Nar Phu Valley Trek

Trip Summary

Label Detail
Geography Mountains/Forests
Location Manang
Level Of Difficulty Moderate
Duration 12 days
Max Aaltitude 5,240m
Religion Buddhist
Ethnic People Manangi/Khampa
Accommodation Hotel/Lodge/Teahouse
Transportation Tourist Bus/Private Vehicle
Minimum Pax 2

Detail Information

Nar Phu Valley Trek Highlights:

  • Witness glorious Himalayan views including the Annapurna, Damodar, and Himlung ranges
  • Explore the hidden valley of Nar Phu
  • Chance to observe the unique culture and local way of life of the Tibetan Khampa
  • Trek through the mesmerizing Annapurna Conservation Area

Nar Phu Valley Trek is located within the famed Annapurna region; however, its discreet trails take you to a different world altogether. Situated to the northeast of the Annapurna massif, this short journey is filled with Tibetan cultural glory. With the unique lifestyle and traditions of the Tibetans, the trek also offers plenty of opportunities to relish at the sights of the Himalayas. The Nar Phu Valley is home the Khampa who fled from Tibet and settled here. As such the blend of culture and nature is enchanting on the trek.

The journey kicks off with the exploration of the UNESCO world heritage sites spread throughout the Kathmandu Valley. These are the carriers of ancient art, culture, and ethos that have shaped the people in Nepal. After exploring Kathmandu, we head to Koto crossing Besisahar en route. The journey is a pleasant one snaking past pleasant hilly landscapes and gurgling rivers. The first day of our trek takes us all the way to the hamlet of Meta from where we head to Phu village the next day. Leaving Meta, we join the company of arid lands that completely envelope the Nar Phu Valley. The hamlet of Phu sports several old monasteries boasting a rich cultural way of life and religious practices. Taking a day off at Phu, we make our way towards the Himlung Base Camp for the day. The hike is filled with an abundant backdrop of the Himalayas including the Himlung Himal (7126m). The next day sees us travel over towards Nar Phedi from where we head to Nar village. Crossing the stunning Kang La Pass (5,320m), the highest point of our trip, the journey takes us towards Ngawal. Descending towards the hamlet of Pisang we make our way towards Besisahar which concludes our journey.

We, here at Nepal Alibaba Treks, are dedicated to offering the best travel experiences to our clients. With experienced guides and all necessities are taken care for, we are sure the journey will be a memorable one. We are here to make sure that you can enjoy it to the fullest.

Nar Phu Valley Trek Map:

