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Narphu Valley & Annapurna Circuit Trek-22 days

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2014-04-07

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We no doubt recommend Advanced Adventures to anyone willing to go trekking in Nepal.

We are just back from a 12 days trek on the Annapurna Circuit, from Besi Sahar to Jomsom, and we absolutely loved it. We arrived in Nepal without...

Trip Introduction

Nar & Phu trek is the one and only off the beaten trek in Annapurna Region, Nar Phu valley blended with the most frequented Annapurna Circuit Trek comprises two authentic tribal villages Nar and Phu as well as the elevated highlights of Nepalese most frequented trekking trail. Extremely strenuous walk to these exceptional highland hamlets through narrow canyons, dense lush vegetation, amazing rocky landscapes and traditional hamlets having centuries old monasteries along with the traverse across Kang La Pass plus the crossing over world’s highest Himalayan Pass Thorung La 5416m, the trek caters magnificent Himalayan vistas, uniquely delightful cultural aspects and the revered site Muktinath.

The trek is not definitely for those who cannot endure walking six to seven hours every day for almost three weeks. Kicking off at Chamje, the trek initially chases the trails of famous Annapurna Circuit Trek and deviates after couple of days walk towards the off the beaten destinations which obviously is Nar. After the exploration of Nar and Phu, the trek goes over Kang La Pass 5315m to arrive at Manang. From Manang, the trek again treads along the Annapurna Circuit Trail to Thorung -La Pass and slides down to Jomsom via Muktinath. 
 
The trek is operated on teahouse basis however, we can operate the trek on Full Board Basis as well because the teahouses in the region considering the location offer basic facilities only.


Trip Highlights 

* The sightseeing tour of Kathmandu Valley prior to the trek
* The culture of natives of Nar & Phu- rarely explored villages
* The sacred elevated monasteries of Nar and Phu, which are explored by thousands Buddhist pilgrims every year
* The walk across Kang La Pass that cater the magnificent views of peaks like Annapurna II, Gangapurna and Tilicho Peak
* The typical trail of trekking in Nepal, that goes up and down the rolling hills so many times like the waves in a ocean. Moreover, the trails of Annapurna Circuit Trek also cater an opportunity to tread along the gorges of Marsyangdi River.
* The authentic culture of diverse ethnical tribes living on the trails of famous Round Annapurna Trek. The major and the unique cultures trekkers get to encounter is of of Gurungs, Thakalis and Marphas.
* The challenge of getting across Throng La Pass 5416m, which is a strenuous walk uphill on the rock strewn trail.
* The panorama of Himalayan giants dominated by Annapurna to the north and the deep Marsyangdi Valley to the south.
* The floral and faunal biodiversity of Annapurna Conservation Area Project.
* The common pilgrimage of Buddhists, Hindus, Jains and the ancient Bon-Po religions, Muktinath.
* The Himalayan panorama so well blended with lush vegetation
* Jomsom, the windy city of Nepal also known as Apple Orchard and the deepest gorge in the world Kali Gandaki Gorge are the highlights of latter half of the trek.
* An opportunity to sight the Kali Gandaki River Valley civilization


Can I Accomplish This Trek Easily?

If you have, the extreme ability to walk around 6-8 hours a day with a light daypack and passionate feeling, this trek will be highly suitable as this is moderate trek. It is fact that having walk in higher altitudes is definitely more physically demanding than walking in lower altitudes. Therefore, you need to be prepared to adjust in the high altitude. Advance Adventure Kindly request to all the clients to prepare them for Narphu Valley & Annapurna Circuit Trek 22 day/s by Jogging and exercising regularly at least 3 month prior to the start of the trek. If you have the subtle experiences on walking /trekking in high altitude, environment this trek will be really easier. Your Past hiking experiences may be worthy but you need special technical skill for this trek. To accomplish the trek you should have excellent health with average physical fitness, positive attitude, self-confidence and strong determination. If you have pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases please kindly inform us before booking the trip. We are highly conscious about your health and safety. You can have the experiences of more demanding and challenging episode while in Trek.


Customize Your Own Trek !

