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The Nar Phu valley trek is a less popular but equally exciting trek in Nepal that takes you through the remote and isolated Nar and Phu valleys. Located in the Annapurna region of Nepal, this trek offers stunning views of the Annapurna mountain range and takes you through traditional villages, ancient monasteries, and high passes. The trek starts in Jagat and takes about 23 days to complete if you include the classic Annapurna Circuit route also. Along the way, you will have the opportunity to interact with the local Tibetan-influenced communities and learn about their culture and way of life. The Nar Phu valley trek is a challenging trek that requires a good level of physical fitness, but it is a rewarding experience for those who are up for the challenge. The entire trail is adorned with fragments of Tibetan Buddhist culture including numerous Chortens, Stupas, and monasteries. The trail itself goes through restricted trekking areas and requires special passes. However, the picturesque glacial views, amazing formations of rock, canyons, forests, and wildlife make the trek worth any and every pass. The main destinations on the trail are the remote and distinct villages of Nar and Phu. Both villages carry amazing natural vistas and unique cultures. Other villages passed include Meta, Koto, and the classic villages in the Annapurna Circuit trail like Manang, Muktinath, and Marpha, and even climb Poon Hill for the last goodbye to the Himalayas. You will pass through the Kangla pass which lies at an altitude of 5300m and the Thorong La pass at an altitude of 5416m making for an incredible mountain experience. Join us on this incredible adventure in the Himalayas combining the best of three treks; Nar Phu Valley, Annapurna Circuit, and Poonhill trek. This will surely be an experience you will not forget
The best season for the Nar Phu valley trek depends on your preferences and the specific activities you want to do during your trek. There are two main trekking seasons; autumn and spring.
If you want to enjoy the beauty of the autumn season, the best time to go on the Nar Phu valley trek is from September to November. During these months, the weather is dry and clear, making it perfect for trekking. The temperature is also pleasant, with daytime temperatures ranging from 10°C to 15°C and nighttime temperatures dropping to around -5°C to 0°C.
If you prefer the spring season, the best time to go on the Nar Phu valley trek is March to May. During these months, the weather is warm and dry, with daytime temperatures ranging from 15°C to 20°C and nighttime temperatures dropping to around 0°C to 5°C. The rhododendrons and other flowers are in bloom, making the trek even more beautiful.
The monsoon season, from June to August, is not the best time for the Nar Phu valley trek as the trails can be slippery and the visibility can be poor due to the heavy rain.
Accessible Adventures is a reputable travel company that has been organizing treks and excursions in the Annapurna area for more than a decade. We are easy to work with, adaptable, and will fulfill all of your needs. In addition, Accessible Adventures operates a hotel in Kathmandu where we can customize rooms to meet your individual needs.
Our guides have completed a range of training programs in which they practice and prepare for the trip during the tourist off-season, noting the terrain and routes in the region. This is to guarantee that our guests have the best experience possible during the busiest season.
Other benefits of booking your trip via Accessible Adventure include:
With over 30 years of personal travel experience, including peak climbing and visiting Nepal's most popular tourist spots, we are aware of the difficulties that may arise for both you, the traveler, and the guides and porters that we employ, throughout your journey. Because of our personal experiences in a variety of locations, including EBC, ABC, and others, we have been able to customize trips and make the adventure seem more comfortable and private. We offer the greatest professional services while treating each client like family.
When you reach Kathmandu, our airport agent will greet you. We will make certain that your travel needs are met while you are in our care. As there are no scheduled activities for the day, we will assist you in checking into your appropriate hotel. You have the option of walking around the neighborhood or resting in your respective rooms.
Visit cultural and religious sites of Swayambhunath, called the monkey Temple, Pashupatinath, one of the largest temples in Nepal, and Bouddhanath, the large stupa in our itinerary today.
Pashupatinath Temple: One of the oldest Hindu temples, Pashupatinath Temple, is dedicated to Lord Shiva, also known as the "Lord of All Beings." Lord Shiva is the embodiment of the universe's destructive aspect. The Pashupatinath complex is traversed by the revered Bagmati river. For those who pass away on the banks of the river, cremation rites are performed by the majority of Hindus in the Kathmandu Valley.
