Nar Phu Valley Trek

Duration: 19 Days
At a Glance
  • Duration 19 Days
  • Trip Grade Fairly Strenuous
  • Destination Nepal
  • Start/End Kathmandu/Kathmandu
  • Group Size 2-14
  • Max. Altitude 5416m

Highlights

  • A perfect adventurous itinerary in the Annapurna region for experienced trekkers looking for an off-beat trail
  • Explore the hidden Nar Phu valley and the famous Annapurna Circuit
  • Enjoy both tranquil trekking and the essence of the bustling Himalayan trail
  • Discover unspoiled villages, lifestyles, and rich cultural heritage
  • Learn about Tibetan Buddhism in the Nar Phu Valley
  • Cross Kang La and Thorong La pass
  • Visit Muktinath temple and walk alongside the deepest gorge in the world, Kali Gandaki Gorge
  • Witness surreal mountain panorama and diverse landscapes

Tsum Valley Trek With Kang La and Thorong Pass Overview

"Explore a very remote part of the western Himalayas in Nepal and learn about Tibetan Buddhism on our Nar Phu valley trek 19 days. Follow a less crowded trail packed with jaw-dropping mountain panoramas and come across exotic flora & fauna on this adventurous off-beat trek."

Nar and Phu are two remote villages at 4,200 meters and 4,080 meters, respectively. Tucked between the famous Annapurna and Manaslu region, Nar Phu Valley is a restricted area in Nepal and less visited by travelers. Nar Phu valley trek offers a lifetime venture and a rare opportunity to relish unspoiled landscapes. This trek is full of natural wonders like lush forests, remote villages, narrow canyons, passes, glaciers, unique rock formations, rivers, and waterfalls.

The undisturbed lifestyle of the locals and the soothing fresh aura of the region lets the trekkers experience a magical time-traveling-like event. Far away from the chaos of modern society, Nar Phu valley trekking takes you into the arms of the Himalayas, where you do not just quench your adrenaline thirst but also rejuvenate and unwind. As you discover one village after another, you can see the medieval Tibetan Buddhism conventions among the locals.

Nar Phu valley trek was opened in 2003. The trodden route, insufficient availability of basic tourist infrastructure, and a long trek in almost an isolated area are some of the major reasons why not many trekkers prefer Nar Phu valley trekking. The Nar Phu valley trail is located nearby the famous Annapurna Circuit. And to your surprise, our Nar Phu valley trek itinerary joins the Annapurna Circuit trail in the latter half of the trek.

Yes, you read it correctly. After exploring Nar and Phu villages, you cross Kang La pass (5,306 m) and descend to Nagwal (3,660 m). Instead of ending the trek here, you'll ascend to Manang village (3,519 m) and gradually trek to Thorong La pass (5,416 m) via Yak Kharka (4,030 m) and Thorong Phedi (4,450 m). You'll leave the restricted area. This part of the trail has a relatively more crowd.

The trail from Thorong La descends to Muktinath temple (3,750 m), one of the very important temples in Nepal, making the venture even more culturally enriching. The trek ends at Jomsom (2,720 m), where you reach by walking alongside the Kali Gandaki Gorge (the deepest gorge in the world) and the narrow alleys of Kagbeni (2,804 m).

If you have some extra days in your hand, you can further ascend to stunning Tilicho Lake (4,919 m). It is the second-highest lake in Nepal. Or, explore the beautiful villages of the lower Annapurna region by trekking to Ghorepani.

If you want, you can also tailor-make the Nar Phu valley trek into a short trek and skip Annapurna Circuit. Manaslu Circuit Trek, Upper Mustang Trek and Tsum Valley Trek are our other restricted area trekking options that you can check out too.

For any information regarding the Nar Phu valley trek or the package cost, you can contact us freely.

What makes the Nar Phu valley trek one of the best off-beat treks in 2022 & 2023?

An itinerary with a perfect balance of a less-crowded and lively trail

The initial part of the Nar Phu valley trek itinerary explores the isolated trails and remote settlement areas. You'll be less likely to see other trekkers on the way. Therefore, this trek is a great option for someone who is looking for tranquil trekking. You get to keep all the views to yourself and be unbothered by anyone else.

The latter part of the itinerary joins the famous Annapurna Circuit. You'll see comparatively more fellow trekkers in this part of the trail. Watching other trekkers enjoying the journey and the scenery has its unique charm. You'll get to enjoy the best of both worlds on the Nar Phu valley trek.

Off-beat trekking, challenging passes, and narrow trails

The off-beat, steep terrain makes the Nar Phu valley trek different from other treks. Most of the trail is rugged and rocky. You have to cross old suspension bridges and walk-through canyons. Likewise, crossing 5,000 meters above passes is strenuous too. Some parts of the trail may involve snow and glacier walk. And the beautiful narrow trails always open up to glorious views.

