Nepal Nar phu valley Trekking

Trip Highlights

Famous Tashi Lhakhang Gompa to pay respects to Lama Karma Sonam Rimpoche who came to Nepal with the Dalai Lama in 1959. the old Buddhist Monastery listed out of the 108 world’s great Buddhist Monasteries; it is supposed to be the last monastery constructed by Karmapa Rinpoche. Visit in antique villages that have seen little change over the centuries.

 

Totally hidden Village of Nar Phu. Enjoy great views of Annapurna II, Himlung Himal, Gangapurna, and Tilicho Peak. Observe a Tibetan-derived culture, with unique and colorful prayer stone many mani wall. Visit in antique villages that have seen little change over the centuries.

 

Trip Overview

Nar Phu Valley Trek runs along the Annapurna circuit trekking trail in the naturally gifted country Nepal. Nar Phu Valley gives a panoramic view of the Himlung base camp and Annapurna massif and the chance to observe the rich cultures of the Bhotia people.

Nar Phu Valley trek commences with a trail down the Chame village and heads to the Thorung Pass. Since Nar Phu Valley falls among one of the restricted area, a special permit is required for the trek. The trek takes you to some challenging high passes like Kangla Pass, and Thorung La Pass. The trekker get to observe the typical local lifestyle of the people living in Bhotia village in Nyershangwh depend largely on salt trade and livestock. The Nar Phu Valley trek gives a exquisite opportunity of excavating the north of the Manang district of Nepal. The trek finally leads to Jomsom Muktinath and then ends in Ghorepani Poon Hill.

High Altitude Sherpa  has appropriately drafted the itinerary of the Nar Phu Valley Trekking. It also offers services that promise safety along with an incomparable journey for the zealous trekkers who want to board on a cheerful expedition towards the captivating, enthralling and challenging Nar Phu Valley trekking.


BEST SESSION TO VISIT NEPA

 

Autumn Session: September – November  

The autumn months of mid-September, October and November are known for being Nepal’s mountaineering and the best time to go trekking. The monsoon rains have cleared the sky with outstanding the views are often remarkable. The valleys are still green and the weather is trifling so trekking is far more pleasurable at this time.

Winter Session : December – February 

Winter season is usually snowfall at higher elevations in Himalayas. Though it gets colder in night, often it offers the clear day / blue sky and comparatively less trekkers on the trail. Winter Treks like Ghorepani pun hill trek, Mardi Himal trek, Everest base camp, Annapurna Panorama, Annapurna Sanctuary, Everest base and Langtang reason treks are always comfortable to trek even in winter season.

Spring Session: March – May 

 Spring is the best trekking season for the trekking and mountaineering in Nepal.  Weather is mostly perfect and temperature is moderate which offers beautiful views without any obstruction. Spring collects beautiful flowers, plants and rare animals Walking is also very much suitable during this season.

Summer Session: June – August 

Though summer collects heavy monsoon rainfall it is very much clear to trek around upper and lower Mustang, lower and upper Dolpo and Nar- Phu valley since they are rain shadow areas.  Tibet is much more favorable for Tibet trek. Everest, Langtang and Annapurna are always comfortable to trek even in summer season.


Team Composition

 There will be one English speaking high altitude experience trek leader. There will be one assistant guide if required.

this arrangement ensure that if anybody in the group get sick, the trip can still go ahead as planned for the rest of the group.

– porters for luggage carrying: two trekkers: one porters. it is depend number of porter where and  how long you doing trek.


Physical Condition & Experience Requirements

This is a moderate trek suitable for trekkers who have the skill to walk 5-7 hours a day with a light day bag.

 Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks earlier to the trip to improve our strength and stability.

 Walking in higher altitudes is more physically demanding than walking in lower altitudes.

 you are in excellent health with average physical fitness and have a positive attitude.

– self-confidence and strong determination best way to  complete this trek successfully.

 Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip.

