Nar-Phu is restricted area trekking route in Annapurna region undoubtedly provides some of the world's best experience, including combines of remote villages, narrow canyons, lovely forests, amazing rock structure, yaks, Gumbas, unique cultures of Himalayan and variety scenery of landscape can be found in any other comparable area. The striking door to Nar - Phu Restricted Area Trekking trip has been opened to visitors only since 2003. This Trekking is one of the best destinations of the majestic mountains view for the natural lovers.
Nar- Phu Restricted Area Trekking The Nar -Phu Restricted Area Trekking is the most beautiful medieval village where you can learn the real life styles of high Mountains inhabitant Bhote communities enjoy and have a pleasure of the amazing typical landscape. The Restricted Area Nar -Phu Valley Trekking begins drive from Kathmandu to Besi Sahar, then following famous Annapurna Circuit Trekking route to Koto (nearby district headquarter of Manag ) and walking through a unique villages of the Tibetan Buddhist world to the Nar -Phu. This is wonderful region of ethnically-Tibetan 300 inhabitants. Trekking in Nar- Phu trail is leading you over the Suspension bridge of Marshyangdi River to the steep gateway of the Nar - Phu valley. The system is easily missed; however the narrow doorway leads you through the forest valley above huge spread of high snow-capped mountains, ancient villages and high altitude grazing settlements. After two days walking get in Tibet border, this region was explored by Tilman in the 1950s and closed it for the Nepal visitors until 2002, very few numbers of westerners have explored these untouched villages Nar and Phu.
We spend a few days exploring high alpine valleys above Phu, visit the Gumba, and trekking up to the high altitude grazing settlements and Himlung base camp. The Nar - Phu Restricted Area trail continue through to the scenic village Nar, where can spend more few days exploring local dwellings, and finally head up over the spectacular adventures Kang La Pass (5,300m) and then back down to the Annapurna Circuit main route Manang village. From here the trail leads you through the tea house trekking route over the Thorung La Pass (5,416m) and steep descent to Muktinath lower Mustang region and fly back to Jomsom to Pokhara or continue walk to the Beni or Nayapul via popular sunrise trekking “Poon Hill”. Or another option fly back Humde to Pokhara or walk down same route to Beshisahar.
Restricted Area Nar - Phu Trekking offers you remarkable experience in your lifetime. Nepal Mother House Treks & Expeditions operates this adventure Nar - Phu Trekking every year with our highly experienced guides and staffs with numbers of panoramic mountain views and high Himalayan life hood and theirs unique culture. This trekking is recommended only for highly qualified and adventurous people who love to test adventure travel “Off the beaten trail” in Nepal Himalaya.
Nar- Phu Restricted Area Trekking Trip Key Information:
Trekking Destination: Nar Phu valley
Activities: Trekking & walking, Sightseeing, Cultural Tour
Difficulty: Moderate and Fairly Strenious
Max Elevation: (5,300m) Kang La Pass, (5,416m) Thorung La Pass
Trek/Tour Style: Teahouse & Camping
Accommodation: hotel in Tent
Meals: Full board on trek & Breakfast KTM
Transportation: Comfortable vehicle/ Tourist bus
Best Month: Sept - Nov & Mar - May
Trip Length: 27 days
Group Size: Min 1 people, Max 12 people
Note: we try to follow the itinerary below, at times local trail or weather conditions may make slight changes necessary. The trekking itinerary may also vary slightly depending on our trekkers' acclimatization condition.
Nar - Phu Restricted Area Trekking Suggested Itinerary
Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu, Upon arrival at international airport meet assist and transfer to the Hotel (star category, very nice and centrally located at Thamel), take rest and free at afternoon.
Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing pre- Treks (1350m) Our Tour Guide led you explore around Kathmandu valley for the sight seen. Have explore historical and spiritual attractions; including the historic Kathmandu Durbar Square; the House of Living Goddess “Kumari” and Kasthamandup temple” Said that was built from single tree in 16th century, Big bell-Big drams, Erotic carving in old temple, old palace etc., Bouddhanath; one of the largest Stupas in Nepal, Swayambhunath; situated on top of the hill knows as the Monkey Temple is one of the oldest Buddhist Stupa in the world, which has been registered in UNICEOO heritage side. Pasupatinath; Hindus holy place, Sadhus and pilgrims bathing at occasionally, funeral pyres burning on the Ghats, located on the holy Bagmati river. Finally we have sightseeing beautiful Patan Durbar squares; the Krisna Temple has build just by stone with incredible crafts, Patan king’s palace, Golden temple and much more. It is very famous for woodcarving, Metal works, Temples and Monasteries. If we have time there are still more remark site; the one of the oldest cities in Kathmandu valley “Bhaktapur” is known as Living Museum. Where, old brick paved enclave of old Royal palace, Nyathapola Temple, Datatriya temple exquisite artwork offers a picture of the grandeur of medieval Nepal. After these activates back to hotel and pre- prier for the treks. Stay overnight at hotel. Please, check your insurance details and have a copy of your travel medical insurance policy with you.
Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Besisahar (825m) - 5 to 6 hours Our trekking guide will come to the hotel in the morning at 6: 00 to pick you with private transport to leave for Besi Shahar (185km) and will take us about 6 hours scenic journey . Along the journey you will witness some stunning scenery of snow capped Mountains, green hills, rivers in rafting, and villages. And overnight at the guesthouse.
Day 04: Trek Besi Shahar to Bahundanda (1310m) - 6 to 7 hours This our first day’s trek introduces us to the varied cultural of Nepal, pass by many typical local houses and the faces of varied ethnic tribes exchanging greetings (Namaste) on the way. The trail goes to through subtropical forests and the rice terraces of Sera to the village of Khudi (840m) then Bhulbule we will see a majestic 60m high waterfall, views of Manaslu (8156m). The mountain views disappear as we con closer to the small town of Ngadi, here we will have to cross the Ngadi Khola by a long suspension bridge. Then the trail gently ascent to Bahundanda, an attractive village in the saddle of a long ridge at 1300m.
Day 05: Trek Bahundanda to Chamje (1430m) - 5 to 6 hours After breakfast we descend on a steep slippery trail through the rice terraces and get in hot spring small descends. The rest of trail for today will pass the Marsyndi River a few times and we will see beautiful waterfall as well near Jagat village. Then again trail continue along the river hill side for the Jagat, about an hour walking we will get gorgeous Chamje waterfall and stay overnight here
Day 6: Trek Chamje to Dharapani (1960m) - 5 to 6 hours The first part of the trail descends to the river and after crossing a suspension bridge, you begin a climb to Sattale (1550m) and trail continue through the gorge nearby river, the zigzag path from Tal Beshi goes up to the hill, scenery of several waterfall dropping close to plain settlement Tal (1700m). The narrow valley path becomes high and winding, and in several times from the rock and get in Karte (1900m) village,you cross a suspension bridge, and climb the short distance to the stone marking the entrance to Dharapani (1960m) through the , and our camp for the night.
Day 07: Trek Dharapani to Koto (2600m) - 3 to 4 hours After breakfast the trail gradual up through the Tibaten and Gurung settlement Bagarchhap and after Danakyu steep climbs to the Timang (2510m), even though recover of tiredness after wonderful Manaslu, Annapurna II scenery and others majestic mountains view. From here, the trek lead us through the pine forest to Thanchok and Koto, nearby Manang district headquarters Chame, we are rewarded by the views of Annapurna II, Manaslu and Lamjung Himal from Chame & two small hot springs by the town.
Day 8: Trek Koto to Dharamsala (3230m) -6 to 7 hours Today we are heading different trail then Annapurna Circuit, as we have a long and somewhat difficult day before us. We past the check post, and cross the bridge leading to the Nar Phu valleys, and hike up through beautiful woods above the Phu Khola (river). The trail leads us through some beautiful forest and past several small shelters (caves) and a pilgrims 'dharmasala'. As we appear out a narrow canyon, the trail actually passes under a wide waterfall just before the Dharmasala, from which point the woods become thinner and the wider landscape. We camp at the Dharamsala, with lovely campsite.
Day 9: Trek Dharamsala to Kayang (3740m) -5 to 6 hours After breakfast, the trail climb up the valley along a small scenic river, might be one of the loveliest walks in the Himalayas and brings us finally to high pastures plateau, winter settlement of Nar. The landscape is similar to the Sierra Nevada; white rocks, low shrub and juniper, scattered evergreens, delicate brick-red and orange leafed bushes, crumbling shelves of flat slate, white, sandy trails and knarled trees. Then the trail goes to through the Meta, Junam and Chako semi-permanent settlement, one where "khampas" from Tibet sometimes sheltered. Above here to the right looms a massive glacier, which falls bumpily down to the high pastures above us truly amazing scenery.Many more ups and downs take us to tonight's campsite at Kayang, where grass lies tied in bunches to dry on all the rooftops and prayer flags flutter in the breeze.
Day 10: Trek Kayang to Phu (4050m) -4 to 5 hours Today, the trail follow for a while along the river bank and really see some of the unique, colorful Chortens, Monastery and unique landscape for which Nar and Phu are justly famous. Then trekking through scenic canyon lands and gorges, and the "leaning tower of Pisa" monolith guards the steep trail up to the Phu gate, called Pupigyal Kwe, offers first view of the three villages of Phu, as well as an old "dzong" and the remains of two forts, all now in ruins, but impressively situated atop the flatlands before Phu. Overnight at Tent. Trekking 4/5 hrs.
