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Nar-Phu Valley 15 days

Duration

15 Days

Trip Starts/Ends

Kathmandu

Max Altitude

5315m/17437ft

Trip Code

ANT01NV1
1 Pax 2-5 Pax 6+ Pax
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Trip Overview

The Nar Phu Valley Trek is one of the remote treks in Annapurna Region of Nepal, which leads beyond the regular trekking routes. This trek is opened for foreigner very recently and comprised of two authentic villages: Nar and Phu. Passing through dense forests, amazing rocky landscapes, ancient monasteries along with Kang-La Pass make this trek wonderful and memorable. The trekking trail is still rugged that has changed little over the years. We have few days to explore this remote valley and will cross the Kang-La pass (5300m) on the way to Manang. 

This trek begins with sightseeing of UNESCO World Heritages in Kathmandu Valley. Our real trekking begins after a day drive from Kathmandu to Dharapani, following the Marsyangdi River along the Annapurna Circuit Trail. Then, we follow the trail of Nar and Phu villages. After the exploration of Nar and Phu, the trek goes over Kang La Pass 5315m to arrive at Manang and eventually ends at Chamje, from where we shall escort you back to Kathmandu.

This itinerary is designed on a teahouse basis and the teahouses in the region offer basic facilities only. To make your trek successful, you need high passion and strong determination along with enthusiasms.

Trip Highlights

  • Sightseeing of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu Valley
  • Exploration of Nar and Phu Valley
  • Stupendous Snow-capped peaks of Annapurna region
  • Many ancient monasteries and Gompas
  • Exploration of ancient settlement and high altitude grazing farmlands

Additional Information

If the suggested itineraries are not up to the mark, we can even customize your trip as per your need with a special group discount. Kindly contact us at info@amazingnepaltrek.com for detail information. You can also contact us by calling at +977-9851116042 for 24/7 support. We speak English, Hindi, and Nepali.

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Before Travel Trek Safety Things To Be Considered

Day 01: Arrival: Kathmandu Tribhuvan Airport (1 300m/4 260ft)

Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour and Trek preparation.

Day 03: Drive to Dharapani (1,960m/6,430ft) via Beshishahar (830m/2,723ft), 9-10 hrs 

Day 04: Trek to Koto (2,610m/8,700ft) 5-6hrs

Day 05: Trek to Meta (3235m/10613ft) 7-8hrs

Day 06: Trek to Phu (4050m/13287ft) 7-8hrs

Day 07: Rest day in Phu and explore around

Day 08: Trek to Nar Village (4155m/13613ft) 6-7hrs

Day 09: Explore monasteries around Nar

Day 10: Trek to Ngawal (3675m/12057ft) across Kang La Pass (5315m/17437ft) 8-9hrs

Day 11: Trek to Manang (3,500m/11,482ft) 4hrs

Day 12: Trek to Chame (2,710m/8,891ft) 7hrs

Day 13: Trek to Chyamje (1,410m/4,626ft) 7hrs

Day 14: Drive back to Kathmandu 8-9 hrs

Day 15: Depart from Kathmandu

Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)

Upon your arrival in the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by a company representative, who will drop you off at our hotel. After checking in, take a rest or visit Amazing Nepal's office. You may also stroll in the streets of Thamel, a tourist hub in Kathmandu for some souvenir shopping. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner hosted by Amazing Nepal Trek & Expedition. For dinner, you will be served excellent Nepalese cuisine which will introduce you to the country's authentic food culture. If your flight arrives late, both the meeting and dinner can be scheduled for the following day. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Sightseeing Kathmandu Valley and Preparation for Trekking (1,300m/4,264ft)

After breakfast, you will set out for sightseeing of the culturally and architecturally rich heritage sites of the Valley. Places such as the Pashupatinath, the world famous temple precinct of the Hindus, the Boudhnath and Swaymbhunath, the world famous Buddhist stupa precinct, and Kathmandu Durbar Square will open up completely a new cultural world of Nepali art and architecture to you. You will also be taken to the Kumari Ghar, where resides the Virgin Goddess. We will also discuss the trip, and you will be introduced to your fellow trekkers and our crews.

Day 03: Drive to Dharapani (1,960m/6,430ft) via Beshishahar (830m/2,723ft), 9-10hrs 

This morning we leave Kathmandu for our long trek to Annapurna. Drive by 4WD Jeep to Beshishahar first through the beautiful Nepalese countryside. Beshishahar is big town and district headquarters of the Lamjung District, stop here for quick lunch. Later on, you have another 5-6 hours shaky ride to Dharapani through Marsyangdy River valley passing by small mountain settlements Ngadi, Jagat, Chyamje and Taal. Overnight stay in quiet Dharapani village situated on the river side.

