Nar Phu valley trek is an exciting trek in very low tourist traffic. In the north region of Manang. The Nar Phu Valley region. Remained untouched and uninfluenced by the modern world, contrasting with the popular, neighboring Annapurna Circuit.
Nar Phu Valley Trek will go with the best picturesque medieval villages. Narrow gorges, herds of blue sheep. The spectacular Cliffside trail, over one of the region’s highest trekking passes. This exotic land, visit by very few trekkers. It is still abundant in medieval Tibetan culture. Which have keeping intact for centuries. Filling with dramatic mountain views and magnificent alpine scenery. This is probably the best-known tourist area of the Annapurna trekking routes.
There are a thousand reasons why people have always loved the beauty of Nepal. Among these, the Nar Phu Valley is one of the major ones. The fantastic geography of the place makes it irresistible for visitors. You can gaze at the place for hours. Besides, wandering around and exploring newer things in the region is even more commendable. The route of the trek overlaps and is communal with the Annapurna Circuit Trek. As a result, the place exists to the north of the beautiful Annapurna Himalayan Region. Beauty in the country is so vast and infinite that you get to achieve even more for what you had sought. Getting to Nepal is easy and delightful. But, returning without exploring a thing is quite tragic to experience.
We offer you a short trek to Nar Phu valley, We can return to Kathmandu after the pass. During our trek we spend time in the colorful, traditional villages, we will also explore the high alpine valleys above Phu. This includes the Himlung Base Camp and crossing Kang La Pass and we will arrive at Ngwal. Afterward leading back into the Annapurna Circuit and back to Kathmandu if you want to make the trek shorter.
We put in this package a short version of the Nar Phu valley trek itinerary. If we do the longer version of the trek the trail goes through the dry, desert-like Tibetan Plateau, allowing access to Muktinath and Jomsom trails. Muktinath has become the center for pilgrimage for thousands of Indian and Nepalese Hindu followers. The picturesque Manang and Mustang Valley and Kali Gandaki and Marsyangdi Rivers. You can also get close-up views of the Himalayas. The region has varieties of ecosystems, green paddy fields, and oak forests. Therefore, this trek one of the most stunning in the world. After heading to the headquarter of Jomsom, we move to the north to Kagbeni along the riverside way of Kali Gandaki. Therefore this trek is an excellent adventure and add-on to a visit to the Manang region or the Manaslu trek.
Nar Phu valley trekking in Nepal nowadays is relatively easier than in the past, so long as you follow the rules. All foreigners must hire a registered trekking agency. They also need to carry an entry permit to show at checkpoints. An Annapurna Conservation Area permit is also required to trek. We can do a simple tea house trekking now. So you can trek with only a guide and porter without other supporting staff.
First, we will enter the Manang district we can directly take a jeep from Kathmandu or Pokhara till Koto. There is also an option to trek also via the old Annapuran circuit route. Can take a charter flight or helicopter to Humde small airstrip also. It is better to walk from Syange or Jagat to assure proper acclimatization. Due to the motorable road, the trail shortens each year as the motor road advances farther north so the trek is getting shorter now. From Koto we will start the low trail into Nar-Phu.
We will follow the river trail is through a picturesque forest of mixed conifers and deciduous trees, with some spectacular glimpses of the high peaks far overhead. while you are trekking in late Autumn or the winter be careful with the snow, however, the trail can become treacherous, with dangerous landslides. where we enjoyed exploring cultural sites and side trails before getting back to Kathmandu.
Nar Phu Valley Trek is in a restricted region and we need to make a special permit for this trek. Only a few travelers go this trek. starts with a one day drive from Kathmandu to Syange or further, from where the trekking gets initialized. Well, trekking and hiking is a beneficial thing in the context of health-wise too. Apart from the reason, the candidate also has the full benefits of getting the chance to be mesmerized by enjoying the true forms of nature. As the path offers, trekkers of the Nar Phu Valley can possess surreal views of the geography throughout the journey, panoramic views of mountains of the great Annapurna massif, and finally the striking Nar Phu valley itself. So many highlights in a single package and yet so much uncertainty in people.
Thus, we strongly recommend not to miss this wonderful chance of owning this rare heavenly experience of freedom in nature. Besides what the geography can provide, local inhabitants of the region also have a lot more to express themselves to visitors. They have been known to possess a very friendly kind of hospitality and a very unique kind of lifestyle that conveys the tastes of the Tibetan culture. You would love to interact with people around you as you notice the way they approach visitors with their very welcoming attitude.
