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Difficulty : Moderate

Reference Code: SNPTNP

Trip Start: Kathmandu

Trek Start: Jagat

Trek Days: 14 Days

Maximum Altitude: 5322m.

Age: 20-60

Season: Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter

Accommodation: lodge

Service: Full board

Destination: Nepal

Trip End: Kathmandu

Trek End: Besisahar

Trip Durations: 17 Days

Physical Rating: Moderate

Group Size: 2-16

Theme: Trekking

Meals: Standard

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

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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 Drive to Jagat(1300m.)

In the morning, drive from Kathmandu to Bhulbhule by private land cruiser passing the Trisuli and Marsyangdi River. You can see three snow peaks, Lamjung Himal, Peak 29 and Manaslu during the driving.

Day 04 Trek to Dharapani(1860m.)

You start your trek in the morning after breakfast, the trail goes gradually uphill to Chamje and you cross another suspension bridge and follow the steep rocky trail until reaching Tal village which takes 3 and half hours. You can see again very beautiful waterfalls in Tal. You have lunch break here. Then you continue again on a rocky trail to Kotro, which takes about 2 hours. You continue straight and cross the suspension bridge near Lower Dharapani. You continue a little more climbing and arrive in Higher Dharapani.

Day 05 Trek to Koto(2600m.)

You begin your trek in the morning towards Bagarchhap which takes about 1 hour passing through pine and fir forests. You can visit the white washed monastery in this village. Then you continue your trek till Danaque it takes about 1 hour. The trail is ascending steeply until Timang which takes about 1 and half hour. You have a good view of Mt. Manaslu and Peak 29. Now your trail continues through pine forests again till Latamarang which takes about 1 and half hour. You have lunch break here. After lunch, you walk again through forests and you have a short glimpse of Annapurna II. Finally you arrive in Koto village after 1 and half hours walk.

Day 06 Trek to Meta(3570m.)

In the morning, you register your restricted area permit at the Police check post. Then you start your trek through the River bank of SutiKhola again through wonderful pine forests passing many streams and suspension bridges until reaching Dharmasala which takes about 5 hours. You can see a picturesque Waterfall near the Dharmasala. You have your packed lunch on the way. Then you continue your trek again through forests and ascend steeply till Meta Village, which takes about 1 and half hour. Now you have arrived on the Tibetan Plateau. You have very good view of Annapurna II and LamjungHimal.

Day 07 Trek to Phu(3900m.)

Today, you start with up and down as well as on traversing suspension bridges over different streams. Again packed lunch at Kyang which takes about 4 hours. Actually you do not find any houses and lodges in this area. You just see the remnants, particularly the ruined forts of the Khampa settlement (the place which Khampa refugees from Tibet once captured and lived illegally) at places like Jhunam, Chyakhu and Kyang. Then you keep walking passing the PhuKhola on a rocky trail until Phu village which takes about 3 hours. You can see Blue Sheep during the trail. Now you are in one of the unique Lost/ Hidden Valleys. You can see their cultures, natural diversity, and religion of the ethnic groups like Lama, Gurung and Ghale. The people are depending on subsistence agricultures, animal breeding and seasonal migrations. The very old Buddhist Monastery known as Tashi Lakhang Monastery is listed out of the 108 world’s great Buddhist Monasteries; it is believed to be the last monastery constructed by Karmapa Rinpoche. You have a great view of Himlung Himal and other snow peaks.

Day 08 Trek to Naar(4100m.)

Today, the trail descends, passing many streams and suspension bridges until MahendraPul which takes about 4 hours. You pass the high suspension bridge 80m over the Gorge of Lapche River. You have lunch in MahendraPul. After lunch, the trail steeply ascends passing many Buddhist stupas until Naar Village which takes about 2 hours. You find here many Buddhist Monasteries to visit as well as a very good view of Pisang Peak and other small peaks.

Day 09 Trek to Ngawal(3660m.) crossing Kang La(5322m.)

Today morning you will start your trek early in the morning and until to JhombuKharka also known as Kang-La Phedi. It takes 3 hours. You can see Yak herder’s camp with many Yaks. The trail steeply ascends passing different landslide areas to Kang-La Pass which takes about 2 and half hour. Now you have a superb view of the Annapurna Range and other peaks. Then you descend steeply till Ngawal village which takes about 3 hours.

Day 10 Trek to Manang(3540m.)