This trek itinerary provided here is a standard itinerary prepared to this trip but if you want to customize your own itinerary for this trekking adventure at your timeline and interest, do write us, and we will be very pleased to customize this trek to your need. We are more than happy to customize this trip to your requirements. 


Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu 1400m

Day 02: Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu & trek preparation day

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Chamje 1300m via Besisahar 8-9 hrs drive

Day 04: Trek to Dharapani 1910m 6 hrs trek

Day 05: Trek to Koto 2605m 5 hrs trek

Day 06: Trek to Meta 3235m 7-8 hrs trek

Day 07: Trek to Phu 4050m 7-8 hrs trek

Day 08: Rest day in Phu and explore around

Day 09: Trek to Nar Phedi 3825m 5-6 hrs trek

Day 10: Trek to Nar Village 4155m 2-3 hrs trek

Day 11: Explore monasteries around Nar

Day 12: Trek to Ngawal 3675m across Kang La Pass 5315m 8-9 hrs trek

Day 13: Trek to Manang 3550m 4 hrs trek

Day 14: Manang: Rest day for acclimatization

Day 15: Trek to Yak Kharka 4,110m 6 hrs trek

Day 16: Trek to Thorung Phedi 4600m 3-4 hrs trek

Day 17: Trek to Muktinath 3,800m across Thorong- La Pass 5416m 8-9 hrs trek

Day 18: Trek to Jomsom 2560m 5-6 hrs trek

Day 19: Fly to Pokhara

Day 20: Drive to Kathmandu 200km 7-8 hrs drive

Day 21: Free Day in Kathmandu

Day 22: Depart Kathmandu

Important Trip Notes & Activities

Pleased acknowledge that you are joining us for the adventure trip in remote Himalayan region, where weather conditions, health and fitness of the member or unexpected natural disaster can compel us to change the itinerary and if so you have to understand it but we would try our best to keep the suggested itinerary as per the original schedule.

Your safety and satisfaction of the trip is our prime concern while travelling with us and we ensure you our best team, logistics, professional services to make sure that you would have an amazing trip of lifetime with us. Also note that our trip leader deserved the final decision if the trip has to amend, change the route or cancel due to the extreme conditions for the safety precaution. However, he will try his best to ensure that the trip runs as according to the stated plan but be prepared for flexibility if necessary.

Additional Information

Regarding this trip, we have attempted to provide enough information as we can via our website. Nevertheless, if you need any discussion regarding your time availability and others query please feels free to contact directly at +9779851040806 if you want to talk. Alternatively, please contact us via our email- sales@advadventures.com

 

Price: US $1740 per person

What is Included?

  • All ground transportation in Kathmandu by private vehicle (Including airport pick and drop) 
  • 03 Nights twin sharing Deluxe accommodation in Kathmandu at Hotel Apsara Boutique on BB plan
  • Welcome dinner at one of the typical Nepalese restaurant- Traditional Dance & Music & Farewell Dinner at one of the finest restaurant in down town
  • Annapurna Conservation Areas Project (ACAP) Permits & Fees & TIMs card
  • Kathmandu to Besishahar transfer by avaiable public bus( 6 to 7 hours drive)
  • Nar Phu to Annapurna Circuit Trekking on full board of meals (B, L, D, tea /coffee in cups only), seasonal fruits etc. 
  • Nar Phu to Annapurna Circuit Trek accommodation in comfortable Mt. Lodges & Guest Houses on twin share- (Nights in Besishahar, Tal & Manang, Muktinath, Jomsom will be in attached bathroom/hot shower)
  • Jomsom- Pokhara flight, transfer 
  • 01 Nights twin share 3 star deluxe hotel in Pokhara with breakfast plan- Hotel Pokhara Batika or similar 
  • Pokhara- Kathmandu transfer by deluxe tourust bus (Lunch will be provided)
  • One Advanced Adventures Trek Leader (Gov. Licensed, first aid, altitude trained/experienced and eco trained), assistance leader/s in a group, their entire expenses, equipment and insurance 
  • One trek porter to carry trek luggage’s for every two trekkers in a group, all payment, trekking equipment and insurance 
  • Sleeping Bags and Down Jacket for Trek use (Need to return after trek), Trek Duffle Bag and T- shirt, Trekking Maps & Adventure Certificate 
  • Group Medicine kit Box, with Diamox- AMS Medicine 
  • All Gov. and local taxes as applicable 
  • Final departure transfer from Kathmandu to airport on your departure

What is Excluded?

