Nar Phu Valley Trek is an implausible journey traversing off-the-beaten-trails in remote Nepal, north from the Annapurna ranges in out-of-the-way villages and valleys of Nar and Phu. This popular trekking in Nepal leads through tapered canyons, superb jungles, staggering rock-formations, the peerless yaks, the lofty Kang La Pass, and the unrivaled Himalayan ethnicities. When it comes to a full teahouse trekking in Nepal, then Nar Phu Valley Trek is matchless and in recent times, it is gaining popularity as one of the top trekking packages in Nepal. Also known as the Hidden Valley Trek, this adventurous trekking package in Nepal has so much to offer to its visitors. Sky-scraping snow peaks, tranquil medieval and obsolete Tibetan cultures, remarkable mountain views, immense alpine countryside, and high-altitude grazing settlements are some of the significant highlights of this popular trekking destination in Nepal. Above and beyond, well-preserved unblemished valleys, elevated passes, vibrant Tibetan chortens and prayer stones, primordial Buddhist monasteries, profound canyons and gorges, herds of blue sheep, and the extravagant mountain vistas, are several other contributions on one of the best trekking packages in Nepal.
Commencing this amazing trek with a delightful drive to Khudi, the actual trekking point, one can catch sight of several Himalayan giants such as Lamjung Himal, Machhapuchhre, Manaslu, Dhaulagiri, Tilicho peak, Himlung Himal and several others throughout the entire trekking route. The best time for trekking in Nepal is during autumn and spring when the weather is perfect with clear skies and beautiful vistas of the snow-capped peaks. Hikers who conjure exploring a remote intact valley in the wilderness will enjoy Nar Phu Valley Trek that offers them challenging and exhilarating trekking experience amidst the high altitude villages. Besides, the striking Manang and Mustang valleys, elegant Kali Gandaki and Marshyangdi Rivers, the world-famous Thorong La Pass make this trip one of the most popular treks in the world today.
Join Royal Holidays and discover the concealed valleys, spend a memorable night in Nar Phedi monastery, spend time with villagers of Phu, observe the Tibetan culture, lifestyle and high-altitude villages. Take pleasure in being on top of the world’s highest pass, and in the environs of the world’s deepest gorge. We assure you to make you enchanted in the Buddhist monasteries and the Hindu temples at Muktinath. We have created a perfect trekking package in Nepal that involves tranquility, a serene environment and lesser-traveled trails with exceptional experiences away from the mainstream trekking routes in Nepal. All you need is a healthy body and a strong determination; we will take care of the rest of the things.
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On arrival in Kathmandu and fulfilling immigration formalities, you will be met by one of our representatives near the exit gate of the airport with a placard for precise identification. You will then be transferred to your pre-assigned hotel room where you may stretch your legs and relax to regain your energy due to a possible jet lag. If your arrival time is early, then you may hit the streets of Thamel in the evening and saunter around, buy things that may entice your eyes or simply sit back and relax at some pub or music bar with your favourite beer and soothing melodies. Overnight in Kathmandu.
After a satisfactory breakfast in your hotel, you will embark for a guided tour to some of the most historical and spiritual attractions of the city that are listed under the UNESCO world heritage sites. A visit to the highly venerated Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the high-flying monkey temple at Swayambhunath, Bouddhanath – a Buddhist shrine and one of the largest stupas in the world, and the charismatic Basantapur Durbar Square leaves impressive reminiscences at the back of your head for a considerable period of time. Later in the afternoon, you will visit our office where you will meet your trip manager, other trekkers, and crew members. Your trip leader will brief you shortly about your upcoming trip in the Mardi Himal region, check your equipment and interact for any unclear thoughts in your head before you go back to your hotel. Overnight in Kathmandu.
This is an exciting day to begin your overall trip commencing with a scenic drive along the national highway on oblique roadways beside the gushing Trishuli River. From the juncture at Mugling, the drive continues straight ahead towards Pokhara. On arrival at a point in Dumre, a small commercial town, you will leave the highway and head northwards that leads you to Besi Sahar, which happens to be the district headquarters of Lamjung. En route you will pass several Gurung and Magar villages, terraced fields and mud-built huts. A short drive ahead of Besi Sahar will land you to the starting point of your trek, Khudi amidst beautiful forests. It is here that you will be greeted by the first sight of the astonishing views of Manaslu peak. Overnight in Khudi.
