Hidden Valleys of Naar and Phu

An exciting new trek north of the Annapurnas




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Holiday Overview


  • The isolated settlements of Naar and Phu
  • Annapurna views from the Kang La
  • Superb trekking off-the-beaten-track
  • Kathmandu Airport transfers and all meals included

Descending from the Tibetan Border to Chame on the Annapurna Circuit, the newly accessible valley of the Naar-Phu Khola is one of the most exciting trekking destinations in Nepal. We spend 9 days exploring this lost Buddhist region, trekking northwards as far as the remote stone-built village of Phu, whose inhabitants continue to trade across the border. Retracing our steps only briefly, we then turn off westwards into a broad and rocky tributary valley, passing numerous chortens, mani walls and unusual gateways en route to Naar. Climbing to cross the Kang La (5306m) at the head of this valley, the views of the arrayed peaks of the Annapurnas are nothing short of breathtaking. After an abrupt descent to the Marsyangdi River, we trek out to Tal on the Annapurna Circuit. You can be amongst the first to visit this untouched corner of Nepal!

Is this holiday for you?
This is a trek into a part of Nepal that few foreign visitors have yet seen. Following narrow, single-track village trails, with some steep ascents and descents and some exposed sections as we travel through the gorges of the Naar-Phu Kola, this is classic Nepalese trekking. The crossing of the Kang La is comparable in terms of difficulty to the Thorung La on the Annapurna Circuit. But, of course, there will be far fewer people on it.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Kathmandu. Transfers from Kathmandu Airport are provided.
  • Drive towards Pokhara, before turning into the Marsyangdi Valley. Overnight at Dharapani (1860m).
  • Trek above the river and through a number of villages to Koto (2600m) with good views of Manaslu.
  • Leave the Annapurna Circuit and trek to a riverside site (2990m) in the gorge of the Naar Phu Khola.
  • Remote trekking on a trail cut into the riverside at times. Overnight at Meta (3560m).
  • Trek beside the Phu Khola to Chyako, then on a steeper trail up to Kyang (3800m).
  • River gorge and riverside trekking to the main settlement of Phu (4200m).
  • A day of rest and exploration at the fascinating ‘Tibetan’ Buddhist village of Phu.
  • Trek back down the Phu Khola as far as Junam Goth (3720m) below Chyako.
  • Descend to the junction with the Naar Khola and trek up to Naar Village. (4110m).
  • Trek on moraine to the meadows of Kangla Phedi (4530m) at the head of the valley.
  • Trek up to cross the Kang La (5306m) and make the steep descent to Ngawal (3660m).
  • Descend to the Annapurna Circuit Trail and follow this down-valley via Chame to Koto.
  • Descend beside the Marsyangdi River, through Dharapani, to Tal (1664m).
  • Drive back to Kathmandu, arriving in the late afternoon. Celebratory dinner in a local restaurant.
  • Departure day. Transfers to Kathmandu Airport are provided.
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Map & Itinerary

The Route

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in Kathmandu. Transfers from Kathmandu Airport are provided.

    Meet at the group hotel in Kathmandu. Transfers from Kathmandu Airport are provided. Depending on your arrival time, you may have the opportunity to explore the immediate vicinity of the hotel and get acclimatised to this bustling city. Alternatively, you may prefer to recover from your journey by relaxing beside the hotel pool. KE Land Only package services begin with the evening meal. Your guide will take dinner with you and will provide an informal briefing about the days ahead.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

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  • Drive towards Pokhara, before turning into the Marsyangdi Valley. Overnight at Dharapani (1860m).

    We set off after breakfast for the drive westwards to the start of the trek accompanied by our trek crew. After 3 hours or so, we arrive at the town of Mugling and stop for an early lunch at a roadside restaurant. Soon after leaving Mugling, we reach the small town of Dumre, beside the Marsyangdi River. Here, we turn north on the road which is being slowly driven up the Marsyangdi. We drive to the town of Besisahar, where we switch vehicle from a bus to smaller 4WD 'jeeps' which are better suited to the road from this point on. The journey from Kathmandu to the road head will take around 9 or 10 hours with stops. Arriving at the village of Dharapani (1943m) at the confluence with the Dudh Khola (the Manaslu Circuit route meets the Annapurna Circuit trail at this point) we set up camp and have our first evening under canvas.

