Local Guide for Nar Phu Valley Trek

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      Overview

      If you are looking for a fantastic journey to the wild and unexplored into the Himalayas then Alpine Ramble treks offer an exciting Nar-Phu Valley trek, this trek is latterly a rugged and wild trek that takes you to the most fascinating and enthralling valley of Nar Phu located in the northern environs of Annapurna. The Nar Phu Valley trek starts from Kathmandu with a scenic drive to Jagat from here you will be following Nepal’s most classic and popular trekking routes of Annapurna Circuit trail and its brushwood from Koto. Koto is a departure point where you will be entering into the off-the-beaten-track and it’s totally out of the Annapurna circuit trail.

      The trail from Koto takes you to the most iconic hidden valley of the Annapurna massif. However, this trek wills allows you to experience the unique culture and lifestyle of the rural mountain people which is completely different than what you have been seeing in the city's lives. Likewise, this will take you to the highest pass of the Narphu Valley which is called Kang La pass located at an altitude of 5344 meters.

      The Nar- Phu Valley trek offers not only about the unique culture and majestic sceneries but also you get to cross the two combined popular peaks of the Thorong La Pass and Kongmo- La, as you cross the Throng-La then you will be walking over another the beautiful valley of Mustang where you will be enjoying the ancients monasteries and terrain mountain vista with the different lifestyle.

      The best time to go for The Nar-Phu VALLEY TREK?

      Nepal is a landlocked country that lies in between two massive countries of China and India, it's a small Himalayan country sandwiched between these two giants. Nepal has different climates and seasons as many other international countries around the globe including Spring, Autumn, Monsoon, and Summer. When it comes to trekking in Nar-Phu or in Nepal then the Autumn and spring considered the best season of the year. By the times, thousands of trekkers visit Nepal in the different goals of propose like trekking, mountaineering, sightseeing, etc. Trekking or any other activities in Nepal in the Spring (March-May) is the best where you get to enjoy the beauty of nature and views this time is perfect, and treks can be done with a moderate tempered not so cold and not very hot as well. Likewise, another season of Autun is the same, this time of the year offers crystal clear mountain vistas with fantastic weather almost every day. If you have been planning to visit Nepal for trekking then no look further than these times of Sep- Nov as Autumn. 

      Why Local guide required for Nar-Phu Valley Trek

      Nar-Phu Valley Trek is one of the restricted off-the-beaten trekking trails in Nepal that offer a wide range of outstanding mountains like Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, and many other Majestic Himalayan ranges from the begging to the ending of the trek. The Nar Phu valley trek is a newly opened trekking route where travelers are not allowed to the region without local guides or helpers in terms of difficulties on hotels, tracks, and lack of communication facts. 

      Nar-Phu Valley Trekking permit fee

      A special trekking permit is required for trekking to Nar-Phu valley, As Nepal government has specified the trekking permit cost based on the seasons as they are mentioned below,

      Time- Season                                                                           Trekking Permits costs   

      September to November                                                                             US $ 90 per person for a week 

      December to August                                                                                    US $ 75  per person for a week 

       

      NOTE: Travelers also need to take an Annapurna Conservation Permit ( ACAP) that costs $ 20 per person and, TIMS Card (Trekkers’ Information Management System) as it costs $10 per person for a month-long period.

      FULL- Benefits

      • Free Airport transportation on arrival and departure days (We will pick you up and drop you off) 
      • Trekking equipment such as the Sleeping bag, Down jacket, and walking poles (rental is included if needed)
      • Duffle bag if required  (Optional) 
      • Souvenir: Trekking route map/browser and printed ART's hiking T-shirt
      • An Oximeter to measure your Oxygen and Pulse at a high altitude to find out the accurate health condition while you are trekking in the mountain.
      • WOKI TOKI - for communication during the trek 

       

      Highlights

      • A Journey into the remote part of Nepal that few travelers get to see along the way
      • Spend your time in ancient villages that have seen little change over the centuries
      • Enjoy the spectacular mountain views of Annapurna II, Himlung Himal, Gangapurna, and Tilicho Peak
      • Experience a part of the Tibetan plateau on a trek

