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Nar Phu Valley Trek – Unveiling Hidden Gems in Less Than 2 Weeks

(20 Reviews)
  • 12 Days 11 Nights
  • Max People : 18
  • Wifi Available
  • 365 Days Departure
  • Age : Its just a Number
  • Pickup: Airpot

Nar Phu Valley Trek Details:

Nar Phu Valley Trek is a remote and less-traveled route in the Annapurna region, offering trekkers a unique opportunity to explore pristine landscapes, ancient Tibetan culture, and breathtaking mountain views. The itinerary typically spans around 10-12 days, depending on the chosen route and pace.

Introduction

The Nar Phu Valley Trek: Cuddle up in the remote corners of the Annapurna region in Nepal lies a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. Pushed away from the bustling trekking routes, this secluded valley offers intrepid adventurers a chance to immerse themselves in pristine wilderness, ancient Tibetan culture, and breathtaking Himalayan landscapes. In this comprehensive guide, we will embark on a journey through the Nar Phu Valley, uncovering its rich history, unique attractions, and practical tips for an unforgettable trekking experience.

Discovering the Nar Phu Valley

The Nar Phu Valley, located in the Manang district of Nepal, remained off-limits to travelers until 2002 when it was opened for trekking. As a result, the valley retains much of its traditional Tibetan culture and pristine natural beauty, making it a paradise for trekkers seeking an off-the-beaten-path adventure.

Route Overview

The Nar Phu Valley Trek typically spans around 10 days hike, starting from the village of Koto  and concluding in Manang. The trek begins by following the popular Annapurna Circuit trail before branching off towards the Nar Phu Valley. Along the way, trekkers traverse rugged landscapes, ancient villages, and high mountain passes, with opportunities to explore remote monasteries, encounter yak herders, and soak in panoramic views of the Annapurna and Manaslu ranges.

Highlights of the Nar Phu Valley Trek

Remote Villages and Ancient Monasteries

The Nar Phu Valley is home to ancient Tibetan Buddhist monasteries, including Tashi Lakhang Monastery in Phu Village and Nar Phedi Monastery in Nar Village. These monasteries offer insights into the spiritual and cultural heritage of the region, with ornate murals, prayer wheels, and colorful prayer flags adorning their walls.

Spectacular Mountain Views

Throughout the trek, trekkers are treated to breathtaking views of the Annapurna and Manaslu ranges, including peaks such as Annapurna II, III, and IV, Gangapurna, Tilicho Peak, and Himlung Himal. The towering snow-capped peaks contrast with the deep blue skies, creating postcard-perfect vistas at every turn.

Traditional Tibetan Culture

The Nar Phu Valley is inhabited by ethnic Tibetan communities who have preserved their traditional way of life for centuries. Trekkers have the opportunity to interact with locals, learn about their customs and traditions, and witness age-old practices such as yak herding, butter tea making, and thangka painting.

Challenging High Passes

The trek includes crossing high mountain passes such as Kang La Pass (5,306m) and Thorong La Pass (5,416m), offering trekkers a thrilling challenge and rewarding views of the surrounding landscapes. These high passes require proper acclimatization and physical fitness but offer a sense of accomplishment upon reaching the summit.

Practical Tips for the Nar Phu Valley Trek

Permits and Regulations:

Ensure you obtain the necessary permits, including the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and Nar Phu Valley Restricted Area Permit, before embarking on the trek. Respect local customs and traditions, and adhere to conservation guidelines to minimize your impact on the environment.

Physical Fitness and Acclimatization:

The Nar Phu Valley Trek involves long days of trekking at high altitudes. Prior physical fitness and proper acclimatization are essential to minimize the risk of altitude-related illnesses. Take your time, drink plenty of water, and listen to your body’s signals.

Pack Wisely:

Pack lightweight, moisture-wicking clothing suitable for varying weather conditions, including warm layers for cold mornings and evenings. Essential items include sturdy hiking boots, a warm sleeping bag, a waterproof jacket, sunscreen, and a first aid kit. Don’t forget to pack a camera to capture the stunning landscapes along the way.

Stay hydrated and Well-Nourished:

Drink plenty of water throughout the trek to stay hydrated, especially at higher altitudes where dehydration can occur more rapidly. Eat a balanced diet rich in carbohydrates, proteins, and vitamins to fuel your body for the challenging trekking days ahead. Enjoy local Nepali cuisine at teahouses along the trail, including dal bhat, momos, and thukpa.

