Nar Phu Valley Trek, which is located between the magnificent Annapurna and Manaslu mountain ranges. The treks highlight are the villages of Nar and Phu that are quire unique and exotic in Nature. You will have an unique opportunity to experience traditional Tibetan villages, Snow-caped mountains, glaciers, canyons, yak pastures, unique rock formation and alpine terrain. This is not as popular as many of the other treks in Nepal, which is perfect for people who do not want lot of crowd and experience the unchanged village life of the local people. This trek is a moderate challenging in nature as the trail is difficult and you will reach a maximum altitude of 5320m. The trek can be also be connected with with Annapurna Circuit Trek to reach Tilicho lake and Himlung Himal Base Camp.
Langtang Ri Trekking & Expedition representative will greet you in an airport & transfer you to your Hotel , after refreshment you will be picked from hotel lobby to office where you will be formally introduced to your Guide and the activities to be enjoyed over the next few days. We will also ask for your passport photographs and any other details required for your trek permits, at this stage.
After breakfast, we start an interesting tour around Kathmandu. Escorting by an English speaking guide (can be provide any language speaking guide on request) be, try to give them a full taste of our vivid culture image and an enchanting manner of its people. In our sightseeing tour we go to Monkey temple Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath and Kathmandu Durbar square.
Bouddhanath: Bouddhanath is a Buddhist religious complex with a history dating back over 500 years. Located on the eastern edge of Kathmandu it is now a site of great pilgrimage for Buddhist followers who circle its massive stupa, spin its many prayer wheels and visit its beautiful monastery. The main feature of Boudhanath is its huge hemispherical white stupa with central golden tower and the all-seeing eyes of the Buddha. Visitors should circle the stupa in a clockwise direction and spin prayer wheels for good fortune and a good life. Visitors may also enjoy visiting the Thangka painting school within the complex to see highly skilled artists at work on religious mandala paintings.
Pashupatinath: Hindu Temple is a very large and complex and focal point for the Hindu religion. This old and very revered complex of buildings and shrines is dedicated to the Lord Shiva, one of the main deities of Hinduism. While Lord Shiva has multiple forms he is often seen as the destroyer. This has great significance for the Pashupatinath temple as it is the site of many Hindi ritual cremations each day. Pashupatinath is considered by Hindus to be an auspicious site for passing from one stage of life to the next through the purifying and destroying flames of cremation. However, on a happier note, visitors may also get to see the temple in a buoyant festival mode with one of the many Hindu festivals celebrated here through the year.
Swayambhunath: You will first visit the Swayambhunath temple complex that sits atop a high hill overlooking Kathmandu and the entire Kathmandu Valley. Swayambhunath is perhaps the most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage site in Nepal. It consists of a very large white stupa with the all-seeing-eye of Lord Buddha plus many small stupa and beautifully carved stone shrines. This is a wonderful place to catch your breath and start to understand and appreciate the deep importance of Buddhist belief to the people of Nepal and the Himalaya region. Make sure you ring the many bells to awaken the gods and let them know you are in Nepal. Take the time to enjoy the view over Kathmandu and have your guide point the many other highlights of the city. In the far distance to the east you may also be able to see the hills of Nagarkot where your hotel for tonight is located. If you feel energetic you might also like to try some or all of the 350 steps that lead all the way from Kathmandu city up to your Swayambhunath temple vantage point.
Kathmandu Durbar Square: The next stop today is the beautiful Kathmandu Durbar Square, or the royal palace square of the ancient Malla kings of the Kathmandu Valley. This square and all its architectural treasures are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While some damage to buildings occurred in the 2015 earthquake the site still contains many stunning architectural gems. The original royal palace courtyards are open to visitors and you will marvel at the intricate timber carving and beautifully crafted brickwork of the palace. The open square outside the palace has many beautiful multi-storey pagodas and temples with ornate carving and carpentry artwork that tells some of the story of the ancient kings and their mystical time and beliefs. The square also contains many important Hindu temples and statues such as to Vishnu and Lord Shiva. Durbar Square also contains the unique and intriguing Kumari Chok. This is an ancient and ornate house where resides the Raj Kumari – the Living Goddess. She is a young girl chosen through an ancient and mystical selection process to become the human incarnation of the Hindu mother goddess, Durga. If you are in the courtyard of the home at the right time in the afternoon you may see a brief glimpse of the Goddess at her window.
The drive from Kathmandu to Dharapani takes approximately 8–9 hours, depending on the road conditions and traffic. Along the way, you will pass through scenic landscapes, charming villages, and winding mountain roads. Be prepared for a long but rewarding journey as you make your way towards the starting point of your trek in Dharapani. Overnight at the Trekking lodge.
On the second day of our trek, we will make our way from Dharapani to Koto Manang. This leg of the journey offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains and lush valleys. As we ascend further into the Annapurna region, we will pass through charming villages and get a glimpse into the local culture and way of life. The trail is well-marked and relatively moderate, allowing us to fully enjoy the breathtaking scenery along the way. Overnight at the guest house.
The trek begins in Koto and continues towards Meta. The trail offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains and lush green valleys. As we make our way through the picturesque landscape, we will pass through charming villages and interact with the friendly locals, immersing ourselves in their rich culture and traditions. The trek from Koto to Meta is a moderate hike that takes us through diverse terrain, including forests, rivers, and rocky paths. Along the way, we may encounter various wildlife. Overnight at the Trekking lodge.
This romantic Himalayan excursion offers stunning natural beauty and romantic strolls. The route passes by Phu Kosi, Junam, Chako, and Kyang, which are semi-permanent communities and occasional "Khampas" from Tibet. Additional ascents and descents are required to reach the campground at Kyang, situated high above the river near Phu, and Overnight at the Trekking lodge.
