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Nar Phu Valley trekking is an adventurous and memorable trek close to Nepal-Tibet (China) border. The goal of this trek is to reach Nar Phu villages, which falls within highly preserved, restricted area zone in Nepal, where you get to experience unique Tibetan culture and lifestyle.
This is a classic trek featuring beautiful villages, medieval monasteries and pristine wilderness. You will capture stunning and breathtaking views of Annapurna, Pisang Peak, Lamjung, Himlung Himal, Tilicho, , Gangapurna etc. and also cross Kang La pass at 5322m.
The tour starts from Koto passing through beautiful villages and exits out at Chame is the best route for short Nar phu valley trek.
Nar phu Valley Trek 9 days 8 nights is the most popular trekking trail in the world cost. Here are the some highlight of this trek.
Trekking package includes all required services, such as ground transportation, permit, accommodation, food, guide and porter, all documentation, staff insurance etc. There is simply no hidden cost. The cost per person decreases with the increase in group sizes.
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The moderate level beautiful short Nar phu valley trek is one of the must do trek in Nepal. Here is the day to day details itinerary for Nar phu Valley trek 9 days 8 nights from Kathmandu.
After breakfast, you will go on a full day drive to Koto, which is the start point for Nar Phu Valley trekking. The journey takes approximately 9-10 hrs while you enjoy scenic views of mountains, hills, forest, villages and rivers. Before you reach Koto, you will go through Besisahar which is an important bazaar in the area. Stay overnight in lodge.
Today will begin your actual trek. Have warm breakfast followed by some brief instruction from your trek guide about the route ahead. The trek from Koto to Meta will last for 7-8 hrs. The trail initially takes you along the bank of Soti Khola towards Dharmashala, enjoying beautiful view of waterfalls. Thereafter you will ascend a forested path to reach Meta. Catch spectacular view of Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal from Meta. Stay overnight in lodge.
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Following breakfast, get back on the trekking trail. The path ahead goes over forest trail and mountain streams eventually arriving at Kyang. Kyang is a vantage point to witness spectacular panorama of Pisang Peak, Annapurna II and Himlung Himal. In another few hours walk, you will enter Phu Village through the village gate. Stay overnight in lodge.
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This is a day you will use to properly acclimatize with the altitude and weather. Visit Tashi Lkahang Monastery and learn about Tibetan lifestyle and Buddhism.
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Leave Phu village by following the trail down to the nearby stream. The trail ahead is mostly pebble and gravel all the way to Nar Phedi. Stay overnight in lodge.
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After breakfast, prepare yourself for a short trek to Nar village. The trail gradually ascends to reach atop a hill from where you can see the surrounding valley. The first sign of the settlement is visible with the appearance of colorful Buddhist chorten. Similar to Phu, Nar village is inhabited by Tibetan people who still follow age-old Tibetan culture and customs.
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This is the most challenging day of the trek as you cross Kang La pass at over 5000m altitude. The trail begins to gradually climb towards Kang La Phedi, negotiation your path over moraines and rocks. It takes at least 3 hrs to reach to the top of Kang La pass where you will rest and spend time capturing magnificent panorama of Annapurna II, Tilicho peak, Pisang peak, and Gangapurna . After sometime, begin a downhill trek to Ngawal. Stay overnight in lodge.
This is your last trekking day. After breakfast, follow the bank of Marshyangdi River. Before long you will arrive in Chame, the headquarters of Manang district. Stay overnight in hotel.
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Enjoy warm breakfast and then get ready for a full day drive to return to Kathmandu. This scenic journey to Kathmandu on a highway takes about 7 hours. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.
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Nar Phu Valley trek is one of the best selling Nepal trek package. We always suggest our guest to know some must know things about this trip. Here are some important information about this trip.
Nepal Visa Fee
15 Days – 30 USD
30 Days – 50 USD
90 Days – 125 USD
Visa fee for travellers of SAARC Countries and China is fully waived. Indian nationals require no visa to enter into Nepal. Visit here for more info
Nar Phu Valley trek route passes through Annapurna Conservation Area and Nar Phu villages in Manang district along Nepal-Tibet border. So, trekkers who wish to do Nar Phu Valley trek must acquire two permits: one to enter Annapurna Conservation area and the other to enter Nar Phu restricted area. Only limited, group-based trekkers are allowed into Nar Phu Villages.
