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Nar Phu Valley Trek

  Annapurna Region , Nepal

Duration

18 days

Tour-Type

Trekking

Group size

2+

Accommodation

Tea House Lodge,Camping

Meal

Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner

Max.Altitude

5416 m

Best Season

Sep-Oct/Mar-May

Departure From

Kathmandu

Overview

Nar Phu Valley Trek is one of the shortest and best remote treks in Nepal. This trek leads you to the hidden valley of Manang district. This valley is named after the two Bhotia Villages: Naar and Phu respectively.

These serene villages are the important settlement areas of the Naar Phu Khola Valley. These hidden villages are close to Tibetan Plateau. Although geographically in Nepalese territory, they have a high influence of Tibetan culture and language.

Despite not much far from Annapurna Circuit region, it is less visited by the international trekkers. Lack of publicity  and poor infrastructure development are the main reasons behind this.

This trans-Himalayan valley is a must-visit place while you are in Nepal and desire to reach a hidden place. This is a perfect paradigm of unspoiled nature and culture untouched by any negative effects of modernity.

Although it is far from the modern technology, it has a great prospectus for tourism. By realizing this fact, the Nepal Government opened Nar Phu Valley trek for the international trekkeres only in 2003.

Naar Phu Valley trek gives an experience of Tibetan Buddhist customs, costumes and culture in its genuine form. The most striking feature of this trek is that you can find a different variety of dialect.

This trans-Himalayan valley is populated by around 800 Bhotia people. They speak the language that is different from rest of the other parts. The local dialect is called ‘Naar Phu’ or ‘Narpa’ that is a variation of Sino-Tibetan language.

Naar Phu Valley trek rewards you with the breathtaking vistas of the Himalayas. Apart from Annapurna (8,091m), you will see Himlung Himal (7,125m), Gangapurna Peak (7,455m) and Tilicho Peak (7,134m).

Nar Phu Trek Difficulty

Nar  Phu Valley trek difficulty is determined on the fact whether you cross Kang La Pass (5,306m) or not. If you add this high pass, it becomes a more challenging trek. But, if you avoid this pass, it becomes moderate type of trekking in Nepal.

The highest places to reach are Phu Village (4,050m) and Naar Village (4,100m). Although the trails are remote, there is not any high pass in this itinerary.

You have to walk for about 5 hours every day along the steep uphill and downhill trails. While going up you gain certain altitude day by day as well.

The increase in gradual height also adds up to the difficulty is altitude sickness. Nevertheless, you can get rid of this health hazard if you follow a few safety measures.

Walking slowly, having enough water and sleep by taking hygienic food minimize the risk of altitude sickness. Moreover, avoiding cigarette smoking and alcohol consuming also helps you avoid this problem.

You can also keep medicines like Diamox Oral in your backpack. Finally, as soon as you feel any symptoms of altitude sickness like tiredness or shortness of breathing, you must tell it to the team leader.

Best Season

Naar Phu Valley trek can be done all times of the year although it may be really challenging in some seasons. During Monsoon season (June-August), the trails in the lower altitude gets muddy and slippery due to heavy rainfall. And in winter season (December-February), the higher altitude may  be inaccessible due to heavy snowfall.

Spring (March-May) and Autumn (September-November) are the best season for Nar Phu Valley trek. In these seasons, the days are fine with the clear skies. Therefore you can have the enchanting views of the landscapes and the glittering mountains.

If you travel this region in spring, the rhododendron flowers embellish the entire region. On the other side, if you trek this hidden valley in autumn, you can taste the organic fruits. Thus, we highly recommend you to make the arrangement as per your comfort.

Nar Phu Valley Trek Map

You begin Nar Phu Valley trek after visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu. You drive up to Besisahar in a private jeep or a local bus and then up to Koto via an off-road.

Then, the journey continues ahead towards Meta, Phu Village and Naar Village. You spend one day in each of Phu and Nar villages to explore the natural and cultural beauties of the villages.