The Nar Phu valley trek itinerary starts from Syange and follows the Popular short Annapurna trek and it also passes by the famous Thorong La pass. We start our trekking itinerary from Koto, where you will take them off the beaten track to Nar Phu Valley. you can see the blue sheep and snow leopard if you are lucky as they live here. Nar Phu Valley Trek goes with remote villages, narrow canyons, beautiful forests, fantastic rock formations, yaks, Gompas, and warm, welcoming culture.
The Nar Phu valley trek itinerary has nearly about 300 native inhabitants and this mainly depends on yak herding and salt trade. Beautiful medieval Phu village is the best place to understand the real lifestyle of the local Bhote communities. Nepal’s government’s recent decision to open up Nar and Phu to tourists has evoked a little enthusiasm among the villagers, whose rural lifestyle continues. Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) is also recently extended its network to include Nar and Phu Valley and is preparing a suitable tourism development plan for this undiscovered region.
Nar Phu valley is in the Nepal restricted area of trekking so we need a special permit to travel to this area. The Nar Phu valley trek needs 3 different permits, one is a special permit, another is an Annapurna conservations area permit as the trek also follows the route of the Annapurna region, and another permit is a TIMS card. The permit fees from Sept to November are USD 100 per week and if you travel from Dec to August it is USD 75 + we need to add ACAP and Tims card permit fees.
We need an original passport, your photograph, travel insurance that covers up to 5500m height both rescue and medical assistance. For the chile below 10 years, the fee is free of cost but we need to fulfill all the formalities. We will help you to make a permit and arrangement for you. Only need your photos, original passport, and insurance.
To do the Nar Phu valley trek solo is not possible as we need a minimum of 2 people. We need to issue a special permit and need 2 people. The solo trek is possible by joining our group but you need to enter and exit Nar Phu valley together. You can do a solo trek with a guide and follow the group itinerary. The solo trek to Nar Phu valley is quite expensive. If you are 2 people it will cost you less. Nar Phu Valley Trek solo offers you an unforgettable experience of the purest Himalayan environment, landscape as well as unique culture. Don’t wait, contact us directly for bookings and we will help you to explore this fantastic part of Nepal at a very good cost.
The cost for Nar Phu valley depends on different factors and thanks to possible tea house trek now which make drop-down the cost than camping. er than other normal trekking tour costs in Nepal. The area is liest in the remote and restricted area so we need a special permit which costs is USD 100 per week per person. You need to trek with a registered company and need to travel with a guide this makes your package cost a little high. Our cost for the Nar Phu valley all-inclusive package starts from USD 1490. On top, you need to consider some extra costs for your drinks, battery charging, and personal expenses.
The cost for the trek also depends on the itinerary and route you are taking with. This trek can be done in a short period or in a long time with the combined Annapuran and Manaslu area. Therefore, the number of days and facilities you are choosing to have during the trek also determines the cost of the trek. if you are doing the short version of the long trek the longer trek will cost you less as the transport, guide insurance, trekking permit fees are the same for short and long itineraries.
There are wide sorts of the route that takes you to Nar Phu Valley. You’ll choose the 10-20 days itinerary counting on your preference of start-end point. The level of difficulty, number of days, mode of transport, and attractions. You cross through Larkya La Pass (5165m), Kang La Pass (5240m). Thorong La Pass (5416m) on the Annapurna circuit that’s the enthralling part of the itinerary.
With the breathtaking mountain views, if you joining the Annapurna circuit trail, you visit Muktinath, a tourist and spiritual hub and sanctum where people attain salvation and worship under the 108 water spouts. At Jomsom, you’ll enjoy the ethnic culture, apple farming, and sceneries. This trek combined with Manaslu offers an in-depth view of the world’s 8th highest mountain, Manaslu (8163m).
The Nar Phu Valley Trek offers a fantastic Himalayan wilderness experience. Famous as ‘The Hidden Valley Trek‘, the Nar Phu Valley lies within the Annapurna region. The route rewards with the right blend of raw nature and pure traditional Buddhist culture. The little-known region of Nar Phu Valley has only opened its doors for tourism since 2003. Now it has gained much recognition as a well-liked trekking destination. This is the best route for the trekkers who want to avoid the crowded trails and follow the off-beaten route to explore the less tamed valley of the Annapurna massifs.
Our itinerary route goes starting with a drive from Kathmandu to Jagat, hike to Dharapani, Koto, Meta, and Phu Goan. We will then Hike from Nar Phedi to Ngawal via Kang La Pass. Reaching the Kang La Pass (5240m) may be a challenging and interesting part of the trek. Descend to Pisang and take a scenic ride to Besisahar and drive back to Kathmandu.
