Trekking and Walking

Nar Phu Valley Trek

Nepal

Nar Phu Valley Trek

Durtation: 19 Days

Price: US 1,699 All Inclusive

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 is considered one of the finest location for observing the grandiose Himalayan peaks in the high land.

The valley is gratifying and probably the world’s desired trekking destinations due to high peaks and passes, glaciers, remote settlements, narrow canyons, lovely forests, impressive rock formations, yaks, alpine pastures, gompas, and exquisite Tibetan cultures all bundeled together. On this 19 days journey, the maximum altitude we reach is 5300 m.

The main carisma 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 sightseeing the beautiful floras of the region experiencing the customs.

Trekkers are drawn to the alpine lifestyle because of its beauty, tribal people, and heritage. The Highlanders' summer and winter villages, as well as their artistic grazing meadows, are the most visible features of our trip. The communities living here are Nepalese Tibetan.

The package can be the best option if you have the appetite to venture into some of the remote regions of the Himalayas. The topography also has a strong resemblance to Tibet with trails that are still rugged and harsh.

Besides the high mountain passes and Tibetan settlements, another major attraction of this trek is the Tilicho Lake (5300 m) which is situated at the highest altitude. Hence, if you are searching for a less crowded trekking trail then there is none better option than this.

Trek Highlights

  • Venture into the lesser explored areas of the Annapurna region
  • Highest Lake in the earth - Tilicho Lake (5,300m).
  • 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 - Thorung La (5,416 m) and Kang-La Pass (5,322 m).
  • Tibetan settlements and stunning Buddhist Monasteries.
  • Exploration of the holy village of Muktinath.
  • Stay in old traditional villages with unaltered authenticity.
  • Trekking through the rugged and wild routes of Annapurna Circuit trail.
  • Remarkable visit to 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 unique monastery stay

Trek Route

The trek begins at Besisahar and we trek towards Chyamche followed by Dharapani. The journey then follows the route for the Annapurna Circuit to Koto before splitting eastward towards Nar Phu Valley.

You’ll be trekking through Sinhenge Dharamsala, Upper Chaku village leading to the Phu village. From Phu, the trail heads westward to Nar Phedi for a fascinating overnight stay at the monastery.

Afterwards, we head towards the Nar phedi and pass through the Kang La and trek to Nagwal. Further trek via Manang, Letdar and Thorung Phedi leads to the holy place of Muktinath.

We then trek towards Jomsom and fly back to Pokhara. After a relaxing day at Pokhara, we will finally head to Kathmandu for your final departure the next day.

Difficulty level for Nar Phu Valley

The long days walk and steep altitude ascents make this a difficult trek. Because of the limited accommodation choices along the route, the distances that must be traveled each day are inflexible.

Since the daily altitude gains are very steep, this trek is ideally suited to those who have significant mountain trekking experience and are physically fit and healthy.

Best Season

Spring (March-May) and Autumn (September-November) are the two most prominient tourist seasons for the Nar and Phu Valley. The trek is still enjoyable during the monsoon (June-August), though mud and landslides can obstruct road access in the mountains to and from Besisahar.

On the winter months (December-February), the high pass can be impassable due to snow. So, we don't recommed to traverse in off seasons.

 

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival in Kathmandu

30 mins

1,350 m

The representative of Himalayan trekkers will receive you at the Tribhuvan International Airport. They will be in possession of your nameplate or the companies name as per your correspondence with us. You will be transferred to the hotel and the trek guide will meet you in the evening for dinner. During the meal, you can discuss your queries (if any). He/she will brief you about some cultural issues and some necessary things to keep into consideration during the trek.

Dinner

3 star hotel in KTM

Day 2

Kathmandu sightseeing & trek preparation

5-6 hrs

1,350 m

Early in the morning, the staff from Himalayan trekkers will meet you to collect your passport copy and photographs (if not sent via email) for the preparation of Trekking permit and TIM’s card. After breakfast you will be taken for half-day sightseeing of the Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayambhunath temple, also referred to as the Monkey temple. Both are UNESCO world heritage sites. In the afternoon you can have some free time with the guide around Thamel to do some last-minute shopping for things you might need for the trek.

