Nar Phu Trek

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Nar Phu valley trek

Nar Phu Trip Summary

    1. Nar Phu Trek Length: 12 Days
    2. Nar Phu Trek Difficulty : Easy to Moderate
    3. Kang La Pass Altitude: 5,320m / 17,455 feet
    4. Walk Hours: 6 Hours daily
    5. Group-Size: 2 – 25 People
    6. Best Time Hike: March, April, May, October, and November
    7. Trip Mode: Local Guest House
    8. Meals on Trekking: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
    9. Transportation: Car/Plane/bus

Overview

The Nar Phu trek is a very special trekking route in Nepal that offers magnificent Himalayan vistas, unique cultures, traditions, and typical lifestyles. Remote Nar Phu villages are protected areas inside the Annapurna massive. Hike Nar and Phu [or phoo], Tourists need to obtain permits through a fully registered trek agency with certified Trekking Guides.

At Nar Phu trek, sightseers can see the medieval Tibetan culture in undisturbed form, a dramatic mountain view, and a great alpine landscape. Furthermore, Kang la pass is a challenging trek located 17,455 feet above the sea. It gives you a flavor of typical local cultures and lifestyles.

nar village trekking

The Nar Phu valley trek route is possible to explore as a lodge trek. Kang la is the highest hill that we need to cross. As you are on the top of Kangla pass, you will have a magnificent view of Annapurna II, Gangapurna, and Tilicho peak with many other snow-covered mountains. Once you made Kang la pass, you might continue either hike at Tilicho lake or to Annapurna circuit trekking crossing over Thorong La pass or descend downhill to Besi Sahar. The distance of the entire trek is about 75 miles.

Besides that, with highland and remote Tibetan villages built of stone, the Nar Phu village is ideal for a monsoon trek in Nepal. Similarly, it is also good for visitors who are looking for an isolated trek experience.

meta village

To trek into Nar Phoo village, you need to have a special permit issued by the department of immigration of Nepal. Travelers can experience pure Tibetan Buddhism practice while traveling into the Trans-Himalayan region. At the Nar Phu village trek, you can perceive barren landscapes with holy Buddhist lama and gompas.

Adenture Kang la pass is a top hill station that creates an amazing view around the Annapurna Mountains. As you are on the top of Kangla pass, you will have a breathtaking view of the Annapurna family which are Annapurna II, Gangapurna, and Tilicho peaks. It is a challenging trek that gives an adventurous enjoyment as well as typical local cultures and lifestyles. Hike to Nar Phu Valley is possible to explore as a lodge trek for a couple of years.

Nar phu valley trek

After Nar and Phu village excursion, we continue over Thorong la pass trekking or Tilicho pass trekking or descend down to Besisahar by local jeep. The distance of the entire trek is about seventy-five miles.

Furthermore, you can also continue to Jomsom via Thorong La Pass massif appears remote and forbidding. Nar Phu valley trek is popular as a non-touristic destination and also rich in typical cultural heritage. Nar Phu village excursion is possible at any time (except winter months) throughout the year.

Moreover, Nar and Phu valley trek is a non-touristic, isolated beaten path trek rich in cultural heritage. Hike Nar and Phu is possible to do at any time except in late December, January, February & March but in other months, you can do nar Phu hiking at any time throughout the year.

monastery tour

How much is the Nar Phu Trek Package Cost/Price?

The cost of Nar Phu valley trek package with a Gokyo Treks Company (local trekking agency) ranges between US$ 875 to US$ 1198. Obviously, Nar Phu trek cost depends upon the group size you are traveling with. Taking a private jeep from Manang to Besisahar saves your time and riding the local bus reduces the trip expenses. We also offer some discount deals to tour leaders, especially during the slow hiking season. For example, if you could bring 10+ travelers (besides you) to your trip, you are treated as a group leader. So you can hike the Nar and Phu villages free of cost.

