Nar Fu valley Trekking

Nar Fu valley Trekking

Nar Fu (Naar Phu) trekking is in the Valley of the Naar Khola in Annapurna region Manang district of Nepal. The route leads us as Annapurna circuit trekking till to Koto then follow Naar Khola valley. Nar-Fu Valley trekking is one of classical trekking in Nepal. According to Nepal government trekking rules to do trekking in Nar or Phu village need special trekking permit. It was recognized very lately. This trekking path leading from the valley into Tibet had never made them dependent on the salt trade, and till today yak herding is the basis of their livelihood.

Who want to explore hidden valley and trek off the beaten crossing through Challenging high passes like Kangla pass (5200m) trekking. Hidden by swirls of mountain mist ahead of us, from Kangla pass at 5200m the magnificent panorama view of Annapurna massif appears remote and forbidding. Our destination is the Naar-Fu trekking, above the tree line on the upper limits of cultivation, in the very north of Manang district. It takes five hours reaching the pass that links Nar village to Manang.

Now a day, Nar Fu has about 300 inhabitants who depend on livestock, unlike most Bhotia people, whose trading patterns changed drastically after the Nepali Government closed borders with Tibet. The people of Nar and Fu valley were least affected by this change.

There is two itinerary to explore Nar and Fu valley trekking. One itinerary to visit Nar and Fu village; same away return and another is over the kangla pass. Asian Hiking Team; begin Nar-Fu treks from Besisahar the Lamjung district head quarter 5, 6 hours driving from Kathmandu, now a day the seasonal road head to Koto 5-7 hours’ drive, trek 4/5 days to reach Koto on foot.

Require special permit entrance from Koto into Nar Phu Valley. Explore those two villages and cross Kangla pass at 5200m to entry in Manang is the best option. It is possible continue trekking Thorong-la pass 5416m and drives or fly from Jomsom to Pokhara. It is also includes your trek to Tilicho Pass to end trek in Jomsom or continues trekking to Annapurna Base Camp.

Naar Phu (Nar Fu) trek is possible to operate tea house/Guest house. Nar and Phu trekking need special permit which cost US$ 100 per week per person from Sep to Nov. and US$ 75 per week per person from Dec to Aug and f more than one week per day US$ 15 and US$ 10 respectively. Asian Hiking Team are arranging all necessary permits, overland transport with friendly staffs and wonderful service for Nar Fu trekking in Nepal.

Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar (823m.), 5/6 hours, Overnight at Guest house/Hotel.
Early morning pick up from your hotel drive to Prithivi highway to Dumre and then follow the narrow and paved road by the Marshyangdi River to Besisahar, the district headquarters of Lamjung district, 5 hours, Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 02: Beshishahar to Koto takes about five to seven hours driving, overnight Lodge.
After breakfast, I started driving to Koto, there are construction roads so the drive is slow. We crossed the server at Marshyangdi Khola. Crossing the Hydro power follows the Marshyangdi River. Crossing the beautiful villages of Bulbule, Shangye, Chamche, Tal, Tato Manang then reach Koto within 5-7 hours, stay overnight at Lodge.

Day 03: Trek from Koto to Meta (3560m) takes about six hours, overnight at Guest house/Hotel.
You cross the river leading to the Nar Phu valley and hike up through beautiful woods above the Fu Khola. The route takes you through some beautiful woods and past several small caves, and pilgrims; Dharmasala. After you emerge out of a narrow canyon, the trail actually passes under a wide waterfall just before Dharmasala, from where the woods become thinner and the vistas wider, 5-6 hours, continues walk another hour to reach Meta, Stay overnight in camp/basic tea house.

Day 04: Trek from Meta to Kayang (3887m) takes about six and half hours, Overnight at Guest house/Hotel.
A steep climb up the valley along a small, scenic river brings you finally to high pastures on a 3,200m plateau. You pass by scenic kharka of Meta, 3560m, a non-permanent winter settlement of Nar, where you are likely to share the trail with a few yaks! This morning is one of the loveliest walks in the Himalayas. Stay overnight in camp/basic tea house.

