Nar Phu Valley Trek
Nar Phu Valley Trek Via hidden high Annapurna Himalaya
Nar Phu Valley Trek marvelous adventure on the hidden areas of high and beautiful Manang valley, which was closed for visitors for ages and has been opened for trekkers and explorer since last 1998. At present Nar-Phu Valley Trekking is slowly getting popular among trekkers due to its pristine wilderness within high peaks of Damodar Himal range.
Adventure to Nar-Phu Valley an excellent and scenic walk suitable for all types of travelers from beginners and as well for expert trekkers to witness its amazing and mystical culture and custom as it was since past hundred of centuries back of strong Tibetan traditional way of life interwoven with Buddhism.
Nar Phu Valley Trek begins with an exciting overland drive towards Lamjung and Manang district, with overnight stops on route trekking in the comfort of nice and cozy lodges with impressive views of high peaks of Annapurna and Damodar Himal.
This scenic walk follows the famous and popular Annapurna circuit trail for few days and then our route leads into complete wilderness towards high and hidden areas of Nar and Phu valley where you will have to explore the beautiful and scenic areas with its ancient Buddhist culture and monasteries.
From Nar our walk leads to cross a high pass of Kang-la to reach at Manang valley around its interesting villages and then our adventure heads towards Thorang-la pass, the highest point of the trek at 5,416 m and 17,700 ft high trekking in himalaya.
After Manang walk leads towards Mustang area visiting its holy areas of Muktinath with excellent views of Dhaulagiri and Tukuche peaks, as the walk follows towards Kaligandaki River valley at Jomsom a large town and headquarter of Mustang district, from this lovely town taking a short scenic flight to picturesque Pokhara where this marvelous adventure Nar-Phu Valley Trekking concludes with drive back to Kathmandu.
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu 1,315m | 4,270ft and transfer o hotel.
Day 02: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest.
Day 03: Drive to Jagat 1,290 m via Bhesisar 800 m – 08 hrs.
Day 04: Trek to Dharapani 1,920 m – 05 hours.
Day 05 Trek to Kotto 2,670m – 05 hours.
Day 06: Trek to Dharmasala 3,230 m – 05 hours.
Day 07: Trek to Kyang 3, 020 m – 05 hours.
Day 08 Trek to Phu village 4,080 m – 06hours.
Day 09: Rest day at Phu village to explore Phu Valley.
Day 10: Trek to Nar Phedi 3, 545 m – 06 hrs.
Day 11: Trek to Nar gaon 4,206 m – 06 hrs.
Day 12: Trek to Kang La Base Camp 4,530 m – 05 hrs.
Day 13: Cross Kangla Pass 5, 322 m trek to Ngawal 3,650 m – 07 hrs.
Day 14: Trek to Manang Village 3,450 m – 05 hrs.
Day 15: Trek to Yak Kharka 4,110 m – 04 hrs.
Day 16: Trek to Thorong High Camp 4,600 m – 04 hrs.
Day 17: Cross Thorong-La 5,416 m and to Muktinath 3,800 m – 07 hrs.
Day 18: Trek to Jomsom 2, 715 m – 04 hours.
Day 19: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara 860 m – 20 mins flight.
Day 20: Drive back to Kathmandu – 06 hrs.
Day 21: International departure for home ward bound.
Size of group: 2-6 people
Fitness level: Moderate
Arrival on: Kathmandu, Nepal
Departure from: Kathmandu, Nepal
Selected Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals during the trek
Accommodation: Hotel in Kathmandu and tea houses during the trek
Our 21 days itinerary of Annapurna Nar-Phu Trek is designed for those trekkers who are in good physical shape with good health. Some time if you wish to take much challenge and trek off the beaten trail, then Nar-Phu Valley Trek to Manang Valley via alternative Kangla Pass would be ideal.
Nepal Base Camp Treks will arrange rooms with attached washrooms; however, tea-houses in some places only have shared washing and toilet facilities. Also note that single rooms are readily available in Kathmandu and the trekking regions at lower elevation but it might be difficult to find them at higher elevations.
- All menu selected meals will be provided during trekking while only breakfast will be available in Kathmandu. There will also be welcome dinner with typical cuisine and Menu selected farewell dinners. While on trek, we have breakfast and dinner in the same tea-houses/lodges we spend the night and lunch on our way to the next destination. Nepalese, Tibetan, the more common continental and Indian cuisines are common choices in the menu.
- Physical Condition & Experience Requirements
- 21days Annapurna Nar-Phu Valley Trek is a moderate for those travelers who can walk up to 6-7 hours (10-15km) a day on an uphill and downhill trail will find this trek fulfilling. It is best that we prepare ourselves for the off the beatten valley trek by morning jogging and 1 hours exercising regularly at least a month prior to the start of the trek. Trekking to the Annappurna Nar-Phu valley Trek should be relatively easier for those who have experience walking/trekking in a high altitude environment. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. It is also important that we consult our doctor. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases should inform Nepal Base Camp Treks before booking the trek.
