Manaslu Nar Phu Valley Trek

Trip Overview


Manaslu and Narphu Valley are the emerging Himalayan hiking destinations in Nepal. Manaslu and Narphu Valley both have still listed on the restricted zones in Nepal. But by special permits from the Nepal government, tourists are allowed to trek in Manaslu as well as Narphu Valley.

Indeed, Manaslu and Narphu Valley are the hidden treasures of Nepal. They are relatively less explored places by many trekkers than other established trekking routes in Nepal. Manaslu Narphu Valley Trekking connects these two different hidden Himalayan territories. This trekking also joins some parts of Annapurna Circuit Route.

The trekking starts with exploring of Manaslu. After the visit of Manaslu, you will enter Nar Phu Valley via a small portion of the Annapurna Circuit route. From Nar Phu, you again come to join with Annapurna Circuit to finish this trek.

Mt. Manaslu (8163 meters/26781 feet) is the eight tallest mountains in the world. Manaslu zone opened for the tourists in 1991 AD. The word Manaslu defines ‘The Mountain with Spirit’. Local people believe that the holy being who is strong and benevolent resides within this mountain.

Manaslu area is amazing in nature and fascinating in culture. It put forward incredible mountain scenery and a diverse range of eco-systems of the area from 620 meters to 5160 meters above the sea level. The hiking is trail goes along Budhi Gandaki. It passes a number of waterfalls and lakes and interesting Buddhist Monasteries at medieval looks villages named by Lho, Sama Goan, and Samdo.

The Larke La Pass (5160 meters) is the highest elevated point of the Manaslu trekking route. It grants eye-catching views of Mount Manaslu, Himal Chuli, Ganesh Himal, and other peaks of above 6000 meters height.

After the cross of Larke La Mountain pass, you hike down to Dharapani following Koto (Dharapani, Koto at the Annapurna Circuit route). From Koto you will enter to hidden Valley ‘Nar Phu’. The valley opened to foreigners with special permit only from 2003.

Nar and Phu are two ancient villages. As they are inside the valley they are less windy but the lands are dry and rugged. Phu is located at the upper end of the valley. The valley is surrounded by Pisang Peak to south, Kangla Pass to the west, Kangru Himal east, and Damodar Himal to the north. The populations in the villages are less.

The lifestyle of the villagers is very unique. It is influenced by Tibetan Buddhism. The Buddhist Monasteries, Mani Walls at the villages are also the attractions for the trekkers. From Phu Village people also go for a day hiking to Himlung Himal base camp for better acclimatization to cross Kang La Pass (5315meters).

After finishing the exploration of the Nar Phu valley, you will cross a bit challenging pass called by Kang La Pass (5315meters). This pass grants the amazing mountain views of Lamjung Himal (6983m), Annapurna II (7937m), Annapurna IV (7525m), Gangapurna (7455m), Annapurna I (8091m) and Tilicho Peak (7134m).

From Kang La pass you trek down to another old looking village called Ngawal.  After crossing the pass you again join with the route of Annapurna Circuit. From this Village, there are various options to end the trek. You may either hike to Chame from where by jeep drive you go to Besi Sahar and from Besi Sahar back to Kathmandu by bus.

Or from Ngawal hike to Manang following Yak Khara, Thorong Phedi to cross Thorong La (5416 meters) – another high Himalayan pass, then Muktinath and Jomsom. From Jomsom either by drive or fly go to Pokhara and from Pokhara back to Kathmandu by bus.

ITINERARIES

OPTION I: MANASLU AND NARPHU VALLEY TREK

Day 1: Arrival at Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu. You will be met our Tour officer and he will escort you to the hotel. Altitude: 1400 meters. Night Stay at Hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 2: Sightseeing tour of 2 World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. Trip briefing / Preparation for trekking. Altitude: 1400 meters. Night Stay at Hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat. Further, drive to Soti Khola.

