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Nar Phu Valley Trek

Nar Phu Valley Trek

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Trip Information

Trip Duration

17 Nights 18 Days

Difficulty Level

Hard

Destination

Nepal

Maximum Height

5322 m

Guiding Method

Trekking

Best Season

All time

Highlights

  • Cross the Kang La Pass (5,322m/17,460ft) for sweeping views of Annapurna range.
  • Discover the remote Buddhist region, with its Monasteries and Gompas.
  • Trek into the heart of the Annapurna region and through the less trodden trail.
  • Trek through the lush evergreen forests and hidden valleys.
  • Explore the Nar and Phu village and soak up the local Culture.

The Nar Phu trek is one of the different and extraordinary treks around the Annapurna region. If you want to experience something different and diverse in your trip then this trek can be the best choice for you. If you love to travel through the wilds and along the rough and rugged terrain and through the less travelled trail, the Nar Phu trek is the one for you.

 

This trek will take you through many villages where you will get to experience the traditional culture and lifestyle from close. Mostly Mongolian tribes reside in this region. The warm hospitality offered by the Nepalese people at the lodges and tea houses along the way is appreciative. The vast cultivation areas and pasture land for yak grazing looks simply beautiful with the mountainous beauty in the background. The village areas have various chortens, gompas and monasteries. We will be visiting these sites as well. People here mostly follow Buddhist religion and you will get the chance to observe their religious practices from close.

 

The trails at times get narrow and rough, and sometimes become difficult to walk due to steepness. Despite the strenuous walk the exceptional natural beauty with the walk through the lush evergreen forests make you forget the pain and makes the walk more pleasurable. The major highlight of this trek is visiting the Nar and Phu valley. These valleys are often called the hidden valleys as they are situated at the remote area. The settlement areas here are uniquely built and this will give you a chance to understand the remote lifestyle from close. Overall, this trek offers you variety of experiences of walking through the rugged terrain along with enjoying the beauty of wilderness. 

 

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Itinerary

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport we offer you pick up facility from the airport and manage your stay at the most comfortable hotel in the city. You get to meet the team of trekkers and together we prepare for the trek. At the evening we offer you lavish welcome dinner with authentic Nepali Cuisine.

Accommodation
3 star

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Private car

We offer you short trip to historical and cultural sites around Kathmandu valley: Boudhanath Stupa, Swayambhunath Stupa and Pashupatinath temple. You can also do some souvenir shopping during the sightseeing. After sightseeing we head back to hotel and get our clothing and trekking equipments ready and prepare for the trek.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Private car

In the early morning we catch a bus to Besisahar, our destination for the day. The bus heads towards west from Kathmandu. We enjoy the bus ride watching the green scenery around. The bus heads ahead towards Dumre and from there, towards Besisahar. Upon reaching Besisahar we take rest and prepare for our night stay at a lodge.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

Today we will start our trek from Besisahar. We take a walk through secondary road with Marsyangdi river flowing down below on our right. We cross Ghalegaon, Bhulbhule and Nadi Bazar on our way. We follow the Annapurna route towards Dovan Chaur. After a short walk from Lampata we finally reach Bahundanda. The place has hotels, lodges, a check point, temple, school and also a view tower. We will spend the night at Bahundanda. During the journey we can enjoy view of peaks like Manaslu and Himchuli which add beauty to our trek.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We start our trek walking through Annapurna route towards Badalbisauna. From there the walk ahead will take us to Khorikhet which has human settlement area. The beautiful landscapes and terraced fields make the area more charming and enticing. Moving ahead from Syange we reach the suspension bridge over Marsyangdi river. We cross the bridge and take the trail towards Jagat. We pass through school and temple on our way. These places have fewer human settlements. On the way we get to enjoy the beauty of magnificent waterfall. Finally we reach Chyamche. The place is also called Chyamche. We will spend the night at Chyamche.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We start our trek early in the morning taking the steep uphill climb towards Sattale. There is Nandi river flowing on our left. We continue our walk and then reach Tal. The area has hotels, lodges ad schools. There are also temples and view point. We can also visit ACAP office there. The village area looks beautiful with thatched houses around. Leaving Tal behind we follow the uphill trail alongside the Marsyangdi river and we reach Dharapani. This place has more facilities. There are temples and monasteries. We get to view the Buddhist cultural practices and monasteries and Chhortens being decorated with prayer flags. From Dharapani we head towards Bagarchhap. Night at Bagarchhap.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

