AROUND ANNAPURNA VIA NAAR PHU VALLEY & THORONG LA PASS

One of the most popular treks in Nepal, the Around Annapurna takes you across the foot of the great Annapurna range and beyond it, to the rain shadow area which makes it the ideal trekking destination during Nepal’s long monsoon season. 

For those who love well-preserved wilderness, the Naar Phu Valley lies in one of the old trans-Himalayan trade routes to Tibet and has only recently been opened to tourism. A detour along a less-traveled path brings you to the secret valley of Naar Phu and its villages that remain deeply rooted in Tibetan culture.
After crossing farmland and walking through forests, we climb up to the high mountain area with glaciers nearby. We then walk through Metha, Chako, Kyang and Phu, and come across villages with stone houses, chortens and fluttering prayer flags that showcase the strong Buddhist culture in this high altitude desert. Leaving the Naar Valley, we cross the Kang La ((Pass) at 5,322 m enjoying a grand view of the Annapurna and Manaslu ranges.
HIGHLIGHTS
- Crossing the Kang La Pass; great views of the Himalayas.
- Diverse landscapes and various ethnic groups along a path less-trodden.
- The isolated valley of Naar Phu, the well-preserved traditional villages of the Naar Valley and Phu Gaon where Tibetan culture prevails.
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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 time in the city.
- Accommodation: Hotel
Early morning drive by minibus to the village of Besisahar (950 m.) where we are joined by our porters.
Transfer by private local jeep with the team to Dharapani from where we get to see the Tilje Peak.
- Duration of drive: 6 hr. by minibus and 4 hr. by jeep
- Accommodation: Lodge
After an hour’s hike, we arrive at Bagachap to be greeted by the delightful sight of the giant peak, Annapurna II. Then along the way to Danque, there are great views of the Manaslu range. We then leave the Marsyangdi River and climb up for an hour to reach High Timang. Then a walk through a rhododendron forest (in full bloom in spring) and there’s a superb view of more Himalayan peaks and the valley below. An easy walk up to Thanchok follows. Soon after, we cross a pine forest and arrive at Koto, a small Gurung village by the Marsyangdi River.
- Ascent: + 900 m.
- Descent: - 250 m.
- Duration of hike: 5hr
- Accommodation: Lodge

From Koto, we arrive at the high valleys of Naar and Phu. We cross the Marsyangdi River via a suspension bridge and walk along the banks on the right side of Naar Phu River. The path has been cut out on a cliff face. We walk on solid rock and soon come across a pine forest. After a two hour hike, we cross another suspension bridge and continue walking along the left bank. We cross the river one more time on a wooden bridge and the gorges get progressively narrower between the vertical cliffs. We then head to Dharmasala and are greeted by an amazing view of Lamjung Himal (6,932 m.).
After more than an hour of walking, we cross a small stream, then climb up a steep trail for about 300m to reach Metha, the first village of dry stone houses in a beautiful valley. We are greeted by outstanding views of Annapurna II (7,937 m.) and Lamjung (6,932 m.).
- Ascent: + 1300 m.
- Descent: - 400 m.
- Duration of hike: 7hr
- Accommodation: Lodge/Homestay

The vegetation from here on becomes sparse, with scatterings of wildflowers, juniper trees and birches (whose barks once served as paper for writing religious texts).
After the Chinese invasion of Tibet in 1959, Khampa warriors (from Kham in Eastern Tibet), left their homeland and settled here in Metha to fight back but were later removed by the Nepalese army in 1975. The inhabitants of Naar and Phu descend to this village during winter.
We take the trail up to Phu along the Phu River. After 1 ½ hour of walking along a rather flat path, we arrive in Jhunum (3,640m.). On the trail, we come across sheep pastures and enjoy beautiful views of the glaciers. After crossing two torrents, we arrive at the village of Chaku (3,750 m.), former settlement of the Khampas. We then continue along the path right up to Phu walking along the river of the same name.
We reach the Labse River (“Snow leopard” in Tibetan) which we cross to reach Kyang. A great view of the beautiful Pisang Peak (6,091m.), Tilje Peak, Gyaji Kang, Pokharan Himal and more greets us. The numerous chortens along the way remind us that we are in a Buddhist area with strong Tibetan cultural ties.
We continue walking on a path cut out on a rock and then walk along the river where we see herds of blue sheep (naur) which are the favorite prey of the snow leopard. A lovely climb leads us to the first gate of Phu, and we walk along large mani walls and come across some ruins. After an hour’s walk on an even path, we cross a large suspension bridge to finally arrive at an impressive gate in the village of Phu. This village, which once lay on the crossroads of the Trans-Himalayan trade route, is perched on a small rock promontory where houses merge with the rock. There are beautiful views of mountains: Himlung (7,126 m.), Kangguru, Pokarkang (6,265 m.) and the wide Annapurna range.
- Ascent: + 1100 m.
- Descent: - 700 m.
- Duration of hike: 7hr
- Accommodation: Lodge
Day of acclimatization / rest in Phu Gaon.
Optional: Trip to the north of the valley towards Himlung Himal.
- Accommodation: same lodge
* It is possible to spend this day in Naar Gaun before crossing the Kang La Pass.

