Nar Phu Valley Trek

Nar Phu Valley Trek
Nar Phu Valley Trek
Duration12 Days
CountryNepal
Maximum Altitude5320 M
Group Size1- 25
StartsKathmandu
EndsKathmandu
Travel StyleRemote Trek
Best TimeSpring & Autumn

Overview

The Nar Phu Valley Trek is a unique trekking trail located in the Annapurna region of Nepal. The trek difficulty can be graded as challenging as it involves walking through high-altitude terrain, deep gorges, and rugged landscapes. 

The Nar Phu Valley trekking was initially restricted due to the remote location and risk involved in it. But after safe trekking were possible through various strategies and equipments, the valley was opened for the trek. Due to the restrictions, the valley got the nickname “A Hidden Valley.”

The journey to the Nar Phu Valley is not easy. You have to cross one of the challenging passes, the Kang La Pass (5240 m above mean sea level). Some of the popular peaks you will get to see while going for the Nar Phu Valley Trek 13 days are Himlung, Lamjung Himal, Annapurna III, Gangapurna, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, and Saribung Peak.

This package lets you explore Buddhist monasteries, the Khampa settlement, and the raw beauty of the Himalayas. The high mountains and passes, glaciers, isolated villages, tight gorges, beautiful forests, amazing rock formations, yaks, gompas, and Tibetan ethnic cultures make it unique from other trekking destinations in Annapurna.

The Nar Phu Valley Trek itinerary includes exploration of Kang La Pass and Thorung La Pass. These passes are the highest passes in the valley, and the trek to these passes is only known as the Annapurna Two Passes Trek. There are other passes, like the Phu Pass and the Nar Pass.  

In addition, the total distance that the trek covers is around 150–170 km. the trekking journey normally starts from Kathmandu. After obtaining all the necessary permit and passes, you can enjoy the convenient and enjoyable treks.

Trekking through the Phu Pass and Nar Pass gives you an opportunity to learn about the culture and traditions of the two Bhotia villages of Nar and Phu. The locals of the Nar and Phu villages are very friendly, and their hospitality and delicious food items make your journey worth it. 

The majority of the locals follow the Buddhist religion and are pro-Bon Buddhist practitioners. Popular festivals they celebrate are Lhosar, Yartung Festival, and so on. The Lhosar festival is the Tibetan new year that falls in February or March. 

Some of the popular monasteries are Lhogaon Monastery, Nar Phedi Monastery, Gompa, Tashi Lhakhang Monastery, and so on. These landmarks show the ancient cultural heritage of the region. Also, there are various marks like deep canyons, colorful Tibetan chortens, monasteries, and prayer stones

If you want to explore more of the region, you can visit Tashi Khaling Gumba and the sacred site of Damodar Kunda Trail. It is recommended for you to make the most of every single penny of the Nar Phu Valley trekking cost. 

Furthermore, when you cross the Thorung La pass, you will reach Muktinath temple, a sacred site for Hindus. At last, you will head back to Ngawal, one of the popular stops in the Annapurna area. You will end your travel by seeing the greenery and amazing landscape by reaching Besishahar.

For inquiries about the price of the trek or customized itinerary packages like the Nar Phu Valley Short Trek, call us at any time. We will provide you with a map of the trek before heading to our destination. Also, checkout the other packages of the annapurna region treks

Highlights

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site excursion in Kathmandu
  • Enjoy the amazing views of Tilicho Peak, Annapurna II, Annapurna IV, Pisang Peak, Kanguru, and Gangapurna.
  • Explore and learn more about Annapurna's most isolated and unexplored region.
  • Visit Tashi Lhakhang Gompa and Satek Gompa (Nar Phedi) to pray as well as learn about their lifestyle.
  • Enjoy Pokhara’s lakeside area and other pilgrimage places.
  • Learn about the historic towns and untouched culture of the area.
  • Witness the Tibetan plateau, which extends to Nepal.
  • Opportunity to learn Buddhist, Tibetan, and Mongolian cultures and lifestyles.
  • Chance to witness the flora and fauna of the Himalayas.
  • Visit the world-famous pilgrimage site, Muktinath Temple.
  • Take a quick bath and rejuvenate in the hot springs of Tatopani.
  • Explore alpine forests and high-altitude terrain, deep gorges, and rugged landscapes.
  • At Tatopani, rejuvenate in the hot springs.
  • Explore the deepest gorge, Kali Gandaki Gorge.
  • Visit the oldest monasteries and stupas, stone mane walls.
  • Enjoy waterfalls, meadows, forests, suspension bridges, white snow-covered mountains, slopes, and the Rocky Mountains.

