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Unique Holidays, Nar & Phu with Kangla-Thorangla an awesome and most amazing adventure of a life time experience, trekking from the main route of Annapurna circuit for few days then off on the isolated route towards remote north visiting the forgotten unbelievable scenic Nar & Phu with Kangla-Thorangla a remote windswept country with strong Tibetan culture and religion as this region lies close to Tibet border towards north.
Nar & Phu with Kangla -Thorangla Trek one of the best picturesque classic area for a wonderful adventure and visiting its valley, villages and old monasteries this is truly a pure Nepal’s wild northwest country in this least trekked area by any other western travelers, Nar & Phu with Kangla-Thorangla has been legally opened to westerners from 2003 onwards, it was considered as one of the Shangri-La in the hidden pockets of Himalaya. This classic journey offers medieval Tibetan ancient tradition. After a wonderful time at Nar and Phu journey continues on the remote end of this valley to cross a scenic high pass at Kang-la and then from Manang to Thorang-la, with wide-angle super panorama of Annapurna mountains ranging from Annapurna II at 7,937 m (26,040 ft) Annapurna IV at 7,525 m (24,688 ft), Gangapurna at 7,455 m (24,457 ft) and many other peaks of over 6000m. After Manang through the highest pass of this awesome journey at Thorang-la 5,416 meters, then heading downhill to lower Mustang area at Jomsom after visiting the holy Muktinath area, from Jomsom a sweeping short scenic flight to the famous, popular tourist holiday destination at Pokhara, concluding this remarkable and memorable trip of a lifetime in Kathmandu with great support and friendly service of Unique Holidays.
Experience the scenic hidden valley of Nar & Phu, near Tibet border zone in absolute wilderness on the less visited area in the remote Tibetan like country charming villages with rich traditions, culture and religion of Tibetan origin located on the far north from Annapurna Himalayan range near Manang crossing of two great picturesque passes Kangla & Thorangla in the country of rich flora and fauna, blue sheep, elusive rare snow leopard
Arrival at Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour.
Drive to Jagat 1, 290 m via Besisahar 800 m – 08 hrs
Trek to Dharapani 1,920m – 06 hours.
Trek to Kotto 2,670m – 05 hours.
Trek to Dharmashala 3,230 m – 05 hours.
Trek to Kyang 3, 020 m – 05 hours
Trek to Phu village 4,080 m – 06hours.
Rest day at Phu village and explore Phu Valley.
Trek to Nar Phedi 3, 545 m – 06 hrs.
Trek to Nar gaon 4,206 m – 06 hrs
Trek to Kang La Base Camp 4,530 m – 05 hrs.
Cross Kangla Pass 5, 322 m trek to Ngawal 3,650 m – 07 hrs.
Trek to Manang 3,450 m – 04 hrs.
Trek to Thorong High Camp 4,600 m – 06 hrs.
Cross Thorang-la and to Muktinath 3,800 m – 07 hrs.
Trek to Jomsom 2,716 m – 04 hrs.
Fly to Pokhara 820 m and transfer to respective hotels.
Drive to Kathmandu 1,350 m and transfer to hotel.
International departure for home ward bound.
On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan international airport meet Unique Holidays with warm welcome with garland and transfer to respective hotels in the hub of Kathmandu at Thamel area, after fresh up and relaxation Unique Holidays guide will brief on the program regarding hotel, Kathmandu, trekking.
Morning after breakfast at given time our city and cultural guide will guide you in and around Kathmandu at places of interest and importance, as Kathmandu Valley is full of World Heritage Sites the holy Pashupatinath temple, Bouddhanath ( Little Tibet), Swayambhunath ( Monkey Temple) & monasteries, ancient Kings Palaces and courtyard in Kathmandu; after an interesting sightseeing back to the hotel, preparation for the trip to Nar & Phu with Kangla & Thorangla trek.
Unique Holidays trip to Nar & Phu begins with a morning scenic and interesting drive towards Annapurna circuit route in Nepal mid west with mountain scenery, journey leads to Beshsishar town then on the dirt road to Khudi, Bhulbhule and Ngadi following the Marsyangdi River upstream, the drive continues through rice terraces fields and villages to Syange, from here with a slow climb leaving the Marsyangdi River behind for few days then reaching our first overnight stop at Jagat village, a farm village with many lodges to take care the needs of the travelers.
