Phu and Nar Valley 17 Days (with possible extension to Tilicho Lake)
Duration: 17 days
Trip level: strenuous (info?)
Maximum altitude: 5400 m
Season: March, April, May, September, October, November
The Phu and Nar valley is located east of Upper Mustang, close to the Tibetan border. Until recently, the area was closed to foreign travelers. The region is a preserved region where you will discover the Tibetan culture. During this adventurous trek you will cross over several high passes of 5000+m in a desert like landscape. But it starts in a subtropical landscape with terraced fields and banana trees.
From Kathmandu it is a long drive to the start of the trek. The first few days you will be following the trail of the Annapurna Circuit along the Marsyangdi river. After Koto you will leave the Circuit trail and enter the restricted area of Phu and Nar. In a few days you will reach Phu. The village is set on a hill and is itself dominated by the monastery, set high above and behind the fort. The village is built like a vertical jigsaw puzzle, all built in typical Tibetan style. In Phu you will have a resting day which will give you time to visit the Tashi Chöling Gompa, one of the oldest and most original monasteries in Nepal. You will make an excursion day to the Himlung Base Camp. Besides a beautiful day hike, this will give your body a chance to adjust to the high altitude for the coming days. After Phu you will have a few tough days because you will cross over two 5000+ passes. The views from the passes are stunning. You can see the entire Annapurna massif, Dhaulagiri and Lamjung Himal. To reach the hidden valley of Nar you will have to hike through an impressive gorge of the Nar Khola river. After crossing a bridge you will climb up to 4110m to Nar. In Nar a well deserved resting day. It is nice to visit the local village. After Nar you will cross the Kanga La pass to Ngawal. Compared to the isolated valleys of Phu and Nar, Ngawal more inhabited and modern. Again you are on the Annapurna trail. Enjoy the last days of comfort trekking before you drive back to Kathmandu.
It is possible to extend this trek to the high Tilicho Lake (4920m). Waking up in your tent with a view of this lake is an experience you will long remember. From Tilicho you will hike to Jomsom where you have a flight to Pokhara.
Day 01 Drive Kathmandu to Ngadi (1000m – 8 hs.)
Day 02 Trek to Jagat (1860m – 6 hrs.)
Day 03 Trek to Dharapani (2600m – 6 hrs.)
Day 04 Trek to Koto (3230m – 7 hrs.)
Day 05 Trek to Singenge Dharmasala (3300 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 06 Trek to Metha (3560 m – 4 hrs.)
Day 07 Trek to Kyang (3820 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 08 Trek to Phu (4080m – 4 hrs.)
Day 09 Rest day at Phu
Day 10 Acclimatization and excursion day to Himlung Base Camp (4920m – 8 hrs.)
Day 11 Cross over Pangi pass (5110m) to Yak Kharka (4700m – 7 hrs.)
Day 12 Cross ove Lwang pass (5400m) to Chhubuche Kharka (4600 m – 7 hrs.)
Day 13 Trek to Nar (4110m – 4 hrs.)
Day 14 Rest day
Day 15 Cross over Kangla pass (5300m) to Ngawal (3660m – 9 hrs.)
Day 16 Trek to Chame (2670m – 7 hrs.)
Day 17 Drive Chame to Kathmandu (8 hrs.)
Extension to Tilicho Lake:
Day 16 Trek to Manang (3540m – 4 hrs.)
Day 17 Trek to Tilicho Base Camp (3734m – 7 hrs.)
Day 18 Trek to Tilicho Lake (4949m – 5 hrs.)
Day 19 Cross over Tilicho pass (5340m) and trek to Yak Kharka (4018m – 8 hrs.)
Day 20 Trek to Jomsom (2720m – 5 hrs.)
Day 21 Flight Jomsom to Pokhara (30 min.)
Day 22 Drive Pokhara to Kathmandu (6hrs.); flight is optional
Sherpa Heritage Trails shows you a starting price. During the trekking season prices may rise. The final price depends on the trekking season, group size and, if applicable, cost of local flight.
Please inquire for price.
We have noticed the ways of traveling and booking are changing rapidly. Many customers book a hotel or a guesthouse themselves prior to their journey. However, we would happily like to arrange accommodation for you. We have excellent contacts with various hotels and guesthouses and will be able to offer a good price rate for any budget.
When you arrive at the International Airport we will pick you up and bring you to your accommodation. Here we will give you a short briefing about the trek. In addition we will give you advice about hygienic food, customs, and sightseeing in Kathmandu.
-Pick up and drop off from Kathmandu International Airport to hotel
-Return drive Kathmandu to start and end from trek
-Certificate of CO2- emission free return drive
-Licensed and certified mountain guide. Well experienced and English speaking
-Porter service for carrying luggage, tent equipment and cooking equipment. One porter for two persons, max. luggage 12 kg. per person
-Cooking staff service
-Free use of waterproof bag for your luggage
-Free use of tent equipment; including one tent for two persons and a light sleeping mattress
-Three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. Tea and coffee.
-Salary, food, accommodation and insurance for the mountain guide, porters and cooking staff
-ACAP fee, Nar& Phu restricted area permit ($90,00 per week), TIMS card and local taxes
-Support of the Sherpa Heritage Trails head office in Kathmandu
-International flight to Kathmandu
-Nepal entrance visa
-Accommodation and all meals in Kathmandu
-All beverage bills, hot shower, internet services, laundry and battery charge during trek
-Personal travel insurance
-Rescue operation charge in case of an emergency
-Any cost that arise due to change of itinerary like flight delay, natural calamities, etc.
-Gratitude and tips for mountain guide, porters and cooking staff