Day 05: Trek from Kayang to Fu village (4080m), 4 hours, Overnight at Guest house/Hotel.
Dropping steeply down to the river, you trek for a while along the river bank and past the “submarine” rock, passing some small possible campsites along the way. You start to see some of the unique, colorful chortens for which Nar and Phu are famous. You have to walk carefully across a small glacial stream before reaching a larger one with a bridge only half covered with large slabs of slate. Another hour and a half of trekking through scenic canyon and gorges, you reach the Phu gate. This ancient gate provides you with your first view of the three villages of Fu, as well as an old “dzong” and the remains of the two forts, all now in ruins, but impressively situated atop the flat lands before Fu (Phu). Stay overnight in camp/basic tea house.

Day 06: Excursion around Fu valley, Overnight at Guest house/Hotel.
You can have interaction with locals and explore the wide valley systems above you. You might walk up the valley to the summer grazing settlement or Kharka at Ngoru, a three hour’s walk past the gompa. Fu itself is an incredibly interesting village and you can observe the villagers spinning their yak and sheep wool and chat. Stay overnight in camp/Basic tea house.

Day 07: Trek from Fu to Nar Phedi (3887m), 4 hours trekking, overnight at Guest house/Hotel.
After breakfast we start the trek the same way down to Kyang village which takes 4 hours, easy day, if everything is fine you can continue the trek to Naar Phedi as well, overnight at the hotel/Guest house.

Day 08: Trek from Nar Phedi to Naar, 4-5 hours trekking, overnight at Guest house/Hotel.
You trek down the old bridge spanning a deep, contoured and narrow gorge and all the way back up again. The scenery is stunning. Below you sit Gyalbu Kumbu, built in 1650, and Satte Gompa, both empty. You finally reach the Nar gates at the top of the hill, and pass by yet another line of wonderfully painted, bamboo topped Chortens before turning the corner and being rewarded with sublime views of Nar, the undulating patterns of the surrounding barley and mustard fields, four old colorful and traditional Gompas and the snow peaks looming overhead. Stay overnight in camp/basic tea house.

Day 09: Explore Naar village, Overnight at Guest house/Hotel.
Naar is a bit more social and lively than Phu, explore around, Stay overnight in Lodge.

Day 10: Trek from Naar village to Koto, 6-7 hours, overnight in Guest house.
After breakfast we trek all the way down to Nar Khola. It is the same way to return to Koto, it takes 6-7 hours to reach Koto, overnight in the Guest house.

Day 11: Koto to Besi Sahar, 5-7 hours, overnight Guest house.
All the way the same as before, it takes 5-7 hours driving, overnight at the guest house.

Day 12: Besi Sahar to Kathmandu drive by bus, 4-6 hours drives, overnight Hotel.
After breakfast, drive by local bus or private Car to Kathmandu, it takes 5-7 hours to drive. We follow the Prithivi highway. If you are interested in visiting Pokhara, we can drive to Pokhara too. Besi Sahar to Pokhara takes 3-5 hours. transfer to hotel, Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Optional Itinerary

Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar (823m.), 5/6 hours, Overnight at Guest house/Hotel.
Early morning pick up from your hotel drive to Prithivi highway to Dumre and then follow the narrow and paved road by the Marshyangdi River to Besisahar, the district headquarters of Lamjung district, 5 hours, Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 02: Beshishahar to Koto takes about five to seven hours driving, overnight Lodge.
After breakfast, I started driving to Koto, there are construction roads so the drive is slow. We crossed the server at Marshyangdi Khola. Crossing the Hydro power follows the Marshyangdi River. Crossing the beautiful villages of Bulbule, Shangye, Chamche, Tal, Tato Manang then reach Koto within 5-7 hours, stay overnight at Lodge.

Day 03: Trek from Koto to Meta (3560m) takes about six hours, overnight at Guest house/Hotel.
You cross the river leading to the Nar Phu valley and hike up through beautiful woods above the Fu Khola. The route takes you through some beautiful woods and past several small caves, and pilgrims; Dharmasala. After you emerge out of a narrow canyon, the trail actually passes under a wide waterfall just before Dharmasala, from where the woods become thinner and the vistas wider, 5-6 hours, continues walk another hour to reach Meta, Stay overnight in camp/basic tea house.