Next day, you reach Koto and spend a night over there. The following morning, you catch a private jeep or a local bus to arrive in Kathmandu via Besisahar. You can start the trekking right from Besisahar as well but it becomes a little longer duration.

Outline Itinerary of Nar Phu Trek

Day 01: Welcome to Kathmandu (1,350m/4,429ft), then transfer to the hotel

Day 02: Drive to Koto (2,600m/ -10 Hours

Day 03: Trek to Meta (3,560m/ -5 Hours

Day 04: Trek to Phu (4,050m/13,287ft)  - 7 Hours

Day 05: Acclimatization Day

Day 06: Trek to Nar Phedi (3,490m/ -6 Hours

Day 07: Trek to Nar (4,100m/13,451ft) -4 Hours

Day 08: Acclimatization Day

Day 09: Trek to Koto – 5 Hours

Day 10: Drive Back to Kathmandu via Beshisahar

Day 11: Final Departure

 

Hightlight

  • Breathtaking view of Annapurna (8,091m)region, Ganesh Himal )7,422m) range and Manaslu (8,163m) regionp
  • Two hidden villages of the Trans-Himalayan region
  • Best and shortest restricted area trekking in Manang Valley
  • Bhotia people speaking a different language
  • Ancient monasteries of the Naar Phu Valley
  • Short and moderate type of trekking trail
  • Hike to Himlung Himal Base Camp (4,600m)
  • Unique culture and tradition of Naar and Phu villages

Itinerary

On the arrival day, reception at the Kathmandu Airport and transfer to the hotel. Briefing about Naar Phu Valley trek itinerary in the evening by the team leader.

After breakfast, roadway trip to Besisahar in a private jeep via Dumre, a small town below Bandipur , the Queen of the Hills. From Besisahar, the gateway to Annapurna Circuit Trek, off-road travel up to Koto.

Leaving Annapurna Circuit region, moving forward to the hidden valley of the Naar Phu Khola region. Naar Phu Valley restricted area permit is checked here at Koto as it is the entrance.

 

Crossing the Marsyangdi River, move along the dense forests and some natural caves on the way. Enjoy the view of the Himalayas until reaching Meta.

Follow the rocky trails having chortens towards Naar and Phu villages. Crossing the Naar Phedi Monastery and enjoying the amazing view of the old dzongs and their ruins.

 

You will be welcomed by numerous Buddhist shrines decorated by the prayer flags and wheels. Phu is one of the two major villages of this hidden valley occupied by the Bhotia people having Tibetan origin.

This acclimatization day is not only for enjoying the unspoiled nature but typical culture as well. You will find most of the people busy in spinning yak and sheep wool to make the handcrafted garments.

 

Take a side trip to Tashi Lhakhang Monastery a few kilometres away from the village. Talk with Lama Karma Sonam Rinpoche to know more about the history of Tibetan Buddhism in this remote area.

 

The best part of this rest day is that you can learn some dictions of their dialect. You know, they have a different language called ‘Naar Phu’ or ‘Narpa’.

 

If you love more challenge, you can also hike to Himlung Himal Base Camp (4,900m). Himlung Himal (7,125m) is a newly opened trekking peak for the adventure lovers. The view of the Naar Phu Valley and the snowcapped peaks around is incredible from here!

Begin the trip after breakfast towards Naar Phedi that has a famous Tibetan Buddhist Gompa. Nar Phedi Monastery provides food and accommodation services to the trekkers to this region.

 

The monks and the nuns of this gompa prepare food to serve the guests but you don’t have to pay any amount directly. However, there is a donation box in which you can drop the amount of your desire.

 

You can participate in the usual prayer of the monastery around 5:00 pm. It really ensures a certain kind of peace of mind!

Walking through the windy path, you pass by the colourfully chortens and mani walls. Despite its proximity from Annapurna Circuit trekking, Naar Phu Valley is least frequented. Lack of promotion from the concerned authorities is the first reason behind it.

 

Between the two hamlets, Naar Village is more engaging than Phu Villages. People of this village are in touch with the modern technology like radio and television.

