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Nar Phu Valley Trekking

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Price starting from

$2,235 USD 1,549

per person

Duration

21 days

Max. Elevation

5416m

Group size

1-10 Pax

Level
MODERATE
Transportation
Private vehicle, share public jeep and flight
Best Season
March-may, September -December
Accomodation
Three-star Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara, best available lodges on route trekking
Meals
Full board package (Breakfast+lunch+Dinner and cup of tea/coffee)
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

Highlights

  • enjoy the wilderness on off the beaten trails around the high country of Nar-Phu.
  • An exceptional adventure beyond the mainstream popular trekking route.
  • Explore the high scenic valley of Manang within hidden areas of Nar and Phu.
  • Forgotten villages, a windswept country on remote corners of Annapurna Himalayas.
  • From low sub-tropic to cooler green hills and towards barren, rugged landscapes.
  • Crossing two high scenic passes of Manang areas over Kang-la and Thorang-La.

Nar-Phu Valley Trekking, an adventure that leads you to one of raw and fresh new high country beyond Annapurna Himalayas. The area around Nar-Phu was opened for the outside world in 2002 but remains a restricted region to control the mass flow of trekkers. Where special permit required to enter Nar-Phu on leaving the popular main trails of 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 within 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 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 to 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 continue following 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 into Manang country at nice villages of Tal-Besi and Dharapani, where strong Buddhism custom starts. Walk follows prayer monuments to reach Kodho village near Chame the headquarter 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 into 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 houses 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 descend to the Mustang area. On reaching the bottom of Thorang-La Pass that forms a barrier of 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 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 headquarter town and the main hub of the Mustang region, the home to 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 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.  

Important Note

  • The above itinerary is basically a guideline. If you're not satisfied or have an alternative plan please feel free to discuss it with us.
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Trip Itinerary

Day

1
On arrival in Kathmandu and Nepal International Airport via various international airlines, received by our guide and staff for short transfer in the heart of Kathmandu city. Where your hotel is located, after checking into your rooms and then meet other members of the trip at the hotel lobby for 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
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 next morning walks towards Manang and Tilicho Lake.

Day

3
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 the landscapes changes and the air gets cooler, the trail then climbs through forests to Bagarchap, and the first village on the trek with typical Tibetan architecture, facing views of Annapurna peaks. Transfer to a nice lodge, around this quaint village of strong Tibetan culture of Buddhism religion. After a pleasant overnight stop at Bagarchap

Day

4
A cool morning walk begins as altitude gains slowly reaching the apple country area at Dhanaqi village. As walk leads past 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
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 on reaching Meta for an overnight stop. Located on a wide-open plain with few simple lodges for an overnight stop.

Day

6
Today a short distance to reach Kyang, as elevation gain towards the open valley and high ridges, morning walk heads north on arid landscapes. Where you can spot some wild-life around this remote area, sometimes one can catch a glimpse of a herd of Blue Sheep, Himalayan Thar, and Musk deer as well 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. Rest of the afternoon free to relax and enjoy views of high snow-capped mountains that surround this isolated spot.

Day

7
Staying in a simple lodge at Kyang, today another short day walk of few hours to reach our destination to Phu village. The walk begins following 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 over 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, stands 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
After several days of continuous walk, 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 local 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
Enjoying a lovely and pleasant time in Phu village, start the morning walk back on the same path for 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 and enjoy the rest of the afternoon observing and interacting with nuns and the locals.

Day

10
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
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
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 a grand mountain views, heading on a long stretch of downhill to Ngawal village for an overnight stop. Ngawal, located above Pisang village close to Annapurna Circuit trail, much different from the old style to Nar and Phu villages. At Ngawal, the lodges are better with a good food menu to enjoy after a long day walk over Kang-La Pass.

Day

13
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 of Braga Monastery the oldest and 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 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
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 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
From Yak Kharka, morning lead on gradual ups as elevation gains to reach on the base of Thorang-la, after crossing a bridge then climb along a riverbank of Jarjung. A walk leads to Thorang Phedi, after a short stop at Phedi continues to climb for an hour to reach Thorang High Camp for an overnight stop.

Day

16
Today, another highlight of the adventure as the walk starts after an early breakfast 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, from here a long downhill to Muktinath around 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
After Muktinath, the adventure continues with an easy descend 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 ancient Trans Himalaya Salt Trade Route to Tibet that extends beyond Upper Mustang.

Day

18
Morning, having hearty breakfast short walk to Jomsom airport, and then board in 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 a beautiful and renowned tourist city, blessed with the natural beauty of massive Annapurna Himalaya that reflects on its serene Begnas and Phewa Lake. Rest of the day enjoy exploring around lovely Pokhara and enjoy views of great snow mountains.

