One of Nepal's less-frequented camping trekking regions is the Nar Phu Valley trek. We require special government authorization for this hike because the Nar and Phu village has only recently gained recognition. Nar Phu Valley trekking is in the Annapurna region, but it's a different style of trekking. This is normal to hard trekking with different passes. But the journey is both interesting and difficult.
The people of Nar and Phu valley were the least impacted by this transformation, in contrast to most Boatia people, whose trading patterns radically changed after the Nepali government closed its borders with Tibet. Currently, Nar Phu has roughly 300 residents who depend on livestock. Yak herding has continued to be their primary source of income because of the treacherous route that winds from the valley into Tibet. Visitors can observe the long-standing Nepalese/Tibetan culture as they travel through the historic villages of the Nar Phu valley.
The Nar Phu Valley, north of Annapurna, is a magnificent trek in a wild and uncharted region that is ideal for visitors who wish to experience both the Annapurna circuit and an unspoiled valley. The walk to the exotic Nar Phu valley, which is located in a remote area of the Annapurna region, is difficult and untamed. The Nar Phu valley was first made accessible to tourists in 2003 and has not been impacted by modernity. The locals, who number around 350 Nepalese Tibetans, have maintained their long-standing customs. The majority of them work in farming and yak herding.
The Nar Phu Valley Trek is a tranquil hiking route in the Annapurna region that is built on a tea house in the remote Himalayas off the beaten path. It features a distinctive Tibetan culture and breathtaking views of the peaks Tilicho, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhre, Annapurna, and others. It may sound challenging, but Nar Phu Valley is one of the portions of the restricted area of Nepal's great Himalayas. The journey starts from Bhulbhule and proceeds to Nar and Phu villages over a beautiful trail. The high pass at Teri La Pass Trek is 5595m (approximately 3.48 mi)) and Saribung La are used to access Nar Phu Valley from Mustang's northwestern direction.
We can change the days for travelers going on the Nar Phu Valley Trek based on their preferences and worries. The Annapurna Circuit Trek, the Jomsom Muktinath Trek, the days, or the Tilicho Lake Trek, Annapurna Region, and Thorong Pass Trek might be appropriate alternatives for your holiday if you have unlimited or restricted time.
Welcome to Mountain Guide Trek of Nepal and a hearty Namaste. A Mountain guide Treks representative will welcome you when you arrive (MGT). Pick up your bags and look for our representative at the arrival gate with a Mountain Guide Treks and Expedition display board with the name of the Group leader after finishing your customs formalities (Visa, etc.). After that, you will be taken to the hotel. If there is time after check-in, you will go to the MGT office to meet the other travelers and your hiking guide as well as to make any last-minute preparations for the trip. Your arrival time will determine everything. (BB base, one night in a luxury hotel).
We depart from Kathmandu this morning for our arduous trip to Annapurna. Drive through the picturesque countryside and river scenery to reach Beshishahar and Syange. This trip across the Himalayan foothills is interesting. Our journey turns away from the main settlement of Dumre and heads north to Besishahar on the way to Pokhara. At Besishahar, enter your permit, continue driving up to Syange, and then hike up to Shree Chaur for an hour. (Full-board accommodation in a tent camp overnight).
After breakfast, we resume our ascent gradually upward from the river and the final difficult ascent to reach Jagat. From here, it takes about an hour of additional walking on a steep road and across a river to reach Chamje, where you can stop for lunch. The village of Tal is located on the gorge valley by the side of the river Marshyangdi and decorated with beautiful waterfalls and a sandy spread river, where we will stay overnight. From Chamje, a short walk brings you to a suspension bridge over the raging Marshyangdi river. After crossing the bridge, it's another steep climb for another three hours until Tal. (Full-board accommodation in a tent camp overnight).
About 200–300 meters above the riverbed, the trail climbs sharply and is carved out of the sheer cliff face. We eventually make our way down to the settlement of Jagat, which is perched on a shelf protruding into the treacherous Marsyangdi valley. From there, we ascend steeply through a forest to a delightful tea house right before Chamje, which is identified by a stunning waterfall on the opposite bank. Chamje is a charming village with a traditional teahouse that is constantly crowded with nearby horses that are also resting for the night. (Full-board accommodation in a tent camp overnight)
We start our two-hour, straight-up journey this morning before the sun comes up, getting right into the spirit of the trek. We start a long trek to some tiny tea houses in Seattle after descending the river and traversing a suspension bridge. Beyond Tal and the checkpoint, the valley narrows and the trail becomes difficult to follow because it is high and winding and in some places really carved out of the rock. Before the way descends once more to the river, there is a short stretch of more exposed trail trekking beyond the tiny settlement of Kharka. We cross a bridge and quickly ascend to the stone Khan that serves as a checkpoint and the entry to Dharapani. The Dudh Khola, which rises on the south face of Manaslu, enters on the opposite bank as we leave the settlement through a constrained field. The Marsyangdi then curves to the left, and we reach Bagarchhap, a Tibetan settlement with prayer flags flapping in the wind, as Annapurna II (the planet's 16th-highest mountain) becomes visible ahead. (Full-board accommodation in a tent camp overnight).
