Nar Phu Valley Trek
The Nar Phu Valley trek situated between Annapurna and Manaslu regions, which explores remote villages, Tibetan peoples, Budhist Gompa, narrow canyons and spectacular view. Nar phu is a hidden valley, which offers a great opportunity to explore medieval Tibetan culture and gompas. Nar Phu valley trek makes chance to hang out with villagers at Phu, as well as spend a night in the Nar Phedi Monastery. It is a challenging trek so a good fitness level is must recommended. In fact the hidden valley requires a special permit to enter to this area. Trekking to Nar Phu you will experience high-snow peaks, ancient villages, and unique ethnically Tibetan culture. A full day drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar, then following the jeep to Koto (the trek start point). After Koto the trail will leave Annapurna Circuit Trek.The trail lead to the off beaten path to Narphu Valley, then heading to north of Manang, pass out the Phu and Nar villagem then make the Kang La pass (5200m) and down to Nagwal. Then the Trail Touch to Annapurna Circuit Trek, after that you will have option to do Annapurna Circuit Trek or finishing a trek to Besisahar.
- Stay in ancient villages that have seen little change over the centuries.
- Enjoy the great views Annapurna massif and Tilicho peak.
- Experience a part of the Tibetan plateau that extends down into Nepal.
- Chance to Hang out with local people and experience their lifestyle and culture.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m)
After your arrival at TIA (Tribhuban International Airport), a company representative will transfer you to the trip hotel. You can relax and refresh at the hotel. Later, you participate in a trek briefing at with our members of the company. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
Explore the major UNESCO world heritage sites of the Kathmandu valley which include, Swyambhunath known as a (Monkey Temple), Pashupatinath, Boudhanath. Marvel at the architectural design of these buildings and visit Kathmandu Durbar Square. After visiting these sites, return to your hotel. You can also make final preparations for the trek on the remainder of the day. Overnight stay at a hotel at Kathmandu.
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Koto via Besisahar (2610m)
Early in the morning, you take a scenic drive to Koto. On the way we take a short break at Besisahar for lunch. Afterward we will change the jeep, following the Bumpy ride to Koto, it can be little challenging but incredibly scenic, through to amazing gorges and past stunning waterfalls. Overnight in Koto.
Day 04: Trek from Koto to Meta (3560m)
After having breakfast, we start our trek and register our restricted area permit at the Police Check Post. Then we trek through the river bank of Soti Khola, and through beautiful woods, past small cave shelters and pilgrim’s resting places and reach Dharmasala. We have our pack lunch on the way, then we continue through the trek to Meta village. Meta lies on a big open plain and consists of a few lodges, from where we have a very good view of Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal. Overnight at simple guest house.
Day 05: Trek from Meta to Phu (4050m)
After breakfast, the trail lead up and down and crossing suspension bridges over different streams, then in few hours trekking we will reach Kyang, where we can see Khampa settlement (the place which Khampa refugees from Tibet once captured and lived). After another few hour hiking through scenic canyons and gorges, we will reach the Phu village and overnight at hotel.
Day 06: Acclimatization at Phu, Hike to Himlung Base camp (4800m)
Today we will have option to explore the Phu village or hike up to Himlung Himal base camp. As we are in lost hidden valley, we can explore the culture and natural diversity with interesting village, and a day is well spent sitting with the villagers spinning their yak and sheep wool.
For an extra challenge, the hike up to Himlung Himal base camp takes you through a glacial valley with magnificent view. Overnight at Phu village.
Day 07: Trek from Phu to Nar Phedi (3500m), Overnight stay at monastery
After breakfast, the trail descend to river where we will passing many suspension bridges, including Lapche River (80m over the Gorge). Then we will have lunch at Mahendra Pul. After lunch the trail pass many Buddhist Monasteries and gompas until Nar, at Nar Monastery, which will be your accommodation for the night. Spent a time with a people from Monastery, at kitchen watch to prepare dinner in modest fireplace. At 5 pm they usually do a puja (blessing), which you are welcome witness. Overnight stay at Monastery.
Day 08: Trek from Nar Phedi to Nar village (4120m)
After breakfast, climb out of Nar Phedi and follow a winding path up a hill towards Nar. Nar is bit more social and lively then Phu, and the village, where you may find the village ‘square’ is full of chatting women with their back-strap looms weaving wool fabric for rugs and blankets. We spend the day explore around Nar village and have a close look over the local culture and lifestyle. Overnight at Nar village.
Day 09: Trek from Nar village to Ngawal (3650m), via Kangla pass (5240m)
Today is more adventure, long day hike so we start our trek after early breakfast and head to the Kangla Pass. From pass we can see magnificent view of Annapurna massif including Annapurna II, Gangapurna, Tilicho peak and beautiful high altitude airport Hongde. Then we further trail down to Ngawal. Overnight at Ngawal.
Day 10: Trek from Ngawal to Pisang, Drive to Besisahar
After breakfast, we descends our trek down to Pisang, this is the final trekking part of your trip. The trail is wide and comfortable, passes through to spectacular view with beautiful lake. Then finally we will arrive at Pisang, (last destination of trekking), then we take a jeep back to Besisahar. Overnight at Besisahar.
Day 11: Drive back to Kathmandu and farewell dinner
You will have breakfast at hotel, and bus leaves early in the morning from Besisahar, drive to Kathmandu. It will be fantastic experience while you drive past many satellite towns and rural villages, gushing rivers; in about 6 hours we will arrive Kathmandu. We head directly to the hotel for refreshment, and farewell dinner with Danphe adventure treks representative. Overnight at Kathmandu.
Day 12: Depart Kathmandu
- Airport Pickups and drops in a private vehicle.
