- Explore the Tibetan influenced lifestyles and everyday activities of the typical denizens of the Nar Phu Valley.
- Cross one of the highest passes in the world – Kang La Pass 5,320 meters.
- Explore the Tashi Lakhang Monastery – the old Buddhist Monastery,it is supposed to be the last monastery constructed by Karmapa Rinpoche.
- Encounter with wild Monkeys, Musk deer, snow leopards and blue sheep and many other wild animals.
Nar Phu Trekking is one of the best trails to enjoy the virgin beauty of the sceneries that define Nepal and the Himalayas. This trek is a combination of cultural and scenic delights throughout the trail. Walking in some of the lesser selected sections, you can witness the lifestyle here undisturbed and unchallenged by the modernized world.
Nar and Phu is a different village in the valley. Those both villages are called Nar Phu at once and it is a day walking distance each other. Nar Phu Trek is open for tourists since 2003 and it needs a special permit because it is also listed in the restricted area by the Government of Nepal.
Nar Phu Trekking is ethnically Tibetan inhabitants with the high Himalayas. Historically, Nar Phu is captured by Khampas (Tibetan refugees) and settled their inhabitants illegally and stabled later on. It is a non-touristic region yet because of fewer tourists used to visit. The valley is naturally beautiful but due to its remoteness and sort of media promote it is still a virgin destination.
Link your soul with the beautiful landscape and mesmerizing views of snow-capped mountains surrounding you. Treat your senses with the Mani walls, Chortens, and stone patched houses. Further, these reflect the life and art in the Nar Phu region. Nar Phu is indeed a gift for adventure lovers in the Himalayas.
Indigenous Culture you can find Nar Phu Trekking
The dead body of the Local people is buried or burned or fed to the vulture. It depends according to their date of birth and death. Above all, lama decides their luck of the way on how to end the dead body.
This itinerary can be lengthened by adding a trip to Tilicho Lake and rejoining the Annapurna Circuit at Yak Kharka. Instead of trekking from Ngawal to Pisang on Day 8, continue to Manang, Khangsar, Tilicho Base Camp, Tilicho Lake, Yak Kharka, Thorung Phedi, Muktinath, and Jomsom (before flying back to Pokhara). The total time for this trip, including the Nar Phu section, is 16 days.
How to Book Nar Phu Trek – 10 Days
- Day 01:
Kathmandu to Dharapani [1920m, 10 hrs]
- Day 02:
Trek to Koto [2600m, 6hrs]
- Day 03:
Trek to Meta [3230m, 7 hrs]
- Day 04:
Trek to Phu Gaon [4050m, 7 hrs]
- Day 05:
- Day 06:
Trek to Nar Phedi (3550m)
- Day 07:
Trek to Nar (4150m)
- Day 08:
Kang La Pass [5320m] to Ngawal [3660m, 8 hrs]
- Day 09:
Trek to Pisang and Drive to Besisahar [760m]
- Day 10:
Drive to Kathmandu
Day 01: Kathmandu to Dharapani [1920m, 10 hrs]
You drive along the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway to Dumre and then follow the narrow and paved road by the Marshyangdi River to Besi Sahar. We begin our journey at early dawn as we have a long drive ahead of us. We head-start right after breakfast and leave Kathmandu around 7 am in the morning. After 9-10 hours of drive we reach Dharapani 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.
Day 02: Trek to Koto [2600m, 6hrs]
We begin our trek in the morning towards Bagarchhap which takes about one hour passing through pine and fir forests. We can visit the white washed monastery in this village. The trail continues through pine forests again till Latamarang which takes about one and half hour. We will trek through pine and fir forests, monasteries and villages to Bargarchhap., You can enjoy the spectacular mountain views of Annapurna II and Manaslu and other peaks along the way. Koto is a small village mainly inhabited by Gurungs who follow Tibetan Buddhism.
