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Narphu Valley Trek

Destination: Nepal

Region: Annapurna

Trip Facts

Duration
19
Difficulty
Challenging
Country
Nepal
Activity
Trekking and Hiking
Max-Altitude
5,322m
Accomodation
Hotel and Lodge
Best Season
Sep to Dec/ March to May
Meals
Lunch, Dinner and Breakfast

Overview

Narphu, the lost valley, is an off beaten trekking trail in the northern part of Manang. It is an alternative to the famous Annapurna circuit trek. It takes you to the ancient village of Nar and Phu. The village of Phu is the highest point of human settlement at 4250m while the village of Nar is at 4110m. These isolated villages even have their dialect. Sino-Tibetan language is only spoken in these two little villages. Very traditional old caved houses resemble the mountain lifestyle of people here. This amazing journey will take you through the serene trails that are decorated with Chortens, Gumbas, and mountains. This trek is rather an Indiana Jones adventure instead of a simple trek.

Our trip starts as you land in Kathmandu. Our representatives will receive you at the airport and drop you to your hotel. The following day we prepare for the trek. We will also be visiting some famous world heritage sights in Kathmandu. Starting from Swayambhunath, we visit places like Bouddha, Pashupatinath and Kathmandu Durbar Square. The next day, we drive from Kathmandu to Syange and then start our trek the same day. Enjoying the hills and forests of Lamjung, we trek till Dharapani. The road greets us with waterfalls at Tal and quaint settlements at Jagat. Dharapani is a small village from where the trail to Manaslu begins. From here, we continue our trek towards Koto. Koto is the village that separates the Narphu trail from the famous Annapurna trail. Following the trail to Narphu, we move through forests of pine and rhododendron alongside the bluish Narphu River. Nearby Phu, lies ruins of the ancient Khampa people who were refugees from Tibet. Walking past the Mani walls and Kang la pass, we reach Ngawal. From the pass, you can enjoy breathtaking views of the Annapurna range and Tilicho peak. We have now entered the Annapurna region. Walkthrough the Braga village and be sure to observe the 500-year-old monastery that lies near it. From Manang, we head to Thare Gompa which is a holy one. The road is dusty so be careful. If you want, you can take a quick break at Khangsar too. Walk along the landslide-prone paths to reach the Tilicho base camp and the next day, head out to visit the Tilicho Lake. This lake resides right in the middle of the Himalayas and is a must-visit site. From here, we make our way down to Yak Kharka. Do admire the animals and shepherds here. Visit the ancient ruins at Khangsar and cross the Thorong La pass to reach Jomsom. After visiting the Leopard cave, move to Pokhara via an airplane and catch a bus that leads to Kathmandu which signals the end of this trip.

We at Access The Asia Treks have been organizing a trek to Narphu valley since.  We have had wonderful reviews in the past about this particular trek. We offer the best service at a genuine cost. Our expert staffs can cater to each need and whims. Our staffs know the proper usage of equipment and trekking gear.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Trekking through the less explored villages of Nar and Phu.
  • Crossing the amazing Thorong La Pass and observing the surreal picture of Himalayas
  • Visiting the picturesque Tilicho Lake and the holy Muktinath temple.
  • Admiring the amazing peaks like Himchuli, Pisang, Annapurna, Gangapurna and Tilicho.
  • Learning the amazing culture and traditions that are found in these isolated parts of Manaslu region

Itinerary

Day 1

On your arrival in Kathmandu, our representative from Access The Asia treks  will pick you up at the Tribhuvan International Airport. On the way back to the hotel, our representative will inform you about the contents of the trip and he will also give you an insight as to how the trip will plan out. At night, you can enjoy a delightful dinner hosted by the company. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 2

Today, we visit the major UNESCO world heritage sights of the Kathmandu valley. Starting from the Monkey Temple, we also visit Boudhanath: A serene dome-shaped architecture in the middle of a crowded locality. Later, we visit Pashupatinath and then the famous Kathmandu Durbar Square. If you have enough time, then you can opt to visit the Patan Durbar Square and Bhaktapur Durbar Square as well. We also prepare ourselves for the trek. Buy necessary gears in Kathmandu before we leave. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 3

Wake up early and get on a drive that takes you along the Prithivi highway. The drive is long because the roads in the hills have many curves. The Trishuli River accompanies us along the way. The road is a combination of paved and unpaved trails. After winding down the dusty roads, we reach Syange by passing through Besisahar. Syange is a small village in Lamjung district. After collecting our necessities, we begin the trek to Jagat. The walk today is easy passing through some wonderful waterfalls of Lamjung. Jagat is a busy settlement in the Manaslu region. Overnight in Jagat.