Engage with Locals:

Take the time to interact with locals and learn about their way of life. Respect their customs and traditions, ask permission before taking photographs, and consider purchasing handmade crafts or souvenirs to support the local economy.

Conclusion

The Nar Phu Valley Trek offers adventurers a rare opportunity to explore an untouched corner of the Himalayas, where ancient traditions, breathtaking landscapes, and warm hospitality converge. Whether you’re captivated by the allure of remote Tibetan villages, awe-inspiring mountain vistas, or the thrill of conquering high mountain passes, the Nar Phu Valley Trek promises an unforgettable journey that will leave a lasting impression on your soul. So lace up your boots, pack your sense of adventure, and embark on the trek of a lifetime through the mystical Nar Phu Valley.

Departure & Return Location

Kathmandu 

Price Includes

  • Airport Pick up and drop off
  • Twin sharing accommodation throughout
  • An English speaking guide and porters
  • All Transportation, Trekking Permits, sleeping Bag, duffle bag
  • Special permit for Nar Phu Valley Trek
  • 1 main course meals 3 times a day while on trekking and climbing with a cup of tea or coffee

Price Excludes

  • Flights To/From Nepal, Tourist Visa, and Travel insurance
  • Meals in the Cities
  • Personal expenses: Boiled and bottled water, hot shower, battery charging, Wi-Fi, snacks, drinks etc.
  • Any extra costs due to unforeseen circumstances and Tips for your trekking staffs

Complementaries

  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • Company T-Shirt
  • Certificate of Achievement and Medal
What to Expect

The Nar Phu Valley trek, a captivating 12-day adventure, begins with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to the trailhead at Koto, followed by a trek alongside the Marshyangdi River to the picturesque village of Chame. As the journey unfolds, trekkers veer off the beaten path, ascending through lush forests and rocky terrain to reach the hidden gems of Nar and Phu villages, where ancient Tibetan culture thrives amidst stunning mountain vistas. Highlights include visits to centuries-old monasteries, encounters with local communities, and panoramic views from high mountain passes like Kang La Pass. After days of exploration in this remote and culturally rich region, the trek concludes with a return journey via the classic Annapurna Circuit trail, leaving trekkers with cherished memories of their Himalayan odyssey in the Nar Phu Valley.

  • Diverse Landscapes: Prepare to negotiate a wide variety of terrains, from lush subtropical forests and terraced fields to barren high-altitude deserts. The trek encompasses everything from fertile valleys to barren landscapes, providing an ever-changing backdrop of stunning scenery.
  • Cultural Experiences: Along the trail, you'll encounter diverse ethnic communities, including Gurungs, Thakalis, and Manangis, each with their own unique traditions and lifestyles. Explore traditional villages, visit ancient monasteries, and engage with locals to gain insight into their rich cultural heritage.
  • Challenging Terrain: The Nar Phu valley Trek is renowned for its physical challenges, including steep ascents, rocky paths, and high mountain passes. The highlight is crossing Thorong La Pass, which stands at an altitude of over 5,416 meters. Proper acclimatization and physical fitness are essential to tackle the demanding terrain and altitude issue.
  • Food & Accommodation: Basic Accommodation and food varieties is available throughout the trek, these cozy Teahouse offer an opportunity to interact with fellow trekkers on every overnight places.
  • Variable Weather: Weather conditions along the Nar Phu valley Trek can be unpredictable, with temperatures ranging from hot and humid in the lower regions to cold and windy at higher altitudes. Be prepared for changes in weather, including rain, snow, and strong winds, especially during the shoulder seasons.
  • Sense of Achievement: Completing the Nar Phu valley Trek is a rewarding accomplishment that leaves trekkers with lasting memories and a deep sense of achievement. Whether you're drawn to the challenge of conquering high mountain passes or the allure of exploring remote Himalayan villages, the Annapurna Circuit promises an unforgettable adventure filled with natural beauty and cultural discovery.
  • Best Time to Trek: The best time to do the Nar Phu valley Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons when the weather is generally stable, and the skies are clear, offering excellent mountain views.
  • Scenic Highlights: Some of the scenic highlights of the trek include the views of Annapurna Massif, crossing the Kang La Pass, exploring the ancient village of Pisang, and visiting the Monasteries.
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Itinerary
The itinerary may vary depending on factors such as weather conditions, group pace, and individual preferences. It's essential to consult with us to customize the itinerary according to your needs and preferences. Additionally, proper acclimatization and physical fitness are crucial for a successful trek in the Nar Phu Valley.

