Trip Facts

  • Duration:22 Days
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Max Altitude:5,416 Meter
  • Min group sizeAny
  • Best TimeTwo
  • Holiday typeTrekking

About Nar Phu Valley Trek

Nar Phu valley trek is an adventurous venture to a hidden restricted corner between Damodar Kunda and Annapurna. Our Nar Phu valley itinerary combines the Annapurna circuit trail from Nagwal. So, in one package, you will be exploring two incredible parts of the Himalayas. The peace of Nar Phu valley, combined with the bustle of the Annapurna circuit trail, makes this journey impeccable. 

To be exact, Nar Phu valley is located in the Manang district, northwest part of Nepal. The Nar Phu valley trekking takes you across picturesque villages and ancient Tibetan Buddhism cultural heritage. Today, Nar Phu valley has become one of the most exotic parts of the country to travel to. 

For avid trekkers, the Nar Phu valley trek 23 days is one of the best trekking packages in Nepal. The Nar Phu valley trail is unspoiled and not frequently visited by travelers. Therefore, you get to enjoy a peaceful trek amidst rocky hills, gushing rivers, beautiful valleys, and giant mountains. 

Offbeat and less crowded trekking route

Nar Phu valley was opened to foreign visitors in 2002, and only from 2010 onwards, the region got much more approachable when the locals began to provide accommodation and meal services to trekkers. Even to this date, the Nar Phu valley trekking route is not that grown if we compare it to the Everest base camp trek or the Annapurna base camp trek.  As the region is still very far away from modernization and the locals still live a very simple lifestyle, the trekking experience will be nothing less than traveling back in time. 

The Nar Phu valley terrain is offbeat, which means only experienced trekkers or individuals with high performance are welcome. The trail begins through lush woodlands and progresses to rocky foothills, glaciers, and narrow canyons before you'll even realize it. You will be crossing high-hanging bridges and many lovely streams. 

The welcoming locals and Tibetan Buddhism cultural heritage

The locals of Nar and Phu villages follow Tibetan Buddhism. You get to taste the authentic village lifestyle during the Nar Phu valley trek. The trail has many stupas, mani walls, Chortens, and prayer wheels. The locals are kind and welcoming. You will be visiting ancient Buddhist monasteries like Tashi Lhakhang. 

Once you join the Annapurna circuit route, you will be meeting people from many other communities. Likewise, the trail takes you to one of the significant pilgrimage sites of the country, Muktinath (3,710 m). 

Cross the Kang La  and Thorong La passes and breathtaking mountain panorama

Tucked far away amidst high mountain cliffs, the Nar Phu valley trekking offers a wild voyage that will be a huge part of your memory for a lifetime. It is a true wild trek that carries a unique essence of tranquility too. The Nar Phu valley trek gets more challenging when the time comes to cross the Kang La (5,306 m). And not only that, you will be crossing Thorong La (5,416 m) following this itinerary. 

Following a very steep, narrow uphill route to ascend to the top of the pass. And once you are up there, the jaw-dropping mountain panorama will take your breath away. By the way, the trekking route offers stunning views of the incredible western Himalayan mountains, including the Annapurna I (8,091 m), Annapurna IV (7,525 m), Annapurna South (7,219 m), Nilgiri (7,061 m), Dhaulagiri Range (8,167 m), Tilicho Peak (7,134 m), Manaslu (8,163 m), Hiunchuli (6,441 m), Fishtail (6,993 m), etc. 

Book Nar Phu valley trek  Departure

To book the Nar Phu valley trek departure, get in touch with us anytime. We also customize the Nar Phu valley trek itinerary for our guests if our offered itinerary does not fit their needs. 

Below are some other adventurous trekking packages in Nepal- Upper Mustang Trek, Manaslu Circuit Trek, Makalu Base Camp Trek, Everest Three High Passes Trek, etc. 

Trekkers who are short on time and looking for a day trip in the Himalayas, do check out our best-seller Everest base camp helicopter tour with a landing package. 

Why go on Annapurna Circuit Trek with Adventure White Mountain?

We, Adventure White Mountain, offer a very experienced team to accompany you in the mountains. You will be traveling with a friendly and certified mountain guide. Our Nar Phu valley trek is well-designed and has the best price in the market. You will be safe and sound with us. Our team will take care of all the reservations, so you stay away from any hassle. 

