AROUND ANNAPURNA VIA NAAR PHU VALLEY & THORONG LA PASS
In this great trek at the feet of the Annapurna range, we take a little-traveled path to explore the secret valley of Naar Phu and its Tibetan-like villages.
For the hikers in love with wild preserved spaces, the Naar Phu Valley, is one of the trans-Himalayan communication routes to Tibet. It has recently been opened to tourism.
After crossing rice fields and forests, we climb to the high mountain area. Glaciers are nearby. Arriving at Metha, Chako, Kyang and Phu, we see dry stone villages, chortens and prayer flags fluttering in the winds in an altitude desert under Tibetan influence. We leave the Naar Valley by crossing the Kang La Pass at 5322 m. Up there, in front of us, the Annapurna and Manaslu ranges.
HIGHLIGHTS
- Crossing the Kang La Pass ; its view point on the Himalayas
- The variety of landscapes and ethnic groups on this great trek off the beaten track
- The isolated valley of Naar Phu, the authentic villages of the Naar Valley and Phu Gaon, a suspended village of Tibetan culture.
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Itinerary

  • Level of Trek: Difficult
  • Best Period: April - November
  • Duration: 21 Days
  • Number of walking days: 14
  • Highest Altitude: 5416 Meters
  • Flights: Jomsom - Pokhara
  • Accomodation: Hotel in Kathmandu & Lodge during trek

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Day
Welcome and transfer to the hotel and check-in.
- Accommodation : Hotel
Free day.
- Accommodation: Hotel
Early in the morning, transfer by minibus to the village of Besi Sahar (950 m.) where we find our porters.
Transfer by private local jeep with the team near Dharapani. View of Tilje Peak.
- Hours of driving: 6 h. by minibus + 4 h. by jeep
- Accommodation: Lodge
After one hour of walking, we arrive in Bagachap where we can see Annapurna II. On the way to Danque, view of the Manaslu Range. We leave the Marsyangdi River and climb to the High Timang for one hour. After the crossing of a rhododendron forest (in bloom in spring), we can enjoy a superb view of the Himalayas and the valley. Then, easy walk up to Thanchok. We cross a pine forest and arrive in Koto, a small Gurung village, along the Marsyangdi River.
- Ascent: + 900 m.
- Descent: - 250 m.
- Hours of walking: 5
- Accommodation: Lodge

From Koto, we enter in the high valleys of Naar and Phu. They have been recently open to tourism. We cross the Marsyangdi River by a suspension bridge and walk along the Naar Phu River on its right bank. The path has been made in the cliff. We walk on rock slides and across a pine forest. After two hours of walking, we cross another suspension bridge and continue on the left bank. Then, once more, we cross the river on a wooden bridge. Between the vertical cliffs, the gorges become more and more narrow. We head to Dharmasala. Amazing view of Lamjung Himal (6932 m.).
After more than 1 hour of walking, we cross a small stream. We go up for about 300 m in a very steep path to reach Metha, the first dry stone village of this beautiful valley. Amazing view of Annapurna II (7937 m.) and Lamjung (6932 m.).
- Ascent: + 1300 m.
- Descent: - 400 m.
- Hours of walking: 7
- Accommodation: Lodge/Homestay

