Nar Phu Valley Trek

Nar Phu Valley Trekking 5320m
At a Glance
  • Duration19 Days
  • DestinationNepal
  • Difficulty Level Strenuous
  • Maximum Altitude5416m
  • ActivityRestricted Region Trekking
  • Group Size1-12
  • StartsKathmandu
  • EndsKathmandu
  • Best SeasonMarch,April,May and September,October,November
Nar Phu Valley Trek Highlights
  • Immerse yourself in ancient villages preserved for centuries, providing a glimpse into the past. 
  • Marvel at spectacular vistas of Annapurna II, Himlung Himal, Gangapurna, Manaslu, Kangaru Himal, and Tilicho Peak. 
  • Venture into the Tibetan plateau, offering a unique blend of traditions in the remote Himalayan region of Nepal, located near the Tibet Border. 
  • Witness the rich Tibetan-influenced culture, representing vibrant prayer stones, Chorten, and monasteries.
  • Oppugn with an exciting trek across the Kang La Pass (5,320m) and savor the awe-inspiring scenic views. Escape the crowds of trekkers and discover hidden trails off the beaten path for a truly authentic experience. 
  • Traverse through the Restricted Region and Annapurna Circuit.     

Opened for exploration in 2002, Nar Phu Valley lies in the Annapurna Region, close to the Manaslu Circuit. The journey takes you to the off-the-beaten path to the village of Nar and Phu to unfold the unique and mystical Tibetan culture. Bordering Tibet, the region has remained hidden from the outside world, protected by the Giant Himalayas, ancient remains of Mani, Chorten, and Monasteries, the dedicated locals, and even the government claiming to be one of the Restricted Regions of Nepal. 

The Nar Phu Valley Trek journey begins from the gateway of the famous trek, the Annapurna circuit, diluting you to the lesser steeped path, northeast, guided by the Nar Khola. From the narrow gorge to the small yet lush forest, you will enter into the semi-Trans region, presenting the beauty of Annapurna from a different perspective, nowhere to be found, and finally connecting you to the familiar path of the famous Annapurna Circuit. 

From the Village of Nar and Phu, with the culture so unique, authentic, and rare, the Nar Phu trek takes you on an adventurous trek with a challenging path of high passes -  Phu Pass, Nar Pass, Kang La Pass, Thorong La Pass, daunting slopes of Kangaroo Himal and Chyakhu and rewarding you with a picturesque view every step including the mighty Himalayas. 

Itinerary

Upon landing at the Tribhuvan International Airport, clear all the necessary immigration formalities claim your baggage, and head outside the airport.

Our representative will be waiting outside the airport with a placard. You will be assisted by our team and transferred to the hotel. 

Kathmandu is the first stop for those traveling to Nepal by air. The city is the capital of the country and a political and cultural hub. Once a medieval town ruled by the Mallas and Lichivi, Kathmandu displays the fine architecture of the Newari ethnic group. The city hosts 7 UNESCO Heritage sites. The buzzing traffic and folks of birds in the sky, the fluttering prayer flags, monasteries within the Hindu temple, and the busy yet charming people make Kathmandu a surreal place to be. 

Upon arrival at the hotel, meet your guide and discuss the details of your journey towards the Himalayas. 

Make sure that you have all the necessary gear available with you. If you have missed anything, worry not, there are several stores where you can buy according to your need. 

    After breakfast, explore Kathmandu City. 

    Walk past the buzzing town and narrow street of Ason Bazaar with a mix of modern and ancient houses with the aroma of spices. Then explore Kathmandu Durbar Square, the live museum. 

    The UNESCO World Heritage Site is located at the heart of Kathmandu surrounded by ancient palaces, temples, courtyards, and other architectural marvels, intricate wood carvings, and beautiful stone sculptures. Kathmandu Durbar Square is a hub for festivals, religious ceremonies, and cultural events offering the vibrant traditions and rituals of the Nepalese people.

