Nar and Phu are two small villages in the lap of the Himalayans. Slender canyons, enchanting forests, ancient monasteries, adventurous pass and absolutely amazing rock formations make this trekking memorable, second to none. The time has stood still for centuries in this valley of three hundred people. Nepal Eco Adventure’s Nar Phu Valley trekking will take you on an unforgettable journey to the land of youngest mountains.
Nar Phu Valley Trekking was opened only in 2003. This makes the trekking route uncharted Nar Phu more exciting. Nar Phu Valley Trekking is perfect for those who want a change from the mainstream Annapurna Circuit. The valley is still very much unscathed by modernity, its people oblivious about life beyond the mountains, its beauty and tradition intact. The region was first discovered only in the 1950 by Tillman while walking the highlands of Tibet.
We will start the trek following the popular trekking routes of the Annapurna Circuit trial and then branch off from Koto to the off-beaten track to the Nar Phu Valley, north of Manang and then cross the exciting Kang La Pass. The Kang La Pass links Nar with Manang and three other Bhotia villages in the Neyshang valley.
Although the entrance to the valley may seem tad too narrow and forested, the valley opens up to give beautiful view of the mountains and surrounding – ancient villages, high altitude grazing land.
The beautiful view of the western mountain range including Annapurna mountain range from the Nar Phu valley and Kang La Pass is hypnotic. Nar and Phu are two beautiful primordial villages. You can witness and be part of very interesting culture of the mountain people, that has flourished even after centuries of hardships. The people of Nar and Phu do agriculture in the little fertile land they have. We can visit the historical Tashi Lakhang Gommpa and receive blessings from Lama Karma Sonam Rimpoche.
Nepal Eco Adventure’s Nar Phu Valley trek will let you have up-close view Annapurna Massif, Lamjung Himal, Machhapuchhre Himal, Manaslu Himal, Dhaulagiri Himal and Tilicho Peak.
Crossing three high passes provides the right amount of adventure and thrill for adventure seekers. The highest altitude of this trek will be 5,416 m at the top of Throng-La Pass.
The government of Nepal has decided to open up the beautiful region of Nar and Phu with no restrictions, which has evoked enthusiasm among the village dwellers. From here, we can also go trekking to Ratna Chuli, Kang Guru, Himlung and Gyajing Kang. Annapurna Conservation Area Project is concocting plans to extend tourism promotion programs in the beautiful Nar Phu Valley.
With Nepal Eco Adventure let’s go to Nar Phu Valley Trekking. Experience living in the Trans Himalayan Zone, for an adventure of a lifetime.
Trip Highlights of Nar Phu Valley Trekking
Panoramic view of Mt. Annapurna, Lamjung Himal, Machhapuchhre Himal, Manaslu Himal, Dhaulagiri Himal and Tilicho Himal – Kang La Pass – Throng La Pass – Hidden Valley of Nar Phu – Manang Valley — Ngawal Village – Crossing high passes above 5,000m – Ancient monasteries – Distinctive culture of the Himalayan People
Once you land at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), our airport representatives will kindly receive you and take you to your hotel, in a private car or a high-end tourist bus. Our representatives will brief you about the trek. After checking in, you can either explore this vibrant and exciting city on your own, or, take a cozy rest at your hotel.
Your sightseeing of this ancient city begins at around 8:30 am, after breakfast. A specialized tour guide and a comfy private vehicle will be available for your assistance. First we will visit the biggest Hindu temple of Nepal, Pashupati Nath, which predates to Lichhavi period. Then, to Boudha Nath, and Swayambhu Nath, shrines of lord Buddha, uniquely built in Shikhara style. The evening will be spent at Kathmandu Durbar Square, testimonial of middle age architecture.
We will drive from Kathmandu to the beautiful town of Bulbule. The scenic bus ride will be approximately 6 hours long. The view of lush hills and dwindling rivers, and far away mountains will keep you refreshed throughout the journey. The condition of road is excellent up to the settlement of Besi Sahar. From there, the road to Bulbule is off-beaten for 45 minutes. Although the road is off-beaten it is far from risks and is right amount of adventurous. The view from the window of panoramic terraced farming and silvery water of Trishuli River is memorable.
