Nar Phu Valley and Annapurna circuit

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  •  Best Time: -March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October and November
  •  Trek Start-End: - Kathmandu/ Kathmandu
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  •  Max Elevation: -5,416 m/17,769 ft
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Trip Highlights:

  • Tour around the city of Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Flight from Jomson to Pokhara for an aerial view.
  • Check out the Kali Gandaki river valley.
  • Explore Nar and Phu gaon.
  • Behold the vibrant monasteries throughout the trek.
  • Rich landscape views of the divine Himalayas.
  • Pass through the prominent Kangla pass and Thorong La pass.
  • Pay a visit to the Muktinath temple.

Itinerary Overview

  • Day 1: Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport
  • Day 2: Tour around the valley
  • Day 3: Drive to Jagat (1100m) by 4WD Jeep - 8 hours
  • Day 4: Trek from Jagat to Dharapani (1960 m) - 7 to 8 hours
  • Day 5: Trek from Dharapani to Koto (2,610m) - 5-6 Hours
  • Day 6: Trek from Koto to Meta (3,560 m) – 7-8 Hours
  • Day 7: Trek from Meta to Phu Gaon (4080 m) - 7 to 8 hours
  • Day 8: Acclimatization day at Phu Gaon
  • Day 9: Trek from Phu Gaon to Nar Gaon (4110 m) - 6 to 7 hours
  • Day 10: Acclimatization day at Nar
  • Day 11: Trek from Nar to Kang La Pass (5,306 m) to Ngawal (3,660 m) – 7 to 8 hours
  • Day 12: Trek from Ngawal to Manang (3,540 m) – 4 to 5 Hours.
  • Day 13: Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4,018 m) – 3-4 Hours.
  • Day 14: Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,450 m) – 3 to 4 Hours
  • Day 15: Trek to Muktinath (3800 m) via Thorung La Pass (5416 m) - 8 hours
  • Day 16: Trek to Jomsom (2710 m) - 6 hours
  • Day 17: Morning flight to Pokhara & Sightseeing around Pokhara.
  • Day 18: Drive Back to Kathmandu (1400 m) in a Tourist Bus - 7 hours
  • Day 19: Transfer to the Airport

Trip Information:

Nar and Phu village, lying in the restricted Nar Khola valley of the Manang district is a very isolated and fascinating trekking destination. One is required to purchase a permit to enter this area. The area is completely covered with snow during the winter season, which is why this trek is only possible in the other seasons. The highlights of this trip are the Nar and Phu valleys as well as the canyons, the dense lush forests, sparkling waterfalls, suspension bridges, the famous Kangla and Thorong La Pass and lastly, the beautiful view of the Himalayan ranges.

The first few days will be spent exploring the UNESCO world heritage sites in the Kathmandu valley. The trek will start on the third day from Jagat. The sceneries will captivate the trekker throughout their journey, despite the rough trails and windy weather. On the way, you will stumble upon Buddhist monasteries, Chortens, the prayer flags that will give a surreal experience of Tibet. This trek will also lead to the Muktinath Temple. Temples are believed by many as a way to get salvation. Last but not least, a flight to Pokhara will allow one to discover the amazing view of the Himalayas and get a birds-eye view of the entire city of Pokhara.

The last day at Pokhara will be, a visit to the known lakes.

 

Day 1Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport

Firstly, on arriving in Kathmandu, our representative will pick you up from the airport. He/She will be holding up the signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be escorted to your hotel. You can visit our office to get more information about the trek. In case you happen to arrive after 4 pm, you will be briefed about the trip by our authorized guide. We will provide you with our trek duffel bag and a cap. Please make sure to carry along your passport, 3 copies of passport-sized photos and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. Also, make sure to clear any due balance and then sign on the legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer form. You can stroll around the city in the evening. Stay overnight at the Hotel. No meals are included.

Day 2Tour around the valley

We will start our day with a satisfying breakfast and leave around 8.30 am on a private vehicle and an authorized tour guide at your company. We will visit the world heritage sites around the valley, some including Bhaktapur Durbar Square is a famous five-storey temple of Nyatapola in Pagoda style Batsala temple, Dattatreya temple, Bhairavnath temple, Pujari Muth and Palace of 55 windows. Pashupatinath Temple is the sacred temple located on the bank of the holy Bagmati river. Although one cannot enter the main temple unless they are Hindus, you can see the temple and observe the activities performed from the eastern Bagmati river. Boudhanath Stupa is the biggest and holiest stupa built in the 5th century. You will find Buddhists pilgrims from all over the world especially Tibet, taking rounds of the stupa and spinning the prayer wheels. Then we can go for further exploration around the Thamel and shop for the next day’s trekking gears. Stay overnight at the hotel. Breakfast included.

Day 3Drive to Jagat (1100m) by 4WD Jeep - 8 hours

After breakfast, we will go on a 4WD jeep to Jagat. The drive will take you through beautiful forests, the river flowing by, mountains through the highway. You will discover the countryside on this drive. The road is quite smooth until we reach Besisahar. From Besisahar to Jagat, the road gets very bumpy. We will reach Jagat, after 9 hours of a road trip. Stay overnight at the guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all included.

