Nar Phu Valley Trek: Explore The Hidden World

Hotel, Lodge and Tea house
Annapurna Region
Start / End Point
14 Nights 15 Days
Max. Altitude
5416 m
Meals Included
Group Size
Nature of Trek
Lodge to Lodge Trekking
Best Season
March-May / August-November
Trip Code
Activity Per Day
5-6 hrs
Jeep / bus

Nar Phu Valley Trek: Explore The Hidden World Overview

Nar Phu Valley trek is a fantastic trek in one of the most remote places in Nepal. The trek takes you to the north region of Manang, which is almost untouched and unspoiled by the modern world.

Exploring a Hidden World

    The inhabitants mainly rely on yak rearing and salt trade. The valley is ideal for trekkers to get a taste of life in northern Nepal. Moreover, it also takes you to the dry and desert-like Tibetan plateau. We also visit the Muktinath Temple, which is a sacred pilgrimage for Hindus.

    Additionally, the magnificent valleys of Manang and Mustang, Marsyangdi and Kali Gandaki Rivers, and the arid deserts with snow-clad mountains make this trek truly one of the most beautiful treks.

    The valleys of Nar and Phu are the major destinations of this trek. This route only opened to trekkers in 2002 but has gradually gained popularity over the years. The trail has enough teahouses and lodges for basic necessities of the trekkers. Moreover, there is also the provision of homestays for overnight stays.

Diverting from Annapurna Circuit

Starting from Syange, we follow the famous Annapurna Circuit and pass through Thorong La Pass. Thorung La is the world's highest pass which can be viewed in detail through Annapurna Circuit Trek. We then take a different off-beaten path at Koto and head towards the Nar Phu Valley.

There is a gradual change of vegetation from alpine to sub-alpine as we arrive at the natural habitat of snow leopards. Nar Phu Valley Trek is a combination of remote villages, beautiful forests, narrow canyons, high passes, the wilderness of the Himalayas, as well as Gompas and Buddhist culture.

The trek provides you with a unique experience with beautiful traditional villages, spectacular mountain ranges, and immensely ancient cultures and traditions. Unknown to most trekkers, the area is quite profoundly influenced by Tibetan culture and offers a unique perspective on the lives of mountain dwellers. The people of the villages will treat us as if we are their friends and family and they are very polite and cheerful.

How Hard is this Trek?

This is a moderate trek in terms of difficulty. Although this is a high-altitude trek, cases of altitude sickness are rarely seen. However, traveling with an experienced local guide is a must. Similarly, having travel insurance hugely relieves our burden from fatal injury as the insurance will cover our bills in case of life-threatening accidents and injuries.

So, with a proper guide, and physical and mental preparation, this trek can be conquered easily. However, the same cases might not be for older people.


Permit Requirements for the Nar Phu trek

As the trekking destination is inside the Annapurna Conservation Area, it requires a permit from the Nepal government for tourists. You need to have a TIMS card and ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Permit) which you can receive at the Tourism Information Center in Pokhara. For issuing the permit, you need to bring the following documents:

  • Passport
  • Insurance
  • 2 photographs (pp-size)


Nar Phu Valley Trek: Explore The Hidden World

  1. day 1

    Arrival at Kathmandu and transfer to hotel

    Highest Altitude 1400 m

    After your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be picked up by a private vehicle and drop you off at your hotel. You can rest in your hotel room and get rid of your jet lag from your flight to Kathmandu.

    In Kathmandu you will be placed in a deluxe hotel. You will be provided with breakfast in the morning. So, rest well for we have a lot of new things to experience in the morning.

      • Overnight stay at a hotel
  2. day 2

    Fly or Drive to Pokhara

    Flight Hours 25 mins
    Highest Altitude 1400 m
    Trek Duration 7-8 hours drive

    Our second day is filled with beautiful scenic views from the ride to Pokhara, we will take a tourist bus to get to Pokhara from Kathmandu. Sit back and enjoy the beautiful surrounding views of the landscapes and the mountains. We will stop on the way for lunch and reach Pokhara in around 6-7 hours. We will have dinner in Pokhara and stay at a hotel in Pokhara.

    You can also take a flight to Pokhara which takes about 25 mins.

      • Overnight stay at a hotel
      • Included meal Breakfast.
  3. day 3

    Pokhara to Koto

    Flight Hours 7 hrs Bus & Jeep
    Highest Altitude 2,610m/8,563ft

    On the third day, we get on a tourist bus that will take us to Besishahar. It takes about 3 hours to reach there. From Besishahar, we take a 4-hour Jeep ride to Koto.

      • Overnight in Lodge at Koto
      • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  4. day 4

    Koto to Meta

    Highest Altitude 3,560m/11,680ft
    Trek Duration 7-8 hrs

    We traverse along the riverbank of Soti Khola along pine forests and suspension bridges to reach Dharmasala. Hiking further, we will ascend steeply and arrive at Meta Village. It is a part of the Tibetan Plateau with some stunning views of Lamjung Himal along with Annapurna II.

