Nar-Phu Valley Trek Hidden by swirls of mountain mist ahead of us, from Kangla pass at 5200m the magnificent panorama view of Annapurna massif appears remote and forbidding.
Our sturdy mountain ponies every few steps, their steaming sweat-soaked bodies heaving. Behind us Hongde airport, which we left behind early in the morning, is a tiny speck. Our destination is the Nar-Phu valley, above the tree line on the upper limits of cultivation, in the very north of Manang district. It takes five hours reaching the pass that links Nar with Manang and three other Bhotia villages in the Nyershang down valley. Nowadays, Nar Phu the population about 300 inhabitants who depend on livestock, unlike most Bhotia people, whose trading patterns changed drastically after the Nepali Government closed borders with Tibet, the people of Nar and Phu valley were least affected by this change. The tortuous path leading from the valley into Tibet had never made them dependent on the salt trade, and till today yak herding is the basis of their livelihood.
Besides the Kangla linking Nar to the Nyeshang valley, the most direct route from Kathmandu to Nar and Phu is along the Marshyangdi River. Travelers trek through the Himalayan foothills and round the eastern end of the Annapurna before they arrive at Qupar, a police check post half and hour before Chame, Manang's district headquarters. From here a long and steep trail winds up to Nar and Phu whose villagers, laden with goods purchased in Chame and even lower down in Besishhar, the end of the road head leading to Manang, often camp at Dharmashala, a rudimentary wooden hut built by the people from the two villages.
The Nepal government's recent decision to open up Nar and Phu to tourists has evoked little enthusiasm among the villagers, whose pastoral lifestyle continues. Apart from the odd researcher and climbing expeditions permitted to climb Him lung, Ratnachuli and Gachikang, few foreigners has visited the area and tourism infrastructure is almost non-existent. Since Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) recently extended its network to include Nar and Phu Valley, it is preparing a suitable tourism development plan at the request of the government for undiscovered valley.
|Best time to travel||March to May, October to December|
Day 1: Arrival Kathmandu, transfer hotel.
Day 2: Kathmandu free day, hotel.
Day 3: Bus to Besisahar , Trek Begins: camp.
Day 4: Ngadi, camp.
Day 5: Jagat, camp.
Day 6: Karte, camp.
Day 7: Koto, camp.
Day 8: Chhacha, camp.
Day 9: Meta, camp.
Day 10: Junum, camp.
Day 11: Phu, camp.
Day 12: Rest day at Phu, camp.
Day 13: Hike around Phu valley, camp.
Day 14: Yak Kharka, camp.
Day 15: Panggi Pass, camp.
Day 16: Above Nar, camp.
Day 17: Youingar, camp.
Day 18: Kang la Pass, camp.
Day 19: Manang, camp.
Day 20: Khangsar Khola, camp.
Day 21: Tilicho Lake, camp.
Day 22: Mesokanu Pass, camp.
Day 23: Jomsom, camp.
Day 24: Flight Jomsom - Pokhara - Kathmandu , transfer to hotel.
Day 25: Kathmandu free day, hotel.
Day 26: Final departure, transfer airport.
Day 01. Koto 2600m to Chhauchaa cave 5 hrs 2990m
Day 02. Chhauchaa cave to meta 3560m 5hrs
Day 03. Meta to Kyang 3880m 5hrs
Day 04. Kyang trek to phoo village 4100m, 3-4 hrs
Day 05. Phoo village – rest day visit gompa (Tashi gompa, Taranga gompa)
Day 06. Phoo village to chyako 3720m 6hrs
Day 07. Chyako trek to nar village 4180m 6 hrs
Day 08. nar village to base camp 4500m 3-4 hrs
Day 09. Base camp to Kangla pass 5240m-Nagawal 3650m 7-8 hrs
Day 10. Nagawal to Manang 3 hrs
Day 11. Manag trek to tilicho base camp 7 hrs
Day 12. Tilicho base camp – west side of Lake 5-6 hrs
Day 13. Base camp over the pass – base camp 5hrs
Day 14. Base camp to Jomsom 4hrs
Day 15. Jomsom fly to Pokhara