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Naar Phu Trek With Annapurna Circuit

Duration
21 Days

Posted By
Dennis Tedder
Once again, another incredible trip supported by Ace Holiday Treks and Narayn Bhatta. In March, 2017, my nephew joined me in Kathmandu where I now live; 90% of my decision to live in Kathmandu is as a result of Narayan Bhatta. My nephew and I trekked to Everest Base Camp... Read More
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Naar Phu Valley Trek with Annapurna Circuit is a combination trekking of the previously restricted Naar Phu Trek and the most popular Annapurna Circuit Trek located in the Annapurna region of the western Nepal. It is an exciting trekking itinerary as during the course of which the domestic trekkers as well as the foreign trekkers can discover and enjoy the adventures of trekking in the restricted region of the country while at the same time explore and revel at the stunning natural beauty of the region. The Valley of Nar Phu was first explored in 1950s by Tilman. However, the region remained closed for trekkers as far as until 2002. Hence, it has only been recently that Naar Phu Valley has been opened to all kinds of trekkers. One of the strongest points of Naar Phu Valley Treks is that it perfectly serves as a perfect combination of cultural as well as natural sightseeing tour for the visitors. The trekking trail of Nar Phu Valley coincides at some points with the popular Annapurna Circuit trail, offering the trekkers with the massive opportunity to view and gaze at the beautiful mountains of the popular Annapurna region.

Walking past the settlement areas of the local people living in the region and the numerous villages gives the trekkers with some great opportunity to observe and identify the ancient culture, traditions of the people living in the region are some of the highlights of the trekking. Nar Phu Valley Trek follows the trail along the Annapurna Circuit taking the trekkers to the secluded and lesser explored region of Naar Phu. Tibetan culture is prevalent in the Valley of Nar Phu while Yak herding, farming and hotel business are the chief occupations of the people living in the region.

Watching the splendid views of Mount Annapurna, Mount Gangapurna, Mt. Annapurna, Tilicho Peak among other snow-capped peaks, hiking along the banks of Marshyangdi River, walking and crossing past the high passes of Thorong-La and visiting the holy and sacred Muktinath Temple are the major highlights of Naar Phu Valley with Annapurna Circuit Trek. The trekking with the Ace Treks is a 22-day trekking itinerary which effectively begins with six hours of drive from Kathmandu to Besi Sahar, the headquarters of Lamjung district. Besi Sahar, hence, happens to be the starting point of the trekking. The trekkers will then begin their hiking crossing past places like Jagat, Dharapani, Chame before finally arriving at the Naar Phu Valley.


Itinerary Outline
Day 01: Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu
Day 02: Trek preparation and sightseeing in Kathmandu
Day0 3: Drive to Besi Sahar (820m) 6hrs
Day 04: Trek to Jagat (1290m) 7hrs
Day 05: Trek to Dharapani (1920m) 7hrs
Day 06: Trek to Chame (2630m) 8hrs
Day 07: Trek to Naar Phu Valley first camp (2740m) 7hrs
Day 08: Trek to Dharmasala (3230m) 7hrs
Day 09: Trek to Upper Chaku Village (3270m) 7hrs
Day 10: Trek to Phu Village (3980m) 6hrs
Day 11: Rest Day and acclimatization at Phu Village
Day 12: Trek to Naar (3550m) 6hrs
Day 13: Trek to Kang-La Phedi (4530m) 7hrs
Day 14: Trek to Munje (3330m) 6hrs
Day 15: Trek to Manang (3540m) 1-2 hrs
Day 16: Trek to Ledar (4250m) 5hrs
Day 17: Trek to Thorong Phedi (4620m) 5hrs
Day 18: Trek to Muktinath (3816m) 8hrs
Day 19: Trek to Jomsom (2713m) 5hrs
Day 20: Flight to Kathmandu via Pokhara ( or one day stay in Pokhara)
Day 21: Departure!!!!
Day 01: Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu
Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be welcomed by our team representatives and then be transferred to the Hotel where you will be briefed about the travel itinerary. Overnight stay at the Hotel.

