Nar Phu Valley Trek | Annapurna

 
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Duration: 19 Days

Country: Nepal

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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Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m/4,428ft)

After arriving at the Tribhuvan International Airport - the representative of Accent Himalaya will pick you up and drop you at the hotel in a private vehicle. You can feel comfortable and relax and in the evening, we will have welcome dinner together tasting the delicious Nepalese food. We hope you will enjoy that.

Included meals: Dinner

Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

Today after having our breakfast, we will be going to sightsee Kathmandu - also known as the town of temple. We visit some UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE sites of Nepal. This includes the Pashupatinath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Boudhanath, and  Swayambhunath temple.

These places are full of historical stories, norms, and value for Nepali people. We find so many interesting and amazing arts and architecture of Nepali culture. The handicraft (Hasthakala, Murtikala, Chitrakala, Bastukala etc) are the main attraction for visitors.

After visiting those places, if we have some extra time - we further may visit other places like Thamel Bazaar, the tourist hotspot in Kathmandu
 

Included meals: Breakfast

Day 03: Kathmandu to Jagat Drive (1100m/3608ft): 8-9 hours

Early in the morning before sunshine, we will prepare for our drive to Jagat from Kathmandu. After having our breakfast, we will catch the bus for Jagat around at 7 am. We will pass through the picturesque views and scenes of Nepalese countryside, lush greeneries, rivers, villages, farms and mountain vistas on our way to Jagat. Drive until Besisahar is smooth and easy and after there we will drive in off-road which is bumpy, however, the driving condition is negligible as of scenic views from windowpane.


Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 04: Jagat to Dharapani (1,960m/6,430ft): 7-8 hours

Upon having our breakfast, we start our first trekking steps from Jagat heading towards Dharapani. Our trails lead us until we reach the river and continue through a lush forest.  With more ascend to sharp-edged cliff facing riverbank, we lead to Chyamje, with picture amidst the glorious backdrop of towering Annapurna range.  We cross a suspension bridge and climb steeply towards the slippery and challenging path to Saattale. After passing the rock-strewn trails, we descend down to grassy riverbank leading to Tal. We walk through the rugged and winding trails and approach the steeply forested village of Karte.  From Karte, we have to cross the waterfall and cliffs, then with crossing stream over the bridge will approach at Dharapani.


Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 05: Dharapani to Koto (2,610m/8,563ft): 5-6 hours

Today we start our journey in the morning towards Bagarchhap which takes about an hour to pass through the pine and fir forest.  On the way, we will visit the whitewashed monastery in near village. Another one-hour trekking lead us to another village called Danaque and our trails are steeply up to Timang. We can get the good views of Mount Manaslu and Peak 29. We again pass through the pine forest till Latamarang and take our lunch. We continue to trek through the forest where we have a short glimpse of Annapurna II. And finally, we arrive at Koto village.


Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 06: Koto to Meta (3,560m/11,680ft): 7-8 hours

Early in the morning, we will have to register our restricted area permit at police check post and trek through the riverbank of Soti Khola. And with passing through the wonderful pine forest, stream, suspension bridge we reach Dharmasala and take our packed lunch on the way. Then we ascend through the steep forest to reach the destination of the day, Meta village, Tibetan plateau with the views of Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal.


Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 07: Meta to Phu Gaon (4,250m/13,944ft): 7-8 hours

Today we start our day with up and down traversing and crossing suspension bridges over different streams. With 4 hours of our trekking, we reach the Kyang where we can see the remnants, ruined forts of the Khampa settlement, place where Khampa refugees from Tibet once captured and lived. After few walking, we arrive at Phu Khola and with rocky trails we arrive at Phu Gaon (village).


Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 08: Acclimatization at Phu Gaon

Expert advice to take rest and acclimatize when we are in long and altitude trekking. So today we spend the day for acclimatization and rest in Phu village. We will explore the village and culture. As we are in the village that is in Lost/Hidden Valley, we can explore the culture, natural diversity and religious practices of ethnic groups like Lama, Gurung, and Gale. We also visit and explore the old monastery which is one of the 108 worlds great Buddhist monastery, called Tashi Lakhang, last monastery constructed by Karmapa Rinpoche. We also admire the views of Himlung Himal and other snow peaks.


Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 09: Phu Gaon to Nar (4,110m/13,484ft): 6-7 hours

We pass many streams and suspension bridge till we reach Mahendra Pul. We pass the suspension bridge 80 m over the gorge of Lapche Khola. We take our lunch at Mahendra Pul. Then we ascend the trails with steep passing many Buddhist stupas till reach at Nar Valley.


Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

 

Day 10: Acclimatization and preparation at Nar

Today we again take rest and spend a day for acclimatization. We will hike nearby Nar village and explore the village culture and tradition. We also have to prepare for next day journey.


Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 11: Nar to Kang La Pass (5,322m/17,460ft) to Ngwal (3,660m/12,008ft): 7-8 hours

We have a long day trek with adventurous day hike. So we have to be ready early in the morning and start to trek towards Kangla Pass. With the views of massif Annapurna, we further trek down to Ngwal.


Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 12: Ngwal to Manang (3,540m/11,614ft): 4-5 hours

Today we will head to Manang. We will pass through the isolated village of Paugh over-looking the amazing views of Annapurna range. We gently move uphill to Mungli and set up our camps after reaching to Manang with the main trail of Annapurna trail.


Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 13: Manang to Yak Kharka (4,110m/13,484ft): 3-4 hours

We cross the stream, climbs to a village of Tenki above Manang and then continue to climb out of the Marshyangdi valley turning northwest up the valley of Jarsang Khola. We turn to Northward valley, pass few pastures and juniper trees and steadily gain the elevation. We pass near the village of Ghunsa with a cluster of flat mud roofs just below the trailhead. We will pass the meadow with horses and yaks graze. Then we cross the wooden bridge on the stream and pas the ancient Mani wall. After few walking, we reach Yak Kharka.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
 

Day 14: Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,600m/15,092ft): 3-4 hours

Today we will have to reach to Thorong Phedi, a small settlement with catering to the tired trekkers. Trekkers usually take this place as a base camp. Trekkers try to climb up to the High camp for easiness for next day but this is not a good way as our body gets really tired in a single day.


Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 15: Thorong Phedi to Thorong La (5,416m/17764ft) to Muktinath (3,800m/12,467ft): 7-8 hours

We take a long trek for a day. We start early in the morning around  4 am to reach the Pass, Thorong Pass, and make it around at 9-10am. We will climb on a steeply regular using route for easiness to ascend. Problems may arise because of snow and altitude. We will get the reward of amazing views of whole Mustang valley. And we will continue to trek for arriving at the Holy place, the town of Muktinath.

Mukti means to forgive and Nath means God used by Hindus. Muktinath is the Pilgrimage site both for Hindus and Buddhist.  We can see the 108 waterspouts, Jwalama Mai Temple with gorgeous natural spring and eternal flame fueled by natural gas.


Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 16: Muktinath to Jomsom (2,715m/8,910ft): 5-6 hours

We will return back on the same route to arrive Muktinath. We follow the trail down to the Eklebhatti and walk along with the great Kali Gandaki River to Jomsom.  Jomsom is a large town with many facilities, the district headquarter of Mustang. And also have an airstrip.


Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 17: Jomsom to Pokhara Flight (823m/2,700ft): 30 min flight

We take the early flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. As your interest, we will visit the Fewa Lakeside in Pokhara. We have a time for visiting and sightseeing around Pokhara valley that covers  Fewa Lake, Devi’s waterfall, Museum, Tibetan refugee settlement and Gupteshower cave, etc.


Included meals: Breakfast

Day 18: Pokhara to Kathmandu (1,350m/4,428ft): 5-6 hours drive

You may extend your trip further to continue onto Chitwan jungle safari, rafting adventure, Kathmandu valley shopping tour, scenic Everest flight, mountain biking and other activities as your choice. In the evening, we will have a farewell dinner with the celebration of succession on entire trek adventure in a traditional Nepalese restaurant.


Included meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 19: Final departure from Nepal

Our entire trip concludes today. Our Representative will drop you at the airport in Kathmandu for your flight before 3 hours.


Included meals: Breakfast

Includes and Excludes

What's Included

  • 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

Trip Note

 

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.

Insurance/Rescue/Evacuation

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.

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