      Itinerary

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                                          Trip inclusion

                                          • International Airport- Hotel- Airport pick up and drop off by private car/Jeep/ Hiace.
                                          • Meals on a full-board basis (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner/ the main course) during the trek in the mountain.
                                          • Alpine Ramble’s experienced, government-licensed, English-speaking trekking guide.
                                          • All salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport, and insurance for the guide.
                                          • All necessary papers including Annapurna conservation permit and TIMS card (Trekking Information Management System) 
                                          • Trekking equipment such as the Sleeping bag, and down jacket on request (optional)
                                          • Trekking lodges (Tea House) throughout the trek
                                          • Nar Phu valley special permits 
                                          • Assistant guide for the group 6 or above
                                          • Transportation from Kathmandu – Besishar- Chame, and Jonson - Tatopani - Pokhara  - Kathmandu by local bus / Jeep 
                                          • Supplementary snacks: energy bar, crackers, and cookies, etc.
                                          • Seasonal fresh fruits desert every evening after dinner.
                                          • Appreciation of certificate after the successful trek.
                                          • Farewell Dinner at a typical Nepalese restaurant with traditional music and dance
                                          • Alpine Ramble’s complimentary free T-shirt/  route map and a duffel bag (if required)
                                          • Oximeter to measure your oxygen and Pulse level during the trek in the mountain, it’s very useful for all the trekkers to be aware of the high altitude sickness.
                                          • Compressive first aid box (Guide will carry it throughout the trek).
                                          • Emergency rescue operation assistance in arranging in case of complex health condition (funded by your Travel Insurance)
                                          • All government, Local taxes/ vat and official Expenses
                                          • Nepal entry visa fees (you can easily issue the visa on arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu). $25 USD for 15 days Visa.
                                          • Extra accommodation and meals behind schedule (Foods and accommodations before or after the trek) 
                                          • Extra drinks as alcoholic & non-alcoholic such as Fanta, Coca-cola, sprite, water, beer, etc.
                                          • Additional cost by out of management control due to the landscape, weather condition, illness, change of government policies, strikes, and physical condition, etc.
                                          • Personal expenses such as snacks, laundry, telephone, WIFI, hot shower, etc at tea houses on a trek.
                                          • Travel insurance which has to cover emergency rescue evacuation from the high-altitude 
                                          • Personal trekking equipment for this trek 
                                          • Tips for guide and staffs (Tipping is expected
                                          • Any other expenses that are not mentioned in the Price Include section of this trek

                                          Trip Info

                                          Food on Nar Phu Valley Trek

                                          Food on Nar Phu with Annapurna Circuit Trek has a pretty wide selection of the food items on the tea houses/ trekking lodges menus which are originated and prepared by the local community, the most common meals of the region are as given below.

                                          Common Breakfast options - Tibetan Breads (a fried bread in oil, it’s also named by Gurung bread in Annapurna area), Chapati with Cheese (dry bread- a local wheat bread), Oatmeal, French toast with jam, honey and peanut butter, Corn Flakes, Hashed brown, fried, Scrambles and boiled eggs, pancakes, porridge with milk, Muesli, Vegetable items and any kind of hot drinks are available except espresso, Americano

                                          Common Lunch options – different verity of Thukpa (noodle soup), Dahl and Bhat (Nepalese local meal), Momos ( dumplings), Tibetan / chapatti bread, Macroni, Spaghetti, Sherpa Stew, a verity of soups, steaks, potatoes items, Sandwiches, Pizza, rice with curry, spring rolls, burgers and Pizza, yak steak and desserts items.

                                          Common Dinner options- Momos (dumplings) different verity of Thukpa (noodle soup), Dahl and Bhat (Nepalese local meal), Tibetan / chapatti bread, Macroni, Spaghetti, Sherpa Stew, a verity of soups, steaks, potatoes items, Sandwiches, Pizza, rice with curry, spring rolls, Raman soups, burgers and Pizza, yak steak, desserts items, hot and cold drinks are available on the menus on tea house, the menu’s selected meals are fresh and healthy with hygienic specialists by the mountain for the mountain trekkers.

