Nyar Phu Valley Trek is one of the different and extraordinary treks around the Annapurna region. If you want to experience something different and diverse in your trip then this trek can be the best choice for you. If you love to travel through the wilds and along the rough and rugged terrain and through the less traveled trail, the Nar Phu trek is the one for you.
This trek will take you through many villages where you will get to experience the traditional culture and lifestyle from close. Mostly Mongolian tribes reside in this region. The warm hospitality offered by the Nepalese people at the lodges and tea houses along the way is appreciative. The vast cultivation areas and pasture land for yak grazing look simply beautiful with the mountainous beauty in the background. The village areas have various chores, gompas, and monasteries. We will be visiting these sites as well. People here mostly follow Buddhist religion and you will get the chance to observe their religious practices from close.
The trails at times get narrow and rough and sometimes become difficult to walk due to steepness. Despite the strenuous walk the exceptional natural beauty with the walk through the lush evergreen forests make you forget the pain and makes the walk more pleasurable. The major highlight of this trek is visiting the Nar and Phu valley. These valleys are often called the hidden valleys as they are situated at the remote area. The settlement areas here are uniquely built and this will give you a chance to understand the remote lifestyle from close. Overall, this trek offers you a variety of experiences of walking through the rugged terrain along with enjoying the beauty of the wilderness.
Highlights of Nar Phu Valley trek
- Explore the Tibetan magnificence lifestyle and daily activities of the typical denizens of the Nar Phu valley trek.
- The interesting rock structures, land formations, and diverse to typography and amazing walks on the Nar Phu valley trek.
- You will feel accompanied by the chain of Himalayas including Manaslu, Dhaulagiri, and Annapurna ranges throughout the route.
- Different chortens, gompa,monasteries prayer flags to reached
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu.
Upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, Sherpa Expedition and Trekking representative will greet you. You will be dropped off at the hotel, and after checking in, you could walk around Thamel, a popular tourist hub in Kathmandu. Observing the market and some souvenir shopping will freshen your mind. Dinner at an excellent restaurant will give you a taste of Nepali cuisine. Your trek guide will brief you about the trip. Overnight at Kathmandu.
Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Jagat (1300m/4265ft) - 8hrs.
We begin our journey at early dawn as we have a long drive ahead of us. Right after breakfast, we leave Kathmandu. We see attractive views of Nepali countryside, lush greeneries, rivers, villages, farms and mountain vistas en route throughout the drive. After 8-10 hours of drive, we reach Jagat via Besishahar. Drive up to Besishahar will most likely be smooth owing to black-topped roads whereas after Besishahar, the roads get dusty and coarse but the scenic view from our windowpane is more than compensating for the bumpy ride. Overnight at Jagat.
Day 03: Trek from Jagat to Dharapani (1860m/6102ft) - 7hrs.
After breakfast, we slowly begin our trek today. The trail from Jagat descends until it reaches the river and then continues through passing through fields of corn, barley and potatoes, and then through forests of bamboo and rhododendrons. Further ahead we ascent to a sharp-edged cliff facing the riverbank with the glorious backdrop of towering Annapurna mountain ranges. After crossing a suspension bridge, we climb steeply towards the slippery and physically challenging path to Seattle. On treading along a succession of rock-strewn trails, we descend to a grassy riverbank that leads to Tal village. Tallies on a flat plain next to the sandy beach and river at the base of a large waterfall. While hiking, sometimes we may have to give a pass to a large group of donkey caravan. Overnight at Dharapani.
Day 04: Trek from Dharapani to Koto (2600m/8530ft) - 5hrs.
We start our trek in the morning towards Bagarchhap which takes us about one hour passing through pine and fir forests. We can visit the whitewashed monastery in this village. Then we continue our trek till Danaque which takes about an hour. The trail is steeply along with several landslides on a route on the west. We should not forget to look up though, as we will be treated to some of the most sensational views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV (7,525m/24,688ft). Now the trail continues through pine forests again till Latamarang which takes about one and half hour. We break for lunch here and again resume through forests whereby we have a short glimpse of Annapurna II. Finally, we arrive in Koto village. Overnight in Koto.
Day 05: Trek from Koto to Meta (3560m/11,680ft) - 7hrs.
