The Nar Phu Valley only opened up to trekkers in 2003, so it is still very remote and untouched. Added to this, the fact that a special Restricted Area Permit is required and you can begin to see why this might be a fascinating trek! This is an ideal trek to see Tibetan culture as well as glacier valleys and mountains. Accommodation is more basic than that in some other treks in the region, but the warmth of the people is unmatched. This trek is also a great trek for those wishing to come in early summer (April to June) and autumn (September to November). But be aware it is a strenuous trek, so functional fitness is a must.
Nar and Phu are two different villages situated in the Manang district. Phu sits at the junction of glacier valleys, surrounded by glorious mountain peaks. Nar is a little more modern and is home to four sacred monasteries. The highest point of our trek is over the Kang La pass at 5,320m, which links Nar with Manang and Neyshang Valley. The Nar Phu trekking offers access to this hidden valley, with its alpine and mountain landscapes and ancient Tibetan culture. Throughout the trek, we witness views of Annapurna II, Manaslu, and Lamjung Himal.
Highlights of Nar Phu Valley Trek
- A remote area with few trekkers
- Borders Tibet and the ancient culture of the peoples reflects this
- Witness yak herding
- See glacier valleys and pass frozen waterfalls
- Visit sacred monasteries
- Stunning mountain views
- Kang La Pass (5315m)
- Remote communities and their traditional ways of life
The Cost Includes
- A guide during the trekking including his salary food accommodation and single trip mountain insurance
- Porter service (1 porter for 2 trekkers)
- Nar-Phu valley restricted area entry special permit
- Annapurna conservation area entry permit and TIMS card
- Kathmandu to Koto by private jeep
- Humde to Kathmandu via Besisahr by private jeep
- Three times meal in a day during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
- Accommodation in the mountain (Basic mountain lodge, twin sharing basis
- Water bottle with purification tablets
- Nest branded water bottle with purification tablet
- sleeping bag during the trek
- Solar panel for mobile charging
The Cost Excludes
- Food and accommodation in Kathmandu
- Any kinds of hard and soft drinks in the mountain
- personal expenses; Hot shower, wifi, laundry laptop charging
- Travel insurance
Today promptly in the first part of the day, we will drive Koto from Kathmandu via Besisahar. We have to change two vehicles if we go by the local bus, yet it isn't important to change in the event if we go by private jeep. It takes 6 hrs to reach Besishar from Kathmandu and 6 hours to arrive at Koto from Besisahar. On the way Annapurna ranges, cascades can be seen. We will go through various villages as well.
Today, we will head towards Meta from Koto. It takes around 7 to 8 hours by walking to reach Meta from Koto. We will walk through Nar Khola. The trail is, for the most part, tough and gradual somewhere. As the elevation increases from 2,600m to 3,560m, the trek may be somewhat tricky. On the way, a few pinnacles/peaks like Annapurna II, Pisang Peak, Kangaroo Base Camp will welcome us by its all-encompassing view.
Similarly, walking through the forests of pine and rhododendron and the appearance of the waterfalls will make the outing magical. We will have our Lunch at Dharmasala where there are three hotels one is open, and the two are on development. From that point onward, we will pursue the way and cross over four suspension brides. Directly before getting to Dharnasala, the trail is straight up. It may be difficult. However, you can do it.
Prior today, after having breakfast, we will stroll for our next goal, i.e., Phu from Meta. It takes around 7 to 8 hours to reach Phu from Meta. A portion of the trails are up and down, but mostly you have to climb uphill. Some of you may feel troublesome while strolling because of the ascent in elevation. Besides, we will reach to Phu after crossing places like Chyako and Kyang in the middle. Pisang peak can be seen all through the way, and Pokarkang peak before coming to Phu. From Meta to Phu we will cross numerous suspension bridge and wooden bridge.
Acclimatization implies the day when we remain at where we arrived last time and make some side outings of that place. Today we will stay at Phu village. Phu is an average village occupied by Tibetan People with a particular culture and convention. We can locate the old cave where individuals used to remain; however, those caverns are demolished at this point. Likewise, the massive religious monastery named Tashy Gompa Lies in this spot.
Alongside the destinations, Birds, Blue sheep are likewise one of the fascinations. From Phu, we will approach Himlung Base Camp as a side outing. You should be rationally arranged as you need to climb a little high elevation. The trail is mostly uphill but somewhat flat in between.
Today we will stroll for 5 to 6 hours. We will return a similar way, however, before Meta, we will take the way att right to reach Nar Phedi. The course to Nar Phedi is rough. It is smarter to be cautious while strolling such trails. While on the way to Nar Phedi, there are no villages, and you can discover the Monasteries. There is a significant Monastery named Satya Gompa which is run by the Kapan Monastery of Kathmandu. In that Gompa, two ceremonies are held with the belief that the individuals live long. With those monasteries, you can find prayer flags, Chortens, and long bordered wall.
Today we will head towards Nar Village from Nar Phedi. It takes 2-3 hours by walking to reach Nar Village. Nar is a big village and not much different than Phu. For the most part, the individuals in Nar Village are Tibetan. To enter Nar, we have to walk uphill from start to the end. There is no spot to eat in the middle of the trek, so we will have our lunch after reaching to Nar Village. Likewise, Nar village includes numerous lodges and hotels. The land and Terrance are all around cultivated with potato, grain, and so on. After reaching to Nar, you can even hike too. You will find the excellent facility of electricity to charge your devices, but it is costly. Stay overnight.
It is the long day of our trek which takes 8 - 9 hours to reach Ngawal via Kang La Pass. Firstly, we will climb to Kang La Pass from Nar Village, which takes 5 hours. The first 2 hours of the trek is flat uphill while the remaining up to the top is straight upward. On the way, we will see the Tibetan flags, Chortens, and other lovely views. As this day is very precarious and we need to walk somewhat more, it is smarter to carry a water sack and a pressed lunch.
Moreover, we will move towards Ngawal from Kangla pass. In the middle, we will get the chance to see Annapurna ranges, Chulu ranges, Glacier Lakes, and Annapurna circuit. Overnight in Ngawal.
From Ngawal to Besisahar it takes 1-2 hrs drive. We will reach Besi Sahar and enjoy as it is our goodbye night.
Today is the farewell day when we will say goodbye to the beautiful place and fly back to Pokhara. From Pokhara we will be driving back to Kathmandu.
Frequently asked QuestionExpand/Close
The best time to trek, Nar Phu, Valley is March, April, September, October, and November.
Regarding the food and accommodation, you don’t expect anything like the city area but every tea house will have a menu for the food and accommodation will be clean and comfortable. They don’t provide you with enough blankets so you should carry a sleeping bag with you.
As Nar Phu lies in the Annapurna region, We need to have a conservational area project (ACAP) permit to enter. The cost of the permit is Rs 3000 for foreigner and Rs 300 for the SAARC countries including vat.
There are no public toilets along the way. If you are nearby the village, in this case, you can go to the tea house otherwise you will go to the separate place nearby you.
Yes, you can but its a newly opened trekking trails so it is better to go with a professional guide. Also, the government of Nepal has made a rule that trekkers should take the guide for most of the trekking regions.