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Nar Phu Valley Trek
Nar Phu Valley Trek
Nar Phu Valley Trek
Nar Phu Valley Trek
Nar Phu Valley Trek
Nar Phu Valley Trek
Nar Phu Valley Trek
Nar Phu Valley Trek
Nar Phu Valley Trek
Nar Phu Valley Trek

The Nar Phu Valley Trek is one of our favourite treks and we’d be delighted to help you explore this impressive region in Nepal.

The Naarphu Valley trek with Incredible Himalayan Sherpa Adventures takes you on a journey of cultural discovery and outdoor exploration. This trek exposes you to high peaks and passes, glaciers, and alpine valleys.

The Naarphu Valley lies north of the Kyupar villages on the way to Mangng. It is essentially an extension of the Annapurna treks. As part of the trek, we face the adventurous task of crossing the Kang La pass (5200m). But we will be rewarded with unique cultural experiences. This valley - like most of those close to the Tibetan border – has been generally closed for tourists until 2002. As a consequence, the Naar and Phu valleys are far removed in both time and space from the neighboring Annapurna circuit.

The trek takes you up steep gorges, past impressive chortens, herds of blue sheep and spectacular cliffs and finally over one of the region’s highest trekking passes. Reinforcing the adventurous spirit of this trip, we’ll pass by abandoned settlements that were once used by Khampa rebels (as well as mountaineering expeditions heading to close by mountain ranges). 

The Naar Phu Valley trek is an excellent adventurous journey and a great addition to a visit to the Manang region or the Manaslu trek. After Naar Phu trek, you could continue to Jomsom via the Thorung La or continue to Tilochio Lake and Meso Kangto La, Making full use of everything the region has to offer. 

Highlights

  • Authentic cultural experience
  • High snow-peaks, ancient villages and high altitude grazing settlements
  • Exotic hidden villages “Nar and Phu”
  • Many ancient monasteries 
  • Crossing the Kang La Pass with magnificent views of the Annapurna

Trip Facts

Duration: 21 days

Max altitude: 5320m

Difficulty: Medium to hard

Accommodation: Teahouse

Season: Spring/Fall/Winter

Equipment: Basic trekking gear

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m/4429 ft.)

Flying into KTM is a memorable experience with the Himalaya Spread out before you. After landed your flight in Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu (1350m), our airport representative will be waiting for you with your name written on the placard. We welcome you by offering Tibetan scarf and transfer to the hotel in a private vehicle. There will be a full trek briefing this evening.
Overnight at Hotel 

 

Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing

The day is spent visiting UNESCO World Heritage and cultural sites of Kathmandu. You will visit to ancient Buddhist and Hindu holy sites Swayambhu(Monkey Temple), planet's tallest Boudha Stupa, open cremation and sacred Hindu Temple Pashupatinath. After visit these three places return to hotel and prepare for trek and explore the tourist hub of Nepal Thamel where you can easily find all you need for trekking. Or if you just want to relax there are many cafes and bakeries serving excellent local tea and coffee. It is best to avoid the street food.
Meals Included: bed and breakfast
Overnight at Hotel 

 

Day 03: Scenic drive & trek to Bhulbulle (840m),5hr drive+2hr walk

We drive to Besi Sahar and walk to Bhulbulle. We follow the Prithvi Highway that leads to Mugling Bazaar and Dumre Bazaar. A short drive brings us to Besi Sahar from. From here we follow the east bank of the Marsyangdi River. The trip offers us a first experience of Gurung village and some good views of Himalchuli and Ngadi Chuli.
[Included meals: Bed & Breakfast]
Overnight stay at Hotel.

 

Day 04: With the sight of beautiful waterfall and incredible mountain view reach to Ghermu (1,140m), 5-6hr walk

Our trek begins up the east bank of the river and soon we cross the Sisne Khola. A few more hours over changing terrain brings us to Ghermu. The trip will offer us pleasant views of waterfalls, rice terraces and of course, some mountains. We’ll have our first chance to look at Manaslu.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight stay at Teahouse

 

Day 05: Trek to Tal, 5-6hr walk

We climb up a steep canyon and follow the road until we follow the trailalready taken by Tilman in 1950. A short descent past a small waterfall bring us to Jagat (1330m). We cross to the east bank of Marsyangdi and climb up a rocky trail past fields, bamboo and rhododendron forests. The trail ultimately leads us to Tal (1700m).
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight stay at Teahouse.