After breakfast in Khudi, you are all geared up for your first day’s trekking which indulges crossing several suspension bridges, heaving trail paths and stunning waterfalls treading along the paddy fields across intense forests. Hiking gradually, the trail turns into steeper paths passing through a Tamang village of Taranche. A few hours of walk from this village will lead you to Sirung village. This beautiful village offers close-up views of Ngadi Chuli and Manaslu peaks. Here you can enjoy the taste of cultural delights and local gastronomies. Overnight in Sirung.
Leaving behind the beautiful tiny Sirung village on an easy track following your breakfast, you will now enter the lush forests, ferns and picturesque hamlets and woodlands, including several species of charming forest birds. In due course of your splendid walk, you will cross small villages and few temples including a suspension bridge over Sangu River at Mipra. Proceeding further, there is another suspension bridge to cross at Syange, this time over the Marshyangdi River. Near the bridge, trekkers will witness a large, beautiful and eye-catching waterfall as the trail keeps pacing beside the remarkable Marshyangdi River. Crossing one last wooden bridge, you will reach Jagat village, your destination today. Overnight in Jagat.
This morning, you will commence the day’s trek with a rather slow descent towards the river, after which it is a gentle ascent through a verdant forest. Hiking uphill for about an hour will lead you through beautiful tropical forests to Chyamje village amidst the celebrated surroundings of the soaring Annapurna. It is a moderate downhill stroll to the river, and after crossing a suspension bridge, it is yet another steep climb up to Sattale. Following the rocky trails and heaving paths, the twisty track to the top of a hill and a reasonable tumble down leads you to Tal village which is your lunch stopping point. Continuing through the jagged and zigzag path, the valley narrows as you approach the steeply forested village of Karte. The trail beyond Karte twists and turns amidst several waterfalls and cliffs to finally cross a suspension bridge at Lower Dharapani. From here, it is a short climb to reach Upper Dharapani village which lies next to the stone Mani wall. Overnight in Dharapani.
After breakfast in Dharapani, you will head towards north through which fewer trekkers walk passing the Dudh Koshi River originating from Manaslu. Few hours of the walk will lead you to a picturesque Bhutia village Bagarchhap. This village is jam-packed with multi-hued prayer flags fluttering along with the wind, and you will get an opportunity to view the magnificent Annapurna II. Continuing the climb through pine and oak forests and the lovely Danaque village, the sheer uphill climb ends for a while and you will walk a leveled path through dazzling rhododendron and pine forests. You will then arrive at a tiny hamlet of Koto that offers glorious views of the Annapurna II. Later in the afternoon, you will leave the Annapurna Circuit crossing a suspension bridge across the Marshyangdi River to enter the Nar Phu Valley. From the bank of the Nar Phu River, you will slightly climb to a campsite. Overnight in the campsite.
The day’s walk from now onwards is unlike the trails of the previous days as you will be walking more on off-the-beaten paths. So after breakfast, you begin hiking amidst small jungle paths for a major portion of the day in the Nar Phu Valley. Walking several ups and downs, you will climb a steep trail for a short while to Choto village where there are several natural hot springs. The walking trail above the Nar Phu Khola after crossing a suspension bridge at an elevation of 3090 meters follows a path carved out on the hills. This adventurous hike keeps your adrenaline pumping until you reach the campsite at Sinhenge Dharamsala. Overnight in the campsite.
You will kick off the day after your breakfast in the campsite with vertical ascents crossing the Methang River along the meandering trails to the green meadows. The village of Methang is crammed with small and noteworthy chortens, and it offers imposing views of the Kangguru mountain peak. The valley of Nar, beautiful streams and rivulets passing through pastures, the illustrious blue sheep from which the valley supposedly derived its name, are presented it the most grandiose outline to hikers in this incredible and secluded segment of Nepal trekking. The track gets a bit challenging once you leave behind Methang village and proceed forwards. There are two paths at a junction, one leading to the base camp of Kangguru, and the other one leading to Junan village, another abandoned settlement, where the walking path is easy and on a flat terrain. Trekking through glacial gravels and a plethora of waterfalls surfacing from the cliffs, you will continue the walk crossing a row of chortens. You will reach a flat area of Chaku village after a sturdy uphill climb. This tiny village comprises of about 150 inhabitants. Overnight camping in Chaku.
