Located to the North of the Annapurna region, the Nar and Phu valley of the Upper Mustang is a newly discovered destination for trekking in Nepal. It is the most beautiful, unblemished, and hub of ancient lifestyles in Western Nepal. This off the beaten Nar Phu valley trek route traverses Tilicho Lake, Mustang, Manang, and the beautiful Nar Phu valley.
Nar and Phu are two faraway villages in Upper Mustang and are often considered lost villages of Himalaya. Thus, they are the most isolated and less traversed landscaped as trekking destinations in West Nepal. Longer walking hours, strenuous trek routes, withered outlooks, and several other factors have made Nar Phu trekking a strenuous one. But yet those who make their trip up here definitely earn an enduring natural thrill.
Permitted by Nepal Government for trekking in early 2003, the Nar Phu valley trek route remains a restricted trekking route in Nepal. The open border to Tibet from Nar Phu valley is the main reason for the restriction made by the foreigners. Still, it remains a restricted region for trekkers that requires a special trek permit issued by the Government of Nepal.
Manang, with the least population density, has around 500 permanent residents living in the Nar and Phu villages. Sits over 5000 metres, these two places of Upper Manang get completely cut off during snowy months.
During harsh winters, life here becomes harsher than you could only imagine. Yak farming, trading meats, wools, and several other products are the prominent source of income for people here in Nar Phu valley.
The Nar Phu valley trek is ideal as the landscape around the circuit embraces several alluring massifs of the Annapurna region. Gangapurna at 7,455 metres, Himlung Peak at 7,126 metres, Dhaulagiri at 8,167 metres, and Tilicho summit at 7,134 metres are best seen from Nar Phu valley.
It is home to the ancient Tashi Lhakhang Monastery, among 108 prime monasteries in the world. This monastery is the last noble work of Late Lama Karma Sonam Rimpoche. Hence, the Nar Phu valley trek is a must-visit place in Annapurna Sanctuary.
Nar Phu valley trek is possible from the Tilicho Lake route too. Tilicho Lake, the world’s highest lake at 4,919 metres, is a focal attraction in Manang. The turquoise water embraced by snow-clad peaks allures the outlook like nowhere else.
Second, to none, Jomsom and Mustang along Kali Gandaki Gorge is another arresting landscape of this trek. These landscapes give the cinematographic prospect of the Himalayas to trekkers. The withered rocks and gusty winds in this deserted land of Himalaya throughout the Nar Phu valley trek make this trek even enthralling. Muktinath, in Jomsom, is another sacred site for Hindus, Buddhists, and Bon Po religious people. It is also broadly praised as a trekking destination in the Annapurna circuit.
Initially set up by Tibetan Traders, Nar and Phu valley was an illegal spot for trade to Tibet and established forts for strategic planning. Forts, built in ancient style with tall stone walls and towers, were used to guard this place against invaders. With time, the trade stopped, and now, these forts mainly remain as withered remnants and dust.
Exploration around Nar and Phu valley could take up to a day and has so much more for you to witness. It's a picture-perfect landscape for historians and explorers to explore. Nar Phu valley is an ideal spot for discovering the lost history and the history of invaders, their socio-cultural impacts still in practice, and how hard life could be on a remote land.
Nar Phu valley trek starts from Jagat, which lies in Lamjung district, ascends to Dharapani at 1,860 metres, Koto at 2,600 metres, Meta at 3,570 metres, and finally at Phu at 3,900 metres. We'll stay another day at Phu for acclimatisation and explore the aspiring valleys and landscapes.
We can further hike to places like Mesokanto-La Pass on descent if you want to customise this trip. The other passes, Thorung La Pass and Kongma-La Pass are also most visited by trekkers. Exploring Tilicho Lake in Manang will also be inclusive.
The trek descends to Manang, Yak Kharka at 4,018 metres, and ultimately to Muktinath, at 3,800 metres, and Jomsom at 2,710 metres via Thorong La Pass at 5,416 metres.
Nar Phu valley sits in the Annapurna region, a rain shadow area, making it doable during summer and monsoon. But lower places en route like Besisahar receive heavy rainfall. Thus, the road becomes poor, slippery, and inaccessible.
Spring and Autumn are generally the best time for the Nar Phu valley trek. The clear weather and stable temperature are ideal for viewing the Annapurna range. Also, the cinematic landscape of Mustang and Manang looks spectacular during Spring and Autumn months.
This trekking is customizable by adding further hikes to Tilicho Lake and Mesokanto-La Pass. Some trekkers prefer the Annapurna Circuit trek as an extension. You can also hike from a different route on return from Nar Phu via Manang-Khangsar-Tilicho Lake-Thrung Phedi and to Jomsom and Muktinath.
The customised trip lets you enjoy the serene landscape of Jomsom, pristine Tilicho Lake, and holy Muktinath.
World Expedition Nepal has fixed departures for Nar Phu Valley Trek in Autumn 2022 and Spring 2023.
Our fixed departures for Nar and Phu trek in Autumn are already selling fast. Also, we organise this trip for limited clients. Thus, if you're looking for this trip at the best affordable rate, feel free to contact us.
