If you’ve wanted to trek through a carefully protected and preserved part of the Annapurna range and truly get off the beaten path in West Nepal, come join us for this exclusive trek through an area only accessible by special permit to authorized agencies.
Nar Phu Valley Trek is inarguably one of the off-the-beaten-track trails and least visited regions in West Nepal. Since it was opened in 2003, very few visitors have been to the wild, exotic, and sparsely populated valleys of Nar and Phu, offering intriguing medieval Tibetan culture and customs that remain untouched along with breathtaking mountain views.
The restricted area of Nar Phu Valley can only be accessed with a special permit issued to an authorized trekking agency, which will also provide the essential logistics for the trekking tour. The Nar Phu Valley trek has to be completed in seven days because that is the period the permit is issued for.
Our journey starts with a drive to Koto, a little village on the crossroads of the main Annapurna circuit trail and the trail into the Nar Phu valleys. We go off the beaten track via a deep narrow river valley, north of the Annapurna range.
We have a few days of acclimatizing and exploring the subalpine forests, mysterious valleys, and narrow river valleys with the presence of a robust Tibetan Buddhist culture along with ever-increasing wildlife – we might even spot the elusive snow leopard on the hike to the village of Nar.
Our trek begins on the 4th day of the trip. We hike on a barren trail to high camp at the base of Kang La pass, also known as Kang La Phedi (4,530m). We climb slowly up a steep ascent, which leads to the summit of Kang La pass (5,320m).
We can be rewarded with spectacular views of the Annapurna range and the Marshyangdi valley from the top. We will have a 360-degree panorama on a clear day. Kang La is the gateway from the remote Nar/Phu valley into the ever-famous Marshyangdi valley. We have a steep descent to the village of Ngawal (3,615m). We are now on the main trail of the Annapurna circuit trek.
Some of the towering peaks that can be seen from the summit of Kang La are Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II. Annapurna IV and Annapurna III, to name a few. We will be looking at the North Face of the Annapurna Range.
From Ngawal, We drive to Besisahar, where we stop for the night. We continue our overland journey the following day all the way to Kathmandu.
Seasonal Notes: The best season for this trip is March through June and October through December. It is difficult to do this trip during the shoulder season or off-season because that is the rainy season, which is sub-optimal and can be dangerous. The wet weather can cause natural disasters like landslides or avalanches that could block roads or trails, or be fatal to travelers and sherpas. Therefore, we only offer this trip during the high season when it is safe to travel.