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Hiker Himalaya Treks & Expedition

Nar Phu Valley Trekking

Trip code NPVT-44
Package name Nar Phu Valley Trekking
Duration 21 Days
Max. elevation 5416 Meter
Level MODERATE
Transportation Private vehicle, sharing public jeep and flight
Accomodation Three-star Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara; best available lodges on route trekking
Starts at kathmandu
Ends at kathmandu
Trip route Kathmandu-Besi-Shar-Chamche-Bagarchap-kodho-Dharmasala-Kyang-Phu village-Nar Phedi-Nar Gaon-Kang La Base Camp-Cross Kang-la Pass-Ngawal-Manang-Yak Kharka-Thorang High camp-crossing Thorang-La Pass-Muktinath -Jomsom-Pokhara-Kathmandu
Cost USD 1,759 per person

Highlights

Overview

Nar-Phu Valley Trekking is an adventure that leads you to one raw and fresh new high country beyond Annapurna Himalayas. The area around Nar-Phu was opened to the outside world in 2002 but remains a restricted region to control the mass flow of trekkers. Where a special permit is required to enter Nar-Phu on leaving the popular main trails of the Annapurna Circuit trek from Kodho onward. Nar-Phu Valley Trekking, offers exciting views and scenic walks in the harmony of the giant snow-mountain range, with local immense culture.

Trekkers will be highly delighted soaking in a beautiful country, where only a few people seldom venture around the hidden valley of Nar-Phu. Nar-Phu Valley trekking route, located around high Manang area and beyond far north from Annapurna massive mountain range. Extends towards Upper Mustang in the northwest, and is close to Damodar Himal with Chulu and Pisang peaks south of Manang valley. Due to its remoteness, where lodges are not up to the standard like on the main routes of Annapurna Circuit. However, an enjoyable walk leads you to absolute wilderness enclosed within an array of snow peaks, and captivating scenery of dramatic landscapes. The main villages are Phu and Nar, where you will have ample time to explore its impressive age-old heritage.

Which is very similar culture to its Tibetan predecessor interwoven with Buddhism religion and tradition, with old interesting monasteries. Nar-Phu Valley Trekking begins from the capital Kathmandu heading Mid-West to warm low farm areas of Lamjung at Besar. A large town and headquarter of Lamjung district, our journey continues following the Masrsyangdi River upstream to start the trek. After an exciting drive, the walk takes to cooler hills covered in a serene forest of tall rhododendron and pine trees. As adventure progress enters Manang country into nice villages of Tal-Besi and Dharapani, where strong Buddhism custom starts. Walk follows prayer monuments to reach Kodho village near Chame the headquarters town of the Manang area. From here our route diverts on leaving the main and popular Annapurna Circuit trail for more than a week duration.
 
Where trek heads towards our main destination and highlights around Nar-Phu valley, on off the beaten tracks. Entering a narrow river gorge lined with rhododendron and pine trees, the walk continues day by day. Then reaching a wide-open scenic Nar-Phu valley, an isolated country within a Shangri-La, well hidden from the rest of the world. Our adventure takes you first to visit and explore Phu village, a wind-blown village with closely intact houses. At Phu with a rest day to enjoy its wonderful surrounding with a tour of impressive old Tashi-Khang and SamduCholing Monasteries.

After an interesting time at Phu village, the next visit leads to its sister village of Nar, which is quite similar to Phu. The same type of house was built of stone and plastered with red earth, a remarkable place to explore around the quaint village of Nar. From Nar-Phu enjoying a great experience around the pristine environment and getting to know the local impressive culture with friendly villagers.

The adventure continues leaving wonderful Nar and Phu villages to cross the first pass over Kang-La to reach Manang valley. A steep climb to traverse to reach from one beautiful area to another magnificent region. After crossing Kang-La within the backdrop of the outmost scenery of snow peaks, then heading back on the main Annapurna circuit trail. A lovely scenic and pleasant walk to reach main Manang village, located on a lovely valley. Enclosed by the high Annapurna Himalaya and Chulu group of peaks, and staying in a nice lodge facing views of the mountain range.
 
