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Fitness Level: : levels
Group Size: : 2 to 15 people
Max-Altitude: : 5365m
Duration: : 19 Days
Walking Days: : 13 Days
Activity: : Trek
Best Period: : MAR | APR | MAY | SEP | OCT | NOV

ACCOMMODATIONS
We will be staying at Hotel Manaslu, Moon Light hotel or similar hotel 3 star in Kathmandu:  and guesthouses during the trek. All accommodations are on twin-shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional. Also note that single rooms are readily available in Kathmandu and the trekking regions at lower elevation but it might be difficult to find them at higher elevations.

MEALS
All meals will be provided during trekking while only breakfast will be available in Kathmandu. There will also be welcome and farewell dinners for guests. While on trek, we have breakfast and dinner in the tea-houses/lodges we spend the night and lunch on our way to the next destination. Nepalese, Tibetan, the more common continental and Indian cuisines are common choices in the menu.

PHYSICAL CONDITION REQUIREMENT
Discovery Mountain Trek can offer advice and recommendations about health requirements but it is the individual responsibility of each trekker to acquire any necessary documents and medical care. The information on the technical sheet provided is indicative, it is your responsibility to check with the authorities concerned for the exact requirements for your chosen destination at the time of travel. If you do not obtain any necessary medical consultations or travel documents and are not allowed to enter a country, or suffer personal injury or death as a result, we have no liability to you for any cost, loss or damage which you suffer nor will we refund you the cost of any unused portion of your travel arrangements. It is your responsibility to comply with the regulations and procedures of police, customs and health at all times throughout your trip.

BEST TIME TO TRAVEL
The best time to trek to the Everest Base Camp Trek is in spring (February to May) and autumn (September to November). The temperature is moderate in these seasons and guarantees amazing views through the trip. Although this trek can be undertaken during winter, the cold temperature might not be suitable for everyone.

GUIDE & STAFF ARRANGEMENT
The most significant thing that makes this trek enjoyable and memorable is the skilled, experienced and helpful Guide and crew member who have the ability of guiding our trek on the mountain smoothly. Our trip will be led by the best and most professional Guide. All of Discovery Mountain Trekking Guide’s  are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, skills and personal aptitude. With an objective of sustaining local communities, Discovery Mountain only employs local Staff, who have knowledge about culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, and history of their local region.

PORTER CARE
We are firmly committed to porter rights. We make sure that all our porters are well treated, well paid and we provide the level of shelter, clothing and footwear that these harsh environments demand. Porters who become sick are treated with the same care and attention as other team members and we have previously used helicopters – at our expense – to rescue porters from dangerous situations. We support the work of the International Porter Protection Group (IPPG), making our resources available to them to help improve the working conditions of the porters. International Porters Progress Group.

ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS
The Everest Region is stunningly beautiful, but equally fragile. Future generations have just as much of a right to appreciate it as much as we do.  Therefore, we believe that the tourism industry has an obligation to protect and preserve it. Discovery Mountain employs a ‘zero impact’ policy on the natural environment and the traditional communities that live there. Discovery Mountain, therefore, enforces a number of do’s and don’ts. Please talk to your trek leader to avoid environmental impacts.

 TRAVEL INSURANCE
It is a condition upon joining any of Discovery Mountain’s  trips that all clients be insured for comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs). Please note that we don’t arrange or sell insurance.

ACCLIMATIZATION
This trek’s itinerary is planned with a high degree of awareness of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). Going up at higher altitudes too fast causes a medical condition serious enough to result in death. The higher the altitude, the less oxygen will be in the air. For example, at an altitude above of 5000m, there is 50% less oxygen than at sea level. Therefore, our body needs many days to adapt to an environment with less oxygen. During this trip, we take rest in Namche Bazaar and Dingboche which will help us acclimatize to the high altitude.

