Nar Phu Valley Trek - 19 Days

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Nar Phu Valley Trek - 19 Days

  • Starting Cost
    US$ 2299
  • Duration:
    19 Days
  • Destinaiton:
    Annapurna
  • Season:
    Spring & Autumn
  • Difficulty Level:
    Very Strenuous
  • Max Altitude:
    5,416 m

Highlight

  • Trek around some of the world’s highest mountain peaks in Annapurna Massif.
  • Ascend along the enthralling Marshyangdi River valley.
  • Explore the unscathed arid highlands of Nar and Phu Valley. 
  • Immerse yourself in the evergreen culture, tradition, and history of the Tibetan community.
  • Enticing views of Dhaulagiri I, Manaslu, and Annapurna massif.
  • Trek through Kang La Pass 5,306 meters and Thorong La Pass 5,416 meters.
  • Visit Muktinath.
  • Sightseeing in Pokhara

Overview

An alternative to Annapurna Circuit Trek leading you to a more barren, unexposed, echt experience to the barely touched landscape of Nar and Phu valley of Upper Manang. The Nar Phu Valley trek offers an exclusive and remote journey through the restricted region of Nar and Phu. 

The trek showcases the stunning Nar and Phu valleys, along with its canyons, beautiful gorges, cascading waterfalls, suspension bridges, and iconic passes like Kang La Pass (5,306m) and Thorong La Pass (5,416m).  The sky is a sharp, mesmerizing blue, below are rugged and winding trails of the arid highland which is sure to captivate you with its unique geological feature. Also, along the way, you’ll encounter Buddhist villages, monasteries, chortens, and prayer flags, evoking the sense of traversing the Tibetan region. Successively, we visit the sacred Muktinath temple crossing the Thorong La Pass and finally to Jomsom, where our trek culminates to an end.

 

Itinerary (Plan)

Time : 20 mins Drive
Max Altitude : 1,440 m
3 Star
N/A
  • Arrive in Kathmandu.
  • Our representative will be there to greet you and transfer you to your hotel.
  • The program will be briefly explained on the way to the hotel.
  • Rest of the day varies depending on your arrival time; some activities can be arranged if you arrive by midday or late afternoon.

Time : 9 Hours
Max Altitude : 1,140 m
Tea House / Lodge
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Begin your scenic drive towards Syange, the gateway to the Nar Phu Valley.
  • Arrive in Besisahar mid-day, a bustling town and the starting point of the Nar Phu Valley trek, but we go further as we embark on the adventurous dirt road drive towards Syange.
  • Get your camera ready as we drive through the beautiful landscapes, rivers, and waterfalls dotting the route
  • Overnight in Syange.

Time : 6 Hours
Max Altitude : 1,720 m
Guest House
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Begin your trekking adventure gradually following the scenic Marsyangdi River. Take in the stunning surroundings as you walk along the riverbank, with lush vegetation and towering cliffs lining the trail.
  • Arrive in Tal, a charming village nestled amidst the Annapurna mountains. Explore the surroundings of Tal village, visit nearby attractions such as Tal Waterfall or interact with locals and learn about their way of life.

Time : 6 Hours
Max Altitude : 2,160 m
Guest House
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Prepare your daypack with essentials and ensure your camera is ready to capture the stunning scenery.
  • Begin your trekking adventure, bidding farewell to the Marsyangdi River as we ascend further into the Annapurna region.
  • Majestic views of Annapurna II and Pisang Peak greets us along the trail.
  • Spend the evening unwinding and enjoying the peaceful surroundings of Bagarchhap.

