Nar-Phu Valley Trek 19 Days

$1570 USD
- 19 Days
- Moderate to Difficult
2-10 Pax

Trekking, Sightseeing

May to October

Private Car & Bus

Hotel & Lodge

Tea house

4200m

Breakfast in Kathmandu and Full board meals during the trek

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Nar-Phu Valley Trek Overview

Nar and Phu Valley were closed to tourists until 2002, and are far removed in both the time and space from the neighboring Annapurna Circuit. As you branch north up the Nar Valley, the flood of trekkers passing through Manang turns to a tiny trickle. Yak herding and agriculture remain the mainstays of the economy rather than tourism, and the traditional stone-walled villages seem to have maintained a lifestyle untouched for centuries.

The trek takes you up narrow gorges to medieval villages, past impressive chortens, herds of blue sheep and spectacular Cliffside trails, and finally over one of the region’s highest trekking passes. You will pass abandoned settlements once used by Khampa rebels and teams of mountaineers headed to the popular peaks of Himling, Kang Garu and Ratna Chuli.

The trek to Nar Phu Valley is an excellent, adventurous add-on while visiting the Manang region or partaking in the the Manaslu trek. After NarPhu, you could even continue to Jomsom, either over  the Thorung La or, if you are properly equipped, via Tilicho lake and Meso Kanto La, making full use of time.

Outline Itinerary

01: Arrival day (1,300m/4,264 ft)

02: Kathmandu Valley sightseeing and trek preparation (1,300m/4,264 ft)

03: Drive to Besisahar (760m/2,493ft) 7 hours

04: Trek to Bahundanda (1,398m/45,86ft) 6 and half hours

05: Trek to Chamje (1,410m/4,625ft) 5-6 hours

06: Trek to Bagarchhap(2,080m/6,824ft) 6 and half hours

07: Trek to Koto (2,720m/8,923ft) 5 hours

08: Trek to Dharamsala (2700m, 4 and half hours walk)

09: Trek to khyang (2800m, 4 and half hours walk)

10: Khyang to Phu ( 3 hours/230m)

11: Phu to Nar Phedi (5 and half hours/ 770m)

12: Nar Phedi to Nar(3 hours/700m)

13: Nar to Kang La Phedi (1 and half hour/440m)

14: Kang La Phedi to Ngawal (5 and half hours/1700m)

15: Trek to Chame

16: Trek to Tal (7 hours/

17: Trek to Besisahar (8 hours/

18: Drive to Kathmandu (7 hours drive/

19: Departure day

Nar-Phu Valley Trek Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival day (1,300m/4,264 ft)

Upon arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, we will welcome you and take you to the Hotel.  We can meet later on that day or the next day to take you to our head office to brief you on your upcoming trek with us. Here, we will introduce you to your trekking guide and Sherpa. If your flight arrives on time, we will take you to one of the most popular local restaurants with delicious Nepalese food, cultural music and ethnic dance. This will give you a glimpse into the different ethnic groups of the country. If you arrive late in the evening we can do this the next day. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu Valley sightseeing and trek preparation (1,300m/4,264 ft)

After breakfast, you will begin a city tour of Kathmandu where you will see the main attractions of the valley. On this tour you will visit the Boudhnath Stupa, Pashupatinath temple, Swyambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple), and Kathmandu Durbar Square (the old palace). After the city tour, we will meet again to check your clothing and trekking equipment (sleeping bag, down jacket and trekking boots). Overnight in Kathmandu.
 

Day 03: Drive to Besisahar (760m/2,493ft) 7 hours

Our guide will meet you at the hotel as per departure time and takes you to the bus station where your journey starts towards west of Kathmandu through Prithivi highway till Dumre. This is an excellent drive which has interesting scenery of the mountains, rivers, waterfalls and jungle as well as farm terraces and village. Overnight at the lodge.
 

