Nar Phu Valley Trek

15 Days

Overview

narphu valley trek 15 days

Nar Phu Valley Trek is a unique and exciting trek in the northwestern part of the Himalayas that is embodied inside the second most popular trekking region in the country, the Annapurna region. Besides the opportunity to traverse the ancient and mystical civilizations heavily influenced by Tibetan culture, you will also get a thrilling chance to explore two of the highest Himalayan passes in the Annapurna region.

The expedition of this secluded valley in the Manang district takes you across the affluent biodiversity of the Annapurna Conservation Area, providing an opportunity to experience cultural diversity, alluring geography, and the pristine and unspoiled wilderness. Nar Phu Valley Trek is a complete trekking package that takes you amidst the world’s rarest wilderness, switching the trails between the spiritual and cultural ambiance and finally rejoining the mainstream trekking trail of the Annapurna Circit uto end this remarkable Himalayan adventure on a high note.

Highlights of Nar Phu Valley Trek

  • Exploration of the pristine and secluded wilderness of the northwestern part of the Himalayas
  • Venturing the popular second mainstream trekking route of the country and Annapurna Conservation Area
  • Incredible views of the Himalayan massifs like Annapurna, Himlung Himal, Tilicho, Pisang, Manaslu, Dhaulagiri, Chulu and Gangapurna
  • Overcoming two of the high Himalayan passes, Kangla Pass (5,306 meters) and Thorong La Pass (5,416 meters)
  • Ancient and traditional settlements, monasteries, chortles
  • Passing through the charming Gurung, Thakali and Sherpa settlements
  • Less crowded trekking experience relishing the serene and enchanting trails of the isolated part of the Himalayas
  • Moving across the Tibetan plateau that extends all the way to the Nar Phu Valley

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Best Time for Nar Phu Valley Trek

Best Time for Nar Phu Valley Trek

There are generally two seasons if you want to enjoy a comfortable and best-value experience. Both autumn and spring are considered to be the most ideal period to enjoy the Himalayan adventures in Nepal. Also known as the peak season, both spring (March- May) and autumn (September- November) reward the trekkers with the most magnificent scenery, dry trekking trails, clear days, and stable weather.

Although the peak season crowd can be a little off-putting, to make the most out of your Nar Phu Valley Trek, you should definitely try trekking in these peak seasons. Autumn, the most popular period for trekking and mountain expeditions in the Himalayas is famous for its moderate temperature, neither too cold nor too hot, making it the most suited time for outdoor adventures.

Similarly, the trekking trails in this season are fresh and lush washed by the monsoon rain. The views of the Himalayan vistas are just breathtaking and the trekking adventures are accompanied by chill breezes in the mornings and evenings. The temperature of the Nar Phu Valley during the autumn season is around 14°C to 18°C. If you are traveling during the late part of the season, you can expect light snowfall at an altitude over 4,000 as the winter gets closer.

On the other hand, spring can be a little bit warmer compared to autumn with the temperature of the region averaging between 17°C to 23°C. But, as it is known as the nature lovers paradise, you will certainly be delighted with the lush blooming all around you. Despite the weather being stable and calm, trek in this season is an extraordinary experience as you pass across the trails decorated with wildflowers, abundant greenery everywhere, and you will also be able to enjoy the magical views of the white peaks in the Himalayas blending well with the clear blue sky and green lush foreground.

Nar Phu Valley 15 days Trek Difficulty

Nar Phu Valley 15 days Trek Difficulty

The Nar Phu Valley Trek has been graded as a ‘moderately difficult’ expedition, you don’t need any kind of technical skills or previous high-altitude trekking experience to do this trek. However, it is still a Himlayan expedition that takes place in the remote isolated part of the Himalayas, so you will still need to make an adequate amount of preparation to do this trek.

During this trekking adventure in the Himalayas, you will cover an approximate trekking distance of 6- 7 hours during every day of your adventure on the rugged, steep, and remote trails. Similarly, the altitude gain of this adventure can be quite a bit of a challenge as you have to overcome two of the highest Himlayan passes over 5,000 meters, Kangla Pass (5,306 meters) and Thorong La Pass (5,416 meters) which puts you at the risk of the altitude sickness.