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3 star hotel in KTM

Day 3

Drive to Chyamche

7-8 hrs

1,430 m

With the right amount of enthusiasm and spirit, we start the trek. We will drive along the Prithvi Highway to Dumre. From here we take a rough road by the Marshyangdi River. We pass through a few low-lying villages and rice fields and drive for around 6 hours until we reach Besi Sahar. Besi Sahar, a small market area on the banks of River Marshyangdi is the Headquarter of Lamjung District. From Besi Sahar, our drive will be adventurous and in between mountains regions with a varied landscape and natural beauty. We will drive a further 3 hours to reach Chyamche for our overnight stay.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house/ lodges/ homestays

Day 4

Trek to Dharapani

5-6 hrs

1,920 m

We will descend until the trail reaches the river and then walk through a lush green forest. After an hour of walking, we will come across Chamje village. We will further continue to Sattale. On treading along a succession of rock-strewn trails, we descend to a grassy riverbank that leads to Tal. As we walk away from Tal, the path becomes more rugged and winding. From here we reach Karte that is located in the midst of a forest. Walking along the cliffs and waterfall we will reach the Dharapani, our final destination for an overnight stay.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house/ lodges/ homestays

Day 5

Trek to Koto

4-5 hrs

2,600 m

After breakfast, we will proceed further and continue through the narrow village trail keeping the Dudh Khola to our left. The Dudh Khola originates from the southern face of Manaslu. Further on, the Marshyangdi River enters a gorge and the trails follow the rock-strewn path. We will stop for a while to enjoy the majestic and impressive view of the Manaslu before the inclined ends and the forest of rhododendron starts. Walking further up we will reach the hamlet of Koto, from where you can have the most awe-inspiring view of Annapurna II and surrounding peaks.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house/ lodges/ homestays

Day 6

Trek to Sinhenge Dharmasala

6-7 hrs

3,230 m

The walk today starts amidst the smaller jungle paths, contrary to the bigger trails around Annapurna. After a couple of hours walk, we climb up gradually towards Choto (2840m). After crossing the frequent ups and downs we reach the Nar Phu Khola. At an altitude of 3090m, we cross a suspension bridge; here the valley is very narrow and just before the bridge there are some hot springs. The rock-carved path now becomes very exciting, as the trail seems more adventurous and there are hot water springs along the trail.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house/ lodges/ homestays

Day 7

Trek to Upper Chaku Village

4-5 hrs

3,720 m

After breakfast, we will cross the Methang River and start walking through the Methang pastures. This area is dotted with a lot of small and big Chortens and also offers a panoramic view of the Kang Guru. Further, on we pass the abandoned Methang village (3,560m); from the village, there is a path to Kang Guru BC. The next village we pass by is Chaku village, with a thin population of about 150 inhabitants. Further on we reach our overnight destination, the upper Chaku village. The walk will last for about 5 hours today.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house/ homestays/ tented camp

Day 8

Trek to Phu Village

5-6 hrs

4,080 m

We begin our 6 hours long walk and take the hard steep climb to the abandoned Kyan village Vhaku. We continue to walk on an amazing tunnel carved rocky path 70 meters above the river and then go down to the riverbed. Walking by the river, we will pass some Mani Chortens. We then climb up from hereto the Phu valley entrance door (Phuohii Yalgoe). About an hour from the valley entrance we cross the Phu Khola and begin climbing up to the village. Phu village consists of about 30 houses, which are home to about 150 people.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house/ homestays/ tented camp

Day 9

Rest and explore in Phu Village

3-4 hrs

4,080 m

We have walked many days to reach Phu so we will spend one extra day here to enjoy the natural beauty of the area and to meet the local Phu people to know their culture and hospitality. From here, Tibet is two long days away so it is fair for a visit, however; we walk up the valley to the summer grazing settlement or “Kharka” at Ngoru, which is a couple of hours walk past the Gompa. Phu itself is the most stunning village and we can easily spend a day here by sitting with the local people or playing with the local kids. Phu people might be busy with spinning the Yak and Sheep wool, Pound mustard seeds into a paste for oil or engage in fields or grazing the animals. For those who love photography, the light is impressive and the sky is deep blue or even you can see some Blue Sheep on the hillside.

