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Nar Phu Valley Trek

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  • Nar Phu Valley Trek
  • Max People : 16
  • Wifi Available
  • Daily Tour
  • Min Age : N/A
  • Pickup at Kathmandu

Nar Phu Valley trek: Nar Phu valley trek takes you across several high passes, picturesque villages, dense forests, ancient monasteries, and narrow canyons to remote Nar and Phu villages near Tibet. As the trek progresses, you will find yourself among the world’s rare wilderness, past impressive chortens, and herds of blue sheep. After visiting the Nar Phu Valley, you will be rejoining Annapurna Circuit trails.

Departure & Return Location

Kathmandu Pick and Drop

Departure Time

4 hours prior to the flight and 3 hours for Train Journey.

Nar Phu Valley Trek-Tour Route

Kathmandu-Besisahar-Jagat-Dharapani-Koto-Meta-Phu Gaon -Nar-Ngawal-Manang-Yarkharga-Thorong Phedi (4,600m / 15,092ft) to Thorong La Pass -Muktinath -Jomsom-Tatopani-Pokhara-Kathmandu.

Hotel/Camp Sites

All Accommodation in 3-star Hotel/ Camping/Lodge/Tea House and Farm House stay.

Transportation for Tour

1 to 2 Pax SUV Car | 2 to 8 Pax: Toyota Hiace Bus | 8 to 16 pax: Toyota Coaster Bus.

Proffessional Tour/Trek Guide

Local English Speaking Trek Guide expert in Local tradition and Culture.

Meals

First-day L/D and last day only breakfast before Departure. All meals during Tour. Please reconfirm with us.

Price Includes

  • Airport / hotel / airport pick up & transfer by private car
  • Public transportation from Kathmandu to Jagat (trek start) and Jomsom to Tatopani
  • Pokhara to Kathmandu on a tourist bus
  • Fresh fruits every night after dinner.
  • Trekking lodge accommodations during the trek
  • Necessary paper work and entry permit
  • A night accommodation with breakfast (room with attached bathroom) at Silver Oaks Inn in Pokhara
  • English speaking experience Government license holder guide with all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance
  • A Strong, helpful porter with with all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport, insurance and proper equipment (one porter for two people)
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available)
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company
  • Use of Sleeping bags, Down Jacket, Duffel bag and Walking Poles (If you don’t have your own, To be return after trip completed).
  • Government taxes and official expenses
  • Oxymeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily (Very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness(AMS) symptoms) Which will ensure you trek is in the safest hands possible for all levels of trekker.
  • All standard meals (15 Lunches, 14 Dinners, and 16 Breakfasts) during the trek
  • Total 14 nights - Tea House/ lodge accommodation during the trek
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) fee
  • Guides and porters' cost, their meals, insurance, salary, lodging, transportation, and other necessary equipment
  • Farewell dinner at Kathmandu at the end of the trek
  • Nar Phu Valley restricted area permit fee

Price Excludes

  • International flight to and out of Nepal
  • Travel Insurance
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Domestic flight not listed in the itinerary. (We can provide you the domestic flight booking service at the BEST discount price; please contact us our travel experts for the details.)
  • Tips for Guide/Driver
  • Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks etc.
  • Personal trekking equipments
  • Nepal entry visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (a multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
  • Hot shower and battery charging on the tea houses
  • All desserts sweet things like chocolate, cake, pie, pudding
  • Excess baggage charges (Limit is 9 kg per person)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara due to early arrival, late departure, and early return from the trek
Nar Phu Valley Trek in Nepal
  • Nar Phu valley trek takes you across several high passes, picturesque villages, dense forests, ancient monasteries, and narrow canyons to remote Nar and Phu villages near Tibet.
  • The trek to Nar Phu is just one of a string of epic trails climbing through Nepal's 'restricted areas', remote valleys tucked against the Himalayas.
  • The Nar Phu Valley trek is one of the most remote and peaceful hiking paths in the Annapurna area, with spectacular views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu
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Nar Phu Valley Trekking Itinerary

Day 1Drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar (760m / 2492ft) to Jagat (1,300m / 4,265ft)

After early morning breakfast, we begin our journey with a scenic drive from Kathmandu for about 6-7 hours (190 Km) to Besisahar. The local bus out of the valley follows the picturesque Trishuli River. As the drive progresses, you can witness beautiful scenery – terraced fields, traditional villages, and views of mountains, including Ganesh and Manaslu peaks.

Eventually, we leave the main highway that heads to Pokhara and drives north to Besisahar. After Besisahar, we continue our drive through paddy fields and reach Jagat – a Tibetan-style village. 

Overnight stay at a Lodge.

