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Duration 12 Days
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Trip Duration 12 Days
Group Size 2-10 people
Maximum Altitude Kang La Pass (5,306m)
Difficulty Grade Difficult
Start & End Point Kathmandu/Kathmandu
Best Seasons Feb-May, Sept-Nov

Nar phu valley trek

  • Experience the mixed culture of Tibet-Nepal.
  • Get a chance to visit one of the remote places in Nepal.
  • Get astounding views of mountains like Annapurna II, Himlung Himal, Gangapurna, and Tilicho Peak.
  • Explore the ancient architecture and local culture.

Overview of Nar Phu Valley Trek

Nar Phu Valley Trek is an exciting trek in very low tourist traffic. In the northern 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 is visited by very few trekkers. It is still abundant in medieval Tibetan culture. Which have been kept intact for centuries. Filling with dramatic mountain views and magnificent alpine scenery. This is probably the best-known tourist area on 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. In addition, 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.

Nar Phu Valley short trek

We offer you a short trek to Nar village, 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. which includes the Himlung Base Camp and crossing Kang La Pass and we will arrive at Ngwal. Afterward, lead 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 of pilgrimage for thousands of Indian and Nepalese Hindu followers.

The picturesque Manang and Mustang Valley. Magnificent 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 is 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 an add-on to a visit to the Manang region or the Manaslu trek.

Itinerary of Nar Phu Valley Trek

Greetings at Kathmandu Airport

We will meet you at the Kathmandu International Airport and take you to your hotel for your Nar phu valley trek. 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 next day early morning for your Nar phu valley trek.

Accommodation Hotel
Meals Dinner
Altitude Kathmandu (1,400m)
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 to the local area, have dinner, and prepare for tomorrow’s journey.

Accommodation Hotel
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Altitude Kathmandu (1,400m)
Drive Kathmandu to Koto

Today we drive to Koto We will take a local bus to Besisahar from New bus park and take a local sharing jeep. Nar phu valley trek start 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 Nar phu valley trek 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.

Jeep 4 hrs
Accommodation Guesthouse
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Altitude Koto (2,670m)
Koto trekking to Dharmashala

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 of 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.

Walking 6-7 hrs
Accommodation Homestay
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Altitude Dharmashala (3,300m)
Dharmashala trekking to Kayang

On our Nar phu valley trek , On arrival at Meta (3700m), This is a non permanent 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 Nar phu valley trek 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.

Walking 4-5 hrs
Accommodation Homestay
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Altitude Kayang (3,560m)
Kayang trekking to Phu village

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 local tea house of our Nar phu valley trek.

Walking 4-5 hrs
Accommodation Camp
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Altitude Phu village (4,200m)
Phu village trekking to Nar

Today Our Nar phu valley trek get 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 village.

Walking 6-7 hrs
Accommodation Camp
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Altitude Nar (4,150m)
Nar trekking to Kang La Phedi

Today we start our Nar phu valley trek with 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 Nar phu valley trek trail leads through the village with the 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.

Walking 3-4 hrs
Accommodation Teahouse
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Altitude Kang La Phedi (4,500m)
Kang La Phedi trekking to Kang La pass to Ngawal

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 of this Nar phu valley trek 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’s walk. Ngwal is a beautiful, old village It has prayer wheels and beautiful architecture.

Walking 7-8 hrs
Accommodation Teahouse
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Altitude Kang La pass (5,315m), Ngawal (3,675m)
Ngawal Trekking down to chame

It’s an easy day walking down to Chame on our Nar phu valley trek. 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 terraces, 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.

Walking 6-7 hrs
Accommodation Guesthouse
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Altitude Chame (2,710m)
Drive back to Kathmandu from Chame

We will drive back to Kathmandu today by local jeep till Besisaahar after our Nar phu valley trek. It is sharing a 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 of Nepal.

Jeep 2 hrs
Accommodation Hotel
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Altitude Kathmandu (1,400m)
Final Departure

We will drop you at the Kathmandu Airport after your Nar phu valley trek. wish you a happy journey traditionally and culturally of us Nepalese and Good-Bye with a hope to see you again.