  • Nepal Visa, International flights in/out Nepal 
  • Lunch & evening meals in Kathmandu & Pokhara (If any) 
  • Cost of beverages such as mineral water, coca cola, Beer etc., cost of battery charge, laundry etc. on trek 
  • Travel insurance (Must include Helicopter evacuation, Medical Exp. and trip cancellation) 
  • Personal trekking gears 
  • Personal nature expenses & Tips 
  • Any extending trips
All prices are in US dollars and do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.

We do have several departure dates for our trekking /climbing trips. Please find your convenient departure date from the below listed year and write us. Being as a Nepal based adventure travel Company, we do have permanent trekking set up in mountains so we are very much flexible for the departure dates for our every Himalayan trip. Please view our available group dates as stated and if the listed dates are not matching your expected time for this trip, write us with your personal date, we are happy to organize this trip to you as per your own selected date and we can open the same date for our group departure date.

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Passport & Visa Information
Nepal visa is the easiest visa to obtain; you may buy your Nepal visa at your nearest Nepalese Embassy/ Consulate or Mission offices abroad or buy this upon on arrival to Kathmandu international airport as per your convenient. You have to have 2 passport size photographs, Visa fees in US cash & valid passport at least for 6 months valid at the starting of the trip.

Nationals of SAARC countries and China do not need visa when visiting Nepal. As per this rule, Indian nationals do not require visa.

Transit visa is provided for foreign nationality for 3 days. Visa must be obtained for staying over the initial period of three days. Currently, foreign national can obtain Nepalese visa from the following border.

• Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu
• Kakarvitta, Jhapa (Eastern Nepal)
• Birganj, Parsa (Central Nepal)
• Kodari, Sindhupalchowk (Northern Border)
• Belhiya, Bhairahawa (Rupandehi, Western Nepal)
• Jamuna, Nepalgunj (Banke, Mid Western Nepal)
• Mohana, Dhangadhi (Kailali, Far Western Nepal)
• Gaddachauki, Mahendranagar (Kanchanpur, Far Western Nepal)

Tourist Visa Fees: 3 days transit visa - Free of Cost
Multiple entry 15 days - US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry 30 days - US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry 90 days - US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency

(For further information, please, contact Department of Immigration, Maitighar, Impact Building, Kathmandu, and Tel: 00977-1-4221996 / 4223590 / 4222453,

Download visa form-: www.nepalimmigration.gov.np

Group Size
In this Nar- Phu to Annapurna Circuit Trek, the minimum group size would be two and maximum group size is ten or more on request. We can also organize private trip to solo person with single supplement cost. Else, join our estimated group departure dates available online or ask us with your personal dates, we will open group date on the same date.

Our Guides, Trip & Safety
Because these hikes take you on the remote Himalayan region, it is very essential that you are accompanied with the very experienced and qualified & equipped leader for the safe and successful trip. We Advanced Adventures employee the local trek guide and stuff who are trained and qualified on the trip we worked on. Our guides are trained and licensed from Nepal Gov, certify from TAAN & Nepal Mountaineering Association. All of our leading Trekking and Climbing Guide are experience from last 8 to 10 years. We have train them specially for your trip, to cater the flexible needs of our peoples in the group joining from different countries, this double assure you that your trip is at the right and professional hands.

At every trip, there would be our one Trek leader and one assistance leader on each additional 2 peoples on the trek- this arrangement would ensure that even if any of our guide/ assistance guides get sick or if any travelers gets sick and need to be back or delay the days of walking, it would still works smoothly and there would not be any impact on our original trek plan. Also each two trekker would have one Sherpa helper for carrying your trekking bags.