Today your trail is slightly descending until reaching Braga village. Visit the monastery. It takes 2 and half hour. Then 30 minutes walk from Braga to Manang. This is the right option for a great view of the Annapurna Range. Afternoon, hike to Chunker view point - Gangapurna Lake & Cave Gompa. You can hike to Chhunker view point which takes about 1 and half hour. You can see the Gangapurna Lake as well, as the Annapurna range like Annapurna I, II, III, IV, Tilicho peak, Pisang peak, Chulo peak, Thorong peak and so on. Then you return back to your lodge and have lunch there. After lunch you hike with your guide to the Cave Gompa which is situated at the elevation of about 4500m. It takes 2 hours to reach there. This is also a very good place to have magnificent view of Annapurna Range. Then you return back to your lodge.

Day 11 Trek to Pisang(2675m.)

After breakfast in the morning with the views of spectacular mountains around Manang area, we will head to Braga which 15 minutes and continue to Humde village along the Marsyangdi River. It takes about 3 hours and where we will have our lunch. There is also small airstrip. Then after lunch, we will keep smoothly walking until reaching Pisang village which takes 2 hours. We will go evening to upper Pisang to visit ancient Buddhist monastery and from where the views of Annapurna II, IV and Pisang peak are often awesome.

Day 12 Trek to Chame(2670m.)

Today morning, the trail is going easily since you need to walk sometime in road until DikurPokhari through the pine and rhododendron forests which takes about 1 and half hour. You need to walk down hill through the pine forest until Bratang which takes about 1 and half hour. Then you will stop for lunch and after lunch you walk on level trail through the pine forest until reaching Chame village which takes about 2 hours, finally you need to cross above suspension bridge over the Marsyangdi River. This village is head quarter of Manang district and all administrative places.

Day 13 Trek to Dharapani(1860m.)

Morning after breakfast, you walk to Koto which you passed before entering Nar-Phu Valley, then keep continue to the forest along the high up Marshyangdi River until Thanchok and walk down hill to Danakyu which takes 3 hours. Then we will make lunch break and then walk again on level trail to reach Bagarchhap which takes an hour and where you can visit white washed Buddhist monastery. Then keep walking along the River until reaching Dharapani and you need to show your trekking permits in ACAP center.

Day 14 Trek to Jagat(1300m.)

After breakfast in the morning, you walk for a while and cross the suspension to other side of Marshyangdi River and walk small ups and downs to Karte which takes about an hour. Then cross again another suspension bridge to reach other side of River. Then keep continuing on the road for 45 minutes and then cross long suspension bridge over the Marshyangdi River. The trail will be little bit rocky to reach in Tal village where you will make lunch break. You can see very picturesque water fall during your lunch time. After lunch you keep walking for a while along the river and soon you need to walk step and rocky downhill for 40 minutes. Then your trail will become very narrower high above from river for 1 hour. And then you will arrive again to another suspension bride near the Chyamje village. Now you are already in the road for next 1 hour to Jagat village.

Day 15 Trek to Besisahar and drive to Kathmandu(1350m.)

Early morning our private land cruiser will pick you up from Jagat and drive to Besisahar on bumpy dusty road for 3 hours and another 5 hours smooth drive to Kathmandu along the Marsyangdi River and Trisuli River and transfer to Hotel.

Day 16 Rest and final shopping day

This is the final day in Nepal. A chance to do some shopping, explore at leisure or merely relax by the hotel. We enjoy a final night together, reliving the trek and our extraordinary achievements.

Day 17 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.

Inclusion

Lodge basis
All ground transportation as per itinerary
4 night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with B/B plan.

3 night hotel accommodation in Pokhara with B/B plan.
½ day sightseeing in Kathmandu valley with English Speaking Cultural guide

Full day sightseeing in Pokhara
TIMs (Trekking Information Management system) card
Annapurna Conservation Area Entry Fee

Domestic flight with airport tax: PKH-KTM(optional)

Food for the member during the trek( 3 meals a day as per lodge open menu)
Lodge accommodation on twin sharing basis

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.

Exclusion

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)
Personal Medicine
Telephone and internet charges
Laundry charges
Alcoholic beverage, bottled drinks and cold drinks during the trip
Rescue evacuation charges if required
Staff and porters Tips...

Equipment List

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.

More Lists
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
» Sunglasses
» Sun hat and warm hat(good quality)
» Gloves
» 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
» Tissues
» Pen knife
» Bum bag
» Head torch(good quality)
» Biodegradable washing liquid / soap
» FILM
» CAMERA
» 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)
» Antiseptic
» Bandages
» Blister plasters
» Decongestant
» 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
» Scissors
» Sterile dressing
» Sticking plasters and tape
» Throat lozenges / sweets
» Tweezers
» A sewing needle etc.

This trekking equipment list has been prepared by Adventure Zambuling Treks (P) Ltd.

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