The Nar Phu Valley Trek, situated in the Annapurna region, presents the opportunity to discover the hidden valleys nestled amidst the majestic peaks of Annapurna and Manaslu. The journey to Nar Phu Valley requires significant physical endurance and resilience, offering a rewarding challenge for enthusiastic trekkers seeking both adventure and cultural enrichment.
The landscapes along the trail are breathtaking, featuring exotic terrains, dramatic mountain vistas, and diverse ecosystems. You are treated to surreal views of snow-capped peaks, rugged terrains, and pristine wilderness, showcasing the raw beauty of nature at its finest.
Moreover, what sets Nar Phu Valley apart is the opportunity to engage with remote communities that have preserved their traditional lifestyle and ancient practices for centuries. These valleys are inhabited by the Khampa people, of Tibetan origins. Immerse yourself in the social fabric of these isolated villages and understand their distinct culture, traditions, and way of life.
The trek route to Nar and Phu Valley opened to outsiders in 2003, marking a relatively recent inclusion among Nepal’s trekking destinations. Due to its remote location near the Tibetan border, traveler to this valley requires a special restricted area permit to gain entry.
This limited accessibility and the permit requirement have played a pivotal role in preserving the pristine and off-the-beaten-path allure of the region. For adventurers seeking an off-the-beaten-path experience amidst Nepal’s breathtaking landscapes, this trek stands as an irresistible choice.
The trek begins with a drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar. Besisahar serves as the gateway to the Annapurna region. Initially, the trek follows the classic Annapurna Circuit Trek route until Meta. After crossing the Marshyangdi River at Meta, the trail diverges toward the less-traveled path leading to the Nar Phu Valley.
This segment of the trek navigates narrow forest trails, offering breathtaking vistas of prominent peaks such as Pisang Peak and Kusum Kanguru, among others. Exploring the Nar Phu Valley provides an opportunity to immerse yourself in the unique local culture.
Upon leaving the Nar Phu Valley, you will cross the Kang La Pass, which offers panoramic views of the Annapurna range. Beyond the pass, the trail again rejoins the Annapurna Circuit Trek at Ngawal. From Ngawal, the journey continues toward Chame, followed by a drive to Besisahar, culminating in Kathmandu to conclude the trip.
Day 1. Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 2. In Kathmandu
Day 3. Drive to Koto
Day 4. Trek to Meta
Day 5. Trek to Kyang
Day 6. Trek to Phu
Day 7. In Phu (exploration day)
Day 8. Trek to Nar Phedi
Day 9. Trek to Nar
Day 10. Trek to Ngawal (via the Kang La Pass)
Day 11. Trek to Chame
Day 12. Drive to Besisahar
Day 13. Drive to Kathmandu
Day 14. Departure
- 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 that a few have walked.
- Stay in ancient villages that have seen only a few changes over decades.
- Observe the Tibetan-influenced lifestyle and culture of the people.
- Enjoy great views of the Annapurna, Himlung, Gangapurna, and other peaks.
- All airport & hotel transfers by private vehicle.
- 3 nights accommodation in 3-4* category hotels in Kathmandu.
- 10 nights’ accommodation in a tea house during the trek with an attached bathroom where possible.
- Only breakfast during the stay in Kathmandu.
- Three standard meals (breakfast/lunch/dinner) during the trek.
- 3 hot drinks (coffee/tea) after every meal during the trek.
- One welcome dinner with a cultural performance in Kathmandu.
- 1 full day guided city tour in Kathmandu.
- Transfer from Kathmandu-Koto-Besisahar-Kathmandu in a private 4W jeep.
- English-speaking licensed trekking guide along with a porter (1 porter for every two trekkers).
- First aid kit, duffel bag, and trekking map.
- Trekking staff accommodation, wages, meals, trekking gears, and insurance.
- All necessary paperwork and permits for the trek (ACAP/RAP).
- All government tax and service charges.
- Nepal Visa.
- International airfare.
- Meals other than listed (lunch and dinner in Kathmandu).
- Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, bar, beverages).
- Bottled/boiled water, battery recharge, Wi-Fi and hot showers during the trek.
- Tips and gratuities to Guide, Porter and driver.
- Travel medical insurance covering rescue and emergency evacuation.
- Personal trekking gears and equipments.
- Trip cancellation cost due to your health, weather condition, political situation, and any other unforeseen events.
- Any other expenses other than the listed above.
Detailed ItineraryExpand All
Arrival in Kathmandu
Upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport, a Wind Horse representative will meet you and transfer you to the hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure until the evening. Later in the evening, there will be a briefing followed by dinner, along with a cultural performance, at a traditional Nepalese restaurant. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Today, you will visit three UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Kathmandu Valley: Kathmandu Durbar Square, Boudhanath Stupa, and Pashupatinath Temple.
At Kathmandu Durbar Square, you will explore the area around the former palace of the kings of Nepal, viewing various temples and monuments. Following the visit, you will drive to Boudhanath Stupa, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal. Here, you will circumambulate with pilgrims and visit the surrounding monasteries. Afterward, you will proceed to the holiest Hindu temple in Nepal, Pashupatinath Temple. The evening is free for you to shop for any last supplies or gear needed for your upcoming trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Drive to Koto
The journey from Kathmandu to Koto provides a diverse and scenic experience, passing through numerous villages, showcasing the natural beauty of Nepal’s landscapes. The drive initially follows the path along the Trishuli River before diverting towards Besisahar and eventually heading northwards to reach Koto.
