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Secret Himalayas - Nar Phu

The hidden valleys of Nar and Phu - Remote trekking - The Challenge of crossing the Kang La - Snow Leopard Country

All meals on trek included

Duration

16 Days

Grade

Challenging

Max Altitude

5320m

Walking Days

12 Days

Accommodation

2 Nts Hotels - 12 Nts Basic tea houses/camping (see Trip Overview below)

Trip Overview

Trekking to Nar and Phu is like travelling back in time.

The hidden valleys of Nar and Phu are a restricted area and to enter this 'lost' Himalayan Kingdom requires special permits (we take care of these for you). That this deters most trekkers is a blessing and thankfully very people undertake this true Himalayan Connoisseurs trek into the remote, isolated mountain area where a distinctly Tibetan way of life is preserved. That some hard trekking is also required helps maintain a sense of discovery and exclusivity on this very, very special journey on foot to a very 'off the beaten track' part of Nepal. Here the local way of life is by and large unchanged, with many families still migrating to temporary winter settlements to graze their yaks, and trade across the border with Tibet. Reaching Nar is possibly the romantic idyll of Himalayan life and culture, seemingly a 'shangri la' of snow covered mountains, colourful fields and picturesque traditional homes. The challenge of crossing the Kang La adds to the nature of the adventure. For the experienced, strong walker this is a very, very special trek. In fact it is far, far more than just a trek. Don't forget our trekking holidays are tailor-made and whilst this itinerary includes an acclimatisation day and a controlled rate of ascent, you can always have more rest, acclimatisation and even contingency days added. The itinerary is merely a suggested itinerary and is  not entirely  'set in stone'. Sleeping bags (4 season) will be required. We can arrange sleeping bag  rental if required.

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 a "fluid" situation in a remote part of Nepal, please contact us for the latest information.

Trekking to Nar and Phu is like travelling back in time.

  • The hidden valleys of Nar and Phu are a restricted area and to enter this 'lost' Himalayan Kingdom requires special permits (we take care of these for you). That this deters most trekkers is a blessing and thankfully very people undertake this true Himalayan Connoisseurs trek into the remote, isolated mountain area where a distinctly Tibetan way of life is preserved. That some hard trekking is also required helps maintain a sense of discovery and exclusivity on this very, very special journey on foot to a very 'off the beaten track' part of Nepal. Here the local way of life is by and large unchanged, with many families still migrating to temporary winter settlements to graze their yaks, and trade across the border with Tibet. Reaching Nar is possibly the romantic idyll of Himalayan life and culture, seemingly a 'shangri la' of snow covered mountains, colourful fields and picturesque traditional homes. The challenge of crossing the Kang La adds to the nature of the adventure. For the experienced, strong walker this is a very, very special trek. In fact it is far, far more than just a trek. Don't forget our trekking holidays are tailor-made and whilst this itinerary includes an acclimatisation day and a controlled rate of ascent, you can always have more rest, acclimatisation and even contingency days added. The itinerary is merely a suggested itinerary and is  not entirely  'set in stone'. Sleeping bags (4 season) will be required. We can arrange sleeping bag  rental if required.

    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 a "fluid" situation in a remote part of Nepal, please contact us for the latest information.

Example Itinerary

    • Day 1
      Arrive Kathmandu
    • Day 2
      Drive to Dharapani
    • Day 3
      Walk to Koto
    • Day 4
      Up the Nar Phu Khola Valley
    • Day 5
      Onwards to Metha
    • Day 6
      A shorter walk to Kyang
    • Day 7
      To Phu
    • Day 8
      Acclimatisation Day/Phu Exploration
    • Day 9
      Down to Juman Goth
    • Day 10
      Up to Nar
    • Day 11
      To the foot of the Kang La
    • Day 12
      Across the Kang La
    • Day 13
      Return to Koto
    • Day 14
      Down to Tal
    • Day 15
      Overland to Kathmandu
    • Day 16
      Depart Nepal
  • 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.

    Accommodation: KGH Hotel - Kathmandu
    Included Meals: None

    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.

