Nar Phu Valley Trek

On the hidden valley of northern Annapurna Himal & Damodar mountain range

Trip Facts

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Moderate
  • Group Size: Minimum 02
  • Max Elevation: 5,322m/17,460ft

Highlights

  • A unique and picturesque area hidden behind north Annapurna around high Manang valley.
  • Least visited by trekkers in this virgin country with amazing panorama of mountains.
  •  In the remote high land where elusive and rare snow leopard and Blue Sheep habitats.
  •  Exploring ancient Buddhist culture and old monasteries around Nar-Phu villages.
  • From warm rice paddies to alpine zone and around remote arctic climatic landscapes.

About Nar Phu Valley Trek

Nar Phu Valley Trek offers you a wonderful lifetime adventure journey with delightful landscape and extension to Annapurna Circuit Trek, where this last Shangri- La lay hidden on the northern Annapurna and south of Damodar Himalaya ranges with altitude above 3500m explore narrow valleys toward Tibet.

Our expert guide and 11 days Nar Phu Valley Trekking itineraries lead you to a fascinating journey on the off beaten track for a week after diverting from main Annapurna circuit route, as this trek leads to remote and hidden corners of Western Himalaya in complete isolation and wilderness.

Nar Phu Valley Trek has been opened for travelers for the last 2 decades where few trekkers have ventured in this virgin country, hidden behind massive mountains and away from the main trekking route. Starting this lovely adventurous Nar Phu Valley Trek with an overall and drive to Mid West Nepal at Lamjung district through the town of Besishar and following raging Marsyangdi River upstream to Dharapani village at Manang area.

The walk begins on leaving the main Annapurna circuit trail a Koto near the main town of Chame and slowly heading into a gorge of Dharmasala and Meta settlement to reach our destination at Phu villages, exploring its old Tibetan type villages of similar culture and then heading to another area at Nar village.

After an enjoyable time in the complete wilderness then over the high Kang-la pass 5,322m to reach back on the main Annapurna circuit route in Manang main village. Our marvelous Nar Phu Valley Lodge Trek concluded at Manang as per your requirement, we will guide you via Throng La pass either support arrange transportation back to Kathmandu.

Best season for to do this trek Spring (March - April, and Autumn (September - November) are beautiful months however, our experience adventure team operates the trek year around. The trek requires fitness, good trekking boots, warm clothing and sleeping bag plus a day pack, sunscreen, and camera. Our trek cost included the hotel, lodge, transport, guide, porter and trek meals 3 times a day.

Itinerary

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Upon our arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, we will be greeted by a representative from Nepal Spirit Adventure who will take us to our hotel. After checking in, we may take a rest or visit the old market either talk with trek guide about Nar Phu Valley trek.

  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
  • Transportation: Private Vehicle

Today after breakfast we start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu which are also listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites. We visit the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambhunath) and Buddhist shrine (Bouddhanath), which is also one of the largest stupas in the world. At noon, we get our equipment checked by our trek guide, get introduced to fellow participants, and discuss trek details.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel

Starting this wonderful adventure with an interesting overland drive towards Nepal mid west, leading to Beshishar town (headquarter of Lamjung district). From here transfer to another vehicle and continue drive on dirt road passing villages of Khudi, Bhulbhule and Ngadi following the Marsyangdi River upstream, from here drive continues through rice terraces fields and villages to Syange a small village and then climb towards cooler alpine area at Dharapani village for overnight stop in the comfort of nice lodge. Dharapani a nice village located on a junction of the Annapurna circuit and Manaslu trekking trail.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Location: jagat
  • Altitude: 1,100m/3,608ft
  • Walking Hours: 8-9 hours

