Nar Phu Valley Trek- 22 Days

The Nar Phu Valley, opened for tourism only in 2003, is the least explored and most exotic trek in Nepal. Due to its isolated existence, Nar Phus Tibetan culture has remained undisturbed for centuries. They have retained their age-old nomadic yak-herding lifestyle. It is like travelling back in time to visit these enchanting stone villages beneath the snow capped Annapurnas.

Nar Phu Valley Trekking starts at Besi Sahar and follows the popular Annapurna Circuit Trekking route up the Marsyangdi River valley to Koto, where a the trail branches off into the Nar Phu Valley. It passes through a beautiful forest to a dharmasala, which accommodates local pilgrims travelling to Tashi Lhakhang Gompa in Phu. High in the valley there are plateaus and pastures where yak herders of the Nar Phu valley make winter settlements. The scenery is incredible: white rocks, juniper, evergreens, snow capped mountains, jagged glaciers and the Nar Phu River below. The trail has many ups and downs between plateaus and glacial streams, canyons and gorges.

A leaning monolith and line of chortens lead the way to Phu, home for about 40 households who migrate during the cold winter. We explore the crumbling ruins of two forts and visit the Tashi Lhakhang Gompa or dzong. Lama Karma Sonam Rimpoche fled from Tibet to Nepal in 1959 and lived at this gompa. Rimpoche was a renowned amchi or Tibetan doctor, as well as a thanka painter, and father of several children. (Some lamas are permitted to marry). We will see the women of Phu spinning yak wool and pounding mustard seeds for oil, and perhaps taste a cup of home-made alcohol chang.

We set out for the village of Nar. The name refers to the wild blue sheep, native to this region. We descend to an old bridge and cross over a deep, narrow gorge. A steep climb leads us to the gates of Nar, a village of about 65 households, chortens and gompas surrounded by fields of barley and mustard. The snowy peaks of Kang Guru and Pisang dominate the horizon. Traces of modernity, like electricity lines (usually not working) contrast the ancient surroundings. While some young ones are eager to wear modern garb, the old herders and their wives are usually in traditional Tibetan attire. It is easy to learn about their culture as most of village life takes place outdoors: spinning or weaving wool, carpentry or turning the prayer wheels. Leaving Nar we climb a gradual path up the valley to yak pastures with the razorback Pisang Peak in clear view. We descend to Kang La Phedi, 4620m, before making the ascent to Kang La Pass.

The zigzag trail of snow, ice and yak dung becomes steeper as we get closer to the razor-sharp ridge of Kang La, 5240m, which divides the Nar Phu Valley from the rest of Manang. From the pass the view of Annapurna II, Gangapurna and Tilicho Peak is magnificent. The steep descent on scree can be slippery. The remote Nar Phu Valley Trekking ends when we rejoin the Annapurna Circuit Trek at Ngawal. We have another challenging pass, Thorung La, 5416m, before we descend to Muktinath and Jomsom for the flight back to Pokhara.

 

Trip Highlights

 

  • Few trekkers have visited the recently opened region of Nar and Phu valley
  • Amazing trans-Himalayan topography. similar to Tibet  
  • Visit stone villages and monasteries where ancient Tibetan-Buddhist culture is unchanged and alive
  • cross the Kang La pass, 5315m on the way to Manang
  • cross the Throung La Pass, 5416m, on the way to Muktinath
  • Incredible views of the Annapurna massif
  • Sighting snow leopards and blue sheep
  • Visiting Muktinath, a pilgrimage site for both Buddhists and Hindus

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu, 1300m. Overnight stay at hotel

