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Nar Phu Valley with Thorong La Pass Trek - 18 Days

Nar Phu Valley Trek
Nar Phu Valley with Thorong La Pass Trek
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Nar Phu Valley with Thorong La Pass Trek to one of the restricted remote area of Nepal offers you a great chance to explore the sacred unknown culture and living style of local people. Here you can found the region influenced by Tibetan culture and also can get a great chance to explore the culture, their traditions, rituals, languages and beliefs. Trekking also provides you a great chance to explore the beautiful views of mountain ranges, presence of stunning Himalayas like: Annapurna, Manaslu, Lamjung, Tilicho etc. with amazing wildlife vegetation of this region. You can observe many endangered animals like: red panda, wild yaks, leopards, jackal etc. in beautiful forests of bamboo and pine.  The Great Himalaya Range , Mid hills, flora and fauna , Rivers,valleys, villages are the main highlights of this trek.

Nar Phu Trekking is a restricted area and special permit is required to trek in this remote but alluring village/Valley. This trek leads us to the world’s highest pass The Thorang La Pass at 17,765ft. This trek is quiet enjoyable with the presence of Tibetan culture, astounding rocks with unique formation, cattle grazing in high altitude, narrow canyons, deep forest and majestic peaks. This area is influenced by Buddhist culture and religion, even the Gurung ethnics in this area practice Buddhism. Overall the barren and rugged landscape is beautifully decorated by the Buddhist monasteries and stupas.

This trail leads us to the area of Tibetan-like village from where we cross the Kongka La pass (5171m.) This trek is decent with the views of mountain like Annapurna, Lamjung, Manaslu, Tilicho, etc. Accommodation in this area is extremely low and it is considered for camping as necessity. Considering the sceneries this trek provides and fulfillment of adventure we seek, the trek is worth giving a shot.

Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu

You are welcome to Kathmandu; our Sunrise Adventure Trek representative will welcome you in the airport then transfer to hotel and will give shortly brief further details of the trip program.

Day 2
Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing & last minute preparations

After breakfast, visit World Heritage Sites in the Kathmandu Valley which includes Swayambhunath Stupa / Monkey Temple, Bauddhanath Stupa and Pashupatinath Temple. Then in the evening, you can prepare and double check you stuffs for incredible trekking experience.

Day 3
Drive to Syange via Besisahar (3608m/1100m): 8 – 10 hrs

After breakfast, we drive to Syange and on the way we can enjoy beautiful view of the different flora and fauna, rivers, country side and some Himalayas as well. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 4
Trek to Dharapani. (1910m/7 hours.)

After the refreshing journey, we now head toward Dharapani following the path of Syange (1136m.). From here we start our first trek with beautiful sceneries around us. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 5
Trek to Koto. (2610m/5 hours.)

Ascending up, we move to Timang which is at the elevation of 2460 meters from where we can see views of Annapurna II and Manaslu Peak. Then along the forest we pass through Thanchok village and reach Koto. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 6
Trek to Meta. (3560m/7 hours.)

Upto Koto we trek via the Annapurna Circuit trail and from here we split for another route. The trek passes through forest and reaches Nar River. Then we can see few caves and pilgrimages. The trail is also rocky and offers beautiful views of Lamjung Himal. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 7
Trek to Phu Gaon (Village). (4250m/ 7 hours.)

We slowly gain altitude and land gets more and more barren. Through the village of Chyakhu and Kyang we can see herds of Yak and then we start climbing. Though, we need to descend to the Phu village for our stay there. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 8
Acclimatization Day in Phu Gaon.

It is very necessary to adapt ourselves in new environment for safe trekking. And for this, we acclimatize in Phu Village. Phu village is where you can see remains of fort called Dzong in Tibetan. There are numerous monastery, Yaks, sheeps and villagers doing their daily activities Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 9
Trek to Naar (4110m/7 hours.)

From Phu village we trek further to Nar Vilage. Then we spend the day here enjoying the beautiful fields of Barley, Mustard and few Gompas. The village is very remote and people there engage themselves in spinning & weaving woolen clothes, carrying woods, grazing sheeps and yaks. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 10
Trek to Ngwal (3660m) via the Kangla Pass (5322m/8 hours in total.)

