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Nar Phu Valley trek is one of the less tourist camping trekking areas of Nepal. For this trek, we need a special permit from the government

Nar Phu Valley trek is one of the less tourist camping trekking areas of Nepal. For this trek, we need a special permit from the government

Narphu Valley Trekking

Nar Phu Valley trek is one of the less tourist camping trekking areas of Nepal. For this trek, we need a special permit from the government as this Nar and Phu village is recognized very lately. Which is normal to hard trekking with different passes, Nar Phu Valley trekking is in the Annapurna region but it's a different way of trekking. But it's a fascinating and challenging trek.

Nowadays, Nar Phu has a population of about 300 inhabitants who depend on livestock, unlike most Boatia people, whose trading patterns changed drastically after the Nepali Government closed its borders with Tibet, the people of Nar and Phu valley were the least affected by this change. The winding path leading from the valley into Tibet had never made them dependent on the salt trade, and till today yak herding is the basis of their livelihood. Nar Phu Valley trek passes through the ancient villages of the Nar Phu valley, allowing visitors to spectator its age-old Nepalese/Tibetan culture.

A fantastic journey in a wild and unexplored area located north of Annapurna; the Nar Phu Valley is perfect for travelers who want to discover the Annapurna circuit as well as explore an untouched valley. It is a rough and wild trek that takes you to the exotic Nar Phu valley which lies in the remote corner of the Annapurna region. Opened for the visitors only in the year 2003; the Nar Phu valley remains untouched by modernity. The inhabitants, who roughly comprise about 350 Nepalese Tibetans, have retained their age-old practices. Most of them are engaged in yak herding and farming.

The Nar Phu Valley Trek is a peaceful hiking path in the Annapurna area, based on the Tea House in the remote Himalayas off the Beaten Path, Unique Tibetan culture with spectacular views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhre, Lamjung Himal, Tilicho peak, and other peaks. The hike begins at Bhulbhule and leads to Nar and Phu villages through a beautiful trail, it may sound difficult, but the fact is Nar Phu Valley is one of the parts of the restricted area of Nepal's great Himalayas. Nar Phu Valley is also approached from North West from Mustang through the high pass at Teri La Pass 5595m (about 3.48 mi)) Trek and Saribung La. 

For Travellers to Nar Phu Valley Trek, we can modify the days according to the option and concerns of the travelers. If you have unlimited or limited time, then the Annapurna Circuit Trek, the Jomsom Muktinath Trek, the days, or the Tilicho Annapurna Thorong Pass Trek, would be a suitable alternative for your vacation. 

Nar Phu Valley Trekking / 20 Days - Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu (1300m).

Day 02: Drive to Besishahar (830m) to Syange for 7-8 hrs and Trek to Shree Chaur, for 1 hr.

Day 03: Trek from Shree Chaur to Tal village (1410m) 5-6 hrs.

Day 04: Trek from Tal Village to Chamje (1830m) 5-6 hrs.

Day 05: Trek from Chamje to Bagarchhap (2164m) 6-7 hrs.

Day 06: Trek from Bagarchhap to Koto Qupar (2600m) 6-7 hrs

Day 07: Trek from Koto to Dharamsala (3230m) 6-7 hrs.

Day 08: Trek from Dharamsala to Kayang (3740m) 6-7 hrs.

Day 09: Trek from Kayang to Phu (4,050m) 6-7 hrs.

Day 10: Trek from Phu to Junam (3550mt) 5-6 hrs.

Day 11: Trek from Junam to Nar (4150m) 5-6 hrs.

Day 12: Trek from Nar to Ngawal (3650m) 6-7 hrs.

Day 13: Trek from Nagawal to Manang (3351m).

Day 14: Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4110m) 6-7 hrs.

Day 15: Trek from Yak Kharka to Throng Phedi (4400m) 6-7 hrs.

Day 16: Trek from Throng Phedi to Throng La (5416m) to Muktin0ath (3800m) 9-10 hrs.

Day 17: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (2500m) 5-6 hrs.

Day 18: Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara (8 20m) 20 min.

Day 19: Pokhara to Kathmandu fly 25 min. /drive 6-7 hrs.

Day 20: Farewell Friend (Final departure to your onward destination).