Driving Distance: 137.6 km. Altitude: 1400 meters (Kathmandu) – 608 meters (Arughat) – 700 meters (Soti Khola). Driving 7 to 8 hours by bus. Night Stay at Mountain Lodge.

Day 4: Trekking from Soti Khola to Machha Khola.

Distance: 14 km. Altitude: 700 meters – 869 meters. Walking 5/6 hours. Night Stay at Mountain Lodge.

Day 5: Trekking from Machha Khola to Jagat.

Distance: 17.5 km. Altitude: 869 meters – 1340 meters. Walking 7 hours. Night Stay at Mountain Lodge.

Day 6: Trekking from Jagat to Deng.

Distance: 19 km. Altitude: 1340 meters – 1860 meters. Walking 7/7:30 hours. Night Stay at Mountain Lodge.

Day 7: Trekking from Deng to Namrung.

Distance: 17 km. Altitude: 1860 meters – 2630 meters. Walking 7 hrs. Night Stay at Mountain Lodge.

Day 8: Trekking from Namrung to Sama Gaun.

Distance: 17 km. Altitude: 2630 meters – 3520 meters. Walking 7 hours. Night Stay at Mountain Lodge.

Day 9: Acclimatization Day.

Option I: Hike to Pungen Gompa and back to Sama Gaun.

Distance: 14 km. Altitude: 3520 meters – 4050 meters – 3520 meters. Walking 6 hours. Night Stay at Mountain Lodge.

Option II: Hike to Birendra Tal and back to Sama Gaun.

Distance: 4.3 km. Walking 2 hours. Night Stay at Mountain Lodge.

Option III: Hike to Manaslu Base Camp and back to Sama Gaun.

Distance: Around 17 km. Altitude: 3520 meters – 4400 meters – 3520 meters. Walking 7/8 hours.

Day 10: Trekking from Sama Gaun to Samdo.

Distance: 9 km. Altitude: 3520 meters – 3875 meters. Walking 3:30/ 4 hours. Night Stay at Mountain Lodge.

Day 11: Trekking from Samdo to Dharmashala.

Distance: 6 km. Altitude: 3875 meters – 4460 meters. Walking 3 hours. Night Stay at Mountain Lodge.

Day 12: Trekking from Dharmashala to Larkya La Pass to Bhimtang.

Distance: 15 km. Altitude: 4460 meters – 5160 meters – 3590 meters. Walking 8/9 hours. Night Stay at Mountain Lodge.

Day 13: Trekking from Bhimtang to Dharapani via Tilje.

Distance: 22 km. Altitude: 3590 meters – 1963 meters. Walking 8/9 hours. Night Stay at Mountain Lodge.

Day 14: Trekking from Dharapani to Koto.

Distance: 13.5 km. Altitude: 1860 meters – 2600 meters. Walking 5:30/ 6 hours. Night Stay at Mountain Lodge.

Day 15: Trekking from Koto to Meta.

Distance: 14.5 km. Altitude: 2600 meters – 3570 meters. Walking 5:30/ 6 hours. Night Stay at Mountain Lodge.

Day 16: Trekking from Meta to Phu.

Distance: 16.5 km. Altitude: 3570 meters – 4080 meters. Walking 6:30/ 7 hours. Night Stay at Mountain Lodge.

Day 17: Rest Day.

You may hike to Himlung Base Camp and back to Phu.

Distance: Around 21 km. Altitude: 4080 meters – 4920 meters – 4080 meters. Night Stay at Mountain Lodge.

Day 18: Trekking from Phu to Nar Phedi.

Distance: 15 km. Altitude: 4080 meters – 3490 meters. Walking 5:30/ 6 hours. Night Stay at Mountain Lodge.

Day 19: Trekking from Nar Phedi to Nar Village.

Distance: 5 km. Altitude: 3490 meters – 4285 meters. Walking 3 hours. Night Stay at Mountain Lodge.

