Nar phu trek
Nar phu trek is a very special trekking route of Nepal that offers magnificent Himalayan vistas, unique cultures, natures, religious and typical lifestyles. Trek into the Nar and phu villages, you need to have a special permit through the registered trek agency.
The Nar Phu village trek combines with Kang la pass and AC trek goes above the tree line on the upper limits of cultivation in the very north of Manang district. Furthermore, on Nar and phu village trek, you can see the medieval Tibetan culture in undisturbed form, dramatic mountains view and great alpine scenery.
Adventure Kang la pass is a challenging trek that gives so much enjoyment and adventure as well as typical local cultures and lifestyles. As you are Kangla pass, you will have a magnificent view of the Annapurna family which are Annapurna II, Gangapurna, Tilicho peak. Just visit nar and phu villages and continue your ascend uphill to Kangla pass. As soon as you are in Manang village, you will have an option whether to continue your journey over Thorong La pass or explore Tilicho and Meso Kanto la pass trekking or descend downhill to Besisahar with an available regular local jeep.
Make your journey continue to Jomsom passing over Thorong La 5416 meters if you have 2/3 days more time. Explore Nar and Phu village trek is the most popular non-touristic off the beaten path trek in Annapurna massif. Very less demanding trek route but rich in typical cultural heritage. The best Nar phu hiking route is possible to do at any time except winters.
The best Nar phu trek highlights
Picturesque village-like Manang, Nar, and Phu with the rich in Buddhism religion. The Kang la (5,200m) is an adventure pass best for experienced trekkers. Furthermore, Masokanto La (5,099m) and Tilicho pass (5,230m) passing wonderful Tilicho Lake is the best destination.
Moreover, the trail has an excellent landscape with the magnificent views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna Himalayan range, (I,II,III,IV), Mt. Nilgiri. In addition, you can see also Mount Manaslu, Dhaulagiri Himalayan range, Tilicho peak, Tibetan Himalaya range. The best off the beaten path trekking route in Annapurna. Mixed communities with the various ethnic groups of people like Gurung, Thakali, and Magar.
The Nar phu trek grade
Nar phu with AC (Annapurna circuit) trekking is suitable for any walker looking for something a little more challenging and energetic. It does not require you to be super fit or have any previous trekking/mountaineering experience. If you are healthy and can walk 5 to 6 hours daily, you can do this trekking. However, daily jogging or walking exercise is useful before you depart. Our program always includes rest days and build up gradually, in order to acclimatize to the altitude. On the trek, you can go at your own pace, with plenty of stops for resting.
Annapurna Nar phu trek covers
Besishar – Meta – Kayang – Phu village – Nar – Kang La Phedi – Kang La pass – Ngwal – Manang – Besisahar.
Best months to visit Nar phu trek
February, March, April, May, June, September, October , November and early December.
Best Nar phu trek outline itinerary
01 Day: Meet at Kathmandu Airport. Transfer to hotel.
02 Day: Sightseeing of World Heritage sites.
03 Day: Kathmandu to Besisahar with Mi Bus. Regular jeep to Koto (2670 m), 10 hrs.
04 Day: Koto trekking to Dharmasala (3300m).
05 Day: Dharmasala trekking to Kayang (3560m)
06 Day: Kayang trekking to Phu village (4200m)
07 Day: Rest at Phu village for Acclimatization and for explore Phu valley.
08 Day: Phu village Trekking to Nar (4150m).
09 Day: Nar trekking to Kang La Phedi (4500m) .
10 Day: Kang La Phedi trekking up to Kang La pass (5315m) trek to Ngwal (3675m).
11 Day: Ngawal Trekking to Manang (3570m).
12 Day: Drive out from Manang to Besisahar.
13 Day: Drive further either back to Kathmandu or Pokhara city.
14 Day: Final Departure.
Nar Phu Trek express detail itinerary.
Our trek to Nar phu valley including Kangla pass trek itinerary compared to most walks in this region is designed for globe trotters who wish to hike in Nar and phu valley with limited time-bound without relaxing manner, take a look this itinerary however if you are planning with limited time wise and if this itinerary is not suited, request us for customizing itinerary.
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu valley
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, Tribhuvan International Airport, we will receive you with private vehicle and transfer to hotel in Kathmandu within B/B plan. Our representative will give you information about further programs.
Day 02: Documentation day ! Kathmandu city – World Heritage sites(1348m) sightseeing.
During this day, we make your Nar phu special permits. After lunch, we explore this medieval capital. We visit Boudhanath, also known as Little Tibet. Then we visit Pashupatinath, holy temple of Hindu where the cremation takes place by the holy river Bagmati. Later we visit Kathmandu Durbar Square and Syambhunath Stupa. And transfer to the hotel.
