Nar Phu Valley Trek

Overview

The Nar Phu Valley trek takes adventurers through the remote villages of Nar and Phu near Chame in Nepal’s Annapurna region. This trek offers a glimpse into the untouched beauty of the region, allowing travelers to immerse themselves in the Tibetan culture and lifestyle. Highlights include crossing high mountain passes, encountering unique wildlife like blue sheep, and exploring ancient monasteries.

Trek's Highlight

  • The remote villages of Nar and Phu
  • Tibetan culture and lifestyle
  • High mountain passes: Phu, Naar, and Thorong La
  • Unique wildlife: blue sheep, yaks
  • Ancient monasteries
  • Natural hot springs at Tatopani
  • Tilicho Lake, the highest lake in the world
  • Stay in Jomsom, the headquarters town of Mustang
  • Visit the renowned Tashi Lhakhang Monastery

Itinerary

The journey commences with a drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar, covering a distance of approximately 198 km or 123 miles. The drive typically takes 8 to 10 hours. From Besisahar, the trek begins, leading to Jagat, situated at an altitude of 1,300 meters or 4,265 feet. Overnight accommodation will be provided at Tilicho Guest House, featuring rooms with attached bathrooms. Meals included on this day are breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

The trek covers 15.8 km or 9.8 miles, ascending to Dharapani at 1,860 meters or 6,200 feet altitude. Trek duration is around 5 hours. Overnight at Heaven Guest House with rooms offering attached bathrooms. Included meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

The trekking journey takes you from Dharapani to Koto, reaching 2,610 meters or 8,563 feet altitude. Duration is approximately 5 to 6 hours. Overnight accommodation at a local lodge. Included meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Significant altitude gain as you trek to Meta at 3,560 meters or 11,680 feet. Trekking duration is estimated at 7 to 8 hours. Overnight accommodation at a local lodge. Included meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

The trek leads from Meta to Phu Gaon, situated at 4,250 meters or 13,944 feet altitude. Trekking duration is approximately 7 to 8 hours. Overnight accommodation at a local lodge. Included meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

The trekking journey takes you from Phu Gaon to Nar, located at 4,110 meters or 13,484 feet altitude. Duration is estimated at 6 to 7 hours. Overnight accommodation at a local lodge. Included meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

This day is dedicated to acclimatization and preparation for the upcoming trek in Nar. Overnight accommodation at a local lodge. Included meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

The trek ascends to the Kang La Pass at 5,322 meters or 17,460 feet altitude, then descends to Ngawal at 3,660 meters or 12,008 feet. Trekking duration is approximately 7 to 8 hours. Overnight accommodation at a local lodge. Included meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

The trekking journey continues from Ngawal to Manang, situated at 3,540 meters or 11,614 feet altitude. Duration is estimated at 4 to 5 hours. Overnight at Hotel Himalayan Singi. Included meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

The trek takes you from Manang to Yak Kharka, located at 4,110 meters or 13,484 feet altitude. Trekking duration is approximately 3 to 4 hours. Overnight at Hotel Gangapurna. Included meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

The trekking journey leads from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi, situated at 4,600 meters or 15,092 feet altitude. Duration is estimated at 3 to 4 hours. Overnight at Thorong High Camp Hotel. Included meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

This day involves trekking from Thorong Phedi to the Thorong La Pass at 5,4525 meters or 17,764 feet altitude, the highest point. After crossing the pass, descent to Muktinath at 3,800 meters or 12,467 feet. Trekking duration is approximately 7 to 8 hours. Overnight at Hotel Town House Muktinath with rooms offering attached bathrooms. Included meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

The trekking journey takes you from Muktinath to Jomsom, located at 2,715 meters or 8,910 feet altitude. Duration is estimated at 4 to 5 hours. Overnight at Hotel Himalayan Inn with rooms featuring attached bathrooms. Included meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Travel from Jomsom to Tatopani by local bus. Driving duration is approximately 6 to 7 hours, covering 113 km or 70 miles. Tatopani is situated at 1200 meters or 3,940 feet altitude. Overnight at Dhaulagiri Lodge with rooms offering attached bathrooms. Included meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Driving journey from Tatopani to Pokhara. Duration is approximately 7 hours. Overnight at Silver Oaks Inn with rooms featuring attached bathrooms. Included meals: breakfast and lunch.

Final leg of the journey, driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu. Duration is approximately 6 to 7 hours, covering 200 km or 124 miles. Included meal: breakfast.

Please note that this itinerary is subject to change due to weather conditions, group preferences, and other factors.

Includes

  • Public transportation from Kathmandu to Jagat and Jomsom to Tatopani
  • Accommodation and meals during the trek
  • Necessary permits: Annapurna Conservation Area Permit and Nar Phu Valley restricted area permit
  • Guide and porter services
  • Snacks and fruits during the trek
  • Government taxes and expenses
  • Rescue operations arrangements in case of emergencies
  • Souvenir: company's T-shirt & cap
  • Trek appreciation certificate
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu at the end of the trek

Excludes

  • International flight costs
  • Nepal entry visa fees at Tribhuvan International Airport
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Personal expenses such as shopping, snacks, drinks, laundry, etc.
  • Tips for guide and porters
  • Additional costs due to circumstances beyond control (e.g., weather, strikes)
What are some key attractions along the Nar Phu Valley trek route?

Key attractions along the Nar Phu Valley trek route include the Nar and Phu villages near Tibet, high mountain passes such as Kang La Pass and Thorong La Pass, hot springs at Tatopani, Tilicho Lake, Jomsom town, and the renowned Tashi Lhakhang Monastery.

What is the best time to embark on the Nar Phu Valley trek?

The best time for the Nar Phu Valley trek is from February to May and from September to December, avoiding the monsoon season. These months offer stable weather conditions and clear mountain views, enhancing the trekking experience.

How challenging is the Narphu Valley Trek?

The Narphu Valley Trek is considered moderate to fairly strenuous. It involves crossing several high passes above 5,000 meters, with the highest point being the Kang La Pass at around 5,600 meters. Prior acclimatization and trekking experience are recommended.

When is the best season for this trek?

The prime trekking seasons are spring (April-May) and autumn (September-October). During these periods, the weather is generally dry and stable, providing optimal conditions for trekking and clear mountain views.

Are permits required for this trek?

Yes, permits are mandatory. Trekkers need to obtain the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit and a special restricted area permit for the Narphu Valley, which the trekking agency will arrange.

Is a guide necessary for the Narphu Valley Trek?

While not legally required, it is highly recommended to hire an experienced and qualified trekking guide familiar with the Narphu region. The remoteness, altitude risks, and complex trails make a guide essential for safety.

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Nar Phu Valley Trek