We pass past Danagyu and continue climbing through pine and oak forests until we reach a roaring waterfall when we turn left and begin the steep ascent to Koto. We go through beautiful, open forests for an hour before arriving at a clearing at the top of the route and a delightful Tibetan tea house where we will have a break. We can gaze back for views of Manaslu while taking a breather. The lovely Gurung village of Timang is an hour away, where the locals may be harvesting their buckwheat harvests. We can see straight up at nearby Annapurna II as we descend to the settlement of Koto Cupar, which will serve as our starting point for the hike up to Nar Phu. This breathtaking sight makes us feel as though we are well within the Koto Cupar Mountains. The majority of the inhabitants are from Nar and Phu, and here is the entry point to their region. (Full-board accommodation in a tent camp overnight).
We leave early this morning because we have a lengthy and occasionally challenging day ahead of us. We trek up through lovely woodlands above the Phu Khola just past the checkpoint, where we cross the river going to the Nar Phu valleys (river). The path passes through some lovely woods, several small cave shelters, and a pilgrims' "Dharmasala." Just before the Dharmasala, the trail goes beneath a large waterfall as we come out of a steep canyon; from this point on, the trees are thinner and the views get wider. A breathtaking beginning to the Nar Phu hike! At Dharamsala, we set up a tent. (Full-board accommodation in a tent for one night.)
We finally reach high pastures on a 3,200m plateau after a tough ascent up the valley beside a little, picturesque river. Our path will probably be shared with a few yaks as we pass by the picturesque Kharka of Meta, 3560m, a temporary Nar winter settlement! One of the most romantic hikes in the Himalayas is happening right now. White rocks, low shrubs and juniper, sporadic evergreens, delicate brick-red and orange leafed bushes, crumbling ledges of flat slate, white, sandy pathways, and knobby trees characterize the scenery, which is reminiscent of the Sierra Nevada. The next semi-permanent settlement is Chako, once a Khampa settlement, where prayer flags sway in the breeze and grass is knotted in bunches to dry on every rooftop. Our campsite for tonight is in Kyang, the sizable winter hamlet of Phu, which is located on a plateau above the river after a great deal more climbing and descending. (Full-board accommodation in a tent camp overnight).
We make our way slowly down to the river, hiking along the bank for a while as we pass the "submarine" rock and a few little potential campsites. Today, some of the distinctive, vibrant Chortens for which Nar and Phu are justly renowned become more visible. Before reaching a larger stream with a bridge only partially covered in large slabs of slate, we must cautiously rock-hop across a small glacier torrent. The route to Phu's main village, set high up on a hill in the shape of an amphitheatre, is marked by a line of beautiful Chortens just before the bridge to Phu. On the lower slopes of Phu, historically known as Gomdzong, we'll pitch our tents, and then hike up to the illustrious Tashi Lhakhang Gompa. (Overnight at a tent camp with full-board accommodations)
As we make our way down to the historic bridge that once crossed a deep, narrow gorge with contours (cameras ready), we then make our way back up. It's fortunate that the backdrop is so beautiful because below us are the deserted State Gompa and the 1650-built Gyalbu Kumbu. Before turning the corner and being rewarded with breathtaking views of Nar, the undulating patterns of the nearby barley and mustard fields, four old, colorful, and traditional Gompas, and the snow-peaks looming overhead, we pass by yet another line of beautifully painted, bamboo-topped Chortens and a large tiered Chorten. (Full-board accommodation in a tent camp overnight)
Scree leaping appears to be the simplest method of descending because the early portion of the trail is so steep. The trek down is so beautiful that we will take it easy and take in the scenery. Ngawal, on the upper Pisang route of the Annapurna circuit (off the main Annapurna circuit), may be reached from the pass in as little as two hours. An uncommon cluster of prayer flags and chortens may be found just before Ngawal, which designates a meditation cave high in the hills. A centre of religious activity in the past, Ngawal is a magnificent, historic village with cobblestone lanes, prayer wheels, and lovely architecture. (Full-board accommodation in a tent camp overnight).
After leaving Ngawal, we hike a fantastic track that passes by the remote settlement of Paugha and offers stunning Annapurna mountain vistas. The trail ascends to Mungli fairly gradually before picking up speed to join the main Annapurna trail there. After lunch, take a leisurely stroll up to the Braga village to see the traditionally constructed Tibetan-style homes and, if time permits, the monastery, which has a magnificent collection of sculptures, Thankas, and sacred texts. It takes just an hour to walk from here to Manang for the night. (Full-board accommodation in a tent camp overnight)
Today is a restful day filled with exploration in Manang. The village of about 500 flat-roofed homes is picturesquely situated among some breathtaking landscapes, including the Grand Barrier to the west, Tilicho (7,132 meters), Chulu West (6,583 meters), and Chulu East (6,059 meters) to the north. Annapurna II, Annapurna III (7,555 meters), and Gangapurna (7,454 meters) are all nearby. Visit the Himalayan Rescue Association and, if necessary, take in a movie after a day of touring and relaxing in Manang. (Full-board accommodation in a tent camp overnight).
