Nar Phu Valley Trekking
Nar Phu Valley Trekking
Nar Phu Valley Trekking
Nar Phu Valley Trekking
  • Duration:17 Nights 18 Days
  • Difficulty: Challenging
  • Group:2 - 16
  • Activity:Hiking & Trekking
  • Pickup:TIA Airport
  • Max altitude: 5416m

About Nar Phu Valley Trekking

Nar Phu Valley Trekking, 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 then head west over the Thorong 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. 

Highlights of Nar Phu Valley Trekking

  • 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

Itinerary

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Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
  • Hotel
  • 1,300 m/4,265 ft
  • Private Vehicle
  • Breakfast
  • Hotel
  • 1,300 m/4,265 ft
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House
  • 6 hrs
  • 800 m/2,624 ft
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House
  • 4-5 hrs
  • 2,675 m/ 8,774 ft
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House
  • 6-7 hrs
  • 3,560 m/11,678 ft
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House
  • 5 hrs
  • 3,740m /12,267 ft
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House
  • 3 hrs
  • 4,050 m/ 13,284 ft
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House
  • 4 hrs
  • 4,850 m/15,912 ft
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House
  • 7 hrs
  • 3,490 m /11,450 ft
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House
  • 2-3 hrs
  • 4,150 m/ 13,612 ft
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House
  • 10-12 hrs
  • 3,660 m/12,0078 ft
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House
  • 2-3 hrs
  • 3,511 m/11,517 ft
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House
  • 6-7 hrs
  • 4,545 m/14,908 ft
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House
  • 8-9 hrs
  • 3,694 m/12,117 ft
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House
  • 5 hrs
  • 2,750 m/9,021 ft
  • Breakfast
  • Hotel
  • 20 Minutes
  • 900m/2,952 ft
  • Domestic Flight
  • breakfast
  • Hotel
  • 6hrs
  • 1 ,300m/4,265 ft
  • Tourist Bus
  • Breakfast
  • 1 ,300m/4,265 ft
  • Private Vehicle

What's included

  • 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 13 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
  • Airfare Jomsom – Pokhara guests and guide
  • Ground Transfers Kathmandu – Besi Sahar Koto  by Local Bus/ Sharing Jeep   ( Upgrade to Private Car and Jeep- $200 USD)
  • Ground Transfers Pokhara – Kathamndu by Tourist Bus  ( Upgrade to domestic flight - US $ 125 USD per person)
  • All government and local taxes.

What’s Excluded

  • 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.

Availabilities

FromToStatusPrice  
start date09 Mar, 2020end date26 Mar, 2020Available$1425
start date22 Mar, 2020end date08 Apr, 2020Available$1425

Useful Info

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 opened in 2003. Annapurna Foothills Treks reaches for the highest standard of ethical business practices.

The Best Time of Year for the Nar Phu Valley Trekking

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 Valley Trekking

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 Valley Trekking is a Tea House/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 Valley Trekking

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 Valley Trekking

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.