Annapurna With Nar Phu Kangla Pass Trek
The Annapurna Nar Phu valley, Kangla Pass & Tilicho Lake Trek is an ideal for those trekkers who have time and appetite to venture into some of the less trodden remote regions of Nepal beyond the regular trekking routes. This tented camping trek offers the pictorial landscape of the recently opened region of Nar and Phu valley, situated just north of the popular Annapurna circuit route. The Nar Phu Valley topography is trans Himalayan and similar to that of Tibet. Trails are still rugged that has changed little over the years. We spend a few days exploring this remote valley and cross the Kang La pass (5300m) on the way to Manang. Leaving famed Manang we head to Jomsom via the best-kept secret remote trekking route of Meso Kantu pass (5099m) and the world’s highest situated outstanding Tilicho Lake (5300m). This less trodden trail offers a more challenging and exciting alternative to the popular Thorong La pass on the Annapurna Circuit trekking route. We take mountain flight to Pokhara to save our journey to Nar Phu valley
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Permits Procedure and world heritage sites Sightseeing ( 4 – 6)
Day 03: Drive to Dharapani by Jeep 1,300 m, 7-8 hour drive
Day 04: Trek from Dharapani to Koto 2600m (5/6 hours)
Day 05: Trek from Koto to Meta 3570m (6/7 hours) (Nar-Phu Valley Restricted Area Permit Entry)
Day 06: Trek from Meta to Phu 3900m (6/7 hours)
Day 07: Exploration Day
Day08: Trek from Phu to Nar 4100m (6/7 hours)
Day 09: Trek from Nar to Kang-La 5322m to Ngawal 3660m (6/7 hours)
Day 10: Trek from Ngawal to Manang 3540m (3/4 hours)
Day 11: Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka 4018m (4/5 hours)
Day 12: Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi 4450m (4/5 hours)
Day 13: Trek from Thorong Phedi to Thorong-La Pass 5416m to Muktinath (3800m )7-8 hr
Day 14: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom 2710m (4/5 hours)
Day 15: Fly To Pokhara (25 Minute)
Day 16: Drive Back to Kathmandu By Tourist Bus
Day 17: Departure
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu:
Upon your arrival, one of the representatives from the Himalayan sanctuary adventure will be waiting for you outside the arrival terminal gate holding your name and take you to the hotel. Please look for your name which will be shown on signage. Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Permits Procedure and world heritage sites Sightseeing ( 4 – 6):
We’ll visit Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, and Swayambhunath Stupa and Patan Darbar Square.
Day 03: Drive to Dharapani by Jeep. 1,300 m, 7-8 hour drive :
The day begins with the drive to Dharpani by jeep from Kathmandu via Prithvi Highway. We go through Dumre -Besisahar – Bhulbhule – Bahundanda – Tal– Dharapani. Passing across pretty waterfalls, small streams that join the Marsayangdi River, suspension bridges, barley and potato fields, numerous overnight camps with tea houses occupy the entire way towards Dharapani Overnight stay at Dharapani.
Day 04: Trek from Dharapani to Koto 2600m (5/6 hours):
Trekking through fir and pine forests, we reach Bagarchhap. We enjoy the alluring view of Peak 29 (7871m) and Manaslu (8156m) on our way to Timang via Danakyu. We pass other small villages and trek along rocky trails till we reach Koto which hosts a superb view of the Annapurna range. Overnight at a lodge in Koto.
Day 05: Trek from Koto to Meta 3570m (6/7 hours) (Nar-Phu Valley Restricted Area Permit Entry) :
We enter the restricted area with our permits and continue our trek along Naar Khola. Trekking through dense forests of juniper and pine, we cross a suspension bridge and reach Dharmasala. We come across a beautiful waterfall on our way to Meta. After trekking for 7 hours, we reach Meta. Overnight at a lodge in Meta.
Day 06: Trek from Meta to Phu 3900m (6/7 hours):
Crossing few suspension bridges over different water streams, we pass small villages of Jhunam, Chyakhu, and Kyang. We trek along Phu Khola on rocky trails till we reach Phu. We may encounter blue sheep grazing in the field. We take a tour of Tashi Lakhang Monastery which is said to be the last monastery made by Karmapa Rinpoche. Overnight at a lodge in Phu.
