Nar Phu Valley Trek

Trip Fact

  • DestinationTibet
  • Durations11 days
  • Trip DifficultyModerate
  • ActivitiesTrekking
  • Mx.altitude5322m.
  • Group Size15+

Nar Phu Valley Trek Highlights

  • Discover a trail less used by hikers than well-known routes such as the Annapurna Circuit.
  • Visit the monasteries, rural villages, and old Tibetan culture in the villages of Nar and Phu.
  • Experience a variety of landscapes, such as waterfalls, untamed mountain terrain, high alpine valleys, and glaciers.
  • Navigate the difficult Kang La Pass, which rises to 5,320 meters and provides stunning views of Tilicho Peak, Gangapurna, and Annapurna II.
  • Hike through verdant woods of pine, juniper, and rhododendron to see a variety of species, including blue sheep and snow leopards.
  • Explore historic stone homes and gompas (monasteries), such as the Tashi Lhakhang Monastery.
  • Engage in conversation with the Manangi and Gurung ethnic groups in the region and discover more about their distinctive traditions and way of life.

Overview

The Nar Phu Valley Trek offers a genuine, breathtaking, and unique experience of Himalayan nature. Located between the popular Annapurna and Manaslu districts, Nar Phu is an incredibly underappreciated treasure. The 11 days trek presents trekkers with an exceptional chance to discover pristine valleys showcasing a blend of Himalayan landscapes and ancient Buddhist customs.

The trails of the Nar Phu Valley trek lead you into the unspoiled, quiet, and wild parts of Nar Phu Valley, regarded as one of the best places in the highlands to see the Himalayan peaks. With our thoughtfully crafted Nar Phu Valley Trek Package, you'll be treated to amazing natural beauty along with a wealth of cultural experiences.

Trekking in the Nar Phu Valley will be gratifying for you because of its high peaks and passes, glaciers, yaks, alpine meadows, gompas, peaceful settlements, small valleys, gorgeous woods, and wonderful Tibetan culture.

The highest point we will reach on this 11-day Nar Phu Valley Trek is 5,416 m. Nar Phu Valley's main attraction is that you can see Mt. Manaslu (8,163 m), Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), Mt. Annapurna I (8,091 m), and more than 19 other snow-capped peaks in the Annapurna area. You just stroll through the amazing scenery, taking in the beautiful views, and learning about how people live there.

The Nar Phu Valley Trek route will lead you through diverse landscapes, from narrow canyons to high alpine meadows, and even challenge you with the Kang La Pass at an elevation of 5,320 meters. This trek to Nar Phu Valley is of moderate difficulty and suitable for participants with a good level of fitness and some prior trekking experience.

ROUTE OF NAR PHU VALLEY TREK

Your Nar Phu Valley trek starts as soon as you land at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Kathmandu is both the starting point and the ending point of this trek. After Kathmandu, the route follows Besisahar. We will drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar on our private tourist transportation.

The next day, from Besisahar, you will begin your drive towards Koto. You will officially start trekking on the 4th day of your journey. On this day, you will trek to Meta from Koto. You will start getting glimpses of the Himalayas as you trek forward. From Meta, the route will follow Phu.

Your route will then follow the Himlung Himal base camp, where you will get more clear views of the Himalayas. After Himlung Himal base camp, your trekking route will lead to the village of Nar. To help you acclimate to the high altitude, we have added an extra acclimatization day in Nar on the 8th day of your journey.

The route will then take you to Nagwal, following the trails of Kang La Pass. On the 10th day of your trek to Nar Phu Valley, you will trek to Pisang and trace your route back to Besisahar. Your trek will end once you reach Kathmandu.

NAR PHU VALLEY ALTITUDE CHART

Location

Altitude (m)

Altitude (ft)

Kathmandu

 

1,400

 

4,593

 

Besisahar

 

760

 

2,493

 

Koto

 

2,600

 

8,530

 

Meta

 

3,560

 

11,680

 

Phu

 

4,080

 

13,386

 

Himlung Himal Base Camp

 

4,900

 

16,076

 

Nar Village

 

3,490

 

11,450

 

Nagwal

 

3,650

 

11,975

 

Kang La Pass

 

5,240

 

17,192

 

Pisang

 

3,200

 

10,498

 

BEST SEASON FOR TREKKING TO NAR PHU VALLEY

The ideal season for trekking to Nar Phu Valley is in the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. Each of these seasons has certain benefits that improve the trekking experience, which makes them perfect for discovering this isolated and culturally diverse area of Nepal.

Spring Season

Due to the beautiful weather and breathtaking scenery, spring is a great time of year to trek to Nar Phu Valley. The moderate weather throughout these months makes trekking pleasant for most of the day. The pathways are painted with vivid colors as rhododendrons and other alpine flowers bloom, bringing the scene to life.

Clear skies are another feature of this season that provides hikers with great views of the magnificent Himalayan peaks, such as Tilicho Peak, Annapurna II, and Gangapurna. The spring is a desirable time of year for this journey because of the pleasant weather, stunning scenery, and lush vegetation.

Autumn Season

Due to the consistent, dry weather that follows the monsoon season, autumn is regarded as the ideal time of year to hike to Nar Phu Valley. Amazing views of the Himalayan mountains can be had thanks to the post-monsoon clarity, which leaves the sky bright and clear. During autumn, trekkers can also go to see two major festivals in Nepal, which are Dashain and Tihar.