However, we often arrange private trips in order to avoid group tours with unknowns. A private wilderness tour gives you a better experience on your hikes. If you value personalization, flexibility, and in-depth experiences, a private trip customized to your personal needs will be the best option.

It is the standard trip package cost for 12 days of Nar Phu trek. If you 2 explorer Nar Phu Trek cost US$ 995 for 12 days trek according to the given trekking plan. We can modify the trek route and the costs according to your wishes also. Here is the price list for Nar Phu valley treks.

12 days Nar Phu valley Trek Cost Per Person.

Number of TouristPrice Per Person
1 PersonUS$ 1198
2 PersonUS$ 995
3 PersonUS$ 995
4 to 6 personUS$ 970
7 to 9 PersonUS$ 925
10 and more than 10 PersonUS$ 875

If you’re wondering to know about what is included and what is excluded on this trip price, kindly check on Nar Phu’s cost given on a tab button.

Itinerary

Nar Phu trek 12 days itinerary details

Our Nar Phoo village trekking itinerary compared to most walks into the mystical Annapurna trans Himalayan Region in North-West Nepal. The particular route is planned for world explorers who wish to Nar Phu valley hike in a relaxed manner, try this itinerary. Although, if you are planning with limited time-wise and if the trip itinerary does not suit you then request us for a custom itinerary.

1 Day Arrival at Kathmandu valley

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, Tribhuwan International Airport, we will receive you in a private vehicle and drop you at the hotel in Kathmandu. Our representative will brief you Nar and Phu valley trek plan.

2 DayKathmandu to Besisahar Bus. Local Jeep to Dharapani village (1,860m/6,103 feet), 8/9 hours

Early morning drive to Gongabu Bus station to get a coach for Besi Sahar Bazaar through Prithvi Highway with Micro Bus. From Besisahar onwards, you take a local jeep (reserve the private jeep cost will be extra) to Dharapani village. Drive across the scenic valley, gorges, River, greenery local villages, and good-looking mountain scenery. If you are overland driving with reserving a private jeep to Dharapani, just stop for a couple of minutes for a photo shot of Syange waterfall and sightseeing around. We continue our drive through the Marshyangdi river valley mostly climbing before arriving at Tal. We enter the Manang district trail and continue across barley, rice, potato fields, and pine forests. We reach Dharapani in the late afternoon.

jeep drive
3 DayKoto village trek (2,600m/8,530 feet), 6 hours.

The nature trail goes through and fir forest and follows the river for a time among the higher oak and maple trees. En route, you will have a superior sight of the mountains. Koto is a gateway to exploring Nar Phu valley trekking in the Annapurna.

4 DayKoto to Meta trekking (3,625m/11,893 feet), 7/8 hours

Trekkers walk through a steep and constrictive hiking path through the dense forest. Later traverse the river and pass through out the lovely pine forest with a wide waterfall before reach at Meta village.

5 DayPhu village trek (4,110m/13,485 feet), 6/7 hours.

The Phu village trek route goes ahead with a good view of the magnificent Nar Phedi monastery. Hike about 90 minutes through scenic canyons and gorges, you’ll reach a monolith that guards the steep trail to Phu. Reaching there, you can get the first view of the three villages in the area as well as the old “dzong” (Tibetan-style fortress). It remains of two ruined forts, impressively situated atop the flatlands before the village. You can make a short walk up to the famous Tashi Lhakhang Gompa to pay respects to Lama Karma Sonam Rimpoche who came to Nepal with the Dalai Lama in 1959.

6 Day Acclimatisation day in Phu. Hike to Himlung Base Camp (4,905m/16,093 feet), 8 hours

An acclimatization day in Phu village is recommended to avoid high altitude sickness. Interested hikers can hike to Himlung base camp through a glacial valley. Explore the village and further Hike to Himlung Base Camp. Himlung mountain at 7,125m is a famous expedition in the Himalayas so often Nar Phu trekkers visit its base camp. In addition, Phu village itself is a fascinating village, and a day is well spent sitting with the villagers as they spin their yak and sheep wool, pound mustard seeds into a paste for oil, or go about their other daily chores. Lucky Tourists see herds of blue sheep skillfully clambering up the steep cliffs.

