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: Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Half day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu
Day 03: Drive to Syange via Beshishar (823m) 6 – 7 hrs journey.
Day 04: Drive to Dharapani (1,860m) 3 – 4 hrs
Day 05: Trek to Koto (2,600m) 4 – 5 hrs
Day 06: Trek to Meta (3,560m) 6 hrs
Day 07: Trek to Kyang (4,100m) 6 hrs
Day 08: Trek to Phu (4,580m) 5 hrs
Day 09: Exploration day in Phu visit Samdu Choling and Tashi Monastery.
Day 10: Trek from Phu to Lower Cheyako, (3450m) 5 hrs
Day 11: Trek to Naar (4,110m) 5 – 6 hrs
Day 12: Trek to Kangla Phedi (4,530m) 3 – 4 hrs
Day 13: Trek to Kangla Pass 5,306m. and to Ngawal (3,660m) 6 – 7 hrs
Day 14: Trek to Manang (3,350m) 4 – 5 hrs
Day 15: Manang to Yak Kharka. (4,130m) 3 – 4 hrs trek.
Day 16: Trek to Thorung Phedi. (4,400m) 6 hrs walk
Day 17: Trek to Muktinath (3,800m) via Thorang-la (5,416m) 6 – 8 hrs
Day 18: Trek to Jomsom (2,730m) 4 – 5 hrs walk
Day 19: Fly from Jomsom to Kathmandu via Pokhara
Day 20: Transfer to Airport for international departure.