Nar Phu valley trek lays west south region of Nepal. Remote region of the Manang District and access are granted only with the purchase of a special permit. This area consists of two main villages – Nar and Phu with 200 permanent residents called Phu-ten. The remote villages are situated above tree line and completely cut off during the snowy winter months. Residents of these valleys make their livelihood mainly from herding yak and trading meat. Wool and hides with the villages located in the lower regions of Manang.
Nar and Phu Valley Trek, Settled around the 10th Century by Tibetan herders and traders migrating south from Tibet. The inhabitants of Phu (also noted on maps as Phoo) once placed high value on their remote and strategic location. Tall stone lookout towers, now standing in ruins, where used to spot possible invaders coming from all directions and thick wooden doors where bolted shut at night locking the residents securely inside. We can have the entire day to explore this fascinating area. We can have the great pleasure of sightseeing inside the Tashi Lakhang Monastery, which sites high above the village. Tashi Lakhang – ‘the blessed house of gods’ is one of the oldest monasteries (or Gompas) in Manang. The Gompa are one of 108 constructed by Lama Urgen Lhundup Gyatso and, along with the monastery in Braga, makes up the heart of spiritual life in the Manang District. It takes two days to reach Naar from Phu Village, the principal and seemingly more prosperous village in these remote valleys. Naar, situated at 13,730 feet, is also called Chuprong meaning ‘the place of Blue Sheep.
Nar phu valley trek original inhabitants of this valley are believed. Tibet’s ancient Shang Sung Kingdom arriving sometime in the 8th Century and converted from Bon to Buddhism after the birth of Buddha in Lumbini. Nar Village sits above a large flat plain which make up the extensive agriculture fields being plowed by teams of humans and their yak. It seemed as though the entire village population are in the fields turning the soil and planting seeds in anticipation for the summer rains. As in Phu, wandering around the village and observing local life untainted by the outside world is fascinating.
Highlights of the Trip:
- Exploring the lost valley of Naar and Phu Village,
- Visit to the ancient Buddhist Monasteries including
- Tashi Lakhang Monastery is listed out of the 108 world’s great Buddhist Monasteries;
- it is believed to be the last monastery constructed by Karmapa Rinpoche,
- Ruined forts of the Khampa settlement (the place which Khampa refugees from Tibet once captured and lived illegally),
- Nepal’s classic trek with a wide range of spectacular mountain scenery to cross Kang-la Pass,
- crossing over high suspension bridges,
- smooth gradual walking up through subtropical the dense Rhododendron and Pine forest to a Tibetan-influenced valley,
- meeting local people and their cultural mix takes in Gurung,
- Manangis communities, passing several Buddhist monuments and their traditional stone-walled villages,
- a worthwhile side trip to Milarepa's Cave from Braga,
- a popular excursion trip to Praken Gompa and Chongar View Point from Manang,
Arrival in Kathmandu Tribhuwan International Airport and you will be met at the airport by our representative who will be waiting with Ace vision Treks & Tours sign outside the terminal and transfer to Hotel by private car. Stay overnight at Hotel.
After breakfast in the hotel, Today after breakfast we start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu which are also listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites. We visit the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambhunath) and Buddhist shrine (Bouddhanath), which is also one of the largest stupa in the world. At noon, we get our equipment checked by our leader, get introduced to fellow participants, and discuss our trip at Ace vision Treks & Tour’s office. Overnight in Kathmandu.
In the morning, drive from Kathmandu to Bhulbhule by private land cruiser passing the Trisuli and Marsyangdi River. You can see three snow peaks, Lamjung Himal, Peak 29 and Manaslu during the driving. Overnight in TeaHouse.
