Nar Phu Valley Trek is a newly opened trekking trail that will take you to the north part of Manang. This region was closed until 2002 for foreigners. The isolation and untouchability of modernization have preserved Nar Phu Valley & its rich culture. This is one of the least crowded treks of Annapurna region, which means perfect for anyone looking for the less crowded trail and raw experience. Nar Phu Valley trek is also known as Hidden Valley Trek. To go on Nar Phu Valley Trekking, you will have to take a permit from Nepal government. Tucked between Annapurna region and Manaslu region, Nar Phu Valley will present you unspoiled and pristine nature.
Nar Phu Valley Trek includes remotes villages, high passes, huge glaciers, narrow canyons, dense forests, unique rock formations, ancient gompas, and many yaks & blue sheep. The entire region is extremely rich in culture and tradition. As you will pass by villages, you will get a chance to look into the daily lifestyle of the locals and their traditions. People here are highly influenced by Tibetan culture, which was kept intact for centuries. On the way, you will com across gompas and monasteries that will also give you insight into the religion part of the region.
Along with cultural richness, Nar Phu Valley Trekking will present you with stunning views of Himalayan mountains like Mt. Manaslu (8,163m), Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Mt. Annapurna (8,091m), Mt. Gangapurna (7,455 m), Tilicho Peak (7,134 m), Lamjung Himal (6,983 m), and many other mountains. Similarly, talking about the difficulty of this trek, Nar Phu Valley Trek is a challenging trek. The trail includes many steep sections. You have to walk around 6 to 7 hours daily, therefore strong physical fitness with good health is a must. Along with this, Nar Phu Valley Trek will take you above 5,400 meters that mean there is also chances of altitude sickness. Altitude sickness or Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) is a common illness that comes with high elevation journeys. However, a perfectly planned itinerary with enough rest days for acclimatization can help avoid AMS.
Nar Phu Valley Trek begins with a long drive from Kathmandu to Chamje. From Chamje, you will gradually ascend to Phu Village via Dharapani, Koto, and Meta. You will have a rest day at Phu, which you will utilize to explore the village and its ancient monastery. The trail then takes you to Nar village where you will take one more day of the rest day. You will ascend on a rugged steep trail and reach the top of Kang La Pass from where spectacular landscape view can be seen. Further, you will drop down to Ngawal village and head towards Manang. One more rest day in Manang and you descend to Chame from where you drive back to Kathmandu.
We, Mountain Rock Treks & Expedition has been running Nar Phu Valley Trek for a long period. We are a team of professionals that are equally passionate about traveling and exploring new places. We assure you that, with us, you will have one of the best trips of your life. For more information regarding Nar Phu Valley Trek cost or anything else, feel free to contact us anytime.
What food & accommodation on Nar Phu Trek?
During the Nar Phu Valley trek, you will stay overnight in the guesthouse. The rooms will be on a twin-sharing basis with limited facilities. Likewise, for food you can find dishes like soups, rice, curries, momo, may be chowmein & sandwich, thukpa, laphing, bars, snacks, bakery items, etc. You can also do Nar Phu Valley Trekking by staying overnight in camp. In that case, food will be cooked and prepared by porters.
People & culture of Nar Phu Trek?
The locals of this region are very friendly and kind. Their culture and tradition is highly influenced by Tibetans and is similar to them. You will get to see their ancient monasteries and gompas as well.
What are the major attractions of this Nar Phu Valley Trek?
The major attractions of Nar Phu Valley trek are given below:
Isolated region and less crowded trek
unique rock formation and interesting topography
Rich tradition and culture
Cross challenging passes
Spectacular views of Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Manaslu, etc
Nar Phu Valley trek offers majestic views of Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, Manaslu, Dhawalagiri, Lamjung Himal, Tilicho Peak et cetera. The trek offers tea house stays with simple accommodation and local Nepalese cuisine, but you can also opt for camping. Exploration of hidden valleys and beautiful villages along fabulous landscapes makes the trek special. Tilicho, the highest lake in the world lies in the trail at Tilicho Pass(5230m).
Day 01:Arriving in Kathmandu (1350m).
Day 02:Nar Phu Restricted area trekking permit preparation and briefing of Trek.
Day 03:Drive from Kathmandu – Besishahar -Chamje (1310meters, 9 hours driving).
Day 04:Trek from Chamje to Dharapani (1920meters, 6 hours walking).
Day 05:Trek from Dharapani to Koto (2600meters, 5 hours walking).
Day 06:Trek from Koto to Meta (3230meters, 7-8 hours walking).
Day 07:Trek from Meta to Phu Village (4050meters, 7-8 hours walking).
Day 08:Excursion around Phu Village and Monastery.
Day 09:Trek from Phu to Nar Village (4150meters, 7-8 hours walking).
Day 10:Explore Nar Village.
Day 11:Trek from Nar - Kang La Pass -Ngawal (3675meters, 8-9 hours).
Day 12:Trek from Ngawal to Manang (3550meters, 4 hours walking).
Day 13:Explore around Manang.
Day 14:Trek from Manang to Chame (2650meters, 7 hours walking).
Day 15:Chame Drive to Kathmandu.
Day 16:Transfer to Kathmandu International Airport or onward for next program
Airport Pick up and drop off service by Private Coach.
2 night's accommodation with breakfast at standard Hotel in Kathmandu.
Three time food in a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) while you are on trekking.
Tea House accommodation during the trek.