Upon breakfast, we slowly begin our trek today. The trail from Jagat descends until it reaches the river and then continues through a lush forest. Further ascent leads to a sharp-edged cliff facing the riverbank. En route, Chyamje comes into picture amidst the glorious backdrop of towering Annapurna mountain ranges. After crossing a suspension bridge, we climb steeply towards the slippery and physically challenging path to Sattale. On treading along a succession of rock-strewn trails, we descend to a grassy riverbank that leads to Tal. As we walk away from Tal, the path becomes rugged and winding. Then we approach the steep forested village of Karte. Meandering along the waterfalls and cliffs, we finally reach Dharapani after crossing a suspension bridge. Overnight in Dharapani.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Location: Dharapani
  • Altitude: 1,960m/6,430ft
  • Walking Hours: 5-6 hours

Our second day walk starts into cool rhododendron and pine forest passing villages of Bagachap and Danque, then to Timang village from here onwards into more Buddhist area, with superb view of Mt. Manaslu 8,163m / 26,781ft, from this village few hours trek leads to Koto village for overnight stop, just close distance from Chame town headquarter of Manang district. From Koto where the trek to Nar & Phu starts on leaving the main Annapurna circuit trail.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Location: Dharpani
  • Altitude: 2,670m/8,759ft
  • Walking Hours: 5 hours

In the morning, we register our restricted area permit at the Police Check Post. Then we trek through the Riverbank of Soti Khola again through wonderful pine forests, streams and suspension and reach Dharmasala. We have our packed lunch on the way. We then continue the trek through forests and ascend steeply towards Meta village. Finally, we arrive in the Tibetan Plateau where we have a very good view of Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal. Overnight in Meta.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Location: Meta
  • Altitude: 3,560m/11,680ft
  • Walking Hours: 6-7 hours

We start our day traversing up and down and crossing suspension bridges over different streams. After almost 4 hours of trek, we reach Kyang where we can see the remnants, particularly the ruined forts of the Khampa settlement (the place which Khampa refugees from Tibet once captured and lived). We further keep walking past the Phu Khola on a rocky trail and finally reach the Phu village in another 3 to 4 hours. Overnight in Phu Gaon.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Location: Phu Gaon
  • Altitude: 4,250m/13,944ft
  • Walking Hours: 7-8 hours

Today is the scheduled acclimatization day whereby we are suggested to rest and get acclimatized with the altitude. As we are in the Lost/Hidden Valley, we can explore the culture, natural diversity, and religious practices of the ethnic groups like Lama, Gurung, and Ghale in here. Besides this, we can trace out how people make their survival depending on agriculture, animal breeding and seasonal migrations in such a remote location or in the hidden valley. It is also the day for us to explore the Tashi Lakhang Monastery – the old Buddhist Monastery listed out of the 108 world’s great Buddhist Monasteries; it is supposed to be the last monastery constructed by Karmapa Rinpoche. Apart from exploring the cultural avenues of the lost valley, the valley also offers us a great view of Himlung Himal and other snow peaks in the region. Overnight at Phu Gaon.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Location: Phu Gaon
  • Altitude: 4,250m/13,944ft

The trail descends passing many streams and suspension bridges until Mahendra Pul which takes about 4 hours. We pass the high suspension bridge 80m over the Gorge of Lapche River. We have lunch in Mahendra Pul. After lunch, the trail steeply ascends passing many Buddhist stupas until Nar Village which takes about 2 hours. We find several Buddhist Monasteries here to visit coupled with the glorious vistas of Pisang Peak and other small peaks. Overnight in Nar.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Location: Nar
  • Altitude: 4,110m/13,484ft
  • Walking Hours: 6-7 hours

Today is an adventurous day with a long day hike so we get up early in the morning and head to Kangla pass. From the pass, we can see the Annapurna massif. We further trek down to Ngwal from there. Overnight in Ngwal.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Location: Ngwal
  • Altitude: 5,322m/17,460ft
  • Walking Hours: 7-8 hours

From Ngwal, we head for Manang today. We pass through the isolated village of Paugh overlooking the amazing views of the Annapurna range. We then move gently uphill to Mungli and then to the main trail of Annapurna Trail at Mungli. We eventually reach Manang, where we set up our camps for overnight stay. Overnight in Manang.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Location: Manang
  • Altitude: 3,540m/11,614ft
  • Walking Hours: 4-5 hours
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Cost Details