Day 02: Trek preparation and sightseeing in Kathmandu:
On the second day of the itinerary package, you will embark on the sightseeing tour of the Kathmandu Valley. After having breakfast at the Hotel in the morning, you will start the sightseeing tour with the visit to the Durbar Squares of Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur. The ancient art and architecture which are at display in the museums and the monuments will charm the tourists. Similarly, the tourists can also visit the holy Pashupatinath Temple, Swyambhunath Temple and also the Bouddhanath Stupa which are important destinations for both Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims. You will return back to the Hotel in evening.

Day0 3: Drive to Besi Sahar (820m) 6hrs:
On the third day of the itinerary, you will have breakfast in the morning at the Hotel in then drive from Kathmandu along the Prithvi Highway to Dumre. From Dumre, you will leave the Highway and proceed through another road that leads you to Besi Sahar along the banks of Marsyangdi River. Besi Sahar is the district headquarters of Lamjung and also the starting point of the Nar Phu Valley Trek. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

Day 04: Trek to Jagat (1290m) 7hrs:
Your trekking starts on the fourth day when you will start your walk from Besi Sahar to Jagat. First, you will reach the village of Bahundanda after which you lower down through paddy fields and cross the river before ascending to Village of Hani Gaon. The trekkers will pass through Marshyangdi Valley and to Syange before taking some ups and downs to finally arrive at Jagat.

Day 05: Trek to Dharapani (1920m) 7hrs:
The next day, you will follow the downward trail from Jagat and pass through forests before taking the steep climb. The trekkers will enjoy the view of Chyamje before crossing the river over a suspension bridge. Later, you will make it to Sattale and lower down to Tal. You will come across Karte Village before arriving at Dharapani.

Day 06: Trek to Chame (2630m) 8hrs:
The trek on the sixth day begins with the view of Dudh Khola River. Following on the easy trail, you will arrive at Bagarchhap village. After that, you will pass through Dhanakyu and move along Marshyangdi River. En route, you can also enjoy the view of Mount Manaslu. Passing through rhododendron forest, we will pass through village of Kotho and arrive at Chame which is the headquarters of Manang district.

Day 07: Trek to Naar phu Valley first camp (2740m) 7hrs:
On the seventh day, you will leave Chame early in the morning and pass through woods and take the raised path where the trekkers will enjoy the view of Annapourna Mountain. We will leave Annapurna Circuit and cross Marshyangdi River to arrive at Naar phu Valley first camp. Overnight stay at a tented camp.

Day 08: Trek to Dharmasala (3230m) 7hrs:
Moving along the trail through forests, you will have a gentle ascent to Choto and proceed further along the route just above Naar Phu Khola. We will cross the suspension bridge and choose the raised path to arrive at two- storey Sinhenge Dharmasala where we will stay overnight.

Day 09: Trek to Upper Chaku Village (3270m) 7hrs:
Crossing the Methang River, we will choose the escalating trail to meadow at Methang. We will enjoy views of chortens and Kang Guru before passing through Methang Village to Junan Village. Short trek from Junan will take us to Upper Chaku via Lower Chaku Village.

Day 10: Trek to Phu Village (3980m) 6hrs:
Difficult ascent from Upper Chaku will take us to Kyan Village. We will pass through Mani wall and choose the downward trail to river bed. Passing through chortens, we will take the raised path to Phu Valley. Crossing Phu River, we will climb to Phu Village.

Day 11: Rest Day at Phu Village:
This is taken as the rest day. Rest is necessary to acclimatize so that we will not be the victim of High Altitude Sickness. We will utilize this opportunity to explore around the Phu Villaghe and know their culture, traditions and ways of living.

Day 12: Trek to Naar (3550m) 6hrs:
Returning back to the valley, we will walk past Chaku Village and arrive at Phu River. Crossing the river, we will move through Naar Phedi and climb up to reach Naar which offers wonderful campsite as the land is rather grassy in nature.

