Overview for Nar Phu Trek with Annapurna Circuit In Nepal
- Trip Code: CT-10037
- Package: Nar Phu Trek with Annapurna Circuit In Nepal
- Duration: 21 Day(s)
- Max Alt.: 5,416m/ 17,764ft
- Trip Level:
ModerateRequires some level of experience in trekking with basic physical ability.
- Group Size: Min. 2- Max. 12
- Start At: Kathmandu
- Ends At: Kathmandu
Tourist Bus | Domestic Flight | Private Vehicle
Hotel | Guest House
- Best Season: March- April- May- Aug- Sep- Oct- Nov
- Trip Route: Besi Shahar-Chyamje -Dharapani-Koto- Meta- Phu Gaon- Nar- Kang La Pass - Manang- Thorung Phedi- Thorung La – Muktinath- Pokhara
- Beautiful lakeside city of Pokhara
- The Nar Phu valley
- Beautiful views of the Himalayas in Annapurna region
- Trek through high passes of Kangla pass and Thorong La pass
- Visit Muktinath temple
- Kagbeni Village
- Hot spring at Tatopani
- Deepest river gorge in the world, the Kali Gandaki gorge
NOTE: It is highly recommended that you arrive in Kathmandu a day prior to your journey towards the Annapurna Circuit and Nar Phu valley in case you don't have a day tour of Kathmandu scheduled. You will have a day to rest, buy some travel essentials and equipment. It is also best to have some extra days in your travel schedule after the completion of the trek.
The Nar Phu Trek in Nepal gives the pleasure of experiencing the wilderness and isolated settlement in the restricted region of Nar Phu valley. This wild and rugged trek in Annapurna region of Nepal takes travelers through the exotic valley of Nar Phu with offers the flair of medieval Tibetan culture in its original and undisturbed form. The trail is filled with dramatic views of mountain peaks of Nepal mixed with alpine scenery. This trekking trail in Annapurna Region is fairly new and until some decades ago, this village of Nepal was hidden to many as the people from this village only had connections with few settlements from Tibet. This seldom traveled route of the Annapurna trekking trail is filled with high passes, remote villages, glaciers, narrow canyons, beautiful rock formations, and unique Himalayan cultures. Two famous high Himalayan passes, the Kangla Pass and the Thorong La pass, will be crossed during this trek in Nepal.
The other highlight of the trek in Nepal is the whole Annapurna Circuit in Nepal which is filled with all the elements that would make up for a perfect trekking experience. During this trek in Annapurna circuit, we'll be passing through the dry valley of upper Manang which is also home to isolated settlement of Tibetan-Buddhists, visit the Muktinath region, and the Kali Gandaki valley where world's deepest gorge lies. This trek in Nepal also gives the travelers a chance to encounter various mountain community and settlements of Gurung, Thakali, and Manangi people.
The Annapurna Circuit trek has been liked by many and is very popular among trekkers in the world since its opening in 1977. The trek begins from Besishahar and goes along the trails of Marshyangdi river accompanied by the amazing views of the Himalayan ranges. Some of the main mountain ranges of the Annapurna region are Mt. Dhulagiri (8,167m), Nilgiri (7,061m), Annapurna I (8,091m), Annapurna II (7,937m), Tilicho Peak (7,135m), Annapurna III (7,555m), Ganggapurna (7,454m), Chulu (6,584m), Fishtail (6,997m), Mardi Himal (5,553m), and Mount Manaslu ( 8,156m). Three of the mountain peaks among these are above the height of 8,000 meters. The trail goes through the north of the Himalayan range on towards the high and dry Tibetan Plateau. This trek even offers an amazing natural hot spring experience to travelers at a place called Tatopani.
The Nar Phu Valley trek is a restricted trekking in Nepal so a special permit through the government registered Nepal trekking agency and minimum of two people are required to get the Nar Phu trekking permit. Except during the winter, this trekking in Annapurna Circuit and Nar Phu valley trek can be done throughout the year although the best times would be during Spring (Mar-June) and Autumn (Sept-Nov) season.
