Nar and Phu Trekking where adventure takes you around far remote and isolated corners of Nepal Far North Mid-West beyond massive range of Annapurna Himalaya and group of Chulus peaks, close to Himlung and Damodar Himal range of mountains.
Nar and Phu Trekking one of wonderful area to visit and remains as restricted area to visit where one can experience with Third Eye Treks organize and runs this magnificent and exclusive high mountain adventure for interested travelers in search of new fresh Himalayan destinations.
A perfect and scenic walks that takes you to hidden corners of the country within sheer wilderness of high towering mountains and around marvelous valleys facing mind-blowing scenery of dramatic and unique landscapes with giant snow capped peaks.
Nar and Phu Trekking was closed for many centuries been open since past three decades where trekkers and adventurer can visit and explore this awesome and amazing country obtaining special trekking permits to enter into Nar and Phu villages and its beautiful country side.
Adventure begins with long interesting drive from Kathmandu to reach Mid-West within low and warm region around Lamjung area and the town of Besisar then heading further north west to start our wonderful Nar and Phu Trekking.
First part of journey walking on popular and famous Annapurna circuit routes, following high trails past many nice villages to enter into Manang district from Tal-Besi onwards, after few days of good walks facing tremendous views of Annapurna, Lamjung and Manaslu peaks.
From the village of Koto located close to large Chame town, headquarter of Manang area, where our direction changes on leaving the main Annapurna circuit path for some days to reach at high country around Phu and Nar areas.
Walk lead into narrow valley around river gorge sandwiched by high rocky cliffs and with peaks of Chulu and Pisang, the area covered with nice shady woodland of tall rhododendron, pines and fir trees, as walk progress following river upstream reaching into a wide and exposed valley on entering Nar and Phu valley.
Adventure takes you first to visit at Phu village to explore its immense culture and traditional farm with live-stock herding of yaks, a strange and mystical place to experience around the villages of strong Tibetan Buddhism influence, as well with tour of the local old monasteries.
After Phu down and up to enter Nar another large village tucked within high semi-deserted landscapes of arid and barren terrain, with time here visiting its fascinating culture as this Nar village similar to Phu.
From Nar on leaving human settlement and villages to cross high and scenic Kang-La pass rewards with fantastic views of Annapurna, Chulus with Damodar Himal range, after a tough steep climb with long descend to reach at Manang valley and its main village back on Annapurna circuit trail.
Enjoy great time on main large village of Manang with stunning views of Gangapurna, Tilicho with northern sides of Annapurna peaks, after pleasant and scenic time around Manang village walks lead further North-West to barren wilderness area to reach on the foot of high Thorang-la pass.
Next early morning steep climb to reach highest point of the adventure at 5,418 m high on top Thorang-la pass festooned with thousands of prayer flags that marks the pass as well respecting the top, regarded as abode of holy spirits.
Enjoying breathtaking stunning panorama of mountain range with long descend of more than 1,620 m to reach at holy place of Muktinath temple premises and then at the village with many nice lodge for overnight halt, facing wonderful views of Dhaulagiri, Tukuche with Tilicho and Nilgiri’s peaks.
Muktinath a holy pilgrimage spot for most Hindu followers where one can visit the sacred temple and its ancient 108 water spouts with number of monasteries, where the word Muktinath comes from Sanskrit means a place of Liberty to free yourself from sins and birth life-cycles.
After an enjoyable time at Muktinath walk takes you down at Kaligandaki River valley to reach at nice and large town in Jomsom headquarter place for Mustang district, located on old Trans Himalaya Salt and Caravan Trade route of Nepal to Tibet, which is also the hub of indigenous Thakli people the main tribe of Lower Mustang and Kaligandaki Valley.
Staying overnight in the comfort of nice hotels and lodge, next early morning from Jomsom a super scenic short flight takes you to beautiful Pokhara, a city of natural beauty with calm lakes and views of high Annapurna mountain range.
From Pokhara taking a long exciting drive back to Kathmandu then completing our fabulous and wonderful adventure on Nar-Phu Trekking of great experience within high areas of Annapurna Himalaya.
Short outline Itinerary:
Day 01: On first arrival at Kathmandu-Nepal international airport 1,320 m, received by Third Eye Treks guide or staff for transfer to hotel.
Day 02: In Kathmandu for trek preparation with option for tour at places of interest.
Day 03: Drive to Jagat village 1,240 m via Syange 890 m and Besisar 760 m- 07 hrs.
Day 04: Trek to Dharapani 1,920 m – 06 hrs.
Day 05: Trek to Koto 2,560 m near Chame Town 2,670 m – 05 hrs.
Day 06: Trek to Dharmasala 3,230 m – 05 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Kang 3, 020 m – 05 hrs.
Day 08: Trek to Phu village 4,080 m – 06 hrs.
Day 09: Rest day in Phu village for acclimatization and exploration.
Day 10: Trek to Nar Phedi 3, 545 m – 06 hrs.
Day 11: Trek to Nar-Gaon 4,206 m – 06 hrs.
Day 12: Trek to Kang La Base Camp 4,530 m – 05 hrs.
Day 13: Cross Kang-La Pass 5, 322 m trek to Nagwal 3,650 m – 07 hrs.
Day 14: Trek to Manang Village 3,450 m – 05 hrs.
Day 15: Trek to Yak Kharka 4,100 m – 04 hrs.
Day 16: Trek to Thorang High Camp 4,640 m – 04 hrs.
Day 17: Trek to Muktinath 3,800 m crossing high Thorang-la at 5,416 m – 06 hrs.
Day 18: Trek to Jomsom town 2,715 m with afternoon free -04 hrs.
Day 19: Flight from Jomsom of 22 minutes to land at scenic Pokhara city 860 m
Day 20: Drive or fly back to Kathmandu – 06 hrs / 30 mins via air.
Day 21: International departure for home ward bound.
Seasons for Nar-Phu trekking:
Best times from March to May with mid September to early November months, March to May lively during spring season with wild flowers in full blooming times especially the national flower of Nepal the Rhododendron with magnolia and other wild-flowers makes a pretty pictures to capture.
Days are longer with much sunlight hour cold in the morning and night times as well in shady area, late afternoon can get cloudy but with clear morning till mid noon for excellent views of peaks and walks, expect snow, expect some snow sometimes during the best time also.
Mid September to November months around autumn / fall season most days are crystal clear for spectacular mountain views and pleasant walks, but much cold with freezing temperatures during morning and night times can get snowed in sometimes around high elevation at Kang-la and Thorang-la passes.
- Enjoy the adventure around hidden pockets beyond scenic Manang valley.
- Exceptional stunning scenery of beautiful valleys, rolling hills and snow mountains.
- Explore undisturbed remote villages and monasteries of great Buddhism cultures.
- From green forest to barren landscapes within windswept valley of Nar and Phu.
- Crossing high two great passes Kang-la and Thorang-la above 5,000 meters high.
- Fascinating views of Annapurna-Damodar-Chulus as far towards Dhaulagiri range