Annapurna Circuit via Nar Phu Valley Trek - 16 Days

Annapurna Circuit via Nar Phu Valley Trek - 16 Days
  • Duration17 Days
  • DestinationNepal
  • Difficulty Level Hard
  • Maximum Altitude 5416m
  • Activity Trekking
  • Group Size 1+
  • Accommodation Teahouse/Lodge
  • Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Best Season March to May and September to December

The Nar Phu Valley Trek combined with the Annapurna Circuit is a truly adventurous journey through the remote and captivating landscapes of the Himalayas, offering a blend of stunning panoramas and rich cultural experiences. While Nar Phu Valley remains one of the less-traveled trekking routes, the Annapurna Circuit stands as one of Nepal's most popular trekking trails. This unique combination provides the opportunity to explore both the isolated and bustling sides of the Nepal Himalayas.

Nar Phu Valley encompasses the villages of Nar and Phu, nestled in the far reaches of the Manang district. This trek requires a special restricted area permit from the Nepalese government. The journey commences from Jagat and progresses through restricted regions such as Koto, Meta, Phu, Nar, and Ngawal. Eventually, it merges with the Annapurna Circuit, culminating in the windy city of Jomsom after crossing the formidable Thorong La Pass (5416m), Nepal's highest mountain pass. The route traverses numerous remote villages, each with its distinct cultural identity.

One remarkable highlight of this trek is Tashi Lhakhang Gompa, the last monastery built by Lama Karma Sonam Rimpoche, situated in Phu Valley. The trek rewards trekkers with breathtaking vistas of the Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri range, Gangapurna (7455m), Tilicho Peak (7134m), and Himlung Himal (7126m), among other majestic Himalayan peaks. The trail meanders through lush Himalayan forests adorned with rhododendron, pine, juniper, and fir trees. Along the way, trekkers encounter Buddhist monasteries, stupas, and Chortens, all contributing to the spiritual ambiance of the journey.

The trek's itinerary also includes the revered Muktinath temple, a place of significance for Buddhists, Hindus, and Bons alike. This temple symbolizes the religious harmony deeply embedded in Nepalese culture. Throughout the trek, trekkers are treated to the sight of picturesque waterfalls, babbling streams, verdant meadows, rugged ridges, and challenging ascents. Ultimately, the Nar Phu Valley Trek combined with the Annapurna Circuit provides a unique window into the lives of people residing in some of the world's most remote and inaccessible regions.

What to expect during The Nar Phu Valley Trek?

The Nar Phu Valley Trek offers a mesmerizing journey through diverse landscapes, showcasing both stunning mountain vistas and unique terrain. The trail presents a combination of rocky hills and desert-like scenery, creating a captivating contrast. This trek is a treasure trove of awe-inspiring views of the western Himalayan peaks, including iconic mountains such as Annapurna Range (8,091 m), Dhaulagiri Range (8,167 m), Mt. Nilgiri (7,061 m), Mt. Hiunchuli (6,441 m), Mt. Manaslu (8,163 m), Mt. Gangapurna (7,455 m), and Tilicho Peak (7,134 m).

Embarking on the Nar Phu Valley Trek in Nepal offers an unparalleled wilderness adventure that remains etched in your memories for a lifetime. If you're interested in joining the Nar Phu Valley Trek in 2023, you can complete our booking form and await a response from our team. Additionally, early booking opportunities for the Nar Phu Valley Trek in 2024 are also available for travelers seeking to experience this remarkable journey.

 

Best Time to Do Nar Phu with Annapurna Circuit Trek -17 Days

Choose the ideal month for your unforgettable trekking experience! Nepal has five seasons: spring, summer, monsoon, autumn, and winter. For Nar Phu with Annapurna Circuit Trek -17 Days, the best trekking seasons are autumn and spring.

  • Spring (Pre-monsoon): February, March, April, and May. The weather is mostly stable and dry with a moderate climate. This time offers crystal clear mountain views and sceneries every day. Daytime temperatures can reach 15-20 degrees Celsius, dropping to -8/12 degrees Celsius at night. Spring is known for its vibrant flora and vegetation.

  • Autumn (Post-monsoon): September, October, November, and December. Autumn temperatures range from 14-20 degrees Celsius during the day, dropping to -5/10 degrees Celsius at night. It's a fantastic season for trekking due to its pleasant weather.

