Moderate trekking involves 5 – 6 hours a day walking at a steady pace below 4000 meters for around 10 days trekking trip.
The trekking trail to the hidden villages of Naar and Phu north of the main Annapurna Circuit trail was only opened to overseas trekkers in 2002. This is a remote and beautiful region of the high Himalaya that few people get to visit. It's stunning scenery and ancient villages make it feel like visitors are walking in the footsteps of a National Geographic explorer and photographer.
This trekking route can be enjoyed year-round as the high peaks of the Annapurna Massif to the south cast a rain-shadow over the Annapurna Circuit trail and Naar-Phu Valley. This is a trek for the adventurous explorer who wants to venture beyond the main trekking trails and encounter hidden wonders of the high Himalaya. The trail initially follows the first days of the classic Annapurna Circuit Trail until we reach Koto where we then head off the main trail into the steep hidden valley to the north. We wind our way up this spectacular valley until we reach the ancient village of Phu and then head over a high pass to reach Naar. From there we cross the high and challenging Kang La Pass (5,306m) before descending back down to the Annapourna Circuit Trail
The challenges of this trail reward the adventurous trekker with amazing mountain scenery and wonderful hidden villages and ancient Tibetan culture.
A Lantang Ri Trekking & Expedition representative will greet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. When you are ready you will be collected from your hotel lobby and driven to our Thamel office where you will be formally introduced to your Trekking Guide. We will go through all your trek itinerary and arrangements with you an ensure every detail is in place. We will also ask for your passport photographs and any other details so that we can organize any permits required for your trek and the region you will be exploring.
After breakfast, we start an interesting tour around Kathmandu. Escorting by an English speaking guide (can be provide any language speaking guide on request) the tour will give you a taste of our vivid Nepali culture and history. In our sightseeing tour we go to Monkey Temple Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath and Kathmandu Durbar Square.
Bouddhanath: Bouddhanath is a Buddhist religious complex with a history dating back over 500 years. Located on the eastern edge of Kathmandu it is now a site of great pilgrimage for Buddhist followers who circle its massive stupa, spin its many prayer wheels and visit its beautiful monastery. The main feature of Boudhanath is its huge hemispherical white stupa with central golden tower and the all-seeing eyes of the Buddha. Visitors should circle the stupa in a clockwise direction and spin prayer wheels for good fortune and a good life. Visitors may also enjoy visiting the thangka painting school within the complex to see highly skilled artists at work on religious mandala paintings.
Pashupatinath: This Hindu Temple is a very large complex and focal point for the Hindu religion in Nepal. This old and very revered complex of buildings and shrines is dedicated to the Lord Shiva, one of the main deities of Hinduism. While Lord Shiva has multiple forms he is often seen as the destroyer. This has great significance for the Pashupatinath temple as it is the site of many Hindi ritual cremations each day. Pashupatinath is considered by Hindus to be an auspicious site for passing from one stage of life to the next through the purifying and destroying flames of cremation. However, on a happier note, visitors may also get to see the temple in a buoyant festival mode with one of the many Hindu festivals celebrated here through the year.
Swayambhunath: You will first visit the Swayambhunath temple complex that sits atop a high hill overlooking Kathmandu and the entire Kathmandu Valley. Swayambhunath is perhaps the most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage site in Nepal. It consists of a very large white stupa with the all-seeing-eye of Lord Buddha plus many small stupa and beautifully carved stone shrines. This is a wonderful place to catch your breath and start to understand and appreciate the deep importance of Buddhist belief to the people of Nepal and the Himalaya region. Make sure you ring the many bells to awaken the gods and let them know you are in Nepal. Take the time to enjoy the view over Kathmandu and have your guide point out the many other highlights of the city. In the far distance to the east you may also be able to see the hills of Nagarkot. If you feel energetic you might also like to try some or all of the 350 steps that lead all the way from Kathmandu city up to your Swayambhunath temple vantage point.
Kathmandu Durbar Square: The next stop today is the beautiful Kathmandu Durbar Square, or the royal palace square of the ancient Malla Kings of the Kathmandu Valley. This square and all its architectural treasures are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While some damage to buildings occurred in the 2015 earthquake the site still contains many stunning architectural gems. The original royal palace courtyards are open to visitors and you will marvel at the intricate timber carving and beautifully crafted brickwork of the palace. The open square outside the palace has many beautiful multi-storey pagodas and temples with ornate carving and carpentry artwork that tells some of the story of the ancient kings and their mystical time and beliefs. The square also contains many important Hindu temples and statues such as to Vishnu and Lord Shiva. Durbar Square also contains the unique and intriguing Kumari Chok. This is an ancient and ornate house where resides the Raj Kumari – the Living Goddess. She is a young girl chosen through an ancient and mystical selection process to become the human incarnation of the Hindu mother goddess, Durga. If you are in the courtyard of her home at the right time in the afternoon you may see a brief glimpse of the Goddess at her window.