Day 4Trek from Jagat to Dharapani (1960 m) - 7 to 8 hours

After the morning breakfast, we will start our trek descending towards the river. We will pass through a series of ups and downs through pretty tropical forests until we reach Chamje. After another steep ascent and a walk for some time, we will reach the scenic village of Tal. We will walk across the rugged and windy trail going through the waterfalls and cliffs, finally arriving at Dharapani. Stay overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all included.

Day 5Trek from Dharapani to Koto (2,610m) - 5-6 Hours

We will begin our trek walking towards Bagarchap, a Buddhist village from where we can see the first view of Annapurna II. The rough trail will then take an ascent to Timang village situated at an altitude of 2,460 m. From Timang we get to see the beautiful view of Mt. Manaslu. Continuing the trek, we will walk through the pine forests up to Chame and lastly to the Koto village. The trek will be of around 5 to 6 hours. Stay overnight at the guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all included.

Day 6Trek from Koto to Meta (3,560 m) – 7-8 Hours

The distance to cover this day is quite long so we will start our trek a little early today. The trekking route will pass through the restricted areas of Narphu valley, dense pine forests, pilgrims resting places, cave shelters and waterfalls here and there and rough steep ascents. After walking for 7 to 8 hours, we will finally reach the destination for the day, Meta. From here, the sceneries of Himalayan ranges can be seen clearly and Stay overnight at the guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all included.

Day 7Trek from Meta to Phu Gaon (4080 m) - 7 to 8 hours

We will walk on many suspension bridges, crossing streams on our way. We might not find many houses along the way but we will surely reach the remnants of the Khampa settlements forts. It is the place where the Tibetans lived illegally. We will walk past Phu Khola exploring the line of wonderful chortens. Stay overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be included.

Day 8Acclimatization day at Phu Gaon

We will spend the entire day at Phu Gaon in order to acclimatize. In that period we will explore the village and familiarize ourselves with the people living here. At a short distance from Phu Gaon, is located a very old Buddhist Monastery (Tashi Lakhang monastery) which is listed among the 108 world’s greatest monasteries. We can hike up the Himlung Base Camp and enjoy the breathtaking view from up there. Stay at a guesthouse overnight. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be included.

Day 9Trek from Phu Gaon to Nar Gaon (4110 m) - 6 to 7 hours

After breakfast, we will begin our trek. The trail descends until we reach Mahendra Pul which takes around 4 hours. We will walk on suspension bridges to cross the Lapche river gorge. Now the trail ascends and we get to witness Buddhist Stupas on our way to Nar valley and the beautiful view of Pisang peak. Stay overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be included.

Day 10Acclimatization day at Nar

We will spend the entire day at Nar in order to acclimatize. We can spend it exploring the valley. It is more lively than Phu gaon and you will find people printing flags, spinning wools, the sound of drums and prayers going on in the monasteries. You can have a chat with the monks and local people. Relax and stay the night at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all included.

Day 11Trek from Nar to Kang La Pass (5,306 m) to Ngawal (3,660 m) – 7 to 8 hours

The trek today will be very long, therefore, we will start before dawn. We will walk towards Kang La Pass. The pass is not challenging but the effect of altitude can be easily felt. The brilliant view of Annapurna II, Gangapurna and Tilicho Peak can be witnessed from the top of the pass. From the Kang La pass the trails will go steep down to Ngawal. The village of Ngawal is quite different from the villages recently visited as you will find no nice guesthouses with Wi-Fi and better phone signals here. Stay overnight at the guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided.

Day 12Trek from Ngawal to Manang (3,540 m) – 4 to 5 Hours.

After breakfast, we will continue our trek walking through the hills, thick jungle and wetlands. On the way, we will see beautiful landscapes, stupas and lama school. After 6 hours of walking, we will reach Manang, one of the happening places of the trek. Stay overnight at the guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided.

Day 13Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4,018 m) – 3-4 Hours.

After a day of acclimatization and rest at Manang, we will be energized and excited to continue our walk towards Yak Kharka which ascends by 500 m. We will make the climb steadily through Tenki Manang, leaving the Marsyangdi Valley. We will continue along the Jarsang Khola Valley, where we will reach Yak Kharka at 4,000 m. Herds of yaks and vegetation will appear to thin out. Stay overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided.

Day 14Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,450 m) – 3 to 4 Hours

We will be walking along a two-hour ascent, and then the trails will begin to descend to cross the river at 4,310 m. We will climb up to Thorong Phedi at 4,450 m where fine guesthouses have been built in recent years. Stay overnight a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided.

