One of the oldest and restricted area trekking, Nar Phu Valley Trek is for Himalayan addicts only. Nar Phu (also known as Naar Phu and Narphu) is an unexplored Himalayan land in Annapurna region providing excellent adventure for trekkers. This enchanting journey takes us to the villages of Nar and Phu; bordering with Tibet. Nar Phu valley is a restricted area trekking which can be done as a side trip of the popular Annapurna Circuit Trail. Nar and Phu villages are known as the lost valleys of Annapurna region. Nar Phu Trek can be done as a side trip to most popular Annapurna Circuit Trek. It's confirmed that Nar Phu route is more scenic and spectacular comparing to Annapurna circuit route for various reasons such as green forests, towering Himalayas, rocky mountains, Buddhist monasteries and centuries old Tibetan influenced cultures. We leave the Annapurna circuit trail from Koto, crossing a suspension bridge over Marshyangdi River.
Our trek to Nar Phu starts after a drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar then changing the vehicle here to take us to Chamje. It takes about 8/9 hours to reach Chamje where we will spend our first night. From here we gradually ascend the trail towards to Manang valley following the Marshyangdi river. Once we explore the lost valleys we will cross the fabulous Kang La Pass and enter Manang valley then continue towards the Thorong La and lower Mustang section of Annapurna Circuit Trail. We will conclude our trek in Jomsom then fly to Pokhara and soon drive to Kathmandu. For your information Nar Phu trek was opened only on 2003 for foreigners.
Total Duration : 19 Days
Difficulty : Moderate to Difficult
Highest Altitude : 5,416M / 17,769FT
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner on trek, Breakfast in city
Accommodation : Lodges on trek, Hotels in city
Transportation : Public Vehicles / Flight
Best Months : March, April, May, June, September, October, November
Group Size : 02 to 12 People
Nar Phu Trek Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to Hotel (1310M or 4,297FT)
Welcome to the city of temples and the country of Himalayas. Himalayan Leisure Inc. will happily welcome you at the only international airport of Nepal; Tribhuvan International Airport. Our airport representative will be waiting for your arrival with a placard written Himalayan Leisure Inc. outside the airport terminal. From there you will be transferred to the Hotel by a air conditioned private vehicle. Depending on the flight time and activities we will be joining for a cultural dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant. Enjoy cultural shows, singing, dancing and typical Nepali meals before heading back to hotel.
Day 02: Free day in Kathmandu for trek permit preparations
We will collect your passports and photos to prepare your immigration permits. You can explore the town on your own to see the typical town of Thamel. We will introduce you with your guide and probably join with you for a welcome dinner in the evening. (Breakfast, Complimentary Dinner)
Day 03: Drive to Jagat (1,290M / 8-9 Hours Drive)
We will start our journey from Kathmandu in the morning. The drive will take us through scenic villages of Nepal. The road is comparatively smooth until Besisahar. From Besisahar it's a dirt road so it will be a bumpy experience. Once we reach Jagat, we will stop for overnight stay and prepared for the trek on the following day.(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 04: Trek to Bagarchhap (2,160M / 7-8 Hours)
We will start our first day trekking once we have hot and tasty breakfast in Jagat. The trek is quite easy comparing to upcoming days. We will start the trail with gradual climbing towards Chamje then descend down to cross Marshyangdi river. We will gently ascend to Tal Phedi then a steady climbing to Tal for lunch stop. The trail from Tal continues towards Karte, Naje, Dharapani and finally to Bagarchhap. It's a small town situated on the left of Marshyangdi River. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 05: Trek to Koto (2,615M / 3-4 Hours); gateway to Nar Phu Villages
It is an easy day from Dharapani to Koto. The trail starts with flat trail until we reach Danaque in about an hour. We might stop for a short stopover before we start steady climbing to Timang hill. Timang hilltop offers excellent views of majestic Himalayan peaks including Manaslu and Peak 29. Following a quick glimpse of Annapurna II, the trail continues to be flat with small ascending and descending towards Latamarang and then finally to Koto for overnight stay. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 06: Trek to Meta (3,550M / 7-8 Hours)
