Nar Phu Valley Trek is unarguably one of the most remote and least explored treks in Nepal. Opened only in 2003, this trek takes you to the wild, exotic and sparsely populated valleys of Nar and Phu, offering intriguing medieval Tibetan culture and customs completely undisturbed form, and dramatic mountains view.
A fantastic journey to the wild and unexplored vicinity located north of Annapurna, this rugged and wild trek takes us to the exotic and enthralling valley of Nar Phu. Nar Phu Valley trek starts from Jagat following the popular trekking routes of Annapurna Circuit trail and then branch off from Koto to follow the off the beaten track to Nar Phu valley in the north of Manang and pass the Kang La pass with magnificent panorama of Annapurna massifs. The Kang La pass links Nar with Manang and three other Bhotia villages in the Neyshang valley.
The valley system above opens up to a huge expanse of high snow-peaks, ancient villages and high altitude grazing settlements. Trekking to this hidden mountain valley offers medieval Tibetan culture in undisturbed form, dramatic mountains view and great alpine sceneries. We then head west over the Thorong La Pass and down through lower Mustang before heading on to Jomsom. We finally fly back to Pokhara and drive back to Kathmandu next day.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m)On arrival in Kathmandu airport, you will be greeted by our staff and escorted to your hotel room. You may have a rest or take a leisurely stroll in the streets of Thamel.
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trek PreparationToday, we will visit some significant world heritage sites, including Patan Durbar Square, the religious Pashupatinath temple, Swayambhunath (the Monkey Temple) and the famous Boudhhanath stupa. Later, we will meet our trek leader and guide, check our equipment and meet other group members and discuss the exciting adventure ahead. Included meals: Breakfast
Day 03: Drive to Dharapani (1,960 m)Our trekking guide will come to the hotel in the morning at 6: 00 to pick you with private transport. Then you will drive to Besi Shahar (175.8 km) which will take us about 5 to 6 hours along a scenic route. Along the journey you will witness rather stunning scenery of snow capped mountains, green hills, rivers, and villages and again drive Besisahar to Dharapani (34.8 Km) by jeep through the Nagdi, Bhulbhule, Sange, Chamche, Tall, Dharapani, can see wonderful Manaslu, Annapurna II scenery, and others majestic mountains. Stay overnight at tea house.
Day 04: Trek from Dharapani to Koto (2,610m)We start our trek walking towards Bagarchap, a Buddhist village from where we can see the first view of Annapurna II. The rough trail then takes an ascent to Timang village situated at the altitude of 2,460 m. From Timang we can see the beautiful view of Mt. Manaslu. Continuing the trek, we walk through the pine forests up to Chame and lastly to the Koto village. The trek will be of around 5 to 6 hours this day.
Day 05: Trek from Koto to Meta (3,560 m)The distance to cover this day is quite longer so we start our trek early today. The trekking route today passes through the restricted area of Narphu valley, dense pine forests, cave shelters and pilgrims resting places, waterfalls here and there and rough steep ascents. After walking for 7 to 8 hours, we finally reach the destination for the day, Meta. From here, the sceneries of Himalayan ranges can be seen clearly and
Day 06: Trek from Meta to Phu Gaon (4,080 m)Bidding farewell to Meta, some unique, colorful Chortens that the Nar-Phu is popular for begin to appear in sight. We cross many suspension bridges crossing many streams throughout the trail. We can find no residential houses along the way but only the remnants of the fort of Khampa settlement (the place where the Tibetans lived illegally). Following the rocky trail we walk past Phu Khola witnessing the line of wonderful chortens along the way to Phu Gaon.
Day 07: Acclimatization day at Phu GaonThe day is utilized acclimatizing to the thinning of the air and also to rest and explore the Phu village. A very old Buddhist Monastery known as Tashi Lakhang monastery also listed among the 108 world’s greatest monasteries lies at a short distance in Phu Gaon. We can also hike up to the Himlung Base Camp and enjoy the breath taking views.
Day 08: Trek from Phu Gaon to Nar (4,110 m)The trail initially descends down crossing plenty of streams, crossing suspension bridges until we reach Mahendra Pul after almost 4 hours. We also cross the high suspension bridge 80 m over Lapche river gorge. From Mahendra Pul, the trail ascends and we can witness Buddhist Stupas until we finally reach Nar valley. There are plenty of Monasteries to visit at Nar and the view of the Pisang peak can also be enjoyed.
Day 09: Acclimatization day at Nar.This day can be utilized to explore around the Nar valley. Nar is more energetic than the Phu valley. One can encounter people printing flags, spinning wool, the echoing sound of drums, prayers in the monasteries, the monks spinning the prayer wheels and many more. The rest of the day can be used to rest and relax in the beautiful village.
Day 10: Trek from Nar to Kang La Pass (5,306 m) to Ngawal (3,660 m)The trek today will be very long therefore we start early before sunrise today towards Kang La Pass. The pass is not difficult but the effect of altitude can be easily felt. From the top of the pass, brilliant view of Annapurna II, Gangapurna and Tilicho Peak can be witnessed. The trail from the pass goes steep down towards Ngawal. The village of Ngawal is very different from the villages recently visited as there are nice guesthouses with Wi-Fi and better phone signals here.
Day 11: Trek from Ngawal to Manang (3,540 m)We continue our trek walking through the big hills, jungle and wetlands. On the way, we can see beautiful landscapes, stupas and lama school. After 6 hours of walking, we will reach Manang, one of the happening places of the trek.
