Nar Phu Valley Trek

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Nar Phu Valley, Nepal
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Duration

13 Days 12 Nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

12 people

Languages

English, Nepali

About this tour

The Nar Phu Valley Trek is a captivating and off-the-beaten-path trekking adventure located in the remote regions of the Annapurna Conservation Area in Nepal. Nestled between the famous Annapurna and Manaslu mountain ranges, the Nar Phu Valley offers a unique opportunity to explore pristine landscapes, untouched Tibetan culture, and breathtaking Himalayan vistas.

The trek begins from the village of Jagat, following the well-trodden Annapurna Circuit route until Koto. From there, trekkers branch off to venture into the hidden valleys of Nar and Phu. These valleys are seldom visited, providing a sense of exclusivity and seclusion for those who undertake the journey.

As you ascend, the scenery transforms dramatically from lush green forests and terraced fields to arid landscapes reminiscent of the Tibetan Plateau. The trail passes through charming villages, ancient monasteries, and traditional stone-built settlements, offering a glimpse into the rich cultural heritage of the region.

The Nar Phu Valley Trek is a relatively challenging trek, as it involves crossing high passes, such as the Kang La Pass (5,320 meters/17,450 feet), which reward trekkers with awe-inspiring panoramic views of towering peaks like Annapurna II and Gangapurna.

Besides the natural and cultural splendors, the Nar Phu Valley Trek also provides opportunities for encountering diverse wildlife, such as blue sheep and Himalayan pheasants, making it a paradise for nature enthusiasts and wildlife photographers.

Overall, the Nar Phu Valley Trek is an off-the-beaten-path adventure that offers a perfect blend of raw natural beauty, cultural exploration, and mountainous challenges, making it an unforgettable experience for trekkers seeking a unique and less-crowded trekking route in the Himalayas.

Essential Tips for a Successful Nar Phu Valley Trek

  • Secure the required permits, such as the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Nar Phu Restricted Area Permit, before starting the trek.
  • Consider hiring a local guide or joining a reputable trekking agency to ensure safety, navigation, and cultural insights.
  • Prepare yourself with regular physical training and endurance exercises to cope with the challenging terrain and high altitudes.
  • Carry essential trekking gear, clothing suitable for varying weather conditions, a sturdy backpack, and a reliable sleeping bag.
  • Carry sufficient water and energy-rich snacks to stay hydrated and nourished during the trek.
  • Plan for acclimatization days to adapt to higher altitudes and reduce the risk of altitude sickness.
  • Be respectful of local customs and traditions, especially while visiting monasteries and cultural sites.
  • Carry enough Nepali currency for the entire trek, as ATMs are not available in the remote region.
  • Keep your family and friends informed about your trekking plans and schedule. Carry a fully charged mobile phone and a portable power bank.
  • Bring water purification tablets or filters to treat water from natural sources.
  • Be prepared for unpredictable weather changes in the mountains and dress accordingly.
  • Carry a basic first aid kit and any necessary medications, along with consultation from a travel doctor before the trek.
  • Maintain a “Leave No Trace” policy and dispose of waste responsibly by using designated trash disposal facilities.
  • Include buffer days in your itinerary to account for unexpected delays or side trips to explore the surrounding areas.
  • Purchase comprehensive travel insurance that covers trekking activities and emergencies.

Nar Phu Valley Trek Safety Considerations

  • Be aware of the risks of altitude sickness and take acclimatization days to allow your body to adjust to higher altitudes gradually.
  • Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions in the mountains and dress accordingly. Carry adequate rain gear, warm layers, and sun protection.
  • Consider hiring an experienced guide familiar with the area and its challenges to ensure safe navigation and decision-making.
  • Carry a fully charged mobile phone and a satellite phone or emergency communication device in case of emergencies.
  • Trek with a group or at least one trekking partner to ensure mutual support and assistance, especially in remote areas.
  • Ensure you are in good physical condition before embarking on the trek to cope with the demanding terrain and long walking days.
  • Stay well-hydrated and maintain a balanced diet to sustain energy levels during the trek.
  • Carry a comprehensive first aid kit and know how to use it. Consider taking a basic first aid course before the trek.
  • Familiarize yourself with evacuation procedures in case of a severe medical emergency.
  • Pay attention to the advice of local guides and authorities regarding trail conditions and safety precautions.
  • Be cautious when crossing rivers, especially during monsoon season, and use established bridges or follow the guidance of experienced locals.
  • Respect the local wildlife and maintain a safe distance from potentially dangerous animals.
  • Always stay in designated trekking lodges or campsites, and avoid walking alone during the night.
  • Practice responsible waste disposal and minimize your impact on the fragile mountain ecosystem.
  • Avoid deviating from marked trails to prevent getting lost or encountering hazardous areas.

Highlights

  • Off-the-beaten-path adventure in a remote and less-crowded region of the Annapurna Conservation Area.
  • Stunning views of the Annapurna and Manaslu mountain ranges.
  • Immersive cultural experience, exploring traditional Tibetan villages and ancient monasteries.
  • Crossing high mountain passes, including the Kang La Pass, offering panoramic Himalayan vistas.
  • Diverse landscapes, from lush green forests and terraced fields to arid and rugged terrain.
  • Rare wildlife sightings, such as blue sheep and Himalayan pheasants.
  • A chance to witness the unique lifestyle and traditions of the Nar and Phu valley inhabitants.
  • Exploration of hidden valleys and secluded landscapes that few trekkers venture into.
  • Opportunities for photography enthusiasts to capture breathtaking landscapes and vibrant cultural scenes.
  • Challenging and rewarding trek, combining physical exertion with an authentic Himalayan experience.