Day 04: Trek to Bahundanda (1,398m/45,86ft) 6 and half hours

After breakfast, an easy walk through the dusty road towards north of the valley and ends at Bhulbhule before crossing the suspension bridge over Marsyangdi River. On this trail, you will enjoy the view of Mt. Manaslu and Nagdi Chuli including many waterfalls and Gurung village. After that the trail leads uphill to Bahundanda for overnight stay.

Day 05: Trek to Chamje (1,410m/4,625ft) 5-6 hours

After breakfast, the trail drops steep down to the bottom of the hill and few up downs to Syange to cross suspension bridge. There is mind-blowing view of waterfall at Syange. Then the trail continues to Chamje. Overnight at the lodge.
 

Day 06: Trek to Bagarchhap(2,080m/6,824ft) 6 and half hours

Today the trail drops down to the river to Tal Phedi. There is a short steep climb to get to the Tal and an easy walk through the valley. Tal is a first village of Manang District which is located on the bank of the Marsyangdi River and has a entrance gate that is influenced by Tibetan culture. Then the trail continues up and down to Dharapani village and continues up to Bagarchhap for overnight.
 

Day 07: Trek to Koto (2,720m/8,923ft) 5 hours

After breakfast, the trail slightly climbs up to Danaque from where you will enjoy the view of Mt.Manaslu. There are two ways to get to the next village but we will take you through the higher route which has an excellent view of mountains and passing through the old village of Tyanja. Then easy walk through the pine forest to Koto for Overnight.

Day 08: Trek to Dharamsala (2700m, 4 and half hours walk)

Nar-Phu has long been considered a  ‘hidden land’, and even these days most Annapurna trekkers stride straight past the entrance to the valley without even realizing it. The branches off the Annapurna Circuit at Koto (Qupar). The trail climbs steeply above the river through silent forest into a vertical world of cliffs, pine and bamboo and through an open patch of ferns, passing several small-scale hand-sawn timber camps. Overnight in Dharamsala.

Day 09: Trek to khyang (2800m, 4 and half hours walk)

From the Dharamsala climb past a landslip and a shepherds’ herd to cross a stream. The trail then veers right, up a side valley, and climbs steeply on switchbacks.

Day 10: Khyang to Phu ( 3 hours/230m)

From Khyang quickly swing into the dry, desert gorge of the Phu river, inching along on a hair-raising section of trail carved out of the cliff face. You can follow the yak trail onto the moraine but for base camp itself (three hours) follow the stream side trail that squeezes between the hillside and the moraine. 

Day 11: Phu to Nar Phedi (5 and half hours/ 770m)

The trail drop past fantastically eroded hoodoos, over sandy gullies connected by bridge-like platforms. The entire mountainside feels like it’s about to collapse at any moment.

Day 12: Nar Phedi to Nar(3 hours/700m)

Today’s climb starts immediately with a steep burst up to the main trail and it doesn’t ease up for an hour or more.

Day 13: Nar to Kang La Phedi (1 and half hour/440m)

Today’s trek is less than two hours so you can either spend most of the day exploring Nar before departing for Kang La Phedi. Leave Nar through the village kani and take the gradual path up through the valley, Pisang Peak.

Day 14: Kang La Phedi to Ngawal (5 and half hours/1700m)

The ascent of the kang La isn’t all that difficult in good conditions, through it can be treacherous in bed weather or if there’s lot of snow. You can expect snow and ice as late as September, but the trail is generally kept clear by convoys of yaks and trekking groups.

Day 15: Trek to Chame

After breakfast the trail descents to Pissang via Gharu which is old village and continue downhill to Chame which is district head quarter of Manang.

Day 16: Trek to Tal (7 hours)

At the beginning the easy trail leads to Koto and continue down to Danaque which offers spectacular view of Mt. Manaslu. Views are amazing although you have trekked same way up already, the different angle view would surely make you difference as you never walked this trail. Finally arrive at Tal for overnight stay.