We will be entering restricted area so first we will complete our immigration permit registrations in the police check post before we leave the Annapurna Circuit trail and follow the trail to Nar and Phu villages. We leave Marshyang river behind and start following Naur Khola visiting places like Chachna. We will continue our trek through beautiful pine forests and reach Meta after a steep ascending. We will stop in Meta village for an overnight.(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 07: Trek to Phu Gaon (4,220M / 7-8 Hours)
Leaving Meta gaon behind, we will start our journey towards Phu Gaon (aka Phugaon). Today we will be crossing various rivers and streams during the trek. We will leave Naur Khola behind and start following Phu Khola (stream) towards Phu village. The trail continues through rocky trail before we reach Phugaon. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 08: Free acclimatization day in Phu Gaon, exploration day
This is a pre-scheduled acclimatization day in Phu Gaon. You can spend the day exploring the village. You can experience differenent cultural practises and living style of people in the area. You can enjoy watching means of living in this area. Nar Phu Trek is not only about walking on the trails, it's also about experiencing people following centuries old practices. You can also visit Lakhang monastery during the day which is said to be one of the oldest monastery in the world. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 09: Trek from Phu Gaon to Nar Gaon (4,130M / 6-7 Hours)
We will have small breakfast in Phu Gaon before we start our journey to Nar. The name Nar Gaon is belived to be derived from Naur Khola. The trail involves crossing of several Himalayan streams coming all the way from Himalayas including a tall suspension bridge in Labse Khola (stream). We will be also passing through several Buddhist stupas during the trek. It's a pleasant day walk from Phu gaon to Nar gaon. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 10: Free acclimatization day in Nar Gaon, exploration day
We will spend second pre-planned acclimatization day in Nar gaon. We will spend the day exploring around the village, visiting different families, closely observing their living styles and small stupas and monasteries around the village. We have big day coming on the following day so we will rest and be preapred for Kang La Pass. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 11: Cross Kanga La Pass and trek to Ngawal (3,680M / 8-9 Hours)
We will start our day early in the morning and head towards to Kang La Pass (5,322M / 17,460FT). It is an adventurous and big day for all of us. From the top of the pass we can see excellent views of Annapurna Himalayan rance. Soon, we will descend towards Ngawal village which is part of our popular Annapurna Circuit Trek. Ngawal is popular place as side trip of Annapurna circuit trail. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 12: Trek to Manang (3,440M / 4-5 Hours)
Once we enjoy breakfast in the lodge we will start descending towards Manang following Paugba and Bhraga along the way. It is an easy and relaxing day. Manang is probably the most popular valley in the first part of Annapurna Circuit trail. It's a big village with several lodges built for the meals and accommodation of travelers. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 13: Trek to Yak Kharka
We will enjoy our tasty meal in Manang before we start our gentle uphill climb to Yak Kharka. Our trek will be pretty easy for this day without any steep climbs though high altitude can cause some tiredness. The beautiful views will be always there. We also have some chances to see blue Sheep grazing in the mountains. Views of Annapurna, Gangapurna, Tilicho etc. will be always together with us. It's a day with close and stunning views of snowy Himalayas. On our walk we will pass two small villages called Tengi and Gunsang. Both villages have few basic lodges for trekkers. The trail after crossing Gunsang is mostly flat with couple of suspension bridges. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 14: Trek to Thorong Phedi or High Camp
