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Nar Phu Valley Trek 15 Days Itinerary and Cost

Price Start
USD 1800  Per Person
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Activity Level

Trekking ?

Group Size
2-30
Trip Code:
NLTT-NPVT 15
Accommodation:
Tea House/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
5,416m
Season:
February-June, September-December
Meals:
Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner And Accommodation.
Destination:
Kathmandu-Narphu
Duration:
15
Grade:
Moderate
Transportation:
Bus/Jeep/Plane
Trip Attraction:
  • Panoramic Views of Mountains
  • Annapurna Mountain Range
  • Manang Valley
  • Kang La Pass [5320m] and Thorong La Pass [5,416m]
  • Nar Phu Valley
  • Muktinath
  • Jomsom
No of People Price
2 1800
3-5 1750
5-10 1700

Trip Highlights

Nar Phu Valley Trek

 

Nestled in the northern reaches of the Annapurna region in Nepal, the Nar Phu Valley Trek offers intrepid adventurers a chance to escape the well-trodden paths and immerse themselves in the remote beauty of the Himalayas. This hidden gem remains off the radar for many trekkers, providing a unique and authentic experience far from the crowds.

In this article, we’ll delve into the wonders of the Nar Phu Valley, uncovering its cultural richness, breathtaking landscapes, and the challenges and rewards of trekking in this less-explored region.

The Route Less Taken:

The Nar Phu Valley trek diverges from the classic Annapurna Circuit, leading trekkers into rugged landscapes, traditional villages, and ancient monasteries. This 10 to 15-day trek commences from Jagat, gradually ascending through terraced fields and lush forests. As you ascend, the landscape transforms, revealing the grandeur of the Himalayas with every step.

Remote Villages and Cultural Riches:

What sets the Nar Phu Valley apart is its collection of isolated villages that have retained their centuries-old traditions and lifestyles. The trek takes you through Nar and Phu, two medieval villages that seem frozen in time.

The locals, primarily of Tibetan descent, welcome trekkers with warm hospitality, offering a glimpse into their unique culture and daily lives. Exploring these ancient settlements provides a rich tapestry of experiences, from witnessing traditional rituals to conversing with the friendly villagers.

Monastic Marvels:

The Nar Phu Valley is home to some of the most captivating monasteries in the region. The Tashi Lhakhang Monastery in Nar and the ancient Kyal Gompa in Phu are not just spiritual havens but also architectural wonders.

These monasteries, perched on cliffs or in serene valleys, offer panoramic views of the surrounding snow-capped peaks. Visitors often find solace in the tranquil ambiance and are captivated by the vibrant Buddhist art and murals that adorn the monastery walls.

A Trekker’s Paradise:

The trekking route itself presents a variety of challenges and rewards. From crossing suspension bridges strung across deep gorges to navigating narrow paths carved into cliff faces, trekkers will be tested physically and mentally.

The exertion is rewarded with awe-inspiring views of towering peaks like Kang Guru and Pisang Peak and the surreal landscapes of high-altitude deserts.

Flora and Fauna:

The Nar Phu Valley is a haven for nature enthusiasts. The diverse landscapes, ranging from alpine meadows to rocky terrains, harbor a rich biodiversity. Rare Himalayan wildlife roams these remote reaches, including blue sheep, Himalayan tahr, and even elusive snow leopards.

The flora, adapted to the harsh mountain environment, adds splashes of color to the stark landscapes, creating a visual spectacle for trekkers.

Practical Considerations:

While the Nar Phu Valley Trek offers a unique and rewarding experience, trekkers must be well-prepared. The high-altitude terrain demands acclimatization and a good level of fitness is crucial.

Accommodation in the region is essential, so trekkers should be prepared for rustic lodges with simple amenities. Proper gear, including warm clothing and trekking poles, is essential to navigate the challenging terrain.

Conclusion:

The Nar Phu Valley Trek beckons those seeking an off-the-beaten-path adventure. A chance to escape the crowds and delve into the heart of the Himalayas. From the rich cultural tapestry woven by the indigenous communities to the jaw-dropping landscapes that unfold with every step. This trek is a journey into the untouched beauty of Nepal.

As you traverse through the Nar Phu Valley. You’ll challenge your physical limits and discover the spiritual and cultural treasures that make this trek a truly enriching experience. So, lace up your hiking boots, pack your sense of adventure. And embark on a journey to the remote Himalayan wonderland.

