Nar Phu Valley Trek

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Nar Phu Valley Trek


12 days




Annapurna Region


 Duration: 12 days
 Trip Grade: Demanding
 Best Season: February, March-May, and September-December
 Altitude: 5,240 m
 Activity: Trekking & Hiking
 Group Size: 2-15

The Nar Phu Valley trek unveils the beauty of the Himalayas between Annapurna and Manaslu. A hidden gem, it offers a blend of ancient Buddhist culture and pristine scenery. Explore high peaks, glaciers, isolated settlements, tight canyons, and vibrant Tibetan culture. Previously off-limits, these valleys opened to trekkers in 2002. Departing from Besisahar, the trek diverges into the secluded Nar & Phu valleys, allowing you to immerse in local life, stay at Nar Phedi monastery, and visit Himlung Himal Base Camp. After crossing Kang La Pass, descend to Ngawal before returning to Besisahar by jeep drive, experiencing the transition from high mountains to greener landscapes.


Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

Day 3: Drive to Koto

Day 4: Trek from Koto to Meta

Day 5: Trek from Meta to Phu:

Day 6 Acclimatization in Phu:

Day 7: Trek to Nar Phedi (3,490m)

Day 8: Trek to Nar Village

Day 9: Trek to Ngawal via the Kang La Pass (5,240m)

Day 10: Trek to Pisang and drive to Besisahar

Day 11: Drive back to Kathmandu

Day 12: Departure


Day 1

Arrival in international airport and after clearing customs, a representative will warmly welcome us and transfer to the hotel. After settling in, explore the city at your leisure. On our first day, visit Kathmandu's Durbar Square and wander through its charming lanes with historic temples and local eateries. Don't miss Swayambhunath Temple for a stunning sunset view over the valley and the Himalayas. For your first meal, head to Thamel, a popular tourist hub, offering a variety of eateries with both Western and native Nepali cuisine.

Elevation: 1400m/4600 ft
Day 2

After breakfast, we embark on a guided tour to explore some of Kathmandu's significant and spiritual sites, all of which are UNESCO World Heritage sites. We visit the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the well-known 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambhunath), and the large Buddhist stupa (Bouddhanath). Around noon, we have our equipment checked by our climbing leader, meet our fellow participants, and discuss our trip. We'll spend the night in Kathmandu.

Elevation: 1350m/4229ft
Day 3

Start our journey by driving from Kathmandu to Besisahar. After lunch, switch to a four-wheel-drive vehicle for the challenging trip to Koto. While the route is stunning, it poses a considerable challenge for both travelers and vehicles, tracing the path of the former Annapurna Circuit trek. Marvel at magnificent gorges and breathtaking waterfalls along the way. Reach Koto and enjoy dinner upon arrival.

Elevation: 2600m,/8,530ft
Day 4

Start early for the trek to Meta, covering a considerable distance. Begin by crossing the river to enter the Nar and Phu valleys, characterized by their lack of development compared to the nearby Annapurna Circuit towns.

The trail takes us through beautiful forests, small cave sanctuaries, and pilgrim resting sites. Passing beneath a large waterfall in a narrow canyon, the landscape opens up with thinner trees and broader views. The final stretch to Meta involves ascending a steep hill, offering detailed views of the area's massive snow-capped peaks. Meta, situated on a large open plain, consists of basic yet clean lodges that serve wholesome food.

Elevation: 3560m. /11,680ft
Day 5

Departing from Meta, the trek to Phu reveals the distinctive Tibetan Buddhist chortens that characterize Nar and Phu. As we gain perspective on the majestic Nar Phedi Monastery, your future stay, the trail follows the ridge. After 90 minutes of climbing through picturesque valleys and gorges, you'll encounter a rock marking the challenging ascent to Phu. From this vantage point, catch sight of the old Tibetan-style stronghold or "dzong" and the remnants of two ruined forts positioned impressively on the flatlands before the town. Get our first glimpse of the three settlements nearby, and just before entering Phu over the bridge, encounter beautiful chortens dotting the area. After a rest and replenishment, take a short stroll to the renowned Tashi Lhakhang Gompa. Pay your respects to Lama Karma Sonam Rimpoche, who traveled to Nepal in 1959 alongside the Dalai Lama.

Elevation: 4080m./ 13386ft
Day 6

Phu is the best place for an acclimatization for a day. Spend time exploring the town's narrow lanes or embark on a foot ascent to the base camp of Himlung Himal. The town itself offers a fascinating experience, observing locals engage in activities like spinning yak and sheep wool, grinding mustard seeds into oil-making paste, and other daily tasks. The challenging ascent to the base camp of Himlung Himal involves a glacier valley walk, showcasing the recently climbable 7,125-meter summit. As we ascend, witness flocks of blue sheep expertly navigating sheer rocks. The return journey takes approximately four to five hours to get our accommodation.

Elevation: 4080m./13,386ft
Day 7

The Nar Phedi Monastery will be our overnight retreat, so backtrack along the path towards Meta, but make a turn at this point instead. Nar Phedi consists solely of the monastery itself. The nuns at Nar Phedi are known for their warmth, and the accommodations offer a neat and clean environment. We're invited to join them in the kitchen, where we can observe them preparing dinner over a small fireplace. Feel free to partake in their evening puja, a blessing ceremony usually held around 5 pm. If we wish to contribute to the maintenance of this charming and hospitable site, a small donation box is located within the monastery.

