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Narphu Valley Trekking

Narphu Valley Trekking

Narphu Valley Trekking

Narphu Valley trekking is one of less tourist camping trekking area of Nepal. For this trek we need special permit from government as this Nar and Phu village is recognized very lately. Which is normal to hard trekking with different passes, Narphu Valley trekking is in Annapurna region but its different way for trekking. But it's very exciting and the challenging trekking.

Now a days, Nar Phu the population about 300 inhabitants who depend on livestock, unlike most Boatia people, whose trading patterns changed drastically after the Nepali Government closed borders with Tibet, the people of Nar and Phu valley were least affected by this change. The winding path leading from the valley into Tibet had never made them dependent on the salt trade, and till today yak herding is the basis of their livelihood. Narphu Valley trek passes through the ancient villages of the Narphu valley, allowing visitors to spectator its age old Nepalese/Tibetan culture.

A fantastic journey in a wild and unexplored area located north of Annapurna: the Nar Phu Valley. This trek is perfect for travelers who want to discover the Annapurna circuit as well as explore an untouched valley. A rough and wild trek, this trek takes you to the exotic Nar Phu valley that lies in the remote corner of the Annapurna region. Opened to visitors only in the year 2003, the Nar Phu valley remains untouched by modernity. The inhabitants, who roughly comprises of about 350 Nepalese Tibetans, have retained their age old practices. Most of them are engaged in yak herding and farming.

Narphu Valley Trekking / 24 Days - Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu (1300m).

Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation.

Day 03: Drive to Besishahar (830m) to Syange 7-8 hrs and Trek to Shree Chaur, 1 hr.

Day 04: Trek from Shree Chaur to Tal village (1410m) 5-6 hrs.

Day 05: Trek from Tal Village to Chamje (1830m) 5-6 hrs.

Day 06: Trek from Chamje to Bagarchhap (2164m) 6-7 hrs.

Day 07: Trek from Bagarchhap to Koto Qupar (2600m) 6-7 hrs

Day 08: Trek from Koto to Dharamsala (3230m) 6-7 hrs.

Day 09: Trek from Dharamsala to Kayang (3740m) 6-7 hrs.

Day 10: Trek from Kayang to Phu (4,050m) 6-7 hrs.

Day 11: Explore day in Phu.

Day 12: Trek from Phu to Junam (3550mt) 5-6 hrs.

Day 13: Trek from Junam to Nar (4150m) 5-6 hrs.

Day 14: Explore day in Nar.

Day 15: Trek from Nar to Ngawal (3650m) 6-7 hrs.

Day 16: Trek from Nagawal to Manang (3351m).

Day 17: Acclimatization day at Manang (3351m).

Day 18: Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4110m) 6-7 hrs.

Day 19: Trek from Yak Kharka to Throng Phedi (4400m) 6-7 hrs.

Day 20: Trek from Throng Phedi to Throng La (5416m) to Muktin0ath (3800m) 9-10 hrs.

Day 21: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (2500m) 5-6 hrs.

Day 22: Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara (8 20m) 20 min.

Day 23: Pokhara to Kathmandu fly 25 min. /drive 6-7 hrs.

Day 24: Farewell Friend (Final departure to your onward destination).

Narphu Valley Trekking / 24 Days - Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu (1300m).
Namaste & welcome to Mountain Guide Trek of Nepal. Upon your arrival, you will be greeted by a representative from Mountain guide Treks (MGT). After completing your custom formalities (Visa, etc) pick up your luggage and look for our representative with a Mountain Guide Treks and Expedition with Group leader's name display board at the arrival gate. You will be then transferred to Hotel. After check in, if time allows, you will visit MGT office to meet your trekking leader as well as other participants and for final preparation for the trip. It all depends upon your arrival time. (Overnight at deluxe hotel on BB basis)

Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation.
The day after breakfast we will start sightseeing tour with our professional tour guide to the several of most historical and spiritual Place in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks are considered the World Heritage historic Sites such as Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambunath) and Buddhists shrine (Buddha Nath) which is one of the largest Stupas in the world. After come back from the tour there will be a pre-trip discussion with our trek leader and other team members. Mountain Guide Trek will brief you regarding your trek as well as we may have an opportunity to discuss any difficulties regarding our upcoming adventure. Rest of the time you could use for travelling around the Thamel and shopping of needed equipments and other necessaries. (Overnight deluxe hotel on BB basis)

Day 03: Drive to Besishahar (830m) to Syange 7-8 hrs and Trek to Shree Chaur, 1 hrs.
This morning we leave Kathmandu for our long trek to Annapurna. Drive to Beshishahar and Syange through the scenic countryside and river view. This is an interesting drive through the foothills of the Himalaya. En-route to Pokhara our route diverts from the town village of Dumre towards north to Besishahar. On arriving Besishahar entry your permit and keep drive up to Syange and one hour trek up to Shree Chaur. (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)

Day 04: Trek from Shree Chaur to Tal village (1410m) 5-6 hrs.
After a breakfast our trek continues gradually uphill from the river and the last steep climb to get to Jagat. From here an hour further walk on rocky path & long scenic waterfall across the river and finally brings you at Chamje for Lunch stop. From Chamje a short walk brings to a suspension bridge over the raging Marshyangdi river, after crossing the bridge it's another steep climb for another 3 hours till Tal, the village is situated on the gorge-valley by the side of the river Marshyangdi and decorated with beautiful waterfall & sandy spread river, where we will stay overnight at Tal village. (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)

Day 05: Trek from Tal Village to Chamje (1830m) 5-6 hrs.
The trail climbs steeply and the path is cut into the sheer cliff-face some 200-300m above the riverbed. Eventually we descend to the village of Jagat, situated on a shelf which juts into the precipitous Marsyangdi valley, and then climb steeply up through a forest to a wonderful tea house just before Chamje, marked by a magnificent waterfall on the opposite bank. Chamje is an atmospheric village of traditional style tea house, always packed with local horses, also bedding down for the night. (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)

Day 06: Trek from Chamje to Bagarchhap (2164m) 6-7 hrs.
Getting right into the spirit of the trek this morning, we begin before the sun hits on a two hour hike - straight up. After descending to the river and crossing a suspension bridge, we begin a steep climb to some small tea houses at Sattale. Beyond Tal and the check post, the valley narrows and the path becomes high and winding, and in several areas is actually when from the rock. Beyond the small village of Kharka, there is a bit more exposed trail walking before the path drops again to the river. We cross a bridge, and climb the short distance to the stone Khan marking the entrance to Dharapani and another check post. As we cut through a narrow field from the village, the Dudh Khola, which originates from the south face of Manaslu, enters on the opposite bank. The Marsyangdi then turns to the left, and as Annapurna II (the 16th highest mountain on the planet) becomes visible ahead, we arrive at Bagarchhap, a Tibetan village with prayer flags fluttering in the breeze. (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)

Day 07: Trek from Bagarchhap to Koto Qupar (2600m) 6-7 hrs.
Continuing to climb through forests of pine and oak, we pass through Danagyu before coming to a thundering waterfall, where we turn left and head up the high trail to Koto. After an hour of lovely, open forests, we reach a clearing at the top of the trail and a charming Tibetan tea house where we will stop for a break. Pausing for breath, we can look back for views of Manaslu. An hour away is the wonderful Gurung village of Timang, where the villagers might be harvesting their crops of buckwheat. Heading down to the village of Koto Qupar, our base for the trek up to Nar Phu, we can look straight up at nearby Annapurna II - a stunning sight convincing us that we are deep in the Mountains Koto Qupar. The villagers are mostly from Nar and Phu and this is the gateway to their region. (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)

Day 08: Trek from Koto to Dharamsala (3230m) 6-7 hrs.
This morning we head out early, as we have a long and somewhat difficult day before us. Just past the check post, we cross the river leading to the Nar Phu valleys, and hike up through beautiful woods above the Phu Khola (river). The route takes us through some beautiful woods and past several small shelters (caves) and a pilgrims' 'Dharmasala'. As we emerge out of a narrow canyon, the trail actually passes under a wide waterfall just before the Dharmasala, from which point the woods become thinner and the vistas wider. A stunning start for the Nar Phu trek! We camp at the Dharamsala. (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)

