‘journey into hidden areas of high and beyond scenic Manang Valley to Nar-Phu’
“Walk into far and remote areas of Annapurna within high scenic Manang Valley, Exceptional views of unique and dramatic landscapes around Nar and Phu country, Enjoy tranquil walks on and off the beaten trails away from main flow of trekkers, Adventure into hidden areas of high Annapurna and Manang to remote Nar-Phu Land of elusive Snow-Leopard and Blue sheep dwells in its natural surrounding, Crossing high and scenic Kang-la and Thorang-la pass to Mustang and at Jomsom”
Brief Trip Profile
Mode of Accommodation: Hotels in Kathmandu / Pokhara with local lodge on trekking.
Trekking Grade: Moderate and Adventurous walks.
Highest Spot: Kang-La 5,322 m and Thorang-La Pass 5,416 m.
Walking Hours: Minimum 4 hrs with Maximum of 8 hrs sometimes
Activities: Guided tour, overland journey and scenic trekking.
Trekking duration: 16 Nights and 17 Days (with drive and flights)
Total Trip: 20 Nights and 21 Days (Kathmandu to Kathmandu)
Best Seasons for Nar-Phu and Kang-La Pass Trekking
April to May and September to October months of the year, where April to May most of the days are clear for views with pleasant walks in the shade of mild warm temperature, with much longer sunlight hour the season for wild flowers in full bloom times, especially rhododendron of various species from trees to bush of different colored flowers (national flower of Nepal the rhododendron).
April to May in late afternoon can get cloudy with chances of rain and snow in higher altitude sometimes.
Another best time for trek from September and October months around autumn /fall where most days are clear with blue sky and sunny days (for short while from morning till mid day) but much cold and freezing temperatures during morning and night times can expect snow sometimes during the walk on higher areas.
During autumn season sunlight hours are short, where most morning till late afternoon are clear for views and pleasant walks.
People and Culture
Low warm farm areas of Nepal Mid West are of mixed ethnic tribes of people with mostly Gurung, Magar with some Tamang including Hindu Brahmin, Chettries and Dalits with various cultures and custom with same farm traditional life of both Hindu and Buddhism religion.
Higher Manang Valley and Nar-Phu populated by Manang ethnic tribes of Northern Annapurna follows Buddhism religion similar culture to Tibetans with colorful impressive custom and traditions, beyond Manang around Kaligandaki within Mustang area inhabited by Thakali.
A tribe of Lower Mustang and of Kaligandaki River Valley of Buddhism religions and cultures, mid hills inhabited by Magar and Gurung people of both Hindu and Buddhism religions.
Nar-Phu and Kang-la Pass trekking an adventure of unforgettable experience that leads you around remote and isolated country beyond Annapurna Himalaya and Manang Valley into wildest country of Nepal Far North Mid-West.
Nar-Phu and Kang-la Pass trekking certainly excites trekkers from the start to an end of the adventure walking along with fabulous views of high giant mountains facing Annapurna, Chulus with Manaslu range includes Damodar Himal and Himlung peak.
Starting with interesting overland journey to reach low-warm areas of Lamjung district around Mid-West area of the country within heavy farm lands and villages as walk leads to higher cooler green hills in the shade of snow capped peaks.
Walk continues heading through nice lovely villages of Jagat, Tal and Dharapani to reach at Koddo where our route diverts from main trail of Annapurna circuit for a week to reach the hidden areas of Nar and Phu villages.
Adventure first leads into narrow gorge filled with lovely alpine trees then slowly our route takes you into a wide open valley to reach first at Phu a weather beaten and time forgotten village enclosed within arid and barren environment which makes an eye catching pictures of surrounding landscapes and high snow peaks.
Enjoying time at Phu visiting its antique villages adorned with Buddhism religion of strong Tibetan influence of culture and custom where visit leads to its interesting old monasteries.
From Phu our next highlight takes you at Nar on route high Kang-la pass that separates Nar-Phu with main Manang area and Annapurna circuit trail, Nar which is almost same as Phu but smaller size village with interesting local community of traditional farm life herding Yaks and other cattle.
After Nar where adventure leads over high and scenic Kang-la pass with exceptional panorama of high mountain range to reach at Manang valley and back on main trail of Annapurna Circuit.
Walk leads on the major path with interesting time visiting old and nice Braga monastery and exploring local impressive culture and custom around Manang village and then heading towards the end of Manang valley at the base of Thorang-la pass.
Early morning heading for last climb of the adventure to reach the highest spot of the journey on top Thorang-la at 5,416 m festooned with thousands of colorful Buddhist prayer flags with overloaded panorama of mountains that surrounds this high scenic hill top.
Slowly walk comes to near complete with long descend to Muktinath within Mustang district, Muktinath a holy spot where large number of Hindu devotees visits for worship Lord Vishnu with various manifestations as Muktinath a god of Liberty.
From Muktinath walk leads to big drop into a valley of Kaligandaki River to reach our destination at Jomsom where our adventurous walks ends here within large town and headquarters of Mustang area also the home to Thakali people the tribe of Kaligandaki Valley.
At Jomsom enjoy your last final overnight on high areas of Far North West Himalaya where next early morning a swift short and scenic flight brings you at famous and renowned city in Pokhara to complete our overwhelming adventure and experience on Nar-Phu and Kang-la Pass Trekking.
Short Guide Line Itinerary
Day 01: Reach Kathmandu via various countries and airlines.
Day 02: A day in Kathmandu preparation for trek with options for tour.
Day 03: Drive to Besisar 840 m and at Syange village 1,340 m - 07 hrs.
Day 04: Trek to Dharapani 1,920 m via Jagat - 06 hrs.
Day 05: Trek to Kodo 2,680 m near Chame 2,670 m - 05 hrs.
Day 06: Trek to Meta (Methang) 3,560 m via Dharmashala -06 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Kyang 3, 020 m - 05 hrs.
Day 08: Trek to Phu village 4,080 m - 06 hrs.
Day 09: At Phu village rest day for acclimatization and local walks.
Day 10: Trek to Nar Phedi 3, 545 m - 06 hrs.
Day 11: Trek to Nar village 4, 206 m - 05 hrs.
Day 12: Drive or fly to Kathmandu -06 hrs ride or 30 mins by air.
Day 13: Cross Kang-la pass 5,322m and 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 4,100 m- 06 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: Trek to Jomsom 2, 715 m -04 hrs.
Day 19: From Jomsom fly to Pokhara 860 m (22 mins flight) transfer to hotel
Day 20: Drive or fly to Kathmandu -06 hrs ride or 30 mins by flights.
Day 21: International Departure to respective country.