Meals Breakfast


What's Included?
  • Airport / Hotel / Airport transfers by private vehicle.
  • Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu on a twin-sharing basis, including breakfast.
  • Guided Tour of Kathmandu City with an expert tour guide and private vehicle
  • Government license holder experienced, trekking guide (trained in Wilderness First Aid& altitude sickness) and porters (1 porter for between 2 trekkers basis) with their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, accidental insurance, clothing, and medicine.
  • Twin sharing Tea house/Lodges Accommodation during the trekking
  • Daily Meals are chosen from the Menu (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Trekking Permit.
  • TIMS Trekking Permit (Trekking Information Management System) Card for the Annapurna Trek
  • Special permit for Narphu Valley trekking
  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Above the Himalaya duffel bag. ( If you need, please let us know before you book the trip and remind us in our pre-meeting at our office)
  • Kathmandu to Besisahar transport by local bus, Besisahar to Dharapani transport by local sharing jeep.
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information and trip dossiers
  • Above the Himalaya Gifts (T-shirt for Gents & Pashmina shawl for Ladies, Trekking certificates)
  • Welcome/Farewell Nepali Dinner in Kathmandu
  • All necessary paper works, office Service charges, and all Government Taxes
What's Excluded?
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Nepal entry visa fee, you can get a Nepal visa upon arrival at the Airport.
  • International Airfare/Airport tax, City tour Sightseeing entry fees.
  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, hot water, hot and cold showers.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks, beverages and bar bills, camera battery charging.
  • Travel Insurance (Essential – Should include emergency evacuation coverage while trekking up to 5500+ meters).
  • Personal trekking gears
  • Tips for tour/ trekking staff and driver
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned in the Price Includes section.

Nar Phu valley trek more info

Nar Phu valley Trek Solo

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 and Phu valley together. You can do a solo trek with a guide and follow the group itinerary.

The solo Nar phu valley trek 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, and 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.

Nar Phu Valley trek cost

Nar Phu valley trek cost is a little higher than other normal trekking tour costs in Nepal. The area lies in a remote and restricted area so we need a special permit which costs USD 100 per week per person. You need to trek with a registered company and need travel with a guide which makes your package cost a little high. Our full board package cost for the Nar Phuvalley trek is USD 1490. On top, you need to consider some extra costs for your drinks, battery charging, and personal expenses.

Nar Phu valley trek equipment packing list

Nar phu valley trek is a difficult-to-level travel route, so you need to have the proper equipment to succeed on this trip. You will sleep in the tea house and eat there so you just need to carry your personal belongings which are enough from the cold. Below are some suggested items to take with you while on the route in the Nar Phu Valley trek.

  • Walking boots with waterproof and have ankle support
  • Trainer or casual shoes you can use after a day trek.
  • Hiking Shorts (3): Quick drying type, not cotton!
  • Trekking Pants (3), preferably that zip on/off at the knees so you can use them as shorts also.
  • Loose, casual trousers for trekking
  • Thermal wear for colder areas
  • Lightweight underwear – Capilene or other synthetic.
  • Cotton pants or (loose jeans/khakis).
  • T-Shirts: Cotton for lower altitude walking. the synthetic is good above 2500m.
  • Thermal Underwear: Synthetic polypropylene
  • Waterproof Jacket. Quality waterproof clothing is essential. A proofed nylon or Gore-Tex jacket is recommended for the Nar Phu Valley trek.
  • Fleece jacket or pullover.
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
  • Goretex or warm jacket for winter trekking bring the down jacket
  • women’s sports bras, Synthetic
  • Strong rucksack or large holdall to be carried by porters
  • Daysack to carry valuables such as passport, cash, camera, and travel documents personally
  • Plastic bags or stuff sacks to store
  • Plug adapter 2 round pin
  • Trail Map/Guidebook
  • Journal & Pen, Pencils, and small notebooks
  • Extra contacts or glasses
  • Quick-drying towel (medium-sized)
  • Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multipurpose soap/handwash
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Small mirror
  • Wet wipes
  • Sanitizers
  • Water purification tablets or iodine
  • Refillable Water bottles
  • Wool or fleece hat, or balaclava
  • Hat or cap for sun protection while trekking
  • Sunglasses or goggles
  • Warm gloves
  • Towel
  • Sun lotion
  • Lip balm
  • Sunglasses protect from day sunlight
  • The sleeping bag is rated -20 degrees Celcius you can also get a sleeping bag liner
  • Some Extra pairs of T-shirts and also shorts.
  • Trekking pole
  • Camera
  • Flashlight and battery
  • First aid kit (with moleskin for blisters)
  • Extra passport photos and photocopies of your passport

Accommodation in Nar phu valley trek

Accommodation during the Nar phu valley trek is a very basic lodge/ tea house trek. If we complete the tea house in the Annapurna circuit it is much more basic here. You will sleep in a basic room with a bed, mattress, bed cover, and pillow. You need your sleeping bag and better to have a sleeping bag liner also.