Nar Phu valley trek lies in the most remote part of the Manang District of Nepal. The trek is difficult grading as we need to cross the Kang La pass in a narrow trail. The rest of the trail is moderate and needs to trek 12 -15 km and 1 day almost 20 km. The trek’s hours are roughly 6/7 hours each day. If you will join to Annapurna round trek you need to cross 5400m height but our itinerary comes back after the Ngwal so it is not very hard. Furthermore, we will encounter many uphills and downhills on the trail so some small training before the trek is recommending.
During this trek, you’ll encounter many uphills and downhills. You’ll trek for a mean of 6 hours each day during this trek. All of those considerations make this trek a challenging one. So you ought to confirm that you simply train properly for this trek. You ought to steel yourself against on the brink of 3-4 months before coming to the present trek. This minimizes the probabilities of hypoxia. You’ll become involved in physical preparations like running, cycling, jogging. Also swimming, etc for a couple of hours for a few months before coming to the present trek.
Now we can do a basic lodge and tea house trek in Nar Phu valley. It is a simple local guesthouse made with stone and mud and hut or building with a kitchen, dining hall, bedrooms, and bathroom. The tea houses on the Nar Phu Valley Trek are basically the local lodges mostly owned and managed by local villagers. They serve all the basic needs of the trekkers. A tea house may sound like a typical house that serves tea/coffee. But, the tea houses on Nar Phu valley trek serve food, accommodation, and other amenities to the trekkers trekking in the Himalayas.
The concept of Tea houses in the Nar Phu valley region began when the trekkers started to flourish in the Annapurna region. Before that, all the trekking in Nepal was Camping trek and which is much more expensive compare to the Tea house trek. During the camping trek, the trekkers had to carry large tents and necessary items for accommodation as well as for food. there was more Nepali staff also guide, cook, Sherpa, and porters.
The quality, facilities, and services of tea houses may depend on which elevation they are situated at. You can get more facilities of lower elevation tea house comparing to the higher region. Nowadays new tea houses start building and offers more facilities and good room. There are some tea houses in Koto, Besisahar, and Manang, which provide the standard facility of accommodation and international cuisine, beverages, and many other amenities.
Kang la Pass is the famous trekking pass in our Nar Phu valley trekking. this is also a Classified hidden valley fantastic journey of 5,320 meters high altitude pass in the northern corner of the Annapurna region. If we combine Kang La pass and Thorong pass it will be about 2 weeks length trekkings. This is one of the challenging adventure trekking trails in Nepal.
The adventure Kang la pass will discover magnificent scenery of Annapurna Himalayas range dry hidden valley, Tibetan culture fellows, charming villages. It also provides ur the richest Himalayan herbal medicine finding lands, Yarsagumba summer plant, and winter insect.
During the visit to Kang La pass, we will trek in Nar And Phu Village is a beautiful panorama view of Himlung Himal 7,126 m, Saribung peak 6,345 meters, historical old Buddhist monasteries. Get to know about the reincarnations of Lamas in Buddhism (bodhisattva) on the Phu Monastery and untouched hamlet by modernity.
Trekking to the Kangla pass is quite difficult and narrow trails than Thorong la Pass but beautiful highlander View. We can get a stunning view of Annapurna III 7,555 m, Gangapurna 7,455 m. The stunning view of Tilicho 7,134 m, Manaslu 8,156 m, Himlung7,126 m, and Saribung Peak 6,345 meters. There are 3 major passes in Nar Phu valley which are which is Teri La pass, Saribung passes via Upper Mustang. We will go to Kang La Pass before arriving Ngawel Manang.
After the Kang la pass we will arrive at the Ngwal. If you continue trek to Annapurna round rail we will go to Manang village. It is also the beautiful and lovely prominent trekkers town of Annapurna circuit trek. You can furthermore continue to Thorong La pass which is the highest pass in Nepal, Thorong la is 5,416 m above sea level.
The Nar-Phu valley is one of the remote and also known generally known as “The Forbidden Kingdom”. The Nar-Phu valley is the last standing remains of the ancient forbidden kingdom of Tibet. Only later it was found in Nepal. This region is also called “The Little Tibet” and is one of the untouched and unspoiled regions from the outside world. The trekking in this beautiful land unites high hills and passes. The route follows the ice valleys, remote towns, restricted canyons, dazzling wilds. Also, the trail passes by the stunning rocky establishments, yaks, gompas, and exceptional Himalayan societies. As the trail was open in 2003 so there are not very many westerners. Now trekkers start going to this untouched town and travel over the 7000-meters hills encompassing this forbidden valley.