The change in the scenery as you depart from the main highway to Pokhara at Dumre and proceed towards Besisahar provides a more intimate view of the countryside. You’ll have lunch at Besisahar, and then continue towards Koto. The route traverses through several charming villages such as Ngadi, Bulbule, Syange, Tal, Dharapani, and Bagarchaap. Overnight in Koto.
Trek to Meta
You will cross over the Marshyangdi river and enter the Nar Valley. The trail follows the banks of the Nar Khola and the Soti Khola. You will come across several waterfalls, caves, rhododendron and pine forests and arrive at Dharmashala..
After leaving Dharmashala, the vegetation changes from thick green forest and gives way to sparsely scattered bushes. As you climb higher the landscape becomes broader and more panoramic. The final segment of your hike involves a steep uphill climb until Meta, a small village situated on a flat platue with panoramic views of distant snow-capped peaks. Overnight in Meta.
Trek to Kyang
Starting from the valley along the river, the trail traverses areas with sparse vegetation and scattered grasslands. It passes through the semi-permanent settlement of Chyako, where remnants of the Khampa settlement can be seen. Along the journey, the trail undulates with several ascents and descents before reaching Kyang. Kyang is a small settlement offering beautiful vistas of Annapurna II and Pisang Peak. Overnight in Kyang.
Trek to Phu
The trek towards Phu encompasses diverse terrains, including canyons, gorges, and rocky trails, with stunning views along the way.
The trail goes alongside the Phu Khola, with the opportunity to spot the distinctive blue sheep for which the valley is renowned. You’ll also come across unique chortens that hold cultural significance, for which Nar and Phu is popular for.
As you approach Phu, you will catch the first glimpse of the charming village. Continuing on a descending path, you will cross the Phu Khola over a rocky trail, and arrive at the Phu gate, which marks the entrance to the village. Overnight in Phu.
It’s recommended to dedicate an acclimatization day in Phu due to the high altitude. To maximize this day, exploring the village will be an excellent option.
During this exploration day, you will get the opportunity to immerse in the local culture. Today, you’ll visit local homes, interact with the locals, and observe their traditions and daily lifestyle, and gain cultural insight.
For those more challenging, there’s also the option to hike to Himlung Base Camp. This trail winds through a picturesque valley, offering breathtaking views throughout the journey. Overnight in Phu village.
Trek to Nar Phedi
Today you will retrace your steps back towards Meta, midway take a detour towards Nar Phedi. The trail passes through the settlement of Chyako and the remnants of the Khampa settlement. These ruins provide a fascinating glimpse into the area’s historical past, offering insight into its intriguing history and heritage.
The hike is a gradual downhill through a changing landscape, crossing the Phu Khola, and eventually ascending towards Nar Phedi. Nar Phedi is a small village with breathtaking views of Pisang Peak and other surrounding peaks. Ovenight in Nar Phedi.
Trek to Nar
Leaving Nar Phedi, you will ascend uphill towards Nar, the largest village in the Nar Phu Valley. The hike follows a winding trail through high mountain passes, barren landscapes, and yak pastures. Along the way you’ll come across beautifully painted chortens, and Mani walls.
You’ll arrive at Nar Village around noon. Following lunch, the rest of the day will be dedicated to exploring Nar Village and its surroundings, providing an opportunity to interact with locals and gain insight into their lifestyle. Overnight in Nar.
Trek to Ngawal via the Kang La Pass
We will start early in the morning to prepare for the potential challenges posed by snow on the pass. The pass itself is not difficult, but the weather conditions can turn the journey into a lengthy and demanding .
The ascent goes through the lateral moraine of the Temdenzon Khola, traversing yak pastures until you reach Kang la Phedi.
From Kang La Phedi, it is a gradual and steady ascent lasting approximately 2 hours until you reach Kang La Pass. The pass presents breathtaking panoramic views of Pisang Peak, Annapurna II, Gangapurna, and Tilicho Peak.
After admiring the beautiful views, you will descend through pasturelands and yak herders’ campsite and arrive at Ngawal on the Upper Pisang route of the Annapurna Circuit trek. Overnight in Ngawal.
From here onwards, one can continue on the Annapurna Circuit Trek as per the below itinerary: Day 11. Trek to Braga/Manang Day 12. In Braga/Manang(acclimatization) Day 13. Trek to Yak Kharka Day 14. Trek to Thorong Phedi Day 15. Trek to Muktinath(via Thorong La) Day 16. Drive to Tatopani Day 17. Trek to Ghorepani Day 18. Drive to Pokhara Day 19. Fly/drive to Kathmandu Day 20. Departure
Trek to Chame
Today marks the final day of your trek, and it will be a lengthy journey. Hence, an early start is recommended to ensure your arrival in Chame on time.
Departing from Ngawal, the trail descends past Ghyaru and Pisang Village, following the banks of the Marsyangdi River. The route offers beautiful views of Gangapurna, Tilicho Peak, Lamjung Himal, and Annapurna II and III. After about 6-7 hours of trekking, you will finally reach Chame, the administrative headquarters of the Manang district. Overnight in Chame.
Drive to Besisahar
Upon concluding your Nar Phu Valley Trek, the journey continues with a drive from Chame to Besisahar today. The drive traverses a dirt road, passing through villages like Koto, Thanchok, and Timang before reaching Besisahar. Overnight in Besisahar.
Drive to Kathmandu
From Besisahar, you will retrace your drive back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, proceed to check-in at the hotel. The remainder of the afternoon is free for leisure activities. You might consider taking a stroll around Thamel and engage in some souvenir shopping. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Transfer to the airport in time as per your flight schedule to your next destination.