- 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.
The Nar Phu Valley Trek is an incredible journey to the wild and less explored regions of Nepal. The Nar Phu valley is precisely one of Nepal’s hidden gems. Due to its proximity to Tibet and its rugged mountain landscape, Nar Phu valley remained in solitude for years from the outside world. The country opened its door to the outside world only in 2003. To date, only a handful of trekkers have been able to make their way into this untouched region of the Himalayas. Nar and Phu are two different but close by villages inhabited by the Khampa people of Tibetan origin. The Nar Phu valley provides you the rare opportunity to experience the Himalayan lifestyle, and tradition, along with the majestic view of snow-capped mountains. This journey takes you to these villages rich in Tibetan culture yet untouched by modernity. This unique but remote out-of-the-way place makes this trek an adventure of a lifetime.
Nar Phu Valley trek starts with a drive from Kathmandu to Besi Sahar. From Besi Sahar, we further drive to Koto. From here, we follow the off-the-beaten-track towards Nar Phu valley. The trail passes through several villages, ruins, Buddhist monasteries. And then finally opens up to a vast expanse of high snow-peaks, ancient villages, and high altitude grazing settlements. Trekking to this hidden mountain valley offers a dramatic mountain view and exceptional alpine sceneries. We cross over the Kang La Pass to Ngawal, in Manang district. The Kang La pass links Nar with Manang and three other villages in the Neyshang valley. We then head west towards Pisang, where we board on to a vehicle to Besi Sahar. The following day, we finally drive from Besi Sahar to Kathmandu and end our exciting journey.
Day 1. Arrival in Kathmandu.
Upon arrival at the airport, our representative/guide will meet you and transfer you to your hotel. You can either relax at your hotel or take a short self-guided tour of the city depending on your arrival time. Evening dinner at a traditional Nepali Restaurant. Overnight in hotel.
Day 2. In Kathmandu (trek preparation).
Today, we shall visit some of the major UNESCO World Heritage Sites within the city. This includes the Swayambunath temple, followed by Bouddhanath Stupa and Kathmandu Durbar Square. In the latter part of the day, we shall prepare and plan for the trek. Overnight in hotel.
Day 3. Kathmandu to Koto(2600m) via Besi Sahar(7-8hrs)
We begin our journey with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Besi Sahar(6-7hours). The ride goes along the Prithvi Highway past terraced fields, villages, with the sights of snowy peaks. Eventually, we turn off from the main highway to Pokhara and head north to the large bazaar area of Besisahar. Lunch at Besisahar, after lunch, switch on to a four-wheel drive and then continue past the villages of Jagat and Dharapani to Koto. The ride could be quite bumpy but incredibly scenic, with amazing views of gorges and stunning waterfalls all along the way. Overnight in trekkers lodge.
Day 4. Koto to Meta (3560 m/6-7 hrs).
Today the trail passes through beautiful woods, past small cave shelters and traveler's resting places. The journey goes through wonderful pine forests, suspension bridges, and waterfalls until Dharamshala. Hereafter, the forest becomes thinner, and the view gets extensive. We continue further through rhododendron and pine forests, and then it is a steep ascent till Meta village. Meta village, situated on a vast open plain on the Tibetan plateau. It 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 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. From here, we get the first view of the villages in the area, the old dzong, and the remains of the ruins as well. We continue along the stream and arrive at the Phu gate, leading to Phu village. A splendid view of Himlung Himal and other snow peaks is visible from here. Overnight in trekkers lodge.
Day 6. In Phu(Acclimatization day).
This day is scheduled as acclimatization day. We recommend resting and get acclimatized to the altitude. The best way is to explore the village and
learn more about the culture, tradition, and religious practices of the ethnic groups living in this area. Besides, we can also get insight, how people survive depending on agriculture, animal breeding, and seasonal migrations in such a remote location. Also, visit the Tashi Lakhang Monastery and pay your respects to Karma Sonam Rinpoche. 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 further to the intersection where the trail branches off to Nar. The trail descends past several streams and over numerous suspension bridges until we reach Nar Village. Nat village has several Buddhist monasteries and provides beautiful 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 recommend rest and get acclimatized to the altitude. We shall take a hike to the nearby areas and explore the village. And also have a close look over the 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. From Nar, we ascend through the lateral moraine of Temdenzon Khola on a pleasant path past yak pastures with clear views of the west ridge of Pisang Peak. From Kangla Phedi, it is a steep ascent to Kangla Pass. The pass provides a magnificent view of the Pisang peak, Annapurna II, Gangapurna, and Tilicho peak. After spending some time at the pass, we then 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 board 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.
RouteKathmandu-Besi Sahar-Koto-Meta-Phu-Nar-Ngawal-Upper Pisang-Besi Sahar-Kathmandu
Trip Type Trekking
Best MonthsMarch, April, May, September, October, November
Lean MonthsJune, July, August
Not RecommendJanuary, December
Prices & Dates
- All airport and hotel transfers by private vehicle.
- Half-day sightseeing with entrance fee accompanied by a local guide as per itinerary.
- Accommodation in 3-4* category 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.
- 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.
- 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 forced upon by changing the itinerary due to your health, natural condition, political situation, or 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