Nar Phu Valley Trek - 12 Days

The Nar Phu Valleys Trek combines high passes and peaks, glaciers, isolated villages, narrow gorges, breathtaking rock formations, yaks, monasteries and unique ethnical Tibetan cultures. Nar Phu valley was closed to visitors until late 2003, very few trekkers have discovered these virtually untouched villages.

Beginning at Besisahar: the traditional starting point of the Annapurna Circuit Trek – the trek quickly separates from routes with more foot-traffic and into the Nar Phu valleys. Passing through colorful Tibetan stupas and prayer wheels into deep canyons, you will get the chance to hang out with local villagers in Phu while they go about their daily life activities, as well as overnight in the Nar Phedi monastery. These are ultimate ways to learn about life deep in the Himalayas of Nepal. Optionally there is also a hike up to Himlung Himal BC if you’re feeling up to it.

The last few days of the trek take you over the Kang La Pass, and then back again to Ngawal, a popular place on the main Annapurna Circuit trek route, so giving you a chance to enjoy home comforts. The surroundings area become greener and more fertile on the final stretch, before returning by vehicle to Bhulbule.

Best Time to Trek Nar Phu Valley

This trek is possible both in the monsoon (June-August) and in the two peak tourist seasons (March-May and September-November). The walk is still enjoyable in the monsoon, although the access in the mountains to and from Besisahar could be interrupted by mud and landslides. The high pass could be impassable in winter (December-February) with snow.

Nar Phu Valley Trek Itinerary

This route can be extended by adding a trip to Tilicho Lake and joining the Annapurna Circuit in Yak Kharka. On Day 8, instead of trekking from Ngawal to Pisang, continue to Manang, Khangsar, Tilicho Base Camp, Tilicho Lake, Yak Kharka, Thorung Phedi, Muktinath and Jomsom (before returning to Pokhara). The total journey time, including the Nar Phu section, is 16 days.

The attractions of this variation are the chance to visit the pristine blue waters of the highest lake in Nepal, the pilgrimage temple at Muktinath (holy to both Hindus and Buddhists), and the frontier town of Jomsom, on the edge of Mustang.

Nar Phu Valley Trek Difficulty

This is a tough walk due to the long days and steep climbs. Due to the limited possibilities of accommodation on the way, there is little flexibility in the distances to be covered every day, therefore the long walking days. The gains in altitude are pretty steep every day, and how your body reacts to altitude is always unpredictable. This trek would be best for those who have a previous of mountain trekking experience and are healthy and fit.

Nar Phu Valley Trek: Accommodation & meals

A real mix of accommodation can be found on this trek. There is a chance in Besisahar to stay in simple but comfortable hotels. Lodge accommodation is generally basic on the trek, as this is not a well-developed walking route. Accommodation is in the local monastery in Nar Phedi. Food varies from simple but adequate meals in the smaller villages to staple trekker fare in the larger areas, including apple pie!

Nar Phu Valley Trek Permit

The permit costs USD 100 per week per person from September to November. It’s USD 75 from December to August.

Day 1
Arrive Kathmandu, Nepal (1400m).

Arriving at the airport of Kathmandu after completing your custom formalities Visa, etc. Pick up your luggage and look for our Himalaya Discovery Airport Representative who will show your name on the board at the arrival gate. You will be greeted by our representative and transferred by private tourist vehicle to the hotel. Overnight at the Kathmandu hotel.

Day 2
Free in Kathmandu for sightseeing day and gear check.

Today in Kathmandu is free for sightseeing. You may want to visit Durbar Square in the heart of the old town where the old Royal Palace is located with its intricate woodcarving. The entire area is a labyrinth of temples and images. The narrow alleys leading away from the square in all directions, full of the most amazing variety of shops and stalls. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites, including the historic Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the famous’ Monkey Temple ‘ Swayambhunath and the Buddhist Shrine Buddhanath, one of the world’s largest stupas.

There will also be a trip briefing today with gear check. If you need to rent or buy equipment locally, there will be time to do so today. Overnight at the Kathmandu hotel.

Day 3
Drive from Kathmandu to Koto (2,600m).

Early in the morning drive to Besisahar. After lunch, change to a 4WD drive vehicle for the off-road journey to Koto. The road can be challenging for passengers as for drivers, but this is the most scenic route! It travels along the old Annapurna Circuit trek route, through amazing gorges and passing stunning waterfalls. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 4
Trek to Meta (3,560m).

