Nar Phu Annapurna Semi Circuit Trekking-20 days

Trip Level
Moderate
Destination
Nepal
Trip Duration
20 Days

Overview

Trekking Highlights:

“Hidden country of Nar-Phu within Chulu and Damodar Himal beyond Annapurna Exciting and fantastic adventure on less ventured areas by main flow of trekkers Explore the pristine wilderness beyond and upper scenic Manang valley  Charming scenery of dramatic scenery of high mountains, hills, and valleys From green farm land to arid and windswept territory around high Nar-Phu Crossing two great passes over Kang-la and Thorang-la with exceptional scenery.”

Trip Profile:  

Trip Mode: On hotels and lodge basis on treks.

Trek Grade: Moderate to Adventurous walks.

People and Culture: High areas populated by Gurung Manang people and Thakali of Kaligandaki valley with other ethnic hill tribes of both Hindu and Buddhism religions of varied interesting cultures.

Highest spots: On top Kang-la  5, 322 m and Thorang-la 5,416 m high.

Region of Trekking: Nepal Far North Mid-West within Annapurna Region.

Duration of walks: 15 Nights and 16 Days (drives and flights from Jomsom).

Total Trip: 19 Nights and 20 Days (Arrival to final departure).

Seasons: March to May and September to mid-December months, March to May wild-flowers in seasons with clear morning for views and pleasant day for walks, October to mid-December another best months for clear views of mountain scenery, morning and night times will be cold as per altitude wise.

Introduction:

Nar Phu and Annapurna Semi Circuit Trekking an adventure that reaches you high and beautiful country of Nar and Phu villages, located beyond Annapurna Himalaya and scenic high Manang valley, one of the most remote and isolated country of Nepal Far North Mid-West region.

Nar Phu and Annapurna Semi Circuit, where walk leads you into least frequented areas by other main flow of trekkers and adventurer, as this route been exposed and opened for outside world since last two decades, but as years went by attracting more visitors to witness its beautiful landscapes and medvial era villages of Nar and Phu.

An adventure of great combinations that includes walking on main popular trails of Annapurna circuit for some days, and then our route diverts to far flung corners of Annapurna Himalaya and above Manang valley to reach marvelous Himalayan Shangri-la at Phu and Nar villages with exciting moments exploring its bygone days cultures and interesting traditional life on this weather beaten territory.

Trekkers and visitors will gets fascinated being in this remote wilderness within the harmony of pristine nature of high mountains with dramatic landscapes and its quaint villages enriched with Buddhist religion and culture facing outmost views of towering peaks of Chulus, Himlung, and Damodar Himal.

After a wonderful and mystical time at Nar and Phu villages and its beautiful country as walk leads to cross high and scenic Kang-la pass to reach back on main Annapurna circuit trail to large Manang village enclosed within northern peaks of Annapurna and Chulus.

From Manang adventure continues within dry and arid terrain to reach high above Thorang-la pass, on the highest spot of the trip facing super panorama of the mountain range and rolling hills then ending the walk at holy Muktinath, a sacred spot for Hindu pilgrimage where the temple regarded as holiest of all holy temples of Lord Vishnu.

At Muktinath with marvelous views of Nilgiri’s and Dhaulagiri mountain range then completing our journey at attractive and wind-blown town at Jomsom the major place of Mustang district, where short scenic flight brings you at famous touristic city in Pokhara by its serene Phewa Lake on concluding our mesmerizing adventure on Nar-Phu Annapurna Semi Circuit Trekking with grand services of Nepal High Point Trekking.

Outline Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

Day 02: Free day in Kathmandu with trek preparation and optional tour. 

Day 03: Drive to Dharapani 1, 860 m- 07 hrs.

Day 04: Trek to Kotto 2,540 m near Chame town 2,670 m - 05 hrs.

Day 05: Trek to Dharmasala 3,230 m - 05 hrs.

Day 06: Trek to Kyang 3, 020 m - 05 hrs.

Day 07: Trek to Phu village 4,080 m - 06 hrs.

Day 08: Rest day at Phu village for local exploration and acclimatization.

Day 09: Trek to Nar Phedi 3, 545 m - 06 hrs.

Day 10: Trek to Nar-Gaon 4,206 m - 06 hrs.

Day 11: Trek to Kang La Base Camp 4,530 m - 05 hrs.

