Nar Phu Valley Trekking

Duration: 19 Days

Overview

  • Duration 19 Days
  • Max. Altitude 5,416 m | 17,769 ft.
  • Trip Start and End Kathmandu
  • Trip Area Kathmandu - Jagat - Dharapani - Koto - Meta - Phu Gaon - Nar - Kang La Pass - Manang - Yak Kharka - Thorong Phedi - Thorong La - Muktinath - Jomsom - Pokhara - Kathmandu
  • Best Season Summer, Spring, and Autumn.

Highlights

  • Venture into a remote part of Nepal that few travelers get to see
  • Stay in ancient villages that have seen little change over the centuries
  • Enjoy great views of Annapurna II, Himlung Himal, Gangapurna, and Tilicho Peak
  • Experience a part of the Tibetan plateau that extends down into Nepal
  • Witness a Tibetan-derived culture, with unique and colorful prayer stones and monasteries

Nar Phu valley trek is the amazing journey to the unexplored Himalayan wilderness, located north of the most visited Annapurna Region. It is a very special and beautiful trekking destination where you will have the opportunity to experience and explore the unique cultures, natures, religion, and typical lifestyle of the mountain communities of Gurung, Managi, and Thakali people.  Besides the unique culture and tradition, we will also have a chance to observe the magnificent Himalayan panoramas, a wide variety of flora and fauna, an ever-changing landscape, and many more. The highest point of this trek crosses 5414 m high Thorang pass and then goes down to the arid valley of the upper Manang and then to the spiritual temple of Muktinath. While trekking along this region you will also pass through the deepest George in the world Kali Gandaki gorge.

The trek to Narphu valleys follows the Annapurna Circuit Trekking trail and crosses the Kangala Pass at 5200 m and then continues to Annapurna trail crossing the high pass Thorong La Pass at 54146 meters. The trek to this magnificent place begins with a 9-hour drive to Jagat from Kathmandu via Besisahar. Starting our hike from the village of Syange and then leaving the Marshyangdi river, we eventually reach the small community of Jagat. We then get higher up passing the village of Dharapani. From Dharapani we branch off to the koto and then follow the off-the-beaten trail towards Nar Phu valley lying north of Manang. Crossing the Kang La pass you will get to observe the magnificent panorama of Annapurna Massif. This pass links Nar Phu with Manang and the other three villages in Neyshang valley. After Kang La pass we walk through a wooded area of fir, and oak and eventually reach the hidden mountain valley. This valley offers you the medieval Tibetan culture in undisturbed form. After the warm hospitality of the people living in the Hidden Valley, we hike westward crossing Throng La pass and then passing through Lower Mustang until Jomsom. From Jomsom, we take a flight to Pokhara and drive back to Kathmandu.

Join us on this 19 days trekking journey to the spectacular Nar Phu valley, which is a true hidden gem, and get an opportunity to explore an unspoiled valley that features a mix of Himalayan and ancient Buddhist culture. The best season for the Ganesh Himal trek is Summer, Spring, and Autumn. The fitness level required for trekking in this region is decent with an average of 5-6 hours of walk per day. Contact us in case of any professional expertise and a tailored trip.

NOTE:It is recommended that you should arrive in Kathmandu a day earlier before you start your trek (if you do not have a day tour of Kathmandu scheduled). And If you have scheduled a Kathmandu day tour you should arrive two days before the actual day of trekking.

If you can arrive a day earlier, it will be best for you as you will get some time to rest, know about the trekking you are doing, get info about the trekking routes, and get time to buy trekking equipment if necessary. Adding some extra days besides actual trekking days will help you enjoy your trip to Nepal to the fullest without having to worry about any preparations, flight delays, and missing international flights.

