• Duration:13 Nights 14 Days
  • Max. Altitude: 5416m
  • Group Size: 2-12
  • Activity: Hiking & Trekking
  • Pick Up: TIA Airport

About Nar Phu Valley Trekking

Nar Phu Valley Trekking opened for tourism only in 2003, is the least explored and most exotic trek in Nepal. Due to its isolated existence, tibetan culture of Nar Phu has remained undisturbed for centuries. They have retained their age-old nomadic yak-herding lifestyle. It is like traveling back in time to visit these enchanting stone villages beneath the snow-capped Annapurnas.

Nar Phu Valley Trekking starts at Besi Sahar and follows the popular Annapurna Circuit Trekking route up the Marsyangdi River valley to Koto, where the trail branches off into the Nar Phu Valley. It passes through a beautiful forest to a Dharamsala, which accommodates local pilgrims traveling to Tashi Lhakhang Gompa in Phu. High in the valley there are plateaus and pastures where yak herders of the Nar Phu valley make winter settlements. The scenery is incredible: white rocks, juniper, evergreens, snow-capped mountains, jagged glaciers, and the Nar Phu River below. The trail has many ups and downs between plateaus and glacial streams, canyons, and gorges.

A leaning monolith and line of chortens lead the way to Phu, home to about 40 households who migrate during the cold winter. We explore the crumbling ruins of two forts and visit the Tashi Lhakhang Gompa or dzong. Lama Karma Sonam Rimpoche fled from Tibet to Nepal in 1959 and lived at this gompa. Rimpoche was a renowned amchi or Tibetan doctor, as well as a thanka painter, and father of several children. (Some lamas are permitted to marry). We will see the women of Phu spinning yak wool and pounding mustard seeds for oil, and perhaps taste a cup of homemade alcohol chhyang.

We set out for the village of Nar. The name refers to the wild blue sheep, native to this region. We descend to an old bridge and cross over a deep, narrow gorge. A steep climb leads us to the gates of Nar, a village of about 65 households, chortens and gompas surrounded by fields of barley and mustard. The snowy peaks of Kang Guru and Pisang dominate the horizon. Traces of modernity, like electricity lines (usually not working) contrast the ancient surroundings. While some young ones are eager to wear modern garb, the old herders and their wives are usually in traditional Tibetan attire. It is easy to learn about their culture as most of village life takes place outdoors: spinning or weaving wool, carpentry or turning the prayer wheels. Leaving Nar we climb a gradual path up the valley to yak pastures with the razorback Pisang Peak in clear view. We descend to Kang La Phedi, 4620m, before making the ascent to Kang La Pass.

The zigzag trail of snow, ice, and yak dung becomes steeper as we get closer to the razor-sharp ridge of Kang La (5240m) which divides the Nar Phu Valley from the rest of Manang. From the pass, the view of Annapurna II, Gangapurna, and Tilicho Peak will be at its best looking magnificent. The steep descent on screen can be slippery. The remote Nar Phu Valley Trekking ends when we rejoin the Annapurna Circuit Trek at Ngawal. From Ngawal, we will drive all the way to Besi Sahar passing villages like Pisang, Timang, Dharapani, Tal, Jagat, and finally, Besi Sahar. 

Alternatively, to those adventure enthusiasts who wish to do a bit more, can continue from Ngawal heading west following the classic Annapurna Circuit Trekking with Tilicho Lake Trekking trail over the Thorang La Pass (5416m) and down through lower Mustang before heading on to Jomsom. From Jomsom, we fly back to Pokhara and drive back to Kathmandu the following day.

The best time to do the Nar Phu Valley Trekking is from Spring (March-May) and Autumn (September - December).

Get in touch to know more about the Trip, Itinerary, Private or Group Departures.

Temperatures on the Nar Phu Valley Trekking:

The temperatures at night will drop to around 5C, and during the day will climb to around 25C. At higher altitudes temperatures range from about 15C to 20C.

You should be prepared with proper protection from the sun as well as layers of clothing that can be added or taken off easily.

Nar Phu Valley Trekking is a Tea House/Lodge Trek:

Accommodation is included in the cost of your package and Annapurna Foothills Treks takes great care to arrange the most comfortable accommodation possible throughout your stay.

Drinking Water on the Nar Phu Valley Trekking:

You will be provided with boiled water during the trek. While trekking, it is important to keep hydrated; you should drink at least 3 liters of water each day. As an additional precaution, we suggest you bring a supply of water purification tablets to add to the water.