Start the day early, because there is plenty of distance to cover. Cross the river and enter the valleys of the Nar and Phu. Towns on the nearby Circuit of Annapurna are relatively well developed, but this is not the case in these valleys. Today’s trekking trail passes through beautiful forests, past small cave shelters and pilgrims’ resting places.

The trail emerges from a narrow canyon under a wide waterfall, from which the woods become thinner and the views wider. The last stretch to Meta involves climbing a steep hill from which you can enjoy a wonderful view of some of the giant snowy peaks in the area.

Meta is located on a large open plain and consists of a few simple but clean lodges that offer good food. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 5
Trek to Phu (4,080m).

Trekking out of Meta, some of the unique, colorful Buddhist Tibetan chortens that Nar and Phu are renowned for starting to appear. The trail meanders along the ridge overlooking the magnificent monastery of Nar Phedi, where you will stay in a few days. After another 90 minutes of walking through scenic canyons and gorges, you will reach a monolith guarding the steep path to Phu.

From here you can see the three villages in the area, the old ” dzong ” (Fortress in Tibetan style) and the remains of two ruined forts, impressively situated on the top of the flatlands in front of the village. A line of beautiful chortens colors the landscape just before crossing the bridge to Phu. After a break and refreshment, take a short walk up to the famous Tashi Lhakhang Gompa to pay tribute to Lama Karma Sonam Rimpoche who came with the Dalai Lama to Nepal in 1959. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 6
Discovery Phu.

It’s good to spend an acclimatization day in Phu because of the high altitude. Explore the city’s tiny alleyways or walk to Himlung Himal base camp. Phu itself is an interesting village, and a day is well spent sitting with the villagers, spinning their yak and sheep’s wool, pounding mustard seeds into a paste for oil or doing their other daily tasks. The walk up to Himlung Himal base camp takes you through a glacial valley for an extra challenge. It’s 7,125m.

Recently Peak was opened for climbing. You’ll see herds of blue sheep gently clambering the steep cliffs up the trail. The return journey takes four to five hours. Overnight at guesthouse.

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

Retrace the route back down to Meta, but turn off at the Nar Phedi Monastery, which will be your overnight accommodation. Actually, the monastery is all that Nar Phedi is made of! The rooms are clean and the nuns are very welcoming. Join them in the kitchen and watch them cook dinner in a small fireplace. They usually do a puja (blessing) at 5 pm, and you are welcome to witness it. In the monastery there is a small donation box where you can leave a contribution for the maintenance of this lovely, friendly place. Overnight at guest guesthouse.

Day 8
Trek to Nar Village (4,110m).

Today is a very pleasant day. Climb out of Nar Phedi and walk up a winding path to Nar. Pass a line of beautifully painted bamboo chortens on the way to the old town. Arrive around lunch time in the town. Although Nar is not far from the main trail of Annapurna, it is seldom visited by trekkers and is as picturesque as it can be.

Nar is a little more social and lively than Phu, and during the day you can find the square of the village full of chatting women with their looms weaving wool fabric for rugs and blankets. You can stay in a comfortable lodge with an extensive menu with a few new tea houses built in the outskirts of Nar. Overnight at guesthouse.

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

It’s a long day today, so get up before sunrise and head back to the Kang La Pass, which leads back to the popular trek route Annapurna Circuit. It’s not a hard pass, but it can be a long day, because the effects of altitude are felt. You can enjoy a wonderful view of Annapurna II, Gangapurna and Tilicho Peak once at the top of the pass. The path begins steeply, but if you enjoy running screens you can have fun! Stop for lunch on a plateau overlooking the summit, then proceed to Ngawal.

Ngawal is certainly very different from the ancient villages that were just visited on the upper Pisang route of the Annapurna circuit. The lodges are large, the menus are much more comprehensive, and most lodges have Wi-Fi and telephone signals. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 10
Trek to Pisang and drive to Besisahar (775m).

The weather gets much hotter and the greener scenery as you go down from the pass more than 2000 m. Start the last few hours of walking early to reach Pisang. The trail is wide and comfortable, passing a lovely lake outside Pisang. Stop for a fast snack in the village and drive back to Besisahar by four-wheel drive. Stay in a comfortable hotel there.

Day 11
Drive back to Kathmandu (1400m).

The return drive to Kathmandu takes approximately five hours. Enjoy the city’s hot shower and luxuries again! Spend the afternoon shopping in Thamel for souvenirs, or simply relax.

Day 12
Departure from Nepal.

