Itinerary

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Be ready to experience the initial culture shock of the winded and cramped streets when you land in Kathmandu. Not missing out on the beautiful views of the valley, the Himalayas and of the terraced fields here. After you get through customs and checks, our representative will guide you to your hotel for the night. Once you’re checked in, your watershed expedition Naturalist will brief you about the necessary details and safety concerns for your trip. At the briefing, you will receive your naturalist journals where you will be encouraged to document your journey coupled with the wildlife sightings along the way. Enjoy dinner in Thamel, Kathmandu and sleep in earl, as you have a long drive tomorrow.

Following an early breakfast in the hotel, you’ll leave Kathmandu towards Besisahar by jeep. The view of lush hills and dwindling rivers and mountains will keep you refreshed throughout the 6 hour journey. However, be prepared for a rugged journey to Koto on a four-wheel drive. You’ll travel through stunning gorges and numerous waterfalls and arrive in Koto for dinner.

The first day trekking is one of endurance. Cross the Suti river and pass through dense alpine forests, alongside small cave shelters and also pilgrimage. The trail passes through a picturesque waterfall, originating from a small ravine, and many towering rock faces. The valley gets narrower and goes through pristine forests, and views start to open up. The last push before you reach Meta village is a steep ascent, from where you can see amazing views of Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal. The Meta village lies on the Tibetan Plateau and consists of a few lodges. Overnight at the lodge.

Today, you start crossing over impressive suspension bridges. Some of the remarkable, colorful chhortens that Nar and Phu region are famous for come into view. There aren’t many houses or teahouses in this area, but you will see the remnants of the Khampa village, a reclaimed region settled by Tibeteans. After hiking through scenic waterfalls and gorges, you get a view of the old “dzong”-Tibetan style fortress and some old ruined forts situated right at the top of the hills. The Phu village welcomes you with a line of amazing chhortens that contrasts with the landscape. Delve into the local culture, natural diversity, and practices of ethnic groups like Gurung, Lama, and Ghale. Take a short walk up to the famous Tashi Lakhang Monastery started by Lama Karma Sonam Rinpoche and end the day with a great view of Himlung Himal and other snow-capped mountains.

It’s best to spend an acclimatization day in Phu. The village of Phu has a mystical feeling, as its geography and isolated culture leaves much to be discovered. A short hike up a ridge offers stunning views of the valley. Depending on the fitness of the group, your Naturalist may choose to guide you up to the Himlung Base Camp which takes you through a glacial valley. You will also see herds of blue sheep barely hanging to the cliffs. It takes about 4-5 hours for the return trip.

For today’s trek, you’ll retrace the route back towards Meta until you reach Jhunam The trail has a clear view of Nar, with drops and passes through fantastically eroded tented rocks over the sandy bridge like platforms. Look for the ruined Zampa Cho Dzong (a dzong is a fort; zampa is a bridge in Tibetan). Cross the bridge to Nar Phedi monastery, which will be your accommodation for the night. The rooms are managed by local Buddhist nuns, keeping the accommodations nice and tidy for your stay. You will have a unique opportunity to assist the nuns with dinner prep and participate in an evening puja (worship).

The trail ascends up at the start of the day and you follow a winding path up towards Nar. Views of some snow-capped peaks and wonderfully painted, bamboo-topped chhortens passing through the Nar gate takes you to the Nar village. Even though being so near to the main Annapurna trail, Nar is rarely visited and is larger and more lively than Phu. During the daytime, you can indulge in chatting with locals in the village square and hear about their interesting stories. There are few tea houses built on the periphery of Nar village, where you can eat fresh and sleep comfortably. Take a good rest and be prepared for hiking up to the pass early in the morning tomorrow.

Get up before sunrise and head towards the famous Kang La Pass (5,240m). Trek through yak pastures with the superb view of Pisang Peak throughout the day. You’ll pass a small flat land of Jhambu Kharka also known as Kang La Phedi. Climb along the small frozen lake to the pass with some breathtaking views of Annapurna II, Gangapurna, Pisang and Tilicho peak. Descending down after the pass, you start off steep overlooking the picturesque landscape past cattle shelters before you reach Ngawal. You have certainly earned your rights to Wifi, phone signals, spacious lodges and menus with plentiful food options for the night. Overnight at a lodge in Ngawal

Today you’ll return to the tropical climates in the foothills of the Annapurnas. It is better to start off early so you have enough time to see more of the Annapurna range. Stop for food in the village and take a four-wheel drive to Bhulbhule, and after a delightful lunch, we begin rafting to Marshyangdi Hydro Dam. Hold on tight as we continuously tackles class IV and V rapids. Witness lush green jungles in between paddling along the raging river. You will be camping for the night at Paundi.

This is the final day of your journey. You’ll raft from Paundi and head towards the final take-out point at Turture. Celebrate your success with a light snack in the bazaar of Turture. You take a bus back to Pokhara, where you can chill in the evening.