The altitude becomes more noticeable the higher we go, so we walk at a slow pace and take plenty of breaks to rest and acclimatize.

Environmental Responsibility:

Annapurna Foothills Treks practices and teaches the Leave-No-Trace principles. Moreover, we are committed to protecting the land and culture of the indigenous people. The mountains are our home and we are unwilling to sacrifice their preservation for human objectives. Annapurna Foothills Treks believe that given the proper information, most people will do all they can to help protect and maintain the environment.

Acclimatization on the Nar Phu Valley Trekking:

It is really difficult to head straight up to high altitude for the first time even if you follow the recommended 400m-a-day rule. Our itinerary is planned to allow rational acclimatization and avoid altitude sickness. Please read Altitude Advice.

Travel Insurance:

It is strongly recommended to be sufficiently protected when you go into remote areas. You need specialized travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, injury, lost baggage, liability and medical treatment. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. can organize the appropriate medical response based on your policy.

Why Trek to Nar Phu with Annapurna Foothills Treks?

When trekking into extremely remote regions, it is important to have a trek with an experienced company. Annapurna Foothills Treks has been running trekking and climbing expeditions in Nar Phu since it opened in 2003. Annapurna Foothills Treks reaches for the highest standard of ethical business practices.

Highlights of Nar Phu Valley Trekking

  • few trekkers have visited the recently opened region of Nar and Phu valley
  • amazing trans-Himalayan topography similar to Tibet
  • visit stone villages and monasteries where ancient Tibetan-Buddhist culture is unchanged and alive
  • cross the Kang La pass (5320m) on the way to Manang
  • incredible views of the Annapurna massifs
  • sighting snow leopards and blue sheep


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Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu 1,300m/4,265 ft

Flying to Kathmandu is in itself an exciting and memorable experience. On a clear day you will get a panoramic view of the snow-capped mountains. In the airport, after completing the visa formalities collect your luggage downstairs. As you exit the airport terminal, you will be met by our representative carrying your name on a signboard as well as our company signboard, Annapurna Foothills Treks & Expedition. You will be taken to your hotel in our vehicle, where you will be staying before commencing the trip.

  • Hotel

The Managing Director of our company will be there to meet you in the hotel and provide more information about the expedition. Your dues must be cleared before we proceed on the trip. Afterward, you are free to relax or explore around the city. We will finalize paperwork-permit for your trip and make a final check of your equipment. In case you need additional trekking equipment, you will have a chance to buy it. Sightseeing tours of Kathmandu Valley are also an option.

  • Breakfast and Welcome Dinner
  • Hotel

Driving along the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway to Dumre and then following the rough route by the Marsyangdi River as we pass through the low-lying villages and rice fields. After 8 hours long drive, we finally reach Besi Sahar. Besi Sahar is the admiistrative capital of Lamjung District. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House/ Lodge

We will take a Jeep drive through the off beat road to Koto. We will pass through many beautiful villages along the road. Koto village is the junction point where we leave the Annapurna Circuit Trekking Trail and follow the Nar Phu trekking trail. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House/ Lodge

This morning, we head out early as we have a long and somewhat difficult day before us. Just past the checkpost, we cross the river leading to the Nar Phu valley and hike up through the beautiful woods above Phu Khola. The route takes us through some beautiful woods and past several small shelters and a pilgrims' 'dharmasala'. As we emerge out of a narrow canyon, the trail actually passes under a wide waterfall just before the dharmasala from which point the woods become thinner and the vistas wider. A steep climb up the valley along a small, scenic river brings us finally to high pastures on a plateau. We then reach the scenic kharka of Meta, 3560m, a non-permanent winter settlement of Nar.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House/ Lodge

An hour past Meta, Junam is the second semi-permanent settlement, the place where "khampas" from Tibet once sheltered. Above the kharka to the right, looms a massive glacier which falls jaggedly down to the high pastures above us. Across the river, the cliffs contort in swirls and waves, similar to Ladakhi landscapes. The next semi-permanent settlement is Chako, formerly a Khampa settlement where grass lies tied in bunches to dry on all the rooftops and prayer flags flutter in the breeze. A scene from old Tibet! Many more ups and downs take us to tonight's village at Kyang, the extensive winter settlement of Phu, on a plateau high above the river. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House/ Lodge

Today, we really start to see some of the unique, colorful chortens for which Nar and Phu which are just really famous. We have to rock-hop carefully across a small glacial stream before reaching a larger one with a bridge only half covered with large slabs of slate. Some large steps do the trick! Another hour and a half of trekking through scenic canyonlands and gorges, we'll encounter the "leaning tower of Pisa" monolith guards the steep trail up to the Phu gate, called Pupigyal Kwe.

