Narphu - Thorongla Pass Trek - 17 DaysNarphu - Thorongla Pass Trek - 17 Days

Narphu - Thorongla Pass Trek - 17 Days

  • Duration17 Days
  • DestinationNepal
  • Difficulty Strenuous
  • Max Altitude 5416 m
  • Activity Trekking & excursion
  • Group Size Min - 2 pax
  • Accommodation Comfortable hotel in KTM & Pokhara, Local lodge on the trekking
  • Meals Full Board during the trek
  • Transportation Private Vehicle and Domestic flights
  • Starts KTM- Jagat jeep drive & Trek
  • Ends Jomsom
  • Best Season Sep-Nov and March-May
Overview
Trip Highlights
  • Exploring the lost newly opened valley of Naar and Phu Village,
  • visit to ancient Buddhist Monasteries including Manangis culture and traditions
  • Passing several Buddhist monuments and their traditional stone-walled villages
  • Cross the high passes Kang la and Thorongla
  • Muktinath holistic site
  • Visiting the oldest Monastery and Milerepa cave at Manang Valley
  • smooth gradual walking up through subtropical the dense Rhododendron and Pine forest to a Tibetan-influenced valley

Nar Phu Valley trekking is an ideal newly opened trekking trail in the Annapurna region. This trek is preferred by those who want to discover the Annapurna circuit as well as explore an untouched valley. A rough and wild trek takes you to the exotic Nar Phu valley that lies in the remote corner of the Annapurna region. This remote Tibetan inhabitant’s trekking has been opened to trek since 2003. The People who are living around this area are called Gurung but they are originally a Tibetan ethnic group. Their ancestors came across the Himalayas thousands of years ago and settled inside this hidden place from decade to decade. While their ancestors were involved in nomadic, Trans Himalayan trading, and herding animals. Still, people from this region have similar culture, tradition, and language to Tibetan. They are known as the Manangies ethnic group from the rural Himalayas of Nepal.

Nar-Phu Valley is above the tree line on the upper limits of cultivation, in the very north of Manang district. This village or valley was restricted for a long time so the people from this area couldn’t have an interaction with people from another world, thus their life was completely chained to animal husbandry, seasonal agriculture, and Trans-Himalayan trade for livelihood.

The Nepal government’s recent decision to open Nar and Phu has evoked little enthusiasm among the villagers and their livelihood. It is a suitable place for people who are looking for virginal land for their travel, culture, tradition, and research along the undiscovered valley. Besides that, its hidden paradise, this trek also offers fantastic views of the Annapurna massif, Lamjung Himal, Machhapuchhre Himal, Manaslu Himal, Dhawalagiri range, and Tilicho Peak.

Itinerary

Take a morning overland drive along the Prithvi highway to Dumre and leave the road to Pokhara by turning right valley towards Marsyangdi River until you arrive at Besishahar.  Prithvi highway is one of the most important roads connecting Kathmandu with western parts of Nepal including India that’s why you may stock several times along the highway until “Muglin” a little town. The road from Muglin to Pokhara is also under widening construction so you may have bumping drive till Dumre. Anyway, this drive is so enjoyable because of the different natural diversities, cultures, people, and villages, along the famous Trisuli River bank.

You must change the vehicle at Besisahar. The road is already extended till Manang from Besisahar so that better to take a jeep ride until the Jagat while the trekking trail is already destroyed by the road otherwise trekkers must walk along the dusty rough road. Starting trekking from Jagat has two benefits one is for altitude reserve and the other for walking along old scenery trekking

Start you’re trekking after breakfast, beginning of the trek must follow along the road until Chamche village. The sky touching looks like hills standing on both sides of the River, Wild bees, and beautiful waterfalls are the major attractions of the day. Avoid the road at Chamche, cross another side of the River over a suspension bridge, and walk via the classic trekking trail to Taal. Taal is a very beautiful 1st settlement of Manang District and has been destroyed many times by natural disasters. There is a very interesting old trekking trail from Taal to Dharapani but it is closed during the rainy season due to landslides and rock-falling problems. If it is closed cross the suspension bridge beyond Taal and walk along the street to Dharapani and overnight at the local tea house.

The valley is extending to westward through the heavy bushes of fir and pine forests. After half an hour of walking, we reach Bagarchap (2160m) the village was once swept away by a flooded avalanche. After 25 minutes of walking you get in touch with Danaque village then walk steeply up to Timang village (2100m) through the forest. From Timang you will have excellent views of Mt. Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II (7937m), and Annapurna III (7555m). Make a small break in this typical Tibetan architectural village. Their typical homes are very beautiful with stacking firewood on the roofs in preparation for the long, hard winters. The village marks the transition between the lower wet valleys and the higher dry arid areas of the Manang Valley. The path is gradually flat to Thanchok (Buckwheat, potatoes, and barley land) then Koto overnight.