Day 1Welcome to Kathmandu (1,350m)

Arrive in Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, where you’ll be greeted by our team and transferred to your hotel. Spend the day resting and preparing for the trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 2Kathmandu Free day (1,300m)

Enjoy the free day in Kathmandu, the chance of last-minute shopping for the trek and obtain a special permit for the trek.

Day 3Drive to Koto (2,610m) Via Beshisahar, 10-12 hours

In the morning, we embark on a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Koto about 10-12 hours, the starting point of our trek. The journey takes us through picturesque countryside and traditional Nepali villages, offering glimpses of rural life along the way. Upon reaching Koto, we settle into our accommodation.

Day 4Koto to Meta (3,560m) 12km, 7 hours

Today, we enter the remote and hidden gem of the Nar Phu Valley. The trail leads us through narrow gorges, suspension bridges, and rugged landscapes as we make our way towards Meta, the first village in the Nar Phu Valley. Along the way, we encounter ancient monasteries, prayer flags, and traditional Tibetan settlements, offering insights into the rich cultural heritage of the region.

Day 5Meta to Phu (4,080m) 11 km, 6 hours

Leaving Meta behind, we trek further into the heart of the Nar Phu Valley, ascending towards the village of Phu. The trail gradually gains altitude, offering panoramic views of snow-capped peaks and dramatic landscapes. Upon reaching Phu, we are greeted by traditional stone houses, ancient monasteries, and friendly locals, providing a glimpse into a way of life untouched by modernity.

Day 6Acclimatization Day in Phu

Today is reserved for acclimatization and exploration in the village of Phu. We take a leisurely hike around the village, visiting monasteries, interacting with locals, and soaking in the unique cultural atmosphere. The day offers ample opportunities for photography, relaxation, and reflection amidst the stunning Himalayan scenery.

Day 7Phu to Nar (4,110m) via Phu Pass (4,520m) 12 km, 7 hours

One of the highlights of the trek awaits us today as we ascend to Kang La Pass, the highest point of our journey. The challenging ascent offers breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks and valleys, rewarding our efforts with unparalleled vistas. After crossing the pass, we descend to the village of Nar, where we rest and rejuvenate after a long day of trekking.

Day 8Explore Nar Village

Today, we explore the picturesque village of Nar, nestled amidst towering mountains and alpine meadows. We visit ancient monasteries, interact with locals, and learn about the traditional way of life in this remote Himalayan community. The day offers insights into the rich cultural heritage and natural beauty of the Nar Phu Valley.

Day 9Nar to Ngawal (3,660m) via kangla Pass (5,322m) 12km 8-9 hours

Leaving Nar behind, we trek towards Ngawal, crossing Kangla Pass along the way. The trail offers stunning views of Annapurna II, Gangapurna, and Tilicho Peak, providing a fitting finale to our adventure in the Nar Phu Valley. Upon reaching Ngawal, we celebrate our achievements and prepare for the final leg of our journey.

Day 10Ngawal to Pisang(3,540m) 10km, 5-6 hours

Our trek concludes as we descend to Pisang, a bustling village nestled beneath the towering peaks of the Annapurna range. The trail leads us through lush forests, terraced fields, and traditional Gurung settlements, offering a final glimpse of the natural and cultural diversity of the region.

Day 11Pisang to Kathmandu by drive 10-12 hours

In the morning, we embark on a scenic drive from Pisang to Kathmandu, retracing our journey through the picturesque countryside of Nepal. Upon reaching Kathmandu, we transfer to our hotel and enjoy a well-deserved rest after our trekking adventure.

Day 12Departure from Kathmandu

After breakfast, you’ll be transferred to Tribhuvan International Airport for your onward journey or departure flight, marking the end of your unforgettable adventure in the Nar Phu Valley.

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Nar Phu valley Trek
FAQ

How difficult is the Nar Phu valley trek?

 The Nar Phu valley trek is considered moderately challenging. It involves walking for several hours each day over varied terrain and at high altitude. While no technical climbing is required, trekkers should be prepared for steep ascents, rocky trails, and changes in weather conditions.

