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We have shown the itinerary on the basis of a complete holiday purely for illustrative purposes. Naturally as tailor-made Nepal holiday specialists we would be happy to discuss additional options, whether it be other activities, more/less sightseeing, alternative/upgraded accommodation etc dependent upon your interests, preferences and time available. We even tailor-make a suggested 'what to pack' list for you based upon your ultimately chosen Nepal tailor-made holiday too.
Day 1 - Arrive Kathmandu
Arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you'll be met and receive a private transfer for the short distance into central Kathmandu and to the "KGH" Hotel in the heart of the Thamel district. You'll be given a briefing on your forthcoming adventure, and in the evening can take dinner at your leisure in one of the many choices of cafes & restaurants in Kathmandu, although the open air courtyard cafe of the KGH Hotel is as good as anywhere, PLEASE NOTE: A special permit is required for this trek. In order for us to obtain permits for you, we have to present hard copies of your passport (scans are not accepted) by 1000hrs to the permit issuing office. The permit office is open Sunday-Thursday, Friday Mornings, closed all day Saturday. The permit office is also closed on Nepal Public Holiday days. Please anticipate that you may require extra days in Kathmandu as a result in order that we can obtain your permit.
Day 2 - Drive to Dharapani
A private vehicle will take you overland to the village of Dharapani (1860m) with a stop for lunch along the way, as well as changing to a locally chartered 4WD vehicle the journey takes the best part of the whole day.
Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, Dharapani
Day 3 - Walk to Koto
The walking today is partly on the 'road' and partly on the various village trails as you head up the main valley and to Koto. To all intent and purpose this is part of the Annapurna Circuit route. Walking time is around 5hrs to Koto (2600m).
Accommodation: Camping, Koto
Day 4 - Up the Naar Phu Khola Valley
The Naar Phu Khola Valley is a narrow, steep sided gorge like valley, and leaving the Annapurna Circuit behind a narrow trail climbs steeply up through woodland above the Naar Phu stream. At around 2985m is a suitable camping place by the river. Walking time is approx. 6 hrs, virtually all ascent.
Accommodation: Camping, Naar Phu Khola
Day 5 - Onwards to Metha
Deeper you go into this restricted area and it's unlikely you'll encounter many, if any other trekkers. At times the trail is gouged out of the cliff-side and is quite narrow and exposed in places, with the river far below. There's both ascent and descent during todays walk, but more in the way of uphill and it's a tough slog to camp at Metha (3560m) taking around 6-7hrs walking.
Accommodation: Camping, Metha
Day 6 - A shorter walk to Kyang
Thankfully today is a much shorter walk and more gradual too as you continue your ascent following the Phu Khola. The approach to Upper Chako sees the incline increase and it remains a steeper climb to reach the plateau where the winter settlement of Kyang is located. If you needed any reminding that this is now the land of Tibetan Buddhism your arrival at Kyang (3800m) is heralded by the presence of the mani wall at the edge of the village. Walking time is around 4hrs.
Accommodation: Camping, Kyang
Day 7 - To Phu
Since leaving Koto, most settlements you've been passing through are temporary ones used by families from Phu during the winter months. They migrate to these places to graze their yaks and other livestock and still follow this time-honoured practice reminscent of a bygone Tibet. Today you begin by dropping back down to the river and then up to Phu. You'll know you're close when you reach an old stone gateway and beyond will be able to see Phu, which is more a collection of three smaller villages than one large one. An hours walk from the gateway and you should be at Phu (4200m). Today takes around 4-5hrs walking in total.
Accommodation: Camping, Phu
Day 8 - Acclimatisation Day/Phu Exploration
The locals are of course used to this altitude and thankfully Phu is such a fascinating place to explore that it makes for an excellent day of acclimatising. The villagers of Phu still trade across the border with Tibet. This remote and isolated community is by default one that remains unspoilt and about as authentic as you can get in the Himalaya. The Tibetan influence is evident in the style of houses and the fascinating ruins of the forts here. Today is a unique opportunity to observe a traditional way of life, and as you may just be the only foreigners here at this moment, don't be surprised if the locals take some friendly interest in you too. There's around 145+/- people call Phu home, so you may meet a fair few of Phu.
