Nar Phu Valley

Mt. Annapurna (8,091m) is the 10th highest mountain in the world and like many other trips in the Annapurna region, our Nar Phu Valley trek also begins in Pokhara, widely known as the ‘City of Seven Lakes’ and passes through cascading waterfalls, beautiful villages, terraced farmlands, lush rhododendron forests, and amazing mountain vistas before making a round of the mighty Annapurna.

The 19 days Nar Phu Valley Trek itinerary is designed for trekkers who would like to trek throughout Annapurna region with the possibility of observing the serenity of Nar Phu Valley along with the charm of Annapurna circuit. Walking alongside the deepest gorge of the world to ascend till the challenging Thorung La Pass, the trek is full of surprises from the beginning till the end.
Trip Code: NPV82
Starts: Jagat
Finishes: Jomsom
Duration: 19 Days
Difficulty: Hard
Group Size: 2 - 14
Age: Minimum 16
Seasons: Mar-Jun,Sep-Oct
Elevation: 5416m/ 17769ft
Trip Views: 1629
Activities: Trekking
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Breakfast: 18
Lunch: 14
Dinner: 15
Private Jeep
Flight
Hotel: 4 Night(s)
Teahouse: 11 Night(s)
Guesthouse: 3 Night(s)
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Trip Facts

  • Nar Phu Valley Region was first discovered only in 1950 by Tillman while walking the highlands of Tibet.
  • Nar Phu Valley Trekking was opened only in 2003.
  • The valley is still unscathed by modernity.
  • Great views of Annapurna II, Himlung Himal, Gangapurna, Tilicho Peak, Manaslu, Dhaulagiri, and the other Himalayas.
  • Witness a Tibetan derived culture with unique and colorful prayer stones and monasteries.
  • Explore Annapurna's most remote and untouched region with the eco-touristic destination.
  • Pass through the high mountain passes Thorang La Pass (5,416m) and Kang La Pass (5,322m).

Why this Trip

  • This trek takes you to some of the exotic Himalayan landscapes, rustic villages, and beautiful lake city making this a perfect holiday for the adventure junkies.

speaker_notes Trip Notes

  • • We reserve the right to change and that the program may be reversed. Things can happen that make it impossible to meet them as planned. If any meeting or plan would not be feasible, we always try to find an equivalent alternative. In Nepal, you always have a plan B and C!
  • • What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible
  • • A trekking permit is a must to travel to controlled areas. Permit, however, is issued only to groups. Individual trekkers will not be issued trekking permit

Location

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Brief Itinerary

  • placeDAY 1 : ARRIVAL AT KATHMANDU (1350M)
    As soon as the aeroplane lands, you’ll sense the beginning of the adventure. Our representative will be at the airport to greet you and escort you to the hotel. Savor the taste of hustle and bustle in Kathmandu, where everyone would seem busy but never too busy to greet you with a smile. In the evening, we will brief about the itinerary and later we will go for a nice dinner. Overnight stay at the hotel;

    Meal:

    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Airport Pick Up
    • Traditional dinner with cultural show
  • placeDAY 2 : AROUND KATHMANDU
    Kathmandu valley is an ancient city with diverse cultures and traditions. It has a significant part in the history of Nepal. Home to 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, it has been chosen as a cultural and historical site of study and excursions throughout history. We’ll observe some of the UNESCO world heritage sites in Kathmandu throughout the day. Overnight stay at the hotel;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • sightseeing
    • Food and wine tour (Optional)
  • placeDAY 3 : KATHMANDU TO JAGAT (1330M)
    On this day, we'll depart from Kathmandu and drive all the way to Jagat. Jagat is a small settlement of people which is situated at an altitude of 1330m. Throughout the day, we’ll observe big rivers, curvy roads, local shops, local life, local bazaars and small hydropower dams. Upon reaching the Jagat, we rest at a small traditional guesthouse;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