Swayambhunath Stupa: The Swayambhunath stupa is one of the most revered Buddhist stupas in Nepal. It is thought to have materialized when, in ancient times, the Bodhisattva Manjushri carved a canyon at Chhobhar using his flaming sword to drain the waters of the huge lake that was Kathmandu.
Bouddhanath Stupa: Lord Buddha's four pairs of eyes are positioned in the four cardinal directions atop the 2500-year-old Buddhist stupa in the Valley, which was erected in the fifth century. This stupa keeps a constant watch over people and their actions. Buddhist pilgrims from Tibet may be seen spinning prayer wheels as they round the stupa.
You can also walk around Thamel and Visit the Kathmandu Durbar Square in the evening. The Kathmandu durbar square houses the palace of the Malla kings including old temples like the Taleju and Kastapmandap.
Get out of the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu and drive to the trailhead in Jagat, which is sandwiched between the towering peaks of the Annapurnas and Mt. Manaslu, the eighth-highest peak in the world. The trail to Jagat is located in the north, ascending the Marsyangdi Valley with Himalchuli in the background. Traveling from Besisahar, the Lamung district capital, to our guesthouse in Jagat, we'll see plenty of green rice paddies and peaceful villages along the way. The Classic trailhead for the Annapurna Circuit begins here along with the Nar Phu valley trek.
After we have finished our breakfast at Jagat, we will head out onto the path and continue our hike. Since our hike will take us along the Marsyangdi River, we can expect to see a number of breathtaking waterfalls in addition to an abundance of lush vegetation. After making a lengthy ascent along a trail that winds its way steadily upward, one finally arrives at Tal, the first settlement in the Manang District. The trail starts off in a verdant area, but not long after that, the landscape begins to undergo a dramatic transformation. Stone steps lead up to the town of Dharapani, which is reached by following a path that continues along an expansive and impressive valley.
We start our hike today shortly after breakfast. On the way to Bargarchhap, the path goes through pine and fir forests, past a number of monasteries, and through traditional villages. From Bargarchhap, you can see Annapurna II, Manaslu, and other peaks in a beautiful way. Along the way, you might see rhododendrons, pine forests, and even Himalayan thars, Himalayan black bears, and blue sheep. After having lunch at Bargarchap we continue our trek to Koto.
Koto village is a small village that sits at an elevation of 2630 meters. It is known for its beautiful views of the mountains around it and its culture that is influenced by Tibetan traditions.
Beginning in the village of Koto, the hike travels along the Phu Khola river and passes through a variety of breathtaking landscapes, such as forested areas, rocky cliffs, and alpine meadows. After passing of a checkpoint, we continue our trek through a picturesque forest high above the Phu Khola. There are several caves and other structures that serve as community shelters. As we make our way through the tight canyon, the path takes us right through the middle of a waterfall. As we make our way up to where we will be staying for the day, Meta, there is less and less vegetation. The elevation of Meta Village is 3690 meters above sea level. Meta Village is a small village. After passing the 3,000-meter mark in altitude, the air is beginning to become thinner; however, we will be able to adjust to the new conditions after a restful night's sleep. The views of Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal are seen beautifully.
We start walking again today, ascending and descending till we reach a suspension bridge. Walking through Chyaku, we gain altitude and are welcomed by the amazing sights of the Annapurna mountains. Reaching Kyang, we see the Pisang village below as well as Annapurna II. Having lunch here, we follow the Phu Khola via a rocky trail finally reaching the gate to the Phu village. Blue sheep and Tibetan cultural fragments are everywhere in the village. Himlung mountain is seen beautifully from Phu village. The villagers of Phu are mostly Tibetan refugees who migrated to Nepal in the 1950s and 1960s. The village is home to a number of traditional Tibetan-style houses, which are made of stone and have flat roofs. The village is also home to several monasteries, which are a testament to the strong Buddhist influence in the region.
Today is an acclimatization and exploration day in Phu village so we don’t need to start early. We will visit the historical Tashi Lhakhang Monastery in Phu. he monastery is a popular stop for trekkers visiting the region and is known for its beautiful architecture and its rich cultural and spiritual significance.
