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Nar Phu Valley Trek 26 Days

Nar Phu Valley Trek  
Trip Duration : 26 Days
Trek Length : 21 Days
Trip Rating : Moderate to Strenuous
Maximum Altitude : 17,456ft
Activity : Cultural tour and trekking
Lodging : Hotels and Tents
Transportation : by Vehicle and Flight
Begins & Ends : Kathmandu
Best Season : Sep-Oct & Apr-May
Trip Date :
Land Cost :
Single Supp :
Group Size : 2-12 Persons

Highlights:

Nar Phu Valley Trek -
Remote, not developed for tourism, yet incredible insight into traditional yak herding culture.

Although at times hidden by swirls of mountain mist ahead of us, near Kangla pass (5200m) the magnificent panorama view of Annapurna massif is likely to appear, both mesmerizing and forbidding with its remote peaks. Our dependable and sturdy mountain ponies continue on the steep climb, carrying our necessities. Behind us is Hongde airport, which we left behind early in the morning, is now just a tiny speck. Our destination is the Nar-Phu valley, above the tree line on the upper limits of cultivation, in the very north of Manang district. It takes five hours reaching the pass that links Nar with Manang and three other Bhotia villages in the Nyershang down valley.

Nowadays, Nar Phu the population about 300 inhabitants who depend on livestock, unlike most Bhotia 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 tortuous path leading from the valley into Tibet had never made them dependent on the salt trade, and still today yak herding is the basis of their livelihood.

Besides the Kangla linking Nar to the Nyeshang valley, the most direct route from Kathmandu to Nar and Phu is along the Marshyangdi River. Travelers trek through the Himalayan foothills and round the eastern end of the Annapurna before they arrive at Qupar, a police check post half and hour before Chame, Manang's district headquarters. From here a long and steep trail winds up to Nar and Phu whose villagers, laden with goods purchased in Chame and even lower down in Besi Sahar, the end of the road head leading to Manang, often camp at Dharmashala, a rudimentary wooden hut built by the people from the two villages.

Nepal government's recent decision to open up Nar and Phu to tourists has evoked little enthusiasm among the villagers, whose pastoral lifestyle continues. Apart from the odd researcher and climbing expeditions permitted to climb Himlung, Ratnachuli and Gachikang, few foreigners have visited the area and tourism infrastructure is almost non-existent. Since Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) recently extended its network to include Nar and Phu Valley, it is preparing a suitable tourism development plan at the request of the government for this previously isolated valley.

Itinerary:

Day 1 Arrive Kathmandu and transfer to hotel,
Day 2 Kathmandu at leisure,
Day 3 Bus to Besisahar (2,699ft), trek begins,
Day 4 trek to Ngati (3,050ft),
Day 5 trek to Jagat (4,264ft),
Day 6 trek to Karte (6,068ft),
Day 7 trek to Koto (8,528ft),
Day 8 trek to Chhacha (10,496ft),
Day 9 trek to Meta (12,136ft),
Day 10 trek to Junum (13,120ft),
Day 11 trek to Phu (13,776ft),
Day 12 Rest day at Phu village to acclimatize,
Day 13 Hike around Phu valley camp,
Day 14 trek to Yak Kharka camp,
Day 15 trek to Panggi Pass camp,
Day 16 trek to above Nar camp (13,120ft),
Day 17 trek to Youingar camp,
Day 18 trek to Kangla Pass camp (17,456ft),
Day 19 trek to Manang camp (10,991ft),
Day 20 trek to Khangsar Khola camp (12,248ft),
Day 21 trek to Tilicho Lake camp (13,579ft),
Day 22 trek to Mesokanto Pass camp (16,725ft),
Day 23 trek to Jomsom camp (8,889ft),
Day 24 Flight Jomsom to Pokhara and Kathmandu, transfer to hotel,
Day 25 Kathmandu at leisure, hotel,
Day 26 Departure from Kathmandu.

 

Service Includes:

  • Four nights in 3-4 star hotel in Kathmandu on twin sharing with breakfast,
  • Trip activities as mentioned in the itinerary,
  • 21 days camping trek with overnights in tents,
  • Trekking equipment (two person tents, foam pads, dining tent, tables, chairs, kitchen utensils and toilet tent),
  • Meals (3 meals a day) freshly cooked and served while on camping trek,
  • Trekking crew (guide, cook, and porters),
  • Porters carry luggage on the trek,
  • Entrance fees to monuments and parks as per itinerary,
  • Domestic airfare Pokhara to Kathmandu including departure tax,
  • Ground transfers on arrivals, sightseeing, to trailhead and departures,
  • Nepalese staff insurance.

Service Excludes:

  • Visa fees, international airfares and airport departure tax,
  • Dinners on lodge trek and lunch and dinner in Kathmandu,
  • Beverages such as alcohol and soft drinks,
  • All personal items such as travel gear, laundry, telephone, tips,
  • Personal medical and travel insurance,
  • Charges for delays caused by situations beyond our control such as bad weather, natural disasters, civil unrest and emergencies.

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