Nar Phu Valley Trek

Duration: 19 Days

Nar Phu Valley Trek is a lesser known, beautiful trail north of Annapurna. This region remains untouched by modern civilization and mass tourism.  Often referred to as the ‘’hidden valley trek’, Nar and Phu valley offer a spiritual trekking experience with numerous villages of Tibetan heritage and undisturbed religious sites.  People here herd yaks, trade with lower regions and harvest indigenous medicinal herbs for livelihood. Our 19-day-long Nar Phu Valley Trek starts with a sightseeing tour of some of Kathmandu’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Then, we drive to Jagat, a quintessential teahouse village in the Annapurna circuit.
We follow the Annapurna circuit trek trail till Koto and branch off from there to Nar Phu Valley on a rugged, enthralling trail. We have set aside day 8 and day 10 for acclimatization which is crucial to adjust your body to high altitude. Apart from the valley of Nar and Phu, crossing Kang La Pass (5,315 m) is another major highlight of the trek. The pass rewards us with spectacular views of  Annapurna II (7937m), Tilicho Peak (7134m)  and Gangapurna (7455m). The Kang La pass connects Nar valley with Manang district and three other ethnic Bhotia villages of Neyshang valley. A huge stretch of high snow-peaks, grazing settlements, and ancient villages make Nar and Phu valley the gem of Annapurna. 

We gradually climb down from the Kang La pass to Thorong La pass and ultimately to Jomsom via lower Mustang. We fly from Jomsom to Pokhara and finally head back to Kathmandu the next day. Nar Phu Valley Trek is ideal for those who have a special interest in remote communities and their age-old ways of life.  If you are looking for a short, easy and fun-filled trek in the Annapurna region, Adventure Club Trek also offers Annapurna Circuit Trek Short-14 Days and Annapurna Circuit Trek-21 Days. 

 

Trip Highlights:

  • Trekking in the restricted Nar and Phu Valley in the Manag District and numerous villages with authentic Tibetan culture.
  • Visit ancient monasteries including Tashi Lakhang Monastery, one of world’s 108 great Buddhist monasteries.
  • Ruined forts of the Khampa settlement
  • Crossing Kang La (pass) at 5,322m 
  • Crossing Thorong La Pass at 5,416m
  • The holy pilgrimage site of Muktinath

Outline Itinerary:

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m)
  • Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and trek Preparation
  • Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Jagat (1100m): 8- 9 hours
  • Day 04: Trek Jagat to Dharapani (1,960m) : 7-8 hours
  • Day 05: Trek Dharapani to Koto (2,610m) : 5-6 hours
  • Day 06: Trek Koto to Meta (3,560m) : 7-8 hours
  • Day 07: Trek Meta to Phu Gaon (4,250m) : 7-8 hours
  • Day 08: Acclimatization/rest day at Phu Gaon
  • Day 09: Trek Phu Gaon to Nar (4,110m) : 6-7 hours
  • Day 10: Another Acclimatization day
  • Day 11: Nar – Crossing over Kang La Pass (5,322m) to Ngawal (3,660m) : 7-8 hours
  • Day 12: Trek Ngwal to Manang (3,540m) : 4-5 hours
  • Day 13: Trek Manang to Yak Kharka (4,110m) : 4-5 hours
  • Day 14: Trek Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,600m) : 4-5 hours
  • Day 15: Trek Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3,800m) via Thorong La (5,416m) : 7-8 hours
  • Day 16: Trek Muktinath to Jomsom (2,715m) : 5-6 hours
  • Day 17: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara (823m) : 25 minutes flight
  • Day 18: Drive back to Kathmandu (1,350m) : 5-6 hours
  • Day 19: Transfer to airport for your onward destination
  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m)

    Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), you will be welcomed by a representative from Adventure Club Trek. After sorting out your custom formalities (visa and so on), you will be then transferred to your respective hotel in Adventure Club Trek’s private vehicle and give you some time to freshen up. After this, you will attend an orientation about your trek led by the trekking leader over a welcome dinner. Overnight at hotel.

    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Walking hours: N/A
    • Max. Altitude: 1,350m/4,428ft
    • Meal: Welcome Dinner
  • Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and trek Preparation

    Today, we go on a sightseeing tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the city. We start the program after breakfast, first visiting the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath. Though non-Hindus are not allowed inside the main premises of the temple we are allowed to visit the cremation site and surrounding areas. We then head to Boudhanath, considered one of the largest stupas in Asia due to the massive mandala that surrounds the main dome. The smell of Himalayan incense and locals doing kora(making clockwise rounds of the stupa) gives you a little insight on Buddhist culture. Our next stop is Swayambhunath also known as the Monkey Temple, located on top of a hill. The stupa is similar to Boudhanath, but here the stupa is surrounded by many temples and shrines. Some of the temples date back to the medieval Lichchhavi period. Our final stop is Kathmandu Durbar square which is a fine example of Newari architecture. The premises of the Durbar square house many temples and royal palaces, however, most of the temples and building were destroyed by the 2015 earthquake and are being renovated. Overnight in Kathmandu.