Himalayan trekkers provide another option for those which have lots of energy can hike towards the east through glacial valley heads up to Himlung Himal Base Camp (4520m), which is recently open for climbing. There are very few expeditions for this peak as well as nearby Gyanji Kang. Views are mouthwatering. For another group of people, hike west past Phu towards Chortens on the hillside gives marvelous views down over Phu and the surrounding valleys, fields, forts and of course peaks. A stroll through the village will involve an invitation into someone’s place for some typical and authentic Tibetan salt butter tea or maybe some glass of local “Raksi” if you want to taste.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house/ homestays/ tented camp

Day 10

Trek to Nar

7-8 hrs

4,150 m

Today, most of the trail goes down passing through many suspension bridges and streams until we reach Mahendra Pul, takes us approximately 4 hours. We also cross the high suspension bridge of 80m over the gorge of Lapche River. In the meantime we have lunch at Mahendra Pul and start walking, the trail sharply ascends crossing many Buddhist stupas until Nar Village which takes approximately 2 hours. Moreover, we find many Buddhist Monasteries to visit with the stunning view of Pisang Peak and other snow-capped peaks. We stay overnight at Nar Village, which is one of the small but beautiful villages filled with unique lifestyle and culture of Bhotia and Gurung which is quite similar to Tibetan. These people still follow the ancient civilization and Yak herding, agriculture, farming is their main occupations.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house/ tented camp

Day 11

Walk across Kang La & trek to Ngawal

7-8 hrs

3,657 m

The 7/ 8 hours long walk today starts after a nice healthy breakfast. We have to cross the big Kang La pass (5280m). It is a very steep climb to the top of the pass where there are a nice Chorten and some great views of the Annapurna massif, Chulu peak. Kang La is not a difficult pass as people say in favorable conditions, however; it can be a long and difficult day if the trail is covered with snow. Just before we reach the pass there is a small lake where we take a rest before making the final step to reach the top. From the top of the pass, it is a very steep downhill course, but after an hour we will reach a grassy path which will lead us to Ngawal. On the way, we can see the unique house made up of the big stone roof and many other unique landscapes comprising Massive Annapurna II, Tilicho Peak, Gangapurna and other snow-capped mountains. Here, you can find both restaurants and lodges for an overnight stay.

Note: From this spot you have two options if you have limited time, you can either follow the same route via Dharapani, Besi Sahar and return back to Kathmandu or if you have enough time you can continue your trek.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented Camp

Day 12

Trek to Manang

4-5 hrs

3,540 m

We can see the beautiful view of Manang Valley and the Tilicho Peak (7132m) as we come down from Manang's airstrip. After walking for some time we reach a spot from where we can see the north-east face of Annapurna III. We will further walk ahead through the Chirkyu Khola Valley, which flows from Ice Lake and is the center of attraction of this place, from where you can have an awe-inspiring view of the grand Annapurna IV, which stands at 7525m. Further on, we cross a wooden bridge, as the Marshyangdi Khola gushes below us after which we enter the village of Munje. We continue to climb down until we reach Manang with the panoramic view of Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Gangapurna [7455m] and Tilicho Peak [7134m] all around us.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house/ lodges/ homestays

Day 13

Trek to Letdar

4-5 hrs

4,250 m

After a night’s rest, we will be ready to take Thorung La. We start our trek after breakfast. We will climb to Tengi, 120meters above Manang and ascend further past Marshyangdi Valley turning north-west up the valley of the Jarsing Khola and continue further to Gunsang (3960 m), a small village with houses that have flat roofs made up of mud. We will walk past picturesque meadows and rich forests of barberry, juniper, etc. On the way, we would also be able to see horses and yaks grazing. We will continue walking and cross the large stream coming down from the Chulu west and follow the trail until we reach a rich pasture at 4000 meters.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house/ lodges/ homestays

Day 14

Trek to Thorung Phedi

3-4 hrs

4,500 m

Leaving Letdar, we climb gradually to a ridge that descends to the headwaters of the Marshyangdi. We will take the crossing via a covered wooden bridge. After a short ascent up the mountain path on the right bank, we follow a narrow trail across an unstable steep slope and then descend to Thorung Phedi.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house/ lodges/ homestays