From Bagarchhap the trek starts with uphill walk. The ascent will take us to Danakyu. From there the trail separated into two ways; the upper trail and lower trail. Our walk will be accompanied by beautiful view of mountains. Further uphill walk takes us to Timang village. Then the trail passes through forest area and crosses Latamro and Thanckok villages on the way. We then finally reach Koto village. We will spend the night at lodge there.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

The walk for today starts along the trail through Nar Phu Khola gorge with the river flowing on our left. We cross few suspension bridges and small streams on our way. The trail also passes though forest areas. We then reach Dharmasahala. From there the trail takes uphill turn and we head towards Meta. After passing the strenuous uphill climb we finally reach Meta village standing atop the Tibetan plateau. We will spend the night at a teahouse there.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We will be passing through many uphill and downhill trails before reaching Junam Goth. From there the downhill walk will take us across Chyako after crossing a stream on the way. Walking further ahead the trail takes us down to Kyang. After few hours of strenuous we finally reach the great wall and then towards the entrance to the Phu valley. We cross the bridge and pass through some chortens. The village is clustered and gives a unique view. We will spend the night at a teahouse.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

Today we will take a rest at Phu Gaon for the purpose of acclimatization. In order to adjust our body to the rising altitude and changed environmental condition, it is essential that we give some time for acclimatization so that we can prevent any possible health issue or altitude sickness. We will explore around the village and visit some notable sites like Thashi Lakhang monastery. We will walk down to the settlement area and observe the lifestyle of people from close. We will then get back to the teahouse for the night’s stay.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We leave Phu Gaon early in the morning and head downhill. We will cross few suspension bridges over the rivers on the way and continue walking ahead towards Nar. The landscape we get to see during our walk is simply amazing. The view gives us a pleasurable feeling. There is vast cultivation land on the way before reaching Nar village. The scenic beauty is quite splendid. Night at teahouse.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We will spend the day roaming around the village and meeting people and observing their lifestyle from close. We will do light walk so that it will help in acclimatization process. We will be exploring the village and visiting chortens and gompas there. We will return to the teahouse for our night’s stay.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We will start our trek leaving the Nar village early in the morning. We will pass through beautiful pasture land before reaching the base of Kang La Pass. From the base the trail takes uphill turn. After few hours’ climb we will reach Kang La Pass. The great view of Annapurna range can be observed from there. We will then walk downhill towards Ngwal. The trail is quite rough and hard here. We pass through beautiful waterfall before finally reaching Ngwal. Night at a lodge there.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We leave Ngwal early in the morning and walk through the downhill trail. The trail will take us to Humde. From there we continue our trek uphill through the forest area. During the climb we get to enjoy the beauty of mountains like Annapurna I and IV. The trail takes downhill turn and towards Marsyangdi river. After a short walk we reach Pisang and crossing the bridge over the river we continue with our walk. The trail then passes through the forest area and shortly afterwards we come across Dhikur Pokhari. We continue walking until we reach Chame. Night at a lodge there.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We start our trek early as usual. The trail takes us downhill towards Koto and from there further ahead towards Latamro. We walk further ahead with uphill climb leading us to Timang. Then the trail passes through the pine forest. We get to enjoy the view during the walk. We will pass though bagarchhap and Dharapani and head ahead taking downhill trail that will finally take us to the village of Tal. Night at a lodge there.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

Today we will be heading towards Besisahar as the destination for today. We walk through the trail alongside the Marsyangdi river. After quite a walk the trail will take downhill turn and passes through the forest area. The walk ahead leads us to the vast cultivation area and few settlement areas. The sight is amazing to look at. We then finally reach Besisahar. Our trek on foot ends at Besisahar. Night at a lodge there.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We take an early bus from Besisahar to Kathmandu. The bus heads towards Dumre and from there the drive follows the Prithvi Highay. We enjoy the bus ride observing the natural beauty, landscapes and settlement areas. We will then finally reach Kathmandu. You will be driven to the hotel where you get to take a good rest. At the evening we offer you lavish farewell dinner on successful completion of the trek. We will share our experiences and stories together. Night at the hotel.

Accommodation
3 star

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Public bus

Today is the final day and we get ready for the departure. We offer you the facility to drop at the Tribhuvan International Airport. We exchange final greetings and wishes and hope to see each other next time as well. We wish pleasant journey and bid the final goodbye.