Day 09: Trek from Dharamsala to Kayang (3740m) 6-7 hrs.
A steep climb up the valley along a small, scenic river brings us finally to high pastures on a 3,200m plateau. We pass by the scenic Kharka of Meta, 3560m, a non-permanent winter settlement of Nar, where we will probably share the trail with a few yaks! This morning is one of the loveliest walks in the Himalayas. The landscape is similar to the Sierra Nevada; white rocks, low shrub and juniper, scattered evergreens, delicate brick-red and orange leafed bushes, crumbling shelves of flat slate, white, sandy trails and knurled trees. The next semi-permanent settlement is Chako, formerly a Khampa settlement, where grass lies tied in bunches to dry on all the rooftops and prayer flags flutter in the breeze. Many more ups and downs take us to tonight's campsite at Kyang, the extensive winter settlement of Phu, on a plateau high above the river. (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)

Day 10: Trek from Kayang to Phu (4,050m) 6-7 hrs.
Slowly go down to the river, we trek for a while along the river bank and past the "submarine" rock, passing some small possible campsites along the way. Today, we really start to see some of the unique, colorful Chortens for which Nar and Phu are justly famous. We have to rock-hop carefully across a small glacial stream before reaching a larger one with a bridge only half covered with large slabs of slate. Just before the bridge to Phu, a line of wonderful Chortens color the landscape and lead the way to the main village of Phu, perched high up on a hill, amphitheater style. We will set up camp on the lower reaches of Phu, formerly called Gomdzong, and head up to the famous Tashi Lhakhang Gompa. (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)

Day 11: Explore day in Phu.
Having spent quite a few days getting to Phu, we will spend one day in this area to enjoy it, meet the local Phu residents and do some exploring up the wide valley systems above us. Tibet is two long days away, so a bit far for a visit, but we 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 a day is well spent sitting with the villagers as they spin their yak and sheep wool and chat, pound mustard seeds into a paste for oil, or involve themselves in the countless activities that take up a day in Tibetan villages. For photographers, the light is spectacular, and the skies a deep blue and we may even see some blue sheep on the surrounding hillsides. (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)

Day 12: Trek from Phu to Junam (3550mt) 5-6 hrs.
The day Back through Phu gate, we descend to the river, and retrace our steps back to Junam Kharka, a lovely spot as any for our campsite for the evening. (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)

Day 13: Trek from Junam to Nar (4150m) 5-6 hrs.
As we trek down to the old bridge spanning a deep, contoured and narrow gorge (cameras out for this crossing), and then all the way back up again. It's a good thing the scenery is so stunning, below us sit Gyalbu Kumbu, built in 1650, and Satte Gompa, both empty. We 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. (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)

Day 14: Explore day in Nar.
Aactually, Nar is not far from the main Annapurna trail, but it feels centuries away, is rarely visited by trekkers and is about as picturesque as they come. 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. The children in Nar seem to be always out in the streets, presumably preferring this life to the classroom! 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. (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)

Day 15: Trek from Nar to Ngawal (3650m) 6-7 hrs.
The trail down initially is steep, and scree jumping seems to be the easiest option for the descent. Ngawal, on the upper Pisang route of the Annapurna circuit (off the main Annapurna circuit), can be reached in as little as two hours from the pass, but the walk down is so nice that we will take it easy and enjoy the views. Just before Ngawal is an unusual grouping of Chortens and prayer flags, and marks a meditation cave far up in the hills. Ngawal is a wonderful, old village of cobbled streets, prayer wheels and beautiful architecture, obviously a hub of religious activity in previous times. (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)