We will leave Bulbule, small Gurung settlement. We will trek along the off beaten and rocky trail. We will cross exciting suspension bridge and climb towards Ngadi and then to Bahundanda. After a short refreshment break here, we will descend through beautiful terraced rice fields along the bank of Marshyangdi River. After crossing one more suspension bridge, we will climb up to Jagat. On our way up we can see the hives of wild bees in the rocky hills. From there, after a tiring day’s walk we will reach Chamche, to stay overnight in a lodge.
We will trek along narrow and steep trial to enchanting rhododendron, bamboo and pine forests. We can see mules and smiling faces all along the way. We have to be careful while trekking along the rocky trail because it is somewhat narrow. After taking a rest in a small village on our way up, we will cross a suspension bridge over a snaking river. From there, the trial goes steeply uphill. After reaching the top of the climb, the valley widens out to show the beautiful village of Tal, huddled in barley, wheat and potato field. We have officially entered the district of Manang from here. We will continue our trek uphill from here until we reach Dharapani, where we will spend the night. The trek will be 6-7 hours long.
The trek from Dharapani to Koto takes around 7 hours. The valley extends westward through thick Fir and Pine forests. After 30 minutes of walking, we reach Bagarchap (2,160m). The village was swept away entirely by an avalanche few years back. From there, we will walk through Danaque and Temang Village. The view of Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, and Annapurna Himal (1 and 2) is breathtaking. From Temang, we will trek to the higher and dry areas of the Manang Valley. The path uphill is flat to Thanchowk, from where we will trek to Koto to spend the night. Koto is a small village mainly inhabited by Gurungs who follow Tibetan Buddhism.
Early morning we will head out for trekking. The trekking is comparatively challenging than previous days. We will cross a river that will lead us to the beautiful Nar Phu Valley and hike up through the beautiful woods and caves known as “Dharamshala” by the Piligrims. We will pass under a wide waterfall just before reaching Dharamshala. From here, the woods become sparse and the vista of mountains wider. One step closer to the Nar Phu Valley, we will spend the night in the holy region of Dharamshala.
We will start the day with a steep climb up the valley along a small river that brings us to the high pastures on a 3,200m plateau. We will walk through the scenic settlement of Kharka of Meta at 3,560m. The landscape here is similar to the Sierra Nevada – milky rocks, juniper shrubs. An hour trek from Meta, we will reach Junam, the second permanent settlement, where the “Khamapas” from Tibet come in winter. The next semi-permanent settlement, we will hike along is Chako, previously a Khampa settlement. After few hours of uphill and downhill trekking we will reach our campsite at Kyang, an extensive winter settlement of Phu, lying on a plateau high above the dwindling river.
We will start the day’s trek by dropping steeply down to river. We will trek for some time along the bank of the river. We will see beautiful and unique Chortens on our way today, for which Nar and Phu are well renowned. A little adventure in store for you – we will have to rock-hop across a small glacier stream right before crossing a larger one on a bridge made out of slabs. After 90 minutes of trekking from here through narrow Canyonlands and gorges, we are greeted by a monolith that reminds us of leaning tower of Pisa. After going across the ancient Phu Gate, Pupigyal Kwe we can view the three villages of Phu and “Dzong” a fort, in ruins now. Just before crossing the bridge to reach Phu, a line of wonderful Chortens color the setting and lead the way to the main village of Phu. We can visit the famous Tashi Lhakhang Gompa and receive blessings from Lama Karma Sonam Rinpoche, who came to the highlands in ’59 with His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
We have allocated a whole day to explore this ancient village of Phu. We will meet the locals and explore the wide valley looming above us. Tibet is two days walk from here, but we can visit the summer grazing settlement of the Kharka people. We can visit the famous Tashi Lhakhang Gompa and receive blessings from Lama Karma Sonam Rinpoche, who came to the highlands in ’59 with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. We can be part of the ancient Tibetan culture here, and take beautiful photographs as the lighting here is simply spectacular. If we get lucky, we might even see Blue Sheeps here!