Drive to Besi Sahar through Prithvi Highway, about 6 hours drive. Reach Besi Sahar at lunch time. Take a local jeep to Dharapani driving with the view of River, greeneries, local villages and beautiful mountain scenery. A steep and slippery trail runs up and down through paddy fields, passing through tiny Tibetan villages, the trail ascends through the rhododendron forest .
Today the trail climbs along the mule track through in and fir forest and then follows the river for a time amongst the higher oak and maple trees. You can enjoy the spectacular mountain views of Annapurna II and Manaslu range along the way to Koto. Koto is a small village mainly inhabited by Gurung and other ethnic groups. Their lifestyle is mainly influenced by Buddhist Tibetans. Stay overnight at camp in Koto.
Here is the point we should checked our restricted permit in check point before we entry this area. Trail is very quite in jungle 700m gradually up then descent 20m then ascent to Meta, we should take pack during this day and overnight at tea house in normal basis.
We have to go 60m down to Jhuman then trail gradually up to Khyang three hours from meta from where we can see awesome mountains view Pissang peak, Annapurna II, Gyaji Kang, Tilche Peak. This day also we should take pack lunch from Meta then last part of day walk to Phu village take around three hours gradually top of village over night at lodge.
Due to long walk from Kyange we need to rest for our health and have hot breakfast in Phu village then visit to Tashi Lhakhang Gompa 4150m from sea level. And look around unique house and people of Phu village then back to hotel for lunch after rest time.
To get to Nar we have to go back down the valley, we pass Chaku and walk on for a couple of hours before we cross the Phu Khola at Nar Phedi (two bridges to Nar). From here we climb up to a very nice grassy campsite.
This is the acclimatization/rest day for this trek. We spend the day taking a day hike nearby and explore Nar village and have a close look over the local culture and lifestyle. We also prepare for the trek next day. Overnight in Nar.
Crossing the pass Kang La is a long and arduous undertaking, therefore you should start as early as possible on this day.The first part of the trail above Nar leads moderately uphill and into a wide valley where you will find a small tea house. Then you face the first steep ascent, followed by another flat section, which ends at an easy river crossing. Subsequently, the actual ascent to the top of the pass begins. You will climb along a beautiful old trail with moderate inclination. Due to an altitude of more than 5300 meters on top this ascent nevertheless is rather demanding. Descending from Kang La down to the village Ngawal the difference in altitude is more than 1700 meters. You can use short-cuts over fine loose scree on the first part, further downhill you take the right branch of the trail which leads you along the top of a ridge and re-joins the main trail in the valley later on. After a rocky climb down into a small gorge, a broad and comfortable trail will bring you to the first Chorten high above the village of Ngawal. Finally a stairway build of large stones will bring you down to the village.
From Ngwal, we head for Manang today. We pass through the isolated village of Paugh overlooking the amazing views of Annapurna range. We then move gently uphill to Mungli and then to the main trail of Annapurna Trail at Mungli. We eventually reach Manang, where we set up our camps for overnight stay. Overnight in Manang.
Drive from Manang to Beshishar it takes about 6-7 hours.You can enjoy the awesome view of Himalay ranges and devine forest in this trail.Todays night we will stay in Besishar.
After breakfast drive to Kathmandu from Besishar. At the evening you can have your last night in Nepal enjoying the Nepali cultural dinner show, taking some beautiful snaps and making up your mind for the returning journey. You can have a greetings exchanging among friends and with all Nepalese people.
We will meet you at your hotel and take you to the airport in plenty of time to meet your flight home.
Recommended equipment list: Trekkers need to provide their own personal clothing and equipment. Some items of equipment are available for hire from us as like Down Jacket
Footwear : Well broken-in walking shoes - these must be suitable for snow, thick socks, light socks, camp shoes.
Clothing : Down or fiber filled waterproof jacket and trousers, sweater or fleece jacket, underwear, warm and cotton trousers or jeans, shirts and T-shirts, shorts, long underwear, wool hat, sun hat, gloves, bathing suit, track suit.
Other equipment: Sleeping bag (5 seasons), lock, day pack, water bottle, sun cream, sunglasses, flashlight with spare bulbs and batteries, lip salve, gaiters.
Other items: Insect repellent, toilet articles, diary, toilet roll, laundry soap, wet ones, pocket knife, towel, sewing kit, plasters, binoculars, camera, film, cards and personal medical kit.
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