Nar and Phu village trek description:
Nar and Phu valley and Tilicho Lake trekking is an ideal for those trekkers who have time and appetite to venture into some of the less trodden remote regions of Nepal beyond the regular trekking routes. This tented camping trek offers the pictorial landscape of recently opened region of Nar and Phu valley, situated just north of popular Annapurna circuit route. The Nar Phu valley topography is trans Himalayan and similar to Tibet . Trails are still rugged that has changed little over the years. We spend few days in exploring this remote valley and cross the Kang La pass (5300m) on the way to Manang. Since few years, research travelers are increasing to research Snow – Leopard in this region. Leaving famed Manang we head to Jomsom via the best-kept secret remote trekking route of Meso Kantu pass (5099m) and the world’s highest situated outstanding Tilicho Lake (5300m). This less trodden trail offers a more challenging and exciting alternative to the popular Thorung La pass on the Annapurna Circuit trekking route.
Nar and Phu village trek highlights:
Picturesque village like Manang, Nar and Phu, Kangla pass (5200m), Masokanto La (5099m) and Tilicho Pass (5230m), Wonderful Tilicho Lake, Excellent landscape, Magnificent views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna Himalayan range, (I,II,III,IV), Mt. Nilgiri, Mount Manaslu, Dhaulagiri Himalayan range, Tilicho peak, Tibetan Himalaya ranges, Best combination of Annapurna and off the beaten of Nar and phu valley, friendly people and Mixed culture based on Gurung, Thakali and Magar ethnic groups.
Nar and Phu village trek grading:
Nar and Phu Valley Trekking is suitable for any walker looking for something a little more challenging and energetic. It does not require you to be super fit or have any previous trekking/mountaineering experience. If you are healthy and can walk 5 to 6 hours daily, you can do this trekking. However, daily jugging or walking exercise is useful before you depart. Our program always include rest days and build up gradually, in order to acclimatize to the altitude. On trek, you can go at your own pace, with plenty of stops for resting.
Nar and Phu village trek covers:
Kathmandu - Besishar - Dharmasala - Kayang - Phu village - Nar - Kang La Phedi - Kang La pass - Ngwal - Manang - Throung La pass - Muktinath - Tatopani( natural hotspring) - Ghorepani Poonhill - Ghaundrung village - Pokhara
Nar and Phu trek best season:
February, March, April, May, June, September, October , November and early December.
Narphu Valley trekking outline
- Day 01:Meet at Kathmandu Airport and transfer to hotel, B/B Plan
- Day 02:Sightseeing of World Heritage sites(1348m), B/B Plan
- Day 03:Drive Kathmandu to Syange/ Jagat (1100 m) , O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan
- Day 04:Syange/Jagat trekking to Dharapani (1960 m), O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan
- Day 05:Dharapani trekking to Koto: (2670 m), O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan
- Day 06:Koto trekking to Dharmasala (3300m), O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan
- Day 07:Dharmasala trekking to Kayang (3560m), O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan
- Day 08:Kayang trekking to Phu village (4200m) , O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan
- Day 09:Rest at Phu village for Acclimatization and for explore Phu valley., O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan
- Day 10:Phu village Trekking to Nar (4150m), O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan
- Day 11:Nar trekking to Kang La Phedi (4500m) , O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan
- Day 12:Kang La Phedi trekking up to Kang La pass (5315m) trek to Ngwal (3675m) , O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan
- Day 13Ngawal Trekking to Manang (3570m), O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan
- Day 14:Manang trekking to Letdar (4250m), O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan
- Day 15:Letdar trekking to Phedi (4420m) or High camp (4600m), O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan
- Day 16:Phedi or High Camp trekking to Muktinath (3800m)., O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan
- Day 17:Muktinath trekking to Jomsom (2715m) via Kagbeni (2810m), O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan
- Day 18:Jomsom flight to Pokhara, B/B Plan
- Day 19:Pokhara to Kathmandu, B/B Plan
- Day 20:Final Departure
NOTE OF ABOVE ITINERARY:
O/N = Over Night, B/B = Bed and Breakfast F/B (Full Board) = Accommodation, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Above itinerary can be designed along your preferences. Please let us know whether you would like to make a shorter or longer. And if you would like to stay more than 19 days, you can do city guided tour in Kathmandu, white water rafting, jungle safari or Everest mountain flight, we are happy to follow your suggestion accordingly.