Day 2 : Preparation Day in Kathmandu. Overnight stay at hotel

Day 3 : Drive 6hrs to Besisahar; Trek to Bhulbule, 820m

Day 4 : Trek to Ghermu Phant, 1136m, 5-6 hrs

Day 5 : Trek to Dharapani, 1960m, Overnight at Lodge

Day 6 : Trek to Koto, 2675m. Overnight at Lodge

Day 7 : Trek to Dharamsala, 3230m. Overnight at Tented Camp

Day 8 : Trek to Kayang, 3740m. Overnight at Tented Camp

Day 9 : Trek to Phu, 4050m, Overnight at Tented Camp

Day 10 : Excursion Phu village. Overnight at Tented Camp

Day 11 : Trek to Junam, 3550m. Overnight at Tented Camp

Day 12 : Trek to Nar, 4150m. Overnight at Tented Camp

Day 13 : Trek to Kang La Phedi, 4500m. Overnight at Tented Camp

Day 14 : Trek to Ngawal, 3660m via Kang La Pass, 5315m. Overnight at Lodge

Day 15 : Trek to Manang, 3540m. Overnight at Lodge

Day 16 : Trek to Yak Kharka, 4050m.+ Overnight at Lodge

Day 17 : Trek to Thorung Phedi, 4545m. Overnight at Lodge

Day 18 : Trek to Muthinath, 3694m. Overnight at Lodge

Day 19 : Trek to Jomsom, 2715m. Overnight at Lodge

Day 20 : Fly from Jomsom –Pokhara Overnight at Hotel

Day 21 : Drive back to Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel

Day 22 : Departure from Kathmandu

Start Date End Date Cost Status Booking
20 March, 2018 10 April, 2018 USD 1700 per person Available Book Now
07 April, 2018 28 April, 2018 USD 1700 per person Available Book Now
16 April, 2018 07 May, 2018 USD 1700 per person Available Book Now
11 May, 2018 01 June, 2018 USD 1700 per person Available Book Now
16 September, 2018 07 October, 2018 USD 1700 per person Available Book Now
02 October, 2018 23 October, 2018 USD 1700 per person Available Book Now
11 October, 2018 01 November, 2018 USD 1700 per person Available Book Now
22 October, 2018 12 November, 2018 USD 1700 per person Available Book Now
08 November, 2018 29 November, 2018 USD 1700 per person Available Book Now
20 November, 2018 11 December, 2018 USD 1700 per person Available Book Now

Cost Include(s)

  • Transfer from Airport – Hotel – Airport: Car, Van, Hi-ace or Coaster in a private vehicle.
  • Authentic Nepali welcome dinner with Live Nepalese Cultural Program.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu, Three nights on Twin share Bed and Breakfast Basis.
  • Accommodation in Pokhara, one nights on Twin share Bed and Breakfast Basis.
  • Accommodation during Trek ; local lodges 17 nights (Full board meals with twin-share rooms ,beds with comfortable foam mattress and pillows)
  • English speaking experienced Sherpa guide (Govt. Trained/License Holder).
  • One Sherpa guide-assistant if group size is more than 4 Trekkers.
  • Porters: One porter for 2 Trekkers basis.
  • Trek Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation.
  • Personal insurance for Nepalese staff.
  • Annapurna Foothill’s Duffle bag for Trekking.
  • First aid medicine kit.
  • Special Permit Fee, TIMS permits & all required permits or Official Documentation.
  • All ground transfers.
  • All government and local taxes.

Cost Exclude(s)

  • Your Personal Travel Insurance.
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fee.
  • International round-trip airfare.
  • Lunch & Dinner in cities - allow $ 10 to 14 for per meal in Tourist restaurants.
  • Beverages (soft drinks, mineral water and beer).
  • Excess baggage charge(s) (Domestic Flights).
  • Tips for guide, porters and driver (customary).
  • Any personal expenses not mentioned in above services.
  • Additional night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early return from Trek (due to any reason) than the planned itinerary.

Why Trek to Narphu with Annapurna Foothills Treks?

When trekking into extremely remote regions, it is important to have trek with an experienced company. Annapurna Foothills Treks has been running trekking and climbing expeditions in Nar Phu since it opened in 2003. Annapurna Foothills Treks reaches for the highest standard of ethical business practices.

The Best Time of Year for the Nar Phu Trek

The best seasons for trekking in Upper Dolpo are spring (February to late April) and autumn (late September to late November).

Temperatures on the Nar Phu Trek

The temperatures at night will drop to around 5C, and during the day will climb to around 25C. At higher altitudes temperatures range from about 15C to 20C.

