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Nar Phu Valley Trek

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Duration10 days

Difficultymoderate

Max Altitude5,399 m

Group Size2 +

Trip StartsKathmandu/Pokhara

Trip EndsKathmandu/Pokhara

Group StyleGroup and Private

ActivitiesTrekking

Best SeasonApr-Jun & Sept-Nov

Highlights

  • Remote Beauty: Explore the least visited landscape in Northern Annapurna, uncovering the hidden Nar and Phu valleys.
  • Cultural Richness: Immerse yourself in the ancient Tibetan culture and witness untouched traditions and rituals.
  • Mountain Majesty: Marvel at the stunning vistas of Annapurna Range, along with peaks like Himlung, Gangapurna, and Tilicho.
  • High Himalayan Passes: Conquer challenging high passes: Kang La Pass (5,399m), for unmatched views.
  • Timeless Monasteries: Visit the revered Tashi Lhakhang Monastery and experience spiritual serenity amid the mountains.
  • Unique Settlements: Explore the isolated settlements of Nar and Phu, steeped in ancient Buddhist and BonPo traditions.
  • Escape the Crowds: Enjoy a peaceful trek away from the crowds of the Annapurna Circuit, surrounded by pristine nature.
  • Health and Wellness: Benefit from improved physical fitness and mental well-being through challenging yet rewarding treks.
  • Diverse Landscapes: Traverse through lush river banks, suspension bridges, green pastures, and majestic boulder faces.

Experience the Nar Phu Valley Trek for an unforgettable journey into the heart of Nepal’s majestic mountains and untouched culture.

Overview about Nar Phu Valley Trek

Embark on the Nar Phu Valley Trek, an exhilarating journey through the untouched beauty of the Northern Annapurna region. This trek unveils the hidden gems of the Himalayas, offering a unique blend of Tibetan culture, rugged landscapes, and awe-inspiring mountain vistas. Notably, the trek includes segments of the renowned Annapurna Circuit, enhancing the adventure.

Highlights: The Nar Phu Valley Trek is a voyage to remote and rugged valleys in the Annapurna wonderland. Nar and Phu, secluded settlements in Upper Mustang, offer an authentic experience of untouched Himalayan landscapes. Despite being graded as challenging, this trek can be made accessible with proper preparation and expert trek guides.

Key Elements:

  1. Breathtaking Mountain Views: The Annapurna region boasts the towering Annapurna Range. The dramatic landscape includes Himlung Peak, Mt. Gangapurna, Mt. Nilgiri, and Tilicho summit. These awe-inspiring mountains create a serene backdrop throughout the trek, delivering a soul-stirring experience.

  2. High Himalayan Passes: Crossing high Himalayan pass Kang La Pass (5,306m), offers an ultimate test of endurance and adventure. These passes provide unparalleled panoramas of the Annapurna range and a chance to observe the mountains extending into the Tibetan Plateau.

  3. Ancient Monasteries and Temples: The Nar and Phu villages are home to unadulterated Buddhism and BonPo Religion. The Tashi Lhakhang Monastery stands as a timeless symbol of spirituality.

  4. Escape the Crowds: While the Annapurna Circuit can get crowded, the Nar Phu Valley Trek offers a serene alternative. The region’s restricted access and increased trek difficulty attract experienced hikers seeking solitude. Trekking through cascading rivers, monasteries, and picturesque settlements like Nar and Phu ensures a tranquil experience.

  5. Health Benefits: Trekking in Nepal not only provides knowledge and pleasure but also improves overall health. Walking amidst nature helps combat heart diseases, hypertension, and aids in weight management. The terrain offers a full-body workout, enhancing strength, speed, and cardiovascular fitness.

Benefits of Trekking in Nepal: Trekking provides a blend of knowledge, pleasure, and health benefits. Nepal’s diverse landscapes, tranquil lakes, and unique flora and fauna attract both international and domestic tourists. The climate is ideal for trekking, with different regions suitable for various seasons. Nepal’s cultural diversity and religious practices further intrigue tourists, and the country’s natural beauty ensures a glorious trekking future.

