Apr 22 - May 6, 2019  confirmed

Nar Phu via Thorung La, via Kagbeni, and via Marpha (15 days)
Annapurna Region, Nepal

Difficulty: challenging

Public trek | 2 confirmed trekkers

Nar Phu via Thorung La, via Kagbeni, and via Marpha
$346 usd
For 1 person to join this trek
Guide & Permits Only
Includes guide and all required permits & entry fees:
$11.92 /day per person for guide
+ $10 per person for guide's insurance
+ $15.67 per person for guide's transport
+ $15 per person for restricted area permit processing
+ $126 per person for permits

Teahouse lodging, food, & transportation paid separately.

Included Services
  • Permits ACAP and Nar-Phu Restricted Area Permit
  • Guide Guide's wages, food, lodging, and insurance
  • Restricted Area Permit Processing
  • Guide's Transport
Optional Services (Porter)
  • Porter Each porter may carry no more than 20 kg (44 lb). One porter is usually enough for 2 people's gear. Government required insurance covers the porter in case of an accident while on the trip.
    $20 per day per porter

    + $30 per porter for porter's insurance

Guide
Pasang Dawa
Languages
English, Nepali, Sherpa, Hindi, and little German
Ratings
great
Currently 2 Trekkers
2 confirmed trekkers
confirmed

Timothy (UK)

With 1 guest: Helen (United Kingdom)
Hired 1 porter

The trek to Phugaon, Nar and over the Kang La pass is a hidden jewel of the Annapurna Region. It combines spectacular mountain scenery with vibrant Tibetan culture in a remote and rustic setting. For those looking to get off the beaten track and explore the hidden wonders of Nepal the trek to Nar and Phu is the perfect choice.

Side trip via Kagbeni: Kagbeni is the gateway to the upper Mustang Valley. The longer route to Kagbeni via Jong passes through monastic villages reminiscent of those in Upper Mustang. It would be a shame to miss this picturesque village set in a spectacular landscape of dry eroded valleys and high snow-clad peaks in your rush to get back to Pokhara or Kathmandu. If you have the time, stop and take a break in Kagbeni.

Side trip via Marpha: The picturesque village of Marpha sits in the shadow of Dhaulagiri. It’s a far more appealing place than nearby Jomsom, with its whitewashed Tibetan style homes and Niyingma monastery dominating the village. A pleasant place to linger after a long trek.

Side trip via Thorung La: After the Kang La take advantage of your acclimatization and continue along the classic Annapurna Circuit. From Manang there is an option to take the spectacular side trip to Tilicho Lake, or continue directly over the Thorung La (5416 m) descending to the pilgrim town of Muktinath, a sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists. From Muktinath, you have the option to take a jeep via the wide valley of lower Mustang to Jomson, where both flights and buses to Pokhara can be arranged, or trek via the traditional village of Kagbeni, gateway to upper Mustang. While the road has taken some of the charm out of this classic trek, the advantage is that a trip can be tailored around one’s interests and time constraints. Whether you do the epic full circuit from Besi Sahar to Ghorepani, or take off a bite sized chunk around the Thorung La, the Annapurna Circuit still has plenty to offer.

Weather Conditions in April

April is the peak of the ‘Spring Season’, with more moderate temperatures and still relatively few days of precipitation. Clear mornings and cloudy afternoons are typical, with clouds clearing up just before or just after sunset. Trekkers should also be prepared for the occasional rain shower, especially towards the end of the month. At high altitudes occasional snow storms are possible.

At a glance
On average there are 6 days with precipitation in April. The highest point on the trek is Thorung La at 5416 m. During April, expect high temperatures of around 3.9°C (39°F) and lows down to -12.1°C (10°F) at Thorung La.

Nar Phu via Thorung La, via Kagbeni, and via Marpha
(Elevation Profile)

Itinerary
(15 days / 14 nights )
created by Timothy (UK)

Mon Apr 22 (day 1)

Kathmandu (1337 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 28.4°C (83°F) and lows of about 12.4°C (54°F) in April.

Kathmandu
Public bus from Kathmandu to Besi Sahar (Not Included)

Estimated cost: $6.00
Travel time: about 6 hours
Please pay the fare for your guide & porter (if you have hired one)

Besi Sahar (800 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 31.6°C (89°F) and lows of about 15.6°C (60°F) in April.

Tue Apr 23 (day 2)
Shared vehicle from Besi Sahar to Koto (Not Included)

Estimated cost: $30.00
Travel time: about 8 hours
Please pay the fare for your guide & porter (if you have hired one)

Koto (2620 m)

From May through early October it is sometimes not possible to reach Koto by road due to landslides caused by rains. In that case you may have to start walking at an earlier point and the trek may take an extra day or two so make sure you plan accordingly. Please pay your guide and porter for any extra days they work beyond the time you booked.
Expect typical high termperatures of about 20.7°C (69°F) and lows of about 4.7°C (40°F) in April.