Major stops of the trek

1. Tilicho lakes 

Tilicho lake is one of the highest lake in the world. This lake is situated in the Manang district of Nepal at an altitude of 4,919 meters (16,138 feet). The major source of the lake's formation is the northern slopes of the Annapurna and Thorung mountains' glacial melting. This lake holds significant religious importance for hindus. The Hindus consider the lake waters to be holy water. It is believed that bathing in this lake washes away all your sins and makes your soul pure. 

2. The Khampa settlement

The Khampa settlements are the Tibetan refugee camps in Nepal, where Khampa warriors come from the Kham region of Eastern Tibet and settle there. This settlement is known for its Tibetan heritage and culture. In addition, the remnants of ancient settlements and fortresses exist in this remote and isolated region. These landmarks reflect the ancient times of the settlements and the Nar Phu valley itself. 

3. Tashi Khaling Gumba 

The tashi Khaling Gumba is the best place to visit while acclimatizing in Phu village. The Gumba is considered a sacred site and is located on the Damodar Kunda Trail in the Nar Phu Valley. 

4. Damodar Kunda Trail

The Damodar Kunda Trail is a challenging trek in the Mustang region of Nepal. This trail is less trekked and offers breathtaking Himalayan views. To go for the trek on this trail, a special permki is needed. 

5. Gompa 

Gompas is a sacred Buddhist monastery located in the Nar Phu valley. This is the place where teaching and various religious practices are carried out. The interior of the gompas reflects ancient art and representations through the art work, sculptures, murals, and symbols of the Buddhist deities. These gompas preserve the architectural and artistic heritage of the ancient Nar Phu Valley gompas. 

6. Lhogaon Monastery

The Lhogaon Monastery is a popular Buddhist monastery in Nar Phu Village that holds rich cultural heritage and spiritual significance. Several Buddhist monks reside and practice the Tibetan Buddhist tradition there. The monks in the monastery perform the various Buddhist rituals daily. 

7. Muktinath temple

Muktinath is a sacred site located in the Mustang district of Nepal. Hindus dedicate the temple to the Lord Vishnu (the god of preservation). This sacred site is an important place for Buddhists as well. Buddhists believe that guru Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche) has meditated there. Moreover, the temple is also known as one of the 24 Tantric places where Guru Rinpoche have mediated.  

8. Kang La Pass

Kang La Pass is a mountain pass located at an elevation of 5,306 meters (17,408 feet) in the manang district of Nepal. This pass is known for its challenging routes and diverse landscapes surrounding it. Along the trekking routes, there are several lush green valleys, moraines, glaciers, and crevasses. 

9. Thorung La passes

The Thorong La Pass is a mountain pass located at an elevation of 5,416 meters (17,769 feet) in the north of the Annapurna Himal Range. The climate on each side of the pass is different. There is more vegetation on the eastern side than on the drier western side. 

WHY CHOOSE MYSTIC ADVENTURE HOLIDAYS FOR THE NAR PHU VALLEY TREK?

3S: Safety, Success, and Satisfaction

Booking a Nar Phu Valley Trek package with Mystic Adventure Holidays offers superior service and benefits. Here's why:
Planning your trip with Mystic Adventure Holidays means paying the lowest cost with no commission fees. Additionally, you'll benefit from:

  • Client Safety: Our trips are organized with the utmost safety in mind.
  • Best Price Guarantee: Ensuring you get the best value.
  • Free Transfers: Complimentary airport-to-hotel and return transfers in a private vehicle.
  • Expert Guides: Trained, government-licensed local guides with extensive route knowledge.
  • Support for Locals: Helping local communities earn a living through tourism.
  • Health Monitoring: Oximeters to monitor oxygen levels during high-altitude treks.
  • Medical Preparedness: Guides equipped with medical kits to handle any situations that may arise. 
  • Essential Gear: Arrangements for sleeping bags and down jackets.
  • Free Storage: Secure storage at our office for extra luggage during your tour.
  • Convenience: Duffel bags for transferring items to be carried during the journey.
  • Porter Service: A free porter to help carry your heavy bags.

