Where is Nar Phu valley?
Nar Phu valley is one of the most exotic and least explored trekking destinations in the rain shadow of the Himalaya in Nepal enfolded between the more visited Annapurna and Manaslu region. It is a real Himalayan wilderness experience that is as unforgettable as it is spectacular. 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.
When is the best time to plan Nar Phu valley trek?
The best seasons for trekking in Nar Phu are spring (February to late April) and autumn (late September to late November).
What is the cost of this wonderful trek?
Our 18 days Nar Phu valley trek costs USD 1450 if you’re a group of 2 – 6 people. The trek, however, can cost low or high depending on various factors like no. of trekking days, trekkers, season, etc.
Is there any specific meaning of Nar Phu?
The name ‘Nar’ refers to the wild blue sheep, native to this region and ‘Phu’ refers the upper Nar village literally.
What may be the major highlights of this off the beaten trek?
The major highlights of Nar Phu valley trek can be:
- 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
How hard the Nar Phu valley trek can get if I’m trekking in Himalaya for the first time?
Trekking in Nar Phu valley can be challenging if you are not physically fit enough. Trip grade is challenging but one who has enough walking experience previously can do this trek as the trail is 100% safe and there are no technical elements to the journey; just one foot in front of the other. All you need to do is pay great attention to your physical fitness and acclimatize properly throughout the trek to achieve what you came for. Otherwise, it isn’t as difficult as it seems.
What is the maximum altitude that I can reach while doing this trek?
Thorung La Pass (5416m) is the major challenge for the adventure seekers and the highest elevation one can get to during the Nar Phu valley trek.
Do I need any permit to do the Nar Phu valley trek?
Nar Phhu valley falls is in a remote and restricted area which remains under the protection of ACAP and trekkers need a special permission to trek in this region. Following permits are required:
- Nar Phu Valley Restricted Permit
- Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) permits
- TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System)
Is Travel insurance needed for Nar Phu valley trekking?
A big yes! Annapurna Foothills strongly recommends you have sufficient insurance coverage to you go into this remote area. Travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, injury, lost baggage, liability, and medical treatment is recommended. The insurance must cover 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.
Where is the starting and ending Point of this trek?
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 trail branches off into the Nar Phu Valley. A leaning monolith and line of chortens lead the way to Phu, home for about 40 households who migrate during the cold winter. 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. The remote Nar Phu Valley Trekking ends when we rejoin the Annapurna Circuit Trek at Ngawal. We then head west over the Thorung La pass and down through lower Mustang before heading on to Jomsom. We finally fly back to Pokhara and drive back to Kathmandu next day.
Why trek to Nar Phu 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 has opened in 2003. Annapurna Foothills Treks reaches for the highest standard of ethical business practices.
Not just because we’re a local tour operator but our trekking guides are professionals for sure and they have done this trek several times. Also, our great safety record allows us to operate with full liability insurance. All client funds are deposited in a regulated trust account. We spend more providing the best amenities, logistics and safety measures and things that many lower-cost programs don’t facilitates with.
What is your policy on Leave No Trace?
We value and operate eco friendly trips and are highly committed to Leave No Trace. Our guides and staffs are well aware of their responsibility toward environment.
How much will I be spending on trail per day?
You won’t be spending much on trail as accommodation and 3 meals a day are included in your trip price while booking with Annapurna Foothills. USD 20 to 30 (NRS 2000 - 3000) per day per person will be enough since you have to personally pay for items like beverages and drinks, charging electronic devices, Wi-Fi, hot showers etc.
What happens in case of emergency or if I need to leave the trek beforehand?
Well, it depends upon the kinds of emergency you’re going through. If you have to leave the trip due to ill health or severe injury, we will arrange an emergency air rescue immediately which will fly you out of the mountains to Kathmandu for medical attention. Make sure your insurance covers high altitude mountain search and rescue.
Even if you leave the trip beforehand, we are committed to pay the porters and guides for the duration of the trip for which they are hired. So, refunds for the unused days for your trip will not be given. We can provide something complementary depending upon the cases.
Do you also offer tailor - made departures?
Yes we do offer tailor made or private departures. If our listed departure dates are not fitting your travel plans then we can organize a private or tailor made departures for you and your loved ones.
Can I hire only Guide and a Porter from you?
Yes, you can hire Trekking and Climbing Guide and Porter services from us. We can offer customizable services of Guides, Porters, Domestic Flights and Documentation.
What sort of food can I expect on Nar Phu valley trek?