In the morning, we register our restricted area permit and trek through the Riverbank of Soti Khola again through wonderful pine forests, streams and suspension and reach Dharmasala. We then continue the trek through forests and ascend steeply towards Meta village. Finally, we arrive on the Tibetan Plateau where we have a very good view of Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal. Overnight in Meta.
Day 06: Trek from Meta to Phu Gaon (4080m/13,386ft) - 7hrs.
We start our day crossing up and down and passing through suspension bridges over different streams. After almost 4 hours of trek, we reach Kyang where we can see the remnants, particularly the ruined forts of the Khampa settlement (the place which Khampa refugees from Tibet once captured and lived). Further ahead we keep walking past the Phu Khola on a rocky trail and finally reach the Phu village in another 3 to 4 hours. Overnight in Phu Gaon.
Day 07: Acclimatization and Exploration at Phu Gaon (4250m/13,944ft)
Today is the scheduled acclimatization day whereby we are suggested to rest and get acclimatized with the altitude. We can explore the culture, natural diversity, and religious practices of the ethnic groups like Lama, Gurung, and Ghale in here. Also, we can trace out how people make their survival depending on agriculture, animal breeding and seasonal migrations in such a remote location or in the hidden valley. Apart from exploring the cultural avenues of the lost valley, the valley also offers us a great view of Himlung Himal and other snow peaks in the region. Overnight at Phu Gaon.
Day 08: Trek from Phu Gaon to Nar (4110m/13,484ft) - 6hrs.
The trail descends passing many streams and suspension bridges until Mahendra Pul which takes about 4 hours. We pass the high suspension bridge 80m over the Gorge of Lapche River. We have lunch in Mahendra Pul. After lunch, the trail steeply ascends passing many Buddhist stupas until Nar Village which takes about 2 hours. We find several Buddhist Monasteries here to visit coupled with the glorious vistas of Pisang Peak and other small peaks. Overnight in Nar.
Day 09: Acclimatization and Exploration at Nar (4110m/13,484ft)
Acclimatization and preparation at Nar scheduled acclimatization/rest day for this trek. We spend the day taking a day hike nearby and explore Nar village and have a close look over the local culture and lifestyle. We also prepare for the trek the next day. Overnight in Nar.
Day 10: Trek from Nar to Nawal (3660m/12,008ft) via Kang-La Pass (5322m/17,460ft) - 7hrs.
Today is an adventurous day with long day hike so we get up early in the morning and head to Kangla pass. From the pass, we can see the Annapurna massif. We further trek down to Ngwal from there. Overnight in Ngwal.
Day 11: Trek from Nawal to Manang (3540m/11,614ft) - 4hrs.
From Ngwal, we head for Manang today. We pass through the isolated village of Paugh overlooking the amazing views of Annapurna range. We then move gently uphill to Mungli and then to the main trail of Annapurna Trail at Mungli. We eventually reach Manang, where we set up our camps for an overnight stay. Overnight in Manang.
Day 12: Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4050m/13,287ft) - 4hrs.
From Manang village, the trail crosses a stream, climbs to a village of Tenki above Manang, and then continues to climb out of the Marshyangdi Valley turning northwest up the valley of Jarsang Khola. The trail follows this valley northward, passing a few pastures, a scrub of juniper trees, as it steadily gains elevation. The trail further passes near the small village of Ghunsa, a cluster of flat mud roofs just below the trailhead. Now the trail goes through meadows where horses and yaks graze. After crossing a small river on a wooden bridge, the trail passes an ancient old Mani wall in a pleasant meadow and then reaches another small village of Yak Kharka. Overnight at Yak Kharka.
Day 13: Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorung Phedi (4450m/14,600ft) - 4hrs.
We make our way to the foot of the pass, Throng Phedi today. Thorung Phedi is a small busy settlement catering to the needs of tired trekkers and climbers. Trekkers like us use this point as a base camp. Some visitors also attempt a hike to the High Camp today so that the next day can be easier for them. But, Freedom Adventure’s team leader does not advise this. Although we will have a tough day tomorrow, we stop at Thorung Phedi so that we can have sound sleep in lower altitude rather than risking sleeping in a higher altitude at High Camp. Overnight at Thorong Phedi.
