Nar Phu Valley Trek

Nar Phu Valley Trek

Trip Facts

Starting Price:
$2197.00PP
Travelers Rating:
Destination:
Nepal
Trip Grade:
Moderate
Max Elevation:
5,416m/17,764ft
Total Duration:
19 days
Best Time:
March to May and Sep to Dec
Group Size:
Minimum 2 pax
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Nar Phu Valley Trek is an incredible journey into the wild and unexplored vicinity at the north of Annapurna. A rugged and wild trek, Nar Phu Valley Trek takes us to the exotic and enthralling valley nestled amidst the pedestal of the mighty Himalayas on all sides. The journey takes you to the magnificent two villages of the Annapurna region Nar and Phu. The major attraction of this trekking in Nepal is the tranquility and traditions along with the amazing Himalayan environment.

A fantastic way to observe the local culture and religious practices of ethnic communities such as Lama, Gurung and Ghale, this trek takes you to the Kang-La Pass and Thorong-La Pass along Manang and Mustang districts giving you the opportunity to explore the Bhotia villages, remnants of the ruined forts of the Khampa settlement (the place which Khampa refugees from Tibet once captured and lived) along with the old Buddhist monastery listed out of the 108 world’s great Buddhist monasteries and also said to have been the last monastery constructed by Karmapa Rinpoche –Tashi Lakhang Monastery.

Although the expedition begins with sightseeing in Kathmandu, the actual trek begins from Jagat following the popular trekking routes of Annapurna Circuit Trail gradually branching off from Koto to follow the off-the-beat track to Nar Phu Valley in the north of Manang. This village of Manang is also considered as the village behind the mountains. Furthermore, if you wish to travel full of spirituality then choose the package with the responsible tourism team of Bharal Adventure Pvt. Ltd.