Outline Itinerary

DAYS ITINERARY ALTITUDE N/O
Day 1  Arrival in Kathmandu 1300 m Lodge
Day 2 kathmandu to Dharapani 1860 m  Lodge
Day 3 Dhara pani to koto 2620 m Lodge
Day 4 Koto to Meta 3550  m Lodge
Day 5 Meta to Pho Gaou 2610 m Lodge
Day 6  Acclimatization 4250 m Lodge
Day 7 Phu Gaun to Nar 4120 m Lodge
Day 8 Nar to Ngawal via kang la pass 3600 m Lodge
Day 9 Ngawal to Manang 3540 m Lodge
Day 10 Acclimatization Day 3540 m Lodge
Day 11  Manang to Yak kharka 4600 m Lodge
Day 12 Yak kharka to Thorong phedi 4600 m Lodge
Day 13 Thorong phedi to Muktinath vai Thorong la pass 3738 m Lodge
Day 14 Muktinath to Jomsom 2760 m Lodge
Day 15 Jomsom to pokhara 840 m Lodge
Day 16 Sightseeng in pohkara. 840 m Lodge
Day 17  Pokhara to kathmandu  (Flight)- drive 1300 m Lodge
Day 18  International flight 1380 m lodge

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu and drive to hotel: (1,350m.)

High altitude Sherpa Trekking Company Airport Representative will meet you outside the Terminal Hall. Transfer to hotel brief you about tomorrow’s activities and collect your needed documents for our official needs. introduce with your trekking guide check the requirements and briefing about the Nar Phu Valley trek each day program.O/N at hotel.

 

Day 15: Kathmandu sightseeing:

We tour Durbar Square, Pashupatinath temple, Swayambhunath stupa and Bouddhanath stupa which are all world heritage sites. The Durbar Square reveals the life of the royals in ancient times. Pashupatinath temple is one of the most important places of pilgrimage for all Hindus. Swayambhunath is also known as the Monkey Temple and Boudhanath stupa is one of the largest stupas in the world.O/N at hotel.

 

Day 3: Drive to besishar to dharapani (1,960m/6,430ft): 7-8 hours.

Leave Kathmandu early and drive first to Besisahar. After lunch, change to a four-wheel drive vehicle for the rough journey to Dharapani. It travels along the old Annapurna Circuit trek route, through amazing gorges and past stunning waterfalls.O/N at hotel.

 

Day 04: Dharapani to Koto (2,610m/8,563ft): 5-6 hours.

We begin our trek in the morning towards Bagarchhap which takes about one hour passing through pine and fir forests. Then we continue our trek till Danaque which an hour and the trail are steeply ascending up to Timang.  With a good view of Mt. Manaslu and Peak 29 from here, the trail continues through pine to till Latamarang. Finally after one hour we arrive in Koto village which is entrance of Nar Phu Valley trek.O/N at hotel.

 

Day 06: Koto to Meta (3,560m/11,680ft): 7-8 hours.

We register our restricted area permit at the Police Check Post. Then we trek through the River bank of Soti Khola again through delightful pine forests and past small cave shelters and pilgrims’ resting places. We then continue the trek through forests and ascend steeply towards Meta village. Finally we arrive on the Tibetan Plateau where we have a very good view of Annapurna range and himlung. O/N at hotel.

 

Day 07: Meta to Phu Gaon (4,250m/13,944ft): 7-8 hours.

We start our day traversing up and down through some of the unique, colorful Tibetan Buddhist chortens and crossing suspension bridges over different rivers. After 4 hours of walking we reach Kyang where we can see the place which Khampa refugees from Tibet once captured and lived. Just before crossing the bridge into Phu, a line of wonderful chortens color the landscape. After crossing  the Phu Khola  bridge on a rocky trail and finally reach the Phu village.  O/N at hotel.

 

Day 08: Acclimatization at Phu Gaon (4250m/13944ft).

It’s good to spend an acclimatization day in Phu.  We are suggested to rest and get acclimatized with the altitude. Hike up to Himlung Himal base camp. Explore the Phu Gaon Phu itself is an interesting village. Explore the culture, natural diversity, and religious practices of the ethnic groups. Explore the Tashi Lakhang Monastery – the old Buddhist Monastery listed out of the 108 world’s great Buddhist Monasteries, it is supposed to be the last monastery constructed by Karmapa Rinpoche. during the acclimatization We can observe how people make their survival depending on agriculture, animal breeding and seasonal migrations in such remote location or in the hidden valley. O/N at hotel.

 

Day 09: Phu Gaon to Nar (4,110m/13,484ft): 6-7 hours

We descend with a packed lunch, as there will be no lodges or restaurants along the way today. We descend to Mahayandra Pool. After lunch, the trail steeply ascends passing many Buddhist stupas until Nar Village. We find several Buddhist Monasteries here to visit coupled with the glorious vistas of Pisang Peak and other small peaks. O/N at hotel.

 

Day 11: Nar to Ngwal (3660m/ 12008ft)  via Kang La Pass (5,322m):  7-8 hours.