Time : 5 hours
Max Altitude : 2,600 m
Guest House
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Enjoy breakfast in Bagarchap, a buddhist village as we prepare for a day of trekking.
  • Begin the trek towards Timang village, situated at an altitude of 2,460 meters, where you can enjoy beautiful views of Mt. Manaslu and Annapurna II in the distance.
  • Continue the trek through pine forests, as we make our way to Koto Village, our final destination for the day. 
  • Overnight in Koto

Time : 8 Hours
Max Altitude : 3,560 m
Guest House
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Begin the trek from Koto along the banks of Soti Khola, passing through enchanting pine forests and crossing several suspension bridges.
  • As you trek ahead, stop to admire the beauty of the cascading waterfalls and take pictures of the breathtaking scenery along the route
  • Resume the trek towards Meta village, ascending steeply through thinning woods and widening vistas of Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal. 
  • Arrive at Meta Village for overnight

Time : 8 Hours
Max Altitude : 4,250 m
Guest House
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • We begin the trek from Meta towards Phugaon, with colorful chortens dotting our landscape along the way.
  • The terrain of Phu is characterized by vast, arid landscapes and unique geological formations where we trek throughout our day
  • Encounter remnants of the fort of the Khampa warriors and learn about the former inhabitants, the Tibetans who lived here and their way of life amidst the rugged terrain.
  • Arrive in Phu Gaon, your destination for the day, after several hours of trekking.

Time : 7 Hours
Max Altitude : 4,110 m
Guest House
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Begin the trek from Phugaon towards Nar Village, embarking on a scenic journey through the arid landscapes of the Nar-Phu valley.
  • Cross several suspension bridges, including the iconic Mahendra Pul, offering thrilling views over streams and rivers.
  • Continue the ascent towards Nar Pass, reaching an elevation of 5,400 meters, and revel in the sense of accomplishment upon reaching the summit. 
  • Then we descend gradually towards Nar Village, following the trail adorned with Buddhist stupas and offering stunning views of Pisang Peaks and other nearby mountains.
  • Arrive in Nar Village, your destination for the day, after a challenging but rewarding trekking journey.

Time : Acclimatize full Day
Max Altitude : 4,110 m
Guest House
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Enjoy a leisurely breakfast in Nar Village, savoring the local flavors and fueling up for a day of exploration.
  • Explore the numerous monasteries and Chortens scattered throughout Nar Village, gaining insight into its rich spiritual heritage.
  • Venture out into the natural surroundings of Nar Village, exploring nearby hiking trails or enjoying panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. Capture stunning photographs of the Himalayan landscape and soak in the beauty of the unique geological formations. 
  • Overnight in Nar Village.

Time : 8 Hours
Max Altitude : 5,306 m
Guest House
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Begin the trek from Nar Village towards Kang La Pass, a challenging journey lies ahead of us
  • Ascend steadily towards Kang La Pass, where the effects of altitude may be felt due to the high elevation. Take breaks as needed to catch your breath and acclimate to the altitude. 
  • Breathtaking views of Annapurna II, Gangapurna, and Tilicho Peak can be seen from the pass.
  • We take a steep descent from Kang La Pass towards Ngawal, following the trail as it winds its way down the mountainside.
  • Reach Ngawal, your destination for the day, after a challenging trek over Kang La Pass for overnight stay.

Time : 5 Hours
Max Altitude : 3,519 m
Guest House
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • We’ll trek towards Manang today, following the scenic trail alongside the Marsyangdi River. Enjoy the tranquil surroundings and the sound of rushing water as you make your way through forests and villages.
  • Pass through the picturesque village of Braga, known for its ancient monastery and stunning views of Tilicho Peak and the Annapurna ranges.
  • As you approach Manang, you'll notice the path rejoining the standard Annapurna trails, marking the end of the remote trekking route of Nar Pha.
  • Arrive in Manang and check-in at your accommodation and take time to rest and refresh.

Time : 6 Hours
Max Altitude : 4,018 m
Guest House
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Begin your trek from Manang towards Yak Kharka, following a trail that leads out of the Marshyangdi valley.
  • Cross a stream and ascend to Tenki village, enjoying panoramic views of the surrounding mountains as you climb.
  • Pass through the small village of Gunsan, characterized by houses with flat mud roofs, and observe yak and horse pastures along the way and then we cross a small river on a wooden bridge and make your way up the spectacular valley towards Yak Kharka.
  • Explore the surrounding meadows and take in the breathtaking mountain views from various vantage points in Yak Kharka
  • Spend the evening stargazing in the clear mountain sky, marveling at the beauty of the cosmos above Yak Kharka.

