21 Days Nar Phu Valley Trekking

"Adventure on Hidden areas of northern Annapurna Himalaya Above and Beyond Manang valley"
Good to Know
  • Duration 21 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Max. Altitude 5416m/17769ft
  • Group Size 2+
  • Trip Starts Kathmandu
  • Trip Ends Kathmandu
  • Group Style Private
  • Activities Trekking, Historical and Cultural Excursion
  • Best Season April-June and Sept-November

Highlights

  • Adventure in hidden areas north of massive Annapurna and South of Damodar Himal. 
  • Amazing experience on daily walks with the magnificent panorama of mountains with scenic terrain.
  • Starting from low warm paddy fields to the alpine zone and arctic fields of ice and glaciers.
  • Beautiful woodland of tall rhododendron and fir trees to an arid country with alpine bushes.
  • Into the wild north at Nar & Phu the hidden Shangri-la away from mainstream trekking trails.
  • Picturesque scenery of upper Manang with Nar-Phu villages and crossing scenic Kang-La pass.

 

An Advantage of Booking a Trip with Nepal Trekking Planner

  • All airports pick up drop by private vehicle (for both international and domestic flights).
  • First aid kit box.
  • Trekking Planner’s sleeping bag, down jackets, T-shirt, cap, duffle bags for porter, city and trekking route maps – if necessary.
  • Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (should have insurance for emergency evacuation and will be paid by your travel insurance company).
  • Oxymeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily during the trek (very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness (AMS) symptoms). This helps ensure your safety on your trek at all times.

Trip Introduction: 21 Days Nar Phu Valley Trekking

Nar Phu Valley Trekking explores the wilderness of ancient valleys of the Trans-Himalayan region of Nepal besides crossing over a couple of challenging passes of Kang La Pass and Thorang La Pass. Traversing in the restricted trekking region, also known as The Last Forbidden Kingdom of Nepal, we shall experience the aura of ancient Tibetan culture and tradition, raw Himalayan lifestyle, culture and tradition, ancient Buddhist monasteries, and incredibly beautiful scenic Himalayas; you shall feel as if time has come to standstill at this magical place.

Be a part of Nar Phu Valley Trekking and saunter along the diverse landscapes, unique rock formations, narrow canyons and gorges, serene forest and high altitude villages, besides the biodiversity (the areas of Nar Phu is known to have one of the highest concentration of snow leopards per square kilometer in the world) and warm hospitality of the locals. You will leave this valley with a heavy heart for sure.

Nar Phu Valley Trekking begins with the hill town of Besi Sahar from where the trek will be a gradual ascent along the torrential Marshyangdi River up into the arid landscape of Manang. Everything in this trek shall make it a special adventure in the seldom-traveled destination. Along the mighty river, we gradually enter into Mustang after Koto after exploring some of the unique villages of Sattale, Chamje, Karte, Dharapani, and Timang. With the famous Chame village to the side, we head northwards along the Nar River and through a couple of bridges, caves, waterfalls, beautiful scenery, and Chortens before reaching the settlement of Meta.

The pine forest gives way to the high plateau, remote villages built of stone and mud, and ancient monasteries as well as breathtaking views of the Annapurna range as we reach here. From here the trail branches off for Nar and Phu valleys. Exploration of uniquely formed hills, ancient caves supposedly used by the locals for several purposes including as shelter during wars, prehistoric villages with mud houses, traditional and ornate monasteries with rich ancient heritages of Phu and Nar valleys we exit the village regretfully after crossing the Kang La Pass (5,315m) ahead of Nar valley to join the main Annapurna Circuit Trail at Braga village.

We then continue on to Manang village and gradually up to the challenging Thorang La Pass (5,416m). Descending to the sacred premise of Muktinath Temple, revered by Hindus and Buddhists alike, we then trek to Kagbeni (the gateway to Upper Mustang) and to the airport at Jomsom via the windy valley. Fly back to Kathmandu via scenic Pokhara to mark an end to the adventure of Nar Phu Valley Trekking. Rugged trails which sometimes are cut high into the slopes of the hill, marvelous views of Annapurna massif, Lamjung Peak, Fishtail Mountain, and Manaslu Peak from Kang La Pass, exotic villages of Nar and Phu valleys, attractive and diverse terrain form star attraction of this trek.

Nar Phu Valley Trekking makes you time-travel to the medieval ages as you explore the secluded settlements of the region. Situated in the rain shadow area of Annapurna massif, the best time to explore this region is April to November. Have above-average physical fitness and passion to explore the unexplored terrain to make the best of this trek. Join us for quality professional service, the optimum value for your money, and the memory of your lifetime.