You start your trek in the morning after breakfast, the trail goes gradually uphill to Chamje and you cross another suspension bridge and follow the steep rocky trail until reaching Tal village which takes 3 and half hours. You can see again very beautiful waterfalls in Tal. You have lunch break here. Then you continue again on a rocky trail to Kotro, which takes about 2 hours. You continue straight and cross the suspension bridge near Lower Dharapani. You continue a little more climbing and arrive in Higher Dharapani. Overnight in TeaHouse.
You begin your trek in the morning towards Bagarchhap which takes about 1 hour passing through pine and fir forests. You can visit the white washed monastery in this village. Then you continue your trek till Danaque it takes about 1 hour. The trail is ascending steeply until Timang which takes about 1 and half hour. You have a good view of Mt. Manaslu and Peak 29. Now your trail continues through pine forests again till Latamarang which takes about 1 and half hour. You have lunch break here. After lunch, you walk again through forests and you have a short glimpse of Annapurna II. Finally you arrive in Koto village after 1 and half hours walk. Overnight in TeaHouse.
In the morning, you register your restricted area permit at the Police check post. Then you start your trek through the River bank of Suti Khola again through wonderful pine forests passing many streams and suspension bridges until reaching Dharmasala which takes about 5 hours. You can see a picturesque Waterfall near the Dharmasala. You have your packed lunch on the way. Then you continue your trek again through forests and ascend steeply till Meta Village, which takes about 1 and half hour. Now you have arrived on the Tibetan Plateau. You have very good view of Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal. Overnight in TeaHouse.
Today, you start with up and down as well as on traversing suspension bridges over different streams. Again packed lunch at Kyang which takes about 4 hours. Actually you do not find any houses and lodges in this area. You just see the remnants, particularly the ruined forts of the Khampa settlement (the place which Khampa refugees from Tibet once captured and lived illegally) at places like Jhunam, Chyakhu and Kyang. Then you keep walking passing the Phu Khola on a rocky trail until Phu village which takes about 3 hours. You can see Blue Sheep during the trail. Now you are in one of the unique Lost/ Hidden Valleys. You can see their cultures, natural diversity, and religion of the ethnic groups like Lama, Gurung and Ghale. The people are depending on subsistence agricultures, animal breeding and seasonal migrations. The very old Buddhist Monastery known as Tashi Lakhang Monastery is listed out of the 108 world’s great Buddhist Monasteries; it is believed to be the last monastery constructed by Karmapa Rinpoche. You have a great view of Himlung Himal and other snow peaks. Overnight in TeaHouse.
Today, the trail descends, passing many streams and suspension bridges until Mahendra Pul which takes about 4 hours. You pass the high suspension bridge 80m over the Gorge of Lapche River. You have lunch in Mahendra Pul. After lunch, the trail steeply ascends passing many Buddhist stupa until Naar Village which takes about 2 hours. You find here many Buddhist Monasteries to visit as well as a very good view of Pisang Peak and other small peaks. Overnight in TeaHouse.
Today morning you will start your trek early in the morning and until to Jhombu Kharka also known as Kang-La Phedi. It takes 3 hours. You can see Yak herder’s camp with many Yaks. The trail steeply ascends passing different landslide areas to Kang-La Pass which takes about 2 and half hour. Now you have a superb view of the Annapurna Range and other peaks. Then you descend steeply till Ngawal village which takes about 3 hours. Overnight in TeaHouse.
Today your trail is slightly descending until reaching Braga village. Visit the monastery. It takes 2 and half hour. Then 30 minutes’ walk from Braga to Manang. This is the right option for a great view of the Annapurna Range. Afternoon, hike to Chunker view point - Gangapurna Lake & Cave Gompa. You can hike to Chhunker view point which takes about 1 and half hour. You can see the Gangapurna Lake as well, as the Annapurna range like Annapurna I, II, III, IV, Tilicho peak, Pisang peak, Chulo peak, Thorong peak and so on. Then you return back to your lodge and have lunch there. After lunch you hike with your guide to the Cave Gompa which is situated at the elevation of about 4500m. It takes 2 hours to reach there. This is also a very good place to have magnificent view of Annapurna Range. Then you return back to your lodge. Overnight in TeaHouse.