Meals in the Himalaya mainly consist of a diet rich in carbohydrates because our bodies do not process fat and protein efficiently at higher elevations. Each teahouse offers continental food, which you can choose from the menu. Food will be typical but fresh, warm, tasty and eye appealing. Normally every vegetable served in the tea houses are locally produced. This is usually organic which is good for your health. For those who prefer non-veg, make sure to check with the guide if the meat is fresh before you place the order. Basically, you will have dinner and breakfast at the lodge where you stay overnight and lunch will be on the way.
What sort of accommodation shall I expect on this 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. There will be typical tea houses and rooms will be simple and basic as it is newly opened trail for adventure seekers.
How do you deal with drinking water standard on Nar Phu valley trekking?
We suggest that you drink boiled water or bring water purification tablets to purify the normal water available in the guest houses along the way. There is a small fee charged for the boiled water. Although mineral water is available in most places, there is no provision to dispose of the plastic bottles, so we encourage the guests to do what they can to protect the environment.
How big will be the group size?
We mainly focus on small groups. We take up to 12 trekkers in a group so that we can provide personal care to each of our members. If you have group of more than 12, please contact us for amazing group discounts and customized services.
Is it safe to travel as a single women or girl?
Yes, it is safe to travel to Nepal and to do solo trekking as a single women or girl. We are more responsible for this matter and we ensure all security and safety for solo women traveler. Upon request we can also arrange for a Female trekking guide as well.
What about simple medication on the trek?
On the trek, our guide will carry a first aid kit. We also recommend you carry your own. Almost all modern medications are available in Kathmandu for a fraction of the price you will pay in the west. Just get your doctor to make out a list and get them here before you leave for the trek.
Do I really need a guide for Nar Phu valley trek?
A big yes! To trek in this region, you must have a guide. Usually, few trekkers can be seen along the trail and the trails are not well marked. Without a guide, in some situation as in harsh weather or in a medical emergency, you will be on your own if you’re doing this on your own. The porter will carry your baggage for you so that you can enjoy long walks without having to carry heavy burdens. So, we strongly suggest our clients to do the climb with professionals and we believe our guides are highly experienced and for sure professionals making your safety their foremost priority.
Is there Wi-Fi, hot shower, battery charger available during the trek?
Most of the tea Houses will offer Wi-Fi, hot shower, battery charger with a small amount of money. The WI-FI service may not be very fast but can check emergency message or important updated for your work.
How long do I have to walk on an average per day on trek?
On average, a day on a trek would be 5-6 hours long. The longest day can be up to 10-12 hours and 3-4 hours is the shortest day. It also depends on your rhythm of walking. We usually start early so that you could reach the destination on time making sure that you’ve got enough time to explore and enjoy the composure of the place.
How do I communicate with my family back in hometown when I’m on trek?
At most villages along the trail, the tea houses will have internet facility. Most of the lodges offer Wi-Fi service. The internet speed will be very basic. You can also purchase Nepalese SIM cards (NCELL or NTC) but their coverage will be limited. And our climbing guide will also carry a satellite phone for emergencies with minimum cost.
How long does it take?
Well, depending upon your interest and holidays limitation, we can customize your trip to EBC. Normally, it can be done in a time frame between 14-16 days. But if you want to follow a standard itinerary, it will take you 18 days in total.
Can I bring my medication with me?
Yes you can. But be sure to bring the prescription and its original container so that you don’t have to face any sort of hassle from custom inspection.
What is the luggage limit for porters?
Annapurna Foothills will provide one porter for two trekkers to carry approx 25 kg of luggage (maximum 12 kg for each trekker). Porter are those staffs who not carry only your luggage but also lift your spirit to reach new heights and your affection and generosity can be the reason for them to work hard to take you to your destination.
What is your cancellation policy?
Regarding cancellation, if a client voluntarily or involuntarily terminates/cancels the trip once the trip has started, no refund will be given for missed or unused services of the trip regardless of the reason i.e. sickness, or any other unfortunate events.
In case if any guests wish to cancel their trip prior to their departure for any reasons then a written application should be sent by the guests to us, 2 Weeks prior to the Trip starting date. If the cancellation is made beyond the time limit then USD 200 per person will be charged. As per our company policy, deposit amount is non- refundable and can be utilized with the timeframe of one year from the trip confirmation date.
Count me in for the trip. How do I book?
We’ll be happy to welcome you soon in Nepal and provide you our expert team to do the isolated Nar Phu valley trek in Himalaya of Nepal.
Please get in touch for further details.