SHORT DESCRIPTION MODE OF PACKAGE :
In our packages, we have included two nights 3 Star Category hotel in Kathmandu (capital of Nepal) and 1 night tourist standard hotel in pokhara on BB plan, meals and accommodation in trekking, all the ground transportation as per itinerary, an experienced guide and porter and all the government taxes and necessary permits, please find in details what are included and excluded in the price as follows
Narphu Valley Trekking Itinerary in Details
Meet at Kathmandu Airport and transfer to hotel(1350m),
Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan international airport our representative welcomes you and assists to transfer in your hotel in Kathmandu/Bhaktapur. After time to get refreshed, and briefing about your trip and overnight at Hotel.
Sightseeing of World Heritage sites(1348m) ,
All aspects of gear and conditions are discussed to make sure you're fully prepared for the trip, and any last minute questions answered. After lunch we explore this medieval capital. We visit Boudhanath, also known as little Tibet. Then we visit Pasupatinath, holy temple of Hindu where cremation takes place by the holy river Bagmati. Later we visit Patan Durbar Square, Kathmandu Durbar Square and Syambhunath Stupa. And transfer to hotel.
Drive Kathmandu to Syange/ Jagat (1100 m), 9 hours
Early morning drive to Besisahsar/Bhulbhule through Prithvi High way from Besisahar or Bhulbhule teak a local jeep to Syange the drive is with the view of River, greeneries, local villages and beautiful mountain scenery, from Syange trekking to Jagat overnight in guesthouse, if the drive is late we can stay in Syange also.
Syange / Jagat trekking to Dharapani (1960 m) , 6 hours
After breakfast start the working through jungle after we left Chamje from chamje the trail goes bank of Marshyangdi river mostly climbing before arrive in Tal from here we . We enter Manang district trail continues through barley, rice, potato fields and pine forests past the village of Kodo taking us to Dharapani, which is one of the big villages in the Manang valley. Overnight in Dharapani.
Dharapani trekking to Koto: (2670 m), 5 hours
Today The trail climbs along the mule track through in and fir forest and then follows the river for a time amongst the higher oak and maple trees. On the way you will have spectacular views of views of major Himalayan peaks. Overnight in Koto
Koto trekking to Dharmasala (3300m), 6 hours
Start our Narphu valley trekking from Koto today, we will work through a steep and narrow path through the dense forest, after crossing the river the trek leads to Narphu valley with passing the beautiful pine forest with wide waterfall before arrive the Dharmasala, we will get to see seveleral small shelters (caves and a pilgrims “Dharmasala”. Overnight camp at Dharmasala.
Dharmasala trekking to Kayang (3560m), 6 hours
The trail climb up the valley along the small river before arriving Meta (3700m), a non permanent winter settlement of Nar, the trail passes through white rocks, low shrubs, junipers, scattered evergreen. We can have best Mountain View on the way, after passing the Junam we will arrive Chako formally a Khampa settlement. Overnight at Kayang.
Kayang trekking to Phu village (4200m), 5 hours
Today we will work steeply down hill along the river bank and past the submarine rock with small campsite. Best view of chortens wit the canyon lands and gorges takes us to the Phu gate from where we can see the three village of Phu, overnight at camp.
Rest at Phu village for Acclimatization and for explore Phu valley
Again walking up and then coming back down is better than just resting in high altitude, we can walk up to alley to the summer grazing settlement at Ngoru, can spend the time interact with local people visit Gompa, overnight at camp
Phu village Trekking to Nar (4150m), 5 hours
Today we will trekking back to Phu gate Khyang, Chyarkha and Jhunam to reach to Nar. Along the way we’ll get to see some beautiful gorges and some breathtaking scenery also. We will pass wonderfully painted, bamboo topped Chortens and arrive Nar gates on the top of the hill, overnight in camp at Nar.
Nar trekking to Kang La Phedi (4500m) , 4:30 hours
Today is easy short trekking day, so we can explore more Nar village in the morning and can trek to Kangla phedi, the trail go through the grazing field with a small stream on the left. The mountains were on the both sides of the stream. On the left breathtaking view of Pisang peak, overnight night at the campsite of Kangla phedi
Kang La Phedi trekking up to Kang La pass (5315m) trek to Ngwal (3675m)
We start early morning today for the Spectacular Kang la pass which provides the magnificent view of Pisang peak, Annapurna II, Gangapurna, Tilicho peak, and the airport at Hongde, after crossing the Kang La Pass we will head to Ngwal, a wonderful old village of cobbled streets, prayer wheels and beautiful architecture.
