Nar Phu Valley Trek is relatively new trekking option for trekking in Nepal Himalaya. It was allowed for tourists in 2003. Nar Phu valley is the part of Manang district. This Valley offers the package of remote local life in Nar and Phu, narrow canyons, awesome rock structures, monasteries, yaks, Kang La Pass and much more. However it is a physically demanding trekking route in Nepal. Trekking to Nar Phu Valley is restricted for individual trekkers because it hosts the border with Tibet and the basic standard of local infrastructure does not meet the criteria set by Nepal Government. However, by the help of trekking agency in Nepal one can issue Nar Phu Restricted Area Permit and explore the unexplored Nar Phu Valley Trek.Visited by very few people, Nar Phu Valley hosts medieval Tibetean way of life in its purest and undisturbed form. The extent of virginity offered by this Nar Phu Valley Trek can be calculated by the fact that yak herding is still the basis of livelihood in this region.
Nar Phu Valley Trek best caters the need of those adventurous souls who wish the fusion of exceptionally grand sightseeing and one of the earliest customs and traditions kept alive by the most hardworking denizens of Nar Phu Valley. Now, several teahouses and lodges have been built. They provide basic amenities like a bed to sleep and Nepali “dalbhat” for food. However the hospitality and warmth shown by them matches the standards of professionals as they accept you from their heart. Besides all these Tashi Lhakhang Gompa is the major attraction for this route. You can receive blessings from Lama Karma Sonam Rimpoche here. Panoramic vistas of Annapurna, Gangapurna, Tilicho, Himlung Himal etc. accompany us all along the way in Nar Phu Valley Trekking.
Trekking Itinerary for Nar-phu Valley Trek
DAY 1: Arrival at Tribhuvan Int’l Airport. Transfer to Hotel.
DAY 2: Preparation and Discussion about Trek to Nar-Phu Valley
DAY 3: Drive from Kathmandu – Beshisahar – Chamje by Jeep
DAY 4: Trek from Chamje – Dharapani around 6-7 hour.
DAY 5: Trek From Dharapani – Koto around 5-6 hour.
DAY 6: Trek from Koto – Meta around 5-6 hour.
DAY 7: Trek from Meta – Phu Village around 4-6 hour .
DAY 8: Sightseeing at Phu Village. Rest Day around Phu.
DAY 9: Trek from Phu Village – Himlung – Phu Village 5-6 hour.
DAY 10: Trek from Phu Village – Nar Village 4-6 Hour.
DAY 11: Look around Nar Village.
DAY 12: Trek from Nar – Kang La Pass – Ngawal 6-7 Hour
DAY 13: Trek from Ngawal – Manang 3-4 Hour.
DAY 14: Strolling at Manang. Sightseeing around Manag Valley
DAY 15: Trek from Manang – Back to Chame around 6-7 Hour.
DAY 16: Trek From Chame – Chamche to – by local Jeep -Benisahar
DAY 17: Drive back to Benisahar – Kathmandu 6-7 Hour.
DAY 17: Farewell.
DAY 1: Arrival at Tribhuvan Int’l Airport.
After you land at the Kathmandu’s airport, you will be received by our representatives who will guide you to the pre determined hotel for check in. You will be free in the evening so you can stroll around the places to have the idea of Nepalese culture and traditions. Travelling with our local guide will further enrich your short visit.
DAY 2: Preparation and Discussion about Nar Phu Valley Trek.
There are some necessary permits that you must have before you initiate your trek to Nar Phu Valley. We will ask for your passport and Nepal’s visa to generate required papers. Later in the evening you will have meeting with our team members so that we will get acquainted with each other and also the answers to any of your circumstantial queries.
DAY 3: Kathmandu – Beshisahar – Chamje
Today we will drive to Chamje via Beshisahar. It will be a 9 hours long comfortable drive along the mountainous highway of Nepal.
DAY 4: Chamje – Dharapani
The actual trek begins from today. We will make an ascent to Tal, the first village in Manang district following the rocky trail along Marsyangdi River. Then we climb a steep stone stairway. Some more uphill and downhill will take us to Dharapani where we find a stone entrance of typical Chorten giving us the glimpse of Tibetean styled monuments.