By choosing Mystic Adventure Holidays, you ensure a safe, successful, and satisfying adventure in the Himalayas.

Itinerary

At Mystic Adventure Holidays, our intention is always to follow the Nar Phu Valley Trek Itinerary. However, due to the nature of travel, we may need to make slight changes because of unforeseen circumstances such as weather-related cancellations or delays of domestic flights, natural disasters like landslides, newly enacted laws, political unrest, or trekkers' health issues, including altitude sickness. While the itinerary is brief and fixed, it also includes flexible areas. Therefore, we advise travelers to allow a few extra days in Nepal.

We highly recommend that you arrive one day before the trip starts to rest and purchase any necessary clothing, gear, and equipment for the hike. You can also use this extra day for a sightseeing tour in Kathmandu, acclimatizing, or rescheduling international flights in case of potential weather delays or domestic flight cancellations.

We appreciate your flexibility and look forward to providing you with an unforgettable adventure!

It is our regular day-to-day itinerary if you are looking for a customized itinerary. Don't hesitate to contact us.
 

Trip PlanExpand all

You will meet the Mystic Adventure Holidays representative as soon as you arrive at the Tribhuwan International Airport’s arrival gate. We will transfer you to the five-star hotel in Thamel and assist you with check-in. We will briefly discuss the trekking and then do a small meet-and-greet with the trekking leaders and guides. You can spend the rest of the day in your hotel room or stroll the streets of Thamel.

Max Altitude: 1400 m Meals: Welcome DinnerAccommodation: Apsara Boutique HotelDuration: 30-45 minDistance: 6 km

After eating a light breakfast at the hotel, we will take you to the Kathmandu Valley's UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will visit places like Boudhanath Stupa, Swyambhunath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, Patan Durbar Square, and many more. You will learn about the culture and traditions of the locals with the help of an experienced city guide. Each heritage and temple has its own unique story. Swoyambhunath is also called Monkey Temple because of the abundance of monkeys in the northwest part of the hill. The temple rises 77 meters above the surrounding terrain, and you can buy bananas and feed the local monkeys. Make sure to keep your phone in a purse; otherwise, some monkeys will run away by snatching your phone. Then, we will head towards Kathmandu Durbar Square.

You can visit the living goddess, Kumari, and learn about the Kings of Durbar Square. It was previously used as the home of the Malla rulers in the Middle Ages and the Shah Kings. After that, medieval Malla rulers ruled the town, and you can see about them in the museum. The next stop is Pashupatinath Temple, which is the temple of Lord Shiva. There, you can witness the dead body burning on the shore of the Bagmati River. It is the famous Hindu temple in Nepal, and worshippers from Asia come to worship and pray for their well-being every year. Bouddhanath is one of the oldest Buddhist stupas in Asia. You can light the praying oil lamp and do Kora while viewing the beauty of the streets.

Max Altitude: 1,350 m Meals: Breakfast & Welcome DinnerAccommodation: Apsara Boutique HotelDuration: Full Day

We will take you to Besishahar, Lamjung, via public bus. Besisahar is 175 km away from the Kathmandu Valley. It takes roughly 6 to 7 hours to reach the Besisahar. The bus will drive on the Prithvi Highway, where you can see the river banks of Trishuli and Marshyangdi. The trip will let you see the ranges of the Himalayas, like Manaslu, Annapurna, and Lamjung Himal. After passing through green jungles, beautiful terraces, and several small, charming villages, you will finally reach Besisahar. Then, you can spend the rest of the day strolling around in the Besisahar market or take a rest in your hotel room.