So in order to overcome these challenges and other difficulty factors of the expedition, you need to make the preparations, train properly, stay hydrated (recommended limit 3- 4 liters/ per day), eat a balanced diet, and pay proper heed to any symptoms of the altitude sickness. For a comfortable and enjoyable experience on this trek, you are recommended to train at least 4- 6 weeks prior to the actual expedition.

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15 Days Outline Itinerary Nar Phu Valley Trek

Day 01: Drive to Dharapani ( 8-9hrs; 1860m)

Day 02: Trek to Koto (5- 6 hours; 2,610 meters)

Day 03: Trek to Meta ( 7- 8 hours;  3,560 meters)

Day 04: Trek to Kyang  (5 hours; 3,720 meters)

Day 05: Trek to Phu ( 5 hours; 4,050 meters)

Day 06: Exploration day in Phu visit Samdu Choling and Tashi Monastery  ( 4,050 meters)

Day 07: Trek from Phu to Lower Cheyako (6 hours; 3,450 meters)

Day 08: Trek to Nar ( 6 hours; 4,110 meters )

Day 09: Trek to Kangla Phedi ( 5 hours;  4,530 meters)

Day 10: Trek to Ngawal via Kangla Pass (8 hours; 3,660 meters)

Day 11: Trek to Manang (6 hours; 3,800 meters)

Day 12: Manang to Yak Kharka (4 hours; 4,110 meters)

Day 13: Trek to Thorong Phedi (4 hours; 4,600 meters)

Day 14: Trek to Muktinath via Thorong La Pass ( 8 hours; 3,800 meters)

Day 15: Drive to Pokhara from Muktinath ( 9 hours; 820 meters)

Itinerary

Kathmandu Elevation: 1,350 meters/ 4,429 feet

Dharapani Elevation: 1,860 meters/ 6,200 feet

Elevation Gain: 510 meters/ 1,673 feet

Kickstarting your Nar Phu Valley Trek, on the first day of this adventure, you will drive from Kathmandu to Dharapani. It is a scenic day’s drive today as you move along the Prithvi Highway passing the soaring Trisuli and Marsyangdhi Rivers. You will pass through numerous charming settlements, waterfalls, and high hills enjoy the views of the Himalayas on the left corner.

It's a long day’s drive today, you will leave the main road heading toward the Pokhara and drive north making your way toward Besisahar. From here it is an uphill drive that will lead you past Chame and finally to the Dharapani. This will be your resting destination tonight after a long day’s drive.

Driving Hours: 8- 9 hours

Dharapani Elevation: 1,860 meters/ 6,200 feet

Koto Elevation: 2,610 meters/ 8,563 feet

Elevation Gain: 750 meters/ 2,460 feet

Your trekking adventure in the Nar Phu Valley Trek will finally start on Day 2 of your adventure, leaving Dharapani behind, you will follow the scenic trail alongside the pine and fir forest. You will make your way across several monasteries and traditional high Himalayan villages heading toward Bagarchhap.

In this trekking route, you will be able to enjoy the stunning views of Annapurna II, Annapurna IV, and Lamjung Himal. Moving ahead, your trekking trail will again pass through pine and fir forests stretching all the way to Koto, a traditional village inhabited by the people from Gruurng ethnicity.

Trek Duration: 5- 6 hours

Koto Elevation: 2,610 meters/ 8,563 feet

Meta Elevation: 3,560 meters/ 11,680 feet

Elevation gain: 950 meters/ 3,116 feet

On Day 3’s scenic trekking adventure in your Nar Phu Valley Trek, you will follow the bank of the Soti Khola passing through lush pine and fir forest. You will traverse across several suspension bridges and pass through the rarely-visited traditional valley above the Phu River. Moving ahead on the trail across many small caves, your path will lead you toward Dharamsala.

From here, you will follow an ascending path for about an hour and a half through the lush forest to finally reach the beautiful Meta Village on the Tibetan Plateau. From this traditional Tibetan culture-influenced village, you will be able to enjoy the spectacular views of the Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal.

Trek Duration: 7- 8 hours

Meta Elevation: 3,560 meters/ 11,680 feet

Kyang Elevation: 3,720 meters/ 12,204 feet

Elevation Gain: 160 meters/ 524 feet

Continuing your trekking adventure, on Day 4 of your Nar Phu Valley, you leave Meta behind following an easy path through the river basin. Passing the confluence of the Lbase and Phu Rivers, you will follow the Phu River moving toward the north, about two hours of gradual ascend will lead you to the Junam Goth.

