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Nar Phu Valley Trek - 15 Days

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Trip Highlights

Himalayan wilderness experience
Explore ancient sites, Tibetan cultures, and untouched beauty
Cross the Khangla Pass at 5,322m for panoramic views
All-inclusive guided holiday in the Himalayas

Annapurna and Manaslu, Nar Phu Valley trek is a true Himalayan desert experience trip. Located in the magical land of Manang district of Annapurna region, Nar Phu Valley Trek is a unique off-beat trek in Nepal. The Nar Phu Valley Trek takes you to the remote villages of Nar Phu, which were recently opened to tourists in the 2000s. This trek includes a trekking experience lost in the Himalayan scenery and panoramic views of the Annapurna range. With a relatively small number of trekkers in this area, this is our all-inclusive trek, the Nar Phu Valley is still untouched by the modern world and mass tourism. Nar Phu Valley Trek lets you discover the lifestyle of the people in the countryside. However; trek through remote communal villages and beautiful scenery along the way.

Nar Phu Valley is located near the Tibetan border, where you will see the practices of Tibetan Buddhism. The trek takes you on a scenic journey north of the famous Annapurna Circuit Trek. You walk through traditional village settlements, canyons, and dense forests. Our trek starts with a full day drive to Jagat, from where we will start the trek. We follow the Annapurna Circuit Trail to Dharapani and from here head towards the Nar Phu Valley. We will spend a week in the valley trekking and exploring the ancient sites, Tibetan cultures, and untouched beauty. A full day for exploration has been kept at Phu Gaon. After this, we retrace all the way back to Nar Phedi and thereafter trek towards Nar. Following a very gentle uphill climb, we pass through small Buddhist Chortens and prayer flags along the way to Nar. We trek up cross Khang la Pass from Nar and descend to Nagawal. At 5322 meters above sea level, Khang La Pass is the highest point on this trek and provides panoramic views of the Annapurna range. For the last few days of the trek, we trek along the Marsyangdi river, losing altitude and passing by Lower Pisang, Chame, and finally reaching Dharapani. From here we drive back to Kathmandu.

ITINERARY

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel
Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Jagat (1,300m) via Bensisahar 7/8 hrs
Day 03: Trek from Jagat to Dharapani (1,860m) 5/6 hrs
Day 04: Dharapani to Koto (2,600m) 6/30 hrs
Day 05: Trek from Koto to Meta (,625m) 6/7 hrs
Day 06: Trek from Meta to Phugaun (4,100m) 6/7 hrs
Day 07: Explore Phugau (4,100m)
Day 08: Trek from Phugau to Nar Phedi (3,490m) 6/7 hrs
Day 09: Trek from Nar Phedi to Nar (4,110m) 6 hrs
Day 10: Trek from Nar to Ngawal (3,660m) via Khangla Pass (5,322m) 7/8 hrs
Day 11: Trek from Ngawal to Lower Pisang (3,200m) 3/4 hrs
Day 12: Trek from Lower Pisang to Chame (2,670m) 5/6 hrs
Day 13: Chame to Dharapani and drive to Bensisahar (760m) 8/9 hrs
Day 14: Drive from Bensisahar to Kathmandu (1,350m)
Day 15: Departure from Kathmandu

HOW MUCH DOES-NAR PHU VALLEY TREK COST?

All inclusive Trek Price for 2 trekkers basis; USD 1,399 per person
This cost includes permit, guide, porter, transport, accommodation and food. But the cost varies according to the size of the group, customize your trek: this is a general itinerary, which can always be “tailormade” individually. Trek packages can be redesigned or redeveloped according to your taste.
Tell us about your travel needs. We will work together to customize your trip to meet your exact needs so you have a memorable trip.

WHEN IS THE BEST SEASON TO TREK IN NAR PHU VALLEY?

Mid-September to November (Autumn) and March to May (Spring) are the best seasons for trekking in Nar Phu Valley.
June to August (monsoon) are the rainy months but this time is perfect for keen botanists and the skies are sometimes clear. During the trek, it offers magnificent spectacles of rhododendron flowers blooming in March, April and May.
It is recommended to trek in winter (December-February). Temperatures are cool in the mornings but not unbearable and it warms up during day hikes and most days have clear skies with great views.