We will trek in the upper Manang valley in The Nar and Phu valley. This is incorporated into remote, untouched, and fascinating towns of the Tibetan Buddhist world. Buddhist pioneers from around the world travel towards the Phu Valley to visit the famous Tashi Lha Khang. It is also a religious community and get a gift from Lama Karma Sonam Rinpoche. Alongside investing a lot of energy at these vivid and ageless towns travelers.
Encounter the high elevated valleys above Phu known as Himlung base camp. After we cross the High Pass of Kangla and arrive at Ngwal.
We can also combine both passes of Kang La 5315-meters they also travel west over the Thorong La pass of 5416-meter and down through lower Mustang. We can visit Kagbeni’s famous monastery before making for Jomsom to fly back to Pokhara airport and Kathmandu international airport.
Nar Phu valley trek is a unique, wild, and remote trek of the Annapurna region. Walking from meta to Phu village, we can see some Chorten along the way. There are numerous Chorten. As we leave the Meta near the trail we separate, we can see the monastery and colorful land. Nar Phu Valley Trek will present you with the rich culture and tradition of the region. The region highly practices Tibetan culture and values. People here are still living and following the way of life because it wont to be many years back. Several monasteries and gompas will enrich the journey and show the cultural abundance of the trekking trail.
Nar Phu Valley Trekking is a perfect less-travel area. Thanks to the understanding and sees the lifestyle of individuals from the Bhote community. Within the lower region, you’ll get to ascertain people from other communities also like Gurungs, Magar, etc. The community has its own major festivals, cultural dresses, language, beliefs, values, and delicacies.
During the Nar Phu Valley Trek the vegetation changes from tropical to alpine to sub-alpine scrub at the end. The itinerary goes through many dense forests, terraced fields, and alpine meadows. You’ll get to ascertain wildlife like blue sheep, ounce, etc during the trek. Similarly, the whole region is filled with narrow canyons, glaciers, high passes, and unique rocks.
Duration: 12 Days from arrival to Departure in Nepal
Max. Altitude: 5322 m/17461 ft
Best Travel Time: February to May, September – November are the best seasons. Dec & January are Winter and cold can be snow on the trail, June, July & August are rainy time, trekking can be done, but visibility can be poor due to rain.
Trip Snippets: 13 days, Breakfast in the city, and Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included on the trek.
Day 01: - Greetings at Kathmandu Airport
We will meet you at the Kathmandu International Airport and take you to your hotel. have had your time to settle in and freshen up after your long flight, We have a short meeting to check your equipment, discuss the trek itinerary and other details. If you are arriving late today we have a meeting the next day early morning.
Day 02: - Complimentry tour of Kathmandu city
Today after breakfast we will leave for a Kathmandu day tour. The tour covers the main cultural heritage of Kathmandu. Our English-speaking tour guide and private car with driver is with you. Our day tour takes you to Pashupatinath Temple and Swyambhunath, very ancient, and mostly enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage sites. The biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhanath. You have your own time to explore more of the local area, have dinner, and prepare for tomorrow’s journey.
Day 03: - Drive Kathmandu to Koto (2670m/8760
Today we drive to Koto We will take a local bus to Besisahar from New bus park and take a local sharing jeep from there to Dharapani You can take a direct Jeep drive also it cost you extra money. It will take about 10 hours to reach there.
During our drive, we can enjoy the best view of the River, greeneries, local villages, and beautiful mountain scenery. A small mountain road passing by paddy fields, passing through tiny Tibetan villages and rhododendron forest to Koto which is our trekking start point. It is small a small village mainly inhabited by Gurung and other ethnic groups. Buddhist Tibetans mainly influence Their lifestyle. Stay overnight Koto in a small guest house.
Day 04: - Koto trekking to Dharmashala (3300m/10827ft)
After breakfast, we will start our Nar Phu valley trekking from here. The first part of the trails is in a steep and narrow path through the dense forest. The trail climbs steeply above the river through a silent forest of cliffs, pine, and bamboo, passing several scales hand-swan timber camps and caves. After crossing the Phu Khola, detour downstream to a small but charming riverside hot spring. We are walking under the waterfalls before arriving at the Dharmashala. basic local homestay lodge at Dharmashala.
