- Duration 17 days
- Max Altitude 5416 m / 17770 ft
- Group Size 2-10
- Best Season Mar-May, Sep-Nov
- Per Day Walk 06-07 hrs
- Accomodation Hotel / Teahouse
- Start/End KTM / KTM
- Difficulty Challenging
- Trip Type Solo / Group /
- Location Annapurna Region
Nar Phu valley trekking is one of the best, Annapurna region trekking routes, that takes you through the amazing and beautiful Nar Phu valley with amazing mountain ranges in the back drop. Taking you through the ups and downs of the trail, leaving you with the best memories and an amazing experience in the end, this trek is sure to inspire you for a long time.
We will be starting from Kathmandu and travelling to Dharapani on the first and second day of the trek. Through Koto, Meta, we will reach Phu Gaon, where we will be spending 2 nights. From there, we will go to Nar village, spending 2 nights there as well. From there, the trail continues further to Kang La pass to Ngwal and to Manang. From Manang, we will trek to Yak Kharka and to Muktinath. Trekking to Jomsom and catching a flight to Pokhara, we will finally return back to Kathmandu.
The trek will take us through varied landscapes and a scenic natural beauty. We will have mountain ranges in the back drop, which will accompany us through out the trek. This trek also holds a religious value to both Hindu and Buddhists, as it takes you through various monasteries and also Muktinath temple. In the end, we will have some part of touched in 2 weeks of time, and also let us inspire us.
Best time to trek
The best time to do this Annapurna region trekking, is the peak tourist seasons of March to May and September to November. Though the trek is possible in the Monsoon (June to August), it is not advised to do so.
- Airport transfer by private car.
- Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara
- Two-night accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu
- One night accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star hotel in Pokhara
- Surface transfer to the trekking point
- Tourist bus from Pokhara to Kathmandu
- Full board meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
- Twin sharing tea house accommodation
- Experienced and friendly guide.
- Porters (1:2 trekkers) and their food, accommodation, salary.
- First aid medical kit
- Restricted Area special permit
- TIMS Fee
- Government taxes & office service charge
- International flights
- Nepal Visa fee
- Travel insurance
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
- Extra night accommodation
- Personal expenses (phone call, internet, laundry, bar bills, snacks, battery recharge, bottled or boiled water, souvenirs, hot showers, extra porter etc.)
- Tips for guide, porter and driver
- Any unseen expenses due to circumstances beyond our control
Nar Phu Valley Trek Itinerary map
- Day 1 :
Arriving at Kathmandu
- Day 2 :
Kathmandu to Chaymje to Dharapani (1,960m/6,200ft.)
Distance: 230 km / 143 miles
Time: 08-09 hrs.
- Day 3 :
Dharapani to Koto (2600m / 8531ft)
Distance: 14 km / 8.69 miles
Time: 05-06 hrs
- Day 4 :
Koto to Meta (3560 m/ 11,680 feet)
Distance: 20 km / 12 miles
Time: 07-08 hrs
- Day 5 :
Meta to Phu Gau (4250 m / 13,944 ft)
Trekking distance: 9.7 km/ 6 miles
Time: 07-08 hrs
- Day 6 :
Acclimatization at Phu Gaon
Optional: Side trip to Himlung base camp
- Day 7 :
Phu Gau to Nar (4,110m /13,484 ft)
Trekking distance: (9 miles / 14.5 km)
Time: 07-08 hrs
- Day 8 :
Acclimatization at Nar
- Day 9 :
Nar to Ngawal Via Kang La Pass 5,240 m /17,192 ft.
Trekking distance: 16km /10 miles
Time: 08-09 hrs
- Day 10 :
Ngawal to Manang (3540 m / 11614 ft.)
Trekking distance: 10km / 6.22 miles
Time: 04-05 hrs
- Day 11 :
Manang to Yak Kharka (4110 m / 13485 ft.)
Distances. 10km / 6.22 miles
Time: 04-05 hrs
- Day 12 :
Yak Kharka to Thorang Phedi (4450 m / 1460 ft.)
Distance: 7.3 km / 4.5 miles.
Time: 04:00 hrs
- Day 13 :
Thorang Phedi to Thorang La pass (5416 m /17770 ft ) to Muktinath (3710 m / 12172 ft.)
Distance: 15.6 km / 9.6 miles.
Time: 07-08 hrs
- Day 14 :
Muktinath to Jomsom (2715 m / 8907 ft)
Distance: (23km / 14 miles)
Time: 01 hour drive
- Day 15 :
Jomsom to Pokhara (827 m / 2713ft.)
