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NAR PHU - Semi Annapurna Circuit Trekking

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‘great adventure beyond Annapurna Himalaya and crossing two high passes’

Trek at a glance

Mode of accommodation:      Hotels in Kathmandu-Pokhara with local nice lodge on treks.

Trekking Grade:               Moderate to Adventurous walks.

Area of Trekking:              North Mid-West around Annapurna Himalaya

Highest elevation gain:        At Kang-la 5,322 m and Thorang La Pass 5,416 m

Daly Walks:                   Minimum 4 hrs to maximum of 6 hrs.

Trekking duration:             16 Nights and 17 Days (with drive and flight from Jomsom to Pokhara) 

Total Trip:                    20 Nights and 21 Days (arrival to final departure)


Best Seasons for Tilicho and Semi Annapurna Circuit Trekking:

April and May and from mid-September till early November months is best time for visit.It is also good in spring season from April and May when days are fine and clear for views and walks, with longer sunlight hours but cold in the morning and night time above 2,000 m onward with chances of snow sometimes.

Another good months from mid-September to early November around autumn / fall season with clear fine morning and day for excellent views of peaks and pleasant trek.

But the days are short and sun-light hours due to autumn and pre-winter season can snow sometimes on higher area above 2,500 m.


People and Culture

Nar-Phu and Semi Annapurna Circuit Trekking within whole Annapurna range as well around Manang and Mustang areas witness various hill tribes, low warm area of mix tribes Gurung-Magar with Hindu Bhramins, Chettris and Dalits with fascinating traditional farm life and culture.

Higher hills dominated by Manang tribes of Tibetan origin with interesting culture of Buddhism religion which you can notice along the walks with religious monuments of Stupa and series of prayer wheels and stone slate walks, mid-hill and lower region villages practice both Hindu and Buddhism religion of various interesting culture and custom.

Other main tribes are Magar, Gurung and Thakali hill people of Annapurna and Kaligandaki valley region where one can witness various exciting cultures of both Hindu and Buddhism religion.

After Manang dominated by Mustang tribe and Thakali people interwoven with Buddhism religion and exciting colorful culture at Muktinath till Jomsom especially on this trek.


Introduction

Nar-Phu and Semi Circuit Trekking is an exciting adventure as the region been closed for outside world, and flung its door open from late 1990’s where trekkers and explorer could explore this wonderful country.

Nar-Phu and Semi Circuit Trekking is truly a great exceptional journey on less visited region by few flow of trekkers, but slowly gaining popular due to its immense beauty of magnificent landscapes located beyond massive Annapurna Himalaya range of peaks.

The adventure takes you behind group of Chulu peaks and within close to Himlung and Damodar Himal range of mountains on the off beaten trail that makes this trek so special than other main stream trekking.

A great country well hidden and away from main Manang villages and far beyond Annapurna Himalaya range, due to its remote and isolation where trekkers can witness some wild mountain wild-life like blue sheep, snow leopard and other antelopes.

Nar and Phu is located far from main popular trekking trails where walk takes you to visit both of its traditional old villages to observe its ancient heritage of Buddhism visiting its monasteries of great interest in the shadow of high snow-capped peaks.

Adventure starts with exciting overland journey towards low-warm areas of Nepal Mid-West around Lamjung area then route takes you along the glacial river upstream past nice typical hill villages to reach into cooler alpine country, where strong Buddhism culture begins.

Heading higher as walk takes you through lovely shade of forest of pine, fir and rhododendron tree lines heading past nice villages of Jagat, Dharapani and then our trail diverts towards hidden areas of Nar and Phu.

Ample time to explore weather beaten villages takes you back into medieval era away from modern civilization then crossing high Kang-la pass to join back on scenic main Annapurna Circuit trail.

Adventure continues walking into main Manang village with time to visit its cultural villages, sites and monastery, a beautiful place enclosed by Annapurna and Chulu peaks.

Slowly walk takes you at the end of Manang valley to cross over highest pass of the trek at Thorang-la 5,416 m facing breathtaking panorama of mountain range then route descend to scenic Kaligandaki valley around district of Mustang.

Trek to holy Muktinath one of the most sacred pilgrimage spot for Hindu religion.From here on our marvelous adventure comes to an end on reaching Jomsom a large town and headquarter of Mustang region, and home to Thakali people.

Jomsom with an airstrip located on old and present Trans Himalaya Salt Trade and Caravan Route to Tibet which is far beyond Upper Mustang, from Jomsom,a smooth scenic flight brings you to magnificent Pokhara to complete our overall adventure Nar-Phu and Semi Annapurna Circuit Trekking.


Additional Information

On this adventure where trekkers can enjoy great panorama from Mt. Dhaulagiri (8, 167 m), Mt. Annapurna- I (8, 09 m) Mt. Manaslu (8,163 m), Mt. Annapurna II (7,937 m.), Mt. Annapurna III (7, 555 m), Mt. Annapurna IV (7,525 m), Mt. Annapurna South (7, 219 m), Mt. Nilgiri (7,041 m), Mt. Hiunchuli (6, 441 m), Mt. Lamjung Himal (6, 986 m), Tukuche peak (6, 920 m), to Tilicho peak (7, 134 m).


Short Outline Itinerary:

Day 01:     Main arrival in Kathmandu 1,320 m via various airlines.

Day 02:     In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour and trek preparation.

Day 03:     Drive to Jagat 1,260 m via Besisar 820 m -07 hrs.