EQUIPMENTS LIST
This list is a guideline to help you pack for your adventure. Also understand that the items listed below will vary a little according to the season and the trek duration. Those items marked by an asterisk (*) are provided by Discovery Mountain Trek inclusive in the service. The weight limit for your luggage is 15 kg.

SLEEPING BAG

  • 1 sleeping bag: -10° or -15° (*)
  • Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)

 FROM HEAD TO TOE

  • A cap or sunhat
  • 2-pair of thermals
  • long-sleeved thermal tops and full-length long johns
  • Long-sleeved and short sleeved t-shirts, preferably in quick-drying technical material.
  • A light fleece or equivalent (plus extra warm layers if necessary)
  • A breathable windproof, water proof jacket (Gore-Tex…)
  • Discovery Mountain Trek’s down Jacket (*)
  • Discovery Mountain Trek’s half T-shirt (*)
  • Lightweight waterproof over trousers
  • Suitable shorts
  • Walking trousers
  • A pair of high rise walking boots
  • A pair of sandals or equivalent casual shoes for cities, villages and evenings
  • Thick walking socks
  • Warm gloves
  • Hat and scarf

DAY BAGS/ SHOULDER BAG

  • 1 medium shoulder bag: 50-70 liter cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carryon
  • A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables,

PRACTICAL ITEMS

  • 1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
  • 1 compass or GPS (optional)
  • 1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries
  • 1 medium-sized quick drying towel
  • Female hygiene products
  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti-bacterial hand wash

MEDICAL

  • Small personal first-aid kit simple and light
  • Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
  • 1 skin-blister repair kit
  • Anti-diarrhea pills
  • Anti-headache pills
  • Cough and/or cold medicine
  • Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
  • Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
  • Water purification tablets or water filter

TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Discovery Mountain Trek & Expeditions Company is a trustworthy and registered Company under the laws of Nepal Tourism Industry and accepts your bookings under the following terms and conditions.

Booking Terms
Booking your trip with Discovery Mountain Trek accept with terms and conditions of sale. Every trekker is required to complete the form of registrations. At the time of registration, Trekker’s are expected to pay a deposit 25% of total cost to complete your booking. Please note the trip cost is required to make in advance as per the company policy, this deposit help us to make confirm reservation of Hotels in City, domestic flights and all other trip arrangements for final trip booking. Along with deposit we need detailed name lists of participants, same as passport, Gender, Nationality, Date of birth, passport number, passport issue/ Expiry dates & profession. You need to send us passport copy, photo identity and e-ticket by e-mail for all trips in Nepal.

Cancellation Policy
If any reason you have to cancel your trip, we Discovery Mountain Trek require written confirmation of your decision. The amount you have paid to us will be refunded according to the following terms:

  • Cancellation more than 35 days before your departure date: $60 will charged
  • Cancellation more than 35 to 19 days before your departure date: your deposit, 25% will charged
  • Cancellation more than 18 to 10 days before your departure date: 50% will charged
  • Cancellation more than9 to 05 days before your departure date: 75% will charged
  • Cancellation less than 4 days before your departure date: 100% of the total will charged

I reserve the right to revise pricing rates declared under any circumstances, or on the pressure of various external factors that are further than our control, for instance changes in exchange rate, government action etc. But, I declared forth effort to keep on the present rate. In case of minor increase in flights fares, hotels or other related factors, we don’t revise the cost of the trip which was already confirmed & booked by deposit.

RISK & RESPONSIBILITY
Your safety and enjoyment is my prime concern. I therefore carry out my responsibility honestly & sincerely to ensure your holiday trouble – free as well as you have desired. Nevertheless, unless stated otherwise, trip may be change under uncertain and inherent circumstances such as land-slides, road blockage, flood, snow political unrest, cancellation of flight, delay arrival, sickness or accidents etc. Any extra cost incurring there is your personal responsibility and should be borne on the spot.

