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Nar-Phu Semi Annapurna Circuit Trek

Trip Duration: 22 Days

Highlights of Nar-Phu Semi Annapurna Circuit Trek

  • Adventure in remote corners of Chulus range and beyond Annapurna Himalaya
  • Exciting walks in far flung pockets of high Manang valley close to Damodar Himal
  • Explore time less Nar-Phu villages interwoven with Buddhism religion and culture
  • On least ventured areas by trekkers within pure wilderness of serene surrounding
  • Crossing high Kang-la and towards highest pass over Thorang-la to Mustang area
Trip Profile:
  • Trip Mode: Hotel while in cities with local Lodge on treks
  • Trek Grade: Moderate to Adventurous walks.
  • Highest Elevation Gain: Over Kang-la 5,323 m and Thorang-La pass 5,416 m
  • Daily Walks: Minimum of 4 hrs to maximum 6-7 hrs.
  • Trek Duration: 16 Nights and 17 Days (with drive and flight to Pokhara)
  • Total Trip: 21 Nights and 22 Days (Kathmandu-Kathmandu).

Nar-Phu Semi Annapurna Circuit Trek Overview

Nar-Phu Semi Annapurna Circuit Trek one of the least explored region of high remote corners of Nepal Mid-West Himalaya, an exclusive Himalayan journey with Alpine Gorkha Treks. Nar-Phu a Semi Annapurna Circuit Trekking, on this adventure for some days walking on main popular trail of Annapurna within Lamjung and Manang districts and then diverting our routes towards far end of Annapurna and Chulus range of mountains to reach at ancient villages of Nar and Phu.

A fascinating area to explore around Phu and Nar villages which takes you back to medvial time era, amazing to witness its ancient traditional life as it was for past hundreds of centuries interwoven with Buddhism religion similar to Tibetan custom.  Nar-Phu and Semi Annapurna Circuit Trekking begins after an interesting overland journey to reach at Besisar within Lamjung district and then following raging Marysangdi River to reach high green hills covered with serene alpine woodland.

Along the walks enjoy grand scenery of Manaslu-Lamjung and Annapurna peaks and visiting nice hill villages of Jagat-Tal and Dharapani and then our route leaves from main Annapurna circuit trail for some days heading towards a hidden Shangrila around Nar-Phu country. At Nar-Phu where green trees drops for sheer barren landscapes within high mountains of Damodar Himal –Himlung peaks with Chulus where route leads beyond Annapurna and high above Manang valley.

Enjoying impressive moments at Phu and Nar villages and visiting its old monasteries of great interest and then crossing high Kang-la pass to reach at Manang main village on Annapurna Circuit trail. From Manang village adventure continues to cross the highest pass of the trip over Thorang-la at above 5,416 m high facing spectacular views of mountains and dramatic landscapes views and then reaching at Muktinath within Mustang area.

Muktinath regarded one of the holiest of all holy spots for Hindu and Buddhism religions, visits its interesting temple and monastery then down at Kaligandaki River valley to reach at Jomsom, headquarter town of Mustang district and hub of Thakali people.

With last night in Jomsom around high areas of Nepal Mid and Far West Himalaya where short scenic flight brings you at beautiful Pokhara by its calm Phewa Lake to complete our overwhelming adventure and great experience on Nar-Phu with Semi – Annapurna Circuit Trekking.

Best Seasons for Nar-Phu Semi Annapurna Circuit Trek

March to May and September to November months, March to May a spring time and the best time with wild-flowers in full bloom, especially the rhododendron (Nepal national flower).

Walk will be more interesting with fine and clear morning till afternoon, as well chances of rains sometimes. October to November another best months around Autumn/Fall, when most of the days are clear for views and walks but can be much colder and freezing as altitude gains with chances of snow sometimes.

