“The village looked like a tiny fortress-citadel, for defense against bandits and to avoid wasting a single square foot of scarce arable land, it had been built on a 100-foot rock outcrop that fell sheer to the banks of the river. Most of Phu’s 38 houses clustered on top of the outcrop or clung to its sides like swallows’ nests; but a few spilled over a neck of land that joined the mountain behind the village…” – Cloud-Dwellers of the Himalayas by Windsor Chorlton.

Embark on this extra ordinary journey with you that takes you hundreds of year back in time. Explore this mysterious and fascinating land with its intriguing history and culture along with unparalleled mountain views, and capture the magical stories with your lenses under the guidance of your mentor Karissa Frye.

Your Adventure

Nar Phu Valley Trek is unarguably one of the most remote and least explored treks in Nepal. Opened only in 2003, this trek takes you to the wild, exotic and sparsely populated valleys of Nar and Phu, offering intriguing medieval Tibetan culture and customs completely undisturbed form, and dramatic mountains view.

Nepal’s most unscathed, Tibetan-influenced quarters, the restricted area of Nar Phu Valley can only be accessed with a special permit issued by an authorized trekking agency, who will also provide the obligatory guide. The permit is only valid for seven days so you must complete the trek in this time frame.

A monastery in Phu village

Beginning the Journey

We start our journey with a drive to Chyamje, a small village in the main trail of the Annapurna Circuit trek, and then branch off from Koto to follow an off the beaten track to Nar Phu valley, following the deep narrow river gorge, North of the Annapurna range.

After a week exploring and acclimatizing in these mysterious valleys with alpine forests, deep and Narrow River gorges, intriguing ancient Tibetan Buddhist culture and amazing wildlife with a possible chance of spotting the Snow Leopard (if you are lucky), we reach a village called Nar.

The entrance to the village of Nar

From here a barren trail leads to a high camp at Kang La Phedi (4530m). A gradual and steep climb from high camp leads to the Kang La (5320m) from where you get a surreal view of the Annapurna ranges and the beautiful Manang Valley to the South.

The trail then descends a steep terrain leading to Ngawal (3615m). Here we join the Annapurna Circuit trail and then retrace our trek back to Chyamje.

The surreal view from the Kang La.

Kang La is 5320m, and it connects the wild, rarely-visited, valleys of Nar and Phu to the Annapurna Circuit. We can witness large panorama peaks right in front of us from Kang La Pass.

Walking down the Kangla

The ridge in front of you consists Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, Annapurna IV, the summit of Macchapuchare (it peaks from behind the ridge), and Annapurna III, all of these will be your eye pleaser. The ridge then connects with Gangapurna and further down it connects with the highest of the Annapurna’s, the Annapurna II.

We can see the Annapurna range from the north. Usually, we see this range from the southern side, from the Pokhara side, the Annapurna Base camp, but from here we see the range from the North.

This place is called the Grand Barrier, and if you continue further down, you can also see Dhaulagiri near the end of the ridge. You can also find a lake below Kang La at 5220m.

Highlights:

  • Discover the isolated settlements of Naar and Phu
  • Superb “off-the-beaten-track” trekking
  • Learn how to shoot adventure photographs under the guidance of your mentor Karissa Frye
  • Opened to trekkers only since 2003
  • High snow-peaks, ancient Khampa settlements with intriguing cultures and traditions
  • Exotic hidden villages of Nar and Phu
  • Ancient monasteries
  • Crossing the Kang La Pass with magnificent views of the Annapurna.
  • Possible sighting of the Snow Leopard and blue sheep

Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu/ Transfer to hotel/ welcome dinner
Day 2: Half-day guided sightseeing tour/ lunch/ trek briefing
Day 3: Drive to Chyamje (1430m). Drive approx. 8/9 hours
Day 4: Trek to Bagarchhap (2160m). 6/7 hours
Day 5: Trek to Koto (2600m). 6/7 hours
Day 6: Trek to Meta (3550m). 6/7 hours
Day 7: Trek to Chyaku (3700m ) 4 hours
Day 8: Trek to Phu (4240m). 4 hours
Day 9: Rest at Phu
Day 10: Trek to Nar Phedi (3500m). 7/8 hours
Day 11: Trek to Nar ( 4100m). 3/4 hours
Day 12: Trek to Kangla Phedi (4500m ). 3 hours
Day 13: Trek to Ngawal (3660m ). via Kangla Pass (5320 ). 9/ 10 hours
Day 14: Trek to Dhukkur Pokhari ( 3250m) and drive to Shiri Chaur. 4/5 hrs drive
Day 15: Drive to Kathmandu.
Day 16: Departure.

