
  • MSTE kit bag,medical kit, Trek Map & T-shirt
  • Private vehicle for ground transportation
  • Trekking permits and site entry fees
  • Guides and porters pay and meals
  • Full day sightseeing in Kathmandu on day 2

What's Not Included?

  • International Airfare and Nepal Visa fee
  • Travel & Health Insurance-most recomended
  • Emergency Helicopter Rescue Insurance
  • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu & Pokhara
  • Any Alcoholic Drinks, Water and deserts in Trek
  • Gratitude for Guide & Porter after end of trek
  • Phone, internet & Battery Charges bills on trek
  • Unforeseen Cost such as Flight Delayed/Sick

Itinerary

Our office Staff with Car & driver will welcome, greet you at International Airport on Arrival. After Visa formalities complete, you have to come downstairs to collect Luggage and proceed to outside from terminal Building. Please look after your Printed Name and Our Company Signboard and follow them. Meet our Staff and then Transfer to Hotel. Check in at Hotel, free welcome drinks tea/coffee or any cold drinks. Company Manager will meet you with your guide and will provide detailed Plans and Briefing about the trip. Balance trip Payment should clear if any etc. Free day for relax or explore around the city yourself

After Breakfast your day will start for sightseeing tour of 4 Popular UNESCO Heritage sites of Kathmandu Valley. Our first destination is Swoyambhunath. This place offers a majestic view of the entire Kathmandu valley. Stupa of Swoyambhunath epitomizes Buddhism. Your guide will enlighten you with detailed historical and cultural information about the place. After this you will visit Living goddess home and Kathmandu Durbar square. Locally this, Old royal palace area is called Basantapur Area or Hanuman dhoka Durbar Square. Our next sightseeing will be at Buddha nath (the biggest & Largest Buddhist Stupa in the World). In this Area, you will visit Buddhist Monastery and stop for lunch Break. If weather is clear you can see nearest Mountain of Kathmandu- Ganesh Himal from top of Restaurant. After Lunch, we will visit Hindus temple Pasupatinath and tour for today is finished. It normally takes 5-6 hours tour to visit all these 4 monuments within Kathmandu city. Afternoon free for packing for trek and getting ready.

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.

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Upon 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.

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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.

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

From Koto, we enter the high valleys of Naar and Phu, recently opened to tourism. We cross the Marshyangdi River by a suspension bridge and walk along the river Naar Phu by its right bank, the trail is carved into the cliff, we walk on scree and through a pine forest. After 2 hours of walking, we cross a suspension bridge and walk on the left bank through a pine forest and the river's revisit by a wooden bridge. The gorges are becoming narrower between the vertical cliffs. We continue to Dharamsala. Breathtaking view of Lamjung Himal (6932 m).Overnight in Dharmasala.

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

After 1 hour's walk, we cross a small stream and climb about 300 meters rather steep (45 mins) to get to Metha, first village of dry stone of this beautiful valley. We can see Spectacular views of Annapurna II (7937 m) and Lamjung (6932 m). The vegetation becomes scarcer, it is dotted with wild flowers, juniper and birch trees whose bark were used as paper for religious texts.The Khampa warriors from Kham (Eastern Tibet) totaled Metha after the Chinese invasion of Tibet in 1959 until the military intervention of Nepal in 1975.The people of Naar and Phu down in this village in winter.We take the trail that goes back to Phu Phu along the river. After 1:30 of relatively flat balcony path we reach Jhunum (3640 m). On the path we spend sheep and have a beautiful view of the glaciers. We cross two rivers and the village of Chaku (3750 m), former establishment Khampas and Labse River (snow leopard in Tibetan) to reach Kyang. Nice view of Pisang Peak (6091 m), Tilje Peak, Gyaji Kang, Pokharan Himal, etc. Chortens the many that line the road indicate that we are in Tibetan country.Overnight stay in Kyang

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

We start the day by walking on a path carved into the rock, and then we follow the river. We can see herds of Naur (blue sheep), preferred prey of the snow leopard. A beautiful climb leads us to the first door Phu, we miss a great mani and ruins. Then, after an hour walk on the false flat and crossing a large suspension bridge, we reach the village of Phu by an impressive door.The village, which was a hub for the trans-Himalayan trade, is perched on a small rocky promontory, the houses blend with the rock. Beautiful views of Himlung (7126 m), Kangguru, Pokarkang (6265 m) and the Annapurna range.Overnight stay in Phugaon

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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 Gaon.

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

The trail descends passing many streams and suspension bridges until Mahendra Pul which takes about 4 hours. We pass the high suspension bridge 80m over the Gorge 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.

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

We gradually climb jusuq'au base camp of Kang neck. We penetrate deeper into the mineral world of rocks and moraines. Beautiful views of the East and West and Chulu Pisang Peak and camp at the foot of Khang La pass.

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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.

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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.

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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.

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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, Mountain Sherpa Trekking's team leader 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.

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

A very early start is needed to get to Muktinath in the afternoon. Crossing the arduous Thorong La Pass at a dizzying height of [5,416m/17,764ft] is another highlight of this trek. The rise is partly done at night. We pass the High Camp [4,800m/ 15,748ft]. The trail, regular rises gently to the pass where, we expect a forest of prayer flags. After a tea break and picture to the neck. we descent to muktinath. The descent is a little steep until Muktinath, Mustang first village and religious sanctuary Buddhists and Hindus. Arriving at Muktinath, short stop to visit the Hindu shrine attracts. On the opposite side, the path suddenly plunged into the valley. Facing us, Dhaulagiri unveils the turning of a shoelace. Overnight stay in Muktinath

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Safety requirements:in order to respect the acclimatization level [300m/ 9845ft] drop between two points where you sleep), we step to the lodge Thorung Phedi [4500m/ 14,764ft] and not to the High Camp [4,800m/ 15,748ft]. The rise of the neck is longer the next day, but has less risk of triggering an altitude edema. Also, get in the night from the High Camp, either to a carrier or a participant, is tricky.Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

We begin descending down the dramatic Kali Gandaki Gorge 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.