Food on Nar Phu with Annapurna Circuit Trek -17 Days

During the Nar Phu with Annapurna Circuit Trek, you'll have a variety of food options available at tea houses and trekking lodges. These local meals are prepared by the community and include:

  • Common Breakfast options: Tibetan Breads, Chapati with Cheese, Oatmeal, French toast, Corn Flakes, Hashed brown, eggs, pancakes, porridge, and hot drinks.
  • Common Lunch options: Thukpa, Dahl and Bhat, Momos, Tibetan bread, Macaroni, Spaghetti, Sherpa Stew, sandwiches, Pizza, rice with curry, spring rolls, burgers, and desserts.
  • Common Dinner options: Similar to lunch, including hot and cold drinks.
  • Dessert and Snacks: Rice Pudding, Apple pie, fruit Snickers, popcorn, cake, pastries, etc.
  • Hot Drink options: A variety of hot drinks like coffee, tea, hot chocolate, hot juice, etc. It's recommended to avoid meat, alcohol, and smoking at high altitudes.

 

Accommodation Facts on Nar Phu with Annapurna Circuit Trek -17 Days

Accommodations during the trek are simple and comfortable in tea houses or trekking lodges. The rooms typically have double occupancy and provide wooden beds, blankets, mattresses, pillows, and attached bathrooms (not available everywhere). The mountain tea houses offer spectacular views from the rooms. Single rooms are available for solo female trekkers,We ensure that you stay in the best available tea houses with excellent mountain views and sceneries throughout the trek.
 

Is Nar Phu Valley Via Annapurna Circuit Trek Difficult?

Trekking through the Nar Phu Valley via the Annapurna Circuit is a popular choice among travelers heading to the Himalayas of Nepal. To successfully undertake this trek, it's crucial to be in good health and possess reasonable physical fitness, as you'll be ascending to elevations exceeding 5,000 meters. If you're in good shape, there's a high likelihood (around 99%) that you'll be able to complete this itinerary. Staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water and allowing your body to acclimatize naturally to the higher altitudes through sufficient rest are essential aspects of this journey. Your local trekking guide will take care of your well-being and ensure a safe and fulfilling experience as you explore the Nar Phu Valley via the Annapurna Circuit in the Himalayas of Nepal.

Additionally, if you're seeking a more significant challenge or wish to extend your time in the Nepal Himalayas, Himalayan Local Guide Pvt. Ltd offers various alternative routes to consider. For those with extra time to spare, we provide trip packages for treks such as Nar Phu Valley Trek, Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek, Ghorepani Poon Hill Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Thorong La Pass Trek, and Tilicho Lake Via Annapurna Thorong La Pass Trek.

Altitude Sickness 

Indeed, altitude-related risks are a concern during the Nar Phu Valley Trek. The trek's pinnacle, Kang La Pass, attains a high altitude of 5,320 meters (17,450 feet). To mitigate these risks, proper acclimatization is essential. This involves ascending gradually and incorporating rest days at higher elevations. Staying hydrated by consuming ample fluids, refraining from alcohol and intense physical activity, and remaining vigilant for altitude sickness symptoms like headaches, dizziness, nausea, and breathlessness are crucial.

In the event of severe symptoms, it is imperative to swiftly descend to a lower altitude and seek medical assistance. Proactive measures and responsible trekking practices play a pivotal role in ensuring a safe and enjoyable Nar Phu Valley Trek experience.

Packing list for Nar Phu with Annapurna Circuit Trek -17 Days

Here's a list of essential trekking gear recommended for your Nar Phu with Annapurna Circuit Trek. These items are easily available in Kathmandu, where numerous shops cater to trekkers' needs:

  • A few pairs of Thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket/pullover
  • Windcheater (waterproof shell jacket) - one pair
  • Down jacket (provided by the company if you don't have your own)
  • Comfortable Fleece/wool trousers
  • Trekking pants - at least 2 pairs
  • Mittens/woolen gloves
  • Warm Hiking socks
  • Trekking shoes with spare laces
  • Pair of flip flops
  • Underwear & Swimming costume
  • Hiking Cotton trousers/t-shirts
  • Sun hat/scarf
  • Sunglasses
  • Sleeping bag (provided by the company if you don't have your own)
  • Trekking poles (optional)
  • Day bag above 40 L
  • 1 set - Headlamp
  • Small lock for the day backpack
  • Reusable water bottles - 2 liters
  • Water purification tablets/ electric light
  • Wash towel
  • Toiletries (wet tissue, quick-drying towel, toilet paper, moisturizers, lip balms, sunscreens, sanitary pads, hand sanitizer, nail clipper, small mirror, toothpaste & brush, etc.)
  • Rain poncho
  • Basic personal first aid kit

 