    Visit Hanuman Dhoka Palace, Kumari Ghar - the House of the Living Goddess and catch a glimpse of the Kumari, a young girl revered as a living goddess, Taleju Temple, Jagannath Temple, and Kal Bhairav Temple, each showcasing unique architectural styles and religious significance.

    Also, you will apply for a special permit to travel to Narphu. 

    Later, explore Thamel to do some last-minute shopping. 

      Begin your drive to Jagat with an early morning breakfast. The drive takes approx. 7 - 9 hrs through the picturesque view along the Trishuli River alongside traditional villages with their terrace farms and of course, glimpses of the Himalayas. 

      The drive takes you through Arniko Highway and then to Besisahar, the gateway to the Annapurna Circuit. From Besisahar, drive north off-road to Jagat.

      Upon arrival, check into the local lodge. If time permits, explore the area on your own. 

        Starting today, begin your trek. 

        After an early morning breakfast, walk along the gradual trail and through an uphill walk to Chame. Once you cross a suspension bridge, walk through a steep path to Tal Village, where you will witness a mesmerizing view of waterfalls. 

        Continue walking to pass another suspension bridge to reach Lower Dharapani and a little further to Higher Dharapani.

          Today venture deeper into the stunning landscapes of the Annapurna region. Walk past the dense pine and rhododendron forest, providing a serene and peaceful atmosphere. Before approaching Bargarchhap, you walk along some monasteries and some traditional villages. 

          Continue your journey as you witness the view of Annapurna II, Manaslu, and other peaks, then enter a pine forest that will eventually lead to Koto. 

          Koto, a Gurung village, serves as a gateway to Nar Phu village. 

            Once you eat your breakfast, we head to the Koto check post, where they will check your Special Permit. 

            Leaving the Annapurna Circuit, cross the river and enter the Nar Phu Valley. 

            Walk along the bank of Soti Khola and through the pine forests. You will have to cross several suspension bridges as you witness mesmerizing waterfalls. 

            Once you reach Dharmasala, the valley widens. Just before Meta, make your way through a steep ascend. 

            Meta is a small village on an open plain of the Tibetan Plateau, offering a mesmerizing view of Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal

              Begin your day ascending the valley along a small scenic river
              and to Nar Phedi, the winter settlement for the Nar. Perched on the high pasture plateau, the view from this vantage point is truly mesmerizing - decorated with white rocks, low shrubs, and junipers. 

              Following the Phu Khola, you reach Jhunum, where you will meet a confluence where Phu Kola and Jhunum Khola meet. Cross the river leading to Chyak,  which then gradually ascends to Kyang, offering a view of Pisang Peak and Annapurna I.  Along the way, you will also get a chance to see blue sheep. 

              The path leads you to a rocky terrain before reaching Phu Gate, known as the Pupigyal Kwe - the entry point of Phu Village. 

              Once you reach Phu, you will be welcomed by the giant Himalayas and the locals.  You will be impressed by the Dzong that still stands atop the flatland. 

                Today, to acclimatize you either have the option to explore the village or hike to Himlung Himal base camp and for those who want a bit more adventure, you can hike to base camp via Glacier Valley. 

                Explore Phu Village
                Walk along the well-preserved ancient village of Phu. From the ancient traditions that are implemented in their day-to-day life, you can see how the domestic animals cooperate with the locals. With Yak and sheep grazing along, you can also witness a magical view of Blue Sheep getting friendly around the local settlements. 

                Following the Tibetan culture, explore the old fortress, and monasteries, including Tashi Lakhang Gompa, as you walk on a narrow alley of the Phu village interacting with the friendly locals, who might invite you to sip butter tea. 

                Hike to Himlung Himal base camp
                For those who want to get closer to nature and challenge yourself, you can hike up to Himlung Himal base camp. The 7,125 m peak is recently opened for the expedition while hiking up to the base camp is through a steep ascend. You get to witness the Blue Sheep getting all adventurous grazing on the towering cliff. You might also be able to see the footprint of the Snow leopard and if even luckier, see the Queen of the mountain herself. 