Day 04: Trek from Meta to Kayang (3887m) takes about six and half hours, Overnight at Guest house/Hotel.
A steep climb up the valley along a small, scenic river brings you finally to high pastures on a 3,200m plateau. You pass by scenic kharka of Meta, 3560m, a non-permanent winter settlement of Nar, where you are likely to share the trail with a few yaks! This morning is one of the loveliest walks in the Himalayas. Stay overnight in camp/basic tea house.

Day 05: Trek from Kayang to Fu village (4080m), 4 hours, Overnight at Guest house/Hotel.
Dropping steeply down to the river, you trek for a while along the river bank and past the “submarine” rock, passing some small possible campsites along the way. You start to see some of the unique, colorful chortens for which Nar and Phu are famous. You have to walk carefully across a small glacial stream before reaching a larger one with a bridge only half covered with large slabs of slate. Another hour and a half of trekking through scenic canyon and gorges, you reach the Phu gate. This ancient gate provides you with your first view of the three villages of Fu, as well as an old “dzong” and the remains of the two forts, all now in ruins, but impressively situated atop the flat lands before Fu (Phu). Stay overnight in camp/basic tea house.

Day 06: Excursion around Fu valley, Overnight at Guest house/Hotel.
You can have interaction with locals and explore the wide valley systems above you. You might walk up the valley to the summer grazing settlement or Kharka at Ngoru, a three hour’s walk past the gompa. Fu itself is an incredibly interesting village and you can observe the villagers spinning their yak and sheep wool and chat. Stay overnight in camp/Basic tea house.

Day 07: Trek from Fu to Nar Phedi (3887m), 4 hours trekking, overnight at Guest house/Hotel.
After breakfast we start the trek the same way down to Kyang village which takes 4 hours, easy day, if everything is fine you can continue the trek to Naar Phedi as well, overnight at the hotel/Guest house.

Day 08: Trek from Nar Phedi to Naar, 4-5 hours trekking, overnight at Guest house/Hotel.
You trek down the old bridge spanning a deep, contoured and narrow gorge and all the way back up again. The scenery is stunning. Below you sit Gyalbu Kumbu, built in 1650, and Satte Gompa, both empty. You finally reach the Nar gates at the top of the hill, and pass by yet another line of wonderfully painted, bamboo topped Chortens before turning the corner and being rewarded with sublime views of Nar, the undulating patterns of the surrounding barley and mustard fields, four old colorful and traditional Gompas and the snow peaks looming overhead. Stay overnight in camp/basic tea house.

Day 09: Explore Naar village, Overnight at Guest house/Hotel.
Naar is a bit more social and lively than Phu, explore around, Stay overnight in Lodge.

Day 10: Trek from Naar village to Ngwal (3360m) after crossing Kang La pass (5320m) 7 -11 hours, Overnight at Guest house/Hotel.
The Kang La is not a difficult pass, but it could be a long day if there is snow. The Kang La, at 5240m, is an absolutely spectacular pass looking over Annapurna II, Gangapurna, Tilicho peak, the peaks surrounding Tilicho and the airport at Hunde. The trail down is steep and then gradually down towards the end. Ngawal, on the upper Pisang route of the Annapurna circuit (up routes of Annapurna circuit), can be reached in as little as two hours from the pass, but the walk down is so nice that you will take it easy and enjoy the views. Just before Ngawal is an unusual grouping of chortens and prayer flags, and marks a meditation cave far up in the hills. Ngawal is a wonderful, old village of cobbled streets, prayer wheels and beautiful architecture, obviously a hub of religious activity in previous times. Stay overnight in camp/basic tea house.

Day 11: Trek from Ngwal to Chame (2670m), takes about 5-6 hours, Overnight at Guest house/Hotel.

The trek from Ngwal all the way to Pisang then continues walk down to Chame, 6-7 hours trekking, Overnight at hotel.

Day 12: Chame to Besi Sahar continues to drive to Kathmandu or Pokhara by Jeep/ Bus 7-10 hours, overnight at Hotel.

Today we take Jeep to Besisahar every morning, we have lunch in Besisahar then continues drive to Kathmandu 7-10 hours. If you are interest to drive to Pokhara also possible from Besisahar. Transfer to hotel. 

Note: It is possible to continue trekking over Thorong La pass; end trek in Jomsom or Nayapul. The itinerary subject to change as your time and interest.