Nar Phu Valley Trek is an adventure trekking route that takes you into the heart of the Himalayas and unique ethnic Tibetan cultures. For 14 days, you’ll be walking through some of the remotest parts of Nepal, passing through stunning scenery, and experiencing medieval Tibetan culture.
Nar Phu valley trek is an isolated region in Nepal. Trekking through the valley offers a window into one of Nepal’s most pristine areas. Until late 2002 the valley was hardly explored but has now gained the attention of adventure seekers.
The trail remains one of the best and relatively less trekked routes in the Annapurna Region. Trekkers need a special permit to enter the valley. The permit is valid for a week. Hence you must complete the trek in the provided window.
The trekking trail takes you through the amazing and beautiful Nar Phu valley with amazing mountain ranges in the backdrop.
The proper trekking day begins at Besisahar and then continues further to Chamje. The route follows the well-known Annapurna Circuit trek but branches off eastwards from Koto towards Nar Phu valley. Finally, the trail takes us through the deep narrow river gorge North of the Annapurna range.
Walking Pass through the streams and suspension bridges over the river “Soti Khola,” again traversing through the dense pine forest is a beautiful memory.
The Nar Phu valley trek concludes after reaching Jomson passing through Kagbeni. During the 14days of trekking in the Nar Phu valley, you pass through some of the highest passes, such as Thorong La Pass at 5416m and Kang-La Pass at 5320m.
Passing through some of the remote yet beautiful villages with stone houses and remnants of the Khampa settlement, a dense forest of pine trees imprints the memory for a lifetime.
With amazing views of Pisang Peak, Annapurna II, and Himlung Himal upfront and close by, it’s truly a place where nature comes alive.
Spring and Autumn are the best times to go hiking in the region. Rhododendrons bloom during this period, making the landscape more colorful. There are chances of occasional rain in spring, but the weather is mild. In Autumn, the sky is clear, and the temperature is cool.
During the winter(December to February), trekking is full of risk and often not recommended. High altitude passes might be risky and hard to cross due to heavy snowfall. It would be best if you prepared yourself with proper winter trekking gear. Monsoon trails might be slippery, and you need to be ready for leeches. Views of mountains are blocked by fog or clouds.
During the entire trekking experience, you can enjoy the typical Nepalese cuisine (Pulse, Rice, veggies, and pickles) in the tea houses.
Nar Phu valley trekking is a challenging path to take. Nevertheless, walking for days makes it even more demanding. It requires preparation and planning before starting your journey. Start preparing your body for the trek. You ascend and descend on steep trails on high altitude trek and pass through the high-altitude zones that demand extra effort than regular days.
Don’t forget to carry your prescribed medications as it would be impossible to get the prescribed medicine once we are on the trail.
Similarly, carry your identification documents such as a passport, trekking permits, and a good camera. You do not want to miss the chance to capture the region’s beauty.
Arriving at Kathmandu
Kathmandu to Chaymje to Dharapani (1,960m/6,200ft.)
Distance: 230 km / 143 miles
Time: 08-09 hrs.
Dharapani to Koto (2600m / 8531ft)
Distance: 14 km / 8.69 miles
Time: 05-06 hrs
Koto to Meta (3560 m/ 11,680 feet)
Distance: 20 km / 12 miles
Time: 07-08 hrs
Meta to Phu Gau (4250 m / 13,944 ft)
Trekking distance: 9.7 km/ 6 miles
Time: 07-08 hrs
Acclimatization at Phu Gaon
Optional: Side trip to Himlung base camp
Phu Gau to Nar (4,110m /13,484 ft)
Trekking distance: (9 miles / 14.5 km)
Time: 07-08 hrs
Acclimatization at Nar
Nar to Ngawal Via Kang La Pass 5,240 m /17,192 ft.
Trekking distance: 16km /10 miles
Time: 08-09 hrs
Ngawal to Manang (3540 m / 11614 ft.)
Trekking distance: 10km / 6.22 miles
Time: 04-05 hrs
Manang to Yak Kharka (4110 m / 13485 ft.)
Distances. 10km / 6.22 miles
Time: 04-05 hrs
Yak Kharka to Thorang Phedi (4450 m / 1460 ft.)
Distance: 7.3 km / 4.5 miles.
Time: 04:00 hrs
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
Muktinath to Jomsom (2715 m / 8907 ft)
Distance: (23km / 14 miles)
Time: 01 hour drive
Jomsom to Pokhara (827 m / 2713ft.)
Time: 30 min flight
Pokhara to Kathmandu (1400 m / 4544 ft)
Distance: 210 km / 130 miles
Time: 06-07 hrs drive
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 and Phu are the two villages located in the Manang district in the southern part of the Annapurna region.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Smoking and chewing tobacco in Phu village is prohibited.