Nar Phu Valley Trek is a combination with the Annapurna circuit. And it can be your ideal option to experience the wilderness adventure. The spectacular Cliffside trail is one of the highest trekking passes with the exotic land visited by very few trekkers filled with dramatic mountain views and magnificent alpine scenery. The trek passes through a beautiful forest where the scenery is incredible and the trail has many ups and downs between plateaus and glacial streams, canyons, and George. In this trekking, we will have an opportunity to visit two villages in the Annapurna region Nar and Phu. This village trekking is a beautiful and unique culture, nature, and a religious and typical lifestyle of the hidden valley of Nepal.
Nar Phu Valley Trek will venture into this remote region with the wonderful views of Mt Annapurna, Manaslu, Gangpurna, and other many trekking peaks. It gives you a thrilling experience of trekking with two beautiful villages with lots of ancient cultural wonders and a wonderful natural atmosphere. This is a great opportunity to explore the remote mountain life in Nepal. There are thousands of reasons why people have always loved the beauty of Nepal and among them, the Nar Phu valley is one of the major ones.
There is a possible teahouse trek and does not need trekkers to camp. This is only the trekking trail where you don’t have to worry about accommodation in Nepal where you will find comfortable and better-quality tea houses with attached bathrooms. The route is the from tea house where you will get to know about life and work which have been specifically built for trekkers and you have to spend two nights in Kathmandu valley which is not included in the packages. We will walk through the attractive village rich in the local culture and tradition.
There will be a typical teahouse with simple basic rooms which is a newly opened trail for the adventure seeker. You will get all types of food menus at the lower altitude but you have to compromise at the higher altitude. It is because there you will only get typical Nepali food but this food is also healthy and hygienic. The facilities are quite basic at the lodge where you will sleep in a basic room with a bed, mattress, bedsheet, and pillow. But on the high land, you have to share a washroom with others. You will not get an attached bathroom at a high altitude.
If anyone is trekking in this beautiful village of Nar Phu then everyone has taken two types of permit cards because these two wonderful villages are part of the restricted area. The government of Nepal has declared 15 different restricted areas in Nepal. Which are under the control of the flow of travelers and from them; these two villages are one of them.
For a special trekking permit, you have to pay USD90 per week per person. And if you don’t complete trekking then you have to pay USD25 per person per day. For the trekking permit, you need a photocopy of your passport and two passport-sized photo. You can enter the restricted zone through a special permit which can only obtain from the department of immigration in Kathmandu Nepal and you can’t obtain this special permit from another place in Nepal. You must take the Annapurna Conservation area of Project “ACAP” Permit. And the cost is NPR 3000 Per Person which is only issued by the Local Trekking Agency in Nepal.
For the Nar Phu valley trek, there are so many means of transportation where you can take a Local Express bus or take a private vehicle. If you take a bus then it takes almost 10 to 12 hours. You can also take a private jeep that takes you to the starting point of this trekking which is Jagat or Koto. The road access made it easier and the local buses to Besishar from Kathmandu and it is about 238km long and the conditions of the road are generally good. The main way to get there is by driving and the return trek also we can use the same means of transportation.
Nar Phu Valley Trekking is a difficult trek that includes a step trail and the trail involves many ascends and descends throughout the trek. And the upper part is mostly less well-traveled where the difficulty of this trek goes up to 5306m Kangla Pass and 5416m throng la pass from the sea level. There is a lower altitude sickness ratio compared to other Nepal trekking areas and the comparison shows that the region of Nar Phu is much better than other trekking regions. It is just because of trekking in the mountain and despite the high passes; the altitude sickness rate is lower.
On reaching Kathmandu international airport via various respective airlines, our Nepal Base Camp Treks guide or staff will receive you with warm welcome and then a short drive to your hotel in the heart of Kathmandu city.
After checking in your hotel rooms and getting refreshed join at the hotel lobby for group briefing and orientation program where our guide informs you regarding hotels, Kathmandu, Nepali culture, with Nar-Phu Valley Trekking includes welcome dinner in a pleasant authentic Nepalese restaurant with culture program.
In Kathmandu morning after breakfast and at given time our city guide will pick you up for sightseeing tour around places of interest around Kathmandu old part of the city, Kathmandu is famous for world heritage sites with tour of Pashupatinath a holy temple, Bouddhanath Stupa a Buddhist pilgrimage spot or tour of Kathmandu old Durbar (palace) Square and ancient 2,500 years old Swayambhunath, afternoon free for Nar-Phu Valley Trekking preparation.
Nar-Phu Valley Trekking begins with an exciting drive towards Nepal’s Mid West around Lamjung and Manang region as the drive leads towards high hills of with views of Manaslu and Annapurna mountain and rolling green hills, passing through many farm villages and towns to reach at Bhesisar town, headquarter of Lamjung district, from here taking another vehicle for short drive to Jagat village following the raging Marysangdi River to reach our first overnight stop at nice small farm village of Jagat.
From Jagat village, starting our first morning walk of the adventure which leads on a gradual winding path to Chamje, and back at Marysangdi River to cross the eastern bank into forested area, with grand views of Annapurna and Manaslu mountains, as the walk progress to reach at Tal Besi a nice spot and village on a valley with views of cascading waterfalls, after lunch 2-3 hours walk brings ust at Dharapani village for overnight stop.
Dharapani a nice village located on the trail of Annapurna circuit and Manaslu route.
After a pleasant stop in the lovely village of more Tibetan Buddhist culture, our morning walk leads on a wide winding path through rhododendron and pine forested area past Bagachap and Danque village, as the walk reaches at Timang village with super views of Manaslu and Annapurna II. From Timang village few hours walk to Koto near at Chame for overnight stop, afternoon visit Chame a major town head quarter of Manang district.