 

Day 06: Trek to Koto (2,670m), 6-7hr walk

Follow the route which leads to the north past, cross the suspension bridges continue trek to Khotro, Karte, Dharapani, Bagarchhap, Danaque, Timang and Thankchowk. From here short descend walk on wide range trail bring us to Koto village.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight stay at Teahouse.

 

Day 07:Taking steep drop to the suspension bridge and follow the trail through the narrow gorge to reach Dharmasala (3,220m), 5-6hr walk

Most of our today’s route will be through the shade of gorge which extend till Meta. From here we drop steeply down to the suspension bridge and continue drop route down from the chiseled cliff and trek until another suspension bridge. We enjoy wonderful wall of Annapurna. Crossing the side stream of Seti Khola and climb the steep forest of vertical cliff, pine and bamboo. Trekking through the cliff route reach to another suspension bridge and then we will pass the Hulaki Odar (Postman Cave). Following the route leads to the dramatically under a waterfall to arrive at Dharmasala
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight stay at Teahouse.

 

Day 08: Climb to past a landslip and goth, reach the white chorten and pass glacial moraine to reach Khyang (3,840m), 5-6hr walk

From here we past a landslip and goth to cross a side stream and continuing the path lead up to a white Chorten at 3540m. We trek through the wide bowl field where once Meta settlement inhabitant during winter. Spacious campsite here often used as base camp for climbers tackling 6981m Kang Guru. We have more tortuous trail from Meta which carry to more ascending and descending on glacial moraine and cross the stream. Further we pass the Chorten at Jhamuna (a former Khampa Settlement), stream, bridge, moraine and climb a small pass where we have a superb view of Annapurna. Finally, we drop down to Khyang (3840m), a winter settlement occupied for three months by the people of Phu.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight stay at Teahouse.

 

Day 09: Following the hair-raising section of curved trail around the cliff and trek aside the valley to reach Phu (4,070m), 4-5hr walk

From here, we trek through dry, desert-like gorge of Phu Khola and taking the hair-raising trail curved around the cliff. Continuing the east side of the valley, we pass the wooden bridge and ascend through a short staircase past a smooth eroded rock. We might see blue sheep grazing on the Khaki hillside. Continuing our trek lead to the tenuous trail steeply down along the huge rock spire and crossing the heart stopping bridge to enter the Phu region. Then we walk through the trail edges the hillside and descend down by passing the ruined Dzong reach to the collection of chorten besides a bridge. Now we follow the trail besides the Mani wall to reach the wonderful village of Phu (4070m).
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight stay at teahouse.

 

Day 10: Exploring the extraordinary village of Phu and hike up to Himlung Base Camp (4,920m),

We discover the astonishing village of Phu where the original fortified village is at the uppermost section. There are 40 households piled up on a bluff at the junction of a side valley. The meaning of Phu is ‘Head of the valley’ and the pyramid-shaped peak (6364m) to the north side is named after Birkuti the Nepali wife of King Tsrongsten Gampo (Tibet King). Then after we visit to Tashi Lhakhang Gompa, one of the most important monastery in Phu founded by the 10th Karmapa. The monastery contains a library, protector chapel and a menkhang (apothecary), lined with jars of herbs, potions and antibiotics. After we hike to Himlung base camp and return to Phu.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight stay at Teahouse.

 

Day 11: Tracing down the same route from Phu to reach Junam Goth (3,870m), 4-5hr walk

we retrace our steps which leads steps down to Phu Khola and crossing the wooden bridge. Leaving through the Kyang and the former Khampa settlement (Chyakhu), trail then lead to the glacial moraine and after crossing the side stream we reach to the Junam Goth which is also the former Khampa settlement.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight stay at Teahouse.

