Nar-Phu Valley Trek

Nar-Phu Valley Trek

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Trip Facts

  • Grade:Strenuous
  • Group Size: 1-12 people
  • Min. Age: 16

Accomodation

  • Grade:Strenuous
  • Group Size: 1-12 people
  • Min. Age: 16

Meals

  • 16 Breakfasts
  • 9 Lunches
  • 15 Dinners

Trip Introduction

The Nar-Phu Valley trek is the remote and least explored trek. The Nar-Phu Valley is bordered by the Annapurna and Manaslu region. The Nar Phu valley is located in a hidden corner of the Annapurna region. This trek takes you through high peaks and passes, glaciers, remote villages, narrow canyons, beautiful forests, amazing rock formations, and Tibetan cultures that are unique in their ethical practices. This trail offers breathtaking views of the Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri, Macchapuchhre, Lamjung Himal, and Tilicho Peak.

The trail winds through wild and desolate landscapes. Following the small Gurung Village, there is an old monastery. This trek is the ideal combination of culture and nature. This trail also passes through the Annapurna Conservation Area, which is home to 105 mammals, 518 bird species, 23 amphibians, 40 reptiles, and 1,226 flowering plant species. You should be aware of the situation and mentally prepare yourself. You can complete this trek if you dare. The environment, culture, and wildlife on this expedition are all diverse.

 

The 12-day trek begins with a drive from Kathmandu to Koto. The drive takes between 9 and 10 hours. Koto is the starting point for our trek to Nar Phu Valley, where the trail splits. You will cross the George and suspension bridges. You’ll pass through several villages, including Meta, Phu Gaon, and Nar Phedi. Kang La Pass, one of the world’s highest passes, will be crossed. From there, you’ll make your way down to Pisang village. You will drive to Besisahar.

 

Trip Facts

 

Country Nepal
Duration 12 Days
Maximum Altitude 5,320m/ 17,450ft
Region Annapurna
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation Hotel, Lodge, Teahouses
Grade Moderate
Best season Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov

 

Trip Highlights

 

  • Trek into the Unexplored Villages of Nar-Phu Valley.
  • Enjoy the wonderful views of theMt. Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri, Macchapuchhre, Lamjung Himal, Manaslu, and Tilicho Peak.
  • Enjoy the diverse flora and fauna as you walk across the trails.
  • Explore the Tibetan and Buddhist Culture.
  • Cross the World’s highest Pass Kang La Pass.

 

Is this trek appropriate for you?

 

  • The Nar-Phu Valley Trek is the Challenging Trek. You can easily complete this trek if you are physically and mentally prepared and willing to do so.

 

  • You will be Trekking for 7Days. The Path can be completed in as little as 2 hours as much as 12 hours.

 

  • The walk is not tricky, there is no Climbing or Scrambling but the path is rocky and hilly.

 

  • Each day you will cover 200 to 400 meters in height while trekking. The highest point in the trek you will reach on the trek is 5,320m.

 

  • The weather and Remoteness of this trek, as well as dealing with the high altitude, require a slow pace and the need to stay hydrated.

 

Itinerary

Days Activities Duration
1. Arrival at TIA Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft)
2. Drive from Kathmandu to Koto (2,600m/8,528ft) 9-10hrs
3. Trek from Koto to Meta (3,560m/11,677ft) 7-8hrs
4. Trek from Meta to Phu Goan (4,080m/13,383ft) 7-8hrs
5. Acclimatization day at Phu Goan (4,080m/13,383ft)
6. Trek from Phu Goan to Nar Phedi (3,490m/11,450ft) 4-5hrs
7. Trek from Nar Phedi to Nar Village (4,110m/13,481) 2-3hrs
8. Trek from Nar Village to Ngawal (3,660m/12,005ft) via Kang La Pass (5,320m/17,450ft) 11-12hrs
9. Trek from Ngawal to Pisang (3,200m/10,496) and Drive to Besisahar 7-8hrs
10, Drive back to Kathmandu 6-7hrs
11. Rest Day at Kathmandu
12. Departure.

 


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Day To Day Itinerary

  • Departure from: Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Arrival On: Kathmandu, Nepal

Day 1

Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA). Our agent will greet you and accompany you to the hotel. Drive to the hotel and check-in. Our guide will come to see you in the evening and give you a brief overview of the journey. At the hotel, we had dinner and stayed the night.