    • Accommodation Camping

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  • Trek above the river and through a number of villages to Koto (2600m) with good views of Manaslu.

    This is our first day of trekking. The valley now turns towards the west, as we set off and hike to the interesting Buddhist village of Bagar Chap. Manaslu is now visible behind us and Annapurna 2 occasionally in sight on our left hand side, as we walk on the road at times and also find sections of village trail, passing through scattered pine forest and negotiating many stone steps. There are isolated lodges and hamlets en route to our overnight stopping place at Koto (2600m).

    • Accommodation Camping

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    • Time 4 - 5 hrs trekking

  • Leave the Annapurna Circuit and trek to a riverside site (2990m) in the gorge of the Naar Phu Khola.

    There is a checkpoint in Koto where we have to present our permits. Beyond Koto we leave the Annapurna Circuit trail and head up the narrower and steeper gorge of the Naar Phu Khola. We start out on the left or western bank on a trail through beautiful woods and passing various temporary ‘villages’ used in the winter by the people of Naar and Phu. Soon the contrast with the Annapurna Circuit trail is striking and we are unlikely to see very many other trekkers as we make our way up this restricted valley. Camp tonight near the Naar Phu Khola at approximately 2990 metres.

    • Accommodation Camping

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    • Time 4 - 6 hrs trekking

  • Remote trekking on a trail cut into the riverside at times. Overnight at Meta (3560m).

    The trekking today is a world apart from the Annapurna Circuit as we leave this popular trail behind. Only those trekkers with special permits to access this restricted area may proceed up the Naar-Phu Khola. There is a fair amount of up and down to negotiate and some sections of exposed trail hewn from the cliffs above the river, to reach Meta at 3560 metres. For the purposes of acclimatisation we make camp here but it is possible to follow a trail part way to the basecamp for Kang Guru at almost 4000 metres.

    • Accommodation Camping

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    • Time 4 - 6 hrs trekking

  • Trek beside the Phu Khola to Chyako, then on a steeper trail up to Kyang (3800m).

    We have a short day, again ascending as far as acclimatisation allows. This morning we follow the Phu Khola on a fairly level or gradually ascending trail to the temporary Khampa village of Chyako. From here the trail is steeper as we climb first to 'Upper Chyako' and then to Kyang with its long mani wall at 3800 metres. Kyang, located on a plateau high above the Phu Khola is the main winter settlement of the people of Phu and we may be lucky enough to see a part of the annual migration when a family moves down from the high pastures with its Yaks - a scene from ancient Tibet!

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 4 hrs trekking

  • River gorge and riverside trekking to the main settlement of Phu (4200m).

    several mani walls and chortens, until the rock walls prevent further progress and the trail climbs out of the gorge to the Phuohi Yalgoe or ‘Phu gate’, Beyond this ancient stone gateway we get our first view of the three villages of Phu with the impressive ruins of forts on the skyline above. Approximately an hour after passing through the Phu Gate we climb to the village of Phu where we set up our camp below the village at an altitude of approximately 4200 metres. It will take around 4 hours trekking to reach Phu from Kyang and we will spend the rest of the day looking around this amazing village.

    • Accommodation Camping

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    • Time 4 hrs trekking

  • A day of rest and exploration at the fascinating ‘Tibetan’ Buddhist village of Phu.

    We have a complete day to explore and absorb this fascinating place, with its comparatively unspoilt ancient culture and architecture. The remote settlement of Phu consists of around 30 stone built houses in the Tibetan style and is home to around 150 people.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

  • Trek back down the Phu Khola as far as Junam Goth (3720m) below Chyako.

    We return to the Phu Gate and retrace our steps down the valley. We stop for lunch in Kyang and continue down to the temporary village of Junam Goth (3720m) below Chyaka, a lovely campsite.

    • Accommodation Camping

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    • Time 5 hrs trekking

  • Descend to the junction with the Naar Khola and trek up to Naar Village. (4110m).

