Nar Phu Trek:Uncovering the Hidden Beauty of Nar and Phu Valleys

Destination
Nepal
Activity
Trekking
Accomodation
Hotel, Lodge and Tea house
Region
Annapurna Region
Start / End Point
koto/Jomsom
Duration
9 Nights 10 Days
Max. Altitude
5416 m
Meals Included
Breakfast
Group Size
2-50
Nature of Trek
Lodge to Lodge Trekking
Best Season
March-May / August-November
Trip Code
AT-NpV
Activity Per Day
5-6 hrs
Transporation
Jeep / bus
Grade
Moderate

Overview

Nar Phu Trek is an extraordinary journey to one of the most remote areas in Nepal that lies close to Tibet. This off-the-beaten-path trek will take you on a memorable adventure to the heart of Nar and Phu Valleys, which were once forbidden to outsiders. This trek offers a unique mix of ancient Buddhist culture and raw Himalayas which are still unspoiled and isolated.

Why you will love Nar Phu Trek?
    • Remote exploration of Nar and Phu Valley in Annapurna Conservation Area
    • Ascending one of the challenging high passes in Nepal, the Kang La Pass
    • Trek among the diverse landscapes, from greenery to the desert and rocky terrains.
    • Nar Gompa and Phu Gompa are ancient monasteries that depict the Tibetan History of this region.
    • Mesmerizing views of Himalayan peaks such as Annapurna II, Gangapurna, Tilicho Peak, Manaslu Peak, and many more unnamed peaks.
    • Nar Phu Trek is less crowded than popular routes.
    • Huge chance of cultural immersion and interactions within the 2nd oldest civilization of Nepal.

    Narphu Trek total trekkers information

Nar Phu Trek Overview:

Nar Phu Valley serves as an ideal destination for trekkers seeking a taste of life in northern Nepal. Additionally, it provides a unique transition to the dry, desert-like Tibetan plateau. The charm of the journey lies in exploring the Nar and Phu valleys, significant highlights of this Nar Phu Circuit trek. Even though it is remote and rarely trekked, the trail offers adequate teahouses, lodges, and even homestay options for essential traveler needs. Traversing the Nar and Phu valleys showcases a magnificent blend of towering peaks, glaciers, isolated villages, narrow canyons, enchanting forests, distinctive rock formations, yaks, gompas, and the fascinating cultures of the ethnically Tibetan communities. Starting from Besisahar, the traditional launch point of the Annapurna Circuit, we drive to Koto and start our Nar Phu Valley Trek. Nar Phu trek diverges swiftly from busier routes, leading adventurers into the remote Nar and Phu valleys. The journey entails crossing vibrant Tibetan chortens and prayer-adorned stones, descending into deep gorges, and immersing in daily village life in Phu. Spending a night in the Nar Phedi monastery offers insights into the Tibetan Mountainous existence of Nepal.

The final stretch of the trek spans a few days, ascending the high Kang La Pass before descending to Ngawal, a popular spot along the main Annapurna Circuit. This phase offers a taste of familiar comforts. As the landscape transitions to lush greenery, the return journey culminates with a vehicle ride to Besisahar.

Nar Phu Valley Trek Cost:
We offer three different kinds of Nar Phu trek packages to provide service according to our client's needs: 

1. Full Board Package (100 $ per person a day): 
This package is perfect for those who want to avoid any inconvenience during the trek. The full board Nar Phu Valley trek package includes:
  • All of the permits for the duration of the trek.
  • Ground transportation at the start of the trek, from Pokhara/Kathmandu to Koto, and back from the trek according to your needs.
  • Accommodation in the best Tea house/lodge available.
  • Three sets of meals include Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner, and 3 sets of tea/coffee during the trek.
  • An experienced English-speaking, government-licensed trekking guide, his salary equipment, insurance, meals, transportation, and accommodation.

 

2. Half Board Package (per person 70$ a day):
This is the perfect package for those who want to be in control of their lunch and dinner.The half- board Nar Phu trek package includes the following:
  • All of the permits for the duration of the trek.
  • Ground transportation at the start of the trek, from Pokhara/Kathmandu to Koto, and back from the trek according to your needs.
  • Accommodation in the best Tea house/lodge available.
  • Three sets of meals include Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner, and 3 sets of tea/coffee during the trek.
  • An experienced English-speaking, government-licensed trekking guide, his salary equipment, insurance, meals, transportation, and accommodation.
( Note: You can hire a porter for the above-mentioned full-board and half-board packages for Nar Phu Valley Trekking. )

 

3.Guide and porter service( 35$ a day for a guide and 25$ a day for a porter):
 If you are ready to manage everything during your Nar Phu Valley trek, we can provide you with our experienced guide and porters. 
  •  One Porter for two trekkers and only carries weight up to 25 kg.

The above rates are standard; however, the price range may differ with your plans and special requests. We also provide custom itineraries with flexible schedules, so you can email us your preferences and plans at [email protected].

Nar Phu Trek:Uncovering the Hidden Beauty of Nar and Phu Valleys Photo

Nar Phu Trek Itinerary

  1. day 1

    Arrival at the Kathmandu Airport

  2. day 2

    Pokhara (820 m|2690 ft)/Kathmandu (1400 m|4594 ft) to Koto (2600 m | 8530 ft):

  3. day 3

    Trek from Koto (2600 m|8530 ft) to Meta (3560 m|11680 ft):

  4. day 4

    Trek form Meta (3560 m|11680 ft) to Phu (4110 m|13485 ft):

  5. day 5

    Acclimatization at Phu (4110 m|13485 ft):

  6. day 6

    Trek from Phu village to Nar Phedi (3,490 m|11450 ft):

  7. day 7

    Nar Phedi to Nar Valley (4110 m|13484 ft ) and acclimatization:

  8. day 8

    Nar to Ngawal (3650 m | 11975 ft) via Khangla Pass (5306 m | 17409 ft):

  9. day 9

    Ngawal to Manang (3519 m | 11545 ft):

  10. day 10

    Drive from Manang to Besisahar (760 m | 2494 ft):

  11. day 11

    Drive from Besisahar to Pokhara or Kathmandu: 

Nar Phu Circuit Trek Map and Altitude Graph

everest base camp trek map

What's Included?