The vegetation becomes rarer, only scattered with wildflowers, juniper trees and birches whose barks used to serve as a paper for religious texts.
Khampa warriors, originally from Kham, in Eastern Tibet, settled in Metha, between the Chinese invasion of Tibet in 1959 and the military intervention of Nepalese in 1975.
The inhabitants of Naar and Phu descend to this village in winter.
Then we take the path up to Phu along the Phu River. After 1 h. 30 min. of a quite flat path, we arrive in Jhunum (3640 m.). On the trail, we see sheepfolds and enjoy beautiful views of the glaciers. We cross two torrents and the village of Chaku (3750 m.), former settlement of the Khampas. We continue the path up to Phu along the river of the same name
We cross the Labse River (“Snow leopard” in Tibetan language) to reach to Kyang. There, we can enjoy a beautiful view of Pisang Peak (6091 m.), Tilje Peak, Gyaji Kang, Pokharan Himal, etc. The numerous chortens along the way remind us that we are in Tibetan country.
We continue the day walking on a path cut in the rock. Then, we walk along the river where we can see herds of naurs (blue sheep), favorite prey of the snow leopards. A beautiful climb leads us to the first gate of Phu, we pass along a large mani walls and some ruins. After one hour of walking on a false flat path and crossing a large suspension bridge, we finally arrive at an impressive gate in the village of Phu. This village, which was a crossroads for the Trans-Himalayan trade, is hanged on a small rocky promontory. Houses merge with the rock. Beautiful view of Himlung (7126 m.), Kangguru, Pokarkang (6265 m.) and the Annapurna Range.
- Ascent: + 1100 m.
- Descent: - 700 m.
- Hours of walking: 7
- Accommodation: Lodge
Acclimatization day / rest in Phu Gaon.
Optional: Trip to the North of the valley towards Himlung Himal.
- Accommodation: same lodge
* Possibility to spend this day in Naar Gaun before crossing the Kang La Pass.
Calm day: rest and visit to the Tashi Lhakang Monastery, located on the other side. Tashi Lhakang is one of the oldest monasteries in the Nepalese Himalayas. Later, we start our descent to Chaku.
- Ascent: + 500 m.
- Descent: - 700 m.
- Hours of walking: 5
- Accommodation: Lodge
We descend towards the Phu Khola River (3400 m.). We cross it by a suspension bridge and go up to the village of Naar. The climb is gradual and the path is scattered with chortens and prayer walls. We take advantage of the afternoon to visit the village and to rest in anticipation of the day after.
- Ascent: + 900 m.
- Descent: - 500 m.
- Hours of walking: 5
- Accommodation: Lodge
We leave very early in the morning and climb gradually to the Kang Pass Base Camps. We enter a little more in this mineral universe made of rocks and moraines. Beautiful views of East and West Chulu and the Pisang Peak. We camp at the foot of the Kang La Pass (4400 m). From the pass, we can enjoy a panoramic view of the Annapurna Range. Then, descent to the beautiful village of Ngawal.
- Ascent: + 1200 m.
- Descent: - 1700 m.
- Hours of walking: 8 to 9
- Accommodation: Lodge
Along the way, we overlook the Manang Valley. We reach the depths of the valley in Mungji and Braga, two very beautiful Tibetan villages. We visit to the 500 year-old monastery and later join the village Manang.
- Ascent: + 150 m.
- Descent: - 250 m.
- Hours of walking: 4 to 5
- Accommodation: Lodge
Walking along the Marsyangdi River, we climb to Khangsar, the last village in the region. We continue along the mountainside to the Tilicho Base Camp. Night in lodge and rest for acclimatization.
- Ascent: + 750 m.
- Descent: - 100 m.
- Hours of walking: 7
- Accommodation: Lodge
Pleasant climb to the lake by the moraines. At about 5000 m. altitude, the Tilicho Lake is a glacial accumulation of the entire northern Annapurna. The lake is a Hindu pilgrimage site linked to the Ramayana. Spectacular views of the Annapurna Ice Walls and Tilicho Peak (7134 m.). The edge of the lake is scattered with wild flowers in spring and summer. Back to Tilicho Base Camp for the night.
- Ascent: + 700 m.
- Descent: - 700 m.
- Hours of walking: 5 to 6
- Accommodation: Lodge
After Yak Kharka, descent and ascent to Letdar.
- Ascent: + 500 m.
- Descent: - 500 m.
- Hours of walking: 5
- Accommodation: Lodge
Gradual climb, from Phedi, it becomes steep sometimes. Free afternoon or acclimatization trip.
- Ascent: + 600 m.
- Hours of walking: 4
- Accommodation: Lodge
Very early departure in the morning. 3 h 30 min. to reach the Thorong La Pass. Then, steep descent to Muktinath. The first Mustang village we meet and a religious sanctuary for both Buddhists and Hindus. Visit to the small temple of Muktinath. Overnight in Jarkhot, a splendid traditional village nearby.
- Ascent: + 600 m.
- Descent: - 1800 m.
- Hours of walking: 8
- Accommodation: Lodge
We climb a small wild pass. Then, we go down on a steep descent to the Bönpo village of Lupra. Finally, we follow the windy Kali Gandaki to the Thakali village of Jomsom.
- Ascent: + 400 m.
- Descent: - 1200 m.
- Hours of walking: 5
- Accommodation: Lodge
* NB : Alternative trail of same duration but less difficult via Kagbeni at the gates of Mustang
Mountain flight between Jomson and Pokhara. Transfer to the hotel.
Free day in Pokhara.
- Meals on own
- Accommodation: Hotel
* NB: For those who do not want to take a domestic flight: another option by road, taking a local bus or a private jeep (approximately 6h of track and 3h of paved road).

afternoon freetime 
- Accommodation: Hotel

Free day (safety day)
- Accommodation: same hotel
Transfer to airport for the return flight.
End of our services.

What's included

- All transfers by private car (airport hotel and Besisahar hotel)
- Privatized local jeep from Besisahar to Dharapani one way
- Jomsom Pokhara flight
- Bus Mountain Overland Pokhara Kathmandu - English-speaking Nepalese guide for the whole trek - 1 porter for 2 (luggage carrying up to 13kg / person)
- Solo: English-speaking guide-carrier (max 10 kg of carrying)
- Trek full board in Lodge according to the itinerary
- ACAP & TIMS trek permit
- Special Narphu license ($100 per person, to be paid in duplicate if single person)
- Insurance and routing of staffs (guide flights)
- 4 nights at Yellow House or Kathmandu garden home or similar in Kathmandu with breakfast
- 1 night at the Asia hotel in Pokhara in BB

What's not included

- Meal in Kathmandu and Pokhara excluding breakfast
- Nepal visas ($50 + Photos) to be obtained at the airport and international flight.
- Compulsory repatriation insurance
- Tips, personal expenses and equipment, drinks, hot showers, recharging of batteries during the trek etc.
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