As per your flight plan, we will be at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu to stretch out a warm welcome to you in our wonderful nation for the lovely outing. As you fly towards the International Terminal of Tribhuvan International Airport on a clear sunny day, you can see the breathtaking views of snow-capped mountain peaks spread in distance. Once you land, a representative from Himalayan Scenery Treks and Expedition, will escort you to your hotel. The day is a complete leisure. You can either choose rest at your hotel room and remove jet lag or take a short walk around in the ancient valley of Kathmandu.
On the second day of your arrival, we will be taking you for site seeing tour to some of Nepal’s most historic site after morning breakfast. Talking about the cultural richness, Kathmandu is the cultural heart of Nepal. This city has an interesting combination of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influence in the valley. We will be taking you to historical and cultural sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley. We will take a tour around Kathmandu Durbar Square, Monkey Temple- Swayambhunath Stupa – oldest monument in Kathmandu valley, Pashupatinath Temple – biggest Hindu Shrine and Boudhanath- a massive Buddhist Shrine. All these historical monuments are listed in the UNESCO world Heritage site. You will be accompanied by the professional licensed guide during your city tour around beautiful city of Temples.
Once you complete the day tour, you will be escorted to HSTE office. In office you will meet up with the team leader as well as the other crew members who will be assisting you in every possible way through out your trip.
Once we finish gathering and packing of the essential materials in the earlier night, we are all set for our trip in the morning. We will begin our day with 8-hour long drive to Jagat from Kathmandu via Besisahar town. On the way to Jagat situated in Lamjung, you will have great time enjoying the stunning views of the Himalayas. Driving on Prithivi highway, you pass through beautiful Nepalese townships which will showing you the basic glimpses pure countryside of Nepal. We follow the winding Trishuli river and then follows Marshyangdi river till Besisahar. From here we follow the Bhalam Khola pass Khudi, Bhulbhule and then walk side by side with quite a few settlements of Syange. Leaving the Marshyangadi river, we ascend uphill to reach small community of Jagat.
Leaving Jagat behind, we will walk for approximately 5-6 hours to reach Dharapani. Commencing on our trek, we start off with the downhill walk to the Marshyangdi River and then hike through a verdant forest. The trekking route to Dharapani offers the attention-grabbing view of lofty Himalayan ranges. Enjoying the beautiful scenery, we continue our hike on a slippery trail to Sattale. Beyond Sattale the trail continues on cliff side until we arrive at Tal Beshi. Walking on a zigzag path on a steep uphill for 20 minutes will takes you to the small settlement of Tal (1700 m). This amazing village offers you the beautiful scenery of several waterfalls in and around the area. Hiking out of this village after lunch, we take a gentle walk on straight path to reach the Karte (1900 m) and then continue to Dharapani in flat motorable road. Dharapani is the junction point Manaslu circuit trek and Annapurna circuit trek.
The trek today begins with a heavenly sunrise view over the high hills. After enjoying the sunrise, we will begin our morning walk through dense wooded area of oak and pine. While walking on a slow pace through the forest you will also be accompanied by the south face of Mt. Manaslu (8163 m). Crossing the forest, we come across the wonderful settlement of Bagarchhap. Frim here, we walk on a descent trail for an hour until Danaque and then take a steeply ascending up trail to Timang. Once at Timang, you will have a breathtaking view of Mt. Manaslu and Peak 29. Once again, we walk through the pine forest to arrive first at Latamarang and then an hour walks with glimpses of Annapurna II reaches Koto village.
The trek today will take us to the elevation of 3,560m above sea level. Before starting our hike for the day, we first register our restricted area permit in the nearby police check post. Once we finish up the registration, we begin our trek, walking along the bank of Soti Khola for a while. We then walk through the dense pine forest and crossing a suspension bridge, we reach Dharmasala for lunch. After lunch, we continue our hike we pass through the dense pine forest and then take steep uphill climb to reach Meta village. Once you reach this wonderful settlement on Tibetan plateau, we can have the stunning view of Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal.
Walking out of the Meta after a breakfast, we will take a trail that traverses ups and down and corsses suspension bridge over various revers and stream. After 4 hours of trej from Meta , reaches Kyang. Once you are in Kyanag, you can see the remanants of the Khampa Settlements. Leaving the Kyang village, our hike continues on a descent trail until we arrive at Phu Khola. Crossing the river through suspension bridge and then walking on a rocy trail eventually reaches Phu Gaon.
As for today we will give rest to our body and take a day off at Phu valley. Other than resting we will take a short tour around the Phu valley exploring the vegetation and landscape around here. The tradition and culture here is untouched. You will get chance to know more about the locals of this hidden valley. You will get a closer look at the lifestyles of local of phu valley. There as well is a gompa where you will be exploring more about the local culture and traditions.
Leaving the Phu Gaon, we will take a down-hill trail which passes through various suspension bridge and streams until Mahendra Pul. Along the trail to mahendra pul you will get to witness the mesmerizing view of Himalaya panorama, pristine alpine jungle. Before we arrive at the Mahendra Pul we cross a high suspension bridge which is 80 m high over the George of Lapcha River. After a short lunch break, we commence our trek to Nar village through a steeply trail. We will pass though many Buddhist stupas until we arrive Nar village for the overnight stay.
