Nar Phu Valley Trek - 12 Days

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Nar Phu Valley Trek
At a Glance
  • Duration12 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Max Altitude 5240 Meters
  • Group Size Up to 10 Pax
  • Starts Kathmandu Airport
  • Ends Kathmandu Airport

The Nar Phu Valley Trek is one of the most remote and secluded trekking trails in the Annapurna region that provides you with an authentic Himalayan wilderness experience. The valley is situated between famous trekking regions Manaslu and Annapurna, showering you with spectacular views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhre, Lamjung, Tilicho, and several other peaks.

A real hidden treasure that not many have explored, the Nar Phu Valley Trek offers you a rare opportunity to explore the unexplored valleys and trails. Taking you through remote villages, narrow canyons, lush forests, rugged trails, ancient gompas, and monasteries, the trek is a rare mixture of nature with antique Tibetan Buddhist culture. 

During this trek, you can get a deep insight into the ancient Tibetan culture and lifestyle as you traverse through isolated villages. Open for exploration only since 2002, the Nar Phu Valley trekking is a restricted trekking area presenting an exceptional voyage to some pristine wild villages of Nar and Phu. 

With very few amount of trekkers compared to other trekking destinations in Nepal, the towns in the area have managed to stay untouched and unspoiled by modernization. 

The trek starts with a drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar. From Besisahar the road takes a turn towards Koto. Koto is the official starting point of the trek from where the hike on foot starts. You'll then pass through villages like; Meta, Phu, Nar Phedi, and Nar before crossing the high pass Kang La. 

After crossing the Kang La pass, which is the highest point of your trek at an elevation of 5240 m, you'll head to Ngawal. From Nagawal, the trek continues through village Pisang until you finally reach Besisahar and drive back to Kathmandu. An ideal wilderness for adventure-seekers, leading to some of the remotest ancient valleys of the country, the Nar Phu Valley trekking is a must-try in 2024/2025. 

Major highlights of the Nar Phu Trekking in Nepal

  • Embark on an off-beaten trail of Nepal. 
  • Explore ancient remote villages of the Annapurna region.
  • Enjoy stunning views of Annapurna II, Himlung Himal, Gangapurna, Tilicho Peak, etc.
  • Experience Tibetan-Buddhist culture and lifestyle.
  • Pass through antique gompas and monasteries.
  • Cross Kang La Pass at an elevation of 5240 m.

What can you expect on the Nar Phu Valley Trekking?

Nar Phu Valley trekking is a journey not many are familiar with, which can be regarded as one of the best off-the-beaten-path in Nepal. The trek offers you flawless cultural and natural diversity throughout the route. 

You will circle one of the secret valleys that take you through its rough scenes and old towns bordering Tibet during this journey which have remained in serene isolation for quite a long time. With somewhat fewer travelers than other trails, this excursion is one of the pristine areas in the Himalayas that offers you an actual off-beat trekking experience. 

Are you fit for the Nar Phu Valley Journey?

The Annapurna Nar Phu Valley trekking is a rewarding yet challenging adventure. It's suitable for trekkers with a good level of physical fitness and previous hiking experience. 

If you're prepared for rugged terrains, long hours of walking, and crossing high passes, with the thrill of walking on the secluded trail then you'll find this trek fulfilling. However, ensure that you're ready for a demanding journey physically and mentally before embarking on the Nar Phu Valley adventure.

The Difficulty Level of the Nar Phu Valley Trek

The Nar Phu Valley trek is categorized as moderate to difficult in difficulty level. It's an adventurous journey, especially challenging due to its remote and rugged terrain, including crossing high passes. 

This difficulty level requires physical fitness and prior hiking experience and is suitable for those seeking a rewarding challenge journey lasting over a week. The trail overall offers a unique and immersive experience in a remote setting while you should be prepared to walk for around 5-6 hours each day on rough terrain.

Acclimatization and Safety Precautions for the Nar Phu Trek

Acclimatization is crucial for the Nar Phu Valley trek due to its high altitude. To ensure safety and reduce the risk of altitude sickness, our itinerary includes rest days at certain points and also gradual ascents to reduce the chances of altitude sickness. 

Moreover, we suggest that you have adequate hydration, and proper nutrition, and walk according to your pace which is very essential. Always listen to your guide's advice and inform them about any discomfort. It's recommended that you familiarize yourself with the symptoms of altitude sickness. 

How can you prepare for the Nar Phu trek?