  • Airport to hotel transfer by private vehicle
  • Twin sharing 2-Nights in a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Cultural heritage city sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu to Jagat by bus
  • Lodge accommodation during the trekking
  • Nar Phu valley special permit
  • Trekking meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner-3 times a day with a cup of tea/ coffee per each meal
  • An experienced English-speaking trek guide and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter) including their daily wages: trekking food, lodge accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, and transportation
  • Trekking equipment:  Sleeping, down jacket and duffel bag
  • Annapurna conservation permit
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • Travel and rescue arrangements
  • All government and local taxes
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters bottled or boiled water, shower, heater, and phone calls, etc.
  • Travel insurance & Rescue operation
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Tips for guide and porters
  • Food and extra nights in a hotel in Kathmandu (due to an early return from a trek, or an extended stay in Nepal)
  • Temple and Monument fees during the city tour of Kathmandu
  • International flight ticket
  • Nepal visa fee

Dates & Prices

Departure note

  Our departure dates are not convenient for you; you may choose alternate trip departure dates as per your comfort holidays, we are pleased to open a new trip date. We can organize a private trek at any time of the year.

 

Departure DateStatusPriceNote  
05 Apr, 2020 - 15 Apr, 2020AvailableUS$850
08 Apr, 2020 - 18 Apr, 2020AvailableUS$850
13 Apr, 2020 - 23 Apr, 2020AvailableUS$850
19 Apr, 2020 - 29 Apr, 2020AvailableUS$850
22 Apr, 2020 - 02 May, 2020AvailableUS$850
27 Apr, 2020 - 07 May, 2020AvailableUS$850
29 Apr, 2020 - 09 May, 2020AvailableUS$850

Personal Information

Useful Information

Nepal Visa & Cost

All foreign nationals, except Indian citizens, need visas to enter Nepal. Nepalese visas can be obtained from the Nepalese Embassy or consulate in your home country or it can also be obtained at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu upon your arrival. Most of our guests take Nepal Visa after they arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Tribhuvan International Airport is the only international airport in Nepal. Immigration Office, TIA (Tribhuvan International Airport) under the Department of Immigration has been facilitating tourists flying to Nepal by providing Visa on Arrival. 'On Arrival' visa procedure is very quick and simple. You can expect some queues during peak Tourist season. If you wish to skip those queues, you can also consider getting Visa from Nepalese Diplomatic Missions stationed abroad prior to your arrival. The choice is yours.

If you have obtained a visa from Nepalese Diplomatic Missions, then you must enter Nepal within six months from the visa issued date. Your total stay is counted starting from the day you enter into Nepal.

Visas obtained on Arrival at the Entry and Exit points are 'Tourist Visas'. They bear multiple Re entry facility. Tourist Visa 'On Arrival' is the only entry visa to Nepal. If you are visiting Nepal for the purposes other than Tourism (sightseeing, tour, travel, mountaineering, trekking, visiting friends and families), you should still get ' Tourist Visa' to get into the country. However, you must change the category of visa as per your purpose and length of stay in Nepal from the Department of Immigration by producing required documents. Nationals of designated countries are requested to acquire Visa prior to their arrival from their nearby Diplomatic missions (Embassies/consulates) of the Nepal Government.

Please follow these simple procedures for Tourist Visa on Arrival at the airport (TIA) if you have not acquired Visa prior to boarding the plane.

1st Step: Fill in Online ‘Tourist Visa ‘form ( you can fill it up prior to your arrival visiting our official website Department of Immigration / fill it up using Kiosk machines upon your arrival at the airport). If you fill it from the website, you will get submission Receipt with barcode, please print it out and bring it along for acquiring a visa. It works for fifteen days and becomes invalid then after. If so, you will have to fill it up again.

