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Nar Phu Valley Trek

Nar Phu Valley Trek

Overview & Highlights

Trip Facts

Location :

manaslu Region

Difficulty :

Moderate

Max. Altitude :

4800

Nar Phu Valley Trek- Trip Highlights

  • Exploration around the Nar Phu Valley, a restricted yet alluring landscape in the Himalayas.
  • Hike to one of the prominent and acclaimed Buddhist Monasteries, Tasho Lhakhang, among 108 world’s pronounced monasteries.
  • Witnessing the wrecked forts of Tibetan Khampa emigrants who once used to remain illegally in Nur Phu Valley.
  • Crossing two great Himalaya passes, Kang-La pass at 5,322 metres and Thorong La pass at 5,416 metres.
  • The sacred temple of Hindus, Muktinath, and its revered 108 waterspouts.
  • Panoramic valley of Kagbeni and Jomsom along with Kali Gandaki's deepest gorges. 
  • Scenic flight to Pokhara from Jomsom and sightseeing around Pokhara valley.

Nar Phu Valley trek - Trip Overview

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.

Lifestyle of people in Nar and Phu Valley

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.

Nar Phu Valley Trek - A journey to the wonder of Culture and Natural Aesthetics

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.

What actually is Nar and Phu Valley?

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- Itinerary Overview

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. 

Best season for the Nar Phu Valley trek

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. 

Customizable Nar and Phu valley trek

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. 

Book a Nar Phu Valley trek with World Expedition Nepal

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 2022. Or you can send an email to info@worldexpeditionnepal.com or call directly on WhatsApp at +9779851212358.

Nar Phu Valley Trek takes you to the most wilderness region of Nepal.  It is a newly opened trial which is still untouched by the modern civilization and technologies.  Nar Phu valley trek is a perfect trek for those who want to trek in the wilderness region where people are still living in the centuries back then.  The trek was opened for visitors only after 2002. Since, there is less flow of tourism in this area, one can have a peaceful trekking experience and completely enjoy the trials.

Nar Phu Valley Trek is a great alternative to Annapurna region trekking. This exotic trekking destination is tucked between two popular trekking regions Annapurna and Manaslu.  The trek to Nar Phu valley touches both popular trekking routes of Annapurna and Manaslu Regions. The trek starts following the popular trekking routes of Annapurna Circuit trial from Jagat.  The trek then goes to the North of Manang from Koto following the off the beaten track of Nar Phu valley and pass the Kang La Pass with adorable views of Annapurna panorama. This trek takes you to the desert like Tibetan plateau and the most remote village of Nar and Phu. Nar Phu valley trek gives you amazing trekking experience of trekking in the purest Himalayan nature.  

Nar Phu Valley is a restricted trekking area and to trek in these area visitors needs to have a special trekking permit from a registered legal trekking agency in Nepal. The permits are valid only up to seven days and the trekkers must complete the trek within the stated time. The permits to Nar Phu valley costs USD 75 to USD 90 depending on the season.

Itinerary Expand All Close All

Upon your arrival our representatives will be waiting to receive you at the airport. From there they will drop you to the respective hotel in our private vehicles. 

You will have your breakfast at your respective hotel in Kathmandu and drive to Jagat after breakfast. The drive goes through Prithivi Highway where you can explore the countryside villages, lush green hills and Himalayan vistas.  The drive is smooth until Besisahar after that you will have a bumpy drive on dusty roads. After about 8-9 hours drive you will reach Jagat. Overnight in Jagat.

Elevation
1100

Today you will trek to Dharapani from Jagat. The trial descends through a lush green forests passing by a river and then ascents to a sharp- edged cliff.  The trek goes to a beautiful village of Chyamje with an amazing backdrop of the mesmerizing Annapurna mountain ranges.  You will then cross a suspension bridge and from here a steep trial takes you to Sattale. Walking on stoned trials from here you will descend to grassy river bank that takes you to the village of Tal. Following the rugged and winding trials you will pass by the forested village of Karte, waterfalls and then finally reach Dharapani after crossing a suspension bridge. Overnight in Dharapani.

