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Nar Phu Valley Trek

Trekking in the remote valleys of Nar & Phu




Trip highlights

• Explore the UNESCO Heritage Sites around Kathmandu Valley
• Scenic drive through winding mountain road
• Trek to the remote villages of Nar & Phu.
• Trek off the beaten path only a few have walked.
• Stay in ancient villages that have seen only a little change over centuries.
• Observe the Tibetan influenced lifestyle and culture of the people.
• Enjoy great mountain views of the Annapurna, Himlung, Gangapurna, and other peaks.

Nar Phu valley trek is an incredible journey to the less explored, remote villages of Nar and Phu. Wedged between the well-known Annapurna and Manaslu regions, the Nar Phu valley provides you the rare opportunity to experience the Himalayan lifestyle, ancient Tibetan culture, and tradition, along with the majestic view of snow-capped mountains. Nar and Phu are two different but close by villages inhabited by the Khampa people of Tibetan origin. This journey takes you to these villages rich in Tibetan culture yet untouched by modernity. The Nar Phu valley was opened to visitors only since 2003, until now only a handful of trekkers have set foot in this area. This unique but remote out-of-the-way place makes this trek an adventure of a lifetime.

The trek begins along the lower reaches of the regular Annapurna Circuit Trail up to Koto. From here we cross the Marshyangdi river and follow off the beaten trail towards north to Nar Phu valley. The trail passes along several villages, ruins, monasteries and opens up to a huge expanse of mountain peaks of Kang Garu, Pisang, and several other peaks. Explore the valley of Nar and Phu, crossover the Kang la to Ngawal. From Ngawal descend to Lower Pisang and then drive to Kathmandu.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1. Arrival in Kathmandu.
Upon arrival at the airport, our representative/guide will meet you and transfer you to your hotel. Depending on your arrival time you can either relax at your hotel or take a short self-guided tour of the city. Evening dinner at a traditional Nepali Restaurant. Overnight in hotel.

Day 2. In Kathmandu (trek preparation).
Today in the first half we will visit some of the major UNESCO World Heritage Sites within the city, which may include the Swayambunath temple, followed by Bouddhanath Stupa and Kathmandu Durbar Square. The later part of the day we shall keep as preparation and planning for the trek. Overnight in hotel.

Day 3. Kathmandu to Koto(2600m) via Besi Sahar(7-8hrs)
We leave Kathmandu early morning and drive to Besi Sahar along the Prithvi Highway. Lunch will be planned at Besi Sahar. After lunch, change to a four-wheel-drive vehicle and drive to Koto. The drive could be quite bumpy but incredibly scenic with amazing gorges and stunning waterfalls all along the way. Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 4. Koto to Meta (3560 m/6-7 hrs).
The trail goes along the riverbank until we reach Soti Khola and then continue past rhododendron and pine forests, several caves, waterfalls, and after crossing a suspension bridge we ascend to Meta village. Meta Village situated on a vast open plain on the Tibetan Plateau provides fantastic views of Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal. Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 5. Meta to Phu (4050m/6-7 hrs)
The trek to Phu goes across some of the most unique chortens for which Nar and Phu are well known. The trail passes through scenic canyons and gorges until we reach a monolith that guards the steep trail to Phu. From here we get the first view of the villages in the area as well as the old “dzong” and the remains of the ruined forts. We continue along the stream and arrive at the Phu gate, leading to Phu village. Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 6. In Phu(Acclimatization day).
An acclimatization day in Phu is recommended because of the high altitude. The best way is to explore the village, where you will have the opportunity to interact with the locals and learn more about their culture, tradition, and daily lives. An option is also available to take a hike to the Himlung(7125m) Base Camp which goes through a glacial valley. Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 7. Phu village to Nar village (4150 m/6-7 hrs).
After a good days rest in Phu village, we will trek back to Khyang, and continue to the intersection where the trail branches off to Nar. The trail descends passing many streams and crossing numerous suspension bridges until we reach Nar Village. Nat village has several Buddhist monasteries and provides awesome views of Pisang Peak (6092m) and other snow-clad mountains. Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 8. In Nar village (Acclimatization day)
Today is the second scheduled acclimatization day in this trek before crossing the Kang La pass. We are recommended to rest and get acclimatized to the altitude. We spend the day taking a day hike nearby and explore the village and have a close look over the local culture and lifestyle of the local people. Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 9. Nar-Kang La Pass (5,240m)-Ngawal(3660m)(7-8hrs)
Today we have a long day, wake up early morning and head towards the Kang La pass, the pass connects us to the regular Annapurna circuit route. The pass provides a magnificent view of the Pisang peak, Annapurna II, Gangapurna, and Tilicho peak. After spending some time at the pass descend past pastureland and yak herders camp to Ngawal on the Upper Pisang route to Annapurna Circuit trek. Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 10. Ngawal-Upper Pisang(3350m/5-6 hrs)-Besi Sahar(3.5 hrs).
We head for Pisang today. Set off early for the last leg of our Nar Phu valley trek. The trail to Pisang is wide and comfortable, at Pisang hop into a 4WD and drive to Besisahar. Overnight in trekkers Lodge.

Day 11. Besi Sahar-Kathmandu(5 hrs).
After breakfast drive back to Kathmandu. Spend the evening shopping for souvenirs or just relax in your hotel rooms. Overnight in hotel

Day 12 Depart Kathmandu.
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

  • Group Size2-8

  • RouteKathmandu-Besi Sahar-Koto-Meta-Phu-Nar-Ngawal-Upper Pisang-Kathmandu

  • Trip Type Trekking

  • Best MonthsMarch, April, May, September, October, November

  • Good MonthsFebruary

  • Lean MonthsJune, July, August

  • Not RecommendJanuary, December

Prices & Dates

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• All airport and hotel transfers by private vehicle.
• Half day sightseeing with entrance fee accompanied by a local guide as per itinerary.
• Accommodation in the above listed or similar hotels in Kathmandu and in local village lodges/tea houses during the trek.
• Only breakfast during the stay in Kathmandu and all meals during the trek.
• One welcome/farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
• Experienced English speaking local guide along with porter(one porter for every two pax) during the trek.
• Guide, porter, and trekking staff insurance.
• All necessary paperwork and permit (ACAP/Restricted Area Permit)
• Hire of a sleeping bag on request with minimal cleaning charges.
• All Government taxes and service charges.

Not included

  • Nepal entry visa.
  • International flight to and from Kathmandu.
  • Lunch and dinner or any other meal not specified above.
  • Personal Travel Medical Insurance.
  • Personal expenses such as bar, beverages, tips and gratuities, laundry, telephone, battery recharge, etc.
  • Hot showers during the trek.
  • Any extra cost incurred due to changing the itinerary, like an early return from the trek.
  • All other personal expenses not listed in the included section


3-4* hotels in Kathmandu and trekkers lodge/tea house during the trek