                If you want to add more adventure to yourself, walk to the Base Camp through the Pangri glacier. 

                  Today is a challenging day since you will be passing two passes, both 5000 m above.

                  Being the trek early towards the west. Make sure you have your headlights with you. The first pass is Phu Pass at an altitude of 5050 m. Make sure you walk slowly and steadily and remain hydrated. The higher you go the more difficult it gets, but the view it offers is truly rewarding.

                  Once you reach Phu Pass, take some time to admire the view, but do not stop too long since you will need to cross another pass, Nar Pass which is even higher standing at an altitude of 5,400m. 

                  The way to Nar Pass from Phu Pass first descends to Loang, where you will have some time to catch a brief time. Then make your climb to Nar Pass. On the way, you come across a small chorten. 

                  Once at Nar Pass, make your way downhill to Chaung Khas Kharka. There might be some small temporary settlements where you can take a brief moment to relax or continue downhill to cross the Chhunche Khole. Then a final climb will lead you to the village of Nar. 

                    More than acclimatizing, you can call a rest day after an extensive walk across two Passes. But remember you have another pass to cross the following day.

                    Today, walk along the village of Nar. Nar is also a Tibetan Village but much more lively than Phu. Visit the monastery and pass along Chorten, or you can make your way to witness the Nar Gate. There are two entrance gates into the Nar village leading to Nar Phedi. Nar Phedi is where you trek past on your way to Phu Village a few days back. 

                    There’s a small powerhouse near the village. Interact with the villagers and unwind the traditional folklore or story of their own. 

                      Leaving Nar, ascend through a steep moraine path towards Kangla Phedi and cross a bridge over Temdenzon Khola, from where you start climbing through a steep notch. 

                      Once at Kangla Pass, admire the glorious views of Annapurna II, Gangapurna, and Tilicho Peak. The path then descends through a grassy slope but is covered with snow during winter. On the way, you will witness a stunning view of Chulus Waterfall. 

                      One final steep descent and you will reach Ngawal. You will realize the village is more lively with chorten, prayer flags, and monasteries. Here you have quite an option of lodges with a variety of menus and more stable Wifi. Make sure to make good use of it. 

                        Today, you will trek to Manang, the main tourist hub, and retrace back to Annapurna Circuit. 

                        Walk past Lophelling Monastery and cross Julu Khola. On the way, walk past several forests leading to and through the village of Braga and Paugh with a view of the Tilicho Peak and Annapurna ranges. 

                        Once you reach Bagar Gompa, the path rejoins the Annapurna Circuit. Walk along the Marsyandi River, and you reach  Manang. 

                          Begin by crossing a small stream leading to Tenki village, then head out of Marshyangdi Valley northwest to Jar Sang Khola Valley. The trail then ascends through a few pasters. Once you reach Gunsan, walk past the pasture and cross a small wooden bridge leading to Yak Kharka, offering a mesmerizing view of the surroundings. 

                          At Yak Kharka, stroll around the pasture or relax admiring the view. 

                            Today the trek is relatively short. 

                            You will walk to the last settlement before the famous pass, Thorong-la Pass. Since the place lies just on the foot of Thorong La Pass, it is called Thoromg Phedi. 

                            The trail begins with a gentle climb to the ridge. Then descend to cross the Marsyangdi River over a wooden bridge and continue climbing following a narrow trail. With a final short downhill walk, you reach Thorong Phedi. 

                              Today is yet another big climb.

                              Since you have already crossed three passes, it might be easy to trek to Thorong La compared to other travelers. But do not underestimate the high altitude, and make sure you walk slowly and steadily and remain hydrated since the trail is steep compared to other passes. 

                              The trek for the day ends once you enter a sacred temple, Muktinath. The temple holds significant importance for both Hindus and Buddhists.  Also known as Chumig Gyatsa -in Tibetan, it means "Hundred Waters." the temple consists of 180 water sprouts. It is believed to purify sole who take a bath in this icy water that originates directly from the Himalayan Glacier. 