The Tashi Lhakhang Monastery was founded in the 14th century by the famous Tibetan saint and yogi, Drukpa Kunley, also known as the "Divine Madman". The monastery is an important site for the Drukpa Kagyu sect of Tibetan Buddhism and is home to several artifacts and relics related to Drukpa Kunley.
The monastery is a beautiful and peaceful place, with stunning views of the surrounding mountains. The main temple of the monastery is adorned with beautiful murals and statues of various deities and saints. The monastery is also home to several monks, who live and study there.
After visiting the monastery, we return to our hotel and rest and relax amid the beautiful scenery at Phu village.
Today we have a challenging day ahead of us. We will have to cross two passes to reach Nar village: the Phu and Nar pass. We will cross numerous suspension bridges and streams. Nearby Pisang Peaks can be seen from the trail. We have to pack our lunch today as there are no teahouses along the entire way to Nar. The famous Mahendra Pool Bridge is crossed today. The bridge is named after the late King Mahendra of Nepal and was built in the 1960s to provide a connection between the Nar and Phu valleys. The Mahendra bridge is a vital link for the local people of the Nar and Phu valleys, as it provides access to essential services such as healthcare, education, and trade. Nar village is located at the foot of the Kang La pass, which lies at an altitude of 5300 meters and offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains. Numerous monasteries exist in Nar village and studying Buddhism is very popular.
Today is another challenging day as we have to climb another high pass. From Nar, we begin ascending slowly through Yak pastures and the small Temdenzon river. As we approach the base of the pass called Kang La Phedi, we see views of the Pisang mountains. Ascending to cross the pass brings more peaks like Annapurna II, Gangapurna, and Tilicho Peak into view. Here we have our packed lunch and descend sharply to Ngawal village.
Today is a relatively short day of trekking as we walk from Ngawal village to Manang. The vegetation gets more dense as we walk through pine forests and numerous Gurung villages. The Marsyangdi river follows us all the way to Manang through villages like Braga and Paugh. Tilicho Peak and Annapurna ranges can be seen throughout the trail today. We rejoin the Annapurna Circuit trail and walk all the way to Manang. Manang is one of the main villages in the Annapurna Circuit Trail. From here we begin the Annapurna Circuit Trail. We stay at a lodge for the night.
After an exhausting trek in the past few days, today we relax in Manang to sightsee. Views of the Gangapurna lake are awesome from Manang and lie a day hike away. Walking through ridges and forests we see amazing views of Gangapurna and Annapurna. After some time we reach pure Gangapurna lake. From The Gangapurna lake, we move towards the famous Manang Valley Viewpoint. From the Viewpoint, we can see panoramic views of Gangapurna, Annapurna II, Tilicho Peak, Pisang Peak, and Cholu peak. If you so desire, we can move further to Milarepa cave.
Manang has numerous monasteries which you can explore and learn more about Tibetan Buddhism. You can also go visit the small Manang museum to learn about the history and culture of the region.
By itself Manang village and nearby areas are beautiful and just slowly walking around the village and nearby areas is sure to bring you peace and joy. The ice lake is quite far away and will require a full day’s commitment.
Waking up early in the morning, we grab breakfast. Walking slightly, we see the trails to Tilicho Lake and Yak Kharka separate. Slightly beyond Manang, we reach the village of Tenji. From here we see the best views of the Manang valley as well as Annapurna and Gangapurna. There is an apple farm here also. The trail now consists mainly of short shrubs and thorny bushes. We reach the village of Ghusang from where we can enjoy the views of the surrounding mountains while sipping warm tea. A gradual incline leads up to Yak Kharka where we see flocks of Thar. Just before we reach Yak Kharka we get to see views of many teahouses from the trail. After crossing the tea houses, Chulo Far east can be seen as well as Thorong peak which lies just in front of us. After a short duration of walking uphill, we reach the village of Yak Kharka where we grab lunch. Then after lunch, we take a short hike in order to acclimatize and explore the region. After the short hike, we return to our hotel.
We move from Yak Kharka after breakfast and moving gradually uphill we reach the village of Leather from where we can see excellent views of the Manang valley. We cross a suspension bridge and ascend to find a few teashops where we take a short rest and drink tea. The road ahead is quite dangerous and prone to rockfall. Around 30 minutes are taken to cross this narrow and quite risky trail.
