Nar Phu Trekking

Explore hidden mountain valley inside the Annapurna region, Nar-Phu that takes you in vast mountain wilderness with some of the stunning views of the mountains, arid landscapes, culture and, the tradition of people of this area.

Nar Phu Valley is a high trans-Himalayan hidden mountain valley situated inside Annapurna region of Nepal. These two valleys were restricted area for trekking till is not near from Tibetan border and people have the influences of Tibetan Culture and lifestyle. Lodge and Tea House Trekking have been recently started in these areas and they are getting more popular rather than camping. During this trek, you will get across to two high mountain passes of Kang-la and Thorang-la with the fantastic view of high peaks of Annapurna ranges, encounter with the people staying some remote villages far away from the modern civilization, walked through yak pasture land, views of old and new Buddhist monasteries, and different mountain tradition and culture. The Tibetan language holds the majority of people residing in these places however the trend of Nepali speaking is growing rapidly.

For a living, people are mainly depending on animal husbandry, the collection of natural herbs from forest and trade with Tibet. Their main religion is Tibetan Buddhism and Tibetan languages are used to recite the texts in the ancient religious books. However, these both villages remained isolated from the mainland of Manang for a long time thus; they have developed their own language different from the people living in Manag and Mustang. Tashi La-Khnag Gompa is one of the ancient monasteries in Phu Village and holds religious importance among Buddhist People and people would like to take blessing from him before crossing Kang-la pass the pass which separates Nar and Phu region from Manang district.

Colorful Buddhist prayers Flag and Monastery in Phu Village

Also, you are obliged to cross two high mountain pass Kangla-Pass at 5322 m which is considers to be the difficult pass during high snowfall and Thorang-la pass at 5416 meter- that divides the region between Manang and Mustang area. That’s the main reason this trek is considered as most strenuous trek. In the recent times, the area is gaining popularity for the habitat of snow leopard and wild blue sheep in the small area.


A view of Kangla Pass early in the morning

Itinerary Details of Nar-Phu Valley Trekking

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu: You will be welcomed by our representative at the international airport in Kathmandu. Overnight in Hotel with early morning breakfast.

Day 2: Kathmandu Valley Sightseen and preparation of the Trek: Explore Kathmandu Valley’s monuments listed in UNESCO World Heritage Site of Swyambhunath Stupa, Bouddhanath, and famous Hindu Temple of Pashupatinath. Meet your guide and take the required information and be familiar with the trek.  Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu with Breakfast.

 Day 03: Kathmandu to Jagat Drive (1100m): The journey begins with a bus ride to the small town of Besisahar from where the famous Annapurna round begins. You will have a good view of village, farms, rivers people, and some experience of a ride on the muddy road. Overnight in Lodge at Jagat.

Day 04: Jagat to Dharapani (1,960m) 6 hours of walk: On the second day the trial starts to reach Dharapani village. From Chymaje you will able to see glorious Annapurna Mountain range. We climb to Sattale and descend down to Tal which is a place formed by Marsyandi river. Passing the Karte village we arrived at Dharapani where we pass our night in a lodge.

Day 05: Dharapani to Koto (2,610m) 5-6 hours of walk: We begin our trek to go to Bagarchhap and continue our trek till Danaque which takes about an hour. We then climb steeply road of Timang. The road today is filled with Pine and Fir forest having a glimpse of Annapurna II. We continue our trek till we reach Koto village where we pass our night in a lodge.

Day 06 Koto to Meta (3,560m) 7-8 hours of walk: From Koto you will enter to restricted area of Annapurna where there is check post to show your permit. You will pass through the river bank of Soti khola enjoying the view of pine forest, crossing suspension bridges, crossing streams until reaching the Dharmasala. The Tibetan plateau starts from here with the view of Himlung, Lamjung, and Annapurna II Mountains. Stay overnight at Meta.

Day 07: Meta to Phu Gaon (4,250m) 7-8 hours: The trial sometimes go up and sometimes go down and we cross different suspension bridge until we arrived in Kyang where we can see the destroyed forts of Khampa settlements of 1960’s. Another 3 to 4 hours of walk we arrived at Phu village which is truly a magical place to be. There are Prayer flags, chortens and Mani walls and ancient Phu village gate before entering to the village. Overnight at Phu Village.