Day 07: Exploration Day:
Today we will rest at Phu village for exploration. After a long walk, we need to take rest and acclimatize ourselves to the Phu is thinning of the air at this altitude. Phu is a beautiful village inhabited by the mixed ethnic groups like Gurung, Ghale, and Tibetans. We will get a chance to know about their culture, tradition, and lifestyle. We will also visit the monastery called Tashi Lhakhang Monastery, which was the last monastery built by Karmapa Rinpoche. Overnight at lodge in Phu.
Day 08: Trek from Phu to Nar 4100m (6/7 hours):
Trekking across Phu Pass (5050m) and Nar Pass (5400m) and crossing many small streams on suspension bridges, we pass lush Himalayan forests to reach Mahendra Pul. We trek through the gorge of Labse River before descending downhill to Nar. We will pass many Buddhist stupas and monasteries on our way to Nar. Overnight at a lodge.
Day 09: Trek from Nar to Kang-La 5322m to Ngawal 3660m (6/7 hours) (Nar-Phu Valley Restricted Area Permit Exit):
We kick off our day by trekking uphill to Jhombu Kharka aka Kang-La which hosts an outstanding view of Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri range, and the other Himalayas. On our way to Kang-La, we may come across some yak herder’s camps. After relishing the beautiful panorama of the Himalayas, we trek downhill to Ngawal. Overnight at a lodge in Ngawal.
Day 10: Trek from Ngawal to Manang 3540m (3/4 hours):
Trekking downhill, we explore some monasteries on our way to Braga. From Braga, we trek for an hour to enter the valley of Manang. We then hike up to Chhunker’s viewpoint which hosts a spectacular view of Gangapurna Lake (3500m) along with Annapurna range, Tilicho Peak (7134m), Pisang Peak (6091m), Chulu Peak (6429m), and the other Himalayas. Later, we explore the Cave Gompa on our way back to a lodge in Manang where we would be spending our overnight stay. We get to enjoy the typical Thakali food in the small town of Manang.
Day 11: Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka 4018m (4/5 hours):
Climbing several rocky ridges, we head towards Yak Kharka. We will trek through beautiful forests of rhododendron, juniper, and pine, and may encounter yaks grazing in the field. The trail to Yak Kharka features monasteries and Mani walls decorated with colorful prayer flags and with a backdrop of the Himalayas. After 4 hours of trek, we reach Yak Kharka. Overnight at a lodge in Yak Kharka.
Day 12: Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi 4450m (4/5 hours) :
We climb few ridges along the Kali Gandaki River until we reach Ledar. We then cross a wooden bridge over the river and climb steep trails till we reach Thorong Phedi. We spend the rest of the day acclimatizing to high altitude. Overnight at a homestay in Thorong Phedi.
Day 13: Trek from Thorong Phedi to Thorong-La Pass 5416m to Muktinath 3800m (7/8 hours):
Ascending steep trails, we reach Thorong High Camp which is the gateway to the highest mountain pass in Nepal, Thorong-La Pass. We climb steep rocky ridges and reach Thorong-La Pass. We relish the alluring panorama of the Himalayas from the pass and trek downhill till we reach Chabarbu. From Chabarbu, we trek for a couple of hours and reach the holy Muktinath. Overnight at a hotel in Muktinath.
Day 14: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom 2710m (4/5 hours):
We take a short visit to Muktinath Temple which is a sacred destination for Buddhists and Hindus all over the world. We take a shower in 108 spouts which are believed to cleanse our sins. We then trek downhill enjoying the stunning view of Nilgiri Himal (7061m) and the Dhaulagiri range till we reach Jharkot. From Jharkot, we further trek downhill till we reach the windy city of Jomsom. Overnight at a lodge in Jomsom.
Day 15: Fly To Pokhara (25 Minute):
Flights from and to Jomsom are possible only in the morning. So after breakfast, we take an early morning flight through Kali Gandaki Gorge from Jomsom – Pokhara.
Day 16: Drive Back to Kathmandu By Tourist Bus:
After breakfast, drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu which takes around 6 hours. :
One of the representatives from Himalaya Sanctuary Adventure will transfer you to the Tribhuvan International Airport for your final departure
- Airport Transportation
- 3 Star Category hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara including Breakfast.