Itinerary

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As per your flight plan, we will be at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu to stretch out a warm welcome to you in our wonderful nation for the lovely outing. As you fly towards the International Terminal of Tribhuvan International Airport on a clear sunny day, you can see the breathtaking views of snow-capped mountain peaks spread in distance. Once you land, a Himalayan Scenery Treks and Expedition representative will escort you to your hotel. The day is complete leisure. You can either choose to rest in your hotel room and remove jet lag or take a short walk around the ancient valley of Kathmandu.

On the second day of your arrival, we will be taking you for site seeing tour of some of Nepal’s most historic sites after morning breakfast. Talking about the cultural richness, Kathmandu is the cultural heart of Nepal. This city has an interesting combination of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism, and Western influence in the valley.

We will be taking you on the historical and cultural sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley. We will take a tour around Kathmandu Durbar Square, Monkey Temple- Swayambhunath Stupa – the oldest monument in Kathmandu valley, Pashupatinath Temple – the biggest Hindu Shrine and Boudhanath- a massive Buddhist Shrine. All these historical monuments are listed on the UNESCO World Heritage site. You will be accompanied by a licensed professional guide during your city tour around the beautiful city of Temples.

Once you complete the day tour, you will be escorted to the Himalayan Scenery Treks & Exp. office. In-office, you will meet up with the team leader as well as the other crew members who will be assisting you in every possible way throughout your trip. 

Once we finish gathering and packing of the essential materials the earlier night, we are all set for our trip in the morning. We will begin our day with an 8-hour long drive to Jagat from Kathmandu via Besisahar town. On the way to Jagat situated in Lamjung, you will have a great time enjoying the stunning views of the Himalayas.

Driving on the Prithvi highway, you pass through beautiful Nepalese townships which will be showing you the basic glimpses pure countryside of Nepal. We follow the winding Trishuli river and then follow the Marshyangdi river till Besisahar. From here we follow the Bhalam Khola past Khudi, and Bhulbhule, and then walk side by side with quite a few settlements of Syange. Leaving the Marshyangadi river, we ascend uphill to reach a small community of Jagat.

Leaving Jagat behind, we will walk for approximately 5-6 hours to reach Dharapani. Commencing on our trek, we start with the downhill walk to the Marshyangdi River and then hike through a verdant forest. The trekking route to Dharapani offers an attention-grabbing view of lofty Himalayan ranges.

Enjoying the beautiful scenery, we continue our hike on a slippery trail to Sattale. Beyond Sattale the trail continues on the cliffside until we arrive at Tal Beshi. Walking on a zigzag path on a steep uphill for 20 minutes will takes you to the small settlement of Tal (1700 m). This amazing village offers you the beautiful scenery of several waterfalls in and around the area.

Hiking out of this village after lunch, we take a gentle walk on a straight path to reach the Karte (1900 m) and then continue to Dharapani on the flat motorable road. Dharapani is the junction point Manaslu circuit trek and Annapurna circuit trek.

The trek today begins with a heavenly sunrise view over the high hills. After enjoying the sunrise, we will begin our morning walk through a densely wooded area of oak and pine. While walking slowly through the forest you will also be accompanied by the south face of Mt. Manaslu (8163 m).

Crossing the forest, we come across the wonderful settlement of Bagarchhap. From here, we walk on a decent trail for an hour until Danaque and then take a steeply ascending trail to Timang. Once at Timang, you will have a breathtaking view of Mt. Manaslu and Peak 29. Once again, we walk through the pine forest to arrive first at Latamarang and then an hour walks with glimpses of Annapurna II reaching Koto village.

The trek today will take us to the elevation of 3,560m above sea level. Before starting our hike for the day, we first register our restricted area permit in the nearby police check post. Once we finish up the registration, we begin our trek, walking along the bank of Soti Khola for a while.

We then walk through the dense pine forest and cross a suspension bridge, we reach Dharmasala for lunch. After lunch, we continue our hike we pass through the dense pine forest and then take a steep uphill climb to reach Meta village. Once you reach this wonderful settlement on the Tibetan plateau, you can have a stunning view of Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal.