Day 13: Trek to Kang-La Phedi (4530m) 7hrs:
About 2hours of climb will take us to Naar Village. The trail once again moves upward through moraines of Temdenzon River to arrive at the foothill of Kang La Pass. We will stay overnight at a camp at Kang La Phedi.

Day 14: Trek to Munje (3330m) 6hrs:
Following the difficult trail, we will make it to the summit of Kang La Pass. We will enjoy the views of chorten and Annapurna Mountains before taking the steep descent to Ngawal. The trail then passes through forest to take us to Munje where we will stay overnight.

Day 15: Trek to Manang (3540m) 1-2 hrs:
The trail on 16th day proceeds through fields. Enroute, we will enjoy the view of BRAGA Village along with its Monastery. We will walk past chortens and Mani walls and enjoy the views of Tilicho, Gangapurna, Annapurna II, Annapurna III and other peaks before climbing to Manang.

Day 16: Trek to Ledar (4250m) 5hrs:
Crossing the river, we will take the raised path to Tengi. We will then cross Marshyangdi Valley and head northwest. We will enjoy views of some of the Annapurna Mountain Range before arriving to Gunsang Village. We will then pass through meadow and forest to Letdar.

Day 17: Trek to Thorong Phedi (4620m) 5hrs:
The trek on 18th day begins with gentle ascent to the top of ridge. The trail then lowers down to river which we will cross over the wooden bridge. We will then follow the escalating narrow trail to Thorong High Camp where we will stay overnight.

Day 18: Trek to Muktinath (3816m) 8hrs:
It will be the difficult trekking. We will climb through the steep trail and reach summit at about 4hours where we will be greeted with views of chortens and prayer flags. We will enjoy views of some mountain peaks and Kali Gandaki Valley before lowering down through Jhong Khola Valley to Muktinath.

Day 19: Trek to Jomsom (2713m) 5hrs:
After visiting the holiest shrine at Muktinath Temple, we will follow the easy trail down to Kali Gandaki Valley. We will later pass through villages of Jharkot and Khingar and continue our journey through the way which offers scenic views of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri Mountains before arriving at Jomsom.

Day 20: Flight to Kathmandu via Pokhara (or one day stay in Pokhara)
An early morning pleasant yet short flight will take us to Pokhara. From Pokhara, we will take the connecting flight back to Kathmandu. You will be served a farewell dinner there at the Hotel in night in the presence of our entire team. If you are lucky, you will also be able to get the glimpse of Nepali cultural dance. However, if you wish to return back to the Capital on the next day, you can spend a day in Pokhara itself.

Day 21: Departure from Kathmandu
On the last day of the itinerary, you will be transferred to the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu from where you will catch a flight back to your country.

Cost Included:
  • Arrival & Departure Transport By private Car/Van/Bus.
  • Three meals a day during the Trekking (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation in Tea House during the Trekking.
  • Trekking Guide with Insurance
  • Trekking Porters if needed with Insurance
  • Two nights' Accommodation in Kathmandu 2 Star level hotel with bed- and- breakfast basis, (If you like to have a standard Hotel accommodations please do let us know).
  • Kathmandu city and trekking maps.
  • Trekking permit (Conservation fee).
  • Tims card (Trekking information management system) as like a permit.
  • Free use Company's duffel bag.
  • Emergence of helicopter rescue (pay by your insurance)
  • Day sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley, car/van/bus and tour guide
  • All needed Government fee.
Cost Excluded:
  • International Airfare.
  • Food in Kathmandu lunch and dinner.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 40 for 30 days and US$ 25 for 15 days you should get visa open your arrival)
  • Any kind of drinks.
  • Tips for Guide and Porters
  • Donation
  • Items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone etc.
The following gives you a general idea of the personal items that you can bring for the trek. The personal items are of individual interest, and choice. The most important fact that one should keep on mind is that one should have enough clothes to tackle the cold weather in the Himalayas.

In a supported trek, heavy items are carried by porters or yaks and personal belongings that you may need for the day like money, water bottle, rain gear, camera, sun cream and toilet paper etc. should be carried by yourself. So you are briefed to pack items in two different bags.