Preparing for the Nar Phu trek requires physical and mental willingness. The first thing you should focus on is regular physical activities like cardiovascular exercises, strength training, and hiking which can help improve your stamina. If possible, we suggest you go for short hikes and treks to get used to the altitude and walking. 

Acclimatization is vital as well, so plan for gradual altitude gain. Pack essentials like warm clothing, sturdy trekking gear, and a good pair of hiking boots. You should also have some idea about the trail, the cultures of the local communities, and the symptoms of altitude sickness that will help you in having a more enjoyable trekking experience. 

Mental preparation is essential too, as you'll encounter remote areas and challenging terrains. You should prepare yourself mentally for unexpected situations. 

What a day looks like in the Annapurna Nar Phu Valley Trek?

A typical day on the Annapurna Nar Phu Valley trek begins with an early wake-up in serene surroundings. After a hearty breakfast, you'll start walking amidst stunning landscapes. The trail offers diverse scenery, from lush forests to barren highlands. 

You'll pass through several traditional villages, interact with locals, and witness their way of life all along the route. There will be stops for rest and meals, and you will be having a meal at one of the teahouses or lodge along the route. After several hours of walking, you'll arrive at the day's destination in the afternoon. You will then spend the evening with relaxation, exploring, and enjoying a warm meal before resting for the next day's adventure.

Nar Phu Valley Trekking Trail: A Restricted Area

The Nar Phu Valley is a restricted area, offering a unique and preserved experience. This means special permits are required to explore this region. The most frequent question we get asked a lot is, Can you Trek to Nar phu valley without a Guide? and Can you trek Nar Phu Valley Solo?

For this, the answer is No, as it is a restricted area, trekkers are not allowed to trek solo and need to have one companion along with a professional guide. This is to ensure that every trekkers complete the journey safely. 

Nar Phu Valley Trekking Permits

You need to have two permits to embark on a journey to the Nar Phu Valley which is explained below; 

The Restricted Area Permit: As Nar Phu Valley is one of the restricted areas of Nepal, you need to have this permit which not only allows you to explore this secluded area but also contributes to its conservation. The cost of this permit varies with the time of year. During the peak trekking season from September to November, its cost is USD 90 per person per week. If you're planning your adventure from December to August, the cost reduces to USD 75 per person per week. 

The ACAP Permit: Another permit is the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) permit, which is compulsory while you are trekking inside the periphery of the Annapurna conservation area. The permit is designed to contribute to the preservation of the region's unique biodiversity and culture. The cost for this permit is NPR 2000 per person. 

Maximum Altitude During the Nar Phu Valley Route

The highest point of the Nar Phu Valley trek is Kang La Pass, at an elevation of approximately 5,320 meters (17,450 feet). This pass offers breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and is a highlight of the trek.

As rewarding as it is, it can be challenging to ascend to this high-altitude pass. To make your journey easier we highly suggest you focus on your physical stamina and also familiarize yourself with trekking in challenging terrains along with some high altitudes.

Nar Phu Valley Trek Route Map

The Nar Phu Valley trek route takes you through the remote and captivating landscapes of the Annapurna region. Starting from Koto, the trek follows a trail that includes the villages of Meta, Phu, Nar, Kang La Pass, and Ngawal. 

The route map offers a mix of challenging high passes, serene valleys, ancient monasteries, and stunning mountain views. The trail eventually leads you back to Besisahar, completing the captivating circuit through the hidden gems of Nar Phu Valley. You will get to explore the secluded area of the region while also experiencing the ancient ethnic culture and lifestyle of the local communities. 

12 Days Nar Phu Valley Trek Itinerary

Embarking on a captivating 12 days journey through the enchanting Nar Phu Valley is a culturally rich experience. Throughout the trail, you will traverse the rugged landscapes, ascend to picturesque villages and relish the mesmerizing vistas of the Annapurna and Manaslu ranges. You will also cross a high pass Kang La Pass during the trek. 

Overall, our itinerary of 12 days is designed to provide all trekkers with the best experience, however, if you have anything that you would like to change on the itinerary or the route map then you can reach out to us as it is customizable. 

Itinerary

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  • Max Altitude:1350M
  • Accommodation:3 Star Hotel

This is your arrival day in Nepal. Our representative will be there at the Tribhuvan International Airport to welcome and greet you during your arrival time. After the meet and greet, you'll then be escorted to the hotel in Kathmandu. 

Once you arrive at the hotel, you'll have to complete the check-in procedures, and thereafter, you're free to rest for the rest of the day. Overnight stay at Kathmandu.

