Upper Mustang to Naar-Phu Valley Camping Trek

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  • Destination:Nepal
  • Total Duration:27 Days
  • Trip Grade:Moderate

Trip Overview

Upper Mustang to Naar-Phu valley camping trek is probably the best trekking package for the lovers of extreme adventure all around the globe. Trekking through the tough terrains, amidst the barren land, wilderness and passing through Teri-la Pass that stands almost 5600 m provides the exact punch for travelers around the world looking for the off the beaten track challenge. This camping trek opens door to the deep canyons, picking secrets of the lost city of Lo Manthang, remotest villages, and sacred caves and enter the Forbidden Kingdom all on the spectacular mountains backgrounds.

Once restricted areas for outsiders, the route of Upper Mustang to Naar-Phu valley camping trek takes us to one of the remotest regions in the world. There are several extreme and exciting elements in the trek as we explore through the virgin land of Upper Mustang and the hidden Gems of NaarPhu valley, we also measure the paths through the wilderness of one of the highest pass in the country Teri La Pass that stands almost 5600 m. It is an extreme trekking destination with extensive duration to complete and strenuous in difficulty level thus previous trekking experience and good physical stature is recommended. 

Upper Mustang exhibits the living museum of recently lost monarchial essence along with high religious values. The area is pilgrim for the Buddhist followers and the tribal people descending from Tibetan ethnicity. Magnificent monasteries, sacred shrines, ancient caves etc are another attraction before passing the beautiful Kagbeni village. The mountains look totally different from the valley we progress through the trip, crossing the harsh, challenging but most rewarding Teri La pass with the backdrop of Annapurna, Tukuche Peak, Dhaulagiri Tilicho Peak, Manshail , Mustang Himal and Manaslu massifs and we see the ancient kingdom of Upper Mustang. Naar-Phu valley is located hidden within the mountains, with people living close to mountain nature with their distinct way of living, trading supplies with Tibet. We are bestowed with the opportunities to have the best panoramic views of majestic mountain series from Lamjung Himal to Nilgiri, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massifs. 

Upper Mustang from Naar-Phu valley camping trek starts with the wonderful trek to Naar-Phu valley. Naar-Phu valley is located at the east of Annapurna circuit. After arriving Kathmandu, we will take a flight to Pokhara and then fly to Jomsom, starting point of the trek.We will walk through green forests of pines and rhododendrons filled with numerous waterfalls and rivers, crossing over beautiful bridges and then the barren wilderness, rocky patches and unending stairs. We will be camping along the nomad clans as we head on the ancient trade routes over high pass. Exploring the historic kingdom, visiting ancient monasteries and old villages we head towards our final point.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu 
  •  Day 2: Fly to Pokhara 
  • Day 3: Fly to Jomsom 2720m then trek to Kagbeni 2800m
  • Day 4: Trek to Chele 3100m
  • Day 5: Trek to Ghiling 3570m
  • Day 6: Trek to Dhakmar 3820m
  • Day 7: Trek to Lo-Manthang 3840m
  • Day 8: Exploration day at Lo-Manthang. 
  • Day 9: Trek to Yara 3900m
  • Day 10: Exploration around Yara
  • Day 11: Trek to Tangge 3240m 
  • Day 12: Trek to Yak Kharka 4100m
  • Day 13: Trek to SamenaKhola 4220m
  • Day 14: Trek to Teri-La Base Camp 4630m 
  • Day 15: Trek to Teri-La High Camp 5100m
  • Day 16: Trek to Teri-La Phedi 5000m 
  • Day 17: Trek to LabseKhola 4800m, 5/6 hours.
  • Day 18: Trek from LabseKhola to Yak Kharka 4600m
  • Day 19: Trek to Nar Gaon 4110m
  • Day 20: Trek to Kyang 3800m 
  • Day 21: Trek to PhuGaon 3900m
  • Day 22: Trek to Meta 3560m
  • Day 23: Trek to Koto 2600m
  • Day 24: Trek to Dharapani 1860m 
  • Day 25: Trek to Jagat 1300m
  • Day 26: Drive from Jagat to Kathmandu by private 4W driving
  • Day 27: Final departure 

Detail Itinerary

A warm welcome, as our representative will receive you and transfer you to your respective hotels and provide you valuable information regarding your stay, refreshments etc.

We will have to require permits for your visits to Mustang first and then take a flight to Pokhara. We will take some time to preparation and orientations on the trip. You can stroll around lakeside in the evening.

We will take an early flight to Jomsom. Jomsom is at windy location thus as soon as the wind resides, we head for Kagbeni for the night camp. The first day of the trek may take a toll as we walk on the rugged surface with edgy stone paths. Enjoy views of Tukuchehimal, Mt. Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri 

We will be following the trail to the eastern bank of Kali Gandaki River. We ascend several ridges and arrive at Tangbe, a Gurung village. We proceed to Chhusang and cross a river and climb steeply to reach Chele for the night camp.

Today we trek ascend on steep region before crossing a stream and arrive at Rangchung Cave Monastery. We gradually ascend from Syangboche and then descend and finally reach Ghilingvillagefor the tented camp stay.