After breakfast in the morning with the views of spectacular mountains around Manang area, we will head to Braga which 15 minutes and continue to Humde village along the Marsyangdi River. It takes about 3 hours and where we will have our lunch. There is also small airstrip. Then after lunch, we will keep smoothly walking until reaching Pisang village which takes 2 hours. We will go evening to upper Pisang to visit ancient Buddhist monastery and from where the views of Annapurna II, IV and Pisang peak are often awesome. Overnight in TeaHouse.
Today morning, the trail is going easily since you need to walk sometime in road until Dikur Pokhari through the pine and rhododendron forests which takes about 1 and half hour. You need to walk down hill through the pine forest until Bratang which takes about 1 and half hour. Then you will stop for lunch and after lunch you walk on level trail through the pine forest until reaching Chame village which takes about 2 hours, finally you need to cross above suspension bridge over the Marsyangdi River. This village is head quarter of Manang district and all administrative places. Overnight in TeaHouse.
Morning after breakfast, you walk to Koto which you passed before entering Nar-Phu Valley, then keep continue to the forest along the high up Marshyangdi River until Thanchok and walk down hill to Danakyu which takes 3 hours. Then we will make lunch break and then walk again on level trail to reach Bagarchhap which takes an hour and where you can visit white washed Buddhist monastery. Then keep walking along the River until reaching Dharapani and you need to show your trekking permits in ACAP center. Overnight in TeaHouse.
After breakfast in the morning, you walk for a while and cross the suspension to other side of Marshyangdi River and walk small ups and downs to Karte which takes about an hour. Then cross again another suspension bridge to reach other side of River. Then keep continuing on the road for 45 minutes and then cross long suspension bridge over the Marshyangdi River. The trail will be little bit rocky to reach in Tal village where you will make lunch break. You can see very picturesque water fall during your lunch time. After lunch you keep walking for a while along the river and soon you need to walk step and rocky downhill for 40 minutes. Then your trail will become very narrower high above from river for 1 hour. And then you will arrive again to another suspension bridge near the Chyamje village. Now you are already in the road for next 1 hour to Jagat village. Overnight in TeaHouse.
Early morning our private Vehicle will pick you up from Jagat and drive to Besisahar on bumpy dusty road for 3 hours and another 5 hours smooth drive to Kathmandu along the Marsyangdi River and Trisuli River and transfer to Hotel.
Your trip will come to an end today after breakfast. Your leader will be on hand to advise and assist with your onward travel arrangements and transfer to Kathmandu Tribhuwan International Airport by our private car/van around 3 hours before your flight schedule and flight back to your home/other travel destination.
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THE PRICE INCLUDES
- Accommodation : Basic teahouse accommodation during the trek. 3
- nights in Kathmandu Hotel in Tourist Hotels on twin/king basis
- with breakfast included
- Food: Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) during trek
- Kathmandu Breakfast included in Kathmandu hotel for 3 nights.
- Transportation: Kathmandu – jagat - Kathmandu and Airport transfer
- by private vehicle.
- Documents: Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP), Nar Phu
- Valley Special Permit. Trekking TIMS card.
- Human Resource: A professional & experience English Speaking
- Guide & one porter (20/22kg) per two trekkers. All expenses
- (wages, accommodation, meals, transportation, and insurance) of
- the Guide & Porters are covered.
- Tax/Service Charge: we assure you of no hidden charges later in the day. Fees, service charges, & taxes are fixed.
THE PRICE DOESN'T INCLUDE
- Beverages or food bought at will.
- Personal expenses (battery-charging fees, Hot shower,
- Photography, Wifi, Laundry, Phone calls etc).
- Tips for Guides and porters.
- Travel insurance and Nepal visa fee.
- All expenses not mentioned in inclusions