Walking out of the Meta after breakfast, we will take a trail that traverses ups and down and crosses a suspension bridge over various rivers and streams.

After 4 hours of trek from Meta, reaches Kyang. Once you are in Kyanag, you can see the remnants of the Khampa Settlements. Leaving the Kyang village, our hike continues on a decent trail until we arrive at Phu Khola. Crossing the river through a suspension bridge and then walking on a rocky trail eventually reaches Phu Gaon.

As for today we will give rest to our bodies and take a day off at Phu valley. Other than resting we will take a short tour around the Phu valley exploring the vegetation and landscape around here. The tradition and culture here are untouched. You will get a chance to know more about the locals of this hidden valley. You will get a closer look at the lifestyles of locals of Phu valley. There as well is a gompa where you will be exploring more about the local culture and traditions.

Leaving the Phu Gaon, we will take a downhill trail that passes through various suspension bridges and streams until Mahendra Pul. Along the trail to Mahendra pul, you will get to witness the mesmerizing view of the Himalayas panorama and pristine alpine jungle.

Before we arrive at the Mahendra Pul we cross a high suspension bridge which is 80 m high over the George of Lapcha River. After a short lunch break, we commence our trek to Nar village through a steep trail. We will pass through many Buddhist stupas until we arrive in Nar village for an overnight stay.

We will take another day off to rest and acclimatize. As we are in the high-altitude region, resting for acclimatization helps you to adjust to the high-altitude climate. Resting before further high reduces the risk of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). On this rest day of our trek, we will take a short hike around the Nar village exploring the local culture and lifestyle the people. We also explore the dirt paths winding between stone houses and ancient Kagyud School gompas. 

Today is the adventurous and longest part of the trek. We will start our hike early in the morning. Hiking out of the Nar village, we head towards the west direction and pass through a small forest of firs and pine trees.

Leaving the tree lines behind we will climb uphill to reach Kang La Pass. From the ridge of the pass, you will have a great perspective of Annapurna Massif. After enjoying the view for a while, we will follow the downhill trail to Ngwal for an overnight stay.

The hike today enters the Manang Valley. Walking on the descent trail for a while, we pass through the isolated village of Paugh. During our hike today, you will be accompanied by the magnificent view of the Annapurna range. Slowly moving ahead of the Paugh village, an uphill climb first reaches Mungli and then to the main trekking trail of the Annapurna region at Mungli. A great mixture of nature and spirituality will make our walk wonderful. Continuing our hike, we will pass through several wonderful villages before we reach the biggest village in the region, Manang. This village is also the headquarter of the Manang district. Manang with its partnership with Mustang is the driest valley in the country.

This is the short day walk to Yak Kharka which lasts 4 hours. However, the four hours walk on high altitude trail will give you enough challenges to traverse the high-altitude trail. Moving out of Manang village, our trail crosses a stream, climbs to the village of Tenki, and then climbs out of the Marshyangdi valley to reach the valley of Jarsang Khola.

From here our trail follows northward valleys passing through a few pastures, and a scrub of juniper trees. Walking furthermore, the trail passes through the small village of Ghunsa. Crossing a small river on a wooden bridge, the trails pass the ancient old Mani wall before reaching the small village of Yak Kharka. This village is a small settlement established as a stopover place for the Annapurna Circuit trekkers.

Another short yet spectacular trekking day today takes us to Thorong Phedi nestled at the bottom of Thorong La pass. During the hike to the beautiful village of Thorong Phedi, you will be rewarded with the stunning view of Mt. Gundang, Mt. Syagang, Thorung Peak, and Mt. Khatungkan.

Starting our walk early morning, we will walk on a steep trail before ascending up to the river. We will walk at a slow pace enjoying the glimpses of sunrise over the mountains. Crossing the river our trek ascends further uphill and passes through a towering cliff eventually reaching Thorong Phedi. Thorong Phedi is the last village in the region before Throng La.

