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20 Days
Availability : All Season
Kathmandu (1320m)
Thorong La (5416m)
Min People : 2
Max People : 20+
Trip Highlights:
  • Restricted trekking area as well as a remote area of Nepal 
  • Unique Himalayan Landscape
  • Cross two high passes – Kang La and Thorong La
  • Incredible mountains view: Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Gangapurna, Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Himlung, and Annapurna ranges 
  • Snow Leopard, Himalayan Thar, Mountain Goat, and other wild animals 
  • Experience the Tibetan culture and tradition of local community 
  • Explore natural flora and fauna

Nar Phu Valley Trek

Nar Phu Valley Trek is a true hidden gem that offers trekkers a rare opportunity to explore unspoiled valleys that feature a mix of raw Himalayan nature and ancient Buddhist culture. Trek starts from Jagat following the popular trekking routes of Annapurna Circuit trail and then branch off from Koto to follow the off the beaten track to Nar Phu valley in the north of Manang and pass the Kang La pass with a magnificent panorama of Annapurna massifs (a compact group of mountains).

Nar Phu Valley trek is a real Himalayan wilderness experience that leaves you an unforgettable memory. 

Special Permits:

Minimum of two persons is required to apply for special permits to Nar Phu Valley Trek. 

  • From September to November: USD 75 per week per person
  • From December to August:  USD 90 per week per person
Trekking Permits: 
  • ACAP Permit: USD 23 per person
  • TIMS Card: USD 10 per person 
Foods & Accommodation:
  • 16 – Nights Teahouse accommodation during the Nar Phu Valley Trek
  • 17 – Breakfast, 16 – Lunch, and 16 – Dinner during the Nar Phu Valley Trek 
  • 3 – Nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on Bed and Breakfast Basis
  • 1 – Nights hotel accommodation in Pokhara on Bed and Breakfast Basis
  • Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu
Best Time:
  • Spring (Mar, Apr, May): You can see the national flower of Nepal rhododendron, green forest, best mountain view
  • Autumn (Sept, Oct, Nov): You can view the green forest as well as the best mountain view
  • Monsoon: Fine but it’s a rainy season, you should have a raincoat, be careful from the leech. In this season, most preferable for nature photographers who like flora and fauna, green forest, river, waterfalls and many more
  • Winter: Even though you can view the mountain but the weather is a bit cold (should wear warm clothes)
Difficulty Level:
  • Moderate
Trekking Gears:
  • List of trekking gears can be found HERE. 

Note: You can also rent trekking gears in Kathmandu

Following the Nar Phu Valley Trek itinerary includes your arrival and departure days. If you wish to book the hotel in Kathmandu yourself and just to book our trek package only (Guide, Porter, Permit, Pokhara Hotel, Foods and Accommodation during trek, All Govt. taxes).

Feel free to contact us for further queries. We are always open for your customized itinerary and program as per your requirement.

Also Check: Top 10 Best Short Treks in Nepal 

Nar Phu Valley Trek Itinerary

Day 1Arrival at Kathmandu(1320m) airport and transfer to Hotel

Welcome to Tribhuvan Int’l Airport, Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal! One of the representatives from Mount Mania will be waiting to welcome you with fresh Nepali garlands and then transfer to your hotel by private vehicle. You will meet with trek guide and then brief about Nar Phu Valley Trek.

Day 2Full day sightseeing in Historical Area in Kathmandu Valley

After breakfast in a hotel, we will get ready for our sightseeing tour in Kathmandu Valley which includes UNESCO declared world heritage sites; Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swoyambhunath, Pashupatinath Temple and Boudhanath Stupa. Your tour will be accompanied by a professional licensed guide and return to the hotel. You will have some free time to shop your trekking gear (if you need) and trek preparation. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 3Drive from Kathmandu to Bhulbhule (860m)

After having breakfast at a hotel in Kathmandu. Our trekking guide will pick you up at your hotel in the morning. Then, we drive along the Kathmandu to Pokhara highway to Dumre and then follow the narrow and paved road by the Marsyangdi River to Besisahar then to Bhulbhule. After dropping at Bhulbhule, we will trek to Nagdi which is the one-hour long hike. Overnight at Teahouse.

Day 4Trek from Bhulbhule to Chamje (1430m)

After having breakfast at the lodge, we start trekking which will take about 5-6 hours to Chamje, The trail goes flat for the first part then climbs steeply and the path is cut into the sheer cliff-face some 200-300m above the riverbed. Eventually, we descend to the stone village of Jagat (1330m.) situated on a shelf which juts into the precipitous Marsyangdi valley. Overnight at Chamje.