Wed Apr 24 (day 3)

Meta (3560 m)

About 8-10 hours from Koto. This is a large altitude gain from Koto if not pre acclimatized it is recommended that you add a second night in Meta
Expect typical high termperatures of about 15.0°C (59°F) and lows of about -1.0°C (30°F) in April.

Thu Apr 25 (day 4)

Meta (3560 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 15.0°C (59°F) and lows of about -1.0°C (30°F) in April.

Fri Apr 26 (day 5)

Kyang (3820 m)

About 5-6 hours from Meta
Expect typical high termperatures of about 13.5°C (56°F) and lows of about -2.5°C (28°F) in April.

Phugaon (4080 m)

About 4-5 hours from Khyang or 9-10 hours from Meta. Acclimatization Day to explore around Phu.
Expect typical high termperatures of about 11.9°C (53°F) and lows of about -4.1°C (25°F) in April.

Sat Apr 27 (day 6)

Phugaon (4080 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 11.9°C (53°F) and lows of about -4.1°C (25°F) in April.

Sun Apr 28 (day 7)

Kyang (3820 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 13.5°C (56°F) and lows of about -2.5°C (28°F) in April.

Nar Phedi (3490 m)

About 7-8 hours from Phu
Expect typical high termperatures of about 15.5°C (60°F) and lows of about -0.5°C (31°F) in April.

Mon Apr 29 (day 8)

Nar (4110 m)

About 3.5-4.5 hours from Nar Phedi
Expect typical high termperatures of about 11.7°C (53°F) and lows of about -4.3°C (24°F) in April.

Tue Apr 30 (day 9)

Kang La (5306 m)

About 5 hours from Nar
Expect typical high termperatures of about 4.6°C (40°F) and lows of about -11.4°C (11°F) in April.

Ngawal (3650 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 14.5°C (58°F) and lows of about -1.5°C (29°F) in April.

Ngawal
Wed May 1 (day 10)

Manang (3540 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 16.2°C (61°F) and lows of about 3.2°C (38°F) in May.

Manang
Thu May 2 (day 11)

Yak Kharka (4020 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 13.3°C (56°F) and lows of about 0.3°C (33°F) in May.

Yak Kharka

Thorung Phedi (4540 m)

If the group decides collectively and is well acclimatized it is also possible to stay at Thorung High Camp.
Expect typical high termperatures of about 10.2°C (50°F) and lows of about -2.8°C (27°F) in May.

Thorung Phedi
Fri May 3 (day 12)

Thorung High Camp (4830 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 8.4°C (47°F) and lows of about -4.6°C (24°F) in May.

Thorung High Camp

Thorung La (5416 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 4.9°C (41°F) and lows of about -8.1°C (17°F) in May.

Thorung La

Muktinath (3800 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 14.6°C (58°F) and lows of about 1.6°C (35°F) in May.

Muktinath
Sat May 4 (day 13)

Chhyonkar (3400 m)

About 1 hour from Muktinath
Expect typical high termperatures of about 17.0°C (63°F) and lows of about 4.0°C (39°F) in May.

Jhong (3200 m)

About 2 hours from Chhyonkar
Expect typical high termperatures of about 18.2°C (65°F) and lows of about 5.2°C (41°F) in May.

Putak (3000 m)

About 30 minutes from Jhong
Expect typical high termperatures of about 19.4°C (67°F) and lows of about 6.4°C (44°F) in May.

Kagbeni (2840 m)

About 6 hours from Mukinath or about 2.5 hours from Putak
Expect typical high termperatures of about 20.4°C (69°F) and lows of about 7.4°C (45°F) in May.

Kagbeni
Sun May 5 (day 14)

Jomsom (2760 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 20.8°C (69°F) and lows of about 7.8°C (46°F) in May.

Jomsom

Marpha (2780 m)

About 4 to 4.5 hours from Kagbeni or 1 to1.5 hours from Jomsom, reachable from Muktinath in one long day (about 7 hours of walking) but preferable to break it up into two days.
Expect typical high termperatures of about 20.7°C (69°F) and lows of about 7.7°C (46°F) in May.

Marpha
Mon May 6 (day 15)

Jomsom (2760 m)

About 1 to 1.5 hours from Marpha
Expect typical high termperatures of about 20.8°C (69°F) and lows of about 7.8°C (46°F) in May.

Jomsom
Public bus from Jomsom to Pokhara (Not Included)

Estimated cost: $18.00
Travel time: about 12 hours
You may have to change buses in Ghasa and/or Beni and possibly overnight in Beni.
Please pay the fare for your guide & porter (if you have hired one)

Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara (Not Included)

Estimated cost: $117.00
Travel time: 30 minutes

Pokhara (827 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 32.4°C (90°F) and lows of about 19.4°C (67°F) in May.

Pokhara