It is another special and breath taking day. Amazing views, light trail and towering Himalayas are together with us. The trail until we cross Kone Khola [stream] is mostly flat. Before crossing this stream we will pass two small villages called Churi Ledar and Ledar. Once we cross Kone Khola the trail will give us sudden steep climb. As we complete steep uphill, the risks of dry landslide will also become higher. We will need to be aware of stones falling down from the cliffs. Once we cross this risky area the route again becomes gentle up before we reach Phedi. We can stay here tonight and prepare crossing the pass, continuing for another 40-45 minutes will take us to high camp which is about 400 meters higher than Phedi.(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 15: Cross Thorong La Pass and theh trek to Muktinath
Either we start from Phedi or High Camp we will have to start our breakfast early in the morning. It is a challenging and special day too. Once we get our breakfast we will start our trek with torches. The walk can be slippery so we have to be aware of risks. With amazing views around us we will be walking in the middle surrounded by huge white peaks. There are no lodges or hotels along the way so we have to carry some meals with us. There are two tea shops which offers 'world's most expensive tea' but that's special. A warm tea in this altitude and in this place is so special. Walking for few hours we will reach the highest point of the trek named 'Thorong La' means a pass. It won't be difficult to recognize the pass as it's surrounded by praying flags. We will enjoy some hot tea here and start walking steep downhill towards Muktinath. It is steep downhill walk with some mountain views far sight. Once we walk about 1600 meters down we will reach Muktinath; our destination for tonight. Enjoy some lunch here and explore this small town. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 16: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (2,750M / 5-6 Hours)
Our trek will start after having a good meal in Muktinath. We will start walking downhill via Jharkot, Khingar Kagbeni and Eklebhatti. The trail is mostly down until Eklebhatti however it's very dusty due to strong wind after mid-day. From Jomsom we will also have enchanting views of Nilgiri peak too. Jomsom is last place for many trekkers on this region. There is a airstrip and also buses going to Beni and Pokhara starts from here. Many trekkers who are time bounded or want to avoid walking on the roads conclude their trek here. Jomsom is a small town with modern facilities available. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 17: Fly to Pokhara, transfer to Hotel
Once we take a quick and scenic flight to Pokhara we will transfer to the Hotel. We will have time for clean up and rest in Pokhara. In the late afternoon we can go for city exploration or probably for a boating in Phewa Lake. In the evening we can go for a cultural dinner in Pokhara. Explore lakeside market on your own. (Breakfast)
Day 18: Drive back to Kathmandu (1310M / 7 Hours Drive)
We are coming to the end of our adventurous trek to Nar Phu and Annapurna Circuit. We will leave Pokhara in the morning following a tourist bus to Kathmandu. The journey takes us through beautiful countryside towns along the highway followed by beautiful green hills and thundering rivers.(Breakfast)
Day 19: Departure from Kathmandu
Here we come to the end of our memorable a week long trip. We will conclude our Langtang Valley Trekking in Kathmandu and proceed to airport for outbound flight back from Nepal. If we have time before our flight back we will explore local markets of Kathmandu on our own if not we will proceed to airport straightaway. We are sure that it's not our last time in Nepal, see you again Himalayas! (Breakfast)
- Important Note:
- We prioritize your safety all the time while traveling with Himalayan Leisure, Inc. We want our valuable guests and staffs to be in safe environment thus we gave full authorize to your leaders to modify, cancel or update any part of the itinerary if it is considered necessary due to safety concerns. Himalayan Leisure promises that we will do our best to stick with planned itinerary however natural disasters, weather disturbances, health conditions or any other mishap may force us to change the planned itinerary and we would seek for your understanding on these concerns. Our leaders will be happy to give you necessary information and discuss with you before changing the itinerary.
