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 Phu, which with their unique cultural heritage, architecture, and surrounding landscape will give you an unforgettable experience.
During the Nar Phu Valley Trek, 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, chortens, 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 Nar Phu Valley 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 Nar Phu valley, we feel an unexplainable feeling of joy and energy, as we are surrounded only by the mountains. Our Nar Phu 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 on the lap of a mountain and there is a 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 Kang 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.
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
- 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 .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.