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19 Days
Annapurna Region
Nepal

Nar Phu Valley Trek Information:

Narphu valley Trekking is probably the best trek of Annapurna region and for those who want to explore hidden valley and trek off the beaten crossing through Challenging high passes like Masokanto La (5099m), Kangla pass (5200m) & Tilicho Pass (5230m) with beautiful Lake Tilicho. Hidden by swirls of mountain mist ahead of us, from Kangla pass at 5200m 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 reaching 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 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 until 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 the undiscovered valley.

Nar Phu Valley Trek Highlights
  • Venture into a remote part of Nepal that few travelers get to see
  • Stay in ancient villages that have seen little change over the centuries
  • Enjoy great views of Annapurna II, Himlung Himal, Gangapurna, and Tilicho Peak
  • Experience a part of the Tibetan plateau that extends down into Nepal
  • Witness a Tibetan-derived culture, with unique and colorful prayer stones and

Price Includes

  • Airport/hotel pick up and Drop in private vehicle
  • Full day Sightseeing with transportation and tour guide in Kathmandu
  • Accommodation in 3-star standard Hotel in Kathmandu & Pokhara as per BB plan
  • Kathmandu to Besishar private vehicle & Pokhara to Kathmandu Tourist bus ticket.
  • Guide and porter with their salaries, accidental insurance, equipment, transport, food, lodging as well as clothing and medicine.
  • Full accommodation twin sharing, comfortable and clean private room during the trek. Trip Map.
  • Daily chosen meals from menu (breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) during the trek as well seasonal fresh fruits as deserts every day
  • Trekking equipment: down sleeping bag, and duffel bag (If you need, please let us know before you book for the trip and remind us in our pre-meeting at our office)
  • An experienced, knowledgeable, helpful, friendly and English-speaking trekking guide and porter to carry your luggage during the trek (2 trekkers 1 porter).
  • All necessary paper works and national park entry permits.
  • TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System).
  • All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.

Price Excludes

  • Any kind of visa arrangement entering Nepal like entry visa fee, or Airport visa arrangement.
  • International Airfares/Airport taxes
  • Travel and rescue insurance is important but you must manage this.
  • Any added night/s accommodation in Kathmandu on early arrival, suspension of departure, initial return from trek (due to any reason) than scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu & Pokhara (This condition applies in the case of early arrival from mountain than the planned itinerary)
  • Personal expenses such as telephone calls, bar bills, battery recharge, sweets, snacks, bottled water, boiled water, shower either hot/cold, extra porters, laundry, etc.
  • Alcoholic beverages as well as hot and cold drinks
  • Personal equipment and clothing/wardrobe
  • Tip (As tip is expected but it isn’t a mandatory)
  • Any others expenses which are not stated in Included section

Nar Phu Valley Trek FAQs

01How my Character needs to be, is this trek for me?

• Annapurna base camp trek suits for people who are fit, no need to be experienced. It will be good if you are concerned on your physical fitness like running, swimming, hiking. We in fact recommend to embark these exercises for your journey.
• If you are suffering from kind of any medical condition, we suggest you to seek medical advice from your doctors before coming to trek.
• Trekking is not an easy task, so you need to be aware regarding the discomfort before being adapted in the regions.
• It is better you prepare for trekking for at least 2/3 months before you depart, an aerobic exercise would be pretty much good and needs to follow 3/4 times per week as a minimum requirement.

02What is the procedure of airport pickup, will someone come there for me on my arrival?

• The procedure of airport pickup is that we will send one of our representative to pick you up. He will stand there holding the sign of Trailblazer Tours and Treks outside the terminal, he will greet you and transfer you to your respected hotel in our private vehicle.

03How can I get visa for Nepal? Is it upon on arrival at the airport?

• Yes, the visa is on arrival and it is easy to get at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. And the visa differs accordingly on the basis of your stay in Nepal. The more you stay you need to pay more, but you will get Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries. As US $ 25 for 15 days, and for 30 days you need to pay

04Do I need any extra documents?

• It’s hassle free, as you just need to bring a copy of your travel insurance, your passport with 3 (passport sizes) photos while coming for trip to Nepal. The photos are needed for permits.

05What kind of facilities will be there in Kathmandu, Pokhara and within Trekking?

• Our motto is to give perfect service to our customers, for that reason we do not compromise with the standard. We will transfer you to standard rooms at three-star hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara as per our commitment.
• We are much concerned with the health of our customers, so during the trek along teahouses, guesthouses we provide clean rooms, with basic facilities.
• We can also provide our own sleeping bags but it is the best idea to have your own during trekking.
• The lodges within the treks normally provides single and double room. If possible, there will be dining around a bon fire. The toilet in teahouses are full with crucial and basic facilities.

06As the weather is cold, do guesthouses heated or have air-conditioning facilities?

