Nar Phu Valley Trekking is a newly opened trekking route north to the Annapurna massif. The territory located at Manang district was opened for foreign tourists only after 2002. The trekking route is culturally dominated by the Tibetan Buddhism with ethnically diverse inhabitants. Nar Phu valley trekking route follows the path of the popular Annapurna Trekking Route and moves away from Koto after crossing the graceful Marsyangdi River. Trekking through the low altitude to the high trekking passes like Kang La Pass (5320m) and Thorang La Pass (5415m) offers a panoramic view of the Annapurna Massif and the unexplored landscape. Nar and Phu are two beautiful and remote villages which used to be the transit point for salt trading until the government closed the border. Nar Phu Valley trekking route is one of the best ‘off the beaten path’ route to explore the hidden valleys in the remote areas of Nepal.
Different indigenous cultured people like Gurung, Lama, Ghale and Bhotia are spotted along the trail which shows the diversification of the culture. The people have different language, tradition, food and traditional dress. One passes through the isolated villages, forests, beautiful landscapes, rock formations and the sacred monasteries along the Nar Phu valley trekking path. Yak and sheep herding, Yarsha Gumba; Caterpillar Fungus (valuable medicinal plant) collection and agriculture are the principal income source for the people in the remote valley. Apart from the unfavorable landscape and weather for the growth of crops, Bhotia people residing on Mountain region grow barley, potatoes and seasonal vegetables. People on the high and remote villages like Nar and Phu villages wear, weave and produce the woolen clothes from sheep and yak. The alpine valley above the beautiful Phu village offers a pleasurable view of snow covered mountains and the valley beneath them. The magnificent mountain ranges like Annapurna (8167m, 10th highest peak), Dhaulagiri (8167m, 7th highest peak), Manaslu (8163m, 8th highest peak), Lamjung Himal, Gangapurna and the sacred Machhapuchhre Himal is visible along the way. The stone and mud made houses and the pristine lifestyle of the people displays the pure and flawless culture of the inhabitants. The trekking along the route is strenuous and requires a good level of fitness.
Day 01:Arrival at Kathmandu.
Day 02:Kathmandu Sightseeing tour and trekking preparation.
Day 03:Drive to Chamje from Kathmandu. About 7 hours of drive.
Day 04:Trekking from Chamje to Dharapani. About 7 hours of trekking.
Day 05:Trekking from Dharapani to Koto. About 6 hours of trekking.
Day 06:Trekking from Koto to Meta. About 7 hours of trekking.
Day 07:Trekking from Meta to Phu village. About 7 hours of trekking.
Day 08:Acclimatization and excursion day at Phu valley.
Day 09:Trekking from Phu valley to Nar. About 6-7 hours of trekking.
Day 10:Exploration of Nar village and acclimatization day.
Day 11:Trekking from Nar to Ngawal via Kang La Pass (5320m). About 8 hours of trekking.
Day 12:Trekking from Ngawal to Manang. About 4 hours of trekking.
Day 13:Trekking from Manang to Yak Kharka. About 4 hours of trekking.
Day 14:Trekking from Yak Kharka to Thorang Phedi. About 4 hours of walking.
Day 15:Trekking from Thorang Phedi to Muktinath via high Thorang La Pass (5415m). About 8 hours of trekking.
Day 16:Trekking from Muktinath to Jomsom via Kagbeni. About 5 hours of trekking.
Day 17:Fly to Pokhara valley from Jomsom. 30 minutes of scenic flight.
Day 18:Drive to Kathmandu from Pokhara and enjoy Farewell dinner.
Day 01Arrival at Kathmandu.Representative of Lovely Nepal Tours and Travel will receive you from airport and transfer you to a hotel upon your arrival at the International airport. A short briefing about the next day activities is given and you’ll stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 02Kathmandu Sightseeing tour and trekking preparation.After breakfast you are guided out for the sightseeing tour of different UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. We visit different culturally significant locations such as Boudhhanath, Swayambhunath, Kathmandu durbar square and Pashupatinath. We prepare for trekking and stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 03Drive to Chamje from Kathmandu. About 7 hours of drive.Early morning we drive to Chamje from Kathmandu. We pass through different rivers, terraced farms, hills, villages and forests. We arrive at Besisahar and take a local jeep to Chamje. We drive through the countryside along the river bank and arrive at Chamje. We stay overnight at a local guesthouse in Chamje.
