Nar Phu Valley Trek – 26 days

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Trekking Destination: Nar Phu Valley Trek
Transportation: private and public vehicle
Trekking hour: 5-6 hours each day
Duration: 26 Days


Nar Phu Valley trek offers a fascinating landscape and extension to the standard Annapurna Circuit tea house trek behind the Annapurna Himal. Opened in 2002, this イ-shaped route, largely above 3500m, explores narrow valleys towards Tibet. The peoples in these valleys have remained isolated from the Manang Valley folk for generations. 

The Nar Phu valley trekking follows the Circuit for two days, then branches north at Koto into the forested Nar Khola gorge. Vegetation gradually changes to alpine and then sub-alpine scrub; favoured by both bharal (blue sheep) and snow leopards. On the 4th day it crosses glacial moraines to reach summer grazing farmlands. The village of Phu (“head of the valley,” 4400m) is the summer-home to ~40 households. There is an impressive monastery, and views, above the village.

A two day trek returns to the junction of the イ, then turns westwards, through heavily eroded gullies, to Nar Phedi The 2nd day’s trail climbs, to the village of Nar (“place of the blue sheep,” 4110m). Its 70 houses are stacked against a ridge above barley fields. Four Gompas are worth exploring.

From Nar, a barren trail rises to a high camp at Kang La Phedi (4530m). A steep climb then leads to the Kang La (5320m) from where there should be excellent views of the Nar Valley to the north and the Annapurnas to the south. The descent leads to Ngawal (3615m) on the high route of the Annapurna trail. 

The route then follows the Annapurna Circuit to Manang, over the Thorung La (5416m) and down to Muktinath (3760m; an important Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage site), Kagbeni and Jomsom. A jeep will take you to Tatopani. Then a beautiful forested trail to Ghorepani for sunrise views of the Annapurna range from Poon Hill. Three more days of forest and farmland exploration leads to Pothana, before a short walk to Phedi and a taxi back to your hotel in Pokhara.

Spring (March – April) and Autumn (September – November) are the best time to trek, though our adventure team operates the trek year around. This trek requires fitness, good boots, warm clothing and sleeping bag plus a day pack, sunscreen and camera. Our trek includes transport, hotels, two-man tents with mattresses, meals and drinking water.

Outline Itinerary

1 Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)

Arrive Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)

2 Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing & trek preparation (1,300m/4,264 ft)

 Kathmandu valley sightseeing & trek preparation (1,300m/4,264 ft)

3 Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Syange/ Jagat (1,100m/3,608 ft): 8-10 hrs

 Drive Kathmandu to Syange/ Jagat (1,100m/3,608 ft): 8-10 hrs

4 Day 04: Jagat - Dharapani (1,960m/6,430ft): 5-6 hrs

Jagat - Dharapani (1,960m/6,430ft): 5-6 hrs

5 Day 05: Dharapani - Koto (2,610m/8,7,00ft): 5-6 hrs

 Dharapani - Koto (2,610m/8,7,00ft): 5-6 hrs

6 Day 06: Koto - Dharmasala (3,230m/10,595ft): 4-5 hrs trek

Koto - Dharmasala (3,230m/10,595ft): 4-5 hrs trek

7 Day 07: Dharmasala – Kyang (3,740m /12,400ft): 5-6 hrs trek

Dharmasala – Kyang (3,740m /12,400ft): 5-6 hrs trek

8 Day 08: Kyang – Phu village (4,050m/ 13,500 ft): 3-4 hrs.

Kyang – Phu village (4,050m/ 13,500 ft): 3-4 hrs.

9 Day 09: Phu village excursion day.

 Phu village excursion day.

10 Day 10: Phu Village – Nar Phedi (3,850m /12,800ft): 5-6 hrs.

 Phu Village – Nar Phedi (3,850m /12,800ft): 5-6 hrs.            

11 Day 11: Nar Phedi – Nar village (4,150m /13,800ft): 4-5 hrs.

Nar Phedi – Nar village (4,150m /13,800ft): 4-5 hrs.

12 Day 12: Nar village excursion day

Nar village excursion day

13 Day 13: Nar village – Kang La (5,320 m/17,700ft) – Ngawal (3,615 m/12,000 ft): 6-7 hrs.

 Nar village – Kang La (5,320 m/17,700ft) – Ngawal (3,615 m/12,000 ft): 6-7 hrs.

14 Day 14: Ngawal – Manang (3,550 m/11,800 ft): 5-6 hrs.

Ngawal – Manang (3,550 m/11,800 ft): 5-6 hrs.

15 Day 15: Manang: Rest Day

Manang: Rest Day

16 Day 16: Manang -Yak Kharka (4,110m/13,484ft): 3-4 hrs.

 Manang -Yak Kharka (4,110m/13,484ft): 3-4 hrs.

