If you want to know more about hidden mountain valley and villages inside the Northern part of Annapurna regions which is less explored and faraway from main tourist trial, Nar Phu Valley and Kangla pass are the best options.
Nar-Phu is the high Himalayan pass and valley in the Annapurna region which was not touched by the rapid development of Annapurna Circuit region since centuries. The people remained aloof with Manang regions for long period of time. The circuit was closed for foreigners up to 2003 and later on it was opened for them with a special permission to visit in this region. The culture and tradition of habitants of this valley are much similar to Tibet because of its remoteness from other part of Nepal and it is very close to Tibet.
Where is Nar-Phu village situated?
Main attractions and adventures in Nar-Phu Valley Trekking
Trekking in the isolated area of Nar and Phu rewards you the close glimpse of gigantic snow-capped mountains, ancient influenced Tibetan lifestyles, less populated village, religious Chortens and Mani walls, ancient monasteries and high pasturelands, narrow gorges, rivers, mountain lakes and forests. This trekking area is known to have one of the highest concentrations of snow leopard per square kilo-meter and blue sheep. Another major challenge that you have to tackle during this treks are crossing high mountain pass of Kang-la at 5315m and then another mountain pass in between Manag and Mustang region Thorang-la at 5416m.
Trekking options for Nar-Phu Valley Trek
There are two trekking options available for Nar Phu Trekking area, Tea House and Camping trek. In the tea house trek, there is very little choice of food like Rice, Noodles, Lentil Soup, Spaghetti, Tea and Coffee and for and a simple lodge for accommodation with a proper toilet. Trekkers are always advised to carry good sleeping bags. The camping treks are well-organised with the groups and it become costly but you can find good facilities in a camping trek.
The trek starts from the gateway to famous Annapurna Trial Beshisahar-Chamje. Crossing the suspension bridge over Marsyangdi river the trial leads to Koto village passing through narrow passage that later become wider to high mountain valleys, ancient villages and animal grazing areas.
After that, it passed over first challenging mountain pass of Kangla-la that leads us to Ghyaru village of Manang. From Ghyaru it then connects with the traditional Annapurna Circuit at Khangsar that leads us to Manang, Tenki, Thorung low and high camp and finally crossing Thorang-la pass at 5416m we arrived in small town of Jomsom that connects Pokhara by road and flight.
What are the best season for this trek?
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