The Nar Phu Valley

Nar Phu Valley Trek has about 300 inhabitants who depend on livestock, unlike most Bhotia people, whose trading patterns changed drastically after the Nepali. Nar Phu village trek or hidden valley trek. Nar Phu Valley Trekking is beautiful and unique cultures, natures, religious and typical life style exploration trekking in Nepal and hidden valley trekking

The Nar Phu Valley welcomes you with a huge expanse of high snow-peaks, high elevation grazing settlements and ancient unique villages. Nar Phu Valley Trekking is a very special trekking area of Nepal. It commences from Besisahar through the Chame village then start Nar Phu village trek or hidden valley trek. Nar Phu Valley Trekking is beautiful and unique cultures, natures, religious and typical life style exploration trekking in Nepal and hidden valley trekking See more.

Lying in the remote corner of Annapurna, this rugged and wild trek delivers fantastic rare alpine scenes and the blend of Himalayan lifestyle and culture along with the medieval Tibetan culture in its original form. The Phu village, renowned for the Tashi Lhakhang Gompa is the place from where you can receive blessing from Lama Karma Sonam Rimpoche while Nar surprises you with its spectacular charm of hospitality and culture kept alive here.Nar Phu Valley Trekk has about 300 inhabitants who depend on livestock, unlike most Bhotia people, whose trading patterns changed drastically after the Nepali Government closed borders with Tibet, the people of Nar and Phu valley were least affected by this change. The tortuous path leading from the valley into Tibet had never made them dependent on the salt trade, and till today, yak herding is the basis of their livelihood.

Nar Phu Valley trek starts from Jagat following the popular trekking routes of Annapurna Circuit trail and then branch off from Koto to follow the off the beaten track to Nar Phu valley in the north of Manang and pass the Kang La pass with magnificent panorama of Annapurna massifs. The Kang La pass links Nar with Manang and three other Bhotia villages in the Neyshang valley. The valley system above opens up to a huge expanse of high snow-peaks, ancient villages and high altitude grazing settlements. Trekking to this hidden mountain valley offers medieval Tibetan culture in undisturbed form, dramatic mountains view and great alpine sceneries. We then head west over the Thorong La Pass and down through lower Mustang before heading on to Jomsom. We finally fly back to Pokhara and drive back to Kathmandu next day.

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Trip Fact: 19 Days

  • Group size:1-12 people
  • Max-Altitude:2850m
  • Destination:Nar Phu Valley, Tilicho Lake,Thorong la Pass, Mukhtinath, Jomsom,
  • Fitness level: Strenous 
  • Arrival on:Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Departure from: Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Included Meals:Breakfast in Kathmandu and full-board meal during the trek
  • Best time:September, October, November, December, February, March, April
  • Accommodation:Twin sharing accommodation in 2 star to 5 star hotel in city and tea house, lodge and home-stay during trek

 

Trip Highlights

  • Venture into a remote part of Nepal that few travelers get to see
  • Stay in ancient villages that have seen little change over the centuries
  • Enjoy great views of Annapurna II, Himlung Himal, Gangapurna, and Tilicho Peak
  • Experience a part of the Tibetan plateau that extends down into Nepal
  • Have the chance to glimpse the ever-elusive Snow Leopard
  • Witness a Tibetan-derived culture, with unique and colorful prayer stones and monasteries
  • Explore gorgeous springs, waterfalls and Modi river in Annapurna region of Nepal
  • Beautiful lush green forest, rice field terraces and farmhouses.
  • Friendly Gurung people, culture, tradition, living style and their warm hospitality

Trip Map

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,428ft)

Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

Day 03: Kathmandu to Jagat Drive (1100m/3608ft): 8-9 hours

Day 04: Jagat to Dharapani (1,960m/6,430ft): 7-8 hours

Day 05: Dharapani to Koto (2,610m/8,563ft): 5-6 hours

Day 06: Koto to Meta (3,560m/11,680ft): 7-8 hours

Day 07: Meta to Phu Gaon (4,250m/13,944ft): 7-8 hours

Day 08: Acclimatization at Phu Gaon

Day 09: Phu Gaon to Nar (4,110m/13,484ft): 6-7 hours

Day 10: Acclimatization and preparation at Nar

Day 11: Nar to Kang La Pass (5,322m/17,460ft) to Ngwal (3,660m/12,008ft): 7-8 hours

Day 12: Ngwal to Manang (3,540m/11,614ft): 4-5 hours

Day 13: Manang to Yak Kharka (4,110m/13,484ft): 3-4 hours (additional days for Tilicho lake trek)

Day 14: Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,600m/15,092ft): 3-4 hours

Day 15: Thorong Phedi to Thorong La (5,416m/17764ft) to Muktinath (3,800m/12,467ft): 7-8 hours

Day 16: Muktinath to Jomsom (2,715m/8,910ft): 5-6 hours

Day 17: Jomsom to Pokhara Flight (827m/2,700ft) (additional days for pokhara trek via Poonhill)

Day 18: Pokhara to Kathmandu (1,300m/4,428ft): 5-6 hours drive

Day 19: Final departure from Nepal

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu Airport - (1360m.)
After your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be warmly greeted by our office representative and transferred to the hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu Valley sightseeing
The capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu, being the historical and cultural heart of the country, is a popular destination for tourists, trekkers and other types of adventure seekers. The city is a marvelous amalgamation of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western cultures influences. Patan and Bhaktapur are its two major neighboring cities. These two cities, like Kathmandu, have a rich historical, cultural and religious legacy which is reflected in the many temples, monuments and artifacts that they contain. You will be taken on a half-day guided tour of Kathmandu and Bhaktapur cities. In Kathmandu, you will be visiting Pashupatinath, the most famous and revered Hindu shrine in the country; Boudhanath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal, Soyambhunath, which contains both Buddhist and Hindu shrines and stands as testimony to the religious harmony that exists in the country; and the 15th-century 55-window palace in Bhaktapur. An orientation session for the trek, which commences the following day, will be organized in the evening.
Included meals: Breakfast

Day 03: Kathmandu to Jagat Drive (1100m/3608ft): 8-9 hours
Along with picturesque views of Nepali countryside, lush greeneries, rivers, villages, farms and mountain vistas en route throughout the drive our journey begins at early as we have a long drive ahead of us. After 8-10 hours of drive we reach Jagat via Besishahar. Drive up to Besishahar will most likely be smooth owing to black-topped roads whereas after Besishahar, the roads get dusty and coarse but the scenic view from our windowpane is more than compensating for the bumpy ride.
Included meals: Breakfast 

