Nar Phu Valley trek combines high passes, remote villages, glaciers, narrow canyons, beautiful forests and gumbas. Open to trekkers since 2002, this is one of the lesser explored and unspoiled hiking trails in Nepal..
The trek to Nar Phu Valley begins at Besisahar in Lamjung district, which is the traditionally used starting point of the famous Annapurna Circuit. From there the trek quickly splits from a high traffic area to the ancient valleys near the Annapurna range. Traversing through the colorful Chortens and Mani walls into the deep gorges and canyons, you will get to experience the traditional lifestyle of the indigenous people from the valley. The highest elevation point in Nar Phu Valley trek is at the Kang La Pass standing at a height of 5,240m above the sea level. From towering pinnacles to the greener landscape of the valley, the Nar Phu trek offers a scintillating adventure to its visitors.
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Nar Phu Valley trek, although immensely fascinating, is one of the rarely visited trekking trails in Nepal. Along the trail, you will get to explore the traditional villages, fascinating landscapes, gumbas and vibrant culture of the valley’s residents. One of the toughest parts of the journey is the high pass at Kang La Pass. But if you do successfully overcome the challenge, then you will be rewarded with some of the most amazing panoramic views of the Himalayas. As a rarely visited trekking trail, Nar Phu Valley trek offers unspoiled natural treasures in the Himalayas of Nepal.
Nar Phu Valley trek is considered to be one of the most captivating adventures in Nepal. Traversing in the isolated village of Nar Phu, one can expect a thrilling experience that’s comes with the combination of a remote village, colorful cultures, green valleys and magnificent mountain views. Accommodation is provided on local lodges owned by indigenous locals.
We start the Nar Phu Valley trek with an early morning drive to Besisahar. After lunch, we switch our vehicle to four-wheel drive and begin our rugged journey to Koto. The drive from Besisahar to Koto can be fairly challenging to the passengers as much as it is to the driver. However, the ride is incredibly scenic! It passes through the classic Annapurna Circuit route, through narrow gorges and several waterfalls. Overnight at Koto.
As the day is going to be relatively long, starting off in an early morning is mandatory. After a few hours, we cross the river to enter the Nar & Phu valleys. The trail passes through small cave shelters, tranquil woods and pilgrims’ rest stops. From a narrow canyon through the massive waterfall, the treelines slowly starts getting thinner while the vistas get wider and better. The last stretch before reaching our overnight destination at Meta includes a steep hill climbing.
On this day, we leave Meta after an early morning breakfast. Soon after leaving Meta, several unique and colorful Tibetan Buddhist chortens, which Nar and Phu are well known for, start appearing along the trails. The route then passes through the ridges offering a splendid view of the Nar Phedi Monastery. After another one and half hour, we’ll reach a massive stone from where we’ll get to see the first three villages from the region as well as the old Tibetan style fortress also known as Dzong by the villagers. We can also get the glimpses of the remains of two ruined forts located atop the flatland. Across the bridge lies the enchanting village of Phu. Upon arriving at Phu, we can explore the village and walk up to the famous Tashi Lhakhang Gompa.
On this day, we have a leisure day for acclimatizing in the higher altitude. We explore the village along the small alleyways. We then hike up to a relatively higher location at Himlung Base Camp for better acclimatization and return back to Phu village for overnight stay.
After the early morning breakfast, we retrace the trails back towards Meta. However, we will turn off towards the famous Nar Phedi Monastery which will be our accommodation for the night. Nar Phedi seems far more isolated as the monastery is all Nar Phedi consists of. The nuns from the monastery are extremely welcoming and the rooms are quite neat and clean.
The route from Nar Phedi to Nar Gaun is relatively shorter. After climbing out from Nar Phedi, we pass through a winding trail up the hills towards the village of Nar. The trails offer some beautifully painted chortens with a bamboo top on our way to the ancient village. Despite being on the edge of the famous Annapurna Circuit, Nar village is seldom visited by the trekkers. We will arrive in the town at the lunchtime.
The day marks as one of the longest days of the whole trek. So, it is mandatory to wake up before the sunrise and hit the roads towards the Kang La Pass. Although the pass is relatively easier compared to other passes of Nepal, it can still be strenuous due to the altitude gain. Once on top, we can enjoy the breathtaking views of towering mountains likes Annapurna II, Tilicho Peak, and Gangapurna. Upon descending from the top of the Kang La Pass towards the Ngawal, the trail finally leads to the famous Annapurna Circuit trail. Since Ngawal lies on the upper Pisang, Annapurna Circuit trail, the village not as remote as the previous ones.
On this day, we start off with an early morning breakfast and descend down the pass towards Manang. With the descend, the weather gets much more hotter and the scenery gets much more greener. Upon reaching Pisang, we take a four-wheel drive back to Besisahar.
On the final day, we drive from Besishar to Kathmandu. Upon arriving in the city, we can then take a rest in the evening or go shopping around the Thamel area.
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