You will have your breakfast at the campsite and then begin walking through desolate chortens, prayer flags and birch trees with a sheer climb to an abandoned settlement of Khyang. This is the village where a beautiful long Mani wall is positioned and the villagers of Phu normally shift settlement during ruthless winter weathers. Proceeding on a phenomenal pebbly trail carved on a cliff above the river, you will gradual make a descend to the riverbed from where you will move ahead mani chortens along the riverbed. Then you will climb up to the entrance of Phuohi Yalgoe, which is considered as the gateway to the Phu Valley, the most luminous village roosted on a hill. You will cross the Phu River after hiking for an hour after which you will start ascending up to the Phu Village passing through baffling caves. Overnight camping in Phu Village.
This day is spared on purpose for getting acclimatized to the higher elevations in the following days of trekking. Nothing is worth a long trek to Phu unless you immerse in the natural grandeur and the cultural richness of the village. The Hidden Valley of Phu is well off with various ethnic tribes of the Lamas, Gurungs and the Ghaleys. You will have sufficient time to explore the Phu village and the nearby neighborhood where lies an outsized Buddhist monastery. A short easy hiking to Lhakhang Monastery, an old Buddhist gompa that is believed to be the last monastery constructed by Karma Rinpoche, or a walk to the Himlung Himal Base Camp is other option to get yourself acclimatized for next day’s walk. Overnight camping in Phu Village.
Going back over the same route past the village of Chaku, today after breakfast you will hike to the adjoining Nar village. After efficient walk for about two hours, you will cross the Chaku village and the twin bridges across the river canyon to arrive at Nar Phedi. Here you will stumble on several Buddhist monasteries to visit that are coupled with tantalizing views of the Pisang Peak. In fact, today your hike descends down passing through several streams and Buddhist stupas. From the spot of your campsite, it is just a short walk to the 500-years old Sadik Chorten. Overnight camping in Nar Phedi.
From Nar Phedi to Nar village, it will be a steep uphill walk for about two hours. The magnificent Kangguru peak shows its visibility as you approach the village of Nar. This village is more reasonably prominent than the Phu village and it is certain that you won’t miss the implausible spectacle of ten chortens aligned in a row as you approach the Nar village. The trail guides you to a small stony village of Nar meandering around the valley ridges on a natural bowl. You will have your lunch at this village and continue on a moderate climb through the lateral moraines of Temdenzon River to reach Kang La Phedi. It is recommended that you spend an hour or two at Nar village before climbing up to your campsite. Overnight camping in Kang La Phedi.
Another exigent and a tricky day of a long hiking spree that may require up to 7 hours of walking through demanding ups and downs. As you climb up the valley ridges, you will, however, be recompensed with some superlative views of the immense Annapurna massif and the Pisang Peak. It is a day for you to cross the Kang La Pass at an elevation of 5322 meters whereupon you will stumble upon beautiful frozen lakes, a chorten and panoramic vistas of high mountain peaks and enthralling convoy of yaks on the trail. From the pass, it is a vertical drop down for more than an hour and the track becomes grassy and easy to walk on, finally leading to Ngawal. There are a few restaurants and lodges in this quiet village and most hikers make a stop-over at this place. However, we will walk further till Munje village which is a short walk towards the left from Ngawal down the valley. Overnight in Munje.
Today, it is a relatively shorter walking day from Munje village to Manang through cultivated barley and buckwheat fields first to arrive at Braga village. This village is famous for a medieval monastery that has a widespread anthology of statues, thangka paintings, and manuscripts which are believed to be more than 500 years old. As you begin your climb towards Manang, you will encounter abundant large chortens and Mani walls. At the same time tall Himalayan peaks of the Annapurna ranges, Gangapurna and Tilicho will accompany during your walk today. After a few hours of easy walk, you will arrive at Manang, which is a plateau with flat-roofed houses and alleyways and the most precious jewel of the Annapurna Circuit Trekking. Overnight in Manang.
After a sumptuous breakfast in Manang, you will kick off with high spirits climbing the trails and witnessing the Manaslu peak at the far end of the valley for one last time on this trip. Passing the tree line encased by glorious Annapurna and Hiunchuli peaks. From here, it is advisable to walk at a sluggish pace with recurrent rests as the air starts getting thinner and you will feel the trek becoming more severe and challenging. Entering the Valley of Jarsang River, you will reach Gunsang, the last undyingly inhabited village in the valley. The village comprises of flat-roofed, mud-built houses and beyond this village, there are settlements which are temporary camps targeted by the communities living there for trekkers and hikers. From Gunsang, the path flattens and you will enter into pastures and small beautiful forests where you can witness barberry and juniper walking past picturesque meadows. You may also get rare glimpses of yaks or horses grazing in the green meadows. The concluding segment to Letdar is rather sluggish and languorous that requires a quite a lot of energy. You will persist in walking the undulating paths, cross the large stream and follow a walking trail till you reach a small village Letdar, which is laden with rich pastures. Overnight in Letdar.