Off the beaten trekking trail of the Nepal often provides the unexplored and untouched civilization. Through Nar Phu Valley trek you can continue the Annapurna Circuit Trek or reach the trail of the Jomsom Muktinath trekking as well. Bharal Adventure Pvt. Ltd. offers this isolated alternative Annapurna region trekking in Nepal at the most competitive price.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu [1,300m/4,264 ft]
  • Day 02: Sightseeing and trek preparation in Kathmandu
  • Day 03: Kathmandu to Jagat Drive [1,100m/3,608 ft]: 8 – 9 hrs
  • Day 04: Jagat to Dharapani [1,960m/6,430 ft]: 7 – 8 hrs
  • Day 05: Dharapani to Koto [2,610m/8,563 ft]: 5 – 6 hrs
  • Day 06: Koto to Meta [3,560m/11,680 ft]: 7 – 8 hrs
  • Day 07: Meta to Phu Gaon [4,250m/13,944 ft]: 7 – 8 hrs
  • Day 08: Acclimatization at Phu Gaon
  • Day 09: Phu Gaon to Nar [4,110m/13,484 ft]: 6 – 7 hrs
  • Day 10: Acclimatization and trek preparation at Nar
  • Day 11: Nar to Kang-La Pass [5,322m/17,460 ft] to Ngwal [3,660m/12,008 ft]: 7 – 8 hrs
  • Day 12: Ngwal to Manang [3,540m/11,614 ft]: 4 – 5 hrs
  • Day 13: Manang to Yak Kharka [4,110m/13,484 ft]: 3 – 4 hrs
  • Day 14: Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi [4,600m/15,092 ft]: 3 – 4 hrs
  • Day 15: Thorong Phedi to Thorong-La [5,416m/17,764 ft] to Muktinath [3,800m/12,467ft]: 7 – 8 hrs
  • Day 16: Muktinath to Jomsom [2,715m/8,910 ft]: 5 – 6 hrs
  • Day 17: Jomsom to Pokhara Flight [823m/2,700 ft]: 30 min flight
  • Day 18: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu: 5 – 6 hrs
  • Day 19: Final departure from Nepal
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Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu [1,300m/4,264 ft]
Upon the arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, the guests will be greeted by a representative from Bharal Adventure who will take them to their hotel for checking in. The guests will be treated with a savory authentic Nepali cuisine for dinner in the evening.
Day 02: Sightseeing and trek preparation in Kathmandu
After breakfast, guests will set off to a guided tour to four of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu, Kathmandu Durbar Square – ancient palace of the then kings of Nepal, Hindu temple Pashupatinath, and Buddhist stupas Swayambhunath – The Monkey Temple, and Boudhanath. Pre-trip discussion shall be arranged between the participants and team leaders and crew members at noon.
Day 03: Kathmandu to Jagat Drive [1,100m/3,608 ft]: 8 – 9 hrs
As we finish our breakfast, we start the long drive that will take us to Jagat from Kathmandu via Besishahar up to where the picturesque view and smooth black-topped road will make the journey easy, however, as we move ahead from Beshishahar, the dustry and coarse road gives us bumpy rides during which our only compensation is the scenic views visible from the windowpane of the dust covered vehicle.
Day 04: Jagat to Dharapani [1,960m/6,430 ft]: 7 – 8 hrs
The trek begins just after breakfast descending down the trail until the arrival of the river from where the trail continues through a lush green forest. From here, further ascent leading to sharp-edged cliff facing the riverbank will take us through Chyamje to a suspension bridge after crossing which we begin the climb to steep and slippery and physically challenging trail to Sattale. Treading along a succession of rock-strewn trails, we descend to a grassy riverbank leading to Tal from where the path becomes rugged and winding as we approach the steep forested village of Karte. We cross a suspension bridge meandering along the waterfalls and cliffs as we arrive at Dharapani.
Day 05: Dharapani to Koto [2,610m/8,563 ft]: 5 – 6 hrs
The morning trek towards Bagarchhap takes about an hour to reach through pine and fir forests. After visiting the white washed monastery in the village, we continue our trek till we reach Danaque, which takes about an hour, from where we follow the steep ascend up to Timang before continuing through pine forests again until we reach Latamarang that takes about an hour and half. Taking lunch break here, we proceed through the forests as we come close to Koto village where we stay for the night.
Day 06: Koto to Meta [3,560m/11,680 ft]: 7 – 8 hrs
We resister our restricted area permit at the Police Check Post as we trek through the river bank of Soti Khola passing through pine forests, streams and suspension bridge until we reach Dharmasala from where we continue trekking through forests and then ascend steeply towards Meta village.
Day 07: Meta to Phu Gaon [4,250m/13,944 ft]: 7 – 8 hrs
Traversing up and down and across suspension bridges for about four hours will take us to Kyang where we can observe the remnants, particularly the ruined forts of the Khampa settlement (the place which Khampa refugees from Tibet once captured and lived). Further walk along the rocky trail for about three to four hours after passing through Phu Khola will take us to Phu Gaon (village).
Day 08: Acclimatization at Phu Gaon
This day is scheduled for acclimatization for which we shall explore the culture, natural diversity and religious practices of the ethnic groups like Lama, Gurung and Ghale residing in this lost/hidden valley. We can also explore how people here make their survival depending upon agriculture, animal husbandry and seasonal migrations. We can also visit Tashi Lakhang Monastery – the old Buddhist monastery listed out of the 108 world’s great Buddhist monasteries. It is also considered to be the last monastery constructed by Karmapa Rinpoche.
Day 09: Phu Gaon to Nar [4,110m/13,484 ft]: 6 – 7 hrs
Descending across many streams and suspension bridges, we reach Mahendra Pul after about four hours. As we pass the high suspension bridge 80m over the Gorge of Lapche River, we stop at the bridge for lunch after which, we ascend through the steep trail passing many Buddhist stupas until we arrive at Nar village after about two hours. Several Buddhist monasteries coupled with the backdrop of Pisang Peak and other small peaks welcomes us as we enter the Nar village.
Day 10: Acclimatization and trek preparation at Nar
The second day set aside for acclimatization, we spend it hiking nearby and exploring the Nar village trying to observe local culture and lifestyle as we prepare for the trek next day.
Day 11: Nar to Kang-La Pass [5,322m/17,460 ft] to Ngwal [3,660m/12,008 ft]: 7 – 8 hrs
Waking up early in the morning, we have our breakfast as we get ourselves prepared for the long hike of the day. We begin our trek to Kang-La Pass after breakfast, where we stop to take pleasure in the mesmerizing view of Annapurna massif before descending down to Ngwal where we will spend the night.
Day 12: Ngwal to Manang [3,540m/11,614 ft]: 4 – 5 hrs
Passing through the isolated village of Paugh overlooking the amazing views of Annapurna range, we leave Ngwal. As we ascend gently uphill to Mungli, we go further to the main trail of Annapurna Trail from where we head towards Manang.
Day 13: Manang to Yak Kharka [4,110m/13,484 ft]: 3 – 4 hrs
Crossing a stream, we climb to the village of Tenki above Manang and continue ascending to the Marshyangdi Valley turning northwest up the valley of Jarsang Khola. Following the trail northward and passing a few pastures and a crumb of juniper trees, we ascend steadily as we come closer to the village of Ghunsa, a cluster of flat mud roofs just below the trailhead. From here, we go through meadows used as grazing land for horses and yaks. Crossing a small river on a wooden bridge, we pass an ancient Mani wall in a pleasant meadow as we reach another small village of Yak Kharka literally meaning “grazing land of yaks”.
Day 14: Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi [4,600m/15,092 ft]: 3 – 4 hrs
Making our way to the foot of the pass, Thorong Phedi, we begin our trek just after breakfast. Thorong Phedi is a small but busy settlement catering to the needs of tired trekkers and climbers used mostly as a base camp. Although some trekkers attempt to hike to the High Camp on this day, we do not recommend so as we believe this would be too hectic for the trekkers and also, they need to get sound sleep and rest on this day so that they could be prepared for their tough hike on the next day.
Day 15: Thorong Phedi to Thorong-La [5,416m/17,764 ft] to Muktinath [3,800m/12,467ft]: 7 – 8 hrs
We come to another exciting part of the trek as we cross the grueling Thorong-La Pass resting at a dizzying height of 5,416m/17,764 ft. The trek begins early morning so as to enable us to pass through the icy-high altitude trail during the day and it is by sunset that we reach Muktinath, a holy pilgrimage for both Hindus and Buddhists. One of the most popular destinations for Hindus and Buddhists pilgrimage, Muktinath is also considered as “Muktikshetra” by the Hindus, meaning the “place of liberation or salvation”.
Day 16: Muktinath to Jomsom [2,715m/8,910 ft]: 5 – 6 hrs
After the temple visit and exploration of the area, we begin descending down the Kali Gandaki Gorge through the arid land passing through Jharkot and Khingar village rich with Tibetan architecture. We follow the valley floor most of the way sprawled along the banks of Kali Gandaki as we descend down to Jomsom.
Day 17: Jomsom to Pokhara Flight [823m/2,700 ft]: 30 min flight
The early morning flight from Jomsom will bring us to Pokhara just after breakfast, accompanied with the views of the gorge between two huge mountains, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. Resting for a while in a comfortable hotel room in Lakeside, we shall utilize the afternoon exploring the beautiful Pokhara valley strolling along the banks of Fewa Lake or spending some quality time into one of the clubs with live music playing. Also, boating could be done on the lake or an hour’s walk could be taken to the World Peace Pagoda.
Day 18: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu: 5 – 6 hrs
A scenic drive from Pokhara will bring the team back to Kathmandu where the evening is spend either relaxing or shopping for souvenirs. A farewell dinner will be organized to commemorate the closer of the exciting journey.
Day 19: Final departure from Nepal
On this day, the guests shall exchange photos, emails and pleasantries during and after breakfast before being escorted to the airport by a representative of Bharal Adventure approximately three hours before their scheduled flight.
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Please use this checklist as a guideline for getting information on the required equipment to carry on a trekking. Adjustments could be made to the list according to your needs, interest and duration and season of the trip among other factors. The variety of these gears could be hired or bought in Kathmandu. Since the majority of these gears found for sale in Kathmandu are locally manufactured, they are a lot cheaper. some gears are imported from Chinawhich of better quality.

