Nar Phu Trek - 14 Days

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Duration: 14 Days
  • Trip Grade: Strenuous
  • Cost start: US$ 995 (P/P)
  • Accomodation: Tea house/lodge
  • Trip Style: Trekking/hiking
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About Trip:

The Nar Phu region has only been open for exploration since 2002 and offers an extraordinarily pristine cultural and scenic experience that is all the more remarkable given its proximity to the famous and well-traveled Annapurna circuit. One of Nepal’s true hidden valleys, its rugged landscapes and ancient villages bordering on Tibet have lain in peaceful solitude for years from the outside world, with relatively few trekkers making the journey to one of the last truly untouched regions in the Himalayas.

The trek begins proper at Besisahar and follows the stock route for the Annapurna Circuit through to Koto before branching away eastward towards Nar Phu valley. The trail leads along the Nar Khola River and through a narrow gorge before arriving at the small settlement of Odar (which translates to ‘Cave’), a convenient point for a lunch stop at one of the newly constructed tea houses. From Odar the path heads out through thickets of pine, rhododendrons and bamboo, with the soothing delights of a hot spring en route to bath in for a refreshing break. From there we head to the picturesque village of Meta and its impressive landscapes and view of the monastery at Nar Phedi in the distance.

The following day’s journey to Phu offers some of the most memorable and unspoiled views on the trek as the trail pass below the daunting slopes of Kangaru Himal and Chyakhu before winding on through the village of Kyang. Phu itself is a remarkable and impressive village that seems as much a bastion against the forces of time as the harsh Himalayan elements, with a known history that dates back to at least the 5th century. The structures are like building blocks set side by side and seemingly one on top of the other along the sloping hill at the heart of the village, creating the semblance of terraced fields of stone. Replete with the obligatory Mani walls, prayer wheels and its own fascinating monastery, the village is a treasure house of Tibetan culture frozen in time that intrigues and beguiles at every turn and stairway, particularly for photographers.

Phu also serves as a gateway to the mountain of Himlung (7126m) and its base camp at an altitude of 4920m. With a rest day set aside for Phu the opportunity exists to either hike to the base camp and its impressive views and glacial surroundings, or simply relax in Phu for the day and use the time to further explore the labyrinthine village and its many charms.

From Phu the trail heads westward to Nar Phedi and its monastery for a fascinating overnight stay, and on the following day climbs steeply to the impressively sited village of Nar – yes, it’s confusing! The village offers more stunning views of the Himalayas, as well as the culturally rewarding experience of observing the local people engaged in a variety of activities unique to the area. The trek through the valley culminates with the climb up to Kang La pass (5360m) and the steep and rocky descent to Ngawal on the Annapurna Circuit trail. The option exists to continue on the circuit all the way up to and over Thorong La pass, or of heading towards Mesokanto La as an alternative. Otherwise the trek concludes by hiking back down the trail to Chame and the return drive to Pokhara or Kathmandu.

Nar Phu is undoubtedly one of the premier destinations in the Himalayas for those seeking a glimpse into a region of raw beauty and Tibetan culture that's a throwback to a distant past, one that even Tibet it self has long since forgotten about.  Nepal Trekking Experts has the experience and the personnel to make it happen - just drop us a line and discuss the various options with our staff to explore this fascinating valley.

Trip Highlights

  • Superb vistas, diverse flora and fauna, and a pristine Tibetan culture
  • Hike to Himlung Base Camp
  • Memorable visits to the highly unique villages of Nar and Phu
  • Kang La Pass
  • Overnight stay in monastery

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Welcome at airport and transfer to the hotel

Day 02: Free day for final trekking preparation

Day 03: Kathmandu to Jagat by drive (8 hrs, 1300m)

Day 04: Jagat to Dharapani (6 hrs, 1860m)

Day 05: Dharapani to Koto (5/6 hrs, 2600m)

Day 06: Koto to Meta (8 hrs, 3560m)

Day 07: Meta to Phu (8hrs, 4080m)

Day 08: Side trip to Himlung Base Camp (7hrs, 4920m) then back to Phu village for overnight.