We start early today with a climb up a small pass and then walk through Ghiling valley. We pass the village once again and head for Nyi-La Pass at 4010m altitude. We cross the longest Mani wall in Mustang ascend a ridge before crossing a valley to arrive in Dhakmar.

We start with an ascent on a steep eroded gully and pass through some alpine meadows. We climb another ridge and then descend till GharGompa or Lo Gyaker known locally. We proceed along a grassy valley then cross Marang–La Pass with an altitude of 4230m before descending and following the trail to get to the fortress city of Lo-Manthang.

Lo Manthang, capital city of former kingdom of Mustang is rich with palaces and fortresses. Among people it also known as Walled City of Lo-Manthang. We will explore different historic and religious sites that are rich in art and culture making this city a paradise for explorers around the globe

We leave Lo Manthang and ascend gradually to the less travelled valleys of Yara. We cross Lo la pass at 3960m and Dhi La pass 3950 m elevation before reaching Dhi village. Descending from there towards Kali Gandaki River and enter the narrow valley then cross PuyungKhola to reach Yara for the night camp. 

We visit the famous Luri Cave monastery as we explore around the village. We will have to cross the river and ascend through old Ghara village to reach Luri Monastery. Set in high hill, we stroll on the rough trail to and fro to Yara. 

Today we start early. It is going to be a tough day ahead as we ascend extreme steep trails. We then descend down the rugged trail. We will soon reach and cross DhechyangKhola to ascend further across the meadows until Tangge village. 

We ascend again and climb for almost all morning. We soon come across some flat barren less populated land. We cross some ridges and then start descending through meadows popular yak grazing site. This place is known as Yakkharka. We set camps near the temporary hut sites. 

Today we head on some easier route. We walk through comfortable but barren landscape until the last destination at SamenaKhola. 

We start with ascend today. We pass through Yak Khola. The land is barren and there are hardly any greenery. We follow the river till we reach Teri-La Base Camp. Teri Himal (5935m) is broadly visible and as we rest in the base camp we can explore the area to observe other peaks.

Today is one of the most challenging yet the most rewarding as we hike all the way to High camp. The altitude of the destination itself poses challenge. The path is rough and full of edgy sharp rocks. We follow the trails of RijungChwaKhola that flows on the foot of Teri Himal.  We walk on moraines on steep trails and finally arrive at Teri-La High Camp. We can enjoy the spectacular views of DamodarHimal and PurungHimal ranges. 

Another tough day as we start early to trek across the high pass of Teri la that stands 5600m.Todays target will be to reach the top of the pass by the time of sunrise for the spectacular views of Himalayan ranges of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna massifs, and Purkung. We will set the camp at the foothill of the Teri la Phedi. 

We head downhill for almost four hours all the way, and we arrive the plain. We again continue the trek through the flat terrain of Nar Phu Valley to reach LabseKhola for the night camp. 

The trek continues through the wilderness to Yak Kharka. We follow the LabseKhola again downstream, to reach Yak Kharka for the night camp.

We take the trail downhill for strenuous time almost 7 hours to reach Nar Gaon. Located at northern side of the famous Annapurna Trekking Trail, this village attracts numerous tourists every season. We can visit some of the famous Buddhist monasteries. 

We start of comfortably as the trail is smooth downhill trek with wonderful sights. We walk past Mani wall as we continue our descent towards PhuKhola where the Kyang village is located. 

Today we walk past the Chortens and streams that arise from the high Himalayas. Wewill follow the trail of PhuKhola. Walking through the rocky trail we reach the PhuGaon which has the fmousLakhang monastery. 

Today we leave the hidden valley. We head on the trail towards Meta passing through numerous streams. It is probably one of the peaceful trekking and amazing experience with lesser travelers in the route and with one of the spectacular view of Lamjunghimal. 

Today we take another comfortable downhill walk through beautiful landscapes. We walk through pine forests passing many streams and picturesque waterfalls near Dharmashala before reaching a small quiet village of Koto. 

Once again we walk through the pine forests along with several villages following the Marsyangdi River. We can enjoy amazing views Annapurna massif as we continue our journey towards Dharapani.

This is the last day of our trek as we descend to Marsyangdi River and cross an iron bridge. On the way, we continue following Marsyangdi River and cross a few more suspension bridges. Ascending further through the dense forest and cross another suspension bridge we reach Jagat. 

From Jagat, we take a private four wheeler drive back to Kathmandu. The landscapes, mountains, and villages are mesmerizing on the way back. Reaching Kathmandu, you can choose either to rest in your respective hotels or explore the nearby markets to shop souvenirs. 

This is your final day. Our representative will drop you at the International airport some 3 hours prior to your flight time by our representative. Thank you and have a safe journey.

" Dolma Treks covered all aspects of my dream trip: hotels, logistics, food, permits.
Tsering Lama is a very seasoned trip organizer and guide that knows the way things work locally, which means a hassle-free, pure joy adventure. I have traveled to Nepal 5 times so far, always with Dolma Treks. Have done a bit of everything: culture, trekking, yoga retreat, educational visits, rescue visits (Earthquake 2015). I have been solo, with friends, and even with my young son since he was 7. Everything was perfect, every single time.