TOOLS AND GEARS

When deciding what to pack in your bag, it is important to check the features of the trek as well as the season/month you are coming to Nepal. If you’re wondering what to pack, here’s our recommended packing list and tools.
Check the equipment checklist.

Day 1
Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel

Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, Nepal. After completing the visa formalities and collecting your luggage at the airport, please exit the arrival hall. You will be waited for outside the arrivals hall and taken to your booking hotel. Please see the placard with your name on it when exiting the arrival hall. And upon arrival at the hotel will be served welcome drinks and after you freshen up, will inform you about your trip.

Day 2
Drive from Kathmandu to Jagat (1,300m) via Bensisahar 7/8 hrs

Today, after breakfast in Kathmandu, we will follow the Prithvi Highway along the Trishuli River to the west, looking at the central Himalayan homeland Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Machhapuchhre mountains. This road offers a panoramic view of rural Nepal with green hills, rivers, villages and snow-capped mountains in the background. We will part ways with the highway in Dumre and will choose the exit of the Beshishahr branch and go to Jagat where we will spend the night in a lodge.

Day 3
Trek from Jagat to Dharapani (1,860m) 5/6 hrs

Today our first day of Annapurna Circuit Trek, Early in the morning, we will lower down from Jagat village and follow the winding path along Marsyangdi River to the forest. A brief walk through sprawling forest will take us to Chamje village (1430m) from where we will cross the river and continue walking along its eastern edge. The trail takes brief ascend to the big village of Tal (1675m). Being clustered with tea houses and lodges, it will be fine idea to take our lunch at Tal. Enjoy the lunch in a serene atmosphere with mesmerizing natural views of surrounding valleys at Tal and take gradual ascend to Karte village. We need to cross the river at several points and move past the valley and pretty tiny villages to arrive at Dharapani.

Day 4
Dharapani to Koto (2,600m) 6/30 hrs

After breakfast, we begin our trek to Koto. We do an uphill climb through the thick pine and fir forests before reaching a small village Timang, where we can enjoy a beautiful view of Mt. Manaslu (8156m) and Peak 29 (7871m). We again make our way through pine forests before reaching Latamarang, where we stop for lunch and rest. After trekking for a couple of hours from here, we reach the village of Koto. Overnight stay at Koto.

Day 5
Trek from Koto to Meta (,625m) 6/7 hrs

Today, we begin our trek to the restricted area of the Nar Phu Valley. On the way, we will see a Police Check Post where we will show our restricted area permit to proceed further. This trail takes us through narrow canyons, forests, riverbanks, and suspension bridges before we reach Meta. From Meta, we can see a magnificent view of Annapurna II (7937m) and Lamjung Himal (6983m). Overnight stay at Meta.

Day 6
Trek from Meta to Phugaun (4,100m) 6/7 hrs

Our, after breakfast, we make our way to the famous Phu Gaon (village). We make our way through small Buddhist Chortens, prayer flags, small streams, and rivers along the trail. We also pass through small village settlements of Kyang, Jhunam, and Chyakhu. The people living here are mostly Sherpas and Gurung. After walking along the banks of Phu Khola for a couple of hours, we reach Phu Gaon. Overnight stay at Phu Gaon.

Day 7
Explore Phugau (4,100m)

Today we will spend visiting Phu Village as we acclimatize ourselves to the environment and take a day off. If you want to see the famous Tashi Lakhang Gompa built by Karma Sonam Rinpoche, who came to Nepal with the Dalai Lama in 1959, if you want a challenge, you can also trek up to the Himlung base camp. The trail will take you through narrow gorges and glacier valleys, and you can learn about the culture and traditions of the Gurung community who live here and eat their local food.

Day 8
Trek from Phugau to Nar Phedi (3,490m) 6/7 hrs

After our lunch, we headed towards Narfedi. We begin the trek as we head back to Meta and pass through dense forests of fir and pine to reach Nar Fedi. Nar Phedi has the Nar Phedi Monastery, where travelers can spend the night. You can learn more about the lifestyle of the monks living in the monastery as they are very friendly. Interact with the monks and learn about their daily tasks at the monastery. And overnight stay at Narfedi.