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Itinerary

You drive along the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway to Dumre and then follow the narrow, paved road by the Marshyangdi River to Besi Sahar. We begin our journey at early dawn, with a long drive ahead of us. Now, we head-start right after breakfast and leave Kathmandu around 7 in the morning. After 9-10 hours of movement, we reach Dharapani via Besishahar. Drive up to Besishahar will most likely be smooth owing to black-topped roads, whereas after Besishahar, the streets get dusty and coarse, but the scenic view from our windowpane is more than compensating for the bumpy ride.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
1920m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We begin our trek in the morning towards Bagarchhap, which takes about one hour, passing through pine and fir forests. We can visit the whitewashed monastery in this village. The trail continues through pine forests until Latamarang, which takes about one and a half hours. We will trek through pine and fir forests, monasteries, and villages to Bargarchhap., You can enjoy the spectacular mountain views of Annapurna II, Manaslu, and other peaks along the way. Koto is a small village mainly inhabited by Gurungs who follow Tibetan Buddhism.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
2600m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We register our restricted area permit in the morning at the Police Check Post. Then we trek through the River bank of Soti Khola again through wonderful pine forests, streams, and suspension and reach Dharmasala. Today’s trekking route passes through beautiful woods, small cave shelters, and pilgrims’ resting places. Emerging from a narrow canyon, the trail passes under a wide waterfall, from where the woods become thinner and the vistas wider.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
3230m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Trekking out of Meta, some of the unique, colorful Tibetan Buddhist chortens that Nar and Phu are famous for begin to appear in sight. From here, you can get your first view of the three villages in the area as well as the old “dzong” (Tibetan-style fortress) and the remains of two ruined forts, impressively situated atop the flatlands before the village.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
4050m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today is the scheduled acclimatization day, whereby we are suggested to rest and adapt to the altitude. It is also the day to explore the Tashi Lakhang Monastery – the old Buddhist Monastery listed out of the 108 world’s great Buddhist Monasteries; it is supposed to be the last monastery constructed by Karmapa Rinpoche.

Phu is an attractive village, and a day is well spent sitting with the villagers as they spin their yak and sheep wool, pound mustard seeds into a paste for oil, or go about their other daily chores.

The hike up to Himlung Himal base camp for an extra challenge takes you through a glacial valley. On the trail up, you will see herds of blue sheep skillfully clambering up the cliffs. The return trip takes about four to five hours.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
4050m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Retrace the route back down towards Meta, but turn off at the Nar Phedi monastery, which will be your accommodation for the night. The sanctuary is all that Nar Phedi consists of! At 5 pm, they usually do a puja (blessing), which you are welcome to witness. On the way, the peaks of Kang Garu and Pisang Peak will pass by two chortens.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
3550m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today is a very gentle day. Climb out of Nar Phedi and follow a winding path up a hill towards Nar. Pass a line of wonderfully painted, bamboo-topped chortens on the way into the ancient village. We walk along the windy path to Nar village. Cross a string of wonderfully painted, bamboo-topped chortens on the way into the old town.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
4150m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We start our Kang La pass day hikes early morning to avoid the wind. The Kang La is not a difficult pass, but it could be a long day if there is snow on the pass or the altitude is taking its toll. The Kang La, at 5240m, is a spectacular pass looking over Annapurna II, Gangapurna, Tilicho peak, the peaks surrounding Tilicho, and the airport at Hongde. The trail down is steep and gradual as you reach the end.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
3660m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today your trail is slightly descending until reaching Braga village. Visit the monastery. It takes 2 and a half hours. Then 30 minutes walk from Braga to Manang. This is the right option for a great view of the Annapurna Range. Afternoon, hike to Chunker view point – Gangapurna Lake & Cave Gompa. You can walk to Chhunker view point, which takes about 1 and half hours. You can see Gangapurna Lake as well, as the Annapurna range like Annapurna I, II, III, IV, Tilicho peak, Pisang peak, Chulo peak, Thorong peak, and so on.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
3,540m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The trail ascends gradually to Yak Kharka, passing through Gunsang (3,960 m). The trail will be scenic and short, but the high altitude will make you tired. The trail ahead leads to an ancient old Mani wall in a pleasant meadow. You will reach Yak Kharka after hiking for 3-4 hours. You stay for the night at Yak Kharka.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
4,110m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The trail gradually moves to a ridge and descends to the headwaters of Marsyangdi. Crossing a wooden bridge, you ascend following a narrow path across an unstable spree slope and descend to Thorung Phedi. Some trekkers hike straight to Hike camp. But we don’t advise you to push yourself in the expedition. You’ll arrive at Thorong Phedi after 3-4 hours’ worth of walking. You will sleep overnight at Thorong Phedi.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
4,600m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The trail moves up to the Thorong La Pass, which the local people have used for hundreds of years. The path is well defined. The gradient then eases, and after around 4 hours of steady climbing, you will reach the top of the pass marked by Chorten & prayer flags. From here, you will descend to Muktinath towards the holy temple of Hindus. His trail is well-maintained. You will continue the steady climb for 4 hours as you pass Chorten and the prayer flags of the pass. The views are majestic from here. You can also view Kali Gandaki valley below.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
3,710m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After visiting the Muktinath temple in the early morning, you will have breakfast and head towards Jomsom. Descend to the Kali Gandaki gorge, the deepest gorge in the world, and pass through Jharkot and Khingar villages with typical Tibetan architecture. Further, following a steep down, you reach Kagbeni and head to Jomsom.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
2,743m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After having an early breakfast, fly to Pokhara. The flight will take you through the gorge of the two tall mountains- Annapurna, 8,091 meters (26,545 ft), and Dhaulagiri, 8,167 meters (26,795 ft). You arrive at Pokhara after 30 mins of flight, after which you will drive back to your Hotel at Pokhara. You rest and freshen up upon your arrival.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
822m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The drive back to Kathmandu takes around five hours. Enjoy a hot shower and the luxuries of the city once again! Spend the afternoon shopping for souvenirs in Thamel or just relaxing.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
1,310m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Price & Dates