Day 2

The journey begins with a drive to Koto via the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway, followed by a rocky route beside the Marshyangdi River. We arrive in Besisahar, the capital of Lamjung District, after 6 hours of driving. From there, the drive will take Three to Four hours to Koto, the beginning point of our trek. Dinner and Overnight stay at the Lodge.

Day 3

We’ll leave for Meta after breakfast. We’ll be walking for 7 to 8 hours. We will cross the river via the bridge and enter the Nar Phu Valley, which is located above the Phu River. The Annapurna region’s least-explored trail is filled with caves and Dharmasala. We’ll stop for lunch on the way. The trail then passes through a wide waterfall, after which the woods thin and the views become clearer. Finally, to reach Meta Village, we must ascend a steep hill. Dinner and Overnight stay at the Lodge.

Day 4

We’ll leave for Phu Goan after breakfast. We’ll be walking for 7 to 8 hours. We’ll pass by some lovely Tibetan Chortens. We will arrive at the dry field in Chyakhu after crossing the suspension bridge. The trail will be enjoyable because it is surrounded by beautiful mountains. We’ll stop for lunch on the way. We will have the opportunity to see Pisang Peak and Annapurna II from Kyang village. To get to Phu Goan, we’ll walk along a rocky path that led alongside the Phu River. Dinner and Overnight stay at the Lodge.

Day 5

Today is a wonderful day at Phu Village. We’ll start our day a little later than usual. After breakfast, we’ll go for a walk around the village. We will observe the villagers’ way of life, such as how they extract oil from mustard or spin wool. You can also hike up to Himlung Himal Base Camp, which provides a spectacular view of Himlung. We will visit the Tashi Lhakhang Monastery, which is listed as one of the top 108 monasteries in the world. Dinner and Overnight stay at the Lodge.

Day 6

We’ll leave for Nar Phedi after breakfast. We’ll be walking for 4 to 5 hours. At Phu Khola, we’ll take the trail down through a small gorge. We will cross several small streams and suspension bridges before ascending to Yughat. We’ll stop for lunch on the way. Following that, we will proceed to Lapche River George, as the path is rich in Flora and Fauna. There are no lodges or guest houses in Nar Phedi, so we will be staying at a monastic school, which is no less than a guest house in terms of hospitality.

Day 7

We’ll leave for Nar Village after breakfast. We’ll be walking for 2 to 3 hours. We have a short distance to cover, so we will walk slowly and comfortably. We’ll see a lot of colorful stupas and Chortens along the way. We will take in the breathtaking view of Pisang Peak. We’ll stop in Nar Village for lunch. It is similar to Phu village in terms of geography. Dinner and Overnight stay at the Lodge.

Day 8

Today, after breakfast, we’ll travel to Ngawal via the Kang La Pass. We should start our day early because we will be moving a long distance. We’ll be walking for 11 to 12 hours. The day will be worth walking because of the breathtaking views from the pass as we get the view of Gangapurna, Annapurna II, Tilicho Peak, and the surrounding peaks. From there, we’ll make our way down to Ngawal, passing by beautiful Buddhist flags and small Chortens. Dinner and Overnight stay at the Lodge.

Day 9

We’ll leave for Pisang after breakfast. We’ll be walking for 2 to 3 hours. Today’s walk will be easy because we’ll be walking on a wide trail. As we descend, we will see beautiful greenery all along the trail, and the weather will gradually warm up. The lake greets us as we arrive in Pisang. We’ll eat lunch on Pisang before driving to Besisahar. The drive will last 6 to 7 hours. Dinner and Overnight stay at the Lodge.

Day 10

Today, after breakfast, we will drive for 5 to 6 hours from Besishar to Kathmandu. We’ll take the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway, then a rocky path alongside the Marshyangdi River. The route goes through Besishar, Muglin, Galchi, Naubisie, and Kathmandu. Dinner and Overnight at the Hotel. 

Day 11

Today is your last day in Kathmandu and your relaxation day. You are free to do whatever you choose with your day. You are free to walk through Thamel and Basantapur streets as much as you wish. Enjoy a complimentary farewell supper at a traditional Nepali restaurant later that evening.

Day 12

The 11-day journey has concluded. Today is your last day in Kathmandu. Our representative will have a short discussion on the trip and take your feedback after a hearty breakfast. Following this session, he will drive you to the airport in our private transportation 3 hours before your trip.