Highlights
  • Majestic Himalayan views, including Annapurna I and Dhaulagiri.
  • Immersion in the rich cultures of Gurung, Tamang, Lama, and Bhote communities.
  • Charming Himalayan settlements like Chame, Pisang, and Manang.
  • Crossing the exhilarating Throng La Pass at 5416m with stunning panoramas.
  • Diverse landscapes ranging from lush forests to high-altitude deserts.
  • Optional visit to Tilicho Lake, one of the highest lakes in the world.
  • Proper acclimatization in Manang for a safe and enjoyable trek.
Itinerary

You will begin your journey from Kathmandu, driving towards Jagat. The drive takes approximately 8-9 hours and offers mesmerizing views of the diverse landscapes of Nepal. Along the way, you will catch glimpses of the majestic Himalayan range. Finally, you will arrive in Jagat, a small village situated at an altitude of 1400 meters. You will spend the night in Jagat.

  • Max. Altitude:1400m
  • Time:8-9 hours

After breakfast, you will commence your trek from Jagat. The trail takes you through dense forests of rhododendron and juniper, immersing you in the natural beauty of the region. As you trek, you will pass through picturesque villages like Chamje and Tal, each offering its unique charm. After 5-6 hours of trekking, you will reach Dharapani, where you will spend the night.

  • Max. Altitude:1860m
  • Time:5-6 hours

Leaving Dharapani behind, you will continue your trek towards Koto. The trail leads you through forests dominated by fir and pine trees. As you ascend, you will be rewarded with breathtaking views of Peak 29 and Manaslu, two prominent peaks in the region. After trekking for 5-6 hours, you will arrive in Koto, a small village situated at an altitude of 2600 meters. Overnight stay will be in Koto.

  • Max. Altitude:2600m
  • Time:5-6 hours

Today, you will enter the restricted area with the necessary permits and begin your trek toward Meta. The trail takes you through dense forests of juniper and pine, providing a serene and peaceful environment. As you trek, you will cross suspension bridges over gushing rivers and pass through small villages. After 6-7 hours of trekking, you will reach Meta, situated at an altitude of 3570 meters. Overnight stay will be in Meta.

  • Max. Altitude:3570m
  • Time:6-7 hours

Continuing your trek, you will cross more suspension bridges and traverse through small villages as you make your way towards Phu. The trail offers stunning views of the surrounding landscapes and the occasional glimpse of blue sheep grazing in the fields. Phu is a beautiful village inhabited by Gurung, Ghale, and Tibetan communities, offering a unique cultural experience. You will spend the night in Phu.

  • Max. Altitude:3900m
  • Time:6-7 hours

Today is a rest day in Phu village, allowing you to explore the village and acclimate to the high altitude. You can immerse yourself in the local culture and traditions by visiting the Tashi Lhakhang Monastery, the last monastery built by Karmapa Rinpoche. This day will provide you with an opportunity to learn about the lifestyle, traditions, and customs of the local people. Overnight stay will be in Phu.

    Leaving Phu behind, you will trek downhill, crossing small streams and passing by Buddhist stupas and monasteries along the way. The trail provides captivating views of the surrounding mountains and landscapes. After 6-7 hours of trekking, you will reach Nar, a village situated at an altitude of 4100 meters. Overnight stay will be in Nar.

    • Max. Altitude:4100m
    • Time:6-7 hours

    Leaving Phu behind, you will trek downhill, crossing small streams and passing by Buddhist stupas and monasteries along the way. The trail provides captivating views of the surrounding mountains and landscapes. After 6-7 hours of trekking, you will reach Nar, a village situated at an altitude of 4100 meters. Overnight stay will be in Nar.

      Leaving Ngawal, you will trek downhill, exploring monasteries along the way. The trail offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains, including Gangapurna Lake. As you descend, you will reach Manang, a picturesque town situated at an altitude of 3540 meters. You can hike up to Chhunker viewpoint, which provides spectacular views of the surrounding peaks. Overnight stay will be in Manang.

      • Max. Altitude:3540m
      • Time:3-4 hours

      Today's trek takes you through rocky ridges and beautiful forests of rhododendron, juniper, and pine. As you ascend, you may come across yaks grazing in the fields. The trail is adorned with colorful prayer flags and offers serene surroundings. After 4-5 hours of trekking, you will reach Yak Kharka, situated at an altitude of 4018 meters. Overnight stay will be in Yak Kharka.