Day 03: Drive to Koto (2670 m), 10 hours
Early morning drive to Besi Sahar by Bus through Prithvi High way but then we drive further to koto by private jeep. Its tough drive as it is a very long time drive with bumpy roads after Besi Sahar. Stay overnight in a guest house.
Day 04: Trek from Koto to Dharmasala (3300m), 6 hours
Start our Narphu valley trekking from Koto today, we will work through a steep and narrow path through the dense forest, after crossing the river the trek leads to Narphu valley with passing the beautiful pine forest with wide waterfall before arriving the Dharmasala, we will get to see several small shelters (caves and pilgrims “Dharmasala”. Overnight camp at Dharmasala.
Day 05: Trek to Kayang (3560m), 6 hours.
The trail climb up the valley along the small river before arriving Meta (3700m), a non-permanent winter settlement of Nar, the trail passes through white rocks, low shrubs, junipers, scattered evergreen. We can have best Mountain View on the way, after passing the Junam we will arrive Chako formally a Khampa settlement. Overnight at Kayang.
Day 06: Trek to Phu village (4200m), 5 hours.
Today we will work steeply down the hill along the river bank and past the submarine rock with a small campsite. Best view of chortens wit the canyonlands and gorges takes us to the Phu gate from where we can see the three villages of Phu where we stay overnight.
Day 07: Rest at Phu village for Acclimatization and Exploring village
Again walking up and then coming back down is better, just resting in high altitude, we can walk up to alley to the summer grazing settlement at Ngoru, can spend the time interact with local people visit Gompa. Stay overnight at phu village.
Day 08: Phu village Trekking to Nar (4150m), 5 hours.
Today we will trek back to Phu gate Khyang, Chyarkha and Jhunam to reach to Nar. Along the way, we’ll get to see some beautiful gorges and some breathtaking scenery also. We will pass wonderfully painted, bamboo topped Chortens and arrive Nar gates on the top of the hill. Stay overnight at Nar village.
Day 09: Nar trekking to Kang La Phedi (4500m) , 4:30 hours.
Today is easy to short trekking day, so we can explore more Nar village in the morning and can trek to Kangla Phedi, the trail goes through the grazing field with a small stream on the left. The mountains were on both sides of the stream. On the left breathtaking view of Pisang peak, an overnight night at the campsite of Kangla Phedi.
Day 10: Kang La Phedi trekking up to Kang La pass (5315m) trek to Ngwal (3675m).
We start early morning today for the Spectacular Kang la pass which provides the magnificent view of Pisang peak, Annapurna II, Gangapurna, Tilicho peak, and the airport at Hongde, after crossing the Kang La Pass we will head to Ngwal, a wonderful old village of cobbled streets, prayer wheels and beautiful architecture.
Day 11: Trek to Manang (3570m), 6 hours
Today we will work thought flat valley along the bank of Marshyandi River. On the way, we will pass the pine forest, farming terrace, and the beautiful village of Braga. During the route we can visit Braga monasteries, the view of the Annapurna range and Tilicho peak are closer. Overnight in Manang.
Day 12: Optional excursion:
As you are in Manang if you have enough time, you can either continue your journey to discover either Tilicho lake excursion or trek over Thorong la pass. We can customize your itinerary according to your wishes so let us know. However, if you are traveling with limited days and would not like to continue trek taking a private jeep to descend downhill to Besisahar town. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 13: Drive back to Kathmandu.
From Besisahar, you can continue drive either to get Pokhara city or Kathmandu by cozy Micro Bus.
Day 14: Final departure day
Drop you in Kathmandu International Airport onward your final destination and our trip ends. Wish you your wonderful journey.
How much does the Nar phu trek cost?
Nar phu with Annapurna circuit trek we offer you Tourist Standard accommodation at our homestay located near Thamel, Kathmandu and of course, the trip price will vary according to group size. AND WE ARE OPEN TO CUSTOMIZE YOUR TOUR AND PACKAGES PRICE AS PER YOUR REQUIREMENTS. International tour leaders are highly encouraged to get discount and attractive complimentary.
Nar phu trekking cost includes:
- Kathmandu international airport transfer by private vehicles.
- 2 nights twin sharing on tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu.
- 1 night Tourist standard accommodation in Pokhara within Bed with Breakfast Plan
- Meals on full board: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner each day during the trekking days
- Micro Bus transfer from Kathmandu – Besisahar and to Jagat by Local jeep transfer.
- Domestic flight: Jomsom to Pokhara airfare with applicable domestic airport tax
- Fully escorted trek with fluent English speaking license holder local guide and each 2 guest 1 Porter basis.
- Nar and phu village special permit USD 90 for each person for each week
- Annapurna Conservation Area permits and their fees
- Guided tour in Kathmandu city world heritage sites transfer by private vehicle.
- Pokhara to Kathmandu transfer by either micro bus or Tourist Bus depends upon available.