Ngawal Trekking to Manang (3570m)
Today we will work thought flat valley along the bank of Marshyandi River. On the way we will pass pine forest, farming terrace and beautiful village of Braga. During the route we can visit Braga monasteries, the view of Annapurna rang and Tilicho peak are closer. Overnight in Manang
Manang trekking to Letdar (4250m)., 6 hours
Today the trail move through alpine pastures to scrubby forests of juniper and rose, with leaving the Marshyangdi the trail ascend up to Tenki. From here continue ascend to Letdar via Yak kharka village
Letdar trekking to Phedi (4420m) or High camp (4600m), 4:30 hours
From here the trail leads further ascend along the bank of the Jorsang Khola. It is some time possible to see herds of blue mountain sheep. Stay overnight at Phedi or can continue climbing up to High camp.
Phedi or High Camp trekking to Muktinath (3800m), 8 / 9 hours
From Phedi the trail becomes steep, switch backing up moraines and following rocky ridges as it ascends to the pass. The views from the trail and from the pass are outstanding, you can see the long great barrier ridged, Gangapurna, Annapurna, Thorong peak Khatung Kang peak. From the top the trail descends steeply down to Muktinath. This is one of the most important pilgrimage sights for Hindus. It is also home to many ethnics Tibetans and holy Buddhists. Overnight at Muktinath We ascend steeply to high camp at 4590m then along an undulating trail to the flat top of Throngla ( 5416m) from here the trail descend steeply down to Muktinath. This is one of the most important pilgrimage sights for Hindus. It is also home to many ethnics Tibetans and holy Buddhists stay at 3800m
Muktinath trekking to Jomsom (2715m) via Kagbeni (2810m)
Today is easy walk after the great success of Thorong Pass, the trail gradually go down to Jharkot with the picturesque kani (large Gompa) from here the trail stroll among meadows, streams, poplar and fruit trees, finally we arrive Kagbeni a gateway to Upper Mustang, it has posing chortens and ochre-colored Gompas and monastery, you can visit red walled kagchode Thubten Sampheling Gompa which was founded in 1429. After lunch in Kagbeni continue trekking to Jomsom throught windy trail of Kaligandaki valley, overnight at Jomsom.
Jomsom flight to Pokhara
Early morning, after breakfast we take an adventure scenic flight to Pokhara. Afternoon free on your own, hotel.
Pokhara to Kathmandu
Drive or fly out to Kathmandu, evening join cultural show and Nepali dinner, hotel
We will take you to the Kathmandu Airport to catch your flight home. We will wish you a happy journey in the traditional and cultural way of Nepal and hope to see you again!
- Kathmandu international airport transfer
- 2 Night Hotels in Kathamndu / or / 2 Nights hotel in Bhaktapur on B. B plan
- All land transfer as per given itinerary
- Annapurna Conservation entry permits fees.
- Nar and Phu restricted area permits and their fees
- Guest house + Tented accommodation during the trekking.
- Required domestic flight Jomsom - Pokhara with applicable tax
- 3 meals in each day ( Bf, Lunch Dinner ) serve with hot drinks while on trek.
- Fully escorted trek with fluent English speaking license holder local mountain trekking Guide, professional cook, sherpa & required porter as upon the group size.
- All kitchen and cooking equipment during the trekking.
- All program according to itineraries on full board.
- Trekking equipment and other facilities to Nepali trekking staffs.
- Insurances for all Nepali trekking crew
- A special gift: through the Company Gokyo Treks and Expedition (P) Ltd.
- Nepal entry Visa Fee(You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Nepal's Airport in Kathmandu)
- International Airfare and Airport Tax, sightseeing entry fee
- Any kind of Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, hot water
- Dessert, chocolates, personal shopping, laundry, phone call, internet, Camera battery charging.
- Personal trekking Equipment travel and medical insurance and helicopter rescue personal expenses.
- Tips and Gratitude (Tipping is expected, but it is not mandatory)
- Any others expenses which are not mentioned on above includes section.
