Nar Phu Valley with Annapurna Circuit Trek

Nar Phu Valley with Annapurna Circuit Trek

attractions Attraction
Nar pass, Phu pass, Thorong la pass, Nar village, Phu village
nature Accomodation
timer Duration
16 Days
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By Tourist Vehicles (bus, Car, Van)
Group Size
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temple_hindu Culture
Tibetan Culture

The Nar Phu trek offers a remarkable journey to the remote villages of Nar and Phu, nestled near Chame in the Annapurna region of Nepal. This trail is a hidden gem, showcasing the pristine beauty of these villages inhabited by the Khampas, Tibetan refugees, providing a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in their authentic lifestyle.

As you trek on this adventure, you'll be treated to awe-inspiring vistas of majestic snow-capped mountains, encounter graceful yaks, traverse deep gorges and narrow canyons, and meander through enchanting forests. The journey also includes encounters with stunning glaciers and the challenge of crossing high passes like Kang la (5,200m) and Thorong la (5,416m). Don't miss the chance to rejuvenate in the natural hot springs at Tatopani.

Your expedition commences with a drive from Kathmandu to Jagat, from where you'll follow the well-known Annapurna circuit trail up to Meta. Crossing a bridge over the Marshyangdi River at Meta, you'll enter the mystical Nar Phu Valley. As you step through the narrow forested entryway, a breathtaking panorama of snow-clad peaks, including Kang Garu and Pisang, unfolds before your eyes. Along the way, you'll pass through ancient villages and monasteries and may even encounter herds of yaks and elusive blue sheep.

Your exploration continues as you spend a day in the alpine Nar Valley before embarking on a daring adventure over the Kang la Pass to reach Ngwala Village. From Ngwala, you'll rejoin the Annapurna Circuit, making your way to Manang. Continuing the trek, you'll reach Yak Kharka and then Thorong Phedi, a perfect resting place before undertaking the challenging Thorong La Pass, one of the world's highest.

Upon conquering Thorong La Pass, your journey leads you to Muktinath, a sacred pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists, renowned for its 108 holy sprouts and an eternal flame. Next, you'll head to Jomsom and finally Tatopani, where you can unwind in the soothing hot springs, soothing your tired muscles. After a night's stay in Tatopani, you'll return to Pokhara and, the following morning, make your way back to Kathmandu, marking the end of this remarkable trekking experience.

NarPhu and Annapurna circuit trek highlights:

  • 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.
  • Stunning landscapes with diverse terrains
  • Crossing Thorong La Pass (5,416m)
  • Encountering various ethnic communities
  • Visiting Muktinath Temple
  • Walking along the Kali Gandaki Gorge
  • Relaxing in natural hot springs at Tatopani
  • Spotting diverse flora and fauna
  • Enjoying local Nepali cuisine
  • Hiking through apple orchards in Marpha
  • Capturing mesmerizing sunrises and sunsets
  • Facing challenging ascents and descents
  • Experiencing remote mountain life

Trip Info for Narphu valley and Annapurna circuit valley trek:

  • Trek Start:
    • Usually begins in Besisahar.
    • 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.

Narphu Valley and Annapurna circuit trek Difficulty :

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

  2. For Experienced Trekkers:
    • Experienced trekkers will find the Narphu and Annapurna circuit 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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