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Narphu Valley

Duration :

26 Days

Description :

Narphu valleyHidden by swirls of mountain mist ahead of us, from Kangla pass at 5200m the magnificent panorama view of Annapurna massif appears remote and forbidding. Our destination is the Nar-Phu valley, above the tree line on the upper limits of cultivation, in the very north of Manang district. It takes five hours reaching the pass that links Nar with Manang and three other Bhotia villages in the Nyershang down valley.

Nowadays, Nar Phu has about 300 inhabitants who depend on livestock, unlike most Bhotia people, whose trading patterns changed drastically after the Nepali Government closed borders with Tibet, the people of Nar and Phu valley were least affected by this change. The tortuous path leading from the valley into Tibet had never made them dependent on the salt trade, and till today yak herding is the basis of their livelihood.

The Nepal government's recent decision to open up Nar and Phu to tourists has evoked little enthusiasm among the villagers, whose pastoral lifestyle continues. Apart from the odd researcher and climbing expeditions permitted to climb Him lung, Ratnachuli and Gachikang, few foreigners has visited the area and tourism infrastructure is almost non-existent. Since Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) recently extended its network to include Nar and Phu Valley, it is preparing a suitable tourism development plan at the request of the government for undiscovered valley.

We start this trek after driving almost whole day from Kathmandu to Besishar. From here we follow Pupular Annapurna Circuit route until Koto and then we take off the beaten route until we get Nar Phu. After visiting this area we trek back to Manang, a beautiful village of Annapurna trail and continue trek to Tilicho route. After trekking about 4-5 days through Tilicho Lake and two beautiful but challenging pass of this region we end our trek at Jomsom where we catch our flight to Pokhara and later to KTM. Trekkers carry only day pack and walk at their own pace. Average hiking per day will be 6-7 hrs.
Day   Activity
  1   We drive to Dhunche (1966m), the administrative center of the region. It is about 7 hours drive from Kathmandu to Dhunche. We will camp near Dhunche.
  2   We follow the graveled road for a while. We cross a river and take the steep path through shady woods to our lunch spot at the village of Bharku (1844m). From here we ascend through chirpine and rhododendron forest to crest a 2250m ridge. From here too there should be fine views northward of the snow peaks in Tibet, and to the northeast the summit of Langtang Lirung (7245m). After a short descent we reach Syabru (2118m), a pleasant village strung out along a ridge.
  3   The main trail to Langtang contours down along a ridge and through forest to the Langtang Khola. This dayâ??s walk is most fascinating, the forests are alive with bird life and there is a lot to interest the plant lover. Camp near Lama Hotel.
  4   With intermittent views of Langtang Lirung, we climb steadily above the valley to the police check post of Gore Tabela (2889m); a short distance beyond is Langtang village (3307m). The houses are Tibetan-style and surrounded by stonewalls enclosing small fields of buckwheat, potatoes, turnips and barley. Camp near the village.
  5   A short dayâ??s walk to the summer pasture settlement of Kyangjin (3749m) the nearby monastery is well worth a visit. There is also a cheese factory, built in 1955 with Swiss assistance.
  6   A day hike to Langtang Ri (4900m), an excellent viewpoint, head west from Yala, or continue circling up the hill. From Kyangjin you can also head up Langtang valley to Langsisa Kharak for views of Langshisa Ri (6310m), Khang Chhempo (6388m) Ahead lies the main Langtang glacier, to the south is the beautiful Buddha peak and the terminus of the main Langtang glacier.
  7   From Kyangjin we descend the trail through Langtang village and Ghore Tebela to Lama Hotel.
  8   A lovely morningâ??s walk downhill to a familiar lunch spot by the river. We shall aim to spend a little longer here to enjoy the bird life before reaching to Syabru.
  9   Continue retrace our steps to Dhunche.
  10   Drive back to Kathmandu.

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