Day 2Trek from Jagat (1,300m / 4,265ft) to Dharapani (1,860m / 6,200ft)

Early morning after breakfast, we follow a trail that gradually progresses uphill to Chame. Then you will cross a suspension bridge and follow a rocky, steep path to reach Tal Village. You can enjoy the stunning waterfalls at Tal. After savoring the beauty of Tal, we move ahead, crossing a suspension bridge to reach lower Dharapani. Little ahead lies higher Dharapani, where we will stay for the night. 

Highest altitude: 1860m/6200ft

Trek Distance: 15.8Km/9.8miles

Trek Duration: 5 Hrs.

Day 3Trek from Dharapani (1,860m / 6,200ft) to Koto (2,610m / 8,563ft)

You will enter Nar Phu Valley, which will take around four to five hours. The route passes through pine and fir forests, several monasteries, and traditional villages to Bargarchhap. From Bargarchhap, you can enjoy spectacular views of Annapurna II, Manaslu, and other peaks. The path continues through pine forests before reaching Koto, a small village inhabited by the Gurungs.

Highest altitude: 2610m/8563ft

Trek Distance:

Trek Duration: 5/6 hrs.

Day 04Trek from Koto (2,610m / 8,563ft) to Meta (3,560m / 11,680ft)

After registering our restricted area permits at the police check post at Koto, we travel along the banks of Soti Khola through wonderful pine forests, past several suspension bridges and cascading waterfalls, ultimately reaching Dharamshala in about five hours.

From Dharamshala onwards, the woods become thinner, and the vistas get wider. We continue our trek for about one and a half hours through the forest, ascending steeply to Meta village on the Tibetan Plateau. The views of Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal look great from here.

Highest altitude: 3560/11680ft

Trek Distance:

Trek Duration: 7/8hrs

Day 05Trek from Meta (3,560m / 11,680ft) to Phu Gaon (4,250m / 13,944ft)

The path ascends and descends frequently, and by crossing a suspension bridge, you will reach Chyaku. As you continue to climb, you will start to get glorious views of Annapurna before entering Kyang. Kyang provides spectacular views of Pisang Peak and Annapurna II. You will then pass the Phu Khola on a rocky trail leaving behind submarine rocks and perhaps a few campsites before reaching Phu gate – the entry point of Phu Village.  

Nar and Phu villages are famous for their distinct blue sheep, unique culture, and religious practices. While we are at Phu Village, we will not forget to visit Tashi Lhakhang Monastery. Phu Village also provides splendid views of several Himalayan ranges – including Himlung Himal. 

Highest altitude: 4250m

Trek Distance:

Trek Duration: 7-8hrs

Day 06Trek from Phu Gaon (4,250m / 13,944ft) to Nar (4,110m / 13,484ft)

We leave Phu Gaon and head to Nar village, crossing two high passes – Phu Pass (5,050m) and Nar Pass (5,400m). The trek passes through many suspension bridges over streams, especially the Mahendra Pul. The trail provides you an opportunity to appreciate Pisang Peaks and several others. 

Highest altitude: 4250m/13944ft

Trek Distance:

Trek Duration:6/7hrs

Day 07Acclimatization and preparation at Nar

We will be acclimatizing at Nar for a day. It is a perfect time to rest and explore the Nar village, its people, traditions, and culture. Nar village has several monasteries and Chortens. You will probably be surprised to know that at least one child from each family at Nar studies Buddhism. 

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Day 08Trek from Nar (4,110m / 13,484ft) to Kang La Pass (5,322m / 17,460ft) to Ngawal (3,660m / 12,008ft)

From Nar, we ascend through the lateral moraine of Temdenzon Khola on a pleasant path that passes through yak pastures while providing stunning views of the west ridge of Pisang Peak. Then, the trek will take you to Jhombu Kharka, also known as Kang la Phedi – the bottom of Kang La pass. 

From Kang La Phedi, we will slowly ascend to Kang La Pass. The path is steep, but it’s not too difficult. We estimate that it will take about 2 hours to cross the pass. From Kang La Pass pass, you will get beautiful views of the Annapurna II, Gangapurna, and Tilicho Peak. Then, we will trek for about three more hours to reach Ngawal Village, where we will stay for the night. 

Highest altitude:5322m/17460ft

Trek Distance:

Trek Duration:7/8hrs

Day 09Trek from Ngawal (3,660m / 12,008ft) to Manang (3,540m / 11,614ft)

We leave Ngwal and head to Manang along the banks of the Marsyangdi River. As you move forward, you will pass through several forests and villages like Braga and Paugh while enjoying the views of the Tilicho Peak and Annapurna ranges. As we reach Mungli, our path rejoins the standard Annapurna trails. We trek forward till we reach Manang, our destination for this day. 