DAY 5: Dharapani – Koto
As we continue our trek to Bagarchhap, we are treated with the view of Annapurna ll. The path then makes us climb up to Timang for never before view of Manaslu. Pressing the forests on the trail we arrive at Thanchok village and then Koto village. Our daylong efforts are finally compensated by Mother Nature when we reach Chame to be looked down at by mighty Annapurna ll and Lamjung Himal.
DAY 6: Koto – Meta
Finally today is the day when we enter the vicinity of restricted Nar Phu Valley. After strenuous 7 hours of walking as we pass through Nar Khola and Greenland Forest we arrive at Meta. The path is unforgiving as it is full of steep rocky trail.
DAY 7: Meta – Phu Village
Today we pass through seasonal settlement areas of Chyakhu and Kyang village. The route seems like desert because of dry weather and lack of vegetations. As we climb uphill and downhill, it seems as if the majestic Annapurna is teasing us.
DAY 8: Sightseeing at Phu Village.
As suggested by the experts in the field of trekking, we rest for acclimatization at Phu Village. However instead of remaining idle we will make short trip to explore Tashi Gompa and surrounding villages.
DAY 9: Phu Village – Himlung – Phu Village
We hike to Himlung Base Camp for 4/5 hours both ways. Then we hike through glaciers along the Phu River.
DAY 10: Phu Village – Nar Village
We walk for 7/8 hours today as we move through Satya Gompa at Mahendra Pul to ascend towards Nar village.
DAY 11: Look around Nar Village.
Nar Village offers us the four sacred monasteries making itself one of the most prominent aspect of the entire trek.
DAY 12: Nar – Kang La Pass – Ngawal
We have a long day ahead of us today. We will begin the hike in the first hour and march towards Kang La Pass. The peak of the pass offers tantalizing vistas of Annapurna Massif. Then we trek downhill to Ngawal.
DAY 13: Ngawal – Manang
Fortunately today’s walk is relaxing as we tread along flat trail passing through Braga village for four hours.
DAY 14: Strolling at Manang.
Again we have a full day of acclimatization at Manang. As before we will be however involved in making trips to popular destinations like Ice Lake, Khangsar village, 100 rupees lama, Milerepa Cave, Gangapurna Glacier etc.
DAY 15: Manang – Chame
We are now at the climax of our journey. We walk for 7 hours back to Chame via Humde and Pisang village.
DAY 16: Chame – Benisahar
We will drive 6 hours to Benisahar via Dharapani-Syange by local jeep.
DAY 17: Benisahar – Kathmandu
Finally we will drive back to Kathmandu. If time is available you can visit nearby marketplaces to take something interesting for your family back at home. We will be more than happy to assist you.
DAY 17: Farewell.
Today you will be heading back to your home country. We assure you that you will leave with a commitment to return for another such mind blowing adventure. Have a safe and sound Journey!!!
Equipment For the Nar phu Valley Trekking
Major things you need to manage and some things, which we manage for great adventure trekking. Since you will be exploring mostly high alpine area some things should not be missed for comfortable trek. Lets make a list of some basic things –
Duffel / Rucksack Bag –
We provide water and windproof duffel bag for all individual hikers throughout trekking duration, however it will be necessary for one hard suitcase bag in order to leave unnecessary things and stuffs in Hotel or storage of NEST ADVENTURE.
Day Bag Pack – For your basic daily stuffs during walking you will be needing one small day bag pack which should be good enough to fit camel pouch for water, some paper, sunscreen, your valuable like passport, money etc. Normally it should be around 2500 to 3000 cubic inches.
Down Jacket – Personal down jacket is recommend for trekking however we provide down jacket for each individual throughout trek duration and should be retuned at the end of trek. We provide down jacket good enough up to minus 15 degree Celsius and we hope this is good enough for trekking.
Sleeping Bag –
Personal sleeping bag is recommend for trekking however we provide sleeping bag for each individual and should be returned at the end of trek. We provide sleeping bag good enough up to minus 20 degree Celsius and we hope this is good enough for trekking.
- Sunglass with UV protection, Sun hat and Fleece hat.
