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Nar Phu Valley Trek

Trip Overview

Nar Phu Valley trek is a remote and non touristy area trekking in Nepal that takes you to the beautiful but hidden Nar and Phu Villages forking away from the Annapurna circuit. The area only opened to tourists in 2003, so still remains new and unspoiled and trekking through Nar phu valley has very different charm as very few westerners have trekked in the area.  The Nar Phu valleys combines views of high peaks and passes, glaciers, remote villages, narrow canyons, lovely forests, amazing rock formations, yaks, gompas and two remote Tibetan villages (Nar & Phu). After an exploration through Nar and Phu village we trek back to the Annapurna trail to continue our trek through adventurous Thorung La pass, the holy site of Muktinath and finally to Jomsom to fly to Pokhara.

Nar phu valley trek is initiated after completion of necessary trek preparation and guided sightseeing around the Kathmandu valley. From Kathmandu we will take a drive towards Besisahar followed by Syange, which is the starting point of our trek. Ascendling gradually towards Phu and Nar village comprises the spectacular views of snow capped mountains along the visit to ancient monasteries and chance of exploring Tibetan Buddhism culture and tradition. Kangla pass at an altitude of 5322 meters lets us spectacle the panoramic views of mountains.  Further we will pass through pine forests and Gurung settlements in the Manang valley followed by experiencing the natural vegetation and yak herds at Yak Kharka. Visiting the famous pilgrimage site Muktinath temple gives us the sense of peace and tranquility. It carries the religious importance for Hinduism and Buddhism. Then we will trek further towards kagbeni along the Kali Gandaki River to arrive at Jomsom from where we will board a flight towards Pokhara. As in  the other trekking in Nepal we trek through valleys, forests, high passes, monasteries, temples but special about Nar Phu Valley Trek is trekking through totally secluded settlement of Nar and Phu that are untouched from the modern civilization and it feels like we are back into time when we watch the daily chores of the villagers of Nar and Phu. With the memories full of adventure and accomplishment finally the Narphu valley trek is concluded after arriving at Kathmandu via scenic 6 hours of drive.

Nar phu valley, an off beatean path trek in Nepal requires good level of physical fitness and passion towards trekking and walking. Join Nar phu valley trek with Icicles adventure for the ultimate experience of trekking in remote areas of Nepal.

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Price Includes

  • Airport and hotel transfers as per itinerary in private vehicle
  • Three nights’ twin sharing accommodation with breakfast in a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
  • One night twin sharing accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Pokhara
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu including temple/monument entry fees and private vehicle
  • Full board meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Best available teahouse/lodge accommodation (twin sharing ) during the trek
  • Staff– one professional, knowledgeable and friendly English speaking trekking leader along with assistant guide (6 trekkers : 1 assistant guide)  and porters (2 trekkers : 1 porter) including their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, transportation, and accidental insurance
  • Ground transportations from Pokhara – Kathmandu transfers by private vehicle (but tourist bus for solo trek)
  • Kathmandu – Beshishahar  transportation by private car and Beshishahar – Syange by public jeep
  • Jomsom to Pokhara flight including departure tax.
  • Duffle bag, sleeping bag, and down jacket for use during the trek
  • Icicles Adventure T – shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate
  • First aid medical kit
  • TIMS and Annapurna Conservation Area Permit
  • All government taxes & office service charge

Price Excludes

  • Nepal visa arrangement (more on Nepal Visa Information)
  • International/Domestic airfares
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Added night/s accommodation in Kathmandu or Pokhara because of early arrival, delayed departure, early return from mountain (due to any cause) than the programmed itinerary
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu or Pokhara (and also in the case of early return from mountain than the programmed itinerary)
  • All kind of drinks (alcoholic, hot, or cold)
  • Personal expenses such as phone calls, bar bills, laundry, battery recharge, bottle or boiled water, hot shower, extra porters, etc)
  • Personal equipments and clothing
  • Tips for guides and porters (tip is expected but not mandatory)

Nar Phu Valley Trek Day to day Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1345 m)

As you land at Tribhuvan International airport (Kathmandu Airport), finish your custom formalities (visa, etc.) and get to the airport waiting terminal; you will find our representative waiting to greet you. He/she will be holding Icicles Adventure Treks and Tours signboard. You will be then transferred to your respective hotel in our private vehicle. Overnight in hotel.

Day 2: Kathmandu (1,338 m/4,390 ft): Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

After breakfast we start a guided tour to several medieval and spiritual sites in Kathmandu which are also listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites including the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambhunath) and Buddhists shrine (BouddhaNath) which is one of the large Stupas in the world. Later after sightseeing program, we will introduce you with your trekking guide and have a small pre-trip meeting. You can also take an opportunity to hire/buy any last minute trekking equipment or bargain for your souvenirs at the many stores. You are advised to pack your things and be set up for your actual Everest base camp trekking adventure that will begin the next day. Overnight in hotel. (Breakfast Included)

Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Synge/ Jagat (1100 m) 8 hrs

After breakfast at your hotel we will depart at 8am; take a scenic drive to Beshisahar via the Prithivi Highway. From Beshisahar we drive to Syange by local jeep. While driving we will have many chances to observe rural people & various cultures along the highway. From Syange we trek to Jagat. Overnight at guesthouse, (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 04: Trek to Dharapani (1960 m) 6 hrs

After breakfast start the working through jungle after we left Chyamje from Chyamje the trail goes bank of Marshyangdi river mostly climbing before arrive in Tal from here, 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 at guesthouse, (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 5: Trek to Koto (2610m/5 hours)

