Nar Phu Valley Trek is a least-traveled trekking destination of Nepal. This trek will provide you with an opportunity to explore the remoteness of Nar Phu Valley off from Annapurna circuit. Nar Phu Valley is also called “the hidden valley trek.” Nar Phu Valley still lags modern lifestyle and is far away from mass tourism. But lately, it has been attracting solo trekkers as well as group trekker from all around globe. This trek is a fantastic journey to the wild through barely walked rough trails to the enthralling valley of Nar Phu. The picturesque three highest mountain ranges, Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Dhaulagiri, and Mt. Manaslu is the main attraction of this Valley. The majestic views of snow-capped mountains, glacial rivers, terraced farm fields, and the lush forest will fill your soul with contentment. The route of Nar Phu Valley is flavored with the religious site and the village of Tibetan heritage, followed by the tradition of yak herding, trading and harvesting herb for medicine.
The trek begins in Kathmandu after your arrival. In Kathmandu, you will fill your leisure time with a visitto UNESCO world heritage sites including Pashupatinath temple, Boudhanath, Sawaymbhunath and many more. After finishing preparation of trekking, we will drive from Kathmandu to Jagat, heading toward Dharapani. Our trek starts from Jagat, following the popular route of Annapurna circuit trail and to the Nar Phu Valley in the north of Manang passing the Kang La Pass.
On your ascent, you will be awardedan amazing view of Annapurna massif and altitude grazing settlements. The trekking trails of Nar Phu Valley also passes throughThorang La pass and down through Lower Mustang. And finally, we fly back to Pokhara and Kathmandu.
The best season for Nar Phu Valley Trek is from March to May and September to November. During these months, the weather is generally stable and dry, providing clear views of the mountains and landscapes.
Rules & Permits:
As for permits, foreign visitors must obtain a Restricted Area Permit to enter the Nar Phu Valley. The permit can be obtained through a registered trekking agency or the Department of Immigration in Kathmandu. In addition to the Restricted Area Permit, trekkers must also obtain an Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and a TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) card.
The cost of a Restricted Area Permit for Nar Phu Valley Trek is USD $90 per person for the first seven days, and an additional USD $15 per person per day for each extra day. The cost of an ACAP permit is USD $30 per person, and the cost of a TIMS card is USD $10 per person.
It’s essential to carry the necessary permits with you at all times during the trek, as they may be checked at various points along the trail. It’s important to follow all local rules and regulations to ensure the preservation of the natural environment and the safety of all trekkers. This includes carrying all rubbish out of the park, respecting local culture and customs, and not harming any wildlife or vegetation. It’s also recommended to hire a licensed guide and porter for the trek, as they can provide valuable assistance and support throughout the journey.
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 2: Sightseeing and trek preparation in Kathmandu
Day 3: Kathmandu to Jagat by the drive
Day 4: Jagat to Dharapani
Day 5: Dharapani to Koto
Day 6: Koto to Meta
Day 7: Meta to PhuGaon
Day 8: Acclimatization at PhuGaon
Day 9: Phu Gaon to Nar
Day 10: Acclimatization and preparation at Nar
Day 11: Nar to Kang La Pass
Day 12: Ngwal to Manang
Day 13: Manang to Yak Kharka
Day 14: Yak Kharka to ThorongPhedi
Day 15: ThorongPhedi to Thorong La and Muktinath
Day 16: Muktinath to Jomsom
Day 17: Jomsom to Pokhara
Day 18: Pokhara to Kathmandu
Day 19: Final Departure
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Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,428ft)
After your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, our representative will receive you and move onward to the best Hotel in the Kathmandu Valley where you will get a chance to rest and relax in the pretty environment. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
After having a pleasing night in the Kathmandu, you will have a breakfast early in the morning, then we will manage you to visit several historical and spiritual places in the Kathmandu, which are listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We’ll visit historic Darbar Square, the sacred Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath (monkey temple), Buddhist Shrine (Buddhanath) and many more. In the evening, we will have a brief discussion about the trek and you need to be well-prepared for the trek. You should know all the essential factors and places while going on the trek. Overnight in the Kathmandu.
Day 03: Kathmandu to Jagat Drive (1100m/3608ft):
In this day, early in the morning after having breakfast, we’ll begin around 8 to 9 hours long drive from Kathmandu which allows you to witness Nepali countryside, lush greeneries, rivers, villages, farms and beautiful mountains. Then finally we’ll reach Jagat. Overnight in the Jagat.
