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Nar Phu Valley Trek

Nar Phu Valley Trek

Overview

Trip Fact

Trip Name:

Nar Phu Valley Trek

Best Month:

Sep - Nov & Mar - May

Max Elevation:

5,416 m

Walking hours Per Day:

5 - 8 Hours

Trip Duration:

15 Days

Trip Grade:

Moderately to Challenging

Meals:

BLD

Accommodation:

Hotel/Lodge

Group Size:

2+

Destination:

Annapurna Region

To explore remote and untouched valleys, the Nar Phu Valley Trek is the perfect choice. It combines the cultural experience of traditional Tibetan villages with stunning landscapes, ancient monasteries, and breathtaking views of the Annapurna and Manaslu ranges.

The Nar Phu Valley Trek is located in the lost valley of Manang District. It is a newly opened trekking destination for all foreigners' trekkers and still remains a relatively less trekked area in the Annapurna Region of Nepal. The route difficulty is challenging so it requires a good fitness level and previous trekking experience.  

This Trek is listed as a restricted trekking area by the Nepal Government, and it is not allowed for individual trekkers. In fact, this wonderful hidden valley requires a special permit to enter. so, you have to take a special trekking permit with you while trekking to Nar Phu Valley. This permit is issued by a government registered trekking company and you need a minimum of two people.

This fantastic journey offers you to learn about Tibetans culture and religion with their lifestyle, magnificent snow peaks and Mountain Views, beautiful pine forest, wildlife, charming remote village, past remarkable Chortens and different landscapes and narrow canyons to remote Nar and Phu villages. 

Nar Phu Valley Trek starts from Syange or Jagat after an 8 hour's drive from Kathmandu following the classic Annapurna Circuit Trek until the Koto Village and ends at Jomsom. From Koto Village, you will cross the Marshyangdi river and head up off the beaten track to Nar Phu Valley in the north of Manang Valley through the narrow gorge with green forest.  

After exploring the Nar Phu Valley, you will reach Ngawal Village via Kang- La Pass (5320m). From Ngawal, you rejoin the Annapurna Circuit trail to reach Manang. Further, we trek ahead to reach Yak Kharka, and Thorong Phedi. Thorong Phedi is a perfect place to spend the night before crossing the challenging Thorong La Pass (5416m) - one of the highest passes in the world. After crossing Thorong La, you will reach Muktinath - a common Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage site- known for its 108 holy sprouts and an eternal flame. From Muktinath, you will head to Jomsom and then Tatopani. There are hot springs in Tatopani where you may take a soak and unwind your tense, worn-out muscles. After spending a night at Tatopani, you will return to Pokhara. The following morning, you will head to Kathmandu from Pokhara. Your trek ends in Kathmandu. 

At all, chance to observe the ancient villages, wind cut cliff, narrow trail, old monasteries, Mani walls and Chortens, yak pasture, ethnic group of people, culture and lifestyle, temple, caves and wildlife along the trekking trail of Nar Phu Valley. 

Nar Phu Valley Trek Highlights

  • Explore the Tibetan influenced lifestyle and activities of local peoples of the Nar Phu Village 
  • Chance to see many mountain ranges include mount Manaslu, Mount Dhaulagiri and Mountain Annapurna
  • Cross the popular challenging Thorong La Pass (5416 m) and Khangla Pass (5320 m)
  • Obverse and collect satisfaction on passing through different Choetens, Maniwall, Monasteries, Prayer flags and Muktinath Temple 
  • Trekking through the interesting village, valley and forest

Why did you choose the Nar Phu Valley Trek?

If you are considering The Nar Phu Valley Trek in Nepal, it's the best choice because it offers a unique and off-the-beaten-path experience for trekkers as well as here are several reasons why you might consider choosing the Nar Phu Valley Trek. 

Remote and Unspoiled Landscape: The Nar Phu Valley is located in a remote region of Nepal, relatively untouched by modern development and tourism. This means you'll get to experience pristine natural landscapes, traditional villages, and cultural practices that have remained largely unchanged for centuries.

Unique Cultural Experience: The Nar and Phu villages are inhabited by people of Tibetan origin, who have their own distinct culture, language, and way of life. Trekking through these villages gives you the opportunity to interact with locals, learn about their customs, and witness ancient traditions firsthand.

Less Crowded Trails: Unlike more popular treks in Nepal such as the Everest Base Camp or Annapurna Circuit, the Nar Phu Valley Trek sees far fewer visitors. This means you'll have the trails mostly to yourself, allowing for a more peaceful and immersive trekking experience.

Stunning Scenery: The trek takes you through diverse landscapes, including lush forests, high alpine meadows, and rugged mountains. Along the way, you'll be treated to breathtaking views of snow-capped peaks, cascading waterfalls, and deep gorges.

Challenging Terrain: While the Nar Phu Valley Trek is not as physically demanding as some of the more high-altitude treks in Nepal, it offers a moderate level of difficulty. Trekkers can expect to encounter steep ascents and descents, high mountain passes, and unpredictable weather conditions, making it a rewarding challenge for those seeking adventure.

Opportunity for Exploration: The Nar Phu Valley Trek was opened to tourists relatively recently, there are still many unexplored areas waiting to be discovered. You will have the chance to venture off the beaten path and explore hidden valleys, ancient monasteries, and remote settlements that few outsiders have ever seen.

Benefit to Choose High Pass Adventure for Nar Phu Valley Trek

You will get numerous benefits by choosing High Pass Adventure for your trekking to Nar Phu Valley. These advantages make you the best choice for a memorable and safe journey experience. High Pass Adventure employs seasoned guides with extensive knowledge of the terrain, culture, and safety protocols. Their genuine dedication ensures that your holiday is carefully organized to be the most breathtaking experience of a lifetime. They provide invaluable insights and support throughout the trek.

We always offer tailored itineraries based on client preferences and fitness levels with comprehensive package services. Our itinerary and cost details are always clear, with sections indicating what costs are included and excluded. High Pass Adventure prioritizes safety with well-trained guides, first aid kits, and emergency evacuation plans. Regular health checks and acclimatization schedules minimize the risk of altitude sickness.

We are willing to work with you to develop an appropriate itinerary and provide a wonderful mix of high-quality accommodations, intimate small-group excursions, family tours, solitary treks, honeymoon treks, and group treks. Additionally, our guides hire strong porters to assist with carrying the luggage and have a general understanding of first aid equipment in addition to having years of expertise in the trekking industry.

Important Note for the trip:

  • During your pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu, we provide you with a free T-shirt and a warm cap (beanie), as well as a refundable duffel bag for packing your trekking gear.
  • We assign one porter for every two trekkers, so the duffel bag should weigh around 10 to 12 kg, which is carried by the porter throughout the trek. Additionally, we can arrange other working team members according to your requirements.
  • You must have your own special daypack with a waterproof cover for carrying your daily necessities things like cash, necessary papers, a water bottle or bladder, sunglass, mobile phone, power bank, a camera, toiletries, sunscreen, lip guard, a notebook, light clothing, etc. 
  • The guide will check your trekking gear and give you suggestions on what to pack and what not to pack. Any unnecessary items (non-trekking items) can be stored at the hotel or our office in Kathmandu.
  • A down jacket and a sleeping bag are required for trekking in the Nepal Himalayas. The sleeping bag should be rated for temperatures between -10 to 20 degrees Celsius, depending on the trekking route. If you don't have either of these items, you can rent them in Kathmandu for USD 2 per day. Please note that in case of loss or damage, you will be required to pay the cost of USD 100 per item.
  • Every day, the guide will brief you about the walk, nature, food, accommodation, culture, and other aspects of the trek. It's important to listen to and follow the local rules and guidelines provided by the guide.

Important Note for Itinerary:

The itinerary provided given below is a just guideline for the Nar Phu Vally Trek. If you have your own itinerary, we are flexible to follow it. If not, we will be happy to create a new itinerary based on your requirements and vacation time frame. This trek can be customized according to your preferred duration, budget, and schedule.
 

Nar Phu Valley Trek Altitude Profile

Itinerary Expand All Close All

High Pass Adventure Pvt.Ltd. welcomes you to Nepal, One of the company staff will be waiting outside the baggage hall of the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu. You have to look for the person carrying A4 size paper with your and our company name. This person will take you to a hotel in Kathmandu from the airport. Check into the hotel, rest and fresh up and ready for the meeting to your programs in our trekking office.

Food
Welcome Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

You will enjoy your breakfast in the hotel and get ready for the Kathmandu valley tour with an experienced tour guide. Our tour is of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu Valley. You will be visiting Swayambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath and Boudhanath, which are 4 out of 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu Valley. You will be visiting by comfortable private vehicles before a walk tour of these sites. There are interesting tours full of fascinating insights into Buddhism, Hinduism, ancient art and historical architecture, lifestyle, and the culture of people of Kathmandu Valley. After this tour you will come to the office and finalize your trekking clothing and gear

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

You have to leave early in the morning, after breakfast from Kathmandu hotel and catch a public or private vehicle to Besisahar via Prithivi Highway heading along river valleys, few town, terraced fields and green hilly scenery until Dumre and turn right to Besisahar along the Marsyangdi river through beautiful terrace rice field. From there we will change another jeep to Syange.   

Food
Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner
Accomodation
Tea House
Elevation
1140

We will trek to Darapani village from Syange which takes up about 6/7 hours. The trekking trail heads gently up through Jagat, Chyamje and Taal Village as well as crossing a couple of suspension bridges. We can find many hotels and restaurants for the rest along the trail. 

Food
Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner
Accomodation
Tea House
Elevation
1900

Today the trail climbs along the mule track through in and fir forest and then follows the river for a time amongst the higher oak and maple trees. You can enjoy the spectacular mountain views of Annapurna II and Manaslu range along the way to Koto. Koto is a small village mainly inhabited by Gurung and other ethnic groups. Their lifestyle is mainly influenced by Buddhist Tibetans.

Food
Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner
Accomodation
Tea House
Elevation
2670

From Koto we will start our Nar Phu valley trekking working through a steep and narrow path through the dense forest. Much of today’s walk is spent in the shade of deep gorge Nar Phu Khola. The trail climbs steeply above the river through a silent forest of cliffs, pine and bamboo, passing several scale hand-swan timber camps and caves. After crossing the Phu Khola, detour downstream to a small but charming riverside hot spring. The trail ducks dramatically under a waterfall arriving at Meta. 

Food
Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner
Accomodation
Tea House
Elevation
3700

The next section of the trail is far more tortuous as much of the energy is spent crossing a roller-coaster maze of glacial moraines. The landscape is combined with white rocks, low shrubs, juniper, scattered evergreens, delicate brick-red and orange leafy bushes, crumbling shelves of flat slate and white, sandy trails. A short walk brings you to a trail junction having a clear view of Nar valley with monastery and chorten. After passing the Jhunam (3640m) we arrived at Chyaku (3800), formally a Khampa settlement. Passing many chortens, uphill and downhill, finally, we arrive at settlement valley Kayang. Superb mountain views of Pisang peak, Annapurna II, Gyaji Kang etc can be seen here.