Day 17: Trek to Besisahar (8 hours/

The trail descends to Chanje and continues to Ghermu phant then gently up to Bahundanda. After that the trail drops down to Khudi and continues to Besisahar along the bank of Marsyangdi River. Overnight stay at the lodge.
 

Day 18: Drive to Kathmandu (7 hours drive/

It is a same highway you are driving to Kathmandu. Evening you would have short time to do some shop around Thamel. We will meet this evening for our farewell dinner together to share your  experience of the trek. Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 19: Departure day.

Today is the last day of the trip with us. If you would like to extend your holiday with us, we will help you otherwise we will assist you to the airport as per your flight departure time.

Nar-Phu Valley Trek Cost :- US$1570

Include

Airport pick up and drop by private vehicle
3 Nights twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu at tourist standard hotel with breakfast
One full day guided city tour by private vehicle
Welcome dinner and farewell dinner at one of the best Nepalese restaurant with traditional ethnic music and dance
Annapurna trekking permits and Tims permits
Nar Phu special permit
Bus transportation to Besisahar and return to Kathmandu by local bus
All meals during the trek (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
Gov. licensed and well trained English speaking guide and his entire expenses
A porter (One porter for each 2 members) and his entire expenses
Insurance of Guide and Porter
All required local tax and Gov tax
Down jackets and sleeping bags
Trekking route Map
Oficiall T-shirt

Exclude

Nepal arrival visa
Meals in the city except breakfast and above mentioned special dinner
Monument entrance fees
Your personal nature expenses eg. Mineral water, Beer, Coke and entire beverage etc
Travel insurance that covers trip cancelation and Helicopter evacuation
Tips and any other extending trips and extra accommodation.

Nar-Phu Valley Trek Information

Important Trip Notes & Activities
You are joining us for an adventure trip in remote Himalayan region, where weather conditions, health and fitness of the member or unexpected natural disaster can compel us to change the itinerary. We will try our best to keep the suggested itinerary as per the original schedule. Your safety and satisfaction of the trip is our prime concern while travelling with us.

Our Guides, trip and safety
This trip takes you to the remote Himalayan region, it is very essential that you are accompanied with the very experienced and qualified leader. We have local trek guides working with us who are highly trained and qualified on the trip. On this trip, there will be one Trek leader and one assistant leader on the trek. Each two trekkers will have one Sherpa helper to carry your bags.

Meals and Accommodations
While in Kathmandu and any other cities, your accommodation is at tourist standard and comfortable hotels similar of 2 to 3 star standard and while on trek, your accommodation is at lodges and local tea houses where basic facilities are available. Our entire accommodation is at twin share unless stated and single supplement accommodation is also available on request. While on trek full board of meals is included (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner). Lunch from the local tea- house/ Mt. Lodge en route. Breakfast and dinner are provided from the same tea- house where we stop for overnight.  

Trekking Seasons
We do have two best seasons to attempt this trek to Nar Phu valley. As this trip is a big trip to you, we always suggest you to come at the right time of the year if possible.

Spring: - (March, April, May) - warmest time to trek. Rhododendron flowers in bloom- excellent trails and clear skies, best visibility.

Autumn: - (Mid September, October and November) - excellent trails, clear blue skies, best visibility.

Winter months: - (December, January and February) are also good, but it’s alot colder. You have to be prepared for this. 

Summer: - Monsoon, heavy ain and visibility can be a big issue (from Mid June, July and August). We do not suggest you this time for the trek.
 

Mountain Weather

The weather you will experience on this Trek is extreme and rather unpredictable so it is best to be prepared for all eventualities. Temperature during the trek to Nar-Phu Valley is very normal and even hot below 2500m; the expected temperature during a day is from 20 to 25 degree Celsius during spring months and 10 to 20 degree Celsius during the autumn months. The night time can drop to 5 to 0 degree Celsius. Temperature above Koto (2600m), the expected temperature during the day is from 5 to 10 Degree Celsius at spring months and 6 to 15 degree Celsius at autumn months. The However, above mentioned chats of temperature are the expected but temperature can be different as per the everyday weather conditions of the mountain so it is unpredictable. Expect the unexpected!
 
