This physically challenging trek may just bring you as close as you will ever come to a real "Shangri-La"! Many trekkers on the popular Annapurna Circuit Trail pass the turn-off to Nar-Phu Valley without ever noticing it, but with this trek, we offer the chance to visit and explore this fascinating and little-visited corner of Nepal. Inaccessible to tourists before 2002, this special place harbors an ancient Tibetan culture that has changed little over the ages. The residents of this sublime, isolated valley rely mainly on farming and yak herding for their subsistence and were never much involved with the Tibetan salt trade. Thus, they were little affected by the closing of the border between Tibet and Nepal following the Chinese invasion of Tibet in 1950.
After your arrival in Kathmandu, you may do a bit of sightseeing, but we will be sure to review the trekking gear and clothing needed for a smooth and safe trek. We will also provide the trekking permits required to visit this restricted area. We then drive to the Gurung village of Khudi, where we join trekkers heading north on the popular Annapurna Circuit Trail. We continue on this interesting and well-traveled route until we come to the small village of Koto, which is "where the fun really begins." For it is here that we take a deep breath and leave the comfort of the Annapurna Circuit, present our passes at the police checkpoint, and venture forth into the serene Nar-Phu Valley. We will be trekking alongside the Nar Phu Kola (river) as we make our way northward, first to the village of Khyang, and then beyond, winding our way carefully along a trail carved out of the cliff above the river. At last, we reach the fascinating village of Phu, which means "head of the valley." We will spend a day exploring Phu and environs, perhaps visiting the Tashi Lhakhang Gompa (monastery).
We now retrace our steps, trekking south; after passing through Junam, we will take a trail leading westward which we had passed on our way north from Koto. Climbing steadily, we will gain some wonderful views of surrounding peaks, before reaching the large village of Nar, which spreads itself around a basin of barley fields. After a rest day spent exploring Nar and gaining additional acclimatization, we head up to thrilling Kang-La Pass (5,320mt/17,454ft). Weather permitting; our efforts will be rewarded with phenomenal views over the Annapurna. With the Pass behind us, we then head down to the charming old town of Ngawal, where we rejoin the folks on the Annapurna Circuit. We next trek westward to the substantial town of Manang, which offers dramatic views of the summits of both Annapurna and Gangapurna. Still, more excitement lies ahead, however, as we now must cross the notorious Thorung-La Pass (5,416mt/17,769ft) en route to Muktinath. This village, sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists, seems to exemplify the harmonious co-existence of multiple religious and cultural traditions of Nepal. As we near the end of this amazing trek, we pass through medieval Kagbeni on the way to Jomsom and our flight back to Kathmandu, a farewell dinner, and our flight home the next day.
Flight Delay in Jomsom
Twin Otter is the primary mode of transport from the airstrip at Jomsom. This service is fairly dependable. Sometimes, flights may be cancelled due to mountain weather conditions or other technical problems. In such case, Adventure Club Trek will organize the alternative available road transportation to ensure you are on schedule for your international flight. The expense of the road transport will be managed from the reimbursement received from the flight ticket after the deduction of cancelation charge. So please note that there will be no refund of the flight from Jomsom to Pokhara, if the alternative road transportation is consolidated.
Note: Your safety is of the utmost concern whilst you are travelling with Adventure Club Trek. We will make every effort possible to follow the original itinerary but we reserve the right to change that itinerary if a segment of it becomes a safety issue. Certain mountain regions are remote, natural disasters can happen, weather conditions can decline and there can be illness or an injury. To avoid dangerous situations we may occasionally have to make changes to the itinerary to ensure everyone’s safety. That having been said, Adventure Club Trek will strive to provide you with the best possible trekking experience and to keep your safety our number one priority. We thank you for your understanding.
Prior to all our treks and expeditions, we host a Pre-Trip meeting in Kathmandu. The primary purpose of meeting is to provide an opportunity for individuals to ask questions about the forthcoming trek and to introduce them to other team members. The meeting covers topics as diverse as personal equipment and acclimatization and usually involves a hike and some skills training. We believe that pre-trip meeting is very important in order to better preparation of the trekking.
The quoted costs are per person but don't include International flights if you are a single person and want to be in a group you can join our fixed departure schedule if the schedule dates are not suitable for you, please contact us, and we will be happy to customize our trips to suit your needs. If any individuals/group don't want to join our other group, we can comply with your wishes and requirements. We are ground operators Himalayan destinations and can arrange your trip to suit your dates and choices.
Available - Trip is available to run if minimum group size is filled
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