Nar Phu Valley Trek
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|Starts at: Khudi||Ends at: Jomsom|
|Trek Region: Annapurna||Transport: Public Bus|
|Duration: 18 Days||Trip Grade: Challenging|
|Max Altitude: 5416 m / 17769 ft (Thorong La Pass)||Accommodation: Teahouse|
Nar Phu Valley Trek Highlights
- Explore the Tibetan influenced lifestyles and everyday activities of the typical denizens
- Amazing walk past the interesting rock structures, land formations
- The diverse topography of the region
- Accompanied by the chain of Himalayas including Manaslu, Dhaulagiri, and Annapurna
- Walk through the popular challenging pass of the region Thorong La Pass (5416 meters)
- Spiritual satisfaction on passing through different chortens, gompa, monasteries and flags
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 through 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 viewpoint 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.
Nar Phu Valley Trek Outline Itinerary
Day 1: Kathmandu to Khudi (Drive)
Khudi – 2626 m / ft – 7 hrs
Day 2: Khudi to Sirung
Sirung – 1220 m / 4002 ft – 7 hrs
Day 3: Sirung to Jagat
Jagat – 1300 m / 4265 ft – 6 hrs
Day 4: Jagat to Dharapani
Dharapani – 1830 m / 6003 ft – 7 hrs
Day 5: Dharapani to Koto
Koto – 2610 m / 8891 ft – 6 hrs
Day 6: Koto to Meta
Meta – 3560 m / 10826 ft – 7 hrs
Day 7: Meta to Phu
Phu – 4250 m / 11614 ft – 7 hrs
Day 8: Acclimatization Day
Phu – 4250 m / 11614 ft – 2 hrs
Day 9: Phu to Nar
Nar – 4110 m / 13484 ft – 6 hrs
Day 10: Acclimatization Day
Nar – 4110 m / 15091 ft – 3 hrs
Day 11: Nar to Ngawal Via Kang La Pass
Ngawal – 3600 m / 12171 ft – 9 hrs
Day 12: Ngawal to Manang
Manang – 3540 m / 8759 ft – 4 hrs
Day 13: Manang to Yak Kharka
Yak Kharka – 4110 m / 8300 ft – 3 hrs
Day 14: Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi
Thorong Phedi – 4600 m / 3937 ft – 4 hrs
Day 15: Thorong Phedi to Muktinath via Thorong La Pass
Muktinath – 3710 m / 2723 ft – 9 hrs
Day 16: Muktinath to Jomsom
Jomsom – 2760 m / 2723 ft – 6 hrs
Day 17: Jomsom to Pokhara (Flight)
Pokhara – 830 m / ft – 20 min
Day 18: Pokhara to Kathmandu (Drive)
Kathmandu – 1300 m / 4265 ft – 8 hrs
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- 16 nights accommodation in mountain teahouses
- 1 nights accommodation in Pokhara Kuti Resort or similar
- Guide for 18 days
- Kathmandu Khudi local bus
- Jomsom Pokhara flight
- Pokhara Kathmandu tourist bus
- Annapurna conservation area permit
- Restricted area permit
- Trekkers information management system card
- 17 x breakfast, 16 x lunch and 16 x dinner while on the trek
- One Porter for 18 days USD 320
- Lunch and dinner in Pokhara
Nar Phu Valley Trek Map
Related Trip in Annapurna Region
Annapurna Base Camp Trek | Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek | Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek | Upper Mustang Trek | Tiji Festival Trek | Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek | Nar Phu Teri La Upper Mustang Trek | Khopra Ridge Trek | Tilicho Lake And Annapurna Circuit Trek | Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour | Saribung Peak With Upper Mustang | Himlung Expedition With Nar Phu Valley
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