Moving further ahead in your trekking route, you will make your way to Lower Chyako and Upper Chyako and finally reach Kyang Village, your resting destination tonight. This beautiful traditional village is situated on a flat surface beside a river and from here, you will be able to enjoy the incredible views of the Himalayan massifs like Chulu, Pisang, Annapurna, and Lamjung Himal.
Trek Duration: 4- 5 hours

Kyang Elevation: 3,720 meters/ 12,204 feet

Phu Elevation: 4,050 meters/ 13,287 feet

Elevation Gain: 330 meters/ 1,082 feet

Today’s trekking adventure takes you on gently inclining trails as you make your way alongside the Phu River. Your trekking up ahead on Day 5 of the Nar Phu Valley Trek will open up to a wider Manang region as well as Phu Village, both of which fall under ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project).

If you are lucky, you might also get the opportunity to witness Blue Sheep, which is pretty common in this route. Moving further ahead, you will navigate along the rocky terrains and move across several landslide-prone areas to finally arrive at the Phu Village. Like your earlier destinations, you will end this day’s trekking adventure on a high note with magnificent views of the Annapurna, Pisang, and Himlung Himal.
Trek Duration: 4- 5 hours

Phu Elevation: 4,050 meters/ 13,287 feet

As you have ascended over a significant altitude in your Nar Phu Valley trekking adventure, Day 6 will be your acclimatization day in the expedition. You need to properly acclimatize to the rising altitude before proceeding further, you are recommended to do physical activities during your acclimatization day, so we will be doing some short hikes today.

You will do early morning hikes to Samdu Choling and Tashi Monastery immersing in the spiritual vibe of the region. From the vantage point of the hiking point on this acclimatization day, you will be also able to enjoy the stunning views of the Annapurna Massifs and the Lamjung Himal.

Phu Elevation: 4,050 meters/ 13,287 feet

Lower Cheyako Elevation: 3,450 meters/ 11,316 feet

Elevation Loss: 600 meters/ 1,968 feet

Day 7’s adventure in your Nar Phu Valley trek will be a bit like retracing your steps back on your trekking route. Leaving the traditional Phu Village behind, you will follow a slightly descending trekking trail making your way toward the Kyang Village. Proceeding further up ahead in your trekking trail, you will make your way to Chyakhu (3,800 meters) passing through scenic forest and enjoying breathtaking panoramic views of the lower basin.

From Chyakhu, you will follow the descending trail for about an hour and will pass a Buddhist monastery before finally arriving at Lower Cheyako. You will enjoy your overnight stay at a comfortable teahouse here.

Trek Duration: 5- 6 hours

Lower Cheyako Elevation: 3,450 meters/ 11,316 feet

Nar Valley Elevation: 4,110 meters/ 13,480 feet

Elevation Gain: 660 meters/ 2,165 feet

Starting your adventure early in the morning, in this day’s trekking adventure in your Nar Phu Valley Trek, you will follow the trail of the Lower Cheayaku making your way toward the Jhunum Village. Moving across the traditional villages with Buddhist monasteries and chortens, you push forward for Yughat, the first entrance gate of the Nar Valley.

Traversing further up ahead through mani walls and another entrance gate, you will finally arrive at the Nar Village. Thai high Himlayan village is pretty much similar to the Phu Village with similar climatic conditions and geographic features. Enjoying the lively lifestyle of the natives in this beautiful village, you will relish the astonishing up-close views of the Pisang and several other adjacent peaks, as you settle in for the night.

Trek Duration:5- 6 hours

Nar Valley Elevation: 4,110 meters/ 13,480 feet

Kangla Phedi Elevation: 4,530 meters/ 14,858 feet

Elevation Gain: 420 meters/ 1,377 feet

Day 9 is a short day’s trekking adventure in your Nar Phu Valley Trek, however, it is still a physically demanding trekking trail as you move toward Kangla Phedi, one of the highest elevation points of this adventure. You are recommended to take it slow and stay hydrated throughout the adventure.

Starting your adventure in the morning after a hearty breakfast, you will make your way toward Jhombu Kharka during the first part of this adventure. From here, you will follow an inclining route that stretches all the way to Kangla Phedi. As there are no settlements between the two points of this day’s trekking adventure, it is an experience in the complete wilderness amidst the rugged terrains.