If you have enough money, you can buy very high quality branded gears too, in some of the famous stores in Nepal. It is advised that you keep your luggage as light as possible. You extra luggage could be left back in your hotel in Kathmandu which you can claim back at your return. We normally provide one porter for two trekkers to carry the luggage and the limitation of the weight is approximately 25 kg from two people.

Please go through the checklist below to learn what equipment is you require during the trek:

General

  • Duffel or rucksack bag: Although Bharal Adventure will supply complimentary water and windproof duffel/kit bag, one extra big duffel bag/suitcase is necessary for non-trek items that will be left at the hotel
  • Daypack of approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches
  • Down jacket (in case you don’t bring one, you can borrow one from Bharal Adventure which you have to return at completion of the trek)
  • 4 seasons’ sleeping bag (you can borrow one from Bharal Adventure if you forget to bring one, although it is strongly recommended for you to bring one)

Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
  • Sunglasses with UV protection

Feet

  • Thin, lightweight inner socks
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks
  • Hiking boots with spare laces
  • Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
  • Gaiters for hiking in winter

Hands

  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens
  • With a waterproof shell outer

Lower body

  • Under Garments
  • Hiking shorts
  • Lightweight cotton long pants
  • Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
  • Fleece or wool pants (seasonal)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants

Upper body

  • T-shirts
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (Optional)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket

Accessories

  • Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees F *
  • Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
  • Small pad or combination lock-to-lock
  • Trekking Bags/Duffel bag
  • Basic First Aid Kit
  • Large plastic bags – for keeping Items dry inside trek bag
  • Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
  • Trekking Poles
  • Water bottles
  • Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc)
  • Ear Plug (who know some people on group are snoring)

Toiletries

  • Toothbrush/paste
  • Multipurpose soap
  • Nail cutter
  • Small mirror

Personal hygiene

  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Antibacterial hands wash

Extras/luxuries

  • Binoculars
  • Reading book
  • Trail Map/Guidebook
  • Journal & Pen
  • Pencils and small notebooks

Travel game i.e., cards

Cost Includes

Cost includes following:

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
  • 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Domestic flight (Jomsom-Pokhara)
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
  • Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
  • An experienced, English/French/Chinese/German-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader (5 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion)
  • Bharal Adventure’s trekking bag/duffel bag, t-shirt, Cap and trekking map are yours to take
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • All government and local taxes

Cost does not includes following:

  • Nepalese visa fee
  • Excess baggage charge(s)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
  • International flights
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Tips for Trekking staffs and driver(s)

Cost Excludes

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