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Annapurna Circuit with Nar-Phu Valley

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Trekking Highlights

  • Opened to trekkers only since 2003
  • High snow-peaks, ancient villages and high altitude grazing settlements
  • Exotic hidden villages “Nar and Phu”
  • Many ancient monasteries and chortens
  • Crossing the Kang La Pass with magnificent views of the Annapurna.
  • Encounter with snow leopards and blue sheep
  • High trekking pass of Thorong-La pass (5416m)
  • Visit Muktinath, the god of salvation of both Buddhists and hindus
  • Still virgin trail to most trekkers.

Nar Phu valley trekking is an exotic valley is located in Annapurna region at mid western Nepal. Nar Phu has been opened to visitors only since 2003. Indeed Nar Phu is one of the best regions in the high land for viewing majestic mountains. Nar and Phu are the two most beautiful medieval villages where you can learn the real life styles of Bhote communities and also enjoy on the fabulous and typical landscape of the valley. The people and their culture have remained more similar to Tibetan than Nepalese since its remoteness and more proximity to Tibet. Nar Phu trekking begins from Koto via walking through a unique Marsyandi valley. The trekking trail follows Annapurna round trail for couple of days in the beginning. According to history Nar Phu valley was first explored by Tilman in 1950s but it was closed to trekkers until late 2002. So very few trekkers have explored these virtually untouched villages and climbed the many 7000m peaks surrounding it. In fact this new circular trek offers a wild and remote alternative trekking experience including newly-opened villages Nar and Phu.

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu

Upon your arrival at Kathmandu at TIA, a representative of Actual adventure Pvt Ltdwill warmly welcome you to Nepal. She/he will guide you towards the hotel room of Nepal. The day can be either rest day or some sightseeing day of Kathmandu. The night will be at the hotel by discussing about the tour and enjoying the delicious dinner

 Day 02: Kathmandu to Besisahar

At Kathmandu, we will start our day by having the refreshing breakfast and then we will move towards the bus stop to catch the bus to Besisahar. The road drive goes for about 9 to 10 hours long. After the long and exhausting travel from bus, we will drop to Besisahar. The night will be at one of the best hotel at Besisahar. We can explore around the market of Besisahar with some chatting with the helpful people of the locality.

Day 03: Besisahar to Bahun Danda

From Besisahar, at first the trail passes through the flat surface along the bank of Marshyangdi River. The trail will passes through the beautiful villages of Gurung community. We will stop at Nagadi to have our lunch and follows the trail thereafter steeply to the Bahundanda. From Bahundanda, we can view the most panoramic view of snow capped mountains around our eyes. The night will be at Bahundanda.

Day 04: Bahundanda to Chamje

Early morning, we will be served by the delicious breakfast at one of the hotel at Bahundanda. Then, we will follow the steep trail descending to the surface to the village named as Lali gaon. Following the main trail viewing some spectacular waterfalls we will cross Syange and Jagat. The continuous trek through the unbroken trail will finally lead us to the Chamje through the forest. We walk approximately for about 6 hours.

Day 05: Trek to Dharapani

From Chamje, the trail descends to the river to cross the suspension bridge which will guide us towards the Sattale at 1550m.  We will be at Tal after a short climb through the zigzagged path. Tal is the border of Manang and Lamjung districts. After passing through some beautiful grass lands, villages and some suspension bridges, we will enter into the Dharapani at 1860m.

Day 06: Dharapani to Koto

A gradual ascending path from Dharapani by crossing the beautiful stream will enables us to reach at Koto. We can enjoy the mountain view of Annapurna and Manaslu Mountain from this region. Koto is a small village of Gurung community and other ethnic community. The night will be at Koto. The whole trekking goes for about 5 hours.

Day 07: Koto to Dharmasala

From Koto, we will begin our trekking earlier than ever because the way is little bit tough with a long distance to travel. We need to cross the river of Narphu valley and then a hike up to Phu khola through the beautiful forests. The route will continue until we reach at Dharmasala. We will clear the night delightfully at Dharmasala after a trek of about 6 hours.