Meal
Breakfast

Transportation
Private car

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What's Included

Meal

  • Breakfast,Lunch and dinner during the trek.
  • Fresh seasonal fruits after the dinner (while on the trek).

Accomodation

  • Lodge expenses during the trek.
  • Stay in the city at finest hotel (Can upgrade of the accommodations to luxury hotels / lodge is possible at extra cost).

Staffs & Crew

  • Insurance of guide and porter.
  • Licensed, experienced and English speaking trekking guide.
  • A porter and his entire expenses.

Transportation

  • Airport pickup and drop facility.
  • Kathmandu-Besisahar-Kathmandu drive in a public bus

Permits & Paperworks

  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)

Activities

  • Full day guided city tour in Kathmandu (Day 2) by a private vehicle.

Other

  • Down jackets and sleeping bags (provided upon request).
  • Nepal Ascent Treks duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map.
  • First aid medical kit

Complimentary Extras

  • Welcome and farewell dinner at one of the finest Nepalese Restaurant with traditional ethnic music and dance.
  • Local sim card
  • 1 hour trekkers massage / Yoga after the trip completion.

What's Not Included

  • Cost incurred during the tour around the city.
  • Nepal arrival visa.
  • Cost for additional trips.
  • Travel insurance which covers emergency rescue and evacuation.
  • Tipping to staffs (as an appreciation).
  • Meals in the city except for breakfast and other mentioned special dinner.
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)

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Essential Info

Physical Fitness

Many people have questions as to what level of physical fitness is required for visiting Nepal, and that is extremely reliant on what activity the visitor is engaging in. With that said, for a standard trek of moderate grading (Everest Base Camp Trek is an example of moderate) the daily activity will be 7-8 hours, and elevation will generally not exceed 5,500 meters. The day’s trekking is sustained and will involve both long steep climbs, and descents with a variety of terrain underfoot from well-trodden paths, to rocks covered with ice or snow. A typical day would include a number of climbs or descents of 500 meters or more, starting after breakfast, resting at lunch, then continuous trekking until arriving at the teahouse.

In preparation for the trek, it is important to begin a training requirement at least 4 months before departing for Nepal. Three to four hours of aerobic exercise like running, walking, swimming, cycling & some gym work per week is the minimum and most will find it beneficial to add some basic strength training to their physical fitness routine. One of the best ways to prepare is to take practice hikes with a daypack roughly the same weight as what you will be taking on the trek. Do this only after a baseline of fitness has been reached. Moving fast is not the end goal, rather endurance is the focus, and will provide a more enjoyable and safe adventure.

Trekking Seasons in Nepal

There are two main seasons in which Nepal sees the most amount of visitors. Fall (September through November) being the most popular, and spring (March to May) coming in close behind. The summer months of June, July and August are the monsoon season and as such the trails are mostly washed out, and roads can sometimes be impassible due to landslide activates. Not to mention the view is non-existent. Still, there are a few places that lie in rain shadow areas and see significantly less rain if any at all, and summer can be a good time to visit these places. Winter is dry, but extremely cold and high passes become inaccessible due to ice and snow conditions. The temperature doesn’t usually fluctuate to a greater degree and the daytime temperature is around 20-25 degrees. However, the temperature starts to decrease as you gain altitude. The temperature can drop to around 0 to -10 degrees at night when staying at tented camps in Himalayan regions. However, it does not change as much in lower hilly regions and the nights are slightly colder than days.

Fall is the most popular because it’s after the monsoons, and the air is dry, the days are sunny, and everything is green in the lower valleys from the excessive rains. Spring is a popular choice because some rain returns, but the weather is generally warm and dry, and flowers are in bloom in the lower elevations.

Trekking Day

A typical trekking day begins with a cup of tea at around 6 in the morning. It is advised to pack your trekking gears in a duffle bag and essential supplies in your day pack in these early hours. After having breakfast, we begin the trek and head along the trail at around 8 am. The morning walk is designed to be longer as we begin with refreshed bodies and enthusiasm. Following a good morning’s walk, we make stop for lunch at around 11.30 am. The lunch involves group meals enjoying the vicinity around the stop. You can explore the surrounding or use the time according to your own consent. After resting for about an hour or two, we resume our trek to reach teahouse or camp by 3-4 pm. The afternoon walk is relatively shorter and can involve games and side trips as organized by the trekking guides. You also can enjoy breaks during the trek to relax, read or stroll around the area. You can converse with the local people and observe their lifestyle. Dinner is served around 7 in the evening to round off the day.

