- Duration:12 Days
- Trip Grade:Strenuous
- Start Point:Kathmandu
- End Point:Kathmandu
- Walking Hours:6-7 hrs.
- Max Group Size:2
- Best Time:March to May & October to November
Nar Phu Valley Trek is one of the best treks in the Annapurna region and those who want to explore a hidden valley, isolated Buddhist Tibetan culture, and trek off the beaten crossing through high pass Kang La pass should visit this trek.
Hidden by swirls of mountain mist ahead of us, from Kang La pass at 5130m the magnificent panorama view of Annapurna massif appears remote and forbidding. Our destination is the Nar Phu valley, above the tree line on the upper limits of cultivation, in the very north of Manang district. It takes five hours to reach the pass that links Nar with Manang and three other Bhotia villages in the Nyershang down the valley.
Nowadays, Nar Phu has about 300 inhabitants who depend on livestock, unlike most Bhotia people, whose trading patterns changed drastically after the Nepali Government closed its borders with Tibet, the people of Nar and Phu valley were least affected by this change. The tortuous path leading from the valley into Tibet had never made them dependent on the salt trade, and till today yak herding is the basis of their livelihood. The Nepal government’s recent decision to open up Nar and Phu to tourists has evoked little enthusiasm among the villagers, whose pastoral lifestyle continues. Apart from the odd researcher and climbing expeditions permitted to climb Him lung, Ratnachuli, and Gachikang, few foreigners have visited the area and tourism infrastructure is almost non-existent. Since Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) recently extended its network to include Nar and Phu Valley, it is preparing a suitable tourism development plan at the request of the government for an undiscovered valley.
We start this trek after driving almost half a day from Kathmandu to Besishar. From here we follow the Popular Annapurna Circuit route until Koto and then we take off the beaten route until we get to Nar Phu. After visiting this area we trek via Kang La pass and Ngawal to Manang, a beautiful village on the Annapurna trail, and continue trek to beautiful Ice Lake. An extensional trip is available for those who want to have an extended trek could go via Throngla Pass (5416m), and end our trek at Jomsom/Marpha where we catch our sharing jeep or flight to Pokhara and later to KTM; doing this extension you need 4 days extra. Trekkers carry only day packs and walk at their own pace.
Average hiking per day will be 6-7 hrs.
Day 01 Drive Kathmandu to Chamje (1470m) trip via Benshishar (820m)- 9hrs; stay overnight at lodge (L,D)
Day 02 Trek to Dharapani (2113m) or Danaque (2260m) walking (7 hrs) stay overnight at lodge (B,L,D)
Day 03 Trek to Koto (2640m) walking (6-7 hrs) stay overnight at lodge (B,L,D)
Day 04 Trek to Metha (3560m) walking (7 hrs) stay overnight at lodge (B,L,D)
Day 05 Trek to Phu Village (4080m); 7 hrs; stay overnight at lodge (B,L,D)
Day 06 Acclimatization at Phu Gaon/ Day trip to Himlung Base Camp (B,L,D)
Day 07 Trek to Nar village (4150m) walking (7 hrs hrs) stay overnight at lodge (B,L,D)
Day 08 Acclimatization day at Nar to make ready for Kang La Pass. (B,L,D)
Day 09 Trek to Ngawal along the high pass of Kang La Pass (5130m); 8 hrs walk ; stay overnight at lodge (B,L,D)
Day 10 Trek to Manang (3351m); 5 hrs walk (B, L, D)
Day 11 Drive to Benshishar by sharing jeep; 8 hrs (B,L,D)
Day 12 Drive to Kathmandu (B)
- All land transport as per mention in the itinerary
- Trekking conservation permit
- Trekking Register Certificate
- Narphu special trekking permit
- Equipped and insured trekking porter (one porter in between 2 person)
- Experienced and first aid trained license holder trekking guide
- Tea House accommodation during the trek in double occupancy
- All meals during the trek (B=breakfast, L=Lunch, D= Dinner)
- Sleeping bag (only if require)
- Government taxes and service charges
- Drinks and Bar Bill (beverage) in the tea house trek
- Helicopter evacuation/rescue in case of emergency
- Personal insurance
- Personal use trekking equipment
- Tipping to guide and porter
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Nepal is a nation between India and Tibet known for its temples and Himalayan mountains, which include Mt. Everest. Kathmandu, the capital, has a mazelike old quarter filled with Hindu and Buddhist shrines.
From Kathmandu to Pokhara alone, trekking team was very organized and professional! advice to anyone who wants to move to contact the agency, Hari and his brothers will realize your dreams! The landscape was simply extraordinary and people are very hospitable!!
I have been from Kathmandu to Pokhara alone, trekking team was very organized and professional! advice to anyone who wants to move to contact the agency, Hari and his brothers will realize your dreams! The landscape was simply extraordinary and people are very hospitable!!
We did the 12-day itinerary trekking to Everest Base Camp. We booked it all from England and communicated with the owner Hari via email. Such a nice family that owns and runs this business. Very friendly and welcoming. We had loads of cups of tea with them in their shop in Thamel before and after our trek.