Day 15Trek to Muktinath (3800 m) via Thorung La Pass (5416 m) - 8 hours

Today will be a long trek starting before sunrise at 4 am to reach the pass around 9-10 am. Otherwise, weather conditions (strong winds) will hugely influence the journey, especially at the Thorong La Pass. We will climb steeply on a usual route which is quite simple to follow. However, some problems may appear due to altitude and snow. It will often cause inconvenient problems to cross the pass if it is covered by heavy snow. After four hours of ascending to the pass marked by the Chortens and prayer flags, we will be rewarded with remarkable views from the top of the pass. Another four hours of long walks will take us to the holy town of Muktinath. Muktinath means the place of nirvana and is home to the Muktinath Temple as well as many monasteries. It is supposedly said that all the sorrows we feel are relieved when visiting the Temple. It is a pious pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists. The prime pilgrimage month is September. The Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and has 108 waterspouts surrounding it. Another attraction nearby is the Jwala Mai Temple which has a sumptuous natural spring and an eternal flame fueled by natural gas. You will stay overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Day 16Trek to Jomsom (2710 m) - 6 hours

After having our early morning breakfast, we will continue our trek alongside the banks of the Kali Gandaki River. Mostly, we will descend with a more intimate view of stupas and old traditional houses and civilization of Mustang. Jomsom is a booming town with many facilities. It is also the headquarters and official town for the whole Mustang district where all the district government offices are present. Stay overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner are included.

Day 17Morning flight to Pokhara & Sightseeing around Pokhara.

We will catch a morning flight which will take us from Jomsom to Pokhara in 30 minutes. We will drive to the hotel, arriving at the airport. After lunch, we will begin our day-long tour around the city known for its beautiful lakes. You will be accompanied by our professional city guide on a private tourist vehicle and visit the following sites: Bindhyabasini Temple, lying in the center of the religious bazaar is said to have been built in the late 18th century by King Prithvi Narayan Shah. The temple is dedicated to the Goddess Bhagwati, the protector of Pokhara. Davis Fall, a tremendous waterfall in Pokhara is surrounded by flora. It is different from the other falls due to its natural phenomenon. The waterfall is locally known as Patale Chhango. It is widely popular among tourists as well as locals. Gupteshwor Cave, located 2 km from the Pokhara airport is right across from Davis fall and the cave is almost 3 km long. It consists of some large rooms and passages where you have to crawl. The cave holds unique value to Hindus. Seti River Gorges, carved by the Seti Gandaki River is one of the natural phenomena of Pokhara. K.I. Singh bridge at Bagar, Prithivi Highway Bridge and Mahendrapool near bus park provide a perfect view of the river’s offensive rush and the deep gorge made by the uncontrolled flow of white water. Tibetan Refugee Camps- Tibetan village Tashiling in the south and the Tashi Palkhel village in the north of Pokhara are renowned for the production and trade of woolen carpets and other handicrafts. The first Tibetan homesteaders in this area relocated to Nepal in the late 50s. World Peace Pagoda is also known as Pokhara Shanti Stupa. It is a Buddhist pagoda-style monument. It is the reliquary built as a symbol of peace. The spot is located at the height of 2,100 m on the Ananda Hill. Nepal owns two of the 80 peace pagodas in the world which are Shanti Stupa in Lumbini (the birthplace of Buddha), and Shanti Stupa in Pokhara. It also provides a scenic view of the Annapurna range, Fewa Lake, and Pokhara city. Stay overnight at a hotel. Breakfast will be included.

Day 18Drive Back to Kathmandu (1400 m) in a Tourist Bus - 7 hours

After breakfast, we will return to Kathmandu, via a tourist bus which will take around 7 hours. In the evening, a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant will be organized with cultural performances. Stay overnight at the hotel. Breakfast and dinner are included. If you wish to extend the trip and have some more time to spare, there are several options like adventure sports and other activities.

Day 19Transfer to the Airport

We will provide you with the morning breakfast. Lastly, our representative will escort you to the International airport a few hours before the scheduled flight.

Price Includes

✔️Airport pick up and drop by private vehicle
✔️3 Nights twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu at tourist standard hotel with breakfast
✔️One full-day guided city tour by private vehicle
✔️Welcome dinner and farewell dinner at one of the best Nepalese restaurant with traditional ethnic music and dance
✔️Annapurna trekking permits and Tims permits
✔️Nar Phu special permit
✔️Bus transportation to Besisahar and return to Kathmandu by local bus
✔️All meals during the trek (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
✔️Gov. licensed and well trained English speaking guide and his entire expenses
✔️A porter (One porter for every 2 members) and his entire expenses
✔️Insurance of Guide and Porter
✔️All required local tax and Gov tax
✔️Down jackets and sleeping bags
✔️Trekking route Map
✔️Official T-shirt

Tour Excluded

❌Nepal arrival visa
❌Meals in the city except breakfast and above mentioned special dinner
❌Monument entrance fees
❌Your personal nature expenses eg. Mineral water, Beer, Coke and entire beverage etc
❌Travel insurance that covers trip cancelation and Helicopter evacuation
❌Tips and any other extending trips and extra accommodation.

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