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Nar Phu Valley Trek - 18 Days

Nar Phu Valley Trek

The Nar Phu Valley trek only opened in 2003 and still remains a relatively little-trekked area. In fact, this hidden valley requires a special permit to enter. Situated just off the Annapurna Circuit route, the trail to Nar Phu explores remote villages, Tibetan-like peoples, forests, narrow canyons, Buddhist Gompa, and majestic mountains. A bridge over the Marshyangdi River brings the trail to the steep portals of the Nar Phu Valley, which is easy to miss. Once through the narrow, forested ‘entrance’ a whole other world awaits. Although the days are not as long as on some other treks, 5-6 hours, it is a challenging trek: a good fitness level is a must and prior trekking experience is recommended. Among the stunning rock formations and glaciers, the mountains that are seen along this route include, Manaslu (8,163m), Dhaulagiri (8,167m), and Annapurna I (8,091m).

The route to Nar Phu Valley goes though Manang and continues over the Thorong La Pass to rejoin the Annapurna Circuit trail at the Hindu pilgrimage town of Muktinath. From Jomsom in the Mustang area, and a few hours walk from Muktinath, it is possible to either fly to Pokhara or continue to trek down the Kali Gandaki River, past the interesting and unique village of Marpha and taking in what is considered the view point of the Annapurna’s, Poon Hill. Passing through the Nar Phu Valley it is possible to take in the culture of the people living there. In this still remote area, the farmers live as they have always done, growing potatoes, barley, buckwheat and vegetables, and raising yaks and sheep.

For those who want to be in the Annapurna and witness the high, white, glistening mountains of this area, but who want to be off the beaten track, the Nar Phu Valley trek might just be what they are looking for.

DaysItineraryAltitudeTime
Day 1Kathmandu to Khudi (Drive)800 m8 hr
Day 2Khudi to Sirung2220 m6 - 7 hr
Day 3Sirung to Jagat1300 m6 - 7 hr
Day 4Jagat to Dharapani1860 m7 - 8 hr
Day 5Dharapani to Koto2610 m5 - 6 hr
Day 6Koto to Meta3560 m7 - 8 hr
Day 7Meta to Phu Gaon4250 m7 - 8 hr
Day 8Acclimatization Day4250 m2 hr
Day 9Phu Gaon to Nar4110 m6 - 7 hr
Day 10Acclimatization Day4110 m3 hr
Day 11Nar to Ngawal via Kang La Pass3600 m7 - 8 hr
Day 12Ngawal to Manang3540 m4 - 5 hr
Day 13Manang to Yak Kharka4110 m3 - 4 hr
Day 14Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi4600 m3 - 4 hr
Day 15Thorong Phedi to Muktinath via Thorong La Pass3710 m7 - 8 hr
Day 16Muktinath to Jomsom2760 m6 - 7 hr
Day 17Jomsom to Pokhara (Flight)830 m30 min
Day 18Pokhara to Kathmandu (Drive)1380 m6 - 7 hr

Included

  • Local transfers for your international flight x 2 (arrival/ departure)
  • Local transfers for your domestic flights x 4
  • Kathmandu-Khudi & Pokhara-Kathmandu Drive
  • Jomsom- Pokhara Flight
  • Sagarmatha National Park Entry Park and TIMS
  • Guide for 18 days
  • Porter for 18 days
  • Four nights accommodation in a Kathmandu hotel (Hotel Holy Himalaya or similar)
  • 17 night accommodation in mountain teahouses
  • 18 x set breakfast, 18 x set lunch and 17 x set dinner while on trek. Please note if you wish to order out with the set menu items as indicated by your guide, the cost of these will borne by yourself
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • Staff insurance and necessary ground transport for support staff

Excluded

  • International flight ticket and Nepal Entry Visa
  • Personal travel insurance (Which should include coverage for trekking)
  • Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu, except the farewell dinner
  • Personal gear for trekking (Including any your may wish to hire in Kathmandu), any personal expenses (i.e. soft and alcoholic drinks, snacks etc.)
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FAQs

Is it safe to drink the water in Nar Phu Valley Trek?