17 Day 17: Yak Kharka - Thorung Phedi (4,600m/15,092ft): 3-4 hrs

Yak Kharka - Thorung Phedi (4,600m/15,092ft): 3-4 hrs

18 Day 18: Thorung Phedi – Muktinath (3,800/12,467ft): 8-10 hrs

Thorung Phedi – Muktinath (3,800/12,467ft): 8-10 hrs

19 Day 19: Drive Muktinath- Tatopani (1,200m/3,937ft): 6-8 hrs

Drive Muktinath- Tatopani (1,200m/3,937ft): 6-8 hrs

20 Day 20: Tatopani –Ghorepani (2,850m/9,350ft): 7-8 hrs

Tatopani –Ghorepani (2,850m/9,350ft): 7-8 hrs

21 Day 21: Poon hill hike (3,210m/10,528ft), and trek to Tadapani (2,520m/8,268ft): 6-7 hrs

Poon hill hike (3,210m/10,528ft), and trek to Tadapani (2,520m/8,268ft): 6-7 hrs

22 Day 22: Tadapani - Ghandruk (1,950m/6,398ft): 3-4 hrs

Tadapani - Ghandruk (1,950m/6,398ft): 3-4 hrs

23 Day 23: Ghandruk - Pothana (1,910m/6,266ft): 5-6 hrs

 Ghandruk - Pothana (1,910m/6,266ft): 5-6 hrs

24 Day 24: Short trek to Phedi & drive back to Pokhara (9,10m/ 2,986ft): 3-4 hrs trek, 40 min drive

Short trek to Phedi & drive back to Pokhara (9,10m/ 2,986ft): 3-4 hrs trek, 40 min drive

25 Day 25: Pokhara - Kathmandu 5-6 hrs by bus

 Pokhara - Kathmandu 5-6 hrs by bus

26 Day 26: Final departure

 Final departure

Trip Facts

Cost Inclusive:

  • All airport/Hotel transfers
  • 2 star Hotel in Kathmandu for 3 nights with breakfast
  • Nar Phu valley special trekking permit and ACAP permit 
  • An experienced English-speaking Govt. registered trekking guide and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Guide & porter salary, insurance, equipment, food and lodging
  • Private transport to Beshi Shahar and share jeep to Jagat 
  • Full meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) during the trek
  • Supplementary snacks (energy bar, cookies and seasonal fresh fruits) 
  • Hot drinks (Tea & Coffee)
  • Safe Drinking water
  • 2 star Hotel in Pokhara for 2 nights on BB plan
  • All mountain accommodation; private twin sharing room 
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes
  • Trekking equipment such as down filled sleeping bag, down jacket, walking poles and duffel bag
  • Private comfortable car Pokhara-Kathmandu 

Cost Exclusive:

  • City entrance fees in Kathmandu
  • Lunch/dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Boiled water 
  • Hot shower 
  • Wi-Fi
  • Electronic device recharge 
  • Bottled drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance and evacuation insurance
  • Tipping 


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Eating is a big part of Holiday. Travelling with Himalaya Message Adventure, you experience the vast array of wonderful food Nepalese, Chinese, Continental, Italian and several local cuisines. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner are included in the package. Your guide will suggest delicious, hygienic and each place special food during your trip. Mountain restaurant owner prefer not to order many dishes and waste food as they would like to cater more trekkers with limited food before run off stuck. Its a week or more days hard work to porters and caravans to bring food to these places. During this trek you will usually have breakfast and dinner at the same Lodge, lunch will be eaten at one of the trail side restaurants en-route.

Drinking water:

Himalaya Message Adventure provides unlimited chlorine/Iodine treated water during the trek. All tea houses have mineral water and boiled water for trekkers upon additional cost. We discourage the purchase of Mineral water and bottled water while on the Trek as plastic bottles aredifficult to dispose off and have become an environmental problem

What to take

This is a very active trip, meaning you will be on the move most of the time, so pack as lightly as possible. We provide one porter for every two travellers; your trekking gear will be carried by the porter in a duffel bag that we will provide. The maximum the porters are allowed to carry 15 kgs per trekker means 30 kgs from 2 trekkers . Unnecessary luggage can left in Kathmandu Hotel and its absolutely free of cost. .

Important to note:

Please read the Checklist section of this trip notes for additional details of what you need to bring for the trek on this trip. You will need to bring a comfortable medium sized day pack to carry the things that you will need during the day. This should have a waist strap or (better) a padded waist belt. The weather is subject to change in high altitude so layered clothing is recommended throughout the year.

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