                                          On the tea houses, the menu has plenty of non-veg items are mentioned but officially any of the meats are not on our list of recommendations because the meat in the mountain such as high area is not sanitary and healthy. However, we would like to persuade you to avoid taking meat, Alcoholic drinks, and smoking.

                                          Deseret and Snack options,- Rice Pudding, Apple pie, fruits snicker/ mars bar, popcorns, cake, and pastries, etc.

                                          Hot Drink options – Varieties of hot drinks like black/milk coffees, black/mint/ginger/Green/ lemon honey teas, hot chocolates, hot mango juice, hot oranges juice, hot pineapple juice, etc.)

                                          Water on Nar Phu Valley

                                          The water on a trek is available at every trekking lodges or shopping shops along the way, buying a regular bottle of mineral water costs 1-3 USD per litter. Annapurna region has plenty of water sources to get the water as you can also refill the water from the random taps or water source, refilling waters from any of those sources is potable but it will be fine to drink with a Lifetraw or using the water purification pills – at least 2-4 L water per day is recommended to drink that keeps you hydrated.

                                          Accommodation Facts

                                          Accommodations on the mountain are simple in tea hoses/ Trekking Lodges. The rooms come usually in double occupancy with a wooden bed, blankets, mattresses, pillows, attached bathrooms (not everywhere), and the view is spectacular from the rooms of mountain tea houses. Likewise, single rooms are available ( except Himalaya and ABC) and they will be provided for solo female travelers.

                                          We will ensure and accommodate you to the best available tea houses with great views of the mountain and sceneries during the trek

                                          NOTE: Kathmandu has a large range of luxury stars hotels offers to select for your stay. However, we will also be pleased to part of this help to make the reservations for the 4 50 5 starts hotel booking as well on request.

                                          Safety and Satisfactions Nar Phu Trek 

                                          SAFETY IS OUR TOP PRIORITY- NOTHING IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE SAFETY AND HEALTH OF OUR CLIENTS AND EMPLOYEES.

                                          This trek is a guided trip and you will be accompanied by one of the experienced and friendly trekking guides/ Sherpa who originally come from the mountain (same region) of Nepal, the guide will be carrying all the essentials equipment with a first aid kit for safety reasons; we would like you to take some of your own personal mediation on this trek. However, in emergency cases, if our clients have any trouble with mountain sickness or any unforeseen circumstances then we will always be standing by to send a rescue helicopter to bring our clients back to lower places or Kathmandu.

                                          Note: During the trek, make sure you are always in the safe zone of the place wherever you are while trekking on the mountain because you may encounter a number of mules, yaks are carrying the suppliers for hotels, Yaks Donkey and Jokpa use for the major transportations in the Himalayas region, as we always need to be aware with them, and stay at the safe place especially at the narrow section of the trail.

                                          Passport and Visa

                                          If you are traveling to Nepal you need to have a visa to enter Nepal. However, the arrival visa is available at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu's where you can simply get On Arrival Visa” and you must enter Nepal within six months from the visa issued date. Your total stay is counted starting from the day you enter Nepal.

                                          You will be charged $40 USD as visa application fees for 30 days tourist visa to the forefingers except for Chinese and India. For those tourists who have Indian and Chinese passports then you do not need a visa (Free Visa)!

                                          Extra personal expenses on trekking

                                          During the trek, all your foods are included in the package (Lunch, Breakfast, and Dinner with hot drinks), the foods will be served as per the package program and besides that, any personal and Barbier bills would be extra.

                                          Travel Insurance

                                          In Safety reasons, Travel insurance is mandatory for trekkers in participating in any trek and tour programs on the mountains. Getting travel insurance, especially while traveling in the mountain areas is like security on which you can rely and enjoy your trip without any worries. We highly recommend getting good compressive travel insurance that covers things like emergency helicopter rescue, medical evacuation expenses it will be assisted protection tour to cover personal injury, injury, repatriation expenses, and any kind of illness will be covered. Having good travel insurance will not only guarantee you peace of mind while you travel with us but also provide you with complete coverage for anything things that may go wrong.