Day 04:     Trek to Dharapani 1,943 m - 06 hrs.

Day 05:     Trek to Kotto village 2,580 m - 05 hrs.

Day 06:     Trek to Dharmasala 3,230 m - 05 hrs.

Day 07:     Trek to Kyang 3,010 m - 05 hrs.

Day 08:     Trek to Phu village 4,080 m - 06 hrs.

Day 09:     Rest day in Phu village for acclimatization and short exploration.

Day 10:     Trek to Nar Phedi 3, 545 m - 06 hrs.

Day 11:     Trek to Nar-Gaon 4,206 m - 06 hrs.

Day 12:     Trek to Kang La Base Camp 4,530 m - 05 hrs.

Day 13:     Cross Kang-La Pass 5, 322 m trek to Ngawal 3,650 m - 07 hrs.

Day 14:     Trek to Manang 3,540 m - 05 hrs.

Day 15:     Trek to Yak Kharka 4,110 m - 04 hrs.

Day 16:     Trek to Thorang- La High Camp at 4,450 m - 04 hrs.

Day 17:     Cross Thorang La 5,416 m and trek to Muktinath 3,800 m -06 hrs.

Day 18:     Trek to Jomsom 2,715 m around Kaligandaki valley - 04 hrs.

Day 19:     Fly to Pokhara 860 m from Jomsom-22 min and transfer to hotel.

Day 20:     Fly or drive back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

Day 21:     International departure to respective countries homeward bound.


Trip Extension in Pokhara

While in Pokhara,with more time can extend for other adventure sports activities rafting, mountain biking, boating, Ultra-light flight, Para-gliding and Zip Flyer or just relax and enjoy at leisure with views of Annapurna Himalaya.

Main Highlights of the Trek

“Spectacular panorama on daily walks to scenic and hidden valley Nar and Phu,

Adventure beyond Annapurna massive mountain range and high Manang valley,

Explore around wonderful traditional Nar and Phu forgotten high villages,

Exceptional views of Annapurna, Chulu’s with Damodar Himal range of peaks,

Crossing two highest scenic passes over Kang-la and Thorang-la above 5,000 m”

Trek at a glance

Mode of accommodation:        Hotels in Kathmandu-Pokhara with local nice lodge on treks.

Trekking Grade:                      Moderate to Adventurous walks.

Area of Trekking:                    North Mid-West around Annapurna Himalaya

Highest elevation gain:           At Kang-la 5,322 m and Thorang La Pass 5,416 m

Daily Walks:                            Minimum 4 hrs to maximum of 6 hrs.

Trekking duration:                  16 Nights and 17 Days (with drive and flight from

                                                           Jomsom to Pokhara)

Total Trip:                                20 Nights and 21 Days (arrival to final departure)

Facts

No. of Days :
21 D
No. of Nights :
20 N
Min Age :
18 Yrs
Max Age :
70 Yrs
Min Weight :
20 Kg
Max Weight :
100 Kg
Min Pax Per Booking :
2 Pax
Max Pax Per Booking :
16 Pax
Available Group Capacity :
100 Pax
Trip Standard :
3 Star
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Best Seasons :
April and May and from mid-September till early November
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Lowest Elevation :
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Highest Elevation :
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Trip Start Point :
Kathmandu
Trip End Point :
Kathmandu
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Inclusion
  • check_circle_outline Applicable Trekking Information Management Systems permits (TIMS) with National Park Entry permits also includes ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) Fees.
  • check_circle_outline All tour and treks accompanied by guides-staff and porters (either human or pack animals like yaks or mules), all wages, meals, accommodation, transportation facilities with Insurance against medical and accidents.
  • check_circle_outline In some high altitude treks we provide sleeping bags and down jackets also with comprehensive medical kits carried by our guides and staff.
  • check_circle_outline Private vehicle or in tourist coach-bus overland to Pokhara and back the same way to Kathmandu, includes local transportation to start the trek and at end of trek.
  • check_circle_outline Full board on trekking with breakfast-lunch-afternoon refreshment with dinner includes twin sharing rooms in lodge on route treks.
  • check_circle_outline Tour and sightseeing around Kathmandu as per the itinerary chosen with city guides includes all entrance fees at places of interest.
  • check_circle_outline All arrival and departure from the airport to hotel and back on private cars, coach or buses as per the group size.
  • check_circle_outline Accommodation in tourist standard or 2-3 star class hotels on bed and breakfast basis as well in twin sharing basis rooms. (For single supplement at extra cost)

Exclusion
  • highlight_off Early return from the tour or treks will not be entertainment with refund, where client should borne all the expenses incurred including accompany guide-porters services.
  • highlight_off For domestic flight if not included on itinerary to and from Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu at extra cost.
  • highlight_off Single Supplement on hotel rooms as well on trek in lodge where clients should inform ahead on booking with extra charge on booking single private rooms where available.
  • highlight_off Personal Trekking gear and equipment’s including down jackets-sleeping bags if not provided by the company as per the trip cost.
  • highlight_off Emergency evacuation by any means of transportations including immediate Helicopter services if required on accidents, sickness and personal problems.
  • highlight_off Expenses of individual nature drinks, laundry, telephone bills, gratitude and meals in city areas Kathmandu and Pokhara as per the itinerary chosen.
  • highlight_off International air-fare, Personal medical / travel insurance and Nepal visa fees.
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