The facilities are quite basic at the lodge. In some places, there is no electricity but they have solar power in the dining room. You can charge your battery for cell phones and cameras at an extra cost.

Health and Fitness for Nar phu valley trek

The main things to Nar phu valley  trek in Nepal need your positive thinking and you need to be able to walk 5/6 hours on the rocky trail. You can be fit for the Nar phu valley trek before you arrive here by doing small exercises in your home country. The more stamina you built up is easier it is to trek for Nar Phu Valley. To boost your stamina you can do running, cycling, Zumba, or some yoga practices. You will be walking 5 to 7 hours a day so be prepared for your legs. The best exercise you can do in-home is squats and lunges.

Enjoy the Kang La Pass in Nar phu valley trek

Kang la Pass is the famous trekking pass in our Nar Phu Valley trekking. this is also a Classified hidden valley the fantastic journey of 5,320 meters high altitude passes in the northern corner of the Annapurna region. If we combine Kang La Pass and Thorong Pass it will be about 2 weeks length trekking. This is one of the most challenging adventure trekking trails in Nepal.

The adventure Kang la Pass will discover the magnificent scenery of the Annapurna Himalayas range dry hidden valley, Tibetan culture fellows, and 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 at 7,126 m, Saribung Peak at 6,345 meters, and historical old Buddhist monasteries. Get to know about the reincarnations of Lamas in Buddhism (bodhisattva) at the Phu Monastery and untouched hamlet by modernity.

Trekking to the Kangla Pass is quite a difficult and narrow trail than Thorong la Pass but beautiful Highlander View. We can get a stunning view of Annapurna III 7,555 m, Gangapurna 7,455 m, 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, and Kang La Pass from Ngawel Manang.

After the Kang la pass we will arrive at the Ngwal, if you continue the trek to Annapurna round rail we will go to Manang village, It is also the beautiful prominent trekker’s town of the 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.

Trek Grade: Difficult

Nar Phu Valley trek is difficult to grade treks, Which is 5 to 7 hours of walking each day one or two days are a little longer too and some days are shorter. The trails are mixed starting part is well-marked and wide and the upper part is mostly less well-traveled, rockier underfoot, and steeper. we are making an acclimatization day in our difficult trek after trekking 3,4 days. The difficult trek goes up to 5500m in height.

This is the zone of less oxygen and our bodies start to notice and adjust to the reduced air pressure (and therefore reduced availability of oxygen) We ask that you have a good level of fitness and stamina: if you’re comfortable going on multi-day walks in mountainous terrain in your home country you swim, cycle, run or take a fitness class a couple of times a week you should find this trek within your means. You don’t need to be an experienced trekker to enjoy this trip but you should feel very comfortable hiking in the mountains. The chances of altitude sickness are high on this trek so you need to trek slowly and drink plenty of water and carry enough warm clothing.

Trekking Dates: You can do Nar phu valley trek on any date. The best time is Feb, March, April, May, June, Sept, Oct, November, and December for a group of 2 to 12 people. the rainy season is not that good for the trek as the views are not great and sometimes landslides can happen.

Your trekking luggage: You will have 1 porter for 2 trekkers basis to carry your luggage. the maximum weight per trekker is 15 kg as we never overload our porters. however, you only carry your valuables in your backpack., including your sleeping bag, and down jacket; other items not required on a trek can be stored in our office or your hotel in Kathmandu or Pokhara.

Equipment Renting and Buying: We advise you to bring all of your clothing and gear from home for your Nar phu vlaley trek. However, in Kathmandu, there are many shops to buy and rent trek-related equipment. We advise you to bring all of your clothing and gear from home, however, in Kathmandu, there are many shops to buy and rent trek-related equipment.

Transportation on the trek

For the Nar Phu valley trek, there are different means of transport. Our trip starts at Besisaahar and ends at Besisahar. From Kathmandu or Pokhara, we can take a local bus about a 5 to 6 hours drive to Besisahar. You can also take a private jeep directly to Chame at an extra cost. From Besisahar we can drive by a local sharing jeep to Chame, the jeeps are with other trekkers and mostly local people.

For the return Nar phu valley trek also we can use the same means of transport to Kathmandu or Pokhara. from Pokhara to Kathmandu you can take 25 minutes flight or a 6/7 hours drive by bus or by private car. the main way to get there is by driving. Above the Himalayas, trekking is always careful to choose the best transport options available for your travel period. We choose the transport means as per your package itinerary and budget also.