Nar-Phu Semi Annapurna Circuit Trek Short Outline Itinerary
  • Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu via various airlines and transfer to hotel.
  • Day 02: In Kathmandu options for sightseeing tour and trek preparation.
  • Day 03: Drive to Jagat 1,290 m via Besisar 800 m – 06 hrs.
  • Day 04: Trek to Dharapani 1,920 m – 05 hrs.
  • Day 05: rek to Kotto village 2,610 m near Chame town 2,670 m – 05 hrs.
  • Day 06: Trek to Dharma-Sala 3,230 m – 05 hrs.
  • Day 07: Trek to Kyang 3, 020 m – 05 hrs.
  • Day 08: Trek to Phu village 4,080 m – 06 hrs.
  • Day 09: Rest day in Phu village for acclimatization and side walk.
  • Day 10: Trek to Nar Phedi 3, 545 m – 06 hrs.
  • Day 11: Trek to Nar-Gaon 4,206 m – 06 hrs.
  • Day 12: Trek to Kang La Base Camp 4,530 m – 05 hrs.
  • Day 13: Cross Kangla Pass 5, 323 m trek to Ngawal 3,650 m – 07 hrs.
  • Day 14: Trek to Manang Village 3,450 m – 05 hrs.
  • Day 15: Trek to Yak Kharka 4,110 m – 04 hrs.
  • Day 16: Trek to Thorang High Camp 4,600 m – 04 hrs.
  • Day 17: Cross Thorang-La 5,416 m and to Muktinath 3,800 m – 06 hrs.
  • Day 18: Drive to Jomsom 2,715 m- 02 hrs.
  • Day 19: From Jomsom Fly to Pokhara and transfer to hotel by the lake.
  • Day 20: Drive / Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
  • Day 21:  In Kathmandu for individual activities or short sightseeing tour.
  • Day 22: International Departure homeward bound or respective countries.

