★ The highest pass of the Annapurna Region
★ The Himalayan desert of Nepal in your itinerary
★ The trekking trail in the Narphu Valley
The trekking trail of the Narphu Valley Trek matches with the itinerary of the Annapurna Circuit Trek, one of the best top 10 treks in the world, to a certain extent; as a result, you will have a great experience in walking in the second-best trekking region of Nepal, that is, Annapurna Region. Unfortunately, only a few trekkers have heard the name of the Narphu Valley Trekking either from their countries or in Nepal because the world always thinks of Mt. Everest when they head to Nepal for trekking to spend their vacations.
Nar Phu Valley Trekking takes place in that part of Nepal, or you can say in that part of the Annapurna Region where you see a few trekkers, where the natural beauty is in its wild form and too beautiful to be described in words, and where the trekking trail is challenging in terms of the rough landscape. Because of these aspects, the Narphu Valley Trek is one of the best off-the-beaten treks of Nepal. Of course, all the trekking trails in Nepal are indeed rough; after all, this is the meaning of trek, and this is what you want in your trek, but the Narphu Valley Trek has the roughness in a true sense in the language of the adventurous trekkers.
There is the main reason why the Narphu Valley Trek is one of the best off-the-beaten treks in the eyes of the trekking guide in Nepal because it not only takes you to the Annapurna Region but also to the Manang Region, which is one of the perfect destinations for the trekkers who want to swallow the beauties of the unexplored landscapes of the Nepal-Tibet border from beginning to end. What culture you will see in the Manang Region is entirely different from what you see in other parts of Nepal. As you know, Manang is dry, but when you visit the view of the snow-covered mountains there, you will be surprised by their unmatchable beauty. You will be more surprised when the trekking trail takes you from the area of green vegetation to this part of the Himalayan desert of Nepal. For more information on the itinerary of the Narphu Valley Trek, please see below what you will be doing during the trip each day.
Day 01 Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (standard accommodation)
Arrive in Kathmandu on the date that you have planned for or at the most suitable time you have decided. Stay calm about the pick-up; we will wait outside the airport to take you to our office and the hotel. Our office remains open from 9 A.M. to 6 P.M. Kathmandu is known as the city of temples, and it is the most developed city in Nepal as we write these words in this itinerary. You will be staying in Thamel, the central tourist hub in Kathmandu. If you stay in a 5-star hotel, it will be outside Thamel.
Day 02 Sightseeing with breakfast (standard accommodation)
Kathmandu is dotted with world heritage sites, and the most famous of them are
★ Kathmandu Durbar Square
You will visit each of these with our city guide, and they will take you to the past. Those were the glorious days of Nepal. From your guide, hear the myths, the true story, and the significance of the historical monuments from the religious point of view.
Day 03 From Kathmandu to Jagat (4 meals provided, standard accommodation)
During the drive, you will see one of the beautiful views of the countryside of Nepal, from lush forests to distant snow-covered mountains. The main village that you reach today is Besisahar, and you will start to have the feeling of trekking as you head to Jagat because the road is rough and dusty.
Day 04 From Jagat to Dharapani (4 meals provided, standard accommodation)
The trekking trail that takes you to Chyamje turns here and there. A suspension bridge is on the way, which you will cross in the middle of the oak forest. After that, the trekking trail takes you to the valley, Kodo village, and Dharapani. During the trek, you will see the beautiful view of the Annapurna Ranges, and you will find the trekking trail as you had expected because it is rough, winding, slippery, and challenging.
Day 05 From Dharapani to Koto (4 meals provided, standard accommodation)
Today you start your trek, and the main village that you will reach is Bagarchhap, and you get to this village walking through the forest of pine and rhododendron. This village has a highlight, and that is its monastery. Another village that you will reach is Danaque, followed by Timang and Latamarang. The trekking trail leading to these villages goes uphill, but the Mountain View that you will see from this trail is excellent, and they are Mt. Manaslu, the world’s eighth highest mountain and Peak 32. Finally, trekking through the forest and seeing the view of Annapurna I, you will reach Koto.
Day 06 From Koto to Meta (4 meals provided, standard accommodation)
Today you will be trekking by the Soti Khola, a river, but at the same time, you will also be in the forest, where you will see lots of pine trees. Walking in this forest, you will come across streams and suspension villages and reach the main town called Dharmasala. Then, the ascending trekking trail you will follow takes you to the next village and Meta, where you can see stunning views of mountains, such as Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal.
