Nar Phu Trek

Nar Phu Trek

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The Nar Phu Valley Trek is a captivating short journey situated in the Trans Himalaya, concealed behind the imposing north face of Mt. Annapurna. This trek offers a delightful blend of culture, adventure, and breathtaking scenery. Along the way, you'll encounter sky-piercing peaks, challenging mountain passes, serene glaciers, remote ancient villages, meandering rivers carving deep gorges, lush forests, intriguing rock formations, and a diverse range of wildlife, including yaks and wild goats. The trek also introduces you to Gombas and the unique Tibetan culture that has been passed down through generations. It's important to note that since this is a Restricted Area trek, special permits are necessary and can be obtained through registered trekking agencies.

The adventure begins in Koto village, departing from the well-known Annapurna Circuit. As you cross the Marsyangdi River at Koto, you'll start your journey into the secluded Nar Phu Valley. This path offers a dramatic shift away from the more heavily trafficked routes, leading you deeper into the remote Nar Phu valley. The trail meanders through narrow paths and enchanting forests, offering frequent glimpses of the majestic mountains. Along the way, you'll encounter colorful Tibetan Chortens, monasteries, captivating rock paintings, and prayer stones, all adding to the unique charm of this trek. As you continue your adventure, you'll reach Meta, Chyakhu, and Kang, where the remnants of buildings serve as reminders of the 1960s Khampa revolution of Tibetan rebels. There are also side trips from Phu Village, where you can explore the Tashi Khaling Gumba, the Himlung Himal Base Camp (4,920m), and the sacred Damodar Kunda trail. If weather conditions permit, adventurous trekkers can take a direct route from Phu to Nar village, involving the challenging Phu Pass (5,050m) and Nar Pass (5,400m). The journey then retraces its steps to Meta village, offering the opportunity to visit the Kangaru Himal Base Camp (4,500m) before ascending the Kanga La Pass (5,320m) via Nar Phedi and Nar Village. The view from Kang La Pass is nothing short of breathtaking, with a 360-degree panorama of the Annapurna Range, Chulu Range, Himlung Himal (7,176m), Kangaru Himal (6,981m), and Lamjung Himal (6,983m). Finally, the Kang La Pass Short Trek concludes in Chame, where you rejoin the main trail of the Annapurna Circuit via Ngawal (3,675m). From there, you can either drive back to Besisahar and continue to your destination or opt for a direct Jeep ride from Ngawal to Besisahar, which takes about 10 hours.

The Nar Phu Valley Trek provides an ideal opportunity to delve into the depths of Nepal's mountaineering heritage and culture in a relatively short time. Moreover, this trek is known for its affordability compared to other restricted areas in Nepal. Designed as a 9-day tea house trek, it caters to trekkers who seek to explore the high Himalayas on a limited budget. If you're looking for an off-the-beaten-path experience in Nepal during the best times of the year while avoiding crowds, Nar Phu Valley and Kangla Pass Short Trek should be at the top of your list. Hi Nepal Treks is pleased to organize this adventure throughout the year, offering expert local guides and porters. However, it's worth noting that autumn and spring are the most favorable seasons for this trek. Additionally, due to its location in the rain shadow area behind the Himalayas, even the monsoon season can be an excellent time to visit Nar Phu Valley.

Highlights of the Nar Phu Trek:

  • Explore the remote Himalayas of Nepal, near the Tibetan border.
  • Immerse yourself in the local culture by staying in traditional houses and Gumbas.
  • Experience an adventurous journey over the Kang La Pass (5,320m) with breathtaking panoramic views.
  • Enjoy stunning vistas of the Annapurna Range, Himlung Himal, Gangapurna, Manaslu, and Kangaru Himal.
  • Keep an eye out for the elusive snow leopard, an endangered species that may make a rare appearance.
  • Witness a rich Tibetan-derived culture, adorned with colorful prayer stones, Chorten, and monasteries.
  • Escape the crowds of trekkers and venture off the beaten trail for a unique and tranquil experience.

Trip Info for Nar Phu valley trek:

  • Trek Start:
    • Usually begins in Koto.
    • Requires obtaining necessary permits and TIMS card.
    • The trail gradually ascends through diverse landscapes.
  • Accommodation:
    • Teahouses/lodges along the route offer basic lodging.
    • Dormitory-style rooms or private rooms available.
    • Basic amenities like beds, blankets, and shared bathrooms.

  • Meals:
    • Teahouses provide meals: Dal Bhat (rice, lentil soup), noodles, rice dishes, etc.
    • Limited menu items, especially at higher altitudes.
    • Carrying some energy bars and snacks is recommended.

  • Typical Day:
    • Start early in the morning for better weather and views.
    • Trek for about 6-8 hours a day, with breaks in between.
    • Reach teahouse for the night, rest, and explore.

  • Communication:
    • Limited mobile network coverage, especially at higher altitudes.
    • Some teahouses offer Wi-Fi, but it might be slow and unreliable.

  • Electricity and Water:
    • Charging devices may come at an extra cost in teahouses.
    • Hot showers might be available for an additional fee.
    • Safe drinking water: carry purification methods or buy bottled water.

  • Tipping:
    • Tipping is a common practice to show appreciation for good service.
    • You can tip guides, porters, and teahouse staff if you're satisfied.

  • Trek Season:
    • Best seasons: Autumn (clear weather) and Spring (blooming rhododendrons).
    • Winter is colder but less crowded.
    • Can also be trekked on Summer/Monsoon due to it being in no rainfall zone.

  • Nar Phu Valley Trek Difficulty :
  1. For Beginners:
    • Nar Phu circuit trek isn't manageable for beginners even with good fitness levels and preparation.
    • Three High passes are passed during this trek so it is not for beginners.

  2. For Experienced Trekkers:
    • Experienced trekkers will find the Narphu trek moderately challenging.
    • Familiarity with multi-day treks and altitude effects is beneficial.
    • Some sections might involve longer and more strenuous walks, especially at higher altitudes.
    • Flexibility and previous trekking experience will be advantageous.
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Mohan Subedi

Mohan Subedi is the founder of Hinepal Treks. He is a professional trek and adventure guide.

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