Day 14: Trek from Thorung Phedi Base Camp to Muktinath (3800m/12,467ft) via Thorung La Pass (5416m/17,764ft) - 8hrs.
Crossing the arduous Thorung La Pass at a dizzying height of 5,416m/17,764ft is another highlight of this trek. An early start is important to go through the icy high-altitude trail. But the picturesque mountain vistas are more than compensates the strenuous walk through the grueling trail. We reach Muktinath by sunset which is an important pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhist. We can stroll around the area which hosts a Vishnu temple and a Monastery nearby. Overnight at Muktinath.
Day 15: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (2715m/8910ft) - 4hrs.
We begin descending down the dramatic Kali Gandaki Gorge through the arid land. We pass by Jharkot and Khingar villages which has typical Tibetan architecture. Following the valley floor most of the way sprawled along the banks of the Kali Gandaki, we reach Jomsom. Overnight in Jomsom.
Day 16: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara - 30min.
After breakfast, we check in the airport for Pokhara flight. The scenic flight takes us through the gorge of the two huge mountains, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. On arrival at Pokhara airport, we will be transferred to a lakeside hotel. We get some rest and explore the beauty of Pokhara Valley in the evening. While we leisurely walk along the bank of Fewa Lake, the second biggest lake of Nepal while admiring the mountain view of Machhapuchhare. We can also go for a boat ride in Fewa or take a short hike to the World Peace Pagoda. We can end the day with a leisurely stroll around the mesmerizing lakeside. Overnight in Pokhara.
Day 17: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu - 7hrs.
Today, after breakfast, we make a 200km drive back to Kathmandu. It’s better to hold on to the left pane of the vehicle to enjoy the scenery through the route. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, we will be transferred to our hotel. There is nothing to do but trade emails with travel companions and organize our photos. We can spend the evening relaxing, or perhaps catch up on some last minute shopping and celebrate dinner together with Sherpa Expedition and Trekking staff. Overnight at Kathmandu.
Day 18: Fly Back Home.
Our journey in Nepal concludes today! A Sherpa Expedition and Trekking representative will escort us to the airport approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight. On our way home, we have plenty of time to plan our next adventure in the wonderful country.
1. Trekking equipment
The Following information will give you some idea about what you need to bring for the trek as the backpack for the hiking in Nepal and the gear play a vital role for the successful trip and we suggest you to have all the necessary gear for the trip and not to have unnecessary equipment/things that you will not be using for the trip and list of the gear you need for the trek are:
- Good down Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you do not have on your own and it is to be returned after the trek.
- Duffel or Rucksack bag to keep your all the gear and this will be carried by the porters.
- Daypack bag for yourself
- A down Jacket
- Shade hat
- Warm wool hat to cover your ears
- A pair of lightweight warm gloves.
- T-shirts 2- 3 pieces
- Lightweight thermal tops.
- Fleece jacket.
- Fleece Wind-proved jacket (optional).
- A pair’s nylon hiking shorts which are quick drying one
- Two pairs of lightweight long underwear.
- Two pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts
- Four pairs of liner warm socks
- A pair of light to medium weight waterproof hiking/trekking boots.
- A pair of light trekking shoes for camp/lodges
- A pair sandal (Optional)
- A water bottle.
- Head/Torch Light.
2. Medicines and First Aid Kits
- Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude-related headaches like DMX.
- Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
- Imodium or Peptone besom, Flexon capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
- Diamox 125 or 250mg or 400mg tablets for altitude sickness.
- 1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as moleskin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc.(Sherpa expedition and Trekking company's team also provide first aid kits)
3. Miscellaneous but Important
- Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies)
- Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
- Lip care (Balm) At least SPF 20, 2 sticks.
- Sun’s cream with SPF 40 is recommended
- Pocket knife.
- Water purification Iodine tablets
- Toiletry kits and be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
Note Regarding Itineraries:
Although we generally adhere to the schedule, the itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control, including weather and terrain conditions, suitable campsite availability, and the group's general fitness level. It is important to understand that our trek is logistically complex and it is not unusual that adjustments be made. Our guide will orient you each evening to the following day's plan and their good judgment is the key to the long history of successful treks that Sherpa Expedition & Trekking Pvt. Ltd. Please remember that our ability to make adjustments as needed helps to ensure that your trek is safe and successful. Your safety is paramount.