From Manang village, walk leads slowly on a pleasant path to climb over Thorang-La, the highest point of the adventure. On top of Thorang-la, festooned with hundreds of prayer flags that mark the pass, the hard climb rewarded with mind-blowing views. Enjoy overlooking a grand panorama of Annapurna, Chulu’s, and Damodar with the Dhaulagiri Himalaya range then head for a long descent to the Mustang area. On reaching the bottom of Thorang-La Pass which forms a barrier between Manang and Mustang districts, an easy walk to Muktinath. A holy pilgrimage spot for all Hindu followers, with a temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu, also houses a Buddhist monastery. The word Muktinath comes from ancient Sanskrit and means a place of Nirvana and Liberation.

From here onward on an easy pleasant trail down to Kaligandaki River valley, located on the old Trans Himalaya Salt Trade Route to Tibet. The Caravan trail to Tibet follows beyond Upper Mustang, as our last day trek continues following the Kaligandaki River to Jomsom. Jomsom is a headquarters town and the main hub of the Mustang region, the home to the Thakali people, the indigenous tribe of Kaligandaki River valley.

Follows the path of Tibetan Buddhism like in Nar Phu and Manang valley, the area famous for delicious apples and products. From Jomsom spending a pleasant overnight, next early morning a swift short, and scenic flight brings you to beautiful Pokhara. Where our adventure and great experience are complete and then back to Kathmandu to conclude our marvelous trip on Nar-Phu valley trekking.  

When is the best time to trek this?

We organize this walk every day of the year. But if you are planning to make this trip at the best time. We recommend the following to you.

Winter (December-February): This is the coldest time of the year. It will be difficult to walk because of heavy snowfall. There is a high probability of closing the trek at this time.

Spring (March-May): This is the best time to trek to Manaslu. You will have wonderful weather with warm temperatures.

Summer (June-August): This is the monsoon in Nepal. But the Nar Phu Valley is a rain shadow area. Still good to trek here. A rain poncho or rain jacket is required.

Autumn (September-November): This is another great time to hike. After the rainy season. It will be fresh and the weather will be clear. It will be hot.

Accommodation and food Nar Phu Valley Trekking:

Trekkers should also plan accommodation in advance as it is very diverse. From hotels to lodges and guest houses, travelers have a wide range of options to choose from. Still and all, most travelers visiting the Nar Fu Valley prefer to make reservations at tea houses. This is because they are more affordable with a standard service. Many of these tea houses have comfortable bedrooms with luggage, bed sheets, and pillows.

They provide authentic Nepali food including rice, pulses, vegetables, and pickles to the guests. Some newly built hotels and guest houses also offer visitors Western food and Asian dishes. Aside from food worries,

 Nar Phu Valley Trekking Permit Cost

Before Start The Trek, you’ll also have to take care of the trekking permit to explore Nar Phu Valley. To visit the restricted area, hikers will be charged US $ 100 per week per person from September to November. If you traverse the region from December to August, the permit costs US$75 per person for a week. beyond a Week, the permit cost  $ 15  per day. Apart from that, The trekkers need to pay a mandatory US$30 per person for an ACAP permit.   All the permits should issue in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

 How difficult is the trek to Nar Phu Valley?

The Nar Fu trek has been rated as a moderate trek to the Himalayas. For example, this trek will take you from Kathmandu (1400 m) to Koto (2,600 m) on the first day.

Compared to Lukla (2,860 m) in the Everest region, it is less than the height achieved in one day when flying from Kathmandu. We have not experienced people getting sick in Namche Bazaar (3,440 m) in the Everest region while guiding us in the Himalayas. If we had to compare the height of the Nar Phu trek with the Namche altitude, we would say that we can reach this height in only 4-5 days. Despite the high passes, it has a low altitude sickness ratio compared to other Nepali trekking areas.