Day 4

On this day, we start our trek early from Jagat. The road leads us through forests and gives us a picture of a sharp cliff. We shall take a quick break at Chyamje to observe the beauty of Annapurna. The trail passes through off-road trails and crosses suspension bridges following the Marsayangdi River. Wild bees can be seen in the cliffs on the way to Tal. Tal is a heavenly village with waterfalls around. We have our lunch in Tal and move through the carved trails to Dharapani. Overnight in Dharapani.

Day 5

The trek starts mostly around morning and we need to initially target Bagarchhap. It is a Buddhist village and comprises of people of Tamang communities. There is a small monastery in this region which is worth a visit. With Manaslu behind and Annapurna II insight, we walk forward through the pine forest. We reach a small village called Koto from where the trails separate. We leave the main Annapurna Circuit trail and spend the night in Koto. Overnight in Koto.

Day 6

Today, the trail passes through the forests in Koto and alongside the Narphu River. The trail at some parts is carved through the hills making it adventurous. We pass through small settlements used by the inhabitants of Narphu during winter. Many waterfalls are seen on the way as we pass through the base of Kangaroo Himal with the view of Pisang peak on the opposite side. After 5-6 hours of walk, we reach Meta, which is a big village with lodges and treehouses.

Day 7

We start our day on a fairly easy trail moving mostly straight. The landscape on this day changes significantly. After walking for at least 5 hours, we reach Khyung. This place has ruins and remnants of the Khampa people. This place housed Tibetan refugees during the turmoil in Tibet. We keep on walking ahead along the Phu Khola and observe the rocky trail. We reach Phu Gaon at night. Overnight in Phu Gaon.

Day 8

Phu village is an extraordinary village. Phu looks like an old classic rock castle. On the other side of Phu village is a monastery, which is considered as the oldest monastery in this region. It is on top of a hill. The entire hill consists of Gumbas, prayer flags, Chorten, and carved colorful stones resembles the Tibetan culture. On a clear day, one can see Mt. Himchuli and many other peaks. Small little cave kind of houses are built on top of one another. There are altogether 36 families living in Phu village making it one of the most remote places in Nepal. People of Phu village are mostly engaged in animal husbandry or tourism industry. Be sure to visit the Tashi Lakhang monastery as well. Overnight in Phu.

Day 9

We return the same way and divert towards Narphedi. Narphedi is a beautiful camping site with a well-built Gumba that serves as a place of accommodation too. From here, the trail moves uphill. Walking for about 4 hours, we reach Nar village. The view of peaks like Pisang by the side is beautiful. Mani stones and yaks will give you company on this trail. Nar is also an old village in the deserted landscape. There are quite a few lodges here now. Overnight in Nar.

Day 10

The next day, we start the trek early and start our walk gradually uphill through the grasslands. The trail is easy with a view of open sky and snowcapped peaks just by the side. We then reach Kangla Phedi after 2 hours. After resting for a while, we gradually climb uphill to cross the Kangla Pass at 5322m. It is a walk through rocky snowy mountains. The view on the way is surreal with peaks all around us. After crossing the Kangla Pass, the view changes again with a wide panoramic view of the Annapurna range, Gangapurna peak, Tilicho peak, and many others. The trail is steep down taking you to Ngawal. We spend a night in Ngawal.

Day 11

We are now on the Annapurna circuit trail. We can see many people here who are on the road to Annapurna Base Camp. Our journey goes through pine forests which later transcend into dusty ones. The road gives us company in the form of monasteries and prayer flags. We pass through the historic Braga village. A 500 years old monastery on the way is a highlight not to be missed. We follow the Marsayangdi River to reach Manang. Manang is the acclimatization spot for people trekking the Annapurna circuit. There are plenty of teahouses with many facilities. Overnight in Manang.