Meals and Accommodations

During the length of the trek, the accommodation style is commonly referred to as teahouse. These are family-run basic lodges that fill the role of the restaurant, meeting place, and boarding house for tourists. Electricity can be found in the rooms, which means one light bulb, and one or two outlets for charging electronics. The common areas are also lit by electricity. Teahouses may use solar, hydroelectric, or have electrical lines running into the village, so the commonality and availability of electricity may vary.

Most teahouses have private rooms, though if the trek is in a more remote or high altitude place dormitories are the norm. Each room has 1 or 2 single beds with basic bedding, and the bathroom is shared. Expect a mix of western and squat style toilets in the bathrooms.

Breakfast and dinner are taken at the teahouse and these lodges have large family style dining rooms centered on a stove to provide heat. The menu will have Nepali style western foods such as pasta, pizza, pancakes, burgers, and fries. Also on the menu is the traditional Dal Bhat meal. This is a lentil soup with rice and vegetable or meat curry. Most menus will also offer a smattering of local cuisine.

Travel Insurance

Many expeditions and tours require that travel insurance is purchased prior to arriving in Nepal, but other treks and tours may not. However, travel insurance is definitely an important consideration. There are a number of reasons to consider insurance. Firstly, it may be required, so check to see what is being asked for by the company. Second, Nepal is a landlocked country, and there are few direct flights. Travel in and out can encounter some disruptions and if purchasing insurance, make sure flight delays and cancellations are included. The next reason to choose insurance is that, though every safeguard is in place during your tour, there are always extenuating circumstances that may result in an accident. Read the fine print of insurance policies to ensure trekking or any other activity you are engaging in is covered, as some policies have stopped covering trekking in certain places. It is impossible to have a relaxing trip without the comfort of good insurance, so do the research and choose carefully.

Nepal Visa Entry Procedure

For entry into Nepal, there are visa requirements everyone (except Indian nationals) must complete before being allowed to pass through immigration. This is for air travel as well as overland transportation. Most visitors may obtain a visa to enter Nepal, however, there are exceptions. There are a number of entry points where you can obtain the visa upon arriving by land, but Tribhuvan International Airport is the only one for air transport.

Visa on Arrival Tourist Visa

Three options are available for entry

15-day single entry: US $30

30-day single entry: US $50

90-day multiple entries: US $125

Please have a passport valid for at least 6 months from the time of entry, and have cash ready, preferably in US dollars, though there are other currencies Nepal Immigration accepts. If you are entering via overland, you must have US cash and 3 passport photos. For arrival by air, the kiosks at the airport take your picture for you.

For the most up to date list of exceptions for visa on arrival or to obtain the most current visa information, visit the Nepal Department of Immigration website.

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)

Acute Mountain Sickness is usually seen in un-acclimatized people shortly after ascent to high altitudes. The condition occurs due to the thinning of air as the altitude increases. The condition, if not taken seriously and treated immediately, can be life-threatening and its symptoms can be seen generally above 3000 meters. Some of the symptoms of AMS are nausea, vomiting, tiredness, shortness of breath and cerebral pain. The treks are designed to properly acclimatize you to the change in high altitude climate and sufficient precautionary measures too are taken to take utmost caution. We also equip our staffs with cell phones and satellite phones in occurrence of any emergency cases. We are greatly driven to keep the safety and security of our clients as our foremost concern.

Drinking Water

Water is essential for life, and clean water is imperative while on holiday. When choosing to visit less developed countries it is a concern that all travelers should consider. A few options are available when trekking or traveling in Nepal that will mitigate any chances of drinking contaminated water which could cause disruption of an otherwise fun adventure. The first consideration to take into account is that tap water should not be ingested. That even means when brushing your teeth. Most will choose to buy bottled water and if doing so make sure the cap has not been opened previously. Plastic bottle refuse is a problem, and with that being said there are other options on the market to assist in making water drinkable. Your local outdoor store can help with choosing what option might be best to use in conjunction with a reusable bottle. Your guide can also steer you to water that has been filtered and purified so ask him or her what is available.

Arrival Instruction

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, our company representatives are stationed to welcome you to the country. We request you to carefully look for your name being held by our representatives following the events upon landing. The representatives are responsible to escort you to your hotel in Kathmandu. You will see men offering you to carry luggage and take you to your destination as you exit the airport. We request you to pay no attention to these people and follow the designated representatives and follow their instructions. You will also need to keep an eye on your luggage and belongings to avoid any complicacies.

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