Nar Phu trek is a part of Annapurna region. The word Annapurna is a Sanskrit word. It has two words Anna + Purna separately. Where "Anna" stands for GRAIN and "Purna" stands for FULL, thus the meaning for the word is "Full OF GRAINS" in common Nepali language. This is also popular as “GODDESS OF THE HARVEST” in Nepal. Nar and Phu are two different settlement situated in the north from main Annapurna Circuit Trek.
Nar Phu valley trek is wild and unexplored trekking routes in Nepal situated in the Manang District. Nar Phu trek is perfect for travelers who want to discover and explore Annapurna Circuit. As well as trekkers, nature lovers can explore an untouched valley, a rough and wild trek. This trek leads you to the exotic This trekking route opens for trekkers in 2003 AD.
Nar Phu valley is a model trek for those trekkers who have time and desire to venture into some of the less flattened remote regions of Nepal. It is also a spectacular trek route of Nepal with a spectacular view of ethnically-Tibetan inhabitants. This is a trek that combines remote villages, narrow canyons, lovely forests, amazing rock formations, yaks, Gompas and unique Himalayan cultures. Trekking to Annapurna circuit, the bridge leading over the Marsyagndi River to the steep portals of the Nar Phu valley system is easily missed. But although the entrances are narrow and forested. Valley above opens up to the huge expanse of high snow-peaks, ancient villages, and high altitude grazing settlements.
This decision to open up Nar and Phu by Nepal Government has reminded little enthusiasm among the villagers for their past history. Earlier it was the trade route between Nepal and Tibet. It was a barter system trading by that time. A path leading from the Nar-Phu valley into Tibet had made them dependent on the salt trade and still today yak herding is the basis of their livelihood. Few trekker views this exotic land offers medieval Tibetan culture in undisturbed form, dramatic mountain views, and great alpine scenery. Snow leopards and blue sheep are rarely seen in this area. Nar-Phu valley trekking begins from Koto via walking through a unique Marsyagndi valley.
It is open round the year still we suggest either spring (March-May) or Autumn (September-November)