Trip Itinerary of Nar Phu Trek with Annapurna Circuit In Nepal
Arrival in Kathmandu
A company representative from Core Treks will come to pick you up at the airport. After that we'll be taking you to your hotel. After taking some rest we'll meet you at our office or at your hotel and have a short briefing session regarding our travel. Feel free to ask any question you might have regarding the trek. If you want to explore the city we might as well walk around the street of Thamel and it's even possible to do some last minute shopping. There're no further activities for the day so you might as well check into the hotel.
Briefing and Sightseeing on Kathmandu
We'll be talking more regarding our trip on this day. We'll need your original passport as travelers need a permit in order to make this travel in Nepal. After finishing that we'll be doing a bit of a sightseeing tour around the Kathmandu valley. We'll be visiting two world heritage sites located at Kathmandu, namely Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayambhunath Temple (also known as Monkey Temple). In the evening we'll be doing final preparation for our trek.
Kathmandu to Besi Shahar
We start the day early with a long drive to the town of Besi-Shahar. The drive goes through the beautiful hilly highway which will take about 7 hours. The highway passes through several small towns and market areas as we drive along. Upon arriving Besi Shahar we rest as the next day our trip to the Annapurna Circuit and Nar Phu valley trek begins.
Besi Shahar to Chyamje to Dharapani
After having our breakfast, we start our travels with a drive for about 2 to 3 hours furthermore towards the village of Chyamje from where we begin our trekking. We make our way to the Dharapani village and the walk will take us 5-6 hours. We walk through the forests and terraced fields before reaching to the village of Dharapani.
Dharapani to Koto
We begin a hard trek today as we walk up and over through two hills towards Timang village. During this walk we will be able to see the beautiful mountain peaks of Annapurna II, Himchuli, Lamjung Himal, and Manaslu. As we continue the trek we walk through the pine forests and finally reaching to Koto village where we'll stay overnight.
Koto to Meta
We start our trek early in the morning after breakfast as we have a lot of distance to cover this day. We'll be trekking through a thick rhododendron and pine forest following the Naar River. We pass through the restricted area on this day and after walking for 7 to 8 hours we finally reach to our destination for the day, the Meta village.
Meta to Phu Gaon
We walk through the trails of desert albeit valley while enjoying the beautiful and mesmerizing views of Pokharakan, Amotsang and Kangaroo mountain. The trail isn't very difficult as before but it is however long. There are not much residential houses along the way but we can witness the remnants of the Khampa settlement for which was the place where Tibetan people lived illegally. Later we reach to Phu Gaon where the first migrants from Tibet settled almost 200 years ago.
Acclimatization at Phu Gaon
Today we spend our day at Phu Gaon as we acclimatize our bodies with the increasing elevation of this region. We can explore the Phu village and the Phu valley. A very old Buddhist Monastery named Tashi Lakhang monastery is also situated here which was built by the first Tibetan migrants.
Phu Gaon to Nar
After having breakfast and packing our lunch, we begin our trek. We descend towards Mahendra Pool as we cross plenty of streams and suspension bridges. We will also be crossing the high suspension bridge over the Lapche river gorge. The trail ascends after Mahendra Pool that takes us towards the valley of Nar. Several Buddhist stupas can be witnessed during this trek.
Acclimatization at Nar
This day also has been set apart for acclimatization. On this day we can conduct a short hike which will help our bodies get acclimatized with the high altitude and also see some amazing views of the mountain vistas. Some splendid panoramic views of the mountains of Annapurna region such as Pisang Peak, Kangaroo mountain, Amodsang Himal and Pokharkan peak can be seen from the Nar village.
Nar to Ngawal via Kangla Pass
We begin our trek today early in the dawn as we have a challenge ahead of us to conquer today's difficult trek. We'll be trekking through a gradual incline for 2 hours before we trek through a steep and rocky track. We cross the Kangla Pass and the view that can be seen from top of the pass is truly spectacular. An amazing 360 degrees panoramic views of snow capped mountain can be enjoyed which makes our difficult trek totally worth it. The trail from the pass descends steep down towards Ngawal which will be our destination for the day. The accommodation facilities in Ngawal are lot better and you can even find WiFi at the guesthouses.