Elevation
1960

Dharapani to Koto (2,610m) 5-6 hours.

After having breakfast at Dharapani you will trek to Koto.  You will climb along the mule track and trek along the forests of fir, oak and maple trees. The trial provides spectacular views of the Annapurna and Manaslu ranges. After walking about 5 to 6 hours you will reach to Koto. It is a small village inhabited mostly by people of Gurung community. Overnight in Koto. 

Elevation
2610

You will register your restricted area trekking permit at the Police Check Post at Koto and then trek through Pine forests following the bank of Soti Khola River. After crossing streams and a suspension bridge you will reach Dharamsala. From here the trek again goes through forests and a final steep ascend will take you to Meta village.  From the top of Tibetan Plateu you get the stunning views of the Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal. Overnight in Meta.

Elevation
3560

    The trek begins after having breakfast at Meta. You trek goes up and down through forest and rivers. You will cross several suspension bridges and streams on your way.  After trekking about 4 hours you will reach Kyang village where you can see the remnants of Khampa settlement. The trial further goes to Phu Khola following a rocky trial before reaching the Phu village. The walk is about 6-7 hours today. Overnight at Phu.

Elevation
4080

Proper acclimatization avoids the risk of getting altitude sickness. Acclimatization at Phu is very important in this trek.  You will explore the Phu village today. You can hike up to Himlung Base Camp or walk up the valley and explore the summer grazing settlements. You can also interact with the locals and observe the grazing yak and sheep. Overnight at Phu.

Elevation
4800

     The trek begins after breakfast. You will retrace back towards Meta and move towards Nar Phedi monastery. Every day at 5 pm they perform their rituals and you can observe it. The monastery is a stop for trekkers trekking to Nar. They have neat and clean rooms and provide warm hospitality to the visitors.  Your today’s overnight stay will be at Nar Phedi Monastery.

Elevation
3490

 You will climb out of Nar Phedi and then trek to Nar village following a winding path. The trial goes through wonderful painted bamboo-topped chortens before reaching to the beautiful village of Nar. The village of Nar is better than Phu village. The people here are more social and lively.  You will explore the village and interact with the locals for the rest of the day. There are few tea houses in the village.  Overnight at Var.

Elevation
4110

Today you will trek back to Ngwal village from Nar. You will bid a goodbye to the locals after breakfast and start the trek.  You will walk to the Kang La Pass which joins the trials of Annapurna Circuit Trek. You can have amazing view of the Annapurna ranges from the top.  The trial then descends to Ngawal. The village is very different than that of the villages you have just visited. Overnight at Ngawal.

Elevation
3650

As the elevation decreases the temperature starts decreasing. After having breakfast you will trek to Pisang. The trial today is relatively easier and comfortable. The trek is about four hours and from Pisang you will drive to Besisahar on a bumpy road retracing the same route. Overnight at Pisang.

You will drive back to Kathmandu today. Your trek to one of the most remote region ends here. You can now enjoy all the luxuries and facilities you’ve been missing during your trek. Overnight at Kathmandu.

Your trek ends here. Thank you for choosing us and we will be happy to serve you again for another trip in Nepal. Our representatives will drop you to the airport for your final departure.  We wish you a safe journey towards your onward destination.

What Is Included ?

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
  • Standard hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Tea house during the trek.
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the trek
  • All ground transportation in a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Domestic flights (Kathmandu- Lukla -Kathmandu)
  • An experienced, English/French/Chinese/German-speaking and government-licensed trek leader which one is your necessary and assistant trek leader (5 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food, and accommodation
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion)
  • Trekking bag/duffel bag (to be returned after the trip), T-shirt, Cap, and trekking map are yours to take.
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • All government and local taxes

What Is Excluded?

  • Nepalese visa fee
  • Excess luggage charge.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to any reason
  • International flights
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal Expenses not mentioned in itinerary.
  • Tips for guide, porter and driver

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