Today is a big day for all of us. Today, we climb the Thorung La Pass towering up to the height of 5416 meters. Wake up early to climb out steeply to the first settlement of High Camp. The camp is made on the hill of the Thorung La. After a few hours, we will arrive at the top of the Thorung La. The pass lies above 5416 meters in the Damodar Himal. Prayer flags, memorials, and a tea house comprise the top. The top offers us great views of the surrounding peaks of Annapurna and Gangapurna.

After a while, we follow a steep path down to the sacred land of Muktinath. The place is also known to many as the Mukti Kshetra, the land of salvation. Bathe in the 108 waterspouts present in the Muktinath and also enjoy the never-ending flame in front of the temple. Enjoy the cool and dry weather of the Muktinath for the day.

An easy trekking day today as we visit the Jwala Mai Temple and Mharme Lha Khang in the morning. After breakfast, we will trek downhill and get to the Kagbeni village of Mustang district. Visit Dhumba Lake before finally arriving at the village of Jomsom.

Jomsom is a famous destination for apple lovers. Jomsom and Marpha are similar villages, so we could stay wherever we want to. The villages are the apple capital of Nepal. We can also try out a local apple brandy called Marpha.

Enjoying the view for one last time we will board a morning flight from the Jomsom airstrip. Flying southward we pass through several gigantic snow-capped mountains. The 20 minutes mountain flight from Jomsom to Pokhara will be an incredible memory you won’t forget for lifelong.

Once we land at the beautiful lake city Pokhara, we will have leisure time for the day. You are on your own here. You can either stay in your luxurious hotel room or go to explore the town of Pokhara. Here, you can find massage to relieve the tiredness or just walk around the side of the peaceful lake enjoying the magnificent scenery of Mt Fishtail mirroring the divine Phewa Lake. You might also go for adventurous activities such as paragliding, zip flying, bungee jumping, and many more.

We take a drive back to Kathmandu via the same highway we took earlier to go there. Once in Kathmandu, we spend leisurely time back in the chaos of the city after so many days of serene mountain air and incredible adventure.

You will have the full day to rest and acclimatize or explore the valley before we join you for the farewell dinner. Walking around the streets of Kathmandu; souvenir shopping; finding a massage or relaxing at the hotel can be easy ways to spend time.

    On the last day of our trip, representatives of Himalayan Scenery Treks and Expedition will drive you to the airport according to your flight schedule back to home or onward destination.

    Meeting you has been such a wonderful experience, and we do hope our relationship will keep going long.

    We hope that you enjoyed the restricted valley trekking in Nar Phu valley and hope to see you for another adventure soon. We will be pleased to make the necessary arrangements so that you can explore other parts of Nepal.

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    Cost Details

    Included

    • Airport pick up and drop off by private vehicle
    • Three-night accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
    • One night’s accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Pokhara
    • Surface transfer to and from Pokhara by tourist bus then by private car to and from Nayapul.
    • Full board meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
    • Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek
    • Kathmandu city tours, tour guides, and private transportation
    • One highly experienced, helpful, and friendly guide.
    • Porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, and equipment. 
    • Accident insurance for all staff
    • Himalayan Scenery trekking map, Trekking T-shirt, and duffel bag for trekking
    • Trekking map/ Trekking T-Shirt, and trip achievement certificate
    • First aid medical kit, Oximeter to check pulse, heart rate, and oxygen saturation at higher altitude.
    • Restricted Area Trek Permit and TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System (Please bring 2 passport-size photos for permit)
    • Worst case, help with all rescue and evacuation arrangements.
    • Government taxes & office service charge

    Excluded

    • Personal Travel insurance
    • International airfare
    • Nepal entry visa. You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. A multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 40 or equivalent in foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 100. Please bring 2 passport-size photos.
    • Snacks /Drinks and other personal expenses
    • Hot showers during the trek
    • Personal trekking equipment
    • WiFi internet and phone call unless it’s free.
    • Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and drivers