Acclimatization
There is no way to prepare for altitude other than to spend time at the mountain. Being in very good physical condition will help ameliorate some of the exhaustion that people often feel, but it will not prevent altitude caused medical problems such as Acute Mountain Sickness. This itinerary is designed with a high degree of awareness of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) in mind and to ensure a comfortable and safe adventure trek in the Himalayas. Staying well hydrated and getting plenty of rest may help. The maximum elevation of this trek will be reached at Nagthali Danda 3300 meter above sea level. This is not serious altitude line but it may happen if you are not careful.  

Communication facilities on this trek
There are enough communication facilities on this trek. Most of the local villages has local telephone booth. You can easily communicate with your friends and family however the cost is slightly expensive, 2 to 3 US dolor per minute. During clear days, reception of Nepalese cell phones is on throughout the trail, our guide will have Cell phone on the trip so that we can talk to you very often to pass messages to your family if required.


Train Yourself
This trip requires walking on altitude above 3000m from sea level for the duration of 4 days. So it is not so important to have previous trekking experience. The best preparation you can do is to hike, even if it is under gym conditions. Running will help your stamina but does not fully prepare your muscles for a strenuous hike. It is advisable to go for frequent walks which should include some uphill and downhill sections if possible. Take your daypack with you with at least a weight of three kilograms or more. This will simulate the conditions you will encounter while on your trekking with us.  

Visit Your Medical Doctor
Please consult with your doctor before heading to such an altitude trekking destination. Those who have a problem of heart, lung, respiratory or blood pressure should talk with their medical doctor.


Travel Insurance
You must obtain personal travel insurance to join all our trips. Your travel insurance must cover helicopter evacuation, trip cancellation and medical expenses. 
 

Vaccination
Vaccination is required to plan to your trip to Nepal but it is not a must. Your doctor will have the information of vaccination you would require to the country where you will be travelling. Hepatitis A, Japanese Encephalitis, Polio, Rabies, Tetanus, Typhoid and Malaria etc. are the recommended vaccination for travel Nepal.
 
Pack list
It is essential to have warm clothing and equipment to plan this trip. Here are some suggestions

For your head,

Sun hat or scarf

Light balaclava or warm fleece hat

Sunglasses with UV protection

Lip balm and sunscreen

Upper body,

T- Shirts (2\3)

Light thermal tops

Fleece jacket or pullover

Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)

Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket for winter

Down vest and/ or jacket

Hands,

Lightweight gloves or heavyweight gloves as per season of your trip.

Lower body,

Underwear (4)

Hiking shorts (2)

Lightweight cotton long pants

Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms

Fleece or wool pants

Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants

Feet,

Thin, lightweight inner socks (4)

Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4)

Hiking boots with spare laces

Camp shoes (sneakers and/ or sandals)

Gaiters (when hiking in winter)

Accessories,

Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees F

Headlamp with spare bulbs and batteries

Small padlock or combination lock

Basic First Aid Kit

Large plastic bags- for keeping items dry inside trek bag

Daypack (you will carry your own small daypack)

Water bottles (2)

Hiking poles/ walking sticks if you feel easy

Toiletries,

Soap, shampoo, toothbrush etc

Ear plugs

Small wash towel

Extras,

Camera with extra batteries and cards/ film

Binoculars

Reading book

Trail Map/ Guide book

Journal & Pen

IPod

Travel games (i.e. cards, chess, and backgammon)

Porter Care
Our porters are fully equipped and insured for each trip. The maximum load carried by our porter is 20 to 25 KG maximum so be sure that your trekking bag is not more than 12 kg.