    Continuing down the valley we make a big descent to a bridge across the river at Naar Phedi (3490m) and then begin the long climb out of the narrow gorge to the village of Naar. (4110m), set among snow clad peaks and surrounded by fields of mustard and barley. We should arrive here by early afternoon giving time to explore this highly picturesque place. The people of Naar make their living from spinning and weaving. The village also boasts several colourful gompas which are well worth a visit or it is possible to climb to the line of prayer flags on the hill above the village for more spectacular views.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 4 - 5 hrs trekking

  • Trek on moraine to the meadows of Kangla Phedi (4530m) at the head of the valley.

    A shorter day today. We have a gradual ascent of around 2 to 3 hours, passing through ancient moraines of this once glaciated valley to reach the meadows of Kangla Phedi. (4530m) at the foot of the Kang La.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 2 - 3 hrs trekking

  • Trek up to cross the Kang La (5306m) and make the steep descent to Ngawal (3660m).

    A long day today but a spectacular one. We start by climbing over 700 metres to the summit of the Kangla Pass. From the top there are fantastic views over Annapurna II, Gangapurna, Tilicho peak, the peaks surrounding Tilicho. Far below we can see the Annapurna Circuit trail and make out the airstrip at Hongde. The trail down initially is steep and loose, usually scree but it can be snow covered and care is needed. Reaching a plateau we take lunch and rest tired legs, before contouring to Ngawal (3660m). we make camp in this village of cobbled streets, prayer wheels and classic Tibetan architecture.

    • Accommodation Camping

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    • Time 6 - 7 hrs trekking

  • Descend to the Annapurna Circuit Trail and follow this down-valley via Chame to Koto.

    We take a contour trail with superb views of the Annapurna peaks across the valley and then descend to Pisang, where we join the Annapurna Circuit Trail. As we follow the trail down-valley we are confronted with the dramatic spectacle of the Paungda Danda, a smooth slab of curving rock that rises 1500 metres almost vertically from the river. We follow a cliff-side path and walk through fragrant woods of juniper and pine before reaching the administrative centre of Chame and, shortly therafter, our overnight stopping place at Koto (2600m).

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 6 - 7 hrs trekking

  • Descend beside the Marsyangdi River, through Dharapani, to Tal (1664m).

    Here, we are close to the confluence of the Naar-Phu Khola where we started our trek to Phu 10 days ago. We continue our descent alongside the Marsyangdi River Valley, trekking down through Dharapani to a broader and more level stretch of valley. We set up our last camp of the trip at Tal, the lowest of the villages in the Buddhist region of the upper Marsyangdi Valley.

    • Accommodation Camping

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    • Time 6 hrs trekking

  • Drive back to Kathmandu, arriving in the late afternoon. Celebratory dinner in a local restaurant.

    After an early breakfast, we hop aboard our jeep transport for the first section of our journey back to Kathmandu. Then, in Besisahar, we switch to a bus and continue our drive on an improving road down the Marsyangdi River Valley to its confluence with the Trisuli. Here, we pick up the main Pokhara to Kathmandu road for the final part of our jouney. Once again, this is a 9 or 10-hour journey, including stops, and we will arrive in Kathmandu in the late afternoon. After checking in at the group hotel, we have time to rest and freshen-up, before going out for a celebratory evening meal in one of Kathmandu's famous restaurants.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

    • Meals bld

  • Departure day. Transfers to Kathmandu Airport are provided.

    KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. Transfers to Kathmandu Airport are provided. There are lots of extensions that can easily be added to your holiday in Nepal. Why not pre-book a simple day-tour in the Kathmandu Valley, or a multi-day excursion to one of the important wildlife reserves at Chitwan or Bardia. Extension packages are also available to include a visit to neighbouring Tibet or Bhutan. Contact our office for details.

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Holiday Information

  • An experienced English speaking local leader
  • Kathmandu Airport transfers
  • All transport involved in the itinerary
  • All accommodation as described in the trip dossier
  • All meals throughout the holiday
  • Full trekking service including food and all equipment (excluding personal equipment)

  • Travel insurance
  • Nepalese Visa
  • Tips for porters and other trek staff
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc.