Day 12

he road for the day sees us climb to Thare Gompa. The journey takes us somewhere between 5 to 6 hours. We gradually climb uphill on a fairly easy trail to reach Thare gompa. Passing the villages like Khangsar, we trek mostly through the deserted landscapes with little to no trees. We cross suspension bridges on the way too. The view of mountains and the lifestyle and culture of locals is something to observe and enjoy. You can even see monks practicing Buddhism here. Overnight in Thare Gompa.

Day 13

On this day, we pass through the famous landslide-prone trail towards the way Tilicho Base Camp. It’s a thrilling experience walking on a narrow trail. We cross a suspension bridge and move towards the higher settlement. Tilicho Base Camp is an accommodation place with a few hotels. It is only a short walk away from the amazing Tilicho Lake. Overnight in Tilicho base camp.

Day 14

It’s better to start our walk early in the morning to witness the sunrise in Tilicho. This is slightly difficult as we trek uphill for 2-3 hours to reach the Tilicho Lake. Tilicho Lake is at an altitude of 4900m and is the highest altitude lake in Nepal. With Tilicho peak on its side and Annapurna range following, Tilicho Lake offers a serenity, unlike any other place. Overnight in Tilicho Lake.

Day 15

The road for the day sees us walk downhill for most of the part. Walk past the landslide-prone areas and initially head to Khangsar. Have lunch there and do purchase the required necessities like souvenirs and food. Cross the ruins in old Khangsar and find yourself walking on the road to Yak Kharka. It is grassland and is used by the people to graze yaks and sheep. Overnight in Yak Kharka.

Day 16

On this day we cross another high pass called Thorong La and reach the other side of Mustang valley. We start early to avoid the winds of mid-day. On reaching the top, the view of Annapurna massif is bound to leave you speechless in awe. From here, we descend to the grasslands and meadows to Muktinath. Muktinath is a famous pilgrimage site for Hindu as well as Buddhist community. We rest here for a while and continue walking to Jomsom. It is a long walk and hence requires determination. We spend a night in Jomsom.

Day 17

rom Jomsom, we fly to Pokhara the next day. It’s a 25 minutes flight that offers great views of many Himalayan ranges. We explore Pokhara after landing here. Pokhara is arguably the best city in Nepal. This city of lakes is a mirror for the mighty Himalayas in the north. Either its laid-back charm or the colorful nightlife of Pokhara, everything is as beautiful as it could be. We enjoy the nightlife in Pokhara. And spend a night there.

Day 18

We wave our goodbyes to Pokhara and drive to Kathmandu early in the morning. Enjoying the views of forests, villages, hills, and rivers we head back through the Mugling- Naubise road to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to your hotel. You can spend the remainder of the day by visiting the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Kathmandu. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 19

On the 19th day, you wave your goodbyes to everyone in Kathmandu. Our representative will drop you to the airport. We wish you a safe journey.

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What's Included

  • All transportation is grounded transportation
  • Two nights’ accommodation with breakfast in a luxurious hotel in Kathmandu and one night at Pokhara
  • Full board meals breakfast, lunch, and dinner with tea/coffee during the trek
  • Best available twin sharing lodge for accommodation
  • Snacks of seasonal fruits during the trek (optional)
  • Sightseeing tours in the areas covered by the trek.
  • One highly experienced, helpful, and friendly guide. Porters at your own cost (1 porter for two people) and their insurance, food, accommodation, salary, and equipment.
  • Sleeping Bag, Down jacket and Duffle bag for porters
  • Trekking map and trip achievement certificate
  • First aid medical kit
  • Annapurna conservation area Permit fee
  • TIMS Fee- Trekkers’ Information Management System
  • All government taxes and office service chargea

What's Excluded

  • Meals not specified in the inclusions
  • Hot shower and extra hot water
  • Personal equipment
  • Cold drinks and sweets like cholate bar and other snacks
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for guide and porters
  • Battery charging above 3820m
  • No extra expenses from the company if there is an emergency or bad weather

Equipments

What to Bring?

