Nar Phu Valley Trek

Nar Phu Valley Trek

Activities:
Trekking
Duration
21 days
Destination
Nepal
  • Trip Grade
    Strenuous 
  • Max Altitude
    5416 Meters
  • Group Size
    Min. 2 Pax.
  • Meals
    B.L.D 
  • Best Time
    April-May and Sept-Nov 
  • Accomodation
    Hotel/Guesthouse

Trip Overview

Nar Phu Valley Trek is an exceptional journey in the Annapurna region that traverses through two notable remote villages. This trekking route is a new trekking trail and also an off-the-beaten-path. Not many are familiar with the journey; therefore, the journey offers a truly adventurous spirit. The trekking route boasts the rugged and exotic cultural and natural beauty of the valley. A journey to Nar Phu valley is unlike any other trekking journey in Nepal. It is a wonderful journey that lets travelers find beauty in remoteness.

Highlights of Nar Phu Valley Trek

  • A rugged and wilderness trek
  • An outlandish land that offers medieval Tibetan culture in undisturbed form, dramatic mountain views, and great alpine scenery
  • High plateaus and remote Tibetan villages
  • Stunning landscapes and the vast valleys that are surrounded by the Trans Himalayas

What is the trail like?

  • The trek is a strenuous level of the trek. Therefore, we recommend doing routine exercise to be healthy and have a good fitness level and stamina.
  • The trail is rugged; thus, we suggest you bring boots with a strong grip.
  • The maximum elevation you will cover is at Thorong La Pass (5416m).
  • Daily, you will walk about 5-6 hours during the trekking days and gain an elevation of 600-700m every day.
  • The trail is opted by very few trekkers, so you will have the whole trail to yourself.

Nar Phu Valley Trek is a remote trek that takes you to the secluded and alluring regions located in the north of Annapurna. Nar and Phu are two different remote villages known for preserving their exotic beauty and traditional cultures. The villages are heavily influenced by Buddhist culture; the trek route adorns with Buddhist monuments. The trek route is strewn with prayer flags, chortens, Gumbas, Mani walls, and many more shrines that reflect the cultural influence in these villages.

The trail is a restricted trekking area in Nepal, the cultural and natural beauty of the valley is intact. Being a new trekking destination, it is a seldom traveled route with a unique combination of high peaks and passes. This intriguing area offers a picture of glaciers, remote villages, narrow canyons, lovely forests, amazing rock formations, yaks, Gompas, and unique Himalayan cultures. Overall, the trek promises wilderness and the company of majestic mountain views along with stunning landscapes.

Although trekking to Nar Phu has not been long since its opening, voyagers have deeply fallen in love with the place. The trail entails passing through high pinnacles, mountain passes, and remote villages. Some of the notable villages of this journey are Manang, Nar, Phu, Meta, Koto, and few others. Likewise, the trail includes passing through exquisite verdant forest and vast pasture lands.

Trekkers will be fascinated with the remote Tibetan towns with overlapped stone houses. Along with that, old Buddhist religious communities and a terrific view of the Annapurna Range are significant attractions of the journey. It is a unique journey that lets visitors experience far-off villages with awesome cultural backgrounds.

All in all, we wouldn’t advise this trek to those who are keen on a remote environment. The accommodation on this trek is basic and simple. Teahouses are not as facilitated as in the other trekking trails of the Annapurna region. Likewise, it is difficult to have internet access daily as well. So if you are looking for something remote yet want to be in touch with the world besides the place you are in, we would advise you Manaslu Circuit Trek or Annapurna Circuit Trek.

When is the best time to do Nar Phu Valley Trek?

The best time for Nar Phu Valley Trek is spring, monsoon, and autumn season. The spring season in Nepal falls from March to May. The weather during this time is calm and moderate. Days are sunny and warm, and nights are chilly. The flowers bloom and make the surroundings lively and colorful. Alongside, you can also opt for this trek during the monsoon season, which is from June to August. The trail lies in the rain shadow area, so it faces rare rainfall. People who cannot travel during the spring and autumn season can travel around these times.

Similarly, the autumn season, which tumbles from September to November, is when the sky is clearer than ever, and the mountain is shinier than ever. The weather around this time is also calm and moderate. The nights are chillier as it is also a pre-winter season, but days are warm and bright, perfect for walking. Additionally, it is one of the busiest times of the year for trekking in Nepal.

How difficult is Nar Phu Valley Trek?

Nar Phu Valley Trek is a testing journey; therefore, it is important to be physically fit and healthy to do this trek. Also, we wouldn’t advise rookie trekkers to do this trek. Because Nar Phu valley is an off-beat trek with modest accommodation and meals. Besides, the trail is rugged and rough and includes walking through a narrow path along the ridges, so trekkers have to carefully approach the trek. Before starting the trek, it is advised to do some physical training and exercises few months before the trek. It will be very beneficial during the trek. Therefore, it is a challenging trek but completely attainable trek if proper exercise and training are done.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival Day

Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour

Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Jagat (1100m) Duration: 8 hrs

