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Regarded as baeyul or hidden land, Nar Phu valley is perhaps the most unexplored and unique destination in the Annapurna trekking region. Nar Phu Valley trekking is a journey into Tibetan villages of Nar (3570m) and Phu (3950m) where life and culture have remained frozen since medieval times.
Nar Phu Valley lies in the Himalayan rain-shadow area and can be accessed by following the Annapurna Circuit trail. Exploring Nar and Phu which are located only a day apart features crossing the Kang La pass at 5320m and hiking up to Himlung Himal Base Camp (4900m). Kang La pass affords excellent views of Annapurna II, Himlung Himal, Gangapurna, and Tilicho Peak. You will be able to observe colorful and buzzing Nar Phedi monastery, Kahyud Gompas in Nar, Tashi Lhakhang gompa in Phu, dzongs, chortens and stone-walled houses.
The trail traverses cliff-side paths, narrow gorges and canyon, and into a wilderness that is the habitat of many rare flora and fauna. For a longer trip, you can combine Nar Phu Valley trekking with a trip to Jomsom and Muktinath by way of crossing Thorung La pass (5416m).
The cultural and ecological diversity of Nar Phu Valley has been carefully preserved under sustainable management of Annapurna Conservation Area Project. To that end Nar Phu Valley trekking falls in the restricted area category which means trekkers must obtain a special permit to do the trek.
Nar Phu Valley trekking is feasible during Spring and Autumn as well as monsoon season. Simple lodges and homestays are available on the trek though camping trek is often advisable.
● Visit medieval and unique Nar and Phu villages
● Capture stunning panorama of Annapurna range, Himlung Himal, Gangapurna, and Tilicho Peak,
Himlung, Kang Guru and Ratna Chuli
● Learn about the medieval lifestyle and Buddhist culture of Tibetan people
● Trek through a rugged, wilderness area full of canyons, cliffs, rivers and high mountains
● Explore ancient and medieval monasteries, dzongs, chortens
● Cross Kang La pass at 5320m and Thorung La pass (5416m)
● Trek down to Jomsom and Muktinath
● Visit the beautiful lake city Pokhara
● All airport/hotel transfers.
● Two Night Accommodation at a deluxe hotel in Kathmandu on twin/double sharing basis.
● Two Nights accommodations at deluxe hotel in Pokhara on twin/double sharing basis.
● All accommodations and meals during the trek.
● An experienced licensed English-Speaking guide and porters.
● Tourist bus ticket from Pokhara to Kathmandu.
● Flight Ticket from Jomsom to Pokhara.
● All ground transportation as per itinerary.
● Guided sightseeing tour in Pokhara
● All necessary permits (TIMS, Park fees, restricted area permit, world heritage sites entry fee where applicable)
● Farewell dinner
● A comprehensive medical kit.
● All government and local taxes
● Nepal Visa Fee
● International airfare to and from Kathmandu
● Meals in Kathmandu
● Any kind of refreshment beverages and alcohol.
● Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu in cases of early arrival, late departure, and early return from
the mountains (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
● Travel and rescue insurance.
● Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled
water, shower, etc.)
● Any extra costs resulting from cancellation, landslide, weather, political unrest or illness
● Tips for guide, drivers and porters.
● Duffel/Rucksack bag/Suitcase
● Day bag.( Small handbag)
● Trekking shoes
● Sports shoes or sandals.
● Sun Hat/cap
● Warm woolen cap
● Trekking jacket Gore tex/ fleece jacket
● Pullover or warm sweeter
● 4/5 pairs of good qualities shock
● Hand gloves
● 2/3 pairs of Trekking trousers
● 3/4 pairs of trekking shirts
● 3/4 pairs of Underwear
● Eye glass
● Water bottle
● 4 seasons Sleeping bag
● Flash or Torch light
● Camera and batteries.
For lodge and teahouse trekking, we ensure the standard group size, not exceed 16 pax. We believe we can maintain the quality of our services for 16 participants in each group. Please note some restricted trekking areas will require at least two participants to get permits. Individual and solo trekkers are allowed in other trekking regions.
For this trek we provide one licensed professional guide who can communicate or speak in English, one porter for every two participants and one assistant guide for more than 12 pax. A group of 16 participants will have one complimentary group leader. Our trekking guides and porters are well informed about their responsibilities. And the porters can carry up to 20kg of weight. Our field staff will also include one guide who is adept in administering first aid.
The accommodations are chosen based on trekking itinerary, comfort level, budget and interests of trekkers and accessibility in terms of scenery and trail. Most arrangements are made on Bed & Breakfast basis, double/twin sharing in Lodges/Tea houses and Deluxe – Star hotels in cities. Depending upon your interests, a wide range of hotels are available in city areas such as Kathmandu, Pokhara, etc. and during the trekking trail, there are plenty of lodges, teahouses, guesthouses and sometimes even hotels for accommodation. A Teahouse/Lodge trek is where trekkers stay in lodges and guesthouses along the trail as opposed to tents/camping. Such Teahouses/Lodges are run either by local families or are community-based which offers simple to moderate facilities, with simple beds, solar-powered hot water and a limited set of cuisines/meals.