The time has come to say goodbye to Nepal. Enjoy your last moments in Kathmandu with a café breakfast, a city walks and/or souvenir shopping. A representative will meet you at your hotel and take you to the airport to fly home. It’s good to be at least 2,5 hours before departure at the airport.

Price Includes

  • Airport transfers pick-up and drop-off.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permits.
  • Nar Phu Valley Trek restricted area permits (USD 90/7 days).
  • Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) Permit.
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist coach.
  • All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) during the trek.
  • Transportations, accommodation, wage, food, insurance, equipment for the guide & porter.
  • Porter to carry your luggage during the trek (1 porter for 2 people)
  • Guesthouse accommodations during the trek.
  • Pulse Oximeter for the blood oxygen saturation level monitor to high altitude.
  • All necessary paper works and entry permits.
  • English speaking Sherpa trek guide.
  • Himalaya Discovery duffel bag.
  • Hiking pole for the trek, if needed.
  • Trek map.
  • Farewell dinner at typical Nepali restaurant after the trip completion in Kathmandu.

Price Excludes

  • International airfares and Nepal visa.
  • Any personal medical or evacuation expenses incur.
  • International Travel insurance which included rescue.
  • Tips for the guide & porter.
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on the ‘Price Includes’ section.

Q. Will somebody come to pick me up at the airport upon my arrival?

A. Yes, our airport representative will be there to greet you at the airport. S/he will be displaying an Himalaya Discovery Adventures sign board outside the airport terminal. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel by our tourist vehicle.

Q. When is the best time to travel to Nepal?

A. For the trekking regions of the Annapurna, Everest, Langtang, Jumla Rara Lake, Makalu, Kanchenjunga and Manaslu we recommend the periods February to May and September to December as the best time for travelling.

  •  For trekking in Mustang or Dolpo region we recommend May to September.
  • The Poon hill  trek  in the Annapurna region takes place throughout the entire year.
  • Cultural tours takes place throughout the entire year. For the best mountain views the periods February to May and September to December are recommended.

Q. How is the climate (temperatures) during the seasons?

A. Winter – January and February. Pleasant temperatures. The nights, mornings and evenings can, however, be quite cold (approx. 0°C – 5°C. Throughout the day, it is mostly sunny with cooler temperatures (approx. 18°C – 20°C).

Spring – March to May. Hot and dry pre-monsoon season (approx. 25°C – 30°C during the day, and approx. 7°C – 20°C at night). May is the hottest month in the lowlands. June is the hottest month in the mountains.

Summer – Monsoon from June to August (approx. 28°C – 30°C during the day, and approx. 20°C at night). Strong rainfall, continuous sultriness and high humidity.

Early autumn – From September the monsoon season is constantly interrupted by periods with only a slight rainfall. Towards the end of August the pauses in rainfall become more frequent and longer.

Late autumn – Post-monsoon season from October to December. The nights, mornings and evenings can be relatively cool (approx. 5°C – 10°C). During the day the sun shines and it is warm (approx. 20°C – 27°C).

Q. Where can I change money?

A. Any cash you have taken with you can be exchanged into Nepalese rupees at the banks, large hotels and the numerous bureau de changes.

Q. Can I use my mobile phone in Nepal?

A. The network coverage is meanwhile quite good in the Kathmandu Valley, Pokhara and other parts of the Terai (in the rural areas it is very unpredictable).

Basically, foreign SIM cards (providers having international roaming contracts with Nepal) can also be used. However, it is cheaper to buy a local SIM card (Mero Mobile, NTC (GSM) – for approx. NPR 500 or more) and top this up.

Q. Can I use the tap water for drinking and brushing teeth?

A. Tap water is not suitable for drinking in Nepal and it should not be used for cleaning your teeth, either. As there is often a scarcity of water in the countryside, water should be used very sparingly.

Q. What should I concern during my stay in Nepal?

A. Nepali people are very kind and friendly, but there are some things that you should be aware of:

  • Do not take photos of anyone without their permission; always ask permission first!
  • Do not wear hot pants/short paints or stylish clothes in the remote area! (shoulders and legs should be covered)
  • Do not wear hats or caps when you enter a chapel!
  • Do not touch Buddha statues or ritual offerings inside of a monastery!
  • Do not kiss or hug in public places, especially in monasteries!
  • Do not step across someone’s feet, cups or cooking gears!

Q. What documents do I need to visit Nepal?

A. A tourist visa is required for entering Nepal. The tourist visa can be applied for, for different lengths of stay. A visa is required for children under 10 years but no fee is charged. The entry to Nepal must take place within 6 months of issuing the visa.