Day 07 From Meta to Phu Gaon (4 meals provided, standard accommodation)
There are trekking trails that will go uphill and downhill, and that will take you to the suspension bridges. The main village on the way is Kyang, which has a history as you visit its ruined fort. After crossing the Phu Khoa, a river, you will reach Phu Gaon, and gaon in Nepali means village.
Day 08 Acclimatization in Phu Gaon (4 meals provided, standard accommodation)
You will be heading to a higher altitude tomorrow, so acclimatisation is necessary today. Today you are in the Hidden Village, the home of the Lama, Gurung, and Ghale people. These people take up agriculture and animal breeding for their livelihood. You can explore the nearby areas with your guide and visit the Tashi Lakhang Monastery. In addition, you will see a great view of Himlung Himal.
Day 09 From Phu Gaon to Nar (4 meals provided, standard accommodation)
Today you are following the downhill trekking trail most of the time, and it takes you to the suspension bridges and a famous bridge called the Mahendra Pul. The longest suspension bridge you will be walking is 80 m. After that, you will walk the uphill trekking trail from the bridge, pass the stupas and reach Nar. Nar has Buddhist monasteries; from there, you can see the stunning view of Pisang Peak.
Day 10 Acclimatization in Nar (4 meals provided, standard accommodation)
You will be heading to a higher altitude tomorrow, so acclimatisation is necessary today. Acclimatisation means taking a rest as well as exploring nearby areas. It is also time to know the culture and traditions of this village. You will also improve mentally for tomorrow’s trek.
Day 11 From Nar to the Kang La Pass and Ngwal (4 meals provided, standard accommodation)
Today is adventurous because you are trekking in the past at a higher altitude than yesterday. The name of this pass is the Kang La Pass, and from here, you can see the breathtaking view of the Annapurna Ranges. The trekking trail always goes downhill from the pass, and you walk there to reach Ngwal.
Day 12 From Ngwal to Manang (4 meals provided, standard accommodation)
On the way to Manang, you will reach the village called Paugh, where you can see the fantastic view of the Annapurna Ranges. After that, the uphill trekking trail takes you to Mungli and links up with the trekking trail of the Annapurna Circuit. This is also the trail that will take you to Manang.
Day 13 From Manang to Yak Kharka (4 meals provided, standard accommodation)
The trekking trail takes you to the Marshyangdi Valley, including the valley of the Jarsang Khola. You will be trekking at a higher altitude. The famous villages you reach are Tenki and Ghunsa. After reaching the mani wall, the meadow, and crossing the bridge, you will get Yak Kharka.
Day 14 From Yak Kharka to the Thorong Phedi (4 meals provided, standard accommodation)
Thorong Phedi means the base of the Thorong La Pass. It is different from the ground as you generally think because it is a small village. So, it is a base plus town. It will be wise to spend a night on the bottom of the pass because the pass rises to a height of 5000 m plus. This is the place where you will reach.
Day 15 From the Thorong Phedi to the Thorong La Pass and Muktinath (4 meals provided, standard accommodation)
The trekking trail is steep on the pass, and the top of the pass offers you a beautiful view of the gorge of the Kali Gandaki Valley. From the top of the pass, the trekking trail goes downhill to take you to Muktinath and shows you the incredible view of the mountain border between Nepal and Tibet.
Day 16 From Muktinath to Jomsom (4 meals provided, standard accommodation)
The trekking trail is easy as it heads to the Kali Gandaki River Bed. Most of the time, you are by this river. After that, it goes downhill to Jomsom. The Kali Gandaki Valley is windy, but you must walk on it because it is where your trekking trail is. The main villages that you reach are Jharkot and Khingar.
Day 17 From Jomsom to Pokhara (Breakfast and lunch provided, standard accommodation)
In the early morning, you take a scenic 25 flight to Pokhara, the city of lakes. The aeroplane flies between the Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna Mountains. From Pokhara, you can see the stunning view of Fishtail Mountain. In addition, you can go boating in Fewa Lake or walk on the shore of the lake.
Day 18 From Pokhara to Kathmandu (Breakfast provided, standard accommodation)
From the city of lakes, you head to the city of temples via the Pirthivi Highway, and the main towns you reach are Damauli, Dumre, Mugling, and Kurintar. Finally, visit the exciting places in Thamel, and buy souvenirs for your friends and relatives.
Day 19 Departure
We will pick you up at the hotel three hours before your international flight and take you to Tribhuwan International Airport. So goodbye, and we wish you good luck for a safe journey.
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