Elevation: 3490m./11,450 ft
Day 8

Today brings serenity to our trek. Depart from Nar Phedi and ascend a hill towards Nar, following a zigzagging trail. Along the way to this historic village, we'll pass a series of charmingly painted chortens adorned with bamboo roofs. After a satisfying lunch, proceed into the town. Despite its proximity to the bustling Annapurna circuit, Nar remains relatively untouched by foot traffic, presenting one of the most picturesque landscapes on Earth. In Nar, a town that exudes friendliness and liveliness compared to Phu, we may encounter a vibrant town square filled with chattering women skillfully using back-strap looms to weave wool fabric for rugs and blankets throughout the day. As we explore the outskirts of Nar, we'll discover a handful of newly established teahouses offering comfortable accommodations along with an extensive menu.

Elevation: 4110m./13,484ft
Day 9

Greet the morning early and set forth towards the Kang La Pass, a vital link to the renowned Annapurna Circuit. Brace ourself for a challenging day ahead, not due to the pass's difficulty but because the altitude may take its toll, making the journey demanding. Upon conquering the pass's summit, be prepared to be mesmerized by the breathtaking vistas of Annapurna II, Gangapurna, and Tilicho Peak. If the thrill of scree running appeals to you, take advantage of the steep descent that follows. Before proceeding to Ngawal, indulge in a well-deserved lunch on a plateau, soaking in the views of the summit. The distinctive charm of the historic villages you recently explored stands in stark contrast to Ngawal, nestled along the upper Pisang path of the Annapurna Circuit. Expect improved connectivity as phone and WiFi signals are prevalent in most lodges, and the menus boast a more extensive selection. It's a transition from rustic simplicity to the modern amenities of Ngawal.

Elevation: 5,240m./ 17,182 ft
Day 10

Descend over 2000 meters from the pass, and you'll notice a substantial shift in climate, with the temperature rising significantly and the landscape transforming into a lush green. Begin your day early to cover the final couple of hours of hiking to Pisang. Just on the outskirts of Pisang, the trail leads across a delightful lake, offering a wide and comfortable pathway. Take a brief pause in the village to enjoy a snack before heading back to Besisahar in a four-wheel drive. Once there, secure a room at a snug and welcoming hotel for a well-deserved rest.

Elevation: 2,493m./8,179ft
Day 11

The return trip to Kathmandu lasts about five hours. Take advantage of the afternoon to wander through Thamel, whether you opt for souvenir hunting or simply unwind, soaking in the vibrant atmosphere. In the evening, we'll gather for a special farewell dinner to celebrate the successful completion of our journey. Tonight, we spend in Kathmandu.

Elevation: 1350m/4229ft
Day 12

Enjoy free time until departure. We'll arrange a transfer to the International Airport on time. Farewell and safe travels!



Accommodation in city as per booking on twin sharing basis.

3 Nights Hotel in Kathmandu.

8 Nights comfortable and well-equipped lodges or tea houses along the trekking route.


Meals on BB Plan in city area.

Full-board meals throughout the trek, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Local and international cuisine options to cater to various preferences.

Heartfelt Farewell Dinner


International Airport transfers

All necessary ground transportation during the trek.

Professional Guide and Porter:

Experienced and knowledgeable trekking guide.

Porter service for carrying trekking equipment, allowing travelers to focus on the journey.

Permits and Fees:

Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP)

Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card.

Safety Measures:

Comprehensive first aid kit and emergency medical evacuation arrangements.

Experienced staff trained in altitude sickness prevention and response.

Cultural Experience:

Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu, exploring cultural and historical landmarks.

Opportunities to interact with local communities and learn about their traditions.

Scenic Route:

Trekking through picturesque landscapes, including terraced fields, rhododendron forests, and traditional villages.

Panoramic views of Annapurna and Machapuchare mountain ranges.

Flexible Itinerary:

Well-planned trekking itinerary with acclimatization days to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

Flexibility to accommodate changes due to weather conditions or unexpected events.

Group Activities:

Group activities and bonding opportunities during the trek.

Group celebration upon reaching Annapurna Base Camp.



International Flights:

International Flight cost is not included in the package.

Personal Expenses:

Expenses such as additional meals, beverages, snacks, and personal items.

Tips for guides and porters.

Travel Insurance:

Travelers are responsible for obtaining their own travel insurance covering medical emergencies, trip cancellations, and other unforeseen events.

Nepal Visa:

The cost of obtaining a visa for Nepal is not included in the package.

Optional Activities:

Optional excursions or activities not specified in the itinerary.

Equipment Rental:

Rental costs for trekking gear, if needed, are not included.

Additional Accommodations:

Accommodations in Kathmandu before or after the scheduled itinerary are not included.

Charges for Extra Services:

Any additional services not mentioned in the itinerary may incur extra charges.

Medical Expenses:

Expenses related to pre-existing medical conditions and medications are not covered.

Natural Calamities:

Unforeseen events such as natural disasters, political unrest, or any circumstances beyond the tour operator's control

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