    Useful Info

    In Himalayan Scenery Treks and Expedition, your safety precedes every other thing. As this adventure entrails traveling in the remote mountainous region, we are always at mercy of nature. During the trip, the factors such as weather, natural disaster or a multitude of other factors which are beyond our control can subsequently bring the changes in the itinerary. Although all the itinerary we provide to you is guided and standard; please note that your team leader has the authority to alter or even drop the planned itinerary of any part if it is necessary due to safety concern. All the alternations or changes of the standard itinerary are made by the leader by taking into consideration the best interest of the whole group. We give our best effort to stick with the above-mentioned itinerary; however, in case of any unpredicted event which is beyond our control, you need to be flexible and take after the guideline as instructed by your leader.

    Note that the company won’t be responsible for any result of alterations on itineraries or any delays due to unforeseen circumstances.

    Hotel and Accommodation:

    Trek to the Himalayas is one of the favorite destinations for travel enthusiast and adventure seekers all around the globe. Although the Himalayan region of Nepal is the most popular trekking destination in the world; there are a lot of things people don’t have a clue. While trekking to the high mountain region, you will not find the hotels and accommodation as you see in the city areas. The hotels and accommodation around the high Himalayan have fewer services and facilities. The hot shower may turn out to be simply a bucket of lukewarm water and the toilet may be a latrine behind the hotel. The private room can be a wooden cell with no furniture except a bed, mattress, and curtain in place of the door.  So, while trekking to the mountainous region of Nepal, you need to be ready to stay in the less fancy and minimum facilitated hotels.

    We provide you with the 2 to 3-star standard hotel while you are at Kathmandu (i.e. for 3 Nights). During your Nar Phu Valley Trek, we provide you with the standard lodges and tea houses for your accommodation. The room of these lodges and tea houses are less fancier with just a bed, a pillow, a foam mattress, and a blanket. We will do everything in our power to make your trek as cozy as possible. However, you need to stay flexible in some cases. We will accommodate the groups in local lodge available each day. We send the porters ahead of us to pre-book the room for the next day (rooms cannot be pre-booked on all places). 

    For a lone traveler, you may have to share the room with the same gender. If you don’t like to share the room then you can have a single room, by paying single supplement USD 290. However, you need to keep in mind that, while traversing through remote areas of Nepal, a single room may not always be feasible.

    In Kathmandu beside the 2 / 3 stars hotel, some 4 / 5 - star luxury accommodation is also available. If you want to change the accommodation plan to the luxury, please do let us know so that we can arrange and book the hotel for you for your Kathmandu stay.

    Food and Beverages:

    All the food and Beverages included on the package of Nar Phu Valley Trek are provided by the company itself. The foods are provided in the tea houses or lodges on the trail. We will have breakfast and dinner at the lodge where we stay overnight. On the everyday trek, our guide will decide the available place and stop for lunch. We highly recommend you bring the water purification pills, to cleanse the water and drink during the trek. During the trek, there are options for buying the bottled water and boiled water as well.

    Upon your arrival at Kathmandu after the successful trekking journey, we will provide farewell dinner consisting of authentic Nepalese cuisines and live cultural music.

    Transportation:

    We at Himalayan Scenery Treks and Expedition provide all the necessary transportation facilities for your trip. We provide private vehicles for airport pick up and sightseeing tour around Kathmandu. Likewise, we provide tourist bus transportation for your trip. However, you have the other options as the direct flight to Pokhara or traveling through private vehicles such as cars or van.

    You need to pay additional for the transportation which is excluded from our package. You can send us an inquiry for the latest price details for private transportation and flight tickets.

    Luggage and Backpack:

    The main luggage of yours will be carried by your porters during the trek. For your personal things, we highly recommend you, to carry a small handbag containing water bottles, cameras, sunscreen and other things which you require daily during the trip. Making the backpack small and lighter will unquestionably assist you to enjoy the trip to its fullest. You should simply convey the thing which is basic for your outing and the rest of the garments and different things can be left in the locker room/safe store of hotels. The hotels provide the locker room / safe deposit for free. So, don’t hesitate to leave things which are redundant. While making the backpack or luggage for your trip to ensure that the luggage doesn’t exceed more than 15 Kg. Weight allowance at Nepal’s domestic airlines is 15 Kg including your handbag. Excess weight is chargeable of USD 1.5 or more which will be the additional cost of our trip.

