Naar Phu With Annapurna Trek
Difficulty : Strenuous
Reference Code: NPWATNP
Trip Start: Kathmandu
Trek Start: Besisahar
Trek Days: 18 Days
Maximum Altitude: 5,340 m
Season: Spring and Autumn
Service: Full board
Trip End: Kathmandu
Trek End: Jomsom
Trip Durations: 24 days
Physical Rating: Strenuous
Group Size: 4-16
Opened to the visitors only in 2003, Naar-Phu Valley trek takes you to the remote Naar-phu valley inhabited by Nepalese Tibetans. Visited by very few trekkers this exotic land offers medieval Tibetan culture in undisturbed form, dramatic mountain views and great alpine scenery in a Tibet-like flavour. On the second Phase of the trek we visit the pristine Tilicho lake –the highest in the world. This amazing trek is for those real adventurers in search of real Shangrilla and do not mind crossing through Challenging high passes like Masokanto La (5021m), Kang La pass (5306m.) & Eastern Pass (5340m.). This trek passes through the restricted area. Trekkers have to pay US$ 90 per week from September to November and US$ 75 per week from December to August.
We start our trek from Besisahar following the Popular Annapurna circuit trail and branch off at Koto to follow the off the beaten track to Nar Phu valley in the very north of Manang . With slow ascent and proper acclimatization we head for Kangla pass, hidden by swirls of mountain mist ahead of us, from Kangla pass at 5200m the magnificent panorama view of Annapurna massif appears remote and forbidding .The Kangla pass links Nar with Manang and three other Bhotia villages in the Neyshang valley.
We explore the interesting Nar Phu valley which has about 300 inhabitants who depend on livestock, and till today yak herding is the basis of their livelihood. After visiting this area we trek back to manang, a beautiful village of Annapurna trail and continue trek to Tilicho lake. After trekking about 4-5 days through Tilicho Lake and crossing two beautiful but challenging passes of this region we end our trek at Jomsom where we catch our flight to Pokhara and later to Kathmandu. This is a fully supported camping trek. Trekkers carry only day pack and walk at their own pace.
Day 01 Arrival in kathmandu 1350m.
Namaste! And welcome to Kathmandu, the colourful capital of Nepal where ornately carved balconies mingle with beautiful shrines and temples. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting on arrival at the exit gate of Kathmandu airport. Our staff will welcome you and pick you to your accommodated hotel. Please seek our company palmplate to find our staff at the main exit gate of the airport. Rest of the day you can relax at the hotel or short evening walk around local market on your own as per your wish.
Day 02 Rest and preparation day
A well deserved rest day at cosy of hotel after a long tiring flight. This day, one can move around nearby local market to purchase or hire trekking equipment that is necessary for the trekking like sleeping bags, walking sticks etc, exchange currency as requirement or simply walk around in the local market or Kathmandu Durbar squire nearby with small entrance fee as per your preference on your own. Evening at the hotel lobby there will be pre-trip briefing in which you will be introduced with your trekking guide and explained about your trip in short, instruction for safety etc.
Day 03 Early morning drive to Besisahar 760m. and trek to Ngadi 930m.
A 5- hour bus ride takes us to the starting point of the trek: Besisahar (900 m), the capital of Lamjung District. Two and half hrs gentle walk will take us to Ngadi, to avoid the crowded town of Besisahar. Also, it is a nice walk and a better way to experience village life in Syange from the first day. Great mountain views!
Day 04 Trek to Tal 1700m.
At the beginning, we will be walking on the road for 3 hours, and after that we will be walking on trail all the way up to Tal. On the way to Tak, we can see beautiful waterfalls, Beehives. Tal is the first village of Manang district. A paradise along the Marsyandi River. We can see beautiful waterfalls from the hotel. A Buddhist shrine called chorten is located in front of the waterfall and according to the villagers the shrine protects the villages from natural disasters.
Day 05 Trek to Danaque 2190m.
The trail is gentle on the west bank of Marsyangdi River the trail continues crossing through a beautiful village of Dharapani, Bagarchhap and finally reaches Danaque. After Dharapani, we can see Annapurna II Mountain view and Manaslu view too.
Day 06 Trek to Koto 2600m.
We continue to follow the river and reach Koto (2600m). This village is famous. And close to the Koto village is Chame. Chame is the districts headquarter of Manang district. Many administrative offices are located in Chame. The trail continues thru pine and rhododendron forests with spectacular view of Manaslu. The lower route is faster, but is not as scenic as the higher route.
Day 07 Trek to Meta 3560m.
After Koto enter the hidden valley and Buddhist area. We walk through Juniper and pine forests and reach Meta. We will have long walk, through nice river view and waterfalls. We can see few small tea house in between Jungle and we can have lunch in there. Mostly trail is gentle. Just before Meta village, we should have to walk steep jigjag up hill around 2 hours. And then, We can see Meta village. This village is smaller than Koto.