In conclusion, the Nar Phu Valley Trek in 2023 offers a chance to discover the unexplored wonders of Nepal’s Annapurna region. The blend of pristine landscapes, ancient cultures, and health benefits make it an enticing adventure for trekkers seeking a unique and rejuvenating experience

Itinerary

Day 0: Airport/Tourist bus park

Airport/Tourist bus park picks up on arrival and transfers to the hotel, short arrival info and trip plan at the office.

Day 1: Kathmandu/Pokhara to Koto village(2,600m) 8 hrs drive.

After breakfast from Kathmandu or Pokhara, we will embark on a bus journey to BesiSahar. The ride will be thrilling as it takes us through rugged terrain and beautiful gorges with cascading waterfalls. We will stop for lunch along the way. The drive will follow the old Annapurna Circuit trek trail. We will spend the night at a local teahouse.

Day 2: Koto to Meta(3,560m) 7 hrs, including lunch break.

After breakfast we will start our trek. The route to Meta will take us through beautiful dense forests, past small cave shelters and resting places for pilgrims. We will also have the opportunity to see cascading waterfalls and amazing mountain vistas. We will stay the night at a local teahouse.

Day 3: Meta to Phu-Gaon(4,080m) 7 hrs, including lunch break.

On this day, we will be exploring the local culture and traditions of the Tibetan-influenced village of Phu Gaon, which is located at an altitude of 4080 meters. After breakfast, we will embark on a gentle 7 hour hike to Phu Gaon. This trek will allow us to learn about the local community’s unique architecture, customs, and values. We will also visit the Nar Phedi monastery and Tashi Lhakhang Gompa, which are the day’s main attractions.

Day 4: Acclimatization day at Phu-Gaon.

Today is an exploration day, which means we will spend time in Phu Gaon to get used to the high altitude. We will take a short hike to the base camp of Himlung Himal (7,125m) that was recently opened for climbing. Along the way, we may see herds of blue sheep expertly navigating the steep cliffs. After our hike, we will stay the night at a local teahouse.

Day 5: Phu-Gaon to Nar Phedi (3,490m) 6 hrs, including lunch break

Nar Phedi is our pre-planned destination for this day. After breakfast, we will set off to Nar Phedi from Phu Gaon. Explore the amazing vista, landscape, and Nar Phedi monastery. Stay overnight at the local Teahouse.

Day 6: Nar Phedi to Nar (4,110m) 3 hrs, including lunch break.

Trek to Nar from Nar Pedi, we will pass through a windy path. Explore the wonderful ancient village and their handmade product, Annapurna trails etc. we need to walk for about 3 hours to reach Nar Pedi.Stay overnight at local Teahouse.

Day 7: Nar to Ngawal village (3,675m) via Kang La Pass(5,399m) 8 hrs, Including pack lunch.

Today is our chailanging day to Ngawal village via Kang La Pass  which leads back to the popular Annapurna Circuit region. It is not a difficult pass, but it can be a long day as the effects of altitude will be felt. You can explore the great views of snow-capped mountains  Annapurna II, III,IIII, Gangapurna, and Tilicho Peak etc. Stay overnight at a local Teahouse.

Day 8: Ngawal to Manang village (3,540m) 4 hrs, lunch camp.

After breakfast we will trek through pine trees and in between we can see  beautiful small ponds and beautiful views of Annapurna 3, Gangapurna, Khangsar Kang, Tilicho Peak and Pisang Peak. After that we will hike in a zigzag trail  and continue on our trail to Manang. Our destination is a large Tibetan lifestyle village, with numerous stupas and monasteries, surrounded by mountains. Sunset and sunrise over these great peaks are truly amazing. Stay overnight at a local Teahouse.

Day 9: Manang village to Besisahar(760m) 7 hrs by jeep.

