Nar Phu Trek - 14 Days

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Duration: 14 Days
  • Trip Grade: Strenuous
  • Cost start: US$ 995 (P/P)
  • Accomodation: Tea house/lodge
  • Trip Style: Trekking/hiking
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Trip Highlights

  • Superb vistas, diverse flora and fauna, and a pristine Tibetan culture
  • Hike to Himlung Base Camp
  • Memorable visits to the highly unique villages of Nar and Phu
  • Kang La Pass
  • Overnight stay in monastery

About Trip

The Nar Phu Trek has only been open for exploration since 2002 and offers an extraordinarily pristine cultural and scenic experience that is all the more remarkable given its proximity to the famous and well-traveled Annapurna circuit. One of Nepal’s true hidden valleys, its rugged landscapes and ancient villages bordering on Tibet have lain in peaceful solitude for years from the outside world, with relatively few trekkers making the journey to one of the last truly untouched regions in the Himalayas.

The trek begins proper at Besisahar and follows the stock route for the Annapurna Circuit through to Koto before branching away eastward towards Nar Phu valley. The trail leads along the Nar Khola River and through a narrow gorge before arriving at the small settlement of Odar (which translates to ‘Cave’), a convenient point for a lunch stop at one of the newly constructed tea houses. From Odar the path heads out through thickets of pine, rhododendrons and bamboo, with the soothing delights of a hot spring en route to bath in for a refreshing break. From there we head to the picturesque village of Meta and its impressive landscapes and view of the monastery at Nar Phedi in the distance.

The following day’s journey to Phu offers some of the most memorable and unspoiled views on the trek as the trail pass below the daunting slopes of Kangaru Himal and Chyakhu before winding on through the village of Kyang. Phu itself is a remarkable and impressive village that seems as much a bastion against the forces of time as the harsh Himalayan elements, with a known history that dates back to at least the 5th century. The structures are like building blocks set side by side and seemingly one on top of the other along the sloping hill at the heart of the village, creating the semblance of terraced fields of stone. Replete with the obligatory Mani walls, prayer wheels and its own fascinating monastery, the village is a treasure house of Tibetan culture frozen in time that intrigues and beguiles at every turn and stairway, particularly for photographers.

Phu also serves as a gateway to the mountain of Himlung (7126m) and its base camp at an altitude of 4920m. With a rest day set aside for Phu the opportunity exists to either hike to the base camp and its impressive views and glacial surroundings, or simply relax in Phu for the day and use the time to further explore the labyrinthine village and its many charms.

From Phu the trail heads westward to Nar Phedi and its monastery for a fascinating overnight stay, and on the following day climbs steeply to the impressively sited village of Nar – yes, it’s confusing! The village offers more stunning views of the Himalayas, as well as the culturally rewarding experience of observing the local people engaged in a variety of activities unique to the area. The trek through the valley culminates with the climb up to Kang La pass (5360m) and the steep and rocky descent to Ngawal on the Annapurna Circuit trail. The option exists to continue on the circuit all the way up to and over Thorong La pass, or of heading towards Mesokanto La as an alternative. Otherwise the trek concludes by hiking back down the trail to Chame and the return drive to Pokhara or Kathmandu.

Nar Phu Trek is undoubtedly one of the premier destinations in the Himalayas for those seeking a glimpse into a region of raw beauty and Tibetan culture that's a throwback to a distant past, one that even Tibet it self has long since forgotten about.  Nepal Trekking Experts has the experience and the personnel to make it happen - just drop us a line and discuss the various options with our staff to explore this fascinating valley.

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Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Welcome at airport and transfer to the hotel

Day 02: Free day for final trekking preparation

Day 03: Kathmandu to Jagat by drive (8 hrs, 1300m)

Day 04: Jagat to Dharapani (6 hrs, 1860m)

Day 05: Dharapani to Koto (5/6 hrs, 2600m)

Day 06: Koto to Meta (8 hrs, 3560m)

Day 07: Meta to Phu (8hrs, 4080m)

Day 08: Side trip to Himlung Base Camp (7 hrs, 4920m) then back to Phu village for overnight.

Day 09: Phu to Nar Phedi where we can have unique experience of staying overnight in Monastery (6hrs, 3500m)

Day 10: Nar Phedi to Nar Village (2/3 hrs, 4200m)

Day 11: Nar to Kang La Pass 5320m then descend to Nagwal. (8 hrs, 3660m)

Day 12: Nagwal to Chame (7 hrs, 2670m)

Day 13: Drive back to Kathmandu/Pokhara by Jeep/bus (11 hrs)

Day 14: Farewell

Trip cost includes/excludes:

  • Complimentary airport pick up and drop off
  • Complimentary welcome dinner
  • Two-night stay on arrival in Kathmandu in a standard hotel with breakfast included (twin share basis)
  • All necessary trekking permits such Nar Phu special permit, Annapurna conservation area permit, TIMS card, etc.
  • All accommodation during trek
  • Three meals a day during the trek
  • Fresh fruit each day if and when available
  • Complementary duffel bag, agency T-shirt, trekking map, sleeping bag
  • Government registered and first-aid trained professional local guide who speaks English
  • First-aid kit
  • Drive to Jagat from Kathmandu
  • Drive back to Kathmandu/Pokhara by bus/jeep
  • Staff insurance, meals, accommodation, equipment, transportation, etc.
  • Rescue arrangements if necessary
  • Agency service charge and government tax/VAT
  • Certificate of achievement if needed
  • International airfare and Nepal visa fee
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Personal Insurance, personal expenses, loss of property and theft, etc.
  • Sightseeing costs (temples, monasteries entrance fee, etc.)
  • All beverages, snacks, and additional expenses such as laundry, hot showers, battery charging, wifi, etc.
  • Tips to staff

Note:- Above itinerary is just a guideline. If you are not satisfied, please feel free customize your own.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01Welcome at airport and transfer to the hotel

Welcome at airport then transfer to your Hotel.

Day 02Free day for final trekking preparation

Day 03Kathmandu to Jagat by drive (8 hrs, 1300m)

Day 04Jagat to Dharapani (6 hrs, 1860m)

Day 05Dharapani to Koto (5/6 hrs, 2600m)

Day 06Koto to Meta (8 hrs, 3560m)

Day 07Meta to Phu (8hrs, 4080m)

Day 08Side trip to Himlung Base Camp (7 hrs, 4920m) then back to Phu village for overnight.

Day 09Phu to Nar Phedi where we can have unique experience of staying overnight in Monastery (6hrs, 3500m)

Day 10Nar Phedi to Nar Village (2/3 hrs, 4200m)

Day 11Nar to Kang La Pass 5320m then descend to Nagwal. (8 hrs, 3660m)

Day 12Nagwal to Chame (7 hrs, 2670m)

Day 13Drive back to Kathmandu/Pokhara by Jeep/bus (11 hrs)

Day 14Farewell

Read Reviews

Rated 5/5 based on 2 reviews


Amazing experience with Rajesh and Gautam


for the second time I organized my holiday in Nepal with Nepaltrekkingexperts. Again, Rajesh provided fast and accurate answers to all questions about the trek but also regarding the necessary papers for arrival and departure the country, and the trek. thank you for all your help, Rajesh. together with Gautam, my porter-guide, I had an amazing trek discovering the beautyful and remote villages of Nar and Phu as well as the Nar Phu valley. Gautam managed all the business: getting the best room in the guesthouse, proper food and more. always a smile in his face and cheering me up. I learned once more a lot about abput Nepal, I even improved my nepalese a little bit. more im,portant, we had a lot of fun together, laughing a lot. Gautam, next time together again? no problem :-)

, Netherlands


Unbelievable Trekking Experience in the Nar Phu Valley!


My partner and I just completed the Nar Phu Valley trek with Nepal Trekking Experts and we can say without a doubt that they helped make our trip the amazing experience that it was. Our only regret is that we didn't do a longer trek haha! From the very beginning of communication, Rajesh made sure that we were taken care of before we even got to Nepal, coordinating everything with us so that we would set when we arrived and after the trek was over. He made us feel extremely welcomed and made sure that we felt prepared before the trek began.

We cannot say enough about our guide, Mohan and our porter, Gautam. They were absolutely phenomenal. The trek was not an easy one with long days and steep climbs but these guys took such good care of us and made every hiking day so much fun that we could forget about the difficulty. You spend a lot of time with your guide and porter on treks like this that are so remote so its important that you can have a good and fun time with them - and we definitely did! Aside from how much fun they were - Mohan was extremely professional and it was extremely obvious that he knew what he was doing. Also when my boyfriend started showing signs of altitude sickness, Mohan took care of the situation so that everyone would be safe, happy and set up for success in the days to follow - which we were! When we come back to Nepal one day we are definitely asking for Mohan and Gautam again :P

The hike itself is mind blowing. Its remote, untouched and authentic. You also go through so many different types of landscapes - every day is different. We would recommend this trek for anyone looking for a real adventure. And we would recommend Nepal Trekking Experts to anyone that wants to do it. We can't thank them enough for the incredible experience they helped us have!

, Netherlands

Useful Info

  • Kindly take permission while taking photos of locals
  • Respect the local culture
  • Proper trekking gears
  • Take some snacks with you in case of if you got some kinds of sickness or quick energy
  • Take a wall side or safe side while passing donkeys on the way
  • If you are on the landslide area please heads up around and pass without delay
  • Better to avoid alcohol or smoke above 3000 m.
  • Drink more than 3 liter of water per day
  • Water purification tablets or filter machine
  • Be aware with altitude symptoms
  • Minimum 2 trekkers require to obtain Nar Phu Valley special permits
  • Extra Nepali Rupees just for unusual circumstances or extra snacks in tea houses
  • Proper acclimatization is essential to hit the goal

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