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Nar Phu Valley Trekking

Nar Phu Valley Trekking

Trip at a Glance

  • Country

    Country: Nepal

  • Trip grade

    Trip grade: Strenuous

  • Destination

    Destination: Off-the-beaten-trails

  • Activities

    Activities: Trekking

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation: Hotels/Lodges

  • Meals

    Meals: Included on trek

  • Transportation

    Transportation: Private vehicle

  • Maximum altitude

    Maximum altitude: Kang La Pass (5240 m)

  • Group size

    Group size: 2 pax min

  • Trip Start / End

    Trip Start / End: Kathmandu - Kathmandu

  • Best Season

    Best Season: Mar-May, Sep-Nov

Trekking to Nar Phu Valley is a less crowded trekking route in the Annapurna region. The trek is a new trekking route and recently opened and provides an off-the-beaten path trekking experience if compared to other popular treks like the Annapurna Base Camp trek or Everest Base Camp trek.

Essentially, the Nar Phu Valley trek is visiting the two beautiful villages of Nar and Phu located in the high Himalayas near Tibet. That’s why the inhabitants of these villages are influenced by Tibet which will surely give you an insight into their culture and traditions.

Nar phu valley trekking itinerary after a scenic drive to Besisahar from Kathmandu and further drive to a small settlement of Koto. You will begin your trek from Koto to the stunning Nar Phu Valley which is popluar for it’s beautiful landscapes, age-old Tibetan Buddhist monasteries, and traditional villages. The valley is surrounded by breathtaking mountain views of Annapurna II, Gangapurna, Tilicho, and other peaks. 

Trek to Nar Phu valley is a less crowded trekking route that requires a special permit to enter and trek in the region. The trekking trails pass through high mountain passes, remote villages, dense forests, ancient Buddhist monasteries, and narrow canyons to remote Nar and Phu villages near Tibet.

Due to its remoteness, the Nar Phu Valley Trek requires a special permit from the government of Nepal, making it a less crowded trekking route. It is best to trek in the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons when the weather is clear and the views are spectacular.

Nar Phu Valley Trekking is a demanding off-the-beaten-path trek just suited for adventure enthusiasts looking to explore a remote and authentic part of Nepal.

Nar Phu Valley Trekking Highlights

  • Explore a secluded region of Nepal that is rarely visited by tourists.
  • Stay in ancient villages that haven't changed much throughout the centuries.
  • Enjoy stunning views of Tilicho Peak, Gangapurna, Himlung Himal, and Annapurna II
  • Observe the Tibetan plateau that extends down to Nepal.
  • Witness a culture with Tibetan influences that features colourful and distinctive prayer stones and monasteries.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1400m)
Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Besishahar (800m) 6-7 hrs Drive
Day 03: Drive from Besishahar to Koto (2625m) 6 hrs Drive
Day 04: Trek from Koto to Meta (3560m) 6-7 hrs Walk
Day 05: Trek from Meta to Kyang (3710m) 4 hrs Walk
Day 06: Trek from Kyang to Phu Gauon (4050m) 4-5 hrs Walk
Day 07: In Phu - Explore Phu Gaoun & Monasteries
Day 08: Trek from Phu to Nar Phedi (3540m) 6 hrs Walk
Day 09: Trek from Pho Phedi to Nar Village (4150m) 2-3 Hours Walk
Day 10: Trek from Nar to Ngawal (3675m) via Kang La Pass (5240 m) 8-9 hrs Walk
Day 11: Trek from Ngawal to Chame (2650m) 7 hrs Walk
Day 12: Drive from Chame to Besishahar (800m) 6-7 Hours Drive
Day 13: Drive from Besisahar to Kathmandu. 6-7 Hours Drive
Day 14: Final Departure

Upon arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, you need to complete your entry/visa formalities. You will then be received by a representative from Marron Treks and transferred to your hotel in Kathmandu. Welcome drinks will be served at the hotel, and then we will have a quick pre-trip meeting. You can then spend the remaining time resting or doing as you please. In the evening, you can stroll around the vicinity of your hotel just to get the feel of this wonderful city.