Food
Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner
Accomodation
Tea house
Elevation
3560

From Kayang you quickly swing into the dry, desert-like gorge of the Phu Khola, inching along on a hair-raising section of trail carved out of the cliff face. We will work steeply down the hill along the river bank and past the submarine rock with a small campsite. Best view of unique, colorful chortens with the canyonlands and gorges. Keep your eyes out for blue sheep grazing on the khaki Hill. The trail edges along the eroded hillside past Phupi Gyalgen Gate to descend to the collection of chorten beside the bridge. This ancient gate provides you the first view of the three villages of Phu, as well as an old “dzong” and the remains of the two forts, which are all now in ruins. 

Food
Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner
Accomodation
Tea -house
Elevation
4200

You can have interaction with locals and explore up the wide valley systems above you. Again walking up and then coming back down is better than just resting at high altitude. You might walk up the valley to the summer grazing settlement or Kharka at Ngoru to acclimatize and physical fitness to Kang La pass. Phu itself is an incredibly interesting village and you can observe the villagers spinning their yak and sheep wool and chatting. Phu village is snow bound almost completely deserted in winter. 

Food
Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner
Accomodation
Tea-house

Today we will trek back to Phu gate Khyang, Charkha and Jhunam to the junction where the trail branches right to Nar. The trail drops past fantastically eroded hoodoos, over sandy gullies connected by bridge-like platforms. Look for the ruined Zampa Cho Dzong (a dzong is a fort: Zampa is Tibetan for the bridge). Along the way, we’ll get to see some beautiful gorges and some breathtaking scenery also. You finally reach the Nar gates at the top of the hill and pass by yet another line of wonderfully painted; bamboo topped chortens and a sizable tiered chorten.

Food
Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner
Accomodation
Tea-house
Elevation
4150

The Kang La is not a steep pass, but it could be a long day if there is snow on the pass or the altitude is taking its toll. We started early this morning today for the Spectacular Kang la pass which provides the magnificent view of Pisang peak, Annapurna II, Gangapurna, Tilicho peak, and the airport at Hongdae. Descend overlooking the picturesque landscape and cinerary which past Yak and sheep shelter finally brings you Ngwal after the long day walk. Ngwal is a beautiful, old village of cobbled streets, prayer wheels and beautiful architecture, obviously a hub of religious activity in previous times.

Food
Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner
Accomodation
Tea-house
Elevation
5316

It’s an easy day to Manang with the superb view of Annapurna II, Gangapurna, Annapurna III, Gandharva Chuli and Pisang Peak in the background. We will work through a flat valley along the bank of Marsyangdi River. On the way, we will pass pine forest, a farming terrace and the beautiful village of Braga. En route we can visit Braga monasteries. You can enjoy the views of the Annapurna range, Tilicho Mountain, and beautiful landscapes. Manang is a small town. 

Food
Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner
Accomodation
Tea-house
Elevation
3570

Today is quite a short day but you feel difficulty due to high altitude. The trekking trail is ascending up to Ghunsang through Tengi Village. We left the Marsyangdi valley and turned right north to Jharsang Khola Valley. You hike further up to reach Yak Kharka. You will have amazing views of the mountain and chance to see wildlife such as blue sheep, Marmot etc. 

Food
Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner
Accomodation
Tea- House
Elevation
4050

Thorong Phedi is the base of the Thorong La Pass and it is necessary to spend a night before crossing the Pass. The trail is gradual and walking is easy, slow and takes a rest along the way. You will cross a couple of suspension bridges and a great view of mountains before reaching Thorong Phedi. If you like, you can hike up to Thorong high camp for high altitude acclimatization. 

Food
Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner
Accomodation
Tea-house
Elevation
4450

Trek to Muktinath (3800 m) via Thorong-La Pass (5416 m) 8/9 hrs walk. Overnight in tea-house

Today is an exciting, long and difficult day as well as crossing the Thorong la Pass (5416 m), highest point of the Annapurna Circuit Trek. You will have to wake up early and have breakfast because it is necessary to start early for crossing that pass on time before the weather bad. Trail is continuing ascending until Thorong La top; it takes about 3 to 5 hours. From the top, you will enjoy panoramic Mountain View, Capture the moment in your camera and explore the area and walk   down the other side and make your way into the Mustang district. After a long descent, we get the first tea-house in the Chabarbu after the pass and trekkers will have lunch there. After lunch, the trail continues down to Muktinath. Muktinath is a famous pilgrimage site for Hindu and Buddhist Devotees. 

Food
Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner
Accomodation
Tea-housee
Elevation
5416

There is a road that begins and connects to Pokhara. If trekkers do not have enough time for further trekking, they can hire jeep or bus to Pokhara. But you should not miss this beautiful area. This part is similar to the Tibetan plateau. You walk down to the beautiful village at Kagbeni through Jharkot and Khinga Village.  You will have Lunch there and can visit the Kagbeni Village. From Kagbeni, you will walk to Jomsom through Eakle Bhatii with wonderful views of Nilgiri Mountain. Jomsom is HeadQuarters of the Mustang District and you can find lots of facilities such as public bus, airport, school, nice hotels, banks, shops, etc.  