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Route Map

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Altitude Map

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What's Included

  • Arrival and Departure: Airport – Hotel – Airport (Pick Up and Drop).
  • Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu: 3 nights in a star category hotel (Twin sharing and BB basis).
  • Welcome Dinner and farewell dinner at Nepali culture restaurant in Kathmandu.
  • Food & Lodging: 3 meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) along with accessible accommodation sharing during the trek.
  • Permit: All required documents: ACAP Permit and the TIMS card charge.
  • All government and local taxes if necessary.
  • Member transportation: – Road Transportation: Drive from Kathmandu – Koto and while returning from Besishar to Kathmandu.
  • Drinking: 2 liters of boiled water to carry on thermos per day per member.
  • Guide: Government licensed Guide (English speaking) during the trek
  • Porter: Porters (2 trekkers: 1 porter) up to 15kg during the trek.
  • Insurance of guides and potters.
  • Comprehensive Medical kit.

What's Not Included

  • Air Fare: International flight airfare (from and to Kathmandu).
  • Nepal Tourist Visa fee.
  • Extra night in Kathmandu: Extra nights’ expenses in Kathmandu. In case of early arrival or late departure, early return from Trekking (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Personal Insurance: Travel and high-altitude insurance. *Mandatory
  • Personal Expenses: Telephone calls, Internet, Toiletries, battery recharge, hot shower, laundry, soft drinks, beer, and any alcoholic beverages.
  • Personal Equipment: Clothing, Packing Items or Bags, Personal Medical Kit, Personal Trekking equipment.
  • Rescue Evacuation: Medical and emergency rescue evacuation costs if required. (Rescue, Repatriation, Helicopter, Medication, Medical Tests and Hospitalization costs).

Equipment List

What to bring ?
  • Airport pick up & drop off service in a private vehicle

  • 3-star Deluxe accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast

  • All ground transportation by comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary

  • Airport pick up & drop off service in a private vehicle

  • Best available clean and comfortable Tea house accommodation during the trek

  • Highly experienced, English-speaking, government-licensed, trained in first-aid Trek Leader (Guide)

General
  • Trekking sticks

  • Quick-drying pants and shorts

  • Rainwear (jacket and pants)

  • Airport pick up & drop off

  • Best available clean and comfortable Tea

  • Highly experienced, English-speaking,


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The ideal season to travel

January:

In Nepal, January is in the midst of winter. The higher elevation receives moderate snowfall, whereas the lower elevation is ideal for trekking. Early January is likely to be one of the best times to visit the Annapurna Region. Annapurna Region trekking in January provides some of the best mountain views. During the day, you will feel warm, but as night falls, you will feel cold. In January, these areas receive little to no rainfall. As a result, the skies remain clear and the surroundings appear even sharper.

February:

The Annapurna Region trek in February is an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life to a place where all you can see are mountains and scenery. It’s peaceful because February is the coldest month of the year. Most people dislike trekking in the winter because they believe it is extremely difficult.

 

March:

The month of March is ideal for trekking and admiring the spectacular mountain peaks. The ABC trekking trail will be crowded with hikers beginning in March. In the Annapurna region, the spring season begins in March, the month of the Rhododendron. Trekking in March will provide you with the most memorable experiences in a pleasant and mild climate.

 

April:

April is the beginning of spring in Nepal, and the weather is ideal for trekking to Annapurna Region. The views are bright and clear at this time of year, and everyone enjoys spring. The surroundings are vibrant and colorful, with rhododendrons in bloom. It is the best time of year to see various bird and butterfly species. During your April trip to ABC, the weather is completely in your favor. The moderate heat of the sun, combined with the lack of wind, makes it ideal for trekking. Furthermore, the amount of rain and snow is insignificant.

 

May:

May, the final month of the spring season in Nepal, is much hotter. The Annapurna Region trek in May has the highest temperature of the year. Temperature and weather will vary depending on the altitude throughout the trek. At lower altitudes, daytime temperatures can reach 20°C. At night, the temperature drops to around 5°C. During the day, the weather in the lower sections will be extremely hot. The nights, on the other hand, are tolerable.

 

June:

June is the coldest time of the summer and has the least amount of rainfall. In June, the Annapurna Region has a minimum temperature of 0 degrees Celsius. The month of June is the offseason and therefore less popular for trekking. In the region, June marks the start of the wet monsoon season.

 

July:
Trekking in Nepal in July isn’t always joyful because the heavy rains can block your view of the beautiful mountains you’ll pass through. In July, you will notice that the temperature is not as chilly in the Annapurna Region. During the month, the lowest temperature is 6 degrees Celsius and the maximum temperature is 18 degrees Celsius.