Day 04: Trek to Dharapani (1960m) Duration: 6 hrs

Day 05: Trek to Koto (2610m) Duration: 6 hrs

Day 06: Trek to Meta (3560m) Duration: 7 hrs

Day 07: Trek to Phu Gaon (4250m) Duration: 7 hrs

Day 08: Acclimatization day in Phu Gaon

Day 09: Trek to Nar (4110m) Duration: 07 hrs

Day 10: Rest and acclimatization day

Day 11: Trek to Ngwal (3660m) via the Kangla Pass (5322m) Duration: 8 hrs

Day 12: Trek to Manang (3540m) Duration: 4 hrs

Day 13: Sightseeing in Manang village

Day 14: Trek to Yak Kharka (4,110m) Duration: 5 hours

Day 15: Trek to Thorong Phedi (4,600m) Duration: 3 - 4 hrs

Day 16: Trek to Muktinath (3800m) crossing over Thorong La Pass (5416m) Duration: 7/8 hrs

Day 17: Trek to Jomsom (2600m) Duration: 5 hrs

Day 18: Fly back to Pokhara

Day 19: Drive back to Kathmandu

Day 20: Leisure day

Day 21: Farewell

Cost Includes

  • Airport / hotel / airport pick up & transfer by private car
  • Four nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
  • A night accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Pokhara
  • Kathmandu city tours, including, tour guide and private vehicle
  • Full board meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek
  • One highly experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porter (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance for all staff
  • Kathmandu – Beshisahar  transportation by private car and Beshisahar – Syange by public jeep
  • Jomsom - Pokhara airfare including departure tax
  • Pokhara - Kathmandu transportation by private vehicle
  • Nepal Hiking Team duffle bag, down jacket and sleeping bag during the trek
  • Nepal Hiking Team T - shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate
  • First aid medical kit
  • Annapurna conservation permit fee and Nar Phu special trekking permits
  • TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System (Please bring 2 passport size photos for permit)
  • Government taxes & office service charge

Cost Excludes

  • Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary'
  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (a multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
  • All kind of drinks (hot and cold)
  • Hot showers during the trek
  • Personal trekking equipments
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is appreciated but it is not mandatory)

Cost & Dates

Group tours are unavailable for this trip, however, you can opt for the private trip. The private trips are available on any date of your choice at any time of the year. Let us know about your preferred travel dates and we shall organize it as per your convenience. Get in touch with your query now.

Reviews

Bogdan Ilie, USA My wife and I were lucky to have chosen Nepal Hiking Team to plan our trip. We opted for a private guide and had a porter as well. We waited at the airport, and we were dropped off there as well when we left Nepal. Our guide, Ram, made sure that our trip was organized flawlessly and that we were doing well and happy at all times. He chose the best available teahouses, and we were allowed to chose the food from the menu in all of them (there seem to be agencies that say you can either choose dal bhat or pay out of pocket). We were even served, during dinner, sliced apples carried by the porter. Ram was very knowledgeable, and he shared information related to mountain peaks, vegetation, and animals. As we saw, his English skills are excellent. Above all, he is friendly and has a positive attitude, so we enjoyed talking and interacting with him. The porter, Bhola, was also very friendly. He looked like he was 50 kg but carried 55-65 kg easily. Overall, it was a fantastic once-in-a-lifetime experience to which Ram, Bhola, and Nepal Hiking Team contributed substantially. One of the owners, Ganga, even offered free rides to do the PCR tests or other purposes. We couldn't have hoped for better treatment from this agency. Note: Read Original Review on Trip Advisor (Click Here)
Lucie H, UK In May this year - some friends and I joined the NHT For 16 days. Every fine detail was considered, with our guides and porters going above & beyond to ensure we were comfortable and happy. Their knowledge and experience created a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for us all. I have no hesitation in recommending Nepal Hiking Team to anyone! They made this experience perfect, thank you, guys.  
Mike, USA I went with my girlfriend to the Everest Base Camp with a guide and porter from Nepal Hiking Team. Right from the pick-up from the airport, we felt like valued clients, and we were made to feel very welcome and relaxed in an otherwise hectic city. From the moment the trek started, our guide Bheg ensured we were comfortable and constantly checked on our physical state throughout each day and provided advice and assistance where we needed it. Overall, the experience was one I'll never forget, primarily because I proposed at the top and because the Nepal Hiking team made the experience as stress-free and as organized as possible, all with a smile on their face at all times. I highly recommend NHT.
Megan Y., China Ganga, Balaram, and the team were fantastic; even when we had a 24-hour flight delay, they re-scheduled everything without fuss or fee. We had an excellent driver for just us (and guide where we had them). We even changed things along the way, and whether the driver, guide, or agent, they were more than willing to help and be flexible. :) The trip took in some hiking, some sightseeing, some relaxing, the jungle, and for each occasion and location, we were provided a specialist guide for the event/location. The hotels they chose for us were precisely our requirements based on the activity we were experiencing on any given day. Balaram even met us many times in person to round off the experience and ensure all was well and take honest feedback in person - the personal touch makes you feel even more appreciated and welcome as a customer. We would recommend anyone contact the team if they are planning a trip to Nepal. Thank you, guys, for a memorable vacation.
Jonathan, USA The team NHT provided the best possible service. They were attentive in every aspect in the months leading up to the trek through emails and were responsive and thorough in addressing my questions and concerns. During our tour, Bheg (our guide) and our porter were there to take care of our (myself and one other trekker) needs and always smile and graciously. I have used other more expensive and well-known trekking teams in the Himalayas in the past and would rank NHT on an equal or higher plain. Bheg has many years of experience, as did our porter, and was very competent in their roles and Bheg in his knowledge of the area and the trek. Though our porter did not speak very much, Bheg was kind enough to translate when asked, and our porter was equally attentive in assisting Bheg and us to ensure a successful trek. Very competitive price and an excellent team and experience. I highly recommend them.