      • Max. Altitude:4018m
      • Time:4-5 hours

      Continuing your trek, you will climb few ridges and cross a wooden bridge over the Kali Gandaki River. The trail takes you to Thorong Phedi, a small settlement at an altitude of 4450 meters. This is an important resting point before crossing the Thorong-La Pass. You will spend the night in Thorong Phedi, acclimatizing to the high altitude.

      • Max. Altitude:4450m
      • Time:4-5 hours

      This is a challenging day as you ascend steep trails to Thorong High Camp and then cross the Thorong-La Pass, standing at an elevation of 5416 meters. From the pass, you will be rewarded with breathtaking panoramic views of the Himalayas. After crossing the pass, you will descend to Muktinath, a sacred site for both Buddhists and Hindus. Overnight stay will be in Muktinath.

      • Max. Altitude:3800m
      • Time:7-8 hours

      In the morning, you will have the opportunity to visit the Muktinath Temple, known for its religious significance. Afterward, you will trek downhill, passing through scenic landscapes and enjoying views of Nilgiri Himal and the Dhaulagiri range. After 4-5 hours of trekking, you will reach Jomsom, a windy town situated at an altitude of 2710 meters. Overnight stay will be in Jomsom.

      • Max. Altitude:2710m
      • Time:4-5 hours

      You will take a scenic flight from Jomsom to Pokhara, which offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and landscapes. After arriving in Pokhara, you will check into a hotel and have the rest of the day free to relax and explore the city. Overnight stay will be in Pokhara.

        Today, you will fly back to Kathmandu from Pokhara. Upon reaching Kathmandu, you will have the rest of the day free for leisure activities or shopping in the vibrant markets of Kathmandu. Overnight stay will be in Kathmandu.

          On the last day of your adventure, our team will transfer you to Tribhuvan International Airport for your departure flight. We hope you leave with unforgettable memories of your trekking experience in the Annapurna region and the Nar Phu Valley.

           

             

            Safety and Satisfaction on Nar Phu with Annapurna Circuit Trek -17 Days

             Safety is our utmost priority, and the well-being of our clients and employees is paramount. During this trek:

            • Experienced guides carry first aid kits and ensure your safety.
            • In emergencies, rescue helicopters can be arranged.
            • Be cautious of mules and yaks on the trail, especially in narrow sections.
            • Safety and health are our primary concerns throughout the trek.

            Travel Insurance

            Travel insurance is an essential aspect of ensuring your safety and well-being during trekking and tour programs, particularly in mountainous areas. It serves as a reliable security net that allows you to enjoy your trip without unnecessary worries. We strongly emphasize the importance of obtaining comprehensive travel insurance, as it offers a range of valuable benefits, including coverage for emergency situations such as helicopter rescue and medical evacuation expenses.

            Travel insurance acts as a protective shield against unforeseen circumstances that may arise during your journey. It covers a wide spectrum of scenarios, including personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation costs, and illness-related expenses. By having adequate travel insurance in place, you can embark on your adventure with peace of mind, knowing that you are safeguarded against any unexpected events that may occur.

            In particular, trekking and touring in mountainous regions can involve challenges and uncertainties, making travel insurance an even more crucial investment. Emergencies such as altitude sickness, injuries, or unexpected health issues can arise, necessitating immediate medical attention or evacuation. Travel insurance ensures that you have the financial support to access necessary medical care and evacuation services without the burden of unexpected expenses.

            Ultimately, having reliable travel insurance not only enhances your safety but also provides comprehensive coverage in case things do not go as planned. It is our sincere recommendation that all trekkers and travelers prioritize obtaining quality travel insurance to ensure a worry-free and enjoyable experience during your journey.

             

            Useful Information:

            How can I get the required permits for the Nar Phu Valley Trek? \

            You can obtain the necessary permits for the Nar Phu Valley Trek through a registered trekking agency in Nepal. The agency will help you with the paperwork and arrangements. The Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) can be obtained in Kathmandu or Pokhara from the Nepal Tourism Board or its authorized agents. The Restricted Area Permit (RAP) for Nar Phu Valley is issued by the Department of Immigration in Kathmandu.

            What is the cultural experience like on the Nar Phu Valley Trek?

            The Nar Phu Valley Trek offers a unique cultural experience as you pass through remote villages with strong Tibetan influences. You'll have the opportunity to interact with the local inhabitants and learn about their traditional way of life. The region is rich in monasteries, chortens, and ancient architecture, providing insights into the local culture and religious practices.

            What should I pack for the Nar Phu Valley Trek?

            You should pack essentials such as comfortable trekking clothing, a good pair of hiking boots, a warm jacket, rain gear, a sleeping bag, personal medications, and a first aid kit. It's also advisable to pack light and carry only the necessary items to make your trek more enjoyable.