Witness Tibetan Buddhism and very unique lifestyle in Nar and Phu villages

Nar Phu valley is closely situated on the Tibetan border, which justifies Tibetan Buddhism's influence on the locals. You'll get to learn a lot about this religion and the values of the locals while trekking. As the valley is not connected with other modern cities of Nepal, it is still the same as it was 100 years ago. This means you get to see the authentic and unique lifestyle of the locals.

Cross Kang La and Thorong La pass

Kang La and Thorong La are the two high passes in the western Himalayas. Thorong La specifically is the highest pass in Nepal. Crossing both passes requires strong physical fitness no doubt, but at the same time, the process of reaching the top of the pass and getting rewarded with spectacular mountain scenery is just out of this world.

Visit the holy Muktinath Temple and walk alongside the deepest gorge in the world to Jomsom

Muktinath is one of the significant pilgrimage sites in Nepal. It is visited by thousands of pilgrims every year. Dates back to the 7th century, the Muktinath temple holds huge religious values for both Nepalese Hindus and Buddhists. There are many small souvenir shops around the temple premises where you can buy a range of calligrams and other stones.

The trail from Muktinath to Jomsom follows the Kali Gandaki River gorge. It is the deepest gorge in the world. The gorge separates Mt. Dhaulagiri on the west and Mt. Annapurna on the east. This gorge has been used as the trade route between India and Tibet for centuries.

Get to see a range of mountains and gorgeous landscapes

Nar Phu valley with Annapurna is a holy grail for breathtaking sceneries. From enjoying the dry-barren landscapes of Nar Phu valley, you will witness lush green meadows & forested hills once joining the Annapurna Circuit trail. The Himalayan mountains like Annapurna I (8,091 m), Annapurna South (7,219 m), Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), Nilgiri (7,061 m), Hiunchuli (6,441 m), Gangapurna (7,455 m), Pisang Peak (6,091 m), etc are seen along the trail.

Itinerary

Get the detailed program of the Nar Phu Valley Trek for 19 Days. The Nar Phu Valley is an adventurous Trek, So, we have designed the itinerary perfectly. The 19-Day Itinerary of the Nar Phu Trek includes arrival and departure days to and from Nepal and a day tour in Kathmandu.

The 19-Day Itinerary is proposed Itinerary So, we can customize the itinerary as per your requirements such as with our hotels in Kathmandu, with our tour in Kathmandu or we can include the Tilicho Lake in the itinerary or can continue trek to Pokhara by following the classic route of the Annapurna circuit, etc… So, feel free to contact us any time for the further detail.

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You'll receive hotel transfer service on your arrival day in Kathmandu. Our airport team will take care of that. Once you are settled in the designated hotel, you can rest and explore Thamel.

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  • Max. Altitude1345

Today, you'll enjoy a full day Kathmandu sightseeing tour. The tour will be guided by one of our best tour guides. It'll be an insightful tour. You'll learn about Nepali culture and tradition. The tour takes you to Monkey temple, Boudhnath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. All these monuments are part of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Later in the day, we have a small briefing session with the trek guide and prepare for the trek.

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From Kathmandu to Chamje, the drive is long and scenic. The latter part of the trail gets a little bumpy. It's a long drive, so we recommend wearing comfy clothes and packing your favorite snacks or a book. Similarly, the gorgeous landscapes along the ride will keep you company.

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From Chamje, we begin trekking towards Dharapani village. The trail goes through lush forests and pristine surroundings. On the way, you can see beautiful scenery and mountain views. The trail passes through small settlement areas.

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The day begins early. We walk through pine and fir forests. Along the way, there'll be monasteries. We reach Bargarchhap village, which offers stunning views of Manaslu, Annapurna II, and other mountains. From here, we keep trekking through the lush pine forest to Koto village. Today, we'll enter Nar Phu valley.

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Before leaving the village, we register our permits in Koto and walk along the bank of Soti Khola. The trail further goes through pine forests, crossing numerous suspension bridges and gorgeous waterfalls. We'll reach Dharamshala after five hours of walking. From here, we walk for another one and half hours on an uphill route to reach Meta village. It is situated on the Tibetan plateau.

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From Meta, we ascend and descend many times. The trail then crosses a suspension bridge, and we reach Chyaku. From here, we ascend, enjoying views of Annapurna, and enter Kyang. This place presents a superb view of Annapurna II and Pisang Peak. Passing the Phu Khola on a rocky trail, we walk by a few campsites and reach Phu Gate and walk inside the village.