- Good hiking shoes, thin as well as thick pair of socks.
- Thin and thick gloves with waterproof outer shell.
- Tissue paper, toilet paper, hand-wash & basic first aid kit.
- Light trouser, thick as well thin for multipurpose use.
- Thick as well as thin jackets for multipurpose use.
So these are basic things, which one needs to know in general before heading for the trek and we hope this is good enough for basic info, for further particular queries send us email at email@example.com
Weather in Nar Phu Valley Trekking Nepal
Normally weather can be divided into four different quarters through out the year, we would love to provide some more information details regarding weather condition and others which makes you easier to decide what shorts of clothing, equipment are necessary as well as wise to carry.
Spring – March to May
Second best season for Trekking in Nepal is from March to May, which is considered as spring season in Nepal. Just before rain hits trekking trail in Nepal during March to May Nepal used to be bloomed with rhododendron forest with clear blue sky. Especially base camps of eight thousanders used to get lots of crowd especially for expedition purpose, as weather is clear most of the time with suitable temperature for expedition. Average city temperature during March to May ranges as
Average Daily Temperature – Ranges from 24 to 28 (Degree Celsius)
Average Night Temperature – Ranges from 8 to 16 (Degree Celsius)
Rainy – June to August
Normally high mountain flights in Nepal used to get canceled during these periods because of poor visibility and rainfall. Heavy rainfall in lower alpine as well as frequent snowfall in high alpine region trekking is almost stopped during this trek. As chances are high for rock fall in alpine passes and closing of teahouses make more difficult too for treks. However city tour are still feasible with help of vehicles and for more adventure rafting as most to do list for extreme adventure.
Average Daily Temperature – Ranges from 21 to 24 (Degree Celsius)
Average Night Temperature – Ranges from 14 to 18 (Degree Celsius)
Winter – December to February
Extreme snowfall and low temperature is totally unfavorable for high alpine trek as most of the trails are blocked by heavy snow making almost impassable. Another major obstacles is closing of teahouses as during such periods of year most of the teahouses on start and end of passes. So either way you need to walk two days trail is same days but it is almost impossible so simple trekking in Ghorepani Poonhill, Nagarkot Chisapani are more feasible and attracts lot of people. City area and sightseeing are ok with freezing cold especially during morning and late night. Views are ok everyday with clear sky and snowy peak far beneath horizon. Do not forget to get winter clothes before you departure for Trip in Nepal.
Average Daily Temperature – Ranges from 19 to 20 (Degree Celsius)
Average Night Temperature – Ranges from 3 to 5 (Degree Celsius)
Fall – September to November
Right after monsoon is over sky is greeted by light blue color, one of the most favorable weather periods. Trekking trail are full of trekkers, hotel are sometimes overbooked everybody are busy with tour trekking stuffs, hard to get airlines ticket as well as bus ticket to major cities. Warm days snow free elevation even up to base camps. Be prepared in advance for all necessary booking and reservation stuffs as it is peak season all quality things are either booked in advance or might be busy. One of the best weather periods in Himalayas with average temperature as below
Average Daily Temperature – Ranges from 19 to 27 (Degree Celsius)
Average Night Temperature – Ranges from 8 to 17 (Degree Celsius)
Information For The Narphu Valley Trekking
As per arrival
As per arrival representative of NEST ADVENTURE will greet you in airport’s arrival terminal and shift to hotel in Thamel for first overnight stay in Nepal. For this you need to finish paper work inside arrival terminal in order to get Nepal Entry Visa, which is always arrival visa. So next day will be followed by sightseeing in Kathmandu and preparation of trek, introduction with crew member of trek and short pre-briefing of trek and continue trek starting from 3rd day of arrival in Nepal.
As per booked package either deluxe or budget we will arrange the hotel in Kathmandu accordingly on 3 star / 4 star of budget hotels, as well as accordingly in mountain too on twin sharing basis. As per available and booked we will provide attach bathroom and common bathroom on mountain. While sharing the room with fellow trekkers we will try to arrange for same gender and age group and if someone is looking for single supplement then let us know we will arrange accordingly and let you know the extra charge of single supplement. As well as sometime in mountain during peak season time hotel owner especially in high alpine area refuse to provide single supplement just for shake of business mostly because lack of plenty of rooms and monopoly to, so in such case we might need to adjust.