Nar Phu valley trek group size

Please note that Nar Phu Valley trek  is in a restricted area so we need a minimum of 2 people to run this trek. However, our group size is also quite small and from 2 people to 10. We always make a small group to reduce the impact on the environment and to enable us to provide a more personal service. The maximum group size on most of our treks/tours is 12 and the minimum group size is 2.

After the COVID-19 pandemic, we are now making our Nar phu valley trekking group size a 10-person limit, this also makes it easy to provide you with the best service and look after all of you from your trekking guide and porter. So any number you are doesn’t matter you can book your trip with us we are happy to run the best holiday for you.

Trekking To Nar And Phu in Nepal

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 and need to carry an entry permit to show at checkpoints ($90 in trekking season, $75 in the rainy off-season). 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 from Pokhara to Koto, or you can trek also via the old Annapurna circuit route. Can take a charter flight or helicopter to Humde’s 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 valley trek .

We will follow the river trail through a picturesque forest of mixed conifers and deciduous trees, with some spectacular glimpses of the high peaks far overhead to Nar village. while you are trekking in late Autumn or in the winter be careful with the snow, however, for the trail can become treacherous, with dangerous landslides. where we enjoyed exploring cultural sites and side trails before getting back to Kathmandu.

Less visited restricted route

This 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 on this trek. starts with a one-day drive from Kathmandu to Syange or further, from where the trekking gets initialized. Well, trekking and hiking are beneficial things in the context of health-wise too.

Apart from this reason, the candidate also has the full benefit of getting the chance to be mesmerized by enjoying the true forms of nature. As the path offers, trekkers of the Nar Phu Valley trek can possess surreal views of the geography throughout the journey, panoramic views of the 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 missing this wonderful chance of owning this rare heavenly experience of freedom in nature. Besides what 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.

Nar Phu valley trek itinerary

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 a warm, welcoming culture.

The Nar phu valley trek itinerary has nearly about 300 native inhabitants and this mainly depends on yak herding and the salt trade. The 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 trek permit

Nar Phu Valley trek is in the Nepal-restricted area of trekking so we need a special permit to travel to this area. We need 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, and travel insurance that covers up to 5500m height both rescue and medical assistance. For the child 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.

Nar Phu is Remote trek in Annapurna region

This is one the remote and also known generally known as “The Forbidden Kingdom”. The Nar-Phu valley trek is the last standing remains of the ancient forbidden kingdom of Tibet and 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.

Trekking in this beautiful land unites high hills and passes, ice valleys, remote towns, restricted canyons, and dazzling wilds. Also, the trail passes by stunning rocky establishments, yaks, gompas, and exceptional Himalayan societies. Since the trail was opened in 2003 so there are not very many Westerners have investigated these untouched towns and traveled over the 7000-meter hills encompassing this forbidden valley.

We will do Nar phu valley trek in the upper Manang valley in The Nar and Phu valley which is incorporated of 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 religious community and get a gift from Lama Karma Sonam Rinpoche. Alongside investing a lot of energy in these vivid and ageless towns travelers encounter the high-elevated valleys above Phu known as Himlung base camp while crossing the High Pass of Kangla and arriving at Ngwal.

We can also combine both passes of Kang La 5315 meters they also travel west over the Thorong La pass of 5416 meters and down through the 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 tea house trek

The tea house Nar phu valley trek is a staying in a typical wooden and stone-made hut or building with a kitchen, dining hall, bedrooms, and bathroom. The tea houses on the Nar Phu Valley Trek are the local lodges mostly owned and managed by the local people of the Annapurna. 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 the 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 and Phu Valley regions began when the trekkers started to flourish in the Annapurna region. Before that, all the trekking in Nepal was the Camping trek and which is much more expensive compared 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 guides, cooks, 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 in lower-elevation tea houses compared to the higher region. Nowadays new tea houses start building and offer more facilities and good rooms. 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.

Nar Phu valley trek map

Our Narphu Valley trek route map is starting from Koto which is a full-day drive from Kathmandu. The official hiking winds from here and combines the remote villages of Nar and Phu village, it will pass narrow canyons, lovely forest, and amazing rocks, after the Kangla pass the trek route map arrive at the Annapurna round trekking path. From Ngwal we can trek down to Pisang or further to Chame and drive back to Kathmandu. Thus Nar Phu trek route map is one of the most interesting trekking in the less traveled and remote part of Nepal.

Nar Phu is the most remote part of the Manang District in Nepal. There are three routes mapped to go into the valley. The route from Nyesyang and Mustang is open from March. This is the last route that is most utilized by the local villagers of Nar-Phu. We need to cross more than 15 plank bridges over the Nar Phu Khola which follows through the middle of the valley.

