Nar Phu Valley Trek with Annapurna Circuit - 19 Days

  • Duration 19 Days
  • Difficulty Level Strenuous
  • Destination Nepal
  • Trip Type Lodge Based Trekking
  • Best Season Spring (March - May) & Autumn (Sept - Nov)
  • Group Size 16
  • Maximum Altitude 5,416 m

Highlights

  • Cross Kang La pass and Thorong La pass
  • Heaven for challenge lovers, the trial is off-beat
  • Less crowded trekking route, with unique rock formations and desert-like scenery too
  • Explore one of the restricted areas in the Himalayas, Nar Phu Valley
  • The trek further joins the Annapurna Circuit route
  • Visit ancient Tashi Lhakhang monastery and Muktinath Temple
  • Get to see the unique lifestyle of the natives in the Nar and Phu villages
  • Witness breathtaking mountain landscapes

Suited between the Damodar Kunda and the Annapurna Circuit (some parts), Nar Phu Valley Trek is a restricted area tea house trek. The Nar Phu Valley opened to visitors in 2003, a lot later than other parts of the Himalayas. Thanks to that the region boosts raw off-beat trekking experience and a less crowded trekking route to adventure lovers. Untouched by modernity and far away from any modern conventions, Nar Phu Valley Trekking is an incredible venture.

Trek off the famous Annapurna Circuit in the restricted Nar Phu valley and enjoy the pristine culture of the locals and unspoiled mountain views on our 19 Days Nar Phu Valley Trek.

The locals in Nar and Phu villages have similar cultures and traditions to Tibetans. There are several monasteries along the Nar Phu Valley Trek route, including the Tashi Lhakhang, that resembles Tibetan art & architecture. Moreover, the latter part of the 19 days Nar Phu Valley Trek presents you with the mixed cultural heritage of locals of different communities.

Check out our Nar Phu Valley Trek map for an easy representation of the trekking route. The Nar Phu Valley trail goes through medieval remote villages, narrow canyons, lush forests, and glaciers. You will come across unique rock formations and heavenly mountain scenery.

You can extend our 19 days Nar Phu Valley trek to gorgeous Tilicho Lake too. Tilicho Lake is the second-highest lake in the world. Or, opt for a short Nar Phu valley trek with us and custom design the Nar Phu Valley trek itinerary.

View during the Nar Phu Valley Trek

Nar Phu Valley Trek is all about breathtaking mountain landscapes. The trial adds rocky hills and desert-like scenery too. Nar Phu Valley Trekking is the treasure box for the most pleasing views of the western Himalayan mountains like Annapurna Range (8,091 m), Dhaulagiri Range (8,167 m), Mt. Nilgiri (7,061 m), Mt. Hiunchuli (6,441 m), Mt. Manaslu (8,163 m), Mt. Gangapurna (7,455 m), Tilicho Peak (7,134 m), etc.

Nar Phu Valley Trek Nepal is the ultimate wilderness adventure one can have in their lifetime. To join Nar Phu Valley Trek 2022, you can feel our booking form and wait for a reply from the trip. Similarly, our early booking for Nar Phu Valley Trek 2023 is also open for travelers.

Nar Phu Valley Trek difficulty

Nar Phu Valley Trek is difficult and only recommended to experienced trekkers who are okay with long walks of 6 to 8 hours on rugged terrain. The trek crosses two high passes- Kang La pass (5,306 m) and Thorong La pass (5,416 m). The route is steep and uneven at most places.

The trekking area is very remote and does not have any tourist infrastructure like other famous trekking routes in the Annapurna region. The limited facilities make the Nar Phu Valley Trekking more tedious and demand mental preparation too.

What do we offer?

Our Nar Phu Valley Trek is the perfect package for challenge lovers at the same time allows trekkers to sit back and indulge in tranquil vistas. We have added the Thorong La pass in the package, which means you will be exploring the part of Annapurna Circuit Trek too. One package, double experience.