- Teahouse/Lodge accommodation including Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner during the trek.
- Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing(4 -6hr)
- Himalayan Sanctuary Adventure Duffel Bag
- All the Permit and Company necessary paper works.
- Transportation from Kathmandu to Dharpani by private Car/ Jeep.
- Trekking Guide: An experienced, helpful, friendly and English speaking Trekking guide with their Salary, Food, Drinks, Accommodation, Transportation and Insurance.
- Trekking porter: A porter carries your luggage. ( One porter for every 2 members, the maximum load is 20 Kg)
- Jomsom to Pokhara flight ticket
- Pokhara to Kathmandu Transportation by Tourist Bus
- Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
- All government taxes.
- Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu).
- Travel insurance.
- Entrance Fees and Tour Guide for Sightseeing
- Emergency rescue evacuation.
- Lunch Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
- All the bar bills like coke, beer, a bottle of water,WiFI, hot and cold drinks , hot shower, etc.
- International airfare.
- Tips for the guide and porter.
This list is only a guide. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands, and versions of each piece of equipment. Use your experience and the listed features to find the best gear for you. Some of the below equipment can be easily found in stores in Kathmandu for cheaper prices on hire as well.
- 4-season sleeping bag
- Duffel bag (We will provide one complimentary Himalayan Sanctuary Adventure duffel bag .)
- Down jacket
Upper Body – Head / Ears / Eyes
- Sun hat
- Wool or synthetic hat that cover the ears
- Sunglasses with UV protection
- Neck warmer
- Liner gloves
- Heavier shell gloves
- Lightweight expedition thermal tops
- Fleece jacket or pullover
- Water/windproof shell jacket (Preferably breathable fabric)
- Synthetic sports bras (For women)
Lower Body – Legs
- Lightweight expedition thermal bottoms
- Nylon hiking shorts
- Soft shell and hard shell trekking pants
- Water/windproof trousers
- Casual pants
- Liner socks
- Heavyweight socks
- Waterproof hiking/trekking boots
- Light shoes/sneakers/sandals
- Gaiters (For monsoon and winter)
Medicines and First Aid Kits
- Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches
- Ibuprofen for general aches and pains
- Immodium or Pepto Bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea
- Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness
- Anti-infection ointments
- Lip balm (At least SPF 20)
- Sunscreen (SPF 40)
Miscellaneous, but Important!
- Passport and extra passport photos (3 copies)
- Airline ticket (Please makes a copy and leaves one at our office in Kathmandu just in case if you need to change the date of your flight.)
- Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & passport
- Water bottle/bladder
- Water purification Iodine tablets
- Toiletry kit (Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.)
Will somebody come to pick me up at the airport upon my arrival ?
Yes, our airport representative will be there to greet you at the airport.They will be displaying your name outside the airport terminal then you will be transferred to your hotel by our tourist vehicle.
Can I obtain the visa for Nepal upon on arrival at the airport ?
Yes, you can obtain the visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying USD 30 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days can be obtained by paying USD 50 and 125 respectively. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos.)
Do I need any extra documents ?
Please bring a copy of your travel insurance, a copy of your passport and 3 photos (passport size) with you for your trip to Nepal. You would need photos for permits.
What sort of accommodation can I expect in Kathmandu, Pokhara and in trekking ?
We use double or twin accommodations at two star category hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast included.Along the trekking routes, teahouses/lodges generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. We can also offer you Ace the Himalaya sleeping bags if needed (to be returned after the trip) but it is a good idea to always have your own sleeping equipment. The lodges in trekking routes usually provides basic single and double rooms, or occasionally a dormitory. At Nar and Phu valleys, the lodge provides accommodation in dormitory styled rooms and can be very basic.
What are the Toilet facilities in the tea house/guesthouse?
Most of the tea houses in lower altitudes do have western style flushing toilet however in higher elevation you could find the squat toilets made of either a ceramic basin on the ground or few planks precariously positioned over a hole in the ground which is always outside of the room.
Where do we go to toilet along the trail?
At most cases, you can use the toilet provided by the tea houses/lodges on the trail but normally in case of emergency, you just do toilet along the trail wherever you find privacy.
