About The Trip
Nar Phu Valley Trek Nepal is a late open trekking trail. Nar and Phu are two old villages conveying their own way of life, fantastic high landscape, slender gullies, yaks, religious communities, and getting a charge out of Mountain perspectives. Nar Phu trek belongs to a restricted trekking area with the unique culture and traditions of the mountain people. Local people and their culture have remained more similar to Tibetan. Since its remoteness and more closeness to Tibet, very few trekkers have explored untouched villages. Furthermore, Kang La Pass, high peaks, glaciers, remote villages, narrow canyons are the best.
If you dream of trekking to an exotic land with the Himalayas and preserved culture, then Nar Phu Trek is unique and not missed. Walkthrough standard Annapurna Circuit trail and crossing the Marshyangdi River to steep trials of Nar and Phu valley. Two days long walk from the border of Tibet, Tilman first explored this region in the 1950s and opened for trekking in 2002. Nar Phu Valley Trekking had been only open for few years and holds centuries of untouched beauty. Despite Tibetan culture, you will also experience high peaks, passes, glaciers, remote villages, narrow canyons, lovely forests, and unique rocks formations.
Nar Phu Valley Trek in the Himalayas gives you a taste of spectacular wilderness to the far north of the Annapurna Region. The flawless valley, gorges, and canyons add terrifying elegant drops clearing your way for gorgeous vistas of Annapurna Ranges, Himlung, Ratna Chuli, and other small peaks. A challenging ascent through big pastures leads you to the Kang La Pass (5,320m), the highest point during this trek. Further, you will discover another beautiful settlement of Manang and Ngawal. You will be blessed with the incredible scenery of white rocks, juniper, evergreens, snow-capped mountains, glaciers, and Nar Phu River below.
Pristine fascinating trial passes through religious shrines like the famous Tashi Lhakhang Gompa and accepts a blessing from Lama Karma Sonam Rimpoche. Along with spending plenty of time at these picturesque and timeless villages, we traverse the high alpine valleys above Phu village. The Nar Phu Trek route is famous for wildlife like Himalayan Thar, Snow leopard, and Nepal’s most marked herbal medicine, Yarshagumba. Some explain that the Nar Phu Valley trek is one of the Yarshagumpa trails and culturally influenced biodiversity trekking routes in Nepal. With features obvious to those willing to explore, Nar Phu Valley Trek offers more extra than one can behold.
While a restricted area, Nar Phu Valley Trek offers the best of remote settings and a timeless landscape spreading up to the Tibetan plateau. This trek takes you along secluded Nar & Phu villages linked to the Annapurna circuit and lower Annapurna regions, along with high passes. This trek transports you from the wilderness that stretches kilometers, asking you to take it on.
In addition to this trip, other notable alternative trekking routes are seeking more significant challenges. You can choose any trip from Annapurna Region Trekking like Annapurna Circuit Trek, Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek, Mohare Danda, and Mardi Himal Trek. For more Annapurna Trekking Package, you can explore more exclusive Himalayan Odyssey tour packages.
Nar Phu Valley Trek Route
Nar Phu Route starts from the bustling streets of Kathmandu to Besisahar, following the famous Annapurna Circuit Trek route up the Marshyangdi River valley to Koto. From Koto, we will leave the trail and cross the bridge to reach the Nar Phu Valley. Further, you will pass through the beautiful forest to Dharamsala, which itself is an enthralling adventure. We will accommodate local pilgrims visiting Tasho Lhakhang Gompa in Phu. High in the valley, you will witness plateaus and pastures where yak herders of the Nar Phu Valley. This thrilling path may offer the sight of snow leopards and blue mountain sheep. During the walk, you will see the long queue of yak or mules along narrow tracks. The trial has many ups and downs between plateaus and glacial streams, canyons, and gorges.
A leaning monolith and line of chortens lead you to the way to Phu. We then go further, crumbling ruins of two forts, and visits Tasho Lhakhang Gompa. We will see the ladies of Phu spinning yak wool and crushing mustard grains for oil. Further, we will set out for the village of Nar. “Nar” means the wild blue sheep native to this region. We descend to the old bridge, pass a narrow gorge, and a steep climb leads us to the gates of Nar village. You will see Chortens, gompas surrounded by fields of barley and mustard. The mesmerizing Pisang and Kang Gurur dominate the horizon.
