This 16 day Nar Phu Valley trek takes you to untouched villages, such as Phu and Nar, rich in Tibetan culture, soaring peaks, deep valleys and high altitude passes (Kanga La Pass (5322m) - were very few tourists venture. This area is unspoiled and its pristine wilderness will please the more adventurous trekker. Wedged between the well known Annapurna and Manaslu regions the Nar Phu valley has some fascinating views of these colossal peaks: Gangapurna (7455m), Annapurna II (7937m), Himlung Himal (4900m), and Tilicho Peak (7134m).
The trek to Nar Phu Valley exposes you to ancient untouched Tibetan villages rich in history and traditional Buddhist life. The mostly Mongolian people with their genuinely warm and welcoming smiles will warm your soul as you stop at the tea houses and lodges. The green pastures where yaks graze is in stark contrast to the surrounding landscape and towering mountains. Being a mostly Buddhist region you will see many chortens (Buddhist shrine/monument), gompas (monastery or temple), mani walls (stone walls that form a 6 symbol prayer), and Tashi Lhakhang Buddhist monastery in Marpha Village. Toward the end of the trek, you will get a chance to relax and unwind at the therapeutic hot springs at Tatopani.
The Nar Phu Valley trek can be challenging at times due to some steep ascending trails, high altitudes, and narrow rocky terrain. The trail takes you through some lush forests and arid landscapes surrounded by magnificent peaks looming right before your eyes. Following the trail, you will suddenly drop into some hidden valleys with their unique style of stone buildings and Tibetan style architecture. The natural beauty and Tibetan Buddhist villages in this remote out-of-the-way place make this trek an adventure of a lifetime.
After driving from Kathmandu we begin the trek from either Chame or Dharapani and follow the Annapurna Circuit Trail to Koto and then up to Meta crossing the Marsyangdi River before entering the Nar Phu Valley. As we enter the more open spaces in the valley we have incredible views of Mt. Kang Guru (6981m) and Mt. Pisang (6091m). The trail passes numerous small untouched Tibetan villages with their unique religious monuments and passes the very strange blue sheep and yaks grazing in these alpine regions. We pass through Nar and then head across the Kang la Pass (5322m) before reaching Tilicho Base Camp (5000m), where we can see the spectacular soaring peaks of Annapurna II (7937m), Gangapurna (7455m) & Tilicho Peak (7134m). At this point, we have the option of climbing to the turquoise Tilicho Lake (4920m) and then head across Mesokanto La Pass (4919m) before heading on to Jomsom. Our last stop on the trek is a relaxing dip in the Tatopani Hot Springs before driving on to Pokhara and then back to Kathmandu.
This is a very remote region on the Tibetan plateau where it seems that time has stood still and lost its meaning. This trek can be strenuous at times but is rewarded with an understanding of how the local Tibetan Buddhists cope with everyday life in these harsh conditions.
The following information will give you some idea about what you need to bring for the trek. It is important you do not forget the essential items, as this will determine your comfort and safety on the trek. Equally important is that you do not burden yourself with unnecessary equipment on the trek.
(Note our company guide will carry the medicines and first aid kits during the trek. However, we recommend you bring your personal first-aid kit as well)
You will be accommodated in 3-star hotels in Kathmandu. During the trek, we will be staying at lodges/ teahouses. You may find comfort and better quality teahouses - having attached bathroom at lower levels- until you reach higher elevations, where the accommodation is more basic with bare necessities.
In Kathmandu, your hotel includes breakfast, whereas all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) will be provided during the trek. A staple food of the Manang & Mustang regions is potatoes, oats, buckwheat, Sherpa stew, and Tibetan bread. Sherpa’s’ started farming potatoes when the first seeds were introduced to the region in the early 90s. There is a limited choice of food at higher elevations and except many potato dishes. Potatoes are high in carbohydrates – an excellent source of energy needed at high altitudes.
We use a private car for sightseeing and for the airport to hotel pick and drop off. We use public transportation or local buses during the trek.
This can be a challenging trek where you often have to walk 6-7 hours a day. You don’t need past experience of hiking or trekking but if you have done any kind of trekking activities then it is always a plus! We have met people from all walks of life, shapes, and sizes who have completed the trek. The only difficult part is when altitude sickness strikes and the effect that it can have on your body. Before leaving for Nepal it is good if you can prepare yourself physically by increasing your stamina and oxygen intake.
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