Nar Phu Valley Trek will take you to one of the isolated regions between Damodar Kunda and Annapurna Circuit part one. No wonder, trekking in this region comes into the restricted area of Nepal, which require permits to travel.
Untouched with the modernity, this trek will allow you to experience the raw natural beauty and ancient Tibetan culture that is still practiced by the locals. The valley includes medieval and remote villages, Nar & Phu, old Buddhists monasteries, mani walls, and chortens. You will get to see astonishing rock formations, narrow canyons, dense forests, amazing glaciers, and snow-capped mountains.
Before going on this adventurous and challenging trek, you should know the following things:
As this region comes in the restricted area, you need to get the permits before traveling here. Below is the list of permits you need to get before going on trekking to this region.
- Nar & Phu Valley Restricted Area (NRA) Permit: (Sep-November) U$D90 per week per person and (Dec-August) U$D50 per week per person
- Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) permits U$D23 per person
- Trekking Information management system (TIMS) Permits U$D20 per persoAccommodations
Nar Phu Valley trek is a teahouse trek. You will be going to stay in the teahouse throughout your trek. Teahouse is basically a combination of lodge and guesthouse. You will get a basic room with minimum furniture and a blanket while staying here.
There is a chance that you will not find electricity in many tea houses unless the region has hydroelectric power. However, the dining room will have solar power. However, most teahouses now have electricity for charging small appliances – mobile phones and cameras – and they might ask for small charge for the service.
Traveling in isolated regions can limit the variety of food. You can eat meals at lodges and restaurants along the way. Trekking to the Nar Phu Valley will serve you with typical Nepali dishes along with bread, momo, soups, curries, rice, and baker items during the trek. Whereas, the dal bhaat is the most filling food.
Rates vary with the season and also on the owner. As the elevation gets higher the food will get more expensive. You can buy normal snacks like cookies, biscuits, WiWi, and candy bars on the way. However, it is not sure that you will find this everywhere.
You can easily get boiled water throughout the trek, as every shopkeeper and guesthouse has a thermos of hot water. You can also bring your own water purification device, Steripen, that you can use to double purify water.
We request you to not buy mineral water bottles during the trek and carry your own reusable water bottles, as it contributes to preserving the region from pollution.
Best time to go on Nar Phu Valley Trek
The best time to go on this adventurous trek is in between April and June and between September and November. During this time of the year, the weather is more stable and perfect to trek.
Health & Fitness
Some treks are strenuous, some are moderate, and some are easy to go on. Every trek requires different kinds of physical fitness. The most common thing is you need to walk for 4 – 8 hours a day on every trek. To go on the Nar Phu Valley trek, you need to have good health, average physical fitness, and of course passion. You don’t need to have any prior trekking experience but if you do it will for sure help you.
Keep in mind if you have pre-existing health problems like heart, lung, or any other disease it is better to consult with your doctor and inform your trekking company.