Professional English speaking trekking guide (trained by Ministry of tourism) his food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipments etc.
Deluxe Tourist Bus Ticket to besishahar then besishahar to Kathmandu.
Annapurna conservation permits & TIMS Permits.
Tourist service charge, Vat.
One map of Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking for the group .
International airfare and Nepal Visa Fees.
Nepal Travel insurance.
Food in Kathmandu .
Travel/Medical insurance and Emergency evacuation cost if needed.
Personal expenses such as phone call, drinks, donation, souvenirs etc.
Expenses occurred due to unavoidable Events i.e. road wrecks, flight delays etc.
Tips for guide, porter (it is expected).
Day 01Arriving in Kathmandu (1350m).Our Airport Representative will meet you at the Tribhuwan International Airport. A drop to the Hotel by private tourist vehicle is arranged. You can either take a rest or meet us at our office and know the detail arrangement of the Trek. A welcome dinner at a traditional Nepali restaurant.
Day 02Nar Phu Restricted area trekking permit preparation and briefing of Trek.Nar Phu restricted area permit requires your original passport along with the visa for Nepal. After the introduction to the trek guide, you will be briefed about the tour.
Day 03Drive from Kathmandu – Besishahar -Chamje (1310meters, 9 hours driving). The drive from Kathmandu to Chamje passes through rolling hills that makes up most of the hilly terrain of the country. Winding roads along green hills makes the drive interesting.
Day 04Trek from Chamje to Dharapani (1920meters, 6 hours walking).The walk begins on a rocky trail by the Marsyandi River that ascends to Tal, the first village in Manang district. The trail then crosses a wide and flat valley followed by stone stairway. Through small ascents and descents, we reach a stone chorten which is typical to the entrance of Tibetan influenced villages, the gate to Dharapani. Overnight stay in a lodge.
Day 05Trek from Dharapani to Koto (2600meters, 5 hours walking).After a short walk we reach Bagarchhap where the first exquisite views of Annapurna II awaits us. Climbing to Timang through rough trails, we reach the elevation of 2460m where the views of Manaslu and other peaks are beautiful. Through forested landscape, we move to Thanchok village and then to Koto. The headquarters of Manang, Chame is blessed with undisturbed views of Annapurna and Lamjung. Overnight stay at a Lodge.
Day 06Trek from Koto to Meta (3230meters, 7-8 hours walking).Today’s walk takes us through the restricted areas of Narphu valley. We carry a packed lunch. Following a rocky trail along Nar Khola and Greenland forest, the walk to Meta is about eight hours long where we rest after this adventurous day.
Day 07Trek from Meta to Phu Village (4050meters, 7-8 hours walking).The walk to Phu Village passes along desert like areas and small villages of Chyakhu and Kyang. These villages are an alternate settlements to its inhabitants. The trail then slowly elevates and descends to reach Phu Village where views of Annapurna massif form the backdrop. Overnight stay at a lodge.
Day 08Excursion around Phu Village and Monastery.We explore the Phu Village and visit the Tashi Gompa today. This day is set for acclimatization as we are gradually gaining altitude and it also serves as a rest for the strenuous walks in the last two days.
Day 09Trek from Phu to Nar Village (4150meters, 7-8 hours walking).The walk to Nar Village takes the trail back through the valley. After passing Chaku, the trail continues for a few hours before we reach the Nar Phedi. We cross the Phu Khola and start ascending for a couple of hours to reach Nar village at an altitude of 4150m.
Day 10Explore Nar Village. We explore the Nar Village and its four nearby monasteries today. It’s a rest day as well before we climb to the Kang La Pass.
Day 11Trek from Nar - Kang La Pass -Ngawal (3675meters, 8-9 hours).Our walk starts early today, as it’s a long walk to Ngawal. We ascend to the Kang La pass where the giant Annapurna massif forms a scenic beauty. We then take the trail down to Ngawal. Overnight stay in a lodge.
Day 12Trek from Ngawal to Manang (3550meters, 4 hours walking).From Ngawal, we walk along the easy and flat descend to pass the Braga Village, a beautiful settlement. Views from here include the Annapurna II, III and IV, Gangapurna, Tilicho Peak. The monastery at Braga is a splendid one. A short strenuous climb takes us to the large village of Manang where we set camp for the night.
Day 13Explore around Manang. This day is set for the exploration of the beautiful Manang village, the largest settlement in the valley and its periphery. Among the many options, the Ice Lake(4600m) is a six hour hike with wonderful mountain views and beautiful ice lake and Praken Gompa is a short walk with great views of Annapurna where you get blessings from a Lama. The Gangapurna glacier, Khangsar village and Milerepa cave could be other enjoyable expeditions.
Day 14Trek from Manang to Chame (2650meters, 7 hours walking).The trek from Manang to Chame passes through Humde and Pisang village. The seven hours journey is along a wavy trail. Reaching Chame marks the end of our trek. Overnight stay at a lodge.
Day 15Chame Drive to Kathmandu. The drive to Kathmandu first on a jeep and then on a local bus is a long one. Overnight stay at you hotel.
Day 16Transfer to Kathmandu International Airport or onward for next program Departure from Kathmandu. A drop from the hotel to the airport 3 hours before the scheduled time of flight is arranged in a private tourist vehicle. You can also opt for any of our other packages and extend your stay.
Above itinerary can be re-designed as per your interest & preferences. Let us know whether you would like some changes