Day 04Trekking from Chamje to Dharapani. About 7 hours of trekking.We begin our trekking by walking along the bank of river. We cross suspension bridge and begin uphill climbing. We walk through steep and slippery path along the forest. From the top of the hill we can observe the flat meadows of Taal. We ascend further through curvy and stone paved path. After the trekking through villages like Karke and Nache and few more steep ascents the path moves downhill to a river. After crossing the river we arrive at Dharapani and stay overnight at a guesthouse.
Day 05Trekking from Dharapani to Koto. About 6 hours of trekking.Today we begin our trekking ascending through the forest covered ridges. The walk through the pine forest is steep and we pass through different villages like Bagarchap, Danaake, Timang and Lamatarang. We are provided with the stunning view of Peak 29, Manaslu and Annapurna massif along the trail. We pass through a river to finally at the Gurung village of Koto. We can see the Tibetan influence in the lifestyle of the inhabitants. We stay overnight at a lodge in Koto.
Day 06Trekking from Koto to Meta. About 7 hours of trekking.After enjoying the breakfast at Koto we begin today’s trekking walking along the bank of Soti khola (river). We enjoy the trekking through the pine and oak forest and cross several suspension bridges on the way. After arriving at Dharmashala we continue our trekking ascending uphill through ridges towards the village. We finally reach Meta village which is also a winter settlement area for Nar valley inhabitants. Meta offers stunning sight of Himalayas. We spend our night at a local guesthouse.
Day 07Trekking from Meta to Phu village. About 7 hours of trekking.We move uphill through a physically challenging path. The trekking route is torturous and passes across several suspension bridges and villages. We walk through significant locations like Khampa which offers amazing view if Annapurna massif, Pisang Himal, Tiliche Peak and many others. We follow the rocky trail for several hours and cross Phu River to finally arrive at Phu village. We stay overnight at a local guest house in Phu village.
Day 08Acclimatization and excursion day at Phu valley.Today we spend our day around the Phu valley. We visit the famous Tashi Lokhang Gompa constructed by Karmaapa Rinpoche. We explore the hidden valley of Phu and observe the lifestyle of local inhabitants like Gurung, Ghale and Lama. The people of the Phu valley depend on animal husbandry and agriculture for their survival. They migrate to other locations during winter as the village is covered with snow. We can walk up to the ridges to acclimatize and enjoy the beautiful view of snow covered mountains. We enjoy our overnight stay at Phu village.
Day 09Trekking from Phu valley to Nar. About 6-7 hours of trekking.After the breakfast at Phu village we start our trekking. We walk back through Khyang, Chyarkhaa and Jhuran until the junction to Nar. The trail descends through several overpasses and narrow gorges. The walk is the steep uphill passing through many old monasteries. We enter Nar through the gates located at top of the hill. Nar is decorated with prayer flags, chortens and terraced fields. We stay overnight at a local guesthouse in Nar.
Day 10Exploration of Nar village and acclimatization day.Nar village offers beautiful view of Kangaaru Mountain and Pisang Mountain. The village has many Buddhist Gompas such as Guru Chholing, Samdroo Chholing, Samten polgye etc. We explore around the village where the people are friendly and active in working. The son or daughter from almost all family is involved at Gompas. The peoples are busy weaving, carpentering, animal grazing and producing and harvesting crops. We observe the culture and lifestyle of people at Nar village and enjoy the acclimatization. We stay and spend our night at the guesthouse.
Day 11Trekking from Nar to Ngawal via Kang La Pass (5320m). About 8 hours of trekking.Trekking through Kang La Pass to Ngawal is a long trekking route. We wake up early in the morning and walk towards Kang La pass. The summit of Kang La Pass offers magnificent view of Himalayas and flat grassland beneath them. We can observe Pisang Peak, Annapurna massif and a distant airport. We descend steeply after reaching Kang La Pass. We pass through several yak shelters and scenic route to finally arrive at Ngawal after whole day walking on a lengthy trail. We stay overnight at Ngawal.
Day 12Trekking from Ngawal to Manang. About 4 hours of trekking.After the breakfast we start our trekking towards Manang. The trekking trail is along the bank of Marsyangdi River and leveled valley. The easy trekking trail passes through jungle, villages like Paugh, Braga and beautiful landscapes. We follow the standard Annapurna trail from Mungli and enjoy the beautiful Panorama of Tilicho peak and Annapurna Massif along the route. We reach thr town of Manang and stay overnight at a local guest house.
