Nar Phu Valley Trek

Nar Phu Valley Trek
17 Days

Nar Phu Valley Trek is two beautiful villages of the Annapurna region of Nepal. This valley trek is a remote and exhilarating trek. The area is untouched by modernity and where people where adopting Tibetan culture and traditions since many centuries back. It is a trek which combines two remote villages Nar and Phu of Annapurna ranges. The valley trek offers a fascinating landscape an extension to the standard Annapurna circuit tea house trek behind the Annapurna Himal. This exotic land offers medieval Tibetan culture in undisturbed form, dramatic mountain views, and great alpine scenery. The valley system above opens up to a huge expanse of huge snow peaks, ancient villages, and high altitude grazing settlements. For this trekking route, we need the special permit from the government as these two valleys are recognized very lately. The trek blends the pristine natural appeal of the Himalaya with adventurous side trails and the famous Annapurna circuit along the way. During the time of trekking, Annapurna offers the real taste of Himalayan lifestyle, culture, traditions, and old Buddhist monasteries and explored an untouched valley.

Nar Phu valley Trek starts from Chamje after 9 hours drive from the Kathmandu valley and hikes same trails as Annapurna circuit trek. Trekking in this valley follows the circuit for two days then branches north to koto in the forested Nar Khola Gorge. This trekking route is one of the restricted trekking routes of Nepal that’s why you need special trekking permit for trekking in this beautiful village. Trekking to this hidden mountain valley passes through the ancient villages, allowing visitors to spectator its age-old Nepalese or Tibetan culture, and a wide diversity of terrain and ethnicity to the other world. Spring and autumn are considered as the best season for trekking in this route. If you are making the plan to explore these two beautiful villages in the spring season then you will get an opportunity to see the national flower everywhere in the forest of Nepal with Expert Mountain Guide.

Outline itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 02: Kathmandu to Jagat Drive (1100m) 8-9 hrs

Day 03: Jagat to Dharapani (1,960m) 7-8 hrs

Day 04: Dharapani to Koto (2,610m) 5-6 hrs

Day 05: Koto to Meta (3,560m) 7-8 hrs

Day 06: Meta to Phu Gaon (4,250m) 7-8 hrs

Day 07: Acclimatization at Phu Gaon

Day 08: Phu Gaon to Nar (4,110m) 6-7 hrs

Day 09: Acclimatization and preparation at Nar

Day 10: Nar to Kang La Pass to Ngwal (3,660m) 7-8 hrs

Day 11: Ngwal to Manang (3,540m) 4-5 hrs

Day 12: Manang to Yak Kharka (4,110m) 3-4 hrs

Day 13: Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,600m) 3-4 hrs

Day 14: Thorong Phedi to Thorong La (5,416m/17764ft) to Muktinath (3,800m) 7-8 hrs

Day 15: Muktinath to Jomsom (2,715m) 5-6 hrs

Day 16: Jomsom to Pokhara Flight (827m)

Day 17: Pokhara to Kathmandu 5-6 hrs

Day 18: Final departure

Details Itinerary

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

After arriving in Kathmandu, a representative from Journey Nepal Adventure will pick us up from the airport and take us to our hotel. In the afternoon, we may take a rest or visit office Journey Nepal Adventure In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner hosted by Journey Nepal Adventure. For dinner, you will be served authentic Nepalese cuisine which will introduce you to the country’s food culture. Overnight in  Kathmandu.

Included meals: Dinner
Day 02: Kathmandu to Jagat Drive (1100m) 8-9 hrs

Today after an early morning breakfast your guide will receive you from your hotel and transfer to the bus station for day scenic countryside drive to Khudi. On the way we can see more of countryside of Nepal that offers greenery, rivers, settlement, farms and beautiful mountain. After Mugling, we head along the road toward Pokhara. We leave the highway to Pokhara at Dumre and head north to Besisahar. About one  and half hour drive off roadfrom Besisahar takes us to Jagat, the starting Point of our Adventure. Stay overnight in Jagat.

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 03: Jagat to Dharapani (1,960m) 7-8 hrs

Early in the morning, after breakfast, our trail begins. We cross a bridge near Tal and enter into Manang district. You will witness few waterfalls capturing your heart. We cross Kodo village and then enter into Dharapani.

Overnight in Dharapani

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 04: Dharapani to Koto (2,610m) 5-6 hrs

Early in the morning we will have breakfast at Hotel and our journey towards a short walk we reach Bagarchhap where the first exquisite views of Annapurna II awaits us. Climbing to Timang through rough trails, we reach the elevation of 2460m where the views of Manaslu and other peaks are beautiful. Through forested landscape, we move to Thanchok village and then to Koto. The headquarters of Manang, Chame is blessed with undisturbed views of Annapurna and Lamjung. Overnight stay at a Lodge.

