Overview

Our Nar Phu Valley Trek is a journey into the isolated valley that connects Nar and Phu in the Manang district. The trail follows the ancient trade route between Nepal and Tibet.  While still in the popular Annapurna region, this ‘off-the-beaten-path’ trek leads us away from the busier trails in the area and into a glacial valley that seems undisturbed by time.  Nestled in the Himalayas are the remote villages of Nar and Phu, which with their unique cultural heritage, architecture, and surrounding landscape will give you an unforgettable experience.

During the journey, we explore villages similar to ones in the Tibetan Plateau region. We will be exposed to the traditional pastoral lifestyle of the villages. Populated by Tibetan Buddhists, Nar and Phu are sacred valleys with monasteries, chhortens, mani walls and fluttering prayer flags along the trail. TheTashi Lakhang Monastery and the recently built Satek Monastery in the remote area is certainly worth a visit.  In addition to the intriguing and lovely culture and the already impressive Himalayan peaks, we will see incredible rock formations, glaciers, canyons, and forests throughout the trek.

After departing from Kathmandu to Besishar and Dharapani, we begin our journey from Dharapani after walking 20 minutes we follow the ancient trekking trail to Odar village. The trail to Odar leads uphill for 40 minutes with an amazing view of Mt.Manaslu and Himalchuli. Odar Village is a little beautiful Gurung cultural settlement with 20-30 houses. The first several days are characterized by diverse forests and various suspension bridges over rushing waters.  Upon reaching the valley, we feel an unexplainable feeling of joy and energy, as we are surrounded only by the mountains. Our Narphu Valley trek will be separate from Koto village and we follow Nar Khola and narrow gorge to Meta village. After Meta village, the Nar Phu Valley offers an amazing view of wide alpine landscape and Annapurna II and Iv. Phu village takes us back to the 5th century. The ancient houses are connected to each other and located at the lap of a mountain. Nar village is also quite similar to the Phu village. It is also located at the lap of a mountain and there is big farmland at the bottom of the village. Which looks very beautiful with very buckwheat flowers. The overnight at Satek Gimba with monks will give a lifetime experience for all the trekkers of Nar Phu valley trek.

The cultural fascinations are accompanied by the breathtaking Himalayan panoramas of  AnnapurnaII (7937m), Annapurna III (7555m), Annapurna IV (7525m), Gangapurna (7455m), Dhaulagiri (8167m)and several others as we cross the Kong la Pass (5320m). This pass separates the villages Nar and Phu.  After several hours in awe at the high alpine territory, our trail connects to the Annapurna Circuit Trek via Kang La Pass(5320m). After descending from the pass, we stop at Ngwal Village, a beautiful Village located just opposite of Annapurna Himalayan Range. The next day drives to Besishar and continues back to Kathmandu. For those who are looking for the majestic mountain peaks combined with a fascinating Tibetan cultural experience in the Annapurna region without the crowds of the Annapurna Circuit or Annapurna Base Camp Treks, the Nar Phu Valley Trek is the go-to.

The Nar Phu Valley Trek lies in a restricted area of Nepal, so you need to get a special trekking permit, which is included in the cost of the trek.  Additionally, international trekkers must go with a licensed guide from a government registered trekking agency. Until recently, the Nar Phu Valley Trek was a camping trek, however, now there are teahouse accommodations along the way. If you would like to camp instead, we can arrange for that.

Nar Phu Valley trek is possible throughout the year, but Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) provide the best weather.  During the Spring, there is a bit more color and the alpine flowers are blooming, and in the Autumn months, the skies are generally clearer.The Nar Phu Valley Trek requires a moderate level of fitness and acclimatization to avoid acute mountain sickness. Breeze Adventure arranges the trek with complete management. Please, feel free to contact us for more detailed information.

Trip Highlights

Thrilling Kang La Pass - 5320 meters

Ethnically Tibetan villages – with Tibetan Buddhist monuments

The exceptional diversity of landscapes – forests, canyons, rivers, waterfalls, desolate valleys, and snowy mountain peaks

‘Off-the-beaten-path’ trekking – including the opportunity to stay with local people at the village.