Back through the historical Phu Gate, we go down along the river and hike down to Junam Karka. It is a beautiful place, perfect for out campsite for the twelfth day.
Yet another day of trekking! At first, we will trek down the very old bridge stretching over a deep and narrow gorge, and all the way up from here. From here, we can view the Gyalbu Khumbu and Satte Gompa, built in the 17th century, both empty now. After another hour of trekking, we finally reach Nar Gates situated on top of the hill. We will walk along delightfully painted, bamboo-topped Chortens. After a tiring trek we are greeted by the amazing views of Nar, the stretched Barley and Mustard fields, four ancient colorful Gompas and the silver peaks guarding all these!
Although Nar is not very far from the mainstream Annapurna Trial, it seems a hundred miles away. Uncharted and unexplored, this region is as beautiful as they come. Nar is comparatively more vibrant and lively than Phu. The squares are filled with smiley faces chatting away their time, weaving pounding mustard seeds. Every single family seems to have at least one son or daughter sent to live in the Gompa. The echoing sounds of chanting, drums and cymbals fills the squares and the village. You can observe the villagers painting in the prayer flags, indulged in carpentry, harvesting crops, spinning prayer wheels and so much more!
We will cross the Kang La Pass at 5,240m. The pass is not a difficult one, but a long one, especially if there is heavy snow or the altitude sickness occurs. The pass is, however, in no way less thrilling and gratifying than others. The view of Annapurna 2, Gangapurna, Tilicho Peak is excellent from here. Before entering Ngawal, we are greeted by colorful Chortens and prayer flags. Ngawal is a wonderful old village of cobbled streets, prayer wheels and beautiful architecture, an old religious hub.
Leaving Ngawal in backdrop, we will gradually descend to Manang. We will trek through remote village of Paugha. From here, we will hike slowly to Mungli and then to main Annapurna trial. After a healthy lunch, we will walk up to the village Braga. It is a beautiful village with houses built in traditional Tibetan style. We can visit a local Gompa that houses beautiful statues, thankas, and religious manuscripts. From here, we will trek for an hour to reach Manang for the night.
After a day of exploration in Manang, the trail leads to a gradual climb for an hour to Tenki Manang. From here, we can have a wonderful view of the mountains. The trail from here winds up offering views of beautiful terrains, and juniper bushes as the only surviving vegetation in the adversity. After hiking for some time, we will reach Yak Kharka for the night.
The trek will start at a slow pace at first. We will walk uphill with view of the regal mountains welcoming us. After an hour. We will reach Ledar and then move east to Jorsang Khola, then descend to cross the stream on the wooden plank bridge. From here, we follow a narrow path across a high, unstable slope before heading to Thorong Phedi for the night. Phedi literally means “foot of the hill”.
Today will be the longest and hardest day of the whole journey. Early morning we will go ahead the steep trail. It takes around 3-4 hours to the Throng Top. We will cross the audacious Throng La Pass at 5,416m. Finally, after 8 hours of hard trekking, we will arrive at Mustang for the night.
From Muktinath, we follow a path of the Jomsom trek where we descent through meadows, streams and fruit trees to reach Kagbeni. Look around the old village then keep moving downwards from Kagbeni we reach Jomson, Kali Gandaki valley.
Early morning we will board a flight to tourist capital Pokhara. The flight will be 20 minutes long and we can have a wonderful view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range. We will have the whole day to ourselves to explore this beautiful lake city.
After breakfast, we will travel to capital via Prithvi Highway. Once again the scenic bus ride will keep you refreshed throughout the journey. On reaching Kathmandu, you can once roam around this vibrant city and buy gifts and souvenirs to take back home.
