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Nar Phu Valley Trekking

Duration : 23 Days | Travel style : Active Adventures

  • Narphu Trekking

Trip Highlights

  • Country

    Nepal

  • Duration

    23 Days

  • Max. Altitude

    17,769 ft. / 5,416 M.

  • Accommodation

    Hotel / Lodge / Camp

  • Fitness Level

    Moderate

  • Best Season

    Mar to May - Sep to Dec

  • Group Size

    1- 15 People

  • Transportation

    Flight / Private Vehicle

Nar Phu Valley trekking, one of the least trekked trail, falls under the Annapurna circuit surrounding the Annapurna Massif. Nar and Phu, two villages in the rural Manang region entailing the typical Tibetan lifestyles and culture, offer the enclose view of majestic Annapurna II, Gangapurna, Tilicho and various other peaks.

The trail to the valley is pristine as the route was opened for tourists only after 2003. The journey offers varieties of cultural experiences starting from low lands inhabited by the Hindus communities to the high mountains inhabited by the Buddhists communities with Tibetan influenced lifestyles. The trek follows the popular Annapurna circuit. It starts from the place called Bulbule. The walk starting from the lush sub tropical forest hosting various perennially flowing rivers-waterfalls and tapering ridges goes all the way to the higher infertile landscapes in the Nar Phu Valley. Small human settlements to the high animal grazing pastures are other aspects of the journey.

The trek is highly adventurous as well. The journey heads through Kang La Pass (5315m) to reach the beautiful village of manang. The place is inhabited by the Thakalis whose distint culture and hospitality is very popular. We move forward to Thorongla pass (5416m), the highest point of the trek. On our decent we follow through Muktinath-Jomson. Muktinath carries a huge religious significance for Hindus and Buddhists. From Jomsom we take a 30 min. flight to Pokhara.

Itinerary

You can always customize this itinerary as per your preference.

1

Day

Arrive at Kathmandu.
You will be welcomed by our staff standing with your name-card in the airport arrival terminal and transferred to your hotel by the private vehicle. Small meeting about the trip in the evening.

Hotel on BB | Private Vehicle

2

Day

Trek preparation & Kathmandu valley sightseeing.
After your breakfast you will be introduced to the trekking guides and helpers. And the Kathmandu sightseeing beings with visit to various UNESCO enlisted cultural Heritage sites including medieval Palaces in Kathmandu-Bhaktapur-Lalitpur Durbar squares. Other sites are Pashupatinath Temple, Baudhanath and Swayambhunath Stupa.In the evenining you will walk along the Thamel streets which is a good place to buy trekking equipment.

Hotel on BB | Private Vehicle

3

Day

Drive To Bhulbhule [790m], 6/7 hrs.
Approximately six hours scenic drive from Kathmandu to Bhulbhule is the beginning of the Annapurna Circuit trek.

Guesthouse on BLD | Private Vehicle

4

Day

Trek To Ghermu [1,375m], 5/6hrs.
After breakfast, the hiking trail starts from Bhulbhule. Then we ascend towards Bhulbhule Lampata (1135 m) and Bahundada , the Brahmin village situated at a top of the hill Where we will have Lunch then we will walk further to Germu(1,375m) which is very beautiful gurung village.

Guesthouse on BLD

5

Day

Trek to Tal [1700m], 5/6 hrs.
From Germu, the trail descends steeply to syange at the elevation of 1070 mt passing the suspension bridge on Marshyangi River entering the Nyingma. Nyingma is one of the Buddhist influenced area in northern part of Nepal. Following the river to stone village of Jagat and Chamje where we will have lunch then hiking 2/3 hrs further to Tal though the rockily trails and the forest following the Marshayandi river which is the first village of Manang district.

Guesthouse on BLD

6

Day

Trek to Danaque [22,00m],5/6 hrs.
Crossing a wide, flat valley, climbing a stone stairways gives you taste of exciting adventure of Annapurna circuit trek, Journey goes up and down until we reach Dharapani at 1890 meters, where we will have lunch, then we will walk further to Bagarshep, a beautiful Tibetan village and finally to Danaque through the wide flat path and forest.

Guesthouse on BLD

7

Day

Trek to koto (2713m),3/4 hrs.
You trek a gradually ascending path and cross a stream to reach Koto. The mountain views you can enjoy are of Annapurna II and Manaslu range along with beautiful views of forests on the way which adds another dimension to your trek. Koto is a small village mainly inhabited by Gurung and other ethnic groups. Their lifestyle is mainly influenced by Buddhist Tibetan cuture.