      • Overnight in Lodge.
      • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. day 5

    Meta to Phu

    Highest Altitude 4,080 m / 13,382 ft
    Trek Duration 4-5 hrs

    We continuously ascend, descend, and cross several suspension bridges for 4 hours to reach Kyang. Walking further along the Phu Kola or about 4 hours, we finally reach the Phu Gaun.

      • Overnight in Lodge.
      • Included all standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch, Dinner)
  6. day 6

    Acclimatization at Phu

    Highest Altitude 4,250m/13,944ft
    Trek Duration 2-3 hrs hiking

    On this day, we will acclimatize to the high elevation as we take a rest and explore the village of Phu. It is a hidden valley with some exclusive cultures and traditions. Ethnic groups like Gurung, Lama, and Ghale live here with agriculture and animal husbandry being their means of livelihood. Moreover, we will visit the Tashi Lakhang Monastery, which is regarded as one of the greatest monasteries in the world.


      • Overnight in Lodge.
      • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  7. day 7

    Phu village to Nar village

    Highest Altitude 4,250m/13,944ft
    Trek Duration 6-7 hrs

    We pass through streams and suspension bridges for 4 hours to reach Mahendra Pul. From there, we tread a steeply ascending path for about 2 hours and finally arrive at Nar Village.

      • Overnight in Lodge.
      • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  8. day 8

    Acclimatization at Nar

    This will be our second acclimatization day as we spend the day exploring neighbouring places in the Nar village and witnessing the culture here.

      • Overnight in lodge.
      • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  9. day 9

    Trek from Nar to Kang La Pass to Nagwal

    Highest Altitude 5,322m / 17,460ft
    Trek Duration 7-8 hrs

    We begin early and hike to Kangla Pass. The highest point of the pass is 5322 m. The pass offers some stunning views of the Annapurna Massif. After descending from the top, we will reach Ngwal where we spend the night.

      • Overnight at lodge
      • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  10. day 10

    Ngwal to Manang

    Highest Altitude 3,660m/12,008ft
    Trek Duration 4-5 hrs

    Passing through the village of Paugh, we will enjoy amazing views of the Annapurna range. We then ascend to Mungli and join the Annapurna Circuit Trail. After about 5 hours of hike, we will arrive at Manang.

      • Overnight stay at Hotel
      • Included all standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch, Dinner)
  11. day 11

    Manang to Yak Kharka (4110 m) 3-4 hours

    Highest Altitude 4,110m/13,484ft
    Trek Duration 4-5 hrs

    It is a gentle climb to the village of Tenki, and we continue to climb out of the Marsyangdi valley. The route further passes through the village of Gunsang. After that, you will walk across grasslands that are the grazing places of yaks. After crossing a bridge and walking for some time, we will reach the village of Yak Kharka.

      • Overnight stay at Hotel 
      • Included all standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch, Dinner)
  12. day 12

    Yak Kharka to Thorang Phedi

    Highest Altitude 4,600m/15,092ft
    Trek Duration 3-4 hrs

    After walking uphill for a while, we cross a suspension bridge and then reach the village of Ledar. We climb upward further until we reach Thorang Phedi.

      • Overnight at “Thorong High Camp Hotel”
      • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  13. day 13

    Thorang Phedi to Thorang La (5416 m) to Muktinath (3800 m)

    Highest Altitude 5416 m
    Trek Duration 7-8 hours

    We will walk up a steep slope towards one of the highest passes in the world; Thorang La pass. After reaching the pass, we walk downhill to the Muktinath valley where we spend the night.

      • Overnight stay at a hotel
      • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  14. day 14

    Muktinath to Jomsom

    Highest Altitude 2715 m
    Trek Duration 5-6 hours

    In the morning, we visit the popular Vishnu Temple and also the Gumba nearby. Then, we start descending for about 4 to 5 hours until we reach Jomsom.

      • Overnight stay in a hotel.
      • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  15. day 15

    Jomsom to Pokhara

    Flight Hours 30 minutes
    Highest Altitude 827 m

    After breakfast, we will fly to Pokhara via a domestic flight from Jomsom Airpot. It is merely a 30-minute flight.

    •  Airport and hotels transfer by private car/van (depends on group size).
    • Jomsom -Pokhara flight.
    • All meal (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and Tea/ Coffee) during the trek.
    • Tea house/Lodge accommodation during the trek( sharing basis).
    • Pokhara – Besisahar- Koto by Jeep (depends on group size).
    • Professional English speaking, Eco Trained trekking guide his food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine, transportation, etc. (one porter for two people).
    • The company guarantees the rescue services in case of an emergency; please hand over your insurance policy copy to us.
    • All the necessary paper works, special permit and ACAP  conservation entry permit (Trekking permit / TIMS card etc.)
    • Sleeping Bag and Trekking poles (to be returned after trip completion).
    • First Aid Medical Kit Box.
    • Government taxes and VAT.
    • Nepali food farewell dinner party.

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Nar Phu Valley Trek: Explore The Hidden World Company Reviews


Best travel company in Pokhara!

Mohan was extremely accommodating and went above and beyond to help us with everything I did in Nepal. He is the go-to guy for everything and I owe many of my best experience in Nepal to him. Highly recommend this travel company. Also, shout out to Bharat who was an excellent guide!

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