On the south, the Annapurna Circuit lies the valleys of Naar and Phu. A restricted area, it had been hidden for long. With a special permit, we visit the hidden villages making it one of the most special trekking destinations in Nepal. A ten-day trek explores the cultural heritage of the stone-built village of Phu and unspoiled village of Naar after passing the unique natural heritage of rocky valleys, pristine rivers, and towering mountains.
Another gem of trekking in the area is to trek to less explored areas of Nepal and to cross some of the least explored mountain passes including Meso Kanto, Eastern, and Kyan La Passes. Enjoy the moments at the shore of the highest lake in the world. During the trek, you will have a breathtaking panorama of numerous mountains surrounding you.
Arrival in Kathmandu Airport and welcomed by a guide at the airport. Transfer to the hotel where the guide would brief the trekking program. You may have some time, depending upon your time of arrival, to explore areas near to the hotel.
Options for sightseeing to World Heritage Sites and the capital city or rest in Kathmandu.
Drive to Dharapani. During the drive, we will see waterfalls, wild honey bee, rice field, Marsyangdi river, villages, and mountains.
We reach to a narrow valley of Marsyangdi and stay in Dharapani. It is the famous endpoint of Manaslu Trek.
Drive: 8-9 hours
An easy ascent to Bagar Chhap to begin and keep walking to Danaque. We will see prayer wheels, small stupas chhortens, apple farm, smaller monasteries on the way. Zigzag and steep trek through the mixed forest, we reach Timang Village. It is a nice viewpoint to see Mt. Manaslu and Ngadi Chuli peak.
After lunch, we continue trekking easily through the pine forest to the traditional Gurung village of Thanchok and then further to Koto, a Buddhist village. It is the starting point of the famous Naar and Phu Trek. After Koto, we proceed trekking to Chame (2670 m). It is the headquarter of the Manang district. There is a natural hot spring in Chame and we will have an option to enjoy a bath. Back to Koto for an overnight stay.
Trek: 6-7 hours
Koto is the beginning of the restricted area. Through a narrow gorge following Naar Khola through the pine forest, we cross many suspension bridges. A gentle trek before lunch. We will see lakes and waterfalls on the way. There is a steep ascent before reaching Meta (Methang). The valley seems more open from Meta. We see Kanggaru Himal and the base camp of Kanggaru mountain.
We need to trek slow, put on warm clothes, drink more fluid due to the high altitude to be more careful to avoid altitude sickness. Stay in Meta.
Trek: 7 hours
The easy day begins with an easy trek to Chyako. We may see Himalayan Blue Sheep and other animals on the way. The gentle ascent over the moraine glacier and a bit of descent before reaching Kyang. Kyang is a place for animal rest. View of Pisang Peak and Kanggaru Peak from the point. Stay in Kyang.
Trek: 4 hours
Easy trek following Phu stream to Phu village. Alpine vegetation and over the moraine. A bit of ascent before reaching Phu village. Stay in the village of Phu. Phu village is the last village before Tibet. Explore Phu village and it is a wonderful opportunity to observe Buddhist culture. Numerous mountains are visible from the point.
Phu is the endpoint of Saribung Trek which is one of the best and the challenging treks in the world starting from Mustang.
Trek: 3-4 hours
We trek back the same route to Kyang and further descent to Chyako. Descent gently to Naar Phedi crossing a suspension bridge. Visit the famous monastery of Naar Phu valley. Stay in Nar Phedi near the monastery.
Trek: 5 hours
A steep ascends for a couple of hours to Nar. We turn back to see lots of mountains including Mt. Kanggaru very near. It is a beautiful village. Mt. Kanggaru seems very near and stunning views. Stay in Naar. Explore village Nar. We will see mountain farmers working to produce potato, wheat, and buckwheat in their farms.
Trek: 5-6 hours
An easy ascent to Kang La Phedi. We may see yak and Himalayan goat grazing on the way. Blue Sheep can also be seen. We hike around the area to acclimatize and prepare for the high mountain pass tomorrow.
Trek: 3 hours
We set off early morning. Climb over the moraine up to Kang La Pass. It is a windy place. It is a viewpoint. It lies in the ridge and a stunning viewpoint to see mountains on both sides. On the left, we see Manaslu and Kanggaru and on the right, we have a complete panorama of Annapurna mountains, Tilicho Peak, and Gangapurna.
This is one of the most stunning and prized moments of the trek.
Steep descent for a few hours to reach to Nawal (Ngawal). It is a typical traditional Tibetan village. Stay in Nawal.
Trek: 4-5 hours
Through the pine forest, an easy trek leads to Manang. Visit Shey Gompa and walk down to the Chulu Khola. An easy walk to Braga. Braga has the most important monastery in Manang. Trek further to Manang which is one of the famous touristic towns in Nepal. Stay in Manang.
Trek: 4 hours
Rest day. We have options to visit Gangapurna Lake, and visit monasteries. We may try visiting a bakery and enjoy a good coffee.
Stay in Manang.
An easy trek to Khangsar then a gentle ascent up to Siri Kharka. After lunch, we need to be more careful as we trek further via an area where rock falling and landslide. Reach Tilicho Base Camp. Overnight at Tilicho Base Camp.
Trek: 6-7 hours
Gentle ascent to a pass to reach Tilicho Lake. With no aquatic life in the lake, it is considered the highest alpine lake in the world. The mountain lake is surrounded by Khangsar, Muktinath, Nilgiri, and Tilicho Peaks.
Stay nearby the lake at the Campsite. Rest after lunch. The stunning mountain view and sunset over Tilicho Peak are amazing.
Trek: 4 hours
Ascend comfortably to Eastern Pass and Meso Kanto Pass. We may see the full faces of the Dhaulagiri range, Nilgiri, and beautiful Mustang valley from Meso Kanto Pass. It is the highest point of the trek and an important milestone for you.
The descent down to Yak Kharka. We see the windy Kali Gandaki valley of Mustang during the trek. Stay in Yak Kharka.
Trek: 7-8 hours
The descent down through pine forest via Thini Village after crossing a suspension bridge to Jomsom. Jomsom is the administrative headquarter of the area.
A dinner is planned to celebrate the trekking success with your team and to thank all members of the trekking team. You may offer to leave the trekking gears you don’t need to your trekking team. It may be a generous gesture to those who cannot buy such gears.
Trek: 5 hours
Flyback after breakfast to Pokhara.
Free time in Pokhara with possibilities of boat ride, sightseeing, or stroll around the lake city. The places to visit in Pokhara are: World Peace Pagoda, Devi’s Waterfall, Mountain Museum, Fewa Lake, Begnas Lake, and a few caves. You may choose, for a half day tour, visiting World Peace Pagoda and Fewa lake.
Flight: 30 minutes
Transfer to the airport to fly back to Kathmandu. Transfer to the hotel in Kathmandu.
Options for sightseeing to World Heritage Sites/ayurvedic massage or rest in Kathmandu.
Kathmandu Valley has, perhaps, the densest concentration of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Seven UNESCO WHS of Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Boudhha, Pashupati, Patan Durbar Square, Swoyambhu, Kathmandu Durbar Square and Changu Narayan Temple are framed within 400 sq km. For a full day tour exploring three UNESCO WHS are comfortably possible. For example, you may choose Bhaktapur Durbar Square (a medieval city square), Pashupati (the holiest Hindu temple) and Bouddha (a Buddhist stupa) for a smart mix of culture and architecture with two major religious (Buddhism and Hinduism) sites of Nepal.
Flight: 25 minutes
Transfer to the airport in time to secure a flight back home