Naar Phu Charity Trek
30 March – 23 April 2019
On this 26-day expedition in Nepal, you will be experiencing one of the best treks the country has to offer. The Naar Phu Valley is relatively close to the Tibetan border and has only recently been opened to western trekkers. Spiralling off from the popular Annapurna Circuit, Naar Phu is sometimes referred to as “the hidden valley”, offering spectacular scenery in an unspoilt environment. This trek is in aid of the charity Promise Nepal and we are aiming to fundraise in support of their work. Promise Nepal is a charity that aims to eradicate Leprosy.
30th March - Day 1. Arrive Kathmandu
31st March - Day 2: Drive from Besisahar to Jagat
You will drive from Besisahar passing through Nepalese rice fields and through undulating countryside before arriving at Bhulbhule and then continue on to Jagat this section is very steady start as you will travel by jeep following the Marshyangdi River. You will cross many suspension bridges passing beautiful waterfalls and bathing pools. There will be some spectacular views of the mountain summits of Lamjung, Manaslu and Peak 29 as you journey.
1st April - Day 3: Trek to Dharapani
Trek further up the valley through rhododendron and pine forests to the small village of Tal that is dwarfed by the humongous mountains behind it. The culture here is more Tibetan and you can really notice this by the stone-built buildings.
2nd- 3rd April - Day 4-5: Trek to Koto acclimatisation day
Carry on through thick pine forests with occasional views of the Manaslu behind and the Annapurna circuit in front. Koto is your last spot along the Annapurna and is where you will leave modern life behind. A small village named Bagarchap is a charming place to pass through due to its broad-leaved fruit trees surrounding it and Tibetan style housing. In Koto you can spend a day acclimatising and exploring the Chame hot springs.
4th April - Day 6: Trek to Dharamsala
5th – 6th April - Day 7-8: Trek to Kayang and acclimatisation day
The landscape will become much rougher and drier along this section. This stretch is filled with fantastically eroded cliffs and knarled, stunted juniper bushes. There will be time to explore the deserted settlements of Chyako. You will spend a day acclimating whist in Kayang.
9th April - Day 11: Trek to Junam
10th – 11th April - Day 12-13: Trek to Naar and exploration day
12th April - Day 14: Trek to Kangla Phedi
13th April - Day 15: Trek to Ngawal
14th – 15th April - Day 16-17: Trek to Manang
16th April - Day 18: Trek to Yak Kharka
17th April - Day 19: Trek to Thorang Phedi
18th April - Day 20: Trek to Muktinath
19th April - Day 21: Jeep drive to Jomsom
20th April - Day 22: Fly to Pokhara
Weather permitting, we fly from Jomsom to Pokhara. The hustle and bustle of Pokhara will expose you to a wide range of Nepal’s internal cultures. The town is also full of shops and restaurants worth visiting before continuing the journey by road to Kathmandu.
21st – 22nd April - Day 23 – 24: Fly to Kathmandu
23rd April - Day 25: Breakfast in Kathmandu
Our Nepal expeditions take place before and after the monsoon season, which occurs between June and August. We can expect average temperatures in Kathmandu of around 23-26°C but it will get much colder in the mountains.
Since 2008, Nepal has been a secular state. However, the true culture of the country is an intricate web of Hinduism, Buddhism and other beliefs.
Our Naar Phu Valley adventure is graded as moderate to strenuous. Challenging days can be expected when trekking in the Naar Phu Valley. The fitter you are the more you will enjoy the expedition.
In Kathmandu, we’ll stay in hotels. Everywhere else we’ll stay in guesthouses where the rooms may sometimes be shared. It will be comfortable but not luxurious.