- Hotel in Kathmandu and with breakfast as per the Itinerary.
- Cultural tour at Kathmandu with Guide in private vehicle.
- All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trek.
- All Ground and Air Transportation during the Trek.
- An experienced, English speaking, and friendly guide and Porter (1 Porter 2 trekkers).
- Salary for the staff including their food, drinks, accommodation, and transportation.
- All necessary paper works, Conservation entry permits, and TIMS card.
- An arrangement for emergency helicopter service which will be paid by your travel insurance.
- Sleeping bag, down jacket and trekking map, if necessary,( to be returned after the trek)
- All government taxes, vat, and local taxes.
- Nepal entry visa fee. (You may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan international airport (Kathmandu). You will require 2 passport size photos & 25 USD.
- International airfare.
- Your travel insurance (compulsory).
- Meals in Kathmandu
- Entry fees for cultural tours.
- Personal expenses (alcoholic, non-alcoholic drinks bar bills, battery charge, extra porter, boiled water shower, etc.).
- Tips for guide, porter and driver
List of Equipments required for Nar Phu Valley Trek:
- One Warm winter hat/beanie
- One Sun hat
- 1 Headband/buff
- 1 Sunglasses with UV protection
- One Headlamp/ Torch with extra batteries
- Two pairs of Fleece sweaters- one light and one heavier
- Two pairs of quick-drying long-sleeved base layer shirts
- Three pairs of Short sleeve trekking shirts
- One pair of Wind/rainproof Jacket v 1 Down Jacket
- One pair of trekking shorts
- A pair of trekking trousers
- One pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
- Two pairs of trekking pants with Ziff off bottoms
- One pair of fleece or woolen trousers
- One pair of waterproof pants, breathable fabric
- One pair of lightweight warm gloves
- A pair of poly-liner glove
- One pair of trekking boots
- A pair of sandals/ trainers (for wearing around the lodges)
- One pair of down booties (great for keeping feet warm)
- Two pair of thin lightweight inner socks
- Two pair of warm woolen or poly socks
- Gaiters (only in winter)
- One Sleeping Bag
- 12 1 Sleeping bag liner (optional)
- 1 pair of trekking poles
- Water purification tablets/Steripen/Drops
- 1 quick drying towel
What are the visa requirements?
Currently, all the foreign nationalities (except Indians) require a visa to enter Nepal. Visas are obtainable from embassies abroad or on arrival at Kathmandu’s Airport. If getting the visa at the airport be prepared for long queues. You will also need to provide one passport photo and the $50 USD fee for 30 days.
What are the physical requirements for Nar Phu Valley Trek?
How old do I need to be?
There is no age restriction for doing this trip, but if you are under 16 it will better to trek with your parents. You must be health-conscious during the trek.
What is included?
- Guides and Porters
- Transportation (including airport transfers)
- Permits & national park fees
- Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
- All meal during the trek
- Seasonal fruits
- International flights to Kathmandu
- Food – (while you are in City)
- Showers on Trek
- Visa fees (typically $50 USD)
- Personal travel/rescue insurance
What is the accommodation like?
You will stay in the Hotel while you are in the city of Kathmandu, which is like a 3-star category. The hotel has access to showers and intermittent internet.
But while you are in trekking Tea House/lodges are the place where you spend the night during the trek, which is very basic. The room is pretty small with twin sharing and a common washroom. Some places have squat style toilets, whilst others have a western style. Shower does not always offer warm water and most teahouses will charge you for use of a hot shower.
Which meals are included?
Meals will be served as per the menu of the teahouse/lodges. Where you can find a variety of dishes like Indian, Nepalese, Tibetan, Continental, etc, to choose. Tea, coffee, bakery items, snacks, bars eggs, etc can also be found easily.
What currency should I take?
The currency used in Nepal is Nepalese Rupees (NPR). You are unable to get NPR outside of Nepal and therefore you will need to exchange money in Kathmandu. The easiest currency to exchange is USD and Euro. You can also withdraw NPR from the ATM but check with your bank about the relevant charges to do this.
Is there any Bank or ATM facility during Nar Phu Valley Trek?
What kind of problems can arise at a higher altitude during Nar Phu Valley Trek?
Do I need insurance before the Nar Phu Valley Trek?
What should I pack?
- Travel insurance details
- 2 passport photos
- Cash USD
- Credit/Debit Card
One Warm winter hat/beanie.
One Sun hat
1 Sunglasses with UV protection.
One Headlamp/ Torch with extra batteries.
2 pairs of Fleece sweaters- one light and one heavier
2 pairs of quick-drying long-sleeved base layer shirts
3 pairs of Short sleeve trekking shirts
1 pair of Wind/rainproof Jacket v 1 Down Jacket
One pair of trekking shorts
A pair of trekking trousers
One pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
Two pairs of trekking pants with Ziff off bottoms
One pair of fleece or woolen trousers
Two pair of waterproof pants, breathable fabric
A pair of lightweight warm gloves
A pair of poly-liner glove
One pair of trekking boots
A pair of sandals/ trainers (for wearing around the lodges)
One pair of down booties (great for keeping feet warm)
Two pair of thin lightweight inner socks
Two pair of warm woolen or poly socks
Gaiters (only in winter)
One Sleeping Bag
One Sleeping bag liner (optional)
A pair of trekking poles
Water purification tablets/Steripen/Drops
One quick-drying towel
What is the best time of year for Nar Phu Valley Trek?
Nar Phu Valley Trek is possible for the whole year, but the best time to doing this trek is spring season (March to May) and autumn season (September to November).
However trekking in winter season to chance to see snowfall with magnificent views of mountain, and in monsoon time you will see waterfalls.
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