After having a great time in Manang, the trail takes you an hour-long leisurely ascent to Tenki Manang, where you may have a private glimpse of the Annapurna, Gangapurna, and Tilicho peaks. You will arrive in Yak-Kharka for the night as the road gently ascends, providing inspiring vistas and passing through territory where juniper shrubs are the only remaining flora in the area. (Full-board accommodation in a tent for one night.)
We set off on our walk to Phedi today at a leisurely pace. The breathtaking vista of the mountains and surroundings remains the same. After an hour's worth of walking arrives in Ledar. From there, it continues to rise along the Jordan Khola's east bank before descending and crossing the stream on a wooden bridge to reach a little tea store. Before continuing on to Thorong Phedi for the night, we pause for beautiful views and tea breaks and go through a small trail that crosses a steep, rocky slope. (Full-board accommodation in a tent camp overnight)
The longest and toughest day of the entire trip is today. With a packed lunch, we set off early in the morning. The trail initially climbs steeply before reaching a high camp. Observe the sunrise and the sight of the mountains as you stroll at your own speed. Our last ascent to the summit takes 3–4 hours. After reaching the Throng top, we take a little break to enjoy the breathtaking scenery and look down at the Mustang portion of the mountains and the Kaligandaki valley, which is located far below to the West. After a 6-7 hour walk, we eventually arrived in Muktinath. (Full-board accommodation in a tent camp overnight)
We awaken this morning to the wonderful sounds of temple bells and travel to the well-known pilgrimage site at the Muktinath Temple. It is a short hike to Kagbeni after breakfast. To reach Kagbeni, the trail dips through a stunning, desert environment. One must cross the Kaligandaki River on either side to get to Kagbeni. Kagbeni is reached by taking the left fork up the river. Maybe Kagbeni will be where you eat lunch. We arrive in Jomsom, a sizable city that serves as the Mustang region's administrative center, after several hours of traveling from Kagbeni. It is a significant settlement in the Kaligandaki region that connects Tibet to the historic Trans-Himalayan Salt Trade route and has an airport right above the Kaligandaki River. (Full-board accommodation in a tent camp overnight).
We prepare for the thrilling alpine scenery trip to Pokhara this morning by packing our bags. The aircraft passes between the two lofty peaks of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m) and Mt. Annapurna (8091m), giving us the best possible views of the neighboring Annapurna & Dhaulagiri Himalayan ranges. We have an entire day in Pokhara to appreciate the natural beauty. Your tour guide will take you on a sightseeing tour of the Pokhara valley and the city's top attractions. the location of the Bindabashini pilgrimage grounds, one of Pokhara's most significant and well-known Hindu temples. Visit the Barahi temple, which is located on an island in Phewa Lake, and other well-known locations like David Fall (Waterfall), Ghupteshower Cave, etc. on a two-hour boat ride in Phewa Lake. (BB base, one night in a luxury hotel).
You have a few hours before your afternoon flight to Kathmandu to take an optional scenic tour of Pokhara or partake in adventure activities like boating, paragliding, etc. The left side of the aircraft offers the best views of the Himalayas when flying from Pokhara back to Kathmandu. The day is free for you to relax, go shopping last-minute, or see any things you missed on your first day in Kathmandu. Keep in mind that to celebrate finishing the Nar Phu Valley Trek successfully, Mountain Guide Trek staff members and I will be hosting a wonderful "Farewell supper" at a typical Nepalese restaurant (BB base, one night in a luxury hotel).
There is nothing left to do but exchange emails with fellow travellers and organize the images as today is the last day in Nepal for this trip. You are bidding goodbye to the mountains as the voyage in Nepal comes to an end today. You can go shopping or go sightseeing if you have more time. Mountain Guide Treks will send a representative to pick you up at the airport three hours prior to the flight's planned departure time.
We suggest the following items of clothes and equipment for the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek in Nepal. This list of apparel and equipment is not meant to be exhaustive; rather, it serves as a reminder of the things we believe are important for your comfort and ease. However, we are aware that you might have your own style preferences for apparel that might be just as appropriate.
If the above schedule does not meet your requirements, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preferences.
Nar and Phu are the valleys located in the Manang district of Northern Nepal. It is one of the popular touristic destinations within the Annapurna circuit.
Nar Phu valley trek is a part of the popular Annapurna Base Camp trek/ Annapurna Circuit trek. It is located within Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP). For this reason, trek permit is compulsory for Nar Phu Valley trek.
Nar Phu valley trek is a moderate-level, non-technical trek. Though the Nar-Phu Valley trek is a non-technical trek you need good physical fitness and trekking ability. It is not risky as you think.
Nar Phu Valley short Trek is possible if you have limited time. You can shorten your days by communicating with your trek agency.
The visitors and trekkers will be served hygienic, nutritious, and delicious food during the Nar Phu valley trek. The food is made from locally available ingredients, which keeps you warm and energized for a longer period.
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