  • Meet and greet at the airport
  • Max Altitude:1350m
  • Time:4-5 hours
  • Accommodation:3 Star Hotel
  • Meals:Breakfast

Today you'll be exploring the city of Kathmandu. You'll be visiting some famous UNESCO world heritage sites in Kathmandu, including Kathmandu Durbar Square, which holds ancient history and showcases the beautiful Nepali arts and architecture. Also, visit Pashupatinath Temple, which is the oldest and biggest Hindu shrine in the country.

After Kathmandu durbar square and Pashupatinath Temple, you'll also be visiting Swayambhunath Stupa, popularly known as Monkey Temple. In the evening, you'll have a short briefing session with your guide at the hotel. Your guide will explain everything regarding the trek to you in this session. Overnight stay at Kathmandu. 

  • A sacred Hindu treasure, Pashupatinath temple.
  • Stroll and explore Kathmandu Durbar Square.
  • Visit the famous stupa Swayambhunath.

This is a sightseeing day where you can explore the heritage sites and famous landmarks around the Kathmandu valley. After your city exploration, in the evening during the briefing session, you can freely ask about anything your guide. 

  • Max Altitude:2,600 m
  • Time:8-9 hours
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

Today, you'll leave Kathmandu early in the morning as it is going to be a long day of the drive to Koto. You'll first arrive at Besisahar. From Besisahar the rugged off-road route starts which can be challenging at times.

All along the trail, you'll be able to witness some amazing views of landscapes, gorges, and stunning waterfalls. After the drive of almost 7-8 hours, you'll finally arrive at Koto. Overnight stay at Koto. 

  • Off-road rugged trails along the way.
  • Scenic views of landscapes and waterfalls.

If it's your first time traveling on the off-road trails, then the trail today might come off as scary to you, but although challenging, it is an adventure of its own.

  • Max Altitude:3560m
  • Time:7-8 hours
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

The walk today starts on a trail alongside Soti Khola. This is the first walking day of your trek and you'll be heading toward Meta from Koto. Passing through pine forests, rivers, and suspension bridges, you'll first arrive at Dharmashala.

From Dharmashala, you'll walk on a forested trail for a while. You can get some stunning views of Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal on the way. After walking for around 7 hours, you'll arrive at Meta where you'll be spending the night. Overnight stay at Meta. 

  • Pine forests, rivers, and suspension bridges are on the way.
  • Scenic views of Annapurna and Lamjung Himal.
  • Max Altitude:4080m
  • Time:6-7 hours
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

You'll continue your trek alongside the river today, as you move toward Phu from Meta. The hike begins with a descent and then ascends from the riverbed to the Phu Valley's entrance.

After around 6-7 hours of walkthrough jungle, riverside, and diverse landscape you'll make it to Phu, which is regarded as the secret valley of the region. After resting for a while, you can take a short walk up to the famous Tashi Lhakhang Gompa in Phu village. Overnight stay at Phu village. 

  • The beautifully stunning Phu village.
  • Tashi Lhakang Gompa at Phu village.
  • Max Altitude:4080m
  • Time:2-3 hours
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

This is the first acclimatization day of your trek. As the village is situated at an elevation of 4080 m, it is very important to let your body get acclimatized to the elevation..

Today, you can visit one of the oldest Buddhist monasteries in the village and stroll around as you witness the traditional lifestyle of the villagers. For a further adventure, you can also hike up to Himlung Himal base camp which takes you through a glacial valley.

  • Rest and free time.
  • Exploration of the Phu village.
  • Traditional lifestyle and culture of ethnic groups.
  • Max Altitude:3490m
  • Time:5-6 hours
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

Today, you'll retrace the route back down towards Meta from Phu village. You will return to Phu Gate and continue your journey to Narrow Village, Nar Phedi. Along the trail, you'll pass through several stunning gorges and waterfalls.

You can also get a spectacular view of Mount Pisang on the way. Compared to previous days, the walk today is short and more relaxed. Overnight stay at Nar Phedi.

  • Stunning gorges and waterfalls are on the way. 
  • Spectacular view of Pisang Himal.
  • Max Altitude:4110m
  • Time:3-5 hours
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

Today you'll head toward Nar village. It is a slow and relaxed walk today as you start the trek with a climb out of Nar Phedi and follow a spiral path up a hill towards Nar.

As you move closer to the village, the view will get more and more picturesque. After just a walk of around 3-4 hours, you'll arrive at Nar village. You can spend the rest of the day exploring the village. Overnight stay at Nar village. 

