The arduous yet highly rewarding Nar Phu Valley Trek takes you to the least visited landscape in the Northern Annapurna region. Moreover, while trekking to Nar Phu Valley, you'll also hike on some parts of the Annapurna Circuit.The antiquated Tibetan culture, withered landscapes, tempting mountains, and surreal prospects have made this trek distinctive and captivating.
And in a nutshell, the hike to Nar Phu Valley is a trek to isolated and rugged valleys in the wonderland of Annapurna.Nar and Phu are two discrete remote settlements in Upper Mustang, a popular place for Annapurna Region Trekking. But, the remoteness and inaccessibility deem it a lost and least traversed landscape of the Himalayas.
Nar Phu Valley Trekking started just in 2003 and is among the newly discovered trekking destinations in the Annapurna region. Since the territory is near Tibet, it remains a restricted region for foreign trekkers. Albeit, with a Restricted Area Permit issued by the Government of Nepal, you can hike here for limited days.
To put it differently, amidst crowded Annapurna region trekking, an off-the-beaten trek to Nar Phu Valley can be ideal. Even if it's graded as a challenging trek, with adequate preparations and our highly experienced trek guides, you'll have a wholesome Nar Phu Valley experience.
The following are among the few best elements that make your Nar Phu Valley Trekking in Annapurna Region stupendous.
Annapurna region and adjacent regions are home to two 8,000 meters tall mountains, Annapurna I and Dhaulagiri. The world's 10th elevated mountain, Annapurna I, at 8,091 meters, appears much closer than the 7th highest Dhaulagiri, at 8,167 meters. Even so, these ultimate glimpses are enough to tranquil your soul, eyes, and heart.
Other elegant mountains of the Annapurna range, like Himlung Peak at 7,126 meters, Mt. Gangapurna at 7,455 meters, Mt. Nilgiri at 7,061 meters, and Tilicho summit at 7,134 meters, encircle the landscape around Upper Mustang, including Nar and Phu villages.
On Nar Phu Valley Trek, you'll be in the serenity of the paradise of these mountains. Whenever you hike up here, the elegance of the towering mountains remains intact throughout the year. And Nar Phu Valley Trek in 2023 can be your ultimate junket to the paradise of remote landscape in Upper Mustang.
Alongside the splendid panorama of mountains in the Annapurna range, crossing two highly rated High Passes is the ultimate endurance test and adventurous junket in the Nar Phu Valley hike.
After Everest Three High Passes Trek, the most High Himalayan Pass you'll conquer on a single trek is two, and it's while trekking to Nar Phu Valley.
Thorung La Pass, at 5,416 meters and Kang La Pass, at 5,306 meters, are two High Passes of this trek. Not to mention, Thorung La Pass is the most liked high Himalayan Pass by trekkers on Annapurna Circuit Trek.
Crossing these passes offers you an adventurous hike and the unmatched panorama of the Annapurna range. From Kang La Pass, you'll get conspicuous glimpses of Tilicho Peak, Annapurna II, and Gangapurna.
Moreover, while trekking from Thorung Phedi to Muktinath on the 12th day of this trek, you'll climb Thorung La Pass. You'll see the mountains and peaks extending towards the Tibetan Plateau to the North from this Pass.
Nar and Phu are the home for the unblemished Buddhism and BonPo Religion, thanks for being an isolated region, even in 2023. The timeless religion, cultures, traditions, and livelihood here remains pious and free from contemporary touches. And as a trekker in this solitude region, you'll get the rare opportunity to witness these directly.
The pre-eminent Tashi Lhakhang Monastery, amidst 108 prime monasteries in the world, lies in Nar Phu Valley. This epitome of the last noble work of Lama Karma Sonam Rimpoche remains as it was. And there's nothing that beats the joy of viewing a 360-degree panorama from the standing of Tashi Lhakhang Monastery.
In addition, Muktinath, in Jomsom, is another sacred site for Hindus, Buddhists, and Bon Po religious people. Furthermore, it is broadly praised as an ideal trekking destination in the Annapurna Circuit Trek.
Built in the 19th century, Muktinath is among the world's highest-altitude seated temples, at 3,762 meters, in the lap of Thorung La Pass. And annually, more than 20 thousand trekkers and pilgrims scale this temple on foot.
13 days of Nar Phu Valley Trek Itinerary begins as you drive from Kathmandu to Koto, at 2,610 meters, Meta at 3,560 meters, Phu at 4,250 meters, and Nar at 4,110 meters.
After acclimatization at Nar, the trek trail ascends to Kang-La pass at 5,306 meters. The trek route descends to Manang at 3m540 meters, Yak Kharka at 4,110 meters, Muktinath at 3,800 meters and Jomsom at 2,710 meters via Thorong La Pass at 5,416 meters.