Day 5Trek from Chamje to Dharapani (1920m)

After having breakfast at a teahouse, we start our trek by descending to the river and cross another suspension bridge; we begin a climb to Sattale (1550m.) on a path so steep that seems one slip would send you hurtling down into the valley. We continue on an undulating path above the river, and at one point, where a tributary flows in from the opposite bank, the main river becomes covered with huge boulders that hide the water. Climbing a meandering path to the top of the hill, we will see the level plain of Tal (1700m.). Beyond Tal, the valley narrows and the path become high and winding, and in several areas hewn from the rock itself. Beyond the small village of Karte (1900m.), there is a bit more cliff-walking before the path drops again to the river and we cross another suspension bridge and arrive at Dharapani, overnight at Teahouse.

Day 6Trek from Dharapani to Koto (2600m)

After having breakfast, we start our trekking through a narrow field from the village, the Dudh Khola, which originates from the south face of Manaslu, The Marsyangdi River then veers to the left, and as Annapurna II becomes visible ahead, we arrive at Bagarchhap, a Bhote village with prayer flags fluttering in the breeze around Buddhist monastery, continuing to climb through forests of pine and oak, we pass through Danaque (2210m.). There comes a small wooden bridge which makes us follow a steep ascending path up to Timang village which lies at the bottom of Lamajung Himal & then the trail goes through a flat level until we will reach Koto. Overnight at Koto.

Day 7Trek from Koto to Meta (3430m)

After breakfast, our guide will help you to register the restricted area permit at the Police Check Post. Then we will trek through the Soti Khola River Bank again through wonderful pine forests, streams and suspension and reach Dharmasala. Our guide will provide packed lunch for you. Because there are not any lunch place. Then, we will continue the trek through forests and ascend steeply towards Meta village. Lastly, we will arrive on the Tibetan Plateau where we have a very good view of Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal. Overnight at Meta.

Day 8Trek from Meta to Phu Gaon (4050m)

After breakfast, our day will start by crossing suspension bridges over the different small narrow river. After almost 3 to 4 hours of the trek, we will reach Kyang where we can see the Khampa settlement (the place which Khampa refugees from Tibet once captured and lived). We further keep walking past the Phu Khola on a rocky trail and finally reach the Phu village in another 3 to 4 hours. Overnight at Phu Gaon.

Day 9Explore Phu Gaon

Today we will explore the culture, natural diversity, and religious practices of the ethnic groups like Lama, Gurung and Ghale. Besides this, we can trace out how people make their survival depending on agriculture, animal breeding and seasonal migrations in such remote location or in the hidden valley. It is also the day for us to explore the Tashi Lakhang Monastery – the old Buddhist Monastery listed out of the 108 world’s great Buddhist Monasteries; it is supposed to be the last monastery constructed by Karmapa Rinpoche. Apart from exploring the cultural avenues of the lost valley, the valley also offers us a great view of Himlung Himal and other snow peaks in the region. Overnight at Phu Gaon.

Day 10Trek from Phu Gaon to Nar (3550m)

After breakfast, we will start our trail bypassing many streams and suspension bridges until Mahendra Pul which takes about 4 hours. We will pass the high suspension bridge 80m over the Gorge of Lapche River. We will have lunch in Mahendra Pul. After lunch, the trail steeply ascends passing many Buddhist stupas until Nar Village which takes about 2 hours. Also, we will find several Buddhist Monasteries to visit mixed with the glorious vistas of Pisang Peak and other small peaks. Overnight at Nar.

Day 11Explore Nar village

As the previous acclimatization that we spend at Nar Gaon. Similarly. on this day, we will also spend the day by taking a day hike nearby and explore Nar village and have a closer look at the local culture and lifestyle. Overnight at same teahouse at Nar.

Day 12Trek from Nar village to Ngwal (3560m) after crossing Kang La pass (5330)

After early breakfast, we will start our trek from 4 am. Because today will be one of the adventurous days with a long day hike and be heading to Kang La pass. From the pass, we can view the Annapurna massif. Later, we further trek step down to Ngwal. Overnight at Ngwal.