Food
Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner
Accomodation
Tea - house
Elevation
2750

Drive or fly from Jomsom to Pokhara. Upon arrival in Pokhara, drive to the hotel and take a rest day off. You can explore Pokhara City and Fewa Lake if you have time while you're there.The walk finishes in the lovely city of Pokhara, where you may take a shower, eat delicious food, and relax. Hotel stay overnight

Food
Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner

We have to leave early in the morning after breakfast from Pokhara hotel and road heading along river valleys, few towns, terraced fields and green hilly scenery to Kathmandu. You will take a rest in Kathmandu hotel or do souvenir shopping.  

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

This is your last day of your trip in Nepal. One of our High Pass Adventure staff will take you to Kathmandu international Airport for your flight departure time. If you are looking forward to your extra trip in Nepal, High Pass Adventure will help you for your next trip and adventure activities in Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and India. 

Food
Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

What Is Included ?

High Pass Adventure have working best guide and porter for the trekking. We are providing an excellence service to our customer. All our costs are net and very clear on cost include-excludes. We have paid best salary to Trekking, Tour guide and porter which is more than government fixed amount. Our entire customers are satisfied from our service. For the more details please feel free to contact us.

Cost Includes

  • Airport Pick up & drops (domestic / International)
  • Kathmandu valley sightseeing
  • Kathmandu-Besisahar by bus/Jeep
  • Jomsom-Pokhara by flight
  • Pokhara-Kathmandu by tourist bus
  • 3 meals per day during the trek (Breakfast Lunch & Dinner) and one cup of tea with per meal
  • Accommodation on Tea-house during the trekking
  • 2 night's Hotel in Kathmandu and 1 night Hotel in Pokhara on Bed & Breakfast plan
  • An experience English Speaking trained, Government license Holder Guide
  • Necessary strong Porter 1: 2 (one porter for two Guest), the porter will Carry 20KG/ 25 KG
  • All applicable taxes as per the government rules and regulations
  • Nar-Phu Valley special Trekking permits
  • Annapurna conservation Area Project (ACAP) permits
  • (TIMS) Trekker’s information Management System
  • First Aid medical kit, Oxymeter to check pulse, heart rate and oxygen saturation at higher altitude
  • General equipment for Porter during the adventure trip
  • Guide and porter salary and insurance during the trek
  • Tour Certificate, Company T-shirt as a Souvenir
  • Farewell Dinner with Typical Nepali Restaurant

What Is Excluded?

  • Nepal visa fee and your International flights
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara Hotel
  • Extra night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara other than itinerary
  • Travel insurance and Mountain rescue service (covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation)
  • Personal expenses (phone, laundry, water, bar drinks, battery recharge, extra porters, hot shower etc.)
  • Trip Cancellation cost accident or Health, Loss Theft or Damage and personal effects
  • Tips to Trekking staff (Tips is expected)
  • Any other expenses that aren’t mentioned in the section above

FAQs

The Nar Phu Valley Trek is considered moderately difficult to challenge due to its remote and high altitude terrains. The trek involves high altitudes, steep ascents and descents, and rugged terrain. The trail passes through narrow gorges, suspension bridges, and high mountain passes, which can be physically demanding. It's a less frequented trail compared to some of the more popular treks like Everest Base Camp or Annapurna Circuit, partly due to its remoteness and the required special permit.

The Nar Phu Valley Trek with Tilicho Lake combines two beautiful and less-traveled routes in the Annapurna region of Nepal. This trek includes the exploration of Nar and Phu Valleys, known for their Tibetan-influenced culture and stunning landscapes, along with a visit to Tilicho Lake, one of the highest lakes in the world.

Nar and Phu Valley: This valley is relatively untouched and offers a glimpse into traditional Tibetan culture, with ancient monasteries, remote villages, and breathtaking views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks.

Tilicho Lake: The trek also includes an alternative route to Tilicho Lake, situated at an altitude of about 4,919 meters (16,138 feet). This stunning turquoise lake is surrounded by snowy peaks and offers a serene and picturesque setting.
 

The Nar Phu Valley Trek is a thrilling and less-traveled route in the Annapurna region of Nepal. It's often combined with the Annapurna Circuit Trek due to their closeness. The trek to Nar Phu Valley takes you through remote villages, ancient monasteries, rugged landscapes, and offers breathtaking views of the Annapurna and Manaslu ranges.

The Nar Phu Valley Trek eventually rejoins the Annapurna Circuit, allowing trekkers to experience the best of both worlds: the classic Annapurna Circuit and the off-the-beaten-path beauty of Nar Phu Valley. The trek usually takes around 18-21 days, offering a diverse range of landscapes, cultural immersion, and stunning mountain panoramas.
 

Absolutely! The Nar Phu Valley Trek is definitely worth it for several reasons such as unspoiled beauty, cultural experience, varied landscapes, adventure and challenge. Overall, if you're looking for an adventure that combines breathtaking scenery, cultural immersion, and a sense of exploration in a less-trodden part of the Himalayas, the Nar Phu Valley Trek is definitely worth the journey.

Trekking the Nar Phu Valley alone is impossible because it requires special permits beyond the standard trekking permits for Nepal. These permits will be challenging to obtain individually; it means minimum required 2 trekkers in one group with a guide to issue the permits. The Nar Phu Valley trek in Nepal is a remote and less-traveled route compared to other popular treks like the Annapurna Circuit or Everest Base Camp.

The Nar Phu Valley trek usually takes around 8 to 12 days, depending on the route taken, the pace of the trekker, and any side trips or acclimatization days included. This trek is often combined with the Annapurna Circuit trek, adding extra days to the overall trekking duration. The duration is varying based on individual preferences and the time allocated for exploration and acclimatization along the route.

