Way to Kang La pass in Narphu Trekking
Way to Kang La pass in Narphu Trekking

Nar Phu Trekking - 12 Days

Highlights

    Trekking to untouched Tibetan cultural valleys with High Himalayan pass and panoramic Himalayan view. One of the restricted area and less trekkers. Accommodation and foods are from simple local lodges. Narphu valley trekking is with profesional trekking guide and supporters from Nepal Highland Treks. 

Nar Phu is a truly hidden gems in between mostly visited trekking areas Annapurna and Manaslu region. Trekking to Nar Phu valley is experience of a real Himalayan wilderness with rare opportunities to explore unspoiled valleys with untouched ancient Buddhist cultures. The Nar and Phu are different villages and trekking through those valleys is combinations of untouched nature and ancient Tibetan cultures. Tibetan style mud and stone houses are crowned by stacks of fire wood as well as with Buddhist prayers flags. Area is without any road, necessary goods are supplies there carried by mules, Yak or by human. This region was camping trek before but now facilities with simple lodges also offer simple meals. Nar Phu trekking region is not crowded less visiting trekking region and one of the restricted area need special permit from Nepal government. Government registered trekking companies are only one allow to organize this trekking. The best season of Nar Phu trekking is from April to May and September to November.

9 days trekking plan from Kathmandu including one day acclimatization day and exploration in Phu Gaun (4,080m). One of the highest pass Kang La (5,320m) is in between Nar and Ngawal. First day we drive Chyamche from Kathmandu and overnight there. Second day is starting of trekking to reach Koto (2,600m). Meta, Phu Gaun, Nar Phedi, Nar village are the night stay camp before starting Kang La pass where is to explore massif Annapurna and panoramic other mountains before reaching at Ngawal. From Ngawal we trek down to Pisang and drive back to Kathmandu. Itinerary is skipping busy dusty road of Annapurna circuit. Only trekking in special untouched remote villages of Nar and Phu where very less peoples trek. Phu Gaun is special to explore with hundreds years Tibetan style houses and important Gumba at top of the village.

Trekking through Nar and Phu valley is combination of high pass, views of high mountain peaks, glaciers, remote villages, beautiful forests, amazing rock formation, old monasteries, differently design Tibetan styles houses and unique peoples with their unique tradition and lifestyle. Peoples who are looking for adventure trekking in less visiting trekking area, Nar Phu valley trekking is one of the best choice. Area was closed for trekking till 2002. Very less tourist visit even these years in this valleys. Nepal Highland Treks specially design Nar Phu trekking for any number of trekkers. Need minimum 2 trekkers to manage restricted trekking permit. We also can customize this trekking itinerary. Option to add this trekking with famous Thorong La pass and Annapurna circuit. Professional trekking guide and strong supporters will accompany you entire trekking. 

Outline Itinerary

Day 01:Arrive in Kathmandu (Tribhuban International Airport) and overnight at Hotel

Day 02:Day in Kathmandu to Explore UNESCO heritage sites and final preparation of trekking. Overnight at Hotel

Day 03:Day drive to Koto (2,600m) via Besisahar and Chyamche. (9 Hours) and overnight at local guest house

Day 04:Trek Meta from Koto (6/7 Hours – 3,560m) overnight at local lodge

Day 05:Trek to Phu Gaun (6/7 Hours – 4,080m) Overnight at local lodge

Day 06:Day in Phu village to explore. Overnight at local lodge.

Day 07:Trek to Nar Phedi (6 Hours – 3500m) overnight at monastery lodge

Day 08:Trek to Nar village (3 Hours – 4110m) overnight at local lodge

Day 09:Trek to Ngawal (3,650m) by crossing Kang La pass (5,240m) 8 hours trek and overnight at local tea house

Day 10:Trek to Pisang (4 Hours) and drive to Besisahar (5 Hours) Overnight at simple hotel