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  • Max. Altitude4080

Today is acclimatization day in Phu Gaun. We use this day to explore the village and get close to the locals. We begin the day with a short hike to Tashi Lhakhang monastery. Later, we look around the village and chit chat with people from communities like Ghale, Lama & Gurung. It'll be an easy day.

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Leaving the Phu Gaon, we cross two high passes Phu pas (5,050 m) and Nar pass (5,400 m). Crossing these two passes is not that challenging like Thorong La. The trail crosses many suspension bridges over streams. Mahendra Pul is the major bridge we cross today. Relishing the wonderful view of Pisang Peaks and other snow-capped mountains, we reach Nar village.

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  • Max. Altitude4200

We’ll take a second rest day in Nar village. Again, a great opportunity to observe the lifestyle and culture of the locals. We'll visit ancient monasteries and spend the day relaxing.

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The route ascends along the lateral moraine of Temdenzon Khola, following a pleasant path through yak pastures. On the way, we can see a striking view of the west ridge of Pisang Peak. We then walk and reach Jhombu Kharka. It is also known as Kang La Phedi.

From here, we slowly ascend to Kang La pass, walking on a steep path. It generally takes around 2 hours to cross the pass. The top will bless us with a jaw-dropping view of mountains like Annapurna II, Tilicho Peak, and Gangapurna. From here, we trek for around three hours to Ngawal village.

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It's time to join the Annapurna Circuit. The trail from Ngawal goes along the banks of the Marsyangdi River. We pass by many lush forests and villages like Braga & Paugh on the way. Likewise, the views of the Annapurna range and Tilicho peak are seen throughout the trail today. From Mungli, we join the Annapurna trails and walk to Manang village.

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The trail from Manang crosses a stream and leads you to Tenki village. You get out of Marshyangdi valley and enter Jar Sang Khola valley. Gradually, ascend past a few pastures and juniper trees to Gunsan, a small village. You can see yaks and horses grazing in nearby pastures. We'll then cross a small river on a wooden bridge and walk until the valley opens up to Yak Kharka.

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The trail now heads to the foot of Thorong La pass, which is called Thorong Phedi. Leaving Yak Kharka, we ascend to a ridge and descend to Marsyangdi river. Crossing the river on a wooden bridge, we continue trekking, following a narrow trail and dropping down to Thorong Phedi.

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We cross the Thorong La pass today. It's going to be a demanding but rewarding day. We push ourselves through cold air on a steep, rugged trail to the top of the pass that offers sensational scenery. From here, the trail descends to Muktinath temple for 3-4 hours. It'll be a steep descent. Muktinath is a pilgrimage site and holds huge importance for Hindus & Buddhists.

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We trek on a downhill trail to Kagbeni village via Jharot and Khingar villages. We will visit the ancient monastery in Kagbeni. Further, the trail goes along the banks of the Kali Gandaki River to Jomsom.

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Today, we’ll fly to Pokhara early in the morning because our trek has ended. The flight will be fantastic and offers a stunning view of snow-capped mountains.

Upon landing at Pokhara, we escort you to the hotel. You have a full day free in Pokhara. If you wish, we can arrange guided Pokhara day tour for you, or you can just rest & chill near Phewa Lake the entire day.

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After a heavy breakfast, we leave Pokhara and begin our 7 hours of drive to Kathmandu. We'll be following a well-made road, so the ride will be pretty comfortable. The major highlight of this drive is the endless views of gorgeous green hills, rivers, waterfalls, and terraced fields. In Kathmandu, we drop you at the hotel. Now, it's time to pack your luggage and shop. We meet in the late evening for a farewell dinner.

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We are thankful for your trust in us and for making us your travel partner. We hope to see you soon again. Our team will drop you at the international airport for your flight back home.

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Nar Phu Valley Trek map

Inclusions

  • Airport Transfers
  • 3-night hotel in Kathmandu
  • 1 night hotel in Pokhara
  • 14 nights’ accommodation in lodge/guest house on trek
  • Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
  • Meals on trek (19 breakfast, 15 lunches and 15 dinners)
  • Conservation entry permits, special trekking permit and TIMS permit
  • Ground transportation from Kathmandu –Bhulbhule and from Pokhara to Kathmandu by bus
  • Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara
  • An experienced Guide and porters (1 porter for 2 peoples)
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company
  • Sleeping bag, down jackets if necessary

Exclusions

  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not stated in the itinerary
  • All the alcoholic and nonalcoholic Drinks
  • International airfare
  • Tips for the guide, porter & driver
  • Anything not mentioned in the included section

Essential Info

Permits for Nar Phu Valley Trek

You need to have permits to do the Nar Phu Valley Trek. You need an Annapurna conservation area entry, TIMS (Trekkers information management system) permit, and a Special trekking permit from the government. We apply to get all these permits once you book the trek.