Included/Excluded

  • International and Domestic Airport Pick Up and Drop.
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner from the Teahouses menu during the treks.
  • Overnight Sleep at Standard tea house with basic facility during the treks.
  • Government licensed holder trekking guide including all his meals, accommodation, salary, transportation, insurance.
  • One porter for two person who carry only two trekking member’s bags, including all his meals, accommodation, salary, transportation, insurance.
  • If single trekker booked then guide will help you to carry some of your stuffs.
  • Equipment like sleeping bags, down jackets, duffle bags, trekking poles, and Crampons will be provided (Returned after the trip is complete).
  • First aid kid box included and carry by guide.
  • Emergency helicopter rescue services provided, Pay By your Insurance or By Your Self.
  • All needed Trekking Permit and National park Entry fees.
  • All needed ground transportation mention on the itinerary.
  • Government Tax and Company service charge.
  • Personal expenses as like the Phone Bill, Camera Charging, Hot Shower, Wifi.
  • All kind of drinks as like Mineral Water, Tea, Coffee, Juice, Coke, Fanta, Beer and Bar Bills.
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during your stay in city like Pokhara, Kathmandu.
  • Extra Nights’ Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara, in case if you return earlier from the Treks.
  • Tips to your Guide and Porter. (It is expected)
  • Travel insurance.

Itinerary

  • Welcome to Kathmandu, the cultural and historical capital of Nepal.
  • Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, our representative will greet you and transfer you to your hotel.
  • Rest and refresh after your journey.
  • Overnight stay in Kathmandu.

  • Start your journey to Besisahar, the gateway to the Annapurna region, by a comfortable drive.
  • Enjoy the scenic countryside views along the way.
  • Overnight stay in Besisahar.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Continue the drive to Koto, a picturesque village located on the Annapurna Circuit trail.
  • Get mesmerized by the stunning landscapes and mountain vistas.
  • Overnight stay in Koto.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Begin your trek from Koto, passing through dense forests and charming villages.
  • Reach Meta, a tranquil village surrounded by towering peaks.
  • Overnight stay in Meta.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Resume the trek, ascending through alpine landscapes and high-altitude terrains.
  • Reach Kyang, a remote village offering beautiful mountain views.
  • Overnight stay in Kyang.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Continue the trek, crossing suspension bridges and enjoying the scenic beauty.
  • Reach Phugaon, a picturesque village with traditional stone houses.
  • Overnight stay in Phugaon.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Take a day to explore the Himlung Base Camp, enjoying the pristine Himalayan surroundings.
  • Immerse yourself in the tranquility of the high-altitude region.
  • Overnight stay in Phugaon.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Trek back to Kyang, retracing your steps through the scenic landscapes.
  • Enjoy the serene ambiance of Kyang village.
  • Overnight stay in Kyang.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Continue the trek to Nar village, offering cultural diversity and beautiful views.
  • Experience the unique lifestyle and hospitality of the locals.
  • Overnight stay in Nar village.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Embark on a challenging trek via the high-altitude Kang La pass, rewarding with breathtaking mountain views.
  • Reach Nawal, a serene village with distinct landscapes.
  • Overnight stay in Nawal.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Trek back to Chame, passing through picturesque villages and terraced fields.
  • Enjoy the tranquility of the region.
  • Overnight stay in Chame.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Drive back to Besisahar, where your trek began, enjoying the scenic countryside views.
  • Overnight stay in Besisahar.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Return to Kathmandu by a comfortable drive, reminiscing about your trekking adventure.
  • Rest and relax in Kathmandu or explore the city one last time.
  • Overnight stay in Kathmandu.
  • Breakfast and Lunch at the teahouse.
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Durations

13 Days

Languages

English
Nepali

Frequently asked questions

The Nar Phu Valley Trek is an adventurous trekking route in the Annapurna region of Nepal. It takes you through the remote and less-visited Nar and Phu valleys, providing an opportunity to explore pristine landscapes, traditional Tibetan culture, and stunning mountain vistas.

The trek typically takes around 12 to 15 days, depending on the chosen itinerary and acclimatization days. It can be customized to suit different preferences and fitness levels.

You will need the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Nar Phu Restricted Area Permit. These permits can be obtained through a registered trekking agency or the Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu or Pokhara.

The best time to undertake the Nar Phu Valley Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These periods offer stable weather, clear skies, and pleasant temperatures for trekking.

The Nar Phu Valley Trek is considered moderately difficult to challenging. It involves walking at high altitudes, crossing high passes, and dealing with rugged terrains. Prior trekking experience and good physical fitness are recommended.

Yes, there are teahouses and lodges available along the trekking route in the Nar and Phu valleys. However, the facilities may be more basic compared to popular trekking routes.

It is not possible to do the trek independently, hiring a guide is recommended. A local guide can provide valuable insights into the culture, navigate the trails, and ensure safety during the journey.

Yes, altitude sickness is a concern during the Nar Phu Valley Trek, as you reach high elevations. Proper acclimatization and a gradual ascent are essential to minimize the risk of altitude-related issues.

There are no specific age restrictions, but participants should be in good physical health and capable of walking long distances in mountainous terrain. It is advisable to consult with a doctor before embarking on the trek, especially for older individuals or those with pre-existing health conditions.

You should pack suitable trekking gear, including warm clothing for high altitudes, waterproof jackets and pants, sturdy hiking boots, a comfortable backpack, a sleeping bag, and other essentials. A complete packing list can be obtained from our trekking agency or guide.

Tour's Location

Nar Phu Valley, Nepal

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