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Nar Phu Trekking 22 days (Route II)

Jagat

View of Jagat Village.

Kangla Phedi

Camping site at Kangla Phedi.

Manang Village

Manang village with Annapurna-III and Gangapurna peaks on the backdrop.

Throngla Pass

Throngla Pass

Muktinath Temple

Throngla Pass

Jomsom

View of Jomsom Village

Nar Phu valley trek is one of the recently explored trekking in Nepal. With very less trekkers and a pristine undisturbed environment, this is one of the best trekking trails in Nepal. Its remoteness, simple way of life of the people and cultural diversity has made Nar Phu trek a must visit place in the western part of Nepal. Nar and Phu are two Tibetan style villages in the lap of the Annapurna range. You can experience a thriving Buddhist culture that has developed in the lap of the mountains since hundreds of years ago during your visit to Nar and Phu. Kangla Pass and Thorung Pass are the most exciting parts of this trip.

This once forgotten part of Nepal has been re discovered as a offbeat trekking route with a lot to offer. You don’t have a lot of fellow trekkers and the settlements are thin so you have a lot of opportunity to enjoy the nature isolation as this area was opened only in2003 for foreigners.

This area has a nice diversity as you climb up as the vegetation and people change significantly. The trek starts from Bulbul and ends in Pokhara. If you are looking for a new trekking route in Nepal, near the Himalayas, this is the best trekking for you without any shadow of doubt.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport.
Day 02: Half day sightseeing of Kathmandu valley.  Rest of the day free for preparation of trekking to Narphu.
Day 03: Drive to Bhulbule (840m)
Day 04: Trek to Ghermu. (1160m)
Day 05: Trek to Dharapani. (1910m)
Day 06: Trek to Koto. (2610m).
Day 07: Trek to Meta. (3560m)
Day 08: Trek to Phu Gaon. (4250m)
Day 09: Rest day for acclimatization.
Day 10: Trek to Naar. (4110m)
Day 11: Free day for acclimatization.
Day 12: Trek to Ngwal (3660m) via the Kangla Pass (5322m)
Day 13: Trek to Manang. (3540m)
Day 14: Trek to Yak Kharka. (4020m)
Day 15: Trek to High Camp. (4860m)
Day 16: Trek to Muktinath (3800m) via the Thorong La Pass (5416m)
Day 17: Trek to Kagbeni. (2800m)
Day 18: Trek to Jomsom. (2720m)
Day 19: Fly to Pokhara.
Day 20: Drive to Kathmandu.
Day 21: Free day
Day 22: Final Departure.
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  2. Day 1: Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport.
    Our staff from Adventure Mission Nepal will receive you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel.

    Day 2: Half day sightseeing of Kathmandu valley.  Rest of the day free for preparation of trekking to Narphu.
    An experienced city guide will lead you through the crowded streets of Kathmandu for the sightseeing of Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayambhunath, the Monkey temple.  In the afternoon you can stroll around the streets of Thamel to do some last minute shopping for the trek.

    Day 3: Drive to Bhulbule (840m)
    We take a long drive to 7 hours to reach Bulbule,in the Lamjung district of Nepal. Overnight at tea house/camping.

    Day 4: Trek to Ghermu. (1160m)
    Our destination for today is the village of Ghermu which is 6 hours walk from Bhulbule. After breakfast we start the walk along the Marshayngdi River and head towards the first village Nagdi.  From Nagdi we walk another couple of hours to reach Bahundanda, which got famous after John Wood of Microsoft corporations wrote a book called Microsoft to Bahundanda. After a nice lunch and rest along the mountain side we gradually go down for a while. After about an hour we reach Ghermu crossing the dense forest that opens in a flat area with paddy fields. We walk for about 6 hours today.

    Day 5: Trek to Dharapani. (1910m)
    We start the day with a warm breakfast served at the campsite/tea house and head forward to reach Dharapani.  It’s a long day as we walk for almost 7 hours including a lunch break. The trail goes along the mighty Marshayngdi and some small settlements of the Gurung community.

    Day 6: Trek to Koto. (2610m).
    You are not in Japan as the name Koto sounds very Japanese, it is a small village reached after walking 5 hours from Dharapani. This is an interesting day with ups and downs. The view is also a energizer as you see the mighty mountains such as Annapurna, Manaslu, Himalchuli and many from the trail today.

    Day 7: Trek to Meta. (3560m)
    A long day and a lot of climbing is ahead of us today. We walk more than 6 hours and have a lot of climbing as we are gaining altitude. You will not feel very tired as the view is very nice and you walk through the thick forests of rhododendrons and pine. Leaving Marshayngdi we start following the Naar Khola and until we reach Meta, our overnight destination, there are no settlements and chances of meeting someone is very less. Enjoy the nature today at its best.