Day 04: Jagat to Dharapani (1,960m/6,430ft): 7-8 hours
Next morning, after having breakfast, the trail starts from Jagat which take you to see and enjoy lush forest, river and sharp-edged cliff of the riverbank. Continue trek takes you to Chyamje, which offers us the splendid backdrop of soaring Annapurna mountain range. Then you will continue your trek through the suspension bridge until you will reach to Seattle. Before you will reach the Dharapani you will get chances to views amazing waterfall and some cliffs.
Day 05: Dharapani to Koto (2,610m/8,563ft):
In this day, the destination will be Koto which is situated at the altitude of 2,610m. Around the one-hour trek leads you to the pine forests and give chances to explore whitewashed monasteries in the Bagarchhap Village. The following trail will take you to Danaque to Timing, which offers you great views of Mt. Manaslu and other incredible 29 peaks. Then we’ll continue to trek through the pine forest and finally reach Latamarang and additional trek leads you to the final destination (Koto) and offers a spectacular picturesque of Annapurna II. Overnight at Koto.
Day 06: Koto to Meta (3,560m/11,680ft): 7-8 hours
Next morning, after having breakfast, we’ll manage to register restricted area permit at the police check post. Then we can begin genital trek by passing beautiful Riverbank of Seti Khola and discover one famous Dharmasala. The following trail takes you to the Tibetan Plateau, meta village through the greenery forest which let you a picturesque view of Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal.
Day 07: Meta to Phu Gaon (4,250m/13,944ft): 7-8 hours
In this day, after having breakfast, the trek destination will be Phu Gaon which is situated at the elevation of the 4,250m. Around 4 hours trek take you to the beautiful village called Kyang through suspension bridges over different streams. Kyang is a place where you will see a maximum Tibetan settlement, was captured by the Tibetan and you will get chances to interact with the Tibetan people. The further rocky trail gives you to explore the Phu Khola and we’ll finally reach Phu
Day 08: Acclimatization at Phu Gaon
This is the accommodation day in the hidden Valley called Phu Gaon where we’ll take a rest and explore the traditional culture, natural diversity and religious practices of the ethnic group such as; Lama, Gurung, Ghale and so on. Not only that, we’ll also observe the remote ethnic people settlements and livelihood along with Tashi Lhakhang Monastery. Tashi Lakhang Monastery is an old Buddhist Monastery constructed by the Karmapa Rinpoche. It is listed out of the 108 world’s great Buddhist Monasteries. Apart from this, the Valley also offers a great view of Himlung Himal and some other snow peaks.
Day 09: Phu Gaon to Nar (4,110m/13,484ft): 6-7 hours
Next day, early in the morning after having breakfast, we’ll head toward Nar, which is situated at the elevation of 4,110m. During the trial, we’ll explore Mahendra Pul and pass the high suspension bridge, 80m over the Gorge of Lapche River. The trek will be continuing and provide you an opportunity to witness many Buddhist stupas on the way as well as cross them and we’ll finally reach Nar Village. Nar Village is famous for numerous Buddhist Monasteries and glorious vistas of Pisang Peak and other small peaks which makes you, feel that thanks for being there.
Day 10: Acclimatization and preparation at Nar
In this second rest day, early in the morning, after having breakfast, we’ll explore the village Nar and have a close look at the local culture and lifestyle of the native people over there. Then in the evening, we’ll prepare for the next day trek.
Day 11: Nar to Kang La Pass (5,322m/17,460ft) to Ngwal (3,660m/12,008ft): 7-8 hours
Next day, early in the morning, we’ll begin the adventurous trek towards Kangla Pass which is located at the altitude of the 5,322m. This picturesque altitude let us enjoy with magnificent views of Annapurna Massif and after great views, we will continue our trail downward to Ngwal. Overnight at Ngwal.
Day 12: Ngwal to Manang (3,540m/11,614ft): 4-5 hours
In this day, the journey will start from Ngwal to Manang which is situated at the elevation of 3,540m. Trekking in the isolated village of Paugh offers us the astonishing view of Annapurna range and putting all the glimpses in the eyes we will move gently upward to Mungli and reach Manang, short distances from Mungli, also famous for breathtaking close views of Annapurna range.
