Nar Phu Valley Trek - 15 Days

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Trip Info

  • Duration

    15 Days

  • Max. Altitude

    Kang La 5320 m

  • Difficulty

    difficult

  • Starts From

    Kathmandu

  • Trip Ends At

    Kathmandu

  • Transport

    Drive

  • Region/Type

    Annapurna Treks
  • Best Season:

    • Spring (Mar, Apr)
    • Autumn (Mid-Sep - Mid November)

Nar Phu Valley Trek Overview

Nar Phu Valley Trek is a hidden gem nestled behind the Himalayas awaiting adventure enthusiasts. Far from the bustling trails of popular treks in Nepal, this off-the-beaten-path destination offers an exquisite blend of raw natural beauty, ancient Tibetan culture, and an unparalleled sense of tranquility. Nar and Phu are two distinct valleys of the Annapurna region. The trail takes you to the wilderness, unexplored and isolated areas of Nar Phu Valley and is considered one of the finest locations for observing the Himalayan peaks in the highland.

The valley is gratifying and probably the world’s desired trekking destination due to its high peaks and passes, glaciers, remote settlements, narrow canyons, enchanting forests, impressive rock formations, yaks, alpine pastures, gompas, and exquisite Tibetan cultures all bundled together. On this 15 days journey, the maximum altitude we reach is 5320 m. The main charisma of Nar Phu Valley is that it offers you the mesmerizing views of Mt Manaslu (8163 m), Mt Dhaulagiri (8167 m), Mt Annapurna I (8091 m), and more than 19 snow-capped peaks of the Annapurna region. You simply trek on the amazing terrain overlooking the beautiful views and experiencing the local customs.

Trekkers are drawn to the alpine lifestyle because of its raw beauty, tribal people, and rich ancient heritage. The Highlanders' summer and winter villages, as well as their artistic grazing meadows, are the most unique features of our trip. 

As you set foot on the Nar Phu Valley trail, a sense of anticipation fills the air. Prepare to be mesmerized as you ascend your journey witnessing the changes in the atmosphere from lush green valleys to arid landscapes. In the lower region, you will walk through verdant forests, revealing cascading waterfalls, and exotic floras and as you venture onward, the upper region will present its deep gorges, dramatic cliffs, and rugged terrains that paint an ever-changing canvas enthralling every step of the way. Likewise, the distant sound of flowing rivers serenades your trek providing soothing background music as you explore deeper into this hidden paradise. 

This trekking package can be the best option if you have the appetite to venture into one of the most remote regions of the Himalayas. The topography also has a strong resemblance to Tibet with trails that are still rugged. The beautiful villages adorned with Buddhist praying flags offer a glimpse into the vibrant culture and tradition of locals that have remained untouched by the passage of time. 

Hence, if you are searching for a less crowded trekking trail then there is no better option than Nar Phu Valley Trek. 

Note: If the travelers prefer to extend the trip and visit some of the must-visit destinations around the Nar Phu Valley then we are happy to customize an add-on for you at an additional cost. Since you are already in the region, it would be quite potential to include some other incredible destinations to make your trip much more fruitful. This option saves you time and cost that would be needed if you wish to travel to the destination next time. 

This extended option would include a visit to Thorong La Pass, the highest trekking pass in the world; as well as Tilicho Lake, the highest lake in the world. You would be passing the incredible Mesokanto Pass and ending the trek in Jomsom. This also is a route for the famous Annapurna Circuit Trek. The travelers will have to plan an additional week for this extended trip.  