IMPORTANT NOTE
Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Discovery Mountain Trek. Please note that your guide has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. The guide will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required. Bad weather in mountain regions can cause domestic flight delays, particularly in the Everest, Lukla, Jomsom, phaplu, Kanchenjunga and any other remote mountain regions in Nepal.

INCLUDED IN THE COST

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle.
  • 3 -star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek with Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Welcome and farewell dinners in Kathmandu.
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary.
  • An experienced, English speaking guide, government-license holder.
  • Domestic flight (Jomsom- Pokhara).
  • Porter service : 2 participants-1 porter.
  • Assistant guide: 4 participants- 1 assistant guide.
  • Staff costs including their salary, equipment, insurance, food and accommodation.
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag : to be returned after your trip completion.
  • Discovery Mountain’s duffel bag, t-shirt and trekking map are yours to take.
  • Energy Supplies: Dry fruits, Snickers, Mars, Bounty on your Trek.
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits : ACAP and TIMS.
  • Medical kit: carried by your trekking assistant guide.
  • Gamow Bag for your safety and security.
  • All government and local taxes
  • Personal insurance for Nepalese team for your trekking.

NOT INCLUDED IN THE COST

  • Nepalese visa fee.
  • Excess baggage charge.
  • International flights.
  • Travel and rescue insurance.
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu.
  • Tips for guide, porter and driver.
  • Special permit for Nar Phu ($90) per person
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure.
  • Also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Personal expenses laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower.
Date of departure Date of return
15/09/2019 03/10/2019
05/10/2019 23/10/2019
11/10/2019 29/10/2019
19/10/2019 06/11/2019
25/10/2019 12/11/2019
15/03/2020 02/04/2020
05/04/2020 23/04/2020
11/04/2020 29/04/2020
19/04/2020 07/05/2020
05/09/2020 23/09/2020
15/09/2020 03/10/2020
05/10/2020 23/10/2020
11/10/2020 29/10/2020
19/10/2020 06/11/2020
25/10/2020 12/11/2020
Details

  A trek to Nar-Phu Valley is a wonderful journey into the remote and unexplored territory located north of Annapurna Range in western Nepal. This rugged is your ticket to the exotic landscapes that are less frequented by trekkers each year in Nepal. At the crossroads of Himlung Himal expedition trail, Nar-Phu Valley trek is complete with stops at lakes, rivers, forests, mountains, meadows, waterfalls, and gorges. Witness a local culture that dates back centuries and explore old monasteries and even some ruins.

 The program takes you from Jagat, a point in Annapurna Circuit to the hills of Koto, following an off-the-beaten-path to the remote valleys of Nar and Phu. Lying north of Manang beyond the Kang-La Pass, these villages have wonderful panoramas of several peaks of Annapurna Massif. Further north, the valleys open up to expansive landscapes and high-altitude pastures with mountains ahead. The dramatic views, the alpine environment and the quietness – all give a sense of serenity while you trek here.

 This restricted area is in the district of Manang just North of the popular Annapurna Circuit. You will need a special trekking permit to visit this region, which will be arranged by the team at Discovery Mountain. You will pass through Koto, Meta and the village of Phu. The Tashi Lakhang Monastery where we will be staying, is a notable monastery in Nepal. Trekking further through the moraines, we will come to Nar and have wonderful views of Annapurna and Tilicho peaks. We will further cross Kang-La Pass, come to a point in Annapurna Circuit and journey to Thorang-La pass to Jomsom.

 Go on this trip from Discovery Mountain to explore the peaceful and hidden villages of Nar, Phu, and others. The best time to visit here is in the spring and in autumn. You will need a good level of physical fitness with a regular walking habit to go on this memorable trek from Discovery Mountain.

Itinerary

DAY 1 :ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU AND TRANSFER TO HOTEL (1365M)

Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, our staff will pick you up and transfer you to the hotel. You can have the rest of the day to yourself. Later, you’ll be given a brief about the trip ahead.

