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

Nicky N Prasad, Australia I had always wanted to do the Everest Trek, and when I finally had the opportunity, I was delighted with enthusiasm! I think I am also fortunate to have been in the company of Nepal Hiking Team because they gave me no reason whatsoever to companion about anything at all. Every service I received was top-notch, and I was always provided the best available services, from the food and guesthouses to the porter and guiding services. My guide was Paban, and he was very proficient at his work. He made sure that I was comfortable and had everything I needed. The trip was terrific, and I am so glad I was with NHT! Their prompt responses, their kind gestures, and the best organization of the trip had me convinced that I was with the professionals from the very beginning. My recommendation goes to Nepal Hiking Team for being one of Nepal's most reliant tour agencies!  
Jayadatta Narasipura, USA Dear Ganga and the entire team, We, Narasipura family would like to thank you and your team for making once in a lifetime experience possible. All three of us loved every minute we spent in the Himalayas and Nepal. After my EBC trek, I wanted to experience Himalayas again with my family. Your team made it possible. Every day, we knew what to expect because Paban explained us on previous evening and in the morning. In seven days, we trekked in the lush green forest, saw numerous waterfalls, were inside the clouds, refreshed ourselves in the river and stream water, took multiple breaks with tea, coffee. Even though it was very hard, especially from 3rd to 5th day, we managed to get over the fatigue to continue because of Paban, Gokul and Ganesh’s help and encouragement. They used to tell us to take it easy (Aaramse jayenke) then we can do it, no need to rush. Paban modified the plan/itinerary based on the time of the day and our physical condition. We always ended the day before 5pm. Paban was flexible and booked the best teahouses, he made our trek very enjoyable. On fourth day, we were scheduled to trek to Upper Sinuwa. He changed it, we stayed at Lower Sinuwa. Because of 4th day’s change of plan, he modified fifth day trek too. Every day, as soon as we woke up, we started off with a hot cup of coffee or tea, they served to us without fail. Enjoying first few minutes of the day looking the sunrise in the mountains with a hot drink was so peaceful and relaxing. At the end of every day, we had fun, talking, playing cards, and having delicious dinner with fresh fruits as dessert. It was a beautiful experience. Paban, Gokul and Ganesh treated us royally and with respect, we are grateful to them. Spending last two days of our trek in the Machapuchare and Annapurna basecamps were a bliss, surrounded by the Annapurna mountain range was just amazing, and unbelievable. On the last day of the trip, we loved the cultural tour of the three cities, we were mesmerized by the artwork. Hope we can come back and enjoy Nepal again. We appreciate everything you did for us to accomplish our dream trek. Datta Trip done between 9th to 18th May 2022
Richard, UK "After extensive research regarding which trekking company to entrust with helping me with my dream holiday I chose The Nepal Hiking Team. This was for a number of reasons.
  1. Ganga and his team were super flexible, quick to respond, and allowed me to build a bespoke holiday that suited my schedule.
  2. When things went wrong at my end, they were quick to come up with solutions to help me out
  3. They understood this was a once in a lifetime experience for me, and answered my many and varied questions.
Once I arrived in Nepal it was immediately clear I had made the right decision. I was picked up from the airport, and driven to the hotel where I met Ganga and my guide Dinesh. Dinesh checked that the equipment I had brought with me was suitable, and NHT provided me a down jacket. The next day we flew out of Kathmandu, to EBC and Island Peak. Dinesh looked after me for the next 12 days in the mountains. He is an expert on the local area. Point at any mountain, and he can tell you how high it is and what its name is. He has travelled extensively over the area for more than 8 years, and he uses this knowledge to enrich your holiday experience. Every hotel you stay in, he knows the owners, and ensures you get a comfortable room. Need your washing done, or a hot shower? He will recommend where (and where not!) to get it done. When you are walking the trails he can tell you how much further you have to go, what bits will be difficult, and which easier. If you are looking to book with Nepal Hiking, and are lucky enough to have Dinesh as a guide then you are going to have a fabulous trip"
Walt Risley, USA When searching for a trekking company I wanted to go with a local group. All the reviews for Nepal Hiking Team were excellent so I choose them. From start to finish they had their act together. Initial correspondence and any email questions were answered by Ganga, the man in charge, by the next day. They kept me up to date with everything I needed as far as entry into Nepal. Picked me up from the airport and got me to my hotel without an issue. I joined a couple from Canada for the trek. Our guide Prakash never left our side from breakfast to dinner. He expedited the flight to and from Lukla which would have been a hectic process without him. Since all of us were in our 50s he established early that we would be in no rush. Whether we got to our next location at 2pm or 4pm didn’t matter. I would rather be outside enjoying the trek than in early playing cards. I felt safe and looked after with him. This trek is tough. It’s much steeper than I anticipated and the altitude change from place to place does not reflect the ascents and descents which on some days doubles the heights you actually do. They ascents into Tengbouche and at Dugla pass are particularly tough but at a slow steady pace they are doable by any who are reasonably fit. Once at the guest house the service didn’t end there. Prakash took care of all our needs. Making sure we had enough to eat and enough water. He wouldn’t leave our side until we turned in for the night which was often quite early. His personality was very soothing. We could not have accomplished what we did without him or our 2 porters. While English was not their strength, they would carry our gear ahead of us to the next location and often double back to see if we needed help and were more than happy to help with our day packs. They also accompanied us on some of the acclimation hikes in case some or one of us wanted to climb higher, splitting us up. After the trek everything was taken care of. I needed a PCR COVID test for a tour in Abu Dahbi the day after I left Kathmandu and Ganga arranged for a nurse to administer it to me in the hotel. Seamless. It’s a long review but I really can’t say enough about these guys, especially for the price. For all the service we got it was amazingly reasonable. Would definitely use this company on any return trip to Nepal and highly recommend!     You can also read this review on trip advisor.
Nicola Ross, Australia The Annapurna circuit trek was one of the best treks I’ve ever experienced. I completed it with my sister (we are both in our early sixties) on a private tour in April 2022. It was very well organized by Nepal Hiking Team, a very professional organization. Nina provided wonderful advice on the trip initially. Our guide, Hari was experienced, attentive, capable, and kind. He made the trip a success for us, along with Nomoratz, our porter, who carried our gear with such good humour. The Himalayas are the most majestic mountain range in the world. The trek was very strenuous and challenging, (more for me than my sister) but was such a wonderful experience. We have learned so much about Hinduism and Buddhism and have developed a great affection and respect for the Nepalese people. They are wonderful hosts with a rich culture we have enjoyed learning about. I highly recommend this company, our guide, and porter if you are considering trekking in Nepal. This country offers real adventure, beauty, and cultural experiences to those who venture here. See this review on TripAdvisor (click here)