2nd Step: Make payment at the bank according to your visa requirement ( 15/30/90 Days) Get the receipt. While you can use different modes of payments (at visa fees collection counter), we advise you to carry some cash to be on the safe side.

On Arrival Visa Fee at Entry Points

  • 15 Days – 30 USD
  • 30 Days – 50 USD
  • 90 Days – 125 USD

3rd Step: Proceed to the Immigration Desk with your online form, payment receipts, and your passport. Hand in your documents to the immigration officer for visa processing. He/she issues a visa to you upon his/her satisfaction.

Visa Extension Fee

Tourist visa extension is done for a minimum of 15 days with USD 45 and USD 3 per day for additional days. In the case of delay less than 150 days additional USD 5 per day as of late fine.

Upon Arrival In Nepal

On arrival in Nepal at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International airport, our airport representative or staff will receive you as per your flight landing hours with your name on display board of Nepal Spirit Adventure then transfer to your respective hotels in Kathmandu. Afternoon or evening time we will review and discuss with much information regarding your trip itinerary and included/excluded services as per the trip itinerary is chosen, at the same time introduce your guide who will help you with the final preparation for your trek as well as you may have a question and answer about the trip.

Accommodation In Kathmandu

We provide 3*** stars tourist standard hotels in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis with breakfast. If you are trekking in groups joining a basis, you will share a room with someone of the same gender from your group. If you prefer a single room supplement in Kathmandu and on-route trekking, you can request for the single supplement (which will be at extra cost beside trip price stated). We can also help you to book at different deluxe star category hotels on request for more details and information please feel free to contact us

A typical Tea House (Lodge) Trekking Day

A typical trekking day means walking from morning to late afternoon. Each morning after packing your bags and then having a good breakfast, we will set off for day walks to our next designated overnights stop. We suggest that you carry a small day pack to put your water bottles, sunscreen cream, hats, raincoat, camera, and warm jumper just in case if the weather changes to cold, while rest of your belonging that you don’t need for the day goes in large duffel/kit bags for porters to carry. The walk will last for 3 to 4 hours in the morning until lunch at midday. We stop for one hour to have lunch and rest before heading to our overnight destination in the comfort of tea house/lodge at villages.

At the end of the day after checking in the lodge, rest (read books, write your diary) or explore the village. After lunch, you will be walking for 2 to 3 hours, normally reaching at the overnight stop around three to four PM. Our guide will provide you with the best accommodation available in Tea houses and lodge. Some days completing day walks by lunchtime at designated overnights stops, where you will be free after lunch in the afternoon.

After tea and coffee break one can spend time exploring around the village or just relax and do some washing the laundry. The dinner will be served around 6 to 7 P.M. the dining room (Restaurant) inside the tea house/lodge. For dinner as per the menu or recommended by your guide must be ordered one hour in advance. After dinner evening will be spent often playing cards or discussing the day’s topic and events or writing a diary if we are habitual of it before heading off to bed for good sound sleep.

Accommodation In Trek

We provide accommodation in tea houses (mountain lodge). A Tea House is a combination of a guest house, restaurant, and social hang out. The rooms are with twin beds and little additional furniture like small tables or chairs. Blankets are generally provided (we recommend that you carry your own sleeping bags). Most bathrooms are common with squatting (Asian) toilets or of western comfort with sitting toilets. Most of the lodges have hot water for showers, but with extra charge in using hot showers.

Trekking Foods

As per your booking Trek to Nar Phu Valley, full board meals are included (breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided). We provide food from these local lodge/tea houses as per choices on the menu. Breakfast and dinner provided at the same tea house/lodge while lunch would be on the trail. Every Tea House serves traditional Nepali meal Dal Bhat (rice and lentils), and as well a variety of different food items, such as rice, seasonable vegetables, noodles, potatoes, and soups. Some lodge serves western foods such as pizza, pasta, and French fries. Soft drinks, snacks, and beer are available in most of the Tea Houses restaurants. A variety of cereals, bread, and eggs dishes are generally available for breakfast.