Max Altitude: 760 m Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & DinnerAccommodation: Standard HotelDuration: 7-8 hrsDistance: 175 km

The fourth day begins with a light breakfast. Then, you will head towards Koto. The path to Koto is full of rough terrain, and you will pass the tunnel of the Marshyangdi River. After that, the jeep will pass through multiple waterfalls, like the Chamche (Bung) waterfall and the Octopus Waterful waterfall. On the way, you can enjoy the view of the amazing mountains of Manaslu and Lamjung Himal. The permits are checked in two locations: Tal and Dharapani. Then, you will reach Koto via the Annapurna Circuit Path. You will pass places like Jagat, Tal, Dharapani, Timing, and Thanchok. Finally, you will reach Koto and stay a night.

Max Altitude: 2,620 m Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & DinnerAccommodation: Standard TeahouseDuration: 4 hrsDistance: 40 km

The day begins with a warm welcome from Lamjung Himal and Annapurna II. After a light breakfast, you will head towards Koto for special permit registration. You have to pass through the suspension bridge of the Marshyangdi River to reach the Nar Phu Valley. The beautiful jungle and heavily flowing Marshyangdi River will assist you in your journey.

The more you hike, the less developed the trekking trail becomes. The rocky terrain requires an extra amount of effort for hiking. Until this, you have hiked for 20 km. The path will take you uphill, walking in the most landslide-prone areas, followed by a variety of suspensions and metal bridges. You will have lunch at Chomche’s basic teahouse. Then, you will hike to Meta and spend the night there.

Max Altitude: 3,560 m Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & DinnerAccommodation: Standard TeahouseDuration: 6-7 hrsDistance: 14 km

You will see breathtaking views of the Himalayas like Annapurna II, Lumjung Himal, and other snow-capped peaks as soon as you wake up. Then, you will begin your hike, and after walking for some minutes, you will find the split trail for Nar and Phu. You will head towards the Phu junction, and you will hike on the flat road with uncountable small ascents and descents. You will pass through the local Champa settlement villages of Chyakku and Kyang.

There, you can stop and enjoy the beauty of Pisang Peak. The hike will take you to the rocky path, Chhortens, followed by the Phu river banks. The continuous 30 minutes of the hike will take you to the Phu gate while crossing numerous small rivulets. When you walk one hour from Phu Gate, you will end your day by staying overnight at Phu Village.

Max Altitude: 4,085 m Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & DinnerAccommodation: Standard TeahouseDuration: 6-7 hrsDistance: 9.7 km

This is acclimatization day. You will explore the hidden gems of the area by walking and sightseeing at the hill station. You can also witness the mesmerizing views of some unpopular Himalayas, like Kanguru Himal and Ratnachuli. The lucky hiker gets the opportunity to spot a snow leopard. You can explore the traditional houses and the lifestyle of the people residing there. You can visit the monastery that was built in the 8th century, Tashi Lakhang Monastery. It has been rebuilt twice since then. You will hike to Himlung Base Camp if you still have energy, or you can just explore the Phu village.

Max Altitude: 4,200 m Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & DinnerAccommodation: Standard TeahouseDuration: Full Day

The day begins by heading back to Nar via Kyang and Chaykku, a Khamapa settlement village. The more you hike downward, you will start seeing greenery, flat paths, and inclined paths. Then, you will finally reach Nar Khola while crossing the river and Kyang. You have to walk for 30 minutes from Kyang to reach Nar Khola. Then, you will walk via landslide while crossing the iconic and historical Mahendrapul over conveying George of Nar Khola. The hike ends with spending the night at Satek Monastery. You can chitchat with monks and the lama of the monastery. You can learn more about the lama and their rituals while attending puja ceremonies, and you can share the meal table with monks.

Max Altitude: 3,545 m Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & DinnerAccommodation: Standard TeahouseDuration: 6-7 hrsDistance: 15 km

The ninth day of your journey begins with early morning prayers with the monks and lamas of Satek Monastery. After a light breakfast with lamas of the monastery, we will begin our hike while walking in a steep zigzag uphill for nearly 2 hours. We will walk until the Nar Gate while witnessing the different ridges of Pisang Peak, along with Kanguru Peak. You may see multiple peaks whose names are yet to be known.

Then, the hike takes you to the well-decorated historical Buddhist temples and a small number of trees. With the increase in altitude, you will see less vegetation and plants. You will explore the raw beauty of the Nar villages. There, you can find six historical and newly constructed gompas/monasteries.

