Nar Phu Valley Trek
Nar Phu valley trek is an exotic valley, located in Annapurna region at mid western Nepal. A breathtaking high altitude cultural treks take you to the anceint monastries and villages of Nar and Phu. Nar Phu has been opened to visitors only since 2003.
These valleys are home to Tibetan inhabitants. The people and their culture have remained more similar to Tibetan than Nepalese since its remoteness and more proximity to Tibet. Very few trekkers have explored these virtually untouched villages and climbed the many 7,000 m. peaks surrounding it.
Not only you will experience Tibetan culture but this trek has it all, high peaks and passes, glaciers, remote villages, narrow canyons, lovely forests and amazing rock formations.
The other highlight of the trek undoubtedly has to be the majestic views of Annapurna II, Gangapurna, Manaslu and Tilicho peak, Dhaulagiri range, Lamjung Himal, Nilgiri and many more snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas. It offers stunning views of the Himalayas and beautiful waterfalls along the trail during the monsoon, and also the experience of passing by a now abandoned Khampa guerilla camp on the way.
So, come along on the Nar-Phu Valley Trek and enjoy the landscape, the people and the serene atmosphere in the valley forgotten by time- where much of it remains the same as it was years before.
- Life style and culture.
- Buddhist monasteries and Hindus temple.
- Nar Phu Valley trek via Thorang La.
- Scenic flight from Jomsom to Pokhara.
- 18 Days trekking.
- 3 Nights at City.
- Max. Elevation 5416 m.
- Guided trip.
At a glance
Diffculties and Safety
Your safety is of our major concern while traveling with Mountain World Treks. Please note that your Trekking guide has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary.
However, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The Guide will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.
Itinerary Details ( Click on the days to see the extended form. )
Our representative will receive and greet you at the airport. Transfer you to the hotel and brief the activities according your itinerary. Walk around the street of Thamel in the evening if you have time. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Today we start our drive toward the Jagat via Besisahar. We see picturesque views of Nepali countryside, lush greeneries, rivers, villages, farms and mountain vistas en route throughout the drive. Overnight in Jagat.
After breakfast in hotel, we begin the descend trek until it reaches the river and then continues through a lush forest. As we walk away from forest, the path becomes rugged and winding. Then we approach steep forested village of Karte. Meandering along the waterfalls and cliffs, we finally reach Dharapani after crossing a suspension bridge. Overnight in Dharapani.
We begin today’s trek in the morning towards Bagarchhap which takes us through pine forest. We can see the white washed monastery in this village. Then we ascend up to Timang, from here we will see good view of Mt. Manaslu. Again the trail goes through pine forest, stop for lunch break somewhere on the way and continue to walk for couple of hours. Here we see the view of Annapurna II. We stop in Koto village for tonight stay.
Today we trek towards the Tibetan Plateau from Koto. The trail goes through the river bank of Soti Khola and some pine forest. We register our restricted area permit at the police check post on the way. We will reach Meta in the late day via Dharmasala. Here we also get chance to see the glimpse of Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal.
Trek start with up, down and crossing suspension bridges over different streams. We further keep walking past the Phu Khola on a rocky trail and finally reach the Phu village in another 3 to 4 hours. Overnight in Phu Gaon.
Today normally we suggest to our guests to rest and get acclimatized with the altitude. As we are in the new place, we can explore the culture, nature and religious practices of the ethnic groups like Lama, Gurung and Ghale. Besides we get chance to explore Tashi Lakhang Monastery – the old Buddhist Monastery listed out of the 108 world’s great Buddhist Monasteries; it is supposed to be the last monastery constructed by Karmapa Rinpoche. Overnight at Phu Gaon.
Trail goes down passing many streams and suspension bridges until Mahendra Pul which takes about 4 hours. We pass the high suspension bridge 80m over the Gorge of Lapche River. After lunch, the trail steeply ascends passing many Buddhist stupas until Nar Village. We find several Buddhist Monasteries here to visit coupled with the glorious vistas of Pisang Peak and other small peaks. Overnight in Nar.
Today is second acclimatization day for the trek. We spend the day by exploring Nar village and have a close look over the local culture and lifestyle. We also prepare for the trek next day. Overnight in Nar.
The day is going to be quite adventurous day with long hike. We move towards the Kangla pass from where we can see the Annapurna massif. so we get up early in the morning and head to Kangla pass. From pass we can see the Annapurna massif. We further trek down to Ngwal from there. Overnight in Ngwal.