During this trip the group will spend 2 nights in Kathmandu at a centrally-located tourist-class hotel. Whilst on trek there are 12 nights camping. All accommodation is on a twin sharing basis. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. It is possible to hire a single tent while on trek for an additional cost. Please note single tent hire does not include single rooms in hotels. For the 2 hotel nights in Kathmandu, single rooms are available for a supplementary cost. Additional hotel nights in Kathmandu are also available. For Hotel prices and single supplement costs please refer to the dates and prices page of the trip on our website. Hotels are subject to availability and prices may vary.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

All meals are included in the holiday price from dinner on Day 1 of the Land Only itinerary to breakfast on Day 16.

The food served during the trek is a mixture of local and international, mostly purchased in Nepal and cooked for us by highly trained trek cooks. The emphasis is on providing a high-carbohydrate and largely vegetarian diet, which we have found to be easily digestible at high altitude. In Kathmandu we take our meals in the hotel or in one of the excellent restaurants in the city.

All clients travelling to Kathmandu will be met at the airport by a KE representative who will arrange the transfer to the group hotel. Clients MUST provide the KE office with full details of their flights and should let us know if Kathmandu Airport transfers are not required. Full joining instructions together with hotel contact details and an emergency number, will be provided with your booking confirmation.

Shortly after first light one of the cook crew will wake you with a cup of tea or coffee brought to your tent. You will have plenty of time to get up and pack your kitbag before sitting down to a hot breakfast, during which camp will be struck and the porters given their loads. We will generally reach our lunch stop after 3 or 4 hours walking. The cook crew, having overtaken us on the trail, will already have the lunch preparations well under way. Lunch usually takes an hour or two and this is a great time for relaxing, reading and sitting in the sun. It is usual for the afternoon’s walk to be shorter than the morning session. On arrival at camp, the Sherpas will quickly put the tents up and a hot drink will soon follow. Dinner is a 3-course meal served in the mess tent. This is a great time of day for reliving the events of the trek so far and for general socialising. After dark, the temperature soon falls and everyone will be tucked up in their sleeping bags.

The group will be accompanied by a professional, English-speaking Nepalese leader. There will also be a Sherpa crew, a cook and a team of porters.

Approximately £250 (or equivalent in US dollars, Euros etc.) should be allowed for miscellaneous expenses including approximately £75 for porter and trek crew tips. It is not necessary to obtain local currency prior to departure as sterling, US Dollars and Euros are equally acceptable for exchange in Nepal. It is possible to withdraw money from ATM's in Kathmandu using your debit or credit card. If you prefer to bring all your spending money with you, we recommend that you bring cash, since you will exchange the majority of this on the day of your arrival in Kathmandu. During the trek it is possible to buy snacks, chocolate, soft drinks and beer on some days. Please be aware that since everything has to be carried up from the nearest road, these items can be expensive.

Tipping is the accepted way of saying ‘thank you’ for good service. Tips do not form part of the wages of your porters and trek crew but they are very much appreciated. It is important to remember that tipping is voluntary and should be dependent on good service. Normally the tips are given at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group. Most groups will give the tips with a bit of ceremony (or sometimes a party) on the last evening, to mark the end of the trip. As a guide, we recommend that each group member contributes the equivalent of £75 in rupees to these tips. At the end of a trek many people also like to donate various items of their equipment to the porters and trek staff who work so hard to make the trip a success. Boots, gloves, hats, scarves and even socks (clean of course) are always warmly received by the porters. Technical clothing and equipment such as head-torches and trekking poles are highly prized by the Shepa crews. If you think you would like to donate equipment at the end of your trip, your local leader will make arrangements for a fair distribution among the crew.

Your baggage on trek will be carried by porters or pack animals. The packed weight of your trek bag whilst trekking should be no more than 15kg (33 pounds). It is possible to leave clothes or other items not required on trek at the group hotel.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

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. Unless you have previous experience of trekking above 4000 metres you should consult one of our trekking experts before embarking on this holiday. On this trip we carry a portable altitude chamber (PAC-bag) and/or bottled oxygen for use in emergencies.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.