This comparison shows that the Nar Phu area is much better than the Khumbu area for the Everest base camp trek. However, we cannot say who is suffering from Altitude Sickness. It's not about age or health. However, our itinerary gives you plenty of time to adapt. And the trick is going slowly, staying hydrated, and paying attention to what your body tells you.

What kind of food do we expect during the trek?

The lodges have menus; You will have your choice. The food is clean. But it's not like city food. Non-veg food is not recommended. It is not fresh and clean.
Breakfast: Simple Breakfast (Eggs any item with has-brown potato, toast or Tibetan Bread, Pancake, Muesli, Oat Porridge, etc.)
Lunch: Nepali plate (plain rice, lentil soup, potato curry, green vegetables, papadam, tomato hot spicy, chicken curry optional), macaroni, spaghetti, potato stuffing, momo or dumplings, pizza, fried rice, fried noodles, french fries, etc.
Dinner: Nepali plate (plain rice, lentil soup, potato curry, green vegetables, papadam, tomato hot spicy or pickle, chicken curry optional), macaroni, spaghetti, potato stuffing, mo or dumplings, pizza, fried rice, fried noodles, French fries, etc.
Dessert: Fresh fruit (apple, orange, pomegranate, banana with any seasonal fruit) serves as a sweet dessert.

Equipment & Packing List for Nar Phu Valley Trekking:

This list outlines the required things to bring during the Nar Phu Valley Trekking, The weight limit for your luggage is 15 kg. Remember that your luggage will be carried by our porter. However, you are required to carry a small day- pack with your valuables or anything important. We advise you to pack only what is necessary.

Important Items: Airline tickets; Valid passport; 2 extra passport size photos; Photocopy of your passport; Insurance paper; Dollars, Pounds, or Euros in cash for purchasing a Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying at restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks and to purchase your own drinks and gifts; Credit Card (Visa/ Mater Card) for withdrawing cash from cash machines if needs.

For Head: Sun Hat; Bandana or head scarf; Headlamp with extra batteries; Sun Glasses with UV protection.

For Upper Body: Shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves); Lightweight thermal tops; Fleece Jacket or Wool Sweater; Wind Cheater jacket; Down Jacket

For Lower Body: 1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms; 1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers; 1 pair of waterproof shell pants and 1 pair of hiking trousers.

For Hands: 1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves and 1 pair of lightweight poly liner gloves.

For Feet: 2 pairs of thin inner socks; 2 pairs of poly or wool socks; 1 pair of Hiking boots (sturdy soles, water-resistant, ankle support); 1 pair of running shoes and/or sandals.

Other Useful Items: 1 sleeping bag (good to -22 degrees C or 30 degrees F); Rucksack and Travel Bags; 1 large duffel bag, A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables; Small padlocks for duffel- bags; 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional).

Medical: Your daily taking medicine if any; small personal first aid kit; Aspirin, plasters (band-aids); Sunscreen; lip balms; Anti-diarrhea pills; Anti-headache pills; A cough and/or cold medicine; Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetazolamide; Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin.

Digital camera; 2 water bottles (1 liter each); disposable rubbish sacks; Toiletries: 1 medium-sized quick-drying towel; Toothbrush/paste; Multi-purpose soap; Deodorants; Nail clippers; Face and body moisturizer; Tissue /toilet roll; hiking poles, snack food (chocolate/ biscuits); umbrella; reading book or pack of cards (for leisure time during trekking).

Note: If any items are not available in your hometown you can buy them in Trekking Store in Kathmandu before you on trekking

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrival at Kathmandu via respective airlines and transfer to hotel:

On arrival in Kathmandu and Nepal International Airport via various international airlines, received by our guide and staff for a short transfer to the heart of Kathmandu city. Where is your hotel located, after checking into your rooms, and then meet other members of the trip at the hotel lobby for a briefing.

The briefing includes important information regarding Nar-Phu Valley Trekking, to make your holiday in Nepal more enjoyable. The evening group welcomes dinner in a lovely Nepalese Restaurant with an introduction to the culture of Nepal with folk dance and music.

Day 2 : Drive to Besisar 823 m and then to Chamche 1, 430 m, -7 hrs.