Day 12: Cross Kangla Pass 5, 322 m trek to Ngawal 3,650 m - 07 hrs.

Day 13: Trek to Manang Village 3,450 m - 05 hrs.

Day 14:  Trek to Yak Kharka 4,110 m - 04 hrs.

Day 15:  Trek to Thorang High Camp 4,600 m - 04 hrs.

Day 16:  Cross Thorang-La Pass 5,416 m and walk to Muktinath 3,800 - 06 hrs.

Day 17:  From Muktinath drive to Jomsom 2,715 m - 04 hrs.

Day 18: Fly to Pokhara 860 m and transfer to hotel by the Phewa Lake. 

Day 19: Drive or fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

Day 20: Depart Nepal for international flight home-ward bound.


Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

On reaching at Kathmandu international airport received by Nepal High Point staff and guide with warm welcome then transfer to your hotel in centre of Kathmandu city, after getting refreshed in your rooms join for group briefing regarding your stay in Nepal, where guides will provide information about the trek-local lodge-hotels-culture and other necessary information related to this trekking.

Day 02: Free day in Kathmandu for trek preparation and optional tour.

In Kathmandu, a free day preparation for Nar-Phu and Annapurna Semi Circuit trekking with optional sightseeing around Kathmandu, as the valley is steeped with many world heritage sites and important monuments and religious-historical sites.

Day 03: Drive to Dharapani1, 860 m- 07 hrs. 

Morning a long and interesting overland journey from Kathmandu to reach Nepal Mid-West around Lamjung district at Besar town and then towards Manang areas, where drive leads to Syange by the bank of Marysangdi River, with climb from here for few hours to reach a nice village at Jagat, after a refreshing stop at Jagat continue drive on gradual winding trail with superb views of Annapurna and Manaslu mountain ranges to reach at Dharapani village for overnight stop.

Day 04:  Trek to Kotto 2,540 m near Chame town 2,670 m - 05 hrs.

Morning walk leads on winding path within rhododendron, pine forest passing nice villages of Bagachap and Danque with a climb to Taming a moderate size village, from here onward entering within more Buddhist religion and culture with great views of world 8th highest Mt. Manaslu at above 8,163 m. After Timing village few hours walks to Koto near a big town of Chame for an overnight stop, Chame a major and headquarter town of Manang area, with time for walks to Chame where Koto is the last place within Annapurna circuit trail, where next morning our route diverts from the main route.

Day 05:  Trek to Dharmasala 3,230 m - 05 hours.

Trek leads into narrow valley enclosed with a forest of pines and rhododendron trees, where walk takes within nice pasture fields with smaller huts and sheds of Yak herders and in a gorge formed by high peaks of Pisang and Kangguru Himal lower basin, walk continues following Nar-Phu River upstream to reach at Dharmashala for an overnight stop.

Day 06:  Trek to Kyang 3, 020 m - 05 hours. 

Morning walks north towards Phu village within the isolated area of dry and arid landscapes, the walk continues to Kyang for an overnight stop after an interesting day, Kyang with dozen houses of Tibetan culture. 

Day 07:  Trek to Phu village 4,080 m - 06hours.

Today reach at Phu village as morning walk leads to Phu River following for some time and then climb to reach a gorge for few hours then reaching a wide glacial valley with pasture lands at Phu village of strong Tibetan influence culture, traditions and religion. 

Day 08:  Rest day in Phu village for acclimatization and sidewalk.

A rest day at Phu for acclimatization, explore the impressive village and Tashilkhang with Samdu Choling Monasteries and Kyauchyu waterfalls, Phu Village 

Day 09:  Trek to Nar Phedi 3, 545 m - 06 hrs.

From Phu village walk back on the same trail for few hours then descend to a narrow gorge at Phu Khola, from here a slow climb to reach at Yughat small village with chhorten Buddhist shrines, then reaching a flat field at Nar Phedi for an overnight stop. 

Day 10:  Trek to Nar-Gaon 4,206 m - 06 hrs. 

Morning walk leads to Phu Khola for few hours to reach a suspension bridge over Phu Khola, crossing the bridge with a steep climb for few hours reaching a flat area then walk to Nar village for overnight. 

Day 11:  Trek to Kang La Base Camp 4,530 m - 05 hrs.

