Nar-Phu Valley Trek

18 Days

Until 2002 Nar Phu valley was closed to tourism, the Nar and Phu valley is way remote than its neighboring Annapurna circuit in both time and space.  The journey to Nar – Phu valley is a moment to remember throughout the life time, without doubt Nepal is a land of abundant surprise with variation of culture, religion practice and life style and Nar-Phu valley does the same, it provides us fantastic trek route that is least explored, located in the north of Annapurna. Even though its most of the trail is con-joint with Annapurna Circuit, to enter the Nar-Phu valley we require special permit (Restricted area permit), Most of the time referred as the hidden valley, we explore the remote village in different manner than what we have seen in the other part of Nepal’s trekking trail, the economy of the village is mainly based on Yak & Sheep herding, traditional stone-walled village still maintain the lifestyle un-touched for centuries.

Our trek starts from Khudi after a long drive from Kathmandu, our trek takes us to narrow gorges to medieval villages, past impressive Chortens, herds of blue sheep and spectacular cliffs side trails and over highest pass of the region. We can find abandoned settlements which was once used by Khampa rebels, we can expect to meet mountaineers who are heading to climb peaks in the area like Kang Garu, Himlung, Ratna Chuli. A tiny bridge over the Marshyangdi River the trail starts winding up from Koto and through narrow entrance passing thick forest we land into a whole new world of Nar & Phu valley. This trek requires a good fitness level and previous trekking experience, so that we won’t have tough time to walk over rock formations and glaciers.

While we experience the continuation of Tibetan culture and lifestyle in the valley, narrow canyons Buddhist monasteries at the same time we are also blessed to have those majestic views of mountains which includes Manaslu (8163m.) Dhaulagiri (8167m.) and Annapurna 1 (8091m.).

After Nar Phu valley the trail passes through Manang and we arrive to annapurna circuit trail over thorong La pass which continue to Hindu pilgrimage town of Muktinath. From Muktinath we head to Jomsom and we either take a flight next morning or drive to Pokhara according to the plan that has been scheduled prior to your booking.

We also have an option to continue this trek to Tilicho lake and Meso Kanto La.  You can duly let us know to schedule your trip to the Nar-Phu Valley.

2 – 5 pax USD 2600.
6 – 10 pax USD 2450.
11 – 15 pax USD 2350.
16 – 20 pax USD 2250.
single supplement USD 3600.

Nar Phu Valley Itinerary

arrive in Kathmandu airport and get transfer to your hotel which is prebooked.

After breakfast in Kathmandu, the journey begins with a scenic drive to Besisahar, which takes about 6-7 hours. The route follows the Trishuli River, offering beautiful views of terraced fields, traditional villages, and mountains such as Ganesh and Manaslu peaks.
From Besisahar, the drive continues north towards Jagat, passing through paddy fields and reaching the Tibetan-style village of Jagat.
Overnight stay at a lodge.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

After an early breakfast, the trek begins uphill to Chame. Along the way, you will cross a suspension bridge and pass through Tal Village, known for its beautiful waterfalls.
Continuing the trek, you will cross another suspension bridge and reach lower Dharapani, followed by higher Dharapani, where you will stay for the night.
Overnight stay at a lodge.
included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

The trek enters the Nar Phu Valley, passing through pine and fir forests, monasteries, and traditional villages. You will enjoy views of Annapurna II, Manaslu, and other peaks.
The trail continues through pine forests and eventually reaches Koto, a small village inhabited by the Gurungs.
Overnight stay at a lodge. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

After registering the restricted area permits at the police check post in Koto, the trek proceeds along the banks of Soti Khola, passing through pine forests, suspension bridges, and cascading waterfalls.
After about five hours, you will reach Dharamshala and then continue for another one and a half hours to Meta village on the Tibetan Plateau, offering great views of Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal.
Overnight stay at a lodge. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

The trek involves ascending and descending, passing through Chyaku and Kyang villages, offering views of Pisang Peak and Annapurna II.
After crossing the Phu Khola on a rocky trail, you will reach Phu gate, the entry point of Phu Village. Phu Village is known for its distinct blue sheep, unique culture, and religious practices. It also provides splendid views of the Himalayan ranges.
Overnight stay at a lodge. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

On the sixth day of the trekking, you will trek from Phu Gaon, located at an altitude of 4,250m (13,944ft), to Nar village, situated at 4,110m (13,484ft). The trek duration for this day is estimated to be around 6-7 hours. The trek involves crossing two high passes, namely Phu Pass (5,050m) and Nar Pass (5,400m). Throughout the trek, you will come across several suspension bridges over streams, including the notable Mahendra Pul. The trail offers breathtaking views of Pisang Peaks and other magnificent peaks.

You will spend the night at a lodge in Nar village, and your meals for the day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) will be provided.