Ngwal to Manang
We continue our trek through the hills, jungle and the wetlands. The trekking trails are fairly easy today as we pass through pine forest and local villages. Manang is one of the prime centers for villages around this region. There is enough accommodation facilities which might seem quite luxurious compared to the teahouses that we had been lodging on previous nights.
Manang to Yak Kharkha
We set off after having our breakfast towards the proper walking trails of the region. We gradually make our way towards Yak Kharka as we slowly ascend towards higher altitude. We leave the Marshyangdi valley behind us and advance to the village of Yak Kharka where we'll be staying overnight.
Yak Kharka to Thorang Phedi
Our trek on this day is relatively shorter and easy as we make our way towards the base of the Thorang-La Pass known as Thorang Phedi. It is a small settlement and a prime resting place for trekkers doing the Annapurna circuit.
Thorang Phedi to Muktinath via Thorang-La pass
This might be our big challenge as crossing the Thorang-La Pass might be the most difficult phase of the whole trek. We walk in a slow and steady pace as we make our way to highest point of our trek. We'll be crossing the sandy trail of the Thorang-La pass which lies at an elevation of 5,416 meters. After that, we make our way towards Muktinath, which is also a very special pilgrimage destination for Hindu and Buddhist community.
Muktinath to Kagbeni
We descend through the valley following the Kali Gandaki and walk towards Kagbeni. Kagbeni is a village in the Upper Mustang of the Himalayas located in the valley of Kali Gandaki river. It is a beautiful village with traditional mud house and stone house settlements. We make this village our destination for the day and enjoy the scenic views upon reaching here.
Kagbeni to Tatopani
Today we'll drive to Tatopani through the world's deepest gorge also known as the Kali Gandaki gorge. From there we'll be descending through the Kali Gandaki valley towards Tatopani. As the name suggest, Tatopani literally means hot water and it is named so because of the existence of a hot spring. It is an amazing experience as the getting into the natural hot water relaxes our tired bodies and gives us the energy we need that we might have lost from walking too much.
Tatopani to Ghorepani
We head towards the culturally rich and thick settlement of the Ghorepani village leaving the hot spring behind. Ghorepani is a very popular village and many trekkers make it their prime destination for trekking as trek to Ghorepani is one of the best short treks available in Nepal.
Ghorepani to Hille to Pokhara
We wake up early in the dawn and hike up towards a hill station called Poonhill before sunrise. This is a specialty of this place as it provides the panoramic sunrise view of the Annapurna range which is a beautiful sight to behold. Walking through the starry sky and finally watching the peaks of the mountain change its color from white to glittering gold is really spectacular. After enjoying the view we descend back to Ghorepani and upon having breakfast we make our way towards Hille. We trek down to Hille from where we'll drive back to Pokhara as we have come to an end of our trekking journey. We can enjoy the beautiful lakeside city of Pokhara and its nightlife this day.
Pokhara to Kathmandu
We'll return back to Kathmandu via the mode of transportation of your choice (i.e. by air flight or by drive). We'll drive back to Kathmandu and back to your hotel. After resting for a bit, we'll be organizing a dinner party for our fellow guests where you'll be taken to a traditional Nepalese cuisine restaurant.
Our travel journey has now come to an end as we say our goodbyes and take you to the Tribhuvan International Airport 2 hours prior to your flight time. We'll come to pick you at your hotel and a representative will drive alongside you up till the departure gate at the airport.
- Airport transfers by Private Vehicles.
- Standard twin- sharing accommodation in a three starts hotel in Kathmandu & Pokhara, breakfast included. (4 Nights).
- Twin sharing accommodation during trek. (16 Nights).
- Kathmandu – Besi Shahar & Pokhara – Kathmandu by Luxury tourist bus (If you want both ways private vehicle also available on additional cost).
- Besi Shahar to Chymje (Trekking start Point) & Kegbani to Tatopani by local transport.
- Three daily meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
- TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System & Annapurna Conservation area permit (Please bring 2 passport size photos).
- Special permit for Nar Phu valley.