A difficult trek today, up and over two hills, through apple orchards and Manangi villages. Manaslu, Himalchuli, Lamjung Himal and Annapurna II are amongst some of the magical mountains on view today. Overnight in local teahouse. , (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 6: Trek to Meta. (3560m/7 hours)

A trek through a thick pine and rhododendron forest, following the Naar Khola River brings us to Meta. We will not see any lodges or teahouses until we get to Meta so we will bring a packed lunch with us from Koto. Overnight in local teahouse. , (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 7: Trek to Phu Gaon (4250m/ 7 hours)

We follow the Phu Khola, through an almost desert valley, enjoying stunning views of Kangaroo Mountain, Pokharkan and Amotsang Himal. It is a gradual incline today, not too difficult. The first migrants from Tibet settled in Phu Gaon nearly 200 years ago, we will stay here for the night in a very basic, local teahouse. , (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 8: Acclimatization day in Phu Gaon

We will stay an extra day here to acclimatize to the increasing elevation. We can wonder around the town, talk to the local people and visit the ancient monastery that was built by the first Tibetan migrants. basic, local teahouse. , (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 09: Trek to Naar (4110m/7 hours)

We again take a packed lunch, as there will be no lodges or restaurants along the way today. We descend to Mahayandra Pool. The old King of Nepal once visited here and financed the bridge you will see crossing the River Naar Khola. We then take a steep descent all the way to Naar where we will stay in a teahouse for the night.basic, local teahouse. , (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 10: Rest and acclimatization day

We will see amazing panoramic views from here of Pisang Peak, Kangaroo, Pokharkan and Amodsang Himal as we relax for the day before some more strenuous trekking in the. We can take a short 2 hour hike to help us acclimatize and for some more pleasant mountain vistas. Local teahouse. , (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 11: Trek to Ngwal (3660m) via the Kangla Pass (5322m/8 hours)

A challenging day ahead, we need to leave Ngwal by 4 am to be able to conquer today’s difficult trek. A gradual incline for 2 hours before we will need to scramble up a steep, rocky track. You will not be disappointed when you reach the top and all your efforts will be worth it, you will be awestruck by a mountain paradise. 360 degree, panoramic views of these snow-capped, majestic mountains await you. We then descend down a very steep track to Ngwal and our teahouse for the night. Local teahouse. , (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 12: Trek to Manang (3540m/4 hours)

A well deserved and welcomed easy trekking route today, through the pine forest and local Manang and Gurung villages. Manang is one of the main villages in the area and is the home to a very beautiful monastery. We stay the night in a local teahouse. The level of accommodation now improves and probably seems quite luxurious compared to the teahouses of the previous nights in the more remote regions. Overnight at a guesthouse. . , (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 13: Trek to Yak Kharka (4,000m) - 5 hrs

Continuing on from Manang, the trails ascends by nearly 500m to Yak Kharka. We make the climb steadily through Tenki Manang, leaving the Marsyangi Valley. Continuing along the Jarsang Khola Valley, we reach Yak Kharka at 4,000m. Herds of yaks and vegetations appear to thin out. Overnight at a guesthouse. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 14: Trek to Thorong Phedi (4,450m) - 5 hrs

After a two-hour ascent the trail descends to cross the river at 4,310m. We then climb up to Thorong Phedi at 4,450m where decent guesthouses have been built in the recent years. Overnight at guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 15: Trek to Muktinath (3,800m) via Th orung La pass (5,416m) - 8 hrs

Today is a long trek starting before sunrise at 4 am to reach the pass by 9-10am otherwise weather conditions (strong winds) will greatly affect the journey, particularly at the Thorung La Pass (5,416m). We climb steeply on a regular route which is quite easy to follow. However, some problems may arise due to the altitude and snow. It often causes terrible problems to cross the pass if it is covered by heavy snow. About four hours climb up to the pass marked by the chortens and prayer flags will reward you with stunning views from the top of the pass. Another four hours of walking will take you to the holy town of Muktinath.

Muktinath means place of Nirvana and is home to the Muktinath temple as well as several monasteries. It is said that all sorrows you feel are relieved when visiting the Temple, which is a scared pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists. The prime pilgrimage month is September. The Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and has 108 waterspouts around it. Another attraction nearby is the Jwala Mai Temple which has a gorgeous natural spring and an eternal flame fueled by natural gas. Overnight at guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day16: Trek to Jomsom (via Lupra or Kagbeni) - (2600m) 5 hrs Trek

We will move through trail of Kagbeni or Lupra to reach Jomsom. This day we will trek along Kali Gandaki river to reach Jomosm. Jomsom is a strong windy and a little cold valley but like the beautiful wet hills and the view of Tilicho mountain as well. Overnight at lodge (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 17: Morning Flight to Pokhara. Overnight at Hotel. B.L.D

A 30-minute morning flight takes us to Pokhara from Jomsom. Once we arrive at Pokhara airport, we then drive to the hotel. In the afternoon we will have a sightseeing tour around Pokhara valley, which covers Fewa Lake, Devi’s water fall, Museum, Tibetan refugee settlement and Gupteshower cave, etc. Overnight at a hotel.(Breakfast Included)

Day 18: Drive back to Kathmandu 6 hour (1,345m) (Breakfast Included)

You have the option to extend your trip to continue onto Chitwan jungle safari, rafting adventure, Kathmandu valley shopping tour, scenic Everest flight, mountain biking and other activities. In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances. (Your guide(s) and an office staff will accompany you.) Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.(Breakfast, Included)

Day 19 - Transfer to international airport for your final departure

Today your Mini – Annapurna circuit trek trip comes to an end. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight a representative from Icicles Adventure Treks and Tour will take you to the airport for your flight back home. We are sure our service and the Himalayas hospitality has captivated you to come back again! (B)

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