After early breakfast, a scenic drive leads towards the scenic highway. This is an interesting drive through the foothills of the Himalayas. The road has been greatly improved in recent years. As our route diverts from Dumre town towards north to Besisar from the main highway. A large town and headquarter of the Lamjung region.

From here drive continues on a rough track following Masrsyangdi River, as the road follows upstream to reach Syange village. The drive continues high above the river valley to reach Jagat and then at Chamche village for an overnight stop, after a long exciting overland journey from Kathmandu. Transfer into a nice local lodge and get rest for the next morning's walks towards Manang and Tilicho Lake.

Day 3 : Trek to Bagarchap 2, 160 m, -07 hours:

Morning from Chamche, walk leads to cross a suspension bridge over raging Masrsyangdi river, after the bridge climb for another 2-3 hours till Tal Besi is reached, the village situated on a wide valley by the side of the Masrsyangdi River.

From here on into Manang district, on leaving Tal walk gets easier on the gentle path till to a bridge, from here a short climb to a small place with few teahouses, the walk winds on the up and downhill path coming to a large bridge, after the bridge another hour of great walk brings to the village of Dharapani.

From Dharapani the vegetation, people, and landscapes changes, and the air get cooler, the trail then climbs through forests to Bagarchap, the first village on the trek with typical Tibetan architecture, facing views of Annapurna peaks. Transfer to a nice lodge, around this quaint village with strong Tibetan culture of Buddhism religion. After a pleasant overnight stop at Bagarchap

Day 4 : Trek to Kodho 2, 620 m, -05 hours:

A cool morning walk begins as altitude gains slowly reaching the apple country area at Dhanaqi village. A walk leads past the farm area of an apple orchard and beautiful pine forest with views of Lamjung and Annapurna II peaks. From here climb to Timang village for a lunch stop, a large village of mixed hill tribes with views of Lamjung, Annapurna, and Manaslu Himalaya towards the east.

Afternoon walk following Masrsyangdi River upstream to reach Kodho village situated near the town of Chame, headquarters of Manang region. Overnight in Kodho, our last overnight within Annapurna Circuit main trail, check into a nice local lodge.

Day 5 : Trek to Meta 3, 560 m past Dharmasala, -07 hours:

From this nice village, our route diverts towards a restricted region of Nar and Phu valley, taking a slow stride to enter the Nar-Phu area. A long day walks starting as early as possible. As route leads into a river gorge through beautiful pine and rhododendron woods, encountering small cave shelters.

The trail leads into a canyon, walking below a cascading waterfall, from here onward the forest turns thinner, overlooking grand views of beautiful landscapes. Heading to a steep climb, facing views of snow peaks, and then end the day by reaching Meta for an overnight stop. Located on a wide-open plain with few simple lodges for an overnight stop.

Day 6 : Trek to Kyang 3,820 m, -04 hours:

Today a short distance to reach Kyang, as elevation gains towards the open valley and high ridges, the morning walk heads north on arid landscapes. Where you can spot some wildlife around this remote area, sometimes one can catch a glimpse of a herd of Blue Sheep, Himalayan Thar, and Musk deer as well as the elusive snow leopard and mountain goats.

Walk carries on a wide valley to reach Kyang for an overnight stop. A small settlement of Yak herders with simple stone houses that serves as Tea-House and lodges. The rest of the afternoon is free to relax and enjoy views of the high snow-capped mountains that surround this isolated spot.

Day 7 : Trek to Phu village 4,080 m, -04 hours:

Staying in a simple lodge at Kyang, today is another short day walk of a few hours to reach our destination to Phu village. The walk begins following the Phu River for a while and then down back to the river. As route leads to a Buddhist monument known as Chorten.

The trail meanders towards a ridge facing views of Nar Phedi and the Monastery. As trek leads through scenic canyons and gorges to reach a monolith that marks a steep path uphill to Phu. Enjoy overlooking views of the village with an old “Dzong” a Tibetan-style fortress, the remains of two old ruined forts, standing on top of a valley just before the village.