• As the weather is cold but the guest houses do not facilitate with air-conditioners or heaters. However, when it gets colder above 3500m, they have the minimal facility to hit the dining room by using kerosene or metal heater. To use this facility, you have to spend some dollars.

07Can I please know about the toilet facilities along the trail?

There are toilet facilities in teahouse/guesthouse but apart from that while on trek and in emergency case you find some secluded place and go for toilet.

08I have heard about foods not being that hygienic, can you please clarify this? What kind of food can we expect during our journey?

• Yes, there is rumor but it is better to visit and experience on your own. We are much concerned with the hygiene and the cook in most teahouses/lodges in Annapurna Base Camp trail are experienced in cooking a delicious range of food items.
• You can enjoy the varieties of food ranging from pasta, potatoes, lentils, soups, fresh vegetables, eggs and many more. They will even serve you tasty dessert. There will the non-vegetarian items too, you even enjoy with chocolates, hot drinks, soft drinks, and chips.

09How is the drinking water facility in the trekking zones?

• There isn’t any problem for bottled water as it is easily available at guesthouse and lodges. But Yesh above Chhomorng you need to take purified water as plastic bottles are banned by Annapurna conservation area.
• If you have plan to drink normal water you must bring some kind of purifying drops or any kind of purifier with you.

Nar Phu Valley Trek Itinerary

Day 01Arrival in Kathmandu

Enjoying the flight, you will reach to Kathmandu where one of our representative from Trailblazer will pick you up and transfer to your respected hotel. You may take rest or visit our office at Trailblazer Tours and Treks. There will be a special evening dinner hosted by our Trailblazer Tours and Treks with the authentic mouth-watering Nepalese cuisine. Night stay in Kathmandu.

Day 02Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley and near as well as trek preparation.

After having breakfast it’s time for sightseeing of Kathmandu and places of interest near Kathmandu. To have preparation for Everest Base Camp trek.

Day 03Drive to Koto (2670m.)

Leave Kathmandu early and drive first to Besisahar. After lunch, change to a four-wheel drive vehicle for the rugged journey to Koto. The road can be almost as challenging for passengers as for drivers, but it is incredibly scenic! It travels along the old Annapurna Circuit trek route, through amazing gorges and past stunning waterfalls. Arrive in Koto in time for dinner.

Day 04Koto to Chhacha (3200m)

Having breakfast at Koto, we commence our trek to Chhacha. We would experience alpine vegetation along the trail. Overnight at Chhacha.

Day 05Chhacha to Meta (3700m)

It’s morning, we will carry our path relishing the beautiful image of glittering mountains, and waterfalls. It is a stress-free day for us, as walking for 4 hours we halt our footsteps at Chame., the headquarter of Manang. Here you can enjoy having good facilities within the guesthouse within the tiny lovely town. Night stay at a guesthouse. Today’s trekking route passes through beautiful woods, past small cave shelters and pilgrims’ resting places. Emerging from a narrow canyon, the trail passes under a wide waterfall, from which point the woods become thinner and the vistas wider. The last stretch into Meta involves climbing a steep hill, from which there are amazing views of some of the giant snowy peaks in the area. Meta lies on a big open plain and consists of a few lodges, which are simple but clean and offer good meals.

Day 06Trek to Phu

Trekking out of Meta, some of the unique, colorful Tibetan Buddhist chortens that Nar and Phu are famous for begin to appear in sight. The trail meanders along the ridge with a good view of the magnificent Nar Phedi Monastery, where you will stay in a few days’ time. After another ninety minutes hiking through scenic canyons and gorges, you’ll reach a monolith that guards the steep trail up to Phu.

From here, you can get your first view of the three villages in the area as well as the old “dzong” (Tibetan-style fortress) and the remains of two ruined forts, impressively situated atop the flatlands before the village. Just before crossing the bridge into Phu, a line of wonderful chortens color the landscape.
After a rest and refreshments, take a short walk up to the famous Tashi Lhakhang Gompa to pay respects to Lama Karma Sonam Rimpoche who came to Nepal with the Dalai Lama in 1959.

Day 07Rest at Phu

Due to the high altitude, it’s good to spend an acclimatization day in Phu. Explore the tiny alleyways of the town or hike up to Himlung Himal base camp. Phu itself is an interesting village, and a day is well spent sitting with the villagers as they spin their yak and sheep wool, pound mustard seeds into a paste for oil, or go about their other daily chores.
For an extra challenge, the hike up to Himlung Himal base camp takes you through a glacial valley. The 7,125 m. peak was recently opened for climbing. On the trail up you will see herds of blue sheep skillfully clambering up the steep cliffs. The return trip takes about four to five hours.