The seventh day is dedicated to acclimatization and preparation at Nar village. This is an essential day for allowing your body to adjust to the high altitude. It is also an opportunity to explore the village, interact with the locals, and immerse yourself in the traditions and culture of Nar. The village is known for its monasteries and Chortens. Additionally, you might be surprised to learn that at least one child from each family in Nar studies Buddhism.

You will spend another night at a lodge in Nar village, and your meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) will be provided.

Starting from Nar, you will ascend through the lateral moraine of Temdenzon Khola, enjoying the picturesque path that traverses yak pastures and provides stunning views of the west ridge of Pisang Peak.

Continuing on, you will reach Jhombu Kharka, also known as Kang la Phedi, which is the base of Kang La pass. From Kang La Phedi, the trail gradually ascends to Kang La Pass. Although the path is steep, it is not overly difficult. It will take approximately 2 hours to cross the pass. From Kang La Pass, you will be rewarded with magnificent views of Annapurna II, Gangapurna, and Tilicho Peak. Afterward, you will trek for around three more hours to reach Ngawal Village, where you will spend the night.
Accommodation will be arranged at a lodge in Ngawal, and your meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) will be provided.

The trail follows the banks of the Marsyangdi River, passing through forests and villages like Braga and Paugh. As you progress, you will enjoy panoramic views of the Tilicho Peak and Annapurna ranges. Upon reaching Mungli, the path rejoins the standard Annapurna trails. Continuing forward, you will arrive at Manang, your destination for the day.

You will spend the night at Hotel Himalayan Singi in Manang, and your meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) will be provided.

Starting from Manang, you will cross a stream and reach Tenki village. From there, you will head out of the Marshyangdi Valley in the northwest direction towards the Jar Sang Khola Valley. The trail gradually ascends as you pass through a few pastures and juniper trees, eventually arriving at the small village of Gunsan. In Gunsan, you will notice houses with flat mud roofs, and you may see yaks and horses grazing in the nearby pastures, as the villagers raise them. After crossing a small river on a wooden bridge, you will continue your ascent through spectacular valleys until you reach Yak Kharka, an open and peaceful meadow.

You will spend the night at Hotel Gangapurna in Yak Kharka, and your meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) will be provided.

Starting from Yak Kharka, you will climb up to a ridge and then descend, crossing the Marsyangdi River on a wooden bridge. Continuing on the mountain path, you will follow a narrow trail across a slope until you reach Thorong Phedi, located at the foot of Thorong La Pass.

Thorong La Pass is one of the world's highest passes and the highest point of this trek. Although the climb is steep and challenging due to the icy air and high altitude, the breathtaking views from Thorong La Pass make it worthwhile. You will witness a panoramic vista of majestic Himalayan peaks extending northwards into Tibet, along with the Annapurna ranges behind you. After crossing the pass, you will descend to Muktinath. The descent to Muktinath is steep and will take approximately 3-4 hours.

Muktinath holds great religious significance for both Hindus and Buddhists. Buddhists refer to it as "Chumig Gyatsa" in Tibetan, meaning "Hundred Waters." The temple premises of Muktinath feature 108 water sprouts and an eternal flame.

Overnight stay at a lodge. Meals for the day: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

The trail takes you down to Ekle Bhatti Village and continues through Jharkot and Khingar villages, where you can explore beautiful monasteries. Walking along the banks of the Kali Gandaki River, you will pass Kagbeni before reaching Jomsom. Throughout the trail, you will be treated to splendid views of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri mountains.

Overnight stay at a lodge. Meals for the day: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

This day involves a bus journey from Jomsom to Tatopani. The distance is approximately 113km (70 miles), and the driving duration is expected to be around 6-7 hours. Starting from Jomsom, you will board a local bus that takes you through some of the world's deepest gorges. The route transitions from the arid high elevation terrain to the lowlands with lush jungles and farmlands. Along the way, you will enjoy spectacular views of the Kali Gandaki River, which separates Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains. Tatopani is renowned for its natural hot springs, providing an opportunity to relax and rejuvenate in the soothing waters.

The journey takes you through scenic landscapes, including Beni Bazaar. Pokhara, known as the tourist capital of Nepal, offers a wide range of attractions and activities. You can indulge in various recreational options available in the city and enjoy the pleasant ambiance it offers.

Following the route along the Marsyangdi River and later the Trishuli River, you will witness captivating views of the landscape, traditional villages, and terraced farms. As the journey progresses, the bus makes a final climb, bringing you back to Kathmandu, where your trek initially started.

One of the representative from International Adventures Treks & Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. will transfer you to airport depending on your flight time.

Note: Airport time is 3 hours before your flight, we recommend you to have atleast half an hour of transfer time to reach the airport during day time.

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Nar-Phu Valley Trek