- Best Time to Travel to Annapurna Nar-Phu Valley Trek
- The best time to trek to the Annapurna Nar-Phu Valley Trek is spring (April to June) and autumn (Sepember to November). The temperature is moderate in these seasons and guarantees amazing panorama views through the trip. Although this trek can be undertaken during winter, the cold temperature might not be suitable for everyone.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu 1,327 m and transfer to hotel.
On reaching Kathmandu international airport via various respective airlines, our Nepal Base Camp Treks guide or staff will receive you with warm welcome and then a short drive to your hotel in the heart of Kathmandu city.
After checking in your hotel rooms and getting refreshed join at the hotel lobby for group briefing and orientation program where our guide informs you regarding hotels, Kathmandu, Nepali culture, with Nar-Phu Valley Trekking includes welcome dinner in a pleasant authentic Nepalese restaurant with culture program.
Day 02: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour and trek preparations.
In Kathmandu morning after breakfast and at given time our city guide will pick you up for sightseeing tour around places of interest around Kathmandu old part of the city, Kathmandu is famous for world heritage sites with tour of Pashupatinath a holy temple, Bouddhanath Stupa a Buddhist pilgrimage spot or tour of Kathmandu old Durbar (palace) Square and ancient 2,500 years old Swayambhunath, afternoon free for Nar-Phu Valley Trekking preparation.
Day 03: Drive to Jagat 1,290 m via Bhesisar 800 m - 08 hrs.
Nar-Phu Valley Trekking begins with an exciting drive towards Nepal’s Mid West around Lamjung and Manang region as the drive leads towards high hills of with views of Manaslu and Annapurna mountain and rolling green hills, passing through many farm villages and towns to reach at Bhesisar town, headquarter of Lamjung district, from here taking another vehicle for short drive to Jagat village following the raging Marysangdi River to reach our first overnight stop at nice small farm village of Jagat.
Day 04: Trek to Dharapani 1,920 m - 05 hours.
From Jagat village, starting our first morning walk of the adventure which leads on a gradual winding path to Chamje, and back at Marysangdi River to cross the eastern bank into forested area, with grand views of Annapurna and Manaslu mountains, as the walk progress to reach at Tal Besi a nice spot and village on a valley with views of cascading waterfalls, after lunch 2-3 hours walk brings ust at Dharapani village for overnight stop.
Dharapani a nice village located on the trail of Annapurna circuit and Manaslu route.
Day 05: Trek to Kotto 2,670m - 05 hours.
After a pleasant stop in the lovely village of more Tibetan Buddhist culture, our morning walk leads on a wide winding path through rhododendron and pine forested area past Bagachap and Danque village, as the walk reaches at Timang village with super views of Manaslu and Annapurna II. From Timang village few hours walk to Koto near at Chame for overnight stop, afternoon visit Chame a major town head quarter of Manang district.
Day 06: Trek to Dharmasala 3,230m - 05 hours.
Morning on leaving mainstream route of Annapurna Circuit trail, heading towards high valley of Nar & Phu, as the walk leads into a narrow gorge between great walls of high rock cliffs to enter cool alpine forest of pine and rhododendron trees, and then past farm huts and shades and in a gorge, as walk folows Nar-Phu khola upstream passing remote area through number of scattered small farm houses at Dharmashala for overnight stop.
Day 07: Trek to Kyang 4,100 m - 6 hrs.
After nice and pleasant overnight at Dharmasala, our walk continues to higher country beyond tree lines towards Phu area and in complete wilderness where you spot some Himalayan wild-life like blue sheep and snow leopards and other animals, walk passes several cattle herder’s shades and huts to reach at Kyang for overnight stop.
Day 08: Trek to Phu village 4,080 m - 06 hours.
From Kyang village walking to Phu valley and around main Phu village, one of the highlight of thee adventure, as morning walk continues to reach at Phu Khola on upstream banks and the our walk descends back to the river along the river banks, after leaving the river behind uphill climb to reach a wide glacial valley at Phu village for overnight stop.
Day 09: Rest day at Phu village and exploration of Phu Valley
An important and necessary rest day for acclimatization at this high elevation, before heading higher towards Kangla and Thorang la passes of above 5,000 m high, explore around interesting villages of Tashilkhang and Samdu Choling Monastery with Kyauchyu water fall, people of Nar / Phu villages has years of strong Tibetan lifestyle, traditions and culture.
Day 10: Trek to Nar Phedi 3,545 m - 06 hrs.
From Phu, walk leads towards Nar village after an interesting and fascinating time at Phu and friendly locals, our route retrace back the same trail with a descend to a narrow gorge, and then the walk leads downstream at Phu khola, into smaller villages with Buddhist mani walls and chortens, then finally heading towards a flat ground of Nar Phedi for overnight stop.
Day 11: Trek to Nar Gaon 4,206 m - 06 hrs.
Today trek leads to last village at Nar Gaon, from Nar Phedi walk continues towards Phu Kola, and then reaching a suspension bridge over Phu Khola (stream), from the bridge a steep uphill climb to reach a ridge for an hour and with a gentle path for few hours to reach at Nar village for overnight stop.