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 05: Koto to Meta (3,560m) 7-8 hrs

Here the vegetation changes: large area of blue pines, hemlocks and birches gain ground on the subtropical forest. The Tibetan-style flat roofs indicate lower rainfall as we enter the rain shadow of the Annapurna range. Koto is a small village mainly inhabited by Gurung and other ethnic groups. Their lifestyle is mainly influenced by Buddhist Tibetans. From here the view of the Manaslu and Annapurna mountains are just magnificent.Overnight stay at lodge

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

 

Day 06: Meta to PhuGaon (4,250m) 7-8 hrs

After spending great night at Meta our journey start  day traversing up and down and crossing suspension bridges over different streams. After almost 4 hours of trek we reach Kyang where we can see the remnants, particularly the ruined forts of the Khampa settlement (the place which Khampa refugees from Tibet once captured and lived). We further keep walking past the PhuKhola on a rocky trail and finally reach the Phu village in another 3 to 4 hours. Overnight in PhuGaon.

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Day 07: Acclimatization at PhuGaon

we can have interactions with locals and explore the wide valley systems . we might walk up the valley to the summer grazing settlement or Kharka at Ngoru, a three hour’s walk past the Tashigompa. Phu itself is an incredibly interesting village and we can observe the villagers spinning their yak and sheep wool and chat. Also This day is set for acclimatization as we are gradually gaining altitude and it also serves as a rest after the strenuous walks in the last two days. Overnight in PhuGaon.

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Day 08: PhuGaon to Nar (4,110m) 6-7 hrs

The trail initially descends down crossing plenty of streams, crossing suspension bridges until we reach MahendraPul after almost 4 hours. We also cross the high suspension bridge 80 m over Lapche river gorge. From MahendraPul, the trail ascends and we can witness Buddhist Stupas until we finally reach Nar valley. There are plenty of Monasteries to visit at Nar and the view of the Pisang peak can also be enjoyed.Overnight in Nar.

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Day 09: Acclimatization and preparation at Nar

Nar is bit more social and lively than Phu and the village ‘square’ is full of chatting women with their back-strap looms weaving wool fabric for rugs and blankets, pounding mustard seeds for oil, or spinning the ubiquitous wool while catching up on the news. Each family in Nar seems to have at least one son or daughter in a gompa, and many live at home or visit frequently, so there is the resonating sound of cymbals, chanting and drums echoing throughout the village. Other Nar villagers may be printing prayer flags, doing some carpentry, collecting wood from the forest and carrying large loads with a head strap back up to the house, harvesting the crops, tending the yaks, sheep and goats or spinning the prayer wheels in the center of town. Overnight in Nar.

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Day 10: Nar to Kang La Pass(5,306m) to Ngwal (3,660m) 7-8 hrs

The trek today will be very long therefore we start early before sunrise today towards Kang La Pass. The pass is not difficult but the effect of altitude can be easily felt. From the top of the pass, brilliant view of Annapurna II, Gangapurna and Tilicho Peak can be witnessed. The trail from the pass goes steep down towards Ngawal. The village of Ngawal is very different from the villages recently visited as there are nice guesthouses with Wi-Fi and better phone signals here.Overnight in Ngyal.

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Day 11: Ngwal to Manang (3,540m) 4-5 hrs

From Ngawal, we walk along the easy and flat descend to pass the Braga Village, a beautiful settlement. Views from here include the Annapurna II, III and IV, Gangapurna, Tilicho Peak. The monastery at Braga is a splendid one. A short strenuous climb takes us to the large village of Manang where we set camp for the night.Overnight in Manang.

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

 

Day 12: Manang to Yak Kharka (4,110m) 3-4 hrs

After the rest, we feel rejuvenated to continue forward on our trip. As we move past the tall trees towards the alpine grass and junipers, we reach meadows with a few horses and a number of yaks grazing around.  The serene environment with meadows and steep slopes of Yak Kharka is the perfect place for us to spend the night. We can also choose to walk for an hour to reach Letdar and spend the night there.Overnight in Yak Kharka.

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Day 13: Yak Kharka to ThorongPhedi (4,600m) 3-4 hrs

Trek from Yak Kharka to ThorongPhedi (4420m.) takes about 3 and half hours. Leaving Yak Kharka, you climb gradually to a ridge before descending to the headwaters of the Marshyangdi and crossing via a covered wooden bridge. After a short ascent up the mountain path on the right bank, you follow a narrow trail across an unstable spree slope and then descend to ThorungPhedi. Stay overnight at lodge.Overnight in ThorongPhedi.

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Day 14: ThorongPhedi to Thorong La (5,416m/17764ft) to Muktinath (3,800m) 7-8 hrs

On this day, we make the quite long hike of about 7-8 hours. The trail is comparatively easier having been trodden for years, but could get difficult with strong winds at the upper regions. The trail is believed to have been used for hundreds of years to take sheep and yaks in and out of Manang along with other trading goods. We reach ThorungPhedi in about 6 hours.