You will have lunch at the local teahouses while enjoying the view of the fascinating Pisang Peak, Kanguru Himal, and other mountains. You can learn about the culture, social lifestyle, and traditions of the people living in the Nar village. The rest of the day ends with dinner at the hotel.

Max Altitude: 4,215 m Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & DinnerAccommodation: Standard TeahouseDuration: 3-4 hrsDistance: 5-6 km

The day begins very early, and you have to wake up at 4:00 AM so you can enjoy the sunrise in the Kangla Phedi. We will carry a packed lunch and start walking at 4:30 AM. After walking for 2:30 hours, we will finally reach the Kangla Phedi. You can enjoy the golden period of sunrise, and then you can enjoy a short break by walking on the shore of Ghatte Khola. You can find a beautiful pond just a few steps away from Ghatte Khola.

There, you can see breathtaking views of the Himalayas like Annapurna IV, Annapurna II, Lumjung Himal, and Kanguru Himal. Then, you will hike downward via a zigzag path until you reach Manang Valley. When you reach Manang Valley, you can see a beautiful Humde airport as well as a fox if you are lucky. Then, you join the Annapurna Circuit Trail and stay at the old and gold-plated Ngawal village.

Max Altitude: 5,320 m Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & DinnerAccommodation: Standard TeahouseDuration: 8-9 hrsDistance: 17- 18 km

The day begins by walking downward more than 2000 meters from the Kang La pass. You will experience a hotter temperature, and you will see green landscapes. The broad and well-maintained path will take you to the stunning view of the lake on the Pisang.

Max Altitude: 3,519 m Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & DinnerAccommodation: Standard TeahouseDuration: 3-4 hrsDistance: 10 km

You will head toward Besishahar after having a meal in the Manang village. You will be driven back via a four-wheel vehicle and dropped off at your hotel. 

 

Max Altitude: 760 m Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & DinnerAccommodation: Standard HotelDuration: 6-7 hrsDistance: 180 km

You will head back to Kathmandu Valley after having a light breakfast in Besishahar. As it takes 7 to 8 hours on a public bus, you can enjoy the moment by seeing the beautiful scenery of rivers, terraced farmlands, and passing beautiful villages and cities. After reaching Kathmandu, you can enjoy the rest of the day by yourself by exploring the Thamel areas. 

 

Max Altitude: 1400 m Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & DinnerAccommodation: Apsara Boutique HotelDuration: 7-8 hrsDistance: 175 km

Today is your last day in Nepal. Our representative will take you to the International Airport via private vehicle for your departure. We will take you 3 hours before your scheduled flight; make sure to prepare early.

Max Altitude: 1400 m Meals: Breakfast onlyDuration: 30-45 minDistance: 6 km
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Included
  • Airport Pick-up and drop-off by private vehicles ( both domestic and international arrivals and departures)
  • Welcome dinner with a culture show program in a typical Nepali restaurant in Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu Valley Excursion with tour guide and private transportation
  • 3X-night Hotel accommodation with breakfast in Kathmandu (Aapsara Boutique Hotel) or (Kantipur Village Hotel) similar standard 
  • Full board meals (10 days breakfast, lunch, and dinner), 3 x tea or coffee per day during the trekking
  • best available tea house accommodations with twin sharing room during the trekking
  • Professional, experienced, certified, and English-speaking trekking guide for your entire trekking
  • A porter for the two trekkers (an extra 25 USD per day for a solo traveler)
  • Kathmandu to Besishahar Touris bus and Besishahar to dharapani sharing jeep round trip as per itinerary
  • Food, Accommodation, Salary, Equipment, Medicines, and insurance for trekking staff
  • Seasonal fruits during the treks after dinner
  • All the necessary permits and entrance fees during the trekking (National Park Entrance + Municipality Entrance)
  • Our trekking leader or guide is carrying a medical kit.
  • Mystic Adventure Holidays T-shirt Trip Map, Nice Design Cup as a Souvenir
  • Mystic Adventure Holidays provides a duffel Bag for putting your things while carrying by Porter (Porter Carry max. -25kg)
  • Trip achievement certificate 
  • All the government taxes and operating charges of the company
Excluded
  • International flight tickets 
  • City sightseeing entrance fees 
  • Excess baggage charge
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Personal trekking equipment and gear
  • Nepal Arrival Visa: learn more about the visa for Nepal 
  • Tips for your trek guide (Expected at the end of the trek)
  • Tips for porters and drivers (expected)
  • Your travel and rescue insurance, Helicopter rescue, and any kind of insurance-related things (Travel and rescue insurance (Mandatory))
  • Mineral water, soft drinks, hard drinks, showers in the mountains, laundry, and your expenses during the entire Nepal trip
  • Extra-night accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival, late departure, or early return from the mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary (payment once when starting trip, no refund)
  • Donations for local people, hospitals, and schools (not compulsory)
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Compulsory to Tips For Guide and supporting staff (minimum 10% of Paying amount)
  • All the expenses, i.e., those not mentioned in the included section