                                          Packing list for Nar Phu Trek

                                          The following lists are the essentials trekking gear that is recommended for trekking in Nepal and all listed gears can also buy easily in Kathmandu, Kathmandu has a number of shops selling the necessary clothes and gear for trekkers.

                                          • A few pairs of Thermal tops
                                          • Fleece jacket/pullover
                                          • Windcheater - waterproof shell jacket one pair
                                          • Down jacket -( It will be provided by the company if you do not have your own)
                                          • Comfortable Fleece/wool trousers
                                          • Trekking pants- at least 2 pairs
                                          • Mittens/woolen gloves
                                          • Warm Hiking socks
                                          • Trekking sue with spare laces
                                          • Pair of flip flop
                                          • Underwears & Swiming costume
                                          • Hiking Cotton trousers/t-shirts
                                          • Sun hat/scarf
                                          • Sunglasses
                                          • Sleeping bag -( It will be provided by the company if you do not have your own)
                                          • Trekking poles (Not 100%)
                                          • Day bag above 40 L
                                          • 1 set- Headlamp
                                          • Small lock for the day backpack
                                          • Reusable water bottles- 2 letters
                                          • Water purification tablets/ electric light
                                          • Wash towel
                                          • Toiletries (wet tissue, quick-drying towel, toilet paper, moisturizers, lip balms, sunscreens, sanitary pads, hand sanitizer, nail clipper, small mirror, toothpaste & brush, etc)
                                          • Rain poncho
                                          • Basic personal first aid kit

                                          Responsible tourism

                                          Our experienced field staff/team strongly believes that we all are equally responsible to act in favor of the local culture and environment. We would like to follow the important role of following the rules.

                                          • please respect the local people and their laws, custom and their beliefs
                                          • Please always ask your guides for permission before doing something in the local community.
                                          • please support the keep environment clean, wherever you would travel and dispose of rubbish
                                          • Please help the local community to encourage the positive sides of tourism as long as possible.

                                          We Alpine Ramble Treks involved in the Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP) and organize eco-friendly trips that teach to make the sustainable positive environmentally sensitivity of both travelers and communities.

                                          Transportations on Trek

                                          Alpine Ramble provides all the necessary transportation for your trip including free arrival and departure transportation services. On your arrival, you will be warmly welcomed by our airport representative by traditional flower then you will be reassigned to the respective Hotel. Similarly, we will also provide private vehicles for the city tour like Kathmandu valley sightseeing, Nagarkot Sunrise view tour, or any others in Nepal on request.

                                          Booking and payment process

                                          Alpine Ramble Treks (P) Ltd. is government-authorized and registered trekking and adventure operator based in Nepal. The company registered number is 178805/074/075. We are also associated with various local and international tourism associations, therefore, any adventure interested persons are heartily welcomed to be booked and be part of our family now, we treat you as family members while traveling with us. we called mountain family, home away from home with us.

                                          To process a trip booking with us, you're required to deposit 10 % of the full trip cost in advance to the prior of time to make sure all the reservations such as Hotels, guides, trekking permits, transportation, etc. the remaining of the payment can be easily made to us on your arrival by credit cards or in cash - cash would be much appreciated. At the same time, we would also like to request you to send all the required documents such as passport, travel insurance copies, and flight details at the time of booking.

                                          Last-minute booking

                                          The last-minute booking can be made by any interested travelers a day before the trip gets started. Moreover, the payment should be made 100% if you are booking this for the last minute and the booking can be made directly through the online form or, sending us an email, messages on Whatsapp, or by calling. But, Last minute booking may not be acceptable for Bhutan and Tibet trips.

                                          We look forward to experiencing this trip with you in the land of the mighty mountains, and the place of Lord Gautama Buddha