Then cross a bridge to enter Phu, coming across lovely Chorten. As the walk reaches Phu village, staying here for two nights in this wild country.

Day 8 : Rest day at Phu village and explore Phu Valley:

After several days of continuous walking, a deserving rest day which is also necessary for acclimatization, after breakfast explore around the village and visit Tashi-Khang and SamduCholing Monastery and Kyau-Chu waterfalls, Phu Village with about 30 houses for 100 to 150 local residents.

Phu an interesting village, as well to observe the village life, where locals spin yak and sheep wool, pound mustard seeds into a paste for oil, or with their daily routine and chores. At Phu visit includes of famous Tashi Lha-Khang Gompa the seat of Lama Karma Sonam Rimpoche who migrated to Nepal from Tibet in early 1959.

Day 9 : Trek to Nar Phedi 3, 545 m, -05 hrs:

Enjoy a lovely and pleasant time in Phu village, start the morning walk back on the same path for a few hours, and then descend into a narrow gorge of Phu Khola / stream. From the stream and Khola, a gradual climb to Yu-Ghat, a small village with Mani and Chorten, a Buddhist monument, and head towards a flat area where Nar Phedi is located for an overnight stop.

The lodge is quite small but the rooms are neat and clean enjoy the rest of the afternoon observing and interacting with nuns and the locals.

Day 10 : Trek to Nar Gaon 4,206 m, -05 hrs:

From Nar Phedi, after breakfast walk to Phu Khola, for some hours to cross a bridge, a path leads to painted, bamboo-topped Chorten on the way to the old village of Nar for an overnight stop. Nar-Gaon is almost similar to Phu but quite smaller due to its remote location with high altitude dry landscape.

Overnight in simple teahouses and lodges built on the outskirts of Nar, staying in a comfortable lodge with a long list of food menus to choose from. The village is more social and lively than Phu, rest of the afternoon explore the village, and witness the native with their back-strap looms weaving wool fabric for rugs and blankets.

Day 11 : Trek to Kang La Base Camp 4,530 m, -04 hrs:

After an enjoyable time around Nar and Phu villages, walk towards Kang-La Pass base within complete wilderness away from human settlement, except for some Yak herder temporary shelters that serve as simple tea-house and lodge for travelers on the way to Manang valley via Kang-La Pass.

Day 12 : Cross Kang-la Pass 5, 306 m, trek to Ngawal 3,650 m, -08 hrs:

An early start before sunrise, after having breakfast to cross Kang-la pass towards another side of Manang valley. The walk leads to a steep climb on a narrow trail to reach the top marked with a stone cairn and prayer flags. Enjoy marvelous scenery of Annapurna Himalaya range with Pisang and Chulu peaks, towards a north view of Damodar Himal with Himlung Himal in the east of Phu valley.

Kang-La passes at 5, 306 m / 17, 408 feet high, after grand mountain views, heading on a long stretch downhill to Ngawal village for an overnight stop. Ngawal, located above Pisang village close to Annapurna Circuit trail, is much different from the old style of Nar and Phu villages. At Ngawal, the lodges are better with a good food menu to enjoy after a long day's walk over Kang-La Pass.

Day 13 : Trek to Manang 3, 500 m of 05-hour walks:

From Ngawal onward walks along facing grand views of snow-capped peaks, as the trail leads to short ups with more downhill with excellent scenery of Manang valley and high peaks that includes Gangapurna, Annapurna II, III, Tilicho, and on the right Chuli east, on the back facing Pisang peak.

After a great view heading towards lower Manang valley, as walk leads on a flat wide trail to reach Manang. As altitude gains are slowly as you reach Braga village near main Manang village. At Braga with time for a short visit to Braga Monastery the oldest and most important Buddhist monastery located on top of a village, it has an outstanding display of statues, Thangka (religious paintings) with ancient Buddhist manuscripts.