No. You cannot drink the water from the tap or streams in Annapurna Circuit Trek. Mineral water is not available on the trail. It is expensive to buy (perhaps 10 times more than in Kathmandu). You can use a water purifier or SteriPen.

Am I likely to get altitude sickness on my trek?

Be aware. Elevation on this trek will exceed 3,500m. The possibilities of getting altitude sickness generally start at this elevation. But in order to avoid this, as much as possible, we have designed the itinerary in such a way that it will give you enough time to acclimatize.

Am I at risk and how can I avoid altitude sickness?

There is no knowing who will suffer from altitude sickness. It does not follow that the younger and fitter people will not get altitude sickness where the older and less fit will. It is not related to (general) fitness or age. Talk to your doctor at home. There are prescription medications which help avoid the onset of altitude sickness. But above all, go slowly, listen to your body, be aware of any changes, and listen to your guide if he feels you are showing symptoms (which you might not notice).

What happens if there is need for emergency evacuation while I am trekking?

We will collect your travel insurance policies and details before the trek so that in case of an emergency we can coordinate with your insurance company and the helicopter providers for evacuation.

What about simple medical treatment on the trek?

First aid. On every trek we will carry a first aid kit. We also recommend you carry your own. Here is a checklist recommended by Karen Anderson of things you should bring. Vaccinations are not compulsory in Nepal but to be on the safe side we recommend you comply, where possible, with this list provided by again by Karen Anderson (medical doctor in New Zealand and friend and client of Magical Nepal).

Do I need to buy travel insurance before I come to Nepal?

Yes. Magical Nepal only provides insurance for our own staff. We recommend you buy insurance in your country. Note: Insurance should cover you for the altitudes you are trekking at (not all do). We recommend World Nomads.

Will I need to bring my own sleeping bag or not?

Yes, bring your own or you can rent it or buy it in Kathmandu. Renting a sleeping bag in Kathmandu will cost you $1 or $2 per day. To buy a new sleeping bag in Kathmandu expect to pay around $150 to $200 for one of medium quality.

Will I need to use crampons on this trek?

No. The trails are well marked. Unless you go in mid-winter you will not need crampons. Instead of crampons, carry micro spikes which are not technical, lightweight to carry, cheaper and fit any shoe size.

What happens if I forget to bring something with me from home?

If you forget something it might be extremely hard to find here. Please check here for an exhaustive packing list for (general)trekking in Nepal. If you are not a frequent hiker, you can rent most of the trekking gear in Nepal when you arrive.

Will we be using tents and mattresses on the trek?

No. There are teahouses along the trek. We will not need tents or mattresses.

Where can I leave stuff in Kathmandu when I am trekking?

Anything you don’t want to take on the trek with you can be stored at your hotel or in our office. We suggest you ensure your bag is lockable.

Who will be my guide?

We use local guides. On each trek our guides have been to the relevant areas numerous times. All are experienced, knowledgeable, flexible and authorized licensed guides with the Government of Nepal.

Will I need a porter for my trek?

Preferable. If you use a porter it has double benefit: you can fully enjoy your trek without carrying a heavy bag, and its improves the income of the local community.

How much can a porter carry?

20kg. On average a porter can carry 22kg including their own backpack. So, they can carry up to 18kg of your gear and equipment. We provide backpacks for porters.

Are your staff insured in case of accidents etc.?

Yes. At Magical Nepal we make sure all our staff are well insured.

I hear incidents when porters do not have proper shoes etc. Is this true?

At Magical Nepal we ensure all our guides and porters have proper gear, are well equipped and protected. This is for their own wellbeing and for the wellbeing of our clients.

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Trip Facts

  • 5140 m
  • Khudi/Jomsom
  • Demanding

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