    • All meals, during the trek. You can choose dishes from the lodge menu which mostly includes options as follows:
      • Breakfast: Cereal, Porridge, rice pudding, egg dish with bread and toast, bread with jam and honey, Pancakes with jam and honey, with tea or coffee.
      • Lunch Items: Dal Bhat (mostly recommended), noodles soup, fried noodles, momo, spaghetti chapati, Spring roll, macron,  sizzlers, swiss rosti, pizza, veg curry with plain rice, Tibetan Momo, Thukpa, Thenthuk, french fry, fry potato, boil potato and much more.
      • Dinner: Mostly same as lunch items but may vary in some hotels.
      • Note: The menu also depends on the Teahouse or Hotel, so the food items may vary.
    • Tea house/Lodge accommodation during the trek.
    • Pokhara – Besisahar- Koto by public bus & sharing Jeep (depends on group size).
    • Professional English speaking, Eco Trained trekking guide his food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine, transportation, etc. 
    • The company guarantees the rescue services in case of an emergency; please hand over your insurance policy copy to us.
    • All the necessary paper works, special permit and ACAP  conservation entry permit (Trekking permit / TIMS card etc.)
    • Sleeping Bag and Trekking poles (to be returned after trip completion).
    • First Aid Medical Kit Box.
    • Government taxes and VAT.

What's Excluded?

  • Anything related to International flight airfares such as Nepal entry visa fees, excess baggage charges, International flight tickets, and so on.
  • Extra night accommodations due to changed in itinerary. 
  • Supporter / porter to carry your luagge during the trekking. 
  • Personal expenses before the trek such as (renting sleeping bags, buying trekking shoes, and so on), during the trek (any shopping, boiled water, tea coffee(if more than 3 times), cold drinks, alcoholic beverages, hot showers, telephone call, Wifi, cell-phone, camera battery recharges and so on).
  • Travel insurance, which covers high-altitude helicopter rescue and evacuation along with medical costs.
  • Tips and gratuities for guides and porters.
  • Extra permit costs if you wish to stay in Nar Phu valley for longer days
  • Additional costs, such as additional days due to delays caused by natural/uncontrollable phenomena such as bad weather, landslides, and change of plans(itinerary modifications) due to safety concerns, illness, and soon.
  • Lastly, all of the costs and expenses that aren’t listed in the “What’s Included?” section.

Note:

You can include porter ( carries upto 20 kg ), with an extra cost of $ 25 per day.

Nar Phu Trek trip info:

The Nar Phu Valley is a no-smoking, no-alcohol, and no-tobacco zone as soon as you enter Meta. Moreover, the area is strictly against killing wild or domestic animals, so this is a vegetarian zone. The Nar and Phu area is Vegetarian, not Vegan, so you can get yak curds and yogurt here. So be sure to prepare yourself to abstain from any alcoholic and meat products during your stay in the restricted area of Nar and Phu Village.

As the Nar Phu Trek lies in between the Annapurna Circuit Trek and the Manaslu Circuit Trek, both of the treks can be easily combined with the Nar Phu Trek.

Packing List for Nar Phu Circuit Trek:

Nar Phu Valley is restricted to outside visitors, and you need a special area permit to access this region. You need to make a packing list free of any tobacco, beer, alcohol, and meat while you trek the Nar Phu region. 
These items are prohibited because of religious and spiritual significance. Other than these, to check the detailed packing list click here.


Written by: Mohan Bhandari

1: When is the best time to travel there?
The best time to explore Nar Phu Circuit is from March to May and October to December. This season offers the optimum view of the landscape and high Himalayas as the skies are usually clear with no fog to hamper the Himalayas. However, trekking in monsoon may put us in danger because landslides are often seen during this time of the year.

2: What about food and accommodations?
The nights are spent in tea houses so, accommodation is not an issue during this trek. In terms of food, we are allowed to eat only vegetarian food because killing animals in this region is prohibited.

3: Is this trek possible with children?
This trek is moderately challenging for adults but, tagging children on this expedition may escalate the difficulty. However, with additional care and attention from the guardians, this trek can be concluded but may involve plenty of hardship on the trails. Also, the parents may opt to hire an extra guide to look after their children.

4: Do I need any permits for this trek?
Yes, you require a permit to enter the Nar Phu region. The visitors are required to pay US$ 100 per person for a week along with US$ 15 imposed for extra days from September to November. The rate varies from December to August as the price is decreased to US$ 75 for a week for every person. An additional charge of US$ 15 is enforced per day to each person if they stay more than a week.

5: Cultural lifestyle of this region?
This region is hugely influenced by Tibetan culture. Most people of this place follow Buddhism and recite Buddhist traditions and cultures. 

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Nar Phu Trek:Uncovering the Hidden Beauty of Nar and Phu Valleys Company Reviews

2023-01-10

Best travel company in Pokhara!

Mohan was extremely accommodating and went above and beyond to help us with everything I did in Nepal. He is the go-to guy for everything and I owe many of my best experience in Nepal to him. Highly recommend this travel company. Also, shout out to Bharat who was an excellent guide!

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