Annapurna Circuit with Nar Phu Valley Trek offers you an offbeat wilderness trekking experience in one of the world’s best trekking trails.
The Annapurna Circuit has been featured time and again ‘best treks in the world’ taken out travel and adventure guides like ‘Lonely Planet’ and ‘National Geographic Adventure’.
The Annapurna and Nar Phu Valley trekking takes you to those hidden valleys in the Nepal Himalaya that has remained untouched by modernity.
Experience ancient Tibetan culture and nature that is wild and unspoilt. Get stunned by awe-inspiring views of Himalayan giants like Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu and other peaks.
Lying off-the-beaten-path, the trail sees less tourist traffic. With less people on the trail, there’s more chances of encountering the endangered Blue Sheep and Snow Leopard that inhabit this region.
The challenging crossing across Kangla Pass (5,320m) and Thorong La will test you physically as well as mentally.
Unique cultural experience, stunning mountain views, diverse landscape, challenging terrain and a walk through two river valleys (Marshayangdi and Kali Gandaki) – this is what makes this Nar Phu Valley with Annapurna trek an adventure worth your sweat, time and money.
Annapurna Circuit with Nar Phu Valley Trek Route
Start your Annapurna Circuit and Nar Phu Trek with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Jagat.
The typical Nepalese hills and settlements en-route will heighten your excitement about the trail you are about to take. After you reach Jagat, you carry your stuff and begin your trek.
The trail goes through verdant hills, dense forest, terraced fields, rivers and waterfalls. Dharapani, the first overnight stop of your trek seems like a place straight out of a postcard. Surrounded by tall pine trees and waterfalls, you feel sublime and forget your tired muscles when you reach there.
As you move higher the landscape as well as the culture and lifestyle of the people changes dramatically.
Annapurna and Nar Phu Trek itinerary, takes you to villages like Koto, Meta, Phu Gaon, Nar and Manang which have preserved ancient Tibetan culture and traditions.
Nar Phu Valley is filled with colorful flags, chortens, Mani stones, Buddhist monasteries, traditional houses and yes, the glittering summits of Annapurna Range, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu etc.
An extra day at Phu Gaon allows you to acclimatize your body before you cross the high pass of Kangla Pass (5,320m).
You reach the highest point of your trek at Thorung La (5,416m). The ascent to this mountain pass may prove to be the most challenging part of your journey. Here you will reach close to the Tibetan plateau and will be able to see Tibetan peaks together with some Himalayan giants on the Nepal side.
Descend down to the holy shrine of Muktinath, an ancient pilgrimage spot that is sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists. Walk down to Jomsom and fly back to Pokhara.
A picturesque drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu ends your 16 days Nar Phu Trek.
Annapurna Circuit with Nar Phu Valley Trek Difficulty
Graded moderate to difficult this Nar Phu Valley with Annapurna Trek is for those who have some trekking and hiking experience.
As you have to cross two mountain passes above 5,000 meters you need to be physically fit and tough to handle the rough terrain. Though there may be some steep sections, no technical climbing is involved.
Maximum you will spend 8 hours walking on the trail and minimum 3 hours. On average you can expect to spend around 6 to 7 hours each day on the trail.