A challenging day ahead, so we get up early in the morning and head to climb up a steep, rocky track to Kangla pass. From pass we can see the Annapurna massif. We further trek down to Ngwal from there. O/N at hotel.

 

Day 12: Ngwal to Manang (3,540m/11,614ft): 4-5 hours.

From Ngwal, we head for Manang today. We pass  overlooking the amazing views of Annapurna range. We then move gently uphill to Mungli and then to the main trail of Annapurna Trail at Mungli. We eventually reach Manang and O/N at hotel.

 

Day 13: Acclimatization day in Manang village

Today we spend a day acclimatizing in Manang. The whole day we spend doing some fine day walks and over viewing the magnificent views around the village & the day time is best to gain altitude. At the end of the day, we return back to our accommodation & have a night rest. O/N at hotel.

 

Day 14: Manang to Yak Kharka (4000 meters): 5 hours.

Additional day Trek to Tilicho Lake- Four Days=  Siri Kharka to Tilicho lake – siri kharka – yak kharka

Today we leave Manang, & the trail makes an ascent of nearly 500meters to the Yak Kharka. We make the climb steadily through Tenki Manang, leaving the Marsyangi Valley. Continuing along the Jarsang Khola Valley, we reach Yak Kharka at 4000 meters, there we see the many yaks and vegetations steadily more sparse. O/N at hotel.

 

Day 14: yak kharka to Thorong Phedi (4450 meters): 5 hours.

After asending for two hours the trail descends to cross the river at 4310meters we then climb up to Thorong Phedi at 4450meters where we have recently found some good Guesthouses built. O/N at hotel.

 

Day 15: Phedi or High Camp to Muktinath:

The journey from Phedi “foot of the hill” or at the foot to the 5416 m Thorung La pass, begins the day. We then make the climb steeply that is regularly used and easy to follow. However, the problem may arise due to the altitude and snow. It often causes terrible problem to cross the pass if it is covered by snow. About four hours climb up to the pass marked by the chortens and prayer flags. As you reach the top, you are rewarded by the magnificent view from the top and another 4 hours trek will take to the holy town of Muktinath. Muktinath means place of Nirvana.It is said that all sorrows you feel are relieved when visiting the Temple, which is a scared pilgrimage site to both Hindus and Buddhists. The main pilgrimage normally takes place in September. The Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and has 108 waterspouts around it from which Holy water pours. Another attraction nearby is the Jwala Mai Temple this contains a spring and an eternal flame fed by natural underground gas. O/N at hotel.

 

( Day 16: Muktinath to jomsom via kagbeni (2,715m): 5-6 hours.

(Plan –A fly back to pokhara): Day 11: Fly back to Pokhara: 15 minutes flight.

We take an early morning flight to Pokhara. The airplane passes through a gorge between Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains making the flight itself an amazing experience. After arriving in Pokhara, the attractive ‘Lake City’, we can spend the rest of the day in leisure. Boating in the Fewa Lake and strolling in the quaint streets of ‘Lake Side’ is a popular choice among visitors.O/N at hotel.

 

Plan (B) drive back to pokhara from Nayapul: Day 17: Drive to Tatopani( hotspring): 4 hours.

Drive to Tatopani meaning ‘hot water’. This is the best natural hot spring and we can enjoy the healing bath in the pond. It is believed that bone and joint discomfort conditions will be healed. O/N at hotel.

 

Day 18: Tato pani to Ghorepani (2834m): 7-8 hours.

Crossing the Kali Gandaki River we slowly climb steeply up the village of Sikha, which is inhabited by Magars. Sikha along the path that leads to the Rhodendrons forest and you can see the Annapurna South, hidden by a ridge smiling at you. Ghorepani is a settlement of Poon Magars. O/N at night.

 

Day 19: Ghorepani to hike Poon Hill trek  pokhara: 7-8 hours.

An early start and an hour hiking to Poon Hill (3195m) leads us to a brilliant spectacle, this vantage point provides an unobstructed view of sunrise over the high Himalayas. After spending about 45 minutes on the hillside, we come back to Ghorepani, have a hot breakfast, and start walking to nayapul.it’s easy walking all downhill to Naya Pul where our trekking ends. we drive to Pokhara about an hour away. O/N at hotel

 

Day 20: pokhara sighseeing full day.

Go boating on Phewa Lake, Visit Bindhya Basini Temple, Devi’s Falls, and Gupteswar Gupha cave. international mountaineering museum. O/N at hotel.

 

Day 21: Pokhara to Kathmandu: flight 25: drive: 6 hours.