    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Walking hours: N/A
    • Max. Altitude: 1,350m/4,428ft
    • Meal: Breakfast
  • Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Jagat (1100m): 8- 9 hours

    It is a long drive to Jagat, so we start early in the morning. After breakfast we board a bus to Besisahar. The countryside sceneries rich with lush green forest, rivers and mountain vistas is quite pleasant. Upon reaching Besisahar we board another vehicle which will take us to Jagat. It is a bumpy ride on the dusty, rough roads. Overnight in Jagat.

    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Walking hours: 8- 9 hours
    • Max. Altitude: 1100m
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Day 04: Trek Jagat to Dharapani (1,960m) : 7-8 hours

    Put on your trekking boots as today marks the start of our actual trek. After a filling breakfast we get going to Dharapani. The trail starts with a descent towards the Marsyangdi River followed by a walk through a dense forest. We continue on the trail towards Chamje with fantastic views of the Annapurna Range. We cross a suspension bridge after Chamje heading towards Sattale(7 storeyed).
    The next village enroute is Tal(Lake) where we arrive after a towards the grassy riverbanks of Marsyangdi River. The trail is goes constantly up and down and eventually takes on a steep forested path towards Karte. We pass by few small waterfalls and streams and cross a suspension bridge to get to Dharapani. Overnight at a teahouse in Dharapani.

    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Walking hours: 7-8 hours
    • Max. Altitude: 1,960m
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Day 05: Trek Dharapani to Koto (2,610m) : 5-6 hours

    Our destination for the day is Koto. First, we trek towards Bagarchhap, walking through pine and fir forests. While at Bagrachhap, we explore the local monastery. After an hour’s trek we arrive at Danaque followed by a steep climb towards Timang with marvelous views of Mt. Manaslu and Peak 29. Again, the trail passes through pine forest towards Latmarang and along the way we catch a glimpses of Annapurna II. A short walk from Latamarang will take us to Koto. Overnight at a teahouse in Koto.

    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Walking hours: 5-6 hours
    • Max. Altitude: 2,610m
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Day 06: Trek Koto to Meta (3,560m) : 7-8 hours

    After leaving the village of Koto, we will enter the restricted area, so our permit will be checked. After passing through the check post we continue on our trek to Meta. The path to Meta starts with a trek along the Soti Khola banks which continues through lush pine forest. Along the way we pass by many small streams and have to cross a number of suspension bridges and the village of Dharmasala. As we near Meta, we have to overcome a steep climb through another forest. Magnificent views of the Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal keep us enthralled. Overnight in Meta.

    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Walking hours: 7-8 hours
    • Max. Altitude: 3,560m
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Day 07: Trek Meta to Phu Gaon (4,250m) : 7-8 hours

    Today’s trail starts with a descend to Jhuman followed by a gradual climb towards Khyang. Here we can see the ruins of the Khampa settlements (Khampa are refugees from Tibet) and also spectacular views of Annapurna II, Tilicho Peak, Pisang Peak and Gyaji Kang among others. The path is rocky from here onwards. We cross the Phu Khola to reach Phu Gaon. Overnight in Phu Gaon.

    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Walking hours: 7-8 hours
    • Max. Altitude: 4,250m
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Day 08: Acclimatization/rest day at Phu Gaon

    Acclimatization plays a key role in a successful trek. Today is set aside to adjust to thinning air at high altitude. Few activities are planned for the day to blend better to the changing condition.
    Firstly, we go around the village to better understand the culture and the daily lives of the locals. This village is diverse in culture as people of different ethnic groups live here including Gurung, Ghale and Lama. Further, we explore Tashi Lhakhang Monastery, the last monastery built by Karmapa Rinpoche. It is also one of the 108 world’s great Buddhist Monasteries. Besides all the cultural diversities, another attraction of this village is the breathtaking views of the Himlung Himal. Overnight in a teahouse at Phu Gaon.

    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Walking hours: N/A
    • Max. Altitude: 4,250m
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Day 09: Trek Phu Gaon to Nar (4,110m) : 6-7 hours

    We descend and ascend, pass by many streams and cross a few suspension bridges to finally reach Nar. The day starts with a downhill drop till Mahendra Pul after which we cross a 80 m high suspension bridge over the Lapche River. The trail then climbs up to Nar, passing many stupas and chortens on the way. We can explore many monasteries at Nar and also enjoy the fantastic views of Pisang Peak and other surrounding peaks. Overnight in a teahouse at Nar.