Nar Phu Trek Highlights

  • Venture into the lesser explored areas of the Annapurna region
  • Walk around Annapurna's eco-touristic destination
  • Stunning view of Annapurna Range, Mt Manaslu, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna II, Himlung Himal, Gangapurna, Tilicho Peak.
  • High Mountain passes Kang-La Pass (5,322 m).
  • Tibetan settlements and stunning Buddhist Monasteries.
  • Stay in old traditional villages with unaltered authenticity.
  • Remarkable visit to the pristine villages of Nar and Phu
  • Explore the Tibetan plateau which extends down into Nepal and witness Tibetan-derived culture
  • Enjoy the enchanting colorful prayer stones as well as experience a unique monastery stay

Trek Route to Nar Phu Valley

The journey begins at Besisahar after a 6-7 hours drive from Kathmandu. On the next day, you will be driving to Koto from Besisahar where you will start your trekking journey. The journey follows the route for the Annapurna Circuit to Koto before splitting eastward towards Nar Phu Valley. The trails then lead us to Meta through the steep terrains, dense pine forests, and the banks of Soti Khola. The following day you will engage in a soul-stirring hike towards Kyang, a beautiful village nestled beneath Pisang Peak and Annapurna II. 

After that, the travelers will move further to Phu Gaon. You will be trekking through Sinhenge Dharamsala, Upper Chaku leading to the Phu Gaon or village. Phu Gaon is a picturesque village where you will get to experience the unique culture and hospitality of the locals as well as relish in the tranquil nature. You will spend the next day here as well for acclimatization purposes. From Phu, the trail heads westward to Nar Phedi. 

The next day, you will climb uphill to Nar village where you will explore the ancient monasteries and surrounding. Further, you will engage in another highlight of the trip. A trek towards Ngawal through the famous, Kang La Pass. After spending the day in Ngawal, the trek continues further to Chame and then Besisahar the next day where you will end your journey filled with new experiences and lots of memories. 

Permits required for Nar Phu Valley Trek 

Since Nar Phu Valley is a restricted/protected area, it is mandatory for trekkers to travel with an authorized guide from a local authorized travel agency in Nepal. The permits required for the Nar Phu Valley trek are:-

Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP): USD 30.00 P/P

Restricted Area Permit

  • During the off-season (December-August): USD 75.00 P/P for 1 week 
  • During the season (September-November): USD 100.00 P/P for 1 week 

All of these permits will be obtained by us before your arrival. 

Please note that permit costs are a matter to change and it might differ from time to time so kindly contact us to find out up-to-date information. 

Difficulty level of Nar Phu Valley Trek

Nar Phu Valley Trek is a moderate to fairly hard trek. The long day’s walk and steep altitude ascents make this a comparatively tough trek. Because of the limited accommodation choices along the route, the distances that must be traveled each day are inflexible. But we prepare our itinerary concerning proper altitude gain making it ideal for both novice and proficient hikers. It is important for travelers to engage in any sort of physical activity like jogging, walking, hiking, etc. before the trek to build stamina for a convenient trek. 

Best Season for Nar Phu Trek

Nar Phu Valley lies in the trans-Himalayan region making it a perfect trekking destination for Monsoon Trekking in Nepal. This region can be visited at any time of the year except for the winter months (December-February). During winter, the temperature here falls below freezing and this valley receives snowfall in hefty amounts so it is almost impossible to pass the high pass. 

During spring (March-May) the weather is very pleasant and the floras are in full bloom resulting in an enchanting trekking experience. Monsoon (June-August) is another best time to visit being a rain-shadow area. The region is unaffected by monsoon but landslides can obstruct road accessibility in the lower regions sometimes. So, we suggest that travelers keep a few extra casual days. 

Similarly, as autumn is post-monsoon in Nepal, the view is at its best. The mild weather, clear blue sky, fall hues, and sublime views seen along the way make autumn an ideal time to visit.

Itinerary in Details

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

🕑 30 Min Transfer to Hotel

Max Altitude: 1350 M

Upon your arrival at the arrival terminal exit gate, you will be greeted by one of the Himalayan Trekkers with your nameplate. You will be then escorted to your designated hotel and helped with the check-in formalities. After your rest at the hotel, we will have a short briefing session where you will meet your guide and discuss the trip. Then you can spend the remainder of the day strolling around Thamel and Thahity area before getting back to the hotel for the night.