Services Includes / Excluded
- Airport pickup and drop services on a private vehicle
- Accommodation in Kathmandu valley as per the itinerary with complimentary breakfast
- Kathmandu - Jagat - Pokhara - Kathmandu transportation by jeep and tourist bus
- Jomsom - Pokhara air tickets including for the guide
- Accommodation in Pokhara as per the itinerary with complimentary breakfast
- Meals on full board [Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner] during the trek
- Accommodation on tea houses as per the itinerary
- ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project), TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) and Nepal Immigration Permits
- Experienced English speaking, government licensed and ministry of tourism trained trekking guide with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance
- Strong experienced Sherpa helpers [porters] with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance
- Assistant trekking guide for groups over 6 people with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance
- Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
- Comprehensive first aid medical kit carried by the guide
- Necessary paper works, all government and local taxes
- Complimentary welcome or farewell dinner in Kathmandu at a cultural restaurant [optional]
- International airfare, Nepal visa fees ( two passport photographs ), travel and medical insurance, emergency evacuation
- Personal nature expenses ( bars and beverage bills, hot shower, telephone, laundry, titbits etc. )
- Costs arising from natural calamities, mishaps or anything beyond our control ( Costs are not refundable and transferable in any mean if you leave the trek voluntarily and want to return from the trek )
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara ( also in the case of early returns and late departures than scheduled itinerary )
- Services not mentioned in 'Services Includes' section ( Please ask us if you are confused about any services )
Altitude Chart for Nar Phu Trekking
Experience Requirements for Nar Phu Trek
Nar Phu Valley Trekking is an wilderness trekking route in Annapurna region involving two high passes crossing over 5000 meters. It's is one of the moderate - difficult level trekking away from basic facilities available. The nearest road access is in Koto. Nar Phu villages are remote places away from developed territories of this region. Narphu Trekking is a difficult trek for novice trekkers and moderate trekking for experienced trekkers. The trail involves steep ascending and descending in several places and at the same time involves walking for long hours in the high altitude areas. Crossing two 5000M+ passes within a week is not only about simple thinking but also about a lot of determination and courage. Nar Phu Trekking is one of the remote trekking routes with very limited facilities available. Himalayan Leisure, Inc. expects our customers to have pre-trekking experiences for Nar Phu valley Trekking. If you have pre-trekking experiences then Narphu trekking is not going to make your suffer. Be prepared that you have two high altitude passes and long hours walking for few days. We recommend you to train at home and prepare for the trek. You can start hiking, regular Gym works, running, walking around the town etc. to prepare yourself for the trek. We want best of your for Nar Phu valley trek. Even though Nar Phu Trekking is recommended only for experienced trekkers, the trek is also doable for fit individuals with no trekking experiences in the past. If you are beginner then we can add couple of extra days to use as buffer days during the trek. Ultimately, Nar Phu Trekking is recommended only for experienced trekkers but trekkers with no experiences of hiking in the past can do the trek with few added buffer days on the main itinerary.
Meals Availability of Nar Phu Trek
Nar Phu Trek is one of the virgin treks in Annapurna region thus tea houses are not fully developed. This trekking can be done both in tea houses mode and camping mode. There are only limited meal items available in between Koto - Phu - Nar - Ngawal sector. On the rest of the trail tea houses are well developed and wide variety of meals are available for trekkers. Basic meals are available in tea houses during the whole trek. Meals are prepared once the lodges receive orders from customer so generally meals are freshly prepared using the raw materials available. Various meals including noodles, soups, handmade breads, rice items, curries, spaghetti, pizza, egg items, potatoes are served on the trek. Meals found on Nar Phu Trekking might not be comparable to western standards. Nar Phu (Narphu) Trekking is relatively new trekking and tea houses are not well developed that means the quality of the meals will be low comparing to popular trekking routes. Not all common items would be found everywhere. We will provide 3 meals; i.e. breakfast, lunch and dinner with hot drinks on the trek. You may also have to continue with basic packed lunch on some days. Generally, dinner and breakfast is served in a lodge and lunch is served during the trek. A menu will be presented for you to select your preferred items. The menu is prepared by lodge management committee and will have limited available items.
Breakfasts are included even in Kathmandu at your hotel. You will have a menu to select your meal or foods will be served in buffet system. The hotel itself will select the appropriate method depending on the volume of customers.
Accommodation on Nar Phu Valley Trek
Accommodation in Kathmandu will be standard hotel. We will accommodate you in 3 star category hotel. You will be accommodated in an air conditioned room. We provide one double room for two customers ( unless you are single customer ). These rooms will have either master bed or two single beds. If you have special preference on bed selection then please inform us in advance, we will try to book the room appropriate for your stay.