Guesthouse on BLD

8

Day

Trek to Dharmashala (3,550m),6/7 hrs.
This morning you head out early,as this is little longer and difficult day. You cross the river leading to the Nar Phu valley and hike up through beautiful woods above the Phu Khola. The route takes you through some beautiful woods and past several small caves, and a pilgrims’ Dharmasala. After you emerge out of a narrow canyon, the trail actually passes under a wide waterfall just before the Dharmasala, from where the woods become thinner and the vistas wider.

Guesthouse on BLD

9

Day

Trek to Kayang(3700m),5/6 hrs.
We begin the day by crossing Methang Khola river and then start a breathtaking climb on a winding path to the Methang pastures. Here at Methang there is an ancient Chorten and marvellous views of Kang Guru. Further on we pass the abandoned Methang village (3560m), from the village there is a path to Kang Guru BC. The path to the next village Junan is easy and flat, Junan is also abandoned. From here we continue to have an easy walk to Lower Chaku village, which has about 15 houses. We continue to Upper Chaku on a steep trail, then trail is little high steepy up through the stone mani wall to Kayeng.

Guesthouse on BLD

10

Day

Trek to Phu Valley(4200m),5/6 hrs.
This day begins to continue on an amazing tunnel carved rocky path 70 meters above the river and then decent to the riverbed, we follow the riverbed and pass some Mani Chrotens. We then climb up from the riverbed to the Phu valley entrance door (Phuohi Yalgoe). About an hour from the valley entrance we cross the Phu Khola and begin climbing up to the village. Phu village consists of about 30 houses, which are home to 100-150 people. We camp near the river.

Guesthouse on BLD

11

Day


Excursion around Phu valley.
Excursion around Phu valley. You can have interaction with locals and explore up the wide valley systems above you. You might walk up the valley to the summer grazing settlement or Kharka at Ngoru, a three hours walk past the gompa. Phu itself is an incredibly interesting village and you can observe the villagers spinning their yak and sheep wool and chat.

Guesthouse on BLD

12

Day

Trek to Checko,(3720m),5/6 hrs.
You get back through Phu gate, descend to the river and retrace your steps back to Junam Kharka Then you will walk further to Checko.

Guesthouse on BLD

13

Day

Trek to Nar Village(4110m) 5/6 hrs.
This day you trek down the old bridge spanning a deep, contoured and narrow gorge and all the way back up again. The scenery is stunning. Below you sits Gyalbu Kumbu, built in 1650, and Satte Gompa both empty. You finally reach the Nar gates at the top of the hill and pass by yet another line of wonderfully painted, bamboo topped chortens and a large tiered chorten.

Guesthouse on BLD

14

Day

Trek to Nawal (3675m) 6/7 hrs.
The Kang La is not a difficult pass, but it could be a long day if there is snow on the pass or the altitude is taking its toll. The Kang La, at 5240m, is an absolutely spectacular pass looking over Annapurna II, Gangapurna, Tilicho peak, the peaks surrounding Tilicho and the airport at Hongde. The trail down is steep and then more gradual as you reach the end.

Ngawal, on the upper Pisang route of the Annapurna circuit (off the main Annapurna circuit), can be reached in as little as two hours from the pass, but the walk down is very nice and easy with enchanting views. Just before Ngawal is an unusual grouping of chortens and prayer flags which marks a meditation cave far up in the hills. Ngawal is a wonderful, old village of cobbled streets, prayer wheels and beautiful architecture, obviously a hub of religious activity in previous times.

Guesthouse on BLD

15

Day

Trek to Manang (3540m) 3/4 hrs.
This day you walk through leveled path along the bank of the Marshyangdi river to reach Manang. On the way you pass pine forests, villages such as Braga and farming terraces. You can enjoy the views of the Annapurna range, Tilicho Mountain and beautiful landscapes. Manang is a small town.

Guesthouse on BLD

16

Day

Acclimatization day at Manang, (3540m).
Today we explore Manang valley to take some rest and acclimatization for next days. We spend our day walking and sightseeing around Manang village, learn some Manang culture and the daytime is best to gain altitude.

Guesthouse on BLD

17

Day

Trek to Yak kharka (4090m), 4 hrs walk.
Leaving Manang the trail ascends steadily along the Jarsang Khola valley and reaches Ledar at 4250 meter. Walking and glancing over the steadily sparse vegetations, we reach Yak Kharka at 4090 meter.

Guesthouse on BLD

18

Day

Trek to Throung Phedi(4420m), 4 hrs walk.
Descending the trail, crossing the river at 4310 meters and again climbing through the trail takes you to Thorong Phedi at 4420 meters. At the foot of Thorung La Pass, this place gives your pleasant view of massive Annapurna region.