We will supply complimentary water and wind proof duffel bag which you can use on the trek and is carried by porter/s. The duffel bag is yours to keep after the trek. You can leave your bag with your non-trek items at the hotel in Kathmandu and collect them after the trek.

General
  • For seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek)
  • Duffel or Rucksack bag or suitcase (We will provide one complimentary ACE duffel bag for you to keep.)

Daypack
  • Down Jacket (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek)

Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes
  • Shade hat or baseball cap - some people drape a bandana down the back of their head and then put a baseball cap on to hold it is place. This can be a flexible alternative while keeping the sun off your ears and neck.
  • Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears.
  • Balaclava - lightweight, thinner variety.
  • Glacier glasses-100% UV protection with side shields and a hard-sided storage case (i.e. Julbo or Cebe). This is to protect your eyes from the stronger rays of the sun due to the thinner atmosphere which can cause a painful condition known as snow blindness. Regular sunglasses are not sufficient. If you wear prescription glasses, speak to your doctor about prescription glacier glasses, perhaps with transitional lenses.
  • Headlamp - Black Diamond and Petzl both make several good ones. Make sure to bring extra batteries and that they are lithium batteries so that they will last in the colder temperatures. These are indispensable for getting around at night, reading, etc. so, don't go cheap here.
  • Some people like ear-muffs; These are optional; a good hat, balaclava, and hooded jacket should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people (optional).
  • A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it (optional).

Hand
  •     1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside other gloves / mitts   for additional warmth.
  •     1 pair warm gloves (heavier fleece or wool).
  •     1 pair shell gloves or mitts; Gore-Tex is preferred for keeping hands dry.

Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn't be necessary on the trek. Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).

Core Body
  • T-shirts (2).
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
  • Fleece jacket or pullover.
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
  • 2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!

Lower Body – Legs
  • 2 pairs nylon hiking shorts - Quick drying type, not cotton!
  • Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
  • 2 pairs lightweight long underwear - capilene or other synthetic.
  • 1 pair soft shell pants - synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
  • 2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
  • 1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. Should zip from the top and bottom - this makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
  • 1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
 All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.

Feet
  • 4 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or capilene.
  • 3 pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks.
  • 1 pair light weight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the trail.
  • 1 pair light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots. Ensure a good fit with layered socks and you have worn then before to get used to it (otherwise you will get lots of blister).
  • 1 pair light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
  • 1 pair hiking gaiters, good for keeping dust and rocks out of your shoes / boots as well as keep your feet dry as necessary (Optional).
  • 1 pair sandals (Optional).

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well)
  • Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
  • Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
  • Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
  • Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness. Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
  • 1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc. Your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.

Miscellaneous, but Important !
  • Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
  • Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of your).
  • Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
  • Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
  • Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its' effectiveness over time.
  • Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
  • Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
  • Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
  • 2 bandanas.

Optional
  • 1 pair adjustable trekking poles. Although these are listed as optional, these can be of great assistance to people who may think of themselves and generally clumsy or with bad knees, ankles, etc, especially when going downhill (Optional).
  • Favorite snack foods, no more than 2 pounds (Optional).
  • Paperback books, cards, mp3 player (there are a couple of stops where you could recharge. Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function. Remember, keep these items light weight (Optional).

Binoculars (Optional).
  • 1 light weight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR. Digital cameras are ok, but you must keep the batteries warm when not in use (Optional).
  • Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator (Optional).
  • A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman, some swear by them to avoid that chilly late night trip (Optional).
  • 1 small stainless steel thermos (Optional).

This list is only a guide. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands, and versions of each piece of equipment. Use your experience and the listed features to find the best gear for you. Some of the above equipments can be easily found in stores in Kathmandu for cheaper prices.

Please Note: Tight fitting, figure-hugging clothing, such as those made with Lycra can often be offensive to locals, especially to women. If you find these items comfortable as a base layer, please pack something to wear on top of them.

Trip Facts

Duration: 21 Days
Accomodation: Tea house
Type: Modarate
Activities : Trekking and walking
No. of Pax : Min 2
Starts From : Kathmandu
Ends at : kathmandu

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