What is the best time of year for Nar Phu valley trek?

The best time for the Nar Phu valley trek is during the pre-monsoon (spring) season from March to May and the post-monsoon (autumn) season from September to December. These periods offer stable weather, clear skies, and favorable trekking conditions.

Do I need to be physically fit to trek to Nar Phu valley trek?

 While a good level of fitness is recommended, trekkers of varying fitness levels can undertake the Nar Phu valley trek. Regular cardio exercise and hiking preparation are advisable to ensure physical fitness for the demands of the trek.

How do I prepare for altitude sickness during the Nar Phu valley trek?

Sufficient acclimatization is crucial to prevent altitude sickness. Trekkers should ascend gradually, stay hydrated, and recognize the symptoms of altitude sickness. It’s recommended to include rest days in the itinerary for acclimatization and to descend if symptoms become severe.

What kind of food and accommodation is available during the Nar Phu valley trek?

Accommodation along the trek route ranges from basic tea houses to more comfortable lodges with amenities such as hot showers and WiFi, especially in the lower elevations, but higher up, accommodation is more basic. Most of the trekkers find delicious food along the trail, with different meal options.  As the Nar Phu valley trek is more commercial now food and accommodation facilities are getting better day by day to serve their guest in the mountains.

Can I trek to Nar Phu valley trek without a guide or porter?

NO! Its NOT possible to hike t Nar Phu valley Trek with out guide and porter, one must join the trekking agency and issue the trek permit from the company and must trek with guide. the entry permit is not allowed for individual trekkers. Guides can provide valuable insights and assistance, while porters can help carry trekking gear and luggage, reducing physical strain.

What should I pack for the Nar Phu valley trek?

Essential items to pack include sturdy hiking boots, warm clothing, a good-quality sleeping bag, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a first aid kit. It’s important to pack light but ensure you have all the necessary gear for the trek.

How much does the Nar Phu valley trek cost?

The cost of the Nar Phu valley trek can vary depending on factors such as the duration of the trek, accommodation preferences, and whether you choose to hire guides or porters. On average, trekkers can expect to budget between $1,000 to $2,000 for the entire trek, including permits, accommodation, meals, and incidental expenses.

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Mohd A

Group Traveller

My Best Experience 2023

The view was amazing, the track is adventurous and challenging, yet all the struggle really worth the effort, the view at the Nar Phu Valley was irreplaceable. And also the crew/guide was very supportive and helpful, couldn’t ask for more.

December 29, 2023

Kalyani M

Group Traveller

Amazing Team!

It was a great trip in Nar Phu Valley and the entire tour was well organized. Our guide Sudip Aryal was an amazing guy, incredibly knowledgeable and informative about the terrain. The entire team (including porters) are very helpful and fun loving that made our trip more enjoyable. Our guide and personal porters walked along with us and we were never out of their sight. The food and the stay was good. I think our group got the best. The best part I liked about this company is customer care. We were given a detailed briefing by the lead guide Saligram Aryal prior to our trip, do’s and don’ts that really helped us to prepare our trip well. We’re grateful to the entire team for their great support and looking forward to go with this company again for the future hikes. Thank you for everything!

November 24, 2023

Joshua D

Solo Traveller

Amazing experience

10/10 100% recommend!!!
I had an incredible time in Nepal with Sali trekking and my guide Suresh. They took care of everything for me on the Nar Phu Valley trek, all I had to do was walk. After the trekking I went and lived with Suresh’s family in rural Nepal for 5 days which was amazing. I also visited the local school in Sali’s hometown if you have the time I would definitely recommend.

November 5, 2023

Noel

Group Traveller

It was one of my best experience.

Best part is he is always with us, during the journey to lunch and dinner.. Someone like from our own family.

December 18, 2022

hairunniza b

Group Traveller

Sali trekking ia the best!!!

My first trek in Nepal, i dont know how i did it but i did it with support from sali trekking, As i am Suffering from Thalassemia Intermedia since i was 3 years.

I feel proud myself doing all this kind of adventure. If i can do everyone can do.If you wish to do your Nar Phu Valley trek, i personally do recommend sali.

Thanks to My guide and all the porter. We guys are aweaome. Hope i can Trek in Nepal again. Team sali trekking highly recomended.

December 17, 2022
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