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Nar Phu or Tsum Valley in May

Atlanta, Georgia
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Nar Phu or Tsum Valley in May

Hi all — I'm traveling to Nepal next week and will be doing the Everest High Passes trek in late April + early May. Since I'll be in Nepal for 6 weeks, I'm hoping to organize a second, shorter trek (14 days max) for mid-May. I'd like for the 2nd trek to be more culturally and spiritually focused to complement the more scenery-focused Everest trek. I'm looking at either Nar Phu or Tsum Valley, but I'm open to other suggestions as well. Does anyone have insights into which of those treks (or others) might be best given the criteria above as well as the pre-monsoon weather? Thanks for the help!

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1. Re: Nar Phu or Tsum Valley in May

Of course, you realize both treks require an agency, guide, special permit, and technically 2 trekkers.

Nar-Phu is actually a good monsoon trek. It is possible the route up from Koto may still have snow and ice in May.

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2. Re: Nar Phu or Tsum Valley in May

Both should be absolutely great from both a cultural aspect AND mountain views. Both require a guide and special permit stuff (the agency will sort that out). From the two I would GUESS Naar Phu would see less rain. The area behind the Annapurnas is rather dry. Behind Ganesh, which is lower and smaller... probably more moist. But I have no data on that.

If you want culturally rich options that can USUALLY be done without a guide (TIMS regulations are unclear at the moment), you can just add the walk in from Jiri to your the beginning of your Everest Trek OR you take a look at the area just north of Kathmandu where you could combine the Helambu Trek with Gosainkund. The Helambu are the hills between Kathmandu and the Himalayas. It has several interesting villages - mostly Hindus, not the high mountain folk you met in the Khumbu. Gosainkund has sacred lakes. When you arrive in Syabru Besi and still have time you can ass the Tamang Heritage Trail. Amazing villages of the Tamang tribe there. Those 3 treks can probably be done without a guide and much cheaper than the two you mentioned. Not saying they are better or anything. Just wanted to mention them as more cultural treks.

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3. Re: Nar Phu or Tsum Valley in May

Other more culturel treks at lower altitude include Tamang Heritage, Gurung Heritage / Siklis, Indigenous People Trail , or Mohare Danda, or even other undocumented routes. You can do these on your own and some of them don't require any permit.

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4. Re: Nar Phu or Tsum Valley in May

We were in Naar-Pho during the two last weeks of April in 2009, the only snow was when approaching Kang La pass on the north side, hard good snow to walk. Perfect weather every day. Pre-acclimatised from EBC you could hike Naar-Pho valley in 6 days, the whole Koto - Phugaon - Naargaon - Ngawal - Thorong La - Muktinath - Jomsom maybe in 9 days if necessary. If you have 14 days you could linger in Phugaon and Naar a bit longer, even when including travel days.

Edited: April 15, 2021, 11:59 pm
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