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

After breakfast we fly to Pokhara. The scenic flight takes us through the gorge of the two huge mountains, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. On arrival at Pokhara airport, we will be transferred to lakeside hotel. 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.

Included meals:Breakfast

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.

Included meals:Breakfast Dinner

After breakfast, our rep and office vehicle will be on standby at our hotel to transfer us to the airport for our connecting flight home. Serving you was a wonderful joy and pleasure, we at Mountain Sherpa Trekking & Expeditions will cherish the bonds of our relationship created over the time you spent with us and we thank you for choosing us as your travel partner and for visiting this amazing country Nepal. This thrilling adventure in the amazing Annapurna region will give you lifetime memories of a vacation worth its weight in gold. Ciao friends! Till we meet again. Breakfast

Accommodation

yes 3 Nights Deluxe accommodations in Kathmandu at 3 Star/ 5 Star Category Hotel as per itinerary

yes 1 Nights Deluxe accommodations in Pokhara at 3 Star/ 5 Star category Hotel as Per itinerary

yes 15 Nights best Mountain lodge comfortable room with attached bathroom & hot shower where available

mail All accommodation is on a twin sharing basis [Single rooms can be organized during trek with extra cost]

mail  For the 4 Nights hotel in Kathmandu single rooms are available at a supplementary cost.

What kind of food I can expect during lodge trek??

------------------- Morning Breakfast [6:30-7:30 AM] -----------------------

  • Tea or Coffee, Hot chocolate, lemon tea, hot milk or green tea
  • Eggs items- Fried Eggs, Boiled Eggs, scramble eggs, Omelet etc
  • Bread items- Toast, Pancakes, Chapati & Tibetan Bread etc
  • Porridge with Honey, musli with milk etc

--------------   Afternoon Lunch [12:30 – 1:00 PM] -------------------

  • Curry with Rice, Pasta, Noodles item, fried rice and fried Potatoes, Mo.Mo etc

----------------- Evening Dinner [6:00-8:30 PM] ----------------------

  • Sherpa Stew, vegetable Soup, mixed Soup, Potato Shop
  • Dal bhat tarkari – a soup of lentils with rice and a vegetable curry, Lassani, Pizza, Home Made Pasta etc
  • Fried potatoes with vegetables, MO. MO, fried Noodles, Pasta, mash potatoes with Chesse

Extra special from Mountain Sherpa Trekking

  • Enough boiled water after dinner
  • Welcome/farewell Dinner with live Cultural Show at typical Nepali Restaurant

--------------------------- Safe Drinking Water -----------------------------

You can get bottled water all the way up to base camp but the price per liter goes higher and multiplies significantly. It is recommended to bring steripen (UV filtration) or iodine tabs for water purification with soft plastic bags so that you can purify the water from local source and make it safe for drinking purposes. At tea houses you will be served with boiled water. And please be noted that don’t drink water from local taps and resources as it would prone you to water borne illness and affects the whole trekking journey.

 

Vital information

******* Best time to Trek *******

Nepal is subject to monsoon which determines the choice of trekking areas depending on the season: Spring Seasons [March to May] is ideal to watch the explosion of vegetation, including rhododendrons, and from around the Annapurna sanctuary trek to Everest, Generally clear skies in the morning, marked cloudiness in the late afternoon. The more we advance towards the month of May (monsoon), the more clouds rise early.

[Mid September to November] This is the main trekking season in Nepal. Day temperatures in Kathmandu are approx. above 20degC. Skies are usually clear and days on trek are sunny and mild with clear mountain views. Nights will be colder with temperatures dropping as low as to -5degC at the higher altitudes.

Summer Season Starts from June to September. Dolpo trekking and Mustang trekking of Nepal, and Tibet tour can be done in the monsoon.

Winter, from Mid December to late February, the cold is dry, the clear sky, the sunshine ... Many benefits without the tourist season. For example, short trek like chisopani and nagrkot trek,ghorepani poonhill trekking,Ghandruk Village trek would ideal for Winter Treks.

******* Travel Insurance *******

It is a condition of joining any of our holidays that you are insured against medical and personal accident risks (to include repatriation costs, air ambulance and helicopter rescue services). We also strongly recommend that you take out delayed departure and cancellation insurance, as all deposits paid are non-refundable.

A relaxed trip is not possible without good travel insurance. In the event of any sickness or injury, the cost of emergency treatment and evacuation is shocking. Therefore, travel insurance is strongly recommended for everyone who signs up with Mountain Sherpa Trekking & Expeditions.

We strongly recommend that you be careful while choosing a policy as some makes special exceptions for adventure travel. Before buying your insurance, please ensure that your insurer is aware of your MSTE itinerary and can agree to cover the activities being undertaken in the trip to Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan & India. Such as if you are planning trekking or climbing/expedition in Himalayas your insurance must cover emergency air ambulance/helicopter rescue including medical expenses.

For a group tours in urban areas, your insurance coverage of ambulance or helicopter rescue is not mandatory, however better to have with them too. Again, in Tibet, Bhutan & India trips there is no possibility of helicopter rescue, so no need to buy the air ambulance coverage.You need send us your copy of your insurance policy (e.g. your insurance certificate) or carry it with you while you come on the trip.

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