I loved every second of my trips to Nepal and I simply can't wait to be back" 

M/s C. Kasper,

I would just like to say that our trekking holiday in Langtang National Park & our Bridim homestay with Tsering Lama and his wonderful porters "Lale and Mingmar" was the most memorable, amazing holiday I have ever experienced. The guidance and support given were just so great. My wish is that my Aussie friends join a trek with Dolma Tours one day to experience this amazing country of Nepal. Thank you, Tsering. Your Aussie friends, Tania, Steve & Jesse Pitt

Tania,Steve & Jesse Pitt,

I recently went on Tsering's 17-day tour of Nepal, in Oct/Nov 2013.
Tsering is an exceptional tour leader, very organized and a welcoming host. 
He paid much attention to detail both in the planning of the itinerary and throughout the course of the trip.  Right from the beginning, the pre-departure information was excellent and I felt very well-prepared.  Any questions I had about the trekking were answered promptly by email.
Tsering's itinerary has a lovely variety of places to visit: in Kathmandu, trekking in the Annapurna mountains, visiting the Chitwan National Park, and a stunning flight over Mount Everest.  On our trek, the porters were very helpful, friendly and spoke a little English.
Tsering was always professional and timely. We were also given great insight into the generosity of the Nepali people by being invited into his family home.
Heartfelt thanks again from me for a wonderful trip!

Mrs. M. Barnett,
Auckland, NZ

We joined one of Tsering's trips to Annapurna and Chitwan in October 2013, where Tsering warmly welcomed us at the airport and confidently and efficiently organized everything for us from the moment we arrived until our departure 17 days later, making the entire trip extremely relaxing and enjoyable.
His guidance with local customs and his ability to communicate clearly in English was invaluable in ensuring we were completely informed at all times of our programme.  His command of local languages meant we were afforded the best treatment at the local hotels, lodges, and restaurants throughout our trip.
The trip was a wonderful balanced mix of the frantic bustle of Kathmandu, the grandeur of the Annapurna mountains, and the thrill of the Chitwan jungle, all complemented by a style of travel that exposes you to, and allows you to immerse yourself in the local culture to the extent you are personally willing and comfortable with.
The local guides Tsering organized were very competent and knowledgeable, giving us a great opportunity to absorb, understand and appreciate the breadth and depth of Nepal's history and the many cultures that make up its friendly people. Tsering gave us a marvelous insight into the recent history and of current events that gave us a wonderful context and appreciation of what makes the nation of Nepal what it is today and influences its future.
For the trek, Tsering organized a friendly team of local porters and guides who worked so hard carrying our gear over the often steep terrain of the mountains. Special mention goes to our lead guide Lale, who ensured the trek was perfectly paced to match the abilities of our relatively senior group. The guides and porters always had a friendly and smiling disposition, and we had a marvelous party with them on our last night, sharing cultural song and dance.
Tsering is generous of both time and nature, we were privileged to meet his family, and we particularly enjoyed the company of his enchanting 11yo son Jigme on our trip, and of his young friend Amod.
I would unreservedly recommend Tsering as a guide to anyone travelling to Nepal who is wanting to get to know this intriguing and beautiful country and its friendly people, and who enjoys knowing everything is confidently organized for you in a relaxed and efficient manner by a knowledgeable local who is a marvelous ambassador for his people and his country.
Thank you, Tsering, I sincerely hope we have the opportunity to visit Nepal again someday and enjoy your friendly and proficient service.

Mr. G. Clark,
Auckland NZ

Tsering and his trekking company were brought to my attention by my daughter who had trekked with friends in Nepal. That trip was led by Tsering who was already known to one of the group. This group so recommended Tsering, that my wife and I decided upon a trekking tour under his guidance.
We were not any stage disappointed. Tsering contacted us and after considering age, fitness and wishes, designed what he thought was an appropriate tour. He emailed a comprehensive programme with some beautiful pictures and suggested dates. We arranged the flights to and from Kathmandu and brought in a couple of friends.
From our arrival until our departure, every detail was arranged. All accommodation, transport guides, porters, and dining was minutely cared for leaving us the freedom to simply enjoy ourselves. The team he engaged were known to him and endlessly strived to assist. Friendliness and honesty were so obvious.
Westerners are usually apprehensive about local cooking and food hygiene. Tsering always stationed one of the porters in the kitchens of the tea houses to oversee the cleanliness of food preparation. Some of his team are also chefs. It is a matter of pride for him that virtually all his tourists complete their trips without gastric upset.
Tsering is very kind, caring and attentive to detail. He is great fun, has a keen political insight as well as concern for the education of his young countrymen. He is honest and generous to a fault - as are his lovely family whom we met. We also enjoyed their hospitality.
If we return to Nepal there is absolutely no doubt we would ask Tsering to undertake our planning and if possible accompany us. He was faultless and thus I have no hesitation in recommending his company to your favorable attention.

Mr. & Mrs. Peters from Poole,
Poole, UK

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