Day 08 Trek to Phu 4080m.
After Meta to Phu, way is gradual, along the river side. We can see nice rock cliff, desert area, traditional few village Chyakhu and Kyang. In winter time, Phu village people move to Kyang to live. And Kyang to Phu its takes about 4 hours. And then we can see Phu village. This village is a very old and traditional village with a historical monastery. So better to have rest day and visit here.
Day 09 Acclimatization day
We stay at Phu Gaon, which is a small and beautiful village. It is rest day and so we do some sightseeing. We can see beautiful mountains and old monasteries.
Day 10 Trek to Naar Phedi 3490m.
Phu village to Nar phedi is the same back for more than half way. We should pass Chyakhu village. After Chyakhu, two hours. We cross a nice bridge over the Mahendra khola. And then climb steep up hill to Nar Phedi in Gumpa where there is better accommodation facility and serve good food.
Day 11 Trek to Ngawal 3660m. by crossing Kang La 5306m.
It is a long hard day but it is worthwhile The trail is slowly uphill around 3 hours after that climb steep up hill to the top around two hours. There is a beautiful view of Annapurna range. From top to Nawal steeply downhill.
Day 12 Trek to Manang 3540m.
The trail out of Nawal village descends steadily down on the dusty slope with the great views of the Manang valley and Hungde airport. We are soon on relatively level terrain with trees and bushes. We pass the village of Munji and eventually reach the village of Braga, from here Manang is just 1.5 km ahead. Manang offers fascinating mountain views of Annapurna range. The doctors of Himalaya Rescue Association provides talks on mountain sickness at 3 pm every day for trekkers.
Day13 Rest for AMS
We stay at Manang for a day and take rest. We can do side trip to Gangapurna Glacier for better acclimatization.
Day 14 Trek to Siri Kharka 4100m.
Today we leave the Marsyangdi River and follow an easy trail to Khansarkar village (3734m). After this village, trail is steep up hill to Siri kharka (4100m). There are three hotel for the trekkers in Shree kharka, where it offers the beautiful mountains view.
Day 15 Trek to Tilicho Base Camp 4150m.
This is an unreliable section with a steep slope. Leaving Shree Kharka , we climb gently to a new lodge. A path descends down from here making ups and downs contineously and reaches the landslide area. This section is more scary, with the bare precipitous scree slope through rock falling Zone, still we have the stunning mountain scenery of Gangapurna and Kangsarkang.
Day 16 Exploration day
Early in the morning we move towards Tilicho Lake. Tilicho is the one of the highest lake of the world. It lies at the bottom of the mountain.
Day 17 Trek to Yak Kharka 4050m.
Same way back until Khangsar village. It is a pleasant walk through the woods and the path is mostly level from Khangsar. We pass the Annapurna and Gangapurna range on our right. We will see the Himalayan Griffon gliding over the pastures and after dive down in search of food. The trail drops rapidly down to a log bridge over the Jhrsang Khola. Crossing the bridge we climb a rocky path that leads us to the main trail to Yak Kharka.
Day 18 Trek to Thorung Phedi 4525m.
Today we climb up to Phedi (4450m) at the foot of the Thorung La pass. We might be lucky to spot a herd of blue sheep. Afternoon stroll to a higher altitude and return to stay in Phedi for well acclimatization. After an early supper we retire to our sleeping bags – full of anticipation for the next day.
Day 19 Trek to Muktinath 3760m. by crossing Thorung La 5416m.
Today it is a big, tough and an exciting day. An early rise at 04.30am. After 4 breathtaking hours we reach the Thorung La pass (5416m), one of the worlds highest passes. An exhilarating moment! We then start our steep-down descent to Muktinath (3800m), a pilgrimage center for Buddhists and Hindus.
Day 20 Trek to Jomsom 2720m.
Muktinath is one of the pilgrimage sites for Hindus & Buddhist – we can visit the Buddhist gompa and the Vishnu temple of Jwala Mai. Every year many pilgrims make a visit to Muktinath especially in spring season. Mountain on the other side such as Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, Tukuche peach, etc can be seen. The trail to Kagbeni (2800 m) is all the way downhill, crossing the authentic village Jharkot. Kagbeni (2895 m), a Tibetan-influenced settlement surrounded by a patchwork of fields and fruit trees
Day 21 Fly to Pokhara 820m.
Morning flight to Pokhara and transfer to the hotel
Day 22 Exploration day in Pokhara
Enjoy a free day in Pokhara to unwind, relax, and give those muscles a rest after all that trekking. Your leader can advise you of sightseeing opportunities. It is worth taking a boat for a row out on the lake, especially if the weather's fine. The lakeside area has great shopping and cafes. Pokhara has an interesting old area as well as an elaborate Hindu temple and a Buddhist monastery. Perhaps visit the Peace Pagoda, where spectacular views of the mountains await. You can see the Annapurnas from here, and the famous fishtail peak, Machhapuchhare, and back across to Pokhara. You can also visit the fascinating International Mountain Museum to learn some amazing tales of past climbing expeditions.