    Day 8: Trek to Phu Gaon. (4250m)
    We start the day after the breakfast is served and walk gradually up along the Phu River. The trail is steep and sometimes very difficult but what lies ahead makes you walk further ahead. We start entering the rain shadow area and the change in climate and life style is very significant. You start seeing the Tibet like settlements. Our destination for today, Phu Gaon is reached in 7 hours with a lunch break in between. It is believed that the first group of nomads from Tibet migrated here about 250 years ago.  

    Day 9: Rest day for acclimatization.
    There is a lot to do around Phu Gaon. You can visit the first Tibetan monastery of the area, go for exploring this small village and chat with the villagers ( you might need to take the guide along with you so that he translates for you) or just rest at the tea house.

    Day 10: Trek to Naar. (4110m)
    The walk today is completely isolated and there are no settlements and tea houses along the way, it’s only you and the wilderness. We will pack everything and also the lunch for today and head towards Naar village. On the way we cross the Naar Bridge which was built with direct instructions from Late king Mahendra, who was the father of the last king of Nepal. Naar is a beautiful village situated at more than 4000m with a Tibetan lifestyle and most of the people do animal husbandry and trade with Tibetan villages for survival.

    Day 11: Free day fro acclimatization.
    Enjoy the day around the village or go for a short hike. The view from here is nice enough to keep you occupied for a day!

    Day 12: Trek to Ngwal (3660m) via the Kangla Pass (5322m)
    After 2 days of acclimatization you have enough strength to wlak ahead on the most difficult day of the trek.  From Naar we start walking early in the morning as we need to climb the 5322 m high pass. A tiring 4 hours or little more will take you to the other side of the pass. The view is majestic as you can see some of the best mountain view of your life with high mountains all around you. After spending some time at the pass we have a steep descent ahead. We reach the village of Ngwal in late afternoon exhausted and with less energy.

    Day 13: Trek to Manang. (3540m)
    After doing a high pass today the 4 hours descent down to Manang is a much deserved easy day. Manang is a famous area and one of the districts of Nepal behind the mountains. It offers better accommodation and good food compared to what you have been experiencing in the previous days. Explore Manang in the afternoon.

    Day 14: Trek to Yak Kharka. (4020m)
    A little climbs and then ups and down for 3 hours leads us to Yak Kharka. You might see some Yaks grazing if it is the right time of the year. Overnight at tea house.

    Day 15: Trek to High Camp. (4860m)
    After breakfast we start the walk along the Thorong River towards Thorang Phedi. We will have a much deserved lunch here and after a brief rest we climb up to the high camp for another 2 hours. Enjoy the view with a hot cup of tea served at the campsite.

    Day 16: Trek to Muktinath (3800m) via the Thorong La Pass (5416m)
    We start walking before sunrise, early in the morning, depending on the time of the year it may be as early as 4.30 in the morning. We climb up to the thorungla, the highest pass in the world. Reaching the top we will enjoy the view for a while and walk down to Muktinath, our overnight destination.  This will be a tiring day as we walk for almost 7 hours but climbing Thorungla is a big achievement.

    Day 17: Trek to Kagbeni. (2800m )
    We start the late as you are exhausted after the victory over Thorung la from yesterday. After a late wake up and breakfast we spend some time around Muktinath, one of the biggest pilgrimage of the Hindus in Nepal.  We walk down to Kagbeni, which is the gate way to upper mustang and it is also a fortified village with a very old monastery and very friendly people. The walk down to Kagbeni is not more than 4 hours in a gentle pace.

    Day 18: Trek to Jomsom. (2720m)
    A not so long walk along the Kali Gandaki River takes us to Jomsom. We will have lunch at Eklebhatti. Don’t forget to collect some fossil stones as they are worshipped by Hindus as lord Bishnu and for the modern scientist they are mysterious stones supposed to be found in the sea bed but occurring in the high mountains.

    Day 19: Fly to Pokhara.
    A scenic 20 minutes flight from Jomsom takes you to Pokhara. You can start from the hotel as soon as you see the plane from Pokhara arriving at the Jomsom airstrip.  Spend some time around the lake side of Pokhara, one of the most happening places in the whole country.

    Day 20: Drive to Kathmandu.
    A 7 hours drive takes you back to Kathmandu.

    Day 21: Free day

    Day 22:  Final Departure.

Note: This itinerary is only a guideline and we can customize it as per your request. You can add rest days in between, ask for an alternate route (if available) and add other destinations like Pokhara and Chitwan if you wish to visit any before or after the trek.

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