The cost of the Nar Phu Valley trek varies widely based on several factors such as permits fees, guide and porters cost, accommodations and meals cost, transportations cost and miscellaneous expenses.

So the total average cost of the Nar Phu Valley trek will range from around $800 to $1500 USD per person. However, these costs can vary significantly based on the level of comfort, services hired, and individual preferences during the trek.
 

Yes, it's possible to do the Nar Phu Valley Trek in 10 days, but it would require careful planning and consideration of your physical abilities and hiking pace. The Nar Phu Valley Trek is usually completed in around 8-10 days, but the duration is varying depending on the itinerary, weather conditions, and the trekker's pace.

Traveller Useful Information

Nar Phu Valley Trek Location

The Nar Phu Valley Trek is located in Nepal's central Himalayas, within the Annapurna region and the Annapurna Conservation Area. However, it is a restricted area for trekkers in the Manang District, situated just behind Manang Village. To reach Nar Phu Valley from Manang Village, trekkers need to cross the high-altitude Kangla Pass (5,316 meters). The Annapurna Conservation Area is the largest protected area in Nepal and encompasses a diverse range of ecosystems, landscapes, and cultural experiences. As a result, this trek offers a unique blend of cultural and natural experiences and is known for being a hidden gem in the Annapurna region.

The trek usually starts from Syange or Dharapani, which is about an 8 to 10-hour drive from Kathmandu, and ends at the same place after visiting the Nar Phu Valley. Alternatively, it can end in Naya Pul, followed by a drive to Pokhara after crossing the Kang La Pass (5,316 meters) and Thorong La Pass (5,416 meters). The trail follows the Annapurna Circuit trekking route until Koto, where it diverges to follow the Nar Phu Khola to Nar Phu Valley. After crossing the Kang La Pass, the trail rejoins the Annapurna Circuit trekking route from Manang.

The Nar Phu Valley offers breathtaking views of famous peaks and diverse ecosystems. It features a variety of landscapes, from subtropical forests and terraced fields to high-altitude deserts and alpine meadows, along with rich Tibetan culture. The trek also passes through several ethnic villages, including those of the Gurung communities, making it one of the most interesting trekking routes in Nepal for nature and culture.

Best Time to Nar Phu Valley Trek

The best time trekking seasons in the Nar Phu Valley, as with much of the Annapurna region in Nepal, are the autumn (September to November) and spring (March to May) seasons. These seasons offers the stable weather conditions, clear skies, and moderate temperatures. That time is perfect for trekking experience. 

Here is a breakdown of each season:

Autumn (September to November):

  • This is considered the best time for trekking in the Nar Phu Valley due to stable weather conditions, clear skies, and moderate temperatures.
  • The autumn months offer excellent visibility of the surrounding mountain peaks and landscapes.
  • The trails are usually dry and easier to navigate during this time.
  • Expect more fellow trekkers on the trails and in teahouses due to its popularity.

Spring (March to May):

  • This season is another excellent time to trek in the Nar Phu Valley, with warmer temperatures and blooming rhododendron forests adding to the beautiful scenery.
  • Days are longer, allowing for more time to explore and enjoy the surroundings areas.
  • The trails will be busier compared to other times of the year. 
  • There might be occasional rain showers, particularly in late spring, so be prepared for some wet weather.

While autumn and spring are generally best time for trekking in Nar Phu Valley due to favorable weather conditions, it's necessary to consider your personal preferences and priorities. Some trekkers may prefer quieter trails and are willing to trade off perfect weather for solitude, in which case the shoulder seasons like early spring or late autumn could be suitable alternatives. 

Additionally, if you're prepared for colder temperatures and possible snow, trekking in the winter months (December to February) can also offer unique experiences with fewer crowds. However, be aware of potentially harsh weather conditions and the need for proper gear and preparation. Conversely, trekking in the monsoon season (June to August) is not advisable due to heavy rainfall and increased risk of landslides and difficult trail conditions.

Temperature of Nar Phu Valley Trek

The temperatures in the Nar Phu Valley during trekking seasons will be varying significantly depending on the time of day, elevation, and the specific month you're trekking in. Here is a general overview of the temperature ranges you can encounter during different seasons:

Autumn (September to November):

  • Daytime temperatures in the Nar Phu Valley during autumn typically range from around 10°C to 20°C (50°F to 68°F) at lower elevations.
  • In higher elevations and during early mornings and evenings, temperatures can drop significantly, ranging from 0°C to 10°C (32°F to 50°F) or even lower.
  • As you ascend to higher altitudes, temperatures will generally decrease, so you have to be prepared for colder conditions at places like high pass (Kangla 5316 meters). 

Spring (March to May):

  • Daytime temperatures in spring are similar to autumn, ranging from around 10°C to 20°C (50°F to 68°F) at lower elevations.
  • Nights and early mornings may still be chilly, especially at higher elevations, with temperatures ranging from 0°C to 10°C (32°F to 50°F).
  • As spring progresses, temperatures gradually increase, and you may experience warmer weather towards the end of the season.

Winter (December to February):

  • Winter temperatures in the Nar Phu Valley will be quite cold, especially at higher elevations.
  • Daytime temperatures may range from 5°C to 15°C (41°F to 59°F) at lower elevations, but they can drop below freezing at higher elevations.
  • Nights and early mornings are typically much colder, with temperatures often dipping below freezing, sometimes as low as -10°C to -15°C (14°F to 5°F) or even lower, depending on altitude and weather conditions.
  • You have to be prepared for snow and icy conditions, especially in higher elevations and on mountain passes, if you are trekking in winter season.