Nar Phu Valley Trekking / 20 Days - Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu (1300m).
Namaste & welcome to Mountain Guide Trek of Nepal. Upon your arrival, you will be greeted by a representative from Mountain guide Treks (MGT). After completing your custom formalities (Visa, etc) pick up your luggage and look for our representative with a Mountain Guide Treks and Expedition with the Group leader's name display board at the arrival gate. You will be then transferred to Hotel. After check-in, if time allows, you will visit the MGT office to meet your trekking leader as well as other participants and for final preparation for the trip. It all depends upon your arrival time. (Overnight at deluxe hotel on BB basis)

Day 02: Drive to Besishahar (830m) to Syange for 7-8 hrs and Trek to Shree Chaur, for 1 hrs.
This morning we leave Kathmandu for our long trek to Annapurna. Drive to Beshishahar and Syange through the scenic countryside and river view. This is an interesting drive through the foothills of the Himalayas. En route to Pokhara, our route diverts from the town village of Dumre towards the north to Besishahar. On arriving at Besishahar enter your permit and keep driving up to Syange and one hour trek up to Shree Chaur. (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)

Day 03: Trek from Shree Chaur to Tal village (1410m) 5-6 hrs.
After breakfast, our trek continues gradually uphill from the river and the last steep climb to get to Jagat. From here an hour further walk on a rocky path & a long scenic waterfall across the river and finally brings you to Chamje for a Lunch stop. From Chamje a short walk brings to a suspension bridge over the raging Marshyangdi river, after crossing the bridge it's another steep climb for another 3 hours till Tal, the village is situated on the gorge valley by the side of the river Marshyangdi and decorated with beautiful waterfall & sandy spread river, where we will stay overnight at Tal village. (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)

Day 04: Trek from Tal Village to Chamje (1830m) 5-6 hrs.
The trail climbs steeply and the path is cut into the sheer cliff-face some 200-300m above the riverbed. Eventually, we descend to the village of Jagat, situated on a shelf that juts into the precipitous Marsyangdi valley, and then climb steeply up through a forest to a wonderful tea house just before Chamje, marked by a magnificent waterfall on the opposite bank. Chamje is an atmospheric village of the traditional style tea house, always packed with local horses, also bedding down for the night. (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)

Day 05: Trek from Chamje to Bagarchhap (2164m) 6-7 hrs.
Getting right into the spirit of the trek this morning, we begin before the sun hits on a two-hour hike - straight up. After descending to the river and crossing a suspension bridge, we begin a steep climb to some small tea houses in Seattle. Beyond Tal and the check post, the valley narrows and the path becomes high and winding, and in several areas is actually when from the rock. Beyond the small village of Kharka, there is a bit more exposed trail walking before the path drops again to the river. We cross a bridge and climb the short distance to the stone Khan marking the entrance to Dharapani and another check post. As we cut through a narrow field from the village, the Dudh Khola, which originates from the south face of Manaslu, enters on the opposite bank. The Marsyangdi then turns to the left, and as Annapurna II (the 16th highest mountain on the planet) becomes visible ahead, we arrive at Bagarchhap, a Tibetan village with prayer flags fluttering in the breeze. (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)

Day 06: Trek from Bagarchhap to Koto Qupar (2600m) 6-7 hrs.
Continuing to climb through forests of pine and oak, we pass through Danagyu before coming to a thundering waterfall, where we turn left and head up the high trail to Koto. After an hour of lovely, open forests, we reach a clearing at the top of the trail and a charming Tibetan tea house where we will stop for a break. Pausing for breath, we can look back for views of Manaslu. An hour away is the wonderful Gurung village of Timang, where the villagers might be harvesting their crops of buckwheat. Heading down to the village of Koto Cupar, our base for the trek up to Nar Phu, we can look straight up at nearby Annapurna II - a stunning sight convincing us that we are deep in the Mountains of Koto Cupar. The villagers are mostly from Nar and Phu and this is the gateway to their region. (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)

Day 07: Trek from Koto to Dharamsala (3230m) 6-7 hrs.
This morning we head out early, as we have a long and somewhat difficult day before us. Just past the check post, we cross the river leading to the Nar Phu valleys and hike up through beautiful woods above the Phu Khola (river). The route takes us through some beautiful woods and past several small shelters (caves) and a pilgrims 'Dharmasala'. As we emerge out of a narrow canyon, the trail passes under a wide waterfall just before the Dharmasala, from which point the woods become thinner and the vistas wider. A stunning start for the Nar Phu trek! We camp at the Dharamsala. (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)

Day 08: Trek from Dharamsala to Kayang (3740m) 6-7 hrs.
A steep climb up the valley along a small, scenic river brings us finally to high pastures on a 3,200m plateau. We pass by the scenic Kharka of Meta, 3560m, a non-permanent winter settlement of Nar, where we will probably share the trail with a few yaks! This morning is one of the loveliest walks in the Himalayas. The landscape is similar to the Sierra Nevada; white rocks, low shrubs and juniper, scattered evergreens, delicate brick-red, and orange leafed bushes, crumbling shelves of flat slate, white, sandy trails, and knurled trees. 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. Many more ups and downs take us to tonight's campsite at Kyang, the extensive winter settlement of Phu, on a plateau high above the river. (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)