Day 04: Trek to Koto (2,610m/8,700ft) 5-6hrs

Koto is the destination of the day. Taking the higher route, we first hike up to Danakyu that offers dramatic views of the mountains. A steep hike from Danakyu will take us to the village of Timang. Passing through the forest of Pine, we descend to the settlement of Latamaro. We cross the bridge to the village of Thanckok. A gentle ascent, from the village, will finally take us to the settlement of Koto. Chame, the district headquarter of the Manang district is very near to this village. The night will be spent at a lodge in Koto.

Day 05: Trek to Meta (3235m/10613ft) 7-8hrs

After breakfast at the lodge, we first register our area permit at the police checkpoint in Koto and without any delay we proceed towards the Naar Phu Khola gorge. Staying on the right side of the river we walk for about 2 hours. The trail then passes through beautiful pine forest, many small streams and suspension bridges, before Dharmasala. In fact, a very beautiful waterfall greets our arrival, before reaching Dharmashala. Soon after Dharmashala, the climb towards Meta begins. The route, now climbing away from the river, passes through the forest, ascending steeply up till the Meta Village, situated on a Tibetan Plateau. Meta is the first of a few ex-Khampa settlements on this route. This steep climbing leaves us tired at the end of the day. Therefore, the night will be spent here in Meta in a teahouse that provides both dinner and accommodation.

Day 06: Trek to Phu (4050m/13287ft) 7-8hrs

Phu Gaon is the destination of the day. After breakfast, the journey continues on an up and downhill trail and on various suspension bridges over different streams. Staying on the true left bank high above the Dho Khola, we will soon reach Junam Goth- the next ex-Khampa settlement. The trail then descends steeply to the side valley with two parallel streams. Crossing the stream we continue on a trail ascending to Lower and Upper Chyako – another Khampa settlement. Beginning with a small ridge above Chyako, the trail passes through a steep slope and after a few up and downhill climb the trail descends to Kyang –another Khampa settlement. The trail from Kyang is rocky and dangerous; however, we continue on the same trail for about 3-4 hours, before reaching a huge wall, a steep climb from which takes us to the entrance gate of one of the hidden valleys- the Phu Valley. Soon after the valley widens and we cross the bridge, walk past some old Chortens and mani walls, before reaching a beautiful village perched on the hill at the confluence of Phu River. The houses of this village are very well maintained, therefore, despite the availability of camping site by the river we spend the night in the teahouse.

Day 07: Rest day in Phu and explore around

A day will be spent in Phu, both for the purpose of acclimatization and exploration. Therefore, after breakfast, we visit Thashi Lakhang Monastery –believed to be the last monastery constructed by Karmapa Rinpoche. We also visit Yak pasture below the glacier. We then explore the landscape and also the settlement of the Phu valley, in order to understand the lifestyle, culture, and tradition of the ethnic groups living in the village. After, exploration of the village, we get back to the tea house for overnight stay.  

Day 08: Trek to Nar Village (4155m/13613ft) 6-7hrs

After breakfast at Phu, we walk all the way down to the Naar Phedi to cross the suspension bridge over the Gorge of Lapche River. We cross a number of small streams and suspension bridges, before reaching this bridge. Once we cross the bridge, we will have to continue upwards on a winding, steep trail, up till the scenic terraces. We further climb ahead on the level path above the terraced field to get to the Nar Village- a very beautiful settlement with neat houses. Various Buddhist stupas greet us on the way to the village of Nar.  The night will be spent in a teahouse. 

Day 09: Explore monasteries around Nar

Tomorrow we will be climbing the Kang La Pass (5,322m). It’s very important to adapt to the thinning air, before climbing the pass. Therefore, instead of hiking further, the day will be spent doing side trips and other activities that help in the process of acclimatization. We explore the settlement and the lifestyle of people in the village. The night will be spent in a teahouse in Nar Gaon. 