    • Drive to Jagat
  • placeDAY 4 : JAGAT TO DHARAPANI (1860M)
    This is the first day of our trek. We will pass through villages like Chamje, Tal and Karte to reach Dharapani. We will encounter a lot of beautiful waterfalls along the trail. Overnight at Dharapani;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Teahouse

    Activities:

    • Trek
  • placeDAY 5 : DHARAPANI TO KOTO (2600M)
    10 minutes walking from the Dharapani, there is ACAP Check post, where your ACAP permit will be checked and registered. After 30 minutes of walking, we’ll pass through Bagarchap village and later enter the Manang Valley; from Manang, we can see the beautiful Lamjung himal (6986m) and Annapurna Himal II (7937 m) to the west and Manaslu Himal to the east. Now we’ll head to Danaque (2210 m) climbing through the forest of pine and fir. In lower Danaque we’ll get a handful of lodges. After passing the very traditional village of Thankchowk we head for Koto where we’ll need to register again at the police check post. This is where we’ll spend overnight in one of the few hotels the place has to offer. It’s only 25-minute stroll to Chame (2710m), Administrative headquarter of the Manang District;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Teahouse

    Activities:

    • Trek
  • placeDAY 6 : KOTO TO META (3560M)
    After the registration, we’ll drop steeply down to a suspension bridge and head to the right side of the Nar Phu Khola; much of today’s walk is spent in the shade of this deep gorge, which only opens up around the Meta. After the short descend, we’ll head to ACAP camp site. After ACAP camp site our next destination is Dharamsala (3220m), where we will be passing through pine forest via Hulaki dar (postman Cave; 3060m). We’ll then continue the trek through forests and ascend steeply towards Meta village. Overnight at Meta;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Teahouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 7 : META TO PHU (4050M)
    Leaving Meta Village behind, the trek resumes to Khyang (3840m) which is approximately 4 hours of trek. It can be a bit tough crossing this section (reaching to Khyang). Khyang is winter settlement occupied for three months by the villagers of Phu. This place boats superb view of Pisang Peak (6091m), Gyanji Kang (7030m), and Tilje Peak (6530m). You need to cross Khyang before the afternoons because it can be windy during the afternoon. We’ll further keep walking past the Phu Khola on a rocky trail and finally reach the Phu village in another 3 to 4 hours. Phu Village will be the last destination for today where we will stay overnight;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Teahouse

    Activities:

    • Trek
  • placeDAY 8 : AROUND PHU
    This is the day for acclimatization. As we are in the Hidden Valley of Phu, we can explore the culture, natural diversity, and religious practices of the ethnic groups like Lama, Gurung and Ghale in here. 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. Overnight at Phu Gaon;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Teahouse

    Activities:

    • Acclimatization
  • placeDAY 9 : PHU TO NAR PHEDI (3500M)
    After the leisurely stay at Phu Village, our journey continues up to Nar Phedi (3550m) which is traditionally called Yunggar, the trail descends passing through many streams and suspension bridges until Mahendra Pul which takes about 4 hours. We’ll pass the high suspension bridge (80m) over the Gorge of Lapche River. After lunch at Mahendra Pul, the trail steeply ascends passing many Buddhist Stupas until Nar Phedi Village which takes about 2 hours. We’ll find several Buddhist Monasteries here to visit coupled with the glorious vistas of Pisang Peak and other small peaks. Overnight stay at Nar Phedi;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Teahouse

    Activities:

    • Trek
  • placeDAY 10 : NAR PHEDI-NAR (4120M)
    We’ll climb around 700 m today. Kang Garu Peak could be seen on the way. We’ll see many Chortens as well as view of Pisang peak. Nar (Place of the Blue Sheep) is larger than Phu with over 80 houses in total. Overnight at Nar;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Teahouse

    Activities:

    • Trek
  • placeDAY 11 : NAR TO KANG LA PASS (4620M) TO NGAWAL (3615M)
    This day’s trail is relatively long so we should start the trekking early in the morning; this day’s adventurous trek takes us to the Kang la Pass (5,320m) all the way through Kang La Phedi (4620m). From the Pass, we can see the exquisite view of the Annapurna massif. We further trek down to Ngawal through the Pass. Overnight stay in Ngawal (3615m);