Moreover, our attention to detail and quality of service has made us a very reputable trekking company in Nepal. We work with the local mountain community very closely and contributed to their growth. Trekking with us means you'll be supporting the local community too indirectly. Likewise, as we said earlier, our Nar Phu valley trek cost is incomparable.
 

Trip Highlights

  • Explore the hidden Nar Phu valley and come across ancient Tibetan Buddhis culture
  • Trek in a restricted area full of adventure and trodden path
  • Walk through lush forests, narrow canyons, and glacial paths
  • The less crowded hiking trail to Nar and Phu villages
  • Explore ancient religious sites such as Tashi Lhakhang and Muktinath temple
  • Cross Kang La and Thorong La pass
  • Witness breathtaking mountain landscapes throughout the trek
  • Explore both Nar Phu valley and the Annapurna circuit
  • Meet with locals from different communities and get to see their rural lifestyle

Itinerary

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We would like to inform our valued clients that the time duration is depending on the trekker and their physical fitness.
B L D means Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

Welcome to Nepal. You will be guided to the hotel by our staff once you arrive at the airport. You will have the rest of the day to do whatever you wish to do: get some sleep, stroll around, or party hard. Later, you will participate in a gathering of other trekkers and guides and also be handed over the equipment necessary for the trek.

  • Accommodation Star Hotel
  • Altitude1345 Meter

On the 2nd day of the itinerary, we drive to Khudi (800m) along the Prithivi Highway. It takes 6 hours to reach Khudi. On that day you are staying at the hotel.

  • Accommodation Tea House
  • MealsB L D
  • Time6 Hours Drive
  • Altitude800 Meter

Nar Phu Valley Trek continues when we start our trek to Bahundanda (1310m). The track first leads to the inhabitants of Gurung and Khudi at 790m. The trail offers nice scenic beauty of different ‘Chuli’ like Himalchuli and Ngadi Chuli. The trekking trail like Bhulbhule, Ngadi, and Lampata continues to reach or arrive at Bahundanda (1310m) Overnight stay at a tented camp.

  • Accommodation Tea House
  • MealsB L D
  • Time5 Hours
  • Altitude1,310 Meter

Chamje (1,430m) is famous for its waterfall and is appreciated by tourist and other natives too. It is a short day’s trek to Chamje from Bahundanda. Overnight stay at a tented camp.

  • Accommodation Tea House
  • MealsB L D
  • Time4 Hours
  • Altitude1,430 Meter

On the 6th day of the itinerary, we will move to Dharapani (1,920 m). For the trek to Dharapani, we have to move from Chamje (1,430m). It takes around 5 hours to reach Chamje. Overnight stay at a tented camp.

  • Accommodation Tea House
  • MealsB L D
  • Time5 Hours
  • Altitude1,920 Meter

Trek to Koto (2,600m) is our next destination for the trek. We need to move from Dharapani for Koto and we start in the morning with some delicious breakfast. On the way, we can see varieties of vegetation and natural scenery. Overnight stay at a tented camp.

  • Accommodation Tea House
  • MealsB L D
  • Time5 Hours
  • Altitude2,600 Meter

Trek to Dharmasala from Koto takes about 6-7 hrs trek. You can enjoy the trek with an up-close experience with waterfalls on the way to Dharmashala. Overnight stay at a tented camp.

  • Accommodation Tea House
  • MealsB L D
  • Time6 Hours
  • Altitude3,230 Meter

On the 9th day, we will move to Kayang (3,740m). The way to Kayang is even more adventurous as you will be walking on a rock face which is cut into sheer but comfortable and wide enough for any hiker. Kayang is a very beautiful place where you can enjoy the cool weather. Overnight at tented camp.

  • Accommodation Tea House
  • MealsB L D
  • Time5 Hours
  • Altitude3,740 Meter

After 3-4 hrs walk from Kayang you can reach Phu village. At the beginning, the entrance of the village is narrow but as soon as you enter the area it widens. Overnight at tented camp.

  • Accommodation Tea House
  • MealsB L D
  • Time4 Hours
  • Altitude4,050 Meter

Phu Valley is on the edge of the hill. There are beautiful and well-maintained houses in Phu Valley. A camping site by the river can be a place for staying overnight at a tented camp.

  • Accommodation Tea House
  • MealsB L D
  • Time4 Hours
  • Altitude4,050 Meter

Trek to Junam (3,550m) is another special hike during the Nar Phu Valley Trek because it gives you the chance to witness the powerful yet serene Junam River as the trek traverse through the banks of this river where overnight tented camp can be fixed.