  • The packed weight of your trek bag while trekking should be no more than 15 kgs./33 lbs.
  • You must bring the following items:

    • Hiking boots
    • Training shoes /Sneakers or similar
    • Socks
    • Technical walking socks (2 or 3 pairs)
    • Spare laces
    • Trekking trousers / pants
    • Waterproof overtrousers / rainpants
    • Underwear

      Long johns (thermal underwear)

    • Thermal baselayer shirts
    • Casual shirt and/or T-shirts
    • Fleece jacket or warm jumper/sweater
    • Waterproof jacket
    • Warm jacket (down)*
    • Sunhat
    • Warm hat
    • Eyewear - Sunglasses
    • Thermal gloves
    • Warm and waterproof over gloves or mittens Headtorch/Headlamp with spare batteries
    • Water bottles 1 Litre (1 Quart) x2
    • 4 or 5 season sleeping bag*
    • Thermarest or similar sleeping mat*
    • Washbag and toiletries
    • Basic First Aid Kit - refer to trip notes for details
    • Towel
    • Antibacterial handwash
    • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
    • Selection of dry bags (to keep trek bag contents dry)
    • Daypack 30 litres / 1800 cu in.
    • Basic First Aid Kit including: A broad spectrum antibiotic, antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), altitude (Diamox), painkillers, plasters (band-aids) and blister treatment, insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite). Glucose tablets and multi-vitamin tablets.

    The following items are optional:

    • Sleeping bag liner
    • Nailbrush
    • Swimwear (for the hotel pool in Kathmandu)
    • Travel clothes
    • Trekking poles
    • Insect repellant – (DEET)
    • Camera, film, batteries
    • Penknife (remember to pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
    • Small padlock (to lock trek bag)

    Equipment hire / rental

    • Items marked * can be hired / rented through KE Adventure Travel. Please make all requests at least 6 weeks prior to the trip departure date. Please note all hire / rental equipment is issued in Kathmandu. Please remember to allow room in your trek bag for these items.
    • The Nepalese are still traditional and conservative in the way they dress. Therefore to avoid embarrassment on both sides we recommend that you respect this and do not wear revealing clothing or sleeveless tops while visiting Nepal. Shorts are acceptable, but they should reach to just above the knee and be modest and for women it is preferable to wear trousers or a long skirt.

    For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

    A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport.

    Visa Nepal

    All nationalities require a visa. The visa fee is $25 for 15 days, $40 for 30 days, $100 for 90 days and is obtainable on arrival. Payment must be made in cash and USD, GBP or Euros are accepted. You will require 2 passport photos.

    For all regions of Nepal that we visit an additional permit is required. This is included in the holiday price and KE will apply for it, with your full passport details and 1 passport photo copy (sent or emailed). You must supply this to us at least 4 weeks prior to departure.

    For certain trips in additional to the above we also require a copy of the information page of your passport.

    These trips are: Kanchenjunga (KAN), Mustang (MUS), Dolpo (DOL), Manaslu (MAN), Hidden Valleys of Naar and Phu (NAP), Naar to Mustang (NTM), Humla and Limi Circuit Trek (HUM), Naya Kanga and the Ganja La (NKG), Yala Peak and the Ganja La (YPGL), Tent Peak (TPK), Ramdung and Parchemo (RAM), Mera Peak, Island Peak and the Amphu Labsta (MIP), Island Peak Climber (IPC), Peaks and Passes on Nepal (MTR); Mera Peak Climb (MER); and Chulu Far East & the Tilicho La (CTL); Tabsar Peak and the Tsum Valley (TVC), Mukot Peak (MKP).

    Transit via India

    If you are travelling via India (Delhi or Calcutta) to your destination you may also require a visa for India. This may apply even if you are not leaving the airport unless your baggage has been checked all the way through to your destination. Generally, if you use the same carrier for both legs of your journey, you will not need an India Visa. Please download the detailed information document: Visa PDF India.