Time : 7 Hours
Max Altitude : 4,550 m
Guest House
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Begin your ascent from Yak Kharka, climbing up to a ridge that offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.
  • Take in the otherworldly beauty of the uninhabited arid landscape, contrasting starkly with the lush lowlands we passed getting here.
  • Follow a narrow trail across the rugged terrain, ascending gradually towards Thorong Phedi.
  • Arrive in Thorong Phedi, the foot of the Thorong La pass, take some time to rest and relax after the strenuous trekking we underwent today.  Hydrate and refuel with snacks to prepare for the ascent to Thorong La pass and ultimately to Muktinath tomorrow.

Time : 8 Hours
Max Altitude : 5,416 m
Guest House
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Begin the day's trek before sunrise, aiming to reach Thorong La Pass by 9 to 10 AM to avoid potential weather complications.
  • Take a moment to soak in the awe-inspiring scenery from Thorong La Pass and capture some memorable photos of the snow-capped mountains and vast expanse below.
  • Begin the descent from Thorong La Pass towards the holy village of Muktinath, known as the place of nirvana.
  • Explore Muktinath Temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu, featuring 108 waterspouts believed to cleanse sins. We then visit the Jwala Mai Temple with its eternal flame, revered by both Hindus and Buddhists.
  • Take time to soak in the spiritual atmosphere of Muktinath, finding solace amidst the sacred surroundings.
  • Rest well and rejuvenate your body and spirit, knowing that you've completed an arduous yet rewarding trek through the Himalayas and experienced the spiritual sanctuary of Muktinath.

Time : 8 Hours
Max Altitude : 3,772 m
Guest House
8 Hours
  • We trek from Muktinath, traversing through the dry, desert-like terrain characteristic of the Mustang region.
  • Descend gradually along the banks of the Kali Gandaki River, passing by stupas and old traditional houses that dot the landscape. Cross the Lubra Pass with the towering peaks of the Himalayas in the distance.
  • Reach Jomsom, a large town and the headquarters of the Mustang district, after several hours of trekking. Check-in at your accommodation and take some time to rest and refresh after the journey.
  • Explore the quaint town of Jomsom. You can take a stroll around the market area or relax at your hotel.

Time : 7 Hours
Max Altitude : 882 m
Guest House
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • We drive our way back to Pokhara from Jomsom. En route, we make a stop in Marpha, famous for its apple orchards and local apple products.
  • Arrive in Pokhara and check into your hotel. Rest and relax after a long day of travel. 
  • Overnight in Pokhara.

Time : Sightseeing Only
Max Altitude : 822 m
3 Star
Breakfast
  • Have breakfast at the hotel and start your day exploring Pokhara.

  • Visit David’s Fall, Gupteshwor Mahadev, World Peace Pagoda. 

  • From World Peace Pagoda we’ll ride a boat in Phewa Lake, offer prayers in Tal Barahi Temple and return to Lakeside.

  • Enjoy leisure time in Lakeside Pokhara. You can explore the local markets, dine at a lakeside restaurant, or simply relax by the lake.

  • Overnight in Pokhara.

Time : 25 mins Flight, 20 mins drive to Hotel
Max Altitude : 1,440 m
3 Star
Breakfast
  • Transfer to Pokhara Airport for your flight back to Kathmandu.
  • Upon arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to your hotel.
  • Depending on your preference and energy level, you can either rest at the hotel or explore nearby attractions in Kathmandu.
  • Overnight in Kathmandu.

Time : 25 mins drive
Max Altitude : 1,440 m
N/A
Breakfast

The grand finale of our trek in the Annapurna region has arrived! Today marks the conclusion of our remarkable 19-day trek of the Nar Phu Valley. Our airport representative will accompany you to the International Airport, ensuring a smooth departure for your journey back home.

 

As we bid you farewell, we hold the hope that your wanderlust brings you back to Nepal once more. Safe travels!