From this village walk leads to a gradual winding path to Chamje, after this village back to Marsyangdi River crossing towards east bank and then through a thick forest, with superb views of majestic Annapurna and Manaslu mountain ranges, then on the wide path all the way to a nice village at Tal Besi, after a break here another few hours walk reaches to Dharapani village for overnight stop, this village situated on the junction of Annapurna circuit and Manaslu trek.
After Dharapani walking along the wide trail through tranquil rhododendron and pine forest passing the small villages of Bagachap and Danque, then to Timang village with its ancient Buddhist culture along with grand view of Mt. Manaslu 8,163m / 26,781ft, after Timang village another hour walk leads to the village of Koto for overnight stop. Koto just 30 mins away from Chame a large major town and headquarter of Manang area.
Today our route leaves behind the main Annapurna circuit route for a week till it joins at Manang, from Koto heading towards Nar & Phu walk continues reaching a narrow valley between massive walls of high rock cliffs and into cool forest of pine and rhododendron trees, passing farm huts and sheds and in a gorge formed by Pisang Peak and Kangguru Himal the trail leads to an upstream of Nar-Phu khola (stream). Our route leads north on the isolated area through number of scattered small farm hamlets to Dharmashala for overnight stop this spot a small farm settlement.
Morning walk continues towards northern area, as the journey progress further north towards Phu region in complete isolation and wilderness, around this area chances of seeing some wildlife like Blue sheep, Snow Leopards. Trek passes several cattle herder’s huts and shades on the upstream walk following Phu Khola to reach at Kyang for overnight stop.
Today heading to Phu valley and its village one of the highlight of this trip, morning trek leads towards a raging Phu Khola upstream. Then descending to the river and walk along the river bed, after crossing the stream leading to a climb into a valley and into a gorge then reaching an area where this glacial valley widens and opens up, after a good interesting walk of the day on the pasture lands till it reaches the Phu village for overnight stop.
A rest day in Phu village after many days of good walk, a necessary rest and acclimatization day at Phu before going through two high great passes of Kang la and Thoran la, here a short hike and explore around this wonderful village for some it is a Shangri-la, worth a visit to Tashilkhang and Samdu Choling Monastery and Kyauchyu water fall, here at Nar and Phu villages the local people has a strong connection and with an influence of Tibetan lifestyle, religion, traditions and cultures. This village consists of near 30 houses for 100 to 150 people.
After a wonderful time at Phu village and with locals warm hospitality, our journey starts going back the same path with downhill walk into a narrow gorge, then the path leads downstream at Phu khola, though smaller villages of Yughat and many mani and chortens a Buddhist shrines, then leading to a flat and level ground of Nar Phedi for overnight stay.
Today’s walk follows the Phu Khola for few hours, then reaching to a newly built steel suspension bridge over the raging Phu Khola, from here walk leads to a steep uphill then reaching a flat gradual trail for few hours and then concluding the day at famed Nar village for overnight stop.
After a great interesting time around Naar village, journey starts heading towards western direction, the morning walk carry’s on with a pleasant walk into a small forest of firs and pine trees, then leaving the tree lines behind towards barren country trekking for few hours, then with a long slow climb through lateral moraine of Temdenzon khola, trek continues for another couple of hours on this nice gradual path, then finally reaching at the base of Kang la pass at 4,530 m for overnight stop on a flat grassy field.
A Big Day! today crossing the first pass of this adventure is another highlight of this trip, early morning starting the walk with a stunning view of Pisang Peak and Chulu Far East Peak, walk leads crossing a stream on a long bridge and then it leads to a climb slowly up to the top ridge at Kangla pass at 5,322 meters, so far the highest point before Thorang-la, the top of Kangla Pass offers overwhelming views of scenic landscapes and of Annapurna huge massif range, Chulu Peaks, Lamjung Himal and number of peaks of Annapurna Himalayan range, after an amazing scenery, walk downhill through Julu village and then to overnight stop at Ngawal village. From Kangla pass reaching into Manang area onto the most popular scenic route of Annapurna circuit trek.