Trek Duration: 4- 5 hours

Kangla Phedi Elevation: 4,530 meters/ 14,858 feet

Kangla Pass Elevation: 5,306 meters/ 17,403 feet

Ngawal Elevation: 3,660 meters/ 12,004 feet

Elevation Gain: 776 meters/ 2,545 feet

Out of the two 5,000-meter Himalayan passes in your entire Nar Phu Valley Trek, you will overcome the first significant elevation jump points of your adventure on this day. Leaving the Kangla Phedi behind, you will follow the inclining route of this magnificent Himalayan pass. From the vantage point of the Kangla Pass, you will be able to enjoy the breathtaking views of the gems in the Himalayas like Gangapurna, Tilicho, Annapurna, Chulu, and Kangla Himal.

After immersing in the ambiance of this high Himalayas pass you will follow the descending trail toward Ngawal Village. It will take about three hours of downhill descent alongside a brightly decorated trail with Buddhist flags and small chortens to finally arrive at this charming Himalayan village.

Trek Duration: 7- 8 hours

Ngawal Elevation: 3,660 meters/ 12,004 feet

Manang Elevation: 3,800 meters/ 12,464 feet

Elevation Gain: 140 meters/ 459 feet

In the trekking adventure of Day 11 in your Nar Phu Valley trek, you will follow the scenic trekking trails alongside the banks of the Marsyangdhi River as you make your way toward Manang. You will traverse across the lush forest and traditional villages like Paugh and Braga perched on the side of the mountain with unusual stone buildings.

You will also be able to enjoy the incredible views of the Annapurna massifs and Tilicho Peak as you move along the trekking route. Pushing forward in your trekking route, you will finally arrive at Mungli which indicates that you have entered the standard trails of the second most popular trekking destination in the country. Moving further up ahead in your trekking route, you will then reach Manang, your resting destination tonight.

Trek Duration: 5- 6 hours

Manang Elevation: 3,800 meters/ 12,464 feet

Yak Kharka Elevation: 4,110 meters/ 13,484 feet

Elevation Gain: 310 meters/ 1,017 feet

Moving ahead with your inkling route on Day 12’s adventure in your Nar Phu Valley Trek, you will pass through the lush juniper and pine forest traversing across wide yak pastures heading toward Yak Kharka. During the first part of this day’s adventure, you will follow the trail leaving Marshyangdi Valley behind and making your way toward the Jar Sang Khola Valley.

Moving past the wide yak pasture and juniper village, you will head toward the small Himlayan village of Gunsan. The natives of these villages rear yaks and horses, you will also occasionally pass among the yak and horse herds grazing on the pastures. During the last stretch of this day’s adventure, you will traverse across a small wooden bridge and follow an inclining path that stretches all the way to the serene wide meadow known as Yak Kharka.
Trek Duration: 3- 4 hours

Yak Kharka Elevation: 4,110 meters/ 13,484 feet

Thorong Phedi Elevation: 4,600 meters/ 15,092 feet

Elevation Gain: 490 meters/ 1,607 feet

Moving along with your gradual trekking route, on Day 13 of your Nar Phu Valley Trek, you will leave the Yak Kharka behind and head toward the base of the Thorong La Pass. You will follow your trekking trail on the ridge and make your way to the bank of the Marsyangdhi River.

Proceeding further in your trekking route, you will cross a wooden bridge of the river and continue your trek on the mountain path following a narrow trail across a slope. The descending path up ahead will finally lead you to the Thorong Phedi, on this day’s trekking trail, you have a high chance of witnessing the snow leopard, blue sheep, and the Lammergeyer, the bearded vulture. Overnight stay at Thorong Phedi.

Trek Duration: 3- 4 hours

Thorong Phedi Elevation: 4,600 meters/ 15,092 feet

Thorong La Pass Elevation: 5,416 meters/ 17,764 feet

Muktinath Elevation: 3,800 meters/ 12,467 feet

Elevation Gain: 816 meters/ 2,677 feet

Day 14 in your Nar Phu Valley Trek is another exciting day’s adventure where you traverse across another high Himalayan pass, Thorong La Pass. Starting your adventure after breakfast, you will move on the steep climbing trail through the icy air of the high altitude. However, the view from the top of this high Himlayan pass will be rewarding as you will be able to enjoy the panoramic views of the Himalayan peaks extending all the way on the north to Tibet, Annapurna massifs at the back and several other adjacent peaks.

