Nar Phu Trek
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Nar Phu Trip Summary
- Nar Phu Trek Length: 11 Days
- Kang La Pass Altitude: 5,320m / 17,455 feet
- Walk Hours: 6 Hours daily
- Group-Size: 2 – 15 People
- Best Time Hike: March, April, May, October, and November
- Trip Mode: Local Guest House
- Meals on Trekking: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
- Transportation: Car/Plane/bus
The Nar Phu trek is a very special trekking route in Nepal that offers magnificent Himalayan vistas, unique culture, traditions, and typical lifestyles. Kang la at 5,320m is the highest elevation where you will have a stunning view of Annapurna II, Gangapurna, and Tilicho peak with many other snow-covered mountains in a range.
Nar and Phu villages are protected areas inside the Annapurna massive that requires Restricted Area Permits (RAP). Hikers can see the medieval Tibetan culture in undisturbed form, a dramatic mountain view, and a great alpine landscape.
Although Kang La is a challenging pass to cross but it doesn’t require any special training and previous experience. It’s a lodge basis trek thus we stay in their warm guest houses. Besides that, with highland and remote Tibetan villages situated in the Trans Himalayan territory, Hike to Nar Phu is an ideal also for a monsoon trek in Nepal.
Your footsteps to Nar Phu valley is popular as a less tourist destination where you experience the rich in Buddhism cultural and rural heritages. Nar Phu village excursion is possible at any time (except winter months) throughout the year.Likewise, Traveler’s either continue to hike at Tilicho lake or to Annapurna circuit trekking crossing over Thorong La pass or descend downhill to Besi Sahar. And visit nar and phu village trekking distance is 75 miles approximately with you can complete within 10 to 11 days hikes.
How much is the Nar Phu Trek Package Cost/Price?
The cost of the Nar Phu valley trek package with a Gokyo Treks local trekking agency ranges between US$ 899 to US$ 1398. Obviously, the Nar Phu trek cost depends upon the group size you are traveling to and the mode of transportation you choose along the journey. Taking a private jeep from Manang to Besisahar saves your time and riding the local bus reduces the trip expenses. Typically, this figure price includes transportation, a guide, porters, food and accommodation, hiking permits (all), and hotel facilities.
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) on your trip, you are treated as a group leader. So you can hike the Nar and Phu villages on 50% discounts.
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’s a standard trip with a cheap package cost for 11 days trek in the Nar Phu valley. If you are 2 explorers Nar Phu Trek cost US$ 1050 for 11 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 the Nar Phu valley treks.
Price Per Person for 11 days Nar Phu Trek Package.
|Number of Tourist
|Price Per Person
|4 to 6 person
|7 to 9 Person
|10 and more than 10 Person
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Nar Phu trek 11 days itinerary details
Explore the distinctiveness of our Nar Phoo village trekking itinerary in contrast to conventional Annapurna trans-Himalayan Region walks. This route caters to adventurous souls seeking a relaxed exploration of the Nar Phu valley. For those with time constraints or specific preferences, we also offer the flexibility of crafting a custom itinerary. Dive into a journey designed for global explorers eager to experience the tranquility of this mesmerizing region at their own pace.1 Day Arrival at Kathmandu valley
Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, our team will greet you and provide private transportation to your hotel in the city. You’ll receive a comprehensive briefing about the Nar and Phu valley trek plan from our knowledgeable representative, ensuring you’re fully prepared for the adventure ahead.
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 extra cost on US$ 115 per group of 6-7 people) to Koto village.
Drive across the scenic valley, gorges, River, greenery local villages, and gorgeous mountain scenery. If you are overland driving with reserving a private jeep to Koto, 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 off road and continue across barley, rice, potato fields, and pine and fir forests to Koto guest houses. Koto is a gateway to exploring Nar Phu valley trekking in the Annapurna section where we can stay overnight.
As you start your journey from Koto, the day trip is a challenging, narrow trail that winds through dense forests, gradually ascending through steep terrain. As the journey progresses, they cross rivers and journey through enchanting pine forests, passing by a breathtaking waterfall, culminating in the arrival at Meta village.