A different and strong feeling after the high pass and being in the hidden area of Nar and Phu village, from this interesting village at Ngawal, morning walk heading on to Manang valley, then reaching at Humde a large village with an airstrip (the air strip for smaller planes flights are normally 3 times a week only) from here three hours of good scenic walk leads to Manang village through Braga village with its very old monastery, worth a visit in old Braga monastery which houses old Buddhist relics, ancient wall painting and frescos, offering stunning views of Annapurna’s Himalaya, after Braga an hour walk reaches at Manang village and its wide windswept valley, in Manang overnight stop in cozy nice lodge, this village with houses in traditional Tibetans style and rich Buddhist culture.
After a good time at Manang, morning adventure leads towards Ghunsang village on the uphill path to Yak Kharka, an interesting high altitude walk with super scenery of the snow capped mountains, then crossing the river to reach Yak Kharka a small settlement, offering tremendous views of Gangapurna, Annapurna III and Chulu Peaks, as the walk progress and getting closer to the base of Thorang-la, crossing a bridge then a climb along the river bank of Jarjung, leading up on the narrow path to cross a steep rocky slope and finally reaching at Thorung Phedi, depending upon the physical conditions of the clients, if all goes well an hour steep climb to the overnight stop at Thorang High Camp, staying here to make it easier for the next day climb over Thorang pass.
Today the highlight of this great journey after early breakfast set for the long climb to Thorang-la with a steep ascend all the way to Thorung La Pass top at 5,416 m / 17,700 ft, the highest altitude gain of this memorable adventure this certainly requires a high spirit and physically strong mind to cross over it. The top offers mind blowing scenery of beautiful landscapes and snow capped peaks, from here the walk leads to a long descend to Muktinath at 3,800 m. on reaching Muktinath for the overnight stop, this is a sacred and holy place for both Hindus and Buddhists the word Muktinath literally means ‘the place for Nirvana or Liberation’.
After a hard walk of previous day, today’s walk is short and easy on the downhill track passing traditional villages of Jharkot, with rich culture and tradition of Thakali people similar to Tibetan lifestyle. A few hours of walk reaches the Kaligandaki river valley and to the lonely village of Ekale Bhatti from here few hours of good walk reaches the Jomsom town, Jomsom at 2,715 m. The headquarter town of Mustang district of Mustang region with apple orchards and apple products.
(Optional driving journey to Pokhara) Morning transfer to Jomsom airport for a short scenic flight to scenic Pokhara, Pokhara valley another highlight of this fabulous trip, Pokhara regarded as the most beautiful place on this globe with awesome mountain views and natural surrounding with its serene lake Phewa.
Morning a scenic drive to Kathmandu, after a wonderful memorable trip in the high mountains of Annapurna area, then on reaching Kathmandu transfer to respective hotels with afternoon free at leisure. (Flying options as per the flight time our staff will transfer you to Pokhara domestic airport for 30 minutes scenic flight to Kathmandu, on reaching Kathmandu meet Unique Holidays staff for the drive back to respective hotels).
After a most memorable experience of a life time with Unique Holidays, our staff will transfer you to the airport for your final departure as per your flight time.
Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast at 3 stars level, Meals 3 times a day (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trekking and Pokhara, Twin sharing comfortable and clean private room in trekking, necessary permits, all the ground transportation as per itinerary, domestic flight tickets from Kathmandu to Pokhara, an experienced guide and porter and all the necessary permits, please find in details what is included and excluded in the cost as follows:
Trekking is essentially day hiking and doesn't require any special training. However, good physical condition, a love of walking, and a desire to enjoying the spectacular views of the mountains and encounter village life are essential. We offer a diverse range of easy treks. Categorizing a trek as easy means that no difficult climbing or ascents to high altitudes is involved. They take usually no more than a week and are suitable for anyone. Be assured that a loss of altitude in no way means a loss of interesting things to see and experience. While our more challenging treks get you closer to a small number of mountain ranges, lower altitude treks often provide better viewpoints from which to enjoy the colorful horizons of a whole series of ranges. The duration of a trek can be from 4 to 9 days with an average of 4 to 5 hours walking per day. The elevation of the trail will be between 800m/2624ft and 2800m/ 9240ft above sea level.
These treks are suitable for any walker looking for something a little more challenging and energetic. They are a combination of some longer and shorter walks and hill-walking experience is desirable. The duration is usually from 10 to 15 days. Following the up and down terrain of Nepal and walking to higher elevations contrasts these treks to those in the easy classification. However, you will be rewarded for your efforts with spectacular close-up views of glaciers and of the high Himalayas. Although the terrain is not difficult, some vigorous hiking experience is useful. There may be up to 6 hours a day on the trail and the elevation rises and falls from 800m/ 2624ft to 4000m/13210ft above sea level.