Today, the trek is meant to be tougher than other as we pass through the altitude of 5306 meters. And to mention the effort you make will be fruitful at the end. The path is steep and you get to see amazing view of mountain giants like Annapurna II, Gangapurna, Tilicho and many others. Then we reach Ngawal after crossing Kangla Pass, Ngwal is village adored with the traditional architectural buildinga and mani walls placed with prayer wheels Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 11
Trek to Manang (3540m/4 hours.)

From gwal, we head to Manang. The journey passes through the sparse forest straight for two hours and then we reach to Brage village. From there we descend to Manang village. Manang village is a busy marketplace with number of hotel and lodges. This is also the famous tourist area and you get to see many Gompas and better services there. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 12
Trek to Yak Kharka. (4020m/4 hours.)

This is a great moment for trekkers as we will be continuously gaining altitude while getting a wonderful chance to see horses and Yaks grazing here and there. We even have to cross some villages and rivers and encounter with Juniper forest. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 13
Trek to Thorang Phedi. (4420m/14501ft.)

This day, we trek to the foot of Thorang La & we will have to climb uphill, cross a suspension bridge and ascend down a towering cliff. During the trek we are rewarded with t wonderful view of Mt. Gundang, Mt. Syagang, Thorung Peak & Mt. Khatungkang. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 14
Trek to Muktinath (3800m) via the Thorong La Pass (5416m/7 hours total.) and Drive to Jomsom.

From Thorang Phedi we finally will be heading to the top of our destination but before that we have to go through the words highest pass, Thorang La Pass. Celebrating our victory taking photo in top is guaranted to be amazing. Befor the evening we drive to Jomsom. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 15
Fly to Pokhara.

We take flight to Pokhara from Jomsom. You can see mountain views while on the way. Then you can spend you days in Pokhara by doing sightseeing. It depends on the schedule of you flight. The flight is relatively short and well offering in case of scenery. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in hotel.

Day 16
Drive to Kathmandu.

For the return trip two options are available, you can either take easy 25 minute flight to Kathmandu or take longer 7 hours of scenic drive to Kathmandu, the choice is yours. Both the means are great with beautiful mountain views during flight and fascinating views of landscapes in drive. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in hotel.

Day 17
Free Day in Kathmandu and cultural dinner program.

Today is the free day in Kathmandu, you can roam around the famous touristic area of Nepal, Thamel and buy souvenirs to take you home country. Meals included: dinner by our side and finally an overnight stay in hotel.

Day 18
Departure/Farewell

For departure day, you can either safely make return journey to home or you can join for another exciting adventure. And according to flight schedule you will be escorted to airport approximately 3 hours earlier to catch flight to your next destination.

Cost included

  • Airport pick up and departure and all ground transportation during trips.
  • Hotel in Kathmandu two or three star category in twin sharing bed with breakfast basis
  • Kathmandu sightseeing with city tour guide
  • Accommodation in lodge and full board meals during the trekking
  • Govt. trained guide and necessary no.of porters with their insurance, salary and meals
  • All fees for TIMS card and Trekking Permit
  • Domestic Flight according to Itinerary
  • Sleeping bag, Down jacket & necessary equipments during the trek
  • One cultural show and dinner program

Cost excluded

  • International Flight ticket & your personal expenses
  • Major meals in cities cold & alcoholic drinks
  • Extra shower, battery re-charge, laundry charge etc.
  • Tips to guide and porter and your insurance

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Trekking Group Size

We organize trekking in Annapurna region for any number of people. If the group consists of more than 16 pax, we will split the group and arrange accordingly. We will assign one trek leader, one assistant leader for the group of four pax and porters (one porter between two members ) to carry members luggage. This arrangement ensures that the group can still go ahead as scheduled itinerary despite any member gets sick on the way in the trekking.