Nar-Phu Semi Annapurna Circuit Trek Detailed Itinerary


01
Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu via various airlines and transfer to hotel.
  • Reaching Kathmandu received by our staff and guide
  • Adventure Alpine Gorkha Treks transfer to your respective hotel
  • Explore around the streets of Kathmandu and Thamel area.
  • Trek briefing includes welcome dinner in authentic Nepalese restaurants with culture programs of the country.
02
Day 02: In Kathmandu options for sightseeing tour and trek preparation.
  • Time in Kathmandu preparation for Nar-Phu and Semi Annapurna Circuit trekking
  • Options for sightseeing tour around Kathmandu at places of interest.
03
Day 03: Drive to Jagat 1,290 m via Besisar 800 m - 06 hrs.
  • Morning long drive early 7 a.m to reach Nepal Mid-West at Lamjung district
  • Driving on main highway to reach low warm at Besisar, headquarter town of the area Lamjung.
  • Transfer to another vehicle for drive to high hill at Jagat village for overnight stop after 6-7 hrs of interesting overland journey.
  • Jagat a nice hill village active with farm life and views of cascading waterfalls
04
Day 04: Trek to Dharapani 1,920 m - 05 hrs.
  • Walk starts after breakfast in local lodge at Jagat to reach at Dharapani village
  • Route leads through nice cool forest to reach Chamje and Tal-Besi within Manang district, possible lunch at Tal.
  • After refreshing stop at Tal continue walk to reach much cooler areas at Dharapani for overnight halt.
  • Dharapani a nice large village on the junction of Annapurna and Manaslu route
05
Day 05: Trek to Kotto village 2,610 m near Chame town 2,670 m - 05 hrs.
  • After breakfast walk to Timang village past Bagarchap and Dhanaque villages
  • Walk of 3-4 hrs to lunch at Timang village with grand views of Manaslu-Lamjung and Annapurna peak.
  • From Timang 2-3 hrs walk to reach at Kotto near Chame town, headquarter town of Manang district.
06
Day 06: Trek to Dharma-Sala 3,230 m - 05 hours.
  • Moring leaving main Annapurna Circuit trail leads to narrow valley with pines and rhododendron forest
  • Reach a summer pasture fields with huts and sheds of Yak herders and in enter a the gorge.
  • Walk between Pisang Peak and Kang-guru Himal lower basin, following Nar-Phu River upstream to reach at Dharmashala for overnight stop taking 4-5 hours.
07
Day 07: Trek to Kyang 3, 020 m - 05 hours.
  • Morning leads north towards Phu village of dry and arid landscapes,
  • Continue walk to Kyang for overnight stop after an interesting day, Kyang with dozen houses of Tibetan culture.
08
Day 08: Trek to Phu village 4,080 m – 06 hours.
  • Today walk leads at Phu village following Phu River
  • Climb to a gorge for few hours and then at wide glacial valley with pasture lands at Phu village
  • Reach at Phu village and transfer to local lodge people of strong Tibetan influence culture, traditions and religion.
09
Day 09: Rest day in Phu village for acclimatization and side walk.
  • Rest day for acclimatization, explore impressive village and Tashilkhang with Samdu Choling
  • Monasteries and Kyauchyu waterfalls near Phu Village
10
Day 10: Trek to Nar Phedi 3, 545 m - 06 hrs.
  • From Phu village walk back on same trail for few hours
  • Descend to a narrow gorge at Phu khola, slow climb to reach at Yughat small village with chhorten a Buddhist shrines
  • Reach at flat field to enter Nar Phedi for overnight stop.
11
Day 11: Trek to Nar-Gaon 4,206 m - 06 hrs.
  • Morning walk to Phu Khola of few hours
  • Cross a bridge over Phu Khola, steep climb for few hours to reach a flat area then walk to Nar village for overnight in local simple lodge.
12
Day 12: Trek to Kang La Base Camp 4,530 m - 05 hrs.
  • From Nar-Gaon walk for few hours with ups and downs
  • Follow Temdenzon khola with views of peaks then reach at Kang la pass base for overnight camp at 4,530 meters altitude.
13
Day 13: Cross Kang-la Pass 5, 323 m trek to Ngawal 3,650 m - 07 hrs.
  • Early morning start climb on steep slope for few hours views of Pisang Peak with Chulu Far East Peak
  • Reach at the top of Kang-la views of Annapurna mountain range, Chulu Peaks, Lamjung Himal and adjoining peaks.
  • Downhill walk to Ngawal via Julu village on route Manang village and back at main route of Annapurna circuit trail.
14
Day 14: Trek to Manang Village 3,450 m - 05 hrs.
  • Morning downhill walk close to Humde village, continue to Braga village visit old monastery with panorama of snow capped mountains.
  • After monastery tour an hour walk to main Manang village for overnight.
15
Day 15: Trek to Yak Kharka 4,110 m - 05 hrs.
  • Walk back on main Annapurna Circuit trail to reach at Yak Kharka.
  • A great walk of 5 hours with grand views of Chulu West and Gangapurna peaks
  • Reach at Yak-Kharka around yak grazing field with nice lodge to stay facing wonderful mountain scenery.
  • Overnight at Yak Kharka with short walks around for acclimatization
16
Day 16: Trek to Thorang High Camp 4,600 m - 04 hrs.
  • A short day but walking on higher altitude to Thorang High Camp of few hours
  • Start walk after nice breakfast cross a stream short climb to reach Thorang Phedi
  • From Thorang Phedi another strenuous climb up to Thorang High Camp for lunch and overnight stop in a cozy lodge
  • Afternoon relax preparation for next day long walk to Muktinath via Thorang-la pass
17
Day 17: Cross Thorang-La 5,416 m and to Muktinath 3,800 m - 06 hrs.
  • Walk start early morning after breakfast with winding up to top of Thorang-la pass
  • Reach the highest spot of the adventure with fabulous panorama of mountains From Thorang-la downhill to holy Muktinath after 5-6 hrs long day walks
  • Arrive at holy spot of Muktinath and transfer into a nice lodge
  • Afternoon visit Muktinath temple of great importance to Hindu and for Buddhist  followers
18
Day 18: Drive to Jomsom 2,715 m - 02 hrs.
  • From Muktinath due to motorable road, morning board in a jeep for short drive to Jomsom.
  • At Jomsom headquarter town of Mustang district transfer into a nice lodge for overnight stop.
  • After lunch time for walk around Jomsom market home of Thakali people located at aligandaki River valley with an airport.
19
Day 19: From Jomsom Fly to Pokhara and transfer to hotel by the lake.
  • Morning by 7 a.m. transfer to Jomsom airport a short walk from the lodge
  • As time for flight board in a small aircraft (Dornier or Twin Otter plane) a flight of less than half hour.
  • Enjoy wonderful views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna during short flight
  • Land at Pokhara airport and transfer to respective hotels by the Phewa Lake
  • Enough time to enjoy walk around shops and streets by the lake
  • (Options for drive back to Pokhara taking 5-6 hours journey past Tatopani and Beni town)
20
Day 20: Drive / Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
  • Morning drive on busy interesting highway to Kathmandu
  • On route lunch after 2-3 hrs journey then reach back at Kathmandu.
  • Time for leisure activities and shopping around Kathmandu
    (Flight options 30 minutes to reach Kathmandu from Pokhara by air)
21
Day 21: In Kathmandu for individual activities or short sightseeing tour.
  • In Kathmandu free day one can join for optional tour
  • Enjoy relaxing with grand memories and experience on Tilicho Lake and Semi Annapurna Circuit Trekking.
22
Day 22: International Departure homeward bound or respective countries.
  • Last day in Nepal depart hotel as per your international flight time
  • Adventure Alpine Gorkha Treks staff-guide transfer you for International departure homeward bound or to respective countries.

Frequently Asked Questions


When do I book for Nar-Phu Annapurna Trekking?