Day 11: Explore day in Phu & Acclimatization rest day We walk around to explore Phu Village; unique culture, people day to days live hood and meet the locals with Dalai Lama’s some story and exploring up the wide valley systems above us. An incredibly interesting Phu village, a day is well spent sitting with the villagers as they spin their yak and sheep wool and chat, pound mustard seeds into a paste for oil, or involve themselves in the numerous activities that take up a day in Tibetan villages. For photographers, the light is spectacular, and the skies a deep blue and we may even see some blue sheep on the nearby hillsides, and century old Monastery and fort also remarkable. While wander village will probably involve an invitation into someone's home for some authentic Tibetan salt butter tea, or perhaps a small glass of local 'raksi'.
Day 12: Trek Phu to Junam (3550m) -4 to 5 hours After breakfast, we back through Phu gate, and then descend to the river and go back over our steps to Junam karka, a lovely spot as any for our campsite for the evening. In 2001 we camped with some Phu residents (all but one woman) on their way back up to Phu with huge loads of flat timber from the forests, and the evening was filled with Tibetan, Manangi songs in the smoky shelters and that unique Tibetan laughter. Overnight at tent.
Day 13: Trek Junam to Nar (4150m) -5 to 6 hours The trekking trail follow again another classic Himalayan trekking activist with trek down to old spanning deep bridge and then all the way back up again. It's a good thing the scenery is so stunning ... Below us sit Gyalbu Kumbu, built in 1650, and Satte gompa, both of empty and four old, colorful and traditional Gombas and the snow-peaks looming overhead. Finally we reach the Nar gates at the top of the hill, sights of wonderfully painted, bamboo-topped Chortens. The camp will set after 5/6 hours walking for overnight at Tent.
Day 14: Explore day in Nar & Acclimatization rest day We walk around to Nar village, which is not far from the main Annapurna trail, but it feels centuries away, is rarely visited by trekkers and is about as picturesque as they come. The high Himalaya settlement ‘Nar’ is bit more social and lively than Phu, every family have at least one son or daughter in the Gomba, and many live at home or visit frequently, so there is the resonating sound of cymbals, chanting and drums echoing throughout the village. Some of people are printing prayer flags, doing some carpentry, collecting wood from the forest and carrying large loads with a head-strap back up to the house, harvesting the crops, tending the yaks, sheep and goats or spinning the prayer wheels in the center of town. It is a good day to try some local organic buckwheat pancakes or 'diro'.
Day 15: Trek Nar to Ngawal (3675m) -6 to 7 hours Today is our adventures day for Kang La Pass (5,315m) is not a difficult, but it can be a long and difficult day if there is snow on the pass or the altitude is taking its toll. The Kang La Pass offers absolutely spectacular view of Annapurna II, Gangapurna, Tilicho peak, the peaks surrounding Tilicho and the Marsyngdi Valley Hunde airport. The trail heading down easy and enjoyable views to Ngawal with an unusual grouping of chortens and prayer flags, and marks a meditation cave far up in the hills, on the upper Pisang route of the Annapurna circuit can be reached in as little as two hours from the pass.We're finished the camping section of the trek here, and head for a guest house for the night!
Day 16: Trek Ngawal to Manang (3540m) - 4 to 5 hours After breakfast the trail slowly climb down to through valley with pine and juniper forest to the tiny settlement Mungi, the main route of Annapurna Circuit trail, then lead us through the Tibetan-style village of Bryaga (3500m).Here, we will see houses stack one atop the other, each with an open veranda formed by a neighbor’s rooftop and the Gomba, perched on a high crag overlooking the village. Then we continue through a very arid countryside, dominated by weird cliffs of yellow rock, eroded into dramatic pillars alongside the trail to reach today’s destination Manang village, where the shops are unexpectedly well stocked with all the things.
Day 17: Explore Day in Manag Today is rest day for acclimatize, so after late get up, we hike up to tranquil Gangapurna Lake and ascend up to above the Gangapurna icefall, often fall down avalanche in Spring and wonderful ancient Manang Village scenery beneath you. It is important to have a relatively restful day today, to allow your body to acclimatize to the higher altitudes and thinning air. It also gives us the possibility to wash some of our clothing and attended at 3:00 pm in Himalayan Rescue Association of Nepal for High Altitude sickness.
Day 18: Trek Manang to Letdar (4200m) - 4 to 5 hours After hot breakfast, we will walk through the farm terrace to Tanki Manang then gradually goes to high alpine to the Gunsang; offering panoramic mountains scenery and we will pass a few meadows where horses and yaks graze. Nearby Yak Kharka we will see herds of blue sheep grazing the steep slopes as well. The rest of the day, we will oversee fascinating Himalaya beauty in Yak Kharka.