After we reach Thorung la pass, our entire hard walk will be rewarded by the beautiful views of Annapurna, Gangapurna and a heavily glaciated peak of Khatungkang. After a 1600m of descent, we view the glorious Dhaulagiri standing in the distance. After a while, the trail becomes less steep and enters grassy fields and meadows to finally reach Muktinath.

In Hindu religion, Muktinath refers to a place of nirvana which houses a temple and a number of monasteries, making it a holy site for Hindus and Buddhists alike.  The main attractions of the site are the Jwalamai temple with a spring and an eternal flame as well as the 108 water sprouts that pour holy water. These are visited by thousands of pilgrims every year.Overnight inMuktinath.

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Day 15: Muktinath to Jomsom (2,715m) 5-6 hrs

Visit Muktinath temple early in the morning. There is second biggest Hindu temple as well as a Buddhist temple. Many Hindu pilgrims come to visit Muktinath temple. There are 108 water taps and two small pounds. The Hindu people believe that if you take bath 108 taps (108 is a sacred number in Tibetan Buddhism), cast in the shape of cows’ heads, which pour forth sacred water. You will be the free from the sin which you committed in your past life. A short walk past a collection of chortens is the DholamebarGompa, or Jwalamai (goddess of fire) temple, where a holy flame of natural gas burns behind a grill just above the spring. After visit Muktinath Temple we come back to the lodge for breakfast then start trek to Jomsom via Jharkot village, Kagbeni, EkleBhatti which is the headquarters of Mustang district. It is one of the windiest valleys in Nepal. Every afternoon is guaranteed to be windy in the season. Overnight in Jomsom.

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Day 16: Jomsom to Pokhara Flight (827m)

After breakfast we fly to Pokhara. The scenic flight takes us through the gorge of the two huge mountains, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. On arrival at Pokhara airport, we will be transferred to lakeside hotel. We get some rest and explore the beauty of Pokhara Valley in the evening. While we leisurely walk along the bank of Fewa Lake, the second biggest lake of Nepal while admiring the mountain view of Machhapuchhare. We can also go for a boat-ride in Fewa Lake or take a short hike to the World Peace Pagoda. We can end the day with a leisurely stroll around the mesmerizing lakeside area.Overnight in Pokhara.

Included meals:Breakfast
 
Day 17: Pokhara Drive to Kathmandu 5-6 hrs

After breakfast, we say goodbye to the beautiful lake city of Pokhara and drive towards Kathmandu. After reaching Kathmandu, we have the rest of the day off to rest or do some souvenir shopping. To celebrate the successful completion of our journey, we will have a farewell dinner in the evening. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Included meals:Breakfast
Day 18: Final departure

Our adventure in Nepal comes to an end today! A Journey Nepal Adventure representative will escort us to the airport approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight. On our way home, we have plenty of time to plan our next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.

Included meals:Breakfast.

 

 

 

 

Cost Details

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up and Drop by private car/van/bus.
  • Kathmandu to Beshisahar by Express Bus and Beshisahar to Jagat by Jeep.
  • Hotel In Kathmandu: 2 Nights standard accommodation in Kathmandu with Breakfast.
  • Hotel in Pokhara 1 Nights Standart Accommodation in Pokhara with breakfast.
  • You’re Meal in During the Trekking as Your standard meals (3 times a day Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner).
  • All Trekking Permit and Paperwork as Annapurna conservation entry permits (ACAP) and Special Nar Phu Valley Permit.
  • All Ground transportation and Kathmandu to Pokhara by Tourist bus and Back to Kathmandu by tourist bus.
  • Accommodation in Trekking: All accommodations in lodge/tea houses during the treks.
  • Trekking Guide: An experienced, helpful, friendly and English speaking Trekking Guide. His well- paid salary, meals, accommodation insurance etc.
  • Trekking Porter: porters (1 porter for 2 peoples). Salary, Food, Drinks, Accommodation, Transportation.
  • Two nights standard accommodation in Pokhara, The hotel is nearby lake, you can enjoy Mountain View and Fewa lakes from the roof of the hotel.
  • After the Success Trip, Journey Nepal Adventure will Provide Adventure Certificate.
  • The arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • All government taxes.
  • Service charge.

Cost does not include on:

  • Meals and Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Deserts (cakes, bakes, and pies)
  • Additional size of Pots Hot Drinks
  • Bottled drinks
  • Boiled water
  • Electronic device re-charge
  • Hot shower
  • On the trekking Wi-Fi
  • Personal expenses any type
  • Travel insurance and evacuation insurance
  • Tipping for Guide and Porter

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