Fitness for Nar Phu Valley Trek

You need a moderate level of fitness is required with daily trekking from between 3 hours to 8 hours to do Nar Phu Valley Trek. You reach an altitude of 5416m on the trek. You need to be physically fit, healthy and have strong stamina and desire. If you have previous trekking experience that would be benefitted.

If you have any health concerns, consult your healthcare provider before booking Nar Phu Valley Trek.

Accommodations on Nar Phu Valley Trek

We provide a good 3-star hotel for 3 nights in Kathmandu and 1 night in Pokhara and simple lodge/teahouse accommodation for the rest of the 14 nights on Nar Phu Valley Trek. The rooms are basic, normally just a bed with a pillow and blankets on the trek lodge/guest house. Please remember that some of them are very basic, and a sense of adventure is necessary.

The hotel we provide:

  • Hotel in Kathmandu: Hotel Moonlight: 3 nights
  • Hotel in Pokhara: Hotel Splendid View: 1 night
  • Hotel on Trek Routes: Simple Mountain lodge: 14 nights

Notes:

  • Accommodation mostly will be on double/twin share, and a single room is available in Kathmandu hotels.
  • Hotel upgrade in Kathmandu is available. There is luxury 4 - 5-star hotels available in Kathmandu & Pokhara. So, let us know if you want to upgrade the hotel in Kathmandu.

Meals & Drinks on Nar Phu Valley Trek

We provide a total of 48 meals (18 breakfast, 15 lunch, and 15 dinners) on Nar Phu Valley Trek, and these meals are provided in hotels/lodges. You have breakfast and dinner at the lodge, where you stay overnights, and lunch at the lodge is available along the trail.

You have a wide variety of Nepali and Western meals and drinks such as coffee, tea, milk, soft drinks, and beer) as well. However, these drinks are not included in the cost. So, you can buy them yourself at the available lodge/guest house.

We advise you to bring water purification pills/medicine while coming for the Nar Phu Valley Trek since you have normal water for free and use the medicine and drink, or you buy bottled/boiled water to drink.

Solo trekking in Nar Phu Valley Trek

Solo travellers cannot do Nar Phu Valley Trek as it is a controlled area in Nepal, and you need to have special trekking permits from the government of Nepal and there should be a minimum of 2 people to apply for these special permits.

However, we have fixed some dates for the small group trek for Nar Phu Valley Trek, and we may have some people already, and you are welcome to join us for the trek. Let us know when you are planning for the trek then we see if you can join our fixed group trek.

Transportation on Nar Phu Valley Trek

We provide private transport for airport transfers and sightseeing tours in Kathmandu and local bus transport from Kathmandu to Bhulbhule, Pokhara – Kathmandu by Local Bus/tourist bus.

However, private jeep/van transport is available on request to drive from Kathmandu to Bhulbhule and Pokhara to Kathmandu. Let us know if you want to upgrade the transport private to have a more comfortable drive.

Travel Insurance for Nar Phu Valley Trek

You need travel insurance when you come to Nar Phu Valley Trek. In case of a serious sickness or any injury on the trek, we do everything to transfer you to the nearest hospital. You will be entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in the evacuation/rescue. Please make sure that these expenses are covered by your insurance policy.

FAQs

  • Q1. How Difficult is Nar Phu Trek?

    Nar Phu valley trek is a challenging trek. This trek is ideal for experienced trekkers who are aware of the Himalayan trail and high-altitude difficulties. Likewise, strong endurance is very much needed for treks of this caliber.

    You must have understood by now how much good physical fitness is required for Nar Phu valley trekking. And not only that, but the trekkers also have to be mentally capable to live in bare minimum facilities and be willing to complete the trek.

    As it's said, the best views come after the toughest walk. Trust us, regardless of all the challenges the Nar Phu valley trek involves, the landscapes are bewitching, and you'll just want to keep moving ahead. The Nar Phu trail crosses two passes- Kang La and Thorong La. Both passes are demanding, and the route is steep.

  • To prepare for Nar Phu valley trekking, you have to first of all plan your trip by keeping 4 to 6 weeks in hand to get yourself physically pumped up. If you are an active trekker and believe you are ready to join the trek right away, then that's fine too.

    Now, it's time to get your body ready for the trek. You need to build your stamina to walk 6 hours a day on average during the trek with a backpack (weighing around 5 kgs). You can mimic it by going on a long walk and similar backpack weight.

    Similarly, you also need to increase your core body strength and endurance. Do cardio and weight training for the best result. The second part is to get your brain ready for the trip and the limitations it has such as living without basic modern comforts, going 2-3 days without using the internet, adjusting to local food, etc.

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