Walking slightly more we reach Thorong Phedi. At Thorong Phedi we grab lunch and hike to the High Camp to get our bodies used to the altitude as it does take some time to get used to the thin air. We return back to our lodge for the night. Some may experience altitude sickness symptoms as well as face difficulties sleeping. This is quite normal.
If our bodies are fit and we are healthy, we can stay at High Camp instead of Thorong Phedi which will make the trip easier the next day
Today is the main day for the trek as we aim to cross the Thorang La pass. Waking up early we pack lunch and breakfast and start ascending to Thorang La. The road is narrow and as the sun is not up yet we must be careful and use headlights to find our way along the trail. Small teahouses are also seen to line the trail. Just before we reach the Thorang La, we get to witness the sunrise in the mountains. At Thorang La, we are between two massive peaks. You can see amazing panoramic views of the mountains and take wonderful pictures to commemorate your success of making it to and pass the Thorang La, a dream come to reality for many. On two sides of the pass, we can see the Annapurna Circuit trail we walked previously and the route to Upper Mustang.
After crossing the Thorang la, the route descends deeply and is lined with gravel and even ice in the winter, and thus care must be taken not to slip. Many small houses to take shelter from ice storms can be seen along the route. We again reach a new village also known as Thorang Phedi where we grab lunch. We rest here for some time. The route from here is quite easy as we descend. Views of the Dhaulagiri range, Nilgiri, Tukuche, and Thakpa peaks can be seen. We cross a suspension bridge and after a short duration of walking, we reach the Muktinath Temple where a tourist checkpoint exists. We explore the temple compound which is revered by both Hindus and Buddhists alike. There are 108 water taps which are said to cleanse bad karma. A monastery here also houses a natural gas flame that is said to never stop. A nunnery is present here also. The Muktinath temple complex is amazingly interesting to explore. After this, we reach our hotel and drop our belongings. Here, in Muktinath, there are massive statues of Padmasambhava and the Buddha. Aishwarya lake can also be seen from the complex.
Today we wake up at Muktinath to an amazing sunrise, surrounded by mountains. We can make a quick journey to the Muktinath temple before heading back on the trail. Today the walk is very scenic as we follow the wide road trail that descends down from Muktinath to the village of Marpha. Marpha is well known for its apple brandy and we can get good Himalayan apples, brandy, and Sichuan peppercorns here. The old town of Marpha is extremely attractive and ancient. The alleyways will have us going back in time. We can visit the old monasteries in Marpha before heading over to our hotel for the night.
Today we awake in Marpha and say goodbye to the beautiful village walk next to the Kaligandaki river. Hunting for Shaligrams might be in store for us today as we walk through a relatively easy trail to reach Ghasa where we stay for the night.
Today we begin the walk early after breakfast. The trail is quite leisurely as well as you can cover the 14km distance in around 6 hours. We will be walking along the Kaligandaki gorge valley today as well. The sights from here of the surrounding hills are quite amazing. Once we reach Tatopani, we can go to the nearby hot water spring from which the place derives its name. The hot water is relaxing to our muscles and will ensure a warm and fulfilling sleep tonight.
Today we rejoin the classic Ghorepani poonhill trek route as we walk around 17km from Tatopani to Ghorepani. The ascent is gradual and we walk almost 17 kilometers to the scenic area of Ghorepani. The view of the mountains peering through the hills is a teaser for the large and wide panoramic view that we will get from atop poonhill. As we stay, we meet travelers going along the Ghorepani poonhill trek as well as those going on the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek. We rest at Ghorepani with amazing food options.
We wake up before sunrise and take a one-hour walk to climb Poon Hill. The view of the sunrise from Poon hill is absolutely amazing and is considered by many to be the best sunrise view in Nepal. From the top of Poon hill, we see the mountains of Dhaulagiri I, II, Annapurna I, Barha Sikhar, Annapurna South, Himchuli, Gangapurna, Mt Fishtail, Mardi Himal, and Lamjung Himal. In front of the mountains lie hills that are decked with rhododendron in spring. After taking tea and enjoying the view from the top we return back to Ghorepani where we grab breakfast. We can rest and chill at Ghorepani after completing a long and difficult trek in the Annapurna region.