  • Accommodation Tea House
  • MealsB L D
  • Time5 Hours
  • Altitude3,550 Meter

The next day we embark on our trek to Nar village (4,150m) which normally takes around 5-6 hours. It is exciting because of the tight bends that lead toward the village with beautiful terraces. Overnight stay at a tented camp.

  • Accommodation Tea House
  • MealsB L D
  • Time6 Hours
  • Altitude4,150 Meter

On the 14th day, we cross Kang-La Pass which is 2 a half hours walk from Nar village. With a steep pathway, this hike can be more challenging. Then we reach Ngwal (3,675m) where we stay overnight at a tented camp.

  • Accommodation Tea House
  • MealsB L D
  • Time5 Hours
  • Altitude3,675 Meter

On the 15th day, we need to carry on the lower part for the trek to Manang (3,550m). People who are living in this region are engaged in agriculture and rearing yaks. The trail continues from Mungii to the village known called Bryanga (3,475m) then we are at Manang (3,500m). Overnight at tented camp.

  • Accommodation Tea House
  • MealsB L D
  • Time5 Hours
  • Altitude3550 Meter

The next day, we continue to climb uphill and cross Marshyangdi Valley after a few hours of trekking. Our trek trail takes us farther to the way of Jarsang Khola Valley before we reach Ledar located at 4,250m. Overnight stay at a tented camp.

  • Accommodation Tea House
  • MealsB L D
  • Time4 Hours
  • Altitude4250 Meter

On the 16th day, we trek to Thorong High Camp which is situated at an altitude of 4,800 meters. Thorong High Camp and the Pass located there are quite popular among trekkers. Overnight stay at a tented camp.

  • Accommodation Tea House
  • MealsB L D
  • Time5 Hours
  • Altitude4950 Meter

We cross Thorong High Camp the next day and head towards Muktinath, the holy pilgrimage destination for Hindus. Muktinath also has plenty of Buddhist monasteries and it is quite remarkable that a pilgrimage site known primarily for Hindus also has many Buddhist Gompas. Overnight stay at a tented camp.

  • Accommodation Tea House
  • MealsB L D
  • Time7 Hours
  • Altitude3800 Meter

In about 3-4 hours, we reach Kagbeni from Muktinath. This route is a scenic and less trafficked one and is sunny most of the time. It descends from Muktinath via Jhong on the northern side of the valley. This place gives a hint of the Mustang kingdom as the houses are built in Mustang style. Overnight stay at a tented camp.

  • Accommodation Tea House
  • MealsB L D
  • Time4 Hours
  • Altitude2895 Meter

The trail to Jomsom follows alongside the Kali Gandaki River which forms the deepest ravine. While on this route you can enjoy one side of the Annapurna mountain range and another Dhaulagiri mountain. These two ranges comprise the views of 8 of the 20 highest mountains in the world. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

  • Accommodation Tea House
  • MealsB L D
  • Time3 Hours
  • Altitude2,700 Meter

On the 20th days, we return to Pokhara via flight from Jomsom. The rest of the time can be spent in the beautiful city of Pokhara sightseeing around the lake city. Overnight stay at a hotel in Pokhara.

  • Accommodation Star Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Time25 Minute Flight
  • Altitude820 Meter

The next day we will be driving back to Kathmandu via the Prithvi Highway. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.

  • Accommodation Star Hotel
  • MealsB L
  • Time6 Hours Drive
  • Altitude1345 Meter

You will be taken to the airport for your flight ahead. our representative will drop you at Airport three hours before then your flight. thank you for booking your trip with us see you again

Namaste!

  • MealsBreakfast

What's included

Included

  • Costs related to all airport and hotel transfers. Domestic flights and airport departure taxes.
  • 3  nights in a hotel in Kathmandu  and 1 night in Pokhara with breakfast 
  • 18  nights in local lodges/teahouses during the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • All accommodations and meals during the trek
  • Experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide) and Sherpa porter (1 porter for 2 trekkers) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food, and lodging
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag and other necessary trekking gear (on hire) and trekking map.
  • All permits and necessary paperwork (National park permit, TIMS )
  • First aid kit

Excluded

  • Visa fee for Nepal (bring accurate USD cash and 2 passport-size photographs)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • All conservation area and cultural heritage site entrance fees
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, or early return from trekking (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from trekking than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc)
  • Tips for guides and porters.
  • All taxes, be it local or 13% government tax.