There are two villages in the valley Nar and Phu. The Phu village is situated about 10 km from Nar. The population of 2 villages is about 1000.

Phu village is in a corner of a small valley of streams called Lhodal and Phu flows through the middle of the valley. One larger Buddhist monastery of the Nylingmpa sect is located right in the middle of the village. The other larger Buddhist monastery called Tashillhakang is located across the Lhodal stream.

Most villagers migrate from Nar to a lower altitude in mid-December and remain there until mid-February. But old people are one or two others from each household who stay in the village in winter.

Trekking Difficulty

Nar Phu Valley trek lie 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 on a narrow trail. The rest of the trail is moderate and needs to trek 12 -15 km and 1 day almost 20 km in. and treks hours are roughly 6/7 hours each day.

If you will join to Annapurna round trek you need to cross 5400m in 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 recommended.

When is the best time to visit?

Trekking in Nar Phu valley the best time is September to November which has a clear sky and provides stunning mountain views. If you trek from March to May it is best to see the blooming flowers along the trail. The best thing about this route is we can trek in the monsoon season also as it is in the rain shadow area.

The landscape is similar to Tibet so it has a little rain here. Most of the social festivals and local people’s marriages also happen at this time. Winter is very cold and lots of snow so it is not a good season to trek here.

Trekking in the winter

The winter month of Late December January and February are some of the coldest and driest months, which makes it good for Himalayan views while wearing lots of layers. At this time of the year, there is little rain, and skies in the hills and valleys further from the high mountains can be hazy from dust and pollution. The days are short and the nights are long, Thus you can start the trek early in the morning and be wise to fish late afternoon.

When you are in higher places, especially at the pass and high altitudes, temperatures can drop to well below freezing. Even during the day, temperatures may not rise much above freezing. Most of the trail will cover by snow.

The snow that does fall doesn’t melt and can become hard and icy. This can make the trek harder, We suggest you carry a walking stick and plastic crampons will make it easier on the high pass trail.

Accommodation on Na phu valley trek

The room in the tea house of Nar Phu valley trek will be two beds on each side of the room which are separated by a wooden tea table in between. you need to take your sleeping bag but, there will be facilities for a pillow, bed sheet, coverlet or duvet. In our Nar Phu valley trek package, we offer you a twin-bedded room. The single room facilities are available in some places depending on their availability. It is easier to get a single room during off-trekking seasons. As there are limited guest houses and no options left due to the more trekkers in the tea houses.

Nar Phu Valley trekking guide and staff

Your trekking guide for the Nar Phu valley  trek speaks fluent English. We have also guides who speak additional languages (French, German, Spanish, and Japanese. They will always look after your s safety, maintaining health, security, and hygiene before doing anything else. On the tea house Nar phu valley trek, our guide will find you the best and clean guest houses for your comfort.


Reviews on Nar Phu Valley Trek


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Emma Hughes
September 18, 2022
Best time at Narphu vallely trekking

We had the best time at Narphu valley trekking. The trail is so unique and unspoiled. We have not to meet any tourists along the trail. The guest house is basic but fulfills our needs. We have accompany with our guide and porter who help us with all our needs. Thank you Puru and Above the Himalaya trekking for an amazing jounrey. We will be back again and use you guys services.

Emma Hughes

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Mike Walden
October 30, 2022
Thank you Above The Himalaya for the Nar phu valley trek

We have booked this Nar Phu valley trek with Above The Himalaya Trekking. The views were amazing and the area is less explored. The people of this region were very much warm-hearted and kind, they greeted us with warm gestures of kindness along the whole trail. We really enjoy this trek as the area is still virgin. We had a great guide Mr. Basu and he is experienced in this region. He has helped us to know the local culture and took us the interesting places. The people here are Buddhist and we saw many monuments of stupas and gumba’s along the way. We get a chance to explore the unique culture, nature, people, traditions, and history of this region. Thank you Above The Himalaya for the best trip.

Mike Walden

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Christina Zinner
November 4, 2022
Perfect Nar Phu Valley Trek

The 12 days trek from arrival to Departure to Nar Phu valley was superb. The company did a great job with their services. We were blessed with the stunning mountain view and great weather., Our guide Sitaram was the best one and very helpful and took care all of our needs. We suggest taking a private Jeep as a transport which is more comfortable than the local jeep or bus.

Thank you Above The Himalayas for everything.

Christina Zinner

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