Time: 30 min flight
- Day 16 :
Pokhara to Kathmandu (1400 m / 4544 ft)
Distance: 210 km / 130 miles
Time: 06-07 hrs drive
- Day 17 :
Day 1 : Day 1: Arriving at Kathmandu
On the first day of our trekking in the Annapurna region of Nepal, you will arrive at the capital city of Nepal – Kathmandu. Our representatives from Mountain Routes will pick you up from the airport and take you to your hotel. They will also explain the trekking routes and schedules and also anything else you might want to know about the trekking route.
Day 2 : Kathmandu to Dharapani (1960 m) Trip Duration: 9-10 hours
Today will be a long drive, which will take us from Kathmandu to Dharapani. We will start the day by taking an early bus to reach Chamje. After a long 7-8 hours of drive, we will reach Besisahar and continue further to Chamje. Next, we will head towards Dharapani, where we will pass Ghermu and Chamje waterfalls Marshyangdi River. We will finally reach Dharapani after 9-10 hours of drive.
Overnight at Dharapani.
Day 3 : Dharapani to Koto (2600 m) Trip Duration: 5-6 hours
We begin today morning with an early breakfast and travel towards Bargarchhap. We will traverse through pine and fir forests, monasteries, and villages. We will continue trekking till Danaque, then to Timang. The trail is steeply ascending, so it is advised to trek slowly. You can have a spectacular view of Mt. Manaslu and Peak 29 from Timang.
The trail further continues through pine forests till Latamarang. We will have lunch here and continue trekking further through the pine forests until Koto village. We will spend the night here.
Day 4 : Koto to Meta (3560 m) Trip Duration: 7-8 hours
We require a permit to pass further ahead in the trek, which our team will manage at Mountain Routes. We will start trekking today through the bank of river Soti Khola, again traversing through the beautiful pine forest. We will pass through streams and suspension bridges before reaching Dharmasala. We will enjoy the lunch we packed before, and after having it, we will continue trekking further until we reach Meta village. Overnight at Meta village.
Day 5 : Meta to Phu Gaon (4250 m) Trip Duration: 7-8 hours
On the 5th day of our Annapurna region trekking, we will be trekking from Meta to Phu Gaon, which takes about7-8 hours. We will cross many suspension bridges along the way. After trekking for almost 4 hours, we will reach Kyang. We can see the remnants of the Khampa settlement. From Kyang, you can enjoy the mesmerizing view of Pisang Peak and Annapurna II. Then we will pass through the Phu Khola, walk further on the rocky trail, and finally reach Phu Gaon. We will stay the night at Phu Gaon.
Day 6 : Acclimatization at Phu Gaon
Today, we will be resting and acclimatizing at Phu Gaon to better adapt to climatic conditions. As we are in the Lost Valley, we will utilize this day to explore the place and learn about its culture and traditions, natural beauty, and ethnic groups. The ethnic groups residing there consist of Lama, Gurung, and Ghale.
We know much about their lifestyle by just spending an extra day at Phu Gaon. We will also be exploring the Tashi Lakhang monastery. This monastery holds a very high religious significance, as it is considered the last monastery constructed by Karmapa Rinpoche. Phu valley also offers an astounding view of mount Himlung and other snow peaks. We will explore these things, then return to our lodges at night.
Day 7 : Phu Gaon to Nar (4110 m) Trip Duration: 6-7 hours
On day 7 of our Annapurna region trek, we will be trekking from Phu Gaon to Nar. It will take us about 6-7 hours, and the trail passes through many streams and suspension bridges. We will then reach Mahendra Pul, which will take about 4 hours. Having lunch here, we will follow the trail, which steeply ascends, passing through many stupas until Nar village, taking about 2 hours to reach. Along with the beauty of Pisang Peak and others, you can enjoy the various Buddhist monasteries during the trail. Then, we stay overnight at Nar.
Day 8 : Acclimatization at Nar
We will spend our 8th day in the Annapurna region trekking, acclimatizing to the surrounding climatic conditions at Nar village. It is to adjust better and be prepared for the trek further ahead. This day is to rest and explore the Nar village, its people, culture, traditions, and lifestyle.
Day 9 : Nar to Kang La pass (5322 m) to Ngawal (3660 m) Trip Duration: 7-8 hours
We will head out early today due to the long walk ahead. It will take us about 2 hours to reach the Kang La Phedi, from where the trail steeply ascends to Kang La pass. It will take us about two and a half hours to complete. We can enjoy the great view of the Annapurna range and its snow-capped peaks. We will then continue along the trail from Kang La pass until we reach Ngawal village in about 3 hours. Overnight at Ngawal.