NOTE: We will collect your original passport and photos to apply for the Nar Phu Valley Special Permit during the briefing session. But if your arrival is late, we will have the discussion session the next day and the passport will be collected at that time.

Accommodation: Standard Accommodation in KTM

Day 2: Half Day City Tour & Trip Preparation

🕑 3/4 Hours Tour

Max Altitude: 1350 M

We will spend today’s half of the day exploring two out of seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the Kathmandu Valley. We will probably visit Pashupatinath Temple and Boudhanath Stupa today. 

Pashupatinath Temple is one of the four most important Hindu pilgrimage sites in the world which is situated on the banks of the Bagmati River. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva and features intricate architecture, shrines, and cremation ghats. You will get to witness the spiritual rituals, observe the Sadhus (Hindu holy men), and experience the vibrant ambiance during festivals like Maha Shivaratri. 

And, Boudhanath Stupa is one of the largest Buddhist stupas in the world and an important pilgrimage site for Tibetan Buddhists. This magnificent structure stands as a symbol of enlightenment and peace. The stupa's massive dome, prayer wheels, and the serene atmosphere created by chanting monks are very captivating. The surrounding area is filled with monasteries, shops selling local & Tibetan artifacts, and lovely cafes and restaurants. 

The other five sites are Swoyambhunath Stupa/Temple, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, and Changunarayan Temple. 
After sightseeing, we will return to Thamel where you can do the last-minute shopping for your Nar Phu Valley Trek.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Standard Accommodation in KTM

Day 3: Drive to Besishahar

🕑 6/7 Hours Drive

Max Altitude: 800 M

After an early breakfast, we will leave Kathmandu city and embark on a scenic drive to Besisahar in Lamjung. The drive takes approximately 6-7 hours, passing through lush countryside, picturesque villages, and the gorgeous Trishuli River and Marshyangdi River. We will pass by some notable places such as Malekhu, Mugling, and Dumre. Once we reach Besisahar, you can take a rest and stroll around the place before calling it a day.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

Day 4: Drive from Besishahar to Koto

🕑 6 Hours Drive

Max Altitude: 2625 M

Today is the third day of our Nar Phu Valley Trek where we will begin our day with an off-road drive from Besisahar to Koto. Our drive passes through the villages such as Jagat, Chamje, Dharapani, Bagarchhap, Timang, and Thanchock. We will get to witness the famous Annapurna I Peak from Bagarchhap and Mount Manaslu and Lamjung Himal on the way from Bagarchhap to Timang Village which is located at 2460 meters. 

Upon our arrival at Koto, the settlement of Gurungs, we will check in and rest. In the evening, we could take a walk in the village and interact with the locals and get to know about their lifestyle.  

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

Day 5: Trek to Meta

🕑 6/7 Hours Walk

Max Altitude: 3560 M

Our Nar Phu Valley Trek finally begins today after breakfast. Leaving Koto, we will register our details before entering the restricted area of Nar Phu Valley. Our trail leads us across steep terrain, through beautiful pine forests, suspension bridges, and cascading waterfalls as we travel along the banks of the Soti Khola. After reaching Dharmashala, we will start noticing that the forests getting sparser and the views getting wider. We will also trek past some canyons and caves and keep walking until we reach the Meta Village which offers us an amazing view of Lamjung Himal and Annapurna II.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

Day 6: Trek to Kyang

🕑 4 Hours Walk

Max Altitude: 3710 M

Following breakfast, the trek ascends the valley along a little picturesque river. There are frequent ascends and descends today. After we cross a suspension bridge, we will reach a place called Chyaku. After a brief rest at Chyaku, we will continue to climb while enjoying the glorious views of Annapurna until we reach our today’s destination, Kyang. Kyang is a small settlement from where we will get beautiful views of Pisang Peak and Annapurna II.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

Day 7: Trek to Phu Gauon

🕑 4/5 Hours Walk

Max Altitude: 4050 M

We leave Kyang after breakfast and start our trek to the enchanting village of Phu today. The trail is quite rough with some uphill and downhill climbs. Our trek goes along the Phu Kola and we might get to see distinctive blue sheep as the valley is famous for these unique endangered animals. We will enter Phu Village from Phu gate and take a brief rest at the teahouse. The village offers breathtaking vistas of several Himalayan mountain ranges, including Himlung Himal. We will pay our visit to the ancient monastery named Tashi Lhakhang Monastery and interact with the friendly locals while enjoying panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

Day 8: Explore Phu Gaoun and Monsateries

🕑 Full Day

Max Altitude: 4050 M

It is advisable to spend an acclimatization day in Phu because of the high altitude. And to make this day fruitful, we will explore the town's narrow lanes and observe the locals as they engage in their daily routines. We will also visit the monasteries and the cave there and spend the rest of the day with the locals.

NOTE: You could also opt. for the side trip to Himlung Base Camp which takes around 5 hours for the round trip. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

Day 9: Trek to Nar Phedi

🕑 6 Hours Walk

Max Altitude: 3540 M

After breakfast, we will retrace our steps back down to Meta but we will detour to the monastery at Nar Phedi. We will pass the villages of Kyang, and Upper Chyako. We will cross a suspension bridge before we climb up to our today’s destination Nar Phedi, a small settlement situated below Nar Village. We will get to enjoy the breathtaking views of Pisang Peak and other surrounding peaks. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

Day 10: Trek to Nar Village

🕑 2/3 Hours Walk

Max Altitude: 4150 M

Leaving Nar Phedi, we will proceed up a hill toward Nar, the largest village in the Nar Phu Valley along a winding trail. The trail takes us through high mountain passes, barren landscapes, and yak pastures. As we get near the village, we will pass a row of chortens that have been beautifully painted and bamboo roofs. We will arrive at the Nar Village around noon and we will spend the remainder of the day exploring Nar Village and its surroundings. We will visit the monasteries, interact with the locals, and witness their daily lifestyle. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

Day 11: Trek to Ngawal via Kang La Pass

🕑 8/9 Hours Walk

Max Altitude: 3675 M

We will wake up early today because it will be a long day and make our way to the renowned Annapurna Circuit via the Kang La Pass. Our trail passes through beautiful landscapes, quaint villages, and yak pastures. Today’s walk offers breathtaking views of the west ridge of the Pisang Peak, we ascend from Nar across the lateral moraine of Temdenzon Khola. We will also trek past Jhombu Kharka, also known as Kang La Phedi, which is the base of the Kang La Pass.

We will enjoy the breathtaking vista of Tilicho Peak, Gangapurna, and Annapurna II from the pass, and from the pass, the path is steep but not challenging. And it will take us around three hours to reach Ngawal for our night stay. The village offers stunning views of the Annapurna range and the Manang Valley. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

Day 12: Trek to Chame

🕑 7 Hours Walk

Max Altitude: 2650 M

Following our breakfasts, we will start our trek to reach Chame. The path slowly descends to Gyaru and Pisang Village along the bank of the Marsyangdi River. The views of the Gangapurna, Tilicho Peak, Lamjung Himal, and Annapurna II and III are mesmerizing from the route. After 6-7 hours of trekking, we will reach Chame, the administrative center for the Manang District, and spend the night. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

Day 13: Drive from Chame to Besishahar

🕑 6/7 Hours Drive

Max Altitude: 800 M

With the end of our Nar Phu Valley Trek, we will drive from Chame to Besisahar today. Our bumpy drive will go through the villages of Koto, Thanchok, and Timang before reaching Besishar. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

Day 14: Drive to Kathmandu

🕑 6/7 Hours Drive

Max Altitude: 1350 M

Today is the day to get back to Kathmandu. We will leave Besisahar after breakfast and enjoy the drive to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, check-in at the hotel and rest. And in the evening, you could take a walk around Thamel and do some souvenir shopping before calling it a day. 

