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Nar Phu Valley

Nar Phu Valley Trek

Trek to the hidden valleys of Nar and Phu

13

Days

TREK

Trip highlights
  • Explore the UNESCO Heritage Sites around Kathmandu Valley.
  • Scenic drive-through winding mountain road.
  • Trek to the remote villages of Nar & Phu.
  • Trek off the beaten path only a few have walked.
  • Stay in ancient villages that have seen only a little change over centuries.
  • Observe the Tibetan-influenced lifestyle and culture of the people.
  • Enjoy great mountain views of the Annapurna, Himlung, Gangapurna, and other peaks.

The Nar Phu valley is precisely one of Nepal’s hidden gems. Due to its proximity to Tibet and its rugged mountain landscape, Nar Phu valley remained in solitude for years from the outside world. It was open to the outside world only in 2003. Only a handful of trekkers have made their way into this pristine region of the Himalayas. This Nar Phu Valley Trek is an incredible journey to the less explored portion of the Annapurna region of Nepal.

Nar and Phu are two different villages situated close to each other, inhabited by the people of Tibetan origin. This off-the-beaten track offers you the taste of Himalayan lifestyle, tradition, and majestic mountain view. This journey takes you to these villages rich in Tibetan culture yet untouched by modernity.

Nar Phu Valley trek starts with a drive from Kathmandu to Besi Sahar. From Besi Sahar, we further drive to Koto. From here, we follow the off-the-beaten track towards Nar Phu valley. The trail passes through several villages, ruins, and Buddhist monasteries. And then finally opens up to a vast expanse of high snow peaks, ancient villages, and high altitude grazing settlements.

Trekking to this hidden mountain valley offers a dramatic mountain view and exceptional alpine sceneries. We cross over the Kang La Pass to Ngawal, in Manang district. The Kang La pass links Nar with Manang and three other villages in the Neyshang valley. We then head west towards Pisang, where we board a vehicle to Besi Sahar.

Detail Itinerary

Day 1. Arrival in Kathmandu.
On arrival at Kathmandu airport, our representative/guide will meet you and transfer you to your hotel. Depending on your arrival time, you can either relax at your hotel or take a short self-guided tour of the city. In the evening, we will have dinner at a traditional Nepali Restaurant. Overnight in a hotel.

Day 2. In Kathmandu (trek preparation).
Today, we shall visit some of the major UNESCO World Heritage Sites within the city. This includes the Swayambunath temple, Bouddhanath Stupa, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. In the latter part of the day, we shall prepare and plan for the trek. Overnight in a hotel.

Day 3. Kathmandu to Koto(2600m) via Besi Sahar(7-8hrs)
We begin our journey with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Besi Sahar(6-7hours). The drive goes along the Prithvi Highway past terraced fields, small towns, and villages. We will have lunch at Besisahar, and after lunch, switch on to a four-wheel drive and then continue past Jagat and Dharapani to Koto. The drive could be bumpy but incredibly scenic, with amazing views of gorges and stunning waterfalls all along the way. Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 4. Koto to Meta (3560 m/6-7 hrs).
The journey goes through wonderful pine forests, suspension bridges, and waterfalls until Dharamshala. Hereafter, the forest becomes thinner, and the view gets better. We continue through pine and rhododendron forest and finally ascend to Meta village. Meta village provides fantastic views of Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal. Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 5. Meta to Phu (4080m/6-7 hrs)
The trek to Phu goes across some of the unique chortens for which Nar and Phu are well known. The trail passes through scenic canyons and gorges until we reach a monolith that guards the steep trail. We get the first view of the village's area, the old dzong, and the remains of the ruins as well. We continue along the stream and arrive at the Phu gate, leading to Phu village. Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 6. In Phu(Acclimatization day).
Today is set for acclimatization. It is good to spend a day for acclimatize and adjust your body to the surrounding environment.   Today we explore the village and learn more about the culture, tradition, and religious practices of the people. Besides, we can also get insight, into how people survive depending on agriculture, animal breeding, and seasonal migrations in such a remote location. Overnight in trekkers lodge. (Option is also available to hike to the Himlung Himal Base Camp).

