Nar Phu Trek

Nar Phu Trek

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Region
Annapurna Region
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  • Transportation
    Flight/Drive
  • Difficulty
    Moderate
  • Accomodation
    Hotel
  • Altitude
    5,425m
  • Duration
    14 Days
  • Activities
    -

Overview

The Nar Phu trek is one of the best, untouched, and beautiful trekking routes which takes you to the remote villages of Nar and Phu near Chame in the Annapurna region.

The combination of Nar and Phu villages is inhabited by the Khampas (Tibetan refugees), and you will get to experience their unique culture and lifestyle along with the magnificent views of snow-capped mountains, blue sheep, yaks, deep gorges, narrow canyons, beautiful forests, stunning glaciers, Kang la (5,200m), and Thorong la (5,416m) high passes.

The trip begins from Beshishahar through the same trail of the Annapurna circuit till Koto. We explore the alpine Nar Valley for a day and then cross the Kang la Pass to reach Ngwala Village.

From Ngwala, we rejoin Annapurna Circuit to reach Manang then continue to Muktinath from the same trail of the Annapurna Circuit trek crossing the highest pass of Nepal called Thorong La Pass.

After crossing Thorong La Pass, you will reach Muktinath – a common Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage site- known for its 108 holy sprouts and eternal flame.

  • This is one of the most remote and popular trekking routes in the Annapurna region
  • You can observe the Tibetan culture and their lifestyle
  • You have to Pass Kang La and Thorong La passes
  • Visit the oldest Tashi Lhakhang Monastery at Phu village
  • Sometimes you will see a herd of blue sheep during this trip
  • The stunning views of Mountains and landscape make the trip unforgettable
  • Visit Muktinath Temple a common Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage site- known for its 108 holy sprouts and an eternal flame.

Brief Itinerary for Nar Phu Trek:

Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar) 6/7 hours
Day 02: Drive to Koto 2,610m) 4 hrs
Day 03: Trek to Meta (3,560m) 7-8 hours
Day 04: Trek to Phu Gaon (4,250m) 7-8 hours
Day 05: Trek to Nar (4,110m) 6-7 hours
Day 06: Acclimatization and preparation at Nar
Day 07: Trek to Ngawal (3,660m) 7-8 hours
Day 08: Trek to Manang (3,540m) 4-5 hours
Day 09: Trek to Yak Kharka (4,110m) 3-4 hours
Day 10: Trek to Thorong Phedi (4,600m) 3-4 hours
Day 11: Trek to Thorong La Pass (5,425m) to Muktinath (3,800m) 7-8 hours
Day 12: Drive to Tatopani (1,200m) 3-4 hours
Day 13: Drive to Pokhara (8,50m) 7 hr
Day 14: Drive to Kathmandu (1,350m) 6-7hrs

Itinerary

Day 01 Drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar) 6/7 hours

We drive to Beshisahar by private jeep with the beautiful views of mountains, including Ganesh and Manaslu peaks. At last, we leave the main highway that heads to Pokhara and drive north to Besisahar. We stay overnight at Beshisahar.

Day 02Drive to Koto 2610m) 4 hrs

Early morning after breakfast, we drive to Koto through the bank of the river and Jungle. Koto is the main entrance of Narphu Valley trek we have to register our restricted area permits at the police check post. We stay overnight there at lodge.

Day 03 Trek to Meta (3,560m) 7-8 hours

From here, we travel along the banks of Soti Khola through wonderful pine forests, past several suspension bridges and beautiful waterfalls and finally arrive at Dharmasala in about five hours.  We continue our trek through the forest, ascending steeply to Meta village on the Tibetan Plateau with the lovely views of Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal.

Day 04 Trek to Phu Gaon (4,250m) 7-8 hours

The route ascends and descends frequently, and by crossing a suspension bridge, you will reach Chyaku at first then Kyang. Kyang provides spectacular views of Pisang Peak and Annapurna II. The trai then passes the Phu Khola on a rocky trail leaving behind submarine rock and finally arrives at Phu Gaon.Nar and Phu villages are famous for their distinct blue sheep, unique culture, and religious practices. We will visit Tashi Lhakhang Monastery. Phu Village also provides splendid views of several Himalayan ranges – including Himlung Himal.

Day 05Trek to Nar (4,110m) 6-7 hours

We depart from Phu Gaon and head to Nar village, crossing two high passes – Phu Pass (5,050m) and Nar Pass (5,400m). The route passes through many suspension bridges over streams, especially the Mahendra Pul. The trail provides you an opportunity to appreciate Pisang peak and Himlung Himal. Finally we will arrive at Nar village.

Day 06Acclimatization and preparation at Nar

Today we will acclimatize and explore the Nar village and visit monasteries and Chortens. Then you can rest and relax.

Day 07Trek to Ngawal (3,660m) 7-8 hours

On the next day, we ascend through the lateral moraine of Temdenzon Khola on a pleasant path that passes through yak pastures while providing stunning views of the west ridge of the Pisang Peak. Then, then the trail continues to Kang la Phedi – the bottom of Kang La pass. From Kang La Phedi, we will slowly ascend to Kang La Pass. The path is steep, but not too difficult. It will take about 2 hours to cross the pass. From the top, you will see beautiful views of the Annapurna II, Gangapurna, and Tilicho Peak. Then, we will trek about three more hours to reach Ngawal Village, where we stay overnight.

Day 08 Trek to Manang (3,540m) 4-5 hours

We leave Ngwal and head to Manang along the banks of Marsyangdi River. As you move forward, you will pass through several forests and village like Braga enjoying the views of the Tilicho Peak and Annapurna ranges. As we reach Mungli, our trail rejoins the standard Annapurna trails. We trek continue our journey to Manang.

Day 09Trek to Yak Kharka (4,110m) 3-4 hours

Today, we leave Manang village on a trail crossing a stream, then climbing to Tenki village. We further continue to climb out of the Marshyangdi Valley turning northwest up the valley of Jarsang Khola. Passing a few pastures and a scrub of juniper trees, the trail passes ahead to a small village of Ghunsa. After crossing a small river on a wooden bridge passing through meadows and an ancient old Mani wall, we reach Yak Kharka.

Day 10Trek to Thorong Phedi (4,600m) 3-4 hours

We head to the foot of Thorong La pass – Thorong Phedi today. From Yak Kharka, you will climb up to a ridge, and then head down and cross the Marsyangdi River on a wooden bridge. After continuing on the mountain path, we follow a narrow trail across a slope and arrive at Thorough Phedi.

Day 11Trek to Thorong La Pass (5,425m) to Muktinath (3,800m) 7-8 hours

Today, we will cross Thorong La Pass, one of the world’s highest passes and the highest point of this trek. We will be crossing the pass from east to west (Manang to Muktinath) which is the easiest and safest direction. We get up around three in the morning and walk up the mountain. When we finally make it to the top, we realize that our journey was worth it. We can take a few photoes then descend to Muktinath. The descent to Muktinath is pretty steep and will take between 3 to 4 hours.

Day 12Muktinath to Jomsom 3/ 4 hours

Today, we descend down to Kagbeni. It is the main entrance of Upper Mustang. From, here we continue to Jomsom through the bank of Kaligandaki River which takes about 3/4 hours. We stay overnight at Jomsom.

Day 13Fly back to Pokhara 25 minutes

On the next day, we fly back to Pokhara with the beautiful views of Annapurna range and Dhaulagiri Himal. It takes about 25 minutes.We do some sightseeing at Pokhara and stay overnight at Hotel.

Day 14Final Departure

We will drop you to the airport for final departure

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