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Teahouse

    Activities:

    • Trek
    • Kang La Pass
  • placeDAY 12 : NGAWAL TO MANANG (3519M)
    After the adventurous walk crossing through the pass, we’ll now elevate towards Manang (3540m) that approximately takes 4 hours. Upon reaching the village of Manang, we’ll be rewarded with heavenly views of Annapurna II (7937 m) the Annapurna range and many more peaks. Overnight at Manang;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Teahouse

    Activities:

    • Trek
  • placeDAY 13 : MANANG TO YAKKHARKA (4,110M)
    This day's trail is all about crossing the streams and climbing uphill. The trail continues to climb out of the Marshyangdi Valley turning northwest up the valley of Jharsing Khola. The trail then goes through meadows where horses and yaks graze. After crossing a small river on a wooden bridge, the trail passes an ancient old Mani wall in a pleasant meadow and then reaches another small village of Yak Kharka. Overnight stay at Yak Kharka;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Teahouse

    Activities:

    • Trek
  • placeDAY 14 : YAK KHARKA TO HIGH CAMP (4600M)
    On this day, we’ll settle for High Camp crossing Thorung Phedi (4,600m/15,092ft) on the way. In this way, it will be easier to trek tomorrow. However, because of the high altitude, the risk of sickness can be minimized by staying at Thorung Phedi. We’ll need to be mentally and physically prepared for the great venture of passing the highest pass in the world; Thorung-La (5416m) the next day. Overnight at High Camp;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Teahouse

    Activities:

    • Trek
  • placeDAY 15 : HIGH CAMP TO MUKTINATH (3710M)
    On this day, we wake up earliest as possible in the morning and start our trek towards Thorang La Pass (5416m). We need to cross the pass early in the morning to avoid the risk of terrible winds at the Pass. This pass is deadly and can be very risky if we try to attempt in the day time. After crossing the pass, we trek to one of the coveted Hindu shrine Muktinath Temple. We will be rewarded with good accommodation and food and amazing views. Overnight at Muktinath;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

    • Trek
  • placeDAY 16 : MUKTINATH TO JOMSOM (2743M)
    On this day, we have options to either drive our way to Jomsom on Jeep or simply trek to Jomsom. Both options are equally pleasant and easy. We’ll begin descending down the dramatic Kali Gandaki Gorge and Kagbeni. From Muktinath, there is a new black topped road until Kagbeni and it is under construction. Overnight at the beautiful town of Jomsom;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

    • Trek/Drive
  • placeDAY 17 : JOMSOM TO POKHARA (850M)
    Finally, we can take flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. The flight in itself is a wonderful experience where we can view surrounding Mountains and lakes of the Pokhara. At Pokhara we can spare a day and relax at lake side. Overnight at hotel in Pokhara;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Flight
  • placeDAY 18 : POKHARA TO KATHMANDU
    From Pokhara, we’ll head towards Kathmandu. The relaxing driving route passes through Trishuli River and picturesque villages which takes about 7 hours to arrive in Kathmandu Valley, transfer to Hotel.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Drive to Kathmandu
  • placeDAY 19 : DEPARTURE
    Depending on your flight time you will be transferred to the airport. The airport check-in is 3 hours prior to the departure time and the hotel checkout time is usually 12 P.M. Our representative will meet you at the hotel and transfer you to the airport.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accommodation:

    Activities:

    • Souvenir
    • Airport drop
  • Detail Inclusions
    • Airport transfers with an escort by private vehicle;
    • Standard/deluxe rooms in Kathmandu and Pokhara on twin/double sharing with breakfast;
    • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu 
    • Accommodation during the trek (or camping in case of need);
    • All meals (Breakfast, lunch, dinner) during the trek;
    • Authorized English speaking guide along with required porters (2:1) for the trek;
    • Jomsom-Pokhara airfare with domestic airport departure tax;
    • Kathmandu to Jagat transfer by private transportation;
    • All applicable government tax;
    • All expenses for all staff –meals, accommodation, salary, equipment, insurance, transportation;
    • All necessary paperwork and Nar Phu special trekking permit (National Park Permit, Annapurna Conservation Area permit fees (ACAP), Trekkers' Information Management System fees (TIMS);
    • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader);
  • Complimentary
    • Arrangement of tea, coffee during the trek
    • Get-to-know (welcome) and farewell dinner in Kathmandu
    • Map of Nar Phu valley
    • Occasional hot Shower during the trek
    • Souvenir from Nepal
    • Sim service (zero balance)
    • Photos and videos of the trip (if requested)
    • Certificate of appreciation (if requested)
  • Exclusions
    • Nepalese visa fee; 
    • Excess baggage charge(s) for the domestic flight;
    • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain due to any reason other than the scheduled itinerary;
    • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara;
    • International flights;
    • Travel and rescue insurance;
    • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.);
    • Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s);

     



