Off the beaten path trek in rain shadow

  A couple visited Nepal in July 2017

“My girlfriend and I are very keen to do some trekking in Nepal but are quite limited with the time we can take off work and are struggling to find a tour that fits our available dates. We are reasonably fit and have each done a bit of trekking at altitude around the world (Andes/Tibet/Kilimanjaro) without problems. We will both be 31 in July. We have looked at your list of tours and due to the time of year anything in rain shadow looks best. We are most interested in avoiding the most crowded routes if possible but it looks like during our dates nothing will be too bad. A shortened Annapurna and the Upper Mustang trek both look fantastic.”

Amanda Delecca, a local specialist from Nepal, helped this traveler put together a customized itinerary based on Best Monsoon Treks in Nepal.

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Nar and Phu Trek

Day 1: Drive to Koto Upper
Day 2: Trek to Meta 3560m
Day 3: Trek to Phu 4080m
Day 4: Exploring Phu
Day 5: Trek to Nar Phedi 3090m
Day 6: Trek to Nar
Day 7: Trek to Ngawal 3675m via the Kang La Pass (5,240m)
Day 8: Trek to Pisang and drive to Besisahar
Day 9: Drive back to Kathmandu

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A condensed Annapurna circuit you can do in around 9 days and actually there's a really nice trek off the Annapurna circuit into the valleys of Nar and Phu that will take you 9 days, I'll attach the details below.

For Upper Mustang I recommend having at least 2 buffer days at the end of your trek (flights are less reliable during the rainy months and are often delayed or cancelled) so your itinerary would look like this (see below), allowing day 3 to 10 for trekking but would likely be a combination of trekking a driving so that you have enough time to get to Lo Manthang and back.

Day 1: Arrival
Day 2: Fly/drive to Pokhara
Day 3: Fly to Jomsom, start trek
Day 4 - 10: On trek
Day 11: Fly to Pokhara and onto Kathmandu
Day 12: Buffer day
Day 13: Buffer day
Day 14: Departure
Thanks for getting back to me so quickly- the Nar and Phu trek itinerary looks fantastic. Is it mainly the internal flights that are affected during the rain season so we wouldn't need a few days buffer for that trip at the end? 
yes it's mainly the domestic flights that are effected, but road conditions also change in the monsoon time so having a buffer day is always a good idea.
Hi Amanda, thanks for all your help. We would like to go ahead with the trek starting on (hopefully) the 11th with our flight getting in at 0630 on the 10th. What is the process for arranging the permits? Would we still have time to do some exploring on that first day? If you have any recommendations for hotels that would be great and we can have a look.
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