Meals and drinking water
Regarding the case of meals during city we provide accommodation on bed & breakfast basis so in Kathmandu we offer breakfast where lunch and dinner will be on your own as per your choice preference and selection of restaurant. In case of mountain area while trekking we offer three meals a day i.e. breakfast, lunch and dinner from free selection over menu as per available in lodges and tea houses in trekking trail. So normally in such trekking days you can consult with your guide regarding the specialty of dishes so that he can assure for the best-valued dishes. Wide range of food are available ranging from veg item to non-veg and other energetic stuffs like cheese, egg etc.
Regarding the case of drinking water normally bottled mineral water as available for purchase of very expensive almost 20 times expensive in last belt of Everest as bottle of mineral water sometimes cost Rs. 380-400 /- so it is better to carry water purification stuffs with you which can be utilized on purifying tap water as there are enough tap water in trekking area as well as hotels offer cold tap water free of cost.
Out of one visa year tourist visa can be obtained of maximum 90 days, which you can directly get as per arrival in international airport or can apply from your home country too but as per arrival will be fine too. It is recommend carrying accurate USD and don’t forget to bring two copies of passport size picture. Extension of visa from middle of stay in also possible for this process of visa extension all you need to do is fulfill form from website of immigration and submit it there with original passport copy. Multiple entry visas will be cheaper in case of money you can consult there directly.
International flight to Nepal
Nepal is easily accessible from entire word via flight, as we don’t deal with international flight ticket you can consult some other flight booking agencies for detail of cost, transit and other details. For your information no airport tax is applicable for international flight where as Nepali Rs. 200 is applicable for domestic flights which is equal to US $ 2 on basis of exchange rate of 1 USD equals Rs. 100 but sometime might get different by 0.10 / 0.20 USD on basis of exchange rate. Most of time especially in rainy season domestic flight gets canceled because of bad weather however it does not affect international schedules most of the time.
Currency and foreign exchange rate
In Nepal both coin as well as paper notes are in used however coin are of low value only. But regarding the case of paper note for day-to-day used are 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 & 1000. Do not worry about damaged paper note as it there exist clear number of currency on both side it is applicable, one can do anything with paper notes like squeezing, writing over it etc.
Since Nepal has fixed exchange rate with Indian currency exchange rate doe directly depend on value on Indian currency, now a day exchange rate of USD is 1 USD equals Rs. 95 in approximate, can check everyday over internet for current exchange rate. And for information about currency that are majorly accepted in Nepal are Indian currency, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, USD, AUD, CAD, GBP, Euro, Swiss Frank, Riyal etc.
Normally while walking in lower elevation steadily, taking enough acclimatization days we can avoid chance of acute mountain sickness however we cannot totally avoid mountain sickness instead we can lower the chance of occurrence by following some rules and paying lot attention for personal hygiene. Since the remote mountain area are not facilitated by motor roads and modern hospital so incase of strong mountain sickened one and only option is to descend as down as possible which is feasible with use of helicopters only. Such kind of expenses in high elevation area extremely off the edge and cannot be offered easily as sometime cost more than one million rupees, so it is better to have a personal health insurance. As we do not deal with such kind of health insurance but we do have good enough information about insurance providing company as some deal very quickly promptly for case where as some try to avoid and create some unnecessary delays in evacuation process. So as per need of information we will let you know some good provider from your region so that it will be easy in worse case in mountains.
High altitude sickness
Often known as acute mountain sickness are most dangerous things and any one can be victim of AMS apart from their physical strength. There is no such specific medicine for AMS so one needs to be careful from beginning. Major Symptom of AMS is dizziness, vomiting, nausea, and loss of appetite, weakness and insomnia so in order to rid of AMS major thing is to drink plenty of water and enough acclimatization in high alpine area. Although our crew leader will have adequate first aid medicine and kit sometimes one might need to cancel the trip and descend down in case of increasing symptom of AMS and in case of emergency situation clients will be airlifted immediately for further treatment in hospital at Kathmandu.