Day

19
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 hustle, bustle city in Kathmandu, and then back to your hotel, where our great adventure Nar-Phu Valley trekking completes.

Day

20
A free day to enjoy free individual activities or just relax and join in for an interesting sightseeing tour of Kathmandu major cities of Patan / Lalitpur and Bhaktapur. All the cities are steeped with historical and religious places listed in a world heritage site.

Day

21
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.

Inclusions

  • airport pick up and drop by private vehicle.
  • Kathmandu city sightseeing with tour guide by private van.
  • Kathmandu to Besi Sahar Public local Bus transportation.
  • Besi Sahar to Chamche public local jeep transportation.
  • Three-night accommodation hotel in Kathmandu & one-night accommodation in Pokhara  Three-star hotel breakfast/wifi included (Twin sharing basis).
  • professional English-speaking trekking guide with a first aid kit.
  • Porter during the treks( 1 Porter between 2 people).
  • stuff, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment.
  • 3 times meals during the trek ( breakfast, lunch dinner, and cup of tea /coffee).
  • Jomsom to Pokhara by flight.
  • Annapurna Conservation Permit.
  • Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS).
  • All special permits for the Nar Phu valley region.
  • Tea house accommodation during the treks.
  • Tourists bus ticket  Pokhara to Kathmandu.
  • tourists service charge, vat.
  • International airfare & Nepali visa fee (See the Visa & Entry Procedure of Nepal page).
  • lunch and dinner while you are in Kathmandu & Pokhara.
  • Travel insurers (See the travel insurance page).
  • Private vehicle transportation Kathmandu to Chamche.
  • Pokhara to Kathmandu  Private vehicles, and flight tickets.
  • Kathmandu sightseeing entrance fee.
  • personal expenses (phone. Call, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, bottle or boiled water, hot shower, and trekking person equipment, ''See the travel personal equipment page'').
  • tips for stuff ( it is expected). 

Complimentary

    • Welcome dinner in a famous Nepali restaurant with a Nepali culture dance program.
    • Sleeping bag during the trek, (to be returned after the trip).
    • Nar phub valley trekking map.
    •  seasonal fresh fruit during the trek.
    • Complementary duffel bag/agency T-shirt.
    • Certificate of achievement.

Frequently Asked Questions

On this lovely Nar-Phu Valley Trekking for the first few days overnight stop in nice tourist standard lodge and guest house. Having large or small rooms with attached and non-attached bathrooms and toilets includes a large dining room with a warm environment and friendly hospitality and services including an excellent food menu with some home-baked bakeries items. But after Khodo on route to Nar and Phu, the lodge is very simple with a limited food menu, but comfortable with nice homely service, clean and hygienic meals to enjoy from few western, Chinese, Indian, Tibetan, and Nepalese food available as per the standard of the lodge. From Manang onward till Jomsom with nice lovely lodge and great food menu to enjoy at the end of the trek.


Communication is available in all major trekking destinations from ISTD to STD or Sat-Phone, besides mentioned communication system. Cell phones are used by all Nepalese in whole Nepal. Where you can buy a local SIM for the trek as well, the difference is where you are. Sometimes the network does not work at its best, due to bad weather or in a deep valley and gorge as well enclosed by a high mountain range. 

 

Not at all, the trek is safe accompanied by our expert guide and strong loyal porters. The only health risk could be your personal medical problem or sudden unavoidable circumstance arise like bad weather, heavy snow-fall or rock falls which can happen any time anywhere.  Our guides are experts taking care and precaution for the whole group for safety and making secure with an enjoyable holiday in Nepal.  


Hiker Himalayastaff and guide as well representatives will be at the airport to receive your welcomes with a traditional welcome of garland and then escort you to your hotel. 


For altitude mountain sickness or AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness), the best is proper acclimatization and taking good rest, and drinking enough fluids like water, warm soup, and light green tea or hot lemon. Walking high and sleeping low is another good way of acclimatizing to high altitude. Trekkers with these symptoms should descend to a lower level with accompanying guides, staff, and close friends or relatives. In a very severe situation immediate rescue medical evacuation taking Helicopter service back to Kathmandu or the nearest city with good hospitals. But on this trek hardly people get altitude sickness as elevation gains slow and gradually and staying overnights at certain heights and walking slowly will prevent you from catching altitude sickness. 


Nar and Phu valley remain a restricted area to control the mass flow of trekkers to save its pristine wilderness, the other reason is it falls close to the Tibet border further north from Phu villages. As well Phu area extends to Upper Mustang which another restricted region.


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