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.
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.
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 Phu and Nar village trekking, Trekker’s can perceive barren landscapes with holy Buddhist lama and gompas. At about 5 pm, every day they perform a puja (a blessing ceremony), which you are welcome to witness.
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.
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. Kang La top is just incredible in terms of View that 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.
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 the 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.
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.
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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How much does the Nar Phu trek 11 days price?
It’s 11 days wilderness adventure Nar Phu Trek price start at US$ 899 and might reach up to US$ 1398 per person on double occupancy basis. Taking a private 4WD jeep to and from Koto Checkpost saves your time and riding a local bus minimize the tour expenses. Gokyo Treks and Expedition agency notify this express Nar Phu Trek Package price for 2024 and 2025 based on group size you are travelling with.
For the deluxe and luxury trekking tour plan, we add 3-5 star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with a breakfast plan. Likewise, clean room with attached bathroom in the possible places on trekking. However, AND WE ARE OPEN TO CUSTOMIZING YOUR TOUR AND PACKAGE PRICE AS PER YOUR REQUIREMENTS.
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.
- 10 Breakfast serve with a cup of coffee/tea, 10 Lunch and 9 Dinner [main course] at Nar Phu valley trekking days.
- 9 Nights Lodge accommodation at Nar and Phu valley trekking trail.
- Micro Bus transfer from Kathmandu – Besisahar & Return from Besisahar to Kathmandu.
- Jeep transfer – Besisahar to Koto and return from Dhukur Pokhari to Besisahar transfer (sharing basis).
- Fully escorted trek with English-speaking license holder local trekking guide.
- Extra assistant Guide for the group of 7 plus tourists.
- Professional Porter (2 guests [max 12 kilos of each tourist luggage) = 1 porter basis). Because each porter could carry a maximum of 24 kilos of tourist luggage.
- Nar Phu Trek permits US$ 100 for each person for each week (special permit issued by the department of immigration of Nepal).
- Annapurna Conservation permit fee.
- TIMS permit for Nar and Phu valley trekking in Nepal.
- Food and accommodation, well-paid salary, and travel Insurance for Trekking Guides and porters.
- Seasonal fruits like apples and pomegranates as a dessert after dinner for Nar Phu valley trekking.
- Agency’s duffel bag (50 liters capacity) and hiking sticks if Necessary – return after the trek.
- Trek completion certificate – keep them as a souvenir.
- First aid medical kit including Oximeter to check your Oxygen level, Pulse rate to monitor every day to prepare for high altitude risk. However, in a worst case, help with all Helicopter Rescue and evacuation arrangements (but not the rescue bills).
- Nepal Government Tax, VAT, and as well as Company service charge.
Nar Phu valley trek package excludes:
- Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara city.
- Any kinds of battery charges, laundry service, phone calls, and hot showers during the trekking.
- Tourist personal trekking equipment 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 monument entrance fees.
- Travel Insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation.
- Gratuities for guide and porters [Tip is a culture, so they expect highly].
We can organize a private Nar Phu valley trek including the Kang la pass trek starting on any date that works for you. Please contact us for more information.
Question: Do I need experience for the Nar Phu trek?.
Answer: Actually not ! but it is better if you can walk around 4-5 hours 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 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 it on pay. Roughly, the guest houses will charge a shower cost is US$ 3-5 per person per shower.
Question: How do I get drinking water on the Nar Phu valley route?.
Answer: All most every place there are hotels 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 the 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 15% 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 24 kilos of your backpack which means 2 guests (12 kilos 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 for 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.
Highlights of Nar Phu Valley Trek
The Nar Phu Valley journey is a genuinely Himalayan wild experience that is however extraordinary as it could be stupendous. Nar Valley and the Phu Valley extends among the Annapurna that offers 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 facts to know about this trail that perhaps you never know before.
- Nar Phu valley offers picturesque villages and turbulent river gorges with delightful waterfalls. Rain shadow or the Trans Himalayan region of Nepal where has less rain.