We are experts for the operations trip at high-altitude. Every trip we run has a sound acclimatization program. We created this trekking itinerary to allow for gradual height gain spread over a number of days. There is no way of predicting who will suffer from altitude, but for the vast majority of people, a slow ascent will produce minimal effects. Acclimatizing takes time and there are no safe shortcuts. For all trips to altitudes in excess of 3,000 meters, our guides carry medicines essential to the treatment of altitude illness; they are trained to track symptoms as well as administer medications but we recommend to you to carry medicine by yourself that is beneficial for you.
To be sufficiently protected in terms of insurance, you need specialized travel insurance for participation in hazardous activities. A travel insurance policy that covers emergency evacuation, trip injury, lost baggage, theft, liability, medical treatment and expenses is strongly recommended. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal such as trekking and climbing. Our agency Gokyo Treks and Expedition can arrange for the appropriate policy based on your trekking.
Climate and Weather
The climate of Nepal is as varied as its geography. The low-lying Terai has a sub-tropical monsoonal climate. The Himalaya where most of our treks take place, are best in the cool dry season from September to May. The traditional trekking season in Nepal is late September to December, with October and November generally recognized as having the best weather. Spring is also a popular time of year with warmer weather and the advantage of seeing spring flowers and rhododendrons in bloom. The visibility is good and days are pleasantly warm, although nights can be cold, and snow is possible above 3,000 meters.
This trekking is likely to have a wide range of temperatures depending on the altitude and the time of day. In the mountains up to 3,500m the nights will be cool, normally around 5 degree C, and during the day temperatures sometimes rise to 25 degree C. At higher altitudes temperatures range from about 15 degree C to -10 degree C.
We bring together a small group of likeminded people to give them a memorable and insightful travel experience with an invaluable opportunity to interact in a fun-filled environment. Our travel group generally comprises a maximum of 12 members. We need a minimum of 2 participants to run our fixed departure dates. For individualized trips, no minimum or maximum applies. If you would like to travel independently or with your friends, families and colleagues, you are invited to choose any of the trips at your convenient time frame for any number of people.
Gokyo Treks and Expedition promises you a rewarding trip with an experience that last you lifetime amidst natural and cultural beauties. Here you will find committed team member, world-class quality, personalized service, closest co-operation and great company. Our trekking crews have more than a decade of trek leadership experience. We ensure you get the ultimate holiday experience that exceeds your expectation. Quality service is what matters the most. We at Gokyo Treks and Expedition are supremely confident to bring outstanding service throughout your trip without any unnecessary discomfort and hassle, it is 100 % guaranteed.
The following is a list of clothing and accessories that we recommend for treks and climbs in Nepal. This is not intended to be a comprehensive clothing and equipment list, rather it is intended to act as a reminder of those items that we feel are essential for your comfort and convenience. However we recognize that you may have your own personal preferences for clothing which may be equally as suitable.
- Sun hat or scarf
- Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
- Any kinds of battery charges and hot shower during the trekking.
- Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
- Down vest and/or jacket (optional)
- T-shirts (2)
- Light and expedition weight thermal tops
- Fleece jacket or pullover
- Lightweight gloves
- Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer
- Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
- Fleece or wool pants
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
- Underwear (4)
- Hiking shorts (2)
- Lightweight cotton long pants
- Thin, lightweight inner socks (4)
- Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4)
- Hiking boots with spare laces
- Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
- Gaiters (Optional)
- Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bags
- Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
- Thermarest sleeping pad (Only Camping Trek)
- Water bottles (2)
- Sleeping bag rated -10C. to -20C (Depending on trekking region)
- Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
- Small pad or combination lock-to-lock trek bag
- Basic First Aid Kit (see Health and Medicinal)
- Books (Highly Recommended)
- Playing cards/backgammon/chess set
- Swiss Knife
Recommended Mountaineering Kit
In addition to the items mentioned above for trekking, the following is a list of the additional specialized items which are required for the trekking peaks.
- Ice axe, and ski poles (note - ice axes can be rented in Kathmandu)
- Climbing helmet
- Alpine climbing harness
- 2 x tape slings
- 2 x screwgate karabiners
- Descender/abseil device
- Plastic or leather mountaineering boots, with gaiters and crampons that have been tested for a good fit.