For peaceful hikers, Nar Phu Valley Trek in 2023 can still be an ideal off-the-beaten Annapurna Region Trekking. With expensive restricted area permit costs and added trek difficulty, only experienced hikers hike to Nar and Phu. And also, those who could live for a week without apple pie and modern amenities prefer the solitude trails of this isolated wonderland in Northern Annapurna.
The super crowded Annapurna Circuit Trek and trek to Nar Phu Valley often overlap at certain places. Albeit you'll hike from Manang to Muktinath via Yak Kharka, Thorung Phedi, and Thorung La Pass on a crowded trail, the ultimate location, Nar Phu Valley, still offers a peaceful hike experience.
Instead, you'll hike along the cascading river banks, suspension bridges, green pasture lands, monasteries, humongous boulder faces, and two exceptional settlements, Nar and Phu. Whether it's farmers plowing their farmlands with yaks or the monks humming the mantras with hand held prayer wheels, you'll remain enclosed with tranquility.
Trekkers primarily archive three things: information or knowledge, pleasure and good health. When trekkers walks from place to place they can get an opportunity to observe the multiple components of nature which provides them knowledge and pleasure.
Similarly the health of the trekkers gets definitely improved because walking in nature is good for health. Travel history said that hiking decrease heart diseases, hypertension, cholesterol and body weight. Trekkers also control diabetes, strengthens immune system. Improve mental health and makes the aging process as well.
Hiking trips give you some of the most important benefit for your body. Climbing uphill and downhill, spending many hour’s on the walking trail, gives your whole body workout. Improving your strengths swiftness and cardio fitness.
If all people knows benefit of doing trekking in Nepal, they definitely achieve a hiking once a year. Our motherland Nepal is rich in nature beauties, gifts and some wonders, too. Trekking in Nepal has, therefore, glorious future if we plan it wisely. International tourist as well as domestic tourist are lured to visit different mountain regions in Nepal.
God has made Nepal one of the most suitable trekking destinations in the world. Nepal as a mountainous country once many snow-capped loftily tranquil lakes, splashing rivers and rivulets, unique birds and animals and so on attract many trekkers from foreign country.
Moreover, our social, cultural and religious phenomena play a significant role of attract tourist from other countries. They want to observe these phenomena in rural areas where people dwell practicing unity in diversity.
The climate of Nepal neither very hot nor very cold. It is suitable for the trekkers. During summer, the trekking to Himalayan regions is more suitable then to the low hills. But during winter, the trekking to low hills seems to be more appropriate for all the trekkers.
The Nar Phu Valley trek is a real Himalayan wilderness experience that is as unforgettable as it is spectacular. Tucked between the more visited Annapurna and Manaslu regions, Nar Phu is a true hidden gem that offers trekkers a rare opportunity to explore unspoiled valleys that feature a mix of raw Himalayan nature and ancient Buddhist culture.
Adventure Nepal Eco Treks representative will pick you up in a private vehicle at Kathmandu airport. Afterwards, our representative will drop you at the hotel you'll be staying in, Kathmandu.
During the evening, our tour manager and Nar Phu trek guide will deliver the trek briefings. The session also discusses what you should and not do, appropriate trekking gear, and what to expect during the hike and more.
If you still need to bring trekking gear and hope to buy these in Kathmandu, please consult with your trek guide.Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.
The Nar Phu Valley Trek Itinerary begins with a 12-hour drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar and Koto. The total distance you'll take on a road trip on this day will be around 230 kilometers. These days, Nar Phu Valley Trekkers start their adventurous trek to Nar Phu from Koto instead of Jagat and Dharapani.
After a fantastic breakfast at the hotel, you'll depart Kathmandu on a private jeep or tourist bus. The roadway trails along the Prithvi Highway, on the right of Trishuli River. And the bus leaves the main highway from Dumre and continues driving to Besisahar.
From Besisahar, you'll take four-wheelers to Koto, driving on the obsolete dusty Annapurna Circuit Trek Route. As the road is almost bumpy, the drive often becomes uncomfortable. But, the scenic panorama with cascading rivers, deep gorges, green hills, terrace farmlands, beautiful settlements, and glimpses of Ganesh Himal and Mt. Manaslu makes the uncomfortable drive forgettable.
You'll reach Koto by the evening, where you'll stop at a tea house for dinner and overnight accommodation.
The 14.5 km/8.5 miles distance between Koto and Meta is a 7 hours long hike and sees you leaving the Annapurna Circuit Trek Route. And as you hike further, the number of trekkers drops significantly.
A police check post at the exit of Koto asks for a valid Restricted Area Permit. After validating your trek permit, you'll enter Nar Valley, crossing the suspension bridge over cascading Marshyangdi River.
You'll trace the trail along the banks of Nar River and Soti Khola along the pine and oak forest and reach Dharamshala in about five hours. En route, you'll also come across several suspension bridges and deep river gorges.