This ancient gate provides us with our first view of the three villages of Phu as well as an old "dzong" and the remains of two forts, all now in ruins but impressively situated atop the flatlands before Phu. Just before the bridge to Phu, a line of wonderful chortens color the landscape and lead the way to the main village of Phu, perched high up on a hill in an amphitheater style. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House/ Lodge

Having spent quite a few days getting to Phu, we will spend an extra day in the area to enjoy it, meet the local Phu residents and do some exploring up the wide valley systems above us. Tibet is two long days away, so a bit far for a visit, but we might walk up the valley to the summer grazing settlement, or "kharka" at Ngoru, a three hour's walk past the gompa. Phu itself is an incredibly interesting village, and a day is well spent sitting with the villagers as they spin their yak and sheep wool and chat, pound mustard seeds into a paste for oil, or involve themselves in the countless activities that take up a day in Tibetan villages. For photographers, the light is spectacular, and the skies a deep blue, and we may even see some blue sheep on the surrounding hillsides.

An alternative daytrip for those with lots of energy: a hike towards the east through a glacial valley leads to Himlung Himal base camp, a 7125m peak recently opened for climbing. There are usually a few expeditions climbing this peak, as well as nearby Gyanji Kang. The mountain views are tremendous! For others, a walk west up past Phu towards the chortens on the hillside provides some incredible vistas and views down over Phu and the surrounding fields, forts, valleys and peaks. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House/ Lodge

Back through Phu gate, we descend to the river, and retrace our steps back to Junam kharka, a lovely spot as any for our campsite. We then continue our trek to Nar Phedi. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House/ Lodge

Another classic Himalayan trekking day as we trek down to the old bridge spanning a deep, contoured and narrow gorge and then all the way back up again. It's a good thing the scenery is so stunning. Below us sit Gyalbu Kumbu, built in 1650, and Satte gompa, both empty. We finally reach the Nar gates at the top of the hill and pass by yet another line of wonderfully painted, bamboo-topped chortens and a large tiered chorten before turning the corner and being rewarded with sublime views of Nar, the undulating patterns of the surrounding barley and mustard fields, four old, colorful and traditional gompas and the snow-peaks looming overhead. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House/ Lodge

The Kang La is not a difficult pass in good conditions but it can be a long and difficult day if there is snow on the pass or the altitude is taking it's toll. The Kang La, at 5240m, is an absolutely spectacular pass looking over Annapurna II, Gangapurna, Tilicho peak, the peaks surrounding Tilicho and the airport at Thongde. The trail down initially is steep; scree jumping seems to be the easiest option for the descent. After resting sore knees and shaky legs, we lunch on a plateau overlooking the peaks, and then continue to contour to the left towards Ngawal.


  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House/ Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House/ Lodge

Sit back and relax on your way back to Kathmandu. The view from the road is amazing! Pull out your camera and enjoy the natural spectacle.

  • Breakfast & Lunch
  • Hotel

Our staff will pick you up at the hotel and transfer you to the airport. We hope you enjoyed your journey with Annapurna Foothill Treks!

  • Breakfast

Trip Map

Nar Phu Valley Trekking map

What's Included

  • Transfer from Airport – Hotel – Airport: Car, Van, Hi-ace or Coaster in a private vehicle.
  • Authentic Nepali welcome dinner with Live Nepalese Cultural Program.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu, Three nights on Twin share Bed and Breakfast Basis.
  • Accommodation during Trek ; local lodges 10 nights (With twin-share rooms ,beds with comfortable foam mattress and pillows)
  • All standard meals(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trekking
  • English speaking experienced Sherpa guide (Govt. Trained/License Holder).
  • One Porter for two trekers 
  • Personal insurance for Nepalese staff.
  • Annapurna Foothill’s Duffle bag for Trekking.
  • Annapurna Foothills Tshirt
  • Energy Supplies; Snickers, Mars, Bounty etc. 
  • First aid medicine kit.
  • Special Permit Fee, TIMS permits & all required permits or Official Documentation
  • Ground Transfers Kathmandu – Besi Sahar Koto by Local Bus/ Sharing Jeep 
  • Ground Transfers Ngawal – Besi Sahar - Kathmandu by Local Bus/ Sharing Jeep 
  • All government and local taxes.
  • Assistance in arranging Helicopter rescue operations (24/7) in case of complicated health conditions or any other emergencies (should be covered by your Travel Insurance)

What’s Excluded


  • Your Personal Travel Insurance.
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fee.
  • Lunch & Dinner in cities - allow $ 10 to 14 for per meal in Tourist restaurants.
  • Beverages (soft drinks, mineral water,boiled water and beer).
  • Tips for guide, porters and driver (customary).
  • Any personal expenses not mentioned in above services.
  • Additional night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early return from Trek (due to any reason) than the planned itinerary.

