A very special experience where traditions and cultures are extremely well preserved. Residents of the Nar Phu Valley still use ancient techniques and lifestyle practices. It is a cultural protected area that was only open to tourism as of 2003.
This Nepal Trek is the opportunity to get surrounded by a very different big geographical landscape; from deep forests to desertic valleys similar to the one found in Mustang or Tibet. Life in these valleys can be very hard because of the weather conditions. A vastly different climate from the classical Annapurna Circuit, more similar to that of the Tibetan plateau on the other side of the great Himalayan Range.
Villagers grow potatoes and barley and weave blankets and clothing made out of their sheeps, goats and yaks wool.
In this trek, you will get to see the spectacular Annapurna Range. Annapurna I, II, III and IV, Lamjung Himal, Gangapurna, Tilicho Peak, and Manaslu from Dharapani Village.
Check our Trip Schedule below this page for more details.
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow, learn as if you were to live forever”
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Best time to trek: Spring and Autumn (April, May until mid-June / October, November until mid-December). Check our page “When to visit Nepal and When to Trek”.
Airport pick up and transfer to Hotel. There will be a welcome dinner with your guide. First taste of the wonderful local food.
Exploring day in the city. You will be able to explore the city as well as make the last preparation for the trek. We will provide you with all information you need to explore the most emblematic places in Kathmandu. If you wish to have a Guided City Tour, do not hesitate to request this service to us.
We drive in the morning to Besisahar and once we arrive we will take a jeep to Dharapani. Our trip will take around 8 hours in total.
Trekking along the Marsyangdi Nadi river, the path will take us through pine and oak forests and a beautiful waterfall just after we pass Danakyu. We will cross paths with Rhododendron forests too until our arrival to Koto.
Today we enter the restricted area of Nar and Phu Valley. During this journey we slowly will get to see changes in the geography. We start leaving the forest behind and we enter the kingdom of Nar Phu Valley with a very special Tibetan plateau type of topography.
We are getting inmerse into the culture and lifestyle that will give us a wonderful experience. We stop for lunch in Chyako (3720m) where we will find ancestral stone houses and big rocky mountains all with coper and ocher colours. In Kyang, surrounded by all this Tibetan style of landscape, we will visit the ancient stone village where still locals live.
One of the highlights of the trek. Phu villageis an outstanding well preserved stone village. Local people live all year round except winter, when is too cold and they move to Kyang to look after the animals (warmer clima) or they move to Kathmandu for 3 months. Phu villagers make warm pieces of cloth out of the goat, sheep and yak wool.
This is a fantastic day hike to Himlung Base Camp that will help us acclimatize in preparation to the Kangla Pass. On the other hand, we will be able to visit the place where all expeditions set their Base Camp to summit Himlung Peak (7126m). We will walk alongside the gigant Pangri Glacier.
We will visit the Gompa (buddhist monastery) in Nar Phedi where we will spend the night. You will be delighted by delicious dishes cooked by the monks and enjoying the peaceful environment with spectacular nature surrounding us. If we are lucky we will be able to attend one of the pujas (rituals and prayers) performed by the monks and students.
Visit to Nar village, one of the highlights of the trek. Outstanding well preserved stone ancient village where locals live all year round cultivating potatoes and looking after the sheeps and goats. We will also see many horses similar to Mustang horses and yaks. Villagers use the goat and yak wool to make lots of clothing and blankets in a very traditional way that are extremely warm.
A wonderful and challenging day. The Kangla Pass is not a difficult pass. The ascent is progressive and not very steep, which allow us to keep a smooth and steady pace. Once on the top of the Pass, we will descend a very steep terrain for about 2 hours and we will continue descending for one hour and a half more down to Ngawal, where we will spend the night.
We will take a jeep first thing in the morning that will take us to Besisahar. A real 4x4 experience that will take around 8 hours driving along the Annapurna circuit. We will have the opportunity to see all villages along the path including Pisang and Chame.
We will take the direct bus to Kathmandu first thing in the morning (7:30am) in a trip that will take us around 7 hours. After we will check in at the hotel and the afternoon is yours to enjoy Thamel (centre of Kathmandu).
Enjoy the fantastic city of Kathmandu! We will be available for recommendations or if you wish a Tour Guided Visit, do not hesitate to ask us!
We hope to see you again soon!