Hotel

We will depart Kathmandu after an early breakfast and take a beautiful journey to Besisahar in Lamjung. The journey, which lasts about 6-7 hours, passes through verdant scenery, charming villages, and the breathtaking Trishuli and Marshyangdi rivers. We will travel to various famous locations, including Malekhu, Mugling, and Dumre. When we get to Besisahar, you can rest and explore the area before we call it a day

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

On this third day of our trek in the Nar Phu Valley, we'll start the day with an off-road drive from Besisahar to Koto. Villages like Jagat, Chamje, Dharapani, Bagarchhap, Timang, and Thanchock are among those we pass through on the way there. From Bagarchhap, we will be able to see the famed Annapurna I Peak, as well as Mount Manaslu and Lamjung Himal, as we travel to Timang Village, which is situated at a height of 2460 meters.

When we get to Koto, the Gurung community, we'll check in and have a nap. We may go for a walk through the village in the evening, talk to the residents, and learn more about their way of life. 

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Today, after breakfast, we finally set out on our Nar Phu Valley Trek. Before entering the restricted area of Nar Phu Valley after leaving Koto, we shall register our information. Our trek takes us along the Soti Khola's banks, traversing rocky terrain, gorgeous pine forests, suspension bridges, and cascading waterfalls. We will begin to notice that the views are getting larger and the forests are becoming sparser until we get to Dharmashala. We'll continue going past some caves and canyons till we arrive at Meta Village, where we can enjoy a breathtaking view of Lamjung Himal and Annapurna II.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

After breakfast, the hike ascends the valley alongside a little, charming river. Today, ascents and descents occur often. We will arrive at a location called Chyaku after crossing a suspension bridge. We will continue to climb while taking in the magnificent vistas of Annapurna after a quick rest at Chyaku till we reach our objective for today, Kyang. From the little town of Kyang, we can see Pisang Peak and Annapurna II in all their splendor.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

After breakfast, we depart Kyang and begin the walk to the picturesque village of Phu. There are several climbs uphill and descents downhill on the rocky terrain. We may encounter remarkable blue sheep on our hike down the Phu Kola because this valley is well known for housing these rare and endangered species. From the Phu gate, we will enter Phu Village and stop at the teahouse for a quick break. Awe-inspiring views of many Himalayan mountain ranges, including the Himlung Himal, can be seen from the town. We'll pay a visit to the historic Tashi Lhakhang Monastery and mingle with the welcoming villagers while taking in the expansive views of the mountains around us.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Due to the high altitude, it is advised to spend one acclimatization day in Phu. We'll also explore the town's winding lanes and watch the people go about their everyday lives to make the most of the day. Along with visiting the cave and monasteries there, we will also spend the rest of the day with the people.

NOTE: Another option is to take the approximately 5-hour roundtrip side trip to Himlung Base Camp.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

We will take a diversion to the monastery at Nar Phedi before returning to Meta after breakfast. The settlements of Kyang and Upper Chyako will be passed through. Before ascending to Nar Phedi, a little community located beneath Nar Village, we will cross a suspension bridge. We will be able to marvel at the stunning views of Pisang Peak and other nearby summits.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

After leaving Nar Phedi, we will take a meandering trail up a hill toward Nar, the biggest settlement in the Nar Phu Valley. We pass through high mountain passes, desolate areas, and yak pastures on the way. As we go closer to the settlement, we will pass a row of exquisitely painted chortens with bamboo roofs. Around noon, we will arrive in the Nar Village, where we will then spend the rest of the day exploring the community and its surroundings. We'll visit the monasteries, talk to the inhabitants, and observe how they live their daily lives. 

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Today will be a long day, so we'll get an early start and go across the Kang La Pass to the iconic Annapurna Circuit. Our trail travels through picturesque scenery, charming towns, and yak farms. We ascend from Nar via the lateral moraine of Temdenzon Khola on today's walk, which provides stunning views of the west ridge of Pisang Peak. The base of the Kang La Pass, Jhombu Kharka, also known as Kang La Phedi, will be passed by us as we continue our walk.