7 DayPhu village to Nar Phedi hiking (3,490m/11,450 feet), 5/6 hours Overnight in monastery.

Descend towards Meta direction, but turn off at the Nar Phedi monastery. We stay overnight at Nar because the rooms are clean and the nuns are friendly and welcoming. At about 5 pm, every day they perform a puja (a blessing ceremony), which you are welcome to witness.

8 Day Nar Phedi to Nar Village trek (4,110m/13,485 feet), 3/4 hours.

We walk along the windy path to Nar village. Cross a line of wonderfully painted, bamboo-topped chortens on the way into the ancient village. En route, you can see the village ‘square’ teeming with chatting women with their back-strap looms weaving wool fabric for rugs and blankets.

9 Day Cross Kang La pass trek (5,320m/17,455 feet). Descend to Ngwal (3,660m/12,008 feet), 6/7 hours.

We start kangla pass day hikes early in the morning to avoid windstorms. Cross Kang la hill station is the most impressive highlight of the entire Nar Phu journey. The Kangla top is just incredible in terms of View. The summit Kang la provides a stunning view of Pisang peak, Annapurna II, Gangapurna, Tilicho peak, and the scenic view of Hongdae airport. Crossing Kang La pass, we walk downhill to Nagwal village. Ngwal is a gateway to exploring the Annapurna circuit. Moreover, the village Ngawal is a trek route to Braga with a Buddhist class to teach monks, prayer wheels, and attractive architecture.

10 Day Dhukur Pokhari trek (3,060m/10,040 feet), 5/6 hours.

For the first part, we walk all the way downhill to reach upper Pisang, cross the Marshyangdi river bed, and can reach lower Pisang. Backpackers can visit a monastery in Upper Pisang if they wish. Travel through the flat valley along the bank of Marshyandi River passing pine trees, a farming terrace, and a beautiful village to get to Dhukur Pokhari. On your day tour, you will have an outstanding view of the Mountains, valleys, and the local inhabitants.

11 Day Descend downhill to Besisahar by local jeep ride.

Today, we drive all the way downhill to Besisahar. It’s about 4 hours of crazy drive to pass about 78 kilometers distance. During the drive, Tourists can see the majestic landscapes, just awesome. The trail from Besisahar to Manang or Manang to Besisahar is bumpy so it takes even more hours.

12 DayDrive out to Kathmandu, 7 hours. Final departure day

After breakfast, take a microbus back to Kathmandu city. Drop you at Kathmandu International Airport onward to your final destination and our Nar Phu trek ends. Wish you a wonderful journey.

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Cost

How much does the Nar Phu trek 12 days price?

Hike to Nar Phu is still a wilderness trekking part of the Annapurna zone. For the deluxe and luxury trekking tour plan, we add a 3 to 5-star hotel in Kathmandu with a breakfast plan. AND WE ARE OPEN TO CUSTOMIZING YOUR TOUR AND PACKAGE PRICE AS PER YOUR REQUIREMENTS. International tour leaders are highly encouraged to get discounts and attractive complimentary.