Meta from Dharamshala is a two-hour journey. And past Dharamshala, the treeline gets thinner, and the landscape grows broader and more panoramic.
Meta village sits on the Tibetan Plateau, offering apparent glimpses of Lamjung Himal and Annapurna II.Overnight at the tea house in Meta.
Apart from remoteness and beautiful landscapes, Nar and Phu Villages also reflect the unique colors of Tibetan Buddhism. The chortens, prayer flags, and monasteries on sight make your day hike fabulous.
The 16.5 km distance between Meta and Phu Village takes almost 7 hours of steady-paced hiking. And in today's walk, you'll gain roughly 530 meters of altitude.
The ups and downs of the trail from Meta take you to Chyaku village after crossing a suspension bridge. You'll ascend for an hour to Kyang Village, where the magnificent Annapurna range scintillates. Notably, Pisang Peak and Annapurna II are the most visible mountains from Kyang village.
The day's hike can be challenging and demanding for some as you have to hike on the cliffs over the Phu River, following the trail on the right of this river. However, the thrill and excitement of hiking along the cliff face are what Nar Phu Valley Trek Itinerary offers you.
The landscape appears completely barren, with almost zero trees. But blue sheep may appear somewhere en route if you're fortunate.Himlung Himal, Tashi Lakhang Monastery, Blue Sheep, and enriched Tibetan Khampa culture make Phu the best place to explore. Overnight accommodation, meals, and rest at the tea house at Phu Village.
You'll hike nearly 15 kilometers from Phu Gaon to Nar on the 5th day in Nar Phu Valley Trek Itinerary. The trek time for this hike is around 7 hours. Trekkers often acclimate at Phu and hike to Nar Phedi and Nar with different itineraries, but we stop at Nar for acclimatization.
You'll retrace the trail to Nar and Phu junction for the first part of today's hike. And while hiking to Nar, you'll hike via two passes, Nar Pass at 5,400 meters and Phu Pass at 5,050 meters. From these passes, the alluring glimpses of Pisang Peak appear in front.
Upon reaching Nar after crossing Mahendra Pul, you'll realize one thing; it's more social than Phu Gaon. The bowl-shaped Nar village comprises more than 65 homes, schools, monasteries, and prayer wheels. You'll also witness women knitting woolen blankets and sweaters or chatting with each other in groups.
If you hike here during late Spring and in Summer, the buckwheat and barley fields become colorful and lively.A few new tea houses in Nar village offer comfortable overnight accommodations and an expansive meal menu.
Acclimatization stop at Nar on day six of the Nar Phu Valley Trek Itinerary is a must. And here's why.First, while trekking to Nar, you'll cross Nar Pass and Phu Pass and hike for almost 7 hours. And at such an altitude, you need proper rest to continue the coming day's hike.
Furthermore, from Nar, you'll trek to Ngawal by walking to Kang La Pass at 5,322 meters. Crossing that altitude without proper adaptation can be fatal. Hence, to avoid altitude sickness and fatigue, you'll take a day's rest at Nar.
However, as an acclimatization hike, you can hike to Nar Phedi Monastery instead of just sitting all day. It'll be a five-hour two-way hike from Nar to Nar Phedi Monastery. It's an ideal trip to do a 620 meters altitude rotation hike to the monastery.
The red, gold and white painting of this Tibetan Buddhism Monastery stands in stark contrast with the surrounding. From here, the nuns, monks, and surrounding panorama are tranquil and acclimate you.You'll be accommodated overnight at the tea house in Nar Village.
Crossing Kang La Pass and hiking to Ngawal is the first big rewarding day after leaving Nar and Phu. The day remains full of tiring adventure, first ascending from Nar to Kang La and gaining around 1000 meters altitude. Further, you'll descend nearly 1,600 meters from the Kang La Pass to Ngawal. On top, you'll achieve this 14 km feat in just 8 hours.
After early breakfast, you'll leave tea houses at Nar Village. With the backdrop of Pisang Peak's west ridge, you'll hike through the moraines of Temdenzon Khola on a reasonably moderate trail. As a few trekkers hike Kang La, you'll follow the path walked most by the Yak herdings.
And the rewarding views of Kang La Pass include the Marshyangdi Valley panorama, Annapurna II, Gangapurna and Tilicho Peak.
From the pass, you'll take two to three hours to reach Ngawal. The Buddhist prayer flags and chortens greets you as you make your way to Ngawal village, a medieval village of Annapurna. Some structures here also hold religious values, including the Buddhist Guru Rinpoche's statue in a cave.Overnight at the tea house in Ngawal.
Manang from Ngawal is 11 km and takes almost five hours to hike. You'll only descend 76 meters from Ngawal to Manang and lower comfortably.The trekking trail till Manang remains busy with trekkers on Annapurna Circuit and even locals during their daily affairs.