Rest day: rest and visit the Tashi Lhakang Monastery, located on the other side. Tashi Lhakang is one of the oldest monasteries in the Nepal Himalaya. Later, we start our descent to Chaku.
- Ascent: + 500 m.
- Descent: - 700 m.
- Duration of hike: 5hr
- Accommodation: Lodge

We descend to the Phu Khola River (3,400 m) and cross over via a suspension bridge and hike up to the village of Naar. The climb is gradual and the path is littered with chortens and lined with mani walls. We take time in the afternoon to visit the village and rest in anticipation of the long hike the next day.
- Ascent: + 900 m.
- Descent: - 500 m.
- Duration of hike: 5hr
- Accommodation: Lodge
We leave very early this morning and make the gradual climb to the Kangla Pass Base Camps, entering the mineral universe of rocks and moraines from where we get beautiful views of East and West Chulu as well as the Pisang Peak. We set up camp at the foot of the Kangla Pass (4,400 m) and enjoy a panoramic view of the Annapurna range. We then descend to the lovely village of Ngawal.
- Ascent: + 1200 m.
- Descent: - 1700 m.
- Duration of hike: 8 to 9hr
- Accommodation: Lodge
We walk along a trail overlooking the Manang Valley and reach the depths of the valley in Mungji and Braga, two very picturesque villages entrenched in strong Tibetan traditions. A visit to the 500 year-old monastery is followed by a hike to Manang village.
- Ascent: + 150 m.
- Descent: - 250 m.
- Duration of hike: 4 to 5hr
- Accommodation: Lodge

Walking along the Marsyangdi River, we climb up to Khangsar, the last village in the region. We continue hiking along the mountainside to the Tilicho Base Camp. Overnight at the lodge and rest for acclimatization.
- Ascent: + 750m
- Descent: - 100 m
- Duration of hike: 7hr
- Accommodation: Lodge

This day’s hike is a pleasant climb to the lake by the moraines. The Tilicho Lake (4,900m) is formed by accumulated glacial melt waters flowing down from the entire northern Annapurna. It is a pilgrimage site linked to the Ramayana and thus revered by Hindus. There are spectacular views of the Annapurna ice walls and Tilicho Peak (7,134 m.). During spring and summer, the edge of the lake is resplendent in colorful wild flowers. Head back to Tilicho Base Camp for the night.
- Ascent: + 700 m.
- Descent: - 700 m.
- Duration of hike: 5 to 6hr
- Accommodation: Lodge
After Yak Kharka, descend and then climb up to Letdar.
- Ascent: + 500 m.
- Descent: - 500 m.
- Duration of hike: 5hr
- Accommodation: Lodge
A gradual climb from Phedi, which at times becomes steep, brings us to Letdar. Afternoon free / acclimatization trip.
- Ascent: + 600 m.
- Duration of hike: 4hr
- Accommodation: Lodge
A very early morning departure and a 3 ½ hour hike to reach the Thorong La Pass, followed by a steep descent to Muktinath. This is the first village we come across in Mustang district and an important pilgrimage site for both Buddhists and Hindus. Visit the small temple of Muktinath with the eternal flame. Overnight at Jharkot, a unique, traditional village nearby.
- Ascent: + 600 m.
- Descent: - 1800 m.
- Duration of hike: 8hr
- Accommodation: Lodge
We climb up to a small wild pass followed by a steep descent on a trail 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.
- Duration of hike: 5hr
- Accommodation: Lodge
* NB : There is an alternative trail of same duration but less difficult via Kagbeni from the gates of Mustang.
Catch a flight from Jomson to Pokhara. Transfer to the hotel.
Free day in Pokhara.
- Meals on your own
- Accommodation: Hotel
* NB: For those who do not want to take a domestic flight: another option is by road, taking a local bus or a private jeep (approximately 6h of track and 3h of paved road).

Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu / afternoon free
- Accommodation: Hotel

Free day (safety day) in the capital city.
- Accommodation: same hotel

Transfer to TIA (Kathmandu Airport) for your 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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