Depending upon your time and duration for the trek you can book this trip at least 2-3 weeks ahead from our departure dates for the trek, with advance payment as per the norms and rules of the company.

Make sure that you have checked your medical and physical fitness before signing the trip and as well purchasing medical and travel insurance which is very important for this kind of adventurous treks in Nepal Himalaya.

How many people will be in the group?

From minimum 3-4 person in the group with maximum of 10-15 persons in the group, in some cases we do allow booking for single person as well, running independent at extra cost than in groups.

What will be weather like on the trek?

As per the season wise, where best time is from April to May, when most of the day is clear with minimum temperatures of 0° to 20° Celsius depending upon the altitude and areas.

Where most of the morning till mid days clears for views and walks, sometimes afternoon can get overcast with chances of light rains and snow. April to May will be lively with wild-flowers in full bloom especially various species of rhododendron (national flower of Nepal) from trees to short bushes.

How are the lodge and Tea-House on Treks?

Tea-House the word used in early days when there was smaller numbers of lodges on route trekking, at present each villages has more than 10 to 20 good lodges with pleasant rooms accommodations, serving excellent food menus as per the season wise.

Nar-Phu being a new area for trekking, where lodge are simple with basic facilities as well with the nature and background of this rough and barren country, where people have to adjust in whatever the facilities provided.

Some village above 2,500 m and 3,000 m do have nice lodge, but due to freezing cold temperatures in night and morning time where they have toilets on the outside, with some inside as common bath rooms and rest rooms.

All rooms and dining with warm heating and cozy facilities to make your stay much pleasant and enjoyable.

What to expect on this journey?

Scenic views of world’s highest mountains with Dhaulagiri-Annapurna and Manaslu range include magnificent Machhapuchare Himal ‘Fish Tail’ peaks, where walk leads you around Buddhist country interwoven with old traditional life and custom similar to Tibetans.

Walk leads to visit Manang-Thakali-Magar and Gurung villages encountering many farm fields and terraces of interesting traditional life of the local villagers.

Who are Manang, Thakali, Magar and Gurung people?

The above group of tribes are high hills people of Nepal Far Mid-West Himalaya spread out throughout Nepal, where most concentrated within Annapurna and Dhaulagiri area of both Hindu and Buddhist religion and origin, these hill tribes are famous as legendry Gorkha soldiers in foreign legion and army like British, India as well some as police force in Singapore and security guards in many parts of the world overseas.

Besides men-folk as famous Gorkha soldiers the hill people are mostly farmers and cattle herders as traditional profession.

Cost Includes
  • Airport / Hotel / Airport transfers by private vehicle.
  • Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu on a twin sharing basis including breakfast.
  • Guided Tour of Kathmandu City with an expert tour guide and private vehicle
  • Hotel Accommodation in Pokhara on a twin sharing basis including breakfast.
  • Government license holder experienced, trekking guide (trained in Wilderness First Aid& altitude sickness) and porters (1 porter for between 2 trekkers basis) with their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance, clothing, and medicine.
  • Twin sharing Tea house/Lodges Accommodation during the trekking
  • Daily Meals are chosen from the Menu (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Trekking Permit.
  • TIMS Trekking Permit (Trekking Information Management System) Card for the Annapurna Trek
  • Special permit for Narphu Valley trekking
  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Adventure Alpine Gorkha Treks duffel bag. (If you need, please let us know before you book the trip and remind us in our pre-meeting at our office)
  • Kathmandu to Besisahar transport by local bus, Besisahar to Jagat transport by local sharing jeep.
  • Pokhara to Kathmandu transport by tourist bus. If you want to take a flight or want to travel by private vehicle is available, by adding extra cost)
  • Jomsom to Pokhara flight ticket.
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information and trip dossiers
  • Adventure Alpine Gorkha Treks Gifts (T-shirt, Trekking certificates)
  • Fare well Nepali Dinner in Kathmandu
  • All necessary paper works, office Service charge and all Government Taxes
Cost Excludes
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu & Pokhara.
  • Nepal entry visa fee, you can get Nepal visa upon arrival in the Airport.
  • International Airfare/Airport tax
  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, hot water, hot and cold showers.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks, beverages and bar bills, camera battery charging.
  • Travel Insurance (Essential – Should include emergency evacuation coverage while trekking).
  • Personal trekking gears
  • Tips for tour/ trekking staffs and driver
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.

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Trip Facts
  • Trip Duration: 22 Days

  • Destination: Nepal

  • Group Size: 2-12 People

  • Difficulty: Moderate to Adventurous

  • Altitude: Thorang-La pass 5,416 m

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