After leaving Ngawal, you'll hike through some beautiful settlements of the Annapurna region, like Paugh and Barga. You'll also pass by some other villages, monasteries, pasture lands, and amazing landscapes.
From Mungli, you'll rejoin the Annapurna Circuit Trek Trail till Manang. And en route, you'll get the utter vista of Tilicho Peak and a few of the Annapurna range.
In just five hours, you'll reach the beautiful Gurung settlement in Manang, where you'll stop for tea house-based overnight accommodation.
Yak Kharka from Manang is 10 km in the distance; that generally takes 5 hours to complete the hike. You'll gain around 570 meters in altitude from Manang to Yak Kharka.After breakfast, you'll reach Tenki Village crossing a stream and then head to Jarsang Valley, northwest of Marshyangdi Valley.
The trekking route, however, ascends gradually to Gunsan village. You'll hike past a few pasture lands and pine and oak forests alongside some panoramic landscapes. You'll also see yak, horses, cattle, and goats grazing here due to the resourceful scrubland.
After crossing some streams, you'll reach Yak Kharka, a small settlement with relatively big tea houses. The rich meadows and scrubland were once pastureland for Yaks, so it's named Yak Kharka.You'll stop at a tea house in Yak Kharka for meals and overnight accommodations.
Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorung Phedi is among the shortest hiking days in Nar Phu Valley Trek Itinerary. You'll cover an 8 km distance in just 4 hours and gain an altitude of nearly 430 meters.
The route ascends gradually from Yak Kharka to Thorung Phedi via Thorung River Valley. It would help if you hiked slowly to Thorung Phedi because of the high altitude and risk of getting altitude sickness.
You'll cross two wooden bridges, one over the Marshyangdi River and another over the Jarsang River. The withered cliffs, snow ridges, cascading rivers, and towering peaks. You'll also cross some landslide-prone areas en route to Thorung Phedi.
You'll reach Thorung Phedi after following a narrow trekking route with half an hour's descent. Tea house-based accommodation and dinner await in Thorung Phedi.
Thorung La Pass summit is the highest in Nar Phu Valley Trek Itinerary. Hence, you'll hike early, steady, and follow the trek guide's instructions. You'll hike around 15 km in 8 hours from Thorung Phedi to Muktinath via Thorung La Pass.
Hiking to Thorung La Pass requires physical and mental endurance, and with Adventure Nepal Eco Treks, you'll stand on top of Thorung La Pass. It's a great vantage point to gaze over the Annapurna range that offers a picturesque panorama.
Thorung La Pass climb starts from the east Manang, between Yakawa Kang and Khatung Kang and ends in the west Mustang. As it remains cold throughout the day, you'll descend to Muktinath after taking some photographs at the pass.
You'll descend nearly 700 meters from Thorung La Pass to Muktinath. Muktinath is a holy shrine among Buddhist and Hindu Pilgrims.Tea house based overnight at Muktinath.
Mustang's air yet captivating landscapes, from Muktinath to Jomsom, along the banks of Kali Gandaki, will be with us throughout the day.
After an early morning Muktinath Temple visit and breakfast at the tea house in Muktinath, you'll prepare for the hike to Jomsom. You'll hike to Jomsom via Ekle Bhatti, Jharkot, and Khingar villages alongside some beautiful monasteries.
The beautiful Kali Gandaki River, Kagbeni, Mt. Dhaulagiri, and Mt. Nilgiri makes the hike to Jomsom memorable.You'll reach Jomsom in five hours from Muktinath. For the day, you'll have plenty of options to stroll around Jomsom. Apple Orchard and Marpha Brandy are two to take advantage of places in Jomsom.
You can purchase the apple from the farm and take a sip of locally brewed apple brandy. Furthermore, Mustang Eco Museum can also be an ideal visit if you're interested in herbal medicines and plant species of the region.Tea house based overnight at Jomsom.
Before flying to Pokhara, you'll have breakfast at the tea house in Jomsom.
The early morning 20 minute scenic flight from Jomsom takes you to the beautiful lake city of Pokhara. The scenic flight offers aerial glimpses of the Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and more.
You'll have your lunch at Pokhara and take a connecting flight to Kathmandu for 25 minutes.
If there are no connecting Pokhara to Kathmandu flights, you'll get a private jeep or taxi from Pokhara to Kathmandu. You'll also have the option to stay in Pokhara, but the expenses will be yours.
Upon reaching Kathmandu, our representative will pick you up from the airport/bus stop and transfer you to the hotel you'll stay in.
You can hike to Nar and Phu and return to Kathmandu without hiking to Kang La Pass and Thorung La Pass. But you won't get any adventure.