 

Day 12: Continuing the same trail down from Junam Goth to reach Naar (4,180m), 5-6hr walk.

Trek begins with descend the slope till we meet the bridge which lead us towards Naar village. Further we discover 80m deep gorge spectacular view of Pisang Peak and Kang Guru. Finally 3hr of walk through Chorten and long Mani wall bring us to Naar Village.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight stay at Teahouse.

 

Day 13: Taking gradual up from the Naar valley, traverse the yak pastures & trek along some descent and ascent to reach Kang La High (5,245m), 3-4hr walk

Trek commence on gradual up where Pisang Peak and razorback ridge to our left. Following our trail then leads to a pleasing yak pasture and we traverse it to reach Kang La Phedi (4620m). We just climb up from the pasture below where the trail steepens through the rocky ice route. Then we reach to a small flat area and before reaching at the glacial lake we walk through steepen and scree.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight stay at Teahouse.

 

Day 14: Ascend to the Kang La pass, having wonderful view of Annapurnas & descend down steep scree to Ngawal (3,615m), 5-6hr walk

Trek offer us outstanding view of Annapurnas, glacial lake. Kang La pass(5306m) decorated with the colourful prayer flags. From summit offer majestic entire overview of Manang valley, Annapurnas, Tilicho Peak and the Annapurna Circuit Trek trail which is 2000m down below in the valley. From here we descend down the steep scree, pass the rhododendron bushes walk bring us to Ngawal village (3660m).
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight stay at Teahouse.

 

Day 15: Descent to Braga and Continue to Yak Kharka via Manang Village (4,110m), 6-7hr walk

Initial trek begins with descend to Barga village and continue to Manang, From Manang we continue along the trail towards Marsyangdi valley and turn northwest up the valley of the Jarsang Khola. After reaching Yak Kharka, we hike the surrounding hills for a chance to see some famous bluesheep.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight stay at Teahouse.

 

Day 16: To Thorang High Camp

The day begins with an ascent up the valley and back down to cross the Jarsang Khola. From here a steep climb brings us up to the Thorang High Camp at 4,925m. The area becomes wilder and you can feel the adventurous spirit.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at Teahouse

 

Day 17: A challenging day over the Thorang La (5416m) pass

A challenging day at high altitude lies ahead. From the high camp, we follow the ascent route until we reach the prayer flags at the top (5416m). The ascent can feel much more challenging than the vertical distance suggests due to the high altitude and the occasionally unfavourable weather. The hard work is rewarded with a stunning panorama of snow-capped peaks and the Himalayan scenery above the Kali Gandaki valley through to the Annapurna range, Mukut and even the Mustang Himal to the west. A long and somewhat steep descent follows before the slope eases off to a gentle descent above Muktinath (3802m) which is a fascinating village; sacred to both Hindu and Buddhists. There are sacred shrines as well as numerous chorten with fascinating mythical background. Your guide will be happy to explain their cultural importance.
Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner
Overnight at Teahouse

 

Day 18: A pleasant day through fertile meadows to Marpha (2,680m), 5-6hr walk

From here we follow the road down to the steep, barren hillside that bring us to spectacular view point Jharkot (3500m). From Jharkot the trail leads us down to Khingar (3400m) and, in contrast to yesterday, is a very relaxed path among meadows, streams and apple orchards. We will find hundreds of cairn erected by pilgrims to honour departed ancestors. A short walk brings us to the gateway of upper Mustang: Kagbeni (2840m). To Marpha, in order to avoid the dust and unpleasant road, we take the route via the west bank and continue via Pagling before reaching Marpha.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight stay at Teahouse.