  • Picturesque view on the way.
  • Exploration around the Nar village.
  • Max Altitude:3650m/5,240m
  • Time:8-9 hours
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

It is going to be a long tough day today as you'll be crossing the high pass, Kang La Pass. The Kang La pass is not a challenging pass to cross but the time it requires can make it a bit tough. You'll start the walk for Nar village and after a few hours of ascent and descent, you'll make it to the pass.

You can witness remarkable views of Pisang Peak, Annapurna II, Gangapurna, and Tilicho Peak from the summit of the pass. After enjoying some time at the top of the pass as you relish the majestic views, you'll start descending to Ngawal through a grassy path. Another 2-3 hours of the walk will lead you to Ngawal. Overnight stay at Ngawal.

  • Kang la pass at an elevation of 5240 m.
  • Stunning views of several mountains from the top.

You might find this day to be tough and challenging because of the long walking hours but once you reach the top of the pass it'll be all worth it. So, make sure to enjoy and take in every moment. 

  • Max Altitude:2,493m
  • Time:3-4 hours
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

This is the final walking day of your trek as you move toward Pisang from Ngawal. As you descend, you'll be able to notice the change in scenery. After a few hours of hiking, you'll arrive at Pisang. From Pisang, you'll now head to Besisahar in a vehicle. Another few hours of driving will soon lead you to Besisahar. Overnight stay at Besisahar.

  • Max Altitude:1350m
  • Time:7-8 hours
  • Accommodation:3 Star Hotel
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

Today, you'll head back to the city from Besisahar. The drive is smooth and takes you through several small settlements and diverse landscapes. As you enjoy the scenic views, you'll soon arrive at Kathmandu after around 7-8 hours of drive.

Once you arrive in Kathmandu, you can either choose to stay at the hotel for a rest or go shopping and exploration around the city. In the evening you'll have a farewell dinner with our team. Overnight stay at Kathmandu. 

  • Meals:Breakfast

You've completed the trek and finally, your departure day has arrived. Our team representative will be there to drive you to the airport and bid you farewell at the time of your departure. 

This is our Well Designed Itinerary and is Favoured by most travelers, If this doesn't meet your requirements please Contact us for Customise.

Route Map

Nar Phu Valley Trek - 12 Days map

Cost Details

Cost Includes
  • All ground transport in a private vehicle, including airport transfers
  • Three nights accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
  • 3 standard meals a day during the trek
  • Snacks of seasonal fruits during the trek
  • Best available twin sharing lodge for accommodation during the trek.
  • Kathmandu city tours, including tour guide, and private transportation
  • Kathmandu-Beshishar by bus and Beshishar to Koto by Jeep and Beshishar to Kathmandu by Koto
  • Himalayan Recreation’s experienced, government licensed, English speaking trekking guide during the Nar Phu trip
  • Porter services during the Trek (1 porter = 2 trekkers)
  • All costs of staff which includes food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment’s and medicines.
  • Duffel bag use while trekking, Trekking map and trip achievement certificate
  • Required Permit fee and TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System
  • First aid medicine kit
  • Farewell dinner with Cultural show in a fine restaurant on second last day.
  • Government taxes & office service charge
Cost Excludes
  • Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the above itinerary
  • Personal Travel insurance & Personal trekking equipment or expenses
  • Alcoholic drinks and beverages
  • Tips for trekking Guides, Porters (tipping is expected)
  • Any other expenses that are not mentioned in the 'Price Includes' section.

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Know Before You Go

Luggage And Storage Facility

If you have any extra luggage that cannot be carried to the trek then we provide you an option to leave unnecessary luggage in Kathmandu and store it at the hotel or in our company. You can carry only essentials during the Nar Phu trekking.

Furthermore, if you are hiring a porter then keep in mind that one porter can carry a 25 kg of weight limit which is shared by two trekkers.

Packing List for the Nar Phu Trek in Nepal

As Nar Phu is a challenging journey, you should pack wisely for your Nar Phu Valley trek with essentials such as layered clothing, a waterproof jacket, down jacket, trekking pants, thermal wear, moisture-wicking t-shirts, sturdy trekking boots, comfortable sandals, warm socks, sunglasses, a sun hat, headlamp, trekking poles, personal medication, first aid kit, sunscreen, a 4-season sleeping bag, travel insurance, and local currency. Recommened Packing list for trek.

Best time for the Nar Phu Valley Trek Nepal

Spring and autumn are the ideal seasons for the Annapurna Nar Phu Valley trek. These periods offer the best weather conditions – clear skies and moderate temperatures. 