Day 12: Trek to Ledar (4373m)Today we head off on a 10.4 km uphill trek to Yak Kharka passing through juniper forests and may see yak grazing in the pastures. On the route, we pass the only teahouse at Thorong Khola. Depending on the conditions we may decide to go a little further and stay the night at Ledar. Today’s trek is about 5 hours. Breakfast, lunch &dinner included.
Day 13: Trek to Thorong Phedi (4,450M) or High Camp (4800M/1 hour further from Phedi)Climbing higher we gradually get used to the higher altitude. We follow the east bank of the Jarang Khola and along with the trail view steep bluffs before reaching Thorong Phedi (meaning foothills). We can also trek for one more hour to High Camp (4800m). If we are lucky we may see the famous blue sheep and even a snow leopard! This is also home to Lammergeyer (bearded vulture). There is also a belief the mythical griffons are in this region! Breakfast, lunch & dinner included.
Day 14: Cross Thorong La Pass (5,416M), trek to Muktinath (3,802M)Today is most likely the toughest day of the trek, hiking for around 7-8 hours. The higher altitude contributes to the degree of difficulty and sometimes strong winds in these upper regions. Along the trail, we may pass sheep, yaks, and merchants transporting their goods. Once we reach Thorong La Pass we will be rewarded with breath-taking views of Annapurna, Gangapurna and the eye-catching peak of Khatungkang (6484m). Leaving the pass we descend around 1600 meters and the brilliant Dhaulagiri (Dhaula Giri, meaning “White Mountain”) is the highest mountain that is entirely in Nepal. The trail is more undulating and relatively easy before we reach Muktinath where we stay the night after a 10-hour trek. Breakfast, lunch & dinner included.
Day 15: Trek to Jomsom (2,750M)From Muktinath, we pass through lush meadows, fruit trees, and streams passing through Kagbeni before we reach Jomson in the. Kali Gandaki valley. Kagbeni has a well-deserved reputation for its horticulture industry. Today we trek for around 6 hours. Breakfast, lunch & dinner included.
Day 16: Fly from Jomson to Pokhara (8,50M)Today is our last day as we head to the small airport terminal at Jomson where we take a short 15 to 20-minute flight to Pokhara. Once airborne you will have some amazing views of the Himalayas. This evening you can sit back and relax, enjoy and drink or two and look back on your amazing adventure through the amazing Annapurna Conservation Area – stroll along Lakeside. Other attractions in Pokhara are the World Peace Pagoda (clearly visible across Phewa Tal (lake), Bindabasini Temple, Phewa Lake, Matepani Buddhist Monastery, International Mountain Museum and Devi's Falls.
Day 17: Drive back to Kathmandu (1,350M)Today we head back on a 6 to 7-hour drive to Kathmandu with many fond memories of Nepal and its unique culture and geography. These memories will last a lifetime!
Day 18: Drive to the Airport, takeoff from Kathmandu: Duration: 30 minutes.Adventure High Mountain staff will transfer you to the airport for your final departure from Nepal. We hope that this epic trek will be firmly ingrained in your memory and will be enough to prompt you to consider your next trek with us!
Note: This itinerary is meant only as a guideline and is subject to change to suit the local conditions. Walking hours are based on an average walking pace and may change as per individual pace.
Free airport transfer on arrival and departures by private vehicles.
4 Nights hotel in Kathmandu with bed and breakfast basis.
1 night hotel in Pokhara with bed and breakfast basis.
Transportation from Kathmandu – Dharapani.
Meals on a full-board basis (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner/ the main course) during the trek in the mountain.
Trekking lodges (Tea House) throughout the trek.
Adventure High Mountain experienced, government-licensed, English-speaking trekking guide.
Compressive first aid box (Guide will carry it throughout the trek).
All salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport, and insurance for the guide.
Restricted Area special permit.
All necessary papers including Annapurna conservation permit and TIMS card (Trekking Information Management System).
All government, Local taxes, and official Expenses.
Jomsom to Pokhara Fly ticket.
Pokhara to Kathmandu by bus/flight.
Kathmandu Sightseeing by Private Car/Van/Bus.
Farewell Dinner at a typical Nepalese restaurant with traditional music and dance.
Nepal entry visa and airport fees.
Personal equipment and clothing.
Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, room service, extra hotel nights, extra meals, shopping, hot shower, hot and cold drinks, alcohols, snacks, water, Wi-Fi, battery re-charge, heater charge, etc.)
Alcoholic and bottled beverages.
Travel insurance with trip cancellation, medical and evacuation policy.
All expenses associated with non-scheduled departure.
Guide Gratuity - Tipping is always a personal choice, but is greatly appreciated by your guides.
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$700 deposit at time of registration, which includes a $300 non-refundable registration fee.
Balance due 60 days prior to departure.
Payment must be paid in full prior to the beginning of the trek.
Bank Name : MEGA BANK NEPAL LIMITED.
Beneficiary Name : ADVENTURE HIGH MOUNTAIN (P)LTD.
Account Number : 0570010151011
Swift Code: MBNLNPKA
Bank Address: Thamel, Saraswati Sadan - 29 Kathmandu Nepal.
We strongly recommend the purchase of travel cancellation insurance to protect you from the unexpected. You aren’t likely to think of it now, but people do get ill, break a bone, have a family emergency or get assigned to a last minute business trip. If you are in remote areas, please note that emergency rescue & evacuation can be very expensive.
We also strongly urge you to consider rescue and evacuation insurance if your own policy does not provide the coverage needed. Services available may include, but are not limited to, helicopter evacuation, medical care, etc.
If you choose not to purchase insurance, you assume full responsibility.