Safe Drinking Water

Along the trek, safe drinking water is very important while we are on high altitude journey. We recommend that one should drink at least 3-4 liters water a day (this helps from de-hydration and altitude problem AMS). As long as possible we recommend you buy sealed packed mineral water and can buy from every local shop and lodges. Remember! river, spring and tap water are free, we should not recommend you directly drink it even water looks very clean, can not drink with adding water purification pills or filter then will be suitable to drink. You can buy also boiled water from every lodge. Boiled water and sealed packed water cost $1-3$ dollars per letters and its cost also depends on where we are from the sea level. So, you need to prepare and packed the extra cost for all the table drinks.

Health and Fitness Required

Health and physical fitness is the most important part of travel and in participating for trek and hiking. If you do not have previous trekking experience as required, you can start with morning walking exercise or cycling for weeks or month before/after booking the trip with us, if you have previous trekking and climbing experience it will add a plus point on the trek chosen, most of the trek is non-technical effort walks. The highest height gain on this trip is at 5,360m is Gokyo Ri Top above sea level. The walk involves lots of ups and down, walking through local villages, farmlands, terraces, and riverside as long as you have energy walking for 4- 6 hours a day, and if you are qualified for the trek but still requires moderate health and fitness. We strongly advise travelers to consult your medical doctor before traveling and do a regular check-up and hand the report to us while booking a trip with us.

Our Experience Trekking Crews

Nepal is a mountainous country walk takes you to a remote region, it is necessary that you are accompanied by an experienced and qualified guide and leaders for a safe journey and making the trip a success. We at Nepal Spirit Adventure employ native trekking guides and porters who are trained and qualified for this type of trip and have worked with us for a long time.

Our experienced guide provides with much local information and offers you advice on how to use your free time and by coordinating day to day events of the tour, although (sometimes) he might need you to understand that if things do not go according to our plan set. Our trek guides are fully trained and licensed from Nepal Government, certify from TAAN and Nepal Mountaineering Association.

All our trekking and climbing guides are well qualified and highly experienced with 9- 10 years on this job. We provide training for our staff yearly on medical and climbing, with their efficiency, and cheerful attitude, providing helps, information and the needs of the guests of nationalities.

Assuring that all our trips are well managed by the expert team of tourism professionals all our guides have a good knowledge regarding the culture and customs of the routes on trekking and tours, share experience and cultural insights of the country that’s missed out in travel guide books. During your time with us, you will have time learning Nepali phrases and other cultural aspects during the journey. As we organize varied treks in Nepal Himalaya, on group trekking we provide a trek leader with an assistance leader on each trekking depending upon the size of the groups.

This ensures safe travel with us as our guide/assistance guides get any health medical problem, we still have other main guides and leaders to run the trip smooth as per our standard itinerary. To make the trip enjoyable and pleasant we provide one guide to support and carry your bags among two people with one Sherpa helpers in certain conditions.

Caring Porter

Our porter is fully equipped with warm gear and insured on each trip by the company. We take care of our staff/porter's welfare as well as the client’s safeties.
We closely work with (PAC) Porters Association International Act. We allow maximum load to be carried by our porter with 20 to 25 KG and make sure that your trekking duffel-kit bag should not be more than 20-25 KG.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is a must and necessary that you are insured when booking trips with Nepal Spirit Adventure. Insurance protections should cover Travel / Medical sufficiently as well as emergency and immediate rescue evacuation by any means of transportation including helicopters on medical ground.
As well covering against loss or theft of your belonging and valuables and please make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking your stay in Nepal such as Trekking and Climbing including others trips and adventure sports.

Nepal Spirit Adventure holds no responsibility and liability in case of loss, theft or damage of your belongings. We also let you know that Nepalese insurance companies do not have a travel insurance policy for foreign nationals. They have this policy only for Nepalese nationals. We advise you when you travel to Nepal please bring your insurance documents it is top important.