    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Walking hours: 6-7 hours
    • Max. Altitude: 4,110m
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Day 10: Another Acclimatization day

    This is another acclimatization day to avoid Acute Mountain Sickness when crossing the Kang La Pass at 5,322m the next day. Today, we go on a short hike around the village and also explore the local culture and tradition. However, make sure not to overwork yourself as you’ll need to be fully rested to overcome the high pass tomorrow. Overnight at a teahouse in Nar.

    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Walking hours: N/A
    • Max. Altitude: 4,110m
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Day 11: Nar – Crossing over Kang La Pass (5,322m) to Ngawal (3,660m) : 7-8 hours

    Today will be a bit challenging as we cross Kang La Pass at 5,322m. The key to avoid AMS at high altitude is to walk on a slow but steady pace. We start early in the morning with the target of crossing the Kang La Pass before noon to avoid the strong winds which can make it impossible to overcome the pass. From the top of the pass we can enjoy the spectacular views of the Annapurna Massif. We then head down to Ngawal for a good night’s sleep.Overnight in a tea house at Ngawal.

    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Walking hours: 7-8 hours
    • Max. Altitude: 3,660m
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Day 12: Trek Ngwal to Manang (3,540m) : 4-5 hours

    Our destination for the day is Manang. Our trail starts with a descent towards Braga village through a pine forest. While at Braga we also visit the monastery there. The trail then climbs up towards Manang accompanied by the views of Annapurna range and Tilicho Peak. Overnight in a teahouse at Manang.

    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Walking hours: 4-5 hours
    • Max. Altitude: 3,540m
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Day 13: Trek Manang to Yak Kharka (4,110m) : 4-5 hours

    We ascend from Manang to a village just above called Tenki and follow an uphill trail out of the Marshyangdi Valley towards the Valley Jarsang Khola. The trail then gradually climbs up through pastures and juniper trees. Enroute to Yak Kharka, we pass a small village of Ghunsa followed by pastures where horses and yak graze. We cross a small river via a wooden bridge to finally arrive at Yak Kharka. Overnight in a teahouse at Yak Kharka.

    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Walking hours: 4-5 hours
    • Max. Altitude: 4,110m
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Day 14: Trek Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,600m) : 4-5 hours

    Today, we are headed to Thorong Phedi, the last settlement before crossing the Thorong La Pass. This small settlement is also called the base camp of Thorong La Pass. Today’s trek mostly consist of uphill climb beginning with an ascent towards Ledar Village. We climb further up to reach Thorong Phedi enjoying spectacular views of Mt. Syagang, Mt. Gudang, Mt. Katungkulan and Thorung Peak among others along the way. Overnight in a teahouse at Thorong Phedi.

    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Walking hours: 4-5 hours
    • Max. Altitude: 4,600m
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Day 15: Trek Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3,800m) via Thorong La (5,416m) : 7-8 hours

    Today we overcome another high pass but it is going to be much more challenging then the previous one. Our target is to cross the pass before 9- 10 am so we can avoid the strong winds at noon which makes it practically impossible to cross the pass. Hence we start our ascent, which will take about 4 hours at 4 am. We don’t spend a lot of time at the top and make a quick descent towards the holy town of Muktinath. Muktinath is a famous pilgrimage site for both Buddhist and Hindus as it consists of many stupas and temples. The 108 watersprouts here and the eternal flame, besides the temple itself, are the main attractions here. Overnight at a guesthouse in Muktinath.

    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Walking hours: 7-8 hours
    • Max. Altitude: 3,800m
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Day 16: Trek Muktinath to Jomsom (2,715m) : 5-6 hours

    Early in the morning we go around and explore the temples and monasteries. Then, we get packing for Jomsom, a town popular for apple and apple products. The trail starts with descent towards the Kali Gandaki Valley following the Kali Gandaki River on a rocky path with many ups and downs. The views of Tukuche, Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri accompany us throughout the day. Once at Jomsom you can try out the famous apple brandy. Overnight at a teahouse in Jomsom.

    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Walking hours: 5-6 hours
    • Max. Altitude: 2,715m
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Day 17: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara (823m) : 25 minutes flight

    We board an early morning flight to Pokhara. Wereach Pokhara in half an hour at most. After checking into our hotel room, we visit some of the popular places in the City of Lakes including Phewa Lake, Gupteshwor Cave, Davis Fall, and Peace Pagoda among others. Overnight at a hotel in Pokhara.

    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Walking hours: N/A
    • Meal: N/A
  • Day 18: Drive back to Kathmandu (1,350m) : 5-6 hours

    After breakfast in Pokhara, we board a tourist bus that will takes us back to the capital city. It will take around 6 hours to reach Kathmandu via Prithivi Highway. Once in Kathmandu, you can enjoy the last days of the trek roaming around the city, buying some souvenirs or you can just opt to rest in your hotel room. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.

