Closed to tourism until 2002, Nar Phu valleys are far removed in both time and space from the neighboring Annapurna circuit. Hidden by swirls of mountain mist ahead of us, from Kang La pass the magnificent panorama view of Annapurna massif appears remote and forbidding during Narphu valley trek. The Narphu valley trekking takes you up narrow gorges to medieval villages, past impressive chortens, herds of blue sheep and spectacular Cliffside trail and over one of the region's highest trekking passes. 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 flavors. The Narphu valley trek in Manang is an excellent adventurous add onto a visit to the Manang region or the Manaslu trek.
We start our trek from Syange following the Popular Annapurna circuit trail and branch off at Koto to follow the off the beaten track to the Nar Phu valley in the very north of Manang. The vegetation gradually changes from alpine to sub-alpine scrub: the habitat of blue sheep and the illusive snow leopard. Nar Phu valleys have the population about 300 inhabitants who depend on livestock. The tortuous path leading from the valley into Tibet had never made them dependent on the salt trade, and till today yak herding is the basis of their livelihood. Narphu valley trek combines high peaks and passes, glaciers, remote villages, narrow canyons, lovely forests, amazing rock formations, yaks, Gompa and unique Himalayan cultures. The Phu is the most beautiful medieval village to understand the real life styles of Bhote communities. Along with spending plenty of time at these colorful and timeless villages, we explore the high alpine valleys above Phu including Himlung base camp and crossing Kang La pass from Nar to Ngwal on the Pisang route leading back into the Annapurna circuit.
The next part of the Nar Phu valley trekking is situated in the dry, desert- like Tibetan Plateau allowing access to Muktinath and Jomsom trail. Muktinath has become the center of pilgrimage for thousands of Indians and Nepalese Hindus. The picturesque Manang and Mustang valley, magnificent Kali Gandaki and Marsyangdi Rivers, close up views of the Himalayas, varied ecosystems, green paddy fields and oak forests, arid deserts and the deepest gorge in the world make this one of the most popular treks in the world. Heading to the headquarter Jomsom, we move to the north to Kagbeni along the river side way of Kali Gandaki.
The Nepal government's recent decision to open up Nar and Phu to tourists has evoked little enthusiasm among the villagers, whose rustic lifestyle continues. Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) has recently extended its network to include Nar and Phu Valley and preparing a suitable tourism development plan at the request of the government for undiscovered valley. The Nepal Nar Phu trek offers your enjoyment and a pleasure of the fabulous and typical landscape of the valley. Nar Phu valley trekking trail is probably the best non tourist area of Annapurna trekking routes and those who want to explore hidden valley off the beaten path it can be amazing.
Day 01 : Arrival in Kathmandu,Transfer to hotel
Day 02 : Kathmandu to Beshisahari to Nagdi Ngadi. 2,625 feet by bus.
Day 03 : Drive to Chamje and trek alongside the Marshyangdi River to Tal. 5,580 feet. 3 hours. Camp.
Day 04 : Trek to Koto - the Gateway into the Naar and Phu valleys. 8,660 feet. 8 hours. Camp.
Day 05 : Following the Naar Phu River to our camp at Dharamsala. 10,530 feet. 6 hours. Camp.
Day 06 : Trek to Meta Village. 11,710 feet. 3-4 hours. Camp.
Day 07 : Trek to Kyang Village. 12,530 feet. 4-5 hours. Camp.
Day 08 : Trek to the remote village of Phu (Phoo). 13,020 feet. 3-4 hours. Camp.
Day 09 : Exploration day around Phu Village. Visit to the Tashi Lhakhang Monastery. Camp.
Day 10 : Trek to Naar Phedi. 11,580 feet. 6-7 hours. 12,465 feet. Camp.
Day 11 : Trek to Naar Village. 13,730 feet. 3-4 hours. Camp or Lodge.
Day 12 : Trek to Kangla Phedi (base camp for the pass). 15,190 feet. 2-3 hours. Camp.
Day 13 : Cross the Kangla Pass (17,430 feet) and descend to Ngawal. 12,530 feet. 7-8 hours. Camp.
Day 14 : Trek to Manang Village. 11,550 feet. 4-5 hours. Camp.
Day 15 : Trek to Yak Kharka. 13,250 feet. 4-5 hours. Camp.
Day 16 : Trek to Thorong La High Camp. 16,010 feet. 5-6 hours. Camp or Lodge.
Day 17 : Cross the Thorong La Pass (17,765 feet) and trek to Muktinath. 12,460 feet. to Jomsom by Jeep.
Day 18 : Jomsom to Pokhara by flight.
Day 19 : Pokhara to Kathmandu by bus or flight
Day 20: Sightseeing and Shopping in Kathmandu
Day 21 : Transfer to International Airport and fly home.