Day 10: Trek to Ngawal (3675m/12057ft) across Kang La Pass (5315m/17437ft) 8-9hrs

Today, we start our day earlier than other usual days. First, we proceed towards the Kang La Phedi or the base of the Kang La Pass, which takes about 2.5 hours from the Naar village, following the wide level valley and yak pasture. You can enjoy the sight of many grazing yaks while heading towards the Kang La Phedi.  From the Phedi, the trail steeply ascends, passing a number of landslide areas to the Kang La Pass, which takes about 3 hours. The top greets us with a mesmerizing view of the Annapurna Range and other small peaks. After spending some time enjoying the view, we descend crossing the steep moraine towards the grassy path, which is quite steep and usually dangerous in hard snow. The beginning of the grassy path presents us the view of Chulus waterfall. Then a steep descent through the grassy path for about 3 hours will finally bring us to the destination, Ngawal. The night will be spent in a lodge.

Day 11: Trek to Manang (3,500m/11,482ft) 4hrs

Today we follow the Annapurna trail, an easy day to Manang with the superb view of Annapurna II, Gangapurna, Annapurna III, Gandharva chuli and Pisang Peak in the background. We pass a famous and huge Braga monastery built in the 17th century. While we waiting for Lunch makes worth to visit Gompa on the side of the cliff. After Lunch short walk through the upstream of the Marshyangdi River to large modern village Manang with cozy Guest Houses.

Day 12: Trek to Chame (2,710m/8,891ft) 7hrs

Chame is the destination set for the day. This is an administrative headquarter of Manang district with the grand view of Annapurna II. The tail slightly descends down to old Braka Village then Humde, Pisang, Dhukur Pokhari, Bhrartang and finally Chame. Overnight at Chame.

Day 13: Trek to Chyamje (1,410m/4,626ft) 7hrs

Today, we retrace the path used earlier to climb up till Chame. The trail, following the south bank of the river initially descends to Koto, which then slightly ascends to Timang. From Timang, a steep descent through the forest of Pine and Fir will take us to Dharapani, crossing Bagarchhap. Leaving the stone gateway at Dharapani the trail descends to the village of Tal then finally Chyamje. The night will be spent at a lodge in Chyamje.

Day 14: Drive back to Kathmandu 8-9hrs

After breakfast, a sharing jeep ride along the dusty and bumpy road to Besisahar and a public bus ride along the paved road back to Kathmandu. 

Day 15: Final departure

Yes, we will see you off at the Tribhuvan International airport.

Cost Includes:

  • All airport transfers 
  • Tourist Standard Hotel in Kathmandu for 3 nights with breakfast 
  • Welcome and Farewell dinner
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu covering 4 UNESCO heritage sites 
  • Ground transport by Public bus/sharing jeep (Private 4WD Jeep could be another option on surcharge of USD 200 each way)
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (Restricted Area permit, Conservation area Permit, and TIMS)
  • An experienced English-speaking Govt. registered trekking guide and local porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Full meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) followed by a cup of Tea/Coffee during the trek  
  • Iodine/Chlorine treated Safe Drinking water 
  • All mountain accommodation (3 nights private room with independent bathroom/hot showers and remaining Soft, comfortable, twin sharing private room with shared toilet)
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes 
  • Trekking equipment such as down-filled sleeping bag and duffel bag
  • Souvenir: Nar-Phu Valley Route map and Amazing Nepal T-Shirt

Cost not Includes:

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu except for welcome and farewell dinner
  • Monument entrance fees 
  • Deserts (cakes, bakes, and pies)s 
  • Additional Hot Drinks 
  • Bottled drinks 
  • Boiled/mineral water 
  • Electronic device re-charge
  • Hot shower 
  • Wi-Fi 
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance and evacuation insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Tipping to driver and trekking crew

All prices are in US dollars and do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.
Every Day Departure
We can depart our trip every day(Nepal Packages). You Can Schedule your own departure date and contact us. We will make your Itinerary as your convenient.

Accommodations and Meals:

You will be provided a room in a tourist standard hotel, while you are in Kathmandu. During your trekking, you will be provided room in teahouses. Please be informed that you will be sharing the room at teahouses. Please also note that the Nar-Phu Valley is located at far from the maddening crowd, therefore, teahouses may not be as much sophisticated as one finds them in town.

We will provide only breakfast while you are in Kathmandu and three-course meals while you are on trek. This means you will be taking breakfast and dinner at teahouse you stay and lunch in the mid of your trekking. Since the Nar-Phu Valley is geographically a remote place, you will be provided only selected but hygienic and organic local foods such as Nepali dal bhat, Tibetan soup, and bread, porridge etc.

Is this trek appropriate for me?