You should be prepared with proper protection from the sun as well as layers of clothing that can be added or taken off easily.

Nar Phu is a Camping/Lodge Trek

Accommodation is included in the cost of your package and Annapurna Foothills Treks takes great care to arrange the most comfortable accommodation possible throughout your stay.

Where there are lodges, the local lodge entrepreneurs appreciate the business, and it is an opportunity to mingle with the local people and learn about their culture.  Tented camping in the more remote areas adds to the feeling of adventure. Our cook will assure you will enjoy delicious and hygienic food during the trek to keep you healthy and strong. Most of the food is carried from Kathmandu. Three generous meals a day, tea/coffee, hot Tang and high energy snacks are included in the package.

Annapurna Foothills Treks logistics are well organized and of excellent quality. Besides your two person sleeping tents*, we provide dining tent, kitchen tent, tables, chairs and even toilet AND shower tents! (*Some companies claim 3-person tents, but the tents are all fixed size 2 person tents. If you wish to have your own tent, you can pay for a single supplement, an additional USD300$)

Sherpa Support Staff:

Annapurna Foothills Treks has a capable support staff with ample experience in organizing camping trips. The relationship we have developed among us over the years makes for a wonderful exchange of ideas, laughter and assistance. Your personal packs will be carried by the porters, saving you time and energy to fully enjoy the surrounding environment.

Each staff member at Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions is insured for their appropriate roles. (Some companies are cutting corners here.)

Drinking Water on the Nar Phu Trek

You will be provided with boiled water during the trek. While trekking, it is important to keep hydrated; you should drink at least 3 liters of water each day. As additional precaution, we suggest you bring a supply of water purification tablets to add to the water.

Fitness/Health

The altitude becomes more noticeable the higher we go, so we walk at a slow pace and take plenty of breaks to rest and acclimatize.

Safety on the Nar Phu Trek

When travelling in remote mountain regions, uncertainties such as weather, health problems and natural disasters require a certain amount of flexibility. While our goal is to follow the itinerary, that is not our first priority; your safety is always our first priority. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions request your cooperation to accept the decisions and advice of our trusted and experienced guides if they deem it necessary to change or cancel any part of the itinerary due to safety concerns.

  • We either take Gamow OR oxygen in case of
  • Satellite phone (personal calls charged USD $3/minute)
  • First Aid Kit

Environmental Responsibility:

Annapurna Foothills Treks practices and teaches the Leave-No-Trace principles. Moreover, we are committed to protecting the land and culture of the indigenous people. The mountains are our home and we are unwilling to sacrifice their preservation for human objectives. Annapurna Foothills Treks believe that given the proper information most people will do all they can to help protect and maintain the environment.

Acclimatization on the Nar Phu Trek

It is really difficult to head straight up to high altitude for the first time even if you follow the recommended 400m-a-day-rule. Our itinerary is planned to allow rational acclimatization and avoid altitude sickness. Please read Altitude Advice.

Travel Insurance

It is strongly recommended to be sufficiently protected when you go into remote areas. You need specialized travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, injury, lost baggage, liability and medical treatment. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. can organize the appropriate medical response based on your policy. Annapurna foothills Treks has an agreement in Kathmandu that guarantees payment for helicopter evacuations. We will pay a cash deposit to the helicopter operator and collect the money from you once you have been rescued. Before leaving on the expedition, make sure your policy specifically covers alpinism otherwise you may have a difficult time settling the large claim.


 

Trip Facts

Destination : Nepal

Duration : 22 Days

Price : US $1700 p/p

Trip Grade : Strenuous

Maximum Height:5416m

Minimum Height:900m

Minimum Group Size:2 Trekkers

Maximum Group size:12 Trekkers

Activities:Trekking, Sightseeing, Hiking

Transport By:Private Vehicle, Domestic Flights

Starting:Kathmandu

Ending:Kathmandu

Best Season:March- May and September- November

Permits:Special Permit

Hotel in Kathmandu:3 nights on B&B plan (Bed & Breakfast)

Hotel in Pokhara:1 night on BB plan

Accommodation during Trek:local lodges 17 nights

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