Naar Phu Charity Trek

Dates

30 March – 23 April 2019

Expedition Overview

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.

Itinerary

30th March - Day 1. Arrive Kathmandu
A short stay in Kathmandu will allow you to acclimatize after a long flight and adapt to your new surroundings. The first part of your adventure will be a briefing in the evening, where we can have a run through the itinerary of the adventure and give you a chance to meet the other participants.
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
Getting away from the hustle and bustle of the Annapurna Circuit you will climb through lush conifer forests above the raging white water of the Nar Khola before reaching the sheer rock walls of the Phu valley.
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
Ghot Junam Goth is a lovely campsite surrounded by low bushes.
10th – 11th April - Day 12-13: Trek to Naar and exploration day
Wind your way up into the mountains above the clouds. Along the way you will pass many mule trains and some fantastic views. The last bend in the trail will reveal green barley and yak fields as the valley opens and you take a relatively flat walk to the Naar village. Spend the day in Nar giving you time to explore the dirt paths winding between stone houses and ancient Kagyud school gompas.
12th April - Day 14: Trek to Kangla Phedi
Above Nar, benign pastures soon give way to lose scree and rocky moraine. A crudely-defined path switches back and forth past tattered prayer flags to reach the Kangla Phedi camp ready for reaching the summit on the next day.
13th April - Day 15: Trek to Ngawal
You will climb over several spirit-crushing false summits before finally cresting the misty, knife-edge pass. After reaching the top of the Kang-La pass you will descend rather quickly to Ngawal. Walking poles are advisable and although the climb itself is not too steep, most people notice the altitude and find it still challenging.
14th – 15th April - Day 16-17: Trek to Manang
Along this stretch you will join other travellers and feel as though you have re-joined civilisation. There is a very interesting monastery in Braga perched atop a small hill that is worth a visit. Manang itself is visible well before you get to it. Therefore, you will either have lunch in Manang or in one of the villages as you approach. There are many magnificent day walks and viewpoints in Manang. Especially the view of Gangapurna Glacier. It is also somewhere you could possibly pick up some essentials or something that you have been craving. Whilst here you will be staying in the village lodge.
16th April - Day 18: Trek to Yak Kharka
You will climb steadily through Tengi and Gunsang, leaving the Marsyangdi Valley and continuing along the Jarsang Khola Valley. This short trek will offer some fantastic views from tea houses along the way. A night in Yak Kharka is important for acclimatisation.
17th April - Day 19: Trek to Thorang Phedi
Thorang Phedi, also known as Annapurna base camp will be your next destination. This part of the trek is only a slow and steady climb. Those bursting with energy can go to a Tharong La viewpoint just above the village.
18th April - Day 20: Trek to Muktinath
This is supposedly the most difficult section of the Annapurna Circuit. The Tharong La Pass is one of the world’s highest passes. It will take around 4 hours to reach the summit but once you are there you can spend time catching your breath and enjoying some absolutely stunning high Himalaya scenery: the entire Annapurna ranges in the south; the Mukut and Mustang Himal to the west and the incredibly deep Kali Gandaki Valley; and the peaks of Thorungste 6482m and Chulu to the north. During your steep descent to Muktinath you can enjoy the excellent views of Dhaulagiri – the world’s 7th highest peak 8167m.
19th April - Day 21: Jeep drive to Jomsom
In the morning you will drive towards the medieval town of Kagbeni, a delightful town that is well worth exploring. With a view from the roof of the Gompa into the upper mustang that is not to be missed. You will then carry on towards 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
Saying goodbye to the Annapurnas, we take the 25-minute flight back to Kathmandu and return to our group hotel. You will have a day to visit some of the main sights of the capital.
23rd April - Day 25: Breakfast in Kathmandu
After your breakfast in the morning of day 25, your adventure has finished.

Other Info

Weather
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.
Culture
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.
Level of difficulty
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.
Accommodation
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.

Costs & Inclusions

The price of this adventure is £2950. This includes a donation of £250 to the charity Promise Nepal. Included in the price is all food, drinking water, transport and accommodation starting from the pick up from the airport and dinner on Day 1 to after breakfast on Day 25. Other drinks (alcoholic or otherwise) are not included. A single supplement of £295 is available if you would like your own room, where available. International flights and visas (if you require one) are not included.

Safety

We look after you as if you were members of our family.