After Nar-Gaon walk to remote areas an interesting walk for few hours and then taking short ups and downs in some rocky and arid path, past cattle herders shelters heading further west following Temdenzon Khola with views of snow peaks and then reaching at Kang la pass base for an overnight camp at 4,530 meters altitude.

Day 12:  Cross Kangla Pass 5, 322 m trek to Ngawal 3,650 m - 07 hrs.

Starting early morning cross Kang-la at 5,322 m, climb higher on a steep slope for few hours with stunning views of Pisang Peak with Chulu Far East Peak, and then reaching on top with wonderful views of Annapurna mountain range, Chulu Peaks, Lamjung Himal, and adjoining peaks. Walk downhill to Ngawal via Julu village close to Manang village to reach back at the main route of Annapurna circuit trail. 

Day 13:  Trek to Manang Village 3,450 m - 05 hrs.

After Nar and Phu and crossing high Kangla pass which is a barrier between Manang and Nar-Phu valleys, as morning walk takes you on downhill towards Manang valley at Humde village, as walk continues at Braga village with time visiting old monastery facing grand panorama of Annapurna and Chulus peaks. After an interesting in the monastery, an hour walk takes you at main Manang village for overnight. 

Day 14:   Trek to Yak Kharka 4,110 m - 06 hrs.

On completing our visit both sides of Manang valley with Nar-Phu area, morning walk leads towards Khangsar village on uphill path then on near level trail to reach at a nice place in Yak Kharka for overnight stop, an interesting high altitude Yak grazing pasture at Yak Kharka with some good lodge to stay where you can catch tremendous views of Gangapurna, Annapurna III and Chulu Peaks. 

Day 15:   Trek to Thorang High Camp 4,600 m - 04 hrs.

Morning adventure heading high areas at the base of Thorang-la after climbing along the river bank, as walk leads to Thorang Phedi (bottom/base), from here an hour of steep climb takes you at Thorang High Camp for an overnight stop. 

Day 16:   Cross Thorang-La Pass 5,416 m walk to Muktinath 3,800 - 06 hrs.

Today main highlight of the adventure, having early breakfast where trek leads to a steep climb to reach at high Thorang-la at above 5,416 m, facing tremendous panorama of snowcapped peaks, after feeling in high spirits on reaching the main highest spot of the trip where walk follows on long downhill to Muktinath at 3,800 m. On reaching Muktinath for an overnight stop, a holy place for both Hindus and Buddhists the word Muktinath literally means ‘the place for Nirvana or Liberation’.

Day 17:   From Muktinath drive to Jomsom 2,715 m- 02 hrs.

After Muktinath, where walking parts ends as motorable road has reached to this point at Muktinath through the town of Jomsom, which makes our adventure much easier where drive leads to a big drop of 1,200 m downhill to Kaligandaki river valley, and to Jomsom a headquarter town of Mustang region with a small airstrip above Kaligandaki River. 

Day 18: Fly to Pokhara 860 m and transfer to hotel by the Phewa Lake.

Morning a short walk to Jomsom air-terminal where scenic and sweeping short flight reaches at Pokhara, during air-borne excellent views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna range on both side of the plane window. Reaching Pokhara airport drive of fewer than 30 minutes takes near scenic beautiful Phewa lakeside for overnight stops.

Day 19: Drive or fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

Having early breakfast where interesting drive brings you back in Kathmandu, as drive departs from Pokhara (either tourist coach or in private vehicles), as journey leads past many nice farm villages and town, from Mugling Bazaar following Trisuli River for sometimes, and then on winding uphill to reach into Kathmandu valley as well back to your respective hotels. (Flying options of 30 minutes flights to Kathmandu from Pokhara).

Day 20: Depart Nepal for international flight home-ward bound.

Last day in the country of Himalayan wonders, after an amazing experience and wonderful adventure on Nar-Phu and Annapurna Semi Circuit trek with great service of Nepal High-Point Trekking and then depart from the hotel as per your flight time our staff transfers you to Kathmandu international airport for your homeward flight or to next respective countries.

Note: There are different categories of Hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara - every hotel rates are  affected by standard and ranking. We will be happy to arrange your hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara as per your interest and budget. Thus, please inform us in advance about the type or category or price range of accommodation that you would like to stay in.