Day 11:Drive back to Kathmandu (172km – 5 Hours) and overnight at Hotel

Day 12:Day of final departure

Cost Includes

    • Arrival and departure arrangement
    • Accommodation in 3 star category hotel in twin sharing in Kathmandu
    • Accommodation in local tea house / Guest House during the trek
    • Every morning breakfast in the Hotel during Kathmandu stay
    • Three meals a day during trekking days
    • Hot drinks (tea/ Coffee)
    • One day sightseeing in heritage sites inside Kathmandu valley with tour guide, entrance fees and private transportation
    • Private 4wheel transportation to drop trekking starting point Koto and return to Kathmandu after trekking ends
    • Professional trekking guide with his salary, foods, accommodation, insurance and equipment
    • Necessary trekking supporter with his salary, foods, accommodation, insurance and equipment
    • Nar Phu restricted area permit
    • Annapurna conservation area permit
    • Entrance fees of monastery on the way in trek
    • Free duffel bag for trekking
    • One evening farewell dinner at typical Nepali restaurant in Kathmandu  
    • Management of emergency evacuation in case of need
    • Frist aid kid box with basic treatment medicines
    • Official service charges and government taxes

Cost Excludes

    • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
    • Personal equipment for trekking
    • Tipping for trekking staff or anywhere in the Hotel, Monasteries
    • Accommodation upgrading in Kathmandu to 4 star or to 5 star
    • Extra activities in Kathmandu or in trekking
    • Cost of personal evacuation expenses in case of need
    • Cost of medical and hospital in case of need
    • Bottled drinks including drinking water
    • Bar bills
    • Nepal visa. You can get it on arrival, USD 30 for 15 days visa, USD 50 for a month and USD 125 for 3 months visa
    • Any flight ticket   

Important Note

Best season to trek Nar Phu valley
Nar Phu region is rain shadow area. Trekking in the main trekking season March to May and September to November as well as raining season from June to August is also the good time to trek here. During monsoon season road in between Besisahar to Koto can be disturb because of landslide.

Customize itinerary
Narphu valley trekking itinerary can be customized by adding trek to Tilicho Lake, the highest Lake situated in 4919m. Trekking plan than can be continue Thorong La pass (Annapurna circuit), Muktinath temple, Lower Mustang region and fly to Pokhara from Jomsom airport.  

Accommodation and Foods
Accommodation during Kathmandu is in 3 star category hotel. Basic lodge manage by local peoples in Nar Phu valley. It is neat and clean outside bathroom. One night accommodation inside monastery in Nar Phedi. Foods are local simple hygienic made in their kitchen. At the end of trek one night accommodation in Besisahar is simple hotel facilitate than trekking region.

Documents need
We need passport copy by email when you send confirmation of the trip. Your original passport is also require once you arrive in Kathmandu to issue restricted area permit of Nar Phu valley. Rest of the documentation is done by Nepal highland treks.

Trek Difficulty
This is one of the challenging trek due to the long days and steep ascents in altitude. Because of limited accommodation options on the way, there is little flexibility in the distances that must be covered each day, hence the long days of walking. The gains in altitude each day are quite steep, and it is always unpredictable how one’s body will react to altitude. This trek would best suit those who have a lot of experience trekking in the mountains, and who are fit and healthy.

Detail Itinerary

Day 1Arrive in Kathmandu (Tribhuban International Airport) and overnight at Hotel Representative from Nepal Highland Treks will pick up you from international airport. Transfer to the Hotel and overnight. You will get Nepali via on arrival. USD 30 for 15 days visa, 50 for 30 days visa.

Day 2Day in Kathmandu to Explore UNESCO heritage sites and final preparation of trekking. Overnight at Hotel After your breakfast in Hotel, start sightseeing in major sites of Kathmandu valley. we cover one Hindu temple, another Buddhist stupa and one of the old palace. Bhaktapur durbar squire, Pashupatinath temple and Bauddhanath stupa. Professional tour guide, entrance fee and private car is including in the cost. return to Hotel and stay at trip briefing. Make final packing for the trek.

Day 3Day drive to Koto (2,600m) via Besisahar and Chyamche. (9 Hours) and overnight at local guest houseIt is 5 hours’ drive with well paved road till Besisahar. Rough road starts from here for another 4/5 hours. Road is old trekking path of Annapurna circuit. Start very early in the morning from Kathmandu with your pack breakfast. Driving way is scenic with local villages. Mountain views, waterfalls and beautiful forest. There will be lots of stop point on the way to take pictures of beauties.