Day 09: Trek from Kayang to Phu (4,050m) 6-7 hrs.
Slowly going down to the river, we trek for a while along the river bank and past the "submarine" rock, passing some small possible campsites along the way. Today, we start to see some of the unique, colorful Chortens for which Nar and Phu are justly 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. 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, amphitheater-style. We will set up camp on the lower reaches of Phu, formerly called Gomdzong, and head up to the famous Tashi Lhakhang Gompa. (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)mp on full board basis)

Day 10: Trek from Junam to Nar (4150m) 5-6 hrs.
As we trek down to the old bridge spanning a deep, contoured, and narrow gorge (cameras out for this crossing), and then back up again. It's a good thing the scenery is so stunning, below us sit Gyalbu Kumbu, built-in 1650, and State 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. (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)

Day 11: Trek from Nar to Ngawal (3650m) 6-7 hrs.
The trail down initially is steep, and scree jumping seems to be the easiest option for the descent. Ngawal, on the upper Pisang route of the Annapurna circuit (off the main Annapurna circuit), can be reached in as little as two hours from the pass, but the walk down is so nice that we will take it easy and enjoy the views. Just before Ngawal is an unusual grouping of Chortens and prayer flags, and marks a meditation cave far up in the hills. Ngawal is a wonderful, old village of cobbled streets, prayer wheels, and beautiful architecture, obviously a hub of religious activity in previous times. (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)

Day 12: Trek from Nagawal to Manang (3351m).
Leaving Ngawal, we trek an amazing trail passing through the isolated village of Paugha and wonderful views of the Annapurnas, Trail is going very gently up walk to Mungli and accents up to the main Annapurna trail at Mungle. After lunch, pleasant walk up to the Braga village for traditionally built up Tibetans style houses and if can be visited the monastery, it has an outstanding display of statues, Thankas, and the religious manuscripts. From here it is only an hour's walk to Manang for the overnight. (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)

Day 13: Acclimatization day at Manang (3351m).
Today is full of rest for exploration in Manang. The village of about 500 flat-roofed houses in the picturesque set amongst some spectacular scenery -Annapurna II, Annapurna III (7,555 meters), Gangapurna (7,454 meters) to the South - Tilicho (7,132 meters), and the Grand Barrier to the West - Chulu West (6,583 meters) and Chulu East (6,059 meters) to the North. After exploring and relaxing day at Manang, visit the Himalayan Rescue Association and if needed go for a movie show. (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)

Day 14: Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4110m) 6-7 hrs.
After a fantastic time at Manang, the trail leads to a slow climb up for an hour to the Tenki Manang for an enclosed view of the Annapurna, Gangapurna, and Tilicho peak. The track gently winds up offering inspiring views and through terrains with juniper bushes as the only surviving vegetation around this region and will brings you to Yak-Kharka for the overnight. (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)

Day 15: Trek from Yak Kharka to Throng Phedi (4400m) 6-7 hrs.
Today, we start our trek at a slow and own pace to get to Phedi. We still have the same amazing view of mountains and landscapes. After an hour's walk reaches Ledar and continues to climb along the east bank of the Jordan Khola, then descends and crosses the stream on a wooden bridge to get to a small tea shop. We stop for a wonderful view and tea breaks, we follow a narrow path across a high, unsteady slope before heading to Thorong Phedi for the overnight. (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)

Day 16: Trek from Throng Phedi to Throng La (5416m) to Muktinath (3800m) 9-10 hrs.
Today is the longest and hardest day of the whole trip. We start our walk early in the morning with packed lunch and the trail becomes steepest initially and reaches a high camp. Walk at your own pace viewing sunrise and glimpse of the mountains. Our continuing walk to the top takes 3-4 hrs to the Throng top and with a great feeling of victory take a short break for picturesque scenery and down to the Mustang part of the mountains and the Kaligandaki valley far below to the West. Finally, we made it to Muktinath after a 6-7 hrs long walk. (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)

Day 17: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (2500m) 5-6 hrs.
Today, we wake up early to the marvelous sounds of temple bells and visit the famous pilgrimage center to the Muktinath Temple area. After breakfast, it is an easy trek down to Kagbeni. The trail descends through a dramatic, arid landscape to Kagbeni. To reach Kagbeni one must travel on either side of the Kaligandaki River. The left fork continues up the river to Kagbeni. Perhaps your lunch spot will be at Kagbeni. After a few hours of walking from Kagbeni, we reach Jomsom, a large town and the headquarters of the Mustang region. It has an airstrip just above the Kaligandaki River and is also a major village in the Kaligandaki area linking the age-old Trans-Himalayan Salt Trade route to Tibet. (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)

