THE ULTIMATE ANNAPURNA TREK: A unique hike across the Annapurna Range
- Remote villages and valleys of NarPhu
- Hiking 5,000 meter passes
- Experience pure Tibetan culture
- Visit Buddhist monasteries
- Route offers grand Himalayan views
Awarded by National Geographic Traveler as “50 Tours of a Lifetime” in 2012
This unique and seldom traveled route offers the adventurous trekker a bit of everything that makes Nepal so special. From Besisahar, we will gradually ascend the Marshyangi River Valley to Koto. Here, we head northwards and enter the recently opened NarPhu Valleys of Upper Manang. Passing through the chorten gate that designates the entrance to NarPhu, it’s as if we’ve been transported into a land where time has stood still. The Himalayan Pine quickly give way to high plateau, remote Tibetan villages built of stone, ancient Buddhist monasteries and grand views of the Annapurna Range.
This magical area is known to have one of the highest concentration of snow leopard per square kilometer of anywhere in the world. After numerous days of exploration, we regrettably exit this valley via the exciting 5,315 meter Kang La pass. Here we pick up the main Annapurna Circuit route at Braga, continue to Manang Village and steadily make our way up and over the Thorong La pass (17,765 feet / 5416 meters). From the holy village of Muktinath, we trek to Kagbeni (the gateway to Upper Mustang) and on to the airstrip at Jomsom for the flight back to Kathmandu.
During the trek, we will follow the ‘New Annapurna Trekking Trail’ (NATT) where possible. This new series of trails will not keep us off the dirt roads 100% of the time, but does significantly reduce the amount of time we have to walk on the dirt roads along the main Annapurna Trail.
The Lost Valleys of NarPhu Trek is part of our Epic Himalayan Journey Series! These trips are led by one of our experienced trekking guides and represent the gourmet trekking offerings of the great Himalayan Range. In addition to the listed group dates, we are also able to arrange this incredible trek starting on any day of the week during the months of mid-March to late May and late September to mid-November for groups of 2 to 12 people. Please contact us with any questions or to receive a detailed day to day Trip Itinerary.
Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu. Met upon arrival. Transfer to our group hotel.
Day 2: Sightseeing and free day in Kathmandu. Hotel.
Day 3: Drive to Besisahar and jeep road to Jagat. 4,200 feet. 9 hour drive. Lodge.
Day 4: Trek to Dharapani up the Marsyangdi River Valley. 6,230 feet. 6 hours. Lodge.
Day 5: Trek to Koto – the Gateway into the NarPhu valleys. 8,660 feet. 6 hours. Lodge.
Day 6: Following the Naar Phu River to Meta. 11,710 feet. 7 to 8 hours. Lodge.
Day 7: Trek to Kyang or Upper Chyaku village. 12,530 feet. 4-5 hours. Lodge.
Day 8: Trek to and explore the village of Phu (Phoo). 13,020 feet. 3-4 hours. Lodge.
Day 9: Trek to Naar Phedi (New Gompa). 11,580 feet. 6-7 hours. 12,465 feet. Lodge.
Day 10: Trek to Naar Village. 13,730 feet. 3-4 hours. Lodge.
Day 11: Exploration day in Naar Village. Lodge.
Day 12: Cross the Kangla Pass (17,430 feet) and descend to Ngawal. 12,530 feet. 10 hours. Lodge.
Day 13: Trek to Manang Village. 11,550 feet. 4-5 hours. Lodge.
Day 14: Rest and exploration day in Manang Village. Lodge.
Day 15: Trek to Yak Kharka. 13,250 feet. 4-5 hours. Lodge.
Day 16: Trek to Thorong La High Camp. 16,010 feet. 4-5 hours. Lodge.
Day 17: Cross the Thorong La Pass (17,765 feet) to Muktinath. 12,460 feet. 7-8 hours. Lodge.
Day 18: Drive to Jomsom. 8,925 feet. 2 hour drive with sightseeing en route. Lodge.
Day 19: Fly via Pokhara to Kathmandu. Hotel.
Day 20: In Kathmandu for sightseeing OR Contingency day to be used on trek. Hotel or lodge.
Day 21: Transfer to the airport and depart Kathmandu.