One of the most beautiful and difficult trekking locations in the world is the Annapurna Region To ensure your safety, comfort, and pleasure during your trek, the appropriate gear is crucial. When trekking in the Annapurna Region you should bring the following items, among others:

  1. Trekking boots: To safeguard your feet and stop injuries on the difficult landscape, you need sturdy trekking boots with an ankle support.
  2. Backpack: A sturdy, roomy backpack that is comfortable to wear and has space for all of your necessities, such as water, snacks, a camera, and additional clothing.
  3. Clothing: In the Everest region, layers are essential for keeping warm and cozy. Bring thermal undergarments, a fleece or down jacket, a shell that is waterproof, and trekking trousers. Bring a scarf, hat, and mittens as well for the cold conditions.
  4. Sleeping bag: A quality sleeping bag that is designated for temperatures below zero is necessary for keeping warm and comfortable at night.
  5. Trekking poles: When walking on rocky, steep ground, trekking poles offer support and help minimize the impact on your knees and ankles.
  6. Headlamp: For early morning starts, late-night hikes, and navigating through dark lodges and paths, a light is a necessity.
  7. Sunglasses: UV-protected, high-quality sunglasses are crucial for shielding your eyes from the glare of the snow and intense mountain sunshine.
  8. Water container and purification tablets: To ensure that you have access to pure drinking water throughout your trek, bring a reusable water bottle and water purification tablets.
  9. First aid box: In case of emergencies, having a simple first aid kit with bandages, antiseptic cream, pain relievers, and altitude sickness medication is crucial. The trekking leader also has the first aid kit for your safety.

Access the Asia Treks offers its customers a thorough packing list, equipment rental choices, and guidance on the best supplies for their trekking requirements. In order to complete their trek to the Mardi himal trek securely and comfortably, we want to make sure that our clients have all the required supplies.

CANCELLATION POLICY AND PAYMENTS

  • As different permits, flight tickets and other government official documents are necessary so payment is highly appreciable if done 30 days prior of the trekking start date.
  • Payments are supposed to be done 15 days prior to the trekking start date.
  • If cancellation is made 10 days before the trek start date, 50% of the total trek cost will be charged as the cancellation fees.
  • In case of restrictions imposed by the government, bad weather or the emergency situation, the company will not to be liable to any extra cost and will find the most feasible way to proceed the trek.

 

ADVISORY

  • Non-bio degradable materials are not allowed to dispose in the trekking route randomly.
  • Proper follow of the guidance provided by the leader/guide of the trek.
  • Alcoholic beverages and other intoxicating substances are highly discouraged.
  • There might be the chances of bad weather so be prepared for the inconvenience caused by the unpredictable weather.
  • Try to be mentally and physically prepared before this trek with few short hikes before this trek is highly recommended.

 

IMPORTANT THINGS REQUIRED

  • Passport
  • Few passport size photos for TIMS and other official documents
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Snow goggles
  • Personal handbag and luggage
  • Snacks and sweets like chocolate bar (if required)
  • Some personal items and sunscreen/sun cream
  • Water bottle and hat

 

PRELIMINARY AND KEY NOTES

  • Greeting ‘Namaste’ (your palms held together) is the most respectful and attractive way to greet somebody and is practiced profoundly.
  • Accessibility of internet and phone calls can be made efficient using the mobile SIM Card provided by the company itself or you can buy easily in the local market. All you need is one passport sized photo and a photocopy of your physical passport in either case.
  • There are lots of major cultural heritage sites in Kathmandu along with the ancient monasteries and sculptures. Photos are not taken unless you have asked for the permission.
  • The nightlife in Kathmandu is mostly safe and concentrated in Thamel area, one of the busiest destinations for foreigners to hang out with varied options of bars, restaurants and other places to choose from. Somehow, other areas including small towns are closed before 10pm.
  • Nepalese people are friendly, truly kind and incredibly welcoming as there is a phrase in Nepali culture ‘Guests equal Gods’. Out of the blue moon, there are several chances of being cheated. Saying this, you are somehow prone to possible travel scams. Keep yourself and your belongings safe, if you are travelling solo. It is highly recommended to have one experienced guide, taking safety into consideration.

 

FAQ

The Nar Phu Valley Trek is an off-the-beaten-path trek in the Annapurna region of Nepal, leading to the remote and culturally rich Nar and Phu villages.

The trek duration depends on the specific itinerary chosen and the trekker’s pace. In short, we stick with the provided itinerary.

The ideal time for this trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons, offering clear skies and pleasant weather.

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