Hidden Valleys of Naar and Phu
Nepal, Trek & Walk, 16 days - from £1,695 (land only) - from €2,375 (land only) - from $2,740 (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 and heading north towards the mountains. Passing through Besishar and several other towns and villages, we continue as far as Dharapani (1943m) where we make our first camp.
Day 3: Our first day of trekking takes us along the popular Annapurna Circuit trail, passing through the villages of Bagarchap, Lattemarang and Thanchok to reach our next camp at Koto (2600m). 5 hours of walking with 970 metres of ascent.
Day 4: 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 5: 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 6: 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 7: 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 8: 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 9: We retrace our steps down the Phu Khola as far as Junam Goth (3720m) below Chyako.
Day 10: Continuing the descent of the valley we cross the river at Naar Phedi (3490m) and begin a long climb to Naar Village. (4110m).
Day 11: A shorter day along the valley, passing through ancient moraines to the meadows of Kangla Phedi. (4530m.) below the pass.
Day 12: A long day today with steep ascents and descents to cross the Kangla Pass (5306m) to Nagwal (3660m) in the Marsyangdi Valley.
Day 13: 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 14: 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 15: After an early breakfast, we will board our transport and set off on the long journey back to Kathmandu. Arriving in the Nepalese capital in the late afternoon, we check in at the group hotel and have time to relax a little before going out for a celebratory meal in the evening.
Day 16: 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.