After breakfast, we begin walking downhill to Nayapul. The route is the one used by hikers going from Nayapul to Ghorepani for a clockwise route to Annapurna Sanctuary or just the Poonhill trek. Going downhill at a leisurely pace. We eventually start seeing more signs of civilization as we near Nayapu. From here a private vehicle will be waiting for us to take us back to Pokhara.
We can celebrate the success of our trip in the many hotels in Pokhara Lakeside and if we wish can extend our trip.
From Pokhara we start moving to Kathmandu after breakfast via tourist bus, On the way, we make a stop for lunch and rest while enjoying the beautiful hilly terrain that we move through. We arrive in Kathmandu after an approximate 8-hour drive where you will be dropped at your hotel.
As you wrap up your journey through the stunning Nar Phu valley, it's time to bid Nepal farewell. Before departing for your next destination, you will be transported to the international airport 3 hours prior to your flight. If you'd like to continue exploring all that Nepal has to offer, you have the option to extend your stay in the country. We hope you have thoroughly enjoyed your trek with us and will recommend us to others planning a trip to Nepal. While it's time to say goodbye for now, we hope to see you again in the future with a warm "Til we meet again" in Nepali, or "Feri Bhetumla."
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Nar Phu Valley is located in the northern Annapurna region of Nepal. It diverges from the Annapurna Circuit route and heads northwards. The area is remote and is populated by numerous small villages that are known for their authentic style and natural beauty.
The unspoiled natural beauty, ancient villages, and distinct culture of Nar Phu Valley have made it famous far beyond its borders. As an added bonus, the region is well-known for its trekking routes, many of which boast breathtaking panoramas of the Himalayas. The Villages of Nar and Phu have a unique mix of Tibetan heritage and culture with an unspoiled and authentic feel. The numerous monasteries present also give you a chance to explore the culture and spiritual aspects of the valleys. Numerous mountains can be seen of the Annapurna and Manaslu ranges and walking through numerous high mountain passes make the trek in the Narphu valley one of the best.
We offer one of the most competitive prices for Nar Phu valley trek. Typically the cost of the trek lies at around $1100-1200 based on different companies. You can customize our Nar Phu valley trek and we can give you a quote based on your preferred itinerary.
You can buy maps for the Nar Phu valley trek in numerous bookstores and map shops present around Thamel area. Please note to ask for the latest updated map.
Hiking through the Nar Phu valley would be an exciting journey full of opportunities to see beautiful landscapes, learn about the culture of the indigenous Nar Phu people, and immerse oneself in their distinctive way of life. The trek is one of the new up and coming treks that serves as an excellent alternative to the busier Annapurna Circuit trail.
The Itineraries for the Nar Phu valley can range from 11-25 days based on personal preferences. Our Nar Phu valley trek takes you through all the main locations in the Nar Phu valley as well as combining the Annapurna Circuit and the Poon-Hill trek. Please contact us for a customized itinerary that we can make to suit your specific needs.
We will provide you with the trek permit by applying for it at the Nepal Tourism Board. This and any other permits and legal requirements will be completely handled by us so you do not need to fret.
It is said that the culture and isolation of the Nar Phu valley make it well worth the difficult trek that many adventurers take to get there. It is one of the up and coming treks in Nepal but hasn’t received the recognition it deserves. It is perfect for those wanting an amazing Himalayan experience filled with not only natural beauty, adventure and cultural diversity.
You should think about your level of fitness, the amount of time you have available, and how much of a cultural and adventurous experience you want to have on your Nar Phu trek. Also your budget matters as well. Choosing an itinerary also depends on the season that you want to do the trek in. You can contact us for the best options for you.
No it is not possible to do the solo trek to Nar Phu. It is strongly recommended that you have a guide with you for safety and logistical reasons. The Himalaya are a challenging environment and having someone well acquainted with the trek helps immensely. Also, our guides will keep you informed throughout the trek with interesting facts and stories about every place you visit.
The following permits are required for the Nar Phu valley Trek and they cost the following amounts: Permits to enter the restricted area of Nar Phu Valley cost U$D100 per week per person, with an additional extension fee of $15 per day. The price of a permit to enter the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) is USD30 per person. The Trekking Permits Information Management System (TIMS) costs USD20 per traveler.