Nar Phu Valley Trek- 13 Days

Nar Phu Valley Trek, 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. Then we drive back to Kathmandu via Besisahar.

We have an option of doing another challenging pass, Thorung La, 5416m, via Manang before we descend to Muktinath and Jomsom for the flight back to Pokhara. If you have enough time then it is advisable to add Thorang La Pass in your itinerary as well. 

 

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
  • Incredible views of the Annapurna massif
  • Sighting snow leopards and blue sheep

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

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

Day 3 : Drive to Koto via Besi Shar , 2675m. Overnight at Lodge

Day 4 : Trek to Meta , 3560m Overnight at Lodge

Day 5 : Trek to Kayang, 3740m. Overnight at Lodge

Day 6 : Trek to Phu, 4050m, Overnight at Lodge

Day 7 : Excursion Phu village / Himlung Base Camp

Day 8 : Trek to Nar Phedi, Overnight in monastery

Day 9 : Trek to Nar, 4150m Overnight at Lodge

Day 10 : Trek from Nar Village to Ngawal via Kang La Pass (5,240m)

Day 11 : Trek from Ngawal to Pisang, Drive to Besisahar

Day 12 : Return to Kathmandu

Day 13 : Departure from Kathmandu

Start Date End Date Cost Status Booking
26 October, 2019 07 November, 2019 US $1380 Per Person Available
20 November, 2019 02 December, 2019 US $1380 Per Person Guaranteed
30 November, 2019 12 December, 2019 US $1380 Per Person Available
10 December, 2019 22 December, 2019 US $1380 Per Person Available
07 March, 2020 19 March, 2020 US $1380 Per Person Available
20 March, 2020 01 April, 2020 US $1380 Per Person Available
05 April, 2020 17 April, 2020 US $1380 Per Person Available
22 April, 2020 04 May, 2020 US $1380 Per Person Guaranteed
10 May, 2020 22 May, 2020 US $1380 Per Person Available
31 May, 2020 12 June, 2020 US $1380 Per Person Available

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 9 nights (Full board meals with twin-share rooms ,beds with  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.
  • Personal insurance for Nepalese staff.
  • Annapurna Foothill’s Duffle bag for Trekking.
  • Annapurna Foothills Tshirt
  • Energy Supplies ( Snickers, Mars, Bounty) and Fresh Fruits on the trek
  • First aid medicine kit.
  • Special Permit Fee, TIMS permits & all required permits or Official Documentation
  • All ground transfers Kathamndu – Besi Sahar, Koto- Pisang Besi Shar – Kathmandu by Private vehicle 
  • All government and local taxes.

Cost Exclude(s)

  • Your Personal Travel Insurance.
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fee.
  • Lunch & Dinner in cities - allow $ 10 to 14 for per meal in Tourist restaurants.
  • Beverages (soft drinks, mineral water,boiled water and beer).
  • 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 Nar Phu 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.

 

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.

 

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 : 13 Days

Price : US $1380 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

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)

Accommodation during Trek:local lodges 9 nights

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