We enter the restricted area with our permits and continue our trek along Naar Khola. Trekking through dense forests of juniper and pine, we cross a suspension bridge and reach Dharmasala. We come across a beautiful waterfall on our way to Meta. Overnight at a local lodge

Crossing a few suspension bridges over different water streams, we pass the small villages of Jhunam, Chyakhu, and Kyang. We trek along Phu Khola on rocky trails till we reach Phu. We may encounter blue sheep grazing in the field. Visit Tashi Lakhang Monastery which is known as the last monastery built by Karmapa Rinpoche. Overnight at a lodge in Phu.

Today we will rest at Phu village for exploration. Phu is a beautiful village inhabited by mixed ethnic groups like Gurung, Ghale, and Tibetans. We will get a chance to know about their culture, tradition, and lifestyle.  Also, we will visit the monastery in the evening time.

Trekking downhill and crossing many small streams over suspension bridges, we pass lush Himalayan forests to reach Mahendra Pul. We trek through the gorge of the Labse River before descending downhill to Nar. We will pass many Buddhist stupas and monasteries on our way to Nar. Overnight at local lodge.

We start early morning for the Spectacular Kang La pass trekking uphill to Jhombu Kharka aka Kang-La which hosts an outstanding view of the Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri range, and the other Himalayas. On our way to Kang-La, we may come across some yak herder’s camps. After relishing the beautiful panorama of the Himalayas, we trek downhill to Ngawal. Overnight at a local lodge

Today we will walk through the flat valley along the bank of Marshyandi River. On the way, we will pass the pine forest, farming terrace, and the beautiful village of Braga. On the route, we can visit Braga monasteries, the view of the Annapurna range, and Tilicho peak. Overnight in Manang 

The trail moves through alpine pastures to scrubby forests of juniper and ascends to Tenki to Yak Kharka.

Yak Kharka to Phedi continues climbing along the bank of the Jorsang Khola. Sometimes it is possible to see a group of blue mountain sheep. 

From Phedi, it is a steep ascend to high camp, then continues moraines and following rocky ridges as it ascends to the pass. The views from the trail and the pass called Thorong la (5420mtr) are outstanding. You can see the long great barrier ridged of Gangapurna, Annapurna, and Thorong peak Khatung Kang Peak. From the top, the trail descends steeply down to Muktinath (3800mtr) the most important pilgrimage sight. It is also a village of Tibetan ethnic and holy Buddhists.

Visit the holistic temple site before breakfast and descend via Jharkot village, if you are enough fit then hike via LUBRA valley to Jomsom. That at least avoid disturbance of vehicle. We don’t recommend walking along the frequent road to Jomsom. The evening will be a farewell dinner for the successful completion of the trekking. Thanking with some satisfied TIP to your trekking crews.

Cost Details
What's included

The cost of this trip depends on the basis of accommodation in the city, group size, transportations usage and level of services. We provide special discount for larger group, relevant travel company, partners or agents and non- profit organizations.

We offer every trip on very best price basis, contact us for the further cost information with mentioning your group size, expecting services on trekking and accommodation standards in the city.

Useful Info

Permits Required for Naar Phu Valley Trek

There are two kinds of Permit required for Naar Phu Valley Trek.

1) Naar Phu Valley Restricted Area (Special Permit)

2) ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) Permit.

How much does the Permit cost for Nar Phu Valley Trek?

1) Naar Phu Valley Restricted Area (Special Permit): it cost 100$ per person for a week and for additional 15$ per day per person (September to November).And it cost 75$ per person for a week and for additional 15$ per day per person (December to August).

2) ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) Permit: It cost 30$ per person and will valid during your Trek.

How about TIMS for Nar Phu Valley Trek?

TIMS is not necessary for Nar Phu Valley Trek when you have Restricted Special Trekking Permit of Nar Phu Valley.

Where to get Trekking Naar Phu Valley Trek Permit?

Naar Phu Valley Trek Restricted Special Trekking Permit is submitted by an Agency and issued by Immigration in Kathmandu. And ACAP Permit is issued by NTB.

What kind of documents required for Permit?

1) Original Passport of Trekkers (Nepal Visa Valid)

2) Photo 1 Passport size.

Solo Trekker can get Permit for Nar Phu Valley?

Naar Phu valley trekking permit will not issue for solo trekker. There should be at least 2 person in a group.

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