- Fleece trousers or silhouette
- Additional mits and gloves suitable for climbing
Is pick up service available if my arrival day in Kathmandu?
Yes sure !! If you provide us your flights details then you should do request then our representative will come to pick up you on Kathmandu international airport.
Do I need Experience for Narphu Valley Trekking?
This trekking is suitable for keen trekkers/walkers who are able to walk around 5 - 6 hours in a day, with a light weight rucksack. For such kind of Nar and Phu - kangla and Thorung La adventure trekking - yes, you need to have experience of walking 5- 6 hours a day in high altitude - somehow about 3000M above sea level.
What kind of accommodation can I expect on Narphu Valley Trekking?
We provide you 3 star category hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and during the trekking there would be normal hotel accomidation which offers basic clean facilities with a mattress and blanket. We can also offer you sleeping bags if needed (which need to return after the trip) but it is always better idea to own sleeping equipment.
What kind of food can I expect in Narphu Valley Trekking ?
All the guest houses/lodges in the trekking they have attached restaurant and they cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian fare. Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, dhal bhat, bread, soups, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season)
The dinner and breakfast are provided in the same lodge you spend the night every day and Lunch will be provided on the way to next place where you are going.
What opportunities will I have for shower along Narphu Valley Trekking?
Tea house trekking all the lodges they have shower which you can get it somewhere paying and somewhere without paying and during the camping trekking days - we provide you hot water bucket then you will take bucket shower.
How do I get drinking water on Narphu Valley Trekking?
Normally in the trekking in nepal route there is all places hotel and shop as well in shop you can able to buy mineral water and you can buy it for drinking but however we advise against buying mineral water in plastic bottles, as currently there are no provisions for disposing of these. Instead, we provide you boiled water or bringing chlorine tablets to purify the normal water as the normal water is available in camp site/along the way in the camping trekking.
Can I charge my digital camera or other batteries on my trip?
in camping trek there are few places where you can charge the battery paying charge but in tea house trekking there will be more chances to charge the battery we recommend to you bring extra pair for incase .Remember to bring your adapters! And we recommend you to take extra batteries.
Is there any communication facilities on Narphu Valley Trekking?
In this trekking route you can get telephone services as well as internet services as well.
Can I use credit cards in Trekking?
No, for the trekking you need to have cash beacuse credit cards works city area of nepal only.
When should I book my trip and what is the payments terms?
Because our trips book up months in advance, we recommend booking early to avoid disappointment. We will of course make every effort to accommodate last minute bookings.
We prefer 20 % advance deposit of total price of a trip in order to conform your reservation before you arrive in Nepal. And rest of the payment can be made after your arrival.
Who will carry my luggage on Narphu Valley Trekking?
We provide porters they will carry your luggage.
Is there any communication while we are on Narphu Valley Trekking?
There are telephones in many villages along the popular trekking routes from which you can make international calls.
How much distance do I walk each day?
When walking/trekking in the mountains, the distance you cover each day can vary greatly due to gradient, terrain and altitude. As such it is very hard to give specific distances on each day, however you have to be prepared to walk 5-6 hours each day.
Do I need walking polls for Narphu Valley Trekking?
we recomend to take that it will be the helpful to you.
How much additional money do I need per day?
You can allocate US$ 08 - 10 for a lunch / dinner in kathamndu and it depends on your spending habits. US$7 to 10 US$ a day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, tea coffee and some drinks in trekking.
Trek legally. If you trek independently, you are not allowed to take any staff by law. You need for this a Trekking Agency, the sole authorized to employ staff for foreign trekkers. Do not hire staff or "independent guides" through hotels, unless they have a Trekking Agent licence or offer this service through an affiliated Trekking Agent.
Rubbish management For the most proper disposal available, please make sure you take all of your trash, including bottles and cans from goods consumed in restaurants, to the nearest truck-accessible road.
Sanitation Note the pollution and lack of trash management in the villages on the treks - including trash-clogged rivers and mounds of discarded beer bottles. Nepal is struggling with its rapid Westernization and hasn't yet figured out how to dispose of its waste. Don't contribute to the problem any more than necessary!
After your trek you can give your clothes to the porters' clothing bank which is managed by the KEEP association . This bank is located in the Thamel neighborhood of Kathmandu and provides clothes to the trekking porters.