Get in touch with our tour manager Mr. Sujan Neupaney to learn more about our Annapurna region Trekking for Autumn 2023. Or you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call directly on WhatsApp at +9779851212358.
Kathmandu and your travel agency will give you a warm welcome. As you land at the Tribhuvan International Airport, you will meet the representative from your agency.
You will go to your hotel and rest there for the day.
Or, if you want to do something on the first day, you can take a stroll around the streets. You can enjoy the local cuisines or any other food that you prefer.
You can explore parts of Kathmandu like Basantapur Durbar Square, Boudhanath, etc.
The second day is for Kathmandu.
You can visit the places within the Kathmandu valley. Kathmandu, being the city of temples, offers you more to explore.
You will enjoy the World Heritage Sites inside the valley. You can take your guide who will tell you about the sites.
You can even spare time to shop even if you need anything for the Nar Phu valley trek. You can taste the local cuisines at famous places in the Kathmandu valley.
You can settle in your hotel room after you complete your day trip to explore the city.
You will start your journey to Nar Phu Trek on the third day.
You will leave the valley at dawn to take a drive to Besisahar. There, you can have some food.
Then, you will take a four-wheeler to Koto. The path to the Koto is complex and not in good condition, so the drive is very daring.
You will enjoy the scenery on the way to Koto, though. You will see the breathtaking gorges and waterfalls on the way.
It can take a whole day for you to reach Koto.
Once there, you will spend your day in a good lodge and call a day after a warm and tasty dinner.
Following the Soti Khola river, you will pass through the stunning forests, rivers, and suspension bridges. You will only enter the valley after you cross the rivers.
On the fourth day, you will walk on the trails filled with enchanting forests and landscapes. After walking for few times in the woods, you will reach Meta village.
The peculiar view of the Annapurna and Lamjung will take away your exhaustion.
You will stay a night in a simple and good hotel after having good food.
You will continue your trek on your fourth day as well. While walking away from the Meta village, you can see the Tibetan-styled Buddhist shrines.
You are walking closer to the Nar Phu valley if you begin to sight more Buddhist shrines.
You will get an impeccable view of the Nar Phedi Monastery from the trail. After you walk for a few more hours, you will arrive at Phu village.
It is a part of three villages inside the valley. You will also see the ruined fortress and forts on the plateau.
You can also visit the Tashi Lhakhang Gompa to pay your respects. It will refresh your mind and body. You can hang out there for a while.
You will stay in a local lodge in the village and take a rest after walking for around 7 hours to Phu village from Meta.
Phu is at an altitude of about 4250m. You will need a day for acclimatization. So, on your sixth day on the trek, you will spend your day in Phu to adjust your body as the altitude increases.
Nar Phu valley is famous as the secret valley of the Annapurna region. You can either hike to The Himlung Himal base or spend your day exploring the Phu village itself. The village area is small, but it's unique.
You can observe the local lifestyles and interact with the local people. You can explore the different monasteries in the area. Monasteries give vibrant vibes to the visitors.
You can try the local delicacies and call it a day after exploring the village.
You have to walk back on the trail that you walked before on your fifth day.
After you walk back a little, you will get to the Nar Phedi. It has a Nar Phedi Monastery where you will spend your night.
You can take part in the prayer done in the monastery.
The monastery will provide you with a humble place to stay, and you can help them cook food and maybe, put some money in the donation box.
When you start your trek to head towards Nar village on your eighth day, you will see beautiful landscapes on your way.
This village is one ancient village in the country. And Nar is far livelier than Phu village because the settlement area is larger than Phu village. You can explore the village area and chat with locals to know how they lead their daily lives.
You can find a few teahouses in the village to stay in and have some good food at the end of the day.
It is better to start your trek before dawn on your ninth day.
You will head to the Kang La Pass on this day. Due to altitude, the journey can be difficult. Otherwise, the trail isn't that challenging.
You will see the majestic view of Annapurna, Ganagapurna, and Tilicho peak.
You will reach Ngawal village after walking for a few hours.
Ngawal village has a perfect facility for lodging, food, and internet.
You can get a comfortable bed and excellent food to retire for a day.
Ngawal is in the upper Pisang route of the Annapurna Circuit. After walking further, you will get to see the upper Pisang.
You will feel the change in the weather as well. It will become warmer as you move towards the Pisang.
You can get to the Pisang village within a few hours as the trail isn't very complex. You will enjoy the view on the trail route to the town.
You can get a four-wheeler from here to drive up to the best Sahar.
You will spend your night in Besi Sahar in a good hotel.
You will take a drive from Besi Sahar to Kathmandu. It only takes around 5 hours to reach Kathmandu.
After you get to Kathmandu, you can again explore a few more places in Kathmandu and shop for some souvenirs.
You can enjoy the luxury of a comfortable hotel in the city and retire for a day with good food.
On your twelfth day, you will say goodbye to Kathmandu valley.
You might still take a quick stroll in the streets of Kathmandu for the last time.
A representative from your travel agency will take you to the airport and give you a nice farewell.
Ensure you are inside the airport 2 hours before the departure time.
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