DAY 2 : DRIVE FROM KATHMANDU TO BESISAHAR TO JAGAT (1300M) 9/10H DRIVE

We begin by driving from Kathmandu via a scenic route to Mugling. After a brief stop there, take the route to Pokhara. Before arriving Pokhara, the road forks north to Besisahar. With a second stop at Besisahar, we take the route to Jagat.

DAY 3 : TREK FROM JAGAT TO DHARAPANI (1965M) 6/7H TREK

It’s a seven hour trek today. Starting after breakfast, we descend to the river and cross it. The terrain gets more and more beautiful as we head north until reaching Tal. At this point the giant peaks of Annapurna have already come into view. Take a rough trail from Tal, cross a dense forest to arrive at the village of Karte, and reach Dharapani in the Manang Valley where we will stay for the night.

DAY 4 : TREK FROM DHARAPANI TO KOTO (2615M) 5/6H TREK

At first the trail climbs along a narrow trail through a forest of fir and pine, and then comes to a river. We follow along the river and clip upwards through a forest of oak and maple. Coming out of the forest, we will have excellent views of Annapurna II and Manaslu Range all the way to Koto. The village of Koto is mostly inhabited by the Gurung community. Here, we will sleep in a camp tonight.

DAY 5 :TREK FROM KOTO TO META (3565M) 6/7H TREK

We will begin after breakfast through a dense forest along a narrow and steep trail. As most of the trail today passes near a gorge made by Nar-Phu River, we will be walking in the cool shades. We will pass through cliffs, bamboo groves, and pine forests. We will even come across a cave and, with a detour, a natural hot spring. Take a break here and continue to Dharmashala. Take a second break here, and clip up a valley to reach Meta. Set up camp for the night in this beautiful location.

DAY 6 : TREK FROM META TO PHU GAON (4050M) 6/7H TREK

Start early with a quick breakfast. Pack your bags and climb the steep winding trail near ridges and moraines. The vegetation is not so dense in this region but today you will have crystal-clear views of the surrounding valleys and hills. Next up, you will pass through some chortens and have wonderful views of Annapurna II and Pisang Peaks. Once you’ve arrived at Phu, you will see an old forts. Set up camp for the night here at Phu.

DAY 7 : A DAY OF REST AT PHU

It’s a day of rest here at Phu. Start at leisure in the morning, take a stroll around the village and see the wide valleys above. Make sure that you take short hikes around to see the amazing landscape. We recommend hiking to a pasture located above the village. Keep fit during the day but return to Phu and explore the village more to witness a unique lifestyle. Sleep early to save up on energy.

DAY 8 : TREK FROM PHU GAUN TO NAR (4115M) 6/7H TREK

Starting from Nar today, we will trek back to the first gate and as soon as we come out of the three gates of Phu, we will head right. We descend through rivers and ruins before arriving at a beautiful gorge. The views are great here, ideal for a break. Then we will ascend through stupas and chortens to arrivea at the village of Nar.

DAY 9 :A DAY ACCLIMATIZE AT NAR

Take a day off at Nar and enjoy the quiet lifestyle in stark contrast to your regular routine. Have a leisurely breakfast in serenity. Later in the day, take short hikes in and around the town – and witness the lifestyle of the village. This is an important day of rest as it will help you acclimatize at the altitude and help you warm up the muscles for an exciting trip ahead.

DAY 10 : TREK FROM NAR TO NGAWAL (3350M) VIA KHANG-LA PASS (5365M) 8/9H TREK

It’s a long day of trek today, so start early. Ascend through a steep trial with views of Kangru Peak. Arrive at a pasture by a river and trek along with magnificent views of Pisang Peak ahead. Take a break and continue on to Kang-La Phedi, the base of Kang-La Pass. Gradually climb up to have a wonderful views of Pisang, Gangapurna, a section of Annapurna Massif, and Tilicho Peak. If it’s a clear day, you will see the airstrip of Hongde as well. After a break at the pass, descend through a scenic trail to the beautiful village of Ngawal. Set up camp for the night here.