After breakfast drive to tourist Bus station or airport to Kathmandu. If you traveling by bus which takes 7 hours again on the Prithivi highway along the river and if you prefer flight which takes only 25 minutes. O/N at hotel.

 

Day 22: Kathmandu sightseeing:

We tour Durbar Square, Pashupatinath temple, Swayambhunath stupa and Bouddhanath stupa which are all world heritage sites. The Durbar Square reveals the life of the royals in ancient times. Pashupatinath temple is one of the most important places of pilgrimage for all Hindus. Swayambhunath is also known as the Monkey Temple and Boudhanath stupa is one of the largest stupas in the world. O/N at hotel.

 

Day 23: Final Departure to your own destinations.

 

Generally 3 hours before your flight time to get Kathmandu airport is needed in Nepal. So you transfer you to Kathmandu airport for your own destination.

FAQ

What is the best season for this trekking?

  • Our trekking season extends from mid- September to May. From early September, the monsoonal rains decrease. By end of September through to December the weather is usually stable with mild to warm days, cold nights. February, March, April, May, June, October, November, December are the best time to do Everest base camp trek. From July to mid-September is raining season in Nepal. The best season for this Tour is any time between January to June and September to December.

 

How fit do I need to be for this trek ?

  • This is a moderate trek suitable for passionate walkers who have the skill to walk at least 5-7 hours a day with a light day pack.  Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks earlier to the trip are a good idea to improve our strength and stability. Walking in higher altitudes is more physically demanding than walking in lower altitudes; however you are in excellent health with average physical fitness.  Have a positive attitude, self-confidence and strong determination best way to complete this trek successfully. Past hiking Experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip.

 

How long do we walk each day?

  • This is best measured in time – about 5 to 7 hours for each full day (or 10-15 km) in hilly   terrain. In the morning we walk from 8-11 am and in the afternoon from 1-3 or 4 pm. 1/2-day or full day for rest is planned for each trek over 8 days in length

 

Are there a minimum and a maximum number for your groups?

  • We cater to all group sizes, while maintaining the field staff ratio to give you the best quality and experience.

 

Can I obtain the visa for Nepal upon arrival at the airport?

  • YES, you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100.

 

What essential documents do I need to bring with me on tours?

  • Please bring a copy of your travel insurance, a copy of your passport and 3 photos (passport size) with you for your trip to Nepal. You would need photos for permits.

 

Will somebody come to pick me up at the Airport upon my arrival?

  • Yes, our airport representative will be there to receive  you at the airport. high altitude sherpa  will be showing high altitude sherpa sign-board. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.

 

What sort of accommodation can I expect in Kathmandu and in trekking?

  • We use standard rooms at three tourist stander hotels in Kathmandu with breakfast included. Along the trekking routes, teahouses/lodges generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. The lodges in trekking routes usually provide single and double rooms, or occasionally a dormitory. At times when possible, dining will be around a bon fire. In tea houses, food will be prepared in the kitchen, which you should not enter without permission.

 

Are the food and water safe to eat and drink? 

  • Hygiene when trekking generally has improved extensively over the last ten years. local trekking guide knowledge to choose the lodges, which maintain a high standard of hygiene. Each day dinner and breakfast will be at a lodge you’ll stay at while for the lunch you would be stopping by on the way where you can order your meals as per your choice. Guide will help you to stop by at best possible places to eat. Most lodges serve boiled and filtered water, which is generally safe, we suggest a drop of iodine to be totally sure. We discourage the purchase of bottled water for the obvious environmental reasons. Please bring a water bottle with you, which you can refill.

 

How much additional money do I need per day?

  • It depends on your spending habits. Generally, in Kathmandu, you can allocate USD 10 to USD 15 for a lunch and a dinner. USD 15 to USD 18 per person a day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, pay for the hot shower and a few drinks during the trekking. Please note, higher you go the things would be expensive especially at higher altitude; all the goods are supplied either by helicopter, horse, mules or porters therefore the things are expensive.

 

What mode of transportation do you use  ?

  • Depending on the nature of the travel, the transportation to and from the destination varies from domestic flights to vehicular transportation to even piggy back rides on mules and yaks.

 

Do we book our own international flights to and from Nepal?

  • Yes, you need to book your own International flights. We are a local agent and it would cost you significantly higher to book through us.

 

Is there any communication while we are on trekking?

  • There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. All our guides carry mobile with local sim card and easily you can buy on arrival time in airport. Also we have kept a satellite phone which has poor connection for the network of phones. Our guide’s use it during the case of emergency and also clients can use them by paying its rental fee..

