Nar Phu Valley Trek

Nar Phu Valley Trek

Nar Phu Valley trek is a very newly opened trekking destination in Nepal. This trek open to the trekkers in 2003 and it takes you to the remote Nar phu valley inhabited by Nepalese Tibetans. Very few trekkers visited in this interesting region and Nar phu valley offers medieval Tibetan culture in peaceful form, dramatic mountain views and great alpine scenery in a Tibet like flavor. On the second part of this trekking we heading to the Thorung La Pass (5416m). This wonderful trekking is for those real adventures in search of Shangri-La and traverse through challenging high passes Kangla Pass (5200m). And Thorung La Pass (5416m).

Out trek starts from Bulbule following the popular Annapurna Circuit Trekking routes to follow the off the beaten trails to Nar Phu valley in the north of Manang. We gradually ascent and we have acclimatization then we traverse to Kangla pass, from Kangla pass at 5200m the magnificent panoramic view of the Annapurna Massif appears remote and unforgettable.

We explore the interesting Nar phu valley which has nearly 400 inhabitants who depends on farm animals and till today yak herding is the basis of their occupation. After visiting this area we trek back to Manang, a beautiful and very interesting village of Annapurna trails and we continue trek to yak kharka and Thorung La Pass then we fly back to pokhara from Jomsom.

Trip Facts:

Destination: Kangla & Thorung La Pass
Group Size: Min - 2 Pax.
Elevations: 5416m.
Best Season: March/April/May/Sept/Oct/Nov
Trip Grade: Moderate
Trip mode: Tea House/Lodge
Trekking Hour: Approximately 6 - 7 hours
Total Days: 25 Days
Cost: Please contact us

Nar Phu Valley trek - Itinerary:

Day 01:  Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1345meters), transfer to selected hotel.

Day 02: Full day Kathmandu valley sightseeing tour including Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, monkey temple, Pashupatinath temple and Baudhanath Stupa.

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Bulbule (760m.) by bus:
It takes approximately nine hours. You drive along the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway to Dumre and then follow the narrow and paved road by the Marsyangdi River to Bulbule.

Day 04: Trek from Bulbule to Bahundanda (1310m.):
Today, we will walk about five to six hours. The first part of the trail passes through flat level along the bank of the Marshyangdi River. You can enjoy the sceneries and the local culture of Gurung community. After lunch at Ngadi, the trail goes steeply upwards to Bahundanda which takes about two hours. At this point, you can see the area surrounded by eye-catching scenarios with snow capped mountains.

Day 05: Trek from Bahundanda to Chamje (1430m.):
A steep trail descends for early half an hour and then follows flat path through rice terraces, before crossing a stream at the bottom of a small waterfall. It then climbs again and traverses the hillside high above the river before reaching the village of Lali Gaon. Ahead, the Marsyangdi valley forms a steep V-shape, and you follow the winding mountain path down through Syange (1100m.) where there is a beautiful waterfall above it and along the river for some distance. The trail then climbs steeply and the path is cut into the sheer cliff-face some 200-300m above the riverbed. Eventually you descend to the stone village of Jagat (1330m.) situated on a shelf which juts into the precipitous Marsyangdi valley. Now the trail begins to observe small ups and down to Chamje through the forests.

Day 06: Trek from Chamje (1410m.) to Dharapani (1860m.):
The first part of the trail descends to the river and after crossing a suspension bridge, you begin a climb to Sattale (1550m.) on a path so steep that it seems one slip would send you hurtling down into the valley. You continue on an undulating path above the river, and at one point, where a tributary flows in from the opposite bank, the main river becomes covered with huge boulders that hide the water. Climbing the zigzag path to the top of the hill, you see the level, plain of Tal (1700m.) before you. Tal is the border between Manang and Lamjung district. Though it is enclosed by cliffs, the level area looks reassuring after the harrowing mountain paths just traveled on. You descend to a grassy riverbank, which leads to Tal with its hotels and teahouses. Beyond Tal, the valley narrows and the path becomes high and winding, and in several areas hewn from the rock itself. Beyond the small village of Karte (1900m.), there is a bit more cliff-walking before the path drops again to the river. You cross a suspension bridge, and climb the short distance to the stone kani marking the entrance to Dharapani (1960m.).

Day 07: Trek from Dharapani to Koto:
The trek gradual ascent path and cross a stream to reach Koto. The mountain views you can enjoy are of Annapurna II, Manaslu range and beautiful views of forests on the way add another dimension to your trek. Koto is a small village mainly inhabited by Gurung and others. Their life style is mainly influenced by Buddhist Tibetans.

Day 08: Trek from Koto to Dharmasala:
Today morning you head out early, as you have a long and somewhat difficult day before you. You just past the check post, cross the river leading to the Nar Phu valleys and hike up through beautiful woods above the Phu Khola. The route takes you through some beautiful woods and past several small caves, and pilgrims (Dharmasala). After you emerge out of a narrow canyon, the trail actually passes under a wide waterfall just before the Dharmasala, from where the woods become thinner and the vistas wider.

Day 09: Trek from Dharmasala to Kayang:
It takes about six and half hours. A steep climb up the valley along a small, scenic river brings you finally to high pastures on a 3,200m plateau. You pass by he 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 landscape is combined with white rocks, low shrub and juniper, scattered evergreens, delicate brick-red and orange leafed bushes, crumbling shelves of flat slate, white and sandy trails.

Day 10: Trek from Kayang to Phu village:
Dropping steeply down 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 start to see some of the unique, colorful chortens for which Nar and Phu are famous. You have to walk carefully across a small glacial stream before reaching a larger one with a bridge only half covered with large slabs of slate. Another hour and a half of trekking through scenic canyon lands and gorges, and the “leaning tower of Pisa” monolith guards the steep trail up to the Phu gate, called Pupigyal Kwe. This ancient gate provides you with you first view of the three villages of Phu, as well as an old “dzong” and the remains of the two forts, all now in ruins, but impressively situated atop the flatlands before Phu.