Acclimatization 
There is no way to prepare for altitude other than to spend time at altitude. Being in very good physical condition will help ameliorate some of the exhaustion that people often feel, but it will not prevent altitude caused medical problems such as Acute Mountain Sickness. This itinerary is designed with a high degree of awareness of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) in mind and to ensure a comfortable and safe adventure trek in the Himalayas. Staying well hydrated and getting plenty of rest may help. 

The maximum elevation of this trek will be reached at Thorong la at altitude of 5416m above sea level. Obviously this altitude range is high, but as we would be e range of altitude, and we are hiking from the 820m to this altitude range with enough days of hiking en route, it is not considered a high risk zone for AMS. However, AMS could affect to the peoples indifferently. 

Travel Insurance & Vaccination
You must obtain personal travel insurance to join us for our Himalayan trips. You must be having a travel insurance which must cover helicopter evacuation, trip cancellation and medical expenses. And it is suggested that you buy your insurance policy from you homeland country before traveling as it is difficult buying local travel insurance policy for foreigners in Nepal. 

Vaccination is required to plan to your trip to Nepal but it is not a must to have thing to come, but highly suggested. Your doctor will have the information of vaccination you would require to the country you will be traveling. 

Hepatitis A, Japanese Encephalitis, Polio, Rabies, Tetanus, Typhoid and Malaria etc. are the recommended vaccination for traveling to Nepal. 

Meals and Accommodations
While in Kathmandu and in Pokhara, your accommodation is at 3 star deluxe hotel that comfort your stays in city and while in trek, your accommodation is at Mt. Lodge and Guest House which is clean and comfortable. Our entire accommodation is at twin share unless stated but single supplement accommodation is also available on personal request at the additional cost of US$- 250.

In city, only breakfast is included on the offered trip itinerary but while in trek full board of meals is included (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, and Tea- Coffee). We provide you food from the local tea- house/ Mt. Lodge from en route. Breakfast and dinner is to be provided from the same tea- house/ guest house we would overnight but lunch would be en route in between.

Foods provided are depends on the availability of the Mt. lodges we would be staying but in general, you can have Nepalese foods (Dal Bhat), Tibetan fried bread, various soups, Momo’s (steamed dumplings), potatoes, pastas and even a version of pizza! So, over all you have a different choice of food on trek.

Trekking Seasons
We do have two best seasons to attempt this trek to Nar Phu & Annapurna Circuit Trek. We always suggest you to come at the right time of the year as far as possible to enjoy this trip at best weather condition. 

Spring: - (March, April, May) - Best warmest time to trek. Rhododendron flowers in bloom- excellent trails and clear skies, best visibility. Good Temperature, warmest weather of the year.

Autumn:- (Mid September, October and November) - Excellent trails, clear blue skies, best visibility. Best Time to Trek

Winter Months: - (December, January and February) are also good, but it’s obviously colder. You have to be prepared for this. It is up to you to plan this trek at this cold time or not.

Summer: - Monsoon, so rain and visibility can be a big issue (from Mid June, July and August). We do not suggest you this time for the trek.

Caring Porter
Our porter are fully equipped and insured for each trip they are undertaking with us. As you know that we are very sincere with the porter issues and their situation while on trek thus we make sure that our porter are fully prepared for the trip. We are closely working with International Porter Progress Association for the welfare and befit for the touristic porters. The maximum load carried by our porter is 20 to 25 KG maximum so be sure that your trekking bag so not load more than 12 KG.

To Book
Once you would choose which trip you would like to book with us, write us with the information or phone us on our phone number for the trip booking confirmation. We have online trip booking option, you may go on that link, choose your trip and date and follow the instruction with information required and summit us. Once your trip booking request would be received, we would suggest you the final trip booking procedure with advance payment of the trip. Non-refundable deposit of 20% (per person) is required to confirm a place on your selected adventure.

Please do not hesitate to contact us in relation to any questions you may have regarding our trip booking Process.

Deepak Regmi

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Mr. Deepak is our qualified guide who have been trekking in Nepal with us for over 8 years. He is loyal, dedicated and honest guide who enjoy trekking himself and happy guiding his peoples. He is from Gorkha region, which is the route to the famous- Manaslu region trekking in Nepal. 