From the pass, the path is steep but not difficult, and we can take in the beautiful view of Tilicho Peak, Gangapurna, and Annapurna II. And it will take us around three hours to go to Ngawal, where we will spend the night. Beautiful views of the Manang Valley and the Annapurna mountain may be had from the settlement.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

We will begin our walk to reach Chame after breakfast. Along the bank of the Marsyangdi River, the path gradually descends to Gyaru and Pisang Village. The trek offers stunning views of the Gangapurna, Tilicho Peak, Lamjung Himal, and Annapurna II and III. We will arrive in Chame, the administrative hub for the Manang District, after a 6-7 hour journey, where we will spend the night.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Today, because the Nar Phu Valley Trek is coming to a conclusion, we will go by car from Chame to Besisahar. Before arriving in Besishar, our winding road will pass past the villages of Koto, Thanchok, and Timang. 

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

The time has come to return to Kathmandu. After breakfast, we will depart from Besisahar and take a pleasant trip to Kathmandu. When you get to Kathmandu, check into your hotel and have a nap. Before calling it a day, you may take a stroll through Thamel in the evening and buy trinkets.

Hotel
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

The trip concludes, and our office representatives will take you to the international airport in Kathmandu to catch your onward flight to your next destination or fly back home. You need to be at least 3 hours before your flight time at the airport.

Thank you for visiting Nepal, and we hope your Himalayan holiday has come true. Have a safe flight back home!

Hotel

What is included?

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off services
  • Hotel accommodations in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Kathmandu/Besishar/Kathmandu transfer by scheduled local bus
  • Besishahar to Koto Transfer by Local Scheduled Sharing Jeep
  • All trekking accommodation with Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner at local lodges on twin sharing.
  • Four seasonal sleeping bags (to be returned after trip completion) & Marron Treks duffel bags.
  • A comprehensive medical kit will be carried by the trekking guide.
  • Experienced Government licensed English Speaking Guide & Porter (1 porter for two people) including their food, accommodation, salary & insurance.
  • Permits for Annapurna Conservation Area, TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System), & Special Nar Phu Permit (RAP)
  • Farewell dinner with a live Nepalese cultural program.
  • All government and local taxes

What is not included?

  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa fee: A visa can be obtained upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (USD30 for 15 days)
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu or Pokhara
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Emergency rescue evacuation (to be covered by the client's travel insurance)
  • Excess baggage charges (luggage allowance for domestic airlines in Nepal is 15 kg).
  • Other expenses of a personal nature (phone calls, laundry, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, hot shower etc.)
  • Cost incurred due to the addition of extra days or a change in the itinerary due to bad weather, political turmoil, or any other unforeseen contingencies.
  • Bar bills, alcoholic drinks, & beverages
  • Tips for Guide & porters

Route Map

FAQ's

1. How long does it take to complete the Nar Phu Valley trek?
Nar Phu Valley trek typically takes around 12-14 days to complete, depending on your fitness level and pace. It includes scenic landscapes, remote villages, high passes, and cultural experiences in the Annapurna region of Nepal.

2. Is a permit required for the Nar Phu Valley trek?
Yes, a special permit is required for the Nar Phu Valley trek. You need to obtain both the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Nar Phu Restricted Area Permit, which can be obtained through authorized trekking agencies in Nepal.

3. What is the best time of year to do the Nar Phu Valley trek?
The best times are spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) which offer clear mountain views and moderate temperatures for a comfortable trekking experience.

4. Can I do the Nar Phu Valley trek independently or do I need a guide?
It isn’t possible to do the Nar Phu Valley trek independently since trekking in Nepal requires hiring a licensed guide and coming through registered trekking agency. The region is remote and requires navigating through challenging terrains, and a guide will provide support, local knowledge, and ensure your safety during the trek.