Departures & Dates

Fixed departure group available for 2023/ 2024 Find your dates to join your trips with us all dates are guaranteed. or if you are interested in the private trip, please contact us

Start DateStatusPrice 
Trip dateDecember 10, 2022 - December 31, 2022StatusAvailable priceUS$1500
Trip dateDecember 18, 2022 - January 08, 2023StatusAvailable priceUS$1500
Trip dateDecember 20, 2022 - January 10, 2023StatusAvailable priceUS$1500
Trip dateDecember 25, 2022 - January 15, 2023StatusAvailable priceUS$1500
Trip dateDecember 30, 2022 - January 20, 2023StatusAvailable priceUS$1500

FAQs

Nar Phu is located in the trans-Himalayan region in the Manang district, Nepal. It is one of the untouched and undisturbed parts of Nepal, located close to the Tibet border. 

Whether beginners can do the Nar Phu valley trek or not depends on their physical fitness and willpower. Nar Phu valley is not a moderate trek, and the trail does not have services like other famous trekking routes. Plus, we also have a combined Annapurna circuit in this package, which makes the trip furthermore challenging.

Yes, Nar Phu valley is a restricted area. The trekkers must have to trek with a registered Nepali trekking company in a group of two people. This does not count guides and porters.

You have to be fit and can walk 6 hours a day. To prepare for the trek, you can go on regular long walks (if possible on uneven trails), exercise, and pack wisely. Our travel consultants will give you a detailed briefing on how to prepare for the Nar Phu valley trek once we confirm the booking. 

The Nar Phu valley trek goes anywhere from 16 to 22 days or above. It is one of the long treks in Nepal, and you can customize the itinerary as per your time availability.

Yes, you'll need a sleeping bag for the Nar Phu valley trekking. The blankets provided by the tea house owners may not be enough to keep you warm, so an extra layer will keep you much more warm and cozy.

To book a trek with Adventure White Mountain, you have two options. First, go to our package page and book the trip directly through that page. You can see the booking button on the right middle side of the page. Or, you can contact us via our email or telephone number for inquiries. 

Yes, you'll get your money back if you cancel any confirmed trip with us, however, we do have a cancellation charge. The cancellation charge varies according to the date of cancellation. You can check our terms and conditions for more information.

You will get to witness numerous breathtaking mountain views during the Nar Phu valley trekking. Some of them are the Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri range, Manaslu range, Lamjung Himal, Fishtail, Tilicho Peak, etc. 

The Nar Phu valley and Thorong La pass treks are one of the most difficult treks in Nepal. You will be trekking far away from modern cities. A daily walk is 6 to 7 hours long on a rough trail. The services and food options are very limited. The trail is not even, so you may get tired easily. However, the constant landscapes, interactions with locals, and serenity of the region will make the journey memorable. 

Yes, you can only join the Nar Phu valley trek with us if you do not want to do the Annapurna circuit trek. Only the Nar Phu valley trek itinerary will be 16 to 17 days long. You can customize the itinerary as per your requirements.
 

Useful Information

Best time of the year to go on the Nar Phu Valley Trek

The best time to travel in the Nar Phu valley and cross Thorong La pass is March to April and October to November. These months are peak trekking times in Nepal. The weather remains mostly stable, and the pleasant climate makes long walking bearable. You will get to witness seasonal vegetation, flowers, and birds. The trail is enchanted with crystal-clear views of snow-capped mountains. All the domestic flights are on time, and you get to meet travelers from all around the world. 

Nar Phu Valley Trek difficulty

Our Nar Phu valley trek itinerary is by far one of the most adventurous and strenuous trekking programs in Nepal. It is a 23 days-long trek and most of which you spend in the remote mountains. The Nar Phu valley trek crosses two challenging passes, Kang La and Thorong La. Both are 5,000 meters above, and crossing them demands professional guidance. Previous trekking experience will help the trekkers a lot to enjoy trekking to the fullest. 

Talking about the terrain, the trek begins from subtropical forests and gradually ascends through narrow valleys, and explores some of the remotest villages. The trail will be trodden and steep. There are many rocky ascends and descends involved. Some part of the trail also involves walking on snow (given the weather condition). The services are very limited on the Nar Phu Valley trek, so you have to be well-prepared and mindful of the limitations of the region. 

Altitude Sickness

Altitude sickness or acute mountain sickness is something you should be careful of while trekking in the Himalayas. Well, in the case of the Nar Phu valley trek, you'll get ample time to acclimatize. The trek does touch high elevations but progresses gradually. You will not be rushing or gaining more than 500 meters a day following our itinerary. Likewise, we have adequate rest days, and our professional team will make sure you are safe and sound. 