Do I need to bring toilet paper for the trek?
The guest houses at lower elevations sell the toilet paper so you can buy it there itself but in the restricted area, the toilet papers may not be found thus we recommend carrying one from the lower elevation. You must bring a hand sanitizer and a towel on your own.
Is there a possibility of getting separate rooms for the trip? If so how much extra will this cost ?
Normally the lodges have twin sharing and dormitory styled room instead of a single room. In Kathmandu and Pokhara USD 45 Per Room per Night would be added as a single supplement fee. The single supplements are always guaranteed in Kathmandu and Pokhara but not in the trekking routes especially during the peak time
What sort of food can I expect in trekking ?
There are whole lots of good restaurants in Kathmandu and Pokhara where you can find any delight of your choice. During your stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara, please note that this package doesn’t include any meals except for breakfast.
The guesthouses at the lower elevations may cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian fare. Pasta, noodles, potatoes, eggs, daal bhat (rice and lentils), bread, soup, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season) are available. Whereas, at the restricted areas of Nar-Phu valleys, there aren’t the facility of varied food items but serve only dal (lentils) – bhat (rice) along with vegetable curries. You will find a lot of garlic on the menu because it assists with acclimatization – eat some every day.
Each day dinner and breakfast will be at a lodge you’ll stay at while for the lunch you would be stopping by on the way where you can order your meals as per your choice. Guide will help you to stop by at best possible places to eat.
I am a Vegetarian; is that a Problem ?
Mostly, the lodges serve the vegetarian meals. We always recommend our clients to eat vegetarian meals to avoid food poisoning. Eating heavy meals and non- vegetarian meals at the high altitude is not really safe for the stomach.
What is the drinking water facility in the mountain?
Bottled water is easily available at the lodges and teahouses, which you can buy at the cost of USD 1 at lower elevations to USD 6 to higher elevation per liter.
If you are planning to drink normal water all the way during trek, purifying water with any sort of purification tablets or drop is must. You can bring your own purifier or can purchase it in Kathmandu.
What opportunities will I have for shower along the trek ?
At higher elevation warm water in the bucket will be provided for shower on extra cost.it would cost you extra about USD 3 -4 per shower. The higher you go the hot shower would be expensive.
How much additional money do I need per day ?
It depends on your spending habits. Generally, in Kathmandu and Pokhara, you can allocate USD 10 to USD 15 for a lunch and dinner. USD 10 to USD 15 per person a day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, pay for the hot shower and a few drinks during the trekking.
Can I use credit cards in the places I visit in trekking ?
In Kathmandu and Pokhara yes – to some extent. Once you are out of the cities, all you need is cash. Please change the currency in local Nepali Rupees before you go for the trek.
What mode of transportation do you use?
Himalayann Sanctuary Adventure is all about providing you with local insights, lifestyle as well as adventure. We provide you only those options which enhance your local experience while allowing you to travel comfortably and efficiently. We use private tourist vehicles for sightseeing, city tours and pickups.
We provide a jeep for the drive to Jagat from Kathmandu and a tourist bus transfer service from Pokhara to Kathmandu. We book the flight through Tara, Summit and Sita Air for the flight from Jomsom – Pokhara.
Is it possible to reserve a trip now and pay deposit later or do I Have to pay deposit at booking/reservation ?
The trip will be confirmed only when we receive the completed final booking form and 30% deposit payment. You can pay the rest of the balance when you arrive in Kathmandu by USD Cash, Credit cards (Master, Visa and American Express). Any card payment requires 4% bank fee while doing the transaction, which is taken by bank itself. (Ace doesn’t own any of those 4% amount)
What is the best season for this trekking ?
Our trekking season extends from mid- September to May. From early September the monsoonal rains decrease. By end of September to December, the weather is usually stable with mild to warm days, cold nights. February, March, April, May, October, November are the best time to do this trek.
What is the weather & temperature like in trekking ?
One of the most unpredictable elements of the mountain is the weather. If you’re not properly prepared for the twists, turns and volatility of the conditions that can occur in this breathtaking region, you might find yourself in an uncomfortable and unpleasant situation. Here are some weather basics to help ensure that you come to the Himalayas as well equipped and prepared to face anything.
