Tucked between the most visited Annapurna and Manaslu regions, Nar Phu is a true hidden gem that gives trekkers a rare opportunity to explore unspoiled valleys that feature a mix of raw Himalayan nature and ancient Buddhist culture.
Rugged and wild Nar Phu Valley Trek pursues you to the exotic valley Nar Phu, one of the remote and alluring regions located on the north of Annapurna. A delightful journey to the gorgeous yet untouched valley filled with an exotic landscape of Annapurna massif, combining high peak and pass Knog- La (5200m); magnificent alpine scenery and, in Tibet-like flavor make this trek the best-known tourist area of the Annapurna trekking routes. This area is new for trekkers and receives very less traveler therefore if you are looking for a less crowded trekking path there's none better than this one.
Closed to tourism until 2002, Nar Phu Valley region remained largely untouched and uninfluenced by the modern world and mass tourism and often referred to as ‘The Hidden Valley Trek’. A special trekking permit through government registered Nepal trekking Agency and a minimum of 2 people are required to get into Nar Phu valley. The path is filled with peaceful religious sites and villages of Tibetan heritage that embody long-established practice of trading, yak herding, and harvesting indigenous herbs for medicine. Wandering around the village and observing this local life untainted by the outside world is fascinating.
The trail starts from either Chame or Dharapani after driving from Kathmandu. We hike on the Annapurna circuit trail to Koto up to Meta from there we cross the bridge over the Marshyangdi river leading to Nar Phu Valley. The trail is relatively challenging but rewarding – particularly for those with a keen interest in remote communities and their traditional ways of life. The trek takes you up narrow gorges to medieval villages passing through impressive Buddhist chortens, herds of blue sheep and spectacular cliffside trails.
The narrow forest entrance opens up to a huge expansion of snowy peaks of mountains, Kang Garu and Pisang and several other ancient villages, ruins and monasteries. We explore the alpine valley over Naar and cross the Kang La Pass (5306m/ 17408ft) to Tilicho base camp. The Kang La Pass is a particular highlight where trekkers will be able to spot a myriad of peak included Annapurna II (7937m), Gangapura (7455m) and Tilicho Peak (7134m).
Traversing through the Himalayan pine trees and Chorten gate that labels the gateway to Nar Phu, we come into contact with remote high plateaus Tibetan villages built of stone. Then we hike up to the magnificent Tilicho lake and cross Mesokanto pass and get access to Muktinath and Jomsom trails. After a final stop at Tatopani to relax in the hot springs we drive to Pokhara then back to Kathmandu.
Best season to do this trek Spring (March - April) and Autumn (September - November) are beautiful months. Perfect season trekking will take you to heaven because of its natural beauty and trails will also be easy for trekking.
Note: Given the remoteness of the region, if you plan to do this trek offseason, please check with a local tour operator if the lodges are open. These remote villages are situated above the tree line and completely cut off during the snowy winter months.
Visiting this region is as similar to that of the former forbidden kingdom of Upper Mustang Trek - it gives truly exposure to have insight into the high mountains, ancient monasteries, the culture of Tibetan plateau. Don’t wait, contact WallkAbout International directly for bookings and we will help you to explore this amazing part of Nepal.
Our tour officer will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu. He/She will be displaying play card with your name written in it outside the airport terminal. He will meet, greet and welcome you with auspicious garland and escort you to your respective hotel by our private tourist vehicle. At the hotel, he will assist you to check in and do a pre-trip meeting with you. You will be briefed about your overall program, introduced your guide and clear your questions/queries if any. During the meeting please clear the due balance and handover a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. Overnight at hotel. (B)
After breakfast guided sightseeing of Kathmandu valley UNESCO world heritage sites : - Monkey Temple, Patan Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple & Bouddhanath Stupa , evening get preparation for trek, Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu (B)
Drive from Kathmandu to Chamje (1310 meters, 7-8 hours driving) and then overnight at Lodge.
Trek from Chamje to Dharapani (1920meter, 5-6 hours walking) and then overnight at Lodge.
Trek from Dharapani to Koto (2600 meters, 5-6 hours walking) and then overnight at Lodge.
Trek from Koto to Meta (3230 meters, 7-8 hours walking) and then overnight at Lodge.
Trek from Meta to Upper Chyaku (3720 meters, 3-4 hours walking) and then overnight at Lodge.
Trek from Upper Chyaku to Phu village (4050m, 6-7 hours walking), Excursion around Phu valley in the evening and then overnight at Lodge.
Trek from Phu to Nar Phedi (3550 meter 5-6 hours walking) and then overnight at Monastery.
Trek from Nar Phedi to Nar Village (4150 meters, 2-3 hours walking) and then overnight at Lodge.
Trek from Nar to Ngawal (3675 meters, 7-8 hours walking) after crossing Kang La pass (5320meter) and then overnight at Lodge.
Trek from Manang to Ledar (4250 meters, 5 hours walking); towards Thorong La pass, overnight at Lodge.
Trek from Ledar to Thorong high camp (4800 meters, 3-4 hours walking), overnight at Lodge.
Drive back to Kathmandu by tourist bus ,Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu– 7hrs (B,D)
Hotel, Teahouse, Tent.