With our 13 days Nar Phu Valley Trek Itinerary, you'll get the ultimate adventure in North Annapurna. You'll hike to Thorung La Pass, Kang La Pass, Muktinath, Jomsom, and Pokhara.
It is the best and short Nar Phu Trek Itinerary that offers a wholesome adventure to you.
No. Nar Phu Trek without a trekking guide is not doable.
Nar Phu Valley sits in a restricted area in the Annapurna conservation area. But with a Restricted Area Permit, a group of two trekkers, and a trekking guide, you can trek here for days.
Nar Phu Valley Trek Costs around USD 1295 per pax in a group of two. But, with more pax on our fixed departure trips, the cost can lower to USD 1195.
With further customisation, the cost of this trek can vary.
Nar Phedi Monastery sits at 3,490 metres which is 15 km away from Phu Gaon. You can even hike here from Nar during the acclimatisation stop.
It's an elegant Tibetan Buddhism Monastery with sharply painted colours like red, white, and golden.
Trekkers even stop at Nar Phedi Monastery, where the nuns serve overnight accommodation services and meals.
Yes. Trekking to Nar and Phu Valley is arduous. The hike through cliffs, over wooden bridges, crossing two high passes, and the risk of altitude sickness makes it a challenging trek.
But, with adequate preparations and an experienced trekking guide, you can complete this hike.
Trek and excursion around the Nar Phu Valley, a mesmerizing landscape yet a restricted area in the Northern Annapurna.
Hike to one of the prominent and acclaimed Buddhist Monasteries, Tasho Lhakhang, among 108 world's pronounced monasteries.
Firsthand witness of remnants of wrecked forts of Tibetan Khampa emigrants who once used to remain illegally in Nur Phu Valley.
Crossing two great Himalaya passes, Kang-La pass (5,322 meters) and Thorong La pass (5,416 meters).
The morning visit to the sacred Hindu and Buddhist temple, Muktinath, and bath on its venerated 108 waterspouts.
Scenic valleys of Kagbeni, Jomsom, and Kali Gandaki Rivers shore along with its deep gorges during hike and drive.
Relaxing hot spring bath at Tatopani and evening stroll in Lakeside, Pokhara.
Highly experienced trek guides, fluent in English and other languages, handpicked itineraries, well-structured trek logistics, and fixed departure ultimate Nar Phu Valley Trek with Adventure Nepal Eco Treks.
Out of many ways, our 13 days Nar Phu Valley Trek Itinerary is among the best. It starts with a drive from Kathmandu to Koto and ends with a drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu.
On average, you'll trek for ten days for six hours and cover 10 km each day. You'll hike from Koto to Meta, Phu Gaon, Nar Village, Ngawal, Kang La Pass, Manang, Yak Kharka, Thorung Phedi, Thorung La Pass, Muktinath, and Jomsom.You'll take the flight from Jomsom to Pokhara and another connecting flight to Kathmandu.
Every valued client who books Nar Phu Valley Trek with us gets free airport pickup and drop services.Our diligent representative will pick you up from the airport to the hotel you'll stay in, Kathmandu. Also, on your departure, you'll get a complimentary airport transfer from the hotel on time.
You'll get 11 tea house-based accommodations in Nar Phu Valley Trek. The tea houses, often called lodges, are managed and run by the locals. On the trek, you'll get twin sharing rooms with attached bathrooms at most places except a few high-altitude places.
You'll have a comfortable and cozy overnight experience at the tea houses. You'll get thoroughly washed blankets, pillows, and warm mattresses. If you want to nap in your sleeping bag, we recommend carrying one.
You can accommodate any hotels in Kathmandu of your choice upon arrival and the before departure. Adventure Nepal Eco Treks will only cover the expense of your Kathmandu stay.
With us, you'll get 12 breakfasts, 12 lunches, and 12 dinners, including a farewell dinner in a Thakali restaurant in Kathmandu.
Throughout the trek, you'll get hygienic, healthy, fresh, and nutritious meals as possible. The tea house meal items on the menu at lower altitudes offer more varieties than that in high altitude places, but still, you'll have a handful of options to pick from.
The breakfast items you can expect on this trek are muesli, oatmeal, porridge, toast, omelet, butter, jam, honey, pancakes, pies, Tibetan bread, Chapati, and more. The drinks for breakfast include ginger lemon honey, black tea, milk tea, hot chocolate, coffee, and hot drinking water.
Lunch and dinner meals are often identical, and trekkers even love to eat the same dish twice a day. Dal Bhat with cooked vegetables and lentil soup, steaks, dumplings, pizza, burgers and fries, sandwiches, pasta, potato items, spaghetti, noodle soup and rice, and more.
You'll also get fruits and porridge or hot chocolate in dessert as a part of meals in Nar Phu Trek before bed at the tea houses.Please note: Avoid eating meat and products from Koto to Jomsom throughout this trek. All the meat products get delivered from lower regions, and they deteriorate when they reach higher areas.