Re-Charging Batteries of Electronic Items on The Trek

We can recharge your batteries, devices with electricity or solar power sources. In Nepal 220 240 volts 50 MHZ (50 Cycles per Second) power is supplied. Just need to have a plug adaptor in case of socket fitting, which you can buy in Kathmandu before the trip since the plugs in Nepal might be different. You might have to pay a small amount of fee/hour for using recharging facilities.

High Altitude Sickness

 

Altitude sickness often known as acute mountain sickness (A.M.S.) in general may occur when people ascend too quickly normally at altitudes of over 3000 m. Most people will feel some effect of altitude, shortness of breath and possibly a light-headed, which is fairly common. Acute mountain sickness is very different and normally involves a severe headache, sickness, and loss of awareness. In almost every potential case there are enough warning signs to take appropriate action. When symptoms of altitude sickness develop you, please tell your trekking guide. He will advise you do deal with your problem. Generally, overexertion and dehydration contribute to altitude sickness. So drink at least 3-4 liters of water every day besides tea and coffee which act as diuretics.

Group Size

We organize any route of Nepal trek with fix departure basis or private trip, To get Nar Phu Valley Trek the minimum to require 02 maximum group size is 10 or more on request. We can also organize a private trip to a solo person with a single supplement cost. Else, join our estimated group departure dates available online market or ask us with your personal suitable flexible dates, we will open a group date on the same date.

Trekking Season

Nepal has two best seasons for trekking Everest Three High Passes, as this trip is much adventurous and challenging, we always recommend that you book this kind of trip at the right time of the year as possible. Trekking in Nepal is possible at any time of the year, depending on the area of the trekking area chosen. In Nepal, you can trek anywhere in any four seasons (Spring-Summer-Autumn / Fall or Winter), but the most popular trekking seasons are Spring and Autumn times. Nepal Spirit Adventure offers you to consider the following advice on the outstanding aspects of each season.

Autumn (September- October- November):
The autumn is one of the best seasons for trekking in the Himalayan region offers excellent weather and outstanding mountain views, the weather is clear and we can guarantee that you can witness fantastic mountain views and panorama.

This season is the peak time for trekking in Nepal Himalaya and you can also witness several Hindu festivals such as 15 days long Dashain, the biggest festival for all Nepalese, celebrating with the triumph of good over evil, and shortly afterward the 5 days long Tihar or Dipawali (Festival of Lights) follows.

Winter (December-January- February):
In winter snowfall times at higher elevations, the snowline descends considerably, and the weather is cold. So it is an ideal time for trekking at lower elevations below 3,000m in the foothills of Nepal with great views of the Himalayas, it can get cold at night and in the mornings, but during the day temperatures are mild when it is sunny.

Spring (March-April- May):
The spring is one of the best seasons for trekking in Nepal Himalaya. Many visitors travel to Nepal in the spring as trekking is fine in all Himalaya regions. The meadows and forest will be in full bloom with riots of colors of wildflowers specially rhododendron the, national flowers of Nepal, come in great varieties from bush to tall trees. The weather is warmer at lower elevations and at the higher elevations over 4,000m visibility is excellent and the temperature is quite moderate.

Summer (June-July- August):
During summer trek is warm and sweaty in the wet summer months, and also constitutes the monsoon season which can continue up to mid-September. Summer is a good time for the keen botanists and forest researchers as the higher valleys and meadows blossom with flowers and lush vegetation. It is not generally recommended to trek during the summer season except in the arid rain shadow areas like Upper Mustang, Dolpo and Kailash.

Nepal Himalaya will be in the grip of wet monsoon season starting from mid-June to early September months, although morning are often clear for few hours for the views of sunrise and mountains, it can rain heavily almost every day, cloud hangs around by mid-morning, with frequent rain and occasional thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening times. The advantages of trekking in the summer months trekking along with a few crowds of trekkers and on the quiet trail.