The day has come to leave this remarkable country. Our representatives will transfer you to the airport from where you’ll board a flight to your next destination. Bid farewell to this country of Himalayans with plans to visit next time. Because, once is never enough!
What is Included
- Airport pick up drop by private vehicle.
- Three night Hotel in Kathmandu and one night in Pokhara with breakfast.
- Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) with hot tea and coffee.
- Tented Camp and Guesthouse accommodation during the trekking period.
- Guided Sightseeing tours in Kathmandu valley with Private vehicle.
- Special Nar Phu Valley Trekking permit, Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) permit and Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) fees.
- An experienced fluent English speaking guide trained and licensed by the Government of Nepal, Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation required number of porters, a cook, kitchen helper with their wages, food, equipment, trekking insurance etc.
- Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
- Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
- use of sleeping bag, down Jacket, Duffel bag and walking Pole (if you don`t have your own, to be return after the trip completed).
- All necessary ground transportation.
- Governmental taxes and Official expenses.
- Nar Phu valley trekking map.
- Oxymeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily (Very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness(AMS) symptoms) Which will ensure you trek is in the safest hands possible for all levels of trekker.
- Assistant guide group size above 6+ person.
- Farewell dinner in Kathmandu at typical Nepalese restaurant.
What is Excluded
- Meals whilst you are in Kathmandu & Pokhara.
- Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport – Kathmandu). You need 2 passport size photos.
- International airfare.
- Personal nature expenses. Telephone, Laundry and battery charging.
- Your Cold drinks, alcoholic beverages and desserts.
- Travel and medical insurance.
- Tips for trekking staff and driver(Tips is expected).
- Kathmandu sightseeing tour entrance fee.
- Excess baggage more than 15kg for Jomsom-Pokhara flight.
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Can I get Nepal visa on arrival or online?
Yes, you can get on arrival tourist visa at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Most of people can obtain visa on entry to Nepal. There are some countries visa will needed to be organize prior to travelling. $25 for 15 days of visa from the date of issue, $40 for 30days and 100US$ for 90 days tourist visa. You need two photos.
You can apply online visa from 1st of March(http://www.online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/).
Does your company pick up from airport on arrival ? is that included pick up and drop?
Yes, our agency airport representative will pick you up from airport. We will be displaying our name card of Nepal Eco Adventure with your name on it. and when you finished you trip we will drop you to airport. Pick up and drop is complimentary from our company.
When is the best time to visit Nepal?
Trekking at Nepal will be best during the seasons of spring and autumn. But according to the will of the trekkers, the trekking and visiting in Nepal can be managed. The trekking at the high altitude should be done during the summer time or September to November and March to May but the trekking at the low lands can be done at throughout the year.
How difficult is trekking in Nepal?
The trekking in Nepal is one of the most interesting things that the visitors in Nepal want to do. The trekking will take the visitors of Nepal to different parts of Nepal. Generally, trekking in Nepal will goes for about 5 to 7 hours per day in every trekking but the toughness of the trekking will differ from its grade. There are different types of trekking grading from the easy, medium, challenging and demanding. Normally in Trekking covers 3000 meters to 8848 meters which has categories in various stage of grade. Expedition is challenging but trekking is normal and easy.
How fit do need to be for trekking? wil i be able to do it?
It depends on you; if you’re reasonably fit and enjoy walking then trekking is certainly for you. Choose the trekking route suites your fitness level. Obviously shorter treks are easier then longer ones, longer and bigger treks require a better standard of fitness. If you are in good physical condition then you do not require any hiking experience for short trekking. But if you are planning for the longer ones then you should try some longer day hikes.
How long will be the trekking?
The trekking at the different parts of Nepal will be different according to the distance of the trekking destinations. Generally, there are different places where one can go for trekking and the duration of the trekking will generally goes for about 1 to 4 weeks. But the trekking at the different places like in city tours will be short but the trekking towards the base camp of the high hills will be generally long.
What is teahouse and camping trekking in Nepal?