The village of Phu

Your mentor- Karissa Frye

Karissa Frye

Growing up in Montana, I gained an appreciation for the outdoors at a young age. This appreciation instilled in me a lifelong need for adventure. While there was plenty to explore in the vast backcountry near my home, I soon felt compelled to explore new vistas. This led to the discovery of my greatest passion in life – visual storytelling. After obtaining a photojournalism degree at the University of Montana, I began working as a freelance photographer, filmmaker and writer. I spend most of my time traveling to far places to document people, cultures, environments and outdoor adventures. Through my work, I strive to shed light on untold stories.

You can find her works here:

https://www.karissafryemultimedia.com/

https://www.karissafryemultimedia.com/film

Services Includes:

  • Internationally renowned photography instructor
  • All internal transportation in private vehicle.
  • 4 nights in tourist class hotel on bed and breakfast basis while in Kathmandu.
  • Welcome dinner.
  • Half day guided city tour with lunch.
  • Services of English speaking guide.
  • Sherpas and porters assistance.
  • Use of a personal trek pack consisting of a duffle bag, down jacket and sleeping bag with a fleece inner-liner.
  • All meals and lodging while on trek with afternoon tea/coffee service.
  • 2 nights camping facilities with tents, food, mats etc.
  • Restricted Area Permit.
  • National Park fees.
  • Staff insurance, tourist service fee and all taxes applicable as per state law.

Services excludes:

  • Personal accident and rescue insurance. You must provide your own rescue insurance
  • Mineral water, beer, soft drinks and extra tea/coffee outside of normal meal times.
  • Private room accommodation in Kathmandu unless a single supplement is paid.
  • Optional tips to guides and porters.
  • Visa costs.
  • Helicopter evacuation in the unlikely situation, although we do arrange for it and make the necessary documents so that you can claim from your insurance.
Walking down the Kangla

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Grading

Our grading system for trekking:

There are many different factors that contribute to the difficulty of a particular trip
Our grading are based on various factors such as length of trek and walking day, trail conditions, maximum altitude and average altitude, elevation gain/loss per day, prevailing weather conditions, temperature range, remoteness and general level of comfort.
Although we have tried to make our grading system as clear as possible, it cannot take into account your personal interests, abilities or experience. If you have any questions about the nature of a particular trip or its suitability for you, please contact us at info@hionlifeadventures.com

Grade A: Leisure

These adventure tours are our least demanding trips suitable for people with a basic level of fitness and good health. These trips may involve long drives usually on private transport. Sightseeing trips are conducted on foot. The itinerary may also take you to remote places with basic lodging facilities and may also involve a day or two of hiking. We expect you to carry a small back pack weighing about 4 to 5 kgs.
Recommended preparation: Walking on undulating terrain for an hour, for at least 2-3 months prior to departure.

Grade B: Easy to moderate

These adventures involve trekking between 7 to 10 days in remote areas where facilities are often basic. These trips involve some camping or basic lodging. The trekking days are often between 3 to 6 hours of walking each day on good trails with plenty of time for sightseeing. The itineraries often include 1 or 2 rest days. The trails are generally well defined and relatively easy, but it doesn’t mean it will be a walk in the park. In the Himalayas, flat trail are extremely rare sights, so there will be plenty of ascents and descents on rocky terrains and often on stony steps. The altitudes are moderate and rarely go above 3800m. The average daily ascents and descents will be about 300m to 400m with perhaps an odd day ascending/ descending about 800m. There are no extremes of weather and the daytime temperatures generally do not get lower than 5C with exceptional cases during bad weather when it can get down to 0C.

Recommended preparation: Walking or jogging 45 mins to 1 hour for at least two times a week on undulating terrain or on a tread mill with inclined angle for at least 3 months prior to departure.

Grade C: Moderate

These treks are slightly more difficult. Our moderate treks are between 11 to 15 days in remote areas with camping or basic lodging. The trekking days are often between 4 to 7 hours of walking each day on good trails with plenty of time for sightseeing. The itineraries often include 1 or 2 rest days. The trails are generally well defined but with plenty of ascents and descents on rocky terrains and often on stony steps. The altitudes are moderate and rarely go above 4500m. The average daily ascents and descents will be about 300m to 500m with occasional harder days ascending/ descending about 800m. There are no extremes of weather and the daytime temperatures generally do not get lower than 5C with exceptional cases during bad weather when it can get down to -5C.

Recommended preparation: Walking or jogging 45 mins to 1 hour for at least two times a week on undulating terrain or on a tread mill with inclined angle for at least 3 months prior to departure.

Grade D: Challenging

These adventures are more challenging and remote and with altitudes up to 5600m. Our challenging treks are between 13 to 24 days in remote areas with camping or basic lodging. The trekking days are often between 5 to 7 hours of walking each day with some days involving crossing a pass with up to 10 hours walking. Generally the trails are well defined, but there will be days which involve climbing steep rocky terrains at high altitudes and crossing icy and rocky glaciers in harsh weather conditions.
The average daily ascents and descents will be about 300m to 500m with a few harder days ascending/ descending about 1000m. The itineraries often include rest days after such big ascents.
Temperatures can get below Zero in the daytime at high altitudes and can fall down to -10C at night.