Leaving Nar, we climb a gradual path up the valley to yak pastures with beautiful Pisang Peak in clear view. Gasping you close in on the summit with fluttering prayer flags and Chorten. Try to catch your breath as one of the highest points of this trip calls. Immerse in a lonely setting, menacing terrain, and the trial goes along breathless Kang La Pass (5,306 m/17,408 ft.). After we celebrate the victory party and enjoy the view, then we descend to Kang La Phedi. Dropping back from the top is not a piece of cake as it will hit hard to your knees. Alien terrain, tumultuous vigor, and zigzag slopes may occur occasional slips as we go down. The path will be filled with fluttering prayer flags, and clouds of the valley beating the hills will make for a dream climb as you pant all the way up. You will forget the tiredness as you see beautiful nature and eye-catching scenes of the Annapurna Range. Our Nar Phu Valley trek 10 days will end when we rejoin the Pisang. We will drive back to Besisahar and then back to Kathmandu the same day.
Best Time for Nar Phu Valley Trek
When choosing to trek to Nar Phu Valley, the weather is an important factor because no one is behind nature. People trek throughout the year, but certainly, there are ups and downs in all seasons. Below is the total information about the climatic situation of every quarter of months.
The best time for Nar Phu valley is recognized as the spring season, which falls from the early of March to the end of May. The weather of this period is perfect for doing long as well as short treks. During this season, Himalayan trekking is the best idea as the mountain scenes are clear. The best thing about this month in Nepal is that you can observe the unique birds and animals.
Undoubtedly autumn is also one of the best times for the Nar Phu trek in Nepal. From early September to the end of November autumn season lasts here. Since there is no possibility of a clouded environment, it is the best idea during this month. You can get a fair view of the mountain ranges. One of the principal festivals of Nepalese Dashain and Tihar falls on this season. You will also get a chance to observe and celebrated Nepali culture.
Summer/ Monsoon season
These seasons start from early June to the end of August at the same time. Summer is the hottest time of the year, and the rain of the monsoon reduces the hotness during long treks. If you don’t like crowds, this season is the best time for you. Getting a place for accommodation will not be difficult. This season is best for planting new crops on the field, you will get to know the traditional style of farming in most places. But we usually don’t recommend this trek because of heavy rainfall and slippery trials.
The winter month of Late December to February is the coldest and driest month. Adventure seekers travel during this season for good Himalayan views while wearing lots of layers. As at this time of the year, there is little rain, skies in the hills and valleys further from the high mountains can be dull from dust and pollution. When you are in the higher altitudes, temperatures can drop below freezing. Even during the day, temperatures may not rise much above freezing. Most of the trail will cover by the snow.
The snow that does fall doesn’t melt and makes the trek harder. We suggest you pack a walking stick and crampons, which make it easier on the high passes. Maximum villagers migrate from Nar to lower altitude in mid-December and remain there until mid-February.
Nar Phu Valley Trek Difficulty
Nar Phu Valley trek is remote trekking in Manang District and rated as a moderate trek. The tricky part of the trek is crossing the Kang La Pass in a narrow trail. The rest of the other day is moderate, and needs to walk 5 to 6 hours a day. Furthermore, we will encounter many uphill and downhills on trial, so some small training is necessary.
Another challenging part is descending from Kang La Pass because of the vertical slope. All of these considerations make the trek a challenging one. To minimize the high altitude fear, you can involve in physical preparation like running, cycling, jogging, and swimming.
Nar Phu Valley Trek Cost
When you are thinking about exploring the Himalayas like Nar Phu Valley, there will be many factors to consider, like route, best time, and how fit we need to be? But one of the most important confusion will be, “How much does Nar Phu Valley Trek cost?”
The cost for the trek also depends on the itinerary and route you are taking with. This trek can be done in a short or long time with the combined Annapurna and Manaslu area. The number of days and facilities you are taking during the trek also determines the cost of the trek.
The Nar Phu valley trek cost is a little higher than other normal trekking in Nepal. The area lies in a remote and restricted area, so we need a special permit. You need to travel with a registered company and need a guide this makes your cost a little high.
On average Nar Phu Valley trek will generally be 10-15 days, and the cost is generally somewhere between USD 1375 to USD 1290. This price covers transportation, trekking permits, meals, professional trekking guides, porters, accommodation, entry fees, and others. You will get some discounts if you are in groups. The cost of the Nar Phu Valley Trek highly depends upon traveling in private or in a group.
Nar Phu Valley Trek Permit
As Nar Phu is a protected area, the government needs several permits to support the preservation of the area, limit the number of tourists and manage the borders with Tibet. These permits are required solely for Annapurna Conservation Areas. For the months of September to November, the rate per person is USD 90 for one week and if you are visiting between the months of December to August, the cost is USD 75 for one week per person. Exceeding one week, it costs USD 10 per day per person. In addition, you need an Annapurna Conservation Area permit and the cost is USD 30 per person.
Nar Phu Valley Trek Altitude
Photo: Altitude Chart