We will take another day off to rest and acclimatize. As we are in the high-altitude region, resting for acclimatization helps you to adjust with the high-altitude climate. Resting before further high reduces the risk of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). On this rest day of our trek we will take a short hike around the Nar village exploring the local culture and lifestyle of the people. We also explore the dirt paths winding between stone houses and ancient Kagyud School gompas.
Today is the adventurous and longest part of trek. We will start our hike early in the morning. Hiking out of the Nar village, we head towards the west direction and pass through small forest of firs and pine trees. Leaving the tree lines behind we will climb uphill to reach Kang La Pass. From the ridge of the pass you will have a great perspective of Annapurna Massif. After enjoying the view for a while, we will follow the downhill trail to Ngwal for the overnight stay.
The hike today enters into the Manang Valley. Walking on descent trail for a while, we pass through the isolated village of Paugh. During our hike today, you will be accompanied by the magnificent view of the Annapurna range. Slowly moving ahead of the Paugh village and a uphill climb first reaches Mungli and then to the main trekking trail of Annapurna region at Mungli. A great mixture of nature and spirituality will make our walk a wonderful one. Continuing our hike, we will pass though several wonderful villages before we reach the biggest village of the region, Manang. This village is also the headquarter of headquarter of Manang district. Manang with its partnership with Mustang is the driest valleys of the country.
This is the short day walk to Yak Kharka which last for 4 hours. However, the four hours walk on high altitude trail will give you enough challenges to traverse the high-altitude trail. Moving out of Manang village, our trail crosses a stream, climbs to the village of Tenki and then climb out of the Marshyangdi valley to reach the valley of Jarsang Khola. From here our trail follows northward valleys passing through few pastures, a scrub of juniper trees. Walking furthermore, the trail passes through the small village of Ghunsa. Crossing a small river on a wooden bridge, the trails passes ancient old Mani wall before reaching the small village of Yak Kharka. This village is a small settlement established as a stopover place for the Annapurna Circuit trekkers.
Another short yet spectacular trekking day today takes us to Thorong Phedi nestled at the bottom of Thorong La pass. During the hike to the beautiful village of Thorong Phedi, you will be rewarded with one of the stunning views of Mt. Gundang, Mt. Syagang, Thorung Peak and Mt. Khatungkan. Starting our walk early morning, we will walk on a steep trail before ascending up to the river. We will walk on a slow pace enjoying the glimpses of sunrise over the mountains. Crossing the river our trek ascends further uphill and passes though towering cliff eventually reaching at Thorong Phedi. Thorong Phedi is the last village of the region before Throng La.
Today is a big day for all of us. Today, we climb the Thorung La Pass towering up to the height of 5416 meters. Wake up early to climb out steeply to the first settlement of High Camp. The camp is made in the hill of the Thorung La. After a few hours, we will arrive at the top of the Thorung La. The pass lies above 5416 meters in the Damodar Himal. Prayer flags, memorials, and a tea house comprise the top. The top offers us great views of the surrounding peaks of Annapurna and Gangapurna. After a while, we follow a steep path down to the sacred land of Muktinath. The place is also known to many as the Mukti Kshetra, the land of salvation. Bathe in the 108 waterspouts present in the Muktinath and also enjoy the never-ending flame in front of the temple. Enjoy the cool and dry weather of the Muktinath for the day.
An easy trekking day today as we visit the Jwala Mai Temple and Mharme Lha Khang in the morning. After breakfast, we will trek downhill and get to the Kagbeni village of Mustang district. Visit the Dhumba Lake before finally arriving at the village of Jomsom. Jomsom is a famous destination for apple lovers. Jomsom and Marpha is a similar village, so we could stay wherever we want to. The villages are the apple capital of Nepal. We can also try out a local apple brandy called Marpha.
Enjoying the view for one last time we will board on a morning flight from the Jomsom airstrip. Flying southward we pass through several gigantic snow-capped mountains. The 20 minutes mountain flight from Jomsom to Pokhara will be an incredible memory you won’t forget for lifelong. Once we land at the beautiful lake city Pokhara, we will have the leisure time for the day. You are on your own here. You can either stay at your luxurious hotel room or go to explore the town of Pokhara. Here, you can find massage to relieve the tiredness or just walk around peaceful lakes side enjoying the magnificent scenery of Mt Fishtail mirroring on the divine Phewa Lake. You might also go for adventurous activities such as paragliding, zip flying, bungee jumping and many more.
We take a drive back to Kathmandu via the same highway we took earlier to go there. Once in Kathmandu, we spend leisurely time back in the chaos of the city after so many days of serene mountain air and incredible adventure. You will have the full day to rest and acclimatize or explore the valley before we join you to the farewell dinner. Walking around the streets of Kathmandu; souvenir shopping; finding massage or relaxing at the hotel can be easy ways to spend time.
On the las day of our trip, representative of Himalayan Scenery Treks and Expedition will drive you to the airport according to you flight schedule back to home or onward destination.
Meeting you has been such a wonderful experience, and we do hope our relationship will keep going long.
We hope that you enjoyed the restricted valley trekking in Nar Phu valley and hope to see you for other adventure soon. We will be pleased to make the necessary arrangements so that you can explore other parts of Nepal.