MANASLU & NAR PHU VALLEY TREK (21 DAYS)

This trek is an unusual combination of the popular Manasulu Circuit  with an off-the-beaten path trek into a remote and beautiful Tibetan landscape

Maximum elevation 5106m

Difficulty: Challenging

Accommodation -: Tea house

Start /End point :- Soti Khola/ Pissang

Season: March to May and September to November

Culture  :- Gurung/Bhotias

 

The trek follows the traditional Manaslu Circuit until it crosses the Larkya La pass and reaches Dharapani. We join the Annapurna Circuit for a day until Koto and then move into the Nar Phu Valley. Nar Phu Valley is a remote region that few trekkers reach (a restricted permit is needed and a guide), falling between the Manaslu region to the East and the  Annapurna region to the West. With a Tibetan / Buddhist culture, the local people are known for their friendliness and the landscape is adorned by colourful prayer flags, stone carvings and old monasteries. There are panoramic views of Annapurna II, Himlung Himal, Gangapurna Himal, Tilicho peak, among others. The route takes us through Phu, an intriguing fortified village, and to the high pass of Kang-la at 5320m.

ITINERARY

Day 01 Drive from Kathmandu by local bus to Soti Khola at 740m (7-8hrs)

Day 02 Trek from Soti Khola to Machha Khola at 830m (4hrs)

Day 03 Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat at 1400m (6-7hrs)

Day 04 Trek from Jagat to Deng at 1860m (6-7hrs)

Day 05 Trek from Deng to Namrung at 2640m (6-7hrs)

Day 06 Trek from Namrung to Samaghaun at 3500m (6-7hrs)

Day 07 Acclimatization day (options:  Manaslu Base Camp (4400m), Pungyen Gompa, Birendra lake, Milarepa cave). Stay in Samaghaun

Day 08 Trek from Samaghau to Samdo at 3800m (4-5hrs)

Day 09 Trek from Samdo to Dharmasala at 4400m (4-5hrs)

Day 10 Trek from Dharmasala to Larkya pass (at 5106m) to Bhimtang at 3800m (5-6hrs)

Day 11 Trek from Bhimtang to Dharapani at 2000m (5-6hrs)

Day 12 Trek from Dharapani to  Koto at 2700m (4-5hrs)

Day 13 Trek from Koto to Meta at 3560m (5-6hrs)

Day 14 Trek from Meta to Phu at 4080m (5-6hrs)

Day 15 Acclimatization day - hike to Himlung Base Camp. Stay in Phu

Day 16 Trek from Phu to Nar Phedi at 3490m (6hrs)

Day 17 Trek from Nar Phedi to Nar village at 4110m (3hrs)

Day 18 Trek from Nar village to Ngawal at 3650m via Kang La pass at 5,240m (8hrs)

Day 19 Trek from Ngawal to Pisang at 3200m

Day 20 Drive from Pisang to Besishahar

Day 21 Drive by local bus from Beshishar to Kathmandu.