Duration: 19 Days
Price: USD 1,950
Nap Phu Valley of the Annapurna Region
Nar Phu Valley is the supreme exclusive trekking region which leads you to the isolated remote and pristine region of Annapurna which is situated in the northeast valley near Chame. These two Nar and Phu are different villages in different valleys where the Nar valley is bigger than the Phu. Earlier this region was a strictly restricted region for treks but the government of Nepal opened this destination from 2003 which has very rich cultural and natural beauty. The residing communities here are people of Tibetan origin bearing Nepali citizenship now, migrated here centuries ago.
The focal fascination of this Nar Phu valley bestow you with the enthralling sights of Mount Manaslu (8165 m), Mount Dhaulagiri (8166 m), Mount Annapurna I (8090 m) and more than 19 snowcapped peaks of Annapurna range while trekking in the wonderful crags throughout your trail. On the trial to Nar Phu, you will also be walking around the attractive flora and fauna throughout your path until you reach Nar Phu valley. This is an inspiring trek where we will also be passing above high passes such as Mesokanto La (5098 m), Kangla Pass (5201 m), Tilicho Pass (5231m) and the fabulous cobalt blue - Tilicho Lake.
The additional magnet of this valley is that we will also be visiting various antique Buddhists nunneries. Continuing on the trail, snow leopards and blue sheep are often perceived in this region. Most of the people residing in this region are dependent on livestock farming practices.
The trekking starts from Chamje, a 9hrs drive from Kathmandu. From here our actual trekking begins where we start the same trail as of the Annapurna circuit. We then reach Koto and crossing the bridge following over the Marshyangdi River to the steep entrances of the Nar Phu valley. This entrance is narrow and the trail is filled with dense forests, the vale structure above opens up to a massive area of snowcapped peaks, isolated villages, and high elevation grazing settlements.
We then explore this isolated region of Nar Phu valley. And even get blessings form the head Lama (Buddhist monk). Alongside we spend ample amount of time with the warm hospitability of people living here and discover the village as we travel around through high hilly valleys above Phu. The Kang La Pass (5316 m) will be our astonishing pass and then head towards the village of Manang which is at the altitude of 3505 m and 11485 ft. We then head to Yak Kharka, then to Thorangpedi, to Muktinath and finally to Jomsom and take an airstrip to Pokhara and back to Kathmandu.
The actual trekking to this valley is flawless during spring and autumn. But we Accent Himalaya operate this trekking every season throughout the year as per the client’s holiday schedule. So even if our already made itinerary does not fit your schedule, we even customize you with a different one. For further more details or if you would like to know more about Nar Phu Valley, please feel free to email or contact us.
Here we list our detailed itinerary for Nar Phu Valley Trek:
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Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m/4,428ft)
Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
Day 03: Kathmandu to Jagat Drive (1100m/3608ft): 8-9 hours
Day 04: Jagat to Dharapani (1,960m/6,430ft): 7-8 hours
Day 05: Dharapani to Koto (2,610m/8,563ft): 5-6 hours
Day 06: Koto to Meta (3,560m/11,680ft): 7-8 hours
Day 07: Meta to Phu Gaon (4,250m/13,944ft): 7-8 hours
Day 08: Acclimatization at Phu Gaon
Day 09: Phu Gaon to Nar (4,110m/13,484ft): 6-7 hours
Day 10: Acclimatization and preparation at Nar
Day 11: Nar to Kang La Pass (5,322m/17,460ft) to Ngwal (3,660m/12,008ft): 7-8 hours
Day 12: Ngwal to Manang (3,540m/11,614ft): 4-5 hours
Day 13: Manang to Yak Kharka (4,110m/13,484ft): 3-4 hours
Day 14: Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,600m/15,092ft): 3-4 hours
Day 15: Thorong Phedi to Thorong La (5,416m/17764ft) to Muktinath (3,800m/12,467ft): 7-8 hours
Day 16: Muktinath to Jomsom (2,715m/8,910ft): 5-6 hours
Day 17: Jomsom to Pokhara Flight (823m/2,700ft): 30 min flight
Day 18: Pokhara to Kathmandu (1,350m/4,428ft): 5-6 hours drive
Day 19: Final departure from Nepal
Includes and Excludes
- Tourist bus transportation from Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu
- Fly from Jomsom - Pokhara
- 2 nights accommodation with breakfast at a Hotel in Pokhara
- 3 meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) during the trek
- Teahouse accommodation during the trek
- English speaking, well trained and experienced trekking guides, assistant guide(s) as per the group size and support team for luggage
- Down jacket and sleeping bag (if needed)
- Trekking map and trip achievement certificate
- First aid medical kit
- Annapurna Conservation Park Permits fee
- TIMS Fee (Trekkers Information Management System)
- Government taxes & office service charge
Not Included in the Cost
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu
- Nepal entry visa
- Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc)
- Porters in needed
- Tips for guides and porters
Accommodation for Nar Phu Valley Trek
Accent Himalaya manages its best to provide good food and comfortable accommodation. During your stay in Kathmandu, standard hotels (rated 2-3 star) will be provided (for 4 nights). However, if you are willing to pay more, we can arrange some luxurious room from 4-5 star hotels.
But once you set out for Annapurna Nar Phu Valley Trekking, normal lodges or Teahouse will be arranged where you get a normal bed and pillow. A few lodges have electric lights but others rely on candle lights or lanterns. Nevertheless, there will be a good provision of food. All the lodges are booked prior to your trekking but in some cases, they cannot be booked in advance. In such a case, you need to show willingness since it is an adventurous trekking and some facilities are limited to the high mountains.
