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Nar Phu Valley Trekking – 9 Days

Trip Facts

Weather

Weather -10°C to 20°C View Weather Detail

Duration

Duration 9 Days

Difficulty

Difficulty Moderate

Accommodation

Accommodation Lodges/Hotels

Meals Included

Meals Included Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Best Season

Best Season Sept, Oct, Nov, March, April, May

Transportation

Transportation Overland

Daily Activity

Daily Activity Approx. 5 - 6 hours

Religion

Religion Buddhism

Ethnic People

Ethnic People Gurung

Geographic Terrain

Geographic Terrain Mountain, Village

Region of Nepal

Region of Nepal Annapurna Region

Max. Altitude

Max. Altitude 5240m

Starting from Besisahar, the trail branches off the famous Annapurna circuit into the off-the-beaten-track to Nar Phu valley. At first, you walk along the uphill trail to Chamje and follow the fine trail through the pine forests to Koto via Dharapani. Then, you follow a trail that traces up and down alongside several streams to reach Phu village via Meta. After exploring the beauty and culture of Phu village, you hit the trail to Nar village. During the last couple of days, you walk through beautiful meadows of Nar valley to reach Kang La Pass and walk up to Pisang before you catch a bus for your return drive.

Trekking in the Nar Phu Valley requires a special restricted area permit along with Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) permit. The lodges are comfortable and quite neat and clean. The temperature is moderate and perfect for the journey during spring (March-May) and autumn (Oct-Nov) and offers you a clear view of mountains. However, the Himalayan highland is painted best in colors of green meadows and beautiful flowers in the rainy season. Besides, it is also the festive period of the Himalayan people.

Background 

The trek overwhelms you with the incredible landscapes, mighty waterfalls, delightfully clear and bright streams, colorful Himalayan flowers, vast pasturelands filled with yaks and horses, and the magnificent view of snow-capped mountain peaks such as Pisang, Himlung, Annapurna, and Manaslu. Nar Phu valley is inhabited by people of Tibetan origin and is home to many ancient Buddhist monasteries.

About Us

Make your trekking experience pleasant and memorable with our experienced and trained trekking team at Nepal Alternative Treks and Expedition. We are renowned for our long dedication to the tourism sector of Nepal and offer you the best quality services and facilities. Book your trekking with us and explore the incredible beauty of Nepal.

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Trip Highlights

  • Enjoy the incredible landscapes, mighty waterfalls, and delightful streams of the Nar Phu valley.
  • Visit ancient Buddhist monasteries in the region.
  • Learn the unique culture and traditions of people of Tibetan origin.
  • Magnificent view of snow-clad mountain peaks such as Pisang, Himlung, Manaslu, and Annapurna.
  • Spectacular view of hundreds of yaks and horses grazing off high pasturelands.
January
-10°C to 5°C
February
-5°C to 8°C
March
-3°C to 10°C
April
2°C to 14°C
May
5°C to 18°C
June
7°C to 20°C
July
8°C to 20°C
August
8°C to 20°C
September
6°C to 18°C
October
2°C to 14°C
November
-3°C to 10°C
December
-7°C to 7°C

Day-to-day-Itinerary

Day 1

Drive to Besisahar

Day 1 Facts

Trekking Time Average

160km Drive
(Av. 6hr)

Accommodation

Luxury Lodge in
Besisahar

Altitude

(860m. /2805ft.)

Your exciting journey begins with a six-hour-long drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar alongside the Trishuli and Marsayangdi River. You’ll have a smooth drive on the black-topped road up to Besisahar. However, the ride can get bumpy from here. Nonetheless, the whole ride is rewarding and offers you the beautiful views of rivers, villages, hilly terraced farms, and mountain peaks, including Ganesh and Manaslu. Overnight in Besisahar.

Day 2

Drive to Chame

Day 2 Facts

Trekking Time Average

54km Drive
(Av. 3hr)

Accommodation

Luxury Lodge in
Chame

Altitude

(2630m. /8679ft.)

After breakfast, you’ll begin your road journey from Besisahar along an uphill road to Chamje. Along the way, a beautiful waterfall will welcome you at Tal. As you drive further, you’ll cross a river to reach Dharapani. Then, you’ll drive through the lush green pine forest with a good view of Mt. Annapurna and Mt. Manaslu. Finally, you’ll stop at Chame, a beautiful Gurung village. Overnight in Chame.

Day 3

Trek to Meta

Day 3 Facts

Trekking Time Average

15km Uphill hike
(Av. 6hr)

Accommodation

Luxury Lodge in
Meta

Altitude

(3550m. /11715ft.)

After you go through the official procedures to enter the restricted area at the Police check post, you’ll begin your trek to enter the Nar Phu valley. You’ll walk upstream along the Soti Khola through beautiful pine forests, crosses suspension bridges, and reach Dharmashala. After enjoying a delightful scenery of the waterfall at Dharmasala, you’ll gear up a steep trail until you reach Meta village, a part of the Tibetan plateau. From Meta, you can have an excellent view of Mt. Annapurna and Mt. Lamjung. Overnight stay at Meta.