Enjoy the incredible views of the Himalayas, you will move along with your descending route to the sacred Muktinath Temple. This temple with 108 water sprouts is of great significance to both Hindu and Buddhist religions. It will take about 3- 4 hours for you to descend down from this magnificent pass to arrive at Muktinath, your resting destination tonight.

Trek Duration: 7- 8 hours

Muktinath Elevation: 3,800 meters/ 12,467 feet

Pokhara Elevation: 820 meters/ 2,690 feet

Elevation Loss: 2,980 meters/ 9,776 feet

Day 15 in your Nar Phu Valley trek is the conclusive day of this epic Himalayan adventure. Wrapping up your remarkable expedition, you will drive to Pokhara from Muktinath.

It's a scenic day drive today as you pass across diverse landscapes from lush forests, soaring rivers, and charming waterfalls to fascinating terraced farms as you move along your driving route headed toward the city of the lakes. After your arrival at this popular tourist hub in Nepal, you can stroll around the lakes, check out some cafes, and pubs, and enjoy the nightlife of this vibrant city.

Drive Duration: 8- 9 hours

FAQs About Nar Phu Valley Trek

Where is Nar Phu Valley?

Nar Phu Valley is located in the Manang region in the western part of Nepal and is located adjacent to the towering Annapurna massifs.

How long is Nar Phu Valley Trek?

The Nar Phu Valley Trek can last somewhere between 12 to 18 days depending on the itinerary plans.

Do I have to hire a guide for this trek?

Yes, hiring a guide has been made a mandatory requirement by the authorities for any kind of trekking adventure in Nepal since 1st April 2023.

What is the cost of Nar Phu Valley Trek?

The cost of the Nar Phu Valley trek ranges from US$ 900- US$ 1,500 depending on the trek durations, highlight exploration, and quality of services and amenities.

Can a beginner do Nar Phu Valley Trek?

Yes with an adequate level of preparation and determination, anyone can easily complete this trek.

What is the maximum age for Nar Phu Valley Trek?

Although there is no age restriction for the Nar Phu Valley Trek, however considering the exploration of the Himalayan passes, the best-recommended age would be 18- 55 with good health condition.

Do you need technical skills for Nar Phu Valley Trek?

Although you will trek over two of the highest Himalayan passes in this adventure, you don’t need any kind of technical skills.

What are the permits required for Nar Phu Valley Trek?

To do this trek, you will need permits like a Restricted Area Permit for the Nar Phu Valley, Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Permit, and TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) Card.

Where can you get permits for Nar Phu Valley Trek?

You can obtain all the necessary permits for this Himalayan adventure from the Nepal Tourism Board office located in Kamladi, Kathmandu.

Is this trek safe?

As you will be entering the restricted area, you cannot trek in the region without a guide, so most definitely traveling with a trekking guide is the most safest way to do this trek.

Cost Includes and Excludes

Cost Includes

  • Night stay at 3-star (Maya Boutique Hotel) in Kathmandu
  • Night stay at 3-star Hotel in Pokhara
  • Government-licensed trekking guide proficient in the English language
  • Full Board Meal during the trekking expedition (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner)
  • Accommodation at teahouse/ lodge during the trek
  • Kathmandu to Dharapani by local bus
  • Muktinath to Pokhara by local bus
  • Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) permit to enter the protected area
  • Permit of the restricted area during the expedition
  • Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) Card, mandatory permit for the trek
  • Trekking equipment like a duffle bag, down jacket, and sleeping if needed (should be returned after the trek)
  • First aid kit with basic medication and oximeter
  • Our official package cost also includes all the government expenses like Tax, VAT, as well as our service charges

Cost Excludes

  • Tourist visa fee (issued upon arrival at the airport or can be booked online)
  • Travel insurance (compulsory for the trek)
  • Lunch and dinner cost during your stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Any personal nature expenses like drinks, internet, charging, hot showers, laundry, etc.
  • Tipping the guide and porters (15% of the total cost is expected)
  • Any expenses head that are not included in the Cost Includes section

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Trip Info

  • Public/Private Vehicle
  • 2 - 20 Pax Max
  • 5,416 meters
  • Moderate
  • Difficult
  • Spring/Autumn
  • 15 Days
  • Kathmandu/Pokhara
  • Hotel/Lodge/Tea House

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