Day 20: Trekking from Nar Village to Kang La Pass to Ngawal.

Distance: 14 km. Altitude: 4285 meters – 5320 meters – 3660 meters. Walking 7/ 8 hours. Night Stay at Mountain Lodge.

Day 21: Trekking from Ngawal to Chame.

Distance: Around 24 km. Altitude: 3660 meters – 2726 meters. Walking 8 hours. Night Stay at Mountain Lodge.

Day 22: Drive from Chame to Besi Sahar.

Distance: 66.7 km. Altitude: 2726 meters – 760 meters. Driving 5/6 hours off-road.   Night Stay at Mountain Lodge.

Day 23: Drive from Besi Sahar to Kathmandu.

Distance: 176 km. Altitude: 760 meters – 1400 meters. Driving 6/7 hours. Night Stay at Hotel.

Day 24: Departure to your home country. Our tour officer will drop you at Kathmandu International airport and see you off. End of Service.

OPTION II: MANASLU, NAR PHU VALLEY AND ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT THORONG LA PASS TREK

Day 1: Arrival at Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu. You will be met our Tour officer and he will escort you to the hotel. Altitude: 1400 meters. Night Stay at Hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 2: Sightseeing tour of 2 World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. Trip briefing / Preparation for trekking. Altitude: 1400 meters. Night Stay at Hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat. Further, drive to Soti Khola.

Driving Distance: 137.6 km. Altitude: 1400 meters (Kathmandu) – 608 meters (Arughat) – 700 meters (Soti Khola). Driving 7 to 8 hours by bus. Night Stay at Mountain Lodge.

Day 4: Trekking from Soti Khola to Machha Khola.

Distance: 14 km. Altitude: 700 meters – 869 meters. Walking 5/6 hours. Night Stay at Mountain Lodge.

Day 5: Trekking from Machha Khola to Jagat.

Distance: 17.5 km. Altitude: 869 meters – 1340 meters. Walking 7 hours. Night Stay at Mountain Lodge.

Day 6: Trekking from Jagat to Deng.

Distance: 19 km. Altitude: 1340 meters – 1860 meters. Walking 7/7:30 hours. Night Stay at Mountain Lodge.

Day 7: Trekking from Deng to Namrung.

Distance: 17 km. Altitude: 1860 meters – 2630 meters. Walking 7 hrs. Night Stay at Mountain Lodge.

Day 8: Trekking from Namrung to Sama Gaun.

Distance: 17 km. Altitude: 2630 meters – 3520 meters. Walking 7 hours. Night Stay at Mountain Lodge.

Day 9: Acclimatization Day.

Option I: Hike to Pungen Gompa and back to Sama Gaun.

Distance: 14 km. Altitude: 3520 meters – 4050 meters – 3520 meters. Walking 6 hours. Night Stay at Mountain Lodge.

Option II: Hike to Birendra Tal and back to Sama Gaun.

Distance: 4.3 km. Walking 2 hours. Night Stay at Mountain Lodge.

Option III: Hike to Manaslu Base Camp and back to Sama Gaun.

Distance: Around 17 km. Altitude: 3520 meters – 4400 meters – 3520 meters. Walking 7/8 hours.

Day 10: Trekking from Sama Gaun to Samdo.

Distance: 9 km. Altitude: 3520 meters – 3875 meters. Walking 3:30/ 4 hours. Night Stay at Mountain Lodge.

Day 11: Trekking from Samdo to Dharmashala.

Distance: 6 km. Altitude: 3875 meters – 4460 meters. Walking 3 hours. Night Stay at Mountain Lodge.

Day 12: Trekking from Dharmashala to Larkya La Pass to Bhimtang.

Distance: 15 km. Altitude: 4460 meters – 5160 meters – 3590 meters. Walking 8/9 hours. Night Stay at Mountain Lodge.