Highest altitude:3660m/12008ft

Trek Distance:

Trek Duration:4-5hrs

Day 10Trek from Manang (3,540m / 11,614ft) to Yak Kharka (4,110m / 13,484ft)

From Manang, we cross a stream and reach Tenki village, then head out of Marshyangdi Valley northwest to Jar Sang Khola Valley. The trail ascends slowly as we pass a few pastures and juniper trees to reach a small village called Gunsan. The houses in Gunsan are made of flat mud roofs. The villagers raise yaks and horses, so you might see yaks and horses grazing in the nearby pastures. After crossing a small river on a wooden bridge, we make our way up the spectacular valleys to an open, peaceful meadow known as Yak Kharka.

Highest altitude: 4110m/13484ft

Trek Distance:

Trek Duration:3-4hrs

Day 11Trek from Yak Kharka (4,110m / 13,484ft) to Thorong Phedi (4,600m / 15,092ft)

Today, we head to the foot of Thorong La pass – Thorong Phedi. From Yak Kharka, you will climb up to a ridge, then head down and cross the Marsyangdi river on a wooden bridge. After continuing on the mountain path, we follow a narrow trail across a slope and descend to Thorough Phedi.

Highest altitude: 4600m/15092ft

Trek Duration: 3-4hours

Day 12Trek from Thorong Phedi (4,600m / 15,092ft) to Thorong La Pass (5,4525m / 17,764ft) to Muktinath (3,800m / 12,467ft)

Today, we will cross Thorong La Pass, one of the world’s highest passes and the highest point of this trek. We push ourselves through the icy air, steep climb, and high altitude, but the views from the Thorong La Pass are worth it. Ahead of you, you will see a panorama of majestic Himalayan peaks extending northwards into Tibet. At the back, you can see several  Annapurna ranges. We will then descend to Muktinath. The descent to Muktinath is pretty steep and will take between 3 to 4 hours.

Muktinath is a sacred place for Hindus and Buddhists. The Buddhists call it -Chumig Gyatsa -in Tibetan, it means “Hundred Waters.” Sure enough, Muktinath temple premises host 108 water sprouts, in addition to an eternal flame. 

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Day 13Trek from Muktinath (3,800m / 12,467ft) to Jomsom (2,715m / 8,910ft)

We head down first to Ekle Bhatti Village and then to Jharkot and Khingar villages, where there are a few beautiful monasteries that you can explore. We will walk along the banks of the Kali Gandaki river past Kagbeni to reach Jomsom. The view of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri is splendid throughout the trail.

Day 14Drive from Jomsom (2,715m / 8,910ft) to Tatopani (1200m / 3,940ft) by local bus

From Jomsom, we catch a local bus to Tatopani. This rough bus ride passes by some of the deepest gorges in the world and will take you from the arid high-elevation terrain to the lowlands with lush jungles and farmlands. 

You will also see spectacular views of the Kali Gandaki River, separating Annapurna – the world’s 10th-highest peak, from Dhaulagiri – the seventh-highest. Tatopani is famous for its natural hot spring. You can take a dip in the nearby hot springs to relax your active muscles.

Day 15Drive Tatopani (1200m / 3,940ft) to Pokhara (850m / 2,789ft) 7 hr

Early in the morning, from Tatopani, we take a seven-hour bus or jeep ride to Pokhara, passing Beni Bazaar. Pokhara is the tourist capital of Nepal. Here, you can enjoy yourself with all the niceties this city offers. Pokhara has so much to offer.

Day 16Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1,350m / 4,428ft)

Today we start the day early and depart on a tourist bus to Kathmandu. The 200 km route first follows the Marsyangdi River banks and then the Trishuli River while offering enticing views of the landscape, traditional villages, and terraced farms. The bus makes a final climb, and you will find yourself in Kathmandu, where your trek started.

Enjoy the night life and prepare your day for tomorrow.

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FAQ

Where is Nar Phu Valley?

The Nar Phu trek takes you to the remote villages of Nar and Phu near Chame in the Annapurna region. It is one of Nepal’s most untouched and beautiful regions. Nar and Phu are different but close villages inhabited by the Khampas (Tibetan refugees), and you will get to experience their lifestyle firsthand.

Do you need a permit for Nar Phu Valley Trek?

Yes, a permit is compulsory for Nar Phu Valley Trek. All travelers need two permits. One is an Annapurna Conservation area permit and another is a TIMS card.

Which month is best for Narphu Valley Trek?

The best Trekking season in Nar Phu Valley trekking. The best trekking season starts from Spring (March to July ) and Autumn (September to December).

What is Nar Phu Valley Trek famous for?

The Nar-phu valley trek is meant for those travelers who want to experience the most remote Himalayas or the world generally known “The Forbidden Kingdom”. This valley of Nar-phu is the last standing remains of ancient forbidden kingdom of Tibet later found in Nepal.

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