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The Nar Phu Valley Trek opened in 2002, offers a pristine and culturally rich experience near the renowned Annapurna circuit. Nestled in a hidden valley bordering Tibet, this region has remained untouched for years and is considered one of the best trekking routes in Nepal, attracting fewer trekkers and providing an extraordinary Himalayan adventure.
Starting from Besisahar, the traditional starting point of the Annapurna Circuit, the trek diverges into the remote Nar & Phu valleys. Along the way, you'll encounter vibrant Tibetan Chortens, prayer stones, deep canyons, and enchanting forests. Immerse yourself in the daily lives of the villagers in Phu, gaining insights into their mountain existence, and spend a night at the Nar Phedi monastery for a unique cultural experience. If you're up for it, an optional hike to Himlung Himal Base Camp awaits.
The trek culminates with the crossing of the high Kang La Pass, followed by a descent to Ngawal, a popular stop on the Annapurna Circuit. Here, you can enjoy a sense of familiarity amidst greener surroundings. Finally, a vehicle will transport you back to Besisahar, allowing you to reflect on the untouched beauty and cultural richness you encountered during this remarkable journey.
The Nar Phu Valley Trek stands out as a top-notch Himalayan destination, offering a captivating and less crowded trekking experience of untouched natural beauty and rich Tibetan culture. This hidden gem takes you back in time, providing a rare glimpse into a region that even Tibet itself has forgotten. At Hiking Bees, we have the expertise and dedicated team to ensure a seamless adventure. Contact us to discuss the various options and let our knowledgeable staff guide you through this captivating valley, where raw beauty and Tibetan traditions await.
When heading for a hike, one needs to be mindful of the season they decide to go. And what exactly time of year is ideal for Nar Phu Valley Trek? Hiking Bees advises you to reserve this excursion for the spring and autumn seasons.
Through splitting these seasons further, spring lasts from March to May. These are pleasant hiking months because of the milder weather. During this season, the flowers are in full bloom, and the pathway is lined with petals and leaves.
Autumn, which lasts from September to November, is the second-optimal season. These months are characterized by vibrant clouds and a refreshing atmosphere.
Normally, we advise avoiding hikes to this circuit in the summer. However, Hiking Bees would be pleased to plan a suitable Himalayan trip if your timetable for visiting Nepal is scheduled during the summer.
The Nar Phu Trek is the most popular and demanding hiking destination based on the unexplored trekking trails as well as feedback from hikers. Experienced trekkers won't struggle on this walk, but newcomers may encounter some challenges. As this is a high-altitude trek with unpaved roads, normal people can have difficulties in breaking and walking.
However, there is always a workaround. Beginners may get ready for this hike by adding these practices to their daily routine: Regular walking, Meditation and Yoga, Remaining hydrated, Nutritional diets, Jogging, Going to Gym, and so on.
You should plan your trip with warm clothes and comfortable boots for a pleasant hike along with raincoats or umbrellas as the weather of the Himalayan region is mostly drizzly. When in the journey, we are here to ease your hike with the availability of guides, who will give you directions and porters, who will carry your luggage and oxygen cylinders.
So if you are an enthusiast and an adventure-loving person, now is the chance to explore the Nar Phu Trek – 12 days with Hiking Bees.
To undertake the Nar Phu Valley Trek you should have a good level of physical fitness and stamina. You should start preparing for the trek at least 2-3 months before the trek. Some of the suggested preparations include:
Physical Preparation: Nar Phu Valley Trek is a physically demanding trek that requires a good level of fitness and stamina. You should start preparing for the trek at least 2-3 months in advance. Some of the physical preparation you can do include:
Regular exercise: Start doing cardio exercises such as running, cycling, or swimming to improve your endurance and stamina.
Strength training: Incorporate strength training exercises such as squats, lunges, and leg presses to build leg muscles and increase your overall strength.
Altitude training: You can train your body for high altitude by doing stair climbing, hiking, or trekking on nearby hills or mountains.
Mental preparation: Mental preparation is equally important for physical preparation. You should be mentally prepared for the challenges of the trek and be positive and determined throughout the journey.
Research: Research the trek, its challenges, and the culture and customs of the region. This will help you to have realistic expectations and avoid culture shock.
Meditation: Meditation helps to calm your mind and improve your mental strength. You can start with short meditation sessions and gradually increase the duration and frequency.