Day 04: Jagat to Dharapani (1,960m/6,430ft): 7-8 hours
The trail from Jagat descends so we start our trek for Dharapani until it reaches the river and then continues through a lush forest. Further ascent leads to sharp-edged cliff facing the riverbank. En route, Chyamje comes into picture amidst the glorious backdrop of towering Annapurna mountain ranges. Crossing a suspension bridge, we climb steeply towards the slippery and physically challenging path to Sattale along with rock-strewn trails; we descend to a grassy riverbank that leads to Tal. As we walk away from Tal, the path becomes rugged and winding. Then we approach steep forested village of Karte. Meandering along the waterfalls and cliffs, we finally reach Dharapani after crossing a suspension bridge.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 05: Dharapani to Koto (2,610m/8,563ft): 5-6 hours
We begin our trek in the morning towards Bagarchhap which takes about one hour passing through pine and fir forests. We can visit the white washed monastery in this village. Then we continue our trek till Danaque which takes about an hour. The trail is steeply ascending up to Timang. We have a good view of Mt. Manaslu and Peak 29 from here. Now the trail continues through pine forests again till Latamarang which takes about one and half hour. We break for lunch here and again resume through forests whereby we have a short glimpse of Annapurna II. Finally we arrive in Koto village.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 06: Koto to Meta (3,560m/11,680ft): 7-8 hours
After a restricted permit trekking through wonderful pine forests, streams and suspension bridge, bank of Soti Khola ,we reach reach Dharmasala. We then continue the trek through forests and ascend steeply towards Meta village. Finally we arrive on the Tibetan Plateau where we have a very good view of Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 07: Meta to Phu Gaon (4,250m/13,944ft): 7-8 hours
We start our day traversing up and down and crossing suspension bridges over different streams. After almost 4 hours of trek we reach Kyang where we can see the remnants, particularly the ruined forts of the Khampa settlement (the place which Khampa refugees from Tibet once captured and lived). We further keep walking past the Phu Khola on a rocky trail and finally reach the Phu village in another 3 to 4 hours.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 08: Acclimatization at Phu Gaon
Today is the scheduled acclimatization day whereby we are suggested to rest and get acclimatized with the altitude. As we are in the Lost/Hidden Valley, we can explore the culture, natural diversity, and religious practices of the ethnic groups like Lama, Gurung and Ghale in here. Besides this, we can trace out how people make their survival depending on agriculture, animal breeding and seasonal migrations in such remote location or in the hidden valley. It is also the day for us to explore the Tashi Lakhang Monastery – the old Buddhist Monastery listed out of the 108 world’s great Buddhist Monasteries; it is supposed to be the last monastery constructed by Karmapa Rinpoche. Apart from exploring the cultural avenues of the lost valley, the valley also offers us a great view of Himlung Himal and other snow peaks in the region.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 09: Phu Gaon to Nar (4,110m/13,484ft): 6-7 hours
The trail descends passing many streams and suspension bridges until Mahendra Pul which takes about 4 hours. We pass the high suspension bridge 80m over the Gorge of Lapche River. We have lunch in Mahendra Pul. After lunch, the trail steeply ascends passing many Buddhist stupas until Nar Village which takes about 2 hours. We find several Buddhist Monasteries here to visit coupled with the glorious vistas of Pisang Peak and other small peaks.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 10: Acclimatization and preparation at Nar
This is the second scheduled acclimatization/rest day for this trek. We spend the day taking a day hike nearby and explore Nar village and have a close look over the local culture and lifestyle. We also prepare for the trek next day.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 11: Nar to Kang La Pass (5,322m/17,460ft) to Ngwal (3,660m/12,008ft): 7-8 hours
Today is adventurous day with long day hike so we get up early in the morning and head to Kangla pass. From pass we can see the Annapurna massif. We further trek down to Ngwal from there.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 12: Ngwal to Manang (3,540m/11,614ft): 4-5 hours
From Ngwal, we head for Manang today. We pass through the isolated village of Paugh overlooking the amazing views of Annapurna range. We then move gently uphill to Mungli and then to the main trail of Annapurna Trail at Mungli. We eventually reach Manang, where we set up our camps for overnight stay.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 13: Manang to Yak Kharka (4,110m/13,484ft): 3-4 hours
From Manang village, the trail crosses a stream, climbs to a village of Tenki above Manang, and then continues to climb out of the Marshyangdi Valley turning northwest up the valley of Jarsang Khola. The trail follows this valley northward, passing a few pastures, a scrub of juniper trees, as it steadily gains elevation. The trail further passes near the small village of Ghunsa, a cluster of flat mud roofs just below the trailhead. Now the trail goes through meadows where horses and yaks graze. After crossing a small river on a wooden bridge, the trail passes an ancient old Mani wall in a pleasant meadow and then reaches another small village of Yak Kharka.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 14: Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,600m/15,092ft): 3-4 hours
We make our way to the foot of the pass, Throng Phedi today. Thorong Phedi is a small busy settlement catering to the needs of tired trekkers and climbers. Trekkers like us use this point as a base camp. Some visitors also attempt a hike to the High Camp today so that the next day can be easier for them. But, Himalayan Glacier's team leader does not advise this. Although we will have a tough day tomorrow, we stop at Thorong Phedi so that we can have sound sleep in lower altitude rather than risking sleeping in a higher altitude at High Camp.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 15: Thorong Phedi to Thorong La (5,416m/17764ft) to Muktinath (3,800m/12,467ft): 7-8 hours
Crossing the arduous Thorong La Pass at a dizzying height of 5,416m/17,764ft is another highlight of this trek. An early start is important to go through the icy high-altitude trail. But the picturesque mountain vistas are more than compensates the strenuous walk through the grueling trail. We reach Muktinath by sunset which is an important pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhist. We can stroll around the area which hosts a Vishnu temple and a Monastery nearby.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 16: Muktinath to Jomsom (2,715m/8,910ft): 5-6 hours
We begin descending down the dramatic Kali Gandaki Gorge through the arid land. We pass by Jharkot and Khingar villages which has typical Tibetan architecture. Following the valley floor most of the way sprawled along the banks of the Kali Gandaki, we reach Jomsom.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 17: Jomsom to Pokhara Flight (827m/2,700ft): 30 min flight (additional days for pokhara trek via Poonhill)
After breakfast we fly to Pokhara. The scenic flight takes us through the gorge of the two huge mountains, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. On arrival at Pokhara airport, we will be transferred to lakeside hotel. We get some rest and explore the beauty of Pokhara Valley in the evening. While we leisurely walk along the bank of Fewa Lake, the second biggest lake of Nepal while admiring the mountain view of Machhapuchhare. We can also go for a boat-ride in Fewa Lake or take a short hike to the World Peace Pagoda. We can end the day with a leisurely stroll around the mesmerizing lakeside area.
Included meals: Breakfast