Guesthouse on BLD

19

Day

Trek to Thorungla - la (cross over 5416m), then trek down to Muktinath 3802m), 8-9 hrs walk.
The journey starts early in the morning from the foot of the hill to the Thorung La Pass, highest place of our twentyone days Annapurna Circuit Trek. Crossing the steeply made pass, covered with stone, we hike gradually looking at magnificent views. Pass marked by Chortens and prayer flags looks nice and magnificent views imprints in your memory. Passing Thorung La, we reach the sacred site of Muktinath at the elevation of 3800 meters. Hindus and Buddhists alike visit Muktinath. The temple is built in the pagoda style dedicated to Lord Vishnu or Avalokiteshwara as the Buddhists call him. For Hindus, Muktinath is one of the most important places of pilgrimage. Long and difficult yet rewarding day of our Annapurna Circuit Trek.

Guesthouse on BLD

20

Day

Trek to Kagbeni to Jomsom (2713m), 5 hrs walk.
Finally, the Annapurna Circuit trek heads downhill, through the arid landscape to the ancient town of Kagbeni on the Kali Gandaki River. A maximum of three hours trek from Muktinath to Kagbeni (2800), where you can visit some two thousand five hundred years old monasteries and get to know some Himalayan culture. Walk further to Jomsom and spend overnight there to catch flight back to Pokhara. Overnight at teahouse. Last day of the trekking portion of Annapurna trek.

Hotel on BB

21

Day

Fly to Pokhara.
Fly to Pokhara from Jomsom. Transfer to hotel. Free time on your own. Massage, boating at Phewa Lake and relax.

Hotel on BB

22

Day

Pokhara to Kathmandu Approx 6 hrs driving or 25 min. flight
Around six hours scenic drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu or you also have a 25 min flight. You can spend you rest of the time for personal shopping or individual sightseeing.

Hotel on BB

23

Day

Departure to destination country.
Global Holidays Adventure's representative will drop you to the Airport terminal to bid you a final farewell.

Cost Details

"So What you are paying For?"

We would like to explain to you. We are a local company providing world-wide travelers with internationally qualified services. We provide you with the lowest cost possible for fully inclusive trips that have no hidden fees. We guarantee your safety, satisfaction, and long-lasting memories of your experience.

Cost Include
  • International & domestic airport transfers as per the itinerary.
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis on BB plan.
  • 1 nights hotel accommodation in Pokhara on twin sharing basis on BB plan.
  • 1 nights hotel accommodation in Beshishar on twin sharing basis on BB plan.
  • Kathmandu Sightseeing by professional english speaking tour guide. 
  • Kathmandu-Bhulbhule / Pokhara - Kathmandu ground transportation by private vehicle or flight.
  • JOmsom - Pokhara flight cost.
  • 3 meals a day during the trekking (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) as mention in itinerary.
  • Accommodation while trekking in twin sharing basis in guesthouses.
  • Annapurna Conservation area permit and TIMS card fees.
  • Professional government lisence holder English speaking trekking guide.
  • The required number of porters to carry the luggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two guests).
  • Sleeping bag and Duffel bag during the trek. (Refundable after finish trekking)
  • A comprehensive medical kit.
  • All government and local taxes.
Cost Exclude
  • International air fare to/ from Nepal.
  • Entry Visa fees - at present $25 for 15 day, US$ 40 for 30 day, and US$ 100 for three month visa on entry into Nepal.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara. 
  • Insurance which covers, medical, emergency evacuation, lost, etc.
  • Beverages, alcoholic drinks, mineral water, boiled water during the trekking.
  • Hot shower during the trekking.
  • All food and beverages other than on the itinerary. 
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Personal gear and expenses.
  • Tips and gratitude provided to staff.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Nar Phu Valley Trek is suitable for all kind of people who are moderately fit, not any previous adventures experience is required. Some physical fitness activities such as running, swimming and walking are recommended before your Nar Phu Valley Trek. Persons suffering from a pre-existing medical flaws must seek medical advice before considering the trek. Whilst on the trek, it is common to experience some discomfort before being fully acclimatized.


Yes, Global Holidays Adventure representative will be there to greet you outside of Terminal Hall. He will be displaying Global Holidays Adventure name card with your name on it. After that you will be transferred to pre-chosen Hotel.