Day 03: Trek to Meta [3230m, 7 hrs]
In the morning, we register our restricted area permit at the Police Check Post. Then we trek through the River bank of Soti Khola again through wonderful pine forests, streams and suspension and reach Dharmasala. Today’s 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 04: Trek to Phu Gaon [4050m, 7 hrs]
Trekking out of Meta, some of the unique, colorful Tibetan Buddhist chortens that Nar and Phu are famous for begin to appear in sight. 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.
Day 05: Acclimatization day
Today is the scheduled acclimatization day whereby we are suggested to rest and get acclimatized with the altitude. It is also the day for us to explore the Tashi Lakhang Monastery – the old Buddhist Monastery listed out of the 108 world’s great Buddhist Monasteries; it is supposed to be the last monastery constructed by Karmapa Rinpoche.
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. 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 06: Trek to Nar Phedi (3550m)
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! At 5 pm they usually do a puja (blessing), which you are welcome to witness. On the way will see peaks of Kang Garu and Pisang Peak and pass by two chortens on the way.
Day 07: Trek to Nar (4150m)
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. We walk along the windy path to Nar village. Cross a line of wonderfully painted, bamboo-topped chortens on the way into the ancient village.
Day 08: Kang La Pass [5320m] to Ngawal [3660m, 8 hrs]
We start our kangla pass day hikes early morning to avoid windy. The Kang La is not a difficult pass, but it could be a long day if there is snow on the pass or the altitude is taking its toll. The Kang La, at 5240m, is an absolutely spectacular pass looking over Annapurna II, Gangapurna, Tilicho peak, the peaks surrounding Tilicho and the airport at Hongde. The trail down is steep and then more gradual as you reach the end.
Day 09: Trek to Pisang and Drive to Besisahar [760m]
The weather gets warmer and the greener landscape as you go down more than 3000m from the pass. Set off early for the last few hours of trekking to reach Pisang. The trail is wide and pleasing and passes a beautiful lake just outside Pisang. Take a lunch at Pisang then Drive to Besisahar by Jeep. Overnight at Besisahar.
Day 10: Drive to Kathmandu
The drive back to Kathmandu takes around five hours. Enjoy a hot shower and the luxuries of the city once again! Spend the afternoon shopping for souvenirs in Thamel, or just relaxing.
Cost Includes and Excludes
- Airport picks up & drop by private vehicle to hotel.
- Transportation from Kathmandu to Dharapani & Pisang to Kathmandu.
- Necessary paperwork and Trekking Permits fee (ACAP, TIMS and Nar Phu Valley Restricted Area Special Permit).
- Accommodation during trek and Meal (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and a cup of coffee or tea).
- Licensed English or Chinese or Korean or Hindi along with Nepali speaking Friendly trekking guide.
- Coverage of Guides including their Meals, Insurance, Salary, Lodging, transportation and other necessary equipment.
- First Aid Medical Kit (Carried by the guide).
- Sleeping bag, down jackets and trekking map, if necessary.
- Emergency Evacuation Assistance Service (The cost of the helicopter, hospital and necessary transport are not payable by the company).
- Welcome or farewell dinner in Kathmandu at a cultural restaurant (complimentary).
- A nation-wide operated Mobile SIM Card and a map of the trekking region.
- Porter (We can arrange porter for your trek).
- Private vehicle from Kathmandu to Dharapani & Pisang to Kathmandu.
- International airfare.
- Nepal Entry Visa fee: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport.
- Personal Travel insurance which has to cover emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation compulsory.
- Personal expense (shopping, snacks, boil bottle water, hot and cold drinks, hot shower, Alcohol, Wi-Fi, telephone call, battery re-charge fee).
- Accommodation, Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu, except the farewell dinner.
- Emergency expenses such as expenses on charted helicopter.
- Additional costs or delays caused by out of management control, for example, landslide, weather condition, itinerary modification due to safety concerns, illness, change of government policies etc.
- Gratitude and tips for your guide, porter and driver.
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