Amazing Nar Phu trek package price includes:-

  • Kathmandu international airport transfer on arrival by private vehicle.
  • 1-night double bedroom accommodation on a tourist standard hotel in Kathmandu.
  • 11 Breakfast, 11 Lunch and 11 Dinner at Kang La Pass nar phu valley trekking days.
  • Lodge accommodation at Nar and Phu valley trail.
  • Micro Bus transfer from Kathmandu – Besisahar & Return from Besisahar to Kathmandu.
  • Jeep transfer – Besisahar to Dharapni and from Dhukur Pokhari to Besisahar transfer (shared basis).
  • Fully escorted trek with English speaking license holder local trekking guide.
  • Extra assistant Guide for the group of 7 plus tourist.
  • Professional Porter (2 guest [max 12 kilos of each tourist luggage) = 1 porter basis). Because each porter could carry maximum of 24 kilos of tourist luggage.
  • Nar Phu Trek permit USD 100 for each person for each week.
  • Annapurna Conservation permits and their fees.
  • Trek completion certificate and the latest Nar Phu Trek Map, you keep them as a souvenir.
  • Food and accommodation, well-paid salary, and travel Insurance for Trekking Guides and porters.
  • Seasonal fruits like apple and pomegranates as a dessert after dinner for Nar Phu valley trekking.
  • Nepal Government Tax, VAT, and as well as Company service charge.

Nar Phu valley trek package excludes:

  • Nepal entry visa fees.
  • Lunch and Dinner during the staying in Kathmandu and Pokhara city.
  • Any kinds of battery charges, laundry service, phone calls and hot shower during the trekking.
  • Tourist personal trekking equipments including warm clothes
  • Personal nature expenses, all types of drinks and bar bills.
  • Travel Insurance which covers emergency rescue, evacuation, personal loss or damage.
  • Any donation and monuments entrance fees.
  • Travel Insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation.
  • Gratuities for guide and porters [Tip is a culture, so they expect highly].
  • Any other things which are not mentioned above

Group join

We can organize a private Nar Phu valley trek including the Kangla pass trek starting at any date that works for you. Please contact us for more information.

FAQ

Question: Do I need experience for Nar Phu trek?.

Answer: Actually not ! but it is better if you can walk around 4-5 hours in a day, with a lightweight daypack.

Question: Is pick up service available on my arrival day in Kathmandu?

Answer: Yes sure. Provide us with your flight details and request for pickup. Our representative will come to pick up you at Kathmandu international airport.

Question: Can I store my luggage/stuff in Kathmandu?

Answer: Yes, you can leave your luggage at your hotel or at our office. Store your stuff in the Gokyo Treks agency office is for free.

Question: Is the Nar Phu valley hiking Safe for the Female Trekkers?

Answer: Absolutely. Nepal is a safe country to travel to for women travelers; this trek is perfectly safe for female trekkers. We have been organizing the trek even for female travelers since its establishment.

Question: What kind of accommodation can I expect on Nar Phu Lodge treks?.

Answer: We provide tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu and during the trekking routes. The rooms at Nar and Phu hiking routes are basic & simply clean with a comfortable bed and blankets. However, we advise you to travel with a fresh and 4-season sleeping bag. If you have one with you otherwise, you may rent sleeping bags while you are shopping in Kathmandu.

Question: What kind of food can I expect in the rapid Nar Phu lodge trek?.

Answer: Every lodge, they have attached restaurants and they cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian such as Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, Rice and lentils, eggs, bread, soups, and fresh vegetables. Dinner and breakfast are provided in the same lodge you spend the night every day and Lunch provides on the way to the next place where you are going.

Question: What opportunities will I have to shower along the express Nar Phu wilderness route?.

Answer: Most of the lodges have a shower which you can get on pay. Moreover, if you are camping outdoors – we do provide you hot water bucket then you will take a bucket shower.

Question: How do I get drinking water on the Nar Phu valley route?.

Answer: All most every places there are hotel and shops where you can buy a bottle of mineral water to drink. But we advise against buying mineral water in plastic bottles, as currently there are no provisions for disposing of these. Instead, you can buy boiled water or bring aqua tablets to purify the normal water as the normal water is available at the campsite along the journey.

Question: Can I charge my digital camera or other batteries on my trip?.

Answer: In some places, you can get charging stations to recharge the battery. We recommend you bring an extra pair in case. Remember to bring adapters!

Question: Are there any communication facilities on Nar Phu lodge trek?.

Answer: In the Nar Phu route you can get telephone services in some places.