Day 12: Trek to Kang La Base Camp 4,530 m - 05 hrs.
Morning walk continues after Naar village, leading away from village area into a small woodland of firs and pine trees, after leaving tree lines towards arid and windswept terrain, walk slowly due to high altitude and then reaching at Temdenzon khola, carry on for another few hours on a nice path to reach at the base of Kang la pass, which is at 4,530 meters for overnight stop if there’s no accommodation with lodge facilities it will be in tents on a flat grassy field.
Day 13: Cross Kangla Pass 5,322m trek to Ngawal 3,650 m - 07 hrs.
A long and Big Day walk! an early morning start to cross the first pass of this adventure, as the walk offers stunning views of Pisang Peak and Chulu Far East Peak, then crossing a stream with uphill climb towards top of Kangla pass at 5,322 meters, the top of Kangla Pass offers fantastic views of scenic country-scapes including Annapurna range, Chulu Peaks, Lamjung Himal and several peaks of North West Himalayan range, after a marveling the views, walk descend to Julu village and then reaching at Ngawal village for overnight stop.
Day 14: Trek to Manang 3,520 m - 05 hrs.
After successful walk over Kang-la pass, morning leads to a long descend to reach back at Manang valley near Humde and Braga and on the main scenic Annapurna circuit trail, walk continues on gradual path to Braga village, at Braga village visit Braga Monastery enriched with historical and religious artifacts, statues an interesting place with brilliant panorama of Annapurna and Damodar range of mountains.
After Braga an hour walk to Manang main village, which is a large thriving and flourishing village, houses are built similar of Tibetan traditional way like in Nar and Phu but with richness due to arrival of trekkers with many good lodges to stay.
Day 15: Trek to Yak Kharka 4,110 m - 04 hours.
After an interesting and enjoyable time at Manang, morning walk leads towards Ghunsang village with uphill to Yak Kharka, an interesting walk around high barren terrain with super views of snow capped peaks, after crossing a river to reach at Yak Kharka a small settlement, offers views of Gangapurna, Annapurna III and Chulu Peaks.
Day 16: Trek to Thorong High Camp 4,600 m - 04 hrs.
As walk progress getting closer at the base of Thorang-la on crossing a small stream walk leads to a narrow path to cross a steep rocky slope and finally reaching at Thorung Phedi, an hour steep climb further brings at Thorang High Camp, staying here makes it easier for next day climb tor Thorang pass.
Day 17: Cross Thorong-La 5,416 m and to Muktinath 3,800 m - 07 hrs.
After early breakfast a strenuous climb to Thorang-la with steep winding path all the way to Thorung La Pass top at 5,416 m / 17,700 ft. The top offers mind fantastic panorama of landscapes and mountains, from the top a long descend leads to Muktinath at 3,800 m.
On reaching Muktinath check into a nice cozy lodge for overnight stop, Muktinath a holy place for both Hindus and Buddhists, the word Muktinath literally means ‘the place for Nirvana or Liberation’.
Day 18: Trek to Jomsom 2, 715 m - 04 hours.
After Muktinath, rest of the journey is easier with moderate walks all the way to Jomsom as the walk drops to 1,200m downhill to Kaligandaki river valley, this pleasant trail leading at vast Kaligandaki river valley.
From here onwards gets windy in the afternoon time, a few hours walk leads to Jomsom, headquarter town of Mustang region with an airstrip located above Kaligandaki River.
Here at Jomsom with last night in the mountain village, celebrate with local apple products like cider, brandy and juice, this area from Kagbeni onwards to Marpha & Larjung famous for delicious apples.
Day 19: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara 860 m - 20 mins flight.
Early breakfast and transfer to Jomsom airport for sweeping short flight of 25 minutes to Pokhara, during airborne spectacular views of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiris and Annapurna range of mountains and rolling hills dotted with farm villages,
On reaching Pokhara airport transfer to respective hotels by the pretty serene lake Phewa, afternoon free for individual activities or just relax and enjoy the views of Annapurna Himalaya.
Day 20: Drive back to Kathmandu - 06 hrs.
Catching morning views of Annapurna Himalaya and majestic Machhapuchare ‘the Fish Tail peak’, taking an overland drive on a long winding downhill through interesting towns and villages, after an interesting drive reaching back in Kathmandu, and then transfer to your hotels around Thamel area, with free afternoon for individual activities.
Day 21: Final International departure homeward bound.
Last day in amazing Nepal with wonderful and enjoyable time around hidden areas of high Manang valley on Nar-Phu Trekking, our staff will transfer you to Kathmandu international airport for your final flight back homeward bound or to respective countries.
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Your safety during the journey is of paramount concern while traveling with Nepal Base Camp Treks and note that turbulent and cloudy weather is regular phenomenon along the Himalayas ranges and possibility of domestic flights from Jomsom to Pokhara may have to be delayed for few hours or even canceled for a day.
Any Weather conditions and health condition of a group member, or unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the tentative itinerary. NBCT leader will try to ensure your trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if any required.
As a safeguard we recommend you to add a couple of extra days after your trek before you fly from Kathmandu to your onward destination.