Important Note

  • This trip departs every day of the year.
  • This trip is fully customizable. We can customize the trip as per your need, please contact us.
  • This trip is available on both a Fixed Departure and a Private Group Basis.
  • This trip can be booked privately if you’re traveling solo or privately or with family.
  • Have a big group? We can help as per your needs.
  • We can help you make it fit your budget. 
  • we accept the instant booking and online payment.
Itinerary
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the Nar Phu Valley Trekking itinerary listed above is the standard itinerary. The schedule can be adjusted to include shorter or longer walks each day based on your physical fitness, and some designated overnight stops may change due to room availability and other factors.

We will stick to the itinerary, but if it needs to be changed due to inclement weather, landslides, or participant difficulties necessitating additional days, our leader and head guides will make the best decision for the safety of the participants, with full authority from Trekking Planner Nepal.

  • Accommodation3 Star Hotel
  • MealsWelcome Dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time1,350m/4,429ft

Upon arrival at the international airport in Nepal, you will pick up and transfer to the hotel. After refreshment in the hotel, you will pick up from your hotel for short guided sightseeing tours to Kathmandu Durbar Square. Later in the evening, you will have a short brief about your tours of cultural dinner. Stay overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.

  • Accommodation3 Star Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Max. Altitude/Time1,350m/4,429ft

Today after breakfast you will be ready for day-guided sightseeing tours to Swayambhunath stupa known as monkey temple; a combination between Hinduism and Buddhism from where you can see a good view of Kathmandu valley. Drive to Patan Durbar square (city of living arts), Pashupatinath, one of the famous Hindu temple which is located nearby the holy river Bagmati and then drives to the Buddhanath stupa one of the biggest and oldest stupas in the world. Later in the afternoon, a pre-trip meeting with your trekking guide in a hotel will be held. Our office representative will brief you regarding our trek and provide you an opportunity to ask any question about an upcoming trip with the guide. And stay overnight in Kathmandu.

  • AccommodationLodge/Guest House
  • MealsBreakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time1,460 m

Morning an exciting and scenic long driving journey on Nepal mid west highway, journey leads to Besisar town then on the dirt road to Khudi, Bulbule, and Ngadi following the Marysangdi River upstream, drive continues through rice terraces fields and villages to Syange for an overnight stop.

  • AccommodationLodge/Guest House
  • MealsBreakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time1930m

From Chamje the trail follows the Marsyangdi River steadily uphill to Tal (1675m), a small village at the foot of a large waterfall. Now the trek enters the Manang district. The trail crosses a wide, flat valley before climbing a stone stairway to 1860m. The trail continues with several ups and downs before halting at Dharapani overnight. Stay overnight in Dharapani.

  • AccommodationLodge/Guest House
  • MealsBreakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time2600 m

So, today after breakfast you will start the day with a few slow uphills up to Timang at 2360m (the area dominated by the Tamang tribe of people) from where you will be able to see such a nice view of the Manasalu Mountain range and then continues through pine forest up to Koto 2600m. There are fine views of Annapurna II and Lamgung Himal from Koto. Evening time explores the market and visits Chame and the small natural hot springs where you can take a bath. Stay overnight in Koto.

  • AccommodationLodge/Guest House
  • MealsBreakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time3230m

After crossing the Marsyangdi River over the suspension bridge the trail leads along the Nar Phu Khola to the north of the valley. The trail to the first Bridge is very gradual up and down through the pine forest with a nice view of the mountain. After crossing the first bridge the trail ascends for a while and then descends again to the lunch camp. After lunch, the trail ascends for about 1 hrs then gradually up and down to the hot spring from where the trail ascends to the Dharamshala. We have such a nice big waterfall near Dharamshala and a snowcapped mountain. Stay overnight in Dharmashala.

  • AccommodationLodge/Guest House
  • MealsBreakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time3820m

After a 20 min walk from Dharamshala the trail ascends all the way to Meta (3540m), Meta is a temporary settlement of the people from Nar's village. From here you will be able to see such a nice view of the Pisang Pike, Lamjung Himal, and Kangguru Himal. From Meta gradual trail, passing through several winter settlements to Junam Khola, here we have the lunch stop. After lunch, the trail ascends to the Chuako then down and up to the Kyang. Kyang is a temporary settlement of the people from Phu's village from where you have such a nice view of the Manaslu Himal, Lamjung Himal, Pisang Peak, Annapurna II, and many more mountains. Stay overnight in Kyang.

  • AccommodationLodge/Guest House
  • MealsBreakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time3990m

Today we had the rocky trail for about 2 hrs where rock kept flowing down from the hill, we have to walk very carefully then along the Phu Khola to the Phu valley entrance gate with a nice view of the Mountain. This is a wide and dry valley famous for Snow Leopard, you may see a footprint of it, and we have the chance to see wild sheep (Blue Sheep) also. Near the Gate, we have a steep climb then a gradual walk passes through the Chorten to Phu. We will be in Phu at lunchtime, and after lunch, we can explore the village. Stay overnight in Phu.

  • AccommodationLodge/Guest House
  • MealsBreakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time3990m

Today after breakfast you have a sight trip to the famous Tashi Lhakhang Gompa on a neighboring hillside to pay our respect to Lama Karma Sonam. From this hill, you have a fantastic view of the valley surrounded by the snowcapped Mountain. Back to camp for lunch, after refreshments, we have a short excursion around Phu Village. We can interact with locals and explore the wide valley. You will see locals spinning their yak and sheep wool. People from this village look like Tibetan, they can understand each other but they have a relationship with the Manangi people, who are Buddhist. Stay overnight in Phu.

  • AccommodationLodge/Guest House
  • MealsBreakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time3600m

After a wonderful time in Phu valley, today we retrace back to Junam Goath. The trail gets back through Phu gate, descend to the River, and retraces your step back to Junam via Kyang. Junam is a lovely camping spot from where you have such a nice view of the mountain and colorful landscape. Here in Junam you will be able to the temporary hose for winter. Stay overnight in Junam Goth.

  • AccommodationLodge/Guest House
  • MealsBreakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time4190m

After a 45min walk with a few up and down from Junam, the trail descends all the way to Phu Khola. After crossing the river over a suspension bridge the trail ascends all the way to Nar gate passing through big Chorten and Mani stone. The scenery is stunning. The trail from Nar gate is a very gradual and scenic valley to Nar village. Naris is the biggest village in the Nar Phu valley. The people around this area depend on agriculture and tourism. Most of them have a yak, sheep, and goat farms. Their life is very busy doing this kind of work. Hardly they can grow potatoes, seasonal vegetables, and wheat which is not enough for them. Later on this afternoon, you can have a short exploration of the town and learn about their daily lifestyle. Stay overnight in Nar Village.

  • AccommodationLodge/Guest House
  • MealsBreakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time4530m

Today is an easy day for you. The trail leads through the valley; passing a few Chorten on the way and Yak Khara. It is a very gradual trail all the way to Kangla Phedi. You will have such a lovely view down through the valley. You feel like I am in the haven. After lunch, you can walk a bit higher for altitude. Stay overnight in Kangla Phedi.

  • AccommodationLodge/Guest House
  • MealsBreakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Max. Altitude/TimeTrek to 3660m

This is a long and hard day of this trek. After an early morning breakfast, we start to climb all the way to Kangla Pass. We have a few steep climbs and gradual also passing through the glacier lake. The view is lovely. You feel like I am on top of the world. From Kangla pass you have such a nice view of the Annapurna II, IV, and III, Gangapurna, Tilicho Peak, Lamjung Himal, Chulu Peak, and many more mountains. These are not big passes but still hard. From the top, the trail descends all the way to Nawal through the yak Khara with a nice view of the mountain. Ngawal is a wonderful, old village of cobbled streets, prayer wheels, and beautiful architecture, obviously a hub of religious activity in previous times. Stay overnight in Nawal.

  • AccommodationLodge/Guest House
  • MealsBreakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time3540m

Trek from Ngwal to Manang takes about three hours. This day you walk through the leveled path along the bank of the Marshyangdi River to reach Manang. On the way, you pass pine forests, villages such as Braga, and farming terraces. You can enjoy the views of the Annapurna range, Tilicho Mountain, and beautiful landscapes. Manang is a small town. You have a free afternoon for exploring the town after lunch. Stay overnight in Manang.
 

  • AccommodationLodge/Guest House
  • MealsBreakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time4180m

After a wonderful time in Manang Village, the trek starts an ascent of almost 2000m Through La. from  Manang the trail crosses a stream and mane stone before the Tenki Manang. The trek continues through the small village of Gunsang where you can take a short break for tea/coffee. Today you will stop at Yak Kharka, also known as Kochi, from where it will take another 01 hrs to Churilattar. Stay overnight in Churilattar.

  • AccommodationLodge/Guest House
  • MealsBreakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time4910m

After breakfast in a teahouse, the trek starts with a few slowly up and downs until crosses the stream on a wooden bridge at 4310 meters. After making a short ascent on a good trail to a teashop, the route then follows a narrow path across a high, unstable slope before heading to Thorong Phedi (foot of the hill). If you feel fine today you can make it all the way to Thorang High Camp, if you do it today it will be easier for tomorrow. Stay overnight at the tea house.

  • AccommodationLodge/Guest House
  • MealsBreakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time3700m

Today in the early morning you will start to walk with torchlight, slowly ascend, a nice view of Annapurna Mountain and Chulu west, and finally reach the pass. The Throng-La pass with traditional Chorten, prayer flags is at an elevation of 5416m which is the highest point of your trip from where you will have outstanding high Himalayan scenery. The trail descends all the way to Muktinath. Muktinath is beautiful, calm, and quiet, great and mysterious for pilgrims, and decorated with gods and goddesses. Stay overnight in Muktinath.

  • AccommodationLodge/Guest House
  • MealsBreakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time2720m

It is an easy walk to Jomsom, although it becomes tedious if there is a strong wind. The trail descends very fast to the Eklai Bhatti then along the Kali Gandaki to the Jomsom. Jomsom is the administrative headquarters of the Mustang district. After the afternoon you will have a chance to visit Mustang Eco-Museum. Stay overnight Jomsom.

  • Accommodation3 star hotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Max. Altitude/Time820m

Today an early morning breakfast guide will take you to the airport for a short but scenic flight to the lakeside city of Pokhara also the second biggest city after Kathmandu for tourism. After refreshments, you will have guided sightseeing tours in the valley. Stay overnight at the hotel.

  • Accommodation3 star hotel
  • MealsBreakfast and farewell dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time1350m

After a wonderful time in and around Pokhara, today after breakfast you will transfer to the tourist bus station for a day countryside drive back to Kathmandu. Stay overnight at the hotel

Note:  You can fly to Pokhara which takes 35 min

  • MealsBreakfast

Today timely pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to the International airport for your next gestation or join another activity with us.

Not satisfied with this regular itinerary? Make your own.

Inclusions
What's Included
  • All airports pick up drop by private vehicle.
  • Welcome and farewell dinner in Authentic Restaurant.
  • 03 night Twin/Double shearing deluxe accommodation on BB in Kathmandu.
  • 01 night Twin/Double shearing deluxe accommodation on BB in Pokhara.
  • Guided sightseeing tours in Kathmandu and in Pokhara with all necessary entrance fees and privet vehicles.
  • Kathmandu to Khudi (if you want a private vehicle from Kathmandu also available at additional cost) and Pokhara to Kathmandu by bus  (if you want a flight or private vehicle from Pokhara also available at additional cost).
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit and Trekkers’ Information Management System( TIMS card) and special permit for Nar Phu valley.
  • 01 English speaking, the license holder and an expert trekking guide: insured, salary, food, and accommodation all paid.
  • 02 guest=01 porter with their Insurance, Salary, Food, accommodation, and equipment.
  • Accommodation in the mountain during the trekking.
  • Three meals a day; breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner and tea/coffee during the trekking.
  • Safe drinking.
  • Jomsom to Pokhara by flight with airport departure tax.
  • First aid kid box.
  • Trekking Planner’s a sleeping bag, down jackets, Ti-shart, Cap, duffle bags, city and trekking route maps – if necessary.
  • Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (should have insurance for emergency evacuation and will be paid by your travel insurance company)
  • Oxymeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily during the trekking (Very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness(AMS) symptoms) Which will ensure your trek is in the safest hands possible.
  • All applicable government and local taxes per the itinerary.
What's Excluded
  • Your Nepal Visa fees.
  • All the International air fare from and to Kathmandu.
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Personal travel and health Insurance, Insurance for helicopter evacuation.
  • In case of extra night accommodation, lunch and dinner in the city due to early arrival and late departure as well as early back/return from mountain/trekking (due to any reason) than the given time period of the itinerary.
  • Your Personal expenses such as ( laundry, baggage charge, phone calls, battery recharge, bar and beverage bill, boiled or bottle water, hot and cold shower, extra porter.. etc).
  • The Tips to the trekking crews and drive.
  • Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather conditions, or any event out of our control.
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Essential Info

Suggested Equipment List

  • Duffel/Rucksack bag/Suitcase (We provide one complimentary Trekking Planner duffel bag that is to be returned after the trip).
  • Day pack.
  • Trekking shoes.
  • Sports shoes or sandals.
  • Sun Hat/cap.
  • Warm woolen cap.
  • Warm fleece jacket or puffy jacket.
  • Waterproof Gore-Tex layer.
  • Pullover or warm sweeter.
  • Raincoat.
  • 4/5 pairs of good quality socks.
  • Hand gloves.
  • 2/3 pairs of trekking trousers.
  • 3/4 pairs of trekking shirts.
  • 3/4 pairs of underwear (non-cotton preferred).
  • Sunglasses.
  • Water bottle.
  • 4-season sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it. It is to be returned after the trip).
  •  Flash or Torch light.
  • Camera and batteries.
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