From Ngwal, we head for Manang today. We pass through the isolated village of Paugh overlooking the amazing views of Annapurna range. We then move gently uphill to Mungli and then to the main trail of Annapurna Trail at Mungli. We set up our camps for overnight stay when we reach Manang. Overnight in Manang.
Today the trail crosses a stream, climbs to a village of Tenki above Manang, and then continues to climb out of the Marshyangdi Valley turning northwest up the valley of Jarsang Khola. The trail further passes near the small village of Ghunsa, a cluster of flat mud roofs just below the trailhead. After crossing a small river on a wooden bridge, the trail passes an ancient old Mani wall in a pleasant meadow and then reaches another small village of Yak Kharka. Overnight at Yak Kharka.
Trekkers like us use this point as a base camp. Some visitors also attempt a hike to the High Camp today so that the next day can be easier for them. Although we will have a tough day tomorrow, we stop at Thorong Phedi so that we can have sound sleep in lower altitude rather than risking sleeping in a higher altitude at High Camp. Overnight at Thorong Phedi.
Crossing the Thorong La Pass at a dizzying height of 5,416m is another highlight of this trek. An early start is important to go through the icy high-altitude trail. We reach Muktinath by sunset which is an important pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhist. We can stroll around the area which hosts a Vishnu temple and a Monastery nearby. Overnight at Muktinath.
We begin descending down the dramatic Kali Gandaki Gorge through the arid land. We pass by some village which has typical Tibetan architecture. Following the valley floor most of the way sprawled along the banks of the Kali Gandaki, we reach Jomsom. Overnight in Jomsom.
After breakfast we fly to Pokhara. The scenic flight takes us through the gorge of the two huge mountains, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. We get some rest and explore the beauty of Pokhara Valley in the evening. We can end the day with a leisurely stroll around the mesmerizing lakeside area.Overnight in Pokhara.
Today, after breakfast, we drive back to Kathmandu. We can spend the evening leisurely or perhaps catch up on some last minute shopping. Overnight at Kathmandu.
Our journey in Nepal comes to an end today. Your guide will escort you to the airport approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight. Wish you all the best. See You Again.
- An English speaking guide.
- All domestic land and air transportation.
- All Accommodation.
- 3 meals a day while trekking.
- Porter costs (2 trekkers = 1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging.
- Down jacket, Sleeping bag and Trekking duffel bag rental (must be returned at end of trek).
- Mountain World Treks t-shirt and trekking map.
- A comprehensive medical kit.
- All government and local taxes.
- Tourist attraction admission fees.
What's not included
- Flights To/From Nepal.
- Tourist Visa.
- Travel insurance.
- Bottled water.
- Meals while not on the trek.
- Personal expenses such as snacks, gear, drinks, laundry, phone calls, etc.
- Tips for the guide, porters and driver.
- Any services not mentioned in the itineraries.
- Any extra costs due to unforeseen circumstances.
This trip can be possible to customize as you want and you may extension your Nepal trip as well. Here are the few options what you may do.
1. Kathmandu sightseeing tour.
2. Chitwan jungle safari tour.
3. White water Rafting.
4. Everest Mountain flight.
Accommodation & Food details
We will provide tourist standard accommodations in Kathmandu, Pokhara, and this is possible to upgrade in your choice. All the accommodation in the cities and trekking will provided on twin sharing basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost extra.
During Nar Phu Valley Trek, we can enjoy authentic Nepalese food as well the more common international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.). Breakfast and dinner will be served from the tea-houses or from a lodge menu where we spend the night whereas lunch will be served on the way to the next destination. 3 meals will be provided during trekking while only breakfast will be available while in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
Best Time To Visit
The Nar Phu Valley Trek is an ideal choice for both nature lovers and adventurers. It is an easy to moderate trek which fits all age groups and fitness levels. It is also a popular hike for families. Accommodations along the way are in modest but clean tea houses which also have restaurants serving a choice of menus. The best time for Nar Phu Valley is March – April and September – November, but Mountain World Treks & Expeditions can arrange this trek at your request and time frame, with your holiday schedule in mind. Contact us for your once in a lifetime holiday in the Himalayas of Nepal.
You are advised to consider the following equipment as essentials while packing. Please use this link as a guideline. Adjustments to the list can be managed according to our requirements, interests, duration of trip, and season of trip. We can find variety of these gears to hire or buy in Kathmandu. Majority of the gears which are in sale in Kathmandu are locally manufactured (hence a lot cheaper) and some gears found here are imported from China and are obviously of better quality. We can find very high quality branded gears too in some famous stores in Kathmandu.