Note: In case you want to cancel or return something that happened on the mountain, you don't get a refund Check the terms and conditions 

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Essential Info

1. Best season for Nar Phu Valley Trek

The best season for roaming in the Nar Phu Valley is Spring and autumn season. You can also visit during the monsoon season in Nepal to witness the Paddy Day celebtrations in the fields of the Nar and Phu villages.

a. Spring Season

In Nepal, Spring starts in March and lasts until May. The bright skies, little rain, pleasant temperature, and moderate climate make it perfect for the Nar Phu Valley expedition. The trailhead is packed with trekkers and guides. The hike begins in April, when the lower parts of the route are warm, which makes it perfect. You can start seeing the beautifully blooming red, white, and pink rhododendrons even at the height of 3000 meters. The colorfully blooming rhododendron adds to the beauty of the Himalayas and makes your journey fruitful. The temperature begins to rise in mid-May. 

b. Autumn Season

It starts in mid-September and lasts until the end of November. The moderate temperatures, light winds, and little downpours make it an ideal season for exploring the valley of Nar Phu. The clear sky and bright sun add beauty to the mountain in the daytime. At night, you can admire the breathtaking beauty of the stars and moon.

The monsoon ends in early September, which makes the weather pleasant and warm. The traces of golden/amber hues from green trees in the forest add a perfect contrast to the heavenly blue skies. The ripened paddy and millet make the land beautiful, which will make you stop and capture it on your camera and mobile phone. The lush greenery and unpolluted weather boost your trekking ability. 

2. Fitness for Nar Phu Valley Trek

Hiking in this valley is one of the toughest treks in the Annapurna region. The odyssey lasts throughout the day while taking a break for mountain viewing. You have to walk at least 6 to 7 hours a day. If you are planning to tour Nar Phu, then you have to prepare two weeks ahead of the journey. The backpacker should work out, jog, and train themselves to walk upstairs and downstairs. You must train yourself to carry more than 5 kg of backpack while walking and jogging. 

You will enjoy the trip more fruitfully if you are more fit. Experience is not necessary but trekking with experience makes you calmly tackle the obstacle. You must be mentally and physically fit, along with being in average shape. A positive perspective, self-assurance, and perseverance make you mentally fit. The rambler must address their health problems, like heart, lung, or blood issues, to their expedition leader.

The adventure enthusiast falls under the fit criteria of the trek. Your passion for exploring ancient culture and conquering high mountain passes makes you eligible for this valley trek. You will make the best memories, lifetime experiences, and achievements of your life. At the end of the excursion, the priceless true beauty and worthy adventure make you suggest the trek to your friends and family. 

3. Difficulty level of Nar Phu Valley Trek

The intermediate level of the Annapurna region needs two high passes. Day one of the trip begins in the Kathmandu valley and ends the moment you reach Koto (2,600 meters). It will take you to an altitude of 5320 meters above sea level, where there is a minimum risk of altitude sickness. If you have some sort of health issue before your age criteria, you will suffer from altitude sickness. You have to be careful regarding what your body needs, and you have to stay hydrated throughout the journey. The Thorung La pass is located at a height of 5416 meters. Due to the extreme cold and heavy snowfall, it is closed most of the year, which makes it challenging and adventurous.

You have to pass through challenging terrains and harsh, rocky steep, and narrow trails. The voyage is very risky and the difficulty level cannot be adjusted like another route. You have to have a strong mindset and physical fitness to complete this journey. The hiker must adjust to rural areas without modern facilities and services. The uncountable ups and downs of 6 to 9 hours of walking make it a difficult trekking option.

