About Restricted Region
Trekking in the Restricted Region has its different charm. Restricted Region trails are less crowded and usually in the most rural part of the country with untouched nature and ancient cultures. Nar Phu Valley Trekking is also the part of Restricted Region Off the Beaten Path Trekking in Nepal.
Nepal has allocated a few parts as restricted regions. This is to prevent the overflow of international tourists. These regions are susceptible due to various reasons, including the climate and ethnic values, and hence Restricted Regions are carefully monitored by government officials.
Apart from the general trekking and Conservation Area or National Park fees, if you are traveling to a Restricted region, you will also have to pay additional Permit fees, varying from place to place. Further, single travelers are not allowed to trek in this region. There need to be at least two travelers traveling in the Restricted Region apart from your guide and crew members.
The permits are issued by government-registered Trekking Companies in Nepal. While the trekking permits can be issued before you arrive in Nepal, issuing the Restricted Region permits requires a hard passport copy of the traveler. So make sure you plan to stay for additional days in Kathmandu.
Accommodation and Facilities During Nar Phu Valley Trek:
Nar Phu Valley Trek is comparatively new for many travelers and has just begun to spring up. However, due to its remoteness, the accommodations are limited, and facilities are basic.
You might have to share rooms with the local families, and in Nar Phedi, you get a unique opportunity to sleep in a Buddhist temple and share space with a monk. Some local lodges also have dormitory rooms, where you might have to share rooms with other travelers. But worry not, private rooms are available.
Although beds with warm blankets and pillows are available, it is recommended to bring your sleeping bag if you are conscious about hygiene and the fact that the nights can be surprisingly cold, even during the spring and autumn seasons.
Most of the accommodation has shared bathrooms. However, you will have the luxury of the attached bathroom in Manang, Muktinath, and Jomsom as they lie in the renowned Annapurna Circuit Region. Not just the bathroom, all the facilities lie in a similar pattern. The food menu, charging station, and so on.
Dal Bhat is the most common and recommended food during the trek. You get enough carbs and some vegetable and chutney options. The option of meat is available but is recommended not to, as it might not be fresh. You have a common charging station in the dining hall, and though they are usually free, some places might charge you extra.
The evening might be surprisingly cold, and the dining hall is the place where you want to be. Like most of the local lodges in every region, the Narphu region also has a common heater or open fire room in the dining hall, and it’s for a valid reason, to interact with other groups.
Who can join the Nar Phu Valley Trek?
Considered a difficult trek, Narphu will challenge you physically and mentally. So make sure to be prepared way before your journey.
You will venture past the high pass of Kang La Pass and Thorong La Pass, both 5,000m, through scenic yet challenging paths. So make sure you indulge in some physical activities and consult the doctor.
Also, you will be staying in remote parts of Nepal, which might be out of your comfort zone, so be prepared mentally. Of course, you will be dwelling in some well-facilitated regions, but the beginning part of the trek will offer you a unique experience.
Guide & Potters for the Nar Phu Valley Trek
Having a guide is essential when exploring the Nar Phu Valley, as it is a restricted region with limited visitors. A knowledgeable guide will not only lead you through the rural areas but also provide insights into the region's history and secrets and assist you in removing the cultural barrier.
Furthermore, it is now mandatory to hire a guide for trekking in any part of Nepal.
It is advisable to hire a porter as well. Trekking at high altitudes can be physically challenging, and having a porter to assist you will allow you to travel more freely and fully enjoy your journey. Since you will be trekking along the remote region, you might want to pack up some additional goods including your favorite energy bars, sleeping bags, and so on.
Safety and Security During Nar Phu Valley Trekking
The locals are very friendly and helpful and since it is a restricted region, the area is guarded by friendly local government officials.
Make sure that you walk along the path guided by your guide and potters, you are all safe.
Just make sure that you have proper travel insurance, including heli rescue, and your medication, and remain hydrated, you are all good to go.