 

August:

In the Annapurna region, August is the off-season for trekking. In August, the monsoon season produces strong rains, especially in lower places. Due to weather-related concerns, most hikers avoid this month. The summer monsoon season comes to an end in August. It rains regularly, and you may feel a little chilly as a result. You should also be cautious because the trails are slippery and the possibility of landslides and avalanches is considerable. In addition, the temperature on the trails remains between 6 and 18 degrees Celsius.

 

September:

The monsoon season finishes in September, marking the start of the fall season. The optimum time to trek to Annapurna Circuit Trek is in September. The weather and temperature for the Annapurna Circuit Trek are ideal. The temperature is pleasant during the day, but it is extremely chilly at night. The temperature drops below 0 degrees or zero degrees at night.

 

October:

October is the month that falls between September and November. As a result, it keeps both monsoon rain and winter’s biting cold at distance. The weather is warm and pleasant in October, with clear skies and fresh air. The nights, on the other hand, are a little chilly, with a brisk breeze coming from the campsite. Throughout October, the weather is pleasant, allowing people to enjoy an unobstructed view of the snow-capped peaks. They can also visit bright valleys and interesting scenery of various colors.

 

November:

The last declared peak season for trekking in Nepal is November. Bright, sunny days and beautiful skies characterize November. On the treks, these provide breathtaking, crystal-clear vistas of the mountains. The days are bright and sunny in November. The sky is clear, with perhaps a few stray clouds possible. The weather is cold, ranging from 12 to 17 degrees Celsius. The average temperature lowers to 7 degrees Celsius at night.

 

December:

In the Annapurna region, December is a rather dry month. It receives fewer than 25 millimeters of rain every year. The Annapurna region is in the shadow of the Himalayas. As a result, December has a lower chance of rain. It is also possible to walk the Annapurna Circuit Trek in December. In December, hikers will get a unique perspective of the region.


Drive to Koto

  • The Distance between Kathmandu and Koto is 230kms.

 

  • Traveling to Koto by jeep will take around 9-10hours.

 

  • The route to Koto from Kathmandu is Naubise- Galchi – Malekhu – Kurintar – Muglin – Abu Khairini – Dumre – Besishar and Lastly Koto.

Altitude sickness

Though the Annapurna Region Trek is one of the most cherished and sought-after treks on nearly every trekker’s travel list. Most of all the trek in the Annapurna region is located beyond the altitude of 2,500m and altitude sickness is the sneaky monster that sometimes attacks even the fittest trekkers beyond 2500m (8,000ft).

As a result, preventing altitude sickness on the Annapurna Region trek and remaining healthy throughout the trek should be your top priorities. With lower air pressure and lower inspiratory oxygen pressure, you’ll be hiking into the high-altitude zone. Acclimatization is the process of progressively becoming familiar with the new climate or changing environmental conditions. Almost everyone going quickly from lower to higher elevations requires altitude adaptation.

At elevations beyond 2,500 meters, AMS symptoms can be detected like:

  • Increased breathing.
  • Increased urination
  • Restless sleep.
  • Periodic breathing at night because of altitude.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Extreme fatigue.
  • Respiratory failure.
  • Cerebral edema.

 

To guarantee that the condition does not worse, certain precautions should be taken. However, if the symptoms increase, it may be necessary to return to a lower height and seek medical assistance.

 

  • Walk slowly and gradually, as our bodies require time to adjust to the oxygen level. At least one day of acclimatization rest is required for high altitude trekking, and you should go as high as possible before returning to a lower height for the night.
  • To gain strength stamina for your Annapurna base camp journey, you should undertake various strength training exercises such as running, cycling, jogging, push-ups and going to the gym.
  • The greatest remedy is to always stay hydrated. On your walk, instead of drinking cooled water, drink warm water and avoid alcohol, cigarette, and tobacco. You should also eat a balanced diet for strength.
  • Before traveling to an altitude greater than 3000 m, you must properly acclimate. If your body displays any signs of altitude sickness, you must either stop immediately where you are or consider descending to a lower altitude.
  • Bring a Diamox subscription with you on the trek because it is the most effective altitude sickness medication. However, you should consult with your doctor to see whether it is beneficial.

Things to know before traveling to Nar-Phu Valley.

Drinking-Water in the Annapurna region

 

Especially for trekkers, it is very necessary to hydrate your body at a higher altitude than in lower elevations to avoid dehydration and altitude sickness. Lack of fluid can be the main hindrance during the trek. You should hydrate your body with at least 3-4 liters of water daily (Tea, soup, or normal drinking water).