    Guide and Porters on Trek:

    We provide you with the well trained and experienced guide and porter for your trek.  Our guide will assist you in every possible way to make your trips remarkable and memorable. Talking about the porter, we provide one porter for 2 trekkers each. The porters carry 20 Kg of total luggage (10 Kg form each trekker). We provide the one guide for the smaller groups and if the group size surpasses 10 individuals; we will provide the additional guide for your trip.

    Personnel Expenses:

    Personnel Expenses largely influenced upon your habit of expenditure. We provide you with all the necessary food and accommodation facilities inside the cost of your Nar Phu Valley Trek. So, you only need money to pay for your drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages) and snacks while strolling on the trail. You will get the significant number of smaller shops on the trail to buy the drinks and snacks. Likewise, you can also use the money to buy you souvenirs of the trip, entrance tickets, hot showers, tips and many more. Note that, tips and gratuities are not mandatory, but it is fine if you wish to. If you feel like the service provided to you is excellent, then you can tip directly to staffs. Of course, there is no obligation to tip if you are disappointed with the service you receive. As a suggestion, we advise you to allocate an amount of 5 - 10% of the total package price for tips. The amount you give depends on your budget and appreciation of their work.

    Rescue and Evacuation:

    Nepal is the country full of heart-warming natural beauty and a magnificent travel destination for the thrill and adventure seeker all around the globe. In spite of the fact that Nepal is an adventure paradise for the nature lover, thrill seeker. But in some cases, the thrilling experience comes up with the serious hazard. The most exciting, and the joyful trip may backfire on us and we may have to be the victim of nature. Not only that while trekking in the high altitude rough terrains may also occur afflictions like the sprained ankle or even broken leg, appendix ruptures, hypothermia, skin infection and respiratory infection. If any of this misfortune happens to you, then it should be treated on time. If left untreated then you may even lose your life. If any of the above-mentioned affliction happens during your trip, we at Himalayan scenery treks and expedition will do everything to transfer you to the nearest hospital ASAP. All the expenses made to rescue and evacuate you, are entirely liable to us. So, before departing off to your trip, make sure that your travel insurance company has the policy to cover up all the expenses in case of any misfortune arises during the trip so that you can enjoy the trip to the utmost. If not, be ready to pay on your own once you arrive at the Kathmandu. To learn more about the Travel Insurance for the Trip in Nepal, please do visit Travel Insurance page in Nepal Travel Guide.  

    Join a fixed date group trek or private departure:

    The Nar Phu Valley Trek is available on both fixed departure and private basis, If you are looking for a group to join then please check our fixed departures dates and ask for availability or if you would like to travel independently, or with your friends, families & colleagues then you are invited to choose any date at your convenient timeframe for any number of people.

    Why Book With Us?

    • Best price
    • Best safety records
    • Easy payment processing
    • Customizable trips as per your needs
    • Departure for every booking
    • Best customer care
    • Specialized care and considerations
    • Easy cancellation conditions

    Booking Requirements

    Please provide us your full credentials or a copy of your passport. Give your weight so that preplan your group’s trips for proper weight distribution. You may deposit a 10 to 20 percent advance of the total package amount while booking. You may pay rest of the amount before the trip. You can also pay us by card, bank transfer or online. Please visit here for payment details.

    Cancellation Policy

    If you are unable to make your trip, let us know in advance. We will refund you as per our booking terms and conditions and available time frame. At times, there might be delays or cancellation of flights due to weather and unforeseeable reasons. In such cases, we will make our best effort to adjust your bookings and rearranging the schedule.

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