It's necessary to pack appropriate clothing layers to accommodate these temperature fluctuations, including lightweight and breathable clothing for warmer weather and insulated layers for colder conditions. Additionally, always check the weather forecast before start your trek and be prepared for changes in weather patterns, especially at higher elevations where conditions might be more unpredictable.

Required Permits and Cost for Nar Phu Valley Trek

For the Nar Phu Valley Trek, you need several permits because it is situated in both the Annapurna Conservation Area and a restricted area. Therefore, it is necessary to obtain the ACAP permit, the restricted area permit, and the TIMS card. The TIMS card is used for tracking trekkers to ensure their safety and security during trekking activities.

Here are the main permits you'll need:

TIMS Card (Trekker's Information Management System):

  • The TIMS card is required for all trekkers in Nepal, including those trekking in the Nar Phu Valley.
  • It helps authorities keep track of trekkers and provide assistance in case of emergencies.
  • The TIMS Card cost is NPR 2000 per person 

Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP):

  • The Nar Phu Valley lies within the Annapurna Conservation Area, so an ACAP permit is required.
  • The ACAP permit helps fund conservation efforts and supports local communities in the region.
  • The cost of ACAP permits is NPR 3000 per person 

Restricted Area Permit (RAP) for Nar Phu Valley:

  • The Nar Phu Valley is a restricted area, so you'll need a Restricted Area Permit (RAP) to trek there.
  • The cost of RAP permits is $90 per person for seven days
  • This permit is issued by the Department of Immigration in Kathmandu through a registered trekking agency and be accompanied by a licensed guide to obtain the RAP for Nar Phu Valley.

All the permits will arrange by our team, providing the necessary documents from the tourism board, immigration office of Kathmandu, and TAAN office. We ensure that all necessary permits are obtained before the trek, and you will have the support of experienced guides and porters throughout your journey. 

Nar Phu Valley Trek Cost

This Nar Phu Valley Trekking package follows an 18-day itinerary with connected to the Annapurna Circuit Trek. The cost of the Nar Phu Valley Trek is generally more expensive compared to the Annapurna Circuit Trek due to the trek's longer duration, remote location, and the required permits.

The cost of a 18-day Nar Phu Valley Trek can vary depending on several factors such as the services you need, trekking duration, group size, type of accommodation, guide/porter services, starting and ending point and additional activities. Prices start from USD 950 per person and can go up to USD 1350 per person for a full package from arrival to departure in Kathmandu. Our pricing is transparent; clearly stating what is included and excluded.

Typically, the total cost includes accommodation, transportation, food, trekking permits, guide, and porter services. However, if you require luxury facilities along the trek, there will be additional costs.

Nar Phu Valley Trek Difficulty

The Nar Phu Valley Trek is considered a moderate challenging trek in the Annapurna region of Nepal. It's often seen as an alternative or an extension to the more popular Annapurna Circuit Trek. The difficulty level of this trek will be varying depends on several factors including the weather, your level of fitness, and the specific route you take within the valley.

Here are some reasons to the difficulty of the Nar Phu Valley Trek. 

Altitude: The trek involves significant altitude gain, with some Kangla Pass reaching over 5,000 meters (16,400 feet). Altitude sickness can be a concern for trekkers, so proper acclimatization and slow ascents are crucial.

Remote and rugged terrain: The Nar Phu Valley is relatively isolated and less developed compared to other trekking routes in the Annapurna region. The trail is steep, rocky, and challenging to navigate at times.

Weather conditions: Weather in the Himalayas will be changeable, with conditions ranging from clear skies to snowstorms. You should be prepared for cold temperatures, especially at higher elevations, and be ready to adapt their plans accordingly.

Length and duration: The Nar Phu Valley Trek typically takes around 10-14 days to complete, depending on the specific itinerary. Long days of hiking and camping in remote areas require stamina and endurance.

Accommodations and Food during the Nar Phu Valley Trek

Accommodations and food during the Nar Phu Valley Trek are limited, but there are enough for small groups, and more teahouses for accommodation are increasing. They provide the best food, grown in their gardens, and welcome visitors warmly, as if they were family. Your guide helps to manage the best accommodation and provides the best food along the Nar Phu Valley Trek

Teahouses/Guesthouses: Along the main routes of the Annapurna region, including the Nar Phu Valley Trek, there are basic teahouses or guesthouses available for accommodation. These teahouses typically offer dormitory-style rooms or private rooms with basic facilities such as a bed, blanket, and sometimes a shared bathroom. While they may not be luxurious, they provide a warm and comfortable place to rest after a day of trekking. Some guest houses offer luxurious accommodations with attached bathrooms and hot showers. For such luxurious accommodations, you need to coordinate with your guide. The guide helps to find the best accommodation during the Nar Phu Valley Trek

Food: Most teahouses and guesthouses along the Nar Phu Valley Trek offer simple but hearty meals. Typical menu items include dal bhat (rice with lentil soup), noodles, pasta, rice, potatoes, and seasonal vegetables. You can also find some Western dishes such as pizza and pancakes, although the availability may vary. Tea, coffee, soft drinks, and bottled water are usually available for purchase as well.

Water: It's necessary to stay hydrated while trekking to Nar Phu Valley, so it's recommended to bring a reusable water bottle or hydration system. While bottled water is available for purchase at teahouses along the trek but quite expensive then you expected, so it's better for the environment to refill your bottle with filtered or boiled water, which is often provided free of charge or for a small fee.