Positive Attitude: Having a positive attitude helps you to overcome challenges and enjoy the journey. You should focus on the beautiful scenery and the experience rather than the difficulties.
Hiking Bees is a professional Nepalese trekking company with a team of professional guides, who efficiently run a variety of treks and vacations. Locals from the region where you will be hiking serve as our guides and carriers. They are knowledgeable in hike routes and schedules and have received extensive training.
Nar Phu Trek is unquestionably a fantastic, ideal location for trekkers. We also suggest other amazing trekking options according to your preferences.
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Note: You can consider the option of public transportation to reduce costs and enhance the affordability of the package.
Day 1 : Landing at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)
At the Kathmandu airport's arrival zone, staff from our service will be waiting for you with your nameplate. Once you arrive, the staff will greet you and take you to your accommodation in Kathmandu.
A description of our arrangements will be provided to you by the hotel when you check-in.
Day 2 : Tour of Kathmandu Valley and Trek Preparation (1,300m/4,264ft)
The capital city of Kathmandu boasts a plethora of natural, cultural, and historical attractions. A tour of these main sights will be conducted today, followed by a preparation session for your trekking gear such as a down jacket, trekking boots, and sleeping bags.
Overnight stay in a hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 3 : Drive from Kathmandu to Koto (2,600m/8,530ft)
We will start our journey early from Kathmandu and head towards Besisahar. After having lunch, we will switch to a four-wheel drive vehicle for the adventurous and picturesque route to Koto. The road offers breathtaking scenery, following the path of the old Annapurna Circuit trek. It passes through magnificent gorges and stunning waterfalls.
By evening, we will arrive at Koto, where a delicious dinner awaits us.
Day 4 : Trek from Koto to Meta (3,560m/11,680ft)
We will set off early to cover the long distance ahead and enter the Nar & Phu valleys. Unlike the towns on the Annapurna Circuit, these valleys are less developed. The trekking route for the day takes us through beautiful woods, passing by small cave shelters and resting places for pilgrims.
We will emerge from a narrow canyon and witness a stunning waterfall, offering wider vistas.
The final stretch to Meta involves a steep climb, rewarding us with incredible views of the snowy peaks where we will spend the night.
Day 5 : Trek from Meta to Phu (4,080m/13,386ft) - Duration: 7-8 hrs
As we trek from Meta, the vibrant Tibetan Buddhist chortens that Nar and Phu are famous for come into view. The trail follows the ridge, offering a glimpse of the impressive Nar Phedi Monastery, where we will stay in a few days. After a scenic hike through canyons and gorges, we will reach a monolith marking the steep trail up to Phu. From here, we can admire the three villages, the ancient Tibetan-style fortress, and the remains of two forts before the village. Colorful chortens adorn the landscape near the bridge that leads into Phu.
After a rest, we will visit the renowned Tashi Lhakhang Gompa to pay homage to Lama Karma Sonam Rimpoche, who arrived in Nepal with the Dalai Lama in 1959.
Day 6 : Acclimatization day in Phu (4,080m/13,386ft)
In Phu, it is advisable to take a day for acclimatization due to the high altitude. During this time, we can explore the narrow pathways of the village or embark on a hike to the Himlung Himal base camp. Phu itself offers a fascinating glimpse into the daily lives of the villagers, as they engage in activities such as spinning yak and sheep wool or preparing mustard seed paste for oil.
For those seeking an additional challenge, the hike to the Himlung Himal base camp follows a glacial valley. This recently opened 7,125 m peak provides an opportunity to observe blue sheep gracefully navigating the steep cliffs. The return journey typically takes around four to five hours.
Day 7 : Trek from Phu to Nar Phedi (3,490m/11,450ft)
We will retrace our steps back towards Meta but take a different path at the Nar Phedi monastery, where we will spend the night. Nar Phedi consists solely of the monastery itself. The accommodation is clean and tidy, and the nuns are incredibly hospitable. We can observe them preparing dinner over a simple fireplace and even join them in the kitchen.
At 5 pm, they typically perform a puja (blessing), which we are welcome to witness. If desired, we can contribute to the maintenance of this lovely and welcoming place by leaving a donation in the monastery's small collection box.
Day 8 : Trek from Nar Phedi to Nar (4,110m/13,484ft)
Leaving Nar Phedi, we will follow a gentle path that leads up the hill toward Nar. Along the way, we will pass beautifully painted bamboo-topped chortens, adding to the picturesque surroundings. Arriving in Nar around midday, we will discover a village teeming with activity. Women can be seen weaving wool fabric on their back-strap looms, creating rugs and blankets.