Day 09: Phu to Nar Phedi where we can have unique experience of staying overnight in Monastery (6hrs, 3500m)

Day 10: Nar Phedi to Nar Village (2/3 hrs, 4200m)

Day 11: Nar to Kang La Pass 5320m then descend to Nagwal. (8 hrs, 3660m)

Day 12: Nagwal to Chame (7 hrs, 2670m)

Day 13: Drive back to Kathmandu/Pokhara by public vehicle (11 hrs)

Day 14: Farewell

Trip cost includes/excludes:

  • Complimentary airport pick up and drop off
  • Complimentary welcome dinner
  • Two-night stay on arrival in Kathmandu in a standard hotel with breakfast included (twin share basis)
  • All necessary trekking permits such Nar Phu special permit, Annapurna conservation area permit, TIMS card, etc.
  • All accommodation during trek
  • Three meals a day during the trek
  • Fresh fruit each day if and when available
  • Complementary  duffel bag/agency T-shirt
  • Government registered and first-aid trained professional local guide who speaks English
  • First-aid kit
  • Drive to Bhulbhule from Kathmandu
  • Drive to Kathmandu from Pokhara by bus
  • Staff insurance, meals, accommodation, equipment, transportation, etc.
  • Rescue arrangements if necessary
  • Agency service charge and government tax/VAT
  • Certificate of achievement
  • International airfare and  Nepal visa fee
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Personal Insurance, personal expenses, loss of property and theft, etc.
  • Sightseeing costs (temples, monasteries, etc)
  • All beverages, snacks, and additional expenses such as laundry, hot showers, battery charging, wifi, etc
  • Tips to staff

Note:- Above itinerary is just a guideline. If you are not satisfied please feel free customize your own.

Detail Itinerary

Day 01Welcome at airport and transfer to the hotel

Welcome at airport then transfer to your Hotel.

Day 02Free day for final trekking preparation

Day 03Kathmandu to Jagat by drive (8 hrs, 1300m)

Day 04Jagat to Dharapani (6 hrs, 1860m)

Day 05Dharapani to Koto (5/6 hrs, 2600m)

Day 06Koto to Meta (8 hrs, 3560m)

Day 07Meta to Phu (8hrs, 4080m)

Day 08Side trip to Himlung Base Camp (7hrs, 4920m) then back to Phu village for overnight.

Day 09Phu to Nar Phedi where we can have unique experience of staying overnight in Monastery (6hrs, 3500m)

Day 10Nar Phedi to Nar Village (2/3 hrs, 4200m)

Day 11Nar to Kang La Pass 5320m then descend to Nagwal. (8 hrs, 3660m)

Day 12Nagwal to Chame (7 hrs, 2670m)

Day 13Drive back to Kathmandu/Pokhara by public vehicle (11 hrs)

Day 14Farewell

Departure Detail

Start Date End Date Cost Status Booking
19 November, 2019 02 December, 2019 US $995 Guaranteed
25 November, 2019 08 December, 2019 US $995 Guaranteed
29 November, 2019 12 December, 2019 US $995 Guaranteed
03 December, 2019 16 December, 2019 US $995 Guaranteed
09 December, 2019 22 December, 2019 US $995 Guaranteed
13 December, 2019 26 December, 2019 US $995 Guaranteed
18 December, 2019 31 December, 2019 US $995 Guaranteed
23 December, 2019 05 January, 2020 US $995 Guaranteed
27 December, 2019 09 January, 2020 US $995 Guaranteed

Useful Info

  • Kindly take permission while taking photos of locals
  • Respect the local culture
  • Proper trekking gears
  • Take some snacks with you in case of if you got some kinds of sickness or quick energy
  • Take a wall side or safe side while passing donkeys on the way
  • If you are on the landslide area please heads up around and pass without delay
  • Better to avoid alcohol or smoke above 3000 m.
  • Drink more than 3 liter of water per day
  • Water purification tablets or filter machine
  • Be aware with altitude symptoms
  • Minimum 2 trekkers require to obtain special permits
  • Extra Nepali Rupees just for unusual circumstances or extra snacks in tea houses
  • Proper acclimatization is essential to hit the goal

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