Nar Phu Valley Trek

Nar Phu Valley Trek

Duration 22 Days

Nar Phu Valley trek is a fantastic trek in one of the most remote places of Nepal. The trek takes you to the north region of Manang, which is almost untouched and unspoiled by the modern world.

Diverting from Annapurna Circuit

Starting from Syange, we follow the famous Annapurna Circuit and pass through Thorang La Pass. We then take a different off-beaten path at Koto and head towards the Nar Phu Valley. There is a gradual change of the vegetation from alpine to sub-alpine as we arrive at the natural habitat of snow leopards. Nar Phu Valley Trek is a combination of remote villages, beautiful forests, narrow canyons, high passes, the wilderness of the Himalayas, as well as Gompas and Buddhist culture.

The trek provides you with a unique experience with beautiful traditional villages, spectacular mountain ranges, and immensely ancient cultures and traditions. Unknown to most trekkers, the area is quite profoundly influenced by Tibetan culture and offers a unique perspective to the lives of the mountain-dwellers.

Exploring a Hidden World

The inhabitants mainly rely on yak rearing and salt trade. The valley is ideal for trekkers to get the taste of life in northern Nepal. Moreover, it also takes you to the dry and desert-like Tibetan plateau. We also visit the Muktinath Temple, which is a sacred pilgrimage for Hindus. Additionally, the magnificent valleys of Manang and Mustang, Marsyangdi and Kali Gandaki Rivers, and the arid deserts with snow-clad mountains make this trek truly one of the most beautiful treks.

The valleys of Nar and Phu are the major destinations of this trek. This route only opened to trekkers in 2002 but has gradually gained popularity over the years. The trail has enough teahouses and lodges for basic necessities of the trekkers. Moreover, there is also the provision of homestays for overnight stays.

We recommend you to do the Nar Phu Valley Trek during autumn and spring. During these seasons, you can fully enjoy the trek without being hindered by the weather. Additionally, we provide experienced guides as well as an affordable price for this amazing trek package.


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TRIP DETAILS
  • Duration 22 Days
  • Activities Trekking
  • Best time to visit Dec, Jan, Feb,
  • Difficulty Tough
  • Group Size Min. 2Pax
  • Tour Type Private tour
ACCOMODATION

Hotels, Tea Houses and Lodges

We begin early and drive along the Kathmandu-Pokhara highway and then enter a branch road to reach Besisahar. Then, we travel across colorful villages and farmlands for a total of 9 hours to reach Koto.

We traverse along the riverbank of Soti Khola along pine forests and suspension bridges to reach Dharmasala. Hiking further, we will ascend steeply and arrive at Meta Village. It is a part of the Tibetan Plateau with some stunning views of Lamjung Himal along with Annapurna II.

We continuously ascend, descend, and cross several suspension bridges for 4 hours to reach Kyang. Walking further along the Phu Kola or about 4 hours, we finally reach the Phu Gaun.

On this day, we will acclimatize to the high elevation as we take a rest and explore the village of Phu. It is a hidden valley with some exclusive cultures and traditions. Ethnic groups like Gurung, Lama, and Ghale live here with agriculture and animal husbandry being their means of livelihood. Moreover, we will visit the Tashi Lakhang Monastery, which is regarded as one of the greatest monasteries in the world.

We pass through streams and suspension bridges for 4 hours to reach Mahendra Pul. From there, we tread a steeply ascending path for about 2 hours and finally arrive at Nar Village.

This will be our second acclimatization day as we spend the day exploring the Nar village.

We begin early and hike to Kangla Pass. The pass offers some stunning views of the Annapurna Massif. After descending from the top, we will reach Ngwal where we spend the night.

Passing through the village of Paugh, we will enjoy amazing views of the Annapurna range. We then ascend to Mungli and join the Annapurna Circuit Trail. After about 5 hours of hike, we will arrive at Manang.

It is a gentle climb to the village of Tenki, and we continue to climb out of the Marsyangdi valley. The route further passes through the village of Gunsang. After that, you will walk across grasslands that are the grazing places of yaks. After crossing a bridge and walking for some time, we will reach the village of Yak Kharka.

After walking uphill for a while, we cross a suspension bridge and then reach the village of Ledar. We climb upward further until we reach Thorang Phedi.

We will walk up a steep slope towards one of the highest passes in the world; Thorang La pass. After reaching the pass, we walk downhill to the Muktinath valley where we spend the night.

In the morning, we visit the popular Vishnu Temple and also the Gumba nearby. Then, we start descending for about 4 to 5 hours until we reach Jomsom.

After breakfast, we will fly to Pokhara via a domestic flight from Jomsom Airpot. It is merely a 30-minute flight.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Airport picks up/drop and transfer to hotel by private car/jeep/van (depends on group size).
  • All the supporting trekking staff (guide, sherpa, cook, and porters) salary/accommodations /meals/insurance.
  • 3 nights accommodation at 3/4 star category hotel in Kathmandu on B/B plan.
  • 2 nights accommodation at 3/4 star category hotel in Pokhara on B/B plan.
  • All the 3 meals with hot tea and coffee (Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner) in tented accommodation during the trekking period.
  • Rain protection duffel bag for client luggage.
  • All the required surface transportation by tourist bus/car/van as per the itinerary.
  • Professional City guide for Kathmandu sightseeing by private car/van and all the entry fees.
  • The company guarantees professional rescue services if needed.
  • All the necessary paper works and national park entry fees (Trekking permit/TIMS card etc.).
  • First aid medical kit box.
  • All the government taxes and company service charge.
  • Nepali food farewell dinner party.
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • Nepal Visa.
  • International Airfare.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara Hotel.
  • Tips to the crews.
  • Alcoholic beverages, mineral water, soft drinks etc.
  • Any other personal and non-personal expenses which are not included in our cost.