Astonishing panorama views of Himalayan peaks

Unique, Historical and Cultural Nar and Phu village

Night stay at Nar Phedi Monastery with Monks.

Breathe taking the view of Annapurna valley from Kang La Pass

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel.
  • Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley, including UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Prepare for the Trek.
  • Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Dharapani (1860m), 9-10 hour drive.
  • Day 04: Trek from Dharapani to Koto (2600m), 5-6 hours.
  • Day 05: Trek from Koto to Meta (3560m), 7-8 hours.
  • Day 06: Trek from Meta to Phu (4080m), 7-8 hours.
  • Day 07: Rest day for acclimatization and exploration, Hike to Phu View Point or Himlung Base Camp.
  • Day 08: Trek from Phu to Nar Phedi (Satek Gumba)(3440m )6-7 hours.
  • Day 09: Trek from Nar Phedi ( Satek Gumba) to Nar Village. (4120m), 3 hours.
  • Day 10: Trek from Nar to Ngawal (3660m) via Kang-La Pass (5320m), 7-8 hours.
  • Day 11: Drive from Ngawal(3540m) to Besishar (750m), 5-6 hours.
  • Day 12: Drive from Besishar to Kathmandu, 5 hours .

Trip note

Accommodation

Nar Phu Valley Trek includes accommodation at the cost.  This accommodation is included during the set itinerary.  While in Kathmandu, we provide a 2-3 Star hotel for you.  During the trek, We stay at the local houses with a very basic bedroom. our guides will pick the best lodge for you to stay based on their experience as well as room availability. All the accommodations will be a twin-shared basis. In the mountain, Shower is not recommended. There is not a separate shower room available at the guest house. But if you really want, we can provide a bucket of hot water to wash your body. During high trekking season, you may have to share a room with a same-sex trekker from another group.

Food

The food menu in the Nar Phu valley has not a lot of varieties. But they have some continental food options. The food will cooked by the local people by using local vegetables and herbs which gives a very local and testy flevour. Mostly trekkers have Dal Bhat on this trek.  If you are a vegetarian/vegan, gluten or lactose-free, we are able to work around that if you let us know ahead of time.  During your time in the hotel in Kathmandu, your breakfast is included.  Lunch and dinner must be covered on your own.  On the trek, breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided.  On this trek, we can order typical Nepali food, continental, Italian, Tibetan and Indian at teahouses.

Guide & Porters

A government-licensed guide will lead the Nar Phu Valley trek.  All our guides have tremendous experience on these trails and are passionate about the trekking industry.  Our guides and porters are dedicated to making your experience of trekking in Nepal a memorable one.  If there is any worry during your Nar Phu trek, our guides will address it.  Your safety is our number one priority.  For groups of more than six people, there will be two guides and one porter for every two trekkers.

Acclimatization/Fitness/Experience

Nar Phu Valley Trek lead us high into the Himalayas, it is necessary to let our bodies sufficiently get used to the altitude.  Our trek has one acclimatization day at Phu Village. It is best to take it slow to prevent altitude sickness.  The level of fitness necessary for this trek.  On average, expect to walk an average of 5-6 hours per day while on the trail.  Generally, the treks can be done with an average level of fitness. Because we don’t stay above 4000 meters on this trek. More important than fitness or experience is one’s personal determination and positive attitude toward finishing and enjoying the trek. 

Travel Insurance

We strongly recommend having travel insurance before going on Nar Phu Valley trek.  We do our best to take care of you, but something can happen that is out of our control.  In case of a medical emergency, leading to a helicopter evacuation, it is best to have insurance.  You are unable to obtain medical insurance in Nepal and must do so in your home country.  Be sure that your insurance covers accidents abroad and high in the mountains. 

Best Time to Travel

The peak seasons for Trekking in Nar Phu Valley is during the Spring (March to May) and the Autumn (September to November).  These times provide the best scenery and clearest skies, but of course, they are a little more crowded than the off-season.  It is possible to trek during the Winter (December to February), but you will face cold temperatures.  It is also possible to trek during the monsoon season (June to August), though the views will likely be covered by clouds and would be a bit rainy.