Day 9
Trek from Nar Phedi to Nar (4,110m) 6 hrs

After our, breakfast, we start our trek to Nar village. It is a very gentle upward climb as we pass small Buddhist chortens and prayer flags along the way. You will reach Nar by lunchtime and explore the village at your leisure. The view of Nar village is very scenic as it is not far from the Annapurna footpath and can be seen by trekkers. And we would Overnight stay at Nar.

Day 10
Trek from Nar to Ngawal (3,660m) via Khangla Pass (5,322m) 7/8 hrs

Today’s trek will be the toughest as we cross the Khang La Pass (5322m) and then descend to Nagwal. After reaching Kang La Pass, we get a great view of Annapurna II (7937m), Gangapurna (7455m), and Tilicho Peak (7134m). Then we make our way downhill to Ngawal for the night.

Day 11
Trek from Ngawal to Lower Pisang (3,200m) 3/4 hrs

After our breakfast, we begin our descent to Lower Pisang. We pass lush green grass and beautiful streams before reaching a magnificent lake on the outskirts of Lower Pisang. A magnificent view of the Pisang Himal (6091 m) can be seen from the lake. When you reach Pisang, the climate is very hot. In the evening, you can go out for a short walk and explore the surrounding areas. And overnight stay in Pisang.

Day 12
Trek from Lower Pisang to Chame (2,670m) 5/6 hrs

After our, breakfast, we start our journey to Chame. As we reach Chame we again pass dense forests of pine and firs, rocky trails, and several suspension bridges. As you make your way downhill, you’ll notice the trails get wider. As the altitude decreases you will also see more village settlements. And stay overnight in Chame.

Day 13
Chame to Dharapani and drive to Besisahar (760m) 8/9 hrs

Today we are starting the last day of Dharapani trek. It is a very easy walk as we retrace our steps to Dharapani. You can walk at your own pace and get a last glimpse of the beautiful Manang area. After reaching Dharapani, we will go to Beshishahar at night. The road is a bit thick. We reach Bensishahr in the evening. And stay this night in Beshishahr.

Day 14
Drive from Besisahar to Kathmandu (1,350m)

After breakfast, we left for Kathmandu from Beshisahar. On the way, you can see beautiful landscapes, lovely terrains, and rivers like Trishuli and Masryangdi. We will stop at a restaurant on the highway for lunch on the way. We reach Kathmandu by afternoon. After some rest at the hotel, one can take a short walk around Thamel.

Day 15
Departure from Kathmandu

Thanks for joining us on this trek and it’s been a pleasure getting to know you during this time. We hope this venture has enriched your experience with happy memories. Stay in touch. Your AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions representative will transfer you to the airport approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight, (SAFE TRAVEL!! We hope to see you again)

COST INCLUSION

  • All arrivals and departures at Kathmandu Airport are mentioned
  • Twin shared accommodation in Kathmandu 3* hotel
  • Kathmandu to Jagat, Bensisahar - Kathmandu by private comfortable 4WD
  • Comfortable lodge / tea house accommodation during the trek
  • All meals from the first day of the trek to the last day of the trek
  • All government taxes and Annapurna conservation entry fees
  • Trekking Information Management System TIMS card
  • Nar Phu Valley Restricted Area Permit (RAP)
  • (licensed by Govt.) Experienced and Qualified Trek Guide
  • With 1:4 assistant guide to client ratio (1 porter for every 2 trekkers)
  • Insurance for guide and porter which includes their emergency rescue
  • Staff salary, food and accommodation during the trek
  • Essential equipment for guides and porters
  • A comprehensive first aid kit for the trek
  • In case of emergency during the trip, a helicopter will be arranged by AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions. that will be paid for by your travel insurance company

COST EXCLUSION

  • Nepal Visa and International Flight
  • Travel insurance. (recommended)
  • Tips for guide and porters
  • Any drinks on the trip
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Expenditure on personal toilet paper, medicine and confectionery etc
  • Any other else not mentioned in "price included"
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary

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Nar Phu Valley Trek

Trip Facts

  • 14 N/15 Days
  • Moderate- Strenuous
  • 5,322m/17,460ft
  • September - Mid December / March - Mid May
  • From Kathmandu
  • Departs, Kathmandu
  • Private Comfortable 4WD
  • Hotel/Teahouse
  • 2 Max 12

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