The Annapurna Conservation Area permit costs approx. US$30 or NPR 3,000 per person whereas restricted area permit is USD 100 per week (September to November) and USD 75 per week (December to August).
Photocopies of your passport (with at least six months validity)
Nepal tourist visa
1-2 Passport-size photos (For ACAP permit)
Details of Nar Phu Valley trek itinerary
10 days Nar Phu Valley trek follows the shortest trekking route there is. The actual trekking starts from Jagat, passing by Dharapani, Koto, Meta, Pisang and exiting via Besisahar. You will visit Nar Phu village to learn about Tibetan culture and lifestyle and observe beautiful landscapes and visit rural villages along the way. A major highlight of Nar Phu Valley trek is the crossing of Kang La Pass (5240m), one of the highest Himalayan passes.
In 16 days Nar Phu Valley trek with Annapurna Circuit, your goal is to visit Nar Phu restricted area and then join the famed Annapurna Circuit route before descending down to Jomsom. This is one of the most eventful itineraries where you will cross not one but two highest Himalayan passes: Kangla Pass (5320m) and Thorong La (5416m). You will also enjoy a tour the ancient villages of Nar Phu, visit Muktinath temple (Chumi Gyatsa) and observe the world’s deepest Kali Gandaki Gorge.
Nar Phu Valley trek with Manaslu circuit offers trekkers a unique journey into two restricted areas in the shadow of Himalayas. The first leg of the trek follows the regular Manaslu Circuit trekking route through Machha Khola, Jagat, Deng, and Sama Gaon before hiking up to Larkya Base Camp. Enjoy splendid views of Manaslu (8163m) and Annapurna, the 8th & 10th highest mountains in the world, from the base camp before entering Nar Phu Valley. Learn about ancient Tibetan culture and Buddhism here. You will eventually cross the Kang La Pass (5320m) and drop to Pisang to conclude your journey.
Nar Phu Valley trek with Manaslu Circuit and Annapurna Circuit might be the most adventurous trekking experience you will ever make. You will visit the beautiful Nar Phu valley to experience Tibetan culture and Buddhism. The trek covers two protected areas (Annapurna Conservation Area and Manaslu Conservation Area) and crosses three highest passes namely Thorong La Pass (5416m), Larkya La Pass (5106m) & Kang La Pass (5320m). Capture stunning views of Annapurna, Manaslu, Dhaulagiri and hike up to Larkya Base Camp (4460m) and world’s deepest Kali Gandaki gorge.
Located in a remote corner of Nepal, Nar Phu Valley trek is considered an adventurous and challenging trek. Depending on the route you choose, you might have to cross one to three passes and go at an altitude above 5000m. Trekkers will normally spend walking 5-8 hrs every day. Enough rest will be required to acclimatize with weather and altitude. Those who are physically fit and have some past trekking experience are recommended to do Nar Phu Valley trek.
The cost of Nar Phu Valley trek depends on the route. The longer the duration, higher the cost you will have to bear. Any package cost will need to include restricted area permit and conservation area fees.
The best time to trek Nar Phu Valley is either Spring (March, April, May) or Autumn (September, October, November). Since Nar Phu Valley lies in trans Himalayan region, trekking is also possible during summer season (June, July, August). The only time to avoid Nar Phu Valley trek is during winter season.
Travel insurance is mandatory for Nar Phu Valley Trek. The trek is a challenging journey which takes you to elevation above 5000m.
Hygienic, fresh and warm meal will be provided everyday. Guide will inspect the kitchen before every meal. Most of times, you will have vegetarian meal
you can get a variety of local and international cuisine including Nepali, Thakali, Continental, Chinese, Indian, Tibetan.
Standard lodge and guest houses are available for accommodation during Nar Phu village trek.
Internet facility is available in lodges where you stay, though it will come with certain charges.