 

Day 19/20/21:Pokhara, Kathmandu & Departure

35Mins flight from Jomsom will bring you to Pokhara. You will explore in Pokhara by you own. But if you need assist company will help you. Next morning you will return to Ktm and another day you will departure from Ktm. A representative of IHSA will drop off you at the airport by private vehicle
[Included meals: Bed and Breakfast]

 

Included Services

+ All airport transfers. We’ll pick you up personally

+ Accommodation in a quality 3* hotel with breakfast in Ktm as per the itinerary [upgrade possible]

+ Private trek with an English speaking government licensed and ministry of tourism trained trekking guide with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance

+ 1 porter (between two clients) to carry your luggage during the trek (max 20 kg; i.e. 10kg pP)

+ Sightseeing in Kathmandu by private vehicle and professional English speaking guide

+ Fight from Jomsom to Pokhara & PKR to KTM by Tourist bus

+ Sharing bus from KTM to Besi-Sahar

+ Full board meals (Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner/main course) during the trek

+ Accommodation during the trek in carefully selected teahouses as per the itinerary

+ Annapurna Conservation Area Entry Permit for all members

+ Nar-Phu entrace special permits for all members

+ Trekkers Information Management System [TIMS] registration card

+ Duffel bag and trekking map (Duffel to be returned after trip completion)

+ First aid medical kit carried by the guide

+ Necessary paper works, all government and local taxes

+ Complimentary welcome or farewell dinner in Kathmandu with host family

 

Excluded Services

- International Airfare to and from your country

- Nepal Visa fee for on arrival entry visa (US$ 25 or equivalent for 15 days, US$ 40 for 30 days & US$ 100 for 90 days. You also require 2 passport sized photos)

- Travel & Health Insurance [needs to cover Emergency Helicopter Rescue at altitude]

- Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu

- Any alcoholic beverages, cold drinks and boiled mineral water as well as snacks, deserts etc. during the trek

- Tips for Guides & Porters

- Hot shower, battery charges (available at extra cost in lodges, sometimes free)

- Unforeseen expenses not under our control such as flight cancellations or delays, weather related issues, illness during the trek, rescue costs etc.

- Any other costs not specifically included. Please feel free to ask if in doubt.

Equipment

Trekking Equipment

Have a kindly bring following stated equipment for the camping/tented trek. The equipment you can buy in Kathmandu with different quality in good price.

Luggage:

01 large duffel bag: The Luggage is for to carry all your personal gear on the trekking. Should be strong and durable. The best size would be around 30" x 14", with a full-length zipper and handles.

1 rucksack or day pack: The bag is for to accommodate a sweater, rain gear, water bottle, camera and accessories and any miscellaneous items you need to have during the day. We recommend a pack with at least 1450cu. In capacity, or smaller if you are not carrying a large amount of camera equipment.

Head and Face Gear:

1. Sunhat

2. Sunglasses

3. Warm hat

4. Sunscreen with a very high SPF factor

5. Lip balm with a high SPF factor

6. An emergency light

Hands:

1. Lightweight gloves

Inner Clothing:

1. T-shirts

2. Thermal underwear- Top and bottom. Synthetic is best

3. Underwear

4. 2 shorts

5. 2 Trousers- (comfortable) One thin, one thick and warm

Outer Clothing:

1. down Jacket

2. Fleece Jacket (or a windproof jacket)

3. Waterproof jacket with a hood (or a poncho)

4. Waterproof pants

5. Baggy pants

6. 2 pairs of gloves/mittens (1 thin and 1 thick)

7. 1 sweater to be worn under the fleece jacket

Footwear:

1. Light weight walking boots- (leather is recommended)

2. Spare laces

3. 2 pairs of thick woolen socks.

4. 2 pairs of thin socks to be worn under the woolen socks

5. One pair of sandals or comfortable shoes for camp

Drinking Equipment:

1. Water Bottle

Purification equipment-Boiled drinking water will be provided but further purification with iodine or purification tablets is highly recommended.

