On the one hand, there's the most popular trek in the Himalayas, the Annapurna Circuit, long considered the most scenically diverse and beautiful hike in all of Nepal. On the other hand, there's the trek to Nar Phu, a hidden valley hidden from public view for centuries and home to a rugged landscape and secluded culture that dates back to distant centuries in neighboring Tibet. Which should I choose? Well, now you don’t have to, because, with this latest offering from Nepal Trekking Experts, we combine the two areas into one glorious journey that stands as arguably the most rewarding trekking experience currently available.
Other than the initial leg, which shares the same beginnings as the Annapurna Circuit, the first half of the trek comprises a visit to Nar Phu, a mystical valley breaking through the mists of time like some latter-day Brigadoon ready to entrance modern visitors with its impressive mix of scenic splendor, cultural integrity, inspiring monasteries, and visually stunning medieval villages. Unlike many other regions of Nepal that have geared up economically to cater to the trekking industry, the people of Nar Phu steadfastly maintain a traditional Tibetan way of life that has stood them in good stead for centuries, from basic subsistence agriculture to the all-important herding of sheep and yak.
The second half of the trek picks up the Annapurna Circuit again where the Nar Phu leg merges with the trail at the village of Ngawal, leading northward past the classic vistas of the Annapurna range so beloved by countless visitors to the area through the years. At Khangsar, the opportunity exists to branch away for a few days to visit Tilicho Lake, the world’s highest body of water, before returning to the trail and pushing on for the final hike over Thorong La (5416 m) and the last stretch to Jomsom for the return drive to Pokhara and Kathmandu.
If you’re looking for an epic and rewarding adventure through the Himalayas that provides arguably the most diverse and intoxicating mixture of landscapes and culture—all wrapped up in a two-for-one package that represents enormous value—get in touch with us to discuss the wonderful possibilities of this trek. Now is the time to experience the distant past that Nar Phu represents because the modern world will eventually seep in and change the valley, much as we might wish to stay at its side. Although the Nar Phu Valley is renowned for being in a "rain shadow," you can trek there in the summer as well. We think you’ll find it as amazing a journey as we do.
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