 

They are more conscious about the benefits of tourism industry. Therefore, they have been running teahouses to assist the trekkers with basic food and accommodation. In addition, they are earning their livelihood from the income generated via teahouses.

In fact,  Nar Village acclimatization day is designed to enable you to cross Kang La Pass (5,306m) that connects this valley with Manang. But, according to this itinerary, you won’t go across this pass.

 

So, you will spend the  time by exploring the natural and cultural wonders of this mystic village located in the trans-Himalayan region. Hike to a little high altitude to have a mesmerizing sight of Chulu East, Pisang Peak and Kang Guru.

 

These are some of the trekking peaks of Nepal, which are climbed by thousands of climbing enthusiasts every year. You can also talk with the people who are kind-hearted and helpful to the guests.

 

Talking to them is the best way to get firsthand knowledge about their lifestyle, culture and tradition then and now. You can also learn some important words of their native language as well.

After breakfast, descend through some seasonal settlement areas of Upper and Lower Chyaku until Meta. Then, you walk across dense forests of rhododendron and pine forests, small Himalayan streams and natural waterfalls.

 

Following the gurgling flow of the Naar Phu Khola, you arrive in Koto after nearly 5 hours. Koto is the same place from where you started your trekking to Naar Phu Valley.

Although you can add one more day in the itinerary by trekking up to Besisahar, you will drive in a private jeep right from Koto. You will drive past Timang and Dharapani villages to arrive in the gateway to Annapurna region trekking.

 

After you arrive in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to the hotel. After becoming fresh, you can go for shopping or spend the entire day by relaxing. In the evening, we invite you for farewell dinner at a cultural restaurant around Thamel.

It is the last day of Naar Phu Valley trek itinerary for 11 days. Thus, the crewmember of the company escorts you up to the airport to meet your flight schedule.

Inclusion/Exclusion

  • Airport pick-up and drop off service ,
  • Trekking Guide and Trekking porter (Two participant=1 porter =Maximum 25 kg of luggage )
  • Breakfast,accommodation during the trekking and Kathmandu following itinerary
  • Sleeping bags, down jackets, duffel bags and trekking sticks if required,
  • Trekking permit of National park,
  • TIMS(Trekking Information Management System )
  • Insurance and equipment for the trekking staffs
  • First aid kit
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu with cultural program in typical Traditional Nepali resturant
  • Personal expenses
  • Lunch dinner Drinks, beverages, hot shower,
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for Guide and porter (trekking staff)
  • Meals & hotel accommodation in Kathmandu (with out itinerary )

FAQ's

Nar Phu Valley trek is a restricted area trekking in Nepal. It is located in the northern region of Manang district. Opened in 2003 for the international trekkers, you need take a special trekking permit from the concerned authority.

 

Before the development of the teahouses, it used to be totally a camping trekking Nonetheless, you can book a camping trekking to Nar Phu Valley but it costs higher than teahouse camping.

Nar Phu Valley trek is one of the shortest restricted areas trekking in Nepal. There are many reasons for you to book this trek. Firstly, it is the best remote trek located in Manang district closer to the Tibetan Autonomous Region.

 

Despite its geographic location in Nepal, it has cultural affinity to that of the Tibetan Plateau.

 

You walk through the lush forests inhabited by diverse animals and birds. Similarly, you visit the ethnic cultural villages around the Marsyangdi River banks surrounded by the sparkling Himalayan scenery.

 

The lifestyle, occupation, customs and costumes of Nepalese traditional villages having Tibetan Buddhist influence give you a different experience. Many ancient monasteries located in the stopovers and nearby the trekking trail are the other features that remind you the wonderful Disneyland of the Himalayas.

Basically, Nar Phu Valley trek itinerary ranges from 7 days to a complete month depending upon different factors. The itinerary depends upon the destination, trekking duration per day, acclimatization day, the time you have and so on.

 

If you want to cross a high pass Kang La Pass (5,306m), it becomes a little longer. You can also extend this trek to connect to Annapurna region trekking as well. To customize this trekking package, visit: www.nepaltrekkingroutes.com.

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