The village square is a vibrant gathering place. On the outskirts of Nar, comfortable lodges with an extensive menu await, providing a cozy place to rest.
Day 9 : Trek from Nar to Ngawal (5,240m/17,192ft) via the Kang La Pass (5,322m/17,460ft)
We will rise early and make our way towards the Kang La Pass, which reconnects us with the popular Annapurna Circuit. While the pass itself is not overly challenging, the effects of altitude may be felt, making it a long day. Upon reaching the pass, we will be treated to awe-inspiring vistas of Annapurna II, Gangapurna, and Tilicho Peak. The descent begins steeply, offering an opportunity for adventurous scree running. After a scenic lunch on a plateau with panoramic views, we will continue our journey towards Ngawal.
Ngawal, situated along the upper Pisang route of the Annapurna Circuit, presents a contrast to the ancient villages we have encountered. The lodges in Ngawal are larger and offer more comprehensive menus, while also providing WiFi and phone signals for convenience.
Day 10 : Trek from Ngawal to Pisang, Drive to Besisahar (2,493m/8,179ft)
As we descend over 2000m from the pass, the temperature rises, and the landscape transforms into lush greenery. We will start early to complete the remaining hours of trekking and reach Pisang. The trail is wide and pleasant, and we will encounter a stunning lake just before reaching Pisang.
After a brief snack break in the village, we will arrange for a four-wheel drive to take us back to Besisahar. In Besisahar, we will find accommodation in a comfortable hotel.
Day 11 : Drive from Besisahar to Kathmandu
On the final day of our trek, we will depart from Besisahar and drive back to Kathmandu, a journey of approximately five hours.
Once in Kathmandu, you can relish a refreshing hot shower and embrace the comforts of the city. Use the afternoon to explore Thamel, a vibrant shopping district known for its souvenirs, or simply unwind and enjoy some well-deserved relaxation.
Day 12 : Departure from Kathmandu
This is the day of farewell where you accomplish the journey and leave for your home. Three hours prior to your boarding time, our staff will receive you from your hotel and drop you off at the Tribhuvan International Airport.
Many thanks for having us and safe travels returning home.
What is the Nar Phu Valley Trek?
The Nar Phu Valley Trek is a remote and less-traveled trekking route located in the Annapurna region of Nepal. It offers a unique opportunity to explore the untouched beauty of the Nar and Phu villages, rich in Tibetan culture and breathtaking landscapes.
How difficult is the Nar Phu Valley Trek?
The Nar Phu Valley Trek is considered a moderately to strenuously challenging trek. It involves high-altitude passes, steep ascents and descents, and rugged terrains. Prior trekking experience and a good level of physical fitness are recommended.
When is the best time to undertake the Nar Phu Valley Trek?
The best time for the Nar Phu Valley Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These periods offer stable weather, clear skies, and favorable trekking conditions.
Do I need a special permit for this trek?
Yes, special permits are required for the Nar Phu Valley Trek. You need both the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Nar Phu Restricted Area Permit. These permits help support local conservation efforts and regulate the number of trekkers in the area.
What is the highest point of the trek?
The Kang La Pass at an elevation of around 5,320 meters (17,454 feet) is the highest point of the Nar Phu Valley Trek. The pass offers stunning panoramic views of the surrounding peaks.
Are there tea houses and lodges along the trail?
Yes, there are basic tea houses and lodges available along the trail, providing accommodation and meals for trekkers. However, the facilities may be more basic compared to popular trekking routes, so it's recommended to be prepared for simple amenities.
How many days does the trek usually take to complete?
The trek typically takes around 10 to 18 days, depending on the route, acclimatization stops, and individual trekking pace. Some variations also include side trips to nearby attractions.
Is acclimatization important during the Nar Phu Valley trek?
Yes, acclimatization is crucial due to the trek's high altitude. Proper acclimatization days are usually scheduled to help trekkers adapt to the changing altitude and reduce the risk of altitude sickness.
Can I hire a guide and porter for the trek?
Yes, hiring a local guide and porter is recommended. A guide can provide valuable insights into the culture, history, and geography of the area, while a porter can help ease the physical load and enhance your overall trekking experience.
You can hire one from a registered trekking agency in Nepal.
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