                                On the final day of the trek, begin walking past an easy trail along Jharkot and Khingar villages, where you will witness some monasteries.  The trail then gradually descends to Ekle Bhatti. By now, you will realize that the geography has drastically changed, notably the red giant hills. 

                                Continue following the trail along the Kali Gandaki River, and you will eventually reach Jomsom. Along the way, enjoy the beautiful views of Mt. Dhaulagiri and Mt. Nilgiri. 

                                  Enjoy breakfast with the view. Walk to the airport for your flight back to Pokhara. In this scene, 25-minute flights fly below the Kali Gandi river offering a spectacular view of the Himalayas. 

                                  Once you land in Pokhara, you will be transferred to the hotel. The remaining day is at leisure.
                                  After such a long trek, a good body massage or spa is well deserved and since Pokhara is a city for tourists, you have quite an option.

                                  Evening, relax by the lakeside restaurant with a chill beer or drink of your choice and celebrate your successful trek. 

                                    Leisurely breakfast at the hotel. 

                                    Today you will drive back to Kathmandu. Drive along the busy Arniko highway. Halfway through, you will retrace the same way where you first drove to Besisahar. 

                                    Upon arrival in Kathmandu, check in to the hotel, and the remaining day is at leisure. On the last day of your trip to Nepal, you can stroll around and celebrate your successful trip.

                                      Breakfast at the hotel.

                                      Depending on your flight, you will be transferred to the airport for your final departure. 

                                        NOTE: All information in this itinerary is accurate to the best of our knowledge, considering the current situation of the itinerary. But please note that the changes might occur at any time despite our best efforts to improve our program or due to logistical regions such as traffic jams, flight schedules, weather conditions, governmental policies, or any external reasons.  


                                        B – breakfast, L – lunch, D – dinner 

                                         

                                        What's Included
                                        • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private tourist vehicle.
                                        • 03-night twin sharing 3-star accommodation in Kathmandu And 3-star accommodation in Pokhara twin Sharing.); Breakfast included.
                                        • All your standard Meals during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner).
                                        • Standard Guest House accommodation while trekking time on a twin-sharing basis.
                                        • Both-way transportation for Kathmandu-Besisahar and Pokhara-Kathmandu by Bus.
                                        • Besisahar to Jagat by Sharing Jeep and Jomsom to Pokhara by Flight.
                                        • Well-English speaking Government License Holder  Experienced Trek leader/Guide.
                                        • Porters to carry your bags(1 porter for 2 guests).
                                        • Food, Accommodation, salary, insurance, and equipment are for all staff.
                                        • Free Mount Glory Duffel, and T-shirt.
                                        • Annapurna Conservation Area Permits and TIMS  for trekking.
                                        • Nar Phu Valley Restricted Area permit 
                                        • All government, hotel, and other applicable taxes.
                                        • Farewell dinner in a typical Nepali Restaurant with a cultural dance show.
                                        • Trip Completion Certificate.
                                        • Official expenses.
                                        What's not Included
                                        • International Airfare and taxes
                                        • Travel insurance for emergency Rescue and Evacuation.
                                        • Nepal entry visa(visa is obtained in Nepal Airport immigration on arrival.USD 25 per visa for 15 days, USD 40 per visa for 30 days, and USD 100 per visa for 90 days. All the visas are multiple entry *visas. Please carry 02 passport-sized photographs for the visa.
                                        • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
                                        • Personal expenses.
                                        • Guides tips, porters tips, and driver fares.
                                        • Any other expenses which are not mentioned in the 'Price Include' section.

                                        Note: Please bring 4 Passport-size photos, a copy of your passport, and travel insurance at Our First Meeting In Our Office.

                                         

                                        Dates & Availability

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                                        Starts: MondayApr 22, 2024
                                        Ends: FridayMay 10, 2024
                                        PriceUS$1950
                                        StatusAvailable

                                        Useful Information

                                        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. 

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