FAQS

  • 1. Will somebody come to pick me up at the airport upon arrival ?
    Yes, our representative will be there to greet you at the airport. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel by a private car/jeep.
  • 2. Is there an Orientation program ?
    Yes, there is going to be a small orientation/briefing program before we embark on our adventure by the tour manager, leader/guide.
  • 3. What is the overnight accommodation like ?
    For nights in cities, we use standard/superior standard/deluxe rooms whereas, during the trek we use lodges/tea houses/guesthouses/home stay for our clients, whatever is available and accessible. We also arrange sleeping bags for our clients, on their request.
  • 4. How big are the groups ?
    We believe in operating small intimate group to provide personal attention and services to our guests. Small groups can enjoy the trek hassle free and enjoy the customized trip according to their need and suitability. We do not incorporate more than 14 People in a group, unless we get special requests from our clients.
  • 5. Is this a popular trek ?
    Although it’s not very famous among the trekkers but this trek boasts different Himalayan views, landscapes, rustic villages, and beautiful lake city making this perfect holidays for the adventure junkies.
  • 6. Is Travelling in Nar Phu valley is safe for women ?
    Yes, Nepal can proudly boast as one of the safest countries in South Asia for women, you will find very friendly and respectful people especially towards women. In Nepal, women are referred to as an incarnation of a goddess and are treated with respect and care. Although Nar Phu Valley is one of the least visited trekking areas in Nepal, it is quite safe to travel. Be it for male or Female. In general, locals are very respectful and welcoming.
  • 7. What about security during trekking ?
    We make sure to take security measures during trek to make your trip delightful. We hire experienced and license holding guides to safeguard your life in mountains. We suggest you to follow the guide’s instruction carefully and take responsibility for personal belongings. Always keep your valued belongings near you and lock the door from inside during the night.
  • 8. What sort of food can I expect in trekking ?
    Nar Phu Valley is not very popular trekking region among the trekkers hence this region provides a wide range of delicious western meals like pasta, noodles, pizzas, bread, soup, etc. potatoes grown in this region are very delicious which is loved by all the trekkers. Dal Bhat (Rice, Lentils and Vegetables) are a great way to gain energy for the strenuous trek.
  • 9. Is the drinking water safe in trekking region ?
    There are plenty of water stations on each stop on the route. You can easily fill up the bottle from the open taps. We recommend that you bring water purifier tablets with you or at least get it from Kathmandu before you depart for trekking. You can also buy mineral waters but we usually recommend tap water which is pure and it helps us not promoting plastic bottled water.
  • 10. What mode of transportation do you use ?
    We use private car for sightseeing inside the Kathmandu Valley and to drive towards Jagat. We used car, Minibus or Van depending on the number of people. We also drop and pick up from the starting and ending point of trek on private car or Jeep depending on the number of travellers.
  • 11. What is the best season for trekking in Nar Phu valley Trekking ?
    Spring season (March to June) and autumn season (September to December) are the best time to do this trek, in winters it’s difficult to trek in snow and harsh cold.
  • 12. Will I be taken care of during emergency ?
    Before coming to Nepal make sure that you are covered by insurance policy for the altitude of 5500 meters. In the case of an emergency like altitude sickness, dehydration or any medical conditions ask your tour leader/guide to contact us as soon as possible so that we can manage/arrange helicopter for the rescue. Then you will be transferred to hospital for the treatment.
  • 13. What is appropriate dress for trekking ?
    Trekking is a tiresome activity that requires a lot of physical movement so pack your active wears and trekking pants for at lower altitudes. Weather at high altitude is unpredictable, so carry a light weight waterproof jacket along with thick down jacket, pant and thermal innerwear to escape the severe cold. Needless to say that, Good shoes are very important for trekking in rough and snowy terrain, so invest in good quality shoes or rent it from us at a minimum price. As you are trekking in remote village try to wear modest clothes too quickly gel up with the local people without hesitation.
  • 14. Is it possible to alternate or change the day trips ?
    We customize the trip according to your preference but if you need to change plan during the trek consult the guide.
  • 15. Are we sure to get room while trekking ?
    We contact the lodge/guesthouse owner for reservation of the room before trekking on a particular day. On other days, porters reach the destination on advance and book the rooms for you. But there are always going to be exceptions but even in those cases, we may have to be flexible about very basic sleeping arrangements. We always try to make sure that we have everything well arranged.
  • 16. Are your guides reliable and certified ?
    Our Guides are trekking expert with license from Nepal Tourism Board. Guides know the trekking route like back of their hand and use their expertise in ensuring your safety in the mountains.
  • 17. How can I charge my electronics during the trip ?
    While trekking in higher lands you need to pay for charging the electronics upon request to the owner. The best idea always is to bring your power bank with you. It's easier and cheaper.
  • 18. Is there any communication while we are on trekking ?
    While trekking in Nar Phu Valley, you can make local and international calls from telephone provided by the guesthouse owner after paying directly to the property.
  • 19. Can I add extra days to my trekking trip ?
    If you need extra day to complete the trekking, you'll need to inform the guide in advance and the guide will let the company know. Adding a day to trekking can result in many changes in other arrangements such as transportation, guides' schedule, flight details, hotel bookings and all, so we really don't recommend this to our clients unless there's an emergency cases. But it's true that those changes could be made but it will cost extra. The best way to do it is to inform the agent company about it.
  • 20. What immunizations will I need ?
    Before coming to Nepal make sure you are covered for diphtheria & TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus. Make sure you are in best shape to complete the trekking without any complication.
  • 21. How far do I trek each day ?
    Usually, we have to walk about 7-9 hours a day. But it shouldn't be taken as certain thing. Because number of hours of walk really depend on clients' speed. So it's really relative.
  • 22. How will my booking be processed ?
    To confirm your booking, a deposit of 15% of total trip amount is required if you are booking at least a year in advance before trip departure date. If booking is made between 100-364 days before the trip departure, you'll need to pay 20% to confirm the trip. If payment is made between 99-60 days, 25% of the total trip amount will need to be paid and if booked between 59-30 days, 50% of the total trip amount needs to be paid and finally, if you are booking 29 days prior to trip departure, then 100% payment should be made. The payments can be easily made by the bank transfer. The due balance is payable on arrival in Kathmandu with cash (preferably USD/EURO) or card on POS/credit card machine. Please note that non refundable fee is 10% or $200 whichever is greater.
  • 23. Can we use the credit card during the trek ?
    You cannot use the credit card during the trek. You have to withdraw the money before you start the trek. You can use credit card only in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • 24. Do we need to carry our bags by our self or you will provide porters ?
    You have to carry your personal bags with water bottle and medicines remaining bags will be carried by porters to make you easy to trek. The weight limit for porters is 15 KG.

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