Book This TripNar Phu Trek

Duration: 27 Days
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Best Season: March - May, Sept - Nov

Hidden by swirls of mountain mist ahead of us, from Kangla pass at 5,200m the magnificent panorama view of Annapurna massif appears remote and forbidding. Our sturdy mountain ponies every few steps, their steaming sweat – soaked bodies heaving. Behind us Hungde airport, which we left behind early in the morning, is a tiny speck. Our destination is the Nar – Phu valley, above the tree line on the upper limits of cultivation, in the very north of Manang district. It takes five hours reaching the pass that links Nar with Manang and three other Bhotia villages in the Nyershang down valley.

Nar – Phu the population about 300 inhabitants who depend on livestock, unlike most Bhotia people, whose trading patterns changed drastically after the Nepali Government closed borders with Tibet, the people of Nar and Phu valley were least affected by this change. 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.

Besides the Khangla linking Nar to the Nyeshang valley, the most direct route from Kathmandu to Nar and Phu is along the Marshyangdi river. Travelers trek through the Himalaya foothills and round the eastern end of the Annapurna before they arrive at Qupar, a police check post half and hour before Chame, Manang’s district headquarters. From here a long and steep trail winds up to Nar and Phu whose villagers, laden with goods purchased in Chame and even lower down in Besisahar, the end of the roadhead leading to Manang, often camp at Dharmasaala, a rudimentary wooden hut built by the people from the two villages.

The Nepal government's recent decision to open up Nar and Phu to tourists has evoked little enthusiasm among the villages, whose pastoral lifestyle continuous. Apart from the odd researcher and climbing expeditions permitted to climb Him Lung, Ratnachulli and Gachikhang, few foreigners has visited the area and tourist infrastructure is almost non-existent. Since Annapurana Conservation Area Project (ACAP) recently extended its network to include Nar and Phu Valley, it is preparing a suitable tourism development plan at the request of the government for undiscovered valley.

ITINERARY

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: City tour in Kathmandu
Day 03: Drive to Besisahar
Day 04: Trek to Ngadi
Day 05: Trek to Jagat
Day 06: Trek to Karte
Day 07: Trek to Koto
Day 08: Trek to Chhacha
Day 09: Trek to Meta
Day 10: Trek to Junum
Day 11: Trek to Phu
Day 12: Rest day at Phu
Day 13: Hike around Phu valley
Day 14: Trek to Yak Kharka
Day 15: Trek to Panggi Pass
Day 16: Trek to above Nar
Day 17: Trek to Youingar
Day 18: Trek to Khangla Pass
Day 19: Trek to Manang
Day 20: Trek to Khangsar Khola
Day 21: Trek to Tilicho Lake
Day 22: Trek to Mesokanto Pass
Day 23: Trek to Jomsom
Day 24: Fly to Pokhara
Day 25: Fly or drive to Kathmandu
Day 26: City tour in Kathmandu
Day 27: Departure