Special Dietary Needs: If you have specific dietary requirements or restrictions (e.g., vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free), it's a good idea to inform to us in advance so we can make arrangements accordingly. While options will be limited, most teahouses are willing to accommodate dietary preferences to the best of their ability.

What are physical preparations requires for Nar Phu Valley Trek? 

The Nar Phu Valley Trek is a stunning trekking route located in the Annapurna region of Nepal. It's a relatively remote and less-traveled area and challenging trails compared to some of the more popular trekking routes in the region like the Annapurna Circuit or Everest Base Camp trek.

Here are some physical preparations you should consider for the Nar Phu Valley Trek:

Cardiovascular Fitness: The trek involves walking long distances and ascending to high altitudes. Therefore, good cardiovascular fitness is necessary. Activities such as hiking, cycling, running, or swimming can help improve your cardiovascular stamina.

Strength Training: While cardiovascular fitness is important, don't overlook the need for strength training. Trekking involves carrying a backpack and navigating challenging terrain, so building strength in your legs, core, and upper body can be beneficial. Incorporate exercises like squats, lunges, planks, and shoulder presses into your workout routine.

Endurance Training: Gradually increase the duration and intensity of your workouts to build stamina. This will help prepare your body for the long days of trekking and the varying terrain you'll encounter along the way.

Flexibility and Balance: Flexibility and balance are important for navigating uneven terrain and preventing injuries. Incorporate stretching exercises and activities like yoga or Pilates into your routine to improve flexibility and balance.

Mental Preparation: Trekking in remote areas like the Nar Phu Valley can be mentally challenging due to the physical exertion, altitude, and isolation. Prepare yourself mentally for the journey by setting realistic expectations, practicing mindfulness or meditation, and cultivating a positive mindset.

Hydration and Nutrition: Stay hydrated and maintains a balanced diet leading up to and during the trek. Proper hydration and nutrition are essential for sustaining energy levels and aiding in recovery.

Medical Check-up: Before embarking on Nar Phu Valley trekking, it's advisable to undergo a medical check-up to ensure you're physically fit for the journey.

Money exchange rate and prices

If you're seeking for the best foreign exchange rates and locations in Nepal, you may easily exchange the majority of your foreign currency at a local bank or authorized money exchange facility in a well-known tourist destination. The Nepal Rastra Bank controls all exchange rates (Center Bank of Nepal). You can exchange small amounts of money at the hotel if you want to. Because our banks will not take dirty or old notes, kindly bring clean and fresh notes.

In order to avoid the time-consuming processes associated with cards and traveler's checks, Nepalese people typically prefer cash in hotels, restaurants, shopping malls, and other locations. You can use an ATM to get cash (in Nepali Rupees) if you have a credit or debit card. In the main tourist city, there are a number of ATM counters with 24-hour service. If you use a card, the maximum withdrawal amount is between 30,000 and 35,000 rupees at once, plus a processing fee of 500 rupees. 

You must convert your money in Kathmandu or Pokhara before the hike because the majority of trekking routes do not offer a facility for international currency exchange. Additionally, inquire about the amount of money required for a Himalayan trek from your trekking operator or guide.

Safety and security

When traveling in Nepal, safety and security are crucial issues to consider both on the way to in and out. We are here for you at all times, and we promise to provide the greatest service to all of our cherished clients. Our guides have extensive training in the field of trekking and broad understanding of first aid items. Because it rises more than 4000 m above sea level, it is essential for hiking in Nepal. Because health is crucial, if a trekker becomes ill from the high altitude, our knowledgeable guide discusses the necessary medications and decides to continue the trek while organizing the emergency rescue.

You must be cautious when hiking trails pass one other because they are not wide enough to do so. During the busiest trekking season, there are lots of porters, yaks, mules, and Jokpe along the trail. You must stay on the safe side if you encounter them on a bridge or in a confined space because otherwise they may force you over the edge.

Safe drinking water

For a healthy body while traveling and staying hydrated, clean water is essential. It will be the most effective method of completing the Himalayan journey. If not, getting sick and having diarrhea is simple. Almost everywhere during the Nepalese tea house trip, but not during the camping trek, sells bottled water. Unfortunately, bottled water is very pricey. 

Please bring good water bottles (for boiling water) and water purification tablets or water filter bottles since plastic bottles are detrimental for the environment. Reusable water bottles are a good idea because they help keep the mountain clean. If you are concerned about finding a typical water tap to fill up your bottles in the trekking region of Nepal, they are very simple to locate. It can be found in rivers, streams, and lodges.

Travel insurance and insurance policy

Nepal hiking tours: The difficulty levels of the Himalayas range from easy to tough. As a result of the Himalayan climate changing, there is a risk of high altitude and potential mishap. 

Trekking in the Nepalese Himalayas demands practical trekking abilities at high altitudes (above 4,000 meters), so travel insurance is essential. If an accident occurs during a trip and requires medical attention or evacuation, the cost of returning to a city and receiving treatment may be significant. Therefore, you must ensure that your insurance covers the price of an air ambulance, medical care, and any risks associated with travel, such as delayed flights and lost, stolen, damaged, or missing baggage. Your complete itinerary while visiting Nepal should be covered by your insurance policy. Make sure your insurance policy covers hikes higher than 5,500 meters. If not, you will be responsible for all unforeseen costs associated with your trek through Nepal. 

All trekkers must send a copy of their certificate from their comprehensive travel insurance policy to High Pass Adventure as part of the booking process for trekking and climbing in Nepal.