Day 13Trekking from Manang to Yak Kharka. About 4 hours of trekking.The trail continues ascending towards the Tenke Village after crossing a small river. We pass through Jarsang valley and continue the trail through the beautiful forest and along the meadows. We walk through villages like Ghunsan and grazing farms for yak, sheep and horses. The trail continues through several overpasses and Mani walls before reaching Yak Kharka village. We spend our night at Yak kharka village.
Day 14Trekking from Yak Kharka to Thorang Phedi. About 4 hours of walking.We enjoy our breakfast at Yak Kharka for Thorang Phedi. We start the trekking through gradual ascending. We cross a river through a wooden overpass and continue the trekking through narrow paths. We arrive at the busy area of Thorang Phedi after few hours of trekking. We stay overnight at Thorang Phedi. We stay overnight at Thorang Phedi rather than climbing up to the pass in order to minimize the risk of altitude related health hazards.
Day 15Trekking from Thorang Phedi to Muktinath via high Thorang La Pass (5415m). About 8 hours of trekking. We follow the steeply uphill trail to Thorang La Pass leaving behind Thorang Phedi. Crossing the famous Thorang La Pass is a major highlight of the trekking route. We follow the icy uphill path and the arrival is denoted by the waving prayer flags at the summit of the pass. The sight of snow capped Himalayas and the flat valley of Kaligandaki is picturesque. The trail is now steeply downhill from the pass towards Muktinath. Muktinath is a famous pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists. We stay overnight at Muktinath.
Day 16Trekking from Muktinath to Jomsom via Kagbeni. About 5 hours of trekking.Early morning we visit the sacred Muktinath temple and enjoy our breakfast returning to the guesthouse. We start the trekking walking downhill towards the Kaligandaki gorge. We walk through the dry topography similar to the Tibetan climatic zone. We walk through different villages rich in Tibetan culture. The trail passes through several monasteries, ancient caves and meadow before arriving at Kagbeni. Kagbeni is an ancient village rich in Tibetan architecture and gateway to the famous Upper Mustang Valley. We continue our walk following the trail to Jomsom through the curvy path of Kaligandaki valley. After our arrival at Jomsom we spend our night at a guesthouse.
Day 17Fly to Pokhara valley from Jomsom. 30 minutes of scenic flight.After the breakfast we fly towards Pokhara from airport at Jomsom. The scenic flight offers glorious sight of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges. We check into a hotel upon our arrival and enjoy our day at the beautiful city of Pokhara. We can enjoy evening walk around the Fewa Lake along with the mountain panorama. We stay overnight at a hotel in Pokhara.
Day 18Drive to Kathmandu from Pokhara and enjoy Farewell dinner.In the morning we drive back to Kathmandu through the Prithvi Highway. The drive is scenic and passes through several forest, river and villages. Arriving at Kathmandu you are transferred to the hotel. In the evening, we enjoy our farewell dinner at a traditional Nepali restaurant and observe Nepalese cultural dance. We stay overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 19Departure.Thank you for performing Nar Phu Valley Trekking in Nepal with Lovely Nepal Tours and Travel. Our representative will drop you to the airport for your final departure to the future destination.
The environmental, political and several other factors that are beyond the control of our team might be the hindrances in the trip. It is quite unusual for the alteration of whole itinerary; however, these factors can be responsible for the change and improvisation of the proposed itinerary. In such cases, the group leader or the trekking guide would decide the best alternative possible and try to minimize the problem as per the group’s interest. However, the company would not be responsible for the result of the alternatives and change in the suggested itinerary.
In case of health problems:
In case of altitude sickness and other health hazards during the trip, Lovely Nepal can charter a helicopter for you. In the case that you use this service, you can do the payment at our office. The payment receipt will be provided so that you can claim the amount from insurance.
In case of Flight Delay:
There might be certain delay in flight schedule from few hours to few days while flying from Jomsom to Pokhara. The extreme weather conditions, technical problems and minimum visibility can be the barrier for the landing and taking off of the flight. In case of these difficulties, Lovely Nepal Tours can charter a helicopter to make sure you won’t miss your international flight. In this case, the cost of the chopper can be paid directly at our office. You would be provided with the payment receipt so that you can claim the amount from insurance.