Departure Dates

Start Date21 Sep, 2024End Date04 Oct, 2024AvailableUS$ 1400

Departure Note:

Guaranteed - We already have trekkers booked for those dates and you can join the group.

Available - The date is available to book and once you confirm your trip it will be guaranteed.

Limited - The departure date is filling fast and only limited seats are available to join.

Closed- The Trip cannot be booked on that specific date. Contact us for customized dates.

The departure dates are your arrival dates in Nepal.

We have set dates for departure to the Amazing Nar Phu Valley Trekking. So, pick your preferable date and let the adventure begin.

Nar Phu Valley Trekking is available and can be done throughout the year. So, if the date you prefer is not listed on our departure dates then you can contact us directly to book the trip on your own desired date.

We have listed the price up to 12 trekkers at maximum. If you are more than 12 trekkers, then please feel free to contact us for amazing discounted group price and further booking process.

Private Trips to Nar Phu Valley is possible on any date of the year. Contact us to design your own private trips with you loved ones.

Useful Info

Nar Phu Trekking Packing List:

Are you planning your dream trip to the Himalayas of Nepal? Make sure you have packed well for your hiking and trekking experiences in Nepal. The time period of your visit also determines your packing list. The best trekking seasons for beginning yourNar Phu Trekking are spring and autumn. During these seasons, the maximum flow of trekkers can be witnessed. The weather during spring (March–May) and autumn (September – November) is likely to be mild with clear blue sky and outstanding mountain views. But nights can get freezing cold at higher elevations. So, packing appropriate clothing, gear, and equipments for your Nar Phu  Trek is a must for a lifetime memorable trekking experience in Annapurna  area of Nepal.

Here is the complete packing checklist for Nar Phu Trekking or any other similar teahouse trekking in the captivating Himalayas of Nepal.

Upper Body:

Warm beanie hat

Tubular Headwear (buff)

Sun Hat or Cap (cap and buff all fit under your hood)

Polarized Sunglasses with UV protection

Headlamp (Black Diamond / Petzl) with spare batteries

Sunscreen with factor 50+

Upper Body (Core body):

2 Light and trekking weight thermal tops

2 T-shirts or cool-max trekking shirts

1 Fleece Jacket

1 Waterproof shell jacket with hood (lightweight, breathable)

1 Down Jacket

Lower Body:

2 Thermal base layers (merino or polartec power dry)

2 Pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.

1 Heavy weight hiking trousers (wind proof soft shell for warmth at higher altitude)

1  Fleece Pants

4 Under wears (merino)


1 Lightweight gloves or liner gloves

1 Pair shell gloves (Gore-Tex)


2 Warm Trekking socks (smart wool)

2 Pairs of liner socks

1Pairs of thick/ warm socks

1 Thick wool socks to wear at night in lodges

1 Steel Wire Rubber Crampons ( Not climbing Crampons )

Trekking Boots (waterproof, ankle support with rigid sole)

Lightweight Rubber Shoes / Trainers / Trail Runner to wear at the Tea Houses


1 Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches) 40 - 50 Liters

2 Water bottle or camel bag, 1-liter (one with an insulated cover is recommended)

Large duffle bag (and a lock as the porters will carry this)

A pair of adjustable Trekking Pole

Camera with extra battery

Sleeping bag (- 15 C depending upon trips)

Sleeping Bag liner

Ear Plugs

Portable Solar Charger

Smart Trekking Watch

Personal First Aid Kit:

Please do note that our trekking guides will be too carrying the first aid kit with them especially for the guests and the entire team as a whole. Still, we suggest the following items to be carried with you while trekking in the Himalaya of Nepal.

Personal Medication

Diarrhea Stopper (e.g. Imodium)

Paracetamol Tablets

Small Swiss Army knife (which has knife, scissors and tweezers)

Diamox for altitude (consult your doctor about this)

Water Purification tablets or drops

Blister kit / Zinc Tape

Hand Sanitizer

Dressing Gauze

Antibiotic Cream

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