Spring is one of the most popular seasons for the Trek to Nar Phu Valley. The trails are clear, and the skies are often clear, providing stunning views of the surrounding mountains. Autumn is another major season for the Nar Phu Valley trek. The skies clear up in this season and the air becomes crisp providing a suitable atmosphere for the journey. 

As for the remaining seasons in monsoon and winter, it can be hard to complete the trek due to the monsoon rains, and snowfall. It's essential to be prepared for wet, snow, and muddy conditions if you trek during these seasons. 

Accommodation options during the Annapurna Nar Phu Valley trekking

While you are in Kathmandu, you will be provided with accommodation in a 3-star hotel which can be changed according to your preference. As for the accommodation on the Nar Phu Valley trail, it is basic due to its remote location. 

Don't expect amenities like in-room showers, Wi-Fi, or modern conveniences. Electricity is limited in the area, especially at higher elevations. Rooms provide essentials like warm beds and washrooms, but it's important to be prepared for simpler lodging conditions.

Food and drinking water facilities during the trekking to Nar Phu Valley

You will be provided with three-time meals during the journey. As the Annapurna Nar Phu Valley trek is a remote and restricted region, the food is simple. Breakfast consists of traditional items like bread, eggs, potatoes, and soup. 

For lunch and dinner, you'll find dishes like Dal Bhat (lentil soup, rice, and veggies), fried rice, and noodles depending on the lodge and location. Keep in mind that the food options may be less varied compared to more popular trekking areas in Nepal due to the remote nature of the Nar Phu Valley.

As for drinking water, you can easily get access to tap water along the route however as it is not always safe to have water directly, we recommend you bring a filter water bottle or purification tablet to have safe drinking water.

Idea of Nar Phu Valley Trek Cost

The Nar Phu Valley trek cost can vary depending on factors such as the group size, itinerary, route map, and inclusions. On average, the trek cost can range from $1000 to $1500 per person. 

This cost typically covers permits, transportation, guide and porter services, accommodation, meals, and some miscellaneous expenses during the trekking. It's advisable to carry extra costs for covering the miscellaneous expenses that might occur along the route. 

Furthermore, the cost can vary depending on whether it is a group trip or a private trip. For group trips, you can get discounts depending on the number of trekkers in the group.

Tipping Idea to Guide and Porters

Tipping is standard culture while trekking to appreciate the hard work of guides and porters. While there's no fixed amount, around 10% of the trek cost is a general guideline to tip. You can give tips directly or through our company.

Travel tips and info for Annapurna Nar Phu Valley Trek

  • Having prior trekking experience and good physical fitness are highly recommended.
  • Make sure to have proper acclimatization as it is crucial to prevent altitude sickness.
  • Pack essentials like warm clothing, comfortable trekking shoes, layers, rain gear, and a sturdy backpack suitable for varying weather conditions. 
  • Know the symptoms of altitude sickness and inform your guide if you experience any discomfort.
  • Stay hydrated and carry water purification tablets for safe drinking water.
  • Carry enough Nepali rupees as ATMs might not be available along the trail.
  • Respect local customs and traditions and ask before taking photos of people and religious sites.
  • Follow your guide's instructions and trekking rules and stay on marked trails and avoid shortcuts.
  • Leave no trace behind and dispose of waste responsibly and respect the environment.
  • Get comprehensive travel insurance that covers high-altitude trekking and medical evacuation.
  • Research the trail, weather, and gear requirements and familiarize yourself with the trek's itinerary and challenges.

Booking Nar Phu Trekking with Himalayan Recreation For 2024/2025

Book your Nar Phu trekking with Himalayan Recreation provides you with a well-organized trekking experience. We provide assistance, flexible booking options, and local expertise.

For the payment method, you can choose from several platforms like bank transfer and online platforms. Our terms, conditions, and booking policies are transparent, about which you can learn more on our website. Bookings are open now for 2024/2025, so hurry up and get ready for an adventure of a lifetime. 

Last-minute Booking with Himalayan Recreation

We suggest you book in advance for a challenging trip like nar phu, however, if you are unable to do so because of any circumstances then, Himalayan Recreation offers last-minute bookings with flexibility. You can contact us for availability and ensure full payment before the trek for last-minute bookings. 

Sustainable Travel Practice with Himalayan Recreation

Himalayan Recreation prioritizes responsible travel and we follow eco-friendly practices while trekking. We aim to promote waste management and support local communities during our travel to the Himalayan regions and also encourage our clients to follow the practice. 

Join us on our mission to preserve the environment and contribute positively to the local economy through the Annapurna Nar Phu Valley trek in 2024/2025

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