Hidden Valleys of Naar and Phu
Nepal, Trek & Walk, 18 days - from £1,595 (land only) - from €1,915 (land only) - from $2,630 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at the group hotel in Kathmandu. Complimentary airport transfers are provided. KE Land Only package services begin with the evening meal.
Day 2: We set off on a spectacular journey through the foothills, following the Trisuli River, before turning into the Marsyangdi Valley as far as the roadhead at Syange (1100m) where we make our first camp.
Day 3: We begin by walking on the Annapurna Circuit Trail with a climb to the villages of Jagat and Chamje. We then descend and cross the river, entering the Buddhist region of Manang at Tal. We cross the river again to reach Dharapani (1943m).
Day 4: Walking on the well-used Annapurna Circuit trail, we pass through the villages of Bagarchap, Lattemarang and Thanchok to reach our next camp at Koto (2600m).
Day 5: Beyond Koto we leave the Annapurna Circuit trail and head up the narrower and steeper gorge of the Naar Phu Khola to a campsiite at 2990 metres.
Day 6: The trekking today is a world apart from the Annapurna Circuit. A fair amount of up and down and some sections of exposed trail hewn in the cliffs above the river to reach Meta (Methang) at 3560 metres elevation.
Day 7: An easier morning on a relatively sedate trail beside the Phu Khola to Chyako. From here the trail is steeper as we climb first to 'Upper Chyako' and then to Kyang (3800m). Camp.
Day 8: We have another exciting trail carved into the walls of the river gorge before descending to the river itself and making the steady ascent to the main settlement of Phu at 4200 metres.
Day 9: A day of rest and exploration at the village of Phu. We have time to explore and absorb this fascinating place, with its comparatively unspoilt ancient culture and architecture.
Day 10: We retrace our steps down the Phu Khola as far as Junam Goth (3720m) below Chyako.
Day 11: Continuing the descent of the valley we cross the river at Naar Phedi (3490m) and begin a long climb to Naar Village. (4110m).
Day 12: A shorter day along the valley, passing through ancient moraines to the meadows of Kangla Phedi. (4530m.) below the pass.
Day 13: A long day today with steep ascents and descents to cross the Kangla Pass (5306m) to Nagwal (3660m) in the Marsyangdi Valley.
Day 14: Descending to the settlement of Pisang, we now join the Annapurna Circuit Trail and follow this down-valley to Chame and ovenight in the neighbouring village of Koto (2600m).
Day 15: We continue the descent of the follow Marsyangdi River Valley, passing the entrance to the gorge of the Naar-Phu Khola. We trek through Dharapani to Tal (1664m) where we have our last night's camp.
Day 16: An early start for the final morning of trekking, mostly downhill to the road head at Syangde. From here we take jeeps to Besi Sahar where we check into a basic lodge. 3 - 4 hours trekking. 3 hours driving.
Day 17: Our bus will be waiting for us this morning for the 6 hour drive back to Kathmandu. arriving in the capital we check into the group hotel and there should be plenty of time to do some last minute souvenir buying or simply relax before going out for a celebratory meal in the evening.
Day 18: KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. Kathmandu Airport transfers are provided.
This holiday involves going to very high altitude. During the course of your trip you will be spending at least one night above 4000 metres and/or trekking to 5000 metres or above. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatise successfully. Before coming on this holiday you should read the advice on trekking at high altitude.