    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Walking hours: N/A
    • Max. Altitude: 1,350m/4,428ft
    • Meal: Farewell Dinner
  • Day 19: Transfer to airport for your onward destination

    Farewell! Today concludes our 19 days Nar Phu Valley Trek. A representative from Adventure Club Trek will drop you off at the airport according to your flight’s schedule.

    • Accommodation: N/A
    • Walking hours: N/A
    • Max. Altitude: N/A
    • Meal: Breakfast

Cost Includes

  • All airport transfers from arrival to departure.
  • Standard hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara; breakfast included. 
  • One night accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Pokhara.
  • Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation while trekking. 
  • Full board meals durng the trek (breakfast, lunch and dinner)  with tea/coffee.
  • Welcome and farewell dinners.
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Domestic flight  from Jomsom to Pokhara including airport departure tax
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu with world heritage  entry permit fees and  private vehicle.
  • Experienced, government licensed, English-speaking guide trained in Wilderness First Aid.
  • Porters to carry your luggage during the trek (2 trekkers:1 porter).
  • Assistant trekking guide (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide).
  • Staff costs including their Salary, meals, transportation, insurance, domestic airfare and medicines.
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag  (to be returned after trip completion)
  • Adventure Club Trek T-shirt, duffel bag, First Aid Kid and trekking map
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
  • All government and local taxes

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal visa (USD 25 for 15 days and USD 40 for 30 days)
  • Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Personal expenses (alcoholic drinks, bottled water, cold drinks, laundry, phone call).
  • Personal travel insurance and medical bills.
  • International air fares/ flights (Fares and flights can be arranged upon the request).
  • Hot shower during the trekking.
  • Personal trekking equipment.
  • Insurance with helicopter evacuation.
  • Tips for guide, porters, driver (Tipping is expected, but it is not mandatory.

Flight Delay in Jomsom

Twin Otter is the primary mode of transport from the airstrip at Jomsom. This service is fairly dependable. Sometimes, flights may be cancelled due to mountain weather conditions or other technical problems. In such case, Adventure Club Trek will organize the alternative available road transportation to ensure you are on schedule for your international flight. The expense of the road transport will be managed from the reimbursement received from the flight ticket after the deduction of cancelation charge. So please note that there will be no refund of the flight from Jomsom to Pokhara, if the alternative road transportation is consolidated.

Note: Your safety is of the utmost concern whilst you are travelling with Adventure Club Trek. We will make every effort possible to follow the original itinerary but we reserve the right to change that itinerary if a segment of it becomes a safety issue. Certain mountain regions are remote, natural disasters can happen, weather conditions can decline and there can be illness or an injury. To avoid dangerous situations we may occasionally have to make changes to the itinerary to ensure everyone’s safety. That having been said, Adventure Club Trek will strive to provide you with the best possible trekking experience and to keep your safety our number one priority. We thank you for your understanding.

Pre-Trip Meeting : 

Prior to all our treks and expeditions, we host a Pre-Trip meeting in Kathmandu. The primary purpose of meeting is to provide an opportunity for individuals to ask questions about the forthcoming trek and to introduce them to other team members. The meeting covers topics as diverse as personal equipment and acclimatization and usually involves a hike and some skills training. We believe that pre-trip meeting is very important in order to better preparation of the trekking.

Best Time to Trek to Nar Phu Valley: 

Best months are September, October & November during the Autumn season and after mid March, April & May during the spring season are consider as the best seasons for doing this trek. Regarding monsoon season at summer time we do not suggest to try this route from June till August. But at autumn months weather is perfect: there is no rain, and it is warm enough.

Fixed Departure Dates and Cost

The quoted costs are per person but don't include International flights if you are a single person and want to be in a group you can join our fixed departure schedule if the schedule dates are not suitable for you, please contact us, and we will be happy to customize our trips to suit your needs. If any individuals/group don't want to join our other group, we can comply with your wishes and requirements. We are ground operators Himalayan destinations and can arrange your trip to suit your dates and choices.

Trip Status

  • Available - Trip is available to run if minimum group size is filled
  • Guaranteed - Trip is Guaranteed to run
  • Limited - Only a few spaces available
Start Date End Date Availability Price
February 24, 2019 March 14, 2019 Available US$ 1499
February 28, 2019 March 18, 2019 Available US$ 1499
PRICE FROM US$ 1499 (Per Person)
Total: US$ 1499

Trip Facts

  • Trip Code ACTE-124
  • Trip Duration 19 Days
  • Destination Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty Strenuous
  • Trip Style Tea House Trek
  • Accomodation Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara and teahouses during the trek
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