After breakfast, we will get ready to Besisahar, A fabulous town besi Sahar is our ultimate destination of the day. Lunch will be taken on the way, Overnight at Hotel. Tomorrow, early in the morning we will get ready and take a scenic 5 – 6 hrs drive to Pokhara or Kathmandu.

Day 10: Besisahar to Pokhara Or Kathmandu, 5 to 6 hrs drive by Jeep.

Today we pack up our trekking equipment and leave Besisahar by jeep early in the morning to reach Pokhara or Kathmandu, lunch will be taken on the way. We then drop you off at your hotel.
There is also the option of a shorter drive to Pokhara and a flight back to Kathmandu or by Tourist bus, many trekkers spend some days of rest and relaxation there before going back to the KTM.

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Inclusions

What‘s included

    Necessary Required Permit and Restricted Area Permit (RAP).
    A highly experience, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, English speaking, well-trained, Government license holding guide. Price includes his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance.
    02 guest to 01 porter (Max weight limit for a porter- 20 kg (10 kg per trekker, weight limit).) with their insurance, salary, food, accommodation and equipment.
    We provide an assistant guide his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance walking with group to support where necessary as per the group size.
    Accommodation in the mountain during the trekking.
    To and Fro from Trek Start Point to Trek End Point by Bus/Jeep.
    Three meals a day; breakfast, lunch and dinner and tea/coffee during the trekking.
    Snacks (cookies) and seasonal fresh fruits every day.
    First aid kit box.
    All applicable government and local taxes per the itinerary.

What‘s excluded

    Your Nepal Visa fees.
    All the International air fare to and from Kathmandu.All the International air fare to and from Kathmandu.
    All meals and accommodation in Kathmandu and in Pokhara.
    Kathmandu to Pokhara to Kathmandu/Chitwan transportation (if you want we can organize for you with additional cost).
    Personal travel and health insurance as well as insurance for helicopter evacuation.
    In case of extra nights’ accommodation, lunch and dinner in city due to early arrival and late departure as well as early back/return from mountain/trekking (due to any reason) than the given time period of itinerary. We can help you arrange extra nights’ accommodation.
    Your personal expenses such as (laundry, baggage charge, phone calls, battery recharge, bar and beverage bill, boiled or bottle water, hot and cold shower, extra porter.. etc).
    The tips to the trekking crews and drive.
    Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (should have insurance for emergency evacuation and will be paid by your travel insurance company).
    Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather condition or any event out of our control.

Essential Info

Suggested Equipment List

Duffel/Rucksack bag

Walking Pole

Day pack.

Trekking shoes.

Sports shoes or sandals.

Sun Hat/cap

Warm woolen cap.

Warm fleece jacket or puffy jacket

Waterproof Gore-Tex layer

Pullover or warm sweeter

Raincoat

4/5 pairs of good quality socks

Hand gloves.

2/3 pairs of trekking trousers.

3/4 pairs of trekking shirts.

3/4 pairs of underwear (non cotton preferred).

Sun glasses

Water bottle

4 season sleeping bag

Flash or Torch light

Camera and batteries

FAQs

Q1.Is this Trek suitable for beginners?

Yes, this is well-suited for beginners due to its manageable terrain and easy to moderate difficulty level.

Q2. What type of accommodations are available during the trek?

Comfortable tea houses and lodges are available along the trail, offering cozy stays with basic amenities.

Q3. What should I pack for the trek?

Pack essentials like comfortable clothing, sturdy trekking shoes, a daypack, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a camera to capture the breathtaking views.

Q4. Do I need prior trekking experience to join this adventure?

No prior trekking experience is required. A reasonable level of fitness and a sense of adventure are all that’s needed.

Q5. What is the best time to undertake this Trek?

This Trek is best enjoyed during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons, when the weather is pleasant and the views are clear.

Q6. How is safety ensured during the trek?

Our experienced guides are trained in first aid and emergency procedures. Safety briefings are provided, and communication devices are carried for any unforeseen circumstances.

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