Day 05: - Dharmashala trekking to Kayang (3560m/11680ft)
Today trail climbs past a landslip and a goth to cross the side stream. We will follow the small river in the valley. On arrival at Meta (3700m), This is a nonpermanent winter settlement of Nar. The next section of the trail is far more tortuous as much of the energy is spent crossing a roller-coaster maze of glacial moraines. We will find the white rocks, low shrubs, juniper landscapes here. Let’s enjoy the small trail of scattered evergreens, delicate brick-red, and orange leafy bushes, crumbling shelves of flat slate, and white, sandy trails. The ahead trail junction gives us a clear view of Nar valley with monastery and Chorten. We arrive at the small settlement of Jhunam (3640m), and continue our trek to Chyakhu (3800), formally a Khampa settlement. Passing many Chortens, uphill and downhill, finally, we arrive at settlement valley Kayang. This place offers us magnificent views of Pisang peak, Annapurna II, gyoji Kang, etc. can be seen here.
Day 06: - Kayang trekking to Phu village (4200m/13779ft)
From Kayang, you quickly swing into the dry, desert-like gorge of the Phu Khola, inching along on a hair-raising section of trail carved out of the cliff face. We will work steeply down the hill along the river bank and past the submarine rock with a small campsite. Best view of unique, colorful Chortens with the canyonlands and gorges keep your eyes out for blue sheep grazing on the khaki Hill. We are walking along the hillside and to the Phupi Gyalgen Gate. From here we descend to the collection of Chorten beside the bridge. This ancient gate provides you the first view of the three villages of Phu, as well as an old “dzong” and the remains of the two forts, which are all now in ruins. Spend your night in camp.
Day 07: - Phu village trekking to Nar (4150m/13615ft)
Today we will trek back to Phu gate Khyang, Chyarkha, and Jhunam to the junction where the trail branches right to Nar. We are walking down to the eroded hoodoos, over sandy gullies connected by bridge-like platforms. Look for the ruined Zampa Cho Dzong (a dzong is a fort: zampa is Tibetan for the bridge). Along the way, we’ll get to see some beautiful gorges and some breathtaking scenery also. You finally reach the Nar gates at the top of the hill and pass by yet another line of wonderfully painted; bamboo topped Chortens and a sizeable tiered Chorten. Stay overnight at camp at Nar.
Day 8: - Nar trekking to Kang La Phedi (4500m/14764ft)
Today we start quite hard climbing up from the main trail, IT is about 1-hour climbing. We can see the best view of Mount Kang Garu peak f across the valley. The trail goes through the grazing field with a small stream on the left. The trail leads through the village with a superb view of Pisang Peak to yak the grazing Alps. Traverse Yak pastures and descend to the head of the valley. Overnight at the Kangla Phedi.
Day 09 - Kang La Phedi trekking to Kang La pass (5315m/17438ft) to Ngawal (3675m/12057ft)
The Kang La is not a steep pass, but it could be a long day if there is snow on the pass or the altitude is taking its toll. Today is our hardest pass as we will cross the spectacular Kang la pass. It provides a magnificent view of Pisang peak, Annapurna II, Gangapurna, Tilicho peak, and the airport at Hongde. After crossing the pass we start descending to the Manang valley. The picturesque landscape and scenery, which past Yak and sheep shelter. We arrive at Ngwal after the long day walk. Ngwal is a beautiful, old village It has prayer wheels and beautiful architecture. Of course, this is the place of religious activity in previous times. Stay overnight at camp in Ngawal.
Day 10 - Ngawal Trekking trekking downto chame
It’s an easy day walking down to Chame today mostly the flat and downhill over the Marshyangdi valley. We get the spectacular views of Annapurna II, Gangapurna, Annapurna III, Gandharva Chuli, and Pisang Peak in the background. We are passing many pine forest and buckwheat farming terrace, and the beautiful small villages en route, Chame is the district headquarters of Manang,. There is a small Hotspring also on the over of Marshyangdi river. Stay overnight at Chame.
Day 11 - Drive back to Kathmandu from Chame
We will drive back to Kathmandu today by local jeep till Besisaahar. It is sharing jeep with other local people who are coming down to Besisahar. We have a lunch stop at Besisahar and from there take a bus back to Kathmandu. It is quite a long journey about 9 hours drive. You can also go to Pokhara from Besisahar if you like to explore more Nepal.
Day 12: - Final Departure
We will drop you at the Kathmandu Airport. wish you a happy journey traditionally and culturally of us Nepalese and Good-Bye with a hope to see you again.
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