Question: Can I use credit cards in trekking?.

Answer: No! You need to have cash Nepali rupees because credit cards work only in the bigger city areas.

Question: When should I book my trip and what are the payment terms?.

Answer: Because our trips book up months in advance, we suggest booking early to avoid any kind of misunderstanding. We will, of course, make every effort to accommodate last-minute bookings.

And regarding the deposit, we prefer a 20% advance deposit of the total price of the trip in order to confirm your reservation before you arrive in Nepal. And the rest of the payment can be made after your arrival in Nepal.

Question: Who will carry my luggage on the Nar Phu trekking?.

Answer: We provide porters to transfer your baggage. As we are a responsible trekking travel bureau agency, each of our porters carries a maximum of 25 kilos of your backpack which means 2 guests (12.5 kg luggage of each guest): 1 porter basis.

Question: How much distance do I walk each day?

Answer: When walking in the mountains, the distance you cover each day can vary greatly due to gradient, terrain, and altitude. As such it is very hard to give specific distances for each day, however, you have to be prepared to walk roughly about 5 hours each day.

Question: Do I need walking poles?.

Answer: It is better to safely hike with walking poles. Learn how to use trekking poles for balance and stability, whether on the sidewalk or on trails. Walking poles can help prevent slips and falls. They are just recommended but not compulsory.

Question: How much additional money do I need per day?

Answer: You can allocate US$ 08 – 10 for a lunch/dinner in Kathmandu and it depends on your spending habits. US$ 7 to 10 US$ each day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, tea coffee, and some drinks while you are on your trek.

Nar Phu Trek Review

An excellent agency in Kathmandu

Rated 5 out of 5
April 17, 2022

This really is an excellent agency managed by Ammar. Extremely helpful and honest. We’ve know each other for several years and he has always provided us with the best services such as guides, porters… We’ve been in the Kumbu several times, Mustang, Annapurna, Manaslu, Naar Phu.

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Anne Claire, France

Around Manaslu and Nar-Phu Valley

Rated 5 out of 5
December 30, 2019

Around Manaslu is a trekking tour with fascinating landscape and lovely villages.Nar-Phu Valley is also named “lost valleys” a very remote region feeling like a journey to past times. To cross Larkya La (5100m) and Kangla La (5320m) are exhausting days, but you will be rewarded with beautiful views, a sense of achievement and a pleasant tiredness in the evening.

Our guide Kamal became a friend the porter was friendly and reliable.

Ammar (head of Gokyo Treks) managed all our wishes excellent. He procured the permits organized the vehicles and domestic flights and last but not least his staff is excellent. We travelled with Gokyo Treks already 2017 in Khumbu region. We were very satisfied with both trips and will again use the services of Gokyo Treks at the next visit to Nepal.

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Ingeborg Wolfsgruber JOHANNES

Response from Gokyo Treks Nepal

Dear Ingeborg Wolfsgruber Johannes, Innsbruck town, Austria

Thanks a lot for your time writing us an excellent review of the Manaslu circuit combined with the NAR PHU trek 5,320 meters above the sea level in Nepal with our guide and porters. So, we are very much pleased that you are highly satisfied and writing us an excellent experience exploring Nepal. Be in touch as we are looking forward to serving you again for your next holidays in Nepal Himalayas!

With best regards, Ammar Raj Guni

Nar Phu and Kang la Pass Trek

Rated 5 out of 5
April 21, 2019

We were college friends who went to Nar Phu valley trek with Gokyo Treks & Expedition agency in early April 2019. They were honest and booked everything for us like booking hotels, guide, permits, transportation..etc.

Our guide was Ram, speaks very good English and 3 other porters were super friendly. My experience with Ammar and his team is brilliant. They planned well for our nar phu hikes. Thank you Ammar and team once again for making our summit successful.

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Bikesh Chakraborty

Response from Gokyo Treks Nepal

Namaste dear Bikesh Chakraborty, from Calcutta, University.