Itinerary Summary

Outline

Day Day 01: Welcome to Kathmandu |1,300m

After landing at Tribhuvan International Airport, one of our office representatives will welcome you and drive you directly to the hotel. After freshening up from the day's journey you will be introduced with the guides and other members of the staff. Wrapping up the activities of the day you are free to explore the nearby areas. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Today, we explore the valley touring the premium destinations beginning from the Swayambhunath stupa. The journey takes us to the temple perched atop the hill boasting beautiful views of the valley down below. Next up is the Hindu temple of Pashupatinath recognized by the numerous temples around the Pashupatinath vicinity. Heading towards the famed Kathmandu Durbar Square the journey takes a cultural turn before resting at Boudhanath. Overnight in Kathmandu.
The day begins early as we make our way out of the valley. Crossing the lush hills, we are welcomed by the winding bends of Prithvi Highway heading further west. With the Trishuli River joining us midway, the journey heads towards Besisahar. After a brief rest at Besisahar, we continue our journey heading towards Koto for our first night on the go. Overnight in Koto.
Along the tranquil banks of Soti Khola, we begin our journey heading towards the hamlet of Meta. Guided by the sublime views of Mt. Manaslu (8,163m) and Peak 29 (7,181m), the journey enters the hidden valley of Nar Phu. Through the lush green forests filled with pine, oak, and juniper trees the hilly trail takes us on an ascending run heading towards Dharmasala. With the snowy summit of Annapurna II (7,937m) covering the skyline, we make our way towards Meta. Overnight in Meta.
The rising altitudes are reflected in the thinning forests as the journey continues its ascending run heading through sparse vegetation. Enjoying the mesmerizing views of the Himalayan panorama surrounding us, we make our way towards the hamlet of Kyang where we come across the ruins of castles and towers previously used by Khampa as they fled away from Tibet. Continuing on, we are greeted by the sandy banks of Phu Khola; from where we head towards Phu.
Taking a day off in the Himalayas is never a dull affair especially in the vibrant hamlet of Phu. The day begins with the sunrise over the Himalayas as we head towards the Lhakhang Monastery. After exploring the monastery, we continue our acclimatization hike to Himlung Base Camp. The trail offers plenty of views of the Himalayas and is a pleasant hike to the base camp located at an altitude of 4,080m. Overnight stay at Phu.
Today, we make our way towards the Nar Phedi located at the base of Nar village. The journey begins heading past several suspension bridges entering the lush green forests filled with pine, fir, and rhododendron trees. Crossing Mahendra Pul, we take on the gorge above Lapcha Khola heading deeper into the valley. Through the seas of prayer flags and Chortens, we are welcomed onto the Nar Phedi. Overnight in Nar Phedi.
One of the shorter days of the trek, today, we make our way towards the hamlet of Nar. The journey heads on an ascending run through the forested bends all the way to the top. Located on top of the Nar Khola, the hamlet is a cultural delight with the unique way of life of the locals. Another of the premium destinations of the journey we spend the night at Nar Village getting familiar with the locals and their way of life.
The longest day of the trek, today, we make our way towards the hamlet of Ngawal crossing the Kang La Pass (5320m). The Himalayan pass is the highest point of our journey and boasts panoramic views of the Himalayas in Himlung, Damodar, and Annapurna ranges. After making the difficult climb and relishing the views of the Himalayas, we gradually descend to Ngawal. The descent is equally stunning with mesmerizing views of the lush green valley’s down below. Overnight in Ngawal.
The final day of the trek we make our way back to the hamlet of Pisang descending through the lush green forests. As the Himalayas are eclipsed by the rising hills, we are once again welcomed by the lovely folds of the valley. Enjoying the hilly landscapes, we make our way back to Pisang from where we drive back to the town of Besisahar.
Once again, the journey takes on the bends of Prithvi Highway as we continue our journey back to the valley. With the Trishuli River beside us guided by the hilly landscape, the way back is equally pleasant. Back at Kathmandu, we head directly back to the hotel just in time for a lovely farewell dinner. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Our representatives will drop you back at Tribhuvan International Airport just in time for your flight back home. We hope you had a lovely time with us and we look forward to seeing you again.
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Cost Dates

Cost Includes

  • All Airports/Hotel transfers by private vehicle.
  • Accommodation in 3 stars category Hotels in Kathmandu and in Pokhara with Breakfast.
  • Accommodation in Tea Houses or Local Lodges or Local Hotels on twin sharing basis during your trekking days.
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during your trekking days.
  • Permit fees for National Parks and Conservation Area entry as well as Trekkers Management Information Service (TIMS) Permit. Visit: http://www.nepalimmigration.gov.np/page/about-trekking-permit
  • All government officials and authorization necessary fees for your travel purpose.
  • Local tourist guide (according to your need) and Local Porter during your treks: – 1 Porter for 2 Tourists.
  • All your travel and rescue arrangements. (during any emergencies)
  • First Aid Kits and Medical supplies.
  • Welcome or Farewell dinner programs.

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal entry Visa fee and charges in Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu. Visit http://www.nepalimmigration.gov.np/page/tourist-visa
  • International Air Fare to and from Kathmandu, Nepal.
  • Extra Night accommodation and meals during your early arrival, late departure as well as any domestic flight delays (due to any specified reasons) especially in Everest Region than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Extra luggage charges.
  • Other any your personal expenses like phone calls, laundry, alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks, extra porters, bottled/boiled waters, hot shower, etc.
  • Other food items than normal meals as specified.
  • All your travel and rescue insurance in emergency situations.
  • Personal buying and souvenirs.
  • Tips during your hotels and restaurant visit.
  • To purchase or rent any type of equipment or gears for personal use.
  • To purchase special medicines and kits.

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