For this trek we offer two types of accommodation, ‘Deluxe Hotel’ in the city and ‘Teahouse/Lodge’ during the trekking trail. The Hotels and Teahouses have been selected by the Asia Buddhist Tours & Treks after personal inspection. We look at the conditions of the inns, local hygiene, quality of food, type of service and more. All rooms are double occupancy, but you can request a single occupancy room for an additional fee. However, sometimes single rooms are not available in some places, depending upon seasonality with limited choices available in peak season. We do work to provide the best possible options when trekking in the High Himalayas.
Touristic cities such as Kathmandu, Pokhara, offer some of the finest dining restaurants. Get spoiled with unlimited choices for cuisines, ranging from local Nepali food to international delicacies. In contrast, there might not be as much variety of cuisines available on the trekking trail. Trekking lodges and small eateries along the trail will offer you basic diets such as Nepali Dal Bhat, sandwich, apple pie and pizza and regular beverages. However, you will get to enjoy mostly organic food on trekking trails.
For this trek we offer you full board (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) local or best available continental food as per menu on your choice and 3 cups of tea/coffee per day. Please note that full board meals are not included during your transition stay in city areas, guests will have to pay for the meals (dinner and lunch), alcohol, hot & cold beverages and mineral water.
We will come to pick you up at Tribhuvan International Airport on the day of your arrival. From the airport you will be directly transported to the comfort of your hotel where you can relax and unwind. In the afternoon/evening visit our office and attend a program briefing by your trekking guide. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.
Following breakfast, we begin our land journey from Kathmandu to Jagat. It takes about 5-6 hrs on Prithivi Highway to reach Jagat. En route enjoy views of snow capped mountains, green rolling hills and Trisuli & Marshyangdi Rivers. Stay overnight in Jagat.
Today you will start trekking. The trail leaves Jagat on an uphill rocky path passing by Chamje and Tal villages. Tal village is distinct with the presence of a waterfall. Climb steeply for 2 hours to finally crash at a Kani or stone shrine that basically reveals the entry to Dharapani. There is a checkpost of Annapurna Area Conservation Project where your permits will be scanned. Stay overnight in Dharapani.
Prepare yourself for a longer walk today. The initial trail passes through rhododendron, spruce and oak forest to Bagarcap village. A further up and you will have entered the Manang valley , welcoming with views of Manaslu, Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal. Observe Maniwall along the way which begins to climb steeply a rhododendron forest leading up to a ridge. Thanchowk is the first Tibetan village you will encounter here before heading towards Koto. Koto has a small gompa and few hotels. Stay overnight in Koto.
After breakfast, lift your backpack and get back on the trail. Descend down a suspension bridge and Seti Khola before climbing up a pine and bamboo forest. Further ahead you will cross a Phu Khola and march towards Dharamshala. Stay overnight in Dharamshala.
The first village you will come across leaving Dharamshala is Meta (3600m). Prepare yourself to experience walking over moraines from nearby glaciers and streams before reaching Jhunam. The entire route was once dotted by Khampa insurgency that was quelled in the seventies by Nepali and Chinese armies. The trail continues to descend through birch trees and past Khyang (3840m) village. Another 1.5 hrs trek will rich you to Phu village which is home to Tashi Lhakhang Gompa, Amchi tradition and Samtenling Gompa. Enjoy the breathtaking view of Bhrikuti peak from Phu. Stay overnight in Phul.
Spend the whole day acclimatizing with the climate. You can explore nearby monasteries and take a short hike to nearby Ngoru Kharka or to Himlung Base Camp to capture impressive views of Himlung Himal. Stay overnight in Phu Gaon
You will tick another to-do list today by visiting Nar village. You will follow a cliff-trail and canyon adjacent to Dho Khola. Enroute visit Zampa Cho Dzong. It takes about an hour to arrive at Nar Phedi which is at an altitude of 3550m. Continue a steep climb from ahead towards Nar. There are relatively more houses in Nar including some amazing gompas. The view of Pisang Peak is also worth capturing from here. Stay overnight in Nar.
Another day for acclimatization. Use the free day to explore nearby hills and take in the natural vistas. Nar is famous for the sighting of Blue Sheep, which is a rare Himalayan species. Stay overnight in Nar.
Embrace this big day by beginning with a warm lunch. Start an early morning hike towards a ridge that connects a trail that is often snow bound in winter. In 2 hrs time you will have arrived at Kang La pass which is indicated by a cairn and incredible views of Annapurnas. The trail descends gradually from the pass allowing you to catch views of Gangapurna and Tilicho. This section is famous for Guru Rimpoche who is said to have spent time in cave meditation. By later afternoon you will find yourself in Ngawal.