In Nepal, generally we can do two types of trekking. In the teahouses trekking, we will do the trekking by resting the night at the lodges or the teahouses at different places of the trekking trails. The teahouses trekking at Nepal will be comfortable than the camping trekking because the trekkers should not have to take any tensions regarding the accommodation and foods. But besides the teahouses trekking, camping trekking in Nepal is also equally popular. The camping trekking will be based on the trekking where the night will be resting at the camps, where we will set up our camps at the different parts of the trekking trails for our convenience. We will have our meals at the camps and will rest the night at camps. As compared to the lodging trekking, camping trekking is a bit difficult.
What types of food will be served during the trekking?
While trekking in Nepal, meals are prepared in tea houses, good standards of hygiene, fruit and vegetable soaked in iodine water before cooked. The food along the trail will be simple and a mix of local and international cuisine. If the trekking is camping trekking, then the trekkers will mainly be served with the local foods of Nepal and as well as continental and western foods. Due to the lack of electricity and refrigerators along our trekking route you will eat a largely vegetarian diet. In Kathmandu you will find meals in good quality tourist restaurants. Most of lodges serve boiled and filter water which is safe. It is also possible to buy the bottle of mineral water in the trek.
Does your company organize domestic flights, hotel booking and other services?
Yes. Since we are Nepal based company we refer to arrange your international flights from your home. But domestic flight ticket, Kathmandu city tour, and you accommodation will be included in our package. If you like to organize individually river rafting, sightseeing tour, mountain flight, jungle safari can be organized according to your interest.
Do I really need trekking guide?
While visiting to Nepal, trekking guides is almost mandatory to trekking in Nepal for everyone. When you hired one your trip will lot more informative and memorable. You get lots of knowledge about country. But if the trekkers is well experienced and have visited at different places of Nepal many times then s/he may not need the trekking guides. But trekking guide can play big role to make your trekking They will provide information about the trekking destination along with its surroundings. Similarly, if any problems will arise during the trekking, then the guides will solve it easily and it will be rather difficult for the trekkers themselves to solve them.
Is trekking and travel safe in Nepal?
Yes Nepal is safe to Travel. Safety during the trekking or travel in Nepal is one of the prime concerns that every trekker or traveler want to know. In the past, Nepal has experienced political unrest, however since November of 2006, the signed Nepal Peace Agreement, between the Government of Nepal and the Nepal Communist Party (Maoists) has brought this unrest to a close. but now there is the situation of peace and tranquility in the field of trekking as well as in whole Nepal.
Besides, the trekking stakeholders in Nepal are also forwarding several steps for the safety of the trekkers. Now after election democratic parties will lead the government and rule the nation that’s why the huge possibility has seen in safety. Yes. . There are pick pockets here, as you find in other countries so keep your belongings safe at all times. You need to take usual precautions as you would traveling anywhere in the world.
Do I need insurance for travel and trek in Nepal? Can I get it there?
You should buy medical and mountain evacuation insurance for trekking up to 5500m. General travel and medical insurance for traveling in Nepal. We suggest you to buy insurance policy in your country as we don´t have mountain rescue insurance over here in Nepal. Check with your home country travel insurance company which covers the rescue helicopter from the mountain up to 5500m.
Is there any telephone/internet facilities, when we are on the mountain?
In the way in most villages along the popular trekking routes you can find telephone for international call. Popular trekking area like Annapurna, Everest and Langtang area there good coverage of cell phones. and there internet cafe some lodges have wifi service.
What doI need to carry on trek?
A porter will carry your luggage and that belonging to your room-mate. Your clothing and sleeping bag must be placed in plastic bags inside your rucksack which must not weigh more than 25 pounds (12 kg) in total. You will be able to leave clothes and other baggage at our hotel in Kathmandu while away on trek.
Each trekker will carry a small day-sack, fleece jacket, water proofs, warm hat, sunhat, sun-cream, water bottle (or camel back system), first aid kit and water purification kit.
What in case of altitude sickness?