Experience and Health Requirements

Nar Phu Vallely & Thorang La Pass trekking is considered a moderate trek suitable for those who can hike for 6 – 8 hours a day. Obviously hiking in the high altitude will not be so easy rather physically more demanding, however our itinerary is scheduled for the proper acclimatization while gradually gaining the altitude in the trekking. It will be advisable to have some walking and hiking or other outdoor activities for more than two weeks which will contribute to comfortable accomplishment in reaching Annapurna base camp. No technical skills or use of crampons are required for this trekking. It is highly recommended for the trekkers to consult with the doctors before coming for this trekking. Trekkers who have asthma, allergy or any other diseases related to hurt, lungs should take more precaution for this trekking.

Travel Insurance

Trekkers need to have traveling insurance which covers the comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and medical treatment costs). Insurance companies in Nepal do not provide travelling insurance for the foreigners and the trekkers need to get the travelling insurance from one of the international insurance companies. Sunrise Adventure Trek will have accident insurance for the trekking staff.

Accommodations

Accommodation in Kathmandu will be arranged on twin sharing basis on BB plan except the extra cost for the single supplement (depending on the room availability ) according to the choice of the standard of the hotels before and after the trekking. Accommodation during the trekking will be arranged at standard teahouses/ lodges with unheated rooms with wooden beds and foam mattresses on twin sharing basis. The trekkers will have to share washing and toilet facilities. If the trekker is a solo traveler, he/she will have to share a room with the trekker of same sex.

Meals

Trekkers are provided three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during Narphu Valley & Thorang La Pass trekking. They can enjoy wide variety of food from typical Nepali food, Sherpa food, Tibetan food to all types of international cuisine (Continental, Italian, and Indian.). Unlike other trekking companies, Sunrise AdventureTrek allows trekkers to choose the food from the menu at the hotel / lodges in the trek. When the group is too big for the hotels/ lodges to provide individual dishes, set menu will be arranged in most places. We use the lodges / hotels which serve hygienic, nutritious and good food for the trekkers for them to get enough energy for the hiking.

Acclimatization

Any trekker can get altitude sickness while trekking in the high altitude despite strong physically fitness. What is important is giving enough time for the proper acclimatization for the trekking. Sunrise Adventure Trek has planned the itinerary with gradual altitude gain giving enough time for acclimatization for the trekkers. Hiking slowly specially in the high altitude help prevent AMS ( Acute Mountain Sickness ). If anyone feels dizzy, suffer palpitation or severe headaches and loss of appetite, he / she will be moved to the lower altitude immediately or arrange the helicopter rescue in the severe case of AMS and the client has to pay for it.

Equipment and Packing List

A variety of clothing is necessary for the Narphu Valley & Thorang La Pass trek. While choosing the equipment trekkers need give emphasis on two simple aspects: Lightweight and Functional. The items should be lightweight, dependable, and adaptable to a variety of extreme weather conditions. The quality of the trekking equipment you choose has a lot to do with how warm, dry, and safe you will remain. For this reason you have to be critical of quality and the proper fit of clothing.

Clothing

- T – shirts - Hiking shorts - Undergarments - Full sleeves shirts - Long light weight cotton pants - Fleece or wool pants (seasonal) - Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants. - Insulated pants / nylon windbreaker - Light and expedition weight thermal tops. - Fleece jacket or pullover - Waterproof shell jacket - Down jacket - Light warm fleece hat / woolen hat - Sun hat - Lightweight gloves. - Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal). Foot Wear - Hiking boots - Light and comfortable camp shoes - Thin, lightweight inner socks. - Thick, warm wool hiking socks Accessories - Down Sleeping bag - Trekking bag / Duffle bag ( to carry for the porter ) - Day pack ( to carry with the trekkers to put the things required during the day time ) - Large plastic bags ( to keep items dry inside the trekking bag ) - Water bottle - Head lamp with spare bulb and batteries - Trekking poles - Personal medicine box - Sunglasses with UV protection. - Books, dairy, pen, walkman and any other game instruments Toiletries and Personal Hygiene - Quick drying small towel - Toothbrush / paste - Soap - Face and body moisturizer - Sun block for lips - Tissues / toilet rolls - Wet wipes - Feminine hygiene products - Anti bacterial hands wash

Trek Leader(s) and Staff

All our trek leaders are well experienced who have led trekking in Annapurna region for more than eight years. Their in-depth knowledge about culture, custom, the geological surroundings as well as their professionalism, sincerity, and their hospitality make your dream of successful trek a enjoyable, memorable event in your life. Although our trek leaders are not highly educated, they are well experienced, professionally trained and posses good leadership skills to operate the trip smoothly. Their smiling faces, loving and caring attitude will make your even a hard walking day a pleasant one. All trekking staff of Sunrise Adventure Trek are locally employed and have the adequate knowledge about culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, history and the safety measures in running the trips. Their attitude and the efforts will be always concentrated on the less impact of the trekkers to the local culture, custom, nature and the eco system.