 

Annapurna region- does not have a water shortage. You can get tap water, spring water throughout the trek but it is not safe to drink without purifying it. Also, the sale of plastic water bottles is banned in Annapurna Region since 2015. You will not get to buy plastic water bottles throughout the trek. Therefore, you need to bring your water bottle. We recommend you use a Reusable water bottle or water pouch favorable for both hot and cold water. You can also use a filtration system like LifeStraw.

Here are some ways that you can use to make the water drinkable.

 

  1. Boiled water

Boiling water is the best way to purify the water. As we are climbing to a higher altitude you need to boil the water for about 3-minute and season it with a pinch of salt before drinking. You can get free cold water in the teahouse but for boiled water, it cost around 1USD per liter.

  1. Purification tablets or electrolyte powder.

Purification tablets like chlorine or iodine tablets are commonly used tablets by trekkers to disinfect the water. 1 tablet is enough for a liter of water. It takes around 30 min for the tablets to dissolve and become drinkable. Water, purified by tablets may leave a taste in your mouth.

Electrolyte powder is another option. Electrolyte powder is a better way to purify water than tablets because electrolyte powder contains minerals such as salt, Potassium, Magnesium, which are important for your body during the trek.

  1. UV Light water purifier/ SteriPEN.

It is a simple, effective, and environment-friendly way to purify water. It kills the bacteria and virus within 10 sec by exposing them to ultraviolet light using Steripen, without changing the flavor of the water. This is a highly recommended means of purifying water.


Electricity and Internet facility at Nar- Phu Valley

Electricity facility.

 

Despite the challenging geography and weather conditions, the Annapurna region has been providing electricity and access to the Internet.

Electricity in Annapurna Region- Nar Phu valley is powered by hydroelectricity so you can get free access to electricity throughout the trek. At lower altitudes, all the hotel’s rooms have charging sockets, but at higher altitudes, there is a commonplace for charging usually in the dining area, and you will be charged extra for the use of electricity for charging device on a different basis (Per device and voltage of your device).

 

Charging mobile phones costs 1.5$- 2$ per device.

 

Internet Facility and Service

Internet and network facility is must need to contact your family, friends, employee, to post updates and upload photos during the trek.

 

Internet access/Wi-Fi is available throughout the Nar Phu valley- Annapurna Region, but in some areas with difficult topography, WI-FI might become slow due to the lack of signal reach to the tower. At higher altitudes, you will have access to the internet, but have to pay extra.

WI-FI service in higher altitudes will cost you around NPR 300/USD 2.5

However, you can connect to the internet via. your cellular network’s data package.

Both NTC and NCell cellular service network is available in Annapurna Region. You can buy the NCell or NTC sim card from the stores in Kathmandu for 1USD. By taking data packages you can use the internet service up to Nar -Phu Valley.

NTC cellular service is most preferred over NCell. NTC provides good service and signals connectivity throughout the Annapurna region, in comparison to NCell.

 

Buy NTC data package

Dial*1415#

Cost of data package in NTC:

-14GB=7$

(Valid up to 28days)

-30GB=15$

(Valid up to 90 days)

Check balance

Dial *1415#

 

Buy NCell data package

Dial *17123# and select.

Cost of data package in NCell:

-15GB=10$

-25GB= 12$

(Valid up to 30 days)

Check balance

Dial*101#

 

Document needed to buy a sim card.

For foreigner = 1 passport size photo, Passport photocopy, or valid identity card.

For Nepali = 1 Passport size Photo, Photocopy of Citizenship.

 

Some useful tips to reduce the use of electricity.

  • Extra batteries for the camera.
  • Power bank with 5000-10000mAh.
  • The solar charger and solar lamp (LuminAID lamp).
  • As possible less usage of a device with low brightness, GPS, and WI-FI off.

 


Essential Backpack items for Nar-Phu Valley Trek.

The bag of a trekker also reveals the trekker’s level of experience. A good trekker should be a smart backpacker. You should be pre-prepared for the things that you need in the trek.

Here are some of the things that you need to take with you for the trek.

Travel documents

  • Airline tickets with the itinerary.
  • Travel insurance policy documents.
  • Valid passport.
  • Copies of passport.
  • Passport-sized photos.
  • Nepalese cash.
  • Travel permits.