The treks we organize are usually different from others. We are always ready to explore the untouched part of the Himalayas at the request of our guests and offer tailor-made private treks too. Our experienced friendly trekking guides will lead the team and make sure everyone completes the journey safely.

Upper Mustang Trek, Makalu Base Camp Trek, Upper Dolpo Trek, and Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek are some other strenuous trekking routes in the Himalayas that you may like to check out.

Itinerary

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On your arrival day, our airport team will be at the terminal to pick you up. They will transfer you to the hotel. Spend the day as per your wish and join the welcome dinner in the evening.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsWelcome dinner
  • Maximum Altitude1,310 m

Today, we will have a short tour of ancient monuments in Kathmandu in the morning. Later, there will be a short briefing about the trek, and we will do the final packing. If any trekking clothes or gear is missing, you can rent or buy them in Thamel.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Maximum Altitude1,310 m

We will leave the busy streets of Kathmandu and drive towards Jagat. After a few hours of driving, you can see a glimpse of Mt. Annapurna I and Mt. Manaslu. We drive up through the Marsyangdi valley up north towards Jagat. The route also offers beautiful views of lush green hills, terraced fields, Himalchuli, and Ngadi Chuli.

  • AccommodationLodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude1,300 m

Following the rushing Marsyangdi river, we will walk on a rocky trail and pass by lovely waterfalls. We reach Tal and ascend on stone staircases towards Dharapani.

  • AccommodationLodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude1,860 m

From Dharapani, the trail goes through Bagarchhap and Danaque. Further, we pass by Timang and gradually climb to Koto village. You can see superb views of mountains like Annapurna II and Manaslu along the way.

  • AccommodationLodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude2,600 m

The day begins early. It's a little difficult day before us. Passing the checkpoint, we cross the river and ascend through lush forests above the Phu Khola. Further, the route goes through woods and small settlement areas. A steep climb up the valley finally reaches the high pastures on a plateau and continues to Meta.

  • AccommodationLodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude3,560 m

The trail gradually gets more remote as you will be approaching Phu Gaun. From Meta, you will be walking alongside a jagged cliff. There will be many ascents & descents. The views will be impressive too. Phu Gaun will welcome us with stunning views of the Annapurna range.

  • AccommodationLodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude4,080 m

It's an acclimatization day in Phu Gaun. We will go on a hike to Himlung Base Camp. The hike offers us breathtaking views of the snow-capped mountains and rocky peaks. Later, we will be exploring the villages and the old houses. You will get an amazing opportunity to click some great photographs of the locals.

  • AccommodationLodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude4,920 m

We will be continuing the trek towards Nar Phedi. The overnight stay will be at an ancient monastery. We will get to be part of their evening prayers and spend some time meditating. It will be one serene day.

  • AccommodationLodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude3,500 m

The trail descends to an old bridge and contours a narrow gorge. We will then trek all the way up again, relishing gorgeous scenery. From the gates of Nar, pass by bamboo-topped chortens and mustard fields to Nar village. The looming snowy peaks and colorful gompas will add more color to the barren landscape.

  • AccommodationLodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude4,200 m

Crossing Kang La pass is not difficult, however the long walk can exhaust you. The top of the pass offers striking views of Mt. Gangapurna, Tilicho Peak, Mt. Annapurna II, and many others. The trail further descends steeply to Nagwal for the night stay.

  • AccommodationLodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude5,320 m

As we move further, farming fields and meadows begin to appear. The route passes through mani walls and larger chortens. Mountains like Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Gnagapurna, Tilicho Peak, etc dominate the trail today. Before reaching Manang, there will be a short steep climb.

  • AccommodationLodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude3,540 m

Today, we are spending the day in Manang acclimatizing and exploring around. We will hike to nearby old monasteries and caves. Manang is a famous village with a cinema hall where they play a few selected movies on repeat. Movies at that height will be a great experience.

  • AccommodationLodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude3,950 m

We once again begin to gain elevation. The route continues to Yak Kharka. You will be walking through grasslands and meadows. The views of mountains along the way are fantastic. It's a short walking day, therefore you will have ample time to rest and soak in the landscape.

  • AccommodationLodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude4,200 m

The trail today reaches Thorong Pheid, the base of Thorong La pass, the highest pass in Nepal. We will be ascending following a steep rocky route. Another short walking day will give us enough time to relax and get ready for a long ascent tomorrow.

  • AccommodationLodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude4,450 m

Today, we began ascending to Thorong La pass early in the morning to pass strong winds and unstable weather in the daytime. The trail gets steeper and rugged with slippery slopes. The top of the pass offers jaw-dropping mountain views. Further, we drop down to Muktinath, a pilgrimage site, and take a ride to Jomsom. On the way, we will pass by the deepest gorge in the world, Kali Gandaki gorge.

  • AccommodationLodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude5,416 m

Today, we will take an early morning flight back to Pokhara. The flight presents aerial views of the western Himalayan mountains. We drop you at the hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax and explore the tourist sites.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Maximum Altitude820 m

After a delicious breakfast, we will set off our way to Kathmandu. The drive will be relaxing. In Kathmandu, you can spend the day as per your wish. Visit the local market and maybe do some shopping. In the evening, join us for a farewell dinner.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast & Farewell dinner
  • Maximum Altitude1,310 m

You will be flying home today. Our team will drop you at the airport.

  • MealsBreakfast

This is our standard and recommended itinerary. Do you want to customize a program as per your requirements?
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Includes

  • All grounded transportation as per itinerary by private car
  • Three nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu inclusive breakfast
  • Three times meal (Breakfast/lunch/dinner) and accommodations during the trekking
  • One highly experience English speaking & friendly trekking guide and required porter including their expenses
  • Nar Phu Valley trekking special permit fee
  • TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System (Please bring 2 passport size photos for permit)
  • Annapurna and Manaslu conservation fees
  • Nar Phu Valley Trekking map
  • Nepal Gateway Company T-shirt and achievement certificate
  • Local fresh fruit
  • First aid kit
  • Evacuation assist if needed
  • Government taxes and office service charge

Excludes

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Your travel insurance
  • Nepal entry visa. You can obtain a visa quickly upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. A multiple-entry tourist visa suitable for 30 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 50 or equivalent in foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 135. Please bring two passport-size photos.
  • Your international flight ticket to/from Kathmandu
  • Your personal nature expenses, equipment and medical kit
  • All kinds of hot and cold drinks and alcoholic beverage in trekking
  • Hot shower, internet and phone call unless it is free
  • Tipping to field staffs (Tipping is not mandatory but expected)

Useful Info

Altitude Sickness

To avoid altitude sickness during the Nar Phu Valley Trek, make sure to drink plenty of water and not consume any dehydrating substances like alcohol, cigarette. The trail takes you above 5000 meters, so you have to acclimatize well enough.

Our Nar Phu Valley Trek itinerary is well-designed with needed acclimatization days. The package has beautiful resting spots and a gentle increase in elevation every day.

Symptoms: insomnia, headache, loss of appetite, dizziness, nausea, etc.

Preparation for Nar Phu Valley Trek

To prepare for the Nar Phu Valley Trekking exercise and go on a long walk with a bag pack weighing around 5kgs. This will help you increase your long walking ability and also build stamina. Some other activities you can do are swimming, running, cycling, hiking, etc.

Your body should be physically ready to walk on rough uphill terrain. Overall, work on endurance, strength, and stamina. At the same time, also prepare your mind to deal with the isolation of the region and survive in almost no modern comforts.

Nar Phu Valley Trek Solo/Private/Group

Nar Phu Valley does not allow solo travelers. So, you cannot do Nar Phu Valley Trek alone. However, you can enjoy tranquil walking on our private trek with one of your loved ones.