We assure that Nar Phu Valley Trek is moderate to fairly challenging trek. So, we explore the fact that it is more appropriate for professional trekkers, having a passion of loving to nature. It requires inspiration and passion which makes your trek successful. Your positive attitude and strong determination can obligatory to accomplish this trek. For making comfortable walking, adjusting to changing climate, our package manages the facility of acclimatization in needed place as well as 5-6 hours walking per day. If you have already accumulated hiking and jugging experiences that will be beneficial to adjust with the situation; although if you do not have that is not a big problem. However, Amazing Nepal Trek & Expedition cordially requests to have medical checking before you plan to start any trekking and hiking.

Briefing of the Tour:

You will be briefed about the trek, you will be given information file, and importantly introduced with your guide.

Trekking Crews:

We will provide government registered, well-trained English Speaking guide, who holds enough knowledge about responsible tourism and eco-friendly tourism

We will also provide an assistant guide who is ready to help you every situation.

We will provide a porter is provided to every two of you, and he will be carrying not more than 25kg.

We get our crews’ life get insured.

Certificate:

After the trek is over, you will be provided with ANTE adventure certificate.

Size of Group:

Trekking Group Size of our group can range from two people to ten people. In case you want to travel alone, do not hesitate to write to us. We will plan accordingly. In case, you more than ten people, please do let us know so that we can develop and improvise plans and itinerary.

Acclimatization:

Trekking to the Nar-Phu Valley is as much difficult as it is technical. We give special priority to its technical sides as well. For this, we have designed an itinerary to allow you get acclimatize naturally. We know the particular location you need to stay for rest, and the particular distance you need to walk slowly and so on. In case you get high altitude sickness, we have crews who know how to deal it effectively and smartly.

How to respond to Altitude Sickness?

Please do carry Diamox (Acetazolamide)

Please consult your physician

Please do keep on informing our crews if you feel uneasy

Please do walk in the group so that you can help each other

Travel Insurance:

We would like to recommend you to get your trekking insured. Since you are trekking in probably one of the wildest and challenging routes, you need to be cautious of anything inevitable. You may need helicopter evacuation and get your trip canceled. You may get injured and get your baggage theft and so on.

Permits and fees:

The government local body charges some small amount of fee for every you make to the World Heritage sites, National Park, restricted areas along climbing. The price we charge includes all the fees.

If you want to book a trekking package with Amazing Nepal Trek and Expedition and still wondering about the essential equipment for your trekking journey, here we are more than happy to offer our checklist for your references. Please make necessary amendments to our checklist as per your need and convenience. For some case, if you couldn’t get any of these listed equipment/gears in your hometown or you’re in a rush before you fly to Kathmandu, don’t worry! The listed necessary items mentioned below can be easily purchased here.
Except for your day pack, all luggage will be carried by porters. A porter is available for two people who will carry maximum up to 25 kg. So, You have to be careful while packing your Bag or luggage.
 
Moreover, There is an allowance of 15kg per person on the domestic flights. Additional personal items are not needed for the trekking portion of the trip which can be kept in the hotel’s storage room without extra cost.

Below is the checklist of equipment that is required for the trek:
 
HEAD

  • Buff headwear /neckwear
  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Head Torch

UPPER BODY

  • Cotton T-shirts or Thermals
  • Fleece jacket
  • Waterproof/windproof jacket
  • Down filled jacket  (Your own Down Jacket is strongly recommended, but Amazing Nepal Trek also supply complimentary down jacket which is needed to be returned after the completion of trek)

LOWER BODY

  • Lightweight cotton pants (long)
  • Waterproof Pants
  • Thermal underwear

FEET

  • Thin inner socks
  • Thick and warm wool hiking socks
  • Comfortable Hiking boots
  • Sneakers /slippers

HANDS

  • Gore-tex gloves

ACCESSORIES

  • Sleeping bag rated to - 20°C (Your own sleeping bag strongly is recommended, but Amazing Nepal Trek also supply complimentary sleeping bags which is needed to be returned after the completion of trek)
  • Trekking bags/duffel bag (Amazing Nepal Trek will supply complimentary water and windproof duffel/kit bag, but one extra big duffel bag/suitcase is necessary for items that are left at the hotel in Kathmandu)
  • Large plastic bags (For keeping items dry inside trek bag)
  • Trekking poles (Optional, Recommended)
  • Water bottle or camel bag
  • Toiletries
  • Towel
  • Sewing Kit
  • Insect repellent, sunscreen, and lip balm
  • 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 
  • Reading or writing material

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