Day 18: Pokhara to Kathmandu (1,300m/4,428ft): 5-6 hours drive
Early morning after breakfast, we drive to Kathmandu (208km) via Prithvi Highway, takes 6hrs approximately (option of flying from Pokhara to Kathmandu, takes extra cost). Along the way we will stop in scenic spots, for lunch and to get fresh as well, en-route you experience the countryside which is lays with greenery, rivers, local villages, farm lands and beautiful mountain scenarios. Upon on arrival in Kathmandu you have an option of your own.
Included meals: Breakfast Dinner

Day 19: Final departure 

Cost Includes

  • Welcome in Airport by garland
  • Airport Pick up & Drop Transportation by private vehicle
  • Twin sharing accommodation at Kathmandu in 2 star to 5 star hotel with breakfast
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu Escorted with English Speaking Guide & Entrance fee
  • Two-way ticket in domestic fixed wings Air craft, Kathmandu by local bus or private jeep
  • Accommodation in tea house during trek, lodge and Home-stay
  • Meals (Breakfast, lunch, dinner) in trekking
  • 4 seasonal sleeping bags
  • trekking map for group
  • All necessary paper work & Permits
  • All cost for a staff (A First Aid and Eco trained & Government licensed holder English Speaking guide and one Porter between each two clients while on trek )
  • Salary, equipment, transportation & Insurance of trekking staff
  • National Park Fee
  • TIMS
  • First aids kit
  • Travel & Rescue arrangement.
  • All government taxes.
  • Farewell dinner

Cost Does not Include:

  • International Airfare
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 40 per person for 30 days)
  • Airport Departure taxes/Excess baggage charges.
  • Lunch/Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Travel Insurance
  • Medical evacuation in case of emergency.
  • Personal spending money.
  • Personal gears & clothing (available on hire)
  • Client's insurance, Items of personal nature i.e. Soft/hard drinks, Tips etc.
  • Expenses incurred due to mishaps, landslide, strikes, political unrest etc. In such case extra will be charged as per actual

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