Porter Care

We are strongly committed to the porters rights. We make sure that they are well paid and have the proper clothing, foot ware and shelter. We are aware that no porter should be asked to carry a load that is too heavy for their physical abilities and the weight limit should be adjusted for altitude, weather and trail condition. We request our members not to have more than 15 kg weight of luggage to give to the porters. Porters who become sick while in the trekking are treated with high priority just like the other trekking staff or the members. If needed helicopter is sent and rescued in case of sever condition of sickness or accident. All porters are insured for sickness and accident.

Season

Nepal, as a tourist destination is good for all seasons, however, the best seasons for trekking to Annapurna region are Spring (March – May) and Autumn (mid Sept. – mid Dec. ). Trekking in autumn season is noted for clear weather and excellent views of silvery mountains against blue sky. It gets colder towards the end of December. This trek can be done in any month except January and February.

  • 1. How difficult is trek to Nar Phu Valley & Thorang La Pass and how can we prepare?

    Trek to Nar Phu Valley and Thorang La Pass is restricted and moderate type trekking, can be attainable by many people nowadays. Our company provides you a porter and a guide with policy or travel insurance. People with very weak ankles, knee, hearts and lungs may have to suffer much difficulty in trekking.

  • 2. What about safety measurements and altitude sickness do the guides and porters have their insurance in Nar Phu Valley and Thorang La Pass trek?

    Worrying for safety measurements?  Our guides having long experience are much professional for handling such issues with various means of safety measurements. For common health issues like: headache, common cold, diarrhea, vomiting, we provide you first aid medicines. In case of being sick in the mountain, Sunrise Adventure Trek will make proper arrangements rescue by helicopter, for this you should have better travel insurance. If our guide and porters may suffer from sickness, they have also travel and medical insurance and we will also rescue by helicopter.

  • 3. What about guide & porter, do they have well training?

    Guides and potters provided to our guests had complete accomplishment of several trainings required for their professions by the Ministry of Nepal Tourism. Having well experience in tourism sector as a guide or potter, make easy to explain all the information required for trekking and can create very familiar environment to the guests.

  • 4. What about communication system during trek?

    As all the porters and guides are well certified by the Ministry of Nepal tourism they can easily understand and speak English languages during the trek. On the other hand, we can also provide you guides and potters according to your own understanding languages.

  • 5. Do I need to give tips to guide and potter and if how much?

    It’s difficult to mention about tipping which is up to your happiness, but guides and potters do expect the tips at the end of the trip. However, normally people can give minimum 10% of their total payment to the guide and porter.

  • 6. What kind of food, drinking water and accommodation do we have on Nar Phu Valley and Thorang La Pass trek?

    Trek to Nar Phu Valley and Thorang La Pass with Sunrise Adventure Trek includes trekking lodges or guest houses as accommodation with twin bed sharing room, if you are in a group and if you are solo traveler, you have private room.  Regarding meals, we will have some options to choose like: continental foods, Italian, Indian and Chinese cuisine etc. For drinking water, you can buy the mineral bottles or safe drinking water from hotel either you can bring water tablets.

  • 7. How many hours should I walk per day and what happened if I am a slow walker in the group?

    Normally, we have to walk around 5 to 7 hours per day, if you are slow in walk the team leader will professionally manage to you walking with our assistance guide and potter.

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Trip Facts

  • Trekking, Sightseeing, Himalayan views, culure
  • 5416 meters
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • Moderate
  • 5 to 7 hours
  • April, May, September, October, November
  • Private vehicle, Tourist bus or flight
  • Lodge to Lodge Trek
  • 18 Days
  • 1-18 Pax