If you have a habit of smoking and drinking, make sure to avoid it throughout the journey. The early symptoms of altitude sickness are headaches, loss of appetite, and breathing issues. If you experience any of these, make sure to share them with your guide quickly. You should avoid walking at an elevation of more than 500 meters a day and walk slowly to avoid altitude sickness.

One of the most challenging areas of this trek is the Kang La and Thorung La passes, as they require mental strength and a narrow gravel trail alongside the cliff. If you are willing to head straight via the motorable road while skipping the picturesque section, then you can also choose the Kang La Pass Trek Itinerary as an alternate option. This route will skip the tiring road journey from Besisahar to Koto.

4. Acclimatization

The acclimatization for the Nar Phu Valley is in Nar Village. It means you will get a day to enjoy and relax with your crew members as well as your trekking leaders. You have to be extremely careful about your body's symptoms, as it may lead to altitude sickness. If you ignore the symptoms, it can be extremely dangerous. Even though our guides are professionals in first aid training, sometimes the condition may worsen if you do not inform your guide.

So, we advise you to share every simple and minor detail about your body's symptoms. We will use oximeters to track your oxygen saturation at high altitudes and stay hydrated throughout your trip. You shouldn't walk beyond your ability and maintain a steady pace. If you suffer from altitude sickness, you can recover by walking downward. Even walking downward, your sickness does not stop; you have to do as per your trekking guide and leave the voyage in the middle.

5. Permits 

The expedition to the Valley of Nar Phu requires permits as it is located in a restricted area of the Annapurna region. It sits near the Tibetan plateau, so it is necessary to get a trekking permit. The Nepalese Government grants trekking permits to foreigners with recognized partner organizations. You must trek with a trekking guide, and the guide needs to have a Nepali government license. You can't hike alone and must be in groups with Nepali government-licensed local agencies like Mystic Adventure Holiday. You need three different types of permits for this journey. They are:

  • TIMS (Trekker's Information Management System)

The TIMS refers to Trekker's Information Management System, which reviews trekker safety in Nepal. As soon as you pay the fee, your name and travel plan will be entered into the TIMS. You have to pay NPR 600 for individuals and NPR 300 for groups only if you are from SAARC Country. If you are from a foreign country, you need to pay NPR 2000 for an individual and NPR 1000 for a group.

  • ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Permit)

ACAP is necessary because you are hiking in the Annapurna Region of Nepal. It is used for preserving the wildlife and vegetation of the Annapurna region. The hiker has to pay NPR 100 if he is a native. If you are from a SAARC country or a foreign country, you have to pay NPR 1500 and NPR 3000, respectively.

  • Nar Phu Valley Special Permit  

You need to have a Nar Phu Valley Special permit to trek in this restricted area of the Annapurna region. The price for this permit differs according to season. You need to buy it in either Kathmandu or Pokhara Valley; otherwise, they will charge you double at the checkpoints. You need to pay USD 100 per person for a week from September to November. If you are hiking from December to August, you need to pay USD 75 per person for a week. If you stay there more than a week, you need to pay an extra USD 15 per day in both the autumn and spring seasons.

 6. Variation in Itinerary

There is another route available for the Nar Phu Valley Trek. The route will be extended to Tilicho Lake. Then, we can rejoin the Annapurna circuit trek at Yak Kharka. We can hike via Manang, Khangsar, Tilicho Base Camp, Tilicho Lake, Yak Kharka, Thorung Phedi, Muktinath, and Jomsom instead of Ngawal to Pisang on the eight days. This will take 16 days in addition to Nar Phu and we will also take you to the Muktinath Temple, Tilicho Lake, Jomsom, and Lower Mustang.

7. Accommodation  

During your travel to the Nar Phu Valley, we will provide you with standard-quality meals and accommodations. It varies depending on the location. You will receive high-quality accommodation in Pokhara and Kathmandu but as the altitude increases, the quality differs. You will share a room with your teammates of the same gender while traveling in the group.

You can also request a single room with an additional fee above the Nar Phu Valley Trekking package, given the price. You will stay in tea houses, which are a combination of restaurants, hotels, and public gathering places, while hiking. You need to bring your sleeping bag, even though the tea houses provide a blanket for your comfort. 