Day 4Trek Meta from Koto (6/7 Hours – 3,560m) overnight at local lodge Meta village lies in big open plan. Long way to walk today by entering Nar Phu valley restricted area after walking bit in Annapurna region. The beautiful snow mountain start to show their beauties. Starting path with forest and beautiful water fall than trail reach slowly in less vegetation to Koto. The last section of uphill walk makes you feeling of adventure trekking.

Day 5Trek to Phu Gaun (6/7 Hours – 4,080m) Overnight at local lodge Trekking route passing through interesting Tibetan Buddhist Chorterns. The view of Nar Phu valley become closer and memorialized. Once you reach at Phu village take a short walk up to the famous Tashi Lhakhang Gompa to pay respects to Lama Karma Sonam Rimpoche who came to Nepal with the Dalai Lama in 1959.

Day 6Day in Phu village to explore. Overnight at local lodge. Explore Phu village one of the big and unique Tibetan style village. Day is also as acclimatization. Day is well spent sitting with the villagers activities as they spin their yak and sheep wool, pound mustard seeds into a paste for oil. Today also have option to hike up to Himlung base camp (4,800m).

Day 7Trek to Nar Phedi (6 Hours – 3500m) overnight at monastery lodgeCamp to Nar from Phu gaun is longer with this reason we stay overnight at Gumba, a monastery accommodation. Monastery rooms available neat and clean. Welcoming nun and you can join evening chanting in the monastery with them. Their entire activities are interesting to well observe.

Day 8Trek to Nar village (3 Hours – 4110m) overnight at local lodge Short trek to Nar village crossing by few up hills to reach there by lunch time. Picturesque village with typically stand as Tibetan style. Nar is bit lively than Phu gaun as it is near from Annapurna trekking route. Rest of the time is to explore village with local activities.

Day 9Trek to Ngawal (3,650m) by crossing Kang La pass (5,240m) 8 hours trek and overnight at local tea houseLong day trekking to Kangla Pass and drop to Annapurna circuit route. Start early in the morning before sunrise to get pass earlier before heavy wind. Loose stone walking at less oxygen route might feel difficult. Enjoy massive view of Annapurna II, Gangapurna, and Tilicho Peak. After the pass get immediate down to busy Annapurna trekking trail having internet, telephone facilities.

Day 10Trek to Pisang (4 Hours) and drive to Besisahar (5 Hours) Overnight at simple hotel Short trek down to Pisang at hot and wide region. Setup to drive back Besisahar from here and lunch. About 80 kilometer rough road is about 5 hours driving with 4wheel jeep. Will stay at better hotel and good foods in Besisahar.

Day 11Drive back to Kathmandu (172km – 5 Hours) and overnight at Hotel Start driving back to Kathmandu after your breakfast. Reach Kathmandu by lunch time. You are invited to celebrate with typical Nepali dinner and cultural show for your dinner.

Day 12Day of final departure Nepal Highland Treks drop you to international airport for your final departure to home or stay in Nepal as long as you want.

Departure Dates

If you are minimum 2 trekkers in group, you can choose your own private date for this trekking. Narphu Valley trekking need at least 2 trekkers to obtain restricted area permit and trek. Our fixed departure dates may not suitable as per your availalbe time. Send us email to get new trekking dates.  

Useful Info

Nepal visa on arrival and need cash
Tourist will get Nepal visa on arrival. Nepali visa cost USD 30 for 15 days, USD 50 for 30 days and USD 125 for 90 days. You also can extend your Nepali visa if it is only take 15 days or a month in your arrival. You will need your original passport and cash amount to obtain visa in airport.  

Booking procedure and payment
send your passport copy and trip confirmation amount USD 500 per person. Rest of the payment can pay at your arrival in Nepal. Payment can be paid by credit card, cash or bank transfer. You also can pay us by our online credit payment system.     

Trip Fact

Starting Price
US$ 1685.00 (Per Person)
INR₹ 115000.00 (Per Person)
  • Duration: 12 Days
  • Trip Grade Moderate to Strenuous
  • Destination Nepal
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