Nar Phu Valley Trek Overview
Nar Phu valley trek is considered feral in the Annapurna region and opened for tourists in 2003. Nar Pho Trek is one of the less explored trekking areas in the Annapurna region. The trek combines the scenic beauty of the Himalayas, cultural immersion, and adventurous terrain, making it an ideal choice for trekkers seeking a unique experience and less crowded trails in the Nepalese Himalayas.
The Nar Phu Valley Trek starts with the thrilling drive from Kathmandu to Dharapani, which normally takes 7-8 hours of drive. The next days we started our hike along the side of river Marshangdi with a scenic view of the rocky mountain, eyes-catching waterfalls, and greenery landscape. The trail to Nar Phu valley follows the route to the Annapurna circuit till to Kato village, from here the Nar Phu valley trails separate.
After an exploration of the impressive Nar and Phu Villages, Monastery, and people lifestyle, we trek back to the Annapurna circuit trail and continue our adventure to Throng-la pass, the holy shrine Muktinath and Jomsom. The next day we will fly back to another beautiful city, Pokhara.
Major attractions of the Nar Phu Valley Trek
Culture and People's Lifestyle
The Nar Phu valley in Annapurna is home to several ethnic groups who have preserved their unique culture and traditions over the years. Nar Phu is a traditional village in Nepal that is untouched by modern civilization, where people follow Buddhism, and their culture is mostly influenced by Tibet. The ancient monasteries, Pilgrim site for both Hindu & Buddhist – Mukatnath” is the major cultural attraction of the trek. The trek offers an opportunity to learn about Local people's customs, religion, and way of life.
Breathtaking View of Mountains and Landscape
The Nar Phu trek offers stunning views of the Annapurna range, including Annapurna II, III, and IV, Gangapurna, Tilicho Peak, and Pisang Peak. The trail passes through diverse landscapes, including lush forests, arid deserts, and high-altitude plateaus.
Experience of High Mountain Adventure
The trek involves crossing high mountain passes, many up and downhill uneven trails, and trekking through remote villages with limited facilities. The Thorong La pass (5,416m) is the world’s most popular highest pass of the trek. From the top of the Throng La, you can see the panoramic views of the surrounding Himalayas including Dhaulagiri (8167m) and Annapurna II.
Wildlife and Vegetation
The Nar Phu Valley is home to a wide range of wildlife and herbs. During the trek, you can get an opportunity to spot some rare species such as snow leopards, Himalayan Tahr, musk deer, and blue sheep. In this area, you can see many wildflowers and herbs. The most valued herb Yarshagumba can be found in this area. All these natural phenomena will make your journey more exciting and enjoyable.
Century-Old Buddhist Monasteries and Muktinath Temple
The trek passes through many ancient Buddhist monasteries, including the Tashi Lhakhang monastery, which dates to the 14th century. These monasteries offer a glimpse into the rich Buddhist culture and traditions of the region.
The Muktinath temple in Mustang is situated at an altitude of 3,710 meters above sea level and is considered a sacred site by both Hindus and Buddhists. The name "Muktinath" means "place of liberation" and it is believed that visiting the temple can lead to spiritual liberation or moksha.
In Muktinath, there are several shrines, including a Vishnu temple, a Buddhist gompa, and a holy water pond. One of the main attractions of Muktinath Temple is the natural gas fires that burn perpetually near the temple's main shrine. These flames are said to be the manifestation of the Hindu god Brahma and are considered a miracle.
The difficulty level of the Nar Phu Valley Trek
Nar Phu Valley Trek is a challenging trek that requires a high level of physical fitness and endurance. The trek involves crossing high mountain passes, steep ascents, and descents, and trekking in remote areas with limited facilities. However, the stunning views and cultural experiences make the effort worthwhile.
Plan and make a booking for the Nar Phu Valley Trek through Green Society Adventure, a reputable company, our team, and local guide work on every detail to make your Himalayan journey comfortable and enjoyable. Prepare yourself to experience the unique and off-the-beaten-path trekking that offers a blend of natural beauty, cultural immersion, and exciting adventure.