Day 10 : Ngawal to Manang (3540 m) Trip Duration: 4-5 hours
Today, we will be trekking from Ngawal to Manang. The trail takes us through the isolated village of Paugh. The scenery of the Annapurna range and its snow-capped peaks are mind-boggling from Paugh. We will then follow the main trail of the Annapurna trail at Mungli. Continuing further along the trail, we will reach Manang. There are many lodges in Manang where we will be spending the night.
Day 11 : Manang to Yak Kharka (4110 m) Trip Duration: 3-4 hours
Day 11 of our Annapurna region trek will be a very short one, taking us from Manang to Yak Kharka. First, we will cross a stream and then climb up to a village called Tenki. From there, the trail continues further to climb out of the Marshyangdi valley to the valley of Jarsang Khola.
The trail then continues further, crossing a few pastures, scrub of juniper trees, and slowly gains elevation. It then passes through the meadows where horses and yaks graze. Finally, after crossing a small river, we will come across the Mani walls and reach Yak Kharka. Overnight at Yak Kharka.
Day 12 : Yak Kharka to Thorang Phedi (4600 m) Trip Duration: 3-4 hours
Thorang Phedi is a small busy settlement that acts as the stop for many tired trekkers and climbers. We will be trekking from Yak Kharka to Thorang Phedi today. We advise hiking higher and sleeping lower to better adjust to the climate. So, we will not risk traveling to High camp today but rather rest at Thorang Phedi. We will have a sound sleep and a good rest, prepared for the challenging day ahead.
Day 13 : Thorang Phedi to Thorang La Pass (5416 m) to Muktinath (3800 m) Trip Duration: 7-8 hours
Today is going to be a long and stretchy day. Also, the elevation gain is relatively high. However, we will start early today to reach Muktinath on time. Though a bit hard, the stunning view of the mountain vistas will more than compensate for today’s challenging walk. We will reach Muktinath by sunset, a very religious place for both Hindus and Buddhists. We will explore the nearby places and then spend the night at Muktinath.
Day 14 : Muktinath to Jomsom (2715 m) Trip Duration: 5-6 hours
We will start descending from Muktinath along the gorge of the Kali Gandaki river. It will take us about 5-6 hours to reach Jomsom. After that, we will pass through Kagbeni, and after walking further for 3 hours, we will finally reach Jomsom. We will stay the night at Jomsom.
Day 15 : Jomsom to Pokhara (827 m) Trip Duration: 30 min flight
On the 15th day of our Annapurna region trek, we will take a flight to Pokhara. It is a short flight and will only take us about 35 minutes. Upon reaching Pokhara, we will explore the beautiful city of lakes.
There are many places to explore, but we only have a day. So, we will adequately utilize this by visiting the primary point of attractions like Phewa Lake, Shanti stupa, mountain museum, Davis falls, Mahendra cave, etc. We will also enjoy the beautiful Lakeside during the nighttime.
Day 16 : Pokhara to Kathmandu Trip Duration: 6 hours
Today, we will be traveling back to Kathmandu via roadways. It will take us about 6 hours to head out early. Upon reaching Kathmandu, we will explore some of the valley’s remaining places and do some shopping.
Then, at night, you can enjoy Thamel’s nightlife.
Day 17 : Departure
Today is the last day of our trekking in the Annapurna region of Nepal and your last day in the country. Our representatives from Mountain Routes will pick you up at the hotel and drop you at the airport. We will share goodbyes and bade each other farewell.
Finally, you will be boarding the plane with nothing but beautiful memories and a fantastic experience that will inspire you for a very long time.
Nar Phu Valley Trek Frequently Asked Questions
Where is Nar Phu Valley trek ?
Nar and Phu are the two villages located in the Manang district in the southern part of the Annapurna region.
How long does it take to complete Nar Phu valley trek?
It takes about 12-17 days, starting from Kathmandu and ending at Kathmandu, but it depends on your choice and interest to go forward with Annapurna Circuit or Manaslu trek. We can customize the trek as required.
What are the Accommodation and Food available during Nar Phu valley trek?
Accommodation in the Nar Phu trek is a Tea house which is quite basic but clean. Mostly you are served with Dal Bhat ( Rice, Lentil, Curry) during your stay in Nar and Phu valley.
What are the conditions to get the Nar Phu valley trek permit?
Trekkers are allowed to enter with a special permit which will cost 75 USD to 90 USD depending upon the tourist season. It is also a compulsion to have a licensed holder guide to do this trek. The validity of that special permit is for only seven days.
Why Nar Phu Valley is different than the other in Annapurna Region?
This trek is also known as rural trekking, and trekkers can experience their stay in the ancient village and observe the Tibetian and Buddhism culture. In addition, the trekkers can also visit the ancient monastery built hundreds of years ago.
Is there any thing we need to be aware about Phu Village?
Smoking and chewing tobacco in Phu village is prohibited.