From here it is only an hour's walk to the main Manang village for an overnight stop. The village of about 500 flat-roofed houses, a picturesque setting amongst some spectacular scenery of Annapurna- II, Annapurna- III, and Gangapurna to the South - Tilicho peak at 7,132 m. includes the Grand Barrier to the North-West - Chulu West, and Chulu East peaks.

Day 14 : Trek to Yak Kharka 4, 040 m, -04 hours:

After a pleasant overnight in a large village of Manang, the morning starts past the adjoining village of Tenke with down and ups walking on the main trail of Annapurna Circuit, as the route leads to a small settlement of Ghunsang village, and then reach Yak Kharka for an overnight stop.

Enjoying a scenic trek with views of snowcapped mountains, on crossing a small stream to Yak Kharka, a small settlement with several good lodges facing views of Gangapurna, Annapurna-III, and Chulu Peaks.

Day 15 : Trek to High camp 4, 600 m, -04 hours:

From Yak Kharka, morning leads on gradual ups as elevation gains to reach the base of Thorang-la, after crossing a bridge and then climbing along a riverbank of Jarjung. A walk leads to Thorang Phedi, after a short stop at Phedi continue to climb for an hour to reach Thorang High Camp for an overnight stop.

Day 16 : Trek to Muktinath 3, 710 m crossing Thorang-La Pass, -07 hours:

Today, another highlight of the adventure as the walk starts after an early breakfast is a long climb to Thorang-la with a steep and winding path to reach atop Thorang La Pass at 5,416 m / 17,700 feet high. The highest spot of the journey enjoys the spectacular panorama high mountain range of Annapurna, Chulu, and Damodar Himal with Dhaulagiri snow-capped peaks.

The pass festooned with Buddhist prayer flags, and from here a long downhill to Muktinath around the Lower Mustang area. After an easy walk from the bottom of Thorang-La reach Muktinath for an overnight stop, a holy spot for both Hindus and Buddhists the word Muktinath means a place for Liberation from the present life to Nirvana’.

Day 17 : Trek to Jomsom town 2, 715, -04 hours.

After Muktinath, the adventure continues with an easy descent of 1,200 m drop to Kaligandaki River valley, as walk passes Ekale Bhatti as the valley gets very windy in the afternoon time. Walk from here follows on the gentle trail for another two hours to reach Jomsom town for an overnight stop, where the lodge is much better of a high standard with a long list of the food menu, like in Manang village.

Jomsom, headquarter of the Mustang district with a small airstrip, above Kaligandaki River. Located on the ancient Trans Himalaya Salt Trade Route to Tibet that extends beyond Upper Mustang.

Day 18 : Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara and transfer to hotel:

Morning, having a hearty breakfast short walk to Jomsom airport, and then board a small aircraft for a sweeping short flight to Pokhara, flight enjoy grand views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range of peaks. As the plane lands at Pokhara airport and then transfers to your hotel by Phewa Lakeside.

Pokhara is a beautiful and renowned tourist city, blessed with the natural beauty of the massive Annapurna Himalaya that reflects on its serene Begnas and Phewa Lake. Rest of the day enjoy exploring lovely Pokhara and enjoy views of great snow mountains.

Day 19 : Drive back to Kathmandu, -06 hours:

An enjoyable time in Pokhara, a great place to relax, from this scenic city morning drive to Kathmandu on the main interesting highway past many farm villages and towns, and then upon a winding road to reach the outskirt of Kathmandu valley. From the top of Nag-Dhunga and Thankot town, down towards the hustle, and bustle city in Kathmandu, and then back to your hotel, where our great adventure Nar-Phu Valley trekking completes.

Day 20 : Free day in Kathmandu for individual activities and sightseeing tour.:

A free day to enjoy free individual activities or just relax and join in for an interesting sightseeing tour of Kathmandu's major cities of Patan / Lalitpur and Bhaktapur. All the cities are steeped with historical and religious places listed as world heritage sites.

Day 21 : Departure Day for International flight homeward bound:

On your last day in Nepal, enjoying a memorable adventure and experience on Nar-Phu Valley Trek, as a time for your international flight our staff transfer you to the airport for homeward bound.

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