 

Live Weather

Real Tempreture
23.63 °C
Feels Like
24.24 °C
Humidity
84%
Cloud
clear sky

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Cost Include

  • All airport transfers (international and domestic) via private air-conditioned vehicles.
  • All administrative expenses and government taxes.
  • Twin-sharing/double accommodation for 2 nights in a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Twin-sharing guesthouse accommodation during the 14-night trek in the Annapurna Region.
  • Standard meals throughout the trek (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner)
  • Round-trip airfare between Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • First-aid trained, government-licensed trekking guide .
  • Porters for luggage during the trek (1 porter for every 2 clients). Max weight limit for a porter- 18 kg (9 kg per trekker, weight limit). You can store non essential items in your hotel or at the DWT store.
  • Fee and Permits for Annapurna Conservation Area Permit and TIMS - Trekkers’ Information Management System (Please avail us with 2 passport size photos required for your permit).
  • Filtered water provided during included meal intake
  • Wages, accommodation, meals, gear, insurance, and medications for all staff.
  • 1 duffle or kit bag, trekking map and a trip completion certificate.

Cost Exclude

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
  • International flight fare and Airport Departure Tax.
  • Nepal Entry Visa (Visa can be obtained easily upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, with a fee of (USD 30 for a 15-day visa, USD 50 for a 30-day visa and USD 125 for a 90-day visa).
  • Travel insurance.
  • Any further expenses that are not included in the "Include" section.
  • Charges for any excess baggage (Limit: 9 kg per person) during the trek. and Special Permits
  • Additional night accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival, late departure, or an early return from the trek.
  • Personal expenses (shopping, snacks, boiled bottled water, hot beverages like tea or coffee, cold drinks, hot showers, alcohol, Wi-Fi, telephone calls, battery recharge fees, extra porters, etc).
  • Individual clothing and equipment.
  • Tips for staff, guides and porters.

Additional Information

Physical Fitness

  • Nar Phu Valley trek is physically demanding, involving long hours of walking at high altitudes. Prioritize cardiovascular fitness, strength, and endurance in your training routine.
  • Consult with a healthcare professional before starting any fitness program, especially if you have pre-existing health conditions.

 

Altitude Sickness 

  • Understand the symptoms of altitude sickness (Acute Mountain Sickness - AMS) and be aware of the risks associated with ascending to high altitudes.
  • Acclimatization is crucial for your body to adjust to the increasing altitude.
  • Headache, vomiting, nausea, dizziness, and shortness of breath are common symptoms of altitude-related sickness. If you notice any of the signs, consult your guide and follow their directions.
  • When suffering from AMS, do not continue the trek; instead, stay at the same location or move to lower elevations.

 

Accommodations

  • Familiarize yourself with the teahouse accommodation system along the trail. These are basic lodges that provide meals and shelter.
  • The rooms are primarily on a twin-sharing basis.

 

Connectivity

  • Be aware that internet connectivity is limited, and you may not have access to it in certain areas.
  • Mobile Networks are unreliable.

 

Environment Considerations

  • Respect local customs and the environment. Follow the principles of "Leave No Trace" and contribute to responsible tourism.
  • Bring a refillable water bottle and purification tablets to reduce plastic waste.

 

Weather Condition

  • The best times to trek the Nar Phu Valley are autumn (mid-September to November) and spring (March to early June). Temperature varies from 20°C (60°F) to -9°C (15.8°F) during March and early June, and during the peak seasons of September and November, it is around 22°C (71.6°F) to -5°C (23°F).
  • Trek in the favorable seasons and keep away from the rainy season (July and August). In the cold months of January and February, the temperature can drop to -16°C (-3.2°F) and can be a little harsh in the mountains.
  • Traveling during bad weather conditions is the worst scenario possible, so always read the weather forecast or travel during peak seasons.

Trekking Permits and Documents 

Permits

  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Permit - USD 25 (For SAARC and Foreigners) Rs 150 for Nepalese Citizen
  • Nar Phu Restricted Area Permit - From September to November per week per person USD 100
    From December to August per week per person USD 80.

Documents

  • Two passport-sized photos
  • A copy of international flight ticket
  • A copy of travel insurance 

 

Nar Phu Valley Length and Elevation

Trek Length

  • 15 Days 
  • 2 Nights in Pokhara
  • 2 Nights in Kathmandu

Elevations

The elevation factor poses a significant challenge throughout the trek, beginning at Syange the towards Manang with an altitude exceeding 3,500m. Since most individuals aren't accustomed to such heights, the journey incorporates acclimatization days. The Nar Phu Valley Trek is deliberately slow to allow for acclimatization and prioritize safety over speed.

