Things to Know before Trekking to Nar Phu Valley
by Jayaram Thapaliya · Updated August 29, 2023
Before trekking to Nar Phu Valley, there are several important things to know to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. In this post, you’ll learn what things you should know before the Nar Phu Valley Trek in a short way. Here are some key points to keep in mind:
1. Trekking Permit and Entry Restrictions Rule
Nar Phu Valley is a restricted area for foreigners. Since it is a restricted area journey, you should have a Restricted Area Permit, ACAP Permit, and TIMS Permit to enter this trail. Below is the list of permits you need to get before going on trekking to this zone. So it is required to have special access to enter there as well as to explore there. Make sure to obtain the necessary permits before starting the trek. Nonetheless, hiring a licensed guide to accompany you during the trek is also essential as it is a mandatory requirement.
There are 3 types of trekking permits needed to visit Nar Phu.
A). Annapurna Conservation Area Permit(ACAP)
Since the Nar Phu Valley treks lie in the Annapurna Region, the ACAP permit is needed and costs 30 USD.
B). Nar & Phu Valley Restricted Area (NRA) Permit
Since the Nar Phu is restricted for international tourists, the Nar and Phu Valley Restricted Area (in short NRA) Permit is compulsory.
NRA permits cost USD 90 per week per person from Sep to November) and USD 50 per week per person from Dec to August.
C). TIMS Permit
Trekkers information management systems Permit is required for Nar Phu exploration.
2. When to Trek ( Best time )
We can’t do the Nar Phu trek throughout the year because it is a high-altitude trek with very high MOUNTAIN PASSES. Since we should cross Kang La, wintertime is almost a dangerous, and rare chance to pass.
If you want to grab the best time to explore Nar Phu Valley, March to May and September to November are the best seasons. Apart from that, you can even visit Nar Phu during the rainy season( June to August). So all in all, besides the winter season, you can visit Nar Phu.
3. Accommodation, Meals, and Drinking Water during the trek
Likewise, the Annapurna Circuit Trek and the Nar Phu Valley Trek is also teahouse trek. But tea houses are more basic than Annapurna Circuit. Moreover at Nar Phedi, accommodation is in a local monastery.
Most teahouses have electricity and some of them have solar panels in Nar Phu village areas and for the food, you can order food from the menu. However, it is recommended to carry some energy snacks and water purification tablets for additional sustenance. You can easily get boiled water throughout the trek, as every shopkeeper and guesthouse has a thermos of hot water.
4. Nar Phu Trek Difficulty and Training(Physical Fitness and Trekking Experience )
The Nar Phu Valley Trek is considered a challenging trek, requiring a good level of physical fitness and stamina. The trail involves steep ascents, descents, and high-altitude accommodation, reaching elevations above 4,000 meters (13,000 feet). Hence, prior trekking experience and adequate physical preparation are recommended to those who are planning this trip. Trekking to Nar Phu might be very hard for beginner trekkers. Not only for beginners, but it is also challenging for those who have some trekking experience. So what makes the Nar Phu trek difficult? They are:
- You should walk more hours with steep ascents at higher altitudes.
- Lack of flexibility in the itinerary that must be covered each day.
- Kang La Pass is considered one of the most difficult passes due to narrow and rocky trails.
5. Recommended Trekking Agency for Nar Phu Valley Trek [ BEST TREKKING COMPANY ]
You’ll find numerous trekking agencies that offer the NAR PHU TREKKING PACKAGE on the internet. And all of them are offering Guided Package for Nar Phu Trek. Among the list of TREKING AGENCY, the Base Camp Hike is one of the trusted local company. Because we have very satisfied clients who had done trekking with us. We have local guides of Nar Phu who know that trail very well and we’ve reasonable price for Nar Phu Trek.
6. Equipment and Gear
We need proper clothing and trekking gears for Nar Phu Valley Trekking as is challenging trip to ensure your safety and comfort. For what to pack for TREKKING TO NAR PHU VALLEY, please visit our ultimate Guide for TREKKING EQUIPMENT AND CLOTHING for trekking in the Himalyas.
Conclusion regarding Things to Know Before Trekking
Nar Phu Valley trek is hidden gem in Annapurna Region. Though it is an adventure trek and features views the same as Annapurna Circuit Trek, it is an underrated trail in Nepal. The Nar Phu Trekking is absolutely best in terms of Annapurna mountains views.
Upon visiting Nar Phu Valley, they will not get only MAGICAL mountain views but also ancient Tibetan Buddhist culture too. Nonetheless, diverse flora and fauna, explore the Himlung Base Camp, Nar Village, Phu Village, and Kang La Pass are the main attractions of this trekking.
These all things mentioned above all things you should know before departing to Nar Phu Trek. However, if you have questions regarding adventure Nar Phu Trek, please contact us or if you’re looking for the BEST TREKKING COMPANY for the NAR PHU VALLEY TREKKING, we are one of them.