About Nar Phu Valley Trekking
Nar and Phu Valley Trekking is trek to remote villages off of the main Annapurna Circuit Trek. The area is restricted to regular travel and requires special permits. This Nar Phu Valley Trek journey really takes trekkers off the beaten path and offers cultural interaction and insights that cannot be found on the busier and more commercialized routes. The route travels through the beautiful landscape that is stark and will be unforgettable. This trek is ideal for adventure seekers looking for something unique and is usually combined with the Annapurna Circuit Trek or it can be done on its own.
The highland valleys of these isolated villages are surrounded by the snowy Himalayan peaks. To the north is the border of Tibet. Many residents in this area have arrived from Tibet and have cultural ties with Tibet and their customs and traditions adhere to a Buddhist way of life in the tranquil mountains. Along these strikingly desolate trails are mani prayer stones, prayer flags, monasteries and other icons of Buddhist faith.
These remote trails were only opened to trekkers in 2002. A relative handful of tourists make a visit each season to the untouched villages of Nar and Phu with a timeless lifestyle. Along with arid terrain, the mountain views of the soaring Himalaya include Annapurna (8,091 mt , 26,545 ft) world’s 10th highest peak, Dhaulagiri (8,167 mt ,26,7795 ft) 7th highest, and Manaslu (8,163 mt , 26,781 ft) eighth highest, and many more including sacred Machhapuchhre (6,993 mt , 22,943 ft) also known as Fishtail Peak. In the steep hills around Nar and Phu Valley, Yarsagumba, a famous fungus is harvested and commands a very high price and is especially relished by the Chinese.
This Nar Phu Valley Trekking begins after a scenic drive and follows the Annapurna Circuit Trek along the breathtaking Marsyangdi River Valley. These trails are part of an ancient trade route between Tibet and Nepal. We branch away from the main Annapurna Circuit route at a village called Koto. We then ascend up an isolated valley to our otherworldly destinations of Nar and Phu villages. The picturesque villages will be a highlight among many highlights and attractions on this adventurous trek to a hidden corner of the Himalaya.
The Nar Phu Valley Trek used to be a camping journey but being flexible with lodging and flooding it can be done as tea house trekking as well. High Camp Adventure will arrange a crew of porters to transport provisions and gear, including food and a dining tent, tables, chairs, a toilet tent, and personal sleeping tents. Our skilled chef will provide the day’s meals and in the evening we will enjoy a magnificent camp under the stars, surrounded by the Himalaya and jaw-dropping surroundings while we enjoy a supper and a warm drink.
There is a lot to explore in the area and it can be easily combined with the Annapurna Circuit if you have the time and interest and would like to extend your journey to this area.
Please Note: Our Nar Phu Valley Trek has set departure dates from both Pokhara and Kathmandu and this Nar Phu Valley Trekking can be personalized to accommodate your specific wishes and timetable.