Recommended preparation: Stamina is essential, as walking days are long. We recommend previous trekking experience, preferably at altitude. Walking or jogging 45 mins to 1 hour for at least two times a week on undulating terrain or on a tread mill with inclined angle for at least 3 months prior to departure. Cycling is recommended. Long day hikes on weekends with a daypack in variable weather conditions is also recommended.

Grading system for Expeditions:

A realistically chosen trip maximizes both your enjoyment of the experience, as well as your chances of summit success. Selection of a trip that is beyond your ability could result in uncomfortable experiences. You might end up having the leader not taking you on the climb for your own safety and for the safety of the other team members.

Therefore to let you make a more realistic selection of your mountain, we have categorized each mountain into 2 tired grading systems which describes the technical difficulty (I-V) and fitness (A-E) required for each expedition.

Technical Difficulty

I          Straightforward climbing/ scrambling on low angle snow/ rocks. Previous climbing experience is not essential. No ropes required.

II         Involves glacial travel on ropes with ice axe and crampons. Previous experience of Ice axe and crampon comes in handy but not a compulsory.

III        Involves ice climbing on short sections of snow or ice up to about 50 degrees. Previous snow/ ice climbing experience are essential.

IV         Good all-round climbing ability required. Involves low grade rock climbing and long, steep snow and ice slopes over 50 degrees.

V          Difficult climbing on very steep ice or technically difficult rock. It is suitable only for competent and experienced mountaineers who have successfully summited technical mountains above 6000m.

Fitness

A             Good basic fitness required.  Ability to walk 6 to 8 hour over undulating terrain with a few punchy uphill climbs carrying a pack up to 6kg in weight.

B             Good cardio-vascular fitness required. Regular training, by running, hiking and perhaps some gym work is essential. Expect to be able to do 8 hour days in hilly and often steep train, carrying a pack of 6-10kg in weight with the occasional extra-long day.

C             High level of fitness coupled with physical endurance required with regular training as part of your normal routine. Expect days of up to 8 hours and longer while carrying a pack up to 8-12kg in weight. Summit night could be easily in excess of 12 hours.

D             Superlative fitness is called for. Climbs of this grade are exceptionally strenuous and some weight loss is inevitable. Regular, long and intense physical training is required for preparation. Expect 10-15 hours of climbing in testing weather conditions (especially summit day) carrying up to 10-15kg in weight.

E              Extreme physical effort at extreme altitude which requires arduous preparation based on your experience of previous trips. You will be pushed physically to the limit and then beyond. Be prepared for very long, sustained days with 10 – 12 hours on a regular basis and more than 15 hours on the summit day. Discomfort to achieve your goal is to be expected.

If you need further help, please do not hesitate to contact us, who are happy to discuss which trips would be suitable for you.

Booking terms and conditions

What are the booking procedures, terms and conditions?

The following procedures, terms and conditions apply if you are joining one of our trip.

Booking:

At the bottom of each tour/trek/ expedition page that you wish to participate, you can click the link to book that trip and you will come to a page with instructions on how to book a trip with us. We will then send you an invoice for deposit payment of 250 USD, which is non-refundable. Once we receive this payment we will send you a confirmation on your reservation of the trip.

Balance Payments:

The balance payment is to be made at least 45 days prior to departure, payable by bank account transfer. If the balance is not paid when due, Hi On Life Adventures reserves the right to regard the reservation as canceled.

Cancellations & Refunds:

In case you should cancel your reservation, the following cancellation charges apply:

Days prior to trip Start date                      Cancellation Fee

31-45 days                                                              50% of trip price
16-30 days                                                              75% of trip price
0-15 days                                                                 100% of trip price

Exceptions to these policies cannot be made for any reason. However, if you wish to transfer from one trip to another, we are happy to assist you at no extra charge, provided that it is done before 60 days prior to the trip start date. Thereafter, our cancellation policy applies. Hi On Life Adventures reserves the right to cancel a trip for any reason. In such an instance, we will refund all payments received, which will be regarded as full settlement.

 

For more visit our FAQs section in details here

Quick Facts

Destination:
 Nepal
Trip Code:
 HP-NV
Trip Grade:
 D- Challenging
Duration:
 16 days
Trek Distance:
 145
Starting Elevation:
 1130m
Peak Elevation:
 5320m
Accommodations:
 Lodges & camping
Best Season:
 Mar/Apr/May and Oct/Nov

Map

If you have extra days in Nepal, you can book an extension.

Available Extensions

Pokhara and Close up with Annapurna

Grade: A- Leisure

Duration: 7 days

Pokhara & Bandipur

Grade: A- Leisure

Duration: As per package

Chitwan Jungle Safari

Grade: A- Leisure

Duration: According to package

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