Accommodation: Camping, Phu
Day 9 - Down to Juman Goth
Back to the stone gateway and retracing your route into Phu & passing Kyang once more you drop further down to Junam Goth (3725m), another temporary settlement. A shorter walking day, mostly downhill of around 4hrs.
Accommodation: Camping, Junam Goth
Day 10- Up to Naar
This is a lovely day. One that goes down and then up. Down to cross the river at Naar Phedi (about 300m descent), over the river by way of a small bridge and then a lengthy ascent up to Naar (4110m). Naar may well be the romantic idyll of a remote Himalayan mountain village. Some might say it's got a touch of the 'Shangri La' about it. Whatever, it is quite the setting. A backdrop of snow covered Himalayan mountains, colourful fields of carefully tended crops, Tibetan gompas and the locals going about their spinning and weaving, for which they are renowned. It has of course taken some effort to get to reach this idyll, but for those in search of 'off the beaten track' Himalayan life, here it is. Todays walk takes around 5hrs.
Accommodation: Camping, Naar
Day 11 - To the foot of the Kang La
The locals can most likely do the next two days walk in just one longer day. Respect to them as it would be a very, very tough day. Today you'll walk for just 3hrs heading gradully up to the foot of the Kang La and a nice meadow camp site at Kang La Phedi (4530m).
Accommodation: Camping, Kang La Phedi
Day 12 - Across the Kang La
The Thorung La of this trek, the crux of the trek, probably the hardest day, certainly the highest. But unlike the crossing of the Thorung La, there won't be hundreds of other trekkers all vying for space on the narrow trail to the Kang La (5320m). There's a stiff 700m or so of uphill slog to reach the pass. But after around 4hrs of huffing and puffing you're greeted with stupendous panoramic views of the Tilicho Peaks, Annapurna 2 and Gangapurna. The descent requires your full attention and concentration. It's very steep at first, with loose scree underfoot. Snow is also a distinct possibility too. It does ease off and from a welcome break at a small, high plateau the trail then skirts the mountain side as it gradaully takes you down to Ngawal (3670m). The Tibetan influence remains with you still. Walking time is a tough 7-8hrs.
Accommodation: Camping, Ngawal
Day 13 - Return to Koto
With accompanying views of the Annapurna range after skirting the hillside the trail now descends sharply to Pisang. You're back onto the Annapurna Circuit. Should you wish to impress those following that particular trek of your exploits into a land not many have ever heard of, feel free. Oh, that 1500m rock wall that rises abruptly and almost vertically is Paungda Danda. It won't escape your notice. Down through woodland and beyond Chame it's not too far to Koto (2600m). Total walking time is a good 7hrs.
Accommodation: Camping, Koto
Day 14 - Down to Tal
Quiet possibly the least interesting walking day, and as you pass where the Naar Phu Khola joins the Marsyangdi you may choose to use this as a good time to reflect back on your adventure that began here and to occupy your thoughts as you walk past Dharapani and onto Tal. Walking time is around 6hrs.
Day 15 - Overland to Kathmandu
Probably a locally chartered jeep will take you down the bumpy, dusty dirt road to Besishar. Then it's onto the main highway and all the way back to Kathmandu. The journey is an unavoidable 10hrs with a lunch stop along the way. However, you should be back in Kathmandu evening time and after checking into your hotel can have a 'night on the town', or a very big sleep!
Day 16 - Depart Nepal
A private transfer will take you to the airport for your return international flight.
Of course there's no reason to depart today, your Nepal holiday can be readily tailor-made.
Detailed Example Itinerary
SPECIAL NOTE - Things in this area are changing as trekkers now discover this relatively new trekking area. A few trekking lodges are springing up, so camping may not be necessary (it will help bring costs down too). As this is "fluid" situation in a remote part of Nepal, please contact us for the latest information
This is an EXAMPLE ITINERARY and can be customised for you accordingly.
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