What's Included

  • Airport picks up & drop by private vehicle to hotel.
  • Transportation from Kathmandu to Dharapani & Pokhara to Kathmandu.
  • Flight from Pokhara to kathmandu.
  • Necessary paperwork and Trekking Permits fee (ACAP, TIMS and Nar Phu Valley Restricted Area Special Permit).
  • Accommodation during trek and Meal (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and a cup of coffee or tea).
  • Licensed English or Chinese or Korean or Hindi along with Nepali speaking Friendly trekking guide.
  • Coverage of Guides including their Meals, Insurance, Salary, Lodging, transportation and other necessary equipment.
  • First Aid Medical Kit (Carried by the guide).
  • Sleeping bag, down jackets and trekking map, if necessary.
  • Emergency Evacuation Assistance Service (The cost of the helicopter, hospital and necessary transport are not payable by the company).
  • Welcome or farewell dinner in Kathmandu at a cultural restaurant (complimentary).
  • A nation-wide operated Mobile SIM Card and a map of the trekking region.

Optional Addons

  • Porter (We can arrange porter for your trek).
  • Private vehicle from Kathmandu to Dharapani & Pokahra to Kathmandu.

What's Not Included

  • International airfare.
  • Nepal Entry Visa fee: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport.
  • Personal Travel insurance which has to cover emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation compulsory.
  • Personal expense (shopping, snacks, boil bottle water, hot and cold drinks, hot shower, Alcohol, Wi-Fi, telephone call, battery re-charge fee).
  • Accommodation, Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu, except the farewell dinner.
  • Emergency expenses such as expenses on charted helicopter.
  • Additional costs or delays caused by out of management control, for example, landslide, weather condition, itinerary modification due to safety concerns, illness, change of government policies etc.
  • Gratitude and tips for your guide, porter and driver.

What is the difficulty level of Nar Phu Valley Trek?

The Nar Phu Valley Trek is considered a challenging trek, requiring good physical fitness and acclimatization. The trail includes steep ascents, high mountain passes, and rugged terrains. Trekkers should be prepared for varying weather conditions and basic accommodations in remote villages.

What is the altitude of Phu?

Phu, one of the ancient villages along the Nar Phu Valley Trek, is approximately 4,080 meters (13,385 feet) above sea level. This high-altitude location contributes to the unique landscapes, cultural richness, and trek’s challenging yet rewarding nature.

What is the Nar Phu Valley Trek with Tilicho Lake?

The Nar Phu Valley Trek with Tilicho Lake is a remarkable and extended trekking adventure in the Annapurna region of Nepal. This unique journey combines the cultural exploration of Nar and Phu villages with the natural splendor of Tilicho Lake, one of the highest lakes in the world. Trekkers embark on a challenging yet rewarding expedition that takes them through remote valleys, ancient monasteries, and high mountain passes.

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