We request that you carry refillable water bottles for drinking water on Nar Phu Trek. With these, you can fill in water from running water taps en route. Also, you can frequently rehydrate with adequate water on the backpack.
At higher places, it'll be difficult to drink cold water. Hence, carrying a thermos for hot water would be a great hack. Tea houses provide a liter of hot drinking water for USD 2-3.
It would help to bring chlorine tablets and electrolyte solutions for regular drinking water. With these, you'll be on adequate body salts and can drink germs-free water.
Internet, telephone, electricity, and hot water shower are miscellaneous services you need on your 13 days Nar Phu Valley Trek.
The Internet may not work at higher altitudes, but at lower altitudes, you'll find decent bandwidth of internet services.
Telephone networks won't work at higher altitude places in this trek. However, you'll still get plenty of satellite or VHF phones for emergency contacts. Your trek guide will contact appropriate people during emergencies and other instances.
You'll have the option of electricity or solar-powered electricity at the tea houses throughout this trek. Tea houses offer electricity charging services for trekkers where they can charge mobile devices, power banks, camera batteries and much more.
You'll get a hot water shower at lower regions, but at higher altitudes, you'll get a bucket shower with heated water. Even if you smell sweaty, we recommend not to shower at higher altitudes as it becomes cold, and you may get pneumonia. Alternatively, you can use wet wipes to clean your underarms and other body parts to maintain cleanliness.
All these miscellaneous services can cost around USD 3-4. You'll have to pay these costs alone as the package doesn't cover these additional expenses.
Nar Phu Valley Trek Permits are essential as it sits in the restricted area of the Annapurna region, near the Tibetan Plateau.
If you're looking for this trek, you must purchase two Nar Phu Valley Trek Permits, Annapurna Conservation Area Project Permit (ACAP) and Restricted Area Permit(RAP).
A Nepal Government Licensed trekking guide is a must and has to be at least two trekkers in a group. Hence, trekkers are not allowed to hike here independently and must be in groups from Nepal Government Licensed local agencies like Adventure Nepal Eco Treks. We'll manage these two permits for you, which are included in the package cost.
ACAP costs USD 30 annually, but RAP has two different costs. During a busy trek from September to November, in Autumn, the cost of RAP is USD 100 per individual for seven days. And for the rest of the months, the price remains USD 75 per individual for seven days.
After seven days, by any means, if you still trek inside a restricted area, you need to pay USD 10 each day. But, with our fixed departure Nar Phu Valley Trek Itinerary, you'll complete this trek on time.
Throughout this trek, for various reasons, you must carry particular accurate government-issued documents. A valid original passport, passport-size photo, and valid visa are the essential documents.
These documents help you get trek permits and work as proof of identification.Additionally, proof of your International Travel Insurance is also a must.Proof of International Travel Insurance Policy
We highly recommend our valued clients join Nar Phu Valley Trek in 2023 to bring a valid International Travel Insurance Policy. The policy must cover your medication costs, high-altitude rescue and helicopter evacuation to 6000 meters.
Nar Phu Trek is challenging and risky in some places. Furthermore, you'll cross two high Himalayan Passes, Thorung La Pass at 5,416 meters and Kang La Pass at 5,320 meters. These areas are high-risk areas for altitude sickness, landslides, and avalanches.
Hence, with international travel insurance, you'll get every benefit during emergencies if such happens.
Please remember to email us your travel insurance policy after booking Nar Phu Valley Trek with us. With pre-information on your policy, we can manage helicopters right on time during fatal situations at high altitudes.
We don't buy or sell travel insurance for you, but we can recommend it upon request. And we recommend the best from our previous history of recommendations.
If there's one thing you can't ignore while trekking in the mountains, it's high-altitude sickness. Nar Phu Valley Trek is a challenging grade trek with a high risk of altitude sickness. But, with proper care and preparations, you can escape mountain sickness and complete the hike without a single headache.
To most trekkers, high-altitude sickness appears after 3,500 meters. Phu and Nar villages are above 4,000 meters, Phu at 4,250 meters and Nar at 4,110 meters. Trekkers experience headaches and nausea as primary mountain sickness symptoms at such altitudes.
Furthermore, you'll cross Kang La Pass and Thorung La Pass, both above 5,300 meters. At this altitude, altitude sickness is widespread for trekkers.
There are many ways of dodging altitude sickness, and rehydration is the most common. Drinking 100 ml of water every 30 minutes helps you rehydrate enough and escape altitude sickness. Also, eating adequate meals and resting overnight for 8 hours helps avoid altitude sickness.
Other measures include taking particular medicines like Diamox, a familiar drug among trekkers. With this medicine, the risk of getting altitude sickness is shallow.Plus, preparations for the trek and some high-altitude trek experience help you to tackle altitude sickness symptoms.