 

Typically, daily elevation gains will fall within the 500-800m range. After days with substantial gains and higher altitudes, there's a pattern of including acclimatization days. These days serve a dual purpose, providing time for sightseeing and exploring the surrounding areas.

 

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Equipments

For the Nar Phu Valley trek, you'll need a variety of equipment, clothing, and materials to ensure your comfort, safety, and success on the journey. Here's a comprehensive list:
 

Please note: We provide a Sleeping Bag containing sleeping bag liners which are graded to be used up to Camp 3 of Annapurna. We additionally provide a 75 liters Duffle Bag and Trekking Poles to use for the trek.

 

Clothing

  1. Moisture-wicking base layers (Top and Bottom)
  2. Insulating layers (Fleece or Down Jacket)
  3. Waterproof and windproof outer shell jacket and pants
  4. Trekking pants and shorts
  5. Long-sleeve shirts and T-shirts
  6. Thermal gloves and waterproof gloves
  7. Beanies and Sun Hat
  8. Hiking socks and liner socks
  9. Gaiters (Neck/Leg)
  10. Scarfs and Balaclavas 

Footwear

  1. Well fItted Hiking Boots with Ankle support
  2. Ice Cleats (For Winter Months) 
  3. Casual Shoes and Sandals 

Equipment 

  1. Backpack (40-50 liters) with rain cover.
  2. Sleeping bag suitable for cold temperatures
  3. Trekking poles
  4.  Headlamp with extra batteries
  5. Sunglasses with UV protection
  6. Water bottles or hydration system
  7. Hydration bladder
  8. Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, biodegradable soap, etc.)

Creams and Medications 

  1. Tinted Sunscreen SPF 50 and above.
  2. Moisturizer 
  3. Lip Balm
  4. Healing Ointment
  5. Mosquito Repellent Cream 
  6. Cough Syrup 
  7. Medication for your Allergies 
  8. Blister Kit

 

Miscellaneous

  1. Waterproof cover for your backpack
  2. Energy Bars and Trial Mix
  3. Quick-dry towel
  4. Personal identification and necessary permits
  5. Money (cash) in small denominations
  6. Passport-size photos for permits
  7. Power bank or extra batteries
  8. Wet Wipes
  9. Pee bottle / Pee funnel for women
  10. Pillow Case

 

Remember, this list may vary based on personal preferences and the time of year you undertake the trek. Ensure that your gear is of good quality and suits the specific conditions of the Annapurna region.

Route Map

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Freqeuntly Asked Questionnaire

Nar Phu Valley Trek is a trekking activity done around the Annapurna Massif, which takes us through the valleys of Nar and Phu where we can see the most barren and arid landscapes Nepal has to offer.

The most common way to start the Nar Phu Valley Trek is by flying to Pokhara from Kathmandu and then driving to Syange from there you can trek through the Annapurna Region. The trek typically takes around 15 days.

The best time to trek the Nar Phu Valley is during the pre-monsoon (spring) season (March to early June) and post-monsoon (autumn) season (Mid September to November) when the weather is relatively stable, and the skies are clear.

You will need one permit: ACAP Permit. Additionally, you will need a TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) card.

The trek is challenging, and a good level of physical fitness is required. Regular cardiovascular exercises and strength training are recommended to prepare for the altitude and the demanding terrain.

Altitude sickness is a condition that occurs at higher elevations due to a decrease in the amount of oxygen. To prevent altitude sickness, it's essential to acclimatize properly, stay hydrated, and ascend gradually. If symptoms persist, descending to a lower altitude is crucial.

Essential items include sturdy trekking boots, warm clothing, a good backpack, a sleeping bag, and a first aid kit. It's essential to pack light but be prepared for changing weather conditions.

The temperature rating of the ISO-certified sleeping bag we lend is -10°C (14°F) comfort level.

We recommend having cash of around USD 15-20; it should suffice for any additional costs you may need for a day.

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