Altitude sickness is one of the major problems while you will trek high altitudes trekking destination of Nepal. But there are certain measures that can be applied while trekking at the high altitudes which help the trekkers to avoid the altitude sickness. Besides, if it will affects to any trekkers then there are several provisions for the first aid and other medicines to recover. If the condition of the trekkers gets worst, then he will immediately transfer to the nearby hospitals.
What happens if there is an emergency?
Our guides are trained with first aid and have basic knowledge about the physical problems that may arise during trekking. If an emergency occur then we will cover initial expenses of rescue operation as these expenses will need to be recovered from your insurance company. For minor cases there are health posts established by foreign doctors and many are staffed by overseas personnel.
You can bring power bars, cereal bars and similar high energy foods, powder Gatorade is also recommended to fight dehydration.
Do I need to bring First Aid Kit?
Our Guides carry a comprehensive medical kit. But you should bring your own personal kit and carry it with you when on the trek. It should contain antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, headache pills, diarrhoea treatment, re-hydration salts eg Dioralite, Lemsip, plasters and Compede for blisters.
How safe Women traveling alone with your company?
we are aware about safety of female travelers. we completely guarantee the safety of the women travelling or trekking with us. We will give you a personal room on lodge and personal tent for camping while trekking. we provide female friendly guide and porter. we are female friendly Company.
what currency should I bring to Nepal?
We advise you to bring US dollars /British pound s/Euros to pay for your visa, trip cost and other expenses. most major currencies are usually accepted also. It is always better to travel with US dollars.
Does Nepal has good quality banking facilities?
Nepal has reasonable banking facilities having branches of some international local commercial banks Almost all foreign currency along with credit card such as Visa and Master card are broadly accepted. ATM is widely available in Kathmandu and pokhara. There are some ATM in bigger town on treks. when you go remote area idea to carry enough cash. some trekking area has bank and ATM, they might not be reliable.
How early should I book my trip?
We recommend you to book your trip in few month advance. Even you arrive and want to organize your trip we accommodateLAST MINUTE BOOKINGS. However, for Trekking like Everest region we need to reserved the flight so we highly recommend earliest is best for us.
What are your payment terms?
You need to pay 30% of total price as advance deposit to confirm reservation before arriving to Nepal and remaining balance of the payment shall be paid when you arrive to kathmandu.
What essential documents/items do I need to bring with me?
You must bring a valid passport (must be valid for up to 6 months, keep an extra photocopy just in case), a copy of your travel insurance, cash, flight tickets, emergency contact numbers of insurance and family members and any medications.
How much extra spending money should I bring?
This depends on the destination you will travel or trek. There is something you spend your money on throughout the trek other than the alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks, Hot shower on the trek, Tipping and shop round on the trek. On the other hand Kathmandu is a shopper’s paradise.. Frequently purchased items include hand-woven Tibetan carpets, hand knit woollen goods, hats, outdoor clothing and equipment, cashmere clothing, shawls, pashminas, Buddhist memorabilia, carved masks, puppets, wood carvings and jewellery etc. we suggest you to bring $200-$350 US dollar. You can only buy Nepalese Rupees in Nepal. There are ATM’s in Kathmandu where you can withdraw Nepalese Rupees Credit cards can be used to purchase expensive items but there will be an additional charge for this service.
Is Nepal Eco Adventure guides/porters insured?
Yes our company trekking staff including guides, porters, cooks, Sherpas all of them are insured. we have bought insurance for all our staff from Neco Insurance. Their insurance cover up to $5000 USD.
How much should I tip to my guide and porter?
Tips do not form any part of thewages of guides,porters and other trekking crews. but they are expected by the porters, guide, Sherpa and cook. it is a nice way of saying thank-you to someone who will play a large part in your trekking experience and who will prove invaluable to you on this trip. Our porters and guides will be paid more than working for other big tour and trek companies. we suggest to tip 10-20% of total trip cost. This amount must be given in Nepalese rupee. The porters live in small hill villages several days walking from the nearest bank or money changer. I will suggest you to be generous about tipping job they have done for you.