Today, the trek begins in Kyang and takes us to the beautiful Phu village. The trail offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and valleys as we make our way through diverse landscapes. Along the way, we may encounter local wildlife and pass by traditional Tibetan Buddhist monasteries, adding cultural richness to our journey. As we arrive in Phu village, we are greeted by warm hospitality from the locals and get a chance to immerse ourselves in their unique way of life. Overnight at the Trekking lodge.
The route follows the spillway trail to Nar Khola, passing through Khamapa settlement villages Kyang and Chaykku. The trail is level, with slight inclines during river crossings. After 30 minutes, we will transport George of Nar Khola over the historic Mahendrapul. We will spend the night at Satek Monastery, where we can converse with lamas and monks, attend puja rituals, and share meals. Overnight at the Monestry.
The trek continues from Nar Phedi to Nar Village. This part of the journey offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. The trail takes you through picturesque landscapes, crossing rivers, and passing through charming villages along the way. As you reach Nar Village, you'll be greeted by the warm hospitality of the locals and have a chance to immerse yourself in their unique culture and traditions. Overnight at the Trekking lodge.
Nar village, located in the breathtaking region of Upper Manang in Nepal, offers a multitude of opportunities for exploration. On day 10 venture out to discover the captivating surroundings that surround this charming village. Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage by visiting ancient monasteries and interacting with the warm and welcoming locals. Don't miss the chance to hike along scenic trails that lead to stunning viewpoints, providing panoramic vistas of the majestic Himalayan peaks. Overnight at the Trekking lodge.
The trek begins in Nar and continues towards Koto Manang. This section of the trek offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and landscapes. The trail may involve crossing suspension bridges, passing through quaint villages, and traversing lush forests. As you make your way to Koto Manang, you'll experience the unique culture and warm hospitality of the local people. Overnight at the Trekking lodge.
On the final day of our journey, we embark on the scenic drive back from Koto to Kathmandu. As we leave behind the picturesque landscapes and winding roads of Koto, we can't help but reflect on the incredible experiences and memories we have made during our time in this enchanting region. The drive back to Kathmandu allows us to soak in the last glimpses of Nepal's natural beauty before returning to bustling city life.
Enjoy a day exploring some of the quieter streets of Kathmandu and stocking up on souvenirs and presents for friends and family. This evening you will also have a farewell dinner. We will collect you from your hotel and take you to one of the many bustling and fun restaurants of Kathmandu.
All too soon it’s time to bid Nepal farewell and one realizes that we can never be intimate, only acquainted with this amazing country.
Recommended equipment list: Trekkers need to provide their own personal clothing and equipment. Some items of equipment are available for hire from us as like Down Jacket
Well broken-in walking shoes - these must be suitable for snow, thick socks, light socks, camp shoes.
Down or fiber filled waterproof jacket and trousers, sweater or fleece jacket, underwear, warm and cotton trousers or jeans, shirts and T-shirts, shorts, long underwear, wool hat, sun hat, gloves, bathing suit, track suit.
Sleeping bag (5 seasons), lock, day pack, water bottle, sun cream, sunglasses, flashlight with spare bulbs and batteries, lip salve, gaiters.
Insect repellent, toilet articles, diary, toilet roll, laundry soap, wet ones, pocket knife, towel, sewing kit, plasters, binoculars, camera, film, cards and personal medical kit.
Itinerary and Dates: Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, but as this is adventure travel in a remote mountain region, we cannot guarantee it. Weather conditions and the health of trekkers can all contribute to changes. Your guide, and their Sherpa assistants, will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if necessary. Our aim is to return you safely to Kathmandu in time for your departure flight booking.
Experience Required: This Trek is suitable for keen walkers who are able to walk for 6 – 7 hours each day, with a light rucksack. Some of the days are quite long, and walking feels more strenuous at altitude. Generally, the trail is a good quality, but occasionally it will be uneven and rocky.
Food & Accommodation: You will be accommodated in a teahouse each night, unless the itinerary stipulates tent camping is necessary on some nights. Teahouses are simple, locally-run guesthouses with twin-share or single rooms. Toilets and showers are of varying standards. Typical food available for lunch and dinner is Nepali rice & lentils, pasta, potato dishes, soups or pizzas. Delicious pancakes, porridge, toast and eggs are the main breakfast fare, while tea, coffee and hot chocolate are always available. You will probably be pleasantly surprised by the variety of food at the lodges.
What about our luggage: One porter will be shared between two trekking clients. Porters will carry a maximum of 12kgs per client. If you wish to, you may keep excess clothing and items in a storage room at your Kathmandu hotel.
What will the temperature be like: The weather obviously varies considerably by season and may also change drastically within a single day, particularly at high altitude. If your itinerary takes you above 3,000m need to be prepared for conditions that may range from -10 to 25 degrees on any day. Some useful weather data is available here: https://bit.ly/3vi7rHX You will also need good protections from sun and wind exposure. Contact us for a suggested trek packing list to suit your itinerary.
How much money should we bring: You will need to carry Nepali Rupee to pay for things not covered by your itinerary package. This may include bottled water; evening hot showers; additional food treats; additional hot drinks; equipment replacement or repairs; battery charging and gifts and tips. Shopping can also be done on your last day in Thamel. Talk with us in our office before departing on your trek and we can provide more advice and currency exchange.
What about Acute Mountaineering Sickness (AMS): AMS is essentially impossible to predict. Some people are affected, and other not. Only a very small percentage of people suffer serious effects. Effects may become apparent at any altitude, not just at the extremes of your itinerary.
Signs of AMS includes:
Prevention of AMS:
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