Morning on leaving mainstream route of Annapurna Circuit trail, heading towards high valley of Nar & Phu, as the walk leads into a narrow gorge between great walls of high rock cliffs to enter cool alpine forest of pine and rhododendron trees, and then past farm huts and shades and in a gorge, as walk folows Nar-Phu khola upstream passing remote area through number of scattered small farm houses at Dharmashala for overnight stop.
After nice and pleasant overnight at Dharmasala, our walk continues to higher country beyond tree lines towards Phu area and in complete wilderness where you spot some Himalayan wild-life like blue sheep and snow leopards and other animals, walk passes several cattle herder’s shades and huts to reach at Kyang for overnight stop.
From Kyang village walking to Phu valley and around main Phu village, one of the highlight of thee adventure, as morning walk continues to reach at Phu Khola on upstream banks and the our walk descends back to the river along the river banks, after leaving the river behind uphill climb to reach a wide glacial valley at Phu village for overnight stop.
An important and necessary rest day for acclimatization at this high elevation, before heading higher towards Kangla and Thorang la passes of above 5,000 m high, explore around interesting villages of Tashilkhang and Samdu Choling Monastery with Kyauchyu water fall, people of Nar / Phu villages has years of strong Tibetan lifestyle, traditions and culture.
From Phu, walk leads towards Nar village after an interesting and fascinating time at Phu and friendly locals, our route retrace back the same trail with a descend to a narrow gorge, and then the walk leads downstream at Phu khola, into smaller villages with Buddhist mani walls and chortens, then finally heading towards a flat ground of Nar Phedi for overnight stop.
Today trek leads to last village at Nar Gaon, from Nar Phedi walk continues towards Phu Kola, and then reaching a suspension bridge over Phu Khola (stream), from the bridge a steep uphill climb to reach a ridge for an hour and with a gentle path for few hours to reach at Nar village for overnight stop.
Morning walk continues after Naar village, leading away from village area into a small woodland of firs and pine trees, after leaving tree lines towards arid and windswept terrain, walk slowly due to high altitude and then reaching at Temdenzon khola, carry on for another few hours on a nice path to reach at the base of Kang la pass, which is at 4,530 meters for overnight stop if there’s no accommodation with lodge facilities it will be in tents on a flat grassy field.
A long and Big Day walk! an early morning start to cross the first pass of this adventure, as the walk offers stunning views of Pisang Peak and Chulu Far East Peak, then crossing a stream with uphill climb towards top of Kangla pass at 5,322 meters, the top of Kangla Pass offers fantastic views of scenic country-scapes including Annapurna range, Chulu Peaks, Lamjung Himal and several peaks of North West Himalayan range, after a marveling the views, walk descend to Julu village and then reaching at Ngawal village for overnight stop.
After successful walk over Kang-la pass, morning leads to a long descend to reach back at Manang valley near Humde and Braga and on the main scenic Annapurna circuit trail, walk continues on gradual path to Braga village, at Braga village visit Braga Monastery enriched with historical and religious artifacts, statues an interesting place with brilliant panorama of Annapurna and Damodar range of mountains.
After Braga an hour walk to Manang main village, which is a large thriving and flourishing village, houses are built similar of Tibetan traditional way like in Nar and Phu but with richness due to arrival of trekkers with many good lodges to stay.
After an interesting and enjoyable time at Manang, morning walk leads towards Ghunsang village with uphill to Yak Kharka, an interesting walk around high barren terrain with super views of snow capped peaks, after crossing a river to reach at Yak Kharka a small settlement, offers views of Gangapurna, Annapurna III and Chulu Peaks.
As walk progress getting closer at the base of Thorang-la on crossing a small stream walk leads to a narrow path to cross a steep rocky slope and finally reaching at Thorung Phedi, an hour steep climb further brings at Thorang High Camp, staying here makes it easier for next day climb tor Thorang pass.
After early breakfast a strenuous climb to Thorang-la with steep winding path all the way to Thorung La Pass top at 5,416 m / 17,700 ft. The top offers mind fantastic panorama of landscapes and mountains, from the top a long descend leads to Muktinath at 3,800 m.
On reaching Muktinath check into a nice cozy lodge for overnight stop, Muktinath a holy place for both Hindus and Buddhists, the word Muktinath literally means ‘the place for Nirvana or Liberation’.
After Muktinath, rest of the journey is easier with moderate walks all the way to Jomsom as the walk drops to 1,200m downhill to Kaligandaki river valley, this pleasant trail leading at vast Kaligandaki river valley.
From here onwards gets windy in the afternoon time, a few hours walk leads to Jomsom, headquarter town of Mustang region with an airstrip located above Kaligandaki River.
Here at Jomsom with last night in the mountain village, celebrate with local apple products like cider, brandy and juice, this area from Kagbeni onwards to Marpha & Larjung famous for delicious apples.
Early breakfast and transfer to Jomsom airport for sweeping short flight of 25 minutes to Pokhara, during airborne spectacular views of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiris and Annapurna range of mountains and rolling hills dotted with farm villages,
On reaching Pokhara airport transfer to respective hotels by the pretty serene lake Phewa, afternoon free for individual activities or just relax and enjoy the views of Annapurna Himalaya.
Catching morning views of Annapurna Himalaya and majestic Machhapuchare ‘the Fish Tail peak’, taking an overland drive on a long winding downhill through interesting towns and villages, after an interesting drive reaching back in Kathmandu, and then transfer to your hotels around Thamel area, with free afternoon for individual activities.
Last day in amazing Nepal with wonderful and enjoyable time around hidden areas of high Manang valley on Nar-Phu Trekking, our staff will transfer you to Kathmandu international airport for your final flight back homeward bound or to respective countries.