Nar Phu Valley
Annapurna region is described as the most preferred destination of Nepal. It is a highly praised since it was opened to foreign trekkers in 1977. Nar Phu Valley, a beautiful and unique area, is hidden in the north Annapurna.
Nar Phu valley lies in the remote region of Manang valley. It has two main villages: Nar-ten and Phu-ten. Nar is bigger than Phu village.
Historically, Nar and Phu valleys were settled around the 10th century. The Tibetan refugee captured and settled there. There are only 500 permanent residents.
It is not just Nar and Phu village. There are other villages like Jhunum, Chhyakhu Meta, and Kyang along the trail. These villages prove the settlement of refugee once.
Nar Phu valley is back in time. It is raw and untouched by the modernism. The people earn their livelihood by yak herding and trading. They trade the local meat, wool and hides with the villages in the lower regions of Manang.
Nar Phu valley was opened for the foreign trekkers only in 2003. You will need special permission to enter. It will cost you USD 90 per week per person from September to November and USD 75 per week per person from December to August. Permit of Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) is also mandatory.
The beautiful journey to the wild and unexplored vicinity starts from Kathmandu. The trek will begin from Syange after Besisahar. Following the famous routes of Annapurna circuit, we will branch off to the offbeat trail to Nar Phu valley.
The trail is peppered with the religious sites and villages. With a wide range of mountain scenery, you will cross the high suspension bridge and the dense forest of Rhododendron and Pine.
Explore the valley and the local culture. You will entirely feel different from other treks. The mixed culture of Tibetan. Thakali and Gurung make the valley distinctive.
There are centuries old monasteries including Tashi Lakhang monastery. It is listed out as world’s 108 great Buddhist monasteries.
The alpine valley above Phu is amazing. The Kang La Pass (5320m) gives an incredible view of the Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Gangapurna, Tilicho Peak, Chulu East Peak, Chulu West Peak and many more peaks.
There are many teahouse and Lodge. You can go camping too. The local foods will give you an unforgettable taste.
The trek is challenging but rewarding. If you have a keen interest in remote communities, Nar Phu will be your best choice.
Duration: 21 Days
Tour Type: Private and Group Tour
maximum Altitude: 5322 Meters
Trek Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous