Highlights of Nar Phu Valley Trekking
Nar Phu Trek in Nepal involves the exploration of one of the most untouched and virgin landscape. Situated northeast from Chame, Manang, Nar and Phu are actually two different villages. They consist of sacred villages inhabited by the local Gurungs and Tibetan nationals. Located one day apart from one another, Nar and Phu villages was open to foreign nationals only since 2003. A special permit is required for tourists exploring these regions due to unwanted Tibetan influence that has been observed lately.
Geographically Nar village is bigger than Phu village. During the settlement phase, Nar Phu villages were a hub or rather captured by the Khampas( Tibetan Refugees) which fueled to an unstable ruling system in the region, which later on stabled on as the government interfered in the matter.
These villages consist of not more than 100 roofs housing about 300 individuals. We pass through some mystical yet amazing villages of Jhunum, Chhyakhu Meta and Kyang during the trek. One will never be left of gorgeous snow-capped mountains view, narrow gorges, nature beauty forest, incredible, glacier, high pass of Kang la 5,200m.
Lhosar, Derchi, Yakchhaare some major festivals celebrated in the region alongside typical food, beverages and cultural norms. Another shocking fact about this region is that as a part of their traditional rituals, the body of deceased individuals are neither cremated nor buried, instead, they feed it to the vultures, which is pretty much the same in most region of Manang and Mustang A typical trek of Nar Phu Valley along with Manang and Mustang, crossing through Thorong Pass is of 18+ days. However, modifications are made to shorten the days cutting of other portions of the trek.
Outlined Itinerary of Nar-Phu Valley Trek
Day 01: Early morning we start our journey to Besisahar in the bus from the tourist station of Balaju. The trip lasts for 6 hrs. after Besisahar, another jeep trip starts up to Dharapani up in the which lasts for 5 hrs.
Day 02: Early in the morning we should start the trek to koto up to the altitude of 2632m. A refreshing trek of 5 hrs takes you to the glimpse of Annapurna.
Day 03: The next day, we would start penetrating the hidden valley. The last point would be meta situated at the altitude of 3530m. The foot of Khangru Himal (6981 m).
Day 04: The first excursion of Phu village, through the Junum. The trek would be a bit tough with 9 hrs long.
Day 05: The fifth day of our trek, we will acclimatize to the altitude .and roam around the Phu village and its narrowed culture.
Day 06: The challenging day of our journey, the 11 hrs long trek above 4000m. Trek across the rival village Nar and Phu.
Day 07: Returning back to the main trail, in the day we would trek up to the Chame (2713 m) via Dharmasala(2800m) .the walking hours may from 9 – 11 hrs.
Day 08: The trek starts from Chame to Pisang. The trek lasts for 6 hr up to the altitude of 3800 m.
Day 09: The trek from Pisang to the Manang is the toughest one. We reach up to the altitude of 3440 m, which lasts for 8 hrs.
Day 10: A rest day at Manang and excursion of the Manang’s diversity.
Day 11: The day starts with the views of the southern face of mountains . on this day we would trek up to yak Kharka (4210 m).
Day 12: On this day we should trek up to the highest camp of our trip i:e Thorong high camp(4800m).
Day 13: The toughest day of the trek, penetration of throng la pass(5416 m) is of 6 hrs after that up to the Muktinath(3802 m).
Day 14: In the morning Muktinath Temple excursion and overnight at Kagbeni (2840m), just a 1 hr walk from the temple.
Day 15: The last walking day from Kagbeni to Jomsom (2713m) Is the best chance to explore the natural beauty of upper hills.
Day 16: flying from Jomsom to Pokhara (915 m) is the first take off in our journey which lasts for 30 min. Day 19: flight back to the Kathmandu from Pokhara city airport, which takes about 25 minutes.