Day 08: Acclimatization at Phu Gaon and explore Phu: There are many things we can see in Phu Gaon. The most interesting part is how they survive staying far away from the city in such remote location. There are other options as well either visit Tashi Lakhang Monastery or Himlung Himal Base Camp (usually take 5 hours to go and return). It is the best way to explore the biodiversity of the Annapurna Himalaya.

Day 09: Walk to Nar Village from Phu (4,110m) 6-7 hours of walk: we step down to the valley to reach small settlements of Nar Phedi. There are few suspension bridge and Chortens with the view of Kangaru and Pisang Peak. Overnight in Nar Village.

Day 10: Second Acclimatization and explore Nar village. This is the second acclimatization/rest day for this trek. Explore Nar village through short hike. Nar village is a bit bigger than Phu Village and we watch people lifestyle and their tradition. Overnight in Nar.

Day 11: Nar to Kang La Pass (5,322m) to Ngwal (3,660m) 7-8 hours An adventurous day leads us to Kangla Pass so we start our trek early in the morning to climb up slowly to the pass. From the top of the pass, you can able to see Annapurna ranges, Gangapurna and Tilicho Peak. Then slow descend down to Nagwal village. Overnight in Nagwal.

Day 12: Ngwal to Manang (3,540m/): 4-5 hours of walk Nagwal village is the upper road trial of Annapurna Circuit. You can meet with the people here who want to complete Annapurna Circuit. Many people chose this route because of the motor roadways up to Manang. There is an excellent view of Annapurna massif from Nagwal. Descend down to Manang village which will take you only 5 hours. Explore Manag settlements and climb to the view point to see Gangapurna glacier. Overnight in Manang.

Day 13:  Manang to Yak Kharka (4,110m) 4 hours of Trek: The trekking leads us to the village of Yak Kharkha passing through old settlements of Tenki village of Manang. The forest disappears and there are small plants suitable for Yak Grazing. After 4 hours of walk we finally arrived at Yak Kharka. Good views of Tilicho peak and Thrung Peak. Overnight at Yak Kharka.s

Day 14: Yak Kharka to Thorang Phedi or high camp (4,800m: 7-8 hours We will move towards Thorang Phdei. It is a small settlement with few hotels but in season March-May or October-December, it is a busy place where trekkers and climbers gathered in one place to cross the Thorang-la. Depending on our situation we stayed in Phedi or High Camp. The view of Annapurna, Tilicho, Damodar Himal and Thorang peak is fantastic from this place. Overnight at Thorang High Camp or Base Camp.

Day 15: Thorong Phedi to Thorong La (5,416m) to Muktinath (3,800m 7-8 hours: We start our hiking early in the morning to cross the Thorang La. This is the second high altitude in the entire trial. The Mountain Views are super on both sides of Manag and Mustang. The tiresome journey paid you up from the greatest view of the mountain and barren landscape with snows. Descend down to Muktinath after passing some time in high camp. Muktinath, a popular pilgrimage site for Hindus and Buddhist.

Day 16: Muktinath to Kagbeni (2900m): 4 hours Now, the trekking descends down passing through the villages of Khingar and Jharkot.  It is a small settlement popular for ancient Buddhist monastery and important place for Hindus to perform death rituals to their deceased ancestors at this confluence of the river believing that it brings salvation to the departed soul. A nice place to rest after the trek. Overnight at Kagbeni.

Day 17: To Jomsom: Start your trek at late afternoon to arrive in Jomsom or you can begin your trek early and can explore Jomsom and its villages. It’s a capital town of Mustang now totally connected by road. Overnight in Jomsom.

Day 18: Jomsom to Pokhara: 800m 25 minutes flight: Take an early flight to reach Pokhara with fantastic mountain views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Nilgiri. Full day leisure time in Pokhara and farewell dinner. Shopping and relax. Overnight in Pokhara.

Day 19: Final departure from Nepal: Take a flight or bus ride to return to Kathmandu. 7 hours from bus 25 minutes of flight. Explore the old town of Kathmandu.

Day 20: Departure day, transfer to airport for your next destination.

This is a standard itinerary. The trek can be minimized or maximized according to your time, price, and demand. Please contact us for further more details.