 

Clothing

  • A pair of waterproof trekking shoes or hiking boots.
  • A pair of flip flop slippers or running shoes.
  • 2 sets of thermals (leggings and tops)
  • 2-3 pairs of hiking long sleeve shirts or tops.
  • Pairs of hiking shorts and pants.
  • Fleece jumpers or a set of tracksuits.
  • Good quality windproof down jacket.
  • Lightweight waterproof rain jacket and pants.
  • Neck gaiter, leg warmer, and packet of pocket hand warmers.
  • 3-4 pairs of quick-dry socks, underwear, sports bra.
  • Pair of inner and outer gloves.
  • Knitted Hat, sun cap, beanie, or bandana.
  • Glacier Sunglasses and eyeshade.

 

Trekking equipment

  • Waterproof trekking bag of 40-50liter and Rucksack of duffel bag (if your backpack is not enough for all your item and need a potter).
  • Reusable water bottle (both hot and cold) of at least 1-2litre.
  • A sleeping bag and sleeping bag liner.
  • Trekking stick/ poles
  • Crampons (If you are trekking in the Winter season, Jan-Feb).
  • LED Headtorch or solar lamp (LuminAID Nepal lamp is best as it is solar-charged and very much portable)
  • Plug adapter, Charging appliances, power bank, batteries.
  • Pocket knife.
  • Travel Wallet.

 

Toiletries

  • Rolls of Toilet paper, wet wipes, and tissue.
  • Medium-sized quick-drying towel.
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste.
  • Hand sanitizer.
  • Sunscreen, lip balm, body lotions.
  • Portable mirror.
  • Shampoo and soap.

 

Personal First Aid Kit

  • Antibiotics
  • Painkillers, Paracetamol, ibuprofen, aspirin, Nicole
  • Sanitary pads
  • Anti-inflammatory spray.
  • Anti-Nausea tablets.
  • Anti-diarrhea pills or power.
  • Altitude sickness tablets.
  • Water purifying tablets or electrolyte powder.
  • Mosquito and Insect Repellent.
  • Salt or anti-leech oil (If traveling in the rainy season, July- Aug).
  • Earplugs

 

You can buy or hire trekking clothes and equipment in Kathmandu. If you are buying it, you have to allow an extra day for shopping; however, if you are hiring it, you must inform us in advance so that we can arrange it before you arrive in Kathmandu. This way you can reduce the weight of your luggage and save time and money.

Branded trekking clothes and equipment are available around the Thamel area at a reasonable price.

Note- Kathmandu- Pokhara flight has a luggage allowance of a maximum of 20 kg per person. For extra baggage, they charge 1$ per kg. You can wear your trekking boots and jacket to reduce the weight. Have a hand carry bag for your passport, money, medicine, and pair of clothing. And you can also leave your unnecessary items in the Kathmandu hotel.


Accommodation, Meal, and Transportation

Accommodation

We will accommodate in star hotel during our stay in Kathmandu.

During the trek, we will stay at lodges/ teahouses/homestay.

 

Meal

During the trek, we will provide you three-time meals. You can choose from the given menu.

Breakfast– French toast, Cornflakes, Cereal, Pancakes, Bread butter, Eggs, Oatmeal, porridge, Tea, Coffee, etc.

Lunch– Dal Bhaat set (Rice, Vegetable curry, Meat curry, Lentils, Tomato Chutney, Salad, Papad) Vegetable noodle soup, Chicken noodles soup, Mushroom garlic soup, Fried noodles, Mo: Mo, Fried cheese Potato, etc.

Dinner– Dal Bhaat set (Rice, Vegetable curry, Meat curry, Lentils, Tomato Chutney, Salad, Papad), Mo: Mo, Fried noodles, Spaghetti, Thukpa, Pizza, Stews, Fried Potato, etc.

Besides these, there are a variety of other options of food. You have to buy, it from your pocket.

 

Transportation

By Bus- From Kathmandu airport to Hotel at Kathmandu and vice-versa.

From Kathmandu to Koto.

From Beshisar to Kathmandu.

 

By Air- Flight to Nepal.


Guide and Staff Arrangements

Our well-qualified and professional staff will handle all your activities throughout your trek. They will do all the escorting. We are providing you with a highly experienced and licensed guide with fluent English speaking and has excellent communication as well as navigation skills. They will accompany you from Pokhara Airport and guide you to Nar -Phu valley. Each group of 4-5 trekkers will be assigned an assistant guide, as well as a porter for two trekkers (2*15kg =30kg). If your luggage weighs more than 15kg you will be provided a porter individually but you will be charged for 2 people.