Similarly, as a solo traveler, you can join our group Nar Phu Valley Trek. Check out the departure dates to see which time suits you. If you have any requests, let us know via email or text.

Nar Phu Valley Trek Permit

The Nar Phu Valley Trek demands the Restricted Area Permit (RAP) and ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) permit. Only government registered trekking companies can help you obtain the RAP.

The cost of RAP is USD 90 per week per person from September to November. Likewise, the permit costs USD 75 per week per person from December to August. The ACAP permit costs NPR. 3000 per person.

Last Minute Booking

To do last minute booking, send us your details and 100% of the Nar Phu Valley Trek cost. As we'll be doing every reservation in a rush, we'll try our best to book you the best accommodations along the way. Do know that bookings at the last minute are not refundable.

Nar Phu Valley Trek Best Season

Trek in the spring (March to April) and autumn (October to November) for the best Nar Phu Valley Trek experience. The clear sky and pleasant climate are all you need to keep pushing yourself to move forward. These seasons have the most stable weather too and the views are just breathtaking.

Travel Tips

Accommodation: Nar Phu Valley Trek is a tea house trek. The accommodation in this trekking route is the most basic one. Do not accept anything else than a twin shared room and a few other types of furniture in the room. We advise you to buy/rent a sleeping bag in Thamel.

Food: Meals generally consist of dal bhat tarkari, momo, noodles, thukpa, Tibetan bread, soup, porridge, etc. The food menu is quite simple in the Nar Phu valley. Once you will join Manang and the trail ahead has much more variety of food.

ATM: The last chance you get to withdraw money is in Besi Sahar. You'll need spare cash to buy drinks and snacks. Moreover, sometimes you may also want to buy services like internet, hot shower, etc. All of these services cost additional money not covered in our Nar Phu Valley Trek cost.

Charging: You can see charging stations in the reception area in most of the teahouses. Trekkers are allowed to charge their mobile & cameras there. We recommend you carry an extra battery with you.

Luggage: You can store your suitcases and other extra luggage in the hotel's locker room free of cost before leaving for trekking. While trekking, each trekker has a 10 kgs weight limit for their main luggage and a 5 kgs limit for a bag pack.

Personal Expenses: Budget USD 12 to USD 15 for each day during the trek to buy services. Likewise, shopping, international flights, tipping, etc are some other things not covered in the package cost.

Travel Insurance: Nar Phu Valley Trek is a very remote trek, and involves unseen risks like altitude sickness, etc. You will be crossing high passes and exploring a less visited trekking route. Therefore, we request you get well-covered travel insurance (with air evacuation and medical bills) for the journey.

FAQs

  • Q1. Where is Nar Phu valley?

    Nar Phu valley is located in one of the restricted areas in Nepal. The valley lies in the Manang district.

  • A fit individual with previous trekking experience can trek to Nar Phu Valley. The trail is very remote, and off-beat, so proper preparation is needed for a smooth journey.

  • Yes, the Nar Phu valley trek is safe to do. As it falls under a restricted area, you cannot do this trek solo, so you will be accompanied by a professional, reliable guide. Be careful of altitude sickness and steep parts of the trail.

  • You can book the Nar Phu valley trek by sending us a booking request. After the acknowledgment of the booking request, one of our travel consultants will get in touch with you and assist you during the trip confirmation procedure.

  • No, you cannot do Nar Phu valley trekking alone. The trail goes through the restricted area of Nepal, and as per the rules, you have to trek through a locally registered trekking company in a group of two people (not including guide & porter).

  • The closer of the valley to the foreign travelers until 2003, the ancient cultural heritage of the locals, distinct mountain views, and the less-crowded off-bet trekking route makes the Nar Phu valley trek very special.

  • You can see mountains like Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri range, Tilicho Peak, Mt. Nilgiri, Mt. Gangapurna, Mt. Hiunchuli, and several other western Himalayan mountains during the Nar Phu valley trekking.

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