We provide twin sharing rooms for your holiday. Nar Phu Trekking is new trekking route with only few very basic lodges made along the way. There won't be large number of options available to sleep in most places so we may need to adjust in basic room. These rooms are prepared only to spend a night, nothing luxurious are available there. These lodges have small rooms that provide basic sleeping experience during your trek. Lodges specially in between Koto - Ngawal are very basic and small. We will need your cooperation during the trek in terms of accommodation. We will try accommodate you in best available lodges during Nar Phu Trekking. Come and join with Himalayan Leisure, Inc. to this virgin lands influenced by Tibetan culture. Travel is not about find the best accommodation, it's about exploring the best.
Best Season for Nar Phu Trek
Nar Phu Trekking can be done on March, April, May, June, September, October and November. These are the best months for optimal scenery, climate and best trail conditions. Even though Nar Phu Village Trek can be done in months like February, November, December etc. the weather conditions won't be optimal. We want our customers to have best experiences during the trek so we recommend them to visit during the recommended months to have best weather and views.
Highlights of Nar Phu Trekking
Nar Phu Valley Trek is an immigration controlled trekking route in Annapurna region. There are a lot of amazing factors on the trek. The trail from Besisahar to Thorong La Pass and then to Muktinath and Jomsom is popular for centuries among the trekkers and local nomads. Trekkers can explore a lot of monasteries, chhortens, Buddhist stupas, towering snowy Himalayan peaks, green forests and enchanting hills, waterfalls and thundering rivers and streams, Tibetan influenced cultures and settlements in the cliffs are some of the major highlights of the trek. We will be exploring several Himalayan villages during the Nar Phu Trekking. The two adventurous passes Kang La Pass (5,322M / 17,460FT) and Thorong La Pass (5,416M / 17,769FT) are amazing. Imagine standing on top of these two passes and having a spectacular views of surrounding Himalayas dominating the whole world. Nar Phu Village Trek is an enchanting Himalayan trek that gives you an unforgettable experience to the Himalayas. Himalayan Leisure, Inc. is proud to take you up there for a lifetime journey of Himalayas!
Suggested Gears for Nar Phu Trekking
Nar Phu Trekking is an adventurous trekking route that includes two high passes crossing (Kang La and Thorong La) above 5,000 meters. The trail involves steep and narrow trail walking in few places thus recommended only for moderate to highly experienced hikers even though we don't mean that beginners can't try. We have tried to list some of the important and useful gears for Nar Phu Trekking thus it's only a limited list. Please keep in mind that the list below is not 100% perfect and according to your needs and capacity you will need to remove or add few more gears. We appreciate your questions if you have any regarding the Narphu Trekking.
Head: - Sun hat or scarf - Light balaclava or warm fleece hat - Sunglasses with UV protection
Lower Body: - Under Garments - Hiking shorts - Lightweight cotton long pants - Fleece or wool pants (seasonal) - Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
Upper Body: - T-shirts - Fleece jacket or pullover - Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional) - Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
Hands: - Lightweight gloves - Heavyweight gloves (Winter only)
Toiletries: - 1 medium sized quick drying towel - Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable) - Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable) - Deodorants - Nail clippers - Face and body moisturizer - Feminine hygiene products - Small mirror
Personal Hygiene: - Wet wipes (baby wipes) - Tissue /toilet roll - Anti bacterial hands wash
Feet: - Thin, lightweight inner socks - Hiking boots with spare laces - Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
Accessories: - Sleeping bag rated to 5 degree centigrade - Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare batteries - Trekking Bags/Duffel bag - Basic First Aid Kit - Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches) - Trekking Poles (optional) - Water bottle (2) or camel bag - Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc) - Ear Plug (who know some people on group are snoring)
Extras/Luxuries: - Binoculars - Reading book - Trail Map/Guide book - Journal and Pen - Walkman - Pencils and small notebooks - Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon (Kathmandu and Trek)
Have a memorable trip with Himalayan Leisure, Inc!