Day 16: Trek from Nagawal to Manang (3351m).
Leaving Ngawal, we trek a amazing trail passing through the isolated village of Paugha and wonderful views of the Annapurnas, Trail is going very gently up walk to Mungli and accents up to the main Annapurna trail at Mungli. After lunch, pleasant walk up to the Braga village for traditionally built up Tibetans style of houses and if can be visited the monastery, it has an outstanding display of statues, Thankas and the religious manuscripts. From here it is only an hour walk to Manang for the overnight. (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)

Day 17: Acclimatization day at Manang (3351m).
Today is full of rest for explored in Manang. The village of about 500 flat-roofed houses is the picturesque set amongst some spectacular scenery -Annapurna II, Annapurna III (7,555 meters), Gangapurna (7,454 meters) to the South - Tilicho (7,132 meters) and the Grand Barrier to the West - Chulu West (6,583 meters) and Chulu East (6,059 meters) to the North. After explore and relaxing day at Manang, visit Himalayan Rescue Association and if needed go for movie show. (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)

Day 18: Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4110m) 6-7 hrs.
After a fantastic time at Manang, the trail leads to a slow climb up for an hour to the Tenki Manang for enclose view of the Annapurna, Gangapurna and Tilicho peak. The track gently winds up offering inspiring views and through terrains with juniper bushes as the only surviving vegetation around this region and will brings you at Yak-Kharka for the overnight. (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)

Day 19: Trek from Yak Kharka to Throng Phedi (4400m) 6-7 hrs.
Today, we start our trek with slow and own pace to get to Phedi. We still have same amazing view of mountains and landscapes. After an hour walk reaches at Ledar and continues to climb along the east bank of the Jorsang Khola, then descends and crosses the stream on a wooden bridge to get a small tea shop. We stop for wonderful view and tea breaks, we follows a narrow path across a high, unsteady slope before heading to Thorong Phedi for the overnight. (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)

Day 20: Trek from Throng Phedi to Throng La (5416m) to Muktinath (3800m) 9-10 hrs.
Today is longest and hardest day of the whole trip. We start our walk early in the morning with packed lunch and the trail becomes steepest initially and reaches at high camp. Walk on your own pace viewing with sunrise and glimpse of the mountains. We continuing walk to the top takes 3-4 hrs to the Throng top and with a great feeling of victory take a short breaks for picturesque scenery and down to the Mustang part of mountains and the Kaligandaki valley far below to the West. Finally, we made to Muktinath after 6-7 hrs long walk. (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)

Day 21: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (2500m) 5-6 hrs.
Today, we wake up early to the marvelous sounds of temple bells and visit the famous pilgrimage center to Muktinath Temple area. After breakfast it is an easy trek down to Kagbeni. The trail descends through a dramatic, arid landscape all the way to Kagbeni. To reach Kagbeni one must travel on either side of the Kaligandaki River. The left fork continues up the river to Kagbeni. Perhaps you lunch spot will be at Kagbeni. After few hours walking from Kagbeni we reach at Jomsom, a large town and the headquarters of the Mustang region. It has an airstrip just above the Kaligandaki River and is also a major village on the Kaligandaki area linking the age old Trans-Himalayan Salt Trade route to Tibet. (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)

Day 22: Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara (820m) 20 min.
This morning we pack our bags and get ready for the exciting mountain scenic flight to Pokhara. The flight transit through between two high peaks Mt. Annapurna (8091m and Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m and give us an opportunity to enjoy with best views of surrounding Annapurna & Dhaulagiri Himalayan range. We have full day at Pokhara to enjoy with its natures.
Our guide will take you for sightseeing in Pokhara valley and visit the highlights of Pokhara and the surrounding areas. The place to visit pilgrimage sites of Hindus temple Bindabashini, which one most important popular Hindu temple in Pokhara. Two hour boating in Phewa Lake and visit the Barahi temple which one in island in Phewa Lake and others popular place David fall (Water fall), Ghupteshower cave etc. (Over night at deluxe hotel on BB basis)