Note:

Please be assured that Breeze Adventure manage our treks to the highest standards. Your safety and satisfaction are our priority. We will support you to the best of our abilities with any issues that may arise. We will work with you to ensure you get the most from your Nar Phu Valley trek and visit Nepal.

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel.
    Welcome to Nepal! A representative from Breeze Adventure will welcome you our hotel. We will prepare you with information and gear for your trek. Overnight at hotel.
    • Kathmandu
    • Breakfast
    • 2/3 Star Hotel
    • 1400m
  • Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley, including UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Prepare for the Trek.
    Have breakfast and start sightseeing around Kathmandu in a private vehicle. We will see several UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We will learn about each site’s historical, religious, and cultural significance. Overnight at hotel.
    • Kathmandu
    • Breakfast
    • 2/3 Star Hotel
    • 1400m
  • Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Dharapani (1860m), 9-10 hour drive.
    We start our day early by taking a bus to Chamje, stopping for breakfast and lunch along the way. We stop in Besisahar after about 7 hours, and change buses to continue to Chamje. During the bumpy ride to Dharapani, we pass Ghermu and Chamje waterfalls, the Marshyandi River and get views of the beautiful mountain Manaslu peeking behind the hills. We reach our destination after about nine and a half hours. Overnight in a guest house.
    • Dharapani
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Teahouse
    • 1860m
  • Day 04: Trek from Dharapani to Koto (2600m), 5-6 hours.
    Begin the trek towards Odar by following the ancient Annapurna Circuit Trekking trail, which is about an hour of uphill through pine and fire forests. Here, we can visit the nice monastery, little village and rest our legs. Then, we continue the trek until Bagarchap, Danaque, about another hour from Odar. The trail ascends steeply until Timang, from where we have views of Mt. Manaslu and Peak 29. Take a rest and soak it in. Now the trail continues through more pine forests until the top of Timang Dada which takes about 1 and half hour. After lunch at Timang, Dada, walk again through even more verdant forests with glimpses of Annapurna II and beautiful Thanchwok village along the way. Finally, we arrive in Koto village after 2 and a half hours walk from Timang Dada. Overnight in a guest house.
    • Koto
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Teahouse
    • 2600m
  • Day 05: Trek from Koto to Meta (3560m), 7-8 hours.
    We have breakfast and register our restricted area permits at the checkpoint and excitedly begin the day’s trek. We start along the riverbank of the Nar Khola, passing other tiny streams too. The sound of the flowing water puts us at ease. We crosse a couple of suspension bridges before reaching Dharmasala, which is about 5 hours after departing. We have lunch here and ascend steeply until Meta village, not too far from here. We have officially arrived made it to the Tibetan Plateau. Overnight in a guest house.
    • Meta
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Teahouse
    • 3560m
  • Day 06: Trek from Meta to Phu (4080m), 7-8 hours.
    Today, start the trek with a few ups and downs and suspension bridges towering over flowing streams. If we’re lucky, we’ll have a chance to see the majestic Blue Sheep on the trail. Today is a very special day. We enter the unique Hidden Valley of Phu. We see groups of people that continue to depend on subsistence agriculture, animal breeding, and seasonal migrations. Tashi Lakhang Monastery is a great place to visit today, where we can enjoy a great view of Himlung Himal and other snowy peaks. Overnight in a guest house.
    • Phu Village
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Teahouse
    • 4080m
  • Day 07: Rest day for acclimatization and exploration, Hike to Phu View Point or Himlung Base Camp.
    An excursion day to Phu view Point or Tashi Lhakhang and a Hike to Himlung Base Camp can and most definitely should be done today. Hiking up to Phu view point takes about 3 hours from Phu village. The viewpoint is located at the top of the Phu village which offers an awesome view of Phu village, Valley and all the Himalayan range. Another option is hiking up to Himlung Himal Base camp, takes about 3 hours and 2 hours back to Phu village. Himlung Himal base camp offers an awesome view of Himlung a, Phu village and the glacier. When we back from our day hike we have our lunch and explore the monastery and the ancient village. Overnight in a local Teahouse.