Prepare yourself for a long trek as you will follow a more strenuous and high route to magical Manang. There are two routes from here to Manang but we will take the longer route which is more rewarding for its impressive views of Annapurna ranges. The trail ascends quickly passing through one Mring Tso lake and white chorten near Gharu village. Several Dzong and chortens appear in view as you further follow the trail upwards. Don’t forget to enjoy fantastic views of Annapurna mountains along. Ahead you will pass up the village of Ngawal and further along from here is a cave called Ney Guru Sang Phuk. You will descend from here to the Bragha village. The village is famous for a Gompa which possesses centuries old murals and manuscripts. On all sides of Bragha are soaring cliffs and massive Annapurna. It takes another 25 minutes to arrive at Manang. Stay overnight in Manang.
After breakfast you will resume your trekking for the next destination. Our acclimatization process is still on as we make further gains in height in a gradual manner. The trail leaving Manang ascends towards yak shelters and alpine vegetation. You will visit the village of Tengi and Gunsang en route. Take a romantic walk through juniper and berry forests and bushes under shadow of Chulu West and Gundang peaks. Observe yak pastures in Yak Kharka and the excellent view of Annapurna ranges it offers.
It will take 4-5 hrs to reach Through Phedi from Yak Kharka. The trail goes steadily up along Jarsang Khola and the village of Letdar (4230m) comes into view. You can visit Himalayan Rescue Center here to know more about mountaineering safety procedures. Ahead is a wooden bridge over Marshyangdi River. As we approach Thorung Phedi, the trail becomes much narrower as cliffs cave in. Stay overnight in Thorung Phedi.
Today is perhaps the most challenging and rewarding day of the trek. We will leave early in the morning after a warm breakfast for the climb of Thorung La pass. Follow the trail towards Marsyangdi River and pass through the river via a wooden bridge before climbing steeply over moraines and rocky ridges. This section is very prone to immediate weather changes with snow frequently occurring. You will get in and out of canyons and spend at least 5 hrs before reaching the top of Thorung La pass, which is easily recognizable by fluttering prayer flags. Enjoy the breathtaking views of Annapurna, Gangapurna, Khatung Kang, Thorungtse and the dry arid land of Manang.
Afterwards descend along snow strewn, slippery paths passing through ravine and dropping to Chumig Gyatsa or Muktinath. Revered by both Buddhists and Hindus, Muktinath is a famous pilgrimage site. Stay overnight in Muktinath.
The trek today will be along Kali Gandaki Valley. Enjoy the views of Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri and Annapurna from here. 15 minutes walk from Muktinath, we come to Ranipauwa. Further down from here you will come across a gompa, cave before going through Khingra, Lubra and Kagbeni. Don’t forget to taste apple and apple juice in apple orchards. The trekking section from Kagbeni to Jomsom is most interesting as you walk along Kali Gandaki River facing fierce winds. Jomsom lies on the banks of Kali Gandaki River and was once held as a fort and trading post between Tibet and Nepal.
Today we will take an early morning flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. The flight takes about 20 minutes and is very scenic. In the evening explore Pokhara. Stay overnight in Pokhara.
Enjoy the breakfast and prepare yourself for a long drive to Kathmandu. It takes about 6 hrs by tourists along winding Prithivi Highway with beautiful views of mountain peaks, rolling green hills, rivers and village lifestyle. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.
Depending on the timing of your international flight, our staff will drop you at the Tribhuvan International Airport. We hope to see you again in Nepal.
Nar Phu Valley is a restricted area so only group tourists are allowed to enter the valley. The region is directly connected with Annapurna circuit trekking trail. Lodges and guesthouses might not be available in the upper valley and mobile and internet connection may also not exist. The trails are visited by very few tourists and are not as overcrowded as other popular trekking trails.
Nar Phu Valley trek takes you to one of the remotest mountain region in Nepal. The trail are often rugged and filled with challenges. As part of this trek, you will have to cross Kang La pass (5360m) and hike up to Himlung Base Camp (4920m).
Physical and mental preparedness is mandatory to do this trek. Prior experience of trekking in the Himalayas or adequate training in endurance skills is highly recommended. Please consult with your trekking guide to get indepth knowledge about the climate, altitude and geography.
The program cost we offer to you is both reasonable and comparative. Since we practice sustainable tourism, we attempt to give the best experience to our tourists while ensuring equal economic dividends to locals of host destination and our staffs. We do not overprice and we discourage unhealthy practice of undercutting. We believe in providing quality service to our guests at a sustainable comparative price.
Yes, you can always customize the itinerary according to your requirements. We are quite flexible in re-designing the itinerary by taking into consideration your time availability and needs.
We are flexible in designing programs that suit your interests and needs. Feel free to let us know what you prefer and what your choices are. You can combine two or three trek programs in one go or even more. Alternatively you can go for tour and trek programs combinedly. We are open to any set of combination you want to pursue.
You can cancel the trip if you have personal reasons to do so. Please read our Terms & Conditions for refund details.