FAQs

  • Superb views of the majestic Dhaulagiri peak which is the seventh highest peak in the world.
  • French Pass (5,360m) and Dhampus Pass (5,250m).
  • Scenic road drive from Kathmandu to Beni which goes along the bank of the river.
  • Cultural heritage sites tour in Kathmandu.

April to June & September to November

All foreigners except Indian nationals must have a valid visa to enter into Nepal. Visa is available on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport upon entry in Kathmandu, Nepal and at nepal borders of India and Tibet. Visa can be easily extended at the central immigration office. www.immigration.gov.np; Visa application requires a passport with at least 6 months until expiration and one passport -size photo. The current cost of visa for 30 days is US$40(to be paid in cash) for 30 days that is required to make in cash. Other currencies are also accepted although rates may differ.  Other nationalities should check entry requirements. visitors are requested to specify return flight tickets, time intended stay in Nepal. We recommended you schedule at least 1-2 day extra at the end of the trip just incase there is a delay. If no delay occurs we can arrange additional activity for your time in Nepal.To help calculate the exact dates of these crossings we have found the website www.timeanddate.com to be very useful. The children under the age of 10 will get free visa. Please be advised to check the current regulation. Visa regulation can change without prior notice. Citizens of china as well as citizens of south Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) get free visa. countries not entitled to get a visa upon arrival are Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, and Afghanistan If you are a citizen of one of these countries, please contact your local Nepalese embassy.

Nepali Rupees (NPR/Rs) is the local currency. (1 USD = ~ Rs.100 NPR). We can exchange most of the foreign currencies through local banks and legitimate money exchanges in Kathmandu and all over Thamel. Small amounts of cash can also be exchanged at the hotel. The ongoing rate of exchange is visibly displayed. The government of Nepal has banned the import, export and use of 500 and 1000 Indian Rupee note in Nepal. You should ensure that you are not carrying these notes on arrival in Nepal as they will be confiscated and you may also be fined. Despite having security advantage of traveller’scheque, we prefer cash exchange to avoid hassles like a lengthy process and high rate of commission at the banks. You can withdraw cash (in Rupees only) from one of the many ATMs in Kathmandu and Thamel itself. There are quite several ATMs that are open around the clock. The maximum withdrawal amount is 35,000 Rupees for a 500 Rupees processing fee if you are using your foreign card. If you use the money exchange facility at banks and financial institutions the service fee charge imposed is about four percent or more depending upon the bank.  Please note that most of the established banks in Asia will not accept foreign currency notes that are old, torn or faded. Please ensure that you have new, clean notes

Depending on the season you wish to go trekking you may have to make adjustments to clothing and equipments however these are the necessities list we prepared keeping keeping your comfort and utility in mind. We never recommend our clients to bring over equipments which are not necessary for the trek. Head Sun hat or scarf Winter hat or insulating hat or Wide brimmed hat Headlight with extra batteries Face Sunscreen Sunglass with UV protection Face/body wipes Hands Lightweight gloves Heavy weight winter gloves Body Hiking shirts Long sleeved shirt made of synthetic fibre Hooded rain jacket Fleece jacket Lightweight cotton pants T- shirts ( bring Light weight wool) Polypropylene underwear down jacket ( available in rent in Kathmandu) Sweater Water proof jacket and pants Footwear Hiking Boots that been worn in Thick wool socks (Take a extra pairs of thick light socks) Essential gear Backpack or daypack (Size depends on whether you take porter or not). Thermal bottle Water purification Trekking pole Sleeping bag (-15 bag is best in the high altitude trek) Toiletries (toilet papers,  tooth paste, tooth brush, ) Toiletries Medium size drying towel Tooth brush Toothpaste Deodorant/ floss Bio degradable bar soap Nail clippers Small mirror Personal accessories Money Watch Cell phone Camera Extra items First aid kit Extra passport photos and photocopies of passport Notebook and pen Binocular

The most importantly, tipping is at travelers discretion and should be relied on good service that does not form the part of wages for your Guides, porters, and crew although they are very much appreciated. In Nepalese culture, the tip is the accepted and honored way to say thank you (Dhanyabada) for good service. Normally the tips are offered at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group. Most groups will give the trips in farewell dinner on the last evening or last day of the trek, to mark the end of the trip. The amount of the trip is entirely a personal preference that may be more or less depending upon your perception of service quality, length of trip, budget, and appreciation of their work. It is important to Discovery World Trekking crews who professionally take care of you all the time during the trekking, inspire excellent service and offer enriching journey- the trip of once in a lifetime experience. We ensure that all of our crews including guides and porters are paid well and treated fairly with respect.

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