All our lead guides, assistant guides, and potters are well professional and experienced. So, we hope for your respect and cooperation with them throughout the trek.


A typical day on the Nar-Phu Valley Trek

Every day will begin with the ringing of your alarm clock at 6 a.m. and a knock on your door from your guide with the invitation of breakfast. Get up, have breakfast, pack your backpack and get ready to start your day’s walk by 7 a.m.

You will walk through the lush forests of Rhododendron and Oaks, enjoying the scenery, crossing numerous suspension bridges, clicking photos, creating memories, passing by other travelers, interacting with your guide, hearing each other’s stories.

Lunch will be served at a local teahouse in the late afternoon (1-2 am). Having lunch and an hour of rest, we will proceed to the day’s final destination as per the itinerary.

On arrival at the destination, check-in at your accommodation, get freshen up, and some rest. As every teahouse where we stay has a large common dining area with a wood-burning stove in the center, there you will get to meet many travelers. You can sit there, laugh at each other stories, play cards, sing songs, play music, and have a good time. This will help you forget all the tiredness of the day. Later in the evening, you will have your dinner together. Enjoy the flavorful Nepalese Dal Bhat. There is this saying Dal Bhat power 24 hr. After dinner, your guide will give some short briefings about the next day’s trek regarding when you must get up, when we have to start our trek the next day, where we will stay the next day, how many hours we have to walk and so on.

During this trek, you’ll walk for a minimum of 3 hrs to a maximum of 12 hrs per day.  You will get to experience a glimpse of Tibetan and Buddhist culture, their authentic village lifestyle. You will spend one whole day in an unexplored village of Nar Phu Valley- Phu Gaon. We are sure you will be amazed by their culture, lifestyle, and scenery of mountains from the village. During this trek, you will get to see the 7th and 10th highest mountain of the world (Mt. Machhapuchre and Mt. Annapurna), other mountains like Dhaulagiri, Lamjung Himal, Manaslu, Tilicho peak; the lush forest of Rhododendrons and Oaks and diverse flora and fauna. On your 8th day, you will cross the world’s highest pass- Kang La pass. This will be the most difficult day in your trek. Your hard walk will be paid off with wonderful natural beauty, diverse culture, and lifelong memories.

 


Nepal Tourist Visa and permits details

Visa procedure.

To travel to Nepal, you’ll need a tourist visa that is valid for the period of your stay in Nepal. Better, if you have a tourist visa valid for at least 2 months because anything can happen during the trip, and staying in Nepal after your visa expires would result in you paying a penalty.  Apply for a visa at your nearest Embassy of Nepal or obtain an On-Arrival visa at immigration in Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. But it’s better to contact your nearest Nepalese Embassy.

Here are the documents that you need, to apply for the tourist visa.

  • The Tourist Visa Application Form for Nepal (Fully completed online and printed)
  • Original Passport with at least 2 blank pages and validity of at least 6 months.
  • Photocopies of your passport’s information page.
  • At least 2 recent passport-sized photos of yourself with white background.
  • Proof of accommodation in Nepal.
  • Valid travel and return flight tickets.
  • A bank statement from the last 3 months with a minimum closing balance of NPR2,00,000.
  • Receipt of the visa fee for Nepal.

Note: Our trip is for 12 days. 15 days tourist visa costs USD 30 or if you want to extend your stay in Nepal apply for 30 days tourist visa that costs USD 50.

 

Entry permits and Requirements

 

Annapurna Region is a Conservation Area. To travel to Nar Phu valley over the Annapurna region, the trekkers need to get permits from the Government of Nepal. The entry permits that you need for the trekking in the Annapurna region are-

 

Trekking permits  Foreign Nationals SAARC nationals Nepali Citizens
1 Annapurna Conservation Area Project permit.

(ACAP entry permit)

NPR 3,000 per person per entry NPR 1,000 per person per entry NPR 100 per person per entry
2 Tourist Information Management System card.

(TIMS Card)

NPR 1,000 per person with a guide (GT) and NPR 2,000 for solo trekkers (FIT) NPR 300 per person with a guide (GT) and NPR 600 for solo trekkers (FIT) N/A

 

Note: You can get both the Annapurna Conservation Area Project Permit and TIMS Card from Nepal Tourism Board in Bhirkuti Mandap, Kathmandu, or Tourist Information Centre in Pokhara.

For the issue of the TIMS Card, you need at least 2 members, accompanied by a licensed guide.

For more information about TIMS Card here is the link.

(If you are traveling from a travel/trekking agency your agency will arrange all the Permits.)