After breakfast, you will begin climbing steeply leaving behind Letdar. You may probably encounter a herd of yaks as you tread on the narrow valley with steep slopes along with outstanding views of Annapurna III and Gangapurna. The dreamlike beauty of multi-hued hills envelope the areas from Letdar to Thorong Phedi. After a brief climb, it is a drop down till the river whereupon you will cross a wooden bridge. From here, the path ambles with a steep ascent up the other bank to a petite teahouse. After a brief halt at the teahouse, you begin hiking across a landslide-prone area which must be crossed in a jiffy and very carefully. You will now enter Thorong Phedi after a gentle downhill ramble. This place is nothing more than a beautiful rock-strewn meadow. Overnight in Thorong Phedi.
Today is perhaps the most enlivening portion of the entire trip for which you are required to wake up early to reach Thorong La Pass, the highest pass in the world at 5416 meters. The path takes a steep course on leaving Phedi but it is well defined and easy as it is regularly used by aboriginal yak herders and mule trains since ages. You will reach a teahouse at the top of the pass after almost 4 hours of the rigorous climb, all adorned by prayer flags and a small chorten. The views of the grandiose snow-clad peaks, hills of Mustang and Kali Gandaki Valley are simply awe-inspiring. You will retrace back with gentle descend after spending some finest moments at the highest pass in the world. The downhill walk to Mustang is quite tiring and seems more demanding on your knees; nonetheless, it is highly reimbursed with tantalizing views of Dhaulagiri peaks. Finally, you will arrive at Muktinath walking along the Jhong River Valley. Muktinath is a famous pilgrimage for both Hindus and Buddhist faith-worshippers. Overnight in Muktinath.
You will have ample time this morning in Muktinath to ramble around as hiking from Muktinath to Jomsom, after a grueling and a languid spell of trekking, is relatively very easy and barely a few hours walk. And yes! This is your last trekking day. There are plenty of Hindu temples as well as Buddhist monasteries which you would want to visit before leaving Muktinath. Your initial trail from Muktinath will lead to Ranipauwa village from where you will descend down the spectacular Kali Gandaki Valley passing the tiny picturesque villages of Jharkot and Khingar. These petite villages are adorned with idiosyncratic Tibetan structural drawings. There is a notable monastery and plenty of Buddhist caves in Jharkot if you wish to have a brief peek before continuing your trek. Walking past gorgeous paddocks, streams, rivulets and fruit gardens, and a breathtaking village of Kagbeni, you will reach the district headquarters of Mustang that is Jomsom, following the valley floor. Throughout the entire walk today, you can savor the incredible and astounding views of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri peaks. Overnight in Jomsom.
After breakfast at your hotel in Jomsom, you will get on board for an early morning exquisite flight to Pokhara along the Kali Gandaki Valley with mind-blowing views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna mountains. On arrival at Pokhara airport, you will be connected with another flight scheduled to depart to Kathmandu. However, if you have a late afternoon connecting flight to Kathmandu, you may quickly browse the hotspots of the lake city, take a stroll at the lakeside for a scrumptious lunch, take pleasure of a boat ride at Phewa Lake and then return to the airport. Picturesque views of the snow-capped mountains will accompany you as you fly to Kathmandu. On arrival at Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel room. In the evening, you are free to catch up on some last minute shopping or simply stroll around the bustling streets of Thamel or sit down in an upbeat pub enjoying every sip of your favorite Nepali beer and live musical bands performing your favorite songs. Overnight in Kathmandu.
You will be dropped off at the airport well ahead of your scheduled flight time by one of our representatives. If you have an evening flight, you may wish to visit certain heritage sites of Kathmandu on your own. However, if you wish to extend your holidays in Nepal, then Royal Holidays are ever ready to create another wonderful trip in the Himalayas.
This is a standard itinerary designed with a view to allow sufficient acclimatization period for trekkers. However, if you are not satisfied with this itinerary or wish to modify it according to your needs, we will happily do it for you. You are free to choose your own hotels, guides or porters if you wish to. We are always there to customize or tailor-make your trips as per your plans and convenience.
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