Trek to Nar Phu Valley is arduous and is highly rated as strenuous grade Annapurna region trekking. Sometimes, you'll have to hike along the cliff over the Phu River. And not to mention the thrilling wooden bridges over cascading Marshyangdi. And some days, you'll trek 15 kilometers for 8-9 hours on high-altitude terrain.
The crossing of Thorung La Pass and Kang La Pass on high-altitude terrain for multiple hours makes it a challenging trek.Because of the difficulty, not everyone can hike effortlessly here. It's not an ideal trek for the first-time trekker who doesn't have any trek experience.
Physical fitness and a positive mental attitude can make a lot of difference in this trek. Cardio training and frequent short hikes develop your breathing skills. Other fitness training like jogging, running, and marathons help you remain fit for this trek.
Those with a history of respiratory and cardiac issues are kindly requested to inform us before booking this trip.
You'll stop at Nar Village at 4,110 meters for acclimatization in Nar Phu Trek. It's an ideal spot to acclimate well before hiking high passes.With proper acclimatization, your body adapts well to altitude and keeps you safe from altitude sickness.
Our trek guides and tour manager handpick our Nar Phu Valley Trek Itineraries. To ensure maximum rest and minimum hiking hours each day, our Nar Phu Trek Itineraries only see you hiking five hours daily on average.
We guarantee 100% safety and a successful Nar Phu Valley Trek in 2023. We employ the best field staff, our valued trek guides and porters to guide and assist you throughout the trek.
Your safety on the trek directly depends on the type of gear you use. Hence, we make sure your packs are appropriate for multiple day hikes. On top, our trek guide also carries equipment, first aid kits, and essential medications.
Everyone in the group must hike together and follow what your trek guide says. This way, no one gets lost in the trekking route or left behind.
It would be best to inform your trek guide immediately during emergencies and altitude sickness instances. If the situation worsens, your trek guide calls the helicopter for low-altitude transfer or even rescue to Kathmandu.
Since Nar Phu Trek is a strenuous grade trek, you'll get a highly skilled and experienced trek guide for this trek. We often employ trek guides with years of expertise in similar terrain.
Our trek guides are Nepal Government Licensed Trekking Guides. They come with first aid knowledge, pinpoint decision-making, rescue operations, and rock climbing skills. Also, based on the group's language, we assigned the trek guides who could communicate in English or Spanish.
We assign one trek porter for two trekkers. Porters in trekking carry your backpack and often work as an assistant guide.
We practice industry-standard benefits, salary, programs, health insurance, and flooding—lodging and clothing to our trek guides and porters. For a successful trek, our field staff has to be happy. And to make them happy, we do every possible workout. And this ultimately benefits you making your trek experience wholesome.
You can put essential gear and personal stuff of your preference, but trek porters and airlines don't carry more than 15 kg for free.
Since we provide one trek porter for two trekkers, a porter's shared weight is 30 kg at most. And if your backpack weighs more than 15kg, you need to hire a trekking porter, which will be at your expense.
While flying from Jomsom to Pokhara and connecting flights from Pokhara to Kathmandu, you'll take an airline flight. The airlines also carry more than 15 kg of an individual, and for weight exceeding the limit, they charge the fare per their policy. You can maintain 5 kg on hand-carry and 10 kilograms on baggage.
Thus, make a list of essential things you'd need while trekking to make the weight right. And only put things you want to carry and will be used at high altitudes.
Trekking gears for Nar Phu Trek can differ for Autumn and Spring but remains almost similar. Despite the lower altitude, the higher altitude places remain cold throughout the year.
For head and feet, it's better to pack sunglasses, a woolen hat, a facemask, gloves, sunscreen, body wipes, socks, trekking boots, etc.For the upper and lower body, you can include hiking shirts, sleeves, rain jackets, Windstopper, fleece jackets, down jackets, cotton pants, quick-drying hiking pants, underwear, etc.
Other essential trek gear for Nar Phu Valley Trek includes a decent backpack, thermos, water purification tablets, trekking poles, sleeping bag, toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, drying towel etc.
For gadgets, you can carry a mobile phone, camera, binoculars, GPS watch, etc.Our trek guides carry first aid kits, but having some essential medicines and first aid kits on your own would be helpful.
Although Nar and Phu Valley sit in the rain shadow area of Annapurna, trekking here is doable all year round. But, September and October in Autumn and March and April in Spring are highly recommended. These months are the heart of Spring and Autumn and open up the true colors of Nar Phu Valley.
Spring is when villagers here grow buckwheat and other stuff in their fields. And the farmland brings vibrant colors to the landscape, making it tempting. On top, the Annapurna range mountains, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and other scintillates with thick snow from winter.