Documents required to get the permits.

  • Complete the permit form with your passport details and tour details (Trekking area, Entry and Exit date, and point, Route of Trekking, Emergency contact information for Nepal and your Home country).
  • Passport size photo.
  • Photocopies of passport personal information page.
  • Copy of Travel Insurance policy to obtain TIMS card.

Travel Insurance

Trekking in Nepal is an adventurous and occasionally dangerous activity, especially at high altitudes. Trekkers must have travel insurance before visiting Nepal for trekking.

As you will be trekking up to the altitude of 5,320m (Kang La pass), you might come across some physical injury, illness, unexpected accident during the trek and all the medical expenses and loss has to be borne by yourself.

You need to choose an insurance policy that will cover all the possible risks that you may come across from the start of your journey to your final destination. The following threats should be covered by your travel insurance

  • Cancellation of Domestic and International flights.
  • Lost and stolen baggage and passport.
  • Hospital and Medical expenses (Physical injury, Acute Mountain sickness, Altitude sickness, sudden accident)
  • Emergency rescue such as Helicopter.
  • All high-altitude trek risk factors up to 5,500m.

You need to choose your travel insurance wisely so that, in the case of such an incident, your travel insurance will cover the costs.

You can get your travel insurance in either your home country or in Nepal.


Responsible Travel

Annapurna region is a region with numerous trekking trails. Annapurna region is the most popular trekking region in Nepal. One of the many trekking destinations of the Annapurna region is Nar Phu valley. Nar Phu valley is a village in Manang, inhabited by Tibetans. The locals in Nar Phu valley live a typical Tibetan culture and lifestyle.

All travelers should travel responsibly in these regions. You must respect the local people, their culture, religion and try to limit any negative activities that will impact their local culture and environment. As Plastic water bottles is banned in the Annapurna region in 2015, we expect you not to bring any plastic wastage and properly dispose of the plastic garbage (food warmers, plastic water bottles). You might encounter rare species on the way to Nar Phu valley, you rather not disturbed them. You can support them by adapting yourself to their lifestyle.

Your responsible travel will help Nepal achieve long-term sustainable tourism.

Cost included 

  • Arrival and Departure: Airport – Hotel – Airport (Pick Up and Drop).
  • Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu: 3 nights in a star category hotel (Twin sharing and BB basis).
  • Welcome Dinner and farewell dinner at Nepali culture restaurant in Kathmandu.
  • Food & Lodging: 3 meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) along with accessible accommodation sharing during the trek.
  • Permit: All required documents: ACAP Permit and the TIMS card charge.
  • All government and local taxes if necessary.
  • Member transportation: – Road Transportation: Drive from Kathmandu – Koto and while returning from Besishar to Kathmandu.
  • Drinking: 2 liters of boiled water to carry on thermos per day per member.
  • Guide: Government licensed Guide (English speaking) during the trek
  • Porter: Porters (2 trekkers: 1 porter) up to 15kg during the trek.
  • Insurance of guides and potters.
  • Comprehensive Medical kit.

FAQs

  • How much time should I spend on the path each day?

It depends on the person’s walking pace, but you should walk for at least 3 hours and no more than 8 hours per day.

 

  • How much money should I spend per day on trail? 

You will spend a minimum of USD 30 to 50 per day, including your accommodation and three meals. If you travel with us, your package includes accommodation and three meals per day. As a result, you should consider your expenses such as beverages, snacks, and hot water, as well as charges, Wi-Fi, and so on.

 

  • What permits are needed while trekking to Nar Phu valley?
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project permit (ACAP entry permit)
  • Tourist Information Management System card (TIMS Card)
  • How is the Drinking water facility in Nar Phu Valley Trek? 

Drinking water is not safe, so you should purify or boil it before drinking it, or you can purchase mineral water at a cost.

 

  • How are the Tea Houses in Nar Phu valley? 

Tea houses have excellent facilities because they offer a wide variety of food items on their menu. The rooms are spacious, with two beds and blankets. They have a western toilet and hot water for showers.

 

  • What should we avoid while trekking in Nar Phu Valley?

You should not disturb wildlife while trekking and should walk quietly; you should not listen to music while passing through the forest. It is best not to drink alcohol while trekking.

 

  • What’s the perfect season for Trek to Nar Phu valley?

The best seasons to go on a trek in the Annapurna region are autumn and spring because the weather is pleasant with beautiful mountain views and clear blue skies. You will enjoy the trail because it is densely forested with Rhododendron.

 


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