Q. How much does the Visa for Nepal cost?

A. The fees for the tourist visa (fees valid since 16.07.2008) are staggered as follows:

  • 15 days (several entries possible)  $ 30 (approx. EUR 27.00)
  • 30 days (several entries possible)  $ 50 (approx. EUR 45.00)
  • 90 days (several entries possible)  $ 125 (approx. EUR 115.00)

An extension of the visa to a maximum of 150 days is possible (per year – January to December). The extension must be made at the Immigration Office in Kathmandu. A fee of $ 2.00 is charged in Nepalese rupees (NPR) per day of extension.

Q. Can I find a hospital with western doctors?

A. CIWEC Clinic with western doctors is located in Lazimpat, Kathmandu, Tel. +977 1 442 4111,

Q. Do I need an international health and travel insurance?

A. It is recommended taking out a travel and health insurance covering the following risks:- Emergency and personal accident transport/emergency evacuation (helicopter rescue, rescue costs in a case of illness or accident), medical and personal accident risks, repatriation, tour cancellation, damages and theft of baggage.

Q. What happens in bad weather periods?

A. There is virtually always a possibility of a flight delay or postponement owing to highly unpredictable weather conditions that may occur in Himalayan regions, in particular, in the Everest region (Lukla), Jomsom, Dolpo, Simikot and the Jumla region, etc.

When trekking in remote areas or those described above, and especially outside the trekking season, the clients are strongly advised to reserve extra days for making  allowance for possible delays, and thereby avoid any frustrating consequences. In the case of a delayed flight prior to commencing the tour, or at the end of the tour, the participants shall pay for their own accommodation, food costs, etc.

Q. Where can I store my unneeded luggage during trekking?

A. As a rule there is the possibility before commencing the trek, of depositing part of the baggage in the hotel in Kathmandu or in Pokhara.

Q. What kind of meals I can have during the trekking?

A. All Meals on full board basis will be provided during trekking. Freshly cooked food is served at all times (western, continental and Nepalese, Chinese, Indian and Tibetan meals are available in all places).

Q. Is there any communication while we are on trekking?

A. There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. All our guides are equipped with the local mobile phone. You may wish to pass the number of our guide to your family for the callback or you can make a call from the guide’s mobile and pay him directly for the international call too.

Q. Can I re-charge camera batteries along the trek?

A. Yes, Most of the places, you can charge batteries along the trek (per hour USD 2 – 3 for charging).

Q. What kinds of banking facilities in Nepal?

A. Nepal has modern banking facilities and some international banks even have offices in Kathmandu. Almost all foreign currencies along with credit cards such as American Express, Visa, and Master card are accepted in Nepal. Nepal has also ATM facilities as well.

The information above is a guide and standard template of what we offer. This itinerary can be customized depending on the length of your vacation. We have many options based on your interests and budget for shorter visits. On this type of adventure trip, weather, political strikes, transport or a multitude of other factors beyond our control can change the itinerary. However, it is highly unlikely that the itinerary would be significantly changed;

If changes are needed, the leader will decide which alternative is the best, taking into consideration the best interests of the entire group. If there is a change, we do our best to minimize its effect, but we can not be responsible for the results of changes or delays.

In fact, not only are all our guides experienced in these regions, but most of them in these mountainous regions of Nepal have actually grown up. It’s their home, it’s in their blood. Not only are they ‘ familiar’ with local communities and culture; they are part of them and practice it. They love their home and enjoy the opportunity to show visitors.

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Trip Facts

  • 12 Days
  • Demanding
  • Min. 2 to Max. 10 persons
  • March, April, May, Aug, Sept, Oct & Nov
  • 5240 M.
  • Kathmandu
  • Koto / Besisahar
  • 5 - 7 hrs.

MD & Trip Planner

Chhiring Sherpa
Personalized trips
“I was born and raised mountainous village in Ramechhap nearby Everest region and I have been a native Sherpa Mountain guide over a decade. Following my passion, I decided to start helping travelers with their travel plans! I think life is a journey, a trip where you collect experiences when you share with other people and with nature.”


MD & Trip Planner

Chhiring Sherpa
Personalized trips
“I was born and raised mountainous village in Ramechhap nearby Everest region and I have been a native Sherpa Mountain guide over a decade. Following my passion, I decided to start helping travelers with their travel plans! I think life is a journey, a trip where you collect experiences when you share with other people and with nature.”

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