Nepal Highpoint Trekking & Expedition

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Nar Phu Annapurna Semi Circuit Trekking

Trip Overview

“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.”

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: Kathmandu sightseeing. 

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 Tatopani 1,190 m (Hot spring) - 04 hrs.

Day 18: Trek to Ghorepani village 2,880 m - 06 hrs.

Day 19: Hike to Poon Hill 3,210 m and trek to Birethanti and and drive to Pokhara.

Day 20: Drive back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

Day 21: Depart Nepal for international flight home-ward bound.

Itenerary

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.
Sightseeing around Kathmandu, as the valley is steeped with many world heritage sites and important monuments and religious-historical sites. You will visit Pashupatinath (Hindu Temple), Baudanath stupa, Swyambhunath stupa (Mokey temple), Patan durbar square.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A rest day at Phu for acclimatization, explore the impressive village and Tashilkhang with Samdu Choling Monasteries and Kyauchyu waterfalls, Phu Village
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’.
After Muktinath, where walking parts ends as motorable road has reached to this point at Muktinath to the Tatopani.
Our walk continues from Tatopani to Ghorepani.
Today we hike to poonhill then continue walk to the Birethanti, which is ending point of our walk, further we drive to Pokhara and stay overnight at hotel at pokhara.
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).
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.

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What is Included?

    • Kathmandu airport pickup and drop
    • 3 nights hotel accomodation in tourist standard hotel in kathmandu with breakfast.
    • Kathmandu sightseeing with well trained city tour guide (Pashupatinath, Syambhunath, Baudanath, Patan city)
    • 1 nights hotel accommodation in tourist standard hotel in Pokhara with breakfast
    • Kathmandu to Dharapani bus transportation.
    • Muktinath to Tatopani by local bus transportation.
    • Birethanti to Pokhara transportation by private vehicle
    • Pokhara to Kahmandu transortation by AC tourist bus. 
    • A well trained and experienced, English speaking, trekking guide (his food, accomodation, insurance, salary).
    • Two guest = 1 porter (his food, accomodation, insurance, salary) included .
    • Annapurna conservation area permit (ACAP).
    • Government permit (Trekkers information management system (TIMS) permit.
    • Nar phu special permit(restricted area permit)
    • Accomodation during trekking (tea house/lodges/hotel).
    • All meals during trekking (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).
    • Trekking equipments (sleeping bag and down jacket).
    • First Aid Kit.
    • Trek completion certificate as award 
    • Farewell dinner
    • All Government and local taxes.

    Note*

    1. If you would like to reduce any service included in package like, airport pick up drop, hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara, poter, Kathmandu sightseeing, the cost will be reduced accrdingly. 

    2. If you would like to add any service which is not included in the package such as: Pokhara-Kathmandu by flight or private car, Luxurious star hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara, white water rafting, Paragliding, Pokhara tour, we will arrange accordingly and that is subjected to extra cost.

What is Excluded?

    • Your personal nature expenses and travel insurance.
    • Food during your stay in Kathmandu
    • Drinks (tea, coffee, coke, beer), beverage, hot shower and heater charge during trekking.
    • Entry permit for temple and stupa during Kathmandu sightseeing

Equipment Checklist

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

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