- Fewer tourists 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
Best time for Nar and Phu valley trekking in Nepal
The best time for Nar and Phu Valley trek in Nepal is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months offer the most favorable weather conditions and stunning landscapes, making them the peak trekking seasons in the region. Here’s a breakdown of the seasons:
March, April and May are the spring session for holiday in Nepal. They are pre-monsoon season when the weather is generally stable, and the temperatures are mild. The valleys are lush and colorful with blooming flowers, and the skies are clear, offering excellent views of the surrounding peaks. However, prepare yourself with proper gears for occasional rainfall and be aware that higher altitudes may still have some lingering snow.
September, October and November are Autumn season for holiday in Nepal. Autumn season is the post-monsoon season when the weather is stable, and the skies are usually clear. The temperatures are pleasant, making it an ideal time for trekking.
The autumn months offer breathtaking mountain views, and the trails are relatively dry and less crowded compared to the spring season. It’s important to note that nights and mornings can be colder, especially at higher altitudes.
Both seasons have their advantages, and the choice between them depends on your preferences and priorities. Spring offers beautiful flora, while autumn provides clearer skies and more peaceful trails.
Likewise, Nar Phu valley trek is possible throughout the year except for January and February. During winter, the overall region is surrounded by a thick layer of snow, and it’s really challenging. Thus, we don’t advise you to trek in those winter months (December, January, and February) due to the risk of avalanches. Nevertheless, it’s also the months with some wonderful mountains and frozen lake views.
Nar and Phu valley trek difficulty
The Nar and Phu Valley trek in Nepal is considered to be a moderately challenging trek in the Himalayas. It involves hiking through remote and less-frequented areas of the Annapurna region, where the terrain can be rugged and the trails can be steep and uneven at times. It requires a good level of physical fitness, as you will be walking for several hours each day and ascending to high altitudes.
One of the main challenges of this hike is acclimatization, as you will be reaching altitudes above 4,000 meters (13,123 feet). It’s crucial to acclimatize properly to avoid altitude sickness. This trip also involves crossing high mountain passes, such as Kang La Pass (5,240 meters or 17,190 feet), which require endurance and proper planning.
However, with adequate preparation, including physical training and gradual acclimatization, the Nar and Phu Valley trek is a rewarding adventure. Stunning landscapes, remote villages, and cultural encounters with the local communities make it a unique and memorable experience for those who undertake it. Book your holiday trip with us in advance so can can serve you a professional team (guide and porters) to ensure safety and maximize enjoyment.
Permits require for Nar Phu valley Trekking
In order to hike into the Nar and Phu Valley, Traveler’s need Annapurna conservation permits which will be US$ 26 per person. Likewise, You also need a TIMS permit (Trekker’s information Management System) which will cost US$ 18 Per Person.
On the top of those 2 permits, you also need a Restricted Area Permit (RAP). This costs US$ 75 per person per week between December to August and US$ 100 per person per week between September and November. We can arrange those permits through our Gokyo Treks & Expedition agency via the Department of Immigration of Nepal. And it’s also mandatory to hire a license guide to explore this region at least.
Notice for Nar Phu trek visitors
Above Nar Phu valley trek route is 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’s valley is under the protected zone in Nepal. As soon you have permits on your hand, you can hike the Nar Phu valley 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 hikes are scattered all over this planet. the Nar and Phu village trekking stands out as a special experience due to its pristine and unspoiled surroundings, rich cultural heritage, and the chance to explore a hidden gem in the Himalayas.
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.
Nar Phu Trek Review
An excellent agency in Kathmandu
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
Response from Gokyo Treks Nepal
Dear Anna Claire,
We are absolutely delighted by your wonderful review. Your satisfaction is of utmost importance to us, and we are overjoyed that you had a fantastic experience with our services. We can’t express how grateful we are for your kind words.
Your appreciation motivates us to continually strive for excellence in delivering exceptional Himalayan adventures. We eagerly look forward to serving you again on another remarkable trip in the near future. Your return will be a true pleasure for us.
Thank you once again for choosing us and for sharing your positive feedback. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any further questions or if there’s anything else we can assist you with.
Warm regards, Ammar Raj Guni
Around Manaslu and Nar-Phu Valley
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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