    Accommodation: KGH Hotel - Kathmandu
    Included Meals: None

    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 long and rough journey takes the best part of the whole day.

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, Dharapani
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Find out more about Trekking Lodges and Full Support Camping

    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 long and rough journey takes the best part of the whole day.

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, Dharapani
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Find out more about Trekking Lodges and Full Support Camping

    DAY
    3

    Walk to Koto

    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 a "fluid" situation in a remote part of Nepal, please contact us for the latest information. This example itinerary indicates camping for illustrative purposes only.

    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
    Meals: 
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 3

    Walk to Koto

    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 a "fluid" situation in a remote part of Nepal, please contact us for the latest information. This example itinerary indicates camping for illustrative purposes only.

    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
    Meals: 
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY
    4

    Up the Nar Phu Khola Valley

    The Nar 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 Nar Phu stream. At around 2985m is a suitable camping place by the river. Walking time is approx. 6 hrs, virtually all ascent.

    Accommodation: Camping, Nar Phu Khola
    Meals: 
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 4

    Up the Nar Phu Khola Valley

    The Nar 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 Nar Phu stream. At around 2985m is a suitable camping place by the river. Walking time is approx. 6 hrs, virtually all ascent.

    Accommodation: Camping, Nar Phu Khola
    Meals: 
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY
    5

    Onwards to Metha

    Deeper you go into this restricted area and it's unlikely you'll encounter many 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
    Meals: 
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 5

    Onwards to Metha

    Deeper you go into this restricted area and it's unlikely you'll encounter many 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
    Meals: 
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    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
    Meals:
     Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    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
    Meals:
     Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    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 many still follow this time-honoured practice reminiscent 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
    Meals: 
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    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 many still follow this time-honoured practice reminiscent 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
    Meals: 
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    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 Nepal 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
    Meals: 
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    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 Nepal 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
    Meals: 
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY
    9

    Down to Juman Goth

    Back to the stone gateway and retracing your route into Phu and 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
    Meals: 
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 9

    Down to Juman Goth

    Back to the stone gateway and retracing your route into Phu and 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
    Meals: 
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY
    10

    Up to Nar

    This is a lovely day. One that goes down and then up. Down to cross the river at Nar Phedi (about 300m descent), over the river by way of a small bridge and then a lengthy ascent up to Naar (4110m). Nar 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, Nar
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 10

    Up to Nar

    This is a lovely day. One that goes down and then up. Down to cross the river at Nar Phedi (about 300m descent), over the river by way of a small bridge and then a lengthy ascent up to Naar (4110m). Nar 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, Nar
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    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
    Meals: 
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    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
    Meals: 
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    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
    Meals: 
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    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
    Meals: 
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    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
    Meals: 
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    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
    Meals: 
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    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.

    Accommodation: Camping,Tal
    Meals: 
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    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.

    Accommodation: Camping,Tal
    Meals: 
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    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!

    Accommodation: KGH Hotel, Kathmandu
    Meals: 
    Breakfast, Lunch

    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!

    Accommodation: KGH Hotel, Kathmandu
    Meals: 
    Breakfast, Lunch

    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.

    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.

    IMPORTANT

    This is an EXAMPLE ITINERARY and can be customised for you accordingly.

    Please consider whether you want your customisable, private trip itinerary to also include CONTINGENCY.

    See our ABOUT CONTINGENCY Information

    Please CONTACT US to discuss CONTINGENCY and ADDITIONAL ACCLIMATISATION, as well as other CUSTOMISATION POSSIBILITES for your PRIVATE CUSTOM TREK

Price Guide

Price based on a private party of 4 persons, twin share rooms, low season.
  • £ GBP 2468
  • $ US 3197
  • € EUR 2857

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What's included

The price shown is for guideline purposes only. The price is inclusive of all accommodation described in the detailed itinerary, all airport and land transfers, private overland travel in the itinerary, meals as indicated in the itinerary (all meals on trek), porterage on trek, Nar Phu restricted area permit, National Park fees & Snow Cat Travel Trekking Guide. All guides are english-speaking, professionals and fully licensed.

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