DAY 11 : TREK FROM NGAWAL TO MANANG (3545M) 4/5H TREK

It’s an easy day of trek to Manang. Along the way, you will have wonderful views of Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Gandharva Chuli, Gangapurna, and Pisang peaks. The trail is nearly flat once you begin walking along the bank of Marsyangdi River. Take a break and then enter a pine forest, cross farmlands, and villages until you arrive at the village of Manang. Here you will stay at a lodge or camp for the night.

DAY 12 : TREK FROM MANANG TO YAK KHARKA (4090M) 4/5H TREK

After breakfast, leave Manang Village, cross a glacial stream and take the route coming out of the Marshyangdi Valley. From there our route turns north crossing a grassland, some juniper woods prior to arriving at Ghunsa hamlet. From Ghunsa, we cross yet another pasture, cross a river and come to an ancient mani wall. Have a brief stop here, take some pictures and trek a little further to arrive at the village of Yak Kharka at 4,110 meters. Stay overnight at Yak Kharka.

DAY 13 : TREK FROM YAK KHARKA TO THORANG PHEDI (4450M) 4/5H TREK

Thorang Phedi is actually the base of the popular Thorang-La Pass. “Phedi” literally means “base”. After breakfast, we leave Yak Kharka and trek uphill, cross a river to Ledar village where we make a stop. Rest for some time, then trek trough cliffs and arrive at Thorang Phedi. Here we will be staying for the night.

DAY 14 : TREK FROM THORONG PHEDI TO THORONG PASS (5416M) TO MUKTINATH (3860M) 8H TREK

In the morning you will see how wonderful the views of the mountains are. Drinking your coffee or tea, you might want to identify the mountains one by one – but these are lesser known mountains with legends of their own. Pack your bags, for it’s a long day with nearly nine hours of walking. First, trek to Thorang-La Pass, one of the highest mountain passes in the world. Enjoy the feeling, take some photos, and move on. Next, we will be trekking to the Valley of Muktinath on the other side of the pass. It’s mostly a similar kind of terrain today once you head towards Muktinath, where you will stay for the night.

DAY 15 : TREK FROM MUKTINATH TO KAGBENI TO JOMSON (2720M) 6/7H TREK

Leaving behind the pilgrimage site of Muktinath, we head towards Kagbeni immediately after breakfast. Further, the windy village of Jomsom past Kagbeni, used to be a trading town when business was flourishing between Tibet and Nepal in the middle ages. Today, it is a quiet village at the foot of the mountains. Once here, you can visit the Ecological Museum frequented by trekkers. Enjoy your stay at Jomsom tonight in the vicinity of the mountains before heading back to Pokhara tomorrow.

DAY 16 :FLY FROM JOMSOM TO POKHARA 18M FLIGHT

We will take an early-morning flight from Jomsom as later in the day flights are not operated due to high winds. It can get so windy in Jomsom that the locals have stories about flying boulders and sweeping stones! In Pokhara, you can enjoy the rest of day sipping beer by the lake or, if you feel like it, resting in the hotel room. In the evening though, do not miss the “Thakali” daal-bhaat in Pokhara.

DAY 17 : DRIVE FROM POKHARA TO KATHMANDU (6/7H DRIVE

Depending upon the schedule, you can drive or fly to Kathmandu from Pokhara. Once you are in the capital, have a free day enjoying shopping, hot-water bathing, relaxing in a sauna, or simply seeing around town. Stay overnight at the hotel.

DAY 18 : KATHMANDU SIGHTSEEING

After breakfast, we will take you on a sightseeing tour of some iconic places in the Kathmandu Valley, that will essentially include UNESCO World Heritage sites. In the evening, you are invited to join us for a farewell dinner.

DAY 19 :DEPARTURE AND TRANSFER

According to your schedule, we will take you to the airport for your flight ahead.

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