Nar & Phu Trekking
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Since the terrain can be hard and the days long, hikers on these treks should be in good physical condition and have some previous mountain walking experience. Steep climbing may be involved, although it is never necessary to use ropes. Treks at this level can he arranged for periods of 16 to 21 days. Typically, a gradual ascent through a green river valley will lead you up to a number of high passes, where you will reach the altitude of 5416m. Often times, you will get a close insight into the Tibetan culture. Participants should expect to trek above 5416m/17872ft.Hold Your Guide : Suk Bahadur Ghale
The Nar Phu Valley Trek is a relatively new trekking route in the Annapurna region of Nepal. It offers a unique opportunity to explore a remote, less-traveled area of the Himalayas, with stunning mountain views, traditional villages, and diverse landscapes.
Nar and Phu are two ancient villages on the Tibetan border, over a range of the Annapurna Himalayas. Its mountainous valley is steeped with lush forests, and high-altitude grazing settlements, which provide a diversity of flora and fauna. This region is one of the most beautiful and untouched in Nepal. On the trek, you will have the opportunity to observe how the Khampas (Tibetan refugees) live in Nar and Phu villages, which are geographically and culturally opposite. You will also be able to observe impressive Chortens and herds of rare blue sheep.
The Nar and Phu valley trek is a great option if you’re looking for an exciting and challenging trek. The valley is located north of Annapurna Mountain, which is one of the most isolated mountain ranges in Southeast Asia. With its dramatic peaks and snow-capped peaks, this region is surrounded by natural beauty.
Phu is a beautiful medieval village where you can learn about its cultural heritage and way of life while admiring the beauty of the local landscape. For those who want to explore hidden valleys and venture off the beaten track, the Nar Phu valley trekking trail is the ideal trekking route in Annapurna. As well as spending plenty of time enjoying these colorful and timeless villages, we explore the high alpine valleys above Phu (including the Himlung base camp for those who choose) and cross the Kang La pass from Nar to Ngwal on the Pisang route that will lead us back. if you have more time then you also can add the Annapurna circuit.
The Nar Phu Valley Trek offers Tibetan culture, amazing gorges, medieval villages, and 7000-meter peaks in a Tibetan enclave, and it will take you through the most incredible wilderness in the world, passing ancient Chortens and flocks of blue sheep as well as crossing one of the highest passes in the region, 5300m Kang La and 5200m Mesokanto-La.
Permits are not allowed to be applied for by single trekkers. In order to obtain entry permits into Nar Phu Valley treks are required to take at least two people with them. In addition, the government-registered local trekking agency must submit all official legal documents that include tax-clear certificates, the Government Training License Holder’s Guide, license certificates, and proof of insurance coverage.
Phu Valley is situated at 4050 meters above sea level, and Nar Village is located at 4120 meters above sea level. While traveling along the Nar Phu trek Nepal trail one is able to observe beautiful scenery mountains great views of the Annapurna ranges, Annapurna II, Himlung Himal, Saribung Peak, Gangapurna, and Tilicho Peak, as well as journey via waterfall, Nar Khola, Marsyngdi river, beautiful river junction.
The people from Nar and Phu villages speak Tibetan and some Nepali, they are Buddhists, and a member of the Nar Phu village community was counted by the Nepal government in 2011 as 362 residents. Although in villages Nar and Phu there are only 86 households, most of the residents are Indian and have come to the country for business and trade. As well as yak herding being the main occupation here, there are also those who grow barley, wheat, and buckwheat on a small scale. Despite being heavily influenced by Tibetan, the language spoken by the people of Nar and Phu is different from its Tibetan counterparts both phonologically and lexically.
In addition, there is also the historical Tibetan culture, a sacred sanctuary of Buddhist monasteries, spinning prayer wheels, unique and colorful prayer stones, and traditional people’s lifestyles, all of which have been classified as part of the Annapurna Conservation Area.
The Annapurna Circuit main trekking trail continues after Nar Phu Valley to Kang La pass if you have more time. but our trek itinerary is the same way back from here, the trail descends to Chame, and the drive back to Besisahar-Kathmandu if you take a short time frame.
The Nepal Wilderness Trekking Sherpa guide team and porters are promoting a 13-day Nar Phu trek itinerary and supporting the local people of Nar, and Phu by instilling rural harmony in the remote villages located on the northern shore of the Annapurna region with local guides and porters who speak fluent English as well as the local language.
There are different rates charged by different travel agencies for the same trek. We are a local company, In spite of the fact that some agencies charge for their brands and convenience, there are also local companies that provide the same level of satisfaction. In spite of the fact that you will be supporting locals by booking through a country-specific agency, you can choose the agency based on your budget and travel plans.
It is possible to do this trek during the monsoon season June to August as well as the two peak tourist seasons March-May and September-November. Although the Nar Phu trek is still enjoyable in the monsoon because of less rain, the road access to and from Besisahar in the mountains may be impaired by mud and landslides during the monsoon.
Due to the long days and steep altitude ascents, this trek is thought to be a challenging one. Because there is a limited number of options for accommodation along the way, the distances that must be covered each day are limited, making for long days of walking. Each day we gain quite a bit of altitude, and it’s always unpredictable how our bodies will react to climbing altitude each day. It is recommended that those who are fit and healthy, who have a lot of experience trekking in the mountains, take part in this trek.
The Nar Phu Valley is located in the northern part of the Annapurna region of Nepal, close to the border with Tibet. The culture of the Nar Phu Valley is heavily influenced by Tibetan Buddhism and is quite distinct from the culture found in other parts of Nepal.
The people of Nar and Phu are primarily of Tibetan descent and have their unique customs, language, and traditional lifestyle. The villages in the Nar Phu Valley are some of the oldest settlements in the region, and the locals have maintained a strong connection to their cultural heritage.
One of the most significant cultural aspects of the Nar Phu Valley is its ancient Buddhist monasteries, some of which are over a thousand years old. The monasteries serve as centers for spiritual and social activities and are revered by the locals. The monasteries are adorned with intricate murals, statues, and other religious artifacts that reflect the rich cultural heritage of the region.
The traditional clothing of the Nar Phu people is also unique and reflects their cultural identity. The men wear woolen chubas (a kind of robe) and Topi hats, while the women dress in long colorful skirts, aprons, and blouses. The locals are also skilled in traditional crafts such as weaving, woodcarving, and metalwork.
The Nar Phu Valley is also known for its festivals, which are celebrated throughout the year. The most significant festival is the annual Mani Rimdu festival, which takes place in the monasteries of the region and involves dance performances, music, and other cultural activities. The culture of the Nar Phu Valley is rich and diverse and offers a fascinating glimpse into a unique way of life that has been preserved for centuries.
1. Nar Phu Valley Restricted Area (NRA) Permits are U$D100 per week per person,
2. Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) permits U$D30 per person
3. Trekking Information management system (TIMS) Permits U$D20 per person
Note: single trekkers can’t issue a permit for Nar Phu Valley Trek because of Restricted Area, more information about Nepal trekking permits in the Restricted Zone.
Overall, the Nar Phu Valley Trek is an excellent option for those looking for a more off-the-beaten-track trekking experience in Nepal.