            Cost Details
            Includes
            • All airport/hotel transfers
            • All accommodations and meals during the trek
            • Pickup and drop to start your trek and from the ending point to your Hotel In
            • Kathmandu or destination
            • An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide), and Sherpa
            • porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter) including their salary, insurance,
            • equipment, flight, food, and lodging
            • Nar phu specail trekking permits
            • All necessary paperwork and permits (National Park permit, TIMS)
            • A comprehensive medical kit
            • All government and local taxes
            Excludes
            • Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary
            • Travel Insurance
            • International airfare
            • Nepal entry visa
            • Alcoholic, non-alcoholic drinks and water, soft drinks, etc.
            • Hot showers during the trek ( if it is payable)
            • Personal trekking equipment
            • Tips for trekking staff and driver 
            Departure Dates
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            Trip Date PriceStatus 
            Start DateStartsJul 03, 2024End DateEndsJul 19, 2024PriceUS$1212StatusAvailable
            FAQs
            • Some of the highlights include breathtaking mountain views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and other peaks, crossing the Thorong La Pass, exploring diverse landscapes, and experiencing the local culture of the Himalayan region.

            • The cost of the trek can vary depending on factors such as the duration of the trek, your choice of accommodations, whether you hire a guide or porter, and your personal expenses. On average, budgeting around $25 to $40 per day for basic expenses should give you a rough estimate.

            • The Annapurna region is home to various wildlife species, including snow leopards, Himalayan tahr, musk deer, langurs, and a variety of bird species. However, spotting wildlife is not guaranteed and requires luck and patience.

            • Yes, it's possible to do the Annapurna Circuit Trek in the reverse direction, starting from either Besisahar or Bhulbhule. However, it's less common and may affect your acclimatization schedule.

            • Teahouses and lodges offer a variety of meals, including Nepali, Tibetan, Indian, and Western dishes. Common menu items include dal bhat (lentil soup with rice), momo (dumplings), noodles, pasta, and fried rice. Vegetarian and vegan options are also available.

            • Yes, you can purchase bottled water at teahouses along the trail, but it's recommended to carry a reusable water bottle and use water purification tablets or a water filter to minimize plastic waste and ensure a clean water supply.

            • ATMs and money exchange facilities are available in some larger villages along the trail, such as Manang and Jomsom. However, it's advisable to carry enough cash in Nepalese Rupees to cover your expenses during the trek.

            • Yes, the trek can be extended or modified according to your preferences. You can choose to include side trips to Tilicho Lake or the Annapurna Base Camp, or explore other routes in the Annapurna region.

            • The popularity of the Annapurna Circuit Trek means that certain sections of the trail can be crowded, especially during peak trekking seasons. However, there are still opportunities to find quieter stretches and enjoy the serenity of the mountains.

            • The Annapurna Circuit Trek is a popular trekking route located in the Annapurna region of Nepal. It is known for its diverse landscapes, stunning mountain views, and rich cultural experiences.

            • Yes, there are numerous teahouses and lodges along the route where you can find accommodation and meals.

            • Yes, altitude sickness is a potential risk during the Annapurna Circuit Trek, as some parts of the trail reach elevations above 5,000 meters (16,400 feet). It's crucial to acclimatize properly by taking rest days, staying hydrated, ascending slowly, and being aware of any symptoms of altitude sickness. It's recommended to consult with a healthcare professional before the trek.

            • Essential items to pack include sturdy trekking boots, warm clothing layers, a sleeping bag, a backpack, a good quality rain jacket, trekking poles, a first aid kit, water purification tablets, sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, and a camera. It's important to pack light and carry only the necessary items.

            • Along the Annapurna Circuit, there are teahouses and lodges available for accommodation. These basic guesthouses provide rooms with shared facilities such as bathrooms and dining areas. The quality of facilities may vary along the route, with more amenities in larger villages.

            • The Annapurna Circuit Trek is considered moderately challenging. It involves long daily hikes, steep ascents and descents, and high altitudes. Adequate physical fitness and acclimatization are essential. Prior hiking experience and training will be beneficial, but it is not required for fit individuals.

            • Yes, you need two permits to trek the Annapurna Circuit. The first is the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP), which is required for entering the Annapurna Conservation Area. The second is the Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card, which provides trekking information and helps ensure safety.

            • The length of the trek can vary depending on the specific route taken and side trips chosen. Generally, it takes around 15 to 20 days to complete the entire circuit, covering a distance of approximately 160 to 230 kilometers (100 to 145 miles)