    • Phu Village
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Teahouse
    • 4650m
  • Day 08: Trek from Phu to Nar Phedi (Satek Gumba)(3440m )6-7 hours.
    Today, We follow the same trail to nearby Kyang Village. After walking about 3 hours from Phu Village, We stop here for lunch and continue the trail descends, passing many streams and suspension bridges until Mahendra Pul which takes about 2 hours. We pass a high suspension bridge that lies 80m over the Gorge of Lapche River. After enjoying the Mahendra Pul we head up towards Nar Phedi for another 30 min. Today we will overnight at Satek Gumba, a beautiful and historic monastery of Nar Phu Valley. There is a building for guest and a dining hall. We have our dinner with the monks and overnight at Monastery’s guest room.
    • Nar Phedi ( Satek Gumba)
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Teahouse
    • 3440m
  • Day 09: Trek from Nar Phedi ( Satek Gumba) to Nar Village. (4120m), 3 hours.
    After a really nice sleep at the monastery , we wake up with good vibes and really nice smell of juniper leaves burnt by the monks in the morning at Monastery. Then we visit the monastery and participant the daily morning Puja ceremony at the monastery with the monks. The Puja ceremony will be 20 min then we have our breakfast with the monks. After enjoying delicious breakfast prepared by Monks, We pack our bag and head to Nar Village. The trail leads uphill to the Chortens for 2 hours. Then we walk on a flat trail with an amazing view of ….. Himalaya and the Phu valley. 3 and a half hours of walk bring us to the beautiful Nar Village. We have our Lunch and explore the ancient village and 4 Monastery. There are awesome views all around and it will also be exceptionally valuable to spend much of the day with locals and learn about their way of life. Overnight in a guest house.
    • Nar Village
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Teahouse
    • 4120m
  • Day 10: Trek from Nar to Ngawal (3660m) via Kang-La Pass (5320m), 7-8 hours.
    After breakfast, a pleasant two-hour walk leads us to Kang La Phedi, where the trail steeply ascends to Kang-La Pass (5306m), which takes about 2 and a half hours. Admire the pristine beauty of the Annapurna Range and its sky-high peaks. From here, we descend steeply until Ngawal village, about 3 hours from the pass. Overnight in a guest house.
    • Ngawal
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Teahouse
    • 5320m
  • Day 11: Drive from Ngawal(3540m) to Besishar (750m), 5-6 hours.
    Today we have our Breakfast and enjoy the beautiful view of Annapurna Himalayan range and the ancient Ngwal village. Then, we drive to Besishar via Manang valley. After 3 hours of drive, We stop at Chamche Waterfall for our Lunch and continue to Besishar with a beautiful view of the local village and Marsyangdi river.
    • Besishar
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Teahouse
    • 750m
  • Day 12: Drive from Besishar to Kathmandu, 5 hours .
    After breakfast, we take a drive back to Kathmandu along the Prithvi Highway. Take in any scenery you may have missed along the way. After 5 hrs, we reach Kathmandu and transfer you to the hotel. Take a rest and spend your day freely. Celebratory dinner in Kathmandu in the evening. Overnight at the hotel.
    • Kathmandu
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • 2/3 Star Hotel
    • 1400m

Cost Details

Cost Includes

Transportation to and from Tribhuvan Airport.

Three nights in a 2-3 star hotel in Kathmandu, breakfast included.

Road transportation for the trek.

Local guest house accommodation in mountain.

Government-authorized, experienced guide and porters

Insurance, food, accommodation, and wage for guides and porters

Hygienic meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.

Equipment (sleeping bag, Crampons, etc.)

First Aid Kit

Maps

Service charge and government taxes

Post-trek celebration dinner in Kathmandu

Cost Excludes:

International airfare

Meals in Kathmandu (besides breakfast)

Your personal expenses, shopping, etc.

Shower and electronic charging fees at guest houses during the trek

Alcoholic drinks, chocolates, tea and coffee

Tips for guide and porter

Extra accommodation and meals outside of itinerary

Costs from unexpected occurrences (i.e. cancellations, weather problems, damages of property, illness, etc.)