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Nar Phu Valley Trek

Trip Level
Moderate
Destination
Nepal
Max Altitude
4800 meter
Trip Duration
12 Days

Overview

We start our journey to Besisahar and from there we take 4WD Jeep till Koto which is the exciting journey in the mountains. This wild trek takes us to the exotic and enthralling valley of Nar Phu. It starts from Koto to follow the off the beaten track to Nar Phu valley in the north of Manang. We will hike to Himlung Base camp 4800 meters and Car village which is the main attraction for this trek, While return back we will also go to Pisang and back to Kathmandu visa Besisahar.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu (1350m) Airport and transfer to Hotel

  • Day 02: Optional Sightseeing in Kathmandu/ Trek preparation

  • Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu-Besisahar-Koto (2600m) 8-9 hours

  • Day 04: Trek from Koto to Meta (3560m) 6-7 hours

  • Day 05: Trek from Meta to Phu (4080m) 6-7 hours

  • Day 06: Acclimatization day in Phu, Hike to Himlung Base Camp (4800m) and back

  • Day 07: Trek from Phu to Nar Phedi, Overnight in monastery (3,490m)5-6 hours

  • Day 08: Trek from Nar Phedi to Nar Village (4110m)3-4 hours

  • Day 09: Trek from Nar Village to Ngawal via Kang La Pass (5240m) and back 7-8 hours

  • Day 10: Trek from Ngawal to Pisang and drive to Besisahar     

  • Day 11:  Return to Kathmandu 5-6 hours by car

  • Day 12 : Depart from Kathmandu

Detailed Itinerary


Day 01: Welcome to Kathmandu
After arrival in Kathmandu, our representative will take you to hotel.

Day 02: Explore around Kathmandu (optional)
After breakfast, we will have a choice either doing some sightseeing activities or we are free for the preparation of next days trip to Nar Phu Vally trek.

Day 03: Drive to Koto
After early breakfast we will drive to  Besisahar. After lunch, change to a four-wheel drive vehicle for the rugged journey to Koto. The road can be almost as challenging for passengers as for drivers, but it is incredibly scenic. Overnight at Koto.

Day 04: Trek to Meta
After early breakfast, cross the river and enter the Nar & Phu valleys. Towns on the nearby Annapurna Circuit are relatively well developed, but this is not the case in these valleys.The trekking route passes through beautiful woods, past small cave shelters and pilgrims’ resting places. Emerging from a narrow canyon, the trail passes under a wide waterfall, from which point the woods become thinner and the vistas wider.

Day 05: Trek to Phu
Trekking out of Meta, some of the unique, colorful Tibetan Buddhist chortens that Nar and Phu are famous for begin to appear in sight. The trail meanders along the ridge with a good view of the magnificent Nar Phedi monastery, where you will stay in a few days’ time. After another ninety minutes hiking through scenic canyons and gorges, you’ll reach a monolith that guards the steep trail up to Phu.

From here, you can get your first view of the three villages in the area as well as the old “dzong” (Tibetan-style fortress) and the remains of two ruined forts, impressively situated atop the flatlands before the village. Just before crossing the bridge into Phu, a line of wonderful chortens color the landscape.

After a rest and refreshments, take a short walk up to the famous Tashi Lhakhang Gompa to pay respects to Lama Karma Sonam Rimpoche who came to Nepal with the Dalai Lama in 1959.

Day 06: Exploring Phu
Due to the high altitude, it’s good to spend an acclimatization day in Phu. Explore the tiny alleyways of the town or hike up to Himlung Himal base camp. Phu itself is an interesting village, and a day is well spent sitting with the villagers as they spin their yak and sheep wool, pound mustard seeds into a paste for oil, or go about their other daily chores.

For an extra challenge, the hike up to Himlung Himal base camp takes you through a glacial valley. The 7,125 m. peak was recently opened for climbing. On the trail up you will see herds of blue sheep skillfully clambering up the steep cliffs. The return trip takes about four to five hours.

Day 07: Trek to Nar Phedi (3,490m)
Retrace the route back down towards Meta, but turn off at the Nar Phedi monastery, which will be your accommodation for the night. In fact, the monastery is all that Nar Phedi consists of!

The rooms are neat and clean and the nuns are extremely welcoming. Join them in the kitchen and watch them prepare dinner on a modest fireplace. At 5 pm they usually do a puja (blessing), which you are welcome to witness. There is a small donation box in the monastery where you can leave a contribution for the maintenance of this beautiful and friendly place.