Day 13: Manang to Yak Kharka (4,110m/13,484ft): 3-4 hours
Today we make our trail towards Yak Kharka which is situated at the summit of 4,110m. Around 3 to 4 hours pleasant trek takes you to the small village called Tenki, above the Manang and climb out of the Marshyangadi Valley which is located in the northwest of Jarsang Khola. Following trail passes Ghunsa village, a cluster of flat mud roof and continues through meadows, where the horses and yaks graze. Continue the short trek offers you to witness ancient old Mani wall in a pleasant meadow and finally reach Yak Kharka Village. Overnight at Yak Kharka.
Day 14: Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,600m/15,092ft): 3-4 hours
Thorong Phedi is a small busy settlement and this village is famous among the trekkers. Besides, this village able to cater all the needs of tired trekkers and climbers so that some trekkers like to stay over here in order to make next day trek easier.
Day 15: Thorong Phedi to Thorong La (5,416m/17764ft) to Muktinath (3,800m/12,467ft)
In this day, early in the morning after having breakfast, we will trek towards Thorong La which is situated at the dizzy height of 5416m. Around 4 hours trek takes you to Thorong La. On the way to your trail you will see ice and need to walk in the ice, however, charming mountains outlooks compensate the strenuous trek. Then we’ll reach Muktinath, a pilgrimage site for both Hindu and Buddhist along with Vishnu temple and Monastery near the Muktinath.
Day 16: Muktinath to Jomsom (2,715m/8,910ft):
In this day, early in the morning after having breakfast, we will explore the Muktinath and head towards Jomsom. Our trail descends down to the renowned Kali Gandaki Gorge through the arid land and we’ll follow Jharkot and Khingar villages where you will get chances to view typical Tibetan architecture located in the Jharkot and Khingar. Then you will finally reach Jomsom and view soaring peaks of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri from the backdrop.
Day 17: Jomsom to Pokhara Flight (827m/2,700ft): 30 min
After breakfast, we’ll take a flight for Pokhara. The scenic flight provides us panoramic views of the two huge mountains; Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. After arriving at Pokhara Valley, we’ll get chances to explore the beauty of the Pokhara. In the evening, you will enjoy boat-ride in the Fewa Lake, Rupa Lake and Begnas Lake along with mesmerizing lakeside area. Beside this, you can admire stunning mountains views such as; Machhapuchhare, Annapurna, Fishtail, Dhaulagiri, Himalchuli and so on
Day 18: Pokhara to Kathmandu (1,300m/4,428ft):
Today early in the morning, after having breakfast, we’ll drive around 5 to 6 hours back to the Kathmandu with the beautiful memory of the trek.
Day 19: Final departure from Nepal
This is the final day of your in Nepal. Our representative will take you to the airport.
The Nar Phu Valley Trek is a remote trekking route in the Annapurna region of Nepal that takes you through the hidden valleys of Nar and Phu, with stunning views of the Himalayas and Tibetan culture.
The Nar Phu Valley Trek usually takes around 12-17 days, depending on your itinerary and pace.
The Nar Phu Valley Trek is considered a moderate to difficult trek, with some challenging uphill and downhill sections and high altitude. It’s recommended for experienced trekkers with good fitness.
The best time to do the Nar Phu Valley Trek is from March to May and from September to November, as the weather is dry and clear during these months.
To do the Nar Phu Valley Trek, you will need to obtain a TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) card, an Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP), and a Nar Phu Special Permit.
Accommodation on the Nar Phu Valley Trek varies from basic tea houses to more comfortable lodges with private rooms and hot showers. You will usually stay in a different village each night.
You should pack warm clothing, a good quality sleeping bag, sturdy hiking boots, a raincoat, a backpack, a water bottle, and a first aid kit. You may also want to bring a camera to capture the stunning views along the way.
Yes, the Nar Phu Valley Trek is generally considered safe, as long as you follow the guidance of your guide and take appropriate precautions. It’s important to be aware of the risks of altitude sickness and take steps to prevent it.
Yes, a guide is mandatory for the Nar Phu Valley Trek, as it is a restricted area trek. It’s recommended to hire a local guide with knowledge of the region and culture.
The cost of the Nar Phu Valley Trek varies depending on the season, itinerary, and the services you choose.
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