The below information will give you deeper insight into the symptoms and prevention of altitude sickness: 

Symptoms of altitude sickness

  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath with exertion
  • Headache
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Insomnia

Preventive measures

  • Keep yourself hydrated. Drink plenty of water. 
  • Take rest and listen to your body. 
  • Have nutritious food and avoid alcoholic drinks and smoking.
  • Do not ascend more than 500 meters a day. Try trekking high and sleeping low. 
  • If you feel any discomfort, inform your guide and take necessary precautions. 

Nar Phu Valley Trek permits

Because our itinerary covers the Annapurna circuit trail too, you will need three permits for this trek- Annapurna Conservation Area Project permit, TIMS Card, and the Restricted Area permit. All of the permit fees are covered in our Nar Phu valley trek cost, and you do not have to pay any additional money. 

  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project permit fee for SAARC nationals: USD 2
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project permit fee for other countries: USD 30
  • TIMS card cost: USD 20
  • Restricted Area Permit (September – November): USD 100 per person/per week
  • Restricted Area Permit (December – August): USD 75 per person/week

Mode of transportation during the trek

The Nar Phu valley trek begins in Khudi (800 m). From Kathmandu, you will use a comfortable four-wheeler to drive to the starting point of the trek. The drive will be 6 hours long. Likewise, the trek ends in Jomsom (2,700 m). From here, you fly to Pokhara, and the following day drives back to Kathmandu in a tourist-standard bus. The ride from Pokhara to Kathmandu will be approximately 6 hours long. 

Likewise, we use a private hour-wheeler to pick you up from the international airport, as well as for drop-off. Any extra ride/transportation facility out of our itinerary will cost you additional money. 

Electricity and Charging Facilities 

The electricity facility is decent on the Annapurna circuit trail and Nar Phu valley trail. You will get ample opportunities to charge your mobile and camera. However, it will cost you a few additional costs, which are not covered by the Nar Phu valley trek cost. Because it is a long trek, we advise you to carry a solar charger or spare batteries/power bank. 

Sim Card and WiFi

Paid WiFi services are available in some tea houses along the trail. But you will not get it everywhere. And because of the elevation and remoteness of the area, the network may not be stable all the time. The best way to stay connected with the outer while doing Nar Phu valley trekking is by getting a Nepali sim with data. On your request, our team will help you get one. Do know that you may not get a network everywhere on the trail, and it may not be stable all the time. 

Luggage

Duffel bags are used by the trekkers to pack all their heavy trekking clothes and gear. Our porters carry duffel bags, and each trekker has 10-weight limits. The participants can buy a day pack of up to 5 liters to have essentials with them while trekking. Any extra suitcases can be stored in the hotel's locker room you are staying for free of cost. 

Child policy

We organize family treks or treks for underage travelers under a certain policy. The Nar Phu valley trek is not recommended for kids. The trail has a lot of hurdles, and it will get very tough to bear all of them. However, we do have many other treks that are quite good options to do with your kids. For more information, please get in touch with us. Minors can trek with an identified guardian if they meet our requirements. 

Tipping to crew members

Tipping is a custom in Nepal. We do not tip in cafes and restaurants, but tipping guides, porters, and drivers are highly recommended. And they may approach you for a tip too at the end of the trip. If you are trekking in a group, then tip in a group. Individuals can contribute a small amount per head and give it to our on-field crew members in a group. You do not have to compulsory tip, but if you are happy with the services of our on-field crew members, then do not hesitate to show your gratitude. 

Personal expenses 

Personal expenses during the Nar Phu valley trek are extra snacks/drinks while trekking, sooner, shopping, tips, additional services like hot shower, internet and charging, insurance, additional stay in Kathmandu, etc. Make sure to have some funds apart from the Nar Phu valley trek package cost. 

Insurance/Rescue/Evacuation

You might have understood the gravity of this trek till now. Insurance is important to join Nar Phu valley trekking. You have to buy travel insurance that covers emergency air evacuation up to 6000 meters and medical bills. It is good to have travel insurance on hand in case any unseen medical assistance is needed while in the mountains. 

Likewise, you will be trekking with a very experienced team. So, do not worry about anything. Our trekking guides and porters are very reliable. They can navigate the trail and help you with any discomfort while trekking. Our guides are also well trained in offering first-aid.