During the peak season, there might be a lack of blankets in the teahouses so you need to come fully prepared. You will sleep in the fully furnished bedroom, which has a twin bed along with a table and chairs. There are squatting toilets outside of the house and you need to pay an extra charge for hot showers. You will also spend a night at the local monastery in Nar Phedi. 

8. Foods

Nar Phu Valley is quite strenuous and challenging to reach. You need to boost your energy by eating a balanced diet. We provide three meal services, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You can choose breakfast of choice with options like regional Tsampa porridge, pancakes, Tibetan bread or chapati, butter, cheese, honey, various egg items, muesli bread, fruits and vegetables, hot beverages, etc.

A variety of lunches like Dal, Bhat, and Tarkari, Various Soup Items, Vegetable Curry, Thukpa, Pasta, Steaks, Potatoes, Noodles, Sherpa Stew, Spaghetti, Tibetan Bread, Momo (Dumplings), Macaroni, Salad, Pizza, Sandwiches, Snacks, and Dessert Items are available. You can choose options like dal, bhat, and tarkari, vegetable curry, potatoes, papad, prawns, Korean ramen, pizza, soups, sherpa stew, sandwiches, momo (dumplings), pasta, desserts, salads, spaghetti, noodles, snacks, Tibetan bread, and steak in your dinner. 

9. Electricity & Water

There is availability of electricity in every hotel and teahouse. Sometimes at high altitudes, landslides and floods may cut the power supply; otherwise, electricity is abundant in this area. You need to pay an extra charge to recharge your camera and phones, ranging from 1 dollar to 4 dollars at the Nar Phu Valley. There are plenty of hotels and lodges that sell mineral water. Some parts of the trekking areas forbid using disposable water bottles, so you need to bring water purification pills or you can also ask for boiling water or filtered water. To maintain adequate body salt and to consume germ-free water, chlorine tablets are most important.

10. Travel Insurance

Nar Phu Valley is a high-altitude trek, which makes it difficult and more challenging. The two highest passes, Thorung La Pass (5,320 m) and Kang La Pass (5,416 m), need to be crossed, and there is a risk of landslides as well as altitude sickness. So, you need to have travel insurance. You need to submit a copy of their comprehensive travel insurance coverage before starting the trek. 

The insurance must cover medical and emergency repatriation, along with helicopter rescue and evacuation up to the highest trip altitude (6,000 m). When you book your trip, you need to email your travel insurance details. This will assist us in emergency rescue situations that might arise from natural disasters or specific medical conditions.

11. Packing List for Nar-Phu Valley 

The Nar Phu Valley lies at an elevation of above 5000 meters from sea level, so you need to pack all necessary items in your backpack as there are no shops at high altitudes. Make sure to bring layers of warmer clothing during the winter season, as there is snowfall and extreme cold. We will provide you with a 75-litre duffel bag at the pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu Valley. You can rent a sleeping bag and a down jacket while paying the extra cost for it while you are in Kathmandu. Make sure to click here for more information regarding

 12. Altitude Sickness and Remedies during Nar Phu Valley Trekking

Altitude sickness is defined as the condition in which the body takes time to adjust to reduced oxygen and changes in air pressure in high-altitude mountains. The trekker starts experiencing the symptoms of altitude sickness from an altitude of 3000 meters. They began experiencing symptoms like headache, fatigue, nausea, shortness of breath, dizziness, lack of sleep or inability to sleep, loss of appetite, and many others. You can complete the expedition without a single headache if you take care of yourself properly.

When you are preparing for your hike to Nar Phu Valley, you should apply the following things to avoid altitude sickness

  • Make sure to drink water now and then and avoid things like smoking and drinking alcohol, as they may dehydrate your body.
  • You need to consume a balanced diet and energy-rich snacks. 
  • Make sure to bring the medicine, Diamox, as it can lessen your altitude sickness.
  • You need to continue walking at the same pace and avoid hurrying. 
  • Acclimate yourself before hiking at an altitude above 3000 meters.
  • Start walking to a lower elevation as soon as your body starts showing the symptoms of altitude sickness.
  • You must be hygienic to reduce altitude sickness. 
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