You can get the visa at Tribhuwan International Airport after landing, furthermore it will be easier if you fill up the visa form by online (http://online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/tourist-visa) before taking the flight to Nepal. Entry Visa fees- at present is $ 25 for 15 day, $ 40 for 30 days and $ 100 for three month visa on entry to Nepal.
You should bring following essential documents in the trip:

  • Valid Passport: must be valid for up to 6 months.
  • Travel insurance: you need to provide a copy of insurance paper to Global Holidays Adventure before you start the trek.
  • Flight Tickets.
  • Emergency contact numbers for T/C's bank, insurance, family contacts.


All types of Hotels from a budget to Luxurious including five star services are available in Kathmandu. Normally, Global Holidays Adventure offers three hotel services in our outline itinerary. We can also accommodate according to your choice.

During Trekking: You will have teahouse/Lodges generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quit blanket. We can also offer Global Holidays Adventure's sleeping baggage if needed (which needs to be returned after the trip) but it’s always better to have a personal sleeping bag. We usually provide you single and double rooms as well as the occasional dormitory. During the peak season it is quite difficult to manage single room therefore double rooms are preferred in our outline itinerary.


Normally there are common toilet facilities in teahouses and lodges, which are usually neat and clean. Nowadays, some small number of teahouses and lodges offer attached restroom. We will provide you the best option as far as possible in this regard.


Normally there are hot water shower services in various teahouses and lodges. In the absence of such facility, the teahouse/lodges will provide you hot water bucket. The payment for the shower has to be made by yourself and the cost varies with the places.


Whilst on the trek, our porters who are honest and experienced, will take care of your luggage. All you need to carry is your small day bag for your personal belongings like camera, water bottle, sun cream, money etc. Normally, we assign one porters to carry the luggage of two trekkers.


Most of Teahouse cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian fare Pasta, Tuna Bakes, Noodles, Potatoes, Eggs, Dal-bhat, Bread, Soups, Fresh Vegetable ( variety depends on the season) and even some desserts like Apple Pies, Pancakes and some interesting attempts at Custard. You will find a lot of garlic items on the menu, eat some every day because it assists with acclimatization. In many larger villages you may find some meat on the menu. You can always get hot chocolate, tea, coffee, hot lemon as well as soft drinks. Each day dinner and breakfast are used to take in the same lodge you spend the night. Lunch will be taken on the way to destination.


During the airport pick-drop and Kathmandu sightseeing we use private tourist vehicles of various categories such as cars, vans, micro, bus etc. according to size of the group. We take a domestic flight for Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu.


The best season for this trek is October to mid-December and mid-February to mid-June. This trip is not preferred during the monsoon season from June to August except the treks to Himalayan rain shadow like Upper Mustang and Mt. Kailas.


Weather in the mountains is notoriously difficult to predict. Generally, nights are chillingly cold, whereas, the days are warmer. Winter (January and February) will be a bit colder but the days can be quite beautiful and warm if the sun is out. There will be a bit of snow during the month of January, February and December. The temperature inside the teahouses/lodges are fairly maintained. You can always sit beside a fire to keep yourself warmer. The temperature could be as high as 20 degree c to 15 degree c low during the day time.


These facilities will be available in most of the places in your Hotel reception by paying some service charges. Don’t forget to bring your adapters!!

How is the communication facilities during the trek?


ATM and credit card facilities can be used in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Above that, you need cash payments for various service you need.


In Kathmandu, you can allocate $ 10-15 for lunch and dinner. It all depends on your spending habits. $. 15- 20 a day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolate and few drinks in Trekking.


Well it totally depends upon you. There is trend of tipping the guide and porters in trekking. Tipping is a good way to acknowledge their works and thank them in a better way, something they would cherish and support their daily lives.


In most places bottled water is readily available. If you wish to drink normal water, you need to use purifying aid, better if you have some for yourself.


In case you suffer from altitude sickness or any other problems, we will offer you the doctor’s prescribed medicines according to the type of problem facing you. We will descend you and incase of extreme cases, you will get rescued by the helicopter.


In case of any casualties, travel insurance will be a boon to recover the incurred expenses. In case of helicopter rescue, the helicopter charge, which is little expensive, can also be recovered by your insurance. So it a good act to check you insurance validity and policy, whether it recovers the rescue charges or not.


Yes, all the staffs of Global Holidays Adventure including guides and porters are insured to recover any kinds of casualties.


Yes, it is absolutely possible to add some more days to the trip. Along your trek we can add days at your request with additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation and food.


Yes, there are many options and choices to extend your holidays before or after your main trip. You can visit our other touring trips to add to the main event. In general, following trips are suggested for your holiday extensions.

  • Trisuli River Rafting, Paragliding, bungee and other adventures.
  • Chitwan Jungle Safari Package.
  • Volunteering in Schools and Villages

 

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