Nar Phu Valley Trek
Nar Phu Valley is a valley hidden among the mist of the Annapurna Region. With a very low amount of tourists visiting these valleys, the place is still intact in its original and typical persona.
The Nar Phu Valley Trek amalgamates a travel towards the hidden gems of the country along with the information on the lifestyle, tradition, and value of the local people. The valley of Nar and Phu is set along the trails of the Annapurna Circuit Trek but, is deviated a bit after Dharapani. Not only does this trek reveals the hidden valley but also shows the involvement of high Annapurna peaks such as Annapurna, Manaslu, Dhaulagiri, Hiunchuli, and such in creating a perfect balance of beauty. Besides the mountain backdrops, these valleys are most famous for its monasteries and cultures rather than any other features.
Nar Phu Valley Trek takes approximately 20 days to complete but, this can also be tailored according to the routes and number of activities. Sightseeing of the urban Kathmandu and Pokhara valleys with an adventure to the rural Nar and Phu valleys make this trip a great choice for travelers.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Sightseeing around Kathmandu
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Chamje (1410m)
Day 04: Chamje to Dharapani (1960m)
Day 05: Dharapani to Koto (2610m)
Day 06: Koto to Meta (3560m)
Day 07: Meta to Phu Valley (4080m)
Day 08: Acclimatization Day at Phu Valley
Day 09: Phu Valley to Nar Phedi (3490m)
Day 10: Nar Phedi to Nar Village (4110m)
Day 11: Nar Village to Ngawal (3650m) via Kang La Pass (5240m)
Day 12: Ngawal to Manang (3540m)
Day 13: Manang to Yak Kharka (4110m)
Day 14: Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4600m)
Day 15: Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3800m) via Thorong La (5416m)
Day 16: Muktinath to Jomsom (2670m)
Day 17: Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara
Day 18: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu
Day 19: Free day in Kathmandu
Day 20: Departure
Arrival in Kathmandu
Arrive at the capital of Nepal, Kathmandu from our respective start points. Freshen up and stroll around the typical streets of the historical city and relinquish in its delicious cuisine for dinner.
Sightseeing around Kathmandu
On this day, we will spend the day looking around the World Heritages of the Kathmandu valley. We will visit the UNESCO listed sites such as the three Durbar Squares of the Kathmandu Valley and then make preparations for our tour starting from the next day. Also, manage all of our climbing equipment and prepare ourselves for the glorious climb a few days later.
Drive from Kathmandu to Chamje (1410m)
We embark on a long tiring yet beautiful drive to Chamje located at the Annapurna Region. Cover 173 kilometers of land filled with rural villages, rice terraces, and green hills to reach Besisahar after a lengthy drive. Feel the zigzag hilly roads and the sounds of the flowing Marsyangdi River. From Besisahar, we will drive towards the village of Chamje. Rest and feel the cool dry air of the village.
Chamje to Dharapani (1960m)
Start off our trek early in the morning after breakfast. We will cross a suspension bridge before hiking uphill to get to Sattale. Keep on ascending along the dense rhododendron forest and terraced farmlands. As the trail gets flat, we will reach Tal from where we will descend towards the Marsyangdi Khola. From there, we will get to Karte village and some while later, we will get to Dharapani, a Gurung village.
Dharapani to Koto (2610m)
Hike through the forest of pine and rhododendron to get to the village of Bagarchhap. We will then, walk up to the Danaque village to steeply ascent to get to Timang. Get past the Latamarang village to get to Koto. En-route, enjoy the views of Annapurna, Manaslu, and Peak 29.
Koto to Meta (3560m)
First thing first, register ourselves according to the restricted area permit. Hike downhill towards the river and then cross the river to enter the hidden Nar & Phu valleys. Hike past caves, forests, and canyons to finally get to the village of Meta. The climb before Meta is steep and slippery so we all should be careful before the last stretch.