Generally speaking, the nights are much cooler than the daytime hours in this region. Many first-time trekkers are surprised to learn about the incredible range that may occur in a given day. During the day, the thermometer could reach temps as high as 25 degrees C (77 Degrees F), only to dip down as low as -5 degrees C (23 Degrees F) in less than 24 hours. While there’s no way to know exactly what each day in the mountains will bring, the weather and temperature ranges tend to be somewhat predictable based on the month and season.
Spring – March / April / May / June
Spring happens to be one of the best times of the year to visit the region, although because of this, it can become somewhat crowded. The beautiful clear blue sky can be seen and the many different species of flower are visible in the lower altitude.
During springtime, the average temperature is 20 degrees C (68 Degrees F), with a maximum of 25 degrees C (77 Degrees F), during sunny days and a minimum of 0 degrees C (32 Degrees F), in the morning and at night for areas above 2500 meters.
July / August through Mid-September is Monsoon Season
This season is not really recommended to travel as it rains in the lower altitudes. There are positive sides of trekking during the monsoon months as the excess rainfall can provide ample chance to see spectacular views of the waterfall and it’s also the best season to avoid the crowds.
During this time, the average temperature is 25degrees C (77 Degrees F), with a maximum of 30 degrees C (86 Degrees F), during sunny days and a minimum of 5 degrees C (41 Degrees F), in the morning and at night for areas above 2500 meters.
Autumn – End of September / October / November
Similar to springtime, autumn in this region is also a crowded season, but it’s one of the best times to trek. While it lacks the beauty of flowers, the clear blue sky can be seen, affording incredible views from just about every angle.
The average temperature during the fall is 20 degrees C (68 Degrees F), with a maximum temp of 25 degrees C (77 Degrees F), during sunny days and a minimum of -5 degrees C (23 Degrees F), in the morning and at night, for areas above 2500 meters altitude.
Winter- December/ January/ February
Winter start from mid-December till mid-February in this region. People still like to trek in this month due to fewer crowds.
The average temperature during the winter is 10 degrees C (50 Degrees F), with a maximum temp of 17 degrees C (62.6 Degrees F), during sunny days and a minimum of -10 degrees C (14 Degrees F), in the morning and at night, for areas above 2500 meters altitude.
The above temperature is based on outside of the guesthouse temperature. No need worry about the cold temperature as we provide the sleeping bag plus the extra blanket to make sure our clients are warm enough during the time of need.
Can I charge my digital camera or other equipment on my trip ?
These facilities will be available only in lower altitude. As the altitude increases, facility of charging digital cameras or any other equipment’s is not possible. While charging your equipment’s in lower altitude you will have to pay some service charges. Remember to bring TWO and THREE pin travel adapters! Please bring the spare batteries
Is there any communication while we are on trekking ?
There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. All our guides are equipped with the local mobile phones. You may wish to pass the number of our guide to your family for the call-back or you can make a call from the guide’s mobile and pay him directly for the international call too.
Do I need to tip my guide and porters? How much would that be ?
This is a difficult thing to gauge. We have seen everything from USD 50 to USD 500 per person for guides and porters. Tipping is not required, but a small gesture of thanks to your guides and local porters is appreciable. The level of the tip should reflect the level of satisfaction from and personal involvement with your guide. However, we recommend you to spend minimum 10% of your total trip cost for tipping entire local staffs. The ratio of tipping guide and porter will be given to you at the pre – trip meeting in Kathmandu before starting the trek.
What immunizations will I need ?
No vaccinations are compulsory for travelling in Nepal but we do recommend you are covered for diphtheria, TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus.
We also recommend:
A dental check-up prior to travelling.
That you know your blood group in case of emergency.
If I am sick can I continue the trek next day after a day rest ?
It totally depends on the level of your sickness. Once you are sick in higher altitude you need to rest at lower altitude and at least 3 days to a week is needed for the complete recovery.
If you are in a private or solo trip you can discuss and decide with guide depending on your health status.
Will there be a place to store items/clothing not required for the trek ?
The hotel in Kathmandu provides the free storage services. So you can leave all your items that are not required for the trekking at your hotel.
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