Day 11: Excursion around Phu valley:
Here you can have interaction with locals and explore up the wide valley systems above you. You might walk up the valley to the summer grazing settlement or Kharka at Ngoru, a three hour’s walk past the gompa. Phu itself is an incredibly interesting village and you can observe the villagers spinning their yak and sheep wool and chat.

Day 12: Trek from Phu valley to Junam:
Come back through Phu gate, descend to the river and retrace your step back to Junam Kharka which is a beautiful spot for camping.

Day 13: Trek from Junam to Nar:
Today 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 sit 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 before turning the corner and being rewarded with sublime views of Nar, the undulating patterns of the surrounding barley and mustard fields, four old colorful and traditional Gompas and the snow peaks looming overhead.

Day 14: Explore Nar village:
Nar is bit more social and lively than Phu and the village ‘square’ is full of chatting women with their back-strap looms weaving wool fabric for rugs and blankets, pounding mustard seeds for oil, or spinning the ubiquitous wool while catching up on the news. Each family in Nar seems to have at least one son or daughter in a gompa, and many live at home or visit frequently, so there is the resonating sound of cymbals, chanting and drums echoing throughout the village. Other Nar villagers may be printing prayer flags, doing some carpentry, collecting wood from the forest and carrying large loads with a head strap back up to the house, harvesting the crops, tending the yaks, sheep and goats or spinning the prayer wheels in the center of town.

Day 15: Trek from Nar village to Ngwal after crossing Kang La pass:
The Kang La is not a difficult pass, but it could be a long day if there is snow on the pass or the altitude is taking its toll. The Kang La, at 5240m, is an absolutely spectacular pass looking over Annapurna II, Gangapurna, Tilicho peak, the peaks surrounding Tilicho and the airport at Hongde. The trail down is steep and gradual down towards the end.

Day 16: Trek from Ngwal to Manang:
This day you walk through the leveled path along the bank of 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 Annapurna range, Tilicho Peak and beautiful landscapes.

Day 17: Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4350m.):
Now the trail ascends gently all the way to Yak Kharka passing through the Gunsang (3960m.) village. En route, you can see panoramic views all the day.

Day 18: Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4420m.):
Leaving Yak Kharka, you climb gradually to a ridge before descending to the headwaters of the Marsyangdi and crossing via a covered wooden bridge. After a short ascent up the mountain path on the right bank, you follow a narrow trail across an unstable spree slope and then descend to Thorung Phedi.

Day 19: Trek to Muktinath (3850m.) via Thorong La (5416m.) Pass:
You start early today for your crossing of Thorung La [5416m]. The trail becomes steep immediately on leaving camp but as this trail has been used by local people for hundreds of years the path is well defined. The gradient then eases and after around 4 hours of steady climbing, you reach the chorten and prayer flags of the pass. The views are dramatic to say the least, from the snow-covered mountains above, to the head of the Kali Gandaki valley below and the brown and purple hills of Mustang which are spread out before us. The descent to Muktinath is a knee pounding 1600m but it's compensated for with excellent views of Dhaulagiri. Eventually the moraines give way to grassy slopes before a pleasant walk along the Jhong Khola Valley to Muktinath and its shrines and temple.

Day 20: Trek from Muktinath to Kagbeni (2895 m.):
You now begin the trek descent down the dramatic Kali Gandaki Gorge, initially through arid country in the same geographical and climatic zone as Tibet. After passing through Jharkot and Khingar villages with typical Tibetan architecture, you follow path steeply down to Kagbeni, a primitive village famous for Tibetan architectures. People living there follow the Tibetan life style and culture. There is situated a monastery said to belong to 15th Century. Kagbeni is the border for Upper Mustang.

Day 21: Trek from Kagbeni to Jomsom (2710m.):
The trail passes through the bank of Kali Gandaki passing through the Eklebhatti. The trail is windy after late morning. The river flows through broader course. Jomsom is the head quarter of Mustang and it is split into two towns and between these two towns passes through Kali Gandaki River. There is access of internet and banking facilities. From Jomsom, you can enjoy the magnificent views of Nilgiri and Tilicho peak. Here you stay overnight at hotel.
Note: if you have time and would like continue your trekking to Pokhara, it is possible to follow Annapurna Circuit trekking.

Day 22: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara:
The flights are available during the morning time. The strong breeze blows during the after and frequent change of the weather prevent the flight being landed and taken off in the afternoon. During the flights in morning, the sky looks very clear which makes you able to enjoy the splendid views of different mountain peaks.

Day 23: Drive or Flight from pokhara to Kathamndu.

Day 24: Transfer to airport, fly back to home.

Note: The above information is just a guide and standard pattern of what we provide. The trip can be tailored at your request to accommodate your specific requirements. On adventure trips of this type, weather, transport or a multitude of other factors beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are needed the person in charge will make a decision what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does arise, we do everything we can to reduce its effect, but we cannot be liable for the results of changes or delays.

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Cost includes:

  • All meals (B/L/D) during the trekking period
  • Accommodation (Camp + tea house) during the trekking period
  • National park permit
  • English speaking guide
  • Highly experienced staffs
  • Staffs food, clothing & salary
  • Staffs insurance
  • All necessary grounded transportation
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Airport picks up & drops
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
  • TIMS Card (Trekker's Information Management System)
  • All Local / Government Taxes

Cost does not include:-

  • Personal nature expenses
  • Bar bill and all kind of drinks
  • Rescue & Evacuation
  • Gratitude (tip) for staff

Further Information

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