Meta to Phu Valley (4080m)
Hike along the trails to find chortens and Mani walls all along the way! Hike downhill along the ridge and then hike uphill to get to the steep trails of Phu Valley. We will first arrive at Kyang before getting to the village of Phu Gaon. Along the way, we will be able to see the Khampa Settlement and the Phu Khola. Khampa settlement was a resident of Tibetan refugees.
Acclimatization Day at Phu Valley
A day for acclimatization as well as for exploration around the Phu Valley. Explore the small alleyways, scarce vegetation, and rural life of the Phu Valley. Also discover the tradition and culture of the people living here. Usually, this place has the people of castes like Lama, Gurung, Ghale, and such similar ethnic groups. This place also holds the Tashi Lakhang Monastery. This temple is one of the oldest Buddhist monasteries of the country and is also considered to be one of the 108 great monasteries of the world as this Gompa was the last establishment of the Karmapa Rinpoche. Apart from this, the view of Himlung Himal, Manaslu, and Annapurna is marvelous from here.
Phu Valley to Nar Phedi (3490m)
Today, we will follow our footsteps back to the village of Meta. From there, we will deviate midway to get to the Nar Phedi. The place only has the Nar Phedi Monastery in its surroundings. Explore the monastery and enjoy the view from Nar Phedi.
Nar Phedi to Nar Village (4110m)
An easy trek for today! We will get out of Nar Phedi to hike uphill towards the Nar Village. Along the way, we will get to see the Mahendra Pul and the Lapche River. This village is a lot more social than that of the Phu Valley. All around the village, we can find chortens and prayer flags. This part of the village offers more comfy lodges than that of its counterpart, Phu Valley.
Nar Village to Ngawal (3650m) via Kang La Pass (5240m)
One of the longest days of our trek! Get up early and start hiking uphill to get to the Kang La Pass. The pass offers extraordinary views of the Annapurna Circuit and the high peaks of the Annapurna Massif. Descend from the pass to get to the village of Ngawal to spend the night.
Ngawal to Manang (3540m)
Hike along the rural village of Paugh to later move uphill towards the Mungli Village. From Mungli, we will need to drop downhill to finally get to one of the driest valleys of the country, Manang.
Manang to Yak Kharka (4110m)
Start off early from Manang downhill to the village of Gunung. The climb down is strenuous than other days. From there, keep on walking on flat land to get to the village of Yak Kharka.
Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4600m)
Start with a climb up to the village of Ledar. After an hour or so of trekking from Ledar, we will descend down to Kone Khola and cross the bridge before climbing up again. From there, it’s an easy trail to Thorong Phedi.
Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3800m) via Thorong La (5416m)
Today is also a little challenging. We will start off early since we have to cross the Thorong La Pass to avoid some strong winds at the pass during the midday. Climb up steeply to get to the top of the pass. Enjoy the panoramic views of the Annapurna massif. Descend down towards the dry land to get to the holy land of Muktinath.
Muktinath to Jomsom (2670m)
Enjoy the walk around the Muktinath temple during the morning. After breakfast, we will follow the trail to Jharkot and then to Khongar. Onwards, follow the road until, we get to Jomsom. This village is the administrative center of the Mustang Region. While in Jomsom, enjoy its sweet apples and a local wine called, Marpha.
Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara
Get on an early flight to Pokhara! Check in at the hotel and stroll around the scenic place all day round. Pokhara is famous for Fewa Lake and its other natural sightseeing and adventure filled destinations.
Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu
Cover up 204.5 kilometers of land as we travel from Pokhara to Kathmandu along the Prithvi Highway. Drive along the Trishuli River and enjoy your ride. Check-in at the hotel and then, rest for the day or stroll around the busy streets of Thamel.
Free day in Kathmandu
A free day for us! We will visit the remaining world heritage sites of the valley such as Swoyambhunath, Pashupatinath, and Bouddhanath. Also, shop for souvenirs for our loved ones.
After a fun-filled adventure, we will travel back to our respective end point with a promise to be back for more.