Day 4

Trek to Phu village

Day 4 Facts

Trekking Time Average

16km Uphill hike
(Av. 6hr)

Accommodation

Luxury Lodge in
Phu village

Altitude

(4080m. /13464ft.)

At first, you’ll traverse through the trail switching up and down, crossing several suspension bridges, and climbing to a small pass to reach Kyang. Then, you’ll continue on a rocky trail until you reach Phu village. There are no settlements on the way until you reach Phu village except the ruins and remnants of the then Tibetan Khampa rebellions. Phu village affords you an excellent view of Mt. Himlung and other mountain peaks. Overnight stay in a lodge at Phu.

Day 5

Excursion around Phu valley.

Today, you’ll spend your time exploring the beauty and culture of Phu village. Phu village is a part of the beautiful Nar Phu valley known for its immense beauty, canyons, streams, and pasturelands. There’s an old monastery called Lakhang Monastery in Phu village built by Karmapa Rinpoche, who came to Nepal with Dalai Lama in 1959. This monastery is listed as the top 108 Buddhist monasteries in the world. You can interact with the friendly Gurung people as you peek into their lifestyle to learn about their customs, cultures, and traditions.

Day 6

Trek to Nar village

Day 6 Facts

Trekking Time Average

16km Uphill hike
(Av. 6hr)

Accommodation

Luxury Lodge in
Nar village

Altitude

(4110m. /13563ft.)

The trail descends to a stream from Phu. Walking further, you’ll have to cross several other streams and suspension bridges until you reach Nar Phedi. There’s a beautiful monastery at this place radiating its spiritual bliss. The trail winds up from Nar Phedi to Nar village. This village also has many beautiful monasteries and affords you a fantastic view of Pisang and other mountain peaks. The greenery of the pastures and terraced farms, the pink buckwheat fields, stout horses, and hairy yaks are amazing to watch.

Day 7

Trek to Ngawal

Day 7 Facts

Trekking Time Average

18km Downhill hike
(Av. 8hr)

Accommodation

Luxury Lodge in
Ngawal

Altitude

(3660m. /12078ft.)

As you climb from Nar village, vast green pastures will come into your sight. The spectacular view of hundreds of yaks and horses grazing on those beautiful meadows will stun you. The trail continues through Jhombu Kharka and Kang La Phedi to Kang La pass, the highest point of this trek at an elevation of 5322 m. This is not a much difficult pass, but a long day walk at this high altitude is challenging.

Nonetheless, the picturesque landscape and magnificent view of Mt. Annapurna and other peaks are great rewards to your challenge. Finally, you’ll descend from Kang La pass to Ngawal for an overnight stay in a lodge.

Day 8

Trek to Pisang - Drive to Besisahar

Day 8 Facts

Trekking Time Average

2hrs Trek
55km Drive
(Av. 5hr)

Accommodation

Luxury Lodge in
Besisahar

Altitude

( 3250m./10725ft.)
(820m. /2706ft.)

After breakfast, you’ll hit the trail to Pisang. It’s the final day of your trek. A customized route takes you to Manang to join the Annapurna circuit. The Pisang village offers you the most stunning view of Annapurna II, IV, and Pisang peak. An ancient monastery at Pisang is also a good place to visit. After spending some time in Pisang, you’ll catch a jeep and drive back to Besisahar.

Day 9

Drive to Kathmandu

Day 9 Facts

Trekking Time Average

160km Drive
(Av. 5hr)

Altitude

(1295m./4273ft.)

Your incredible journey ends with a 5-hour drive from Besisahar to Kathmandu. You’ll drive on a familiar road alongside the Marsayangdi and Trishuli River, enjoying the view of villages, small towns, rivers, and beautiful landscapes.

What do you get in the Trip?

Included

  • Tribhuwan International Airport Transfer ( Airport + Hotel + Airport ) in Kathmandu.
  • Lodge ( Twin share basis) accommodation during the trekking.
  • All meals ( Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) along the trek.
  • One highly experienced, first aid trained, fluent English/Local language speaking, friendly and government authorized trekking guide and required porters (one porter for two persons).
  • Guide/ Porter’s food, accommodation, salary, insurance, transportation and equipments.
  • Overland transportation as per mentioned in itinerary.
  • Annapurna conservation area project ( ACAP) , TIMS and Nar Phu Valley Special permit.
  • A trekking map, duffle bag, Oxygen saturation check up everyday, Trekking completion certificate and company T-shirt etc.
  • Assistance for Emergency Resuce Evacuation.
  • Government tax and service charge etc.
  • Public Liability Insurance.

Excluded

  • Hotel accommodation and meals in Kathmandu.
  • Hard and soft table drinks such as tea/coffee, coke, fanta, mineral water, beer, desert, battery charge, hot shower, laundry, phone bill and bar bill.
  • Personal Travel insurance.
  • Tips for guide and porters. ( Highly suggested )

Route Map

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Currently, we do not have any scheduled group trips, but you are welcome to embark on the journey on a date that suits you best.

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The given rates are per person with guaranteed departure schedules. If the given dates are not appropriate for you, please feel free to contact us for requesting a new dates, we will gladly personalize the itinerary and schedule of the trip that fits for you.