Thanks a lot for your time to write us about Nar Phu valley trekking in Nepal. We are very happy and be in touch as we are looking forward to serving you again for your other holidays in Nepal Himalayas!

With best regards, Ammar Raj Guni

Nar Phu Trek with Gokyo Treks Agency

Rated 5 out of 5
March 11, 2017

We did the Nar-Phu valley Trek with Gokyo Treks & the Expedition office in late May 2018. The experience was great and very well planned. Our guide Kamal was great. He did very good care of us and made our trip amazing.

He also took care of all things while allowing us to have the space to change plans and decide on extra things for ourselves. Also, a very very friendly and funny guy. The Manager of Gokyo treks was flexible too with the fast answering of all of our questions. He helped to manage our trip in the best way which made us very safe and happy.

Beautiful trek with great scenery of Nar Phu with adventure Kang la pass. Learned a lot of Nepali phrases, cuisine, and mountain lifestyles. An overall very friendly service so we highly recommend it.

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Lisa Schreiner, Freiburg city, Germany.

Response from Gokyo Treks Nepal

Namaste dear Lisa Schreiner, Freiburg City, Germany.

Thanks a lot for your time to write us the Nar phu valley trekking in Nepal. We are very happy and be in touch as we are looking forward to serve you again for your other holidays in Nepal Himalayas!

With best regards, Ammar Raj Guni

Nar Phu trek highlights

The Nar Phu Valley journey is a genuinely Himalayan wild experience that is however extraordinary as it could be stupendous. It brings travelers into a couple of valleys wrapped up among Manaslu and Annapurna locales in the Himalayan reach in Nepal. With an extreme wild involvement with one of the least visited pieces of Nepal, you ought to put the Nar Phu Valley journey on your rundown.

This journey comprises two districts; the Nar Valley and the Phu Valley and it extends among Annapurna and the Manaslu locale, offering a delightful blend of pristine Himalayan nature, snow-crested peaks, and a true lifestyle that traces all the way back to old times. However, find some interesting things to know about the Nar Phu Trek trail that perhaps you never know before.

  • Nar Phu valley offers picturesque villages and turbulent river gorges with delightful waterfalls.
  • Rainshadow or the Trans Himalayan region of Nepal where has less rain.
  • Less Tourist off the beaten path treks in Nepal.
  • Impressive journey to explore Himlung Himal and the landscapes
  • Kang la 5315m valley offers an awesome view of the whole Annapurna Himalayan ranges.
  • Exotic hidden villages “Nar and Phu”, Many ancient monasteries and chortens.
  • Visit old Buddhist monastery in Braga village – Explore beautiful Manang village
  • Encounter with wild Monkeys, Musk deer, snow leopards and blue sheep, and many other wild creatures

Nar and Phu valley Trek Permits

In order to take the Nar Phu Valley Trek, you’ll need to get a restricted area permit. This costs US$ 75 per person per week between December to August and US$ 100 per person per week between September and November. The permit is arranged through a tourist agency (Gokyo Treks & Expedition) via the Department of Immigration. And it’s also mandatory to hire a guide to explore this region at least.

Nar Phu trek notes

Above Nar Phu valley trek route subject to change due to a condition beyond our control. Likewise, Nar Phu trek solo is possible only with sharing permits with other travelers. Because Nar and Phu valley is under the protected zone in Nepal. As soon you have permits on your hand, you can hike the Nar Phu trek as per your wishes. This is a Guideline showing tentative camp night stops. Physical, technically expert, and natural conditions may change the above itineraries.

What makes Nar Phu trek special?

Opportunities for challenging trekking or hiking and pleasant strolls are scattered all over this planet. You just need to know where to find them. We at Gokyo Treks and Expedition believe in high-quality service. Your safety and satisfaction is our concern. We are a team of professional, experienced, and licensed local guides who know the destination much better than others.

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4 - 6 USD 970
7 - 9 USD 925
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