Day 18: Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara (820m) 20 min.
This morning we pack our bags and get ready for the exciting mountain scenic flight to Pokhara. The flight transit between two high peaks Mt. Annapurna (8091m and Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m and allows us to enjoy with best views of the surrounding Annapurna & Dhaulagiri Himalayan range. We have a full day at Pokhara to enjoy its nature.
Our guide will take you sightseeing in Pokhara valley and visit the highlights of Pokhara and the surrounding areas. The place to visit pilgrimage sites of Hindu temple Bindabashini, one most important and popular Hindu temples in Pokhara. Two-hour boating in Phewa Lake and visit the Barahi temple which is one on the island in Phewa Lake and another popular place David fall (Waterfall), Ghupteshower cave, etc. (Overnight at deluxe hotel on BB basis)

Day 19: Pokhara to Kathmandu fly 25 min. /drive 6-7 hrs.
It will be an afternoon flight to Kathmandu, till some hours before the flight; you may take an optional sightseeing tour around Pokhara or enjoy adventure activities such as boat riding, paragliding, etc. While returning to Kathmandu from Pokhara, be sure to catch the left side of the airplane for the best views of the Himalayas. The day at leisure to rest, perhaps catch up on some last-minute shopping or explore any sights you missed during your first day in Kathmandu. ! Remember, we will be hosting a fantastic celebration "Farewell dinner" at a traditional Nepalese restaurant together with Mountain Guide Trek staffs for successful completion of the Nar Phu Valley Trek! (Overnight at deluxe hotel on BB basis)

Day 20: Farewell Friend (Final departure to your onward destination).
Today is the last day in Nepal for this trip; you are saying goodbye to the mountains as the journey in Nepal, comes to an end today, There is nothing to do but trade emails with travel companions and organize the photos. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. Approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight a representative from Mountain Guide Treks will take you to the airport.

Cost Include

  • Airport pick up drop service
  • All land transportation as per itinerary
  • 2 night's hotel accommodation at Kathmandu in a deluxe hotel on a BB basis.
  • 1 night's hotel accommodation at Pokhara in a tourist standard hotel on a BB basis.
  • "Farewell dinner" before the day of your departure from Nepal.
  • Guest house/tented accommodation according to given itinerary (sharing in 2 bed-room) and 3 meals (Breakfast, lunch, Dinner) during the trek
  • Domestic flights; Jomsom-Pokhara-Kathmandu
  • Domestic air fare Tax
  • An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide), assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide), and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food, and lodging.
  • Down jacket, for a seasonal sleeping bag, Mountain Guide treks & Expedition kit bag/duffel bag, trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
  • All necessary paperwork and permits (National park permit, TIMS )
  • A comprehensive medical kit

Cost Exclude

  • Nepal entree visa: you can get a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu (A multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by Paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying the US $100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos)
  • International airfare
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu or Pokhara (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara because 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 (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, water bottle, hot shower during the trekking, etc.)
  • Personal trekking equipment & clothing
  • Tips for guides and porters
  • Any donation and monuments entrance fee

Note:- The cost includes and excludes section may give you a better idea of how the trip is organized. Once you let us know the number of interested travelers and the departure date we would get back to you with the actual cost for the trip.


The following is a list of clothing and accessories that we recommend for Narphu Valley Trekking Nepal. This is not intended to be a comprehensive clothing and equipment list; rather it is intended to act as a reminder of those items that we feel necessary for your comfort and convenience. However, we recognize that you may have your personal preferences for clothing that may be equally as suitable.


  • Light or warm fleece hat.
  • Watch with light & alarm
  • Sun hat and scrap
  • Sunglasses

Upper Body

  • T-shirts (4)
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket or sweater
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket (optional)
  • Body lotion/Anti-sunlight cream


  • Playing cards
  • Lightweight gloves (water/windproof)
  • Trail map and guide book
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer

Lower Body

  • Underwear (4)
  • Hiking shorts (4)
  • Lightweight cotton long pants
  • Lightweight thermal bottoms
  • Fleece or wool pants
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants


  • Thin, lightweight inner socks (4-pairs)
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4-pairs)
  • Hiking boots with spare laces
  • Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)


  • Sleeping bag
  • Money belt
  • Head touch and batteries
  • Basic First Aid Kit (see Health and Medicinal)
  • Water bottle
  • Toiletries
  • Small wash towel

Optional Items

  • Swiss Knife
  • Playing cards/backgammon/chess set
  • Trekking map
  • Books (Highly Recommended)
  • Binoculars
  • Camera & extra batteries
  • Binoculars
  • Reading books
  • Journal & pen
  • Photo of home/family
  • Energy/protein bars (optional)
  • Walkman

Note: If the above schedule does not meet your requirements, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preferences.

Trip Photos

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