 

Can I use credit cards in the places I visit?

  • Major credit cards are accepted in all places but you need to pay 4% extra as bank levy, which might make cash transaction is highly recommended. Please change the currency in local Nepali Rupees before you go to the mountains. if you try to exchange your foreign currency there you would be getting very less exchange rates.

 

Can I add extra days to my trip?

  • High altitude Sherpa can add days at your request with additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation and food. If you are in private or solo trip it would be possible as your itinerary is very flexible or if you were in-group then this option would be limited so please make sure before departure tour.

Cost Included

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
  •  Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Domestic flights (Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu)
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • An experienced, English-speaking trek leader and assistant trek leader
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • One map of Annapurna Base camp trekking
  • One Nepali mobile SIM card for local communication
  • Full day sightseeing in Kathmandu with private vehicle
  • Annapurna conservation area entry permits
  • Nar Phu Valley Special Permi
  • Trekking information management system TIMS
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation.
  • Medical kit

Cost Not Include

  • International flight airfare (from and to Kathmandu).
  • Nepali Visa fee US$ 40 per person for 30 days (to be applied for 60 days (USD$ 100).
  • Lunch & dinner In during the stay in Kathmandu city (also in case of early return from Trekking than the scheduled itinerary).
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu In case of early arrival or late departure, early return from Trekking (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.)
  • Travel and high altitude insurance, accident, medical & emergency evacuation.
  •  Medical Insurance and emergency rescue evacuation cost if required.
  • Personal Expenses Telephone, Internet, battery recharge, shower, Laundry, any Alcoholic beverages, beer, coke,
  • Personal Medical Kit, Personal Trekking Gears & Equipment.
  •  internet Service during the trek in not included.
  • Tips:  Tips for Guide, porters and staffs.
  • Extra: Any other services or activities, which are not mentioned in the itinerary.

First Aid

If you are Going Trekking and Climbing in Nepal, you Should Carry the Complete Medic kit.

First Aid Kit:

1. Povidone-iodine cream -1 tube.

– Antiseptic cream.

2. Cotton – 1 roll.

For dressing wounds.

3. Dressing gauze –5 pcs.

– For dressing.

4. Crepe bandage –2.

 Sprains and strains,also great as a sling for arm fractures.

5. Band- aid –10.

6. Dressing tape -1.

– Great not just for dressing but falsifier mild soft tissue injuries especially in the knee and ankles.

7. Moleskin second skin -1 packet:

 Great for treating chaffing and blisters.


Finger Pulse Oximeter:

1. Normal arterial oxygen is approximately 75 to 100 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg).

2. Values fewer than 60 mm Hg usually indicate the need for supplemental oxygen.

3. Normal pulse oximeter readings usually range from 95 to 100 percent.

4. Values under 90 percent are considered low.

 


Medication:

8. Paracetamole 300mg -20 tablets:

 For mild headaches.

9. Ibuprofen 400mg -10 taplets:

– To relieve moderate to severe pain.

10.Throat lozenges -20:

– For cough and sore throat. Given the cold dry mountain air,it is a good idea  it have one in your mouth even without any discomfort.

11. Decongestant -10 tablets:

 For nausea congestion. Non-drowsy kinds like pseudo ephedrine recommended.

12. Antihistamine -10 tablets:

– For allergies.

13. Antiemetic-10 tablets:

 To control the vomit and nausea.

14. Azithromycin 500mg –10 tablet:

– For bacterial diarrhea.

15. Omeprazole 200mg -10 tablets:

– For minor gastric upsets and acidity.

16. Tinidazole 200 mg-3 taplats(500mg-12 tablets):

 For giardia and amoebic diarrhea.

17. Acetazolamide 250 mg -20 tablets:

 For helping with acclimataization and treating mild AMS.

18. Dexamethasone  400mg -10 tablets:

– To be used only under expert supervision to treat AMS.

19. Nifedipine 60mg- 10 tablets:

 To be use only under expert  supervision to treat HAPE.

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Quick Facts

  •   Destination: Nepal
  •  Activities: Culture, tour and Trekking
  •   Trip Grade: Moderate
  •   Departure from: Kathmandu Capital of Nepal
  •   Arrival on: Kathmandu Capital of Nepal
  •  Group size: 3+
  •  Best Seasons: April to jun & September to November
  •   Meals: Breakfast In ktm & All Meals During The Trek
  •   Accomodation: Hotel in Kathmandu & camping During the trek
  •   Transportation: Drive/Flight

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