Day 08: Trek to Nar Village
Today is a very gentle day. Climb out of Nar Phedi and follow a winding path up a hill towards Nar. Pass a line of wonderfully painted, bamboo-topped chortens on the way into the ancient village. Arrive in the town around lunch time. Even though Nar is not far from the main Annapurna trail, it is rarely visited by trekkers and is about as picturesque as it gets.

Nar is bit more social and lively than Phu, and during the day you may find the village ‘square’ teeming with chatting women with their back-strap looms weaving wool fabric for rugs and blankets. With a few new teahouses built on the outskirts of Nar, you can stay in a comfortable lodge with an extensive menu.

Day 09: Trek to Ngawal via the Kang La Pass (5,240m)
Today is a long day, so get up before sunrise and head towards the Kang La pass, which leads back onto the popular Annapurna Circuit. It is not a difficult pass, but it can be a long day as the effects of altitude will be felt. Once on top of the pass, you can enjoy an amazing view over Annapurna II, Gangapurna, and Tilicho Peak. The trail down starts off steep, but if you enjoy scree running you can have some fun! Stop for lunch on a plateau overlooking the peak, then continue towards Ngawal.

Ngawal, on the upper Pisang route of the Annapurna Circuit, is certainly very different from the ancient villages just visited. The lodges are big, the menus much more comprehensive and there will be Wifi and phone signals in most lodges.

Day 10: Trek to Pisang and drive to Besisahar
The weather gets much hotter and the scenery greener as you descend more than 2000m from the pass. Set off early for the last few hours of trekking to reach Pisang. The trail is wide and comfortable and passes a beautiful lake just outside Pisang. Stop for a quick snack in the village, then take a four-wheel drive back to Besisahar. There, stay in a comfortable hotel.

Day 11: Drive back to Kathmandu
The drive back to Kathmandu takes around 5-6 hours. You will have farewell dinner today.

Day 12: Depart Kathmandu
We will be free till the departure. Our representative take you to airport and say good bye.

Cost Details

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast
  • Round trip Car/Van transfer to Besisahar and 4WD drive till Koto
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle
  • Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
  • An experienced English speaking trek leader and assistant trek leader
  • One porters service between 2 members
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation
  • All necessary paperwork and special trekking permit for Nar Phu Valley
  • All government and local taxes
  • Any airfare and airport tax
  • Nepalese visa fee
  • Lunch and dinners while in Kathmandu
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Tips for the staffs (not mandatory but excepted)
  • Other extra cost not mentioned above

Equipments Checklist


Clothing

    Warm jacket or down jacket
    Water and windproof jacket, poncho or umbrella
    Long sleeved synthetic fleece
    Thermal underwear
    Hat, pair of gloves and scarf
    Comfortable hiking trousers (loose fitting)
    Shorts and trousers, or skirt
    2 pairs of warm wool-blend socks
    2 pairs of running socks or liner socks
    Proper hiking boots
    Running shoes and flip-flops
    T-shirts

During winter season, additional clothings may include:
    The outer jacket should be warm, down jacket is highly recommended during winter season
    Bring a pair of warm winter trousers, in addition to the hiking trousers
    Bring at least one windproof layer of clothes, helping to reduce any chill factor influence.
    Snow gaitors

Trekking Gear
    Pair of polarizing sun-glasses (to be comfortable and to avoid potential snow-blindness)
    Backpack and backpack cover (against rain and dust)
    Map of the trekking area
    Head torch, or small torch, plus spare batteries
    Sleeping bag and silk liner
    Water bottles

Miscellaneous
    Toiletries
    A small light weight and quick drying towel
    Bar of soap
    Sunscreen (at least SPF +20)
    Earplugs
    Insect repellants (for lower elevations)
    First aid kid
    Water purification tables or a water filter
    Some Diamox pills against potential altitude sickness (if going beyond 4,000 m elevations)
    Toilet paper

Optional items
    Camera, battery etc
    Altimeter
    Compass
    Binoculars
    Books/magazines
    Trekking poles
    GPS unit
    Padlocks for guest house rooms and bags
    Sewing/repair kit
    Pocket knife
    Candles (for lodges)
    Dairy or notebook plus pencil/pen

Camping

    Tent
    Stove and fuel
    Cooking, eating and drinking utensils
    Sleeping mat
    Food and water (for the very remote trekking areas)

Map

map

Departure Dates

No fixed departures.