BOOK YOUR TREK TO NAR PHU WITH US

Here at Snow View Trek, we offer visitors a wide selection of options to see Nepal. One of several programs that lets you discover the Himalayas and heightens the excitement of high-altitude trekking is our Nar Phu Valley Trekking package.

Our team of knowledgeable and skilled specialists has meticulously designed this 11-day trekking itinerary for the Nar Phu Trek. We make sure to take care of everything, including permits, lodging, food, and transportation, so you can travel safely and comfortably with us. Please >get in touch with us if you have any further questions or to book your trip.

Detail Itinerary

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If the provided schedule isn't suitable for you, we are able to create personalized travel arrangements according to your preferences and requirements.

Cost Details

Cost Includes

  • Airport picks up & drops.

  • Transportation for a drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar and back.

  • Transportation for a drive from Besisahar to Koto.

  • Transportation for a drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu.

  • Hotels in Kathmandu as per itinerary.

  • All meals & accommodations during the trekking period.

  • All entrance fees, trekking permits, and Tims cards.

  • Highly experienced guide and staff (1 porter for 2 trekkers).

  • Staff, insurance, salary, equipment, flight or transport, food and accommodation.

  • All necessary grounded transportation.

  • Travel & Rescue arrangements.

  • Welcome & farewell dinner in Kathmandu at typical Nepali restaurant.

Cost Excludes

  • Visa fees

  • Domestic airfare and airport tax.

  • Int'l air fare

  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, boiled water, shower, battery recharge ,

  • bar bills or extra porters)

  • Excess baggage charges

  • Rescue and evacuation

  • Travel and rescue insurance

  • Extra night in Kathmandu (if you arrive early or late from the mountain)

  • Lunch & evening meals in Kathmandu

  • Tips for guides and porters (for staff)

Good to Know

ACCOMMODATIONS DURING NAR PHU VALLEY 11-DAY TREK

Local tea houses and lodgings along the trail serve as the main lodging options for those undertaking the 11-day Nar Phu Valley Trek. These teahouses include basic but pleasant facilities, including twin or dormitory-style rooms with fresh blankets and cotton, as well as sometimes heating burners in the common spaces. Simple meals such as dal bhat (rice and lentils), noodles, soups, and tea or coffee are served at most tea shops.

Trekkers can stay in traditional homestays in the villages of Nar and Phu, where they can immerse themselves in the local culture and get genuine Tibetan hospitality. These homestays, which offer cozy beds and substantial home-cooked meals made with regional ingredients, provide a glimpse into the everyday lives of the surrounding peasants. Although the lodgings on the trek are modest overall, they enhance the trekking experience by offering a comfortable haven amidst the natural beauty of the Himalayas.

MEALS DURING NAR PHU VALLEY TREK

Meals on the Trek to Nar Phu Valley usually consist of filling, substantial cuisine that is prepared to meet the demands of hikers. Tibetan bread, pancakes, porridge, eggs, tea, or coffee are common breakfast alternatives. Along the way, tea shops provide lunches that often consist of dal bhat (rice and lentils), noodles, soups, and vegetables.

Lunch and dinner selections are similar, with the possibility of adding meat dishes like chicken curry or yak stew, served with bread or rice. Fresh food made with regional products gives hikers plenty of energy to tackle the high-altitude terrain. With enough notice, special dietary needs can usually be met, guaranteeing that hikers will be well-fed and prepared for the day's activities.

PERMITS REQUIRED FOR TREKKING TO NAR PHU VALLEY

The following permits are required in order to hike to Nepal's Nar Phu Valley:

Restricted Area Permit (RAP): The Nepali government has designated the Nar Phu Valley as a restricted region. Thus, in order to access Nar Phu Valley, you require a Restricted Area Permit (RAP). This permit was necessary as of my most recent update, and it may be obtained in Kathmandu or Pokhara through an authorized trekking service. The RAP is required to maintain regulated access and the protection of the region, and it is given for a set period of time.

Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP): Trekking in the Annapurna area, which includes Nar Phu Valley, also requires the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP). The purpose of this permit is to provide funds for local projects related to sustainable development and conservation.

ALTITUDE SICKNESS DURING TREKKING TO NAR PHU

Acute mountain sickness (AMS), often known as altitude sickness, is a possible risk when trekking in high-altitude areas like Nar Phu Valley. The valley reaches heights above 4,000 meters, and walking requires rapid ascent, which raises the danger of acute mountain sickness (AMS). Anxiety, motion sickness, headaches, exhaustion, and trouble sleeping are some of the signs of AMS.

Trekkers must properly acclimate by increasing their elevation gradually, drinking enough water, and paying attention to their bodies. It's critical to relax, drink plenty of water, and maybe reduce your altitude until any AMS symptoms pass. It is recommended that hikers recognize the symptoms of AMS, plan appropriate acclimatization days, and seek advice from guides or medical specialists if symptoms intensify or persist.

PACKING ESSENTIALS FOR 11-DAY TREK TO NAR PHU VALLEY

Clothing:

  • Layered clothing (thermal base layers, fleece jackets, waterproof shells)
  • Trekking pants and shorts
  • Moisture-wicking t-shirts and underwear
  • Warm hat, gloves, and a buff or scarf

Footwear:

  • Sturdy trekking boots with good ankle support
  • Comfortable hiking socks (wool or synthetic)
  • Sandals or lightweight shoes for evening

Gear:

  • Backpack (40-50 liters)
  • Trekking poles
  • Sleeping bag suitable for cold temperatures