Day 15

Trek to Muktinath

8-9 hrs

3,800 m

This is the most exciting day of the trek as we will be crossing the Thorung La [5416m], the highest mountain pass. So we start early for the climb and then the downhill trek. The trail is very steep but well defined and easy to track as it has been used by the villagers for hundreds of years now. The walk is uphill and strenuous for the next four hours until we reach a place with prayer flags and a small stupa/ chorten. From up here, we can see the majestic snow-capped mountains, rolling hills of Mustang and the beautiful Valley of Kaligandaki. After a brief rest, we start our descent in the direction of Muktinath (3800m). We take a path along the Jhong Khola Valley to Muktinath, a popular pilgrimage in the Himalayan region for both Hindus and Buddhist.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house/ lodges/ homestays

Day 16

Trek to Jomsom

5 hrs

2,713 m

Coming down the mountain in the morning you will find yourself in Jharkot and Khingar, where there are beautiful monasteries which give you an opportunity to experience the interrelation and similarity of the Tibetan culture to that of the people living in this area. One cannot really get over the awesome view of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri throughout the trail. We walk past Kagbeni to reach Jomsom along the banks of River Kali Gandaki. Jomsom is the Headquarter of Mustang district and we can spend some time here to explore the area and interact with the locals.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house/ lodges/ homestays

Day 17

Fly to Pokhara

20 min

827 m

Since Jomsom lies in the mountainous region so there is always an early flight to Pokhara as in the morning the days are clear and also the flight duration is about 20 minutes. Similarly, Pokhara is also known as “city of Lake” and is one of the most popular places for foreigners after Kathmandu. There are lots of interesting things to see in Pokhara. So when you are in Pokhara don’t miss to visit the popular landmarks of Pokhara.

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3 star hotel

Day 18

Drive/ fly back to Kathmandu

30 min flight/ 6-7 hrs drive

1,350 m

Today either you can fly to Kathmandu which will be 30 minutes worthy flight where you can see the changing natural vegetation with Himalayan Range or you can drive from Pokhara. The drive will be scenic and you will get the opportunity to experience the highway of Nepal.

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3 star hotel in KTM

Day 19

Final departure

30 mins

You can depart from Kathmandu to your home country or extend the trip and head for another trip within or outside Nepal.

Breakfast

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Accommodation

Himalayan Trekkers promises to manage the best, most comfortable and preferable accommodation.

Generally, in cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara, we arrange basic three-star facilities. If available, you can opt for a more budget-friendly option or upgrade to a more luxurious hotel by paying a little extra. 

Although all the places might not have all the modern facilities, we will make sure to arrange safe and comfortable accommodation. In general, hygienic and safe tea houses/local lodges/ home-stays with all the basic facilities are arranged. But you can, if possible, personalize according to your preference. 

If your itinerary includes camping or you choose to experience camping during your travel, a proper camping-site will be pre-decided. If required, we also provide the basic equipment which is refundable. Please check the Gear-List for more information.

Meals

Breakfast is usually included with your B&B Accommodation within the cost that is evident.
For other meals in the city, you would have to pay separately. Often in the cities, you can choose from many different cuisines and varied food services. We can always help you find the right place to fit your taste.

In more remote areas, usually, there are not many options. But you can always find hygienic and well-prepared food. Moreover, almost all the meals during the trek are included in the cost. We can help you make changes according to your preference and budget, but only if choices are available!
On top of that, Himalayan Trekkers also organizes Welcome or Farewell Dinners as a symbol of warm greetings.

Please go through the detailed itinerary for more information. We are always there to help you travel to your heart’s content.

Inclusion

Whats Included

  • TIMS
  • Permit
  • Entry Fees
  • Airport Pick-up and Drop-off
  • Transportation as per itinerary
  • Guide, Driver, and Porter
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with Tea) as per the itinerary
  • Accommodation as per the itinerary
  • First-Aid Kit
  • Welcome/Farewell Dinner
  • All Taxes and official expenses

Whats Not Included

  • International airfares and airport tax
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fees
  • Trekking Equipment
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, liquor, room service, phone bills, bar bills, etc.
  • Tips to Guide, Porter, and Driver
  • Travel Insurance
  • Any cost occurs from any unfavorable condition such as landslide, bad weather, flight cancellation, etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in the includes section

Gear List

Gears required for the trek vary upon destination and season. Trekking shoes, down jacket, sleeping bag, hiking poles are the essential ones. 

A comprehensive list of gear for all activites is listed on our dedicated page of Complete Gear List For Trekking and Climbing