The temperature stabilizes, weather becomes crisp, rain-free days and longer sun hours, favoring the peaceful hike. The daytime temperature in Spring averages 10-12 °C, and the nighttime temperature averages around -3 °C.
Autumn is when you can hike on the greenish landscapes of Manang and Mustang. You'll also experience the increased water flow in Marshyangdi and Kali Gandaki.
Apart from weather and temperature, Autumn is also a festive time in Nepal, and you could also expect some festivals at Nar and Phu.Autumn's temperature becomes slightly colder, with a daytime temperature of 8°C and a nighttime temperature of -6 °C. But late Autumn temperature drops even below.
Nar Phu Valley and the entire Annapurna region are Buddhism influenced areas. Bonpo and Tibetan Buddhism remain intact in Nar Phu Valley.
While trekking, you'll pass by countless chortens, prayer flags, mani wheels, and monasteries, including Tashi Lhakhang and Phu Phedi Monastery. The locals, their lifestyles, language, attire, and culture are elements to admire.
We request that you not harm any of these monuments or engage in a brawl with the locals. Instead, pass a smile to them; in return, you'll get a warm, welcoming gesture.
You'll also see monks in the monasteries doing their rituals. And show some admiration for them instead of mocking them.A harmonious Nar Phu Valley Trek in 2023 can be a serene cultural junket to the Northern Annapurna region.
Environmental sustainability and support for the local community are what we've been practicing since our first trek. There's no denying that trekking in the Himalayas disrupts the ecosystem and changes the landscapes. Hence, to minimize this, we encourage every client joining our Nar Phu Trek in 2023 to contribute to making a zero carbon footprint.
You can collect the plastic water bottles and wrappers and dump them in the bins at different locations en route. Also, you can practice a peaceful hike by maintaining the noise low.
Our off-field contribution involves our engagement with various environmental organizations like Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP) and other agencies. We support their initiatives regarding carbon emission minimization and local community support.
You have to give some tips as complimentary for the service they provide throughout the Nar and Phu Valley trek. You should tip at least USD 100 or 10% of the total hike cost you pay for us.
Trek guides and porters assist you through thick and thin during the trek. And they expect some admiration for their hard work in the end.
Please let us know beforehand if you want to extend your treks and tours in Nepal. We'd happily guide you to other destinations after you complete Nar Phu Trek in 2023. Trips like the Kathmandu Heritage Tour, Chitwan Wildlife Safari Tour, One day Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour, and other exciting trips we offer can elevate your Nepal tour experience.
If you prefer something other than our handpicked itineraries, we welcome you to customize the Nar Phu Valley Trek Itinerary of your preference. We'll arrange the trek based on how you want it to be. However, upon customization, the cost of the hike may vary.
For Nar Phu Valley Trek in 2023, Adventure Nepal Eco Treks provides multilingual trekking guides with years of high-altitude trek expertise. Also, we cater itineraries based on your preference or use the industry standard trek itinerary for ultimate safety and work experience.
Affordable trek costs, well-organized logistics, use of the best available tea houses, 100% safety and security, and ultimate value treks with no hidden fees make us one of the best trek operators in Nepal.
And in 2023, we have fixed departures for Nar Phu Valley Trek in March, April, and May, which might fit your schedule.
Passport and Visa
If you are traveling to Nepal you need to have a visa to enter Nepal. However, the arrival visa is available at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu's where you can simply get On Arrival Visa” and you must enter Nepal within six months from the visa issued date. Your total stay is counted starting from the day you enter Nepal.
Common Breakfast options: Tibetan Breads (a fried bread in oil, it’s also named by Gurung bread in Annapurna area), Chapati with Cheese (dry bread- a local wheat bread), Oatmeal, French toast with jam, honey and peanut butter, Corn Flakes, Hashed brown, fried, Scrambles and boiled eggs, pancakes, porridge with milk, Muesli, Vegetable items and all kind of hot drinks are available.
Common Lunch options different verity of Thukpa (noodle soup), Dahl and Bhat (Nepalese local meal), Momo’s (dumplings), Tibetan / chapatti bread, Marconi, Spaghetti, Sherpa Stew, a verity of soups, steaks, potatoes items, Sandwiches, Pizza, rice with curry, spring rolls, burgers and Pizza, yak steak and desserts items.
Common Dinner options: Momo’s (dumplings) different verity of Thukpa (noodle soup), Dahl and Bhat (Nepalese local meal), Tibetan / chapatti bread, Marconi, Spaghetti, Sherpa Stew, a verity of soups, steaks, potatoes items, Sandwiches, Pizza, rice with curry, spring rolls, Raman soups, burgers and Pizza, yak steak, desserts items, hot and cold drinks are available on the menus on tea house, the menu’s selected meals are fresh and healthy with hygienic specialists by the mountain for the mountain trekkers.