Cost Details

  •  Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle.
  •  Hotel or Tea Houses accommodation during trekking.
  •  All Meals - Breakfast / Lunch and Dinner during trekking.
  •  All ground transportation on comfortable private vehicles as per the itinerary.
  •  A well trained and experienced, English speaking, Government licensed holders trekking guide.
  •  Porter services (2 guest = 1 porter) would carry 20 - 25kg.
  •  Staff cost - Their insurance, Food and accommodation, salary and insurance and airfare.
  •  All necessary paper works - National park permit and Nepal Government permit ( Trekkers information management system (TIMS) permit.
  •  All Government and local taxes.
  •  Your personal nature expenses and travel insurance.
  •  Drinks, Beverage, Hot shower and heater charge.
  •  Meals while you are in Kathmandu and Pokhara as well as Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu.
  •  TIPS.

Equiment Checklist

Here’s a complete rundown of what to bring if you’re planning a trek to Everest Base Camp or any other tea-house trek in Nepal.  Proper preparation and equipment for the conditions will go a long way to ensuring you have a great trekking experience.  What follows is a pretty comprehensive list and will make sure you are covered in the coldest months of the year. If you have questions on what you might need just ask us and keep in mind that Kathmandu is a great place to buy trekking gear at affordable prices.

IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS AND ITEMS

  • Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
  • Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
  • Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.

ON THE TRAIL DAYPACK

  • Extra layers, gloves, wind breaker and poncho
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip Balm with Sunscreen
  • Broad brimmed hat or bandana (for sun protection)
  • Iodine Water Tablets (personal preference)
  • Water Bottles or Camel Back
  • Sunglasses
  • Headlamp with extra batteries
  • Favorite Snacks
  • Waterproof bags to protect electronics or paperwork
  • Camera with extra batteries and memory cards
  • Umbrella (works great in a light rain or to protect from the sun)
  • Duct tape or moleskin for blisters
  • Toilet Paper
  • Trekking Poles (optional)
  • Thermos (optional for hot beverages)

CLOTHING: BASE, MIDDLE AND OUTER LAYERS

  • Moisture wicking long sleeve tee-shirts (2)
  • Moisture wicking tee-shirts (1)
  • Long underwear pants (2)
  • Underwear (5 to 7)
  • Heavy Fleece or Down Jacket
  • Long sleeve shirts (2)
  • Sweatshirt (optional)
  • Fleece Pants
  • Trekking Pants (2)
  • Shorts (optional)
  • Gortex or Waterproof Jacket with hood
  • Rain Poncho that covers your day pack
  • Waterproof Pants
  • Wide brimmed hat
  • Wool hat (Should cover ears) or Balaclava
  • Lightwight Gloves
  • Insulated Wool or Down Mittens
  • Gaiters (optional)

FOOTWEAR: SHOES AND SOCKS

  • Hiking boots with ankle support
  • Camp shoes or Tennis Shoes
  • Plastic bag to carry spare shoes
  • Hiking socks (10)
  • Sock Liners (optional)
  • SLEEPING BAG
  • Sleeping bag rated to -15° C/ 0° f
  • Sleeping bag liner (optional)
  • Sleeping bag stuff sack

DUFFEL BAGS AND DAY PACKS

  • Duffel Bag for Carrying Your Gear (we provide this for the trek)
  • Day Pack for Carrying what you need on the trail
  • Small Lock(s) for duffel bag and day pack
  • Waterproof cover for daypack
  • Drybags in several sizes
  • Stuff sacks for dirty clothes/shoes

FIRST AID KIT AND TOILETRIES

  • Our team brings along a basic first aid kit but we recommend you also carry the following;
  • Advil or Ibuprofen
  • Diamox (for altitude sickness)
  • Personal Prescriptions
  • Medical Tape (for preventing treating blisters)
  • Antibiotics (Cipro for travelers’ diarrhea)
  • Diaper Rash Cream (Can treat rashes or chaffing)
  • Basic toiletries (Soap, Deodorant…)
  • Wet wipes
  • Panty Liners and Tampons
  • Face lotion
  • Hair brush
  • Hair ties
  • Hand warmers
  • Ear plugs for sleeping

OTHER ITEMS

  • Portable Solar Charger
  • Journal, pen and paper
  • Reading book
  • Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  • Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
  • Lightweight pillow case (in case your teahouses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow

Map

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Departure Dates

No fixed departures.