Day 19: Trek Yak Kharka to Thorang Phedi (4450m) - 3 to 4 hours, or Thorang High Camp (4850m) - 4 to 5 hours The trail for today, relatively easy to get used to the altitude before we have to cross the highest point in the trek, and possibly the highest point you have been on in your life. From yak Kharka we will continue to climb along the east bank of the Jarang Khola to Thorung Phedi, a rock-strewn meadow surrounded by upright cliffs at 4420 meter. Blue sheep and even snow leopards can be sometimes seen in this area. Or if you are sure for, we can continue our trek to the High camp another an hour after lunch.
Day 20: Trek Thorang Phedi via Thorang La Pass (5416m) to Muktinath (3800m) - 7 to 8 hours This is adventure and long days trekking. After very morning breakfast with pack food we will start journey before sunrise. After 9 /10 start to blowing strong wind on the high Himalaya, so it is batter to live around 5 in the morning to avoid the wind, but we need to wear warm clothes for the freezing morning. The trails goes stiff ascent to the High Camp through the treeless rocky desert and continue some ice frozen slippery trail offering tremendous mountain panorama changing colors during the sun rise. At the Thorung La pass (5,416m), with its traditional prayer flags and stone cairn we will have outstanding views of Annapunas, Gangapurna and Khatung Kang, a heavily glaciated peak. Amazingly there is a teashop here on top of the pass at 5416 meter. From here we start descend of about 1600 meter to another valley with outstanding views of Dhaulagiri mountain standing alone in the distance across the Mustang valley Muktinath; place ofNirvana and is home to the Hindus temple as well as several Buddhist monasteries. The Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and has 108 waterspouts around it from which Holy water sports and Jwala Mai Temple an eternal flame fed by natural underground gas.
Day 21: Trek Muktinath to Kagbeni (2800m) -3 to 4 hours After breakfast we walk down to ancient Jharkot village with remain some part of fort, and then continue to the Khinga village, culture and live hood are like similar Tibetin people. We are still high alpine area with desert rocky hills and wide windy Kaligandaki valley, where can find “Saligram” fossil, incarnation of God Bisnu. After 3 to 4 hours down walk we will get Tibetan and Gurung mixed cultural ancient inhabitance Kagbeni, get of the rusticated upper Mustang Trekking.
Day 22: Trek Kagbeni to Jomsom (2710m) - 3 to hours Today is easy day; the trail goes along the Valley of Kaligandaki River all the flat desert land. Even, much batter to leave early morning avoid to the strong wind after every 10/ 11 am. The trail lead us continues through the Kali Gandaki Valley to to Jomson, headquarter of the Mustang districts with inhabitance of traditional salt traders Thakali. You can visit Marpha Thakali Village 1:45 Hours walk, Marpha is home to many apple orchids as well as all the various food products made from the fruit. Apple Brandy is a local specialty that you may be lucky enough to taste en route.
Day 23: Fly Jomsom to Pokhara (950m) -25 munites, relaxing Day Early in the morning fly to Pokhara by small air craft with majestic mountains view above the World deepest Gorge. And relax whole day in Pokhara Hotel. Or wander around Lake Side city with fascinating mountains panorama view and nature charming.
Day 24: Explore day around Pokhara Valley After late breakfast, we will start sight scene around Pokhara Valliy. The worth able places; Fewa Lake, Bagnes Lake, Devi’s water fall, Bisw Shanti Stupa (Worlde Peace stupa ), International Mountaineering Museum, Tibetan refugee settlement and Gupteshower cave. We will relax rest of the day in Hotel or Shopping around. Overnight at hotel Day
Day 25: Drive back to Kathmandu early in the morning by Tourist Bus - 6 to 7 hours We will be ready at 6:00 morning in hotel lobby with having your breakfast or advice as your trekking guide or you’re wise. We will drive back to Kathmandu through the road passing terraces, streams, rivers, local settlements, high hills and along the river side. It takes about 7 hours (conditional) to reach your hotel in Kathmandu. If you are interested to fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu with extra cost of fly ticket, please request Nepal Mother House Trekking to book your flight ticket. It takes about 30 minutes with having spectacular Himalayas, high hills, terraces, local settlements, and forests ... view from the plane.
Day 26: Farewell friend day in Kathmandu (1,350m) In this pleasant day you may have full day at leisure either relax at hotel or explore the around Thamel. Today is day of ending your journey, so we would like offer you farewell dinner in Nepali typical Restaurant and hand over you Trip Certificate, Trekking Permit and TIMS Card for memory of Nepal trip.
Day 27: final Departure to your Destination Today is free or last minute shopping for souvenirs or gift to your family, friends or relatives for you until departure flight/drive. Our assist will be transfer to the International Airport for your departure flight to your onwards destination, taking with you the memory of a life time.