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Standard Accommodation in KTM

Day 15: Departure from Kathmandu

🕑 30 Min Transfer to Airport

After breakfast and 3 hours prior to your scheduled flight, one of the representatives will transfer you to the airport and bid farewell.

Meals: Breakfast

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Includes

  • Airport - Hotel - Airport Private Transfer
  • 03 Nights Twin/DBL  Sharing 3* Standard Category Accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Daily Breaakfast at Hotel in Kathmandu
  • Guided Sightseeing in Kathmandu as per itinerary
  • All Ground Transfer by Private Vehicle during the Sightseeing
  • Kathmandu to Besishar Transfer by Schuduled Local Bus
  • Besishahar to Kyoto Transfer by Local Scheduled Sharing Jeep
  • Nar-Phu Valley Special Permit Fees
  • Annapurna Conservation and TIMS Fees
  • All Meals - Breakfast Lunch & Dinner
  • Best Vailable Local Guest House/Tea House Accommodations
  • An Experienced Guide and Required Number of Porters as per group size
  • All Wages such as Meals, Accommodations, Transfer, Insurance, Equipments for Guide & Porters
  • A Comprehensive Medical and First Aid Kits
  • Trekking Equipments( Refundable Down Jacket, Duffle Bag, Sleeping Bag and Poles)
  • All Taxes

Excludes

  • Nepal Entry Visa- {Visa fees for 15/30/100 Days- USD 30/50/125  Upon Arrival}
  • International Airfares and Taxes
  • Personal Clothing and Equipment
  • Personal expenses such as Beverage, Laundry, Phone calls, etc
  • Tipping/Gratitude for Guide, Porters, and Driver
  • Any Other services and activities which is not mentioned and included
  • Meals in Kathmandu( Lunch and Dinner except Trek)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Any cost occurs from any unfavorable condition such as landslides, bad weather, flight cancellation, etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in the includes section

Accommodation

Accommodation During Nar Phu Trek

In Kathmandu and Pokhara, our package offers 3-star standard category accommodation. However, you can find an array of options to stay in these cities and we are flexible to make modifications as per the interest, budget, and convenience of our clients.  

Along the trekking trail, you will stay in local-run teahouses or homestays that are basic and do not have modern amenities found in urban areas. But they are very neat and clean and particularly designed to provide trekkers with a warm and welcoming atmosphere to rest and recharge after a long day of hiking. Likewise, being run by natives, these teahouses and homestays allow you to experience the local culture firsthand. 

Single Supplementary 

Although the package is based on a twin-sharing basis, we would be glad to design a package based on a single supplementary bedroom during the entire trip. This service would however require an additional cost. 

Meals during Nar Phu Trek

During your stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara, breakfast will be included in the package. But for lunch and dinner, you have the freedom to explore the vibrant food scenes in these cities. From street food stalls to upscale restaurants, you will find something to suit your taste. 

During the trek, you will have the chance to savor hearty meals that reflect local flavors and cuisine. Since it is a remote trek, the cuisine options typically include Nepali, Tibetan, Indian, Continental, and a few Western dishes. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included in the package during the trek. These meals are prepared in the teahouses with locally-grown fresh vegetables providing you with all the nutrients necessary for the hike.  We allow our clients to order their meals from the Menu as per their palate in a la carte system.

Drinking Water During Nar Phu Trek

In the lower region, you could find bottled mineral water but as you ascend further, natural Himalayan spring water and boiled spring water are available. You can purchase boiled spring water from the locals at nominal costs. You could also filter the Himalayan Spring water by yourself using chlorine drops, UV water purifiers, or water filter hand pumps. These filtration tools are not available on the trek and the travelers will have to bring them themselves if they wish to purify the water themselves. 

Likewise, we recommend you carry a non-plastic water bottle to fill the water as it helps in sustainable tourism.

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