High altitude sickness information

Mountain sickness is another name for high altitude sickness. You must be aware of high altitude sickness symptoms since they arise rapidly if you hike or ascend to a higher elevation. Here are some details if you're curious as to why it occurs. The air pressure is the main cause of altitude sickness. Your body needs time to adapt to the shift in air pressure when you travel to higher elevations since the air pressure decreases and there is less oxygen present. According to doctors, If you are at sea level, it begins at 8,000 feet (2400 meters).

1) Types 

There are three types of altitude sickness:

  • Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS): it is very common and symptoms feel like a tiredness, dizzy, headache, thirsty, muscle aches, nausea 
  • High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE): it is effect in the lungs, which can be very dangerous and hard to do life threatening
  • High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE): it is effective in the brain and most difficult to treat and you need to go to hospital attention the right way. 

2) Cause 

Following are the causes of high altitude sickness:

  • Generally living near sea level and travel to a high elevation 
  • Had the sickness before
  • Climbing quickly
  • Not being acclimatized to the altitude
  • Drinking alcohol when you ascend 
  • Medical problems of heart, nervous or lungs 

3) Symptoms

These symptoms will appear depending on your speed to climb and how hard you push. Symptoms range from normal to serious. They can affect the nervous system, lungs, muscles, and heart.

Here are symptoms of High Altitude Sickness:

  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Dizziness 
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Rapid Pulse (Heart Rate)
  • Short breath with action
  • Blue color of skin or gray soft skin 
  • Chest tightness or blocking
  • Confusion
  • Dry cough or coughing with blood
  • Cannot walk in a straight line 

4) Prevention 

Important keys to preventing of High Altitude Sickness are:

  • Climb the mountain gradually. 
  • Stop every 2,000 feet (600 meters) of climb above 8,000 feet (2,400 meters) and one or two nights sleep there.
  • Sleep at a lower altitude when possible.
  • Make sure that you have the ability to quickly descend if needed.
  • Learn how to recognize early symptoms of mountain sickness.

If you plan on climbing quickly, or climbing to a high altitude, ask your provider about medicines that may help.

If you are at risk for a low red blood cell count (anemia), ask your provider if your planned trip is safe. Also ask if an iron supplement is right for you. Anemia lowers the amount of oxygen in your blood. This makes you more likely to have mountain sickness.

5) While climbing, you should follow these rules:

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Climb slowly.
  • Take it easy
  • Do not drink alcohol.
  • Eat regular meals that are high in carbohydrates.
  • Sleep lower elevation 
  • Take a medication (diomax) according to doctor 

Trekking Gear List 

Travel equipment are necessary to pack before you travel.  We hope it is too much to carry from your home to others country but some are the necessary equipment can be hired or buy in Kathmandu around Thamel. 

These general equipment are for all seasons while on trekking in Nepal, but may be different as per the different season and duration of trekking routes on your chosen trip.

Documents: 

  • Passport and 4 passport size photos 
  • Travel insurance details (in case an emergency evacuation if needed)
  • Boarding passes for flights
  • Driver’s license (if needed)
  • Cash USD
  • Credit/Debit Card (Ensure you have $500 on your card incase an emergency helicopter evacuation is needed)

Sleeping:

  • Sleeping bag (Comfort rating -15 Celsius recommended)
  • Sleeping bag liner (Optional)

Footwear:

  • Trekking boots: one pair  lightweight
  • Sandals for city and tea house footwear 
  • Shoes for the plane and tea houses (Optional)
  • Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp
  • Thin, lightweight inner socks
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks

Clothing for body: 

Please make sure that you have non-cotton clothing for trekking.

  • Base-layer t-shirts (e.g. running t-shirts)
  • Fleece/Windproof jacket
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Down jacket for warmth
  • Travel clothes and City Wear
  • Underwear
  • Base-layer trousers (optional)
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Trekking trousers
  • Trekking shorts (Optional)
  • Gloves and wool hat
  • bandanna or scarf 

Health Requirements (Basic First Aid Kit)

  • First-aid kit; should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea
  • Re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking if any particular
  • Wet wipes for cleaning can be purchased in Kathmandu

Others

  • Sunglasses and Sun cream 
  • Towel
  • Book (reading and writing materials)
  • MP-3 /Music, headphones and ear plug (who know some people on group are snoring) as optional.
  • Travel wash
  • Hand sanitizer, wet wipes
  • A day bag: 35 liters
  • A duffel or rucksack with straps to go over your back (Max 12 kg of weight for porters to carry)
  • Dry Liner or Dry Bag
  • Water bottle/thermos/ camel bag: At least 2 L. Nalgen bottles best.

General Toiletries

  • Toilet papers/ tissue 
  • Contact lenses, Glasses (if needed)
  • 1 medium sized quick drying towel
  • Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multipurpose soaps (preferably biodegradable)
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Small mirror
  • On Personal Hygiene
  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Anti-bacterial hands wash

Others (optional) 

  • Trekking Poles 
  • Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, and scrabble. (for luxuries) 
  • Binoculars (for luxuries)
  • Trail Map/Guide book (if you are alone)

 

Client Reviews

Jacob

Jacob

New Zealand

Great Company, Great Guide

18th June, 2023

Our trip comprised of 2 high passes in restricted areas. We found Purna to be a knowledgeable, personable and intelligent guide, who speaks excellent English. He is also a really good cook as we found out when there was no cook at the tea-house we were staying at. We are saving up for our next High Pass Adventure and will definitely use this company again! Thank you Purna.

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