Day 08Trek to Nar Phedi (3,490m)

Retrace the route back down towards Meta, but turn off at the Nar Phedi monastery, which will be your accommodation for the night. In fact, the monastery is all that Nar Phedi consists of! The rooms are neat and clean and the nuns are extremely welcoming. Join them in the kitchen and watch them prepare dinner on a modest fireplace. At 5 pm they usually do a puja (blessing), which you are welcome to witness. There is a small donation box in the monastery where you can leave a contribution for the maintenance of this beautiful and friendly place.

Day 09Trek to Nar Village

Today is a very gentle day. Climb out of Nar Phedi and follow a winding path up a hill towards Nar. Pass a line of wonderfully painted, bamboo-topped chortens on the way into the ancient village. Arrive in the town around lunch time. Even though Nar is not far from the main Annapurna trail, it is rarely visited by trekkers and is about as picturesque as it gets.
Nar is bit more social and lively than Phu, and during the day you may find the village ‘square’ teeming with chatting women with their back-strap looms weaving wool fabric for rugs and blankets. With a few new teahouses built on the outskirts of Nar, you can stay in a comfortable lodge with an extensive menu

Day 10Trek to Ngawal via the Kang La Pass (5,240m)

Today is a long day, so get up before sunrise and head towards the Kang La Pass, which leads back onto the popular Annapurna Circuit. It is not a difficult pass, but it can be a long day as the effects of altitude will be felt. Once on top of the pass, you can enjoy an amazing view over Annapurna II, Gangapurna, and Tilicho Peak. The trail down starts off steep, but if you enjoy scree running you can have some fun! Stop for lunch on a plateau overlooking the peak, then continue towards Ngawal.
Ngawal, on the upper Pisang route of the Annapurna Circuit, is certainly very different from the ancient villages just visited. The lodges are big, the menus much more comprehensive and there will be Wifi and phone signals in most lodges.

Day 11Trek to Manang

The weather gets much hotter and the scenery greener as you descend more than 2000m from the pass. Set off early for the last few hours of trekking to reach Pisang. The trail is wide and comfortable and passes a beautiful lake just outside Misang. Stop for a quick snack in the village overnight stay in Manag.

Day 12Manang to Khangsar Khola (3734m):

It is our turn to trek from Manang to Kangsar Khola. It is clearly visible the Khangsar Khola cutting through a gorge, with Tilicho Peak in the cloud far above. From Manang, we detoured to Khangsar, one of only two accommodation options between the Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake at 4920 meters (16,142 feet).

Day 13Kangsar Khola to Tilicho Lake (4920m):

We commence our trek from Kangsar Khola to Tilicho Lake Base Camp (4150m). It is the only accommodation between Khangsar and Tilicho Lake at 4920m. The sacred Tilicho Lake situated at 16,700 feet is one of the highest lakes in the world. A high route and low route connect Khangsar to Tilicho Base Camp. The low route undulates between 4000-4250 meters through 100 meter-high rocks jutting out of a steep slope. One hour from Khangsar is a monastery. We would pray to god and reach Tilicho Lake.

Day 14Tilicho Lake to Mesokanto Pass (5099m):

We start our trek from Tilicho Lake to Mesokanto Pass. Mesokanto Pass is a dry place. However, there is no scarcity of water. Water would be made available in the camp. In this route we climb about 395m high. We will be camping at an altitude of 5099m at Mesokanto Pass.

Day 15Mesokanto to Jomsom (2710m):

Today we trek to Jomsom from Mesokanto. Jomsom, at an altitude of 2800m is more correctly known as Dzongsam or New Fort. It spreads over both the banks of the Kali Gandaki. The towering peaks of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri form an attractive backdrop. The entire panorama is filled with a golden, glittering light, which forms a dramatic contrast. The oldest fossils from Jurassic era are found in Jomsom area.

Day 16Jomsom to Pokhara:

We board our early flight from Jomsom and reach Pokhara after 25min. We go for sightseeing around Pokhara and overnight in a hotel.

Day 17Guided Sightseeing in Pokhara

Today is the day to have full day sightseeing of city of lakes Pokhara. We will guide you through the city with our private vehicle. As Pokhara is a beautiful city, there are many places to hang around. Some of the places that we guide you through are: Bindhabasini Temple, Davis Fall (Patalo Chhango), Gupteshwor Cave, Seti River Gorges, Tibetan Refugee Camps, and World Peace Pagoda. Overnight stay at nice lakeside hotel.

Day 18Back to Kathmandu (1,400 m) in a Tourist Bus – 7 hours

Today we will start our journey back to Kathmandu early in the morning. It is minimum 7 hours’ drive to Kathmandu. After reaching at Kathmandu, you can go for souvenirs shopping too. We will have a traditional Nepalese dinner with some cultural dances in the evening and it will be a farewell dinner too.

Day 19Final Departure

– Our journey comes to an end here. One of our representative will takes you back to Tribhuwan International airport.
– We wish for your safe and nice flight with lots of memories of an adventurous journey here at Nepal.

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