Sleeping and Carrying Equipment:

1. 30-40 liter daypack

2. Water Proof Bag-A water proof bag to cover the rucksack

3. Sleeping Bag- Please brings a bag that can resist temperatures as low as -15 degrees Celsius

Personal Medical Kit:

1. Bandage for sprains

2. Plasters/Band-Aids

3. Iodine or water filters

4. Moleskin/Second skin - for blisters

5. Antiseptic ointment for cuts

6. Anti-bacterial throat lozenges (with antiseptic)

7. Aspirin/paracetamol - general painkiller

8. Oral rehydration salts

9. Broad-spectrum antibiotic (norfloxacin or ciprofloxin)

10. Anti-diarrhea medication (antibiotic)

11. Diarrhea stopper (Imodium - optional)

12. Diamox (altitude sickness - can be bought in Kathmandu)

13. Sterile Syringe set (anti-AIDS precaution)

Extras/Luxuries:

1. Binoculars

2. Reading book

3. Trail Map/Guide book

4. Journal & Pens

5. Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble

Toiletries:

1. 1 medium sized quick drying towel

2. Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)

3. Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)

4. Deodorant

5. Nail clippers

6. Face and body moisturize

7. Feminine hygiene products

8. Small mirror

 

Useful Information

Additional Options:

+Additional porter: 192 USD [16 USD per day]

We plan with one porter per 2 clients. If you require additional support, you can book an additional porter for the trip to lighten your load. A porter carries your bag pack for you and no more (20kg max. They don't often speak any English. They carry two backpacks that they will strap together. But you are strictly prohibited not take advantage of the porter. They are usually very proud people and will attempt to carry things that are just too heavy. Which is not good. You can leave your unnecessary stuffs in Kathmandu your hotel or our office you will not need on the trek.

Have a take small personal daypack with you. Your daypack should contain everything you need during the day but keep it as light as possible. Examples: water, some warm clothing, your camera, sunscreen, etc. Note that luggage you hand the porters might not be available to you during the day as they sometimes set their own pace.

+Hotel upgrade in Ktm: [65 USD for 4* hotel, 95 USD for 5* hotel per night]

If you feel like a little luxury before and after your trek, you can upgrade your hotel in Kathmandu to 4*/ 5* category.

Nepal Visas

You need visa for Nepal, which can be obtained in advance or on entry. If you wish to apply before departure the current visa cost is £20 for a 15 day visa and £35 for a 30 day visa for UK passport holders. The current cost of a visa on arrival is US$25 for 15 days, US$40 for 30 days or if extending your stay $100 for 90 days. All are multiple entry. The visa on arrival fee can be paid for in cash in US Dollars, Pounds Sterling or Euros. You will also need a passport photo. Application forms are available in the immigration hall (or for electronic passports there are visa registration machines which, after inserting your passport, automatically fill out a form for you). You must firstly join the queue to pay the visa fee, and then go to the relevant immigration desk to obtain your 15, 30 or 90 day visa stamp. There can be long queues for visas on arrival.

Travelers Insurance

While you do trips through Incredible Himalayan Sherpa Adventure, you will submit copy of your insurance certificate. Your insurance policy must coverage accidents, medical expenses and emergency evacuation including helicopter rescue and then personal liability. At the time of you do Insurance you should read the policy carefully whether your requirements are included or not. Incredible Himalayan Sherpa also advocated your Insurance policy coverage cancellation curtailment, loss of luggage and personal effects. If you have must proof of the Insurance receipt, you will do initiative otherwise you can’t get any compensation.

Helicopter Evacuation

Sometimes, Helicopter rescue situations can come due to unexpected accident, bad weather, road obstruction/blocked or other reasons. Anywhere you options for a helicopter trip in order to back to home early due to health issue and due to an emergency that may arise during the trip. In any cases, the expense of any helicopter flight is the only responsibility of you or your policy should be coverage in this cases.

Money and Tipping

Tipping is, Since the 1960s when trekking in Nepal was developed, there has been a tradition for groups and independent visitors to tip their crews at the end of a trek. Money and Tipping; it is best to bring a mixture of cash, USD, GBP, CAD, EUR. Ensure you have also small denominations. As a guideline for baseline spending money we suggest USD 8 - 10 per meal in Kathmandu(if you drink or smoke or plan some major shopping this could be higher). You should exchange enough money into Nepalese Rupees to last the entire time of your trek BEFORE leaving Kathmandu. There are no exchange facilities in the villages along the trail but plenty of money changers in KTM.

Duration
21 days
Season
Spring/Fall/winter
Region
Annapurna
Grade
Medium
Altitude
5320m
Walking
5hr
Accommodation
Tea-house
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