Day 13Trek from Ngwal to Manang (3540m)

After having breakfast, we will descend towards Manang valley which affords good views of the vibrant valley and Tilicho peak (7145m.). From Ngwal, you can view some of the amazing mountains: Mt. Annapurna II, Mt. Annapurna IV, Mt. Annapurna III, Mt. Gangapurna, Pisang Peak, Tilicho Peak, Chulu East and beautiful Manang Valley. Cultivated fields appear on both sides of the path and off to the right, below a craggy mountain, we will see the village of Braga with its splendid monastery, Large chortens, and mani walls abound and the tall peaks of the Himalaya spread out before us, then after a short steep climb we will reach Manang for our overnight at a Teahouse.

Day 14Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4000m)

After having breakfast at a teahouse, today the trail ascends gently all the way to Yak Kharka passing through Gunsang (3960m.) village. We will see panoramic views all the day and it seems it is short hiking, however, we will feel a bit fatigued as we are going higher and into less oxygen air. Overnight at a Teahouse.

Day 15Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4430m)

After having breakfast at a teahouse, we start our trekking with a climb gradually to a ridge before descending to the Marsyangdi river and crossing via a suspension bridge, after a short ascent up the mountain path on the right bank, you follow a narrow trail across an unstable scree slope and then descend to Thorung Phedi. Overnight at a Teahouse.

Day 16Trek from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3850m) via Thorong La (5416m)

After having breakfast, we will start our trekking quite early in the morning crossing the Thorong La (5416m). The trail becomes steep immediately on leaving camp but as this trail has been used by local people for hundreds of years the path is well defined, No trail hassles down here. The gradient then eases and after around 4 hours of steady climbing, we will reach the chorten and prayer flags of the pass. The views are dramatic, to say the least, from the snow-covered mountains above to the head of the Kali Gandaki valley below and the brown and purple hills of Mustang which are spread out before us. The descent to Muktinath is a knee-pounding 1600m but it’s compensated for with excellent views of Dhaulagiri. Eventually, the moraines give way to grassy slopes before a pleasant walk along the Jhong Khola Valley to Muktinath and its shrines. Overnight at a Teahouse.

Day 17Trek from Muktinath - Kagbeni - Jomsom (2700m)

After having breakfast, we will go visit the famous temple of Muktinath and return to the lodge then have breakfast and begin the trek descent down the dramatic Kali Gandaki Gorge, initially through arid country in the same geographical and climatic zone as Tibet. After passing through Jharkot and Khingar villages with typical Tibetan architecture, we follow path steeply down to Kagbeni, a primitive village famous for Tibetan architectures and there is a monastery hereabouts said to have been built in the 15th Century the Kagbeni is the border for Upper Mustang. After lunch in Kagbeni, we follow the flat path along the banks of dramatic Kali Gandaki Gorge. Now, we arrived at Jomsom, the district headquarter of Mustang. Overnight at Jomsom.

Day 18Early morning flight from Jomsom to Pokhara (820m)

After early breakfast at the teahouse, we will get ready to catch a flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. Total flight duration is 25 minutes. From flight, you can view the amazing landscape, rivers, and mountains. After reaching to Pokhara, you can enjoy the walkthrough Pokhara city and nighlife. Overnight at Pokhara.

Day 19Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (6 Hours)

After early breakfast at a hotel in Pokhara. We will check-out from hotel and catch our tourist bus which leaves at 7 AM to drive us to Kathmandu and the driving will be a fantastic experience as we drive past many small towns on the way and we are able to see rural settlements, gushing rivers, terraces, and green rural landscapes. We will stop for lunch in between the travel from Pokhara to Kathmandu. After 6 hours drive, we will arrive at Kathmandu and stay overnight at your hotel. One of the Mount Mania representatives will invite you to attend a farewell dinner with a cultural show. Enjoy the fullest.

Day 20Departure

Mount Mania representative will help you to transport to Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu by private vehicle before 3 hours to your scheduled flight.

Price Includes

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
  • 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Farewell dinners
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Tourist Bus (Pokhara-Kathmandu)
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trekking guide with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter) with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (ACAP, TIMS)
  • Medical kit including Oximeter to measure your Oxygen and Pulse in high altitude (Carried by Trekking Guide)
  • All government and local taxes

Price Excludes

  • Nepalese visa fee
  • International airfare to and from Tribhuvan Int”l Airport (TIA)
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and/or Pokhara
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (Wifi, phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)
  • Services not mentioned in 'Includes' section (Please ask us if you are confused about any services)
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