Day 23: Pokhara to Kathmandu fly 25 min. /drive 6-7 hrs.
You could choose afternoon flight to Kathmandu, till some hours before flight; you may take an optional sightseeing tour around Pokhara or enjoy adventure activities such as boat riding, paragliding, etc. While returning to Kathmandu from Pokhara, be sure to catch the left side of airplane for the best views of Himalayas. Or if you would like to choose by bus, we will arrange ticket in tourist coach at river side seat and start your journey at 7:30 am from Pokhara. Left site seats of vehicles are nice to enjoy the scenery; the road follows by Trisuli River where you see many people rafting on the river. After 6/7 hours you will arrive at Kathmandu (beside Thamel) and transfer to your hotel. The day at leisure to rest, perhaps catch up on some last minute shopping or explore any sights you missed during your first day in Kathmandu. ! Remember, we will be hosting a fantastic celebration "Farewell dinner" at traditional Nepalese restaurant together with Mountain Guide Trek staffs for successful completion of the Nar Phu Valley Trek! (Overnight at deluxe hotel on BB basis)

Day 24: Farewell Friend (Final departure to your onward destination).
Today is last day in Nepal for this trip; you are saying good bye to the mountains as journey in Nepal, comes to an end today, There is nothing to do but trade emails with travel companions and organize the photos. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. Approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight a representative from Mountain Guide Treks will take you to the airport.

Cost Include

  • Airport pick up drop service
  • All land transportation as per itinerary
  • One day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu with license holder tour guide
  • 3 night's hotel accommodation at Kathmandu in deluxe hotel on BB basis.
  • 1 night's hotel accommodation at Pokhara in tourist standard hotel on BB basis.
  • "Farewell dinner" before a day your departure from Nepal.
  • Guest house/tented accommodation according to given itinerary (sharing in 2 bed-room) and 3 meals (Breakfast, lunch, Dinner) during the trek
  • Domestic flights; Jomsom-Pokhara-Kathmandu
  • Domestic air fare Tax
  • An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide), assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging.
  • Down jacket, for seasonal sleeping bag, Mountain Guide treks & Expedition kit bag/duffel bag, trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
  • All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit, TIMS )
  • A comprehensive medical kit

Cost Exclude

  • Nepal entree visa: you can get a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu (A multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by Paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos)
  • International airfare
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu or Pokhara (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, water bottle, hot shower during the trekking etc.)
  • Personal trekking equipment & clothing
  • Tips for guides and porters
  • Any donation and monuments entrance fee

Note:- Cost includes and exclude section may give you better idea on how the trip is organized. Once you let us know the number of interested traveler and departure date we would get back to you with actual cost for the trip.

Equipment

The following is a list of clothing and accessories that we recommend for Narphu Valley Trekking 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 are feel necessary for your comfort and convenience. However we recognize that you may have your own personal preferences for clothing which may be equally as suitable.

Head

  • Light or warm fleece hat.
  • Watch with light & alarm
  • Sun hat and scrap
  • Sunglasses

Upper Body

  • T-shirts (4)
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket or sweater
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket (optional)
  • Body lotion/Anti-sunlight cream

Hands

  • Playing cards
  • Lightweight gloves (water/wind proof)
  • Trail map and guide book
  • Heavy weight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer

Lower Body

  • Underwear (4)
  • Hiking shorts (4)
  • Lightweight cotton long pants
  • Light weight thermal bottoms
  • Fleece or wool pants
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants

Feet

  • Thin, lightweight inner socks (4-pairs)
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4-pairs)
  • Hiking boots with spare laces
  • Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)

Accessories

  • Sleeping bag
  • Money belt
  • Head touch and batteries
  • Basic First Aid Kit (see Health and Medicinal)
  • Water bottle
  • Toiletries
  • Small wash towel

Optional Items

  • Swiss Knife
  • Playing cards/backgammon/chess set
  • Trekking map
  • Books (Highly Recommended)
  • Binoculars
  • Camera & extra batteries
  • Binoculars
  • Reading books
  • Journal & pen
  • Photo's of home/family
  • Energy/protein bars (optional)
  • Walkman

Note: If the above schedule does not meet your requirements, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preferences.

Trip Photos

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