Day 08: Dharmasala to Kayang

From Dharmasala, we will catch the steep climb up to the valley to the height of 3200m. We will pass through the beautiful pass of Meta and Nar. The morning will be the loveliest walks in the Himalayas. We can get the crystal clear vision of great ranges of mountains all around us through our naked eyes. The continue trail will lead us to Kayang after a walking of about 6 to 7 hours. The night will be at Kayang.

Day 09: Kayang to Phu village

From Kayang, the trail will follow the path steeply to the river. We have to walk carefully as the path is risky. We should pass the unique and colorful chortens for which Nar and Phu is popular. We have to cross a suspension bridge to enter into the Phu valley. We will set up the camp to stay the night at Phu village.

Day 10:  Phu valley rest day

We will spend a day at Phu valley by exploring around the village. We can interact with the local people who are loyal and helpful to the visitors. We might see the summer grazing land at Ngoro.  The night will be interesting at Phu village with the lovely villages of Phu valley.

Day 11: Phu to Junam

After spending a day at Phu valley, we will get back to the Phu gate and then the descending way to the river will leads us to Junam Kharka. We will be delighted to set up our camp at Junam which is a very beautiful and suitable place for camping.

Day 12: Trek from Junam to Nar

This day we need to trek following the trail down to old bridge through the narrow gorge all the way back up again. The scenery that we get from here is stunning. We will finally reach to Nar gates at the top of the hill and we will pass the wonderfully painted, bamboo topped chortens. The night will be stunningly beautiful at Nar.

Day 13: Explore around Nar

We will spend a day at Nar by exploring around the valley. We can get the glorious view of beautiful Gompa at Nar. The day is more resting day than exploring around. The night will be spectacular at Nar with the people.

Day 14: Trek from Nar to Ngwal

From Nar, we will move towards the Ngwal through the Kangla pass. The Kangla pass is situated at the height of 5240m. The view that we can get from here is spectacular. Ngwal is one of the wonderful villages with some sense of traditional concepts with some architecture and other religious concepts. The night will at Ngwal.

Day 15: Trek from Ngwal to Manang

From Ngwal, we will pass the main trail to Manang. The route goes for about 3 hours following the Marshyangdi River to reach to Manang. The way passes through the beautiful forest of pine and through the village like Braga, where we can see some of the farming areas. We can enjoy the view of Annapurna ranges Tilicho mountain and other beautiful mountain ranges during our trek. The night will be splendidly beautiful at Manang.

Day 16: Manang to Khangsar

From Manang, we will gradual descent the way to Khangsar after crossing the suspension bridge of Jharsing Khola. The panoramic mountain will surely entertain us. Khangsar is a small village of Gurung community. We can find some small monastery chortens, Mani walls and prayer flags. The night will be at Khangsar.

Day 17: Khangsar to Tilicho Lake

From Khangsar, we will trek approximately for about six hours to reach to the Tilicho Lake. The path is interesting as we move towards the Tilicho Lake. We need to cross several streams.  After walking for a while, we will reach at the Tilicho Lake. Tilicho Lake is situated at the highest altitude of Nepal.  The night will be interesting at Tilicho Lake.

Day 18: Trek from Tilicho Lake to Mesokanto pass

The trail from Tilicho Lake to Mesokanto pass is several ups and downs until we reach at Mesokanto pass. The mesmerizing view of Annapurna, Tilicho, Dhaulagiri and other several mountains will definitely entertain us. The night will be at Mesokanto pass at the height of 5315m.

Day 19: Mesokanto pass to Jomsom

We will follow the descending way from Mesokanto pass to reach to Jomsom. The trekking region goes through the beautiful pine forest. The famous Buddhist village named as Thimi lies on the way to Jomsom. We will spend the last day of trekking at Jomsom at 2741m after a trekking of about 6 hours.