Day 7. Phu village to Nar Phedi(3490m/5-6hrs)
Today we retrace back towards Meta, but turn off at the Nar Phedi monastery. There are no other settlements along this route except the monastery, therefore we will halt at the monastery for the night.
Overnight in Nar Phedi.

Day 8. Nar Phedi - Nar village (4150 m/3-4hrs).
Today we trek out of Nar Phedi following the winding trail towards Nar village. The trail goes past beautifully painted bamboo topped chortens and past several streams, over suspension bridges until we reach Nar Village. Nar village has several Buddhist monasteries and provides beautiful views of Pisang Peak (6092m) and other snow-clad mountains. Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 9. In Nar village (Acclimatization day)
Today is the second scheduled acclimatization day in this trek before crossing the Kang La pass. We recommend you rest and get acclimatized to the altitude. We shall hike to the surrounding areas and explore the village. And also have a closer look over the culture and lifestyle of the local people. Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 10. Nar-Kang La Pass (5,240m)-Ngawal(3660m)(7-8hrs)
Today we wake up early and head towards the Kang La pass. The pass connects us to the regular Annapurna circuit route. We ascend through the lateral moraine of Temdenzon Khola past yak pastures to Kangla Phedi. From Kangla Phedi, it is a steep ascent to Kangla Pass. The pass provides a magnificent view of Pisang peak, Annapurna II, Gangapurna, and Tilicho peak. After spending some time at the pass, we then descend past pastureland and yak herders camp to Ngawal on the Upper Pisang route to Annapurna Circuit trek. Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 11. Ngawal-Upper Pisang(3350m/5-6 hrs)-Besi Sahar(3.5 hrs).
We set off early for the last leg of our Nar Phu valley trek. The trail to Pisang is wide and comfortable. At Pisang, we board into a 4WD and drive to Besisahar. Overnight in trekkers lodge

Day 12. Besi Sahar-Kathmandu(5 hrs).
After breakfast, we drive back to Kathmandu. The rest of the evening is for shopping or just rest and relaxing in your hotel rooms. Overnight in a hotel

Day 13. Depart Kathmandu.
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

  • Group Size2-8

  • MealsOnly breakfast in Kathmandu while all meals are included during the trek

  • Trip Accommodation3-4* category hotel in Kathmandu and local village lodges during the trek

  • RouteKathmandu-Besi Sahar-Koto-Meta-Phu-Nar-Ngawal-Upper Pisang-Besi Sahar-Kathmandu

  • Trip Type Trekking

  • Trip SeasonsBest during Spring & Autumn

  • Best MonthsMarch, April, May, September, October, November

  • Good MonthsFebruary

  • Lean MonthsJune, July, August

  • Not RecommendJanuary, December

Prices & Dates

The price is based on the number of participants:

  • 8 members: US$880 per person.
  • 6 members: US$965 per person.
  • 4 members: US$1105 per person.
  • 2 members: US$1320 per person.
  • Single traveler: US$2090.
  • Single room supplementary: US$115.

Included

  • All airport and hotel transfers by private vehicle.
  • Transfer from Kathmandu-Besisahar-Kathmandu in a private vehicle.
  • Half-day sightseeing with entrance fee accompanied by a local guide as per itinerary.
  • Accommodation in 3-4* category hotels in Kathmandu and in local village lodges/tea houses during the trek.
  • Only breakfast during the stay in Kathmandu and all meals during the trek.
  • One welcome/farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
  • English speaking local guide along with porter(one porter for every two pax) during the trek.
  • All necessary paperwork and permit (ACAP/Restricted Area Permit)
  • All Government taxes and service charges.

Not included

  • Nepal entry visa.
  • International flight to and from Kathmandu.
  • Lunch and dinner or any other meal not specified above.
  • Personal Travel Medical Insurance.
  • Personal expenses such as bar, beverages, tips and gratuities, laundry, telephone, battery recharge, etc.
  • Hot showers during the trek.
  • Any extra cost forced upon by changing the itinerary due to your health, natural condition, political situation, or early return from the trek.
  • All other personal expenses not listed in the included section

Accommodations

Kathmandu: 3-4* type hotels
During the trek: Trekkers lodge/tea house along the way