    You should contact your GP or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended in the UK e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella, along with hepatitis A and typhoid. Malarial prophylaxis is not usually required for trips in the mountains, however if you are visiting rural and remote low lying areas then they might be necessary. On holidays to more remote areas you should also have a dentist check up. A good online resource is Travel Health Pro.

    The unit of currency in Nepal is the Nepalese Rupee.

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    It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on a trekking holiday getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. We suggest that you adopt a weekly exercise regime leading up to your trip. Regular hiking in hill country is the best training but jogging, squash and swimming are also good for developing cardio vascular fitness and stamina. Whatever your preparation you should make time to spend at least a few days prior to your trip making long walks in hilly country. It is also a good idea to do some reading about the country and the culture of the local people before you embark on an adventure holiday.

    As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: www.fco.gov.uk. North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: www.travel.state.gov for essential travel advice and tips.

    KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

    October to November and March to May are the best times for trekking in Nepal. These months either side of the summer monsoon season are neither too hot in the foothills nor too cold in the higher elevations and they offer the best conditions for trekking. Pre-monsoon is the best time to see the colourful blooms of the rhododendron at lower elevations. The post-monsoon months usually offer the clearest skies and the most settled weather. At either of these periods you will encounter a wide range of daytime temperatures during your trip from approximately 25ºC / 77ºF in Kathmandu and Pokhara to approximately 14ºC / 57ºF at 3000 metres / 10,000 feet., and approximately 7ºC / 45ºF at 4000 metres / 13,000 feet. The ‘real feel’ temperature in the middle of the day will be much warmer than this. At night in the rarefied air the temperatures plummet. You can expect to experience overnight temperatures below freezing anywhere above approximately 3000m. / 10,000ft. and at our highest camps night time temperatures may drop as low as –10ºC / +14ºF. Extended periods of rain or snow are very unlikely outside of the monsoon period but short lived storms can and do occur.

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    Naar Phu. Himalayan Maphouse (Nepa Maps) 

    The Naar Phu sheet covers the ground from Dharapani (Day 5 of the trip) to Manang (Day 14). Nepa maps have a contour interval of 40m. and the topographic view is further enhanced by relief shading, altitudes of peaks and passes, and various other spot heights. The maps have a reasonably accurate overlay of trails, villages, monasteries, airstrips etc. Note: All clients will be given a free trekking map in Kathmandu before the start of their trek

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    Shanker Hotel

    From $100 per room per night

    Situated next to the grounds of the former Royal Palace and only a 10-minute walk from the popular Thamel district, this former Rana residence was converted into a hotel in 1964. The original architecture was based on a French palace and the hotel has a grand appearance. Set in a large and beautifully tended garden, it provides a hideaway from the hustle and bustle of city life and is an ideal base from which to explore Kathmandu. All its rooms which are en-suite have been recently refurbished and the hotel facilities include 2 restaurants, 2 bars and a swimming pool where you can also order drinks.

    Shangri La

    From $119 per room per night Another of Kathmandu’s original ‘luxury’ hotels. While the sophistication of its amenities may be upstaged by Kathmandu’s more modern concrete and glass hotels, the Shangri La maintains an old world charm that cannot be beaten. Located in the diplomatic enclave of Lazimpat, away from the hustle and bustle yet just 10 minutes walk from tourist centre of Thamel, the hotel is set in a pleasant garden and facilities include a pool, tennis court and massage therapist. The hotel has a speciality Indian restaurant and a garden café serving international cuisine as well as a bar.

    Dwarikas Hotel

    From $279 per room per night Dwarika’s is a heritage hotel modelled on the grandeur of the palaces of the Newar Kings. Consisting of several buildings arranged around a quiet courtyard, the hotel incorporates many original 15th – 17th century features in its architecture from the lifetime collection of its founder. The rooms are in the same Newari style and lavishly luxurious in their appointments. Its location close to Pashupathinath and Bouddhanath is perfect for exploring this side of Kathmandu. There are 3 restaurants serving Nepali, Japanese and international cuisine, a bar, spa and fitness centre, and a swimming pool.

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