Day 20: Jomsom to Pokhara:

Early morning, we will enjoy the hot breakfast in the land of Himalayas. After having the breakfast, we will catch the flight over to Pokhara. On the flight, we will certainly enjoy the glorious and glittering view of mountains from the bird-eye prospects during the flight. The flight goes for about 25 to 30 minutes. The night will be at Pokhara after spending the day leisurely.

Day 21: Pokhara to Kathmandu

We will wake up early in the morning with the dazzling view of sun rising through the summit piercing the white snows. We will have a short visit over to the market around Pokhara and will take a drive back to Kathmandu. The drive goes for about 7 to 8 hours. The night will be relaxing at Kathmandu.

Day 22: Farewell

Finally, the day of returning back to our home country and busy schedule has come with the ending of our glittering tour over to the highlands of Nepal. Actual adventurewill organize a small farewell program at the airport and will help for any inconvenience that may arise during the departure.  We wish for your better journey ahead.

Trip Cost Include:

  1. Transfer airport/hotel/airport on both domestic and international flights by private vehicle.
  2. Full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley with Nepalese cultural guide and private vehicle, including world heritage sites entrance fees as per the above itinerary.
  3. 5 -star deluxe hotel accommodations in Kathmandu, Shangri La Resort in Pokhara on a twin share bed- and- breakfast basis as per the itinerary.
  4. Accommodation in comfortable lodge or Teahouse while on trek
  5. Full board meals while on trekking (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with tea and coffee.
  6. Professional local trekking guide trained in Wilderness First Aid, Plus Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  7. All meals, accommodation, salary, equipment, transportation for guide and porter.
  8. Insurance covering all stuff, including porters as per state law
  9. Private transportation to and from the starting and ending points of the trek as applicable.
  10. Domestic flight to/from Pokhara and Kathmandu, including airport tax.
  11. Warm down jacket, sleeping bag and duffel bag (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion).
  12. All necessary paper work and permits, including TIMS permit
  13. Travel & Rescue arrangement. (Helicopter Evacuation available if required, at clients' cost).
  14. Comprehensive First aid medical kit.
  15. Complementary  Actual adventure T-shirt and Annapurna region trekking map
  16. Welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu at typical Nepali restaurant.
  17. All applicable government taxes.

Please Note: On our tours/trek packages, rooms or tents are provided on a twin sharing basis. A single person supplement charge will be added. This is waived for certain treks. Please discuss this with us. Occasionally, we can match you with a compatible partner for trekking purposes with your approval.

Trip Cost Exclude:

  1. Visa fee for Nepal (Please bring accurate $USD cash t $25 for 15 day, US$ 40 for 30 day, and US$ 100 for three month and two passport size photograph).
  2. Any meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara other than breakfast (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary).
  3. Personal expenses (alcoholic drinks, bottled water, cold drinks and laundry).
  4. Personal medical and travel insurance and medical bills.
  5. International air fares/ flights (Fares and flights can be arranged upon the request).
  6. Hot shower during trekking.
  7. Personal trekking equipment.

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Me and my Mom booked the Annapurna Circuit through Actual Adventure and everything was absolutely perfect. Kedar made everything possible that we have the trip of our life – he was always very responsive, organized, completely flexible in terms of individuality and super friendly. His offers are great value for money and he so much cares for his guests and treats everyone with respect. We appreciated all his recommendations, expert knowledge and the feeling to be in safe hands. Our guide, Lakpa, was the best and most caring guide you can image – the mountains are his home and we felt super safe with him. All the accommodations were chosen carefully and to our full satisfaction. Also, the two porters Pasang and Dendi were wonderful. All of us had so much fun and we spent many hours talking and laughing around the fireplace in the huts. I can highly recommend Actual Adventure and would book with them any time again! Thanks for everything Kedar, Sujan and the super team!


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