Since the terrain can be hard and the days long, hikers on these treks should be in good physical condition and have some previous mountain walking experience. Steep climbing may be involved, although it is never necessary to use ropes. Treks at this level can he arranged for periods of 16 to 21 days. Typically, a gradual ascent through a green river valley will lead you up to a number of high passes, where you will reach the altitude of 5416m. Often times, you will get a close insight into the Tibetan culture. Participants should except to trek above 5416m/17872ft.
These real adventure treks are both technical and highly strenuous. Excellent physical condition is essential and mountaineering experience is preferable. Following rough terrain, they involve steep ascents to high altitudes with the possibility of some rope climbing. Stamina is needed to complete one of these treks, as it can take from 20 to 28 days to reach the heart of the wildernesses that they transverse. Participants should except to trek above 5600m/18480ft
Please note that the grade of treks can vary throughout the year as weather and ground conditions change. These can vary on a day-to-day basis as well as season to season. You should be aware of this and take it into consideration when you choose the level of trek that is suitable for you.
|Hot Drinks||Black tea, Milk Tea, Lemon tea, Hot Lemon, Ginger Tea, Masala Tea, Jasmine Tea, Black Coffee, Milk Coffee, Hot Chocolate|
|Soup||TomatoSoup, Vegetable Soup, Mushroom Soup, Chicken Soup, Chicken -, MushroomSoup, Onion Soup, Garlic Soup, Potato Soup, French Onion Soup, MixSoup( Veg, Chicken, Mushroom, Cheese), Noodle Soup, Egg-Veg-Noodle Soup|
|Potato Variety||BoiledPotato, Fried Potato, Fried Potato with Veg., Fried Potato with eggTop, Fried Potato with cheese, veg & Egg, Potato Chips, French fry, Massed Potato, Potato bread|
|Delicious Noodle / Pasta||DeliciousNoodle/Pasta, Fried Noodle plain, Fried Noodle with veg, Fried noodlewith Egg, Fried Noodle with Cheese, Mix Fried Noodle( Veg, Cheese,Chicken, Egg)|
|Italian Taste||CheeseTomato Pizza, Cheese Veg Tomato Pizza, Salami Pizza, Mushroom Pizza,Tuna Piza, Mix Pizza, Spagatti Cheese, Macaroni Cheese, Lazani Cheese|
|Maxican Gourmet||Chhese Bean Burrito, Cheese been Inchilada, Tacco|
|Indian Kitchen||Indian Kitchen, Veg Curry with rice, Chicken Curry With Rice, Egg Curry With Rice, Chapati & potato Curry|
|Chinese Dine||VegThukpa, Veg Egg, Chicken Thukpa, Chinese noodle, Tibetan Bread, VegMo:Mo, Chicken Mo:Mo, Mix Mo:Mo( Veg, Cheese, Egg), Fried Rice Plain,Chicken Fried Rice, Mushroom Fried rice, Veg Fried rice, Mix Fried Rice|
|Nepali Traditional Special||Rice, Veg & Dal soup (serve with Picle, Papad , Salad)|
|Breakfast||Boiled Egg, Fried Egg, Scrambled Egg, Poached Egg, Omlet plain, Veg Omlet, Cheese Omlet, Emlet Tomato, Potato Omlet Chapatiplain/jam/honey/butter, Toast Plain/Jam/Honey/Butter, TibetanBreadPlain/Jam/Honey/Butter, Musley fruit curd, Mushley With Milk orCurd, Corn Flask with Curd or Milk, Granola with Milk or Curd, Porridgewith Milk, Plain Porrige|
|From Bread Item||Pancake plain/Jam/honey/Butter, Apple Pancake, Cinamon Rool, Apple Strudle, Brown/ white bread plain/jam/Honey/Butter|
|Mouth Watering Desert||Apple Pie, Custard pudding, Rice Pudding, Lemon Sugar Pancake, Chocolate Cake|
|Occasional Teste||Chicken Sizzler, Chicken Fried, Chicken Tawa, Chicken Curry, Chicken Steak, Yak Steak.|