Lying in some of the most quaint, ancient villages in the Annapurna region, Nar Phu Valley Trek by The Great Adventure Treks is one of the best off-the-beaten-track trekking destination in Annapurna region of Nepal. The glorious villages in Annapurna region like Manang, Jomsom, Phu etc. are sure to delight you during this trek. These villages are picturesquely set overlooking some towering mountains in this region like Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Gangapurna, Tilicho, Chulu West, and Chulu East. Nar Phu Valley Trek organized by The Great Adventure Treks starts from the starting point of the Annapurna Circuit trek as you drive to Syange before reaching Dharapani and Chame. But instead of going to Pisang like in the Annapurna Circuit trek, you will head out to the village of Koto until you reach the Phu valley. Phu, one of the most ancient villages in Nepal, lies quite close to the Tibetan border on the north. As a result, you get some staggering views of the mountains of the Himalayas from Phu. After an exploration of the Phu Valley, you will rejoin the trekkers of the Annapurna Circuit as you head out to Manang before eventually reaching Thorong la pass (5416)- the highest point along this trek. You will cross another mountain pass – Kangla Pass (5306 meters) during this trek.
Besides that, you will also visit the old Buddhist Monastery listed out of the 108 world’s great Buddhist Monasteries- Tashi Lhakhang Monastery. Another monastery called Braga Monastery in Manang will also give you insights into the Buddhist culture of this region. Muktinath- the holy temple of Hindus, as well as Buddhists, is another place you will get to during the Nar Phu Valley Trek. A visit to these religious sites will give you plenty of chances to learn the culture of this region. The villages you will visit during this trek will also give you ample time to learn about various ethnicities in Nepal like Gurung and Tamang. Finally, walk into the Annapurna Conservation Area project gives you a magnificent opportunity to view the wonderful flora and fauna of this region. ACAP is also a popular place for bird watchers as this region is full of various species of birds including Danphe- the national bird of Nepal.
Main Attractions of the Nar Phu Valley Trek
- Explore the remote trekking destination of Nar Phu Valley
- Trek to ancient villages with cultures that are centuries old.
- Learn the Buddhist and Hindu culture in Muktinath temple
- Walk along the lush rhododendron and oak forests of Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP)
- View elusive animals like snow leopards, musk deer, Himalayan Tahr etc.
- Cross Thorong La pass (5416 meters) and view mesmerizing sunrise from there
- Enjoy two scenic valleys – Manang and Jomsom- during the trek.
- Scenic flight from Jomsom to Pokhara and Pokhara to Kathmandu.
Best Time for Nar Phu Valley Trek
In terms of the number of trekkers, Nar Phu Valley Trek sees the most travelers in the seasons of Spring (March, April, and May) and Autumn (September, October, and November). A moderate amount of sunshine and low chances of rainfall makes for some of the best trekking experience in these two seasons. The views of the mountain peaks are also wonderful this season. If you prepare for the winter (December, January, February) trek by having appropriate gear, you can also complete the Nar Phu Valley Trek in winter season as well. Similarly, with appropriate gear and planning, Nar Phu Valley Trek is also possible in the summer season (June, July, August).
Nar Phu Valley Trek Difficulty
Nar Phu Valley Trek takes place in a remote trekking destination in Nepal. The trek lasts for 20 days and takes you to an altitude of more than 5400 meters. In this trek, you will encounter many uphills and downhills. You will trek for an average of 6 hours a day in this trek. All of these considerations make this trek a challenging one. So you should make sure that you train properly for this trek. You should prepare for close to 3-4 months before coming to this trek. This minimizes the chances of altitude sickness. You can get involved in physical preparations like running, cycling, jogging, swimming etc for a couple of hours for a few months before coming to this trek.
Nar Phu Valley Trek Map
Day 01: Pick up from Airport and drive to your hotel (1,300 m/4,264 ft) Hotel Accommodation.
Day 02: Half day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu. Hotel Accommodation.
Day 03: Drive to Syange via Beshishar (823 m/ 2699 ft) 6 – 7 hrs, Tea House Accommodation.
Day 04: Drive to Dharapani (1,860 m /6101 ft) 3 – 4 hrs, Tea House Accommodation.
Day 05: Trek to Koto (2,600 m /8528 ft) 4 – 5 hrs, Tea House Accommodation.
Day 06: Trek to Meta (3,560 m /11,677 ft) 6 – 7 hrs, Tea House Accommodation.
Day 07: Trek to Kyang (4,100 m/ 13,448 ft) 6 – 7 hrs, Tea House Accommodation.
Day 08: Trek to Phu (4,580 m / 15,022 ft) 5 – 6 hrs, Tea House Accommodation.
Day 09: Exploration day in Phu visit Samdu Choling and Tashi Monastery for a hike around and explore the beauty and communicate with the local people and learn their culture and ethnicity in detail. Tea House Accommodation.
Day 10: Trek from Phu to Lower Cheyako, (3450 m/ 11,316 ft) 5 – 6 hrs, Tea House Accommodation.
Day 11: Trek to Naar (4,110 m /13,481 ft) 5 – 6 hrs, Tea House Accommodation.
Day 12: Trek to Kangla Phedi (4,530 m/ 14,858 ft) 3 – 4 hrs, Tea House Accommodation.
Day 13: Trek to Kangla Pass (5,306 m/ 17,404 ft) and to Ngawal (3,660 m /12,005 ft) 6 – 7 hrs, Tea House Accommodation.
Day 14: Trek to Manang (3,350 m/ 10,988 ft) 4 – 5 hrs, Tea House Accommodation.
Day 15: Manang to Yak Kharka. (4,130 m /13,546 ft) 3 – 4 hrs trek, Tea House Accommodation.
Day 16: Trek to Thorung Phedi. (4,400 m / 14,432 ft) 6 – 7 hrs, Tea House Accommodation.
Day 17: Trek to Muktinath (3,800 m /12,464 ft) via Thorang-la (5,416 m /17,764 ft) 6 – 8 hrs, Tea House Accommodation.
Day 18: Trek to Jomsom (2,730 m /8954 ft ) 4 – 5 hrs, Tea House Accommodation.
Day 19: Fly from Jomsom to Kathmandu via Pokhara
Day 20: Transfer to Airport for international departure.
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