Day 23 Fly to Kathmandu 1350m.
Weather permitting we take a short early morning flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu on day. We'll return to the hotel and have free time during the afternoon for further sightseeing or shopping. Shop in some of Kathmandu's many markets for clothing, embroidery, carpets or ceramics. If shopping is not your thing, take a trip over the Bagmati River to the adjacent city of Patan, with its abundance of temples and monasteries.
Day 24 Final Departure
We say 'Namaste' for memories that will last a lifetime. There are no activities planned for today and you are able to depart the hotel at any time. Check out time from the hotel is at 12 noon. If you are departing later, you can arrange luggage storage at the hotel. For your final departure, our staff will pick you up from the hotel and transfer to Kathmandu airport approximately 3 hours prior to your international flight time.
All ground transportation as per itinerary
4 night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with B/B plan
1 night hotel accommodation in Pokhara with B/B plan
½ day sightseeing in Kathmandu valley with English Speaking Cultural guide
Domestic Air fare (JOM-PKH-KTM) with airport tax
Cargo charges/equipment transportation
TIMs (Trekking Information Management system) card
Annapurna conservation Area Entry fee
NaarPhu Restricted Area Permit Fee
All necessary climbing equipments for passes
Food for the members on camping basis
All camping equipment and camping charges
Medical supplies(First aid Kit will be available)
All required Nepalese staffs (salary, food, clothing, accommodation)
All Nepalese staffs insurance as per Nepalese government rules
Company service charge, VAT and government taxes etc.
International flight with airport tax.
Nepalese Entry Visa fee
Food during stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara
All personal equipment and personal expenses
Photography Charges, Monument charges and Monument entry fees
Personal Medical and travel insurance(must cover helicopter rescue evacuation cost)
Telephone and internet charges
Alcoholic beverage, bottled drinks and cold drinks during the trip
Rescue evacuation charges if required
Staff and porters Tips...
Clothing and Equipments List
» Pack to pack out - bring enough waterproof bags to carry all non-biodegradable rubbish back down the mountain.
» Remove all unnecessary packaging before leaving home.
» Bring enough warm dry clothes so that you can wrap up rather than burn firewood in the evenings.
» If you are going to trek higher than 5000m or you know it will be cold, buy an aluminum water bottle which can also be used as a hot water bottle at night.
» The easiest way to keep hydrated while trekking is to buy a 1 x liter platypus-drinking bladder to carry in your day pack.
» Make sure to buy proper trekking socks. Don’t buy synthetic socks as these promote sweating and can give you blisters. Always carry a few blister pads in your first aid kit and keep them handy in your day pack.
» Walking poles are very useful while trekking and helpful when descending.
» Please remember that waste disposal and recycling facilitates are limited in Nepal. When buying batteries make sure they are rechargeable and/or high quality so they last longer, and take them home to recycle.
There is no definitive list. What you bring will vary according to the area, time of year and the length of your trek. Below is a suggested check list which you should adapt to your own needs. Ask yourself: Will there be snow/how long /high is the trek/are we camping?
» Good quality trekking boots with ankle support
» Lightweight shell/raincoat with hood
» Detachable fleece liner or separate fleece
» Fleece trousers
» Shorts and / or convertibles trousers- quick drying
» Sun hat and warm hat(good quality)
» Spare T-shirt x 3
» Sweat towel x 2
» Spare socks x 3 ( walking sock and thin inner sock)
» Small day sack
» Sun cream
» Small water bottle aluminum doubles as a hot water bottle.
» Iodine or water purifying kit,
» Soluble vitamin tablets to taste water or powder fruit drink
» Talcum powder
» Walking sticks or Trekking poles(good quality)
» Camp shoes/trainers/flip flops to wear in evening.
» Spare underwear 3
» Toilet kit
» Pen knife
» Bum bag
» Head torch(good quality)
» Biodegradable washing liquid / soap
» Ear plugs
» Sleeping bag liner(good quality)
» Sleeping bag(good quality-30)
» Bin bag/ gasbag to keep kit dry
» Small towel
» Lip balm
» Available in KTM
Personal First Aid (Aids Kit)
» Blister plasters
» AMS medication like Diamox
» Eye drops – it can get very dusty on trails
» Paracetamol and/or ibuprofen
» Rehydration sachets, Imodium and antibiotics for traveler’s diarrhea
» Sterile dressing
» Sticking plasters and tape
» Throat lozenges / sweets
» A sewing needle etc.
This trekking equipment list has been prepared by Adventure Zambuling Treks (P) Ltd.