Day 13: Trekking from Bhimtang to Dharapani via Tilje.

Distance: 22 km. Altitude: 3590 meters – 1963 meters. Walking 8/9 hours. Night Stay at Mountain Lodge.

Day 14: Trekking from Dharapani to Koto.

Distance: 13.5 km. Altitude: 1860 meters – 2600 meters. Walking 5:30/ 6 hours. Night Stay at Mountain Lodge.

Day 15: Trekking from Koto to Meta.

Distance: 14.5 km. Altitude: 2600 meters – 3570 meters. Walking 5:30/ 6 hours. Night Stay at Mountain Lodge.

Day 16: Trekking from Meta to Phu.

Distance: 16.5 km. Altitude: 3570 meters – 4080 meters. Walking 6:30/ 7 hours. Night Stay at Mountain Lodge.

Day 17: Rest Day.

You may hike to Himlung Base Camp and back to Phu.

Distance: Around 21 km. Altitude: 4080 meters – 4920 meters – 4080 meters. Night Stay at Mountain Lodge.

Day 18: Trekking from Phu to Nar Phedi.

Distance: 15 km. Altitude: 4080 meters – 3490 meters. Walking 5:30/ 6 hours. Night Stay at Mountain Lodge.

Day 19: Trekking from Nar Phedi to Nar Village.

Distance: 5 km. Altitude: 3490 meters – 4285 meters. Walking 3 hours. Night Stay at Mountain Lodge.

Day 20: Trekking from Nar Village to Kang La Pass to Ngawal.

Distance: 14 km. Altitude: 4285 meters – 5320 meters – 3660 meters. Walking 7/ 8 hrs. Night Stay at Mountain Lodge.

Day 21: Trekking from Ngawal to Manang.

Distance: 11 km. Altitude: 3660 meters – 3540 meters. Walking 5 hours. Night Stay at Mountain Lodge.

Day 22: Trekking from Manang to Yak Kharka.

Distance: 10 km. Altitude: 3540 meters – 4050 meters. Walking 4:30/5 hours. Night Stay at Mountain Lodge.

Day 23: Trekking from Yak Kharka to Thorung Phedi.

Distance: 8 km. Altitude: 4050 meters – 4450 meters. Walking 4 hours. Night Stay at Mountain Lodge.

Day 24: Trekking from Thorung Phedi to Thorung La Pass to Muktinath.

Distance: 14 km. Altitude: 4450 meters – 5416 meters – 3760 meters. Walking 7/ 8 hours. Night Stay at Mountain Lodge.

Day 25: Trekking from Muktinath to Jomsom.

Distance: 18 km. Altitude: 3760 meters – 2720 meters. Walking 6:30/7 hours. Night Stay at Mountain Lodge.

Day 26: Drive from Jomsom to Pokhara.

Distance: 158 km. Altitude: 2720 meters – 820 meters. Driving 9/10 hours by public bus. Night Stay at Hotel in Pokhara.

Day 27: Drive back from Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus.

Distance: 205 km. Altitude: 820 meters – 1400 meters. Driving 7/8 hours. Night Stay at Hotel.

Day 28: Departure to your home country. Our tour officer will drop you at Kathmandu International airport and see you off. End of Service.

NOTES:

I. The distance may be different according to the various navigation devices and also variable/ not consistent terrains. The walking hour mentioned above may also be different according to the pace of trekkers.

II. The above itineraries can also be customized. Further, in Manaslu Nar Phu Valley Trek, Tsum Valley, Tilicho Lake, Poon Hill, etc. can also include. Please contact us if need any changes in the itinerary. We will design the itinerary according to your requirements and interest.

III. Excellent Himalaya Trek and Expedition is an authorized trekking company of Nepal managed by experienced local tourism experts, Sherpa and guides. We are the real operator of trekking in Nepal, not an agent. Thus, we will be able to offer the best reasonable price. Please contact us for the trip package cost.

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