Nar Phu Valley Trek

Nar Phu Valley Trek
Activity
Trekking
Destination
Nepal
  • Trip Grade
    Strenuous 
  • Max Altitude
    5416 Meters
  • Group Size
    Min. 2 Pax. 
  • Meals
    B.L.D 
  • Accommodation
    Hotel/Guesthouse 
  • Best Time
    April-May and Sept-Nov 
Featured Trip
All Inclusive Price: $2,150USD

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

Hareth Alsaadi, Phillipines I went for Everest base camp trip by mid-Dec 2021. I was a little worried as I never went trekking in my entire life.. however, i did a lot of research and came across Nepal Hiking Team so I decided after much thought to go with them Initially, I was in contact with Ganga the CEO of the company... i was highly satisfied with his interaction and communication with me right from the beginning.. i had so many questions and concerns regarding the trip and he was able to guide me and answer me all my inquiries... the on-boarding process was smooth and easy.. when i arrived in Nepal I found everything ready starting from the person picking me up from the airport, the hotel, some equipment for the trek, full introductory meeting on what to expect from the journey, all ground transportation, and even before i left Nepal after the trek.. a PCR staff was provided and came to my hotel... As for my trekking guide Prakash. i am truly happy that i had him as my guide.. a very spectacular human being.. he was more than a guide.. he was a great companion as well.. he ensured that i was having a good time.. continuously shared his expertise of mountains, Sherpa people, and Nepalese culture.. he always went the extra mile to support me... even at days when it was tough for me to continue due to altitude sickness.. he encouraged me and inspired me not to give up on this lifetime journey.. he always puts health and safety first.. Despite all the challenges of Everest Base Camp trek.. but i am very glad i did it... and i did it with an excellent group of people.. Nepal Hiking Team.. i highly recommend them for anyone intends to go trekking in Nepal. Read this review on trip advisor (click here)
Peter, United States of America My friend and I recently spent 2 weeks in Nepal, guided by the Nepal Hiking Team. Our original trek was canceled by an international company,  and the Nepal Hiking Team stepped in flawlessly. Ganga answered all of our questions, had our safety as his top concern always, was flexible, and was gracious with his hospitality. From Kathmandu, Pokhara, to the various tea villages, all the way to ABC, our Nepal Hiking Team was phenomenal. Our guide Arjun and porter Prem were first class, helping us navigate and learn about the terrain, giving us sage advice, and also making sure we had a great time (thanks for the wine!). I felt truly connected with them and it was hard to leave! A massive thank you to the entire team. Let's summit one of those monsters together soon!
William Belue, USA Nepal Hiking was incredible starting with the airport pick up all the way to drop off at the end of the trip. I had a scenario in which the airline lost my luggage and NHT arrange for my boots to be delivered via helicopter. This alone speaks to the level of care they provide their clients. Our guide, Bal, was one of the most knowledgeable people I’ve had the opportunity to meet and his attention to detail truly made this experience for me. The accommodations, food, gear, etc all blew my expectations out of the water. If you are looking for a guided Nepal experience, please look no further. I met other trekkers along my journey who were paying more and receiving less. This trip was a surprise birthday present and I am already planning my next trip back. Read this review on TripAdvisor (Click Here)
Ahmed, USA Joined recently for an Everest Base Camp tour and it was simply spectacular! The team was well equipped with all logistics and planning and Ganga did a fantastic job with communication before and during the trip too. As for the trip itself, it far exceeded expectations as we got lucky with great clear weather and really enjoying our hiking. Our tour guide Bal was excellent as he had a lot of previous experience, very knowledgeable, friendly, and a fun person. The accommodations and food were good too. Overall I would highly recommend Nepal Hiking Team to others. Note: Read this review on Tripadvisor (Click here)  
Dave, USA Had a truly great time in the mountains with the Nepal Hiking Team. Arrived from the Pacific Northwest with my boomer mom to trek to Everest Base Camp. (Made it.) Our group included four other ladies who’d met in college and were reconnecting. Was tough going at times but the NHT crew led us well. Our guides and porters were professional, kind, generous, and attentive. Their work was difficult—carrying our extra stuff, monitoring our conditions as we gained altitude, maintaining morale if/when it flagged, teaching us about Nepali and Sherpa culture, and showing us the way—and they all performed legendarily. Ganga and Raj put a lot of thought into making our trek enjoyable. They took great care of my mom and were very proactive with those who faced any altitude-related issues. I’m no world traveler or experienced backpacker, but this trip felt particularly fun and special. It awakened in me a far greater curiosity for travel. The mountain experience—organized by Ganga and led by Raj and his team of guides and porters—will be a cherished memory. Our NHT crew were all good people. I enjoyed their company and guidance immensely. We fly home this evening from Kathmandu and I’m already excited to return with friends, family, or solo. I look forward to trekking with NHT, Ganga, and Raj again. Read this review on Tripadvisor.