He has trekked over all the major trekking region in Nepal including, Everest, Annapurna, Manslu, Langtang and Upper Mustang. He is very friendly, and accommodating for guest interest so he is a perfect guide for solo trekkers to small groups. 

He is licensed and certify from Nepal Gov. Department of Tourism and Nepal Tourism Board as professioanl Trek guide for Nepal Himalyas. He has interest in travelling, photography, meeting new peoples and music.

 

Hom Rana

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Born in Bungkot village of Gorkha, Hom Rana is cheerful mountain guide with more two decades of experience. Most of the guests who trek Nepal with him thinks that he is a "cool" guide. Mr. Magar's engagement in trekking started when he was 15 years old (in year 1995). He went to Annapurna Circuit Trek and his first salary was a modest NRs 75. Hom Magar is passionate about trekking in the Himalayas. He talks fondly of the mountains, the people and the cultural heritage of Nepal.

Hom can play traditional Nepalese musical instruments like Madal and Flute. He is also fond of singing. He has a tiger face tattooed on his left arm and fondly tells his guests about the story behind it. He generally spends his free time with his family- cooking Momo and playing with his child.

He says that Nepal is a "small world with a lot to behold".

Ishor Lamichhane

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Born in Burlang, Gorkha District, Ishwor first came to Kathmandu in 1999 to get enrolled in a college to complete his under-graduation.

It was during the final year of his under-graduation that he got into tourism to support his financial instability. A novice, he first went to the Annapurna Circuit as a porter carrying a 30 kg goods on his back. He did the same for half a dozen trips, An earnest man, he waspromoted to be the porter cum guide for Annapurna trek and later guided a trek to Everest Base Camp.

He lives with his family in Kathmandu. A family guy, he loves to cook at home and help with other household chores along with assisting his children with school assignments.

His friends call him a jolly fellow. He loves dancing to folk tunes...and occasionally sings during the recreational activities in trek. He says, "If we consider going to Everest Base Camp to trek, it is not just about Everest, the cultural and natural extravanza along the way is what make the trip special [...] The fun of the trek is not in the destination but in what you meet along that way…and in Nepal one meets a lot!"

He is a man of various stories and you can talk about a variety of topics with him.

Kim Rana

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Born and raised in Gorkha, Kim Rana came into the tourism sector through his cousin Hom Rana. He started as a porter and fondly remembers his first every trip. He carried 45 kg weight all the way from Jomsom to the Annapurna Base camp as a porter for a group of 14 Hungarian trekkers.

The content faces of the trekkers after long and adventurous trek motivates him to become an even better guide. His first trip as a full time guide was a 12 days Everest Base Camp Trek from Lukla with a group of Australian tourists.

Kim lives with his spouse with whom he has a son and daughter together. He has a metal workshop and works there when he is not trekking. He learned his trade as an apprentice under a friend who was a good metal worker.

Kim does not know how he has a seemingly Korean name. He asked his priest who gave him the name; he even doesn't have an answer. Kim speaks some Korean too. Once, a group of four Koreans started talking to him in Korean language. He knows some Korean too and started conversing to them. They ended up thinking he was a Korean too.

Rating :

2014-04-07

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We no doubt recommend Advanced Adventures to anyone willing to go trekking in Nepal.

We are just back from a 12 days trek on the Annapurna Circuit, from Besi Sahar to Jomsom, and we absolutely loved it. We arrived in Nepal without having booked our trek. We had looked what was on offer online though and liked Advanced Adventures website.

Once in Kathmandu we paid a visit to their office. That’s when we met Chet who really took the time to explain everything to us in detail and answered our questions. We booked our trek about a week ahead only and met with our guide, Iswor, before the trek.

It was just the two of us, and Ishow, and our porter, Bisnu, took really great care of us. We felt really safe and learned a lot of interesting things while walking. Accommodation and food were much better than we would have expected at such high altitudes. Needless to say that the views were breathtaking.

Mrs. Marina  and Mr. Tony - France
Annapurna Circuit Trek
 

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Meals Full Board of Meals on Trek & BB in City
Difficulty Fairly Challenging
Room Hotels/Teahouses
Max Elevation 5416m
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Group Size 2 - 10 Persons
Best Month March-May & August- October

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