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Traveler Reviews

Recommended! We came to Nepal with a very limited timeframe, not much equipment, low budget and a wish to visit a very remote place where not every company offers a trip. Tej and our guide Ugul took very good care of us. Tej organized the trip and permits within 24 hours of our first call. At first, we took a guide because it was mandatory, but on the way, we realized it was also necessary. Even though we are normally independent in our travels, this time it was such a relief to have our guide and to be free from all hassle from transportation, translation, food, accommodation, and planning. Ugul was always there for us and always managed the situation well. We paid for food and accomm in front and we got always the nicest logging and best cooking available. They are happy to help you with everything needed. Tej

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5.0

Jana D

Czech Republic
We made trip to Nar Phu valley and it was awesome. Would highly recommend Tej and his company. I am usually independent on my travels, but i really enjoy trek package as there was no hassle on the way. Cheers Lukas

5.0

Lukas and Janna

Czech Republic

ESSENTIAL INFO

Best time to visit

The best time to visit the tour is during Spring (March, April, May) and Autumn (September, October, November). Because at this time you will see the beauty of the surroundings. Similarly, this season provides you with an ideal climate. Likewise, the weather is stable and you can climb with clear visibility.

The difficulty of the trek

This trek is of moderate level difficulty. Although this is only a 9-day trek you can suffer from high altitude sickness and sometimes can injure yourself too. So you should come prepared for this trek.

Required Permits

ACAP: NPR. 3000 for foreigners and NPR 1000 for SAARC.

Narphu valley special permit : USD 100  Sept – Nov for 1 week, USD 15 per day beyond extra days
USD 75 Dec-Aug for 1 week and USD 15 per day  beyond extra days

Note: Child below 10 years are free

Travel insurance

Travel insurance is the most important when traveling through these high-altitude treks. If you don’t have this, then we are afraid that traveling with us is not possible. Similarly, make sure all your bills are covered in the insurance policy of your insurance company. Most importantly, make sure your insurance is not expired.

Meals and Accommodation

We provide 3 meals a day during the trek and we provide lodging accommodation during the trek. So, you don’t have to worry about this.

Fitness and experience requirements

Nar Phu Valley Trek is a 9-day long trek. So, you need to be physically fit and you need to have some experience during the trek. Make sure you don’t have any blood-related problems. But, rookie trekkers also can do this trekking but you need a guide with you and proper guidance with you.

Climate and Weather

We recommend you travel during the spring and monsoon seasons. These seasons provide you with the best scenery of the surrounding. Similarly, the temperature is also moderate. If you want to experience the perfect weather and climate these seasons are perfect.

Safety and Security

The Safety and Security of our trekkers are very important for us. We carefully check every route for the trek. So, don’t worry you will be safe with us. Similarly, we also take good care of the belongings of our trekkers.

Gear List

Gears required for the trek vary upon destination and season. A comprehensive list of gear for all activities is listed on our dedicated page of Trekking Gear List

Frequently
Asked Questions

Terms and Conditions

1. Cancellation Policy

There is no cancellation or withdrawal policy for the trip by the client after the trip has started. During the trip, any unused services provided by the company, like accommodation, food, permits, etc., won’t be refunded.

If you cancel the trip at any time before the departure date, 90% of the total cost is reusable for a year or refunded. Visit this page for more details on the cancellation policy.

2. Risk of unforeseen circumstances

Nepal Alternative Treks is directed towards the fulfillment of your every desire. In this connection, we perform our duties honestly & seriously to make your journey very smooth & pleasant. However, Nepal Alternative Treks will not take any responsibility regarding any change & alternations in the itinerary due to unavoidable circumstances such as landslides, road blockage, flood, snow, political unrest, flight cancellation, delayed arrival, sickness, or accidents. The clients shall bear any extra cost incurred there on the spots.

3. Clients' Responsible

A trekking guide representing Nepal’s alternative treks deserves all authority during your tours. If you commit an unlawful act, you must leave the tour, and no refund will be issued.

4. Impact on your journey

We put our every effort into ensuring you are comfortable traveling. Still, it is a must understand that what you might be accustomed to in the western affluent countries, the Himalayan countries can’t afford such facilities. Weather is another factor that directly impacts your journey. Hence, patience in mind, enthusiasm, and proper preparation before heading is a must to venture into a journey trip.

5. Travel Insurance

You must purchase a comprehensive travel insurance package against medical, natural calamity, helicopter evacuation, personal accident, trip cancellation, etc. This is strongly suggested to all our esteemed clients.

6. Your personal belongings

On any account, we’re not answerable for any loss or damage of your luggage or property belonging to you even when shouldered by guide cum porter or transferred by transport means. That means your personal possessions and luggage are at your risk at the time.

7. Porter weight limit

Porter will carry 10 kg each and 20 kilograms in total. A bit more or less can be adjusted per both parties’ mutual understanding.

We value
Service Excellence

We have the best team and array of services to provide a lifetime experience to all our travelers. Right from the airport pickup to a customized tour, we do the utmost to make sure you experience a hassle-free trip. Likewise, all our trips meet the safety protocols along with the highest health and hygiene standards.

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