- All land transportation as per written on above itinerary.
- Food and accommodation and salary of Nepali trekking staffs.
- Insurance of guide and porters.
- Nepal Government Tax, VAT and as well as Company service charge.
Annapurna circuit with Nar phu village trek cost exclude :
- Nepal entry visa fee cost US$ 40.
- Lunch and Dinner during the staying in Kathmandu and Pokhara city.
- Any kinds of battery charges, laundry service, phone calls and hot shower during the trekking.
- Personal trekking equipment and Clothing.
- Personal nature expenses, any drinks and bar bills.
- Your travel insurance (it is mandatory in case of emergency).
- Any donation and monuments entrance fees.
- Tips for the crew (Note : TIPS is not compulsory but highly expected)
- Any other things which are not mentioned above
We can organize Nar phu village with AC Trek starting at any date that works for you. Please contact us for more information.
Question: Is pick up service available on my arrival day in Kathmandu?
Answer: Yes sure. If you provide us your flight details, our representative will come to pick up you at Kathmandu international airport.
Question: Do I need experience to Nar phu trek?
Answer: Actually Nar phu valley combine with Kangla pass continue over throng la pass trek is suitable for keen trekkers/walkers who are able to walk around 4 or 5 hours in a day, with a lightweight daypack. For this trekking, if you have about the little experience would be better.
Question: What kind of accommodation can I expect on Nar phu trek?
Answer: We provide you tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu and during the trekking routes. the rooms along the routes are clean with a cozy bed with a nice mattress and blankets. However we recommend you take your own sleeping bags if you have one with you otherwise, you may rent it while you are in Kathmandu.
Question: What kind of food can I expect in this trek?
Answer: All the guesthouses along the trek routes in Nar Phu with ac trekking, they have attached restaurant and they cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian such as Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, dhal bhat, bread, soups, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season)
The dinner and breakfast are provided in the same lodge you spend the night every day and Lunch will be provided on the way to the next place where you are going.
Question: What opportunities will I have for shower Nar Phu trek?
Answer: Guest house trekking all the lodges they have a shower which you can get it somewhere paying and somewhere without paying however if you are in camping trekking – we provide you hot water bucket then you will take a bucket shower.
Question: How do I get drinking water on Nar Phu trek?
Answer: During the trekking route there are all places hotels and shops where you can able to buy mineral water and you can buy it for drinking but however we advise against buying mineral water in plastic bottles, as currently there are no provisions for disposing of these. Instead, we provide you boiled water or bringing chlorine tablets to purify the normal water as the normal water is available in campsite/along the way.
Question: Can I charge my digital camera or other batteries on my trip?
Answer: During the lodge trekking there will be more chances to charge the battery. We recommend you bring an extra pair for in case. Remember to bring your own adapters!
Question: Is there any communication facilities on Nar Phu trek?
Answer: In this trekking route you can get telephone services as well as internet services as well.
Question: Can I use credit cards in Trekking?
Answer: No! So, for the trekking routes, you need to have cash Nepali rupees because credit cards work only in the bigger city areas.
Question: When should I book my trip and what is the payments terms?
Answer: Because our trips book up months in advance, we recommend booking early to avoid any kind of misunderstanding. We will, of course, make every effort to accommodate last minute bookings.
And regarding the deposit, we prefer 20% advance deposit of the total price of the trip in order to confirm your reservation before you arrive in Nepal. And the rest of the payment can be made after your arrival in Nepal.
Question: Who will carry my luggage on Nar Phu trekking?
Answer: We provide porters to transfer your luggage. As we are a responsible trekking tour operator agency, each of our porter carry maximum 25 kilos of your backpack which means 2 guests (12.5 kg luggage of each guest): 1 porter basis.
Question: How much distance do I walk each day?
Answer: When walking in the mountains, the distance you cover each day can vary greatly due to a gradient, terrain, and altitude. As such it is very hard to give specific distances on each day, however, you have to be prepared to walk roughly about 5 hours each day.
Question: Do I need walking polls ?
Answer: Walking pools are recommended but not compulsory.
Question: How much additional money do I need per day?
Answer: You can allocate US$ 08 – 10 for lunch/dinner in Kathmandu and it depends on your spending habits. US$ 7 to 10 US$ each day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, tea coffee, and some drinks while you are on trek.
12 days best Nar phu trek note:
The above itineraries are subject to change due to the condition beyond our control. This is a Guideline showing tentative camp night stops. Physical, technical and natural condition may change this above itineraries.
“What makes Nar Phu trek special?”
Opportunities for challenging trekking or hiking and pleasant strolls are scattered all over this planet; you just need to know where to find them. We at Gokyo Treks and Expedition believe in quality services. Your safety and satisfaction is our concern. We are a team of professional, experienced, well trained, and licensed local guides who know the destination better.