Meals and Drinks on Annapurna Nar Phu Valley Trek
All the meals and breakfast required for you are included in our package. Dinner and breakfast will be served in the same lodge where you spend overnight and the team leader or guide will find you a good place for lunch on the way to your destination. We recommend you to carry water purification pills along with you as normal water will be provided free of cost. If you wish to drink bottled water, they are available in the shop and tea houses. However, bottled water and liquors are not included in the package.
Best Season to Travel
The best Seasons for traveling in Nepal are spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November). Trips can also be arranged during winter upon request. However, the cold environment might not be suitable for all. Because of scorching heat, and monsoon with melting snow, we don’t recommend you for trekking in the months of June, July, and August.
Luggage/Backpack on Nar Phu Valley Trek
During your trek, your main luggage will be carried by our porters and you will be carrying a small backpack with your water bottle, camera, tissue paper, towel, or other gears that you need to use frequently. The clothes and gears that you don’t need can be packed and left in the locker or safe deposit box in the hotel free of cost.
Normal weight limit at Nepal’s domestic airline is 15 kg including your hand carry and in case you exceed the limit, you need to pay the extra amount which is not included in our package.
Guide/Porter on Trek
Accent Himalaya provides you a very trained and experienced trekking guide who will handle all the logistics and other issues that may emerge during your trek. We have the best provision of very loyal and honest porters who will carry 20 kg from two tourists (10 kg each). If you are trekking in a bigger group (more than 10 people in a group), we will provide you an additional guide.
Group Size, Guide, and Crew Member
Accent Himalaya organizes Nar Phu Valley Trekking from a minimum of a single person to maximum of 12 people in a group at once. However, larger groups trek can be arranged by splitting the groups. One guide is provided for up to 6 trekkers and 2 guides are provided up to 16 trekkers. One porter is provided for 2 trekkers. The guide will be in the same hotel or lodge where you are accommodated but porter might be placed somewhere else during your trip.
Personal Expenses on Trek
A personal expense literally depends upon your personal habit; whether you are alcoholic or non-alcoholic, extravagant or thrifty and so on. Normally, the cost of the meal and accommodation during the trek are covered in our package and you will be liable to pay for table drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages), snacks while trekking, souvenirs, hot shower (available in some places), tips to the guide and porters, meals during your stay at Kathmandu (a normal meal costs around $ 5-7 in Kathmandu) as well as the entrance fees during your city tour to different places in Kathmandu (approximately $ 25). Tips to the guide and porter are your personal choice. However, we advise you to give tip and allocate 5-10 percent of your total tour cost if you are satisfied with their service.
Gears Available in Kathmandu
All the necessary gears required for the trek are available in Kathmandu at a reasonable price or even you can hire them. Hence, you don’t have to spend a large amount of money for your trip preparation in your home country.
A Typical Day on Trek
On a usual day, you are required to walk for 4-6 hours every day. After having breakfast, you will set out for the day’s walk for 3-4 hours until midday and stop for lunch. After lunch, you continue to your destination. The after lunch walk is comparatively shorter and can reach the destination within next couple of hours. On some particular days, you will get to reach your destination at lunchtime and after that, you can take rest and enjoy the remaining hours. After reaching your destination of the day, you can relax, stretch your body, take a shower, read some books, roam around or even play cards in a group.
Our Greetings at Airport
We advise you to flow the information of your international flight details after you confirm your Nar Phu Valley Trekking with Accent Himalaya for our meeting and greetings. Right after you cross the Customs and check out of the terminal building, you will find our representative holding a placard with your name or the name of the company (Accent Himalaya) and drop you to your hotel in a private car. In case you have booked the hotel by yourself, we suggest you inform us in advance the name of the hotel you are about to stay so that our representative can drop you to your hotel and would be easier to meet with the team leader or the guide.
Itinerary and Possible Changes on it
Our normal Itinerary includes 19 days package for Annapurna Nar Phu Valley Trek which is the most usual and practical. In the package, the days of your arrival and departure and a day of city tour are also counted. In case you managed further schedule, you want to exclude those days for our service and just want us to help you with the trekking part, upon your request, we can rearrange and adjust the itinerary and let you know about the final cost for the trip.
Also, you can extend or shorten your trek if you feel it’s necessary with consulting our guide on the way to your destination. We recommend you to finish the trek within the last day mentioned in our package as many unforeseen circumstances may befall any time.
Health, Safety, and Security of the clients are always our top most priority. So, In case of a serious sickness or any mishaps, while you are on Nar Phu Valley trek (which we believe will not happen), we will do everything to transfer you to the nearest hospital to save your life and you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation/rescue. So, please make sure that these expenses are covered by your insurance policy before assigning for the trek or you have to pay on your own after getting back to Kathmandu. Ensure that you’ve insured yourself before doing the trip and please visit Nepal Travel insurance page for more info about it.
Booking and Payment
You are required to make 20% (non-refundable) payment in advance in order to confirm and book Nar Phu Valley Trek along with a photocopy of your passport and flight details (arrival detail, flight name, number and time) and the remaining 80% balance is due when you arrive in Nepal. You have an option of paying the advance by bank transfer or credit card. So, do let us know which modes of payment are convenient for you, then we will forward the details of payment.