5. What is the maximum altitude reached during the Nar Phu Valley trek?
The highest elevation reached during the Nar Phu Valley trek is Kang La Pass at 5,322 meters (17,460 feet). This pass offers breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding peaks, including Annapurna II and Chulu West, making it one of the highlights of the trip.

Equipment

Below are the suggested items for the packing list and it also depends upon the season you are trekking. We shall provide 75 liters duffel bag and a sleeping bag. You can bring other items from your home country and if you are traveling light and don’t wish to overweight your luggage during international flights then many of them can also be brought in Kathmandu before the trek starts.

Clothing (Core & Lower body)
·         Water-proof (breathable fabric) jacket, Poncho or Umbrella
·         Hard shell pants (breathable fabric- 1 set), preferably that zips from top and bottom which can be worn over boots without getting undressed, in case of abrupt weather            changes
·         Fleece jacket or Pullover
·         Fleece windcheater jacket
·         Down jacket or a Down vest
·         T-shirts (2 – 3) and Long-sleeved shirts with collars ( 2- 3 pairs)
·         Nylon (cotton ought to be strictly avoided) hiking shorts ( 2- 3 pairs)
·         Hiking trousers- one that is detachable from the knees so that they it can be folded up as shorts ( 2- 3 pairs)
·         Thermal underwear as well as synthetic underwear (3 -4 each – avoid cotton)
·         Synthetic sport brassieres for women (2 pairs- avoid cotton)
 
Head/Eyes & Hand Gears
·         Sun hat/cap
·         Woolen hat or Balaclava
·         Sunglasses/Goggles (preferably the ones with 100% UV protection)
·         Liner, Synthetic or Thin wool gloves (1 -2 pair)
·         Warm gloves (designed to shield the sub-zero temperatures)- 1 pair
 
Footwear
·         Trekking boots (1 pair) and spare laces
·         Running shoes, Sandals or Thongs (flip-flops)- 1 pair each
·         Hiking gaiters (1 pair) to do away the rocks, dusts and moist feet
·         Liner socks- preferably synthetic (3 – 4 pairs)
·         Heavy or wool blend socks (3 – 4 pairs)

Equipment
·         Backpack/Rucksack
·         Duffle bag (will be provided by Marron Treks)
·         Pack cover (to protect your gears from getting wet)
·         Day sack/Nylon stuff sack
·         Sleeping Bag/ Silk liner (will be provided by Marron Treks but should be returned after the trip)
·         Water bottle
·         Good head torch along with spare batteries and bulbs
·         Maps, compass and a guidebook
·         Trekking poles

Miscellaneous Bits
The items below could seem trivial, but if you don’t have them, you might just find yourself sticky and stinky, which isn’t actually good for you!
 
Toiletries
·         Quick-drying camp towel
·         Detergent powder/bar
·         Toilet paper
·         Sunscreen Lotion (SPF 20+) & Lip balm
·         Pocket knife
·         Sewing/Repair Kit (for tent & mattress)
·         Emergency kit including a whistle, waterproof match/lighter
·         Padlocks for bags and lodge rooms
·         Stuff sacks
·         Earplugs

Medicament
It is important that you include the medicines prescribed by your doctor. Below is just the generic list of medications. We advise you to always consult your travel doctor as you might be resistant or allergic to some medicines

·         Anesthetics (Ibuprofen/Aspirin)
·         Broad spectrum antibiotics tablets
·         Metronidazole and Antacids (for diarrohea /indigestion)
·         Broad spectrum ointments (Neosporin/ Clotrimazole/Gentamicin)
·         Antiseptic liquids (Dettol/Savlon)
·         Assorted band-aids
·         Small gauge pad
·         Roll of adhesive tape
·         Iodine tablets

Optional Carry
Nothing hard and fast about carrying the items on this list as they are not the basics. Yet, though not all, if you still manage to squeeze in some of these items on your carry, you will not regret it as they might just come in handy during the trek

·         Camera, memory card and battery charger
·         GPS unit Altimeters
·         Binoculars
·         Pee bottle for men (leak proof/wide mouth) & Pee funnel for women
·         Books and magazines

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