- One highly experienced, helpful and friendly guide. Porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary and equipment. Accident insurance for all staff.
- Farewell dinner in a traditional Nepali restaurant with cultural performances.
- Personal care & attention.
- Local and government taxes.
- All kind of beverage including mineral water, Phone calls, laundry, hot shower during Trek
- Travel and Rescue Insurance
- Tipping to crew.
- Personal mountaineering gears
- Optional trips and sightseeing if extended
- International airfare and airport departure tax
- Visa fee, you obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu
- Do not mention the services apart from the services mentioned in "Cost Included services"
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
The Nar Phu Trek with Annapurna Circuit in Nepal is considered as a moderate level trek which requires little to no mountaineering experience. CoreTreks will hold a brief informative training session before the trek so that you will be aware of the precautions and safety measures in the mountains.
Yes, it is completely safe to trek to Nar Phu with Annapurna Circuit in Nepal. It is highly recommended that you take a professional guide along with you while trekking. They will help you to inform and equip you with necessary guidelines in order to complete the trek.
During your trip to Nar Phu and Annapurna Circuit, expect some beautiful lakeside city of Pokhara, The Nar Phu Valley, beautiful views of the Himalayas in Annapurna region, a visit to Muktinath temple, Kagbeni village and the deepest river gorge in the world, the Kali Gandaki gorge.
The food is generally our traditional Nepali lunch which is Dal (Lentil Soup), Bhat (Boiled Rice), Tarkari (Veggies), and Achar (Pickle).
For the accommodation there are specially Hotels & Lodges, Tea houses, and Camping facilities. However due easy accessibility of hotels & lodges throughout the trial, camping is usually avoided during the Nar Phu and Annapurna Circuit in Nepal.
To book the Nar Phu Trek with Annapurna Circuit in Nepal, CoreTreks offers you a number of booking options including:
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- Cash on arrival
We recommend you to go through our booking policy before you head to the payment. In case of further inquiries please feel free to contact us.
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CoreTreks is always striving for customer satisfaction and quality services. At the same time, we do not compromise on our responsibilities. We discourage any activities that harm the surroundings as well as the people. Nepal is a country of respect, hence we encourage travelers to greet people and show respect to the culture and traditions.
Symptoms of Altitude Sickness may start once you reach 1500-2000 meters and upwards. If you gain altitude rapidly without letting your body adapt to the thin oxygen at higher altitudes, you are most likely to suffer from Altitude Sickness. But if you plan for acclimatization days to your itinerary, you are good to go.
The itinerary includes acclimatization days to avoid Altitude Sickness. The sickness is common at high altitudes. Please note that sickness is a topic to be taken very seriously. Here are some few extra preventions:
- Avoid climbing rapidly, give your body some time to adjust
- Drink more water, not less than 5 liters a day
- Eat more, eat often, and eat healthily
- Listen to your body, do not ignore symptoms
- Do not skip acclimatization days
- Be prepared in case of an emergency
Safety and Security
A comprehensive Travel Insurance is mandatory while trekking with CoreTreks. However, there are a few measures that you can implement to ensure safety:
- Secure your belongings
- Do not flash cash or jewelry
- Have an emergency plan
- Do not trek alone
- Only choose authorized trekking agencies
CoreTreks will provide you with the essentials such as a Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bags, a duffle bag, a t-shirt, a trekking map, a self-sufficient medical first aid kit, and more. These are to be returned after completion of the trek.
Personal mountaineering gears are not included but we will provide you with a list of equipment necessary for your trek.
On average, walking time per day is 5-6 hours below 3,000m. For altitudes higher than 3,000m the average walking time is 3-5 hours per day. The walking hours may vary according to conditions but do not exceeds 6 hours mark per day.
Hiring a Porter/Guide
An experienced guide will be provided for a group of 1-5. A group consisting of 6-12 individuals will be provided with 2 professional guides. The package also includes a porter for every 2 individuals.
All our guides are licensed and well-experienced. They have been guiding with CoreTreks for almost a decade. Guides come in handy whenever you need some quick information, and to enhance overall trekking experience.